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Reading Sparks Magical Kickoff Event

Reading Sparks Magical Kickoff Event photo
Hiawatha Elementary School students recently kicked off their Pick a Reading Partner program with a dazzling display that connected literacy and magic, thanks to Joe Holiday’s Reading Rocks Magic Show. 

Students across grade levels attended the kickoff assembly program where magician Joe Holiday used books as inspiration for many of his impressive magic tricks. With help from student volunteers, Holiday continued to amaze the crowd throughout the show while referencing several notable books, including the Harry Potter series. 
 

Button Makers Combine Mythology and Technology

Button Makers Combine Mythology and Technology photo

Sixth-grade students at Seneca Middle School recently participated in a mythology-themed activity creating button pins, inspired by the Rick Riordan book, “The Lightning Thief.”

With help from the Sachem Public Library, students were taught how to assemble their own button pins before they pressed the buttons together using one of the library’s button presses. Students made buttons from one of six premade designs before creating their own mythology-themed illustrations to be turned into buttons. 

The activity was an opportunity for the students to review key areas of the popular book as part of their unit on gods and goddesses. 

 

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Sachem Student-Athletes Earn Top Winter Sports Honors

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Congratulations to the student-athletes listed below for receiving postseason honors in their respective winter sports. 

These student-athletes are recognized for their accomplishments and exceptional performances. 

These recognitions are awarded by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Section XI, Suffolk County coaches associations, Newsday and other sports-related foundations.

Sachem East Postseason Award Winners

Cheerleading Scholar-Athlete Team

Melissa Bossong:                     All-Division

Jessica Laudato:                      All-Academic

Hannah Shapiro:                     All-County

 

Boys Basketball: Scholar-Athlete Team

Chris Boothe:                           All-League

Ryan Kennedy:                        All-Academic

Liam Sheehy:                           All-League

 

Girls Basketball: Scholar-Athlete Team

Emma Lange:                          All-League, All-County

Mackenzie Szlosek:                 All-League, All-County

Samantha Szatkowski:                         All-League

 

Boys Winter Track: Scholar-Athlete Team

Christian Berberich:                All-League

Joe Berberich:                         All-League

Dan Leonard:                          All-League Long Jump, County Champion, All-County

Matt Pietzak:                           All-League

 

Girls Winter Track: Scholar-Athlete Team

League 1 Champions

Bridget Abraldes:                    All-League

Jasmine Ahmed:                      All-League, Academic All-County

Marcla Araujo:                        All-League

Angelina Colon:                       All-League

Arya Deshpande:                     All-League

Lindsey Dodenhoff:                 All-League, All-County

Chiara Marziali:                      All-League

Sabrina Mena:                         All-League

Julianna Mercado:                  All-League, Academic All-County

Melisa Merone:                      All-League

Arianna Moore:                       All-League

Anna Murphy:                         All-League

Ariann Robinson:                     All-League, All-State

Marissa Sciotto:                      All-League

Lauren Trejo:                           All-League, All-County, All-State

Kaylee Vanella:                       All-League

Alexis Violi:                              All-League

Rachel Weber:                        All-League

 

 

 

Wrestling:

League 1 Dual Champs

League 1 Tournament Champs

Section XI Duals Champs

 

Lucas Coniker:                         All-League

Steve Dorman:                        All-League, All-County

Mark Kmiotek:                        All-League, All-County

Tom Marks:                             All-League

Sam Matlat:                            All-League, All-County

Trevor Murray:                       All-League

Ryan Paolella:                         All-League

Angel Pineda:                          All-League, Outstanding Wrestler, All-County

Brendan Syrop:                       All-League

Luis Valdez:                             All-League

Ryan Wahl:                              All-League

Jared Weinhaus:                      All-League, All-County, Suffolk County Champion, All-State

 

 

 

Sachem North Postseason Award Winners

 

 

Cheerleading: Scholar-Athlete Team

County Champions

State Champions

Emily Heinssen:                       All-Division

Julia Lange:                             All-Academic

Madison Wruck:                      All-County

Ariana Yasso:                           All-County

 

Boys Basketball: Scholar-Athlete Team

Bradley Anacreon:                  All-League, All-Conference

James Butler:                          Unsung Hero of League 1,

Joseph Petillo:                         All-Academic

 

Girls Basketball: Scholar-Athlete Team

Corinne Amato:                       All-Academic

Erin Avanzato:                         All-Academic

Hailey Hallum:                        All-League

Kennadie Hallum:                   All-League, All-Conference, All-County

Julia Turano:                            All-League, All-Conference

 

Boys Winter Track: Scholar-Athlete Team

Matthew Aliano:                     All-League

Nicholas Ambrosino:               All-League

Michael Bailey:                       All-League, All-County (Honorable Mention)

Ian Carollo:                             All-League

Tim Colgan:                             All-League

Alex Jean:                                All-League

Matt Kruse:                             All-League

Daniel McKay:                         All-League, All-County (Honorable Mention)

Steve Medina:                         All-League

Jaden Mennella-Singleton:     All-League, All-County (Honorable Mention)

Vidit Parikh:                            All-League

Devin Scavuzzo:                       All-League

Vincent Tripi:                          All-League

Chris Ventre:                           All-League, All-County (Honorable Mention)

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Winter Track: Scholar-Athlete Team

