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Monthly Parent Newsletter March 2017

Monthly Parent Newsletter
March 2017

William R. Galati, Principal

Spring is here!  And, spring break is around the corner.  The school year is running by quickly.

Currently, students are meeting with their respective guidance counselors finalizing course requests for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please expect for your child to share with you such requests and in the event you or your child wish to revise course selections, please schedule a meeting with your child’s guidance counselor for advisement.  All elective based courses will only run based upon sufficient enrollment and pending appropriate budgetary support.  For descriptors of all anticipated courses offered to students, please review the Program of Study posted on our website or contact Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro in guidance.

The performance of Les Miserable’s took place last week.  This was truly an outstanding production with great talent showcased by our students.  Appreciation is extended to our students, parents, and the Southold Community for their continued support given to the Theatre Arts department in making this production a positive experience for our students.  I appreciate the hard work and dedication our talented students devoted to this production.

The annual Military Ball took place on Friday, March 24th.  Similar to all years – the Cadets and their guests at the event looked great and all had a great time.  Thank you to our NJROTC team for making this a great experience.

The Robotics Team will be competing at Hofstra University this week – please come out and see our students in action and be introduced to the team’s robot.  Appreciation is extended to our parents for their continued support and assistance in once again making this opportunity a reality for our students.

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.  Even if a student is late with parental support, the lateness is still deemed as being not excused.  Please reference the attendance policy or contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have questions.

As the warmer weather approaches, we request parents to review with their child our dress code expectation policy.  Students are advised to dress appropriately for school daily.  In the event students select to dress inappropriately, students will be requested to make contact with the home for a parent (guardian) to bring to school appropriate attire and/or will be provided with appropriate discipline if a pattern is observed.

As the weather improves fire drills and off-campus drills will be scheduled to take place.  We will have an evacuation drill (early dismissal drill) to St. Patrick’s RC Church on Friday, May 19th.  A letter to families will follow.

Hands-only CPR Training and Awareness will be provided to all students in grades 7-12 on May 25th and 26th during physical education classes.  Appreciation is extended to Mrs. Marra along with Mr. Ellis and Ms. Rinaudo for providing this essential training and awareness to our students.

Third quarter interim reports have been posted on the Parent Portal.  As always, please review these reports to assess your child’s academic progress.  If you have questions regarding your child’s overall achievement, I encourage you to contact your child’s guidance counselor as well as your child’s teachers.  April 21st, the third quarter concludes with an expected release on The Parent Portal of third quarter report cards on/about April 28th.

6th Grade orientation for parents will be taking place on Thursday, March 30th at 6:00pm in the district auditorium.  Guidance Counselors will be sharing with parent’s related information pertaining to a 7th grade student’s schedule, after school opportunities and more.  In the event parents are not available to attend, they are requested to contact the guidance office to either schedule a meeting with a counselor or request for information to be mailed home.

During the months of April through June, students in 7th and 8th grade will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT), ELA, mathematics, and science.  A calendar of related testing dates has been posted on the building webpage for your reference.  Additionally, select subject areas (CC Algebra, Chemistry and Global History and Geography) will be participating in Field Testing.  Letter detailing this information was mailed to families a month ago.

The June final and Regents exam schedule for June 2017 testing has been posted on the building webpage.  You are requested to review and be attentive to dates when your child will sit for upcoming final exams and Regents exams.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and look forward to fostering a collaborative and meaningful relationship with parents/guardians to best support all students’ academic, social, and emotional development. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts, sports events, and district events.

For additional information highlighting the great programs and offerings to students at Southold Junior-Senior High School, please access my BLOG at https://principalgalati.wordpress.com , as well as connect with us through Facebook and on Twitter.

Have a safe and relaxing April vacation!

Other Relevant News

Nurses Office, Mrs. O’Day

On March 22, 2017, students participated in National Kick Butts Day. This day is held to bring awareness to the students about the dangers of cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use. The SADD members collaborated with the health office for activities including a social media contest and watching a presentation on the dangers of e- cigarettes. A special thank you to the SADD members, Jessica Santiago, Eric Kehl, Matt Pfister, Jeff Ellis, and Linda Rinaudo for their efforts with this event.

Ms. Foote

Ms. Foote’s SLP English 9/10 class, Mrs. Johnson, and Mr. Flanagan:

We are currently reading a memoir by Jordan Romero titled, No Summit out of Sight.  This text details his journey as a pre-teen who was the youngest person ever to set out achieving a goal of climbing all seven summits on the different continents.  On Wednesdays, the students are responsible for leading the group in a Socratic Seminar in the library about the recent pages that were read. Mr. Flanagan has also joined our group and shared his personal experiences with hiking and climbing both as a hobby and with groups of students he’s worked with in the past.  Discussing the personal experiences of Romero and making our personal connections as a group has fostered an environment where thoughts and feelings are shared candidly and a mutual respect is accepted.  We are on schedule to finish reading by the end of the marking period, and have already started brainstorming ideas about final project assignments, not limited to writing letters to Romero and inviting him to visit our school.

