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Sachem Students Share Stories, Honored By Board of Education

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Students across Sachem Central School District shared their stories for Disability Awareness Day in May.

A select group of students from Sachem North shared their experiences during the Sachem Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, May 24.

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Merrimac Elementary Hosts ALS Ride for Life Event

Merrimac Elementary Hosts ALS Ride for Life Event Photo
Chris Pendergast came to Merrimac along with Paul Weisman to celebrate the completion of the twentieth commemorative ALS Ride for Life. The group journeyed from Yankee Stadium - in memory of Lou Gehrig - and ended in Washington, D.C.

Since it was raining on Monday, the students and staff found a way to bring the celebration inside. They lined hallways with signs and banners, and chanted “Strike out ALS” and “Let's find a cure!”

Chris and other friends fighting ALS have visited Merrimac for three years now to teach about this tough disease and the importance of never giving up.

The Merrimac community is hosting a fundraiser created by fourth grade student, Leah Pulitano. She has planned and implemented a service project each year for the school to continue supporting the quest for a cure.

“It was inspiring and really teaches us to keep fighting and embrace life and the challenges it brings us,” said Merrimac Principal, Veronica DeCicco.

Sachem East Student Honored for Building Culture Bridges

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Congratulations to Sachem East’s Imad Chaudhry on being selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.

Imad was publicly honored for his efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Suffolk County’s Holocaust Remembrance Day program at Suffolk County Community College.
 
Imad was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.

Merrimac Elementary Hosts ALS Ride for Life

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Antonia Pavek - Sagamore's Silver Key Author!

Antonia Pavek - Sagamore's Silver Key Author! Photo

The Scholastic Art and Music Contest is open to students across the country in grades 7 - 12, and this year Antonia Pavek, a 7th grader from Sagamore Middle School, earned two Silver Awards and an honorable mention for her short story and poetry.  Antonia's work is outstanding, and it will be available in the final edition of The Sagamore News, to be published in June.

 

 

Lighthouse Mission Food Drive

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Sports Physicals

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Sports physicals will start at the end of May to the beginning of June. Click here to view the Health and Athletics page.

Mad Science is Awesome

Mad Science Assembly

The 7th and 6th graders got to see an amazing assembly with Mad Science, all about air.

 

 

 

 

Kids4Vets Gardening Event

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On May 17th, the Sagamore Spirit Club was joined by Councilman Kevin LaValle and Legistative Aide Sam Bifulco to help beautify Sagamore’s entrance and promote the Kids4Vets event.  Councilman LaValle and Mr. Bifulco helped our students to plant in our front gardens with flowers donated by the Town of Brookhaven.  The students enjoyed the opportunity to spruce up the front of the school, and add a little springtime.

In addition, they had the great opportunity to help the Councilman promote the amazing event Kids4Vets, to be held on June 4th at Sachem North.  The Spirit Club showed true enthusiasm and spirit in wanting to say thank you to our Veterans.  The club enjoys helping the school and community, and was thankful for the opportunity to meet some great community leaders.

2017 Marching Band

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2017 Tiger Fun & Recruitment Day

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Tamarac Elementary Shows Support During Police Week

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Tamarac Elementary School hosted a special event where students and staff thanked law enforcement representatives from a number of agencies for their work in protecting the community.

It was an incredible show of affection during National Police Week and we are so thankful for all of the support that police officers, sheriffs and all law enforcement provide the Sachem community.

Dozens of police officers shook hands and hi-fived students in a procession in front of the school. There were “thank you” signs across the front of the building. Officers came dressed in their uniforms and were proud to share this moment with our students.

North Team Sweeps the Regional Envirothon!

North Team Sweeps the Regional Envirothon! Photo
2nd Place Team
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1st place team
North Team Sweeps the Regional Envirothon! Photo
1st place team
Of approximately 30 teams competing, Sachem North earned both 1st and 2nd place in Suffolk County! The amount of time and effort these students put into preparing for the competition is very impressive. The 1st place team members each won $500 and all expenses paid to compete in the NY State competition at William Hobart Smith College on Seneca Lake May 24th-25th. We wish them the best of luck in next week's competition.

