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Students Inducted into National Technical Honor Society

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Two Shoreham-Wading River High School students, Sarah Loper and Alice Van Wickler, were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were selected for the honor based on teacher nominations and criteria including, maintaining an average of 90 or higher in their technical program; not having more than six absences and demonstrating skill, honestly, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership.

Alice, a junior, is currently enrolled in the audio production course at the school and is a member of NEXUS, Natural Helpers and Sources of Strength service and leadership clubs. Additionally, she plays varsity tennis and is a member of the Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra and stage crew as a sound technician. She also serves as vice president of the junior class in Student Government. She wants to pursue a career in criminal justice.

Sarah is presently enrolled in cosmetology and is a member of Sources of Strength and a volunteer at Suburban Housing Development and Residential, Inc., where she assists elementary students with their homework. Her long-term goal is to pursue a master’s degree in business and become a salon owner.

Art Exhibit a Hit

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The artistic abilities of Shoreham-Wading River High School students were recognized during the school’s annual art awards ceremony and show.

During the event, art students earned certificates of achievement for work they created across a variety of genres, including drawing, painting, crafts, photography and studio in art. Additionally, an art-auction featuring student work was held to raise funds for scholarships for students pursing the arts in college. The show also raised money for the Wounded Warriors Fund through the sale of crafts made by students.

“Without a doubt, we had one of our greatest turnouts last night,” said art teacher Jay Andria. “It was a great showing of support and gratitude.”

Student Musicians Excel at NYSSMA

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Over 300 Shoreham-Wading River School District student-musicians participated in the New York State Music Association Solo/Ensemble Festival on May 13 and 14 at Eastport-South Manor High School.

During the festival, the students in grades second through 12th performed solos for a trained NYSSMA adjudicator and received comments and a grade.    

“The results were outstanding,” said music teacher David Minelli.  “Congratulations to all our students for their diligence in preparing their solos and to the parents for their support of music education.”

STEM-tastic!

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The Shoreham-Wading River School District held its second successful STEM Symposium on May 16 in the high school gymnasium.

The well-attended event, featured over 40 STEM-related booths and exhibits for students and community members to explore. A number of the booths were run by district educators and featured hands-on STEM activities including slime making, robotics and binary codes. Additionally, more than 10 community organization representatives, including the BNL and St. Charles Hospital were on hand to explain and show to participants how STEM topics relate to the real world.



Change of Date: HS Underclassmen Recognition Night

The High School Underclassmen Recognition Night was moved from June 1 to May 31. Please remember to RSVP your attendance to ngerace@swr.k12.ny.us

Celebrating College Commitments

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To celebrate their commitment to continue their education at an institute of higher learning in the fall, the Shoreham-Wading River Class of 2017 wore apparel to show off their college of choice on May 16.

“I congratulate and wish the Class of 2017 much success,” said Principal Dan Holtzman.

This fall, members the Class of 2017 will be headed to study at schools including Cornell University, Boston University, SUNY Geneseo, Sacred Heart University and Notre Dame.  

Senior Sworn in as BOE Representative

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Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Jack Tressler was recently sworn in as a student member of the Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education.   

In the role, in which he applied for, Jack will have the opportunity to weigh in on BOE discussions over the next several months.  

“I’ve already learned a lot,” he said.  “I now know what it’s like to be in a school board meeting and how they conduct themselves.”

While as a student BOE member, Jack does not have voting authority; he said he does hope to affect some positive change within his school.  

“I don’t have too much time left on the board, but I would like to perhaps start a program that will improve the environment,” he said.

Jack will pass the torch to a new student at the end of June, before he heads off to James Madison University to study physics and engineering.

In addition to serving on the BOE, Jack studies martial arts outside of school and is a member of the varsity wrestling team.

