Climbing the Academic Ladder

After seven years in elementary school, Three Village sixth-graders bid a fond farewell to their classrooms and teachers as they took the next step in their academic journeys this June. During moving up ceremonies at each of the buildings, the students collectively reflected on their time in elementary school and looked toward their first year of junior high with anticipation and excitement.

During the ceremonies, principals and administrators in attendance praised the sixth-graders for their dedication to their academics, involvement in community service and ambition for their futures. At W.S. Mount Elementary School, several students shared their fond memories of the past several years and their hopes for the future.

“We are here today to commemorate a new beginning and a happy ending,” said sixth-grader Clara Sullivan. “We are here today to celebrate success, hard work and learning – not only math, science and reading but learning to be a person and learning that happiness isn’t measured in years; it is measured in memories.”

Before concluding the events, each student was presented with a commemorative moving up certificate and several were honored with achievement awards and scholarships on behalf of the TVTA.




Educational Professionals Receive Tenure

The district’s Board of Education and administrative team celebrated the professional accomplishments of 17 individuals during a newly tenured staff recognition in June. In celebration of this significant milestone in the professionals’ careers, each tenure candidate was individually recognized and presented with a commemorative certificate.

Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Pedisich and members of the Board of Education commended these professionals for their years of service to the school district and dedication to the field of education. “I am extremely proud and thank you for being a part of the Three Village family,” said Ms. Pedisich. “We look forward to working with each of you for many years to come and are fortunate to have you help prepare our students for their futures.” 

The following individuals received tenure:

Christina Aguinaga – R.C. Murphy Teaching Assistant
Maria Arcuri – Setauket Teaching Assistant
Kathleen Axelsen – P.J. Gelinas Teaching Assistant
Brian Biscari – Minnesauke Principal
Jaime Brennan – Arrowhead Teaching Assistant
Stacey Schreiber-Cross – Ward Melville Teaching Assistant
Gary Dabrusky, Ed.D. – Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
Jessica Degamon – P.J. Gelinas Teaching Assistant
Kevin Finnerty – R.C. Murphy Assistant Principal
Randi Kowalenko – Ward Melville Teaching Assistant
Maryann LaMonica – Ward Melville Teaching Assistant
Eric Lauritsen – Districtwide Teacher
Jonathon Rufa – R.C. Murphy Teacher
Jessica Scionti – P.J. Gelinas Teaching Assistant
Jennifer Shea – Minnesauke Teacher
Christine Swain – Setauket Teaching Assistant
Deborah Verbesey – Setauket Teaching Assistant


Honoring Scholars with Awards

The district recently honored a number of students for their outstanding dedication to community service during the President’s Volunteer Service Award Ceremony. According to the program’s website, this program is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens and residents to live a life of service. For photos from the event, please watch the slideshow below:

Photos provided by Greg Catalano. 





Joining Town Recycling Efforts

As part of the school’s continued recycling efforts, Setauket Elementary School kindergartners in Lori Bard’s and Kelly Freeman’s classes were selected to beautify a 55-gallon drum for the Town of Brookhaven Painting and Recycling Program. With the help of their teachers and several parent volunteers, the classes created a “Setauket Cares” design on the receptacle to symbolize their commitment to keeping their neighborhood free of waste.

The painted piece will be placed in a town park within the surrounding area and will be used to promote the town’s single-stream recycling program.