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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.