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Patriots in the Playoffs

Come and cheer on the Ward Melville HS Patriots as they compete in the following playoff games:
10/20 - Varsity Field Hockey vs. Comsewogue @ 2:30pm @ Ward Melville
10/21 - Varsity Girls Tennis vs. TBD @ Time TBA @ Ward Melville
10/23 - Varsity Girls Soccer vs. TBD @ 2:30pm @ Ward Melville

Ward Melville Seniors Named Commended Scholars

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Twenty-five Ward Melville High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Approximately 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 highest scorers were chosen for this honor based on their exceptional results on the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT.

These selected students received letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and, although they will not continue in the running for National Merit scholarships, they do have the chance to earn special scholarships sponsored by corporate businesses.  


Taking Care of Teddy

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Arrowhead Elementary School kindergarten students had a chance to learn about the medical field in a fun and interactive way this fall when representatives from Stony Brook Children’s Hospital conducted the “Teddy Bear Clinic” program. 

During this event, the students learned about such things as car and helmet safety before dressing up as doctors and nurses and “taking care” of their injured stuffed animals. 

Painted Runners Raise Support

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Setauket Elementary School recently sponsored its first Color Splash Run/Walk in honor of one of Setauket’s students, Amelia Calderone, who is suffering from Langerhans cell histiocytosis, an illness that causes the production of too many white blood cells and causes the formation of tumors.

Approximately 600 students, parents and staff members registered for the event. Despite the rain, the majority of registrants turned out for dancing, color-splashing and a one-mile trek in honor of this very special student. The race went from Setauket School through Frank Melville Park and back to the school and raised over $6,800 for the Calderone family.




Hall of Fame Inductees

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The year’s homecoming festivities began with an early morning ceremony for the Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. The Ward Melville High School Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the athletic programs at Ward Melville through their participation as athletes, their tireless efforts as administrators and coaches, and their unparalleled support as friends.
 
This year’s inductees included Donald Webster (former athletic director), Kurt Ferraro (coach), Mike Gray (Class of 1974), Gerard Arceri (Class of 1982), Rick LeDoux (Class of 1982), Barbara Troiano-Vanbeyrer (Class of 1987), Mary Mullane-Flynn (Class of 1988), Todd Sauerbrun (Class of 1991), Krysta Johnson (Class of 1999), Shannon Watson-Sioss (Class of 1999), Chris Passavia (Class of 2000), Chris Tingue (Class of 2004), Jackie Morrison (Class of 2005), Shaylyn Blaney-Butler (Class of 2007), Steven Matz (Class of 2009) and Georgia Holland (Class of 2010). 

2017 Siemens Semifinalists

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Ward Melville High School students Faima Quadir and Andrew Zhang are among the 491 semifinalists named nationwide on Oct. 17 in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

The semifinalists’ projects were selected from more than 1,860 in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Faima worked on a group project called “Cloud Mode Anomaly Detection in the Cimel Sunphotometer Using Machine Learning Algorithms” – a project that looked at ways to enhance the current tools used for predicting, monitoring and managing future climate change. As part of her research, Faima worked to create a program in Python that would automate anomaly detection through machine learning algorithms, which look for patterns in the data to classify it as good or bad.

Andrew’s project was titled “Sorting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using the Surfactant Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate and the Synthesized Organic Molecule Triptycene-Dimer.” In this project, a nonplanar aromatic molecule, triptycene-dimer (trip-dimer), and a common surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate, were used to sort single-walled carbon nanotubes. SWNTs have the capability to replace silicon as the semiconductor used for computing applications. To realize this promise, methods such as these need to be developed to sort SWNTs into their constituent components.

 

According to the organization, the semifinalists will now be judged to determine who advances on to six regional competitions held in November. Individual and team winners of the regional contests earn the opportunity to compete in the national finals held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in December, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.





Oct. 29 Drug & Alcohol Awareness Program, Sponsored by The Bates House

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Teddy Bear Clinic

Homecoming Victory

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Spirit and pride abounded as the district came together to celebrate homecoming 2017 under sunny and warm skies this October.

The event began with an early morning ceremony for the Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. The Ward Melville High School Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the athletic programs at Ward Melville through their participation as athletes, their tireless efforts as administrators and coaches, and their unparalleled support as friends. 
This year’s inductees included Donald Webster (former athletic director), Kurt Ferraro (coach), Mike Gray (Class of 1974), Gerard Arceri (Class of 1982), Rick LeDoux (Class of 1982), Barbara Troiano-Vanbeyrer (Class of 1987), Mary Mullane-Flynn (Class of 1988), Todd Sauerbrun (Class of 1991), Krysta Johnson (Class of 1999), Shannon Watson-Sioss (Class of 1999), Chris Passavia (Class of 2000), Chris Tingue (Class of 2004), Jackie Morrison (Class of 2005), Shaylyn Blaney-Butler (Class of 2007), Steven Matz (Class of 2009) and Georgia Holland (Class of 2010). 

