The District News The Newspaper of the Center Moriches School District
Volume 14 Number 2 http://www.cmschools.org December 2007
Battle for State Aid Begins; Letters to Albany
Dr. Donald James other inflationary increases. At Governor aware of those concerns. Letters to Gov. Spitzer should be
Superintendent of schools this time, we have been informed However, I need your help. addressed to:
to plan on a 2% increase in State As I said earlier, the Governor Governor Eliot Spitzer
As you may recall, we aid. This amounts to just under needs to hear from you. The hard The State Capital
worked for months last year to secure $200,000 or an increase that is more working people of Center Moriches Executive Chamber
a larger increase in our State aid than $475,000 less than last year. should not have to suffer because Albany, NY 12224
allocation for the 2007-2008 school Our local political leaders, Long Island has been painted with (518) 474-8390
year. As Superintendent I testified Senator LaValle and Assemblyman the broad brush of an island full www.ny.gov/governor/contact (e-
before a House Ways and Means Thiele both understand our of polo grounds and mansions on mail contact)
Committee, participated in panel plight and are supportive of our the water. Please read the sample How We are Keeping School Tax-
discussions to forward our cause, quest to secure a larger increase. letter to the Governor on our web rate Increases as Low as Possible
met with local and State political However, the Governor sees things site (www.cmschools.org – click After the large increase in 2004-
leaders, visited Albany to participate differently, choosing to allocate Superintendent’s eBoard) and if you 2005, we have done everything
in statewide conversations and wrote much more of the aid package are in agreement with its contents, we can to keep tax-rate increases
numerous position statements on to the upstate and urban regions. feel free to print, sign and mail it at a minimum. If we are going
the matter. In addition, our Board In a memo dated September to the Governor’s office. Or feel to continue to offer our current
of Education and Legislative 20, 2007, Governor Spitzer states free to write a letter of your own educational program without
Committee was very active and that Wall Street accounts for up to describing how the ever increasing hurting our taxpayers, we must
attended numerous county-wide 20% of State tax revenues, and the burden of property taxes has affected fight for our fair share of State aid.
advocacy events, press conferences recent subprime mortgage lending your family. The more letters, The projected increase in 2008-
and joint committee meetings in an crisis and cutbacks in the credit e-mails, and telephone calls the 2009 State aid barely covers
effort to join forces with other Long markets are already affecting the Governor receives, the more he will increases in energy costs!
Island districts fighting to overcome earnings of Wall Street firms. He understand Long Island’s sentiment Increases in Grant Money
the misperception in Albany that all warns that tough decisions will regarding his proposed budget.
of Long Island is wealthy. These have to be made in the upcoming 2003-2004 $257,082
efforts paid off and Center Moriches budget. Accordingly, “We need Increases in Energy Costs 2004-2005 $505,068
saw a 6.7% increase in State aid, all to show the Governor the face of 2005-2006 $768,446
of which was used to offset a tax-rate the Center Moriches community.” 2005-2006 $482,786 2006-2007 $835,000
increase thereby resulting in a 0.75% 4 Year Total $2,365,596
Personal observations about how the 2006-2007 $621,000
tax-rate increase for 2007-2008 (see rising cost of property taxes, energy, 3 Year Average Tax Increase
chart below for more information). 2007-2008 $760,000
etc., carry a lot of weight in Albany,
However, this is a new where Long Island is categorized 2008-2009 2% 2005-2006 -2.00%
budget season and we are VERY mainly as an ultra wealthy, high- Projected Or 2006-2007 1.89%
concerned about this year’s State aid income community. We need to set State Aid About 2007-2008 0.75%
picture. In the District we have and the record straight. Center Moriches Increase $196,000 3 Yr. Ave. 0.21%
will continue to do everything we is a hard working community with a
can to maintain costs and increase great deal of pride in its schools, but Increases in Native American and Special Education Tuition
revenue (see illustrations). These they are in no position to shoulder
efforts will not be enough if our State Special Education Native American
any additional tax burden because (12 students) (45+/- students)
aid allocation does not keep pace the State wants to funnel what little 2004-2005 $87,446 $890,805
with the increasing costs of running money they have to urban schools. 2005-2006 $279,190 $773,899
a school district. For example, Our local politicians understand the 2006-2007 $388,150 $1,461,342
contractual increases, increases in concerns and needs of our community 2007-2008 $1,000,000 $1,021,000
health insurance premiums, sky and they have certainly made the 4 Year Total $1,754,786 $4,147,045
rocketing fuel costs as well as
War vet visits students Happy Holidays Where are they now?
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2 The District News December, 2007
What’s Inside Students Take Learning Outside
Page 3 - CH News English Teacher
Page 5 - MS News Center Moriches Sixth
Graders have embarked on an
Page 6,7 - Holiday Cheer environmental stewardship project
which will directly affect their
Page 8-11 - H.S. News future. Thanks to the innovative
efforts of science teacher MaryLynn
Page 12 - The Back Page Youngman, our students are involved
in an ongoing forestry project.
Their efforts will evaluate
and monitor an ecosystem. Mrs.
Youngman has sought out the
collaboration of Ron Gelardi,
The District News educator from the New York State
The Newspaper of the Center Moriches Department of Conservation (DEC)
and forester Mike Giocondo, to
assist in carrying out the project.
Contact: The project grew out of
Center Moriches Mrs. Youngman’s training at
Union Free School District Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) in
529 Main St. the “Gaining Research Experience
Center Moriches, NY 11934 in the Environment” or GREEN
Open Space Stewardship Program.
