In celebration of International Dot Day, first-graders in Dina Pinelli’s class at Slocum Elementary School used their artistic talents to create their very own dot-inspired paintings which will later hang in the classroom.
Motivated from their reading of “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds, the students began their artistic creations with a simple dot of paint, which further blossomed into masterpieces resembling monster trucks, sunny garden scenes and superheroes.
According to their website, International Dot Day aims to bring millions of people throughout the world together to connect, collaborate, create and celebrate all that creativity inspires and invites.
Classes at Bosti Elementary School are now able to enjoy the recently renovated outdoor classroom within the school’s courtyard for reading, writing and science-based lessons.
Additionally, a variety of flowers, plants and even pumpkins are growing, making it a haven for butterflies and birds. This beautiful space was enhanced this past spring through a CFAC grant written by Lisa Manzo, Patricia Koster, and Laura Nektaredes. The Labyrinth was designed and created by Ronkonkoma resident Richard Koster.
This summer, the space was cared for by parents and students alike, as they watered and weeded the garden.
A heartfelt thank you to the following families and scout troops for their contributions - Ramirez, Monalvo, Arroyo, Castaldo, Quinn, Hippler, Farino, Focarile, DiGaetano, Girl Scout Troop 1855 (Mrs. Ciaccco) and Girl Scout Troop 2314 (Mrs. Olsen).
Football Team Remains Undefeated
The Connetquot High School football team is off to an undefeated start with their recent 34-26 overtime win over Ward Melville High School.
The T-Birds were down 13-7 at the half, but came back to tie the score and earn the win in overtime in their first home game of the season. Connetquot Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda Adams and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dean Mittleman were on hand to witness the win, along with Board of Education trustees Craig Amarando, Nicholas Ferraioli and Robert Grable.
Cole Bunicci’s fourth-quarter interception and score with five minutes left in the final quarter tied the game at 26 points. Connetquot quarterback Dylan McDermott completed 16 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown. George Wichelns picked up 70 yards on eight carries and a touchdown, while GQ Grippo added seven receptions for 60 yards. Additionally, Grippo scored in overtime to give the T-Birds — and their excited fans — their second win of the season.
Connetquot High School football coach Mike Hansen was pleased with his team’s determination in the second half and overtime to come back from a halftime deficit and pick up an impressive win against the very competitive Ward Melville team.
The T-Birds will play William Floyd High School at home tonight at 7 p.m.
Soccer Teams Display Valiant Effort
Connetquot High School hosted a double-header of soccer games featuring both the girls and boys teams on Sept. 14.
Mark Dellecave, the district’s director of health, physical education, athletics and recreation, was on hand to support both teams as they competed to improve their records in anticipation of moving up within the league standings.
The boys team, coached by Nick Sturtz, played hard for the entire game and were down by one point at halftime, but came back to tie the score in the second half. Unfortunately, Riverhead scored once again and landed a 2-1 victory over Connetquot.
Emmanuel Kwansah scored the only goal for Connetquot, with Oslen Aluc earning an assist and goalie Tom Foschino contributing four saves. The team’s record dropped to 1-5, but the young athletes look forward to continued improvement throughout the season.
The girls soccer team came into the Sept. 14 game against Northport High School confident that they would rise to the challenge of playing an undefeated visitor. The girls gave their best efforts but were down at the half by a score of 4-1, and ultimately finished the game on the short end of a 7-1 final score.
Connetquot’s Celina Schenk scored the team’s lone goal, while Jillian Neunzig picked up the assist and goalie Nicolette Pasquerella stopped four possible Northport goals. The girls, along with coach Ryan Cavanagh, hope to bounce back against Central Islip High School next week.
Girls Tennis Team Falls Short After Impressive Matches
Connetquot’s girls tennis team played East Islip High School at home on Sept. 12, and, despite their best efforts, came up short by a final score of 4-3.
“Olivia Esposito and Deanna Arndts played a great match in their second doubles competition,” said coach Amy Cohen. “Our girls won 7-5, 6-4 despite being down 4-1 in the second set. The ladies were very impressive in winning the next five games to win the match.”
