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Stepping into High School

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The educational achievements of this year’s Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School eighth grade class were applauded by proud parents, family members and educators on June 25, during a memorable moving up ceremony held at Connetquot High School.

Before each student was presented with a commemorative moving up certificate, OBMS Principal Susanne Bailey congratulated the hundreds of scholars and wished them good health, happiness and success in all they do. 

“On behalf of everyone at OBMS, we thank you for demonstrating kindness and compassion and for being leaders for our sixth and seventh graders,” she said. “We are so proud of how you’ve grown both in and out of the classroom, and we wish you four of the greatest years of your lives at Connetquot High School.” 

Also in attendance were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda Adams, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dean Mittleman, Board of Education President Milynn Augulis, Board of Education trustee Jaclyn Napolitano-Furno, Idle Hour Elementary School Principal Sandra Rubin and John Pearl Elementary School Principal Susan White. 

Coming Together for A Good Cause

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The Connetquot Central School District community recently rallied together in an effort to benefit both the Friscia and Battista families, who were unfortunately hit with tragedy this school year. Hosted at Bella Bambina’s Pizzeria in Oakdale, dozens of community members attended the event, as they were able to take part in a Chinese Auction and raffle with proceeds being directly donated toward the families. Due to the overwhelming community support, more than $6,000 was raised for the families to assist with financial hardships.

An Afternoon at The Arbors

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Members of Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society, along with chaperone Mary McGonnell, visited the residents of The Arbors Assisted Living at Bohemia this past April. During their time with the residents, the students played bingo and afterwards shared a snack with them.

Magnificent Murals

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Student-artists enrolled in Danielle DePalma’s art classes at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School recently applied their artistic talents to create two beautiful murals which now reside in the school’s hallway and library. Students Zohayr Adnan, Isabella Pusateri and Leah Strauss used some of Brazilian artist Romero Britto’s popular works such as “Mona Cat” as inspiration and then created their own representations of his pieces so that they could be admired by all. 

Magnificent Musicians

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In an effort to sharpen their scales and improve techniques, elementary-level students from the district recently visited with Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School music students for one-on-one musical mentoring sessions. After being welcomed by a number of student volunteers, the younger students were paired up with a Tri-M Music Honor Society representative who further prepared them for their New York State School Music Association performances.