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Students Shine Through Summer in Extended School Year Program

Students Shine Through Summer in Extended School Year Program
For the 33rd year, the Sachem Extended School Year program is supporting the diverse needs of special education students throughout the district with an expansive collection of activities that reinforce curriculum concepts covered during the school year. 

As part of the program, more than 72 of the district’s most dedicated and caring professionals deliver an enriching educational experience to the 250 students enrolled this summer. In addition, a number of student volunteers from both the middle school and high school level lend their time throughout the summer to assist the teachers and staff. 

The creative SESY staff has chosen STEAM to be the theme for this summer’s program. As part of the full instructional program, which includes traditional art, physical education and music components, the program also incorporates a plethora of challenging STEAM activities to align with this year’s theme. Adding to the comprehensive program, students also participate in water safety instruction once a week at the Sachem High School East pool and visit numerous community establishments for education that aims to enhance consumerism, social and work skills.

“This is a program designed for heroes and staffed by champions,” SESY Principal Trish Auletta said. “Our students work so hard on academic, social, physical and management skills. They humble and amaze us daily with their efforts, tenacity and smiles.”

At the culmination of the program, students across grade levels deliver a vibrant production to an audience of family and friends that sharpens their art, music, movement and speech articulation skills.
 

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Vibrant Exhibit Showcases Student Creativity

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Sachem High School North special education students in Christine Baratta’s class displayed countless crafty creations as part of its annual art show at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.

In its fifth year at High School North, the art show serves as a culminating event to a yearlong exploration of numerous famous artists and their chosen mediums. Students studied artists such as Savlador Dalí, Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollack, among several others. Along the way, students learned about different art techniques, mediums and the many categories of art. 

“Our study of art allows students to express their creativity,” Baratta said. “It is amazing to witness how creative the students have become when given the opportunity.” 

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Waverly Elementary School Welcomes New Principal

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Following an extensive search and screening process, the Sachem Central School District is proud to announce the appointment of Kevin Tougher as the new principal of Waverly Elementary School, filling the vacancy left by John Ruggero who has accepted a position with the North Babylon School District. 

Mr. Tougher will be joining Waverly after serving as an elementary teacher for 12 years within the Sachem Central School District at Cayuga Elementary School. During his time at Cayuga, Mr. Tougher served as a teacher leader and an integral participant on numerous districtwide committees, including APPR, the Curriculum Council, Elementary Report Card and Elementary Resolutions. In addition to his expansive committee involvement, Mr. Tougher has demonstrated expertise in the development of new curriculum during revisions to Sachem’s elementary ELA, social studies and mathematics curricula. As a leading voice across the district, Mr. Tougher has also facilitated a plethora of districtwide professional development initiatives.

Mr. Tougher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from James Madison University, a Master of Science degree in elementary education from Long Island University and a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University. 

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Mr. Kevin Tougher as the new principal of Waverly Elementary School,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham. “Throughout this process it was clear that Mr. Tougher possesses the personality, elementary school experience, curriculum expertise and the dedication to Sachem that makes him the ideal candidate for this leadership position.”   

Elementary Students Make Waves With Sea Life Science

Elementary Students Make Waves With Sea Life Science photo
Chippewa Elementary School first-grade students in Lauren Mundy’s class showcased their passion for sea life during a culminating event that displayed all of the sea life-themed activities they completed during the month of June. 

As part of the yearly sea life celebration, students participated in a plethora of activities that explored the multidimensional topics that encompass the ocean. Students researched the habits of fish and other sea life, sketched observational drawings, studied sea life vocabulary and were visited by a scuba diver for an informative presentation.

At the conclusion of the event, students showed family and friends their completed dioramas that represented seascapes and portrayed a number of creatures, such as dolphins, octopus, sharks, squid, and whales, and included many different species of fish. 

Authors and Illustrators Share How-To Books

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First-grade student authors and illustrators from Julie Celecia’s class at Waverly Avenue Elementary School showed off their most recent work during a display showcase for family and friends.  

As part of a classroom unit exploring nonfiction writing, students wrote and illustrated a step-by-step book on how to accomplish a task. During the activity, students practiced arranging steps in sequential order, brainstorming, and editing independently and with a partner. 

