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More than 300 Residents Attend Youth Heart Screening

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To bring awareness of sudden cardiac arrest to the local community, free youth heart screenings were offered this past weekend at Albert G. Prodell Middle School.

The event, which was coordinated by Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Jordan McClintock and the Louis Acompora Foundation, with help from Mark Passamonte, District Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses, drew more than 300 people between the ages of 12-25.

“This topic is one that is extremely important to bring attention to and we are so happy that the many people it attracted were able to learn more about effective and preventative strategies to help with the early detection of heart problems,” said Passamonte.

SCPD K9 Unit visits Shoreham-Wading River High School

Students in Shoreham-Wading River High School’s criminal justice class had a first-hand experience with the inner workings of the judicial system when members of the Suffolk County Police Department K9 Unit visited the school.

The students were eager to learn about the dogs’ unique skills and keen sense of smell in aiding their handlers in catching criminals and solving crimes.

The visit was a part of the program’s in-the-field experience, which provides students with a hands-on understanding of law enforcement practices, challenges, the criminal justice system, crime scene investigations and the psychology of a criminals’ mind.

“To coordinate these hands-on learning opportunities and witness those who become inspired to pursue careers in the criminal justice system is a rewarding experience for students and an educator,” said teacher Ruth Squillace. “They were eager to interact with the officers and the dogs and had many questions about what it takes to dedicate a person’s life to public service.”

Empowering Minds in SWR Schools

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In an effort to further support the needs of all students, the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is continuously working to strengthen character education, social skills, coping skills and intervention support systems. This year, district students in grades K-5 are building a stronger social, emotional and mental health foundation with the help of School Psychologist Madeleine Everhart and the evidence-based “Empowering Minds” program. Mrs. Everhart will implement lessons on healthy ways to deal with problems, self-esteem, healthy choices, friendship, as well as concrete strategies for students to utilize to deal with negative emotions through breathing exercises, reflection and classroom community conversations. Read more about the program here:

33 AP Scholars from Shoreham-Wading River High School

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As a result of their scholastic dedication and performance, 33 Shoreham-Wading River High School students have been honored by the College Board as AP Scholars.

The designation was given in recognition of each students’ demonstration of exceptional college-level achievement through their performance on national AP exams. Of the 33 students, 23 were named AP Scholars, seven earned the recognition of AP Scholar with Honor, and three were named as an AP Scholar with Distinction.

To earn a Scholar recognition, students are required to score a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams; to be recognized as a Scholar with Honor, students must earn a 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams; and for a Scholar with Distinction award, students must receive an average score of 3.5 on all AP exams and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.

The current students join 42 SWR High School 2016 graduates who were honored, including three – Denis Aglagul, Rohin McIntosh and Anthony Perza – who were named National AP Scholars for achieving at least a score of 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams.

The students recognized are:

AP Scholar
Alexander Bakos, Isabella Burke, Liam Clifford, Jack Crowley, Lindsay Deegan, Jillian Dinowitz, Ryan Doolan, Brian Drost, Valeria Facini, Emily Goldstein, Emily Hassid, Andrew Honold, Sonia Joseph, Patrick Lane, Raymond LaPorte III, Emma Loscalzo, Kerry Mannix, Michael Melandro, Harry Mikros, Grace Schepis, Calvin Schmalzle, Amanda Tepper and Tyler Wynkoop.
AP Scholar with Honor
Jacqueline Colalillo, John Cushing, Timothy Ibrahim, Alec McCarthy, Jordan McClintock, Joseph Sauerbrun and Sarah Tedesco.
AP Scholar with Distinction
Keyi Chen, Alexandra Meli and Christian Wesselborg.

Shared sportsmanship on the field and in the community

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The Shoreham-Wading River High School boys soccer team helped to raise funds and awareness of an important cause when they joined in on an ALS fundraising game recently at Miller Place High School.

Amid the competition against the two schools was a spirit of community and giving, with the SWR team’s families, friends and other supporters taking part in halftime festivities, refreshments and raffle sales that helped raise $2,100 for ALS.

To share in the fundraising efforts, SWR’s soccer team members as well as other sports teams purchased "Team up for Terry" shirts, to honor Terry Hobbes, a father of three students in the SWR School District who suffered a blood clot in his brain which has left him hospitalized with paralysis. They wear the shirts before every game to warm up and to let the family know that they are thinking about them and wishing him well during his recovery.

“I cannot express enough how proud I am to coach this amazing group of young men,” said Russell Mitchinson, boys varsity soccer head coach and a social studies teacher at the High School. "Their understanding of the bigger picture and their responsibility to the school and the community never ceases to amaze me. I am proud that I get to work with them and each day see them mature a little bit more.”

