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Minnesauke’s Mural With Meaning

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As the result of a grade-level project, a colorful mural depicting sea life and a picturesque shoreline now covers a large tapestry in the sixth-grade hallway at Minnesauke Elementary School. 

“This year, for our annual sixth-grade art project I wanted to teach my students about the importance of conserving our natural water resources and the negative effect that plastic is having on our environment,” said art teacher Christine Sacco. “We researched and studied the Long Island Sound and the different habitats that make up the Sound and then each student created a composition using one of those habitats.” 

The students’ exquisite pieces focused on such things as a single animal, plants and landscapes containing many details of plants, animals, sunsets and dunes. Once the individual projects were complete, Ms. Sacco worked with the students to combine all 97 unique compositions into one collaborative mural. 

Each sixth-grade student added something from their original art work to create a “Long Island Sound Mural.” 

Skilled Students Earn High Honors

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Ward Melville High School students Thomas Carall and Eduardo Sofia recently competed in the SkillsUSA New York Area 6 competition and placed in the top three in their respective categories. Thomas placed second in audio production competition and Eduardo earned third place in the carpentry competition. 

Ride for Life Comes to Three Village

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Three Village Central School District’s secondary schools helped to support research and raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, by supporting this year’s Ride for Life. 

As the ride began its journey from eastern Long Island to the Brooklyn Bridge, they visited each of the district’s secondary school buildings to thank the students and staff for their unwavering support of this worthy cause.

At Ward Melville High School, the riders were met with cheers from students in clubs such as Key Club, S.A.L.T. and HOSA. Many students fashioned posters and signs of support for the riders. 

ALS Ride for Life is an annual event organized by founder Chris Pendergast. It brings ALS suffers, caregivers and supporters together on a trek via motorized wheelchairs from the east end of Long Island to the New York City area. 

Ward Melville Students Earn National Medals

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Ward Melville High School students Astghik Vardanyan and Janet Song earned national medals in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. 

Their work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1 percent were recognized at the national level. Students receiving top awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 7 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design and the Pratt institute’s Manhattan Gallery. 

Gelinas Science Olympiad Heads to Nationals

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s Science Olympiad team is bound for the national competition this May, after capturing first place during this year’s New York State Science Olympiad competition. 

Of the 39 competing regional champions, Gelinas took three first-place ribbons, six second-place ribbons and four third-place ribbons in the 26 individual events. 

“What a wonderful experience it was,” said head coach Chris Marotta. “The kids worked so well together, not only with their teammates but with the new friends from other teams which they met at the Science Olympiad. They all helped each other in the spirit of good sportsmanship. It was a beautiful experience, which I am certain that they will carry for their entire lives.”

R.C. Murphy Junior High School also competed in this year’s state contest and was ranked third – missing second place by only two points! 

Murphy Principal Names an Administrator of the Year

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As the result of his professionalism, dedication and commitment, R.C. Murphy Junior High School Principal Vincent Vizzo has been selected to receive the Junior High School Principal of the Year Award by the Council of Administrators and Supervisors. 

“As the principal of Murphy Junior High School, Mr. Vizzo has built and cultivated a school culture full of care, warmth, kindness, compassion, respect and, most importantly, unity,” said Kevin Finnerty, Ward Melville High School assistant principal, former assistant principal at Murphy and one of the individuals who helped present the award to Mr. Vizzo. “He is a leader who is supportive of others, empowers others to achieve common goals and is willing to unlock people’s potential to help them become better. He has worked relentlessly over the years to improve students’ needs academically, socially and emotionally.”

Each year, the Council of Administrators and Supervisors recognizes a number of highly skilled school administrators from Nassau and Suffolk counties with an Administrator of the Year award. The council represents over 1,400 administrators in 77 school districts across Long Island.  

Setauket Runners Club

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Setauket Elementary School students in grades K-6 worked to stay active and healthy by running hundreds of miles this school year as part of their participation in the building’s Runners Club.  

The club, an initiative organized by the New York Road Runners, was divided into a grade 3-6 group and a K-2 group. Upperclassmen from Setauket volunteered during the younger club’s meetings to help keep track of the progress each runner makes.

