December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

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November 2017 – Monthly Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

 

Monthly Parent Newsletter
November 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

 

The fall season has certainly arrived with shorter daylight, leaves changing color and the conclusion of the first marking period.

 

The first quarter concluded on November 9th with posting of grades on the Parent Portal on November 17th.  In the event you are not able to access your child’s grades, please contact the guidance office to obtain a hard copy of your child’s first quarter report card.

 

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place (took place) on Tuesday, November 21st for students in grades 7-12.  In the event you were unable to schedule an appointment to meet with your child’s teachers, you are encouraged to email or call them directly to plan an alternate date/time to meet.

 

We request your support and assistance in reinforcing with your children the following building expectations:

  1. Students are requested to attend school on time.  First period begins at 7:50am.  Families are requested to report all absences to Mrs. Claudio, the District Attendance Clerk.
  2. Students are expected to wear appropriate attire to school on a daily basis.  If students select to wear inappropriate attire in not keeping with our building and BOE policy, appropriate discipline will be awarded.
  3. As per our BOE policy, students are not allowed to use, sell or be in the possession of E-Cigarettes.  If students are found to be in the possession or use of this device, appropriate discipline will be awarded.
  4. Students are allowed to have clear water bottles containing water while in school, however are not allowed to have beverages other than water in the classrooms and halls.

 

In the weeks ahead, please expect to see the posting on our website to the 2018-2019 Program of Study for both Middle School and High School.  Both documents have been revised and contain new exciting opportunities for students for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

The early winter sports season has begun.  We congratulate our sports students for their fall season achievement.  Please access the Southold Settler’s Athletic Department webpage for upcoming game schedules and come out and support our teams.

 

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or certainly myself.  By forming a cohesive partnership our students (your children) will be best prepared to meet and exceed global expectations to achieve and reap the rewards of a well rounded education.  Please access my principal blog at https://principalgalati.wordpress.com/ or follow me at Twitter at PrincipalGalati for most current and relevant school related updates and highlights.

 

Best regards and have a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

News from Academic Departments and Clubs

 

Mrs. Buonaiuto, Reading 7-12

The Importance of Reading and Writing beyond the Classroom

As adults, we know how important reading and writing is in our everyday lives.  Reading can help children and teens find ways not only to understand cultures and worlds but also themselves.  Writing can help them find ways to communicate their ideas.

You can help support your child in literacy learning all year long.

What can you do?

  • Let your child see you engaging in everyday literacy activities, like reading the newspaper or making a grocery list and talk about what you do.
  • Read and write to your child or teen. Share audio books, read aloud to them, leave a letter expressing your pride in an accomplishment.  This encourages reading and demonstrates the power of words.
  • Share a love for reading and writing together. Read books your child is currently reading in the classroom, read magazines or websites and then discuss them together.  Write a journal, scrapbook, or blog as a family.

Check out these engaging resources:

www.readworks.org  Library of nonfiction and literary articles to support reading comprehension.

www.readwritethink.org  Engaging ways to help kids and teens with their reading and writing skills.  Here you can find activities and projects, online games and tools, tips and how to help, print outs and podcasts.

www.globalonenessproject.org  A collection of films, photo essays, articles and resources

 

Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science

7th Grade Home and Career students are learning about Food Preparation using a website called  play.Kahoot.it

 

Culinary Arts I: Students are working on a community service project with the Interact club members in making pumpkin bread for the Southold Rotary Club.

 

Mr. Chorao, Science

This month in Earth Science, students used transparent hemispheres to track the apparent motion of the Sun across the sky.  After mounting the hemispheres on paper with cardinal directions indicated, they used protractors, rulers, string and markers to inscribe the Sun’s motions during key dates throughout the year.  Working together, students estimated where the sun would be on their models on that day and hour.  They then took their Sun-sky models and compasses outside and used shadows cast upon their models to gauge the accuracy of their earlier estimates.  Later, by measuring the angular distance of the sun’s path, students were able to determine the earth’s rate of rotation.

