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SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS – GUIDANCE FROM NYS

Guidance for celebrating Halloween has been posted on the state's Coronavirus website under "seasonal celebrations." It can be found here:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/seasonal-celebrations

Outdoor Learning Experiences

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Warm fall days have provided a beautiful backdrop for learning at Minnesauke Elementary School, as teachers and staff have reimaged the traditional school day and embraced using outdoor spaces to conduct lessons or to simply enjoy a break in the day with their students.

Physical education classes are largely being held outside on the backfield of the school to further embrace physical distancing guidelines. Colorful squares have been chalked along the grass to provide students with a reminder of the distancing guidelines, and those spaces are used throughout various physical education units of study.

Classroom teachers have been hosting outdoor read-alouds and writing activities on both the front lawn and within the school’s courtyard. These sessions not only allow for the class to enjoy the outdoors but have also sparked some creative writing ideas for students.

Additionally, many classes are using the outdoor spaces to enjoy breaks throughout the day, including for snack time, recess on the playground and more.

Marching to the Virtual Beat

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While still embracing physical distancing guidelines and safety procedures, Ward Melville High School’s Marching Band has continued to keep the beat and perfect their performance skills as they learned a new routine for the 2020-21 school year.

This year’s theme, “A Message of Hope,” includes upbeat musical numbers and perfectly choreographed color guard routines. The students provided a preview of their show to immediate family during a recent closed evening performance held outdoors on the football field and in accordance with physical distancing guidelines.

Additionally, a prerecorded portion of the marching band’s show was included in this year’s virtually run Columbus Day Parade, which aired on ABC 7. To watch the full performance, please visit https://youtu.be/wlu3g5sRn3Q.

Spreading Kindness and Giving Back

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Nine Arrowhead Elementary School sixth graders and members of Girl Scout Troop 1380 recently built and donated four new flowerbeds for the school’s Garden Club. The students also painted and donated a number of garden signs and inspirational kindness rocks for use in a new rock garden at the building.

In recognition of their efforts, the students were awarded the Bronze Award from the Girl Scouts. The district extends its deep appreciation to the following students who worked on this project: Callie Hart, Aisha Islam, Autumn Molinari, Aurora Ryzkowski, Rebecca Schweitzer, Peyton Spatz, Jordyn Stern, Catherine Townsend and Emily Zigon.

Sex Offender Notification - October 14, 2020

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Musicians Selected for Virtual All-State Festival

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Eight exceptionally talented musicians from Ward Melville High School have been selected to take part in this year’s New York State School Music Association’s All-State Festival, which, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be run virtually this year.

These students were selected based on previous performances and in recognition of their exemplary musical capabilities. For the virtual festival, the students will record themselves performing a specified selected repertoire piece. The audio and visual recordings will be ensembled and the culminating project will be showcased during the 2020 All-State Virtual Concert. The complete concert is scheduled to be released on the NYSSMA website later this school year.

Thousands of students across the state were considered for this honor, and the district congratulates the following Three Village students for being selected for this year’s event:

Emily Bussa – String Orchestra
Carson DiFede – String Orchestra
Jessica Liao – Band Alternate
Grace Lin – Symphonic Band
Olivia McBride - Mixed Chorus
Jonah Pichler – Orchestral Alternate
Ava Williamson – Symphonic Band
Emilie Zullo – Symphonic Band

National Honor for Ward Melville Musician

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Ward Melville High School senior Steven Fontana has been selected to take part in the prestigious National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensembles. Steven was selected to be a part of the event’s mixed chorus ensemble.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the association made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person combined Amplify 2020 NAfME PreK-12 National Conference, Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, and All-National Honor Ensembles, originally scheduled to take place Nov. 4-8 in Orlando, Florida. As such, the association is working to plan a virtual event to highlight the 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles program performers.

“I was so excited and honored to have been selected for All-Nationals,” Steven said. “While I would have loved to have the opportunity to attend in person, I am looking forward to collaborating with the other students virtually.”

