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Sachem Students Teach Students

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Students from Sachem High Schools North and East came together for a day of training as part of the Teens as Teachers Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Program club and course. The program, which included multiple guest speakers from across Suffolk County, featured interactive activities designed to strengthen students’ skills as peer educators as they work collectively as community liaisons, educating youth and promoting a safe and healthy lifestyle. 

The peer educators within the program facilitate lessons to sixth-grade students around the district on how to resist pressures to use drugs and alcohol. The skills-based health education program is designed to mitigate risk factors and build the basis for a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment. The Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) curriculum is used to put social and emotional learning to work through fun and interactive lessons, building the self-confidence young people need to make healthy choices and achieve success.

The training program organized by Sachem Health Education Department educators Patricia Broderick, Lori Hewlett and Kristen Maccarone began with a brief presentation from Sachem substance abuse and violence prevention counselors. Then the students transitioned into an inspirational presentation given by Kym Laube, executive director of HUGS Inc., about the importance of leadership. 

Following the guest speakers, students separated into groups and practiced presenting the lessons they will be delivering to the district’s sixth-grade students in the coming months. 

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Students Skype With Chef Ina Garten

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Inspiration was on the menu for students of Tiffany Ambrico-Wilson’s World at Work class at Sachem High School East as they participated in a Skype call with Ina Garten, American author and host of the Food Network program, “Barefoot Contessa.”

The World at Work class helps transition special education students from high school to life after graduation, focusing on life skills such as cleaning, cooking, shopping and managing finances. Students get a chance to practice these skills as the class partakes in weekly grocery store trips. They are also given the opportunity to work with a job coach twice a week building the skills necessary toward gaining employment. 

Ina provided the students an inside look into her preparation process, from selecting a recipe to utilizing her home garden or purchasing ingredients at her local grocery store, before cooking an Italian dish, polenta, and a class favorite treat, chocolate chip cookies. Additionally, she spoke to the students about how she became a successful chef, reflecting on her inspirations growing up and the steps she took to teach herself how to cook. Throughout the videoconference, Ina reiterated the importance of passion in anything the students choose to do in life. 

“Being able to have this experience with Ina adds to what we try to do every day,” said Ambrico-Wilson. “Find what you love to do and do it.”

Grundy Avenue Draws from Dots

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Opening doors of artistic creativity and inspiration, Grundy Avenue Elementary students in Nicole Liuzzi’s third-grade classes participated in their annual monthlong International Dot Day art project.

Students began their project by creating a single dot on a sheet of paper. Mrs. Liuzzi then read her class “The Dot,” by Peter H. Reynold. The book portrays a little girl who is shy about expressing her artistic abilities. After some encouragement from her art teacher, she becomes inspired by a tiny dot she put on a piece of paper and then goes on to create many more works of art, all stemming from a single dot. The students in Mrs. Liuzzi’s class mirrored this process, revisiting their original dots at the completion of the book and creating their very own masterpieces. 

“I feel that the book and this project truly embody what art is all about, creativity and innovation,” said Mrs. Liuzzi. “The art room is truly the one place where students can lose their fear of being wrong and just have fun.”

While creating their works of art, the students often looked to a line from the book, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Each dot took the students though their very own enriching artistic journey.  

Sachem Hosts Genetics Update Conference

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Students and staff from several Long Island districts gathered in the Sachem High School North auditorium for a lecture on groundbreaking cancer genetics research topics by Indiana University professor Dr. Sam Rhine.

The college-style lecture covered multiple areas of the genetics scientific discipline, spanning from causes of different forms of cancer to the possibilities of correcting genetic diseases. Dr. Rhine also spoke to students and educators about ongoing organ transplant research involving pigs and promising new research with the capabilities to edit genomes known as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR). 

Students and staff were encouraged to ask questions throughout the lecture, and educators were provided with information to perform their own in-class genetic experiments. 

