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2021 NYSSMA Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival Registration is now Open!

For more information on festivals and the online registration form link, please visit our Music & Fine Arts website by clicking here.

Riverhead Piano Festival registration deadline: January 15th – fast approaching!
West Islip Jazz, Guitar and Drum set festival registration deadline – January 29th
Sachem Solo & Ensemble Festival registration deadline – February 26th
Middle Country All-State Festival registration deadline – March 26th

All secondary buildings will reopen for in-person learning to hybrid students on Monday, January 11, 2021. It will be a “C” day.

Message from the Superintendent on Tamarac Principal appointment

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District Officially Appoints Principal of Tamarac Elementary School

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The Sachem Central School District is proud to announce the official appointment of Dr. Brenda Almendarez-DeBello as principal of Tamarac Elementary School. Dr. Almendarez-DeBello was appointed at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Board of Education.

Dr. Almendarez-DeBello previously joined Tamarac after most recently serving as an assistant principal at Sachem High School East since 2017. Prior to her time as an assistant principal at High School East, Dr. Almendarez-DeBello served as an administrative intern and a bilingual mathematics teacher in the Uniondale Union Free School District at the Lawrence Road Middle School for five years. Within these roles, she aided in creating measures to facilitate testing procedures for administration, proctor schedules and student accommodations as well as developed and provided various professional development workshops for teachers. Prior to this, Dr. Almendarez-DeBello taught mathematics for eight years at Intermediate School 93 for the New York City Department of Education.

Dr. Almendarez-DeBello received her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in psychology from University at Albany, formerly the State University of New York at Albany, and her Master of Science in education from St. John’s University, where she also completed an advanced certificate in school building leadership and received her Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and supervision in 2019.

“Dr. Almendarez-DeBello has served as our interim principal at Tamarac since the beginning of this school year and has proven herself time and time again as an outstanding leader and educator,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christopher Pellettieri. “I trust you will join me in congratulating her in her official new capacity.”

Lynwood Students Spread Cheer and Happiness for Holiday Season

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A collaborative learning lesson at Lynwood Avenue Elementary School in Sheryl Amallobieta’s fourth grade class spread smiles and cheer during the holiday season as students participated in a social-emotional learning activity exploring positive ways to address negativity.

As part of the class’s daily lesson on social-emotional learning, students were joined by the remote learning students via Google Meet to participate in the collaborative activity. The class was visited by a bad elf who shared negative thoughts and feelings with the class, and the students shared ideas on how to change these feelings in a positive way. During the lesson, students heard the story of “The Giving Tree” and identified the important message found within the story.

Concluding the activity, students named a large cutout tree that was placed in their classroom and wrote special messages of kindness and encouragement to spread kindness within their classroom and beyond.