Schools: Graduation, Elwood Science Awards

One hundred forty five students graduated June 12 from Cold Spring Harbor High School.

Student speakers Thomas Tsekerides, Michael Keschner and Sarah Kiefer addressed the crowd at the 59th commencement ceremony.

Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Gierasch welcomed her first graduating class as superintendent and said, “I am honored to be a part of this ceremony as you are. I could not be more pleased with your success and sharing my journey with you.”

As a gift, she said that each senior will be receiving the book, “Make Your Bed,” which outlines the 10 principles by Admiral William H. McRaven. “These basic lessons, if followed, could help guide you through some of the challenges you may face in the days and years ahead,”  Gierasch said. “They will likely help you make an impact on the world for the better.”

Elwood Science Awards

Six Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students recently won awards for their science research at the 2022 LI Science Congress, which took place in April.

Catyann Bernhard and Kayla Schwartz won High Honors distinction and the Green Planet Award for their project, which explored the detrimental impact of laundry detergent on plants and groundwater. Sabrina Siddiqui and Arianna Vouthas won High Honors distinction and the Lloyd K. Chankin Award for their experiment, which tested the effects of ocean acidification on plankton populations. Daniella Mancini and Andreanna Mancini won Honors distinction in the chemistry division for their work, which tested the effects of carcinogenic chemicals on the regeneration of planaria.

Elwood school district photo


Oldfield All-Stars

Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields Central School District held its annual All-Star Awards Breakfast on June 7, with teachers, administrators and parents coming together to honor students that have shown growth, great character and positive role model traits.

Each Oldfield teacher could nominate one student for the awards, which are designed for those students who may not be eligible for more traditional awards. Nominees typically have made small strides throughout the year, achieved personal goals, earned the “little victories” or overcome hardships to meet with their own level of success from an academic, social, emotional or behavioral standpoint.

“We are celebrating those students who often ‘fly under the radar’ and may not always get the recognition they deserve,” eighth grade guidance counselor Dahlia Roemer said. “With this award, we want to remind students that character does count.”

Teacher Awarded Agriculture Grant
Long Island Native Ecology and Science teacher David LaMagna  at Northport High School has been awarded a $2,000 Agriculture in the Classroom 2022 grant through the Suffolk County Soil and Water District.

His “Seeding the Future of a Fruitful Environment,” will focus on the transformation of the school’s greenhouse courtyard into a living laboratory and outdoor classroom for all learners in the school community.  Students will visit and engage in phenomena-based experiences and apply scientific reasoning to study Long Island native species that are of both ecological and agricultural value.

Elwood Board Special Meeting

The Elwood Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 8 p.m. Tuesday at the superintendent’s office. The executive session will be “only for the purpose of confidential discussions regarding the potential appointment of a certificated employee and discussions regarding the annual evaluation of the superintendent of schools. At this time, no actions will be taken at this meeting.”


Outdoor Wrestling Tournament Returns

The Vin Altebrando Festival is scheduled for Saturday at Walt Whitman High School.
beginning at 1:30PM. The outdoor event honors the Whitman head wrestling coach, who died in 2018. The tournament raises funds for the Altebrando family, as well as Stand Up for Suzanne, an organization founded in honor of Suzanne Sokolowski Shea, which helps fund the advancement of breast cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America.

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