Students Honored for Displaying Friendship

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The district’s Board of Education recognized three middle school students, Ava LaBelle, Devin McNamara and David Veliz at its regular meeting on March 23.   

The students received certificates that recognized their efforts to help acclimate new students to the school and continuing a culture of warmth within their school.

“These students went above and beyond to help our new students feel welcome by showing them friendship,” said Principal Hugh Gigante. “It is the little things that make our building tick.”

James H. Boyd Intermediate School Selected to Host nErD Camp Long Island

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The district is thrilled to announce that the third annual nErD Camp Long Island will be held at James H. Boyd Intermediate School on Nov. 4, 2017! The innovative event is held at a new school district each year with East Williston Union Free School District and Jericho School District hosting in previous years.  

The event came to fruition with the idea of combining the Nerdy Book Club, a blog site with literacy lovers and the Ed Camp model, an “unconference” educational camp that focuses on participant driven learning.

“We are very excited to host this wonderful, creative learning opportunity for educators throughout the region,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “We look forward to a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices from all involved.”

The camp is a networking experience that is designed by attendees on topics that they would like to discuss. Sessions take place throughout the day, giving educators the freedom to choose what they want to learn and allows participants to present on topics that they are passionate about.

“We are extremely honored to host nErD Camp Long Island this November,” said Principal Dr. Denise Toscano. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate literacy and expand professional development by learning from others.”

Various authors and illustrators will be present at the event to speak with educators and also conduct a meet and greet for children around the community later in the day.

“We started this to really get kids excited about reading, writing and learning,” said nErD Camp Long Island organizer JoEllen McCarthy. “It’s amazing to see authors and illustrators participate and volunteer their time and talents to be connecting with educators and children.”

New York State Council of School Superintendents Overview of Budget Process

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Students Perform with Music Honor Ensembles

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Seven Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students participated in the Suffolk County Musical Educators’ Association’s All-County music festival on March 11 at Longwood High School. 

Ninth and tenth-graders Ivan Andrade, Ryan Boody, Makenzy Chaikin, Hannah Kleinman, Casey Scully, Ian Schombs and Terrence Sheldon rehearsed for several weeks leading up to the festival. 

In addition, tenth-grader Makenzy performed a solo with the SCMEA All-County Jazz Choir on March 23. She was included in a group of select jazz vocalists from tenth to twelfth grade. 

“These students are an excellent representation of the strong musicians we have at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School,” said music teacher Rachel Nagle. “I am so proud of the hard work that has earned them acceptance into these ensembles.” 

Volleying for Others

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students banded together for an evening of healthy competition during the school’s annual Volleyball-a-thon on March 16. The event raised $3,380 which will be donated to the Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo Sergeants Benevolent Association for Widows & Children's Fund for NYC, the Sean Urda Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

This year, 48 teams of students participated in the tournament in the school gymnasium. Each team had t-shirts made and came up with a creative name for their group. Throughout the event, those in attendance were encouraged to sign three posters made for a senior at the high school who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Students shared their best wishes and words of encouragement. 

Each team competed on one of the four volleyball courts until one team was crowned the winner. The winning team proved to be “Jokes of 2016.”

Band Members Selected for Festival

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Four Elwood-John H. Glenn High School band members have recently been accepted into the 13th annual LIU Post Band Festival at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts from March 31 – April 2. 

Students Ivan Andrade, Hannah Kleinman, Dean McCoy and Ilissa Pipia will perform in the Tilles Festival Band, a combined ensemble composed of the LIU Post Wind Symphony and selected high school musicians from across the New York metropolitan area. 

The Festival Band will rehearse and perform under the batons of LIU Post Director of Wind Studies Dr. James McRoy and 2017 Composer-in-Residence Andrew Boysen, Jr. as part of the event. 

