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Elwood Celebrates Outstanding Staff

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During the district’s Board of Education meeting on June 15, the Board recognized 14 staff members who were awarded tenure, while also honoring the 2016-17 retirees and 25 year employees.

Administrators, faculty members and their families attended the commendations in the Elwood Middle School auditorium. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert opened the meeting by congratulating those being honored that evening for their dedication and service to the district and introduced the first tenure recipients who are administrators in the district. Those that received tenure included Assistant Superintendent for Business Keri Loughlin, Harley Avenue Primary School principal Elissa Millan, James H. Boyd Intermediate School principal Dr. Denise Toscano and Elwood Middle School Assistant Principal Dawn Valle.

The principals of each school then presented a plaque to their teachers and teaching assistants who also received tenure. These included teachers Moiro Citko, Jessica Hasday, Shanna LaBarbera, Sima Lis, Megan Riley, Lisa Rosenthal, Danielle Sullivan, Jennifer Vacchio and teaching assistants Maria Gagliardi and Kelsie Wilkinson.

Retirees were praised by their fellow administrators for their positive impact on the students and school community. Those recognized were Lee Anderson, Nancy Barkocy, Noreen Driscoll, Ann Gengenbach, Christine Graber, David Heiss, Susan Masserwick, Denise Preto, Cynthia Smith, Donna Verton, Linda Wilson, Carol Yamond and Marcia Zatulskis.  

Faculty members Jan Fairchild, Anthony Gallo, Michael Marino, Darren Szokoli and David Trabulsi were presented with trophies for their 25 years of service in the district. Each were congratulated by the Board and administrators for their hard work and dedication for so many years.

In addition, Elwood Middle School principal Dr. Hugh Gigante was commended for his leadership at the school as he will leave to take on his new position at Western Suffolk BOCES.

“We congratulate you on your new position, as we know it is a career aspiration for you,” said Dr. Bossert. “But we are saddened of your departure because of your profound positive impact on Elwood Middle School over the last seven years.”

Board of Education president Michael LaMena was also recognized as it was his last meeting serving on the Board. Board vice president Julia Fried thanked Mr. LaMena for his dedication to the district.

“He is committed to a focused process which has proven to unite the Board this year and has made for a very successful transition for our new superintendent,” said Mrs. Fried. “Mike, we will miss your calm leadership but we are grateful for the time you served on the Board. We are all better for it.”

The final two recognitions were for district clerk Nancy Mancini, who will retire from her role with the Board and transition into her new role in transportation and technology, as well as incoming Elwood-John H. Glenn High School senior Joseph Pacifico, who was commended for his assistance with the webcast broadcasting of the Board of Education meetings throughout the school year.

Congratulations to all and thank you for your outstanding service to the district!  

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Team Does Their Part to Help the Environment

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The Elwood-John H. Glenn High School varsity girls lacrosse team recently partnered with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation to clean up Crab Meadow Beach in Northport.

The student-athletes worked together and collected a record 97 pounds of garbage from the beach and surrounding area in an effort to help the environment. 

“They did an excellent job,” said coach Janine Bright. “They were proud to be a part of it.” 

District Receives Grant to Create New Makerspace

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James H. Boyd Intermediate School has recently been selected to receive a 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant from The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The $5,000 grant will allow the school to begin building a Makerspace to enhance learning opportunities for students.

The foundation offers the grant each year to K-12 public schools across the nation to provide community support for basic educational needs. The grant application, submitted by teachers Liz Held and Krista Albrecht, was for their project idea, “If You Build it, They Will Come.” 

The project focuses on creating a space where students can learn through hands on activities and building. The mission of the makerspace will be to encourage curiosity, tinkering and learning, while inspiring students to invent new things, continually question how processes happen and how inventions can be improved. Ms. Albrecht and Ms. Held plan to purchase items such as Lego kits, tablets, a green screen studio, and storage containers for student projects to incorporate into the space.
“We were thrilled to learn that we won the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant to begin creating a Makerspace at Boyd,” said Ms. Albrecht. “We are always looking for innovative ways to fund ideas for our students. Incorporating science and technology, and discovering ways to solve problems is so important. If this Makerspace at Boyd can help students become better thinkers, then we are on the right track!” 

