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Three WRES students to participate in BNL Science Fair

Three WRES students to participate in BNL Science Fair photo
Experimentation, observations and gathering results were the parameters met at Wading River Elementary School’s recent Science Fair, and three students will represent the school in the upcoming Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Elementary School Science Fair on May 5.

Third-grader Connor Hunt will represent the school with his “Ready, Aim, Fire!” project; fourth-grader Gabriella Gallagher’s project, “Plinko Probability,” and fifth-grader Chloe Jaeger’s work, “Investigating Outside Temperature and Man’s Best Friend,” will be entered into the competition. They will compete against the projects of other K-6 students from throughout Suffolk County.

Student projects included friction, DNA, slime and super fruit, represented in charts, experiments, demonstrations and diagrams. Honorable mention winners were third-graders Louis Cerniglia, Nathan Combs, Richard Cordano, Mia Stallone and Shealyn Varbero; fourth-graders Jocelyn Kavanaugh, Everett McClintock, Katie Provencher and Forrest Teptenhardt; and fifth-graders Connor DiMasi, Katherine Grzymala, Selene Hunt and Cameron Sheedy.

“It’s always rewarding to encourage our young scientists,” said Principal Louis Parrinello, of the students who work all year to discover cause-and-effect relationships and combine them into logical answers.

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Senior Alexandra Meli takes part in NYSSMA’s Joe Sugar Day

Senior Alexandra Meli takes part in NYSSMA’s Joe Sugar Day photo
Congratulations to senior Alexandra Meli who raised her voice at the state capitol building as part of the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the New York State School Music Association’s Joseph Sugar Day in Albany.

Joe Sugar Day is NYSSMA’s yearly visit to state legislators to advocate for music education. It is named in honor of Joe Sugar, a long-time NYSSMA music education advocate who was instrumental in the creation of Music in our Schools Month.

“We are all very proud of her many accomplishments,” music teacher David Minelli said of Alexandra’s participation.

The Scientific Method at work at Miller Avenue School Science Fair

The Scientific Method at work at Miller Avenue School Science Fair photo
A fingerprint mystery; memory, taste, smell and sound tests; and research on density were just a sampling of the vast display of original scientific experiments conducted by K-2 graders as part of the annual science fair.

Seventeen Shoreham-Wading River High School students judged the work of the younger students using an evaluation rubric with criteria that included the originality of a student’s question, hypotheses, procedures, investigations, analysis and conclusion. The winners - kindergartner Nathan Lauckhardt, first-grader Zachary Lister and second-grader Ava Durfee - now qualify for the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair. The honorable mention winners are kindergartner Joshua Parrinello; first-graders Natasha Azamoun, Eve Calvert and Annaliese Joos; and second-graders Lauren Galucci, Brady Kitchen and Jack Laieta.

Prodell teacher awarded literacy grant

Prodell teacher awarded literacy grant photo
Sixth-grade teacher Anne DeSimone has been awarded a professional grant from MESTRACT (Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center) for her project, “Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom.”

The $3,000 grant will be used to support a Collegial Circle where 10 middle school teachers will meet to discuss ways to incorporate novels that include diverse cultural experiences for students. The goal is to facilitate the formation of book groups connected to the theme of diversity and create lesson suggestions to support teachers’ use of the novels.

“Ann is an enthusiastic, inspired teacher who is passionate with regard to teaching literacy and exposing students to culturally expansive literature,” said Principal Kevin Vann.

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The great outdoors comes indoors at Whittle Gym

The great outdoors comes indoors at Whittle Gym photo
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Students at Miller Avenue have enjoyed a few weeks of climbing, ziplining, crawling and swinging as the school gymnasium was transformed into Whittle Gym, a longstanding tradition.

Students maneuvered through a colorful forest of stuffed bears, trees, a campfire and more that represented the theme of the great outdoors as they worked to improve their stamina, strength and coordination during the physical education unit. Physical education teachers Josh Bonventre and Katherine Carlson headed the assembly of the brightly colored obstacle course.

“Not only are there countless physical benefits from climbing such as improving muscular strength and endurance,” Carlson said, “our Whittle Gym unit also teaches and reinforces many character education skills including working together, encouraging one another, critical thinking, goal setting and problem solving.

The obstacle course also had another educational component. As part of a social studies unit, Alice Steinbrecher’s second-graders created decorative posterboards on America’s national parks. So as students navigated the climbing wall, wooden planks, ropes and ladders, they were surrounded by Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, among other national treasures.

