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AOF Students Visit Bloomberg Headquarters

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Academy of Finance seniors were able to experience the pulse of financial technology and media firsthand with a transformative visit to Bloomberg Headquarters in the heart of NYC.  
Led by Academy of Finance Alum Joseph Alicata '09, students delved deeply into the realm of data analytics, Python differentiation, AI, FX (Foreign Exchange) electronic trading and the importance of embracing change.  Students were able to engage with senior management executives gaining insights into Bloomberg Intelligence and corporate engagement strategies.  From understanding the nuances of financial regulations to navigating the Bloomberg Terminal, this journey equipped students with invaluable knowledge and fostered a mindset of adaptability and innovation.  
Thank you to the AOF mentors and dedicated alum for helping facilitate this experience!

VR Headsets Help Students Prepare for Interviews, Presentations and More

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Northport High School students are using artificial intelligence and virtual reality to  develop interviewing skills thanks to a grant secured by librarian Debra Cavaliere. 
The Media Literacy grant was provided by NYS Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) to support media literacy within schools. Ms. Cavaliere then used her portion of the grant to purchase VR headsets containing the VirtualSpeech program which allows students to practice interview skills, speeches, business pitches and more.  
With four VR headsets now located in the NHS library, students from Academy of Finance and Academy of Information Technology, each of whom is required to participate in a summer internship, are using the headsets to practice their interviews. Using AI, the program asks them questions based upon their answers and provides them with an overall score and suggestions for how to improve their interview skills.
Junior AOF student Cory used the technology to prepare for an interview for an accounting internship. After receiving a high score on his AI interview, the program provided specific feedback based on his responses.  “The summary said that I should focus on real life examples and be more specific with my responses,” said Cory. 
Fellow junior Giovanna shared that the program asked her both basic and personalized questions, which was different than what she expected.  She feels it can help prepare her for the future, saying “the more practice I get, the better I will be at interviewing in the future.”
Ms. Cavaliere hopes to continue embedding the program and technology into additional opportunities to help student build confidence in public speaking and interviewing. 

Students for 60,000 Returns to Kenya to Continue Inspiring Mission

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Northport High School’s Students for 60,000 organization continues to make tremendous progress in not only constructing school buildings in the Iviani region of Kenya, but in developing close relationships with the children and families of the village. During their annual trip over winter recess, more than 20 students and several chaperones travelled to the region where they have committed to providing resources, funds and most importantly, hope for the future. 
The work has been ongoing since 2020 and included completing a junior-secondary building for student learning. During this most recent trip, the group worked alongside the residents to lay the foundation for the administrative building as well. This work involved difficult manual labor such as mixing and transporting sand, rock and cement to lay a solid floor for the space. 
Much of this work was possible thanks to the Kenyans continued efforts throughout the year, including digging the well for the foundation and preparing the ground.
Club advisor Karen Paquet described the evolution of the relationships between the Northport High School members and the locals. She said with each year they return, the village children become increasingly comfortable and excited to welcome the group and spend the week with them. 
“What we’ve given to this community is the chosen bonds of relationships,” said Mrs. Paquet. She also described the importance of charitable work that goes beyond monetary donations, explaining that while we may feel guilt for the needs of those less fortunate, we also need to build relationships so we can see them as individuals.  

In addition to hard work, students had opportunities to explore the beautiful country by visiting Kilaguni Safari Lodge and Tsavo West National Park, speaking with local adults and children and learning about the nation’s history and traditions. 
Students for 60,000 fundraisers will continue to benefit the village with hopes of eventually building a high school as well as providing for an electric fence, which would help protect the school and prevent theft. 

Candidate Packets for Election to the Board of Education - Now Available

District Residents who are interested in seeking election to the Board of Education can pick up Candidate Packets from the District Clerk at the Administrative Building, 158 Laurel Avenue.  Please call the District Clerk (262-6608) to make an appointment and for further information.  Minimum Qualifications:  Must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the District for one year, and a qualified voter of the District.  The deadline for submission of completed packets is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2024.
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Los residentes del distrito que estén interesados en solicitar la elección a la Junta de Educación pueden recoger los Paquetes de Candidatos del Secretario del Distrito en el Edificio Administrativo, 158 Laurel Avenue. Llame al secretario del distrito (262-6608) para programar una cita y obtener más información. Requisitos mínimos: Debe tener al menos 18 años de edad, ser residente del Distrito por un año y ser un votante calificado del Distrito. La fecha límite para la presentación de paquetes completos es el lunes 22 de abril de 2024 a las 5:00 p.m.
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Special Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Date Added: 2/26/2024