SWR Educator Selected for World Languages Conference
Shoreham-Wading River High School World Languages teacher Maryanne Agius
was selected as a recipient of a New Teacher Conference Mentor
Scholarship to attend the 65th annual Northeast Conference on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages.
The conference, held in New York City in early February, was three days
of discussions, workshops, sessions, exhibits, speeches and awards,
which reflected the general trends, interests and needs of its
constituents. She was one of only 25 scholarship recipients for new
teachers in the entire Northeast.
Providing a forum for language educators from Maine to Virginia, the
conference was an opportunity for Ms. Agius to gather resources and
ideas to share with Shoreham-Wading River colleagues and students.
In addition to registration and a pre-conference workshop, Ms. Agius was
paired with an experienced teacher who is a veteran conference attendee
who helped support and strategize with her about what sessions to
attend, etc. She also met with the scholarship sponsors, Vista Higher
Learning and the Language Regional Bilingual Educational Resource
Network at New York University, as well as networked with other
“She is a dedicated and hardworking teacher, quite deserving of this
award,” said Nicole Waldbauer, the district’s Director of Humanities,
who recognized and congratulated her for the accomplishment at a Board
of Education meeting.
Read more about her accomplishments here.
SWR Leader in Lincoln History
SWR High School social studies teacher Ruth Squillace attended the 23rd
annual Lincoln Forum in 2018, which took place in Gettysburg, PA. One of
the leading history organizations in the county, it attracts some of
the most revered historians in the Lincoln and Civil War fields as
speakers, panelists and guests from all over the world. Mrs. Squillace
is a member of the Advisory Board and Coordinator of their Teacher
Mrs. Squillace delivered her annual remarks on the opening evening of
the symposium, at which time she presented the winners of the
prestigious Virginia Williams Teacher Scholarship. She also conducted a
dramatic reading with acclaimed author George Saunders who wrote
“Lincoln on the Bardo,” a book which has been optioned for a forthcoming
movie and is being adapted for an upcoming opera at the Met. In a
moderated Q & A with author Joe Fornieri in which she asked a key
educational question that launched numerous inquiries in sharing it to
develop educational materials and resources for teachers nationwide. Her
additional contributions to the symposium included speaking at “The
Lincoln Forum at 23: Looking Back and Looking Forward.” At this
moderated session, she discussed the inception and evolution of the
Teacher Scholarship Initiative, an effort that assists social studies
teachers nationwide, which she developed and has coordinated for the
past nine years.
Through her scholarly devotion and passionate work for the organization,
Shoreham-Wading River High School was named a Lincoln Legacy School –
one of the few in the nation – an honor bestowed on the school from the
Lincoln Bicentennial Commission when the district hosted the first of
two Lincoln symposiums. The first, in 2009 was for Lincoln's
Bicentennial and the second was in 2014. That symposium’s theme was
Lincoln’s Legacy and the funding was secured through a grant she wrote
and for which she was awarded through the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Educator Serves on National Editorial Review Board
SWR High School English teacher Edward Storck has been selected to serve
as a member of the editorial review board for the English Journal, a
publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Mr. Storck has an impressive record serving for the past two years as a
reviewer for the English Journal. Of the more than 600 reviewers, he is
one of only 20 members of the editorial review board who will work to
improve the quality of writings that appear in the publication.
Cited for his long-standing commitment to the National Council of
Teachers of English and to the publication, Mr. Storck was selected in
part for consistently providing timely feedback for writers and advice
to the editors as to whether a piece should be published. His new
position will task him with reviewing articles for the five volumes that
will be edited, giving substantive feedback on other articles and
offering general advice about themes, column topics, selected features
in the journal and providing mentorship to a new reviewer.
Science Teacher Secures Grant for New HS Program
Shoreham-Wading River High School has been selected to receive a $6,750
grant from the New York State Agriculture Education and Outreach for
School-Based Agriculture Programs. Science teacher Kevin Nohejl was
among more than 60 high school educators who applied for the incentive
grant for new programs and will use the grant funds for the school’s new
course Long Island Sustainability.
The course, which began in September of this academic year, acclimates
students to the dynamic science of agronomy, an agricultural science of
soil management and field crop production, with consideration given to
horticulture and sustainability. They are learning various aspects and
the science behind conventional and organic crop production, as well as
sustainability and trends in modern agriculture such as agri-tourism,
farm-to-table dining and Community Supported Agriculture.
“We are very excited for the opportunities and resources this grant will
provide for our students and Mr. Nohejl,” said Dr. Amy Meyer, District
Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “From
curriculum and program development and coordination, to resource
acquisitions and professional development, we look forward to witnessing
the success and interest in this high-quality education program as a
result of the work of Mr. Nohejl and his students.”
As part of the program, a number of science students will be selected to
represent the district at the 2019 New York State Future Farmers of
America Convention in May in Syracuse to participate in the program’s
workshops and presentations.
Music Coordinator Presents Workshop
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.”
Five Honored with Educational Service Awards
The Shoreham-Wading River School District celebrated five members of the
school community who were honored at the 2018 SCOPE Educational Service
With the theme “Shining Above The Rest,” the recipients were honored in
categories that recognized their leadership, fiscal responsibility,
dedication and countless hours of service in improving the educational
experiences of all Shoreham-Wading River School District students.
The recipients honored were Robert Rose, SWR Board of Education
president for School Board Service; Alisa McMorris, PTA Council
President for Community Service; Joan Jacobs, kindergarten teacher for
Teacher Service; Thomas Wagner, audio visual technician for Support
Staff Service and Glen Arcuri, assistant superintendent for finance and
operations for Administrator Service.