Tel: (631) 878-0052 The GREEN training, coupled with
Fax: (631) 878-1796 Mrs. Youngman’s achievement
of a grant from the Teacher’s
Superintendent: Center of the Western Hamptons,
Dr. Donald James set the program in motion.
In addition to class work,
Board of Education: students are directly involved in data
Mr. Joseph McHeffey - President collection in the field. For the project
Mrs.Wendy Turkington - Vice Pres. site, Mrs. Youngman chose a Suffolk
Mr. Daniel Finnegan - Trustee County parcel which is contiguous As part of their environmental stewardship project, students collect real
Mr.Wayne Vitale - Trustee data as they evaluate and monitor an ecosystem.
to the school playing fields, thereby
Mr. Thomas Hogan -Trustee
eliminating transportation costs, will continue with activities for the one that incorporates curriculum,
Mrs. Patricia Galietta - Clerk
Mrs. Carol Snyder - Treasurer and keeping the project truly green. project throughout the winter and involvement in the environment,
In late November, students began early spring. In May, there will be a and responsibility to the community.
Editor-in-Chief: their collection of real scientific symposium at Brookhaven National The students’ sense of pride in this
Dr. Donald James x117 data. On their first visit, each group Lab for students to showcase project is the icing on the cake.
of four students was assigned a their work. This opportunity is
Advisor/ Executive Editor: one hundred meter square area of
Mr. Michael Gerhauser x511 land to survey for tree biodiversity.
Teams adopted a tree within their
Alex Colpus - senior
plot, and measured girth, height,
and crown. By incorporating math
skills, Mrs. Youngman made this a
Thanks to East Moriches
Corey Fitzgerald - senior
Gina Gerdik - senior
Chris Natalie - junior
cross-curricular project. Students
determined the age of their trees Hardware for donating a
by using core samples taken by
Kenny Riker - junior
Tom Schrage - junior DEC forester Mike Giocondo. The
data the students collected will
wreath to CM
Alex Snead - senior
Ashley Stabile - junior
John Stuart - junior
be posted on the BNL website.
This project allows students schools for
to learn scientific protocol, and
engage in real data collection and
analysis. Students will not only
John Stuart develop an appreciation of nature
and our open spaces, but they will
come away with an authentic sense
of ownership and civic responsibility.
Mrs. Youngman’s students
December, 2007 Clayton Huey Corner The District News 3
A Treat for Kids in Need In a Nutshell Clayton Huey News Briefs
Second Grade Visits Old
Bethpage Village Make a Wish Collection
The second grade classes at In February, the Center
Clayton Huey visited Old Bethpage Moriches School District will
Village at the end of October. They participate in a Make-A-Wish
got to discover and explore a Long collection. There is a student
Island Farming community that dated attending the Center Moriches School
back to the 1850s. While there, they District that is having a wish granted
were able to sit inside of a One Room in the spring of 2008. All the money
School House, visit a General Store, collected will go directly to this
a Blacksmith and a Hat Maker. The child’s wish. Center Moriches will be
students were able to have a look at the major contributor. There will be
what life on Long Island might have more information and details in the
been like over 150 years ago. next newsletter. If you want to send a
Back at Clayton Huey, we had contribution at this time please make a
a weekly, month long program given check payable to: The Make-A-Wish
by Ms. Messano (Higher Challenge Foundation and send it to Rosemarie
Teacher). Ms. Messano helped the Seitelman at the elementary school.
second graders explore Long Island’s
past even further with activities, books Window Painting
and pictures. On Thursday, October 16th,
We look forward to Ms. the 5th grade art club had its annual
Messano’s visits and have learned a trip to the shopping center to paint
lot. the windows. It was a warm day with
just enough sun. The 54 students
Student Council Helps those and numerous chaperones set out at
in Need 9:30 from the elementary school to
The Elementary Student transform the shopping center. This
Council started its year with the annual year was no exception to the ability
food drive. In conjunction with the and talents of the many artists. With
Center Moriches Community Center, a splatter of orange, greens, yellow
Meaghan M. McDermott orange boxes on October 31st. the representatives collected and boxed and black the windows at the shopping
Clayton HueyTeacher Our class raised over $185 dollars, 15 packages for the needy families in center were painted.
about $20 more than last year. Center Moriches. They worked hard The windows became
Students in Mrs. Our top fundraiser, Michael Speed pumpkin patches, haunted houses as
and learned the important lesson of
McDermott’s and Mrs. (pictured above), raised more well as ghostly figures and graveyards.
giving. Special thanks are also given
Seitelman’s fifth grade class than $50 for the organization! to the students and their families for As always this is one of the most
once again participated in Trick or Treat for UNICEF sending in the food to be distributed. exciting field trips of the year. Fun
UNICEF’s Trick or Treat for All this would not be possible without was had by all and a special thanks
has a long tradition of kids
UNICEF with outstanding results. you. The student council is planning to all the parents who gave their time
helping kids get clean water,
Members of the community a year of community service projects to help make this such a successful
medicine and education. We were experience.
were very generous this year as the glad to help support the cause. similar to the food drive. The spirit of
fifth graders brought along their giving will be our theme throughout
Happy National Hand-washing Awareness Week
A feature by Justin Barone of December. This year, it will be If you still need some convincing, vice-versa. Take 20 extra seconds
Junior observed from December 2nd-8th. consider these facts, provided by the out of your day to pay attention
Washing your hands Food and Drink federation of London: to your other hand. Don’t play
Have you washed your frequently can greatly reduce your 1. Millions of germs hide under favorites; it’s just plain wrong.
hands lately? Even though we are risk of spreading diseases such as watches and bracelets; there 4. We have between 2 and 10 million
(hopefully) taught from the time the common cold and Pneumonia. could be more germs under bacteria between our fingertip
we are born to wash our hands According to Reuters News Media, your ring than there are people and our elbow at any given time.
frequently, according to the Food “A study of 305 Detroit school in Europe! When you wash These can be transferred through
and Drink Federation of London, children found that youngsters your hands, do everyone a direct touching of another
up to half of all men and a quarter who washed their hands four times favor and stop being lazy long person, or indirectly through
of all women fail to wash their a day had 24 % fewer sick days enough to take off your watch. shared objects, or other things
hands after using the bathroom. due to respiratory illness, and 51% 2. The Number of germs on such as counter and tabletops.
