Monthly Archives: October 2016

Monthly Parent Newsletter

Monthly Parent Newsletter

October 2016

William R. Galati, Principal

The first quarter will come to a close (November 10th) with an expected release of first quarter grades to be provided to families on the Parent Portal on/about November 18th. Prior to the conclusion of the first quarter, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher and guidance counselor if you have any questions pertaining to the comments placed on your child’s interim report and the detailed academic progress of your child.  Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 21st (Grades 7-8 only) and November 22nd (Grades 7-12) – please contact your child’s teachers to block time to meet on these dates.  Specific information related to parent – teacher conferences is posted as a memo to parents on the website or if you wish, kindly contact Mrs. Stierle or Mrs. Philp for details.

We welcome Mrs. Philp as my new secretary and extend good wishes to Mrs. Albertson who will be leaving November 4th to begin her retirement.  In addition, we welcome Mr. Ruggi as the newest member of the ESL department.  Mr. Ruggi has a shared instructional schedule in supporting student learning in both the elementary and secondary building.

As always, appreciation is extended to our PTA for coordinating, planning and running the Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair was a huge success.  Proceeds were given to Ms. Dougherty-Johnson to purchase books for our library. Appreciation is also extended to our PTA for providing lunch to our middle school students during spirit day.

Our Middle School students enjoyed their first dance on Friday, October 14th.  The theme for the dance was Halloween – students enjoyed themselves dancing and bonding with their peers.  Appreciation is extended to Mr. Tulley, Middle School Student Council advisor in addition to the members of the middle school student council for hosting a successful and fun dance.

Teachers within the science department received a full day of professional development facilitated by Mr. Glen Cochrane (President of STANYS) on Wednesday, October 26th with emphasis given to the Next Generation Learning Standards in science.  Both elementary and secondary science teachers had time to collaborate and share instructional best practices and more.  A follow-up session has been planned for February 3rd.

We are currently in the Soccer playoff season. Please come out and support our teams – please contact the Athletic Office for locations and times of scheduled games. Congratulations to Coach Sadowski and the Varsity Boy’s Soccer Team with their win against The Stony Brook School on October 26th!

Come and see our School Play, Almost, Maine this week (Friday / Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm).

For up-to-date and current information, please access my BLOG, friend us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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 our global expectations to achieve now and in the future.

Have a great fall!

Academic Department News

Ms. Rizzo

Family & Consumer Science Department

Mrs. Luce’s Spanish 5 class and Ms. Rizzo ‘s College Culinary Arts  I Class joined together to make Spanish style omelet’s.

Ms. Dougherty-Johnson

Library-Media Specialist

Thank you to the PTA for bringing such a fantastic Book Fair to the library. We all loved shopping for shiny, new books together!

We’ve been busy up here learning about all sorts of things: irony, vectors, explorers, citations, grammar in comic strips, and especially this year’s election. We’ve also got Candy Corn Trivia and a Candy Corn Count going on. When they were first invented? How many calories in a single one? Come guess how many are in the jar and be sure to cast your vote on where you stand regarding the ubiquitous Halloween treat: Love, Neutral, or Strongly Dislike.

On display in the library are the scariest books in the collection. What better way to celebrate Halloween than to curl up with a spine-tingling thriller. Pick up some Edgar Allen Poe stories or a modern version of Frankenstein. Find the Vampire Diaries or the Executioner series. See you soon and happy reading!

Ms. Mincieli

Science Department

On October 21st students in my Marine Biology class traveled to South Harbor Beach to participate in an island wide data collection survey A Day In The Life. Students collected data on the physical, chemical and biological conditions of our local waters of the Peconic Estuary. This data will be compiled and posted online so scientists and students alike can gauge the overall health of the Peconic Estuary. It was a beautiful, but very windy, day and we lucked out that the water has remained relatively warm so late in the season. Some of our most interesting biological “catches” were: sheepshead minnow, blackfish, striped killifish, and sand shrimp.