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Weekly Sports Update - October 15-19, 2018

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Boys Volleyball Team Celebrates Win on Senior Night

On Oct. 18, the Connetquot High School boys varsity volleyball team welcomed family and friends to support the team against East Islip High School and thanked the senior athletes for their contributions to the volleyball program.  

Coach Jenn Perry was pleased with the outcome, as the home team defeated East Islip 3-1 (25-14, 30-28, 25-11, 25-16), improving its season record to 9-5.  
Mike Carerre had 27 digs, while Trey Cole contributed 16 kills and Brian Spencer added 49 assists in the senior night win. 

Congratulations and thank you to seniors Sean Andersen, Scott Carrera, Mike Carrere, Stephen Coffman, Tom Domozych, Brian Spencer and Mike Streng.


Field Hockey Team Celebrates Graduating Seniors

Congratulations and thanks are in order for the Connetquot High School field hockey team’s graduating seniors for the dedication and leadership displayed throughout their time on the team. With assistance from their underclassmen teammates, the seniors led the way in their recent 5-0 win against Copiague High School on Oct. 5.

Additionally, despite its best efforts, the team dropped a 4-1 decision to the visitors from East Islip High School on Oct. 15. As the season winds down, Coach Jen Piscitelli has seen great potential in the younger players and recognizes the outstanding leadership from the graduating seniors. 


Gymnastics Team Qualifies for Suffolk County Championships

The Connetquot High School gymnastics team recently hosted the undefeated team representing Bay Shore and Islip High Schools on Oct. 15, just falling short of a victory as the visitors outscored it by a final score of 169.8 to 166.6.

In the vault, Sarah Moussa finished first (8.75) while Amanda Pisano placed second (8.65) and Noel Cutinella placed third (8.6).  Alex Melchiona placed second on the beam (8.9) while Sarah Moussa placed second in the floor (9.3) and tied for second on the bars (8.05).

Coach Renee Guerrieri was pleased with the team’s effort as the girls look forward to the Suffolk County championships in early November. The team’s overall record now stands at 4-2.









Impressive Test-Taking Skills

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The district would like to congratulate students Raymond Carta, Darren Dutton, Jack Engeldrum and Michele Muscolo for being named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although these students will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended students place amongst the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Additionally, student Raymond Carta was recognized as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program, being one of the 5,000 students selected of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the test. In order to qualify for this recognition, Raymond achieved the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index Score and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of his junior year.

Top of the Class

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The district is thrilled to announce that Connetquot High School seniors Dylan Macejko and Michele Muscolo have been named the Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. 

Both Dylan and Michele were bestowed upon this high honor for their impressive academic records, commitment to success and devotion to higher learning throughout their academic careers at Connetquot High School.

Celebrating 50 Years of OBMS

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In honor of the 50th operating year of Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, a gala was recently held at the Flowerfield catering hall on Oct. 4 which was attended by more than 170 past and current employees of the school attended.  

Originally called the Oakdale-Bohemia Junior High School, the building has had only five principals since its inception. Four of those principals attended the event and were seen thoroughly enjoying reminiscing with old friends and current educators alike. Richard Stephens, principal of OBJHS for the first 18 years, was not able to attend but sent a fun message to the attending guests.

Words of Inspiration from Rohan Murphy

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Nationally recognized youth and motivational speaker Rohan Murphy was welcomed to Connetquot High School on Oct. 12 for the assembly, “Write Your Life in Pencil, Not Pen!” The presentation focused on what Mr. Murphy refers to as “The Four P’s’” - purpose, pride, passion and perspective, along with the importance of inclusivity, and believing in oneself.

Mr. Murphy, a graduate of East Islip High School, has spoken at school assemblies in more than 40 states. Having lost his legs at birth, he showed his determination and spirit at a young age as he began wrestling in his freshman year of high school. After a successful high school wrestling career, he went on to wrestle at Penn State University.  

His inspirational speeches have been featured in numerous publications, including Sports Illustrated. Additionally, he was featured in his own Nike commercial to motivate and inspire people to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle.

Connetquot High School Principal Kenneth J. Costa, along with the Civic Club and Student Government advisors were very grateful that Mr. Murphy was able to offer his insightful words to staff and students alike.

