School Notes: Relay for Life, FarmBot Coding

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 at West Hollow Middle School are working with their new FarmBot, an open-source farming robot that allows them to automate the process of growing produce.

The objective is for students to grasp a deeper understanding of alternative agricultural practices that could sustain food supplies in harsh growing environments such as the arctic, crowded urban cities, or even a space colony.

“The goal is to combine computational thinking, data collection and analysis, electronics and prototyping, and general good science practices to better understand plants, food production, and the resources needed to reduce food insecurity,” said Christopher Regini, a science teacher in the building that is leading the project.

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Elwood celebrates different cultures

On March 6, the Elwood community and students set up booths to represent different countries and served authentic to those in attendance for the districtwide international night.

With more than 22 stations present, different groups showcased everything from food to dance and musical performances. Ms. Gendjoian’s Spanish conversation class and the JGHS step team where among the many that took the stage. As a finale to the night, the American Sign Language performed their rendition of “This is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” accompanied by the vocal talent of sophomore Princess Onyianta.

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Huntington gears up for Relay for Life 2019

A school-wide kick-off assembly recently jump-started this year’s initiative, that attracted 20 teams and $8,000 in contributions.

The opening ceremony for this year’s Relay For Life is set for Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. The event will continue throughout the night and conclude at daybreak on Sunday, June 16. The event is being chaired by Noah Morris, Meagan-Elise Malone and Katie Burton. Andy Ulloa (publicity/social media), Gigi Devoe (luminaria), Jenna Yabroudy (survivorship), Sam Roberts (entertainment) and Riva Bergman (fundraising) are heading up major aspects of this year’s campaign. Principal Brenden Cusack has provided completed support behind the group.

“Relay For Life is an amazing event that will change your life at Huntington High School,” Mr. Ulloa said. “Relay brings the whole community together, which is one of my favorite things. The committee has been hard at work planning this year’s Relay.”

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East Northport event raises $20,000 for cancer research 

East Northport Middle School held a St. Baldrick’s event on Mar. 8 to raise funds to support childhood cancer research and treatment.

A group of 39 students and staff members volunteered for event’s head-shaving statement and raised over $20,000 dollars. With major support from the community, family members, and loved ones, volunteers walked on stage to have their heads shaved. Each student exited the stage to receive a hand-knitted hat and a St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” t-shirt to forever remind them of their contribution to the cause. 

“East Northport Middle School’s outpouring of support for St. Baldrick’s Day is emblematic of the compassionate and generous hearts of the greater Northport-East Northport community,” said Assistant Principal Angelo Cocchiola, “and we are so thankful for all they’ve done to aid childhood cancer treatment and research.”

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HHS participates in MathCon Contest 

Huntington High School seniors Ryan Hoffmann, Charles Sze and Mathew Hearl were invited to participate in the MathCON finals in Chicago, IL in April.

MathCON is a non-profit organization that sponsors the two part competition that focuses on math, science, engineering and technology for students in grades 5 through 12. Since 2008, the contest has drawn more than 200,000 entries from across the country. Huntington students recognized for their high achievement included sophomore Bryan Wong and seniors Arashdeep Singh, Matthew Quinn, Noah Morris, Katherine Burton and Haley Mortell.

“This year, over 50,000 students competed from over 43 states with only one percent advancing to the final round of the competition,” said Kathleen Aufiero, Huntington UFSD’s chairperson of mathematics, 7-12. “We are very proud that we had three students that were invited to the finals and six students that were recognized for their achievement and invited to join a wait list for the final competition.”

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