MONTHLY PARENT NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2016

Monthly Parent Newsletter
February 2016
William R. Galati, Principal

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

The second semester is in full swing. Second quarter report cards have been posted on the Parent Portal (we apologize for the delay in posting on the Portal – as a result to the school closing due to weather conditions we had to post-pone the release as there is a great amount of work behind the scenes to be completed prior to posting). 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 interims will be posted on the Parent Portal on/about March 15th. In the event you need to gain access to the Parent Portal, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Mr. Crimi and Ms. Cavallaro have completed meeting with students to review course / program options for the 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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 Friday, February 12th students in grades 7-12 met in the auditorium to gain additional insight pertaining to planned upgrades/renovations as detailed in the Capital Project (Bond). Mr. Gamberg, Superintendent of Schools shared with students a PowerPoint presentation and opened the floor for questions and clarity pertaining to future construction plans. Students are encouraged to speak with building administration in the event they have additional questions as well as for them to voice suggestions and more as we begin to move forward with our plans.

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 – April 7th
Mathematics – April 13th – April 15th
Science – Written – June 6th and Performance Assessment – TBD {Between May 25th – June 3rd}
NYSELAT – TBD

Students enrolled in Common Core Algebra II will be taking the Common Core Regents examination on June 1st from 8:15am -11:15am they are also encouraged to take the standard (2005 format) Algebra II/ Trigonometry Regents examination on June 17th. Letter detailing significant curricula differences with both Regents exams was mailed to families at the onset of January. Similar to last year, SED has approved for districts to record the higher of scores received on student transcripts. If you have questions pertaining to this action, please contact your child’s guidance counselor for clarification. As the year nears a conclusion, a letter will be forwarded to families outlining final examination and Regents testing for ALL students in June.

Tentative plans are in place for seventh grade students to go on a fishing field trip on June 1st. A permission slip and details pertaining to the trip will be forthcoming.

On Thursday, March 31st at 9:00am (NEW date) 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 2015-2016 school year.

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

Activity / Department News

SADD, Mrs. Santiago – Advisor

On March 4, 2016, the Southold Town Youth Forum will take place at Founder’s Landing Wharf House. The SADD clubs in Southold, Mattituck and Greenport, along with the Shelter Island School Social Worker, are sponsoring this event. This year’s topic is “An Inclusive Community” and local students will come together to discuss how we can improve, foster and maintain inclusion among the youth on the North Fork. Two years ago, when the first forum was held; it was very well received by the youth and community members that attended. Students discussed “Tolerance and Acceptance” during that forum and they acknowledged the strengths and weaknesses of the community in reference to resources for youth. Due to limited space, students were nominated by their club advisor and/or coach to participate in this event. Those students who are invited will be receiving an invitation shortly. We hope that this event can become an annual event for the North Fork and that the SADD clubs can continue to encourage conversation and cohesion among young people on the East End.

Junior Class, Mrs. Santiago – Advisor

The Class of 2017 is working hard on finalizing the plans for Prom 2016. This year’s venue is at The Suffolk Theater.

A few upcoming fundraisers will help the Class of 2017 to add special features to the prom while also reducing the cost of tickets. At the end of February, the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie sale will begin which is always a big hit. Also on February 25, the Junior Class is planning a Family Feud competition among students at 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. Families are welcome to come watch and support the teams that are playing for the $200 grand prize.

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Monthly Parent Newsletter
January 2016
William R. Galati, Principal

Happy New Year – good health and happiness in 2016!

The second quarter (first semester) is rapidly coming to a conclusion. Students enrolled in semester based courses will be completing end of semester projects and/or taking final examinations next week. Additionally, some of our students will be taking Regents exams – we wish all of our student’s great success on all upcoming assessments.

Please expect second quarter report cards to be posted on the Parent Portal in the weeks ahead (on/about February 5th). 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 still need to develop an account to access the Parent Portal, please contact Mrs. Kollan or your child’s guidance counselor.

The second semester begins Monday, February 1st. 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. A hard copy of second semester schedules will be provided to students on Friday, January 29th in homeroom.

Guidance counselors are currently pushing into classrooms to inform students about scheduling expectations for the 2016-2017 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 6/7) 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 2016-2017 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.

We welcome Claire Benson as a new part-time aide working as a greeter at the main entrance and supervising students in the cafeteria as well as congratulate Stephanie Oliver for being approved as a full-time TA working with our ELL students.

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 – 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.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

Mrs. Dooley, Ms. Foote, and Mrs. Johnson- (Common Core English 10)

At the onset of 2016, students in English 10 have been exploring the wild and wonderful world of genres through viewing film clips, reviewing summaries of novels, and finding biographical information about authors who write in that genre. Students have chosen a literary genre that interests them and have been spending extensive time exploring the many interesting aspects of it using the VRC and other suggested online sources. Students have also been refining their organizational skills by checking the research paper deadline calendar on a regular/daily basis on our Google Classroom. Other skills that students are learning during this project include, but are not limited to: developing index cards to prepare various types of parenthetical citations (quote, summary, paraphrase, and idea); revising their wordage to engage their reader from the onset of the paper, as well as reviewing and verifying credible sources that review both books and authors. We look forward to receiving the mysterious, dramatic, action/adventure. Sci-fi, romantic, documentary, horror and comedic final drafts before February break.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent our school in the 2016 HMEA Music Festival. Students rehearsed for three days under the direction of guest conductors, alongside other top musicians from the North and South Forks. The event culminated in a final concert held at Southold High School (Middle School Festival) and Eastport South Manor High School (High School Festival).

