Boys Lacrosse – County Final

Come cheer on the boys lacrosse team as they compete in the county finals on Wed. 6/1 8 PM @ Stony Brook

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.

Fundraising Night at Panera Bread


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.  

Safe Prom Letters for Seniors


The HOSA Club (Health Occupations Students of America) at Ward Melville High School organized the Safe Prom Letter Initiative, which has become a yearly tradition in Three Village. This practice involves students at the elementary level writing letters to the graduating seniors encouraging them to make good decisions and to avoid the use of chemical substances when celebrating important milestones. Each year our seniors look forward to the valuable words of wisdom from their elementary peers which is:  We care about you!   Make good decisions!

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.

Summer Driver's Education Application Information

Application and information for HS juniors and seniors.

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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Sharing Global Cultures

R.C. Murphy Junior High School students in John Strub’s classes shared a piece of their family’s heritage and culture with peers through an alternative learning project.

The students in Mr. Strub’s global history and Advanced Placement world history classes made connections to their personal ethnicity or culture through song, dance or performance art. For example, a quartet of string musicians performed an excerpt from Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” a student played the national anthem from the Republic of Ireland on the tin whistle, a guitarist performed a Russian folk song and two girls did Irish step dancing.

The project is an enrichment opportunity for the classes to understand various regions studied beyond the academic component discussed through the courses.

Dining Around the World

Students and families from across the district came together to celebrate their cultures and heritages during a Dinner Around the World event sponsored by the English as a New Language department. 

All the families whose children are in the ENL program were invited and many brought a traditional dish from their native country. Student work was displayed and a short video of the students in their classes was played for attendees to enjoy. 

“It is a great evening for the families to gather and feel a part of the school community” said Kerri Golini, junior high school foreign language and ENL chairperson.

The dinner was held at R.C. Murphy Junior High School and was supported by the department’s teachers Monica Aston, Erin Brusee, Gail Dawkins, Laurie Raspler and Stacey Russo.

Guidance Review - April 2016


Family Fun

Nearly 250 Minnesauke Elementary School students in grade 3-5 and their families enjoyed an evening of entertainment during this April’s Minnesauke Family Fun Night fundraiser.  

During the event, students participated in a variety of carnival type games for the chance to win prizes in the gymnasium and enjoyed face painting, dancing and snacks in the cafeteria.

Upon arriving at the event, attendees made donations to a worthy cause – more than $1,000 and many nonperishable food items were gifted to benefit local families in need.

Zumba for Autism

Art Displayed at Capitol

Original artwork created by Minnesauke Elementary School fourth-grader Ava Bavlnka was selected for showcase during this year’s Dr. King Children’s Essay and Fine Arts Display in Albany.

Ava’s drawing was of Dr. King embracing the Earth with the saying “Everything that is done in the world, is done by hope.” The piece also included the words “love, hope, peace, loyal, unity, kindness, respectful and stand strong” surrounding the shape of a heart.

Annually, this contest receives more than 4,000 submissions from 240 schools statewide. Entries include student essays, drawings, painting, sculpture and photography based on Dr. King’s six principals of nonviolence. Selected pieces are played on display on the concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany for one week prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

According to the state’s website, the event is hosted to encourage students to learn more about Dr. King, his nonviolent philosophy and its application to current issues as well as empower students to pursue change through nonviolent methods.

A Bench for Buddies

Arrowhead Elementary School students have a new way to make friends during recess thanks to alumna Emma Stevens, who created three buddy benches for the school as part of a Girl Scout Silver Award project.

Buddy benches are a growing movement in schools across the nation and are placed around playground areas. The concept aims to promote inclusion and kindness by allowing those looking for a friend to play with a place to sit. Students who see a peer sitting upon these benches are encouraged to invite the individual to join their activity.

“I can recall times from my early elementary years when I would have liked to have a buddy bench to use – I think anyone can,” said Emma. “It feels good to give back to my old school; I have great memories from my time here.”

Emma, a current eighth-grader at R.C. Murphy Junior High School, presented the bright yellow painted benches during three grade-level, ribbon-cutting ceremonies. During the first ceremony, Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine and Councilwoman Valerie Cartright declared the occasion Emma Stevens’ Day in the town.  

