Best buddies visit

Best buddies visit Photo
On March 9, members of the high school’s Best Buddies program took time to speak with the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society about the mission of Best Buddies. The middle schoolers learned that the program aims to “create opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Students can join the program in the ninth grade.

Student Designs Winning Logo

Using the skills that he learned in his computer graphic arts class, high school freshman Mike Leonard recently won a logo design contest as part of the Shoreham-Wading River School District’s new School-to-Community initiative.

The new logo will be used to help promote the School-to-Community initiative, which aims to connect students and teachers with area businesses. It is hoped that these collaborations will create new opportunities in the fields of science research, a proposed robotics club and mentors for AP Research students.     

The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to Mike Leonard for the creation of his winning logo design.

Sharing Knowledge

Sharing Knowledge
On March 10, high school Principal Dan Holtzman and Director of Humanities Dr. Rebecca Chowske presented a workshop at the Long Island Language Arts Council and Nassau Reading Council’s annual conference. The event was attended by several hundred Long Island English Language Arts and literacy specialists.

The educators’ workshop, called “Supporting Literacy Transfer between the ELA and Social Studies Classroom,” focused on connections between ELA and social studies practices and also tackled common terms defined differently in social studies. Additionally, the workshop touched on interdisciplinary implications, changing assessments and solutions to predictable problems that regularly confuse students as they move between ELA and social studies.

In addition to the presentation, Mr. Holtzman and Dr. Chowske shared their workshop with the Shoreham-Wading River English department and a joint English/social studies professional development session is planned. 

Board Candidate Packets are available for pick up in the District Clerk's office as of 3/21/17

Penguin Twins

Penguin Twins
As part of a student council-sponsored Spirit Week celebration to promote unity, middle school students and staff in the Shoreham-Wading River School District dressed as twins on March 8. Also during Spirit Week, students and staff took a No Cell Phone Challenge, dressed in their favorite pajamas and wore their favorite jersey and band shirt to school.

Annual Science Fair

Annual Science Fair
Miller Avenue students recently participated in their school’s annual science fair by displaying their original research projects in their school’s multipurpose room on March 9. Projects included ones related to bubbles, slime and the digestive system. Volunteer high school science students were also on hand to judge this year’s winners.

All-County Musicians

All-County Musicians
Seven Wading River Elementary School students Cara Kluepfer, Shayne Hughes, Emily Murray, Maggie Parkin, Sydney Serio, Eve VanWickler and Alex Zhang were selected to perform in the prestigious SCMEA Festival. The students received the honor based on their NYSSMA solo performances and teacher recommendations.

A Shopping We Will Go

A Shopping We Will Go
Through interactive and engaging Shoe Box Shop project, second-graders at the Miller Avenue School are learning about money.

As part of the project, the students designed their own “stores” using shoeboxes. They set prices for their store’s inventory, which included pencils and erasers; kept sales receipts; and counted back change to their peers who took turns acting as customers. As customers, the second-graders kept track of what they spent on the items they purchased, learned to count out exact change and used “coupons.”   

“The students learned a variety of skills including buying and selling, counting coins, adding prices, making change and using coupons in an authentic way,” said teacher Kristen Gironda.

Welcome Zeus

Welcome Zeus
After reading an article on how guinea pigs in the classroom can help reduce stress and anxiety among students, Miller Avenue teacher Meghan Schepps decided that her students could benefit from a classroom pet. On March 7, the students were thrilled to meet their new friend, Zeus, who Ms. Schepps procured through a Petco Pets in the Classroom grant. “The students have already fallen in love with him,” said Ms. Schepps.

Cell Phone Challenge Accepted

Cell Phone Challenge Accepted
To teach middle school students in the Shoreham-Wading River School District how much cell phones influence their daily lives, Principal Linda Anthony challenged them not to use their cell phones to access social media or text friends for an entire day as part of Spirit Week. Following the challenge, students were also asked to write a short essay reflecting on their day without a cell phone. 

