Middle Country Teachers Association Donates Hundreds of Books to Community

The Middle Country Central School District Teachers Association is proud to announce that it will hold a free book fair where hundreds of donated books will be available to students, families and members of the community. The book distribution will take place on Saturday, November 19 at Centereach High School. Students, families and members of the community are invited to search through titles of a wide variety of books between the hours of 9:00am and 12:00pm.

 

“We are so proud of our teachers for the work they do with our students inside the classroom, but also the work they do with them and the rest of the community outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “The Middle Country Teachers Association is setting a positive example for our students, giving them the gift of reading and teaching them the importance of giving back.”

 

The teachers of the District aimed to give back to their community in a way that spread the spirit of reading and critical thinking. Through a partnership with New York State United Teachers, First Book and the American Federation of Teachers, the Middle Country Teachers Association was able to collect more than 15,000 books to distribute.

 

“We are excited to have the opportunity to give books to a population of people that might otherwise not be able to buy their own during this holiday season,” said Nadia Resnikoff, Dawnwood Middle School. “As a member of the Middle Country Teachers Association, we are always looking for new ways to foster education throughout our community and we are excited to be able to give back in this way this year.”

 

For more information about academic programs available at the Middle Country School District and a calendar of events, please visit www.mccsd.net. To learn more about the student experience and news from the District, you could also visit www.mymiddlecountryschools.net.

Middle Country Students Stop, Drop and Roll in Gym Class

Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center Combines Health and Safety for Physical Education

Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center students recently learned what to do in a fire emergency in a way that exercised their minds and bodies. During physical education classes students took part in different activities meant to simulate such actions as extinguishing a fire, crawling out from under a house filled with smoke while also perfecting the stop, drop and roll procedure. The program, facilitated by the school’s physical education teacher Rollin Haffer, aims to educate students about fire safety while improving stamina, and motor skills.

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The Votes are Raining in Like Cats and Dogs

Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center Students Learn the Importance Election Day and Vote for the “First” Pet

Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center students recently learned about the voting process to celebrate the results of Election Day. The pre-kindergarten students first discussed who the next president was and voted on what the type of pet President Trump should bring into the White House. Students filled out ballots for either a dog or a cat, received an “I voted” sticker, and counted the ballots to determine the winning pet.

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Middle Country Central School District Celebrates Halloween at Trick or Treat Street

Centereach High School hosts Trick-or-Treating in the Halls for Elementary Children

The Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School recently transformed into a haunted house for elementary school students to celebrate Halloween. At this Annual Trick-or-Treat Street event, high school students and faculty dressed in costume to haunt the halls while elementary school students visited each classroom to collect candy, play games, complete crafts and more. The classrooms had been decorated by Centereach High School students and teachers according to a range of Halloween themes to entertain the younger students and demonstrate school pride.

Some of the decoration themes include Carnival/Mardi Gras, Disney, Zombies and Pirates. The event provided a safe environment in which students can partake in Halloween traditions that eliminates the risk of students going up to unknown residences.

Students representing all four classes, the Art Club, the Best Buddies club, DECA club, Math, Music, Theater Arts, Varsity sports and National Honor Society also collected non-perishable food items from attendees to support the school’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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Pre-K and Parents Hit the Books

Pre-kindergarten students in the Middle Country Central School District recently took a field trip to the Middle Country Public Library with their parents to improve literacy and learn their way around a library.

During the visit, the students read a story and made crafts, while their parents received a tutorial focusing on the library’s resources that benefit young children. The students then registered for their very own library cards so they can take full advantage of the learning opportunities available to them.

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Middle Country Central School District Celebrates Long Island Merit Scholar Artist

Newfield High School Senior Honored At Half Hollow Hills East Award Ceremony

Newfield High School senior Tyler Berns was recently named a Merit Scholar Artist by the Long Island Arts Alliance. After an extensive evaluation process—including a video portfolio and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State performances—Tyler was recognized for his percussion skills on snare drum, mallets, multiple percussion and timpani. Tyler was one of three music students recognized in Suffolk County for excelling as both a scholar and musician. He was honored at an award ceremony at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, NY, and will participate in an end-of-the-year reception at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in June.

Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), in collaboration with Newsday, New York Community Bank Foundation, and Long Island’s school art administrators, have hosted this award ceremony since its inception in 2007. The LIAA Scholar-Artist Awards Program is designed to honor Long Island students considered to be “the best of the best” in both academics and arts. All Long Island high schools, private, public and parochial are invited to nominate up to five students, one in each of the judged disciplines: Music, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Theater and Dance. Ten students from Nassau County and ten students from Suffolk County are chosen as winners.

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Middle Country Student Musicians Win “Island Idol” Competition

Middle Country Central School District Students Participate in 13th Annual Middle Country Public Library Music Competition

Four Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) students recently won a music competition, “Island Idol,” sponsored by the Middle Country Public Library.The event featured performances by 21 talented students from throughout the District. The contest was judged by Middle Country Central School District alumnus Victor LaBozzetta, who is currently a student at Rochester University’s Eastman School of Music, and Middle Country Central School District music teachers Dan Martinez and Steve Normandeau.

Newfield High School (NHS) sophomore Kathleen Flaccomio won best solo vocal/dance performance and NHS senior Katelyn Costa finished in second place. In addition, Dawnwood Middle School (DMS) seventh grade student Grace Miller won for best musician/band performance and DMS eighth grade student Robert Montano finished in second place.

The event was intended to provide students an opportunity to showcase their musical abilities for a live audience, as they prepare to begin the 2016-2017 school year.

 

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Kindergarten Students Learn To Grow a Kinder Garden

Students Learn How Plants Grow and Change by Harvesting Vegetables

Kindergarten students in the Middle County Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center recently participated in a district-wide gardening activity. As part of the activity, the class was challenged to cultivate a garden and grow food that they could eat themselves. Students then used their green thumbs and their knowledge of science to harvest spinach, lettuce and radishes from their box gardens.

In addition, the students learned how plants grow and change over time, and how to harvest and care for plants. These students observed their garden and recorded data in their Class Garden Books. The students celebrated their hard work by eating their newly-harvested vegetables in a salad.

The activity was intended to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within the school’s kindergarten curriculum and to give the students a sense of pride by growing a garden of their own.

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Students at Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center help harvest vegetables they planted in box gardens to research the question, “Can we, as a class, cultivate a garden and grow food that we can eat ourselves?” The students used science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons to learn how plants grow and change over time.

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A kindergarten student of the Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center enjoys a salad during their Kinder-Garden party in the Middle Country Central School District. The students planted, observed and harvested vegetables as part of their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons. The students were able to use the vegetables for food in celebration of the completion of the lesson.

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A kindergarten student from Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center displays her “Class Garden Book,” after growing, observing and harvesting vegetables. The students used science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons to observe plant growth and record data in these books.