New Beginnings for Class of 2016


The Ward Melville High School Class of 2016 received thunderous applause as they marched past proud parents, family members, friends and educators to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Valedictorian Jeffrey Michel and salutatorian Ariel Long reflected upon their time in the district and shared words of advice with their fellow graduates. Student Government President Joseph Hines presented the class gift of new picnic tables for the stadium, and senior David Fraas led the audience in a moving performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Both Principal Dr. Alan Baum and Board of Education President William F. Connors Jr. delivered welcome addresses and encouraged the class to strive to reach their dreams.

The students were then called individually to the dais to receive their diplomas before turning their graduation tassels in unison with the direction of class representative Amanda Franko.

Summer Program Information

Information about programs running over the summer can be found here.

Have a wonderful, safe summer!!  See you on September 6!


Ward Melville High School Athletic Hall of Fame

The district is now accepting nomination forms for the 2016-17 induction ceremony. Please see the attached nomination form for details.


Très Bien

Eight Ward Melville High School students were honored this June for their academic success on the National French Exam.
At an awards ceremony at Half Hollow High School East, the following students were recognized for placing in the top 10 percent nationally.

Level 4 – 11th Grade Honors
Ian Baram – Silver Medal, Placed 2
Sachin Patnaik – Bronze Medal, Placed 3

Level 5 – Advance Placement
Maya Fischer – Silver Medal, Placed 2
Ariel Leong – Bronze Medal, Placed 3
Natalie Butkevich – Placed 5
Corey Emery – Placed 6
Zaid Rahman – Placed 8
Sarah Sun – Placed 9

Moving Up to WMHS


The gymnasium at R.C. Murphy Junior High School and front lawn at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School were filled with proud parents, family members and friends as the buildings’ ninth-grade classes celebrated moving up to high school with ceremonies this June.

During Murphy’s ceremony, many students were honored for success in academic subjects, as well as physical fitness, volunteer service and acts of character. Additionally, several TVTA monetary awards were presented, student-vocalists provided a musical interlude and the ninth-graders presented their class gift of spirit banners to decorate the school grounds. At the end of the ceremony, each student was called to the dais to receive his or her moving up certificate.

At P.J. Gelinas, musicians performed a tribute to this year’s school musical, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and the selection “We’ll Never Say Goodbye.” Student speaker Amy Lynch shared reflections of her class’s time at Gelinas, and the ninth-graders were individually presented with moving up certificates.

Honored for Service


Hundreds of district students were praised and commended this June for their philanthropic actions and presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

This national award is issued for service hours accumulated during a 12-month time period. According to the official criteria, the awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of service. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.

Capturing Memories


Nassakeag Elementary School fourth-graders in Robbin Teitelbaum’s class worked to preserve some of their childhood memories by creating time capsules at the end of the school year.

The students filled the boxes with a book about their current self, including lists of their favorite things, details about their personality, who they admire, names of their best friends and a reflection on what they would change in the world. They also included copies of any awards they received during the year, pictures, clippings of current events and a letter to their future self and parents.  

Once filled, they wrapped their capsules and wrote specific instructions to their future self not to open the box until their senior year of high school.

The project has become a tradition in Ms. Teitelbaum’s class and former students return each June to unveil the boxes they created when they were young fourth-graders.

Stepping Up, Standing Out


Sixth-grade students took a step up the academic ladder as they participated in commemorative moving up ceremonies at their respective buildings this June.

During the events, the students collectively reflected on their time in elementary school and looked toward their first year of junior high with anticipation and excitement. Principals and administrators in attendance praised the sixth-graders for their dedication to their academics, involvement in community service and ambition for their futures.

Before the programs concluded, each student was presented with a commemorative moving up certificate and several were honored with achievement awards and scholarships on behalf of the Three Village Teachers Association. As their last official act as sixth-graders, the classes joined together to give a musical performance.

Mathematical Win

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students William Sun, Ben Templeton, Grant Yu, Rebecca Zhang and Nancy Zhong represented their school and community well as they competed in the 2016 Museum of Mathematics’ Tournament of Champions this spring.

The team qualified for the event after their first-place finish in the Suffolk County Regional Tournament, held on Pi Day, March 14. The contest consisted of individual, team and relay rounds with extremely challenging math questions in each portion.

As a result of their hard work and dedication, the Gelinas team placed second out of the 12 championship teams that qualified from other regions. The team was joined at the contest by teacher Stan Hanscom.

History Comes Alive


Minnesauke Elementary School students in Kara Gorski's fourth-grade class brought history out of the textbooks during this year’s annual Revolutionary Wax Museum project.

Leading up to the event, the students researched a historical figure and drafted biographies on their lives. During the museum, the students stood still – as if set in wax – until a visitor tapped on their desk to make them come to life. Once animated, the students spoke about the figure that they embodied.  

Quilting History

In advance of their participation in this year’s Elementary Living Book Project, the fifth-grade students in Barbara Kmiotek’s class at Nassakeag Elementary School created a six-foot long paper quilt displaying 19 major battles from the Civil War.

