District Announces February Students of the Month

The Middle Country Central School District announced its February students of the month at its recent Board of Education meeting. Centereach High School senior Alexa Oviedo, Newfield High School senior Ryan Grijalva, Danwood Middle School eighth grade student Lucciano Kemeny, and Selden Middle School seventh grade student Ieva Tarasevicius were all honored for their incredible academic achievements, passion and engagement with a wide range of extracurricular activities, and having a tremendous impact on their peers and individuals throughout the community.


“These four outstanding young adults represent the best in what our District strives to develop in our students every day,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “These individuals have gone above and beyond in every aspect of their academic studies as well as extracurriculars, and they work tirelessly time and time again to be the best they can be. I have no doubts that these students will be successful in all their future endeavors.”


Centereach High School senior Alexa Oviedo was honored for her academic success and substantial impact throughout the music and theater department. Alexa will have completed at least seven Advanced Placement and college level courses by graduation this June. Alexa is also a member of the Thespian Honor Society, Women’s Choir, and the Select Vocal Ensemble—oftentimes receiving lead roles in many of the theater department’s productions.


Alexa is described by her teachers and peers as talented, kind and humble, consistently expressing gratitude for those who support and assist her in her accomplishments. Upon graduating, Alexa intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree and then continue her studies with a doctoral degree in veterinary science. She has been accepted to LIU and SUNY Oneonta for their pre-veterinary and biology programs.


Ryan Grijalva is a senior at Newfield High School who consistently challenges himself inside and outside the classroom. With a cumulative GPA of 96, Ryan has taken a total of 14 Advanced Placement and college level courses. He has a great passion for music and is a member of the Thespian Society, the Wind Ensemble, Select Jazz Band and the Drum Circle. Ryan was selected as the student conductor for the Pep Band that performs at football games, and is currently conducting a 20-piece band to perform at the District’s Broadway Night.


Ryan’s teachers describe him as conscientious, focused and a true leader. After graduation, Ryan is currently looking to enter higher education with a major in computer science and a possible minor in music to continue his passion. Ryan exhibits an interest in working in the cybersecurity field and is interested in technology and how it has evolved in recent years. Ryan was accepted to Penn State and is waiting to hear back from the University of Connecticut, Boston University and SUNY Binghamton.


Dawnwood Middle School eighth grade student Lucciano Kemeny was selected for his academic excellence and his positive influence on students and staff. Lucciano’s average for the second quarter was 98.1, including the 99 average he earned in his algebra and living environment classes. He plays on the school tennis team and says that math is one of his favorite subjects. Lucciano is recognized for his thoughtful and compassionate personality and how he inspires the other students to do their best.


Ieva Tarasevicius is a seventh grade student at Selden Middle School and was chosen for her engagement with her peers, the curriculum, and in various extracurricular activities. Her drive to excel is exhibited in the fact that she has never once received a grade in any of her classes below a 97 while at Selden Middle School. Staff describe Ieva as kind, focused, determined and enthusiastic. Ieva is involved in lacrosse, performs and choreographs for the school’s kick line team, and has plans to apply for the National Junior Honor Society. Ieva has hopes of attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine after high school.


For more information regarding Middle Country Central School District and its students’ many achievements, please visit the District’s website: https://www.mccsd.net/.


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Centereach High School senior Alexa Oviedo.

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Newfield High School senior Ryan Grijalva.

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Dawnwood Middle School eighth grade student Lucciano Kemeny.

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Selden Middle School seventh grade student Ieva Tarasevicius.

Cool Cats Send Valentines to Ronald McDonald House

Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive PreK/Kindergarten Center’s Cool Cats recently created Valentine’s Day cards for the children, families and staff members at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Ms. Christine Carrion’s students, nicknamed the Cool Cats, were thrilled to use their creativity and honor the spirit of this day of love by showing their support for the children and families currently residing in the Ronald McDonald House.


On Valentine’s Day, a friend of the Cool Cats, Douglas Elliman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, helped deliver these special Valentines to Ronald McDonald House, whose mission is to provide assistance and support to sick children and their families , and to keep them together, during their trying time.