Middle School HMEA
Band: Jacquelyn Constantine, Carlos Gomez, James Hayes, Julia Jaklevic, Elizabeth Jernick, Kathryn Kilcommons, Matthew Messana, Annamaria Napolitano, Tyler Woodhull

Orchestra: Saylor Hughes, Kate Jones, Felecia Kayel, Kelli McHugh, Jessica Mele, Ella Neese, Rhian O’Neil, Kaitlyn Tobin, Rhian Tramontana

Chorus: Grace Brodarick, Isabella DeMaio, Willi Dickerson, Stephen Palermo, Silvia Rackwitz, Juliet Rand, Kaia Rothman, Sophia Small, Reese Thompson, Alexandra Weschler

High School HMEA
Band: Eric Connolly, Patrick Connolly, Olivia Daddona, Emiliann Palermo

Orchestra: Sam Basel, Julia Daddona, Michael Daddona, Delaney Hughes, Nicole Christman, Jake McCarthy, Jamie Molnar, Julia Schade, Walker Sutton, Jheimy Uguna, Aidan Walker

Chorus: Mert Altintoprak, Gage Bennett, Kathryn Jernick, Van Karsten, Joe Manfredi, Emiliann Palermo, Bryan Patchell, Marissa Rackwitz, Emily Russell, Cora Small, Nick Vicinanza

Small Ensembles Fundraiser Concert
The Annual Small Ensembles fundraiser concert will be held on Tuesday, January 26th in the District Auditorium. Doors will open at 7pm for the annual Chinese Auction. The themed concert “Head to Toe” will begin at 7:30pm. Auction winners will be announced during the concert.

If you would like to help support this event by donating an auction item, please contact Kelli Baumann atkbaumann@southoldufsd.com or the Music Department at extension 308.

Family and Consumer Science

In the beginning of January, 7th graders in Home and Career Skills used their Chromebooks and worked on the website: http://www.choosemyplate.gov. Each student created a profile under the tabsfoodtracker and foodapedia to analyze their calorie intake, activity choices, and food group requirements. Students could also track food or beverage items that contained fat, oils, sugars. It was very evident in a bar graph chart the nutrients students needed to intake to meet their daily dietary requirements. They assessed their results by making a few recommendations on how they could improve their diet or lifestyle with more exercise and better meal choices.

In Culinary Arts I – It is finally winter and the students have been working on a soup and sauce unit. The students have mastered the skill of making a roux to build a foundation for a Bechamel sauce for their homemade macaroni and cheese. They have also prepared a homemade chicken noodle soup and lentil soup for the stock based soups. In the weeks ahead, students will be preparing a cream base soup.

Library-Media Center

There’s been a run on research in the library during this first month of 2016. The range of topics includes the taxonomy of marine creatures, Revolutionary War battles, the lives of the Presidents, bone disorders, literary genres and their best representative books, immigration through primary sources, and how to create and stick to personal budgets. Ask your favorite student to show you his/her favorite database from the VRC and/or to demonstrate his/her skills with EasyBib, an innovative bibliographi c manager.

Also make sure to check out these award-winning books: YALSA Book Awards. Prizes were just announced last week at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference, and many of these outstanding titles are in the library already! Happy reading!

Monthly Parent Newsletter – December 2015

To welcome in the holiday season, our music and art department conducted their annual winter concert and art show on Tuesday, December 15th (middle school) and Thursday, December 17th (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 Regents January 2016 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 Wednesday, January 6th 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 with grade levels to begin the course selection process for the 2016-2017 school year. A booklet (Program of Study) of offerings (hard copy) will be provided to all students. This same document will also be 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 22nd 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

Science Department
Introduction to Science Research
Mr. McArdle

The middle school science research students are currently hard at work wrapping up their Toshiba Exploravision competition projects. EXPLORAVISION is an international science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. There are four groups of three to four students each and they are currently working on the following projects; Lit Road – Piezoelectric crystals that power safe roads by illuminating painted surfaces from the pressure applied by cars on the road; EpiBracelet – A bracelet that can detect/prevent an allergic reaction before it starts and informs a parent/guardian/school of the situation; uDesk – a smart student desk that learns a students learning behaviors and modifies assignments so they are best suited for the student to the most optimal learning experience; and ProGlass – laser operated glasses that scan the users eyes and self adjust the glass lenses for the most optimal viewing based on vision and environmental factors. We wish all of our competitors the best of luck in this year’s competition.

Art Department
Mr. Gosnell

Grade 7 Art
Grade seven students created acrylic paintings on canvas. After learning about the color wheel and blending colors, students stretched their own canvases and did sketches of sailboats. We did rough draft paintings and applied what we learned to our final paintings on canvas.

Julia Jaklevic Jack Giovaniello Hanna DeSimone Nicole Gomez

Miles Eisenberg Benjamin Ward

Photography Class
In digital photo class, students learned about shutter speed when taking photos. Students used tripods and made long exposure images of the stars and of the Long Island Sound. The night sky images were exposures of up to two hours while the images of the Sound were about 15 second exposures.

Lily Saeli-grade 12 John Bertschi-grade 10 Quinn Osmer-grade 11

Abby Bolliver-grade 12 Ewa Mejsak-grade 12 Quinn Osmer-grade 11

Business Department
Mrs. Williams
Virtual Enterprise

Advanced Performance Athletics
Mrs. Williams Virtual Enterprise class is in full swing. They began their business with 9 members and submitted their Business Plan. The business plan includes all of the elements of a real business plan such as financial statements, mission statement, marketing mix, target market and so much more. They will attend their first trade show in the hope to build company sales. In January they present their plan to a panel of judges for potential investors. This is similar to the popular television show Shark Tank. The students are working incredibly hard and will be attending 3 trade shows in the near future.

Physical Education Department

Seniors Noah Mina and Paige Messana were recognized and awarded the Suffolk Zone award through NYS AHPERD (New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) at an awards dinner on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Golf Club.

Criteria for this prestigious recognition consists of students Physical Education Achievement (overall 90% average in high school PE); Scholastically Sound (students must maintain a grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the completion of their 11th grade year); Sustains outstanding character; Demonstrates leadership capacity in PE; Evidence that they held or maintain a leadership role in either an organization, club, or team; and is a role model.

