Celebrating Achievements

Celebrating Achievements photo

The May 22 Board of Education meeting celebrated the accomplishments of multiple individuals throughout the district, including students, retirees and those staff members receiving tenure.
After a stunning performance from the Ronkonkoma Middle School General Music Guitar Ensemble with direction from Dr. Frank Saladino, the night’s recognitions were underway.  

Connetquot High School senior Alexis Falco was recognized for being an active member of Animal Conservation Club and Keep Islip Clean. In honor of such, she received the "Service to People in Need" award from the Town of Islip for her work with Relay For Life and the Animal Conservation Club fundraisers and was presented with a token of appreciation from the Board of Education for doing so. 

Connetquot High School senior Kayla Naldrett, also an active member of the Animal Conservation Club and Keep Islip Clean clubs, received the "Science" award for her work in the clam program in which she helped raise 200,000 clams for seeding in the Long Island Sound and was recognized by the Board for her accomplishments. 

Marina Duszak, the Connetquot High School senior who serves as president of student government, captain of the girls cross-country team and has raised money and awareness for both the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Relay for Life was chosen from 13,000 applicants to win a $20,000 scholarship from Foot Locker. The Board of Education presented Marina with a certificate for her accomplishments and thanked her for all of her efforts thus far.

Sabah Bari and Nicholas Keddy, the Connetquot High School students who served as the Board of Education Student Government Representatives for the 2017-18 school year, were recognized for their attendance and contributions to the community.

Connetquot High School students Liza Aquilino, Sabah Bari, Matthew Downing and Vincent Fasano were presented with tokens of appreciation for their social media presentation given at the Social Media Parent Forum held on May 2. 

Multiple district administrators, teachers and staff members who will be retiring from the district as of this school year were presented with a bouquet of flowers from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda Adams and thanked for their cumulative years of service. The district congratulates Peter Harris, JoAnn Ianne, Dawn Jackson, John Lynch, Susan McNeil, Terry Mennona, Michelle Moretti, Patricia Nixon, David Pascarella, Lucy Pugli, Teresa Rowden and Peter Schultz. 

Additionally, in honor of their dedication and commitment, several administrators and staff members were honored and granted tenure by the Board of Education. The newly tenured staff included Kenneth Costa, Wayne Meyers, Mark Canonica, Lauren Farrell, Mary Goldacker, Stephanie Gozaloff, Kristen Haufe, Stephanie Mann, Michele O'Connor and Ashley Rivera.