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WMHS Dominates at DECA Competition

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Ward Melville High School’s DECA team earned high honors during this year’s regional competition, with 32 out of 32 members qualifying for the upcoming New York State competition. 

During the event, held at Suffolk County Community College Ammerman Campus, team members competed in a series of business events, showcasing their knowledge of such subjects as human resource management, financial services and business law. 

The Three Village Central School District congratulates the following honorees and wishes them luck when they compete in Rochester this March.

First-Place Winners:
Julia Hu and Sophie Ferguson - Entrepreneurship Team
Jay Sangwan and Kathryn Zhao - Financial Services Team
Leah Sugrue - Entrepreneurship
Jocelyn Su - Food Marketing
Jessica Guo - Human Resources Management

Second-Place Winners:
Julia Match and Erica Lin - Business Law and Ethics Team
Jenna Fu - Apparel and Accessories Marketing
Ari Solomon - Business Services Marketing
Elizabeth Wang - Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Ashley Zhang - Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Nathan Zou - Principles of Marketing

Third-Place Winners:
Eileen Whelan and Anna Ma - Hospitality Services Team
Priya Mukhi - Hotel and Lodging Management
Jonathan Huang - Principles of Finance

Fourth-Place Winners:
Dara Berman and Katie Zhao - Marketing Management Team
Suraj Singh - Automotive Services Marketing
Kelsey Ge - Restaurant and Food Service Management

Fifth-Place Winners:
Jade Eggleston - Retail Merchandising

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Teacher Pens Children’s Story

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As a special tribute to her grandmother and the bond shared among her family, Ward Melville High School special education teacher Virginia McCaffrey has authored and published the first in what she hopes to be a series of children’s books.

The book, “Chased by a Bear,” was inspired by the stories her grandmother would tell during family sleepovers.

“The nights always seemed to end with all five of us [my brother, cousins and I] huddled in the guest bedroom listening to my grandmother’s bedtime stories,” Ms. McCaffrey said. “As adults, we’ve all agreed that it felt like every story involved a bear chasing us in the woods. At the beginning, the intention was to just write a bedtime story involving her, never really considering that it could be a published book!”
The book, which is available for purchase on Amazon, is the first in what Ms. McCaffrey hopes will be a series of “Nancy Bedtime Stories.” She did not share her dream with her family until this first book was published and she had presented a copy to her relatives, including her grandfather, as a gift.  

“To say they were excited and shocked is an understatement,” she said. “The whole family enjoyed reading it, and of course, everyone has their opinions of what should happen in upcoming books!”  

Students Partner with BNL

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As a result of their research proposals, four R.C. Murphy Junior High School students were selected for the Partners in Science Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory, sponsored by the Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Library System and the library at Brookhaven Lab. The selected students included Brooke Diamond, Neil Mehta, Akshay Malhotra and Kaitlyn Tung.

The program’s purpose is to “encourage scholarship in science and mathematics though the use of reference and research materials not readily available in school or public library collections. It is anticipated that the Brookhaven National Laboratory environment will display career choices in research and development for students.”

During the program, the students toured the National Synchrotron Light Source research building, engaged in conversations with Brookhaven Lab scientists and attended a workshop on how to access library resources using the Brookhaven Lab website.

Alumni Return and Share Advice

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Ward Melville High School upperclassman had the chance to learn about the college experience of recent alumni during an annual event coordinated by the school’s guidance department.

Alumni Day brought back dozens of recent graduates, who are currently attending such institutions of higher education as Princeton, University at Buffalo, University of Hawaii and University of Maine. During the event, the alumni participated in panel discussions and visited individual classrooms, sharing information about their chosen school and experiences, either living away from home or commuting to college. They discussed how they selected their school, the roommate experience, how to balance coursework and a social life and what activities they take part in at school. 

“My perspective on how well Ward Melville prepared me for the college experience continued to grow since graduating,” said Dylan Weber, a senior at Binghamton University and future law school student. “One of the best pieces of advice I could give to the current classes is to not only think about the program the school has to offer, but the financial aspect of attending.” 

Donating to Bring Smiles

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Minnesauke Elementary School students teamed up with R.C. Murphy Junior High School students to make this past holiday season a happy one for those serviced through the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch by coordinating a toy drive at the schools. 

During the stuff-a-bus fundraiser, the Minnesauke fifth- and sixth-grade student council members helped to collect new toys from their peers and school faculty members. The collected items were donated to the center just in time for the December holidays. 

