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Student-musicians share a few holiday favorites

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Shoreham-Wading River High School music performing groups recently hit musical high notes as they performed at the annual Holiday Tea and Antiques Appraisal hosted by the Wading River Historical Society.

The event, held at the Wading River Congregational Church, featured the high school’s select string quartet, the Orpheus Ensemble and the school’s a cappella group, Vocal Express.

In addition to the highlighted performers, the social event welcomed volunteer members of the high school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society who helped to organize and run the festivities.

Out-of-this world experience for Wading River School students

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As a component of Wading River School’s science curriculum, students had a unique learning experience to journey through the universe when a digital planetarium was set up in their school.

Powered by a tablet controlled by Cradle of Aviation Museum educators Kerri Kiker and Cathie Bianco, the portable, inflatable dome-theater was visited by fourth- and fifth-grade students to learn about the night sky.

The immersive educational environment enabled the students to venture into the outer reaches of the universe and learn the names of stars and constellations, the motions of the sky and all of the wonders of space.

Wading River School student takes leadership role as ‘Principal for the Day’

Wading River School student takes leadership role as ‘Principal for the Day’ photo
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While her classmates were readying for their day of learning at Wading River School, Samantha Murtha had other work on her agenda.

The fifth-grade student took on the leadership role of the school in her position as Principal for the Day on Dec. 1. Principal Louis Parrinello served as her assistant, providing opportunities to make the experience an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at his everyday responsibilities.

Samantha, who won the honor in a raffle drawing, was engaged in many activities during her tenure. She provided input on an upcoming elementary mathematics textbook adoption, toured the building with the security team, met with various stakeholders including Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole, the chef and staff of the school’s cafeteria, faculty, staff, students and parents.

Samantha also made decisions, such as granting her class extra recess time and helping others resolve differences. She was celebrated among her peers, receiving support throughout the building and a round of applause by the entire fifth grade when she visited chorus rehearsals.

“Throughout the experience, Samantha learned that each of us is a leader and with that power to lead comes great joy and responsibility,” said Parrinello. “Having leaders like her gives me great hope for the future.”

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BOE honors heroic efforts of Shoreham-Wading River High School student

BOE honors heroic efforts of Shoreham-Wading River High School student photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Jillian Dinowitz was honored by the Board of Education for her heroism, dedication and courage when she and a friend helped rescue a young man during a life-threatening boating accident.

Dinowitz’s act of bravery was also recognized with a proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature for her quick response in administering first aid to the victim, who was hit by a boat’s propeller, severely damaging his arm.

Introduced by SWR High School Principal Frank Pugliese, Dinowitz was applauded by the Board for her selfless efforts. An Advanced Placement Scholar, a member of the varsity tennis team and a local sailing instructor, she can now add hero to her résumé for her lifesaving actions this past summer.

Systematic STEM skills for Shoreham-Wading River elementary school students

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In an effort to enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, teachers at Miller Avenue and Wading River schools are working collaboratively to develop engaging science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities during STEM planning workshops.

The professional development days are led by Dr. Amy Meyer, the district’s STEM director, who plans and facilitates the meetings to give teachers the opportunity to discuss and strategize the elementary math and science curriculum, plan grade-level STEM challenges and map out the new science units aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards.

During a recent workshop at Miller Avenue School, the teachers worked in groups of four to complete a challenge that they will eventually introduce to their students. Each team received a stack of plastic cups and rubber bands and were instructed to make a pyramid without touching the cups. The challenge was a simple and fun concept for the educators as they worked together to solve their problem. The idea is to build in students an understanding of how to tackle challenges methodically, modify ideas that may not work and help reinforce teamwork to make connections among engineering, science and math.

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Reading and Writing Workshops at Miller Avenue School

Reading and Writing Workshops at Miller Avenue School photo
As part of the District’s implementation of the Teachers College Reading and Writing program, educators have been engaging in information workshops and professional development opportunities aimed at designing a robust elementary reading and writing program.

