Centereach High School E-STEM Club Cleans the Beach

Centereach High School’s E-STEM Club recently participated in its annual beach clean-up initiative, demonstrating its commitment to environmental conversation and community service.

The students visited West Meadow Beach for their first clean-up of the year, where they collected approximately 12 bags of trash. This initiative is part of the club’s ongoing efforts to promote environmental awareness and responsibility among students and the broader community.

“We are incredibly proud of our E-STEM Club students for their dedication to preserving our local environment, said Ms. Agnieszka Taciak, E-STEM Club advisor. “Their hard work not only helps keep our beaches clean but also serves as a powerful example of the positive impact young people can have in their communities.”

The E-Stem Club is an environmental-based STEM club with members who work together to raise awareness of environmental conservation and respect for local wildlife, vegetables, beaches, and soils. The beach clean-up is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in environmental conversation, while also contributing to the cleanliness and preservation of local natural resources. 

Middle Country Central School District Outstanding October Students of the Month

The Middle Country Central School District has a community of dedicated and exceptional students whose character and achievements continuously deserve to be recognized. Congratulations to Erin Ersoy, Angelie Falcones, and Kara Nunez.

Centereach High School’s senior student Erin Ersoy amazes the staff and her peers with her positive attitude and her approach to school, life, and the challenges ahead.  People feel inspired when around Erin. They are left in awe of her drive, dedication, and compassion for others. Many of her teachers agree that she is wise beyond her years and has used her own experiences to foster a unique sense of kindness and generosity.

Erin took some of the darkest days of her life and turned it into something positive. She is now giving back by helping raise awareness about childhood cancer and trying to help others who are faced with the same diagnosis she had. Erin, with the help of Mr. Joseph Mercado, the District’s Director of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics, spearheaded a school initiative that grew into a county-wide program. She spoke to all the athletic directors in Suffolk County, convincing them to buy into having all their athletes wear gold shoelaces in September to help raise awareness of childhood cancer. She raised thousands of dollars for the Daniela Conte Foundation.

Selden Middle School’s student Kara Nunez was a popular choice amongst the staff for nominations. Many of her teachers were quick to describe Kara as a wonderful and outstanding student.  She is self-motivated and takes pride in her work. Since her first quarter in sixth grade, Kara has maintained a quarterly average of 95 or better. She has improved her yearly GPA each year.

Kara’s favorite subject is Art because she likes to tap into her creativity. She also enjoys ELA and Social Studies. Kara is a member of the Drama Club and Art Club and she is currently the President of the Best Buddies Club. Outside of school, she is taking karate lessons.

Eighth-grade Dawnwood Middle School student Angelie Falcone is a wonderful and fantastic bass player.  She has been the bass section leader every year since sixth grade. Angelie’s overall average for her sixth and seventh grade school years is 96.6 and her average for the first quarter of this school year is also 96.

Angelie is involved in many activities outside of the classroom. She served as the President of the National Junior Honor Society and is currently the President of the Advisory Club. Angelie is also a member of the Yearbook Club, member of the Dawnwood Field Hockey Team, the Dawnwood Lacrosse Team, and the Dawnwood Basketball Team. Angelie participates in many hours of community service. This includes assisting children at the Middle Country Library with reading, arts and crafts, science projects, and crocheting. Angelie can also be found volunteering at the Old Towne Gardens scaring visitors in their haunted house.

Newfield High School Welcomes Alumni for Special Event and Receives Generous Donation

 Newfield High School recently hosted a special event, welcoming back alumni from the classes of 1960-1969 to tour their Alma mater and witness its evolution over the years. The event was a testament to the school’s commitment to fostering talent and promoting academic excellence.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our alumni,” said Dr. Diana Cook, Director of  Music, Fine Arts, and Community Media Relations. “Their donation will go a long way in supporting our music program.”

The tour was led by members of the Newfield Tri-M Music Honor Society, a group dedicated to musical talent, academic excellence, school involvement, and community service. The Tri-M members showcased the school’s advancements and achievements, highlighting the school’s dedication to nurturing talent.

The alumni group, moved by the school’s progress and the students’ commitment to excellence, made a generous donation of $2,200 to the Tri-M chapter. This donation will be used to further support the music program and its students. The event was marked by the melodious tunes of a string ensemble, adding a touch of elegance and nostalgia to the occasion. Guests were treated to light refreshments, allowing them to reminisce about the high school days after the tour.

Centereach High School Celebrates Homecoming Weekend with Pep Rally, Skits, and Cougar Carnival

Centereach High School recently kicked off its Homecoming weekend with a spirited pep rally and class competition skits, setting the tone for a weekend full of school spirit, community involvement, and fun. 

“On behalf of Centereach High School, I would like to thank all the students, faculty, families, and community members who participated in the Homecoming weekend events,” said Thomas Bell, Principal of Centereach High School. “Their enthusiasm and support made the weekend a resounding success.”

The pep rally, a hallowed tradition at Centereach High School, was a vibrant display of school spirit and camaraderie. Students cheered on their classmates and showed their school pride, creating an atmosphere of unity and excitement. Following the pep rally, students participated in class competition skits. Each class was tasked with creating a skit resulting in various creative and entertaining performances. 

The Homecoming weekend festivities continued with the Cougar Carnival which featured various activities organized by school clubs such as indoor giant obstacles as well as bubble soccer. Students were able to showcase their interests and talents while engaging with the community.  The Cougar Carnival also encouraged community involvement, with local businesses and organizations contributing to the event.