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July 11 – Fitness Center Update

Dear Shoreham-Wading River Residents,

I am writing today with an update on the Fitness Center, which is located in an external structure at the High School. For those unaware, this center is used throughout the year as part of the District’s physical education curriculum, in conjunction with our athletic program and by community residents through a fitness club.

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, the District received a report on the structural integrity of the space based on the findings of a recently commissioned building review and physical analysis.

This report, which was conducted by the District’s architect and engineer, raised concerns that the flooring is unable to adequately support the facility’s current use as a fitness center. As such, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, staff and community residents, the center will remain closed until further notice. It is expected that this closure will last several months.

Please be assured that the District is in the process of developing a plan to create a workout space at the High School for our students to use during the upcoming school year and fall athletic season. Additionally, our architect is working to develop options for the remediation of the Fitness Center flooring supports to ensure that they meet proper safety standards. An update on these plans will be shared at the District’s next Board of Education meeting, which will be held on August 21 at 7:00 pm in the HS Library.

I thank all of our residents in advance for their understanding of this matter. The safety and security of our students and residents is of utmost concern, and we are working to take the proper steps to address this issue.

I will provide an update as soon as new information is available.

Sincerely,

Gerard W. Poole
Superintendent of Schools
 

Board trustees reorganize for 2018-19 academic year

Board trustees reorganize for 2018-19 academic year photo
The members of the Board of Education reorganized and prepared for the 2018-19 school year during the July 10 meeting. Newly elected trustee James Smith was sworn in by district clerk and board secretary Janice Seus for a three-year term, followed by the nomination and election of trustees Michael Lewis as president and Kimberly Roff as vice president.

Engaging Summer Research Project

Engaging Summer Research Project photo
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Shoreham-Wading River High School students Torre Ann Parrinello and Brianna Donnelly, along with Science Research teacher Dana Schaefer attended Brookhaven National Laboratory’s “Biogeochemical Imaging with a New Light” program. They were members of an elite group of students and educators who worked with scientists at the National Synchrotron Light Source II. Operated by the Department of Energy, the facility is one of the largest and most advanced light sources in the world, producing bright, broadband light, used for many applications in science, from environmental analysis to medical applications and materials science. Each day of the weeklong program was spent learning the science behind techniques such as X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering and infrared microscopy. After learning techniques of sample preparation in one of BNL’s wet labs, the students examined their samples on one of the beam lines of the NSLS-II. From there, they analyzed the data through several complex computer programs to determine the chemical composition of the sample they had prepared. Scientific collaboration was a key lesson of the week, as all of the students involved will submit project proposals as a collaborative group for beam time and access to the facility during the 2018-19 school year.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

HS Graduation 2018 photo

With proud parents, siblings, friends, teachers, administrators and members of the Board of Education in attendance, the Class of 2018 received their diplomas during the 42nd commencement exercises on June 23.

Words of wisdom and congratulatory remarks on the accomplishments of the students were lauded by Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole, Principal Frank Pugliese and Wildcat Athletic Club President Ed Troyano and set a tone of pride for all the graduates. Valedictorian Christian Wesselborg and salutatorian Calvin Schmalze also addressed their fellow classmates with gratitude for family and the close-knit school community and inspirational words of encouragement.

From the entire Shoreham-Wading River school community, congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2018.

A celebration of achievements for Prodell graduates

A celebration of achievements for Prodell graduates photo

Prodell Middle School’s graduation was an evening to celebrate the achievements of the eighth-graders who will enter Shoreham-Wading River High School in September.

The moving up ceremony held at the high school was packed with proud family members, teachers, administrators and members of the Board of Education. After a welcome by Principal Kevin Vann, dozens of students were recognized with outstanding achievement awards in subject areas, principal’s awards and presidential awards for educational excellence. The students were then presented with middle school certificates, marking their transition to high school.

The ceremony also included a slideshow of student highlights. After the acknowledgements and words of wisdom, the festive evening for the students continued in the elaborately decorated gymnasium for a Paris-themed dance to celebrate their success.

 

Spring athletes honored

Spring athletes honored photo
At the final Board of Education meeting for the academic year, the SWR High School spring athletes were recognized for their successful season.

Principal Frank Pugliese announced the names of 51 student-athletes and praised their accomplishments and commitment to their sport. He also noted that all spring teams were named New York State Scholar-Athlete teams before Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole presented those in attendance with a commemorative district pin.

Congratulations to our spring athletes!