Sachem Report - Yogadio Comes To Merrimac

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Sachem Report - Kids Helping Kids Recycling

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Sachem Hosts Makerspace via Sachem Public Library

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Sachem High School East Library recently hosted a makerspace featuring items from The Studio at the Sachem Public Library.

The Studio is a new permanent collection of resources at Sachem Public Library which supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) learning.  

Students at Sachem East had the opportunity to experience virtual reality, control robots, code Ozobots, and create digital art designs as well as physical art designs using a button maker to name just a few of the available technologies.

Stranger Letter from the Superintendent

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Sachem North Teacher Honored by New York Senator Phil Boyle

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Sachem North social studies teacher Jonathan Chiaramonte was recognized by New York State Senator Phil Boyle at the "Teachers of Excellence" awards ceremony this week.

Mr. Chiaramonte, a Sachem alum, is an advisor and educator in the peer education and student leadership programs and has made a significant difference in the lives of students and our school community.

Among many programs and initiatives for students, he is responsible for the “Humans of Sachem North” social media program that posts stories and pictures about students and staff giving insight into their lives. This program has garnered regional attention.

Sachem Appoints New Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and New Principal of Hiawatha Elementary School

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Sachem has appointed Erin Hynes as its new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Kathleen O’Farrell as the new Principal of Hiawatha Elementary School.

“We would like to welcome and congratulate Mrs. Hynes and Mrs. O’Farrell,” said Sachem Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Graham. “Thank you to all who participated in the process for the selection of the candidates for these key leadership positions and we look forward to adding their expertise to our district over the years to come.”

Mrs. Hynes will be taking over for Dr. Cohen who has filled the position as an interim throughout this school year.

Mrs. Hynes went through an extensive search process that included a resume screening by the district office cabinet members of the nearly 75 applicants, a screening interview with the district cabinet members, a committee interview with district stakeholders, a presentation and follow-up interview, and a meeting with the Board of Education.

Mrs. Hynes has worked for the past nine years as the K-12 District Administrator for Curriculum in the Comsewogue School District, the Curriculum Coordinator in the Center Moriches School District, a Principal’s Aide and Literacy Coach in the New York City School System and as a Classroom Teacher for the South Manor School District. Mrs. Hynes also sits on the Curriculum Advisory Board for Eastern Suffolk BOCES and is an Advocacy member for the NYS Partners in Policy Albany Organization for Special Education.

Mrs. Hynes pursued her administrative degree at Dowling College, and she has also received post educational training at New York University, Teachers College at Columbia University and the Performance Consortium in Manhattan for Leadership, Curriculum Design and Instructional Practices learning.

“I'm thrilled to be taking on my new role as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,” said Mrs. Hynes. “It is an exciting time for the District! My elementary years were spent in the halls and classrooms of Hiawatha before my family moved. I have always cherished my experiences and memories knowing how they shaped me. It is an understatement when I say that I'm honored to return and serve everyone in our Sachem family!”

Mrs. O’Farrell went through an extensive search process that included a resume screening by the district office cabinet members, a screening interview with the district cabinet members, a committee interview with district and school stakeholders, as well as a presentation and follow-up interview.  

Mrs. O’Farrell joins us from the West Hempstead School District, where she has served as the K-12 Director of English, ENL, Reading, and Library Services for nine years. Prior to this position, she was the English Curriculum Associate for the Massapequa School District, and she worked for the NYC Department of Education as an Assistant Principal, Staff Developer, and Literacy Teacher. Mrs. O’Farrell is currently the Vice President of the Long Island Language Arts Council.

“It is an honor for me to serve as the new Hiawatha Elementary Principal, and I am excited to be a part of the Sachem team,” said Mrs. O’Farrell. “I look forward to working with the dedicated, professionals, students, families, and the community.”

Both administrators will begin at Sachem on July 1, 2017.

