Newfield Students Present Research on Vaping

Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School students recently participated in the Medical Marvels Competition—a program established by Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Center for Workforce Readiness. Students Gary Palmeri, Leslie Bardales and Raja Umer conducted the research and were joined by fellow student Dom Mauri for a presentation of their findings on the vaping usage of teenagers. Their research included the health effects of vaping, nicotine addiction and an action plan to eliminate vaping use amongst their peers.

 

Now in its seventh year, the Medical Marvels Competition is designed to provide Long Island students with the chance to explore subject areas of STEM in a more comprehensive way and showcase STEM’s multidisciplinary career options. The District continues to provide students with educational experiences that engage them in STEM outside of regular classroom curriculum.

 

For more information regarding Middle Country Central School District and its students’ and faculty’s many achievements, please visit the District’s website: https://www.mccsd.net/.

 

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Middle Country Central School District Staff Honored for Exceptional Work and Dedication to District and Community

Fifteen members of the Middle Country Central School District staff received recognition at the thirteenth annual Special Performance/Achievement Recognition and Commendation (SPARC) Award Ceremony, which recognizes staff members for their exceptional community service and proven activism within the District. Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle was in attendance to present certificates to the recipients and honor them for their continued contributions to the Middle Country community.

 

Various student and community organizations helped recognize the deserving staff. The Dawnwood Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Centereach High School String Quartet provided a selection of music for the event.           

 

The SPARC award winners are nominated by colleagues and placed into one of three categories: Quiet Hero, for those who humbly perform outstanding deeds for the District; Distinguished Service, for staff that has consistently shown their commitment and support for the District, or; Community Service, recognizing those who volunteer their time to go above and beyond to benefit the community. Below are the recipients of each award:

 

Quiet Hero:

Tracy Subject, Teacher, Selden Middle School           

Susan Iadanza, Social Studies Teacher, Newfield High School

Ryan Maloney, Operations

 

Distinguished Service:

Mary Strong, Teacher Selden Middle School

Kristin Anschutz, Teacher, New Lane Elementary School

Julia Conlon, Teacher, North Coleman Elementary School

Peter Desjardins, Coordinator of District Data Services

Dr. Dianne Picone, Assistant Principal, Centereach High School

Carol McCormick, Monitor, Selden Middle School

Ruth O’Shea, Teacher, Selden Middle School

Meredith Graham, Bus Driver, Transportation

Heather Hanley, Teacher, Bicycle Path PreK/Kindergarten Center

Jennifer Harrison, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

 

Community Service:

Melissa Bukowski, Teacher, New Lane Elementary School

Donna Mahony, Teacher, New Lane Elementary School

 

For more information regarding Middle Country Central School District and its students’ and faculty’s many achievements, please visit the District’s website: https://www.mccsd.net/.

 

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Middle Country Central School District Announces March Students of the Month

The Middle Country Central School District announced its March students of the month at its recent Board of Education meeting. Centereach High School senior Alex Mazzella, Newfield High School senior Nicole Migliano, Dawnwood Middle School sixth grade student Benjamin Taciak, and Selden Middle School sixth grade student Bryce Goodman were all honored for their excellence in academics, involvement and commitment with a wide scope of extracurricular activities, and by serving as positive examples for their peers and other community members.

 

“Each month, it is our pleasure to acknowledge four high-achieving students who represent what young people are capable of when they dedicate themselves to their school and community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “I am confident that these students will continue to succeed in their future endeavors as they continue to serve as leaders in all facets of their lives.”

 

Centereach High School senior Alex Mazzella was honored for his academic success and achievements in athletics. Alex earned the highest possible score on all six of the Advanced Placement exams he has taken to date and is ranked third in his graduating class. He was the captain of the cross country team in the fall, runs winter track, and is co-captain of the varsity tennis team. Alex is also a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, the Tri-M Honor Society, and serves as the General Organization vice president.

 

Alex is described by his teachers as self-motivated, energetic, positive, hardworking, and as someone who goes above and beyond the average to meet his own high-expectations. Upon graduation, Alex plans to further his academic success at a four-year college and pursue a degree in engineering.

 

Nicole Migliano is a senior at Newfield High School whose passion, drive for excellence and academic skills are displayed on a daily basis. Throughout high school she has maintained a weighted GPA of 97.88 and earned 13 credits of Advanced Placement and college classes. Nicole has been able to succeed academically while simultaneously working toward her cosmetology license. Nicole is an active member of SADD club, drama club, the Tri-M Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and National Honor Society.

 

Nicole’s teachers describe her as a dedicated student whose commitment and detailed execution of tasks will bode well for her in her future endeavors. After graduating, Nicole plans on attending either Hofstra University or Suffolk County Community College to focus on her true passion of photography.

 

Dawnwood Middle School sixth grade student Benjamin Taciak was selected for his commitment to academics and the positive impact he has on his classmates. Benjamin, in his first two quarters of middle school, has a 98.3 overall average. Along with playing both the piano and clarinet, he recently published a short story in his native language of Polish. Outside of school, he enjoys learning about astronomy and traveling to destinations like Poland, Holland, and Ireland. On top of all his accomplishments, Ben is known for always being a humble and kind member of the classroom.