Entering the zSpace

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In preparation for implementing the highly engaging zSpace computer software into the classroom setting in the coming weeks, a number of staff members from the district recently took part in a full-day training session to familiarize themselves with the technology. Utilizing a pair of special glasses and a stylus, zSpace will engage middle school students in a plethora of virtual reality, STEM-related applications that bring real-world objects to life right before their eyes.

Fire Safety

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In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month, students throughout the district are preparing themselves with the knowledge to be ready to act in a safe and efficient manner in the rare event that a fire breaks out.

Students from the Slocum Elementary School recently took a field trip to meet some of their own local heroes at the Lakeland Fire Department, learning about fire safety and touring the facilities along the way. Led by the helpful firefighters, the students visited the firehouse and equipment, experienced the smoke house simulator and watched an informative video about fire safety. 

Bosti Elementary School students were visited by West Sayville firefighters Charlie, Gary, Melissa and Captain Liz for an informative assembly about the key components of fire safety. The firefighters informed the attentive students that it is imperative to try to remain calm during a fire and stay low to the ground to avoid smoke inhalation. The firefighters also displayed a number of their gear and gadgets to the students, including a flat head axe, halligan bar and thermal imaging camera. 

During both assemblies, students were encouraged to talk to their parents about developing an emergency escape plan and to have smoke detectors on each floor of the house. The students were reminded to call 911 during an emergency and to make that call from a neighboring house in the event of a fire. 

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Connetquot High School Names AP Scholar Students

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The district is proud to announce that 114 Connetquot School students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards from the College Board. These honorees include both current students and members of the Class of 2018. 

Of the 114 total students, 50 received the AP Scholar title for receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Twenty-nine students were named AP Scholar with Honor, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.25 on all of their AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Additionally, 35 students were awarded with AP Scholar with Distinction, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken with scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Five graduates from the Class of 2018, Jacob DeRosa, Thomas Loos, Sean Mcnamee, Timothy Munsinger and Zachary Vero, earned the high honor of National AP Scholar. This award is given to students who have earned a score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams. 

The College Board recognizes AP Scholars as students who engage in AP courses and challenge themselves academically with college-level material allowing them the opportunity to potentially earn college credit while still in high school.

RMS Celebrates National Junior High School Inductees

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On Oct. 11, 63 new members were inducted into Ronkonkoma Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society surrounded by family, friends, and proud staff members.

The ceremony, which was held in the school’s Alice R. Schaefer auditorium, began with members lighting candles representing scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service. Adviser Aimee Padavan, along with Ronkonkoma Middle School Acting Principal Joseph Licato and the many teachers in attendance, all made remarks identifying the newest members of the Ronkonkoma NJHS as being bright, motivated, dedicated to being good citizens and helping others in their community.  

A reception honoring the inductees and their proud families was held in the cafeteria following the ceremony.  

The district congratulates the newly  inducted members of the Ronkonkoma Middle School National Junior Honor Society: Gabrielle Aiello, Julianna Alvarado, Thomas Anderson, Jonathan Biangazzo, Olivia Brown, Thomas Buzzitta, Victoria Buzzitta, Colin Cavanaugh, Ryan Cerone, Kyle Cochran, Alexa Colondona, Kennedy Cooper, Daniella Cregg, Luke DeMarco, Erick Duignan, Scott Duignan, Melissa Dunleavy, Alaina Ferraro, Edward Fieseler, Marissa Freeman, Tiffany Gao, Cadence Gentile, Gabrielle Giel, Kamryn Goncalves, Anna Hauser, Viraaj Hegde, Ava Henn, Olivia Jonas, Marilyn Justiniano, Nicholas Krall, James Latini, Jason Le, Tharuki Leelaratne, Lilia Livolsi, Cian Llerena, Jack Loubier,  Ryan Lozada, Mirza Mahim, Nicolas Maldonado-Molina, Matteo Marchese, Lucas Martin, Kylie Martinez, Jason Materazo, Angelina Melomo, Emma Mirabal, Julia Monkan, Kellyanne Moran, Ryan Muckle, Sri Vaishnavi Pannala, Nicole Platti, Jack Ponzio, Reagan Quillo, Alexander Rodriguez, Kacey Ruais, Matthew Schindlar, Ayaan Shaikh, Katlyn Smith, Trinity Stich, Margaret Sullivan, Vienna Talbot, Tyler Tripi, Sofia Turcios and Daniel Widing. 

