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Patriotic Pride at Samoset

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Patriotic pride was plentiful this month in Mr. Heimann and Mrs. Hughes' eighth grade history classes at Samoset Middle School.

To honor and recognize the many heroes and all those affected by 9/11, students participated in several Patriot Day activities. They wrote cinquains with illustrations, made origami paper cranes and created remembrance booklets to honor those who lost their lives.

Later in the month, students commemorated the signing of the U.S. Constitution. All classes participated in an escape room challenge to gain a better understanding of the Constitution and their personal liberties.

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Date Added: 9/22/2023

Support for Farmingdale

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On behalf of the Sachem family, we send our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by yesterday’s tragic accident involving Farmingdale High School students and staff. The entire Farmingdale community is in our thoughts and prayers.

Date Added: 9/22/2023


National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

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Two Sachem High School students were named semifinalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Adrian Dayao from High School East and Jacob Flores Zeranski from High School North.

Adrian and Jacob are among the approximately 16,000 academically talented high school seniors to score exceptionally high on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and be named semifinalists. This pool of students represents less than 1% of high school seniors across the nation and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

More than 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, where they will compete for scholarship money totaling nearly $28 million. The district congratulates both students and wishes them the best as they advance in the National Merit Scholarship Program!

Date Added: 9/21/2023

Wenonah Grows Together

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Students at Wenonah Elementary School kicked off the year with a schoolwide art collaboration. On their first day of art class with Ms. Hannah Douglas, every student created one piece of a flower. Each individual piece was then put together to create a mural displayed in the building’s main hallway. The project represents how every student in Wenonah Elementary School is learning and growing together.

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Date Added: 9/20/2023

Science Research Students Spend Summer in the Lab

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Several senior science research students from Sachem High School North were busy this summer participating in prestigious research programs. Dreshta Boghra and Marco Villatoro worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the High School Summer Research Program and Avi Talsania was accepted into the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook University.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Febin Kurian and Piyush Joshi, Dreshta investigated the use of electrical strain sensors and Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors. She studied the relationship between linear strain and applied force, and the strain induced when cooled to cryogenic temperatures. The research seeks to increase the performance of superconducting magnets and related technologies.

Marco worked with his mentor, David Chan, in the collider accelerator department, formulating an engineering design for an upgrade to the Brookhaven LINAC Isotope Producer (BLIP), a high-energy particle accelerator. The upgrade involved creating new piping, as well as cooling and heat rejection systems, to increase beam intensity, which increases the production of isotopes used for medical imaging scans.

At Stony Brook University, Avi Talsania conducted research under the guidance of mentors Adam Hansen and Dr. Miriam Rafailovich on skin clotting, which focused on examining the proliferation of fibroblasts and human dermal cells, with a particular emphasis on how aging and collagen availability affected them. Avi collaborated with Dr. Steven Fliesler at SUNY Buffalo to investigate the impact of AY9944, a DHCR7 (cholesterol) inhibitor on these cells. Additionally, Avi assessed the effectiveness and toxicity of the peptide P12 as an anti-thrombotic agent in fibrinogen fibers. Avi will continue his endeavors in computational neurology research at the Haskins Laboratories of Yale University.


Date Added: 9/19/2023