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Superintendent's Message

 

November 2019

Dear Shoreham-Wading River School Community, 

The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start! So much has been happening in our four schools since the first day of classes on Sept. 4th: team building and new perspectives with Mrs. Claudia Smith at the helm as Principal of Miller Avenue, Prodell students learning about the benefits of healthy choices with informative and proactive assembly programs, and collaboration with our High School, Middle School and Wading River students who are engaged in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, which will keep them active in the coming months as they work to design authentic research for the International Space Station. This program will lead to a group of our student scientists collaborating with astronauts to have their experiment conducted in the space station! The High School renovations completed over the summer have truly brightened student learning environments. The new audio and lighting system in the High School auditorium is having an incredible impact on our theater program. New safety initiatives such as interior bus cameras, day gates and a new integrated security management system have been implemented to enhance security.

This year we are also offering six new electives at the High School, have expanded our Chromebook initiative to the High School, and are looking forward to having our students become involved in the Section XI unified basketball program. We have also added several new clubs throughout the District that will enrich our student offerings such as a Middle School Best Buddies club, an elementary newspaper club and bell choir.

This past fall, the Board of Education reviewed our student outcomes for the 2018-19 school year. Our students continue to excel in all areas. For example, last year our high school students earned over 1,000 collegiate credits through participation in our robust Advanced Placement program. The percentages of students graduating with an Advanced Regent’s Designation diploma continued to grow and is now at 72%, an increase of over 23% in the last five years! Average student SAT scores grew by 20 points, with student averages exceeding New York State SAT scores by 100 points. Ninety-three percent of last year’s graduates are attending 78 different colleges/universities, including Cornell, U Penn, and Harvard. In addition, on Sept. 26th it was announced that Shoreham-Wading River High School was recognized as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School for exemplary student performance from the United States Department of Education, an honor that it has achieved for the SECOND time!

Thank you to all of stakeholders, residents, parents and staff as all of these accomplishments are due to the incredible support given to our students from our community.

Sincerely,

Mr. Gerard W. Poole
Superintendent of Schools