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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

Eighth-Graders Celebrated Photo

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
 Sports Photo
baseball action shot

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

Students Inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Students Inducted into National Technical Honor Society Photo
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! Photo

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.

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.

Meet the vals and sals (Newsday)

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.

Thank you


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.”       

SWR Siblings were Valedictorians and salutatorians (Newsday)

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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.

A Clarification of Media Reports re: Field Trip Funding


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. 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017