 

Bryce Goodman is a sixth grade student at Selden Middle School and is being honored for his natural leadership skills and his academic successes. Through two quarters of sixth grade, Bryce has an overall average of 97.25—excelling in math and his favorite subject of social studies. His teachers describe him as selfless, having a strong sense of character and being someone with the potential to lead others in the future. Bryce hopes to join the National Honor Society in high school and one day attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

 

For more information regarding Middle Country Central School District and its students’ many achievements, please visit the District’s website: https://www.mccsd.net/.

 

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Centereach High School senior Alex Mazzella.

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Newfield High School senior Nicole Migliano.

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Dawnwood Middle School sixth grade student Benjamin Taciak.

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Selden Middle School sixth grade student Bryce Goodman.

 

Middle Country Students Get a Look into Their Future

Middle Country Central School District students from Selden Middle School and Dawnwood Middle School recently participated in the District’s ninth annual Job Shadowing Day. The eighth grade students currently enrolled in the family and consumer sciences course and technology course had the opportunity to spend a day with local employers to get a firsthand look at potential career paths.

 

This learning experience, sponsored by the Middle Country Business Advisory Board, provided students with an insight into the responsibility, time management, hard work and teamwork skills involved in having a successful and fulfilling professional life. The District recognizes the importance of properly preparing students for the workforce and provides similar opportunities throughout the school year to best prepare students for their future.

 

For more information about events or happenings at the Middle Country School District, please visit www.mccsd.net.

 

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District Announces February Students of the Month

The Middle Country Central School District announced its February students of the month at its recent Board of Education meeting. Centereach High School senior Alexa Oviedo, Newfield High School senior Ryan Grijalva, Danwood Middle School eighth grade student Lucciano Kemeny, and Selden Middle School seventh grade student Ieva Tarasevicius were all honored for their incredible academic achievements, passion and engagement with a wide range of extracurricular activities, and having a tremendous impact on their peers and individuals throughout the community.

 

“These four outstanding young adults represent the best in what our District strives to develop in our students every day,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “These individuals have gone above and beyond in every aspect of their academic studies as well as extracurriculars, and they work tirelessly time and time again to be the best they can be. I have no doubts that these students will be successful in all their future endeavors.”

 

Centereach High School senior Alexa Oviedo was honored for her academic success and substantial impact throughout the music and theater department. Alexa will have completed at least seven Advanced Placement and college level courses by graduation this June. Alexa is also a member of the Thespian Honor Society, Women’s Choir, and the Select Vocal Ensemble—oftentimes receiving lead roles in many of the theater department’s productions.

 

Alexa is described by her teachers and peers as talented, kind and humble, consistently expressing gratitude for those who support and assist her in her accomplishments. Upon graduating, Alexa intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree and then continue her studies with a doctoral degree in veterinary science. She has been accepted to LIU and SUNY Oneonta for their pre-veterinary and biology programs.

 

Ryan Grijalva is a senior at Newfield High School who consistently challenges himself inside and outside the classroom. With a cumulative GPA of 96, Ryan has taken a total of 14 Advanced Placement and college level courses. He has a great passion for music and is a member of the Thespian Society, the Wind Ensemble, Select Jazz Band and the Drum Circle. Ryan was selected as the student conductor for the Pep Band that performs at football games, and is currently conducting a 20-piece band to perform at the District’s Broadway Night.

 

Ryan’s teachers describe him as conscientious, focused and a true leader. After graduation, Ryan is currently looking to enter higher education with a major in computer science and a possible minor in music to continue his passion. Ryan exhibits an interest in working in the cybersecurity field and is interested in technology and how it has evolved in recent years. Ryan was accepted to Penn State and is waiting to hear back from the University of Connecticut, Boston University and SUNY Binghamton.

 

Dawnwood Middle School eighth grade student Lucciano Kemeny was selected for his academic excellence and his positive influence on students and staff. Lucciano’s average for the second quarter was 98.1, including the 99 average he earned in his algebra and living environment classes. He plays on the school tennis team and says that math is one of his favorite subjects. Lucciano is recognized for his thoughtful and compassionate personality and how he inspires the other students to do their best.

 

Ieva Tarasevicius is a seventh grade student at Selden Middle School and was chosen for her engagement with her peers, the curriculum, and in various extracurricular activities. Her drive to excel is exhibited in the fact that she has never once received a grade in any of her classes below a 97 while at Selden Middle School. Staff describe Ieva as kind, focused, determined and enthusiastic. Ieva is involved in lacrosse, performs and choreographs for the school’s kick line team, and has plans to apply for the National Junior Honor Society. Ieva has hopes of attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine after high school.

 

For more information regarding Middle Country Central School District and its students’ many achievements, please visit the District’s website: https://www.mccsd.net/.

 

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Centereach High School senior Alexa Oviedo.

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Newfield High School senior Ryan Grijalva.

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Dawnwood Middle School eighth grade student Lucciano Kemeny.

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Selden Middle School seventh grade student Ieva Tarasevicius.

