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2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced

2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced photo
From Left: Tharini Prakash, Paige Menneci
Sachem High School East senior Tharini Prakash and High School North senior Paige Menneci have been selected as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Tharini is president of the English Honor Society and treasurer of class government. She is also an active member of the National, Foreign Language, Math, History and Science honor societies. 

Paige has been an Advanced Placement student since ninth grade and boasts perfect NYSSMA scores from grades eight through 12. She is a member of the National Honor Society, for which she also serves as secretary, as well as the Foreign Language and Science honor societies.      

More than 1.6 million juniors from high schools across the country entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists represents 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants from each state.

In February, 15,000 semifinalists will be selected to advance to finalist standing.

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Hiawatha Students Cultivate Kindness

Hiawatha Students Cultivate Kindness photo

As part of the district’s focus on character education, students at Hiawatha Elementary School learned the impact of cultivating kindness during an assembly program presented by the ReesSpecht Life Foundation.

With the help of student volunteers, guest speaker Richard Specht began the program by demonstrating the powerful chain reaction both negative and positive actions can create in the world. He visually illustrated the spread of negativity by pouring a dark liquid into a light one, changing that liquid’s color to dark as well. Specht then showcased the power of kindness as he poured a light liquid on top of the dark liquid, triggering a chemical reaction and turning it light once again. 

Throughout the remainder of the program, Specht reminded the students that they can have a positive impact on the world by looking for ways to cultivate and pay kindness forward. Noting how his foundation is working to pay the acts of kindness his family received in the wake of tragedy forward, he told the audience of the “cultivate kindness, pay it forward” cards the foundation distributes following acts of kindness. With an initial goal of 500 acts, Specht far surpassed that number, growing the initiative to 430,000 acts of kindness worldwide to date.

At the end of the program, the students were challenged to be positive forces for change within their school and were each given their own “cultivate kindness” card to share and use within the community. 

10 Students Chosen for NYSSMA All-State

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High School East (Left): Justin Taveras, Edmond Tomaselli, Samantha Fierro, Cecilia Antonelle, Timothy Demott. High School North (Right): Marissa Tedeschi, Morgan Tiller, Matthew Mazer, Sofia Sangiorgio, Paige Menneci.
Sachem High Schools North and East will be well represented at the 2017 New York State School Music Association’s All-State festival, as a total of 10 student-musicians were selected to perform during NYSSMA’s annual Winter Conference. The event will take place at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. 

From High School East, students Timothy Demott and Edmond Tomaselli will perform with the mixed chorus, while Cecilia Antonelle will sing with the treble chorus. Justin Taveras will play the trumpet as a member of the wind ensemble and Samantha Fierro has been selected as an alternate for the chorus. 

From High School North, students Morgan Tiller and Paige Menneci have been selected for the mixed chorus and Marissa Tedeschi for the treble chorus. Sofia Sangiorgio has been chosen as a flute alternate for the band and Matthew Mazer as an alternate for the chorus. 

“The entire Sachem music department is incredibly proud of our students who were selected to perform with this year’s NYSSMA All-State ensembles in December,” said Justin Comito, chairperson of secondary music. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work, talent and dedication of each student, along with their teachers and family members who have mentored and supported them throughout their musical career. On behalf of the entire Sachem community, we wish them all the best in this incredible musical opportunity.”

The process for selecting an All-State musician is rigorous and includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival during the prior spring, and participation in other performing organizations. 

Sachem Remembers 9/11

Sachem Remembers 9/11 photo

Dressed in red, white and blue, students and staff throughout the district stood in solidarity on Patriot’s Day and took part in individual remembrance ceremonies to honor the men and women who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Students at Tamarac Elementary sang patriotic songs after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and planted American flags in front of the school. Hiawatha students listened to a morning announcement remembering the tragic events and the heroism displayed by many Americans that day. 

At Samoset Middle School, students listened to a presentation by Rudy Prinici, a first responder who provided care to victims on site at the World Trade Center. He shared his experiences from the day and provided a look into the events that took place from a paramedic’s perspective, including showing personal photos and a bucket that was used in the bucket brigade. 

Additionally, each building in the district participated in activities remembering the historic day. 

