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Student Musicians Participate in Master Class

Student Musicians Participate in Master Class Photo
Port Jefferson Middle School orchestra students participated in a master class with two members of the Three Village Chamber Players on June 9. During the session, violinist Natalie Kress and bassist Jonathan Davies performed excerpts from Reinhold Gliere and then worked with the student-musicians to polish their concert performances pieces. Students also learned about leadership within the orchestra and differentiating articulation and dynamics. 


Artists win art competition

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School junior Tatum Hurney and Port Jefferson Middle School eighth-graders Jacqueline Poten and Hannah Skulla were finalists in the “Park a Day in May” art competition, sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn. For the competition, the students visited a local park and then drew their favorite Suffolk County landmark or scenic view. From left, is Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, Jacqueline Poten, Hannah Skula and middle school art teacher Stacey Shuman.

Class of 2017 Joins Ranks of Port Jeff Alumni

Class of 2017 Joins Ranks of Port Jeff Alumni Photo

Dressed in purple and white caps and gowns, the 2017 Earl. L. Vandermeulen High School graduating class was presented with diplomas at a ceremony on June 23.

During the commencement, speakers offered congratulations and words of wisdom. Among those addressing the students were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano, High School principal Christine Austen and valedictorian Chiara Rabeno and salutatorian Xinyi Hong gave a unique unison address.

The district extends its congratulations to the Class of 2017 and wishes them a successful future.





Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Named Reward School

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In recognition of its excellent educational program and stellar student performance, Port Jefferson’s Earl L. Vandermeulen High School has once again earned the prestigious New York State Department of Education Reward School designation.

“This award would not have been possible without all of the significant contributions made by our teachers, staff, administration, parents and students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano. “We congratulate all of them for ensuring that Port Jefferson continues its path of excellence in education.”

The New York State Department of Education presents the award annually to schools that have made the most progress or have the highest performance in the state with no significant gaps in student achievement. Earl L. Vandermeulen High School was one of only 185 schools across New York State to receive the recognition this year. 

This is not the first time that the Port Jefferson School District has been recognized with a Reward School Designation. The district’s high school has earned the honor consistently since the 2012-2013 school year.  
 
 

History Knowledge Pays Off

History Knowledge Pays Off Photo
Port Jefferson Middle School student Andrew Patterson recently showed off his history smarts at the National History Bee National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. 

During the two-day competition, he participated in several buzzer and test rounds and placed in the top 60 out of 285 competitors. Andrew earned his spot in the national competition after competing in the regional competition, held in Connecticut in April. 

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to Andrew Patterson.        
 

An Evening to Remember

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The members of the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Class of 2018 recently attended their junior prom at Danfords Hotel in the Village of Port Jefferson. The students, dressed in their best, spent the evening enjoying each other’s company while dancing and taking candid photos in a surprise photo booth.

Promoting Wellness in Schools

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The Port Jefferson School District in conjunction with It Takes a Village Wellness/Education Alive recently presented a community presentation, called “Promoting Wellness in Our Schools and Community. The presentation focused on tools for effective management of stress and anxiety through simple movement and breathing techniques, mindfulness practices and the importance of good nutrition. It also featured a student activity area for school-age children. To watch a livestream of the presentation, visit https://livestream.com/accounts/18260106/events/7479281.

Student Golfer Ends on a High Note

Student Golfer Ends on a High Note Photo

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School golf team member Shane DeVincenzo capped off a tremendous season with a sixth-place finish in the NYSPHAA high school golf championship, held at Cornell University.

During the competition, Shane battled through tough weather conditions to end the day with a total 151. In addition to his sixth placement, he secured All-State honors and a chance to play in the Federation Cup at Bethpage Black.

“Shane’s success is a direct result of a tireless work ethic and desire to be the best. He handled himself like a pro and I couldn’t be prouder,” said coach Charles Ruoff.

 

Civil War Lesson

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Port Jefferson Middle School seventh-graders studying the Civil War recently heard from guest speaker and alumnus Michael Tessler. During the presentation, arranged by teacher Mr. Philip Giannusa, Tessler provided insight into the war between the north and the south. Tessler is currently producing a film about the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War and has spoken to Port Jefferson students about the Culper Spy Ring in the past. “The students loved his personality and it was nice for them to hear from a former student who is successful in our community,” said Mr. Giannusa.  