It can only be assumed that such fewer days due to upset stomach.” your fingertips doubles With this we wish you a Happy
staggering statistics prompted the There are many diseases after use of the bathroom. National Hand-washing Awareness
creation of National Hand-Washing that can be spread through direct 3. Right-handed people tend Week. And please, just wash
Awareness week, which occurs or indirect contact. Fortunately, this to wash their left hand more your hands. It’s not nearly as
every year during the first week can be prevented with basic hygiene. thoroughly than their right, and bad as Pigpen led you to believe.
4 The District News Clayton Huey Corner December, 2007
Holiday Celebration and Crafts
Joanne Scocozzo-Coordinator the Center Moriches Public Library,
Parent-Child Home Program Marcie Litjens, will be on hand to
read a holiday story to the children.
The holiday season is upon There will be Holiday
us and we at the Parent- Child Craft tables, as well as our Sing a
Home Program are preparing long, and of course our celebration
to celebrate the season with our would not be complete without
traditional Holiday Celebration. that surprise visit from our own
The festivities will take place Program “Guest of Honor.” We
on Wednesday evening December look forward to seeing everyone
12, 2007 in the All Purpose Room of there as we honor our program
the Elementary School beginning at families and extend our best wishes
5:30-7:30. The children’s librarian at for a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Question of the Issue
What’s your top gift wish this Holiday?
Ms. Brubaker’s Fourth Grade Art Classes made realistic, colorful paper
Senior Sophie Martin-Tsoupas - Freshman Chris Dicristo - Moose
mache′ fruits and vegetables for a beautiful harvest cornucopia display
Car OR Xbox 360 Junior Katie Connelly - Macbook
in the Elementary School Main Office to help celebrate the Fall Season.
Mrs. Kelly (secretary) - Black Senior Matt “Moose” Miller- two
Parents and guests were quite impressed with their handiwork!
Gucci handbag, Family with me front teeth
Mr. Soto (assistant principal) - Sophomore Kayla Edmondston -
Dewalt nail gun laptop
Mrs. Marino (guidance counselor) Sophomore Alyssa Sciommeri Ride the Higher Challenges Highway
- Adopting a grey hound - Full metal alchemist (a manga
Clayton Huey’s school wide enrichment program, the Higher
Freshman Dylan Calero – A new series created by Hiromu Arakawa)
Challenges Highway, will be taking place again this year.
guitar Mrs. Plummer- white gold diamond
Each and every one of our elementary school students will
Mr. Roberts (teacher) - books necklace
participate in an interest-based cluster led by an adult with some
Senior Melissa Alcus - A Jacuzzi Mr. Tozzi (teacher) - Respect
expertise, talent, or just fascination with that area. We are looking
for community members to share what intrigues them with the
children with similar interests. Each volunteer will be assisted by a
Happy staff member. These interest-based activities will take place Friday
afternoons in May, from 2:00 – 3:00.
I thank each of you who have already expressed interest and I
hope that those of you who are available will take this opportunity to
do so. Please return the tear off below.
I would like to participate. The following are areas or
I would like to share with the children.
Tel ~878-0052 Ext. 135 Please return to:
Donna Messano, Higher Challenges Program
511 Main Street, Center Moriches, NY 11934
December, 2007 Middle School Makings The District News 5
Students get Special Vet’s Day Visit
Lawrence Voelger, who is
currently student teaching with Mr.
Craig Charvat in our high school, is
more than an aspiring teacher. He
is Specialist Voelger, an Iraqi War
veteran. On Monday, November 5,
he spoke to students in the 6th and
8th grades in conjunction with our
Veterans’ Day lessons. His heartfelt
talk brought the realities of war to
our students. We all came to a new
understanding of the sacrifices made
by the men and women in our military.
Wearing his dress uniform,
Spc. Voelger explained the meaning
of his ribbons and medals. He also
brought his bullet proof combat
vest. Several students tried it on and
were amazed at the heavy weight
of it. When students asked about
the rifle he had used, Larry seemed
surprised that they knew about M-
16s. The students remarked that
they had learned about the rifle from
the video games. Larry’s rejoinder Voelger’s company was welcomed home from Iraq with a parade in New York City. Twenty-nine men were lost
included how he used to enjoy from his company.
video games with shooting in them. something squirming in one corner. friend, did not make it home. When I delivered the letters to local
“Now,” he said, he “hates weapons.” No one was hiding there, but to he returned there was a parade in VFWs. A large number of letters
He commented, “Once you see the his horror he saw a spider web so NYC for him and for his company. were mailed to Northport Veterans
damage real weapons cause, you large that a rat was caught in it. Last year on Veterans’ Day, the only Hospital. Several students also
feel very differently about them.” After his talk, Specialist person he heard from was his mother. wrote to Specialist Voelger. We are
He spoke openly about Voelger presented a power point Following his presentation, all so grateful that he so openly
his experiences in Iraq. Once, program showing pictures of many 6th grade students wrote letters shared his experiences and took
when searching a basement for who served with him in Iraq. to veterans, thanking them for the time to teach all of us about
insurgents, his light shined on Twenty-nine, including his best their sacrifices. Mr. O’Brien and the true meaning of Veterans’ Day.