Two Seniors Named Scholars

Two Seniors Named Scholars
Ward Melville High School seniors Emily Huang and Michael Lu have been named Scholars in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search. Each year, 300 Regeneron STS scholars and their schools are recognized. From that select pool of scholars, 40 student finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000.
Please check back soon for updates on the students’  original research projects. 

Volleyball Tournament

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Ward Melville High School juniors and seniors had the chance to showcase their newly acquired volleyball skills during the building’s annual volleyball tournament this winter.

The event, which came as a conclusion to the students’ five-week volleyball unit in physical education classes, focused on improving students’ skill and fitness levels, and build school spirit, comradery, teamwork, leadership and cooperation.   

The event was refereed by teachers Jeffrey Heck and Enrico Chacon, while Ronald Muscarella served as the MC for the game. Students from the stands participated in the spike-and-serve competition. 
As a special touch, two Ward Melville graduates, Anthony Kay and Ben Brown, handed out signed baseballs during the event.

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Guest Speaker Shares Historical Insight

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School honors-level eighth-grade Earth Science classes recently had the chance to attend a workshop and discover several interesting facts about extraordinary fossils. 

During the event, Dr. Isaiah Nengo, a paleontologist working at Stony Brook University through the Turkana Basin Institute, shared an exciting discovery he and his team made in Kenya. Beginning with a general explanation of science and paleontology, the story he narrated took the audience through the natural history of the Lake Turkana region and the conditions that led to the evolution of humans. 

The students had an opportunity to hold and examine a detailed replica of the incredibly intact fossil skull, determined by the team to be approximately 13 million years old. The skull provides a very important piece of the evolutionary puzzle leading to modern humans. The young ape was from a time that is not well represented with good hominid fossil specimens.

Dr. Nengo donated a 3-D-printed copy of the fossil skull, which the team named Alesi from a Turkana word meaning “ancestor,” to the school. 

Jump Rope for a Cause

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Nassakeag Elementary School students had the chance to showcase their jump roping skills as they took part in the school’s Second Annual Jump Rope Contest. 

The contest was a culmination of a jump rope unit taught in physical education class that was also a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. To qualify for the schoolwide event, fourth- through sixth-grade students had to jump rope for a minimum of three minutes continuously. 

After starting the contest with 63 qualifiers, Jordan Zezelic, a fifth-grader, outlasted everyone by jumping for 11 minutes and 32 seconds. 

Mock Trial Team Honored

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Ward Melville High School’s mock trial team was recently honored by the Suffolk County Legislature for its successful competition in the Long Island Mentor Moot Court Competition. 

During the event, the students showcased their professionalism and courtroom skills as they prepared and argued Supreme Court briefs in front of sitting federal judge panels. As a result of their performances, the team was crowned the Suffolk County and Long Island champions out of almost 40 teams in the tournament. 

Transforming Bags into Art

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s National Junior Art Honor Society members lent their artistic skills to a worthy cause this winter as they designed shopping bags for a food pantry for the holidays. 

After discussing the importance of food pantries and the need to donate to them throughout the year, the students worked under the direction of adviser Lisa Cappiello to transform recycled paper bags into unique designs. 

The completed bags were delivered to an East Northport food pantry just before the December holidays. 

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Ward Melville Science Team Ranks First

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Ward Melville High School’s Science Olympiad team showcased its talents and skills during this year’s Long Island Science Olympiad Invitational in December. As a result of its knowledge and passion, the team came in first and was awarded a total of 19 medals in various categories.

This was a great start to what is sure to be a promising competition season for the team! 

Lessons on Blogging

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Setauket Elementary School fourth-grade students in Eric Gustafson’s class are strengthening their writing skills as they step inside the world of online journalism and complete creative writing entries for a class blog.

Set up in a secure Google Classroom site, the students are writing about their favorite things, holiday gift ideas and much more. Additionally, they are engaging with their peers in meaningful dialogue about the subjects shared. 

The project is designed to be a fun outlet for individual expression as well as provide students with the opportunity to build their use of the language. While the students are writing for enjoyment, Mr. Gustafson continues to reinforce in them the need to back up their statements with evidence and to take care with their grammar and sentence structure. 

“I really like how the blog allows us to talk to our classmates and share experiences in order to get to know each other better,” said fourth-grader Samuel Siegal. 

In the future, Mr. Gustafson hopes to expand the blogging project to include video blogs and interactions between the class and their parents. 