NOVEMBER PARENT NEWSLETTER

Monthly Parent Newsletter
November 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

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 13th with an expected posting of grades on the Parent Portal on November 20th. 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 are taking place on Monday, November 23rd for students in grades 7 and 8 and on Tuesday, November 24th for students in grades 7-12. In advance to attending your child’s conference, please review your child’s first quarter report card that has been posted on the Parent Portal (as of November 20th). Dismissal on both days will be taking place at 10:50am (Middle School students only on Monday / Middle and High School students on Tuesday). Please contact your child’s teacher by email or phone to schedule an appointment. In the event you are unable to attend and/or schedule time to meet with your child’s teachers, please email or contact your child’s teachers and/or guidance counselor to schedule an alternate opportunity to conference and receive valuable insight regarding your child’s learning and academic achievement.

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 2016-2017 Program of Study for both Middle School and High School. Both documents have been revised and contain new exciting opportunities for students for the 2016-2017 school year. In addition, this year SoHo TV will be planning guest academic department spotlights to profile course opportunities for students for the 2016-2017 school year.

To best support our students social and emotional development and more, Officer Nancy Ward will be meeting with middle level students this week to discuss character education and with juniors and seniors to review driving safety. To complement the message Officer Ward will deliver, on November 16th Karen Torres provided juniors and seniors with an awareness driver education assembly program with specific emphasis given to texting and driving. On November 24th Officer Brewer and I will be providing students in grades 7-12 with an awareness program on cyber bullying and more. David Flood, supported through Arts-in Education will be conducting a series of assembly awareness programs on December 3rd with our students titled Teaching Teens the Right Combination (dignity, respect and compassion).

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

Guidance, Ms. Cavallaro

On October 8th and 9th, a group of 11th grade students visited Quinnipiac University, Yale University, University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. During the visit, admission counselors and currently enrolled college students gave an overview of each college, their majors, admission requirements and provided students with a tour of the campus. Students were able to see firsthand the different academic buildings, the library, residential halls, sports center and the bookstore to name a few sites. Students will be able to experience firsthand the differences between schools and assess what factors are important to them in choosing the right college fit.

Nurses Office, Mrs. O’Day and Mrs. Amato

As part of a required health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or BMI. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse determine if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. Southold School District has been selected to be part of a State survey. We will be submitting from the 2014-2015 health appraisal forms for students in K, 2, 4, 7, 10. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. We will be reporting to the New York State Department of Health about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please state this in a response with your child’s name and grade. This response can be sent to our health office. We ask that all responses be in by December 18, 2015. If the health office does not receive a response, the BMI information will be included in the survey.

Art, Mr. Gosnell

In the art room we continued to learn about the elements of art (line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form) to create our works of art. Students in the grade seven art classes have been learning about composition and how to use acrylic paint to create sunset sailboat paintings on paper and canvas.

The Studio Art classes learned how to draw the features of the face, which culminated into a major project of self-portraits. We then changed gears and moved onto using watercolor paint and learned a little about Chinese calligraphy. When then applied this to painting trees in watercolor.

The Drawing and Painting class made expressive self-portraits. We built on what we learned in Studio Art class last year and emphasized the expressive aspect of our portraits.

Photography class has been learning how to use the basic applications of digital cameras. We learned about shutter speed and aperture and how to gain control over our photographs using these techniques. Students took long exposure photographs at night, of moving water, and will be studying portraiture soon.

Lily Saeli Bridgett Comiskey

Ashley Hilary Daisey Rymer

Charlotte Mahaffy Andrea Menjivar

Zachary Gibbs “Water” Vivienne Glasser “Flowers”

Andrea Menjivar “Summer”

OCTOBER MONTHLY PARENT NEWSLETTER

Monthly Parent Newsletter
October 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

Where is the time going? The first quarter is rapidly reaching a conclusion – The five week interim reports have been posted on the Parent Portal – Student art work can be found displayed in the halls – Relevant classroom discussions leading to meaningful learning is currently taking place in the classroom – Students are becoming more proficient in the use of technology to support and complement their learning – Meaningful field experiences have been planned and are taking place to support learning – The shared school play will be taking place this week – And the Varsity Boys Soccer Team has made it to the Class C Championship Status! Just a few examples of what is taking place daily at Southold Junior-Senior High School.

The first quarter will come to a close (November 13th) with an expected release of first quarter grades to be provided to families on the Parent Portal on/about November 20th. 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 23rd (Grades 7-8 only) and November 24th (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. Albertson for details.

We welcome back Mrs. Marra from maternity leave and appreciate Mr. Sanders for educating students in her absence. On or about November 9th we welcome Mrs. Kollen to the guidance office as secretary who has replaced Mrs. McDonald. On or about November 30th we will welcome Ms. Balcacer as maternity leave replacement teacher for Mrs. Salmaggi.

As always, appreciation is extended to our PTA for coordinating, planning and running the Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair will be taking place this week (last week in October) where students with their teachers will visit and be able to purchase books and accessories with profits coming back to benefit our school and our students. 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 9th. 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.

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.

To best assess student preparedness to meet course and/or graduation requirements, students started the year by taking pre-assessments (and will continue) in most courses of study. Data from pre-assessments are used to assess overall student growth leading to the final assessment to be administered at the conclusion of the school year. If you have questions pertaining to specific pre-assessments that have been administered (or will be administered), please contact the teacher who is responsible for the administration of the assessment.

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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.

Best regards, be safe and enjoy the fall!

Academic Department News

Mrs. Williams, Business Department

Virtual Enterprise
Virtual Enterprise is in full swing. Students have began writing their business plan and will enter into a Trade Show competition in January at Farmingdale University and then onto an even bigger trade show in April in NYC. The students have chosen the mi-coach smart soccer ball by Adidas as the product they will market with Virtual Economy. All students have been assigned departments such as Human Resources, Sales, Finance, and Administration. This is a course where the students are at the helm and they are doing an amazing job.