Before kick off of the big game, community members of all ages came together to enjoy a multistationed carnival and show their Patriots Pride. Set up on the back lawn of the school, the event featured games and activities for all ages, including bounce houses and face painting stations. Additionally, the banners created by each elementary school in honor of the event and in celebration of the district’s 50th anniversary were displayed throughout the carnival grounds. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Patriots logo and team name was painted pink on the stadium field and many players wore the color as part of their team uniform. Additionally, members of the varsity cheerleading team used pink pom-poms as they led the supportive crowd in many cheers. 

When the varsity football team took to the field, a sense of support filled the stadium, support not only for the hometown team but also for the competitors from Sachem East. Ward Melville players led a moment of silence at the start of the game for a member of the Sachem football community who had passed away earlier this year and painted a number five on the visitor’s sidelines to show their support.  

The homecoming game opened with a remarkable kickoff return for a 93-yard touchdown. The Patriots maintained a strong lead over Sachem for the remainder of the game, ultimately winning with a final score of 32-0. 

During halftime, the newly inducted Hall of Fame members were once again honored, Arrowhead Elementary School was named the winner of the banner competition, and members of the marching band and cheerleading teams, including the youth squads, performed.  





Student’s Film Screened in NYC

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A documentary film created by Ward Melville High School sophomore Elyas Masrour was selected for this year’s All American Film Festival, which was held in New York City on Oct. 7 and 8.

Elyas’ film, “Peep: The Story of the Piping Plovers on West Meadow Beach,” was filmed locally in the summer of 2016 and documents the plight of the piping plover, an endangered bird species. This film was screened in Times Square as part of the festival. 

Following the screening, Elyas attended an awards ceremony and reception at the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. While Elyas’ film was created as an independent project, he credits his film under the guidance of P.J. Gelinas Junior High School science teacher Gary Vorwald and West Meadow Beach Park Ranger Molly Hastings. 
 

Extending Appreciation

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During its late September meeting, the Three Village Central School District Board of Education extended its deepest appreciation to two members of the community who have aided the district in training all staff in proper first aid procedures. 

Colby Rowe, Trauma Center Education and Prehospital Outreach Coordinator for Stony Brook Medicine, and District Manager for the Setauket Fire District Dave Sterne, were commended for the dedication that they and their agencies have given the district. In recent years, both organizations have provided the district with resources to complete staff training workshops on such techniques as CPR, the use of automated external defibrillators and how to control life-threatening bleeding associated with massive wounds.  

Difference Maker – Richard Guez

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Setauket Elementary School teacher Richard Guez regularly finds ways to inspire his students within the classroom. For the past two and a half years, he has shared that passion on a global level by volunteering with the TKO Strong Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and support for those diagnosed with the extremely rare and life-threatening microvillus inclusion disease.

MVID is a genetic disease in which the intestinal tract is fully formed but does not function, rendering those with the condition unable to absorb nutrients or water. The TKO Strong Foundation was formed in 2014 by Thomas Kevin Onorato’s parents shortly after he was diagnosed with MVID as a newborn and after learning that more than half of the 30 million people living with rare diseases do not have a disease-specific foundation to support or research their conditions. 

The cause, which has a personal family connection for Mr. Guez, provides funding for research, financial support to families traveling to seek treatment, advocates to generate awareness, and facility networking opportunities for medical professionals and researchers in the pursuit of a cure. Most recently, the organization provided €75,000 (approximately $89,000) to a researcher in the Netherlands who is working to identify a test and/or protocols to identify the disease. Mr. Guez serves as the communications director of the organization and also sits on the board of directors.

After learning about Mr. Guez’s volunteer efforts, the Three Village Central School District students and staff – especially those in Setauket Elementary School – worked to increase awareness for the cause. This September, after only nine school days, students and staff at Setauket generously donated approximately $3,320 for the TKO Strong Foundation. 

For more information about the organization and ways to donate, please visit TKOStrongFoundation.org, “like” TKOStrongFoundation on Facebook or view the “TKO Strong” YouTube video.






A Tasty Study

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In honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, kindergarten students in Dawn McNally’s class at W.S. Mount Elementary School took part in a number of cross-curricular learning activities this September.

In conjunction with the school’s Lucy Calkins Units of Study for writing and reading, the students created “All About Apples” books after reading a folktale about Mr. Appleseed and other non-fiction books about apples during reading workshop.

