Monthly Archives: February 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter-February 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
February 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. –John F. Kennedy

I hope everyone is well and having a nice mid-winter vacation.

As I write this edition, students representing grades 7-12 are presently returning back to Southold from attending the Canada trip.  Appreciation is extended to Ms. Gilmore for coordinating the trip and to Mrs. Rich for chaperoning.  From what I hear, all that attended had a great time and a valuable learning experience.

The second semester is in full swing.  Second quarter report cards have been posted on the Parent Portal.  Please carefully review your child’s report card (both comments and grades) and contact your child’s subject specific teacher and/or guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns.  Third quarter interim reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about March 14th. In the event you need to gain access to the Parent Portal, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

The guidance department has outlined, crafted and shared the College Process Timeline for all juniors and their families.  A mailing was sent with a letter addressing this new initiative with the timeline included.  The purpose of this document is to assist current juniors and their respective families to begin planning for the college application process leading to the onset of senior year and beyond.  In the event you have questions, feel free to contact Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro in the guidance department.

Upon graduation, seniors are eligible to receive on their diploma a Seal in signifying they have satisfactorily met select curricula obligations beyond standard requirements leading to graduation.  The State Education Department has released the requirements for students to attain a NEW Seal called the Biliteracy Seal.  Specific information pertaining to acquiring this Seal has been provided to students and their families.  Here too, if additional information is needed to clarify any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s guidance counselor.

We would like to welcome Mrs. Marie D’Alessandro to the Special Education Department.  Mrs. D’Alessandro instructs inclusion classes in social studies grade 8, Global History I, and Economics as well as self-contained classes in US History, social studies 7 & 8 and Global Studies.  We wish Mrs. D’Alessandro the best of luck and welcome her to the building.

On March 15th an assembly program for ELL (English Language Learners) students has been planned – Immigration Law and Pathways to Citizenship.  Appreciation is extended to Ms. Cavallaro, Mrs. Dakis and Mr. Myers for coordinating and planning this important program for our students.

Mr. Crimi and Ms. Cavallaro have completed meeting with students to review course / program options for the 2017-2018 school year.  Prior to meeting with students, all students were provided with a  Middle School Program of Study (students presently in grades 6 and 7) or with a High School Program of Study (students presently in grades 8-11) (also posted on the building webpage) to assist and guide them (and parents) in making course selections for the 2017-2018 school year.  Each document is updated and revised yearly as attempts are made to offer new elective based courses and opportunities.  Please carefully review with your child all course opportunities and if you have questions or need clarification, please contact either Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro.  Please be mindful that elective based and encore areas of study course opportunities might be modified pending interest/enrollment and/or budgetary constraints.

On a monthly basis we recognize Students of the Month in respective subject areas.  Commentary is given by respective teachers in support of honoring select students for their achievement.  Recognition is shared with our students monthly through the morning announcements.  Certificates are presented where students are requested to take such recognition home to share with their families.  Students are also recognized for their academic achievement (honor roll and high honor roll), Random Acts of Kindness, and sportsmanship on a quarterly basis.  We are extremely proud of our students and all of their accomplishments.  It is our intention not only to recognize a small percentage of our students, but rather to recognize all students.  We encourage parents (and guardians) to continually monitor your child’s academic achievement and to check-in with your child on a daily basis.  Please be mindful, that your child’s teachers are here to support you and your child’s academic, social, and emotional development.  If you have questions or concerns please call, schedule a conference, or send an email to your child’s teachers and guidance counselor to best assess your child’s development.

Information pertaining to the administration of 7th and 8th grade State Assessments in ELA, mathematics, science and the NYSELAT has been posted.  The following represents confirmed dates for all required testing.  Assessments in both ELA and mathematics will have a morning administration on dates listed.

ELA – April 5th – March 28th – 30th

Mathematics – May 2nd – 4th

Science – Written – June 5th and Performance Assessment –June 1st}


On Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:00am we will host Coffee with the Principal.  This forum will take place in the library where we will discuss new and existing NY State Education Department academic shifts/expectations as well as building level initiatives.  This will be the last Coffee with the Principal for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please keep current by accessing relevant and essential information on the building website, friend us on Facebook and follow me on Twitter (@PrincipalGalati).

As school is currently closed for winter break, I hope you are having a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Activity / Department News

Library Media Center – Ms. Dougherty-Johnson

Greetings from the library! Recently, students have been researching incredibly varied topics, such as ancient civilizations, genetic diseases, the Jazz Age, and how to manage their personal finances. They are learning how to navigate the library’s databases (VRC), keep track of their sources with EasyBib, and create and collaborate using our Google educational platform. Some 7th and 8th graders have been exploring the word cloud creator, Tagul, to reinforce the vocabulary they’re encountering in Home & Careers. Some seniors have even started to tackle their exciting cumulative project, the senior thesis.  They are investigating topics such as how music affects the brain, how social media impacts teens’ lives, how the gentrification of neighborhoods can have hidden consequences, how veganism might be able to slow climate change, how Major League Baseball needs to reevaluate their system for defense rankings, and much more!

The library’s new book collection includes many titles on the history of Long Island as well as updated books on the countries of the world. As always, we’ve got some great new fiction, too! Stop by for the latest from your favorite authors, Rick Riordan, John Green, Sarah Dessen, and A.S. King. And get ready for one of the best challenges of the year: March Mathness!

English 11 – Ms. Foote

Students recently completed research with Mrs. Johnson in the library for their papers about topics related to the 1920s, such as: prohibition, crime, sports, technological inventions, the economy, and U.S. presidents.  After completing their research papers, students will get to be directors and film their own silent movies about one of those researched topics before we begin reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.

Mrs. Santiago, School Social Worker


Prom 2017 is fast approaching. This year’s event will be held at Breeze Hill Farms in Peconic. The backdrop for this venue will be acres of blooming orchards, while the students enjoy live music and a three course meal served by Christopher Michael’s caterers. On March 1st, students will be voting on this year’s prom theme after a slideshow presentation from the class officers.

Several fundraisers are coming up in the month of March. Upon the return from break, our annual Otis Spunkmeyer cookie sale will begin. On March 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00PM in the elementary cafeteria, the Junior Class will be sponsoring “Kids Night Out” for students in grades K-6. This event will allow parents to drop their children off for two hours, while junior students play games, conduct organized activities and serve snacks for just $10 per child. On March 25th, the juniors will be serving up crepes in the high school cafeteria from 5:30-6:45 PM before the Saturday evening performance of Les Miserable’s.