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WRES students raise their voices at SCMEA All-County Festival

Fifth-graders raise their voices at SCMEA All-County Festival photo
Thirteen students will represent Wading River Elementary School at this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Festival at Central Islip High School on Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

Following three days of rehearsals at Mount Sinai High School, fifth-graders Emma Granshaw, Katherine Grzymala, Samantha Murtha, Megan Ruta and Hannah Scotto will sing in the SCMEA East Division I concert alongside the best student vocalists in Suffolk County in grades 5 and 6. Orchestra students Siena Faragasso, Elizabeth Finter, Kerrin McGuire, Katelyn Schaefer and Cameron Sheedy and Band students Abigail Haverty, Sal Meli and Sophia Stadler will also perform.

These exceptional young musicians were selected based on past performances and teacher recommendation.

Wellness Week Makes Healthy Living Fun at Prodell

Wellness Week Makes Healthy Living Fun at Prodell photo
Encouraging connections among positive choices, healthy habits and learning was in full force during a successful Wellness Week at the Middle School.

Coordinated by the physical education department, the week started with an assembly on bullying and diversity presented by Suffolk County Police Officer Nancy Ward. She was introduced by Student Council members Erin Cahill, Joelle Iallacci and Hailey Lewkovich.

“It is important to respect our individual differences,” said Andrea Monz, social worker and Dignity Act coordinator. “It’s especially important that students be empowered to stand up against bullying and biased language.”

The rest of the week was filled with fun activities in physical education classes, including country line dancing, mindfulness and yoga. PTO members brought in nutritious and healthy food.

"Wellness Week allows students to be exposed to different fitness and health-related activities,” said physical education teacher Allison Demarco. “Staff, parents and community members serve as role models as they teach students different aspects of wellness. We hope the students come away with more knowledge and a stronger desire to be emotionally and physically well.”

The school thanks community members Melissa DelGuidice, April Langella, Michele Loesch and Andrea Patterson; secretary Rosalie Burke and teachers Katie Peters and Melissa Stallone for their involvement in making the program a success.

Debate Team members head to state championships

Debate Team members head to state championships photo
Nine members of the High School Debate Team recently competed at Jericho High School and three of them now qualify to debate at the state level.

Freshmen Paul Losacalzo, Yusra Rashidzada and Jalal Sawas competed at the Novice level and Sawas won three of four debates to qualify him for the state level. Juniors Sarah Acerra, Declan Beran, Andrew Honold, Emma Kirkpatrick, Kathleen Loscalzo and Mahdi Rashidzada competed at the Junior Varsity level. Rashidzada won three of four debates and will also head to the state competition.

According to English teacher and adviser Brenna Gilroy, the tournament was the first Honold has competed in, which made his first-place win in the JV division exceptional. He won all four of the debates he competed in to qualify him for the state level.

Beran and Kirkpatrick, co-captains of the team, founded it last year. Members practice debating, learning effective research, analytical and public speaking skills as well as teamwork and collaboration – all skills transferable to their everyday lives and beyond.

The students will head to the New York State Forensic League Championship tournament to be held at Hofstra University in April.

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Katherine Lee named a News 12 scholar-athlete

Katherine Lee named a News 12 scholar-athlete photo
Senior Katherine Lee was selected as a News 12 Scholar-Athlete. This prestigious award is presented throughout the year to only 30 outstanding Long Island high school seniors who excel in athletics, academics, leadership and community service. In addition to receiving a $1,000 scholarship check, Lee was featured on News 12.

A gifted student-athlete, Lee is a member of the National Honor Society and a standout runner for SWR. She was nominated for the honor by her running coach Paul Koretzki, who cited her as an outstanding trainer and a great teammate.

Earlier this year, Lee received the Class B title in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships, which came on the heels of her Section XI Championship crown at Sunken Meadow State Park. She was also Shoreham-Wading River High School’s female recipient of the Suffolk Zone Senior Physical Education Award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

An impressive record of achievements as a member of SWR’s cross-country, winter and spring track teams have made headlines for Lee. She holds numerous Suffolk County records for track and is recognized as the fastest 5K female high school runner at Sunken Meadow’s cross-country course. She has also received three New York State titles and has run on the national level.

Lee plans to continue her athletic achievements at Georgetown University where she will run as a member of the cross-country and track teams.

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Sixth-graders share inspiring black history biographies

Sixth-graders share inspiring black history biographies photo
Sixth-graders at Prodell Middle School have been learning about the many African-Americans who have contributed to the advancement of our country. From authors, human rights activists, actors, sports figures, musicians, and the first man to win an Olympic Gold Medal, the students embarked on biography projects to recognize Black History Month.

