Monthly Archives: November 2013


From the Elementary and Junior/Senior High School Health Office’s

Dear Parent/Guardian of Southold School Students,

As part of a required health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or BMI. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse determine if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. Southold School District has been selected to be part of a state survey. We will be submitting from the 2012-2013 health appraisal forms for students in K, 2, 4, 7, 10. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. We will be reporting to the New York State Department of Health about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please state this in a response with your child’s name and grade. This response can be sent to the appropriate health office. We ask that all responses be in by December 20, 2013. If the health office does not receive a response, the BMI information will be included in the survey.

Thank you,

Carol Pearce RN,

Patricia Amato BSN,

Patricia O’Day BSN


Monthly Parent Newsletter
November 2013

William R. Galati, Principal

 The first quarter has concluded and the fall weather is upon us.  Parent-Teacher conferences are taking place on Monday, November 25th for students in grades 7 and 8 and on Tuesday, November 26th for students in grades 7-12.  In advance to attending your child’s conference, please review your child’s first quarter report card that has been posted on the Parent Portal.  Dismissal on both days will be taking place at 10:50am (Middle School students only on Monday / Middle and High School students on Tuesday).  Please contact your child’s teacher by email or phone to schedule an appointment.  In the event you are unable to attend and/or schedule time  to meet with your child’s teachers, please email or contact your child’s teachers and/or guidance counselor to schedule an alternate opportunity to conference and receive valuable insight regarding your child’s learning and academic achievement.

 On Monday, November 25th middle level students will be attending an assembly program in viewing The Bully Project movie.  High School students will be viewing the same movie on Tuesday.  Mrs. Santiago will facilitate both pre and post movie discussion to address the significance of the film and related expectations.  In the event you have any reservations regarding your child viewing the film, please contact Mrs. Santiago, the building social worker for specific details pertaining to the film. 

 Earlier in the month, the sophomore class along with Ms. Derrigan, class advisor planted a tree in memory of their friend and classmate, Ronan Guyer.  The Red Bud Tree, donated by Imbriano nursery was planted adjacent to the main entrance to the building.  In addition, in the months ahead the class also plans to design and paint a mural in Ronan’s memory.

 On Friday, November 15th we had an evacuation drill – appreciation is given to students, faculty/staff, as well as to the Southold Police and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in promoting a safe and productive drill.  On Friday, December 6th we will have a lockdown drill during the day that should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  In the event you have any questions pertaining to our related drill procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 We welcome Ms. Jaclyn Jimenez to the para staff working with students and teachers in the special education department. As well as welcome Mrs. Heather Geehreng as our welcome desk greeter at the main entrance of the building.

 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 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

 English Department

Mr. Rooney, Mrs. Imbriano, and Ms. Foote, English 9

On Wednesday, November 20th Mr. Rooney, Mrs. Imbriano, and Ms. Foote’s ninth grade English classes journeyed to New York City to see the Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theater.  For a majority of the students attending the trip, this was their first Broadway production and/or visit to New York City.  Students were excited to learn that they’d be receiving a souvenir copy of the Broadway script and a float pen!  The play represented a more modern-urban version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.  Making his Broadway debut as Romeo was none other than Orlando Bloom (who was successful in winning over the hearts of many audience members).  Even our own student body was enthusiastic in getting a chance to meet him at the stage door for an autograph and a smile!  Juliet was played by Condola Rashad, the daughter of Phylicia Rashad from The Cosby Show.  Overall this production reaffirmed that the text students studied in class is a timeless piece that still focuses on finding love, keeping love, the expense of love, and the triumph of love over hate.


Mrs. Dakis, Grade 7

As an extension of ELA unit one, students will be participating in a mock trial of Johnny Cade from The Outsiders. The unit will require students to research criminal procedures as well as the roles of criminal attorneys, witnesses, judges, and jurors. This will be accomplished through non-fiction readings, web searches, and multiple viewings of film and television clips. Students will be assigned roles and will complete a series of preparatory activities to prepare for the trial proceedings. A full trial will be “performed” after all research and preparation is complete with each student fulfilling a specific role.

Physical Education Department, Mr. Ellis


Congratulations to senior, Gary Prieto who won the sailing national championships. Below is the link to the article in the Suffolk Times.