SWR HS musicians selected for coveted festivals

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Four students from Shoreham-Wading River High School have been selected to perform in the 2017 New York State School Music Association’s All-State Festival. The event will take place at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Selected to perform are Jack Flatley, voice, Alexandra Meli, vocal jazz, Christopher Wygonik, double bass, and Justin Stuart, voice, as an alternate.

Additionally, eight students from the District were selected as All-County musicians. They are Brett Callagy, viola, Jack Flatley, voice, Julianna Kohlus, french horn, Kerry Mannix, voice, Alexandra Meli, tuba, Ryan Nowak, voice, Justin Stuart, voice, and Christopher Wygonik, trombone. They will perform at a concert at Hauppauge High School on Friday, Nov. 17.

“We are all proud of these talented students,” said Shoreham-Wading River High School Music Coordinator David Minelli. “This honor is a testament to their dedication to the field of music.”

The rigorous process for selecting All-State and All-County musicians includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival during the prior spring, and participation in other performing organizations.

Shoreham-Wading River High School Senior Calvin Schmalzle Named Commended Student

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Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Calvin Schmalzle has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Calvin was entered into the National Merit Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of the approximate 1.6 million entrants each year. Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the test.

“We are proud of Calvin’s accomplishment as a Commended Student,” said Shoreham-Wading River High School Principal Frank Pugliese. “This is an exceptional achievement.”

High School inducts 47 students into inaugural Tri-M Music Honor Society

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Shoreham-Wading River High School has established a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and inducted 47 members at a ceremony and reception on Sept. 18.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in secondary schools.

According to Ashley O’Connor, music teacher and chapter advisor, SWR chapter’s goal is to inspire and recognize musical achievement in the school music department.

In addition to writing a music-inspired essay, students must perform a New York State School Music Association Level 3 or higher solo for the high school music faculty. They must also maintain a minimum average of 90 in music classes and an overall GPA of 80. Inductees were also required to participate in one the high school’s music ensembles – band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, chamber orchestra or the Vocal Express, the school’s acclaimed a capella group.

The following students are the inaugural inductees of the SWR Tri-M Music Honor Society:

Hannah Anuszewski
Kelly Beagen
Ashley Buro
Brett Callagy
Caleigh Capek
Victoria Coman
Jack Crowley
Cooper Cummings
Lindsay Deegan
Grace DelSeni
Vanessa DeRosso
DesiEmmanuel Desire
Eric DiLisio
Natalie Epp
Jack Flatley
Brennan Gorman
Jacqueline Holden
Andrew Honold
Rose Honold
Alexa Ibrahim
Madisyn King
Nicole Klein
Julianna Kohlus
Alexander Kravchenko
Francesca Lilly
Joshua Louser
Elisabeth Mallon
Nicholas Mango
Kerry Mannix
Sophia Mastrangelo
Arianna McMorris
Alexandra Meli
Gabriella Meli
Carley Nicoletti
Ryan Nowak
Margaret Panasci
Kendall Pluschau
Zachary Roff
Stephanie Searing
Brianna Scholl
Michelle Steimel
Anna Strack
Joshua Stumm
Alice VanWickler
William Wells
Christopher Wygonik
Tyler Wynkoop

Students in grades 9-12 will be eligible to apply in the spring of 2018 to join this elite group.


A Homecoming Win for The Wildcats

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Shoreham-Wading River High School’s football stadium was blanketed in school colors and pride as the Wildcats celebrated this year’s homecoming festivities with a 49-12 win over Wyandanch on Sept. 23.

Along with community residents, alumni and administrators cheering on the Wildcats football team during the game were student-athletes representing many of the High School’s other sports teams. 

The High School’s celebrated a capella group Vocal Express, led by music teacher Dennis Creighton, brought smiles to many faces with their game-opening patriot voices and the many fans in the stands and along the field were additional motivating factors for the players to take the win.

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Veteran Cross-Country Coaches Bestowed with NYS Honors

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Two veteran coaches from the District have each been recognized as a Coach of the Year by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Paul Koretzki, girls cross-country coach, and Bob Szymanski, boys cross-country coach, were among only four coaches from Suffolk County who were bestowed with the honor.

The criteria for the honor include the number of years of coaching, career coaching records, participation in leagues/sectional committees and being a positive role model with their school and community.

