Jericho celebrated another stellar awards night on May 20 at the Jericho Board of Education meeting. Among the students who received honors was Jericho’s first-ever Presidential Scholar, Yvette Leung. Leung is also this year’s co-valedictorian and will be going to Washington D.C. next month to receive a medal and have dinner with President Obama. In addition, Michael Tandatnick received the George Farber Award, making him one of only 10 students in Nassau County to receive the award. The board also recognized and congratulated the achievements of the debate team, which placed fourth in statewide tournaments; History Day participants who won in three different categories; Long Island Math Fair participants who reclaimed first place for Jericho (tied with Great Neck); and Mathlete winners, including eighth-grader Kevin Huang, who was the highest scoring “ninth-grader” in the competition.
At the UJA-Federation of New York’s Connect-to-Care Networking Event, held at Jericho Jewish Center on May 6, participants had any misconceptions that they may have had about networking swept away: “If you’re here to sell somebody something, the door is there,” said Steven Krauser, president of Jericho Jewish Center and Network Associates Inc., at the start of the event. Whether or not participants came away from the event with new business contacts, the message – that networking is a tool, perhaps even a mindset, and not a sales pitch – was powerful.
On May 31, hundreds of Syosset-Woodbury veterans, student musicians, civic group members, firefighters, Scouts, and Little Leaguers will march the length of Jackson Avenue in honor of Syosset’s fallen servicemen, while hundreds of spectators line the street to cheer them on. For some, the Memorial Day Parade is a pleasant rite of spring, the first trip of the year into downtown Syosset without a jacket. For others, it is a cherished Syosset tradition that dates back to the early days of World War II.
Incumbent Lana Ajemian has been a resident of Syosset for 27 years. She has had four children go through the Syosset school system. She was actively involved with the Child Care Council of Nassau Inc, and the Grandparents as Caregivers group.
At the Monday, May 11 Syosset Central School District Board of Education Meeting, there were many historic firsts. For the first time, the board recognized the accomplishments of a large group of students who had performed exceptional community service. In addition, when students took to the stage to sing a special version of We Are the World, it was the first time that children ranging in age from elementary school to high school had performed together at a school board meeting. As is often the case during Syosset Board of Education meetings, it was close to standing-room-only in the South Woods Middle School Auditorium while the children were performing.
On Tuesday, March 16, Woodbury Jewish Center was the venue for “Larger than Life”, a benefit gala event, where a vast group of good hearted Long Island friends and neighbors gathered to help children battling cancer and to honor advisory board member Albert Nassim and his wife, Janet.
After serving 22 years as principal of Syosset High School, Dr. Jorge E. Schneider will be retiring at the conclusion of the school year. While Schneider’s tireless pursuit of academic excellence often challenged students, teachers, and administrators alike, Syosset High School is losing not just a leader, but a beloved figure; in fact, there can be no doubt that returning students to Syosset High School in the fall will miss his distinctive voice over the loudspeaker during the morning announcements. More than just a changing of the guard, Schneider’s exit from the district represents the end of an era that has spanned more than two decades.
A judge recently issued a 30-day temporary restraining order against the MTA, regarding cuts to its Able-Ride program and told disability advocacy groups to raise an $80,000 bond to help pay for the service, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.
At the Jericho School District Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 22, teachers and students were in the spotlight for most of the night. The Board granted Assistant Principal Joseph Weiner tenure after three successful years at Jericho Middle School. Weiner, a former science teacher from Queens, received warm, congratulatory smiles and applause from all in attendance. Jericho High School Principal Joseph Prisinzano congratulated Mary Jo Moriarty (Guidance Counselor), Charu Vardhan (English), and Paul Bode (A.P. Calculus) for their recognition as Distinguished Teachers by the Harvard Club of Long Island; former students submitted glowing recommendations, which were read aloud, for all three teachers. Serena McCalla, an enthusiastic and rigorous science teacher at Jericho High School, received the prestigious Outstanding Teacher Award.
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