Among the topics covered by the students were how to change a car battery, how to make an ice cream cone, how to make slime, how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and how to make a pizza, along with multiple others. 
 

Suffolk County Legislature Honors Regional Envirothon Winners

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A team of five Sachem High School North student scientists who captured a first-place finish at the 20th annual Long Island Regional Envirothon competition this April was honored for its achievement at the meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday, June 19.

The winning team, composed of Chris Eagler, Miranda Garcia-Cassani, Emily Gelardi, Emily Hudak and Molly Kearns, confidently navigated the five subject areas of this year’s competition, bringing home the win. In addition, Anika Banerjee, Kaya Manolt, Alena Thotam, Caitlin Tucker and Madison Tutone, a second team from Sachem High School North, finished in third place.  

The first-place team advanced to the state competition, where it placed seventh out of 58 teams from across New York State.  
 

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Vegetables Fill Tamarac Tower Gardens

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First- and fifth-grade book buddies at Tamarac Elementary School recently utilized tower gardens to gain valuable insight into the importance of homegrown fruits and vegetables. 

The book buddies from Jennifer Crane’s first-grade class and Trisha Schneider’s fifth-grade class collaboratively studied the importance of a crop’s environment as they checked the acidity and water levels of the soil throughout the growth cycle. 

Within the self-watering tower garden, the students grew basil, Bibb lettuce, lavender, peppermint and romaine lettuce. Students tracked the success of the garden in a journal as they followed the progress of the individual crops. 

Concluding the horticulture lesson, the student buddies came together for a special feast where they enjoyed a harvest of their fresh, homegrown vegetables. 
 

Interactive Game Show Puts Students in the Spotlight

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Merrimac Elementary School students proved trivia savvy during an interactive game titled The Brain Show this June, which challenged participants across grade levels on a variety of curriculum concepts. 

Utilizing three buzzer podiums, student teams faced off as the show’s host asked questions covering a multitude of topics, including art, geography, language arts, history, math, music and science. To win, a team had to receive 300 points by answering three questions correctly. 

The engaging game show acted as an exciting compliment to curriculum learning as the school year came to a close. 

Community Project Scores Student Restaurant Tour

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A Nokomis Elementary School second-grade student recently had the opportunity to tour a community cornerstone as her diorama project garnered special recognition from Applebee’s Grill + Bar. 

Aviah Singh took a trip to the Applebee’s located in Patchogue to show off her diorama, which replicated the popular dining establishment. As part of the trip, Aviah was given a tour of the restaurant, her picture was placed on the wall and she was treated to a dinner with family and class teacher, Danielle Neimeth. 

Aviah crafted the creative diorama as part of a recent project exploring local communities. 

Future Educators Flourish Through Hands-On Learning

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For Sachem High School students interested in a career in education, the Child Development class provides a hands-on learning experience that allows future educators to apply classroom concepts at the elementary level under the direction of the class’ teacher. 

After the completion of Child Development I, which covers the beginning stages of life and the lifecycle, senior students have the opportunity to enroll in Childhood Development II, where they explore educational concepts that apply to classroom learning. Through the class, students create lesson plans, study classroom management, special education, education methods and education theory.   

As part of the course, students return to the Sachem elementary school they once attended to assist a classroom teacher for three hours each week, totaling 36 hours by the completion of the course. For the final evaluation, students deliver a lesson they prepared to the class they have been working with over the previous weeks. 

“Our class allows students to clearly see what a future career in education would look like,” Child Development teacher Debra Lopez said. “It helps to develop concrete ideas about what grade level they would like to teach and where they would excel most as an educator.” 




Students Help Pen Pals Tour Tamarac

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Technology helped to connect classrooms when Tamarac Elementary School students created a virtual field trip for their pen pals at Dayton Elementary School in Manorville during an activity that utilized the DoInk app. 

Third-grade students in Gloria Monaco’s class used scripts written on Google Docs to explain specific destinations around the school building that they showed to their pen pal friends. With help from Technology Integration Specialist Claudia Camassa, students recorded their assigned sections in front of a green screen and then used the DoInk app to layer the video and images on top of one another. 

