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Seniors Commit to College Sports

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As a result of their academic commitments and unwavering athletic dedication, 12 seniors have been selected to continue their athletic journeys at the collegiate level this fall.

To commemorate the momentous occasion, the distinguished students wore team caps and shirts from their school of choice and were surrounded by proud family members, coaches, faculty and Mark Passamonte, the District’s Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses during a recent recognition ceremony.

Congratulations to the following Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics:

Nicolette Constant - University of Vermont - soccer
Mason Kelly - Furman University - baseball
Emma Kirkpatrick - SUNY Oneonta - soccer
Francesca Lily - Hamilton College – soccer
Melissa Marchese - University of Hartford – softball
Katlynn McGivney - Hamilton College – softball
Jake Meeker - Pace University - lacrosse
Isabella Meli - Binghamton University - lacrosse
Joy Papagianopoulos - Queens College – softball
Alexandra Smith -Wagner College - cross-country/track
Everett Wehr - Penn State Altoona - baseball
Tyler Widercrantz - St. Anselm College – baseball

The district is proud to recognize these student athletes who will compete at the collegiate level.

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Health Announcement - MRSA

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Character and leadership lead two Wildcats to Suffolk County honors

Character and leadership lead two Wildcats to Suffolk County honors photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors Joshua Louser and Emma Kirkpatrick were each named a 2018 Suffolk Zone award winner by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. This award is presented annually to the top female and male senior physical education leaders in each Suffolk County high school.

According to Mark Passamonte, the district’s Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses, the pair were chosen by their physical education teachers for their outstanding character, leadership skills in schoolwide as well as physical education and health class activities, positive attitude toward instructional activities, scholastic achievements and being role models for their peers.

Strategic Planning Survey - Deadline Extended to Dec. 14!

The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education has begun a strategic planning process.  It is intended that this process will result in a succinct set of measurable goals for improving the school district over five years beginning in 2019-2020, which reflect the input of school district stakeholders.
 
YOUR ASSISTANCE IS REQUESTED BY COMPLETING THIS BRIEF SURVEY BEFORE DECEMBER 14, 2018.
 
Survey Link
www.surveymonkey.com/r/swrplan
 
Your responses will be anonymous. Thank you for taking the time to help plan a successful educational future for Shoreham-Wading River students.
 
Following this initial survey approach to gaining such input, focus groups and/or open meetings will be held to gain more specific input on the development of goals for the five-year plan.  If you are interested in participating in these meetings, please email Mary Luhrs @ mluhrs@swr.k12.ny.us  from the Superintendent’s Office with your contact information. 
 

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Public Notice - Space and Facilities Committee Meeting 12/11/18

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Giving Thanks at Miller Avenue

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Miller Avenue Elementary School students shared in numerous grateful Thanksgiving festivities throughout the building. One of the hallways was set up as a very long table with a paper tablecloth and decorated with cornucopias and pilgrim hats for first-graders who enjoyed sharing their snacks and a fun time with their classmates. Second-graders joined the celebration by having a grade-level sing-along, and students in Mr. Robert Korchma’s second grade class used their artistic skills to create colorful, hand-printed Thanksgiving wreaths.

SWR Student Voices

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Five Shoreham-Wading River High School students recently attended the Erase Racism “Student Voices Campaign,” held on the campus at Stony Brook University. Juniors Angelina Anderson, Raymond Colon, Megan Greene, Fatou Ndiaye and Samantha Rutkowsky, accompanied by science teacher Dr. Christine Rubenstein and English teacher Edward Storck, participated in youth leadership development workshops, and panel and group discussions with other high school students on Long Island to create action plans to bring positive change to school communities. The regional organization leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related initiatives to promote racial equity in areas such as public school education and community development. At the conference, the students had the opportunity to gain the tools, platform and confidence to become social justice advocates and leaders. They now look forward to partnering with neighboring school districts that were also in attendance to put their ideas into action.

