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Public Notice - 7/23/19 Board of Education Meeting


Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education Welcomes New Trustees

Shoreham-Wading River Central School District’s Board of Education held their annual reorganization meeting on July 8 to swear in new board members and elect officers for the upcoming school year.

Newly elected members of the Board of Education – Thomas Sheridan and Meghan Tepfenhardt – were sworn into oath by district clerk Janice Seus, each for three-year terms, followed by the nomination and election of Michael Lewis and Katie Andersen as president and vice president, respectively. Seated from left - Michael Lewis, president, Katie Andersen, vice president, trustee Henry Perez and trustee Robert Rose. Standing from left - trustee Thomas Sheridan, trustee Meghan Tepfenhardt and trustee James Smith.


During the District’s July 8th Board of Education meeting, an update on the District Fitness Center was provided and District Administration presented a solution for a new fitness center that would enhance student programming. For those unaware, the District Fitness Center was closed last summer after a commissioned building review cited concerns that the structural supports for the District Fitness Center did not meet current NYS Building Code requirements for use as a fitness center. As a result, a temporary student fitness center was created inside the high school.

The recent presentation centered on a recommendation to remediate the District Fitness Center to create a safe instructional area that could serve as a new District Wrestling Center and subsequently convert a section of the High School Auxiliary Gym into a modern fitness center. It is anticipated that additional information will be presented and that these discussions will continue during the District’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 20.

The District will continue to update the community regarding this matter. As the District continues to develop a solution that best supports our students for wellness and physical education all thoughts and suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to contact the District with your thoughts and comments.

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Dear Shoreham-Wading River families,

Now that the school year has ended, it’s time for our Shoreham-Wading River students to rest, regroup and READ!

As many parents know, when children continue to read during the summer months their academic performance actually increases when they return to school in September. Spelling, writing and developing a more extensive vocabulary are also part of the benefits package!

For your convenience, below are three resources for you to engage your child in reading for pleasure, knowledge, exploration, inspiration, advanced analytical thinking skills, and improved focus and concentration. For our High School AP and Honors students, summer assignments are here:

Also, every Tuesday throughout the summer, we will post on Facebook a reading tip from our friends at Reading Rockets, which offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and develop more effective reading skills.

We also invite you to send us photos of you and your children reading in your favorite summer spots throughout July and August. Photos can be sent to: We will post pictures periodically so be sure to check back on Facebook!

Thank you for helping us to continue to build a stronger Shoreham-Wading River community of readers.

All the best for a summer filled with reading adventures!

Nicole Waldbauer
Director of Humanities

This week’s Tip:
Read aloud together with your child every day.
Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.

Two SWR Schools Recognized by State Education Department

Lauded for excellence in student performance, student growth, graduation rate and progress during the last academic year, Miller Avenue School and Shoreham-Wading River High School have each been named a 2018-19 Recognition School by the New York State Education Department. Recognition Schools are identified as being among the highest-achieving schools under the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act for high academic achievement and for student growth and/or graduation rates. Both Miller Avenue School and Shoreham-Wading River High School are among the schools named that have also met or exceeded measures of interim progress for English language arts and mathematics, lower rates of chronic absenteeism, and college, career and civic readiness. “We are very proud of this honor as it highlights the ongoing high-level commitment by our entire school community of educators, administrators, support staff, parents and students for educational excellence,” Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole said.

Class of 2019 Begins the Next Chapter

Class of 2019 Begins the Next Chapter

It was a day of new beginnings as 189 graduates from the Class of 2019 processed onto the football field to the concert band’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” under the baton of music teacher Kevin O’Brien, during the school’s 43rd commencement exercises, held on June 28. Senior Brennan Gorman led the graduates and their families in the Pledge of Allegiance, assisted by American Sign Language interpreters, seniors Megan Busch and Maggie Passamonte. Senior Sophia Mastrangelo followed and sang the national anthem.

In his opening address, Principal Frank Pugliese called for a moment of silence for graduate Melissa Marchese, who died as a result of an automobile accident earlier in the month. He also took time to congratulate the young men and women from the class who had enlisted in all four branches of the country’s military.

Mr. Pugliese advised the graduates to always be themselves. “Do your own thing, establish who you are and go with it,” he said. “You are infinitely better being yourself than being like someone else.”

