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Minnesauke Teacher Pens Article, Shares Professional Creativity

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Minnesauke Elementary School art teacher Christine Sacco’s passion for inspiring students’ creativity extends beyond the walls of the classroom and is serving as inspiration for her colleagues nationwide, thanks to an article she penned for the February issue of SchoolArts Magazine. 

The article focuses on Ms. Sacco’s creative “Chopped Art” project that she introduced last school year. Inspired by the hit television show “Chopped,” the project is competitive and calls for students to create a piece of art based on a central theme using only the materials in a given concealed box.
  
The publication is a national magazine for teaching professionals to share best practices, inspire colleagues and provide an outlet for creative expression.
 
An electronic copy of Ms. Sacco’s article can be viewed on page 11 here: http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/921311-february-2018 
 

Ward Melville HS Science Olympiad Earns Bid to States

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Ward Melville High School Science Olympiad team recently captured first place at the Long Island Regional Science Olympiad Tournament and has now qualified to compete in the New York State Science Olympiad Tournament in March. 

During the regional contest, held at Ward Melville High School, over 700 students from throughout the area showcased their scientific knowledge in a series of events. These included such topics as astronomy, chemistry, and rocks and minerals, among many others. 

“Science Olympiad is a great opportunity for students to collaboratively work together to brainstorm, problem solve, and construct things to achieve a defined goal,” said Principal Dr. Alan Baum. “I am thrilled that we are fortunate to have a thriving Science Olympiad program at Ward Melville. It is so rewarding for me to see our students in action.”

Ward Melville’s team is advised by teachers Jenny Serigano and Mark Suesser.



Honoring All-State Musicians

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During its early February Board of Education meeting, the Three Village Central School District commended the Ward Melville High School student-musicians who were selected to perform at this year’s All-State Music Festival. Each student was presented with a certificate of recognition and received praise from all in attendance. 
 
 

Calendar Adjustment Due to Snow Days

Upon a recent review of the printed calendar, the district discovered a discrepancy in the language with regard to the use of emergency snow days – specifically, between the notice found on page 30 and the note listed on March 28. The language that appears on March 28 is correct: school will be open that day if more than three emergency school closings occur. The language on page 30 is inaccurate, as it states that school will be open on March 28 if three (or more) emergency school closings occur. 
 
To further clarify this, please take note of the following:
 
Because the district has enacted three emergency school closings to date, school will now be in session on May 25 and May 29.
 
Should a fourth weather-related/emergency closing be needed, school will be in session on March 28. If a fourth closing is not needed, schools will remain closed on this date.
 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Olympics Kick Off at Mount

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On the brink of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, W.S. Mount Elementary fifth- and sixth-graders teamed up to compete in their own games and go head to head to complete eight different STEM-based learning challenges.

During the school’s first STEM Olympics, students participated in several activities including designing and building load-bearing towers to suspend containers using a limited number of materials; creating foil boats to hold the greatest number of bears without sinking; and constructing a skier out of aluminum foil with Popsicle skis in order to “ski” down a mountain the fastest. 

Additionally, they made pom-pom blasters to launch pom-poms a distance of at least 2 feet, constructed ramp systems to launch a marble skier the fastest, build towers measuring at least 24 inches tall using only 100 index cards and 12 inches of tape, programmed miniature robots, and formed origami frogs using different types and sizes of paper and tested to see which jumps the furthest.

The games concluded with a closing ceremony, during which the top three teams with the highest success rate in each given event were honored.



A Soup-er Challenge Is a Win for All

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W.S. Mount and Minnesauke elementary school students teamed up this February to participate in a Super Bowl-themed community service project – a canned soup drive to help children in need.  

Guided by the collective desire to help those in need, the two schools engaged in a friendly competition to see which building could collect the most number of donations. After the weeklong drive, the schools collected 2,137 cans for Blessings in a Backpack – a national organization that donates meals for students who would have otherwise gone hungry to enjoy on the weekend. 

While W.S. Mount collected the higher number of cans for the contest, both schools agreed that the real winner were the students that would benefit from the collective generosity. 


