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Fall Continuing Education Offerings


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Board Ushers in New Year


The district’s Board of Education convened for its annual reorganization meeting on July 13 and commenced the night by celebrating several athletic accomplishments achieved during the 2015-16 school year.

Ward Melville High School’s boys varsity golf team was celebrated for earning back-to-back Suffolk County and Long Island Championships; the varsity girls track and field 4x400 relay team was honored for setting a new school record and qualifying for the state championship; and the boys lacrosse team was honored for winning the Suffolk County and Long Island Championship, as well as being a runner-up in the New York State Championship.

During the meeting, William F. Connors Jr., Irene Gische and Inger Germano were re-elected to serve as Board president, vice president and district clerk pro-tem, respectively. Board members Jonathan Kornreich and Angelique Ragolia were also officially sworn in and began to serve their new three-year terms of office.

Lead Testing Results Letter to Community and FAQ



Grades 1-6 Elementary Class Placement Information Available on July 15, 2016

Class placement information for the 16-17 school year will be made available on the Campus Portal on Friday, July 15, 2016 following the schedule below.  

**The schedules will not be made available before the posted time.  Parents, please do not try and log on before the times noted above!  This  staggered schedule helps to prevent too much traffic on the server at one time.

Minnesauke Elementary School         8:00 am
Arrowhead  Elementary School  9:00 am
Mount  Elementary School 10:00 am
Nassakeag Elementary School 11:00 am
Setauket Elementary School 12:00 pm




Congratulations Graduates! A Message From The Superintendent


Champions on the Green

Ward Melville High School’s varsity golf team scored a hole in one this season as they were named Suffolk County and Long Island Team Champions for the second consecutive year.

In addition to this group accomplishment, Gerald Mackedon was named the Boys Golf Individual Suffolk County Champion and was the runner-up at the state championship by one stroke.

Pre-K Expanded for 2016-17


Enrollment in the SCOPE at Three Village Pre-kindergarten Program, which is housed at Nassakeag Elementary School, has commenced for the 2016-17 school year. The program began in the 2015-16 school year and will be expanded for 2016-17 to not only include a 4-year-old program but also a 3-year-old program.

The 4-year-old program will run five days a week, for a half-day session (2.5 hours) at a cost of $300 per month. The 3-year-old program will run three days a week, also for a half-day session at a cost of $215 per month.

Each of the classes will be staffed by a NYS Certified teacher and teaching assistant. In addition to the daily staff, special education instructional teachers, an occupational therapist and a speech therapist will assist students requiring additional support. Classrooms are fully equipped with interactive whiteboard and SMART Board tables, in addition to the academic materials, which enhance lessons and playtime.

Both programs, engage students in a play-based pre-K activities that infuse the NYS Prekindergarten Foundations for the Common Core into their daily instruction to ensure the development of necessary social and academic skills. Teachers use a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction, including guided reading groups for students who are ready to read and small writing groups for students to begin to develop their ideas through pictures and print.

Socially, the classroom teachers provide many opportunities for group play each day. The students will participate in morning meetings, small group instruction and independent play, where they begin to navigate new friendships.

Throughout the course of the year, there are many opportunities for the students to be exposed to various aspects of the Three Village community on the building level and beyond. Last year, students participated in all appropriate cultural arts programs including plays, musical performances by Nassakeag students and visits from the local fire department, police department and Stony Brook EMS. The classes took one field trip to Benner’s Farm, where they learned about local animals and plants. 

For more information about the program, please review the presentation below or visit the district’s pre-K information page here.


New Beginnings for Class of 2016


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

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

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

Summer Program Information

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

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


Ward Melville High School Athletic Hall of Fame

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


Très Bien

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

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

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

Moving Up to WMHS


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

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

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

Honored for Service


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

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

Capturing Memories


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

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

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

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

Stepping Up, Standing Out


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

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

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

Mathematical Win

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

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

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

History Comes Alive


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

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

Quilting History

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

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

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

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

Environmentally Conscious

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

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

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

Celebrating Flag Day


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

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

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

Donations to Children’s Hospital

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

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

Honoring Athletes

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

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

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

Tapped into Technology


Local Star Performs at TONY Awards

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

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

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

Celebrating Scholarly Achievements

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

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

Ward Melville Athletics Spring Recap 2016

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

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Suffolk County Champions
Long Island Champions
Downstate Champions
State Finalists

Boys Golf

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

Boys Track

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


League Champs

Boys Tennis

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

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

Individual Honors

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

For a full list of names, please click here:

Helping Hands


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

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

National Spotlight


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

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

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

Growing a Sustainable Garden


Cultivating Kindness


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

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

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

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

Technology Infused Learning


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

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

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

Exploring Careers


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

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

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


Living History


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

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

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


Record Setters

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

Champions Head to States

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

National Writing Recognition

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

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

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

Supporting a Cure


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

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

Honored Educator


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

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

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

Traveling the World

Poets Honored


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

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

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

‘Annie’ Captivates Audiences


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

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

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


Musicians Take Home Trophies


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

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

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


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

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




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

Flawless Routine


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

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

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

Hatching a Love of Science


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

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

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

Cultural Exchange

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

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

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