“Coach Koretzki and Coach Szymanski bring many years of experience to the SWR cross-country program,” said Mark Passamonte, Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses. “Their coaching style holds the athletes accountable in a way that they respond positively. This is a well-deserved recognition for two outstanding coaches who have positively impacted many young lives.”

The two men are now eligible for the National Federation of High Schools regional and national Coach of the Year awards.

District Welcomes New Teachers

 MaryAnne Agius            Spanish                 High School
Jennifer Anthony            Health/PE         Middle School/Wading River
Kimberly Avelin             Math         Middle School
Michele Aweh                Spanish                 High School
Elizabeth Barlow            Spanish                 High School
Caitlin Bolembach          Special Education         Middle School
Michael Buscemi            Special Education         High School
Robert Christensen          Math                 Middle School
Brittany Davis              Physical Education High School
Jennifer Ernst              Elementary         Miller Avenue
 Madie Everhardt              Psychologist Miller Avenue/Wading River
Jenny Hoey              ENL         Miller Avenue
Maria Lovasco              Social Studies High School
Joseph Mordarski            Special Education High School
Gueus Robert              French         High School
Dana Schaefer              Science         High School
 Jessica Siemes              Guidance         High School
Kristin Tanner              Special Education High School
 Ashley Thompson           Elementary         Wading River
Sara Trenn              English         High School
 Chelsea Tirone              Speech         Wading River
Nicole Virdone              Special Education Wading River
 Nicholas Virtucci            Technology         High School
Fred Volz                      Music                 Middle School

Shoreham Wading River Central School District warmly welcomed students back to school

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A beautiful morning was the backdrop for the hundreds of students who started school on Thursday, Sept. 7.

A warm welcome to the Class of 2030 was evident at Miller Avenue School where all kindergartners were greeted by Principal Christine Carlson and their teachers; and Wading River School Principal Lou Parrinello was sure that every child was greeted with a smile, a fist pump and the School’s Welcome Ambassadors before taking part in a student-centered ribbon cutting to embrace the newly renovated building. Students at the secondary schools were also welcomed back to school by faculty and staff alike and made a seamless transition from their summer routines.

With a mission of excellence, innovation and educating the whole child, the students of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District are off to a successful year of learning adventures.

Facility Updates Usher in a New Era of Learning

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Dozens of community residents and families joined Shoreham-Wading River Central District administrators and Board of Education members to celebrate the successful completion of the summer bond work at both Miller Avenue and Wading River elementary schools on Sept. 5.

During ribbon-cutting ceremonies for both new spaces, Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole expressed thanks and admiration to the many who served on the public facilities committee, which worked tirelessly researching and recommending a plan that culminated in a community-approved capital improvement project bond referendum in January of 2015.

The bond included myriad projects throughout the district and, most recently, the construction of new spaces at both Miller Avenue and Wading River elementary schools. The latest updates, which were completed in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year, featured instructional classroom additions; improved infrastructure; site and parking improvements; new windows and doors; and ceiling, electrical, roofing and ventilation upgrades.

SWR Readies for 2017-18 School Year with Superintendent’s Conference Day

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With an agenda filled with pertinent information and accolades for staff members who reached milestone anniversaries, the District commenced the start of the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 5 during its Superintendent’s Conference Day.

After a warm welcome from Superintendent of Schools Mr. Gerard Poole, Board of Education Vice President Michael Lewis, Middle School Principal Kevin Vann, who also serves as the District’s Administrators Association President, and SWR Teacher’s Association President Mary Hygom, spoke at the two-day event. Alan Meinster, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Mary Jean Carlson, Civil Service Employees Association President; and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward also addressed the faculty and staff to wish them a successful school year.

In his keynote address, Mr. Poole reflected upon the history of the school district, making note of its beginning in 1973, the first yearbook publication in 1977, and the New York Times articles from 1991. Additionally, he referenced the district’s history of success, by highlighting the average passing rate on all Regents exams at 95 percent and that both the High School and Middle School were recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the Department of Education in 1987 and 1983, respectively.

Mr. Poole then introduced a short, animated film on the importance of education and concluded the presentation with a reminder that SWR has a great history and tradition of academic and athletic excellence, innovation and educating the whole child.

The remainder of the two-day conference included staff reporting to their respective buildings for professional development programs and workshops in preparation for opening day on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Important News – New Traffic Patterns

We are pleased to share with you the new traffic patterns for buses and parents at our two elementary schools. The new parking lots and loops promise to provide greater access to parking and a greatly improved traffic flow in and out of our schools for buses and parents. Please know that school personnel will be in the parking lot helping to direct traffic at arrival and dismissal. Please contact your building principal if you have any questions.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017