Gelinas Speller Heads to National Bee

Gelinas Speller Heads to National Bee
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh-grader Ryan Himmelsbach accomplished something that he has worked toward for the past three years – being crowned the top Long Island spelling champion.

Ryan, a three-time school spelling bee champion, went head-to-head with the region’s top 47 spellers during the Long Island Spelling Bee at Hofstra University. After a challenging 11 rounds in three hours, Ryan ultimately captured the top place with the word “requiem.”

As Long Island champion, Ryan will now compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland from May 28-June 3. The winner of this contest will win a $40,000 prize.

WMHS Cheerleaders at Nationals

WMHS Cheerleaders at Nationals

Ward Melville High School varsity cheerleaders recently competed on the national level and showcased their flawless skills at the 2017 Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championships in February.

During the event, which is considered to be the most prestigious cheerleading competition nationwide, the student-athletes competed against the top squads in the country. As a result of their performance, they placed fourth in the “Large Varsity” division. This is the highest placement Ward Melville has earned in the program’s history.







Kiwanis Kares Tribute Concert

Information on the first annual Kiwanis Kares Tribute Concert is below. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase Pediatric Trauma Kits for the Stony Brook and Setauket Fire Departments  and the Three Village Central School District's Elementary Schools. A portion of the proceeds will also go to The Stony Brook Children's Hospital and the Route 25A Greening and Maintenance Project


For tickets or questions please call 631-360-0004 or 631-265-3614

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2017-18 Pre-K Information and Application

Please see below for information on the new program.

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Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

- Sponsored by the Bates House at the Frank Melville Memorial Park

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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Book Inspires Fundraising Effort

Book Inspires Fundraising Effort
Earlier this year, each seventh-grader at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School read the book “A Long Walk to Water” and are now working with their science teachers on a fundraising effort to provide clean drinking water to children in Africa who have limited access to such resources.

After reading an article about biodiversity and humans’ impact on the environment, the students learned about a resource called “LifeStraws” that eliminates impurities from the water that is filtered through the device. Inspired by the chance to make a difference, they have been collecting spare change to purchase three of these devices for a school in Africa whereby providing children with clean water for 3-5 years.

“I had read the book “A Long Walk to Water” and it really moved me,” said science teacher Monica Gerber, who spearheaded the fundraising effort. “The two personal stories told in the book really inspired me to want to do something to help children in Africa who have limited access to clean water.”

Students have been donating their spare change in large containers throughout the multi-week drive and working to see which science class can create the heaviest container. In the spirit of competition, students could deposit dollar bills into their competitors’ containers, which would subtract small measurements off their total weight. To date, the school has raised approximately $800 for the effort.
    
The teachers involved in this project included Joanna Cadolino, Nicole Connelly, Lori Conrad, Iris Lin, Jillian Visser and Gary Vorwald.

District Announces New Tuition-Free PreK Offering

Dear Three Village Community,

 We are pleased to announce that the Three Village Central School District will be creating a district-operated, tuition-free, half-day prekindergarten program beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. This program, which will be housed at Nassakeag Elementary School, will replace the paid option provided by SCOPE for the past two years.

Since its founding 50 years ago, our district has established a steadfast tradition of providing educational excellence and preparing students to meet the challenges and demands of an ever-evolving society. It has been clear throughout this time that the educational foundation students receive in their formative years is indicative of the success they achieve in the future. As such, we are excited to be broadening our district offerings in order to provide our community with a prekindergarten program that is directly aligned with our district’s mission, curriculum and educational philosophy. 

The new program will run for two-and-a-half hours, five days a week, with a morning and afternoon option available to applicants. The program allows for the enrollment of 200 students, who will be selected based on a lottery application process. Applicants must be district residents, turn 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2017, and be toilet trained.

In the coming days, we will be posting additional information about the program to the district’s website. We encourage families to visit our dedicated “Pre-K Program” page for this information, including copies of the program application form. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due by Friday, March 31. Those selected for enrollment will be notified after the lottery drawing on Friday, April 21.

This is an exciting endeavor for our school district and we look forward to the establishment of the program in the coming year.

Should you have any questions about this matter, please contact our pre-K liaison, Nancy Pickford, at 631-730-4400 or npickfor@3villagecsd.org.

 

ESSA Regional Open Meeting

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Report Cards for Students in Grades 7-12 Are Now Available in the Portal

Please log into the Campus portal to view student report cards for the end of quarter 2 and first semester course grades.

Summer Recreation Location Changes

Due to the construction being done at the district elementary schools this summer, please be advised that the half day and full day summer recreation camps will be relocated to R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas Junior High Schools, respectively. Please visit the http://www.threevillagecsd.org/department_and_programs/recreation to register and to find additional information.

