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DECA Competes in Nationals

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Ward Melville High School’s DECA team recently competed in the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 17,000 high school students, advisers, business people and alumni gathered to develop knowledge and skills for college and careers. Alexandra Duan, John Gallagher, Luke Hou, Alexander Lin, Amy Liu, David Wu, Robin Xiong, Claire Yang and Jonathan Zou not only represented the local Ward Melville DECA chapter, but the state of New York as well.

Congratulations to the team’s two finalists Amy Liu and Claire Yang who competed as a team in the Business Ethics and Law event. Congratulations to the entire DECA team and their advisers, Ms. Littman and Mr. Sudama.

Date Added: 5/19/2022

Podcast Spotlights Student-Artist

Ward Melville High School senior Tasnim Loqman and her teacher Cortney Weisman have been selected as a winner of the “Getting Thru” podcast art contest. Tasnim created a piece of artwork using Adobe Illustrator on the school’s brand-new Mac laptops in Advanced Graphic Design (Advertising Practices and Applications) with the theme of “You Matter Because...”

As the winner, Tasnim will be interviewed by Andrea Sonneberg about the work she created for the new young adult mental health podcast. She will also be awarded a $500 art scholarship.

Date Added: 5/18/2022

Attention! President's Volunteer Service Award Ceremony time change.


Ceremony will now take place at 5:30pm.  PVSA- June 6th at 5:30pm in the WMHS Auditorium.  

Touchdown – Girls Flag Football!

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Ward Melville High School’s newly formed girls flag football team has taken to the field with determination and grit this year, earning a victory over Center Moriches 14-0 in the inaugural game.

The team is new not only to the district but also to Suffolk County, as it was developed in coordination with the New York Jets, who sponsored eight teams in Suffolk County and teams in Nassau County and New Jersey. District Executive Director for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Kevin Finnerty, along with seven other athletic directors, applied for and was awarded a grant through the New York Jets, which funded two sets of brand-new uniforms, flags, footballs and a monetary donation to help defray the cost of our coaching staff, transportation and other costs.

The New York Jets invited each athletic director and one player (Lydia Cuff) from each team to their Met Life Stadium, where they surprised each girl with brand-new jerseys and a tour of the New York Jets locker rooms and facilities. A panel of female sports media reps were there as well, talking to the girls from Suffolk, Nassau and New Jersey about their roles as females in the professional sports world.

In addition to its first game, Ward Melville also recently hosted a practice jamboree with all of the participating districts in Suffolk County. All the student-athletes and coaches participated in learning, drills and some scrimmaging. Officials and representatives from the New Jersey Flag Football Association were here to help teach and train all of the coaches and athletes.

“It was a great way to introduce the sport and promote sportsmanship between these eight districts,” Mr. Finnerty said. “Since this is a newly developed sport in the ‘pilot’ phase, girls have been able to dually participate on this team and other spring sports. They have been working hard, and the coaches have been very flexible by offering practices on different times and days to accommodate girls who play another spring sport.”

The team coaches are Richard Russo (also the boys assistant varsity football coach) and physical education teacher Jennifer Balzan.

Date Added: 5/18/2022

Budget Passes – Thank You!

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Yes – 2,584
No – 2,518

Board Election (* elected individuals):
Vincent Vizzo – 2,715 *
Reanna Fulton – 2,283
Evan Proios –2,122
Jennifer Solomon – 2,650 *

Date Added: 5/17/2022

Ward Melville Senior Earns 50K Scholarship From Burger King

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Ward Melville High School senior Riley Meckley has been named one of three $50,000 James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship winners nationwide and the only winner on the East Coast.

Criteria for the award include GPA, test scores, community involvement, work experience and financial need. Riley rose above tens of thousands of outstanding applicants across the country to be selected for this award due to her passion for education and extensive community involvement. She’s excelled in school and is a pillar of her community, truly embodying Burger King brand values of being a hardworking, good person. Her hard work and ability to inspire others honors Burger King brand co-founder Jim McLamore and his belief that education can be a catalyst for change to a brighter future.

Riley was surprised with this scholarship at a local Burger King location and celebrated during a recent Board of Education meeting.

Date Added: 5/17/2022

Artists With a Message

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Arrowhead Elementary School third grade students Alison LaRusso and Madison McCarren had their original pieces of artwork included in the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Children’s Earth Day celebration this spring.

These two talented students created their own poster based on the theme, “Why Trees Are Important.” The winning posters were displayed for all to see during the celebration. Alison and Madison also won an award and built a birdhouse at the event.

Date Added: 5/17/2022

New York Blood Center Announcement: Blood Emergency

Date Added: 5/16/2022


Power of Poetry

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As part of their writer’s workshop unit of study, W.S. Mount Elementary School second and third grade students recently participated in a unit inspired by spring word banks.

The students created a variety of different genres of poetry, including cinquains, haiku, acrostic, line break, diamantes and themed “rain” poems. They worked hard fine-tuning their crafted pieces, adding color and graphics to help support their overall piece. The completed poems were put on display in the grade level’s shared wing of the building and called a Poetry Parade in Wing B.

Date Added: 5/16/2022

Promoting Healthy Hearts and Bodies

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Combining their health education and a desire to help increase awareness for heart health, Minnesauke Elementary School students recently took part in the Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser. During the event, students collective pledged donations from family and friends to support the work of the American Heart Association. The school raised $5,703.95 for the cause.

Date Added: 5/16/2022

Suffolk Zone Winners

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Ward Melville High School seniors Courtney Quinn and Jason Monopoli were named Suffolk Zone Award winners by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Courtney was nominated by her physical education teacher, Mr. Muscarella, and Jason was nominated by his physical education teacher, Mr. Chacon.

