Schools: Tree Dedicated; Pre-K Applications

The Elwood Board of Education recently dedicated a tree to former Board of Education President Julia Fried.

The tree, which is located in the courtyard of Elwood Middle School, was dedicated to Fried, who died in 2020. A board member beginning in 2014, she served the district as both board president and vice president and was an integral part of the school community. She served as an active member of the PTA and Elwood Educational Endowment, as well as leader for other district initiatives.

Second Soccer Team

J. Taylor Finley Middle School will have a second boys’ soccer team because of high interest in the sport.

The two Finley boys’ soccer teams will be coached by district physical education teachers Travis Smith and Alex Nelson. Practices and games will be held at Woodhull Intermediate School’s lower athletic field.

“We are very happy to have our own field at Woodhull,” Smith said. “It is a great space and we won’t have to share it with any other sport or lose it for practices when football or girls’ soccer have games. We will generally play games opposite each other. We can also scrimmage each other during practices.”

Finley players will be bused to Woodhull after school for practices and games.

Pre-K Applications Open in South Huntington

Applications are open for universal pre-k classes in the South Huntington school district. Full-day UPK classes will run from 8:45 AM to 1:45 PM. The District intends to operate in collaboration with SCOPE Educational Services (2) two UPK classes that will serve 36 students.

All district residents with eligible children who will be four years old on or before Dec. 1 are welcome to apply.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, July 26.

A lottery will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 28.

New English Chair in Northport

The Northport-East Northport School District welcomed their new Chairperson of English Language Arts & Library K-12 Riana DiPalma.

DiPalma joins the district from her previous role as assistant principal at Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, where she had worked since 2013. Before that role, she held teaching positions at the Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre.

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