Working with staff developer Nancy Brennan, Miller Avenue Elementary School teachers recently discussed how to assess students for their level of reading complexity and then work to adapt instruction, teaching plans and methods to best meet the needs of each student.

According to principal Christine Carlson, Brennan’s visits and workshops are scheduled in cycles of three weeks so that she can work to plan and implement specific units to help students read with fluency, accuracy and comprehension. During each workshop teachers visit a “lab site” to observe and practice the structures and methods modeled by the staff developer with the students and ask questions to strengthen their classroom procedures.

Brennan will work with the teachers and Miller Avenue’s literacy coach Erin Wills throughout the year to support the entire literacy curriculum.

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Shoreham-Wading River High School share their musical talents at SCMEA concert

Shoreham-Wading River High School share their musical talents at SCMEA concert photo
Nine students from Shoreham-Wading River High School recently participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Festival held at Hauppauge High School. Brett Callagy, Jack Flatley, Julianna Kohlus, Kerry Mannix, Sophia Mastrangelo, Alexandra Meli, Ryan Nowak, Justin Stuart and Christopher Wygonik attended and participated in band, orchestra and chorus.

“These students represent the finest musicians in Suffolk County and were excellent representatives of our school district and program,” said Shoreham-Wading River High School Music Coordinator David Minelli.

Chromebooks foster independence at Prodell Middle School

Chromebooks foster independence at Prodell Middle School photo
As part of the district’s 1:1 technology initiative, sixth-graders at Prodell Middle School are utilizing state of the art Chromebooks to enhance their educational learning experience.

A recent lesson with middle school librarian Ann Marie Kalin taught them the use of Padlet, a web-based tool that allows them to share documents, ideas, photographs or other visuals to a collaborative online board and Glogster, which combines images, graphics, audio, video and text in a digital canvas. They shared book reviews with both tools.

Students in Nicole Pletka’s class used the Virtual Reference Center to collect data on various landforms, including the Grand Canyon, Indian Ocean and Panama Canal, and then utilized Padlet to present facts learned, including images and video clips. Their work was then posted to the Google Classroom to share with and learn from classmates.

All sixth-graders are also practicing their skills using NoodleTools, a bibliography and note-taking tool through the Virtual Reference Center, to generate bibliographies of all the books they read this year.

The district’s ongoing technology initiative helps students obtain the skills needed in the ever-changing digital era. Using Chromebooks helps them gain a sense of independence in their schoolwork.

“It is easy to work with,” said student Nick Worthington. “I like that I can bring it home and still be able to have my work with me,” he noted as one of the benefits the product offers as students are able to have constant access to school assignments both in school and at home.

Focusing on bus safety at Miller Avenue School

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

The program, called “Safety Sally,” 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 also learned about danger zones, universal crossing signals and emergency bus drills before finishing their visit with an evacuation assisted by BOCES transportation specialist Amanda Klvana. Each student was also presented with reinforcement materials to share with their families and friends.

The gift of sharing in Shoreham-Wading River Schools

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The Shoreham-Wading River School District community helped to make the Thanksgiving holiday a festive one for a number of local families. 

Under the leadership of school social worker Andrea Monz, Albert G. Prodell Middle School students, staff and families generously donated food and gift cards. Student Council members decorated collection boxes and many students were involved in separating and packing festive Thanksgiving dinner bags in time for delivery. 

Food items collected at both Miller Avenue and Wading River Schools were also packed for delivery. Each grade level was assigned a certain category of food and an abundance of food was collected. After making baskets for families, the surplus will go toward December holiday dinners and be donated to the food pantry at St. Anselm’s Church in Shoreham. 

Getting in gear with SWR High School Robotics Club

Getting in gear with SWR High School Robotics Club photo
A new academic adventure is taking place at Shoreham-Wading River High School as 16 students in grades 9-12 are learning to apply a myriad of STEM-based skills through their participation in the school’s newly founded Robotics Team.

