Monthly Archives: September 2016

September Parent Newsletter


A Message From The Principal

Mr. William R. Galati

September 2016

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start. We welcomed students on September 6th with a greeting from student council in the gym followed by students making their way to first period class.  Student assemblies followed on September 7th where students were provided with a discussion pertaining to a review of building expectations and student learning responsibilities in addition to aspects of the Dignity Act was reinforced.  On September 8th we hosted Open House where families had the opportunity to follow their child’s schedule and meet with their child’s teachers to receive a brief summary of course expectations and more.  In the event you were not able to attend Open House, please email your child’s teachers to receive a course syllabus and other pertinent information distributed/discussed during that evening.

High school spirit week took place this week (Week of September 19th) with Spirit Day celebrated on Thursday, September 22nd.  On Friday, September 23rd Our Girls Varsity Soccer Team tied with PJ that same evening we hosted the annual Homecoming Dance for students in grades 9-12.  Homecoming is Saturday, September 24th with the Boy’s Varsity Soccer Team competing against Greenport.  Please visit our district website to gain additional insight and information pertaining to our districts sports programs and fall sports team accomplishments.

State Assessment results in mathematics, ELA and science will be posted on the Parent Portal. We will no longer be mailing detailed student reports summarizing student achievement on State Assessments.  In the event you have concerns pertaining to access to the Parent Portal, please contact Mr. Ryan Case at Questions pertaining to results can be discussed with your child’s ELA/mathematics teacher(s) or guidance counselor.

To further support our teachers with the latest trends, meaningful methodologies, and authentic venues to instruct students; teachers are provided with on-going professional development.  On Friday, September 16th a group of teachers in various curricula domains were provided with professional development in methodologies to further support the ESL student and more.  The session was facilitated by Mrs. Linda Scalice, well respected former school administrator for World Languages and ESL.  We look forward to working with Mrs. Scalice on October 7th where different teachers will be provided with a similar session of learning.

Southold Junior-Senior High School students are encouraged to make the most of their Junior-Senior High School years by enrolling in diverse academic offerings as well as by participating in extra-curricula activities and athletics. A current offering of extra curricula activities will be provided to students as well as posted on the principal webpage for your reference.  Questions pertaining to specific extra curricula activities should be directed to advisors of such activities by email.

A rigorous, challenging, and meaningful curriculum is provided to students and supplemented outside of the classroom with a plethora of enrichment activities that help students develop into well-rounded individuals. To further support students in their overall academic development, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher to assess their overall progress, schedule appointments with teachers to attend parent-teacher conferences (November 21st  – MS and November 22nd  – MS/HS) and for students to attend extra help that is offered daily from 2:30pm-2:45pm.  Interim Reports will no longer be mailed – reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about October 13th.  Please review comments shared on the report and if you desire any clarification, please contact your child’s subject-specific teacher or guidance counselor.  Additionally, parents have access to their child’s academic standing in all classes on the Parent Portal detailing grades their child has earned on assignments, assessments, and more.  Please know that your child’s guidance counselor (Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro)  as well as myself are always available to meet with you to best support you and your child in their overall development (academic, social, and emotional) at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. It is essential that we continue to establish and sustain a collaborative relationship (with all stakeholders) to foster a meaningful and valuable education for all students at Southold schools.  Please like us on Face book, read my blog, access Twitter, and review information posted on the building webpage to be connected with our school.  Have a great year!

Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science

Community Service:

The annual Southold Town Foodie Tour was held on September 11th. Middle school students Miles Hoffman and John Spinelli volunteered to give tours when visitors came to the Southold School garden.  Several students, parent volunteers along with Ms. Rizzo picked crops of fresh vegetables for visitors to sample. The students picked a fresh crop of green peppers that turned into a Culinary Arts I High School farm to table lesson where the high school culinary class made stuff peppers.

Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson, Library Media Specialist

News from the library: There has been an abundance of reading (we all love those new September books!) and research (we missed you this summer, Virtual Reference Collection!) going on in the library already. In addition, we’re teaming up with the Southold Free Library to provide a great program. The Jane Addams Book Group for grades 5-8 is based on the 2016 Jane Addams children’s book award winners. We’ll meet on Wednesdays (September 21 & 28 and October 5 & 19) from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Southold Free Library. We’ll have a great time reading and talking about this year’s six winning books as well as researching the authors/illustrators and discussing the themes that are explored. On Friday, October 21, we’ll attend the Awards Ceremony in New York City and meet the winning authors and illustrators. There are still a few spots left, so interested readers should talk to their librarian for more information.

Besides all the class visits and book checkouts this month, we’re celebrating the Constitution in the library. Come see if you can answer the Constitution trivia questions: Are there spelling errors in the Constitution? How long did it take to write the Constitution? Who was the oldest signer? Who was the youngest? What presidents signed the Constitution? In addition, there are a few more weeks left for the Preamble Challenge: Can you memorize and recite the Preamble, the first sentence of the Constitution? Will you win the grand prize?

See you soon and happy reading!

Ms. Gilmore / Mrs. Salmaggi, Co-Advisors for Interact

Two of our Interact students, Althea Mignone and Alexandra Apadula, have been invited by the Southold Rotary Club to attend the Rotary conference which will be held at the Ocean Place Resort in New Jersey from October 13 to October 16.