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Winning Results for New Team

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Students from the P.J. Gelinas Junior High School “Justice - You and the Law” club recently participated in the 34th annual Western Suffolk BOCES mock trial tournament. 

The team, comprised of seventh and eighth-graders, made a splash in their first competition, winning both of their trials against experienced programs. This year’s problem centered on a civil negligence suit regarding proper concussion protocol in sports. 

To help prepare for their first competition season, the students were mentored by the district’s highly successful high school mock trial team during recent practices. 

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Sports Spectacular

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Nassakeag Elementary School staff members hosted a fun and spirited sports spectacular event for a good cause in April. 

During the event, many members of the staff sported the school’s colors and engaged in friendly sporting events to raise funds for Contractors For Kids. This year’s event raised over $2,500 for the cause. 

According to their website, Contractors For Kids is a not-for-profit organization that works to assist children and their families overcome obstacles that have impacted their lives through the sickness, injury or death of a child. 

Top of Their Class

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Ward Melville High School is proud to announce that Kirti Nath and Isabelle Scott have been named the Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. 

Both students are well-decorated scholars, having earned countless awards and recognitions throughout their educational careers. 

Kirti will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall and enroll in the life science and management program. Isabelle will attend Brown University and will major in journalism.    

Performance at Mets Game

The Three Village Central School District sixth-grade All-District Chorus performed the National Anthem and Take Me Out To the Ballgame during a recent home Mets game. The links below are the videos from the performance.



Celebrating Founder’s Day

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Making a living connection to lessons they are learning about in the classroom, fourth-grade students from across the Three Village Central School District came together in late April to reflect upon the community’s early start and celebrate Founder’s Day.

During a two-day event held at Setauket Elementary School, the students were able to learn about how the area began as a working community more than 360 years ago. Led by members of the Three Village Historical Society and the Town of Brookhaven, they studied the beautiful Vance Locke murals that grace the walls of the school’s auditorium, which visually documents the community’s growth. Additionally, they learned about the importance of the wooden sculptures – the New York State Coat of Arms and images of Benjamin Tallmadge and Richard Woodhull – which are affixed to the exterior of the building.

Throughout the remainder of the program, the students were led on a walking tour of the community. With the assistance of their teachers and community volunteers, they visited seven local sites rich in historical importance, including the Frank Melville Park and Sanctuary, Patriot’s Rock, the Caroline Episcopal Church and Cemetery, and the Amos Smith House.

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Better Hearing and Speech Month

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Arrowhead Elementary School students worked with the building’s speech department to help mark May as Better Hearing and Speech Month as they created colorful posters for the Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association contest.     

Each student created an original poster emphasizing communication, hearing, sounds and parts of the face integral to speech and hearing. The boards helped to create awareness of the cause and promote discussion on the topic.

The LISHA will judge the students’ posters in May by grade-level categories and the top submissions will receive monetary awards.

Conversations on Second Chances

R.C. Murphy Junior High School students learned about the effects that choices have on one’s life and the importance of working to overcome obstacles during a Town Hall assembly with inspirational speakers Jerry Figgiani and Robert Aliano.   

During the assembly, both men shared messages of determination, overcoming adversity and perseverance as they told Robert’s story – which included how he sustained a traumatic injury that almost ended his life and the path he took to change his future. That path included working with Jerry who inspired him to learn how to walk again with the help of karate.

After the event, the students participated in a Google Classroom activity where they were provided with the opportunity to reflect on their experience and share how they overcame obstacles in their own lives and who they go to for support.

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Advancing to Tournament of Champions

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Two junior high school math teams from the district earned first and second-place during this year’s Suffolk County MoMathlon held at Brookhaven National Laboratory and have qualified to compete in the tournament of champions at the MoMath museum in New York City.

