Monthly Archives: March 2014

Monthly Parent Newsletter -MARCH 2014

Monthly Parent Newsletter
March 2014
William R. Galati, Principal

Spring is here! Students have completed course requests for the 2014-2015 school year. Please expect for your child to share with you such requests and in the event you or your child wish to revise such selections, please schedule a meeting with your child’s guidance counselor for advisement.

As the warmer weather approaches, we request parents to review with their child our dress code expectation policy. Students are advised to dress appropriately for school daily. In the event students select to dress inappropriately, students will be requested to make contact with the home for a parent (guardian) to bring to school appropriate attire and/or will be provided with appropriate discipline if a pattern is observed.

The performance of the musical RENT was a huge success. Appreciation is extended to our students, parents, the Southold Community, the BOE and to our Superintendent for their support given to the Theatre Arts department in making this production a positive experience for our students.

The Robotics Team will be competing at Hofstra University this week – please come out and see our students in action and be introduced to the team’s robot. Appreciation is extended to our parents for their continued support and assistance in once again making this opportunity a reality for our students.

Students are expected to be in school daily. In the event students are absent, a parent (guardian) is expected to make contact with Mrs. Claudio, district attendance clerk, informing her with the reason for absence. As per our BOE attendance policy, students will be in jeopardy for loss of course credit if they accrue 12 or more absences for semester based courses / 24 or more absences for full year courses. Please reference the attendance policy or contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have questions.

Third quarter interim reports have been mailed and received home. As always, please review these reports to assess your child’s academic progress. If you have questions regarding your child’s overall achievement, I encourage you to contact your child’s guidance counselor as well as your child’s teachers. April 11th, the third quarter concludes with an expected release on The Parent Portal of third quarter report cards on/about April 25th.

6th Grade orientation for parents will be taking place on April 1st at 6pm in the district auditorium. Guidance Counselors will be sharing with parent’s related information pertaining to a 7th grade student’s schedule, after school opportunities and more. In the event parents are not available to attend, they are requested to contact the guidance office to either schedule a meeting with a counselor or request for information to be mailed home.

During the months of April through June, students in 7th and 8th grade will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT), ELA, mathematics, and science. Below, is the 7th and 8th grade State assessment schedule for your reference (a letter addressing the same has also been mailed).

2013-2014 Middle School State Assessment Schedule

Assessment Administration Dates Make-up Dates
NYSELAT Speaking April 9th – May 16th During Testing Window
Grades 7-8 English Language Arts (ELA) April 1st-3rd April 4th – 8th

Grades 7-8 Mathematics April 30th – May 2nd May 5th – 7th
NYSELAT Listening, Writing and Reading May 5th – 16th During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Performance Test May 21st (during class) During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Written June 2nd June 4th -5th

The State Education Department has also informed us that field testing will be taking place in select courses of study on the secondary level (Earth Science, Algebra II/Trig, and Geometry). A separate correspondence addressing this information has been mailed home.

June 3rd all students enrolled in Common Core Algebra (Accelerated grade 8 and Regents grade 9) will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Algebra. As of this date, the building will remain open for students in grades 8-12 to attend regularly scheduled classes (expect some displacement of classes/classrooms). Students that sit and take the Common Core Algebra Regents examination on June 3rd as per the NY State Education Department (SED) is allowing such students to sit for the Integrated Algebra Regents examination scheduled for June 20th (which is encouraged). As per guidance provided by SED, the higher of the scores attained will be recorded on student transcripts. Students that are not present on June 3rd to take the Common Core Regents examination will have to register to take the August administration of the examination at a district offering summer school. If a student misses the administration of the June 3rd Regents examination, they will not be considered to sit for the June 20th administration of the Integrated Algebra Regents examination. Expect in the weeks ahead a more detailed letter addressed to parents of 8th grade accelerated and 9th grade Regents students detailing expectations for June 3rd.

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a full day fishing trip on June 3rd on the Captain Eddie B III (insured United Coast Guard approved vessel) out of Captree State Park. The experience will support learning in biology, geography, oceanography and mathematics as well as support the philosophy of our advisory initiative aligned with team building and an authentic venue of learning. Students have been provided with a field trip permission slip to return to Mrs. Dakis. In the event parents have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Dakis, Ms. Cavallaro, or Mr. McGunnigle.

Coffee with the Principal has been rescheduled for April 8th at 9am in the Library Media Center. Members from the Robotics Team and DECA will be present to share with parents their achievements as well as a discussion pertaining to latest shifts in aspects of curriculum and more will be discussed.

The building Tech Squad has been given an assignment to help build a user friendly building webpage. Appreciation is given to students on the team for taking on this task where you will find all pertinent and up-to-date information pertaining to the secondary building at your fingertips.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and look forward to fostering a collaborative and meaningful relationship with parents/guardians to best support all students’ academic, social, and emotional development. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts, sports events, and district events.

For additional information highlighting the great programs and offerings to students at Southold Junior-Senior High School, please access my BLOG at

Have a safe and relaxing April vacation!