Softball standouts

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Two Earl L. Vandermeulen High School softball players were recognized with awards at the Suffolk County Softball Awards Dinner, held at Villa Lombardi’s on June 13. During the ceremony, senior Jackie Brown was presented with an All-County award and sophomore Taylor Catoggio earned an All-League title. “Once again, we are proud to recognize and celebrate the successes of our student-athletes,” said Danielle Turner, director of health, physical education and athletics. “Jackie and Taylor continue to prove themselves as exceptional in the classroom and on the field.”     




Latin Students Earn High Marks

Latin Students Earn High Marks Photo

Latin students at Port Jefferson Middle School and Earl L. Vandermeulen High School recently took the 2017 National Latin Exam and earned some of the highest marks in the country and world. To celebrate their success, each student was awarded for their accomplishments at a luncheon on June 2 in the high school library.

During the event, the students, who were among 149,000 students from 50 states and 16 foreign countries to take the annual exam, were presented with certificates of achievement as their parents looked on. 

Notably, Hugo Onghai, earned a perfect score on the Intro to Latin exam. 

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the following students for earning medals: 

Intro to Latin
Hugo Onghai Perfect Score Certificate plus a ribbon
Kasumi Layne-Stasik Outstanding Achievement Certificate plus a ribbon
Andrew Patterson Outstanding Achievement Certificate plus a ribbon
Kate Sommerstad Outstanding Achievement Certificate plus a ribbon
Stefano Rabeno Outstanding Achievement Certificate plus a ribbon
David Lawler Outstanding Achievement Certificate plus a ribbon
Annie Maier Achievement Certificate 
Caelan Schretzmayer Achievement Certificate 

Latin I 
Peggy Yin gold medal, summa cum laude
Mattea Rabeno gold medal, summa cum laude
Grant Samara gold medal, summa cum laude
Lucas Welinder gold medal, summa cum laude
Sapphire Perera gold medal, summa cum laude
Liam Gameng gold medal, summa cum laude
Royce Perera gold medal, summa cum laude
Nicole Schully gold medal, summa cum laude
Michela Rabeno gold medal, summa cum laude 
Aaron Held silver medal, maxima cum laude
Grace Keegan silver medal, maxima cum laude
Ameen Khan silver medal, maxima cum laude
Atticus Furjanic silver medal, maxima cum laude
Selena Ueno magna cum laude
Faye Held magna cum laude
Valentina Velazquez magna cum laude

Latin II
Giuseppina Than gold medal, summa cum laude
Kyle Onghai gold medal, summa cum laude
Felicity Hyams gold medal, summa cum laude
Carmella Moran gold medal, summa cum laude
Lucas Rohman cum laude  

Latin III
Annalisa Welinder gold medal, summa cum laude
Ava Schully gold medal, summa cum laude
David Rotunno gold medal, summa cum laude
Katherine Ambrozy gold medal, summa cum laude
Gavin Barrett silver medal, maxima cum laude
Sabrina Schully silver medal, maxima cum laude
Sarah Hull silver medal, maxima cum laude
Taylor Corallo magna cum laude  
Ryan Kim magna cum laude  
Cameron Cohen magna cum laude  

Latin IV Prose
Joseph Samara silver medal, maxima cum laude
Ibuki Iwasaki silver medal, maxima cum laude
Cezanne Lojeski silver medal, maxima cum laude
Emma Gutmann silver medal, maxima cum laude 

Latin V Advanced Level
Luigia Than silver medal, maxima cum laude
Anita Rescia silver medal, maxima cum laude
Chiara Rabeno magna cum laude  
Matthew Pifko magna cum laude  
Xinyi Hong magna cum laude  




A night on Broadway

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Members of the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Drama Club recently traveled to Broadway to see “A Bronx Tale” at the Longacre Theatre. Following the performance, the students met with members of the cast, who graciously took photos with the students and gave them insight into their respective careers and shared behind-the-scenes stories with them. 

Student Athletes Commit to Colleges

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School senior athletes, who have chosen to continue their athletic journeys at some of the nation’s top colleges in the fall, were honored at a mock signing on May 31. The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the following students:

Jillian Colucci – Marist College
Jackie Brown – Adelphi University
Brittany Fazin – LIU Post
Clare O’Connor – William Smith College
Chris Cheslock – SUNY Oneonta
Courtney Lewis – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute




Student-Musicians Featured at Memorial Concert

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The Earl L. Vandermeulen High School choir performed at the annual St. Charles Hospital Memorial Concert on June 2. The vocalists, under the direction of Lisa Scrom, performed several selections along with the renowned Sound Symphony Orchestra.  


