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Northwell Health has produced a chart to help parents–or anyone–to help determine whether someone has Covid-19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, flu or a cold. The chart lists various symptoms that indicate which illness may be responsible.

AED Requirements

Gov. Kathy Hochul Friday signed legislation requiring camps and youth sports programs to establish automated external defibrillator, or AED, implementation plans and to have at least one person trained to properly use the AED at camps, games and practice.

“We all remember the terrifying moment when Damar Hamlin was injured last February, but young athletes at schools and camps could be exposed to similar risks,” Hochul said. “By requiring camps and youth sports programs to establish an AED implementation plan, kids will be safer and teams will be prepared. I want every parent in New York to know: we’re doing everything we can to keep your kids safe.” 

Legislation S.7424/A.366A  will require camps and youth sports programs with five or more teams participating to establish an AED implementation plan. Such plans will detail how AEDs will be made available or reasonably accessible at every camp, game or practice. The AED implementation plans will also detail how the camps and programs will ensure that when practicable at least one employee, volunteer, coach, umpire or other qualified adult who has successfully completed a training course in the operation of an AED is present. 

Tuba Time

Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School fifth graders Cristiano DeLorenzo and Trevor DeNisco,and Harborfields High School students Ezra Behr and Lachlan Granger recently represented the Harborfields Central School District at the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s Day of Tuba and Euphonium Festival.

This event focused on a massed tuba and euphonium ensemble including students of all ages. Everyone present was treated to a clinic with internationally celebrated educator, performer and creator Lance LaDuke. The evening culminated in a concert for families featuring a recital by LaDuke, an all-star ensemble of high school students (including Granger) and, finally, the massed ensemble performing crowd pleasers like “Captain America March,” “Surrender” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

“This event is one of my favorite days of the year,” TJL Band Director Courtney Kassinger said. “It’s a very unique experience to be in an ensemble full of just tubas and euphoniums, and a wonderful opportunity for our elementary students to interact and perform with our high school students.”

Music Fest

Five students from Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in the Harborfields Central
School District and their parents recently attended the SCMEA Parents, Educators and Kids Festival at Northport High School. Over the course of the day, fourth graders Aviva
Ajiashvili, Noah McGee, Daphne McGuire, Zara McKelvey and Francesca Reina and the
accompanying adults participated in workshops on a variety of topics including ukulele,
folk dancing, singing games, parachute play and Drumtastic. Laura Mara, their music
teacher at TJL, was there with her students, taking part in the festivities and learning.

Honored in Elwood

High-achieving students from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School were honored at
the Elwood School District Board of Education’s Nov. 9 meeting, led by Superintendent
Kelly Fallon.

John Glenn Principal Corey McNamara presented Class of 2024 valedictorian
Christopher Sanelli and salutatorian Lauren LaMena.

Also honored were Girl Scout Troop 2597 members Nicole Dietz, Ella Drucker, Grace
Murphy and Abby Taft, for earning the Silver Award, which requires over 50 hours of
community service. Reflecting their bond and friendship with each other, the four students’ project was to create a quiet space to read and draw.

Kindergarteners at Vanderbilt held a “Children Around The World Parade” where students made beautiful dolls representing their culture which they carried in the parade. They marched around the building holding their dolls showing that “Vanderbilt is a Place for Love.”

Students at Signal Hill participated in their annual Friendsgiving Parade! 3rd 4th and 5th grade students made floats based on different pieces of literature, learned dance, and created artwork to celebrate the theme of “Belonging.”

The John H. Glenn High School Athletic Hall of Fame nomination form is now available on the Elwood School District Athletic Department’s web page here:

HOF nominations will be accepted until Dec. 15.

For eligibility, the candidate must have graduated from John H. Glenn High School and have been out of high school for at least five years. The committee will take into consideration the following information as well.

*Honors/awards garnered

*Made significant contributions to their chosen sport

*Made a difference in their community, state or nation

*Overcame a major life obstacle or challenge as it relates to their athletic participation

*Used their position to affect positive changes in the athletic community

*Level of competition the individual attained

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