A Coupon for Exceptional Character

Miller Place’s NCRMS Recognizes Model Students for December

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2021)—Congratulations to North Country Road Middle School’s December Coupons for Character recipients—Andy Luo, 6th grade; Shane Kiernan, 7th grade; and Jackson Thompson, 8th grade.

The initiative, which began in 2019, is designed to reward North Country Road Middle School’s 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. At the end of the month, three students 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 skills.

Holiday Henry’s Journey Through LADSBS

Miller Place Students Host Multicultural Holiday Celebrations with Old Friend Holiday Henry

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2021)—Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach’s students kicked off their multicultural holiday celebrations this year with some help from an old gnome and friend, Holiday Henry. After four years of worldwide traveling, Holiday Henry returned to LADSBS to share his insight on cultural and religious traditions that take place in other parts of the world. 

The initiative, designed to encourage students to value and appreciate the winter traditions and holidays of others, began in 2016 when Holiday Henry made his first arrival at LADSBS as part of his long quest to acquire knowledge of December holidays. He visited 15 classrooms in the building where he witnessed kindness that radiated from each LADSBS classroom before heading off.

Capstone Diploma Program for Miller Place Students

Miller Place High School to Enhance Students’ College and Career Readiness through Partnership with College Board

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2021)—The Miller Place School District (MPSD) is proud to announce it will be implementing the AP Capstone Diploma program, an initiative through College Board that focuses on college-level research, collaboration, and presentation skills crucial for college and career success, beginning in Fall 2021.

“We are thrilled to be among only 2,000 schools in the world to implement this program for our students,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place Union Free School District. “This initiative will help enhance our District’s offerings by providing our staff with more leeway in curriculum choices and enable our students access to more challenging coursework.”

Students who qualify for the AP Capstone Diploma must score a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research, as well as four additional AP Exams of their choice. Students scoring a 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research, but not on four additional AP Exams, earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

AP Seminar, a project-based learning course typically taken by 10th or 11th grade students, requires students to choose and evaluate complex topics through multiple lenses, identify credibility and bias in sources, and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. Students’ scores are derived from a set of assessments, including research reports, written arguments, timed essays and presentations, that are completed throughout the year. 

AP Research, also a project-based course, has students build upon their skills acquired in AP Seminar through design, execution, presentation and investigation. The course teaches students how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze and synthesize information to contribute to academic research. Students’ scores are derived from their academic paper, presentation and oral defense.

“We’re proud to offer AP Capstone, which enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and instruction at College Board. He adds, “This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually, and in groups—the very skills college professors want their students to possess.”

Miller Place Student to Perform in National Music Ensemble

MPHS’s Andrew Bova Selected for 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles Virtual Event on January 7–8, 2021

Andrew Bova

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2021)—Miller Place High School senior Andrew Bova was selected among 552 student musicians in the United States to perform in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) Virtual Event on January 7–8, 2021. Each ensemble will create a final, recorded performance that will be premiered online during the NAfME Music in Our Schools Month® in March 2021.

Andrew, who was chosen through an audition process, will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the direction of six of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Frances Fonza (Mixed Choir); Nobuyoshi Yasuda (Symphony Orchestra); Rodney Dorsey (Concert Band); Todd Stoll with Terell Stafford (Jazz Ensemble); Chuck Hulihan (Guitar Ensemble); and Tony Sauza (Modern Band). The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, and modern band. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 120 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble 13 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 241 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 45 instrumentalists, and the modern band 13 performers.

During his time in the District, Andrew has participated in numerous All-County music festivals, was chosen to participate in the 2019 New York All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble and has starred in several MPHS musical theatre productions. Upon graduation this year, Andrew intends on studying acting/musical theater while attending college next fall.