Schools: AP Workshops for Teachers; FSL Book Fair

=The Cold Spring Harbor Central School District hosted four days of workshops for more than 100 teachers of Advanced Placement courses islandwide.

The teachers, representing 31 Long Island school districts, focused on improving student understanding and achievement on AP exams.

“This initiative demonstrates Cold Spring Harbor’s commitment to fostering professional learning opportunities for our staff which translates into more positive outcomes for our students,” Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Gierasch said. “This can only happen with a committed group of teachers and administrators for which we are grateful.

“We were thrilled to lead the way in this endeavor and look forward to continuing to support and ignite the passion of our educators.”

Participants, including veterans and new teachers, shared instructional techniques and best practices, engaged in-depth discussions regarding assessments and worked as a team in creating shared resources.

The nine AP courses chosen as the focus of these workshops included biology, calculus, economics, English language and composition, English literature and composition, environmental, human geography, statistics and U.S. history. The knowledge shared between colleagues was beneficial and extremely well received. Due to the overwhelmingly positive responses, future workshops will be held early next year.

Entrance Reopened at TJ Lahey

Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School Principal Mary Williams recently welcomed students, administrators and guests to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s new main entrance, which has been under construction and closed off since last June.
“We wanted to get our arrival and dismissal as back to normal as possible, without having to use alternative entrances and exits, so even though there’s a little bit more work and wiring yet to do inside, they were able to provide us access during the day,” Williams said. “Once the doors were open again, we were excited about inviting our students, visitors and parents back in through the front door

Book Fair at Family Service League

Family Service League’s Huntington Family Center hosted a book fair for community children, with hundreds of books, in both English and Spanish, donated by Stand Up for Teens and other supporters. The children and their families enjoyed a reading, created personalized book marks, and had the chance to peruse the wide selection to find a few favorites to take home.
As an additional surprise, the children where also given new winter pajamas (collected and donated by the Pajama Program – Long Island Chapter).

Harborfields Students Sign Letters of Intent

Eight Harborfields High School seniors recently signed national letters of intent to continue playing in college.
Athena Braverman will play volleyball at Skidmore College, Lexi Huntington will play field hockey at Adelphi University, Maggie Keys will play field hockey at the University of Scranton, Gavin Lindkvist will play football at Ithaca College, Shane Longin and Aidan Terry will play football at Utica University, Sia Markowski will play lacrosse at the University of Tampa and Brogan Olson will play baseball at the University of New Haven.
“This is an exciting time for our student-athletes, and we are so proud of them,” Athletic Director Rob Franco said. “The hard work, time commitment and dedication it takes to get this opportunity isn’t easy. Not many students get to continue their playing career after high school, but we know that the skills they have learned here in Harborfields from their coaches and teachers have best prepared them for what lies ahead.”

NYIT’s Match Day

Soon-to-be physicians from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine‘s (NYITCOM) Class of 2023 had a 100 percent match rate, with all members of the Class of 2023 placed into residencies.

The annual event, known as “Match Day,” places medical school students into residencies, where they’ll spend the next three to seven years on the way to obtaining their medical licenses.

This year, graduating students from NYITCOM’s Long Island campus gathered at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury where they received sealed envelopes containing their much-anticipated results. At 11 am, the envelopes were ripped open to the sounds of raucous cheer.

Residencies were secured at impressive institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic (anesthesiology), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (multiple specialties), University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (neurology), Duke University Medical Center (pediatrics), and many others.

NYITCOM students also matched into some of the most competitive specialties, including interventional radiology, dermatology, radiation oncology, urology, neurological surgery, and ophthalmology.


The Cold Spring Harbor Central School District’s first districtwide charity event
sports night for students, staff, families and community residents was a fundraising event in
remembrance of Corey Phelan, son of high school physical education and health teacher, Chris Phelan, who lost his battle to T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
on Oct. 12, 2022. Corey had a vision to help families suffering the same fate by offsetting
their financial burden so that they could dedicate and focus more time on their children.



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