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Wondering how much screen time is too much? Parents may find information compiled in this flyer useful in finding a good balance.

Screen Time Tips for Parents

18-19 Student Placement for Grades 1-6 Available on July 16

Student placements will be available in the Campus portal beginning Monday, July 16 for students in grades 1 through 6 following the schedule below:

 8:00 am  - Nassakeag Elementary
 9:00 am  - Setauket Elementary
10:00 am - Minnesauke Elementary
11:00 am - Arrowhead Elementary
12:00 pm - WS Mount Elementary

Kindergarten placements will be made available at the end of August.

Board Begins New Year

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The Three Village Central School District Board of Education commenced the 2018-19 school year during its annual organizational meeting at the North Country Administrative Center on July 11.

During the meeting, William F. Connors, Jr and Deanna Bavlnka were sworn in for their new three-year terms of office. Mr. Connors, Irene Gische and Inger Germano were reappointed to serve as Board President, Vice President and District Clerk Pro-Tem, respectively.
 

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Ward Melville High School Graduation

Ward Melville High School Graduation photo

Musicians Capture Honors at Festivals

Musicians Capture Honors at Festivals photo

Three Village students across grade levels showcased their musical talents at a number of festivals and competitions this spring. The students were the ultimate professionals and represented the school district with pride and prestige. Below are the results of these coveted competitions.




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R.C. Murphy Junior High School Moving Up Ceremony

R.C. Murphy Junior High School Moving Up Ceremony photo

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Moving Up Ceremony

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Moving Up Ceremony photo

Ward Melville Athletes Named Under Armour All-Americans

Ward Melville Athletes Named Under Armour All-Americans photo
Ward Melville High School student-athletes Shannon Berry and Alex Mazzone have been named to the 2018 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Team. 

The two seniors will represent Ward Melville High School on June 30 at Johns Hopkins University where 44 of the nation’s best senior boys and girls will compete in the 13th annual Under Armour All-America North vs. South All-Star Games. The games will be televised live on ESPNU. 

Alex will attend Georgetown University and Shannon will attend Princeton University, where they will continue their athletic careers.

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Commending Top Students in Ward Melville’s Class of 2018

Commending Top Students in Ward Melville’s Class of 2018 photo
After 13 years of hard work, dedication and scholastic commitment, Ward Melville High School seniors Ethan Li and Michael Lu have been named the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.  

Ethan has maintained a challenging academic schedule throughout his career at Ward Melville, including nine Advanced Placement courses in the areas of science, computer science and mathematics alone. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar, a National Merit Scholarship finalist and a 2017 Scholar-Chess Player, and was named to the All-America Chess Team from 2016-2018. He is the founder of the Ward Melville Chess Team, and a member of the Science Bowl, Math Team and school newspaper. As a dedicated community member, he regularly gives back to the local area as a volunteer chess instructor and as the organizer of Mission: Toothbrush, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes donation drives for various charities and soup kitchens. 

Michael has also boasted an impressive academic record throughout his academic career. He is highly involved in the district’s science research program and was named a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar based on his research on heart health. He was elected vice president of the school’s Chess Team, served as the defense attorney for the building’s Mock Trial Team and was named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Michael has also been a dedicated volunteer at Mather Hospital. 

Nassakeag Says No More Straws

Nassakeag Says No More Straws photo
Nassakeag Elementary School sixth-graders in Robyn Weinstein’s class took action to help protect the Earth through a letter writing campaign to reduce the use of plastic straws. 

The students wrote to local food establishments, asking them to reduce or stop using plastic straws, noting that they have been found in the stomachs and noses of deceased sea animals. Citing the many alternatives to plastic – including bamboo, glass, paper or metal – the students encouraged several locations to embrace this initiative and, to date, one agreed to create a new “straws by request only” policy. 

Honoring Students for Service

Honoring Students for Service photo

258 district students were praised and commended for their philanthropic actions and presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award this June.