Valedictorian Mahdi Rashidzada said that “the greatness of the school was measured by the character of the students who walked the hallways and filled the classrooms.” He also said he and his classmates are cognizant of the support and opportunities provided by teachers and parents. Salutatorian Katlynn McGivney spoke about the experiences and lessons she learned during her years at the high school and told her peers that they are “starting a new journey.”

Senior Christopher Wygonik gave a stunning musical performance of “Concerto for Trombone,” by Derek Bourgeois, which Wygonik arranged for this special occasion.

Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole said he felt optimism, joy and awe for the Class of 2019 for their accomplishments, willingness to take on issues and the students’ contributions to the community.

“The Class of 2019 is poised for a lifetime of success,” he noted. “What you have achieved was intersected with opportunities provided to you. Don’t rest on your laurels, but instead set new goals for yourselves.”

After Mr. Pugliese certified that the standards for graduation had been met for the Class of 2019, each student was called to the podium to receive his or her diploma and a commemorative coin from Wildcat Athletic Club President Edward Troyano. After all of the graduates’ names were called, the faculty read with much emotion Melissa Marchese’s name, while her sister Heather ascended the podium to receive Melissa’s diploma to the cheers of classmates and the release of white doves.

The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends best wishes of happiness and success to the Class of 2019.

A Passion for the Past

Prodell Middle School students were honored at a recent Board of Education meeting for their participation in National History Day. Introduced by Principal Kevin Vann, students Natalie Casey, Melanie Hagen, Allie Kall, Anja Minty, Carly Mulroy, Aaron Russell, Kathryn Winters and Alex Zhang were lauded for their well-researched and creative exhibits that were presented at the annual event at Hofstra University. Mr. Vann made special mention on Carly Mulroy’s presentation and research about Nikola Tesla, that was very close to making it to the New York State competition. He also thanked the families of the students for supporting their children’s passion for history and teacher Danielle Senneca for her commitment to the program. Board President Michael Lewis also congratulated and thanked the students for representing the school district in the prestigious competition.

District Welcomes New Assistant Principal

District Welcomes New Assistant Principal
The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District has named Mr. John Holownia assistant principal of Shoreham-Wading River High School. He will begin his role on July 1. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Holownia has had a strong focus on student achievement at all ability levels as well as his own professional goals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Education-Special Education from Hofstra University. He also earned an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from SUNY Stony Brook. He is certified as a New York State School Building Leader and a New York State School District Leader. He also holds professional certification in New York State Students with Disabilities 7-12-English and NYS English Language Arts 7-12. His most recent role of 13 years was as a high school special education teacher for the Comsewogue School District and he has been instrumental in implementing SEL programs, 1-1 Chromebook programs, project based learning and mentoring new teachers. His varied interests include stints coaching football and lacrosse at the junior varsity and varsity levels and he has extensive experience with the most up-to-date technology. “We are very excited to have him join our team and know he will have a great impact on student outcomes in all areas,” Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole said.

Music Matters at Miller Avenue

Music Matters at Miller Avenue
Miller Avenue School students had a special treat recently during their morning enrichment period. Along with music teacher Cara Brown, first graders were part of a vocal ensemble and second graders put on a musical titled Dinostars. The students performed for their peers in the morning and parents in the afternoon. “They received rave reviews from everyone,” Principal Christine Carlson said. “The show was fantastic!”

Showing Skills of Speech Preparation at Regional Competition

SWR High School senior David Lopez took a first-place prize in the recent Regional VI SkillsUSA Prepared Speech competition at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. David, a student at the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology in Riverhead, is looking forward to beginning his freshman year of college at Suffolk County Community College where he will major in education. He will then continue at a CUNY school in his pursuit of a career as an elementary school teacher. Congratulations!

Senior Excels in Regional and State Competition

Senior Excels in Regional and State Competition photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Matthew Anderson was recognized as a first-place winner in the SkillsUSA regional competition, recently held at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. From there, he moved on to the state competition.

Matthew took the first-place regional title in the Auto Service Basic competition. At the state level, he placed second in Auto Vehicle Maintenance Basic competition.

In addition to his technical expertise, He was commended for his cooperative spirit and camaraderie in both competitions.

Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Matthew Anderson was recognized as a first-place winner in the SkillsUSA regional competition, recently held at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. From there, he moved on to the state competition.

Matthew took the first-place regional title in the Auto Service Basic competition. At the state level, he placed second in Auto Vehicle Maintenance Basic competition.

