Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for MPSD

Andrew Muller Primary School Opens Registration for the 2020-21 School Year

Miller Place, N.Y. (February 2020)—TheAndrew Muller Primary School (AMPS) in Miller Place has begun the process of registering students for the 2020-2021 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs.

“We are excited to welcome a new group of our youngest students to the District through our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School District. “Parents are encouraged to register their children at their earliest possible convenience to ensure a smooth transition to school. Any questions should be directed to the main office at Andrew Muller Primary School.”

Presented by SCOPE Education Services, the self-supporting Pre-K Program will follow NYS Pre-Kindergarten learning standards with NYS certified teachers and STEAM initiatives. The program will be held at AMPS, Monday through Friday and features a morning session, beginning at 8:45 a.m. and running to 11:15 a.m., as well as an afternoon session beginning at 12:30 p.m. and running to 3:00 p.m. There is a $278 monthly fee, with a 10% sibling discount for a second child. There is also a non-refundable $40 registration fee, with $20 for each additional child of the same family. In order to be eligible, students must turn four by Dec.1, 2020. Registration and additional information can be found online at

Kindergarten registration will be held beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020. Registration is by appointment only. Parents are asked to call the AMPS main office at 631-474-2715 to schedule an appointment between the hours of 9:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

At the time of the registration appointment, parents must have the following documentation filled out and accessible for each child that is entering kindergarten: 1) a completed registration packet; 2) an original birth certificate or other official documents proving the child’s age; 3) current immunization records; and 4) documentation to prove residency in the Miller Place School District which includes, but is not limited to, a copy of a deed or lease, and/or a notarized copy of a landlord affidavit. To avoid any delay in the registration process, please review the registration packet and instructions carefully which can be found on the District’s website under the Department tab/Registration/New Student Checklist and Forms. If any documentation is missing, parents will be asked to make a new appointment date to bring in a completed packet. An incomplete registration packet will not be accepted.

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Excel Before and After the Bell

Place School District Announces Before and After School Enrichment Programs through SCOPE Education Services

Miller Place, N.Y. (February 2020)—The Miller Place School District (MPSD) announced it will be hosting before and after school enrichment programs at Andrew Muller Primary School and Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School for the 2020-2021 school year. Presented by SCOPE Education Services, the before and after school programs provide a safe, fun, welcoming environment for the children of working parents beginning at 7:00 a.m. before school and until 6 p.m. after dismissal.

“We are thrilled to partner with SCOPE Education Services to provide our families in the District with the opportunity to nurture their child’s potential before and/or after school,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School District. “We encourage all interested parents and guardians to register at their earliest convenience to reserve a spot and take full advantage of SCOPE’s enrichment services as soon as possible.”

At Andrew Muller Primary School, there is a morning program for 2.25 hours and an evening program for two hours. Following a consistent schedule— the child attends every day school is in session—the morning rate is $264/month, the evening rate is $244/month, and the morning/evening multi-rate is $492.76/month. Following a selective day schedule— the child attends a minimum of 5 days monthly—the morning rate is $77/month and the evening rate is $72/month.

At Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, there is a morning program for one hour and an evening program for three hours. Following a consistent schedule—the child attends every day school is in session—the morning rate is $156/month, the evening rate is $325/month, and the morning/evening multi-rate is $466.57/month. Following a selective day schedule—the child attends a minimum of five days monthly—the morning rate is $46/month, and the evening rate is $93/month.

With a 1:10 staff to student ratio, the programs offer character development, STEAM and literacy activities, special events and presenters, arts and crafts, age-appropriate educational and recreational activities, fitness activities and healthy snacks, and dedicated homework time.

Registration begins March 15, 2020, for incoming kindergarten and returning SCOPE students only. Open registration begins May 15, 2020 for all new SCOPE students. For additional information, parents can reach Barbara T. at 631-360-0800 ext. 162. Registration can be found at There is an annual one-time registration fee of $40 per child or $60 per family, as well as a 20% sibling discount. A new contract must be submitted each school year and placement is confirmed in the order in which contracts are received. New SCOPE parents must create an online account before registering a contract.

A Whole New World

National Foreign Language Honor Society at MPHS Introduces New Languages to Middle School Students

Sixth grade students at North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) recently immersed themselves into an international journey to explore foreign language course offerings with members of the Foreign Language National Honor Society (FLNHS) from the high school. As part of the District’s efforts to create a deeper understanding of and appreciation for humanity and culture, at the end of sixth grade students are required to select one of three languages—Spanish, French or Italian—to pursue throughout the seventh grade.

To prepare NCRMS’s young students as they begin their course selections, the FLNHS led in-depth presentations, detailing various aspects of what each language course offers, such as the study of basic vocabulary and the food and other traditions of the culture. Miller Place’s sixth graders gained valuable knowledge about what each language option entails, providing them with a solid foundation to begin their cultural education and confidence as they finalize their schedules for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Miller Place Students Talk Business

11 Miller Place Students Recognized for Excelling at FBLA Competition

Miller Place, N.Y. (January 2020)—Miller Place School District is proud to congratulate 11 students at Miller Place School District for recently competing at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District Competition at Hofstra University in Hempstead. Miller Place’s business students ranked in both written and performance events including accounting, advertising, business calculations, business communications, business law, entrepreneurship, introduction to financial math, marketing, word processing.

Congratulations to Chris Sun, 2nd place in Accounting 1; Colin Brennan, 3rd place in Accounting 1; Alexis Franzoni, 2nd place in Advertising; Larry Davis, 4th place in Business Calculations; Larry Davis, 1st place in Business Communications; Jodie Cui, 2nd place in Business Communications; Marena Capocci, 4th place in Business Law; Ana Voskresenskaja, 3rd place in Entrepreneurship; Cadence Masino, 5th place in Introduction to Financial Math; Bella Buonovolanta, 3rd place in Marketing; and Tristan Stapleton, 4th place in Word Processing.

FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. FBLA is the largest career student business organization in the world and assists more than 230,000 students prepare for careers in business. FBLA competitions recognize and reward student excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

MP Announces OAK and OAK Recipients

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.

“Congratulations 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.”

Students 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 Rowen Rivera.

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.

Coupons for Character

Miller Place, N.Y. (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 skills.

For 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.

NCRMS’s October Coupons for Character Recipients
NCRMS’s November Coupons for Character Recipients
NCRMS’s December Coupons for Character Recipients

MP Student Places 7th out of 35,517 in National Competition

LADSBS’s Akilesh Earns 7th Place in SumDog’s Holiday Contest

Miller 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.

Miller Place Students Provide 10 Meals to Local Families

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.

A Journey into Egypt

NCRMS Hosts Jambo Productions for A Journey into Egypt

Miller Place, 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.

NCRMS Students Welcome Popular Children’s Author

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.