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Holocaust Survivor Gives Testimony

survivorEthel Katz, a Holocaust survivor, talked to eighth-graders at South Woods Middle School in the Syosset Central School District in May about her personal experience of survival, which has been documented in her memoir, Our Tomorrows Never Came.

Katz gave her testimony about living in Buczacs, Poland, which is now part of the Ukraine, when the German Army entered town in 1941. Soon after their arrival, mobile killing squads murdered her twin brother and other young Jewish men in the forest outside of the town. The remaining members of her family hid in barns and fields for several years, relying on non-Jewish neighbors for food. [Read more...]

HBT Student Honored For Writing

studentVivien Huang, an eighth-grader at H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset, has been awarded a certificate of recognition in the National Council of Teachers of English annual Promising Young Writers program. The theme for this year was “The Best Thing I Ever Read Growing Up.”
Huang wrote a poem about the novel, The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin, which she had read as a fifth-grader in Walt Whitman Elementary School. Huang is one of only 39 students in the nation, and one of eight students in New York State, to be awarded a certificate of recognition.
All compositions were evaluated by national judges on content, purpose, tone, word choice, organization, development, style, and ability to move an audience.

Tools For School Supply Drive

toolsSyosset’s Astoria Bank on Jackson Avenue is collecting school supplies through August 31 as part of its 15th Annual Kids Tools for School Drive. The program provides more than one ton of school supplies annually to thousands of local students whose families struggle to afford such necessary items.

“We believe that every child deserves to be on a level playing field when they start school this year,” said Brian Edwards, executive vice president and managing director of retail banking. “Together, with generous support from our customers and others in the community, we are able to reach out to help as many children as possible and really make a difference. It’s all about giving kids a better chance to succeed and feel good about themselves.” [Read more...]

Ending Distracted Driving

SyossetDriveThe Arrive Alive Tour made a stop at Syosset High School before the end of the past school year to educate students in grades 10 to 12 on the dangers of texting while driving and drunk driving.

The program, sponsored by the Syosset Council of PTAs and Inspire Bright — an organization founded by students Rachel Roth and Jillian Roth — utilizes a high-tech simulator, impact video and several other resources to demonstrate to students the dangers of destructive decisions behind the wheel. [Read more...]

Judge Speaks To Syosset High School Students

SyossetJudgeHonorable Scott Fairgrieve, a district court judge for Nassau County, made a special visit to seniors in criminal justice classes at Syosset High School to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to their studies and other legal issues. [Read more...]

Syosset Student Gets Scholarship

scholoarJacob Palant, a Syosset High School senior, received the Shared Decision-Making Scholarship at the Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Certificate Ceremony. Palant sat on the Committee for Site-Based Planning and Shared Decision Making for the district. He studied Welding at Barry Tech and will attend SUNY Delhi. Right: Palant is pictured with Assistant Principal Laurie Harris.

Local Band Rocks Brookville

tangorraStudents at the Brookville Center for Children’s Services were moving and grooving as the Nick Tangorra Band recently stopped by the Brookville Campus for an afternoon concert. 

The Nick Tangorra Band, made up of brothers Nick and Rafe Tangorra on vocals and drums, respectively, and Will Ahrens on guitar, presented the Brookville Center for Children’s Services with a $10,000 check with funds raised from Rock Out Autism, a benefit concert held each April. [Read more...]

Jericho Supports Israeli Soldiers

IsraelAThe Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho received more than $6,000 worth of online donations from the efforts of members of the Schechter community who were in Israel this summer, led by Schechter parents and Chesed Committee member, Vivi Nassim, to support the school’s efforts on the ground in Israel.

“Our donations have benefited by soldiers and civilian children being directly impacted by this horrible war,” said Dr. Cindy Dolgin, head of school. [Read more...]

Speed Cameras Coming To Schools

Cantiague Rock Road in Front of Cantiague Elementary in Jericho

Cantiague Rock Road in Front of Cantiague Elementary in Jericho

This fall, speed enforcement cameras are coming to Baylis Elementary School on Woodbury Road in the Syosset School District and Cantiague Elementary School on Cantiague Rock road in the Jericho School District.

Locations for the speed cameras were chosen by the County Engineering Department based upon on-site observations, said Leg. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury). There will be a sign prior to the school warning of the existence of the device. [Read more...]

Syosset Teen Is Golf Champ

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Malini Rudra, an incoming 8th grader at Harry B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset, placed in the top 15 at the World Teen Golf Championship held in Pinehurst, North Carolina. She was the only girl from the NY area to place in the top 15 in her division.