Computer-Savvy Students

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Due to their passion for computer programming and coding, a number of Connetquot High School students enrolled in the school’s computer programming clubs and courses recently engaged in interesting activities and took part in local programming-orientated competitions. 

Students Jack Russo and Connor Hauser utilized their creative talents to create a device which emulated the sounds of an electric guitar with “littleBits” in Computer Programming Club. According to their website, littleBits are system of electronic building blocks that snap together to turn ideas into inventions.

Additionally, Connor, along with students Taylor Maass and Joseph Vita, recently participated in the TeenHacks LI competition based in Syosset, New York. Both Taylor and Joseph used their coding skills to create a “Crypto Site,” a website which displays a graph of the three major cryptocurrencies and provides news articles related to the types of currency to showcase their current status in the market. Connor participated in a 24-hour group activity, in which the students designed a simple game which utilized virtual reality. In the game, the goal of his team was to move a small block past a line using their hands while locked into the VR. He was rewarded with a prize for his efforts, and plans to participate in additional competitions in the spring.

Sharing Small Moments

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Students enrolled in Melissa Lewis's and Jessica King's first grade classes at Bosti Elementary School came together as partners for a grand writer’s workshop, in which the students diligently composed “Small Moment” personal narratives. Both Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. King have created innovative learning spaces that provide flexible seating in their classrooms. In doing so, their students may enjoy having a variety of seat types and locations to do their work, thus providing a heightened level of student engagement.

Conserving Energy

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Students at Bosti and Idle Hour Elementary Schools were recently provided with useful energy conservation strategies during a highly engaging theatrical presentation, “The Conservation Capers,” courtesy of PSEG Long Island and representatives of The National Theatre for Children.

During the show, the character “Nikki Neutron” guided the eager students through her journey to learn more about energy and stop the supervillain “Dr. Maybe” from wasting water and energy. Along the way, students learned informative facts about energy, including how power plants function, how energy can be used in a highly efficient manner and the benefit of using LED light bulbs in their homes. 

At the conclusion of the performance, a student volunteer assisted Nikki Neutron in challenging Dr. Maybe to a cumulative quiz about all they learned during the presentation, ultimately defeating Dr. Maybe and saving the world’s energy supply.

Letting Their Voices Soar

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The district is proud to announce that three Connetquot High School student-musicians have been selected to take part in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s Showcase A Cappella ensemble being held at Northport High School on Oct. 27. 

The district congratulates students Robert Alvarado (bass), Jake Peralta (bass) and Gabby Perticone (alto).

In order to be selected for the showcase, the students auditioned at Centereach High School, singing a 30-second solo of their choosing. They were ultimately chosen by a panel of four Long Island music teachers based on their auditions.

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An Evening of Student Accomplishments

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The district celebrated a number of student accomplishments during the Board of Education meeting held on Oct. 9, in the Barney Stejskal Board Room.

To begin the night’s recognitions, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda G. Adams introduced Connetquot Public Library teen librarian Angela Breslin to speak of the accomplishments of Connetquot’s representing team, “The Book Hunters.” Mrs. Breslin informed the community that the team finished first overall at the Aug. 11 Suffolk County Battle of the Books countywide reading program competition. The competing students spanned grades six through nine and were expected to read eight pre-chosen books in order to participate. 

In a stunning display of athleticism, Ronkonkoma Middle School seventh-grade student Chase Zere recently took first place at the Metropolitan Junior PGA Championship at The Millbrook Country Club held in Greenwich, Connecticut. Although only in the seventh grade, Chase is on the Connetquot varsity golf team along with his brother Tyler (11th grade) and Kyle (12th grade), both of whom are also Junior PGA Tour Players. 

Connetquot High School senior Victor Barsotti was recognized for being declared a Scholar-Artist by the Long Island Arts Alliance due to his commitment to the arts and academics. Each year, the Long Island Scholar Artist program, sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance, recognizes students who excel academically and in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, theater or media arts.