The integration of the DoInk app allowed students to incorporate written and hands-on lessons to connect with their pen pals in an exciting way. 

Recycling Made Cents for Waverly Students

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Project-based learning inspired fifth-grade students at Waverly Elementary School to go above and beyond as they developed a contest to promote recycling across the building.

A group of students in Danielle Sexton and Kristina Fulcher’s class developed the initiative after being asked the question of how they can help the environment. They then collaborated to develop a buildingwide recycling contest, where the grade level who recycled the most plastic water bottles would receive a pajama, movie and popcorn party. Through rigorous promotion, the students spread the word about the contest and also created signs for each garbage can in the building. 

At the completion of the contest, the student effort earned $30 in recycled water bottles, which was used to purchase the reward for the fourth- and fifth-grade students who won the contest. 
 

Sachem Leads the Way in Competitive ESports

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For the Gamers Club at Sachem High School North, a tri-tournament competition this June for the game “Overwatch” provided students with a chance to compete in person against gamers from other school districts on Long Island.

Held on June 6 at Waypoint Gaming in Garden City, the tournament is the first of many where Sachem North will be competing as part of the High School Esports League. The tournament, which also featured teams from Bay Shore and St. Anthony’s high schools, allowed the student gamers to compete in the same area rather than over the internet. 

At the completion of the tournament, the Sachem North gamers tied for first place with the team from Bay Shore High School.





High School Students Explore Educational Technologies

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Students at Sachem High School East applied curriculum concepts to a number of engaging educational technologies supplied by the Sachem Public Library this May.

Expanding upon classroom topics, students utilized Legos and Strawbees to creatively design figures and structures. They explored more complex technologies while working with iPads to control mBots and Spheros, and incorporated geometry knowledge to arrange Tangrams as part of the Osmo set. 

Classes had the opportunity to visit the technology display throughout the week and students could revisit during their lunch period to further explore the items available. 

Sachem Students Attend Barcode Long Island Symposium

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This June, four Sachem High School North students attended the annual Barcode Long Island Symposium led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center, in collaboration with Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and the American Museum of Natural History.

Barcode Long Island uses DNA barcoding to explore, document and track biodiversity on and around Long Island through experiments led by student research teams. Kaya Manolt, Caitlin Tucker and Madison Tutone developed a research project titled “The effect of vegetated buffer zones on aquatic biodiversity,” comparing both water quality and presence of indicator species at two local ponds. Nistha Boghra researched “The biodiversity of a restored estuary” by sampling water quality and organisms at Sunken Meadow State Park. As part of the symposium, each student presented a poster displaying their research and interacted with peers, educators and world-renowned scientists. Among the notable guests was Dr. James Watson, famous Nobel Prize laureate, molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known for being a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1953.

To begin their rigorous research, the students first dedicated countless hours to refine the design of their projects before performing the procedures of professional scientists. To move forward with their research, the student scientists needed to meet the strict guidelines set by Barcode Long Island and receive approval from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center staff scientists. 

The students collected up to 20 organisms from water samples for each project. Next, with guidance from Sachem High School North science teacher Monica Marlowe, Barcode Long Island educators, scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2017 and Stony Brook University in 2018, they worked to isolate and amplify the DNA of each organism to positively identify each species. Out of the seven viable samples that were submitted for sequencing, two came back with novel sequence data when aligned with available data on the genetic sequence database GenBank. The novel sequence data is significant because no other scientist has yet sequenced these organisms in the cytochrome oxidase I barcode region and these students will be credited with the publication of this sequence information.

“Caitlin, Kaya, Madison and Nistha have collectively dedicated an impressive amount of extracurricular time and energy in the completion of their projects and the pursuit of scientific advancement,” Marlowe said.

In March of this year, collectively, the Sachem scientists sequenced another 26 samples, resulting in seven additional novel sequences to be published in GenBank.

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Future Aspirations Shine Bright at Hiawatha Elementary

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It was a glimpse into a bright future for first-graders at Hiawatha Elementary School when they took the stage dressed in outfits signifying careers they aspire to have in the future.