Shaving to Support the Brave

Fourteen Setauket Elementary School students bravely shed their locks this April during St. Baldrick’s events, charity fundraisers committed to support research for cures for childhood cancer.

During the event, the students volunteered with countless others from across the region to join the fight against childhood cancers by selflessly shaving their heads; an action meant to be symbolic as many cancer sufferers often experience hair loss during treatment.

The annual event, which began in 2000 in Manhattan, is held March through April in locations around the nation. To date, nearly $26.7 million has been raised for the cause in 2016 alone.

The Three Village School District commends the following students for their charitable actions:

George Austin, grade 4
Brandan Buncke, grade 5
Jacob Carioscia, grade 3
Sean Davey, grade 3
Charlie Giachetti, grade 5
Ben Gilday, grade 5
Jacob Henretta, grade 5
Michael Lascarides, grade 4
Zachary Mainhardt, grade 6
Will Marino, grade 5
Evan Prince, grade 4
Lucas Rathburn, grade 5
Jacob Rosenzweig, grade 5
Austin Vero, grade 5

Playing with Literacy

R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth-grade students in Michael Flanagan’s class shared their love of literacy with peers in a unique way this spring – by creating intricate and interactive board games.

As part of an independent reading project, the students selected a fantasy or science fiction book and created board games based on the story’s plotline. Each game featured key characters from the novels that were challenged to complete a quest or journey. Students created individual playing pieces and cards referencing what happened to the characters in the books.

Peers enjoyed learning about their classmates chosen books by taking turns playing the different board games, which highlighted such stories as “Woven,” “Doomspell” and “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

Westward Bound

Nassakeag Elementary School fifth-graders in Adele Gibbons’ class traveled back in time to the nation’s early years during a study of the Westward Expansion of the United States.

During the social studies unit, students researched the movement in depth and developed their skills as informational writers. At the end of the project, the class enthusiastically presented their research reports in a writers’ celebration with a “Wild West” theme.

In the Kitchen

Quiz Bowl

R.C. Murphy Junior High School captured second-place during this year’s Brookhaven National Lab’s Regional Middle School Science Bowl.

The team practiced since the fall for the event under the direction of teacher Patrick McManus.

During the contest the students engaged in a round robin event followed by a double elimination final. They faced a series of challenging questions in the categories of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, astronomy as well as general, earth, and computer science. They narrowly missed first place with a final score of 74-68 against a tough team from Commack.

Building a Sustainable Garden

The importance of water conservation is at the center of a recent project Setauket Elementary School first-graders are working on with the help of STEM teacher Gina Varacchi.   

After a discussion on the importance of harnessing rainwater, the students attended an assembly provided by Cornell Corporative Extension speaker Mark Cappellino. During the program, Mr. Cappellino spoke about animals’ and plants’ need for clean water, how much water is wasted daily and the concept of creating rain gardens. These spaces collect water from storms and individuals use the liquid to feed plants and gardens.

Inspired by the conversation, the students are now working to create their own rain garden in the school’s courtyard. To prepare, they fashioned three-dimensional models using cardstock and straw downspouts. They then tested their models using spray bottles and observed how the water traveled from the roof of the building into the rain catcher.  

This May, the students will plant close to 80 species of plants in the school’s courtyard with the help of Mr. Cappellino, which they will maintain with a new school rain garden.  

Quiz Bowl Champs

Ward Melville High School’s Academic Challenges Club has continued its impressive winning streak and is now headed for the Regional Final Quiz Bowl Tournament this April.

The teams advanced after an impressive victory over Smithtown High School East in a trivia showdown at the Quiz Bowl Competition. The stakes were high for the final match of the regular season and Ward Melville’s teams rose to the occasion.

Competing with one player down, the varsity team members won a stunning victory of 176-29 while the junior varsity members finished their undefeated season with an outstanding final score of 164-62 and remain the top team in their division.

During the finals, they will compete against the top 20 junior varsity and varsity teams from across Long Island to determine the region’s top trivia teams.

