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Fourth Graders Raise Funds for St. Jude

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When asked what inspired four students to raise funds for children who are ill, in unison they replied “our loved ones.” The children who receive treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be the beneficiaries of the $500 raised by fourth graders Olivia Andriani, Tess O’Connell, Anneliese Rago and Ava Rago. Their spirited fundraising efforts included making and selling rainbow loom bracelets, small rubber ducks, pencils, teddy bears and other items throughout the school. “We did get a lot of good responses for doing this project,” Olivia said. The young student leaders are already brainstorming what they can do next to help in the greater community.

Investment Club Advancing Knowledge of Financial Markets

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Students in the High School’s Investment Club are participating in two competitions – the school’s own and the Long Island Stock Market. Headed by high school language teacher and club adviser Mr. Robert Farenga, the Long Island competition is a program run by The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation, where students work in groups competing against schools across the region. The Port Jefferson competition involves students individually competing against fellow students and staff within the district. For both competitions, students manage a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, impact investments and cash. “Students are developing unique investment strategies connecting their knowledge of math, finance, new technology, popular trends, current events and global awareness,” Mr. Farenga said of the skills that the approximately 40 members of the club are learning and helping to keep students Luke Dickhuth, Ameen Khan, Safiy Khan, Jonah Pflaster and Rishabh Singh at a consistent high ranking in the SIFMA Foundation competition.

Spreading Kindness at Spear

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Staff and students at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School make it an everyday effort to share kind gestures throughout the building, so spreading it even more during World Kindness Week was another kindhearted opportunity to do so. According to special education teacher Ms. Paige Lohmann who helped coordinate the schoolwide event, during lunchtime a kindness booth was set up that encouraged students to write something kind to classmates or a favorite teacher. Each day had a theme to cultivate friendship, generosity and consideration for others. “Kindness is a team effort” had participants wearing their favorite sports apparel, “Light up the world with kindness” encouraged fluorescent colors, and tie-dye clothing was the inspiration for “Tied up in kindness.” Staff and students ended the weeklong activities by dreaming of a kinder world and wearing their pajamas to school!

Trio Honored for Success on the Soccer Field

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Three varsity girls soccer players were honored at the 2019 Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches Association Awards Dinner recently held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Student-athlete Hailey Hearney was honored as an All-County player, as she finished as the second-highest goal scorer (23) and overall points leader (30) in Suffolk County. Reese Koban and Abigail Rolfe were each recognized as All-Division players for their all-around stellar play throughout the season. “We congratulate these players for their success on the field and for bringing pride to our school district and athletic program,” said Mr. Adam Sherrard, district director of health, physical education and athletics.

A Thoughtful Thanksgiving Feast

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Thank you to the High School International Club for their hard work in preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 60 residents at Hope House in Port Jefferson. The feast of mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing with cranberries, gravy and turkey was created with care by the students. “I am so proud of them and all their hard work,” Ms. Jennifer Walling, ENL teacher and co-adviser of the club said.
Monday, December 09, 2019