Monthly Archives: September 2014


A Message From The Principal
Mr. William R. Galati
September 2014

The 2014-2015 school year is off to a great start. We welcomed students on September 3rd with a Welcome Back Breakfast supported by the student council followed by hosting student accountability assembly programs where a review of building and student academic expectations in addition to aspects of the Dignity Act were addressed. On September 4th we hosted Open House where families had the opportunity to follow their child’s schedule and meet with their child’s teachers to receive a brief summary of course expectations and more. In the event you were not able to attend Open House, please email your child’s teachers to receive a course syllabus and other pertinent information distributed/discussed during that evening.

High school spirit week and homecoming took place last week – a fun and exciting time was had by all. On Friday, September 12th the Student Council sponsored their first Senior High School dance for the year. The theme for the dance was a “Glow Dance”. Congratulations to Coach Sadowski and to the boy’s soccer team who defeated The Stony Brook School at our homecoming game on Saturday, September 13th. Please visit our district website to gain additional insight and information pertaining to our districts sports programs and fall sports team accomplishments.

We welcome Mr. Matthew Pfister to the technology department instructing students in technology 7 and 8, Technology 2, DDP, and a new elective in Robotics. We also welcome as leave replacements Ms. Wendy Polhemus-Annibell and Mr. Joe DiGirolomo who will assist students in our Library until the return of Mira Dougherty-Johnson in late December and welcome Ms. Denise McKeon as a leave replacement in speech.

State Assessment results in mathematics, ELA and science have been posted on the Parent Portal. We will no longer be mailing detailed student reports summarizing student achievement on State Assessments. In the event you have concerns pertaining to access to the Parent Portal, please contact Mr. Ryan Case at Questions pertaining to results can be discussed with your child’s ELA/mathematics teacher(s) or guidance counselor.

Southold Junior-Senior High School students are encouraged to make the most of their Junior-Senior High School years through our diverse academic offerings as well as through participation in extra-curricula activities and athletics. A current offering of extra curricula activities will be provided to students as well as posted on the principal webpage for reference. Questions pertaining to specific extra curricula activities should be directed to advisors of such activities by email.

A rigorous, challenging, and meaningful curriculum is provided to students and supplemented outside of the classroom with a plethora of enrichment activities that help students develop into well-rounded individuals. To further support students in their overall academic development, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher to assess their overall progress, schedule appointments with teachers to attend parent-teacher conferences (November 24th – MS and November 25th – MS/HS) and for students to attend extra help that is offered daily from 2:30pm-2:45pm. Interim Reports will no longer be mailed – reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about October 7th. Please review comments shared on the report and if you desire any clarification, please contact your child’s subject-specific teacher or guidance counselor. Additionally, parents now have access to Grade-Book as posted on the Parent Portal detailing grades students earn on assignments, assessments, and more. Please know that both Mr. Brostowski (Athletic Director/ Dean of Students) as well as myself are always available to meet with you to best support you and your child in their overall development (academic, social, and emotional) at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

Ongoing professional development is taking place with Gmail and Chromebook applications to best support teacher’s use of technology within the delivery of their lessons. In addition, teachers within the mathematics department will participate in a series of professional development sessions spanning the year in Common Core Algebra and Geometry and instructional best practices. We believe that such professional development is essential to best inform our teachers of the most recent trends and shifts in curricula design, implementation, assessment, and more to best prepare students to meet and exceed State and district expectations as well as in preparing students to meet career and college readiness requirements.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. It is essential that we continue to establish and sustain a collaborative relationship (with all stakeholders) to foster a meaningful and valuable education for all students at Southold schools. Please like us on Facebook, read my blog, and review information posted on the building webpage to be connected with our school. Have a great year!

