PRINCIPAL’S SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER

 

Mr. William R. Galati

September 2013

 The 2013-2014 school year is off to a great start.  We welcomed students with a Welcome Back Breakfast on the first day of school supported by student council followed by hosting student accountability assembly programs where a review of building and student academic expectations in addition to aspects of the Dignity Act were addressed. 

 High school spirit week and homecoming took place last week – a fun and exciting time was had by all.  Congratulations to Coach Sadowski and to the boy’s soccer team who defeated The Stony Brook School at our homecoming game on Saturday, September 28th.  Please visit our district website to gain additional insight and information pertaining to our districts sports programs.

 Southold Junior-Senior High School students are encouraged to make the most of their Junior-Senior High School years through our diverse academic offerings as well as through participation in extra-curricula activities and athletics.   A current offering of extra curricula activities has been provided to students as well as posted on the principal webpage for reference.  Questions pertaining to specific extra curricula activities should be directed to advisors of such activities either by calling or by email. 

 A rigorous, challenging, and meaningful curriculum is provided to students and supplemented outside of the classroom with a plethora of enrichment activities that help students develop into well-rounded individuals.  To further support students in their overall academic development, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher to assess their overall progress, schedule appointments with teachers to attend parent-teacher conferences and for students to attend extra help that is offered daily from 2:30pm-2:45pm.  Interim Reports will no longer be mailed – reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about October 16th.  Please review comments shared on the report and if you desire any clarification, please contact your child’s subject-specific teacher or guidance counselor.  Please know that both Mr. Brostowski (Athletic Director/ Dean of Students) as well as myself are always available to meet with you to best support you and your child in their overall development (academic, social, and emotional) at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

 Continual and on-going professional development for teachers is planned for the year with a primary focus on the Common Core Learning Standards with an emphasis on literacy as well as in best instructional practices and the use and implementation of instructional modules.  Additionally, ongoing professional development is taking place with Gmail and Chromebook applications to best support teacher’s use of technology within the delivery of their lessons.  We believe that such professional development is essential to best inform our teachers of the most recent trends and shifts in curricula design, implementation, assessment, and more to best prepare students to meet and exceed State and district expectations as well as in preparing students to meet career and college readiness requirements.

 Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  It is essential that we continue to establish and sustain a collaborative relationship (with all stakeholders) to foster a meaningful and valuable education for all students at Southold schools.  Have a great year!

-Department Snapshots-

 Business Department

Southold College Financial Management Classes Named a 2012-2013 w!se Blue Star School

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Working in Support of Education (w!se) is pleased to announce that Southold is one of 194 high schools in w!se’s national network to have earned the distinction of being named a Blue Star School for its students’ performance on the 2012-2013 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test.  This national standardized Test is administered to students after a course on personal finance.  Students passing the Test are designated Certified Financially Literate™ and earn a w!se CFL, demonstrating that they are financially capable when they graduate.

 To earn the Blue Star School recognition, a school must achieve a 75 percent passing rate on the Test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the Test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher.  

 Class Updates:

 College Preparation is currently working on their resumes that will be used to get teacher recommendations and will also be added to their common application. The students are extremely motivated this year and I am proud to say that all of them are working 110%.

  • Business Applications is currently playing the Stock Market Game and investing 100,000 in the stock market. They are having tons of fun.
  • College Accounting is a course in which the students can earn 3 college credits through Farmingdale University. These credits will certainly transfer to any SUNY school and most private colleges. The entire accounting cycle is run for a service then a merchandising business
  • College Microsoft XP also offered with 3 college credits through Farmingdale.  We are using and electronic textbook and doing all of our assignments via SAM 2007 which is an interactive electronic HUB where the students get immediate feedback on their lessons and tests. We will learn Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Publisher. These are certainly essential skills needed for college and the workforce
  • Keyboarding is underway learning to type by touch rather than by sight. Text messaging does not replace the need to learn the Qwerty keyboarding system and typing for production.

 DECA- (Distributive Education Club of America) – (A business marketing club) – Membership has started and our Regional Competition will take place at Suffolk County Community College in Selden on January 8, 2014.  Any questions email Mrs. Williams at KWilliams@southoldufsd.com

 Physical Education Department

 We welcome Mr. Brian Tardif as a student teacher to the Physical Education and Health Department.  Mr. Tardif is majoring in physical education and health at LIU Post.  

 News from Mrs. Santiago, Social Worker

 Junior Class of 2015

 The junior class has already started the year off with a bang. They have chosen Brecknock Hall in East Marion as this year’s prom location and are busily preparing fundraisers to make it a phenomenal event. This hall lends itself well to the Great Gatsby theme, which will hopefully inspire the 1920’s attire with flapper dresses and wing-tipped shoes. The junior class had a very successful car wash fundraiser on September 14th and is already coming up with ideas for future fundraisers.

 The Yankee Candle sale begins September 23rd and concludes on October 20th. This is one of our best fundraisers, while also helping parents, teachers and community members to purchase those holiday gifts early. This year’s sale is a few weeks earlier then years past so that the orders will arrive prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and purchasers can receive their fall decorations prior to the winter. Please see Mrs. Santiago if you are interested in making a purchase or any junior class student.

 Also, this year’s Santa Breakfast will be on Saturday, December 7th. Please keep a lookout for more information.

 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

 Throughout this year, the SADD club will help facilitate the Drive Wise program that will help education the school, parents and the community about the dangers of distracted driving. October 20th – 26th is National Teen Driver Safety Week and we will be challenging the student body and the community to drive completely undistracted. Additionally, we will bring in a speaker, Karen Torres, on October 23rd to discuss how distracted driving has affected her life. 

 Also in October is Red Ribbon Week from the 23rd to the 31st. Red Ribbon Week is a national week of drug and substance use awareness. The SADD club will also be sponsoring some educational activities throughout this week.

 The Drama Club

 Rehearsals for the Southold/Greenport shared production of the Hitchcock comedy-thriller spoof THE 39 STEPS are under way, with a cast of 20 students from both schools.  Performances at Greenport auditorium, November 1st – 3rd.  Directed by Casey Rooney and Jessica Ellwood.

 Family and Consumer Science Department

The 7th grade Home and Career Skills students are using the new Google doc program to create their Name Description assignment in Ms. Rizzo’s class.

The Culinary Arts I students are off to a good start cooking,  practicing knife skills, and making homemade tomato sauce  and fresh salads. Ten out of eighteen students will be taking the course for Suffolk County Community College credit this year. 

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