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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.

PORT JEFFERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING NOTICES

A work session of the Port Jefferson School District Board of Education will be held on October 24, 2017 for a presentation on ESSA and Next Generation Learning Standards; and for other business as may be needed.
 
The regular monthly business meeting of the Port Jefferson School District Board of Education will be held on November 14, 2017, 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 to discuss legal and personnel matters.

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!

Student brings voice of his peers to Port Jefferson School Board

Student brings voice of his peers to Port Jefferson School Board photo
Earl L. Vandermeulen High School senior Max Okst serves as a voice of his peers as a student representative to the seven-member Port Jefferson School District Board of Education.

Okst, who was elected to the position by his classmates at the end of the last school year, reports on student activities and upcoming events at the Board’s monthly meetings.

With an interest in pursuing a college degree in theater design and technology and his involvement in the drama club throughout his educational career, Okst is motivated by his growing awareness of the importance of communication skills in his role.

“Being involved in theater for the past four years and now having this responsibility have both definitely increased my leadership skills,” said Okst. “It’s also important for students to understand the role of our Board of Education and I like being that connection.”

In addition to serving as a nonvoting Board of Education representative and being a successful, well-rounded student, Okst is a member of the district’s Sources of Strength program and is a shot put and discus thrower for the varsity track team.

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:

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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.

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

Schools Are Open 2017

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.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PJBond

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

Fundamentals of Football at Port Jeff Purple/White Day

Fundamentals of Football at Port Jeff Purple/White Day photo
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:

http://tbrnewsmedia.com/port-jeff-youth-learn-from-todays-football-leaders/

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.

Sunday, October 22, 2017