Newfield High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Newfield High School held an induction ceremony for 30 new Tri-M Music Honor Society members. This is a prestigious recognition for young musicians who have demonstrated exceptional musical achievements and academic excellence. The Tri-M Music Honor Society looks to promote the love of music in the greater Newfield High School student body.

“Our new Tri-M members have showcased their musical talents and exemplified leadership, scholarship, and service,” said Scott Graviano, Principal of Newfield High School. “Their induction into this society is a testament to their commitment to excellence in music and academics.” 

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education, designed to recognize students for their musical ability, academic excellence, school involvement, and community service. Membership in Tri-M provides students with opportunities for leadership and service within their school and community. 

New Inductees:
Sophie Alarcon Roa
Aiden Alexendre
Alyssa Austin
Sophie Chen
Jalae Ciganek Watson
Justin DeRosalia
Lourdes Dom
Julio Euceda
Jasmine Farrugia
Athan Forster
Eddie Giordan
Toni Guarisco
Isabella Heaton
Lilyana Jenes
Emily Leo
Ava Lopez
Kathryn Mascellaro
Grace Palladino
Julia Parisi
Angela Patalano
Rebekkah Peltz
Alyssa Rodriguez
Ava Lopez
Evan Sasso
Jeanette Trinidad
Laci Turner
Katelynn Valdez
Alex Wagner
Kayla Walker
Alexandra-Kathleen Zographos

Hawkins Path Elementary School Hosts Field Day

Hawkins Path Elementary School was a hub of excitement and activity as students participated in the annual field day, a highly anticipated, physical education event that’s run with assistance from the dedicated members of Newfield High School’s Varsity Leaders Club. 

The field day provided the students with a fun-filled day of outdoor games, friendly competitions, and team-building activities. Under the bright sunshine and amidst cheers and laughter, Hawkins Path Elementary students showcased their athleticism, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Hawkins Path PTA volunteers treated all the students and staff to a BBQ to add to the excitement of the day.

Adding to the vibrancy of the event were the enthusiastic volunteers from Newfield High School’s Varsity Leaders Club. These high school students generously devoted their time and energy to ensure the smooth execution of the field day activities. Whether they were supervising games, cheering on participants, or offering words of encouragement, the Varsity Leaders Club members played an instrumental role in creating an unforgettable experience for elementary school students.

The collaboration between Hawkins Path Elementary School and Newfield High School’s Varsity Leaders Club exemplifies the spirit of community and camaraderie within the school district. By fostering meaningful connections between students of different age groups, the event not only promotes teamwork and leadership but also strengthens the bonds within the school community.

Centereach High School Choirs Strike Gold at Music in the Parks Competition

Centereach High School’s musical talents shone brightly as the Select Vocal Ensemble, Men’s Choir, and Women’s Choir claimed top honors at the recent Music in the Park competition held at Busch Gardens.

In an impressive display of vocal prowess and dedication, Centereach High School’s Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir shined bright, each earning a score of Excellent and securing first place in their respective divisions. The Select Vocal Ensemble, a beacon of musical excellence, received a score of Superior and clinched first place in the Mixed Chorus Division, earning the prestigious title of Best Overall Choir.

The accolades did not stop there. Centereach High School’s music program celebrated individual achievements as well. Adam Piotrowski was recognized as the Best Student Accompanist, showcasing his exceptional musical talent and dedication to his craft. Tatiana Arezzo, with her outstanding vocal performance, was awarded the title of Outstanding Vocalist, further highlighting the depth of talent within the school’s choir program.

The success at the Music in the Parks competition is a testament to the exceptional talent and commitment of Centereach High School’s choir program. Under the guidance of dedicated instructors and with unwavering support from the school community, Centereach High School continues to nurture and showcase the musical talents of its students.

Newfield High School and Centereach High School Host Exclusive Breakfast Honoring Top 25 Students

Newfield and Centereach high schools hosted a distinguished breakfast event to celebrate the academic achievements of their brightest scholars. The gathering brought together the top 25 students from each high school and showcased their dedication to excellence in education.

An opportunity to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of those who have consistently demonstrated outstanding academic performance, the breakfast placed a spotlight on the top 25 students, each of whom consistently exhibited strong leadership qualities and a commitment to the school communities.