Sachem East’s Lucas Moreno Competes in National History Bee

Sachem East’s Lucas Moreno Competes in National History Bee Photo
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Sachem East junior Lucas Moreno participated in the National History Bowl Championships recently in Washington D.C.

Moreno finished No. 55 out of 154 in the national competition, No. 67 in the U.S. history varsity division, No. 52 in the International Geography Bee and 27 out of 92 in the U.S. Geography Olympiad.

“It was a great experience and a highly competitive and exhausting weekend of competition,” said Moreno.

“Lucas is a gifted history student with a passion for history that he certainly demonstrated by placing so well competing among the nation’s best history students,” said Tracey Melandro, advisor of the History Honor Society and social studies teacher at Sachem East. “We are so proud of him at East.”

Two Sachem East Students Selected for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Professor for a Day Program

Two Sachem East Students Selected for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Professor for a Day Program Photo
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Professor for a Day program shows gifted high school students what science involves outside the laboratory, in particular how scientists communicate their work and subject it to peer review.

Sachem East science research students, Celia Toral, a sophomore, and Caitlin Collica, a junior, were selected for this incredible opportunity.

While participating they got a taste of what a career in science is like, receiving a genuine sense of how the scientific community operates.

Among the many panels and activities that the students participated in was a discussion about fundamental immunology and its therapeutic potential with speakers from institutions like UCLA’s School of Medicine, the University of Oxford and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Read a Book To Give a Book at Merrimac

Read a Book To Give a Book at Merrimac Photo

This year Merrimac Elementary School’s Pick A Reading Partner (P.A.R.P.) program ran through the month of February. This program includes all grade levels and the requirements are that each student reads 15-30 minutes a day or more throughout the entire month.  Students may read on their own, or be read to by a parent or guardian, a friend, a sibling, or another adult in order to qualify for the program.  Their schoolwide goal was to read 160,000 minutes throughout the month, their highest goal ever.

This year, two students from Mrs. Meade’s fifth grade class, Alexis Salcedo and Mattea Greco, and two students from Mrs. Alvarez’s fifth grade class, Autumn Danziger and James McGinness, created a service learning project entitled Read A Book To Give A Book to tie into P.A.R.P.  

This project enabled P.A.R.P. participants to connect our schoolwide goal while being empowered to help others in need.  Their idea was simple:  they wanted to collect unwanted, gently used books and donate them to a non-profit organization called The Book Fairies.

The group came up with the idea Read A Book To Give A Book for this service learning project because the students felt strongly that ALL children should have the privilege of reading good books, yet they recognized that not all children have access to them. They decided to hold this book drive so they could help get books into the hands of all children across Long Island and throughout areas of metropolitan New York.

The students presented their idea through a PowerPoint presentation during two schoolwide assemblies. They informed the student body about what their goals were and what the school could do to help.  In an effort to include as many students as possible the following plan was developed: students in grades K-2 who read at least 240 minutes earned a blank bookmark template that they could decorate for the recipients of the donated books.  Students in grades 3-5, who read 150 minutes per week each earned one raffle ticket each week for a chance to help organize, sort the books by genre, and package them in copy boxes for The Book Fairies. 

At the completion of P.A.R.P. 24 students’ names were chosen through the raffle and they filled 53 copy paper boxes with donated books ranging from board books to elementary titles, young adult chapter books, and even books for adults and teaching professionals. Each box was carefully labeled by genre and sealed shut to be picked up the following week by volunteers working with The Book Fairies.

“This year’s PARP project, Read A Book To Give A Book was impressive!" said Merrimac principal, Veronica DeCicco. "Our students created a meaningful service learning project which offered an opportunity for all of our students and staff to help others. As a school community, we shared our love of books and reading with those in need. We received hundreds of books for all ages and enjoyed boxing them up. The planning, tracking, and goal setting matched our school’s leadership process. These students utilized all 7 Habits of Dr. Covey to cultivate the idea. I was proud to see how the student body and staff embraced it. It was a true success for Merrimac.”

Not only were the Merrimac students successful in reaching the schoolwide goal of helping to get books into the hands of all children, but they also worked diligently to reach the schoolwide reading goal of 160,000 minutes. 

