Monthly Parent Newsletter
William R. Galati, Principal
Spring is here! And, spring break is around the corner. The school year is running by quickly.
Currently, students are meeting with their respective guidance counselors finalizing course requests for the 2017-2018 school year. Please expect for your child to share with you such requests and in the event you or your child wish to revise course selections, please schedule a meeting with your child’s guidance counselor for advisement. All elective based courses will only run based upon sufficient enrollment and pending appropriate budgetary support. For descriptors of all anticipated courses offered to students, please review the Program of Study posted on our website or contact Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro in guidance.
The performance of Les Miserable’s took place last week. This was truly an outstanding production with great talent showcased by our students. Appreciation is extended to our students, parents, and the Southold Community for their continued support given to the Theatre Arts department in making this production a positive experience for our students. I appreciate the hard work and dedication our talented students devoted to this production.
The annual Military Ball took place on Friday, March 24th. Similar to all years – the Cadets and their guests at the event looked great and all had a great time. Thank you to our NJROTC team for making this a great experience.
The Robotics Team will be competing at Hofstra University this week – please come out and see our students in action and be introduced to the team’s robot. Appreciation is extended to our parents for their continued support and assistance in once again making this opportunity a reality for our students.
Students are expected to be in school daily. In the event students are absent, a parent (guardian) is expected to make contact with Mrs. Claudio, district attendance clerk, informing her with the reason for absence. As per our BOE attendance policy, students will be in jeopardy for loss of course credit if they accrue 12 or more absences for semester based courses / 24 or more absences for full year courses. Even if a student is late with parental support, the lateness is still deemed as being not excused. Please reference the attendance policy or contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have questions.
As the warmer weather approaches, we request parents to review with their child our dress code expectation policy. Students are advised to dress appropriately for school daily. In the event students select to dress inappropriately, students will be requested to make contact with the home for a parent (guardian) to bring to school appropriate attire and/or will be provided with appropriate discipline if a pattern is observed.
As the weather improves fire drills and off-campus drills will be scheduled to take place. We will have an evacuation drill (early dismissal drill) to St. Patrick’s RC Church on Friday, May 19th. A letter to families will follow.
Hands-only CPR Training and Awareness will be provided to all students in grades 7-12 on May 25th and 26th during physical education classes. Appreciation is extended to Mrs. Marra along with Mr. Ellis and Ms. Rinaudo for providing this essential training and awareness to our students.
Third quarter interim reports have been posted on the Parent Portal. As always, please review these reports to assess your child’s academic progress. If you have questions regarding your child’s overall achievement, I encourage you to contact your child’s guidance counselor as well as your child’s teachers. April 21st, the third quarter concludes with an expected release on The Parent Portal of third quarter report cards on/about April 28th.
6th Grade orientation for parents will be taking place on Thursday, March 30th at 6:00pm in the district auditorium. Guidance Counselors will be sharing with parent’s related information pertaining to a 7th grade student’s schedule, after school opportunities and more. In the event parents are not available to attend, they are requested to contact the guidance office to either schedule a meeting with a counselor or request for information to be mailed home.
During the months of April through June, students in 7th and 8th grade will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT), ELA, mathematics, and science. A calendar of related testing dates has been posted on the building webpage for your reference. Additionally, select subject areas (CC Algebra, Chemistry and Global History and Geography) will be participating in Field Testing. Letter detailing this information was mailed to families a month ago.
The June final and Regents exam schedule for June 2017 testing has been posted on the building webpage. You are requested to review and be attentive to dates when your child will sit for upcoming final exams and Regents exams.
As always, we welcome your suggestions and look forward to fostering a collaborative and meaningful relationship with parents/guardians to best support all students’ academic, social, and emotional development. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts, sports events, and district events.
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Have a safe and relaxing April vacation!
Other Relevant News
Nurses Office, Mrs. O’Day
On March 22, 2017, students participated in National Kick Butts Day. This day is held to bring awareness to the students about the dangers of cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use. The SADD members collaborated with the health office for activities including a social media contest and watching a presentation on the dangers of e- cigarettes. A special thank you to the SADD members, Jessica Santiago, Eric Kehl, Matt Pfister, Jeff Ellis, and Linda Rinaudo for their efforts with this event.
Ms. Foote’s SLP English 9/10 class, Mrs. Johnson, and Mr. Flanagan:
We are currently reading a memoir by Jordan Romero titled, No Summit out of Sight. This text details his journey as a pre-teen who was the youngest person ever to set out achieving a goal of climbing all seven summits on the different continents. On Wednesdays, the students are responsible for leading the group in a Socratic Seminar in the library about the recent pages that were read. Mr. Flanagan has also joined our group and shared his personal experiences with hiking and climbing both as a hobby and with groups of students he’s worked with in the past. Discussing the personal experiences of Romero and making our personal connections as a group has fostered an environment where thoughts and feelings are shared candidly and a mutual respect is accepted. We are on schedule to finish reading by the end of the marking period, and have already started brainstorming ideas about final project assignments, not limited to writing letters to Romero and inviting him to visit our school.