Girls Softball Team Wins Home Opener
With Bella Andres on the mound, striking out five players and allowing only five hits in a complete game, the Connetquot High School girls softball team came away with a convincing 10-4 win against Central Islip on March 18.
Andres earned the complete game win with the help of Isabella Lindsay’s powerful bat, hitting 3-4 with two RBIs. Julianna Levanti was strong at the plate as well, going 2-4 with four stolen bases and two runs scored.
“The team has been working hard in the preseason, the players support one another, and they are looking forward to another successful season,” coach Michelle Goodwin said.
The team looks forward to building on their first winning effort throughout the remainder of the season!
Varsity Boys Tennis Team Improves to 2-0
On March 19, the Connetquot High School varsity boys tennis team matched up against Sayville High School at home and earned a 6-1 win, improving the team record to 2-0 in Suffolk League II.
“We are a very young team with three players still in middle school,” coach Ryan Cavanagh said. “Our No. 1 singles player is senior Alan Sabovic, a returning All-Suffolk County selection, and named by Long Island Newsday as a ‘Player to Watch’ this season. We are also led by a junior, Captain Sebastian Govea, along with a senior, Captain Will Kennedy. We hope to compete for a league title this year, but will have to play to our potential to get past Bay Shore High School.”
With a long season ahead of them, the T-Birds are off to a strong start!
Boys Lacrosse Team Drops Home Opener
Despite their best efforts, the Connetquot High School boys lacrosse team fell to the visiting team from Islip High School on March 18 by a final score of 10-7. The T-Birds played an aggressive defense early on, which resulted in the team’s ending the first half tied at 6-6. However, Islip came on strong in the second half and took the lead in the third quarter, winning their first game of the season.
Tyler Cordes scored five goals for the T-Birds and added an assist, while Michael Carrere scored twice against Islip. Additionally, Tyler McCarthy earned an assist, and Michael Monahan is credited with five saves in the team’s first game of the season.
Girls Spring Track Team Defeats County Champion Bay Shore HS
Connetquot High School girls spring track coach James Crowley III and his staff were impressed by the team’s outstanding effort against current Suffolk County champion Bay Shore High School during their meet on March 21, where the T-Birds won the head-to-head competition by an impressive score of 86-64.
While the March 21 win was a total team effort, coach Crowley singled out the following team members for their exceptional performances. Emily Medina won the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles and was a member of the meet-clinching, victorious 4 x 100-meter relay; Ali Hardie won the 100-meter dash and the pole vault and led off the clinching 4 x 100-meter relay; Bryanna Holguin won two events, the high jump and the 200-meter dash, while placing second in the triple jump and long jump; Janelle Foston won the triple jump and anchored the winning 4 x 100-meter relay; and Serena Roopnarine won the 1,500-meter racewalk.
Congratulations to the coaches and members of the girls spring track team on their outstanding result against Bay Shore, and best wishes for continued success this season!
Ice Hockey Team Ends Season in Championship Game
The Connetquot and Sayville High Schools’ combined junior varsity ice hockey team finished the regular season with an impressive 16-4 record, earning the opportunity to play in the Suffolk County High School Ice Hockey championship game at the Rinx on March 20.
The team advanced to the finals by defeating Ward Melville High School 1-0 in the quarterfinals and St. Anthony’s High School 6-3 in the semifinals. However, despite a determined defense, aggressive offense and a sold-out arena, the locals fell short by a final score of 5-1. Smithtown High School came into the championship game with an overall record of 19-1, backed up that record by scoring twice in the first period and keeping the T-Birds scoreless until late in the game.
The coaching staff was impressed with the team’s progress, intensity and determination to succeed.
John Bozinos provided the only score for the home team, with Vinny Marchese and Kenny Correa assisting. Team captains Christian Marinelli and Liam Doyle were a driving force for the T-Birds, but the Smithtown Bulls came to play as well.
The Connetquot/Sayville coaches, Justin Bruno, Glenn Rothburg and Rich Villani, were proud of their boys despite the outcome of the championship game.
Being that only two teams make it to the championship round of the county tournament, coming back from last year’s 4-16 finish to play in this year’s championship game says a great deal about the character of the players on this year’s team.
“We are very proud of these boys,” coach Bruno said. “I love this team, and we’ll be back next season.”
