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Spanish Honor Society Helps to Feed Others for Thanksgiving

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Under the guidance of adviser Rosa Perifimos, every year the Carle Place High School Spanish Honor Society garners its efforts to bring a touch of Thanksgiving to the less fortunate neighbors in our community. Guided by President Caroline McLaughlin, Vice-president Gavin Manganiello, Treasurer Lauren Basso,  Secretary Jessica Abreu and Public Relations liaison Angela Ruggiano, members of the Spanish Honor Society provided nonperishable items in order to create food-filled boxes and spread joy during the holiday season.

Thanks to Carle Place High School Assistant Principal Gerald Baratta, the Spanish Honor Society can reach out to those in need. By lending a helping hand and giving festive-filled boxes, they are happy to add smiles within the hamlet!

Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias! 

Collaborative Math

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Mrs. Cruz’s and Ms. Santos’ second graders recently worked cooperatively to complete performance tasks in math centers. Through collaboration and mathematical discussion and debate, students persevered in problem solving. Pictured are students thoughtfully engaged in Place Value Jenga.

Master Teacher

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Congratulations to Carle Place High School science teacher Carol Nicosia, who has been named a New York State Master Teacher. The New York State Master Teacher program is a partnership with the State University of New York and Math for America that brings together outstanding public-school teachers to collaborate and inspire the next generation of STEM and science leaders. Mrs. Nicosia is one of just 10 teachers in Nassau County to receive this distinction.

Mrs. Nicosia teaches Advanced Placement Biology, Honors Chemistry and Science Research, serves as co-adviser of the environmental action committee and is a member of the technology committee. She is most passionate about modeling innovative instruction in the classroom. 

“I love making science come alive for my students,” Mrs. Nicosia said. “Building three-dimensional lessons and providing authentic research opportunities are just some of the ways we are accomplishing this in Carle Place.”

The Master Teacher designation recognizes excellence in three key areas: content knowledge, pedagogy and overall commitment to students, families and the school district community. 

“[Mrs. Nicosia] does an amazing job in all three of these areas,” said Superintendent of Schools David Flatley, who recalled the process of hiring Mrs. Nicosia with Carle Place Middle/High School Principal Thomas DePaola. “We are fortunate to have her as a member of our professional staff and it’s great that she is being formally recognized.” 

Mrs. Nicosia proposed, wrote and now teaches two elective courses at Carle Place MS/HS: Infectious Diseases and Genetics and Biotechnology. She also taught  undergraduate biology at Stony Brook University from 2009 to 2013 and is in the process of completing her educational leadership degree there. She previously earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Fairfield University and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching, also at Stony Brook. 

Mrs. Nicosia is pictured here being congratulated by the Board of Education and Mr. Flatley.

Coding All the Way to Grandmother’s House

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For National STEM Day (November 8th) first graders practiced coding by creating a code to get the pie to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. First, the students had the opportunity to build their “unplugged" codes on a giant mat. They then mapped out codes of their own using the Seesaw app and tested their codes together.  It was an exciting introduction to coding!

Government in Action

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With proud parents in attendance in the auditorium, 20 fifth- and sixth-graders at Rushmore Avenue School were inducted into the school’s 2018-19 Student Council. Carle Place Superintendent of Schools David Flatley joined advisers Elizabeth Cottell and Julie Santoro in administering the oath of service to the school’s newest leaders. Mr. Flatley and Rushmore Ave. Principal Catherine Silletti then presented each inductee with a customary student council pin. 

According to Ms. Silletti, serving on Student Council helps bring to life the sense of community that is being established in school. 

“These are your first steps in public service…and hopefully they will not be your last,” said Ms. Silletti, as she congratulated the new inductees. 

Rushmore’s Student Council organizes various charitable activities throughout the year, including a food drive, an ALS fundraiser and a holiday toy drive. This year’s group is comprised of representatives from each of the fifth- and sixth-grade classes who represent the interests of the entire school. To be chosen, each candidate must write a speech explaining why he or she can be relied on as the voice of the Rushmore student body.    

Builders and Key Clubs Honored

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Every year, Key Club International celebrates all subdivisions of Key Club during the first full week of November. Executive board members from the Carle Place High School Key Club and the Carle Place Middle School Builders Club were honored by the Long Island North Division of Key Club at a ceremony held at Sea Cliff Manor on Nov. 7. Both groups were recognized for their charitable efforts and service learning work.  

The Carle Place MS/HS combined group was recognized as the top fundraising Key Club Division for the state of New York for the 2017-18 school year. Both groups fundraised for worthy causes such as UNICEF, Winthrop NYU Breast Health Center, Operational Smile, Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center, the Salvation Army, Carle Place Adopt-A-Family and Winthrop Child Life. Both groups have also carried out service projects for the Our Lady of Hope Food Pantry and the INN Soup Kitchen.  