Scientists in the Making

Scientists in the Making Photo

James H. Boyd Intermediate School students received an exciting visit from the New York Hall of Science on March 16. Sponsored by the Boyd PTA, students had the opportunity to explore and experiment through hand-on stations in the school gymnasium.

Ten stations facilitated by science educators from the New York Hall of Science were set up throughout the gymnasium, which students had 45 minutes to rotate through. This included an electricity station where students used Play-Doh to construct electricity and observed what friction does to hair. A rocket station, where students experimented with straws, paper and tape to project how far their rockets would soar and an animation station where classes could observe what movement does to their drawings.

“Over the past two years, Principal Dr. Denise Toscano and I have been working to create unique learning experiences for students. When we heard about the New York Hall of Science visitation program, we thought it would be a fantastic idea,” said Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen-Kelly Gorman. “We are so thankful to the Boyd PTA for allowing us to bring this opportunity to the school.”

In the News

Great things are happening in Elwood and we have been included in several news articles. Please click on the links below! 

Newsday, “2017 Bright Lights Educator and Elwood-John H. Glenn High School AP Environmental Science Students”

Newsday, "Adding More Holidays"

Newsday Winners - Lou Hanner

Holiday Adoptions and Suffolk Zone Winners

Newsday, “Holiday drives help those in need”

Long Island Students Share in the Thanksgiving Spirit

Newsday, "Up and at 'em; Kids in 72 LI districts go back to school"

Newsday, "Regent: NY making progress on fixing Common Core problems"

Newsday, "LI schools upgrade tech capacities to meet students' needs"

Newsday, "Winners Column"


International Night

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Robotics Team Goes for Gold

Congratulations to Elwood Middle School robotics team 10058A, for being presented with the Design Award at the second NYS VEX IQ Championship on March 4th at Berner Middle School! This award is one of five from the region that qualifies the team for the Worlds Competition in Kentucky in April.

In addition, the school had another team place second in the teamwork competition and two others that placed in the top 10.

The event was only open to teams that qualified at another competition by winning an award or placing first or second in the teamwork challenge. All six of Elwood Middle School’s teams qualified for the championship based on previous competition performance.

Community Bond Survey

Over the past several years, the Elwood Union Free School District has taken great strides to improve and expand upon the academic program offered to students. Now, the district must also focus on the community’s investment in our school buildings to support the evolving 21st-century curriculum. Together, we can develop a plan to address critical issues in our buildings to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment for our students. The Board of Education and administration would like the community’s input as it begins to develop this plan. Please take a few minutes to take the survey – this will be open for community input until Friday, April 14. Thank you for your participation!

To take the survey, please click here.

Elwood Middle School Embraces Diversity During International Language Week


Grease is the word at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School


The Art of Australia

The Art of Australia

Elwood Middle School sixth-graders had the exciting opportunity to learn from Australian artist Chris Pitkin in their art classes during the first two weeks of March. Mr. Pitkin visits a number of schools with his program “A Taste of Australia” to speak with classes about Australia, including the native Australian art and music.

Mr. Pitkin educated students about native Australian culture, showcased some of his own artwork, played the didgeridoo and taught classes how to create Aboriginal Dot Paintings. Students worked together on one large canvas and used Australian symbols to create a unified story. Once completed, they all shared their story with their classmates.

“We try to have Chris Pitkin visit every year,” said art teacher Eleanor Grady. “The students love it and it incites their curiosity.”

“It’s a nice experience,” added sixth-grader Grace Motta. “I like that we are bringing Australia into class.”

Celebrating a Beloved Author

Celebrating a Beloved Author

James H. Boyd Intermediate School students celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day on March 1st.

Students and faculty members participated in a school-wide read-in to honor Dr. Seuss. Classes lined the hallways with their books for a quiet reading hour. In addition, librarian Mrs. Kossowsky dressed as The Cat in the Hat to celebrate the author while food service staff members decorated the lunch line with Dr. Seuss books.

