October Students of the Month Honored at Middle Country

Four Students are Recognized For Their Academic and Extra-Curricular Achievements

Centereach, NY (November 2, 2015) — Four students from the Middle Country Central School District were recently named October Students of the Month for achieving excellence as leaders in the areas of academics, athletics, music and extracurricular activities. Centereach High School senior Isaiah Washington, Newfield High School senior Brianna Reyes, Dawnwood Middle School eighth grader Joshua Ackerler and Selden Middle School eighth grader Tyler Alestra are this month’s honorees.

“These students not only impress us academically, but through their positivity, values and character,” said Middle Country Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “We are extremely proud of the people they are becoming in the classroom and beyond.”

Centereach High School senior Isaiah Washington will graduate in June 2016 having completed four Advanced Placement (AP) courses and seven college-level courses. Outside the classroom, Isaiah is heavily involved in the musical department. He has been in musical productions since his time at Dawnwood Middle School. In his NYSSMA competitions, he has earned perfect scores for his vocal and piano solos for six years and was recently selected to participate in the NYSSMA All-State festival in Rochester, NY. He was also recognized to perform this year at the NAFME All-National Festival in Nashville, TN. Isaiah is also involved in a lot of charity work through his church where he worked with disabled, orphaned children in Ecuador and sang for patients at St. Charles Hospital. After college, Isaiah hopes to pursue a doctorate in Music Education and teach music at the high school or college level.

Newfield High School senior Brianna Reyes is currently enrolled in four college level courses and one advanced placement course. Brianna is the G.O. President, playing an active role in the planning, execution and participation in events such as Homecoming, Trick or Treat Street, Holiday Lane, blood drives and many other day-to-day tasks. She is also a member of National Honor Society, the varsity field hockey team and varsity lacrosse team. Brianna plans to attend William Paterson University where she was scouted to play field hockey and will major in elementary education.

Joshua Ackerler has maintained High Honor Roll status since entering Dawnwood Middle School in sixth grade. He is now an eighth grader and is praised by teachers for the pride he takes in his work. Josh’s strong character was commended by his teacher who added that it is a rare find for someone at Joshua’s young age.

Tyler Alestra has shown dedication and diligence toward his school work. Tyler was a member of the Selden Fire Department Juniors and a competitor on a community soccer league, which he has temporarily put on hold to focus on his studies. He is admired by Selden Middle School staff for his positive attitude and character, having helped a student when visibly upset about an interpersonal conflict. Tyler aspires to become a psychologist to help those around him.

For more information regarding Middle Country Schools and district happenings please visit the district’s website: middlecountry.k12.ny.us.

CHS PHOTO 1Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School October Student of the Month Isaiah Washington will graduate in June 2016 having completed four Advanced Placement (AP) courses and seven college-level courses. Outside the classroom, Isaiah is heavily involved in the musical department. After college, Isaiah hopes to pursue a doctorate in Music Education and teach music at the high school or college level.

NHS PHOTO 2Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School Student of the Month Brianna Reyes is currently enrolled in four college level courses and one advanced placement course. Brianna is the G.O. President, playing an active role in the planning, execution and participation in events such as Homecoming, Trick or Treat Street, Holiday Lane, blood drives and many other day-to-day tasks. Brianna plans to attend William Paterson University where she was scouted to play field hockey and will major in elementary education.

SMS PHOTO 3Middle Country Central School District’s Dawnwood Middle School October Student of the Month Joshua Ackerler has maintained High Honor Roll status since entering Dawnwood Middle School in sixth grade. He is now an eighth grader and is praised by teachers for the pride he takes in his work. Josh’s strong character was commended by his teacher who added that it is a rare find for someone at Joshua’s young age.

DMS PHOTO 4Middle Country Central School District’s Selden Middle School October Student of the Month Tyler Alestra has shown dedication and diligence toward his school work though he sometimes struggles. He is admired by Selden Middle School staff for his positive attitude and character, having helped a student when visibly upset about an interpersonal conflict. Tyler aspires to become a psychologist to help those around him.