Junior Class – Mrs. Santiago, Advisor

Get out your family’s Holiday sweaters and come with an empty stomach to the Junior Class’ annual Santa Breakfast. This year’s breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 7th in the Southold Elementary Cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 8:30AM to 10:30AM and will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, potatoes, bagels, and beverages. We will be holding our annual bake sale and holiday raffle along with pictures with Santa, crafts for the children, and a holiday music sing-along. Breakfast will cost $7.00 per person and $25.00 for a family of four (each additional person after a family of four is $6.00). Come on down and enjoy a wonderful holiday celebration that the whole family will enjoy.






Congratulations to the following students for being recommended for October Student of the Month and Random Act of Kindness:

Laura Rempel – Art
Jessica Rizzo – Business
Peter Fouchet – Physical Education
Katie Krukowski and Julia Saccamano – Music
Jose Boch – English
Mike Dolan – Spanish
NJROTC – Evelyn Cummings
Ashley Hilary – Art
Max Kruszeski – Physical Education
Kyra Panetta – Music
Emiliann Palermo – English
Andrew Crean – Spanish
Random Act of Kindness:  Destany Beall and Shausmel Montoya


MS Testing/January Regents Schedule

November 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 Listed below are the dates for the NY State Assessments in mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), science and other relative assessments that students in grades 7 and 8 will be taking during the 2013-2014 school year.  In addition, listed is the Regents examination schedule for January 2014.  As in the past, we will not practice a mid-year testing week like most districts.  Students that select to take Regents exams as “walk-ins” (scheduled through guidance) in January will be provided with a modified schedule so that they have the appropriate window of time to take such assessments.

 It is imperative that all students are present and on time for the identified State/Regents exams on the dates indicated as data received from assessment results is used to modify the curriculum to best address your child’s academic needs in preparation for Regents based courses necessary by NY State to meet graduation requirements.

 In the interim if you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s guidance counselor or subject specific teacher.

 Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 2013-2014 Middle School State Assessment Schedule



Administration Dates

Make-up Dates

Right Reason Pre-Assessment Math

December 11-12

December 13, 16

Right Reason Pre-Assessment


December 17, 18

December 19, 20


April 9 – May 16

During test window

Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA)

April 1 – 3


April 4-8

Grades 3-8 Mathematics

April 30-May 2



May 5-May 7

NYSESLAT: Listening, Reading, and Writing

May 5-16

During test window

Right Reason Post Assessment


May 12, 13

May 14, 15

Right Reason Post Assessment ELA

May 16, 19

May 20, 21

Grade 8 Science Performance Test

May 21

During class period

May 22

Grade 8 Science Written

June 2


June 3,4










January 27, 2014  8:00-11:00am


RCT Global Studies

Comprehensive English

January 28, 2014  8:00-11:00am


Global History & Geography

Algebra 2/Trigonometry

RCT in Mathematics

January 29, 2014  8:00-11:00am



US History & Government


Physical Setting: Earth Science

Physical Setting: Chemistry

January 30, 2014  8:00-11:00am

Integrated Algebra

RCT US History & Government


Yours truly,


William R. Galati





Cc:          J. Crimi, F. Cavallaro, A. Middendorf, Faculty


November 2013

  Dear Parents,

 Over 13 million children will be bullied this year in America, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. In 2011, a documentary called, “The Bully Project” was released and was filmed over the 2010-2011 school year. This film shows how bullying touched the lives of five children and their families.

 Students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to view this film in its entirety, which is rated PG-13, in an assembly format on November 26, 2013. Students in grades 7-8 will have the opportunity to view the shortened version of this film in an assembly format on November 25, 2013. Both grade levels will participate in a brief discussion prior to showing the film. Due to Parent-Teacher Conferences, both viewings will conclude at the 10:48 AM dismissal time.

 Upon the student body’s return from the Thanksgiving holiday break, there will be follow-up lessons in each Physical Education class on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd. This lesson/discussion will help students to make connections between the film and their experiences, what students can do to help themselves and each other, and resources for students to take away with them. We hope that viewing this film helps our students, staff, faculty, parents, and the community take one step closer to making a change in the future.

 If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Santiago, the school social worker, at (631) 765-5400, ext. 350 or by email at





William R. Galati                                             Jessica Santiago

Principal                                                          Social Worker


November 5, 2013

  Dear Parents/Guardians:

 I am writing to inform you that an Emergency Evacuation Drill will be conducted with students at the Junior-Senior High School on Friday, November 15, 2013. The drill will take place during regular school hours and should take no more than one hour to complete.  In the event of inclement weather we request for students to dress accordingly as we still plan to host the drill.