To create the quilt, the students each selected and researched facts about the battles and incorporated their research into large paper squares. Each square included battle dates, key facts, maps and pictures on the highlighted battle. The completed components were joined together and two decorative side columns were added to complete the design.

“I found it very interesting to visually see how many battles there were in the Civil War,” said Ally Larson. “I really love American history and found it so interesting to learn how divided the country was at the time of the Civil War and how many lives were lost,” added Thomas Loughlin.

This year’s Living Book Project centered on the book “Bull Run,” and joined district fifth-graders together in a day of conversation, collaborative work and interactive workshops.

Environmentally Conscious

In order to raise awareness of the multitude of environmental concerns plaguing the planet, R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grade science classes completed a final quarter project focused on topics in environmental science.

During the multiweek project, the students researched a current environmental issue or concern, conducted an environmental experiment or completed a citizen science project aimed at making the world a safer, healthier place. Projects spanned such topics as the study of bacteria and pollution in Long Island waters, tips for preventing wildfires and soils effect on the PH of water.

At the completion of their work, each student was required to visually display their findings on presentation boards.

Celebrating Flag Day


Minnesauke Elementary School students and staff gathered together to celebrate the nation’s stars and stripes during a patriotic Flag Day celebration on June 14.

To commence the program, members of the Girl Scouts proudly marched through the crowd displaying decorative flags while members of the Boy Scouts assisted several veterans with a flag rising ceremony. Each student in attendance proudly held a miniature American flag at their seats throughout the program and most supported their patriotism by wearing clothing showcasing the nation’s colors – red, white and blue.

The event featured several musical selections performed by the school’s advanced band and younger grade levels, as well as an informative presentation on America’s White Table of Remembrance and the recipe for an American flag. The winners of the building’s writing and art contests were announced and each student was presented with a commemorative certificate and American flag from the veterans in attendance.

Donations to Children’s Hospital

Earlier this year, Minnesauke Elementary School’s and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s National Junior Art Honor Societies collaborated to create 24 artistically painted lily pad shaped platforms for the bottoms of IV stands and recently donated the creations to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

The heavy-duty wooden bases aim to provide long-term pediatric patients with a fun surface to sit and ride upon while walking through the hospital hallways; providing an alternative to traditional wheelchairs. The group is pictured here with the final products when they gifted them to the hospital.

Honoring Athletes

Ward Melville High School seniors Alexandra Stein and Pat Morelli were presented with the Butch Dellecave Award by the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame this June.  

The annual award is presented to two outstanding student-athletes who are dedicated academic students, as well as great citizens.

The students are pictured here with Guy Dellecave and Mark Dellecave, sons of Butch.

Tapped into Technology


Local Star Performs at TONY Awards

W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth-grader Ava Della Pietra has continued to shine and accomplish her dreams this year as a member of the hit Broadway show “School of Rock – The Musical.”

This June, she brought great pride to the community when she took to the stage as part of the production’s ensemble and performed one of the show’s musical numbers during the 70th annual Tony Awards.

In case you missed the national broadcast, a replay of the performance can be seen here.

Celebrating Scholarly Achievements

At its early June meeting, the district’s Board of Education and administration honored and celebrated several prestigious academic honors bestowed upon Three Village students this spring.

Ward Melville High School’s, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School and R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Science Olympiad teams and their coaches were praised for numerous awards they amassed this competition season. In their respective divisions, Ward Melville completed the year ranked 24th in the nation, second in the New York State and first in the Eastern Long Island Region; Gelinas finished the year ranked 10th in the nation and first both in New York State and the Eastern Long Island Region; Murphy was ranked fourth in the state and second in the Eastern Long Island Region. All teams earned numerous medals at each of the contests they participated in this year.
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School scholars David Futcher, William Sun and Justin Zhang achieved honorable mention status in the DuPont Challenge, a science essay competition that calls for students to express ways to keep the global population supplied with food, safety and clean energy.
Rounding out the night of celebrations were two young students who have made a national name for themselves in the history competition circuit. W.S. Mount Elementary School students Neal Carpino and Matthew Chen were celebrated for advancing to compete in the National History Bee and scoring in the top eight in the elementary division of the Regional Finals.

Ward Melville Athletics Spring Recap 2016

The district takes great pride in sharing the following highlights from the Ward Melville High School 2016 spring athletic season.
The following teams were named New York State Scholar-Athlete Teams:
  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse
  • Varsity Boys Lacrosse
  • Varsity Boys Tennis
  • Varsity Girls Spring Track
  • Varsity Boys Spring Track
  • Varsity Girls Golf
  • Varsity Boys Golf

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Suffolk County Champions
Long Island Champions
Downstate Champions
State Finalists

Boys Golf

Gerald Mackedon - Boys Golf Individual Suffolk County Champion
Team County Champions
Long Island Champions

Boys Track

4 x 800 team comprised of Ted Lane, Mike Reilly, Danny Ryan and Eric Zulkofske named Division Champs


