Teddy Bear Care

AMPS Students in Miller Place Learn to Perform Medical Assistance from Local Frontline Heroes

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (APRIL 2021)—Miller Place’s kindergarten students at Andrew Muller Primary School (AMPS) recently transformed their classrooms, in-person and virtual, into an emergency care facility—for stuffed animals! The Teddy Bear Clinic, a free injury prevention program sponsored by the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, provides a hands-on learning experience for young children to better understand how to provide medical assistance. 

With their surgical caps on, AMPS’s students worked as medical professionals to diagnose their bears’ illnesses or injuries and determine the appropriate treatment procedures. The student-doctors even filled out medical forms to reflect on their roles as providers. Stony Brook nurses discussed important safety initiatives the young students can proactively take to protect themselves from injury like wearing a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle and a helmet when riding a bike or scooter.

NCRMS’s March Coupons for Character Recipients

Congratulations Noelle Nania, Aubrey Earle and Isabella Schuster

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (APRIL 2021)—Miller Place’s North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) recently recognized three students— Noelle Nania, sixth grade; Aubrey Earle, seventh grade; and Isabella Schuster, eighth grade—with exceptional character as its March Coupons for Character recipients. The initiative rewards NCRMS 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. Every 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.

Miller Place Mathematicians Multiply their Success

28 Students from North Country Road Middle School Participate in MathCON

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (APRIL 2021)—Twenty-eight of North Country Road Middle School’s young mathematicians calculated the means to success while challenging themselves to the 2021 MathCON competition, amid a global pandemic. Three students—Christopher Barton, grade 9; Stephen Ye, grade 7; and Jonathan Bang, grade 7—will now advance to the final round of the competition. Additionally, eighth graders Lucy Chang and Matthew Cirrito earned spots as alternate finalists and have an opportunity to compete depending on competition enrollment. 

As part of the competition process, students were challenged to a 40-minute online exam comprised of several multiple-choice questions. The exam includes problems of varying degrees of difficulty, enabling all students to be challenged at the same level. The competition, spearheaded by Ms. Maureen Radday and Ms. Corinne D’Andrea, provided Miller Place’s students an opportunity to showcase their ingenuity and knowledge of mathematics.

MathCON, a national nonprofit mathematics organization, provides students across the nation with an educational opportunity to challenge themselves against other students in an effort to enhance their mathematics interest and earn scholarship opportunities.

Not pictured: Christopher Barton

Framed Among LI’s Best Artists

Artwork of Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School’s Vincenzo DiGiuseppe to be Displayed at Darcy Center for the Arts Firefly Gallery April 9-25

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—Fifth grade student artist, Vincenzo DiGiuseppe, has been selected to represent the Miller Place School District at the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Kindred Spirits exhibition. Vincenzo’s artwork will be showcased at the Darcy Center for the Arts Firefly Gallery in Northport from April 9 through April 25.Inspired by Long Island’s fall foliage, Vincenzo created an original acrylic painting, A Fall Day in the Forest, using several techniques to evoke a strong sensation of spatial depth and texture on a flat canvas. The artwork will be displayed alongside several other student artists, as well as Long Island art teachers, including Vincenzo’s art teacher Stacey Famiglietti, to symbolize the bonding experience that creating artwork brings to the world of education.

Artwork of Vincenzo DiGiuseppe, fifth grade student at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School
Artwork of Stacey Famiglietti, art teacher at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School

A Closer Look

Artwork of 20 Miller Place Students Featured at Parrish Art Museum from March 12-April 18

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—The Miller Place School District is commemorating Youth Art Month, an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for children, in conjunction with the Parrish Art Museum. This month, 20 Miller Place High School (MPHS) students will have their artwork featured in the museum’s 2021 Student Exhibition from March 12 through April 18.

