The team will compete next month against 24 teams nationwide at the 2010 National Ocean Science Bowl Finals in St. Petersburg, Fla.
"I had a good feeling going into it," said the district's math, science and technology director Andy Matthews, who coached the team along with science teacher David Chase. "We were well prepared. We met about once a week, and the team also met a lot on its own."
Mount Sinai's five-student team went undefeated in nine matches, each of which consisted of six-minute question-and-answer rounds. In the finals, Mount Sinai came from behind to beat Bronx High School of Science.
Mount Sinai's team members were Tom Bundy, David Eberhard, Ken Gunasekera, Russell Leibowitz and Nick O'Mara. Only Gunasekera and Leibowitz were on last year's team.
"We considered it a rebuilding year, but the kids were tireless in their effort," said Chase, who credited team captain Leibowitz for his leadership. "He had the team studying in the summer months."
BRIDGEHAMPTONSolar power grant at Ross
The Ross School, an independent school for grades pre-nursery through 12, has received a $242,028 grant from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority to fund the installation of solar panels atop the Lower School Barn.
The panels are expected to produce more than 59,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, reducing the need for current from outside sources by 90 percent and preventing 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, school officials said.
ISLIPPros discuss careersIslip High School recently held a career seminar at which 80 juniors and seniors interacted with local professionals in fields ranging from health care to law enforcement. The teens also learned resume-writing tips as well as business etiquette and interviewing tips from representatives of Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
"The more bridges you build, the more rivers you can cross," said the event's keynote speaker, Suffolk County Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore), referring to the benefits of networking.
LINDENHURSTStudent murals in stores
Harding Avenue Elementary School's Art Service Club recently designed and painted 15 full-color murals that will be displayed in various storefronts on Wellwood Avenue as well as at the district's McKenna Administration Building.
The murals were painted on wood slabs using acrylic paint and depict themes ranging from recycling to world peace to wildlife.
"The village will seem a little brighter with these creations adorning its windows," said art teacher Missy Long-Lewis.
MEDFORDMade it to Carnegie Hall
Patchogue-Medford High School's 51-student wind ensemble was one of four tristate area school bands to perform earlier this month at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble was selected for the Best Bands International event based on its ratings at recent festivals of the New York State School Music Association.
The performance consisted of five pieces, one of which was selected movements of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."
"This performance not only rewarded students for their hard work, but it gave them a sense of pride and real-world preparation needed to be part of the music scene," said band director Peter Randazzo.
SMITHTOWNVisit by a local Olympian
Smithtown Elementary School had an inspirational visit earlier this month during its PTA School Fair from John Daly, an American skeleton luge racer who finished 17th at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Daly, of Smithtown, attended the school in 1994-95.
Daly gave autographs and answered questions on topics ranging from his sled's design to the excitement of being an Olympian.
"Kids need to see that if you work long and hard enough at something, you can be successful," said principal Paul Graf.
Lego League winners
Five student teams from Suffolk County won awards last month in the Long Island FIRST Lego League Tournament sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island.
The tournament's "Smart Move" theme required 48 teams from throughout Long Island to use Lego materials to design, build and program robots that could serve as a safe and efficient mode of transportation and traverse an obstacle course in a 2 1/2 minutes. Winning teams were:
Bayport: Peaced Together won second place in robot performance and the Rising Star Award; Bellport: Panthers of Bellport Middle School won second place in robot design; Copiague: Copiague Journey won first place in teamwork; Sayville: Knights won the Team Spirit Award; Stony Brook: Island Bots won first place in robot performance and second place in programming.