Ward Melville High School Presents Beauty and the Beast
December 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee - December 14 at 1:00 pm
Tickets $20 - online at payforit.net or call 730-4357
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NY Islanders Visit Setauket
When members of the Setauket Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade chorus performed at the NY Islanders game against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 16, more than 500 cheering fans attended to see their pitch-perfect performance. To show their appreciation for the students’ performance and their crowd-filling efforts, three Islanders recently visited the school.
During the school assembly for grades 3-6, forward Eric Boulton and defensemen Aaron Ness and Matt Carkner spoke about leading a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and teamwork. Following the informative program, the students in grades K-2 demonstrated their school and NHL spirit by high-fiving the visitors as they exited the building.
More than just a memorable event, the students’ performance at the game also served as a community service fundraiser for the school. Proceeds of $5 per ticket sold were donated back to the school in support of the beautification of the Setauket School Children’s Courtyard. As a result of the building’s efforts, an estimated $2,500 was raised for this cause.
Sending Care Packages to Soldiers Overseas
As part of a schoolwide community outreach effort, Nassakeag Elementary School students and staff members donated hundreds of items to this year’s “Boxes for the Soldiers” collection drive.
The effort, which was coordinated by the school’s Shared Decision Making Team in collaboration with Brookhaven National Lab, collected more than 40 boxes of donations, with an additional 20 cases of energy bars donated by Tristan Rowland's family. Donations included toiletries, socks, hats, blankets and a variety of ready-to-eat goods. The boxes, which were decorated by sixth-grade volunteers, included student-crafted cards and thank-you letters to the soldiers.
The donated boxes will be sent to a platoon station in Afghanistan, and to a staff member’s nephew who is stationed in the Middle East.
Celebrating Differences with Teddy Turkey
As part of W.S. Mount Elementary School’s character education program Character Counts, students are regularly engaged in meaningful learning activities that emphasize the importance of being healthy and maintaining a bully-free environment. The program focuses on the six pillars of character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship – and rewards students who are “caught” displaying each of these characteristics.
After a search for a timely and appropriate book that incorporated these messages turned up empty, Assistant to the Principal Brigit DiPrimo put her creativity to use and wrote a short character education book called “The Story of Teddy Turkey.” The story focuses on a turkey that is self-conscious for being different than the others in his flock, before being reminded that one’s differences are things to be celebrated. Ms. DiPrimo shared her story with the students prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sharing Thanksgiving with Local Seniors
Setauket Elementary School fifth-grade students in Adrienne D’Onofrio’s class celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with local seniors when they prepared a traditional feast with the residents at Jefferson’s Ferry retirement community.
As part of a yearlong community service project, the fifth-graders visit the establishment each month to meet with residents and engage in relationship-building activities. During their November visit, the students helped prepare several holiday side dishes – including mashed potatoes, a pudding pie and a string bean casserole – and played games with the residents while they waited for the meal to cook. After saying what they were collectively thankful for, the group enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving meal together.
Spirited Holiday Food Drive
Ward Melville High School’s Key Club coordinated a fun-spirited food drive this November called the “Turkey Teacher Competition,” which collected donations for several local food pantries. For the drive, the school’s students and faculty members donated nonperishable food items in boxes corresponding to several faculty volunteers. At the end of the drive, the faculty member whose box had received the least amount of nonperishable items wore a “turkey hat” during the last day of classes before the holiday break. This year, the club, which is advised by Annette Goldberg and Allison Kane, collected 3,388 items. This year’s contest “winner” was high school dean Jay Negus.
The collected items will not only benefit local families, but also those serviced by St. Isidore’s food pantry in Riverhead, St. James’ food pantry in Setauket, St. Gerard’s food pantry in Terryville and St. Margaret’s food pantry in Selden.
A Hands-On Lesson About Native Americans
In celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and in conjunction with their studies on early American life, kindergarten students at W.S. Mount Elementary School participated in their annual Native American Day in late November.
Educational Foundation Donates 40K for New Marching Band Uniforms
As a result of their tremendous fundraising initiative, the Three Village Educational Foundation has made great strides toward accomplishing its goal of purchasing new uniforms for the award-winning Ward Melville High School Marching Band. The total for replacing the current polyester uniforms that date back to 1977 is approximately $48,000.
