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Student Organization Hosts Senior Citizen Luncheon

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On Saturday, May 4, 2019, The Carle Place High School Student Organization held the annual Senior Citizen Luncheon under the direction of Student Organization Advisor, Ms. Erika Fallik. 

The senior citizens of Carle Place enjoyed an afternoon of great food, fun music and exciting games of bingo.  The colorful spring decorations and all of the smiling faces gave the room a contagious, happy vibe. Student leaders served the guests a delicious catered lunch and helped throughout the entire event.  Carle Place High School’s mascot, Carly Passion, even stopped by to join in on the fun!  Undoubtedly, the student leaders of Carle Place High School enjoyed spending the afternoon with our beloved Carle Place Seniors. 

A special thank you to Ms. Fallik and the members of the Student Organization: Gabriella Deninno, Jenny Bocchiocchio, Skylar Reed and Giana McKeough, for organizing the event; and a special thank you to all the student leaders for coming down to help and make it a great afternoon. The Carle Place Student Organization would also like to thank the president of The Carle Place Seniors, John Heslin, for organizing his members to attend this yearly event and their generous donation which will be donated to a charity the students will choose at a later time.

Submitted by Giana McKeough, Student Organization Secretary 

Physically Fit and Ready to Lead

Physically Fit and Ready to Lead photo
Six students from the Carle Place School District were recently recognized at the fifth annual Outstanding Elementary and Middle School Physical Education Awards ceremony held at Roslyn High School. Sponsored by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the awards are bestowed upon two students from each elementary and middle school who demonstrate a physically active lifestyle, responsible behavior and leadership, and overall physical education excellence following nomination by their physical education teachers.

Carle Place extends its congratulations to Cherry Lane School second graders Logan Gomes and Tyler Reedy, Rushmore Avenue School sixth graders Stratos Mehalakes and Reese Aguilar, and Carle Place Middle School eighth graders Thomas Venezia and Leila Naraine, all of whom were honored with awards.

Cherry Lane physical education teacher Conor Reardon is pictured congratulating Carle Place’s winners.

Faculty Feud Fundraises for Ride Again

Faculty Feud Fundraises for Ride Again

Once again, Rushmore Avenue School has shown its commitment to altruism and support for the fight against the neurodegenerative disorder ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The school recently held its annual Faculty Feud event, which, combined with earlier fundraising events at the school, raised $5,579.21 to be presented to Chris Pendergast and the Ride for Life organization as he makes his way past Rushmore School this Wednesday, May 15, during his annual Ride for Life.

Rushmore Student Council advisers Elizabeth Cottell and Julie Santoro organized another successful year of Faculty Feud, a game that mimics the famous game show “Family Feud.” Teachers battled against each other in a hilarious game featuring questions surveyed by Rushmore students.  

Mr. Pendergast, a former schoolteacher who 25 years ago was diagnosed with ALS and given three years to live, met with Rushmore and Cherry Lane School students earlier this year to educate them on his disease and share his message of hope and inspiration. May 15 marks his 22nd annual Ride for Life across Long Island to raise money for research, patient services and awareness about the disease. 

Another great job by the Rushmore Student Council and faculty, who look forward to cheering Mr. Pendergast on during the ride!

Robotics Students Build for Success

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Kudos to the Carle Place Middle/High School robotics students who designed and built a robot that finished 13th out of 48 teams in the Long Island Regional FIRST competitions held at Hofstra University.

Students designed their robot to complete a specific task at the FIRST competition. Carle Place has been successfully participating in this program since 2000. It’s an excellent way to link science and technology in a real-life  situation, as well as foster teamwork and sportsmanship. 

‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ a Smash Hit

‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ a Smash Hit

The Carle Place Middle School Theater Company’s production of “Legally Blonde Jr.” was a smash hit! The show was directed by teacher and theater adviser Cherie Gisondi and produced by Chairperson for Fine and Performing Arts Michael Limone, who also designed the sets. Kudos to the cast and crew, and thanks to all those who came out in support of our students. It was a wonderful weekend of theater filled with great music, song and dance!

Carle Place Athletes Make Their Mark

Carle Place Athletes Make Their Mark

Thirteen of Carle Place Middle/High School’s most distinguished student-athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the collegiate level during a ceremony before family, faculty and coaches.