This national award is issued for service hours accumulated during a 12-month period. According to the official criteria, the awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of service. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. Three Village students accumulated 28,000 of service collectively this year! 

Special thanks to this year’s PVSA Chairs (listed below) and Ward Melville High School students, Zoe Gliganic and Harrison Goldstein, for providing the photos:

Arrowhead: Sallie Culloton & Yolanda Shields
Minnesauke: Deanna Bavlnka
Nassakeag: Inger Germano
Setauket: Andrea Fiorella
WS Mount: Alison Pugliese
Gelinas: Christine Gacovino
Murphy: Ann Marie Pszybylski
WMHS: Lisa Alvarez

For more information about the program and how to apply, please review the guidelines and logs posted on each school district webpage. Information for the 2018/2019 is available. 




Back-to-Back State Champs

Back-to-Back State Champs photo

The Ward Melville High School varsity boys lacrosse team has been named New York State champions for the second consecutive year. The team captured the win against a challenging team from West Genesee at St. John Fisher College by a score of 15-2.

 

Murphy Math Team Wins State Competition

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School students competed in and captured first place during the 2018 MoMathlon Tournament of Champions at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City, also known as the MoMath Museum. The tournament was sponsored by Con Edison and Brookhaven National Laboratory. 

The tournament consisted of the top 10 middle school teams in New York State: two from Suffolk County, two from Manhattan, two from the Bronx, two from Queens and two from Westchester County. R.C. Murphy team members Matthew Chen, Carolyn Liu, Ashwinaa Vaithianathan, Claire Yang and Ethan Yu comprised one of the top teams representing Suffolk County.

The tournament had four rounds: individual, team, mixed team and team relay. The students were not allowed to use a calculator, only their brains and scrap paper. They were given an iPad to view the problems and submit their answers. The top three teams were awarded medals and a trophy to bring home for the school. 

Alumni Return to the Stage

Alumni Return to the Stage photo

Ward Melville High School welcomed back a cast of talented choir and music alumni this June, who joined members of the senior Class of 2018 on stage for this year’s Alumni and Senior Recall Show/Final Project Showcase Concert.

The production, which was directed and coordinated by music teacher Linda Contino, was a great final project performance by the choirs at WMHS and helped recall some wonderful musical moments, both past and present. 



Award-Winning Ward Melville Athletes

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Ward Melville High School seniors Kate Mulham and Zach Hobbes were nominated for the prestigious Butch Dellacave Award, which goes to the most outstanding senior male and female athlete in Suffolk County who excels on the field, academically and in the community. 

Zach was named the overall male winner for 2018. He is an All-American lacrosse player and All-County football player and has carried a 100 GPA. The dedicated volunteer, who regularly visits veterans homes and runs a church group, will attend Harvard University this fall. 

He is the first Ward Melville athlete to win this prestigious award since Jack Bruckner in 2013. 

Mount Writers Showcase Talents at Charity Celebration

Mount Writers Showcase Talents at Charity Celebration photo

W.S. Mount Elementary School kindergarten students in Dawn McNally’s class recently hosted a Charity Writing Celebration to showcase the informational “how to” books they penned with other classes and parents.

The students began the day by reading their stories to the school’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes, before sharing them with special guests. 

In addition to sharing their stories, the students also showcased their artistic talents during the celebration. The students made over 200 bookmarks, which they sold at the celebration for a dollar each. As a result of the generosity of the attendees, the class raised $650 for The Fred Rogers Center. 

“Fred Rogers has greatly influenced my life as a parent as well as an educator, and I am honored to have made a connection with an organization that is continuing his important work,” Ms. McNally said. 




Celebrating Flag Day

Celebrating Flag Day photo

Students and staff members around the district paused to celebrate the nation’s stars and stripes this June as they marked Flag Day.

 

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Ward Melville Athletes Commit to College

Ward Melville Athletes Commit to College photo

After 13 years of dedication, both in and outside of the classroom, 64 Ward Melville High School students have committed to continue their athletic journey at some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities this fall.

