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.

Middle Country Valedictorians Honored by Suffolk County School Superintendent’s Association

Centereach High School Provides Music at Luncheon to Honor Suffolk County Valedictorians

Middle Country Central School District Valedictorians, Peter VanNostrand from Centereach High School and Michelle Bartolo from Newfield High School, were recently honored at the Suffolk County School Superintendent’s Association (SCSSA) Valedictorian Luncheon. The students were recognized for their academic excellence in the presence of their families and school administrators, as the Centereach High School jazz ensemble provided music for the event. Jazz band teacher Lee Schaarschmidt led the students in a performance for families and school administrators from throughout Suffolk County, NY.

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Middle Country Central School District Valedictorians Peter VanNostrand from Centereach High School and Michelle Bartolo from Newfield High School (center bottom row) were recently honored at the Suffolk County School Superintendent’s Association (SCSSA) Valedictorian Luncheon. The students were recognized for their academic excellence in the presence of their families and school administrators.

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The Middle Country Central School District Centereach High School recently jazz ensemble provided music for the Suffolk County School Superintendent’s Association (SCSSA) Valedictorian Luncheon. Jazz band teacher Lee Schaarschmidt led the students in a performance for families and school administrators from throughout Suffolk County, NY.

Thirteen Students Commit to Play College Athletics

Seniors at Newfield High School and Centereach School Sign National Letters of Intent to Attend Some of the Best Schools in the Country

 

Thirteen Middle Country Central School District students, from Centereach High School and Newfield High School, recently committed to play collegiate-level sports at some of the best schools in the country during the 2016-2016 school year. The students include:

Centereach High School:

  • Ryan Nicole Shubert to play soccer at the State University of New York (SUNY) Canton
  • Anthony Volpe to place lacrosse at SUNY Cobleskill
  • Jake Marzocca to play basketball at Springfield College
  • Nicholas Juvelier to play football at Curry College
  • Karissa Menzinger to play softball at Dean College
  • Meghan Brajevich to play softball at Edinboro University
  • Amanda McGovern to play softball at New York Institute of Technology
  • Logan Wilson to play football at Western New England College
  • Kaitlyn Parisi to play soccer at Mount Saint Mary University

 

Newfield High School:

  • Brianna Reyes to play field hockey at William Paterson University
  • Jennifer Grasso to play softball at Mount Saint Mary University
  • Dylan Ferrari to play football at SUNY Cortland
  • Jillian Brauer to play field hockey at Stevens Institute of Technology

Athetic Signing

Thirteen Middle Country Central School District students from Centereach High School and Newfield High School recently committed to participate in collegiate-level athletics this coming school year. To commemorate the students’ announcement, the District organized a National Letter of Intent signing day that was attended by parents, coaches, teachers and District administrators.

Middle Country Students Shave Heads for Cancer Awareness

Jericho Elementary School Hosts Eleventh Annual St. Baldrick’s Event and Raised More Than $3,200 in Donations

Students from the Middle Country Central School District’s Jericho Elementary School recently hosted its eleventh annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event to raise awareness and support research to fight children’s cancer. This year, more than 35 students, teachers and parents had their heads ceremoniously shaved and raised more than $3,200. The event is coordinated by fifth grade teacher Eric Burchard.

The event is part of the Middle Country Central School District’s initiative that provides students opportunities to participate in community service programs and encourages them to find ways to help those in need. Over the past 11 years, Jericho Elementary School has raised more than $30,000 through its St. Baldrick’s Foundation head shaving events aimed at funding research to cure childhood cancers.

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Middle Country Central School District Jericho Elementary School students raised $3,200 and shaved their heads to help fight children’s cancer during the school’s annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event.

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Middle Country Central School District Jericho Elementary School students have raised over $30,000 to support children’s cancer treatment in the eleven years the school has been hosting its St. Baldrick’s Foundation event. The event was first introduced by fifth grade teacher Eric Burchard (center).

Recycling Goes Digital

Recycling Goes Digital

High School Students Team Up With Town of Brookhaven and Collect 3.5 tons of Recyclable Electronics

Student members of the Middle Country Business Advisory Board partnered with the Town of Brookhaven to host its Sixth Annual eWaste (recyclable electronics) collection. Students created eWaste sites at both Newfield and Centereach High Schools and collected a record 3.5 tons of recyclable electronics to help protect the environment. Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle visited both high schools to thank the students for their contributions. The Middle Country Central School District students learned the importance of recycling and community service.

Students collected computers, monitors, cell and landline phones, keyboards, VCRs, fax machines, circuit boards, camcorders, wires, cords, rechargeable batteries, MP3 players, video cameras, microwave ovens, computer mice, GPS navigators, networking equipment, scanners, televisions, CD and DVD players, tablets, eReaders, laptops, cameras, stereo equipment, game systems, copiers, iPods/iPads, printers and PDAs.

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Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School students helped collect 3.5 tons of electronic waste to be recycled in partnership with the Town of Brookhaven’s Sixth Annual eWaste collection. Students learned the importance of recycling and community service. Participating students are pictured here with Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle.

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Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle, pictured here with Middle Country Central School District Centereach High School students, thanked all student members of the Middle Country Business Advisory Board for their contributions to the Sixth Annual eWaste collection. Students gave back to the community and the environment by collecting 3.5 tons of recyclable electronics.

