Filling Holidays with Donations

The overwhelming generosity of the district’s students, families and staff was abundant this winter as each building worked to complete various community service projects.

During the annual stuff-a-bus project, coordinated by R.C. Murphy Junior High School, hundreds of gently used toys were collected and donated to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch before the holiday break. Keeping with tradition, the event was supported by Minnesauke and Arrowhead elementary schools, as well as W.S. Mount Elementary School.

The Gerald Ryan Outreach Center serves one of the largest, neediest populations on Long Island.

Seniors Earn County Awards

Ward Melville High School seniors Sabrina Ferretti and Nick Piccininni were presented with the 2014 Suffolk Zone Award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Each year, every high school in Suffolk County recognizes its top male and female physical education students based on the following criteria: physical education achievement, scholastic achievement, outstanding character, physical education class leadership, schoolwide and/or community leadership, and positive role modeling.

This fall, Nick will be attending Oklahoma State University, where he will continue his impressive wrestling career. Sabrina aspires to go into the medical field following graduation.

Vocal Vikings Earn Top Award

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s talented Vocal Vikings performance group has earned national recognition for their high scores at the 2014 Music in the Parks competition.

During the event, which took place in the spring at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, the group received a perfect score and the award for Best Overall Junior High Choir. This December, the group was presented with the Overall Sweepstakes Award, which is given to the ensembles in each category who earn the highest scores for the entire season of the Music in the Parks competition.    

The district congratulates vocal director Robert DePersio and the Gelinas student-musicians on this outstanding achievement.  

'Stirring' Up Holiday Cheer


CHANGE IN DATE for Grade 6 Puberty Education Orientation for All Elementary Schools - January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Grade 6 Puberty Education Parent Orientation for All Elementary Schools  @Minnesauke
has been rescheduled from 1/26/15 at 7:30pm to 1/6/15 at 7:00pm.

Spelling Champion

After winning their classroom contests, 28 top spellers in grades 4-6 at W.S. Mount Elementary School vied for the title of school champion in a schoolwide spelling bee this December.

The students went head-to-head spelling words of various origins and timeframes before an audience of peers and family members. After 10 challenging rounds, sixth-grader George Kuhen was named the winner after correctly spelling “noctambulist.” He will now compete in the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University, along with other Three Village champions and winners from other regional bees.

This year’s Mount runner-up was sixth-grader Libby Star. Fifth-grader Sam Gitelson came in third place.

Scooting into Safety Town


Child Nutrition Board of Education Presentation 12/10/14

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‘Grease’ Is the Word


Ward Melville High School underwent a 1950s makeover when the school’s talented student-actors took to the stage to perform this year’s musical, “Grease.”

The comical show, portraying the lives of a group of 1950s high school students, transported audiences back in time as the student-actors navigated topics such as peer pressure, personal values and love.

Focused on Their Futures

R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-grade students learned about a range of professions during this year’s career awareness fair.

During the event, the students visited with some 53 presenters in 28 careers to discuss how they got started in the business and the type of training their profession required. The students then completed questionnaires detailing who they spoke with, what career they were in, whether or not they were interested in that career, and why. They also reflected on how the information they gained would help as they make choices about their futures.

 “It is so important for the students to have the opportunity to speak to professionals and gain an idea of the real world of work,” said Virginia Ferraro, one of the event’s coordinators. “We have a great group of professionals, and they are wonderful at speaking to the students.”

Special thanks to the school’s PTO for donated bagels and tablecloths, and to the student volunteers who made muffins and breads for the presenters.  

‘Steered’ Down the Right Path

R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas junior high school students and staff members continue to promote the importance of making positive life choices as part of the district’s character education program.

As part of this initiative, students from both buildings recently attended a workshop with Michael DeLeon from Steered Straight, a drug awareness program. During the program, Mr. DeLeon and several local young adults spoke about their personal struggles and the impact their decisions had on their family and friends.  