Firefighters for the Day

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Without the need to gear up in firefighter suits, students at Sycamore Avenue Elementary School were recently provided with extremely helpful tips and safety measures toward preventing fires.

With assistance from Bohemia Fire Department Chief Brian O’Neill and firefighter Richard Gross, the students gathered in the school’s auditorium where they viewed an informative video “Fire’s Fury.” It portrayed a fictitious scenario of a family whose house was destroyed by a fire due to the common mistake of leaving a lit candle unattended. “Fire’s Fury” also addressed the importance of establishing an escape plan in the rare emergency of a fire in the home, along with the importance of reminding the household adults to change smoke detector batteries frequently. 

At the conclusion of the video, Chief O’Neill engaged the students in a question and answer session, where they asked insightful questions about how to prevent fires and what they can do at home to protect the ones they love.

Visiting the Classroom Library

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In coordination with their literary studies, students from Joanna Zalewski’s and Kim Patterson’s fifth-grade classes at Bosti Elementary School recently participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of their brand-new classroom libraries. After celebrating the introduction of the libraries, the students excitedly browsed the large collection with their reading partners, and selected books spanning multiple genres for their independent reading sessions.

Visiting the Lakeland Fire Department Memorial

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Welcome Back Dance

Hitting All the Right Notes

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Based on both their musical talents and teacher recommendations, 16 Connetquot High School students have been recognized as premier musicians by the New York State School Music Association and invited to participate in this year’s All-County, All-State and All-National Music Festivals. 

Due to her incredible musical capabilities, Connetquot High School student Anna Grottola (soprano II) has been named an All-National student-musician, and will travel to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida to perform from Nov. 25–28 alongside other talented musicians throughout the country. 

The district also congratulates students Robert Alvarado (mixed chorus), Gabrielle Cascio (soprano II), Darren Dutton (alto sax), Sara Mistler (treble), Gabriella Perticone (mixed chorus) and Giovanni Santiago (mixed chorus) who have been named All-State student-musicians and were invited to participate in the 2018 NYSSMA All-State Conference to be held in Rochester, New York from Nov. 29-Dec. 2. 

Additionally, students Joseph Brimlow (French horn), Alicia Donlon (French horn), Laurel Edwards (mixed chorus), Nicholas Fandaros (mixed chorus), Samantha Lankowicz (clarinet), Matthew Lopez (string bass), Emma Lovaglio (treble), Nicholas Miller (mixed chorus) and Angelina Morales (treble) were named All-County student-musicians and are slated to perform at Half Hollow Hills West High School on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. alongside other selected musicians.
 

Showcasing Their Smarts

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Students of all grade levels at Slocum Elementary School recently put their knowledge to the test during an engaging game show, “Brain Challenge,” as presented by Hollyrock Entertainment.

An enthusiastic emcee and his assistant worked with the students, who were divided into two competitive teams and accompanied by their teachers who assumed the role of team captains. The emcee used a timer to challenge the students to recognize their numbers, letters, and answer grade level history, math and spelling questions. They were also challenged to demonstrate their ability to dance, use a hula hoop, and test their strength in a tug of war competition.

The highly engaged participants, along with their teachers, were challenged both physically and mentally, and came away from this hourlong game show competition with a higher feeling of comradery amongst their peers.

Homecoming 2018

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Inspiring Artwork

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First- through fifth-grade students at John Pearl Elementary School recently contributed their artistic talents to a beautiful mural which now resides in the school’s hallway, inspired by the popular children’s book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds.

Students in Krystal Zaglool’s art classes linked the book’s thematic elements to the district’s mindfulness initiative by discussing the benefits of having a positive mindset. The young artists then collaborated with their art supplies in hand to leave their mark on a series of six large paintings, which have since been colorfully decorated and secured safely on display the schools’ hallways. 

“The Dot” tells the story of a young student named Vashti, who after doubting her artistic ability comes to realize that a series of the smallest marks can sometimes lead to the biggest and most beautiful of creations.

Building Their Way to the Top

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Students enrolled in Cynthia Dolce’s third-grade class at Duffield Elementary School recently engaged in a hands-on STEM activity which asked them to build structures utilizing a limited number of materials. Collaborating in small groups, the young engineers were able to successfully build a number of free-standing towers using only spaghetti and mini-marshmallows.