Students are able to earn rewards from the NYRR based on the number of miles they run. 

Lessons on Healthy Eating at Murphy

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As an extension of their class studies, R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grade Home and Careers classes attended an informative program on healthy eating and positive life choices.
The program, provided by Casey Clemens from the Ethical Choices Program, covered ways to prevent cardiovascular disease and obesity, as well as the link between unhealthy food choices and such things as cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. 

The school’s Home and Careers program is a 10-week course that all students take during their first year of junior high school

Ward Melville Senior Makes Waves With Neuroscience Research

Ward Melville Senior Makes Waves With Neuroscience Research photo
Ward Melville High School senior and member of the school’s InSTAR science research program Kathleen Esfahany has been nominated by the Long Island Science Congress to attend the New York State Science Congress at the University of Buffalo in June. 

Kathleen was selected for this honor based on her research work on the “Organization of Neural Population Code in Mouse Visual System.” Kathleen has dedicated much of her research to this field and was recently featured in a video created by the Allen Institute, a global leader in neuroscience research. 

She will be heading to Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall, where she plans to continue to study the field of science. 

Below is a link to the video:

Celebrating School Geography Bee Winners

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh- and eighth-grade students recently participated in the National Geography Bee as part of the buildings’ social studies program. 

All students participated in an initial round of testing and winners from each social studies class moved on to a schoolwide competition. As a result of their success at the building competitions, eighth-grader Michael Monez from Murphy and seventh-grader Aidan Visconti from Gelinas were named the champions. 

Combining Art and Technology at Minnesauke

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As a culminating activity to their study on Vincent Van Gogh, Minnesauke Elementary School kindergarten students created a Starry Night STEAM project inspired by the famous artist. 

The students learned facts about Van Gogh and his painting techniques as well as how circuits work and the technology behind creating a “touch board.” The students used their talents to create a painting based on the Van Gogh painting while teacher Christine Sacco used conductive paint and a series of circuits to make the piece interactive. 

When someone touched the stars or butterfly on the painting, they heard the students sharing facts, quotes or information about the project or a recording of Don Mclean’s song “Vincent.” 

Ward Melville Senior Honored for Volunteer Efforts

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Ward Melville High School senior Madeline Mastriano has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards competition – a nationwide competition honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Madeline was one of only eight New York State students selected for his distinction. 

Madeline has helped to raise $37,000 for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital over the past five years by running a lemonade stand with her brother. To date, the event has attracted more than 100 student volunteers and 25 business supporters to help with the cause. 

For being a Distinguished Finalist, Madeline was presented with an engraved bronze medallion.

According to organizers, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. The program, now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. 

Donating the Gift of Music

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To help bring a love of music to the youngest students in her local community, Ward Melville High School student Clara Rosenzweig recently facilitated the donation of a “Play Me, I’m Yours” piano to the Three Village Central School District’s pre-K program. 

Housed at Nassakeag Elementary School, the district’s program was a new addition for the 2017-18 school year and is attended by more than 100 students from the community. The new piano will allow for more opportunities for teachers to incorporate music into the curriculum.

To help personalize the instrument, which was donated to Clara from the Johnson family, each student in the program was invited to help paint the exterior of the piano using their handprints. The completed project was unveiled to the students during a special ceremony, which several local elected officials attended to present Clara with proclamations celebrating her efforts and thoughtfulness.
Clara’s efforts were part of her work toward obtaining the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor given by the organization. 

Arrowhead's Girls Wellness Club

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Ward Melville Yearbook Garners Top Awards

Ward Melville Yearbook Garners Top Awards photo
Ward Melville High School Invictus yearbook staff had the opportunity to attend the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association conference in San Francisco this April, where they were honored and presented with a number of accolades. 

Students competed in design, writing and photography competitions, and nine awards were earned by the following students:

Juliana Bonomo – Honorable Mention, Yearbook Layout, Theme Design
Faith Garcia – Honorable Mention, Newsmagazine Layout
Adriana Orduna – Honorable Mention, Yearbook Layout Pages Design
Ally Waring – Honorable Mention, Graphic Design, Infographic
Kayla Zorn – Honorable Mention, Yearbook Academics Copy and Caption Writing
Jake DePinto – Excellent in Literary Magazine Layout
Caitlin Lynch – Excellent in Yearbook Sports Copy and Caption Writing
Astghik (Astrid) Vartanyan – Excellent in Graphic Design, Logo
Ally Wertheim – Superior in Graphic Design, Advertising

Learning About the Food Industry

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Ward Melville High School’s Gourmet Foods class learned how to prepare butternut squash soup with caraway seeds when Chef Roland Iadanza visited the building.