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Shoreham-Wading River Budget Passes

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Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2017-18 budget vote and trustee election. Proposition No. 1, the School District Budget, passed by a vote of 1,112 to 992. Proposition No. 2, Establish a 10-Year Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 1,282 to 813.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents cast their ballots for four seats on the Board of Education. Kate Anderson (3 year term), Henry Perez (3 year term), Erin Hunt (3 year term) and Michael Yannucci (1 year term) were elected. The trustee vote was as follows:

Jack Costas: 563
Kate Anderson: 1,318
Henry Perez: 1,303
James Smith: 1,015
Erin Hunt: 1,279
John Zukowski: 524
Michael Yannucci: 1,087 *

* Michael Yannucci will be taking the remaining term of former board member Michael Fucito. The term ends on June 30, 2018.

Author visit

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Students in the Miller Avenue and Wading River elementary schools in the Shoreham-Wading River School District enjoyed a visit from celebrated author Ralph Fletcher on May 9. During the visit, Mr. Fletcher spoke to students about his career and his 50 published works that range from picture books to professional texts. Mr. Fletcher also held a workshop for teachers on writing instruction after school. The Miller Avenue PTO and Wading River PTA sponsored the event.

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Little Scientists Showcase Projects

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Out of a field of 500 students, two Miller Avenue students were awarded honorable mentions at the Brookhaven National Lab’s recent Elementary Science Fair. The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to kindergartner Ella Nowaski for her hard work on her project, “Soccer Deflategate” and to first-grader Joseph Losquadro for his project, “Water Pollution.”

SWR Boasts Multiple Sibling Valedictorians and Salutatorians

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The Shoreham-Wading River Class of 2017’s valedictorian Anthony Peraza is continuing an unexpected “tradition” in the Shoreham-Wading River School District. He is not the first in his family to have received such high academic honors. In 2014, his brother, Matthew, was named the salutatorian.

The Peraza brothers are not the first siblings to have made earning the top student status a family affair. In fact, since 2006, the district has boasted a total of five sets of siblings, who have been named salutatorian and valedictorian including the Perazas.

In 2006, William Throwe was named valedictorian and his sister, Emily, served as salutatorian in 2009. The 2009 valedictorian was Katelyn Gostic, whose sister, Michelle, followed as salutatorian in 2011 and their sister, Cari, was named as valedictorian in 2013. In 2010, Iris Yu served as salutatorian and her sister, Spring, was valedictorian in 2015. In 2014, Maxwell Maritato was named valedictorian and his brother, Nicholas, was salutatorian in 2016.

“To have several sets of siblings be at the top of their classes really is a testament to their families,” said Principal Dan Holtzman.

Guidance Council Honored with BOCES Award

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Shoreham-Wading River High School guidance counselor Sal Rosato has been named as an honorary member of the National Technical Honor Society by the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, which is part of Eastern Suffolk BOCES. He will be officially inducted at an induction breakfast on May 17.

Mr. Rosato was nominated for the honor for continuously demonstrating a commitment to students and continued support toward technical education.

“It is a well-deserved recognition” said high school principal Dan Holtzman.  “One of Mr. Rosato’s strengths as a guidance counselor is his unwavering championing for his students.”

Mr. Rosato has served as a high school guidance counselor in the Shoreham-Wading River School District for 18 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s degree from C.W. Post.

Most challenging school

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Shoreham-Wading River High School has been recognized by The Washington Post in its annual rankings of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, a title for which only 12 percent of high schools in the United States hold.

The list of America’s Most Challenging schools, released on May 5 and prepared by education columnist Jay Mathews, includes a total of 2,324 schools. The schools were ranked based on the number of AP exams they offer and graduation rates. Shoreham-Wading River High School ranked at No. 1,234 among the schools that were selected, placing the district in the top 6 percent in the country.

“The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is pleased to have been named as one of America’s Most Challenging Schools in America,” said interim Superintendent of Schools Neil Lederer. “The district prides itself on continually challenging our students and ensuring they are provided with a rigorous education that will lead them to college and careers.”       




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Student Honored for Building a Bridge

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Shoreham-Wading River High School student Abigail Lutz was recently honored with a Students Building Bridges award for serving as a role model to her classmates and building bridges across communities.