The Boys Track team were named league champions. Other honors include:


* All-League: Damien Caputo, Mike Casazza, Rick Casazza, Mark Costas, Anthony Guzzone, Dylan Jung, Joey Krause, Ryan Ledda, Dan Montenegro, Luke Rey, Matt Rose, Calvin Schmalze, Blake Wehr and Adam Zelin
* All-County: Rick Casazza
* All-Academic: Calvin Schmalze
* SWR Most Improved: Dylan Jung
* SWR MVP: Rick Casazza

Girls Golf:

* All-League: Natalie Jepson, Katie Loscalzo and Carolyn Merced
* SWR MVP: Natalie Jepson and Katie Loscalzo
* SWR Most Improved: Caroline Morgan
* All-Academic: Jackie Holden, Natalie Jepson, Katie Loscalzo, Carolyn Merced, Caroline Morgan, Yusra Rashidzada and Zana Sawas

Girls Track:

* All-League: Nicole Garcia, Katherine Lee, Emma Longboat, Torre Parrinello and Alexandra Smith
* All-Division: Katherine Lee and Torre Parrinello
* All-County: Katherine Lee
* All-Academic: Katherine Lee
* SWR MVP: Katherine Lee
* SWR Most Improved: Torre Parrinello
* Katherine Lee: County champion in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter events

Boys Lacrosse:

* All-Division: Xavier Arline, Kyle Boden, Tim Cairo, Trevor Kessel and Jack Schirtzer
* All-County: Xavier Arline, Tim Cairo and Jack Schirtzer
* All-Country Honorable Mention: Kyle Boden

Girls Softball:

* All-County: Katlynn McGivney
* All-Division: Melissa Marchese and Joy Papagianopoulos

Boys Baseball:

* All-League: Ethan Baumack, DJ Brown, Gabriel Romano, TJ Wachter and Tyler Widercrantz
* All-County: Jesse Keshner and Ryan Mullahey
* Academic All-League: Joe Brown
* SWR MVP: Jesse Keshner
* SWR Most Improved: Mike Smith
* SWR Courage Award: Jack Crowley
* League VII champions

Girls Lacrosse:

* All-Division: Julie Kadletz
* All-County: Isabella Meli and Erin Triandafils
* All-County Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Cacciola and Mikayla Dwyer
* All-Tournament: Sarah Sheridan
* Section XI Unsung Hero: Jenna Lesiewicz

Tenured staff congratulated

Tenured staff congratulated photo
The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education granted tenure to staff members during the last Board meeting of the school year.

To the applause of family members, colleagues and community members, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward introduced the five educators – Barbara Araujo teaching assistant at Prodell Middle School, Brian Ferguson, Kristin Fierro and Christina McCormick, all three special education teachers at Prodell and Mark Verity, music teacher at Wading River Elementary School.

At the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole also congratulated the Board members for their tireless efforts on behalf of the district and the recent New York State School Boards Association training they completed on the essentials of school board governance and their accountability and fiduciary responsibilities.

Seniors celebrate end of secondary education

Seniors celebrate end of secondary education photo

High School seniors celebrated the culmination of their secondary education at the school’s annual Senior Day. A full day of activities started with a breakfast and senior slideshow of school highlights, yearbook signings and a bus ride to the district schools to say farewell to their primary educators and younger students. They then returned to the high school for some friendly and competitive athletic games and events, a barbecue and memories of their educational journey throughout the Shoreham-Wading River schools.

Prodell students are leaders in gratitude

Prodell students are leaders in gratitude photo
With all of the end-of-school-year activities taking place, Prodell Middle School students still have time to share gratitude and discover the leadership within themselves.

Inspired by a TED Talk, Student Council members encouraged others to write a short note – an overdue thanks for a long-ago gesture, a spontaneous thank-you to extend appreciation to someone, even just a happy face with a person’s name on it – to add to the growing number of sticky notes on the bulletin board outside the main office.

The two-week event continues to grow, with the wall showcasing a display of gratitude for peers, teachers, coaches, administrators, secretaries, custodians and bus drivers.

“Although it is always a busy time of year, the students collectively said, ‘Let’s do this,’ and set out to engage others in the project,” said Andrea Monz, school social worker and Student Council adviser. “They are learning that greatness is taking the time to express one’s gratitude for others.”

According to eighth-grader and Student Council president Joelle Ialacci, there is no better way to learn about leadership than to just do it. She was excited to see the results on the bulletin board for all to remember over the summer break.