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Fire Prevention Demonstrated at Lynwood

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Fire safety took precedence at Lynwood Elementary School as students participated in fire prevention-week activities this October, including an informative assembly presented by members of the Farmingville Fire Department.

During the assembly, students enjoyed multiple demonstrations by the firefighters, learned essential safety tips for emergency situations and witnessed the rescue capabilities of the department. Students watched a vehicle extrication scenario as well as multiple firefighters rappelling from the department’s ladder truck from a height of approximately 100 feet.  Firefighters taught students how to safely exit from a burning structure and the importance of developing a meeting point in a safe location outside their home in case of a fire. 

At the conclusion of the demonstrations, students were given time to explore the various apparatuses and ask firefighters questions about their experiences as members of the fire department. 

Throughout the district, local departments will visit the schools to educate students on best practices in emergency situations. 

Music Tech Magic at Samoset

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Captivating musical creativity filled the Samoset Middle School auditorium as sixth-grade students and faculty attended a music technology assembly presented by Brent Daniels, an award-winning composer, producer, sound designer and recording artist. 

Utilizing the latest in music technology, Daniels delivered an eye-opening assembly that explored the many ways to manipulate sound to create music. With the help from student volunteers, Daniels recorded sounds created by the students and crafted them into a seamless musical production. 

Throughout the assembly, Daniels reiterated the accessibility of technology such as the common Mac program Garage Band that is capable of mirroring the musical magic he performed for the students.  

Fifth-Graders Bring Pet Education to Merrimac

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Merrimac Elementary students were treated to a schoolwide pet education assembly led by two of their fellow students – fifth-graders Camdyn Bentivenga and Jaclyn Ianson, each of whom has a passion for animal safety. During the presentation, the students shared that passion and spoke about the nonprofit organization, the Pet Education Project.

“We chose PEP because it was the only organization that helps animals with kids leading the way.” said Camdyn. “I like how we help teach everyone how to become animal heroes!”

PEP promotes a message of responsible pet ownership and spreads awareness of pet abuse. During the presentation, students learned about animal shelter overcrowding and ways that they can make a positive impact on affected animals. The two student presenters developed an interactive way to raise money for the PEP organization. They created a “spin and win wheel” where students donate a dollar to spin for a chance to win a prize such as stuffed animals, bookmarks, PEP pencils and key chains. All prizes were provided by Jaclyn and Camdyn’s parents. To date, the students have raised $476.

“Throughout our work with the organization I’ve learned many valuable lessons – the most important of which was how many pets really need our help,” said Jaclyn. “Having the spin and win wheel will involve everyone in our school in helping to raise funds for this very important cause.”

Following the presentation, Camdyn and Jaclyn held a brief question-and-answer period, also informing the students that Erica Falbaum, the PEP founder, will be visiting on Oct. 20. After the students contacted Mrs. Falbaum, she was excited to come to Merrimac and share her “PEP talk” with the students.  

Victory For Sachem Marching Band At Home Show

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The Sachem Marching Band hosted a home show on Sunday, October 15 and captured a victory in its division.

Sachem scored an 82.70 in the Large School 3 division and dazzled a packed house with incredible precision and execution in all areas of the performance.

There were 11 schools, including Sachem, who participated in the event. Other winners on the afternoon included Roslyn (Small School 3), Mineola (Small School 2), Huntington (Large School 2), Malverne (Small School 1), and Brentwood (National).

The 82.70 is a full seven points higher than Sachem’s previous best performance this season, according to band coordinator, Mike Carroll.

Sachem will be in action again next Saturday in a show at Mineola High School.

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Energy Lessons Spark Student Interest at Grundy

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Grundy Avenue Elementary Students learned about energy and effective practices to conserve it during a PSEG Long Island-sponsored assembly by The Energized Guys.   