Set up in the school’s library, the students created posters on their chosen subjects and presented them to their schoolmates, whom they encouraged to ask questions and share written comments.

Student Brighton Ciampo chose Jackie Joyner-Kersee for her report. “I wanted to choose an athlete and I liked her story,” she said. “She is multi-skilled and still works to help others.”

Along with teacher Anne DeSimone, co-teacher, Hilary Breig and teaching assistant Lauren Araujo worked on the project with the students.

“In addition to the academic aspect of the students learning about the many African-Americans who have made great strides in our country, they really embraced the opportunity to share their work with their peers,” said DeSimone.

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Fifth-graders perform at Long Island String Festival

Fifth-graders perform at Long Island String Festival photo
Eleven fifth-grade students from Wading River Elementary School showcased their exceptional talents at the Long Island String Festival Association concert, recently held at Northport High School.

Students Andrew Costello, Siena Faragasso, Elizabeth Finter, Yiya Hu, Kerrin McGuire, Johanna Ochsenfeld, Caroline Panasci, Damian Perez, Cameron Sheedy, Katie Schaefer and Sophia Stadler were selected to perform in the prestigious concert.

These students were selected for this honor along with others from across Suffolk County on a competitive basis with New York State School Music Association scores as the main criteria along with teacher recommendations.

“On behalf of our District, we congratulate and celebrate all these accomplished musicians,” said Wading River Elementary School Principal Louis Parrinello.

Prodell students utilize technology to share kindness

Prodell students utilize technology to share kindness photo
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As sixth-grade students continue to navigate, learn and connect through 21st century education, teacher Lisa McEvoy at Prodell Middle School came up with a unique way for them to weave a Valentine message and words of kindness with an academic focus.

She instructed each student in her class to use a Google Classroom form and anonymously write some positive traits about a classmate, their kind actions and other encouraging words. She then compiled all their comments into an individual Valentine for each of them and handed them out on Valentine’s Day.

“The students really rose to the occasion and wrote some very thoughtful, kind and funny notes for one another,” she said.
McEvoy also used the lesson as opportunity to reiterate the school’s philosophy in which students and adults promote and exemplify respect, growth and awareness of self and others.

“Whenever they be may be having a rough day, I want them to use these unique notes as special reminders of how important each one of them is to others.”

Captivating curiosity at Wading River School Science Fair

Captivating curiosity at Wading River School Science Fair photo
To help inspire the next generation of scientists, Wading River School is hosting a Science Fair on Wed., February 28. The action-packed, scientifically engaging evening is an opportunity to promote curiosity, discovery and spark an interest in exploration in the 3-5 grade students.

“Scientific discovery becomes more and more essential as we compete on a global scale and grapple with the challenges facing us and future generations,” said Principal Louis Parrinello. “The Science Fair offers our students a chance to explore innovative ideas while learning how to make scientific advances on their own or with the help of a family member or friend.”

Students can enter one of three categories – Discovery, Curator and Expedition, which is for those who would like to be considered for eligibility in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Science Fair, where they will conduct research on a topic of interest using the Scientific Method.
Due to the popularity of the Fair, the school is hosting visits as follows:

Grade 3: 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Grade 4: 6:15 – 7 p.m.
Grade 5: 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.

All students at the school will have the opportunity to visit the exhibits on March 1.

Buena suerte! Eighth-graders travel to Madrid

Buena suerte! Eighth-graders travel to Madrid photo
Eighteen Middle School students will put the lessons they are learning in the classroom to use during a two-week exchange program in Madrid, Spain.

The unique, cultural opportunity for the eighth-grade student ambassadors, who left last Friday, will offer some real-world experiences when they are fully immersed in using their Spanish speaking abilities, by far the most significant part of developing their language skills.

The program, celebrating its 35th year, was the brainchild of foreign language teacher Barbara Gaias, who retired from Prodell in 2014.

During their cultural adventure, students will stay with host families and visit museums, parks, plazas and other well-known landmarks in Spain’s capital city. Four SWR parent chaperones are also on the trip, including the exchange program coordinator Marc Dinowitz, whose daughter Katie is among the students excited to take part in the experience.

In April, students from Madrid will arrive in Shoreham-Wading River, where they will be introduced to the close-knit community and other parts of Long Island and New York City.

