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Friday in the Front:
- On , Thursday, May 3, students at North and South Middle traveled to New York City for the No Place for Hate Recognition Ceremony. For the third year, South Middle has been recognized as a No Place for Hate School, and earned a gold star distinction. More pictures can be found in our News Archive.
- South Middle students, Eric P., Tristan W., Erin W., Samantha Z., and Richard Z., participated in the Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. from April 25–29. earning South Middle’s best ever finish at the this national event to date.
The event included two days of competition. On 4/27, teams participated in the academic portion of the competition, which features a fast-paced, question-and-answer format that covers a wide range of science disciplines. The South Middle team placed in the “elite eight” of this bracket-style competition, out of 48 teams. They won $1000 for the Science department.
On 4/28, the team won the National Middle School Cyber Challenge, a “Jeopardy-like” question-and-answer-style Capture the Flag system. The team was awarded a trophy for their first-place finish and $500 for their school’s science research program.
The first-place team of Eric P., Tristan W., Erin W., Samantha Z., and Richard Z. competed against 19 other teams representing 12 school districts across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The fast-paced question-and-answer format covered a wide range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.The team is coached by Dr. Doris Stanick, an Earth science teacher at South Middle, and Ms. Diane Caplain, a biology teacher at South Middle. As the winners of the Regional Middle School Bowl, the South Middle team has earned an invitation to the National Middle School Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.The Department of Energy National Science Bowl (NSB), established in 1991, is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. This year, more than 4,500 middle school students will compete in 50 middle school regional tournaments, leading up to the National Middle School Science Bowl competition in April.
- A 5 member team from South Middle won the LI Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 2. This is the second consecutive year that a team from South Middle has won this regional competition.
- South Middle's team took 2nd place at the State MATHCOUNTS competition, held at RPI on March 9th. The team tied for 1st place, but dropped to 2nd after a tie-breaker. Representing South Middle were team members Jonathan K., Eric P., Tristan W. and Richard Z., with Lillian W. as team alternate. Tristan and Eric finished among the top 12 individuals (from among 200 competitors), thus qualifying them to compete in the Countdown Round. Both received trophies for outstanding individual performance, with Tristan finishing in 5th place and Eric in 8th place overall. Congratulations, MATHCOUNTS team!
- On Feb. 2nd, ten South Middle students participated in the LI Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition, held at NMS. Students competed in both individual and team rounds. South Middle's team came in 2nd place! This qualified the team to advance to the State Level competition in March. Tristan W. and Erin W. received trophies for scoring among the top 12 individuals, and Tristan finished an amazing 1st place in the Countdown Round!
- On Saturday, 1/19, South Middle Science Research students Arthur Z., Richard O., and Ivan X. earned 5th place at the regional Future City Competition held in NYC. The Future City competition includes more than 40,000 middle school students from across the world. Future City requires students to collaboratively solve authentic, real-world problems. This year, students had to design/plan a city that would survive a natural disaster. Our students choose a hurricane, our most pressing natural disaster on Long Island. To demonstrate their plan, students had to design a simulated city using computer aided design program and construct an actual 3-d model. The students were led by the science research teacher, Dr. Doris Stanick. The competition invited teams from all over the New York City area. Congratulations to the students for their excellent work and may it be the catalyst that leads these students to solve the problems of tomorrow.