The program incorporated multiple characters and explored four main topics: defining energy, the uses of energy, how energy is wasted and ways to conserve it. Throughout the show students were taught about various energy conservation methods and tactics to cut down energy waste around their homes. 
“It’s really important that we educate and help children and their families understand the importance of our natural resources and using energy wisely,” said George Coburn, customer experience manager for PSEG Long Island. “Even young students can understand that they have energy choices. The younger they begin learning, the more likely they will retain these concepts throughout their life.”

Following the presentations teachers reinforced topics learned during the performance with classroom activities on energy. 

District Sets Vision for the Future of Sachem Schools

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New Goals Establish Measurable Outcomes for Success 

As a culmination to a multimonth discussion process, the district’s Board of Education adopted a set of long- and short-range goals on Sept. 27 focused on continuing to strengthen academic programs, bolster student services, build upon past initiatives and reflect the vision and philosophy of our district and community.

“Just as we encourage our students to remain focused and set goals for themselves, it is imperative that we as a district establish a long-term vision for the Sachem community in order to ensure that we are continuing to evolve our school system and meet the demands of the ever-changing world around us,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham. “These goals were created with input from various members of our school community and are ones that we believe will enhance educational opportunities, build strong connections with our students and create the foundation – both within and beyond the classroom environment.”

An overview of the district’s adopted goals can be found below. For a detailed look at the goals and the targeted steps to achieve them, please visit (Insert Link).

Goal #1: Provide Safe and Secure Schools – Deliver a safe educational environment where students are supported and empowered during all educational, extracurricular and cocurricular activities.

Goal #2: Enhance Student Achievement, Quality of Instruction and Leadership Skills – Implement a well-rounded curriculum, which allows students to excel in their current academic environment and possess the skills to succeed in their further education or chosen career path. 

Goal #3: Improve Parent, Community and Staff Communication – Engage the community through multiple mediums and increase information accessibility.

Goal #4: Improve Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Throughout the District – Responsibly balance educational needs with taxpayer sensitivity.

Goal #5: Commit to Providing Staff with the Necessary Tools and Support to Provide the Students with the Highest Quality Education – Optimize instructional recruitment and encourage all employees to reach their full potential, positively impacting Sachem students and community through utilization of mindful professional development opportunities.

Goal #6: We are Sachem – Develop both horizontal and vertical articulation amongst our 15 schools, connecting students, staff, and community and fostering one Sachem family.

“Our school district has long maintained a reputation for providing students with a diverse and myriad of learning opportunities as well as avenues to excel beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Board of Education President Anthony Falco. “We believe that this set of goals is the first step in advancing our programs, reflect the vision our community has for our schools and will provide our students with the necessary educational opportunities to succeed in a safe and secure environment.”

The district will be reviewing the adopted goals and associated implementation action plans periodically throughout the year and identifying ways to improve moving forward. A comprehensive review of the plan will be conducted at the end of the school year during a Board of Education meeting.

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2017 Sachem Athletic Hall of Fame Class Inducted

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For just the third time in district history, Sachem inducted an Athletic Hall of Fame class. Their ceremony took place on Saturday, October 7 in the gymnasium lobby at Sachem High School North.

“The Sachem Athletic Department is proud and honored to be a part of inducting some of the top athletes and coaches in Sachem history,” said Gary Beutel, Sachem’s Director of Physical Education, Athletics and Health Education. “We wish every inductee congratulations and thank them for their efforts in representing our school district with pride and honor.”

The event was sponsored by the Sachem Alumni Association.

“There is nothing better than honoring the past and inspiring the future here in Sachem,” said Chris R. Vaccaro, President and Founder of the Sachem Alumni Association. “We have a tradition of excellence in Sachem that has been built over decades of success in athletics and to honor some of the best coaches and student-athletes in district history is tremendous.”

