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Spreading Positive Messages Through Music

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Students at Setauket Elementary School were visited by Jared Campbell, an award-winning singer and songwriter. Through song, Campbell shared messages of responsibility, respect and antibullying. Students were engaged throughout the presentation, singing and dancing along.

Campbell put on two different performances, one for kindergarten through second grade, and another for third through fifth grade. Both shows focused on kindness and compassion while encouraging students to be leaders and to live their life with purpose.

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Date Added: 11/30/2022

WMHS Celebrates Blue Ribbon Status

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In honor of being named a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, Ward Melville High School held a ceremony. District administrators, Ward Melville High School staff, local leaders and their representatives, board of education members and students gathered at the building on Nov. 28 to celebrate the accomplishment.

Ward Melville High School Student Government President Mikaeel Zohair kicked off the ceremony by introducing wonderful performances by the school’s Camerata, Honors String Quartet and student Ava Della Pietra. Principal William Bernhard welcomed the crowd and congratulated students and staff on this honor. He thanked Ward Melville High School teachers for their dedication to excellence in education.

“I stand before you today and dedicate this great recognition to the faculty of Ward Melville High School,” Mr. Bernhard said.

He welcomed the keynote speaker, Executive Vice President-Provost of Stony Brook University Mr. Carl Lejuez, who touted the school for its success.

“Only 297 schools nationally received this designation from the U.S. Department of Education. That puts your school in rare company and it’s truly amazing,” Mr. Lejuez said to the crowd. “It’s amazing because of how hard I know everyone has worked to achieve this. That’s particularly where it’s important for us to acknowledge the great students here and their parents.”

Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn addressed the crowd along with representatives from Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich and New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright’s offices. Local leaders presented Ward Melville High School with citations noting the Blue Ribbon designation.

After the ceremony, members of the Ward Melville High School community gathered outside the building for a flag raising. The clock tower bell rang proudly as the 2022 National Blue Ribbon School flag was lifted.

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Date Added: 11/29/2022

Three Village Has Talent

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Three Village Central School District teachers and administrators stepped on stage at R.C. Murphy Junior High School for Three Village Has Talent! Staff participated in skits, songs and other performances to raise money for student scholarships. In total, more than $11,000 was made to benefit students during this one-night fundraiser.

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Date Added: 11/29/2022

Power of Poetry

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Sixth grade students at Nassakeag Elementary School were recently visited by Ward Melville High School student Ella O’Connor for a discussion about poetry. Last year, O’Connor was named Suffolk County’s first teen poet laureate after winning a Walt Whitman Student Poetry Contest in collaboration with the Suffolk County Legislature.

O’Connor led the group in a presentation about poetry and the power of words. She empowered the group through writing, while focusing on the following themes: youth can change the world, poetry can change minds and what you say matters.

During the presentation, O’Connor tasked the sixth graders with writing their own poems. They followed the theme, “What is something I can do to change the world,” and were guided step-by-step through the writing process. Students first brainstormed and mapped out their ideas. They decided on rhythmic structures and chose writing devices such as similes, metaphors and alliteration to include. O’Connor encouraged students to enter these poems, as well as other original pieces of writing, in local and regional competitions.

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Date Added: 11/28/2022

Paris to Rome: The European Connection

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Date Added: 11/28/2022