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Superintendent's Message



Spring 2024

Dear Shoreham-Wading River Community,

It has been a whirlwind of educational opportunities for our students this year. As we continue on a path of excellence, I would like to extend a note of gratitude for all of those who have worked so hard this year on helping to celebrate our 50th year of Shoreham-Wading River. On Feb. 27, our community celebrated with us during our Time Capsule event.

With that in mind, I would like to commend High School student Oscar Lieber for an article he penned. Oscar is a talented freshman who is looking to make his mark in the world of writing. He is an active member of the Journalism club and is passionate about creative writing. Oscar wrote his first news article for the Wildcat Pause: “Shoreham- Wading River School District Celebrates 50 Years of Progress and Tradition.” As Oscar interviewed me as part of his story, I noted that I believe the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is in its golden years right now, and I hope it will continue as long as possible. I know everybody looks back fondly to the inception of the school district, which they should, but from my perspective, the district has never had better programming, facilities and connection to the community than it does now.

According to Wildcat Pause adviser Sara Trenn, Oscar was the perfect student reporter to take on this article as he has a deep-rooted connection to the school and community. Many of his family members, including both his parents, are proud district alumni and members of the community. Their legacy and involvement have undoubtedly influenced Oscar’s commitment to his studies and extracurricular activities.

Three other talented high school students were honored for their writing when they attended Adelphi University’s Press Day in February with journalism teacher Mr. Vincent Ball and Ms. Trenn. Cali Krause and Elysa Corso received the Quill Award for Best Arts Review for their coverage of the 2023 Coffee House show, “Students Showcase Talents at Coffee House 2023.” Katie Spencer earned second-place honors for Best News Story for her reporting on “Transformative Updates on SWR Grounds.”

I look forward to seeing many of you at some of our upcoming events, games, concerts and award ceremonies. Thank you, as always, for supporting our precious and exceptional school district.


Mr. Gerard W. Poole Superintendent of Schools