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.

Middle Country Central School District Honors Veterans

Veterans Day is observed annually throughout the country to honor the women and men who have honorably served in defense of the freedoms we all hold dear. In the days leading up to Veteran’s Day, this year celebrated on November 11, students throughout the Middle Country Central School District were busy participating in various activities and lessons in honor of  Veterans Day. 

For example, on behalf of the Selden Middle School, members of the Long Island Harley Owners Group (LI HOGS) delivered 455 beautifully written and hand-crafted cards to the residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.

At Holbrook Road Elementary School, Principal Dr. Craig Ukenholz gave a presentation to students on the significance of Veterans Day. Students then each placed a flag in front of their school building to show respect and honor the Veterans who have served to protect. The Holbrook Road Junior Leaders Club, as part of their Veterans Day projects, decorated bulletin boards throughout the school.

New Lane Elementary School honored Veterans Day with a Veterans Day parade. Students lined up in the hallways as local Veterans made an appearance wearing their uniforms, carrying flags, and holding models of the naval ships many of them served on. Students sang patriotic songs and created a video that was shared with the Stony Brook Veterans Home.

Hawkins Path Elementary School held an assembly in honor of Veterans Day where students shared their researched facts and read their heartfelt messages to the Veterans. Hawkins Path Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, Dana Mullaly who served in the Army, and custodian, Michael Horry who served in the Air Force were honored for their service. They were presented with gifts from the faculty, flowers from the PTA, and cards from the students which were displayed around the building. 

In Eugene Auer Elementary School, students learned all about the origins of Veterans Day and created timelines marking important events in history. At Bicycle Path Elementary School, students learned about famous Veterans in history, created paper Veteran portraits, and wrote letters on why they were thankful.

Bicycle Path Elementary School students in front of their famous Veterans bulletin board
Eugene Auer Elementary School students creating timelines using important dates in history
Holbrook Road Elementary School students holding their flag in front of the Veterans Day bulletin board put together by the Junior Leaders Club
 New Lane Elementary School students cheering on Veterans as they walk through the school hallways 
Veterans at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook reading thank you letters from Selden Middle School and Long Island Harley Owners Group

Veterans at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook reading thank you letters from Selden Middle School and Long Island Harley Owners Group

Veterans at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook reading thank you letters from Selden Middle School and Long Island Harley Owners Group

10 Middle Country Seniors Sign Athletic Letters of Intent

Recently, 10 Middle Country Central School District senior student-athletes signed their letter of intent at the ceremony. The students, in the presence of their families, friends, teachers, and District administration, affixed their signatures to letters of intent from their respective colleges, cementing the bright future ahead for all of them.

“This is a huge stepping stone for our student-athletes who are looking forward to the new chapter of their lives after their high school journey,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “We are incredibly proud of our students who are looking to pursue higher education as well as continue their athletic careers.” 

Centereach High School:
Ashlynne Gangji, Lacrosse, SUNY Cortland
Julia Ivashko, Lacrosse, Stetson University
Mia Juvelier, Lacrosse, Merrimack College
Kate Timarky, Lacrosse, University of Notre Dame
Juliana Speziale, Lacrosse, Long Island University
Joseph Speziale, Lacrosse, Florida Southern College
Charlie Cavaliere, Lacrosse, Stony Brook University
Kaitlyn Ippolito, Lacrosse, University of Scranton

Newfield High School:
Madison Keenan, Soccer, Molloy College
Ella Sharrock, Softball, New Paltz

Papalia Siblings Recognized as Students of the Month

The Middle Country Central School District recently named three Stagecoach Elementary School students as students of the month for October. Ava Papalia, Grace Papalia, and Oliva Papalia were recognized at a recent Board of Education Meeting, acknowledging the siblings’ dedication to academic excellence and community involvement.

“I am incredibly thrilled to announce the three Papalia sisters as Stagecoach Elementary School students of the month. This is the first year we are recognizing students of the month at the elementary level and these students are excellent candidates to start the new tradition,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of  Schools. “I know that these students will make a great impact  wherever they go, and I am eager to see what they will do next to continue their vision to make a difference.”

Ava, Oliva, and Grace are students who take action when they want to see positive change happen. Last year, the three sisters decided to put together an anti-bullying campaign throughout the school. The girls wanted to bring awareness to why it is not okay to bully and address the importance for all students to be kind, helpful, and respectful to each other. Grace hung up anti-bullying posters around the school.  Awa would walk around the cafeteria and give a cookie to any student she felt looked upset as well as sit with them to help cheer them up, and  Oliva took an active role in helping organize school events such as ice-pop day and the book fair.