Next Adventure for Talented Student-Musician

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh-grader Ava Della Pietra has been sharing her musical talents with the world for many years, and this fall added the role of television actress to her growing résumé. Ava recently taped an episode of “Sesame Street,” focused on teaching children how to play, that will air in November 2018. 

In addition to this experience, Ava returned to Madison Square Garden to perform the national anthem during the Dec. 3 New York Knicks game. She is now turning her attention to her songwriting career, finishing up a short album of original songs. She plans to record one of her songs in California this December school break.

Ava’s past résumé includes having starred in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock – The Musical,” performing as Little Cosette and Little Éponine in the 25th anniversary tour of “Les Misérables” and as Susan Waverly in the 2014 national tour of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”  

Family Fun Night - STEM Edition

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The Three Village Central School District, in concert with the Three Village STEM Enrichment Foundation, sponsored an interactive community STEM Family Fun Night.

The event was attended by more than 400 people and featured such things as computer coding, robotics, 3-D printer demonstrations, fossil exploration, a Breakout EDU challenge and much more. STEM teachers from throughout the district, as well as members of the robotics and Science Olympiad teams, were on hand to help facilitate the demonstrations and engage participants in hands-on activities designed to support the district’s STEM-based curriculum. 

As a result of the overwhelming attendance, $800 was raised for the STEM Foundation. The Three Village STEM Enrichment Foundation was established to support the STEM enrichment activities of students in the Three Village community and support a variety of STEM programs in the school district. 

Celebrating Accomplishments

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The Three Village Central School District Board of Education took time during its Dec. 13 meeting to celebrate and honor the achievements of several Ward Melville High School students.

John Ninia was commended for earning 137 merit badges from the Boy Scouts of America and for earning the William T. Hornaday bronze medal for exceptional conservation projects. 

In addition, several student-athletes were celebrated for their postseason play this fall. Eric Zulkofske was honored for being a 2017 state qualifier in boys cross country, Grace O’Sullivan was honored for being a 2017-18 state qualifier in girls gymnastics, and Denise Lai was congratulated for being a 2017 state qualifier in varsity girls tennis. Furthermore, varsity girls swimming team member Victoria Bogdanski was commended for being a 2017 state qualifier in the 200m medley; Sydney Boals was honored for being a 2017 state qualifier in the 100m freestyle, 200m medley and 400m freestyle relay; Kaitlyn Ehlers was recognized for being a 2017 state qualifier in the 200m medley and 400m freestyle; and Riley Gavigan was honored for being a 2017 state qualifier in the 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 400m freestyle relay and 200m medley. Lastly, the New York State championship varsity field hockey team was commended for its terrific season. 

Top 25 Players to Watch

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Ward Melville High School junior Lauren Hansen and senior Alex Sobel have been named to the “Top 25 Basketball Players on Long Island to Watch” list by Newsday.

Lauren is considered one of the top players on Long Island because of her ball-handling and shooting – both of which have drawn interest from high-level Division I programs. 

Alex, who is one of the tallest players in Suffolk, is said to “control the paint every night,” delivering, for instance, a 22-point, 24-rebound performance against Sachem North last year. He averaged 17.8 points per game last year.

Congratulations to both Patriots on earning this recognition! 

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Students Present Business Plans

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Ward Melville High School’s Virtual Enterprise class recently competed against 90 other schools from across Long Island during a leadership conference at Long Island University Post. It earned a semifinalist spot as a result of its performance.
Prior to the contest, the students created a comprehensive business plan on their original concept – Mac Attack. The students’ plan was for a restaurant that puts a unique spin on the classic mac and cheese. All dishes start with a macaroni and cheese base, including gluten free, dairy free and vegan options, and then offer customizations to create the perfect mac and cheese for all. 

With the support of their teacher, Ilene Littman, the students spoke about their restaurant during the event. The ‘elevator pitch,’ which lasted 60 seconds, covered topics such as company goals, the target market, niche and appeal to investors. Mac Attack’s pitch was presented by Niki Friedwald, a senior and the company’s CEO, to a crowd of over 1,500 attendees.

Virtual Enterprise is a company comprised of various businesses run by high school students in a virtual world.

Art Teacher’s Lesson Featured Nationally

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School art teacher Michael Sacco was recently selected to have one of his cutting-edge lessons and associated student artwork featured in the December issue of SchoolArts. This is the eighth time a lesson by Mr. Sacco has been published in the national art education magazine. 

The article, “Luminous Light Circles,” features artwork from Gelinas students past and present, including Maggie Robins, Gabrielle Valukis and Chelsea Pan. The feature is based on Mr. Sacco’s eighth-grade lesson on using white pencils on black paper. 