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}

NYSELAT – TBD

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

Juniors:

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.

January 2017 Monthly Parent Newsletter

Happy New Year – good health and happiness in 2017!

The second quarter (first semester) has concluded.  Expect all second quarter grades to be posted to the Parent Portal on Friday, February 3rd by 3pm.

Please review report cards with your child where you can assess your child’s academic growth as well as commentary from your child’s teachers to best assist and guide you in working with your child at home.  As always, we welcome you to schedule either cluster meetings with your child’s teachers through your child’s guidance counselor or feel free to either email or call your child’s subject specific teacher directly to schedule a meeting to review your child’s work, progress, achievement as well as seek direction and guidance to further support your child’s academic development.  In the event you need a copy of your child’s report card, please contact Mrs. Kollan, guidance secretary or your child’s guidance counselor.

The second semester begins Monday, January 30th.  Students and families are encouraged to log-into your Parent Portal account to review student schedules for the 2nd semester.  In the event you wish to receive a hard copy of your child’s schedule please contact your child’s guidance counselor.    Hard copies of second semester schedules were provided to students on Friday, January 27th in homeroom.

Guidance counselors have concluded pushing into English classes to inform students about scheduling expectations for the 2017-2018 school year.   We invite you to be part of the process by sitting with your child by reviewing with them course offerings and by following-up with your child’s respective guidance counselor.  Programs of Study for middle level students (student’s currently in grades 6 and 7) and for high school students (student’s currently in grades 8-11) are posted on the building webpage for your reference – hard copies have been given to all students in their first period class a couple of weeks ago.  If you wish to receive a hard copy, feel free to stop in the guidance office to receive a copy.  As you will see in reviewing the respective Programs of Study, attempts have been made to include additional elective based courses; Please be informed that these courses will only be offered to students if such courses have sufficient student interest, can be supported by the respective instructional allocation within a department, complement the students schedule, as well as be supported through the 2017-2018 district budget.  Additionally, further attempts will be made to share high school courses of study with Greenport High School – such decisions will be addressed as we move forward with the scheduling process.

Office William Brewer, Southold PD had the opportunity to meet  with students in grades 7-12 on January 19th in hosting a deep and focused discussion and presentation regarding driver’s safety, social decision making, appropriate use of social media and more.  We look forward for Officer Brewer’s return in the spring to further support and guide our students.

Junior parent night took place on January 12th.  In the event you were not available to attend, please contact the guidance office to receive an envelope of essential information discussed and shared.

Please access the guidance department web-page to obtain current information regarding scholarships and more.  In the event you have questions regarding the college application process, feel free to contact Mr. Crimi (students with last names L-Z) or Ms. Cavallaro (students with last names A-K).

Appreciation is extended to Mr. Halucha assisting us as interim social worker during the first semester – we welcome back Mrs. Santiago on January 30th.  We welcome Mr. Peterson, student teacher in social studies with Mr. Carver.  Mr. Peterson is currently completing his teacher certification obligations through a local college – we wish him great success!  We are currently conducting a search to replace Mr. Locascio in the special education department.  Once an appointment of a replacement has been made, a letter detailing our transition plan will follow.

The annual Semi-Formal is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 3rd (8pm-10:30pm – in the gym) immediately following the Varsity Basketball game (Southold vs. Greenport).  Students that wish to bring a guest are expected to obtain a permission slip from the main office.  Guests are to receive permission from their school principal as recorded on the permission slip – permission slips must be turned into the main office prior to the dance.

On a daily basis there are exceptional things taking place in our classrooms (during and after school).  I invite you to review all classroom and extra curricula /sports accolades on my blog at https://principalgalati.wordpress.com/  or through Face book or through Twitter (@PrincipalGalati) – there are days in which the blog (Face book or Twitter) is updated with news multiple times – many great things are happening!

In closing, we are here to support you and your child to best prepare them to meet and exceed graduation requirements and to prepare them for life-long learning beyond high school.  Please email or call us if you have concerns or need any clarification pertaining to the overall development of your child.  Please encourage your child to attend extra help and seek academic support from their teachers by meeting with them upon the conclusion of the school day.  By forming a cohesive partnership, our students (your children) will be best prepared to meet and exceed our global expectations to achieve.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and assistance – We wish our students the best of luck as they enter the second semester at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

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.

November Parent Newsletter

The fall season has certainly arrived with shorter daylight, leaves changing color and the conclusion of the first marking period.

The first quarter concluded on November 10th with posting of grades on the Parent Portal on November 18th.  In the event you are not able to access your child’s grades, please contact the guidance office to obtain a hard copy of your child’s first quarter report card.

Parent-Teacher conferences took place on Monday, November 21st for students in grades 7 and 8 and on Tuesday, November 22nd for students in grades 7-12.  In the event you were unable to schedule an appointment to meet with your child’s teachers, you are encouraged to email or call them directly to plan an alternate date/time to meet.