Mr. Iadanza is an executive chef with more than 30 years of experience in all facets of fine dining, catering and restaurant operations. He is territory manager for RC Fine Foods in Suffolk County. From 2001 to 2013, Iadanza was executive chef/director of sales for Great Eastern Pasta Works and Pasta People in Lindenhurst, New York, and Babylon, New York. He has a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University. 

During his visit, students were able to garnish their own soups in small bread bowls by drizzling sour cream over them and swirling the drizzle with toothpicks. Students enjoyed the soup and discussed Chef Roland’s profession in the foodservice industry.  

Ward Melville DECA Member Named International Finalists

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As a result of their successes earlier this year, Ward Melville High School’s DECA members qualified to and recently competed at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, where Kelsey Ge was named an international finalist in the Restaurant and Food Service Management event. 

More than 20,000 DECA members from around the globe competed in business-related events this year.

Ward Melville Virtual Enterprise CEO Goes Global!

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Niki Friedwald, the CEO of the Virtual Enterprise International class at the Ward Melville High School, was accepted into a prestigious two-week summer program at Hult International School of Business in London. She was one of only 20 students selected from around the world who will participate in Hult’s Business Challenge with a real multinational firm.  

Her selection was based on the multitude of business classes she has taken at Ward Melville, her role as CEO in a Virtual Enterprise class, the real-world business experience that she has acquired since she was a young child in her father’s business, her own personal business ventures and her leadership potential.  

During this international program students will be immersed in an actual case challenge involving a multinational company such as Dove or Ford, which have been partners in the past. The first week is geared toward students gaining new knowledge through interactive workshops and lectures with Hult’s undergraduate professors on everything from global marketing to finance. The second week in London will enable Niki to further develop her leadership skills and put what she has learned into practice.
The attending students will be split into teams to collaborate on a fun and very competitive Pre-University Business Challenge. Niki and her team will be asked by a real multinational client to solve a pressing business issue, and the students will be given the framework and support needed to develop and pitch their own creative solution.

Remaining Mindful at Minnesauke

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Sixth-grade students in Patricia Woods’ class at Minnesauke Elementary School participated in a series of activities geared toward mindfulness training. 

Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to the present moment on purpose and with kindness. Overwhelming research is proving mindfulness practice is an effective method to reduce stress, anxiety and improve executive function and attention. 

With the assistance of parent volunteer and trained mindfulness educator Jessica Ciardullo, the students learned calming breathing techniques, how to stay in the moment, approach test taking more clear-headedly and many other mindful approaches to living. 

Additionally, the students created glitter bottles. When shaken, the bottles showed how minds clutter when one is stressed and when the glitter settled it represented how much clearer one’s thoughts are when allowed to slow down, breathe and recognize intrusive thoughts but not allow them to consume us.  

Mock Trial Team Wraps Up Season

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The Three Village Mock Trial Team wrapped up another successful courtroom competition season with its fourth consecutive trip to the Suffolk County Regional Final and a fourth straight undefeated regular season. 

Their success this year was also marked by being named the Suffolk County and Long Island Moot Court champions. Coaches Douglas Elliot and Joseph Prokop, along with the rest of the team, wished a fond farewell to our seniors Andi Sauer (president) and Michael Lu (vice president); the duo never lost in head-to-head competition in the regular season and have been excellent examples for those who have followed.

Iron Patriots Showcase Takes on Regional Stage

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The Ward Melville High School robotics team – the Iron Patriots –recently competed in the 2018 Lego FIRST Robotics competition. 

After three grueling days of battle, the Iron Patriots made it all the way to the final competition and emerged as second-place winners.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for a team that has only existed for two years,” Principal Dr. Alan Baum said. “Needless to say, we are extremely proud of all of our team members for an astounding season.”

