Digging Up the Past

Miller Place students in fourth grade at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School explored Native American culture after transforming the elementary school into a temporary Native American museum. Each class in the fourth grade attended an Eastern Woodlands full-day workshop program which included a museum presentation, traditional stories and games, crafts, singing and dancing, and much more. Students were given the opportunity to help lead the group with the speaker in the demonstration and storytelling portions of the day. Students even got up close and personal with replica Native American artifacts.

The event was designed to be an interactive way to educate students on American origins and the value of understanding diverse cultures. LADSBS’s students enjoyed switching up their daily routine to learn about Native American history in a nontraditional classroom setting.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website: www.millerplace.k12.ny.us

Novels to Multimedia “Glogs”

North Country Road Middle School’s seventh graders in the Miller Place School District recently took historical fiction novels to the next level by creating “glogs,” or multimedia presentations aimed at enticing fellow students to check out the book they read. Students utilized a user-friendly visual platform, Glogster, to generate their presentations using combinations of text, images, and video, with audio creating an interactive canvas. After reading a historical fiction novel of their choice, students tapped into their creativity by organizing images, text boxes, and personal voice recordings to produce an appealing book trailer for others to enjoy. Students then uploaded their presentations to the Glogster site and anxiously waited to see how many views their glogs generated from fellow students, friends, and family.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.usand ‘like’ our Facebook page: @MillerPlaceSchoolDistrict.

Miller Place Students Talk Business

Miller Place School District is proud to acknowledge eleven students from Miller Place High School who recently placed in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District 1S competition at Hofstra University. The Panthers ranked in both written and performance events including job interviews, public speaking, accounting, business communication, word processing, advertising,introduction to business, business calculations, and sports marketing.

“We are excited to recognize these nine dedicated students who worked tirelessly to conduct themselves with high academic and professional standards,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, Superintendent of Miller Place School District. “The valiant effort our students put in to excel in this program is admirable and we are incredibly proud of how they continue to represent the District as our entrepreneurs and business professionals of tomorrow.”

FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. FBLA is the largest career student business organization in the world and assists more than 230,000 students prepare for careers in business. FBLA competitions recognize and reward student excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. To read more about the great things happening in Miller Place schools, visitwww.millerplaceinthemedia.com and ‘like’ our Facebook page: @MillerPlaceSchoolDistrict.

Winners for Performance:

LoriBeth Sussman 2nd Place in Job Interview

Joseph Bisiani 4th Place in Public Speaking II

Winners for Written Events:

Nicholas Follo 1st Place in Accounting I

Justyn Baldeo 1st Place in Business Communication

Sarah Cuccinello 1st Place in Word Processing

Cadence Masino 1st Place in Word Processing

Alexis Franzoni 2nd Place in Advertising

Jodi Cui 2nd Place in Introduction to Business

Lori Beth Sussman 3rd Place in Business Calculations

Jodie Cui 3rd Place in Business Calculations

Colin Brennan 3rd Place in Sports Marketing

Miller Place’s Hometown Heroes

Jesse Pallas, fourth grader at LADSBS, and Emma Casey, eighth grader at Rocky Point Middle School and the daughter of Miller Place staff member, were recently recognized by Miller Place School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Marianne Cartisano, for their ongoing efforts to go above and beyond to help others in the local community.  

Emma, founder of Emma’s Holiday Hugs—an organization that collects new unwrapped items like books, stuffed animals with tags, puzzles, coloring books, and crayons for children at St. Charles Hospital—was inspired to “do good” in the community during the holiday season. After visiting Jesse in the hospital who was courageously battling Leukemia, Emma was touched by the realization that some children who spend holidays in the hospital don’t always have the opportunity to celebrate with gifts. Emma was determined to make a difference. Founded in 2010, Emma’s Holiday Hugs has since grown exponentially by partnering with local businesses and taking over her parent’s garage with containers filled to the brim with gifts for the local hospital. Her organization that began as a holiday initiative has since become an ongoing effort that continues throughout the year to bring toys to St. Charles Hospital on a need-be basis. Since then, Jesse has also taken the initiative to become a toy ambassador to spread smiles and share toys with others going through a similar experience as he did.

In November of this year, Emma presented Dr. Cartisano with a detailed proposal to implement her enterprise across the Rocky Point-Miller Place border and into the Miller Place School District.

“After hearing Emma express how we have the ability to turn a difficult situation and childhood illness struggles into something so great, I could not say yes fast enough,” said Dr. Cartisano.

The District worked with Emma to place several toy boxes in the District Administration building to collect supplies during the holiday season. Together, MPSD was able to fill 3 boxes of toys for Emma to share with the children’s clinic at St. Charles Hospital.

“I’ve selected Emma and Jesse as my hometown heroes because I am inspired by the rippling acts of kindness stemming from the Casey family to the Pallas family—making all of our families and friends in the community that much greater,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano. “It’s truly a remarkable feeling to be a part of a community that strives to instill good character among our children and always lends a helping hand to others in the community.”

On behalf of MPSD and the Board of Education, Emma and Jesse were each presented with awards of recognition for their outstanding volunteer efforts and citizenship. Both individuals have stepped up to the plate to make their mark in the world by making others happy. 

For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us.