Summer Recreation and Travel Camp registration is now open.

On-line registration for Summer Recreation and Travel Camp is now open.  Please click here for more information.

Kindness Challenge Accepted

Kindness Challenge Accepted

Setauket Elementary School students and staff recently blanketed their school community with kindness and compassion as they accepted “The Great Kindness Challenge” in January.

During the weeklong event, the school was decorated with kindness-themed items and students were welcomed to school by special community helper volunteers. Each day of the week followed a different theme, including ones that featured assemblies and called for students and staff members to wear coordinated clothing items. Throughout the celebration, the students and staff members also completed kind act checklists and filled in a large kindness tree painted in one of the school’s hallway with paper hearts celebrating the number of kind deeds they had completed.



Spring Community Education Program Registration

Spring 2017 Community Education Program Brochure

Three Year Spelling Streak

Three Year Spelling Streak
Three-time school spelling bee champion and current P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh-grader Ryan Himmelsbach is once again bound for the Long Island Spelling Bee, which will be held in February at Hofstra University.

Ryan, who has advanced to the regional level the past three years, won this year’s contest by correctly spelling the word “anesthesia” after going head-to-head with Gelinas’ top spellers for 17 challenging rounds.

District Opposes Nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education

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Radio Interview

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Three Ward Melville High School students spoke about their cutting edge research projects on a recent episode of “Spotlight on Long Island Schools,” a radio news program focused on showcasing the positive things happening in schools all across Long Island

 

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Journeying Back in Time

Journeying Back in Time

As part of their study on Native Americans, fourth-grade students at W.S. Mount Elementary School had an opportunity to learn about them during a hands-on workshop called Journey into Native American Territory.

The program brought the history and lives of the Eastern Woodlands people into the classroom through visual presentations and group activities.

Students began the two-day program by watching a video about Native Americans and visited a traveling museum of artifacts and learned how to play traditional games that encouraged teamwork and honed survival skills. Throughout the museum tour, the students took an up-close look at animal pelts, musical instruments, traditional clothing, athletic equipment and hunting tools. They also each took a turn grounding corn and touring a replica longhouse.

On the second day of the program the students learned about Native American government and created clay duck decoys using traditional techniques and materials.






Fun Filled Family Night

Fun Filled Family Night

Minnesauke Elementary School’s Physical Education Department with the help of the PTA recently held a spirited Family Fun Night for students in kindergarten through sixth-grade.

During the event, attendees participated in a number of carnival type games, including golf, a football challenge, balloon volleyball, foul shoot contest, minion ring toss and penguin bowling. Additionally, attendees enjoyed dancing and face painting activities.

A total of $810 was raised during the event, which will be donated to local families in need, along with food items for the building’s food pantry.

Friendship Superheroes

Friendship Superheroes

Nassakeag and Arrowhead Elementary School students learned how to be friendship superheroes and stand up for others during a recent character education assembly program called “Sweethearts and Heroes.”

During the events, presenter Tom Murphy spoke with the students about the definition of bullying and taught them his superhero “ABCs” to combat it. The students also learned the original meaning of a “bully,” as Mr. Murphy described that a “16th century bully” was actually considered a “sweetheart,” or someone who pushed a person to do their best through encouragement and determination. The program also included interactive components that further demonstrated the techniques the students could use to create a positive impact in the world.  

In addition to the assembly programs, the school’s sixth-graders attended a training session with Rick Yarosh, the “wounded warrior.”  Mr. Yarosh spoke about how his life was suddenly changed, the importance of never giving up hope and how everyone should be treated with respect.  
To help ensure the program’s message had a lasting impact on the school community, the buildings’ teachers also attended informative workshops with the presenters.

Cake Wars

Cake Wars

Spelling Champ

Spelling Champ
As a result of her outstanding spelling skills, Setauket Elementary School fourth-grader Ava Himmelsbach has been named the winner in her school’s annual spelling bee.

Ava won the contest by correctly spelling “obligation” after competing in close to 30 challenging rounds against the building’s top spellers from grades four through six. She will now compete in the Long Island Spelling Bee at Hofstra University this February.


Millrose Qualifier

Millrose Qualifier
Ward Melville High School track stars (left-right) Sam Sturgess, Allyson Gaedje, Hannah Hobbes, Samantha Rutt have qualified to compete in the upcoming Millrose Games. The students will be featured in the 4x400 relay.

The relay team earned their bid to compete in the event with a time of 4:400.39 during the qualifier at The Armory.

