Middle Country Central School District Announces December Students of the Month

The Middle Country Central School District recognized their December Students of the Month at a recent Board of Education meeting. Centereach High School senior Colin Birch, Newfield High School senior Tyler Berns, Dawnwood Middle School sixth grade student Diego Avendano, and Selden Middle School sixth grade student Isabella Yannotti were honored for the many different ways in which they excel.

 

“It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to teach and watch the growth of these four students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “The diligence and heart represented by these four honorees is rare and we are humbled each day, as we watch them act as leaders and role models for their peers. Congratulations on this much deserved achievement.”

 

Centereach High School senior, and December student of the month recipient, Colin Birch was chosen for his remarkable growth throughout his academic career. Starting out as a shy student who struggled with his grades, Colin discovered his strengths in technology courses and began serving as a mentor for his fellow students. Colin has taken and aced every technology-focused course offered at Centereach High School—including Design and Drawing Production, Electronics, Computer Repair, Programming and Design, Computer Graphics and C++ Programming. He is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society and the Audio Production BOCES program.

 

Colin is described by his teachers as having “rare, heartfelt sincerity” and is recognized for his positive attitude, his politeness, diligence and kindness. Colin has applied to a variety of tech schools and is awaiting acceptance to study as a computer/audio engineer.

 

Tyler Berns is a senior at Newfield High School. He has the potential to graduate with a total of 30 college credits and a 92.0851 GPA—thirteenth in his class. Tyler is described by Principal Scott Graviano as a “Jack of all trades,” excelling in academics, music and extracurricular activities. Tyler is currently the President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society, the Thespian Honor Society, the Foreign Language Honor Society and the Percussive Honor Society—for which he is a student delegate for the New York State Chapter. He is also a member of the leadership club, President of the Book Club and has been a Varsity Tennis player since 2013.

 

Tyler has put his heart into excelling in his music studies, and he has been acclaimed by his teachers as the best in his class. He was also selected by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association as a member of the All County Percussion Ensemble, the All County Band and the All County Orchestra. In addition, Tyler has been a percussionist for the New York Youth Symphony, the Sound Symphony Orchestra and was selected as an alternate for the St. Agnes Cathedral Christmas Orchestra. Tyler awaits acceptance from a number of colleges where he will study music performance for percussion.

 

Dawnwood Middle School sixth grade student, and December student of the month, Diego Avendano was chosen for his unbelievable work ethic. After arriving in the United States from El Salvador just over a year ago only speaking Spanish, Diego has almost mastered the English language. He has successfully moved from the “entering” status to the “transitioning” status within the District’s English as a New Language program. This is a rare feat for such a short period of time. Diego continues to display his diligence by attending the ENL After-School Study Sessions twice a week. Diego is also interested in different extracurricular activities such as trying out for the soccer team next year, maintaining his role in the Hispanic Heritage Month activities—all while maintaining an 89 GPA.

 

Isabella Yanotti is a sixth grade student at Selden Middle School and has already achieved High Honor Roll status after one quarter with a GPA of 94.33. In addition to her passion for education, Isabella is also passionate about giving back to her school and community. She is a member of the service club, through which she has fundraised for the STAR wildlife rehabilitation center collecting and recycling bottles. She also brought in 175 canned food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Outside of school, Isabella also gives back through her church—recently making beaded angel ornaments for children in the hospital during the holidays. Isabella is described by her teachers as “one of the most compassionate and empathetic students” and as “a true role model for her peers.” Isabella’s future career goals include management of a Walt Disney World Resort.

 

CHS- Colin Birch

DMS - Diego Avendano

NHS - Tyler Berns

SMS - Isabella Yanotti

The Polar Express Picks Up Passengers at Unity Drive

Middle Country Kindergarten Students’ Reading of The Polar Express Comes to Life

The Middle Country Central School District recently arranged for students at District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center to ride the Polar Express as part of an interactive reading comprehension lesson. Principal Debbie Wolfe read the The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, to students in Ms. Lozzi and Ms. Brennan’s classes. Then, the story came alive as the students boarded the train and used their imaginations to go on an adventure.

 

Students received a Polar Express ticket that was “punched” by the conductors—played by the teachers—to board the train, which was actually two long tables turned on their sides with painted paper decorations of windows and wheels.

 

The students sat in rows of two, side-by-side, on the train as they were treated to chocolate milk and a cookie before arriving at Santa’s Village. Once at Santa’s Village, Santa Claus himself handed out little bells on necklaces to each student.

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice is Universal Across All Languages

Middle Country Kindergarten English as a New Language Students Constructed Gingerbread Houses to Celebrate Holiday Season

The Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center recently brought the classroom community together in the spirit of the season as English as a New Language (ENL) students and their parents participated in the holiday tradition of creating gingerbread houses. The families of Ms. Rudich and Ms. Canevari’s classes used frosting to stick together gingerbread pieces and assorted candy to build and decorate the houses and gingerbread cookie people.

The students exercised their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics lessons to efficiently build gingerbread houses that stand on their own. Simultaneously, the students tapped into their creativity to decorate their houses and gingerbread people in an artistic and unique way.

For more information about academic programs available at the Middle Country School District and a calendar of events, please visit www.mccsd.net.