During the club’s initial meeting this November, team members helped to unbox, organize and assess their competitive Vex robotic gear in preparation for their first robotic building competition.

In the coming weeks, key STEM concepts will be put to the test as the students explore the fundamentals of robotics and the engineering design process, as well as practice teamwork, leadership and communication skills. With the help of their coach and SWR technology teacher Nick Vertucci, the team members will design and build their robots to compete in a game-based engineering challenge and are using GitHub, a development platform that allows them to host and review code.

Rave reviews for Shoreham-Wading River High School’s ‘Kiss Me Kate’

Rave reviews for Shoreham-Wading River High School’s ‘Kiss Me Kate’ photo

Shoreham-Wading River High School’s production of “Kiss Me Kate,” was a resounding success based on the remarkable talents of all involved.

The fall musical, an adaptation of Shakespeare's “Taming of the Shrew,” engaged many students who took part in all aspects of its final stage performance – actors, pit orchestra, stage construction crew and those running the front of the house. The months of planning and rehearsing under the leadership of director Dennis Creighton helped to create another audience favorite for the Shoreham-Wading River School community.

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Wading River students explore Native American technology

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Fourth-graders at Wading River School expanded their understanding of lessons they are learning in the classroom when they recently took an up-close look at Native American history with the help of guest speaker Jeff Gottlieb, a naturalist and primitive technology and skills expert.

The sessions, which were part of the student’s Native American studies, helped to engage them with different aspects of the culture and look at history from a different perspective. The full-day workshop focused on tools and items found in nature that were typically used by the Native Americans to create new useful items.

The students inspected and handled a variety of historically accurate artifact replicas and learned about their significance. Gottlieb shared his extensive collection and noted that items made by Native Americans can still be used today, including arrows made from tree branches, moccasins sewn from deer hide and turtle shells used as bowls.

Students learn safe social media habits at Prodell Middle School

Students learn safe social media habits at Prodell Middle School photo
Prodell Middle School eighth-grade students learned several important tips for how to stay safe in cyberspace during a recent assembly program hosted by Detective Daniel Fandrey of the Suffolk County Police Department Computer Crimes Unit.

Organized by Prodell Principal Kevin Vann, the presentation helped to reinforce the district’s ongoing efforts to promote middle school students’ positive health and safety choices by encouraging definitive strategies for a stronger social, emotional and mental health foundation.

Detective Fandrey presented in an assembly format the division’s mission to reduce cyber-related crimes and educate students on internet safety, online bullying and appropriate use of photos across all social media platforms.

According to Mr. Vann, the program was a fitting compliment to the district’s robust efforts toward this topic and helped to reinforce to students that in times of trouble help is always available from trusted friends, adults and the school’s guidance counselors, social worker and psychologist.

Girls Cross-Country State Championship for Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee

Girls Cross-Country State Championship for Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee photo
Wildcat pride was at an all-time high when Shoreham-Wading River High School elite runner Katherine Lee recently finished her high school running career by taking the Class B title in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on Nov. 11. The win came on the heels of her Section XI Championship crown at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Lee’s 5,000-meter run was finished in 20:7.9. This is not her first championship – she has achieved two previous state titles, has won the Suffolk County 5K event for the past four years and also ran on the national level.

Lee plans to continue her athletic achievements at Georgetown University where she will run as a member of the cross-country and track teams.

Student-musicians honored by Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education

Student-musicians honored by Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education photo
The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education took time during its Nov. 7 meeting to celebrate and honor several talented Shoreham-Wading River High School students who have been selected as 2017 All-State and All-County musicians.

All-State musicians include Jack Flatley (voice), Alexandra Meli (vocal jazz), Justin Stuart (voice/alternate) and Christopher Wygonik (double bass) and the All-County musicians included Brett Callagy (viola), Jack Flatley (voice), Julianna Kohlus (french horn), Kerry Mannix (voice), Alexandra Meli (tuba), Ryan Nowak (voice), Justin Stuart (voice) and Christopher Wygonik (trombone).

