Monthly Archives: February 2016

MONTHLY PARENT NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2016

Monthly Parent Newsletter
February 2016
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 (we apologize for the delay in posting on the Portal – as a result to the school closing due to weather conditions we had to post-pone the release as there is a great amount of work behind the scenes to be completed prior to posting). 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 March 15th. In the event you need to gain access to the Parent Portal, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Mr. Crimi and Ms. Cavallaro have completed meeting with students to review course / program options for the 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 school year. Each document is updated and revised yearly as attempts are made to offer new elective based courses and opportunities. 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 Friday, February 12th students in grades 7-12 met in the auditorium to gain additional insight pertaining to planned upgrades/renovations as detailed in the Capital Project (Bond). Mr. Gamberg, Superintendent of Schools shared with students a PowerPoint presentation and opened the floor for questions and clarity pertaining to future construction plans. Students are encouraged to speak with building administration in the event they have additional questions as well as for them to voice suggestions and more as we begin to move forward with our plans.

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 of their accomplishments. It is our intention not only to recognize a small percentage of our students, 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 posted. 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 5th – April 7th
Mathematics – April 13th – April 15th
Science – Written – June 6th and Performance Assessment – TBD {Between May 25th – June 3rd}
NYSELAT – TBD

Students enrolled in Common Core Algebra II will be taking the Common Core Regents examination on June 1st from 8:15am -11:15am they are also encouraged to take the standard (2005 format) Algebra II/ Trigonometry Regents examination on June 17th. Letter detailing significant curricula differences with both Regents exams was mailed to families at the onset of January. 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 ALL students in June.

Tentative plans are in place for seventh grade students to go on a fishing field trip on June 1st. A permission slip and details pertaining to the trip will be forthcoming.

On Thursday, March 31st at 9:00am (NEW date) we will host Coffee with the Principal. This forum will take place in the library where we will discuss new and existing NY State Education Department academic shifts/expectations as well as building level initiatives. This will be the last Coffee with the Principal for the 2015-2016 school year.

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

Activity / Department News

SADD, Mrs. Santiago – Advisor

On March 4, 2016, the Southold Town Youth Forum will take place at Founder’s Landing Wharf House. The SADD clubs in Southold, Mattituck and Greenport, along with the Shelter Island School Social Worker, are sponsoring this event. This year’s topic is “An Inclusive Community” and local students will come together to discuss how we can improve, foster and maintain inclusion among the youth on the North Fork. Two years ago, when the first forum was held; it was very well received by the youth and community members that attended. Students discussed “Tolerance and Acceptance” during that forum and they acknowledged the strengths and weaknesses of the community in reference to resources for youth. Due to limited space, students were nominated by their club advisor and/or coach to participate in this event. Those students who are invited will be receiving an invitation shortly. We hope that this event can become an annual event for the North Fork and that the SADD clubs can continue to encourage conversation and cohesion among young people on the East End.

Junior Class, Mrs. Santiago – Advisor

The Class of 2017 is working hard on finalizing the plans for Prom 2016. This year’s venue is at The Suffolk Theater.

A few upcoming fundraisers will help the Class of 2017 to add special features to the prom while also reducing the cost of tickets. At the end of February, the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie sale will begin which is always a big hit. Also on February 25, the Junior Class is planning a Family Feud competition among students at 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. Families are welcome to come watch and support the teams that are playing for the $200 grand prize.