League Champs

Boys Tennis

League Champs
Division III Champs
Big Four Semifinalist
Dan Meinster – Division III Champ
Tyler Ancona and Cameron Dean – Division III Doubles Champ

Girls Track
4 x 400 Relay Team comprised of Ally Gaedje, Liz Radke, Sam Rutt and Sam Sturgess set a new school record and qualified for the State Championships
4 x 800 Team comprised of Liz Radke, Sam Rutt, Shannon Ryan and Ashley Warakomski were named Track Division Champs
Cydney Crasa – National All-Around Champion

Individual Honors

  • All League/Division-37
  • All Conference-6
  • All County-19
  • All State-2
  • All Long Island –TBD

For a full list of names, please click here:

Helping Hands


R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas junior high school’s Foreign Language Honor Society joined together with the Murphy National Junior Honor Society to collect much-needed items for the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador.

Together, the groups filled 15 huge boxes with nonperishables items, including batteries, baby wipes, diapers, Band-Aids and soap. After collecting the items from classmates, the society members organized and boxed the donations, which were then delivered for transport to JFK airport.

National Spotlight


After capturing victories on the regional and state levels, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s and Ward Melville High School’s Science Olympiad Teams represented the school district and Long Island at the national tournament this spring.

As a result of their dedication and talents, Gelinas placed 10th in the nation and took home medals in the following events: Fossils, third-place; Reach for the Stars, third-place; Bio Process Lab, fourth-place; Crave the Wave, fifth-place; Disease Detective, second-place; Food Science, second-place; and Scrambler, fifth-place. Ward Melville placed 24th in the nation and won medals in the following events: Experimental Design, first-place, and Write It/Do It, fifth-place.

The National Science Olympiad Tournament was held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and each division (middle and high school) included 60 teams from nearly every state in the nation. Two teams from New York qualified for the national tournament by placing first or second in the state contest. Each team consisted of 15 members who competed in 23 events. Medals were awarded to the top six places for each event.
Earlier this year, Gelinas placed first in the Eastern Long Island Regional Tournament and first in New York State. Ward Melville was ranked first at the Eastern Long Island Regional competition and second in New York State.

Growing a Sustainable Garden


Cultivating Kindness


Arrowhead Elementary School students and staff regularly engage in meaningful learning opportunities surrounding their character education mindset of “cultivating kindness.”

Last spring, Arrowhead staff dedicated and planted a cherry tree in memory of a beloved teaching assistant, Florence Cianfarano, who lost her battle to breast cancer. Florence worked with special education students at Arrowhead for over 10 years and is fondly remembered for her strength, warmth and compassion.

To help ensure the tree grows fully, Arrowhead Garden Club, which is run by Angela Campo, has maintained the tree and has created a beautiful memorial garden with tulips, inspirational messages painted on stones and a white picket enclosure.

The space was dedicated in Florence’s memory and serves as a daily reminder for all to “cultivate kindness.”

Technology Infused Learning


First-grade students in Dawn Gaedje’s class at W.S. Mount Elementary School brought literacy out of the textbooks during a recent cross-curricular project.

During a readers’ workshop, the students learned about reading with emotion and how to show feeling through their words. To help further their oral fluency, each student created an MP3 recording of some of their favorite stories and fashioned artistic replicas of themselves holding the highlighted book.

The finished pieces were put on display in the school’s main hallway, along with a QR code for visitors to scan and listen to the recorded books.
The class hopes the project will begin an audio book collection for kindergartners in the school library for incoming first-graders to enjoy.

Exploring Careers


For the fourth- through sixth-graders at Nassakeag Elementary School, the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” became a little easier to answer following their participation in this year’s Career Day.

The program, which has become a tradition at the school, offered the students the chance to attend two interactive workshop sessions that featured 18 different types of careers. This year’s program included specialties such as neonatal nurse, professional chefs and professions in the areas of STEM, including oral surgery, planetary science and statistics.

As a special component to this year’s program, comedian and actor Rosie O’Donnell also presented two workshops and a follow up assembly with the students. During each of these presentations, Ms. O’Donnell encouraged the students to always follow their dreams, set goals for their futures and build a strong support system – namely comprised of family, friends and trusted teachers.


SACC Registration for the 2016-17 School Year Begins Monday, June 13

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Living History


Nearly 100 district fifth-graders learned about one of the most famous battles of the Civil War during this year’s interactive and hands-on Elementary Living Book Project.

During the event, students from Arrowhead, Minnesauke, Nassakeag and Setauket elementary schools came together to participate in activities surrounding the book “Bull Run.” The program commenced with a reader’s theater event, which highlighted the different characters and themes from the book, along with important events that transpired. Throughout the remainder of the day, the students visited three different workshops; they created quilts and learned about wax stamping, traveled through a simulated underground railroad and created an informed action art piece.

“I liked when we made the letters because we got to write in pen and stamp the letter closed with colored hot glue but my favorite thing in the field trip was the underground railroad,” said Arrowhead fifth-grader Evan Meinsen.