Mad Science

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Students in the Miller Avenue School explored the wonders of science during an assembly on March 7. During the interactive program, a scientist from Mad Science of Long Island dazzled the students with science experiments, including ones related to combustion, acids and foam. The program aimed to engage students in science as they prepare for their school’s annual science fair on March 9.  

Climbing Season

Climbing Season
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Climbing Season 3
As part of their physical education experience at Miller Avenue School, students have been advancing their climbing skills and building their core strength on the district’s traveling Whittle Gym. The large jungle gym features a variety of obstacles that students cross, climb and scale, including a rock wall.

Longtime Trustee to Retire from SWR Board

Longtime Trustee to Retire from SWR Board
During the March 7 board of education meeting, longtime, respected Shoreham-Wading River Central School District trustee Michael Fucito announced his retirement from the board, effective March 10. Fucito has served on the board for 27 years, and his retirement is a result of an imminent move to Vermont.

Board President John Zukowski congratulated Fucito on his retirement, calling his tenure an incredible commitment to the community. “You have been the rock of reason and have kept everyone on track,” he said.

Trustee William McGrath described Fucito as “the epitome of what a trustee should be.” While Interim Superintendent of Schools Neil Lederer claimed that it has been an honor to have worked with Fucito in the short time he has served as the district’s leader. “You are right at the top of the list of gentlemen and professionals,” Lederer said.

Former board members Scott Ericson (2001-2010), Laurie Griffiths (1999-2005), Rich Pluschau (2010-2016), Lisa Wild (2007-2010) and Michael Yannucci (2005-2008) were also in attendance to congratulate Fucito on his retirement and commitment to the community.

Fucito thanked the community for their support. “It has been a great pleasure to serve the community and I have great respect for all who serve,” Fucito said.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Birthday Dr. Seuss
The Miller Avenue School is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a monthlong National Reading Awareness initiative. As part of the reading celebration, students have been challenged to listen to 500 read alouds by participating in buddy reading sessions and listening to books read by special guest readers. Pictured are kindergartners kicking off the National Reading Awareness program.

Students Accept Rachel’s Challenge

Students Accept Rachel’s Challenge
To inspire middle school students to promote positive change within their schools and community, the school invited representatives from Rachel’s Challenge to speak with students during an assembly on Feb. 28.

Through the powerful assembly, students learned the story of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting. They gained insight into the impact she made through acts of kindness and the legacy she left behind.
The assembly culminated in challenging students to show compassion and start a chain reaction of kindness.

Students Inaugurate Debate Team

Students Inaugurate Debate Team
The Shoreham-Wading River High School will have a new debate team in the 2017-18 school year thanks to the efforts of two sophomores — Emma Kirkpatrick and Declan Beran.

Both Emma and Delan said the recent presidential election inspired the idea for a debate club. The students are also interested in studying political science in college and felt a debate team would be a great stepping-stone.

To form the team, the students were required to gather signatures from fellow students and make a formal request to the board of education to gain approval.

During its inaugural year, the students said, the team will work to refine their debate skills with a goal to compete against neighboring schools in the 2018-19 school year.

Student Photographer Wins Contest

Student Photographer Wins Contest
Vanessa DeRosso, a sophomore, recently earned recognition in the ninth annual Bideawee Love your Pet Art Contest. Her photograph of two cats was among five pieces of art that received a winning status. Vanessa said she has always had an interest in photography and was surprised to learn that her piece had won. The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to Vanessa DeRosso.

Student Writer Earns Award

Nathaniel Bowes, a high school senior, has won a regional honorable mention award in the 2016 prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Contest for his flash fiction piece, “Static.”

To earn the award, Nathaniel’s piece, was judged against a record-breaking 320,000 works that were submitted by private and home-schooled students for adjudication at the regional level.  

“We are delighted that Nathaniel’s hard work and talent have been recognized by this prestigious panel of professionals,” said English teacher Brenna Gilroy, who encouraged the senior to enter the contest.