The team’s record currently stands at 1-3 in the conference, but after playing East Islip the team seems to realize its potential and will be putting in additional effort to move up in the standings. An enthusiastic crowd of family and friends was on hand to support the team, and is looking forward to their next match against Sayville High School.
Connetquot High School Financial Aid Night
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Connetquot High School Auditorium, 190 7th St., Bohemia, NY 11716
Guest presenter is Daniel M. Tramuata, Associate Vice President for
Enrollment Services at SUNY Fredonia
New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) - Past President
Eastern Association of State Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) - State Rep
Connetquot High School / Sayville High School College Fair
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ Sayville High School
Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
End Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sayville High School, 20 Brook St., West Sayville, NY 11796
SUNY College Fair
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Start Time: 4 p.m.
Location: The Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001
High school seniors and their families are invited to join SUNY representatives for a program designed to provide information and answer your questions about the college search process and all that is available to undergraduates at the State University of New York.
Lead Testing Results Letter
JC Broderick Connetquot CSD Sampling Report
Kindergarten students and their families from throughout the district had the chance to attend a number of kindergarten playdates and meet and greets before the official start of school on Sept. 7. These activities provided students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings and get acquainted with their building principal.
The young students were able to meet new friends, enjoy refreshments and receive a tour of their new building, including visiting classrooms and special areas. Additionally, the students’ families had the chance to speak with staff members about school routines and practices to help ensure a smooth start to the 2017-18 school year.
Welcome back students! Please check back throughout the week for additional photos from the first week of school.
Both Ronkonkoma and Oakdale-Bohemia middle schools recently welcomed incoming sixth-graders and their families to visit the school for an orientation session prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
After informative introductions from OBMS Principal Sue Bailey and RMS Principal Charles Morea, students tried out their lockers, met some new friends and toured the building while following their class schedule.
Edward J. Bosti and Cherokee Street elementary schools’ students and families were all smiles as they recently attended separate meet and greet sessions to get acquainted with their new building principals, Laura Kimball and Jill Lahey, respectively.
During the events, the principals spoke about their educational backgrounds and engaged the attendees in conversations about the exciting programs and initiatives the coming year will bring. T-Bird, the mascot, was also on hand to take a photo with students and create a family keepsake from the event.
The Connetquot High School football team recently joined the West Islip, Miller Place and Islip school districts to participate in a 4-Way football scrimmage and fundraiser event in support of Response Crisis Center, an organization which aims to spread suicide prevention awareness and assist those with adolescent mental health issues.
Throughout the course of the event, each school played the other three for a 30-minute period, alternating between offensive and defensive positions. Spectators were asked for a small donation at the entrance gate, and T-shirts were also available for purchase in support of the cause.
“The day was a huge success for everyone involved, and it served as a great example of how high school athletes from different schools can come together to support a very important cause,” said Connetquot High School football coach Michael Hansen. “This 4-Way Scrimmage allowed us to bring attention to serious problems facing many young people, and I’d like to thank all the players, coaches, parents and supporters who made this important event so successful.”
Incoming ninth-graders recently attended the Connetquot High School Freshman Orientation, as administrators, staff and upperclassmen warmly welcomed the Class of 2021 into their new high school environment.
Connetquot High School Principal Kenneth J. Costa welcomed all in attendance and spoke about several programs and initiatives students will experience throughout the school year. Additionally, Connetquot High School staff members and administrators offered a brief welcome and explained their roles within the district. Student council representatives discussed the code of conduct, the importance of community service and introduced their devised T-Bird mantra based on the slogan “What Would a T-Bird Do?” which will serve as a guideline for all students this upcoming school year.
Before concluding their visit, the incoming students explored the building alongside their new classmates, tried out their locker combinations and joined one another in classrooms for icebreakers.
More than 50 district students in grades 1-9, as well as counselors, coaches and trainers, took part in the 10th annual Connetquot High School Ladies Lacrosse Summer Camp from Aug. 7-10.