“This is a remarkable achievement, to have so many students selected to continue to compete at the college level,” said Peter Melore, executive director for health, physical education, recreation, health services, drivers’ education and athletics. “What is even more impressive is that fact that 62 percent of the athletes selected to compete at this high level have maintained a 90 percent average or better.”

The Three Village Central School District congratulates the following student-athletes and wishes them well in their future. 

 

Last

First

Sport

School

Division

Barbieri

Arianna

Soccer

Stony Brook University

1

Becchina

Bridget

Fencing

University of North Carolina

1

Becker

Jillian

Lacrosse

University of Richmond

1

Berry

Shannon

Lacrosse

Princeton University

1

Bogush

Nicholas

Swimming

Marist College

1

Brazier

Shannon

Lacrosse

Cornell University

1

Buehler

Christopher

Baseball

LIU Brooklyn

1

Cardillo

Courtney

Cheerleading

Elon University

1

Coughlan

Shannon

Lacrosse

Yale University

1

Davenport

Liam

Lacrosse

West Point

1

Doran

Logan

Baseball

George Washington University

1

Duffy

Julia

Fencing

Pennsylvania State University

1

Flynn

Lucas

Lacrosse

Bryant University

1

Gaedje

Allyson

Track

Cornell University

1

Grillo

Matthew

Lacrosse

Providence College

1

Hobbes

Zachary

Lacrosse

Harvard College

1

Hurley

Margaret

Cheerleading

University of Alabama

1

Kaplan

Ryan

Swimming

Marist College

1

Kubik

Cameron

Swimming

University of Maine

1

Leap

Ryanne

Cheerleading

University of Rhode Island

1

Lievano

Rafael

Wrestling

University at Buffalo

1

Liucci

Kerri

Lacrosse

Towson University

1

Liucci

Nicole

Lacrosse

Towson University

1

Manuud

Kara

Competitive Dance

Pennsylvania State University

1

Mastriano

Madeline

Track

Loyola of Maryland

1

Mazzone

Alex 

Lacrosse

Georgtown University

1

Messina

Nicholas

Football

Brown University

1

Mulham

Kate

Lacrosse

Princeton University

1

Rutt

Samantha

Track

SUNY Albany

1

Ryan

Daniel

Track

University of Rhode Island

1

Solomon

Daniel

Fencing

Harvard College

1

Sturgess

Samantha

Track

Binghampton Univesity

1

Thornton

Kerri

Lacrosse

Towson University

1

Wilson

Kaitlin

Cheerleading

James Madison University

1

Winicki

Kayla

Soccer

Duquesne University

1

Zulkofske

Eric

Track

University of Rhode Island

1

Zuric

Luka

Swimming

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1

Alvarez

Stephanie

Swimming

University of Scranton

3

Bances

Arthur

Swimming

Ithaca College

3

Bogdanski

Victoria

Swimming

SUNY New Paltz

3

Cajigas

Brandon

Lacrosse

St. Joseph's College

3

Capizzi

Peyton

Football

Westfield State University

3

Cosentino

Dominick

Lacrosse

SUNY Geneseo 

3

Daly

Breanna

Swimming

St. Joseph's College

3

Guglielmo

Anthony

Soccer

Mount Saint Mary College

3

He 

David

Swimming

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3

Heaney

Courtney

Volleyball

Holy Family University

2

Honor

Nicholas

Soccer

SUNY New Paltz

3

Koester

James

Baseball

Salve Regina University

3

Leap

Tyler

Baseball

Farmingdale College

3

Leonard

Kevin

Lacrosse

Mount Saint Mary College

3

Mattson

Sean

Lacrosse

Florida Southern College

2

McMullen

Ryan

Lacrosse

SUNY Geneseo 

3

Murray

Bailey

Cheerleading

Suffolk County Community College

Jr. College

O'Brien

Megan

Volleyball

King's College 

3

O'Toole

Christian

Lacrosse

SUNY Geneseo 

3

Pallonetti

Ryan

Lacrosse

Franklin and Marshall College

3

Petraco

Ryan

Lacrosse

Oberlin College

3

Radke

Harry

Soccer

SUNY Geneseo

3

Sobel

Alexander

Basketball

Middlebury College

3

Toomey

Connor

Lacrosse

Belmont Abbey

2

Vitale

Victoria

Soccer

Kean University

3

Williams

Cameron

Lacrosse

SUNY Geneseo 

3

Zuvich

Joseph

Football

Union College

3

 

