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Ward Melville Earns State Distinction Award

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Ward Melville High School has earned the School of Distinction Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The district earned this award by having 100% of Ward Melville’s varsity teams qualify and receive the scholar-athlete team award during their respective sports seasons last school year. For a team to earn scholar-athlete status, 75% of the team must have a GPA of 90% or greater. Only 67 schools in the entire state and 13 in Suffolk County earned this award last year.

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Pep Rally Surprise

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Ward Melville High School students and staff were thrilled to gather and celebrate a spirited pep rally the afternoon before homecoming weekend 2021. The athletic teams were honored during the outdoor event, and a special guest appeared to cheer the Patriots to victory. A life-sized Elmo figure was spotted throughout the event helping Mr. Patriot rally cheers for school spirit. To everyone’s surprise the special guest was later revealed to be none other than Ward Melville Principal William Bernhard himself.

Minnesauke Girl Scouts Make a Difference

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Minnesauke Elementary School sixth grade students and members of Girl Scout Troop 655 gave back to the community through their recently completed Bronze Award project.

Mindful of last year’s COVID-19 precautions, the troop held its meetings outside at Frank Melville Park in Setauket during the 2020-21 school year. During their first meeting, the troop identified the presence of mosquitoes in the area and knew they wanted to help ensure others were not affected by the insects when visiting the park.

The scouts met with a park trustee who helped advise them on how to make the bat houses and where they should be placed throughout the park – an environmentally friendly way to combat the mosquitoes. After making the bat houses, the scouts also assisted with the installation.

To bring awareness to their project, the girls also presented to a younger troop about the bat houses and how they help the environment. Since they had several extra bat houses, the girls donated them to Sweetbriar Nature Center to help combat mosquitos on their property.

The troop completed this project as part of their work as Girl Scout Juniors and have recently bridged to Cadettes. The project was started in the spring of 2021 and completed this past summer. The Bronze Award is the highest Girl Scout award that can be earned at the elementary school level and third-highest award in the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Way to go to the following students: (l-r) Megan Reingold, Lylah Miranda, Kelli Levey, Abigail Petercsak, Keira Flynn, Elisabeth Zanfardino and Olivia Montellese.

HOMECOMING 2021

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Cycling for a Cause

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Arrowhead Elementary School student Joseph Peritore once again joined his father’s team this September on a ride to fight childhood cancers by taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge.

With the amazing support from the Three Village community last year, Joseph was able to raise $3,406 for Children’s Cancer Research Fund. This motivated him to ride 53 miles and also earned him the rank of No. 1 in his age group in the state and top 10 in the nation. This year he has raised more than $2,290 and has ridden more than 20 miles.

For more information about his work or to donate to Joseph’s team, please visit https://greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/JosephPeritore.

Original Student-Songwriter Wins State Accolades

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Ward Melville High School junior, singer-songwriter and former Broadway actress Ava Della Pietra has been named a winner in the New York State School Music Association’s 2021 Calls for Creators Competition. Ava won with her two original songs, “Moon” and “Optimist,” in the Songwriters category.

An introspective single about saying goodbye to her brother, a source of comfort and inspiration, “Moon” is a poignant ballad about impermanence and coming of age. “Optimist” is an uplifting and inspiring song about overcoming negativity and keeping a positive mindset.

For the first time, NYSSMA held three calls for student-musicians in three categories – Composers, Electronic Music and Songwriters. Students received a written evaluation of their music and each submitted work was also considered for inclusion in one of three concerts at the All-State Winter Conference in Rochester, New York. Student-creators were also invited to participate in coaching workshops and a postconcert discussion.

All-State Musicians Shine

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Ward Melville High School student-musicians have once again earned high praise from the New York State School Music Association, with seven students being selected to perform at the 85th Annual Winter Conference in Rochester, New York. In addition to the students named All-State musicians, 20 students were selected as alternates for the festival.

The event will take place from Dec. 2-5, 2021. This year’s conference will include the traditional variety of conference sessions with renowned professional musicians, concert performances, statewide recognitions and guest speakers. The district congratulates the following students:

Owen Dong – Symphonic Band
Sofia Mulligan – Symphony Orchestra
Kate Sun – Symphony Orchestra
Jacqueline Wu – Symphony Orchestra
Claire Yang – Symphonic Band
William Yao – Symphony Orchestra
Lillian Zhi – Symphony Orchestra

Dakota Binder – Alternate
Jennifer Cabrera – Alternate
Gabriel Choi – Alternate
Daphne Churgel – Alternate
Justin Durko – Alternate
Emma Fleming – Alternate
Ivan Ge – Alternate
Samuel Gitelson – Alternate
Eren Goral – Alternate
Sahana Gupta – Alternate
David Huang – Alternate
Stella Kahnis – Alternate
Alexander Lin – Alternate
Catherine Ma – Alternate
Shey McCoy – Alternate
Cole Napolitano – Alternate
Joseph Nizza – Alternate
Victor Prchlik – Alternate
Jacqueline Winslow – Alternate
Dora Zou – Alternate

Setauket Wins Reading Challenge

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Three Village Central School District elementary school students once again took part in a friendly reading competition organized by the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library over the summer vacation. Students logged the number of books they completed in hopes of earning their school the coveted Emma Cup, an award given to the school with the highest percentage of students who completed the Summer Reading Challenge.

A total of 16,851 books were read by students throughout the summer, and this year’s Emma Cup winner was Setauket Elementary School!

