Schools: Math Madness Tournament; Oheka Scholarships

Second graders at Elwood’s Harley Avenue Primary School, participated in a Math Madness tournament recently.

Math teacher Jill Greenblatt hosted Harley’s first annual Math Madness bracket-style tournament. To tie it in with the NCAA’s March Madness basketball contest, each student was “drafted” onto one of six teams named after colleges: Arizona Wildcats, Florida Gators, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, Syracuse Orange and Wisconsin Badgers.

Round one took place on March 9, when four teams faced off in the cafetorium in front of their grade-level peers. It was followed by round two on March 15 and the championship game on March 23, which was won by the Badgers.

Oheka Scholarships

Friends of Oheka will be awarding scholarships to seniors who will major in the performing or visual arts or music in college.

The deadline to apply for  the scholarships is Apri 19.

Information and applications are available at Cold Spring Harbor, Half Hollow Hills East, Half Hollow Hills West, Harborfields, Huntington, John Glenn, Northport and Walt Whitman.

Winners will receive their awards at the castle’s annual garden party on June 14. Friends of Oheka President Ellen Schaffer urges all eligible students to apply before the deadline.

Friends of Oheka has raised over $200,000 since 2003 for students.

Hispanic Leaders Conference

Walt Whitman High School is holding a Hispanic Men’s Leaders Conference on Tuesday.

Latino immigrant boys in ninth and tenth grades have been invited to the interactive event with presentations, discussion, and activities focused on their  challenges. The purpose is to get to these students early in their high school years to provide them with the inspiration, support and tools they need to  continue on a path towards graduation and go on to attend college.

Walt Whitman High School has an enrollment of 2,123 students, with 50% of that population being Hispanic students.  Of that Hispanic student population, nearly 40% are classified as ENL or immigrant students.

“If you look at our dropout rates, a lot of them are our immigrant students because they have to deal with so many issues. If we can inspire them early to understand that it’s worth working hard here, because you can go to college and establish a career, then we’ve done our job,” said Assistant Principal Scott Muller.

The conference invitesHispanic men who have been successful in all walks of life to share their experiences with the students to inspire them to continue their education  All the speakers are bilingual, and the entire conference will be conducted in Spanish. Speakers include leaders in government, law, education, politics, religion, entrepreneurship, and specialized trades.

The keynote speaker is Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho.

A similar Women Leaders Conference was held earlier this year.

Commack in Albany

Senator Mario R. Mattera, R-St. James, welcomed students, administrators and teachers from the Commack School District who travelled to Albany this week.

He met with the students of the Legislative Advocacy Committee in his office and took them on a tour of the Senate Chamber.

Mattera and the students discussed educational issues,  including experiential learning, mental health for students and local decisions on graduation measures.

“I thank the students and staff for coming to Albany to provide me with their thoughts on these issues. Their grasp of the topics was very impressive and we had an interesting conversation,” Mattera said.

Blue Devil Captains

Coaches of 11 varsity teams of11 spring varsity teams at Huntington High School have announced their captains.

    • Boys Lacrosse: Anthony Annunziata, Michael Kline, Sammy Mac Arner, Aidan Carrello
    • Girls Lacrosse: Grace Agrillo, Laurel Bonn, Gianna Forte
    • Girls Spring Track & Field: Hope Bilkey, Sophie Bradford, Megan Donaghy, Elizabeth James
    • Boys Spring Track & Field: Matthew Armstrong, Carmine Carusone, David Dje Bi, Kender Edouazin, Jahmar Francis, Dawin Preval, Nikolai Seferian
    • Baseball: John Acompora-Miller, Harrison Baliber, Matthew Gerardi
    • Softball: Gabby Miller
    • Boys Tennis: Nicholas Plachta, Ryan Scanlon
    • Girls Flag Football: Asyria Rios, Theresa Rivera, Aylana Powell
    • Girls Badminton: Megan Lewis, Breyelle Corvoisier
    • Boys Badminton: Harry Cuadra, Abdiel Castillo Martos, Alexis RodriguezGirls Golf: Stephanie Wickey, Anna Bell Young

Captains have been asked to help lead their teammates in completing a community service project of their choosing.

South Huntington Teacher Honored

Two teachers in Suffolk County, including one from South Huntington, have earned national recognition as Curriculum Associates’ Extraordinary Educators.

Lendy Milo of Oakwood Primary Center in Huntington and Charles Giannone of Riley Avenue School in Riverhead are the only two teachers in New York and among just 30 nationwide to receive the 2023 honor.

A total of nine New York teachers selected for the Extraordinary Educators program since the program began in 2021.

“Being an Extraordinary Educator means seeing my students thrive and grow, and that is exactly what i-Ready Mathematics is all about!” Milo said. “My students learn best when discussing their strategies through concrete examples while using robust math language. i-Ready facilitates this by providing them with engaging lessons based on mathematical discourse while My Path adapts to their individual strengths and areas of deficit. The data helps me provide individualized instruction to better meet their needs. The students are truly the extraordinary ones!”

Lendy Milo

Elwood Board Recognizes Girl Scouts

Several Girl Scout students were recognized by Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Principal Corey McNamara at the Elwood School District Board of Education’s March 16 meeting.

John Glenn students Kali Marketos, Riley Perinchief, Ellie Schwartz, Gabriela Solis and Madison Vega – all members of Girl Scout Troop 192 – were honored for earning their Silver Award by making lap blankets for the elderly at Whispering Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Connecticut.

“The idea of providing warm blankets for the elderly was in and of itself was a very thoughtful endeavor, but the girls took it a few steps further and hand-made 70 blankets to be donated,” McNamara said. “They also took a trip to Connecticut, with the help of their parents, of course, to hand deliver the blankets to the Whispering Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. With them, they also brought warm, encouraging and motivational handmade cards to go along with the blankets, and spent time with each and every recipient to chat and learn more about their story. They also made a how-to video for creating the blankets. You can see that this bonding experience provided such a service learning opportunity for these amazing young ladies, and I’m sure that all of them and those who they have helped will never forget this moment.”



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