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Science Students Excel Over the Summer

Science Students Excel Over the Summer photo
Two Sachem high school science research students excelled in their respective concentrations over the summer as they furthered their research initiatives at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Angelina Franqueiro, a fourth-year science research student from Sachem High School North, was accepted into the 2017 High School Summer Program at Stony Brook University’s Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces. Angelina has been performing cutting-edge research on understanding the differences in rigidity between normal cells and cancer cells, a focus presented in her paper, “Nano Mechanical Properties of Breast Ductal Carcinoma MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-4175, MCF-7” and “Normal Breast Ductal Cells MCF-10A and their Extracellular Matrices.” She has delved deeply into the subject by investigating the biophysical properties of living cells utilizing atomic force microscopy. 

Daniel Waxman, a fourth-year science research student from Sachem High School East, was accepted into the 2017 High School Research Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Daniel’s concentration in particle physics allowed him to utilize the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the laboratory. His work over the summer was centered on programming computers to identify the particles that resulted as products from the collisions within the ion collider. The title of Daniel’s work is “STAR Particle Identification using Machine Learning Algorithms,” and this study contributes toward a better understanding of particle physics.

Both students will enter their research projects in the 2017 Siemens Competition for Math, Science and Technology. Daniel also plans to enter his work in the upcoming Regeneron Science Talent Search, formally known as the Intel Science Talent Search.

Sachem East Ends Spirit Week with Homecoming Victory

Sachem East Ends Spirit Week with Homecoming Victory photo

The culmination of a week of school spirit and pride at Sachem East ended in a homecoming victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Arrows beat Commack, 33-20, and captured their first victory of the season. Chris Park led Sachem East with 127 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns. 

Students enjoyed an array of activities during spirit week and celebrated each day with a different theme, including Mathletes vs Athletes, Disney Day, Wacky Workout Wednesday, All Around the World Day and School Spirit Day.

Friday evening students were treated to the first homecoming dance at Sachem East.

During the homecoming game the crowd was able to see the marching band, Arrowettes and cheerleaders perform and show their school pride.

The Sachem East football team will play again during Week 3 when they host Walt Whitman on September 23 at 6 p.m.

Staff Gathers for Superintendent’s Conference Day

Staff Gathers for Superintendent’s Conference Day photo

The Sachem Central School District began a new tradition on Sept. 5, as the entire faculty and staff from all 15 buildings gathered for an inspirational Superintendent’s Conference Day at Sachem High School North.

A sea of red Sachem apparel blanketed the bleachers of the High School North football field as more than 1,000 staff members listened to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham address the crowd. Dr. Graham began by thanking all members of the faculty and custodial and security staff, whose tireless efforts make the success of the district possible. 

Following Dr. Graham’s opening comments, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Kristin Capel-Eden honored a group of educators and support staff who have completed more than 30 years of service to the district. Each honoree crossed the stage to cheers from their colleagues as they accepted their certificate of recognition.

Dr. Graham continued his presentation with four short stories, each of them highlighting the importance of creating a deep connection with students. Drawing from a personal experience with his fourth-grade teacher, he illustrated the impact that one educator can have on a student’s time in school and encouraged the professionals before him to “take pride in your work, take pride in your students and always remember that we are Sachem.” 

After the presentation, faculty and staff attended various staff development activities throughout the district.

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Tamarac Elementary Receives Regional PARP Award

Tamarac Elementary Receives Regional PARP Award photo
Tamarac Elementary School has been recognized by the New York State PTA as having the best Pick a Reading Partner program in the Suffolk Region for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Titled “The Rock and Read PARP Tour,” the winning PTA-sponsored program incorporated four “stops” that explored multiple literary genres and provided enriched assembly programs for readers throughout the school year. Programs such as “Reading Rampage” and an author visit from Steve Metzger aimed to reinforce student reading, writing, vocabulary and punctuation skills. Dedicated parents and staff also provided innovative and engaging opportunities throughout the year that contributed to the widespread success of the building’s program. 

“Our program only works if our teachers are on board and fully support the activities and the program,” said Tamarac Principal Michael Saidens. “In addition to all of our participants, I want to recognize Francine Richetti, Lori Capozzi and the PARP Committee for the amazing job they have done with this program and the support they provide our school community.”

At the conclusion of the year, the students had read more than 2,500 books through PARP. 

Sachem Student-Athletes Named to Pre-Season Watch Lists

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Multiple student-athletes from Sachem have been mentioned by Newsday and News 12 Varsity in pre-season watch lists for their respective sports.