Board of Education President Robert Rose and Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole honored those present with encouraging words and gifted each a pin designed with the District logo to honor their commitment to their study of music.

Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors commit to college sports

Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors commit to college sports photo
As a result of their academic commitments and unwavering athletic dedication, 14 Shoreham-Wading River High School 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:

Kyle Boden – SUNY Cortland - lacrosse
Campbell Brant – Lock haven University - lacrosse
Gabrielle Cacciola – Stony Brook University - lacrosse
Tim Cairo – Pace University - lacrosse
Zach Colucci – SUNY Geneseo - lacrosse
Mikayla Dwyer – Bryant University - lacrosse
Madison Farron – Butler University - lacrosse
Lydia Kessel – University of Vermont - soccer
Katherine Lee – Georgetown University – cross-country/track
Alicia Morande – Stevenson University - soccer
Ryan Mullahey – Long Island University, Brooklyn - baseball
Gabe Romano – Quinnipiac University - baseball
Erin Triandafils – Penn State University - lacrosse
Michael Wood – SUNY Geneseo - lacrosse

A new dimension to learning: Augmented Reality program piloted at Wading River Elementary School

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Students at Wading River School experienced an up-close look at a volcano erupting, a dinosaur roaring and an exploration of our solar system during a one-day Augmented Reality pilot program recently held at the school. These lessons were part of the district’s continued commitment to introducing students to progressive advances in technology to supplement their learning experiences.

The Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program brought the world into the classroom and engaged and motivated students with captivating lessons that could not possibly be experienced firsthand. While many of the students were already familiar with Virtual Reality, which immerses a user so that they cannot see the real world around them, the AR technology allowed them to see a real world supplemented with virtual elements.

The technology allows the teacher to control the lesson with a master device that will place the 3D object – in these particular lessons, a volcano, a dinosaur, a planet – while students can walk around with their hand-held device, look for details in the specific object and step back to experience the full picture.

The program was well-received by students and staff alike, according to Dr. Amy Meyer, the district’s director of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With morning teacher training sessions, the Expeditions served as visual aids to the afternoon lesson plans for the students. Feedback was provided by educators and students during the sessions and will be shared with the program providers.

Sights and sounds of NYC for Wading River Elementary School students

Sights and sounds of NYC for Wading River Elementary School students photo
In an effort to further students’ appreciation for the arts, culture and history, fifth-graders from Wading River School recently traveled to New York City to experience the sights and sounds of the area.

The trip began aboard the Spirit of New York tour boat, which provided the students with an opportunity to take an up close look at several historical attractions including America’s most iconic statue – Lady Liberty. It was capped off with a spectacular theater performance of “Aladdin” on Broadway, where they had an opportunity to meet with the actors after the show.

Safety tips on stage at Miller Avenue School

Safety tips on stage at Miller Avenue School photo
Students in Shoreham-Wading River High School’s integrated theater class took a field trip to Miller Avenue School to stage a “Safe Halloween” and share some important trick-or-treating tips with second-grade students.

While the general philosophy of the theater class has a typical focus on arts and education, it goes beyond that. It is a rewarding opportunity for special education and general education students to interact, and together, they develop social, public speaking and acting skills.

To prepare, the high school students wrote scenes, improvised and rehearsed their skits before showcasing an authentic performance that was met with enthusiasm from the elementary students. From using a flashlight after dark, only accepting wrapped candy while trick-or-treating and having their treats checked at home by a parent, the students were eager to share their stories at a question and answer session after the performance.

“Our class worked for the past several weeks creating skits to share with the younger students,” said teacher Mary Hygom. “It was a great success and one they are all proud of taking part in.”

STEM skills in action at Miller Avenue School

STEM skills in action at Miller Avenue School photo

Second-graders at Miller Avenue School had an educational start to trick-or-treating when they used their science, technology, engineering and math skills to navigate through spooky-themed centers set up in their classrooms.