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A Week of Wassailing

Middle Country Kindergarten Students Lead Schoolwide Holiday Sing-Along

The  Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center recently united in song to celebrate the holiday season with a week of caroling. Four separate kindergarten classes, wearing holiday hats and reindeer antlers, led their pre-kindergarten classmates in a chorus of holiday melodies. The students were conducted by music teacher Kelly Zachar and sang “Celebrate Song,” “Must Be Santa,” “I Have a Little Dreidel,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Jungle Bells.”

For more information about academic programs available at the Middle Country School District and a calendar of events, please visit www.mccsd.net.

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Middle Country Students Selected as NYSSMA All-State Musicians

Five Students Selected to Perform in Statewide Concert

Five student musicians from the Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) were recently selected to perform in the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) All-State Performing Ensembles. From Newfield High School, senior Tyler Berns was chosen for the All-State Symphonic Band, and juniors Bilal Hafeez and Alyssa Jordan were named All-State Mixed Chorus. From Centereach High School, junior Madison McNally was chosen for the All-State Mixed Chorus and junior Julia Prigl was chosen for the All-State Symphony Orchestra. The selected students performed during the NYSSMA Winter Conference, held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York.

 

More than 6,500 students auditioned for this honor, and the five from MCCSD were among the 900 students in all of New York State to be selected. The Middle Country Central School District is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to hone their creative talents, and participating in the NYSSMA program is one of the many ways the District showcases student abilities. The District commends the students and their teachers—Mr. Tom Austin, Dr. Harold Goldstein, Mr. Ed Adams, Ms. Kristi Adams, Ms. Ashleigh Hahn, Mr. Brian Hough, Ms. Joan Verdi, Mr. Lee Schaarschmidt and Mr. Greg Sevian—for the commitment and hard work throughout the year.

 

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Newfield High School Varsity Boys Soccer Team Scores at SC Soccer Awards

Seven Students Recognized for Athleticism

The Newfield High School Varsity Boys Soccer team and their coach were recently honored at the Suffolk County Soccer Awards. The entire team received a plaque for their success this last season, finishing as champions of league three and their coach, Jamie Santiago was named “Suffolk County Large School Coach of the Year.”

In addition to the team accomplishments, seven individual players received accolades. Athletes Nick Gomez and Bryan Yanes were named “All-League.” Jarett Meyer was named “All Conference.” Rafael Celanti and Adrian Izaguirre were named “All County.” Anthony Mauri was named “Academic All County.” Finally, John Alves was named the season’s “Most Valuable Player,” “All State” and “All Region.”

All trophies and plaques are proudly displayed in the Newfield High School main lobby.

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Middle Country Teachers Association Donates Hundreds of Books to Community

The Middle Country Central School District Teachers Association is proud to announce that its free book fair for the community was a huge success. Hundreds of students, families and members of the community searched through and took home donated books. Attendees lined up around the corner to take advantage of the program meant to give the gift of reading back to the community.

 

“We are 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 were excited for 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 were proud to be able to give back in this way this year.”

 

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Middle Country High School Students of the Month

Centereach High School and Newfield High School Seniors Honored for Their Academic, Athletics and Civic Achievements

The Middle Country Central School District recently congratulated two of its high school students for being named the District’s students of the month for November. Centereach High School senior Cassidy Treanor and Newfield High School senior Matt Schmidt were recognized for the accomplishments they achieved in the classroom, on the athletic field and within the community during the month of November. The students were acknowledged at the District Board of Education Meeting, where their long lists of achievements were commemorated.

 

“The District is incredibly proud of all that Matt and Cassidy have accomplished this month and throughout their academic careers,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “As we say goodbye to Cassidy and Matt in June, we will celebrate the positive impact they have made on our school community, and anxiously await how they will serve as leaders in their chosen field in the future.”

 

Centereach High School senior and November student of the month recipient Cassidy Treanor is currently ranked seventh in her graduating class. Upon graduation, she will enter college having received credit from 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and three college level courses. In addition, she is also taking AP courses for all of her core subjects during her senior year. She will be attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in the fall and plans to study engineering.

 

Outside of the classroom, Cassidy is an acclaimed athlete including being named the Suffolk Zone’s Best Female Athlete and to the All-Conference Team her junior year. She has participated in both basketball and field hockey at the varsity level since her freshman year. In basketball, Cassidy was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman and has served as her team’s captain since the tenth grade.

 

Matt Schmidt is a senior at Newfield High School and will graduate with a total of 30 college credits from AP and college level courses. During his senior year, Matt is currently taking three AP courses and three college level courses. Matt will be attending Steven Institute of Technology after graduation, and plans to study electrical engineering.

 

Matt is also a member of the varsity baseball team and is an active member in the Leadership Club and the National Honor Society. Matt has given back to his community by volunteering in several Districtwide initiatives including Trick-or-Treat Street, Holiday Lane, Jump Rope for Heart, and the Special Olympics. Matt is also a first chair bass player for the concert and philharmonic orchestras. Outside of school, Matt also volunteers at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and the Friends of Music organization by selling concessions during festivals and between performances.

 

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Kindergarten Students are Thankful for Thanksgiving

Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center Celebrates the Season of Giving with a Performance and Share What They Are Thankful For

The Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center students recently celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by paying tribute to the pilgrims and Native Americans that inspired the tradition. Dressed in handmade headdresses and pilgrim hats, the students sang Thanksgiving songs for an audience of parents. Following the performance, students individually walked to the front of the stage to express what they are thankful for this holiday season.

 

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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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