Drug & Alcohol Awareness Program – March 26 Hosted by The Bates House

Drug & Alcohol Awareness Program Flyer

Math Lessons Benefit Local Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen Photos

For a lesson rooted in mathematics and character education, Nassakeag Elementary School third-grade students in Maureen MacDowell’s class teamed up with fourth-graders in Kathryn Comiskey’s class to make dozens of loaves of Irish soda bread for the St. James Soup Kitchen, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Working in teams, the students measured, poured and mixed batter using traditional measuring tools. They were then challenged with making equivalent measurements when one of the tools the recipe called for was removed. They worked together to problem solve and deploy their classroom lessons to complete the recipe.

Annual Spring into Art & Technology Show – April 22

Art Tech Flyer

Creating a Mini Golf Course

Creating a Mini Golf Course Photo
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School technology and woodworking club, under the leadership of teacher Kraig Herrel, recently deployed their technological skills and created a mini golf course for a children’s program at the Emma S. Clark Library.  In addition to building the course, the students were among those who volunteered to assist the attendees during the library event.

Celebrating Music In Our Schools Month

TV Slide photo

STEM Winter Newsletter


Suffolk County Narcan Training Classes – March Dates

County Executive Steve Bellone and Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Health, encourage residents to take advantage of free Opioid Overdose Prevention Program - Narcan Training Classes.

The training, which meets New York State Department of Health requirements, will enable participants to recognize an opioid overdose, administer intranasal Narcan and take additional steps until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes nasal Narcan.

“Our goal is to distribute overdose kits to as many individuals as possible so that they can assist our EMS system in saving lives and strengthening the community’s chain of survival,” said Dr. Tomarken.

The classes will take place as follows:

Port Jefferson Station
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium

Comsewogue High School

565 Bicycle Path, Port Jefferson Station

For more information please contact: 631-852-6109.
Includes “The Ugly Truth” Heroin and Prescription Drug Education program
***Some information is graphic in nature. Parental Discretion Advised

Middle Island
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Longwood Middle School
41 Yaphank Middle Island Road, Middle Island, NY

For more information please contact: 631-852-6109.
Includes “The Ugly Truth” Heroin and Prescription Drug Education program
***Some information is graphic in nature. Parental Discretion Advised

Learn more about the program; watch “Saving One Life at a Time with Narcan at Suffolk’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program"

Elementary Report Cards Now Available on the Portal

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Sharing Messages of Hope

Sharing Messages of Hope

R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grade students had the opportunity to learn about the inspiring Ride for Life movement and the disease at the center of the movement when ALS patient, Dr. Christopher Pendergast and former educator Glenn Baldwin conducted an inspiring assembly program.

During the assembly, the students got an overview of the illness and challenges that patients face. Additionally, Mr. Baldwin and Dr. Pendergast helped the students to apply the lessons learned from patients living with ALS to their own personal challenges. Students were encouraged to keep working at achieving their goals even when encountering difficulties.  

The students also learned that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ride and, as such, participants will take their message across the eastern seaboard as they travel from Yankee Stadium to Washington D.C., arriving there on National Advocacy Day, May 14.  

Honor Student-Scientists

Honor Student-Scientists
During the early March meeting, the district’s Board of Education honored seven Ward Melville High School student-science research students, each of whom recently earned high praise for projects they completed through the school’s InSTAR program.
Those celebrated included:

Brandon Feng (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Brandon’s project involved maximizing the collection efficiency of solar panels by using a simulator that varied wind fields in order to measure irradiance.

Albert Liu (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Albert’s research focused on devising ways to detect irregular activity in networks using scan statistics.

Kirti Nath (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Kirti’s research focused on analyzing the effects of discarded human medications that enter the water system and aquatic environment as sewage pollutants on the development of fish.

Sachin Patnaik (2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Sachin helped design a novel co-culture system for coaxing blood cell precursors called hemangioblasts into progenitor cells that could then further differentiate into many cell types like stem cells.  

Kavya Tangella (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist) – Kavya’s research focused on the relationship between human hearing and seeing.

Nestor Tkachenko (2016 Siemens Competition Finalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Nestor’s research focused on making cars that fly using eddy current magnetic levitation.

Emily Xu (2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Emily worked on cloning, isolating and purifying the human OST subunit of the protein Ribophorin 1 and completed crystallization and x-ray diffraction analysis of its structure.

Science Teams Advance to States

Science Teams Advance to States
Science Teams Advance to States 2
Science Teams Advance to States 3
P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy Junior High Schools’ Science Olympiad teams once again performed at the highest level during the Eastern Long Island Regional Tournament and have both earned a bid to compete at the state tournament, which will be held in early April in the Syracuse area.  

