Miller Place High School Named ‘School of Excellence’

Miller Place High School (MPHS) was recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHAA) as a 2018-19 School of Excellence winner for its exceptional performance in academics and athletics. This year, MPHS was among 135 schools throughout the State selected for this distinction.

“This recognition is a testimony to our student-athletes’ and administration’s talents and determination on the field and in the classrooms,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School District. “These students are models of the standard of academic and athletic excellence characteristic of our school district. Congratulations!”

NYSPHSAA presents high schools with the School of Excellence Award when 75 percent of the varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete award, a distinction that requires a cumulative grade point average greater than or equal to 90.00. For the 2018-19 school year, Miller Place had 21 varsity teams receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us and ‘like’ our Facebook page: @MillerPlaceSchoolDistrict.

Miller Place School District Effectively Refinances 2010 Space Bond

The Miller Place School District (MPSD) is proud to announce that it will be saving nearly $2.3 million dollars over the next 11 years by refinancing its 2010 space bond. The savings were made possible by Miller Place’s planning, budgeting practices and consistently strong Moody’s Bond Rating of Aa2.

“The District’s refinancing of the outstanding bond debt is reflective of our strong financial stewardship and continued trajectory of success,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School District. “We have worked diligently to improve our short and long-term financial outlook while effectively maintaining and advancing our high-quality educational programs and services.”


MPSD received a total of eleven bids and Mesirow Financial, Inc. was the winning bidder. This resulted in the District’s original 3.92% interest rate on the bonds being lowered to a true interest rate of 1.63%.  The District’s Moody Bond Rating of Aa2 will allow the District to experience $2,289,950 in total budgetary savings over the next 11 years. Moving forward, the District will continue to monitor its outstanding debt to take advantage of any budgetary savings that can be achieved through refinancing.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website atwww.millerplace.k12.ny.us.

MP Athletes Recognized at Butch Dellecave Outstanding Athlete Banquet

Miller Place School District (MPSD) would like to commend the excellence of its senior student athletes, Ryan Salvia and Ava Burns, who were selected to represent the District as nominees for the Butch Dellecave Award at the 19th Annual Butch Dellecave Outstanding Athlete banquet.

Hosted by the Butch Dellecave Foundation Inc. and The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc, the event honored scholar athletes from every Suffolk County school district for their athleticism, character and integrity. With their friends and families, Ryan and Ava joined 55 other nominees for an honorary breakfast at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Nominees were individually recognized and presented with a plaque to commemorate their honor on this special day.

In the fall, Ryan will be attending SUNY Maritime where he will run cross country. Ava will be heading upstate to Syracuse University where she will play on the women’s lacrosse team.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us.

Master Debaters

Miller Place’s master debaters from North Country Road Middle School’s Mock Trial Club recently competed in a tournament at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) against neighboring schools to showcase their knowledge of the law!

Leading up to the mock trial at SCCC, Miller Place’s club members worked diligently to perfect their legal arguments by memorizing affidavits, preparing opening and closing statements and forming questions to secure their side of the case. When they stepped into the courtroom, the Panthers put their knowledge to the test and showcased their questioning techniques, critical thinking and oral advocacy skills. Each team was presented with one case and worked with teammates to lead an in-depth investigation and a thorough presentation.

Congratulations to NCRMS’s defense team on winning both the performance and case categories and to NCRMS’s prosecution team on winning the performance category!

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. To read more about the great things happening in Miller Place schools, ‘like’ our Facebook page: @MillerPlaceSchoolDistrict.

Painting the Way to Success

Miller Place High School recently hosted an art show to showcase the best student-created work from throughout the year. This was the culminating artistic event of the year, and part of the Miller Place School District’s rigorous arts program. During the showcase parents, families, teachers and students viewed photography, ink, charcoal, pencil, painting, digital and sculptural displays, admiring the artists’ creative work and discussing different artistic techniques. The projects on display exhibited a wide variety of concepts and themes, presenting both the breadth and depth of the Miller Place High School arts curriculum.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. To read more about the great things happening in Miller Place schools, ‘like’ our Facebook page: @MillerPlaceSchoolDistrict.

Solving the Way in STEM

Members of the North Country Road Middle School Science Club in Miller Place recently competed alongside fourteen other Long Island teams in the first annual STEM competition at South Ocean Middle School in Patchogue. NCRMS’s two teams—7th grade: Thomas Como, Ryan Ebert, Adam Messaoudi, Andrew Turner and Alan Yue; and 8th grade: Lilah Lindemann, Brandy Moeller, Jordan Morales, Kyle Sadler, Ryan Southworth—were challenged to complete a Breakout EDU activity, a physical game kit that requires students to solve various puzzles to open a locked box, and a crime scene investigation. Congratulations to NCRMS’s 8th grade team for taking first place in the CSI challenge! 

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. To read more about the great things happening in Miller Place schools, ‘like’ our Facebook page: @MillerPlaceSchoolDistrict.

