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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

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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.

A student perspective for BOE

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SWR High School senior Brennan Gorman will represent his peers as the ex-officio student member of the Board of Education.

Brennan will serve a one-year term as the student board member and will attend regular meetings with the elected board members where he will present his report of activities and events at the high school. He was elected to the position by submitting an application to the administration.

As the voice of his peers Brennan is looking forward to being the student liaison.

“I want to bring a student perspective to the Board of Education,” he said. “I hope my experience will help achieve a more positive environment for our students.”

In addition to his new role as a nonvoting Board of Education representative and being a successful, well-rounded student, Brennan is the senior class president, student government president, chapter president of Best Buddies, vice president of the Tri-M Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society. He is also part of the school’s Natural Helpers program. A musician, he plays baritone saxophone in both the pit orchestra and the jazz band. He is also a thrower on the track and field team, is on the varsity soccer team and plays club soccer with the Sound Beach Stampede team. In his spare time, he volunteers with Special Olympics and for the second consecutive year, will help out at the local annual Patriot Run.

College Connections!

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SWR High School students had an opportunity to meet with representatives from dozens of colleges and universities from around the country at the High School’s College Day event this week.

From state universities to private four-year liberal arts undergraduate colleges, the students were encouraged to ask questions to the admissions counselors, find out about sports and campus activities and get set on their way reach their academic and life goals.

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“Safety Sally” drives an important message

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Miller Avenue School and Wading River School students were reminded of key bus safety tips and lessons during an interactive bus program recently provided at the schools.

“Safety Sally,” a program offered by BOCES transportation services, taught the students bus stop behavior, boarding and exiting a school bus properly and demonstrations in seatbelt use and proper seating while on the bus. They watched an educational video, took part in a question and answer session, also learned about danger zones, universal crossing signals and emergency bus drills before finishing their visit with an adult-assisted evacuation out of the back of the bus. Each student was also presented with reinforcement materials to share with their families and friends.

Strengthening Defenses!

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SWR High School sophomores Christopher Mandleur and Matthew Sperling work on the fundamentals of chess strategies during a competitive game in the High School library’s Makerspace.

It’s a Fact – Prodell Library is a Place of Educational Engagement!

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Albert G. Prodell Middle School’s library’s internal redesign includes more instructional space, modern overhead lighting and new circulation desks. Among many others, eighth-graders Juliana Lautato, Jilianna Luck and Melanie Hagen worked with librarian Ann-Marie Kalin to help organize the space for the school year.

“Students and staff are energized to explore, learn, read, create and grow in our newly renovated space,” Ms. Kalin said. The engaging library promotes a myriad of opportunities with two TouchScreen instruction areas streamlining the school’s integration of Virtual Reference Collection databases and other technologies, enhanced MakerSpace with high-tech engineering challenges in Robotics, 3D printing and clever crafting opportunities.

Ms. Kalin is also excited that because the library is at the heart of the school, the engaging new space and the popular BIG Reads program continues to cultivate a community of readers throughout the building.

Library Lessons

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Kerri Anderson’s class were among all the Miller Avenue Elementary School’s kindergarten students who visited the North Shore Public Library recently. They learned how the library can enhance what they learn in the classroom, recited nursery rhymes with puppets and learned how to take care of books that are borrowed. Each child was also presented with a Dr. Seuss goodie bag that held a nursery rhyme book they created, and those with library cards checked out a favorite book to read at home.

Two Seniors Recognized as Commended Students

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The Shoreham Wading-River Central School District is pleased to announce that two high school seniors have been designated as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

For demonstrating outstanding potential for academic success, David Brown and Mahdi Rashidzada both received Letters of Commendation for the National Merit Scholarship Program. They, along with 1.6 million other entrants, took the qualifying Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Both young men are very involved in all aspects of their high school careers. David, who loves an academic challenge has taken numerous AP courses. He is also an athlete, participating on both the football team and baseball team. His kind spirit has led him to become a member of the school’s Natural Helpers and NEXUS clubs. He spends time free time after school and on weekends volunteering for various local organizations including the Riverhead Animal Shelter and Shoreham-Wading River’s Patriot Run.

Mahdi has taken six AP courses since he moved to the district in his sophomore year. He is a member of the high school’s debate team, Mathletes, Quiz Bowl and track team. He is involved in his church as a Sunday School teacher, volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital and was involved in St. Joseph’s College’s microbiology research program for high school students to help him prepare for advanced-level college work.

Congratulations Mahdi and David on this achievement!