Abstract Artist Field Trip

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Edna Louise Spear Elementary School fifth-grade art students recently visited the East Hampton home and art studio of famous abstract artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. While on the field trip, they also toured the LongHouse Reserve, a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden, featuring the works of Buckminster Fuller, Dale Chihuly, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning. The trip, coordinated by elementary art teachers Richard Anderson and Nancy Randazzo, allowed the students to not only explore art, but their own creativity.

Fifth in the Nation

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The Earl L. Vandermeulen High School investment team has become the only team from New York State to place in the top 10 in the nation as part of the 14th annual SIFMA Foundation’s educational Stock Market Game. 

To earn their fifth-place placement, the team, made up of students Joseph Cangemi, Alex DiCarlo and John DiCarlo, invested a hypothetical $100,000, over a 14-week period, in listed stocks, bonds and mutual funds to maximize the return on their portfolios.  

Showing a large hypothetical profit, the team will now head to Washington, D.C. on June 21 to be recognized at an awards reception on Capitol Hill.

Strength is Key

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In an effort to continue a mission to spread hope, help and strength through the halls of the Earl L Vandermeulen High School, seven members of the high school Sources of Strength group trained incoming freshman as peer leaders.

During the 90-minute training, held on May 26, 22 eighth-graders participated in group activities that were planned by the high school students and included powerful messages. Corrine Scannell, Billy Scannell, Samantha Acampora, Ava Schully, Matt Pifko, David Moir and Alexa Wakefield were the peer leaders.

“The seven Sources of Strength students spent a lot of thoughtful time and energy designing inclusive activities that made the eighth-graders feel comfortable to share while also creating an environment of trust and openness,” said Port Jefferson School District social worker Kristin Britt. Ms. Britt advises the program along with guidance counselors Kerri Neligon and Kathi Galvin and school psychologist Kristen Wendel.

The eighth-grade participants were nominated for the training by their teachers. Nominations were based on which students could provide support to their peers should they need support during difficult times.

“They are considered the connectors between their peers and trusted adults within the school,” said Britt.


Second-Graders Pen Fairy Tales

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Edna Louise Spear Elementary School second-graders in Carleen Parmegiani’s class recently wrote and illustrated their own fairy tales as part of a reading and writing unit on fairy tales. To culminate the unit of study, they shared their works with their parents and fellow students during a fairy tale celebration on June 2. In addition to writing their own fairy tales, the students, created an informational video about fairy tale writing and kept logs on the progress of their writing in the form of a classroom newsletter.



Track Stars Qualify for States

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Six Earl L. Vandermeulen High School spring track and field stars have qualified for the state competition to be held at Union-Endicott High School on June 9 and 10. 

The student athletes, Liam McSweeney, Alex Rebic, Grant Samara, Cooper Schoch, Sabrina Schully and Sam Walker and earned their spots in the NYSPHSAA state competition after competing in the state qualifier held at Stony Brook University on June 3 and 4. 

At the state competition, Sam Walker will compete in the 1600, 3200 and 4x800; Alex Rebic, Cooper Schoch and Liam McSweeney in the 4x800; Grant Samara in the 3000 Steeplechase; and Sabrina Schully in the outdoor pentathlon for girls track and field. 

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the student athletes.

Learning the dangers of distracted driving

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Over the course of three sessions, Earl L. Vandermeulen High School seniors learned about the dangers of distracted driving through a Stony Brook University program. During the sessions, the students heard from speakers, watched an informational video and took part in interactive activities, including attempting to walk while distracted by their phones and driving using a driving simulator.   “The goal of the program is to emphasize to students the importance of paying attention to the road while driving and to recognize the danger that exists when distracted,” said Danielle Turner, director of health, physical education and athletics.    




Varsity Teams Earn Distinguished Award

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized all of Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s spring varsity teams with Scholar/Athlete Team Awards. 

To earn the awards, each team met the criteria of maintaining a group GPA of 90 percent during the spring season.

“The Athletic Department is extremely proud of our athletes. This designation shows that they are not only dedicated to their sport(s), but to their studies,” said Danielle Turner, director of physical education, health and athletics.

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the members of the spring varsity teams, including softball, baseball, girls and boys lacrosse, boys and girls track and field and boys tennis.