Seniors Perform at Legislature Meeting

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Seniors from the Elwood-H. John Glenn High School Chamber Choir were invited to sing at the June 6 Legislature meeting by Legislature Steve Stern. Under the direction of music teacher Rachel Nagle, the students performed the National Anthem at the beginning of the meeting and were commended for their contribution to the Arts.  

Congratulations to Ms. Nagle and the following students!

Kaleigh Liebler
Kristofer Kwan
Kyle Morlock
Kevin Amir
David Hermanns
Kimberly Fried
Eva Sheldon
Cecelia Polvere
Amanda Keane
Alyssa Lampros

Pickleball for a Good Cause

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students recently participated in the Sean Urda Memorial Scholarship Pickleball Fundraiser with all proceeds going towards the Sean Urda Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund.

The doubles tournament allowed students to pay a fee of $20 and play against their fellow classmates for a good cause.

Juniors Tori Cacioppa and Katie Brown and seniors Joe Muchniki and Greg Thorhill were named pickleball champions at the conclusion of the tournament.

Three Students Awarded for Research

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Congratulations to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students Katie Browne, Emily Goetz and Nicole Hugelmeyer, who recently received Honorable Mention at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair! Under the guidance of their science teacher Dr. Arnold Kamhi, the students produced an experiment in which they used Cacti on disinfecting water in areas of need in third world countries.

“I am truly proud of the three of them,” said Dr. Kamhi. “Great work and research by all.”

Outstanding Orchestra Student Earns Scholarship

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Congratulations to Elwood Middle School eighth-grader Rithika Narayan, who was recently selected to receive the Long Island String Festival Association Studio Award! She was presented with a $500 scholarship to further her study of the viola. 

The award is offered each year to deserving students who participate in the LISFA festival. The students who are considered for the award were already selected to LISFA based on their NYSSMA score, which is highly competitive. Out of those students, Rithika was selected based on an essay that she wrote and a recommendation letter from her music teacher Diana Gotzen-Berg.  

Only one student is chosen per age group and Rithika was picked out of the eighth and ninth grade students who participated in the festival. 

“Rithika is an incredibly dedicated student,” said Ms. Gotzen-Berg. “I could not be prouder of her accomplishments both in music and beyond.” 

Students Show Their Philanthropic Side

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The Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Mock Trial team and the Elwood Middle School Life Skills class recently did their part to help the environment by recycling cans to support the Mock Trial team’s philanthropy CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). The high school students worked with the middle school students, helping them recycle at the Stop and Shop Recycling Center, as well as helping them interact with the cashier and customer service clerk. In addition, the high school students also assisted in ordering lunch at Panera, paying for the food, counting out change and showing proper etiquette.

“They had a wonderful time and both groups ended the day with a fulfilling experience,” said Mock Trial Team Advisor Megan Gieser.


Students Assist with High School Transition

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students involved in the district’s Freshmen Buddies Program prepared incoming freshmen on June 1 for what to expect when they enter the high school next year.

The 75 juniors and seniors who have been selected to serve as mentors in the program, visited Elwood Middle School to introduce themselves to their group of incoming freshmen. This allowed the students to get acquainted before their next meet-up, which will be Freshmen Orientation at the end of August.

Guidance counselor and Freshmen Buddy advisor Adrienne Nasser welcomed all the students and explained a little more about the program.  

“As you are ending the eighth-grade year, I’m sure you are all thinking about what high school is going to be like,” she said. “It is always nice to know people in a new school and today we are hoping that by meeting your mentors who will work with you all of next year, it will ease that transition for you.” 

The groups made their way outside where they sat in circles and discussed the upcoming school year. The high school students encouraged the eighth-graders to ask any questions that they had about the high school and even shared their own experiences with their groups. 

Orchestra Students Perform at Long Island Music Festival

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Orchestra students from Elwood Middle School attended the Long Island Music Festival on May 19 at L.I.U. Post to perform their spring concert pieces for two judges. After the performance, the students had the opportunity to work with one of the judges on an aspect of their performance. The students performed well and received a score of 97 and a "Superior" rating, which is the highest rating that one can receive. After the performance, the students headed to Adventureland for some well-deserved fun.