Important Information About the Flu

At the request of the Suffolk County Executive and the Commissioner of Health, the Three Village Central School District is sharing the following important information with residents. Please see below and attached regarding the flu.

As a result of Governor Cuomo’s initiative in response to declare this issue a public health emergency, Suffolk County is able to provide increased access of flu vaccines to residents. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services will be providing flu shots to all residents age four and over on:
 
Tomorrow, February 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Suffolk County Department of Health Services located at 3500 Sunrise Highway in Great River. Click link for directions.
 
The Department will be offering flu shots to all residents six month and older on:
 
Tuesday, February 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverhead Library located at 330 Court Street in Riverhead. Enter on Osborne Ave.
 
Thursday, February 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building Plaza located at 100 Veterans Memorial Building in Hauppauge.
 
Residents are asked to call 631-787-2200 Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in advance to set up an appointment for their shot.  Also, residents are reminded that flu shots are available to those who are age two and older at local pharmacies and for everyone age six months and older at pediatricians’ and healthcare providers’ offices. To find out where you can get a flu vaccine near you visit: Flu Vaccine Finder (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm)

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Teaming Up for World Read Aloud Day

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Nassakeag Elementary School fourth-grade students from Ashley Donato’s class helped to share their enthusiasm for literacy with the pre-kindergarten students in Caroline Costanza’s class this February. 

In honor of World Read Aloud Day, the older students read some of their favorite stories to their younger buddies and collectively enjoyed an enriched literacy experience. 



Ward Melville’s Winning Writer

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Ward Melville High School student Faima Quadir was named a second-place winner in Hofstra University’s Celebration of Suburban Diversity essay contest.
 
The content, creativity and organization of Faima’s essay demonstrated her knowledge and keen interpretation of diversity issues facing Long Island for future generations. In addition to her monetary prize, Faima attended a Celebration of Suburban Diversity Banquet at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

Runners Named Long Island Champions

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Ward Melville High School seniors Allyson Gaedje, Samantha Rutt, and Samantha Sturgess, and sophomore Elizabeth Radke were named Long Island champions during this year’s Millrose Winter Games at the Armory Track. 

During the early February event, the students ran the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:57.84. With this remarkable time, the group’s best time to date, they now hold the third-quickest time in New York. 

The students qualified for the competition, the longest-running indoor track and field competition in the world, during a trial event on Jan. 10. 

Creating Winter Memories

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Arrowhead Elementary School students in Renee Rust’s class have been exploring winter themes throughout the month of January, discussing such things as snow and how to dress for the winter.

As part of this lesson, the students worked collaboratively to construct a beautiful snowman for the school’s main lobby using a plethora of recycled and reused materials.

From using different-sized balloons to make the head, belly and bottom of the snowman to using paper towels, glue and water to make the papier-mâché mixture, the students’ creation quickly took shape. Once constructed, the class painted the snowman and added different embellishments to complete the display, including using coffee filters to create snowflakes and bedazzled buttons for eyes, and added a hat.

The students further studied the topic by reading several stories, including “How’s the Weather?” “I Love Snow!” and “The Mitten.”

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Tasting New Books at RCM

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grade students in Michelle Hanczor’s honors English classes had the chance to sample a few classic stories during a “Book Tasting” initiative in the school’s library.

During their class time, the students had several minutes to preview five different books and complete a “tasting menu” with their initial reactions of the piece. The stories they previewed included Celia Rees’ “Witch Child,” John Steinbeck’s “The Red Pony,” Cameron Stracher’s “Water Wars,” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and Paul Zindel’s “The Pigman.” In the menus, the students shared what they thought of the book and how the author worked to hook readers from the start before giving the piece a ranking from 1 to 5. 

In the coming weeks, Ms. Hanczor will be creating literature circles based on the students’ expressed interest in the previewed books, and those groups will work on an interdisciplinary project to create a book trailer for their chosen story. 

Murphy’s Wellness Series

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s PBIS committee once again created a winter wellness series for teachers to provide valuable tools on stress relief, exercise and overall well-being. The activities were offered by mostly outside professionals during the teachers’ lunch periods and included such concepts as the practice of essential oils, guided meditation and re-energizing workouts.