-Department Snapshots-

Business Department
Mrs. Williams
College Preparation:
The college prep classes are busy researching colleges in Naviance, creating their resumes, asking teachers for letters of recommendation and beginning the Common App. They are all very excited about the college selection process.
College Accounting – 3 college credits via SUNY Farmingdale
Most of the 20 students in this class have opted to take it for college credits. It is a “Win-Win” opportunity for students. The fee is $140 for one course and the credits are transferable to any SUNY school and many private schools. Taking college level courses also looks very good on the student’s resume and college applications. We are already on chapter 4 and immersing ourselves in debits and credits.
College Computers – Microsoft Office XP – 3 college credits via SUNY Farmingdale
In this course students will be learning the integrated Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Publisher. Not only will the students be equipped with the necessary computer skills needed for college and the workforce they can bypass the college computer course that most colleges require.
Mentor Breakfast – October 24, 2014 Peconic Landing
The local business community, as well as, the residents of Peconic Landing will be donating their time and share stories of their career paths with our students. It will be a breakfast where the students can ask questions while they are matched with business people of similar career interests.
DECA – Distributive Club of America – Business Marketing Club
DECA membership is under way. Our President, Will Tondo, is working hard to bring in many new members to our club for the 2014 – 2015 year. We will be attending the regional competition on January 7, 2015 and the State competition for approximately 20 members March 3rd – 6th In Rochester, NY.

The Drama Club
Mrs. Ellwood / Mr. Rooney


Rehearsals have begun for our fall comedy, Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water starring 20 Southold and Greenport students from grades 7-12. Show dates are October 24 & 25 @ 7:00pm and 26 @ 2:00pm. You won’t want to miss it! The comedy is directed by Casey Rooney and Jessica Ellwood. More info to come…

Nurses Office
Mrs. O’Day / Mrs. Amato
Enterovirus Illness

The New York State Department of Health has issued an advisory related to the respiratory virus known as enterovirus. This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization.

This virus is transmitted through close contact with a person who is already infected, and/or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes. There is no specific treatment or anti-viral medications available.

The following guidelines are preventative efforts to minimize the spread of the virus:
– Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
– Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
– Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with others
– Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
– Use the same precautions used to prevent the spread of influenza
Symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches. Most infected persons have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious especially for those students with compromised respiratory systems.
Students exhibiting any of the above symptoms should remain at home and be seen by their health care provider. If your child is diagnosed with this virus please alert your school nurse.

Guidance Department
Mr. Crimi / Ms. Cavallaro

Please keep in mind the following important dates for Guidance related activities:

30 Late Registration Deadline for October SAT and SAT Subject Tests


1-6 PSAT Sign-Up for 10th & 11th Graders
3 Late Registration Deadline for October ACT
5 N.A.C.A.C. National College Fair (Nassau Coliseum) – 11:00 – 3:00
9 Registration Deadline for November SAT and SAT Subject Tests
11 SAT and SAT Subject Tests
18 PSAT 7:45 a.m. (10th and 11th graders) – Southold Jr. /Sr. High School
25 ACT Exam
28 Late Registration for November SAT and SAT Subject Tests

The Southold High School guidance department would like to make all 11th and 12th grade students and parents aware of an upcoming college seminar called Choosing the Right College.

The seminar will take place on September 30, 2014 beginning at 6 pm at Greenport High School.

This seminar will give you a clear understanding of the different types of colleges, how to find the right fit for you, and the best way to choose a college that will offer you the most opportunities to interact with college faculty.

Any student that has interest in attending should sign up with their guidance counselor prior to September 30th.

For more information, please come to the guidance office.

Art Department
Mr. Gosnell

For the month of September, the high school art classes recognized 9/11 with an art project that honored the fallen and the survivors of the terrorist attack in 2001. In groups, students discussed what 9/11 means to them, what they know about it and where their families were when it occurred. Afterwards, students created their 9/11 art projects which are on display in the main hallway of our school. Come and view the works of art!

Allessandra Ramirez

Juliane VanGorden

Music Department
Mrs. Grathwohl, Mrs. Baumann and Mr. Himmelmann

Congratulations to Natalie Hocker, Michaela Manno, and Aidan Walker for being selected to perform in the NYSCAME Area All State Festival. Natalie will be singing with the Women’s Choir, Michaela with the Mixed Choir, and Aidan will be playing cello in the Orchestra. Natalie and Aidan are also alternates for the NYSSMA All State Festival.