Rotating through three Halloween STEM centers, students were given a set of supplies and specific criteria and constraints to complete a task. Using the assigned materials, they discussed and developed a plan with teammates before testing and making modifications to their ideas to complete each challenge.

In Robert Korchma and Laura Urban’s classroom, a “creature catcher” was created where the students made rock spiders and worked in partnerships to build a web that was able to withstand the weight of the spiders so that they wouldn't fall through it. Kerri Langan’s students worked in teams to construct a bone bridge as long as possible and then tested them to see if a plastic spider could safely cross it. In Kristen Gironda’s classroom, students constructed clothespin fences that were large enough and sturdy enough to safely accommodate five rubber pumpkins.

“The students really enjoyed each activity and we are looking forward to introducing other STEM activities throughout the year,” said Ms. Gironda.

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An indomitable American spirit speaks at SWR High School

An indomitable American spirit speaks at SWR High School photo

Pride and examples of patriotism were in the forefront of an early Veterans Day assembly held at Shoreham-Wading River High School, when the 11th grade U.S. history classes welcomed guest speaker Suffolk County Police Officer Matias Ferreira.

With the Patriot Guard holding American flags, student Alexandra Meli performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” to great applause before Ferreira took the podium. A recent graduate of the Suffolk County Police Academy, Ferreira was a Marine Lance Corporal machine gunner with the 1st Battalion 8th Marines on his first deployment when he lost both legs and broke his pelvis after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011.

His candid talk about his life’s journey and new career as a police officer followed several guest speakers who spoke words of reverence for him and all military service members.

“Having students understand the social, political and economic forces of all modern wars is the educational goal of the course,” said teacher Ruth Squillace, who coordinated the event. “To engage them with veterans of these wars provides actual context to the curriculum.”

Red Ribbon Week recognized at Prodell Middle School

Red Ribbon Week recognized at Prodell Middle School photo

With a week of activities, pledges, clothing themes and a poster contest, students at Prodell Middle School 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 favorite jerseys for “Team Up Against Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Day,” neckties for “Don’t Get Tied into Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Day” and orange for Unity Day – a time to unite against bullying and for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

“Red Ribbon Week is a time for each of us to reflect and commit to living a healthy and dignified life,” said Andrea Monz, Prodell Middle School social worker. “Its initial focus of educating students about the dangers of substance abuse and promote positive decision-making has evolved into sharing the importance of positive role models in our lives. At Prodell, students are encouraged to talk to our principal, the assistant principal, a counselor, social worker, psychologist or any teacher. We are here to help them be successful in school and in life.”

SWR HS students participate in Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary program

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Six students from Shoreham-Wading River High School spent a day collecting data from the waterways of Indian Island County Park in Riverhead – their designated site for the Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary program.

Along with science research teacher Dana Schaefer, the young scientists used procedures and methodologies learned in class to investigate the variety of species caught in their seine net and will work to analyze the data in the coming weeks.

The full-year Introduction to Science Research course provides a general overview of research in the natural sciences and includes the scientific method, survey design and statistics. Students have the opportunity to work in small groups to apply their newly adapted skills and the field trip was a real-world experience to help them understand Long Island’s aquatic ecosystem.

The students will upload their data to the Day in the Life database and be able to compare their findings and look for trends with this site and other locations along the estuary from previous years. They have also learned other aspects of research and are in the midst of collecting data from the pond on the high school’s property as part of the Barcode Long Island project, where the goal is to gain an understanding of the crucial interdependence between humans and the natural environment.

Children’s Book Author Julia Cook Wows Students at Miller Avenue School

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Authors are just people with ideas on paper. A story is like a sandwich: two pieces of bread and lots of meat in the middle.

These and many other fun anecdotes were part of nationally recognized children’s author Julia Cook’s writer’s workshop for second-graders at Miller Avenue School.