In addition to his technical expertise, He was commended for his cooperative spirit and camaraderie in both competitions.

Strategic Plan Adopted

The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District Board of Education has approved a five-year strategic plan at its June 25 meeting. The strategic plan will commence in the 2019-20 academic year and will serve as a blueprint for the future. The plan will support the five goals: Maintain Whole Child Programming, Communication with all Stakeholders, Enhanced Student Graduation Outcomes, Maintain High Quality Programming and Healthy, Safe and Engaging Learning Spaces.

“With much enthusiasm, we look forward to putting this plan into place as our guide to a successful educational future for all Shoreham-Wading River students,” Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole said. “The District greatly appreciates the participation of the entire community across the past year in the development of the plan. I would like to commend the Board of Education for initiating this process and guiding it to a successful completion.”


Elementary Duo Honored by BOE, Legislator Anker

Elementary Duo Honored by BOE, Legislator Anker
Two students from Miller Avenue School have been making the rounds accepting congratulations for being named Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Fair winners. Kindergarten student Connor Nugent and second grader Zachary Lister who won in the kindergarten grade level and the second grade level competitions for their respective projects, were honored by the Board of Education as well as by Legislator Sarah Anker. At the BOE meeting, they both described their projects, Connor’s about the strength of spaghetti and Zachary’s about the slippiest socks. Both young scientists were presented with plaques from the board members that will be hung in the school and a Proclamation with the Suffolk County seal from Leg. Anker.

VFW 6249 Teacher of the Year

VFW 6249 Teacher of the Year
For her outstanding and dedicated service to the students of Shoreham-Wading River High School and veterans of foreign wars, Shoreham-Wading River High School social studies teacher Ruth Squillace was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by VFW Post 6249. “It was an incredible honor,” Mrs. Squillace said, of her recognition on the eve of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. “I have loved serving the veteran community these past 20 years, and I look forward to doing more for them as I continue my work.”

GSA Club Leaders Present Update to BOE

Three students in the High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance presented an update of the club’s progress throughout the school year at a recent Board of Education meeting. Introduced by advisers, physical education teacher Ms. Brittany Davis and English teacher Mr. Edward Storck, students Kelly Beagen, Katie Loscalzo and Emily Mulcahy, spoke of the guest speakers who have visited the school, several special events they hosted and their attendance at the annual LGBT Conference at Stony Brook University. Their future plans include coordinating a GSA conference with workshops to help build more positive relationships and to help make Long Island a stronger environment for the LGBT community.


Miller Avenue School music teacher Cara Brown recently introduced second graders to a music-themed, escape room game. The students have been studying Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and had to escape the music room by using critical thinking skills and collaborating to solve a variety of puzzles and codes needed to open four different types of locks. Puzzles involved activities such as decoding a cipher, reading a map, using a flashlight to locate a secret message and matching characters to the instruments on which the themes were played. “This music-themed breakout game was clearly engaging and fun for all students,” Dr. Amy Myer, District Director of STEM said.

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Innovations and musical creations at Annual STEAM Symposium

Innovations and musical creations at Annual STEAM Symposium

For three years, the school district’s annual STEM Symposium featured dozens of tables set up with interactive activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the high school gymnasium. This year, the front entry and hallway of the school featured music and arts to showcase the accomplishments of the fine arts department, aptly making it a STEAM Symposium. District teachers and students displayed and discussed student projects from albatross bolus dissection to forensics and robotics. Guests learned how to make binary bracelets, were taught about static electricity, and even tasted fresh arugula grown in the school’s vertical tower gardens in the Long Island Sustainability class. Life-size cardboard cutouts of Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Alan Turing were just a few of the inventors and scientists who greeted the hundreds of curious guests at the entrance to the gym. High School music students performed classical music as guests experienced the colorful creations in the gallery set up for their viewing pleasure. The District’s School-to-Community program partners were in attendance to share resources and access to STEM opportunities and post-high school careers. Mad Science, an educational program that works to spark students’ curiosity, engaged the audience with a science-themed performance. Organized by Dr. Amy Meyer, Shoreham-Wading River School District’s director of STEM, the evening was another successful showcase of the many educational endeavors taking place throughout the district.


A Showcase of AP Research Projects

A Showcase of AP Research Projects
In the High School’s AP Research course, students explore an academic topic, problem, issue or idea of their choosing and design, plan and implement a yearlong research project. Recently, the school hosted its first Research Day, where each student manned a station with a research poster and activity related to their project to help engage fellow students.

