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Summer Program Supports Skill Development

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More than 60 students received additional academic support during six weeks as they took part in the Extended Year Summer Program at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School.

The program was open to students entering first grade through high school. There were full-day and half-day classes, depending upon needs. Site coordinator Yvette Carman said the purpose of the program was to help children avoid a regression in academic skills during summer vacation.

“This program helps children develop socialization skills, and it helps maintain and grow the skills that they need help with,” Ms. Carman said. “Their days are full of meaningful learning activities.”

Students received personalized attention in small classes led by certified teachers and support staff. Elementary school students worked on English language arts skills such as identifying site words and reading comprehension, and math skills like number recognition, addition and subtraction. The youngsters took ELA and math tests at the beginning and end of the program so teachers could monitor the progress they made.

Participants in the high school program not only worked on grade-level academic skills but participated in travel training by walking to the train station, riding the bus to the mall and learning how to use the computer to plan a trip. They also spent part of their days working at local businesses including retail stories, restaurants, gyms and yacht clubs.  

Family day was held during the last week of the program. There was basketball and soccer, an inflatable slide, water balloons and a picnic lunch. It also gave parents and guardians a chance to see the progress their children were making and learn strategies to support their academic, social and emotional growth at home

Fall Sports Information

Sports Physicals for All Student Athletes!!

Wednesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 16

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: High School Nurse’s Office



**Must have Medical Form signed by a Parent/Guardian (ATTACHED)


Important First Practice Dates!!!


Monday, August 14 @ 7:30am

Football- Varsity and JV

Monday August 21 @ 7:30am

Boys Soccer- Varsity and JV

Girls Soccer- Varsity and JV

Girls Volleyball- Varsity and JV

Cross Country- Varsity Only

Girls Tennis- JV Only

Monday August 28 @ 7:30am

Cheerleading- Varsity Only


**Must have completed Medical Form and Sports Update Form

to participate in any practice (ATTACHED)


Summer School Transportation

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District Welcomes Pair of Administrators

District Welcomes Pair of Administrators Photo
The Board of Education has appointed new building administrators. Maria Andreotti was named principal of Amityville Memorial High School and Sonia Rodrigo will be the new assistant principal of Northwest Elementary School. 

Ms. Andreotti’s educational career began 24 years ago as an English literature teacher in New York City. Most recently, she served as director of humanities for the South Country School District and has held other administrative posts including assistant principal, principal, director of guidance and director of literature and reading. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brooklyn College, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Adelphi University. 

Ms. Rodrigo comes to the district from the New York City School District, where she worked for 16 years as an elementary teacher, leadership team chairwoman, staff developer and assistant principal. She hold a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, a master’s degree in early childhood education from Queens College and a leadership certificate from the College of St. Rose.

“Ms. Andreotti and Ms. Rodrigo are exemplary educators and proven leaders who will make a fine addition to our administrative team,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “They are dedicated to helping all students reach their full potential, which is the core of our mission in Amityville.”

District Recognizes Staff Milestones

District Recognizes Staff Milestones Photo
The Board of Education recently honored retiring staff members, as well as those who have reached milestone years of service with the district.

Retirees include teachers Karen Annett-Grzunov from Northwest Elementary School and Jack Agostino from Amityville Memorial High School; teaching assistants Angela Mack-Brown from the high school and Beatrice Polaski, Lynn Durant and Gail Kaiser from Edmund W. Miles Middle School; clerical staff Barbara Dascoli from district office, Andrea Lottman and Linda Pollock from the high school and Theresa Culotta from Northwest; custodian Milton Allen from the middle school; monitors Jane Nieves and Geraldine Booth from the high school; cook Nora Walker from Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School and nurse Louise Dell’Isola from Northeast Elementary School.

Faculty and staff members reaching 30 years of service were Nicole Beckles-Brown, Ricki Budnick, William Carmen, James Carrington, Donna Jones, Alfreta Lidge, Beatrice Polaski, Linda Pollock, Debra Ross, Joan Wexler-LaMantia and George Williams. Recognized for 25 years were Joan Ahl, Jeanne O’Neill, Deborah Ross and Steven Wexler, and hitting the 20-year milestone were George Alexander, Milton Allen, Carol Bosch, Carmel Ferriola, Angela Gibson, Michael Greco, Magdalena O’Brien, Beverly Powell, Diane Smith, Erica Spence and Roxanne Tannenbaum.