 The purpose of having an emergency evacuation is in the event the district is subject to maintaining the questionable safety for students and staff as a result of an internal or external factor that can jeopardize the safety and welfare of all stakeholders.  This drill will educate students and staff with proactive measures as well as with safe and expedient procedures to follow in the event of an emergency.  With this being said, students and staff will be escorted off district grounds (by foot) to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Main Street until the district including, but not limited to, corresponding buildings and grounds have been deemed safe by local law enforcement personnel for both students and staff to return. Being that this drill is scheduled at the end of the day, students will be dismissed from St. Patrick’s RCC to board buses home (student walkers and students that have after school activities back on campus will also be dismissed at this time to either go home or return back to campus to attend activities).  Being that we are releasing students directly from St. Patrick’s RCC, please anticipate that your child might arrive home earlier than normal.

 Our goal is not to heighten student’s anxiety.  In that regard, the instructional staff will be discussing the purpose of this drill in advance with students.  I would appreciate it if you can take a few minutes at home with your children to reinforce the importance of conducting this drill prior to the planned drill on Friday, November 15th.

 Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation. In the interim, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Yours truly,

 William R. Galati

Junior-Senior High School Principal



Please note that all students will either be considered as walkers or will take the bus from St. Patrick’s.  If parents wish to pick up their child after the evacuation drill, please meet your child back on campus.




Interims, Report Cards and all essential parent information is posted on the Parent Portal.  Please access this site periodically for up-to-date information.  If you need assistance in accessing this site and/or receiving a log-in/password, please contact Mr. Ryan Case, Director of Educational Technology, at


Important Dates

November 15, 2013 – First Quarter Ends

November 22, 2013 – Report Cards posted on Parent Portal

November 25, 2013 – Parent/Teacher Conferences for grades 7/8  (Students dismissed at 10:48am)

November 26, 2013 – Parent/Teacher Conferences for grades 7-12 (Students dismissed at 10:48am)

November 27-29, 2013 – Thanksgiving Recess




A Message From The Principal

Mr. William R. Galati

 The school year is off to a great start and hard to believe that we are in the month of November.  Interim reports have been posted on the Parent Portal and before long, the first quarter will come to a close (November 15th) with an expected release of first quarter grades to be provided to families on the Parent Portal on/about November 22nd. Prior to the conclusion of the first quarter, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher and guidance counselor if you have any questions pertaining to the comments placed on your child’s progress report and the detailed academic progress of your child.  Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 25th (Grades 7-8 only) and November 26th (Grades 7-12) – please contact your child’s teachers to block time to meet on these dates.  Specific information related to parent – teacher conferences is posted as a memo to parents on the website or if you wish, kindly contact Mrs. Albertson for details.

 Our Middle School students enjoyed their first dance on Friday, October 25th.  The theme for the dance was Halloween – students enjoyed themselves dancing and bonding with their peers.  Appreciation is extended to Mr. Tulley, Middle School Student Council advisor in addition to the members of the middle school student council for hosting a successful and fun dance. 

 As you enter the building and walk the halls, please take notice of the exceptional student art work on display.  This is clear evidence of student learning.  Appreciation is given to Mr. Gosnell for giving his time in displaying this great work.  In addition, please support the theatre arts department and see our talented students perform The 39 Steps collaborative play this weekend at Greenport High School.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Ellwood or Mr. Rooney for details and show times.  We are currently in the Soccer and Football playoff season.  Please come out and support our boy’s and girl’s varsity teams as well as our Football team – please contact the Athletic Office for locations and times of scheduled games.   

 Effective November 1st, we welcome Mrs. Jeannine Contino to the main office staff.  Mrs. Contino is a familiar face serving previously as a substitute secretary in the Athletics’ Office last year and most recently as a greeter at the entrance to the building.  We congratulate and look forward to Mrs. Contino’s warm personality joining the main office clerical team.

 To best assess student preparedness to meet course and/or graduation requirements, students started the year by taking pre-assessments (and will continue) in most courses of study.  Data from pre-assessments are used to assess overall student growth leading to the final assessment to be administered at the conclusion of the school year.  If you have questions pertaining to specific pre-assessments that have been administered (or will be administered), please contact the teacher who is responsible for the administration of the specific assessment.

 We are excited to move forward with the integration of technology and in making many related upgrades.  As you can observe, many upgrades have been addressed already with regards to our district website and the roll-out of Gmail.  In addition, students in grades 7 and 8 have received Chrome books to further support them with their learning and high school students are bringing their own electronic devices into classrooms to further reinforce learning.  As the year progresses, additional upgrades will be forthcoming as the world of technology is on the move.

