MONTHLY PARENT NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 2014

Monthly Parent Newsletter
April 2014
William R. Galati, Principal

I hope this correspondence finds all well and enjoying the nice spring weather we have experienced this week.

The third quarter has come to a close and grades have been posted to the Parent Portal with related comments. Please review the information received on your child’s report card with your child as it is expected that all students are achieving appropriately in all courses of study. It is imperative to make contact with your child’s teachers and certainly with their guidance counselor if you desire any clarification with information shared on the report card as well as to assist you with any strategies to best assist your child in achieving a level of mastery in their studies.

Before long, the end of the school year will be upon us. Please be mindful that the last day of instruction will take place on Monday, June 16th. June 17th we begin final / Regents examinations. A formalized testing schedule will be posted for families on our webpage and students will be provided with a hard copy in the weeks leading to the end of the school year. It is expected that all students are in attendance during such testing. The official conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year is June 27th with our High School graduation to follow on June 28th.

Members of the instructional staff and myself will be participating in a book discussion centered on Professional Capital; Transforming Teaching in Every School. It is the designated hope that through reading the text and engaging in detailed discussion as a learning community that we will be enriched with inspirational educational alternatives to educate and assess student learning. Additionally, this venture is in keeping with the district vision; most specific to instruction aligned with 21st century skills, sustaining a culture of inquiry, performance based / problem solving strategies, integration of cross curricula content, and more.

Appreciation is extended to Mr. Santiago and members of our faculty that chaperoned the Europe trip – students and chaperones had a great experience!

On Thursday afternoon Mrs. Santiago hosted a parent / student meeting in preparation for the Junior Prom. The prom will be taking place on Friday, May 16th. In the event your child has intentions of attending the prom and you were not available to attend this meeting, it is important to make contact with Mrs. Santiago to receive prom related details and expectations.

Prior to the conclusion of the school year we expect to continue to practice school safety policies through engaging in lockdown drills, fire drills and an off-campus evacuation drill. In the event an off-campus drill is planned prior to the conclusion of the school year, please expect related information to be posted on the building webpage and a mailing detailing such to take place.

As discussed at various forums, over the next couple of years we will be making a series of structural upgrades to the Junior-Senior High School. Please expect a letter to be posted on the district webpage from Mr. Harrison, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Mrs. Brandenberger, Transportation and Food Service Coordinator informing you to the first of many developments to take place pertaining to the renovation of the school cafeteria and kitchen.

Congratulations to Mr. Gosnell and to all student artists that have put together an exceptional display of student art work at the Southold Free Library and be amazed as you see our student’s artistic talents on display. The exhibit will be on display through the month of April.

With the warm weather approaching it is expected that all students are dressed in accordance and abide to the BOE approved Southold UFSD dress code. If students are in questionable and/or inappropriate attire, students will be meeting with Mr. Brostowski, Dean of Students where appropriate discipline will be awarded. In the event you need a copy of the policy, please don’t hesitate to call the high school office.

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 (the social studies State assessment has been eliminated). Below, is the 7th and 8th grade State assessment schedule for your reference outlining remaining State Assessments to be administered (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 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) as well as in 8th grade ELA. A separate correspondence addressing this information has been mailed home.

Some Reminders

1. Common Core Algebra (Grade 8 Accelerated and Grade 9)

On 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. The building will remain open for students in grades 7-12 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. A letter detailing the above should have been received in the mail this week. In the event you wish to receive additional clarity, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s mathematics teacher or guidance counselor.

2. 7th Grade Field Trip – 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. This great opportunity has been supported through Arts-in-Ed funding. In the event parents have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Dakis, Ms. Cavallaro, or Mr. McGunnigle.

3. Student Daily Attendance

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. Families also have the opportunity to view their child’s attendance daily through the Parent Portal.

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

Department / Activity-Club News

Mrs. Williams, Business Department
JUNIOR CLASS JOB SHADOW DAY
On Friday – April 4, 2014 58 students from the junior class participated in Job Shadow Day. The placements of the students were based on their career interests and we matched student to business for the day. Some of the businesses participating were ELIH, Mullen Motor, Peconic Landing, Atlantis Marine World, Leiblien Associates, The Market, Channel 12 News, Plum Island, Lucas Ford, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Southold Town Police Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, San Simeon Nursing Home and many teachers from Greenport, Southold and Mattituck.
The day was a huge success and already two students have secured summer jobs.
The students sent thank you letters to their mentors for the day and expressed many thanks for a day well spent.

Mrs. Santiago, Social Worker / Junior Class and SADD Advisor

6th Grade Shadow Day:
On May 7, 2014, the junior high school will be hosting 6th Grade Shadow Day. During this time, the 6th grade students will be broken up into groups and will follow a four period schedule rotation. Each group will be led by two 7th grade students who will help their 6th grade shadows move through the building and get to the classes that they will be observing. In addition, the 6th grade students will join the 7th graders for special hero lunch provided by PTA and the SADD Club. The 6th graders will end the afternoon with a tour of the building with their group leaders, as well as, a brief question and answer session with Mrs. Santiago and Mr. Brostowski.

Junior Prom:
On May 16, 2014, the Class of 2015 will be hosting the Junior Prom 2014 at Brecknock Hall. This year’s theme is Great Gatsby and we are hoping that students will dress to impress from that era.

This year’s junior class officers have worked hard to have this year’s event in a unique venue that is filled with class and history. This is the first prom to be sponsored at Brecknock Hall and the junior class officers have been spending extra time insuring that the historic appearance and beautiful decor of the mansion be maintained for this event.

