Bronze Medal in Taekwondo

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Sixth-grader Daniel Glavan earned a bronze medal at the USAT New York State Taekwondo Championships at Queens College on March 11, 2017. He was presented with his third-place medal for his performance in Poomsae, a form of Taekwondo. Daniel competed in the black belt, 12-14-year-old division. He is now qualified to compete in the organization’s national tournament in Detroit, MI this July.

Congratulations, Daniel!

First-Hand History Lessons

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Washington D.C. became a giant classroom for approximately 150 eighth-grade students as they experienced first-hand the very things they have been learning about in their Social Studies classes. Coordinated by the Middle School Parents’ Council, the three-day trip brought the students, along with faculty and parent chaperones to many of our nation’s historical sites including Fort McHenry, the White House, Washington Monument, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, United States Holocaust Museum, and all of the major museums in Washington D.C., among other important sites. At Arlington National Cemetery, eighth-graders Ava Barosin, Alexander Gianoukakis, David Hower and Alexandra Weilert placed a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Social Studies curriculum leader David J. Ethe said that taking this trip enabled students to receive a better understanding of the lessons they are being taught. “When they can visualize something that they have been studying, it provides them with a different and meaningful perspective about United States history that they will never forget,” he said.

Special thanks to Mr. Hogan, Mrs. Reilly, Mrs. Ring, Mr. Rogin and all of the parent chaperones for working so hard to make this trip a reality for the students. 

Regional Science Bowl Champions

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Four middle school students took home first prize at the Regional National Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 4. The middle school team won every match and was crowned the undefeated champions earning a large trophy,banner and medal.  

Emily Barosin, Caitlin Bianco, Zophie Lemaitre and Zachary Watson not only proved their knowledge of science, but also displayed exceptional sportsmanship throughout the full-day competition. During the finals, team members realized that they were being asked a set of questions that they had already answered in a previous round. They asked judges to stop the competition and explained that it would not be fair to the other team to continue without a new set of questions. Judges and parents of opposing teams were impressed with the integrity of these young competitors.

The team, coached by teacher Christopher Hoppner, earned an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national level of competition. They will spend five days in the capital in April, competing and taking tours of historical attractions.

A second middle school team competed in the regional event but did not advance to the second round. Team members Ezra Pietrafesa, Sabrina Raichoudhury, Shannon Sullivan and Tim Sze were coached by teacher Julie Feltman,and played excellent games during the morning sessions especially as a new team without any member ever having played before.

Fun with Robotics

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Robotics is in full swing with not only the high school team, but for the first time, the district also has a middle school team.

With three teams in total, the students have competed across Long Island and seen much success. The teams participate in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) program for grades 7-12 which challenges students to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format.

Team Kuiper, Team FalconBots and Team LVAI (Locust Valley Artificial Intelligence) have competed in three competitions and learned a lot from both the preparation and the competition itself.

Team FalconBots won three awards at the First Tech Challenge on Jan. 28 earning them the opportunity to advance to the Long Island Regional Finals on Feb.11 in Smithtown. They took the Captain award for Winning Alliance; first place for the Control Award and third lace for the Inspire Award.

Congratulations to all members of our Robotics teams!