“The students were so excited to share their music and represent Elwood,” said orchestra teacher Diana Gotzen-Berg. “They were beaming with pride over their performance and had a wonderful experience!”


Day of STEM

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Harley Avenue Primary School students in the Elwood Union Free School District recently participated in a day of STEM enrichment made possible by teacher Renee Spanos’s ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Teacher Impact Grant. 

Through a number of appropriate grade-level STEM activities, students had the opportunity to explore their creativity and challenge themselves inside the classroom.

Kindergarten students tested out catapults and built straw, stick and brick houses for the three little pigs while first-graders learned about bridges and then constructed their own. They also completed engineering challenges with a partner. 

In addition, second-grade students built and floated junk boats and worked with their peers to engineer a device to send Principal Elissa Millan a secret message atop a tower. 

Students Encourage Smart Decisions


Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students involved in SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Natural Helpers and Freshman Buddies recently banded together to encourage their fellow students to make good decisions. The clubs created a wall with a card for each student to remind them of why they are important to others. The cards are currently displayed for all to see in the high school’s guidance hallway.

Spanish Proficiency Leads to Prestigious Recognition

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Students throughout Elwood Middle School and Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently received top scores on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations. Five eighth-graders, four freshmen and three sophomores attained national recognition by earning a gold medal for their excellent performance.

At the middle school level, seventh and eighth-graders prepared for the exam with the help of Spanish teachers Jennifer Vacchio and Valentina Parisi. Gold medal winners included eighth-graders Lizbeth Almendarez, Andrew Mullan, Daniel Mullan, Rithika Narayan and Daniel Rourke. Between both grades, students earned a total of five gold, four silver and six bronze medals along with 17 honorable mentions. A number of students also received a certificate of participation for their effort on the exam.

At the high school level, freshmen Ivan Andrade, Kerri Rhatigan, Elena Somoza, Ava Wilkinson and sophomores Bailey Leunig, Jaida Morgan and Meaghan Rivardo received a gold medal for placing in the 95th percentile or higher nationwide.

Under the guidance of their Spanish teachers Sheri Davis, Nicole Gendjoian and Diane Warren, the high school earned a total of seven gold, 22 silver and 23 bronze medals along with 43 honorable mentions.

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades seven through 12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said National Director of the Exams Kevin Cessna-Buscemi. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2017.”

Tennis Team Serves Up Successful Season

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Congratulations to the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Boys Varsity tennis team for winning the League II Tennis Championship! For the first time in John Glenn tennis history, the team finished the regular season undefeated with an 11-0 record. They are the only team in all of Suffolk County to go undefeated in the regular season. In addition, congratulations to Zak Siddiqui for being the first player from John Glenn to reach the Suffolk County Quarterfinal round at this year’s Suffolk County Individual Tennis Championship since 2004! The district is so proud of these talented student-athletes for their hard work and dedication!

Psychology Students Study Mental Illness

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students from Diane Locascio's AP Psychology classes visited the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center on May 24, to further their studies on mental illness. They toured the museum and met with an outpatient that discussed his experience with Bipolar Depression, along with his treatment program. Students were also provided with the opportunity to work with animals as part of the animal assisted therapy program.

“It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and provided a hands on educational experience as to the mental health system in New York State,” said Ms. Locascio.

Seniors Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments

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Students, family members, faculty, administrators and Board members gathered at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School on May 23 for the high school’s fifty-fifth annual Awards Presentation. The evening consisted of administrators and faculty recognizing students in the Class of 2017 for their high school success in the areas of academics, service and leadership.

Principal Carisa Burzynski and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert kicked off the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance and congratulating the students for their achievements.

“Each of you are here tonight because you have gone above and beyond during your years at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School,” said Mrs. Burzynski. “We are so proud of all that you have accomplished.” 

In addition, Dr. Bossert encouraged the students to express their gratitude to their families and those who have helped them and supported them along their journey.  

Students who maintained an outstanding GPA throughout their high school career were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. Mrs. Burzynski and Assistant Principal Leroy Cole recognized the National Merit Scholarship Commended Students Derek Lee, Kristofer Kwan and Katherine McPherson. They also presented certificates to National Merit Scholarship Finalists David and Michael Hermanns and students who received the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Furthermore, seniors were awarded Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) gold and silver medals based on their academic success in different subject areas and scholarship awards, including those from the PTA and PTSA.

