Alicia Konecny
Principal

(631) 274-4460

 

Celeste Archer 

Associate Principal

Dignity Act Coordinator

(631) 274-4460


 

 

                                             

 Important March Dates:


March 1st – READ Kick-off Assembly with Jester Jim! Music Club Meets today!

March 3rd – Spirit Day! Wear Green today!

March 8th – Newspaper and Music Clubs meet today!
March 9th
– Pajama Night starring the Hip Pickles!
March 12th
– Daylight Savings! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour!
March 15th – Newspaper and Music Clubs meet today! PFC meeting  7:00 p.m.

March  17th – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  2nd Grade Yearbook Photos Due today!

March 22nd – 24th – Parent/Teacher Conferences.  ½ days of School!

Spring Book Fair will be held on these days!
March 22nd - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences (by appointment)

March 27th – Class of the Month Ice Cream Social (Mrs. Steinman’s Class)

March 29th – Newspaper and Music Clubs meet today!
March 31st – Author Day featuring Author Valerie Pfunstein!  May Moore PFC Auction!

 

Click here for a listing of School Supplies required:

 

Pre-K Supply List 2016-17

 Kindergarten Supply List 2016-2017

 First Grade Supply List 2016-2017

Second Grade Supply List 2016-2017

 
 

 



         

May Moore ENL Students Celebrate Love at Family Fun Night

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Students in the English as a New Language program at May Moore recently celebrated love and unity at the school’s Family Fun Night, performing songs like “All You Need Is Love”, “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and the “The Polar Bear Stomp” for their families using props. They also collaborated on crafts and shared heart-shaped cookies.

“There was a great turnout of ENL students and their families, and overall the night was a great success,” said ENL teacher Danielle Finocchiaro.

View the video here.


May Moore Students iGame Their Way to Fitness

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At the annual May Moore iGames, students rotated through various active video game stations, each featuring a 100-inch screen, projector, video game system and an active video game. This unique physical fitness program is led by a certified iGame4 instructor and follows the school’s physical education class schedule for the week. The event closed with a schoolwide Family Fitness Night which included parent participation.


Deer Park Hires Two Special Ed Administrators

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The district recently announced two new administrative positions in special education. Brian Norton was named district administrator of secondary special education, while David Renahan was named district administrator of elementary special education.

“The special education position was split in order to better serve the students, their parents and the teachers as well,” said James Cummings, the district’s assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services. “Having experts on both the elementary and secondary level will make our program more efficient and more effective.”

Norton had most recently served as an associate principal at Deer Park High School beginning in 2014, after five years as an associate principal in the South Country School District. He began his educational career in 1998 as a special education teacher in the Northport-East Northport School District. A Stony Brook resident and graduate of Stony Brook University, he earned a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College and a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from the College of Saint Rose.

“I look forward to serving the students and families of the Deer Park community in this new capacity,” said Norton.

Renahan previously worked for 12 years in the Riverhead Central School District, most recently as that district’s assistant director of special education. He was a special education teacher in Riverhead for eight years, after teaching third grade in the Connetquot Central School District. A resident of Centereach, he earned his bachelor’s degree in child study at St. Joseph’s College in 2004, his master’s degree in literacy from Long Island University in 2006, and an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University in 2013.

May Moore Second-Graders Surf the Web for Washington

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In honor of Presidents’ Day, second-graders in Dana Grafstein’s class at May Moore surfed the Web to complete a graphic organizer about President George Washington. The students have been using a class set of Chromebooks and headphones to extend their learning out of the classroom. After logging on to their Google accounts, the students used what they had learned about George Washington on Brainpop Junior to complete a graphic organizer. They also had an opportunity to test their knowledge with an online quiz and even play a game.  


Dynamic Developments in ENL Program

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Deer Park’s educators have met the challenges brought by the state’s recent move to an integrated co-teaching model of ENL instruction. More proficient learners are integrated into the mainstream classroom to be delivered language instruction with the support of two teachers, instead of one, while  students who are newcomers still receive language services in the small group learning setting that best fits their needs.

Ashley Lovett, the first-grade ENL teacher at May Moore, said, “The change has been really helpful for a lot of the kids who are ‘expanding’. They’re right on the precipice of exiting the program, so instead of me pulling them out and taking them out of learning content and literacy in their classroom, I push in and give them that little bit of support that they need, which ends up benefiting them greatly. Conversely, the students who are at the ‘entering/emerging’ level, who need a little more support, will see me in their classroom, and then they’ll also come to me for a quieter environment and more explicit language instruction.”

“Our ENL teachers are able to adjust, pre-teach, or revisit and reinforce the concepts that are being taught to the entire class to help every student learn to their fullest potential,” said JQA Principal Christopher Molinelli.

Robert Frost ELA/ENL teacher Michelle Champlin said, “The most influential consequence that came from this shift was the way it changed my thinking. These students are not just my students – they are all of our students, and the responsibility to deliver language instruction is a team effort. Regardless of the seemingly ever-changing acronyms for my profession, one common theme has remained: We must be advocates for those who have not ‘found’ their voice yet in the English language.”

The state’s mandate to integrate content with the ENL program has continued to be rolled out in various positive ways.

“A primary focus of my class is vocabulary, which is needed in order to obtain the proper math skills,” said Frost math/ENL teacher Kevin Dluginski. “Not only is this vocabulary used in math class, but it can be transferred to any subject area and into their daily lives.  My students are using the same material that the mainstream students are learning, just at a slower pace, with more visuals and hands-on materials to ensure the most success.”

Lovett noted last year’s Peace Pole project, a unit on peace and tolerance, and this past fall’s ENL field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, which incorporated study of vocabulary, adjectives, grammar, speaking and listening.

“It’s shifting from let me just help you speak English, to let me help you speak English while also teaching you content at the same time, and promoting this global awareness for the kids,” Lovett said.

According to JFK ENL teacher Kimberly Essig, another main goals for the district’s ENL programs this year is to enhance parent involvement. Along with the ENL parent liaison committee and the Thursday night Parent Academy, a primary tool to achieve this is the new Propio phone service, which the district has made available to teachers, counselors and administration at every school. Staff can call a special number for the services of a live translator in approximately 80 different languages.

“Propio has been fantastic in removing language barriers when calling parents,” said Essig. “We are creating a community and making the parents feel welcome to come, instead of intimidated.”

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