To celebrate locally, on Nov. 7 Key Club members carried out random acts of kindness. The Key Club and Builders Club hope to continue that spirit through their food drive, taking place Nov. 13-16 in Social Studies classes, as well as the Long Island Blood Services Blood Drive on Nov. 20.

By Caroline McLaughlin, Carle Place HS Key Club 

A Drive for Literacy

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The Rushmore School library just completed their annual book drive to benefit the not-for-profit organization The Book Fairies. Students and staff at Rushmore donated almost 30 boxes of books, which will be distributed to people in need throughout the New York metropolitan area. A great big thank you to all those who donated and continue to create lifelong learners!  

Field Hockey, Two Runners Advance to State Championships

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Congratulations to the Carle Place Middle/High School varsity field hockey team and Coach Rubenstein on advancing to the New York State Final Four by defeating Pierson (Sag Harbor) 7-0 in the Long Island Championship game on Nov. 3! The Lady Frogs will play in the state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Williamsville North High School in Buffalo. The finals are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, also at Williamsville North.
Additional congratulations to runners Marcus Pomales and John Schmuck, who advanced to the 2018 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross-Country Championships after a strong showing at Bethpage State Park on Nov. 4. They will compete in the state tournament on Nov. 10 at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park.

Finally, congratulations to the boys varsity soccer team, including Coaches Foraker and Reardon, on a successful year. The team advanced to the Southeast Regional Championship. Despite their loss to Briarcliff in the second round of penalty kicks they played with heart!


Second-Graders Make a Great Escape

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Second-graders at Cherry Lane School demonstrated critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication while they worked in groups to virtually escape their classrooms. This task required the students to problem-solve, piece together clues, overcome virtual obstacles and exercise perseverance in making their escape!

“It was fun and challenging,” said Brooke, a Cherry Lane second-grader.

Students Spread Awareness About Substance Abuse

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Red Ribbon week was recently recognized at Carle Place Middle School and High School, led by the club SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). The Red Ribbon campaign is a national campaign that is working to spread awareness about the use of illegal drugs and tobacco products and how these products can destroy someone’s life. Red Ribbon week started in 1985, as a way to educate people, especially teens, so that they have a better chance to live out healthy, and happy lives. Students in SADD at Carle Place High School decorated the entire school with red ribbons in the hallways and on doors, with helpful information sheets pinned up in the hallways and messages on teacher's doors for everyone to read. 

Moreover, if you were driving by Carle Place MS/HS you might have seen the red ribbons tied to the big trees in front of the school, to make sure that everyone in the community was aware of what was going on in the school. Additionally, on the Monday morning of Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 15), students from SADD handed out stickers and bookmarks at the main entrance encouraging students to be safe and smart, especially since it was also Homecoming Week. 

By Alexa Mastrangelo

Students Interview the Grinch

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Ninth-grade students in Cherie Gisondi’s English class at Carle Place Middle/High School recently interviewed the stars of the new movie, “The Grinch.” Their interview is scheduled to appear in an upcoming edition of Newsday’s Kidsday student journalism section.

Students Kaela Borders, Christopher DeSimone, Christian Placencia and Gab Reinouso interviewed Oscar-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the Grinch, and actress Cameron Seely, who plays Cindy Lou Who. They conducted their interview during the movie’s media day event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan. They also attended a private advanced screening of the movie.

Two to Run for States this Weekend

Congratulations to cross country runner Marcus Pomales, who received All-Conference honors and will be representing Carle Place for his third straight State qualifier. Congratulations are also in order to runner John Schmuck for receiving All-Division honors.  John will be running in his first State qualifier.

Cross County State Qualifiers will be held on Saturday, November 3 beginning at 2:45pm at Bethpage State Park.

Fall Fun at Harvest Fair

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Students at Cherry Lane School recently enjoyed some autumn in-school fun during the annual Harvest Festival. Classes enjoyed a haystack maze that provided fun prizes at every corner, as well as a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating table. Students also had the opportunity to try their hand at some “Great Pumpkin” golf and a good old-fashioned ring toss as well.


A Unifying Event

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In observance of Unity Day on Oct. 24 the district hosted activities designed to promote compassion and togetherness, while encouraging all to take a stand against bullying. Students and staff at all three schools wore the color orange, the designated color that signifies unity against bullying. 

At Cherry Lane, students gathered for photos under the school’s “Bully-Free Zone” sign as a reinforcement of solidarity against bullying and other poor decisions. At Rushmore Avenue School, students created a Unity Puzzle comprised of pieces consisting of positive written messages of unity, upstanding and kindness. At Carle Place Middle/High School students signed the Unity Day Pledge, displayed proudly in the front lobby. Throughout the day, inspirational music and quotes were played over the school loudspeaker commemorating the cause and further solidifying the true meaning of the day. 

