Monthly Archives: February 2015


Monthly Parent Newsletter
February 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

I hope everyone is well and having a nice mid-winter vacation.

The second semester is in full swing. Second quarter report cards have been posted on the Parent Portal – please carefully review your child’s report card (both comments and grades) and contact your child’s subject specific teacher and/or guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns. Third quarter interims will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about Mach 12th. In the event you need to gain Parent Portal access, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Mr. Crimi and Ms. Cavallaro have completed meeting with students to review course / program options for the 2015-2016 school year. Prior to meeting with students, all students were provided with a Middle School Program of Study (students presently in grades 6 and 7) or with a High School Program of Study (students presently in grades 8-11) (also posted on the building webpage) to assist and guide them (and parents) in making course selections for the 2015-2016 school year. Each document is updated and revised yearly as attempts are made to offer new elective based courses. A new option for seniors for the 2015-2016 school year will be enrolling in a Career Academy. A descriptor to the Career Academy option is captured on a PowerPoint presentation posted on the building webpage. Please carefully review with your child all course opportunities and if you have questions or need clarification, please contact either Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro. Please be mindful that elective based and encore areas of study course opportunities might be modified pending interest/enrollment and/or budgetary constraints.

On a monthly basis we recognize Students of the Month in respective subject areas. Commentary is given by respective teachers in support of honoring select students for their achievement. Recognition is shared with our students monthly through the morning announcements. Certificates are presented where students are requested to take such recognition home to share with their families. Students are also recognized for their academic achievement (honor roll and high honor roll), Random Acts of Kindness, and sportsmanship on a quarterly basis. We are extremely proud of our students and all their accomplishments. It is our intention not just to recognize a small percentage of our student body, but rather to recognize all students. We encourage parents (and guardians) to continually monitor your child’s academic achievement and to check-in with your child on a daily basis. Please be mindful, that your child’s teachers are here to support you and your child’s academic, social, and emotional development. If you have questions or concerns please call, schedule a conference, or send an email to your child’s teachers and guidance counselor to best assess your child’s development.

Information pertaining to the administration of 7th and 8th grade State Assessments in ELA, mathematics, science and the NYSELAT has been mailed home. The following represents confirmed dates for all required testing. Assessments in both ELA and mathematics will have a morning administration on dates listed.
ELA – April 14th – April 16th
Mathematics – April 22nd – April 24th
Science – Written – June 1st and Performance Assessment – (Tentatively) May 20th

Students enrolled in Common Core Geometry will be taking the Common Core Regents examination on June 2nd from 12:00pm-3:00pm they will also take the standard (2005 format) Geometry Regents examination on June 19th. Similar to last year, SED has approved for districts to record the higher of scores received on student transcripts. If you have questions pertaining to this action, please contact your child’s guidance counselor for clarification. As the year nears a conclusion, a letter will be forwarded to families outlining final examination and Regents testing for June.

Tentative plans are in place for seventh grade students to go on a fishing field trip on June 2nd. A permission slip and details pertaining to the trip will be forthcoming.

On Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00am we will host Coffee with the Principal. This forum will take place in the library where we will showcase student extra curricula achievement in DECA and Robotics along with discussing new and existing NY State Education Department academic shifts/expectations. This will be the last Coffee with the Principal for the 2014-2015 school year.

As school is currently closed for winter break, I hope you are having a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Department News

Major Grigonis, Lead NJROTC Teacher

Congratulations to Major Bill Grigonis for receiving an Air Force Association Educator Grant for the 2014-2015 school year. The grant process is competitive in nature. A committee comprised of outside experts in the field of aerospace education reviewed all qualified grant applications and made recommendations on funding. Based upon the funding available, the Association chose to support Southold NJROTC projects that best serve our nation’s students and support the mission of the Air Force Association. This year, these projects included the continued participation in the Air Force Association’s Cyber Patriot Competition and the Office of Naval Research’s Sea Perch underwater robotics program
The Educator Grant program promotes aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages development of innovative S.T.E.M. activities within the prescribed curriculum.

Family and Consumer Science
Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science Teacher

College Culinary Arts I completed a menu project. The students created many creative menus with complementary food dishes for each menu. Items created were Tiramisu, fajitas, gyros, flourless chocolate cake, chocolate truffles, BLT’s, nachos, and French toast.

Eighth Graders have begun their Career Exploration Unit with a standard focus “What do we need to know about working in the 21st Century?”

The Nurses Office
Mrs. Amato and Mrs. O’Day, School Nurses

Many of us in the community are hearing the news reports regarding the current outbreak of measles/rubella in the U.S. with New York State having three confirmed cases.

In Southold and at all schools, the role of the school nurse is to monitor all students concerning State mandated vaccinations and report all findings to the State on an annual basis. Measles is rare in the U.S. but is common in many parts of the world. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the country. Hence, the importance of vaccinating our children. Measles is considered one of the most contagious diseases ever known and is a leading cause of death and disability among young children worldwide.

This is a reminder that new students entering school must have a physical and are required to show proof of immunizations in progress. We then continue to document and ensure all State mandated vaccinations are completed. For measles, it’s called the MMR and it is given in two doses. First dose is given between the ages of 12-15 months and the second dose between the ages of 4-6 years of age. Adults can check their immunity with a blood test. If they have no immunity, one dose of MMR is given. For additional information you can visit the websites of the CDC and/or the Department of Health (DOH). As always, we are here to answer any of your concerns.

The Library Media Center
Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson, Library Media Specialist

Why is King Tut so famous?
What kind of music would best illustrate a short film on Harry Houdini’s life?
What can we learn about the Romanov family by tracing their recessive genes?

These are some of the questions that have been asked and answered in the Southold Jr/Sr High School Library in the past month. Students have been researching incredibly varied topics, such as ancient civilizations, genetic diseases, Revolutionary War battles, the Jazz Age, and how to manage their personal finances. They are learning how to navigate the library’s databases (VRC), keep track of their sources with EasyBib, and create and collaborate using our Google educational platform.

Students have also been busy reading a lot. Besides a small shipment of new books that has been circulating constantly, the 11th grade focus on the 1920s has made many students curious about reading authors from the “Lost Generation,” like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. And, this month, in our “I Re(a)d a Book!” Library Contest, any book that gets checked out, whether it is a timeless classic or a recently published bestseller, earns its reader a chance to enter our weekly drawing. The twist, since this is Valentine’s month, is that if the book has the word red in its title or the color red on its cover, the reader gets two chances to win!

Three books that students have been talking about a lot this month:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

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