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Jericho Group Blasts Speed Cams

A group of Jericho residents fed up with speed camera violations will stage an airing of grievances with local elected officials at the end of the month.

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Residents say the signage is confusing near Cantiague Elementary School.

The town hall meeting, to be held at Cantiague Elementary School. 678 Cantiague Rock Rd. in Jericho, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, is set to attract Legislator Judy Jacobs, Assemblyman Charles Lavine and Hon. John Marks, who all committed to attending. County Executive Ed Mangano was invited, but is not expected to attend. [Read more...]

Syosset Writer Pens Mystery Tale

Jennifer Wolf Kam wants you to know how Devin Rhodes died and who is responsible, but don’t expect an uninterrupted, straightfoward explanation from the Syosset-Jericho native.

In her first published novel, the young-adult mystery tale Devin Rhodes Is Dead (published on Oct. 14), Kam plunges into nonlinear storytelling, building suspense and then pulling back; raising the dramatic pitch and then dropping it to an unsettling silence. The alternating “before” and “after” chapters rachet up the suspense, building to the dramatic conclusion.devincover-306x488b

The trail to Kam’s own dramatic conclusion as published author started in the Jericho School District where, as a young student, she remembers writing stories on construction paper to read in class during circle time. At Jericho High School, she was editor of the school’s literary magazine Pegasus, in which she showcased her creativity and nurtured her inner writer. [Read more...]

Jericho School Celebrates

Robert Seaman Elementary School in Jericho recently celebrated picture day and spirit week. Click here for photos.

Syosset Marks Constitution Day


South Grove Elementary School installed its student government body for all grades during its Constitution Day observance. Pictured with the students are (far left) teachers Christina Mancuso and Caterina Bozza with South Grove Principal Theresa Scrocco and Judge Summa (far right).
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Students at South Grove Elementary School held its student-officer swearing-in ceremony while learning about America’s system of government on Constitution Day last week. [Read more...]

Jericho Golfers Raise Funds

A golfing squad organized by a Jericho High School senior recently participated in a fundraising effort for the Hispanic Counseling Center.


Golfers (from left to right) David Paticoff, Cameron Ghazvini, Jared Sakni and Jonathan Mandel raised funds.

Cameron Ghazvini, a senior at Jericho and a member of the school’s varsity golf team, recruited fellow classmates and varsity golfers David Paticoff, Jared Sakni and Jonathan Mandel to join the first Golf Classic at Cold Spring Harbor Country Club in Huntington. The boys were sponsored by the senior class at their high school. [Read more...]

Syosset School Scores High

Syosset High School was ranked 84th on Newsweek’s recent poll of the top high schools in the U.S.

The list, released earlier this month, highlights 500 schools across the nation that best prepare its students for college. At number 84, Syosset High School is the highest ranked school in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Centered on college preparedness, Newsweek used research partner Westat to gather data under six categories: college enrollment, graduation rate, counselor-to-student Ratio, holding power, SAT/ACT test scores and AP/IB test scores. DSC_0084

“We are all very proud of our district’s accomplishments,” said Syosset Principal Giovanni Durante. “Our ranking is a testament to the dedication of our community and school board as well as the hard work of our teachers, support staff and students.” [Read more...]

Syosset Breaks Into News

Michelle Mackonochie was in the middle of another ordinary shift slinging wings at a local eatery when she got a phone call from a small town in Michigan.


Syosset’s Michelle Mackonochie landed an anchor position in Michigan.

After years of studying to be a news anchor in college — and after disseminating hundreds of job applications post-college — the Syosset native landed the weekend news anchor and reporter position at WBKB in Alpena, Michigan. She’s been there since Aug. 20, reporting on everything from local fairs to hard news — and she knows this is merely the first step in a budding news career. [Read more...]

Syosset Academy Adds New Principal

Lisa Harrison has been appointed as the new Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) in Syosset, New York. A resident of Long Island, Harrison previously was Principal of the Academy of Mount St. Ursula in the Bronx.

“The Mercy community welcomes Harrison and we anticipate that she will make major contributions to the mission of the OLMA school community and the many exciting initiatives we have underway in academics, C-STEM, EDucational and ENvironmental (EDEN) program research, technology and athletics,” said Margaret Myhan, President of Our Lady of Mercy Academy.


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Harrison earned her M.S. in Educational Administration from St. John’s University and both her bachelor’s and master’s in Secondary English Education from New York University.  In addition, she holds New York State permanent certification and school building leader professional requirements. Harrison’s distinguished career at Mount St. Ursula’s since 2001, includes working as an English teacher, Chairperson of the English Department, and Assistant Principal for Academics, prior to being named Principal in 2009.

Harrison is very enthusiastic about her new role as Principal at Our Lady of Mercy Academy.

“Mercy offers students a uniquely challenging yet nurturing environment in which they can explore their God-given gifts,” she said. ”I look forward to meeting the students and working with the administration, faculty, and parents, all of whom are dedicated to their success.”

Peers Teach Character

Ninth-grade Peer Educators from Syosset High School visited third-graders at J. Irving Baylis Elementary School in the Syosset Central School District over the course of four days to teach students about friendship, accepting others, bullying and the steps of conflict resolution.BaylisB

The Peer Educators visit all seven of the district’s elementary schools as part of the program throughout the winter and spring. The ninth-graders participate in a full yearlong class, part of a four-year series, where they learn crucial communications, public speaking and leadership skills, as well as teamwork and confidence building. In order to be considered for the class, students must submit an application, obtain teacher recommendations and go through a panel interview. Next year, a second session of the class will be added due to high demand, which will enable the ninth-graders to focus on peer-to-peer programs on the high school level. The program supports the districtwide character education program PRIDE, which stands for patience, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy. PRIDE encourages students to display positive behavior both in and out of school.

Syosset Kicks Off School Year

Students in grades kindergarten through 12 were welcomed back with open arms to all 10 of the Syosset School District’s buildings on Sept. 2.

From Robbins Lane Elementary to Syosset High School, teachers and principals were on hand to greet and help students. At J. Irving Baylis Elementary School, the walls were papered with welcome back messaging and slogans of inspiration. At Berry Hill Elementary School, road signs pointed students toward academic and personal success.SyossetSchools_091214C

Second-graders learned the roots of Spanish at South Grove Elementary School, while students sang along with the teacher to help learn one another’s name at Walt Whitman Elementary School. [Read more...]