Cool Cats Send Valentines to Ronald McDonald House

Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive PreK/Kindergarten Center’s Cool Cats recently created Valentine’s Day cards for the children, families and staff members at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Ms. Christine Carrion’s students, nicknamed the Cool Cats, were thrilled to use their creativity and honor the spirit of this day of love by showing their support for the children and families currently residing in the Ronald McDonald House.

 

On Valentine’s Day, a friend of the Cool Cats, Douglas Elliman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, helped deliver these special Valentines to Ronald McDonald House, whose mission is to provide assistance and support to sick children and their families , and to keep them together, during their trying time.

 

The District continues to pursue opportunities that allow students to share messages of love, kindness and respect to those in need of uplifting.

 

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

 

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Newfield Goes to Broadway

Members of Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School wind ensemble recently attended the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. The student-musicians went to see the world-renowned show the day after their successful pops concert.

 

As the school year heads into the spring, the District’s talented musicians from both Newfield and Centereach High Schools will now shift their focus to practicing for their end-of-year concerts and a series of county and state competitions. The District will continue to provide students with opportunities to not only showcase their musical talents but learn from professional Broadway musicians.

 

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

 

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Full STEM Ahead at Oxhead Road

Middle Country Central School District’s Oxhead Road Elementary School students are taking part in a year-long collaboration that teams younger students with older students to perform experiments and STEM activities. Each first grader in Ms. Goldberg’s class has been paired with a fourth grade student in Mrs. Kelly’s class to work through a weekly STEM assignment—with the fourth grade student acting as the team leader.

 

This ongoing initiative serves as an opportunity for the District’s younger students to learn from their older peers while at the same time enhancing their problem solving skills and fostering the development of peer interaction. The District continues to provide students with educational experiences that engage them in STEM outside of regular classroom work and through interactive partnerships.

 

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

 

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Robotics Regional Tournament Champions Newfield Roverines’ Prepare for State Competition

Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School “Roverines” continue to add to their winning legacy by earning the Tournament Champions trophy with their most recent performance at the Carle Place VEX Turning Point Robotics Competition.

Qualifying for their fourth year in a row, the Newfield High School Roverines’ will begin preparing for the New York State Championship set to be held on Saturday, March 2nd. As in years past, the District expects that the Roverines’ success will serve to further engage their peers in STEM programs both inside the classroom and through extracurricular activities. The Newfield High School robotics team continues to strive to be one of the premiere competitive robotics teams in New York.

 

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Middle Country Central School District Announces January Student of Month

The Middle Country Central School District recently announced its January students of the month at its recent Board of Education meeting. Centereach High School student Rebecca Walsh, Newfield High School student Anaya Zanieb, Dawnwood Middle School student LaRawn Robinson and Selden Middle School student Emma Sigault were honored for their outstanding academic achievements, extracurricular participation and providing an overall positive impact on their individual schools and entire Middle Country community.

 

“Month after month, we have the incredible opportunity to celebrate four students who emulate the positive values and hard work of the entire Middle Country student body,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “We are thrilled to once again honor students who go above and beyond in the classroom, inside their respective school and throughout their surrounding communities— a representation of what all Middle Country educators seek to inspire in our students.”

 

Centereach High School senior Rebecca Walsh will be graduating in June having completed eight AP classes and another five college-level classes. She constantly challenges herself with a diverse course load and it is reflected in her membership in the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society and the Tri-M Honor Society.

 

Additionally, Rebecca has volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for five years and recently interned with a congressional campaign. Rebecca plans to study public relations in the fall at either St. John’s University, Fairfield University, Villanova University or Sacred Heart University.

 

Anaya Zanieb is a senior at Newfield High School and is set to graduate in June having taken a combined 17 college level and AP level classes—potentially graduating with 40 college credits. She is an active member in Newfield as a member of the newspaper club, student government, environmental club, treasurer of the National Technical Honor Society and president of the National Honor Society.

 

Outside of school Anaya is a homework helper at the Middle Country Public Library and an assistant teacher at the Brentwood Muslim Community Center. Next fall, Anaya plans to begin studying dental medicine at one of the 18 schools she applied to, including New York University, St. John’s University, Cornell University, Boston College and Boston University.

 

Dawnwood Middle School seventh grade student LaRawn Robinson is a constant presence on the high honor roll and known throughout the school as hardworking, respectful and polite. Aside from his stellar academic record, LaRawn plays saxophone and plays football, basketball and lacrosse. LaRawn has been praised as always eager to help others in the classroom and as an exceptional teammate on sports teams.

 

Emma Sigault is an eighth grade student at Selden Middle School and has made high honor roll every quarter during her time in middle school. Emma’s teachers universally describe her as a consummate student who has a tremendous work ethic with unwavering integrity. She is an avid soccer player and enjoys basketball and volleyball. Emma hopes to be a pediatric surgeon one day.

 

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Centereach High School senior Rebecca Walsh.

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Newfield High School senior Anaya Zaineb.

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Dawnwood Middle School seventh grade student LaRawn Robinson.

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Selden Middle School eighth grade student Emma Sigault.