For more information about the lesson or to read Mr. Sacco’s article, please click the link below. The article begins on page 15. 

Physical Education Students Honored

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Ward Melville High School students Arianna Barbieri and Zachary Hobbes were named among the top physical education students in Suffolk County and presented with the 2017 New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone award.   

The students were nominated for this honor by their physical education teachers, Tara DiBernardo and Ron Muscarella, respectively. They received their awards this December at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch. 

A Holiday Boatbuilding Challenge

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Setauket Elementary School’s third-grade science club had the chance to learn about properties of boats and solid structures during a hands-on STEM-based learning challenge.

After learning about the 1620 journey of the Mayflower, the students worked with simple and commonly found household items to create small boats. They used such materials as construction paper, popsicle sticks, tape, paper plates, pipe cleaners and foil. Once designed, the students’ boats were placed in a water bin and tested to see if they could hold five marbles and sustain ocean winds, which were replicated using a blow-dryer.

During a subsequent meeting, the students worked in small groups to build a sturdy shelter for the pilgrims and tested to see if their creations could withstand the weather elements the new settlers would encounter when they arrived in America. The shelters were required to have a door and a roof, be only two inches taller than the paper pilgrims provided and could not be wider than a paper plate. Once constructed, they were tested on how successfully they could brave the weather using a water bottle, hair dryer and heavy jar of marbles, each respectively representing rain, wind and snow. 

Band Performs During Three Village Day

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Setauket Elementary School’s advanced band showcased its musical skills during this year’s Three Village Day at Stony Brook University. 

During the Seawolves football team’s game against University at Albany, the entire community came together as they listened to the band’s pitch-perfect performance of the national anthem. 

State Champions Honored

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Ward Melville High School's New York State Championship field hockey team was recently congratulated by the Suffolk County legislature for their winning season. They are pictured here during the special recognition ceremony.

Learning About the Restaurant Industry

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Ward Melville High School Gourmet Foods classes had the chance to learn about the restaurant business during a recent visit with Chef John Hesse of That Meetball Place in Patchogue.
During the visit, Chef Hesse shared his recipe for making crepes. He showed students the proper technique for producing the batter and asked for student volunteers to demonstrate flipping a crepe. Students then got to try the delicious crepes stuffed with an apple raisin filling. 

Hats for a Cause

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Minnesauke Elementary School students in Patricia Woods’ sixth-grade class teamed up with the first-grade students in Jen Frole’s class to complete a purple-themed project to raise awareness and prevent shaken baby syndrome.

The students decorated 50 purple infant hats and created informative tags for new parents at St. Charles Hospital to help them remember that PURPLE crying is just a phase, that it will pass and to ask for help.  

Sharing the Holiday Spirit

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Minnesauke Elementary School sixth-grade students in Lou Petrucci’s class helped to spread holiday cheer within their local community and abroad during two recent community service projects. 

The students made holiday cards, trinkets for gifts and donated gifts to the children at Angela’s House in Stony Brook. This establishment assists families caring for medically frail children living at home with their parents or in special homes that offer 24-hour nursing support. 

Additionally, the class participated in AdoptaPlatoon to provide a bit of the holidays and the comforts of home to those servicemen and women deployed oversees. For the initiative, the students made cards for the soldiers with boxes of candy canes. 


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Congratulations to the following Ward Melville High School varsity fall teams that were named Scholar-Athlete teams this year. Each of these teams were comprised of 75% or more athletes with a 90 or above GPA during their season. In addition, 237 individual scholar athletes were named. These students each had a GPA of 90 or above this past fall.

Scholar Athlete Teams
1. Varsity Field Hockey
2. Varsity Boys Golf
3. Varsity Gymnastics
4. Varsity Girls Swimming & Diving
5. Varsity Girls Tennis
6. Varsity Girls Volleyball
7. Varsity Boys Volleyball

Victories in the Courtroom

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In preparation for the upcoming competition season, Ward Melville High School’s mock trial team recently competed in the Long Island Mentor Moot Court Competition. 

During the event, the students showcased their professionalism and courtroom skills as they prepared and argued Supreme Court briefs in front of sitting federal judge panels. As a result of their performances, the team was crowned the Suffolk County and Long Island champions out of almost 40 teams in the tournament. 

Bump, Set and Spike for a Cause

Bump, Set and Spike for a Cause photo

The R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s foreign language club hosted its annual volleyball tournament in which over 300 students and staff members participated.