The workshop was part of the day’s events which also included a morning assembly for students and teachers and a parent workshop in the evening. Cook engaged the students in understanding the power and effectiveness of using children’s literature to learn and teach important people skills. Her enthusiasm for her chosen topics inspired insight into the writing and publishing process.

Cook’s dozens of entertaining books aim to teach important social and behavioral skills and include topics on health, friends, teamwork, communication and parents among others. Her goal is to actively involve her readers into her fun and creative stories and encourage them to build positive character traits.

A former teacher and school guidance counselor, Cook’s visit to Miller Avenue culminated Character Counts Week at the school and was a celebration of the universal values shared by all.

Shoreham-Wading River High School presents ‘Kiss Me Kate’

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The students of Shoreham-Wading River High School invite the community to enjoy a fall performance of “Kiss Me Kate” on Nov. 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Combining the irreverent humor of Cole Porter and William Shakespeare, “Kiss Me Kate” is a musical within a musical. Divorced Broadway stars Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi agree to star in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" alongside rising young actors Lois Lane and Bill Calhoun. With real-life imitating Shakespeare's art, backstage complications pile up due to a romantic misunderstanding between Graham and the soon-to-be-remarried Vanessi, while Calhoun's gambling debts cause two mobsters to become part of the show.

According to director Dennis Creighton, students began working on the show in August, learning choreography and blocking. There are more than 60 students onstage, over 25 playing in the pit, and others involved in stage construction, running the crew and working the front of the house.

Tickets to the show are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults. To purchase tickets, visit www.greateventseats.com/swr Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

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Inspiring Creativity and Thought at Shoreham-Wading River High School

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Shoreham-Wading River High School students are deploying their creativity and innovative skills using some advanced technology located in the new MakerSpace in the school library.

During their free periods, students are able to visit the space to engage in hands-on projects – from creating and designing inventions to using a new 3D printer. With the help of librarian Kristine Hanson, students are able to utilize Tinkercad, an online design tool, to create original and expressive ideas and then bring them to life.

Seen here, senior Victoria Holden shows the final product of her keychain, intuitively designed on Tinkercad and then made real by the 3D printer.

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School Board Recognition Week October 23-27, 2017

School Board Recognition Week October 23-27, 2017 photo
The New York State School Boards Association recognizes October 23-27 as School Board Recognition Week. The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week by honoring our local board members for their dedication to our community and its children.

“Our school board spends countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” Superintendent Gerard Poole said. “They make important decisions every month and spend many hours each week studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the leadership and oversight necessary to support our schools. They undertake this unpaid public service work because they care deeply about their community. On a personal note, they are invaluable to the success of administration in our District, and we are thankful for their leadership.”

Superintendent Poole said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

* Creating a shared vision for the future of education in our schools
* Setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance
* Developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement
* Supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn
* And much more!
“Our school board members give the Shoreham-Wading River citizens a voice in education decision making,” Mr. Poole said. They are attentive to all stakeholders and look for opportunities for our community to be involved in our schools. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment.”

School-to-Community Meeting

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Shoreham-Wading River Central School District students, faculty, parents, administrators and partners from more than 25 community organizations met in early October to plan outcomes for the academic year’s School-to-Community Program.

“We believe that every student should have the opportunity to realize the real-world application of the curricula provided as a part of the instructional program at SWR,” said Dr. Amy Meyer, the District’s Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The School-to-Community Leadership Team will work to incorporate ideas from the inaugural meeting into the events and programs planned for the future. In the development stages are the 3rd Annual STEM Symposium in the spring of 2018 and a Long Island Growth Industries Career Fair (date to be determined.)

Running like the wind at 27th annual cross-country event at Shoreham-Wading River High School

Running like the wind at 27th annual cross-country event at Shoreham-Wading River High School photo
Winding their way through almost a mile in the woods behind Shoreham-Wading River High School were 129 walkers and runners in the 27th annual special education cross-country run.

