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Athletes Honored by Syosset Board of Education

BOE commends soccer teams, updates district happenings

Over two dozen athletes and teams from Syosset High School’s fall sports season were honored by the Syosset Board of Education on Jan. 23 in the South Woods Middle School auditorium.

Among the many honorees of the evening was the Syosset Braves boys varsity soccer team, which battled through adversity early in the season to capture its first conference championship in over a decade.

“Within the first two weeks of the season, we lost four players to season-ending knee injuries and also lost our first three games,” Braves coach Brett Waxer said. “After our third loss, we played another 11 games and didn’t lose a single one of them. Our last game of the season was against Massapequa, which is always a big game for the boys. I’m proud to say that the result of that game went in our favor. We won 1-0, which earned us our first conference championship in 15 years.”

The Syosset Lady Braves girls varsity soccer team also had a great season that resulted in a second-place finish in Nassau Conference II and a first-round playoff upset over East Meadow on Oct. 28. Braves head coach Joe Marchetta handed certificates of achievement to each of his players, but he singled out senior captain Cassie Betancourt when describing his team’s accomplishments.

“First of all, it was the second year in a row that she earned All-County honors,” Marchetta said to the school board. “She was also voted Howie Gould Goalkeeper of the Year for Nassau County and elected to first-team All-State.”

In other district matters, Superintendent Carole G. Hankin presented her monthly report to the board, which detailed some of the notable activities that recently occurred in the district. She said that Congressman Steve Israel recently paid a visit to Syosset students in the high school’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class, which provided the students with an exceptional opportunity to gain real-life government advice.

Hankin was also pleased with the high school’s recent Alumni Day, where Syosset alums representing 29 different colleges came back to the high school to meet with current seniors to offer their advice on selecting and adjusting to college life, and to share some of their personal experiences from their first year in college.

The superintendent’s report also included the announcement that negotiations with a new copy machine company will save the district more than $20,000 per year, and the board is also exploring other cost-savings measures in energy efficiency. Several Syosset schools have already been converted to dual fuel, enabling the district to purchase the least expensive fuel available.

Other cost-saving measures include the replacement of old inefficient lights and ballasts, installation of occupancy sensors to turn off lights in classrooms, installation of energy efficient windows and doors, and installation of new heavily insulated roofs.

“More recently, we have been engaged in meetings and conversations with representatives from New York Power Authority and our architects regarding Energy Performance Contracting,” says Hankin’s report. “The focus of these efforts is to explore ways to implement energy savings across the district.”

It was also announced that South Woods Middle School has been nominated by the New York State Education Department as a NYS nominee to the United States Department of Education for the 2012 Blue Ribbon Award, based on the 2011 Grades 3-8 ELAs and Math assessments under the category “Exemplary High-Performing Schools.”