Beginning earlier this year and running through the start of November, the 3VEF collected donations toward the cause through its annual 50/50 fundraiser. At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Board of Education gratefully accepted a $40,000 donation from Foundation members Karen Foda and Barbara Konczynin, which will be directly applied to the cause. After the ceremonial presentation, the Board graciously thanked members of the Foundation for their continued efforts to support and enhance the quality of the educational program provided to district students.
In true 50/50 raffle spirit, the Foundation also announced that five district retirees were the lucky recipients of the split chance fundraiser. Pictured here are the winners along with members of the Foundation at the meeting.
School Coat Drive Benefits Those in Need
Minnesauke Elementary School students and staff members continued to shine as bright as stars this November as they completed a number of activities in line with their Sharing, Trustworthy, Accepting, Respectful and Serving character program. From celebrating World Community Day to helping stamp out bullying by wearing crazy socks, the students aimed to make a difference in the school and community.
As the weather turned crisp, the school’s PBIS Committee (which stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) coordinated a coat drive just before Thanksgiving to benefit those in need. As a result of their effort, the school collected 155 gently used coats. Several of the donations will be benefit local families while the majority will be given to the Children’s Community Head Start programs in Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma.
Baking Bread for a Local Soup Kitchen
Minnesauke Elementary School kindergartners deployed basic mathematical counting skills as they completed a service project for those in need this holiday season. Demonstrating both kindness and compassion, the students worked with their teachers and parent volunteers to create nearly 80 mini loaves of pumpkin bread for the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Setauket.
The students worked cooperatively to measure both dry and wet ingredients, prepare the batter, and gently pour it into prepared loaf pans. The finished products were baked by several class parents and donated to the soup kitchen in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Helping Save Lives
During a grade-level community service project held in conjunction with the school’s PTA, Minnesauke Elementary School sixth-graders not only learned about the importance of the human circulatory system, but also helped to potentially save lives this November.
As a complement to their science curriculum, a representative from the New York Blood Center spoke with the students about blood, blood donation and blood transfusions. The students learned about the components of the circulatory system, blood components and their purpose, blood types, and the blood donation process.
With their newfound knowledge in mind, the students volunteered as “little doctors” during an after-school blood drive. At this event, the students assisted donors with their paperwork and served snacks and drinks following the donations.
Helping to Fill Pantries
In the spirit of giving, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students competed against each other in a “Battle of the Cans” fundraiser sponsored by the school’s student government. Throughout the weeklong event, students deposited nonperishable food items in their grade level’s colorful can in the cafeteria. Each grade level’s progress during the collection drive was charted on paper in the school’s cafeteria.
With 316 nonperishable cans, the winner of the competition was the ninth-grade class. In a close second was the eighth-grade class who donated 310 cans. 209 cans were donated by the seventh-grade class. All of the donated cans were provided to Brookhaven Town, which will supply items to local food pantries within the town.
Help Our Schools Win a $200,000 Security Grant
Please be advised, due to the high volume of text messages coming through the system, the text your vote option for this contest is currently unavailable. The company is actively working toward resolving this issue. We will update this message when the matter has been corrected.
Our district has been nominated for a “Together for Safer Schools” grant from STANLEY Security! With your help, we could win up to $200,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services.
How can I help?
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While only one school is listed, any prizes awarded will be divided between all of our schools.
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Capturing Awards for School Yearbook Ward Melville HS Only School in State to Win at National Competition
Out of the more than 2,000 entries submitted nationwide, Ward Melville High School yearbook students earned 16 write-off placements at the Journalism Education Association Write-offs Competition at the National High School Journalism Convention in Boston. Not only was the school highly successful in this competition, but it was also the only school from New York State to place in the contest.
The Write-offs are a competition hosted by the Journalism Education Association at its fall and spring high school journalism conventions. There are a number of categories in which students are able to compete while at the convention. Categories range from journalism writing and graphic design to photography and broadcast. Only one student per school can sign up for each category.
