Monthly Archives: May 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter – May 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
May 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

 

This newsletter will serve as the last newsletter for the 2016-2017 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.

 

On Tuesday, May 9th we recognized students for their academic accomplishments and inducted them into the Southold National Honor Society. Congratulations to all students inducted and wish them continued success.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Santiago who has been awarded a PhD from St. John’s University in History.  We are proud of Dr. Santiago’s achievement!

 

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 2016-2017 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.

 

We welcome Ms. Jade Turdik, Clerk Typist (main office secretary) and Ms. Megan Seminario, Senior Clerk Typist (Principal’s secretary) to Southold. Upon visiting the main office, please introduce yourself to our new clerical team.

 

A mailing took place with information regarding the Social Host Law.  It is imperative that all families review the print information and in the event of any questions to contact Officer Bill Brewer, Southold PD or Mrs. Santiago, social Worker.

 

An off-campus evacuation drill took place on Friday, May 19th.  Prior to the conclusion of the school year we will continue practicing both fire drills and lock-down drills to further learn the protocols needed in the event of an emergency.

 

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 12th.  June 13th we begin final / Regents examinations.  A formalized testing schedule has been posted for families on our webpage as well as through the PTA Constant Contact; additionally, students have been provided with a hard copy of the schedule so they can begin preparing for testing. It is expected that all students are in attendance during testing.  The official conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year is June 23rd with our High School graduation to follow on June 24th.

 

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.

 

Planning Ahead:

  • Congratulations to all of our spring sports teams for bringing forth good effort and sportsmanship. Please access the Settler’s homepage for a listing all remaining games and championship dates;
  • High School Spring Concert and Art Show is Tuesday, May 23rd / Middle School Spring Concert and Art Show is Thursday, June 1st / Small Ensemble is Tuesday, June 6th;
  • NJROTC Awards is scheduled for Tuesday, May 30th;
  • Varsity Awards Night is Thursday, June 8th / Senior Athletic Dinner is Thursday, June 15th

 

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 2017 the best of luck in their future endeavors!

 

Thank you for making this a successful school year!

 

Some Reminders

 

  1. 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

 

Emilia Dakis, English 7:

Students are building on something they did in 6th grade called Genius Hour. Here at the Jr. /Sr. High we are calling it Genius 41. Students are developing their own projects and taking them through from the idea phase to a final product. Throughout the month, students will be brainstorming, researching, drafting and revising proposals and presentations, building prototypes, and presenting to the class. Projects include everything from building a new fidget device and researching their benefits to struggling learners to researching and creating a new sport. This hands-on, student-centered activity has the students very excited!
From the Health Office- Mrs. Amato, Mrs. O’Day

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 August 31st or September 5th 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.

Monthly Parent Newsletter – April 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
April 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

 

The third quarter has come to a close and grades have been posted to the Parent Portal (as of April 28th) with related comments.  Please review the information received on your child’s report card with your child as it is expected that all students are achieving appropriately in all courses of study.  It is imperative to make contact with your child’s teachers and certainly with their guidance counselor.  If you desire any clarification with information shared on the report card and/or need assistance with any strategies to best assist your child in achieving a level of mastery with their studies, please contact the appropriate people to best assist.

 

Congratulations to our Robotics team for their most recent achievement at Hofstra University and for having a great build season. Appreciation is extended to Mr. Santiago and chaperones for supporting our tenth graders on the most recent Europe trip.  Students had a memorable experience!

 

National Honor Society inductions will be taking place on May 9th at 7pm in the auditorium.  Please contact Mr. Stahl for additional details.  

 

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 12th.  June 13th we begin final / Regents examinations.  The testing schedule was mailed a couple of weeks ago.  In addition, the testing schedule has been posted for families on our webpage and students will be provided with a hard copy in the weeks leading to the end of the school year. It is expected that all students are in attendance during such testing.  The official conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year is June 23rd with our High School graduation to follow on June 24th. Please plan accordingly to assist and support your child with all upcoming testing obligations.

 

Congratulations to Robby Kruszeski, class Valedictorian and to Meg Pickerell, class Salutatorian.  Robby and Meg are two great students that have demonstrated compassion for learning and established a focused and determined mindset to achieve.  Congratulations!

 

On April 6th, Mrs. Santiago hosted a parent / student meeting in preparation for the Junior Prom.  The prom will be taking place on Friday, May 12th at Breeze Hill Farms.  In the event your child has intentions of attending the prom and you were not available to attend this meeting, it is important to make contact with Mrs. Santiago to receive prom related details and expectations.

 

Prior to the conclusion of the school year, we expect to continue to practice school safety procedures by engaging in lockdown drills, fire drills and an off-campus evacuation drill.  An off-campus drill to St. Patrick’s RRC is planned to take place on Friday, May 19th starting on/about 1:30pm where students will be released and bused home from the off-campus evacuation site.  Details pertaining to the drill (for May 19th) have been mailed home.  In the event you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office.  

 

Congratulations to Mr. Gosnell and to all student artists that have put together an exceptional display of student art work at the Southold Free Library and be amazed as you see our student’s artistic talents on display.  The exhibit will be on display through the month of April.  

 

With the warm weather approaching it is expected that all students are dressed in accordance and abide to the BOE approved Southold UFSD dress code.  If students are in questionable and/or inappropriate attire, students will be meeting with Mr. Flanagan, Athletics Director / Dean of Students where appropriate discipline will be awarded.  In the event you need a copy of the policy, please don’t hesitate to call the high school office.

 

During the months of April through June, students will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT) and science (Grade 8 only).  Below, is the State assessment schedule for your reference outlining remaining State Assessments to be administered (a letter addressing the same has also been mailed).

 

2016-2017 Middle School State Assessment Schedule

 

Assessment Administration Dates Make-up Dates
NYSELAT Speaking April 10th – May 14th During Testing Window
NYSELAT Listening, Writing and Reading May 8th  – 19th   During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Performance Test Tentatively – May 24th  (during class)   During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Written June 5th June 6th – 7th

 

Some Reminders

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Laser Light Show – Middle School Students

 

Through the generosity of the PTA, middle level students in grades 7 and 8 will be provided with a Laser Light Show on May 8th during period 9.

 

  1. Social Media

 

It is imperative that we all demonstrate proper use of all social media venues to share and post select information so that we are not compromising the character and image of anyone. Students are continually informed of related expectations which are reinforced by our instructional stakeholders and it is requested that parents support and reinforce the same with children at home.  

 

Department / Activity-Club News

 

Interact – Blood Drive

Ms. Gilmore & Mrs. Salmaggi

The Interact Club will host our annual Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 17.  Any student who would like to donate needs photo ID.  16 and 17-year-old students may donate but only with the required parental permission form signed and properly filled out.  All students who intend to donate should eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of fluids beforehand.  Please see Ms. Gilmore or Mrs. Salmaggi for details.

 

The Interact Club will also run a “purple pinkie” fundraiser during the blood drive.  Students may contribute $1.00 to have their pinkie colored purple and sign the “purple pinkie” banner; all proceeds go to Rotary International’s fund to eradicate polio in the world. 

 

The club would like to thank everyone who donated to our “General Needs” drive.  We collected three large bins of new socks and undergarments for Long Island homeless veterans.  Special thanks to the Southold Pharmacy for their efforts and to the Southold Fire Department; the department donated a check for $500.00 to the fund to help support our local, homeless veterans.  

 

Family & Consumer Science

Ms. Rizzo

8th grade Home and Career Skills students will be working on a Career Exploration project using Google slides.