Schools: Huntington’s Math Society Inducts 52

Huntington High School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national Math Honor Society,  inducted 52 new members last week.

The ceremony marked the 26th annual induction since the founding of Huntington’s Nathan Hale chapter of Mu Alpha Theta.

To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in a math class higher than Algebra 2 (such as pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, Introduction to Statistics, AP Statistics) and have a minimum unweighted grade average of 85 in Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2.

The organization is led by an executive board consisting of Cecilia Kye (president), Erin Scanlon (vice president), Aislyn Franciscovich (secretary), Evan Spagnoletti (treasurer) and Nikolai Seferian (tutoring coordinator). Teachers Monica Racz and Jordan Schessler are the faculty advisers.

The new inductees include Michael Ambrozy, Anthony Annunziata, Melvin Avelar-Romero, Kathryn Barba, Kayleigh Bender, Emely Cruz, Ashton Davies, Rylee Davis, Deanna Elvir, Katherine Estrada, Andrew Ganley, Natalie Garcia, Thomas Girimonti, Emma Glascock, Charlotte Gordon, Ethan Goleski, Emma Hannigan, Dylan Hayden, Cristel Hernandez, Jada Joseph, Marley Joseph, Sophia Kaloudis, Ella Kamenstein, Patrick Knieriem, Samantha Koepele, Sophia Lange, Shaina Linker, Hillel Linker, Jennier Lopez Del Cid and Jessica Maixner, Andrea Mani-Munoz, Mary Marinello, Jannel Marroquin, Ruby Meidenman, Riley Murtagh, Chloe Northrop, Ella O’Heir, Neurdia Osias, Jordana Paniccia, Kimberly Panameno, Brooke Parks, Olivia Polinsky, Reese Rinaldi, Sol Rodriguez, Chelsea Romero, Jack Ruthkowski, Nicholas Sclafani, Hannah Song, Eli Soric, Kaylee Splendorio, Karla Velasquez-Umanzor and Angel Villatoro.

Musicians Selected for String Festival

Eight Elwood student-musicians were recently selected for the annual Long Island String Festival Association’s annual January ensemble festival. The top orchestra students from across Suffolk County are selected to be a part of the festival. Over the course of a weekend, students participate in two rehearsals and a concert performance.

Elwood participants will include Anthony Bell (violin), Giuliana Brown (violin), Benjamin Fuchs (violin), Louise Hartough (double bass) and Raim Kim (violin) from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School; Margarita Agrawal (viola) and Irena Yeung (violin) from Elwood Middle School; and Lukas Davis (viola) from James H. Boyd Intermediate School.

Technologyy Award

Whitney O’Donnell, library media specialist at Lloyd Harbor Elementary School in the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District, has been named a Bright Light by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technology. Recipients are selected for their  integration of technology into their educational environment.

District Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Gierasch, Executive Director of Instructional and Administrative Technology Joseph Monastero, ASSET Bright Light award recipient Whitney O’Donnell, Lloyd Harbor Elementary School Principal Valerie Massimo and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Genevieve LaGattuta.

Northport Kindergarten Registration Open

Children who reach their fifth birthday, on or before Dec. 31, are entitled to attend kindergarten commencing in September.

For questions,  or if translation services are needed at time of registration, please contact the Registration Office at: 631-262-8546.

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Rockets and Tooth Pick Towers

The STEAM-based Make and Take Club at Washington Drive Primary School in
the Harborfields Central School District serves to promote thinking and enable the club
members to create something that they can take home at the end of each session. In one
recent project, the students made rockets using film canisters and shot them off in the
atrium. They needed to determine how much “fuel” (consisting of Alka-Seltzer) and water
to use to get a high blast.

Another project highlight was a toothpick tower challenge. The students first had to figure how to make cubes, rectangular prisms and pyramids using only toothpicks and Play-Doh, then moved on to construct three-dimensional towers with those materials.

Photos by the Harborfields school district

Pre-Kindergarten Lottery in Elwood

Elwood School District resident with children who will turn 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2023, and will be eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2024, may participate in the lottery for the Elwood Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. This full-day program will have limited spots and is free for those who participate.

Applications are available online at or may be obtained by scanning the QR code at

The deadline for completing the UPK lottery application is  March 31. The lottery will be held on April 17.

DECA Success

Harborfields High School’s DECA Club participated virtually at the annual Regional
DECA Competition in December, competing against more than 1,000 students from all over Suffolk County. In addition to preparing and studying for events, students also had to
navigate testing and presenting virtually.

DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing,
finance, hospitality and management. Most DECA students at Harborfields are enrolled in
business classes such as career awareness, college marketing, college accounting and

First-Place Winner:
Gavin Crawford Business Finance Series Event
Second-Place Winner:
Sophia De Meo Food Marketing
Third-Place Winner:
Olivia Eusanio Food Marketing
Fourth-Place Winners:
Natalie Greco Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making
Nahrahel Louis Principles of Business Management and Administration
Lauren Trainor Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making
Fifth-Place Winners:
Hunter Droskoski Business Services Marketing
Charlotte Hasher Food Marketing
Orion Yberg Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Regional Finalists – Top 10:
Jayden Asuncion Travel and Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making
Maddie Barbaccia Retail Merchandising
Daniel DiCesare Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Shea Flynn Retail Merchandising
Megan Hickey Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making
Joseph LaSpisa Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
Daniel Lydon Principles of Marketing
Isaiah Martin Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
Ivie Mergille Human Resource Management Series Event
Elodie Saliou Personal Financial Literacy
Justin Sasserath Entrepreneurship Series
Zoe Sbarra-Vaughan Accounting Applications Series
Honorable Mention:
Ariana Ballard-Medrano Principles of Marketing
Nabeeha Ilyas Entrepreneurship Series
Christopher Palermo Principles of Finance
DECA Regional Winners: Harborfields High School’s DECA Club members (front row) Olivia Eusanio, Charlotte Hasher, Sophia De Meo, Maddie Barbaccia, Megan Hickey, Nabeeha Ilyas, Daniel DiCesare, Ariana Ballard-Medrano, Christopher Palermo, (back row) Zoe Sbarra- Vaughan, Natalie Greco, Lauren Trainor, Gavin Crawford, Nahrahel Louis, Isaiah Martin and Jayden Asuncion earned regional finalist and honorable mention designation at the annual Regional DECA Competition in December.

Soccer Coach Honored

Harborfields High School girls soccer coach Scott Wallace was recently announced
as a 2023 inductee into the New York State Girls High School Soccer Hall of Fame. He will
be officially inducted on Labor Day.

Wallace has been an active coach since 1991, with a career record of 304-189-50.
He has been named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year, New York State Coach of the Year, Suffolk County Coach of the Year and League Coach of the Year. Wallace has led his teams to numerous league championships, five Section XI county championships, one Long Island championship and a New York State final four appearance.

“This is an incredible accomplishment and another accolade in what has been a
storied coaching career,” Athletic Director Rob Franco said. “With all of the success he has
had on the field, the impact he has had on the hundreds of student-athletes he has worked
with is what’s most impressive.”


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