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.




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