They are pictured here with coaches JP Dion and Tom Youngs.

A Week of Languages

A Week of Languages

R.C. Murphy Junior High School students and staff celebrated the beauty and culture of three world languages as they marked “Foreign Language Week.”

During the weeklong celebration, students participated in a trivia contest and a door decorating contest. A traveling art exhibit was on display in the hallways and music from different countries played  on the intercom between class times.

Additionally, members of the Foreign Language Honor Society hosted a series of events for the district’s elementary students. Cooking and culture classes were hosted and each one focused on either the Spanish, Italian or French language. Also, for the first time in over 15 years, the FLHS students visited with the sixth-graders at Nassakeag, Arrowhead and W.S. Mount elementary schools and presented lessons to introduce them to the foreign language options available for study at the junior high level.



Lessons in Journalism

Lessons in Journalism
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R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth-grade students in Cristina Cereola’s English classes have been learning about the field of journalism as part of a recent narrative writing unit of study.
As part of the curriculum, the students learned about responsible journalism and put their lessons into practice by composing individual newscasts on social issue topics in the community.

In addition to their classroom assignment, they also had the opportunity to speak with a professional in the field.

During an in-class workshop, Grant Parpan, the Executive Editor of the Times Review Media Group located in Mattituck, spoke to the students about journalism as a career and how conveying news to the public has changed over time. He showed the students the difference between news that is printed in a newspaper versus those published through electronic media such as websites and social media.

At the end of the workshop, the students shared their own newscasts with Grant and received feedback on their writings.

Whirlwind of Information

Whirlwind of Information
Arrowhead Elementary School sixth-graders took an up-close look at a natural phenomenon during a recent science project.

Working in small groups, the students studied tornadoes and then used their research to create six-foot-tall paper replicas of the weather event. They listed several important facts on the paper creations, including where Tornado Alley is located, how tornadoes form and what time of year they form most frequently.

The completed projects, which will be on display in the sixth-grade wing until the end of January, were assessed based on the students’ creativity, accuracy, grammatical usage and teamwork.  
 

Cheering to Top Honors

Cheering to Top Honors

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s seventh- and eighth- grade cheerleading team showcased their talents and skills during the recent Rocky Point Cheerleading Invitational competition.

As a result of their athletic talents, the team earned high praise and placed fourth in the contest. They were awarded a commemorative trophy for their showmanship.





Reading to Remember

Reading to Remember

Ward Melville High School tenth-grade English classes and students enrolled in the Holocaust elective course participated in a daylong event called “All Night in a Day” that focused on Elie Wiesel’s “Night,” an autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

The students began the day by visually understanding how individuals were transported to concentration camps. They packed into a small square in the front of the auditorium – the same size as the cattle cars that were used – and then one by one took a seat as the individuals they represented perished during the trip.

Throughout the remainder of the morning, the students listened as several teachers and administrators read portions of the book aloud and paused several times to participate in workshops and activities. These included analyzing passages, listening and reacting to music mentioned in the book, viewing an interview with Wiesel and artistically creating reactions to the messages of the written piece. The students also helped to create the word “LOVE” on large poster boards using candles, one for each individual who was named to have lost their lives in the book.

“We hope that by reading this story and discussing the topic through programs such as this that we are giving a voice for those like Elie Wiesel; something we found especially important as he passed away last summer,” said Tammy Catalfamo, Ward Melville English teacher and one of the program’s coordinators. “My goal is that no student will go through our school’s doors without reading this story and understanding the importance of taking a stand for what is right and just.”

To continue to pass Wiesel’s message forward, the students passed out paper candles throughout the school the following day with the goal of inspiring others to be the hope they want to see in the world.



Celebrating Musicians

Celebrating Musicians
During its early January meeting, the Board of Education celebrated 14 Ward Melville High School students who recently performed in the All-State Festival at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference.

The Board and administration commended all of these students for their outstanding commitment to music and statewide recognition of their talents.

Selection to the festival is based on students’ NYSSMA scores from the previous spring, as well as teacher recommendations.
 

Community Protection Act - Call to Action

For information about the Community Protection Act or to sign the petition to save it, please review the material below or visit: https://www.change.org/p/new-york-state-protect-our-children-save-suffolk-s-community-protection-act

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Detecting New Reading Strategies

Detecting New Reading Strategies

Arrowhead Elementary School third-graders went undercover this winter as reading detectives and worked to build strong reading fluency skills during a reading and writing unit of study.

