April Parent Newsletter

The third quarter has come to a close and grades have been posted to the Parent Portal (as of April 15th) 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.

Congratulations to our Robotics team for their most recent achievement at Hofstra University and we wish them luck as they compete in St. Louis during the week of April 14th.

Tenth grade students leave for Europe on Wednesday, April 20th. They will be visiting Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Austria – safe travels – a memorable experience!

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 13th. June 14th we begin final / Regents examinations. A preliminary schedule for testing was mailed a couple of weeks ago – 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 2015-2016 school year is June 24th with our High School graduation to follow on June 25th.

Congratulations to Aidan Walker, class Valedictorian and to Noah Mina, class Salutatorian. Aidan and Noah are two great students that have demonstrated compassion for learning and established a focused and determined mindset to achieve. Congratulations!

On April 12th, Mrs. Santiago hosted a parent / student meeting in preparation for the Junior Prom. The prom will be taking place on Friday, May 13th at the Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead. 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 with evacuation of all students and staff to the Elementary School is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd (students will return back to the building to conclude the day) and an off-campus drill to St. Patrick’s RRC is planned to take place on Friday, May 20th starting on/about 1:30pm where students will be released and bused home from the off-campus evacuation site. Details pertaining to the drill (for May 20th) will be posted and 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 will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT) and science (Grade 8 only). Below, is the State assessment schedule for your reference outlining remaining State Assessments to be administered (a letter addressing the same has also been mailed).

2015-2016 Middle School State Assessment Schedule

Assessment Administration Dates Make-up Dates
NYSELAT Speaking April 12th – May 13th During Testing Window
NYSELAT Listening, Writing and Reading May 2nd – 13th During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Performance Test Tentatively – May 25th (during class) During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Written June 6th June 7th – 8th

Some Reminders

1. 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.

2. Common Core Algebra II Regents Examination

June 1st all students enrolled in Common Core Algebra II will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Algebra II. As some classrooms will be used for Regents testing, expect some displacement of classes/classrooms. Students that sit and take the Common Core Algebra II Regents examination on June 1st as per the NY State Education Department (SED) will be allowed to sit for the Standard (2005) Algebra II/Trig Regents examination scheduled for June 17th (which is encouraged).

Understand that these are two different course curricula where components of the Algebra II/ Trig curriculum will not be taught to prepare students for the Algebra II/ Trig Regents examination. This Regents roll-out (3rd in a series) is different from the past with CC Algebra and CC Geometry (please refer to letter mailed in January detailing the difference).

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 1st 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. In the event you have questions, please contact Mr. Tulley or your child’s guidance counselor.

3. 7th Grade Field Trip, June 1st

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a field trip on June 1st to Brookhaven National Laboratory where students will participate and complete multiple lab experiments (please refer to letter with permission slip detailing specifics). The experience will support learning in Life Science as well as in mathematics. In the event you have any questions, kindly contact Mr. McArdle or Mrs. Dakis. Students will return to attend their 8th and 9th period classes and depart for the day at 2:30pm. Middle School concert to follow in the evening.

4. NEW Middle School Concert Date

Reminder – June 1st is the NEW date for the Middle School Concert at 7:30pm in the District Auditorium. Please mark your calendar!

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 and enjoy the upcoming vacation.

Department / Activity-Club News

Business, Mrs. Williams
Cheerleading, coach

Business Classes – news

Job Shadow Day for Juniors took place Friday – April 15th

Virtual Enterprise went to its final trade show in NYC on Tuesday, April 19th

Virtual Enterprise students will share their business plan at the BOE meeting on Wednesday, April 20th

Cheerleading – news

Southold was recognized as the New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Champion for competitive cheerleading when the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the top teams in each of the 13 winter sports. As the only State champion from Suffolk County, Southold’s team posted a grade-point average of 95.97.

Mrs. Santiago, Social Worker

6th Grade Shadow Day

6th Grade Shadow day will be held on May 5, 2016. This event is organized in order to introduce the incoming junior high school students to what a day as a 7th grader may look like. Shadow Day helps to answer any questions students may have, alleviate some anxieties and worries that they are anticipating, and help to make connections with other junior high school students and teachers. The 6th grade students will be coming over for a seven period rotation where they will have a tour of the building, have a question and answer session, enjoy a complimentary lunch from PTA/SADD, and go through a three-period rotation of classes. There will be group activities worked into the day, a conversation about schedules with the Guidance Counselors will also be scheduled, and the students will be able to have some time to socialize with other junior high school students. We hope that this event can help the incoming 7th graders to feel more confident and comfortable in coming over next year.

PROM 2016

Prom 2016 is on May 13, 2016 and will be held at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Ticket sales will begin at the mandatory prom meeting on Tuesday, April 12th. Tickets sales will end on Friday, April 22nd. All paperwork for prom is due to Mrs. Santiago by May 6, 2016.

From the Health Office- Patricia Amato RN, Patricia O’Day RN

The health office hosted National Kick Butts Day which was held on March 16th. This annual event provides students and staff members the opportunity to view an informational anti-smoking/anti-e-cigarette DVD. With the increasing rise of teens using e-cigarettes, this was our focus this year. Special thanks to Mrs. Santiago and the members of SADD who donated our raffle prizes.

For all 11th grade students/parents, you should have received a mailing about the Meningococcal vaccine. As of September 2016, it is required for you to have received the vaccine in order to attend school. Please schedule your appointment to receive the vaccine prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Once you have received the vaccine, please provide a copy of confirmation to the health office. This may be done by mailing or faxing the proof of immunization to the high school office. The high school fax number is 765-1387.

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