Class of 2017 Inductees
Joe Amplo, lacrosse and football, Class of 1995
Daniel Brienza, soccer, Class of 1999
Matt Brisson, coach
Brian Brecht, lacrosse, Class of 1991
John Carvalheira, wrestling, Class of 1993
Jeanna Composti Sondag, track and field, Class of 1999
Matt DiStefano, volleyball and basketball, Class of 1996
Patty Fabian Scaturro, three-sport athlete, Class of 1978
Mike Falcon, wrestling, Class of 1980
Michael Farley, three-sport athlete, Class of 1984
Bill Kropp, coach and athlete, Class of 1977
Chris LaMorte, gymnastics, Class of 1992
Steve Lorincz, coach
Pat Metcalf, coach
Pete Montalbano, coach
Mike O’Flaherty, coach
Kathleen O’Reilly, three-sport athlete, Class of 1984
Linda Otten, administrator
Tony Petillo, coach and athlete, Class of 1974
Eric Reichenbach, baseball, Class of 1988
Steve Rich, coach
Shannon Weeks McCormack, track and field, Class of 1996
Mike Westscott, coach
Wayne Wilson, three-sport athlete, Class of 1987
Alex Young, coach, Class of 1977
Tom Zambrotta, gymnastics, Class of 1984

To learn more about each inductee, you can read bio capsules on

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Inspirational Author Visit

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Literacy came alive for sixth-grade students from Sagamore and Seneca middle schools when they enjoyed an inspiring day with author and illustrator George O’Connor.

During two separate assembly programs, Mr. O’Connor spoke of his experiences as a student and what sparked his interest to pursue the career he excels at today. He also walked the students through his Greek mythology-based book series, “Olympians,” providing students with valuable illustrating tips and techniques. Concluding his presentations, Mr. O’Connor showcased his quick drawing style during an impressive 25-second drawing demonstration of Greek god Zeus.  

As an added treat, those students who participated in the Sachem Public Library Summer Reading Program had the chance to eat breakfast (Seneca) or lunch (Sagamore) with O’Connor and engage in a small-group question-and-answer session.

Sachem North Ends Homecoming Week With Victory

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Sachem North capped a memorable week of homecoming festivities by beating Central Islip 38-20 on Friday, October 6 at Fred Fusaro Alumni Stadium.

Students spent all week in spirit mode, celebrating each day with a different theme from American attire to famous duos, and Sachem pride.

On Thursday evening the gymnasium was packed with more than 800 students who enjoyed a homecoming dance. Homecoming royalty was selected and the senior honorees were Chris Eagler as King, Julia Boris as Queen and Sean Melious as Jester.

Fans at Friday evening’s game were treated to performances by the marching band, Arrowettes and cheerleader squads. During halftime, this year’s Sachem Athletic Hall of Fame induction class was honored.

Sachem’s football team was led by quarterback Nick Gambino, who had a career-high 170 passing yards, and also two rushing touchdowns. Javal Stanton also had a career-high 195 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Senior Receives Science Award of Excellence

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Sachem High School East senior Mark Benesh has received the Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. 

As a recipient of this award, Mark was chosen to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders as a delegate representing High School East. Selected students are recommended by their teacher or guidance counselor for leadership ability, academic achievement and dedication to science and technology while also holding a GPA of 3.5 or above. 

The three-day conference, held in Lowell, Massachusetts, includes a collection of seminars lead by Nobel Prize winners and industry-leading inventors. The annual conference draws more than 1,000 students from across the country. 

Mark plans to further his science and technology knowledge by studying earth science and physics in college, with the hope of becoming a science educator himself. 

Sachem East Swimmer Qualifies for State Championships

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Sachem East senior Jessica Freund qualified for the New York State Championship meet in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of :59.71 at a meet against Connetquot on September 26. Freund will be competing at the state meet for the third consecutive season.

While it’s great to qualify this early in the season, Freund has over a month to qualify in more events and finish off her high school career on top.

“I would love to see her win the county title and challenge some of the best swimmers on the state level in Ithaca on November 17-18,” said Sachem East swim coach, Kathleen Dugan.

