Miller Place High School students recently collected more than $9,000 to support cancer research during a spook-tacular Halloween-themed dance. The dance was held in memory of Joshua Faithfull, a Miller Place student who passed away in March, 2017, following a rare malignant melanoma of the brain and spinal cord. During the dance students were able to decorate pumpkins, participating in a bean bag toss, face painting, a mummy wrap and more. Students also raffled a Nintendo switch, tickets to a Rangers game and a spa gift card to help raise money to support cancer victims. All of the proceeds from the event were donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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Incoming Miller Place High School 9th grade students recently attended an orientation program to help them meet their classmates and become comfortable with the high school environment to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year. Students were offered an overview of the high school’s academic and social philosophies and were given a chance to meet some of the Miller Place High School staff.
The event is an annual initiative organized by the Miller Place School District to help students seamlessly transition from middle to high school.
Advanced Placement (AP) Biology students in the Miller Place School District recently participated in Stony Brook Medical Center’s Medical Simulation Training Day. Dr. Apostolos Tassiopoulos, Chief of Vascular Surgery, Residency and Fellowship Programs, introduced students to advanced medical processes and innovative procedures. In collaboration with members of his medical team and medical students, Dr. Tassiopoulos worked side by side with the students in the simulation lab, where they were able to see the concepts they’d learned in action. The Miller Place High School students were shown how the team of physicians and surgeons train and practice their own assessment skills using the latest equipment in modern surgical medicine.
This program was part of a Miller Place School District initiative to expose students to the latest in cutting edge research and medicine.
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 walked around 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.
Miller Place High School recently announced the top graduating student for the 2016-2017 academic year. William Sussman achieved the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) of the 2017 graduating class with a weighted average of 101.40. Sussman is a National Merit Scholar, an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor, the Future Business Leaders of America CEO and president, the Mathletes team captain and a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language National Honor Society. Sussman plans to attend Yale University after graduation to study electrical engineering.
Miller Place High School recently announced the Salutatorian for the 2016-2017 academic year. David Argento achieved the second-highest Grade Point Average (GPA) of the 2017 graduating class with a weighted average of 99.1. Argento a National Honor Society parliamentarian, an All-League varsity tennis player, an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Mathletes club and a musician in a jazz combo musical group. Argento plans to attend Providence College after graduation to study finance.
The Miller Place School District recently celebrated Read Across America Day with a Districtwide event to help students share their love of reading. Students at Miller Place High School used Skype, an online video communications service, to read age-appropriate books to elementary school students at the Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School. After reading the books, the high school students asked their elementary school audience what they thought about the stories. Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School students then asked the high school students about the books they used to read when they were younger and what kinds of books they enjoy reading now.
This program was part of an ongoing Miller Place School District initiative intended to help students connect with their peers and develop high-level literacy skills from an early age.
The Miller Place School District’s Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School’s fifth grade band recently performed during a Long Island Ducks game at Ducks Stadium. The students performed a seven minute set, which included songs they have learned throughout the year.
This is the third year in a row that the fifth grade band has opened for the Long Island Ducks, a baseball team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The band’s participation in this program is part of a Miller Place School District initiative to provide diverse platforms for students to showcase their artistic and musical talents.
More than 120 Miller Place School District students and parents at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently volunteered to beautify their school during the school’s annual Clean-Up Day, a district initiative to involve students in their environment. Parents and Service Club students came together to weed, plant new spring plants and mulch the grounds. The volunteers were broken up into teams and given a designated zone to beautify. During the day students learned value of teamwork and service, while also transforming their school into a nicer place to connect and learn.
The Miller Place School District’s Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently welcomed ‘The Energized Guyz’ from The National Theatre for Children to perform for students. More than 400 students learned about energy conservation during a fun, interactive comedy featuring junior superhero Nikki Neutron as she thwarts ‘Sneaker’ the energy-wasting, crafty villain. The program detailed how electricity is created from coal, wind, water and the sun. In addition, as part of the District’s ongoing initiative to promote energy conservation and green systems, students also explored the environmental impacts of coal consumption. Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner also attended the performance in support of PSEG.
Prior to and following the presentation students continued to participate in a series of interactive, digital games and activities focusing on energy conservation within their classrooms based on suggested educational websites from the event sponsors; PSEG Long Island.