 

Mrs. Santiago, Social Worker

The Southold Junior Class will be hosting their Annual Santa Breakfast on Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Southold Elementary School. Breakfast will cost $7.00 per person or $25.00 for a family of four. There will be pictures with Santa, a holiday raffle, bake sale, holiday sing-along, and crafts with our Junior Class Elves. Please come down to support Prom 2018 by enjoying a breakfast filled with pancakes, bacon, eggs, bagels and home fries.

 

Mrs. Marra, Health

High School Health, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology

On November 8th and 9th, a guest speaker from the Maurer Foundation spoke to the High School Health, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology classes about breast health. The Maurer Foundation’s mission is to save lives through breast health education that focuses on breast cancer prevention, healthy lifestyle choices, early detection, and risk reduction. In addition to the presentation, students were taught how to do a proper breast self-exam to detect potentially dangerous tumors.

 

Mrs. Ellwood, English

8th grader Ellie Alloway’s poem “Inner Escape” was selected as a winner of the 2017 Poetry for Peace local poetry contest sponsored by  the Temple Tifereth Israel.  Ellie will be honored at a poetry reading and awards ceremony at the Mattituck Library on Sunday 11/19.

 

 

 

 

October Monthly Parent Newsletter

October 2017 Principal Message (1)

September 2017 Principal Message

September 2017 Principal Message

Welcome Back Newsletter – August 2017

Welcome Back Message – Aug 2017 (3)

Monthly Parent Newsletter – May 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
May 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

 

This newsletter will serve as the last newsletter for the 2016-2017 school year.  I would like to thank all families for their continued support, assistance, and cooperation during the school year. Parents (guardians) play a huge role in the education of students that enter our classrooms.  It is imperative to have open and continual venues to communicate with you to best support your child’s overall academic, emotional and social development.  Please continue to access my blog, like us on Facebook as well as access information through Twitter and certainly through the Athletic Department website to keep current with information over the summer and the onset of the new school year.

 

On Tuesday, May 9th we recognized students for their academic accomplishments and inducted them into the Southold National Honor Society. Congratulations to all students inducted and wish them continued success.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Santiago who has been awarded a PhD from St. John’s University in History.  We are proud of Dr. Santiago’s achievement!

 

As we approach the conclusion of the school year we invite you to reflect upon your (as well as your child’s) overall experience during the 2016-2017 school year most specific to the programs we provide and preparedness for your child’s future courses of study / college and career readiness.  I encourage you, whether it be prior to the conclusion of the school year or certainly over the summer to share with me in person or if you wish through a phone call or email any concerns you may have and/or valuable upgrades / ideas / concepts for us to consider in order to make your and your child’s experience valuable and positive.

 

We welcome Ms. Jade Turdik, Clerk Typist (main office secretary) and Ms. Megan Seminario, Senior Clerk Typist (Principal’s secretary) to Southold. Upon visiting the main office, please introduce yourself to our new clerical team.

 

A mailing took place with information regarding the Social Host Law.  It is imperative that all families review the print information and in the event of any questions to contact Officer Bill Brewer, Southold PD or Mrs. Santiago, social Worker.

 

An off-campus evacuation drill took place on Friday, May 19th.  Prior to the conclusion of the school year we will continue practicing both fire drills and lock-down drills to further learn the protocols needed in the event of an emergency.

 

Before long, the end of the school year will be upon us.  Please be mindful that the last day of instruction will take place on Monday, June 12th.  June 13th we begin final / Regents examinations.  A formalized testing schedule has been posted for families on our webpage as well as through the PTA Constant Contact; additionally, students have been provided with a hard copy of the schedule so they can begin preparing for testing. It is expected that all students are in attendance during testing.  The official conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year is June 23rd with our High School graduation to follow on June 24th.

 

With the warm weather upon us, families are encouraged to review with their child the BOE Appropriate Dress Policy and building expectations.  In the event you need a copy of this document as a reference, please contact the main office.  Students that are not dressed in appropriate attire will be requested to make contact with their home to obtain appropriate attire.  If a pattern exists, appropriate discipline will follow.

