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Notice Regarding Geometry Regents

As a result of a discrepancy in the wording of question #24, the New York State Education Department on 7/25/17 has instructed all school districts to review the results of this year’s Geometry Regents and recalculate the scores of students' exams as necessary. Students who selected answer choice 1, 3 or 4 or who did not chose an answer for this question will now be awarded credit, as the question did not have one clear or correct answer. The district is in the process of completing this review and will contact any student whose score will change to passing as a result of this review process on 7/27. Revised Regents examination scores resulting from an invalid question on the June 2017 Geometry Regents will be posted in the assessment tab of the parent portal by Friday, July 28, 2017. Should you have any questions about this matter, please contact the district’s Curriculum Office at (631) 821-8202.

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.

Board Begins New School Year

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The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education officially began the 2017-18 school year on July 11 with its annual reorganization meeting.

During the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole, who took the leadership reins on July 1, took the oath of office and new Board trustees Katie Andersen, Erin Hunt and Henry Perez were sworn in and began their three-year terms. Additionally, incumbent members Robert Rose and Michael Lewis were elected President and Vice President, respectively. The remainder of the Board is comprised of new trustee Michael Yannucci, who was elected to serve the remaining year in the term of Michael Fucito and was sworn in on election night, and incumbent trustee Kimberly Roff.

During his first report on behalf of the District, Mr. Poole congratulated Mr. Rose and Mr. Lewis on their appointments and thanked the community, administrators and faculty for the warm welcome he received on his new role.

Before delivering a recap of the year’s highlights for the District – including Shoreham-Wading River High School’s recognition as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools – Mr. Poole stated his commitment to working with the Board to collectively develop goals and sharing progress with the community.


New Superintendent Welcome Letter

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Dear Shoreham-Wading River School Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of the 2017-18 school year and officially introduce myself to the greater community. I consider it a true privilege to have been appointed your new Superintendent of Schools and to have taken the oath of office last evening during the district’s reorganization meeting.

The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District has earned a reputation for academic excellence, and the boundless opportunities offered beyond the classroom setting are exemplary, as they provide enriching learning experiences for students at all levels. As an educator for 20 years, I wholeheartedly value the programs and services in place, and I am committed to building upon past practices to ensure that current and future students have opportunities to explore their interests and find their true passions.

In addition to the robust educational program, it was the level of community involvement that drew me to this district. I witnessed this sense of pride as I underwent the interview process and have experienced it firsthand over the past few days, as each of the faculty members, parents, students and residents I have met have been extremely welcoming and helpful. Please know that it is my intent to make every effort to foster and cultivate this practice to ensure the continued success of our students, schools and community.

While serving as your Superintendent of Schools, I plan to be accessible to all stakeholders and maintain an open door communication policy. I encourage and welcome any questions, comments or concerns you have about our schools and can be reached directly at 631-821-8105.   

It is an exciting time for the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. Please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy summer.


Gerard W. Poole
Superintendent of Schools

Summer Construction Update

Wading River School Schedule of Construction Projects - 7/6/17

Miller Avenue Schedule of Construction Projects - 7/6/17

An Amazing Year!


During the 2016-2017 school year, students across the school district made significant strides in their educational journeys, often going above and beyond. This video highlights a few of those astounding accomplishments.

Class of 2017 Graduates

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As proud parents, friends, teachers and administrators looked on, the Shoreham-Wading River High School Class of 2017 received their diplomas during the building’s 41st commencement exercises on June 24.

During the graduation ceremony, the accomplishments of the members of the Class of 2017 were celebrated by a number of speeches. Both valedictorian Anthony Peraza and salutatorian Kyle Higgins shared memories from their years in the Shoreham-Wading River School District and wished their classmates the best going forward.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017, and best wishes for a rewarding future.

Eighth-Graders Celebrated

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The achievements of more than 180 eighth-graders at Prodell Middle School in the Shoreham-Wading River School District were celebrated at a moving up ceremony on June 22 at the high school. During the ceremony, several special awards were handed out before all students were presented with middle school certificates, signifying their transition to high school. The ceremony also included a slideshow that had been created in the students’ honor. Following the ceremony, a dance was held in the gymnasium.