SWR Retirees Recognized

SWR Retirees Recognized photo
The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education recognized the service of four retirees during the last Board meeting for the school year.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward introduced building principals who touted the special efforts of instructional materials assistant Patricia Reilly, music teacher Paula Albertfranz, head custodian Walter Danowski and sixth-grade teacher Anne DeSimone, before their families, friends and colleagues.

Miller Avenue Principal Christine Carlson commended Reilly for her tireless efforts in getting the library organized for each academic year and making it a warm and inviting place for students. She also spoke of the influence music teacher Albertfranz has had on the thousands of children she has worked with in her 32 years of teaching throughout the district. WRES Principal Lou Parrinello praised Danowski for his dedication and integral role in keeping the children of the district safe. He was lauded for helping to oversee special events, the merging of the elementary schools and the completed bond projects including the new cafeteria at WRES this past school year. Prodell Principal Kevin Vann spoke highly of DeSimone and the positive impact she has had on her students and the entire school community with her admirable attributes of being firm, friendly, flexible and fair.

Class of 2018 seniors walk with pride

Class of 2018 seniors walk with pride photo

Students from the Class of 2018 boarded school buses and took a final ride around the district schools, serving as a collective inspiration to those who will follow in their footsteps in the coming years.

Students and teachers filled the halls of Albert G. Prodell Middle School, Wading River Elementary School and Miller Avenue School to cheer and applaud the graduates, who proudly strolled through, getting high-fives and hugs and reconnecting with teachers who had made a lasting, positive impact on their lives.

Wading River Elementary School Principal Lou Parrinello took a few moments to offer words of advice to the graduates. His three points of importance – to make mistakes, to make a difference in their own life, their family and their community, and to make a life of something beautiful – was met with much applause.

The successful event was a source of pride and achievement for everyone.

Seniors nominated for elite award

Seniors nominated for elite award photo
SWR High School seniors Cooper Cummings and Katherine Lee were each nominated for the Dellecave Award.

Each district in Suffolk County nominates one female and one male graduating senior for the award, which is named after longtime Suffolk County basketball official and founder of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Butch Dellecave. In addition to being outstanding athletes, both students were selected for their exceptional character and integrity.

They were recognized along with nominees from other Suffolk County high schools at a recent breakfast ceremony.

Congratulations Cooper and Katherine!

Enriching scientific symposium for HS research students

Enriching scientific symposium for HS research students photo
Students from the High School’s Introduction to Science Research Class visited Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s campus marking the end of an exciting first year in their research experience. The lab hosted its annual Barcode Long Island Student Symposium, the culminating event in the year-long Barcode Long Island project. Two student projects were presented from the SWR group: Biodiversity of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in a pond on Long Island and Presence of Marine Worms in the Peconic Estuary. Students discussed their work with other research students from across Long Island and their mentors, as well as academic scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. James Watson. The event put a finishing touch on a successful and enriching year of research for the young scientists.

Seeing the needs of others at Prodell

Seeing the needs of others at Prodell photo
Throughout the academic year, Student Council members at Prodell coordinate and engage in activities with their peers and spearhead fundraising opportunities to benefit the larger community.

One of their recent accomplishments was collecting 88 pairs of glasses for New Eyes, an organization that provides eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them.

School social worker and student council adviser Andrea Monz noted she is proud of the accomplishment of the council members and the school community and families, whose donated used eyeglass frames will be outfitted with new prescriptions and distributed to people in need around the world.

Sixth-grader Matthew Cerniglia, seventh-grader Courtney Greene, eighth-grader and Student Council president Joelle Ialacci, sixth-grader Elizabeth Sabino, and seventh-grader Corinne Suppa were instrumental in getting others to share their vision.

Two honors bestowed on SWR High School senior

Two honors bestowed on SWR High School senior photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Alexandra Meli has been honored with both a local and a national achievement award.

Alexandra was honored at the East End Arts Teeny Awards, a local event that recognizes the best in local high school theater. She tied for first place for lead female performer in a musical for her role of Katharine in Shoreham-Wading River’s fall musical production of “Kiss Me Kate.”

She was also recognized on the national level as an outstanding soloist at Downbeat Magazine’s 41st annual Student Music Awards. The magazine, which is self-described as devoted to “jazz, blues and beyond,” lists in its Hall of Fame such legendary female jazz performers as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan.

