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Ward Melville marching band debuts new uniforms

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The Ward Melville High School marching band was glowing with pride as the talented musicians debuted their new uniforms for the football game against Sachem High School on Sept. 13.  The uniforms were purchased with assistance from the Three Village Educational Foundation who donated $40,000 towards the replacements.  The annual fundraiser supporting Three Village students is going on now - for more information, go to www.3vef.org

Although Ward Melville lost the game 26-0, a very spirited crowd was on hand to witness the game. Even a steady rain throughout the second half could not dampen the spirits of those on hand.

Photos courtesy of Greg Catalano

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16 Ward Melville students named National Merit semifinalists

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The Three Village School District is proud to announce that 16 Ward Melville High School students have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program. These students are among the top 16,000 students throughout the nation who are being acknowledged for their exceptional academic achievement.

The total marks the most in Suffolk County and the second most on Long Island. All 16 students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“I am so proud of our semifinalists,” Ward Melville Principal Dr. Alan Baum said.  “Kudos to each of them for their hard work and dedication to their studies. They should rightfully feel proud of their achievement and recommendation. I know I am and I know they will accomplish great things as they continue on their educational journey.”

National Merit semifinalists have the opportunity to advance in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other rigorous requirements set by the scholarship program.

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these talented high school students,” Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich said. “Their hard work and dedication demonstrate a strong commitment to achievement. The entire school community celebrates their success.”

Three Village schools remember those lost on 9/11

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Schools throughout the Three Village Central School District paid tribute to the brave men and women who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 in different ways on the day’s 13th anniversary.

While teachers in classrooms districtwide discussed the tragic events surrounding that horrific day, Gelinas and Murphy junior high schools held ceremonies to allow students and staff members to pay their respects. Outside Ward Melville High School, Old Town Road was lined with American flags to show solidarity and pride.

At Gelinas, student Liv Halvorsen led the entire building in the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal William Bernhard and Assistant Principal Corinne Keane asked for a moment of silence to honor all those who were lost on that day. Members of the Gelinas Chamber Choir, along with eighth and ninth grade band members performed at the tribute.

“The majority of you weren’t born yet when this happened 13 years ago,” Murphy Principal Vincent Vizzo told his students. “You touch my heart with the way you act as a Murphy family.”

At Murphy, military personnel were on hand for the flag raising. There was also a piece of metal from the World Trade Center displayed inside the school for the day.

After introductory remarks from Vizzo, the Murphy chamber choir and chamber orchestra performed “America the Beautiful.” There was a moment of silence, and the bell rang four times. Assistant Principal Kevin Finnerty talked about 9/11’s impact.

“The events of that day forever changed the lives of millions of people,” Finnerty said. “We will always look back at Sept. 11, 2011 with sadness, but today, we gather to honor those heroes who lost their lives.”

Photos courtesy of the Three Village Central School District and Greg Catalano

New security measures come to Three Village

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Jack Blaum, the security and safety coordinator for the Three Village Central School District, made a presentation to the Board of Education on Sept. 3 to discuss new security protocols in the district.

The installation of surveillance cameras is complete, and there were already two cases at Arrowhead Elementary School where the new system helped identify those responsible. Blaum stressed a “team approach,” adding that if everyone works together, these situations can be quickly resolved.

There are also new security vestibules outside of each building. Staff members have color-coded identification cards that give them access, while visitors need to buzz in and show identification before being granted entry. New York State driver’s license readers create printed visitor badges for guests. There is also additional building coverage after school throughout the district. Two new people are now on patrol at each building from 2-10 p.m.

Also, the district now has direct contact with the Setauket Fire Department, which Blaum said saves considerable time in case of an emergency. Both the police and fire departments have access to the district’s surveillance cameras as well.

Blaum also discussed how all staff receives SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education) training and a tutorial in the new lockdown procedures. Any staff member can call 911 or initiate a lockdown in the event of an emergency.

Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich and board members commended Blaum for his diligence in making Three Village as safe as it could possibly be.

“People are paying attention,” Pedisich said. “We are way ahead of the curve, and we should be very proud of that.”

Gelinas welcomes new seventh-graders at breakfast

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Seventh-graders at Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School were welcomed to their new school with a new student breakfast on Sept. 8.

Hosted by the student government, along with members from the Gelinas guidance department, approximately 25 students gathered in the cafeteria for bagels, juice and icebreakers to get to know their classmates. New Gelinas Principal William S. Bernhard welcomed students and urged them to ask questions if they are unsure of their new surroundings.

“I am new here just like you,” Bernhard said. “My door is always open. We are here to make your Gelinas experience the best it can be.”

