Schools: Top Science Grant; Sports Marketing


Students in Northport High School’s sports marketing class spent the day at the New York Islanders Sports Marketing Day at UBS Arena this week. The event provided students with full access to the arena through a guided tour. Throughout the day, students met with a number of individuals from various departments including marketing, game day operations, human resources, sales, production and more.

  • Lloyd Harbor School Elementary School, film.

For the past five years, fifth graders at Lloyd Harbor School Elementary School, in the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District have participated in the national 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. This annual video contest challenges young filmmakers to create short movies that summarize entire Newbery-winning books.

Library media specialist Whitney O’Donnell works with the students on the   project, helping them choose from the Newbery winners, including “Charlotte’s Web,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Giver,” “Holes,” “The One,” “Only Ivan” and  many more.

The Newbery Medal has been recognized as the most prestigious award in
children’s literature. Every year, the best movies are featured at special events in cities across the country.

Last April, five Lloyd Harbor School student-produced videos premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival.  The films also caught the attention of contest creator James Kennedy. He reached out asking if he could meet with them during a visit to New York.


Running for Beigel

Half Hollow Hills faculty, staff and administrators participated in the annual Run 4 Beigel – Long Island 5K Run/Walk held in memory of Hills East alumnus Scott Beigel. The run raised money for Scott’s memorial foundation which provides scholarships to send underprivileged children touched by gun violence to sleep-away camps. Beigel was killed in 2018 at the Parkland school  mass shooting.


Tops at Elwood

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently announced its Class of 2024
valedictorian, Christopher Sanelli, and salutatorian, Lauren LaMena. Sanelli, an American Legion Boys State scholarship recipient, and LaMena, a National Merit Semifinalist.  Both seniors were named AP Scholars with Distinction and earned summa cum laude designation for a weighted GPA between 96.50 and 100.


Harborfields Honors

The Harborfields Central School District praised its board of education during the Oct. 19 meeting, for School Board Recognition Week.
“The seven individuals that we have in front of us have chosen to step up for their community to serve,” Superintendent Dr. Rory Manning said. “I’m thankful that I get to work with each of these seven dedicated professionals each day throughout the school year. So tonight, I join the students, staff, our community and schools across the nation in thanking our school boards for their past, present and future service to our students.”
Manning presented each of the board members – President Christopher Kelly, Vice President Susan Broderick, Dr. Eve Meltzer-Krief, Hansen Lee, Suzie Lustig, David Steinberg and Colleen Wolcott – with a certificate from the New York State School Boards Association.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Grant

Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, in the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District, has been awarded a $7,500 to create an invention geared toward active and passive tick mitigation strategies.

It is the only high school in New York State and one of only eight high schools nationwide to be selected,

“We are honored to receive this national grant, which recognizes the outstanding research stills and dedication of our students and the district’s commitment to providing our students with state-of-the-art STEM research opportunities,” Superintendent of Schools Jill M Gierasch said.

A panel of university professors, inventors, entrepreneurs, industry professionals and college students including former InvenTeam members now working in industry selected the grantees.

“The InvenTeams are focusing on solving problems that impact their local
communities," Leigh Estabrooks, Lemelson-MIT’s invention education officer said. “These high school students are not just problem-solvers of tomorrow, they are problem-solvers today helping to make our world more equitable, healthier and safer.”

Under the direction of Jaak Raudsepp, the district’s research teacher, the high school Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam, including Adais Arora, Kelly Callaghan, Keira Chan, Michelle Coles, Dhanya Dhariwal, Katie Engel, Isabella Garra, Milan Lustig, Desmond Mehta, Sebastian Monterroso, Charlie Neri, Ryan Smith, Julia Wang and Lucas Wolf will continue researching and developing a solution to reduce the number of ticks in the Northeast where tick-borne diseases are a threat to public health. Tick-related diseases, including Lyme disease, can only be mitigated by decreasing the tick populations.


Fall Festivities

Trunk or treat at Jack Abrams school. HUFSD photo

Fall festival at Silas Wood. SHUFSD photo


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