“We are so proud to honor our top 25 students,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Schools. “These students have shown extraordinary dedication to their studies, and their achievements serve as an inspiration to their peers and the entire school community.”

The breakfast event provided a platform for students to reflect on their academic journeys, share insights, and celebrate their successes with classmates, teachers, and administrators. Attendees engaged in meaningful conversations, fostering a sense of camaraderie and pride among the top scholars.

The occasion underscored the importance of recognizing and celebrating academic excellence, motivating students to continue striving for greatness in their academic pursuits and beyond. As the academic year draws to a close, events like these serve as a reminder of the incredible talent and potential within the student body of Newfield High School and Centereach High School. The dedication and accomplishments of these top students exemplify the schools’ commitment to fostering a culture of excellence and achievement.

Selden Middle School 8th Grade Chorus Embarks on Broadway Adventure to Wicked

The vibrant voices of Selden Middle School’s eighth-grade chorus resonated through the streets of Manhattan as they embarked on a thrilling field trip to experience the magic of Broadway with a viewing of the renowned musical, Wicked.

Under the guidance of their dedicated music teacher, Joan Meichner, the students of Selden Middle School had the opportunity to witness the captivating tale of friendship and resilience in the Land of Oz. From the moment the curtains rose to the final bow, the chorus members were enraptured by the spellbinding performances and the mesmerizing musical numbers that unfolded on the stage.

Before the show, the students savored the sights and sounds of New York City, indulging in a delicious lunch and exploring the bustling streets of Manhattan. For many young performers, this was their first visit to the iconic theatre district as well as their first train ride, making the experience all the more memorable.

The field trip to Broadway not only provided the students with a unique cultural experience but also served as a source of inspiration for their musical pursuits. As they return to Selden Middle School, the eighth-grade students are sure to carry the magic of Wicked with them, infusing their rehearsals and performances with newfound passion and creativity,

North Coleman Road Elementary School Celebrates Military Appreciation Month With Veteran’s Parade

North Coleman Road Elementary School celebrated Military Appreciation Month, held every May, with monthlong lessons and a special Veteran’s Parade. Students were immersed in learning about service and the ways—big and small—that everyone can contribute to their community. 

“We are thrilled to honor our military heroes during Military Appreciation Month,” said Dr. Gretchen Rodney, Principal of North Coleman Road Elementary School. “This parade is a testament to the values of service and sacrifice that we aim to instill in our students, and it provides an important opportunity for our young learners to connect with real-life heroes.”

The highlight of the month-long celebration was the veteran’s parade held at the school. Students and staff will welcome 19 active and former service members from various branches of the military. Each veteran participating in the parade was personally connected to at least one student, fostering a meaningful and impactful experience for the young people of North Coleman Road Elementary.

The celebration exemplified the school’s commitment to educating students not only academically but also about important values such as service, empathy, and citizenship.

Middle Country Central School District’s High School Marching Bands Perform at the Centereach Fire Department’s Memorial Day Parade

Marching bands from Centereach and Newfield high schools joined forces to honor and commemorate the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes at the Centereach Fire Department’s Memorial Day Parade.

The parade, a cherished tradition in the community, commenced at the intersection of Middle Country Road and Horseblock Road, weaving through the heart of Centereach before culminating at the Centereach Fire Department Headquarters. Spectators lined the streets, waving flags and applauding as the marching bands filled the air with melodies, patriotism, and remembrance.

Under the skilled direction of their band teachers, Dr. Harold Goldstein, Tom Austin, and Allison Bush, the Centereach and Newfield marching bands showcased their musical prowess and unity, marching as they paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the county. Their stirring performances resonated with spectators, evoking a profound sense of pride and gratitude with the nation’s heroes.

Following the parade, attendees had the opportunity to gather at the Centereach Fire Department Headquarters, where they enjoyed refreshments and shared camaraderie in remembrance of fallen heroes. The sense of community spirit and reverence for the occasion was palpable as friends, families, and neighbors came together to honor the legacy of those who gave their lives in defense of freedom.

Selden Middle School Hosts ALS Ride For Life Organization on Annual Journey

Selden Middle School opened its doors to welcome the ALS Ride For Life Organization recently as they embarked on their annual two-week ride. ALS Ride For Life, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by ALS patient Christopher Pendergast, aims to raise research funds, support patients and their families, and raise awareness about this terminal motor neuron disease.

