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The power of reading at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School

The power of reading at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School photo

Independent reading, shared reading and interactive writing are part of the literacy approach at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School and students were excited to participate in several activities surrounding these topics during the annual PARP event and Scholastic Book Fair in November.

Family members of students in Maureen Zajac’s second-grade class lined the hallways with books and blankets and met with students in small groups to share favorite books. The class enjoyed hearing the wide range of stories, including the entertaining poems of Shel Siverstein and the fairy tale story, “The Gingerbread Man,” among others.

Fourth-grade students in Dana St. Pierre’s and Michele Smith’s class were immersed in a reading and writing assignment, encouraging them to look for clues and cues by answering questions, searching for story titles and writing about themes of chapter and picture books. First-graders visited the library to share stories and identify books they are looking to read while readying for the PTA-sponsored Book Fair.

Fall Production: ‘Antigone’

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Limited seating, not intended for children under 13 years of age

The drama club at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School will present the classic tragedy “Antigone,” on Friday, Nov. 17, Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 in the High School’s auditorium.

Sophocles’ updated version of the well-regarded Greek classic drama is the story of Antigone who must decide if she will follow the law of the land or follow divine and religious justice.  

Performances are scheduled for both Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be a brief Question and Answer session following both the Saturday and Sunday performances. This play is being produced in a limited seating setting and is not intended for children under 13 years old. Suggested donation is $5.00 per person and $20.00 per family. Please show your support for the students of Port Jefferson and the experience of live theater in the community.  

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‘Service Above Self’ for High School Interact Club

‘Service Above Self’ for High School Interact Club photo
Cold weekend weather didn’t deter the High School’s Interact Club from taking part in cleanup efforts at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches.

The students, rakes in hands, worked collaboratively to help ready the facilities and grounds for next year’s participants. The camp’s mission is to enable children and young adults with physical or developmental disabilities to enjoy a safe and quality program of summertime camping, recreation and education.

The Interact Club students were accompanied by adviser Deidre Filippi and members of the Rotary Club of Port Jefferson and Rocky Point Rotarians in their annual efforts to assist the greater community through service projects.

“This community service activity offers students the opportunity to see how combining their effort with their peers and members of the community can result in very positive outcomes,” said Filippi. “Interact Club members are learning at an early age that they can positively influence people around them and that is truly rewarding to see.”

Celebrating Blue Ribbon status in Washington, D.C.

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School educators attend national ceremony

Earlier this year, Earl L. Vandermeulen High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and district staff members traveled to Washington D.C. this November to officially receive the coveted award.

Present for the ceremony was Principal Christine Austen as well as teachers Jesse Rosen and Eva Grasso. The event served as an opportunity for Blue Ribbon school educators to network, share best practices within and among schools and encourage dialogue about excellence in education.

Port Jefferson School District honors veterans on Dress Down Day

Port Jefferson School District honors veterans on Dress Down Day photo
Students, faculty and staff members of the Port Jefferson School District helped to honor veterans during their GI GO Fund Nationwide Dress Down Day on Nov. 8.

Coordinated by the middle school’s student council, the entire school community was encouraged to remember those who have served our country by wearing jeans and donating $5 to GI GO Fund’s Jeans for Troops program. The program provides assistance to military veterans by helping them find employment and training, access housing, and secure their educational and health benefits.

Students were also asked to donate $1 to their homeroom teachers at the middle school, with funds designated for the GI GO Fund.

Port Jefferson girls tennis team named League VI Champions

 Port Jefferson girls tennis team named League VI Champions photo
The Port Jefferson School District is proud to congratulate the girls tennis team for being named League VI Champions. They were recognized at the 2017 Suffolk County Girls Varsity Girls Tennis Awards Dinner at Villa Lombardi with more than 500 high school tennis players, coaches and families in attendance.

In addition to the team honor, students Ibuki Iwasaki, Devin Rotunno, Jillian Lawler and Nicolina Giannola were named All League and Aamna Ali received the Team Sportsmanship Award.

After an exciting season for the team, the evening served to praise and award the student-athletes for their efforts both on and off the court.

Royal Educational Foundation Provides for New School Initiatives

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With the support of the Royal Educational Foundation of Port Jefferson, students and staff throughout the district have access to a number of new educational resources.