In football, Sachem East senior Tyler Butkevich is expected to have a breakout season at the wide receiver and defensive back positions. RPI-bound Matt Chirichella, a senior lineman at Sachem North, as well as Chris Maser, a senior running back and defensive back, were both named to the News 12 Varsity pre-season top 100.

Sachem East’s Kristen Shanahan, a sophomore forward, has been on the varsity since seventh grade and had 18 goals and three assists last season. Paeton Hartmann, a junior midfielder from Sachem North, is fast with great stick skills.

On the soccer pitch, Sachem East senior defender Sunny Gu is expected to dominant in the back for the Arrows, and was picked as a player to watch by opposing Suffolk League I coaches.

There are a number of volleyball stars from the boys and girl’s teams at both Sachem East and Sachem North. You have Cierra Dolan, Molly Jandris, and Sarah Mangan from Sachem East. The Arrows are a team with big aspirations, and Dolan’s experience with the GEVA High Performance Team that won a gold medal this summer makes her a leader. Jandris has grown to 6-2 and is a formidable threat across the court. Mangan, a high jumper with an aggressive swing, has agreed to play at LIU Post after finishing her senior year.

For the Sachem North boys squad, Dan LaRosa, Alex Lehnert and Connor Pallmann are all capable of leading the Flaming Arrows to another state title. At 6-7, few can match Lehnert’s jumping ability. Pallmann had 166 kills, 3.5 per set played, last season.

Good luck to all of our teams competing this fall! #GoArrows

First Day of School

First Day of School photo

Sachem students are all smiles on the first day of school.

Sachem Welcomes New Teachers

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The Sachem Central School District welcomed 52 new educators during its new teacher orientation on Aug. 31. 

The daylong program began with formal introductions of important district personnel followed by a look into the district’s vision, led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham. The eager new educators were then instructed on the instructional technology found within the district’s classrooms and ways in which to incorporate tools such as Smart Boards and Chromebooks into their lessons. 

The orientation program allowed the educators to familiarize themselves with district expectations, policies and procedures as they embark on their new professional journey with the Sachem family.

North and East Host Freshman Orientations

North and East Host Freshman Orientations photo
In an effort to create a smooth transition for students, Sachem High Schools North and East recently welcomed the incoming Class of 2021 during this year’s freshman orientations. 

Gathered in the auditoriums at their respective schools, the incoming freshmen met the buildings’ principals and support staff, who discussed essential information about the school, including building rules and expectations. Then, with their schedules in hand, the students had the chance to tour the building and practice opening their lockers. 

The tours concluded with an ice cream social at East and a barbecue at North, giving the students time to forge bonds with other incoming freshmen. 

*The photo above is from Sachem High School East’s freshman orientation.

Birthday Celebration

The Sachem Arrowettes take a break from practice to wish a Sachem alumni, Dylan a very happy 18th Birthday at Hiawatha Elementary School.

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SESY Students Celebrate Graduation

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To the cheers of more than 300 peers, faculty and staff members, the Sachem Extended School Year program’s nine graduating students adorned ceremonial red caps and gowns and walked the halls of Wenonah Elementary School as they collectively marked a milestone in their educational lives – graduation from a program that many have attended since first grade.

The initiative, now in its 32nd year, provides special education students within the district enriching educational activities to strengthen their skills during the summer months.

Through creative STEAM classroom instruction, the talented SESY educators enforce students’ learning skills with unique and engaging curricula incorporating elements of technology, such as iPads and interactive computer software into their lessons.

The graduating students will continue to receive support from the district’s educators as they attend their final school year at either Sachem High School East or North starting in September.

Grundy Avenue Welcomes a Little Free Library

Grundy Avenue Welcomes a Little Free Library Pic
Fourth grade students from Grundy Avenue Elementary School worked together to set up a new addition to their school, the Little Free Library; an initiative that brings books to students and fosters a love for learning within the community.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that inspires a love for reading by bringing book shares to communities around the world. Through the efforts of Little Free Library, millions of books are exchanged each year, greatly increasing their availability to students of all ages. Grundy Avenue Principal and former reading teacher, Laura Amato supervised the project. Students took time away from their summer vacations to lend a hand painting the library, book cart and the post that the library will stand on. Principal Amato created labels for each book that students inserted to give them a sense of ownership, purpose and pride as they oversee their free library throughout the year.

