Twenty-One Students at Miller Place High School Recognized for Exceptional Character and Academic Excellence
Miller Place School District (MPSD) is
proud to announce that twenty-one exceptional students from Miller Place High
School were recognized for their random acts of kindness and exceptional
academic achievement during the District’s annual Outstanding Acts
of Kindness (OAK) and Outstanding Academic Recognition (OAR) Awards Ceremony.
to our 21 students who continue to represent the District and our community
with exceptional pride and character,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano,
superintendent of Miller Place School District. “I am proud to recognize these
students for their active participation in extracurriculars, commitment to
being positive role models for peers, and academic excellence. These
distinguished students are a representation of what all Miller Place educators
seek to inspire throughout our District.”
who receive the OAK Award display selfless behavior and inspire peers with
their kindness. Recipients of the OAK award this year include Julianne Cerato, Hailey Koppelman, Madison Murphy, Adam
Tarsia, Erin Matthews, Thomas Cirrito, Jason Cirrito, Danielle Cirrito, and
To meet the requirements for the OAR Award,
students must excel academically and successfully rise to the educational
challenges presented to them. Recipients of the OAR Award this year are Cole
Asparro, Matthew Murray, Colton Young, Shaun Mooney, Justin Klotz, Sean OConnor,
Madaline Martin, James Duffy, Meghan Connolly, Hannah Cantone, Kate Doyle, and
Thomas Ventiquattro. These students have either met long-term goals or are
students who have exhibited commendable improvement.
(January 2020)—Last year, North Country Road
Middle School (NCRMS) in Miller Place kicked off its Coupons for Character
initiative to reward its students who serve as positive role models, promote
respect and help NCRMS build a caring school community. Each month, students who
have demonstrated exceptional character have their name placed into a container
in the main office and at the end of the month, three students’ names are
randomly selected to receive a prize for their leadership. Additionally, each
student whose name made it into the jar receives a letter home in recognition
for their commitment to making NCRMS a great place to learn and gain leadership
October, NCRMS’s recipients were Edwin Rubio, Rowan Elder and Adrian Tamayo.
For November, the recipients were William Spagnolo, Jason Murray, and Erik
Flannery. Most recently, December’s recipients were Alex Villanella, Noah
Squires, and Jake Siegel.
LADSBS’s Akilesh Earns 7th Place in SumDog’s Holiday Contest
Place, N.Y. (December 2019)—Students in third grade through fifth grade at
Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School in Miller Place recently showcased their
math skills during the Holiday Sumdog Competition. During the week-long
competition that took place from December 6 through December 12, students
completed 1,000 questions tailored toward their individual skill level. Akilesh
Kandasamy, a fifth-grade student at LADSBS, claimed 7th place out of 35,517
students in the competition this year after answering 994 questions correctly.
Each year, the Sumdog contest is available
to students in grades K-8. At the beginning of the school year, students are
selected for the program based on their grade level. Each competition, students’
scores are calculated based on the average accuracy of correct answers.
Students are able to select which game they play and Sumdog then generates specific
questions to tailor each individual student. After the competition is completed,
students are ranked on a leaderboard by the number of correct answers they had.
If there’s a tie, students are ranked on the average answer speed.
LADSBS Hosted Food Drive to Give Back to Community
Miller Place, N.Y. (December 2019)—Throughout the month of November, students in Mr. Cevasco’s fifth grade class at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School in Miller Place dedicated their free time to give back to their community. The class collected over 700 food items in addition to gift cards to provide a Thanksgiving meal for 10 families in the building. The drive was so successful that it also provided additional meals for the rest of the holiday week and helped stock two local food pantries. This is part of the District’s ongoing initiative to help students be conscientious, active contributors to society and their communities.
NCRMS Hosts Jambo Productions for A Journey into Egypt
N.Y. (December 2019)—Miller Place’s
sixth grade students at North Country Road Middle School recently explored the
northeastern corner of Africa. In the building’s cafeteria, students
participated in “A Journey into Egypt” with Mike Harrold from Jambo Productions
to explore the world’s most heralded ancient civilization. The assembly
discussed Egypt’s geography, religion, historical sites and culminated with a
glimpse of modern-day Egypt. Afterwards, students took a trip to the library—which
was converted to a museum for the day—to learn more about some artifacts that were
discussed during the presentation.