We request your support and assistance in reinforcing with your children the following building expectations:

  1. Students are requested to attend school on time.       First period begins at 7:50am.       Families are requested to report all absences to Mrs. Claudio, the District Attendance Clerk.
  2. Students are expected to wear appropriate attire to school on a daily basis. If students select to wear inappropriate attire in not keeping with our building and BOE policy, appropriate discipline will be awarded.
  3. As per our BOE policy, students are not allowed to use or be in the possession of E-Cigarettes. If students are found to be in the possession or use of this device, appropriate discipline will be awarded.
  4. Students are allowed to have clear water bottles containing water while in school, however are not allowed to have beverages other than water in the classrooms and halls.

In the weeks ahead, please expect to see the posting on our website to the 2017-2018 Program of Study for both Middle School and High School. Both documents have been revised and contain new exciting opportunities for students for the 2017-2018 school year.

The early winter sports season has begun. We congratulate our sports students for their fall season achievement.  Please access the Southold Settler’s Athletic Department webpage for upcoming game schedules and come out and support our teams.

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 global expectations to achieve and reap the rewards of a well rounded education.  Please access my principal blog at https://principalgalati.wordpress.com/ or follow me at Twitter at #PrincipalGalati for most current and relevant school related updates and highlights.

Best regards and have a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

News from Academic Departments and Clubs

Family & Consumer Science Department

Ms. Rizzo

Culinary Arts I and Interact Students made and donated 30 pumpkin breads for the Annual Southold Rotary Community Service Project for Thanksgiving.

The 7th grade Home and Career Skills students are currently completing an extended lesson regarding food shopping and creating an appropriate and manageable budget.

Chef Tom Hashagen, retired culinary instructor from Riverhead BOCES came to the Southold College Culinary Arts I class to demonstrate a delicious fall style vegetable dish. While here, Chef Tom demonstrated knife skills to the students. Chef Tom volunteers through the East End Slow Foods Chefs to School Program and provides local students basic culinary skills.

Junior and Senior English and Resource Room Classes

Ms. Foote

Students recently finished reading Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam-era novel The Things They Carried. Because Veterans’ Day coincided with the end of this unit, the students designed original thank you cards to give to local Long Island veterans. Additionally, Mr. Ed Lovetere (served in the US Navy) and Mr. Richard Hansen (served in the US Army as a paratrooper) visited the classes as guest speakers.  Discussing their prepared questions and getting advice firsthand from these veterans was an experience the students described as “unforgettable.”In addition, students studied Billy Joel’s classic song “Goodnight Saigon” and analyzed the lyrics for historical content as well as poetic and literary devices. With the assistance of our Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Johnson, students used books from our school library to collaboratively develop an informational Google Slides presentation that summarizes this important time period in history. Lastly, as a culminating assessment, students wrote letters to the author Tim O’Brien about their perspectives of his novel and about their experiences during this unit.

The Class of 2020

Mrs. Imbriano

The Class of 2020 sponsored the beautiful, patriotic flag display on the front lawn of Southold High School.  The flags are a beautiful way of thanking veterans and current service members. Heartfelt appreciation is extended to all who sponsored a flag.  Additional special thanks go to Mr. Pfister for helping make the flag poles and to Julia Vicinanza, Nick Vicinanza, Adrianne Portillo, Vincent Imbriano, and Mr. Imbriano for working hard to set up the display. In the coming months, the Class of 2020 will be making a donation to the Veteran’s Health Alliance, which is an organization that helps veterans as they transition back into civilian life.

Advanced Performance Athletics

Advanced Performance Athletics is taking it to the next level this year, releasing a new line of athletic clothing, along with a new basketball, stopwatch, and much more while still keeping last year’s soccer ball. We are working vigorously to improve our company and help more buyers and consumers Train Smarter and Play Harder. Wish us luck at our first trade show December 16th!

Advanced Performance Athletics is taking it to the next level this year, releasing a new line of athletic clothing, along with a new basketball, stopwatch, and much more while still keeping last year’s soccer ball. We are working vigorously to improve our company and help more buyers and consumers Train Smarter and Play Harder. Wish us luck at our first trade show December 16th!

 

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.

September Parent Newsletter

 

A Message From The Principal

Mr. William R. Galati

September 2016

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start. We welcomed students on September 6th with a greeting from student council in the gym followed by students making their way to first period class.  Student assemblies followed on September 7th where students were provided with a discussion pertaining to a review of building expectations and student learning responsibilities in addition to aspects of the Dignity Act was reinforced.  On September 8th we hosted Open House where families had the opportunity to follow their child’s schedule and meet with their child’s teachers to receive a brief summary of course expectations and more.  In the event you were not able to attend Open House, please email your child’s teachers to receive a course syllabus and other pertinent information distributed/discussed during that evening.

High school spirit week took place this week (Week of September 19th) with Spirit Day celebrated on Thursday, September 22nd.  On Friday, September 23rd Our Girls Varsity Soccer Team tied with PJ that same evening we hosted the annual Homecoming Dance for students in grades 9-12.  Homecoming is Saturday, September 24th with the Boy’s Varsity Soccer Team competing against Greenport.  Please visit our district website to gain additional insight and information pertaining to our districts sports programs and fall sports team accomplishments.