Two SWR wrestlers crowned Division II Champions

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Two SWR High School varsity wrestling team members were crowned Division II Champions at the 79th annual Dr. L. Robert Fallot Section XI Championships recently held at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Senior John Carl Petretti won the title in the 152 lb. weight class and freshman Connor Pearce took home the title in the 113 lb. weight class. Both wrestlers will now represent the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District and Suffolk County in the state tournament, slated for Feb. 23-24 in Albany.

“We are all proud to witness the strength and determination of these talented athletes and look forward to a successful state competition for them,” said Mark Passamonte, the district’s director of health, physical education, athletics and nurses.

Petretti has a 153-24 career record at Shoreham-Wading River and Pearce has a 47-10 record. Pearce also took the tournament’s award for the most pins in the least amount of time with four pins in 10:23.

Inquiry-based learning for second-graders at BNL

Inquiry-based learning for second-graders at BNL photo

Second-grade students took part in a stimulating STEM field trip to Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The interactive exhibits and hands-on opportunities in BNL’s Science Learning Center helped the students connect to cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics, an extension of their classroom learning.

Focused on the physical sciences, the inquiry-based learning environment included exhibits on sound waves, engineering concepts and an air cannon where students learned that air has mass and takes up space, among other opportunities for them to investigate and explore.

“The students were excited by the opportunity to understand some of the STEM concepts they are learning in the classroom,” said teacher Alice Steinbrecher. “They were able to use their inquiry and investigative skills to comprehend the hands-on exhibits.”

Kindness grows at Wading River School

Kindness grows at Wading River School photo
Students and staff at Wading River School are helping kindness grow in their community through the creation of a beautiful Kindness Tree.

Spearheaded by third-grader Madeline Rizzi along with other Girl Scouts, a tree trunk and branches were created on the cement walls of the cafeteria and are encouraging classmates, teachers and others to fill out the colorful leaves with kind messages for all to appreciate.

“A random act of kindness can take many forms including helping someone else, speaking kind words to another, or inviting someone new into your group of friends,” said Principal Lou Parrinello, as he recognized and thanked all those who joined in on this exemplary effort.

Key leadership skills gained for DECA students

Key leadership skills gained for DECA students photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School was well-represented at the DECA Regional Career competition with 19 students participating in various business events and nine of them bringing home awards for the school.

Held at Suffolk County Community College, the competition works to prepare high school and college leaders and entrepreneurs in all areas of business, including marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The top winners are now qualified to compete at the New York State DECA Career Conference competition in March.

Among the students earning top recognition were first-place winners Rikki Alessi, John Betcher, Joseph Cracovia, Maegen Letscher, Emma Loscalzo, Camdon Sisler and Jake Vogel, who placed in the categories of Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, Business Services Management, Accounting Applications, Principles of Business Management and Administration, Hotel and Lodging Management, Public Speaking-Prepared and Job Interview, respectively.

Honorable Mention awards were presented to Phil DeLuca for Principles of Business Management and Administration and Patrick Lane for Business Finance.

The District extends its congratulations to all the DECA participants and wishes the best of luck to those advancing to the state level.

A balance of coaching styles leads to legislative recognition

A balance of coaching styles leads to legislative recognition photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School cross-country coaches Paul Koretzki and Bob Syzmanski were honored by Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker for each being named a Coach of the Year by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Anker presented the duo with proclamations for their hard work and dedication to the student-athletes of our High School, citing their undeniable leadership and position as exceptional role models for their students, the community and other coaches throughout Suffolk County.

Koretzki, coach of the girls cross-country team, joined the District in 1980 and Syzmanski boys cross-country team coach, followed in 1981. Together, they have a combined 72 years of experience and a combined 100 seasons of coaching cross-country, and winter and spring track. Throughout the years, they have continuously worked together to balance their strengths and coaching styles to produce positive results.

Second-graders share stories of their lives

Second-graders share stories of their lives photo
Students in Kristen Gironda’s second-grade class at Miller Avenue Elementary School are studying nonfiction in reading and writing and learning about how different text features assist them in understanding how a story is organized.

“One of the text features that we learned about was using a timeline to depict a chronological history of something,” said Gironda. “The students shared the timelines they created of their own lives, starting with the year they were born and then adding an important event or milestone for each year of their life.”

The components of a timeline including a heading, sidebars, photos, captions and diagrams, were incorporated into their personal stories to assist their classmates through the predictable placement of information, to help them learn more about each other.

