Dr. Christine Criscione


Christopher Molinelli

Associate Principal

Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4410

Have Wonderful Summer!






Developing a Love of Math at JQA


At the annual three-day June math fair at JQA, students moved from one activity center to another, each highlighting different aspects of math, ranging from basic skills to the role of mathematics in our daily lives. According to teachers Debra Bradbury and Marianna Grieco, the Common Core-based activities served to reinforce what the students learned throughout the year.

“Our goal is to foster positive learning experiences in order for the students to develop a love of math,” said Grieco.

Second-Graders Dream Big at Moving Ups


Second-graders at John Quincy Adams and May Moore marked their transition to intermediate school with a pair of rousing moving up ceremonies. Joined by proud parents and families, each class at both schools was presented and recognized and Superintendent of Schools Eva Demyen handed out achievement and attendance certificates.

At May Moore, the ceremony moved outdoors this year to the school field, resulting in a sunny celebration. With an American flag flying above their heads, music teacher Kristen Lombardo led the 147 children in songs including “America,” “The May Moore Song,” “Onward,” “All We’re Meant to Be” and “You Know We’re Moving.”

“Continue to make us proud,” said May Moore Principal Alicia Konecny, before introducing essay winners Katie Busch, Mikhail Clarke, Kelsey Rotzman and Jason Turner, who read aloud the letters they composed to new May Moore students.

“I am sad to leave,” Clarke said in his essay, but that quickly turned to happiness. At the end of the June 11 ceremony, the students, joined by Konecny and Lombardo, danced their way down the aisle in a joyous procession to the sounds of Mark Ronson’s “UpTown Funk!”

At JQA’s June 16 event, festooned with bright balloons, the 132 little graduates sang a variety of songs including Imagine Dragons’ “On Top of the World” and Jack Hartmann’s “One Small Voice.” The principal, Dr. Christine Criscione, presented a video montage of the year’s highlights before the classes walked out for the last time to Pharrell’s “Happy.”

Representatives from John F. Kennedy Intermediate, where all the students will attend third grade in the fall, were on hand to offer words of encouragement.

Celeste Archer, associate principal at JFK, told the JQA grads, “You enter JFK with a fresh start, and we have many exciting things planned for you.”

“I encourage you all to aim high and dream big,” her fellow JFK associate principal, Shaun McLeod, said to the May Moore students. “I am officially welcoming you to the JFK family.”

JQA Moving Up


May Moore Moving Up

In Wellness, Deer Park Looks SHARP


Deer Park was chosen by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services as the second annual SHARP Award winner, out of a field of more than 40 applicants. The district was honored at a June 10 ceremony at the high school’s auditorium, where members of administration and the Board of Education were presented with a certificate by Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County’s commissioner of health services.

This prestigious recognition was earned in part due to the district’s outstanding wellness policy, in which Deer Park worked with Healthy Schools NY and Western Suffolk BOCES to develop a comprehensive policy which promotes healthy foods and adequate time for lunch, limits fundraising to healthy foods or nonfood items, limits the frequency of classroom celebrations that involve food to no more than one per class per month, encourages daily stretching and movement activities in the classroom in which teachers guide students through physical activity breaks, enables the use of school facilities by community groups to promote physical activity, includes nutrition education as part of classroom instruction rather than just in health education classes, and prohibits soft drink logos on school property.

Another achievement that significantly contributed to Deer Park being chosen for the SHARP award was the third annual Health & Wellness Fair, a free public event held last November which included numerous health-related activities and more than 40 informational booths.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services develops and implements programs designed to help children adopt healthy nutritional practices and increase physical activity. It was required in 2012 by New York State to collaborate with Nassau County, Long Island hospitals and community agencies to conduct a community health assessment and create a community health plan for the years 2014-2017. The collaborative team became an entity called the Long Island Health Collaborative, which chose two priority areas to focus on for the coming years, chronic diseases and obesity. The SHARP Award was created in 2013 to recognize school districts that promote wellness in the educational environment and in the community.

“The movement in health care is toward wellness, prevention and personal responsibility,” said Tomarken. “The Deer Park School District, through its policies and activities, is helping to promote healthy choices that support wellness and has earned the 2015 SHARP Award.”

Mentors Make Gifts to Remember


Students in the high school’s mentoring program held an inaugural tie dye event on May 1, creating original tie dye designs on T-shirts as gifts for their “little brothers and little sisters” at the district’s two primary schools.

The mentoring program provides younger students with a big brother or big sister to help them with homework as well as providing good, positive role models to look up to. The high schoolers presented the shirts to the JQA and May Moore students at parties celebrating the end of the mentoring season.

“This is the first year we are giving the little ones gifts to remember their mentors by,” said program adviser Beth Kabaservice. “The mentors loved it, and it is nice that they will be able to give their kids a little bit of love to hold onto for the rest of the year. We wanted to show them that we appreciate them as much as they appreciate us.”

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