The Museum of Mathematics, together with supporters Con Edison and Brookhaven National Laboratory, provide New York students the opportunity to participate in several middle school math tournaments throughout the state, culminating in a thrilling tournament of champions.
R.C. Murphy Junior High School and Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School each had a team compete against more than 25 schools in Suffolk County with the top two schools advancing to the Tournament of Champions. Gelinas team members Ivan Ge, Alexander Lin, Robin Xiong, Nancy Zhong, Julia Zhu, took the first-place prize and Murphy team members Claire Yang, Matthew Chen, Animesh Ghose, Neil Mehta, and Jessica Liao, took the second-place prize. Claire Yang also was the seventh grade individual winner of the tournament with Alexander Lin, Robin Xiong and Ivan Ge taking second, third and fourth.

Bump, Set, Spike

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students showcased their athletic skills during a friendly volleyball tournament this spring.

In addition to the student participants, several teachers also joined in the fun by participating in the ninth-grade bracket.

Special thanks to Chris Grippa, Tom Youngs, Brendan McNamara and Jennifer Monahan who coordinated the event with the support of Assistant Director of Physical Education and Health Erin Blaney.  

Mediocre at Best (team in blue) was the winning team but faced stiff competition from other teams, including Yeoooo, Spikeological Warfare and Nothing but Net.

Design Tips and Tricks

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As they prepared to publish the 2017 edition of Literary Travelers, R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s literary magazine club members had an opportunity to meet with published artist Michael Grever and learn about new design techniques and layout trends.

Mr. Grever, who is the brother of club advisor Julie Grever, is a graphic designer for a textbook company and has been published in magazines and newspapers both in the United States and abroad. During the workshop, he spoke with the students about what makes a visually appealing layout, showed them how he designs the textbooks, and provided some pointers on the work they are doing with this year’s literary magazine.

Driving Safely

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Approximately 300 Ward Melville High School students learned about the dangers of distracted driving during a simulated Safety Town program provided by the Town of Brookhaven.

During the event, presenter Al Ferrari spoke with the students about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving and invited the attendees to take part in several hands-on engagement stations.

Participating in the simulation activities, the students were able to understand the importance of not being distracted while driving. They learned where to put their phone in the car while driving to avoid being tempted to look at it and used impairment goggles while driving go-carts, operated a diving video game and navigated miniature cars on sticks through a map to simulate the dangers of driving while under the influence of substances.

Rising Math Scholars

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School ninth-grader Grant Yu and Nassakeag Elementary School sixth-grader Ethan Yu earned top marks at this year’s Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition 10 and, as a result, had the chance to compete in the next level of the competition.

Grant and Ethan competed in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam, a challenging 15 question, 3-hour exam. As a result of his outstanding performance on this exam, Grant has been invited to take part in the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad competition.  

The top 500 students nationwide were then invited to take the USAJMO, which will be held on April 19 and 20.  The USAJMO is an even more rigorous six-question proof examination, spread out over nine hours between two days.

Showcasing Knowledge of the Ocean

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s ninth-grade Bay Scallop Bowl Team showcased their expansive knowledge during this year’s regional competition sponsored by the National Ocean Science Bowl and held at Stony Brook University.

During the event, the students competed against 16 teams from across Long Island during several challenging rounds, including a round robin format and jeopardy style buzzer format. Questions throughout the contest covered all aspects of the subject of oceanography, such as the type of technology used to study the oceans, as well as the biological, chemical and geological aspects of oceanography.  The questions also covered national organizations and political treaties relating to global and national ocean issues.

The overall goal of the event was to encourage students to pursue an interest  in oceanography and focus on careers that will affect the oceans.

The Keys to Success

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Ward Melville High School’s Key Club took home several high honors during the New York State Key Club 69th Annual Leadership Training Conference, including two students who were selected to serve in leadership positions for the coming year.