This year’s pre-prom event will be held at the venue from 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM. Students and parents can take this time to capture photographs in front of this beautiful mansion. Parents/guardians will be expected to drop off their child at Brecknock Hall for prom by 6:45 PM, but mandatory school transportation will be provided on the way back to Southold HIgh School at the conclusion of the event. No students will be permitted to drive their own vehicle and park at the venue.

A lot of fundraising and planning has gone into this year’s prom and we hope that each and every student that attends will find this event to be a perfect mix of 1920’s meets 2014.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD):
This year, the SADD Club has sponsored a year-long distracted driver education program called “Drive Wise.” It began with a week-long event in October that placed a crashed vehicle on the front lawn of the high school. An assembly program was also offered to students in grades 10-12 where two speakers shared their story about how distracted driving has affected their lives.

In addition to the events in October, the SADD Club has recently placed lawn signs sharing their message, “Don’t Drive Distracted…Drive Wise” along Oaklawn Avenue. These signs will also be displayed in town by businesses that are helping to sponsor our “Project Take-Out” initiative. Project Take-out is a way to spread our message deeper in the community and places stickers on local take-out bags and containers. Driving distracted can be anything from eating, cell phone use, drinking, drug use, talking to passengers, reading a map, smoking, putting on make-up, as well as, many other forms of distraction that takes our attention off the road. Please visit http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html to read some eye opening statistics on driving distracted in the United States.

Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science / Advisor – Middle School Yearbook

Junior High Yearbook: Sales for yearbook are $20.00 each. Please orders soon as sales are limited. If you want your child to purchase a yearbook, please have your child pick up an order form from Ms. Rizzo room 13.

Ms Rizzo and the College Culinary Arts I students are visiting the Blue Duck Bakery in Southold on Friday, April 25th. Mr. Kouris, the bakery owner will explain to the students how a local bakery operates in our community. We will taste some delicious food samples the bakery sells to the public.

Mr. Myers, ELL Teacher

On Friday, April 11th, Mr. Myers and the ESL class hosted a forum of former students who came to talk to the current students about their experiences coming to the U.S. and studying at Southold.

Three siblings, Mayela, Jorge and Gerber Sandoval answered questions and offered advice to the current crop of English Language Learners, or ELL’s, whose ears were absolutely glued to every word and every piece of advice the former students gave.

The event was a smashing success and worked to motivate the students to work hard, study hard and find success not only in high school, but in life. Mr. Myers hopes that this will be the first of many such annual events.

Gerber, Jorge and Mayela Sandoval

Mr. Crimi, Guidance

Important Guidance related dates:

May

3 SAT and SAT Subject Tests (Southold Junior-Senior High School)
7 EECA Spring College Fair 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Westhampton Beach H.S.)
5-9 Summer Driver Education Registration (in the Guidance Office)
5 AP Environmental Science Exam – 8:00 a.m. (Southold Public Library)
7 AP Calculus Exam – 8:00 a.m. ((Southold Public Library)
8 AP English Literature Exam – 8:00 a.m. (American Legion)
9 AP English Language and Composition – 8:00 a.m. (American Legion)
9 SAT Registration Deadline for June SAT and SAT Subject Tests
9 ACT Registration Deadline for June ACT at Southold Junior-Senior High School
13 AP Government and Politics Exam – 8:00 a.m. (St. Patrick’s Church)
14 AP US History Exam – 8:00 a.m. (American Legion)

Ms. Gilmore, LOTE Teacher

French:
On Friday, April 11th, students in French travelled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. They toured the sections of European paintings and saw works by Delacroix, Manet, Daumier, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Seurat and Van Gogh among many others. They also saw sculptures by Rodin and a special exhibit on mid -twentieth century photographs of the city of Paris. After the museum tour, students walked up to the French restaurant, “Demarchelier” on 86th street where their prix – fix options included coq au vin, bouillabaisse, mousse au chocolat and croque monsieur. The day was a visual and gastronomical feast!

Daisy Rymer entered her poem “Printemps” into The American Association of French Teacher’s annual “concours de poesie”. Daisy will hear the results from the judges in late May. Bonne Chance Marguerite!

Jake McCarthy, Grace Bruer, Abby Cacovic and Markis Croteau participated in another annual event sponsored by The American Association of French Teachers (AATF) Every year there is a series of multi level “concours”, competitive exams, given all over the US and Canada. Almost 94,000 students took the exams in April. Students in the top 50th percentile receive a ”certificat de reussite”, Jake McCarthy placed in the 70th percentile nationwide and will receive his “certificat” soon. Congratulations to all the students who opted to challenge themselves by competing nationwide on this difficult standardized assessment.

Ashley Hilary received a certificate of recognition for her participation on The Long Island Language teachers’ poster contest. The theme, “Unmask Cultures, Be a Polyglot” was beautifully illustrated by Ashley.

Ms. Gilmore / Mrs. Salmaggi – Co-advisors
Interact:
Purple Pinkie Day is coming! Get your dollar ready to help us eradicate polio. Come to the gym on May 22nd during your lunch period and get your pinkie painted purple for a dollar and save one child from this crippling disease.

Interact’s Annual Blood Drive is also on Thursday, May 22nd in the high school gym. Please consider donating if you are 17 or older; the drive runs from 10 am until 4 pm. If you are 16 you need parental permission to donate, see Ms. Gilmore or Mrs. Salmaggi for a permission form. Everyone needs an id to donate. Please encourage friends, neighbors, relatives, alumni and your parents to come out and donate. The drive runs until 4pm to accommodate non-school personnel.

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