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Combating Childhood Obesity

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In celebration of National Food Day, Arrowhead Elementary School students and staff members focused on the importance of making healthy life choices through a series of events and activities.

The entire school took a bite out of childhood obesity by sampling healthy snacks during the 2014 Big Apple Crunch Challenge. From carrots to fresh fruit, students and staff members enjoyed wholesome foods during snack and lunch times.

Thanks to a donation from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the school’s fourth- through sixth-graders received yellow T-shirts and pedometers. As part of AAPI’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Campaign, guest speaker Dr. Malhotra and his colleagues from Stony Brook University spoke with the students about how they can work to incorporate healthy meal choices into their daily routines. The group discussed what portion of a plate should be comprised of fruits and vegetables and the diseases that can stem from obesity.

“Today is a day where our nation takes time to talk about eating healthier and taking care of their bodies,” said Principal Marisa Redden.



Assembly on Prevention

The district takes a proactive approach to educating students about the importance of making positive life choices. Continuing with this mission, Ward Melville High School recently hosted a series of workshops on the dangers of substance abuse, in particular the heroin epidemic facing Long Island and the region.

During daytime assemblies, students attended an “Under the Influence” program with Michael DeLeon, president of Steered Straight, and other staff. The awareness talk focused on underage drinking as well as the use and prevention of prescription medicine and heroin.  A complementary program, called “An American Epidemic in Suffolk County – Solutions, Signs, Symptoms, Language and the Face of Addiction,” was hosted for families that evening. 

“I think it is important that we, as a community, keep our eyes and ears open and become better educated about the drug problem facing Long Island – we have to face this problem now before it impacts our children,” said Principal Dr. Alan Baum. “The more we are educated about the harmful impacts of drugs, and the more we discuss this issue with our children, the greater the chances are that we can stay ahead of it.”

Giving Thanks to Volunteers

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In honor of School Board Recognition Week, the district took time during its Oct. 22 meeting to honor the seven community members, along with the Board’s student representative and the district clerk, who serve the school district. During the event, principals and students from each school honored their building’s representative with words of appreciation and presented them with small tokens of appreciation.

“Our Board exemplifies an unwavering dedication to educating the whole child and supporting innovative programs and new initiatives that inspire and motivate learning at all levels,” said Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Pedisich. “They are the consummate volunteers; their efforts are altruistic, purposeful and meaningful. We are incredibly grateful for their support and the collective wisdom they bring to this often challenging and complex position.”
 

Patriot Pride Soars

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Ward Melville High School Patriots scored a winning homecoming for the Three Village Central School District community when they triumphed over the competition under particularly sunny skies this October.

The weekend’s activities began with a spirited pep rally and bonfire on Friday evening, followed by a widely attended carnival the following afternoon. 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. During halftime, Arrowhead Elementary School was announced as the winner of the competition.

When the hometown Patriots took on a strong Bay Shore team, their weeks of preparation were evident. After a scoreless first quarter, Ward Melville scored 12 points and the lead to end the first half. The team ended the game with a 40-33 victory over their opponents.





Siemens Regional Finalist

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Ward Melville InSTAR senior Niyati Desai was named a regional finalist in the Siemens Competition for her study of graphene, a form of carbon, as the possible future technology to make smaller, more efficient integrated circuit chips and computer processors. Niyati’s work was performed at Stony Brook University under the guidance of professors Xu Du and Matthew Dawber and graduate student M. Humed Yusuf.

Niyati will next present her research to the Siemens committee at Carnegie Mellon University on Nov. 21 and 22. As a finalist, she has won a $1,000 scholarship, and can win up to $100,000 at the national competition in December.

Three Village Education Foundation's Annual Fundraiser - November 6, 2014

Last year's raffle winners took home a total of $20,450!!  Only 500 tickets will be sold.

Please see our website for more information about the Foundation, as well as, this year's 50/50 ticket information (online ticket purchase available via Paypal).

Last year, the Foundation donated approximately $48,000 towards the purchase of new band uniforms.  This year, our goal is to raise money to support the purchase of new helmets for the athletic department. 


Performing Nationally

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W.S. Mount Elementary School fourth-grader Ava Della Pietra will soon see her name in lights, as she has been cast in the national tour of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Ava will be appearing as Susan Waverly in the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film. In this dramatic role, she will perform a solo song and work with the entire cast to help tell the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. The tour will be traveling to Peoria, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Boston and New Haven during the 2014 holiday season.

Performing on the national stage is not something new to Ava, as she traveled to 27 cities in the role of Little Cosette in the 2013 national tour of “Les Miserables.”

Ava studies with Michael Livering of the Performing Arts Studio in Port Jefferson.

Ward Melville HS Track is Closed for Reconditioning

The High School track is undergoing reconditioning and will be closed through the end of December.