Earlier this month, an All-Star Team consisting of district staff members, administrators and talented student-athletes joined forces to play basketball against the world-famous Harlem Wizards. Coached by Sycamore Avenue Elementary School Principal Stuart Pollak, Assistant Principal Brian Wrinkle and Connetquot High School Principal Kenneth J. Costa, the T-Birds dribbled, shot and highly enjoyed themselves as they challenged the traveling group of professional athletes/comedians.
A loud and supportive crowd consisting of more than 800 attendees filled the Connetquot High School gym for this special event. Sponsored by the Sycamore Avenue Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, the proceeds of this fun night will go to provide students with funding needed for additional equipment and programs.
The Harlem Wizards are celebrating their 57th year of entertaining, and from the reaction of this Connetquot crowd, it’s easy to see why fans look forward to watching these talented athletes in action.
The Wizards were led by talented athletes with appropriate nicknames such as “Big J,” “The Rocketman,” “The Artist” and “LaFiesta.” Individually, these showmen excelled as student-athletes both at the collegiate level and internationally. Together, as Harlem Wizards, they combine their feats of athleticism with comedy routines that keep the students laughing, as the players go into the crowd to bring students and families alike onto the court to join in the fun.
Mr. Pollak extended his thanks to the supportive members of the faculty that took part in the game, along with all of the wonderful fans for their support, and gave a special thanks to the dedicated members of the school’s PTA and President Amy Dowdell.
The Connetquot High School Musical Theatre Club presented a stunning adaption of “Beauty and the Beast” for three consecutive evenings this March before packed audiences. Inspired by the popular fairy tale, the play chronicles the adventures of the beautiful bookworm Belle, as she slowly begins to fall in love with the cursed Beast who roams his dark and mysterious castle. The production was brought to life with assistance from the following individuals – Ryan Cavanagh (choreography), Peter Coffin (sound advisor), Patrick Downes (technical operator), Brad Drinkwater (producer), Gregory Johnson (pit director), Vincent Malafronte (director), along with musical accompaniment from the Connetquot High School Pit Orchestra.
The district recently hosted their biannual English as a New Language Family Night at Slocum Elementary School on March 5, inviting ENL students and families throughout the district for a night full of fun, dancing, cultural appreciation and a bit of magic.
Members of the Connetquot High School Civic Club were on hand to volunteer throughout the course of the night, as they joined the younger students in arts and crafts, dancing and friendly conversation, along with the setup of the evening’s activities.
After a welcoming address from Director of ENL/World Languages Denise Hannaoui, Connetquot Public Library librarian Christine Moltzen spoke to the attending families about all of the wonderful programs that the library has to offer, including the multitude of free ENL classes. Additionally, Mike Maione, aka “The Silly Magician,” provided some fun and educational entertainment to the students, along with their family members who joined them later in the presentation.
The attendees were also able to enjoy a number of delicious foods throughout the course of the evening, consisting of elements of different cultures.
Duffield Elementary School’s library was recently transformed into Café Duffield for the annual “Book Tasting” event, as Karen Pitka’s fourth-grade students were invited to “taste” a number of popular genres, including science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy and mystery.
Throughout the library, each table offered a three-minute “taste,” or sampling, of a book of the student's choice. After reading their selected work, the students logged a brief menu summary including what they thought of the cover and if the student would recommend this particular piece of literature to others.
Students then discussed their selection with the rest of the “customers” at their genre table, which included a number of district staff members and administrators.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Cherokee Street Elementary School recently got in touch with their inner “Indiana Jones” by participating in “The History Mystery” Library Adventure, right from the comfort of the school’s library.
With assistance from library media specialist Kathy Lopergalo and PTA Cultural Arts Representative Stephanie Clarelli, the students worked as a team with the ultimate goal in mind of finding the missing “historical artifact” hidden within the room.
During their time spent in the library, the treasure hunters discovered concealed clues, solved riddles and followed trails shrouded in mystery. Additionally, the students built upon their observational and research skills, as they worked as a team to solve the multitude of riddles presented before them in the form of decoder cards, code charts and clue cards.
Six student-artists throughout the district recently displayed their incredible artwork in the Colors of Long Island art exhibit held at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook on the weekend of March 1.
This year’s annual student art exhibit included hundreds of works of art by 263 student-artists from 127 schools across Long Island. In order to be considered the exhibition, teachers were asked to submit up to two pieces from their students, including both individual works and/or group projects.
The district congratulates students Riley Brennan and John Whelan (Idle Hour Elementary School); Jaden McKay and Natalya Esposito-Biondi (John Pearl Elementary School); and Lauren Bizzaro and Melissa Tribley (Connetquot High School).