Compassion Without Borders

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Ten student members of Shoreham-Wading River High School’s Natural Helpers along with school social worker Jaclyn Anci, health instructor Mary Mitchell, and Principal Frank Pugliese recently attended the annual Compassion Without Borders conference. Kevin Beagen, Michele Corona, Madison Dimpflmaier, Ethan Eisenberg, Brennan Gorman, Andrew Liguori, Rianna Lotito, Noah Minarik, Sydney Rassner and Reghan Truesdell worked with their peers across Suffolk County to further develop their social and emotional leadership skills and help make a difference in their school communities.

Musical Motivator

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Shoreham-Wading River School District music faculty members participated in a unique professional development program at the Suffolk County Music Educators Symposium Day, a day-long event that addressed current topics in music education that they were able to bring back and share with their students.

Music Coordinator Dennis Creighton presented a workshop at the symposium titled “What about the Text? Poetic and Musical Imagery,” which focused on the convergence of musical and poetic imagery in choral music.

“When working with students, pointing out how the music a composer chooses to highlight a poetic image can lead students to a greater understanding of the intent of the poet. This leads to a more expressive performance,” Mr. Creighton said. “I’m so glad the district gave every music teacher the opportunity to attend workshops that could assist them in their specific areas of music education.”

Sparking an Interest in Healthcare Leadership

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Students from Shoreham-Wading River High School’s Advanced Placement Research and Women in Science and Engineering program attended a field trip to Northwell Health’s Islandia location as part of the health’s organization’s Spark Challenge. Accompanied by English teacher Edward Storck and science teacher Lori Racaniello, the students learned about numerous aspects of healthcare, including patient care and satisfaction, economics and politics of the healthcare industry, and HIPAA laws through team activities and presentations from experienced department heads. The goal of the Spark Challenge is to engage and inspire healthcare leaders of the future. The students will collaborate further as they create an advertisement and presentation to help educate others on what they learned through this experience as part of the competition.

Promoting Diabetes Awareness at Prodell

Promoting Diabetes Awareness at Prodell photo
Albert G. Prodell Middle School students recently took part in World Diabetes Day, a campaign that draws attention to important issues, advocacy efforts and concerted actions related to diabetes. Student ambassadors Thomas Smith, Patrick Shea and Reegan Shea donned shirts gifted to them by Board of Education trustee James Smith, to promote an awareness of the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

Way To Go Wildcats

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Last week, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team captured their fourth Suffolk County Division IV title in the last five years. Under the impressive leadership of first-year coach Aden Smith, the team overcame an early season loss and has won nine consecutive games. They will take on Cold Spring Harbor for the Long Island Division IV Championship on Friday, Nov. 23rd at 4:30 p.m. at Stony Brook University. Best of luck to our team: Xavier Arline, Max Barone, Chris Baumeister, Dylan Blanco, DJ Brown, Mike Casazza, Davin Casey, Aidan Casey, Anthony Cimino, Kenny DeTiberiis, Jake Ekert, John German, Anthony Giordano, Connor Hughes, Jeffrey Lachenmeyer, Jack Logan, Pat Mahan, Liam Mahoney, Jake Meeker, Sean Miller, Steven Opiela, Mike Pavinski, James Provencher, Joe Puckey, Mario Rivera, Raph Roa, Zach Roff, Tyler Schwarz, Johnny Schwarz, David Tedesco, Chris Visintin, Dominic Visintin, Jake Wilson and Matt Zahn.

Baskets of Food, Hearts of Kindness

Baskets of Food, Hearts of Kindness photo
Albert G. Prodell Middle School Student Council members collected and created 25 food baskets for local families to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving meal. When they finished the baskets, they still had additional items that were donated to local soup kitchens. The tremendously successful efforts of the students and care and commitment of the Prodell staff who donated gift certificates for turkeys exemplifies the true meaning of giving. “We have the most generous staff whose hearts are filled with kindness,” adviser Andrea Monz said. “They are true role models to our students.”

