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Jericho IDs Staff For Safety

JerEcho_ID_030715BBy Nicole Dukoff

The Jericho School District now requires that all staff members wear ID cards. While these cards are not as high tech as other schools’ cards that contain monitoring devices, the cards are aimed at ensuring the safety of the Jericho community. [Read more…]

Syosset Concert Warms Winter

VillageOrch_030715CThe Village School Winter Concert was recently held at H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset. The Senior Orchestra opened up the performance under the direction of music teacher Ms. Carrella with a rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” They followed this up with beautiful versions of “Super String Samba,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Can Can.” The orchestra had a great, dynamic sound and played the pieces perfectly. [Read more…]

Syosset Soccer Star Keeps Rising


Grant Burg

Grant Burg, a Syosset High School senior, recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Division 1 Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Grant started playing soccer at the age of three for the Syosset Soccer Club. He has fond memories of playing with his friends and classmates at Stillwell Fields and Baylis School. [Read more…]

Baylis Says Bingo In Syosset

The PTA and all the volunteers hosted a fun eveningThe Baylis PTA sponsored Pajama Bingo Family Night recently. [Read more…]

Syosset’s ‘Big Top’ Baylis

The Baylis Circus was a big hit!Syosset’s Baylis Elementary School was transformed into The Baylis Big Top last month. This fun-filled circus week, in its 19th year, was sponsored by the Baylis PTA with the help of physical education teachers Mr. Schanars, Mr. St. John and Ms. Pick.

Grades K-5 were involved in this event under the guidance of The National Circus Project. The National Circus Project is a foundation whose mission is to teach children the unique cultural traditions of circus arts.

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The week began with a circus assembly for the whole school. This assembly introduced circus skills such as balancing, devil sticks, diabolos, plate spinning and stilts. The children later learned these skills in workshops held during gym classes throughout the week. The fifth graders practiced diligently every day in school and at home to prepare for their much anticipated circus performance held at the end of the week.

On one day in particular, the gymnasium was transformed into the Baylis Big Top by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Art teacher Vicky Deletrain, teacher assistant Ms. Venuti and all the Baylis students contributed circus-themed artwork to adorn the walls. Kindergarten through fourth grade students came dressed in circus shirts they made at home. The fifth-graders, dressed in circus costumes made in art class, put on a circus spectacular for Baylis students, staff and fifth grade parents. The fifth grade circus included balancers, clowns, devil sticks, diabolos, jugglers, plate spinners and stilt walkers. It was truly amazing to see such stage presence and skill after only one week of practice.


JerEcho: Jericho Auditorium Crumbles

By Mikaela Adwar


The areas circled in red are two of the regions in which the auditorium ceiling is deteriorating.

With the unexpected postponement of the annual Fashion and Talent Show, students and parents alike were left baffled by the shocking news. Rumors of a collapsing ceiling in the auditorium spread through Jericho High School like wildfire. All of the speculation was confirmed with an email sent to parents on Jan. 20 from the Director of Public Information and Community Relations at Jericho High School, Denise Nash. [Read more…]

South Grove Shows Cultural Flair

Chinese CalligraphyStudents at South Grove Elementary School, in the Syosset School District, learned all about the world’s diverse cultures, languages, games and foods on Feb. 6, when the school held its International Clusters day. [Read more…]

Syosset Student Treks Alaska


Georgia Gardner, a student at Syosset High School, spent a portion of her summer vacation volunteering in Alaska. (Photo by Syosset Schools)

Syosset High School student Georgia Gardner spent a month of her summer vacation volunteering in a remote native Alaskan village as part of an innovative adventure travel program. [Read more…]

Jericho Board Honors Students


Students Giulia Milana and Sam Newman get school officials into a selfie.

Last night’s Jericho School Board meeting had its fair share of honors – and selfies.

The Jericho School Board’s Feb. 12 meeting included honors for teacher Dr. Michael Hartnett, who received the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago. Also receiving honors were five of the school’s varsity teams, which received scholar athlete accolades. The Jericho chess team was also congratulated on winning the Nassau County Chess Championship recently. [Read more…]

Pols Discuss Education in Syosset


From left: Congressman Steve Israel, Roger Tilles of the New York State Board of Regents, Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, Assemblyman Charles Lavine
(Photos by Chris Boyle)

On the frosty morning of Feb. 7, residents of Syosset, Jericho and Plainview packed themselves into the cafeteria of Syosset’s Harry B. Thompson Elementary School to break bread with local politicians while airing concerns and opinions in regards to the state of education in New York today. [Read more…]