Mural of Honor

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s National Junior Art Honor Society members once again used their talents to create a stunning group mural for school.

For the seventh year, the students worked together with advisor Michael Sacco to honor an individual who is of outstanding character and has given back to the world at large. This year the group chose legendary film actress and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn. They honored Ms. Hepburn by creating individual artistic pieces that when placed together silhouetted her well-known face.

Gelinas’ NJAHS has 28 members and each had a hand in creating this.

The completed mural is currently being displayed in the art department hallway and will be placed on permanent display within the school over the summer.

Calendar Update/Used Snow Days

To date, the district has used only two of its three designated snow days. As we anticipate that the last snow day will remain unused, please be advised that the planned vacation time surrounding Memorial Day weekend will be extended. School will now be closed on Friday, May 27, in addition to Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. Schools will be in session on Tuesday, May 31.

Published Works

As a result of their outstanding creativity, Ward Melville High School senior Michelle Pacala and R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-grader Katie Zhao were awarded grand prize in the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest. Michelle was honored in the 10th through 12th-grade category and Katie won for the seventh- through ninth-grade category.

Michelle’s book, “Sal the Sock,” is a whimsical tale about a sock who loses his friends in the laundry. Katie’s book, “Good Night, Judy,” told the story of a little girl whose fear of the dark and noises in her home prevent her from falling asleep at night.

In addition to the two grand prize winners, Ward Melville senior Samantha White and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grade student Nicole Freeley received honorable mentions in the contest.

The Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest is an annual writing award presented to young authors in the Three Village community for creating outstanding original picture books. The contest aims to develop and showcase young writing and artistic talent in the community.

Next Chapter for Used Books

Ward Melville High School’s Key Club shared their love of literature by once again participating in the Stony Brook University Young Scholars Book Drive.

Throughout the monthlong initiative, the club collected nearly 1,000 gently used books, which ranged in genres and reading levels. The school’s donations will join those collected by other partnering school districts and the ones donated on the university’s campus.

Program organizers will sort all items donated to the cause and books in good condition will be donated locally and abroad.

Creativity Abounds at RCM


Spectacular Sports Night

A sea of green and gold blanketed the gymnasium at Ward Melville High School when Nassakeag Elementary School hosted their second annual Sports Spectacular, which raised $4,500 to support Contractors for Kids.

During the event, members of the school’s staff participated in fun sporting events in a gold versus green format while more than 400 spectators cheered on. Nassakeag sixth-grade teacher Sue Safranek once again organized the night.

It not only aimed to bolster school spirit but also excitement for the district’s upcoming Contractors for Kids 5K walk/run health and wellness fair. This event will take place at Ward Melville High School on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m.-noon.

Setting a Legal Standard

The Three Village Mock Trial is heading back to the Suffolk County Championship for the second straight year, after defeating a very tough Huntington team in Federal Court on April 6. The district wishes them well, as they work to defend their winning record. The county championship will take place on Wednesday, April 13.

The team is pictured with Judge Joseph Bianco after their most recent victory.

Speller Captures Second

The Board of Education recently honored Setauket Elementary School’s Ryan Himmelsbach for earning second place in the Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee, held at Hofstra University.

This is the second year in a row that Ryan has advanced to compete regionally and was named the winner of his school’s local bee.

National Honor for Poet

R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grader Adeena Shahzadi was named a National Silver Medal winner in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest.

Adeena was honored for her poem “I’m Sorry,” which told the story of a remorseful individual reflecting on the tragic loss of a friend.
Adeena was honored earlier this year as a Regional Gold Key winner in the contest.
According to the organization’s website, the contest is the longest running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens and boosts famous alumni such as Stephen King, Sylvia Plath and Andy Warhol. The program receives more than 300,000 entries for adjudication on the regional level annually and only 1,900 receive national recognition.

Varsity Sports – Winter Season Wrap-up


Congratulations to the following 2015-16 Winter All-Long Island Athletes:
Wrestling – Christian Araneo
Fencing- Danny Solomon, Stephen Jackson, Lara Obedin
Girls Basketball- 2nd Team – Taylor Triptree
Track - 2nd team in the 1600m -Mike Reilly

Congratulations to Danny Solomon for being named the Long Island Fencer of the year.

