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Regional Science Olympiads have 16 winning teams from LI

A Science Olympiad team from Syosset High School

A Science Olympiad team from Syosset High School placed first last month in the Nassau East Division Regional. Credit: Syosset School District

Teams from Great Neck South, Syosset and Ward Melville high schools have taken the top spots in this year’s Long Island Regional Science Olympiads.

A total of 122 teams participated in one of the three competitions: the Nassau East Division Regional, Nassau West Division Regional and Eastern Long Island Regional. The three first-place teams — along with 13 other top-performing teams — have qualified for the state tournament in Syracuse on March 9-10.

In total, 12 high school regionals were held statewide, with teams of up to 15 students competing in events such as Disease Detectives and Mousetrap Vehicles.

“This club has proven to be so much more than just an assembly of very bright minds,” Syosset’s coach Mildred Castañeda said of the school’s Scioly team. “I feel as though we have developed an incredible bond with each other.”

In addition to Syosset, other teams from the Nassau East Regional qualifying for the state tournament come from Division Avenue, Hicksville, Jericho, MacArthur and Wantagh high schools.

In addition to Great Neck South, other teams from the Nassau West Regional qualifying for the state tournament come from Kellenberg, Chaminade and Roslyn high schools.

In addition to Ward Melville, other teams from the Eastern Long Island Regional qualifying for the state tournament come from Commack, Half Hollow Hills East, Islip, Smithtown West and West Babylon high schools.

“I am thrilled that we are fortunate to have a thriving Science Olympiad program at Ward Melville,” Principal Alan Baum said.



Valley Stream School District 13 has a launched a livestreaming feature on its website for community members who are unable to attend district events.

The livestream link is on the district’s homepage and will be used during events such as board meetings, student concerts and graduation ceremonies.

“As the internet has become the dominant medium for communication in recent decades, it is imperative that educational institutions exercise all online offerings to better serve their respective communities,” said the district’s technology director Andrea DiMango.


Valentine’s Day

Many local schools hosted activities last month designed to spread love in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

In Bethpage, pupils third to fifth grade at Central Boulevard Elementary School wrote acrostic poems, while grades those in kindergarten to second colored graphics such as cherubs and hearts, for elderly residents. The effort was part of the school’s Thoughtful Thursday initiative, in which kids dedicate one day each month to a community betterment project.

In Stewart Manor, elementary school students presented handcrafted cards to members of American Legion Elmont Post 1033, with the attending veterans sharing stories about their service. Students and veterans then collaborated on cards for vets in local hospitals and nursing homes.

In East Norwich, children at James H. Vernon Elementary School made construction-paper cards with thank-you messages as part of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Valentines for Veterans program.


Dancing Classrooms

Teams from Eagle Elementary School in Medford and John Philip Sousa Elementary School in Port Washington were the gold-medal winners in the first-ever Winter Colors of the Rainbow Team Match coordinated by Dancing Classrooms Long Island, a nonprofit that strives to cultivate essential life skills in children through social dance.

Silver-winning teams came from William S. Covert Elementary School in South Hempstead and Guggenheim Elementary School in Port Washington. Bronze-winning teams came from John J. Daly, Manorhaven and South Salem elementary schools, all in Port Washington.

The competition was open to fourth- and fifth-graders who participated in the nonprofit’s 10-week fall program.— MICHAEL R. EBERT

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