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Students Take Part in Health Care Program

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Eight Ward Melville students were accepted into and completed the annual 16-week Healthcare Career Exploration Internship Program at St. Charles Hospital. This opportunity is offered through the Career Jump Start course in the business department.

The students were recently honored by Sen. Mario R. Mattera and given their certificates for participation in this hands-on, exploratory program. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 medical staff in the program presented virtually. Towards the end of the program, students capped off their experience with a final project in a current health care topic. For example, Maliha Nauman and Sara Khan teamed up to study and present “Substance Abuse Effects on Teens During COVID-19.” Maliha and Sarah completed two consecutive internships in 2020 and 2021.

Notice of BOE Meeting and Budget Hearing - June 15


Nassakeag Navigators

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Nassakeag Elementary School second grade students in Tina Rapaglia’s class created a travel blog as part of their recent opinion-writing unit. The students chronicled their favorite vacation spots, including Cape Cod, Disney World, Key West and Montauk.

Included in their written recommendations were highlights of what can be found when visiting the recommended travel sites. Once completed, the class shared their recommendations with some of the building’s older students, and all can enjoy the travel blog by visiting:

School Building Art Shows

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Please click the links below to view the 2021 School Building Art Shows.

Arrowhead Elementary School Art Show:

Minnesauke Elementary School Art Show:

Nassakeag Elementary School Art Show:

Setauket Elementary School Art Show:

W.S. Mount Elementary School Art Show:

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Art Show:

R.C. Murphy Junior High School Art Show:

Ward Melville High School Art Show:

The Remote School Art Show:

Award-Winning Writers

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Five Three Village Central School District students have been honored as prize-winning writers in the 2021 National Council of Teachers of English writing contest. Ward Melville High School students Alana John, Amy Liu, Jacqueline Wu and Claire Yang won the 2021 NCTE Achievement Award in Writing and each received the highest award possible, a Certificate of Superior Writing. R.C. Murphy Junior High School eighth grader Shirley Xiong was recognized as a Promising Young Writer in the contest.

The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students to write and to recognize some of the best student writers in the nation. Only students who are juniors may participate. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students for the writing program.

This year, schools nominated 284 students. Of that number, 136 received Certificates of Superior Writing and 148 received Certificates of Nomination. Only 56 students nationwide were honored with the Promising Young Writers award. Each student submitted two pieces of writing. Two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice.

Ward Melville High School’s Class of 2021 Top Two

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Ward Melville High School is proud to announce that Chana Lyubich and Allen Hu have been named the Class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Chana Lyubich is a dedicated scholar, musician and volunteer. She is a talented violinist, playing with the Ward Melville High School chamber orchestra and furthering her studies through private violin lessons. She’s a member of the French Honor Society and attended the SchoolNova weekend academic enrichment program where she studied math, physics and Russian. Chana will be attending Northwestern University with an undecided major. Prior to enrolling, she will be taking a gap year to attend seminary in Israel.

Allen has also demonstrated incredible academic ability. At the end of this school year, he will have completed 13 Advanced Placement courses and numerous honors-level electives that sparked his curiosity. Although he is planning on attending the University of Virginia as a history major, he has a deep interest in science and math. Taking Human Anatomy Honors and Human Physiology Honors was a fantastic opportunity for him as he was a volunteer at Stony Brook University Hospital since 2017. He was awarded the President’s Volunteer Award and was acknowledged by the hospital in 2020 for more than 500 hours of volunteer work. He was also a member of the French Honor Society and National Honor Society. He placed first and second in the State Division B Science Olympiad and first and seventh in the regional Sci-O Tournament. He conducted summer research in 2019 and 2020, completing a project on bacterial associations with diabetes. Allen plays piano for enjoyment.

Districtwide Spring Into Art and Technology Show

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Please click the link below to view the beautiful works of art created by Three Village students under the guidance of our district teachers.

Spring into Art and Technology Presentation

Update on Masks – Superintendent’s June 7 Letter


Budget Revote Newsletter


Engineering Marble Lifting Machines

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Students in Steve Rogers’ Principles of Engineering class at Ward Melville High School learned about various design principles as they built a machine that could lift steel marbles a minimum of 12 inches and then travel the longest distance before returning to the starting point.

Working in teams, the students formed a fictional manufacturing company that was prototyping a new game system from STEM education students. The teams created a team name and logo and then worked to design their original devices based on the project specifications. Each machine was crafted using recycled materials and contained a motor circuit to power the device, a crankshaft, a camshaft and two major components. Additionally, it was required to have two separate paths for the marbles to travel.

The teams were graded on their engineering, construction, component pieces, creativity, and storage and cleaning of supplies.

Author Shares a Love of Literacy

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Arrowhead Elementary School kindergarten and first grade students had a special treat when the school welcomed Ward Melville High School math teacher and newly published author Cheryl Taborsky as part of the high school library’s “Author in Residence” series.

During the event, Ms. Taborsky read her book “Sarge,” a story about what it means to be a puppy raiser for a service dog. The students marveled knowing that Ms. Taborsky not only penned the book, but also illustrated it. After enjoying the story, the students helped to make dog treats for a local animal shelter.

Celebrating Achievements

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The Board of Education recently honored several students and volunteers for their academic, artistic and altruistic successes.

Students in Carol Nickerson’s community-based vocational program were celebrated for the work they have done within the school community. The students have been working hard to learn various skills and have dedicated time to beautifying the school’s 9/11 garden, weeding and planting the area.