DECA- our DECA membership is in full swing. We have over 60 members signed up already. I am sure Southold will do an amazing job for Long Island once again in January at the Regional’s and in March at States.

College Credits – Students are raking in the college credits for their business courses this year. VE – offers 6 college credits via Farmingdale University with 3 credits for E-Commerce and another 3 for the second half of the year with Small Business Management. Business Communications offers 3 credits as does College Accounting and College Computers. The University in High School program can provide our students with an entire semester in college.

Mrs. Santiago, Social Worker

Junior Class News:
The Junior Class will be holding their Annual Santa Breakfast on Saturday, December 5th. For this event, the junior class transforms the Southold Elementary Cafeteria into a Winter Wonderland. The Junior Class will entertain guests while they dine over a pancake, bacon, sausage, hash brown and bagel breakfast. We offer a holiday basket raffle, pictures with Santa Claus, holiday crafts, a holiday music sing-along and much more. For this event, we are in need junior class parent volunteers. We need parent volunteers to help cook the breakfast items in the Elementary Café throughout the event, assist the students on the floor with entertaining the children and families, as well as, help provide decorations to the students for this event. Please contact Mrs. Santiago at jsantiago@southoldufsd.com or (631) 765-5400, ext. 350 if you are able to assist in any way.

SADD News:
In November, the SADD Club is sponsoring a Teen Driver Safety Week. This week, will be kicked off on November 16th with an assembly for juniors and seniors with Karen Torres, from the Texting Awareness Foundation. Mrs. Torres lost her father while he was working construction on the Sunrise Highway when a distracted tractor trailer driver drove into a road work zone. Mrs. Torres provides an eye opening experience that shows students that in just a few seconds, you can become dangerously distracted while driving. Later on that week, Officer Nancy Ward from the Suffolk County Police Department will be presenting a lesson on Teen Driver Safety for the Junior and Senior students. In addition to these presentations, SADD will be sponsoring a contest during the week as well as educational announcements and factual teasers throughout the week.

Ms. Foote and Mrs. Johnson

Students in Ms. Foote’s English class went to the library to research the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. With Mrs. Johnson, students learned how to use the computers to access the card catalog call numbers for books related to their topic, how to use the Virtual Reference Collection (VRC) to locate non-fiction sources, and correctly develop a works cited page. This research is part of their class essay submission to the 2016 New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fine Arts and Essay Display. The students each researched one of King’s main principles and beliefs, and collaborated together to develop a thematic essay. Their work will be displayed in upstate in Albany during the month of January.

Nurses Office – Mrs. O’Day and Mrs. Amato

As part of a required health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or BMI. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse determine if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. Southold School District has been selected to be part of a state survey. We will be submitting from the 2014-2015 health appraisal forms for students in K, 2, 4, 7, 10. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. We will be reporting to the New York State Department of Health about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please state this in a response with your child’s name and grade. This response can be sent to the appropriate health office. We ask that all responses be in by December 18, 2015. If the health office does not receive a response, the BMI information will be included in the survey.

Mrs. McKeon, Speech

Students have been listening for idioms in school, commercials, music, etc. They receive a raffle ticket for each idiom they bring to class. The class then discusses the meaning of the idiom. A drawing for a secret prize will be held on October 30, 2015.

Some students have started correspondence with students from Greenport High School. We are looking forward to collaborating with these students throughout the year.

PARENT NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2015

A Message From The Principal
Mr. William R. Galati
September 2015

The 2015-2016 school year is off to a great start. We welcomed students on September 8th with a greeting from student council and a dance routine provided by our cheerleaders. Student accountability assembly programs took place where a review of building and student academic expectations in addition to aspects of the Dignity Act was addressed. On September 17th 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 will be taking place during the week of September 28th with Spirit Day on Thursday, October 1st. A memorandum regarding Spirit Day will be given to students next week to share with families detailing student expectations for this exciting day.

Congratulations to Coach Sadowski, Varsity Boys Soccer coach for achieving 250 wins! 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 have been 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.

Southold Junior-Senior High School students are encouraged to make the most of their Junior-Senior High School years through our 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 23rd – MS and November 24th – 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 14th. 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 Grade-Book as posted on the Parent Portal detailing grades students earn on assignments, assessments, and more. Please know that both Mr. Brostowski (Athletic Director/ Dean of Students) 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 Facebook, access Twitter, and review information posted on the building webpage to be connected with our school. Have a great year!

-Department Snapshots-
Mrs. Dakis, English

To start the year, 7th graders in Mrs. Dakis’ English classes shared their hopes and dreams for junior high, and beyond, as well as their personal preferences, by creating sky lanterns. The lanterns were adorned with stickers and words of positivity and hung throughout room 25 to symbolize the release of student wishes and dreams.

Ms. Rizzo, Family and Consumer Science

Ms. Rizzo and Mrs. Obinata made dill pickles the first week of school. 7th graders in Home and Career Skills were asked to be taste tester to evaluate the taste, texture, and color of the pickles. They were very excited to be chosen to be food tasters.

Mr. Stahl, English

Congratulations to our new officers of the Southold chapter of the National Honor Society: President – Aidan Walker, Vice President – Ethan Sisson, Treasurer – Jackie Davey, Secretary – Julia Schade.

Lily Saeli is this year’s editor and chief of Southold School’s newspaper, The Sentinel. Please contact her or Mr. Stahl with any ideas for articles or feature pieces.

Mr. Gosnell, Art

In the art room we will be learning about all the elements of art: line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form. Students in the grade seven art classes focused on line, color, space and shapes as we learned about creating interesting compositions. We used the initials in our names to create abstract drawings with oil pastel. It was a very free-form project and students did beautiful work.

The Studio Art classes worked with pattern, shape, and value as we created “Patterned Bottles.” We worked from still life settings arranged on the desks. When the line drawings were finished, students applied various patterns to create value in their bottle drawings.