Back to School!

Cultivating Respect and Kindness

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Students of all grade levels at John Pearl Elementary School were recently visited by Richard Specht of the ReesSpecht Life Foundation for an informative presentation about the importance of paying forward good deeds and respecting others.

Using a colorful digital display of songs and storytelling, Mr. Specht spoked to the students about making a commitment to the community and demonstrating compassion and respect for others.

“Mr. Specht inspired students at John Pearl to spread kindness to family and friends,” said Principal Susan White. “Students also appreciated his animated reading of his book, ‘A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness.’”

After the loss of their infant son, both Richard and his wife started what was once only a small movement, but has now spread to nearly every continent on the planet. 

An Artistic Accomplishment

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Connetquot High School senior Victor Barsotti recently earned the Scholar-Artist Award from the Long Island Arts Alliance, based on both his artistic talents and commitment to maintaining a high academic grade point average. 

Victor’s artistic medium focuses on Media Arts category, since he has created a number of his own films, including “Beard-O,” “Act Normal” and “Bye-Bye Birdie.” While his love for filmmaking didn’t entirely take shape until he was a sophomore, he recalls feeling something for the art form when he was much younger.  

“My plans are to pursue a degree in film, and to specifically work for National Geographic one day,” said Victor. “Whether it be movie sets or TV shows, anything in my future that involves media would be my ultimate goal."

Victor was nominated for the award by Connetquot High School fine arts teacher Ross Grandin and Connetquot Central School District Director for Fine Arts and Music Jon-Michael Lasher. 

“Victor has done nothing but impress,” said Mr. Grandin. “We are all very proud of his accomplishments.” 

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Remembering 9/11

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Staff and students throughout the district recently commemorated those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 by means of various assemblies and musical events. 

Susan White, principal of John Pearl Elementary School, joined students and staff in celebrating Patriot Day on Sept. 12 during an in-school assembly. Fifth-grade students from Annamarie Damore’s and Jeanne Cardone’s classes led the attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, dressed in their colorful red, white and blue outfits. Additionally, the students sang patriotic songs, including “Nothing More” by The Alternate Routes and the John Pearl School song.

Under the guidance of music teacher Rachel White, Sycamore Avenue School Chorus members lent their vocal talents to those in attendance at the Common Ground in Sayville’s Rotary Park, where they sang a number of heartfelt and inspiring songs. Additionally, Ms. White performed several songs on her own, further uplifting the spirits of the attendees. 

Additionally, students from Connetquot High School’s phenomenal a capella group “The 7th Street Singers” performed a stunning rendition of the national anthem at the Lakeland Fire Department’s 9/11 ceremony.

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Celebrating Constitution Day

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In recognition of Constitution Day, students enrolled in Kelly Randazzo’s second-grade class at Duffield Elementary School recently borrowed from the nation’s history to utilize their creative talents and devise their own version of the United States Constitution in the classroom. 

After spending time learning about the Constitution, the students created their very own version, based on the book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” The students then signed the bottom of the “Constitution” to recognize and acknowledge that they will abide by the guidelines listed on the document. 

Meeting New Friends

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Kindergarten students attending Sycamore Avenue and Cherokee Street Elementary Schools recently got accustomed to their new buildings during an informative kindergarten playdate event hosted at each school.

The young students were given the opportunity to tour the classrooms, meet their teachers and get to know their new classmates. During the sessions, both Sycamore Avenue School Principal Stuart Pollak and Cherokee Street Principal Jill Lahey were on hand to greet the students and parents. 

Additionally, refreshments were served by each school’s respective PTA as the students mingled and enjoyed their first official visit to their new schools.

Gearing Up for the First Day of School

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In an effort to ensure that elementary-level students have a smooth transition into the new school year, members of Connetquot High School’s Helping Hands Club recently filled 42 backpacks to the brim with essential school supplies for each elementary building. 

The altruistic students raised money to buy the supplies by selling bottles of water during the Connetquot High School commencement ceremony held this past June. Along with the 20 backpacks and supplies purchased by the club, an additional 22 backpacks were donated by means of the Connetquot Foundation for the Advancement of Children. 

