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The beat goes on at Summer Music Institute

The beat goes on at Summer Music Institute photo
SWR students are strengthening their musical skills at the annual five-week Summer Music Institute.

From woodwind, brass, percussion and string to piano and vocal lessons, the institute is an opportunity for students to learn from program director Paula Albert-Franz and district music teachers Erin Fasano, Arthur Gross, Kevin O’Brien and Ashley O’Connor and share in an enjoyable and positive educational experience.

According to Albert-Franz, dozens of students take lessons either individually or in groups. This year’s popular new offerings of mandolin and banjo enable children to master their musical education as well as develop and enhance skills used in other subject areas.

Focus on fun and friendships at Round Out program

Focus on fun and friendships at Round Out program photo
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The District’s annual Round Out program is a place filled with laughter and camaraderie as dozens of students take part in creative art projects, games, athletic and outdoor activities and diverse opportunities to develop social skills and cultivate new friendships.

The daily camp, headed by recreation specialists Maria Mistretta and Bob Szymanski, includes fun activities such as a scavenger hunt, sports day, crazy hat day and pajama day, among other themes that are enthusiastically embraced by the campers.

Much of the organized play is provided by the student volunteers, who attended the summer program when they were in the elementary grades and enjoyed it so much they came back to share the fun with the younger campers. Together, they work toward the program’s culminating team spirit week and a race for each grade level to capture the spirit cup.

Public Notice - Public Hearing 8/21/18


Summer Theatre Arts Program to stage four musicals

Summer Theatre Arts Program to stage four musicals photo
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District students have been pursuing their creative interests this summer during a five-week Theatre Arts program and will showcase their talents during four exciting musicals on Aug. 2-3 at Wading River School.

Dozens of students in grades K-12 took part in this year’s program, working collaboratively to create stage performances of “101 Dalmatians,” “Arf,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Addams Family.”

The district summer mainstay, now in its 43rd year, enables students to create friendships, acquire team-building skills, develop theatrical abilities as well as enhance their musical studies through instrumental and vocal lessons. It is coordinated by program director Paula Albert-Franz, who retired in June from Albert G. Prodell Middle School after 32 years of teaching music in the district.

“Arf” featuring K-3 grade students, will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m., students in grades 7-12 will perform “The Addams Family,” at 7 p.m. Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. “101 Dalmatians” will showcase the talented 3-6 graders; and “Peter Pan” will highlight the skills of the 5-10 grade student performers at 3 p.m.

Summer Newsletter Now Available


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.


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

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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

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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!

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Trio Selected to All-State Baseball Team

Trio Selected to All-State Baseball Team photo
Congratulations to 2018 Shoreham-Wading River High School graduates Jesse Keshner, Ryan Mullahey and Gabe Romano for being named to the New York State Sportswriters Association All-State baseball team. They were selected along with other Section XI players to the Class A division. Jesse was named shortstop to the fifth team, Ryan was named pitcher and infielder to the third team and Gabe was named pitcher to the sixth team.