Distinguishing DNA

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Elwood Middle School seventh-graders recently learned about how to analyze and identify DNA with the help of the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center. Over the course of two days, the classes conducted an experiment with an educator from the DNA Center.

The in-class forensic lab allowed students to look at chromosomes and sequencing DNA to gain a better understanding of how DNA works. They also learned about the scientists that made strides in the research world of genetics.

The classes were introduced to SYBR Green, a special gel that dyes the DNA, allowing it to be seen and glow under an ultraviolet light. Students took turns analyzing the DNA under the light with their peers and recording their results.

Harley Knights Honored by the Board of Education

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During the district’s Board of Education meeting on May 18, twenty-one Harley Avenue Primary School students who were named Harley Knights of the Month from December through June were presented with a certificate for being a positive role model in the school community and living up the Harley Promise.

“These children have been responsible, respectful, helpful, patient, friendly and honest,” said Principal Elissa Millan. “We are very proud of them. They are all of the qualities of a Harley Knight.”

One student from each grade level is named a Harley Knight of the Month throughout the year. Each celebrated their achievement at a schoolwide pep rally that is held on a monthly basis.  

The students were called up by grade level where Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert and Board members Julia Fried, James Tomeo and Deborah Weiss complimented them on their job well done.

Congratulations to the following students who recognized as Harley Knights of the Month!

Dylan Jhaveri
Miles Boremski
Fatima Aguilar
Sloane Hinke
Chloe Kougemitros
Matias Lopez
Dahlia Elie-Pierre

Grade 1
Joseph Meyer
Georgia Creter
Giavonna Sofield
Meesum Abbas
Nicole Popp
Christopher Monterroso-Alvizures
Emily Gerbe

Grade 2
Ella Mulé
David Palencia
Kaylee Mossey
Giselle Palacios
Livia Yeisley
Olivia White
Damian Canela

Final Exam and Regents Review Sessions - Middle School and High School

1. MS Math Final Exam Review and Regents Review Calendar available with dates and topics - visit the Middle School webpage.
Note - please sign up for MS Math Final Exam Review and Regents Review sessions at the link provided so that rooms and staffing can be planned accordingly.

2. HS Regents Review Calendar available with dates and topics - visit the HS webpage.
Note - please sign up for Math Regents Review sessions at the link provided so that rooms and staffing can be planned accordingly. There is no sign-up required for the other Regents exams.

Thank you letter from Dr. Bossert


Elwood’s Budget Passes!

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Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2017-18 budget vote and trustee election. The budget passed by a vote of 1,158 to 261, with Proposition 3 (change in the Board of Education election process in 2018) passing by a vote of 1,111 to 241. In addition, Julia Fried and Becky Marcus were elected to the Board of Education for three year terms. The vote totals for the Board race were as follows:

Julia Fried: 962
Becky Marcus: 686
Matthew Curiale: 684

Again, thank you to all who voted and for supporting our schools!

Building a Difference

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in the Habitat for Humanity Club have helped the community this year by raising over $4,000 to donate to Habitat for Humanity. Through fundraising efforts, the club raised money with the majority coming from selling cheesecakes around the Thanksgiving season and had the opportunity to participate in two builds this school year.

Under the guidance of their club advisors, Jen Basford and Dr. Arnold Kamhi and chaperones Sue Mendonca and Ricky Greening, the students worked hard to construct the floors of a house in Mastic Beach and in Wyandanch. About 15 students attended each build and were selected based on their activity and participation in the club.

“The students work together very well, listen to directions and understand all of the safety precautions which they don't take lightly,” said Ms. Basford. “I have seen so many students step up on these builds to become leaders in their pack.”

Freshmen Buddies Program Spotlighted on LI News Radio

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in the Freshmen Buddies program with school counselor Adrienne Nasser, recently visited Long Island News Radio and spoke about the school’s beneficial program for incoming freshmen! Click the links below to listen:

Harley Welcomes a New Playground

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Students, faculty members, board trustees and administrators gathered at Harley Avenue Primary School on May 3 for a special ribbon cutting ceremony to open a new school playground.

Donated by the Harley Avenue PTA and the Elwood Booster Club, the playground will serve as a new outdoor space for current students and generations to come. Through the fundraising efforts of both organizations and the support of the district, the playground quickly came to fruition. To kick off the ribbon cutting ceremony, the students sat outside by the playground and sang “It’s a Small World” and the “Harley Spirit Song” under the direction of music teacher Christina Long.  

Principal Elissa Millan introduced Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Maureen Hull, Assistant Superintendent of Business Keri Loughlin and board trustees Heather Mammolito, James Tomeo and Deborah Weiss to the students. Dr. Bossert praised the dedication of all those involved in bringing the playground to the school, especially the family members of the PTA. He encouraged students to go home and thank their parents for the school’s new addition.

“The people that you have to thank for this new playground are your parents who worked very hard to make it happen,” he said. “Not only will you be able to enjoy it but students that aren’t even born yet will be able to as well.”

Dr. Bossert also acknowledged the PTA executive board for their hard work and dedication. PTA president Heather Ross spoke to the students and thanked PTA member Annemarie Savage for being such a significant part of the process.

“We started this goal over a year ago and we are so happy to be here today,” said Mrs. Ross. “It really was a team effort.”

The school’s 2016-17 Harley Knights of the Month had the opportunity to be the first students to try out the playground after the ribbon was cut. These students were selected throughout the year based on their excellent character. The playground was open for students to enjoy during recess that day.

Harley Avenue Raises Money in Memory of Beloved Teacher

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Knights for Nature Embraces Spring at John Glenn High School

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in the school’s Knights for Nature club recently planted colorful flowers and plants near the front of the school in honor of Earth Day. Led by club advisor Jen Basford, the environmental club started three years ago and features about thirty members. The club meets twice a month to plan different events for fundraising in an effort to make donations to establishments like Little Shelter or adopt an animal from the World Wildlife Fund. In addition, the students take part in activities to help the community such as beach cleanups and tree planting in the area.

Congratulations Dr. Gigante


District Receives Special Visit from Regent Tilles

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Administrators, Board members, faculty members and students received a special visit from Roger B. Tilles on May 15. Mr. Tilles, a Regent for the New York State Education Department, stopped by classrooms at Elwood Middle School and James H. Boyd Intermediate School to learn about the educational opportunities taking place.

Regent Tilles met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, central administration and Board of Education members before touring the schools.

During his visit to the middle school, seventh-graders showcased how they have been using their Chromebooks to learn about linear equations. The students used Desmos to answer a series of questions designed to help them gain a deeper understanding of how to determine if two lines will intersect and how to find the intersection point. Teacher Erica Giordano showed Regent Tilles how she can view student responses to plan instruction.  

At James H. Boyd Intermediate School, Principal Denise Toscano spoke with Regent Tilles about what exciting things are happening at the school. They visited a third grade classroom, where students demonstrated what they are learning in math to program Dash and Dot robots. Teachers Krista Albrecht and Liz Held planned a series of challenges for students to complete that involved measuring dimensions of different quadrilaterals and then programming Dash to travel the perimeter of the figure in two ways. The students recorded their work using SeeSaw to document their learning and share with parents.  

In addition, Regent Tilles visited another third grade class and read the class different types of poetry that the students enjoyed. It was an exciting day for all!

Italian Students Excel on National Exam

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Four Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Italian students recently placed in the top spots on the 2017 American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) National Italian Exam, with senior Michael Hermanns winning first place in the nation for the level five exam.

The three sophomores that obtained top spots for the level three exam included first place winner Ivan Andrade, second place winner Makenzy Chaikin and third place winner Samantha Rivera. All the students took the exams in March to test their skills in the Italian language. They began taking these tests in eighth grade to test their knowledge while competing to place nationally.

As a result of their top scores on the exams, Michael and Ivan have been awarded a two week all expenses paid trip to Italy this summer to immerse themselves in Italian culture.

“We both are very proud of our students and their achievements on this test,” said Italian teacher Elena Ferriolo. “This year we are proud to announce that we collectively had 34 students that received honorable mention for scoring above average nationally. We are also extremely proud of our students that placed at the top percentile nationally.”


Off to College

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Eleven Elwood-John H. Glenn High School student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent on May 19 to play their sport of choice in college. Surrounded by administrators, coaches, family members and teammates, the ceremony took place in the high school gymnasium where the seniors dressed in their new school attire.

Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan and Principal Carisa Burzynski began the ceremony by praising the students on their achievement of moving onto the collegiate level.

“As you go on to play in college, continue to make us proud,” said Mrs. Burzynski. “The leadership that you display on the field and in the classroom are great qualities that will help you assume leadership positions later in life.”

Six of the student-athletes made their commitment to play lacrosse at several different schools. Cameron Chiodo and Jimmy McGrath will play at SUNY Geneseo, Nick Torzilli and TJ Zenobio will play at Misericordia University, while Mark Andreacchi will play at Mount Saint Mary’s College and Connor Mayette at Western Connecticut State University.

Football player Peter Noonan will be joining the SUNY Cortland team in the fall, while his teammate Anthony Tesi will be playing for Ithaca College. Soccer player Luke Karen will also be playing at Ithaca College and his teammate Andrew Lule will play at the College of Saint Rose. Senior Isabella Sansanelli will join the volleyball team at Washington College in the fall.

Congratulations to each of these talented student-athletes and best of luck in this next chapter!

Sixth-Graders Honored for Service

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Ten Elwood Middle School sixth-graders in troop 85 recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 30 service hours in 2016.

Members include Giuliana Brown, Kate Doerzbacher, Anya Kassan, Chloe Keil, Riya Kumar, Rachel Leon, Maggie Murphy, Eva Musgrove, Stela Ristic and Arianna Vouthas. Under the guidance of their leaders Allison Keil, Sharon Leon and Jen Musgrove, the troop participated in a project called “Fun for Angela’s House.”

Angela’s House is a non-profit that services children with severe medical disabilities who need 24 hour nursing care. The children live in community homes so that their parents can continue to work and care for their other children at home. The troop took a special interest in Angela’s House and wanted to provide them with specialized play equipment to add more fun to their lives.  

They raised money by selling Girl Scout cookies and rubber bracelets and initially used the money to buy "star machines” that light up the children's bedroom ceilings with mesmerizing lightshows. The troop raised so much money that they were also able to contribute handicapped accommodation swings to a new playground being built on the grounds of one of Angela’s homes.

In addition, the girls collected and donated more than 200 slightly used children’s CDs and DVDs that the children of Angela’s House would enjoy.

“It feels good to win this award knowing that our hours were spent helping others and making our community a better place,” said Chloe.


Students Compete in World Robotics Competition

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Three Elwood Middle School students recently competed in the 2017 VEX IQ Challenge World Championship in Louisville, KY, under the direction of their advisor Matthew McGuire. The team was one of 308 middle school IQ teams from around the world that made it to the world finals. Less than 10 percent of VEX IQ teams from around the world qualified to attend the competition.

This was the first time that Elwood made it to the World Championship. Consisting of sixth-graders Garrett Warren and Kyle O’Conner and seventh-grader Patrick Siegler, the team had been working on their robot all year and competed in local competitions, which qualified them to compete at the World Championship.

During competition, the students participated in a teamwork challenge where they worked together with teams from around the world to move hexballs into different goals. The objective was to gain the highest score possible.

In addition, the team competed in skills matches where they took part in rounds which required them to drive their robot alone and where the robot had to be completely controlled by programs that the students coded for them.

“The competition gave the students the opportunity to work, network, learn and share ideas with other students from around the world,” said Mr. McGuire.

At the end of this year’s competition, next year’s challenge was released. The students are currently planning their designs with the new skills and ideas they learned from other teams. Their goal is to try to do well enough to make it back to the World Championship next year.

A Slam Dunk Achievement

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Congratulations to four Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students who were recently recognized at the Suffolk County Boys Basketball Awards!

Senior Greg Thornhill was named All-League, All-Conference, and one of only 10 boys chosen for All-County. In addition, senior Michael Aufiero was honored with the All-Academic Award, freshman Josh Fenner was named Rookie of the Year for all of League VI and senior Matt Tufano was recognized with the All-League Award. Coach Rogener showed his support by standing by their side during the ceremony.

“We are really proud of the season that these student-athletes have had,” said Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan. “They have positivity represented our community and I know their coach and the whole John Glenn community could not be happier for them.”

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, "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"