Wrestling Their Way to Nationals

Congratulations to three Elwood-John H. Glenn High School wrestlers who recently earned top spots in the New York State Wrestling Tournament! Senior Damien Caffrey placed fourth at 220lbs in the competition, while junior Joe Franzese placed fourth at 182lbs. Senior Zach Ancewicz placed second at 170lbs.

Only the top 16 high school wrestlers in the state were invited to participate in the tournament. Elwood-John Glenn High School finished ninth in the state and was one of only three schools to have three athletes place in the next tournament. The student-athletes will compete next at the National Tournament in Virginia Beach this April.

Superintendent’s Forum - Community Bond Survey


The Superintendent’s Forum to discuss a potential capital improvement bond referendum with the community was held March 9, 2017 in Elwood Middle School.  The meeting was live streamed.

Live stream video - click here

The Community Bond Survey was launched on March 10 and will remain active through April 14.  To take the survey, please click here.

Thank you for your continued participation!

We Are All Connected

We Are All Connected
James H. Boyd Intermediate School has an exciting new project coming up titled, “Where are James Boyd Students From?” Check out the video to learn more!

AP Art Students Display Masterpieces

AP Art Students Display Masterpieces

Four AP Art students from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School proudly showed off their artwork at the Go APE AP Student Art Exhibit on Feb. 12 in the Art League of Long Island’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. Juniors Payton Alibrandi, Alexandra Sachelari, Ruth Yi and senior Rachel Zimmerman’s work was selected for the exhibit by their art teachers.

For the past 10 years, the exhibit has celebrated the excellent work of AP art students from across Long Island. The Elwood students worked on creating pieces to build their AP art portfolio since the beginning of the year and spent countless hours into crafting their artwork.  

“As a teacher, it always feels incredible to have my students work shown off; I feel like a proud parent,” said AP art teacher Amy Lindenbaum. “Work looks very different on a table in the art room to being framed on a wall in a gallery space. I loved watching them get to show off as family, friends, and gallery goers came to check out their art.”

Seniors Showcase Science Projects

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School seniors David Hermanns, Derek Lee, Kris Kwan and Tony Maraciullo recently took part in the Charles Duggan Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) at Crest Hollow Country Club.

The competition allowed students to present their advanced high school projects to professionals in their subject areas from local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in the field. The students showcased their projects to judges, including Prakash Narayn, a parent in the Elwood community.

Brilliant Brothers Advance to Finals

Congratulations to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School seniors David and Michael Hermanns, who have recently been named Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program! The brothers are among a select 15,000 students who have advanced in the academic competition, with the hopes of obtaining one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships being offered this spring.

To qualify for the competition, both students had to score highly on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and be among the highest scoring entrants in the state. The siblings were notified in the fall that they were among only 16,000 Semifinalists out of the 1.6 million students who took the test.

David and Michael earned their Finalist recognition by submitting a scholarship application consisting of their academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, employment and awards. Both students had to obtain an excellent academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirmed their earlier performance on the qualifying test.

“It is a tremendous accolade to be ranked among the highest performing students in the state,” said Principal Carisa Burzynski. “As students who received this distinction at John H. Glenn High School, you make us incredibly proud. Congratulations on this well-deserved accomplishment.”

AP Biology Students Partake in DNA Lab


Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students from both sections of AP Biology in Dr. Kamhi's and Ms. Regan's classes, recently visited the DNA Learning center for the second time this year. Another final trip is planned for March.

During their visit, students participated in a lab where they had to isolate a specific gene called "The Jumping Gene," better known as the Alu. The Alu elements are found only in primates of the evolutionary tree, which includes humans. All of the hundreds of thousands of Alu copies have accumulated in primates since their separation from other vertebrate groups about 65 million years ago. Alu elements can be sorted into distinct lineages, or families, according to inherited patterns. These studies suggest that the rate of Alu transposition has changed over time – from about one new jump in every live birth, early in primate evolution, to about one in every 200 newborns today.