Record Setters

Ward Melville High School's Girls Track 4x400 Relay Team has set a new school record and qualified for the State Championships in Syracuse. The district congratulates Sam Rutt, Liz Radke, Ally Gaedje and Sam Sturgess on this accomplishment.

Champions Head to States

Ward Melville High School varsity boys lacrosse team is headed to the state finals after winning the New York State semifinal round. The Long Island Champions finished the latest game with a score of 16-6 over Lakeland and will now play Victor on June 11 at Middeltown High School in upstate NY. The district wishes the Patriots the best of luck!

National Writing Recognition

In recognition of their outstanding writing skills, six secondary students have been selected as winners in the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English writing contests.

Ward Melville High School juniors Kirti Nath and Michal Zadok were honored in the NCTE’s Achievement Awards in Writing Program while P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-graders Sydney Korsen, Natalia Newton and Anushka Rajagopalan, as well as R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth-grader Karen Xie, earned recognition in the Promising Young Writers Program.

For the contests, each student submitted two pieces of writing, which were evaluated by national judges on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style. Each winner received a certificate of recognition. Nationwide, 264 high school juniors were selected from a pool of 533 nominees for recognition for outstanding writing and 122 eighth-graders were selected to be honored from a pool of 159 candidates.  

Supporting a Cure


R.C. Murphy Junior High School and W.S. Mount Elementary School showed their support for this year’s Ride for Life awareness campaign by creating signs and cheering on participants as they rode past the respective schools this spring.

Students and staff members cheered for the cause as those battling ALS and their families participated in the annual event, which seeks to create awareness of the disease and fundraise for a cure.

Honored Educator


Minnesauke Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Kate Hunter has been awarded the Margaret Simon Award for Excellence in Elementary Social Studies Education for 2016, given to an outstanding elementary school teacher by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies.

Nominated by the building principal, Dr. Brian Biscari and the Director for Social Studies Dr. Paul Gold, Ms. Hunter has been recognized by the organization for her strong commitment to and emphasis of social studies in the elementary classroom.

Ms. Hunter will be recognized at the Long Island Council for the Social Studies awards dinner in early June.

Traveling the World

Poets Honored


Five district junior high school students have been named winners in the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association's 13th annual Student Poetry Contest, “A Child Went Forth.”

This year’s honorees included P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grader Abdullah Nauman, ninth-grader Elizabeth Concepcion and R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-graders Kelsey Ge, Ari Nezaria and Varsha Talanki.

There were more than 3,000 entries to the contest this year. These students will receive their awards in early June at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington Station. During the ceremony, the students will also attend a poetry reading from Robert Pinsky, a nationally recognized poet and Walt Whitman Birthplace Association 2016 Poet-in-Residence.

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‘Annie’ Captivates Audiences


W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade student-actors took to the stage this May to perform the beloved musical “Annie Jr.”

The students rehearsed under the guidance of directors and teachers Gretchen Tranchino and Daniel Hayes since mid-November to perfect the show’s dialogue and musical numbers as well as learn complex dance routines with the help of teacher and choreographer Lauren Horn. In addition to the actors on stage, several students worked behind the scenes as members of the stage crew with the help of teacher Melissa Levenson.

From the opening number to the familiar songs in between, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” the show was a hit with all ages. The cast of approximately 55 students performed the musical during one daytime and two evening shows for packed audiences.


Musicians Take Home Trophies


P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high school’s student-musicians showcased their talents this May during two separate Music in the Parks competitions

P.J. Gelinas competed at Great Adventure and the competition results were as follows: 

  • Eighth- and Ninth-Grade Combined Orchestra - 1st Place
  • Chamber Orchestra - 1st Place & Best Overall
  • Ninth-Grade Band - 1st Place
  • Wind Ensemble - 1st Place & Best Overall
  • Jazz Ensemble - 1st Place
  • Vocal Vikings - 1st Place
  • Ben Fogarty and Greyson Nekrutman - Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award
  • Dana Smith - Outstanding Accompanist Award


R.C. Murphy competed at Hershey Park and the competition results were as follows:

  • RCM Ninth-Grade Band- 1st place
  • RCM Ninth-Grade Orchestra - 1st Place
  • RCM Chamber Orchestra - 1st Place
  • RCM Chamber Choir - 1st Place
  • RCM Chamber Orchestra - Best Overall Orchestra
  • RCM Chamber Choir- Best Overall Chorus




Meet William Bernhard, Principal of Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School

Flawless Routine


Ward Melville High School senior Cydney Crasa was named the All-Around Champion at this year’s National Senior Invitational hosted by the National High School Gymnastics Association.

The talented gymnast performed a flawless routine on each of the program’s apparatuses and finished with a final score of 38.7.

Cydney, a seasoned member of the Patriot gymnastics program, will continue to impress audiences and judges this fall when she enrolls in George Washington University. Earlier this year, she committed to attend the prestigious school and compete as part of their gymnastics team.

Hatching a Love of Science


Arrowhead Elementary School fourth-graders in Alexandra Gallagher learned about the lifecycle of two animals when they worked to hatch chick and duck eggs this spring.