Students Attend Holocaust Performance Principal’s Message
Ellen Kingston than 14. The children’s drawings Sofia Corella summed up her Middle School Principal
English Teacher depicted beautiful images, even while experience as “great, but sad. When Our first snowfall,
they suffered unspeakable atrocities. we arrived at the theater, I sat back Thanksgiving, parent-teacher
On October 29, the sixth grade Some comments from the comfortably, thinking it would be a
students went to the Westhampton conferences, Assessments and Mid-
sixth grade students clearly relay the long performance. When the people Terms looming – the year is flying by.
Beach Performing Arts Center to see impact the performance had on them. from the L.I. Philharmonic String We have accomplished so much already.
“Forbidden Music of the Holocaust.” Ivana Slifstein wrote, “The artwork Orchestra played, I was stunned. The horticultural rain forest
The performance was one of that was shown was sad, because My emotions dropped to extreme is in full swing with enormous plants.
the most powerful theater experiences even though these kids knew that they sadness as I listened to the music. I The students are learning how to take
many had ever witnessed. The music, were most likely going to die, they felt like I was taken back in time to care of plants, test soil and hopefully
performed by the Long Island all still had hope. It showed in their when these terrible things happened. keep them alive until spring. Mrs. Lang
Philharmonic String Quartet, was artwork. The hope and faith that these The music that the composers wrote and her students are doing a great job.
actually written by Jewish prisoners children had is incredible - butterflies, was sad, slow, funeral music. They We had our annual Harvest
while in concentration camps. The flowers, and families holding hands, shared the same feelings about
Dance on November 2. The students
accompanying vocals, although were well-behaved and had a terrific
all things of hope and faith to live. what was happening to them and
sung in German, lost no meaning time. It is such a joy to see them
The music was amazing. You could their innocent country. It took great outside of the classrooms where
on the audience. On a large screen tell that the music was probably how courage to express themselves
behind the performers, the audience their personalities really shine.
they were feeling when they were through such beautiful music.” Watching them on the dance floor is
viewed photographs from the camps. in the concentration camps. During Kiley Nolan thought it very enjoyable and interesting! We
Artwork by the children in the Terezin the first song (plucked on the violin) was “extremely touching. At first, will be having our annual Cotillion
concentration camp was also shown. you could hear the angry and fierce I thought it was boring, but by for grades 7 and 8 in January.
Below each piece was the name and German soldiers. All of the songs the end I actually thought it was The Smart Devils and Honor
age of the artist, many as young as were so powerful, so passionate.”
nine, and the age at death, none older See Holocaust on page 11 See Principal’s Message on page 10
6 The District News December, 2007
Senior Citizen Dinner
Over 250 senior citizens gathered in the Center Moriches Gymnasium for a dinner on
December 4, hosted by the High School Student Council.
Pro Sound Entertainment kept the action lively as guests enjoyed holiday music and a
turkey dinner. DJ Craig kept the music going while DJ David got the crowd up and dancing.
The night was a success, according to student council advisor Ms. Kellner, who has
hosted the dinner about 12 times. The dinner is a tradition over 30 years old. The dinner is
paid for completely by donations made through the student council.
The turkey dinner was prepared by Mrs. Kathy Bruno and her culinary arts classes.
Several teachers and staff helped out by cooking turkeys at home.
The guests included six Center Moriches alumni, spanning the class of 1938 to 1955.
To thank the staff and students, at the end of the night, the seniors stood up and sang “We Wish
you a Merry Christmas.”
It was a bitter col
gathered for the Center M
Though it was ve
nice hot chocolate provid
Company on Main Stree
classic cars, floats and fir
from as far as Ridge, to h
kick off its holiday seaso
make it this year, be sure
parade. It is a time that b
Above, Senior Ashley Bar-
raud happily serves a guest.
Right, Assistant Principal
Mr. Soto dons an apron and
lends a hand, filling an order
for Senior Corey Fitzgerald.
December, 2007 The District News 7
s from CMUFSD
DJ David gets some of our guests onto the dance floor to
show us how to break it down Old School.
Left, over 250 guests filled the gym for some holiday cheer
of Lights Breakfast With Santa
December 15, 2007 from 9am -12noon
ld night as the locals Center Moriches High School Cafeteria
Moriches Annual Parade
ery cold, we all enjoyed a
ded by Allstate Insurance
et. The parade was full of
re trucks, some coming
help Center Moriches
on. If you could not
e to come to next year’s
brings family and the
Children (5-10) - $3.00
Children under 5- $1.00
$20 per family
Sponsored by the Class of 2008
8 The District News High School Happenings December, 2007
Please help the stu- D i d Yo u K n o w ?
dents in the classes Lino Bracco what a Podcast is. Do you? been invented….in order to solve
High School Principal • Youtube serves 100 million videos problems we don’t know are
of 2008, 2011 and A recent short video on youtube per day….served 2.5 billion videos problems yet.
2012 to make the entitled, “Did You Know III?”
produced by Howie DiBlasi, I.T.
to nearly 20 million unique visitors
in June of 2006. Do you know
• Nintendo invested more than $140
million in research and design in
holidays merrier for Director for the Durango School
what YouTube is?