The project taught the students how to properly read mysteries, including how to look for clues within the writing and on the book jacket and how to make predictions on suspects as a result of their demonstrated motives and opportunities. Through read-alouds and silent reading, students took notes of clues to help solve the problem and worked to put the pieces of the puzzle together before the detectives in the story did.  

As an added sense of fun, throughout the study and during the day, the teachers created different clues for various classroom activities. The students eagerly worked to solve these clues using the strategies they had learned in the reading and writing unit.

Later in the year, the students will utilize their new skills as they begin to explore fiction books.






Top Spellers

Top Spellers
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R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh- and eighth-graders showcased their linguistic skills this winter when they took part in the school’s annual spelling bee.

After going head to head for 20 challenging rounds, eighth-grader Elizabeth Star captured the schoolwide title by correctly spelling the word “negativism.” She will now compete in the Long Island Spelling Bee, which will be held at Hofstra University on Feb. 5.

This year’s contest runner-up was eighth-grader Grace Li.


Baking Up Treats

Baking Up Treats

R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Community Connections Club made this year’s holiday season a bright one for local residents by baking cookies for 18 families serviced by the school’s food pantry.

As a result of their dedication, the students rolled up their sleeves and created enough tasty treats for the deserving recipients as well as the support staff in the building.  




Singing in the Season

Singing in the Season

R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s chamber orchestra and chamber choir helped to spread cheer by performing a number of holiday songs for the individuals at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook. The students entertained the residents with their musical talents and left everyone in joyful spirits for the season.

Alumni Day

Alumni Day

More than 50 Ward Melville High School alumni returned to their alma mater this winter to reflect upon their college experiences and share sound advice with students immersed in the college application and decision process.

During the program, the alumni, who are current freshmen through senior year college students, spoke about the fears and excitement they faced during their first semester, how they selected their college and the challenges that they encountered when making the transition from high school to college.

“The greatest benefit from this day was that it allowed our current juniors and seniors to hear firsthand from a host of their peers who have graduated within the past four years,” said Ward Melville guidance counselor and program coordinator Jennifer Sheppard. “Each panel had a different group of students of various years, majors and level of schools. This allowed our current seniors, who coincidentally had just heard their Early Action or Early Decision outcome that week to see the options they have for the future.”

Throughout the day, the alumni addressed a number of common questions such as roommate situations, school size and academic requirements. Alan Munn, who is currently a freshman at Loyola studying finance, noted how he “wanted a big school, but once I sat in on my first class I realized I liked the teacher student ratio a lot.” While addressing the social aspects of college, Jenna Madison, a freshman at Geneseo studying communications, stressed the importance of striking a balance and noted “remember you are there for an education.”

To add to the spirit of the day, the faculty also helped to spread college awareness by wearing their own college sweatshirts with pride.





Teacher Presents at National Conference

Teacher Presents at National Conference
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Ward Melville High School and R.C. Murphy Junior High School English teacher Julie Gerver was selected to present during this year’s National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. She was selected for this honor based on a proposal she submitted to the organization, collaborating with several colleagues from surrounding districts.

The presentation was called, "I Store My Knowledge in My Friends: Creating a Community of Advocacy." The presentation focused on the work of a group of early-career teachers and their former college professor who created a “community of advocates” and promoted the importance of freely shared ideas, resources, questions and reflections. This included how to use tools like Voxer and Google Drive to collaborate with colleagues, reflect on practice and advocate for one another.

 “As a new teacher, I was honored to have been chosen, and I had such an incredible experience that I will be submitting another proposal for next year's convention,” said Ms. Gerver.

History Bee Winners

History Bee Winners
More than 30 W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade students showcased their academic skills when they took part in the written stage of National History Bee this winter.  

As a result of their performance, nine students advanced to compete in the next level of the competition. Adam Bear, Ben Broothi, Sammi Feil, Adam Marotto, Andrew Monfiletto, Arshan Samad, Brady Reyling, Peter Sloniewsky and William Yao will now take part in the online exam for the chance to advance to the regional finals.

Warm Musical Performances

Warm Musical Performances

W.S. Mount Elementary School’s wind ensemble and chamber orchestra performed a holiday program for the service members at the Stony Brook Veterans Home in December.

The ensembles, comprised of students in fifth and sixth-grade, played a variety of seasonal favorites including “Hanukkah is Here” and the “Ukrainian Bell Carol.” After the performance, the students mingled with the crowd wishing all in attendance a happy holiday season and thanking them for the service.

The Mount wind ensemble is under the direction of music teacher Dan Hayes and the chamber orchestra is led by teacher Theresa Ruggles.



