Patriots Commit to College

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After years of hard work and dedication, 27 Ward Melville High School student-athletes have been selected to continue their athletic careers at some of the top-ranked colleges and universities this fall. As a testament to their achievements, the district’s athletic department commended the student-athletes during a spring college commitment celebration. 

Surrounded by their parents and coaches, the students put pen to paper to finalize their commitment to Division I and II institutions. Additionally, several celebrated their upcoming enrollment in Division III universities.

“On behalf of the school district and administration, I commend each of you for the hard work you have demonstrated in the classroom and the unwavering focus you have for your sport,” said Erin Blaney, executive director for health, physical education, recreation and athletics. “You have brought such pride to our school community, and we look forward to hearing about your continued accomplishments in the future.”

The district congratulates the following students:

Division I

Michael Antipas

University of Notre Dame

Fencing

Molly Dearie

La Salle University

Track

Jack Faraci

SUNY Binghamton

Golf

Kirsten Fraas

Stony Brook University

Track

Olivia Gonsalves

Villanova University

Lacrosse

Ilana Solomon

Columbia University

Fencing

Charlie Theiss

Columbia University

Track & XC

Carly Weber Levine

Stanford University

Fencing

Angela Zhang

Cornell University

Fencing

 

Division II

Sean Adams

California University of Pennsylvania

Baseball

Jeff Towle

Pace University

Football

Bonnie Woods

Stonehill College

Field Hockey

 

Division III

Robert Antonio

SUNY Maritime College

Lacrosse

Jacob Arditti

SUNY Brockport

Football

Jessica Clemens

Springfield College

Gymnastics

Christine Donat

SUNY New Paltz

Volleyball

Sabrina Ferretti

SUNY Geneseo

Tennis

James Laguerre

SUNY Geneseo

Track & XC

Jessica LaRosa

Stevenson University

Lacrosse

Matthew Lopiccolo

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Football

Mark Napoli

Stevenson University

Football

Hannah Parbst

Ithaca College

Swimming

Kayla Purdy

Catholic University

Lacrosse

John Ripa

SUNY Geneseo

Track & XC

Katlyn Scarpinella

Utica College

Lacrosse

Tracy Singleton

SUNY Cortland

Volleyball

Mike Stavropoulos

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Football

 

 

Books by Students

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Creative stories and beautiful pictures crafted separately by R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth-grader Leah Cussen and Ward Melville High School junior Wendy Wahlert will now be enjoyed by the masses as a result of their winning entries in the first Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest, organized by Emma S. Clark Memorial Library.

As award winners, the students each received a $500 scholarship and will have their books printed, bound and added to the library’s Local Focus Collection. An e-book will also be available.

Leah’s book, “Lenny the Lion,” is about a lion that leaves his home to search the jungle for a place where he belongs. Ultimately, he determines that his family is the perfect fit.

“I was very surprised and really excited and proud because I had put a tremendous amount of time into researching lions and teaching myself how to draw,” said Leah.
    
Wendy’s book is about a character named Lilabet who is the only colorful person living in a town that is completely black and white. She is at first sad about how she is the only colorful one, but then decides to spread her color all over so the town is no longer black and white.     

“I felt extremely honored when I found out that I had won, especially since I will now be a published author, which is an exciting title to have,” said Wendy, who has a desire to pursue graphic design in college and beyond.

Celebrating Reading

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Nassakeag Elementary School kindergarten through second-grade students came together to celebrate their love of reading during the building’s Annual Milk and Cookies Night.

The program, attended by approximately 50 students, featured performances by Johnny Como, included small group reading sessions and concluded with the students enjoying milk and cookies in the cafeteria. Members of the Ward Melville High School National Honor Society volunteered to conduct several of read-a-louds.
 
 

Sweep State Contest

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The Ward Melville Key Club demonstrated their unwavering talents as they swept New York State for the most awards at the annual Key Club Leadership Training Conference in Albany this March.

Competing against 87 clubs in attendance, and more than 230 clubs in the entire state, the team won second place in the Platinum Division of the Single Service Awards for Walk for Beauty, the Advocacy Award for Youth Awareness of Mental Illness, second place for Public Relations, Outstanding Governor’s project for their Water Walk to support the Thirst Project and 17 Distinguished Key Clubbers — the most in N.Y. State.

Additionally, Donna Yu, the chapter’s treasurer, became the first Ward Melville student elected to hold a New York statewide position (N.Y. District Treasurer), advisor Annette Goldberg won the Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award, and several students earned individual awards:

Shannon Dalton – Outstanding Club Secretary
Nicole D’Onofrio – Distinguished Bulletin Editor
Kyra Durko – Outstanding President for New York State
Erin McSweeney – Outstanding Club Vice President
Christine Shen – Distinguished Lieutenant Governor
Donna Yu – Distinguished Treasurer Award Winner




Inspired to Remain Positive

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School students and staff learned to embrace the saying “no excuses” when inspirational speaker Rohan Murphy visited the building in early April.