Student Musicians and Artists Create Digital Portfolios

Student Musicians and Artists Create Digital Portfolios Photo
Port Jefferson School District middle school and high school music and fine arts students have been designing digital portfolios using Google Classroom technology. As part of the project, they are uploading video and photos of the musical performances or artwork along with reflections of their progress throughout the school year.  “Moving forward, these students will continue to add to their portfolios each year, creating a long-range digital record of their progress from year to year,” said Dr. Michael Caravello, director of music and fine arts.

Summer Research

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School sophomore Josh Gelfond will be spending his summer researching alternative energy at Stony Brook University as part of the Reuter Research Group. 

Josh was selected for the program following a recommendation from a Stony Brook graduate student who he has been working with as part of his regular studies. 

“I am really looking forward to applying what I have been learning in class to the real world,” said Josh. “It will be a great experience.”

Through the Stony Brook program, Josh will work closely with Stony Brook professor Dr. Mathew Reuter of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook, and graduate students and Ph.D. students in a lab setting. As the only high school student accepted to the program, Josh will assist in developing mathematical modeling and computational and statistical analysis of experimental research data related to the conductivity and movements of molecules and electrons through matter.

When not studying, Josh plays varsity tennis where he has earned an All-County title and golf. He is also a member of his school’s Mathletes team. He intends to study applied mathematics in college.


Ensembles Perform at NYSSMA Majors Festival

Ensembles Perform at NYSSMA Majors Festival Photo
Port Jefferson Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra and Earl L. Vandermeulen Concert Band performed at the NYSSMA Major Organization Festival at Connetquot High School on May 23. The ensembles, conducted by music teachers Christine Creighton and Christian Neubert, performed several pieces for a panel of adjudicators, who evaluated them on quality of performance and level of musicianship. The Port Jefferson School District congratulates the student-musicians on their outstanding performances.   




Summer Music Camp Registration

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The Port Jefferson School District Music and Fine Arts Department is still accepting registration for the Summer Music Camp at Port Jefferson and will be doing so through July 1.
 
The summer music camp provides a unique opportunity for beginning and advanced students to start or continue their musical training while meeting new friends and playing music together.

The camp offers several levels of musical training classes, including ones for beginning band and string that allow students to start their musical experience prior to the upcoming school year. There are more advanced classes for current elementary and middle school band and string instrumentalists and a Little Maestros program for students in grades 1 and 2.

The camp operates for three weeks from July 10-27 with times varying depending on experience levels. The fee is $100 per student for the Little Maestros program and $175 for all other students.   

To enroll, complete the registration form and return it to your child’s music teacher. For more information, please contact Director of Music and Fine Arts Michael Caravello at 631-791-4450.






Students Showcase Musical Talents

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During the month of May, Port Jefferson School District music students showcased their musical abilities at various concerts for parents and friends. The concerts featured music practiced by students since December. “The music department is proud of the hard work and dedication the students put in to make this year’s spring concert series a success,” said Michael Caravello, director of music and fine arts.







Celebrating differences

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Port Jefferson Middle School students learned to embrace and celebrate their individual differences during an assembly-featuring speaker Dylan Brady on May 19.

During the assembly, Dylan performed original music and explained that while he has Tourette syndrome, he is an accomplished athlete, singer, attends college and teaches acceptance and tolerance about Tourette syndrome.

Dylan’s message resonated with many of the students and they spoke about Dylan’s performance after the assembly.

“This presentation gave me a lot of knowledge about Tourette syndrome. It’s amazing how it doesn’t impact Dylan while he is performing,” said seventh-grader Kate Sommerstad.

“I learned, from Dylan, that we can all do what we love, no matter what setbacks we may face,” said sixth-grader Amy Whitman.

Seventh-grader Michael Scannell agreed with his classmates and said, “I learned, that although Dylan struggled in high school, he was able to find his passion and become successful.”

Livestream Recording



Promoting Wellness in Our Schools & Community

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The Port Jefferson School District in conjunction with It Takes a Village Wellness/Education Alive will present a community presentation, titled “Promoting Wellness in Our Schools and Community” on June 7, from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School library.

The presentation will focus on tools for effective management of stress and anxiety through simple movement and breathing techniques, mindfulness practices and the importance of good nutrition. It will also feature a student activity area for school-age children.   

For those who are unable to attend, the program will be streamed live on the district’s website at www.portjeffschools.org.




Service Excellence

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School junior Luigia Than has earned the Young Adult Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association’s Bringing Excellence in Service by Teens (B.E.S.T award).

