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.

Gift of Writing

Middle Country Central School District’s Jericho Elementary School fourth grade students, in Mrs. Raynoha’s class, recently participated in the annual “Gift of Writing” celebration. Students invited their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to tour the classroom’s personal essay writing museum—a collection of literary works that the students have completed in recent months.

 

During the event, these young authors taught their families how to compose different types of literary works and the literary devices and elements connected to each style. The showcased work was displayed as wrapped holiday presents for family members to unwrap and discover. The District continues to host engaging after-school educational events, providing a platform for students to share their creative accomplishments.

 

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Students Give Planet Earth a Gift this Holiday Season

Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center students are spreading holiday cheer this year with gifts to their parents, siblings—and planet earth. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Unity Drive implemented Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s Pilot School Recycling Program. Over the past four months,   1,385 pounds of paper has been recycled by the students, faculty and staff at the school. The school’s new emphasis on reducing, reusing and recycling has resulted in saving more than eleven trees.

 

The District, in conjunction with this new initiative, is teaching students of all ages the importance of recycling and its impact on the air we breathe, the animals in our ecosystem and for future generations. The efforts being made by the District’s youngest learners will continue to expand as they advance through the school system and become the leaders of tomorrow.

 

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Middle Country Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Athletics

The Middle Country Central School District recently held a Letter of Intent Signing Day for the 15 Middle Country 12th grade students who have committed to play collegiate-level sports at top-tier universities during the 2019-2020 academic year. The students from Centereach High School and Newfield High School were joined by their families, coaches and school administrators as they formally accepted admission to the college of their choice. The student-athletes, who wore apparel representing the school they will be attending, included:

 

Centereach High School:

  • Sydney Juvelier – lacrosse at Pace University.
  • Sophie Alois – lacrosse at Cornell University.
  • Jennifer Sommer – lacrosse at Pace University.
  • Emily Timarky – lacrosse at Quinnipiac University.
  • Ryan Mahnke – baseball at Queens College.
  • Jennifer Barry – lacrosse at Boston University.
  • Chris Iguchi – golf at Farmingdale State College.

 

Newfield High School:

  • Amanda Scarfogliero – bowling at Molloy College.
  • Michael Manzolillo – baseball at St. Joseph’s College.
  • Nina Oddo – lacrosse at Molloy College.
  • Robert Smith – lacrosse at LIU Post.
  • Hailey Grau – lacrosse at St. Bonaventure.
  • Sydney Corley – lacrosse at Mercy College.
  • Erik Worsoe – lacrosse at St. Joseph’s College.
  • Chandler Giovinco – baseball at Hofstra University.

 

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Middle Country Student Takes Center Stage at Radio City

Middle Country School District’s Centereach High School sophomore Robert Montano has been selected to perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Robert is the first student to ever be asked to perform in the show in back-to-back years and the only student-performer from Long Island in this year’s show.

 

Robert will be performing in select shows every day of the week in the role of Patrick—excluding Tuesdays—until New Year’s Eve. Acting has been part of Robert’s life since he first performed in musicals at Dawnwood Middle School and then at Centereach High School. He has also been an active member in the District’s band and chorus programs since the fourth grade.

 

The Middle Country School District is proud to have a member of its student body be recognized as a star performer in one of the most renowned holiday shows in the country. The District is committed to providing all its students opportunities to showcase their talents whether it be through the arts, athletics or academics.

 

For more information about the full range of academic, music, art, athletic, and extracurricular activities and programs available in the Middle Country School District as well as a calendar of events, please visit www.mccsd.net.

 

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Middle Country Students Give Back in Bellport

Recently, a group of twenty students from Leaders, DECA and video clubs at Newfield High School volunteered their time to help build and repair houses for Habitat for Humanity. Newfield High School students spent most of their day in masks and utility belts stripping down a house of old materials including insulation and foam board. Students spent five hours working together to improve a community and to make a difference. Their volunteerism assisted in Habitat for Humanity’s effort to build 10-12 homes per year in Suffolk County.

 

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit charity focused on providing housing to the disadvantaged, with a focus on communities impacted by natural disasters and those targeted for community revitalization. The Middle Country School District is incredibly proud of this group of 20 students who volunteered their time to give back to the community. Through opportunities like these, Middle Country provides its students with ways to not only be successful in the classroom, but also be well-rounded citizens.

 

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

 

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School Clubs, PTSA and Faculty Team Up To Haunt the Halls of Centereach High School

The Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School recently transformed into a haunted house, where elementary school students from throughout the District enjoyed an annual Trick-or-Treat Street event. High school students, clubs and the PTSA decorated the classrooms and dressed in costume to haunt the halls while elementary school students stopped by each classroom to collect candy, play games, complete crafts and more.
The event provides a safe environment in which students can partake in Halloween traditions that eliminates the risk of students going up to unknown residences. In addition, students representing all four grades, the Best Buddies club, DECA club, Math, Music, Theater Arts, Varsity sports and National Honor Society helped collect non-perishable food items from attendees to support the school’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

 

Middle Country Central School District continues to bring students of all ages together for community-oriented, District-wide events. For more information regarding the Middle Country Central School District and its students’ many achievements, please visit the District’s website: https://www.mccsd.net/.

 

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Middle Country Student Entrepreneurs Win at LIU Post Competition

Middle Country School District Centereach High School students Jason Calderone and Abigail Zerbe each participated in an entrepreneurship competition at LIU Post recently. The two high school students competed against 1,500 students from 60 other high schools in the Elevator Pitch Contest. The event was sponsored by LIU Post and Virtual Enterprises International at the Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference.

 

Participating students were tasked with presenting a 30 second pitch for a newly-created business to a 600-person crowd of peers and panel of regional business leaders and entrepreneurs. Jason pitched his company “Rapid Brew.” Abigail pitched her company “What’s in the Box?” Both placed in the top 13 out of 90 students to make it to the finalist round.

 

The Middle Country School District congratulates both students on outstanding performances at the Elevator Pitch Contest. 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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Centereach High School student Abigail Zerbe pitches her company, “What’s in the Box?” to the audience at the Elevator Pitch Contest at LIU Post.