Middle Country Central School District Shares the Holiday Spirit

Before heading into their winter break, Middle Country Central School District’s elementary schools were busy sharing the holiday spirit through various activities. Newfield High School’s Drum Club visited New Lane Elementary School to spread holiday cheer by performing with their drums. New Lane Elementary School students also read The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray. Students were given clues and had to figure out where the gingerbread man was hiding. 

At Eugene Auer Elementary School and Holbrook Road Elementary School, the Elf visited to wish all the families a happy and safe winter break. Holbrook Road Elementary School also delivered beautiful poinsettias to Arbors Nursing home in Hauppauge.

Making a surprise visit to Middle Country Central School District’s pre-kindergarten students were the Grinch and the gingerbread man. The young learners spoke to the visitors about what the holidays mean to them and how excited they were to spend time with their loved ones. At Jericho Elementary School, Centereach High School student Adam Piotrowski, an accomplished accordion virtuoso, shared the holiday spirit by playing throughout the school’s halls and classrooms.

At Hawkins Path Elementary School, students, staff, PTA, and Santa served up holiday cheer at Apple Bee’s flapjack fundraiser to raise money to provide meaningful assemblies focusing on kindness, building self-esteem, and making possible visits by local authors. 

The gingerbread man visiting Middle Country Central School District’s prekindergarten students
Centereach High School student, Adam Piotrowski playing his accordion for the Jericho Elementary School students
Holbrook Road Elementary School student with poinsettias to deliver to the  Arbors Nursing home in Hauppauge.
New Lane Elementary School with their missing gingerbread man
Elf visiting Eugene Auer Elementary School

The Grinch visiting Middle Country Central School District’s pre-kindergarten students
Hawkins Path Elementary School students with Santa at the Apple Bee’s flapjack fundraiser
Newfield High School Drum club performing at New Lane Elementary School

Middle Country Student-Musicians Perform at 64th Annual Senior High School All-County Music Festival

Recently Middle Country Central School District’s student-musicians performed at the 64th Annual Senior High School All-County Music Festival presented by the New York State Council of Administration of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA). The concert took place at Half Hollow Hills High School East.

 “We are incredibly proud of our students’ accomplishments and dedication to their passion for music,” said Dr. Diana Cook, Middle Country Central School District Director of Music, Fine Arts, and Community Media Relations. “Congratulations to our All-County musicians and thank you to their teachers, Dr. Harold Goldstein, Ms. Joan Meichner, and Mr. Brian Hough who have guided, mentored, and supported these students as they hone and advance their musical skills.”

The students had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with other outstanding junior and senior student-musicians throughout the county performing major masterworks under the direction of master conductors, Marc Greene, Mixed Chorus conductor, Dr. Jennifer Micelli, Treble Choir conductor, and Michael Cordaro, Symphonic Band conductor.

Students were selected to perform at the 64th Annual Senior High School All-County Music Festival on the basis of the outstanding rating they received as soloists in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festival held in the Spring of 2022, along with their music teacher’s recommendation. 

Newfield High School Band:
Rebekah Giglio, Baritone Saxophone
Cameron Unger, TromboneNewfield High School Mixed Chorus:
Jules Mast, Alto 1
Eli Horowitz, Bass 1

Centereach High School Treble Choir:
Grace D’Acampora, Alto 2

Centereach High School Mixed Chorus:
Emily Strange, Alto 1
Finn Taich, Bass 1
Julian Strano, Bass 1

Newfield High School NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County musicians, Cameron Unger, Jules Mast, Eli Horowitz, and Rebekah Giglio

Centereach High School NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County musicians, Grace D’Acampora, Emily Strange, Finn Taich, and Julian Strano

Holiday Feast!

In the spirit of the holidays and togetherness, students in Centereach High School’s Life Skills Class collaborated on the preparation and cooking of an in-class holiday feast to be enjoyed by the class prior to the holiday break.  “Our Life Skills class is structured to educate our students on a wide set of social, behavioral, and everyday skills that will be used for a lifetime,” noted Thomas Bell, Principal of Centereach High School. “This exercise, while educational, also provided an engaging, fun experience that could be shared amongst the students in the class.”

Students in the Life Skills Class are special education students of various levels of learning challenges. During the class, students are taught basic lifelong skills such as how to wash and dry their clothes and how to cook. Students in the class are also provided experiences that teach goal-setting, problem-solving, communication, safety, and nutrition skills. 