Newfield High School Student Dominates the Court for the 1,000th Time

Senior Varsity Volleyball Player Scored Over 1,000 “Kills” Throughout Career

Middle Country Central School District’s Newfield High School Senior Gabrielle Darnaby will be honored before the “Senior Volleyball Game” for scoring over 1,000 kills throughout her varsity volleyball career. Gabrielle will receive an award and be presented with a volleyball that will remain in the school’s trophy case. Each senior student athlete will also be introduced and their accomplishments shared with approximately 100 spectators including sports fans, friends, family and school administrators.

A “kill” refers to an attack that leads directly to a point. Not many athletes ever reach this mark, as in comparison to sports such as basketball where each basket equates to two or three points each, volleyball points are gained one point at a time. Gabrielle is the first student throughout coach Christy Innes’s 16 years of coaching to receive this honor.

Gabrielle has been a member of the Varsity Volleyball team for five years. In ninth grade Gabrielle was recognized as “All League,” in tenth grade “All Conference” and in eleventh grade “All County.” Gabrielle was also named Athlete of the Month in September 2014 and Female Athlete of the Month in September 2015. During her junior and senior years, Gabrielle was named the Max Preps/AVCA Player of the Week. She was also named Newsday’s Top 25 Players to Watch on Long Island this year.

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Gabrielle Darnaby receiving an award for scoring over 1,000 “kills” throughout her volleyball career.

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 Gabrielle Darnaby receiving a game ball for scoring over 1,000 “kills” throughout her volleyball career.

 

Centereach High School Takes on an Adventure

Students Overcome Physical and Mental Challenges During Physical Education Field Trip

Approximately 40 Centereach High School (CHS) students went on an adventure as they visited Long Island Adventure Park for a physical education field trip. At the park, students overcame physical and mental challenges as they worked together to climb and traverse wires and wooden obstacles 30 feet in the air. After conquering each course, the students were rewarded with a zip-line glide down to the ground. The field trip is part of the District’s dynamic physical education program which aims to promote teamwork in conjunction with healthy living practices.

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Centereach High School Announces Two Students Named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Centereach High School recently announced two scholastically talented students have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students, Kyle R. Grolz and Peter M. Van Nostrand have scored among the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and are among 34,000 Commended Students throughout the country recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Photo 1Kyle R. Grolz was announced as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program for scoring among the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT.

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 Peter M. Van Nostrand was announced as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is among 34,000 Commended Students throughout the country recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Building Halloween Excitement

Universal Pre-K Students Put the STEM in the ‘Five Pumpkins’

Middle Country Central School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program is trading tricks and treats for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Mrs. Hanson’s full-day pre-kindergarten class recently took a scientific approach on the children’s nursery rhyme entitled, “Five Little Pumpkins.” Students worked together to use building blocks to engineer an effective “gate” for the “five little pumpkins” to sit-upon, in accordance with the rhyme.

Photo 1 Middle Country Central School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten students work together to engineer an effective “gate” for the “five little pumpkins” to sit-upon, in accordance with the popular Halloween nursery rhyme.

 Photo 2Middle Country Central School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten students took a scientific approach on the children’s nursery rhyme entitled, “Five Little Pumpkins.” Students worked in groups to build gates for pumpkins to sit upon in accordance with the rhyme.

It’s That Time of the ‘Season’

More than 150 Students Competed in Season-Themed Skits at Homecoming Game

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More than 150 Middle Country Central School District Centereach High School (CHS) students gathered on the football field to compete in the first Battle of the Classes event of the school year. Students dressed up in their best fall, winter, spring and summer attire to perform skits inspired by the four seasons in celebration of Homecoming 2015. Freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes went head to head with choreographed skits featuring themed music and dance routines to gain points toward a yearlong battle to be named the winning class.

Before the skits, the homecoming court led by this year’s king and queen were announced. During halftime of the football game, the cheerleaders, the kickline and the high school band performed an exciting halftime show.