Out of the 33 teams represented during the regional competition, Gelinas’ three teams placed first, third and fourth and Murphy’s three teams placed second, fifth and tenth.   

Throughout the contest, the teams competed in 20 events, spanned the gamut of STEM topics, including engineering, scientific inquiry, as well as all of the science disciplines – biology, earth science, chemistry and physics.  

Teacher Presents at National Art Conference

Teacher Presents at National Art Conference
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School art teacher Mike Sacco was one of several educators chosen to present at this year’s National Art Educator Association Conference, held in New York City in March.

Out of the 2,200 art teachers who applied to present, Mr. Sacco was selected to not only share one but two of his exemplar lessons before some of the more than 7,000 art educators in attendance. His session introduced two Photoshop design projects featured in School Arts Magazine: “The Selfie Project” and “Altered To Kill a Mockingbird.”  These projects showcase student creativity, contain clear learning objectives and yield impressive results. Lesson introduction, procedure, and assessment were all also covered.
The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention.

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Athletes Selected for Empire Challenge

Athletes Selected for Empire Challenge
For Ward Melville High School seniors John Corpac, Eddie Munoz and Dominick Pryor, the football season just got a little longer as all three students have been selected to play in the 22nd Annual Empire Challenge. The event, which will feature the top Long Island and New York City athletes, will take place at the James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University at 7 p.m. on Wed. June 21.

All three students were an integral part of the Ward Melville football team this past fall playing in the position of wide receiver and were nominated for this honor by coach Christopher Boltrek.

Seniors Advance in Scholarship Program

Seniors Advance in Scholarship Program
Thirteen Ward Melville High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.     
These academically talented seniors were honored as semifinalists earlier this year based on the results of their preliminary SATs, a test that serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. They now have the opportunity to continue for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.     
Congratulations to the following students:

Sophia Abanov
Albert Liu
Kirti Nath
Henry Nelson
Sachin Patnaik
Nikita Podobedov
Isabelle Scott
Annabel Shewan
Michelle Sun
Kavya Lakshmi Tangella
Ray Wei
Edward Yan
Adora Zhang

Principal Honored By State

Principal Honored By State
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Principal William Bernhard has earned one of the most prestigious honors in higher education from the New York State SUNY Chancellor and President of Stony Brook University – the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for the academic year 2016-17.

This award recognizes those Stony Brook University faculty members – at which Mr. Bernhard has taught for numerous years – who have consistently demonstrated a mastery of teaching, a dedication to students, the adherence to the highest academic standards, and continued professional achievements.

“To have been nominated for the SUNY Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching award by both the Mathematics Department and Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department at Stony Brook University is truly an honor,” said Mr. Bernhard. “To have actually received this recognition is a highlight of my career. Teaching and learning is my passion and I hope to continue to convey that to all of the students and staff that I work with in the Three Village Community."

Researching Greek Mythology

Researching Greek Mythology
As part of their social studies classes, Setauket Elementary School sixth-graders have been learning about ancient Greece and the impact the society had on the world today.

To help the students further understand the different gods and goddesses celebrated in the country, they made poster displays on an individual of their choice.  On each of the boards, which were hung in the school for all to enjoy, they included information on their chosen individual’s power symbols, character traits, relationships with other gods, family tree, what they represented and their Roman counterpart. Additionally, they read and summarized a myth about their chosen figure.

Ward Melville Senior Named News 12 Scholar-Athlete

Ward Melville Senior Named News 12 Scholar-Athlete
In recognition of her dedication to her academics and athletic interests, Ward Melville High School senior Ellen Li has been named a News 12 Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

The program, sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, recognizes student-athletes who go above and beyond in their high school and community. Ellen is a four-year member of the high school’s volleyball program, has been named to the All-County team, was recognized as the League I defensive player of the year and received the Exceptional Senior Award. At Ward Melville she also serves as the secretary of the math team.

For this honor, Ellen received a $1,000 scholarship. She will attend Brown University in the fall.  

Exploring Colonial Times

Exploring Colonial Times

As part of their studies on the colonial period, Nassakeag Elementary School fourth-graders in Robbin Teitelbaum’s class stepped back in time to learn firsthand about the nation’s beginnings.

Many dressed in authentic clothing from the period as they took part in an afternoon of hands-on activities. They learned how to make candlestick holders, played colonial children’s games and even sampled some traditional food.

Powerful Persuasive Projects

Powerful Persuasive Projects
Ninth-grade honors students in Cathy Duffy’s English classes at R.C. Murphy Junior High School learned about argument, persuasion and the use of rhetoric during a recent interactive lesson.

Before reading Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inaugural address, where the students would look for rhetoric and examine its effect on the listener/reader, they learned about the subject hands-on. Working in small teams, the students conceptualized a new product to solve a common life problem and then made short video commercials using the rhetorical concepts of ethos, pathos and logos to convince the viewer to purchase said product.  