Congratulations to the entire yearbook staff and the following award-winning students:
Erynn Hughes – Superior: Sports YB Copy/Captions
Mairead Moloney – Superior: Academics YB Copy/Captions
Anthony Muscarella – Superior: YB Theme Design
Marin Vatske – Superior: Logo Design
Jimmie Costello – Excellent: First Year Photo
Haley Gillan – Excellent: Newsmagazine Design
Danielle Grinberg – Excellent: Student Life YB Copy/Captions
Kyra Hughes – Excellent: Advertising Design
Trevor Munch – Excellent: Photo Portfolio
Amanda Spaccarelli – Excellent: Infographic Design
Hannah Yen – Excellent: Feature Writing
Emma Gaedje – Honorable Mention: Photo Portrait
Maddy Schoenfeld – Honorable Mention: Short Video Documentary
Joanne Suk – Honorable Mention: YB Inside Pages Design
Alan Wei – Honorable Mention: Sports Photography
Grace Zhao – Honorable Mention: Editorial Writing
Promoting Kindness and Compassion at Arrowhead
Each month, students and staff members at Arrowhead Elementary School focus on a specific positive character trait as they work to promote kindness and compassion within the school and greater community. To drive home the month’s character trait of thankfulness, Arrowhead’s student council helped coordinate a schoolwide food drive for Long Island Cares this November.
During the multi-week drive, students, families and staff members helped fill four large donation boxes with nonperishable food items. With the assistance of Long Island Cares, these donations will be supplied to numerous food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters on the island. As several food pantries continue to report a growing need for supplies due to increased demand, Arrowhead’s contribution is sure to make this year’s holiday season a bright one for local individuals.
Arrowhead has adopted a yearlong character education focus titled “Arrowhead CARES” (compassion, acceptance, responsibility, encouragement and sharing). As a symbol of their commitment to display these types of behavior, students have signed a pledge and are encouraged to participate in some of the activities listed on the school’s kindness and compassion monthly calendar.
SHARP Club Builds Memories
Ward Melville High School’s SHARP (Students Helping and Reaching Peers) club members regularly engage in community service projects throughout the school year. As part of a team-building activity, members of the club and their adviser, Amy Cusumano, recently explored Avalon Park in Stony Brook. During the event, the students enjoyed learning about their fellow club members and participating in team bonding activities.
The club’s 40 members, from grades 10 through 12, often volunteer at local soup kitchens and act as mentors for elementary students and peers with special needs. Additionally, club members volunteered at this year’s homecoming carnival and high school Trick-or-Treat Street. The organization is in the process of planning a winter dance to benefit a local family dealing with the financial strain caused by a cancer diagnosis, as well as its popular “Zumba for Autism” event in April.
Giving Thanks to Local Veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, second-grade students in Amanda Besold’s class at Setauket Elementary School wrote thank-you letters to local veterans at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook. The students thanked the veterans for being brave, leaving their families to keep them safe and free, and loving the country. The second-graders also created patriotic stars that read, "Thank you for serving our country." All of the students were happy to take the time to thank and remember those who have done so much for our country.
Presenting a Tale as Old as Time
Ward Melville HS Students Perform ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dec. 12-14
Ward Melville High School student-actors will perform this year’s musical, the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast,” this December. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12-14, with an additional 1 p.m. show on Dec. 14. Young children are invited to dress in their favorite Disney attire and attend a special on-stage photo session with the cast prior to the Dec. 14 show. Doors will be open for this memorable session between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This year’s production involves more than 70 students in the cast, 50 students in the pit and 20 working with the stage crew. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through payforit.net
or by calling 631-730-4357.
Patriots Take Next Step
Nine Seniors to Compete on College Athletic Teams
In recognition of their years of athletic commitment and academic dedication, nine Ward Melville High School seniors have been selected to compete on some of the nation’s premier college sports team this fall. Seven students marked their commitment to compete within Division I and II programs by signing National Letters of Intent while two were invited to continue their athletic careers at a military service academy.
“These students have put a tremendous amount of time and energy into not only their athletics but also their academics,” said Erin Blaney, executive director for health, physical education, recreation and athletics. “The balance they have struck between the two commitments is an incredible task and one to commend. I congratulate each of these students on their past and future successes and thank their families and coaches for all of their support and effort that they have given to these athletes.”
The Three Village Central School District congratulates the following Ward Melville seniors:
Division I and II
Rachael Bertini – University of Buffalo, swimming
AJ Carollo – University of Tampa, lacrosse
Kelsey Catalano – University of Connecticut, lacrosse
Emma Jehle – Binghamton University, lacrosse
Shea McAvoy – Hofstra University, lacrosse
Kristen Pozmanter – Binghamton University, swimming
Samantha Torrico – Hofstra University, lacrosse
Conor McAvoy – Army, lacrosse
Brendan Simpson – Army, lacrosse
Understanding Thanksgiving Traditions
As an extension of their social studies curriculum and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, kindergarten students at Arrowhead Elementary School in the Three Village School District had the chance to experience the holiday in a hands-on way as they acted as Native Americans and Pilgrims during the school’s annual Thanksgiving Adventure.
