PARENT NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2015

A Message From The Principal
Mr. William R. Galati
September 2015

The 2015-2016 school year is off to a great start. We welcomed students on September 8th with a greeting from student council and a dance routine provided by our cheerleaders. Student accountability assembly programs took place where a review of building and student academic expectations in addition to aspects of the Dignity Act was addressed. On September 17th we hosted Open House where families had the opportunity to follow their child’s schedule and meet with their child’s teachers to receive a brief summary of course expectations and more. In the event you were not able to attend Open House, please email your child’s teachers to receive a course syllabus and other pertinent information distributed/discussed during that evening.

High school spirit week will be taking place during the week of September 28th with Spirit Day on Thursday, October 1st. A memorandum regarding Spirit Day will be given to students next week to share with families detailing student expectations for this exciting day.

Congratulations to Coach Sadowski, Varsity Boys Soccer coach for achieving 250 wins! Please visit our district website to gain additional insight and information pertaining to our districts sports programs and fall sports team accomplishments.

State Assessment results in mathematics, ELA and science have been posted on the Parent Portal. We will no longer be mailing detailed student reports summarizing student achievement on State Assessments. In the event you have concerns pertaining to access to the Parent Portal, please contact Mr. Ryan Case at rcase@southoldufsd.com. Questions pertaining to results can be discussed with your child’s ELA/mathematics teacher(s) or guidance counselor.

Southold Junior-Senior High School students are encouraged to make the most of their Junior-Senior High School years through our diverse academic offerings as well as by participating in extra-curricula activities and athletics. A current offering of extra curricula activities will be provided to students as well as posted on the principal webpage for your reference. Questions pertaining to specific extra curricula activities should be directed to advisors of such activities by email.

A rigorous, challenging, and meaningful curriculum is provided to students and supplemented outside of the classroom with a plethora of enrichment activities that help students develop into well-rounded individuals. To further support students in their overall academic development, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher to assess their overall progress, schedule appointments with teachers to attend parent-teacher conferences (November 23rd – MS and November 24th – MS/HS) and for students to attend extra help that is offered daily from 2:30pm-2:45pm. Interim Reports will no longer be mailed – reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about October 14th. Please review comments shared on the report and if you desire any clarification, please contact your child’s subject-specific teacher or guidance counselor. Additionally, parents have access to Grade-Book as posted on the Parent Portal detailing grades students earn on assignments, assessments, and more. Please know that both Mr. Brostowski (Athletic Director/ Dean of Students) as well as myself are always available to meet with you to best support you and your child in their overall development (academic, social, and emotional) at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. It is essential that we continue to establish and sustain a collaborative relationship (with all stakeholders) to foster a meaningful and valuable education for all students at Southold schools. Please like us on Facebook, access Twitter, and review information posted on the building webpage to be connected with our school. Have a great year!

-Department Snapshots-
Mrs. Dakis, English

To start the year, 7th graders in Mrs. Dakis’ English classes shared their hopes and dreams for junior high, and beyond, as well as their personal preferences, by creating sky lanterns. The lanterns were adorned with stickers and words of positivity and hung throughout room 25 to symbolize the release of student wishes and dreams.

Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science

Ms. Rizzo and Mrs. Obinata made dill pickles the first week of school. 7th graders in Home and Career Skills were asked to be taste tester to evaluate the taste, texture, and color of the pickles. They were very excited to be chosen to be food tasters.

Mr. Stahl, English

Congratulations to our new officers of the Southold chapter of the National Honor Society: President – Aidan Walker, Vice President – Ethan Sisson, Treasurer – Jackie Davey, Secretary – Julia Schade.

Lily Saeli is this year’s editor and chief of Southold School’s newspaper, The Sentinel. Please contact her or Mr. Stahl with any ideas for articles or feature pieces.

Mr. Gosnell, Art

In the art room we will be learning about all the elements of art: line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form. Students in the grade seven art classes focused on line, color, space and shapes as we learned about creating interesting compositions. We used the initials in our names to create abstract drawings with oil pastel. It was a very free-form project and students did beautiful work.

The Studio Art classes worked with pattern, shape, and value as we created “Patterned Bottles.” We worked from still life settings arranged on the desks. When the line drawings were finished, students applied various patterns to create value in their bottle drawings.

Photography class is learning how to take pictures with homemade pin-hole cameras. These pin-hole cameras were made from oatmeal boxes. A pin hole is made in one side of the oatmeal box to act as a lens. We put photographic paper in the cameras and take pictures with these homemade creations with exposures of about 90 seconds.

Grade 7 Art

Ronald Gonzalez Brook Howard Freddy Palencia Nicole Gomez

Studio Art Class

Ashley Hilary – grade 10 Heather MacArthur-Grade 10 Daisy Rymer – Grade 11

Katherine Tasca – Grade 9

Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson, Library Media Specialist

There has been an abundance of reading (we all love those new September books!) and research (we missed you this summer, Virtual Reference Collection!) going on in the library already. In addition, we’re teaming up with the Southold Free Library to provide two great programs. The first is our Jane Addams Book Group for grades 5-8 based on the 2015 Jane Addams children’s book award winners. We meet on Wednesdays (September 23, 30 & October 7) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Southold Free Library. We have a great time reading and talking about this year’s six winning books as well as researching the authors/illustrators and discussing the themes that are explored. On Friday, October 16, we’ll attend the Awards Ceremony in New York City and meet the winning authors and illustrators. There are still a few spots left, so interested readers should come this Wednesday, or talk to their librarian for more information.

The second program is our First Friday Open Mic Nights for grades 9-12. This series will start Friday, October 2 from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Southold Presbyterian Church. Local talent Above Skylight will kick the night off and the amazing Bridgett Comiskey will entertain between acts. All musicians, comedians, poets, actors, singers are welcome to participate, and, of course, you can come just to listen and support your friends. If you do want a chance on stage, make sure you sign up with your librarian.

Lastly, we are celebrating the Constitution all month in the library. Come see if you can answer the Constitution trivia questions: Are there spelling errors in the Constitution? How long did it take to write the Constitution? Who was the oldest signer? Who was the youngest? What presidents signed the Constitution? In addition, there are a few more weeks left for the Preamble Challenge: Can you memorize and recite the Preamble, the first sentence of the Constitution? Will you win the grand prize?

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