District art teachers Krystal Zaglool and Sheilah Higgins are both incredibly proud of their students’ hard work and efforts toward being accepted to take part in this year’s exhibition.
The collection of work is open for public viewing in the Long Island Museum’s Visitors Center through April 7.
Fourth-and fifth-grade students from Cherokee Street Elementary School were recently visited by student teachers from Adelphi University in an effort to engage in and reinforce place-based education lessons.
“The heart of place-based education is to extend students’ learning experiences beyond the classroom setting, expanding into the schoolyard and surrounding community,” said fourth-grade teacher Sandra Fantauzzi.
Students who have participated in these place-based lessons have worked closely with Mrs. Fantauzzi to plant and care for a native-plant garden, monitor the migration patterns of the school courtyard’s monarch butterfly population, and report the migration patterns and behaviors of bird populations through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeedWatch citizen-science project.
Mrs. Fantauzzi, along with the Adelphi University student-teachers, are currently preparing to present the benefits of a place-based education at an upcoming education conference, “Northern Lights: Illuminating Norwegian Culture, Environment and School Connections” in Tromso, Norway. During this time, they will be visiting schools in Norway to see how the place-based education philosophy is being applied at the elementary and secondary levels. Mrs. Fantauzzi plans to share her experience in Norway when she returns from her adventure.
Staff and students from Duffield Elementary School recently welcomed Connetquot High School students to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Seuss as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America program.
Ninety-five high school students, along with their English teachers Carolyn Paul and Megan Faeger, visited with Duffield students to read from Dr. Seuss’ books. Additionally, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda G. Adams, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dean Mittleman and Board of Education President Milynn Augulis were on hand to enjoy the day’s activities.
“Our students planned and prepared for almost two weeks for this visit,” said Mrs. Paul. “We used a PowerPoint presentation of past visits to Duffield to get them excited for this special day. We then broke the classes into smaller groups who visited the individual classes depending upon the grade level. The students prepared lesson plans, and created writing and art projects developing thoughtful questions about the books they would read to their new friends. They also incorporated the theme of “7 Healthy Habits” that are used at Duffield all year long.”
One group of high school students created a “Cat in the Hat” photo booth, while another brought along helium balloons to display their friends’ writing for the book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” for the fifth-graders.
“The experience has proven, year after year, to be extremely rewarding,” said Mrs. Paul. “Students have often written their college essays about their Duffield experiences, and some have even altered their future plans and decided to enter the field of education as a result of this experience.”
Duffield Elementary School Principal Lisa Farrell thanked the students, their teachers and guests for visiting and having so much fun with the students of Duffield Elementary.
On March 1, the famous O-Town Circus Troupe presented its spectacular traveling big top show with assistance from the fifth-grade students at Edith L. Slocum Elementary School.
Principal John Delio welcomed circus coaches Erin and Ray, who worked with all of the talented students during the course of the week. During their “training,” the circus stars learned the skills necessary to entertain the attendees, including clown work, juggling plate spinners, stilt walking and the diabolo stick.
The students enthusiastically participated in the program during the week, and were eager to display their new-found talents during an evening showcase for parents and friends.
As a means of connecting literature, historical events and music, students from Ronkonkoma Middle School were treated to a highly engaging in-school assembly, which culminated with a musical performance courtesy of a number of Ronkonkoma Middle School staff members and student-musicians.
Students first spent time in the classroom studying John Steinbeck’s literary masterpiece, “The Grapes of Wrath,” zeroing in on the book’s protagonist Tom Joad. Applying their knowledge of the novel, the students discussed why his family was forced to migrate West on Route 66 toward hopes of a new life in California.
Curated by both history teacher Kenneth Lehman and interim Principal Joseph Licato, the students gathered in the school’s auditorium for a presentation which demonstrated how technology is rapidly changing, and the job market is being affected due to this shift. They circled back to their classroom lessons which focused on how Americans living in the 1930s were forced out of work due to mechanized mass production. The students were able to make the modern connection to how companies such as Uber are putting taxi drivers out of work due to the application’s ease of accessibility and comparatively low rates.
As an additional connection to the afternoon’s central theme, a number of staff members and student-musicians joined forces to bring Bruce Springsteen’s hit song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” to life. The supergroup consisted of staff members Mr. Licato (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Dr. Frank Saladino (lead guitar), Mike Murphy (bass), Stacy Stollberger (trumpet, percussion), Elizabeth Pieket (saxophone), Nicole White (piano), Adam Reinkraut (classical guitar), along with student-musicians Katlyn Smith (violin) and Joe Saracino (drums).