For a list of individual county, league and conference honors, please click here.

Boys Swimming
Overall Team Stats: County/League Runner-up
Individual Accolades:
David He: New York State Championship Qualifier in the 200 individual medley
Ryan Kaplan: New York State Championship Qualifier in the 200 individual medley & 100 backstroke
Luka Zuric: New York State Championship Qualifier in the 500-yard freestyle

Boys Winter Track
Individual Accolades:
Mike Reilly: Suffolk County Champion, New York State Championship Qualifier in the 1,600-meter event

Girls Winter Track

Overall Team Stats:  
Placed third overall in the Suffolk County Championship
Small Group Accolades:  
4x400-meter relay team made up of juniors Hannah Hobbes and Madison Hobbes and sophomores Allyson Gaedje and Samantha Rutt named Suffolk County Champions, broke a 10-year-old county meet record, qualified to run in the Millrose Games and earned second place
4x800-meter relay team made up of sophomores Gaedje Sturgess and Samantha Sturgess, freshman Shannon Ryan and eighth-grader Elizabeth Radke qualified to run in the Millrose Games and earned eighth place

Overall Team Stats:  
Ranked fourth in the league, fifth in Suffolk County
Individual Accolades:
Christian Araneo: Suffolk County, League and New York State Wrestling Champion
Kenny Cracchiola: League Champion
Matt O’Brien: New York State Wrestling Qualifier, Suffolk County and League Champion

Boys Basketball
Overall Team Stats:  
Qualified for playoffs

Girls Basketball
Overall Team Stats:  
League 1 title, the first since 1988
County quarterfinalists

Overall Team Stats:  
Ranked eighth in the nation
Ranked third in Suffolk County
Three Time Regional Champions
Individual Accolades:
Kaitlyn Wilson - All-Island Cheerleading Team
Bella Fallon - Nominee for All-Island Cheerleading Team

Boys Fencing
Overall Team Stats:
League Champions
Long Island Champions
Individual Accolades:
Danny Solomon: Suffolk County Champion
Steve Jackson: Suffolk County Champion

Girls Fencing
Overall Team Stats:
League/County Runner-up
Individual Accolades:
Lara Obedin: Suffolk County Champion

Packages for Patients

Minnesauke Elementary School fourth-graders in Kara Gorski’s class continued their community service efforts this winter by creating care packages for patients at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Class families donated various toys and gifts to the cause, which were packaged into 25 red sling bags. Each bag was decorated and included a card to the recipients featuring words of encouragement. The hospital’s administration expressed their gratitude to the class for their efforts and for creating care packages for children of all ages.

Diversity Celebration


World cultures and family heritages were on display during Nassakeag Elementary School’s Diversity Night, which was attended by more than 400 community members.

The annual event kicked off in the school’s auditorium with student performers, including talented kindergartners, first-graders and members of the Showtime Choir. On display in the cafeteria and gym were visual exhibits showcasing the diversity that exists within the school community. Volunteers shared food, arts and crafts, and presentations native to Germany, Norway, China, Columbia, Korea, Lithuania, Japan and England, to name a few. Parents and staff volunteered to create and hang displays.

This year’s event was chaired by sixth-grade teacher Judy Larsen. Members of the school’s Justice Club and student council were on hand to assist throughout the night, as were former Nassakeag students.

Keys to the Future

Ward Melville High School’s Key Club took second place at this year’s 68th annual Leadership Training Conference. The team earned the top honors in the categories of public relations and T-shirt design.

In addition, team members Alyssa Abesamis, Amanda Pretory, Amy Huang, Donna Yu, Jake Okrent, Michael Selvaggio, Naseem Malik and Sabrina Sloan were named Distinguished Key Clubbers. Natalie D’Onofrio won the award for Distinguished Club Secretary and Alyssa Abesamis won for Outstanding Club Vice President. Natalie was also elected Lieutenant Governor for New York State Key Club District Three during the conference.

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