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All Four Elwood Schools Again Earn No Place for Hate Designation

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All four of the Elwood School District’s buildings – Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, Elwood Middle School, James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Harley Avenue Primary School were again awarded No Place for Hate designation this year from the Anti-Defamation League, earning gold status.

“This year, the Harley committee felt that projects based around building community would be beneficial to our school building,” Harley Avenue Principal Dr. Denise Toscano said. “We completed four schoolwide projects, earning us Gold status once again. We began the year with a lesson focusing on the No Place for Hate pledge. Our next activity emphasized the need to respect others. We built a tree where we displayed leaves showing examples of how each member of our school community shows respect to one another. Next, we used literature to foster an understanding of how appreciating each of our unique qualities can create a stronger and diverse community. Each grade level spent time in art class illustrating an individual picture that expressed their joy in their uniqueness. These individual pictures came together to form a large mural for the grade. The second graders were able to help assemble the murals for a schoolwide display. We ended this year's program with a lesson on empathy. Students showcased their abilities to empathize with others in our school community through role playing. Once again, the students and staff enjoyed completing lessons that spanned the grades and taught the same important values.”

“This year, Elwood Middle School has continued its efforts to explore the concept of being an ally,” Principal Dr. Christina Moran said. “We defined key terms like ‘upstander’ and ‘bystander,’ and reviewed strategies for fostering important conversations that ensure inclusivity and acceptance. Additionally, we emphasized the critical distinction between intent and impact. As we conclude the year, our students are committing to one of the six methods of allyship provided by NPFH, which they will carry into the next school year.”

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a district for the collective efforts in making our schools safe and inclusive for all students,” John Glenn Principal Corey McNamara said. “I think it is important to recognize the great work of Dr. Moran and her team for bringing attention to this designation as our first NPFH school years ago. We look forward to our continued work in support of the ideals and NPFH pledge.”

Date Added: 6/11/2024


Seventh Graders Explore DNA Science

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Seventh Graders Explore DNA Science

Representatives from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center recently visited seventh grade classes at Elwood Middle School to guide them in exploring gel electrophoresis, a laboratory method used to separate mixtures of DNA, RNA or proteins according to molecular size. In gel electrophoresis, the molecules to be separated are pushed by an electrical field through a gel that contains small pores. The students were able to use real equipment to perform the procedure, then solved a “crime” by matching DNA of various suspects using this method.

Date Added: 6/11/2024

John Glenn Junior Lauren Vega Named Veterinary Science Champ

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School junior Lauren Vega, who is enrolled in the veterinary science program through Wilson Tech, recently competed in the New York State Veterinary Science Career Development Event in Buffalo. This competition, run by the National Future Farmers of America (FFA), engages students in critical thinking, knowledge assessment and presentation of veterinary science concepts to a series of judges. Through various rigorous activities meant to test students’ understanding and application of veterinary science knowledge, Vega and her Wilson Tech team demonstrated such skill that they earned first place and were crowned New York State FFA champions in veterinary science.

“This is such an awesome achievement for an amazing young lady who has undergone a significant transformation from prior years,” teacher Ricky Greening said.

Date Added: 6/5/2024

Eighth Grader Takes Third in Tennis Championship

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Tennis player Enzo Kazandjian, an eighth grader at Elwood Middle School, recently placed third in the Suffolk County Boys Division I Individual Tennis Championship, with a 6-3, 6-2 win over his Smithtown West opponent. Kazandjian is the first EMS student ever to qualify for this tournament.

Date Added: 5/30/2024

EMS Wins “Rally to Read 100” Book Contest

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Elwood Middle School English teacher Maria Trucios was recently selected as a winner of Reading Is Fundamental’s “Rally to Read 100” sweepstakes, a six-month initiative designed to ignite a love of reading for students in grades from prekindergarten through grade 5 nationwide. As one of only 100 national winners, EMS received 100 books curated to inspire the school’s young readers and donated by Barnes & Noble.

For the “Rally to Read 100” campaign, launched in October 2023, students, educators and families were invited to take on the fun challenge of reading 100 books over the span of six months by the end of National Reading Month in March. After a process of random selection from a pool of thousands, 100 applicants were chosen, including Trucios.

Date Added: 5/29/2024