State Assessment results in mathematics, ELA and science will be posted on the Parent Portal. We will no longer be mailing detailed student reports summarizing student achievement on State Assessments.  In the event you have concerns pertaining to access to the Parent Portal, please contact Mr. Ryan Case at rcase@southoldufsd.com. Questions pertaining to results can be discussed with your child’s ELA/mathematics teacher(s) or guidance counselor.

To further support our teachers with the latest trends, meaningful methodologies, and authentic venues to instruct students; teachers are provided with on-going professional development.  On Friday, September 16th a group of teachers in various curricula domains were provided with professional development in methodologies to further support the ESL student and more.  The session was facilitated by Mrs. Linda Scalice, well respected former school administrator for World Languages and ESL.  We look forward to working with Mrs. Scalice on October 7th where different teachers will be provided with a similar session of learning.

Southold Junior-Senior High School students are encouraged to make the most of their Junior-Senior High School years by enrolling in diverse academic offerings as well as by participating in extra-curricula activities and athletics. A current offering of extra curricula activities will be provided to students as well as posted on the principal webpage for your reference.  Questions pertaining to specific extra curricula activities should be directed to advisors of such activities by email.

A rigorous, challenging, and meaningful curriculum is provided to students and supplemented outside of the classroom with a plethora of enrichment activities that help students develop into well-rounded individuals. To further support students in their overall academic development, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher to assess their overall progress, schedule appointments with teachers to attend parent-teacher conferences (November 21st  – MS and November 22nd  – MS/HS) and for students to attend extra help that is offered daily from 2:30pm-2:45pm.  Interim Reports will no longer be mailed – reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about October 13th.  Please review comments shared on the report and if you desire any clarification, please contact your child’s subject-specific teacher or guidance counselor.  Additionally, parents have access to their child’s academic standing in all classes on the Parent Portal detailing grades their child has earned on assignments, assessments, and more.  Please know that your child’s guidance counselor (Mr. Crimi or Ms. Cavallaro)  as well as myself are always available to meet with you to best support you and your child in their overall development (academic, social, and emotional) at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. It is essential that we continue to establish and sustain a collaborative relationship (with all stakeholders) to foster a meaningful and valuable education for all students at Southold schools.  Please like us on Face book, read my blog, access Twitter, and review information posted on the building webpage to be connected with our school.  Have a great year!

Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science

Community Service:

The annual Southold Town Foodie Tour was held on September 11th. Middle school students Miles Hoffman and John Spinelli volunteered to give tours when visitors came to the Southold School garden.  Several students, parent volunteers along with Ms. Rizzo picked crops of fresh vegetables for visitors to sample. The students picked a fresh crop of green peppers that turned into a Culinary Arts I High School farm to table lesson where the high school culinary class made stuff peppers.

Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson, Library Media Specialist

News from the library: There has been an abundance of reading (we all love those new September books!) and research (we missed you this summer, Virtual Reference Collection!) going on in the library already. In addition, we’re teaming up with the Southold Free Library to provide a great program. The Jane Addams Book Group for grades 5-8 is based on the 2016 Jane Addams children’s book award winners. We’ll meet on Wednesdays (September 21 & 28 and October 5 & 19) from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Southold Free Library. We’ll have a great time reading and talking about this year’s six winning books as well as researching the authors/illustrators and discussing the themes that are explored. On Friday, October 21, we’ll attend the Awards Ceremony in New York City and meet the winning authors and illustrators. There are still a few spots left, so interested readers should talk to their librarian for more information.

Besides all the class visits and book checkouts this month, we’re celebrating the Constitution in the library. Come see if you can answer the Constitution trivia questions: Are there spelling errors in the Constitution? How long did it take to write the Constitution? Who was the oldest signer? Who was the youngest? What presidents signed the Constitution? In addition, there are a few more weeks left for the Preamble Challenge: Can you memorize and recite the Preamble, the first sentence of the Constitution? Will you win the grand prize?

See you soon and happy reading!

Ms. Gilmore / Mrs. Salmaggi, Co-Advisors for Interact

Two of our Interact students, Althea Mignone and Alexandra Apadula, have been invited by the Southold Rotary Club to attend the Rotary conference which will be held at the Ocean Place Resort in New Jersey from October 13 to October 16.

Welcome Back to School Newsletter

Welcome Back to School
Principal Newsletter

August 2016

On behalf of the instructional and non-instructional staff at Southold Junior-Senior High School, welcome back to school! We hope you had time over the summer to have fun, relax, and spend quality time with family and friends. We expect that the 2016-2017 school year will be an exciting and inspirational year for our students. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6th.

We will be relying more upon the use of technology; most specifically the Parent Portal and Building Webpage, to keep families current with important information regarding programs, procedures, and more. The typical welcome back envelope with important information is now posted online.

