Newfield High School Child Development Class Visits North Coleman Elementary Students

Centereach, N.Y. (December 2019)—Middle Country Central School District high school students in the child development class at Newfield High School recently visited various classrooms at North Coleman Road Elementary School to complete their first field study experience. The upperclassmen observed and interacted with several of North Coleman’s Pre-K students to explore and gain first-hand experience in the educational career field.

Middle Country Central School District Announces NYSSMA All-State Musicians

Centereach, N.Y. (December 2019)—Six student musicians from the Middle Country Central School District were selected to perform in the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) All-State Performing Ensembles. From Newfield High School, Victoria Bartunek was chosen for All-State Symphonic Band, Logan Mazer was selected for All-State Wind Ensemble, Gabrielle Pegg was chosen for All-State Mixed Chorus, and Natalie Wilson was chosen for All-State Wind Ensemble. From Centereach High School, Laura Diaferia and Natalie Walsh were chosen for All-State Mixed Chorus. These six students traveled upstate to Rochester, N.Y. to perform at the Eastman Theatre.  All-State Alternates from Newfield High School were Nick Douglas, Maggie Lasher, and Isabel Rodriguez for All-State Band, Julia Ingemi for All-State Orchestra, and Centereach’s Robert Montano was selected for the All-State Mixed Chorus but declined as he is currently performing at Radio City Music Hall in the Christmas Spectacular. 

Middle Country’s students were among 900 students selected to take part in this esteemed performance. The District is committed to providing students with opportunities to build their skills and hone their talents, sparking creativity and innovation. The District is proud of each of these students and their teachers—Dr. Harold Goldstein, Mr. Brian Hough, Ms. Joan Meichner, and Mr. Dan Martinez—for their continuous dedication and incredible work ethic.

16 Middle Country Musicians Participate in All-County NYSCAME/SCMEA

Centereach, N.Y. (December 2019- Sixteen students from Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) were selected to perform in the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Band, Orchestra and Chorus Festival. Held at Huntington High School, students from across Suffolk County convened to rehearse and perform an impressive repertoire of pieces under the direction of expert conductors.

MCCSD’s participating students were selected based on their NYSSMA All-State score(s) from the previous spring, alongside various recommendations from their teachers. The District strives to provide students with opportunities such as this to foster creativity, hone their talents, and develop skills in an environment outside of the classroom.

Centereach High School students:

Laura Diaferia, Soprano 2 – Mixed Chorus

Nick Galdemis, Bb Clarinet – All-County Band

Evan Jenkins, Percussion – All-County Band

Robert Montano, Tenor 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Suzanne Scaccio, Trombone 2 – All-County Band

Natalie Walsh, Alto 2 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Newfield High School students:

Victoria Bartunek, Baritone Sax – All-County Band

Nicholas Douglas, Baritone Euphonium 1 – All-County Band

Jacob Grijalva, French Horn 3 – All-County Band

Eviana Holmes – All-County Treble Choir

Julia Ingemi, Violin 2 – All-County Orchestra

Maggie Lasher, Alto Sax 1 – All-County Band

Logan Mazer, Clarinet 1 – All-County Band

Gabrielle Pegg, Soprano 2 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Isabel Rodriguez, Flute 2 – All-County Band

Natalie Wilson, Trumpet 2 – All-County Orchestra

CHS Competes in the Long Island Mentor Moot Court Competition

Centereach, N.Y. (December 2019)—Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School recently competed in the Long Island Mentor Moot Court competition, a constitutional law competition that stimulates the mind and provides experience for aspiring law and litigation students. Led by Ms. Reilley and Ms. Strong, Centereach High School brought a team of seven to the competition. Student participants included David Stein, senior; Gianna Gurovich, senior; Joshua Hunsucker, senior; Thomas Gambra, senior; Madison Murray, junior; Olivia Nobs, junior; and Payton Lancer, sophomore.

“This experience has been one of a kind for these driven and intelligent students,” said Dr. Roberta A. Gerold, superintendent of Middle Country School District. “The District strives to provide students with these real-life and career-building experiences to help open doors and provide insight into future career paths. It helps to instill in them the skill, passion, and motivation necessary to thrive in the working world. All students who participated should be proud of all that they accomplished.”

MCCSD’s participating students spent weeks preparing with a real attorney to present a constitutional case to a panel of federal judges. Beforehand, students had the opportunity to practice their litigation skills in an educational setting that represents constitutional law in an accurate light. During the competition, participants assumed the role of lawyers to stand before the U.S. Supreme Court on a constitutional question. The Long Island Mentor Moot Court was developed in 2016 as part of the Second Circuit’s Civic Education Initiative, “Justice for All: Courts and the Community.” This new addition to the civics education program for Long Island high schools was born from a partnership between the Nassau County Bar Association, Hofstra University Law School, the Federal Bar Association, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Justice Resource Center.