 

Artistic Expression Displayed on Gelinas Mural

Artistic Expression Displayed on Gelinas Mural photo
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s National Junior Art Honor Society members recently came together to create the chapter’s ninth annual group mural. 

Each year the group picks an individual to honor who is of outstanding character and has given back to the world at large. This year, the group chose Diana, Princess of Wales. The chapter’s 25 members each had a hand in creating the mural, which will be placed on permanent display at Gelinas this summer. 

Studying the Circulatory System

Studying the Circulatory System photo

Nassakeag and Minnesauke elementary school fifth-grade students have been learning about the circulatory system as part of a recent health education unit of study.

With the guidance of their health teacher, Kerry Diana, the students explored the circulatory system through their senses during health class. Visually they experienced the look of the heart muscle and its chambers using an actual calf heart, while also seeing the movement of their pulse with student-created marshmallow pulse meters. Through sound they listened to the lub-dub of their own heart using Littman stethoscopes and heard the sound of a partner’s lungs inhaling the oxygen that will get supplied to the blood for circulation.  

In addition, the students learned how to feel both their radial and carotid pulse points and were challenged to observe and assess the changes in their pulse rate during different levels of activity.  



Ward Melville Students Elected to Suffolk DECA Board

Ward Melville Students Elected to Suffolk DECA Board photo
The Ward Melville High School DECA team recently attended the annual election/installation dinner at Windows on the Lake in Lake Ronkonkoma, where three Ward Melville students were elected to the Suffolk County DECA board. 

Anna Ma was elected vice president of membership, Priya Mukhi was elected vice president of communications and Jay Sangwan was named vice president of finance. These students will serve their term through the 2018-19 school year.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for them and our DECA chapter,” said adviser Ilene Littman. 

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National Champions From Ward Melville

National Champions From Ward Melville photo
As a result of its project on polychiral multi-walled carbon nanotube solar cells, a team of Ward Melville High School students has been named a first-place winner in the Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association-sponsored ExploraVision competition.

The Three Village Central School District congratulates team members Kian Abbott, Jeffrey Casey, Darren Tung, Abhinav Yadav and teacher James Dornicik for winning the national prize. 

The students will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishment and to receive their awards. Their project was named best by a national team of judges consisting of scientists from the Food and Drug Administration, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and others for creativity, scientific accuracy, communication and feasibility of vision. 

Cupcake Wars

Cupcake Wars photo

Ward Melville High School’s spring semester Gourmet Foods classes recently showcased their creativity as they took part in this year’s Cupcake Wars competition.

This semester’s themes were Fantasy and Garden for first period and Under the Sea for second and third period. Students worked over the course of a week to prepare everything from fondant mermaid tails to aliens and planets. On the day of the competition, judges walked around each display, talked with students about the displays and sampled the cupcakes. 

The winners this semester were Victoria Prinzo for her Alice in Wonderland display (period 1), the Yellow Kitchen for their Underwater display (period 2), and Green Kitchen for their Poseidon display (period 3). All judges commended students for their outstanding efforts and students certainly enjoyed tasting the results from their projects.

 

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Nassakeag Writer Wins National Contest

Nassakeag Writer Wins National Contest photo
Nassakeag Elementary School sixth-grader Thania Canales has been selected as a winner of Scholastic’s Storyworks writing contest.  