The District continues to pursue opportunities that allow students to share messages of love, kindness and respect to those in need of uplifting.


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


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Newfield Goes to Broadway

Members of Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School wind ensemble recently attended the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. The student-musicians went to see the world-renowned show the day after their successful pops concert.


As the school year heads into the spring, the District’s talented musicians from both Newfield and Centereach High Schools will now shift their focus to practicing for their end-of-year concerts and a series of county and state competitions. The District will continue to provide students with opportunities to not only showcase their musical talents but learn from professional Broadway musicians.


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


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Full STEM Ahead at Oxhead Road

Middle Country Central School District’s Oxhead Road Elementary School students are taking part in a year-long collaboration that teams younger students with older students to perform experiments and STEM activities. Each first grader in Ms. Goldberg’s class has been paired with a fourth grade student in Mrs. Kelly’s class to work through a weekly STEM assignment—with the fourth grade student acting as the team leader.


This ongoing initiative serves as an opportunity for the District’s younger students to learn from their older peers while at the same time enhancing their problem solving skills and fostering the development of peer interaction. The District continues to provide students with educational experiences that engage them in STEM outside of regular classroom work and through interactive partnerships.


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


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Robotics Regional Tournament Champions Newfield Roverines’ Prepare for State Competition

Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School “Roverines” continue to add to their winning legacy by earning the Tournament Champions trophy with their most recent performance at the Carle Place VEX Turning Point Robotics Competition.

Qualifying for their fourth year in a row, the Newfield High School Roverines’ will begin preparing for the New York State Championship set to be held on Saturday, March 2nd. As in years past, the District expects that the Roverines’ success will serve to further engage their peers in STEM programs both inside the classroom and through extracurricular activities. The Newfield High School robotics team continues to strive to be one of the premiere competitive robotics teams in New York.


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Middle Country Central School District Announces January Student of Month

The Middle Country Central School District recently announced its January students of the month at its recent Board of Education meeting. Centereach High School student Rebecca Walsh, Newfield High School student Anaya Zanieb, Dawnwood Middle School student LaRawn Robinson and Selden Middle School student Emma Sigault were honored for their outstanding academic achievements, extracurricular participation and providing an overall positive impact on their individual schools and entire Middle Country community.


“Month after month, we have the incredible opportunity to celebrate four students who emulate the positive values and hard work of the entire Middle Country student body,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “We are thrilled to once again honor students who go above and beyond in the classroom, inside their respective school and throughout their surrounding communities— a representation of what all Middle Country educators seek to inspire in our students.”


Centereach High School senior Rebecca Walsh will be graduating in June having completed eight AP classes and another five college-level classes. She constantly challenges herself with a diverse course load and it is reflected in her membership in the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society and the Tri-M Honor Society.


Additionally, Rebecca has volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for five years and recently interned with a congressional campaign. Rebecca plans to study public relations in the fall at either St. John’s University, Fairfield University, Villanova University or Sacred Heart University.


Anaya Zanieb is a senior at Newfield High School and is set to graduate in June having taken a combined 17 college level and AP level classes—potentially graduating with 40 college credits. She is an active member in Newfield as a member of the newspaper club, student government, environmental club, treasurer of the National Technical Honor Society and president of the National Honor Society.


Outside of school Anaya is a homework helper at the Middle Country Public Library and an assistant teacher at the Brentwood Muslim Community Center. Next fall, Anaya plans to begin studying dental medicine at one of the 18 schools she applied to, including New York University, St. John’s University, Cornell University, Boston College and Boston University.


Dawnwood Middle School seventh grade student LaRawn Robinson is a constant presence on the high honor roll and known throughout the school as hardworking, respectful and polite. Aside from his stellar academic record, LaRawn plays saxophone and plays football, basketball and lacrosse. LaRawn has been praised as always eager to help others in the classroom and as an exceptional teammate on sports teams.