Prior to the big event, students learned about the first Thanksgiving, the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. During the culminating activity, the students made macaroni necklaces, turkey napkin holders, Native American headdresses and Pilgrim hats. They also learned how to tell a story using Native American symbols, pretended to plant corn in small cups and shared stories in a teepee. After arriving at the event on the “Mayflower,” each student took a turn signing a “Friendship Promise.” The school’s holiday activities also included a grade-level Thanksgiving feast the following week.
Mobilizing and Empowering Change
District Students Join Together with Long Island Youth for Service Learning
A core group of Three Village Central School District students from grades 4-12 joined hundreds of peers from across Long Island to create lasting change in their communities during the first Lift Up Long Island event. The program, which brought together more than 250 students, local business owners, educators and community members, offered students the chance to develop real-world critical thinking skills as they brainstormed solutions to local needs.
On the heels of the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the program focused on the challenges each participating community faced in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane and several social issues that existed well before the storm rushed ashore. After hearing from keynote speaker Julie Foudy, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, the students met with the panel of experts in attendance to discuss ways to strengthen community resources, address a social concern and/or intensify Long Island’s ability to overcome future natural or man-made catastrophes.
This fall’s event was the first in a series of three service learning opportunities occurring over the next year aimed at facilitating student-driven social change efforts and instilling a culture of youth-led social impact across Long Island. Schools within the district will be focusing on the following topics as part of their participation in this ongoing event:
Arrowhead – Environment, Particularly the Carbon Footprint the School Has Created
Minnesauke – Leadership
W.S. Mount – Homelessness and Cyberbullying
Nassakeag – Healthy Living
Setauket – Anti-Bullying
P.J. Gelinas – Music Advocacy and Preservation
R.C. Murphy – Healthy Living and Emotional Support for Bullying Victims
Ward Melville – Better Integrating Special Education Students into the School’s Population
Exploring Future Career Options
Taking their first steps toward selecting a potential future career, R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-graders had the chance to learn about a wide range of professions during the building’s annual career awareness fair.
The event, which was set up in the school’s gymnasium and sponsored by the family and consumer science department, afforded students the opportunity to speak with professionals from such fields as physical therapy, architecture, substance abuse counseling and finance in a one-on-one setting. As the students are technically beginning their first year of high school, the fair aims to spark an interest in the career path they might be interested in pursuing in the future.
“I thought today was really interesting to see what kind of job options I had in the future,” said ninth-grader Lauren Senia, who expressed an interest in event planning and physical therapy. “I think that this event helped to set some students on the path of which electives to consider taking in high school as well as gave them a deeper understanding of the training or schooling required for those fields,” added Benjamin Sullivan.
“As educators, we see the importance of connecting school to future endeavors, and this program allows for these connections to be made,” said teacher Ginger Ferraro, who coordinated the program along with Emma Domino. “The response from our students and presenters was so positive that we are looking into the possibility of working with our guidance department to have monthly professional ‘meet and greets’ for our students.”
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Education Commissioner Hosts Forum at Ward Melville
As part of their series of meetings statewide, New York State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch held their first Suffolk County Common Core community forum at Ward Melville High School in November.
Prior to the evening forum, the commissioner had the chance to take an up-close look at the educational program provided in the district when he visited Setauket Elementary School. During the building tour, Commissioner King spoke with several teachers and observed a few classroom lessons. Members of the Board of Education and central administration were also afforded time to speak with the education department leaders briefly prior to the start of the organized community meeting.
As the evening forum was coordinated by state Senator John J. Flanagan’s office, 32 individuals from his senatorial district addressed the commissioner to ask questions about the Common Core, related assessments and other educational reforms approved by the state Board of Regents. Members of the high school’s student government volunteered as moderators during the event and one of the building’s jazz bands commenced the program with a musical performance.
for a link to the full video (Taken from the back of the auditorium to view the stage
. You may need to adjust the volume on your device as the sound changes with each speaker.)