Annaliese Fabrizi:                    All-League

Gia Giudice:                             All-League

Katie Houston:                         All-League

Jordyn McDonnell:                  All-League, All-County

Christina Molinelli:                 All-League

Jessica Nischo:                         All-League, Academic All-County

Mikayla Pulido:                       All-League

Molly Ramirez:                        All-League

Jessica Sommers:                    All-League

 

Wrestling: Scholar-Athlete Team

Andrew Alfieri:                       All-League

Adam Barker:                          All-League

Michael Barker:                      All-League

Nick Cruz:                                All-League

Brian Eichler:                          All-League

Vinny Engel:                            All-League

Matt Keegan:                          All-League

Sean Lutin:                              All-League

J.T. Mankowich:                      All-League

John Mendes:                          All-League

Eric Wetherbee:                      All-League

 

 

Sachem Combined Team Postseason Award Winners

 

 

Boys Bowling: Scholar-Athlete Team

League Champions

Liam Beaucamp:                     All-League

John Clark:                              All-Conference

Justin DiMaggio:                     All-League

Hunter Levine:                        All-State

Nick Walker:                           All-League

 

Girls Bowling: Scholar-Athlete Team

Cira Arcangel:                         All-League

Nistha Boghra:                        All-Academic

Shannon Darby:                      All-Academic, All-League, All-County

Amanda Gildersleeve:            All-League, All-Academic

Emily Kulkarni:                        All-League, All-League

Kayla Manarino:                      All-Academic

Amanda Naujokas:                  All-League, All-County, All-State

Kristie Wadler:                        All-Academic

 

Boys Swimming: Scholar-Athlete Team

Sean Combs:                           All-League

Avery Davis:                            All-League, All-County

Mike Dowd:                             All-League, All-County, All-State

Ryan Engel:                             All-League, All-County

Quin Honan:                            All-League, All-County

Google Applications Bring Learning to Life

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An exciting addition to a unit on ecosystems and food chains was incorporated during a recent activity at Merrimac Elementary School in Lisa Mazzaglia’s fourth-grade class, with help from Technology Integration Specialist Claudia Camassa.

As part of the students’ study on ecosystems and the elements they are composed of, students utilized iPads and the Google Expedition Augmented Reality program to see the food chain come alive. Looking through the iPad, students were able to point the devices at certain markers on the floor that created digitized models of components found in the food chain, such as producers, consumers, omnivores, herbivores, carnivores and scavengers. Among the animals that came to life through the digital software were bears, deer and vultures.

As a culminating activity, students organized a food chain from start to finish using each of the components they studied throughout the unit. 

Sachem Spellers Honored by Board of Education

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At the most recent meeting of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, members of the Board honored Krish Rashan, the winner of the annual districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee, and two students from each elementary school who were named the winner and runner-up of their respective building spelling bees. Students were congratulated for their tremendous efforts during each spelling competition and for their extraordinary spelling ability. 
 

Board of Education Honors Student-Musicians

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On Feb.27, the Sachem Central School District Board of Education honored several outstanding student-musicians participating in the band, orchestra or chorus who were selected as the top musicians from their respective school by the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association. 

Middle school students were honored as Division 2 selections and high school students in ninth and 10th grade were honored as Division 3 selections. 
 

Waverly Raises Awareness, Funds for St. Baldrick’s

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Waverly Avenue Elementary School’s generosity and community spirit were on full display at its annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event this year.

The school raised over $22,000 for St. Baldrick’s, an organization that raises money to fight childhood cancer. 

Historically, Waverly has carried the torch for Sachem in this specific fundraising effort, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last decade. Other buildings across the district will hold St. Baldrick’s events throughout March.

This year’s honoree at Waverly, Kayla Sperro, was on hand as more than 45 students and staff had their heads shaved in front of a packed cafeteria. Sperro, 15, is a Sachem student who is batting osteosarcoma.

To learn more about St. Baldrick’s and donate to Waverly’s efforts, click here.
 

Elementary Day Information for the 2019-20 School Year

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Sagamore Writers

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Twenty talented Sagamore 7th graders are published authors.  Their "Stranger Sagas" short stories were selected by the Young Writers Association, and published in an anthology of writers from New York.  Their stories are very creative and suspenseful.  We are very proud of their accomplishments!  If anyone would like to purchase a copy, please contact Mrs. Gennosa at Sagamore Middle School.
 









Amazing Art Displays

by Mahdi Hassanali

Did you notice some of the great art that is being displayed all across the school? Examples of this are the beautiful tree, the bulletin board displays, and the “Pop Up Gallery” that Ms.Grempel and Mrs. Parisi have been working on. Sagamore is extremely lucky to have these two art teachers, who are incredibly talented and have their mind set on making our school a better place. These extraordinary pieces shown below are made by students all across the building who have put in the time and effort to make them. Ms.Grempel and Mrs.Parisi have been hard at work trying to introduce art into our lives and definitely deserve a thank you. Next time you see one of these talented women, be sure to thank them for all they’ve done for our school.  

 

Middle School Musicians Share Experiences

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Fifth-grade music students recently visited middle schools throughout the district to prepare for the transition to middle school music programs. The visits are an opportunity for students to become better acclimated to the experiences they will encounter while practicing and performing on the middle school level. 

