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Christopher Molinelli 

Principal

(631) 274-4410

 

Heather Levine  

Associate Principal

Dignity Act Coordinator

(631) 274- 4410

 


 

 

 

October 4th - Class Parent Tea at 4:00 PM

 

October 5th & 6th - Fall Pictures

 

October 10th - Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

 

October 18th - PFC Meeting/Class of the Month at 7:00 PM

 

October 26th - Pumpkin Patch 

Laser Light Show at DPHS - 6:45 PM

 

October 27th - Pre-K Pumpkin Workshop

Spirit Day: Wear Orange and Black

 

October 31st - Halloween Parade

 

 

 




 


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

Pumpkins Abound at JQA Learning Stations

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After an exciting morning of picking pumpkins from the patch at JQA, the fun continued for kindergartners in Laura Oddo and Vanessa Pizzo’s class as they moved to a series of different learning stations themed around pumpkins.

Oddo, who teaches kindergarten, and Pizzo, an ENL teacher, are teamed in a co-teaching classroom featuring math, science and art stations.

“The students truly enjoy moving to different stations and working on different activities,” said Oddo.

“They love the hands-on approach in each station, and the small groups create a great learning space,” said Pizzo.

In the science station, the students experimented with different fruits and vegetables and made predictions to whether they would sink or float. In the math station, students measured their pumpkins. In the art station, students created faces to make their pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.

Developing Deer Park’s Digital Innovators

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Ten Deer Park teachers –the high school’s Katelyn O’Brien; John Heeg, Matthew Oleaga, Jon Steigerwald and Scott Surdi from Robert Frost; Michael Capobianco, Thomas Fitzmaurice and Lori Palopali of JFK; and Dana Grafstein and Sue Steinman from May Moore – were recently chosen to participate in the district’s new Digital Innovator Program. The goal of the program is to align classroom instruction with technology, rather than vice versa.

“In the past, teachers would often ask how to use a piece of tech in the classroom, rather than focusing on what the instructional goal or outcome is, and then using the technology to get there,” explained Christopher Kauter, the district’s administrator of instructional technology, who developed the program. “It’s been a lot of reflection and sharing.”

The Digital Innovator Program uses the SAMR Model of ongoing monthly collegial workgroup sessions to allow sharing multilayered ideas for technology use with peers and administrators, focusing on areas such as digital classrooms and storytelling, maker education, coding and curriculum development, and establishing learning spaces. The teachers also develop an action plan and pilot programs and software.


Deer Park’s Day of Remembrance

Deer Park’s Day of Remembrance

With small but symbolic American flags in their hands, the young students at John F. Kennedy, John Quincy Adams and May Moore honored Patriot Day by planting the flags in front of each school in honor of all those lost on 9/11. The schools also read poems, played the national anthem and offered a moment of silence.

“Although our students were born long after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 happened, we honor Patriot Day as a day of remembrance by planting flags and wearing red, white and blue,” said May Moore Principal Alicia Konecny. “We teach our students that 9/11 changed our world. But with each story of sorrow and pain comes one of hope and courage. As we move forward, all of us have an opportunity to become better people and to learn valuable lessons about heroism, love and compassion.”

  

 



The District Welcomes Three New Associate Principals

The District Welcomes Three New Associate Principals
Kristen Anisis, Heather Levine, Sean O'Brien

The district has welcomed three new associate principals to the administrative team. Kristen Anisis and Sean O’Brien will work at Deer Park High School, and Heather Levine will serve at John Quincy Adams and May Moore primary schools.

Anisis previously worked as an English teacher at Freeport High School. The Long Beach resident earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in literacy at Queens College and a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook.

“I am honored to join the administrative team at Deer Park Schools,” said Anisis. “I am excited to serve this wonderful community and will tirelessly work to reach our collective goal of student success.”

O’Brien most recently worked for three years as a school counselor at Elmont Memorial High School, and previously served as a guidance counselor at Roosevelt High School. A resident of Saint James, he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology fron Stony Brook University, and his master’s degree in school counseling from Long Island University.

“ I look forward to working together with the amazing faculty and families of Deer Park High School as we prepare our students for the future,” he said.

Prior to joining the Deer Park administrative team, Levine worked for the Connetquot Central School District as a special education administrator. She has been in the field of education for over 14 years, and previously worked as special education teacher, chairperson and supervisor, as well as an instructional coach for the New York City Department of Education.  Levine earned her bachelor of science in human development and sociology from Binghamton University, her master’s degree in special education and general education from St. John’s University, and a gifted and talented advanced course of study from Touro College. She later obtained an advanced certificate in school building and school district leadership from the College of Saint Rose, and participated in the Teachers as Leaders program through Columbia Teacher’s College.

“Education is my passion,” said Levine, who resides in Levittown. “I am deeply committed to collaboration and support for all our students and believe in staying current with newest research-based trends in education. The early childhood years are critical times for students. What happens during these years will have a lasting impression on their growth and development, and we are the foundation that gives each student the opportunity to become a lifelong learner.”




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