Click here to watch a video from the event.
In recognition of Parents as Reading Partners Month, students of all grade levels at John Pearl Elementary School were treated to a schoolwide assembly led by musician/historian Patricia Shih for her “Big Ideas About Literacy” presentation.
With assistance from her husband and musical accompaniment Mr. Steve, Mrs. Shih introduced the students to a number of catchy and informative songs which celebrated literacy and the importance of books. During one of her songs, Mrs. Shih asked a number of student volunteers to present popular children’s books such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Cinderella” and “Winnie The Pooh” when they were called upon.
Mrs. Shih also touched upon foreign and world languages during the assembly as well, as she asked student volunteers to speak a phrase in a foreign language, which was then incorporated into a fun song for all to enjoy.
On Feb. 27, four Connetquot High School student-athletes representing the district’s varsity soccer program signed letters of commitment to continue their athletic careers at some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities this fall.
Girls varsity soccer coach Ryan Cavanagh was joined by parents, students and district administrators within Connetquot High School Principal Kenneth Costa’s conference room for the signing ceremony. Coach Cavanagh introduced each of his graduating seniors, and talked about their contributions to the soccer program both on and off the playing field. Both Connetquot Central School District Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation Mark Dellecave and Mr. Costa congratulated the student-athletes for their choice of colleges, along with their commitment to Connetquot sports and the community.
Celina Schenk will attend SUNY Farmingdale. According to coach Cavanagh, “Celina was an outside midfielder and two-year varsity standout. She was named team captain and started every game during her senior campaign. Additionally, Celina was constantly relied upon to win the ball and send it in with her powerful cross.”
Jordan Whooley will attend Pace University. “As an outside defender and three-year varsity letter-winner, her speed, determination and leadership were key factors in the team’s success,” said coach Cavanagh. “Jordan was consistently assigned to cover the opponent’s best winger, forcing the other team to change its strategy against the T-Birds.” Jordan was also named as an All-Division athlete during her senior year.
Jordan Wischusen accepted her scholarship to attend the University of New Haven. “Jordan earned three varsity letters, started every game for two seasons and also served as team captain,” said Cavanagh. “After an injury-plagued junior season, Jordan returned as a senior and dominated the center of the field all season long. She plays with selfless dedication, winning nearly every ball, and putting her teammates in scoring position.” Additionally, Jordan was selected to pay in the Suffolk vs. Nassau Exceptional Seniors Soccer Night this year.
Kristina Sommer committed to attend SUNY Farmingdale in the fall. A talented center/outside midfielder, Kristina earned three varsity letters. According to coach Cavanagh, “Kristina was so talented with the ball at her feet that she was a constant threat to set her teammates up for goals. Her skill-set as a midfielder allowed us to play her outside as well as the middle of the field.”
The district congratulates and thanks each of these talented students-athletes for their commitment to their families and the Connetquot community.
Staff and students from Bosti Elementary School recently celebrated the 100th day of the school year by taking part in a variety of creative activities in relation to the number 100.
To begin the day’s festivities, kindergarten students from both Colleen Malone’s and Jordon Volper’s classes took part in a colorful parade throughout the halls of the school, as the upperclassmen lined the parade route to watch the young students walk by wearing their 100th day-themed shirts, dresses and hats.
After parading around the school, students went back to their classrooms and worked on a number of fun activities surrounding the number 100. Besides being a fun day for all, educators credit the 100th day theme with improving math skills and sharpening students’ observation skills. The students are also aware that there are about 80 days left of classroom instruction, and are looking forward to summer vacation as it begins to approach.
In an effort to optimize their physical health and keep a close eye on their fitness levels, students at Ronkonkoma Middle School are currently utilizing heart monitors in their physical education classes.
Using the HeartZones system technology, the students strap a rubber band which resembles a wrist watch to their arm, as it accurately reads their active heart rate while they engage in cardiovascular activities. With assistance from physical education teacher Justin Hertz, a part of the school’s gymnasium was transformed into multiple stations where the students could test out the new technology, including a calisthenics course, a station for planking and a section devoted to jump rope.
As the students continue to work out and engage in their activities, they are able to reference a giant screen displayed in front of the gymnasium so that they are easily able to keep track of their heart rate and pace themselves at a more appropriate speed.