All student schedules will be posted on the Parent Portal as of Friday, August 19th. You are requested to log-onto the Parent Portal frequently leading up to the first day of classes as schedules are live as minor potential shifts in student schedules may occur prior to the onset of the school year. In the event you have questions/concerns pertaining to your child’s academic schedule, please schedule an appointment with your child’s guidance counselor prior to the start of school. If you need log-in information and/or guidance to navigate through the Portal, feel free to contact Mr. Ryan Case, Director of District Educational Technology at rcase@southoldufsd.com. On the first day of classes in homeroom (period 1) students will receive a hard copy of their current schedule (in the event of any changes since last log-in).

All secondary teachers will be using the Grade-Book feature in ESchool (Student Management System), which will provide you with real-time information pertaining to your child’s academic achievement in their scheduled classes. Similar to last year, all interim reports and quarterly grade reports will also be posted on the Parent Portal. In the event you do not have a computer or internet access, feel free to speak directly with your child’s guidance counselor so that a paper copy of all relevant information (Interims and quarterly grade reports) can be provided. Please don’t rely upon interims and quarterly grade reports to assess your child’s progress in classes as we encourage you to make frequent contact with your child’s teachers either through an email or by a phone call in assessing how your child is achieving with their studies.

It is expected that all students dress respectfully and appropriately for school on a daily basis. Posted on the building webpage is the district expectation for proper dress attire for all students. In the event, a student is observed by any building stakeholder as to wearing inappropriate attire, the student will be requested to report to the Dean of Students (Mr. Steven Flanagan) where the student will be requested to contact the home for proper attire to be brought to school. In the event a pattern of inappropriate attire continues, appropriate discipline will be awarded.

Students in 7th grade will have advisory during period 5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The advisory initiative has been established to best support students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. Advisory is backed to their 5th period lunch {lunch is first, followed by going to advisory} – (Monday-Wednesday-Friday, students will have recess). Teachers over the summer had the opportunity to reflect, meet, plan, and re-develop meaningful and relevant activities to implement and use during advisory to further support our students during these developmental years of learning.

Our custodial department has been working very hard over the summer polishing the floors, cleaning classrooms, painting, replacing ceiling tiles, laying a new floor in the cafeteria, planting shrubs and more. Upgrades and renovations will continue during the 2016-2017 school year.

We welcome the following new faculty and staff members to the Junior-Senior High School: Mr. Steven Flanagan, Director of Athletics/Dean of Students; Mrs. Rosemary Gandolfo, Principal’s Secretary; Mrs. Loreen Stierle, Main Office Secretary; Mr. Christopher Halucha, Leave Replacement Social Worker for the first semester. In addition, we will be hiring a new science and reading teacher and anticipate to bring forth such candidates at the August 24th BOE meeting for appointment. We wish all new faculty and staff members’ great happiness and success.

We have teachers that are student-centered and place the best interest of learning for all students as a pivotal focus to their work. The programs and courses provided to students are rigorous and are designed to challenge students to learn and best prepare them for local/State assessments, Regents/AP examinations, and preparation for college and/or careers. Teachers have established curricula objectives and modalities to best support student learning and promote student achievement to exceed the demands as outlined by the State education department and meet demands of NY State graduation requirements. A vast array of extra-curricular clubs, activities and sports are available for students to extend their learning in a different dimension upon the conclusion of the school day. Please view on the school webpage our course offering catalogues as well as the extra curricula opportunities that are available for our students. We are excited to offer NEW elective based courses in –Agricultural Science, Integrated ENL-ELA, Math Concepts for ESL Students, Intro to Coding, Science Research II (High School), and Fit for Life (Physical Education High School).

The School Day:
Similar to last year, homeroom will be part of 1st period. Students are expected to be in their first period class by 7:50am.
Students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations as outlined in the building/district’s Code of Conduct and District Dress Code. Parents are encouraged to review contents of the Code of Conduct / District Dress Code with their child to become familiar with both policies. This information can be found on our district webpage.
Students are expected to dress appropriately for school and to abide by the policy set forth regarding phone and technological devices. Students are expected to take care of district chromebooks and use this tool appropriately to further support their learning.
Student lockers no longer have locks – students are encouraged to place their own locks on lockers to secure belongings. Furthermore, if locks are placed on lockers, students are expected to provide Mrs. Gandolfo or Mrs. Stierle in the main office with combinations or a spare key.
We will no longer be supplying students with agenda books (exception for grade 7). Families are encouraged to purchase for children such books and/or have their child use a technological device to record classroom assignments/assessments.
Students are encouraged to attend extra help with their teachers on a daily basis. Extra help is offered by all teachers Monday through Friday from 2:30-2:45pm.