Competing against the top Key Clubs from across the state, Ward Melville earned first place for digital poster and third place for public relations, as well as the following individual awards:  

Distinguished President - Amy Huang
Outstanding Vice President - Megan Specht
Outstanding Bulletin Editor - Niki Nassiri
Distinguished Key Clubbers - Niki Nassiri, Erin Pitcher, Michael Selvaggio, Anna Skolnick, Megan Specht and Jocelyn Su

In addition, Morgan Persky was elected to serve as the new lieutenant governor for the chapter’s district and Natalie D'Onofrio was named the next New York State Key Club district secretary.

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Exploring Health Careers

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As part of the Health Occupations Students of America club, Ward Melville High School students learned about healthcare professions as part of a multi-week workshop series this spring.

During a recent workshop, the students met with two professionals from the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook. During the interactive lecture, they learned about the opportunities available in the social services profession as well as the career path for a registered dietitian nutritionist. The speakers shared some insight into their chosen careers, academic background, professional path, current position, typical professional routine, challenges, and advice for students to successfully follow in a chosen profession.

HOSA is a career and technology student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary and post-secondary collegiate students enrolled in Health Science Technology Education Programs. HOSA provides members with leadership and scholarship information as well as opportunities to meet outstanding professionals in health careers and education.

Bear Brunch

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As a conclusion to their multi-week study of bears, kindergarten students in Dawn McNally’s class at W.S. Mount Elementary School celebrated the start of the spring season with a bear-themed brunch.

During the unit, the students learned about four types of bears – polar, black, panda and brown – as well as their habitats and their adaptations. Students were interested to learn about the bears’ different types of fur and the extra layer of blubber that protects them from the cold.

During the brunch, the students dressed as their favorite type of bear and feasted on items included in the traditional bear diet, including pretzel “twigs,” gold “fish,” berries, honey and apples.  

Minnesauke Takes Center Ring

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Minnesauke Elementary School students learned how to perform a number of circus tricks during a multi-session workshop with representatives from The National Circus Project.

In addition to the in-school workshops, sixth-grade students learned how to create their own circus from the ground up and showcased their cumulative skills during a vibrant show for family and friends.

This engaging opportunity was provided by the generosity of the PTA.  

Mind Bending

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Living History

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As part of their social studies curriculum, fifth-grade students at W.S. Mount Elementary School stepped back in time when they participated in an immigration simulation.

Leading up to the program, the students researched a family member who had immigrated to the United States. During the simulation, the students dressed and acted as that individual.  

Once inside the cafeteria, or “Ellis Island,” they began the process of becoming an immigrant. Parent and staff volunteers were on hand in the school’s mini-gym monitoring the different immigration stations, which checked the immigrants’ background, vocation, character and health, and ultimately cleared them for citizenship. Once accepted as citizens, the students were asked to review a copy of the federal constitution, were given a commemorative U.S. citizen identification card stamped with their fingerprints, and were asked to recite the Loyalty Oath. 

At the conclusion of the program, the fifth-graders gathered in the auditorium to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Loyalty Oath in unison. 

Pre-K Registration Extended – Spaces Still Available

As spaces are still available in the district’s new 2017-2018 prekindergarten program, the registration period has been extended. Any residents who are interested in enrolling their child in the program are urged to contact Three Village Pre-K Liaison Nancy Pickford at 631-730-4400 or via email at immediately. A lottery will not be conducted and additional applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program reaches enrollment capacity.

Using History to Create News

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grade students in Michelle Hanczor's honors English class recently completed a technology infused project that called for them to become broadcast news reporters using a program called News Maker. 

After reading a historical book, the students worked with library media specialist Betsy Knox to create and perform a news script based on the information they learned. In addition to this, they investigated the time period of their novel in order to produce a formal research paper.

By using News Maker, the students were able to actively participate in 21st Century literacies and enjoyed using their creative talents and personalities while discussing and sharing their independent quarterly reading.

Measuring Up at Minnesauke

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Minnesauke Elementary School students are putting their math skills to good use this spring as they take part in an interactive measuring project created by math center teacher Paul Wilgenkamp.