Student-Researcher Inspires World

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Ward Melville High School senior Amber Luo had the chance to explore her passion for mathematics and science through her participation in the extensive six-week summer Research Science Institute hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology this past summer.

At the institute, each scholar designed and conducted their own original research project with the guidance of their mentor and produced a full-length research paper along with slides to orally present their research in a virtual conference to a panel of judges for scoring. Each year, the top five papers and top five presentations are recognized. For her project, Amber was matched with mentor Dr. Can Cenik (assistant professor of molecular biosciences, University of Texas at Austin) based on her demonstrated interest in computational biology.

Amber’s project was titled “A Wavelet Transform-Based Peak Detection Algorithm to Assess Ribosome Pause Sites in Ribosome Profiling Data.” For her research, Amber utilized a process known as Bayesian wavelet thresholding coupled with ribosome profiling data to pinpoint the precise nucleotide positions where ribosomes pause during translation, allowing her to analyze the transcriptomic distribution of pause sites and their expression changes across conditions. This analysis pipeline, which she named RiboBayes, enables her – and in a couple months, will enable any researcher – to apply a global analysis of translational regulation through ribosome stalling to any protein or cell state of interest. RiboBayes will enable researchers to obtain a clearer, global understanding of how diseased cells or the expression of particular proteins result in changes in protein synthesis, streamlining the development of targeted therapeutics and tools to treat any disease of interest.

At the end of the program, Amber presented her final research paper, both written and oral, to the judges and sponsors at the Annual Research Science Institute Symposium, both of which were recognized as among the top five from the 2021 Research Science Institute.

“I was incredibly honored (and still in disbelief!) to be the first RSI scholar in three years to have my research recognized for both Top 5 Paper and Top 5 Presentation by a panel of distinguished judges,” Amber said. “Furthermore, I was selected from among the RSI scholars to receive a sponsorship to attend RSI from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD scholar) and opportunities to intern at DoD labs in future research endeavors.” Amber also received a $2,000 scholarship from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. at the Research Science Institute Closing Convocation in recognition of the impact, presentation and novelty of her research.

In the coming months, Amber looks forward to publishing her work on RiboBayes in a peer-reviewed journal and in the CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) repository for data science to open access to the wider research world, and to bring RiboBayes to various research competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search and the Intel Science and Engineering Fair to share her visions and ideas with her peers.

Hailed as Hexagon Honorees

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Student-artists from several schools across the Three Village Central School District were honored for their creativity and talents during the 2021 Interdependence Hexagon Project.

This annual project is aimed at spreading the meaning of interdependence through several themes by utilizing art in the shape of a hexagon. This year, 60 of the more than 300 submissions were selected for awards of excellence and/or honorable mention. Winning artists spanned all grade levels and came from communities across five continents, seven countries and many states.

In Three Village, the submissions were created last year by R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas Junior High Schools’ National Junior Art Honor Societies as well as at Minnesauke Elementary School.

The following students will have their work published at the Eastern Regional Exhibition in Scranton, Pennsylvania, at the end of September, followed by a virtual Zoom recognition.


Murphy Honorees:
Dhikshika Cherivirala – Most creative interpretation (Technology and Social Justice theme)
Sophia Greene – Most compelling message (Technology and Social Justice theme)
Madeena Jalili – Most compelling message (any Interdependence theme)
Amal Sani – Most creative interpretation (Interdependence theme)
Alexis Comunale – Honorable mention (Interdependence theme)

Gelinas Honorees:
Agata Arkhipkina – Most compelling all-over (Diversity/equity theme)
Raymond Lang – Most creative interpretation (Diversity/equity theme)
Zoe Xiao – Most compelling all-over (Diversity/equity theme)
Caroline Hammons – Honorable mention (Diversity/equity theme)
Judy Hu – Honorable mention, creative use of materials (any interdependence theme)
Maile Matubrew – Honorable mention (Technology and Social Justice theme)
Claire Sloniewsky – Honorable mention (any Interdependence theme)
Aimee Yang – Honorable mention (any Interdependence theme)
Vivian Ye – Honorable mention, creative use of materials (any Interdependence theme)

Minnesauke Honoree:
Emma Snyder – Honorable mention (Interdependence theme)


New School Quarantine Protocols 2021-2022

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14 Ward Melville High School Students Selected as National Merit Semifinalists

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The Three Village School District is pleased to announce that 14 Ward Melville High School students were named National Merit Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program competition. Each of these students will continue to compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which total more than $30 million, with winners to be announced later this spring.

These talented students entered the competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents 1% of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

The district congratulates the following students on this outstanding academic accomplishment and extends best wishes for success moving forward in the competition.

Neal Carpino
Matthew Chen
Gabriel Choi
Ho Young Chung
Jean Chung
Ivan Ge
Alexander Lin
Amy Liu
Carolyn Liu
Amber Luo
Rahul Ram
Claire Yang
William Zhang
Lillian Zhi

Three Village Remembers

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American flags blanketed the school grounds throughout the Three Village Central School District as students and staff members prepared to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. In classrooms and throughout school buildings, moments of silence and grade appropriate conversations transpired about the significance of the day and the importance of remembering those lives lost and the lives of all who came to help that day.

At Nassakeag and Minnesauke elementary schools, students also “planted” hundreds of small American flags around the school’s flagpole and surrounding grounds. As the flags waved in the warm September breeze they served as a visual reminder about the importance of the day.

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