PORT JEFFERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING NOTICES
PORT JEFFERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
A special meeting of the Port Jefferson School District Board of Education will be held on August 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School. Call to order will be at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of entering executive session.
The regular monthly business meeting of the Port Jefferson School District Board of Education will be held September 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m., at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School. Call to order will be at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of entering executive session.
High School Assistant Principal Appointed
The district is pleased to announce that the Board of Education unanimously appointed Kevin J. Bernier as Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s new assistant principal during a meeting on August 11. Mr. Bernier will officially begin his work in the district on August 24.
“We are certain that Mr. Bernier, who comes to us with years of administrative experience, will serve our district well and help to ensure that all of our students receive the personalized, rigorous education that our community has come to expect,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert.
Prior to joining the Port Jefferson School District, Mr. Bernier was employed by the William Floyd School District, where he has worked since 2001. Most recently, he served as the assistant principal at William Floyd High School and a district CTE administrator. His professional background also includes 12 years of teaching experience in the area of English on the secondary level.
Mr. Bernier holds a Bachelors Degree from Long Island University and a professional diploma for educational administration and a Masters in English from Dowling College. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Council for the Teachers of English.
In his new role, Mr. Bernier will serve along side high school Principal Christine Austen, who previously served the district as the Pre-K-12 assistant principal.
Welcome Back Letter from Superintendent Dr. Bossert
Three Administrators Appointed to Leadership Team
It is the mission of the Port Jefferson School District to provide a personalized, rigorous education that develops responsible, independent and adaptable lifelong learners. In order to provide our students with all available opportunities for success, the district must employ administrators that inspire, encourage and support all students, staff and faculty alike.
To that end, during its July 28 meeting, the Board of Education unanimously appointed veteran educators Robert Neidig, Ed.D., Jodi Cahill and Claudia Smith as Port Jefferson Middle School principal, director of special education and pre-K-8 assistant principal, respectively.
“This is an exciting time in the Port Jefferson School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “[It is] a time filled with opportunities for growth and development as new leaders join the team. Each was selected based upon outstanding vision, strong content knowledge and the ability to collaborate with all stakeholders in an effective manner.”
Following eight successful years as assistant principal of North Country Road Middle School in the Miller Place School District, Dr. Robert Neidig will now lead the Port Jefferson Middle School as principal. During his time as assistant principal, Dr. Neidig fostered a positive relationship between the school and community, initiated character education programs to improve the school climate, facilitated the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and served as chairperson for four academic departments. Prior to his years as an administrator, he began his educational career as a secondary social studies teacher in the Babylon School District.
Dr. Neidig holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in social studies from the University of Scranton, two master’s degrees – one in liberal studies and another in school district administration – from Stony Brook University, and an educational doctorate in educational administration from Dowling College. He will begin his new role in Port Jefferson on Aug. 17.
Jodi Cahill will begin her tenure as director of special education on Aug. 10. She joins the Royal family from the Brentwood School District, where she began her career in education and has worked for 20 years. Since 2002, Mrs. Cahill served as Brentwood’s department head for speech and hearing, as well as chairperson for the district’s Committee on Special Education. She coordinated the implementation of Individualized Education Programs for approximately 1,000 students in grades pre-K through 12 receiving speech therapy, created and implemented professional development programs for department staff and supervised 24 speech language pathologists.
Mrs. Cahill holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech language pathology from SUNY Cortland and LIU Post, respectively, and certification as a school district administrator from Stony Brook University.
Claudia Smith will replace Christine Austen, who was appointed as high school principal, in a restructured position as pre-K-8 assistant principal, working with both the staff and students at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School and Port Jefferson Middle School. Mrs. Smith joins Port Jefferson from the Middle Country Central School District, where she worked as a regular and integrated elementary school teacher for 18 years. As a classroom teacher, she consistently differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students, utilized both qualitative and quantitative means of assessment, and prepared students to master formal assessments through the use of curricula aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.
Mrs. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in child studies (pre-K-6) from St. Joseph’s College, a master’s degree in reading, language and cognition (K-12), and professional diplomas in school district and school building leadership from Dowling College.
Senior Athletes Recognized
More than 65 student-athletes from the Class of 2015 were recognized for their athletic accomplishments at an awards presentation held during the annual Senior Day celebration. Each athlete was presented with a certificate acknowledging their dedication, hard work and sportsmanship during their athletic career in high school.