Held over four afternoon sessions, the daily activities consisted of station work, individual skill development and team play. Students and staff played competitive, fun games that sharpened their skills in preparation for the upcoming lacrosse season.
Coach Sal Piscitelli was pleased with the turnout and the amount of interaction between the campers and the varsity players and coaches.
More than 50 student-athletes in grades 4-9 recently enhanced their field hockey skills during the fourth annual Thunderbird Summer Field Hockey Camp, hosted by Connetquot High School field hockey coach Jen Piscitelli.
During the camp, the students worked on both individual and team-based skills designed to further enhance their love for the sport. Each day ended with a series of games against their more experienced, but supportive, varsity counselors.
Despite the less than perfect weather conditions on the evening of Aug. 2, student-musicians of the Connetquot High School Marching Band were all smiles as they got a jump start on the upcoming school year’s performance routines during the 2017 Marching Band Summer Camp.
The camp, which also serves as an introduction to marching band for incoming freshmen, is led by Connetquot High School Marching Band Director Gregory Johnson. In addition to enhancing their musical capabilities, students rehearsed their musical numbers which surround the theme of Disney’s “Fantasmic,” as the entire high school music department will be heading to Walt Disney World later this school year.
“We are all excited for what this year will bring, and are very proud of all the students involved in the marching band, kickline and color guard as we continue to be the largest organization within the district,” said Mr. Johnson.
Not only is the marching band the single largest organization within the district, they are also incredibly accomplished, and will be performing in the Newsday Marching Band Festival, Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan and the Holiday Parade in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Connetquot High School varsity soccer coaches Nick Sturtz and Ryan Cavanagh recently hosted the sixth annual Connetquot Boys and Girls Soccer Camp at Connetquot High School. Held the week of July 31, the program was attended by more than 175 district students spanning grades 1-12, along with counselors, coaches and trainers.
The camp invited students in grades 1-6 to participate in the evening, while the upperclassmen attended the morning session.
The daily program for each group consisted of station work, individual skill improvement and team play. In addition to the soccer drills, the campers also joined the coaches in playing a variety of agility-based games designed to advance their skills and keep them motivated.
“This year’s group of talented campers has worked with great enthusiasm with the coaches, counselors and teammates,” said Cavanagh.
At the conclusion of the week, each participant received an official camp T-shirt and soccer ball for their attendance and overall performance throughout the week.
A total of 160 district students in grades 1-7 recently attended the Connetquot Coaches Summer All-Sports Camp.
The five-day camp, held at Bosti and Slocum elementary schools, taught enrollees basic skills for sports such as basketball, volleyball and soccer. Camp-goers also took trips to local movie theaters and enjoyed some friendly competition at local bowling alleys. Michael Konsevich and Michael Oldis ran the program at Bosti, while Scott Ferguson and Amanda Ferguson ran the Slocum camp.
After working hard – and making new friends – throughout the week, these future T-Birds are looking forward to putting their newfound skills and confidence into practice this season.
More than 70 district students spanning grades 5-9 recently attended the annual Volleyball Summer Camp, directed by Connetquot High School girls volleyball coach Justin Hertz, for five days of fun physical activity among friends and classmates.
After working hard throughout the week, and making some friends along the way, the students are looking forward to putting their newfound skills – and confidence – into practice this coming volleyball season.
“The purpose of the Connetquot girls volleyball camp is to provide skilled instruction for athletes interested in becoming better players,” said Hertz. “The training schedule included workouts that emphasized proper basic skills and, later, advanced team-related drills, while the last day of camp ended with competitive tournament play.”
Hertz was assisted by district volleyball staff members Karen Edwards, Brianne Hertz and Ashley Marchese, as well as the support of current and former T-Bird volleyball players.
The Connetquot girls volleyball team has won three consecutive Suffolk County Championships and ended the 2017 regular season with an undefeated record of 20-0. The T-Birds were New York State champions in 2016 and finished second in the state this year.