Monthly Archives: May 2016

MAY PARENT NEWSLETTER

This newsletter will serve as the last newsletter for the 2015-2016 school year. I would like to thank all families for their continued support, assistance, and cooperation during the school year. Parents (guardians) play a huge role in the education of students that enter our classrooms. It is imperative to have open and continual venues to communicate with you to best support your child’s overall academic, emotional and social development. Please continue to access my blog, like us on Facebook as well as access information through Twitter and certainly through the Athletic Department website to keep current with information over the summer and the onset of the new school year.

As the school year comes to a close, we extend best wishes to our retiree’s and are grateful for the many contributions they have made to our learning community. Best wishes and good health and happiness are extended to Mr. Baglivi, science teacher and Mrs. McLoughlin, reading teacher – who have inspired and motivated students to achieve in multiple domains. It is with mixed emotion to share that both Mrs. Contino and Mrs. Albertson will also be retiring. As many families know, Mrs. Contino serves as a building secretary in the main office and Mrs. Albertson is my personal secretary – both ladies are two very special people that have worked collaboratively with me over the years – they will be missed and it will be certainly very difficult to find their replacements. The dedication and devotion they have had to our learning community along with Mr. Baglivi and Mrs. McLoughlin is very much appreciated. We wish all district retiree’s good health and happiness in their retirement.

On May 27th, Mr. Brostowski will be leaving to take a position as the Director of Athletics in a Nassau County district. I commend and appreciate Mr. Brostowski for his continued dedication, his vision and exemplary work ethic demonstrated to our learning community over the years. He has served as a role model to our students and certainly to me – he will be truly missed – we wish him great success filled with many accomplishments and happiness in his new district.

On Thursday, May 12th we recognized 24 students for their academic accomplishments and inducted them into the Southold National Honor Society. Congratulations to all students inducted and wish them continued success.

As we approach the conclusion of the school year we invite you to reflect upon your (as well as your child’s) overall experience during the 2015-2016 school year most specific to the programs we provide and preparedness for your child’s future courses of study / college and career readiness. I encourage you, whether it be prior to the conclusion of the school year or certainly over the summer to share with me in person or if you wish through a phone call or email any concerns you may have and/or valuable upgrades / ideas / concepts for us to consider in order to make your and your child’s experience valuable and positive.

An off-campus evacuation drill has been planned for Friday, May 20th. As in the past, we will plan to dismiss from the building during period 8 and walk to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Main Street. Once all students are in attendance, students will be released to board buses and depart from the church for their trip home. Please reference the parent letter that is posted on-line / sent home detailing the drill and if you have questions, feel free to contact the main office.

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 formalized testing schedule has been posted for families on our webpage and students will be provided with a hard copy to reference in the upcoming weeks. 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.

With the warm weather upon us, families are encouraged to review with their child the BOE Appropriate Dress Policy and building expectations. In the event you need a copy of this document as a reference, please contact the main office. Students that are not dressed in appropriate attire will be requested to make contact with their home to obtain appropriate attire. If a pattern exists, appropriate discipline will follow.

Appreciation is extended to members of our PTA for their continued support and for the treats provided to our faculty and staff at teacher/staff appreciation day. We look forward to sustaining a collaborative bond for many years to come to further support student programs and essential items for instruction.

As the school year approaches yet another conclusion, on behalf of the instructional and non-instructional staff we wish you a safe, enjoyable, and relaxing summer vacation. We wish the graduates of 2016 the best of luck in their future endeavors!

Thank you for making this a successful school year!

Some Reminders

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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!

4. 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.

Academic / Extra Curricula News

English, Mr. Stahl

Congratulations to Aidan Vandenburgh for being chosen a runner-up in the Level 3 New York State 2016 Letters about Literature program. Aidan’s letter to Henry David Thoreau won him a $25 dollar prize and the opportunity to have his letter published in association with the Empire State Center for Books’ web site and the New York State Writers’ Hall of Fame Induction Gala.

Soho TV came home with a second place and a third place standing in this year’s L.I. Post High School Video Awards 2016 contest. Eddie Ward and Daisy Rymer received second place notification for their documentary: Southold – What Makes Us Special? Connor Vaccariello and Sean Okula placed third in the Mystery category for their surrealistic video of David Bowie coming to the aid of a kidnapped Ted Cruz.

Nurse, Patty O’Day and Patti Amato

This is a reminder to all parents of students in 11th grade that the meningococcal vaccine is required before entry into 12th grade. Please have your child see their doctor for this vaccination as soon as possible. Once the vaccine is given, please fax the copy of immunization to the attention of the health office at 765-1387. You may also mail the confirmation to 420 Oaklawn Avenue, Southold New York 11971.