Mr. Murphy, who lost his legs at birth, shared his story of overcoming life’s obstacles and physical challenges in order to achieve his personal standards for success. He told the students how he pushed himself to achieve both academically and athletically as he went on to become a Division I wrestler at Penn State University.

“When I was your age, good wasn’t good enough – I wanted to be great,” he told the students. “Life is about choices…the small ones you make today are going to shape your future. Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. If you have goals or dreams, be sure to accomplish them.”

The visit was held in conjunction with the building’s annual Town Hall Meeting, which brings the entire school together to focus on a topic of particular importance.

“This annual event provides an excellent opportunity for our entire Murphy family to come together,” said Assistant Principal Kevin Finnerty. “Our Town Halls give a voice to different areas we like to talk about as part of our PBIS program and help define how we, as a school community, should act. This year’s speaker is sure to have inspired us all to do great things.”

At the end of the Town Hall, Mr. Murphy spoke to students in small groups during their lunch periods to continue the conversation.
 

Distinguished Teacher

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Ward Melville High School 15-year veteran Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher Michael Buckland has been named a Distinguished Teacher of 2015 by the Harvard Club of Long Island.  Mr. Buckland, who was nominated by alum Luran He (Harvard, Class of 2018), is one of 14 teachers from across the 150 public school districts and private schools on Long Island to receive this award.    

As a Distinguished Teacher, Mr. Buckland will be honored at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s annual University Relations Luncheon on April 26.

He will receive a scholarship for a Harvard experience at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These scholarships are funded by contributions from Harvard alumni living on Long Island.

Describing his primary passion outside of teaching as immersing himself in nature, Mr. Buckland spends most summers exploring the American West, particularly the national parks. Having been profoundly influenced by the grandeur of these protected spaces, Mr. Buckland finds ways to share his experiences with his students. He also describes his hope that his stories will do more than improve their understanding of history by causing them to “seek these places out for themselves and to fall in love with them as I have.”

“He made me truly appreciate the beauty of the American wilderness,” said Mr. He. “He taught us how to exercise democracy in much more meaningful ways than the ballot box. He gave me the tools to critically assess history, society and politics. I now think about the world in terms of people and ideas, not merely events and dates. And for this I am truly grateful.”

“Our awards honor teachers who transform lives,” said Dr. Judith Esterquest, Harvard Club of Long Island Chair of the Distinguished Teacher Selection Committee. “Dedicated teachers like Mr. Buckland offer Long Island students deep expertise, extraordinary talents, and countless hours of devotion. By capturing the minds and imaginations of our children, preparing them for challenges that were unknown even a few decades ago — academic, social, political, cultural — these teachers shape our country’s future.”    

A Mission to Mars and Beyond

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Minnesauke Elementary School fifth-graders blasted off into outer space as part of their participation in the live e-mission “Moon, Mars and Beyond.”

The project, which made connections to the grade level’s math, language arts and science lessons, called for the students to helped NASA locate and rescue a lost spaceship. The students worked in small teams to problem solve and decipher clues provided by the agency to track the missing aircraft and devise a rescue plan, including calculating how much fuel and food was needed for the effort to be successful.





Hatching an Understanding of Science

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Cute, fluffy spring chicks hatched at Minnesauke Elementary School as part of the first-grade classroom’s study of lifecycles.

Each class received six eggs, and students observed the growing chicks through the candling process and through models displaying each stage of the embryo through the 21-day incubation period. They also cracked an unfertilized egg and dissected the different components to learn about its makeup.

After they hatched, the students sat in circles and watched as the chicks were freed from their crate bed to take their first steps around a contained section of the classroom. The students recorded their observations in personal, self-published Chick Journals. 

Prior to their study of chicks, the students learned about the lifecycles of butterflies, plants and the water cycle through their science curriculum.



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Ruling the Courtroom

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In just its second year of competition, the Mock Trial Team – comprised of students from Ward Melville and P.J. Gelinas high schools – is experiencing a record-setting season, having advanced to the Suffolk County Quarterfinals after defeating rival Mattituck during the first round of county playoffs and qualifying to compete against Northport in the “final four” in early April.

In addition to the organized competitions, the team also hosted its second home trial competition against Hampton Bays at Jefferson’s Ferry in South Setauket. This event was held as a service to the residents of Jefferson’s Ferry and organized by Alan Costell, coordinator of the Mock Trial Program for the Suffolk County Bar Association. Residents were briefed on the details of the trial prior to the competition to heighten interest for the event. Ultimately, the Three Village team prevailed as the plaintiff, who was suing the defendant for an alleged act of conversion (theft) of funds raised by a local charity.

