Middle Country Student Recognized in Nationwide Competition

Newfield Senior Kyle Mathew Named a Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program

Centereach, New York (September 2020)—The Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) is proud to announce that Kyle Mathew, a graduating senior at Newfield High School (NHS), has been named a semifinalist in the 2020-21 National Merit Scholarship program. Kyle was among 16,000 students in the nation selected for their exceptional performance on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSA/NMSQT) and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Our district is ecstatic to recognize Kyle for his outstanding academic achievement and celebrate his advancement in the National Merit Scholarship program,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Middle Country Central School District. “Kyle is a phenomenal representation of the work ethic and commitment of students in the Middle Country School District, and we are thrilled to support him through his future endeavors and accomplishments. On behalf of the Board and community, we wish Kyle the best of luck in the rest of the program.”

Kyle, a well-rounded individual, is involved in a number of MCCSD’s extracurricular activities and clubs. He’s an active member of the following clubs: environmental, robotics, foreign language, debate, social sciences, and book club. He’s also been involved in the district’s orchestra for the last 10 years, the fencing team for three years, and the Foreign Language Honor Society for two years.

I’m very grateful for this amazing award, but it would be amiss of me to forget who and what got me here,” said Kyle. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my friends and family, and to them, I’m always grateful for what they do to help.” After Kyle completes the next steps in the program—which includes a recommendation from a high school official and the completion of a comprehensive essay—he will have the chance to be selected among 15,000 students for the Finalist level. Finalists will be notified in February 2021.

Kyle Mathew, senior at Newfield High School in the Middle Country Central School District, was selected as a semifinalist in the 2020-21 National Merit Scholarship Program.

New Leadership in MCCSD for the 2020-21 School Year

Middle Country Central School District Announces Two Additions to Leadership Team for Year Ahead

Centereach, New York (September 2020)—The Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) is proud to announce that it has appointed two new administrators to the district’s leadership team—Dr. Beth Rella as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Mr. Karl O’Leary as Assistant Principal of Newfield High School.

“It brings us great excitement to welcome Beth and Karl to our district’s leadership team as we begin the 2020-21 school year,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of MCCSD. “Both Beth and Karl bring with them years of experience, exceptional credentials and vast knowledge in the education field. I am confident that the two will be tremendous assets in helping us build upon the educational excellence within our district and provide extraordinary experiences for our students.”

Prior to joining Middle Country, Dr. Rella worked in finance and marketing management for a non-profit organization and served many years as the executive director of business for Freeport Public Schools.

Dr. Rella received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Binghamton University, a Master of Business Administration from Dowling College and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology from Dowling College. Additionally, Dr. Rella also received her School District Business Leader (SDBL) certificate from Dowling College.

With twelve years in the education field on Long Island, Karl O’Leary brings experience as a teacher and administrator to his leadership position at Newfield. Prior to joining MCCSD, Mr. O’Leary worked as a middle and high school English teacher, as well as a special education and high school principal in Upstate New York. Mr. O’Leary earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta, a master’s degree from Stony Brook University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building and District Leadership from SUNY Cortland. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership through New England University.