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Distinguished Club Award

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The Carle Place MS Builders Club under the advisory of Mrs. Tully received the Best Annual Achievement Report- Distinguished Club Award from Kiwanis International Organization’s NY District for their participation and organization of various charitable events throughout the year. The Builders Club students have been hard at work planning to volunteer at various organizations around Nassau County. Congratulations!

Patriotic-Themed Fundraiser

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The Class of 2020 held its last car wash fundraiser on Sept. 14. As part of the theme, students wore patriotic shirts to pay tribute to victims of Sept. 11, and to show its support, the Carle Place Fire Department was the class’ last customer.

Adding Inspiration in Spanish

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Congratulations to Carle Place High School language teachers Jose Espinal, Jillian Kelly and Rosa Perifimos, who participated in a program through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Salamanca, Spain for two weeks this summer. Salamanca is home to almost half of the Spanish UNESCO sites in the world. It is known as the cradle of the Spanish language and is home to the third oldest university in Europe — Salamanca University. During their visit, the teachers were fully immersed in Spanish living by speaking the language full time, absorbing the relaxed pace and learning from the locals. The trio returned to Carle Place with much to share on their experience and an heightened ability to enlighten and inspire their students.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

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The Carle Place High School Class of 2019 gathered for one last time to celebrate their accomplishments and receive their high school diplomas on June 28. Sitting on the high school field under blue skies, the graduates smiled, sharing this milestone with each other and their families.

Superintendent of Schools David Flatley presided over his final commencement at Carle Place before officially retiring. “As I bring my own career to an end tonight, I think of the 13 years we have spent together, and I consider myself an honorary member of the Class of 2019,” he said. “We should reflect on the challenges and triumphs we have shared.”

Valedictorian Gabriella Deninno addressed the class, sharing a quote that she said the senior class has heard many times from Mr. Flatley: “To those to whom much has been given, much will be expected.” Gabriella said that throughout their years in Carle Place, the senior class has been given a lot. “Therefore it’s expected of us to work hard, to strive for greatness, and when we can, give to others so they too can achieve,” she said.

Salutatorian Christina Kapralos thanked all of those who helped the senior class to succeed and reminded her peers of their special connections. “The bonds we formed will always have a special place in our hearts,” she said.

Board of Education trustees Anthony Bulzomi and Neal McLaughlin each shared inspiring words with the Class of 2019 and their families. Bulzomi offered 10 tips for a successful future and McLaughlin applauded the group’s successes.

Class President Julia Winer also addressed her classmates and Caroline McLaughlin gave the farewell address before Principal Thomas DePaola
presented the Class of 2019. 

Students filed onto the stage to receive their diplomas, and senior Kerry Carrera fell to her knees and was brought to tears when she was surprised by her father, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Luis A. Carrera, who returned home from deployment overseas to see his only daughter graduate from high school. 

With an emotional end to a meaningful education, the Class of 2019 now has one more memory of Carle Place that will stay with them forever.

Honoring Service to the Students

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At their June 6 meeting, the Carle Place Board of Education gave a fond farewell to Superintendent of Schools David Flatley and three other dedicated members of the Carle Place School District family who announced their retirement this year. 

Joining Mr. Flatley in retirement are Rushmore Avenue School teacher Lynn Benov (30 years of service), Cherry Lane School teacher Mary McDermott (22 years) and Carle Place Middle/High School special education teacher Laurie Papa (31 years). Mr. Flatley has served Carle Place for 16 years, beginning as assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel in 2003 before being promoted to superintendent of schools in 2010.

Additionally, five members of the Carle Place School District were awarded tenure by the Board of Education: Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Dr. Philip Molnar, Chairperson for Special Education Allen Foraker, Carle Place Middle/High School special education teacher Jenna Iannone, Cherry Lane literacy teacher Danielle Emmel and Rushmore Avenue teacher Jacqueline Gardiner.

Congratulations to all of our tenured staff and retirees for your dedication to the students of Carle Place! 



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