Dr. Christine Criscione


Christopher Molinelli

Associate Principal

Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4410


5/2           NYSESLAT testing begins

5/3-5/5     Plant Sale

5/5        Blood Drive @ DPHS

5/6           Spirit Day- Wear Your Favorite Sports Gear

5/8           Mother's Day

5/9-5/11   Safety Sally

5/17         Budget Vote & Elections @ DPHS

5/18         PFC Meeting & Class of the Month

5/20         Field Day

5/24         Field Day (Raindate)

5/25         Yearbook Orders Due

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Honoring Student Talent at Fine and Performing Arts Awards


Deer Park honored outstanding student talent at the district’s annual fine and performing arts awards ceremony, held at the high school auditorium during the Board of Education meeting on April 19.

As their proud families watched, Bradley Murphy, the district’s curriculum associate for fine and performing arts, and Superintendent Eva J. Demyen presented the attending artists and performers with certificates and congratulations.

The musicians recognized included Joseph DeNoyior (NYSCAME All-County, All-State Mixed Chorus), Rebecca Fox (LISFA, SCMEA All-County Ensemble), Gianna Giffone (LISFA), Kalvin Guyer (NYSCAME All-County, All-State Orchestra, LISFA), Alaina Lin (LISFA, SCMEA Recorder Day), Jacie Matera (NYSCAME All-County), Ryder Min (LISFA, SCMEA Recorder Day), Michael Strenta (NYSCAME All-County, SCMEA All-County Jazz Ensemble), Catherine Wilkonski (LISFA) and Alec Winters (NYSCAME All-County, All-State Mixed Chorus).

Other SCMEA All-County Ensemble members honored were Valerie Alfaro, Megan Bush, Makenzie Caldone-Koury, Katherine Cho, Isabella Coon, Alexandria Costanza, Carolyn Do, Sara Felipe, Isabella Giglio, Kylie Kuhn, Josephine LoGrande, Nolan Maggio, Alia Naqvi, Christina Russell, Emanuel Saladino, Kailey Tenn and Michelle Xuan.

Other students recognized for participating in SCMEA Recorder Day were Giana Giffone, Erica Hughes, Paulina LoGrande, Sarah Naqvi, Dimitra Pavlatos, Damian Saladino, Gianna Sanchez, Theresa Tiernan, Angelina Winters and Megan Zhang.

Students who attended the New York State Theatre Education Association Conference were honored, including DeNoyior and Winters as well as Alleigha Brady, Samantha Colon, Tori DiTomasso, Anthony Henkel, Averi Lacoff, Alexandra Lane, Nolan Maggio, Jasmine Martin, Destiny Parsons, Danny Saturne, Bianca Taipe and Alejandro Villa-Vasquez.

Visual artists who were honored for their achievements included Regina Ambrosio (Babylon Hispanic Heritage Festival, LIU-Post Advanced Visions, Long Island’s Best at Heckscher Museum), Peighton Steiger (Colors of Long Island), Sean Thiesen (Colors of Long Island), Alex Troisi (LIU-Post Advanced Visions) and Jaelyn Voigt (Long Island’s Best at Heckscher Museum).

Also honored were participants in the SCALA art show, including Ambrosio and Graceann Almonte, Milton Ayala, Santos Barahona, Kristina Console, Gianna DelVecchio, Brianna Edouard, Oswald Greene, Maria Mitac, Kristina Kerr, Grace Oliveri, Adithan Omprakash, Alejandro Pino, Anthony Schiaffo, Taylor Sinclair, Emily Smith and Victoria Wheby.

Lastly, the district recognized student helpers from the high school’s Art and Literary Club, including Regina Ambrosio, Renee Ambrosio, Victoria Clark, Andres Colon, Megan Hammond, Karsten Scoggin and Troisi.

Deer Park’s Arts Shine with Another Best Music Designation


Deer Park has once again been awarded with a Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation, honoring the district’s strong commitment to music education.

The annual survey, now in its 17th year, highlights school districts which place exceptional emphasis on maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum and highlights music’s crucial role in students’ academic skills and success. The BCME’s Best Communities award is decided on a variety of metrics reviewed by the University of Kansas-affiliated Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, including student enrollment in music courses, Advanced Placement or honors weighted music courses offered, the number of minutes per week devoted to both classroom music and performing ensembles, and the appropriate districtwide staffing of certified music teachers.

“We are proud that NAMM has named us again to the Best Community for Music Education program, as it recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, community organizations and community leaders who work together to assure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum,” said Bradley Murphy, the district’s curriculum associate for fine and performing arts. “It is through the diligent work ethic and talent of these parties that Deer Park continues to shine in the arts.”

Teddy Tale Takes Over Primary Schools

Author Kathleen Bart recently visited both of the district’s primary schools for presentations on her 2005 book “A Tale of Two Teddies.” Students at JQA and May Moore were excited to hear Bart speak as they debated where the first teddy bear was created. The children were also given an opportunity to create their own teddy bear drawings, and were encouraged to create their own teddy bear story.

JQA Students Recycle Tired T-Shirts into Beautiful Bags


Students in first-grade classes at John Quincy Adams were inspired to help save the earth after being told by teachers Kim Alexander and Laura Gerstenhaber that the Suffolk County Legislature might consider passing a law to ban plastic bags. In advance of Earth Day, the first-graders created recycled shopping bags out of their own old T-shirts during an April 20 session.

Seniors Bring Language Exploration to JQA


In recognition of National Foreign Language Week in March, seniors at the high school studying Spanish, Italian and French participated in the district’s annual World Language Exploration Day celebration at John Quincy Adams.

The high schoolers prepared lessons, songs and activities in all three of their studied world languages for their elementary friends, giving the younger students an opportunity to explore languages for their future educational careers.

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