Second Grade Read-A-Thon

To foster a love of reading among students, second-grade Miller Avenue teachers Kristen Gironda, Kerri Langan, Rob Korchma and Laura Urban held a Read All Day event on Feb. 17. During the event, students were encouraged to wear pajamas, bring in pillows and blankets and participate in an all-day read-a-thon. Throughout the day, students, along with their parents and siblings read poetry, shared their favorite books, took part in a reader’s theater and read a selection of books aloud.   

100 days!

100 days!
As part of a 100 days of school celebration on Feb. 17 at the Miller Avenue School, kindergarten teachers surprised students by dressing like 100-year-olds. The day also featured a number of 100-days themed activities for students, including counting to 100 and projects surrounding the milestone.  

Best Auto Technicians in the State

Best Auto Technicians in the State
High school student John Deluca and his teammate Evan Wagner of Eastport-South-Manor High School will be heading the national Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association’s automotive competition after taking first place at the state competition on Feb. 14. The pair will now compete on April 18 and 19 at the Jacob Javits Center for more than $10,000 in scholarships. The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to the winning team.

MKL Essay Contest Winners

To mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the high school social studies department in conjunction with Principal Dan Holtzman held a Martin Luther King Day essay contest, based on the civil rights activist’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon.

For the essay, students were encouraged to write about the sermon, which challenged people to look beyond their needs to be the “drum major” and look at the importance of service to others.  

The Shoreham-Wading River High School congratulates the following essay winners:

Grade 9:
1st place: Dylan Jung
2nd place: Sarah Cain
3rd place: Antonio Maccaro
Grade 10:
1st place: Christopher Vedder
2nd place: Sam Rassner
Grade 11:
1st place: Caleigh Capek
2nd place: Victoria Stirpe
3rd place: Lindsay Deegan

Owl Pellet Dissection

Owl Pellet Dissection
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As part of their science study of indigenous animals of Long Island, second-graders at the Miller Avenue School recently participated in an owl pellet dissection lab to learn more about the eating habits of owls. Leading up to the lab, the students studied the bird’s habitat and prey.

Statement from the Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education Re: Superintendent Search

Following the retirement of the District’s superintendent in the summer of 2016, the Board of Education commenced an extensive search for a permanent superintendent, one who will provide the leadership needed to bring the District’s visions to fruition.

As part of the search, which was conducted with the assistance of District Wise Search Consultants, the Board felt it was important to obtain input from members of the school community as to the qualities that it should seek in a new superintendent.

In keeping with that commitment, the Board created a nine-question survey to solicit feedback from the community. It also sought out volunteers to be part of a Superintendent Profile Development Advisory Committee.

Additionally, on November 14, 2016 District Wise conducted five forums with various community stakeholders to garner opinions on the characteristics and credentials they seek in the District’s next full-time superintendent. The forums were open to District staff, District administration, and members of the PTA/PTO, Profile Development Advisory Committee and community at large. For those unable to attend the meetings, or who preferred to provide their suggestions and opinions privately, a confidential email address was established. A notice of the community meeting was posted to the District website and sent to the local papers, flyers were posted at several areas within each school building and at polling places on Election Day, and email invitations were sent to all union presidents, District staff, and presidents of the PTA/PTO and Wildcat Athletic Club. A robocall was also made to the community to advise them of the meeting.

The feedback garnered by District Wise from all stakeholders was used to create a leadership profile, which the Board continues to use as a guideline during the interview process.

In order to obtain the most qualified applicant pool possible and find the best candidate for our District,  we  ensure confidentiality to all applicants. This is the same process utilized in the past, recommended by our consultant, and used by a large majority of districts on Long Island.

Superintendent Search Update

Superintendent Search Update
As of the close of the application deadline of January 31, the District received a number of resumes. District Wise Search Consultants has reviewed the resumes and brought forth the most qualified and experienced applicants. The Board of Education will spend the next few weeks meeting with selected candidates through several rounds of interviews. Please continue to check our website for updates as we work to find the next leader of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District.