The students helped to keep the eggs warm in incubators, charted the embryos progress by candling the eggs and learned about the various stages the animals go through in their development. The project tied together the science and English Language Arts skills, as they regularly reflected upon the experience.

The hatched chicks were donated to Benner’s Farm in East Setauket and the ducks will be delivered to welcoming homes in the area.

Cultural Exchange

To help foster a deeper understanding of cultural differences that exist not only worldwide but also within the surrounding community, 30 R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth-grade students recently participated in a Cultural Exchange program with Longwood Junior High School.

During the two-day event, participants from each school partnered with a fellow eighth-grader and experienced that student’s daily schedule. The group spent the first day visiting Longwood and the second day at R.C. Murphy. Students participated in icebreaker activities to get to know their exchange partners and enjoyed attending classes and eating lunch at the visiting building.
“I really enjoyed this project, I thought it was a great experience,” said Murphy eighth-grader Catherine Kelly. “We are all very similar in many ways and I found it very interesting to get to know the students from Longwood and visit their school. They were very welcoming to us.”
“When visiting, I had the chance to take an Italian class which was a new experience for me as I study Spanish at Murphy,” said Jack Dolan. “I really enjoyed learning about the other language and experiencing a day in their school.”

Recordable Music Lessons


Mock Trial Ranks High at States

The district’s Mock Trial team set records this spring by capturing victories on the regional and county levels before finishing the season ranked fourth out of more than 300 teams in New York State.
The talented group of scholars was named Suffolk County Regional Champions and Long Island Champions for the second straight year before advancing New York State Championship in May.

The team is coached by Three Village teacher Douglas Elliot with assistance from attorney Joseph Prokop.

Historic Lessons


Nassakeag Elementary School fourth-graders in Jennifer Betz’s class stepped back in time to showcase historic figures from the Revolutionary War time period in a school Living Wax Museum.

As part of the project, the students selected an individual who made a significant impact during this time frame and studied their biographical information.

On the day of the museum, they dressed up as the individual they studied and pretended to be set in wax until a visitor pushed their activation buttons. Once these buttons were pushed, the students came to life and shared their research speaking in the first-person.

Patriots Take Next Step

Nearly 50 Ward Melville High School student-athletes took the next step in their academic journeys this May as they announced their post-graduate plans during a senior athlete commitment ceremony.

During the program, proud family and friends surrounded the students as they were individually announced for signing National Letters of Intent with Division I and II schools and/or committing to compete at Division III institutions.

The Three Village Central School District proudly congratulates the following students:

Division I
Christopher Allen – Volleyball, George Mason University
Christian Araneo – Wrestling, Princeton University
Brittany Coughlin – Swimming, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Cydney Crasa – Gymnastics, George Washington University
Shawn Davenport – Field Hockey, Northeastern University
Troy Davern – Baseball, Monroe College
John Day – Lacrosse, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
Alexandra Decker – Acrobatics & Tumbling Team, Quinnipiac University
Casey Gavigan – Swimming, Eastern Michigan University
Jake Giaquinto – Lacrosse, Sacred Heart University
Connor Grippe – Lacrosse, Stony Brook University
Ciara Guglielmo – Soccer, Duquesne University
Kyle Honor – Soccer, Hartwick College
Stephen Jackson – Fencing, Penn State
Michaela Lomelo – Competitive Cheerleading, Hofstra University
Gerald Mackedon – Golf, St. John's University
Matthew Mirocco – Golf, Iona College
Matthew O'Brien – Wrestling, University at Buffalo
Gabrielle Petrie – Fencing, Penn State
Michael Reilly – Track & Field, Cross Country, Georgia Institute of Technology
Alexandra Stein – Volleyball, College of William & Mary
Riley Sullivan – Soccer, Sacred Heart University
Nicholas Vitale – Baseball, New York Institute of Technology
Jennifer Yavid - Diving, Binghamton University

Division II
Christian Grilli – Lacrosse, New York Institute of Technology
Noelle Pirraglia – Lacrosse, Pace University
Alex Prince – Soccer, Roberts Wesleyan College
Brandon Wilson – Baseball, The College of Saint Rose

Division III
Alexander Calaci – Lacrosse, State University of New York at Oneonta
Nicholas Cervone – Football, Allegheny College
Gianna DiPasquale – Gymnastics, Springfield College
Zachary Flynn – Lacrosse, State University of New York at Oneonta
Sarah Hyland – Softball, State University of New York at Potsdam
Justin Iannotto – Baseball, Elmira College
Kayla Kelly – Soccer, State University of New York Maritime College
Theodore Lane – Cross Country & Track & Field, Amherst College
Thomas Lorusso – Football, Endicott College
Frank Merlino – Baseball, Alvernia University
Alex Metzler – Lacrosse, State University of New York at Oneonta
Patrick Morelli – Football, Hamilton College
Meghan Pembroke – Volleyball, State University of New York at Cortland
Holly Regan – Lacrosse, Catholic University
Natalie Rodgers – Softball, Farmingdale State College
Heidi Scarth – Basketball, Wesleyan University
Sean Thornton – Lacrosse, Springfield College
Dean Zulkofske – Cross Country & Track & Field, State University of New York at Cortland

Statistical Analysis Win Big

Two teams of students from Ward Melville High School recently entered the Rochester Institute of Technology Pre-College Statistical Data Analysis Competition and captured top honors.