A project that has been a labor of love for school library media specialist Nicole Connelly and the entire P.J. Gelinas Junior High School community was unveiled during the Board’s meeting in early May. With the support of students, families and staff, Ms. Connelly has been working since 2014 to develop an inviting space for all to enjoy by creating an outdoor courtyard in the hopes of inspiring creativity and learning. Over the years, the school has cleaned up the space, arranged plantings and secured funding for outdoor furniture. Recently, the project was finished with the restoration of the garden pond through generous donations of materials and time from Sound Shore Pond of Wading River. Ms. Connelly and Al Schule from the pond company were celebrated by the Board.

Lastly, PTA Reflections contest winners from Setauket Elementary School, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School, R.C. Murphy Junior High School and Ward Melville High School were celebrated for their creative and award-winning submissions. The following students were among those honored during the meeting:

Ava Dell Pietra – Suffolk County Regional Winner (Music Composition)

Rosalie Giacolone – Suffolk County Regional Winner (Literature)

Thomas Giacalone – Suffolk County Regional Reflections Winner (Literature Special Artist Category), NYS PTA Reflections Award of Excellence (Literature Special Artist)

Valeria LaCamera – Suffolk County Regional Reflections Winner (Photography), NYS PTA Reflections Award of Merit (Photography)

Susan Lingle – Suffolk County Regional Reflections Winner (Literature)

Maile Matubrew – Suffolk County Regional Reflections Winner (Visual Arts)

Sarina Policastro – Suffolk County Regional Reflections Winner (Film), NYS PTA Reflections Award of Merit (Film)

Student Earns Acclaim in National Essay Contest

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Minnesauke Elementary School fifth grader Holden Cone was named the third-place winner in the elementary school category of the National Center for State Courts’ 2021 Civics Education Essay Contest, which this year drew 1,826 entries. Holden’s entry was selected as a finalist by Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Colorado Justice Richard Gabriel.

The annual contest aims to educate the public on how law and the legal process protect society. Presented by the National Center for State Courts, the contest honors Law Day. To enter, Holden penned an essay that answered the prompt “what does the rule of law mean to you?” in 100 words or less.

Below is a copy of Holden’s award-winning piece:

“The rule of law means different things to different people, but to me, it means there are boundaries that people cannot overstep and if they do, they will face the consequences of their actions. Laws are not meant to restrict, they are meant to protect us and make us safer. Without law there would be no order and no rules. No one is above the law, as the laws apply to everyone. I think laws are important to keep us safe and help us.”

Bookmarking Creative Projects

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Students from across the district recently participated in the Kids’ Bookmark Contest at Emma Clark Library, showcasing their creativity and love for literacy.

The contest called for students in kindergarten through sixth grade to create an original bookmark. Contest winners receive the honor of having their bookmarks professionally printed and distributed at the library throughout the year. In addition, the winning designs were put on display in the children’s department at the library for the community to enjoy.

Congratulations to this year’s bookmark contest winners:

Grades K-2 category: Aura Valdivia (second grade at Nassakeag Elementary)
Grades 3 & 4 category: Emma Yu (fourth grade at Nassakeag Elementary)
Grades 5 & 6 category: Joyce Lee (sixth grade at Mount Elementary)

Update on District Budget Revote

During its May 25 meeting, the Three Village Central School District voted to move forward with a second attempt at its original proposed 2021-22 school budget, following the narrow defeat on May 18. The district firmly believes that this budget will sustain all current programs and services for students while keenly planning for the district’s long term fiscal stability. The proposed budget once again calls for a 1.75% spending increase and a tax levy increase of 1.85%. A supermajority (60%) of voters will be required in order for the budget to pass. Greater details about the budget will be made available to all residents in the coming days. Polls will be open for the budget revote on Tuesday, June 15 at Ward Melville High School between the hours of 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

State Education Department Seeks Input on APR ESSER (American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) Plan Development

New York State Education Department is in the process of drafting this plan and is seeking public input from all stakeholders around our state's key priorities for this work through a ThoughtExchange platform. This public engagement tool is now open. Responses received by May 24, 2021 will be reflected in NYSED's final ARP ESSER plan. We encourage you and your community to share your thoughts on preparing for next school year through ThoughtExchange at

More information can be found in the attached Press Release, one-pager, and the NYSED ARP ESSER website.

Traveling Through History Virtually

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Nassakeag Elementary School fourth grade classes recently traveled back in time as they participated in a virtual assembly called “The Revolutionary Deborah Sampson,” which was presented in conjunction with the Living History Program.

Deborah Sampson, best known as the “Secret Soldier,” was the American Revolution’s only acknowledged female combat veteran. A descendant of William Bradford and Miles Standish, Sampson spent her childhood in poverty, living in indentured servitude, and served with high honors in the light infantry of the Continental Army from 1782-1783. During the event, the presenters brought her story to life through interactive reenactments and storytelling. The program enhanced the classes’ lesson on colonial history and the American Revolution, as the conversations punctuated the plight of the colonies and the need for revolution through the eyes of this extraordinary individual.

Teacher Pens Articles for National Publication

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Inspiring lessons developed by P.J. Gelinas Junior High School art teacher Michael Sacco have been featured in two consecutive articles published in School Arts Magazine. In addition to detailing Mr. Sacco’s instructional plans, the articles also feature art pieces created by ninth grade students Maggie Dineen, Michael Luciani and Ella Patriss.

To view the articles, please click the links below:

April Article

May Article

Drumming to Their Own Beat

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Setauket Elementary School students brushed up on their cardiovascular health during a fun and interactive drum fitness physical education unit of study.

During the two-week unit, the students used drumsticks and a yoga ball to move to music. The Drum Fitness unit is designed to get students moving while staying socially distanced. The students had a great time listening and moving to music while developing their personal fitness.

National Nurse Appreciation Week

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As we conclude this year’s National Nurse Appreciation Week, the district extends its deep appreciation to all of our nurses for helping to keep our students, schools and community healthy and safe!
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