Sex Offender Notification January 2017

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Seniors Named Science Scholars

Seniors Named Science Scholars
Ward Melville High School seniors Albert Liu, Kirti Nath, Kavya Tangella and Nestor Tkachenko captured top science accolades this January and were named 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars in recognition of their work on complex science research topics.

Only 300 students were selected from a pool of 1750 as 2017 Scholars; each of who were awarded a $2,000 scholarship and a matching $2,000 donation per student was donated to their school.
    
From the pool of scholars, 40 student finalists will be selected later this month and invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000.    
The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of the Society for Science and the Public, is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. It was formally known as the Intel Science Talent Search and, under that name, recognized students at this level as Intel Semifinalists.

“These students are highly deserving of our accolades, as are all of the InSTAR seniors who submitted their research to this prestigious science competition,” said Principal Dr. Alan Baum. “Congratulations to the mentors and teachers of these students as well.”

Albert, whose project was titled “Anomaly Detection in Time Series of Dependent Stochastic Block Model Graphs,” worked under the direction of a mentor at Johns Hopkins University. He is planning to study computer science at Carnegie Mellon University this fall. The other three scholars worked under the tutelage of mentors at Stony Brook University. Kirti, whose project was titled “Assessing the Developmental and Metabolic Toxicity of Neuroactive Pharmaceuticals Using Early Life Stage Zebrafish (Danio rerio),” is planning to study economics and life science at the University of Pennsylvania. Kavya, whose project was titled “Hearing Sounds, and the Illusion of Seeing Longer-Lasting Shapes,” will be attending Johns Hopkins University and is leaning toward studying neuroscience. Nestor, whose project was titled “Can Cars Fly? Eddy Current Levitation as Viable Technology,” is undecided on which college he will attend but is looking to explore the field of engineering physics.

Upon hearing the news, the students were filled with a wide array of emotions. “I was really surprised, very happy and proud when I heard my name announced,” said Albert. “It is really such a blessing to get to do this type of work at such a young age. I am truly grateful for all that helped me to do it,” said Kirti.

Both Nestor and Kavya see their projects as a source of inspiration for the future. “I look forward to using advancing technologies to have this concept become a reality in the future,” said Nestor. “The work that I completed was so rewarding as it exposed me to a field that inspired what I wanted to study in college and what career path I want to take in the future,” said Kavya.

Suffolk Zone Winners

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Ward Melville High School seniors Rosalie Paglia and Andrew McKenna have been named 2016 Suffolk Zone Award winners by the Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

This award is presented to one female and one male high school student who have earned excellent marks in their high school physical education and academic classes, demonstrates positive character traits, is a leader in their physical education classes as well as schoolwide activities and is considered a role model for their peers.

Rosalie and Andrew were honored during the organization’s recent awards dinner, where they were joined by their physical education teachers Ron Muscarella and Shannon Sioss.


Sending Holiday Wishes to Soldiers

Holiday Wishes to Soldiers

In an effort to spread holiday cheer to those serving our country, fifth-graders in Kate Hunter's class at Minnesauke Elementary School participated in the AdoptaPlatoon initiative.

The students created cards and wrote inspiring messages to military personnel who are deployed from Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Iraq. The troops will receive these cards attached to a box of candy canes, which the students hope will help to raise morale and put a smile on each service member’s  face.



Remembering Pearl Harbor

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In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, students throughout the district took time to pause and reflect on the events.
Nassakeag Elementary School sixth-graders in Jon Stecker’s class marked the anniversary through a series of hands-on educational activities. They viewed copies of news footage from the day as well as taped recollections of veterans and compared the material with how the event was portrayed in the 2001 movie. The students also compared the speech delivered by President Franklin Roosevelt following the attacks with the speech delivered by President George Bush after 9/11, noting the similar messages of unity and the need to rebuild. Lastly, after discussing the propaganda posters created during the time, the students created their own Pearl Harbor war posters. While researching images for their posters, they learned more about how a woman’s role had changed after the attacks, the conspiracy theories that surrounded the event and how Hawaii had not yet been named a state.

At R.C. Murphy Junior High School, all eighth-grade students viewed a live streaming from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Hawaii in commemoration of the event.

The National WWII Museum webcast focused on the events of that momentous day and featured on-the-scene reporting with survivors and witnesses of the attack and iconic locations including the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and the Pacific Aviation Museum.





Holiday Performances

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Arrowhead Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade advanced band, under the direction of Ed Kunkel, along with the P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Vocal Vikings, under the direction of Robert DePersio, performed at the Stony Brook Village tree lighting ceremony. The students performed a number of holiday favorites and helped to brighten the start of the holiday season for the larger community.

Photo credit: Greg Catalano





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