NOVEMBER PARENT NEWSLETTER

Monthly Parent Newsletter
November 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

The fall season has certainly arrived with shorter daylight, leaves changing color and the conclusion of the first marking period.

The first quarter concluded on November 13th with an expected posting of grades on the Parent Portal on November 20th. In the event you are not able to access your child’s grades, please contact the guidance office to obtain a hard copy of your child’s first quarter report card.

Parent-Teacher conferences are taking place on Monday, November 23rd for students in grades 7 and 8 and on Tuesday, November 24th 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 (as of November 20th). 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 2016-2017 Program of Study for both Middle School and High School. Both documents have been revised and contain new exciting opportunities for students for the 2016-2017 school year. In addition, this year SoHo TV will be planning guest academic department spotlights to profile course opportunities for students for the 2016-2017 school year.

To best support our students social and emotional development and more, Officer Nancy Ward will be meeting with middle level students this week to discuss character education and with juniors and seniors to review driving safety. To complement the message Officer Ward will deliver, on November 16th Karen Torres provided juniors and seniors with an awareness driver education assembly program with specific emphasis given to texting and driving. On November 24th Officer Brewer and I will be providing students in grades 7-12 with an awareness program on cyber bullying and more. David Flood, supported through Arts-in Education will be conducting a series of assembly awareness programs on December 3rd with our students titled Teaching Teens the Right Combination (dignity, respect and compassion).

The early winter sports season has begun. We congratulate our sports students for their fall season achievement. Please access the Southold Settler’s Athletic Department webpage for upcoming game schedules and come out and support our teams.

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 https://principalgalati.wordpress.com/ or follow me at Twitter at #PrincipalGalati 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

Guidance, Ms. Cavallaro

On October 8th and 9th, a group of 11th grade students visited Quinnipiac University, Yale University, University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. During the visit, admission counselors and currently enrolled college students gave an overview of each college, their majors, admission requirements and provided students with a tour of the campus. Students were able to see firsthand the different academic buildings, the library, residential halls, sports center and the bookstore to name a few sites. Students will be able to experience firsthand the differences between schools and assess what factors are important to them in choosing the right college fit.

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 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 our 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.

Art, Mr. Gosnell

In the art room we continued to learn about the elements of art (line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form) to create our works of art. Students in the grade seven art classes have been learning about composition and how to use acrylic paint to create sunset sailboat paintings on paper and canvas.

The Studio Art classes learned how to draw the features of the face, which culminated into a major project of self-portraits. We then changed gears and moved onto using watercolor paint and learned a little about Chinese calligraphy. When then applied this to painting trees in watercolor.

The Drawing and Painting class made expressive self-portraits. We built on what we learned in Studio Art class last year and emphasized the expressive aspect of our portraits.

Photography class has been learning how to use the basic applications of digital cameras. We learned about shutter speed and aperture and how to gain control over our photographs using these techniques. Students took long exposure photographs at night, of moving water, and will be studying portraiture soon.

Lily Saeli Bridgett Comiskey

Ashley Hilary Daisey Rymer

Charlotte Mahaffy Andrea Menjivar

Zachary Gibbs “Water” Vivienne Glasser “Flowers”

Andrea Menjivar “Summer”

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