As part of the Miller Place School District’s ongoing Character Education initiatives, students at the Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently created a wall of positivity outside the school’s cafeteria. The wall features a collage of colorful paper, each of which has a different positive message written by every teacher and student in the school. In addition, more than 600 students signed a pledge to “Start with Hello” and promote a positive culture of kindness. A full week of daily activities were planned around these important, simple, yet powerful messages.
The purpose of this project was to bring smiles to the faces of students, teachers and staff members throughout the school. Not only did each student receive his or her own Post-It note to contribute to the wall, many students also shared their positive messages with their friends.
Examples of the positive Post-Its include: Make Everyone Smile; Everyone has something nice to do or say; If you can’t be a pencil to write someone’s happiness then be a nice eraser to remove their sadness; The word ‘impossible’ is really I’m possible and Never give up.
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 recently held an event at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, giving third grade students an opportunity to show their appreciation for members of the United States Military, both veteran and serving active duty. As part of the program, students in Ms. Brenner’s class created a care package for the teacher’s brother-in-law, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Joseph Monaco, who is currently deployed overseas in Mahe, Seychelles on the USS Comstock LSD-45. Ms. Brenner’s class wrote thoughtful letters about the importance of servicemen and women and created a huge ‘Thank You’ poster. After receiving the package, Monaco thanked the class sent the students a picture of himself holding the poster.
The Andrew Muller Primary School (AMPS) in the Miller Place School District will be holding Kindergarten registration from Monday, March 20, 2017 until Friday, March 24, 2017 from 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is by appointment only. Parents are asked to call the AMPS main office at 631-474-2715 to schedule an appointment.
“Parents are encouraged to register for an appointment at their earliest possible convenience to ensure their children’s smooth transition to school. Any questions should be directed to the Andrew Muller Primary School main office,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marianne Cartisano. “We are extremely excited to meet the class of 2030.”
Parents interested in registering a child or children to enter kindergarten during the 2017-2018 school year must ensure each child has met all age and health requirements mandated by New York State. Information and required forms are available online on the District website. Please print out these forms, complete them in full and bring them with all required documentation to the scheduled appointment.
“Each year our kindergarten students make tremendous strides both inside and outside the classroom,” said Andrew Muller Primary School Principal Ms. Laura Gewurz. “The high-quality education our kindergarten students receive prepares them to face not only the First grade, but also the rest of their lives.”
Only children who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2017 and are residents of the Miller Place School District are eligible for registration. New York State current mandated immunizations include: 4-5 Polio (IPV/OPV), 4-5 DPT (DTap/DTP), three Hepatitis B, two MMR and two Varivax. Parents should also bring each child’s current immunization record to registration.
Prospective students must also complete a physical examination within one year prior to the first day of school, and the completed examination form must be submitted to the AMPS Health Office no later than August 22, 2017.
For more information regarding Miller Place Schools and district happenings please visit the district’s website: http://www.millerplace.k12.ny.us/ and the Andrew Muller Primary School webpage.
Students at Andrew Muller Primary School had some sizzling excitement as Mad Science presented an assembly called Fire and Ice. Students witnessed and learned about the amazing properties of fire. Then, the show cooled off with a spectacular demonstration involving dry ice. During the presentation students also experienced how inhaling CO2 will make you burp. The event was part of a Miller Place School District initiative to inspire students to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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.