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Important: Amityville Union Free School District Reopening Plan

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Click this link to access the Amityville Union Free School District Reopening Plan. 

7/30/2020 Update from Dr. Kelly Regarding the District's Reopening Plan


Violist earns All-National Music Selection

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Alex Diaz, a rising senior at Amityville Memorial High School, has been selected to the National Association for Music Education’s All-National symphonic orchestra. He is the first student ever from Amityville be named to a national music honor ensemble.

The selection process is highly competitive, as thousands of students from across the country vied for limited spots in All-National honor ensembles. A viola player, Alex completed an extensive application along with submitting recorded musical auditions and teacher recommendations. 

Alex has become one of the most accomplished musicians in Amityville history, adding an All-National selection to previous All-State and All-County honors. He has performed in ensembles through the New York State School Music Association, the Suffolk County Music Educators Association, the Long Island String Festival Association, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Knights/Tilles Center String Orchestra Convocation.

The NAfME All-National Music Festival and Conference is tentatively scheduled to take place in Orlando from Nov. 5-8, based on state and national health guidelines. The 2020 symphonic orchestra will be conducted by accomplished orchestra director and teacher Nobuyoshi Yasuda.

“Congratulations to Alex, his family and his past and present music teachers on this outstanding accomplishment,” said Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez. “This is a well-deserved selection for a very talented musician.”

Meal Program Supports Families During Pandemic

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The Amityville Union Free School District’s meal program has provided a valuable service to the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 100,000 meals having been served through mid-July.

The grab-and-go breakfast and lunch program provides families with nutritious meals through safe delivery. Meals are pre-packaged by the district’s food service workers at Edmund W. Miles Middle School and Northeast Elementary School, and available for pickup Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday and Sunday meals are provided on Fridays, and deliveries are offered to families experiencing illness or with no transportation. 

Assistant Business Administrator Christine Kim said that the meals meet all nutritional guidelines and include items such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Frozen meals are also available because they can be kept longer. 

Ms. Kim said the same members of the kitchen staff that provide nutritious lunches to students during the school year have been working hard to ready meals for the community. They prepare all food with gloves, wear masks and maintain social distancing.

“The staff has been amazing,” she said. “They have not skipped a beat and they continue on because this is an essential program offered to our community.”

At the vestibules of the two buildings, where food is placed for pickup, tables are cleaned multiple times each day and hand sanitizer stations are available. Only one family may enter the space at a time.

In addition to the meal program, Amityville has also partnered with several other agencies, community organizations and businesses to supply additional items for families. Island Harvest provides food once a week at the pickup sites, including perishable items such as meat and bread, and non-perishable goods such as canned vegetables and baby food. The Park Avenue Grill donated family meals and the Amityville Rotary Club supported the meal program with a $500 donation.

The Amityville Kiwanis Club donated $500 in grocery gift cards to help district families as well as 500 coloring books and crayons for children. To support health and safety efforts, the district also received 600 reusable cloth masks from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and 400 packages of disposable masks from Promise for Hope.

Tide Newsletter: Summer 2020 Edition


Tuesday, August 04, 2020