Promoting Kindness and Compassion

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The notion that every action can have a positive reaction was the basis of a recent character education program – Rachel’s Challenge – at Arrowhead Elementary School.

For the past several years, the school has been integrating this national program with its character education program PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). Both programs reward and praise students for exhibiting positive behaviors as a means of encouraging similar actions in the future.

The assembly introduced students to the inspiration behind the program – Rachel Scott, a victim of the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999 – and discussed how they can work to promote a culture of inclusion, acceptance and kindness. As a symbol of their commitment, students and staff members were invited to sign a banner in the days following the program.

Throughout the year, students who are “caught” demonstrating acts of kindness are given a paper chain of kindness link, which bears their name and the behavior displayed. Teachers connect these links in a display throughout the building, and at the end of the year the links are all connected for a schoolwide celebration. A kindness and compassion calendar is also distributed each month for families to follow.

Bully No More

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The fall foliage was not the only thing turning orange this October, as R.C. Murphy Junior High School students and staff members joined together in the autumnal color to celebrate Unity Day.

The event, hosted by the school’s PBIS committee in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month, symbolized the school’s commitment to increase awareness of bullying and connect the community with the school.

During Murphy’s Bullying Prevention Week, students memorialized how they would end bullying and stand up for kindness on pieces of orange paper, listened to daily announcements on the topic and attended a workshop with renowned speaker Lee Cutler. The slips of paper were joined together to form a chain that was displayed outside the school’s library. Students and staff members also received orange bracelets, which were worn to promote kindness and tolerance.

During his address, Mr. Cutler shared several personal stories and how these life events inspired him to think about the individual he wanted to be. He challenged students to think about how they would address similar situations, particularly ones dealing with civil and human rights as well as moments of peer pressure and personal ethics.

Mr. Cutler conducted a similar program at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School.

High Praise for Student-Musicians

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Ward Melville High School student-musicians regularly impress audiences with their talents, and many were selected this fall to showcase their abilities as part of the 2014 All-County and All-State music festivals.

As a result of their outstanding scores at the 2014 NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals, 48 juniors and seniors were selected for the All-County Music Festival, and 29 were chosen as All-State participants or alternates at this year’s NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester.

In addition to the individual students selected, the school’s award-winning chamber orchestra has been invited to perform at the NYSSMA Winter Conference. Last year the ensemble, directed by Philip Gelfer, submitted several audition pieces as well as a list of competitions attended in the last two years. A panel of judges selected the group as the only string orchestra to be represented at the conference.

Congratulations to the following students:

All-State Musicians
Thomas Avella, Symphonic Band
Sage Beasley, Mixed Chorus
Haebin Chang, alternate
Mary Conley, Women’s Chorus
Devin Cowan, Symphony Orchestra
Emily Gates, Mixed Chorus
Kristen Gonzalez, alternate
Nick Greene, alternate
Sophie Hintze, alternate
Matthew Hoffman, Mixed Chorus and alternate
Haarika Korlipara, String Orchestra
Ariel Leong, alternate
Thomas Li, String Orchestra
Edward Liu, alternate
Elizabeth Merrifield, Women’s Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Nima Mohammadi, Symphony Orchestra
Rajiv Moturu, Symphony Orchestra
Justin Pinard, alternate
Jordan Reuter, alternate
Heidi Scarth, alternate
Swathi Sekar, Mixed Chorus
Jack Tanzi, Mixed Chorus and alternate
Erin Tiedemann, alternate
Martin Vaillancourt, alternate
Jake Vincel, String Orchestra
Allison Wallace, Mixed Chorus
John Welde III, alternate
Emily Winston, Wind Ensemble
Eric Wortzman, Instrumental Jazz

All-County Band
Thomas Avella
Jordan Pollack
Alexander Smith
Eric Wortzman

All-County Orchestra Winds
Constance Mulford
Jordan Reuter
Emily Winston

All-County Orchestra
Haebin Chang
Devin Cowan
Micaela Cunningham
Nick Greene
Haarika Korlipara
Ariel Leong
Karen Li
Thomas Li
Edward Liu
Amanda Lu
Elizabeth Merrifield
Nima Mohammadi
Rajiv Moturu
Rebekah Rosenberg
Dylan Webb
Jeremy Wong
Jake Vincel
Elizabeth Zhao

All-County Mixed Choir
Sage Beasley
Donald Della Pietra
Alexandra Droual
Kaitlyn Gillen
Kristen Gonzalez
Joseph Hines
Matthew Hoffman
Meaghan Kruse
Elizabeth Merrifield
Jack Tanzi
Shawn Tellekamp
Martin Vaillancourt
Allison Wallace
Sarah Whelan

All-County Women’s Choir
Mary Conley
Jessica Fowler
Emily Gates
Isabella Kyle
Olivia Passanante
Heidi Scarth
Swathi Sekar
Jenna Stimmel
Erin Tiedemann

Dig Pink

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A sea of pink blanketed the gymnasium at Ward Melville High School as the girls varsity and junior varsity teams hosted Dig Pink, a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dig Pink, a Suffolk County volleyball initiative started by Ward Melville coach Charles Fernandes approximately six years ago, calls for teams to wear pink during a predetermined home game and raise dollars and awareness.