Some Additional Information:
Testing dates for middle school NY State assessments in mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), and science, for all students in seventh and eighth grade have been determined by the State Education Department and have been posted on the district website so that you can plan accordingly with your family and child.
Please reference the Middle School Assessment Schedule (for in-class assessments only) posted as an attachment on our webpage so that you and your child can plan accordingly for all in-class assessments in grades 7 and 8.
Please review the Junior-Senior High School website on a regular basis for new and pertinent building level and department information.
Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 8th at 6:15pm. The evening will begin with a review of some highlights followed by a brief presentation by Mr. Flanagan, Dean of Students/Director of Athletics regarding the Dignity Act. Parents/Guardians will then visit their child’s teachers for a general overview of respective courses of study and related expectations.
On September 24th we will celebrate homecoming.
Booster Clubs membership – representatives of PTA, Music Boosters and the Athletic Association will be available at upcoming events – please join and support our Booster Clubs!

On behalf of the instructional and non-instructional staff at Southold Junior –Senior High School we look forward to our collaborative work together to support your child’s academic and social development. I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teachers and guidance counselor on a regular basis to support your child’s Junior-Senior High School experience.

I wish all our students and families a successful 2016-2017 school year!

Yours truly,

William R. Galati
William R. Galati
Principal

MAY PARENT NEWSLETTER

This newsletter will serve as the last newsletter for the 2015-2016 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.

As the school year comes to a close, we extend best wishes to our retiree’s and are grateful for the many contributions they have made to our learning community. Best wishes and good health and happiness are extended to Mr. Baglivi, science teacher and Mrs. McLoughlin, reading teacher – who have inspired and motivated students to achieve in multiple domains. It is with mixed emotion to share that both Mrs. Contino and Mrs. Albertson will also be retiring. As many families know, Mrs. Contino serves as a building secretary in the main office and Mrs. Albertson is my personal secretary – both ladies are two very special people that have worked collaboratively with me over the years – they will be missed and it will be certainly very difficult to find their replacements. The dedication and devotion they have had to our learning community along with Mr. Baglivi and Mrs. McLoughlin is very much appreciated. We wish all district retiree’s good health and happiness in their retirement.

On May 27th, Mr. Brostowski will be leaving to take a position as the Director of Athletics in a Nassau County district. I commend and appreciate Mr. Brostowski for his continued dedication, his vision and exemplary work ethic demonstrated to our learning community over the years. He has served as a role model to our students and certainly to me – he will be truly missed – we wish him great success filled with many accomplishments and happiness in his new district.

On Thursday, May 12th we recognized 24 students for their academic accomplishments and inducted them into the Southold National Honor Society. Congratulations to all students inducted and wish them continued success.

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 2015-2016 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.

An off-campus evacuation drill has been planned for Friday, May 20th. As in the past, we will plan to dismiss from the building during period 8 and walk to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Main Street. Once all students are in attendance, students will be released to board buses and depart from the church for their trip home. Please reference the parent letter that is posted on-line / sent home detailing the drill and if you have questions, feel free to contact the main office.

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 13th. June 14th we begin final / Regents examinations. A formalized testing schedule has been posted for families on our webpage and students will be provided with a hard copy to reference in the upcoming weeks. It is expected that all students are in attendance during such testing. The official conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year is June 24th with our High School graduation to follow on June 25th.

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.

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 2016 the best of luck in their future endeavors!

Thank you for making this a successful school year!

Some Reminders

1. Common Core Algebra II Regents Examination

June 1st all students enrolled in Common Core Algebra II will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Algebra II. As some classrooms will be used for Regents testing, expect some displacement of classes/classrooms. Students that sit and take the Common Core Algebra II Regents examination on June 1st as per the NY State Education Department (SED) will be allowed to sit for the Standard (2005) Algebra II/Trig Regents examination scheduled for June 17th (which is encouraged).

Understand that these are two different course curricula where components of the Algebra II/ Trig curriculum will not be taught to prepare students for the Algebra II/ Trig Regents examination. This Regents roll-out (3rd in a series) is different from the past with CC Algebra and CC Geometry (please refer to letter mailed in January detailing the difference).

As per guidance provided by SED, the higher of the scores attained will be recorded on student transcripts. Students that are not present on June 1st to take the Common Core Regents examination will have to register to take the August administration of the examination at a district offering summer school. In the event you have questions, please contact Mr. Tulley or your child’s guidance counselor.

2. 7th Grade Field Trip, June 1st

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a field trip on June 1st to Brookhaven National Laboratory where students will participate and complete multiple lab experiments (please refer to letter with permission slip detailing specifics). The experience will support learning in Life Science as well as in mathematics. In the event you have any questions, kindly contact Mr. McArdle or Mrs. Dakis. Students will return to attend their 8th and 9th period classes and depart for the day at 2:30pm. Middle School concert to follow in the evening.

3. NEW Middle School Concert Date

Reminder – June 1st is the NEW date for the Middle School Concert at 7:30pm in the District Auditorium. Please mark your calendar!

4. 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

English, Mr. Stahl

Congratulations to Aidan Vandenburgh for being chosen a runner-up in the Level 3 New York State 2016 Letters about Literature program. Aidan’s letter to Henry David Thoreau won him a $25 dollar prize and the opportunity to have his letter published in association with the Empire State Center for Books’ web site and the New York State Writers’ Hall of Fame Induction Gala.

