Dynamic Lesson Springboards Learning

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s seventh-grade technology classes have been learning about the complexity of aerodynamics – the study of how air resistance and drag affect an object – through a hands-on experiment.

Using the scientific process, the students created paper hovercrafts, or skimmers, and tested their travel capabilities by launching them in the hallway. The students then made modifications to the device’s variables, including weight and wing design, to improve their hovercraft’s performance. The longest distance one traveled was 150 feet.

“This served as a successful introduction to the effects a design can have on a product and how to best solve problems to come up with a better solution,” said teacher Dan Rieckhoff. “In the coming weeks, the class will create rubber band cars, which is a much more intricate project.”  

Prideful Patriot Homecoming

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Patriot pride was at an all time high when Ward Melville High School celebrated homecoming 2016.

The weekend kicked off with a student pep rally on Friday afternoon and school spirit carried over to the community carnival held before the big football game on Saturday. Entertaining booths and displays created by representatives at each of the district’s schools and several high school organizations, blanketed the backfield at Ward Melville. Carnival attractions included spirited games, face-painting stations, bounce houses and an obstacle course.

Before the varsity football team took to the field, students from each of the district’s elementary schools proudly entered the stadium to display their submissions to this year’s banner contest. This year’s contest was themed “50 Years Strong” in recognition of the district celebrating its 50th anniversary. During half time, Minnesauke Elementary School was announced as the winner of the competition.

When the hometown Patriots took on the Patchogue-Medford Raiders, their weeks of preparation were evident. After a strong start, the Patriots earned a homecoming win and ended the game with a score of 35-22.


National Semifinalists

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In recognition of their academic performance, 15 Ward Melville High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

According to the program’s website, 1.6 million students entered this year’s competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT, and only about 16,000 students earned the status of semifinalist. With this honor, these students now have the chance to continue in the competition and compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.
The district congratulates the following students:

Sophia Abanov
Hugh Ferguson
Michelle Hu
Albert Liu
Kirti Nath
Henry Nelson
Sachin Patnaik
Nikita Podobedov
Isabelle Scott
Annabel Shewan
Michelle Sun
Kavya Tangella
Ray Wei
Edward Yan
Adora Zhang




Official Notice Regarding Lead Testing

The Three Village Central School District proactively initiated a thorough test of all potable water sources in each of its facilities in the spring of 2016. Upon receiving the results of this testing, the district immediately implemented a corrective action plan to address those locations found to have levels of lead above Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

The remediation work was completed before the start of the 2016-17 school year. This effort included removing the identified locations from service and installing filtered water bottle filling stations at each elementary and junior high school. These devices were previously installed at Ward Melville High School.  

AP Honors for Scholars

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As a result of their outstanding Advanced Placement exam scores, the College Board has named 335 Ward Melville High School students AP Scholars. This impressive number includes current students as well as members of the Class of 2016.

The honor is given to students based on the number of AP exams taken and the scores they received on those tests.

The title of AP Scholar was bestowed upon 104 students, each of whom received scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams; 55 were named AP Scholars with Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams; 144 were named AP Scholars with Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams; and 30 were named National AP Scholars for receiving an average score of 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Class of 2016 graduates Alexander Douglas and Amanda Liu merited the high honor of being awarded AP International Diplomas, which are issued in recognition of students receiving scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams in three or more subject areas.

“I am so proud of all of our students who challenged themselves on Advanced Placement exams,” said Principal Dr. Alan Baum. “Although we do not require students to sit for AP exams, it is great to see so many of them avail themselves of this opportunity. To have so many achieve AP Scholar with Distinction status is a testament to the caliber of students we have and the strong educational environment Ward Melville High School provides. Coupled with more than 600 students sitting for and passing college-level courses offered right here at Ward Melville, this speaks volumes about the rigorous course of studies our students take.”


Gelinas Play “Addict” – Oct. 7

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Back to School!

Rocking Out on Broadway

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The district is proud to announce that W.S. Mount Elementary School sixth-grader Ava Della Pietra will star in the leading role of Summer, the band manager, in Broadway’s hit musical “School of Rock” for five shows this month.
Ava can be seen in this role at the Winter Garden Theatre on the following days:

Sunday, Sept. 18 – 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18 – 6 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 19 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 2 p.m.