The award was presented at Suffolk County’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program on May 4 at Suffolk County Community College. Lutz was also recognized with citations and certificates from elected officials and from the Jewish Relations Council of Long Island.

“Abigail is a role model to her classmates and is deserving of this recognition,” said Principal Dan Holtzman.   

Giving Back

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Members of the Prodell Middle School Triple P (Prodell Peer Partners) Program recently presented Lisa Zeller of the Response Hotline of Suffolk County with a donation of $250. The students raised the funds by selling Slinkies as part of their Bounce Back Project, which focuses on resilience. It was developed and implemented by the student members of the Triple P Program.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

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During a candlelighting ceremony on April 25, 103 Prodell Middle School students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for students. To be eligible for membership, the students were required to meet the standards of leadership, service, citizenship and character.




Orpheus Ensemble Performs

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The high school’s select string quartet, the Orpheus Ensemble, entertained an audience at the Suffolk County High School Principals Association’s Senior Leadership Luncheon on April 26. The student performers, Joseph Desiderio, Mackenzie Zajac, Brett Callagy and Alexandra Meli, performed several selections as guests arrived and during lunch services. Alexandra Meli also sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. This is one of the many community events that the Orpheus Ensemble performs at throughout the year.



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National auto tech champions!

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Shoreham-Wading River High School student John Deluca and his partner Evan Wagner of Eastport-South Manor School District took first place at the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association National Automotive Technology Competition, held on April 17 and 18 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. The students, who attend Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, earned the win after placing first at both the regional and state competitions. 


Shoreham-Wading River Shares Important Life Strategies

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As part of the district’s ongoing commitment to ensure the health and safety of its school community, the Shoreham-Wading River School District hosted an informative workshop for parents and residents titled “Helping Kids Cope with Difficult Times.”

During the April event, representatives from Response of Suffolk County spoke about how parents and adults can collaborate with children and teens to develop safety plans that reduce the danger of high-risk behaviors. The workshop also included a discussion on promoting healthy coping strategies to stay safe, promote resilience and increase self-confidence. Additionally, the presenters spoke about the safety plan survey that high school juniors and seniors completed earlier this year and the social, emotional and life triggers that many face when in a crisis state.

To help continue the important conversation at home, attendees received a number of informative handouts, including a media contract for parents and children to use when establishing mutually agreed upon rules and expectations for how their family will use and behave when connecting digitally.




Students Study Nanoparticles

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As part of a Brookhaven National Laboratory program, four Shoreham-Wading River High School science students and one Port Jefferson School District student learned more about nanoparticles via an interactive video conference with Richard Darienzo, a Stony Brook University Ph.D. student. During the conference, held at BNL, Mr. Darienzo analyzed samples of gold nanoparticles using unique tools within BNL’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials. The students were able to ask questions and comment afterward. 

Lawmakers in Training

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Five high school AP Government class students participated in the second annual Student Day at the Suffolk County Legislature on April 6. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Suffolk County, the event allowed students, Alex Angerman, Kyle Baylous, Samantha Higgins, Robert Joannou and Tyler Offutt to learn about the legislative process and participate in a mock debate.




A Day of Strings

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Two High School student-musicians recently participated in String Day at the Long Island University Post campus on April 8. During the event, Grace DelSeni and Stephanie Searing attended master classes instructed by LIU music faculty members, learned about audition preparation and sight read music in a group reading session.  




A Message from Mr. Lederer re: 13 Reasons Why

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You may be aware of the newly released Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” which is based on the best-selling young adult novel by Jay Asher of the same name. The story centers on a high school student who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 recordings for the people whom she believes led her to her decision. In addition to suicide, the series depicts many serious issues such as depression, bullying and sexual assault.

In Shoreham-Wading River, we are particularly sensitive to many of these issues. This past year alone, we have increased our education of the whole child, focusing on how to collaborate with children and teens to develop safety plans that reduce the danger of high-risk behaviors. We have spent many hours promoting healthy coping strategies to stay safe, promote resilience and increase self-confidence.