The Connetquot Central School District would like to thank the Ronkonkoma Middle School PTA, school administrators, computer teacher Jackie Houston and network and systems technician John Mocko for their assistance with bringing the monitors to life at the school.
“The students have really been into it and are learning a lot about how to manage their heart rates during a workout,” said Mr. Hertz.
Earlier this month, the Connetquot High School Model United Nations Club welcomed students and advisers to the 2019 Model UN Regional Conference, inviting 15 schools from Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens to take part in the annual forum.
During the conference, participants simulated the structure and function of the United Nations organization, as each student-delegate was assigned to represent a foreign nation, placed on a committee to discuss important current world topics and concerns, and asked to make recommendations. The delegates do their best to emulate the role of the United Nations Organization to solve problems that are meant to both protect and improve the lives of citizens around the world.
The conference began at 8 a.m., and was filled with a multitude of educational activities throughout the day as it ended with closing ceremonies at 9 p.m.
“This year’s conference was our biggest and best yet, as we had over 300 people in attendance,” said Model UN Club adviser Jennifer Bay.
Mrs. Bay would like to thank the students, chaperones, Connetquot Central School District administrators, custodial and secretarial staff for their assistance in making this year’s “ConnetMUNC” event such a success. Additionally, a special thanks goes out to Connetquot’s Hannah Mayer and Noah Thielke, who served as secretary-general, and chief of staff respectively.
Students from Duffield Elementary School recently joined thousands of other students in the worldwide phenomenon known as “Global School Play Day,” replacing traditional classroom instruction for a day filled with imagination and team-building activities.
Throughout the course of the day, students of all grade levels practiced how to play amongst one another in a social setting, trading in their SMART boards and worksheets for a number of fun-filled activities dispersed throughout the building’s classrooms.
As each classroom was transformed into a designated space for imaginative learning, the students took part in arts and crafts, board games, puzzles and strengthened their engineering skills with building blocks. Additionally, the students were able to practice how to show mutual respect, safely solve problems and enhance their listening skills amongst their classmates.
“Global School Play Day serves as a structured, safe day encouraging unstructured play which yields a purpose,” said Helen B. Duffield Elementary School Principal Lisa Farrell.
According to their official website, since Global School Play Day’s inception in February 2015, the initiative has grown to include more than 535,690 students from 72 nations in the fun-filled and educational day.
Click here to see the performance!
Earlier this month, several residents of the Arbors Assisted Living facility at Bohemia traveled to Bosti Elementary School to work with students in preparing colorful Valentines to be sent to local veterans as a means of thanking them for their service to our country. “Today, our students gathered together with our Grandfriends to make Valentine’s for military veterans,” said teacher Emily Sciame. “The Grandfriends highly enjoyed the opportunity to engage with our students, while assisting them in decorating these special Valentine Day greetings.”
Students, teachers, friends and family were recently welcomed to John Pearl Elementary School’s ‘O-Town Circus’ assembly, as the fifth-grade students were able showcase the “circus skills” recently acquired in their physical education classes.
Throughout the course of the week, students learned the skills necessary to work as clowns, jugglers, plate spinners, stilt walkers and the Diabolo stick. The circus program is designed to motivate students to participate more fully in physical education and cultural arts activities.
The district would like to thank the O-Town Circus coaches, the school’s fifth-grade teachers, Parent-Teacher Association and John Pearl Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Nick Sturtz for their support and cooperation throughout.
The Ronkonkoma Middle School drama club recently put on an incredible nautical-themed performance of “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” for three consecutive evenings beginning on Feb. 7. Adapted from the popular Disney classic, the play tells the tale of mermaid Ariel who dreams of visiting the surface world, bringing her trusty friend Flounder along for her many adventures. The production was brought to life with assistance from co-directors Michael and Carmela Newman, along with music director Dr. Frank Saladino.
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, students enrolled in Dina Pinelli’s fourth-grade class at Slocum Elementary School were recently visited by student Joyce Zhang’s mother, Sunny, for lessons on traditional Chinese customs and culture.
To begin the day’s lesson, the students were taught how to properly say “Happy New Year” in the Chinese language, and were presented with treat bags for their successes in correctly pronouncing the phrase. As a craft-based activity, the students were taught by both Mrs. Zhang and Joyce how to properly make Chinese lanterns, carefully following their precise instructions along the way.