Representing a vast number of professions, each first-grade student delivered a brief presentation to the crowd about the job they wish to have in the future. The careers chosen by the students included baseball players, construction workers, chefs, detectives, doctors, police officers, nurses, teachers and veterinarians. 

The event served as an engaging activity that coincided with the first-grade unit on careers. As part of the unit, students created their first résumé and researched the different careers that interested them. 

 

Sachem Board of Education Holds Annual Reorganization Meeting

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The Sachem Central School District Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 11, where new Board trustee Meredith Volpe and re-elected trustees Bill Coggin and Laura Slattery were sworn in to office by District Clerk Allison Florio to begin their three-year terms. Laura Slattery was elected as the new Board of Education president and Dorothy Roberts was elected vice president for the 2018-19 school year. 

Colonial Fashion Takes Center Stage at Grundy Avenue

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An assortment of outfits from long ago graced the improvised runway at Grundy Avenue Elementary School during a fashion show that depicted a number of prominent styles from the colonial period in America. 

Fourth-grade students navigated the cafeteria runway showing off their colonial outfits to classmates and family members while students read aloud explanations of what each student wore. A number of popular accessories from the time period were highlighted, including aprons, bonnets, bifocal glasses, straw hats, suspenders and wicker baskets. In addition, multiple students dressed in outfits that represented important jobs during the time period such as blacksmiths, carpenters and farmers. 

As part of the curriculum unit on colonial life, the activity served as an excellent visual representation of fashion during an important time in American history.   
 

Sachem Educator Honored With Teacher of Excellence Award

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Lynwood Avenue Elementary School third-grade teacher Cathy Dulovic was honored this year by the office of Senator Phil Boyle with the Teacher of Excellence Award for the Sachem Central School District. 

Dulovic was recognized for her unique instructional approach that engaged her students in the learning process and developed deep relationships. Throughout the year, Dulovic challenged students through collaborative learning activities that encouraged students to explore how they can become better citizens. 

Sachem Student-Athletes Are Golden

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A combined 41 student-athletes from Sachem East and Sachem North were recognized with Golden Key Awards this year. 

This honor is the highest in Section XI that a student-athlete can receive for sports participation and given to individuals who letter in eight seasons in grades 10-12. 

This year there were nine award winners from North and 32 from East.

Sachem North
Abigail Bandle
Nicole Batinsey
Rebecca Block
Allaura Dashnaw
Molly Kearns
Grace Lipponer
Ryan McCann
Gabriella Mott
Caitlyn Sinram

Sachem East
Justin Allone
Peter Argerakis
Anna Arrigo
Shayna Arrigo
Christina Artusa
Margaret Atwood
Chelsea Benedict
Bryan Brown
Andrew Campbell
Selvi Chhabra
Jordan Chong-Gayle
Angela Consalazio
Hayley DiCarlo
Kaitlyn Famiglietti
Kayli Manalo
Aliya Hope Martin
Imani Star Martin
Lucas Moreno
Mackenzie Murphy
Caitlin O’Hehir
Shannon O’Keefe
Rachel Orellana
Lauren Paolucci
Michaela Parker
Christopher Quenstedt
Evan Rasco
John Roach
Rachel Ruggiero
Hunter Savino
Domenick Scaglione
Sophia Tavantzis
Alexa Torres
 

Mad Science Workshop Wows Hiawatha Students

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Hiawatha Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students explored the many wonders of science by creating crafty chemical concoctions during a workshop presented by Mad Science.

With the help of guest speaker Xenon Zach, students took part in experiments that tested different properties of chemicals. They learned about substances that are hydrophilic and are attracted to water as well as substances that are hydrophobic and repel water. Student groups participated in an experiment that showcased the hydrophobic properties of certain chemicals by pouring hydrophobic sand on top of water and gently putting their finger into the sand layer without getting wet. As part of an additional experiment highlighting the unique properties of various chemicals, students created colorful art using shaving cream and water-based paints. Shaving cream is both a hydrophobic and hydrophilic substance that absorbed and rejected the various colors that were then swirled in circles, creating vibrant artwork.      

Throughout the activity Xenon shared helpful tips with students so that they can recreate similar experiments at home with everyday household items. 