Helping to build connections between the science curriculum and the outside world, the district has created a raised garden bed for students in grades 3-5 with the funds provided by the Foundation. This space, which is being used by life skills classes and the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School’s Garden Club, is allowing students to experience firsthand the lessons learned in the classroom – particular those on the life cycles of plants – and the opportunity to sample an array of locally grown produce.

One activity that is promoting teamwork, encouraging new friendships and has been met with enthusiasm during recess at the elementary school is the GaGa Ball Pit, which was constructed thanks to the support of the Foundation. Similar to dodgeball, the fast-paced game provides students with a safe and supportive environment.

“I have seen how inclusive and fun this game is for all students,” said Amy McClelland, speech and language teacher at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School. “It gives the non-traditional athlete an equal chance of winning, does wonders for students’ self-esteem and many children who were at first reluctant to try it have become the most eager players.”

In addition to these donations, the Foundation has historically supported a number of programs designed to enrich the educational experience of all students. These included helping to facilitate “food for thought” lessons which foster a sense of security by sharing meals and helping sixth- through eighth-grade students develop into healthy adults; a Google Expeditions grant which is used in Spanish and Foreign Language sixth-grade classes where students can take virtual field trips using Google cardboard viewers; and making fifth grade curriculum instructional videos available 24 hours per day, especially important when a student is absent from school. As part of their goal to encourage excellence through creative learning, grants were also awarded for a Chess Club grant to purchase chess sets and a chess clock for students in the middle school.

The Foundation has awarded more than $10,000 in grants since the 2016-17 school year.

Earl L. Vandermuelen High School senior honored with Thomas Cutinella Foundation Service Award

Earl L. Vandermuelen High School senior honored with Thomas Cutinella Foundation Service Award photo
Helping to make a positive impact in his community is something Earl L. Vandermeulen High School senior Max Okst does on a regular basis and being nominated and recognized with the Thomas Cutinella Foundation Service Award for his natural gifts is a significant achievement.

Okst was honored during a varsity football game halftime ceremony by the Long Island Radio Broadcasting’s Tour For 54, which honors local high school students with the award to help raise awareness for the Thomas Cutinella Foundation, named in memory of the athlete and working to inspire and share the fundamental beliefs and values that defined his life.

A well-rounded young man – a member of the varsity track team, the student representative to the Board of Education, involved in the drama club and the district’s Sources of Strength program, among other interests – Okst has a genuine concern for helping others and is pleased to help promote a lasting legacy for Cutinella.

Port Jefferson boys cross-country team named Suffolk County champions

Port Jefferson boys cross-country team named Suffolk County champions photo
After winding their way through the wooded course at Sunken Meadow State Park, the Earl L. Vandermuelen High School’s boys cross-country team crossed the finish line as Suffolk County Class C Champions.

The team ran an average of 18:48.21 in the Class C 5,000-meter run. The seven members – Sam Walker, Grant Samara, Cooper Schoch, Michael Ruggiero, Brian Veit, Alex Rebic and Owen Okst ­– are now qualified and gearing up for the 2017 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on Nov. 11.

“This is another wonderful achievement for this team,” said Danielle Turner, Port Jefferson School District’s athletic director. “We wish them great luck at the state level.”

A swimming success for Port Jefferson sophomore Kyra Sommerstad

A swimming success for Port Jefferson sophomore Kyra Sommerstad photo
Earl L. Vandermuelen High School sophomore Kyra Sommerstad placed first in the 200-meter Individual Medley and the 100-meter backstroke at the Section XI Swimming Championships held at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus.

Sommerstad, who swims with the Three Village Swim Club, came away with times of 2:04.73 in the medley and 56.61 in the backstroke to earn her a spot at the New York State swimming championships to be held later this month at Ithaca College.

“We are so proud of this accomplishment for Kyra,” said Danielle Turner, Port Jefferson School District’s athletic director. “We all wish her great luck at the state level.”

A season of giving in full force at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School

A season of giving in full force at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School photo
As part of their commitment to community service, Edna Louise Spear Elementary School students have created several initiatives this November to give back to their local community and aid those in need this holiday season.

Students are working together to collect and organize food for donation to 10 Port Jefferson families in time for Thanksgiving.

Organized since 2002 by school counselor Jessica Peterson, the goal is to bring students, teachers and administrators together to make a difference for local families. Donated items as well as food cards to local supermarkets will be accepted until Nov. 15 and delivered to the recipients in time for a festive and healthy holiday meal.

“It’s a great school project and the students and their families look forward to sharing their generosity with others,” said Ms. Peterson.

