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State Recognition for Student-Musicians

State Recognition for Student-Musicians photo
SWR High School students Sophia Mastrangelo and Christopher Wygonik will be among the finest musicians across New York State when they participate in the New York State School Music Association All-State Winter Conference in Rochester from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

Sophia was selected for the treble choir and Christopher was selected for the string orchestra. Both students will perform at the All-State Concert in Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

Students selected as alternates to the various NYSSMA instrumental ensembles are Brett Callagy, viola, Edward Troyano, multiple percussion, and Christopher Wygonik, trombone. Sarah Cain, Rianna Lotito, Justin Stuart and Christopher Wygonik were selected as alternates for the choirs.

Each year approximately 6,500 high school students prepare a New York State School Music Association solo in hopes of being considered for a spot in one of the All-State Honors Ensembles. The rigorous process for selecting an All-State musician includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival and participation in other performing organizations.

This concert is a culminating performance of not only the hours of work the students will spend in rehearsal in Rochester, but of years of practice and lessons in their chosen field of study.

The entire Shoreham-Wading River School District congratulates these students on this recognition.

Cultivating Compassion

Cultivating Compassion photo
Third-grade students in Jill Stevenson’s and Jennifer Simicich’s class started the school year getting to know their new routines and classmates. One of their first projects together was an introduction to the Kindness Rocks Project, a popular trend in which people paint simple messages or create festive artwork onto rocks and place them for others to find.

“This simple project for our students actually has a dual purpose,” said Ms. Stevenson, “to share compassion with others and bring joy to themselves.”

In addition to sharing them in their classroom, the students will work to broaden their reach of cultivating compassion by placing the rocks around the school building and playground. The colorful words of encouragement will also be added to their “rock garden” throughout the year.


There is much to be proud of in the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District. With student accomplishments at every grade level, achievements of our athletes, creativity of our artists, innovations of our scientists, acumen of our future business leaders and the dynamic teaching ideas of our educators, we have much to celebrate. Please join our conversation in building awareness of our unique District’s successes with our comprehensive hashtag:


EUREKA Math Parent Workshop 9/24/18


Demonstrating Teamwork and Character

Demonstrating Teamwork and Character photo
In addition to their dynamic performance on the field, the varsity and junior varsity girls soccer teams exhibited a sense of community when they conducted a school supply drive and collected more than 25 backpacks for the Kings Kids Christian Outreach program in Mastic Beach.

They filled each backpack with necessary school supplies for elementary students to be ready for the first days of school.

“These girls really demonstrated the meaning of teamwork and character – coming together for a common cause and doing good for others with no expectations in return,” Adrian Gilmore, coach and sixth-grade teacher said. “We are all so proud of their efforts.”

New Leadership in Humanities

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The District is pleased to welcome Nicole Waldbauer as the new Director of Humanities.

Ms. Waldbauer began her educational career in the South Huntington School District, where she taught English, coached field hockey and supervised the school’s literary magazine for 10 years. Her enjoyment working with students led to her work as a mentor to new teachers, acting as a cooperating teacher to aspiring teachers and instructing in-service courses. These actions helped inspire her to become an administrator.

She also served as a supervisor of English and reading in the Rocky Point and Three Village school districts, and for the past six years she was the K-12 director of English, reading and libraries in the Wantagh School District.

Ms. Waldbauer has also been an executive board member since 2005 of the Long Island Language Arts Council, a professional networking organization for which she is a past president and webmaster.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Dowling College, a Master of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in TESOL from Stony Brook University and a Master of Administrative Science from the College of New Rochelle.

“We welcome Ms. Waldbauer’s expertise and look forward to her leadership in helping to drive exceptional outcomes for our staff and students,” Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole said.

Soccer Fundraiser Honoring Fallen Air National Guard members from 106th Rescue Wing (Westhampton Beach)


First Day Back and Ready to Learn!

First Day Back and Ready to Learn photo

Hundreds of students were welcomed back to school today.

Miller Avenue School students were greeted by Principal Christine Carlson, teachers and building staff members. Wading River School Principal Lou Parrinello celebrated students’ entry into the school with Welcome Ambassadors and a fist pump, while “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” theme songs played throughout the hallways.