Ward Melville dedicated their Oct. 14 games against Commack High School to the initiative. In addition to sporting unique white and pink T-shirts created by the Side Out Foundation, the teams coordinated a bake sale and sold pink bracelets for the cause.

“As part of the athletic program, we speak with the students about the importance of giving back to their community and working to help others,” said Coach Fernandes. “Since breast cancer affects so many lives on Long Island, we felt this was an important initiative to participate in annually.”

The teams raised more than $500 during the event and are continuing their fundraising efforts throughout the month. While the junior varsity team suffered a loss, the varsity team improved their record to 9-2.

The Ward Melville boys volleyball teams will host a similar event during their Oct. 27 game. To date, the county has raised well over $250,000 for the initiative.

Celebrating Culture at Ward Melville

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Math Experiments

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Practical applications for a variety of complex math theories were at the center of an in-school field trip for third- through sixth-graders at Setauket Elementary School and the district’s secondary students when the Math Midway 2 Go travel exhibit visited the buildings.

Created by the Museum of Mathematics in NYC, the exhibit included six interactive stations that captivated and engaged students in concepts ranging from geometry and algebra to probability, statistics and number systems. At each of the exhibits, the students conducted a hands-on experiment and learned about the mathematics behind the lesson. For example, at the “roller graphicoaster” station, students experimented with the slope of a roller coaster. At the “ring of fire” location, they explored cross-sections of 3-D shapes by using a laser light and solid objects.
 
“This exhibit allowed the students to learn about mathematics beyond the lessons explored in the classroom and understand how they are applied to the world around them,” said Rocco Vetro, mathematics chairperson at R.C. Murphy Junior High School.
    

Fire Prevention Month

Elementary students throughout the district learned important fire safety tips from local firefighters. Click on the video below to learn about the Setauket Fire Department's visit to Minnesauke Elementary School.

Cooking Up a Valuable Lesson

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Ninth-graders at R.C. Murphy Junior High School learn firsthand about culinary professions when Chef Steven Blair from Johnson and Wales University – Providence visited the International Foods class.

Chef Blair spoke about the university and demonstrated how to make spaetzle with mushrooms and kale. He also discussed the various majors offered at the university, as well as how a student’s extracurricular involvement can help with college acceptances and scholarships offerings.

"Having Johnson and Wales visit my class illustrates for [students] how much knowledge they already have and what opportunities there are for them in the future," said teacher Emma Domino.
 

Trick or Treat Street at WMHS - Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Please see attached flyer with details about the Annual Trick or Treat Street held at Ward Melville.

Three Village boasts 23 Commended Students

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Twenty-three of Ward Melville High School’s brightest students have been named National Merit Scholarship Commended Students.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.

Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition, these students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 PSAT.

“You should be very proud of yourselves for this achievement,” Principal Dr. Alan Baum said to those honored. “I know that I am very proud of you.”

The district congratulates the following students.

•    Mitchell R. Berger
•    Niyati K. Desai
•    Gabriel N. Downs
•    Kyra A. Durko
•    Tess E. Duryea
•    Ashley L. Earl
•    Ryan Fan
•    Alexander Frenkel
•    Jessica Ju
•    Marvin Lee
•    Daria E. Purdy
•    Cyrus T. Rastegar
•    Jared A. Rifkin
•    Erika J. Riley
•    Angad Singh
•    Luke J. Sugrue
•    Nicholas J. Thornton
•    Runda Tian
•    Benjamin M. Winston
•    Jeremy Wong
•    Hannah C. Yen
•    Rui Zhang
•    Evan Zou

Ward Melville’s Invictus honored for excellence

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Congratulations to Mrs. Weisman and the entire 2013-2014 Invictus Yearbook staff!!!! Our opening spread from last year's book was nominated for a NSPA Design of the Year award. Only 10 designs were selected from books around the country! We will find out our placement in the contest at the JEA/NSPA Journalism Conference in DC.

Our yearbook was also critiqued by well-known journalism professionals and NSPA and received an ALL-AMERICAN HONOR RATING with 4 marks of distinction (concept/essentials, coverage, design, & writing/editing).

This is the highest rating we could receive and if we receive this rating for 10 years in a row we get inducted into the NSPA All American Hall of Fame. This is now the third year of receiving this ranking!!

Congratulations to the entire yearbook staff. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year!