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Pre-K Enrollment for 2020-2021

Applications for the 2020-2021 Pre-K program are available on the Pre-K webpage. Application are due Feb. 24th.

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Setauket STEM Teacher Recognized as "Bright Light"

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Gina Varacchi Bright Light award recipient

Setauket Elementary School STEM teacher, Gina Varacchi was recognized at the annual ASSET Bright Light conference on January 9 in East Islip. ASSET (Association of Suffolk Supervisors of Educational Technology) recognizes teacher leaders, administrators or support staff from their member districts for their extraordinary contributions to integrating technology in our schools.  Congratulations Gina and thank you for all you do for our students!

Health Think Tank: Vaping Series-Part I


Vaping Nicotine Linked To Increased Risk Of Chronic Lung Disease

If you are a student who needs help to quit vaping, please go down to guidance or the Counseling Center to talk to one of the following people:


Michelle Virga: 631-730-4840


Ms. Pam Roberts:  631-730-4745

Ward Melville:

Ms. Alison Herschaft:  631-730-4976
Ms. Diana Gott:    631-730-4915

Ms. Glenda Gregory: 631-730-4917

Please check back in a few weeks for an updated podcast.

Additional Awards for Yearbook Staff

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Ward Melville High School’s 2019 yearbook continues to garner top honors for the exceptional artistic talents of its creators. 

Most recently, the edition called “Current” was awarded five Quill and Scroll Yearbook Excellence awards. Quill and Scroll is a high school journalism honor society that strives to “encourage, support and recognize individual student initiative and achievement in scholastic journalism,” according to its website. Judges of the Yearbook Excellence awards, who consisted of professional journalists and graphic designers as well as retired Hall of Fame yearbook advisers, selected 206 national winners. 

The following were the honorees from Ward Melville High School: 

Camryn Zezelic (senior) won first place for her academics division photograph.
Faith Garcia (alumna) won first and second place in two spread design categories.
Grace Boyle (alumna) received an honorable mention for her spread design.
Kayla Zorn (alumna) received an honorable mention for her spread design.

Better Understanding Meal Compositions

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Ward Melville High School students enrolled in the Critical Health Issues class taught by Maureen Kost recently applied their knowledge of nutrient information and the USDA recommendations to determine the health value of common fast food restaurant items.  

All fast food restaurants are required to supply the consumer with nutrition information for their standard menu items. Students were able to choose menu items from local fast food restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, Five Guys, McDonald’s, Panera, Taco Bell and Tropical Smoothie. They then discussed how often they look at the nutrition labels in restaurants, why food labels are important and if the availability of that information makes a difference in their food choices.  

After the discussion, the students were given supplies (salt, sugar, Crisco shortening to act as fat, teaspoons, plate and worksheet for conversions) to see just how many teaspoons of fat, sugar and salt were in their meals. Students dished out the teaspoons of fat, sugar and salt onto a plate, and were surprised when some meal options required a second plate. They then examined why too much fast food can contribute to health problems and identified ways to make healthier food choices even when they are eating out.   

Update on Three Village School Start Time Study

As a follow-up to the December school start time presentation by the Superintendent of Schools and Deputy Superintendent and at the request of the Board of Education, the Three Village Central School District has established a special School Start Time Committee. The members of this group represent stakeholders in the community, including parents, teachers, administrators and high school students.

In addition to examining the district’s current school start times, the new committee has been charged with discussing any feasible changes that may benefit students’ overall health and wellness. They will also examine both the positive and negative impacts that any proposed changes may bring. The committee’s work will not be limited to the options presented in December; rather, they will use those options as a preliminary springboard for future discussions.  

In addition to the work of the committee, the district will be conducting focus groups and sending out surveys to solicit feedback from the broader community. Please be assured that at this point, no decision has been made regarding school start times, nor is there a consensus on how to proceed in the future.        

The committee will be holding their first meeting in early February, and updates regarding their work will be shared on the district’s website under the new “Start Time Committee” tab located under the District dropdown menu. All residents are encouraged to visit this section often for updates. 

Running Miles, Creating Memories

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Setauket Elementary School third through sixth grade students ran hundreds of miles this fall as part of their participation in the school’s running club.

Seventy-two students took part in the initiative and met from October through December on Thursdays after school to run for 60 minutes each session. Recording their progress along the way, many students ran three or more miles each session, and each club member ran enough miles to cumulatively count as a full marathon. As such, each was awarded a medal from the New York Road Runners. 

Professional Actor Inspires Ward Melville Students

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Ward Melville High School students had the chance to hear from a professional in the acting business during a recent program with Larry Saperstein, who plays Big Red in the new Disney+ show, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”

During the event, which was organized by the school’s Key Club and their advisers, Kathryn Fenigstein and Annette Goldberg, Larry spoke about his past experiences and the thrill of being cast in a new hit show. In keeping with the Key Club’s theme of focusing on mental health, Larry also shared how he has worked to overcome challenges in life and the supports that he has in place, both personally and professionally. Additionally, he hosted a brief and candid Q&A session with those that were in attendance. 

Decorating Doors for Donations

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Ward Melville High School students and staff helped to raise hundreds of dollars as part of a door decorating contest organized by the building’s Key Club. 

For a $5 donation, individuals were invited to decorate various doors around the school for the holidays. All proceeds raised were gifted to the counseling center for families in need for the holidays. 