Each year, elementary school students across the district who participate in band, orchestra or chorus travel with their peers to the Sachem middle school they will attend. On this recent trip, the fifth-graders met with the music teachers they will learn from and gained key insight on things they may encounter as part of middle school music instruction. Continuing the experience, students joined their respective ensembles where they performed a series of warm-up exercises before performing as part of a large ensemble for the first time. 

Concluding the visit, fifth-graders asked the upperclassman questions about their music experience thus far and for advice on what to expect as they continue their musical careers after elementary school. 
 

Pulsera Project Creates Connection Among Cultures

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Sachem High School North recently served as a gateway to vibrant cultural art as part of the Pulsera Project, which introduces the art of Nicaraguan artisans to people around the world.

Leading High School North’s effort, students from the Interact Club and Christy Zummo’s Spanish classes created a colorful display selling a vast collection of the handwoven bracelets, purses and headbands. The proceeds go directly to the Pulsera project, a nonprofit organization that connects Pulsera artists with well-paying, fair-trade jobs, scholarships, health care and access to housing for them and their families. Each unique piece comes with a tag that includes the artist’s name and photo so purchasers can see who their item was made by. 

Through the project, students learn about fair trade and social issues in Latin America and promote global citizenship throughout their school community. 
 

Chippewa Students Study the Science of Insects

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Chippewa Elementary School students were recently introduced to areas of biology and entomology with help from two assistant professors from the Department of Biology at Farmingdale State College.

Cell biologist Dr. Azad Gucwa visited Donna Gianfortone’s first-grade class and Laura Seguna’s fourth-grade class to guide students through a hands-on learning activity utilizing foldscopes and paper microscopes.

As part of an additional activity, Dr. Carly Tribull taught students about entomology and the importance of insects as she spoke about her unique collection of insects. 

 

Fun With Animation Lays a Foundation for Future Coding

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An introduction to animation and code was part of a recent lesson for first-grade students at Grundy Avenue Elementary School, led by Technology Integration Specialist Claudia Camassa.

To begin the activity, Camassa read an excerpt from the Joshua Funk book, “How to Code a Sandcastle,” where students were introduced to popular coding terms like block code, sequencing and looping. Using iPads, students then accessed the coding program Scratch Jr. to choose a character, customize a background and then select commands for their character to follow.  

The activity was an excellent introductory experience for students, as they will participate in additional coding activities in the future. 

 

Fairy Tales Told by Technology

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Fifth-grade students at Waverly Avenue Elementary School turned to technology to tell popular fairy tales during a recent English language arts activity in Kristina Fulcher and Danielle Sexton’s class. 

Using Ozobots, students retold the popular fairy tale “The Three Little Pigs” by sketching paths for the Ozobots to follow. Along the paths, students illustrated key moments in the story and added color elements to the paths that caused the Ozobots to spin before continuing on the path.   

As part of the unique activity, students explored the importance of several key story elements such as character development, plot and conflict. 
 

Sachem Creates a Buzz at Annual Brain Bee

Sachem Creates a Buzz and Annual Brain Bee photo
Six Sachem High School Science Research students from High Schools North and East attended the 2019 Long Island Brain Bee, held at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell on Feb. 9. 

Sachem High School East students Asweel Mehaboob, Zul Norin and Elizabeth Reimer joined Sachem High School North students Nistha Boghra, Amy Delury and Miranda Garcia-Cassani to attend the annual competition that gives interested students a venue to explore multiple disciplines associated with the study of the brain. The bee also exposes them to career opportunities in neurology, neurosurgery, psychology and neuroscience.

The one-day competition is comprised of three components: a written test on brain facts, laboratory demonstrations on normal and pathological human brain and spinal cord specimens, and a test to identify the anatomical structures and functions of a real human brain.

Senior Amy Delury placed third in this year’s competition, her third consecutive top three finish. 
 

Crazy Combination Creates a Sweet Reaction

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Two popular sugary treats were the main components of a recent STEAM lesson for kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at Merrimac Elementary School that explored chemical reactions and states of matter. 

As part of the experiment, students attempted to predict the outcome of mixing Mentos candy with diet Coca-Cola. After writing their predictions, teachers Brooke Sarfati and Katy Wilkinson took the students outside to conduct the experiment. Swiftly dropping the Mentos into the soda created a fizzy stream that erupted towards the sky. Students observed in amazement until the majority of soda left the bottle. 

Following the experiment, students learned that the reaction was caused by nucleation which occurred on the porous surface of the Mentos candy, causing the formation of carbon dioxide molecules that needed to escape. 

Concluding the activity, students sketched their observations and viewed videos on similar experiments incorporating a variety of variables.  



Student Collaboration Highlights African-American History

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A collaborative effort provided impressive results as kindergarten students in Jennifer Collins’ class joined their fifth-grade book buddies in Amanda Hallstein’s class at Chippewa Elementary School for a project that honored prominent African-American men and women in history.

As part of the project celebrating Black History Month, student groups researched information on their selected individual and created timelines using chronological order to outline their lives. While organizing the presentations, fifth-grade students focused on text structure to clearly and concisely deliver the information.  

Concluding the project, students presented their work to a room of their peers on the influential individual they selected. Among the prominent figures chosen were Fredrick Douglas, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Harriet Tubman. 

Annual Convention Brings Specialists to Seneca

Annual Convention Brings Specialists to Seneca photo

Before midwinter recess, Seneca Middle School transformed into a bustling hub for art and literature as several established authors and illustrators visited to share their specialties with students as part of the annual Sene-Con convention, now in its second year.