This is the second year the committee has created this initiative. It is the goal that teachers will utilize the skills and techniques learned not only in their personal lives but also share them, as appropriate, with their classes. 





2nd Quarter Report Cards Are Now Viewable in the Portal for Students in Grades 7-12

Please see the Campus Portal for 2nd Quarter (First Semester) Report Cards for Grades 7-12.

Spring Community Swim Program - February 12, 2018 Registration

Spring Community Swim Information - Online registration begins February 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

 

Dancing at Mount

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Man’s Best Friend Pays a Visit

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Ward Melville High School students and staff had the chance to learn about the work of therapy dogs during a recent visit from representatives at Love on a Leash. 

Dozens of friendly pups visited the school during this January’s midterm exam week to help provide de-stressing opportunities during an often-busy time period at the school. Students and staff were able to visit with the dogs during free time over the course of two days. 

The dogs, which are part of the Long Island Canine Class, work to provide pet-assisted therapy for local facilities and organizations.  

Culinary Demonstration Leads to Collegiate Overview

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Ward Melville High School students enrolled in the gourmet foods course had the chance to learn about the offerings at Johnson & Wales University during a recent in-school workshop with Chef Jacob Rosen, a current student at the university. 

During the workshop, the chef discussed what the college can offer and also demonstrated some of the culinary skills that can be learned while attending. With four different campuses to choose from and majors that range from hospitality management to fashion and criminal justice, there are many opportunities at the university. Chef Rosen made a delicious pickle egg roll with a sriracha aioli and discussed how to produce an emulsion as well as tips for frying. 
 
 

Spreading a Love of Robotics

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To help share their enthusiasm for the topic, seven members of Ward Melville High School’s robotics team, the Iron Patriots, recently held its first two-hour Introduction to Programming class for elementary through high school students at the Emma S. Clark Library. 

The evening started with the students operating the VEX robots using remote controls, trying to navigate a simple course. Once this was mastered, the next task was to use the arm/claw mechanism to pick up and deliver various foam blocks to different points on the game table. At this point the remote controls were taken away and the goal was to repeat the course in autonomous mode. 

Autonomous operation requires that code be written using a variation of C++ that would enable the robot to travel the distance of the track in a sequence of “basketball drills,” crossing one line then traveling back to the start, turn around, then travel to a line further down the table. Students were given instructions on how to write code and then the code was downloaded onto the robots and tested. After each section of code was proven to work correctly additional code was added until the course was completed.  

The evening was a tremendous success, as all the students had a great time learning and sharing their enthusiasm for robotics. The Iron Patriots are building its 2018 robot and are eagerly awaiting the completion in April. 




Creative Messages Against Bullying

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W.S. Mount Elementary School third-grade student Molly Singer has been named an Honorable Mention honoree in the 2017 Safe Fleet United Against Bullying Grant contest. 

As part of the contest, Molly created a colorful poster showcasing her support for anti-bullying initiatives at her school, in the community and beyond. For her colorful and creative piece, Molly was awarded a $100 grant to be used for initiatives at her school. 

A Night of Family Fun at Minnesauke

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Minnesauke Elementary School students and staff gathered together this winter for an enjoyable Family Fun Night organized by the Physical Education Department, with the assistance of student, parent and teacher volunteers.

During the event, attendees took part in carnival games and activities in the gym and cafeteria, including face painting, dancing and eating light snacks.  

More than $1,474 was raised during the event, which will be used to support Minnesauke families in need. This is the fourth year this event has taken place.




Mount Students Experience History

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As part of their study on the first Americans, fourth-grade students at W.S. Mount Elementary School had an opportunity to learn about Native Americans during a hands-on workshop called Journey Into Native American Territory.

The program brought the history and lives of the Eastern Woodlands people into the classroom through visual presentations and group activities. 