Each team consisted of six to eight students and one staff member and each played in at least five games during the tournament. There were two divisions: seventh-graders and eighth- and ninth-graders.  As a result of their winning records, the seventh-grade champions were team G-Force and the eighth- and ninth-grade champions were team No Names.  

The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase school supplies for the Instituto Modelo De Enseñanza Individualizada, which is a school for students with special needs in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sewing Up Donations

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Looking to brighten the days of local children, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grade home and careers classes have created 100 handsewn colorful teddy bears for the Ronald McDonald House. 

What started as a class sewing project transitioned into a community giving project after the students expressed interest in donating their creations to children in need or those suffering from illness. In partnership with the Ronald McDonald House, the students’ creations will be delivered to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Songs for Scholarships

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The Three Village Central School District music teachers came together this November to share their love of music with a sold-out crowd at R.C. Murphy Junior High School, in the Back to Rock is Back Again faculty concert.

During this second annual concert – held in conjunction with the Three Village Music Boosters – the music teachers throughout the district performed approximately 17 selections ranging from classical to rock to country. 

The more than $4,000 raised that night will help to fund music scholarships for graduating Ward Melville High School seniors as well as support initiatives of the district’s music department.

Nassakeag Wonders

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Seeking inspiration from the novel turned movie “Wonder,” fourth-grade students at Nassakeag Elementary School recently completed a multidimensional project focused on character development and the importance of kindness.

After reading the book, the students discussed how the characters changed throughout the course of the book and how their interactions with others helped to sway the students’ opinions of the characters. 

Connecting to their grade-level English Language Arts curriculum, the students then identified a precept from R.J. Palacio’s book “365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Brown’s Book of Precepts” that they identified with. They created a “wall of wonders” in the fourth-grade hall using the precepts. 

Additionally, they reflected on one of the themes of the book – the choice individuals often have of being right or being kind. The students noted what it means to choose kindness, when the choice between kindness and right may occur and why it is important to choose kindness. 

In addition, the students in Miss Donato’s classroom created a class book of original precepts and how they are working to make a difference in the world. 

Fall Sports Recap

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The Ward Melville High School varsity sports teams completed a tremendous season this fall, with many competing in postseason competitions. Below is a brief overview of the season’s highlights:

Boys Cross Country – Season Record: 5-1

Eric Zulkofske: state qualifier

Girls Cross Country – Season Record: 5-1

League runner-up

Varsity Field Hockey – Season Record: 22-0

Undefeated League champions

Suffolk County champions

Long Island champions

New York State champions

Football – Season Record: 5-4

Big Four champions!

Home playoff game

Boys Golf – Season Record: 9-1               

League champions

Girls Gymnastics – Season Record: 5-1

League runner-up

Grace O’Sullivan: county and state qualifier

Varsity Girls Soccer – Season Record: 12-4-2

League champions


Girls Swimming – Season Record: 7-1

2017 League/Suffolk County champions

Individual County champion: Sydney Boals 100-yard freestyle

Riley Gavigan: state qualifier 200 IM/100-breaststroke (school record)

200-medley new school record/state qualifier: Sydney Boals, Victoria Bogdanski, Kaitlyn Ehlers, Riley Gavigan

400 freestyle relay/state qualifier: Sydney Boals, Kaitlyn Ehlers, Riley Gavigan, Kylie Kramer

Varsity Girls Tennis – Season Record: 18-1

League champions

Division 3 champions

County champions

Six county qualifiers

Denise Lai: Division 3 champion, state qualifier (2x)

Keren Collins/Anna Ma: Division (2x) 3 Doubles champions

Varsity Boys Volleyball – Season Record: 7-7

Varsity Girls Volleyball – Season Record: 15-6

Playoff qualifier/Playoff win

Creating Crafts for Children

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Members of the Arrowhead Elementary School student council teamed up with Stony Brook University’s chapter of the national organization Project Sunshine to create 200 craft bags for children recovering from illness or surgery at the hospital.

During the afternoon meeting, the students folded paper journals and helped to fill bags with colorful stickers, crayons and cloth dolls for the recipients to color in. They learned about the mission of Project Sunshine from several chapter members and were inspired by their efforts to bring joy and smiles to the children at the hospital. 

In addition to the community service component, the project had a special connection for the students as the afterschool initiative was spearheaded by Arrowhead graduate and current Project Sunshine Chapter Leader Daniel McCaffrey. 