Luigia earned the honor after being nominated by the Port Jefferson Free Library for making significant contributions. She frequently volunteers in the library’s children’s department and works closely with elementary and middle school students.

In addition to volunteering at the library, Luigia is captain of her school’s Academic Team and member of the Latin Club and Mathletes.    




Mathematicians in Action

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Port Jefferson Middle School sixth-graders took part in the 10th annual Suffolk County Elementary Math Tournament, held on May 11 at Stony Brook University. During the competition, the students excelled at answering difficult questions and Luke Dickhuth participated in a nail-biting tie-breaker to earn fourth place out of 75 sixth-graders. “Overall, we had a great day!” said math teacher Megan Ryan.

Writing Contest Winner

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Port Jefferson Middle School student Peggy Yin has won first place in the 2017 Social Harmony Writing Contest (middle school division) organized by the Asian American Advisory Board and the Suffolk County Executive Office. She was recognized at a ceremony on May 13 at Stony Brook University. The Port Jefferson School district extends its congratulations to Peggy Yin.

Students Awarded for Athletic Leadership

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For displaying outstanding leadership and character in physical education classes several Port Jefferson School District students were recognized with awards from the Suffolk Zone of the New York Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The students earned their awards based upon recommendations from their physical education teachers.

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to eighth-graders, Katelynn Johnston and Cooper Schoch, and fifth-graders, Madeline Matvya, Elia Jaden Katsaros and Danielle Bown.

The students earned their awards based upon recommendations from their physical education teachers.

Careers in Music

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In addition to their regular music studies, Port Jefferson Middle School student musicians are learning various careers in music through the music department’s “Careers in Music” series. Most recently, students heard from members of the Three Village Chamber Players, who were invited by music teacher Vanessa Salzman to speak about their music careers and perform for the students.     




Robotics Team Honored

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At its regular meeting on May 9, the Port Jefferson Board of Education recognized the efforts of the Earl. L. Vandermeulen High School Robotics team during the 2017 build and competition season. The students each received certificates and participated in a presentation in which they showed off their robot to the board of education and audience members.

Mathematicians honored

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On May 9, the Port Jefferson Board of Education recognized Earl L. Vandermeulen High School and Port Jefferson Middle School students for their participation in various math contests and events, including the Suffolk County Math Teacher’s Association Contest, the AMC-American Math Competition and the high school Mathletes League.

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the following students:

Suffolk County Math Contest

6th grade, Level E

Sooah Kwak, PJMS high scorer, and 3rd in Suffolk County

Teppei Fukuto 4th in Suffolk County

7th grade Level J

David Lawler, PJMS high scorer, and 5th in Suffolk County

8th grade Level I Algebra

Liam Gameng PJMS high scorer

9th grade Level 2 Geometry

Christine Iasso, PJHS high scorer, and 4th in Suffolk County

10th grade Level 3 Algebra2

Peggy Yin PJHS high scorer

11th grade Level 4 Pre-calculus

Eli Doyle, PJHS high scorer, and 3rd in Suffolk County

12th grade Level C Calculus

Annalisa Welinder PJHS high scorer

 

AMC-American Math Competition

Grant Samara and Lucas Welinder, PJMS winners for AMC 8

Annalisa Welinder and Eli Doyle, PJHS winners for AMC 10 & 12

High School Mathletes League

Annalisa Welinder earned high scorer in Suffolk County by competing in five meets and answering 22 out of 30 problems correct. She placed 13th out of the nearly 800 students that participate in the league across Suffolk County.

 

 

 

 

Port Jefferson Budget Passes

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Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2017-18 budget vote and trustee election. Proposition No. 1, the School District Budget, passed by a vote of 338 to 74. Proposition No. 2, Renovations and Upgrades Using Capital Reserve Funds, passed by a vote of 368 to 43.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents cast their ballots for two seats on the Board of Education. Adam DeWitt and David Keegan were elected. The trustee vote was as follows:

Adam DeWitt – 357
David Keegan  - 356

A Mayoral Award

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Port Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader Sabrina Floria was recently presented with an honorary certificate and pin from Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant for participating in the New York State Conference of Mayors “If I were mayor” essay contest.

Paint Night, Fundraisers Help Furry Friends

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Port Jefferson Middle School Student Council members recently held several fundraisers, raising a total of $1,240 for the North Shore Animal League’s Bianca’s Furry Friends. Among the fundraisers held during April was a paint night, several bake sales, classroom donations and an after-school challenge.