If you’re one in a million in •
The U.S. Federal Government
District in Colorado, provided the
local needy chil- following thought provoking answers China….there is 1,300 people just spent less than half as much
to the question; “Did You Know?” like you. on research and innovation in
dren. If you would • American teenagers today are • The 25% of the population in education.
China with the highest I.Q.’s… is • There are over 106 million
like to donate a utilizing the interactive capabilities
of the Internet as they create and greater than the total population registered uses of MySpace (as
new, unwrapped toy share their own media creations…..
They have created a blog, wiki or
of North America. In India it’s the
top 28%. Translation for educators
of September 2006). If MySpace
was a country it would be the 11th
to a child, simply webpage, posted original artwork, – they have more honors kids than
we have kids.
largest in the world (between Japan
photography, stories or videos
drop it off in either online. • The U.S. Department of Labor
estimates that today’s learner will
• Τhe number of text messages sent
and received everyday exceeds the
• 8 out of 10 people do not now what
the high school or a Blog is. Do you? have 14 to 16 jobs by age 38. population of the planet.
• According to the former Secretary • There are about 540,000 words
middle school of- • There are 70 million blogs and
counting. The blogosphere is over of Education Richard Riley – the in the English language – about
top 10 jobs that will be in demand five times as many as during
fice. Thank you and 60 times bigger than it was 3 years
ago. in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004. Shakespeare’s time.
happy holidays! • 9 out of 10 people do not know
what a Wiki is. Do you?
• We are currently preparing students
for jobs that don’t yet exist….using
• The amount of new technical
information is doubling every two
• 9 out of 10 people do not know technologies that haven’t yet years. Now You Know.
Honor Society Welcomes New Members
Thirty-one students joined
the ranks of the elite at the 53rd
annual National Honor Society
Induction Ceremony, which
took place on November 8th.
The induction ceremony was
held at the Rock Hill Country Club
in Manorville beginning around 6:
00 p.m. The ceremony was attended
by the thirty-one students being
inducted, their selected family
members, faculty members, and
current N.H.S. officers and members.
N.H.S. President Sophie
Martin-Tsoupas emceed the
dinner, which was planned and
coordinated by National Honor
Society Advisor Ms. Turano.
The night began with
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Donald James and Board President
Joseph McHeffey sharing with
the kids the importance of friends
and family. Following this,
inductees were given stoles and New members of the Center Moriches chapter of the National Honor Society were welcomed at an induction ceremony
pins as symbols of being inducted and dinner held at Rock Hill Country Club on November 8. Math Teacher Linda Jaeger was the keynote speaker
into the National Honor Society.
speech, Jaeger wants it to be that Charlotte Allen, Christopher Natalie, Paige Ryan, Michael Davis,
After this was completed the
you are responsible for the choices Shayna Allen, Kevin O’Keeffe, Jason Schilling, Joseph Falco III,
Key Note Speaker Mrs. Jaeger had
you make and should set high goals Jillian Barbosa, Elaina Pysarchuk, Thomas Schrage, Jane Fedak,
a chance to address the inductees
for yourself. In the end Mrs. Jaeger Victoria Bedell, Callie Rank, Taylor Nicole Shore, Samantha Ferrante,
and their guests. A speech that
added, “It was an honor to be asked to Borrill, Kenneth Riker, Nicolette Nicole Sportiello, Corey Fitzgerald,
Mrs. Jaeger said took about two
speak to the group; I appreciated the Broda, Gavin Rodgers, Katrina Ashley Stabile, David Graham, Julie
weeks to write, left the kids with
attention that I saw and the focus.” Cerverizzo, Cheryl Rosenhagen, Stuart, Samantha Jablonski, Dana
an important lesson to learn. If the
The new members are: Kathryn Connolly-Smithwick, Szczecina, Christopher Murphy.
students remember any part of the
December, 2007 High School Happenings The District News 9
Blood Drive Draws Bigger Crowd
having a cold to having traveled
out of the country too recently.
Students Olivia Goodwin,
Kayla Brantmeyer, C.J Sarno,
and Kathrine Wallace gave blood
during the drive. Kayla said that she
wanted to donate and be helpful.
However, C.J. said, “I wanted the
gift certificate for Subway, and,”
he added, “my parents made me.”
When asked if she would donate
again, Olivia said, “I don’t know,
because I almost passed out.”
The New York Blood
Center Long Island Region is short
approximately 800 donations a
day making Long Island at risk for
being in a “blood shortage.” Blood
happens to be always short during
the summer and winter time/holiday
season, because more people are
on vacation, sick, or very busy and
do not have time to donate. On
Senior Annie O’Brien lends a vein at last year’s blood drive. This year, The Blood Center collected 13 more Long Island, 60% of people are
pints than last year’s drive eligible to donate, but of that, only
Ashley Stabile said. According to Pallas, 38 pints those that helped were Seniors Dan 2 % actually donate, according to
Junior of blood were donated, compared to Himmelstein and Michael Healy. Linda Billelo, Account Manager
only 25 last year. In addition to the Others who were willing to of Long Island Blood Services.
Center Moriches High School 38 pints collected, at least 41 people donate were unable to. Mr. Hicks was According to Billelo type
held a blood drive on November 11, tried to donate but were unable to. too busy being tazered on a school O blood is the universal donor
2007. It was held in the gym from However, many eligible field trip to the Police Academy. and is therefore the most wanted
8:00a.m. -1:30p.m. According to students and staff did not donate. But he says, “I gave last spring blood type. Type O negative
the new School Nurse, Mrs. Pallas, When asked why some individuals and will be [donating blood] again is very rare however, wanted
the Blood Drive was very effective. did not donate, they said that it was not this upcoming spring.” Also others because it is preferred to babies
“At first the blood drive was moving the correct setting or they were afraid teachers that were unable to give and victims in an accident. AB
very slow because there were not of needles. Although some did not were Mr. Gerhauser, Mr. Charvat, positive is the universal recipient.
enough staff, however, it picked up donate, they volunteered their time and Mrs. Thompson. Reasons for Center Moriches is currently
and waiting time decreased,” she to help with the blood drive. Among being turned away ranged from planning future blood drives and will
publish the dates as they approach.