The students, with parental consent, tested their own DNA for the Alu element and performed multiple steps in isolating the gene and testing their own DNA for it. They used PCR technology, Gel-electrophoresis and Micro-Chip Array analysis. The skills that they learned are great for understanding science inquiry and its importance in the future.

In addition, there was a group of students at the DNA Learning Center from Beijing and during lunch the students were able to learn about the different cultures and how social media works in China. It was a great day for all!

A Fashion Forward Evening

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Over 70 students, families and faculty members from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School gathered for a fun evening of fashion at the school’s 2017 Fashion Show on Feb. 8. Both students and faculty members participated in the show. The annual fundraiser allowed the junior and senior classes to raise money with all the proceeds split between the two grades.

The student council and student volunteers helped put together the event with the help of senior class advisor Nicole Gendjoian and junior class advisors Adrienne Nasser and Carolyn Pollina.

Students were able to get food donations from local restaurants such as Chef’s, Dix Hills Diner, Mozarella’s, and Viajos and over 30 raffle baskets were donated from local businesses. Students and faculty members modeled Spring Wear and Formal Wear from Graffiti, Ooh La La Boutique, Francine’s Fashion Boutique and Lester’s Tuxedo.

Superior Scientists

Superior Scientists

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School juniors and seniors in Maria Aiello and Jennifer Basford’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes took part in a unique lab experience with science educator Amanda Horn from Brookhaven National Laboratory on Feb. 13. BNL provided students with lab attire and equipment to successfully take part in a citric acid soil remediation lab.

This is the second year that Brookhaven National Labs has visited the high school to educate science students.

"We invite Brookhaven National Labs to the high school to expose our students to careers in the sciences on Long Island, while also supplementing our curriculum,” said Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman. “In this lab, students used a technique designed at BNL, right here on Long Island, to remove pollutant metals from soil."

Students worked with a number of solutions which they used test tubes to differentiate and experiment with. With the help of their classmates, the students followed scientific steps to quantify the amount of iron present in the soil, using the 1,10-phenanthroline method.

At the conclusion of the lab, Ms. Horn graphed the classroom results and helped the students determine their concentration levels based on the numbers they recorded during the experiment.  

Science Student to Attend Prestigious Conference

Science Student to Attend Prestigious Conference
Congratulations to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School junior Gina Maletta for recently being selected as a National Youth Delegate for the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University this upcoming summer! Gina is one out of only 250 students from across the country that have been asked to participate in the intensive week-long program on environmental science leadership and conservation.

To be chosen for the summit, a student must hold strong academic achievements, as well as demonstrate interest and excellent leadership skills in science and conservation studies. Gina was nominated by her science teacher Maria Aiello based on these skills.

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held from June 25-30 and include distinguished faculty members, guest speakers and access to elite D.C. practitioners. The leadership conference was created to encourage and grow future leaders in the field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century.

“It’s pretty cool to be selected for this,” said Gina. “I like the environment so it’s exciting because it really fits my interest.”

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera
Tri-M Music Honor Society students at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently attended a performance of Bizet’s opera, “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in NYC. This was the first time the students had seen an opera before.

As "knowing" musicians in the band, chorus and orchestra, it was agreed that after hearing the singers project over the immense pit orchestra into the highest part of the theatre, without microphones, they gained a greater respect for the professional singers. The children's chorus in Act I was exceptionally inspiring and clear to hear.

The production was performed in French but all who attended followed along with the ongoing "super-titles" in English on the seat-back in front of them. It was a memorable trip for all!

Orchestra Students Shine at Music Festivals

Orchestra Students Shine at Music Festivals
Eight music students recently participated in the Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Suffolk County intermediate and secondary festivals. The competitive all-county music festivals select orchestra students with both strong NYSSMA achievements and music teacher recommendations to perform challenging music in a high level ensemble.