Carle Place Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health, Family and Consumer Sciences Christine Ceruti hosted Carle Place’s Commitment Day in the gymnasium, where students, many wearing caps from their school of choice, signed their respective letters. 

The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a postsecondary institution. The student agrees to attend the school full time and the school agrees to provide a financial scholarship for at least one academic year. 

Congratulations to the following Carle Place senior student-athletes who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics: 



Latino Leaders

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This month the New York Mets organization teamed up with the Carle Place High School’s Latino students to help them become exemplary leaders of their school and community. Through the power of volunteerism, these students and the Mets organization volunteered at the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead. Students learned about leadership and empowering their community by organizing clothing to donate to families in need, working in the kitchen to serve meals to the elderly and disabled and creating care-kits for the homeless. Special thanks to Carle Place High School guidance counselor Kelly Dass and Daryl Valdivia from the ENL Department for organizing this event.


Equipped to Treat Injuries

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Dr. Kyle Lennon recently returned to Carle Place Middle/High School to once again speak with students enrolled in the Responding to Medical Emergencies course. Dr. Lennon is an emergency room physician who specializes in sports medicine, having trained at Stony Brook University and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. For the third consecutive year, he gave a great lecture on sports-related injuries, with an emphasis on concussion diagnosis, prevention and management.  
Thanks to Dr. Lennon and the students, who were extremely interested and respectful.

Key Club Cooks a Special Dinner

Key Club Cooks a Special Dinner photo

On May 2, members of the Carle Place Key Club volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. Students cooked a baked ziti dinner for over 90 guests. The Ronald McDonald House assists families whose children are being provided medical care at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center Hospital.  Great job to all of the Key Club students who participated!


Middle Schoolers Play “Legally Blonde Jr.”

Middle Schoolers Play “Legally Blonde Jr.” photo
The Carle Place Middle School Drama Department presents “Legally Blonde Jr.” on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for senior citizens. Come out for a great night of theater and music!

Dining in Chinatown

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The Culture Vultures, advised by Mrs. Gisondi, spent a wonderful evening dining at Wo Hop in Chinatown, tasting the delicious ice cream at Taiyaki and strolling through Little Italy. Next up is a trip to the Broadway Musical Dear Evan Hansen on May 28.

Cherry Lane Kids Connect with The Little Mermaid

Cherry Lane Kids Connect with The Little Mermaid
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Cherry Lane School students recently took a special afternoon trip to the Broadhollow Theatre Company Children’s Theatre in Elmont to enjoy a performance of “The Little Mermaid.” Mrs. Rusinyak, Mrs. Barracato, and Mrs. Acierno took 24 students to enjoy the show, as they met on a recent Saturday afternoon to ride the bus in together. The trip not only served as a cultural experience for ENL students, but was also a way for new friendships to be formed, old ones to be strengthened, and meaningful connections to be made between students and the community. 

VE Firm Adds a Twist to Youth Business Summit

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On Wednesday April 17, 2019, Carle Place High School’s Virtual Enterprises firm, A Lil Twist, attended the 2019 Youth Business Summit. This year’s Youth Business Summit was held at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The Youth Business Summit is a one-of-a-kind global business convention for Virtual Enterprises (VE) students. During a dynamic week of business competitions, leadership events, and professional networking, rising talent from middle and high schools around the world displayed the professional skills and business acumen they have developed by running a VE company during the school year. The students were able to speak to firms from all over the world, from California to Germany. Congratulations to A Lil Twist and the other firms on an amazing year and a successful trade show!

– submitted by Nicholas Pascarella, Vice President of Communications, A Lil Twist    

Varsity Boys Tennis Scoring Aces

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Carle Place and Herricks varsity tennis teams battled earlier this week ,with the Frogs winning 4-3. It was a sweet victory, as the Frogs fell short 2-5 the last time they played the Highlanders. The deciding match of the night came down to the fourth doubles pair of Mike Malanga and Karl Veigl.  They won in a close two-set game, 7-6 (TB 7-3) and 6-4.  The other winners were Jordy Cavallaro, Mike Boccuzzi, Brian Huang, and Luis Davila. This was the Frogs fifth win of the season, propelling them to a  5-2 record.

