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Lockers, Baskets and Boxes of Food!

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Edna Louise Spear Elementary School held its annual food drive and filled boxes with nonperishable foods as well as toiletries for local families in need. Under the leadership of elementary guidance counselor Jessica Peterson, the school community once again showed its generosity in aiding others with dozens of boxes of food collected that will help families enjoy a nutritious Thanksgiving meal. Eight second grade students – Jessica Curley, Thomas Donohue, Brier Fox, Ruby Minatta, Lucas Peterson, Vincent Pryor, Andrew Weinisch and Madeline Zoudov – used their organizational skills and sheer desire to help families in the community by sorting boxes of items for each family.

At Earl L. Vandermeulen High School, a “Stuff-A-Locker” initiative was launched and has faculty, staff, administration, art students and all the high school clubs involved in working to fill the unused first floor lockers with nonperishable food and monetary donations.

“It is important for students, staff and the community to recognize the importance and need for staying connected during this time,” Principal Eric Haruthunian said. “Our high school is unifying our food drive efforts in order to help the community.”

Once a certain number of lockers are filled, the food in them is delivered and student-artists create a mural to cover those lockers. The final art piece will be revealed in full once all of the lockers are stuffed.

The International Club helped kick off the campaign by collecting dozens of non-perishable foods, stuffing and bread mixes, vegetables, juices and frozen turkeys that filled up the first five lockers. Club advisers Jennifer Walling, who teaches English as a second language, and social worker Kristin Britt delivered the bountiful baskets to local families just in time for a nutritious Thanksgiving holiday meal.

Trio of Royals Commit to Colleges

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With coaches, parents, siblings and administrators in attendance at a socially distant ceremony, three seniors were honored at the 2020 National Collegiate Athletic Association signing event. Each student committed to playing their respective sports at several of the nation’s most prestigious Division I and Division II universities in the fall.

Heidi Biedenkapp will join the rowing team at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Katelynn Johnston will play lacrosse at Assumption University and Daniel Koban will play lacrosse at St. John’s University. The event was hosted by the Port Jefferson Athletic Department and introduced by Adam Sherrard, director of health, physical education and athletics.

During the ceremony, each student was lauded by their coaches James Finke (rowing), Logan Hoffman (girls lacrosse) and Taylor Forstell and John Maletta (boys lacrosse). The coaches spoke of each student’s high school career highlights and wished them all well at the next level of their education and athletic endeavors.

The Port Jefferson School District congratulates these students who will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.


A regular business meeting of the Port Jefferson School District Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the Large Group Room at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School. Call to order will be 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of entering executive session to discuss legal and personnel matters.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, public access to the meeting will be limited to 15 people. Those attending in-person will be required to be masked and have their temperature checked and COVID screened. We respectfully ask that only those residents planning to make a public comment to the Board of Education attend the meeting in person. The meeting will be livestreamed and can be accessed as follows: go to the District website at; click on BOE tab and click on BOE Meeting Livestream. Meeting agendas are available on the District’s website the day prior to the meeting.

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