For this year’s competition, teams vied to produce the most compelling statistical analysis of the 2009 National Football League end of season statistics. The Outliers team, made up of Jillian Shulder, Shannon Benson, Natalie Odell and Sarah Prokop, earned the Silver Prize, and the team called PAKK earned the only honorable mention at the competition. This team was comprised of Kavya Tangella, Kevin Wen, Patricia Seader and Aidan Winter.  

Music in the Parks

Ward Melville High School’s symphony orchestra and string orchestra recently participated in the Music in the Parks Competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania and earned top honors in their respective categories.

Both orchestras received first-place wins with superior ratings. In addition, the Symphony Orchestra received the coveted best overall trophy and was the highest scoring of all the instrumental and choral groups at the festival.

The district congratulates all of the talented musicians who participated.

Wonka Bars

Arrowhead Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade students took to the stage this spring to showcase their theatrical talents in a production of “Willy Wonka Jr.”

The students brought to life the familiar story about a boy’s journey through a mystical chocolate factory. The more than 50 cast members, including stage crew, rehearsed for the production’s debut since October under the leadership of co-directors Melissa Anderson and Paul Mueller.

In addition to the evening performance for families, the students presented a daytime show for the entire school.

Vocalists Volunteer

Arrowhead Elementary School’s sixth-grade chorus lent their melodic voices to a worthy cause this spring as they raised funds and donations for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer unit.

The students collected 53 DVDs and $485 in iTunes gift cards to be donated to the children receiving both inpatient and outpatient pediatric cancer treatment at the hospital.

The group was inspired to organize the fundraiser after they started preparing the song “Truly Brave” for the school’s spring concert. The song was featured on the “Today” show’s “Shine a Light” series and performed by Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. The students were so moved by the song's intent that they came up with the idea for the fundraiser.

Honored for Community Service

Throughout the school year, Minnesauke’s Kids Care Club has been volunteering countless hours to assist a wide variety of causes in both the local and global community. That effort has earned them the 2016 Youth Bureau Volunteer Award from the Town of Brookhaven Youth Board and Supervisor Edward Romaine.

From putting together packages for organizations like Meals on Wheels to creating patriotic pieces for the Long Island State Veterans Home, the club of more than 60 members has been extremely active during its bimonthly meetings. With the help of their advisors – Minnesauke Library Information Specialist Taylor Kinsley and Minnesauke PTA Co-president Stephyne Guthy – the second- through fourth-graders are working to make a difference in the world.

The club was presented with the award during a special reception at Town Hall in May.

“[The students in] this impressive group…have recognized at a very young age how important it is to give back and help others both in and outside of the community,” said Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartright. “By constantly seeking innovative ways to make a difference, they have succeeded in uplifting the human spirit.

Undoubtedly, the lessons they have learned and their desire to help others will continue to play an influential role in Brookhaven Town for many years to come.”


Top Mathematicians

W.S. Mount Elementary School’s Math Club defended their award-winning reputation this May by shining brightly at the ninth annual Suffolk County Math Tournament held at Stony Brook University.

During the event, 66 teams comprised of 330 students in fourth through sixth grade competed. Awards were given to the top three teams, and individual awards were given to the top 10 competitors. As a result of their determination, the Mount Math Masters’ two teams were awarded first and second place in the competition. In addition, Mount students were awarded seven of the 10 available trophies for individual excellence.

The district congratulates the following students and their coach, Linda Earls, on this remarkable achievement: Neal Carpino, Matthew Chen, Ivan Ge, Alexander Lin, Carolyn Lin, Ashwinaa Vaithianathan, Jacqueline Wu, Claire Yang, William Zhang and Ari Zucker.

Pitch-Perfect Performances


Student-musicians from Minnesauke and Nassakeag elementary schools had the chance to showcase their talents on the regional stage when they took to center field and performed at the Long Island Ducks Stadium this May. The crowd was in awe of their abilities and greeted them with boisterous rounds of applause.

Teacher of the Year

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School family and consumer science teacher Nancy Jenkins was presented with the Teacher of the Year award from the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals.  

The award, given to an individual who is a current member of LIFACS, recognizes excellence in the classroom and in the profession. Ms. Jenkins is in her 47th year of teaching family and consumer science in the district and has been a member of the professional organization for more than 30 years.  

Meal Time Connections

R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Community Connections club used their culinary skills to help raise funds to support a community service project organized by the international foods class.

Through bake sales, the club raised money to purchase supplies that the class used to prepare meals for the district’s food pantry recipients. Pasta, sauce, meatballs, chicken parmesan, chicken franchise with rice, macaroni and cheese and salads were all prepared and distributed to the families before the spring break.   