“These three students are so passionate whenever anyone speaks to them about anti-bullying. They have so many great ideas for this school year,” said Shaun Rothberg, Principal of Stagecoach Elementary School. “Ava, Grace, and Oliva are such kind-hearted students. All their teachers speak highly of them, they receive excellent grades and are role models for their classmates.”

Centereach High School Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Centereach High School recently held its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The event was coordinated by the Spanish Heritage Club members and dancers, advised by Patricia Duryea and Victoria Cuomo.

“It was incredible to see our students and families come together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s important to recognize the history, culture, and contributions made by Hispanic Americans,” said Thomas Bell, Principal of Centereach High School. “Great job to all the students and faculty who made the celebration possible.”

Centereach High School students prepared tri-fold posters about a Hispanic country they researched. The World Languages Club also gave presentations with slideshows they prepared. Students, friends, and families had an immersive and educational experience as they learned more about Hispanic heritage, culture, and contributions. Students also performed various cultural dances and songs while dressed up in their cultural attire.

Centereach High School students with their trifold presentation
Centereach High Schools student with her trifold presentation
Centereach High School’s World Languages Club with their slide show presentation
Centereach High School student singing
 Centereach High School students in their Día de Los Muertos makeup 
Centereach High School students dancing 

Selden Middle School National Junior Honor Society Donates Boxes of Band-Aids to Cohen Children’s Hospital

Selden Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society recently wrapped up its band-aid drive. The National Junior Honor Society members led the school’s fun-friendly competitive effort, which resulted in over 200 boxes of band-aids being donated to Cohen Children’s Hospital. 

“I am incredibly proud of our students. Our National Junior Honor Society members meet on a monthly basis and complete a minimum of 12 hours of community service. Throughout the year, the members participate in various activities such as clothing drives, book drives, fundraisers, and many other school-related activities,” said Andrew Bennett, Principal of Selden Middle School. “Thank you to everyone who donated band-aids and I am looking forward to seeing what else our students will come up with to give back to our wonderful community!”

Currently, there are 43 eighth-grade students at Selden Middle School who are in the National Junior Honor Society. The students wore bright, colorful, or character-related clothing during their school-wide Spirit Day to kick off their fun band-aid drive.

“Our National Junior Honor Society students make a commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. They are not only leaders in the classroom, but they also seek to make our school and world a better place,” said Jacyln Rose, National Junior Honor Society Advisor. “These students continue to blow me away with their drive and sense of community. I am so proud to advise them and provide them with opportunities to demonstrate their outstanding qualities and be recognized  for all that they do!”

Selden Middle School National Junior Honor Society Members who participated in the bandaid drive
Donated bandaids being dropped off at Cohen Children’s Hospital

Middle Country Central School District Celebrates Unity Day

Students across the Middle Country Central School District sported the color orange and held various activities in honor of Unity Day. This day is organized nationwide by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and is celebrated as a signature event for bullying prevention month.

“Unity Day is a day to raise awareness for our students to promote solidary amongst each other and to stand against bullying,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “It was inspiring to see schools in our District celebrate Unity Day in their own special way and students, faculty, and staff sporting  orange attire in a unified message of togetherness.”

Students created unity chains out of orange construction paper to drape across the hallways as a symbol of togetherness and to show that they are linked together. Students talked about what bullying is, how to stand up to bullying and how to get help when needed to fight back against bullying.

Newfield High School students with their unity chain
Newfield High School teachers wearing orange for Unity Day
Oxhead Road Elementary School students with their unity chain
Oxhead Road Elementary School students with their unity chain
Unity Drive Pre-Kindergarten students wearing orange for Unity Day
Unity Drive Pre-Kindergarten students wearing orange for Unity Day

Fantastic Four Students

The Middle Country Central School District is a community of exceptional students whose achievements continuously deserve acknowledgment. Congratulations to Wazdi Khan, Julissa Spooner, Jessica Cohen, and Lilly DiGiamo for being named the District’s students of the month in October.

“Wazdi, Julissa, Jessica, and Lilly are great examples of the smart, talented, and driven students in our District,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “Recognizing and congratulating the work and the accomplishments of our students is one the wonderful highlights I look forward to each month. I am incredibly proud and inspired by  the continuous efforts our students put into their academics and extracurriculars as exemplified by these impressive four students!”