Photography class is learning how to take pictures with homemade pin-hole cameras. These pin-hole cameras were made from oatmeal boxes. A pin hole is made in one side of the oatmeal box to act as a lens. We put photographic paper in the cameras and take pictures with these homemade creations with exposures of about 90 seconds.

Grade 7 Art

Ronald Gonzalez Brook Howard Freddy Palencia Nicole Gomez

Studio Art Class

Ashley Hilary – grade 10 Heather MacArthur-Grade 10 Daisy Rymer – Grade 11

Katherine Tasca – Grade 9

Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson, Library Media Specialist

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 two great programs. The first is our Jane Addams Book Group for grades 5-8 based on the 2015 Jane Addams children’s book award winners. We meet on Wednesdays (September 23, 30 & October 7) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Southold Free Library. We 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 16, 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 come this Wednesday, or talk to their librarian for more information.

The second program is our First Friday Open Mic Nights for grades 9-12. This series will start Friday, October 2 from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Southold Presbyterian Church. Local talent Above Skylight will kick the night off and the amazing Bridgett Comiskey will entertain between acts. All musicians, comedians, poets, actors, singers are welcome to participate, and, of course, you can come just to listen and support your friends. If you do want a chance on stage, make sure you sign up with your librarian.

Lastly, we are celebrating the Constitution all month 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?

August 2015 Newsletter

Southold Junior-Senior High School
Mr. William R. Galati, Principal

Welcome Back to School
Principal Newsletter

August 2015

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 2015-2016 school year will be an exciting and inspirational year for our students. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th. We appreciate your receptivity in honoring the request to delay the start of school as we complete some major renovations to the building. Once completed leading up to the onset of the year, stop in and be amazed!

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 have been posted (as of Monday, August 24th at 3:00pm) on the Parent Portal. 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.

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. Michael Brostowski) office 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 and more. Upgrades and renovations will continue during the 2015-2016 school year.

We welcome the following new faculty and staff members to the Junior-Senior High School: Dr. Lisa Scheffer, Director of Pupil Personnel Services (District K-12); Ms. Alissa Fragoletti, mathematics teacher; and Mr. Gregory Sanders, health teacher (leave replacement for Mrs. Marra who is on maternity leave until the middle of October). We wish all new faculty and staff members’ great happiness and success.

We have a gifted staff that is 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 – Human Anatomy and Physiology, Agricultural Science, AP Physics, and Virtual Enterprise (Career Academy – Grade 12).

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. Albertson 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 17th at 6:45pm. The evening will begin with a review of some highlights followed by a brief presentation by Mr. Brostowski, 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 26th 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!

News just received: Congratulations to Aidan Walker who has been selected to perform with the All-State Symphony Orchestra. Aidan is the first string student from Southold Junior-Senior High School to receive this honor.

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 2015-2016 school year!

Yours truly,

William R. Galati
William R. Galati
Principal

May Parent Newsletter

Monthly Parent Newsletter
May 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

This newsletter will serve as the last newsletter for the 2014-2015 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, I invite you to reflect upon your (as well as your child’s) overall experience during the 2014-2015 school year most specific to the programs we provide and preparedness for your child’s future courses of study. 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 you and your child’s experience valuable and positive.

An off-campus evacuation drill has been planned for Friday, May 22nd. 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.

On Friday, May 15th the Junior class had their prom. The prom took place at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Pictures have been posted on the Athletic Department Website where you can see our students at the pre-prom and prom celebration. All students in attendance had a great time. Appreciation is extended to Mrs. Santiago, Junior Class advisor for all of her hard work in the planning and orchestration of the prom with her Junior-Class students.

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 15th. June 16th 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 2014-2015 school year is June 26th with our High School graduation to follow on June 27th.

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 2015 the best of luck in their future endeavors!

Thank you for making this a successful school year!

Some Reminders

1. Common Core Geometry

On June 2nd all students enrolled in Common Geometry will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Geometry. The building will remain open for students in grades 7-12 to attend regularly scheduled classes (expect some displacement of classes/classrooms assignments).

Students that sit and take the Common Core Geometry Regents examination on June 2nd as per the NY State Education Department (SED) is allowing such students to sit for the 2005 Standard Geometry Regents examination scheduled for June 19th (which is encouraged). 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 2nd 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. If a student misses the administration of the June 2nd Regents examination, they will not be considered to sit for the June 19th administration of the 2005 Standard Geometry Regents examination. A letter detailing the above should have been received in the mail. In the event you wish to receive additional clarity, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s mathematics teacher or guidance counselor.

2. 7th Grade Field Trip – June 2nd

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a full day fishing trip on June 2ndon the Captain Eddie B III (insured United Coast Guard approved vessel) out of Captree State Park. The experience will support learning in biology, geography, oceanography and mathematics as well as support the philosophy of our advisory initiative aligned with team building and an authentic venue of learning. Students have been provided with a field trip permission slip to return to Mrs. Dakis. This great opportunity has been supported through Arts-in-Ed funding. In the event parents have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Dakis or Ms. Cavallaro

3. 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

Ms. Foote, ELA

Ms. Foote’s 7th grade English class recently concluded a unit on poetry. The students took a walk around the school property on Earth Day to look for inspiration for their original Haiku poems. Also, with the assistance of our Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Johnson, they researched their career interests and developed Acrostic and Found poems. On April 30th, National Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day, the students recited their original poems on camera and received certificates for participation. Next, the students got silly with writing their Limerick poems, and reflective with their “I am…” poems. After reading and discussing poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and others, the students developed their own free verse and shape poems. Lastly, students wrote original poems for their mothers which were recited and presented to them on Mother’s Day!

Patricia Amato BSN, Patricia O’Day BSN- May 2015 – Nurses Office

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.net ) 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.