Unity Day at Carle Place MS/HS

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Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month and has become a nationwide celebration of inclusion and acceptance. Individuals, schools, communities and businesses participate in Unity Day around the country by wearing or displaying the color orange to show support for students who have been bullied. This past Unity Day was Wednesday, Oct. 24 and the students of Carle Place Middle/High School took part by wearing orange T-shirts that said “Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion” to support kids who have been and still are being bullied. The event was run by the guidance department, which provides support and resources for students facing bullying in school and online. 

Members of the middle school Builders Club partnered with the members of the high school Diversity Club to make and distribute orange ribbons to all students and staff to wear on Unity Day. The members also made a Unity Day pledge that students and staff signed, agreeing to stand up to bullying and help those who are being bullied. Carle Place Middle/High School does not tolerate bullying, and thankfully there are many kind and accepting students and staff at our school. Unity Day was a huge success and the halls were a sea of orange!

–Submitted by Sanjana Soni, Carle Place MS/HS Builders Club 

Boys Soccer Wins LI Championship

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Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Soccer Team and coaches Foraker, Reardon, Krause, Krummenacker and Cruz. The team defeated Center Moriches in PK’s in the Long Island Championship game. It was an intense and exciting game.  Our boys gave it their all on the field. We are so proud of them, and so proud to be FROGS!!!

The team advanced to the Southeast Regional game to be held this Saturday, November 3.. Nassau County will host.  Site and time TBA.  


Recognizing Service

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This year, the New York State School Boards Association designated Oct. 22-26 as School Board Recognition Week to thank school board members for their commitment to New York public school children. Carle Place Superintendent of Schools David Flatley, PTA Council President  LouAnn Bonomi and other PTA leaders took a few moments out of the October board meeting to honor current members with certificates, accolades and even a cake, complements of Cardinali Bakery!

Every year, the association designates one week in October to highlight the volunteerism of school board members and raise community awareness and understanding about the crucial role board members have within a school district, which they carry out without compensation. 

Mr. Flatley and the PTA representatives are pictured congratulating the Board of Education. 

Young Entrepreneurs Get Down to Business

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On October 19, 2018,  Carle Place High School Virtual Enterprises International classes attended the Fifth Annual Virtual Enterprises International Business and Entrepreneurship Conference at LIU Post. This was an exciting opportunity for VEI students to meet, network with, and learn from some extraordinary business leaders who have started their own companies. 

Students heard from industry experts and successful entrepreneurs and also participated in informative and exciting breakout sessions. The keynote speaker was Marie Moody, Founder and President, of Stella & Chewy’s pet food company.  

Nicholas Pascarella, Vice President of Communications of Carle Place HS’s A Lil Twist pretzel company and Juliana Ferolie, Chief of Communications of the student-run Outlast Outerwear company, delivered elevator-pitches that were judged by business professionals. One of the firms even ended up making it to the finals! It was a very fun and exciting experience for all the students in VEI program.   

by Nicholas Pascarella

Field Hockey, Boys Soccer Win County Championships

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Congratulations to the Varsity Field Hockey Team for their 6-0 victory over Oyster Bay to capture the 2018 Nassau County Class C Championship. Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Soccer Team, who defeated Cold Spring Harbor 1-0 to capture the 2018 Nassau County Class B Championship. Both teams are advancing to the Long Island Championship Game:
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Center Moriches, Tuesday, October 30th,
Berner Middle School @ 7:00 pm
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Pierson, Saturday, November 3rd,
Berner Middle School @ 4:30 pm

Key Steps for an Important Cause

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On Sunday October 21, 2018 members of the Carle Place High School Key Club took part in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach State Park.  The club fundraised approximately $675 for the cause. The Key Club has been active in fundraising for breast health and raising awareness for breast cancer prevention.

Celebrating Past and Present at Homecoming

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Carle Place Middle/High School hosted homecoming 2018 festivities on Friday, Oct. 19, culminating a festive and spirited week around the district. 

The community came together for an evening of food, fun and “Friday Night Lights” as the Carle Place-Wheatley varsity football Wild Frogs hosted the Locust Valley Falcons. Students, families and district staff members showcased their school spirit by wearing green in the stands and along the sidelines. Student and parent organizations also sold sportwear, school pennants, food, refreshments and other items of interest to raise funds for various student activities.

Traditional halftime festivities featured entertaining performances by the cheerleaders, followed by themed song and dance performances given by each high school grade and the middle school, as students showcased their talents while celebrating past decades. The student body also received a sneak preview of this show during the afternoon pep rally, held in the gymnasium.