Soho TV came home with a second place and a third place standing in this year’s L.I. Post High School Video Awards 2016 contest. Eddie Ward and Daisy Rymer received second place notification for their documentary: Southold – What Makes Us Special? Connor Vaccariello and Sean Okula placed third in the Mystery category for their surrealistic video of David Bowie coming to the aid of a kidnapped Ted Cruz.

Nurse, Patty O’Day and Patti Amato

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 September 1st 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.

Music Department (Mrs. Baumann, Mr. Himmelmann, Mrs. Grathwohl):

Congratulations to the following choral students who participated in the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Competition Festival held at Greenport High School on Thursday, May 5th. Levels 1 – 4 are based on 28 points. Levels 5 – 6 are scored out of 100 points.

Junior High School:
LEVEL III Solos: Ryan Deerkoski, Stephen Palermo

LEVEL IV Solos: James Hoyt, Julia Jaklevic, Rhian O’Neil, Kaia Rothman, Reese Thompson, Alexandra Weschler

LEVEL V Solos: Jacquelyn Constantine, Simon Mraz, Juliet Rand, Nick Vicinanza

These student performances yielded (5) Outstanding ratings, (2) Excellent ratings, (2) A+ ratings, and (2) A ratings. Three students received perfect scores – kudos to Kaia Rothman, Juliet Rand, and Julia Jaklevic.

High School:
LEVEL 5 Solos: Bryanna Bay, Emiliann Palermo, Marissa Rackwitz, Emily Russell

These students yielded (2) A+ ratings, (1) A rating, and (1) A- rating. Congratulations to Emiliann Palermo for receiving a perfect score on her solo.

Juniors Gage Bennett, Daisy Rymer, and Meg Pickerell will be performing their solos as they will be auditioning for All-State NYSSMA the weekend of June 3rd. Best wishes!

On May 21st, the High School Band, Chorus, and Orchestra will be traveling to Pennsylvania to compete in the Music In The Parks Competition. They will perform for adjudicators in the morning, spend the afternoon at Dorney Park, followed by the awards ceremony held in the park. We look forward to a great day with our talented student musicians.

The Junior-Senior High School Music Department Spring Concert season is upon us! Our High School Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30 pm. We will also be recognizing our graduating seniors at this concert. The Middle School Concert will be on Wednesday, June 1st at 7:30 pm (please note that this date is different from what is listed on the PTA Calendar). Finally, our Small Ensembles Concert featuring our High School Select Choir and Jazz Ensemble will be on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:30 pm. Please come out and support our student musicians.

On Monday, May 30th, the High School Band will be marching in the annual Memorial Day parade, which will be held in Greenport this year beginning at 10am. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the parade for the students.

On Thursday, May 5th, more than forty Junior and Senior High Band students participated in the annual NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival at Greenport High School. Many of the hard-working students earned Excellent or Outstanding ratings. Special acknowledgment goes to several students who earned perfect scores. Gage Bennett, Evelyn Cummings and Katherine Jarvis earned a perfect score on their level three tenor saxophone trio. Ryan Fulda and Olivia Daddona also received perfect scores on their level four brass solos. And ninth grader Patrick Connolly achieved a perfect score of 100 on his level six alto saxophone solo. Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this years festival

The NYSSMA Festival was held on May 5th at Greenport. Thirteen junior high and six high school students performed. Those playing Levels III and IV all received excellent and outstanding ratings. Those playing Level V received A -, A, and A+. High School students participating were:

Sabrina Basel
Nicole Christman
Robert Elliston
Jake McCarthy
Jamie Molnar
Jheimy Uguna

Junior High students were:
Hanna DeSimone
Kate Jones
Saylor Hughes
Jenna McFarland
Kelli McHugh
Jessica Mele
Ella Neese
Rhian O’Neil
Juliet Rand
Yao Yao Reilly
Rhian Tramontana
Justin Uguna
Emma Whittington-Quarty

Both ensembles are preparing for their Spring Concert on May 24 and the Music in the Parks competition on May 21. High School students will also be performing at the National Honor Society Induction on May 12.

April Parent Newsletter

The third quarter has come to a close and grades have been posted to the Parent Portal (as of April 15th) 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 as well as to assist you with any strategies to best assist your child in achieving a level of mastery in their studies.

Congratulations to our Robotics team for their most recent achievement at Hofstra University and we wish them luck as they compete in St. Louis during the week of April 14th.

Tenth grade students leave for Europe on Wednesday, April 20th. They will be visiting Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Austria – safe travels – a memorable experience!

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 13th. June 14th we begin final / Regents examinations. A preliminary schedule for testing was mailed a couple of weeks ago – A formalized testing schedule will be 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 2015-2016 school year is June 24th with our High School graduation to follow on June 25th.

Congratulations to Aidan Walker, class Valedictorian and to Noah Mina, class Salutatorian. Aidan and Noah are two great students that have demonstrated compassion for learning and established a focused and determined mindset to achieve. Congratulations!