In April, the team came out supporting Autism Awareness month by sporting blue wristbands for their match vs. Hicksville. The blue wristbands became a lucky charm as the Frogs won then too.

Congrats to Coach Sussman and the Gentlemen FROGS!

Fashion Show Raises $7,000 for Amputees

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On Friday, April 12, the Carle Place Key Club hosted their 10th annual Student-Teacher Fashion Show in support of the Amputee Coalition. More than 80 Key Club members and teachers participated, as models donned a wardrobe provided by Men’s Wearhouse of Carle Place, Karako Suits of Carle Place, Serafina Design, Lord and Taylor of Manhasset, and Bass Shoes of Carle Place. Students also modeled Carle Place alumni brand GOAT USA. Female models had their hair and makeup done by Studio Novelle of Carle Place. Nearly 50 local vendors and Carle Place families provided various raffle prizes and large donations for this event. Chipotle hosted a kickoff fundraiser to the event, and 33% of proceeds were directed to the Key Club’s charity.

All of the proceeds from the fashion show are being donated to the Amputee Coalition, which was the chosen charity based on the involvement of graduate Caleb Giordano (Class of 2016) and senior Gracie Giordano in the organization. Jack Richmond, CEO and president of the Amputee Coalition, attended the event, traveling all the way from the organization’s headquarters in Tennessee to commend the students for learning at a young age about the importance of giving back to others.

The amazing turnout allowed this year’s fashion show to raise a grand total of $7,000 for the Amputee Coalition. This event continues to unify students, staff and community.

The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization concerned with limb loss and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families.

–written by Samantha Wagner, PR Representative, Carle Place Key Club

Dedication to the Flag

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Carle Place Middle/High School student Patrick Cody has taken it upon himself to ensure the symbol of patriotism remains prominent. Patrick is volunteering his free period to visit classrooms throughout the district to replace any older American flags with new flags. 

“Patrick loves our country and has a great deal of respect for the U.S. Flag and all that it represents,” said Principal Tom DePaola. “We welcome his volunteerism and admire his passion for ensuring our flags are in pristine condition.”

Multiplication Madness

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Third grade students at Rushmore Avenue School recently competed in the final round of the Multiplication Madness Tournament, as students worked together to solve problems with hopes of being the first class to “crack the code” and identify a secret message. Rushmore students showed exceptional teamwork as they helped and supported each other in solving challenging problems. Each class was successful in uncovering the secret code: A Day Without Math Is a Day Without Sunshine!

Autism Speaks at CPMS/HS

Autism Speaks at CPMS/HS photo
The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and Life Skills classes at Carle Place Middle/High School worked together to recognize Autism Awareness Month, held in April. Students created posters, informational flyers and ribbons to decorate school hallways and lobby, providing students, staff and visitors with information about autism. As students arrived in the morning for classes, they were handed ribbons and stickers to wear as a show of unity and awareness.

Members of all three groups also prepared and sold delicious goods at a bake sale, with proceeds donated to Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments and the public. 

Great job to these students for organizing such a worthwhile event!



Everyday Heroes

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The Carle Place Community Spotlight recently featured the “Everyday Heroes of Carle Place,” a project developed by eighth-grade English classes and the Carle Place Student Organization to bring attention to their unsung heroes– the working people and volunteers– of the Carle Place community.


Student Reporters Featured in Kidsday

Carle Place Middle/High School students Samantha Cross, Lauren Gillepsie and Katerina Liveris recently interviewed writer, actor and model Matthew Gray Gubler, best known for his work on the popular television series “Criminal Minds.” 
Mr. Gubler has a new book coming out entitled “Rumple Buttercup.” Samantha, Lauren, Katerina and their teacher Cherie Gisondi met him at Random House Publisher in New York City. The girls later collaborated on an article that is published in Newsday’s Kidsday section. Check it out here


Appreciating Diversity from the Ocean

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Carle Place resident and author Paul Mila recently stopped by Cherry Lane School to present his book and underwater photography adventures to second-grade students in the school library.