 

Samoset Math Students Get ‘Empowered’

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To review lessons taught throughout the school year in an exciting way, seventh-grade math students at Samoset Middle School participated in hands-on activities as part of the Empower program.

The initiative incorporates engaging, standards-based math fluency activities that implement daily math practices. Students worked collaboratively in groups, rotating through multiple stations utilizing manipulatives such as dice, a deck of cards and dominoes to answer a plethora of math questions. 

The wide-ranging activities reinforced a strong understanding of the concepts students would encounter on the day of the final. 

 

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High School East Senior Receives Horatio Alger Scholarship

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Following a rigorous application process, Sachem High School East senior Angelica Knudson has been selected to receive the Horatio Alger State Scholarship. 

The Horatio Alger State Scholarship is awarded to students across the country who have encountered and risen above difficulties. The application process includes numerous short essay questions and a large essay describing a challenge the applicant has overcome. 

Angelica is enrolled in Advanced Placement literature, government and politics. She has been playing violin since fourth grade and is an active member of several clubs, including the Gay Straight Alliance, History Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She plans to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges to study English education following graduation. 

“I am very grateful for this opportunity,” Angelica said. “At times life may seem unclear but with persistence anything is possible.” 

Elementary Moving Up Ceremonies Celebrate Students’ Successes

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A plethora of joyous moving up celebrations recently took place in the Sachem Central School District, recognizing the transition of fifth-grade students from elementary to middle school. They served as a delightful opportunity to recognize excellence in education and allowed the students to reflect on their elementary school experience. 
 
At each of the building ceremonies, held at either Sachem High School North or East, students took the stage of the auditorium dressed to impress as they received a diploma signifying their graduation from elementary school. As part of the ceremonies, each building recognized a number of students for outstanding performances across all areas of the curriculum, in addition to separate awards for attendance, citizenship and leadership. 

A long-standing Sachem tradition, the goal of each ceremony is to celebrate past student accomplishments and empower students to continue on the path of educational success as they advance on to middle school. 

Sachem Produces Strong Showing at Brookhaven National Lab Science Fair

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Three elementary school students from the Sachem Central School District thrived during the recent Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair, as they secured two first-place finishes and an award for honorable mention. 

Nokomis Elementary School fourth-grader Arianna Flores finished in first place for her experiment that examined how nanosilver found in common household products affects the growth of pond life. Merrimac Elementary School fifth-grade student Nicholas Prosa received first place for his experiment that determined the healthiest hand drying option, paper towels or hand dryers, and Audrey Prego, a third-grade student from Waverly Elementary School, was awarded honorable mention for her experiment on sleep.

To advance to the BNL Elementary Science Fair each student had to be awarded first place at their respective elementary school science fair. 


Planting Seeds for a Fruitful Future

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Wenonah Elementary School students cultivated a passion for horticulture during a number of recent activities in preparation for the planting of a plethora of crops at the school, which will be harvested over the summer. 

In its third year at Wenonah, the “Giving Garden” provides fifth-grade students with an opportunity to experience a vast number of horticultural concepts before preparing a garden they will maintain from the end of each school year into the summer on a volunteer basis. Students learn about the parts of a plant, when is the best time to grow certain vegetables and what yields a successful crop. 

This year, students planted basil, beans, beets, corn, cilantro, dill, Long Island cheese pumpkin, okra, peas, peppers and zucchini among other vegetables. Students across each grade level were responsible for growing a seedling that would be planted in the garden once it sprouted.  

All harvested crops from the garden are donated to the local nonprofit organization, Island Harvest. To date, the garden has provided hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to food banks on Long Island.  
 

Sachem Science Researchers Celebrated at Annual Symposium

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The Sachem science research department recently hosted its annual symposium at High School North in celebration of the tireless work displayed by the student-scientists throughout the school year. 

The symposium served as an opportunity to honor the science research students from grades 9- 12 for their continued dedication to science and their progressive research efforts. To begin the event, guest speakers Angelica Franqueiro and Daniel Waxman, seniors at Sachem High School North and East respectively, presented their research to an auditorium full of family and fellow research students. Next, Samantha Meadows, a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine and a High School East alumnus, spoke about how Sachem shaped the beginning years of her academic experience, the importance of goal setting and how to effectively plan for the future.