“The students loved working with the subject matter in this way,” said Ms. Duffy. “They were able to better understand the concepts and will hopefully be better able to spot these types of rhetorical devices in the future as a result.”

Skating to the Top

Skating to the Top
Nassakeag Elementary School third-grader Michaela Cassara recently competed at the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York and won the Gold Medal for figure skating in her age group for the second consecutive year.

With this accomplishment, Michaela has earned a spot to compete in the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan this summer.

Ready for Broadway

Ready for Broadway

With the help of trained Broadway professionals, 150 members of the chorus, band and orchestra at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School had the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes tricks of a staged Broadway fight scene.

During the Broadway Stage Combat Workshop, the students learned from Broadway fight choreographers how stage combat works during a live performance. Then, they were fully engaged in a question and answer session with two ensemble members of the musical “School of Rock.”  One of the aspects discussed was the importance of preparing for an audition.

Following the workshop, the students attended a performance of “School of Rock” and, afterward, met with Three Village alumnus David Ruttura, who is currently working as the associate director of the musical.

All District Musicians

All District Musicians

Many talented sixth-grade musicians from throughout the district recently had the opportunity to join together on stage and perform in the traditional All District Music Festival.

The ensembles were comprised of the top sixth-grade orchestra, band and chorus performers and led by special guest conductors.

Heart Smart

Heart Smart

Setauket Elementary School students joined the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart initiative this winter, as they participated in a 10-station obstacle course in their physical education classes.

The students jumped rope, as well as danced and navigated through the different challenges as they worked to keep their hearts and bodies healthy. In addition to the health benefits for the event, the students also raised funds to support the American Heart Association’s work.
“It felt great to help raise funds knowing that they would help people with sick hearts,” said first-grader Lilly Rampone, who personally raised more than $200 by setting up a hot chocolate stand on her driveway.

Annually, Setauket School raises between $5,000-$8,000 for the American Heart Association.

This year, the school raised a total of $6,895.99 for the cause.

Marking a Milestone

Marking a Milestone
Marking a Milestone 2
Exactly 50 years ago this week, the district broke ground on a project to construct the school buildings known today as P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high schools. Attached is a newspaper clipping from the ground-breaking ceremony.

RC Murphy Presents Oliver! March 21-25, 2017

Tickets for Oliver will be on sale Monday through Thursday from 6-8pm in the Murphy Auditorium beginning Wednesday, March 8. 

Mount Heads Into Space

Mount Heads Into Space

The complexity of the solar system became a little clearer for W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth-graders as they journeyed more than 70 years into the future and helped to save a theoretical space mission firsthand.

During the live e-mission “Moon, Mars and Beyond,” the students made connections to their classroom math, language arts and science lessons as they helped NASA locate and rescue a lost spaceship that was orbiting one of the outer planets.

During the simulation, the students worked in planet teams to analyze and compute answers to a variety of mathematical questions. By examining different variables and making predictions, including how much food, oxygen and water would be needed for the mission, they were able to successfully accomplish the rescue. In addition to tying into the school’s math and science curricula, the activity allowed them to practice their reading skills, think critically and logically, and learn how to communicate effectively with teammates.

Art on the Chopping Block

Art on the Chopping Block

Fashioned after the hit television show, Minnesauke Elementary School sixth-graders used their creativity and artistic skills to compete in a “Chopped” art contest in their art classes this winter.

Separated into four teams, the students worked together to use a basket of art supplies or “ingredients” to create artistic masterpieces based on an established theme. They fashioned portraits out of paper and rubbing plates, created landscape designs using various textures and made abstract paintings using canvas.

After each round of design, one team was “chopped” and joined the team of judges to assess the remaining competitors throughout the remainder of the contest. According to art teacher Christine Sacco, teams were awarded points based on their successful use of all available supplies, craftsmanship, creativity, visual aesthetic and teamwork.

Only one team per class period was named the “Chopped Champion” but all left the lesson inspired.

PJ Gelinas Presents Anything Goes! March22-25




MARCH 22-25, 2017

All Seats $20 General Admission

Tickets available at myschoolbucks.com or call 631-730-4759

Mount Displays Kindness

W.S. Mount Elementary School celebrated “Random Acts of Kindness Week” this February through a series of interactive and engaging activities.
Throughout the week, students and staff focused on ways to promote kindness in the community, competed a Kindness Bingo game at home, wrote kind sayings about friends on a bulletin board filled with paper hearts, sent messages to staff members through an appreciation station and wore stickers noting something personally special about themselves.

Project Band-Aid

Project Band-Aid
W.S. Mount Elementary school second-grader Kayla Harte has been working to make a difference in her local community this winter by coordinating a Band-Aid drive at her school.

