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As a school district, we are always looking for ways to improve outcomes for our students. To that end, we are working on developing goals and improvement plans for our curriculum and instruction. Please share your thoughts and ideas about this matter by clicking the link below! Responses will be collected through Sept. 30.

Public Notice - Audit Committee Meeting 10/11/17


Veteran Cross-Country Coaches Bestowed with NYS Honors

Veteran Cross-Country Coaches Bestowed with NYS Honors photo
Two veteran coaches from the District have each been recognized as a Coach of the Year by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Paul Koretzki, girls cross-country coach, and Bob Szymanski, boys cross-country coach, were among only four coaches from Suffolk County who were bestowed with the honor.

The criteria for the honor include the number of years of coaching, career coaching records, participation in leagues/sectional committees and being a positive role model with their school and community.

“Coach Koretzki and Coach Szymanski bring many years of experience to the SWR cross-country program,” said Mark Passamonte, Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses. “Their coaching style holds the athletes accountable in a way that they respond positively. This is a well-deserved recognition for two outstanding coaches who have positively impacted many young lives.”

The two men are now eligible for the National Federation of High Schools regional and national Coach of the Year awards.

Notice of BOE Meeting/Public Tour of Briarcliff Building - September 26th


District Welcomes New Teachers

 MaryAnne Agius            Spanish                 High School
Jennifer Anthony            Health/PE         Middle School/Wading River
Kimberly Avelin             Math         Middle School
Michele Aweh                Spanish                 High School
Elizabeth Barlow            Spanish                 High School
Caitlin Bolembach          Special Education         Middle School
Michael Buscemi            Special Education         High School
Robert Christensen          Math                 Middle School
Brittany Davis              Physical Education High School
Jennifer Ernst              Elementary         Miller Avenue
 Madie Everhardt              Psychologist Miller Avenue/Wading River
Jenny Hoey              ENL         Miller Avenue
Maria Lovasco              Social Studies High School
Joseph Mordarski            Special Education High School
Gueus Robert              French         High School
Dana Schaefer              Science         High School
 Jessica Siemes              Guidance         High School
Kristin Tanner              Special Education High School
 Ashley Thompson           Elementary         Wading River
Sara Trenn              English         High School
 Chelsea Tirone              Speech         Wading River
Nicole Virdone              Special Education Wading River
 Nicholas Virtucci            Technology         High School
Fred Volz                      Music                 Middle School

Shoreham Wading River Central School District warmly welcomed students back to school

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A beautiful morning was the backdrop for the hundreds of students who started school on Thursday, Sept. 7.

A warm welcome to the Class of 2030 was evident at Miller Avenue School where all kindergartners were greeted by Principal Christine Carlson and their teachers; and Wading River School Principal Lou Parrinello was sure that every child was greeted with a smile, a fist pump and the School’s Welcome Ambassadors before taking part in a student-centered ribbon cutting to embrace the newly renovated building. Students at the secondary schools were also welcomed back to school by faculty and staff alike and made a seamless transition from their summer routines.

With a mission of excellence, innovation and educating the whole child, the students of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District are off to a successful year of learning adventures.

Facility Updates Usher in a New Era of Learning

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Dozens of community residents and families joined Shoreham-Wading River Central District administrators and Board of Education members to celebrate the successful completion of the summer bond work at both Miller Avenue and Wading River elementary schools on Sept. 5.

During ribbon-cutting ceremonies for both new spaces, Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole expressed thanks and admiration to the many who served on the public facilities committee, which worked tirelessly researching and recommending a plan that culminated in a community-approved capital improvement project bond referendum in January of 2015.

The bond included myriad projects throughout the district and, most recently, the construction of new spaces at both Miller Avenue and Wading River elementary schools. The latest updates, which were completed in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year, featured instructional classroom additions; improved infrastructure; site and parking improvements; new windows and doors; and ceiling, electrical, roofing and ventilation upgrades.

SWR Readies for 2017-18 School Year with Superintendent’s Conference Day

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With an agenda filled with pertinent information and accolades for staff members who reached milestone anniversaries, the District commenced the start of the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 5 during its Superintendent’s Conference Day.

After a warm welcome from Superintendent of Schools Mr. Gerard Poole, Board of Education Vice President Michael Lewis, Middle School Principal Kevin Vann, who also serves as the District’s Administrators Association President, and SWR Teacher’s Association President Mary Hygom, spoke at the two-day event. Alan Meinster, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Mary Jean Carlson, Civil Service Employees Association President; and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward also addressed the faculty and staff to wish them a successful school year.

In his keynote address, Mr. Poole reflected upon the history of the school district, making note of its beginning in 1973, the first yearbook publication in 1977, and the New York Times articles from 1991. Additionally, he referenced the district’s history of success, by highlighting the average passing rate on all Regents exams at 95 percent and that both the High School and Middle School were recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the Department of Education in 1987 and 1983, respectively.

Mr. Poole then introduced a short, animated film on the importance of education and concluded the presentation with a reminder that SWR has a great history and tradition of academic and athletic excellence, innovation and educating the whole child.

