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Talented, dedicated, and innovative students and teachers were honored during the recognition portion of the district’s Board of Education meeting on Sept. 12.

OMS Oldfield Middle School Assistant Principal Joseph Castoro was honored for winning the 2018 Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Visionary Award. This award is given to one Long Island administrator who demonstrates exceptional vision, leadership, and support of initiating use of technology in their school.

“Those who know Mr. Castoro know that his reception of this award is no surprise,” said Dr. Rory Manning. “He is a strong driving force behind the school’s implementation of technology initiatives and tirelessly devotes himself to working towards district goals every day.”

Three students, Catlin Rees, Jenna Cuti, and Sarah Walker, were recognized for their beautiful transformation of the Thomas J. Lahey courtyard. This service project was completed to aid the students in earning their Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve.

OMS English teacher Mary-Lynn Karpenske was acknowledged for having one of her lesson plans selected by Classcraft, an online game-based teaching approach, as “Quest of the Week.” The lesson revolved around Edgar Allen Poe and was featured on the site’s main page for a month. Other teachers and students around the country were able to experience the lesson.

“Using Classcraft is a great social-emotional learning tool that takes a bit of the pressure of grades off the student,” said Mrs. Kapenske, “and focuses more on the progress and learning journey of the student.”

Mrs. Karpenske will be teaching on Classcraft at the Long Island Technology Summit on Oct. 18.