The students are applying their new skills to assist them in the nonfiction topics and historical events they are reading about including the March on Washington and the Montgomery Bus boycott and how they related to the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

Bridging the gap between education and industry with SWR’s School-to-Community program

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District educators, administrators, high school students and community business representatives met on Jan. 17 in the third in a series of outreach meetings created to help students connect to real-world opportunities and careers and to make education a lifelong learning experience.

The School-to-Community Program allows participants to brainstorm programs and events that will help bridge the gap between education and industry. Together they are working to develop and implement pilot programs for SWR high school students.

Gathered in the high school library, groups were divided by tables and topics focused on guest speakers, internships/jobs, mentoring/shadowing/world of work tours, real-world projects, the Spring Career Fair on March 28 and the STEM Symposium scheduled for May 15. Students had a central role in taking notes, providing input and announcing the table’s recommendations.

Business facilitators helped to ensure that all topic perspectives were addressed and that the goal of developing a realistic pilot program was met. They were Linda Kelban, CGAA Inc./GWN Securities; Kristen D’Andrea, Town of Brookhaven Highway Department; Paul Cataldo, Paul Cataldo, Architecture and Planning; John Searing, ASRC Federal; Mary Diane Riotto, Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe; and Henry Bramwell, Brookhaven Business Advisory Council.

Businesses that were represented were Aflac, Brookhaven National Laboratory, CLIMB, Little Leaders, LI Speakers Bureau and the LI Science Center.

“Bridges can be built when we all work together for a common goal,” said Lisa M. Strahs-Lorenc, director of CEO Works, a school-business partnership program of career and employment options, who facilitates the meetings. “That’s what we are accomplishing for students of all learning levels and for all industries across Long Island.”

The next meeting of the School-to-Community Program is scheduled for May 23, and it will be a celebration of the spring programs and events.

A musical experience for Prodell students

A musical experience for Prodell students photo
Four students from Albert G. Prodell Middle School will represent the district’s exceptional music program as participants at the Long Island String Festival Association’s intermediate concert to be held at Northport-East Northport High School from Jan. 26-28.

Sixth-grader Alex Zhang will perform on violin under the direction of conductor Steve Fayette, who retired from Shoreham-Wading River’s music faculty in 2015. Seventh-graders Shiqi Cheng (viola) and Ben Panasci (double bass) and eighth-grader Natalie Acker (double bass) will work with Kenneth Jernigan, a world-traveled music educator and skilled leader who has guest conducted numerous music festivals on all levels throughout the Northeast and Florida. The students were selected to perform based on their New York State School Music Association scores and teacher recommendations.

Middle School music teacher Frederick Volz is excited for the students’ participation, which is an outstanding accomplishment that allows them to experience working with other highly talented young string musicians and continue their musical development.

Sweet sounds of music for SWR HS students

Sweet sounds of music for SWR HS students photo
Shoreham-Wading River High School was well represented at the Long Island String Festival, when ten students participated in the Association’s annual concert recently held at West Islip High School.

The students – freshmen Kyra Faragasso, Mika Misawa, Eleanor Panasci, Brooke Roff and Kaylee Thomsen; sophomores Alexander Kravchenko, Margaret Panasci and Stephanie Searing; and juniors Brett Callagy and Christopher Wygonik – were selected to perform based on their New York State School Music Association scores and teacher recommendations.

The ninth- and tenth-graders worked under the direction of Jonathan Handman, noted teacher and cellist, and the 11th graders worked with Sandra Dackow, professional conductor and college professor, both notable for their work with LISFA.

“These students were selected as among the best string players in Suffolk County,” said Shoreham-Wading River High School Music Coordinator David Minelli. “We all congratulate them for this prestigious accomplishment.”

Strategies and tactics for SWR High School chess players

Strategies and tactics for SWR High School chess players photo
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The fundamental aspects of chess were in full force for the SWR High School students who took part in the ongoing library chess tournament.

Started last year by librarian Kristine Hanson, the activity became more popular this year with new high quality, regulation sets being used by the 29 students who signed up for the tournament.

“We started this as a way to give students an opportunity to meet different opponents and test their skills,” said Hanson. “There have been times when we have had seven simultaneous games in progress.”

Acquiring skills from strategic thinking, problem-solving, improved concentration, memorization and self-motivation, the students were eager to spend their free periods competing with one another.

Semifinalists were junior Jacob Rassner and freshman Adam Gawreluk. In the final game, Keyi Chen prevailed over fellow senior Conor McAuliffe and received a 3-D printed chess king with SWR engraved on the bottom.

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