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Miller Place High School Celebrates Collegiate Signings for Student Athletes

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 2020)—It’s that time of year again for Miller Place High School’s talented student-athletes—collegiate signings! The Miller Place School District recently celebrated the long-time accomplishments and hard work of their student-athlete seniors who will be on their way to play collegiate sports at the conclusion of this school year.

“The Miller Place Athletic Department is excited and proud to promote the achievements of these four student-athletes,” said Ron Petrie, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health. “Their commitments represent years and years of individual hard work, along with the dedication, sacrifice and support of their parents, families & coaches.”

Nicholas Belvedere will be attending Manhattan College, the Jaspers, with business as his intended major. Nicholas will be playing D1 lacrosse, under Drew Kelleher’s coaching, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Ashley Bonitch will be attending Manhattan College to play D1 lacrosse under Coach Jenna Dingler in the MAAC. Ashley intends to obtain her undergraduate degree in mathematics.

Alexa Corbin will be attending Rutgers University where she intends to pursue a duel major in biology and chemistry. Alexa will be playing lacrosse for the Scarlet Knights in the BIG-10 conference under the coaching of Melissa Lehman. Angelina Harris will be taking her talents across the country to Arizona State University, the Sun Devils, and will pursue a major in biological sciences. Under the coaching of Bob Bowman, Angelina will take part in the PAC-12 conference for D1 swimming.

Two MPHS Students Recognized by Suffolk Zone Chapter of NYSAHPERD

Congratulations Vinny Maronski and Chloe Anthony for Being Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in Physical Education

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 2020)Miller Place High School seniors Chloe Anthony and Vinny Maronski have been selected for the Outstanding Leadership in Physical Education honor by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (NYSAHPERD).

Each year, physical education teachers from each school district in Suffolk County nominate their best physical education students, one female and one male, for this honorable distinction. The selected students not only possess stellar athletic ability but also embody the values of teamwork, leadership, and integrity. The Miller Place School District continues to provide students with opportunities to remain active while helping develop beneficial life-long skills.

NCRMS Student Participates in Countywide Ensemble for Tuba

Congratulations Lexi Davis on Participating in the 40thAnnual SCMEA Day of Tuba and Euphonium

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 2020)—One of Miller Place School District’s finest musicians, Lexi Davis, an eighth grader at North Country Road Middle School, recently participated in the 40th Annual Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) Day of Tuba and Euphonium, at Smithtown High School East. The event, which took place live and virtually this year, provided Lexi the opportunity to collaborate with several other musically talented students across Long Island in a unique setting that fosters creativity at various skill levels.

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Five Miller Place Students Receive Commended Scholar Designation

Congratulations Devin Becker, Isabella Bierdzinski, Tony Chang, Mei Frawley and Michael Luo

Miller Place, New York (November 2020)—Congratulations to Miller Place High School’s five students—Devin Becker, Isabella Bierdzinski, Tony Chang, Mei Frawley, and Michael Luo—who have been named Commended Scholars in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students recently placed in the top five percent of the 1.5 million high school students who participated in the nationwide 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, earning them the Commended Scholar designation. In recognition of their scholastic achievement, each student will receive a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

AMPS has Pumpkin to Talk About

MPSD Incorporates Multidisciplinary Learning in Celebration of Halloween

Miller Place, N.Y. (November 2020)—Students and staff at Andrew Muller Primary School (AMPS) in the Miller Place School District had pumpkin to talk about during the building’s recent Pumpkin Patch event for kindergarteners. Together, AMPS’ young students commemorated the holiday through a multidisciplinary approach by incorporating English Language Arts (ELA) and science to engage in imaginative ways. In ELA, classes took pen to paper for a writing assignment that utilized adjectives and sentences to describe the students’ perspectives of pumpkins. In science, classes assessed and analyzed the growth of pumpkins, as well as the life cycle.

NCRMS Announces Coupons for Character Recipients

Miller Place’s Middle School Students Recognized for Exceptional Character

North Country Road Middle School in Miller Place is excited to announce its Coupons for Characters recipients for September Brett Winslow, grade 6; Joe Terranova, grade 7; Carolena Hanauer, grade 8. 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.




NCRMS Library Announces Summer Reading Challenge Prize Recipient

Sixth Grader Dylan Lempin Receives Kindle for Summer Reading Success

Miller Place, New York (October 2020)—With the 2020-21 school year in full swing, North Country Road Middle School in the Miller Place School District has concluded its NCRMS Library Summer Reading Challenge and is pleased to announce this year’s prize recipientsixth grader Dylan Lempin. In recognition of his hard work and success in the program, Dylan was presented with a brand-new Kindle Fire 7, a generous donation from the Miller Place PTO.