Prior to the conclusion of the event, the students were given tasty treats such as rice crackers and Haw-flavored sweets, based off the popular Hawthorn plant of Chinese origin.
Third-graders from Idle Hour Elementary School recently “took a trip” to Australia without having to leave the comfort of their classrooms.
With assistance from presenter and native Australian Chris Pitkin, the students were offered a glimpse into multiple aspects of Australia, including culture, geography, wildlife and art. Mr. Pitkin first showed the students a slideshow featuring various forms of wildlife, and tested their knowledge of a handful of animals native to the continent. The third-graders were excited to learn that creatures such as kangaroos, emus and dingoes are abundant in Australia, and told Mr. Pitkin that they’d be happy to take a trip there in the future to visit them.
Mr. Pitkin then introduced the students to the didgeridoo, a wind instrument created by the Indigenous peoples of Australia more than a thousand years ago. They were highly impressed by the unique sound the instrument made, and encouraged Mr. Pitkin to create more sounds as he fascinated them with the history of the instrument.
Prior to the conclusion of the event, the students engaged in a fun activity with assistance from art teacher Krystal Zaglool in which they made their own “art” boomerang using the aboriginal technique of dot painting and symbols to tell a story.
Students enrolled in Siobhan Guido’s classes at Connetquot High School are learning to grow various crops using an indoor vegetable tower garden within the classroom setting.
Tower gardens allow individuals to grow vegetables indoors all year round, and due to their vertical stature take up a limited amount of space. Once assembled, seeds germinate with the help of the device’s special built-in lighting and automatic timer and the aquaponic system regulates the appropriate water level in the unit. The students received an introduction to the device and project during a recent visit from Lety Algeri, a holistic health coach from the BOCES School Seeds program.
“This project is fantastic on so many levels,” said Mrs. Guido. “With the garden in our classroom, we will be able to explore many different scientific aspects including science principles, STEAM, nutrition, gardening, as well as environmental issues. We are pleased with the effort and enthusiasm our students demonstrated in building their own indoor vegetable garden.”
Ronkonkoma Middle School eighth-grade students enrolled in Anthony Carbonaro’s, Alma Campanelli’s, Matthew Montilleone’s and Jaclyn Salerno’s math, science and technology courses tested their creativity and engineering skills during a recent regatta boat race on Jan. 25 held at Connetquot High School.
As part of a lesson on buoyancy, the young engineers spent weeks using scientific calculations to design and construct boats out of cardboard and duct tape in hopes of successfully crossing the high school pool. Although some students chose to commandeer their boats in an individual fashion, they all worked in teams when creating their boats in the classroom setting.
Despite the fact that not every boat was able to stay afloat during the race, the students enjoyed cheering one another to see which boat would make it across. According to Mr. Carbonaro, the top three competitors were able to successfully make their boats across the pool in a highly impressive time of less than 20 seconds.
With assistance from instructor Judith Jones, seventh-grade students enrolled in family and consumer sciences classes at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School recently completed their sewing unit. Using their creative talents, the students designed patchwork pillows and sewed their own “emoji” pillows based on the popular digital icons.
“They students designed, measured and planned out the projects from start to finish; they were all very proud of their work,” Mrs. Jones said.
The Connetquot High School community recently gathered in the school’s large group instruction room to show their full support for 11th-grade student Diana Santillan-Gress, who had her wish fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish Foundation during a recent “Sendoff Party.”
Prior to the big reveal that Diana’s wish had been granted, student-members of Connetquot High School’s Concert Choir were on hand to display their dazzling musical talents and show Diana that she always has a friend in music.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the high school community’s fundraising efforts, a check valued at more than $6,000 was presented to Make-A-Wish Community Relations Coordinator Alexis Alpert. Connetquot High School graduate Marina Duszak, along with her mother Patty Duszak, brother Joe Duszak and the school’s Interact Club, were instrumental in raising funds for Make-A-Wish as they’ve held an ornament drive for the past few years in celebration of the holiday season.
Diana was joined by her family members, student-members of the Connetquot High School Interact Club, the Duszak Family, and fellow Connetquot High School students when she learned Make-A-Wish granted her wish and would meet WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair at the WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 27, 2018. All in attendance were thrilled to see Diana’s wish fulfilled, and rounds of applause thundered throughout the room in support of her.
The district would like to thank Susan Schiappa and members of the Interact Club, the Duszak family, the staff members, administrators and students who attended the event, along with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for their efforts in making this dream a reality for Diana.