“Science research is an important area of your academics because it allows you to fuel your own learning,” Meadows told the student-filled audience. “The power of your research is that you can do something that can change the world.” 

As the symposium concluded, 10 graduating seniors were recognized for their accomplishments in the science research program, and all attendees were welcomed to view posterboards of the students’ work on display in the gymnasium. 

Lynwood Sings in Celebration of the American Flag

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Students across Lynwood Avenue Elementary School recently gathered in celebration of Flag Day during a patriotic remembrance ceremony honoring the American flag and all that it represents.

Dressed in red, white and blue and waving flags, students across grade levels stood together around the building flagpole as three service members performed a commemorative flag folding ceremony. As the 13 precise folds were executed, Building Principal Dr. Danielle DeLorenzo read aloud what each fold represents. After the folding of the flag was complete, the three service members raised the flag, before all in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance in unison. 

As part of the ceremony, four students read their winning essays to an audience of family, friends and their peers about what the American flag means to them. Concluding the ceremony, students sang several patriotic songs, including the national anthem and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” 

Retirees and Special Olympics Stars Recognized at June Board Meeting

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During the most recent meeting of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, a number of invaluable faculty and staff were celebrated as they announced their retirement, and several Wenonah Elementary School Special Olympics athletes and volunteers were honored for their performance during the Spring Games. 

To begin the recognitions, Special Olympics student athletes and volunteers from Wenonah Elementary School were recognized for their countless hours of preparation and the outstanding performance of the athletes at the event at Hampton Bays High School May 6. 

To conclude the recognitions, 51 staff members were celebrated for their tireless dedication to the district, as they are set to retire at the conclusion of this school year. 
 

Celebrating the Sachem High School North Class of 2018

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Family, friends and distinguished guests cheered as a sea of smiling graduates adorned in black caps and gowns filed onto the football field for the annual commencement ceremony honoring the Sachem High School North Class of 2018. 

As the ceremony began, members of the select choir beautifully performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before High School North Principal Patricia Trombetta welcomed the Class of 2018 with a powerful speech that spoke to her belief in the graduates’ abilities to succeed. 

“There are going to be challenges and obstacles along the way, but I have the utmost confidence that you are prepared and able to accomplish anything you put your mind to,” Trombetta said. “Follow your dreams and let the world know that you are on your way.”

Continuing the ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham delivered a speech on the value of the connections students have made during their experience in the Sachem Central School District and the tremendous accomplishments they have made thus far. 

“Graduates, we followed you as a class and watched with great pride as you have accomplished so much. The Class of 2018 should be incredibly proud of all they have done while here at Sachem,” he said. 

During an inspiring speech that followed, Class of 2018 valedictorian Abigail Bandl echoed her confidence in her fellow graduates and herself to accomplish great things as they begin the next chapter of their young lives. 

“One thing that I can say for sure is that our time at Sachem has prepared us for what lies ahead,” Abigail said. “All of us sitting here today are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the world and make an impact.”

As the ceremony came to a close, students moved their tassels from right to left, signifying their graduation. With pastel blue skies above, students threw their caps into the air with a celebratory cheer as they closed the chapter on their experience as students in the Sachem Central School District.
 

Sachem High School East Graduates Celebrate Milestone

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A sea of successful students – the graduating Class of 2018 – blanketed the football field at Sachem High School East as they prepared to receive their diplomas as part of the annual commencement ceremony celebrating the momentous milestone. 

The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the graduates who will be entering a branch of the armed services, and a warm welcome from Sachem High School East Principal Louis Antonetti, who reflected on the value of the challenging yet rewarding experiences the graduates will encounter in life. 

“With fear comes a discomfort level that will force you to see what you are made of,” Antonetti said. “So, graduates, please savor the obstacles that you encounter in life. In the short term they will be difficult, but later on the character they build is immeasurable.”

Class of 2018 valedictorian Tharini Prakash then delivered an empowering speech to her fellow classmates that called on them to continue to be courageous as they move into the future.

