Miller Place High School seniors Joe Filippetti and Jillian Spreckels were recently recognized by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAPHRED) as the top performers in the District’s physical education program. Both students were honored at the organization’s Suffolk County Zone awards banquet. During the banquet 114 students from 57 high schools throughout the county were honored.
The students were chosen for their effort and compassion in physical education class, as well as their understanding of the role physical education programs play in building relationships and inspiring a life-long commitment to health. To qualify, students had to maintain an “A” average in physical education throughout their high school careers, have an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate outstanding character and leadership and be a recognized role model for living a healthy lifestyle.
The Miller Place School District has a robust physical education program, which reflects the emphasis the District places on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Miller Place High School Physical Education Teacher Mr. Tom Veryzer and Director of Physical Education for the Miller Place School District Ronald J. Petrie joined the students’ families in celebrating Filippetti’s and Spreckels accomplishment.
Students at Miller Place High School recently came together during to discuss the importance of mental health in adolescence and share tips on how to support their friends and peers. Student Assistance Counselor Lisa Aitken coordinated a panel of students to meet with the student body in smaller groups and share a presentation, “How to Help a Friend.” Following the panel, students discussed critical mental health aspects, including suicide awareness and prevention. This program is part of a District initiative to raise mental health awareness and support District students.
The Miller Place School District recently celebrated the athletic and academic accomplishments of 14 students from Miller Place High School as they signed National Letters of Intent, identifying the college they will be attending and playing sports on the collegiate level.
Athletic coaches from throughout the District joined the student-athletes, who were wearing shirts emblazoned with their respective colleges’ logos, as they officially made their individual college decision. The schools students will be attending include Stony Brook University, University of Pittsburgh, Lehigh University, Mercy College and Arizona State University, as well as several others.
The Miller Place High School Athletic Department announces Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Girls Tennis and Volleyball varsity fall teams have achieved Scholar Athlete Team status from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).
“The District is proud of the athletic and academic success of each of our student-athletes on and off the field,” said Miller Place School District Superintendent Dr. Marianne Cartisano. “These students are models of the standard of academic and athletic excellence characteristic of the Miller Place School District.”
The NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Program recognizes Varsity teams that have a total Grade Point Average (GPA) of 90.00 or above for 75% of the team’s roster. In the fall of 2016, 149 students participated in the seven teams that earned Scholar Athlete status. NYSPHSAA also recognizes individual athletes who achieve a 90.00 GPA or higher. Of the 193 students participating in all sports at Miller Place High School, 113 earned Scholar Athlete status. Miller Place High School was one of only 29 schools to also receive a School of Recognition award for good sportsmanship during the fall season.
“Congratulations to all of the athletes, coaches, school administration and the athletic department,” said Miller Place Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health and Intramurals Ronald J. Petrie. “This accomplishment is a tribute to their outstanding work.”
Elementary School Students Learn How Other Countries Celebrate the Holidays
First grade students at Miller Place School District’s Andrew Muller Primary School recently participated in the District’s annual Holidays Around the World event, during which they made arts and crafts projects to celebrate the different holiday traditions from countries around the globe. As part of the event, teachers set up stations that each represented a different country so students could learn about their individual holiday customs. The countries included Sweden, England, Italy, Mexico, Israel, Germany, France and more.
The initiative is part of the Miller Place School District’s ongoing mission to celebrate diversity and give students a better understanding of the lifestyles, backgrounds and traditions of nations around the world.
The Andrew Muller Primary School recently held an outdoor kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Parade. Students in kindergarten designed and decorated their own colored aprons with their families. These aprons represented nursery rhymes being discussed in class, including Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty. During the parade, students teamed up with classmates who illustrated the same nursery rhyme to create a visual storytelling collage and connect with other students. The parade was the culmination of the first kindergarten unit of study in English Language Arts which includes; reading, writing, listening and speaking.
This event was part of an ongoing District initiative to engage students in classroom material in an interactive, hands-on way.
The North Country Road Middle School students recently helped spread holiday cheer throughout the community by decorating a tree on behalf of the school at the Tesla Science Center. Eighth grade student Patrick O’Connor and seventh grade student Abigail O’Connor spent time with local members of the community exploring the Tesla Science Center’s grounds and searching for a Christmas tree to decorate.
After decorating the tree with tinsel, bows and ornaments, they placed a homemade sign reading ‘N C R Middle School’ on the tree to share with the community.
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.