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Robotics Team Wins Award at Regional Competition

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The Sachem Central School District robotics team, Aftershock, earned the Gracious Professionalism Award after competing in the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University.

The Gracious Professionalism Award is given to the team that exemplifies the principles of FIRST – fairness, humility, positivity and respect. This team demonstrates the FIRST core values and works together on and off the field of play. It was noted that Aftershock generated a program that resulted in building a network of spare parts to be redistributed back to teams on Long Island, placing the community first.

Aftershock is made up of students from both Sachem High School East and North. At the Long Island FIRST Robotics Competition, they competed against several teams from Long Island and around the globe in point-based challenges with the robot they designed and built.

Date Added: 3/29/2023

Sachem Students Explore Library Offerings

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20 students from the Sachem High School East WBL club visited the Sachem Public Library to see all of the library’s new updates. Head of Teen Services Laura Panter planned a tour for students to learn about the different roles and departments within the library, as well as the different business degrees held by staff members. They visited the circulation desk, teen and children’s sections, the reference desk, studio and library administration.

At each stop, the students were presented with a challenge, trivia question or divergent questions regarding career choices and resources. Student Olivia Damiano said, “it was fun collaborating with my friends in the quick-thinking create a campsite challenge!”

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Date Added: 3/21/2023

Students Learn from Holocaust Survivor

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Sachem High School East AP World History students in Erin Gearns’ classes recently visited the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove. They toured the museum and heard the firsthand account of Mireille Taub, a Holocaust survivor.

Mrs. Taub was born in Paris and took the last train out of France before the French surrendered to the Nazis. Her family survived their train being bombed by the Luftwaffe, or the German Air Force, and she and her family eventually walked to safety by traveling across the Pyrenees, passing through Spain and Portugal and finally arriving in New York on Aug. 11, 1940.

Mrs. Taub shared the survival story of her husband, David Taub, as well as many personal artifacts. Students were able to hold the shoes she wore as she fled France and the yellow star worn by her uncle before he escaped France. They were grateful to meet, hear and learn from such an extraordinary person and left the museum inspired and with a deeper understanding of the Holocaust.

“Due to the advanced age of Holocaust survivors, this is the last generation of students who will be able to learn from them directly,” said Mrs. Gearns. “My hope is that my students will carry these stories with them and teach their children about the courageous people who have shared their stories with us over the past 10 years.”

Ahead of the field trip, Mrs. Gearns learned that she was one of 30 educators selected to attend a prestigious Holocaust Education Program in Israel this summer. Participants selected to attend this 10-day intensive learning experience are taught by the world’s most experienced and respected Holocaust educators and historians at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Mrs. Gearns is grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity and looks forward to sharing her experiences with students and colleagues this fall.

Date Added: 3/14/2023

The Great Migration Interactive Presentations

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Throughout Black History Month, the social studies department at Sachem High School East held weekly, interactive presentations to learn about the Great Migration. Led by teacher and department chair Tracey Melandro, students learned about influential individuals who helped lead the migration of American Americans from the rural south to the industrial north.

Most recently, students learned about the art of Jacob Lawrence, a son of southern migrants who created a 60-panel series to portray the Great Migration. Students learned about his artwork and were tasked with drawing one of his pieces, Panel 58, titled “In the North, the African American had more educational opportunities.”

Students drew three girls who had their arms stretched high to write numbers on a chalkboard. The girls wore bright colored dresses, symbolizing that they enjoyed a standard of living that allowed them to focus on schoolwork.

Date Added: 3/1/2023

Students Conduct Field Study of Smith Haven Mall

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Students in Mr. Jannace’s AP Human Geography class at Sachem HS East visited the Smith Haven Mall to conduct a field study of the mall’s cultural landscape. Jillian Friello, Director of Marketing & Business Development at the Smith Haven Mall and former student of Mr. Jannace helped students to practice this geographic process and to refine their understanding of the concepts of region, place, culture and economic geography.

Students made observations that forced them to analyze and think critically about why things are where they are. Ms. Friello also taught them to focus on analyzing the dispersion, density, and patterns of stores, as well as the people and facilities within the mall. The purpose of this type of spatial analysis is to develop a better understanding of the concepts of place, region and cultural landscape, which are critical concepts for our student-geographers to master before the AP Exam in May. Students had a great time in the mall, experiencing a familiar place in a whole new way!

Date Added: 2/27/2023