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administration, community members, and local businesses. This volunteer organization is
Your membership card will be mailed to you within three weeks.
funded by: membership dues, donations, food sales, raffles, journal ads, and fundraisers.
“Our” CMABC contributes to:
• Homecoming – organizing parade permits, floats, and decorations
• Three athletic awards dinners at CMHS each year
• 200 + athletic scholar tee shirts each year are given to Honor Roll athletes
• Over $30,000 has been awarded in scholarships
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• Pays for athletes to attend Section XI all-league, all-county, and all-state dinners
Volunteering students can earn community service credit hours!
Donations have purchased: the flagpole, middle school gym scoreboard, outdoor portable
scoreboard, dugouts, golf bags, accomplishment plaques, mailings of schedules and events,
decorations and many more items!
Thank you, to our community and local businesses for their generosity and continued support.
Our annual family membership is $20.00. We invite our community to support us with your
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10 The District News High School Happenings December, 2007
Where are they Now? Green Peace
I recently had the opportunity to interview Center Moriches High School class of 2003 graduate Helen Sekulski. Helen is now 22 years old and recently
graduated from Northeastern University this past May with a degree in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies. Following are questions
Helen answered regarding her current life, participation in Greenpeace, and memories as a student at Center Moriches High School.
By Gina Gerdik COA: How did you get I began working for them… So Energy campaign (for Boston we’re
involved with Greenpeace? I’d say about a month and a half. working on building support for a
COA: Where do you live now? HS: Well I actually had landed a very COA: What are some wind power project) and our Forest
HS: Still living in the Boston area… at different job right out of school. I was of your responsibilities? campaign. Again, check it out because
least until next spring. I just got engaged working for an Imaging Solutions HS: Mainly I am responsible for going there are things you can do in your
about two months ago and right now the Company as a sales associate. It didn’t out on the streets and talking one on one own life to make a difference. There
plan is to move up to Burlington, VT take me long to with people. We’re trying are certainly online petitions that
sometime next summer. I think I’m realize that sitting to spread awareness and need signing; letters that need to be
done with city living for a while now. at a desk in a I love being able to hear sent to congressman, representatives
COA: What are some of your little cubicle what people know about and many other politicians.
fondest memories of CMHS? making phone global climate change, COA: What are some of your
HS: Honestly, I was always excited calls was NOT what they’re doing to plans for the next couple of years?
to move on to the next chapter of my the job for me. be green, and what they HS: Well as I mentioned before, I just
life… I was eager to get out of the Leaving on the know or don’t know got engaged so sometime between
small town and move into a big city. best of terms, about Greenpeace. Our next August and Sept there will be a
However, things that come to mind: I I parted with main goal is to get people wedding. And, if not already done, we’ll
was big into the Interact club; I really the company interested in their futures be moving up to Vermont somewhere
enjoyed the ceramics classes I took and and decided to and to help them get around the same time. There’s a lot of
Art History with Mr. Potter; Mr. Tozzi search the Non- involved by becoming room to grow within Greenpeace as
and Mr. Roberts were probably among profit sector on members of Greenpeace. well so come next spring I certainly
my favorite teachers; ooh and of course the web. I found We are trying to build hope to have moved up the ranks and
the debate with Mr. Melandro over who a posting for a grassroots support and get have more responsibility. I definitely
was better, the Mets or the Yankees. position with people to work towards intend on staying within the non-
COA: What are some of your Greenpeace on altering our future for profit sector… Although entry level
memories of writing for the District this great site and Helen in 2003 the better! Whether that positions aren’t where the money is
News when you were a student decided that I’d call them right on the means clean, renewable energy or at, I’d much rather has a job I love
at Center Moriches High School? spot to find out a bit more about the job. pushing for the proper legislation, going to every day and that I find
HS: Well Tozzi was teaching it the I was invited in for an interview that we’re ready to make things happen! rewarding than work a job I hate and
two years I took the Journalism class afternoon, went in, had a wonderful and COA: Is there any information you’d be a millionaire. I am also planning
and I was such an extreme Yankee enlightening conversation with one of like to pass onto the readers of Center on definitely going to grad school, but
fan at the time and they were blowing the City Coordinators and was invited of Attention regarding Greenpeace? right now it’s up in the air because
everyone away so I would definitely to join the team right there on the spot. HS: I’d say that a big step in the right I’m not sure what to go for. I would
write about them a lot. In terms of less COA: How long have you been a member? direction would be to check out the definitely like to pursue some training
than happy memories, I also remember HS: Actually, although I had looked Greenpeace website. We have a number in photography but in terms of a career
that I was sitting in that class when into the Greenpeace website before, of campaigns going on of which my I’m looking into Environmental studies,
we found out about the tragedy that I didn’t become a member until favorites are the Global Warming and maybe even environmental education.
was taking place in NYC on 9/11.
from page 5 Tobacco-Awareness Program
Rolls have been posted and we had mars the other doors. Three prizes are
a large number of students make the awarded: Most Festive; Most Humorous;
lists. The honor rolls consist of three Most Creative. Dr. James judges our The High School Site-Based Committee is proud to
levels; Honor Roll with a 85 to 89.9 doors each year. He has commented announce the start of a tobacco awareness program, Tobacco
average; Highs Honors with a 90 that it is hard to pick only three winners Education Group. The program will address smoking and
to 94.9 average and Principal’s List as all of the doors are so well done.