For ticket information and more information about the show, please visit: http://us.schoolofrockthemusical.com/tickets.
Ava has been a member of the show’s cast since its world premiere last November. Previously, she performed on the national stage as Little Cosette and Young Eponine in the 25th anniversary tour of “Les Misérables” and as Susan Waverly in the 2014 national tour of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”  

Learning About Lincoln

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Ward Melville High School 10th-grader Sahil Sangwan has been named one of three national Lincoln Forum Student Scholarship award winners. As an honoree, Sahil has been invited to attend the annual meeting of the Lincoln Forum, to be held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in November.

Sahil, a history enthusiast, was selected for this honor based on his comprehensive application, which included a three-page letter outlining his interest in President Abraham Lincoln and his reflection on why he wanted to attend the forum.

According to its website, the scholarship program recognizes outstanding elementary and high school students who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence as well as an interest in the life and career of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

Secondary School Late Bus Information

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Ward Melville Late Bus Schedule-9.14.16

Gelinas Late Bus Schedule-9.14.16

Murphy Late Bus Schedule-9.14.16

Absentee Ballots – Library Vote

District residents who are on the Suffolk County Board of Elections absentee ballot list are hereby notified that the official ballots for the upcoming Emma S. Clark Memorial Library have been mailed. Due to a processing delay, the ballots were issued slightly later than usual. However, residents will have adequate time to submit their completed ballots before the voting deadline. We apologize for any inconvenience to the community.

Helping to Beautify School Grounds

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Helping to create a warm and welcoming environment for the first day of school, Three Village students and sisters Abigail Wiederman (Setauket sixth-grader), Sarah Wiederman (P.J. Gelinas JHS eighth-grader) and Hannah Wiederman (Ward Melville HS 10th-grader) volunteered their time to beautify a garden at the entrance to Setauket Elementary School.

The students, who each earned community service hours from the Girl Scouts of America in recognition of their efforts, weeded the bus circle gardens and planted seasonal flowers and decorative scarecrows. Sarah and Hannah are both working toward earning the Girl Scout Gold Award while Abigail is working on the Girl Scout Silver Award.

Pedestrian Safety Project Completed

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Through the efforts of the school district and the Town of Brookhaven, a pedestrian safety improvement and resurfacing project on Mud Road, across from Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School, was competed before the start of the school year.

The cost for the project, which included the installation of a retaining wall to allow for new sidewalks and curbing, a drainage system, a crosswalk and electrical signal work, as well as the paving of Mud Road, was funded by the Town.

“Residents in this neighborhood have been requesting additional sidewalks for the last decade,” said Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro. “I was grateful to be able to bring this project to fruition and create a safer environment for the many students who walk to and from the junior high school, as well as pedestrians in the area.”

Sidewalks were added in front of the school and to the south; on the west side of Mud Road, sidewalks extend from the school to Brandywine Road. In addition to the new crosswalk, a decorative pole with flashing LED lights, activated by a push button, was installed to assist pedestrians crossing Mud Road.

“The health and safety of our students and staff remain a top priority of the school district,” said Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Pedisich. “The district is grateful to the Town of Brookhaven for its work along Mud Road, a highly trafficked street in the community. This project will ensure our students’ safe passage to and from school, as well as enhance the overall walking safety around P. J. Gelinas Junior High School.”

“I share many of the resident concerns about pedestrian safety in this particular area,” said Councilwoman Valerie Cartright. “I am pleased that students and other local residents who walk to Gelinas can now do so without the risks of walking in the street. We look forward to continuing to work with the community to improve pedestrian safety in our Town.”

Capturing More Than Memories

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Ward Melville High School’s yearbook has a long and well-earned reputation for excellence, and recent honors bestowed upon the 2016 Invictus yearbook staff have raised the already high bar for the award-winning book of memories.

The “Home or Away” photo spread included in the 2016 edition won grand-prize honors in the nationwide Jostens/Adobe Design Contest. Additionally, that layout and the “Zumba for Autism” design were named two of 10 finalists in the competition.
 
To view the 10 finalists and Ward Melville’s grand prize-winning entry, visit:
https://issuu.com/jostens/docs/161106_x_ybk_f_2016_indesign_contes/13?e=0

Remembering 9/11

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Honoring Tenured Staff

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During their September meeting, the district’s Board of Education honored staff members who received tenure status as of the 2016-17 school year.

Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Pedisich and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Gary Dabrusky praised the educators for their dedication and commitment to their profession. Each staff member received a commemorative token of appreciation on behalf of the district from Board of Education President William F. Connors Jr.

Congratulations to the following newly tenured Three Village professionals:

Sari Assail – Reading, W.S. Mount Elementary School
Jennifer Cowen – Teaching Assistant, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School
Allyson Konczynin – Library/Media Specialist, W.S. Mount Elementary School
Christine Liguori – Teaching Assistant, Ward Melville High School
Nicholas Matros ¬– Foreign Languages, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School
Joseph Pulaski – Special Education, Arrowhead Elementary School
Andrea Re – Math, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School/Three Village Academy
Deidre Rubenstrunk – Library/Media Specialist, Setauket Elementary School
Dr. Jose Salazar – Psychologist, Ward Melville High School

Superintendent’s Welcome Back Message

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Dear Residents,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year.

Since the last bell rang in June, our building staff has been working diligently to prepare for the start of the new school year. From our teachers working collaboratively on curriculum writing projects, to our custodians who have been busy readying our facilities for the arrival of students, the summer months have been full of activity.

Beginning this September, district students will have the chance to participate in a number of new and exciting courses. The computer science program introduced at Ward Melville High School last year has been expanded to include a junior high school component; business electives at the high school have increased to include offerings such as Virtual Enterprise and web and application design; and the American Sign Language program at the secondary level has expanded. Furthermore, in an effort to provide additional support to our students, the district has created writing centers at each junior high school, expanded the high school writing center and enhanced elementary math AIS support services.

In addition to the curricular updates, the district completed several facility projects in time for the start of school. With the health and well-being of our students and staff in mind, the district has installed filtered water bottle filling stations at each of our elementary schools, similar to those that were already installed at Ward Melville High School. Additionally, as a result of New York State Bullet Aid secured for Three Village by State Sen. John J. Flanagan, the district has purchased new refillable water bottles for each student and staff member.

As this year marks the district’s 50th anniversary, I hope you join me in celebrating our school’s rich history and the golden opportunities that await our students and staff this year.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Pedisich
Superintendent of Schools



Three Village Has An App!!

As part of our ongoing commitment to communicating with stakeholders we've developed our very own District App.  

The Three Village School District App is designed to provide quick and easy access to school and district information including calendars, lunch menus, school events, notifications and frequently used links, such as the Campus Portal. 

Download the app today on your mobile device!

 

Click here for directions on allowing push notifications (to be set after installing the app).

Inn Express Student Art Exhibit

This year’s Holiday Inn Express Student Art Exhibit will run from October 17-20 at the Holiday Inn Express on Route 347. The showcase will feature artwork created by the district’s kindergarten through ninth-grade students. A special artist reception will be held on Monday, October 17 from 6-7 pm.

New School Year Underway

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With bright smiles and new school supplies in hand, district students and staff officially started the 2016-2017 school year on Sept. 6.

From the youngest scholars, who arrived aboard yellow school buses to start their academic journey, to the seniors who began their final months of study, the year was off to a great start in the district’s eight school buildings as students quickly settled into their new routines.

Several new initiatives will be introduced in the district this year, including an expanded computer science program and supporting writing centers at the junior high school level, as well as new high school business electives.

The district is looking forward to a successful year ahead, working with the community’s young scholars and nation’s future leaders.



Celebrating 50 Years

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The district kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with the following video, which was shown during superintendent’s conference day.

A Lawful Victory

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A team of five incoming Ward Melville High School 10th-graders – Kian Abbott, Gabrielle Barry, Thomas DiPietro, Samuel Kim and Kevin Xu – took an up-close look at the justice system and captured top honors during a five-day EDNY Justice Institute program at the federal courthouse in Central Islip this summer.
 
During the program, the students learned about all aspects of law enforcement and legal advocacy by working with experienced lawyers and meeting with professionals such as U.S. Marshals and FBI investigators. The week ended in a challenging mock trial competition, during which teams were assigned to represent the defense or prosecution in two cases. The top two teams went on to compete head-to-head in the final round. Three Village’s team was awarded first place at the end of the championship round.

“This was a great experience and I learned a lot from my teammates,” said Thomas. “I really enjoyed competing in the mock trial and talking to the professionals in attendance. By learning more about the career and gaining this experience, I now know that I really want to be a lawyer in the future.”
 