“Literacy is very important to me as it is the foundation to all learning,” said Principal Amato. “I feel an obligation to put books in the hands of kids any way we can and get them to read both in school and out of school.”

The library will be installed in front of the school in the coming weeks for all students to enjoy. If you wish to donate, books in new or good condition may be dropped off at Grundy Avenue Elementary School.

Welcoming New Administrative Faces

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After an expansive search, welcome to Carissa Hagan, William Holl, Brenda Almendarez-DeBello and Brian Kolar as the new assistant principals at Samoset Middle School, Seneca Middle School, East High School and North High School, respectively.

Ms. Hagan comes to Samoset Middle School from Sagamore Middle School, where she has worked as an English as a Second Language teacher since 2010. During her time at Sagamore, Ms. Hagan worked with students to increase comprehension and understanding of content areas and spearheaded other initiatives such as Sachem’s districtwide ESL community night. Additionally, she worked as an adult education teacher and has served as the Middle School Director of the Sachem Summer Enrichment Program since 2014. Ms. Hagan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics TESOL K-12 from Stony Brook University, a Master of Science degree in earth science from C.W. Post of Long Island University and an Advanced Certificate in school building leadership from College of Saint Rose.

Mr. Holl most recently worked as a physics teacher for the Sachem High School North, teaching both Regents and Advanced Placement courses, and serving as a mentor for two first-year physics teachers. Additionally, he worked collaboratively with colleagues to develop and enhance the physics curriculum. Since 2010, Mr. Holl has coached the Sachem High School North boys cross-country team to many impressive finishes. The 2014 Suffolk County Coach of the Year award winner led the team to a Suffolk County Class A Championship victory, a Division 1 Championship and two League 2 Championships. Mr. Holl holds a Bachelor of Arts in physics and a Master of Arts degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. He also attended the Educational Leadership program at Stony Brook University.

Ms. Almendarez-DeBello comes to the district from the Uniondale Union Free School District at the Lawrence Road Middle School as an administrative intern and a bilingual mathematics teacher. 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, Ms. Almendarez-DeBello taught mathematics for eight years at Intermediate School 93 for the New York City Department of Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, her Master of Science in education from St. John’s University, where she also completed an Advanced Certificate in school building leadership and is currently in the process of receiving her doctorate of education degree in educational administration and supervision.

Mr. Kolar joins North High School after serving as the acting building principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School in Tarrytown, New York since 2015. For the past 18 years, Mr. Kolar has taught social studies to students grades 6-12 and acted as a seventh- and eighth-grade team leader, where he oversaw a five-teacher team, was a mentor to new staff members and was responsible for the design and implementation of lesson plans and curricula. Mr. Kolar received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Boston University, a Master of Professional Studies dual focus in secondary social studies and special education (K-12) from Manhattanville College, and his Master of Science in education administration and supervision from Fordham University.

In addition to the appointment of the four new assistant principals, John Cariddi and Dr. John Galligan, both current employees of the district, were named assistant principals at Sachem High School East and Sagamore Middle School, respectively.

Fall 2017 Tennis Lessons


New Administrator for Physical Education

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Effective July 5, 2017, Shannon McEntee has been appointed as the new Administrator for Physical Education.

Ms. McEntee comes to the district from the Rockville Centre Union Free School District, where she served as a health education and physical education teacher since 2006 and held the position of athletic administration intern since 2015. A co-writer of health curriculum for Rockville Centre, Ms. McEntee incorporated character education throughout the program to enhance social-responsibilities, self-responsibility, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership.

During her time at Rockville Centre, Ms. McEntee also oversaw the student concussion screening and testing initiative while also serving on the Health and Safety and Wellness committees. She helped facilitate several programs including the District Wellness Fair and Substance Abuse Awareness Walk.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Ms. McEntee also boasts an impressive background as South Side High School’s head varsity soccer coach. The two-time New York State Coach of the Year Award winner guided the Cyclones to two state championships, three Long Island championships and four county championships in her time there since 2010.

Ms. McEntee received her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health education from Adelphi University where she then went on to complete her master’s degree in health education. She completed the educational administrative program through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the athletic administrative certification program through American Military University.

2016-2017 Spring Athletics Post-Season Honors

Spring Athletics Post-Season Honors Photo
Click here to view the Post-Season Honors List

2017-2018 District Calendar Summary

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Click here to see the 2017-2018 School Calendar Summary.