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SWR Renewal Project Updates - August 18, 2017

This week’s progress includes exterior site work, retaining wall and fire service upgrades, and brick and sidewalk installation on the new addition at Wading River Elementary School. The interior work at WRES continues with new bathroom tile and classroom casework.

Miller Avenue’s bright interior features a new ceiling, mechanical duct work, painting and new flooring, while the outside work saw the installation of new curbs and preparation for the sidewalk.

The fall sports season is gearing up at Prodell Middle School with the installation of track surfacing and athletic field grading.

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Public Notice - Policy Committee Meeting 8/22/17

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Bond Update - August 11, 2017

Bright, polished, graphically patterned flooring is ready for the feet of students in September at Wading River Elementary School! This week’s progress at Wading River also included internal lighting improvements, as well as continuation of exterior work on the classroom addition, new cafeteria and kitchen and the parking area modifications.

 

SWR Summer Music Institute and Theater Arts Program to Stage Student Productions

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Shoreham-Wading River School District students have worked to perfect their theatrical skills this summer during a five-week Music Institute and Theater Arts program and will showcase their talents during three exciting musicals on August 3 and 4 at Albert P. Prodell Middle School.

More than 150 students in grades K-12 took part in this year's program, working collaboratively to create stage performances of "On Safari," "Seussical Kids," and "Disney's High School Musical Jr."

According to Program Director Paula Albert-Franz, the 42-year-old District summer mainstay enables students to create friendships, acquire team-building skills, learn responsibility and develop an appreciation for the performing arts as well as enhance their musical studies through instrumental and vocal lessons.

"On Safari," featuring students from kindergarten through grade three, will take place on Thursday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m.; "Seussical Kids," scheduled for Friday, August 4 at 12:30 p.m. will showcase the talented third- through sixth-graders; and "High School Musical Jr.," will highlight the skills of the grade 6-12 student performers at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4.

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Dr. Michael Winfield Named Assistant Principal at Shoreham-Wading River High School

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The Shoreham-Wading River School District has named Dr. Michael Winfield assistant principal of Shoreham-Wading River High School. A familiar face to many in the district, Dr. Winfield possesses a strong background in educational leadership, including previous service in the district.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Winfield has worked as a dean of students at Bellport Middle School, social studies chairperson at Spring Valley High School in upstate New York, assistant principal for operations at Riverhead High School, assistant principal for Shoreham-Wading River High School as well as an administrative supervisor for the Hempstead High Annex. His most recent position was assistant principal for sixth grade at Hempstead Middle School.

Dr. Winfield earned a doctorate in modern world history, a Master of Arts in history and a Master of Arts in sociology all from St. John's University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology from SUNY Old Westbury and earned an Advanced Certificate of Study from the College of Saint Rose in school administration and supervision and an Advanced Certification in human resource management in Molloy College.

Shoreham-Wading River Roundout Equals Summer Fun

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With daily themes to take part in and a schedule that includes art, gym, tennis and basketball, more than 150 students have been enjoying summer vacation during Shoreham Wading River School District's annual Roundout program.

Headed by Recreation Specialists Maria Mistretta and Bob Szymanski, the daily camp is filled with smiles, laughter and creating friendships. According to Ms. Mistretta, although the sessions are only three hours every morning, students enthusiastically embrace that day's activities. They work collaboratively toward the program's culminating team spirit week and a race for each grade level to capture the spirit cup. A recent focus was on all things Hawaiian - with older students taking part in a tie dye T-shirt lesson while younger ones dressed the part in their colorful attire, including a few grass skirts in the crowd.

Much of the organized play is provided by the student volunteers, who attended the summer program as campers and enjoyed it so much they came back to share the fun with the younger students.

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.


Sincerely,

Gerard W. Poole
Superintendent of Schools

An Amazing Year!

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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.”


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