Earlier this year, we compiled the activities and programs available to our students in relation to character education and social-emotional learning in a brochure, which also included some helpful health and safety community resources. Please see the attachment “SEL Brochure Final” to access those resources.

While the series is rated TV-MA (intended for mature audiences only), we are concerned with the number of our young students viewing the series. If your child has viewed the series, read the book or plans to do either, we recommend that you engage them in thoughtful conversation on the serious issues depicted. The National Association of School Psychologists has released guidance for educators and families on how to speak with children about “13 Reasons Why.” Please see the attachment labeled “13 Reasons Why Guidance_Final.”

Thank you for your attention to this very important topic. If you feel your child needs support or someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building’s administrators.  

Sincerely,

Neil Lederer
Interim Superintendent of Schools

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All-Eastern Singer

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For his outstanding musical abilities, Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Rohin McIntosh was invited to perform at the prestigious National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Conference in Atlantic City, April 5-8.

Rohin was selected based on his performances at NYSSMA and teacher recommendations. This is not the first time that he has been recognized for his singing talents. In the past, he has been invited to participate in the All-National, All-State and All-County conferences.

Rohin has been participating in chorus since the fifth grade and was first introduced to singing by his mother, who is a classical Indian singer. In addition to his vocal abilities, McIntosh is a classical pianist and participates in his school’s Vocal Express a capella group and school thespian performances.

Aside from having musical talent, Rohin is an academic scholar who is a member of his school’s Brainstormers and Mathleetes teams and varsity tennis team. He is also an Eagle Scout.

In the fall, Rohin will attend Princeton University to study biophysics and math with a possible minor in music.      

  




Growing Autism Awareness

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As part of Autism Awareness Month, Prodell Middle School students in the grew their awareness of autism through daily, informational announcements and then constructed an awareness tree outside their classroom. The tree adorns puzzle-piece leaves with names of students who have pledged to learn more about autism.

Youth Summit Video Winners

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Two Shoreham-Wading River High School juniors, Liam Clifford and Christian Wesselborg, earned recognition at the prestigious Long Island Youth Summit for a video they produced on renewable energy.
 
The Best Video Project award was presented to the students on April 7 as part of the summit in which they were selected to attend.

“I am so proud that are students were recognized at this prestigious event. The time and energy they devoted to this project on top of their rigorous schedules is commendable,” said Alana Philcox, AP Seminar teacher and project mentor.  

To view the students’ video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWllfDwTcck&authuser=0

Shoreham-Wading River CSD Appoints New Superintendent

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The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education officially appointed veteran educator Mr. Gerard W. Poole as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, during its April 18 meeting.

"We are delighted to welcome Mr. Poole to the district,” said Board of Education President John Zukowski. “He brings with him the experience and vision the Board was looking for in our new Superintendent."

An educator for 20 years, Mr. Poole currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Freeport School District. During his four years of service in Freeport, his primary focus has been to provide world-class opportunities for all students through a challenging curriculum including elementary level introduction to technology, advance science research, expanded college credit opportunities and a heightened awareness of the importance of character education and social and emotional learning.

Prior to serving in Freeport, Mr. Poole was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Valley Stream Union Free School District 30. Earlier in his career, he worked as an elementary classroom teacher and literacy coach in the Riverhead Central School District.

Mr. Poole received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Long Island University and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Poole is a lifelong resident of Mattituck, where he resides with his wife and two sons, who both attend Mattituck High School.  
 
Of his appointment Mr. Poole said, “I am looking forward to working as the next superintendent,” said Poole. “I will work my hardest to build upon the district’s successes.”




Building a Partnership for the Future

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In an effort to connect education with the real world, the Shoreham-Wading River School District hosted its first School-to-Community Program meeting on April 3 at the Shoreham-Wading River High School.

