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May Moore Kindergartners Give a ‘Hand’ to Vets

 May Moore Kindergartners Give a ‘Hand’ to Vets
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Kindergartners in Tammy Cotrone’s class at May Moore recognized Veterans Day by creating a special poster, a heart made of red and blue paper hands that said, “We wanted to give you a ‘hand’ for serving our country.” Cotrone gifted the poster to local veterans to show her and her student’s appreciation for those who served.

A Dozen from Deer Park Named AP Scholars

A Dozen from Deer Park Named AP Scholars

A dozen seniors were recently named AP Scholars for 2018. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program gives out several levels of AP Scholar awards to recognize college-level achievement by high school students, demonstrated via AP courses and exams.

Nailah Edmead, Hallie Feldman, Anna Ragone and Tristan Tirado earned AP Scholar with Honors, while Roha Arshad, Matthew Berhalter, Katherine Cho, Mohammed Farrukh, Eiman Nawaz, Amar Qasir, Mohammed Raiyan and Yasmeen Syedda-Hensley earned AP Scholar with Distinction.


Seventeen Superlative Champions Chosen

Seventeen Superlative Champions Chosen

Seventeen superlative high school students were recognized on Nov. 8 in front of their proud families at the annual fall Breakfast for Champions. Honored for their outstanding qualities and achievements, champions are chosen every fall and spring by each department in the school, alongside principal’s and teacher’s champions. The ceremony was held in the library, accompanied by music from the school string ensemble.

Breakfast for Champions honorees for fall 2018 were Jayda Barnes (Teacher’s Award), Steven DeKanchuk (technology), Bianca Delgado (guidance), Logan Eisenberg (science), Melissa Espinoza Cruz (English as a new language), Jordan Galaor (Principal’s Award), Sophie Giles (health), Giavanna Lattanzi (math), Algery Maldonado (social studies), Madison Mattera (physical education), Jase McDermott (athletics), Diana Sanchez (family and consumer science), Trevor Sheehan (art), Cassandra Tirotta (English language arts), Giavanna Vangeli (business), Zachary Vila (performing arts) and Pritheva Zakaria (world languages).

“We were honored to have the opportunity to recognize these students of exceptional character and perseverance,” said Associate Principal Kristen Anisis. “We are proud of each one of these individuals and their positive contributions to our school and the greater community.”

Frost Debuts Burkel’s Brew Club

Frost Debuts Burkel’s Brew Club

Burkel’s Brew Club recently opened for business on Fridays at Robert Frost, offering coffee and smiles. Students in Rachel Burkel’s class collaborated with teachers in both technology and art classes on the design of the cup holders and design of the logo for the aprons.  Every week the students work on a variety of functional skills including stuffing mailboxes with order forms, organizing forms by team period, socializing appropriately with adults, using the cash register, making change and taking inventory.

“The first week was a big success and the children are looking forward to serving more coffee throughout the year,” said Burkel.





JFK Displays Teamwork During Red Ribbon Week

JFK Displays Teamwork During Red Ribbon Week
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JFK acknowledged Red Ribbon Week in October with several activities to make students aware of the important of being drug-free, from decorating scarecrows in front of the school to “scare” away drugs, to wearing sports jerseys to symbolize sticking together as a team.

May Moore Second-Graders Find Out What’s in a Name

May Moore Second-Graders Find Out What’s in a Name
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Second-graders in Danielle Finocchiaro’s ENL class at May Moore recently discussed the importance of names. The students listened to Juana Martinez-Neal’s “Alma and How She Got Her Name,” then went home to interview their parents about the stories behind their own names. They asked questions about who picked out their names, how the names were decided on, if there were stories behind the names, and if their names had any personal or cultural meaning to their families. The second-graders then shared the answers with the class.

“It is so important for children to learn about their names and appreciate their uniqueness,” said Finocchiaro.