The students learned how apples grow, taste-tested four types of apples and created original pieces of art using the core of a cut apple. Additionally, tying into the math curriculum, each student voted for their favorite type of apple and collectively worked as a class to create a bar graph visually depicting the top choices. 




Minnesauke Helps to Create ‘Whirled’ Peace

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In honor of the International Day of Peace, Minnesauke Elementary School students and staff created a visual display of “whirled” peace on the front lawn of the building.

Using hundreds of pinwheels the students created for last year’s Flag Day celebration, with added messages of hope and peace, art teacher Christine Sacco and student volunteers formed a peace sign and a heart shape out of the pinwheels and lined the sidewalks along the main entrance with them.

Three Village International Artists

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Sixteen district students recently earned high honors in the 2017 International Interdependence Hexagon Project.
The event, which is a visual arts program for students aged 4-18 worldwide, asks students to create a piece of art based on a global issue within the shape of a hexagon — a metaphor for interconnectedness. The students were asked to base their designs on the unifying theme of “Empathy: Understanding/Acting.” 

The district is proud to congratulate the following award-winning student-artists: 

Minnesauke Elementary School Winners: 
Mia Butkevich, Most Creative Expression
Michelle Cutting, 2017 Theme Award
Brynn Davenport, Most Relevant to Interdependence Theme
Gianna Hogan, Most Effective All-Over Interpretation: 2-D Mixed Media/Collage Created by One Student
Giulianna Pantaro, Honorable Mention 
April Poggi, Honorable Mention
Penelope Reynolds, 2017 Theme Award
Annabella Timpanaro, Honorable Mention

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Winners:
Lydia Hsieh-Beatty
, 2017 Theme Award
Dylan Brand, Most Relevant to Interdependence Theme or Themes
Cherrie Lan, Honorable Mention
Natalia Newton, Most Creative Expression
Annie Ryu, Most Creative Expression
Riley Wohlars, 2017 Theme Award
Rebecca Zhang, Most Effective All-Over Interpretation: 2-D Individual Pieces
Julia Zhu, Most Creative Expression: 2-D Single Hexagons





All-State Musicians

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Of the thousands of students who auditioned, 25 Ward Melville High School student-musicians have been selected to either perform at or serve as alternates for the All-State festival of this year’s NYSSMA Winter Conference. 

Several of the students were selected to more than one ensemble group and, with 25 honorees, Ward Melville has the largest number of students selected for this honor in all of Suffolk County. Selection to All-State is based on the student’s NYSSMA scores from the previous spring, as well as teacher recommendations.

“Not only is this accomplishment the result of the students’ hard work and dedication, but it is also a direct reflection of our music teachers’ commitment and perseverance toward excellence,” said Anthony Pollera, the district’s director of music. 

The district congratulates the following All-State student-musicians: 

Kian Abbott – Violoncello, Alternate
Jesse Arnold – Jazz Tenor Voice, Alternate
Richard Caporusso – Bass I, Alternate
Ryan Carlozzo – Bass I, Alternate; Jazz Bass Voice, Alternate
Isabella Colombo – Alto II, Treble Chorus
Emma Cowan – Violin, Symphony Orchestra; Jazz Soprano Voice, Alternate; Soprano II, Alternate
Benjamin Cummings – Jazz Guitar, Alternate
Jared Gozinsky – Snare Drum, Wind Ensemble
Katie Griesel – Soprano II, Mixed Chorus; Oboe, Symphonic Band
Steven Holmquist – Violin, Alternate
Victor Jiao – Violin, Alternate
Andrew Kim – Violin, Symphony Orchestra
Elenaor Kopp – Trumpet, Alternate
Denise Lai – Violin, Alternate
Lawrence Lan – Violoncello, String Orchestra
Marielle Leiboff – Soprano II, Alternate
Cameron Liquori – Alto II, Mixed Chorus
Serena Liu – Violin, Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Ma – Violoncello, Alternate
Anna Macedonio – Soprano I, Alternate
Noah Mond – Tenor II, Mixed Chorus
Joseph Monte – Jazz Tenor Voice, Alternate; Tenor II, Alternate
Matthew Okrent – Euphonium, Symphonic Band
Julia Pollina – Soprano II, Alternate
Luciana Ragolia – Alto II, Treble Chorus; Jazz Alto Voice, Alternate

Sharing a Love of Art

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School 2016-17 National Junior Art Honor Society members showcased their artistic skills when they were recently commissioned to create a mural for the district. 

The mural, now permanently installed in the seating area of the district’s Human Resources Office, features a view of Stony Brook’s famed Gamecock Cottage and West Meadow Beach. Twenty-eight student-artists worked on the piece, each completing a square for the mural using mixed media, under the guidance of NJAHS advisor Michael Sacco. 
   
Special thanks to Gelinas technology teacher Dean Kostis who helped with the framing and assistance on this breathtaking mural.

