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Sagamore Middle School

57 Division Street
Holtsville, NY 11742
Principal: Frank Panasci
Assistant Principals: Donna Gregory and John Galligan

Phone: (631) 696 - 8600

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Please read the Letter to Parents about Programming for Grades 6 and 7

 

Free Homework Help at the Sachem Public Library.

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St. Baldrick's 2018 is coming soon! 

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Guidelines for submission to the "Choose Kindness" contest.

PTA banner contest

Guidelines for entering the "Choose Kindness" banner contest.

The Sagamore PTSA has an awesome new website.  Check it out!

PTA Reflections Contest Update:  Congratulations to Adriana Ancilleri (Photography) and Ashley Lormestoire (Dance Choreography) for winning the Suffolk Region’s Awards of Merit for the Reflections program this year!!

 

Writing Contests:

The Authors and Artists Club is sponsoring a Creativity Contest, with many categories in writing and art. To enter, email your work to egennosa@sachem.edu or bring it to the main office by February 1st. Prizes are Dunkin Donuts and Snack Shack gift certificates. Many prizes!

 

Please enter the Suffolk County Social Harmony Writing Contest. Top prizes are $250 - $100.

 

 

Sachem SEPTA is hosting the "Our Time to Shine" Fashion Show at Sachem North on April 14th at 12 pm.

8th Grade Field Trip Registration - Click on the link to register for the 8th grade field trip.

7th Grade Field Trip Registration - Click on the link to register for the 7th grade field trip.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ayuda con la tarea gratuita en la biblioteca pública de Sachem.
Ayuda con la tarea gratuita en la biblioteca pública de Sachem.
Ayuda con la tarea gratuita en la biblioteca pública de Sachem.

In the News

Sagamore Students Learn Tricks of the Trade

Sagamore Students Learn Tricks of the Trade photo

It was lights, camera, action for Sagamore Middle School sixth-grade social studies students as they were joined by two television news professionals as part of an ongoing newscast project.

Students in Jessica Frank’s World History class stepped into the spotlight as part of an ancient civilizations unit with a special spin. Each student transformed into a news anchor where they presented elements of the civilizations they studied. Students delivered news reports on numerous aspects of ancient cultures, such as cooking, fashion, dance, technology, weather and sports. 

As a key component to the newscast project, students received helpful insight from two prominent local news professionals. Students were visited by Jamie Stuart, Emmy-winning News 12 Long Island sports anchor and reporter, and Joe Cioffi, meteorologist on FiOS1 News and WPIX-TV Channel 11, for two separate assembly presentations. 

Beginning with an assembly for all the sixth-grade students, Stuart described his job as a sports anchor and reporter and how he reached the position he holds today. He encouraged students to always work hard and take the time to approach problems in a constructive way. Following the assembly, Stuart worked with small groups from Jessica Frank’s class, offering advice on how to effectively deliver their newscast and how to write and edit their scripts. 

During a separate assembly presentation, Cioffi spoke with students about the basics of meteorology and elements of forecast maps. Demonstrating his expertise in meteorology, Cioffi identified an area of incoming rain, announcing that it should begin any minute. Students were astonished when the rain began outside shortly after. Continuing the visit, Cioffi coached students in front of the green screen as they worked on delivering their ancient weather reports.   

In its first year at Sagamore, the addition of the news show project into the class curriculum engages students in a unique way. With help from librarian Sandy Bucher, students utilize library resources to research the topics they will be reporting on. While gaining knowledge on ancient civilizations, the students also explore many aspects of being part of a news production. Students write and edit scripts, conduct interviews and then deliver the prepared newscast in front of a green screen with the help of Technology Integration Specialist Carrie McGuire. The green screen was used to add realistic settings behind the student news anchors as their segments were recorded. 

“This project gives students a much greater experience than what they learn from the textbook alone,” Frank said. “Students take the information they obtain through research and bring it to life.” 

Principal Panasci Talks Pizza

Principal Panasci Talks Pizza photo
Sagamore Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences students recently learned the steps to preparing a popular Italian food, as Principal Frank Panasci delivered a demonstration on how to make pizza.

As part of the food preparation unit, seventh-grade students in Michelle Esp’s, Kristin Barnes’ and Judy-Lyn Ciancarelli’s family and consumer sciences classes learned the various steps to create a delicious pizza. For his first job, Principal Panasci worked at Eddie’s Pizza located in Lake Ronkonkoma, where he picked up key insight into the pizza business, which he shared with the students. Principal Panasci discussed the importance of preparing each ingredient and how pizza places grind cheese and make dough. To the surprise of the students, Principal Panasci even demonstrated his expert dough-spinning skills for each class. 

Concluding the instructional lesson, students enjoyed a sample of the pizza they learned to create. 

Sachem Schools Explore with Google Expedition

Sachem Schools Explore with Google Expedition photo
Students and staff in the Sachem Central School District’s middle schools recently traveled the world as they participated in activities utilizing Google Expedition’s virtual reality technology.

Without even exiting their classrooms, middle school students and staff were amazed by the 360-degree view provided by the Google Expedition goggles as they visited historic cultural landmarks such as Machu Picchu of Peru and other various Aztec and Inca civilizations. Earth science students were also able to take a virtual trip to the Grand Canyon as part of a geology lesson. 

As the schools continue to integrate this technology into classroom instruction, teachers and staff attend professional development workshops to fully harness the capabilities of this innovative technology. 

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