Shoreham-Wading River HS principal named

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At its meeting on June 20, the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education officially appointed Frank Pugliese as the high school’s new principal, effective Aug. 1.

Mr. Pugliese joins the district with an extensive background in education. For the past six years, he has served as the assistant principal at Half Hollow Hills High School East and previously served four years in the same capacity at Half Hollow Hills High School West. He was also employed as an administrative dean at Ward Melville High School in the Three Village Central School District and taught social studies at Commack High School and Goochland High School in Virginia.

Mr. Pugliese holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master in Science degree in curriculum and instruction from Radford University and a school district administrator certification from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

“I would like to thank the board of education and the entire central office team, especially incoming Superintendent Mr. Poole and interim Superintendent Mr. Lederer for entrusting me with this enormous responsibility,” said Mr. Pugliese of his appointment. “I am incredibly excited to begin working with the Shoreham-Wading River community to provide our students with the best educational experience.”

Fathers Unite for a Good Cause

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Fathers in the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District scored touchdowns for a good cause during the inaugural Fathers Charity event- Flag Football on June 10 sponsored by the Miller Avenue PTO and Wading River PTA.  

The sunny weather was the perfect setting for the dads to catch, punt, rush and score while their families participated in various activities, including free cheerleading and football clinics, track races and face painting at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

The event raised $12,000, which will be donated equally between the Response of Suffolk County and The Thomas Cutinella Memorial Fund.  

Seniors Celebrate


Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors celebrated the end of the school year at their school’s annual senior day. During the event, held on June 9, seniors were treated to a breakfast and slideshow and then participated in field day activities.

Surprise Graduation for Senior

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Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Ethan Wiederkehr was surprised with a graduation ceremony on June 8 when his classmates gathered in the school’s auditorium to watch him receive his diploma from Principal Dan Holtzman. The surprise was planned after it was learned that Wiederkehr would not be able to attend graduation because he is scheduled to attend Northwestern University’s football camp. Following the short ceremony, a graduation cake was served.   

Shoreham-Wading River High School named a Reward School

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Shoreham-Wading River High School has been designated as a New York State Department of Education Reward School.

The prestigious, annual award recognizes the school’s excellent educational program and specifically its high performance with no significant gaps in achievement. The school is just one of 185 schools across New York State to receive the recognition this year.   

“We are pleased to be recognized as a reward school. It is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, staff, administration and students,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Neil Lederer. 

The High School was also designated a Reward School for the 2016-2017 school year.

Wildcat Pause wins journalism awards

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Staff members of Shoreham-Wading River High School student newspaper, Wildcat Pause, earned eight prestigious journalism awards at the annual Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards, held at Hofstra University.

The awards come after a selection process that included a field of more than 2,000 entries in various categories from high school newspapers across Long Island. In total, the Wildcat Pause staff members earned three first-place awards, two second-place trophies and three third-place recognitions.

The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to the following students:

First Place
Robert Joannou, staff writer
Government — National
“Students take on presidential election”

Megan Julian, staff writer
News Story
“Heroin destroying lives, communities”

Cassidy Latham, 2015-2016 editor-in-chief
School Financial News
“Growing up equals financial responsibility”

Second Place
Scott Engelhardt, photographer
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Joseph McMullan, staff writer
Arts Review: National Music
“Views, coloring book, what’s next?”

Natalya Baichan, 2016 - 2017 editor-in-chief
“Register —  you may change a life”

Third Place
Declan Beran, assistant editor
School News
“Veteran’s board will strengthen community”

Michael Tripptree, 2015-2016 staff writer  
 Entertainment Headline
“Espresso yourself at local cafes’

Athletes Commit to Colleges

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Surrounded by proud parents, coaches and friends, four senior Shoreham-Wading River High School student-athletes were honored at a ceremony on June 1 for continuing their athletic journeys at some of the nation’s top colleges in the fall. The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to the following students: (pictured left to right)

Samantha Higgins – Yale University – Lacrosse
MacKenzie Zajac – SUNY Cortland – Basketball
Grace Blomberg – U.S. Military Academy (West Point)– Lacrosse
Kayleigh Kirkpatrick – Manhattanville College – Soccer

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