Entrants were asked to write a letter from a character’s point of view.  Thania read the story, “Dad’s New Job” by Tommy Greenwald and then she wrote a letter from the character Henry’s perspective. The letter explained the lesson Henry learned from his dad. 

Thania was one of 10 winners selected in the contest and received a copy of “Dog Day Afternoon” by Tommy Greenwald.  
 

Research Projects on Display at Gelinas

Research Projects on Display at Gelinas photo

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh-grade students in Jacqueline Shaw’s English classes have been researching an argumentative topic of their choice and developing a considered opinion on it.

With the help of Ms. Shaw and library media specialist Nicole Connelly, the students created display boards to showcase their research. The students’ completed boards were on display during a research fair in the library, at which the students defended their positions to an audience and their teachers.

Research projects focused on such topics as “Should We Have a Bring Your Pet to School Day?,” “Does Vegetarianism Promote a Healthy Lifestyle?,” “Should the School Day Start Later?,” and “Should Zoos Improve Their Habitat?”

Lessons on Civic Engagement at Gelinas

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In a real-world lesson on civics, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students had the chance to meet with a current sitting judge during a recent Town Hall event at the school. 

A small cohort of seventh- and ninth-grade students visited with the Honorable Karen M. Wilutis, the president of the Board of Judges, to learn about her work in the First District Court. She spoke about her work in the domestic violence courts and her legal background, including working in private practice concentrating in criminal defense. She also discussed her work as the town attorney for the Town of Brookhaven, as well as for Sen. John Flanagan as legislative director. 

Murphy Students Earn Honorable Mentions

Murphy Students Earn Honorable Mentions photo
Six teams from R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s science research program have received honorable mentions in the Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association-sponsored ExploraVision competition. 

For the contest, students were asked to image a technology 20 years in the future and use the scientific process to research and develop their inventions. Overviews of the Murphy honorable mention projects are below: 

Biodegradable Virus Eradication Nanites: Team Members: Rishika Cherivirala, Alana John and Mahima Karanth. This group proposed the usage of nanotechnology to eradicate viruses from the body. The nanobots would break down and be eliminated from the body.

Bionic Pancreas: Team Members: Gabrielle Coupe, Lexi Katsaros and Justin Santana. The pancreas would be replaced by a 3D-printed synthetic one that will pump insulin and help regulate the blood sugar for those with diabetes.

Caule Cellam Auxilium: Synthetic Stem Cells: Team Members: John Coupe, Noelle Foster and Holly Hessner-Schnittman. This group proposed the creation of semi-synthetic stem cells to help eradicate disease.

Eco-Booster: Team Members: Aron Burstzyn, Matthew Dillon, Aditya Seetharaman and Ari Zucker. The Eco-Booster was conceptualized to reduce the amount of CO2 entering the air by cars. It is a filter that attaches to the tail pipe and then takes the CO2 and converts it to electricity that in turn powers the filter.

Fire Annihilator: Team Members: Alexa Calvansese, Olivia Drury, Sally Gliganic and Catherine Ma. A drone that could one day potentially save the lives of firefighters that die putting out fire in dry states like California. It is a small drone that puts out fires using low frequency sound waves as opposed to chemicals and water.

Sulfur Dioxide Smoke Stack Filter: Team Members: Julia Lingenfelter, Sofia Mulligan and Rachel Zhang. Sulfur dioxide is one of the largest components of acid rain. This group proposed creating and using a filter that would remove sulfur dioxide from factory emissions, which would decrease pollution and acid rain.

A Fancy Lunch at Mount

A Fancy Lunch at Mount photo

Sixth-graders at W.S. Mount Elementary School learned about proper meal etiquette and reinforced table manners during a special “fancy lunch” event at the school.

The event, hosted by the school’s Site-Based Team, began with an assembly program by two family and consumer science teachers from R.C. Murphy Junior High School. Emma Domino and Virginia Ferraro spoke with the students about dining out, table etiquette and table manners. 

