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Undefeated League VI Streak

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



Community Bond Survey

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Any resident who has not yet completed our community bond survey is encouraged to do so by following the link:

The deadline for submissions has been extended to provide additional time for community input.

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 or Deirdre Filippi at

Port Jefferson Middle School Students and Staff Commemorate Patriot Day

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Members of the Middle School's 7th and 8th grade orchestra paid tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 by giving a moving performance during the Port Jefferson Fire Department’s annual 9/11 memorial service. The students, led by music teacher and Port Jefferson volunteer firefighter Christian Neubert, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

Here, Mr. Neubert poses with students Alexa Ayotte, Olivia Schlegel, Tabitha Schully, Teppei Fukuto, Hugo Onghai, Andrew Patterson, Anna Rebic and Kasumi Layne-Stasik.

Other students and staff commemorated the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by wearing the colors of the American flag. Sixth graders showed their patriotism by wearing red, 7th grade students wore white and 8th grade students dressed in blue. Here, some students are shown with teacher Monica Consalvo.


Football Players Named to ‘Ones to Watch’ List

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Port Jeff Royal fans have some exciting players to pay attention this fall season as seniors Jack Collins and Joey Evangelista were named to Newsday's 100 High School Players in Suffolk County to Watch for the 2017 football season.

Jack was an All-League player for Port Jefferson as a junior and has been a varsity player for the team since his sophomore year. Last year, he passed for 750 yards and threw 14 touchdown passes.  He is the team’s coach on the field and is also hoping to play on the college level next year.

Joey, who serves as a team captain, was an All-County selection for Port Jefferson as a junior.  According to coach Andrew Cosci, Joey is one of the toughest players that he has ever coached. He ended up rushing for 850 yards last year, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He was also a leader on defense, making plenty of big hits throughout the season. He plans to play college football when his high school carrier is over.

“Having two young men like Jack and Joey makes a head coach’s job a little easier,” said Cosci. “They have embraced their leadership roles and are continuously pushing themselves and the other players to get better every day. We look forward to a great season!”

Schools Are Open

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Smooth sailing was the catchphrase of the day as the Port Jefferson School District welcomed back students for the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 5. Take a peek at some of the smiling scholars – seeing old friends and meeting new ones - ready and eager to get the academic year off to a great start!

Port Jefferson School District Welcomes Nine New Staff Members

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The Port Jefferson School District recently welcomed nine new members to its educational community with a detailed orientation program to ensure a smooth transition into their new professional positions. The two-day induction was designed to familiarize new staff with the Port Jefferson School District’s mission and goals of providing students with a personalized, rigorous education and encouraging responsible, independent and adaptable lifelong learners.

New to our schools this year (from left): Meghan Hallock (elementary art); Kimberly Vareles (middle school teaching assistant); Nicole Sklar (high school special education); Melissa Harms (elementary school teaching assistant); AnnMarie Anderson (elementary school teaching assistant); Katherine Butera (middle school/high school music teacher); Tara Grover (elementary school teaching assistant); Christine Benanti (psychologist) and Gina Scafidi (middle school/high school foreign language teacher) during a summer orientation program. Also pictured is Mr. Steven Orlowski, special education teacher at Edna Louise Elementary School, who helped organize the day.

“We are so excited to welcome nine new members to the royal family!” said Jessica Schmettan, the district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction. “They are a wonderful group of talented professionals, and we wish them the best this year.”

Community Input Needed – Capital Projects

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The Board of Education and district leadership team are seeking community input regarding the future of our school district and its ongoing discussion about a possible capital project bond referendum in the near future.

Please click the link below to take our community survey on this topic. Responses will be accepted until September 15, 2017.

For more information about the committee’s findings, scope of work, costs and other pertinent information, please visit the bond information Quick Links tab on district’s website,

Fundamentals of Football at Port Jeff Purple/White Day

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Saturday’s successful Purple/White Day brought together the Port Jeff Royals youth football and the varsity football team for an afternoon of fellowship and learning the skills and essentials of the fall sport in a clinic setting.

More than 15 youngsters and 35 varsity and JV players signed up for the August 26th special event, which, according to Ms. Danielle Turner, director of health, physical education and athletics, is slated to become an annual event because of the initial turnout.

"This is what sports are all about,” said Turner. “For our current players, it gave them a sense of what a special time this is in their lives. They may not remember every play of every game in 10 years, but they'll remember this. It encouraged them to work hard and stay involved. Sports bring out the best in kids and [this event] was a great example of that.”

There were many spectactors in the stands to watch the younger players learn from their newly formed friends – the Port Jeff Royals varsity football team.

Read more about the day here:

Port Jeff Varsity Football Team Hosts Purple/White Day

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Working to turn Port Jeff Royals youth football into a powerhouse program, the players will join the varsity football team for Purple/White Day tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 26, from 5-7 p.m. on the high school football field.

This special event will give the younger players an opportunity to learn from the varsity team members in a small clinic setting.

“The goal is to engage the younger students and help them improve their skills,” said Danielle Turner, director of health, physical education and athletics. “We want them to transition from youth football to competitive interscholastic sports by encouraging their working together with the varsity team.”

The community is invited to come down for this end-of-summer event that helps kick off the fall season.

The varsity team’s first game of the season is away, against Miller Place on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

To view the schedule for the season, click here:

Schedule for the Season

Sixth-graders welcomed to Port Jeff Middle School

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Incoming Port Jefferson Middle School students became acquainted with their new school at the sixth-grade back-to-school pizza party.

Students met Middle School Principal Robert Neidig, Assistant Principal Claudia Smith and numerous teachers before taking a tour of the school and receiving their locker assignments. The festive atmosphere was the backdrop for the PTSA-sponsored pizza, beverages and flavored ices served by parent volunteers.

The annual welcome event helps to prepare students for their entry into the middle school, familiarize them with the layout of the school and is an opportunity to catch up with classmates from the elementary school and seek out new friendships for the upcoming year.

District Ranked Among Finest in NYS

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In recognition of its exceptional educational program, the Port Jefferson School District has been ranked No. 84 in’s annual list of best elementary, middle and high schools as well as school districts. It also received a ranking at No. 66 of districts with the best teachers in the state.
The study factored in Port Jefferson’s academics, administrative leadership, college readiness, clubs and activities, attention to health and safety, resources and facilities for students, sports programs and quality of teaching.

A total of 670 public school districts in New York State were ranked in the annual study, which according to carefully selects ranking criteria to represent a healthy balance between statistical rigor and practical relevance. The organization uses comprehensive school data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as school reviews and online survey responses.

To read more on the ranking, click here:

Learning in Harmony at the Summer Music Camp at Port Jefferson

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The annual Summer Music Camp at Port Jefferson brought the sweet sounds of music to the air as elementary and middle school students honed their creative skills. For beginning and intermediate band and string students, the camp provided an enjoyable and positive way to begin learning an instrument or continuing their studies.
Saturday, September 23, 2017