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Taking The Oath of Office

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The Shoreham-Wading River School District held its annual Board of Education reorganization meeting on July 11.

Trustee James Smith was sworn in by Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Hayward for an additional three-year term and newly elected trustee Jim Lauckhardt was sworn in for a first three-year term. Additionally, the trustees reelected Thomas Sheridan as president. James Smith was elected as vice-president.

Date Added: 7/12/2024

District Welcomes New Assistant Principal

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The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District has named Mr. Jonathan Lilla assistant principal of Shoreham-Wading River High School. He began his role on July 1.

Mr. Lilla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a political science minor from Millersville University, a Master of Science degree in social studies education from Hofstra University and a Master of Science degree in Progressive Leadership/LEAP graduate from the Bank Street College of Education. Additionally, he is certified as a New York State school building leader and a New York State school district leader and holds New York State professional certification in social studies education (7-12).

His most recent role was at Manhattan’s Gramercy Arts High School, where he served as a climate and culture liaison and principal intern. Mr. Lilla was instrumental in serving on the Instructional Leadership Team and collaborating with the other department leads to design the school year’s professional development cycles. In this role, Mr. Lilla developed and facilitated Gramercy Arts’ Professional Learning Cycles that focused on student engagement and literacy, mentored new social studies teachers, coached both new and veteran teachers in classroom instruction and conducted classroom visits and feedback sessions, and assisted teachers in creating department unit plans and course sequences as well as formative and summative assessments. He also operated as the school dean, conducting restorative circles, mediations, parent meetings and calls. He developed a system for behavior management and collaborated with teachers to organize and schedule more after-school clubs, activities and events as the coordinator of student activities. His teaching career began as a social studies teacher at Gramercy Arts High School.

Mr. Lilla’s extracurricular activities are varied, from serving as both faculty council and chapter adviser for the National Honor Society, and as adviser for Student Government, the Anime Club and the Weightlifting Club. He also taught a credit recovery night class for off-track seniors and was the coach for the Washington Irving varsity baseball team.

Date Added: 7/12/2024

SPARK Program in Full Swing

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Science in Shoreham-Wading River doesn’t take a break for the summer!

The next round of Shoreham-Wading River High School’s SPARK science scholars were hard at work last week at Brookhaven National Laboratory, learning about infrared spectroscopy and developing projects to look for microplastics present in oyster shells, root vegetables and prepackaged seaweed snacks. Lab time on July 5 taught the rising sophomores (from left in photo) – Hayden Shea, Timmie Nigrel, Spencer Lee and Conner McVeigh – the techniques for extracting those microplastics and staining them to make them visible. This week they will take those microplastics to the NSLS-II facility where they will utilize the infrared microscope to identify which types of plastics those particles are made of.

The students are working at the NSLS-II for two weeks in July, introducing them to the SPARK program, spectroscopy and the process of developing a project, from designing a question and procedure, to collecting and analyzing data collected and then communicating it through oral presentation, as well as preparing it for manuscript. They will continue with the SPARK program in their second year of Science Research with teacher Dana Schaefer in the 2024-25 school year.

Date Added: 7/8/2024

Play Pals Thanks Caffe Amici!

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A special thank you to Mr. Pullara and Caffe Amici Pizzeria and Ristorante for making delicious pizza with our Wading River School Wildcats!

Date Added: 6/27/2024

Grade Three Bee!

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Wading River School third graders took some time to reinforce their mathematic skills for summer with a multiplication bee!

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 6/27/2024