Monthly Archives: April 2015

APRIL PARENT NEWSLETTER

Monthly Parent Newsletter
April 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

The third quarter has come to a close and grades have been posted to the Parent Portal (as of April 24th) with related comments. Please review the information received on your child’s report card with your child as it is expected that all students are achieving appropriately in all courses of study. It is imperative to make contact with your child’s teachers and certainly with their guidance counselor if you desire any clarification with information shared on the report card as well as to assist you with any strategies to best assist your child in achieving a level of mastery in their studies.

Before long, the end of the school year will be upon us. Please be mindful that the last day of instruction will take place on Monday, June 15th. June 16th we begin final / Regents examinations. A formalized testing schedule will be posted for families on our webpage and students will be provided with a hard copy in the weeks leading to the end of the school year. It is expected that all students are in attendance during such testing. The official conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year is June 26th with our High School graduation to follow on June 27th.

Over the summer of 2015, many building renovations will be taking place. The main office (and Principal’s office) will be relocated across from the guidance department. Adjacent to the guidance department will be the new PPS office. The business office will be housed in the current main office and three classrooms will be updated. Finally, the cafeteria and kitchen area will be updated with a fresh new look. We are all looking forward to the much needed improvements in our building to best support our students and families. During the summer as renovation work is taking place, offices and departments will be displaced. A separate communication will follow detailing alternate space to be used for offices and programs over the summer during the renovation period.

Appreciation is extended to Mr. Santiago and members of our faculty that chaperoned the Europe trip – students and chaperones had a great experience!

On Monday, April 20th Mrs. Santiago hosted a parent / student meeting in preparation for the Junior Prom. The prom will be taking place on Friday, May 15th. In the event your child has intentions of attending the prom and you were not available to attend this meeting, it is important to make contact with Mrs. Santiago to receive prom related details and expectations.

Prior to the conclusion of the school year, we expect to continue to practice school safety policies by engaging in lockdown drills, fire drills and an off-campus evacuation drill. An off-campus drill is planned to take place on Friday, May 22nd starting on/about 1:30pm where students will be released and bused home from the off-campus evacuation site. Details pertaining to the drill have been mailed home. In the event you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office.

Congratulations to Mr. Gosnell and to all student artists that have put together an exceptional display of student art work at the Southold Free Library and be amazed as you see our student’s artistic talents on display. The exhibit will be on display through the month of April.

With the warm weather approaching it is expected that all students are dressed in accordance and abide to the BOE approved Southold UFSD dress code. If students are in questionable and/or inappropriate attire, students will be meeting with Mr. Brostowski, Athletics Director / Dean of Students where appropriate discipline will be awarded. In the event you need a copy of the policy, please don’t hesitate to call the high school office.

During the months of April through June, students in 7th and 8th grade will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT), ELA, mathematics, and science. Below, is the 7th and 8th grade State assessment schedule for your reference outlining remaining State Assessments to be administered (a letter addressing the same has also been mailed).

2014-2015 Middle School State Assessment Schedule

Assessment Administration Dates Make-up Dates
NYSELAT Speaking April 14th – May 15th During Testing Window
NYSELAT Listening, Writing and Reading May 4th – 15th During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Performance Test May 20th (during class) During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Written June 1st June 2nd – 3rd

Some Reminders

1. Common Core Geometry

On June 2nd all students enrolled in Common Geometry will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Geometry. The building will remain open for students in grades 7-12 to attend regularly scheduled classes (expect some displacement of classes/classrooms).

Students that sit and take the Common Core Geometry Regents examination on June 2nd as per the NY State Education Department (SED) is allowing such students to sit for the 2005 Standard Geometry Regents examination scheduled for June 19th (which is encouraged). As per guidance provided by SED, the higher of the scores attained will be recorded on student transcripts.

Students that are not present on June 2nd to take the Common Core Regents examination will have to register to take the August administration of the examination at a district offering summer school. If a student misses the administration of the June 2nd Regents examination, they will not be considered to sit for the June 19th administration of the 2005 Standard Geometry Regents examination. A letter detailing the above should have been received in the mail. In the event you wish to receive additional clarity, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s mathematics teacher or guidance counselor.

