The Middle Country Central School District recently hosted its second annual literacy event to celebrate and encourage literacy throughout the District’s ten elementary schools. The night, titled “We Are Wild About Reading and Writing!” featured three sessions filled with an assortment of workshops focused on engaging students through popular literary works and practicing their reading and writing skills.
“This year’s literacy event was, once again, a great success and a stellar representation of the District’s commitment to showcasing student growth,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “Our teachers continue to work with students on a daily basis to develop their literary skills, offer assignments focused on increasing students’ vocabulary and aid in enhancing their knowledge of sentence structure. It is an honor to witness the progression of students as they advance through elementary school.”
The District welcomed more than 25 acclaimed professional authors from throughout Long Island to share their literary works with students and parents. These authors, along with teachers, hosted workshops intended to develop creative writing skills and highlight books that are reading level appropriate. In addition, a young author’s showcase was held in the cafeteria providing selected students an opportunity to discuss and read aloud a story they have written during the 2016-2017 school year.
“As educators, we are here to inspire our students and make their educational experience fulfilling,” said Dr. Kyrie Siegel, Coordinator of English Language Arts K-12. “Events like these provide students a platform to share their accomplishments with the Middle Country community and an interactive outlet to express their creativity.”
Members of the Middle Country Public Library, Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators, and ThinkBIG! Theater group were also in attendance to host special activities during the evening’s events.
Middle Country Central School District students from Newfield High School and Centereach High School recently participated in a dining etiquette lesson at Pollo Rico in Centereach. The dinner, organized by the District’s Business Advisory Board, invited students in the Career Technical Education (CTE) program for an evening of great food and tips on how to present oneself while dinning in a professional setting.
Students dressed in business attire and learned the rules of proper dining etiquette from Linda J. Williams, M.Ed. Certified Etiquette Consultant and Trainer. Williams walked students through utensil placement, when to start eating and when to remove your napkin from the place setting. Middle Country Central School District continues to provide students with opportunities to develop professional skill sets and prepare students for future endeavors.
Middle Country Central School District students in Centereach High School’s College Business Law class recently took an educational trip to the Suffolk County Courts in Central Islip. The visit, coinciding with the class’ curriculum of the court system, served as an opportunity for students to experience first-hand the items they have been learning in the classroom. The class received a tour of the courtroom and were guided through the roles and responsibilities of all the individuals involved in a court hearing or trial.
A court officer also treated Mr. Bradley’s class to a guided tour of the courthouse – allowing students to explore the cell block, the judge’s chamber and the jury deliberation room. Wrapping up the action packed day, students had the opportunity to sit in on the arraignment process and watch a prosecutor and defense attorney debate their cases. The Middle Country Central School District continually offers students opportunities that bring learning to life.
The Middle Country Central School District recently celebrated the accomplishments of its student-musicians, as 72 performers from grades five through 10 performed at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County Festival. The young and talented students performed a variety of musical selections alongside students from districts throughout Suffolk County. After months of practice and rehearsal, the students were selected based on their New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) solo scores from this past spring in addition to recommendations from their music teachers.
The Middle Country Central School District is committed to providing students with opportunities to hone their creativity. The District congratulates the students and their teachers for their prestigious achievement and an incredible performance.