SWR Celebrates AP Scholars

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As a result of their scholastic dedication and performance, 77 current and recent graduates of Shoreham-Wading River High School have been recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars.

The designation was given in recognition of each student’s demonstration of exceptional college-level achievement through their performance on national AP exams. Of the current seniors, 13 were named AP Scholars, five earned the recognition of AP Scholar with Honor, six were named as an AP Scholar with Distinction and two were named National AP Scholars.

To earn a Scholar recognition, students are required to score a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams; to be recognized as a Scholar with Honor, students must earn a 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams; and for a Scholar with Distinction award, students must receive an average score of 3.5 on all AP exams and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams. The National AP Scholar recognition is for students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken.

AP Scholar
Sara Acerra, Nicholas Bettenhauser, David Brown, Kaitlyn Cassidy, Eric DiLisio, Alexa Ibrahim, Trevor Johanessen, Danielle Ohrtman, Leah Roth, Brandon Safranek, Zana Sawas, Anna Strack and Kyle West.

AP Scholar with Honor
Declan Beran, Sophia Mastrangelo, Katlynn McGivney, Erin Reilly and Zachary Roff.

AP Scholar with Distinction
Eric DiLisio, Kathleen Loscalzo, Carolyn Merced, Julia Petreczky, Mahdi Rashidzada and Joe Tonetti.

National AP Scholar
Andrew Honold and Mahdi Rashidzada.

The students recognized are current seniors Sara Acerra, Declan Beran, Nicholas Bettenhauser, David Brown, Kaitlyn Cassidy, Eric DiLisio, Andrew Honold, Alexa Ibrahim, Trevor Johanessen, Kathleen Loscalzo, Sophia Mastrangelo, Katlynn McGivney, Carolyn Merced, Danielle Ohrtman, Julia Petreczky, Mahdi Rashidzada, Erin Reilly, Zachary Roff, Leah Roth, Brandon Safranek, Zana Sawas, Anna Strack, Joe Tonetti and Kyle West.

Class of 2018 graduates were also recognized with the distinction. They are Alexander Bakos, Ethan Baumack, Noah Block, Campbell Brant, Brittany Breuer, Isabella Burke, Keyi Chen, William Christine, Jacqueline Colalillo, Jack Crowley, John Cushing, Lindsay Deegan, Jillian Dinowitz, Brian Drost, Valerie Facini, Jenna Friedman, Kara Gately, Zachary Giller, Emily Goldstein, Julia Green, Emily Hassid, Timothy Ibrahim, Sonia Joseph, Lydia Kessel, Nicole Klein, Patrick Lane, Raymond LaPorte, Katherine Lee, Maegan Letscher, Emma Loscalzo, Michelle Maloney, Kerry Mannix, Amy Marigliano, Conor McAuliffe, Alec McCarthy, Jordan McClintock, Michael Melandro, Alexandra Meli, Harry Mikros, Matthew Moran, Carley Nicoletti, Emily Niski, Cheyenne Roth, Joseph Sauerbrun, Grace Schepis, Calvin Schmalzle, Kendall Sicari, Michelle Steimel, Sarah Tedesco, Amanda Tepper, Eloise Tuell, Christian Wesselborg and Tyler Wynkoop.

Fitness Center Update

Dear Shoreham-Wading River Residents,

I am writing today with an update on the Fitness Center. I am pleased to share that a temporary Wellness Center has been opened in a room in the high school. The room includes floor matting, free weights, cardio machines as well as a new TRX Fitness station. Students will be able to utilize the room as part of our physical education program and also after school.

Additionally, at the 9/25/18 Board of Education meeting, several options to develop a permanent Wellness Center within the high school were reviewed as alternatives to remediating the structural supports necessary to reopen the Fitness Center. The two options reviewed were the partial use of the auxiliary gym or the use of two rooms located near the cafeteria.

The Board of Education also directed administration to survey students, physical education teachers and coaches as to what fitness equipment they would like to have access to in a Wellness Center and with the support of District architects develop floor plans with a cost analysis for outfitting both locations as potential Wellness Centers. This information will be used to support a decision by the Board of Education on either remediating the current Fitness Center or creating a Wellness Center within the high school.

I will continue to keep you updated on any future plans regarding the Fitness Center.