Department News

Business Department – Mrs. Williams

2014 Southold DECA State Team
Back Row: Steven Amato, Mrs. Williams, Willow Sutton, Rachel Burns, Raeann Berry, Emily Pressler, Logan Pfister, Gus Rymer, Shannon Quinn, Greg Quist, Aidan Walker, Walker Sutton & Jessica Rizzo
Table: Zach Ellis, Will Tondo, Kenji Fujita, Sean Moran, Drew Sacher, Jackie Davey, Alexandra Small & Mike Ryan
The Southold DECA Club participated in the 2014 DECA state competition in Rochester, NY last week March 4, 5, 6 & 7. The students did an amazing job. We had six students place in top three slots.

First Place State Winner
Will Tondo – Sales Demonstration
Second Place State Winners
Gus Rymer – Public Service Advertising
William Bucci – Wholesale Selling
Third Place State Winners
Shannon Quinn – Visual Advertising
Jessica Rizzo – Decision Making
Drew Sacher – Marketing Decision Making

Top Ten State Finalist
Steven Amato – Public Speaking Prepared
Jackie Davey – Sales Demonstration
Sean Moran – Broadcast Advertising
Logan Pfister- Public Service Visual Advertising
Greg Quist – Wholesale Selling
Mike Ryan – Business Finance Services
Walker Sutton – Food Marketing Services
Aidan Walker – Marketing Management
Guidance Department – Mr. Crimi / Ms. Cavallaro

The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT, has announced plans to introduce major changes to the standardized test that was once an entry requirement for college-bound students. The redesigned SAT draws on research-based evidence that defines the knowledge and skills that are most essential for readiness and success. Developed in collaboration with college and K-12 educators, the redesigned SAT will reflect the work students do in class that best prepares them for college and career success. The sweeping revisions were unveiled by David Coleman, President of the College Board, who also is the architect of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Coleman said the SAT should offer worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles. The new version will be rolled out in 2016.

Some highlights of the changes are:

-The new SAT will being in 2016.
– Scoring does not deduct points for incorrect answers (rights-only scoring). Students are encouraged to select the best answer to every question.
-Essay is optional.
-Score scale of 1600 with separate score for Essay.
-SAT available in paper and digital forms.

To see a complete and thorough comparison of the current and future SAT exam, please refer to the following link:

For further information, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Family & Consumer Science Department – Ms. Rizzo

Culinary Arts I Course : Culinary students under the guidance of Ms. Rizzo worked on a community service project and transformed 13 loaves of sliced bread into homemade croutons that were donated to the Southold and Greenport Garden Committee’s ” Souper Bowl ” fundraiser event that was held on Sunday , March 3rd at Greenport High School. Ms. Rizzo volunteered to help and serve delicious soups to supportive community members. The event was a great success. It is great when educators can create and connect a real life experience into a teachable moment.

From the Health Office – Mrs. O’Day / Mrs. Amato

March 19th was National Kick Butts Day. This is a day of activism where students can take a stand against the tobacco industry. The health office is bringing better awareness of the effects of teen smoking. We are encouraging students to stay tobacco- free. For those students who use tobacco, the nurses requested them to trade in their cigarette for a prize.

Each day 3,000 children smoke their first cigarette. Of these 3,000 teens, tobacco will prematurely kill at least 20,000 before the age of 70. At least 3 million adolescents are smokers. Twenty percent of American teens smoke. Teenagers who smoke are three times more likely to use alcohol, eight times more likely to smoke marijuana and twenty-two times more likely to use cocaine. More than 90 percent of adult smokers started when they were teens. It is important to know the facts and realize that cigarette smoking is one of the most harmful things you can do to your body.

Mathematics Department – Ms. Bumble

Common Core Algebra is using a new program called Learner Pal to review concepts taught in class. Students are now able to access an on-line database full of questions to review topics taught this year.

The benefit of the program is the immediate feedback you receive when practicing. An actual teacher is describing the answers step- by- step when you miss a question. Each multiple choice answer is discussed telling you why it is incorrect. The program also utilizes a virtual graphing calculator. The program is teaching students to use the calculator as a tool to verify whether an answer is correct and also discusses the application of the graphing calculator in class.

Check out the site for information regarding Common Core Algebra Standards and practice.

Robotics (Technology) – Mr. Caputo

After a Six week intense build season, Southold’s Robot “Thor”, named for the robot’s hammer style shooter; competed last week against 38 upstate teams at New York’s Tech Valley FIRST Robotics competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

After numerous qualifying matches on Thursday and Friday, Team 870 placed 9th overall. We were able to bump up to the 7th place and pick teams from Hauppauge, NY and Cambridge, NY. Our alliance went up against the 2nd seeded team and won. We were able to make it into the quarter finals before losing. Our team did an amazing job and performed exceptionally well, we placed 3rd of 39 teams. Our students had a great experience and Mr. Wesnofske and I could not be more proud. We are now preparing for our next event, the Long Island Regional. Our team is making minor adjustments to our robot over the next week, to get ready for what is sure to be a tough competition. Wish us luck!