 

 

Middle Country Central School District Celebrates Read Across America

Pre-K/Kindergarten Center Welcomes High School Students to Host

Dr. Seuss Learning Sessions

Middle Country Central School District’s Bicycle Path Pre-K/Kindergarten center recently celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday by inviting students from Newfield High School (NHS) to read Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Wednesday to pre-k students. The students dressed in wacky costumes as the NHS Tri-M Music Honor Society students and the Thespian Theatre Honor Society students read to them. NHS junior Nicholas Gardell surprised the pre-k students by dressing as “The Cat in the Hat” and encouraging them to continue reading.

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading activity that takes place annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing children together to celebrate their love of reading.

 

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 Middle Country Central School District pre-kindergarten students at Bicycle Path Pre-K/Kindergarten Center celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday with students from Newfield High School as guest readers.

 

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Newfield High School (NHS) student Nicholas Gardell dressed up as “The Cat in the Hat” to surprise pre-k students at Bicycle Path Pre-K/Kindergarten Center for Read Across America Day. Gardell read to students alongside other NHS students.

 

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Pre-Kindergarten students at Bicycle Path Pre-K/Kindergarten Center listen to a guest reader from Newfield High School in celebration of Read Across America Day. The high school students read Dr. Seuss classics in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  

Centereach High School Theater Students Perform ‘West Side Story’

 

The Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School Theatre Department recently performed a student production of the musical “West Side Story.” The actors and actresses, including Michaela Catapano and Isaiah Washington who played the lead roles of Maria and Tony, showcased their musical and dramatic talents.

Students, teachers administrators and community members attended the performance and showed their support for the performers.

 

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Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School students, Isaiah Washington and Michaela Catapano, performed lead roles in a recent production of “West Side Story” for families of the District and the Centereach community.

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Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School Theatre students thanked audience members after a recent production of the Musical “West Side Story” performed for families of the District and the Centereach community.

Middle Country Students Hit the Stage with “Bye Bye Birdie”  

Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School Theatre Department recently opened a production of the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” The students performed for crowded audiences during multiple weekend show times. The Newfield High School student-actors sang hit songs from the famous musical including, “Put On a Happy Face” and “What’s the Matter with Kids Today.”

Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) strives to show support for the fine arts programs in Newfield High School as well as other schools within the district. The arts, including theatre, are a vital part of education and highly benefit the students’ learning experience.

 

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Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School students perform in a recent production of the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” Students performed hit songs from the famed musical in front of lively audiences after months of rehearsing.

Middle Country Cosmetology Students Place in Regional SkillsUSA Competition

 

The Middle County Central School District’s cosmetology students Centereach High School and Newfield High School recently placed first, second and third during the SkillsUSA Regional Competition at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, NY. The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation.

Centereach High School seniors Brittani Ortiz and Amanda Mezzich finished in first and second respectively, and Newfield High School student Rebecca Devine placed third. The students were rated on their performance demonstrating a complex layered haircut and mastery in advanced styling techniques.

 

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 Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School senior Brittani Ortiz’s formal hairstyle, which earned her first place at the regional SkillsUSA competition.

 

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 Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School senior Amanda Mezzich’s formal hairstyle, which earned her second place at the regional SkillsUSA competition.

 

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(l-r): Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School seniors Brittani Ortiz and Amanda Mezzich pose for a picture after earning first and second place at the regional SkillsUSA Competition. Students were required to perform a timed formal evening hairstyle, a timed formal layering hairstyle and foiling hair-color techniques.

 

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 Middle Country Central School District cosmetology students Brittani Ortiz, Amanda Mezzich and Rebecca Devine pose for a picture after placing at the regional SkillsUSA Competition. Newfield High School student Rebecca Devine placed third in the Junior SkillsUSA Competition after preparing all year.

Students Step out of Comfort Zone to Play Wheel Chair Basketball

 

Middle Country Central School District’s Selden Middle School recently welcomed Director of the Town of Brookhaven Wheelchair Sports Jay Sorcelli and members of the renowned National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) team, the New York Rollin’ Knicks to hold a wheelchair basketball presentation during physical education classes.

Students, ages 12-14, had the opportunity to learn about wheelchair sports and participate in a full-court wheelchair basketball game. The game was led by Selden Middle School’s own Breanna Clark, an eight-grade student who is currently a member of the NWBA junior 10’ division team, the Brooklyn/New Jersey Nets.

Middle Country Central School District administrators also joined in on the fun and had the opportunity to compete against the students. The event was intended to offer students a hands-on understanding of the strength it takes to compete in wheelchair sports.

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(L to R): Middle Country Central School District’s Selden Middle School Assistant Principal Vanessa Schack, eighth-grade student Breanna Clark, Selden Middle School Principal Jonathan Singer, Assistant Principal Andrew Bennett and Director of the Town of Brookhaven Wheelchair Sports Jay Soricelli celebrate after an exciting game of wheel chair basketball at Middle Country Central School District’s Selden Middle School.

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Middle Country Central School District’s Selden Middle School Student Breanna Clark shows off her skills during a game of wheelchair basketball featuring the director of the Town of Brookhaven Wheelchair Sports, Jay Sorcelli, and players from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Clark is currently a member of the New Jersey Nets Jr. Division Wheelchair Basketball Team. The game offered middle school students an opportunity to play wheelchair basketball and have a first-hand experience of the strength it takes to compete in wheelchair sports.

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 Students at Middle Country Central School District’s Selden Middle School participating in an exciting game of wheel chair basketball during a physical education workshop led by Jay Sorcelli, the director of the Town of Brookhaven Wheelchair Sports, and players from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. The experience offered students perspective, as they realized the strength it takes to compete in wheelchair sports.