“We had the highest number of students participate in P.A.R.P. this year than we’ve ever had in the past," said P.A.R.P. committee chairperson and school librarian, Lisa Martinez. "Students really were inspired and worked hard to read a ton so that they could earn a raffle ticket for a chance to participate in packaging the donated books. Not only did we collect an incredible amount of donated books but the amount of minutes the students read was quite extraordinary!”

Added Martinez, "We were thoroughly impressed not only with the amount of reading that was done this month, but by the willingness and excitement of all of the students to participate and help children not only in our immediate community, but all across Long Island and New York City."

 

Sachem honors SCMEA Division III Music Students

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We are so proud of the SCMEA Division III Band, Orchestra, Chorus and Jazz students honored at the Sachem Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017!

These students work tirelessly at their craft and represent Sachem proudly in their competitions and regular music course work. 
 

Sachem East SADD Places Third in Teens in the Drive Seat Cup

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The Sachem High School East Students Against Drunk Driving club placed third in the Teens in the Driver Seat Cup campaign.

The premise is simple. Conduct activities and messaging throughout the year, report them and get points. 

Sachem East, which has a very active and impactful SADD club, collected points from various activities like posting on social media to hosting educational events. 

Congratulations on spreading awareness about drunk driving and taking home this well deserved honor!

Educators from Iceland visit Lynwood Elementary

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A group of educators from Iceland came to Lynwood Elementary as part of Leadership Day activities in the building.

Lynwood, which has received the distinct honor of being a Lighthouse School as part of the Franklin Covey Leadership program, has served as a wonderful example in Sachem, New York and the United States as a first class leadership-focused building that gets outstanding results from its students and staff.

The foreign educators were able to learn about the many initiatives in the school that separates itself from others across the nation.

Merrimac, another of Sachem’s elementary schools, is also a Lighthouse School and has had visitors earlier this spring from other teachers from outside of the district as well.
 

Earth Day at Waverly

Kids planted seeds and made something new out of aluminum cans, among other things.

Sachem East Participates in History Bowl, Two Students Qualify for Nationals

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For the third consecutive year, Sachem East’s Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society members participated in the regional finals of the National History Bowl.  

The National History Bowl is a quiz tournament sponsored by the History Channel for student teams across America that is run by former Jeopardy champion Dave Madden.  

This year, Sachem East sent 23 students on five varsity teams to compete with a field of 28 schools from across the region. The teams have been meeting since last fall to prepare using practice questions in mock bee tournaments.  

This year’s competition included a Long Island High School Jeopardy champion as well as some of the best history students from public and private schools in the Northeast. 

The teams played in a bracket style quiz bowl tournament all day hoping to qualify for a national championship.  

Junior Lucas Moreno qualified for the U.S. History Bee National Championship in the Varsity Division and freshman Nicholas Mulieri qualified in the JV Division.  

They were both invited to the National Championship in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Moreno also qualified for the U.S. Geography Olympiad National Championship. The competitions are all held that weekend in D.C. or Virginia.  

In order to qualify, they had to take the qualifying exams during the lunch break at the History Bowl.  There were only six varsity and four JV qualifiers from the entire Long Island Championship that we attended on March 19.

This year’s Sachem History Bowl participants included seniors Kristin Bossong, Brendan Foy, Zachary Gao, Sophie Hannigan, Eric Jackson, Christopher Mingo, Ariana Mosca, Brian Rinfret, Andrew Schnell, Justin Sostre, and Paul Venturi.

Juniors included Juan Amaya, Kellie Bossong, Timothy Chiu, Adam DeMonte, Ilyssa Forman, Ryan Graham, Ethan Grow, Nicholas Manzella, Lucas Moreno, Tharini Prakash and Andrew Scavo.

There was one freshman, Nicholas Mulieri.

Wenonah Elementary Hosts Invention Convention

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Wenonah Elementary School turned into a full-fledged design and development studio Thursday night as the building transformed for its "Invention Convention" festivities.