The Amityville Tide: Summer 2017 Edition

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Board Welcomes New Trustee, Installs Officers

Board Welcomes New Trustee, Installs Officers Photo

The Board of Education welcomed its newest member and selected officers for the 2017-18 school year at the annual reorganization meeting at the Park North Administration Building.

Newly elected trustee Allie McDonough and returning board members Susan Benard-Handler and Carolyn Dodd were installed by attorney Anthony Fasano. Ms. Dodd was elected president of the board, Juan Leon was named first vice president and Laura Pawlewicz was chosen as second vice president.

The Board of Education appointed Dr. Lois Etzel as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, a position she held on an interim basis last year.

Technology Makes Math Fun at Northwest

Technology Makes Math Fun at Northwest Photo
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Third-graders used technology to improve their math and analytical skills at Northwest Elementary School. Students in Lori Heavey’s class surveyed their classmates “favorites” and used Google Slides to present their results.

Each child had to pick a topic, such as favorite color, food, pet or sport, create four options and get responses from their peers. They used Google Slides on Chromebooks to represent their findings in three different ways: a frequency table, a bar graph and a pie chart. Students presented their data charts to the whole class using the SmartBoard.  

Author Inspires Park Avenue readers and writers

Author Inspires Park Avenue readers and writers photo

Author Peter Catalanotto visited Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on June 13 to share his expertise as both a writer and illustrator.

Mr. Catalanotto spoke to students about how he generates ideas for stories. When he first became a professional writer, he remembered advice from his elementary school teachers: write about something you know about or care about. That led to his first book, “Dylan’s Day Out,” inspired by his dog.

“Writing is about exploring ideas and finding your best idea,” he said in telling students that brainstorming is an integral part of the process.

He talked about how he was an illustrator for other authors before publishing his own books. Students excitedly watched as Mr. Catalanotto drew a face, demonstrating and explaining the steps he takes to created detailed facial features.

The author visit was sponsored by the Amityville Parent Teacher Council and organized by Library Media Specialist Timothy Quinn. The goal was to get students excited about reading before summer break, and staff from the Amityville Public Library also visited to talk about summer reading programs for children and teens. The school also hosted a book fair in the days prior to Mr. Catalanotto’s visit.

Moving on Up in Amityville

Moving on Up in Amityville Photo

Elementary and middle school students celebrated their academic achievements during moving up ceremonies, which were held in the days leading up to the high school graduation.

A trend-setting class graduated from Edmund W. Miles Middle School, and they did so at the place where they will spend the next three years of their educational journey. During the ninth-grade awards ceremony at the high school on June 22, Principal Edward Plaia reviewed all the “firsts” that the class experienced. They were the first ninth graders in the district to take Advanced Placement courses and to build Lego robots. The 180 members of the class received their promotion certificates, and numerous awards were handed out.

Middle school now awaits the sixth-graders who graduated from Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on June 22. Principal Robyn Santiago said that while they have great achievements to celebrate, they should strive to do even better next year. She reminded the youngsters that they don’t always have to follow the crowd and should always make good choices, even when no one is looking.

The 238 third-graders at Northwest Elementary School completed another step in their educational journeys when they were recognized for their achievements at the moving-up ceremony on June 21. Following a video in which students shared their memories of Northwest, teachers from each class announced their graduates and handed out completion certificates. Principal Kathleen Hyland reminded the students that “what’s worth learning is worth working for.”

Kindergartners completed one of their first major milestones when they graduated from Northeast Elementary School on June 20. The youngsters performed songs for their family members and Principal Dr. Pauline Collins presented perfect attendance awards. The students will comprise Amityville Memorial High School’s Class of 2029.

Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly wished the students luck as they head to their next schools. She encouraged them to continue reading over the summer and said the public library has a lot of good books available.

