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Staff Accomplishments

 

SWR Leader in Lincoln History

SWR High School social studies teacher Ruth Squillace attended the 23rd annual Lincoln Forum in 2018, which took place in Gettysburg, PA. One of the leading history organizations in the county, it attracts some of the most revered historians in the Lincoln and Civil War fields as speakers, panelists and guests from all over the world. Mrs. Squillace is a member of the Advisory Board and Coordinator of their Teacher Scholarship Initiative.

Mrs. Squillace delivered her annual remarks on the opening evening of the symposium, at which time she presented the winners of the prestigious Virginia Williams Teacher Scholarship. She also conducted a dramatic reading with acclaimed author George Saunders who wrote “Lincoln on the Bardo,” a book which has been optioned for a forthcoming movie and is being adapted for an upcoming opera at the Met. In a moderated Q & A with author Joe Fornieri in which she asked a key educational question that launched numerous inquiries in sharing it to develop educational materials and resources for teachers nationwide. Her additional contributions to the symposium included speaking at “The Lincoln Forum at 23: Looking Back and Looking Forward.” At this moderated session, she discussed the inception and evolution of the Teacher Scholarship Initiative, an effort that assists social studies teachers nationwide, which she developed and has coordinated for the past nine years.

Through her scholarly devotion and passionate work for the organization, Shoreham-Wading River High School was named a Lincoln Legacy School – one of the few in the nation – an honor bestowed on the school from the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission when the district hosted the first of two Lincoln symposiums. The first, in 2009 was for Lincoln's Bicentennial and the second was in 2014. That symposium’s theme was Lincoln’s Legacy and the funding was secured through a grant she wrote and for which she was awarded through the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

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Educator Serves on National Editorial Review Board

SWR High School English teacher Edward Storck has been selected to serve as a member of the editorial review board for the English Journal, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Mr. Storck has an impressive record serving for the past two years as a reviewer for the English Journal. Of the more than 600 reviewers, he is one of only 20 members of the editorial review board who will work to improve the quality of writings that appear in the publication.

Cited for his long-standing commitment to the National Council of Teachers of English and to the publication, Mr. Storck was selected in part for consistently providing timely feedback for writers and advice to the editors as to whether a piece should be published. His new position will task him with reviewing articles for the five volumes that will be edited, giving substantive feedback on other articles and offering general advice about themes, column topics, selected features in the journal and providing mentorship to a new reviewer.

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Science Teacher Secures Grant for New HS Program

Shoreham-Wading River High School has been selected to receive a $6,750 grant from the New York State Agriculture Education and Outreach for School-Based Agriculture Programs. Science teacher Kevin Nohejl was among more than 60 high school educators who applied for the incentive grant for new programs and will use the grant funds for the school’s new course Long Island Sustainability.

The course, which began in September of this academic year, acclimates students to the dynamic science of agronomy, an agricultural science of soil management and field crop production, with consideration given to horticulture and sustainability. They are learning various aspects and the science behind conventional and organic crop production, as well as sustainability and trends in modern agriculture such as agri-tourism, farm-to-table dining and Community Supported Agriculture.

“We are very excited for the opportunities and resources this grant will provide for our students and Mr. Nohejl,” said Dr. Amy Meyer, District Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “From curriculum and program development and coordination, to resource acquisitions and professional development, we look forward to witnessing the success and interest in this high-quality education program as a result of the work of Mr. Nohejl and his students.”

As part of the program, a number of science students will be selected to represent the district at the 2019 New York State Future Farmers of America Convention in May in Syracuse to participate in the program’s workshops and presentations.

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Music Coordinator Presents Workshop

Shoreham-Wading River School District music faculty members participated in a unique professional development program at the Suffolk County Music Educators Symposium Day, a day-long event that addressed current topics in music education that they were able to bring back and share with their students.

Music Coordinator Dennis Creighton presented a workshop at the symposium titled “What about the Text? Poetic and Musical Imagery,” which focused on the convergence of musical and poetic imagery in choral music.

“When working with students, pointing out how the music a composer chooses to highlight a poetic image can lead students to a greater understanding of the intent of the poet. This leads to a more expressive performance,” Mr. Creighton said. “I’m so glad the district gave every music teacher the opportunity to attend workshops that could assist them in their specific areas of music education.”

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Five Honored with Educational Service Awards

The Shoreham-Wading River School District celebrated five members of the school community who were honored at the 2018 SCOPE Educational Service Awards dinner.

With the theme “Shining Above The Rest,” the recipients were honored in categories that recognized their leadership, fiscal responsibility, dedication and countless hours of service in improving the educational experiences of all Shoreham-Wading River School District students.

The recipients honored were Robert Rose, SWR Board of Education president for School Board Service; Alisa McMorris, PTA Council President for Community Service; Joan Jacobs, kindergarten teacher for Teacher Service; Thomas Wagner, audio visual technician for Support Staff Service and Glen Arcuri, assistant superintendent for finance and operations for Administrator Service.

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