Centereach High School and Newfield High School Artists Honored With SCALA Scholarships

Centereach High School Artist Alexandra Cesa and Newfield High School Artist Catarina Pacheco have been awarded $100 scholarships from the Suffolk County Art Alliance Association (SCALA). This prestigious honor recognizes the outstanding artistic talents of these students.

“Alexandra and Catarina have demonstrated remarkable growth and vision in their artistic journeys,” said Centereach High School art teacher Ms. LaLima. “Their work is a testament to their passion and perseverance.”

The recognition of Alexandra and Catarina’s artistic achievements is a testament to their hard work, creativity, and dedication to the arts In addition to the scholarship, both artists had the opportunity to have prints of their artwork displayed in the lobby of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. This exhibition coincided with the recent Atlantic Wind Symphony Concert, an event dedicated to celebrating Senior Art & Music students.

“We are incredibly proud of Alexandra and Catarina for their exceptional talent and dedication to their art,” said Newfield High School art teacher Mr. Berretta. “Their artwork reflects not only their creativity but also their commitment to honing their craft. Seeing their pieces displayed at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts is a proud moment for all of us.”

This event not only highlights the artistic skills of these young artists but also emphasizes the importance of supporting the arts within the educational system. SCALA continues to play a vital role in promoting and encouraging the arts in Suffolk County.

Centereach and Newfield High Schools Take Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane at Local Elementary Schools

Seniors from Centereach High School and Newfield High School took a heartwarming trip down memory lane and visited their former elementary schools for a special senior walk event. This sentimental journey allowed graduating seniors to reconnect with their roots, reminisce about their early school years, and reunite with former teachers and staff members.

Participating seniors donned their graduation caps and gowns to embark on a meaningful visit to Bicycle Path, Eugene Auer, Hawkins Path, Holbrook Road, Jericho, Oxhead Road, New Lane, Stagecoach, North Coleman Road elementary schools, as well as Unity Drive Prekindergarten/Kindergarten Center. As the seniors strolled through the halls that once echoed with their laughter and learning, they were met with enthusiastic cheers and applause from current elementary students, teachers, and staff.

The event was a poignant reminder of the journey these seniors have undertaken since their first days of formal education. For many, it was a chance to express gratitude to the teachers and mentors who laid the foundation for their academic and personal growth. Smiles, hugs, and even a few tears of joy marked the occasion as seniors shared stories of their favorite elementary school memories and exchanged words of wisdom with the younger students who eagerly listened.

“The Senior Walk is always a highlight of the year for our graduating class,” said Centereach High School Principal Thomas Bell. “It’s a beautiful tradition that bridges the past and the future, reminding our seniors of how far they’ve come and inspiring our younger students to dream big.”

“Seeing our seniors interact with their former teachers and seeing the excitement on the faces of the elementary school students was truly heartwarming,” added Newfield High School Principal Scott Graviano. “It’s moments like these that showcase the strong sense of community and pride that defines our district.”

For the seniors, the Senior Walk served as a poignant reminder of their growth and achievements over the years. Many expressed gratitude for the support they received from their elementary school teachers and excitement for the future as they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Bicycle Path Elementary School
Eugene Auer Elementary School
Hawkins Path Elementary School
Holbrook Road Elementary School
Jericho Elementary School
New Lane Elementary School
Oxhead Road Elementary School
Unity Drive Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten

Graduates from Centereach and Newfield High School Turn Their Tassels in Celebration

The Middle Country Central School District’s high schools recently hosted commencement ceremonies for the 2024 graduating classes of Newfield High School and Centereach High Schools. The memorable ceremony highlighted the achievements and bright futures of their graduating seniors. The event was attended by students, families, faculty, and distinguished guests.

“Congratulations to the exceptional class of 2024. These remarkable young individuals have positively influenced the Middle Country community through their academic and personal accomplishments, excelling in academics, creativity, and athletics,” said Scott Graviano, Newfield High School Principal.

During the graduation ceremonies, the class of 2024’s valedictorian and salutatorian took the podium to reflect on the last four years of their high school journeys and expressed their gratitude to their teachers, parents, and peers for their support. The event included the presentation of diplomas and the turning of the tassels.

“I am immensely proud of the class of 2024 and all they have accomplished. I’d like to thank our teachers, staff, and families for their relentless support and dedication to our students’ success. We look forward to seeing the amazing futures this class will create,” said Centereach High School Principal, Thomas Bell. 

Newfield High School Hosts BBQ Celebration for Seniors

Newfield High School recently held a festive barbecue to honor its graduating seniors run by the senior class advisors, Sal Berretta and Laurie Montalto. The event was a joyous occasion attended by students, faculty, and staff.

Amidst a backdrop of laughter and memories, seniors enjoyed food from Cafe Amici, Mangiamo’s Italian Market, and Holy Cow, a halal restaurant owned by the parents of a Newfield graduate. For dessert. everyone was able to enjoy Mr. Softee. The atmosphere was filled with camaraderie and awesome tunes by Legendary Entertainment, as students gathered one last time before embarking on their respective journeys beyond high school.

“This BBQ was a wonderful way to celebrate the achievements of our seniors and to bid them farewell as they move forward,” said Scott Graviano, Principal of Newfield High School. “It’s a moment of pride for all of us to see them ready to take on new challenges.”

As the school year comes to a close, the barbecue served as a memorable finale for the graduating class of 2024. The school wishes all seniors success and happiness in their future endeavors.

Dawnwood Middle School Presents Spectacular Production of The Little Mermaid Jr.

Dawnwood Middle School recently presented its captivating musical adventure that transported its audiences under the sea. This exciting production was held at Dawnwood Middle School Auditorium, which offered a magical experience for audiences of all ages.

Directed by Shawn Keane, Dawwood Middle School’s rendition of The Little Mermaid Jr. promised a spellbinding spectacle, featuring a talented cast of young performers who have dedicated countless hours to perfecting their roles. From enchanting musical numbers to dazzling choreography, the production showcased the incredible creativity and passion of Dawnwood’s students.

Based on the beloved Disney film and the Broadway production, The Little Mermaid Jr. follows the journey of Ariel, a spirited young mermaid who dreams of exploring the world above the sea. With unforgettable characters, breathtaking sets, and unforgettable musical numbers such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World,” this timeless tale of love, adventure, and self-discovery will captivate audiences from start to finish.

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,