Port Jefferson students celebrate music at annual PEAK Festival

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Four students from Edna Louise Spear Elementary School attended the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association PEAK Festival, a unique celebration of elementary classroom music where children perform music alongside their parents and music teachers.

Fourth-graders Sophia Bonura, Marco Puopolo, Sadie Salzman and Sadie Tafuro along with teacher Dr. Vanessa Salzman, spent the day at PEAK – Parents, Educators and Kids – learning, experiencing and performing music. They had the opportunity to attend workshops that featured various musical instruments and general music practices.

 

Star students shine at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School

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READ: a simple but powerful word is all the encouragement students at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School need to hear to inspire them to become lifelong learners.

Five students from the school were named “Star Students” by librarian Selinda Stout to promote the importance of literacy and independent reading. The school’s campaign, created by Stout, takes place several times per year and is a takeoff of the American Library Association Celebrity READ Campaign.

The students were chosen for their excellent attitude, behavior and work ethic in the library. As a reward, they have their photos displayed on the bulletin board outside of the library along with a summary of their favorite book. Stout also sends home a printed version of the poster for families to enjoy.

“It’s a pleasure to recognize these students for their motivation for the program and to embrace reading books,” said Stout.

Star students are Kieran Browne – grade 1, Katherine Snaden – grade 2, Violet Carmon – grade 3, Kristina Shterengas – grade 4 and Savannah Florio – grade 5.

Earl L. Vandermuelen High School students attend Long Island Dreamers’ Conference

Earl L. Vandermuelen High School students attend Long Island Dreamers’ Conference photo

Nine students from Earl L. Vandermuelen High School attended the Long Island Dreamers’ Conference, an annual event for high school and college immigrant students recently held at Nassau Community College.

Along with ENL teacher Jennifer Walling, the students listened to keynote speaker Tereza Lee, known as the “Original DREAMer.” She was an undocumented immigrant who inspired the DREAM Act, which works to give undocumented students an opportunity to become permanent residents. The event also offered the students the chance to interact with current college students and other DREAMers who achieved their higher education goals and are now leaders in their work and communities.

The goal of the event is to motivate and equip the teenagers with the skills needed to reach and succeed in college as well as help educators better understand how to guide their students in next steps after completing high school.

 

Unity is strength at Port Jefferson Middle School

Unity is strength at Port Jefferson Middle School photo
When students, peers and adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior a strong message is sent that it is not acceptable. To share in that missive, Port Jefferson Middle School students wore orange to signify their stance on Unity Day on Oct. 25.

Uniting against bullying was the theme of the day as all social studies classes viewed a Powerpoint and video presentation, detailing the nationally recognized event that promotes kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

According to seventh-grade teacher Monica Consalvo, one of the coordinators of the schoolwide campaign, a key factor to encouraging anti-bullying programs in schools is that it is effectively reduced by 50 percent.

Building tours set for Port Jefferson School District bond proposal

A number of building tours and informational meetings will be held in the Port Jefferson School District for residents to gain insight into the Dec. 5 bond proposal.

A visit to Sayville High School will be held on Wed., Nov. 1 at 6:15 p.m. to view the athletic field lights. The focus of the visit is to experience field lighting similar to the proposed lighting of the Scraggy Road fields and its impact on the surrounding community.

Additional tours of all facilities in the project are slated for:


* Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m.
Walk-through of all facilities in the project, starts at
Earl L. Vandermeulen High School

* Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.
Edna Louise Elementary School and District Office

* Monday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Middle and High School Campus/Tech Center

* Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.
Informational Meeting
Edna Louise Elementary School

Each of these meetings will include question and answer periods with members of the district’s administration.

Community members are encouraged to learn more about the proposed bond projects before the Dec. 5 vote. For up-to-date information on the above listed events, please visit:

http://www.portjeffschools.org/our_district/bond_information

Bond Video 2017

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Please view the below video to learn more about the projects being proposed through the bond referendum slated for Dec. 5. Additional information is available by clicking on the Quick Links/2017 Bond Information link at www.portjeffschools.org

Winter Sports Start Soon!

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A colorful display of seasonal artwork

A colorful display of seasonal artwork photo

Students and teachers throughout the Port Jefferson School District put their creative thoughts into action when they took part in Port Jefferson Village’s first Harvest Fest Window Painting Contest.

