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Working on Wellness

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Minnesauke Elementary School students are developing healthy habits as they work on personal wellness goals through their participation in an after-school wellness club facilitated by school social worker Leia Woodruff. 

Open to the building’s fourth through sixth graders, the club has been meeting after school since October to forge lifelong healthy attributes. They have worked together to create stress balls, talk about ways to alleviate stress, sketched self-esteem portraits and created worry boxes. 

The program is being funded through a grant secured by K-6 Chairperson for Health and Physical Education Christina Driscoll and the Office of School and Community Partnerships.  

Adopting Positive New Habits

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Setauket Elementary School fifth grade students in Christine Beck’s class worked on positive affirmations and goal setting during a recent growth mindset lesson. As a kickoff to the new year, the students wrote down 20 ways they are working to adopt new positive habits. Examples included working to improve their writing, read more often, take more time to exercise and exhibit kindness regularly.  

Stress-Free Activities Mount Up

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W.S. Mount Elementary School students have been practicing mental and physical wellness activities through in-class and outside initiatives. 

From lessons on kindness, positivity and mindfulness to taking in the beauty of the outdoors on walks through the Mount Nature Preserve, the students are learning important, lifelong skills for coping, and strategies for destressing and decompressing. 

New Team Emerges Victorious

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In its inaugural year, two members of the newly formed Comsewogue/Ward Melville combined boys varsity team, 10th grader Steven Orland and seventh grader Bradyn Brogan, have raised the bar in the athletic world and earned top honors. 

Bradyn won the doubles Section XI singles/double tournament and Steven won the singles tournament. By winning, Steven has automatically qualified for the state All-Star Team.

Learning Erupts at Setauket

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Setauket Elementary School second and fourth grade students learned about the science behind volcano eruptions during a lab related to their study on processes that shape the Earth and Earth systems, respectively. 

With the help of their teachers, science teacher Sarah Doepp and science lab teacher assistant Janet Morseman, students used simple materials to replicate a volcano and then mixed ingredients to simulate a volcanic eruption.    

Grade 7-12 Second Quarter Report Cards Available on the Portal

The 2nd quarter report cards for students in grades 7-12 are now available in the Campus Portal.

New! Arrowhead Encourages Family Time During Family Connect Nights

One night each month is designated as a homework-free night and no tests are scheduled the following day. Families are encouraged to spend their extra free time together and to share their photos for the website.

2020 Spring Adult Continuing Education Newsletter


Teen Dating: Violence, Awareness and Prevention Month Workshops

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Coronavirus Precautions

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Drumming Up Healthy Activities

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Setauket Elementary School students are taking part in a new wellness initiative within their physical education classes this month. The “Drum Fitness” unit is a combination of cardiovascular endurance, dance and rhythms while drumming on a fitness ball with drum sticks. The students are having a great time drumming along to their favorite songs while increasing their cardiovascular fitness.

Promoting Healthy Decisions

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Ward Melville High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club has been busy this year promoting wellness and the importance of making healthy choices on a daily basis. The group has hosted guest speakers on the topic and was integral in the building’s informative Red Ribbon Week campaign to promote a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. 

This winter, the club is teaming up with the National Road Safety Foundation to create a two-minute video submission for a #DrivingSkills101 Challenge. For the competition, the students are working to explain how to successfully navigate merges while driving and illustrating the obstacles they might encounter during this type of situation. 

Winning submissions in the contest will be recognized at the 2020 SADD National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The winning chapter will be awarded $2,000 and have their PSA idea professionally produced by an Emmy-winning producer and broadcast on over 150 TV stations nationwide. Additionally, the top 10 chapter finalists will each win $250. 

Running Records

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Ward Melville High School’s girls winter track 4x4 relay team qualified for the elite New York Road Runners Millrose Games. This is the fifth year in a row for Ward Melville, a record as no other team has accomplished this in Suffolk County track history.     

The Millrose Games is the world’s longest-running and most prestigious indoor track and field competition. This year’s games will be held on Feb. 8. 

Ward Melville’s team is comprised of Briana Grant, Victoria Laguerre, Elizabeth Radke and Emma Rathburn and is coached by JP Dion and Tom Youngs. 

Exploring Careers and Examining Future Options

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Ward Melville High School and the Three Village Industry Advisory Board, also known as 3V-IAB, hosted the second annual career fair event in the Ward Melville cafeteria in early January, giving students the chance to explore future professions. 

This year’s innovative theme was “Growth Careers on Long Island.” During the event, junior high and high school students and their parents learned more about expanding career fields on Long Island to help them make more informed choices selecting potential college majors and career paths. To make this a fun and interesting experience for all, an informative “career DNA” online personality quiz QR code was provided to students in their respective schools in advance of the event. Students took the quiz and were provided with color-coded results that they used to help easily navigate businesses at the event in a fun and personalized way.

“Last year, the Three Village Industry Advisory Board had a very successful launch year,” said teacher Ilene Littman, who was instrumental in planning the event. “This year, we were thrilled to introduce our students to local career opportunities with our ‘Growth Careers on Long Island.’ Over 35 Long Island businesses were in attendance, representing specific occupations in health care, business/technology and the trades at this exciting event.”

This event was designed to support Three Village students in identifying and matching their own personality traits with potential careers that are growing locally and that will be viable opportunities to enter professions uniquely suited to them. Businesspeople at the career fair informed students about their own personal journeys, provided tips on how to enter specific occupations and helped students find clarity and direction for their future.

Encouraging Resilient Behaviors

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Ward Melville High School students are focusing on the importance of self-care this January through an initiative created by the school’s counseling center and guidance department. 

Colorful and informative posters have been hung throughout the school highlighting various tips to improve one’s mental and physical health during stressful times. These tips encourage such behaviors as mindfulness activities, proper nutrition and ways to decompress. In addition, as many midterms and other exams are held during the month of January, other posters include ways to improve study skills and destress when preparing for the exams. 

Each month the counseling center focuses on a different topic geared toward student wellness and overall health. February will include informative presentations about relationship safety. 


Creating Buzz-Worthy Attention

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh and eighth grade students worked to polish their linguistic skills as they took part in the building’s annual school spelling bee this January. 

After classroom bees, a cohort of students were selected to take part in a schoolwide contest. After several challenging rounds, seventh grader Madeena Jalili emerged as the first-place winner after correctly spelling the word diplopia. This year’s runners-up at Murphy were eighth graders Rithik Sagal (second place) and Vincent Vinciguerra (third place). 

In a new feature this year, two students from the school will be able to compete in the Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee qualifying round. The district wishes Madeena and Rithik best of luck as they advance to the next level! 

Focusing on Staying Focused

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Arrowhead and Setauket Elementary School students are learning how to develop strong social and emotional character skills through hands-on lessons facilitated with the support of the school’s building psychologists.  

Through a needs assessment from the staff, student brainstorming and data from the behaviors related sections on the report card, the schools have established and facilitated activities to promote the growth of well-rounded students not only academically, but socially and emotionally.

Lessons relate to student wellness topics such as emotion recognition, managing stress in school, attention control and listening with one’s whole body. Teachers participate in discussions/activities along with the psychologists to help relate the information to their current class content and ensure carryover after push-in lessons end.   

One of the recent projects involved students defining what it looks like to be focused in class and then categorizing pictures to note if the images showed focused or nonfocused students.  

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