with a 95 to 100 average. The Smart Our Saturday Academy for smokeless tobacco, the pressure to use tobacco, and its
Devils have two levels; Level 1 with at ELA began on December 1st and will impact on health and student finances. The goals of the
least a 70 to 79.9 in every subject and run for 5 weeks. Starting on January program are to motivate adolescents to adopt healthier
Level 2 with an 80 or higher in every 26, the Saturday Academy for Math
subject. Smart Devil Students watched will begin and will also run for 5 lifestyles, move students toward the desire and action stages
two Thanksgiving movies on the last weeks. The students work in small of quitting, and to give our students tangible tools that they
day of school before Thanksgiving groups to prepare for the Assessments
and received goodie bags for their and daily class performance. The
can utilize to rid themselves of this habit.
accomplishments. Congratulations to all. Academies are from 8:30-10:30 AM. The program will run for eight consecutive Thursdays,
The clubs have been busy The Middle School Concert beginning December 6, 2007. Each session will be roughly
planning activities and fundraisers. was held on December 13. As always,
They have been meeting regularly and our students performed at the highest 45 minutes and will start at 2:45 at the high school. If you
we encourage all students to join the level. They are truly remarkable have a student at the high school that may have developed
fun. The Student Council is planning and talented band and chorus this habit or is interested in becoming more informed, please
a toy drive and the eighth grade Senate students. We are very proud of them.
is having a food drive for the less We are planning a magazine drive have him/her see Ms. Corry, the coordinator of the program,
fortunate. Of course, we’ll have our in February to help fund the last half or come to the main office to see Mr. Soto, Assistant
yearly Holiday Door Decorating Contest of the year’s activities. This assists Principal/Chairperson of the Site-Based Committee. We
during advisory. The students work us in providing activities and prizes
well in their advisory teams and design for the Smart Devils, Graduation thank you for your attention to this very important endeavor.
very creative doors. They also respect activities and grade level functions.
the work of the other teams and no one
December, 2007 The District News 11
Remember - Celebrate- Fight Back
Maddy Alter The third Cancer Prevention researchers understand the causes www.cancer.org/cps3 to learn
Study (CPS-3) of the American of, and ultimately determine ways more about the difference you
The Relay For Life Kick Cancer Society will enroll to prevent cancer. can personally make in the fight
Off Meeting is Wednesday., January participants at the Center Moriches If you are 30-65 years old against cancer. Research today for a
30, at 7:30 PM in the Large Group Relay For Life to be held on June and have never been diagnosed cancer-free Tomorrow!
Instruction Room at CMHS. 13, between 6 and 10 PM this year with cancer, then you will want Save these dates:
We have exciting Relay For only. Individuals who choose to participate in this study. If Jan. 30...Relay For Life Kick Off
Life information to share. Please to participate will complete a you don’t meet the eligibility Meeting, 7:30 PM, LGI Room,
join us to learn more about this brief questionnaire, give a waist requirements, your significant CMHS
year’s Relay and our opportunity to measurement and a small blood participation comes from telling Team Captain Meeting Dates:
be a part of the important research sample. After enrollment, study everyone you know about the March 3, April 9, May 5, June 9...7:
we as a community help fund. participants will be followed over opportunity to help prevent cancer. 30 PM, CMHS Media Center
We all want to know we time to update information via Call Gail Tuohey, our Relay For Life...June 13-14, 6PM-
have made a difference in the life of mailed questionnaires every few American Cancer Society staff 6AM, CMHS Varsity Soccer Field
another. This year our community years. Your involvement in CPS-3 partner, at 631-300-3144, email CPS-3 enrollment....June 13, 6-10
has the unique opportunity to make will help American Cancer Society firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit PM, CMHS Varsity Soccer Field
an impact on the lives of many.
Members of the Class of 2008
Members of the Classes of 2011 & 2012 heartbreaking…The slide show was
hard to watch and imagine that people
Are Conducting a Fundraiser to Benefit: were really treated like that. The most
touching part was the ages of some
The Alec Mardjani Fund and of the kids who died in the camps.
The picture of all the shoes of the
The Make a Wish Foundation people who died at one concentration
camp was just horrible…The whole
Please purchase a ribbon to be placed on a “Tree of Life” to celebrate the lives of those who have overcome experience made me realize how
cancer or to memorialize those we have lost. lucky I am to live in a free country.”
David Michel commented
• Ribbons are pink, to designate breast cancer; on the photograph of children with
• Gold, for children with cancer; numbers tattooed on their arms. “It
• White for all others. looked so painful. I probably would
have cried if I wasn’t with my class.
We can write “In celebration of” or “In memory of” on one tail of the ribbon and the name of your loved one I will never forget about this day
on the other, or we can write “donated by” and include your name on the ribbon as well. when I saw the play. I went home
and asked a lot more questions.
Trees will be on display in the high school, middle school and elementary school until December 21st. My mom and step dad showed
me pictures on the computer, and
Please complete the bottom and remit with $5.00 for each ribbon purchased no later than December 19, 2007 a timeline about the Holocaust.”
**************************************************************************************** Morgan Maier also wrote
Please return to your child’s teacher or by mail to: CMMS about the music. “They played
311 Frowein Road the music so well that I could feel
Center Moriches, NY 11934 the music. I didn’t even have to
# ribbons _________ color_________ look at the pictures. I was almost
in tears. When the woman sang
Please Choose – In celebration of; In memory of; or Donated by in German, I closed my eyes and
imagined. It almost felt like I
Name(s) on ribbon: ____________________________________________________ understood what she was saying.”
