December Parent Newsletter 2016

Monthly Parent Newsletter
December 2016

William R. Galati, Principal

On Friday, December 9th cadets representing Southold, Greenport and Mattituck High School participated in Annual Inspection.  Congratulations to our cadets and instructional members of our ROTC program for meeting and exceeding all related expectations for the inspection.  We are proud of your dedicated efforts and achievement.

To welcome in the holiday season, our music and art department conducted their annual winter concert and art show on Tuesday, December 13th (middle school) and Thursday, December 15th (secondary school).  Both concerts (and student art show) showcased a multitude of student musical as well as artistic talents.  As always, thank you for attending and for supporting our music and art program.

As in the past, Southold High School will not be conducting a formalized testing week at the conclusion of the first semester.  All semester based courses will conclude their course of study with in-class final examinations or with an authentic project (assessment/project due dates will be determined by the instructor to the course of study).  A letter posted on the Parent Portal and building webpage as well as a mailing identifying January 2017 Regents dates/times and expectations will be forthcoming.  In the interim, if you have any specific questions pertaining to January testing, please don’t hesitate to call/email your child’s teacher(s) or guidance counselor.

I invite you to join me for Coffee with the Principal – to have an informal discussion with me and other stakeholders regarding our school, our students, and our latest initiatives to best prepare and support all students with their learning.  I will be hosting this opportunity on Tuesday, January 10th at 9am in the Junior-Senior High School Library – all are welcome.

In the month ahead, Mr. Crimi and Ms. Cavallaro will be structuring push-in meetings by grade in all English classes to begin the course selection process for the 2017-2018 school year.  A booklet (Program of Study) of offerings (hard copy) will be provided to all students at planned meetings.  This same document has also been posted on our webpage for parental review.  Families are encouraged to take time with their child to review the Program of Study, assess graduation requirements (Local and State), as well as assess their child’s interest in taking elective based courses that will challenge student thinking and provide your child with a diverse and well-rounded education.  In the event you have questions related to the course selection process, you are encouraged to contact the guidance office to make an appointment with Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro.

Interim reports will be posted on the Parent Portal effective December 20th as of 3pm.  As always, please review these reports with your child to best assess their overall achievement and progress in respective courses of study.  In the event you desire clarification with comments on the reports, please contact your child’s teachers and guidance counselor.

Please remember that by forming a cohesive partnership our students (your children) will be best prepared to meet and exceed our global expectations to achieve.

On behalf of our instructional and non-instructional staff, best wishes for a safe and happy holiday with family and friends and for a healthy New Year.

Academic Department /Extra Curricula News

Interact Club – Ms. Gilmore and Mrs. Salmaggi, co-advisors

The Southold Interact Club turned over a check for $247 to the Southold Rotary Club on Tuesday, November 29th at the weekly Rotary meeting.  Four students, Althea Mignone, Abby Cacovic, Jamie Molnar and Alexandra Apadula, accompanied Ms. Gilmore to present the check.  The donation represents the proceeds from our annual trick-or-treat for UNICEF drive and the entire donation goes to Rotary International’s Fund for Polio eradication.  Thank you to all contributors!

Our club is doing the annual toy drive for CAST.  Please donate a new, unwrapped toy in the collection boxes that are located in the elementary school lobby, Ms. Gilmore’s room or by the high school office.  Deadline for toy donations is Friday, December 16.  We appreciate your continued support.

On Saturday, December 10, Interact rang the bells for the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army bell ringing is the major source of funds for all the good work that the Salvation Army does all year long.

Happy Holidays – thank you for helping us to remember those less fortunate at this festive time of year.

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