Giant wooden rulers have been placed throughout the building and students are using them to learn their heights in meters, centimeters, inches, feet and yards. To kick-start the project, Mr. Wilgenkamp visited each class to speak about the importance of being able to use the customary system and the metric system to measure length. Each Friday, the students who measure a certain height and can answer a fact win a prize.

“Since most of the rest of the world uses the metric system, I want students at Minnesauke to be “bilingual” math measurers,” said Mr. Wilgenkamp. “This project will give them the opportunity to interact with and view the rulers in the hallways daily for developing meaningful mathematics connections.”

Fencer Joins National Team

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Ward Melville High School fencer Danny Solomon recently won the Junior Olympic National Championship in Kansas City, whereby solidifying his place on the USA National Team.  

He will be one of three saberists representing the United States in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for the Cadet World Championships. Danny is pictured here with fencing coach Jeffrey Salmon. 

Oliver Twist

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s musical theater company took to the stage to perform the Broadway hit musical “Oliver!” before packed audiences this March.

The musical followed the life of Oliver Twist, an orphan in England who runs  away from an orphanage headed by the cruel Mr. Bumble and the life of crime he learns about when meeting a new friend named the Artful Dodger. Oliver’s life appears to turn around when a kind and wealthy gentleman rescues him after Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit. 

Throughout the show the talented cast of student-actors and vocalists dazzled audiences with their flawless performance of classic and beloved songs such as “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love.” In addition to the regularly scheduled evening performances, the students offered a free showing of the musical to area senior citizens and district sixth-graders before opening night.   

Anything Goes

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s talented student-actors took audiences aboard the S.S. American on a comical sail between New York and England as they took to the stage to perform this year’s hit Broadway musical “Anything Goes.”

The show told the tale of the antics that transpired aboard an ocean liner in the mid-1930s, including the travels of a stowaway and a nightclub singer. The show included such well-known songs as “You’re the Top” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” which kept audiences dancing and singing along in their seats. 

In addition to the regularly scheduled shows, the students also performed a free preview for the district’s sixth-grade students. 


DECA Heads to Nationals

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Ward Melville High School’s DECA members recently competed at the New York State competition in Rochester, New York and earned top prizes in what was their first year of competition. 

As a result of their depth and breadth of knowledge, they took home several awards and eight of them have qualified for the national competition in Anaheim, California in April. 
According to their website, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The Three Village Central School District proudly congratulates the following students who have qualified to compete nationally: 

Kelsey Ge – First Place in Principles of Marketing
Priya Mukhi – First Place in Principles of Business Management & Administration
Varsha Talanki – First Place in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Austin Day and Tyler Flynn – Second Place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing, 
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Josh Farahzad and William Jin – Second Place in Buying & Merchandising, 
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Jay Sangwan – Fourth Place in Principles of Finance

Science Bowl Teams

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s two Science Bowl Teams took part in the regional competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory and showcased their science knowledge during the challenging contest. 
Throughout the event, the teams earned high praise for their sportsmanship and talent. The first team won four out of six matches before succumbing to a challenging team from William Floyd. The second team won one match but suffered tough losses during the other matches.
The annual competition provides students with the opportunity to challenge themselves and to learn to work as a team. Each team member has to dedicate him or herself to learning as much as possible about one specific area i.e. biology, Earth science, chemistry, physics, general science or math.

Undefeated Mock Trial Team

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Three Village’s Mock Trial Team has completed its third consecutive undefeated regular season and is heading into the playoffs as the top seed in Suffolk County. Additionally, the team has had a remarkable run of 20 straight wins over three years in Suffolk County competition. The team is comprised of students from both Ward Melville High School and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School. 

In addition to the team’s accomplishments, senior Isabelle Scott has been named the first-place winner in the United States Federal Bar Association Civics Essay Contest. As part of this honor, Isabelle was awarded a $2,000 scholarship and has been invited to Washington on a three-day, expenses-paid trip to attend several conferences, the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Finals, a private tour of the Supreme Court and meet with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Setauket Runners

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Setauket Elementary School’s Mighty Milers running club members are working to stay active and healthy by running more than 500 miles so far this winter. 