Congratulations to Miller Place’s aspiring artists whose artwork will be featured: Brooke Ledda, Grade 11, Colorful Visions, Color Pencil; Brenden Jung, Grade 12, NYC Vessel, Digital Photograph; Michael Warren, Grade 11, Sasquatch, Digital Photograph; Delaney Moore, Grade 11, Boots, Pencil; Matthew Knodel, Grade 10, Musical Composition, Charcoal; Samuel Cangelosi, Grade 9, Canyon, Pencil; Maura Luby, Grade 10, Pattern Design, Color Pencil; Nadia Manzo, Grade 9, Structured Whimsy, Pen/Color Pencil; Kate Walter, Grade 10, Macaw, Charcoal; Krystel Aaron, Grade 10, Wolves’ Heart, Charcoal; Emily Steele, Grade 12, Mohonk Landscape, Color Pencil; Emily Stoessel, Grade 11, Colorful Jellyfish, Color Pencil/Watercolor; Leigha Provenzano, Grade 11, Pail with Greenery, Watercolor; Bridget Nielsen, Grade 12, Serious with Patterns, Color Pencil; Makayla Witherell, Grade 11, The Three Fates, Color Pencil; Kirstin Elliot, Grade 11, Landscape with Swans, Mixed Media; Lindsey Kreyling, Grade 11, Floral Design, Pen/Color Pencil; Eva Hood, Grade 11, Trumpet Still Life, Digital Photograph; Mia Riley, Grade 9, Color Wheel Portrait, Tempera; and Kaila Donohue, Grade 12, Glassware Still Life, Digital Photograph.The annual Student Exhibition, a 60-year tradition at the Parrish, features the work of more than 1,000 young artists from schools on Eastern Long Island. Working with their art teachers and through art clubs, the students demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, and technical skill in diverse media, ranging from painting to sculpture, drawing and photography.

A Playground for Learning

Virtual Learners in Miller Place Participate in STEM Quick Build Challenge

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—Implementing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts has been a hallmark of the Miller Place School District’s educational model for several years. While balancing different educational models this year, Miller Place’s staff have capitalized on the opportunity to ensure hands-on learning continued.

Ms. Watkins, second grade teacher at Andrew Muller Primary School (AMPS), engaged her virtual class in a STEM quick build challenge, via Google Classroom, to bring each students’ individual dream playground to life. The class was prompted to brainstorm and draw an initial design before the building stage, and then asked to gather materials available right in their home. Students were encouraged to apply their curiosity in a new way while creating simple machines—inclined planes, levers, and wheel and axles—that they previously learned about as part of their science curriculum. The challenge focused on building foundational STEM skills—communication, problem solving and creativity—that are essential in the engineering process.

Coupons for Character: March

Congratulations to North Country Road Middle School’s  Jesse Mott, Aiden Fiorelli and Chase Macaulay

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—Sixth grader Jesse Mott, seventh grader Aiden Fiorelli, and eighth grader Chase Macaulay at Miller Place’s North Country Road Middle School have been recognized as Coupons for Characters recipients for February. These distinguished students were recognized for serving as positive role models, promoting respect and encouraging their peers to build a caring school community.

Each month, the names of students who have demonstrated exceptional character are put into a container in the building’s main office. At the end of the month, three students’ names are randomly selected to receive a prize for their leadership. Students whose names were put into the jar, but not selected, receive a letter of recognition for their commitment to making NCRMS an outstanding place to learn and gain leadership skills.

North Country Road Middle School Inducts 63 Students into National Junior Honor Society

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (FEBRUARY 2021)—A total of 63 distinguished students in Miller Place were recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS). This honorable membership recognizes middle school students for their citizenship, character, leadership, scholarship and service while challenging them to develop further through academics and active involvement in service. Included in this year’s inductees was Ms. Allison DeSario who was nominated as an honorary faculty member.

To be considered for membership, students were first invited to participate based upon scholarship criteria, which was then followed by a rigorous application process juried by a faculty council. As new members, the inductees will participate in a number of projects and initiatives that serve others on a local level and regional level, under the guidance of NJHS advisor, Ms. Nicole Farley.This year’s inductees are: Chris Amendola, Samantha DeRosa, Emily Lopez, Brayden Rowe, Josie Attisano, Valentina DiGiuseppe, Gabrielle Maggio, Noah Samonas, Marena Bielenda, Katelynn Dimaiuta, Madison McErlean, Julianna Skoblicki, Madison Blaha, Gianna Donofrio, Andrew McGuirk, Gwendolyn Smith, Abigail Bosshard, Michael Drago, Taylor McHugh, Noah Squires, Fiona Burzynski, Angelica Efstathiou, Jayden Meadows, Emma Synan, Nicholas Calandrino, Erin Felser, Jason Miletti, Jackson Thompson, Brooke Callaghan, Christian Fisher, Ashlyn Mistretta, Hailey Turner, Natalie Cervenka, Mary Fitton, Sofia Moore, Jackson Vaccariello, Lucy Chang, Kaitlyn Goetz, Isabella Morano, Nicholas Vallary, Matthew Cirrito, Carolena Hanauer, Hailey Murphy, Claire Wagner, Christian Conway, Hannah Higgins, Virginia O’Hanlon, Richard Wink, Anders Dalberg, Dane Lagrasta, Evelyn Paul, Isabella Zaher, Meadow Dalberg, Jamie Lewis, Sean Pepe, Ava Zicchinelli, Emily Darragh, Lucas Lockel, Kayla Portigiano, Bianca Zou, Carrie Davis, Abigail LoNigro, and Nailah Rahman.