Summer is a good time to see your child’s pediatrician for a physical and immunization check. All 7th and 10th graders are required by State law to have a physical on file in the health office. You may download the health appraisal form from the school website (www.southoldufsd.com) if you plan on going to your private doctor. Completed forms may be dropped off at the main office during the summer or by your child at the beginning of the school year. If your child receives any vaccinations, please send a copy of that as well. If you would like to have your child’s physical with our school doctor, Dr. Buono, please call the health office at 765-5400 ext 330 or 765-5080 to schedule an appointment. Physical dates will be posted on the athletic website as soon as they are available. If your child plans on playing a school sport, it is imperative that they have a recent physical on file with the school nurse. In addition to this, the Southold Athletic Sports Contract must be completed to play each sport. This too is on the school website.

If your child requires medication during school hours, please have the doctor complete the medication form that is found on the school website. You will find this form under Nurse’s Corner. Along with this form you may drop off the labeled prescribed medication on September 1st to the health office. The school nurse cannot administer any prescribed or over the counter medication without a written doctors order.

If you have any health concerns about your child that you would like to discuss with the school nurse, please call the office at the above number.

Music Department (Mrs. Baumann, Mr. Himmelmann, Mrs. Grathwohl):

Congratulations to the following choral students who participated in the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Competition Festival held at Greenport High School on Thursday, May 5th. Levels 1 – 4 are based on 28 points. Levels 5 – 6 are scored out of 100 points.

Junior High School:
LEVEL III Solos: Ryan Deerkoski, Stephen Palermo

LEVEL IV Solos: James Hoyt, Julia Jaklevic, Rhian O’Neil, Kaia Rothman, Reese Thompson, Alexandra Weschler

LEVEL V Solos: Jacquelyn Constantine, Simon Mraz, Juliet Rand, Nick Vicinanza

These student performances yielded (5) Outstanding ratings, (2) Excellent ratings, (2) A+ ratings, and (2) A ratings. Three students received perfect scores – kudos to Kaia Rothman, Juliet Rand, and Julia Jaklevic.

High School:
LEVEL 5 Solos: Bryanna Bay, Emiliann Palermo, Marissa Rackwitz, Emily Russell

These students yielded (2) A+ ratings, (1) A rating, and (1) A- rating. Congratulations to Emiliann Palermo for receiving a perfect score on her solo.

Juniors Gage Bennett, Daisy Rymer, and Meg Pickerell will be performing their solos as they will be auditioning for All-State NYSSMA the weekend of June 3rd. Best wishes!

On May 21st, the High School Band, Chorus, and Orchestra will be traveling to Pennsylvania to compete in the Music In The Parks Competition. They will perform for adjudicators in the morning, spend the afternoon at Dorney Park, followed by the awards ceremony held in the park. We look forward to a great day with our talented student musicians.

The Junior-Senior High School Music Department Spring Concert season is upon us! Our High School Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30 pm. We will also be recognizing our graduating seniors at this concert. The Middle School Concert will be on Wednesday, June 1st at 7:30 pm (please note that this date is different from what is listed on the PTA Calendar). Finally, our Small Ensembles Concert featuring our High School Select Choir and Jazz Ensemble will be on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:30 pm. Please come out and support our student musicians.

On Monday, May 30th, the High School Band will be marching in the annual Memorial Day parade, which will be held in Greenport this year beginning at 10am. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the parade for the students.

On Thursday, May 5th, more than forty Junior and Senior High Band students participated in the annual NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival at Greenport High School. Many of the hard-working students earned Excellent or Outstanding ratings. Special acknowledgment goes to several students who earned perfect scores. Gage Bennett, Evelyn Cummings and Katherine Jarvis earned a perfect score on their level three tenor saxophone trio. Ryan Fulda and Olivia Daddona also received perfect scores on their level four brass solos. And ninth grader Patrick Connolly achieved a perfect score of 100 on his level six alto saxophone solo. Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this years festival

The NYSSMA Festival was held on May 5th at Greenport. Thirteen junior high and six high school students performed. Those playing Levels III and IV all received excellent and outstanding ratings. Those playing Level V received A -, A, and A+. High School students participating were:

Sabrina Basel
Nicole Christman
Robert Elliston
Jake McCarthy
Jamie Molnar
Jheimy Uguna

Junior High students were:
Hanna DeSimone
Kate Jones
Saylor Hughes
Jenna McFarland
Kelli McHugh
Jessica Mele
Ella Neese
Rhian O’Neil
Juliet Rand
Yao Yao Reilly
Rhian Tramontana
Justin Uguna
Emma Whittington-Quarty

Both ensembles are preparing for their Spring Concert on May 24 and the Music in the Parks competition on May 21. High School students will also be performing at the National Honor Society Induction on May 12.