Representing James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Elwood Middle School at the intermediate level were fifth-graders Jenna Ban (violin) and Angelina Song (cello), sixth-grader Giuliana Brown (violin), seventh-grader Maya Tallo (violin) and eighth-graders Ryan Kang (cello) and Rithika Narayan (viola).

Tenth-grader Elizabeth Choi (violin) and eleventh-grader Emma Mayette (viola) represented Elwood-John H. Glenn High School at the secondary level.

“It’s fun to play with people from other schools,” said Emma. “We were also able to see some old friends which was great.”

The students were recommended by their orchestra teachers Diana Gotzen-Berg from James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Elwood Middle School, and Karen Gellert from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School.

“Mrs. Gellert and I are so proud of our students that represented Elwood,” said Mrs. Gotzen-Berg. “The experience was extremely rewarding for our students and their hard work and dedication to their instrument showed.”

District Earns AP Honor Roll Distinction

We are excited to announce our recent inclusion into the College Board’s 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll! Elwood is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada who increased Advanced Placement course opportunity for students while also maintaining or improving the rate at which AP students scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam. This is the second year that the district has achieved this honor.

“I am so proud that at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, we have provided more students with the opportunity to experience the challenge and rigor of an Advanced Placement course,” said Principal Carisa Burzynski.  “We know these courses better prepare students for college and a career and have maintained student performance on AP exams that is above state and national averages.”

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Maureen Hull credits the high school and the community for this high achievement.
“We believe that all students can be successful and should have access to challenging coursework,” she said. “The continued strong performance of our students reflects both the efforts of teachers and the commitment of students to do their personal best.”

Harley Avenue Crowns Knights of the Month


Three students from Harley Avenue Primary School were named February’s Knights of the Month on Feb. 3 during a school-wide pep rally. Kindergartner Fatima Aguilar, first-grader Gia Sofield and second-grader Kaylee Mossey were awarded the title for their ability to showcase great character.

The three girls received t-shirts during the pep rally where Principal Elissa Millan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert congratulated them. With the help of music teacher Mrs. Long, the girls took the stage to lead their classmates in The Pledge of Allegiance and the Harley Promise.

District Gathers for “The Ugly Truth”

District Gathers for “The Ugly Truth”

Over 300 families, students, administrators, faculty and Board of Education members from the district banded together at Elwood Middle School on Feb. 1 to learn about prevention and the dangers of drugs from the Suffolk County Police Department. The program titled “The Ugly Truth,” has been shared across Long Island to combat the critical issue of increased drug abuse in the area.

Elwood was the largest audience that the police department has had in 45 presentations. Over 100 individuals also tuned into the program from the live stream at home. Several key speakers including Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, New York State Assemblymen Chad Lupinacci and Andrew Raia, Town of Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards and Suffolk County Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Caplan took part in the program.  

Superintendent of School Dr. Kenneth Bossert welcomed the community for coming out for the important evening. “It really gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to see so many community residents, parents, students, faculty and the entire district administration here,” he said. “What you have demonstrated to me is that this is a community that cares about its children. This is not a community that is immune to some of the dangers that we will be talking about tonight.”

Assemblyman Raia stressed the importance of getting involved. “We are making great strides but you are part of the solution,” he said. “Being aware of what is going on around you, the symptoms to look for in not just your kids but your neighbors as well.”

Commissioner Sini provided statistics for the audience and explained how we are in the midst of a drug epidemic. There were 300 fatal opioid related overdoses in 2016 and first responders including the Suffolk County Police administrated Narcan over 700 times in the year. “We need to be fighting this epidemic on all fronts – prevention, treatment, law enforcement and recovery,” he said.  

Those in attendance had the opportunity to receive their own Narcan pack and were educated on how to use it in an emergency situation. Community members also learned about the social host law, emergency hotlines, helpful resources and the extreme consequences of drug abuse on a person’s body. A number of organizations tabled before and after the event to provide more resources for community members. Organizations included the Samaritan Daytop Family Association, Chemical Dependence Services, The Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center and Operation Medicine Cabinet.

