Portledge News


  • November

    Chris Hong '24 was recently accepted to join the All-Eastern Orchestra Ensemble in 2023

    Chris Hong '24 was recently accepted to join the All-Eastern Orchestra Ensemble in 2023 in Rochester, NY. Students selected to perform in the 2023 All-Eastern Honors Ensembles will be the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States and come from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.. With assistance from their music teachers and directors, these exceptional students will prepare challenging programs under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event.  Please join us in congratulating Chris Hong '24 on this truly fantastic achievement.
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  • Champions for Charity® shopping benefit

    We are excited to announce two events exclusive to Portledge shoppers that will take place during the Champions for Charity® shopping benefit!

    Portledge will receive a 25% donation of full-price, pre-tax purchases for every member of our community who shops at any of the stores in the Americana Manhasset or Wheatley Plaza between Dec. 1st and Dec. 3rd. In order for Portledge to receive the 25% donation, you must register to receive our Champion Number in advance of December 1st.

    You can register to shop for Portledge online starting TODAY. Register any time before December 1st and shop to support Portledge!
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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • Senior Students Create TED-Ed Student Talks

    by Portledge Parent, Valery Siegel
    Recently, Milan Glass ’23, Will Siegel ’23, and Grace Wilson ’23 were members of a TED-Ed Student Talks Group. They completed the TED-Ed curriculum which includes identifying, developing, and sharing ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. 
    Milan Glass ’23: We all have been told to "Just do it!" when it comes to the tasks on our to-do lists, but it is easier said than done. Milan’s Talk takes a deep dive into why we procrastinate and how we can reduce our procrastination significantly by simply changing our mindsets. 
    Will Siegel ’23: The controversial thought experiment Laplace’s Demon suggests all events in the universe are predetermined, and due to this, humans do not have free will. Will’s Talk explores the possibility of Technology and Artificial Intelligence making Laplace's Demon a reality in today's world.
    Grace Wilson ’23: What is Child Protective Services, and how does it help or hinder children who have been abused or neglected? Grace’s Talk explains the root causes of child abuse and how you can help prevent such cases.  
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  • Veterans Day

    Today, we thank the men and women who have served our country for generations. No amount of gratitude is enough to thank our heroes. We are proud of all of our Portledge alumni who have lived out our pillars of Purpose, Honor, Kindness, and Respect in defending our country. Happy Veterans Day.
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  • Black Student Union and Diversity Clubs

    Mrs. Saltarelli accompanied Portledge seniors Belaine Mamo, Grace Wilson, Brandon Cooper, and Milan Glass, members of the Black Student Union and Diversity Clubs, to Manhattan to see Author and Historian Annette Gordon-Reed speak about her most recent book, "On Juneteenth". The event was sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and hosted at The Trinity School. The students were inspired by Professor Gordon-Reeds many accomplishments and interesting talk. They each received a copy of her book and were able to have it signed by her.
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  • Stephen DiBartolomeo '11 & Austin Cheng, Esq. ‘07

    Thank you to Stephen DiBartolomeo '11, Lieutenant in the Navy who served from 2016 - 2021, and Captain Austin Cheng, Esq. ‘07: US Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), Active Duty: 2015-2019, US Army Reserve: 2019-2022, for the sacrifices they made for our country.
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  • Portledge Salutes our Alumni Veterans

    Join us in saluting the courage of our national heroes, Christian A. Guzzano '93, Lt Col, USAF, LT Nathaniel Davis ‘00, USN, MSC, Corporal Nick Hagedorn '09, U.S. Army, Weapons Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, 82nd Airborne Division, 1-508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2013-2017, Afghanistan 2014, Matthew Sullivan '12, Navy, and Ensign Kristina Wirkowski '16, Navy. Thank you for your service.
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  • AP Chemistry

    Last week, AP chemistry students built models of simple molecules using balloons. As part of our unit on Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties, students modeled the different VSEPR theory molecular geometries with balloons of two sizes (smaller bonding electron pairs and larger nonbonding pairs). This lab helps students better visualize simple molecules' shapes and bond angles.
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  • Rachel Thomas ‘99 & Aaron Lee ‘09

    Today we honor Portledge alumni and siblings Rachel Thomas ‘99 US Army Veterinary Corps Major (Ret). and Aaron Lee ‘09 for their service to our country.
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  • Colonel Adrian T. Bogart III

    Portledge would like to honor Colonel Adrian T. Bogart III ‘77, Commandant of the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets for his nearly 40 years of active duty including 6 ½ years in combat in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

    We are eternally grateful to Colonel Adrian T. Bogart III for his bravery and service. To read more about Colonel Bogart and his distinguished career please visit
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  • Honoring our veterans

    Leading up to Veterans Day, we want to honor all who have served our country. There are countless men and women to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude. We may not know them all, but we do know the Portledge alumni who have or still do serve. This week we will honor those alumni members of our community for their sacrifice and bravery. Thank you.

    If you are a veteran or know any alumni that are veterans, please let us know via email at Alumni@Portledge.org
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  • October

    Happy Halloween!

