Schools: Students Headed to History, Science Competitions

Four Huntington High School juniors are headed to the  National History Day finals at the University of Maryland, College Park after finishing with runner-up honors in the State History Day championships in Cooperstown last week.


Andrew Knowles, Paul Katigbak, Ryan Knowles and Julien Rentsch will be making the trip for the second year in a row. This year’s documentary project is entitled  “Unit 731: The Unpunished Scientists Behind the Japanese Holocaust.” The 10 minute documentary took viewers inside the secret Japanese World War II military unit that performed biological experiments on Chinese prisoners of war. A post-war agreement between the US government and the Japanese scientists kept them safe from criminal prosecution provided they share their research findings and related information about the experiments they carried out on their victims.

The national finals are set for June 9-13 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Students headed to International Science and Engineering Fair

Nine students from High School East and High School West have qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. The fair opens Sunday and runs through Friday.


They represent the most from any district in New York State that can compete at ISEF, which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The students qualified to go to the international competition by placing high enough at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair or New York State Science and Engineering Fair. Their projects tackle problems like identifying a novel target for anti-viral therapeutics, creating a mathematical model of rumor/information spread, and detecting that an FDA approved cancer therapy causes increased migration (metastasis) of tumors.

Reading with therapy dog

Harborfields Students Read With Dog

Students at Washington Drive Primary School had the unique opportunity to practice their reading skills on a therapy dog named Moby last month. This gentle golden retriever travels to schools all over Long Island with his trainer and owner Lance Motkin, helping students experience a relaxed, dog-friendly reading environment.

Elwood Superintendent Elected to State School Council

In addition to serving as president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association, Elwood Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert has been elected to serve on the executive committee of the New York State Council of School Superintendents.
NYSCOSS is a “professional and advocacy organization with over a century of service to school superintendents in New York State.” The Council advocates on a state and national level for public education, as well as provides its members with numerous professional development opportunities.
“It will be an honor to have a place on this extraordinary team,” said Dr. Bossert. “The support of our colleagues is greatly appreciated. I’m looking forward working on behalf of all students across New York State.”
As a member of the executive committee, Dr. Bossert will help to recommend education policy to the House of Delegates and conduct business between meetings of the House of Delegates.

New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia with Elwood Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert.  Photo courtesy of the Elwood School District.

2 Compete in Prestigious Math Exam

Two students from Half Hollow Hills East competed in the prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME).

Rinni Bhansali and Daniel Salkinder were the two HHHE students who were took the invitation-only exam. The latest exam was open to those who had scored in the top 5 percent of all scorers on the previous American Mathematics Competition.

The AIME tests students on advanced problem solving concepts where they have to apply their mathematical knowledge in non-routine scenarios.

Half Hollow Hills Mandarin Chinese Teacher Jennifer Wu-Pope on being 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.


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