Gerard W. Poole
Superintendent of Schools

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State Recognition for Student-Musicians

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SWR High School students Sophia Mastrangelo and Christopher Wygonik will be among the finest musicians across New York State when they participate in the New York State School Music Association All-State Winter Conference in Rochester from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

Sophia was selected for the treble choir and Christopher was selected for the string orchestra. Both students will perform at the All-State Concert in Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

Students selected as alternates to the various NYSSMA instrumental ensembles are Brett Callagy, viola, Edward Troyano, multiple percussion, and Christopher Wygonik, trombone. Sarah Cain, Rianna Lotito, Justin Stuart and Christopher Wygonik were selected as alternates for the choirs.

Each year approximately 6,500 high school students prepare a New York State School Music Association solo in hopes of being considered for a spot in one of the All-State Honors Ensembles. The rigorous process for selecting an All-State musician includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival and participation in other performing organizations.

This concert is a culminating performance of not only the hours of work the students will spend in rehearsal in Rochester, but of years of practice and lessons in their chosen field of study.

The entire Shoreham-Wading River School District congratulates these students on this recognition.

Cultivating Compassion

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Third-grade students in Jill Stevenson’s and Jennifer Simicich’s class started the school year getting to know their new routines and classmates. One of their first projects together was an introduction to the Kindness Rocks Project, a popular trend in which people paint simple messages or create festive artwork onto rocks and place them for others to find.

“This simple project for our students actually has a dual purpose,” said Ms. Stevenson, “to share compassion with others and bring joy to themselves.”

In addition to sharing them in their classroom, the students will work to broaden their reach of cultivating compassion by placing the rocks around the school building and playground. The colorful words of encouragement will also be added to their “rock garden” throughout the year.


There is much to be proud of in the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District. With student accomplishments at every grade level, achievements of our athletes, creativity of our artists, innovations of our scientists, acumen of our future business leaders and the dynamic teaching ideas of our educators, we have much to celebrate. Please join our conversation in building awareness of our unique District’s successes with our comprehensive hashtag:


Demonstrating Teamwork and Character

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In addition to their dynamic performance on the field, the varsity and junior varsity girls soccer teams exhibited a sense of community when they conducted a school supply drive and collected more than 25 backpacks for the Kings Kids Christian Outreach program in Mastic Beach.

They filled each backpack with necessary school supplies for elementary students to be ready for the first days of school.

“These girls really demonstrated the meaning of teamwork and character – coming together for a common cause and doing good for others with no expectations in return,” Adrian Gilmore, coach and sixth-grade teacher said. “We are all so proud of their efforts.”

New Leadership in Humanities

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The District is pleased to welcome Nicole Waldbauer as the new Director of Humanities.

Ms. Waldbauer began her educational career in the South Huntington School District, where she taught English, coached field hockey and supervised the school’s literary magazine for 10 years. Her enjoyment working with students led to her work as a mentor to new teachers, acting as a cooperating teacher to aspiring teachers and instructing in-service courses. These actions helped inspire her to become an administrator.

She also served as a supervisor of English and reading in the Rocky Point and Three Village school districts, and for the past six years she was the K-12 director of English, reading and libraries in the Wantagh School District.

Ms. Waldbauer has also been an executive board member since 2005 of the Long Island Language Arts Council, a professional networking organization for which she is a past president and webmaster.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Dowling College, a Master of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in TESOL from Stony Brook University and a Master of Administrative Science from the College of New Rochelle.

“We welcome Ms. Waldbauer’s expertise and look forward to her leadership in helping to drive exceptional outcomes for our staff and students,” Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole said.

First Day Back and Ready to Learn!

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Hundreds of students were welcomed back to school today.

Miller Avenue School students were greeted by Principal Christine Carlson, teachers and building staff members. Wading River School Principal Lou Parrinello celebrated students’ entry into the school with Welcome Ambassadors and a fist pump, while “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” theme songs played throughout the hallways.

Wading River also reviewed schoolwide expectations with grade-level assemblies and were encouraged to celebrate each other’s differences and special talents.

Students at Prodell Middle School and Shoreham-Wading River High School were welcomed back by Principal Kevin Vann and Principal Frank Pugliese, respectively. They were also greeted by faculty and staff, and got acquainted with new teachers, classmates, routines and expectations.

SWR Staff Ready for 2018-19 School Year

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Shoreham-Wading River Central School District faculty, administrators and staff members commenced the 2018-19 school year during its Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept 4.