New Spaces to Enjoy Rainy Days at Mount

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As the result of a multiyear service-learning project, W.S. Mount Elementary School proudly celebrated the grand opening of the building’s new game and indoor recess rooms this April.

Since 2013, the building’s Student Government has been working on a youth-led project to change the indoor recess environment at Mount School from the classroom to a more exciting environment. 

“Over the years, many students had a hand in creating, designing, fund-raising, budgeting, ordering, developing and redesigning for this initiative,” adviser Linda Figliozzi said. “To date, we have created three indoor recess rooms – one being a quiet recess room, the other a large game room and, along the way, our principal offered the mini gym as a third place for larger activities. Classes rotate during recess through these three rooms depending on the weather conditions.”

At the grand opening, current and returning students that were involved with this student-led initiative from Gelinas, Murphy and Ward Melville had the chance to tour the new spaces. 

This project came together through a partnership with Lift Up Long Island, an organization that supports the region through sustainability, providing skills and mentorship for youth in their social entrepreneurship ventures.

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Gelinas Students Have Lunch With a Scientist

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grade Earth science students had the chance to attend a series of talks this year with renowned professionals as part of an initiative called “Lunch with a Scientist.” 

During the most recent event, students met with Professor William Holt, a geophysicist from the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University, who reviewed his research in plate tectonics and the geoscience profession. 

Professor Holt’s research focuses on the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates and the resulting stresses and strains produced across the North American continent. His talk was focused around the origin and current state of the San Andreas Fault in California. This famous North American feature was formed as the continent moved westward over an ancient sea-floor ridge. His research team measures the motion of the planet with a high degree of accuracy using GPS (global positioning satellites). 

During his discussion, Professor Holt even made use of a toy slinky to help demonstrate the way that different seismic waves move through our planet. The discussion also highlighted the positive job forecasts for the geoscience profession over the next decade due to both retirements and job growth. Overall, the experience broadened the students’ understanding of Regents-level concepts through an examination of cutting-edge research performed at our local research university. 

The “Lunch with a Scientist” series of talks was started this year to bring local experts into schools to discuss their field of work in STEM-based fields. 

Gardening Club Beautifies Grounds

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Arrowhead Elementary School Garden Club members helped to beautify their school grounds by planting pansies and colorful pinwheels in planters. 

The planters were provided by the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Committee last spring and the 52-member club helps to maintain them throughout the year. In the fall they planted mums in the planters, which are located at the school’s main and security entrances. 

2018-2019 SACC Open Enrollment

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Artistic Service Projects

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Students Perform at Mets Game

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The All District Chorus performed the National Anthem at a recent New York Mets game. Below are some photos from the event and a link to hear the beautiful performance.

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Juniors Named ExploraVision Regional Finalists

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Ward Melville High School juniors Kian Abbott, Jeffrey Casey, Darren Tung and Abhinav Yadav were selected as one of six regional finalists in the Toshiba ExploraVision competition for their project, “Polychiral Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Solar Cells.” These students were honored for their successes during a recent in-school presentation, where they learned they will go on to compete for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 U.S. savings bond. 

The students’ project creates efficient solar cells made from multiwalled carbon nanotubes with varying chiralities. Carbon nanotubes exhibit the photoelectric effect, so they can be used to create a solar cell. When carbon nanotubes are produced they have differing structures, which is referred to as chirality. The different chiralities absorb different wavelengths of light. The multiwalled carbon nanotubes used would have chiralities specifically tuned to absorb the different wavelengths of sunlight, resulting in a highly efficient solar cell.

As regional winners, each student was presented with a commemorative plaque and large external hard drive. 

Minnesauke Unplugs to Connect

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Minnesauke Elementary School students and staff are taking part in an unplugged challenge this April – an initiative designed to reduce digital media usage and increase time connecting with themselves, family and friends.

The weeklong program – which was based on a national movement – focused on teaching students about alternative activities to promote health lifestyles. Activities were designed by a building-level committee and were introduced during students’ health, library and physical education lessons. Additionally, students took part in a seven-day art challenge, were invited to an evening event at a local Sky Zone trampoline park and were encouraged to create a family contract setting acceptable parameters for digital usage. 

