Christian Kimmy’s Holiday Wish Transforms into aCommunitywide Initiative Benefiting Others
MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2020)—What began as a classroom literacy activity soon became a building wide initiative to give back to families in need—all thanks to Christian Kimmy, a 4th grader at Miller Place’s Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School (LADSBS). With the holiday season in full swing, LADSBS students took pen to paper to highlight their wishes after a class discussion about donations. Fortunately, Christian’s wish, asking his classmates to donate to those who are less fortunate, is being granted this holiday season.
“I am humbled by Christian’s generosity and thoughtfulness, particularly at such a young age. On top of that, I’m touched by his drive to inspire those around him to follow suit,” said Dr. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of Miller Place Union Free School District. “This initiative is just one example of what takes place every day in our classrooms—the transformative power of an effective teacher like Justine Parcelluzzi and our students’ determination to leave their mark on the world for the better.”
In a personalized letter to the class, Christian asked for his peers’ help in donating to Toys for Tots, a charity that works to collect new and unwrapped toys to distribute to the less fortunate around Christmas. Since then, a collection box has been placed outside the Comsewogue Library to encourage students to bring their unwrapped toys there to donate.
Virtual Enterprise Students Hone Entrepreneurship Skills for National Branding Competition
MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2020)—Throughout this school year, Miller Place High School (MPHS) student entrepreneurs in Mr. Fank’s Virtual Enterprise (VE) class developed a company, As Scene on the Screen, that specializes in selling authentic movie, television, and sports memorabilia. Recently, the company participated in a national branding competition through the VE National Online Competition, an initiative that provides high school students with the unique opportunity to develop and demonstrate their career readiness in various aspects of business.
Ahead of the competition, As Scene on the Screen split into two teams to spearhead their national branding packet. One team, while working in-person, organized themselves into subdivisions—sales, accounting, design and marketing—to simulate the different specializations when working in a business environment. The other team, while working entirely via Google Meet, ensured company operations were running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Throughout the competition process, the company developed their branding package which included the company logo, fonts, and color palette. The package also featured a letterhead, business cards, envelopes, cover pages, sales materials and other similar company documents. As Scene on the Screen’s collective goal was to distinguish their company by creating a memorable brand package that’s versatile and consistent across all elements of the business.
Miller Place Students Participate in StateSenator Lavelle’s Thanksgiving Celebrations
MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2020)—In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, 37 studentsfrom Ms. Christine Luchsinger’s sixth grade class at North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) took pen to paper in New York State Senator Kenneth P. Lavelle’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration detailing what they’re thankful for this year.
The program, designed to understand and amplify the creativity of students while honoring the most important people in their lives, encouraged Miller Place’s students to showcase their creativity and experiences through literacy.
Miller Place High School’s National Honor Society Students Carry out Annual Food Drive
MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2020)—With the holiday season here, the National Honor Society (NHS) students from Miller Place High School (MPHS) facilitated their annual school wide food drive. Led by NHS officers, students and staff aimed to provide non-perishable food assembled in the form of packaged baskets, filled with the donations as well as personal notes, for those in need.
Across the school, students were encouraged to bring canned and other nonperishable items into school each day to contribute to the school’s donations. As an incentive, students in the first period classroom that donated the most items were rewarded with a bagel breakfast to celebrate their classroom’s commitment to the cause. After donations were compiled, NHS officers assembled the items into baskets with hand written notes included in each.
MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 2020)—The Miller Place School District’s North Country Road Middle School (NCRMS) is proud to announce its November Coupons for Character recipients—Trianna Corrodus, grade 6; Brennan Sock, grade 7; Nick Calandrino, grade 8—who are being recognized for acting 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. When the month concludes, three students’ names are randomly selected to receive accolades for their leadership. Students whose names were put into the jar, but not selected, earn a letter of recognition for their commitment to making NCRMS an outstanding place to learn and gain leadership skills.
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North Country Road Middle School Students Celebrate Bus Driver Appreciation Day
MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2020)—In recognition of their gratitude and appreciation, North Country Road Middle School Student Government in Miller Place organized a drive-up hot breakfast and coffee station for the District’s transportation team. The annual initiative, Bus Driver Appreciation Day, acknowledges all the hard work, flexibility and dedication of the District’s bus drivers who ensure the safety of our students while traveling between home and school. The leadership and unique qualities displayed by each driver every morning and afternoon is an inspiration to our students to put their best foot forward and lead with kindness.