Portledge News

2018

  • 1st Lower School Assembly of the Year!

    Communications
    It was great to see so many parents attend our first assembly of the Lower School year. Our fifth graders led the production, which focused on the many different feelings our students may have on returning to school after the summer. We had a special treat when our kindergarten class performed a beautiful song, and we got to know a little bit about all the new Portledge students in the different Lower School grades.
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  • Max Scalamandre '19 commits to Penn State!

    Congratulations to Portledge School senior Max Scalamandre for his commitment to Penn State for swimming! Scalamandre ‘19, has been swimming since he was 7, and is most excited about the overall athletics program at Penn State and the exciting student atmosphere. He is most confident in the backstroke and IM and we can’t wait to hear about his accomplishments for the next 4 years! Congratulations Max!
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  • Three Portledge Seniors Named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program

    Portledge School announces today that Christopher Bell ‘19, Kyle Chang ‘19, and Tamara Pilson ‘19 have been named Commended Students in the 2019 Merit Scholarship Program.
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  • Tyler Medina-Minerva '19 Invited to Participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program

    According to The College Board, participation in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) will enable students to highlight their outstanding educational achievements to top colleges and universities. An invitation is extended to students that score in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test-takers in the region. Portledge senior scholar, Tyler Medina-Minerva ‘19, received an invitation to participate. Congratulations Tyler, we look forward to seeing all your academic success in the future.
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  • PEP RALLY 2018

    On Friday, Sept. 21 the students marked the end of Spirit Week with a fun-packed Pep Rally.

    Like always, the senior class did an incredible job planning and executing the Pep Rally, to kick off the Founders Day Weekend. As students filled into the Wellington Gym, you could quite literally feel and hear the excitement all the way from the Middle School doors.
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  • The Crest

    The Crest, Portledge School's bi-annual magazine, is now available to view online.


     
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  • BARCODE LONG ISLAND SYMPOSIUM at Cold Spring Harbor DNA Lab

    Carolyn Chiu
    On the evening of June 5th, Portledge 9th Grade students Michael Kashinsky, Leah Yakoby and Timothy Chiu presented their research at the Barcode Long Island Symposium at the DNA Laboratories in Cold Spring Harbor. They researched their topic, Barcoding of Aquatic and Terrestrial Invertebrates, by examining organisms at Youngs Farm in Old Brookville and at Coffin Pond in the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary, adjacent to the Portledge campus. Environmental sampling, DNA extraction and amplification, and bioinformatics were all utilized as their project proceeded.
     
    The team found that the most common organism in Coffin Pond was isopods while in the field at Youngs Farm they found a variety of insects. One interesting result was the discovery of an invasive species - the dung fly - which is usually found in Europe.
     
    The students presented their findings at the Symposium and even had the opportunity to meet Dr. Watson, the Noble Prize-winning scientist who, with scientist Francis Crick, determined the structure of DNA. Portledge Science teacher, Mrs. Chiu, was excited to have her students actually meet someone they had studied in Freshman Biology and says “it was great fun!”
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  • 6th Grade History Projects

    The 6th Grade class did an outstanding job creating and showcasing their history projects. Each student's hard work was on full display in Bahnik Hall. The assignment: choose a country and research it's historical, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds, some student's brought in yummy treats while others dressed in symbolic outfits. There were hand-crafted models of historical locations and pictures to bring it all to life.

    Once again, well-done to the 6th Grade class. To name here are just some of the countries our students chose: Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, El Salvador, New Zealand, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Israel, Iceland, Spain, and more!
     
     
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  • The Portledge Robotics Competition Season

    by Danny Nelson

    The Portledge Robotics’ competition season began on Sunday, January 7th, at the Lynbrook High School FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier. For many students, this was the first robotics competition they have ever attended, so there was a lot to take in. The day was filled with ups and downs while being a great learning experience for all the students. The teams each faced a challenge right from the start by failing robot inspection (slight sizing issue and cable management concerns), but they displayed quick thinking and amazing collaboration to address the issues successfully within a few minutes. Quick thinking, problem solving and strong teamwork became the themes of success for the day.
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  • Nassau Math Tournament

    by Helen Oehrlein

    On Friday, February 2, three teams from Portledge competed against 111 teams from other Nassau County schools in the annual county-wide Math Tournament. Our Lower Division (Grades 9 & 10) Team placed 7th out of the 42 teams in their division. Congratulations to team members Ansh Amin ('20), Liam Pharr ('20), Ying (Andrea) Sun ('20), Jiasheng (Felix) Wang ('21) and Xiuqi (Sean) Wang ('21)!
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  • Special Blue White Day in Middle & Upper School

    On Tuesday, January 23, both Middle and Upper School welcomed Katie Schumacher from "Don't Press Send" to campus. She discussed how kindness matters, how we must think before we post, and action steps we can take to deliver appropriate messages about who we are and how we wish to be treated.
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  • Carol Silva of News 12 Long Island Comes to Visit Portledge Students

    Carol Silva, three-time Emmy Award-winning anchorwoman from News 12 Long Island, came to speak to one of our Middle School classes about the job options in journalism and what makes a good news story. 
     
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  • Appalachian Hope 2017 Collaborative Drive

    The Portledge community recently came together for a great cause! The Appalachian Hope 2017 Collaborative Drive. 
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  • Portledge Robotics Qualifier Update

    Danny Nelson
    It was a long and exciting day for us on Sunday, January 7th at the Lynbrook High School FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier. For many students, this was the first robotics competition that they have attended, so there was a lot to take in. The day was filled with ups and downs while being a great learning experience for all the students. The teams each faced a challenge right from at start by failing robot inspection (sizing issue and cable management) but displayed quick thinking and amazing collaboration to address the issues successfully. Quick thinking, problem-solving and strong teamwork became the themes of success for the day.
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  • The Crest

    The Crest, Portledge School's bi-annual magazine, is now available to view online here.


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