Topics ranged from developing methods to grow protein crystals, to a cost benefit analysis of NHL player salaries, to the implementation of adolescent literature into the curriculum. All teachers were invited to bring their classes throughout the day to learn and engage with their peers. In addition, several members of the district’s School-to-Community Program – who earlier in the school year provided these students with feedback on drafts of their work – attended to see and hear about the students’ finished products.

Honored for Integrity & Character

Honored for Integrity & Character
Seniors Francesca Lilly and Wesley Pase were each nominated for the Dellecave Award. The two students were the nominees from the high school – each district in Suffolk County nominates one female and one male graduating senior – for the award, which is named after longtime Suffolk County basketball official and founder of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Butch Dellecave. In addition to being outstanding athletes, both students were selected for their exceptional character and integrity. They were recognized along with nominees from other Suffolk County high schools at a recent breakfast ceremony.

Applying ‘Big Science’ at SWR High School

Students in Dana Schaefer’s Seminar in Science and Engineering class are hard at work with their ongoing research project investigating the health of the pond that sits on the high school property and working to facilitate a revitalization of the surrounding ecosystem.

As part of a yearlong investigation the four students – Brianna Donnelly, Torre Ann Parrinello, Taylor Peperno and Jalal Sawas – removed sediment core samples from in and around the pond and then performed initial chemical analyses on extractions of the samples to identify particular elements. The samples were then prepared for further analysis at the National Synchrotron Light Source-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, (a particle accelerator used for high resolution X-rays and spectroscopy, among other applications).

Fine Arts Students Continue Their Studies in College

Shoreham-Wading River High School Fine Arts students have been committed to their craft during their academic careers and worked hard on their path to higher education. Part of their work is the inclusion of an audition or portfolio review in the college application process. The students are assessed by college professors and admitted into a Fine Arts program based not only on grades, test scores and essays – they are selected for their ability to create art.

“The teachers of the art, music and theater program at Shoreham-Wading River High School are very proud of these students for all of their hard work over the last four years,” music teacher Dennis Creighton said. “We are thrilled to see them continue their studies.”

Congratulations to:
Rachel Biemer: Kent State, Fashion Design
Brett Callagy: Potsdam/Crane School of Music, Music Education
Vanessa DeRosso: Hofstra University, Music Education
Michael Kruzynski: Nazareth College, Music Therapy
Andrew Ligouri: Rhode Island School of Music, Music Education
Sophia Mastrangelo: Stony Brook, Music minor
Kayla Napolitano: Manhattanville, Fine Arts
Ryan Nowak: Fredonia- Music Education
Justin Stuart: Fredonia – Theatre Design
Molli Serdock: Bloomsburg University, Theatre and American Sign Language
Anna Strack: Fashion Institute of Technology, Illustration
Christopher Wygonik: Purchase, Music Performance​

Senior Earns Brookhaven Science Associates Scholarship

Senior Earns Brookhaven Science Associates Scholarship
Congratulations to senior Julia Petreczky for being named a recipient of a Brookhaven Science Associates 2019 college scholarship. She will receive $2,500 per year for up to four years of study at Stony Brook University, where she will major in biochemistry for a career in research.

Brookhaven Science Associates is an organization that manages Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. The annual scholarships they present are awarded to children of employees at BNL – a longstanding tradition that began in 1965.

“We are so proud of Julia for this accomplishment,” Principal Frank Pugliese said. “Her pursuit of higher education in this field is a great representation of the scientific and academic skills she gained in high school. She will certainly benefit from this scholarship and have many opportunities to follow her career passions.”