Throughout the summer, NCRMS students were encouraged to keep a record of the books they read and complete tasks on the library’s Choice Board, an interactive learning menu that enables students to have a choice in their work. Tasks ranged from “read a biography” and “read an award-winning book” to more complex like “if you could step into a book you’ve read, which one would it be and why?” and “write a letter to a character in one of your books.”

The NCRMS Library Summer Reading Challenge encourages students to continue reading throughout the summer months to enhance their independent reading skills, expand their vocabulary, and broaden their ideas and experiences. All NCRMS students that participated in the program, and successfully completed it, had their name submitted into the raffle for this year’s prize.

Sixth Grader Dylan Lempin with NCRMS Principal Mr. Matt Clark.

Miller Place Teacher Recognized by LI Language Teachers, Inc.

MPSD Teacher TinaMarie DeFalco Featured in LILT’s Newsletter

Miller Place, New York (October 2020)—The Miller Place Union Free School District is proud to announce that TinaMarie DeFalco, a World Language educator in the District, was recognized by the Long Island Language Teachers, Inc. (LILT) for her outstanding contributions in making a difference in the lives of her students and colleagues. TinaMarie, who teaches French at North Country Road Middle School and Miller Place High School, was selected to be interviewed and featured in LILT’s September newsletter.

With a desire and passion to help others, coupled with her interest in world languages and cultures, TinaMarie always believed she was destined to become a teacher. In college, TinaMarie enrolled in French and Italian courses to study the grammar and cultures of the two languages. It was then she decided to obtain a Bachelor of Art in French as her avenue to pursue a career in education to help others and share her love of languages.

As a third-year world language educator, TinaMarie discussed how presenting yourself as an organized individual and developing an organizational style that matches your instructional style will positively contribute to your professional career. Many of TinaMarie’s successes as an educator can be attributed to the confidence and passion she demonstrates for teaching. Her ability to motivate Miller Place’s students to become excited about learning a second language has been a cornerstone of her success as a teacher and mentor.

Last year, TinaMarie presented at LILT’s Annual Conference and will be returning as co-presenter this November. Her participation in the organization has been key in developing professional relationships with colleagues and friends in her field throughout Long Island. The Long Island Language Teachers, Inc. is composed of Long Island’s most distinguished language educators for K-16 and supervisors of World Languages, ENL (English as a New Language), and ASL (American Sign Language). The organization is committed to providing ample opportunities to develop content knowledge, pedagogical and professional skills for the member and its students.

Noteworthy Accomplishments for Miller Place Students

Eight MPHS Students Selected for NYSSMA All-State Ensembles

Eight of Miller Place High School’s outstanding student musicians were selected to participate in the 2020 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State Performing Ensembles. Participation in the event, which will take place virtually this year, is the highest level in New York State for a student musician.

The students chosen for their distinguished individual musical achievements are Will Dunlop, wind ensemble; Patrick Serrentino, instrumental jazz ensemble; Marianna Kalin, symphonic band; Kyla Bruno, string orchestra; Zoe Bussewitz, symphony orchestra; Jodie Cui, string orchestra; Aaron Miller, alternate mixed chorus; and Aidan Wightman, mixed chorus.

Miller Place Officially Begins 2020-21 School Year

Miller Place, New York (September 2020)—The Miller Place School District (MPSD) officially welcomed its students back for the 2020-21 school year, both in-person and virtually.

At the elementary level, Andrew Muller Primary School (AMPS) and Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School (LADSBS) students are back for in-person instruction. At the secondary level, North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) and Miller Place High School (MPHS) students have been divided into two groups, Cohort 1 and Cohort 2, each rotating into school on a day while the other participates in remote learning at home.

At AMPS, students had their backpacks and masks on and were eager to head into the building for the year ahead. Adhering to District protocols, students arrived at school and had their temperatures taken prior to entering the building for the day. After they received the approval to proceed, they headed to their new classrooms that feature sneeze guards and desks that are socially distanced.

At LADSBS, students were greeted by Principal Herschaft, who was sporting a Panthers facemask, during morning arrival. Later in the day, Mr. Brian Mas’ fourth grade students socially distanced outside as they completed one of their first independent assignments.

At NCRMS, Principal Clark checked in with students during their lunch period to discuss how their first week back to school was going. The conversation focused on an overview of the middle school’s academic and social philosophies, reintroducing support staff, and helping students become more acquainted with new protocols and procedures like mandatory mask wearing at all times with the exception of lunch and mask breaks.

At MPHS, students in Ms. Isenberg’s concert band class established this year’s routines and expectations while adhering to the recommended 12 ft. social distancing for music practice. In Mr. Fank’s fourth-period virtual enterprise class, students got right to business and worked on their college research assignment that will be used to interview for their virtual company later in the month.