Deer Park Students Show Why They Write

Deer Park Students Show Why They Write

Deer Park’s English language arts department celebrated the National Day on Writing on Oct. 19 by asking students at the high school and Robert Frost to reflect on why they write. The National Day on Writing, an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, uses the theme and hashtag of #WhyIWrite to garner attention for the idea of writing as critical to literacy.

Students in each ELA class at both Deer Park schools were able to create their own hashtags or comment on what motivates them to write, using yellow chart paper as well as chalk.

“This activity provided our students a moment to think and to reflect on why they write, which is something they do every day,” said Michelle Kwon, the district’s curriculum associate for ELA, reading and library.






Three Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Three Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students
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High school seniors Matthew Berhalter, Katherine Cho and Tristan Tirado were recently named Commended Students by the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, recognizing their exceptional test results in the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Both students finished among the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.6 million students nationwide participating in the annual competition.

“We are very proud of Katherine, Matthew and Tristan, and their achievement resulting from diligent hard work and academic prowess,” said Principal Charles Cobb.


Deer Park Community Parades with Pride at Homecoming

Deer Park Community Parades with Pride at Homecoming
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Gray skies could not deter a proud Deer Park community from showing its pride with a terrific parade, marching with gusto on Oct. 20 from JFK to Al Centamore Football Field. Leading the revelers was Superintendent of Schools Eva Demyen, the parade’s grand marshal. Demyen, who has led the district since 2009, will be retiring after this school year.

A highlight of the parade was a fantastic float foursome based on the theme of superheroes. The sophomore class took first place with their Batman float, the juniors came in second with a Spider-Man effort, the freshmen took third with a Hulk creation, and the seniors’ Superman float finished fourth. The sophomores also won the Spirit Week competition and a class fundraiser competition, earning them the chance to hit Principal Charles Cobb in the face with a pie at the homecoming kickoff party.

Student Council President Katherine Cho, the high school’s upcoming valedictorian, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Guest speakers included Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly, a graduate of Deer Park’s Class of 1984, and retired Babylon Town Clerk Carol Quirk.
After demanding some “real Falcon cheering” from the crowd, Quirk recognized Demyen and presented the superintendent with a certificate of appreciation. 

“I’m truly honored to have been appointed as grand marshal, but I am more honored to have served this awesome community,” said Demyen. “I love this place so much. Where else can you find such an outpouring of people who are so zestful for life and committed to the children of this district? Thank you for your support.”

Performers for the afternoon included the high school’s marching band and women’s choir, the high school and middle school kickline teams, and a talented array of cheerleading squads including the high school’s varsity and junior varsity as well as younger Robert Frost Middle School, competition and PAL teams.

Before the start of the varsity football game, Sammy Ahmed was named homecoming king and Gianna Minerva as homecoming queen. The homecoming court was rounded out by Ryan Hegney, Charlie Jacob, Joe Leon, Alyssa Shindel, Isabella Vene and DeAnna Vento.

In the football contest, a valiant effort by the football Falcons fell short, with the team falling to Newfield, 49-38.

Sixth-Grade Scientists at Frost Experiment with Pennies

Sixth-Grade Scientists at Frost Experiment with Pennies

Sixth-grade scientists in Carey Okurowski’s class at Robert Frost recently designed a controlled experiment to find out which side of a penny could hold more drops of water before it spilled over the edge. After designing the experiment, the students had to follow their plan to test their hypothesis. They counted drops of water as they were placed on their penny and recorded their data in a data table.




HS Gets Pumped with Spirited Pep Rally

HS Gets Pumped with Spirited Pep Rally
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The high school gym was rocking on Oct. 19 as athletes and fellow students got ready for homecoming with a spirited pep rally, led by the varsity and JV cheerleaders, the kickline squad and the high school pep band, the latter directed by Jerry Cannarozzo.

The school’s sports teams for 2018-2019 – including girls swimming, varsity and JV boys golf, boys and girls cross-country, varsity and JV girls tennis, varsity and JV girls volleyball, varsity and JV boys and girls soccer, and varsity and JV football – were introduced, and Principal Charles Cobb announced the homecoming court of Sammy Ahmed, Ryan Hegney, Charlie Jacob, Joe Leon, Gianna Minerva, Alyssa Shindel, Isabella Vene and DeAnna Vento.