Then the students were escorted to the mini gym, which was set up like a restaurant, where they were served lunch by parent volunteers.  

Outlet for Musical Expression

Outlet for Musical Expression photo

More than 800 students from across the Three Village Central School District showcased their musical talents as they competed in this year’s NYSSMA Satellite Festival held at R.C. Murphy Junior High School this May.

The district’s entire music faculty and more than 50 Tri-M Music Honor Society students volunteered during the event and the Three Village Music Boosters sponsored a dinner for the 100 NYSSMA and staff. 

A Musical High Note for Arrowhead Sixth-Grader

A Musical High Note for Arrowhead Sixth-Grader photo
Arrowhead Elementary School sixth-grader Acadia Kunkel was recently selected to attend the 2018 Suzuki Association of The Americas 18th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis from May 24-28.

Her selection was based on a video audition that earned her a spot playing violin in the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of America, alongside other musicians who were chosen from across the country. Acadia plays in the orchestra at Arrowhead under the instruction of Mr. James Hein.

Inspiring Creativity at Murphy

Inspiring Creativity at Murphy photo
R.C. Murphy Junior High School students recently took part in a creative “Keva Kontest” in the school’s library media center to showcase their innovation and skills.  

Using wooden Keva blocks, students became engineers as they created intricate and extravagant sculptures. As a result of their efforts, Christopher Apostol won first prize, Dylan Verby won second place and Andrew Lin was named the third-place winner. Each student was awarded a Barnes & Noble gift card.

A Magical Performance

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Ward Melville High School’s choirs competed in Disney World and performed at the Disney Springs Marketplace Stage. The 120 students prepared and performed beautifully on a sunny day and attended a Disney Sings Workshop, where they were instructed by Disney professional performers. They created all of the vocals, including singing, dialogue and sound effects, for a “Frozen” animation feature.
 

A Historical Dissection of Empires

A Historical Dissection of Empires photo

R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Advanced Placement World classes recently combined artistic expression with a lesson on the collapse of several postclassical societies as they completed a “dissection of an empire autopsy.”

Working in groups, the students in John Strub’s and Tracy Beauchamp’s classes examined one of the following empires: Aztec, Mali Ghana, Ming, Song or Songhai. They documented their findings – in such areas as advancements the society made; important dates; political, technological or cultural achievements; religion and cause for decline – on a large paper drawing of a person depicting a native of those regions. 

The completed projects were on display throughout the classrooms and nearby hallways. The students then completed a cumulative writing piece to answer two of five questions related to the study, as well as compared and contrasted two societies. 

 

Music With a Master

Music With a Master photo

All Three Village Central School District string players – more than 300 in total – had the chance to participate in the Electrify Your Strings program alongside international recording artist and electric violinist Mark Wood.
During the two-day program, which was sponsored by the district’s music department, Mr. Wood worked directly with the students to design a tailor made rock orchestra program. The workshop culminated in a live performance at Ward Melville High School. 

Electrify Your Strings is a music education phenomenon that introduced students to a whole new world of expressing themselves as musicians, and gave them a lifechanging experience they will never forget.

Minnesauke’s Mural With Meaning

Minnesauke’s Mural With Meaning photo
As the result of a grade-level project, a colorful mural depicting sea life and a picturesque shoreline now covers a large tapestry in the sixth-grade hallway at Minnesauke Elementary School. 

“This year, for our annual sixth-grade art project I wanted to teach my students about the importance of conserving our natural water resources and the negative effect that plastic is having on our environment,” said art teacher Christine Sacco. “We researched and studied the Long Island Sound and the different habitats that make up the Sound and then each student created a composition using one of those habitats.” 

The students’ exquisite pieces focused on such things as a single animal, plants and landscapes containing many details of plants, animals, sunsets and dunes. Once the individual projects were complete, Ms. Sacco worked with the students to combine all 97 unique compositions into one collaborative mural. 

Each sixth-grade student added something from their original art work to create a “Long Island Sound Mural.” 