Emma Sigault is an eighth grade student at Selden Middle School and has made high honor roll every quarter during her time in middle school. Emma’s teachers universally describe her as a consummate student who has a tremendous work ethic with unwavering integrity. She is an avid soccer player and enjoys basketball and volleyball. Emma hopes to be a pediatric surgeon one day.


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Centereach High School senior Rebecca Walsh.

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Newfield High School senior Anaya Zaineb.

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Dawnwood Middle School seventh grade student LaRawn Robinson.

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Selden Middle School eighth grade student Emma Sigault.

Gift of Writing

Middle Country Central School District’s Jericho Elementary School fourth grade students, in Mrs. Raynoha’s class, recently participated in the annual “Gift of Writing” celebration. Students invited their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to tour the classroom’s personal essay writing museum—a collection of literary works that the students have completed in recent months.


During the event, these young authors taught their families how to compose different types of literary works and the literary devices and elements connected to each style. The showcased work was displayed as wrapped holiday presents for family members to unwrap and discover. The District continues to host engaging after-school educational events, providing a platform for students to share their creative accomplishments.


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Students Give Planet Earth a Gift this Holiday Season

Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center students are spreading holiday cheer this year with gifts to their parents, siblings—and planet earth. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Unity Drive implemented Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s Pilot School Recycling Program. Over the past four months,   1,385 pounds of paper has been recycled by the students, faculty and staff at the school. The school’s new emphasis on reducing, reusing and recycling has resulted in saving more than eleven trees.


The District, in conjunction with this new initiative, is teaching students of all ages the importance of recycling and its impact on the air we breathe, the animals in our ecosystem and for future generations. The efforts being made by the District’s youngest learners will continue to expand as they advance through the school system and become the leaders of tomorrow.


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Middle Country Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Athletics

The Middle Country Central School District recently held a Letter of Intent Signing Day for the 15 Middle Country 12th grade students who have committed to play collegiate-level sports at top-tier universities during the 2019-2020 academic year. The students from Centereach High School and Newfield High School were joined by their families, coaches and school administrators as they formally accepted admission to the college of their choice. The student-athletes, who wore apparel representing the school they will be attending, included:


Centereach High School:

  • Sydney Juvelier – lacrosse at Pace University.
  • Sophie Alois – lacrosse at Cornell University.
  • Jennifer Sommer – lacrosse at Pace University.
  • Emily Timarky – lacrosse at Quinnipiac University.
  • Ryan Mahnke – baseball at Queens College.
  • Jennifer Barry – lacrosse at Boston University.
  • Chris Iguchi – golf at Farmingdale State College.


Newfield High School:

  • Amanda Scarfogliero – bowling at Molloy College.
  • Michael Manzolillo – baseball at St. Joseph’s College.
  • Nina Oddo – lacrosse at Molloy College.
  • Robert Smith – lacrosse at LIU Post.
  • Hailey Grau – lacrosse at St. Bonaventure.
  • Sydney Corley – lacrosse at Mercy College.
  • Erik Worsoe – lacrosse at St. Joseph’s College.
  • Chandler Giovinco – baseball at Hofstra University.


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Middle Country Student Takes Center Stage at Radio City

Middle Country School District’s Centereach High School sophomore Robert Montano has been selected to perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Robert is the first student to ever be asked to perform in the show in back-to-back years and the only student-performer from Long Island in this year’s show.


Robert will be performing in select shows every day of the week in the role of Patrick—excluding Tuesdays—until New Year’s Eve. Acting has been part of Robert’s life since he first performed in musicals at Dawnwood Middle School and then at Centereach High School. He has also been an active member in the District’s band and chorus programs since the fourth grade.


The Middle Country School District is proud to have a member of its student body be recognized as a star performer in one of the most renowned holiday shows in the country. The District is committed to providing all its students opportunities to showcase their talents whether it be through the arts, athletics or academics.


For more information about the full range of academic, music, art, athletic, and extracurricular activities and programs available in the Middle Country School District as well as a calendar of events, please visit www.mccsd.net.