Paul Koretzki, the District’s coordinator of community programs and adult education and coach of the girls cross-country team, has facilitated the event at the high school for the past two plus decades on behalf of Section XI, the governing body for Suffolk County High School sports.

Fifteen members of SWR girls cross-country team were on hand as volunteers to man the course, record times and present medals to the participants.

According to Koretzki, it is a program utilized by special education teachers throughout the region as a celebratory conclusion of the popular, autumn, open-air running physical education enjoyed by students, families and spectators.

Stop, drop and roll at Miller Avenue Elementary School

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Students at Miller Avenue Elementary School were eager to greet members of the Rocky Point Fire Department Shoreham Company 3 to learn about fire safety and fire prevention tips.

Throughout the event, students were reminded of who to call in an emergency, whether or not to go back into a home to retrieve any items and the importance of knowing where to meet family members if there was a fire in their home. Additionally, they were excited to climb aboard an operational fire truck and learn about the life-saving tools used by firefighters, including their fire gear and air masks, used when responding to emergencies.

More than 300 Residents Attend Youth Heart Screening

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To bring awareness of sudden cardiac arrest to the local community, free youth heart screenings were offered this past weekend at Albert G. Prodell Middle School.

The event, which was coordinated by Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Jordan McClintock and the Louis Acompora Foundation, with help from Mark Passamonte, District Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses, drew more than 300 people between the ages of 12-25.

“This topic is one that is extremely important to bring attention to and we are so happy that the many people it attracted were able to learn more about effective and preventative strategies to help with the early detection of heart problems,” said Passamonte.

SCPD K9 Unit visits Shoreham-Wading River High School

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Students in Shoreham-Wading River High School’s criminal justice class had a first-hand experience with the inner workings of the judicial system when members of the Suffolk County Police Department K9 Unit visited the school.

The students were eager to learn about the dogs’ unique skills and keen sense of smell in aiding their handlers in catching criminals and solving crimes.

The visit was a part of the program’s in-the-field experience, which provides students with a hands-on understanding of law enforcement practices, challenges, the criminal justice system, crime scene investigations and the psychology of a criminals’ mind.

“To coordinate these hands-on learning opportunities and witness those who become inspired to pursue careers in the criminal justice system is a rewarding experience for students and an educator,” said teacher Ruth Squillace. “They were eager to interact with the officers and the dogs and had many questions about what it takes to dedicate a person’s life to public service.”

Empowering Minds in SWR Schools

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In an effort to further support the needs of all students, the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is continuously working to strengthen character education, social skills, coping skills and intervention support systems. This year, district students in grades K-5 are building a stronger social, emotional and mental health foundation with the help of School Psychologist Madeleine Everhart and the evidence-based “Empowering Minds” program. Mrs. Everhart will implement lessons on healthy ways to deal with problems, self-esteem, healthy choices, friendship, as well as concrete strategies for students to utilize to deal with negative emotions through breathing exercises, reflection and classroom community conversations. Read more about the program here:
 
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Shared sportsmanship on the field and in the community

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The Shoreham-Wading River High School boys soccer team helped to raise funds and awareness of an important cause when they joined in on an ALS fundraising game recently at Miller Place High School.

Amid the competition against the two schools was a spirit of community and giving, with the SWR team’s families, friends and other supporters taking part in halftime festivities, refreshments and raffle sales that helped raise $2,100 for ALS.

To share in the fundraising efforts, SWR’s soccer team members as well as other sports teams purchased "Team up for Terry" shirts, to honor Terry Hobbes, a father of three students in the SWR School District who suffered a blood clot in his brain which has left him hospitalized with paralysis. They wear the shirts before every game to warm up and to let the family know that they are thinking about them and wishing him well during his recovery.

“I cannot express enough how proud I am to coach this amazing group of young men,” said Russell Mitchinson, boys varsity soccer head coach and a social studies teacher at the High School. "Their understanding of the bigger picture and their responsibility to the school and the community never ceases to amaze me. I am proud that I get to work with them and each day see them mature a little bit more.”

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017