Edmund W. Miles Middle School Ninth-Grade Moving Up

Miles Middle School Ninth-Grade Moving Up

Northwest Third-Grade Moving Up

Northeast Kindergarten Moving Up

High School Students Learn Life-Saving Techniques

High School Students Learn Life-Saving Techniques Photo
Amityville Memorial High School health teacher Chris Gannon recently certified 22 students in adult and pediatric CPR/AED and first aid through the American Red Cross. These students were part of a CPR and first aid course offered at the high school.

Warriors Ready to Take on the World

Warriors Ready to Take on the World Photo

Clad in red and silver caps and gowns, Amityville Memorial High School’s senior class had their final moment together. The 208 members of the Class of 2017 received their diplomas on June 24 during a ceremony filled with excitement and encouragement.

Principal Dr. Lois Etzel said that their successes are a testament to the love and support of their families. She also asked the graduates to reflect on the teachers and staff members who have touched their lives in high school and throughout their time in the district.  

“Where did the time go?” commented Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly, who noted that much of the class has been together since kindergarten. She encouraged them to value their friendships and treasure their memories as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

Valedictorian Esteban Idrovo Ponce and Salutatorian Lawrence Haave told their classmates that their best days are still to come. “These past years shouldn’t be the highlight of your life,” Lawrence said. “Go on to do amazing things.”

“None of us have made it just yet,” Esteban added.

Class President Madison Daly compared the last 13 years of school to a book. They had their introduction in kindergarten, the rising plot of high school, the climax of senior year and the resolution of graduation. “My only hope that we’ll meet again,” she said.

Graduation marked the end of a month of celebratory activities including senior awards, the senior walk through the middle school and elementary schools, and college athlete signings. The graduates were handed their bright red diploma holders from Dr. Etzel and Dr. Kelly, and received congratulatory handshakes and hugs from Board of Education members as they crossed the stage.

The ceremony concluded with an impassioned speech by Board of Education President Terry Fulton, who encouraged the graduates to use the wisdom and insight they have gained to make good decisions going forward. He said it is now up to them how far they will continue their educations. “You are Amityville Warriors,” he said. “Never, ever give up.”

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Video: Character Counts at Park Avenue

Video: Character Counts at Park Avenue

Learn how students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School live by the six pillars of character.


Middle School Boasts Educators of Excellence

Middle School Boasts Educators of Excellence Photo
Three educators from Edmund W. Miles Middle School in the Amityville Union Free School District were honored at Teacher Appreciation Awards Night hosted by Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.

The honorees were ninth-grade guidance counselor Kerry Kearney, social studies chairwoman and ninth-grade teacher Jaclyn O’Hagan and eighth-grade special education teacher Renee Silone. They were recognized for working above and beyond what is required, collaborating with colleagues to improve student achievement, inspiring students to become lifelong learners and for making a positive impact on education.

“These educators have extraordinary relationships with our students, and our students really look up to them,” said Principal Edward Plaia. “Their expectations are high, they make no excuses and are always willing to learn and grow themselves. They epitomize excellence.”

Park Avenue Student Makes His Own Music

Park Avenue Student Makes His Own Music Photo
Donovan Graham, a student at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, recently took his interest in music to the next level when he composed a piece that was played at the school’s spring concert.

The fifth-grader used music-writing software Noteflight, to create a ballad-style piece, “Bird Song,” approximately two and a half minutes long. Donovan conducted a woodwind ensemble comprised of teachers and fellow students, which he named Super Sound.

Music teacher Jolene Maccarone said she was very impressed when he brought her the music, and very few changes were made before the performance. She said this was the first time in her 23 years teaching at Park Avenue that a student-written piece was included in a school concert.

“His enthusiasm and his passion for music stimulates his creativity,” she said. “He’s a great musician. Donovan has only been playing for two years and he can play two instruments beyond his level.”

Donovan plays bass clarinet in the fifth-grade band and clarinet in the sixth-grade band. He is now composing a piece for a brass ensemble that he hopes will be performed at a school concert next year.

Celebrating Father’s Day at Northeast School

Celebrating Father’s Day at Northeast School Photo

Families came together at Northeast Elementary School on June 9 for the pre-K Father’s Day celebration. Children and their fathers or special guests took advantage of the warm, sunny weather by doing activities together in the courtyard. They painted birdhouses, participated in hula-hoop contests and played hopscotch.

Thursday, August 17, 2017