Football Star Signs with Northwestern

Football Star Signs with Northwestern
With his parents and district administrators standing beside him, Shoreham-Wading River High School football star Ethan Wiederkehr recently signed a letter of intent with Northwestern University. The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to Ethan Wiederkehr.

NextEra / Long Island Solar Generation Informational Letter


Letter from Supt. to Parents/Guardians re: Snow Days


Scholar Athlete

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The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education recognized high school senior Melissa Manzello at its meeting on Feb. 7 for being selected as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.    

Melissa, a field hockey player, was named a scholar athlete for her excellence in the classroom, as well as on the athletic field.

In addition to playing field hockey, Melissa runs track, is a member of DECA and the National Honor Society.

She plans to attend Tufts University in the fall and study economics.  

That’s ‘Soup-er’

That’s ‘Soup-er’
Miller Avenue and Wading River schools in the Shoreham-Wading River School District celebrated the Super Bowl by holding “Souper” Bowl food drives. As part of the community service activity, students competed to collect the most food for their grade level. All items will be donated to local food pantries.

Exercise on Wheels

Exercise on Wheels
In learning about healthy activities that they can participate in throughout their lives, Miller Avenue School students in the Shoreham-Wading River School District recently learned to rollerblade within their gym classes.

Through the program, students, with the assistance of parents, grandparents and teachers, strapped on skates, helmets and padding and began to learn skating basics including balance and safety.  

“It is a lifetime activity that is fun and promotes cardio health,” said gym teacher Katherine Carlson.

The district has supported the skating program for more than 10 years.

String Students Perform in LISFA Concert

String Students Perform in LISFA Concert
Eleven middle school musicians were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association of Orchestras on Jan. 15. The students, Natalie Acker, Shiqi Cheng, Sean Dany, Kyra Faragasso, Sarah Kruzynski, Mika Misawa, Jessica Nastasi, Brooke Roff, Annie Sheehan, Kaylee Thomsen and Abigail Wing, performed after participating in an extremely competitive selection process. The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to all the students.

Guide Dog Foundation Visit

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Members of the middle school Junior Honor Society learned more about the Guide Dog Foundation, including its history and the work that the nonprofit performs, from representative Ruth Ann Collins on Jan. 26. Earlier this year, the society members researched the foundation and selected it as one of the charities they wish to support this school year.

Information on Water Testing


Track Star Breaks Another Record

Track Star Breaks Another Record
High school track star Katherine Lee has broken another record. On Jan. 15, she broke the Suffolk indoor 3,000-meter record at the Art Mitchell Invitational at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Katherine, a junior, broke the record of 9:48 set by Mary Kate Anselmini of Ward Melville in 2011 by running the meter in 9 minutes and 37.77 seconds.

This is not the first time that Lee, who has been running varsity track since the seventh grade, has topped. This past fall, she broke the Suffolk County 5K record and last spring, the 3,000-meter Suffolk outdoor record.

“I was really happy,” said Katherine of her recent achievement. “It all just came together – I broke all the long distance records.”

Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Information

The Board of Regents approved a new section 100.2(nn) of the Commissioner's Regulations implementing Chapter 105 of the Laws of 2016. Section 100.2(nn) requires each public school to post the NYS Office of Children and Family Services toll-free child abuse and neglect reporting hotline number and directions for accessing the OCFS website.


Officials Break Ground on School Construction Projects

Officials Break Ground on School Construction Projects
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As students and staff looked on, Shoreham-Wading River School District administrators and Board of Education members broke ground on construction projects at Miller Avenue and Wading River elementary schools at consecutive groundbreaking ceremonies on Jan. 19.

The construction projects are part of the district’s $48.5 million Renewal Bond, which was approved by voters in 2015. The bond includes projects that will result in the addition of four kindergarten classrooms at Miller Avenue and 10 new classrooms and a cafetorium at Wading River.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017