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Superintendent's Message

 

Summer 2018 

Dear Community,

As we ready for the 2018-19 academic year in the Shoreham-Wading River School District, there is much to be proud of and much more to be accomplished.
Our District’s history and tradition of academic and athletic success, commitment to creativity in music and the arts, and educating the whole child were again fully realized this academic year. At the helm, we have a committed Board of Education whose members wholeheartedly grasp the importance of persevering and collaborating for a common goal: the intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of our students.

Working alongside our Board members, administrators and educators, we have seen progress with several technological innovations that were implemented this past school year. Topping the list are an enhanced, easy-to-navigate website and a newly created Facebook page, both to share our student achievements, school happenings, District accomplishments and more, in a dynamic and up-to-date manner. Other advances in technology include the inaugural Robotics Club at the High School, the introduction of Chromebooks to our sixth-graders (which will be expanded this year to seventh- and eighth-graders), DNA barcoding in our science research program and Mystery Science lessons for our youngest students, all bringing more advanced learning opportunities into our classrooms.

Academically, our students continue to excel across all content areas: dozens of students were recognized as AP Scholars for their exceptional college-level achievement through their performance on national AP exams, one student ranked in the top five percent nationally on the American Mathematics Contest 12, several were recognized for their mathematical achievements with other students countywide. Our DECA students earned top recognitions in all areas of business at regional contests and advanced to the state level and our first-year Debate Team proudly represented the District at the New York State Forensic League championship.

Our fine arts program continues to thrive, this year seeing the formation of the Tri-M Music Honor Society where leadership skills, decision-making and giving back to the community go hand in hand with the musical achievements of our High School students. Districtwide, our accomplished music students have participated in State, regional and County concerts, performing alongside other highly talented musicians in these prestigious festivals. The lifelong goal for artistic literacy in our students is growing throughout the District with numerous opportunities and collaborations both within the schools and in the
greater community.

It has been an exceptional year for our student athletes as well, many who were named across the three sports seasons as New York State Scholar-Athlete teams, with team averages of 90 or above, along with Suffolk County and individual accolades. Two of our high school athletes were named All-American, one in track and one in swimming. They, in addition to all our students, are to be commended for their accomplishments and commitment to their schoolwork and their sport. Our 2018-19 approved budget maintains all current programming and enhances student offerings. It also includes new High School electives in sports literature, website design, film criticism, college mathematics, sports education, fashion design and Long Island sustainability. Genetic Coding laboratory materials and Engineering by Design program access will extend resources for our STEM
programs. Our High School Women in Science and Engineering collaboration with SUNY Stony Brook will be expanded. This unique educational opportunity was described by one of our students as not “just a weekly field trip to a laboratory, but a global community of women and girls who are working to break intellectual barriers while simultaneously shattering gender barriers.”

Extracurricular clubs including yoga, coding and Science Olympiad will enhance learning opportunities for our younger students and Eureka, the District’s newly adopted math program, will be fully implemented for K-5 students. The budget also includes increasing mental health support with innovative social emotional programming to enhance our students’ self-esteem and interpersonal relationships.

Our summer months will see continued progress on our 2015 voter-approved bond projects at both the Middle School and High School, updates will be posted across the summer on the Bond Update page of the website. A five-year strategic planning process will also commence during August. This will help empower our staff and community to
continue to emphasize the learning needs of all children.

As we forge ahead in this new school year, we look forward to sharing the continued successes of our students and more information about the
high-quality enhancements to our stellar, enriching educational program.
Sincerely,

Gerard W. Poole
Superintendent of Schools