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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School

Address: 25 Mud Road, Setauket NY 11733
Main Office: (631) 730-4700
Fax: (631) 730-4707
Principal: Corinne Keane
Asst. Principal: William Corrao 
Dean of Students: Christopher Muscarella
School Hours: 7:40a.m. - 2:25p.m.

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Exploring Italy from the Classroom

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Junior High School students embarked on a journey of experiential learning and immersed themselves in the world of invisible cities. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s captivating novel, Le città invisibili,” students worked together to interpret maps of cities throughout the regions of Italy. Their multifaceted projects culminated in a captivating display to showcase their artistic, linguistic and analytical skills.

The collaborative project was spearheaded by the Center of Italian Studies at Stony Brook University, the American Association of Teachers of Italian (Long Island Chapter), the Consulate General of Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Bibliolibrò. Bringing together these entities for this project helped students foster a shared love of Italian language and culture.

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Date Added: 12/8/2023

JHS French Week

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Junior High School students were immersed in a delightful celebration of French culture during “French Week.” They participated in a cultural Kahoot, a game-based learning platform, to enhance their knowledge of French history and traditions. They also learned about Le Louvre and took photos with a Mona Lisa cut-out. Croissants and the aroma of chocolate fondue was smelt through the halls as students tasted the French culinary delights. Additionally, students participated in a French landmark scavenger hunt and explored iconic structures to deepen their appreciation for the beauty of France.

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Date Added: 11/15/2023

Red Ribbon Week

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The Three Village Central School District kicked off Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 23. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention campaign that takes place at schools across the United States.

To start the week, sixth graders visited Ward Melville High School where they participated in an assembly with Tim Shoemaker, a nationally recognized educator and speaker. Shoemaker spoke with students about the dangers of vaping and its long-term consequences.

Additionally, district social worker Alison Herrschaft visited Gelinas and Murphy Junior High Schools to have students sign an anti-drug pledge. Students pledged to make healthy lifestyle choices and stay drug-free. Ms. Herrschaft also handed out red ribbon pins for students to wear to help spread the message of the week.

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Date Added: 10/30/2023

Hispanic Heritage Month in Three Village

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The Three Village World Language Department celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 through lessons and student activities. Festivities kicked off with a spirit week in which secondary students and staff were encouraged to dress up as Hispanic actors, singers, in the colors of their favorite football team and the colors of one of the many different flags of Spanish-speaking countries.

At Ward Melville High School and both junior high schools, students created posters of well-known Latinos, which were displayed in an exhibit and used during a scavenger hunt with students in all levels of Spanish classes. Students were challenged with finding the answers to questions using the information on the posters.

Students in upper-level Spanish classes created podcasts to highlight significant contributions made by Hispanic Americans to the United States. The podcasts were then used as a listening activity. Students used the podcasts to complete an analysis and cultural comparison in Spanish.

Artwork filled the halls at the secondary buildings to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. Students in Mrs. Farley’s classes decorated feathers in the colors of the Latin American flags and created wings to design a “What Lifts You” mural.

Not only did students participate in in-class activities. Ward Melville students learned about Hispanic culture through a Zumba class with Mrs. Primerano as their instructor. They were excited to step outside of the classroom and move to the music.

Additionally, several high-achieving students were honored at the 10th annual Hispanic Heritage Night Celebration held by the Town of Brookhaven on Oct. 6. Congratulations to Aiden Burgueno, Leida Fernandez, Zachary Fondacaro, Joana Koch, Steven Morales Jr., Rowan Serna, Eva Peralta, Tayla Perez, Savanna Pineros, Ava Sarlo, Luca Torres, Landis Ulloa, Emily Vintimilla and Julianna Vrabec. The event showcased the richness of Hispanic culture through art, music and food.

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Date Added: 10/24/2023

Students Turn Entrepreneurs in Food Truck Challenge

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Eighth grade students at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School are driving competition in this year’s food truck challenge. Students in Ms. Pomponio’s family and consumer science classes designed their own food trucks. They started by researching local competitors, then came up with a name, menu and pricing. The last step was creating an appealing design for the exterior of the truck.

Each food truck was put on display in the Gelinas library. Students and staff were encouraged to stop by and vote on the truck with the best business plan, design and menu. The activity helped students get into an entrepreneurial mindset while encouraging friendly competition.

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Date Added: 10/20/2023