School Notebook: Harry Potter Winner, Top Band

Whitman Band State Champs

The Wildcat Marching Band earned a fourth consecutive first-place trophy at the US Bands Association New York State Marching Band Championships held at LIU Post.

With a record high score of 90.18, the band’s performance of ‘Mirror Mirror’ impressed the judges with its creativity.

At Elwood Union Free School District’s most recent Board of Education meeting, middle school student Erin Kenny was recognized for being selected as one of the winners of Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary Scholastic Writing Contest.

Erin is enrolled in one of the school’s English core extension classes and was spurred on to enter this contest by her English teacher.

Her piece, written on her favorite Harry Potter book and why, was chosen out of many students across the nation and awarded an autographed print of the new 20 th anniversary version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”


 Elwood community members who celebrate the holiday of Diwali thanked the Board of Education and district administration for recognizing the holiday on the district calendar and enabling them to celebrate at home with their families. They expressed their gratitude by giving the board members and administrators gifts of sweets, which is part of the Diwali custom.

SCOPE Honorees
Before a day of SCOPE training at Burr Intermediate School in Commack on Nov. 12, attendees gathered in the auditorium to pay tribute to those who have dedicated years of service to SCOPE for the education of Long Island’s children.

Recipients were honored for 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 25 years of service in the Commack district by SCOPE Executive Director George Duffy and the SCOPE leadership team.

Recognized were:
25 years
 Victoria Stein
 Michelle Swartz
20 years
 Marie Cantave
 Debbie Ciampa
 Lori Pinzarrone
 Maria Toscano
15 years
 Maureen Carroll
 Joseph Consolazio
 Mary Dimondo
 April Ortiz
 Carolyn Roca
 Deborah Thornton
10 years
 Agostina Cardaci

 Donna Carullo
 Maria Casucci
 Meryl Collins
 Margaret Doherty
 Julia Dunn
 Tameka Dyce
 Maryann Eccleston
 Meryl Eisenberg
 Ruthie Fields
 Jamie Freel
 Patricia Gambino
 Kelly Hartofelis
 Diane Hilbert
 Laurie Koenig
 Tuniqwa Little
 Cheri Markland
 Antoinette Marzigliano
 Roseann Merk
 Noreen Puri
 Rebecca Rosario-Ramos
 Andrea Schalk

Photo caption: Huntington High School hosted a step dance competition Saturday; members of the Huntington team after the competition ended.


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