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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. 


Parent Newsletter for December 2013

Monthly Parent Newsletter
December 2013
William R. Galati, Principal

To welcome in the holiday season, our music and art department conducted their annual winter concert and art show on Tuesday, December 10th (middle school) and Tuesday, December 17th (secondary school). Both concerts (and student art show) showcased a multitude of student talent and showcased our student’s 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 identifying Regents/RCT January 2014 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.

All middle level students (grades 7 and 8) took benchmark assessments in both ELA and mathematics over the last two weeks. Such testing is part of APPR mandates by the State Education Department. Results of such assessments will not be shared with students or families and does not have any impact on student quarterly grades. The assessment data will be used by our ELA and mathematics teachers to best support their instructional practices as we move forward with greater depth of integrating Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and more into our daily instruction and preparing students to meet and exceed college and career readiness Standards. Furthermore, students that are enrolled in Common Core Algebra (accelerated grade 8 and grade 9 students) will be taking the NEW Common Core Algebra Regents examination on Tuesday, June 3rd as well as take the Standard Integrated Algebra Regents examination on June 20th. The higher of the scores received by students taking both Regents examinations will be recorded on student transcripts. As June testing approaches a more detailed memorandum will be provided to families outlining SED’s testing protocol and rationale for students taking two Algebra Regents examinations.

We wish Mrs. Dempsey good health and happiness as she retires from Southold Schools on December 20th and welcome Mrs. Krawczyk as our interim Library Media Specialist through June.

I invite you to join me for Coffee with the Principal – to have an informal discussion with me regarding our school, our students, and our latest initiatives to best prepare and support all students in their learning. I will be hosting this opportunity on Tuesday, January 7th at 9am in my office – all are welcome.

Over the past couple of months teachers have been provided with professional development from recognized educators (Dr. Nancy Doda, Scott McMullen, and Larry Farrell) in middle level instructional strategies and related shifts in the ELA, science, and mathematics curricula aligned with the new Common Core State Learning Standards (CCLS). This necessary and imperative professional development will continue in the months ahead as we provide essential professional development to teachers working within the Integrated Co-Taught learning environment.

Interim reports have been posted on the Parent Portal effective December 17th 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

Mr. Santiago, Advisor – Quiz Bowl

The Varsity and Junior Varsity Academic Quiz Bowl Teams remain undefeated! The Academic teams are off to a strong start with teams that have at least a year or two of experience under their belt. The next match will be against top ranked Patchogue -Medford in January. Team members are as follows:

Varsity Team

• Michael Ryan (Captain)
• Tom Messina
• Savannah Calderale
• George Prieto
• Kenji Fujita

Junior Varsity

• Sam Basel (Captain)
• Aiden Vandenburgh
• Bryan Patchell
• Ethan Sisson
• Aiden Walker
• Walker Sutton

The team goal is to join Shanghai in Switzerland at the international academic match.

Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science

Students in the College Level Culinary Arts I course just completed making hot appetizers. This year the students are documenting their delicious food items with pictures and Ms. Rizzo has posted the pictures on the teacher shared page on the district web site. During the past week we worked on a recipe for French Onion Soup just in time for the cold weather this season.

Seventh grade Home and Career Skills students have started their nutrition unit. We were given some delicious leafy greens from the school garden and we are sampling a spinach salad in class. Students have been using their chrome books with the website.
Mrs. Williams, Business

Mentor Breakfast Peconic Landing – On October 20th twelfth grade students attended a mentor breakfast at Peconic Landing in Greenport. The students rotated to different tables and met with residents and business people from our local community to discuss college and future career choices. The students had a wonderful day. We would like to thank Connie Ellis and Peconic Landing for setting up such a rewarding morning for our students.

DECA – The Southold DECA club has 72 members this year. The students are studying for the competition that will take place on January 8, 2014 at Suffolk County Community College in Selden. Based on our results in the Regional Competition we will head to the State competition in Rochester in March. Wish us Luck.

Stock Market Game – Every business education class participated in the Stock Market game where each student was given $100,000 to invest in the stock market. Unfortunately, we did not place in the top two like we have done many times in the past but we had students come in the top 3% of all the schools on Long Island. It was a pleasure to see the students rushing into the classroom to check their portfolios each day.

Ms. Cavallaro, Guidance

On Tuesday, December 10th, Suffolk County Community College conducted on-site admissions in the Guidance Office. Through this event, our seniors had the opportunity to sit down individually with a college admissions counselor and walk through the admissions process. Students learned about financial aid, scholarships, honors program requirements, placement testing and select a program of study.

Mr. Himmelmann, Music

The Southold Music Department is proud to announce the students who have been selected for the 2014 Hamptons Music Educators Association Middle and High School Festivals. Students will be participating in three days of rehearsals and a concert along with the top musicians from the east end schools. Congratulations to the following students:

HMEA Middle School Band
Jon Baumann
Katie Baumann
Patrick Connolly
Mario Contreras
Sean Conway
Olivia Daddona
Gabriella Drumm
Alex Kandora
Michael Krause
Max Kruszeski
Marie Mullen
Jake Okula
Emiliann Palermo
Emily Russell
Hannah Sutton

HMEA Middle School Orchestra
Charlotte Allen
Sabrina Basel
William Burns
Michael Daddona
Rebecca Dickerson
Kathryn Jernick

HMEA Middle School Chorus
Sabrina Basel
Jonathan Baumann
Katie Baumann
Bryanna Bay
Hayley Brigham
Alexandra Cardi
Breana Gibbs
Katherine Jarvis
Charlotte Mahaffy
Marie Mullen
Emiliann Palermo
Emily Russell
Maggie Scott

HMEA Middle School World Drumming
Van Karsten
Jonathan Baumann

HMEA High School Band
Savannah Calderale
Joshua Clasing
Walter Hildebrandt
Emily Pressler

HMEA High School Orchestra
Nicole Christman
Julia Daddona
Kimiko Fujita
Owen Klipstein
Kathryn Krukowski
Jamie Molnar
Alessandra Ramirez
Julia Saccamano
Julia Schade
Aidan Walker

HMEA High School Chorus
Mert Altintoprak
Emma Alvarez
Samuel Basel
Rachel Burns
Timothy Chilton
Kimberly Connolly
Michaela Manno
Daniella Menjivar
Bryan Patchell
Meg Pickerell
Daisy Rymer
Cora Small
Chryso Tsoumpelis

HMEA High School Jazz Ensemble
Michael Cosmadelis