Prodell’s Powerful Expression of Thanks

Prodell’s Powerful Expression of Thanks photo
Albert G. Prodell Middle School celebrated our country’s veterans with a special meet and greet, a breakfast sponsored by principal Kevin Vann, a pledge of allegiance led by guest veterans from various military branches and an eighth-grade assembly. Lt. Dan Guida of the United State Army spoke to the students about his experiences in Vietnam and Senior Master Sergeant Michael Wern (Air Force), Lance Corporal William Fitz (Marines) and Sergeant Janet Santeramo (Marines), were also in attendance.

Music teacher Fred Volz organized the middle school chamber ensemble for a patriotic entrance and students Courtney Greene and Laura Marino led the assembly. Red poppies were created by teacher Hilary Breig and staff member Cheryl Hoefler and worn by the students in remembrance of veterans. Teachers Kim Avelin, Christine Bradley, Hilary Breig, Brian Ferguson, Linda Loscalzo and Danielle Senneca organized the assembly, which was a first for the school and a collaboration of many people. She noted that Mr. Wern is a security guard in the middle school and was pleased to have a woman recognized among the veterans. The assembly day also marked exactly 50 years since Lt. Guida came home from Vietnam. “Students welcomed him with a standing ovation,” Ms. Senneca said. “Prodell has now named him the school’s official veteran.”

Showcasing a District Gem for Learning

Showcasing a District Gem for Learning photo
The Shoreham-Wading River School District recently held a walkthrough and plaque dedication at Wading River School to provide the Board of Education, district administrators and the community with an update on the school’s recently completed and upcoming projects.

Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole said he is pleased and excited about the changes occurring in the district’s facilities as a result of the 2015 resident-approved capital project bond referendum. Of the elementary school’s facility improvements, he stated, “The school is an absolute gem and a wonderful learning environment for our students.” He also noted that this is an exciting time for the district. “We are grateful to the community for their overwhelming support.”

Principal Louis Parrinello led the tour, which highlighted recently completed updates including: an updated entranceway, improvement to the third-grade wing, lighting and ceiling replacement, bathroom handicap access in the nurse’s office, updated bathrooms throughout the building, new custodial and psychologist office space, a new building wing with courtyard instructional space, new fifth-grade classrooms, renovated cafeteria, a new gymnasium ceiling, updated library, renovated stage for musical rehearsals and a new roof in the front of the building.

Inspiring Kindness at WRES

Inspiring Kindness at WRES photo
Wading River School fourth-grader Madeline Rizzi addressed the Board of Education at a recent meeting for permission to create a kindness tree mural in the cafeteria to replace the paper tree that fell off the wall last school year. Board president Michael Lewis thanked Madeline for her idea and will respond to her proposal after discussing with the Board.

Sparking Energy Efficiency

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Using live performance as an education tool was a powerful way for students at Miller Avenue Elementary School to learn about energy and ways to conserve it when The National Theatre for Children presented “The Conservation Caper.”

Sponsored by PSEG, actors from the theater company entertained the students while teaching them how their energy choices can help or harm the environment. The interactive show was a supplement to the school’s lessons in science, literacy and the arts.

Championing Abilities and Strengths

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Members of the High School’s Best Buddies program held a “Match Party” to match students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities with a peer to help become integrated into the school community. Using riddles such as “this is where you would use your artistic skills,” or “this is where you are greeted when you are hungry,” students set off in the school to head to the art room or cafeteria to meet their match. Commended for their uniqueness and kindness, this year’s Best Buddies will strengthen their friendships throughout the year.

HS Boosts 2 Mathematical Scholars

HS Boosts 2 Mathematical Scholars photo
As a result of their dedication and high performance in mathematics, two students from the high school have each been named a Long Island Scholar of Mathematics.

Sophomore Mika Misawa and freshman Selene Tan were accepted into a special program by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury.

The duo will join 85 students selected by the Institute out of approximately 500 top-ranking student applicants. Their placement was earned by the recommendations of math teacher Ellen Fraser, a written statement from each student and high scores on a rigorous entrance exam.

Students in the program attend 50 hours of instruction over the course of 20 Saturday mornings. The curriculum covers topics including algebra, geometry, discrete math and number theory.