Through his book “Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends,” Mr. Mila taught students factual information about sea life, while instilling important lessons about appreciating diversity. He also raffled off copies of his books, donated copies to the library, and gave each child bookmarks that featured his beautiful underwater photography.  More information can be found on his website:

Middle Schoolers Excel in Math Games

Middle Schoolers Excel in Math Games photo
Carle Place Middle School students participated in Math Game Day,  an online, engaging math skills competition for grades K-8. Four teams comprised of five students each logged on in the school library on March 8 to compete in real time against other schools nationwide. The games were quick and fun and provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of high-level mathematics, with speed of their calculations factoring into their scores. 

All four Carle Place teams won all of their three matches! Frogs Team 8B finished in second place in their grade level with 811 points (just 14 points shy of the winner), while Frogs Team 8A finished fourth with 669. Similarly, Frogs Team 7A finished as the runner-up in the seventh grade competition with 749 points, while Frogs Team 7B also finished fourth with a score of 696. Great job, students!



Multipurpose Room Dedicated in Honor of Coaches Dyer and Paris

Multipurpose Room Dedicated in Honor of Coaches Dyer and Paris photo

Carle Place’s rich tradition of wrestling was celebrated with the recent dedication of the school’s multipurpose room in honor of two iconic wrestling coaches: Doug Dyer and the late Hank Paris.

Friends, family members and former coaches were on hand to reminisce about memorable meets and share stories about the careers and positive impact both men had on the wrestling program and students. Guest speakers included Superintendent of Schools David Flatley; Director of Health, Physical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences and Athletics Christine Ceruti; former Athletic Director Jim Colligan, former assistant varsity/junior varsity coaches Mike Nicoll and Tom Redden; John Paris (the son of Hank Paris); members of the Dyer family; and Doug Dyer himself, who wrestled for the team as a student before beginning his 35-year career as a health and physical education teacher and coach. 

Paris began teaching and coaching in Carle Place in 1958 and remained in his positions until his untimely passing in 1974. Dyer followed Paris as the varsity wrestling coach, serving from 1974-2001.

“I can tell you that both Hank and Doug would have really appreciated this magnificent facility back in the day when they coached our wrestling program,” said Colligan. “They, along with Mike and Tom, embraced their sport and promoted wrestling both here in Carle Place and throughout Nassau County.”

“The indelible impact these great men had on students remains prominent in Carle Place, and having their names on the wall will serve to teach future generations about the importance of their legacy – not just as winners, but as great mentors,” said Ceruti, who worked with Dyer in the latter years of his tenure and credited both Nicoll and Carle Place Friends of Wrestling President Rob Jarvis with spearheading the effort to dedicate the room in honor of Dyer and Paris.

The multipurpose room is being used as a wrestling room but helps to alleviate scheduling conflicts with the main gymnasium and other athletic facilities at the school. It also hosts different student and community-oriented events. 

Middle Schoolers Learn Energy Conservation from PSEG LI

It’s not every day the words “improvisational comedy” and “energy conservation” are used in the same sentence. Recently, 200 middle school students from Carle Place Middle/High School learned how the two terms are connected when they were treated to a new live-action theater performance to complement their classroom learning on energy and electricity. 

Throughout the month of March, the PSEG Long Island-sponsored “Resource Force” was presented to nearly 12,000 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and their teachers at 30 middle schools to educate them about energy waste and energy conservation.

“Resource Force” is a 40-minute improvisational comedy show on energy and energy conservation presented by the National Theatre for Children (NTC). The live program features two professional actor-educators performing a series of comedy sketches about energy resources and how they relate to the world. Improvising as they take suggestions from students in the audience, the actor-educators create a unique experience with each show and provide knowledge and practical ideas that students can use to make a difference in their homes and communities.

Seventh-grade science teacher Sherry Ostroff brought the show to Carle Place. “The PSEG Long Island-sponsored program was a fun, interactive, fast-paced experience for all of our students,” she Ms. Ostroff, who along with students was highlighted in a PSEG video about  the program.

In addition to the live performances for students, parents can sign up to receive free energy-efficiency kits that feature electric energy-saving tools and LED lightbulbs. PSEG Long Island sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts. It’s a win-win-win for students and their schools as the three schools that order the most energy efficiency kits will also win up to $1,000. 