    Leftover candy from Halloween? The Lower School is collecting any leftover candy to be donated to the local Ronald McDonald House. Candy can be dropped off at the
    security booth through the end of the day on Friday.
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  • Halloween is just around the corner

    It's all things Halloween at Portledge! During extended advisories, students decorated pumpkins and the halls, working together to craft their haunting designs! We hope to see our EC & LS parents at the Halloween parade on Monday - rain or shine!
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  • Head of School for the Day

    It's busy being the Head of School at Portledge...even if just for a day! Aryan A. '29 took over as Head of School for a day yesterday, taking meetings, and working with facilities and administrators to learn the ins and outs of all things Portledge. And as a special treat, Aryan chose breakfast for lunch! Reflecting on the day, Aryan said being Head of School, "is actually really fun."
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  • Champions!

    Congratulations #PortledgePanthers on an amazing end to the Fall soccer season. All three Portledge soccer teams won their championship games today!
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  • IB ESS

    Last week, Mrs. Chiu’s IB ESS classes went on a trip to the WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay. Students got the chance to touch, feel, and learn about different species of marine animals and plants.
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  • Congratulations to our Varsity Athletics teams!

    Every varsity sport has made the PSAA Fall 2022 playoffs this season! We are so proud of our panthers. Join us this Friday for their homecoming games and senior night!
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  • Community Partnership Experience

    Throughout their time at Portledge, students will have amazing opportunities to combine meaningful and purposeful community partnership experiences with their academic curriculum. Our goal is to support our community while building character and promoting a strong connection between academic studies and real-life experience.
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  • Community Partnership Experience Student of the Month Award

    Congratulations to Niki Wu on receiving the first Community Partnership Experience, Student of the Month award!
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  • 8th Grader Sings at The Apollo Theatre

    We are delighted to share that 8th-grade student Stephanie A, is singing at the Apollo theater tonight! We wish her the best of luck and can’t wait to hear this amazing talent!

    Update: Here's the video of Steph's performance: https://youtube.com/watch?v=6P0n6WVMSlc&feature=share
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  • Portledge Cares

    Middle School students worked with their advisory groups to create posters that show our Portledge pride and school theme - S.O.S. Caring for one’s Self, Others, and our Surroundings. These posters can be found in the MS atrium.
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  • Music in Early Childhood

    Our early childhood nursery students work with Mr. Schwartz on a regular basis to learn about instruments and create fun, new sounds!
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  • September

    Founders Day Cancelled

    We are sad to announce that Founders Day is now cancelled due to the heavy rain expected tomorrow. We will miss hosting this beloved event this year, but keep an eye out for more community gatherings throughout the year!
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  • Lower School Happenings 9/25/2022

    Wednesday Assembly 
    This week our fifth graders hosted our assembly “show” from Mrs. Cavrell’s classroom and each class joined via Google Meet. Cassandra Plunkett and Rebecca Brownstein hosted the assembly this week. Eliana Cruz, a 4th grader, spoke about her Puerto Rican, Chilean, and Peruvian heritage and family traditions in honor of National Hispanic Heritage month (9/15-10/15/2022). Eliana also shared that Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first woman of Puerto Rican heritage to serve on the Supreme Court. Our quote corner this week comes from Eliana’s presentation. Thank you, Eliana! 
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    We have a wonderful announcement to share. Luke Foley and Ming Rui (Abby) Jiang have both been selected as National Merit Scholarship Competition Semifinalists! Congratulations to them on this exceptional achievement.
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  • Middle School Culture Club heads to Broadway

    The inaugural trip of the Middle School Culture Club headed into NYC to see Beetlejuice. After they took the train, they visited Times Square and the Theatre District and ate at Bareburger in Hell’s Kitchen. Topped off with a scary, fun show, they made their way back to Manhasset Train Station. 
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  • 1st PA Meeting of the Year

    It was such a joy to have our parents back on campus this morning for the first PA meeting of the year. We are so happy to partner with our parents for another amazing year. Portledge board president, Mel Mooney said it best, “our children, they are happy!”
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  • Shout-Out to a Portledge Panther

    Congratulations to Portledge student-athlete, Franklin E. '24 on being named as one of Newsday's TOP 100 Soccer Players on Long Island! The Newsday writes: "Franklin scored both goals in a 2-1 victory to become the MVP of the Panthers’ PSAA championship run. He scored 20 goals in 15 games last season."
    We are so proud of Franklin and all of our Portledge Panthers. 
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  • Team Building in 6th Grade

    See Ms. Conniff's 6th Grade advisory working on some team-building activities in advisory today! So much fun! It can be fun to fail and work together to succeed!
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  • August

    Chris Hong '24

    Portledge has TWO All State musicians!

    John DeLuca '23 and Chris Hong '24 were selected from among thousands of high school juniors and seniors in the state of New York to receive the highest musical honor to perform on stage at the 2022 NYSSMA All-State Performing Festival in Rochester, NY on December 1 through December 4, 2022.
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  • Faculty & Staff back on campus

    With the start of school just around the corner, our faculty and staff are on campus today for the first of many meetings over the next few days.
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  • Harvard's Long Island Picnic

    Earlier this month, Harvard held their annual Long Island picnic on our campus. We are so happy to continue this partnership each year and host Harvard students on our beautiful campus! #portledgepride #portledge
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  • July

    Celebrating the Class of 2022

    The Class of 2022 moved on from Portledge in remarkable fashion. With a 100% acceptance rate to four-year colleges, we are so proud of our newest alumni. This group of students will take their memories of Portledge and the skills they fostered here to a number of impressive institutions including Yale, Brown, Cornell, Barnard, University of Virginia, University of Toronto, Vanderbilt University, Boston College, Trinity College of Dublin, and Duke to name but a few.
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