Miller Place Announces 2020-21 OAK and OAR Recipients

MPHS Hosts 20th Annual Breakfast to Recognize Students for Exceptional Character and Academic Excellence

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2021)—Miller Place High School (MPHS) hosted its 20th Annual Outstanding Acts of Kindness (OAK) and Outstanding Academic Recognition (OAR) Breakfast where 12 distinguished students were acknowledged for their selfless behavior or stellar academic performance. 

OAK award recipientsstudents who have helped someone in need without expecting any reciprocationdemonstrate the sense of spirit the District aims to achieve throughout the school community and serve as role models for others in the building. Recipients of the OAK award this year include Denis Amaya, Chloe Anthony, Sophia Bloom, Justin Klotz, Shaun Mooney, Sean O’Connor, Grace Polak and Avery Purrier.OAR award recipientsstudents who’ve distinguished themselves as academic inspirations and have successfully risen to the educational challenges presented to themeither met long-term goals or exhibit commendable improvement. This year’s recipients include Caroline Bark, Ava Marcario, Christopher Scott, Matthew Shelton, Carly Shurbet and Grace Stone.

MPHS Inducts New Members into National Honor Society

123 Miller Place Students Recognized for Service, Leadership, Character and Scholarship

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2021)—Miller Place School District (MPSD) announced that 123 students were inducted into the Miller Place High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) in recognition of their leadership qualities, commitment to community service and academic excellence. Among this year’s inductees was MPHS English teacher, Mr. Vallone, who was nominated as an honorary member for his authenticity in the classroom, coupled with his work ethic.

Membership in the NHS is offered to juniors and seniors who meet the criteria established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Qualifying students must have a leadership role in the school or community, inspire positive behavior among peers, and serve an adequate number of community service hours. As members, students are expected to uphold the criteria of excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and character.This year’s inductees are Brett Adams, Ava Alamia, Olivia Almodovar, Amelia Angelo, Ava Angelo, Anthony Bartolotto, Abigail Beers, Noah Bila, Scott Bisiani, Jordyn Bloom, Liliana Bosshard, Lucas Braun, Jake Canino, Bree Cantone, Hannah Cantone, Celia Caputo, Giovanni Cassino, Kalyna Chase, Danielle Cirrito, Madeline Cohen, Alexis Colvin, Meghan Connolly, Kellyanne Crovello, Sarah Cucinello, Nicholas Daleo, Jack Davis, Ryan Davis, Emma Delaney, Amelia DeRosa, Kate Doyle, James Duffy, Kaylie Elliot, Kirstin Elliot, Mia Eovino, Makenzie Fallon, Paige Faulknor, Skyla Fernandez, Justine Finnegan, Brooke Fisher, Anthony Gagliardi, Brooke Geiser, Taylor Giugliano, Jonas Goldberg, Sierra Gray, Madison Guiseppone, Alyssa Hawkins, Alanna Hopkins, Michael Ierna Petrie, Olivia Ingenito, Matthew Jacovelli, Giovanna Kalin, Natalie Kappeler, Connor Kirchner, Justin Klotz, Derek Knee, Charlize Kolasinski Lindsey Kreyling, Emma LaMountain, Max Law, Maria Lazarinis, Luke Leahy, Brooke Ledda, Kenneth Leen, Julia Lent, Amy Luglio, Selia Lyons, Michael Manolis, Cadence Masino, Ann Marie McNulty , Walter Michalski, Mark Milano, Joseph Miletti, Faith Miller, Anthony Modica, Lauren Molinaro, Jack Moloney, Delaney Moore, Andrea Mott, Brendan Muller, Sean Muller, Lauren Neri, Matthew Niemczyk, Noah Nieves, Lacey Noto, Sean O’Connor, Brendon Paduano, Daniel Paesano, Jake Pepe, Michael Perrino, Angelena Polito, Thomas Pranzo, Liam Preston, Matthew Reilly , Bradley Riegel, Madigan Roach, Diya Saini, Nicholas Savino, Ryan Schafer, Mallory Schuster, Alex Schwartzberg, Caileigh Sexton, Zoe Skarupski, Jack Soldano, Jackson Starr, Leora Stieglitz, Emily Stoessel, Jason Strickland, Christopher Sun, Nikolas Szumowski, Dominic Testa, Deirdre Thomson, Riley Torres, Evelyn Trelfa, Thomas Tumminello, Michael Vallary, Miles Vaska, Victoria, Waldemar, Michael Warren, Abigail Weiner, Maxwell Weisman, Noah Wenig, Sarah Winter, and Makayla Witherell.