Throughout the two-day program, students were able to travel through a museum of artifacts and learn how to play traditional games that encouraged teamwork and honed survival skills. Additionally, students learned about Native American government and created clay duck decoys using traditional techniques and materials. Throughout the museum tour, the students took an up-close look at animal pelts, musical instruments, traditional clothing, athletic equipment and hunting tools. 


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Student Historians Win Big

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W.S. Mount Elementary School students showcased their knowledge of historical information when they took part in the written stage of the National History Bee this winter. 
 
As a result of their performance, 17 students advanced to compete in the next level of the competition – the online contest – for the chance to compete at the regional level in March. Mount students have advanced to the regional level for the past two years. 

Congratulations to Rachel Rose, Erinn Luo and Brady Reyling for earning first and (tied) second place in the school competition, respectively. 



Knitting Unites Volunteers

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Community Connections Club recently lent their knitting skills to a worthy cause and created 470 caps for the neonatal unit at Stony Brook University Hospital. 

The after-school club, which is advised by teachers Ginger Ferraro and Emma Domino, established this project with the hospital three years ago as a way to give back to the local community. Each year, the club members have created and donated at least 300 caps for the cause.

This year’s donation was made extra special thanks to a donation from club member Caitlyn Calise and her grandma, who made more than 200 caps on their own. 

School Spelling Champs Advance

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Three Village Central School District students showcased their linguistic skills this winter during a series of school spelling bee competitions and, as a result of their performances, four have advanced to the Long Island Spelling Bee. 

R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth-grader Alana John was declared the winner at Murphy after correctly spelling the word “iridology.” P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grader Ryan Himmelsbach captured his fourth straight win with the word “slumgullion.” W.S. Mount Elementary School fourth-grader Ryan Karp captured his first win with the word “mandible.” Setauket Elementary School fifth-grader Ava Himmelsbach captured her second win with the word “stasis.”
 
These four will now represent their schools and the district at the Long Island Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 4.

From Students to Journalists

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Minnesauke Elementary School sixth-graders in Brian Harvey’s class are stepping into the world of journalism and learning to become authentic reporters as part of a Kidsday initiative with Newsday. 

As part of the feature, the class is developing two book reviews, a toy review and five different surveys. In addition, four students were selected to travel into New York City to interview actor Jace Norman, star of the Nick show “Henry Danger.” 

Once completed, the students’ piece will appear in the feature section of Newsday. Currently, their work is slated for inclusion in the issues due out the week of April 1. 

Spring 2018 Continuing Education Brochure Now Available

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**Important Update Regarding Over the Counter Medications in School**

Please read this school letter regarding important information policies surrounding over the counter medications in school.

WMHS Dominates at DECA Competition

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Ward Melville High School’s DECA team earned high honors during this year’s regional competition, with 32 out of 32 members qualifying for the upcoming New York State competition. 

During the event, held at Suffolk County Community College Ammerman Campus, team members competed in a series of business events, showcasing their knowledge of such subjects as human resource management, financial services and business law. 

The Three Village Central School District congratulates the following honorees and wishes them luck when they compete in Rochester this March.

First-Place Winners:
Julia Hu and Sophie Ferguson - Entrepreneurship Team
Jay Sangwan and Kathryn Zhao - Financial Services Team
Leah Sugrue - Entrepreneurship
Jocelyn Su - Food Marketing
Jessica Guo - Human Resources Management

Second-Place Winners:
Julia Match and Erica Lin - Business Law and Ethics Team
Jenna Fu - Apparel and Accessories Marketing
Ari Solomon - Business Services Marketing
Elizabeth Wang - Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Ashley Zhang - Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Nathan Zou - Principles of Marketing

Third-Place Winners:
Eileen Whelan and Anna Ma - Hospitality Services Team
Priya Mukhi - Hotel and Lodging Management
Jonathan Huang - Principles of Finance

Fourth-Place Winners:
Dara Berman and Katie Zhao - Marketing Management Team
Suraj Singh - Automotive Services Marketing
Kelsey Ge - Restaurant and Food Service Management

Fifth-Place Winners:
Jade Eggleston - Retail Merchandising



Students Named ‘People of the Year’

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Three Village Central School District students Maddie and Joseph Mastriano have been named “People of the Year” in the Times Beacon Record’s 2017 annual edition.
 