To participate, student teams worked through the planning, designing and painting processes under the guidance of their teachers and were assigned a storefront to paint in a Halloween or autumn theme where they recreated their designs on the windows. Organized by the Port Jefferson Conservancy, the displays are a festive addition to the village.

Based on their artistry and creativity, the following students took the top prizes at the event:

Caitlin Dickhuth (grade 5) -1st place
Aoife Hogan (grade 5) -1st place
Hannah Skula (grade 9) - 1st place
Farrah Ghaleb (grade 9) - 2nd place
Victoria Snaden (grade 4) - 2nd place
Eve McCabe (grade 3) - 3rd place
Ava Sexton (grade 3) - 3rd place
Ella Barrett (grade 8) - honorable mention
Grace Chambers (grade 7) - honorable mention
Sara Freitas (grade 5) - honorable mention

Thanks to all of our creative students for making this project such a success!

A Royal Homecoming

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Blue skies and a sea of purple were the background for the festive weekend of homecoming activities at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School.

Capping off a week of school-spirited events, the traditional pre-game bonfire on Friday night, and a parade complete with floats from each grade level, was a win for the Port Jeff Royals against Southampton 42-13.

A half-time ceremony took place to celebrate the newest inductees into the school’s Wall of Fame. Margo Garant, Class of 1982; Michael Lee, Class of 1962 and Susan Kretschmer-Leining, Class of 1975, were all recognized for extraordinary achievement. 

Garant, recognized for public service, school/community service and career accomplishments, was nominated by Port Jefferson Middle School teacher Monica Consalvo. A center on the 1963 Port Jefferson High School football team was honoree Michael Lee, nominated by Edna Louise Spear Elementary School principal Thomas Meehan. His selected categories of recognition were business, public service, school/community service and military service. Kretschmer-Leining, now a resident of Texas, was nominated in the school/community service category for her numerous altruistic endeavors by board of education trustee Ellen Boehm.

 

FamilyID Winter Sports Registration

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The FamilyID platform for Winter Sports Registration is now open. Parents and guardians can register their child at:

https://www.familyid.com/organizations/port-jefferson-athletics


Questions about the registration process can be addressed to Dr. Turner in the Athletic Office at 631.791.4441. A Q&A session will be held on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the High School library.

Safety first and always at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School

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Students at Port Jefferson School District’s Edna Louise Spear Elementary School learned about fire safety and prevention tips during National Fire Prevention week Oct. 8-14.

They were excited to see the red fire truck at the school and to welcome members of the Port Jefferson Fire Department. Throughout the program, the students learned about life-saving tools used by firefighters and checked out fire gear and air masks during this important safety lesson.

Lessons on the recorder at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School

Lessons on the recorder at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School photo
Ms. Lisa Scrom's third-grade music classes at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School had a special visitor when retired music teacher Donna Basile presented a workshop on the recorder to them.

All third-graders perform on the recorder and this was an opportunity to be introduced to the various sized musical instruments.

A longtime educator and an executive board member of the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association, Ms. Basile shared both the musical and historical significance of this early woodwind instrument, dating back to the Middle Ages.

National Merit Semifinalist Honored at BOE Meeting

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School senior Luigia Than was honored by the Board of Education at their Oct. 10 meeting. She, along with student Ibuki Iwasaki, were recognized for qualifying as semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented students represent the top 1 percent of students from across the country with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test along with approximately 1.6 million other juniors from across the country. They are now in the running for scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Here, Luigia is congratulated by Board of Education trustee Adam DeWitt, High School Principal Christine Austen and Superintendent of Schools Paul Casciano.

Port Jefferson Middle School Goes Pink!

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Students in the Port Jefferson School District’s Middle School are working in conjunction with Port Jefferson Village in the Paint Port Pink initiative for the Fortunato Breast Health Center at Mather Hospital.

As part of the October community outreach of raising awareness about breast cancer, Monica Consalvo, a teacher at the school and seventh-grade students Ellery Tafuro and Tamara Scully created a poster that hangs in the hallway to showcase ways that others can become involved in the community activities. Some of the local businesses involved in the campaign have special offers for the month and students, families and school staff members are encouraged to visit the shops to help with the awareness efforts.

As concerned community partners, the students and staff will each write their name on a pink ribbon sticker and all the stickers will be colorfully displayed within a larger ribbon outline showing that they are all engaged in the endeavor.

Disney Cross Country Classic

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Congratulations to the boys varsity cross country team on your 2nd place win at the 2017 Disney Cross Country Classic!