 

Appreciation is extended to members of our PTA for their continued support and for the treats provided to our faculty and staff at teacher/staff appreciation day.  We look forward to sustaining a collaborative bond for many years to come to further support student programs and essential items for instruction.

 

Planning Ahead:

  • Congratulations to all of our spring sports teams for bringing forth good effort and sportsmanship. Please access the Settler’s homepage for a listing all remaining games and championship dates;
  • High School Spring Concert and Art Show is Tuesday, May 23rd / Middle School Spring Concert and Art Show is Thursday, June 1st / Small Ensemble is Tuesday, June 6th;
  • NJROTC Awards is scheduled for Tuesday, May 30th;
  • Varsity Awards Night is Thursday, June 8th / Senior Athletic Dinner is Thursday, June 15th

 

As the school year approaches yet another conclusion, on behalf of the instructional and non-instructional staff we wish you a safe, enjoyable, and relaxing summer vacation.  We wish the graduates of 2017 the best of luck in their future endeavors!

 

Thank you for making this a successful school year!

 

Some Reminders

 

  1. Student Daily Attendance

 

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.  Please reference the attendance policy or contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have questions.  Families also have the opportunity to view their child’s attendance daily through the Parent Portal.

 

Academic / Extra Curricula News

 

Emilia Dakis, English 7:

Students are building on something they did in 6th grade called Genius Hour. Here at the Jr. /Sr. High we are calling it Genius 41. Students are developing their own projects and taking them through from the idea phase to a final product. Throughout the month, students will be brainstorming, researching, drafting and revising proposals and presentations, building prototypes, and presenting to the class. Projects include everything from building a new fidget device and researching their benefits to struggling learners to researching and creating a new sport. This hands-on, student-centered activity has the students very excited!
From the Health Office- Mrs. Amato, Mrs. O’Day

This is a reminder to all parents of students in 11th grade that the meningococcal vaccine is required before entry into 12th grade. Please have your child see their doctor for this vaccination as soon as possible. Once the vaccine is given, please fax the copy of immunization to the attention of the health office at 765-1387. You may also mail the confirmation to 420 Oaklawn Avenue, Southold New York 11971.

Summer is a good time to see your child’s pediatrician for a physical and immunization check. All 7th and 10th graders are required by state law to have a physical on file in the health office. You may download the health appraisal form from the school website (www.southoldufsd.com), if you plan on going to your private doctor. Completed forms may be dropped off at the main office during the summer or by your child at the beginning of the school year. If your child receives any vaccinations, please send a copy of that as well. If you would like to have your child’s physical with our school doctor, Dr. Buono, please call the health office at 765-5400 ext 330 or 765-5080 to schedule an appointment. Physical dates will be posted on the athletic website as soon as they are available.  If your child plans on playing a school sport, it is imperative that they have a recent physical on file with the school nurse. In addition to this, the Southold Athletic Sports Contract must be completed to play each sport. This too is on the school website.

If your child requires medication during school hours, please have the doctor complete the medication form that is found on the school website. You will find this form under Nurse’s Corner.  Along with this form you may drop off the labeled prescribed medication on August 31st or September 5th to the health office. The school nurse cannot administer any prescribed or over the counter medication without a written doctors order.

If you have any health concerns about your child that you would like to discuss with the school nurse, please call the office at the above number.

Monthly Parent Newsletter – April 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
April 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

 

The third quarter has come to a close and grades have been posted to the Parent Portal (as of April 28th) with related comments.  Please review the information received on your child’s report card with your child as it is expected that all students are achieving appropriately in all courses of study.  It is imperative to make contact with your child’s teachers and certainly with their guidance counselor.  If you desire any clarification with information shared on the report card and/or need assistance with any strategies to best assist your child in achieving a level of mastery with their studies, please contact the appropriate people to best assist.

 

Congratulations to our Robotics team for their most recent achievement at Hofstra University and for having a great build season. Appreciation is extended to Mr. Santiago and chaperones for supporting our tenth graders on the most recent Europe trip.  Students had a memorable experience!

 

National Honor Society inductions will be taking place on May 9th at 7pm in the auditorium.  Please contact Mr. Stahl for additional details.  

 

Before long, the end of the school year will be upon us.  Please be mindful that the last day of instruction will take place on Monday, June 12th.  June 13th we begin final / Regents examinations.  The testing schedule was mailed a couple of weeks ago.  In addition, the testing schedule has been posted for families on our webpage and students will be provided with a hard copy in the weeks leading to the end of the school year. It is expected that all students are in attendance during such testing.  The official conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year is June 23rd with our High School graduation to follow on June 24th. Please plan accordingly to assist and support your child with all upcoming testing obligations.

 

Congratulations to Robby Kruszeski, class Valedictorian and to Meg Pickerell, class Salutatorian.  Robby and Meg are two great students that have demonstrated compassion for learning and established a focused and determined mindset to achieve.  Congratulations!

 

On April 6th, Mrs. Santiago hosted a parent / student meeting in preparation for the Junior Prom.  The prom will be taking place on Friday, May 12th at Breeze Hill Farms.  In the event your child has intentions of attending the prom and you were not available to attend this meeting, it is important to make contact with Mrs. Santiago to receive prom related details and expectations.

 

Prior to the conclusion of the school year, we expect to continue to practice school safety procedures by engaging in lockdown drills, fire drills and an off-campus evacuation drill.  An off-campus drill to St. Patrick’s RRC is planned to take place on Friday, May 19th starting on/about 1:30pm where students will be released and bused home from the off-campus evacuation site.  Details pertaining to the drill (for May 19th) have been mailed home.  In the event you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office.  

 

Congratulations to Mr. Gosnell and to all student artists that have put together an exceptional display of student art work at the Southold Free Library and be amazed as you see our student’s artistic talents on display.  The exhibit will be on display through the month of April.  

 

With the warm weather approaching it is expected that all students are dressed in accordance and abide to the BOE approved Southold UFSD dress code.  If students are in questionable and/or inappropriate attire, students will be meeting with Mr. Flanagan, Athletics Director / Dean of Students where appropriate discipline will be awarded.  In the event you need a copy of the policy, please don’t hesitate to call the high school office.

 

During the months of April through June, students will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT) and science (Grade 8 only).  Below, is the State assessment schedule for your reference outlining remaining State Assessments to be administered (a letter addressing the same has also been mailed).

 

2016-2017 Middle School State Assessment Schedule

 

Assessment Administration Dates Make-up Dates
NYSELAT Speaking April 10th – May 14th During Testing Window
NYSELAT Listening, Writing and Reading May 8th  – 19th   During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Performance Test Tentatively – May 24th  (during class)   During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Written June 5th June 6th – 7th

 

Some Reminders

 

  1. Student Daily Attendance

 

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.  Please reference the attendance policy or contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have questions.  Families also have the opportunity to view their child’s attendance daily through the Parent Portal.

 

  1. Laser Light Show – Middle School Students

 

Through the generosity of the PTA, middle level students in grades 7 and 8 will be provided with a Laser Light Show on May 8th during period 9.

 

  1. Social Media

 

It is imperative that we all demonstrate proper use of all social media venues to share and post select information so that we are not compromising the character and image of anyone. Students are continually informed of related expectations which are reinforced by our instructional stakeholders and it is requested that parents support and reinforce the same with children at home.  

 

Department / Activity-Club News

 

Interact – Blood Drive

Ms. Gilmore & Mrs. Salmaggi

The Interact Club will host our annual Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 17.  Any student who would like to donate needs photo ID.  16 and 17-year-old students may donate but only with the required parental permission form signed and properly filled out.  All students who intend to donate should eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of fluids beforehand.  Please see Ms. Gilmore or Mrs. Salmaggi for details.

