Schools: Science Students Selected for Lab Program

Two  science research students, Alexander Grosh and Katie Engel from Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School have been chosen for  the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Partners for the Future Program.

The program selects a limited number of juniors who show a strong interest and academic strength in biology, chemistry or computer science from public and private high school on Long Island to participate in the highly competitive program. This year, 15 students were selected from Long Island high schools. Students are nominated by the science faculty from their respective high schools. The nominees must submit a written application and are chosen by a CSH Laboratory mentor after a personal interview process. Students have an opportunity to work with a world class scientist doing  research.

They are under the guidance of Director of STEM Brian Taylor and school research teacher Jaak Raudsepp. They presented their research at the CSHL Grace Auditorium on March 19.

Alexander worked in the Meyer Lab with Rishvanth Kaliappan Prabakar and presented
his research on Lineage Tracing Thymic Epithelial Cells Using SCATAC-seq. Katie worked in
the Koo Lab with Peter Koo and presented her research on Rethinking Initialization
Strategies for Deep Learning in Genomics.

Night of 1,000 Strings

Walt Whitman High School for the Night of 1,000 Strings! South Huntington schools wil bring together musicians from Walt Whitman,  Maplewood, Birchwood, Silas Wood and Stimson Tuesday for Night of 1,000 Strings.

The concert showcases the district’s orchestra program

The show begins at 7 p.m in Walt Whitman’s North Gym. For those who can’t make it, you can watch the livestream at

Fraction Fun at Harborfields

Samantha Little and Shaina Zebrowski’s fourth grade classes at Thomas J. Lahey
Elementary School in the Harborfields Central School District recently practiced fractions in a hands-on way. The students reviewed adding and subtracting fractions by making trail mix snacks and making slime. They renamed fractions from improper fractions to mixed numbers and played tic-tac-toe and Connect 4 when the fractions were renamed correctly. They also found equivalent fractions by playing bingo.

3 Honored at Cold Spring Harbor

Three staff members in the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District have been recognized for their  service.

West Side Elementary School aide Nancy Fastuca, district publicist Karen Spehler and Cold Spring Jr./Sr. High School administrative assistant Denise Vigilo were recognized in the area of Support Staff Service.

Nancy Fastuca has served as an aide at West Side Elementary School for more than 15
years. Her  dedication have had a positive impact on students and staff. Denise Vigilo’s dedication and commitment has contributed to the success of the e school community. She serves as both a valuable asset and a source of inspiration.

Karen Spehler has been serving as the district’s publicist for the past 17 years. During that time,
her has showcased student achievements, performances and districtwide events and has
played a pivotal role in fostering a sense of pride and unity within the Cold Spring Harbor
Central School District.

Attending the SCOPE 23rd Annual School District Awards Dinner recognition ceremony and offering their  congratulations were Superintendent of Schools, Jill M. Gierasch, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Genevieve LaGattuta, West Side Elementary School Principal, Dr. John Barnes, Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School Principal, Dan Danbusky, and board of education trustee Lisa Smith, all of whom offered their congratulations to the award recipients.

From left, SCOPE 23 rd Annual School District award winners Denise Vigilo, Nancy Fastuca and Karen Spehler with Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Gierasch.


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