American History Live at SWR HS

American History Live at SWR HS photo
Pride and patriotism were part of an early Veterans Day assembly, when social studies students welcomed USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Delaney, who is now a Suffolk County corrections officer and an advocate for mental health funding for veterans with PTSD. The assembly was coordinated by teacher Ruth Squillace with assistance from her third period Participation in Government class. The seniors helped secure breakfast food donations for the guests, decorated for the event and created the educational materials for the 11th grade US History and Government students in attendance. Members of the Long Island Chapter of the Patriot Guard, Long Island Chapter of Rolling Thunder, Operation Veronica, Congressman Lee Zeldin and local VFW members were invited guests.

In a cross-curricular endeavor, the junior class, under the coordination of English teachers Jean Branna, Sara Trenn, and Ed Storck, read “The Things They Carried,” about American soldiers in the Vietnam War and in turn collected and carried to the assembly approximately 200 shoeboxes of items including M&Ms, K-Cups, hand and foot warmers and Power Bars for Operation Veronica, which ships them to American troops who are serving overseas.

Red Ribbon Promises at Prodell

Red Ribbon Promises at Prodell photo
With a week of activities, pledges, clothing themes and a poster contest, Prodell Middle School students put great effort into this year’s Red Ribbon Week, a nationally observed alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence prevention awareness campaign.

Student council members created an informative PowerPoint presentation with information on Red Ribbon Week’s history and anti-bullying references, resiliency and choices in life, and clothing themes for the event included red clothing or hearts for “I Love Me, I am Drug Free Day,” favorite jerseys for “Team Up Against Tobacco/Vaping Alcohol and Drugs Day,” Halloween costumes for “Spook Away Day” neon colors for “Too bright for Drugs Day” and hats/caps for “Put a cap on Tobacco/Vaping, Alcohol and Drugs Day.” They also attended lectures by guest speakers Dr. Andrew Clair, who spoke on the dangers of tobacco and vaping, and Nancy Ward, an officer with the Suffolk County Police Department.

Musical Mastery

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The High School’s exceptional music program caught the attention of SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty members who contacted music teacher Ashley O’Connor and inquired about working with the orchestra students. Three members of Fredonia’s string faculty – Natasha Farny, David Rose and Maureen Yuen – were welcomed to SWR where dozens of students enjoyed a performance by the guest artists, along with master classes for violin, viola, cello, and bass led by the professors. Several high school students performed in the master class and received constructive feedback and helpful comments on how to improve their performance technique.

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Promoting Positive Perceptions

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Wading River School students welcomed a special guest when internationally known motivational speaker and advocate Becky Curran visited the school as part of the District’s DASA initiatives.

Ms. Curran grew up participating in many sports such as sailing, skiing, soccer and swimming, graduated college and lives an inspired life. Born with achondroplasia, a genetic disorder that results in dwarfism, she was taught from a very young age to keep a positive outlook on life.

Her visit to the school was voluntary and she encouraged an open dialogue with the 4-6 grade students. She answered some heartwarming questions – including issues with bullying, if she has difficulties driving or watching a movie and even the scientific name of her genetic disorder. She encouraged the students to establish goals and work hard to accomplish them and to accept others for their perceived differences.

Her lifelong independent spirit was evident when she suggested that if they see someone struggling, to not just assume that they need to do something for them.

“Just offer to help,” she said.

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Smart School Investment Plan

Below is a presentation on the District’s proposed Smart School Investment Plan. Community residents are invited to share feedback on this proposal through Nov. 27. Messages can be addressed to Mr. Alan Meinster, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment at ameinster@swr.k12.ny.us.

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Middle School Math Master

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As a result of her dedication and high performance in mathematics, eighth-grader Anja Minty has been named a Long Island Scholar of Mathematics. She was accepted into a special program by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury.

Her placement was earned by the recommendation Prodell Middle School math teacher Robert Mancuso, a written statement and a high score on a rigorous entrance exam.

Anja will be among just 85 students selected by the Institute and attend 50 hours of instruction over the course of 20 Saturday mornings. The curriculum covers topics including algebra, geometry, discrete math and number theory.