 

The Interact Club will also run a “purple pinkie” fundraiser during the blood drive.  Students may contribute $1.00 to have their pinkie colored purple and sign the “purple pinkie” banner; all proceeds go to Rotary International’s fund to eradicate polio in the world. 

 

The club would like to thank everyone who donated to our “General Needs” drive.  We collected three large bins of new socks and undergarments for Long Island homeless veterans.  Special thanks to the Southold Pharmacy for their efforts and to the Southold Fire Department; the department donated a check for $500.00 to the fund to help support our local, homeless veterans.  

 

Family & Consumer Science

Ms. Rizzo

8th grade Home and Career Skills students will be working on a Career Exploration project using Google slides. 

 

Monthly Parent Newsletter March 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
March 2017

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.

For additional information highlighting the great programs and offerings to students at Southold Junior-Senior High School, please access my BLOG at https://principalgalati.wordpress.com , as well as connect with us through Facebook and on Twitter.

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

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.

Monthly Parent Newsletter-February 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
February 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. –John F. Kennedy

I hope everyone is well and having a nice mid-winter vacation.

As I write this edition, students representing grades 7-12 are presently returning back to Southold from attending the Canada trip.  Appreciation is extended to Ms. Gilmore for coordinating the trip and to Mrs. Rich for chaperoning.  From what I hear, all that attended had a great time and a valuable learning experience.

The second semester is in full swing.  Second quarter report cards have been posted on the Parent Portal.  Please carefully review your child’s report card (both comments and grades) and contact your child’s subject specific teacher and/or guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns.  Third quarter interim reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about March 14th. In the event you need to gain access to the Parent Portal, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

The guidance department has outlined, crafted and shared the College Process Timeline for all juniors and their families.  A mailing was sent with a letter addressing this new initiative with the timeline included.  The purpose of this document is to assist current juniors and their respective families to begin planning for the college application process leading to the onset of senior year and beyond.  In the event you have questions, feel free to contact Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro in the guidance department.

Upon graduation, seniors are eligible to receive on their diploma a Seal in signifying they have satisfactorily met select curricula obligations beyond standard requirements leading to graduation.  The State Education Department has released the requirements for students to attain a NEW Seal called the Biliteracy Seal.  Specific information pertaining to acquiring this Seal has been provided to students and their families.  Here too, if additional information is needed to clarify any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s guidance counselor.

We would like to welcome Mrs. Marie D’Alessandro to the Special Education Department.  Mrs. D’Alessandro instructs inclusion classes in social studies grade 8, Global History I, and Economics as well as self-contained classes in US History, social studies 7 & 8 and Global Studies.  We wish Mrs. D’Alessandro the best of luck and welcome her to the building.

On March 15th an assembly program for ELL (English Language Learners) students has been planned – Immigration Law and Pathways to Citizenship.  Appreciation is extended to Ms. Cavallaro, Mrs. Dakis and Mr. Myers for coordinating and planning this important program for our students.

Mr. Crimi and Ms. Cavallaro have completed meeting with students to review course / program options for the 2017-2018 school year.  Prior to meeting with students, all students were provided with a  Middle School Program of Study (students presently in grades 6 and 7) or with a High School Program of Study (students presently in grades 8-11) (also posted on the building webpage) to assist and guide them (and parents) in making course selections for the 2017-2018 school year.  Each document is updated and revised yearly as attempts are made to offer new elective based courses and opportunities.  Please carefully review with your child all course opportunities and if you have questions or need clarification, please contact either Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro.  Please be mindful that elective based and encore areas of study course opportunities might be modified pending interest/enrollment and/or budgetary constraints.