The students have been preparing for the season under the guidance and direction of Gelinas English teacher Douglas Elliot. They have learned legal terms, crafting arguments, critical thinking and elocution.




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A National Contender

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The artistic talents of W.S. Mount Elementary School kindergartner Kayla Harte have earned her the chance to represent her school and district at the National PTA Reflections competition.

Kayla’s video entry followed this year’s theme of “The world would be a better place if…” and was named a NYS winner. Her submission was one of two from Mount that advanced to the state level of the contest. The other student, Ethan Tan, received a merit award at the state level.  


A Spoonful of Sugar

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A Disney classic floated into the hearts of many as R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s musical theater company performed “Mary Poppins” in March.

The hundreds of students in this year’s musical production rehearsed under the leadership of director Anthony Pollera for the past several months. The cast took attendees on a whimsical journey detailing the lives of two small children and how their world was positively impacted when Mary Poppins flew – literally – into their home.

In addition to the audiences that packed the school’s auditoriums during the regular five evening performances, the cast showcased this year’s musical during a free daytime performance for the district’s sixth-graders and senior citizen community.

Art Department BOE Presentations

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National Praise

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Ward Melville High School seniors Erika Riley and Marvin Lee along with juniors Henry DaCosta and Grace Zhao, merited national recognition in this year’s highly competitive 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.

Erika earned a National Gold Key Award for her piece, “Bad Ideas,” the tale of a girl looking back on a friendship after a tragedy. Erika, three-time national winner, aspires to major in creative writing in college.

Henry, Marvin and Grace each won a National Silver Award. Henry was honored for his film “The Shore,” Marvin won for his architectural piece and Grace won for her short story “Adagio in G Major.”

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is one of the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious literary arts programs that honors students in grades 7-12 for their original works.

Educational Science Workshops

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Science concepts using dry ice, sounds and chemistry were explored in March when W.S. Mount Elementary School first- through third-grade students participated in a cultural arts program called “Mad Science.”

Second-graders focused on the characteristics of sound concepts and sound waves during the sonic sounds class. They produced and identified acoustic sounds from a variety of materials and learned how electronic distortions link shifting frequencies to voice alterations. At the end of the workshop, each student received a sonic horn resonance chamber.

Baldness Brings Donations

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Setauket Elementary School fourth-grader Austin Vero joined the fight against childhood cancer by volunteering to shave his head at a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation this March.

As a result of his efforts, Austin raised $16,074 for the cause and was the top fundraiser at the Centereach Fire Department event, hosted by the Centereach Civic Association. In honor of his efforts, Austin was invited to Town Hall by Councilman Kevin LaValle, and the Town of Brookhaven declared a date this spring Austin Vero Day.  

Join Us & Stand Up for Public Education

Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address in late January, during which he outlined his 2015 Opportunity Agenda, the district’s Board of Education and administration have publicly expressed concern with his proposals for public education. As the state’s budget deadline of April 1 draws nearer, the district encourages all residents to make their voices heard on these issues and implore their elected officials to “Stand Up for Public Education” by delivering a budget that is fair and supportive of our schools.

A form letter, which can be copied, personalized and emailed to officials, is located below. In short, it takes umbrage with the following matters, which the district feels would negatively and irrefutably diminish the quality of education that Three Village students receive:

-    The Governor’s plans to base 50% of a teacher evaluation on students’ state assessment scores. This 30% increase from the current value would create a single, inadequate measurement device to determine teachers’ effectiveness and unnecessarily impede the educational process.

-    Uniformed changes to APPR – ex. Shifting the responsibility for classroom observations to an outside evaluator, one who is unaware of the district’s teaching techniques or instructional goals.  

-    Withholding state aid increases unless lawmakers comply with the Governor’s education reform plan. This unprecedented action is especially troubling as the district is working to craft a proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year. Under the proposal, increases could range from 1.7% to 4.8%. In Three Village alone, this represents a swing of $645,000 to $1,820,000 in revenue.


Contact Information for Our Local Officials:

SENATOR JOHN J. FLANAGAN'S CONTACT INFORMATION
Email address: flanagan@nysenate.gov

ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT’S CONTACT INFORMATION
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Steve-Englebright/contact/

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO’S CONTACT INFORMATION
http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php


Dear ___________,

I am writing on behalf of the students, parents, staff and community members of the Three Village Central School District. Our community is deeply saddened by the educational reforms outlined in the Governor’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda and are joining together with thousands of families statewide to “Stand Up for Public Education.” 

The outlined budget and policy proposals have the potential to seriously and irrevocably impede the work of our teachers, slow their progress and limit our student outcomes, all while costing our taxpayers far more than their fair share.

Our school district has a long and glowing history of success: We have a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon elementary school, several buildings deemed Reward Schools by the state, and our students regularly outperform their counterparts in the region and the state. We also have the second highest number of Master Teachers on Long Island – a program devised by the Governor to recognize the “best of the best” educators in the fields of STEM.