Against Connetquot last week, she also reset her own school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.42.

“Jessica came into the season in the best shape of her career and I’m excited to see where this season can go,” said Dugan.

Sachem East swimming and diving is 3-1 and have had great step-up swims from a very young team this season.

Freund previously competed at the state tournament in 2016 in the 100-meter breaststroke, and in 2015 in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley. She was a Suffolk County champion in the 100-meter fly in 2015.

(Photos courtesy: Freund Family)

Nine Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

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Nine Sachem Central School District seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

At the end of September, about 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 highest scorers were chosen for this honor based on their PSAT/NMSQT results. Paul Noble and Nobonita Paul have been chosen from High School North and Timothy Chiu, Kayli Manalo, Nicholas Manzella, Kayla Miranda, Emma Rigaud, Alecia Robins and Rachel Yaker have been selected from High School East.

Selected students receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and become candidates to be chosen for special scholarships sponsored by corporate businesses.  

North (L-R): Nobonita Paul, Paul Noble.  

East (L-R): Timothy Chiu, Nicholas Manzella, Kayla Miranda, Rachel Yaker, Emma Rigaud, Kayli Manalo, Alecia Robins

Constructing Balloon-Powered Vehicles

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Waverly Avenue Elementary students practiced basic engineering principles as they worked together to construct balloon-powered cars during an interactive STEAM lesson.

In the school’s new STEAM room, students from Cathy Juliano’s fourth-grade class began collaborating on designs to create a functioning self-propelled balloon car. Supplied with foam balls, straws, wooden rods, tape, rubber bands, a water bottle and a balloon, students began to assemble their cars. Assisted by art teacher Susan Kinsey and Librarian Luann Cronin, students applied problem-solving techniques throughout the construction process to overcome design obstacles and effectively complete their vehicles. 

At the conclusion of the lesson, the student groups came together to test their balloon-powered cars and collectively discussed solutions to improve their vehicles. 

Learning Makes a Splash at Nokomis

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As part of a life science lesson, Nokomis Elementary School students explored aquatic pond organisms during a presentation by the Department of Environmental Conservation. 

During the interactive presentation, fourth-grade students from Nokomis Elementary were asked to identify the segmented parts that make up each organism. Equipped with magnifying lenses, the students began to inspect the pond organisms and worked together to sketch the individual parts. Among the various pond organisms were tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and crawfish. The students also learned of the larger species that inhabit ponds and their unique roles as predators within the ecosystem. 

At the conclusion of the activity, David Pomeranz and Maggie McCabe from the DEC initiated a conversation amongst the students about how each segment of the organisms serves a purpose out in the wild. 


Cayuga Students Study Hurricanes

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During an interactive STEAM lesson, Cayuga Elementary students explored the power of hurricanes and their effects on structures. 

The activity began with a discussion on hurricanes, including identifying what defines the weather phenomenon, and key information for the students to consider during the hands-on activity. 

Separated into small groups, students worked to construct a structure capable of withstanding strong wind and rain using only masking tape, popsicle sticks, construction paper, an aluminum pan and Play-Doh. After construction was complete, the structures faced a hurricane simulation test. Two cups of water were added to the pan to represent rain and a fan blowing at high speed was pointed at the structures to act as hurricane-force winds. 

The class gathered after the activity for a discussion about the performance of their structures. The next day small adjustments were made and all of the groups’ structures were retested using the simulated hurricane conditions. 

Sachem Schools Lend a Helping Hand

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Throughout the month of September, Sachem Central School District students and staff came together to organize a variety of fundraisers and activities to benefit the victims of devastating hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Among the various items collected were personal hygiene supplies, nonperishable food items and a harvest of crops grown in Wenonah’s community garden, as well as gift cards and other monetary donations.

All items will be donated to one of three Texas schools the district has adopted or to local organization Island Harvest.

2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

2017-2018 District Calendar Summary

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