OCTOBER NEWSLETTER FROM PRINCIPAL GALATI

 

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 https://principalgalati.wordpress.com/ – 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. 

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