Seniors Vie for National Scholarships

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Ward Melville High School seniors Kathleen Esfahany, Thomas Howell, Emily Huang, Ethan Li, Michael Lu, Samuel Tan and Leon Zhao have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Annually, approximately 16,000 students, or roughly one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists and are invited to continue in the competition for the chance to be named finalists and National Merit Scholarship award winners. 

According to the program’s website, the National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the NMSP by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test — which serves as the initial screening of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year — and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.


Senior’s Logo Design Wins Big

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A proposed design created by Ward Melville High School senior Niki Nassiri has been selected by the North Shore Montessori School as the institution’s new logo. 

The design, which Niki created with the help of art teacher Cortney Weisman, was in response to a challenge by the North Shore Montessori School, which wants to modernize its look. The challenge not only enabled Niki to showcase her creativity, but also helped her gain insight into the client/graphic designer relationship and invaluable experience in the field. 

Niki’s design is featured on Montessori’s website and in its new spirit wear.  


Senior Earns Junior Angel Award

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Ward Melville High School senior Madeline Mastriano was selected as the only female student recipient of the Junior Angel Award during this September’s Second Annual Angel Awards.

Madeline was honored for her efforts in co-chairing the Three Village Kids Lemonade Stand she created five years ago with her brother Joseph, a freshman at Murphy. The students helped rally their peers from throughout the district and other community members to raise $20,000 at the lemonade stand this summer. To date, the teen siblings have helped raise more than $36,000 for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

The Angel Awards are given to outstanding women in the community who are recognized for their charity work and who combine work, home life and volunteering. The ceremony is an opportunity to meet these incredibly talented and giving women and at the same time, be in attendance as the community thanks them for their tireless efforts on behalf of others.
 

Student’s Film to be Screened in New York City

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An experimental film created by Ward Melville High School junior Jamie Nagel has been selected for this year’s All American Film Festival, which will be held in New York City on Oct. 7. 

Jamie’s film, “Youth,” was based on a poem she wrote and will be screened in Times Square as part of the festival. Following the screening, Jamie will attend an awards ceremony and reception at the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

Ward Melville student filmmakers have been selected for this high honor for the past several years. Jamie created her film under the guidance of Ward Melville teacher Stephanie DiLorenzo. 

Welcome Back!

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The district proudly welcomed students back for the first day of school on Sept. 5. Below are some photos from throughout the morning.

Happenings in the Tech Department

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Throughout the year, students enrolled in the technology classes at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School engage in hands-on learning that develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Below are a few highlights from the 2016-17 school year.

The students in Dean Kostis’ ninth-grade Computer Design class created 3-D structures as part of the course’s pre-engineering unit, which was designed to help them understand concepts such as tension, compression, shearing and torsion. Along with exploring the history of bridge designs, the unit examined different design and construction techniques. For example, they studied the design of a truss, the strongest geometric shape, to understand the science behind its strength and why it is seen in so many forms in everyday life. 

Students used West Point Bridge Designer to create and force test designs before choosing one to construct. One very successful structure was designed and built by Victoria Grosskopf and Mike Marchese. Weighing only 24.3 grams (about one-twentieth of a pound), the structure was able to hold 31,780 grams – just over 70 pounds, or 1,370 times its own weight. This would be akin to a 100-pound person holding 137,000 pounds. 

Students also used the free design program SketchUp to create 3-D models of homes before exporting them to the department’s MakerBot 3-D printers.

This past year, the department began to incorporate robotics into the curriculum, as well. Students coded virtual robots to navigate either an island or an underwater course and achieve objectives. In one entertaining lesson, they learned how to break down solutions into linear steps by coding for RobotC.

Each of the topics discussed through the technology education program induces logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, memory and problem-solving. The course of study allows students to experiment with concepts across the disciplines of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – concurrently. 

New year, new schools

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As summer vacation drew to a close, the district’s incoming seventh- and 10th-grade students learned about their new schools during orientation programs held at Ward Melville High School and R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas junior high schools.

Members of each school’s administration were on hand to answer the incoming students’ questions and help them navigate the building. In addition, upperclassman volunteers were available to help their younger peers locate classrooms and open lockers for the first time. 



Vetting of Mailed/Electronic Communication

In an effort to further protect the health and safety of our students and staff members, and as part of our continued endeavor to review and update our District Emergency Management Plan, the Three Village Central School District hereby notifies all residents and outside individuals that it will no longer accept letters, packages or electronic communications without a return address or proper identification of the sender. Any items mailed to the district without a return address will be rejected upon receipt, and the district reserves the right to trace the source of anonymous messages sent electronically. Please be advised that this addendum to the District’s Emergency Plan is effective immediately.
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