Watch PSEG’s coverage of Carle Place Middle/High School’s “Resource Force” assembly at



Exploring Imagination and the Arts in NYC

Exploring Imagination and the Arts in NYC photo
Students in Matthew Woythaler’s AP English Literature and Composition class at Carle Place Middle/High School recently attended a performance at Lincoln Center entitled “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer.”  This award-winning, one-person show was named Outstanding Solo Show at the 2009 NYC Fringe and uses live performance, puppetry, animation, and music to weave a touching tale of enduring love at the end of the world.  The performance was followed with a lunch at Old John’s Luncheonette.

First-Graders Meet the Mayor

First-grade students at Cherry Lane School welcomed Mayor Peter Cavallaro to the school library to speak about the duties and responsibilities of his position as mayor of the Village of Westbury. In addition, the children asked questions about how a law is passed, how decisions are made when citizens hold differing opinions and how they can be good citizens. This was a meaningful culmination to the social studies unit on government and citizenship and aligned with the first-grade concert theme, “Let’s all get aboard the ‘Citizenship!’”

Mayor Cavallaro is pictured with representatives of every first-grade class, along with his wife, Diane, who is a teacher’s aide at Cherry Lane. 




ENL Department Hosts Family Outreach at Library

ENL Department Hosts Family Outreach at Library photo

After weeks of planning, the Carle Place English as a New Language Department hosted the annual ENL family outreach program at the Westbury Memorial Library, where students from all three Carle Place school buildings joined together to learn more about the library services and programs.

Carle Place staff members donated books for students to take home to extend their own personal libraries. Students also toured the children’s and adult libraries, and parents had the opportunity to get to know one another and apply for library cards. Every student on hand won a raffled prize donated by local stores including Angelo’s Pizzeria, Bagel Boss, Casa di Fratelli, Hale and Hearty, Lisbon Cafe, Panera Bread, Shiro of Japan, Starbucks, Stop & Shop and Wendy’s. 

“This has been the biggest turnout yet,” said James Fisher, chairperson of English 7-12 and English as a Second Language K-12. “We hope to continue to build and strengthen our ENL families within the Carle Place community.” 

Special thanks to Ms. Acierno, Mrs. Barracato, Mrs. Dintino, Mrs. Rusinyak and Mr. Valdivia of the ENL department for putting this event together.


Juniors Journey Across the Pond

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The Carle Place Middle/High School Class of 2020 had an amazing time at this year’s junior prom. This year’s theme centered on England, as students took a “journey across the pond.” The evening could not have been possible without the hard work of the class officers, prom committee, parents and advisors. Thanks to all!

Sophomore Honored at LISEF

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Congratulations to Carle Place Middle/High School sophomore Lyra Lu, who received the Honorable Mention award in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair Junior Varsity competition.

Lyra is being honored for her research on the effects of berberine and abeta on Alzheimer’s disease. She completed her research last summer at SUNY Old Westbury and received many accolades from the judges on her extensive knowledge of Alzheimer’s and her research methods. Lyra has been working diligently on the paper and the poster presentation in the Science Research class at Carle Place MS/HS under the direction of her teacher, Carol Nicosia. The course enables students to practice authentic and original research independently and encourages them to work with research scientists and professionals within their preferred fields. 

“Lyra is unwavering in her pursuit of better understanding in many avenues of science research,” Mrs. Nicosa said. “We are helping her to delve deeper in new scientific areas and allowing her freedom to reach the tops of the ones she is already focused on. She is a treasure and has so much potential. She is truly amazing to work with.”
Previously, Lyra has worked on research proposals for Brookhaven National Laboratory’s synchrotron, a state-of-the-art electron storage ring that provides capabilities for X-ray imaging, high-resolution energy analysis, allowing for breakthroughs in energy security, environment and human health. She is also applying for summer research opportunities with Columbia and Brown universities.


Youth Ambassadors Provide an Important Lesson

Youth Ambassadors Provide an Important Lesson
Rushmore Avenue School welcomed youth ambassadors from the Long Island Tourette Association to educate third-grade students on Tourette Syndrome. Students learned what TS is, how it impacts individuals and how to be understanding and patient towards others, including those who live with TS.
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