Minnesauke art students honored for excellence

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Art students from Minnesauke Elementary School in the Three Village Central School District have been selected for special recognition at the 2014 International Interdependence Hexagon Project Conference.

The project is a visual arts opportunity for young people ages 8-18 worldwide. It asks students to create art within the infinitely interlinking shape of a hexagon, a metaphor for interconnectedness. This is an opportunity for young people throughout the world to explore global themes, issues and ideas in school. The concept is that through critical thinking, research and taking a stand on one's beliefs and understandings, changes in attitudes, awareness and, subsequently, action can occur.

Minnesauke won top honors in three categories: Most Effective All Over Interpretation, Most Creative Expression and Most Relevant to Theme. The students were also given two honorable mentions. Their work was submitted to the competition by art teacher Christine Becker.

The students’ displays have been featured since Sept. 5 as part of the Interdependence Day Hexagon Project Exhibit in the Mall at Steamtown, located at 300 Lockwood Ave. in Scranton, PA. The talented Three Village students will also be honored at a recognition event on Sept. 15.

“We are very proud of our young artists and grateful to Ms. Becker for providing them with the opportunity to participate in this creative project,” Minnesauke Assistant Principal Linda Messina said. “Our Minnesauke students swept the competition on this and won all three top categories as well as the two honorable mentions.”

Ice Bucket Challenge at Minnesauke

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A new school year kicks off in Three Village

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Tuesday was a special day as the Three Village School District began the new school year in style.

Whether it was the first day for a new kindergartener at one of the elementary schools or for a senior in high school, students got to know their new teachers, peers and got acclimated to their new schedules.

The district wishes all students and staff the best of luck for the upcoming school year.

Arrowhead Elementary Slideshow

Minnesauke Elementary Slideshow

Nassakeag Elementary Slideshow

Setauket Elementary Slideshow

W.S. Mount Elementary Slideshow

P.J. Gelinas Junior High Slideshow

R.C. Murphy Junior High Slideshow

Ward Melville High Slideshow

Three Village School District welcomes new administrators

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The Three Village School District is proud to announce the names of those who will take new administrative posts for the 2014-15 school year.
    
“We are very excited to have another great year in the Three Village School District,” Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich said. “I’d like to congratulate all of the new administrators and wish them the best of luck in all they do.”

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School
New Principal – William S. Bernhard
New Assistant Principal – Corinne Keane
 
Ward Melville High School
New Assistant Principals – Erin Connolly; Christian Losee, Ed.D.
 
Setauket Elementary School
New Assistant to the Principal – Danielle Flaumenhaft
 
Arrowhead Elementary School
New Assistant to the Principal – Kristen White
 
Nassakeag Elementary School
New Assistant Principal – Kristin Rimmer
 
New Director of Social Studies K-12 – Paul Gold

Transitional Lead for Physical Education and Health at Murphy and Gelinas – John Rufa

Coordinating Chairperson for Art and Technology – Jen Trettner

Three Village staff attends superintendent’s annual workshop

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Faculty and staff of the Three Village School District convened at Ward Melville High School on Aug. 28 for the annual superintendent’s conference day.

After opening remarks and a welcome from Board of Education President William F. Connors Jr. and Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich, the keynote speaker Lee Cutler spoke to staff. He shared stories from his teaching days, and he stressed that educators need to show courage while working with today’s youth.    

“The way you show courage is to find the nontraditional way to get through to kids,” Cutler said. “My job is to teach others how to be empowered. That’s what you all do in the classroom”

When discussing his reasoning for becoming a teacher, Cutler said he wanted to “infiltrate the system and find a way to improve lives.”

“You all have the power to do that in Three Village,” he added.

Following Cutler’s remarks, Jack Blaum, the district’s security and safety coordinator, gave a presentation regarding Emergency Management and S.A.V.E. training. He also discussed the district’s new identification card system and went through various protocols. After the training, employees dispersed to their respective buildings in the district for faculty meetings.

“In each of us is the ability to inspire students to greatness and to make the impact that will carry hope and promise throughout their lives,” Superintendent Pedisich said. “I look forward to another banner year for us in Three Village.”

New seventh-graders welcomed to Three Village

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Incoming seventh-graders at P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high schools were given personalized tours of each building on Aug. 26 during seventh-grade orientation.

After a brief introduction from staff, students were assigned to a member of student government, who led them and their families through hallways to navigate key areas of the building. Students also compared schedules with classmates and got acclimated with their new lockers. School administrators and teachers were on hand to ease the minds of the new students and their families.

The district wishes the seventh-graders all the best for the upcoming school year and beyond.