Inspiring and Recognizing Musical Excellence

Shoreham-Wading River High School inducted 18 new members into its chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at a recent induction ceremony. A program of the National Association for Music Education, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy, SWR chapter’s goal is to inspire and recognize musical achievement in the school music department. In addition to writing a music-inspired essay, each student performed a New York State School Music Association Level 3 or higher solo for the high school music faculty. Inductees must also maintain a minimum average of 90 in music classes and an overall GPA of 80. They are also required to participate in one of the high school’s music ensembles – band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, chamber orchestra or the Vocal Express. At the ceremony, students Brett Callagy, Grace DelSeni, Alexander Kravchenko, Margaret Panasci, Stephanie Searing, William Wells and Christopher Wygonik performed string music for the processional and recessional. Student Emma Longboat sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the newly-formed Tri-M Jazz Orchestra performed “New York, New York.”On behalf of the school district, congratulations to the following students for being inducted into the Shoreham-Wading River High School Tri-M Music Honor Society for the 2019-20 school year: Kaeleigh Carberry, Katie Dinowitz, Liam Flatley, Sarah Friedlander, Eric Guli, Mia Lombardi, Morgan Lynch, Gianna Mango, Gena McGivney, Grace McMillan, Ella Panasci, Yusra Rashidzada, Elle Schepis, Selene Tan, Andrew Vignola, Madeline Wilson, Abigail Wing and Blythe Wing.

Students as Ocean Stewards

High School students in Lori Racaniello’s two oceanography classes experienced a real-life outdoor laboratory when they visited the Fire Island National Seashore at Smith Point Park to explore the physical parameters of the marine environment and catalogue the organisms residing there. The students toured the Nature Center and learned about the FINS’ ongoing research of the dynamic coastal environment with David Raymond, an environment program specialist from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Among the important aspects of their visit were lessons on the horseshoe crab and piping plover and how these are being managed by local scientists. They also learned about the breach from Hurricane Sandy that has developed into a new inlet that is being studied by scientists from Stony Brook University.

The students also participated in hands-on inquiry labs to determine the physical parameters at the beach. They developed a beach profile using surveying equipment; explored the composition and size distribution of sand along three sections of the beach; studied the wind and wave conditions, which are the fundamental forces that shape the beach; determined the water quality of the ocean and the bay and seined in the bay to observe some of the local flora and fauna that inhabit the shallow waters. They also collected water samples for further analysis back in their classroom and to observe the microscopic organisms of the ocean and bay. A hike along the boardwalk and many photos of the flora and fauna were also taken to catalogue the native species and develop a nature field guide for the area they explored.

“The day’s enrichment activities are an important aspect of the oceanography’s curriculum to have a fundamental understanding of barrier island dynamics and to learn about global warming and how it is affecting Earth’s oceans and coastal communities,” Mrs. Racaniello said. “Knowledge about these physical parameters, observations and data collected is crucial to maintain a sustainable coastal environment as future stewards of this local resource.”

Senior Presents Eagle Scout Project

Senior Presents Eagle Scout Project
With statistics showing that only four percent of Boy Scouts make it to the rank of Eagle Scout, SWR High School senior Josh Louser was proud to share his project at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Introduced by Principal Mr. Frank Pugliese as a young man with character and integrity, Josh spoke of his hard work starting in seventh grade and working through the ranks, which culminated in an information sign he built for the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham.

His vision was to help the center with a way to inform the community of upcoming events and help them publicize the location of the growing museum.

Way to Go!


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Seniors Commit to College Sports

Seniors Commit to College Sports photo
As a result of their commitment to academics and steadfast dedication to athletics, 11 seniors have been selected to continue their athletic accomplishments at the collegiate level this fall.

To commemorate the occasion, the distinguished students wore team caps and shirts from their school of choice and were surrounded by proud family members, coaches, peers, faculty and Mark Passamonte, the District’s Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses during a recent recognition ceremony.

Congratulations to the following Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics:

DJ Brown - Springfield College - baseball/football
Anthony Cimino - University of Tampa - lacrosse
Joe Daleo - Johnson & Wales - soccer
Jenna Lesiewicz - Marist College - lacrosse
Jason Louser - University of California Berkley - swimming
Joshua Louser - Cornell University - crew
Liam Mahoney - LIU Post - football
Peter Minneci - Limestone College - baseball
Joe Puckey - Ithaca College - football
Mike Smith - Keene State College - baseball
Dominic Visintin - Muhlenberg College - football/lacrosse

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Unique Educational Experience

Unique Educational Experience
Seven Shoreham-Wading River High School students had a unique educational experience when they attended Molloy College’s Women in Science Day to celebrate the accomplishments of well-known women in science.

Along with science teacher Lori Racaniello and teaching assistant Denise Kohart, the five WISE club and two Science Research students attended a keynote lecture by Dr. Sylvia Earle who spoke about her experiences being a chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance; and subject of the award-winning documentary Mission Blue, which highlights her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries; among other accomplishments.