At the conclusion of the event, an Apple Watch courtesy of the Elwood Booster club was raffled off to a lucky member of the audience.

Bright Future Ahead for Student-Athlete


Elwood-John H. Glenn High School senior Damien Caffrey proudly signed his national letter of intent on Feb. 1 to play college football at LIU Post. Surrounded by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan, administrators, coaches and family members, the special ceremony took place in the high school gymnasium.

During the ceremony, Mr. Shanahan praised Damien for gaining an athletic scholarship with LIU, a difficult achievement for many. “Across the country, only 2% of high school students receive an athletic scholarship,” he said. “We take this time to recognize you for your efforts, your hard work and to wish you well.”

Dr. Bossert also congratulated Damien on his next chapter. “You have represented John Glenn well and we expect you to go on to do great things at LIU,” he said. “Remember your roots and where you came from. We couldn’t be more proud of you.”

Principal Carisa Burzynski shared her own words of encouragement with the student-athlete. “When you do your best and work hard, good things come your way,” she said. “I wish you continued success.”

In addition to playing on the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School football team, Damien is also is a star wrestler. He recently won the 2017 Eastern State 220 lbs Wrestling Championship. A title that his coach, T.J. Brocking is very proud of.

“He has worked extremely hard to be a top athlete,” he said. “He is ranked number one in the state in two different weight levels.”

Track Team Named League 5 Champs

For the first time in Elwood-John H. Glenn High School history, the Girls Winter Track team won the Winter League Championship Title at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 20!

Coached by Patrick Burke and Kevin Lavey, the team competed against 11 other high school teams and ended with a top score of 138. To win the competition, the team had to have a perfect meet. Elwood had 16 Personal Bests during the meet, which was the deciding factor in the major win.

“Each girl on the team has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort throughout the entire season and all that hard work paid off,” said Patrick Burke. “I am so proud of this team and honored to coach them every day.”

In addition to the coaching staff, the district was thrilled for this historic win for the high school.

“Congratulations to this great group of young ladies for their hard work and to our coaching staff for creating a culture of respect and winning attitude,” said Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan.

Kindergartner Pens Winning Essay

Kindergartner Pens Winning Essay

Kindergartner Madelyn Moreno and her fellow classmates from Harley Avenue Primary School received a special visit from Long Island Ducks and TD Bank representatives on Jan. 26. Madelyn was recently selected as one of four winners and the first kindergarten student ever to win TD Banks annual essay contest, “Take a Duck to Class.”

The essay prompt asked students to write about a hero in their community in 250 words or less and submit their entries to this past fall. Madelyn dedicated her submission to her father, a volunteer firefighter. Out of thousands of student submissions, Madelyn’s essay was one that stuck out.

“Madelyn wrote about a fireman, which was great, but there was a kick to her essay because the fireman was also her dad,” said Ducks Assistant GM/Senior VP of Sales Doug Cohen. “We wanted to recognize her dad and also award Madelyn for her essay because it really impressed us.”

A special assembly took place for the kindergartners where Mr. Cohen congratulated Madelyn on her essay and gave her the opportunity to read it to her peers. TD Bank representatives Eric Fishon and Robert Lashuk were also on hand to award Madelyn with a $50 Visa gift card for her accomplishment. Madelyn’s parents Louis and Lauren Moreno cheered their daughter on and Mr. Moreno dressed in his bunker gear to answer any questions that the students had.

The Long Island Ducks mascot QuackerJack also made a special guest appearance which resulted in a loud applause from the students. Following the assembly, Madelyn’s entire class enjoyed a private autograph session with QuackerJack in their classroom and took home gift bags filled with items, courtesy of TD Bank and the Long Island Ducks.