If your child requires medication during school hours, please have the doctor complete the medication form that is found on the school website. Along with this form you may drop off the labeled prescribed medication the day before school begins 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
Congratulations to the students who participated in the NYSSMA festivals this year.

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
All-State
Level VI Keaton Comiskey, Jazz Guitar
Nick Orientale, Vocal A+ 100 perfect score Aidan Walker, Cello A+ 100 perfect score
Level VI Meg Pickerell, Vocal A+ 97
Julia Saccamano, Cello A+ 98 Walker Sutton, Trombone
Level V Sam Basel, Cello A- 93
Gage Bennett, Vocal A+ 99 Gage Bennett, Tenor Saxophone
Ashley Hilary, Vocal A 95
Level IV Katie Baumann, Clarinet
Nicole Christman, Violin – Excellent
Julia Daddona, Violin – Excellent
Kathryn Jernick, Violin – Excellent
Owen Klipstein, Violin – Excellent
Jake McCarthy, Violin – Excellent Jamie Molnar, Violin – Excellent
Emily Pressler, Flute
Alessandra Ramirez, Violin – Excellent
Julia Schade, Violin – Excellent
Cora Small, Vocal – Outstanding
Jheimy Uguna, Viola – Excellent
Level III Mario Contreras, French Horn
Alex Kandora, Saxophone
Julie Mele, Woodwind Duet Althea Mignone, Woodwind Duet
Mark Moran, Woodwind Duet
Charlie Poliwoda, Woodwind Duet
Level II Adam Baldwin, Brass Trio
Joshua Clasing, Brass Trio
Evelyn Cummings, Woodwind Trio Walter Hildebrandt, Brass Trio
Katherine Jarvis, Woodwind Trio
Hannah Sutton, Woodwind Trio

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Level VI Patrick Connolly, Alto Saxophone
Level V Sabrina Basel, Vocal A- 92
Bryanna Bay, Vocal A 93
Olivia Daddona, Baritone Kathryn Kilcommons, Flute
Ella Neese, Violin A 95
Level IV Sabrina Basel, Cello – Outstanding perfect score
Cole Brigham, Tenor Saxophone
Eric Connolly, Xylophone
Jacquelyn Constantine, Flute
Jacquelyn Constantine, Vocal – Outstanding
Jack Cosmadelis, Trumpet
Elizabeth Jernick, Flute
Kate Jones, Violin – Outstanding
Van Karsten, Vocal – Excellent
Jake Okula, Snare Drum
Emiliann Palermo, Vocal – Outstanding Emiliann Palermo, Clarinet
Angelina Ramirez, Clarinet
Emily Russell, Vocal – Outstanding perfect score
Emily Russell, Trumpet
Steven Russell, Clarinet
Dante Tramontana, Baritone Saxophone
Rhian Tramontana, Violin – Outstanding
Alexandra Weschler, Vocal – Excellent
Leif Wood, Vocal – Outstanding
Leif Wood, Violin – Excellent
Level III Jane Burns, Alto Saxophone
Michael Chacon, Violin – Excellent
Patrick Connolly, Flute
Michael Daddona, Bass – Outstanding
Will Dickerson, Vocal – Excellent
Gabrielle Drumm, Clarinet
Nicholas Eckhardt, Trumpet
Robert Elliston, Cello – Outstanding Felecia Kayel, Violin – Excellent
Jessica Mele, Viola – Outstanding
Simon Mraz, Vocal – Outstanding
Maxwell Pasko, Trumpet
Katie Patchell, Snare Drum
Olivia Saccamano, Violin – Excellent
Kaitlin Tobin, Violin – Excellent
Nick Vicinanza, Vocal – Outstanding
Level II John Judge, Alto Saxophone
Emma Quarty, Violin – Excellent Yao Yao Reilly, Cello – Outstanding
Julia Vicinanza, Clarinet
Level I Amanda Bardsley, Flute Emiliann Palermo, Tenor Saxophone

Spring Concert Dates:
Thursday, May 21st Senior High Concert 7:30pm
Thursday, May 28th Elementary Concert 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 2nd Junior High Concert 7:30pm
Thursday, June 4th Small Ensembles Concert 7:30pm

APRIL PARENT NEWSLETTER

Monthly Parent Newsletter
April 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

The third quarter has come to a close and grades have been posted to the Parent Portal (as of April 24th) 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.

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 15th. June 16th we begin final / Regents examinations. 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 2014-2015 school year is June 26th with our High School graduation to follow on June 27th.

Over the summer of 2015, many building renovations will be taking place. The main office (and Principal’s office) will be relocated across from the guidance department. Adjacent to the guidance department will be the new PPS office. The business office will be housed in the current main office and three classrooms will be updated. Finally, the cafeteria and kitchen area will be updated with a fresh new look. We are all looking forward to the much needed improvements in our building to best support our students and families. During the summer as renovation work is taking place, offices and departments will be displaced. A separate communication will follow detailing alternate space to be used for offices and programs over the summer during the renovation period.

Appreciation is extended to Mr. Santiago and members of our faculty that chaperoned the Europe trip – students and chaperones had a great experience!

On Monday, April 20th Mrs. Santiago hosted a parent / student meeting in preparation for the Junior Prom. The prom will be taking place on Friday, May 15th. 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 is planned to take place on Friday, May 22nd starting on/about 1:30pm where students will be released and bused home from the off-campus evacuation site. Details pertaining to the drill 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. 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 in 7th and 8th grade will be taking State assessments in ELL (NYSELAT), ELA, mathematics, and science. Below, is the 7th and 8th grade State assessment schedule for your reference outlining remaining State Assessments to be administered (a letter addressing the same has also been mailed).