Centereach High School student Wazdi Khan is a well-rounded student who serves as the high school’s  GO President. He was instrumental in the planning and the great success of Centereach High School’s pep rally and Cougar Carnival for Homecoming. Wazdi is involved in numerous clubs,  including the history club, yearbook club, and environmental club. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and Chamber Orchestra. Academically, Wazdi truly excels. His GPA ranks him in the top ten percent of the Class of 2023. His transcript is truly impressive with the diversity of courses he has taken. Wazdi will graduate this year with 12 Advanced Placement courses and three additional college-level courses. These could give Wazdi over  40 college credits before graduating from high school. The Centereach High School senior applied to numerous schools, including Stony Brook, New York University, Cornell, and Columbia University. At college, he plans to study computer science.

Newfield High School student Julissa Spooner is full of positive energy and is always looking to make the world around her a better place. She volunteers at Avalon Nature Preserve in Stony Brook and has worked as a camp counselor at Centereach Pool Camp. She has been named an All-Long Island fencer and plans on continuing at the collegiate level. In addition to fencing, she is a member of DECA, Vice President of the Class of 2023, GO President, and plays bass in the high school’s orchestra.  Julissa has the potential to graduate in June with 30 college credits. She applied to Oneonta, Binghamton, and Suny Albany. Given her love for the planet, she’s looking at majoring in environmental engineering. She is also very interested in environmental policy. 

Dawnwood Middle School eighth-grade student Jessica Cohen is the perfect example of a school leader. She plays soccer and basketball for Dawnwood Middle School and also played junior varsity softball. She will be trying out for volleyball and is also considering trying out to play lacrosse this year. Outside of the classroom, Jessica has been involved in many activities both inside and outside of school. She was a member of the drama club stage crew where she worked in the south booth to control the lights and sound. She was a member of the Lego club, art club, service club, and Vice President of the photography club. During the summer, Jessica sells 17 different flavors of snow cones in her driveway. Jessica’s overall average for her 6th and 7th grade school years is 97.88 and her average for the first quarter of this school year is 99.

Selden Middle School eighth-grade student Lilly DiGiamo is the very personification of service to others. It is her nature to think of those who are less fortunate. Shortly after the war in Ukraine began, Lilly organized a drive at Selden Middle School to gather medical supplies to be sent overseas to the battlefront. She collaborated with a church in New York to get the supplies to where they were needed the most. Lilly is a member of the Selden Middle School tennis team, member of the National Honor Society and plans on joining the Youth for Humanity Club and hopes to make the volleyball team later this year. She maintains a very high average in all her classes;  her quarterly average has always been 96 or better since the beginning of sixth grade. 

Newfield High School Homecoming

Every year, hundreds of students and families look forward to homecoming. This year’s homecoming celebration included our students performing various skits, a car parade, and the halftime show.

“Homecoming is a great opportunity to celebrate the start of a new school year which is full of promise, opportunities, and accomplishments. Every year, our students put on a homecoming event filled with incredible school spirit and pride,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “Thank you to the faculty, staff, and community members who helped make this year’s Newfield High School homecoming weekend such a huge success!”

As part of Newfield High School’s homecoming celebration, each of the graduating classes prepared a skit to be performed prior to the homecoming game. The Class of 2023 performed a beloved American sitcom, Friends. The Class of 2023 performed a popular cartoon, Scooby-Doo! The Class of 2025 reenacted America’s hottest game show, Family Feud, while the Class of 2026 performed a popular Netflix thriller series, The Stranger Things.

The cheerleading squad, kickline, and pep rally band performed during halftime. This year’s Newfield High School’s Senior Class Homecoming Court was Rose Fernandez and Anthony Alberti, Anthony Cresser and Pablo Rubio, and Julissa Spooner and Aamir Sheikh.

Newfield High School homecoming parade
Newfield High School homecoming car parade with Homecoming Court
 Newfield High School Cheerleaders during the homecoming parade
 Newfield High School Band during the homecoming parade
Newfield High School class of 2026 performing The Stranger Things skit
Newfield High School class of 2023 in their Scooby-Doo! costumes.

New Lane Memorial Elementary School Celebrates 100th Year of Fire Prevention Week

New Lane Memorial Elementary School students celebrated Fire Prevention Week from Sunday, October 9 to Saturday, October 15. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week.

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, firefighters from the Selden Fire Department visited the New Lane Memorial Elementary School to speak to students on how to prevent fires and what to do if there is a fire. The elementary school students were also able to ask questions and learn about the fire safety types of equipment the firefighters use in their fire trucks.

“It was wonderful to have the Selden Fire Department visit our students to educate them on fire safety,” said Phyllis Saltz, Principal of New Lane Memorial Elementary School. “Thank you to the Selden Fire Department for taking the time to visit us and teach our students the essentials of fire safety!”

New Lane Memorial Elementary School students learning about fire safety with the Selden Fire Department