SWR introduces Class of 2018 top students

SWR introduces Class of 2018 top students photo
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Seniors Christian Wesselborg and Calvin Schmalzle were formally introduced to the Board of Education and community as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2018. High School Principal Frank Pugliese recited the impressive academic, athletic, musical and community accomplishments of both students and congratulated them on their college studies – Christian at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to major in biology and Calvin at Clarkson University to study engineering.

Mr. Pugliese then alphabetically listed the students in the top 10 percent of the Class of 2018, noting that often a difference of a few hundredths of a point is what defines the top students, and he wanted to be certain they were all publicly recognized. The Shoreham-Wading River School District is pleased to announce the top 10 percent of the Class of 2018:

Rikkimarie Alessi
Keyi Chen
William Christine
Jacqueline Colalillo
Victoria Coman
Jillian Dinowitz
Valerie Facini
Jenna Friedman
Kyra Gately
Julia Green
Emily Lynn Hassid
Raymond LaPorte
Michelle Maloney
Alexandra Meli
Emily Niski
Cheyenne Roth
Kendall Sicari
Sarah Tedesco
Amanda Tepper

Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole congratulated the students and presented each one with a SWR School District commemorative pin.

Community Participation on Board of Education Advisory Committees

The Board of Education welcomes resident participation on Board of Education Advisory Committees. Advisory Committees serve to inform the Board of Education and to assist in the implementation of District goals. All committees include Board of Education trustees and District administrators. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Education.

Please visit the link below for a committee application.
http://www.swrschools.org/Assets/Forms_and_Documents/1213_CommitteeMemberApplication.pdf

For a description of each advisory committee please see below:

Audit Committee - is a mandated committee by the New York State Comptroller and operates according to the Audit Committee Charter. The Committee has two primary functions: to assist in the oversight of the annual external audit and assist in the oversight of the internal audit function. This Committee is comprised of three (3) Board members, the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations and community members. In the past, the Committee has met in the evening.

Technology Committee - reviews the District's Technology Plan, reviews policies related to District technology, reviews the existing technology to see if it is in accordance with the plan and considers if the Plan needs revision. This Committee is comprised of teachers, administrators, staff and Board member(s). In the past, the Committee has met in the evening.

Legislative Committee - works with surrounding districts and local legislators to ensure that State laws and Board of Regents policies benefit our district. This Committee is comprised of Board member(s), community members and the Superintendent. In the past, the Committee has met in the evening.

Space and Facilities Committee - works preparing for the capital projects and bond projects. This Committee is comprised of Board member(s), the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Director of Plant Facilities III and community members. In the past, the Committee has met in the evening.

SWR celebrates student-athletes’ next steps

SWR celebrates student-athletes’ next steps photo
Surrounded by proud parents, coaches and friends, 17 senior student-athletes were honored at the High School’s 2018 College Commitment ceremony for continuing their academic and athletic accomplishments at the collegiate level in the fall.

The festive celebration exemplified the district’s high level of student achievement and outstanding athletic program.

The students are:

Ethan Baumack Lebanon Valley College Baseball
John Betcher Roger Williams Lacrosse
Caleigh Capek St. Joseph’s College Cross-country/Track
Rick Casazza Monmouth Track
Copper Cummings Roger Williams Wrestling
Sarah Fabian Plymouth State Volleyball
Jason Guevara SUNY Oneonta Lacrosse
Anthony Guzzone SUNY Purchase Soccer
Jesse Keshner SUNY New Paltz Baseball
Julianna Kohlus St. Joseph’s College Swimming
Ryan Ledda Monmouth Track
James Mirabell SUNY Brockport Lacrosse
Daniel Montenegro SUNY Cortland Track
Matt Moran SUNY Brockport Soccer
John Carl Petretti SUNY Oneonta Wrestling
Wayne Pisani SUNY Plattsburgh Lacrosse
Matt Rose Adelphi Track

“The district is proud to recognize these student-athletes who will compete at the collegiate level,” said Mark Passamonte, director of health, physical education, athletics and nurses. “Congratulations to all of our athletes.”

Students honored for mathematical excellence

Students honored for mathematical excellence photo
High School students Keyi Chen and Mahdi Rashidzada were honored at the recent Suffolk County Math Teachers’ Association awards dinner.

Mahdi, a junior, was recognized for his performance on the Suffolk County Pre-Calculus Course contest. Keyi, a senior, was honored for his performance on the Suffolk County Calculus Course contest. Keyi was also recognized as an individual high scorer for the league in which the SWR Mathletes compete.

