Monthly Archives: October 2014


Monthly Parent Newsletter
October 2014
William R. Galati, Principal

The school year is off to a great start. Student art work can be found displayed in the halls – relevant classroom discussions leading to meaningful learning is currently taking place in the classroom – students are becoming more proficient in the use of technology to support and complement their learning – meaningful field experiences have been planned and have taken place to support learning -just a few examples of what is taking place daily at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

Interim reports have been posted on the Parent Portal and before long, the first quarter will come to a close (November 7th) with an expected release of first quarter grades to be provided to families on the Parent Portal on/about November 14th. Prior to the conclusion of the first quarter, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher and guidance counselor if you have any questions pertaining to the comments placed on your child’s progress report and the detailed academic progress of your child. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 24th (Grades 7-8 only) and November 25th (Grades 7-12) – please contact your child’s teachers to block time to meet on these dates. Specific information related to parent – teacher conferences is posted as a memo to parents on the website or if you wish, kindly contact Mrs. Albertson for details.

As always, appreciation is extended to our PTA for coordinating, planning and running the Scholastic Book Fair. Students with their teachers visited and purchased books and accessories with profits coming back to benefit our school and our students.

Our Middle School students enjoyed their first dance on Friday, October 17th. The theme for the dance was Halloween – students enjoyed themselves dancing and bonding with their peers. Appreciation is extended to Mr. Tulley, Middle School Student Council advisor in addition to the members of the middle school student council for hosting a successful and fun dance.

We are currently in the Soccer playoff season. Please come out and support our boy’s and girl’s varsity teams – please contact the Athletic Office for locations and times of scheduled games.

To best assess student preparedness to meet course and/or graduation requirements, students started the year by taking pre-assessments (and will continue) in most courses of study. Data from pre-assessments are used to assess overall student growth leading to the final assessment to be administered at the conclusion of the school year. If you have questions pertaining to specific pre-assessments that have been administered (or will be administered), please contact the teacher who is responsible for the administration of the assessment.

For up-to-date and current information, please access my BLOG at – The BLOG contains relevant and pertinent information posted daily by teachers and myself. Additionally, like us on Facebook to receive current news and information.

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 our global expectations to achieve now and in the future.

Best regards, be safe and enjoy the fall!

Academic Department News

Family and Consumer Science Department
Ms. Rizzo

Students in the College Level Culinary Arts I course are using fresh basil to make pesto. The ingredients were picked by Ms. Rizzo from the school garden. We have already used the fresh parsley that was picked last week from the school garden in our homemade red roasted pepper humus in our food lab practical’s. Thank you to the many garden parents, teachers and students that help to make the school garden a successful source of food ingredients students can use in classroom lessons.

Library Media Center

Mrs. Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, School Librarian

The PTA and Jr. /Sr. High School Library are pleased to announce that the Annual Scholastic Book Fair will take place on October 21-23 in the Jr. /Sr. High School Library. All proceeds will benefit the PTA and our school library!

To assist high school students and faculty in developing CCS primary and secondary source research skills, the library is working to update its local history collection. New to the library’s collection (so far) will be a number of engaging resources by Long Island history scholars, including:
Benjamin Tallmadge in the Revolutionary War, by Richard Welch (McFarland & Co., 2014).
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island, by Mac K. Griswold (Farrar, 2013).
The Unkechaug Indians of Eastern Long Island – A History, by John A. Strong (Univ. of Oklahoma, 2011).
Women in Long Island’s Past: A History of Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives, by Natalie Naylor (History Press, 2012).
Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement, by Antonia Petrash (History Press, 2013).

In addition, a lovely collection of six butterfly and hummingbird gardening books has been donated by Joel Ritman for the library’s butterfly garden reference collection. These books can be found in the 639 nonfiction section of the library.

Theatre Arts
Mr. Rooney and Mrs. Ellwood

Southold-Greenport Drama Clubs present:
Don’t Drink the Water
by Woody Allen

October 24 & 25 @ 7:00
October 26 @ 2:00

Tickets $10/$6 available at the Southold Free Library and at the door.
Poster by Lily Saeli

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

The music department will begin their annual fruit fundraiser this month. The fruit comes in 10, 20, and 40 pound boxes of oranges, red grapefruit, and mixed cartons. The quality of the fruit is excellent and is picked and delivered at the height of the season to ensure freshness. You can purchase from any music student or online and ender ID # 891602. All orders will be shipped to the school in early December. The fundraiser helps defray the cost of the Music in the Parks Competition in the spring.