The remainder of the two-day conference included staff reporting to their respective buildings for professional development programs and workshops in preparation for opening day on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Important News – New Traffic Patterns

We are pleased to share with you the new traffic patterns for buses and parents at our two elementary schools. The new parking lots and loops promise to provide greater access to parking and a greatly improved traffic flow in and out of our schools for buses and parents. Please know that school personnel will be in the parking lot helping to direct traffic at arrival and dismissal. Please contact your building principal if you have any questions.


The Countdown Begins…Are You Back to School Ready?


SWR Renewal Project Updates - August 18, 2017

This week’s progress includes exterior site work, retaining wall and fire service upgrades, and brick and sidewalk installation on the new addition at Wading River Elementary School. The interior work at WRES continues with new bathroom tile and classroom casework.

Miller Avenue’s bright interior features a new ceiling, mechanical duct work, painting and new flooring, while the outside work saw the installation of new curbs and preparation for the sidewalk.

The fall sports season is gearing up at Prodell Middle School with the installation of track surfacing and athletic field grading.

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Bond Update - August 11, 2017

Bright, polished, graphically patterned flooring is ready for the feet of students in September at Wading River Elementary School! This week’s progress at Wading River also included internal lighting improvements, as well as continuation of exterior work on the classroom addition, new cafeteria and kitchen and the parking area modifications.


SWR Summer Music Institute and Theater Arts Program to Stage Student Productions

SWR Summer Music Institute and Theater Arts Program to Stage Student Productions Photo

Shoreham-Wading River School District students have worked to perfect their theatrical skills this summer during a five-week Music Institute and Theater Arts program and will showcase their talents during three exciting musicals on August 3 and 4 at Albert P. Prodell Middle School.

More than 150 students in grades K-12 took part in this year's program, working collaboratively to create stage performances of "On Safari," "Seussical Kids," and "Disney's High School Musical Jr."

According to Program Director Paula Albert-Franz, the 42-year-old District summer mainstay enables students to create friendships, acquire team-building skills, learn responsibility and develop an appreciation for the performing arts as well as enhance their musical studies through instrumental and vocal lessons.

"On Safari," featuring students from kindergarten through grade three, will take place on Thursday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m.; "Seussical Kids," scheduled for Friday, August 4 at 12:30 p.m. will showcase the talented third- through sixth-graders; and "High School Musical Jr.," will highlight the skills of the grade 6-12 student performers at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4.

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Dr. Michael Winfield Named Assistant Principal at Shoreham-Wading River High School

Dr. Michael Winfield Named Assistant Principal at Shoreham-Wading River High School Photo
The Shoreham-Wading River School District has named Dr. Michael Winfield assistant principal of Shoreham-Wading River High School. A familiar face to many in the district, Dr. Winfield possesses a strong background in educational leadership, including previous service in the district.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Winfield has worked as a dean of students at Bellport Middle School, social studies chairperson at Spring Valley High School in upstate New York, assistant principal for operations at Riverhead High School, assistant principal for Shoreham-Wading River High School as well as an administrative supervisor for the Hempstead High Annex. His most recent position was assistant principal for sixth grade at Hempstead Middle School.

Dr. Winfield earned a doctorate in modern world history, a Master of Arts in history and a Master of Arts in sociology all from St. John's University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology from SUNY Old Westbury and earned an Advanced Certificate of Study from the College of Saint Rose in school administration and supervision and an Advanced Certification in human resource management in Molloy College.

Shoreham-Wading River Roundout Equals Summer Fun

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With daily themes to take part in and a schedule that includes art, gym, tennis and basketball, more than 150 students have been enjoying summer vacation during Shoreham Wading River School District's annual Roundout program.

Headed by Recreation Specialists Maria Mistretta and Bob Szymanski, the daily camp is filled with smiles, laughter and creating friendships. According to Ms. Mistretta, although the sessions are only three hours every morning, students enthusiastically embrace that day's activities. They work collaboratively toward the program's culminating team spirit week and a race for each grade level to capture the spirit cup. A recent focus was on all things Hawaiian - with older students taking part in a tie dye T-shirt lesson while younger ones dressed the part in their colorful attire, including a few grass skirts in the crowd.

Much of the organized play is provided by the student volunteers, who attended the summer program as campers and enjoyed it so much they came back to share the fun with the younger students.

Published Journalists

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Wading River Elementary School students showed off their published Kidsday works at the June 20 Shoreham-Wading River Central School District’s Board of Education meeting. 

The published works included several jokes, illustrations and 18 articles. Among the articles, an interview with “Smurfs” movie cast members Demi Lovato, the voice of Smurfette, and Joe Manganiello, the voice of Hefty Smurf.

All of the articles were written under the direction of Kidsday editor Pat Mullooly, who visited and worked with students in their classrooms several times during the school year.  

“This was an inspiring program,” said Kidsday participant Jessica Plagge. “I learned that hard work really pays off.”

Planning for the Future in SWR

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Eager to begin a successful academic year, the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education and new Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole held a summer retreat to review best practices and work together to develop a collegial relationship.

In the coming weeks, the Board and administration will be working collaboratively to solicit input from the community and establish a set of short and long-term District and Board goals.

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Shoreham-Wading River Central School District
Tuesday, September 19, 2017