Giving Thanks to Volunteers

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


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.

Math Experiments

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.