Community Swim - Fall Registration, September 10, 2015

Fall registration for the Community Program will be held on September 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm for residents, 7:00 pm for non-residents.

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New Year Underway


Staff Returns for New Year


Teamwork, support and continued excellence were the underlying themes for this year’s superintendent’s conference days as Three Village teachers and staff officially began the 2015-16 school year.

The two-day program began with musical performances by the high school jazz band, directed by Jason Chapman, and Camerata, directed by Linda Contino, in the cafeteria and auditorium at Ward Melville High School. Board of Education President William F. Connors Jr., Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Pedisich, TVTA President Claudia Reinhart, TVSAA President Vincent Vizzo and PTA President Angelique Ragolia then warmly welcomed attendees.

“Our district has maintained a reputation for high achievement, and our schools have never been better than they are today,” said Mr. Connors with regard to recent accomplishments.

“Strength is not born by one, but comes through synergy,” Ms. Pedisich reminded the attendees. “Our students live in a world of challenge and global expectation; they will rely on us to help guide, teach, support, nurture and encourage them. I know you will rise to that challenge.”
The keynote speaker, Regent Roger Tilles, discussed the current educational reforms that the State Education Department and Board of Regents are discussing. He also shared insight into his vision for the future of items such as APPR and standardized testing. Additionally, Safety and Security Coordinator Jack Blaum conducted emergency management training and Executive Director of Instructional Technology Kerrin Welch-Pollera provided an update on the district’s instructional technology policy. 

The remainder of the program consisted of faculty meetings at the staff members’ respective buildings and afforded teachers the opportunity to ready their classrooms for the first day of school.

Welcoming New Professionals

Three Village welcomed 24 new educators to the new school year and provided them with an overview of the schools and district policies during a comprehensive orientation program.

Coordinated by district mentors Kristianna Martindale and Brenda Lamiroult, the program featured instruction on how to use the technological resources available in the district, the special education program, district practices and the mentoring program.

The new educators are as follows:

Tina Marie Catanese – social worker, Nassakeag
Tara DiBernardo – physical education, Arrowhead/Setauket
Jessica Ennis – guidance counselor, Murphy
Claudia Geoninatti – Spanish teacher, Murphy/WMHS
Brianna Gobetz – English, Gelinas
James Hein – music, Gelinas/Murphy
Jeanne Hill – music, Murphy/Minnesauke
Melissa Levenson – special education, Minnesauke
Brendan Meier – music, Murphy/Academy
Corinne Mulham – speech, Murphy
Chris Muscarella – physical education, Nassakeag
Michelle Muzzonigro – special education, Setauket
Catia Napolitano – reading, WMHS
Cynthia Porter – English, WMHS
Kim Preston – sign language teacher, WMHS/Academy
Laurie Raspler – ENL teacher, Arrowhead/Murphy
Dan Rieckhoff – technology
Theresa Ruggles – music, WMHS/Mount
Stacey Russo – ESL, WMHS
Harry Savage – special education, Setauket
Garrett Schnettler – math, Gelinas
Kristine Sheiffele –social worker, Gelinas
Mike Smit – math, WMHS
Jillian Visser – science, Murphy/WMHS

Preparing for September


In an effort to help incoming seventh- and 10th-grade students acclimate to their new schools, Ward Melville High School and R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas junior high schools held summer orientation programs in late August.

Ward Melville’s program began in the auditorium with a formal introduction, which included welcoming addresses from the administrative team and an overview of expectations by Dean of Students Jay Negus. Guidance Chair Linda Bergson spoke with the students about the guidance department, academic schedule and career planning. Nick Schroeder, the district’s interim executive director for health, physical education, recreation and athletics, and members of the student body also addressed the crowd before the soon-to-be sophomore class toured the building.

Members of each junior high school’s administration were on hand during their building’s programs to answer attendees’ questions. Volunteer upperclassmen aided their new peers with locating classrooms and opening lockers for the first time.

“I feel more comfortable about starting junior high after walking my schedule and testing out my locker today,” said incoming Gelinas seventh-grader Carson DiFede. “I am really looking forward to the freedom of changing classes,” added fellow Gelinas seventh-grader Ireland Arceri.


Changes to the School Immunization Requirements for the 2015-2016 School Year


A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words

Shortly before moving up to junior high, Minnesauke Elementary School sixth-graders had the chance to walk down memory lane and celebrate their developing artistic talents by reviewing a collection of self-portraits they created throughout their elementary years.

With the help of art teacher Christine Becker, the students marveled at how their skills have improved since first sketching themselves in kindergarten to this year’s most recent project.

Commending Achievements

The Board of Education honored and celebrated a myriad of accomplishments of both the district’s students and staff members at its June meeting.

W.S. Mount Elementary School second-grader Ryan Scriven was honored for his award-winning piece in this year’s New York State Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Ryan received third place in Suffolk County for the K-2 division. His poster followed the contest’s theme of making the school bus a bully free zone.

Secondary student-scientists from R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas junior high schools were honored for their successful competition seasons.

Murphy’s Science Bowl team was commended for their win at the Brookhaven National Laboratory/Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl contest. The team competed in the National Science Bowl Contest this spring.

Gelinas’ Science Olympiad team was also recognized for their 10th place finish at the National Science Olympiad Competition and for earning eight medals in the contest, including three first-place awards.

Gelinas eighth-grader Sahil Sangwan represented his school and district during this year’s National Spelling Bee in late May, making it to the third round.

The Board also thanked student representative George Zenzerovich for his year of service and presented the soon-to-be graduate with a scholarship for his continued education.

New Director Appointed

The Board of Education has appointed Nicholas Schroeder as the new interim executive director of health, physical education and athletics, effective July 1.

Mr. Schroeder joins the district with more than 45 years of educational experience. He began his career as a physical education teacher before climbing the administrative ladder. He served as the director of health, physical education and athletics for the Smithtown Central School District from 1987-2003 and has remained active in the field since, serving in an interim position for several school districts.

In addition to his administrative experience, Mr. Schroeder has coached various sports throughout his career, including high school football and basketball as well as college lacrosse. He was inducted into the Suffolk Sport Hall of Fame in 2014 and was named the New York State Athletic Administrators’ Director of the Year in 2003.
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