On a monthly basis we recognize Students of the Month in respective subject areas.  Commentary is given by respective teachers in support of honoring select students for their achievement.  Recognition is shared with our students monthly through the morning announcements.  Certificates are presented where students are requested to take such recognition home to share with their families.  Students are also recognized for their academic achievement (honor roll and high honor roll), Random Acts of Kindness, and sportsmanship on a quarterly basis.  We are extremely proud of our students and all of their accomplishments.  It is our intention not only to recognize a small percentage of our students, but rather to recognize all students.  We encourage parents (and guardians) to continually monitor your child’s academic achievement and to check-in with your child on a daily basis.  Please be mindful, that your child’s teachers are here to support you and your child’s academic, social, and emotional development.  If you have questions or concerns please call, schedule a conference, or send an email to your child’s teachers and guidance counselor to best assess your child’s development.

Information pertaining to the administration of 7th and 8th grade State Assessments in ELA, mathematics, science and the NYSELAT has been posted.  The following represents confirmed dates for all required testing.  Assessments in both ELA and mathematics will have a morning administration on dates listed.

ELA – April 5th – March 28th – 30th

Mathematics – May 2nd – 4th

Science – Written – June 5th and Performance Assessment –June 1st}

NYSELAT – TBD

On Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:00am we will host Coffee with the Principal.  This forum will take place in the library where we will discuss new and existing NY State Education Department academic shifts/expectations as well as building level initiatives.  This will be the last Coffee with the Principal for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please keep current by accessing relevant and essential information on the building website, friend us on Facebook and follow me on Twitter (@PrincipalGalati).

As school is currently closed for winter break, I hope you are having a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Activity / Department News

Library Media Center – Ms. Dougherty-Johnson

Greetings from the library! Recently, students have been researching incredibly varied topics, such as ancient civilizations, genetic diseases, the Jazz Age, and how to manage their personal finances. They are learning how to navigate the library’s databases (VRC), keep track of their sources with EasyBib, and create and collaborate using our Google educational platform. Some 7th and 8th graders have been exploring the word cloud creator, Tagul, to reinforce the vocabulary they’re encountering in Home & Careers. Some seniors have even started to tackle their exciting cumulative project, the senior thesis.  They are investigating topics such as how music affects the brain, how social media impacts teens’ lives, how the gentrification of neighborhoods can have hidden consequences, how veganism might be able to slow climate change, how Major League Baseball needs to reevaluate their system for defense rankings, and much more!

The library’s new book collection includes many titles on the history of Long Island as well as updated books on the countries of the world. As always, we’ve got some great new fiction, too! Stop by for the latest from your favorite authors, Rick Riordan, John Green, Sarah Dessen, and A.S. King. And get ready for one of the best challenges of the year: March Mathness!

English 11 – Ms. Foote

Students recently completed research with Mrs. Johnson in the library for their papers about topics related to the 1920s, such as: prohibition, crime, sports, technological inventions, the economy, and U.S. presidents.  After completing their research papers, students will get to be directors and film their own silent movies about one of those researched topics before we begin reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.

Mrs. Santiago, School Social Worker

Juniors:

Prom 2017 is fast approaching. This year’s event will be held at Breeze Hill Farms in Peconic. The backdrop for this venue will be acres of blooming orchards, while the students enjoy live music and a three course meal served by Christopher Michael’s caterers. On March 1st, students will be voting on this year’s prom theme after a slideshow presentation from the class officers.

Several fundraisers are coming up in the month of March. Upon the return from break, our annual Otis Spunkmeyer cookie sale will begin. On March 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00PM in the elementary cafeteria, the Junior Class will be sponsoring “Kids Night Out” for students in grades K-6. This event will allow parents to drop their children off for two hours, while junior students play games, conduct organized activities and serve snacks for just $10 per child. On March 25th, the juniors will be serving up crepes in the high school cafeteria from 5:30-6:45 PM before the Saturday evening performance of Les Miserable’s.

January 2017 Monthly Parent Newsletter

Happy New Year – good health and happiness in 2017!

The second quarter (first semester) has concluded.  Expect all second quarter grades to be posted to the Parent Portal on Friday, February 3rd by 3pm.