Pre-K Program

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Wearing Denim, Supporting Soldiers

R.C. Murphy Junior High School staff members had the chance to support those serving the nation by wearing jeans to school for a day. During the Jeans for Troops fundraiser, participating staff members made monetary donations to the GI Go Fund in exchange for dressing down to work. This event raised $300 for the charity, which works to help returning soldiers.

Bookmarking a National Holiday


Nassakeag Elementary School marked this year’s National Picture Book Month by coordinating a series of literacy-based projects.

Wearing their favorite pajamas, students shared their favorite picture book with reading buddies, completed book reviews, crafted artistic book jacket covers and wrote reflective essays about different selections.  

To share their love of reading with others, the student council coordinated a picture book drive for local organizations. The effort generated hundreds of donations from students and staff members.


Raising Funds and Donations for Thanksgiving

Setauket Elementary School’s student council coordinated a food drive and hosted two Thanksgiving sporting events to benefit local families. The drive and clinic fundraisers collected more than $1,250, which was used to purchase supermarket gift cards for families in the Setauket and Three Village communities.

Celebrating the First Thanksgiving

W.S. Mount Elementary School first-grade classes helped family and friends get into the holiday spirit by performing a series of Thanksgiving-inspired plays this November.

Each class focused on different aspects of the first Thanksgiving while integrating key facts about the day, including when it became a national holiday. Dressed in original costumes, the students led attendees through oral presentations and musical interludes before enjoying tasty feasts in their classrooms.

Athletes Commit to Colleges

In a record year for Ward Melville High School Patriots, 28 seniors committed to compete on some of the nation’s premier athletic programs this fall.

During a special ceremony at the school, proud family and friends surrounded the students as they put pen to paper and signed National Letters of Intent with Division I and II schools, while others committed to Division III institutions.

“On behalf of the school district’s administrators, teachers and coaches, I commend these student-athletes on their athletic accomplishments, as they have committed to continue their athletic careers at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities,” said Erin Blaney, the district’s executive director for health, physical education, recreation and athletics. “The life of a student-athlete is extremely demanding, and these seniors have dedicated their time not only to their chosen sport but also scholastically to achieving in the classroom. They will always be a part of the Ward Melville Patriot family and we wish them success in all of their future endeavors.”

The district congratulates the following students:


Native American Experiences

A giant tepee and multi-sensory stations blanketed the mini gym at W.S. Mount Elementary School as the kindergarten classes participated in a Native American village program.
After completing a history lesson on the subject, the kindergarten classes experienced a typical day in the life of early Native Americans during the hands-on program. They created Native American outfits and rotated through seven learning stations, including a reading a story inside a giant tepee, hunting for buffalo, planting corn, making clay pots and gathering food. At the end of the program, each class enjoyed a delicious feast while surrounding the tepee.

Within the classrooms, students completed a diverse number of learning activities. These included constructing model tepees and creating “all about” books on the Native Americans.

Teachers Sport Turkey Hats

Two teachers at Ward Melville High School and R.C. Murphy Junior High School had the honor of wearing colorful turkey hats the day before this year’s Thanksgiving break as a result of the buildings’ widely successful food drives.

Organized by the individual key clubs, students collected thousands of nonperishable food items for local pantries and placed their donations in boxes labeled with different teachers’ names. The teacher whose box received the least amount of items was named the “winner” and graciously donned the comical hat.

As a result of their effort, Murphy collected more than 450 food items for the Our Daily Bread food pantry in Saint James, and Rocco Vetro wore the hat. Ward Melville received 4,750 donations, which were given to several local pantries; Ronald Muscarella wore the turkey hat.

Ward Melville’s student government contributed to this year’s successful drive, and the building’s sunshine fund graciously donated gift cards for the receiving families.

A Thanksgiving Adventure


Battle of the Cans

Working according to grade level, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students and staff members teamed up to collect hundreds of nonperishable food items and combat local hunger.

The annual Battle of the Cans event challenged students to collect the most number of donations for the Town of Brookhaven’s food drive to benefit local families in need. More than 600 cans were collected, and by a narrow margin of 10 items, the ninth-grade class was named the winner.