 On November 15th we will be conducting an off-campus evacuation drill.  A parent letter will be mailed home detailing specifics prior to engaging in the drill.

 For up-to-date and current information, please access my BLOG at – The BLOG contains relevant and pertinent information posted daily by teachers and myself.

 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 our global expectations to achieve now and in the future. 


Best regards, be safe and enjoy the fall!


Academic Department News

 Family & Consumer Science Department – Ms. Rizzo

 In 7th Grade Home and Career Skills 7th grade students made kale chips in class serving as an example of a healthy snack. The kale was a food ingredient from the school garden. The vegetable was brought in by Bryanna Bay a student on the garden committee.

 In Culinary Arts I students are making 48 pumpkin breads over the course of 2 weeks as a community service project for the Southold Rotary Club. The breads will be placed in baskets to be distributed to families in the community by the Rotary Club.


English 8 — CHROME BOOKS!  – Mrs. Ellwood

 As students continue to receive their chrome books, they are learning to create, share, and file Google documents pertaining to recent lessons on Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.  To improve the quality and sophistication of their writing, students are learning to use more effective transitions, more specific details, and stronger verbs and modifiers.  Students also continue to read novels independently or with partners.


Introduction to Middle School – Mrs. Dakis

 Mrs. Dakis and Ms. Cavallero have teamed up on a project for the Introduction to Middle School classes. They are having students register and use Career Zone to complete a personality and interest inventory; the site will use the information provided to assess each student’s strengths and weaknesses and then suggest different careers for the students that participate. Students will review the information, create a resume using Career Zone’s resume feature, and create a Google Presentation that explores three of Career Zone’s job recommendations and provides a pathway for embarking on said career (i.e. how much school is needed, what schools offer the career, and more).

Physical Education – Mr. Ellis

 Gary Prieto and Abigail Scharadin will be receiving the “Suffolk Zone” award.  This award is given to the top male and female physical education student from each school in Suffolk County.


Mrs. Santiago – School Social Worker

 Last week was National Teen Driver Safety Week. A vehicle involved in a distracted driving accident was placed on the front lawn of the school as a reminder to the students and community of the dangers of driving distracted. There were announcements made all week in reference to the dangers of driving while texting, eating, talking, reading, using substances, etc. Throughout the week, statistics were shared, contests were offered, and students had the ability to win prizes. On Wednesday, October 23rd students in grades 10-12 had an assembly with Karen Torres from the Texting Awareness Foundation. Mrs. Torres shared her personal story of how her life changed from a distracted driving accident. She also had students perform a few simple tasks to see how distraction and multi-tasking go hand-in-hand in affecting someone’s ability to drive safely. This powerful assembly also involved a former educator whose life changed when he chose to drive under the influence and hit another vehicle seriously injuring the other driver. He ultimately lost his job, went to jail, and currently still does not have a driver’s license. 

 On Thursday, October 24th students from the high school student governments, as well as, from the Interact, SADD and GSA clubs attended an assembly in Greenport. This assembly’s focus was on forgiveness and provided students with some real-life examples of how individuals have forgiven others for their wrong-doing. Bullying was the underlying theme of this program, as the speakers all shared a common denominator of having the “ultimate bully” in their lives. Students got to hear from a filmmaker, Therese Bartholomew, who filmed her journey in forgiving the killer of her younger brother. Her brother’s killer being the “ultimate bully” and making a choice to kill him in an argument rather than walk away. Two other filmmakers, Tamara Meyer and Sascha Schneider, presented their story of the meeting  of children of Nazi collaborators and the children of Holocaust victims. These meetings ultimately leading to individuals who were affected in life by another “ultimate bully,” Adolf Hitler. Students viewed the trailers to both films and listened to the history involved in the development of both movies. The message in the presentation to the students was their ability to forgive others and potentially forgive a bully rather than giving them even more power. 


News from the Athletic Department

 The upcoming playoff games are as follows:

 Girls Varsity Soccer on November 1, 2013 vs. Stony Brook at St. Joseph’s College at 5:30pm

Boys Varsity Soccer on November 2, 2013 vs. Pierson at Diamond in the Pines at 2:30pm

Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country on November 1, 2013 at Sunken Meadow Park at 2:30pm

 High School Winter Season begins on November 20, 2013. Student athletes need to hand their athletic contracts in by November 8, 2013. 

 Junior High School Winter Season Begins November 12, 2013. Student athletes need to hand in their completed contract to the athletic office by November 4, 2013. Parent meeting for JHS Early Winter is November 7, 2013 at 6pm in the district auditorium.