Monthly Archives: February 2014

Parent Newsletter for February 2014

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

The second semester is in full swing. Second quarter report cards have been mailed home – 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. As a reminder, interim reports and quarterly report cards can be accessed through our Parent Portal which is part of our School Management System – Eschool. In the event you need to gain Parent Portal access, please contact Mr. Ryan Case, Director of Educational Technology. If you prefer a hard copy of such reports, please contact your child’s guidance counselor who will provide you with the essential information.

Mr. Crimi and Ms. Cavallaro have completed meeting with students in their respective social studies classes informing students of the 2014-2015 course offerings and related scheduling process for the 2014-2015 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) to assist and guide them (and parents) in making course selections for the 2014-2015 school year. Both Programs of Study can also be reviewed on our web-page as well as on the guidance web-page for reference. 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.

Congratulations to senior Gary Prieto who has received a Certificate of Merit as he has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program of 2014. This recognition is awarded to Gary as he has demonstrated distinguished performance for present and future academic accomplishments.

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 their accomplishments. It is our intention not just to recognize a small percentage of our student body, 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 mailed home. 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 1st – April 3rd
Mathematics – April 30th – May 2nd
Science – Written – June 2nd and Performance Assessment – (Tentatively) May 21st

Chromebooks have arrived and are being distributed to students in grade 9. Currently, students in grades 7, 8 and 9 have Chromebooks with intentions for additional grades to receive Chromebooks during the 2014-2015 school year to best support student learning and instruction.

Continued and on-going professional development has been provided to teachers in Common Core State Learning Standards (with a deep focus on ELA, mathematics, science and instructional best practices). New teachers continue to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Nancy Doda (independently) with a focus this year on instructional best practices, Common Core expectations and middle school instructional techniques. Teachers in mathematics will be working with Larry Farrell and teachers in science will continue their learning with Scott McMullen.

On Tuesday, April 1st at 9:00am we will host Coffee with the Principal. This forum will take place in the library where we will showcase student extra curricula achievement in DECA and Robotics along with discussing new and existing NY State Education Department academic shifts/expectations.

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

Department News

Business Department (Mrs. Williams)

Twenty-one students are moving on to the State competitions in Rochester, NY during the Week of March 3, 2014. Students are currently studying and practicing and we hope to bring home some additional winners.

JOB SHADOW- Friday April 4, 2014
The junior class has been informed of the upcoming Job Shadow Day on Friday, April 4, 2014. Students can shadow a profession / career interest of their choice. If the student has a connection to a career interest they should bring me that information. If they do not have a connection they are to fill out the form they received and we will try to get them a placement. If your business would like to take a student or two for the day please email me at .

Music Department

Registration for the spring NYSSMA festivals is currently underway. Registration forms were handed out to students during the week of February 10th. All registration forms and checks are due to your child’s music teacher by Friday, February 28th. Checks should be made out to “Southold Schools”. Additional copies of the registration forms can be downloaded from the music department website at:

NYSSMA Festival Dates are as follows:
Jazz NYSSMA Festival – Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th at West Islip
Local NYSSMA Festival (Level I – VI, No Piano) – Wednesday, April 30th at Mattituck
All State and Piano NYSSMA Festival – Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd at Shoreham – Wading River.

Family and Consumer Science (Ms. Rizzo)

The College Culinary Arts class just completed their annual meal project. The students planned a fantastic meal for 20 people. The menu consisted of Chicken Cordon Bleu, red roasted potatoes with rosemary, green style spinach salad, egg noodles, fresh steamed spinach, baked zucchini pasta dish, Swedish meatballs, crab vegetable dip, and spinach artichoke dip. The delicious part of the meal was the dessert choices of mini cheesecakes with a fresh raspberry sauce, and molten chocolate lava cakes.