On April 12th, Mrs. Santiago hosted a parent / student meeting in preparation for the Junior Prom. The prom will be taking place on Friday, May 13th at the Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead. 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 policies by engaging in lockdown drills, fire drills and an off-campus evacuation drill. An off-campus drill with evacuation of all students and staff to the Elementary School is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd (students will return back to the building to conclude the day) and an off-campus drill to St. Patrick’s RRC is planned to take place on Friday, May 20th 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 20th) will be posted and 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. Brostowski, 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).

2015-2016 Middle School State Assessment Schedule

Assessment Administration Dates Make-up Dates
NYSELAT Speaking April 12th – May 13th During Testing Window
NYSELAT Listening, Writing and Reading May 2nd – 13th During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Performance Test Tentatively – May 25th (during class) During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Written June 6th June 7th – 8th

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.

2. Common Core Algebra II Regents Examination

June 1st all students enrolled in Common Core Algebra II will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Algebra II. As some classrooms will be used for Regents testing, expect some displacement of classes/classrooms. Students that sit and take the Common Core Algebra II Regents examination on June 1st as per the NY State Education Department (SED) will be allowed to sit for the Standard (2005) Algebra II/Trig Regents examination scheduled for June 17th (which is encouraged).

Understand that these are two different course curricula where components of the Algebra II/ Trig curriculum will not be taught to prepare students for the Algebra II/ Trig Regents examination. This Regents roll-out (3rd in a series) is different from the past with CC Algebra and CC Geometry (please refer to letter mailed in January detailing the difference).

As per guidance provided by SED, the higher of the scores attained will be recorded on student transcripts. Students that are not present on June 1st to take the Common Core Regents examination will have to register to take the August administration of the examination at a district offering summer school. In the event you have questions, please contact Mr. Tulley or your child’s guidance counselor.

3. 7th Grade Field Trip, June 1st

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a field trip on June 1st to Brookhaven National Laboratory where students will participate and complete multiple lab experiments (please refer to letter with permission slip detailing specifics). The experience will support learning in Life Science as well as in mathematics. In the event you have any questions, kindly contact Mr. McArdle or Mrs. Dakis. Students will return to attend their 8th and 9th period classes and depart for the day at 2:30pm. Middle School concert to follow in the evening.

4. NEW Middle School Concert Date

Reminder – June 1st is the NEW date for the Middle School Concert at 7:30pm in the District Auditorium. Please mark your calendar!

As always, we welcome your suggestions and look forward to fostering a collaborative and meaningful relationship with parents and guardians to best support all students’ academic, social, and emotional development. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts and district events. Have a safe and fun spring season and enjoy the upcoming vacation.

Department / Activity-Club News

Business, Mrs. Williams
Cheerleading, coach

Business Classes – news

Job Shadow Day for Juniors took place Friday – April 15th

Virtual Enterprise went to its final trade show in NYC on Tuesday, April 19th

Virtual Enterprise students will share their business plan at the BOE meeting on Wednesday, April 20th

Cheerleading – news

Southold was recognized as the New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Champion for competitive cheerleading when the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the top teams in each of the 13 winter sports. As the only State champion from Suffolk County, Southold’s team posted a grade-point average of 95.97.

Mrs. Santiago, Social Worker

6th Grade Shadow Day

6th Grade Shadow day will be held on May 5, 2016. This event is organized in order to introduce the incoming junior high school students to what a day as a 7th grader may look like. Shadow Day helps to answer any questions students may have, alleviate some anxieties and worries that they are anticipating, and help to make connections with other junior high school students and teachers. The 6th grade students will be coming over for a seven period rotation where they will have a tour of the building, have a question and answer session, enjoy a complimentary lunch from PTA/SADD, and go through a three-period rotation of classes. There will be group activities worked into the day, a conversation about schedules with the Guidance Counselors will also be scheduled, and the students will be able to have some time to socialize with other junior high school students. We hope that this event can help the incoming 7th graders to feel more confident and comfortable in coming over next year.

PROM 2016

Prom 2016 is on May 13, 2016 and will be held at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Ticket sales will begin at the mandatory prom meeting on Tuesday, April 12th. Tickets sales will end on Friday, April 22nd. All paperwork for prom is due to Mrs. Santiago by May 6, 2016.

From the Health Office- Patricia Amato RN, Patricia O’Day RN

The health office hosted National Kick Butts Day which was held on March 16th. This annual event provides students and staff members the opportunity to view an informational anti-smoking/anti-e-cigarette DVD. With the increasing rise of teens using e-cigarettes, this was our focus this year. Special thanks to Mrs. Santiago and the members of SADD who donated our raffle prizes.

For all 11th grade students/parents, you should have received a mailing about the Meningococcal vaccine. As of September 2016, it is required for you to have received the vaccine in order to attend school. Please schedule your appointment to receive the vaccine prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Once you have received the vaccine, please provide a copy of confirmation to the health office. This may be done by mailing or faxing the proof of immunization to the high school office. The high school fax number is 765-1387.