“I feel that there is a real need to address the topic of the overuse of digital media by children, especially as many are spending more and more time plugged in and less time connecting with people and experiencing the world around them in a healthy way,” said physical education teacher and initiative coordinator Danielle Cumings. “The committee worked hard to provide meaningful lessons and activities to increase awareness of this topic and to encourage families to become involved and take action by setting parameters for acceptable digital usage.”

Teachers and staff members helped to promote the initiative by signing posters explaining how they like to unplug. The completed posters were displayed throughout the building.

Honoring Achievements and Scholars

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During the mid-April Board of Education meeting, the district honored and celebrated several students’ successes. Below is a brief overview of those who were honored.

Nassakeag Elementary School third-grader and master chess player Kevin Duong was commended for being named a 2018 New York State Scholastic chess co-champion. Kevin will now compete in the 2018 Pan America Youth Chess championship this July in Santiago, Chile, with all his expenses paid. 

Seven Ward Melville High School seniors were commended for being named National Merit Scholarship finalists, an honor bestowed based upon a student’s PSAT scores and a comprehensive application process. 

Seniors Emily Huang and Michael Lu were celebrated for being named 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search semifinalists. The students entered this competition based on their independent and cutting-edge research projects.

To end the evening, the members of the Ward Melville High School boys swimming and diving team were honored for earning team and individual state championships, being named county and league runners-up as well as capturing several new school records this past season.  


All District Chorus Performs at Mets Game

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WMHS Students Work to Raise Funds

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Ward Melville High School juniors Jillian Bove and Ally Szema spearheaded a fun-filled badminton tournament this March that helped to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  

The event was sponsored by the school’s HOSA club in Jillian and Ally’s name, with all donations to the tournament benefiting their team, 3vforacure. Also in attendance was special guest Brandon Bloom, who attends Arrowhead and is a cancer survivor. Brandon and his family welcomed all 21 teams to the event in the opening remarks.   

The team and HOSA are hard at work raising awareness for all blood cancers, hoping to raise $50,000 in seven short weeks as part of the Students of the Year initiative. Students throughout the nation are nominated to participate in a fundraising competition to benefit the society’s mission, and the team that raises the most money by the awards celebration on April 26 will be named Students of the Year.  

There is still time to donate before the late April deadline. For more information or to help the cause, please visit

Important Changes in New York State Law Regarding Medical Examinations


As of July 1, 2018, New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time and when entering Pre-K or K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th , and 11th grades. These examinations must be completed on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School for the health exam.

Please see a copy of the entire letter here.

National Writing Honors

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Three R.C. Murphy Junior High School students – Shahzadi Adeena, Alana John and Claire Yang – have earned national recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Shahzadi earned a gold medal for her “A Spectrum of Blue” poem, Alana earned a silver medal for her “Words of the Refuse” poem and Claire earned a silver medal for her flash fiction piece, “Peach.” 

These students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. Of the 350,000 pieces of writing and art submitted, only 3,259 won national medals, which represent the top 1 percent of the work submitted.
As a gold medalist, Shahzadi, her parents and Murphy English Chairperson Catherine Duffy will travel to Carnegie Hall on June 7, where she will receive her gold medal at a national ceremony. Marc Brown, alum and author of the “Arthur” series, will be the keynote speaker.

Murphy Student Wins Local Book Contest

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-grade student Rebecca Blumenthal has been named the first-place winner in her division for Emma S. Clark Memorial Library’s annual Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest for her book, “Racing Star.”  

Rebecca’s book will be bound and become part of the children’s library’s permanent collection. She will also be presented with a $400 scholarship.  

Musicals Take the Stage

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P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high schools’ student-actors enthralled audiences this March with their musical productions of “Kiss Me Kate” and “Beauty and the Beast,” respectively.

Hundreds of students from each school were involved in the productions after months of rehearsals under the direction of Sean Jordan and Brianna Gobetz (Gelinas) and Anthony Pollera (Murphy). In addition to the audiences that packed the schools’ auditoriums during the regular shows, each school showcased this year’s musical during free daytime performances for the district’s sixth-graders and senior citizen community.

