OCTOBER MONTHLY PARENT NEWSLETTER

Monthly Parent Newsletter
October 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

Where is the time going? The first quarter is rapidly reaching a conclusion – The five week interim reports have been posted on the Parent Portal – 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 are taking place to support learning – The shared school play will be taking place this week – And the Varsity Boys Soccer Team has made it to the Class C Championship Status! Just a few examples of what is taking place daily at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

The first quarter will come to a close (November 13th) with an expected release of first quarter grades to be provided to families on the Parent Portal on/about November 20th. 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 interim report and the detailed academic progress of your child. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 23rd (Grades 7-8 only) and November 24th (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.

We welcome back Mrs. Marra from maternity leave and appreciate Mr. Sanders for educating students in her absence. On or about November 9th we welcome Mrs. Kollen to the guidance office as secretary who has replaced Mrs. McDonald. On or about November 30th we will welcome Ms. Balcacer as maternity leave replacement teacher for Mrs. Salmaggi.

As always, appreciation is extended to our PTA for coordinating, planning and running the Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair will be taking place this week (last week in October) where students with their teachers will visit and be able to purchase books and accessories with profits coming back to benefit our school and our students. Appreciation is also extended to our PTA for providing lunch to our middle school students during spirit day.

Our Middle School students enjoyed their first dance on Friday, October 9th. 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 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 , friend us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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

Mrs. Williams, Business Department

Virtual Enterprise
Virtual Enterprise is in full swing. Students have began writing their business plan and will enter into a Trade Show competition in January at Farmingdale University and then onto an even bigger trade show in April in NYC. The students have chosen the mi-coach smart soccer ball by Adidas as the product they will market with Virtual Economy. All students have been assigned departments such as Human Resources, Sales, Finance, and Administration. This is a course where the students are at the helm and they are doing an amazing job.

DECA- our DECA membership is in full swing. We have over 60 members signed up already. I am sure Southold will do an amazing job for Long Island once again in January at the Regional’s and in March at States.

College Credits – Students are raking in the college credits for their business courses this year. VE – offers 6 college credits via Farmingdale University with 3 credits for E-Commerce and another 3 for the second half of the year with Small Business Management. Business Communications offers 3 credits as does College Accounting and College Computers. The University in High School program can provide our students with an entire semester in college.

Mrs. Santiago, Social Worker

Junior Class News:
The Junior Class will be holding their Annual Santa Breakfast on Saturday, December 5th. For this event, the junior class transforms the Southold Elementary Cafeteria into a Winter Wonderland. The Junior Class will entertain guests while they dine over a pancake, bacon, sausage, hash brown and bagel breakfast. We offer a holiday basket raffle, pictures with Santa Claus, holiday crafts, a holiday music sing-along and much more. For this event, we are in need junior class parent volunteers. We need parent volunteers to help cook the breakfast items in the Elementary Café throughout the event, assist the students on the floor with entertaining the children and families, as well as, help provide decorations to the students for this event. Please contact Mrs. Santiago at jsantiago@southoldufsd.com or (631) 765-5400, ext. 350 if you are able to assist in any way.

SADD News:
In November, the SADD Club is sponsoring a Teen Driver Safety Week. This week, will be kicked off on November 16th with an assembly for juniors and seniors with Karen Torres, from the Texting Awareness Foundation. Mrs. Torres lost her father while he was working construction on the Sunrise Highway when a distracted tractor trailer driver drove into a road work zone. Mrs. Torres provides an eye opening experience that shows students that in just a few seconds, you can become dangerously distracted while driving. Later on that week, Officer Nancy Ward from the Suffolk County Police Department will be presenting a lesson on Teen Driver Safety for the Junior and Senior students. In addition to these presentations, SADD will be sponsoring a contest during the week as well as educational announcements and factual teasers throughout the week.

Ms. Foote and Mrs. Johnson

Students in Ms. Foote’s English class went to the library to research the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. With Mrs. Johnson, students learned how to use the computers to access the card catalog call numbers for books related to their topic, how to use the Virtual Reference Collection (VRC) to locate non-fiction sources, and correctly develop a works cited page. This research is part of their class essay submission to the 2016 New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display. The students each researched one of King’s main principles and beliefs, and collaborated together to develop a thematic essay. Their work will be displayed in upstate in Albany during the month of January.

Nurses Office – Mrs. O’Day and Mrs. Amato

As part of a required health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or BMI. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse determine if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. Southold School District has been selected to be part of a state survey. We will be submitting from the 2014-2015 health appraisal forms for students in K, 2, 4, 7, 10. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. We will be reporting to the New York State Department of Health about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please state this in a response with your child’s name and grade. This response can be sent to the appropriate health office. We ask that all responses be in by December 18, 2015. If the health office does not receive a response, the BMI information will be included in the survey.

Mrs. McKeon, Speech

Students have been listening for idioms in school, commercials, music, etc. They receive a raffle ticket for each idiom they bring to class. The class then discusses the meaning of the idiom. A drawing for a secret prize will be held on October 30, 2015.

Some students have started correspondence with students from Greenport High School. We are looking forward to collaborating with these students throughout the year.

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