Dr. Christine Criscione


Christopher Molinelli

Associate Principal

Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4410


10/1          Class Parent  Tea

10/2          Pajama Day

10/2          Family Fun Night w/ May Moore @DPHS

10/7          Deer Park Fire Department Visit 

10/8-10/9  Fall Photos

10/12        Columbus Day- No School

10/14        PFC Meeting & Class of the Month

10/17        Homecoming Parade

10/20        Bond Vote @ DPHS 

10/23        Spirit Day- Wear Black and Orange

10/27        Pumpkin Patch (Raindate 10/28)

10/28        Pre-K Pumpkin Workshop

10/30        Halloween Parade










A Flurry of Flags on Patriot Day


Clad in red, white and blue, students from kindergarten through second grade honored the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11 by planting American flags in front of May Moore and John Quincy Adams on Patriot Day. The ceremonies, including recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, served to strengthen bonds of patriotism and citizenship.

“Although our students weren’t born when the events of 9/11 occurred, we feel it is important to honor the nearly 3,000 victims of those attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others,” said May Moore Principal Alicia Konecny. “Our PFC donated the flags for the children to plant around our school to show their patriotism for America and their respect for ordinary people who responded in extraordinary circumstances with acts of kindness and compassion.”


Renewed and Ready for a Year of Learning


Across the district, students streamed into their schools on a warm Sept. 2, prepared for the first day of classes after a long, relaxing summer. From the high school and middle school, to JFK Intermediate and the two primary schools, the district was abuzz with new faces, rekindled friendships and ambitious academic goals.

“Our students and staff returned on Tuesday, renewed, refreshed and ready to rock,” said May Moore Principal Alicia Konecny. “We are all excited for a wonderful year of learning ahead.”





New Education Regs Explained at Superintendent’s Conference Day


At the district’s recent annual Superintendent’s Conference Day, speakers delved into revised New York State regulations for both English as a New Language and the Annual Professional Performance Review.

Kicking off the morning’s presentations, Gina Palasciano, the district’s curriculum associate for world languages and ENL, introduced Dr. Maria Dove, an author and professor at Molloy College.

Dove explained that in the past, ENL –formerly known as ESL, or English as a Second Language – consisted of standalone programs, with a segregated population and specialized ESL curriculum. The new format features collaborative teacher teams of ESOL and content teachers, offering integrated instructional services to an integrated student population, for a curriculum that combines content and language.

“The new ENL program is research-based and consists of two components: a content area, with instructional component in English, and an English-language developmental component,” she said. “Integrating students and curriculum goes hand in hand with the ‘new three R’s’ of rigor, relevance and research.”

Dove stressed the need to develop collaborative teaching teams, and demonstrated classroom models of co-teaching.

“You can’t do this work alone,” she told the assembled teachers. “All team members need ongoing opportunities to learn.”

Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen began by introducing numerous new directors and teachers, using OMI’s No. 1 hit song “Cheerleader” to illustrate her credo of supporting and developing her staff.

“We are cheerleaders for each other,” she told them. “Teach to your best ability, the students you know and love.”

She noted that she had met with the state’s new education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, saying, “I think she’s going to help us make some much needed changes.”

Demyen’s presentation focused on discussing new regulations for the state’s APPR, which has moved from three components to just two: student performance and observation.

One of the main elements of the new APPR is that principals and teachers of students in courses that culminate in state exams will receive state-provided growth scores, while those with students in courses that don’t culminate in a state exam will utilize SLOs, or student learning objectives, to set growth targets that show at least one year of expected growth. The targets, process and assessments that are used will be approved by the state.

Citing the short timetable as an impediment, Demyen said that the district will apply for an APPR waiver in October; it can then apply for a second waiver next March.

“We want to do this right – efficiently and educationally sound,” said Demyen. “So we will do it over time, and start fresh next year.”

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