The students also heard from other renowned research scientists including Dr. Betty Borowsky, Dr. Julianne Chase, Dr. Merryl Kafka, and Dr. Jennifer Mattei. After the lectures, the students were treated to a meet and greet where they were able to speak with each of the research scientists.

Meet our Top Two Students

Meet our Top Two Students
Shoreham-Wading River High School is proud to announce that seniors Mahdi Rashidzada and Katlynn McGivney have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2019.

Mahdi’s list of achievements includes taking 12 AP courses and six honors courses. He is on the school’s track and field team and is vice president of the National Honor Society, captain of the Debate Team, a member of Mathletes, president of the National History Day Club and a member of the Riverhead Youth Court. He has an impressive list of accolades, including a Suffolk County Math Teachers’ Association fourth-place honor, and school awards in Advanced Placement Chemistry, AP Language, Spanish IV, Human Physiology and STEM.

Outside of school, he is a Sunday school teacher at the Islamic Center of Long Island, was involved in a local political campaign as an intern and volunteers for Long Island Cares and Stony Brook Hospital. He was also named an RPI Science and Mathematics scholar and a New York State Debate qualifier. He has received National Merit commendation and conducted research on the antimicrobial properties of herbal hydrosols in the high school’s science lab as well as at St. Joseph’s College.

“Do what you love,” Mahdi said when asked to share some sentiments with his fellow graduates and future seniors at the high school. “It is important to find what you love and what you’re good at and really pursue it.” He will major in neuroscience on the premed track and looks forward to entering the freshman class at the University of Pennsylvania in September.

Throughout high school, Katlynn McGivney has participated in a well-rounded educational, academic, athletic and volunteer career. She has taken advantage of the school’s numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses, and has been recognized with excellence awards in Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors, French III and AP Capstone Seminar. She has played volleyball since ninth grade, softball since eighth grade, ran winter track and has received a varsity letter for three years. Katlynn is secretary of the school’s student government and a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Women in Science and Engineering Club. As for community service, she enjoys her work in the district’s Round Out summer camp as a volunteer and has also volunteered for local community programs. She is a page at the North Shore Public Library and plays travel softball for the Long Island Crush and club volleyball.

Katlynn succinctly summed up some words of wisdom for her peers: “Make the most of your high school experience and enjoy it while you can. It will be over before you know it.” She has committed to study at Hamilton College to pursue biochemistry and play on the softball team.

“I am proud and honored to have Mahdi and Katlynn represent Shoreham-Wading River High School as our top two students,” Principal Frank Pugliese said. “They both exemplify the mission and vision we all have for our students while they are here and as they head out into college and careers – maximizing their potential, creating responsible citizens and fostering a lifelong appreciation for learning.”

Virtual Versailles at SWR High School

Virtual Versailles at SWR High School
A first for the SWR High School social studies department was a recent supplemental activity that coincided with classroom lessons. Mrs. Maria Lovasco and Mr. Russ Mitchinson’s classes visited the school’s library where librarian Ms. Kris Hanson introduced them to using the virtual reality goggles. The students had an opportunity to view the historic Palace of Versailles and evaluate the characteristics of absolute monarchs in France.

“The VR technology gave the students a different perspective of the whole estate, essentially bringing to life its importance as a national palace, Mrs. Lovasco said. “It really sparked an additional layer of interest for the students in learning about its significance.”

LISFA Studio Award for Sophomore

LISFA Studio Award for Sophomore photo
Congratulations to sophomore Kaylee Thomsen, who is the recipient of the 2019 Long Island String Festival Association Studio Award. Kaylee was selected for this scholarship on the basis of her freshman year’s New York State School Music Association score, essay assignment and teacher recommendation.

“We are very proud of Kaylee for this accomplishment,” music teacher Ashley O’Connor said.

Senior Performs with Innovative Chamber Orchestra

Senior Performs with Innovative Chamber Orchestra
Congratulations to senior Christopher Wygonik who was selected to participate in a full-day Strings Convocation held recently at the Tilles Center. Christopher performed on the string bass with The Knights, a young, innovative chamber orchestra based in New York City, who joined forces with members of the Long Island University Post music department and Long Island high school students in a multi-session residency program. Christopher was among those high school students who qualified for the performance as a result of his All-State status and as one of Long Island’s finest student string performers.

