Middle Country Central School District Announces New Administrators

The Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) is excited to announce that four new administrators have joined the District staff this fall. Adele Cullen will serve as Coordinator of PPS/Special Education in Secondary Education, Marie Moran will serve as Coordinator of PPS/Special Education in Elementary Education, Peter Desjardins will serve as Coordinator of District Data Services and Rachel Ndembera will serve as Coordinator of Science/Research K-12.


“It is with great pride that we welcome these four dedicated administrators to our District,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “We continuously strive to bring the best experiences and support to our students throughout their educational careers, and these new members of our team will help achieve this goal.”


Adele Cullen attended Touro College where she earned her Master of Science in School District/School Building. As a school psychologist at Newfield High School, she has positively affected innumerable students these past six years and will continue to do so as she brings her passion and keen understanding of student’s strengths and needs to the team of administrators.


Marie Moran graduated from Hofstra University with a Master of Science in Special Education and holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in School Building Leadership from Queens College. She gained experience as a special education coordinator at a K-8 school district in Queens before she joined MCCSD’s administrative team. Marie is passionate about providing high quality special education and is committed to supporting the needs of all students.


Peter Desjardins will be responsible for utilizing student data to aid teachers in providing individualized instruction to students. Peter graduated cum laude from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education, and gained his Masters in Liberal Arts from Stony Brook as well. He plans to use his experiences as a student data expert at Eastern Suffolk BOCES to provide a one of a kind learning experience for MCCSD students.


Rachel Ndembera earned a degree in Geology and Astronomy from the University of Colorado in Boulder and served in the Peace Corps, during which she worked with Botswanna’s Ministry of Education Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation. There, she oversaw the design and implementation of a curriculum program in Molepolole, one of Botswanna’s largest villages. She hopes to continue in assisting students make sure they have the necessary tools to achieve high quality research education.


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

The 2016-2017 School Year Brings Exciting Changes to Middle Country Central School District

The Middle Country Central School District recently announced several new and exciting programs to engage the students throughout the Centereach and Selden communities for the 2016-2017 school year. The new programs—including specialized music, art and math curriculum for kindergarten students as well as extra physics classes and the introduction of a Capstone Project—are made possible by the District’s strategic budgeting practices and careful financial planning. The academic improvements are meant to prepare students for life at the next level.


“At Middle Country, we are dedicated to educating ‘the whole child.’ We are proud of the many programs we have put in place this year that will help provide students with the resources to excel in the classroom and in the community,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “These brand new classroom offerings will challenge our students to think critically and prepare them for successful futures beyond the classroom.”


During the first day of school, students throughout the District took advantage of the many new opportunities provided by the District.  Kindergarten students from Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center participated in the new art and music classes as well as their math literacy program. These initiatives are intended to introduce students to essential Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts.


Other students are also experiencing the excitement of new programs as fifth grade students throughout the District embarked on a newly introduced Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is a two-semester independent research project that spans fifth through twelfth grade. Designated time for research is granted to seventh and eighth grade students and the eighth graders will now be able to participate in physics classes.


Outside of the classroom, other exciting news is underway, such as completed projects from the District’s 2015 Bond Referendum. At the beginning of this school year students and staff benefitted from the completion of roof replacements, security vestibules, high school track resurfacing, the installation of Smartboards in the classrooms and new buses and two-student vans.


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







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.