Schools: Grant Winners, Top Administrator Named

Half Hollow Hills Mandarin Chinese teacher Jennifer Wu-Pope is one of 26 teachers in the nation selected to conduct research abroad as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Semester Research Program.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Elwood Grant Winners

The Elwood Union Free School District recently received over $36,000 in grant funds through the  fundraising efforts of the Elwood Education Endowment, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching educational opportunities for the district’s students.

Teachers and administrators throughout the district composed grant applications for review by the EEE’s grant committee.

At the district’s April board of education meeting, recipients were honored for their grant-writing efforts, as well as the vision they have for their students. EEE president Deena Purow was in attendance to present each recipient to the board.

Those honored, along with their winning grant titles, include: Krista Albrecht, Dash into Harley; Brittany Chalmers, Robotics in Computer Science at JGHS; Megan Gieser, Jessica Kennedy and Doris Smith, Flexible Seating to Foster True Engagement and Collaboration; Eileen Kelly-Gorman, Greenhouse Restoration Project; Eleanor Grady and Amy Lindenbaum, Creatively Containing Colorful Chaos;
Richard Greening, Expansion of Science Department Vernier Probes Initiative; Kathleen Marinelli, A Mindful Journey into the Garden – Rooted to the Core; Kathleen Marinelli and Lisa Rosenthal, Cooking up a Lifetime of Essential Skills; and Frank Schiraldi, Health and Wellness "The New Norm”.

“Our teachers have gone above and beyond for our students by applying for these grants,” said Board of Education President Julia Fried, “and our district is so fortunate to have educators that seek to seize opportunities to better the futures of their students.”

Grant recipients were honored for their efforts as well as the vision they have for their students.

Elwood school district photo

Lloyd Harbor Principal Named Administrator of the YearValerie Massimo, principal of Lloyd Harbor elementary school, was named Western Suffolk BOCES 2018-19 administrator of the Year for her work with the design and use of the Creative Learning Labs as well as the available technology in the district.

Massimo has been instrumental in creating more student-centered classrooms for enhanced learning.

She formed a research team to learn from industry leaders, which included a trip to Birchbox, a NYC organization built around making customers and employees happy at what they do. The team also toured of The New School to see and hear from a college that values creativity and respects individuality. Their visit to Hulu inspired the development of a “Passion Wall” at Lloyd Harbor school.

Whitman Students Win Science AwardsWalt Whitman’s science research students won numerous awards at  the recently held Long Island Science congress. Two students, Stephanie Ross and Luka Schwarz will win a special award to be presented on May 20 at the LI Science Congress Awards ceremony.

Honored were: Amanda Riha, Emily Riha, Jaden Wedner, Mathew Italo, Kerri Delaney, Kailee Adomaites, Amelia L Kongevold, Stephan Tsolis, Andrew Markell, Emily Teplansky, Liam Hill, Liam Villanti, Luka Schwarz, and Stephanie Ross.

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