The Miller Place School District recently celebrated the philanthropic efforts of 22 students from North Country Middle School who recently participated in the Town of Brookhaven’s seventh Annual Polar Plunge competition to raise money in support of the Special Olympics. The event gives Brookhaven residents an opportunity to have the exhilarating experience of swimming in the chilly waters of the Long Island Sound, while competing for the team that can raise the most money for athletes of the Special Olympics New York.
The North Country Middle School students, “Team Extraordinary,” raised more than $10,000. The team was started by North Country Middle School seventh grader Robert Fitton in 2014, after his brother was born with Down Syndrome. Robert personally raised more than $2,000, which was the fourth largest at the event.
Miller Place High School recently held a food donation drive to help support families in need during the holiday season. Students brought in cans and boxes of nonperishable items, and then packaged them in Thanksgiving-themed gift bags to be donated to local community members.
Donated items included, stuffing, corn, green beans, butternut squash, cranberry sauce and rice. They then packaged the products in Thanksgiving-themed gift bags and donated the bags to local community members.
The Thanksgiving food drive was part of a Miller Place High School initiative to teach students the value of community service and recognizing what they have to be thankful for in their own lives.
An eighth grade student of North Country Road Middle School recently qualified to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) 2016 Swim Championship. Angelina Harris recently swam at Ithaca College, claiming 7th place in the 100 yard breast stroke and 11th in the 200 yard individual medley. The NYSPHSAA is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools.
Miller Place School District’s Andrew Muller Primary School students were recently engaged in lessons about the importance of members of our armed forces. During the lesson in Ms. Ashley Tinter’s class, she showed students a picture of her sister on the smart board. Ms. Tinter’s sister is a sailor in the Navy currently stationed at a submarine base in Georgia. Ms. Tinter taught students how to salute a member of the armed forces. The students then asked if they could salute Ms. Tinter’s sister to thank her for everything she does to protect the American people. This lesson was part of the Miller Place School District’s dedication to teaching students about the importance of honoring veterans and active servicemen and women.
Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School’s third grade students recently celebrated Veterans Day in the classroom. To honor veterans and active servicemen, students created a care package and wrote letters for third grade teacher Allison Brenner’s brother-in-law, and currently deployed Navy Petty Officer, Joseph Monaco. More than 20 students wrote thoughtful letters about the importance of veterans, asked about Petty Officer Monaco’s deployment and experiences and thanked him for his service. Students also included Halloween candy from home, some of their favorite coloring books and activity items and a group ‘Thank You’ poster. Ms. Brenner showed students a picture of Petty Officer Monaco’s ship, the USS Comstock LSD-45, and explained how packages are delivered to currently deployed naval vessels.
The purpose of this event was to raise student awareness about what it means to be a member of the military during Veterans Day. This event is part of the District’s initiative to teach students the meaning of Veterans Day and to help them express their appreciation in a creative way.
The Miller Place School District recently held an interactive driver-safety workshop at Miller Place High School in an effort to promote safe driving habits among students. During the program, seniors learned about the dangers of being impaired and distracted behind the wheel using interactive, virtual-reality technology. The program, “Save a Life Tour,” is a comprehensive, high-impact, safe-driving awareness program offered to high school students throughout the country. Miller Place High School was the tour’s only stop on Long Island this year.
One of the workshop’s main features was a high-tech driver’s-seat simulator, which mimicked the impairments of having a high blood alcohol content. The simulator enabled students to experience the potentially deadly consequences of drinking and texting while driving.
The purpose of the “Save a Life Tour” was to make students more aware of driving dangers by showing how one poor decision can lead to crashes, injuries and sometimes death. Students experienced how much the brakes and steering wheel “lag” as blood-alcohol levels increase on the simulator. They experienced difficulty in stopping, turning and accelerating as alcohol affects reaction times.
The Miller Place School District recently organized an opportunity for students at Miller Place High School to volunteer their time and make Halloween fun and safe for elementary school students throughout the District. More than 50 Miller Place High School students dressed in costume to give out tasty treats during the school’s annual Safe Halloween event.
As part of the program, more than 20 classrooms at Miller Place High School were transformed into haunted houses using spooky, student-designed decorations. Elementary school students from the community visited each classroom to play games, dance to live music and collect candy.
The Miller Place High School student government hosted Safe Halloween to eliminate any potential risk of children trick-or-treating at strangers’ houses, while building a stronger community with teachers, friends and families within the school district. A portion of ticket sales for Safe Halloween are to be donated ALS research.
Andrew Muller Primary School recently engaged students in an interactive lesson on the democratic process on Election Day. As part of their educations on democracy, elections and the voting process, students filled out “voter registration cards” and ballots. Students then took their ballots to a private “voting booth” to cast their votes for “The Duck” or “Farmer Brown” based on a book the students are reading in class, “Duck for President.” Once each student had voted their teachers counted the ballots for each candidate and announced the winner. This lesson was part of the District’s mission to connect what students learn in the classroom to the outside world.
Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently celebrated 4th grade student Mia Carvajal’s achievement as the winner in the Suffolk County Marathon Essay Contest. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone invited students in kindergarten—8th grade from all schools in Suffolk County to participate in this prestigious contest. In order to participate students had to write an essay about appreciating veterans, living a healthy lifestyle or engaging in community activities. Carvajal’s essay was about ways to bring the community together by engaging in community activities.
Once all essays were received, student contest submissions were separated into three categories; grades K-2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Only 9 students from throughout the county were selected as winners.
Students Recreate “Biomes of the World” during Miller Place High School Homecoming
Miller Place High School recently held its annual homecoming parade and football game to celebrate the spirit and excitement of the Miller Place community. The parade featured student-designed and decorated floats recreating different biomes from around the world. The senior class designed an ocean-themed float, the junior class designed a rainforest-themed float, the sophomore class designed an arctic-themed float and the freshman class designed a desert-themed float.
The senior class was named the winners of a competition between the grades for the most innovative homecoming float, best hallway decorations, displaying the most class spirit, the most fundraising and collected the most goods for a food and goods drive. As the first place recipients, the senior class received $500 in prize money from the Student Council funds. During the homecoming festivities, each class also worked to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, collecting more than $3,500 by the day’s end.
The parade began at the Miller Place Fire Department and culminated on the football field at the Miller Place High School. The Miller Place High School cheerleaders, groups of students from each school in the District, the Miller Place High School pep band and local community members marched alongside the different floats.
Miller Place High School cheerleaders and the Miller Place High School Panther mascot lead the 2016 Homecoming parade. Students from each class, the Miller Place High School pep band, the Miller Place Volunteer Fire Department and members of the community also marched in this year’s parade.
The senior class rides on their ocean-themed float through the streets of Miller Place during the District’s annual homecoming parade. The senior class was named the winners of a competition between the grades for the most innovative homecoming float, best hallway decorations, displaying the most class spirit, the most fundraising and collected the most goods for a food and goods drive. As the first place recipients, the senior class received $500 in prize money from the Student Council funds.