This award is presented annually to the top male and female senior physical education leaders in each of the Suffolk County high schools.

Date Added: 5/16/2022

Girls Softball Raises Funds and Awareness for Childhood Cancer

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Each year, Ward Melville High School’s softball team selects a charity or cause to help promote and fundraise to support. This year, the team raised funds and awareness for a young boy battling cancer.

Before the start of the team’s game against Brentwood High School and wearing special yellow jerseys, the girls held a ceremony for the day’s honoree, Jase Rossi, a 7-year-old boy from Long Island. As part of their efforts, the team shared that they were among those who helped raise $3,795 in online donations for a charity to be chosen by Rossi’s family. The family selected Friends of Karen, which helps families with a child suffering from a life-threatening illness. In addition, the team presented Jase with a special gift of his own – a Nintendo game and the chance to throw out the first pitch.

The Patriots went on to win the game, which featured Victoria Killigrew throwing her first career no-hitter in a 12-0, five-inning win.

Date Added: 5/13/2022

Book of Memories Captures National Accolades

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The exceptional talents of Ward Melville High School’s yearbook staff have once again earned high praise at the national level. This spring, the following students won a Gold Circle award from Columbia Scholastic Press Association for “Illuminate” (2021 Yearbook). Congratulations to the students and their adviser, Camryn Baum.

Third Place (People spread design) – Emily Schneider
Certificate of Merit (Academic spread design) – Annie Balocca
Certificate of Merit (Informational graphics) – Emily Schneider
Certificate of Merit (Student Life spread design) – Catherine Ma
Certificate of Merit (Photo Illustration) – Joseph Monticciolo and Riley Wohlars
Certificate of Merit (Division page design) – Grace Brouillet, Joseph Monticciolo and Riley Wohlars

Date Added: 5/13/2022

Increasing Autism Awareness

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Arrowhead Elementary School students, staff and the building’s “A-Team” spent much of April working to increase awareness for autism.

The month kicked off with an assembly program run by the school’s special education teachers, focused on teaching others some key facts about autism. Throughout the remainder of the month, the building worked to raise money, selling stress balls and other items during lunch periods. Arrowhead capped off the celebration with a buildingwide outdoor walk, at which time student ambassadors shared facts they had learned throughout the month and the school announced they had collectively raised $2,748.

Date Added: 5/13/2022


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Date Added: 5/12/2022

Bookmarking Creative Fun

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District students in kindergarten through grade 6 recently showcased their combined love of literacy and the arts by taking part in the seventh annual Kid’s Bookmark Contest at Emma C. Clark Memorial Library, in which students were invited to submit a drawing of an original bookmark. The following winners will receive the honor of having their bookmarks professionally printed and distributed at the library throughout the year. All entries are currently on display in the Children’s Department for the community to enjoy.

Grades K-2 category: Audrey Brazier (second grade at Nassakeag Elementary)
Grades 3 and 4 category: Aarush Simhadri (fourth grade at Mount Elementary)
Grades 5 and 6 category: Brianna Kim (sixth grade at Nassakeag Elementary)

Date Added: 5/12/2022

Exploring Career Options During 3V-IAB Fair

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Partnering with more than 80 local business, Ward Melville High School recently hosted its 4th Annual Career Exploration Fair at Ward Melville High School.

More than 500 students and family members attended the Multi-Industry Career Exploration Fair at Ward Melville High School. The 3V-IAB creates programs such as this Annual Career Exploration Fair to help Three Village students make informed choices about college and career options. Our local business participation soared this year to over 80 businesses from virtually every industry ranging from healthcare, finance, the arts, law, engineering, marketing, accounting, veterinary, the trades and everything in between.

Date Added: 5/12/2022

National Recognition for Nassakeag Student-Writer

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Nassakeag Elementary School sixth grader Emily Kral won fourth place in the national InvestWrite competition for The Stock Market Game.

InvestWrite is the literacy component of the Stock Market Game in which students write an essay between 400 to 900 words in response to a prompt. Emily wrote a wonderful essay in response to the following prompt: “Think about the future. Imagine what it might look like with improvements in technology, advancements in medicine, developments in education, new energy sources, space exploration, transportation or progress in any field of your interest. Describe your thoughts about the future. Given what you’ve learned in The Stock Market Game, select a diversified set of stocks/bonds/mutual funds that would be wise portfolio choices as these innovations create opportunities for investments and careers.”

Her comprehensive essay was evaluated by professionals in the financial and business community and earned her the fourth-place spot in the national grade 6-8 division.

Date Added: 5/12/2022

Ward Melville Business Department Earns Top Prize

Ward Melville High School’s business department has once again earned high praise during the Blue Ocean High School Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition.

After reviewing submissions from over 2,000 students comprising 600 teams from 41 countries and almost 400 high schools, the organization awarded prizes to the top eight high schools for having the most submissions. As a result, Ward Melville was awarded a $1,000 prize.

This contest is considered to be the most prestigious pitch competition in the world for high school students.

Date Added: 5/12/2022

Ruling on Student Mural – A Beautiful Success

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s National Junior Art Honor Society recently completed its group mural, which will be installed in Gelinas at the end of the year.

This year’s mural is a portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The breathtaking mural was a true labor of artistic talent, patience and design. The completed design was comprised of 24 individual squares that were created by a team of 25 student-artists.

To help show the process in the creation of this beautiful piece, adviser Mike Sacco created the following video:

Click here for the video

Date Added: 4/11/2022
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