Board Honors Student Scientists

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The district took time to honor and praise the academic achievements of Ward Melville High School seniors Faima Quadir and Andrew Zhang during their November Board of Education meeting. 
Earlier this fall, Faima and Andrew were named semifinalists in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology based on the original research projects they completed with the help of dedicated mentors.

Andrew researched metallic and semiconducting carbon nanotubes and their effectiveness on computer functions. Faima researched sunlight radiance reaching the Earth and the ability to create models that predict, monitor and manage future climate change. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Musical Honors – MYO Selections

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Congratulations to the following talented Three Village music students who have been selected to participate in The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's Suffolk Choirs and Orchestras this year. They will be featured in the following MYO performances this season:

November 5, 2017 Concerts at the Staller Center, Stony Brook University

March 18, 2018 at the Tilles Center, LIU Post
(Featuring Ward Melville HS student and MYO 2016-17 Concerto Competition Winner: Victor Jiao performing Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21)

May 6, 2018 at Carnegie Hall

MYO European Tour in July, 2018
(Ward Melville HS students Ryan Krug, Amanda Sheehan, Charles and William Sun, and Emily Wilson will perform in Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest this summer.)

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Baking Up a Fun-Filled Lesson

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The creative intricacies faced by a professional baker were front and center as students enrolled in Ward Melville High School’s gourmet foods classes competed in a cupcake-war competition this November.

Working in small groups, the students conceptualized, sketched designs for and ultimately baked exquisite cupcakes based on the theme of either Under the Sea or the four seasons. Student designs ranged from cupcakes shaped and decorated to look like hamburgers, frosty snowflakes and even colorful flowers. 

After working on their pieces throughout the week, the students faced a panel of judges who assessed their tasty creations based on four categories: taste, presentation, texture and creativity. 

“As a teacher I was so humbled by the unbelievable creations the students made,” said Jenna Raia, who teaches the course along with Emma Domino. “The magnitude of their work was just incredible, and it truly showcased their talents.” 

Taking a Look at Local Ecology

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s Earth SMART classes recently took their learning outside of the classroom. They participated in an interactive program called the Flax Pond Marine Lab through Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

For the project, the students traveled to the laboratory, located in Old Field, New York, to learn about the history, biology and geology of the area. According to its website, “the Flax Pond Marine Lab is an active research and instructional facility involved in investigating fundamental problems affecting marine fisheries on regional and national scales. The lab is located at Flax Pond, a 0.6 km² preserve that encompasses an entire tidal wetland area.” 

During their visit, students spent some time in the marsh learning about its ecology and then went inside the lab to learn about what experiments were being conducted there, including how temperature affects the growth of blue shelled crab, among others. Additionally, the students spent some time on the stream table to learn about erosion and how water moves the soil.  

Making Connections to Ancient Greece

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s ninth-grade global history and geography classes recently took a trip back in time. They created projects highlighting the culture of ancient Greece and then studied its effect on today’s modern world.

Working in small groups, the students researched such topics as food, government, theater, art, architecture, myth-religion, philosophy, athletics and many others topics as part of the assignment. Using their research, the students then created poster boards and displays highlighting the connection between the two time periods. and what contributions could be traced back to ancient Greece. For example, one group made comparisons between the ancient Greek Olympics and the competition organized today, while another created a replica of a dinner table from ancient Greece. The table showcased items that were staples in the Greek diet, how it changed over time and how the culture viewed food as beautiful art.

The students from each class had the chance to view their peers’ work as they completed a cultural scavenger hunt, looking for key facts highlighted in the displayed projects and documenting the contributions in a written assignment. 

Ward Melville HS Commends All-County Musicians

Ward Melville HS Commends All-County Musicians photo
Ward Melville High School student-musicians can often be found displaying their outstanding musical talents during school concerts and special programs. Thirty-eight of them will showcase their exquisite talents during the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Music Festival this November. 

“For the third year in a row, our district has had the most students selected in all of Suffolk County for this outstanding honor,” said district Director of Music Anthony Pollera. “Congratulations to our students and staff for all their hard work and dedication!”

The district congratulates the following student-musicians and wishes them well as they take part in the upcoming festival. 




































































































Field Hockey Wins States

Field Hockey Wins States Pic
Congratulations to the Ward Melville High School Varsity Field Hockey team, as they captured the New York State Championship on Nov. 12 in Binghamton NY with a 1-0 overtime victory over Miane-Endwell High School. The team finished the season with an undefeated record of 22- 0 – the best in the school’s history!
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