The club, an initiative organized by the New York Road Runners association, is currently open to students in grades K-2 and will expand this spring to include the upper grades. 

Students are able to earn rewards from the NYRR based on the number of miles they run. Upperclassmen from Setauket are currently volunteering during the club’s meetings to help keep track of the progress each runner makes. 

Blue Lights Signal Lockdown in Three Village

As part of the district’s ongoing commitment to enhancing school security, the Three Village Central School District recently implemented a new type of technology to help alert the community when a lockdown is underway at one of the schools.

In partnership with Intralogic Solutions, blue strobe lights have been installed on the exterior of every school building. Should a lockdown be initiated in that school, these lights will flash on all sides of the building, serving as a signal that the facility is in lockdown and entry is prohibited. For security reasons, the district defines a lockdown as a time when a threat to the safety and security of students and staff exists within the school building. This differs from a lockout, when the threat exists externally but in the vicinity of the school building (e.g., a criminal on the run from law enforcement in the area).

The district advises the community and visitors to the schools that if they see the strobes activated, they should return to their vehicle at once and leave the scene, as a critical incident may be unfolding.

Although the majority of the details of the system are kept confidential, the district assures residents that once the system and its technology are activated, members of law enforcement will be notified immediately to respond. Additionally, as per the district’s emergency management plan, parents will be notified immediately upon activation of an actual lockdown and provided with instructions.

Residents with any questions regarding this matter can contact the district’s security coordinator at 631-730-5089.

Math Lessons Benefit Local Soup Kitchen

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For a lesson rooted in mathematics and character education, Nassakeag Elementary School third-grade students in Maureen MacDowell’s class teamed up with fourth-graders in Kathryn Comiskey’s class to make dozens of loaves of Irish soda bread for the St. James Soup Kitchen, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Working in teams, the students measured, poured and mixed batter using traditional measuring tools. They were then challenged with making equivalent measurements when one of the tools the recipe called for was removed. They worked together to problem solve and deploy their classroom lessons to complete the recipe.

Creating a Mini Golf Course

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P.J. Gelinas Junior High School technology and woodworking club, under the leadership of teacher Kraig Herrel, recently deployed their technological skills and created a mini golf course for a children’s program at the Emma S. Clark Library.  In addition to building the course, the students were among those who volunteered to assist the attendees during the library event.

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Suffolk County Narcan Training Classes – March Dates

County Executive Steve Bellone and Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Health, encourage residents to take advantage of free Opioid Overdose Prevention Program - Narcan Training Classes.

The training, which meets New York State Department of Health requirements, will enable participants to recognize an opioid overdose, administer intranasal Narcan and take additional steps until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes nasal Narcan.

“Our goal is to distribute overdose kits to as many individuals as possible so that they can assist our EMS system in saving lives and strengthening the community’s chain of survival,” said Dr. Tomarken.

The classes will take place as follows:

Port Jefferson Station
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium

Comsewogue High School

565 Bicycle Path, Port Jefferson Station

For more information please contact: 631-852-6109.
Includes “The Ugly Truth” Heroin and Prescription Drug Education program
***Some information is graphic in nature. Parental Discretion Advised

Middle Island
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Longwood Middle School
41 Yaphank Middle Island Road, Middle Island, NY

For more information please contact: 631-852-6109.
Includes “The Ugly Truth” Heroin and Prescription Drug Education program
***Some information is graphic in nature. Parental Discretion Advised

Learn more about the program; watch “Saving One Life at a Time with Narcan at Suffolk’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program"

Sharing Messages of Hope

Sharing Messages of Hope

R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grade students had the opportunity to learn about the inspiring Ride for Life movement and the disease at the center of the movement when ALS patient, Dr. Christopher Pendergast and former educator Glenn Baldwin conducted an inspiring assembly program.