The brother and sister team are the founders of the Three Village Kids Lemonade Stand, which has raised more than $36,000 for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. 

Here’s what the pair had to say about why they choose service to the community and how they felt about receiving this award: 

Maddie: “I think it is very important to give back to the community, especially to different places like the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. By giving to places like this, it helps give children the opportunity to one day have a better quality of life. When we can give back together, we can achieve greater things as a community. Knowing that this lemonade stand is something we all did together is something I am very proud of. We all worked together to raise awareness and to achieve a goal. Together we let the patients at the SBCH know that we are thinking of them, and will do what we can right here to help raise money for the Child Life Services program, [which] makes their time at the hospital a little easier. I honestly was quite shocked being named ‘People of the Year’ with my brother. I didn’t do any of this for attention in any way, shape or form. I did the lemonade stand and will continue to organize this every year because it is the right thing to do. Hitting the goal of $20,000 is all I ever hoped for out of this, to possibly better a child’s life in the future.”

Joseph: “Giving back to the community is something I feel very strongly about. I think it is important to realize and remember how lucky we are in certain life situations. I am lucky to have my health, and I know that there are many children who are fighting every day. I think by me giving a little bit of my summer to let the children at the hospital know we are thinking of them is the least I can do. The lemonade stand is a great way for all of us students in Three Village to do our part to help. It’s pretty amazing how kids together selling lemonade have been able to make such an important impact. Being named ‘People of the Year’ was a really unexpected honor. We did the lemonade stand to bring attention to and raise money for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, not to receive credit. I think all of the volunteers and our sponsors equally should share this honor with us; without the help of everyone together, none of this would have been possible.”

The district congratulates Maddie and Joseph on this well-deserved honor! Below is the full feature from the paper. 
 
 

Teacher Pens Children’s Story

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As a special tribute to her grandmother and the bond shared among her family, Ward Melville High School special education teacher Virginia McCaffrey has authored and published the first in what she hopes to be a series of children’s books.

The book, “Chased by a Bear,” was inspired by the stories her grandmother would tell during family sleepovers.

“The nights always seemed to end with all five of us [my brother, cousins and I] huddled in the guest bedroom listening to my grandmother’s bedtime stories,” Ms. McCaffrey said. “As adults, we’ve all agreed that it felt like every story involved a bear chasing us in the woods. At the beginning, the intention was to just write a bedtime story involving her, never really considering that it could be a published book!”
 
The book, which is available for purchase on Amazon, is the first in what Ms. McCaffrey hopes will be a series of “Nancy Bedtime Stories.” She did not share her dream with her family until this first book was published and she had presented a copy to her relatives, including her grandfather, as a gift.  

“To say they were excited and shocked is an understatement,” she said. “The whole family enjoyed reading it, and of course, everyone has their opinions of what should happen in upcoming books!”  

Students Partner with BNL

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As a result of their research proposals, four R.C. Murphy Junior High School students were selected for the Partners in Science Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory, sponsored by the Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Library System and the library at Brookhaven Lab. The selected students included Brooke Diamond, Neil Mehta, Akshay Malhotra and Kaitlyn Tung.

The program’s purpose is to “encourage scholarship in science and mathematics though the use of reference and research materials not readily available in school or public library collections. It is anticipated that the Brookhaven National Laboratory environment will display career choices in research and development for students.”

During the program, the students toured the National Synchrotron Light Source research building, engaged in conversations with Brookhaven Lab scientists and attended a workshop on how to access library resources using the Brookhaven Lab website.

Alumni Return and Share Advice

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Ward Melville High School upperclassman had the chance to learn about the college experience of recent alumni during an annual event coordinated by the school’s guidance department.

Alumni Day brought back dozens of recent graduates, who are currently attending such institutions of higher education as Princeton, University at Buffalo, University of Hawaii and University of Maine. During the event, the alumni participated in panel discussions and visited individual classrooms, sharing information about their chosen school and experiences, either living away from home or commuting to college. They discussed how they selected their school, the roommate experience, how to balance coursework and a social life and what activities they take part in at school. 