Developed by the Suffolk County Mathematics Teacher Association, the Course contests are designed to challenge students in their specific math courses. All Honors math students at Shoreham-Wading River participate as part of the honors curriculum. Students who score in top five in the county are celebrated at the annual SCMTA awards event.

Educator to serve on national editorial review board

Educator to serve on national editorial review board photo
SWR High School English teacher Edward Storck has been selected to serve as a member of the editorial review board for the English Journal, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Storck has an impressive record serving for the past two years as a reviewer for the English Journal. Of the more than 600 reviewers, he is one of only 20 members of the editorial review board who will work to improve the quality of writings that appear in the publication.

Cited for his long-standing commitment to the National Council of Teachers of English and to the publication, Storck was selected in part for consistently providing timely feedback for writers and advice to the editors as to whether a piece should be published. His new position will task him with reviewing articles for the five volumes that will be edited, giving substantive feedback on other articles and offering general advice about themes, column topics, selected features in the journal and providing mentorship to a new reviewer.

Fourth-graders visit with four-legged protectors

Fourth-graders visit with four-legged protectors photo
Students at Wading River Elementary School had an opportunity to meet Wolf and Champ, two integral figures who help protect the local community. The German Shepherds, from the Suffolk County Police Department Canine Section, were accompanied by their handlers, Sgt. Kevin Krause and police officer Matthew DeWitt, respectively.

To prepare for the visit, the fourth-graders in Frank Ulrich’s class came up with a list of questions to ask, such as why German Shepherds are chosen (they have all the characteristics needed for the job) and why only male dogs are chosen (they maintain their natural behavioral characteristics as one of their work requirements).

The students viewed a PowerPoint on the history of using canines in helping police officers locate explosive devices, find people and identify illegal drugs. They also learned about the intense training techniques the officers use and the intelligence, agility and amazing sense of smell the versatile animals possess.

Miller Avenue students make a difference with a rain garden

Miller Avenue students make a difference with a rain garden photo

Miller Avenue students in Alice Steinbrecher’s class are proud of their green thumbs.

During a lesson from Cornell Cooperative Extension youth educator Mark Cappellino, the second-graders learned about the benefits of a rain garden to the environment. They chose the rear building entrance to plant some native plants, wild flowers and suitable shrubbery to be able to soak up stormwater runoff from the school’s roof and other impervious areas and protect water quality.

With help from parents and grandparents, and many of the plants donated by Cornell Cooperative and family gardens, the school now boasts another beautiful garden planted in conjunction with the class’ Caring for Our Community project.

According to Mrs. Steinbrecher, students also learned that their new garden will provide a habitat for wildlife and increase the diversity of birds and butterflies.

Demonstrating Excellence

Demonstrating Excellence photo
Sixty-one new members were inducted into the Shoreham-Wading River High School National Honor Society at a recent ceremony. Two existing members were also formally inducted.

On behalf of the entire SWR school community, congratulations to all on your demonstrated excellence in the four core values of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Two music scholarships for Christopher Wygonik

Two music scholarships for Christopher Wygonik photo
High School student Christopher Wygonik has a busy musical summer ahead – being the recipient of two music scholarships.

Christopher was awarded the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Scott Hammer Summer Scholarship for summer music study and the Long Island String Festival Association Award for high school juniors. He was chosen for these scholarships based on his participation and achievements in music, past evaluations at the New York State School Music Association solo festival and teacher recommendations.

He will continue his musical studies at the NYSSMA New York State Summer School for the Arts at Skidmore College.

The Shoreham-Wading River School District congratulates Christopher for his musical achievements.

A plethora of engaging activities at STEM Symposium

A plethora of engaging activities at STEM Symposium photo

Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Alan Turing were just a few of the inventors and scientists who were on hand to greet the hundreds of guests at the District’s third annual STEM Symposium.

Their life-size cardboard cutouts stood at the entry to the high school gym where dozens of tables were set up with interactive activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. District teachers and students showcased the projects taking place in classrooms through the year.

The community event featured exhibits demonstrating the District’s successes in STEM education, High School AP Seminar and AP Research student presentations, science fair winning projects from both Miller Avenue and WRES and lessons in forensics, oceanography and robotics, among many other engaging activities. The District’s School-to-Community program partners were in attendance to share resources and access to STEM opportunities and post-high school careers.

Organized by Dr. Amy Meyer, director of STEM, and manned by the educators who implement many of the classroom lessons – from Google Expeditions virtual reality to the Japanese traditional folk-art technique of gyotaku – the evening was another successful showcase of the many educational endeavors taking place throughout the District.

The District thanks the following business representatives who participated in this event: Bob MacDowell and Larry Kick from Applied DNA Sciences Inc.; John Searing from ASRC Federal Holding Company; Donna Boeckel, Jeffree Boeckel and Jaclyn Rodriquez from Awsomotive Car Care; Bernadette Uzzi from Brookhaven National Laboratory; Nusnin Akter, Prerana Kankiya and Dr. Vivian Stojanoff from Brookhaven Women in Science; Dr. Jason Kronberg from Dr. Jason Kronberg Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine; Gregory Wilson from Innovation Lab; Tina Mills from Harbor Hot Tubs; Jarret Acevedo from Jarret Acevedo Plumbing & Heating; Mary Cunningham from Long Island Science Center; Elizabeth Tilton and Erica Collins from Luitpold Pharmaceuticals; Jane Alcorn, Carol Davis-Wiebelt and Mary Riotto from Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe and SSG Holzer and SSG Flores from the United States Amy. They all demonstrated “real-world” applications of STEM in their daily work and/or careers.

Building resiliency skills at Prodell

Building resiliency skills at Prodell photo
Students at the Middle School recently took part in workshops designed to engage them through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.
The eighth-graders worked with Meryl Cassidy from Response of Suffolk County on developing resiliency skills, building supportive relationships and ways to help them cope with stress in a healthy manner.

The students learned that relying on various sources of strength is more powerful than relying on just one. They broke up into groups, discussing eight key categories: mental health, medical access, spirituality, generosity, healthy activities, mentors, positive friends and family support. They then created posters that included inspiring words or activities they enjoy – things that they can turn to strengthen these sources of protection so that when times get hard they can rely on them.

Students also lined the hallways with posters of their Sources of Strength. Music, media, gaming, sports, biking, friends, family and favorite teachers were among their most popular.

The program was facilitated by Cassidy, and middle school social worker Andrea Monz and psychologist Doreen Armstrong who serve as mentors to the students.

“Our hope is that students take away from these workshops a pure understanding of helping one another and becoming change agents in promoting positive peer relationships,” Monz said.

Recognizing musical achievements at Tri-M Induction

Recognizing musical achievements at Tri-M Induction photo
At a festive and harmonious ceremony and reception, the High School has inducted 24 new members into its chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

A program of the National Association for Music Education, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy, SWR chapter’s goal is to inspire and recognize musical achievement in the school music department.

In addition to writing a music-inspired essay, students had to perform a New York State School Music Association Level 3 or higher solo for the high school music faculty. They must also maintain a minimum average of 90 in music classes and an overall GPA of 80. Inductees were also required to participate in one of the high school’s music ensembles – band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, chamber orchestra or the Vocal Express, the school’s acclaimed a cappella group.

At the ceremony, students Grace DelSeni, Alex Kravchenko, Margaret Panasci, Stephanie Searing and William Wells performed string music for the processional and recessional, and Alexandra Meli sang the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

The following students have been inducted into the Shoreham-Wading River High School Tri-M Music Honor Society:

Kevin Beagen, Ben Carrier, Ray Colon, Olivia DesRoches, Sara Grosso, Daniel Julian, William Keck, Maya Klatsky, Michael Kruzynski, Sarah Kruzynski, Andrew Liguori, Emma Longboat, Rianna Lotito, Mika Misawa, Torre Ann Parrinello, Michael Sabino, Rachael Sereno, Sarah Sheridan, Sofia Stirpe, Justin Stuart, Kaylee Thomsen, Nicolette Tingo, Eleanora Undrus and Larissa Verdi.

WISE Students Conduct Water Quality Research

WISE Students Conduct Water Quality Research photo
The Women in Science and Engineering students Eilis Casey and Elle Schepis along with their coach, SWR science teacher Lori Racaniello, embarked on Stony Brook University’s SoMAS Research Vessel out of Southampton. The students participated in water quality research and observed the flora and fauna of the Shinnecock Bay. They were able to observe local fish, crabs, invertebrates, algae, sea gulls, egrets, cormorants, osprey and ducks. The naturalist on board described the history of the area and the environmental concerns and local human impact on the waters and wildlife, and what the students could do to become stewards of the area.

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