During the assembly, the students got an overview of the illness and challenges that patients face. Additionally, Mr. Baldwin and Dr. Pendergast helped the students to apply the lessons learned from patients living with ALS to their own personal challenges. Students were encouraged to keep working at achieving their goals even when encountering difficulties.  

The students also learned that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ride and, as such, participants will take their message across the eastern seaboard as they travel from Yankee Stadium to Washington D.C., arriving there on National Advocacy Day, May 14.  

Honor Student-Scientists

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During the early March meeting, the district’s Board of Education honored seven Ward Melville High School student-science research students, each of whom recently earned high praise for projects they completed through the school’s InSTAR program.
Those celebrated included:

Brandon Feng (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Brandon’s project involved maximizing the collection efficiency of solar panels by using a simulator that varied wind fields in order to measure irradiance.

Albert Liu (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Albert’s research focused on devising ways to detect irregular activity in networks using scan statistics.

Kirti Nath (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Kirti’s research focused on analyzing the effects of discarded human medications that enter the water system and aquatic environment as sewage pollutants on the development of fish.

Sachin Patnaik (2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Sachin helped design a novel co-culture system for coaxing blood cell precursors called hemangioblasts into progenitor cells that could then further differentiate into many cell types like stem cells.  

Kavya Tangella (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist) – Kavya’s research focused on the relationship between human hearing and seeing.

Nestor Tkachenko (2016 Siemens Competition Finalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Nestor’s research focused on making cars that fly using eddy current magnetic levitation.

Emily Xu (2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Emily worked on cloning, isolating and purifying the human OST subunit of the protein Ribophorin 1 and completed crystallization and x-ray diffraction analysis of its structure.

Science Teams Advance to States

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P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy Junior High Schools’ Science Olympiad teams once again performed at the highest level during the Eastern Long Island Regional Tournament and have both earned a bid to compete at the state tournament, which will be held in early April in the Syracuse area.  

Out of the 33 teams represented during the regional competition, Gelinas’ three teams placed first, third and fourth and Murphy’s three teams placed second, fifth and tenth.   

Throughout the contest, the teams competed in 20 events, spanned the gamut of STEM topics, including engineering, scientific inquiry, as well as all of the science disciplines – biology, earth science, chemistry and physics.  

Teacher Presents at National Art Conference

Teacher Presents at National Art Conference
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School art teacher Mike Sacco was one of several educators chosen to present at this year’s National Art Educator Association Conference, held in New York City in March.

Out of the 2,200 art teachers who applied to present, Mr. Sacco was selected to not only share one but two of his exemplar lessons before some of the more than 7,000 art educators in attendance. His session introduced two Photoshop design projects featured in School Arts Magazine: “The Selfie Project” and “Altered To Kill a Mockingbird.”  These projects showcase student creativity, contain clear learning objectives and yield impressive results. Lesson introduction, procedure, and assessment were all also covered.
The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention.

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Athletes Selected for Empire Challenge

Athletes Selected for Empire Challenge
For Ward Melville High School seniors John Corpac, Eddie Munoz and Dominick Pryor, the football season just got a little longer as all three students have been selected to play in the 22nd Annual Empire Challenge. The event, which will feature the top Long Island and New York City athletes, will take place at the James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University at 7 p.m. on Wed. June 21.

All three students were an integral part of the Ward Melville football team this past fall playing in the position of wide receiver and were nominated for this honor by coach Christopher Boltrek.

Seniors Advance in Scholarship Program

Seniors Advance in Scholarship Program
Thirteen Ward Melville High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.     
These academically talented seniors were honored as semifinalists earlier this year based on the results of their preliminary SATs, a test that serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. They now have the opportunity to continue for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.     
Congratulations to the following students:

Sophia Abanov
Albert Liu
Kirti Nath
Henry Nelson
Sachin Patnaik
Nikita Podobedov
Isabelle Scott
Annabel Shewan
Michelle Sun
Kavya Lakshmi Tangella
Ray Wei
Edward Yan
Adora Zhang

Principal Honored By State

Principal Honored By State
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Principal William Bernhard has earned one of the most prestigious honors in higher education from the New York State SUNY Chancellor and President of Stony Brook University – the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for the academic year 2016-17.