2. 7th Grade Field Trip – June 2nd

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a full day fishing trip on June 2ndon the Captain Eddie B III (insured United Coast Guard approved vessel) out of Captree State Park. The experience will support learning in biology, geography, oceanography and mathematics as well as support the philosophy of our advisory initiative aligned with team building and an authentic venue of learning. Students have been provided with a field trip permission slip to return to Mrs. Dakis. This great opportunity has been supported through Arts-in-Ed funding. In the event parents have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Dakis or Ms. Cavallaro

3. Student Daily Attendance

Students are expected to be in school daily. In the event students are absent, a parent (guardian) is expected to make contact with Mrs. Claudio, district attendance clerk, informing her with the reason for absence. As per our BOE attendance policy, students will be in jeopardy for loss of course credit if they accrue 12 or more absences for semester based courses / 24 or more absences for full year courses. Please reference the attendance policy or contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have questions. Families also have the opportunity to view their child’s attendance daily through the Parent Portal.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and look forward to fostering a collaborative and meaningful relationship with parents and guardians to best support all students’ academic, social, and emotional development. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts and district events. Have a safe and fun spring season!

Department / Activity-Club News

Junior Prom (Mrs. Santiago)
This year’s prom will be held on Friday, May 15th at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Ticket sales will begin at the Pre-Prom Meeting on Monday, April 20 at 6:00PM. The pre-prom event will begin on the front lawn of the Southold High School at6:00PM. Buses will be loaded around 6:20 PM and the Prom Court nominees will be announced. At the conclusion of prom at 11:00 PM, prom attendees will be transported back to Southold High School from the venue with an anticipated return to the Junior-Senior High School at 11:30PM.

English Department (Mrs. Dakis)
Mrs. Dakis, Ms. Foote and their students would like to thank everyone who supported their Cold Plunge for Clean Water, and they wanted to share this message: We are overwhelmed by your generosity, and we are proud to announce that over 75 men, women, and children will now have access to clean water for the rest of their lives! Special thanks to the Southold Fire Department, Southold Police Department, Mr. Scott Russell, Ms. Sandra Kollen, Ms. Jessica Santiago, Ms. Terry Rich, Mr. Noah Mina, the Board of Education, Mr. David Gamberg, Mr. William Galati, SOHO Radio, SOHO TV, and, of course, our families, without whom none of this would be possible.

Introduction to Science Research (Mr. McArdle)
The 8th grade Introduction to Science Research will be taking a field trip to the Custer Observatory in Southold on May 1st. The students will be learning how to observe the night sky in multiple facets with a few different types of telescopes. During the field trip, students will be working with astronomy experts and enthusiasts to learn how to use the equipment to pin point and view celestial objects such as planets, moons, asteroids, and galaxies. The students will be returning to Custer Observatory the following night to apply their skills to the vast night sky. This field trip will act as a precursor to many individual research projects in the future.

Library Media Center (Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson)
There are many topics being researched in the library this month: the plague, influential lobby groups, famous unsolved crimes, infectious diseases, literary criticism on the picaresque novel, and how to make and analyze interesting info-graphics. In addition, at least one class of seniors will be starting their thesis, in-depth research papers on current and debatable topics.

We are also busy celebrating National Poetry Month. We’ll be taking a cue from Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project and making a video collage of our favorite poems. Anyone can participate, and only three lines of beautiful poetry are required. All entries get entered in our raffle, so stop by the library to get involved!

If you’re looking for a poem to read/recite for our video or to keep in your pocket on Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day (April 30), here are some resources to get you inspired:

Poetry 180
Billy Collins’ collection of poetry for high schools. Also check out his Twitter poems @bcollinspoetry.

Online Archive of Poetry & Literature
Recorded works by poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Frost.

Guide to the Poets Laureate
Did you know that we’ve had more than 20 different poets in this celebrated position since 1986?

Poetry Written by US Presidents
Who knew that Madison wrote a poem called “A Poem Against the Tories” and Obama wrote one about his grandfather called “Pop”?

Academy of American Poets
Official Sponsors of Poetry Everywhere in April….

Our video will be posted sometime next month. Meanwhile, you can follow library thoughts and happenings on Twitter@settlerslibrary!