Welcoming remarks from Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Alan Meinster; Middle School Principal Kevin Vann, who also serves as the District’s Administrators Association president; Mary Jean Carlson, Civil Service Employees Association president and SWR Teacher’s Association president Mary Hygom set a tone for a positive academic year of learning.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward recognized the new members of the school community: Jennifer Anthony, health and physical education; Cara Brown, music; Michael Buscemi, special education; James Finnerty, music; Brendan Lynch, guidance; Veronica Pezdan, math; Gueus Robert, French; Samantha Shepard, art; Sara Trenn, English; Nicole Waldbauer, Director of Humanities and Tara Ann Yoches, Spanish.

Mr. Poole then reflected on the successes of the past school year and commended the staff members for the energies and passion they bring to their work in the district. Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Sophia Mastrangelo sang Katy Perry’s “Firework” before the staff and faculty reported to their respective buildings for professional development programs and workshops in preparation for opening day.

Three Cheers for Wading River School Third-Graders

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Ice pops, friends and fun on the school playground were part of the end of summer and a hello to September, school and new classmates for Wading River School students.

The incoming third-grade class was celebrated in a unique and festive way. On Thursday, Aug. 30 at 3:33 p.m., they were welcomed into the school to check out their classrooms. They were greeted with high-fives and good luck wishes by the school’s current students who served as welcome ambassadors. They then spent some time on the playground, enjoyed ice pops and were each gifted with a copy of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” by members of the PTA.

Briarcliff Update

Last year, the Shoreham Wading River Board of Education conducted a series of community discussions and forums to review the future of the Briarcliff property.   The Board of Education recognized the importance of community input and designed a series of public events intended to allow residents to share their suggestions with the Board of Education.  Several public hearings were held as well as a community roundtable discussion.  The Board of Education invited residents as well over the spring to submit comments directly to the Board of Education.  Throughout the process of community involvement, the Board of Education directed administration to review community suggestions for the use of the property and to inform the Board of Education of the findings.

Below is a timeline of the events and presentations on Briarcliff that can be found on the District website.

2018 Public Forums on Briarcliff

• January 9, 2018 Public Hearing Presentation

• February 13, 2018 Public Hearing Presentation 

• April 10, 2018 Community Roundtable Discussions


As a result of the community meetings and the analysis of different options for the Briarcliff property, the Board passed Resolution 1718-326 on June 26, 2018 directing administration to develop a Request for a Proposal  (RFP) to explore the sale or lease of the Briarcliff property.


RESOLUTION #1718-326

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has reviewed the District’s programs and administrative needs and the usage of real property for those programs and needs and advised the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District that the Briarcliff School is not currently needed for school district educational and/or administrative purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is duly empowered to, via resolution, sell any piece of real property which the Board deems to be of no use or value to the District, subject to the provisions of Section 1804 (6)(c) of the Education Law; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is duly empowered by Education Law 403(a) to lease real property which is not currently needed for school district purposes and the leasing of such real property is in the best interests of the school district; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District directs the District administration to take steps to explore the eventual sale or lease of the property.

The RFP is in the final stages of review and it will be submitted to the Board of Education during its September 25, 2018 meeting.  The Board of Education will be discussing the RFP at that time.

The Reviews Are In!

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Praise for “Peter Pan,” applause for “The Addams Family,” accolades for “Arf” and cheers of delight for “101 Dalmatians.”
Students from kindergarten to grade 12 showcased their talents during the four stage performances that were the culmination of this summer’s Theatre Arts program.

According to program director Paula Albert-Franz, this was another successful opportunity for students to develop or continue their pursuit of theatre. Their motivation, attentiveness and collaboration will help to enhance their self-confidence and team-building skills.

Communication Protocols

Classroom matters, budget questions, special education concerns, community programs and technology inquiries are just some of the topics that are addressed in our communication protocols list. The communication protocol begins with contacting the staff member closest to the situation. Click here for the full list.

FAQs for Parents/Guardians

As we head toward the start of school, parents and guardians may have numerous questions to help make it a successful academic year for you and your children. From first day bus routes and dates of plays, concerts, sporting events to food services and joining and volunteering for our various parent organizations, click here to find answers to your frequently asked questions.


Playdate and Picnic Welcomes Class of 2031

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While parents spread blankets and prepared a picnic dinner for their families, incoming kindergarten students had an opportunity to meet new classmates during the Miller Avenue Elementary School’s Playdate and Picnic.

Sponsored by the school’s PTO, children were each welcomed with a Miller Avenue Elementary School T-shirt. Six different colors represented the six kindergarten teachers, making a fun way for the children to recognize their classmates before they begin their first day of school on Sept. 5.