MONTHLY NEWSLETTER – 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 https://principalgalati.wordpress.com/ – 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

BOOK FAIR
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!

LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
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).

BUTTERFLY GARDEN COLLECTION
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 atwww.fruitorder.com 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.

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