2014-2015 Middle School State Assessment Schedule

Assessment Administration Dates Make-up Dates
NYSELAT Speaking April 14th – May 15th During Testing Window
NYSELAT Listening, Writing and Reading May 4th – 15th During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Performance Test May 20th (during class) During Testing Window
Grade 8 Science Written June 1st June 2nd – 3rd

Some Reminders

1. Common Core Geometry

On June 2nd all students enrolled in Common Geometry will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Geometry. The building will remain open for students in grades 7-12 to attend regularly scheduled classes (expect some displacement of classes/classrooms).

Students that sit and take the Common Core Geometry Regents examination on June 2nd as per the NY State Education Department (SED) is allowing such students to sit for the 2005 Standard Geometry Regents examination scheduled for June 19th (which is encouraged). 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 2nd 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. If a student misses the administration of the June 2nd Regents examination, they will not be considered to sit for the June 19th administration of the 2005 Standard Geometry Regents examination. A letter detailing the above should have been received in the mail. In the event you wish to receive additional clarity, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s mathematics teacher or guidance counselor.

2. 7th Grade Field Trip – June 2nd

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a full day fishing trip on June 2ndon the Captain Eddie B III (insured United Coast Guard approved vessel) out of Captree State Park. The experience will support learning in biology, geography, oceanography and mathematics as well as support the philosophy of our advisory initiative aligned with team building and an authentic venue of learning. Students have been provided with a field trip permission slip to return to Mrs. Dakis. This great opportunity has been supported through Arts-in-Ed funding. In the event parents have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Dakis or Ms. Cavallaro

3. 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.

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!

Department / Activity-Club News

Junior Prom (Mrs. Santiago)
This year’s prom will be held on Friday, May 15th at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Ticket sales will begin at the Pre-Prom Meeting on Monday, April 20 at 6:00PM. The pre-prom event will begin on the front lawn of the Southold High School at6:00PM. Buses will be loaded around 6:20 PM and the Prom Court nominees will be announced. At the conclusion of prom at 11:00 PM, prom attendees will be transported back to Southold High School from the venue with an anticipated return to the Junior-Senior High School at 11:30PM.

English Department (Mrs. Dakis)
Mrs. Dakis, Ms. Foote and their students would like to thank everyone who supported their Cold Plunge for Clean Water, and they wanted to share this message: We are overwhelmed by your generosity, and we are proud to announce that over 75 men, women, and children will now have access to clean water for the rest of their lives! Special thanks to the Southold Fire Department, Southold Police Department, Mr. Scott Russell, Ms. Sandra Kollen, Ms. Jessica Santiago, Ms. Terry Rich, Mr. Noah Mina, the Board of Education, Mr. David Gamberg, Mr. William Galati, SOHO Radio, SOHO TV, and, of course, our families, without whom none of this would be possible.

Introduction to Science Research (Mr. McArdle)
The 8th grade Introduction to Science Research will be taking a field trip to the Custer Observatory in Southold on May 1st. The students will be learning how to observe the night sky in multiple facets with a few different types of telescopes. During the field trip, students will be working with astronomy experts and enthusiasts to learn how to use the equipment to pin point and view celestial objects such as planets, moons, asteroids, and galaxies. The students will be returning to Custer Observatory the following night to apply their skills to the vast night sky. This field trip will act as a precursor to many individual research projects in the future.

Library Media Center (Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson)
There are many topics being researched in the library this month: the plague, influential lobby groups, famous unsolved crimes, infectious diseases, literary criticism on the picaresque novel, and how to make and analyze interesting info-graphics. In addition, at least one class of seniors will be starting their thesis, in-depth research papers on current and debatable topics.

We are also busy celebrating National Poetry Month. We’ll be taking a cue from Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project and making a video collage of our favorite poems. Anyone can participate, and only three lines of beautiful poetry are required. All entries get entered in our raffle, so stop by the library to get involved!

If you’re looking for a poem to read/recite for our video or to keep in your pocket on Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day (April 30), here are some resources to get you inspired:

Poetry 180
Billy Collins’ collection of poetry for high schools. Also check out his Twitter poems @bcollinspoetry.

Online Archive of Poetry & Literature
Recorded works by poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Frost.

Guide to the Poets Laureate
Did you know that we’ve had more than 20 different poets in this celebrated position since 1986?

Poetry Written by US Presidents
Who knew that Madison wrote a poem called “A Poem Against the Tories” and Obama wrote one about his grandfather called “Pop”?

Academy of American Poets
Official Sponsors of Poetry Everywhere in April….

Our video will be posted sometime next month. Meanwhile, you can follow library thoughts and happenings on Twitter@settlerslibrary!

MONTHLY PARENT NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2015

Monthly Parent Newsletter
March 2015
William R. Galati, Principal

Spring is here! And, spring break is around the corner. Currently, students are meeting with their respective guidance counselors finalizing course requests for the 2015-2016 school year. Please expect for your child to share with you such requests and in the event you or your child wish to revise such selections, please schedule a meeting with your child’s guidance counselor for advisement.

The performance of the Addams Family will take place this weekend. Appreciation is extended to our students, parents, the Southold Community, the BOE and to our Superintendent for their support given to the Theatre Arts department in making this production a positive experience for our students. I wish all of our performers the best of luck in all performances and appreciate the hard work our talented students devoted to this production.

The annual Military Ball took place on Friday, March 13th. 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 is currently competing at RPI and will be competing at Hofstra University on March 27th – 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.

Come out to Founder’s Beach on Saturday, March 28th at noon to support our 7th grade students as they participate in a Polar Plunge to raise money for a local and global cause. For additional information pertaining to the Plunge, please contact Mrs. Dakis.

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. Even if a student is late with parental support, the lateness is still deemed as being not excused. For clarification, feel free to meet with your child’s guidance counselor.

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.

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 17th, the third quarter concludes with an expected release on The Parent Portal of third quarter report cards on/about April 24th.

6th Grade orientation for parents will be taking place on March 30th at 6pm 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.