Skilled Students Earn High Honors

Skilled Students Earn High Honors photo
Ward Melville High School students Thomas Carall and Eduardo Sofia recently competed in the SkillsUSA New York Area 6 competition and placed in the top three in their respective categories. Thomas placed second in audio production competition and Eduardo earned third place in the carpentry competition. 

Ride for Life Comes to Three Village

Ride for Life Comes to Three Village photo
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Three Village Central School District’s secondary schools helped to support research and raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, by supporting this year’s Ride for Life. 

As the ride began its journey from eastern Long Island to the Brooklyn Bridge, they visited each of the district’s secondary school buildings to thank the students and staff for their unwavering support of this worthy cause.

At Ward Melville High School, the riders were met with cheers from students in clubs such as Key Club, S.A.L.T. and HOSA. Many students fashioned posters and signs of support for the riders. 

ALS Ride for Life is an annual event organized by founder Chris Pendergast. It brings ALS suffers, caregivers and supporters together on a trek via motorized wheelchairs from the east end of Long Island to the New York City area. 

Ward Melville Students Earn National Medals

Ward Melville Students Earn National Medals photo
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Ward Melville High School students Astghik Vardanyan and Janet Song earned national medals in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. 

Their work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1 percent were recognized at the national level. Students receiving top awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 7 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design and the Pratt institute’s Manhattan Gallery. 



Murphy Principal Names an Administrator of the Year

Murphy Principal Names an Administrator of the Year photo
As the result of his professionalism, dedication and commitment, R.C. Murphy Junior High School Principal Vincent Vizzo has been selected to receive the Junior High School Principal of the Year Award by the Council of Administrators and Supervisors. 

“As the principal of Murphy Junior High School, Mr. Vizzo has built and cultivated a school culture full of care, warmth, kindness, compassion, respect and, most importantly, unity,” said Kevin Finnerty, Ward Melville High School assistant principal, former assistant principal at Murphy and one of the individuals who helped present the award to Mr. Vizzo. “He is a leader who is supportive of others, empowers others to achieve common goals and is willing to unlock people’s potential to help them become better. He has worked relentlessly over the years to improve students’ needs academically, socially and emotionally.”

Each year, the Council of Administrators and Supervisors recognizes a number of highly skilled school administrators from Nassau and Suffolk counties with an Administrator of the Year award. The council represents over 1,400 administrators in 77 school districts across Long Island.  

Setauket Runners Club

Setauket Runners Club photo
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Setauket Elementary School students in grades K-6 worked to stay active and healthy by running hundreds of miles this school year as part of their participation in the building’s Runners Club.  

The club, an initiative organized by the New York Road Runners, was divided into a grade 3-6 group and a K-2 group. Upperclassmen from Setauket volunteered during the younger club’s meetings to help keep track of the progress each runner makes.

Students are able to earn rewards from the NYRR based on the number of miles they run. 

New Spaces to Enjoy Rainy Days at Mount

New Spaces to Enjoy Rainy Days at Mount Pic

As the result of a multiyear service-learning project, W.S. Mount Elementary School proudly celebrated the grand opening of the building’s new game and indoor recess rooms this April.

Since 2013, the building’s Student Government has been working on a youth-led project to change the indoor recess environment at Mount School from the classroom to a more exciting environment. 

“Over the years, many students had a hand in creating, designing, fund-raising, budgeting, ordering, developing and redesigning for this initiative,” adviser Linda Figliozzi said. “To date, we have created three indoor recess rooms – one being a quiet recess room, the other a large game room and, along the way, our principal offered the mini gym as a third place for larger activities. Classes rotate during recess through these three rooms depending on the weather conditions.”

At the grand opening, current and returning students that were involved with this student-led initiative from Gelinas, Murphy and Ward Melville had the chance to tour the new spaces. 

This project came together through a partnership with Lift Up Long Island, an organization that supports the region through sustainability, providing skills and mentorship for youth in their social entrepreneurship ventures.




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