The Miller Place School District hosts various guest
speakers and assemblies to promote multi-cultural awareness and respect for
diversity in a dynamic and interactive presentation.
Sarah Beth Durst Inspires Miller Place’s Aspiring Authors
Miller Place, N.Y. (December 2019)—The book club at North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) in Miller Place recently welcomed popular children’s author, Sarah Beth Durst, in celebration of recently completing her book, The Girl Who Could Not Dream. During the club’s most recent meeting, Ms. Durst captivated the students’ attention as she shared her path to becoming a writer and her extensive writing process. During the presentation, Ms. Durst graciously spoke about her life, her reasons behind becoming an author and who inspired her love of reading. Afterwards, she opened the floor to students for questions which ranged from, “How old were you when you realized you wanted to become an author?” and “Are you working on a new book?” In an effort to help students improve their own writing, Ms. Durst shared insight on how to write imaginative fiction and placed a strong emphasis on the revision process.
Student Artists Host Japanese Tea Ceremony Using Self-Made Tea Bowls
(December 2019)—At Miller Place
High School, Mrs. Stasi’s Studio Art class recently hosted a traditional
Japanese Tea Ceremony in celebration of their latest project. Over the last few
weeks while studying ceramics, the student-artists designed Japanese inspired
tea bowls. Each bowl was designed using the pinch pot method to reflect the
natural and imperfect tea bowls from Japan. Collectively, the class sipped tea
in each of their glazed bowls to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments.
Stasi’s annual Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstrates how the Miller Place School
District incorporates cultural diversity initiatives into lesson plans
throughout the school year. The District aims to open students’ minds and
increase their awareness and understanding of the lives people lead around the
MPHS Participates in Education Awareness Program with Deputy Sheriff Amie Rodecker
N.Y. (December 2019)—Students and staff
at Miller Place High School (MPHS) recently participated in an education and
awareness prevention program and training with representatives from the Suffolk
County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Sheriff Amie Rodecker met with each grade level
for four 50-minute presentations to educate students on Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something initiative. Sheriff
Rodecker discussed the signs and signals of a potential threat, and how to
facilitate a conversation with a trusted adult.
In 2018, Officer Sheriff Errol Toulon
partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to bring the Say Something presentation to all Suffolk County schools. To date,
the Sheriff’s Office has trained more than 8,000 students, school faculty and
parents in Suffolk County.
Miller Place High School Celebrates World Kindness Day
Miller Place, N.Y. (November 2019)—In celebration of World Kindness Day, the School Improvement Team (SIT) Committee at Miller Place High School welcomed students with positive affirmations and inspirational messages throughout the building. The day was devoted to promoting generous acts that bring people of every type together and emphasize the power behind small and large kind gestures. Nearly 900 Post-It Notes covered students’ lockers and classroom doors with phrases like, “In a world where you can be anything—be kind” and “you’ve got this.” World Kindness Day, an initiative of the World Kindness Movement, highlights good deeds in the community by focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness that binds people.
Students in LADSBS Promote ALS Awareness with Ride for Life Founder
(November 2019)—Miller Place School District (MPSD) recently welcomed
back Ride for Life Founder Chris Pendergast for a special assembly at Laddie A.
Decker Sound Beach School (LADSBS). Mr. Pendergast, a beloved member of the
community and courageous fighter of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
(ALS), returned to the District to speak with elementary students about his journey
over the last several years and inspiration behind founding Ride for Life, a
charity that raises money and awareness for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
year, we welcome Mr. Pendergast for his heartening story of perseverance and
commitment,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School
District. “He is a special member of the Miller Place-Sound Beach community,
and it’s an honor to have him speak to our students and inspire them to play
their part in raising awareness for such an important cause.”
Students at LADSBS listened attentively to Mr. Pendergast’s story about his advocacy efforts and how his devotion and perseverance inspired the Ride for Life organization. The presentation relayed an important message for students to never give up and overcoming the odds. Students were also amazed by Mr. Pendergast’s ability to utilize advanced technology equipment to type using his eyes and speak through a computerized voice.
for Life is an annual public awareness and fundraising campaign to spread ALS
awareness. Each year,
ALS patients ride their electric wheelchairs across Long Island as they are
escorted by hundreds of students from local schools and community groups.