SWR Bids Farewell to Retirees

The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education recently honored six retiring employees of the school district.
Albert G. Prodell Middle School Principal Kevin Vann spoke highly of guidance counselor Kelly Young for her 31 years of distinguished service to the students, citing her institutional knowledge of the school district, connection with multi-generational families and compassion for the students and fellow colleagues.
Wading River principal Lou Parrinello commended fourth grade teacher Marguerite Kitz and third grade teacher Kathryn Granzen, who both started in the district on the same date in 1988. He applauded both for their creativity, dedication and teaching styles and wished them joy and success in the next chapters of their lives. 
Mr. Parrinello also recognized teaching assistants Mary Anne McCarrick, stating that she puts her heart into everything she does and inspiring so many students and families in the district and Yvonne Meyers for her positive spirit and helping children discover the joy of learning and literacy in the school library.
Nicoletta Onufrak, the Shoreham-Wading River High School’s library materials assistant, was recognized by Principal Frank Pugliese for her 38 years at the high school.
“Nikki has literally influenced thousands of students, teachers, parents and community members alike,” Mr. Pugliese said. “When I think about Nikki’s work ethic there are two things that come to mind, the first is that early is on time, on time is late, and late is fired. Nikki absolutely epitomizes that. The second is there’s only way to do a job and that’s the right way. Nikki [has] shown everyone how to do the job the right way.”
The Shoreham-Wading River School District thanks our retirees and wishes them great success in their new endeavors. 

Gratification of Giving

Gratification of Giving photo
Once more, the Shoreham-Wading River School District community came out to support the National Honor Society Blood Drive. Spearheaded by officers President Kathleen Loscalzo, Vice President Mahdi Rashidzada, Secretary Caroline Morgan and Treasurer Andrew Honold, the drive collected 34 donations.

“We are so proud of these students for not only taking this leadership role in coordinating this drive but for bringing the school and community together in the spirit of teamwork to potentially help more than 100 people who urgently need the lifesaving blood,” said social studies teacher Maria Lovasco who co-advises the NHS along with social studies teacher Russ Mitchinson.


Seniors Provide Service to the Riverhead Youth Court System

Seniors Provide Service to the Riverhead Youth Court System
The Shoreham-Wading River School District congratulates seniors Katie Loscalzo, Mahdi Rashidzada, Leah Roth and Zana Sawas for their volunteer participation and graduation from the Riverhead Youth Court. The students took part in many hours of mandatory training by law enforcement professionals to assume the roles of judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, clerk-bailiff, jury foreperson and juror.

“This was such a valuable learning experience for our students,” Shoreham-Wading River High School Principal Mr. Frank Pugliese said. “In addition to developing real-world skills such as public speaking and debating techniques, these students helped to provide their peers a more positive understanding of authority and the law. We congratulate them for their volunteer service.”

Giving Thanks!

The Albert G. Prodell Middle School Leadership Club held a military donation drive in honor of Memorial Day. Students were given patriotic bags and asked to fill them with items to be sent overseas to service men and women. More than 1,000 items were collected and sorted for shipment. The Army recruitment office in Riverhead helped coordinate the effort. This project was developed by eight-grader Camila Pinos as part of her participation in the Leadership Club.

Tenured Educators Named

Tenured Educators Named
The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education recognized a milestone in the careers of several teachers when they granted tenure to five educators at a recent Board meeting.

To the applause of family members, colleagues and community members, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward named the teachers – Miller Avenue School reading teacher Carrie Fox; Wading River School special education teacher Kerry Hennessey and language teacher Susana Vique-Kearney; Albert G. Prodell Middle School math teacher Robert Mancuso and Shoreham-Wading River High School math teacher Melissa Hollywood.

The Shoreham-Wading River school community commends these educators for their efforts in advancing the goals and mission of the district.

Talented Trio Earn Riverhead Women’s Club Scholarships

Talented Trio Earn Riverhead Women’s Club Scholarships photo
High School seniors Julianna Asaro, Rachel Biemer and Katie Loscalzo represented the school community with confidence and grace when they were honored by the Riverhead Women’s Club. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship at a reception at The Vineyards in Aquebogue, where they were celebrated for their accomplishments. Julianna was awarded the Science and Medicine scholarship, Rachel was honored with the Visual Arts scholarship and had an opportunity to showcase some of her creative work at the event and Katie was recognized with a scholarship for Social Sciences and Business.

The Shoreham-Wading River school community commends all three students on this well-deserved honor.

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