The Mural Awakens

As a fitting tribute to the school that will soon become their alma mater, Setauket Elementary School sixth-graders lent their artistic talents to create a large mural in one of the hallways of the building.

With the help of art teacher Maria Maritato and visiting artist and retired Three Village art teacher Frank Marangiello, the grade level created a mural based on Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting “Starry Night.” For their piece, which was called “Starry Night, the Mural Awakens,” the students added personal touches to the original, including incorporating hidden characters from the Star Wars franchises in camouflaged locations.
The sixth-grade mural project has become a tradition at the school and annually every sixth-grader has the chance to paint a part of the artistic creation.

Healthy Hearts

W.S. Mount Elementary School students and staff members focused on the importance of making healthy life choices during a special presentation from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.  

During the event, the school’s fourth- through sixth-graders received yellow T-shirts and learned about the AAPI’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Campaign. Guest speakers Dr. Abhay Malhotra and Dr. Vaijinath Chakote, president of the AAPI of Queens and Long Island, spoke with the students about how they can work to incorporate healthy meal choices into their daily routines. The group discussed what portion of a plate should be comprised of fruits and vegetables and the diseases that can stem from obesity.

Following the assembly, the students participated in a fun run on the backfields.

Marching to Washington

Setauket Elementary School first-graders in Eileen Biamonte took to the stage this spring to perform the comical show “Goin’ Buggy.”

During the show, each student took on the role of a different insect or bug and implored the audience to understand why they were underappreciated in the world. Ladybugs, bumblebees and lightning bugs joined forces and marched to Washington, D.C. to fight for their rights. The show ended with insects earning a holiday in their name.

The student’s participation in the performance enabled them to gain a deeper understanding of civil rights and strengthen their public speaking skills.

Element Study

As part of a chemistry unit of study, Setauket Elementary School sixth-graders closely studied the 118 elements found on the Periodic Table of Elements. 

During the project, each student selected a different element and completed a fact sheet on the item. They took note of the element’s atomic number, atomic weight and the number of protons, electrons and neutrons as well as its valance shell. The completed information sheets were placed on display in the shape of the periodic table in the sixth-grade hallway.

In addition, each student created a 3-D model of the element they had studied. The designs were crafted at home and displayed in the Setauket library for all grades to enjoy.

Recycled Projects

W.S. Mount Elementary School third-graders put their creativity to the test when they invented a variety of projects using recycled materials.  
From paper towel rolls, plastic water bottles, discarded wood and a slew of other materials, the students created such projects as a floatation device, birdhouse, desk organizer and even a Nok Hockey board.

The classes proudly displayed their completed projects in a hallway museum and embarked on a recycled scavenger hunt. During the hunt, the students located projects based on the materials used and described which craft was their favorite and the supplies used to create the piece.

Competing at State Bee

As a result of their respective wins at the schoolwide National Geography Bee contests and subsequent scores on the state-qualifying exam, R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth-grader Peter DiPietro and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh-grader Matthew Kronenberg competed in the state finals at the New York State Museum in downtown Albany.

The pair competed against a group of 100 finalists from throughout New York State during the contest. Although neither advanced to the next round, each student displayed a high level of knowledge of social studies, geography and science during all rounds of the contest.

Muffins with Mom

Nassakeag Elementary School kindergartners in Rebecca D’Agostino’s class helped to celebrate Mother’s Day in a spirited way this May by hosting an event they called “Muffins with Mom.”

During the event, the students read the books they created about their honorees, sang songs and recited a poem. The class also showcased a video they created, describing what makes their mom special. At the end, they enjoyed taking commemorative pictures and a tasty treat of muffins and tea.

Top of Their Class

Ward Melville High School seniors Jeffrey Michel and Ariel Leong have been named the Class of 2016 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.     

At Ward Melville, both students regularly shine in the classroom as dedicated scholars and are active members of the school community.
Jeffrey is the swim captain for Ward Melville’s swimming and diving team and is a member of the National Honor Society and National German Honor Society as well as president of the Model U.N. team. He also plays trumpet in the school’s wind ensemble.

Ariel is a member of the school’s award-winning Science Olympiad team, math team and environmental club. She plays on the building’s tennis team and plays violin in the school’s chamber orchestra.
Jeffrey will be studying engineering and German at Rice University and Ariel will be attending Stanford University.

Wild About Nature

W.S. Mount Elementary School kindergarten students learned about a wide variety of animals during a school workshop with Nature Nick.

During the interactive program, the students had the chance to observe and learn about such animals as a kangaroo, snake and a monkey. With a connection to their classroom curriculum, they enhanced their understanding of these animals’ physical characters, habitats and diets.

Building a National Science Dynasty

Victorious Math Scholars

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s honors theory math students in seventh through ninth grades showcased their mathematics skills when they participated in the Suffolk County Math Teachers Association math contest this spring.  

As a result of their performance, seventh-grader Nancy Zhong was ranked fourth in the county in the level I contest; eighth-graders Grant Yu, William Sun and Ben Templeton scored first, second and third, respectively, in the level II contest; and ninth-graders Ryan Qin, Eric Yang and Samuel Kim scored second, third and fifth respectively in the level III contest. 