In the spirit of the competition, the doors were judged by the school’s administration and awards were given based on the following categories: Holiday Spirit, Most Outlandish, Most Technical and Originality. 

Stellar Math Scholar at Nassakeag

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Nassakeag Elementary School sixth grader Yuming Su has been named the first-place winner in the AMC 8 Math Contest, having scored in the top 5% nationally.  

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

The material covered on the AMC 8 includes topics from a typical middle school mathematics curriculum, which is impressive as Yuming is still in elementary school. Possible topics include but are not limited to counting and probability; estimation; proportional reasoning; elementary geometry, including the Pythagorean Theorem; spatial visualization; everyday applications; and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. In addition, some questions involve linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry and other topics traditionally covered in a beginning algebra course.

Town Substance Abuse Education Workshop for Parents – Jan. 28

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Regeneron Scholars

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Out of a pool of close to 2,000 applicants, Ward Melville High School seniors Jordan Klein and Mariam Quraishi have been named two of the select Scholars in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search. 

Jordan was selected for his project, “Prevalence of Tick-Borne Diseases in Fire Island Deer Ticks,” while Mariam was honored for her project, “The Effect of Sibling Status of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Symptom Severity and Social Development.” Both students worked with professional mentors in their respective fields and completed their projects as part of the district’s InSTAR science research program. 

Three hundred high school seniors from 49 states and one U.S. territory were chosen from the first round of competition and will receive $2,000 for the honor. Each school also will get $2,000 per honoree. Forty of the 300 Scholars will become Regeneron finalists, which will be announced on Jan. 22. If chosen as a finalist, the students will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from March 5-11, where they will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards, including the top prize of $250,000.

Three Village’s County Hall of Fame Inductee

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Three Village Central School District former educator and leader in the world of athletics Dr. H. Jean Berger will be inducted, posthumously, into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame on May 26 at the Watermill in Smithtown.

Dr. H. Jean Berger, along with fellow 2020 inductees Ruth Gracey (Port Jefferson), Anna McKeever Kress (Sayville) and Jeannette Rogers (Babylon), will be inducted as the four female trailblazers and pioneers who were instrumental in developing and organizing the Suffolk County Girls Athletic Association in 1949, 23 years prior to the historic Title IX legislation. It was their persistence, dedication and vision which created opportunities for girls to play sports within Suffolk County. These women were legendary advocates for sports equality for girls, and their impact will forever be felt in Suffolk County athletics.

Residents, past colleagues and friends of Dr. Berger are invited to contact Michele Dougherty ( for more information about the induction ceremony.

Increasing Fun at Recess at Nassakeag

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As a result of a Shared Decision Making Team initiative, Nassakeag Elementary School recently hosted a ribbon cutting celebration to officially unveil the building’s new indoor recess room. 

The space, which was created based on input from students, will be accessible to classes on a rotating basis on the days when weather does not permit students to go outside for recess. The room is filled with numerous activity stations. From a large Connect 4 game to puzzles and Lego stations, the space has something for everyone to enjoy. Comfortable furniture also helps to create a welcoming atmosphere. 

Math Accolades Add Up

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth grader Benjamin Wu and seventh grader Oliver Wu have been accepted to the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. 

These students are among 85 students who will pursue the study of mathematics and its applications. To qualify for this honor, the 85 students that were selected for the institute’s three divisions competed against approximately 550 of the top-ranking students recommended by educators from public and private schools on Long Island. Selection by the institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of 1% in math of all students on Long Island in his or her grade. Acceptances were based on four criteria: school transcript, teacher recommendation, a brief statement written by the student and a rigorous entrance exam. 
The curriculum covers mathematical topics of algebra, geometry, discrete math and number theory, in addition to topics not included in the standard courses of study. These topics include problem-solving applied to probability, theory of finite differences, science applications and mass point geometry. 

Best in Show Scholarship Winner

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Ward Melville High School senior Corrine Ange was awarded a $500 scholarship from Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty for her artwork that was part of a month-long gallery exhibit. Community members visited the gallery at the Stony Brook office and voted on the piece of art they felt deserved to be best in show. 

Giving Thanks to Volunteer

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Three Village Central School District security personnel are always ready to lend a hand to someone in need and recently one member of the team – Thomas Robinson – extended his experience to help several individuals in need following a car accident on Nicolls Road. In honor of his quick call to action and lifesaving techniques, the Board of Education commended Mr. Robinson and presented him with a commemorative certificate of appreciation during a recent meeting.  

‘Traveling the World’ to Learn Holiday Traditions

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Nassakeag Elementary School second-grade classes traveled around the globe as they learned about different traditions and customs as part of their Holidays Around the World activity. 

After boarding an imaginary airplane, the classes rotated between classrooms to learn about countries such as Ecuador, Germany, Holland, Italy, Mexico and Norway. Within each classroom, the students created crafts based on something traditional to that region. Each time they completed a task they received a stamp in their “passport” or on their “suitcase.” 

Holiday Mini Golf

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Nassakeag Elementary School’s gymnasium was transformed into a multihole golf course as part of the physical education annual Holiday Mini Golf Event. 

During their physical education classes, students rotated through the different stations, each of which included tricks and holiday decorations. The event is one that students look forward to each year and helps to put all in the holiday spirit. 

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