Please review report cards with your child where you can assess your child’s academic growth as well as commentary from your child’s teachers to best assist and guide you in working with your child at home.  As always, we welcome you to schedule either cluster meetings with your child’s teachers through your child’s guidance counselor or feel free to either email or call your child’s subject specific teacher directly to schedule a meeting to review your child’s work, progress, achievement as well as seek direction and guidance to further support your child’s academic development.  In the event you need a copy of your child’s report card, please contact Mrs. Kollan, guidance secretary or your child’s guidance counselor.

The second semester begins Monday, January 30th.  Students and families are encouraged to log-into your Parent Portal account to review student schedules for the 2nd semester.  In the event you wish to receive a hard copy of your child’s schedule please contact your child’s guidance counselor.    Hard copies of second semester schedules were provided to students on Friday, January 27th in homeroom.

Guidance counselors have concluded pushing into English classes to inform students about scheduling expectations for the 2017-2018 school year.   We invite you to be part of the process by sitting with your child by reviewing with them course offerings and by following-up with your child’s respective guidance counselor.  Programs of Study for middle level students (student’s currently in grades 6 and 7) and for high school students (student’s currently in grades 8-11) are posted on the building webpage for your reference – hard copies have been given to all students in their first period class a couple of weeks ago.  If you wish to receive a hard copy, feel free to stop in the guidance office to receive a copy.  As you will see in reviewing the respective Programs of Study, attempts have been made to include additional elective based courses; Please be informed that these courses will only be offered to students if such courses have sufficient student interest, can be supported by the respective instructional allocation within a department, complement the students schedule, as well as be supported through the 2017-2018 district budget.  Additionally, further attempts will be made to share high school courses of study with Greenport High School – such decisions will be addressed as we move forward with the scheduling process.

Office William Brewer, Southold PD had the opportunity to meet  with students in grades 7-12 on January 19th in hosting a deep and focused discussion and presentation regarding driver’s safety, social decision making, appropriate use of social media and more.  We look forward for Officer Brewer’s return in the spring to further support and guide our students.

Junior parent night took place on January 12th.  In the event you were not available to attend, please contact the guidance office to receive an envelope of essential information discussed and shared.

Please access the guidance department web-page to obtain current information regarding scholarships and more.  In the event you have questions regarding the college application process, feel free to contact Mr. Crimi (students with last names L-Z) or Ms. Cavallaro (students with last names A-K).

Appreciation is extended to Mr. Halucha assisting us as interim social worker during the first semester – we welcome back Mrs. Santiago on January 30th.  We welcome Mr. Peterson, student teacher in social studies with Mr. Carver.  Mr. Peterson is currently completing his teacher certification obligations through a local college – we wish him great success!  We are currently conducting a search to replace Mr. Locascio in the special education department.  Once an appointment of a replacement has been made, a letter detailing our transition plan will follow.

The annual Semi-Formal is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 3rd (8pm-10:30pm – in the gym) immediately following the Varsity Basketball game (Southold vs. Greenport).  Students that wish to bring a guest are expected to obtain a permission slip from the main office.  Guests are to receive permission from their school principal as recorded on the permission slip – permission slips must be turned into the main office prior to the dance.

On a daily basis there are exceptional things taking place in our classrooms (during and after school).  I invite you to review all classroom and extra curricula /sports accolades on my blog at https://principalgalati.wordpress.com/  or through Face book or through Twitter (@PrincipalGalati) – there are days in which the blog (Face book or Twitter) is updated with news multiple times – many great things are happening!

In closing, we are here to support you and your child to best prepare them to meet and exceed graduation requirements and to prepare them for life-long learning beyond high school.  Please email or call us if you have concerns or need any clarification pertaining to the overall development of your child.  Please encourage your child to attend extra help and seek academic support from their teachers by meeting with them upon the conclusion of the school day.  By forming a cohesive partnership, our students (your children) will be best prepared to meet and exceed our global expectations to achieve.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and assistance – We wish our students the best of luck as they enter the second semester at Southold Junior-Senior High School.