Selden Middle School students gathered to greet the riders, carrying banners and posters adorned with messages of hope and support. Even the school mascot made a special appearance to welcome the riders. The highlight of the event was an inspiring address by Christine Pendergast, wife of Christopher Pendergast, who rode for 25 years before passing away at the age of 71. Mrs. Pendergast expressed gratitude to the students for their unwavering support and shared the mantras that Chris instilled through the organization to never give up, never lose hope, and be ready to defy the odds.

Melissa Weaver—a dedicated teacher at Selden Middle School who played a pivotal role in bringing the ALS Ride for Life to the school—and Principal Andrew Bennett were honored with a plaque of appreciation from Christine and the ALS Ride for Life Organization. Their commitment to raising awareness and supporting ALS research was recognized as a crucial contribution to the cause. Throughout May, ALS Awareness Month, Selden Middle School sold bracelets to raise funds for the organization, further demonstrating their solidarity with the ALS community. As the riders departed, the students expressed their anticipation for welcoming them back next year.

Dawnwood Middle School and Selden Middle School Announce May’s Students of the Month

The Middle Country School District is proud to announce that Aidan Soviero is Dawnwood Middle School’s Student of the Month for May, while Fauzan Bhutta represents Selden Middle School as the top student in May. Aidan and Fauzan have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to their communities. 

Aidan Soviero, a student at Dawnwood Middle School, embodies the essence of dedication and positivity in all his endeavors. With an overall GPA of 99.13 in his 6th and 7th-grade years—and an impressive 99.58 average for the first three quarters of this school year—Aidan consistently exceeds expectations with a can-do attitude. Beyond academics, Aidan actively participates in various extracurricular activities, including Board Game Club, Science Club, Lego Club, National Junior Honor Society, stage crew for drama productions, and as a clarinetist in the Dawnwood Band. Additionally, Aidan’s commitment to community service shines through his involvement as a Boys Scouts member, where he has earned the rank of Second Class, and as a STEM Buddy volunteer at the Middle Country Public Library, mentoring younger students in STEM-related topics. Aidan aspires to become a teacher or lawyer, driven by his passion for helping others and his love for argumentation.

Fauzan Bhutta, representing Selden Middle School, exemplifies self-motivation, personal responsibility, and academic excellence. With an unparalleled work ethic and remarkable grades throughout his middle school years, Fauzen consistently sets a high standard for his peers. Despite Urdu being his first language, Fauzan’s linguistic prowess extends to proficiency in five languages, with his current endeavor being the memorization of the Quaran in Arabic. He is an active member of the Foreign Language Club, and his interests span mathematics, reading, and community involvement. In his leisure time, Fauzan enjoys socializing with friends, bike riding, and volunteering at his mosque. With aspirations of attending NYU or Yale to pursue engineering, Fauzan’s determination and passion for learning are truly commendable.

Both Aidan and Fauzen serve as inspirations to their peers and embody the values of academic excellence, leadership, and service. Dawnwood Middle School and Selden Middle School congratulate Aidan Soviero and Fauzan Bhutta on their well-deserved recognition as May’s Students of the Month.

Newfield High School Students Showcase Innovative Research at Long Island Science Congress Competition

Newfield High School recently announced that several science students participated Long Island Science Congress research competition held at the iconic Cradle of Aviation Museum.

“We are incredibly proud of our students for their outstanding performance at the Long Island Science Congress competition,” said Scott Graviano, Principal of Newfield High School. “Their commitment to scientific inquiry and pursuit of knowledge is truly commendable. We congratulate them on their achievements and look forward to witnessing their continued success in the world of science.”

The event brought together budding young scientists from across Long Island to present their innovative research projects across various scientific disciplines. Newfield High School students demonstrated their passion for scientific inquiry and commitment to academic excellence as they showcased their projects alongside their peers. Two of the competing teams won awards. Their projects explored research questions, demonstrating creativity, and critical thinking.

The Long Island Science Congress competition provided an invaluable opportunity for students to engage with the scientific community, receive feedback, and gain recognition for their hard work and dedication. Participating in such events not only fosters a passion for science but also prepares students for future academics and professional endeavors.