June 2nd all students enrolled in Common Core Geometry will be taking the State Regents examination in Common Core Geometry. As of this date, the building will remain open for students in grades 8-12 to attend regularly scheduled classes (expect some displacement of classes/classrooms). Students that sit and take the Common Core Geometry Regents examination on June 2nd as per the NY State Education Department (SED) is allowing such students to sit for the Standard (2005) Geometry Regents examination scheduled for June 19th (which is encouraged). 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 2nd 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. If a student misses the administration of the June 2nd Regents examination, they will not be considered to sit for the June 19th administration of the Geometry Regents examination. Expect in the weeks ahead a more detailed letter addressed to parents of 9th/10th grade Regents students detailing expectations for June 2nd.

7th grade students along with 7th grade teachers are planning a full day fishing trip on June 2nd on the Captain Eddie B III (insured United Coast Guard approved vessel) out of Captree State Park. The experience will support learning in biology, geography, oceanography and mathematics as well as support the philosophy of our advisory initiative aligned with team building and an authentic venue of learning. Students will be provided with a field trip permission slip to return to Mrs. Dakis. In the event parents have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Dakis or Ms. Cavallaro.

Coffee with the Principal has been rescheduled for April 1st at 9am in the Library Media Center. Members from the Robotics Team and DECA will be present to share with parents their achievements as well as a discussion pertaining to latest shifts in aspects of curriculum and more will be discussed.

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!

Department News

Orchestra
Mrs. Grathwohl, Orchestra teacher
Two Southold High School students were selected to perform with the prestigious Long Island String Festival Orchestras. Eleventh grade cellist Aidan Walker performed with the High School Orchestra and ninth grade bassist, Rebecca Dickerson performed with the Junior High Orchestra. The festival was held at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket Jan 31 and Feb 1-2.

Science Department
EARTH SCIENCE
Mr. Chorao, Science teacher

With the seemingly endless harsh winter weather on everyone’s minds, students in Earth science investigated the characteristics and causes of our weather. Using weather instruments, they tracked daily changes in fronts and air pressure, measured relative humidity and dew point temperatures, and predicted cloud formation altitudes. Students examined the primary cause of the recent record low temperatures on the east coast (an unusual dip southward of the polar jet stream). Our junior meteorologists even observed the nearly infinite variety of individual snowflake patterns while learning how snowflakes form!

Theatre Arts
Southold Drama Club Presents
The Addams Family
March 19, 20, 21 @ 7:00 and March 22 @ 2:00
Tickets $12/$8 on sale at the Southold Free Library or at the door

Physical Education Department
Mr. Ellis, PE teacher
The middle school boy’s basketball teams coaches Peter Salerno & Jeffrey Ellis won the Eastern Long Island Basketball Officials Sportsmanship Award. The award is presented to the top sportsmanship team voted on by the officials. Coach Salerno & Ellis will be presented with the award at the official’s dinner banquet on March 27th.

Family and Consumer Science
Ms. Rizzo, FCS teacher
Culinary Arts I students have been working on food demonstrations over the past couple of weeks.

The students have been busy making some homemade croutons to contribute to the Garden Committee fundraiser event the “Souper Bowl” on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

The 8th Grade Home and Career Skills students are working on Career Skills for the 21st Century.

Junior High Yearbooks
Ms. Rizzo, advisor
Yearbooks are on sale for $20.00. Please reserve your yearbook! Please have your child hand in money and order form to Ms. Rizzo in room 13 or e-mail any questions to Ms.Rizzo (jrizzo@southoldufsd.com).

ELL Department
John Myers, ELL teacher
On Wednesday, March 25th, the ESL class will be travelling into New York City to check out Wicked, The Musical. The trip is a culmination of two years of learning about the stories and characters created by American L. Frank Baum in his classic “The Wizard of Oz,” and further expanded upon by American contemporary author Winnie Holzman in her book “Wicked.” Before reading Baum’s book in the school year 2013-14, many of the English Language Learners had never even heard of this wonderful tale that’s an innate institution in our culture, and their enthusiasm for the story and its characters gave way to this years study of the script for the stage adaptation of Holzman’s alternative story. This will be the students’ first foray onto the Great White Way, and undoubtedly it will be an experience they’ll never forget.

Art Department
Daniel Gosnell, Art teacher
The Southold High School art students will be exhibiting their artwork at the Southold Public Library for the month of April. The Studio Art, Photography, and Drawing and Painting classes have been busy this year drawing self-portraits, ceramic creations, and making beautiful paintings in watercolor and acrylic paint. Please come to the art show and see the great talent and fantastic artwork our students have worked so hard on all year. We look forward to seeing you there.

Julian VanGorden Ewa Mejsak Heather Jarvis

Charlotte Mahaffy Emma Alvarez Harry Antonucci

Quinn Osmer Lily Saeli

Nurse’s Office
Mrs. O’Day and Mrs. Amato, School Nurse(s)
On Wednesday March 18th, the Health Office, SADD and Mrs. Santiago participated in Kick Butts day. This annual event focused not only on quitting smoking but also not being a replacement by the tobacco company for those who have died from smoking. Students and staff joined in taking pictures and posting them to social media stating they support Kick Butts Day. Participants were entered in a drawing to win gift cards to Dunkin Donuts and Michelangelo’s.

English 11
Ms. Foote, Special Ed teacher
Mr. Stahl, Ms. Foote, and Mrs. Dougherty-Johnson worked with the English 11 classes on their research projects about The Roaring 1920s. One of the culminating projects for reading The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, had been planning and producing their own black and white silent movie. This popular assignment with the students included writing their own screenplay and learning film, sound, and editing techniques. Students accessed their research from the VRC (Virtual Reference Collection) as well as from the books in the library. They then used EasyBib to cite their online, print, and musical sources. Some of the topics researched this year included: historical sports figures, mafia mobsters, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, Long Island Mansions and Castles, inventors & inventions, and how Long Island specifically was involved with prohibition, bootlegging and speakeasies. Links to view past and present films can be found at: Sohotvnews.com