Framed Among LI’s Best Artists

Artwork of Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School’s Vincenzo DiGiuseppe to be Displayed at Darcy Center for the Arts Firefly Gallery April 9-25

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—Fifth grade student artist, Vincenzo DiGiuseppe, has been selected to represent the Miller Place School District at the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Kindred Spirits exhibition. Vincenzo’s artwork will be showcased at the Darcy Center for the Arts Firefly Gallery in Northport from April 9 through April 25.Inspired by Long Island’s fall foliage, Vincenzo created an original acrylic painting, A Fall Day in the Forest, using several techniques to evoke a strong sensation of spatial depth and texture on a flat canvas. The artwork will be displayed alongside several other student artists, as well as Long Island art teachers, including Vincenzo’s art teacher Stacey Famiglietti, to symbolize the bonding experience that creating artwork brings to the world of education.

Artwork of Vincenzo DiGiuseppe, fifth grade student at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School
Artwork of Stacey Famiglietti, art teacher at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School

A Closer Look

Artwork of 20 Miller Place Students Featured at Parrish Art Museum from March 12-April 18

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—The Miller Place School District is commemorating Youth Art Month, an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for children, in conjunction with the Parrish Art Museum. This month, 20 Miller Place High School (MPHS) students will have their artwork featured in the museum’s 2021 Student Exhibition from March 12 through April 18.

Congratulations to Miller Place’s aspiring artists whose artwork will be featured: Brooke Ledda, Grade 11, Colorful Visions, Color Pencil; Brenden Jung, Grade 12, NYC Vessel, Digital Photograph; Michael Warren, Grade 11, Sasquatch, Digital Photograph; Delaney Moore, Grade 11, Boots, Pencil; Matthew Knodel, Grade 10, Musical Composition, Charcoal; Samuel Cangelosi, Grade 9, Canyon, Pencil; Maura Luby, Grade 10, Pattern Design, Color Pencil; Nadia Manzo, Grade 9, Structured Whimsy, Pen/Color Pencil; Kate Walter, Grade 10, Macaw, Charcoal; Krystel Aaron, Grade 10, Wolves’ Heart, Charcoal; Emily Steele, Grade 12, Mohonk Landscape, Color Pencil; Emily Stoessel, Grade 11, Colorful Jellyfish, Color Pencil/Watercolor; Leigha Provenzano, Grade 11, Pail with Greenery, Watercolor; Bridget Nielsen, Grade 12, Serious with Patterns, Color Pencil; Makayla Witherell, Grade 11, The Three Fates, Color Pencil; Kirstin Elliot, Grade 11, Landscape with Swans, Mixed Media; Lindsey Kreyling, Grade 11, Floral Design, Pen/Color Pencil; Eva Hood, Grade 11, Trumpet Still Life, Digital Photograph; Mia Riley, Grade 9, Color Wheel Portrait, Tempera; and Kaila Donohue, Grade 12, Glassware Still Life, Digital Photograph.The annual Student Exhibition, a 60-year tradition at the Parrish, features the work of more than 1,000 young artists from schools on Eastern Long Island. Working with their art teachers and through art clubs, the students demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, and technical skill in diverse media, ranging from painting to sculpture, drawing and photography.

A Playground for Learning

Virtual Learners in Miller Place Participate in STEM Quick Build Challenge

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—Implementing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts has been a hallmark of the Miller Place School District’s educational model for several years. While balancing different educational models this year, Miller Place’s staff have capitalized on the opportunity to ensure hands-on learning continued.

Ms. Watkins, second grade teacher at Andrew Muller Primary School (AMPS), engaged her virtual class in a STEM quick build challenge, via Google Classroom, to bring each students’ individual dream playground to life. The class was prompted to brainstorm and draw an initial design before the building stage, and then asked to gather materials available right in their home. Students were encouraged to apply their curiosity in a new way while creating simple machines—inclined planes, levers, and wheel and axles—that they previously learned about as part of their science curriculum. The challenge focused on building foundational STEM skills—communication, problem solving and creativity—that are essential in the engineering process.

Coupons for Character: March

Congratulations to North Country Road Middle School’s  Jesse Mott, Aiden Fiorelli and Chase Macaulay

MILLER PLACE, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—Sixth grader Jesse Mott, seventh grader Aiden Fiorelli, and eighth grader Chase Macaulay at Miller Place’s North Country Road Middle School have been recognized as Coupons for Characters recipients for February. 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.