While our accolades are plentiful, they were not achieved overnight, nor were they stumbled upon; they are the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, parents and community. And while we do believe in continuous improvement, we also believe that the reforms before you were designed to dismantle, not enhance, the public education system. It is our hope that you will reevaluate these items and provide the support necessary to allow our teachers to continue to be effective, creative and inspirational.

Release the projected state aid runs for 2015-16.
Our district’s work to create a proposed budget that supports the needs of our students and falls within the confines of the state’s imposed tax cap has been crippled this year by the withholding of these figures. By challenging lawmakers to adopt his educational reform plan and tease a state aid package that increases between 1.7 and 4.8%, the Governor is using our children’s education as a pawn in a very serious game of chess. How is our district expected to deliver an efficiently managed budget when it can’t precisely predict if it will receive a state aid increase of $645,000 or $1,820,000?

Support local control of our classrooms. Our community is not in support of a system that relinquishes local control of evaluating educators on their performance within the classroom. The proposal to base 50 percent of a teacher evaluation on students’ state assessment scores and have classroom observations completed by an outside evaluator not only demeans our talented educators, but also compromises our programs. Testing has value as one element in the evaluation process. However, it is just one small measure of student growth. Putting a greater emphasis on this element would create a single, inadequate measurement device aimed at producing skewed data to inform broad decision-making.

As a community, we have come together to support our schools. We hope that you will deploy your power to protect our children and the quality education they are entitled to receive. 

Sincerely,

Space Mission

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W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth-graders participated in the live e-mission “Moon, Mars and Beyond,” making connections to their classroom math, language arts and science lessons.

During the videoconference space mission, the students worked to help NASA locate and rescue a lost spaceship that was orbiting one of the outer planets.

Working in five planet teams, they analyzed and computed answers to a variety of mathematical questions. They examined different variables and made predictions, including how much food, oxygen and water would be needed for the mission. In the end, the fifth-graders successfully accomplished the rescue.

In addition to tying into the school’s math and science curricula, the activity allowed students to practice their reading skills, think critically and logically, and communicate effectively with teammates.



SBU Doctors Share Safety Tips

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Arrowhead Elementary School sixth-graders attended an in-school public safety and health awareness workshop with Dr. Anthony Szema and a team of six doctors and medical students from Stony Brook University Hospital.

The visitors taught the students how to recognize a medic alert bracelet and identify trigger allergens, engaged them in a skit to demonstrate anaphylaxis, and instructed them on how the EpiPen and Auvi-Q are administered. The program also reinforced the importance of calling 911.


Under the Big Top

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Minnesauke Elementary School students learned a number of circus tricks when representatives from the National Circus Project conducted a weeklong workshop during physical education classes. At the end of the visit, the sixth-graders demonstrated their newly acquired skills during a performance under the “Minnesauke Big Top.”

Foreign Languages Celebrated

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The importance of learning a second language was highlighted and celebrated by P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students and staff during foreign language week in March.

Hallways were decorated to promote the celebration and daily announcements highlighted the languages offered at the school. Members of the Global Language Honor Society wore special T-shirts to mark the occasion and created posters based on the week’s theme “Language Learning: Bridge to the Future.”

More than 185 posters were entered in the contest and Michael Dobo (first place), Claire Miller (second place) and Alana Abesamis (third place) were announced as winners.



‘Seussical the Musical’

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Colorful sets and treasured children’s stories made famous by Dr. Seuss came to life at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School as the Gelinas Theatre Company performed its 31st annual musical, “Seussical the Musical.”

During their performances, the students took the audience on a journey to the smallest planet in the universe, introduced them to the Who citizens and reminded everyone that a person is a person no matter how small.

With spirited singing and dancing, the young thespians brought this beloved musical to life in all its fantastical, magical, musical glory. Attendees of all ages enjoyed watching as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a tiny Who named Jojo, came together to tell a story about the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community.

 

Contractor for Kids 5K & Health and Wellness Fair - April 25, 2015

Three Village Schools & Contractor's For Kids Annual Health & Wellness Fair and 5K run will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Ward Melville High School.

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Legal Notice

NEW YORK STATE SECTION 211 WAIVER

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, at its regular meeting of January 7, 2015, the Board of Education of the Three Village Central School District conditionally appointed Martin Malone to the position of Interim Assistant Principal for Ward Melville High School, commencing on January 20, 2015, at a compensation rate not to exceed $650.00 per diem.

The Board of Education hereby notifies resident taxpayers that Mr. Malone has received the approval of the Commissioner of Education for employment in the District pursuant to Section 211 of the Retirement and Social Security Law, at a compensation rate not to exceed $650.00 per diem, and will continue to receive his pension while employed by the Board of Education.