Throughout the day, seventh-grade students traveled around the building to a number of classrooms dedicated to specific presentations by talented authors and illustrators from multiple disciplines. Origami artists Shrikant Iyer and Jacqueline Billig taught students precise folding sequences to form origami art creations, such as a swan, that the students practiced. Graphic designer and illustrator David O. Miller shared beginner tips for drawing in three dimensions. He continued his tutorial on the fundamentals of sketching by guiding students through several character drawings and emphasizing the students’ ability to create things with the technology available to them. 

An art workshop presented by Imagine That! introduced students to famous artist Jackson Pollack’s work where students learned about the artist before recreating his work using his unique drip paint style. Continuing the focus on art, Marvel artist Billy Tucci spoke to students about his approach to art and the hard work that lead to the position he holds today. Tucci displayed a collection of his work for students to see and answered numerous questions about his profession. Additionally, the Manga style of drawing prominent in Japan was represented by comic artist Misako Rocks! as she demonstrated the unique techniques associated with the medium. 

As part of a captivating combination of art and storytelling, Christopher Agostino painted several students’ faces to coincide with folktales he told from around the world. His theatric renditions of numerous folktales captivated his audience, some ending with a surprising reveal of the face he painted on his chosen volunteer. This year, students also learned tips and tricks from ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner as they practiced numerous techniques of the trade together. 

Another unique addition to this year’s convention was African fabric painting with Mrs. Cole-Lacey, in which students utilized paint and several pattern stamps to design and create a unique piece of art on a section of cloth. 




Living History Museum Celebrates Black History Month

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A celebration of African-American art, music and poetry recently took place at Sachem High School East as part of a Harlem Renaissance Living History Museum in honor of Black History Month.

Led by members of the History Honor Society and club adviser Tracey Melandro, students created a vibrant display of African-American culture that highlighted achievements in art, music, literature and sports. Throughout this month, students researched a specific area of African-American culture and developed engaging ways to present the information to their peers. Some of the unique ways students presented the information was by creating a “poet tree” where students added pieces of poetry, a station where students could recreate art from the Harlem Renaissance and another station where they could add a note to a board about what inspires them. 

While the museum was open, high school students across grade levels patiently waited to view each informative display highlighting some of the most prominent African-Americans in history. 

 

Students Put Their Heart Into Breakout EDU

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A collaborative effort among students was key to cracking the code during a recent Valentine’s Day-themed Breakout EDU activity in Allison Poffenbarger’s third-grade class at Grundy Avenue Elementary School.

As part of the challenging activity, students were tasked with solving multiple puzzles to get clues that would provide the combinations for a series of locks. The students’ goal was to open the box that held Cupid’s bow and arrows after he locked them in the box last year and forgot the combination. 

Working together, the student groups successfully solved each puzzle and unlocked the box.  

 

Wenonah Cares Supports North Shore Animal League

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The latest service learning project from Wenonah Elementary School was to support animals.

The Wenonah Cares organization and Building Leadership Team completed a project dubbed “Be a Friend to Paws and Claws.”

Students and staff collected pet supplies and donated over 180 items to the North Shore Animal League. 

Follow @WenonahSchool on Twitter to learn more about all of the wonderful community service programs at Wenonah happening throughout the school year.
 

Gaining Essential Insight Through Talks on Technology

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Library media specialists from across the Sachem Central School District recently gathered at the Sachem High School North library for an informative professional development opportunity that emphasized best practices for students and staff when utilizing the numerous educational technologies available to them. 

As part of the workshop, the library media specialists explored key areas of technology such as tech literacy, the capabilities of connecting coding and curriculum concepts, and the fundamentals of keyboarding. In addition, the expansive training opportunity emphasized the importance of online safety and the dangers of cyberbullying, including ways to immediately enhance the understanding of these essential areas and foster the positive practices of productive digital citizens. 

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Sachem North Captures NYS Cheerleading Championship

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Sachem North cheerleading put a cherry on top of its season by capturing a New York State championship.

The Flaming Arrows traveled to Rochester, New York, and came home with a Division I Large School title. This was the encore performance to winning a Suffolk County title just weeks ago.

Sachem shared the state spotlight with Rocky Point and Mount Sinai, helping in a trifecta win for Section XI, as all three won state titles in their respective divisions. 

More images and clips from the tournament are available on the @SachemSchools Twitter feed.
 

Sachem Students Shine at Prom

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On Feb. 8, three Sachem students attended the fifth anniversary of Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older.

Together, Sachem students Samuel Crean, Shane McCue and John Wylie arrived at the prom in a limousine and each student was named prom king of the joyous event before they enjoyed dancing and enjoying a fun time with their peers.  

Taking a Bite Out of the Breakfast Industry

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Students at Sachem High Schools North and East interested in careers in marketing gained valuable industry insight through hands-on experience as part of a recent project in William Ward’s College Marketing class. 

The project challenged students to design their own unique breakfast cereal and create a marketing plan to accompany their product. As part of the marketing plan, students needed to identify their target market, develop product ideas, and collaborate with their group members to choose a cereal name, packaging, distribution outlets and price. The intricate product designs mirrored those of cereals found in grocery stores now including nutritional facts, games and bar codes. 

