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Message on Reopening Plan Submission

Dear Sachem Families, 

Earlier today, the Governor released a list of 107 school districts that allegedly had not submitted reopening plans for in-person instruction and the Sachem Central School District was mistakenly included in that document. Please be assured that our district’s reopening plan was in fact submitted to the New York State Department of Education by the July 31 deadline and a copy of that plan was subsequently posted to the district’s website, as required. 

The error in including Sachem in the list released today appears to have been a miscommunication, as the Department of Health was not supplied with a copy of the district’s plan after it was submitted to the State Education Department. This error has been corrected and we have been assured that both the SED and DOH have received a copy of our plan. 

Sincerely, 

John O’Keefe, 

Interim Superintendent of Schools

District-wide Safety Plan

The 30-Day Public-Comment Period for Sachem's District-Wide School-Safety Plan is Open.

As per NYS, Sachem's District-Wide School-Safety Plan is open for public comment for a period of 30 days.

This 30-day period will conclude on August 25th and the Board of Education will adopt the plan at the August 26th meeting.

Any person(s) wishing to comment on the District-Wide Safety Plan should contact Mr. John O'Keefe, Interim Superintendent of Schools at jokeefe@sachem.edu.

Attachments:

Re-Entry Plan – July 31, 2020

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Click here to view the plan

Sachem High School North Celebrates Class of 2020 Seniors

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The Sachem High School North Class of 2020 was recently honored during a collection of graduation ceremonies held July 23-24 at Fred Fusaro Alumni Stadium. To ensure safety, strict guidelines were put in place, such as requiring masks when social distancing was not possible and seating individual families a minimum of six feet apart.

The ceremonies began in traditional fashion, with “Pomp and Circumstance” playing over the stadium speakers before Principal Patti Trombetta took the stage. She began by acknowledging those students who would be serving in the armed forces, which was aptly followed with a recorded rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed by the seniors-only symphonic choir. She then addressed the graduates-to-be with a congratulatory speech.

“This has certainly been a very difficult school year,” Trombetta said. “Life is filled with highs and lows, valleys and peaks that will test your resilience, that will push you to overcome challenges. The lessons you learn along the way to the top will only make you stronger and better.” Acknowledging the unique year they had come through, she added, “Never has a graduating class been called upon to step into the future with more purpose, vision, passion, energy and hope. I have all the faith in the world that you will not disappoint. All the things that you have dealt with up until this point make you who you are, and I know the best is yet to come.”

The top 25 students were then recognized, and Sachem North valedictorian Melissa Guercio delivered a sentimental speech to her fellow classmates. In her address, she reflected on her time as a student at the high school and the impact her teachers had on her.

“Don’t forget about everyone you will leave behind as you head off to college,” she advised. “Don’t forget about your family, friends and teachers, and keep in touch with the people who have made a difference in your life; you never know what can happen.”

Students then entered the stage to receive their diplomas, which were conferred by Sachem Board of Education President Alex Piccirillo, in an alternating fashion to maintain social distancing. They also had the opportunity to commemorate the milestone moment with a photo. Closing out the commencement exercises, they were led in the traditional turning of the tassels before exiting the field, poised to enter the next chapter of their lives as Sachem High School North alumni.





Sachem High School East Hosts Celebratory Commencements

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The Sachem High School East Class of 2020 celebrated the conclusion of their senior year with a series of separate graduation ceremonies over the course of July 23-24.

Held on the football field, the ceremonies followed strict guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all in attendance. This included requiring masks when social distancing could not be maintained and seating individual families a minimum of six feet apart.

The ceremonies opened with a prerecorded version of “Pomp and Circumstance” echoing across the field before Principal Lou Antonetti took the podium. He began by recognizing the students who will be serving in the armed forces, and then addressed the graduates with an encouraging message about embracing adversity as they move through life.

“Be thankful for the adversity we face,” he said. “If you do not face adversity in life, you will never know what your true character is and what you are made of. There are a lot of moments in life — some perfect, some imperfect — but appreciate all of them, because we only get one life.”

The class’s top 25 students were then recognized before the leading member of that group, valedictorian Christian Berberich, delivered an address to his fellow graduates.

“School has been challenging in more ways than I can count,” Berberich said. “We have gotten through everything by relying on the people that matter most to us…that is why, if I could leave on any note, it would be this: Value the relationships you make in your life, for it is the people in your life who make it truly worth living.”

Concluding the ceremony, students received their diplomas by entering the stage in an alternating fashion, maintaining six feet of distance at all times. After accepting their diplomas, they had the opportunity to commemorate the experience with a photo before leaving the stage. The students then ceremoniously turned their tassels and exited the field as the newest alumni of Sachem High School East.