Every Student Succeeds Act

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The New York State Department of Education has released a draft of its Every Student Succeeds Act and is seeking feedback before it is formally adopted. 

Feedback will be accepted through Friday, June 16 via public hearings, e-mail and in writing. 

In person at: ESSA Public Hearing

Via e-mail to: ESSAComments@nysed.gov

Via writing to the:
New York State Education Department
ATTN: Lisa Long
Office of Accountability, Rm 400
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, New York 11217

For more information, please visit  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/draft-ny-essa-plan-may-2017.pdf.

National Anthem Performance

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Edna Louise Spear Elementary School band students performed the national anthem at the Bethpage Ballpark to kick off the April 29th Long Island Ducks Game. The event, organized by the Port Jefferson PTA and elementary school music teacher Mark Abbonizio, doubled as a fundraiser for the Class of 2024.

Celebrating College Commitments

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To celebrate their commitment to continue their education at an institute of higher learning in the fall, the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Class of 2017 recently wore apparel to show off their college of choice.

“We are very proud of the Class of 2017 and their accomplishments. They have distinguished themselves as leaders in the classroom and in their co-curricular activities,” said Principal Christine Austen. “We look forward to hearing about their successes in their future endeavors.”

This fall, members the Class of 2017 will be headed to study at schools including Duke University, Northeastern University, Stony Brook University and Boston University.

Best High School

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Port Jefferson School District’s Earl L. Vandermeulen High School has been ranked as one of New York State’s Best High Schools on U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of “Best High Schools.”

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School earned a state ranking of 41 and was ranked 344 in the nation based on students’ performances on college-level exams and graduation rates.

Additionally, the high school was ranked among the nation’s best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools in the nation. Out of 500 top ranking STEM schools, Earl L. Vandermeulen was listed 115th. The ranking was based on Advanced Placement science and math tests.

“The high school’s ranking is a testament of the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, staff and administration, and the support of our parents and community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano.  

Port Jefferson Seeking Wall of Fame Nominations

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The Port Jefferson School District is seeking nominations for its Wall of Fame that honors former students and faculty members for extraordinary achievements in academics, school and community service, public service, fine arts, business and athletics.

To date, the Wall of Fame, which was created in 1996, has recognized more than 40 individuals for their contributions and accomplishments. The district intends to add to that list by commemorating new honorees in perpetuity on the Wall of Fame, located at the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School.

Wall of Fame honorees are chosen based on a set of selection criteria by a volunteer committee comprised of members of the administration, board of education, faculty, student body, parent community and residents. To be considered a candidate for induction:

• The nominee must have shown extraordinary achievement in academics, school and community service, public service, fine arts, business and athletics.
• The nominee must have been affiliated with the Port Jefferson School District as a student or employee for a minimum of four years.
• The student or employee may not be nominated until five years after he/she has left the school.

To recommend an individual for the Port Jefferson Wall of Fame, please click here for nomination form. Completed forms can be e-mailed to Janice Baisley at jbaisley@portjeff.k12.ny.us. Deadline for nominations is June 1.


Musicians Perform at Health & Wellness Expo

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High school musicians Amanda Day and Cole Fortier recently performed at the Village of Port Jefferson’s Health and Wellness Expo. The students, accompanied by music teacher Lisa Scrom, performed popular and original songs for attendees.

Successful Robotics Season

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During the 2016-17-competition season, the high school Robotics Team in the Port Jefferson School District proved they have some serious robotic skills.

The team ranked 20th overall out of a field off 55 competitive high school teams from around Long Island. To earn the ranking, the 16-member team worked to build a robot from scratch and write and program it.

“This year’s successful robotics season is due to the young, ambitious high school students who worked tirelessly nearly every day for six straight weeks during the build season,” said adviser Brian Chalmers.

 

Earth Day Celebration

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The middle school celebrated Earth Day on April 19 with a visit from a representative of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, who gave a presentation on birds of prey. The presentation was followed with an outdoor picnic sponsored by the school’s Environmental Club.   

Essayist Recognized

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The Port Jefferson Board of Education recognized Edna Louise Spear Elementary School student Emily Ambrozy for winning second place in the New York State for the Daughters of the American Revolution history contest for an essay she penned about Yellowstone National Park. This is the first year that the elementary school has taken part in the contest. 
 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017