To conclude the project, students delivered presentations that grabbed the attention of their audience and persuaded them to invest in the cereal they created.  
 

Board Recognizes Excellence in Athletics

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At the Feb.13 meeting of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, several athletic teams were recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments during the fall season. 

Beginning the recognitions, the Sachem East girls cross-country team was honored for its incredible season where it was named division champions, Suffolk County champions and a Scholar Athlete team. Next, the Sachem East girls field hockey team was recognized for its outstanding undefeated season in which it won the Section 11 championship, a Long Island championship and made an appearance in the New York State tournament. 

Continuing the recognitions, the Sachem North boys volleyball team was recognized for its incredible achievements this season as it was named the Section 11 champions, won the Long Island championship and finished second at the New York State tournament. 

Concluding the recognitions, 14 student-athletes were honored for their individual accomplishments in academics and sports, being named All-County, All-State or All-American athletes. 
 

Studying the Science of Natural Disasters

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Towering waves, structure-shaking winds and ground-crumbling earthquakes were all topics of discussions in Caitlin Thompson’s Natural Disasters class at Sachem High School East, a science elective for students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. 

As part of the course, students learned about natural disasters that occur around the world, such as earthquakes, volcanos, wild fires, tornados, blizzards, floods and plagues. Students examined numerous causes of these disasters using knowledge from several specific areas of science, including meteorology, geology and Earth science. 

During a recent activity examining the power of hurricane-force winds, students were tasked to construct a miniature hurricane-proof building with the ability to withstand extreme winds. Using tape, pipe cleaners, string and tongue depressors, students assembled buildings capable of holding the load of a tennis ball while also withstanding high winds simulated by a fan. 

 
 

District Crowns Top Speller at Annual Spelling Bee

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A faceoff between the top 20 Sachem spellers took place during the annual fifth-grade districtwide spelling bee on Feb. 6 at Grundy Avenue Elementary School.

For more than 20 years the Sachem Central School District has showcased the top two spellers from each building at the districtwide event. As champions on the building level representing their respective elementary schools, the 20 word wizards met for a chance to be named the top speller. This year’s bee was judged by a trio of Sachem administrators, Nokomis Elementary Principal Denise Kleinman, Wenonah Elementary Principal Christine Dipaola and Waverly Elementary Principal Thomas Desmond, with Grundy Avenue Elementary School Principal Laura Amato serving as the official pronouncer. 

At the conclusion of the intense competition, Krish Rajan from Grundy Avenue Elementary School was named the winner after successfully spelling “preamble.”  

Students’ Activity Honors Black History Month

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A prominent African-American figure was at the center of a recent activity for third-grade students in Julie Celecia’s class in honor of Black History Month. 

As part of their introduction to biographies, students selected books on Ruby Bridges, an elementary school student who at 6 years old was one of the first African-Americans to desegregate a public school. Students utilized several research methods, including books and online research tools, to gather information on the extraordinary life of Bridges. Students learned about the civil rights movement and the numerous hardships she endured while in school. 

Concluding their research, students compiled a collection of information highlighting key areas from her life and selected character traits in Bridges that they admire, creating an informative hallway display for all Waverly students to see. 

In an additional activity, students in Katie Hoey’s first-grade class learned about prominent African American jazz musicians such as B.B. King.

Two National Dance Titles for Sachem North

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The Sachem North Varsity Arrowettes had a strong performance at this year’s National Dance Alliance championships this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. 

Sachem won two National Dance Alliance national titles: Small Varsity Jazz and Small Varsity Team Performance. 

The squad also placed second in Small Varsity Kick as well.

Sachem North has now won 13 national titles in events spanning the last 10 years.
 

Lynwood Students Celebrate 100 Days

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One hundred was the magic number for students during a collection of activities in Nicole Stumpf and Bianca Ferrantelli’s kindergarten class as part of a 100th day of school celebration.

Throughout the day’s celebration, students participated in several math, science and hands-on STEM activities including the number 100. Rotating between separate stations, student groups built structures from 100 Legos, colored 100 gumballs in a gumball machine, stacked 100 cups as high as they could and counted by 10 to 100 to organize a group of puzzle pieces.

The activities commemorating the 100th day of school encouraged students to use teamwork, be creative and problem-solve to complete each task. 

 

Chippewa Celebrates the Chinese New Year

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Elements of traditional Chinese culture covered the halls of Chippewa Elementary School in celebration of Chinese New Year on Feb. 5 as students participated in a collection of activities highlighting the country.

Before the celebration, third-grade students throughout the building crafted Chinese lanterns, masks and painted messages in Mandarin to be displayed throughout the building. In addition, students became experts on Chinese culture, learning intriguing facts about the country and its citizens’ way of life. 

Concluding the celebration, students enjoyed a Chinese food lunch where they spoke about the Americanized items served and those served as a part of a traditional Chinese meal. 

 

Sachem North Cheer Wins Suffolk County Championship

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For the second straight season, the Sachem North cheer squad won a Suffolk County championship.

Edging out Connetquot by just 3.85 points, Sachem lived up to the high expectations set last season by the Flaming Arrows, competing this year as defending champions. 

“We are very happy that we were able to win another Suffolk County championship for Sachem North,” Sachem coach Danielle Gresalfi said. “These girls pushed through a lot of adversity these past few weeks, so ending with winning the Suffolk County title was great for us all.”

Gresalfi said their goal each week is to always be better than the week before. 

“We are very proud as coaches to be part of a program that has such great tradition and such a huge support group of families, friends and fans,” she added.

Sachem North will now turn its attention to the NYSPHSAA cheer championships in Rochester on March 2.
 

Sachem East Chess Dominance Continues

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Thanks to the performance by Samuel Sylia at this year’s Suffolk County chess championship, Sachem East has produced champions in three of the last four years. The chess dynasty is alive and real in Sachem.

Sylia went undefeated for all five of his matches for a clear win ahead of over 50 players from across Suffolk County.

“Sam mentioned that he felt well prepared for playing chess, and also felt mentally tougher than his opponents,” said adviser and science teacher Dr. Stephen Wefer.
 

Students Put Their Hearts Into Valentine Box Project

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The happiness of others is on the minds of students and staff at Waverly Avenue Elementary School as part of their ongoing Valentine Box project that shares the love of reading with children across Long Island. 

For more than 10 years, the initiative organized by Beth Ryan and Deb Mergott has rallied the support of Sachem students, staff and community members to make creative Valentine’s Day boxes filled with snacks, drinks, small toys and, most importantly, new books to be distributed to children in need. 

“It truly is a community effort,” Mergott said. “We know that these boxes make Valentine’s Day a little brighter for so many children.”  

With the help of Waverly Avenue fifth-grade students, the assortment of boxes is organized and delivered by Sachem Facilities personnel to various organizations that benefit the less fortunate. 

Sachem Stands Together on P.S. I Love You Day

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Students and staff across the Sachem Central School district participated in a collection of heartwarming events and activities last week in recognition of P.S. I Love You Day, an initiative that looks to eliminate bullying and promote mental health awareness.

At elementary schools around the district, students were joined by peer education students from Sachem High School East and North who led inspiring assemblies on kindness and being proud of who you are. As part of the assemblies, peer educators facilitated activities showcasing the power of a compliment and how one simple act of kindness can change someone’s day. 

During an activity at Cayuga Elementary School in Jaimie DiPalma and Kristin Ruhs’ second-grade class, students created kindnessgrams in which students wrote a list of compliments to one of their peers and shared it aloud to the class. With bright smiles, students read and received compliments until the entire class had shared. 

At Sachem High School East, peer education students encouraged faculty, students and staff to visit the Peer Education Station where they could design and decorate a puzzle piece that highlighted the qualities that make them unique. The assembled puzzle will remain displayed in the hallway, representing the unique characteristics found in the individuals throughout the school building. 

“The puzzle pieces are a representation of how we are all unique individuals, but together we create a beautiful school community,” said High School East senior Hope Froehlich. “Each piece is a representation of exactly who you are because you have the ability to design it yourself.” 

At the conclusion of the week, students and staff dressed in purple to foster kindness, create a welcoming environment and signify that no one is ever alone. 





Cultivating Creativity on Kid Inventors Day

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Last month, students across grade levels at Lynwood Avenue Elementary School participated in a plethora of hands-on activities showcasing their creativity as part of Kid Inventors Day.

Concluding their study of penguins, kindergarten students designed and constructed a raft that would remain buoyant while holding a paper penguin. Using a select amount of straws and tape, students collaboratively constructed their rafts before testing their capabilities. Following the activity, students reviewed the building and design process and ways they could have improved their designs. 

In third grade, students continued their study of buoyancy and states of matter during an exciting activity in which students designed a boat made from tin foil that could hold the greatest number of pennies. As the activity progressed, students collected data on their vessels and how they performed.

Continuing the day of creativity, coding was incorporated into a challenging activity for fourth-grade students. They used the Scratch program to code a robot to complete various tasks such as traveling through space and playing basketball.        






Jared Weinhaus Wins Suffolk County Wrestling Championship

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A sweet victory in the 99-pound Suffolk County championship capped off a successful tournament for Sachem East’s Jared Weinhaus.

He pinned each of his opponents en route to the crown, which he ultimately won by defeating Ward Melville’s Christian Lievano with a pin in 1:32.

Weinhaus’ season continues when he heads to the New York State wrestling tournament in Albany on Feb. 22-23.

Sachem East placed ninth as a team with 79 total points. 

Steve Dorman, Mark Kmiotek and Sam Matlat placed sixth, while Angel Pineda placed fifth for Sachem East.
 

Igniting an Interest in Engineering and Science

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Feats of physics were on full display at Sachem High School North as students in Robert Wentzel’s Rocket and Aircraft Design class assembled and tested personal hovercrafts as part of a recent project. 

Applying several laws of physics to determine the force needed to lift their hovercrafts, students tested the pressure produced by a leaf blower and determined they would have sufficient output to lift the vehicles from the ground. Using pool liner and plywood, students assembled their hovercrafts before testing them with help from members of their group.  

As the project progresses, students will modify their personal hovercrafts to maneuver the hallways of the school building. 

Lego Robotics at Seneca Middle School

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Seneca’s Lego robotics team competed in the First Lego League Robotics Qualifier event at Mineola High School. 

The team members include Christopher Acosta, Taylor Califano, Jackson Catalano, Michael Lubniewski, James Ryan, Matthew Scavo, Hannah Thomas, Matthew Vilbig and Ryan Zhu. They are led by co-coaches Heidi Michta and Michael Lundstrom, both teachers at Seneca. 

The qualifier event consisted of four judging opportunities: project, core values, robot presentation and the robot game. 

Each year there is a theme which influences each of these events. This year’s theme was “Into Orbit.” Each team had to “identify a human physical or social problem faced during long-duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and propose a solution.” 

Seneca’s team researched radiation in space and its effects on the humans that work in the space stations. At the competition students presented their findings and their solution in a creative way in front of an audience of judges and parents. The rookie team also completed a mission in the robot game, and it was a huge success for them at the qualifier.
 

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Building a Foundation for Future Educators

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As part of a collection of informative lessons on infants, toddlers and preschoolers, students at Sachem High School East in Debra Lopez’s Child Development class worked with children from the community to study the social and emotional aspects of play. 

Children ages 1-5 came to visit the high school class so students could observe critical points in their growth, such as physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. During the visits, students guided the children through numerous age-appropriate activities, such as finger painting and using rolling pins and cookie cutters with Play-Doh. 

For students interested in pursuing a career in education or child care services, the Child Development class is an excellent introductory opportunity to gain valuable experience working with young children.   
 

Retired Police Officer Shares Lessons on Life

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During a recent assembly program at Samoset Middle School, eighth-grade students heard from Paul Failla, a retired Suffolk County police officer of 27 years, and a professional actor, writer, producer and author who spoke to students about the importance of values and leadership. 

Failla covered several topics such as diversity, respect, modeling after positive role models, making good choices, health and wellness and how to be a responsible digital citizen. Using these topics, Failla engaged students in interactive conversations on issues critical to their development. Through these inspiring conversations, students were empowered to create a school climate of civility, respect and acceptance.  

“There is nothing in your life that you cannot attain,” Failla told students. “When you put your heart into something, your soul will light the path.”  
 

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Grundy Avenue Students Lead Fundraising Effort

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Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay III recently presented Grundy Avenue Elementary School fifth-grade students Michael Rivera and Cole Friedman with a proclamation in recognition of their extraordinary efforts collecting winter clothing for families in need as part of the legislator’s annual Community Coat Drive for Every Child’s Dream. 

Earlier this school year, Michael and Cole approached building Principal Laura Amato with an idea to collect winter coats, blankets, gloves, hats and scarves for people in need. Deciding that they would contribute the donations they received to Legislator Lindsay’s coat drive, the ambitious duo created posters, made announcements and a donation box to raise awareness of the cause throughout the school. The students collected 12 full bags of various winter clothing for donation. 
 

Creating the Next Generation of Lifesavers

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For more than 30 years, middle school students across the Sachem School District have participated in a skills-based program, learning myriad valuable lifesaving skills during health education classes. 

As part of the districtwide CPR initiative, seventh-grade students learn proper CPR procedure, the Heimlich Maneuver for choking situations and how to administer an automated external defibrillator in the case of a cardiac arrest. Students practice proper technique while simultaneously reviewing different scenarios and how to safely and effectively use their lifesaving skills if needed. 

“This program empowers a future generation of lifesavers,” Chairperson for Secondary Health Education Lori Hewlett said. “The program has even inspired some students to enter into the medical field as a result.” 

Throughout the years, the initiative has expanded to include the certification of faculty and staff across the district and has introduced fifth-grade students to hands-only CPR. At the conclusion of the middle school program, students who successfully complete a written and practical certification exam receive an official CPR certification card from the American Heart Association.  

“I feel that I can now help people in need instead of being a bystander,” said Shantel, a seventh-grade health education student. “Our training has made me feel confident in the lifesaving skills we have learned.”  
 

Important June 2019 Calendar Announcement! DATE CHANGE

Merrimac Elementary 5th grade moving up will take place at Sachem East High School on Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 5pm.

Waverly Elementary 5th grade moving up will take place at Sachem East High School on Thursday June 20, 2019 at 7:30pm.

All other elementary schools 5th grade moving up ceremonies will take place as scheduled on the district calendar.

Sachem Health Educator Honored With Suffolk Zone Award

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On Thursday, Jan. 17, Sachem High School East Health Education teacher Patricia Broderick was honored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, receiving a Suffolk Zone Professional Award as the Secondary Health Education Teacher of the Year. Recipients of this award are nominated by their colleagues for their extraordinary work as an educator and professional contributions to their school and community.   
 

Seneca Students Attend Robotics Qualifier

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On Saturday, Jan. 26, Seneca Middle School’s Lego robotics team competed in the First Lego
League Robotics Qualifier event at Mineola High School with team members Christopher Acosta, Taylor Califano, Jackson Catalano, Michael Lubniewski, James Ryan, Matthew Scavo, Hannah Thomas, Matthew Vilbig and Ryan Zhu, led by co-coaches Heidi Michta and Michael Lundstrom, both teachers at Seneca.

The qualifier event consisted of four areas scored by judges: project, core values, robot presentation and the robot game. Each year, a theme is selected that influences each of the judged events. This year’s theme was “Into Orbit” and each team was tasked with identifying a physical or social human problem faced during long-duration space explorations within our solar system and to propose a solution. The team of Sachem students focused on researching radiation in space and its effects on the humans who work in the space stations. After completing their project, students presented their findings and solution in a creative way to the panel of judges. 

The students successfully completed each task and displayed extraordinary teamwork to accomplish their goals. 

Board Recognizes Incredible Student Achievement in Music

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During the most recent meeting of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, multiple student musicians in performing groups, including the chorus, orchestra and band, were recognized for their extraordinary performances at the New York State School Music Association’s All-County and All-State Conferences. Additionally, one student was selected to perform at the Eastern Division Conference. The selected students were chosen to perform at these prominent music conferences based on their NYSMMA solo scores given earlier this school year. 

New Math Units Add to Student Success

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Recognizing the diverse academic needs that are essential to the success of our students, the Sachem Central School District has developed a new Elementary Math Workshop curriculum aligned with the requirements of the New York State Education Department’s revised Mathematics Learning Standards. 

In advance of the 2018-19 school year, a group of Sachem administrators and educators developed a consistent framework for equipping elementary students with a deep understanding of the mathematical concepts necessary to have continued success throughout their education. With the implementation of these new units, the district has created a foundation of common skills, strategies and vocabulary terms for teachers to deliver a symmetrical instructional experience for students across each elementary building. This foundation ensures all grade K-5 students receive instruction on similar concepts in alignment with middle school coursework, enabling a smooth, successful transition to upper grade levels. 

“As a district, we know how important it is to develop flexible mathematical thinkers with good number sense,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Erin Hynes. “We are committed to meeting each student where they are in the learning process and moving them towards mastery as quickly and efficiently as possible, using research-based strategies.”  

With this new curriculum, students engage in hands-on, manipulative-based, cooperative learning, while facilitating an enjoyable educational experience. Additionally, the inclusion of small-group instruction strives to enable students to build upon foundational skills and work towards mastery of essential math skills. 

Enhancing the Student Experience with Seventh-Grade World Languages

As research notes that those who study a second language at a younger age experience tremendous benefits and increased fluency, the district’s seventh-grade students at each middle school have begun learning French, Italian or Spanish this year, a program of study that previously began in the eighth grade. 

As part of the introductory experience, which replaces the flex period, students take part in a foundational study of either language and work to optimize educational opportunities. With the addition of world language instruction in seventh grade, students now have an additional year to establish key primary language skills that they will cultivate in future language courses.  

Empowering Innovators Through Talks on Technology 

The use of technology and the internet has become an imperative tool for student discovery, learning and research. As students advance through their education, new technological devices, programs and practices emerge that challenge them in ways different than ever before. As a district, it is of the utmost importance that we educate students to become skilled users of such technology and empower them with the knowledge to be responsible digital citizens. 

With this idea in mind, the Sachem Central School District actively educates students on existing technology and encourages students to eventually create technology of their own. Through the study of the internet, students learn how to responsibly research for information and identify credible sources. As students continue to explore the capabilities of current technology, educators expose students to collaborative online learning environments to safely monitor student interactions as they become familiar with today’s digital landscape. 

Moving forward, the district will continue to offer opportunities to learn from experts on the latest educational technologies, including the importance of safe and responsible internet use through student assemblies and parent workshops. 

Seneca Robotics Students compete in their first competition!

On Saturday, January 26th, 2019 Seneca’s Lego Robotics Team competed in the first Lego League Robotics Qualifier event at Mineola High School. The team members are Matthew Scavo, Hannah Thomas, Michael Lubniewski, Christopher Acosta, Jackson Catalano, James Ryan, Taylor Califano, Ryan Zhu and Matthew Vilbig. They are lead by co-coaches, Heidi Michta and Michael Lundstrom, both teachers at Seneca.

The qualifier event consists of 4 judging opportunities: Project, Core Values, Robot Presentation and the Robot Game. Each year there is a theme which influences each of these events. This year’s theme was Into Orbit. Each team was faced with this specific problem to “identify a human physical or social problem faced during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and propose a solution.” Our team focused on researching radiation in space and its effects on the humans that work in the space stations. At the competition students presented their findings and their solution in a creative way in front of judges, parents, or anyone who came to cheer them on at the competition.

They were successful in completing a mission in the robot game and worked as a team the entire day. It was a huge success for a rookie team at the qualifier!
 

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Private or Parochial School registration for Transportation

Welcome to the Private or Parochial School registration for Transportation
Dear Parents / Guardians:  
Effective immediately, we will begin accepting applications for private school transportation for the 2019-2020 school year ahead of the April 1st deadline (as per NYS Law).

In an effort to streamline the process we will no longer be mailing paper applications to each household.

Parents/Guardians are urged to follow the appropriate link: 

 

CONTINUING TRANSPORTATION FORM

This will take you to our online registration form to be used if your child is currently receiving a Sachem CSD bus to school and your address has not changed.  An e-mail generated receipt will be sent to you stating that your child is registered for transportation.

 

REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS

This will take you to our online registration forms to be used if this is your child’s first time applying for transportation to Private or Parochial School.  You must bring the completed forms to the Central Registration Office at 51 School Street Lake Ronkonkoma.  The office is in the Samoset Middle School in the “A” entrance.  Keep in mind that an individual form needs to be completed for each child attending private school. 

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As we embark on the 2018-2019 school year, we look to enhance the level of communication within the Sachem family.

In an effort to build upon our connections with our parents and community, we are excited to announce the creation of our e-newsletter. The newsletter will be sent monthly to those who sign up and will include district news, announcements and important dates. Our hope is to provide valuable information about the happenings inside our classrooms while strengthening our community bond as we move forward on the path to a successful academic year.

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