North County Road Middle School Gives Back

Spring has sprung and so have Miller Place students’ community service efforts! North Country Road Middle School in Miller Place is thrilled to share the several philanthropical initiatives that its middle school students have participated in over the last few weeks including visits to local veterans, fundraising for Autism awareness and fighting hunger in the area.

In honor of Veterans Appreciation Month in Suffolk County, fourteen members of NCRMS’s National Junior Honor Society visited the Long Island State Veteran’s Home in Stony Brook. During the event, students played cards, Monopoly, Jenga, and Checkers as well as listened to inspiring and courageous stories told by the local heroes. The event was a wonderful way for students to give back to Veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

In support of Autism Awareness Month, students at NCRMS facilitated a fundraising initiative to raise money and emphasize the significance of inclusion.  Spearheaded by NCRMS teacher Nicole Farley and teacher assistant Mara Healy, members of the building’s student government sold blank puzzle pieces to students who then had the opportunity to design a unique puzzle piece and “fit” it on the wall. All proceeds were donated to the Autism Society to improve capabilities and services, increase public awareness about autism and provide the best national resource database and contact center specializing in autism.

The National Junior Honor Society also organized and executed a building-wide food drive to help families in the Miller Place-Sound Beach community and across Long Island. The building conducted a friendly competition between homeroom classes to see which class was able to collect the most amount of non-perishable and canned goods to donate to Long Island Cares, Inc. and The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Mrs. Hibbard’s homeroom class collected a total of 104 items and was named the winning class.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. To read more about the great things happening in MillerPlace schools, ‘like’ our Facebook page: @MillerPlaceSchoolDistrict.

The Power of the Panthers

Four Miller Place School District students were recently honored as NYS AHPERD (New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) “Outstanding Middle School Physical Education Students” at the NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone annual dinner. North Country Road Middle School students Brooke McCormick and Josh Koppleman, and Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School students Madelayna Vomero and Dylan Riegel received awards for their stellar performances in physical education.

“Congratulations to Brooke, Josh, Madelayna and Dylan on this tremendous honor,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School District. “This distinction is a testament to these students’ leadership and excellence in physical education and academia, as well as their continued efforts to represent the District with great distinction.”

Each year, physical education teachers throughout Suffolk County nominate students who embody the values of teamwork, leadership and integrity. The Miller Place students

were presented with the awards at Bay Shore High School alongside students from other districts in Suffolk County.

Miller Place Skypes with the Stars

North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) in Miller Place is busy embracing the digital age with well-known children’s author Dusti Bowling. After recently completing Ms. Bowling’s first book Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, NCRMS’s Book Club welcomed the children’s author via Skype to gather insight on her writing secrets and have an in-depth discussion on their favorite book.

“Face-to-face interactions with professional writers like Dusti Bowling allow our students to gain knowledgeable insight into life as an author and encourages them to embrace their passions of reading and writing,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School District. “The District aims to motivate each student to dream big and work towards achieving their goals. We hope to inspire them, as well as provide them with opportunities to speak with individuals who had aspirations similar to those of our students.”

Spearheaded by NCRMS’s librarian Ronnie Farrell, students were eager to meet Ms. Bowling, learn more about her passion for writing, and dive deeper into the book’s underlining message. Members of the NCRMS Book Club had several questions for Ms. Bowling including how old she was when she first realized she wanted to be a writer and what was her favorite pet Ms. Bowling’s enthusiasm and eagerness to answer each student’s question made for a very engaging and productive visit. The Skype visit concluded with a sneak peek into Ms. Bowling’s upcoming book Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, which is pending release for September 2019.

Ms. Bowling’s Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus is a tremendous story of hope, strength, and letting the light shine on who you truly are. Aven, the book’s main character, who was born with no arms was faced with new challenges as her family relocated to Arizona. With two new pals who face differences of their own, Aven learns that their light can shine just as brightly as anyone else’s. The heartwarming and inspiring story taught Miller Place’s students the significance of acceptance and understanding.

Dusti Bowling, who currently resides in Arizona with her family and army of pets, has had a passion for reading since her youth. She composes various books for young adult and middle grade students.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at

www.millerplace.k12.ny.us.

See the Ability

North Country Road Middle School in Miller Place recently used their voices to advocate for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of individuals with Down Syndrome during World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) on March 21, 2019. Together, students at NCRMS dressed up in blue and yellow to raise awareness and sold bracelets to fundraise for the cause.

“This small but immensely impactful initiative—spearheaded by Student Government—helps instill in our students a sense of empathy and understanding, two characteristics that are immensely valued throughout the District,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place School District.

NCRMS’s Student Government spearheaded the initiative under the direction of Nicole Farley and Mara Healey. The group of students set up a table and rotated shifts to sell blue and yellow bracelets to their peers and staff members in the building—all proceeds donated to the cause.

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day that began in 2006. The date for WDSD—the 21st day of the third month—was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us.