The district extends its congratulations to the following senior athletes:
Janella Marie Damaskos
Callan Evelyn Klasek
Donal Michael McSweeney
Ralph Joseph Parillo
Joseph Sottile III
Scholarships Awarded to Class of 2015
In acknowledgment of the hard work and dedication they had displayed throughout their high school careers, members of the Class of 2015 were awarded college scholarships during the annual Senior Day prior to graduation.
The students were presented with more than $47,000 scholarships, sponsored by 39 local organizations, businesses, memorial funds and school organizations, for their academic successes, athletic achievements, and community service and citizenship.
The district extends its congratulations to the following students:
Academic Excellence Award
Ryan Burgert, Noah Davis, Lara Sarubbi and Natalia Zaliznyak
Amy Tyler School of Dance – Fine Arts Scholarship
Bill Flanagan Memorial “Books from Billy” Scholarship
Brookhaven Cluster of Superintendents Scholarship
Denise Dougherty Abelson Memorial Scholarship
Douglas Crawford and Matthew Crawford
Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker
Orthodontics Health Sciences Scholarship
Parker Schoch and Yuuki Shibutani
Firefighter Thomas J. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship
Fran Cook Memorial Scholarship (BOCES)
Frey Family Foundation Courage Scholarship
Allison Dombroski and Paul Han
Frey Family Foundation Renaissance Scholarship
Noah Davis and Morgan Campbell
Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson Scholarship
In Memory of Kathleen, Edmund, Philip and Christopher Mallory Scholarship
James Gerard Butera Memorial Scholarship
Jim Smith Memorial Scholarship
James Burke and Lillian Concepcion
Joseph John Devine Foundation Scholarship
Long Island Teachers Benevolent Fund Len Motisi Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Burke, Rachel Geiser, Steven Geiser and Maureen Laffey
Michael Edward Anderson Scholarship
Dimas Perez and Paige Swift
Michael Fallacaro Memorial Music Scholarship
MSG Varsity Scholarship
Port Jefferson Administrators Association Scholarship
Port Jefferson Facility and Technology Supervisors Association Scholarship
Ryan Burgert and Meghan Dambeck
Port Jefferson Fire Department Scholarship
Tyler Holmes and Joseph Sottile
Port Jefferson Lions Club Scholarship
Corey de Groot and Sydney Fowora
Port Jefferson Office Staff Association Scholarship
Port Jefferson PTSA Scholarship
Port Jefferson Retired Teachers Association Scholarship
Port Jefferson Teachers Association Scholarship
Ryan Burke, Kristin Callahan, Shannon Fee and Christopher McLaughlin
Rotary Club of Port Jefferson Interact Recognition Award
Caroline Biondo and Andie Fortier
Rotary Club of Port Jefferson Scholarship
Ruggiero Family Scholarship
Suffolk County Chapter NYS Association for Superintendents
of School Buildings and Grounds Scholarship
Robert Righi and Daniel Scarda
Suffolk County Transportation Service Scholarship
Suwassett Garden Club of Port Jefferson Scholarship
Theatre Three Scholarship
Honor Society Scholarship
United Paraprofessionals Association of Port Jefferson Scholarship
Matthew Crawford and Tammy Serabian
Velazquez Family Scholarship
Senior Competes in New Balance Championship
High school senior Allegra Fils-Aime recently competed at the 2015 New Balance National Outdoor Championship from June 19-21 in North Carolina.
During the event, Allegra competed against 37 athletes in the triple jump. She jumped 38’2” finishing in 22nd place.
The competition culminated her career as a high school athlete. During her time in the Port Jefferson School District, she earned All-League in the triple jump and holds second place in the county title. She also medaled at the NYS track meet, finishing fifth.
Allegra will attend Wesleyan University in the fall, where she will continue to participate in track.
Off to High School
School officials, parents and friends acknowledged the accomplishments of middle school eighth-graders at a ceremony on June 25 at the high school.
During the event, the students received several special classroom recognitions and Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence, as well as certificates to signify their move to high school.
“While you have reached an important milestone in your educational journey, you have many more opportunities to make us proud,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “As you head to high school, always trust your instincts and let them serve as a guide to shape your future.”
Also speaking during the ceremony was Middle School Principal Antonio Santana and eighth-grade Student Council President Phoenix Jampol.
The event culminated with a performance of the theme from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra.