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John Glenn Science Students Demonstrate Biochemical Processes

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Under the direction of teacher Sima Lis, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School science students studying biochemistry recently built models in a lab to demonstrate the processes of dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis. The students initially built glucose molecules by using a one-dimensional example on the lab handout to create their own physical model using gummy bears and toothpicks. They were responsible for assigning each of the three colors of gummy bears to a specific element – carbon, hydrogen or oxygen – and bonding the elements in the correct structure. Demonstrating dehydration synthesis, the students “synthesized” the disaccharide maltose by removing two hydrogens and one oxygen, which equals water. Once they built their large molecule, they “digested” it by adding the water back in demonstrating hydrolysis.

Date Added: 11/15/2022

Elwood Middle School's Maria Trucios Named Islanders Teacher of the Month

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Congratulations to Elwood Middle School teacher Maria Trucios on being named Teacher of the Month by the New York Islanders!
Read all about it here.

Date Added: 11/14/2022

Elwood Inducts Three at 2022 Wall of Fame Ceremony

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The Elwood School District honored the careers of three remarkable individuals – Carol Dano, the late Joe Pace and Patricia Biscardi – by inducting them into the Elwood Wall of Fame. The Class of 2022 induction ceremony was held during the district’s homecoming day of celebration on Oct. 15 at the Elwood Middle School auditorium, with their proud families in attendance.

Established in 2018, Elwood’s Wall of Fame serves to recognize individuals who have made impactful contributions to the school community.

Mrs. Biscardi served for nearly 30 years as a paraprofessional at Elwood Middle School. Affectionately known as “Grandma” to generations of students and staff after her second granddaughter attended the school, she supervised students in the cafeteria, chaperoned school functions, monitored students in the library and served as a bus matron.

Mrs. Dano served Elwood for 21 years as a family and consumer science teacher and community volunteer. She led the Student Community Service Club, organizing a Thanksgiving dinner and dinner theater for the community’s senior citizens for over 20 years. She also served as a class adviser, Head Start contributor and PTA member. A district resident for 43 years and parent to three Elwood graduates, she continued to assist students as a substitute teacher, chaperone and homecoming chairperson after her 2007 retirement.

Mr. Pace, who passed away on July 23 after a courageous battle against cancer, began his Elwood career in 2000, serving 22 years as a fifth-grade teacher and AIS math specialist at James H. Boyd Intermediate School. He also coached the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School varsity boys golf team, leading them to the 2021 league championship, and played drums for Boyd’s The Coconutz band.

Date Added: 11/2/2022

Elwood Enjoys a Perfect Day for Homecoming

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It was a perfect fall day of crisp air and sunny skies as the proud Elwood community came together on Oct. 15 to march in the annual homecoming parade from James H. Boyd Intermediate School to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School.

Greenlawn and Commack Fire Department trucks led the way, followed by Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bossert, district administrators and Board of Education members; the John Glenn Marching Knights band, kickline and cheerleaders; homecoming King Colby Knorr and Queen Juliet Beuka; the high school’s classes and their colorful holiday-themed floats (Halloween for the seniors, Christmas for the juniors, Valentine’s Day for the sophomores and Easter for the freshmen); Elwood Middle School’s band and kickline; and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops. The senior class won the float contest, despite a deduction of points for a rules violation. 

The football Knights won their later battle in decisive fashion, defeating Port Jefferson in the homecoming game by a 34-0 score and improving their League IV record to 5-1. Quarterback Chris Franzese’s performance was a highlight, throwing for 125 yards and two touchdowns and running for 138 yards. Other offensive stars were Kahran King, who rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns, and Graig Decembre, who tallied six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Mario Bento racked up seven tackles while Jack Smith boasted six tackles and two sacks, contributing mightily to the shutout.

The halftime show proved spectacular, with exciting performances by the cheerleaders and kickline. The marching band had the audience’s full attention with their set of nautical-themed music.

“It was a beautiful day and we appreciated everyone coming out to show their support for the Elwood community during homecoming, said John Glenn High School Principal Corey McNamara. “Thank you to all of our advisers for their guidance and especially to all of our students for their hard work and effort when involved in the many activities that surrounded the events of the week.”

Date Added: 10/22/2022