Board Honors Outstanding High School Students

Board Honors Outstanding High School Students

During the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 26, the board recognized seven Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students for their recent achievements. David and Michael Hermanns, Kistofer Kwan, Derek Lee, Katherine McPherson, Justin Yoskowitz and Stephanie Tsangaris were awarded certificates of achievement and praised for their efforts.

This past fall, seniors David and Michael Hermanns were named National Merit Semifinalists based on their impressive high index scores on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Principal Carisa Burzynski congratulated the two students in front of the Board and community members. The brothers have qualified to compete for more than 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling approximately $33 million.

“We thank you for serving as role models for the students of Elwood,” she said. “Congratulations on earning this prestigious recognition.”  

Ms. Burzynski also acknowledged seniors Kistofer Kwan, Derek Lee, Katherine McPherson and Justin Yoskowitz for being named National Merit Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students were placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“This is a well-deserved accomplishment,” said Ms. Burzynski. “It is a true testament of your hard work and perseverance.”

In addition, Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan recognized junior Stephanie Tsangaris for being named a member of the New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) All State Girls Soccer Team for the second year in a row.

“She’s All-County and she’s selected by the New York State Sportswriters which is very difficult to do,” said Mr. Shanahan.

Stephanie was also recently a part of the League 5 Championship Girls Winter Track Team. This was the first time is the school’s history that the team won the championship.

Congratulations to these incredible students on their accomplishments!

Community Donations

At its business meeting on Jan. 26, the Board of Education accepted a number of donations to the district’s schools.

The Elwood Booster Club generously donated money towards a number of clubs and programs.

They donated $1,053 to fund the Robotics Club at James H. Boyd Intermediate School through 2017. The organization also donated $6,300 to fund the Mathematics, Robotics and ESL Homework Club at Elwood Middle School through June 2017. They donated $120 toward funding the STEAM Program and $2,106 to fund the ESL Homework Club at James H. Boyd Intermediate School through June 2017. In addition, the Elwood Booster Club donated $1,053 to fund the Crazy 8’s Math Club at Harley Avenue Primary School through June 2017.

Donations were also made by Elwood SEPTA. The organization donated $528 to fund the Winter Krafty Kids Club and $500 to fund the SEPTA Friendship Club at Harley Avenue Primary School.

The Elwood Middle School PTA donated $75 and James H. Boyd PTA donated $500 toward the STEAM Program.

Mr. Bill Rom generously donated a Tred Sled by Rogers Athletic Company which has an estimated value of $6,000 to the Elwood Athletics Department.

Donations of $1,137.56 and $22.73 were made to fund the Barbara Quigley Memorial Fund, and the John H. Glenn Football Alumni Association donated $3,106.90 to fund the expenses associated with lift equipment rental.

The district thanks these organizations and individuals for their contributions and extreme generosity. With your support, students are now given opportunities that otherwise would not be possible.

Design Students Explore NYC

Ms. Warren and Mr. Abbate’s design students at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, recently took an exciting trip to New York City to learn about the structures and the history of some of the architecture and engineering that the city contains. While they were there, the students visited the 9/11 Memorial, The Oculus, went up to the One World Trade Observatory and walked on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Child Find

In accordance with the PL 94-142 legislation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, we are seeking to locate all children ages 1 day to 21 years, residing in the Elwood School District, who because of a disability or special need may require special education or supportive services. This information is needed for us to plan educational services for preschool children ages 3 to 4 and school-age children 5 to 21, as well as to provide appropriate services for those who may have left school because of a disability without a diploma and wish to return before age 21 to complete their education.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) insures that all children with disabilities have available to them a free, appropriate public education, which includes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs. It further assures that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected.

If you have a child who you believe may have a disability that may require special education or related services, please advise the school district by calling the Office of Special Education at 631-266-5400, ext. 437. We can advise you of evaluation and intervention services available at no cost to you. Children who need help and receive it early have a better chance of school success.