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Sophomore Places at Golf Championships

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Shoreham-Wading River High School sophomore Melanie Hagen played a great game of golf at the Section XI Individual and Team championships held at Smithtown Landing on June 8-9. Melanie, a sophomore and varsity golfer, placed seventh overall. Her placement would have qualified Melanie for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Golf championship, which was cancelled this year. Melanie was among more than 90 golfers at the two-day event. The district congratulates Melanie and coach Deb Lutjen on this success!

Investigation, Experimentation, and Observation in Prodell Middle School's Greenhouse

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Tenured Educators Honored

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The SWR Board of Education recognized a milestone in the careers of several teachers when they granted tenure to 11 educators at a recent meeting.

To the applause of family members, colleagues and community members, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward named the teachers – mathematics teacher Kimberly Avelin, foreign language teacher Elizabeth Barlow, special education teacher Caitlin Bolembach, mathematics teacher Robert Christensen, physical education teacher Brittany Davis, social studies teacher Maria Lovasco, special education teacher Joseph Mordarski, special education teacher Kristina Tanner, speech teacher Chelsea Tirone, technology teacher Nicholas Vertucci and music teacher Frederick Volz.

The Shoreham-Wading River school community commends these educators for their efforts in advancing the goals and mission of the district.

Seniors Participate in Peer Justice Program

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Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors Zachary Dapolito, Paul Loscalzo, Matthew Martell, Aaron McClintock, Caroline McDowell, Matthew McMullan, Yusra Rashidzada, Jalal Sawas, Michael Scott and Kyle Tepper are congratulated for their volunteer participation in the Riverhead Youth Court. The students took part in many hours of mandatory training by law enforcement professionals to assume the roles of judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, clerk-bailiff, jury foreperson and juror. In addition to developing real-world skills, including public speaking and debating techniques, the annual peer justice program helped to provide a positive and detailed understanding of authority and the law to participants. Principal Frank Pugliese commended the students for their community efforts and for taking part in a valuable educational experience.

Students Present Research

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SWR High School students shared their research work with the Board of Education at a recent meeting. Kaylee Thomsen and Larissa Verdi, students in Advanced Placement Capstone Seminar and AP Capstone Research, were introduced by English teacher Sara Trenn and social studies teacher Walter Caskie. Kaylee presented on a proposed solution to adopt paid maternity leave in the United States. Larissa presented on the correlation between Advanced Placement students and music students with the theory that listening to Mozart may temporarily boost scores on a portion of an IQ test, known as the Mozart Effect. The presentations highlighted the innovative diploma program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges.

Science Research teacher Dana Schaefer then introduced Matthew Cerniglia, Torre Ann Parrinello, Taylor Peperno, Blythe Wing and Claire Wing, who spoke about the district’s achievements in the school’s chapter of the Future Farmers of America. They were followed by Brianna Donnelly, who shared highlights of the school’s Science Research program. She spoke on the programs A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary, Barcode Long Island, and the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, as well as independent research in science and engineering. The next presenter was Jalal Sawas, who spoke about his participation in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s SPARK program, which he has been involved in for the past four years.