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Superintendent's Message


Summer 2021

Dear Shoreham-Wading River Community,

Pride. There is no finer word for what has been accomplished in our school district this academic year. As we reflect on many of the accomplishments of our Class of 2021, our eighth grade, fifth grade, second grade and kindergarten students have also concluded one chapter of their academic careers and are ready to move on to discover new opportunities, talents, strengths and successes in September.

Over the past several months, our Board of Education received a glimpse into many of the accomplishments of our students and teachers in classroom activities, musical achievements, successful athletic seasons, community involvement, scientific inquiry and more. As the spring season progressed, together we witnessed new beginnings and a renewed sense of energy in our buildings – from a second grader’s top honors in the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair Competition, to fifth graders becoming field scientists aboard the schooner SoundWaters in Port Jefferson harbor, to two Prodell students accepted into the prestigious Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury – our distinctive ways in educating our students shines in the progress they have made.

Bringing back our spring musicals, field days, visitors to our schools, recognition events and even a music-filled salute to our seniors as they visited Briarcliff, Miller Avenue, Prodell and Wading River before leaving our close-knit, supportive community further point to the values and vision we have for our students to acquire, to the maximum of their abilities, the academic and interpersonal skills required to become lifelong learners and problem solvers in a self-sufficient manner.

As we move ahead to plan for the 2021-22 academic year, it is again pride that I share with our students, faculty, administration, and greater community for making Shoreham-Wading River School District an exceptional place for learning, growing and advancing.

Gerard Poole
Superintendent of Schools