 




Fun with Fire Safety at JQA

Fun with Fire Safety at JQA
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As part of an annual program coinciding with national Fire Prevention Month, students at JQA were taught fire safety by Deer Park Fire Department Assistant Chief Phil Scarfi. The students also enjoyed a display of one of the department’s fire trucks.




Dedicated Deer Park Seniors Named to Top 10

Dedicated Deer Park Seniors Named to Top 10

The top 10 ranked seniors from Deer Park High School’s class of 2019 were announced on Oct. 12. These outstanding students were honored with a breakfast ceremony held in the school’s library, attended by their proud parents as well as school administrators.

Ranked first as the upcoming valedictorian was Katherine Cho, while Eiman Nawaz was ranked second, earning salutatorian honors. Rounding out the top 10 academic finishers were Hallie Feldman (ranked third), Anna Ragone (fourth), Emma DeStefano (fifth), Julie DeBiase (sixth), Mohammed Raiyan (seventh), Matthew Berhalter (eighth), Yasmeen Syedda-Hensley (ninth) and Roha Arshad (10th).

“We are very proud of these 10 young men and women, who have displayed remarkable dedication to their studies,” said Principal Charles Cobb. “They will surely go on to accomplish great things.”


Senior Tristan Tirado Honored as Future Medical Leader

Senior Tristan Tirado Honored as Future Medical Leader
Tristan Tirado, a senior at the high school, was recently honored with an award of excellence by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists’ Medical Advisory Board, recognizing his participation in the Academy’s annual Congress of Future Medical Leaders this past June. Tirado was selected for attendance at this prestigious program based on his academic achievement, strong leadership skills and his desire to pursue a career in the medical field.

JFK Students 'Sign' Up to Eradicate Bullying

JFK Students 'Sign' Up to Eradicate Bullying
Staff and students at JFK kicked off Bullying Prevention Month in October by wearing blue, standing strong to eradicate bullying. Fifth-graders made signs to remind themselves and others that their class and the school are bully-free zones. Each week during the month, students will be presented with a challenge of showing kindness to a friend, a family member or even someone that they do not know.

Superintendent’s Conference Day Examines Active Shooters and Sexual Harassment

Superintendent’s Conference Day Examines Active Shooters and Sexual Harassment

At this September’s Superintendent’s Conference Day assembly for staff, the district focused on two important issues that are both timely and impact safety in the schools.

Detective Clifford Lent of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Bureau began the event by sharing data and statistics on active shooter incidents. He relayed a collection of best practices from schools and law enforcement agencies from across the country, including studies conducted by the FBI and NYPD that looked at over 220 active shooter incidents in the United States from 2000 to 2016.

Lent explained what an active shooter is and what the numerous variables are, such as the attacker’s proximity and choice of weapons. He advised educators on how to react quicker than they normally would; to know what the communication plans are in the workplace and how to initiate emergency protocols; where to run to exit the facility or take shelter; and to be aware of the effects of shock and how to overcome them.

Next up was a presentation on sexual harassment in the public-school setting by attorney Joseph Lilly of the firm Frazer & Feldman, Garden City, New York. Sexual harassment can involve adults and/or children. Lilly made the attendees aware of how federal and state laws have addressed this issue over the decades in schools, including Title IX, DASA and New York State labor law; and explained how the law defines sexual harassment. Attendees at the assembly were given specific examples and also made aware of behaviors to avoid.





JFK Glow Run Helps Build Good Character

JFK Glow Run Helps Build Good Character

For the second consecutive year, JFK's PFC partnered with Boosterthon to kick off the school year with a character education fundraising program that concluded with a fun run. Students gathered each day for a team meeting, learned about a different character education trait and gathered pledges for their glow in the dark run through the school’s small gym.




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