High School students selected for NYSCAME All-County Festival

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students Ibuki Iwasaki, Jillian Lawler, Cezanne Lojeski and David Rotunno were selected to participate in the New York State Council of Administrators for Music Education All-County Music Festival, a three-day event with a culminating concert to be held at Hauppauge High School on Nov. 17.

The musically-talented teens were chosen to perform with other students from across Suffolk County on a competitive basis with their New York State School Music Association scores as the primary criteria along with teacher recommendations.

NYSCAME works to promote high standards of administrative leadership and improve music education programs in Suffolk County among other endeavors.

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students selected for All-State Conference

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students selected for All-State Conference photo
Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students Trey Pisano and Annalisa Welinder were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association All-State Winter Conference in Rochester, NY from Nov. 30-Dec. 3rd.

Trey will perform on double bass with the All-State Instrumental Jazz Ensemble and Annalisa will play violin with the Symphony Orchestra. They will sit among the finest musicians across New York State.

The rigorous process for selecting an All-State musician includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival during the prior spring and participation in other performing organizations.

“Congratulations to Trey and Annalisa for representing the Port Jefferson School District’s music program with pride,” said Michael Caravello, the district’s director of music and fine arts.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING PORT JEFFERSON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, IN THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, NEW YORK DECEMBER 5, 2017

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Streamlining the sports registration process through the Port Jefferson School’s Athletic Department

Streamlining the sports registration process through the Port Jefferson School’s Athletic Department photo
After a successful pilot program with the girls tennis teams in the fall, the Port Jefferson School District Athletic Department has launched FamilyID, an online sports registration platform that will replace paper registration starting with the 2017 winter sports season. Information Nights on how to utilize this system will be held on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

“We are excited to share this streamlined process for our athletes and their families,” said Danielle Turner, the district’s director of health, physical education and athletics. “It will reduce paperwork and save time for parents who have to fill out various forms with the same information, allowing them to register, manage, update and store it all in one convenient location. It also enables us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible.”

The training sessions are open to parents of both middle and high school students, as well as the athletes. For more information, please contact the athletic office at (631) 631-791-4441 or visit http://www.familyid.com/port-jefferson-athletics

International Day of Peace activities at Port Jefferson Schools

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International Day of Peace was celebrated throughout the district with activities organized by the High School Student Organization.

As part of the observance, Student Organization members decorated school hallways, lockers and classrooms with messages of peace. They also produced a short film featuring middle and high school students speaking about what peace means to them. The video was viewed throughout the day in the school’s hallways. To add to the theme of global unity and serenity, songs with messages of peace were played over the high schools’ public address system.

At the elementary school, art students designed pinwheels for display in the courtyard, Picasso-inspired doves, Tibetan mandala designs, and a peace “quilt.”

Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day is observed around the world to provide a time for all humanity to commit to contributing to building a culture of peace.

Observing an International Day of Peace

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At the elementary school, art students designed pinwheels for display in the courtyard, Picasso-inspired doves, Tibetan mandala designs, and a peace quilt.  Elementary School art displays by art teacher Meghan Hallock.  

Peace displays in high school main hallways and peace-themed sticky notes placed on each high school students' locker.
 

High School Named Blue Ribbon School

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, which was announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today.
 
As part of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program represents the full diversity of American schools, recognizing those that exemplify excellence, turnaround stories and closing achievement gaps among student groups.
 
“This distinction is a result of the value our community places on education and our schools,” said Superintendent Paul Casciano. “Our tradition of excellence is sustained through the tireless efforts of our staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and entire school-community of the Port Jefferson School District.”
 
Annually, the school boasts numerous AP Scholars, National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students, who all demonstrate exceptional college-level achievement through their performance on national qualifying exams, in addition to the many athletic, musical, civic and volunteer accomplishments of its students.
 
“Our students, staff, parents and community members are to be commended for their collective efforts in achieving this honor,” said Principal Christine Austen. “The Blue Ribbon distinction recognizes our efforts to support our students academically, emotionally and socially and we will continue to build upon our success in the future.” 
 
The National Blue Ribbon School Program was created in 1982 to bring public attention to the best schools in the country and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools. Port Jefferson Middle School is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Blue Ribbon status. It was known as Port Jefferson Junior High School in 1987 when it received the honor.
 