During the inaugural meeting, 26 businesses representatives, 19 educators and nine students met to brainstorm programs and events that would accomplish the district’s goal to increase authentic learning experiences.  

Ideas discussed included tours, shadowing, internships, classroom speakers and jobs for students of all learning levels.

The working meeting was the first of many in the continued development of community partnerships.

“We are already seeing invaluable benefits from this meeting for our special education and STEM Programs,” said Dr. Amy Meyer, director of STEM.  “We look forward to continuing these collaborations and the opportunities that they will provide for our students.”      





New Middle School Principal Named

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During its April 18 meeting, the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education appointed Shoreham-Wading River High School Assistant Principal Kevin Vann as principal of Prodell Middle School. Mr. Vann will replace Dr. Linda Anthony, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

“Mr. Vann is well-deserving of this appointment,” said Board of Education President John Zukowski. “He has earned the loyalty and respect from fellow administrators and students.”

Mr. Vann has served as the high school assistant principal for the past 10 years. Prior to that,  he worked in the Patchogue-Medford School District as a middle school social studies teacher and dean of students at the high school. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in education and a master’s degree from Touro College in educational leadership.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve in the Shoreham-Wading River community in my new role of principal at the Albert G. Prodell Middle School,” said Mr. Vann.  “I am very excited to be working with such a dedicated and engaged faculty and staff and building upon the positive, supportive learning environment and culture that Dr. Anthony and Mr. Daniel Ackerman and the staff have worked so hard to foster at the middle school.”

Mr. Vann will officially take the helm of the middle school after Dr. Anthony’s retirement in June.

Autism Awareness

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Miller Avenue School students participated in a number of Autism Awareness activities throughout the week of April 3 as part of Autism Awareness month. 

The week kicked-off with the Shoreham-Wading River students meeting with Shoreham-Wading River High School freshman Frankie Fontinell and his mother, who wrote a book about their experiences of living with Autism.  

Students also took part in a number of hands-on activities during their gym classes that simulated what its like to have Autism, including trying to read a book with loud noises in their headphones.

Successful Blood Drive

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More than 90 pints of blood were collected as part of a New York Blood Center blood drive held at the Wading River Elementary School on April 5. The Shoreham-Wading River PTA sponsored the drive, held in honor of high school student Alexa Boucher. Numerous high school students stepped up to volunteer their time and donate blood to make the drive successful. 

High School Presents ‘Play On!’

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The students of Shoreham-Wading River High School will present Rick Abbot’s comedy “Play On!” on April 27, 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shoreham-Wading River High School auditorium.

The production features a cast of 10 thespians who have worked over the past few months to perfect the three-act, amusing production. The show tells a story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of the maddening interference of a haughty author who keeps revising the script.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at http://www.greateventseats.com/SWR.
 

Chain Reaction of Good

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Prodell Middle School students culminated a week of kindness activities by forming a paper chain on the school’s track on April 7.  The chain represented the chain of good that can come from one simple act of kindness. 

The week’s kindness activities were part of a “Bounce Back Project,” started by students Kelly Logan, Kyra Faragasso, Brooke Hackel and Sara Kruziniski. It modeled Rachel’s Challenge and the idea that everyone can overcome a loss and “Bounce Back” by starting a chain reaction of kindness.  

Each day throughout the week, students took part in discussions and activities surrounding the ideas of resilience, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships, self-awareness and purpose. For each pillar discussed, students made a piece of chain that included pledges to conduct acts of kindness. 

Shoreham-Wading River to Appoint New Superintendent of Schools

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During the April 18 Board of Education meeting, it is anticipated the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District will appoint veteran educator Mr. Gerard W. Poole as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1.

“The appointment of Mr. Poole is the culmination of a months-long search and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him to our community,” said Board of Education President John Zukowski. “He brings with him the level of educational skill, experience and knowledge that the Board and community were searching for to lead our District into the future.”