(Please feel free to put all information on the back if you need more room) This show coincided with
the sixth grade study of the book
Please include your name and address. Number the Stars, about the Nazi
occupation of Denmark. The
Name: _____________________________________________________ Performing Arts Center provided
supplementary material which
Address: _____________________________________________________ included poetry written by victims
of the camps. Students later used
_____________________________________________________ both a poem and the book to write
about the effects of Nazi occupation.
Checks should be made payable to CMMS or CMHS This was a program that
stayed with each one of us
long after we left the theater.
December, 2007 The Back Page The District News 12
Lifesaving Vocabulary with a side of Rice
Senior Alex Colpus and wondering how they pay for the reach it’s goal of giving 0.7 percent
Junior John Stuart rice that is given to the children of it’s national income in aid to
and families who so desperately poor countries. Countries that have
need it. The advertisers, whose already reached their goal include:
Do you happen to know what
names you see on the bottom of Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands,
the word cachinnation means? If so
your vocabulary screen, pay for Norway and Sweden. We also
(or even if you don’t), then why don’t
the rice. For the companies, this is would like to bring it your attention
you log onto www.freerice.com and
just another venue for advertising, that besides the United States,
save lives with your vocabulary.
but according to Freerice.com, “it Australia, Canada, Japan, New
Free Rice is a non-profit
is also something more.” Through Zealand and Switzerland have not
organization devoted to donating rice
their advertising at free rice these scheduled a date for reaching their
for famine relief around the world. By
companies support both learning and goal percentage of 0.7 in aid relief.
simply logging on and testing your
reducing hunger around the world. How many people do you
vocabulary, you could help hungry
In March 2002, several of the think die of hunger related causes
children and their families fight
world’s wealthiest countries agreed each day? According to UN figures,
against hunger. Cachinnation, by the
to supply aid to some of the world’s about 25,000 people die each day due
way, means loud convulsive laughter,
poorest countries. According to to hunger. When the math is worked
but don’t worry, not all the words are
Poverty.com, 22 world leaders, out, this ends up being one person
as difficult as this. This word was
including President George W. dieing every three and a half seconds.
taken from a level 42 vocabulary,
Bush, agreed to donate 0.7% of their We may not have enough
which is more than a match for
nation’s total income to struggling time to wait for our government
most high school English teachers
nations. When all the countries to solve the hunger issue.
(we checked). The vocabulary
meet their goal it will result in 195 We hope this encourages
level on free rice is based on 50
billion dollars in aid relief each year. you to log on to www.freerice.com
different skill levels which increase
We think it is fair to address and try and save the world from
in difficulty the more you get right.
the fact that the United States has hunger, 10 grains of rice at a time.
Now you are probably
not yet scheduled when it plans to
And all that Jazzachieved. Preston states “We are on gap. “Losing our seniors was hard,
This year’s Jazz chorus is in pace to have a repeat performance.” but the freshmen are hard working
full swing with Mr. Preston as the With the graduation of about five and dedicated and that’s all that
conductor, yet again. For all those seniors from last year’s jazz chorus, matters.” When asked about this
who aren’t aware, the Jazz Chorus the younger group of kids has done year, Mr. Conefry said, “We’ve done
is involved with various events, a “tangible” job making up for the very well the past two years seeing
such as the “Pasta Pizzaz,” as well absences, according to Preston. that we’ve come in first place, and
as performing at the Cedar Lodge for Jazz chorus meets once a week to it looks like we’re going to have a
senior citizens. The main event that rehearse. repeat performance this year.”
jazz chorus leads up to is “Music in Jazz Band
the parks,” which is a competition
amongst all jazz choruses across
Like the jazz chorus, this
year’s jazz band has their returning
c o n d u c t o r,
Light’s Out Update
that is held in Mr. Conefry. Gary Crowell and from conversations with ECS, we
Jackson, New The jazz Building and Grounds Supervisor increased our energy savings to 68.50%.
Jersey. band also This increase is nearly double from our
After participates in In our last issue we reported last contribution in energy savings.
each Choir gives “Music in the on our school’s participation in a This shows the level of
“Lights Out” energy conservation commitment the District, staff, student
their unique Parks” every
program test on Thursday, October population, and community have
performance year, and 18. Here is an update on our for energy conservation.
in front of a like the jazz district’s commitment to conserving There are many ways in which
panel of judges, the kids are brought chorus has come in first place for the energy and reducing expenses. we are conserving energy within our
to Six Flags to enjoy the park to past two years. Our first “energy reduction” District, some of which are energy
the fullest. While in the park, the Last year, the jazz band performance report was based on the saving fluorescent lighting, ballasts,
winners are announced at an award received a rating of “excellent,” “lights out” performance of April 13th, window films, HVAC upgrades and
ceremony where all the schools which is the second best rating a 2007. The final results were a 35.55% PM programs to mention a few.
gather to receive awards. For the judge could award. Despite losing increase in energy savings. From talks The financial rebates
past two years the Center Moriches about one third of the band due to with ECS, this percentage for first have more than doubled, and I
jazz chorus has won the highest title seniors graduating, Mr. Conefry time contributors was above average. believe the District can expect
The most recent “energy even larger reduction percentages
of “first place superior,” which is in feels that the incoming freshmen
reduction” performance report was for and financial rebates in the future.
fact the highest honor that can be are doing a good job of filling in the our participation on October 18th, 2007,