“It is our responsibility to make a real difference with the lessons that we have learned: to be brave, to stand up for what is right, to demand equality, to have empathy and be kinder than we need to be,” Tharini said. “I am proud of what we have accomplished thus far and look forward to seeing what we all do in the future.”

As the ceremony continued, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham reflected upon the impact of the connections the graduates have made during their high school experience.

“When you move on from here remember the lessons you learned from the people throughout the Sachem Central School District,” he said. “To me, these relationships are what define our district. These relationships define the spirit of ‘We Are Sachem.’”

As the congratulatory remarks concluded, members of the Class of 2018 crossed the stage one-by-one to receive their diplomas, and family and friends emphatically cheered as the new graduates threw their caps to the sky, leaving the field alumni of Sachem High School East. 

Sagamore News - A Student Publication

The Authors and Artists Club at Sagamore Middle School published their 2017-18 edition of The Sagamore News in June.  Students in grades 6 - 8 collaborated to publish articles about clubs, special events, and field trips.  They included an advice column, a word search, interviews with two staff members, book and movie recommendations, artwork, and more.  To access your free online copy of the Sagamore News, click on the link below.

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The Authors and Artists Club invites all 2018-19 students to enter the "Summer Memories" contest in September.

VIDEO: Sachem High School East Graduation

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VIDEO: Sachem High School North Graduation

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VIDEO: Merrimac Moving Up

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VIDEO: Hiawatha Moving Up

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VIDEO: Tamarac Moving Up

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VIDEO: Grundy Moving Up

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VIDEO: Chippewa Moving Up

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VIDEO: Waverly Moving Up

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VIDEO: Nokomis Moving Up

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VIDEO: Cayuga Moving Up

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VIDEO: Wenonah Moving Up

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VIDEO: Lynwood Moving Up

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Covered Wagons Carry New Lessons for Merrimac Students

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A crafty combination of durability and ingenuity steered students to success during a recent activity at Merrimac Elementary School focused on the westward expansion of the United States.

As part of the lesson that explained the historic 1803 expansion that followed the Louisiana Purchase, each fifth-grade class was challenged to design a miniature covered wagon that could traverse a simulation of the rough terrain that pioneers encountered on their journeys. Student groups were supplied with bottle caps, cardboard, straws and tinfoil to assemble a prairie schooner capable of protecting cargo simulated by blocks. 

The covered wagons were led over a canyon, mountains, plains and a river, all while being sprayed by water to represent rain. Following the initial tests, students had the opportunity to revise their designs and attempt to cross the treacherous terrain again. 

Through the covered wagon activity students learned a plethora of additional information, including the journey of Louis and Clark, the details of the Louisiana Purchase, the doctrine of manifest destiny and the countless challenges the pioneers faced. 

 

Classroom Concepts Shine Through Art Activity

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A complex collaboration of art and math recently challenged fifth-graders in Susan Kinsey’s art class at Waverly Avenue Elementary School as a special guest – the school’s principal – led an origami activity that reinforced multiple math vocabulary terms. 

Throughout the activity, John Ruggero guided students through a precise folding sequence that created a three-dimensional box out of six square sheets of paper. Along the way, he incorporated geometric terminology to identify each fold. The terms included edges, faces, vertices and different shapes such as isosceles triangles, right triangles, parallelograms and trapezoids. 

The collaborative activity allowed students to couple math curriculum concepts with the interesting art of origami. 

Outstanding Students and Staff Honored at June Meeting

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At the most recent meeting of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, several students and faculty members were recognized for their outstanding achievements and continued success.

To begin the recognitions, three elementary school students were honored for their impressive showing at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair. Nokomis Elementary School fourth-grade student Arianna Flores was commended for winning first place for her experiment that examined the effects of nanosilver on pond life; Merrimac Elementary School fifth-grade student Nicholas Prosa was celebrated for earning first place for his experiment that determined the healthiest hand drying option; and Waverly Elementary School third-grade student Arianna Prego was congratulated for receiving honorable mention for her experiment on sleep.      

Concluding the celebration, 13 newly tenured teachers were praised for their dedication and professionalism.

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As we embark on the 2017-2018 school year, we look to enhance the level of communication within the Sachem family.

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