Recognizing Seniors for Scholastic Promise
As a result of their outstanding performance on the PSAT exam and overall GPA, Ward Melville High School seniors Dylan Lopez and Marissa Montoya have been named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. This year, the NHRP honored 5,300 Hispanic/Latino students from a pool of nearly 260,000 students who took the 2012 PSAT exam. Recognized students are of Hispanic/Latino descent, achieved PSAT results above the 188 high selection index and possess a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The honor, issued by the College Board, was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students.
Creatively Celebrating Peace
Ward Melville High School 11th-grader Sarah Schoenfeld was named the winner of this year’s Shanti Fund poster design contest. Sarah created the award-winning design in her advanced graphic design class, taught by Jennifer Trettner. She will be honored during an award ceremony at the Suffolk County executive’s office and her poster will be part of the 2014 Shanti Fund calendar.
The contest is held annually by the Shanti Fund in celebration of Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday and his teachings of peace.
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness District Officials Participate in Safety Drill that Simulates School Fire
In an effort to enhance its emergency preparedness, the district partnered with local first responders to conduct a mass casualty drill at Ward Melville High School in early November. The event, planned as a result of the district’s ongoing interagency partnership with the Setauket Fire District, involved close to 100 “victims,” including student volunteers, and more than 200 firefighters and other emergency personnel.
The drill unfolded after an “explosion” in a machine room in the high school’s pool locker room area caused a fire to break out. As manufactured smoke billowed through hallways, members of the district’s emergency management team and local responders put safety practices into action. As students were stationed in classes throughout the surrounding areas and in the gym, staff members worked to ensure all were accounted for as responders triaged victims.
Responding agencies included the Setauket, Stony Brook and Terryville fire departments, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson volunteer ambulances, the Town of Brookhaven fire marshal’s office, Suffolk County EMS, and the Suffolk County Emergency Response Unit.
Fall Produce Helps Harvest a Unique Lesson
Working with their fifth-grade buddies from Cyndy Lopresti’s class, Nassakeag Elementary School kindergarteners in Rebecca D’Agostino’s class learned how to use a nonstandard measuring tool to complete several mathematical activities. Using apples, the paired classes measured the lengths of their hands, feet and bodies, and worked to find two objects that weigh less than each apple. The activity reinforced the lessons the kindergarteners were exploring in the classroom in a fun and tangible way.
The school buddy program, which pairs classes from different grades together for the school year, has become a longstanding tradition at Nassakeag. Paired classes often meet regularly throughout the year to complete activities incorporating math, English language arts and artistic skills.
“The friendships that exist between the buddies are ones that last for years,” said Ms. Lopresit. “The older students feel helpful in guiding their younger peers, who in turn see their older buddies as mentors.”
Positive Character Shines Through at Minnesauke
As part of the building’s monthlong character education celebration, students and staff at Minnesauke Elementary School in the Three Village Central School District are committing to becoming STARS – sharing, trustworthy, accepting, respectful and serving – in a variety of ways this October. The STARS initiative was adopted in the building last year as a means to promote these traits.
From assembly programs focused on creating a positive, anti-bullying environment to donating supplies to a local animal shelter, the students are learning the true meaning behind this school program.
The students, faculty and staff created a blanket of gold when they all wore their Minnesauke STARS T-shirts to school on the same day. The event was just one symbol of their solidarity and collective mission to create a bully-free school environment and display positive character traits regularly.
Board of Education Adopts Resolution on High Stakes Testing
Going Orange for Unity Day
R.C. Murphy Junior High School students and staff worked to spread the message that bullying is simply not tolerated at the school when they participated in National Unity Day this October. Orange is the national color for bullying prevention, so the school’s students blanketed Murphy in orange clothing while the staff worked to reinforce their positive behavioral program by wearing their PBIS shirts.
During lunch periods, school social worker Debbi Rakowsky also spoke with the students about the difference between being “mean” and a “bully” and encouraged the students to write messages on a cafeteria banner, declaring what they will do to prevent social cruelty. Continued conversations on the topic were held with members of the school’s sports program as well as in health classes. These additional talks also included the topic of cyber bullying.
Student-Artists Spotlighted Locally
Colorful and artistic creations designed by Three Village students in grades K-9 have been gaining attention locally in a student art display at Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook. The pieces, which were created this past school year, were chosen by the students’ teachers for inclusion in the art show.