Three Village Student Honored in Newsday

Click here to read the article about Murphy seventh grader James-Henry Parkinson!
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/way-to-go-r-c-murphy-student-makes-face-shields-1.50000878

Film Stars Earn All American Honors

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The original works created by Ward Melville High School video students Ryan Manuud and Destiny Sanchez were recently accepted into the All American High School Film Festival. The students completed their projects with the help of Ward Melville advanced video teacher Lisa Cappiello.

This festival is considered the premier destination for talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from around the world. This year’s event will take place virtually from Oct. 1-11.

Congressional Art Competition Finalist

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Ward Melville High School senior Cassidy Photos was named a finalist in the Congressional Art Competition. Her submission was created with the help of art teacher Stefanie DiLorenzo.

According to its website, each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Art During a Pandemic

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Minnesauke Elementary School current sixth grade students Chiara Lubarsky and Dua Shahbaz and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh grader Samantha Dalmage have been named award recipients in the 2020 International Interdependence Hexagon Project competition.

The annual contest calls for artists to create pieces using the hexagon as a metaphor for interdependence and interconnectedness. The students were encouraged to create submissions that helped to promote global citizenship and civic literacy. Samantha’s project won in the Diversity theme category, Chiara won in the COVID-19 theme category and Dua in the Interdependence theme category.

The students created their projects under the guidance and tutelage of Minnesauke art teacher Christine Sacco last spring. All were honored during a virtual Zoom ceremony in mid-September.

Celebrating Students’ Philanthropic Efforts

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During its September meeting, the Three Village Central School District Board of Education and invited guests helped to honor several students who have worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of those both locally and across the globe.

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh grader Lily Rosengard was honored by the district and the New York State School Boards Association for being a “Champion of Change” based on her work to aid those affected by the Australian wildfires. During the meeting, NYSSBA Area 12 Director Catherine Romano spoke about the award and noted that it is not an honor that one can apply for but rather one bestowed upon a select few individuals who capture the attention of the association.

Early in 2020, Lily, then a Setauket Elementary School sixth grader, rallied her peers and led an initiative to cut, sew and donate joey pockets for the orphaned kangaroos in Australia. Lily’s efforts were bolstered by outside donations from friends, community members and the support of the Setauket Student Council. Together, the group donated hundreds of joey pockets and raised countless monies to support the wildlife foundation.

Ward Melville High School students Katrin Donetski, Srinija Gumudavelli, Tasnim Loqman, Sara Murphy and Prisha Singhal were also honored by the district for their philanthropic efforts this summer. The team, which called themselves the TeleTutors, volunteered to tutor district students across all grades in various subjects. In lieu of accepting payment for their services, the team vowed to pass along any monies donated to the district’s food pantry. The students presented the sum of their earnings - $735 – to the district during the Board meeting.

Seniors Named Semifinalists in National Scholarship Competition

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Seven Ward Melville High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program this fall. These academically talented high school seniors are among the approximately 16,000 students that will now continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million, which will be offered next spring.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The student and school must submit a detailed scholarship application, including information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Additionally, the student must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level.

Congratulations to the Ward Melville seniors who earned this prestigious honor:

Rebecca Blumenthal
Cynthia Chen
Neil Mehta
Samara Silverman
Elizabeth Star
Nancy Zhong
Julia Zhu

Open Letter to Section XI re: Fall Sports

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Welcome Back!

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The district eagerly welcomed our students and staff back for the first day of the 2020-21 school year on Sept. 8. While the day included a few new procedures, all were happy to be reunited with friends and back in the school building.

2020-2021 Three Village School Calendar

Please be advised, the events included in this PDF are subject to change based on current guidelines/procedures. Please be sure to visit our main online calendar for the most up to date information about events and activities within the district.

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Summer 2020 Newsletter

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Code of Conduct and Student Handbook Code of Conduct for Parents & Students

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