Wading River also reviewed schoolwide expectations with grade-level assemblies and were encouraged to celebrate each other’s differences and special talents.

Students at Prodell Middle School and Shoreham-Wading River High School were welcomed back by Principal Kevin Vann and Principal Frank Pugliese, respectively. They were also greeted by faculty and staff, and got acquainted with new teachers, classmates, routines and expectations.

SWR Staff Ready for 2018-19 School Year

SWR Staff Ready for 2018-19 School Year photo

Shoreham-Wading River Central School District faculty, administrators and staff members commenced the 2018-19 school year during its Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept 4.

Welcoming remarks from Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Alan Meinster; Middle School Principal Kevin Vann, who also serves as the District’s Administrators Association president; Mary Jean Carlson, Civil Service Employees Association president and SWR Teacher’s Association president Mary Hygom set a tone for a positive academic year of learning.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Heyward recognized the new members of the school community: Jennifer Anthony, health and physical education; Cara Brown, music; Michael Buscemi, special education; James Finnerty, music; Brendan Lynch, guidance; Veronica Pezdan, math; Gueus Robert, French; Samantha Shepard, art; Sara Trenn, English; Nicole Waldbauer, Director of Humanities and Tara Ann Yoches, Spanish.

Mr. Poole then reflected on the successes of the past school year and commended the staff members for the energies and passion they bring to their work in the district. Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Sophia Mastrangelo sang Katy Perry’s “Firework” before the staff and faculty reported to their respective buildings for professional development programs and workshops in preparation for opening day.

Three Cheers for Wading River School Third-Graders

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Ice pops, friends and fun on the school playground were part of the end of summer and a hello to September, school and new classmates for Wading River School students.

The incoming third-grade class was celebrated in a unique and festive way. On Thursday, Aug. 30 at 3:33 p.m., they were welcomed into the school to check out their classrooms. They were greeted with high-fives and good luck wishes by the school’s current students who served as welcome ambassadors. They then spent some time on the playground, enjoyed ice pops and were each gifted with a copy of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” by members of the PTA.

Briarcliff Update

Last year, the Shoreham Wading River Board of Education conducted a series of community discussions and forums to review the future of the Briarcliff property.   The Board of Education recognized the importance of community input and designed a series of public events intended to allow residents to share their suggestions with the Board of Education.  Several public hearings were held as well as a community roundtable discussion.  The Board of Education invited residents as well over the spring to submit comments directly to the Board of Education.  Throughout the process of community involvement, the Board of Education directed administration to review community suggestions for the use of the property and to inform the Board of Education of the findings.

Below is a timeline of the events and presentations on Briarcliff that can be found on the District website.

2018 Public Forums on Briarcliff

• January 9, 2018 Public Hearing Presentation

• February 13, 2018 Public Hearing Presentation 

• April 10, 2018 Community Roundtable Discussions


As a result of the community meetings and the analysis of different options for the Briarcliff property, the Board passed Resolution 1718-326 on June 26, 2018 directing administration to develop a Request for a Proposal  (RFP) to explore the sale or lease of the Briarcliff property.


RESOLUTION #1718-326

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has reviewed the District’s programs and administrative needs and the usage of real property for those programs and needs and advised the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District that the Briarcliff School is not currently needed for school district educational and/or administrative purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is duly empowered to, via resolution, sell any piece of real property which the Board deems to be of no use or value to the District, subject to the provisions of Section 1804 (6)(c) of the Education Law; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is duly empowered by Education Law 403(a) to lease real property which is not currently needed for school district purposes and the leasing of such real property is in the best interests of the school district; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District directs the District administration to take steps to explore the eventual sale or lease of the property.

The RFP is in the final stages of review and it will be submitted to the Board of Education during its September 25, 2018 meeting.  The Board of Education will be discussing the RFP at that time.

The Reviews Are In!

The Reviews Are In photo

Praise for “Peter Pan,” applause for “The Addams Family,” accolades for “Arf” and cheers of delight for “101 Dalmatians.”
Students from kindergarten to grade 12 showcased their talents during the four stage performances that were the culmination of this summer’s Theatre Arts program.