Juniors were awarded the best skit and banner honors for their “Leaping Through the 50s” presentation. James Reardon and Gabriella Deninno were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively. Unfortunately, the Falcons prevailed on the gridiron, avenging last year’s homecoming loss to the Wild Frogs. The drumline kicked off the evening’s festivities, while the pep band entertained the audience throughout the evening. The field hockey team was also honored earlier in the day for its pep rally performance of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” 

Special thanks to Ms. Fallik and Ms. Ceruti for overseeing this special event and thanks to the community for coming out on a chilly night to support the hometown Wild Frogs!

Culture Comes to Broadway

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What a great first trip for the Culture Vultures 2018-2019 season! On October 16 the club took in the Broadway musical “Pretty Woman.” Students met the lead Samantha Barks, who also starred as Eponine in the movie “Les Miserables.”

Building Awareness

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Carle Place MS/HS Builders Club members participated in the Long Island Autism Speaks Walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 14. The walk is a part of a national effort coordinated through the Autism Speaks organization to raise awareness about autism. 

The Builders Club members walked a little over 5 miles to show their support and spread awareness for autism research. It was quite a sight, seeing everyone walking along the boardwalk for the same cause! In addition to walking at Jones Beach, the Builders Club hosted a bake sale and fundraised to donate to Autism Speaks. There was a delicious assortment of pastries, donuts, muffins and cookies sold at the bake sale, totaling $300.

According to its website, Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. This is done through public service messaging, a global focus on research and the development of solutions, fundraising and more.

Thank you to all who supported the Builders Club by purchasing treats at the bake sale!

–Sanjana Soni contributed to this story.


Kids Get a First-Hand Lesson in Fire Safety

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In recognition of National Fire Safety Awareness Week, members of the Carle Place Fire Department stopped by Cherry Lane Elementary School to provide a hands-on lesson on all aspects of fire prevention and safety.  Students learned what to do in the event of a fire emergency – including the proper way to exit a home or building – and were asked to remind their parents to check their home smoke detectors regularly. They also had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the department’s trucks and learned about how fire apparatus is used to extinguish fires and save lives. Sparky, the department’s cuddly firedog, also made the trip!

ENL Parent Orientation a Success

On Oct. 4, the English as a New Language Department held an ENL Parent Orientation for the families of English language learners at Carle Place MS/HS. This meeting allowed the families of ELLs to not only learn important information about the ENL program at Carle Place, but to gather in a spirit of support and camaraderie. The evening included welcome remarks from Chairperson of English (7-12) and ESL (K-12) James Fisher, as well as presentations by ENL teachers Rebecca Chiarelli-Shay, Michelle Rusinyak and Daryl Valdivia. Helpful material was provided and discussed with the families, including information about ENL entrance and placement exams, student support services, strategies for promoting language literacy, state exam criteria, high school graduation requirements and ENL exit standards. There was also time at the end of the night to answer questions and engage in one-on-one discussions with the parents and families. It was a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make it a success!

Lady Frogs Tennis Keeps On Winning

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The Carle Place girls tennis team battled Baldwin until sundown on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The deciding match came down to the first singles court. Senior Julia Winer endured a three-hour match before claiming victory over her opponent, winning in three sets, 6-4, 6-7 (tie break 1-7) and 6-3. The other Lady Frog winners were Cindy Lu (second singles), Molly Riviera and Alexia Freebody (first doubles), and Ashley Larsen and Katarina Zedlovich (second doubles). The Lady Frogs captured their ninth win of this season. 

Teacher Featured for Going the Extra Mile

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Congratulations to Carle Place MS/HS teacher Joan Caliendo, who was featured by TIME as a teacher who goes the extra mile for students. Mrs. Caliendo teaches AP American History, sociology and women’s studies at Carle Place MS/HS, and also serves as senior class adviser and varsity cheerleading coach. She is featured by TIME for using her own funds to purchase supplies and materials to enhance the educational experience for students, while also organizing fundraisers to further offset costs of student activities. You can read more about her here:

Honoring Perfection

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At the Sept. 13 Board of Education meeting, the district honored four Carle Place High School students for earning perfect scores on their Regents exams last June.  Members of the Board, along with Superintendent of Schools David Flatley, awarded certificates to Sophia Gregorace for achieving a perfect score on the English Regents exam, Christina Kapralos for achieving a perfect score on the U.S. history/government Regents, Logan Kelly for achieving a perfect score on the geometry Regents and Matthew Quijano for achieving a perfect score on the history/geography Regents. Congratulations to these students on this very impressive achievement!

A Fair for All

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Carle Place Middle/High School recently hosted their annual Club Fair. This event provides students with an opportunity to learn about the various extracurricular activities available to them, and if interested, sign up. Approximately 20 different stations were set up in the school’s multipurpose room, manned by respective club members and advisers. The turnout was strong, as inquisitive middle and high school students walked from station to station, asking questions. Club members provided all of the answers, as well as some great insight into their clubs.

History of the Frog