Middle Country Central School District Celebrates Board Members

The Middle Country Central School District recently celebrated its Board members at their last Board meeting in honor of School Board Recognition Week. “Our Board members devote countless hours to make sure our schools have the necessary resources to ensure our students can be successful,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “On behalf of the Middle Country Central School District family, I would like to thank our School Board members for their selfless commitment to our students, our faculty and staff, and to the entire Middle Country School District community.”

Students from schools throughout the Middle Country School District attended the board meeting with their peers to present various interactive performances to highlight some of the amazing educational initiatives that Middle Country students have due to the Board’s leadership and support.  For example, one group of students performed bucket drumming which is part of the STEM Celebration. The performance was coordinated by Scott Kubik, Stagecoach Elementary School music teacher. The Centereach Robotics Team, advised by Technology teacher Nick Parrinello, coordinated a robotics student demonstration, where the Board Members had the opportunity to drive the robot.  

One of the more entertaining presentations was made by the College Computer Graphics Class, taught by Jeannette Kiesling Centereach High School Computer Graphics teacher. The class designed wooden superhero emblems of Middle Country’s District Logo on the Glowforge,  a 3D laser printer with a wooden copy printed for each Board member. Members of the Centereach High School Drama Club, advised by Patty Duryea, Theatre Director, presented a short performance from their latest show, Pinocchio.

Amy Pacifico, Coordinator of World Studies K-12, and Dr. Kyrie Siegal, ELA Coordinator brought in four third-grade students from Jericho Elementary School to read their essays about the importance of Super Citizens and who they are, while dressed in their outfits.  These community Super Citizens include Police Officers, Firefighters, Doctors, and School Board Members.  The students learned about what Board Members do and how they are Super Citizens in education. The second-grade students drew pictures and wrote letters, thanking the members for their hard work and dedication. Lynn McMillin, PTA Council President, and the PTA Council gifted the Board Members with Super Citizen-designed cookies.

“It takes strong schools to build a strong community and our Board members spend countless hours studying education issues, reviewing regulations, speaking with the educators in this district as well as Board members in other districts, to ensure the decisions they make are the best decisions for the children of the Middle Country School District community,” said Dr. Diana Cook, Director of Music, Fine Arts, and Community Media Relations. “Even though we make a formal effort to show our appreciation during School Board Recognition Week, their contributions and dedication are appreciated every day of the year by all of us.”

Board Members:
Dawn Sharrock, President
Robert Feeney, Vice President
Arlene Barresi, Trustee
John DeBenedetto, Trustee
Doreen Feldmann, Trustee
Denise Haggerty, Trustee
Robert Hallock, Trustee
Deborah Mann-Rodriguez, Trustee
Kathleen Walsh, Trustee

North Coleman Road Elementary School Donates Toys to the Vincent Gentile Memorial Foundation Annual Holiday Toy D

North Coleman Road Elementary School Junior Leaders club advised by Mrs. Alicia Ferrer sponsored a week-long toy drive in honor of a former North Coleman Road Elementary School student, Vincent Gentile.

Vincent Gentile attended North Coleman Road from first grade through fifth grade and throughout the five years, he served as a strong example of citizenship and consistently showed kindness and compassion to everyone. These traits followed him through his educational journey in middle school and high school. Despite his courage and his unwavering optimism, Vincent succumbed to his battle with osteosarcoma at the beginning of his junior year while attending Newfield High School. His family was motivated by his infectious smile and enthusiasm to bring smiles to the faces of countless children to honor him.

“It’s truly heartwarming to see our North Coleman Road families come together to donate toys to honor the memory of Vincent Gentile,” said Dr. Gretchen Rodney, Principal of North Coleman Road Elementary School. “We are incredibly grateful and honored to be able to continue Vincent’s legacy and put on smiles on many children this holiday season. Thank you to Mrs. Alicia Ferrer, Mr. Matthew Giordano, and our Junior Leaders for making this possible!”

Every day, during morning announcements, North Coleman Road Junior Leaders spoke to the students to encourage their families to donate a gift to the Vincent Gentile Memorial Foundation Annual Holiday Toy Drive to be sent out to the Cohens Children’s Hospital. North Coleman Road collected more than 8 big bags of toys.