According to program director Paula Albert-Franz, this was another successful opportunity for students to develop or continue their pursuit of theatre. Their motivation, attentiveness and collaboration will help to enhance their self-confidence and team-building skills.

Communication Protocols

Classroom matters, budget questions, special education concerns, community programs and technology inquiries are just some of the topics that are addressed in our communication protocols list. The communication protocol begins with contacting the staff member closest to the situation. Click here for the full list.

FAQs for Parents/Guardians

As we head toward the start of school, parents and guardians may have numerous questions to help make it a successful academic year for you and your children. From first day bus routes and dates of plays, concerts, sporting events to food services and joining and volunteering for our various parent organizations, click here to find answers to your frequently asked questions.


The beat goes on at Summer Music Institute

The beat goes on at Summer Music Institute photo
SWR students are strengthening their musical skills at the annual five-week Summer Music Institute.

From woodwind, brass, percussion and string to piano and vocal lessons, the institute is an opportunity for students to learn from program director Paula Albert-Franz and district music teachers Erin Fasano, Arthur Gross, Kevin O’Brien and Ashley O’Connor and share in an enjoyable and positive educational experience.

According to Albert-Franz, dozens of students take lessons either individually or in groups. This year’s popular new offerings of mandolin and banjo enable children to master their musical education as well as develop and enhance skills used in other subject areas.

Focus on fun and friendships at Round Out program

Focus on fun and friendships at Round Out program photo
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Focus on fun and friendships at Round Out program photo 3
The District’s annual Round Out program is a place filled with laughter and camaraderie as dozens of students take part in creative art projects, games, athletic and outdoor activities and diverse opportunities to develop social skills and cultivate new friendships.

The daily camp, headed by recreation specialists Maria Mistretta and Bob Szymanski, includes fun activities such as a scavenger hunt, sports day, crazy hat day and pajama day, among other themes that are enthusiastically embraced by the campers.

Much of the organized play is provided by the student volunteers, who attended the summer program when they were in the elementary grades and enjoyed it so much they came back to share the fun with the younger campers. Together, they work toward the program’s culminating team spirit week and a race for each grade level to capture the spirit cup.

Summer Theatre Arts Program to stage four musicals

Summer Theatre Arts Program to stage four musicals photo
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District students have been pursuing their creative interests this summer during a five-week Theatre Arts program and will showcase their talents during four exciting musicals on Aug. 2-3 at Wading River School.

Dozens of students in grades K-12 took part in this year’s program, working collaboratively to create stage performances of “101 Dalmatians,” “Arf,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Addams Family.”

The district summer mainstay, now in its 43rd year, enables students to create friendships, acquire team-building skills, develop theatrical abilities as well as enhance their musical studies through instrumental and vocal lessons. It is coordinated by program director Paula Albert-Franz, who retired in June from Albert G. Prodell Middle School after 32 years of teaching music in the district.

“Arf” featuring K-3 grade students, will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m., students in grades 7-12 will perform “The Addams Family,” at 7 p.m. Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. “101 Dalmatians” will showcase the talented 3-6 graders; and “Peter Pan” will highlight the skills of the 5-10 grade student performers at 3 p.m.

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Playdate and Picnic Welcomes Class of 2031

Playdate and Picnic Welcomes Class of 2031 photo

While parents spread blankets and prepared a picnic dinner for their families, incoming kindergarten students had an opportunity to meet new classmates during the Miller Avenue Elementary School’s Playdate and Picnic.

Sponsored by the school’s PTO, children were each welcomed with a Miller Avenue Elementary School T-shirt. Six different colors represented the six kindergarten teachers, making a fun way for the children to recognize their classmates before they begin their first day of school on Sept. 5.

Trio Selected to All-State Baseball Team

Trio Selected to All-State Baseball Team photo
Congratulations to 2018 Shoreham-Wading River High School graduates Jesse Keshner, Ryan Mullahey and Gabe Romano for being named to the New York State Sportswriters Association All-State baseball team. They were selected along with other Section XI players to the Class A division. Jesse was named shortstop to the fifth team, Ryan was named pitcher and infielder to the third team and Gabe was named pitcher to the sixth team.