An educator for 20 years, Mr. Poole currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Freeport School District. During his four years of service in Freeport, his primary focus has been to provide world-class opportunities for all students through a challenging curriculum including elementary level introduction to technology, advance science research, expanded college credit opportunities and a heightened awareness of the importance of character education and social and emotional learning.

Prior to serving in Freeport, Mr. Poole was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Valley Stream Union Free School District 30. Earlier in his career, he worked as an elementary classroom teacher and literacy coach in the Riverhead Central School District.

Mr. Poole received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Long Island University and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Poole is a lifelong resident of Mattituck, where he resides with his wife and two sons, who both attend Mattituck High School.  
 
Mr. Poole is honored to serve as the next Superintendent of the Shoreham Wading River Central School District and is grateful to the Board of Education for their confidence in him. “It was clear throughout the interview process that the Board of Education and I share the mutual commitment to providing cutting-edge educational experiences for students, to collaborating with students, staff, parents and the community and to meet the needs of the whole child,” said Poole. “I am excited to become part the Shoreham Wading River Central School District, a district with an amazing past, present and unlimited potential for the future.”
The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education meeting will be held on April 18 at 7 p.m. in Prodell Middle School, 100 Randall Road, Shoreham, NY. There will be a small celebration to welcome Mr. Poole at the conclusion of the Board meeting.    

Helping Kids Cope

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The Shoreham-Wading River School District invites the parents and community members to attend a Crisis Center Workshop, titled Helping Kids Cope with Difficult Times, on Wednesday, April 19 from 7-8 p.m. in the Shoreham-Wading River High School auditorium.

The workshop, led by Meryl Cassidy and Lisa Heim-Zeller from Response Crisis Center, will focus on how to collaborate with children and teens to develop safety plans that reduce the danger of high-risk behaviors. The workshop will also include a discussion on promoting healthy coping strategies to stay safe, promote resilience and increase self-confidence.

The program is just one of a number that the district is offering to students in their families to heighten awareness. 

Immigration Simulation

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Wading River Elementary School third-graders, who have been studying immigration in class, recently participated in their school’s annual, hands-on Immigration Day.

As part of the day, students, dressed as steerage passengers in period costumes, toted “luggage” onto a “ship” and then made their way through a series of inspection stations in the gymnasium, which was transformed into “Ellis Island.”  The studies carried documentation papers that were stamped by mock doctors and other “immigration” officials. At the end of the day, each student received full entry into the United States.

The event is a collaborate effort by faculty, parents and staff. 

Hats for Healthy Hearts

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High school students enrolled in Rosemarie Petruzzellis’ Create Crafts class recently crocheted red, infant hats to donate to the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program. The program aims to inspire moms and children to live healthy lives. The students worked on the hats over a three-week period.   




March Madness Food Drive

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In recognizing a need to stock the shelves of local food pantries throughout the year, Wading River Elementary School’s Character Counts Committee organized a March Madness Food Drive. The community service effort proved to be the most successful in the school’s history with a final donation tally of 8,159 food items. All items will be delivered to local churches, veteran groups and area food pantries.

A Tour of Phil’s

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Miller Avenue second-graders recently participated in a “behind the scenes” tour of Phil’s Restaurant in Wading River. During the tour, given by owner Phil Marcario, students learned the history of the building, how the business is run and about the various staff positions. The field trip tied directly into the students’ math unit on money and social studies lesson on communities and careers. Following the tour, the students all enjoyed lunch generously donated by Phil’s Restaurant.  
    




Egg-Citing Lesson

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Middle school sixth-graders enrolled in the home and careers program recently learned the four aspects of early childhood development through a hands-on lesson involving eggs. As part of the project, the Shoreham-Wading River students demonstrated their knowledge of physical, emotional, intellectual and social development by creating an egg baby with a lifecycle and designing an environment that their egg creature would thrive in.

Young Mathematicians at Work

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On March 24, a group of 10 seventh- and eighth-graders participated in the annual Suffolk County MoMathlon at Brookhaven National Lab.  

