Monthly Archives: November 2014


The first quarter has concluded and the temperature has certainly plummeted over the week – the fall season has certainly arrived.

Parent-Teacher conferences are taking place on Monday, November 24th for students in grades 7 and 8 and on Tuesday, November 25th for students in grades 7-12. In advance to attending your child’s conference, please review your child’s first quarter report card that has been posted on the Parent Portal. Dismissal on both days will be taking place at 10:50am (Middle School students only on Monday / Middle and High School students on Tuesday). Please contact your child’s teacher by email or phone to schedule an appointment. In the event you are unable to attend and/or schedule time to meet with your child’s teachers, please email or contact your child’s teachers and/or guidance counselor to schedule an alternate opportunity to conference and receive valuable insight regarding your child’s learning and academic achievement.

We request your support and assistance in reinforcing with your children the following building expectations:
1. Students are requested to attend school on time. First period begins at 7:50am. Families are requested to report all absences to Mrs. Claudio, the District Attendance Clerk.
2. Students are expected to wear appropriate attire to school on a daily basis. If students select to wear inappropriate attire in not keeping with our building and BOE policy, appropriate discipline will be awarded.
3. As per our BOE policy, students are not allowed to use or be in the possession of E-Cigarettes. If students are found to be in the possession or use of this device, appropriate discipline will be awarded.
4. Students are allowed to have clear water bottles containing water while in school, however are not allowed to have beverages other than water in the classrooms and halls.

In the weeks ahead, please expect to see the posting on our website to the 2015-2016 Program of Study for both Middle School and High School. Both documents have been revised and contain new opportunities for students for the 2015-2016 school year.

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 global expectations to achieve and reap the rewards of a well rounded education. Please access my principal blog at for most current and relevant school related updates and highlights.

Best regards and have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

News from Academic Departments and Clubs

Introduction to Science Research, Mr. McArdle

Authentic science research has made its way to Southold UFSD. The overall course is structured around the Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM) principals. However to create a competitive edge in the course, just like in the real world, we have decided to enter the Toshiba’s ExploraVision competition. What is the ExploraVision competition you might ask? ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time. Currently the projects that our science research teams are working on at Southold Jr.-Sr. High School are Heads up display SMART football helmets, Self adjusting camouflage suits, Auto correcting digital text for dyslexic learners, and Robotron – a robot military soldier controlled by human action and emotions.

Lights-Camera-Action; Mr. Stahl and Mr. Wesnofske, co-teachers

In Lights Camera Action, our students have developed a go-fund-me campaign to build a TV studio in our school. If you’re interested, please go to the link and watch their video and consider donating. It’s for a good cause and it would really help our program. Feel free to pass it on!

In addition to our fundraiser video our students are working hard on creating horror films and some of our upcoming projects will be creating Public Service Announcements.

Interact: Mrs. Salmaggi and Ms. Gilmore, co- advisors

The Interact Club is always very busy during the fall months, and in particular, the holiday season. Club members are busy baking bread for holiday baskets donated to local families in need by the Rotary. On Tuesday, November 18th, the Interact Executive Officers were inducted by the local Rotary club at a dinner at Soundview Inn. Additionally, the club is gearing up for its annual events: Toys for Tots and their Holiday Fundraiser. A new, unwrapped toy can be brought in any time after Thanksgiving break to either the Elementary School or the High School. During the month of December, you may also see Interact members at 7-11 or King Kullen, bell-ringing with the Salvation Army. Thanks in advance for all of your support!

Varsity and Junior Varsity Quiz Bowl; Mr. Santiago, Advisor

The Quiz Bowl teams are in the last stages of selecting their teams for the Academic Tournament of Suffolk County. On Wednesday (November 19th) our first game will be played at Riverhead HS. Good luck to the team. Our goal is to reach the national level in Washington D.C. Go Team!!