Social Work Office
Mrs. Swezey and Mrs. O’Reilly

October is a busy month for the social work department. Mrs. O’Reilly and Mrs. Swezey, interim social workers, are collaborating with the junior high school teachers to bring awareness to Bullying. The seventh grade students made posters to promote Blue Shirt Day for October 6, 2014, which is the World Day to Stomp Out Bullying. On October 6th, many students and staff members wore Blue Shirts to promote bullying prevention. We pushed into both the seventh grade and eight grade classes to talk about how to recognize bullying and cyber bullying and how to report it. The students participated in activities that promote a bully free culture within our school. The lessons also focused on building others up verses tearing others down.

Red ribbon week, which promotes drug and alcohol prevention, is another important week in October, which all students were encouraged to participate. Students Against Destructive Decisions worked on a pledge banner for all students to sign with this year’s theme, Love Yourself, Be Drug Free. The PTA donated Health and Wellness bracelets for all students who make the pledge to remain drug free. The students participated in themes each day of the week such as wearing red to bring awareness to drug prevention, wearing patriotic colors for a Drug Free America, wearing college attire and Southold School attire for Be Smart, Don’t do Drugs, sport jerseys for Team up Against Drugs, and Halloween costumes for Don’t let drugs trick you.


September 2014

ART –Lily Saeli-(Mr. Gosnell)
This month’s recipient for Student of the Month is Lily Saeli. Lily is a fantastic art student and did a beautiful job on her Nature Drawing project and Surreal Eye project, both may be seen in the main hallway of the high school. She puts 110% effort into her projects and always does a great job on her art homework. Congratulations Lily!

NJROTC ––John Bertschi- Senior Chief Turner
The Cadet of the month for September is Cadet John Bertschi. John is maintaining a 100% academic average and he spends countless hours working in the Supply department. He volunteers his weekends at almost every NJROTC event and he always wears an impeccable uniform on uniform day. John’s loyalty to the corps of cadets and the unit reflects great credit upon himself and the overall success of this program. It is with great pride and pleasure that we recognize John Bertschi as NJROTC Cadet of the Month for September 2014.

ESL –Anderson Garcia- (Mr. Meyers)
In only his first month here at Southold High School, Anderson has already made an impression on both his teachers and his fellow students. Though he isn’t even close to mastering English yet, he’s already proven that he has both the skills and the desire to learn. If he continues on working the way he does, he’ll be absorbing our language in no time, and then it’ll be on to master the rest of his subjects.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Alexi Saenz-(Ms. Rinaudo)
Alexi is a top physical education student and a fitness leader. He is almost always the first to finish the warm up run. Alexi is a true pleasure to have in class. Keep up the good work.

ENGLISH – Zach Gibbs-(Mr. Stahl)
Zach has shown incredible initiative in the new Lights, Sound, Camera, Action elective. Both in and out of class he has used his editing skills to produce professional broadcasts. We can thank Zach for u-streaming the pre Spirit Day video to all of the homerooms and we look forward to his production of more new and innovative programs.

BUSINESS EDUCATION– Will Tondo –(Mrs. Williams)
Will has come into his senior year with much energy and excitement. He is this year’s DECA president and is bringing many new students into our club. His organization with his college applications are exemplary. I think Will is an amazing asset to the Business Department and I am sure he is going to have a great senior year.

MATH-Bradley Mellas-(Ms. Bumble)
Bradley Mellas is the math student of the month. Brad is prepared for class and is working hard to succeed in math.

ORCHESTRA- Jake McCarthy-(Mrs. Grathwohl)
Jake volunteered to remain in the second violin section this year and is the clear section leader. He has attended after school sessions and has independently learned some very difficult bow techniques. Jake is always willing to do whatever is needed for the success of the orchestra.

September 2014

ART –Kat Kilcommons-(Mr. Gosnell)
This month’s recipient for Student of the Month is Kat Kilcommons. Kat did superior work on all of her art assignments and completed all of her homework this quarter. Kat is a great art student overall. Congratulations Kat Kilcommons!

ENGLISH –John Judge-(Mrs. Dakis)
John has been an active class participant since the first day of school. He is always prepared for class and brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to every lesson. John works hard to be the best he can be and is an inspiration to his peers.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION—Cole Brigham—(Ms. Mulrain)
Cole Brigham is always a willing learner. He comes to class ready to participate in any activity and encourages his classmates to try their best. Cole is not only a willing learner but has displayed excellent listening skills over the past few weeks. His attitude towards physical education and learning in general is an inspiration to those around him!

ORCHESTRA- Emma Quarty-Whittington-(Mrs. Grathwohl)
Emma has grown into a fine musician this month. She has learned her music well and has attended all her lessons. She is becoming a leader in the violin section. Emma consistently volunteers to answer questions and helps in any way she can.