“Anja is, and will be, a life-long learner,” Mr. Mancuso said. “She is incredibly dedicated to her studies and is always looking for ways to push herself. I am very proud of her selection and participation in this program.” 

Color-coded Character Counts!

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The weeklong colorful “Character Counts,” encouraged good deeds from the students at Miller Avenue and Wading River as they showed off their respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship by wearing yellow, green, orange, red and purple, respectively, each day to reinforce those character traits. They ended the week by wearing mismatched socks in recognition of the national “Million Misfit Sock Match.”

A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Board of Education

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The Shoreham-Wading River High School auditorium was filled with parents, children, administrators and community members to celebrate the tireless efforts of members of the Board of Education during the New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week.

Student representatives and principals from all schools in the district were in attendance. Gifts and a poem from students from Miller Avenue Elementary School were presented to the Board members; Wading River Elementary School students created a large poster that read “THANK YOU;” Prodell Middle School students joined librarian Ann-Marie Kalin to share their excitement and appreciation for the completion of the Middle School library and two students from the High School gave their thanks when they spoke of their positive experiences and important programs and services that the Board supports for the District.

Realtors Breakfast Success

Realtors Breakfast Success photo
Thank you to all of our students and staff who joined us at the Realtors Breakfast. A special thanks to talented Wading River School students Gianna Ruggero and Charles Tacke for bringing their patriotic voices to the event and Prodell musicians (in photo) eighth-graders Sean Dany and Anja Minty, both on violin; sixth-grader Kerrin McGuire on cello and eighth-grader Shiqi Cheng on viola. They performed Bach’s Gavotte 1 & 2 for our guests.

Wildcats Raise Thousands for Charitable Cause

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The SWR School District community once again showed its pride and shared its generous spirit as they supported the Wildcats boys and girls soccer teams’ recent fundraiser. The event, which brought out hundreds of community members and was sponsored by many who donated raffle prizes, was held to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and raise money for the families of the airmen of the Westhampton Beach-based 106th rescue wing who were killed in a crash in March.

More than $9,000 was raised for the organization.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation raises money to support military servicemen, first responders and their families. It was created to honor firefighter Stephen Siller who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The memorable story of his heroism in carrying his gear on his back through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to help others is his legacy. 

Perfect Score in AP Studio Art for Alums!

Perfect Score in AP Studio Art for Alums photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School students in the Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing and AP Studio Art: 2D Design classes submitted their portfolios for review at the end of the 2018 academic year and all received scores of passing or better as well as college credit for the course. Two of the 2018 graduates, Olivia Acuna (front row, center) and Danielle Amato (back row, left) both received a perfect score of five out of five.

The courses, taught by art teacher Jason Andria, are designed for students who are interested in the practical experience of art and correspond to common college foundation courses. The elements and principles of design as well as the sophisticated use of all media are studied. The works involved concentrated dimensional forms as well as historical background. In addition to Olivia and Danielle, Mr. Andria worked with students Sara Benincasa, Meghan Hromada, Samantha Hunt, Meghan Logan and Sarah Parker, offering critiques and encouraging them to fully demonstrate and clarify their ideas and personal goals.

Miller Avenue Walkthrough and Plaque Dedication

Miller Avenue Walkthrough and Plaque Dedication photo
Miller Avenue Elementary School recently held a walkthrough for the Board of Education, conducted jointly by Principal Christine Carlson and Superintendent for Finance and Operations Glen Arcuri.

The Board members had an opportunity to hear about the new security measures including the Raptor system, scanning system and new phone system in place. They then toured the building and saw the newly renovated ADA compliant bathrooms, lockdown features in classrooms, casework, lighting and ceiling improvements and areas and rooms identified in the building that are in need of improvement or repair in the future.

The tour continued outside to the new bus loop and safety bollards and improved recess capacity. Mrs. Carlson made mention of the new picnic tables and bank of swings generously donated by the PTO.

A plaque unveiling for the additions and alterations that took place as a result of the 2015 voter-approved capital project bond referendum was conducted by Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole following the tour.