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JHS Science Teams Head to State Competition

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P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high schools’ Science Olympiad teams recently dominated the competition during this year’s Eastern Regional tournament, as the two Three Village schools had teams ranked second and first, respectively.

Murphy’s A team won nine first-place medals, five second-place medals and four third-place medals. Its lowest place was third in all of the events that it competed in. Gelinas’ A team won eight first-place medals, three second-place medals and four third-place medals. Both of the schools’ B teams finished in the top five, with the Gelinas B placing fourth and winning 14 medals, and the Murphy B finishing fifth and winning 13 medals. The Murphy C team placed 17th, winning four medals, and the Gelinas C team placed 14th, winning four medals.‬

The schools will be represented by one team each at the New York State Science Olympiad competition, which will be held on April 13-14.

A Winning Penny for Your Thoughts

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Arrowhead Elementary School students sifted through dozens of pennies over the past two months in search of the oldest penny in the community – a challenge that was sparked by the local Gold Coast Bank branch. 

The contest winner was Charlotte Plagainos, a kindergartener who found a penny from 1802. The runner up was James-Henry Parkinson, a fourth-grader whose penny was dated 1847. For their participation in the contest, Charlotte was awarded a $100 prize, James-Henry was presented with a $50 prize and the school’s PTA was the recipient of a $500 prize. 

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New Team in Town

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This spring season brings a new team to the Ward Melville High School athletic roster – the first-ever Patriots girls and boys badminton team! 

Expanding upon past offerings and traditions, this team is ready to represent their school well as they compete this season under the leadership of coaches Charlie Fernandes and Shannon Sioss. Good luck to these new Patriots! 

Learning From Broadway Experts

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As an extension of their classroom lessons, 90 members of the P.J. Gelinas Junior High School chorus, band and orchestra embarked on a journey to New York City to attend a Broadway master class with Joel Hatch (lead performer in “Come From Away”) and Jeff Theiss (assistant musical director for the current Broadway production of “The Band Visit”).  

During the workshop, the students were fully engaged in a question-and-answer session with two prominent members of the Broadway community. Many aspects of theater were discussed from the perspective of a performer and a pit orchestra member. 

Following the workshop, the students had lunch at Hard Rock Cafe and attended a performance of “Come From Away” on Broadway.  

Experiencing New Technologies

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Three Village Central School District STEM teachers, fourth-grade teacher Abby O’Leary, second-grade teacher Eileen Cole and their students were recently introduced to augmented reality through a visit with the 3D Bear Company.

Augmented reality allows viewers to layer computer-generated enhancements on top of existing reality. The students were able to use their own creativity to make their learning more meaningful when given the chance to create, interact and design what they learned on iPads. In order to create in augmented reality, students were involved in research, brainstorming and design, and then had a chance to present their creations. Mrs. O’Leary’s fourth-graders recreated scenes from a book they read in class, “The Tiger Rising,” by Kate DiCamillo. Mrs. Cole’s class conducted research related to dinosaurs and created scenes that showed what they learned, including a particular dinosaur’s habitat, diet and other interesting facts. 

The lesson also included a brief introduction to 3D printing, as often the designs created in augmented reality are later “brought to life” on a 3D printer. 

Technology Transports Learning

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Nassakeag Elementary School fourth-grade students recently traveled back in time to learn about their local history through a program sponsored by Teachers Federal Credit Union in collaboration with The Ward Melville Heritage Organization.

Using distance learning technology, the students were transported to the WMHO’s Brewster House, c. 1665, to experience a reader’s theater performance about the Culper spy ring, “Windows Through Time: Journals of American Revolutionary War Spies,” guided by WMHO’s educators.

Measuring up Mathematical Treats

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Fourth-grade students in Kathryn Comiskey’s class at Nassakeag Elementary School recently sifted, stirred and measured baking ingredients while deploying their understanding of measurements and fractions to create loaves of Irish soda bread for the St. James Soup Kitchen.

Working in small groups, the students first created the batter using traditional measuring tools before solving how to make the same recipe using equivalent fractions when the proper tools are removed. The lesson not only reinforced the grade level’s math curriculum but also ties into the school’s character education program as it encourages students to be positive role models in the community.  

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