“It is always wonderful to give our young artists an opportunity to exhibit their work outside the confines of their respective schools,” said elementary art coordinator and assistant principal Linda Messina. “Partnering with Holiday Inn Express was a great way to bring art into the community for all to appreciate and enjoy. We hope to continue a partnership with Holiday Inn Express and provide future students with the same experience and affirmation.”
The hotel hosted an opening reception for the artists and their families. Attendees had the chance to view the displayed pieces as well as hear a few musical selections from P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high school vocalists. A beautiful piece by artist Barbara Bilotta was on display and available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share the many talents of our Three Village students with the community,” said chairperson for visual arts and technology Corinne Keane. “I believe our community partnerships, such as the Holiday Inn Express Art Show, is an essential part of, and speaks to the quality of art program that we have here in Three Village."
Learning About Fire Prevention
Minnesauke Elementary School students learned the proper ways to stay safe in the event of a fire when members of the local fire department conducted two grade-level assemblies. The volunteers spoke with the students about their most important job during a fire – to get out of the house. They also discussed having a predetermined meeting place, the value of working smoke detectors and the equipment the firefighters wear when working. At the conclusion, students had the chance to ask questions and take an up-close look at a fire truck.
Educational Production Tackles Addiction
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s musical theater company kicked off its 30th anniversary with its annual adolescent issues play this October. The production, “Addict,” was an emotionally charged play by Jerome McDonough that depicts the lives of a group of teenagers dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. The play is broken up into short vignettes depicting individuals dealing with addictions to heroin, inhalants, alcohol and cocaine, and reinforces the message that addiction can have lasting, damaging affects not only on users but on other people in their lives.
The cast, comprised of 22 ninth-grade students, was directed by Robert DePersio with help from assistant directors Erin Adams, Emily Tanzi, Mary Kate Whelan and Michal Zadok. The play was performed for students during in-school assemblies, and the cast performed a free show for the community in the evening.
Practicing Fire Safety
In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, W.S. Mount Elementary School students practiced and discussed important safety procedures with members of the Stony Brook Fire Department.
Firefighters visited kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders in their classrooms and spoke about the need for a predetermined escape plan in the event of a fire and the importance of household smoke detectors. Dressed in their protective gear, the volunteers also discussed the different pieces of equipment firefighters wear when entering a burning building. After receiving honorary firefighter helmets, the students had the chance to step aboard an actual fire truck and take an up-close look at the equipment the firefighters use.
The important messages about fire prevention and safety echoed in the school’s auditorium as the third- through sixth-grade classes attended informative assembly programs with members of the fire department, where the students learned the proper precautions to take when faced with a fire as well as several tips for preventing such an event.
Commended for Academic Achievement
Twenty-one Ward Melville High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 34,000 students throughout the nation received this honor, which is based upon the exceptional academic promise they demonstrated on the qualifying test used for program entry. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition, these students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 PSAT.
The Three Village Central School District congratulates the following students:
Grace H. Zhang
New Students Receive Warm Welcome
Hailing from as far as China and as close as neighboring towns, more than 40 seventh- through ninth-graders new to the Three Village Central School District received a warm welcome to their school during new student breakfast programs held at P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy Junior High Schools.
During the events, which were coordinated by the buildings’ student governments, the groups enjoyed a bagel breakfast and the opportunity to learn more about their new buildings. Student government representatives conducted ice-breaker activities at each school and spoke with their incoming peers about the buildings’ clubs, classes and extracurricular offerings. Members of the buildings’ administration and support staff were also on hand to welcome the students.
R.C. Murphy JHS
P.J. Gelinas JHS
Three Village Lacrosse Players Receive National Attention
Members of the Ward Melville High School boys and girls lacrosse programs have been selected for showcase in the Dick’s Sporting Goods 2014 lacrosse marketing efforts. The students were chosen for this honor based on their athletic accomplishments as well as the character and leadership skills demonstrated both on and off the field.
The 2013 team members, along with members of the Three Village Boys Youth Lacrosse League, participated in a two-day photo shoot with professionals from the national sporting goods store. The students were pictured participating in practice drills and scrimmages wearing and using some of the lacrosse products sold at Dick’s nationwide, including sticks, gloves, goggles, cleats, uniforms, socks, elbow and shoulder pads as well as helmets. The students will be featured in the store’s print, in-store and digital lacrosse material in 2014.
During the 2013 season, the varsity boys lacrosse team was ranked first nationally and named New York State, Long Island and County champions. The girls team advanced to the Suffolk County finals for the second year in a row.