More than 80 students representing 23 high schools on Long Island participated in the program, which was spearheaded by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco and sponsored by the Eastern District of New York, Touro College and the Federal Bar Association.

New Teachers Attend Summer Orientation

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As a jump-start to the new school year, the district hosted a two-day comprehensive orientation program for the district’s 27 new teachers.

The program, facilitated by teacher mentors Brenda Lamiroult, Leanne Perry and Dawn Alexander, consisted of various activities, informational pieces, and an introduction to the administration and leadership within the district. Over the course of the two days, each teacher received a copy of the New Teacher Handbook, participated in hands-on technology training, attended an overview on My Learning Plan, and learned about district policies and procedures, including APPR. Additionally, they received an overview of the district’s curriculum and instructional practices, were briefed on the services offered through the pupil personnel and special education departments, and learned more about the supports offered through the Three Village Mentor Program.

Reflecting upon their personal experiences, two second-year teachers spoke about the support and help they received through the district’s mentor program and two Ward Melville High School incoming juniors spoke about the positive impact the district has had on their educational careers.  




Summer Orientations Kick Off New Year

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As summer vacation drew to a close, the district’s incoming seventh- and 10th-grade students had the chance to learn about their new schools during orientation programs held at Ward Melville High School and R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas junior high schools.

Members of each school’s administration were on hand to answer the incoming students’ questions and help them navigate the building. In addition, upperclassman volunteers were available to help their younger peers locate classrooms and open lockers for the first time.



Preparing for the New School Year

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Faculty and staff members came together to commence the 2016-17 school year and participate in a series of professional development programs during this year’s Superintendent’s Conference Day, held in early September.

The program began with a welcome address from Board of Education President William F. Connors Jr. In his message, Mr. Connors reflected on the district’s hallmark 50th anniversary, saying, “As we begin a new year, let us remember that excellence is not a destination, it is a continuous journey that never ends.”
Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Pedisich echoed his sentiments and reflected proudly upon the advancements the district has made over the last 50 years.

“Our success as a district has been a journey filled with innovative ideas…We are fortunate that creativity and ingenuity have always been embraced and encouraged,” she said. “I want each of you to feel empowered to try something new, to embrace your passions and to encourage the same in your students. You may not achieve your goal on the first try, but know that we will support you as you support the students who struggle before they succeed.”

Prior to attending faculty meetings in their respective buildings, the staff attended technology and emergency management training workshops.  

Kerrin Welch-Pollera, executive director of instructional technology, and Laura Pimentel, district data coordinator and assistant director for instructional technology, spoke about data privacy laws and the efforts each employee can make to protect students’ personal information.

Security and Safety Coordinator Jack Blaum spoke about the importance of having situational awareness, the steps to take during an emergency and the district’s new crisis management application. He also offered refreshing information on Safe Schools Against Violence in Education, Dignity for All Students Act and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.




Suffolk County Narcan Training Classes

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Health, are encouraging residents to take advantage of scheduled opioid overdose prevention program-narcan training classes.

The training, which meets New York State Department of Health requirements, will enable participants to recognize an opioid overdose, administer intranasal Narcan and take additional steps until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes nasal Narcan. The classes will take place as follows:

Central Islip
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Central Islip Library
33 Hawthorne Ave
Central Islip, NY 11722
RSVP required register (631) 234-9333 Ext 116 or 117

Hauppauge
Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services,
Office of Health Education
725 Veterans Highway, Bldg. C-928 Hauppauge, NY 11788
RSVP To Wanda Ortiz: wanda.ortiz@suffolkcountyny.gov

Learn more about the program; watch “Saving One Life at a Time with Narcan at Suffolk’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.”

Remembering Gabriella

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School staff members came together before the start of school to dedicate a new, beautified garden at the school’s main entrance to former seventh-grader Gabriella Beals-Reid.

During the ceremony, Principal William Bernhard spoke fondly of the young student and made note of her varied accomplishments and the positive impact she had on the school community. With the help of Assistant Principal Corinne Keane, Mr. Bernhard released a single balloon into the air and revealed the inscribed plaque located at the front of the garden.

Summer 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

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Ward Melville High School Athletic Hall of Fame

The district is now accepting nomination forms for the 2016-17 induction ceremony. Please see the attached nomination form for details.

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