This award recognizes those Stony Brook University faculty members – at which Mr. Bernhard has taught for numerous years – who have consistently demonstrated a mastery of teaching, a dedication to students, the adherence to the highest academic standards, and continued professional achievements.

“To have been nominated for the SUNY Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching award by both the Mathematics Department and Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department at Stony Brook University is truly an honor,” said Mr. Bernhard. “To have actually received this recognition is a highlight of my career. Teaching and learning is my passion and I hope to continue to convey that to all of the students and staff that I work with in the Three Village Community."

Researching Greek Mythology

Researching Greek Mythology
As part of their social studies classes, Setauket Elementary School sixth-graders have been learning about ancient Greece and the impact the society had on the world today.

To help the students further understand the different gods and goddesses celebrated in the country, they made poster displays on an individual of their choice.  On each of the boards, which were hung in the school for all to enjoy, they included information on their chosen individual’s power symbols, character traits, relationships with other gods, family tree, what they represented and their Roman counterpart. Additionally, they read and summarized a myth about their chosen figure.

Ward Melville Senior Named News 12 Scholar-Athlete

Ward Melville Senior Named News 12 Scholar-Athlete
In recognition of her dedication to her academics and athletic interests, Ward Melville High School senior Ellen Li has been named a News 12 Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

The program, sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, recognizes student-athletes who go above and beyond in their high school and community. Ellen is a four-year member of the high school’s volleyball program, has been named to the All-County team, was recognized as the League I defensive player of the year and received the Exceptional Senior Award. At Ward Melville she also serves as the secretary of the math team.

For this honor, Ellen received a $1,000 scholarship. She will attend Brown University in the fall.  

Exploring Colonial Times

Exploring Colonial Times

As part of their studies on the colonial period, Nassakeag Elementary School fourth-graders in Robbin Teitelbaum’s class stepped back in time to learn firsthand about the nation’s beginnings.

Many dressed in authentic clothing from the period as they took part in an afternoon of hands-on activities. They learned how to make candlestick holders, played colonial children’s games and even sampled some traditional food.

Powerful Persuasive Projects

Powerful Persuasive Projects
Ninth-grade honors students in Cathy Duffy’s English classes at R.C. Murphy Junior High School learned about argument, persuasion and the use of rhetoric during a recent interactive lesson.

Before reading Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inaugural address, where the students would look for rhetoric and examine its effect on the listener/reader, they learned about the subject hands-on. Working in small teams, the students conceptualized a new product to solve a common life problem and then made short video commercials using the rhetorical concepts of ethos, pathos and logos to convince the viewer to purchase said product.  

“The students loved working with the subject matter in this way,” said Ms. Duffy. “They were able to better understand the concepts and will hopefully be better able to spot these types of rhetorical devices in the future as a result.”

Skating to the Top

Skating to the Top
Nassakeag Elementary School third-grader Michaela Cassara recently competed at the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York and won the Gold Medal for figure skating in her age group for the second consecutive year.

With this accomplishment, Michaela has earned a spot to compete in the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan this summer.

Ready for Broadway

Ready for Broadway

With the help of trained Broadway professionals, 150 members of the chorus, band and orchestra at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School had the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes tricks of a staged Broadway fight scene.

During the Broadway Stage Combat Workshop, the students learned from Broadway fight choreographers how stage combat works during a live performance. Then, they were fully engaged in a question and answer session with two ensemble members of the musical “School of Rock.”  One of the aspects discussed was the importance of preparing for an audition.

Following the workshop, the students attended a performance of “School of Rock” and, afterward, met with Three Village alumnus David Ruttura, who is currently working as the associate director of the musical.