Two Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Seniors Ibuki Iwasaki and Luigia Than have qualified as semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students, who have shown outstanding academic talent, are among 16,000 high school students nationwide who were awarded the distinction by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They represent the top 1 percent of students from across the country with the highest scores on the qualifying Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

These academically talented students took the qualifying test in 2016 along with approximately 1.6 million other juniors from across the country. They are now in the running for scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Both young ladies are accomplished and well-rounded students. Than plays cello, Iwasaki plays violin – and each are proud of the scientific research experiences they took part in over the summer. Than learned coding as part of her work at the Garcia Center for Polymers at Stony Brook University and Iwasaki analyzed data on cosmic rays at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

An additional four seniors from the high school were recognized by the NMSC as Commended Students for their performance on the qualifying test and their exceptional academic promise. They are Eli Doyle, Matthew Pitko, Joseph Samara and Michael Smith.

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring of 2018.

 

25 AP Scholars from Earl L. Vandermeulen High School

25 AP Scholars from Earl L. Vandermeulen High School photo
As a result of their scholastic dedication and performance, 25 Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students have been honored by the College Board as AP Scholars.

The designation was given in recognition of each students' demonstration of exceptional college-level achievement through their performance on national AP exams. Of the 25 students, five were named AP Scholars, 10 earned the recognition of AP Scholar with Honor, and 10 were named as an AP Scholar with Distinction.

To earn a Scholar recognition, students are required to score a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams; to be recognized as a Scholar with Honor, students must earn a 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams; and for a Scholar with Distinction award, students must receive an average score of 3.5 on all AP exams and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.
The students recognized are:

AP Scholar
Allison Abbonizio, Gavin Barrett, Abigail Bossert, Jack Collins and Emma Gutmann.

AP Scholar with Honor
Joshua Gelfond, Tamara Idir, Cezanne Lojeski, Matthew Pifko, David Rotunno, Joseph Samara, William Scannell, Brianna Scarda, Dylan Valev and Ben Zaltsman.

AP Scholar with Distinction
Eli Doyle, Leland Held, Ibuki Iwasaki, Connor Kaminska, Louis Martin-Duprez, Liam McSweeney, Michael Smith, Luigia Than, Eric Tischer and Annalisa Welinder.

Port Jefferson High School Junior Attends Science and Technology Leaders Academy

Port Jefferson High School Junior Attends Science and Technology Leaders Academy photo
Port Jefferson High School junior Joseph Cangemi had the opportunity to join and learn from elite gathering of scientific minds when he attended The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.

The three-day Boston-based event with award-winning inventors, scientists, technology entrepreneurs and other mentors allowed him and his fellow attendees to come away with a greater understanding of the science and technology field.

“It was interesting to see and listen to the speakers,” he said. “To understand their motivation and how they contributed to society really sparked an interest in me.”

The Academy is dedicated to inspiring and developing strong leaders through its compelling educational content and stimulating guest speakers.

Undefeated League VI Streak

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Congratulations to the girls tennis team for their undefeated League VI streak!!

READ ALL ABOUT IT:


http://tbrnewsmedia.com/port-jeff-tennis-still-undefeated-crosstown-win/

 

Focused on Civic Engagement

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Port Jefferson Middle School’s English language arts department is encouraging students to create a community of heroes as part of their studies on civics and in recognition of the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

“While English classes read and discussed events related to the 9/11 attacks, we felt it was important to acknowledge how our country comes together in times of need, like the country is doing to rebuild after the catastrophic hurricane in Texas,” said teacher Allison Giannusa, who is helping to spearhead the districtwide efforts to assist people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Students and staff are encouraged to donate money to their respective English classes or in the main office through Friday, Sept. 15. All money raised will be donated to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. Created by the company’s CEO, Howard Lutnick, in 2001, the organization’s mission is to support victims of terrorism, emergencies and natural disasters, including the recent victims of Hurricane Harvey. According to the Relief Fund’s website, 100 percent of the contributions will go as direct financial aid to those in need and they will match up to $5 million of donations made.

Many staff members at the Middle School wore jeans to school on Patriot Day and each made a $5 donation. The ELA department also hosted a bake sale on Sept. 11 and proceeds will be sent to the Relief Fund.

To help out in the fundraising efforts of the Middle School, please contact Kayleen Everitt at keveritt@portjeffschools.org or Deirdre Filippi at dfilippi@portjeffschools.org.
Sunday, November 19, 2017