The contents of the backpacks consisted of notebooks, crayons, pencils, erasers, folders and numerous other essential classroom items. 

School supply donations were also collected at the Apple Bank located on Veterans Highway in Ronkonkoma, thanks to Georgette Bauch, AVP and Branch Manager. Both the club, along with co-advisers Lynn Parks and Susan Schiappa, highly appreciate the bank and Connetquot communities’ support with this effort. 
 

Caught Reading

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That’s a wrap on the summer 2018 edition of the Catch A Reader & Writer program. Thanks to all students – including our final group of readers Jordyn Lamm (Grade 1/Bosti), Andraya Livolski (Grade 5/Cherokee) and Samantha Mevs (Grade 1/Cherokee) – for their participation, and have a wonderful and prosperous school year!

Moving Onto Middle School

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Hundreds of incoming sixth-graders within the district were recently joined by family members as they visited their respective middle school buildings during informative orientation sessions held on Aug. 29.

Administrators at both the Ronkonkoma and Oakdale-Bohemia middle schools welcomed the new students as they met their new classmates, familiarized themselves with the buildings and set up their lockers.

Additionally, Ronkonkoma Middle School Acting Principal Joseph Licato and Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School Principal Susanne Bailey welcomed the students and their families into their respective auditoriums, answered questions, and wished the incoming students a successful and prosperous school year. 

All students are eagerly looking forward to the start of the 2018-19 academic school year, which begins on Thursday, Sept. 6.

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Welcoming New Teachers

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In preparation for the 2018-19 academic school year, the district recently hosted a comprehensive, three-day New Teacher Orientation for its newly hired staff members. 

Under the guidance of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda G. Adams, the teachers received detailed information about the school district and participated in collaborative planning sessions after engaging in a series of icebreaker activities. Working as a group, they discussed a variety of pedagogical strategies and developed the framework for engaging lesson plans. 

The workshops also provided them with the opportunity to become well-versed in the schools’ technological resources and learn more about the district’s policies and procedures. 

Meeting New Friends

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Incoming kindergartners at Duffield Elementary School recently had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their new building and meet their classmates prior to the first day of school.

In a tradition started more than 10 years ago, the incoming Connetquot High School Class of 2031 was invited to tour their new school, meet principal Lisa Farrell and make new friends. 

Mrs. Farrell welcomed the parents, grandparents and students to the annual play date and took the eager students on a tour of their new classroom after they got to know each other on the school playground. Additionally, Mrs. Farrell read “The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo” to each class before providing refreshing snacks to the students who also worked on an arts and craft project. 

“Our PTA always does such a nice job welcoming our kindergartners to Helen B. Duffield Elementary School,” said Mrs. Farrell.

Caught Reading

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The district would like to congratulate the last group of readers caught reading and writing during summer vacation. Great job: Christian Joseph (Grade 2, Sycamore), Emma Kuefner (Grade 1, John Pearl), Audrey Koerick (Grade 1, Cherokee), Mia McKevitt (Grade 4, Sycamore), Quinn McKevitt (Grade 1, Sycamore) and Mason Spelman (Grade 2, John Pearl). Thank you all for your participation, and have a great school year!

Caught Reading

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Students continue to keep up with their extracurricular literary activities as the summer break winds down. Congratulations on a job well-done: Neela Coffey (Grade 4, Bosti), Gianna DeLeon (Grade 3, Cherokee), Ryan Mulvey (Grade 3, Idle Hour) and Callum Savino (Grade 3, Duffield).

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Caught Reading!

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As part of the summer Catch a Reader/Writer program, the district is proud to commend the following students who were recently caught in the act of reading! Keep up the great work: Ariana West (grade 2, Sycamore), Kyle Long (grade K, John Pearl), Mia and Julia Smith-Pasquerella (grades 1 and K, Sycamore), Oliver and Sophie Jamrozek (grade 2 and 4, Slocum), Oliva DiGaetano (grade 5, Bosti) and Vedansh Chatterjee (grade 2, Duffield).


Have you caught a student reading or writing this summer? Email your submissions to SummerELA@ccsdli.org by August 31