During the event, the students competed in three rounds, including individual, team and mixed. In the mixed rounds, the students were placed in random teams and worked together to solve math problems without the use of a calculator.  

“We were pleased to see that they were so quick to develop a rapport with their new team members. This is such an important skill in achieving college and career readiness,” said teacher Michele Vitale, who accompanied the students along with fellow teacher Roe Handshaw.    



‘Be Our Guest’

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As part of National Reading Awareness Month, the Miller Avenue School in the Shoreham-Wading River School District has been welcoming guest readers into its classrooms and tallying the number of books read aloud to them throughout March in each classroom. The students heard close to 1,500 books including, B.J. Novak’s “The Book with No Pictures” read by Interim Superintendent of Schools Neil Lederer. 

Signing with Purpose

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High school student Zeb Berliner has taken the skills he learned in his sign language courses to the next level — he is now signing at his church and will sign the national anthem at the 2017 high school graduation ceremony. 

Zeb began signing three years ago when he first enrolled in Ms. Katherine Ziegler’s sign language class to fulfill his language requirement.  

“I didn’t speak much as a kid and thought this might be a good class for me,” he said. 

Since that first day, Zeb found he has a passion for the language that has been taught in the high school since 1997.  

In addition to sharing his love of sign language at his church and at graduation, Zeb plans to major in American Sign Language at Suffolk County Community College in the fall. 

Zeb is not the first Shoreham-Wading River High School graduate who has taken sign language and turned it into a career. Former graduates have gone on to become teachers of the deaf, speech pathologists, ASL teachers and interpreters for the deaf. 
 





Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

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The Shoreham-Wading River High School announced Anthony Peraza and Kyle Higgins as the Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively during a ceremony on March 21.

Valedictorian Peraza has had a number of academic accomplishments throughout his high school career. Since his freshman year, he has received excellence awards in biology and Spanish and he is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Peraza is also an athlete, participating in cross-country, winter and spring track and earned an All-County academic runner distinction. He is also a performer in his school’s jazz band, a member of the Natural Helpers and National Honor Society. 

In the fall, Peraza will attend Cornell University to study environmental biological engineering.

During his time in high school, salutatorian Higgins, made his mark as a member of Natural Helpers, the National Honor Society and as an athlete who played varsity lacrosse, soccer basketball and football. He has earned academic awards including excellence in AP chemistry and pre-calculus, as well as an All-Academic distinction for basketball.  

In the fall, Higgins will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study engineering. 

 



Teachers Participate in Instructional Rounds

Teachers Participate in Instructional Rounds Photo
As part of their professional development training, teachers in the Shoreham-Wading School District participated in Instructional Rounds at the high school on March 21 and 22.

During the sessions, teachers collaborated on learning and teaching in classrooms and other area schools through a process based on the work of Dr. Richard Elmore, who adapted his ideas from the professional practice of medical rounds used by doctors.

“The goal is to provide high-quality teaching/learning at scale in an ongoing learning community through the coordinated efforts of a collegial network,” said Shoreham-Wading River High School Principal Dan Holtzman.

Long Island Youth Summit Representatives

Long Island Youth Summit Representatives Photo
Two high school juniors, Liam Clifford and Christian Wesselborg have been selected to participate in the prestigious Long Island Youth Summit on April 7.

The students received the invitation after researching renewable energy options and producing a video that tackled the topic. The video included interviews with professionals at various locations, including the power plant.

“I am proud that our students are being awarded the opportunity to participate in this event,” said teacher Alana Philcox, who mentored the students’ project. “The time and energy they devoted to this project on top of their rigorous schedules is commendable.”




Penguin Twins

Penguin Twins
As part of a student council-sponsored Spirit Week celebration to promote unity, middle school students and staff in the Shoreham-Wading River School District dressed as twins on March 8. Also during Spirit Week, students and staff took a No Cell Phone Challenge, dressed in their favorite pajamas and wore their favorite jersey and band shirt to school.

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