“My perspective on how well Ward Melville prepared me for the college experience continued to grow since graduating,” said Dylan Weber, a senior at Binghamton University and future law school student. “One of the best pieces of advice I could give to the current classes is to not only think about the program the school has to offer, but the financial aspect of attending.” 




Donating to Bring Smiles

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Minnesauke Elementary School students teamed up with R.C. Murphy Junior High School students to make this past holiday season a happy one for those serviced through the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch by coordinating a toy drive at the schools. 

During the stuff-a-bus fundraiser, the Minnesauke fifth- and sixth-grade student council members helped to collect new toys from their peers and school faculty members. The collected items were donated to the center just in time for the December holidays. 
 
 

Two Seniors Named Scholars

Two Seniors Named Scholars
Ward Melville High School seniors Emily Huang and Michael Lu have been named Scholars in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search. Each year, 300 Regeneron STS scholars and their schools are recognized. From that select pool of scholars, 40 student finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000.
 
Please check back soon for updates on the students’  original research projects. 

Volleyball Tournament

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Ward Melville High School juniors and seniors had the chance to showcase their newly acquired volleyball skills during the building’s annual volleyball tournament this winter.

The event, which came as a conclusion to the students’ five-week volleyball unit in physical education classes, focused on improving students’ skill and fitness levels, and build school spirit, comradery, teamwork, leadership and cooperation.   

The event was refereed by teachers Jeffrey Heck and Enrico Chacon, while Ronald Muscarella served as the MC for the game. Students from the stands participated in the spike-and-serve competition. 
 
As a special touch, two Ward Melville graduates, Anthony Kay and Ben Brown, handed out signed baseballs during the event.
 

Guest Speaker Shares Historical Insight

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School honors-level eighth-grade Earth Science classes recently had the chance to attend a workshop and discover several interesting facts about extraordinary fossils. 

During the event, Dr. Isaiah Nengo, a paleontologist working at Stony Brook University through the Turkana Basin Institute, shared an exciting discovery he and his team made in Kenya. Beginning with a general explanation of science and paleontology, the story he narrated took the audience through the natural history of the Lake Turkana region and the conditions that led to the evolution of humans. 

The students had an opportunity to hold and examine a detailed replica of the incredibly intact fossil skull, determined by the team to be approximately 13 million years old. The skull provides a very important piece of the evolutionary puzzle leading to modern humans. The young ape was from a time that is not well represented with good hominid fossil specimens.

Dr. Nengo donated a 3-D-printed copy of the fossil skull, which the team named Alesi from a Turkana word meaning “ancestor,” to the school. 
 

Jump Rope for a Cause

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Nassakeag Elementary School students had the chance to showcase their jump roping skills as they took part in the school’s Second Annual Jump Rope Contest. 

The contest was a culmination of a jump rope unit taught in physical education class that was also a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. To qualify for the schoolwide event, fourth- through sixth-grade students had to jump rope for a minimum of three minutes continuously. 

After starting the contest with 63 qualifiers, Jordan Zezelic, a fifth-grader, outlasted everyone by jumping for 11 minutes and 32 seconds. 
 

Mock Trial Team Honored

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Ward Melville High School’s mock trial team was recently honored by the Suffolk County Legislature for its successful competition in the Long Island Mentor Moot Court Competition. 

During the event, the students showcased their professionalism and courtroom skills as they prepared and argued Supreme Court briefs in front of sitting federal judge panels. As a result of their performances, the team was crowned the Suffolk County and Long Island champions out of almost 40 teams in the tournament. 
 

Transforming Bags into Art

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s National Junior Art Honor Society members lent their artistic skills to a worthy cause this winter as they designed shopping bags for a food pantry for the holidays. 

After discussing the importance of food pantries and the need to donate to them throughout the year, the students worked under the direction of adviser Lisa Cappiello to transform recycled paper bags into unique designs. 

The completed bags were delivered to an East Northport food pantry just before the December holidays. 
 

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