Classrooms and walls were plastered with the wonderful work of students and staff aimed at stimulating educational advancement in STEM areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Sachem Robotics, fresh off their Long Island regional championship, made a guest appearance to work with kids.

Children and their parents from all grade levels packed the building for a fun and educational evening.



Euro Challenge Team Qualifies for Semi-Finals

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The Sachem North Euro Challenge Team qualifies for the semi-finals to be held at the Federal Reserve Bank later this month. Teams will compete for a spot in the final round. Good luck!

Sachem Hosts Inaugural Hall of Honor Induction

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Sachem Hosts Inaugural Hall of Honor Induction

Sachem Hosts Inaugural Hall of Honor Induction

The inaugural class of Sachem’s Hall of Honor was formally inducted at a ceremony at Sachem High School North on Saturday, April 1.

The inductees included:

-Dr. John Cassese ’60, educational administrator
-Stephen Costello ‘79, business executive and author
-Alexander Diguardia ‘65, U.S. Army soldier who died in Vietnam
-Kirk Lloyd Douglas ‘90, musician
-Jerry Figgiani ‘78, martial arts instructor, motivational speaker, author
-Bob Greifeld ‘75, business executive
-Dr. John Heymach ‘85, doctor leading the fight against cancer
-Lori Ann LaRocco ‘89: television producer and author
-Tim Latham ‘84: Grammy-winning music producer
-Steve Levy ‘77: politician

On Friday, many of the inductees joined students for mentor sessions to share stories about their career and about their time at Sachem.

The Hall of Honor is a project run by the newly formed Sachem Alumni Association. Learn more at SachemAlumni.org.

Sachem Robotics wins SBPLI Long Island Regional, Headed to World Championships

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Sachem Robotics wins SBPLI Long Island Regional, Headed to World Championships

Sachem Robotics wins SBPLI Long Island Regional, Headed to World Championships

 

Sachem Aftershock Team 263 won the SBPLI Long Island Regional for the second year in a row!

Sachem has qualified for the World Championships in St. Louis, which take place in late April. The FIRST Robotics Long Island Regional Competition (FRC), hosted by SBPLI, is held annually in the spring at Hofstra University.

The competition brings together teams of students and their mentors from roughly 50 Long Island schools, schools from the Metropolitan area as well as visiting teams from around the country and abroad.

The competition includes two short games played by the robots, where the students program and remotely control them in competition rounds on the playing field.

2017-2018 District Calendar Summary

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Robotics Team to Attend Regional

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Sachem Robotics Team 263 will be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition SBPLI Long Island Regional this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 30 to April 1. The competition will be held at Hofstra University in the arena. Admission to the Regional is free and open to the public.

To check the schedule and keep up-to-date with competition news, log onto the FIRST

website: http://sbpli-lifirst.org/first-robotics-competition-frc-long-island/first-robotics-competition-frc

Important Letter from the Superintendent Regarding District Properties

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Waverly Students STEAM Ahead!

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Grade 1 students at the Waverly Elementary School work on their STEAM projects.  STEAM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics is an educational model that helps teach students to bridge subjects and problem solve.

Honoring Sachem Spelling Bee Finalists

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Spelling Bee Finalists Recognized by the Board of Education
Sachem's 2017 Spelling Bee Finalists were honored at the Board of Education Meeting.  Students from throughout the district participated in one of the districts longest rounding Spelling Bee Contests.  Going 33 rounds, students did so well, moderators actually ran out of words!

Seneca raised over $20,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation

Lynwood Avenue Destination Imagination Team Qualifies for States

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The Lynwood Avenue 3rd Grade Destination Imagination Team won 1st place at Regionals, qualifying them for States.  The team also received an award from the Office of Legislator Tom Muratore.

Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor, visits with grade 8 students today.

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Iron Chef Competition 1st Place Winners!

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Summer Enrichment Camp

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Humans of Sachem North - Fox 5 Story

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PayForIt /PayForIt Instructions: Lunch, Child Care, Testing

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2016-2017 NYS Grades 3-8 Assessment Letters

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