Earlier this year, Kayla was awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant through the Youth Service of America to support her community service project, titled “Friends for Child Life.” Through this effort, Kayla focused on ways to improve the hospitalization experience for local children who are sick. As part of the drive, Kayla and her peers at Mount are donating hundreds of character themed bandages for use at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

In addition to the drive, Kayla is planning to help sponsor several birthday parties and special events for children in the hospital’s pediatric oncology department.

Kayla was one of only 340 students across the nation to earn this grant, which is aimed at funding student projects geared toward making their communities healthier, greener and stronger as well as promote the importance of community service, awareness, advocacy and philanthropy.

Writers Head to National Competition

Several original writings created by R.C. Murphy Junior High School students have earned prestigious honors during this year’s Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, with two scholars earning Gold Key awards signifying their placement among the top qualifying students in New York State.  

According to their website, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognizes student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more. Since 1923, the Awards have recognized and encouraged millions of students, including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and John Updike, who won when they were teenagers.  
The works created by the Gold Key winners will move on to the national level, where they will be considered for a Gold Medal. National medalists will be announced in the early spring.

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.

Gold Key
Karen Xie (Grade 9) – Flash Fiction, “Broken Time”
Adena Shahzadi (Grade 8) ¬– Poetry, “Fanaa”
Silver Key
Julia Match (Grade 9) ¬¬– Flash Fiction, “Unreality”
Ally Chun (Grade 9) ¬– Flash Fiction, “Stay Inside the Frame”
Adena Shahzadi (Grade 8) – Poetry, “A Bloody Bouquet of Roses” and “ Candles of Death”        
Claire Yang (Grade 7) – Flash Fiction, “Used”
Honorable Mention
Andrea Mosca (Grade 9) – Flash Fiction, “Seven Years Bad Luck”
Faith Fraas (Grade 9) – Flash Fiction, “Finding Tomorrow”
Madison Saavedra (Grade 9) ¬– Flash Fiction, “Across the Table”
Adena Shahzadi (Grade 8)  – Poetry, “My Dear”
Carolyn Liu (Grade 7)– Poetry, “Sonnet I, The Raging, Storm” and “The Phoenix, Home”

Heart-filled Donations

Heart-filled Donations
Nassakeag Elementary School first-grade classes partnered with sixth-graders in Judy Larsen’s class to create nearly 90 valentine boxes for those serviced by the Interfaith Nutrition Network.

For the initiative, the students gathered shoeboxes and earned monetary donations by completing chores at home. The funds were then used to purchase various sundries for both adults and children assisted by the INN. The Nassakeag students decorated and filled the shoeboxes with those items, preparing them for delivery right before the holiday.

This effort has been coordinated by Ms. Larsen and first-grade teacher Joan Sperry for the past several years.

100 Reasons to Give

100 Reasons to Give
Setauket Elementary School students marked the 100th day of school through a community service initiative aimed at giving back to local families in need.

Kindergarten through third-grade students teamed up to collect 100 items per class for the district’s and local food pantries. Together they collected hundreds of nonperishable food items, toiletries and paper products for members of the community. The grades also shortened the collections by 10s and completed other math and writing projects based on the number 100.

Warm Treats for a Warm Winter

Warm Treats for a Warm Winter
Prior to this year’s winter break, R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Community Connections Club rolled up their sleeves and made 13 chicken potpies for local families in need.

The students used their culinary skills to prepare the delicious filling of cooked chicken, vegetables and spices, and then froze the mixture in a flakey piecrust for the receiving families to heat and enjoy at their leisure. Cooking instructions were included in the care packages so each family could fill their home with the delicious aroma before enjoying their meal.

Gelinas Speller Heads to National Bee

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

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

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

WMHS Cheerleaders at Nationals

WMHS Cheerleaders at Nationals

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

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

2017-18 Pre-K Information and Application

Please see below for information on the new program.


Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

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


Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Book Inspires Fundraising Effort

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

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

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

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

District Announces New Tuition-Free PreK Offering

Dear Three Village Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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


Summer Recreation Location Changes

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

Kindness Challenge Accepted

Kindness Challenge Accepted

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

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

Three Year Spelling Streak

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

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

District Opposes Nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education


Radio Interview

Radio Interview1

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


Click here for Part 1

Click here for Part 2

Journeying Back in Time

Journeying Back in Time

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

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

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

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

Fun Filled Family Night

Fun Filled Family Night

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

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

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

Friendship Superheroes

Friendship Superheroes

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

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

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

Cake Wars

Cake Wars

Spelling Champ

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

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

Millrose Qualifier

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

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

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

A Week of Languages

A Week of Languages

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

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

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

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