Growing Awareness

W.S. Mount Elementary School third-grade students in Robert Rotunno’s class turned a simple writing exercise into a creative awareness project for a cause near and dear to at least one classmate’s heart – ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The writing project called for the students to explain what they would do with $100 and several noted they would gift it to charity. Patrick Scali, the grandson of ALS advocate and Ride for Life creator Chris Pendergast, educated his peers about ALS and the class moved to turn the creative writing initiative into reality.

Each student contributed to raising $100 for ALS research and helped to plant a tulip garden dedicated to spreading awareness of the cause in the school’s bus circle.

“It feels really good to support and help those in the community affected by this disease,” said Patrick. “I hope when people see the garden they are inspired to learn more and find their own ways to help.”

Invited to Compete Nationally

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School ninth-grade honors theory students participated in the Mathematical Association of America’s national American Mathematic Competition 10 contest and one student made school history with his results.  

The AMC 10 is the first in a series of examinations culminating in the International Math Olympiad. For the first time in school history, a student at Gelinas scored well enough to be invited to take the next level of the exam. This spring, William Sun participated in the three-hour, 15-question American Invitational Mathematics Examination and his result on this exam are still pending.

According to the association’s website, students across the country have taken up the challenge of America’s longest-running and most prestigious math contests, the AMC, for more than 60 years. Every year, at thousands of schools in every state, more than 350,000 students are presented with a set of questions rich in content, designed to make them think and leave them talking about mathematics.

Making History

W.S. Mount Elementary School sixth-graders Neal Carpino and Matthew Chen have qualified to compete in the National History Bee National Finals being held this June in Chicago.

The students earned a bid to this final level based on their performance at the National History Bee regional competition.

During the final stage of the contest, they will compete for the title of National History Bee Champion as they answer questions about U.S. history and world geography. In addition, Neal and Matthew will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of side events, such as the Great History Hunt, National Citizenship Bee, Pop Culture Challenge, Family Quiz Night and ACE HistoryWorld.

Chart Topping Results

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s two math teams competed against 24 other groups on Pi Day at this year’s MoMathlon, which was hosted by the National Museum of Mathematics and Brookhaven National Lab.     

During the contest, the students competed in individual, team and mix-up rounds. As a result of their performances, Gelinas’ students earned top honors. Grant Yu, Benjamin Templeton, Rebecca Zhang and William Sun took first, second, third and fifth place respectively in the eighth-grade category while Nancy Zhong took first place in the seventh-grade category. These five students also comprised the team who took first place for the overall competition. Also competing and earning honorary mentions were Kevin Guo, Julia Zhu, Matthew Fiorella, Jake Butkevich and Neil Shady.

Studying Egypt

After learning about ancient Egypt, sixth-grade students in Robyn Weinstein’s class at Nassakeag Elementary School created projects to share with their classmates.

The students used their knowledge about ancient Egypt to design games, books and crossword puzzles that featured key facts about the region, as well as baked Egyptian bread to give their classmates a taste of the culture.

The hands-on project called for the class to deploy their creativity, cooperation and critical thinking skills.

Going Green


The district’s elementary schools teamed up to compete in a Waste Free Day challenge in celebration of Earth Day.

The schools worked to reduce the amount of waste collected during each of the school’s lunch periods. Students and staff were encouraged to bring lunch in reusable containers and limit the amount of utensils and paper goods used during the mealtime.

The winner of the first ever challenge was Arrowhead Elementary School, which reduced its overall garbage waste my 50 percent or three large garbage pails. As a result, the school was presented with a commemorative trophy and Principal Marisa Redden sported a green wig and cape the following school day.

Special thanks to Dr. Mandel's art class from R.C. Murphy Junior High School for crafting the trophy, which was made from recycled materials.

Winning Trials

The district’s Mock Trial team continues to set new records and is now bound to defend their skills on the state level as they compete at the New York State Championship in Albany this May 15-17.

The team earned this coveted chance after winning the Suffolk County Regional Championship, where they out performed 30 teams. The relatively young team has only been in the competition circuit for the past two years, and last year advanced to the state finals finishing fourth overall. To prepare for the season, the ninth through 12th-grade students have been working with coach Douglas Elliot and local attorneys Joe Prokop and Ted Rosenberg since early fall.

"The team has invested an extraordinary amount of time, learning and energy to perform at this level," said Mr. Elliot. "We are still a developing program, but we are proud to be counted among the top programs in a very competitive county. We have tried to create our own style of argument and performance; so far it has worked."

Congratulations to the entire team:

Competition Team Members
Bertini, Justin
Koga, Maho
McBrien, Grace
McSweeney, Erin
Lu, Michael
Pisano, Nick
Prokop, Sarah
Riddle, Melissa
Sauer, Andi
Scott, Isabelle
Xerri, Erica

Kopp, Ellie
Koga, Leio
Sangwan, Jay
McBrien, Emma
Kim, Samuel
Barry, Gabrielle

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