All District Musicians

All District Musicians

Many talented sixth-grade musicians from throughout the district recently had the opportunity to join together on stage and perform in the traditional All District Music Festival.

The ensembles were comprised of the top sixth-grade orchestra, band and chorus performers and led by special guest conductors.

Heart Smart

Heart Smart

Setauket Elementary School students joined the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart initiative this winter, as they participated in a 10-station obstacle course in their physical education classes.

The students jumped rope, as well as danced and navigated through the different challenges as they worked to keep their hearts and bodies healthy. In addition to the health benefits for the event, the students also raised funds to support the American Heart Association’s work.
“It felt great to help raise funds knowing that they would help people with sick hearts,” said first-grader Lilly Rampone, who personally raised more than $200 by setting up a hot chocolate stand on her driveway.

Annually, Setauket School raises between $5,000-$8,000 for the American Heart Association.

This year, the school raised a total of $6,895.99 for the cause.

Marking a Milestone

Marking a Milestone
Marking a Milestone 2
Exactly 50 years ago this week, the district broke ground on a project to construct the school buildings known today as P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high schools. Attached is a newspaper clipping from the ground-breaking ceremony.

Mount Heads Into Space

Mount Heads Into Space

The complexity of the solar system became a little clearer for W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth-graders as they journeyed more than 70 years into the future and helped to save a theoretical space mission firsthand.

During the live e-mission “Moon, Mars and Beyond,” the students made connections to their classroom math, language arts and science lessons as they helped NASA locate and rescue a lost spaceship that was orbiting one of the outer planets.

During the simulation, the students worked in planet teams to analyze and compute answers to a variety of mathematical questions. By examining different variables and making predictions, including how much food, oxygen and water would be needed for the mission, they were able to successfully accomplish the rescue. In addition to tying into the school’s math and science curricula, the activity allowed them to practice their reading skills, think critically and logically, and learn how to communicate effectively with teammates.

Art on the Chopping Block

Art on the Chopping Block

Fashioned after the hit television show, Minnesauke Elementary School sixth-graders used their creativity and artistic skills to compete in a “Chopped” art contest in their art classes this winter.

Separated into four teams, the students worked together to use a basket of art supplies or “ingredients” to create artistic masterpieces based on an established theme. They fashioned portraits out of paper and rubbing plates, created landscape designs using various textures and made abstract paintings using canvas.

After each round of design, one team was “chopped” and joined the team of judges to assess the remaining competitors throughout the remainder of the contest. According to art teacher Christine Sacco, teams were awarded points based on their successful use of all available supplies, craftsmanship, creativity, visual aesthetic and teamwork.

Only one team per class period was named the “Chopped Champion” but all left the lesson inspired.

Mount Displays Kindness

W.S. Mount Elementary School celebrated “Random Acts of Kindness Week” this February through a series of interactive and engaging activities.
Throughout the week, students and staff focused on ways to promote kindness in the community, competed a Kindness Bingo game at home, wrote kind sayings about friends on a bulletin board filled with paper hearts, sent messages to staff members through an appreciation station and wore stickers noting something personally special about themselves.

Project Band-Aid

Project Band-Aid
W.S. Mount Elementary school second-grader Kayla Harte has been working to make a difference in her local community this winter by coordinating a Band-Aid drive at her school.

Earlier this year, Kayla was awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant through the Youth Service of America to support her community service project, titled “Friends for Child Life.” Through this effort, Kayla focused on ways to improve the hospitalization experience for local children who are sick. As part of the drive, Kayla and her peers at Mount are donating hundreds of character themed bandages for use at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

In addition to the drive, Kayla is planning to help sponsor several birthday parties and special events for children in the hospital’s pediatric oncology department.

Kayla was one of only 340 students across the nation to earn this grant, which is aimed at funding student projects geared toward making their communities healthier, greener and stronger as well as promote the importance of community service, awareness, advocacy and philanthropy.

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