Dr. Eliana K. Levey
Principal

@DrLevey_RFMS

 
Gary Ramonetti
Associate Principal - Curr, Inst. and Assess.
Philip Paniccia
Associate Principal - Oper. and PPS

Michelle Kwon   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading and Library
James Henry   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics and Business
David Knuffke   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Science and Technology
Heather Stewart   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Social Studies and FACS
Bradley Murphy   Curriculum Associate K-12 for Fine and Performing Arts
Gina Palasciano   Curriculum Associate K-12 for World Languages and ENL

Philip Paniccia
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4210

 


 

  

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Project Wisdom Students of the Month from January and February

 



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Project Wisdom is a character education program that helps students be cognizant of their choices & how those choices help or hurt those around us.

February's Theme is:

Celebrating America's Diversity


 

 

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Upcoming Events 

February 27 - National French Exams Begin

February 28 - Yearbook order deadline

March 3 - Qtr 3 Progress Reports

March 8 - PFC Mtg @ 7pm

March 12 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 16 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5-8pm

 

 

 

 


Dynamic Developments in ENL Program

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Deer Park’s educators have met the challenges brought by the state’s recent move to an integrated co-teaching model of ENL instruction. More proficient learners are integrated into the mainstream classroom to be delivered language instruction with the support of two teachers, instead of one, while  students who are newcomers still receive language services in the small group learning setting that best fits their needs.

Ashley Lovett, the first-grade ENL teacher at May Moore, said, “The change has been really helpful for a lot of the kids who are ‘expanding’. They’re right on the precipice of exiting the program, so instead of me pulling them out and taking them out of learning content and literacy in their classroom, I push in and give them that little bit of support that they need, which ends up benefiting them greatly. Conversely, the students who are at the ‘entering/emerging’ level, who need a little more support, will see me in their classroom, and then they’ll also come to me for a quieter environment and more explicit language instruction.”

“Our ENL teachers are able to adjust, pre-teach, or revisit and reinforce the concepts that are being taught to the entire class to help every student learn to their fullest potential,” said JQA Principal Christopher Molinelli.

Robert Frost ELA/ENL teacher Michelle Champlin said, “The most influential consequence that came from this shift was the way it changed my thinking. These students are not just my students – they are all of our students, and the responsibility to deliver language instruction is a team effort. Regardless of the seemingly ever-changing acronyms for my profession, one common theme has remained: We must be advocates for those who have not ‘found’ their voice yet in the English language.”

The state’s mandate to integrate content with the ENL program has continued to be rolled out in various positive ways.

“A primary focus of my class is vocabulary, which is needed in order to obtain the proper math skills,” said Frost math/ENL teacher Kevin Dluginski. “Not only is this vocabulary used in math class, but it can be transferred to any subject area and into their daily lives.  My students are using the same material that the mainstream students are learning, just at a slower pace, with more visuals and hands-on materials to ensure the most success.”

Lovett noted last year’s Peace Pole project, a unit on peace and tolerance, and this past fall’s ENL field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, which incorporated study of vocabulary, adjectives, grammar, speaking and listening.

“It’s shifting from let me just help you speak English, to let me help you speak English while also teaching you content at the same time, and promoting this global awareness for the kids,” Lovett said.

According to JFK ENL teacher Kimberly Essig, another main goals for the district’s ENL programs this year is to enhance parent involvement. Along with the ENL parent liaison committee and the Thursday night Parent Academy, a primary tool to achieve this is the new Propio phone service, which the district has made available to teachers, counselors and administration at every school. Staff can call a special number for the services of a live translator in approximately 80 different languages.

“Propio has been fantastic in removing language barriers when calling parents,” said Essig. “We are creating a community and making the parents feel welcome to come, instead of intimidated.”

Frost Students Gain Respect for Reptiles

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Erik “The Reptile Guy” Callender recently visited Robert Frost, introducing students to important conservation concepts and teaching respect for wildlife through opportunities to interact with real reptiles such as snakes and alligators.

We’re always looking for opportunities to bring our science students into contact with nature,” said David Knuffke, Deer Park’s curriculum associate for science. “Presentations like Erik’s bring experiences to our district that students will remember for years to come, and help to foster a meaningful connection between them and the natural world they are a part of.”



Frost Chamber Musicians Bring Cheer to Local Seniors

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A group of giving musicians from Robert Frost, including the school’s chamber choir and a chamber ensemble group from the eighth-grade orchestra, paid a special visit on Dec. 22 to two local nursing homes – Our Lady of Consolation in West Islip and Sunrise of Dix Hills – to bring holiday cheer with song. The ensemble was led by directors Youngsun Koh-Lee and Maria Wingert.

Frost Student Kaur Wins $1,500 Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest

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Robert Frost student Jasleen Kaur was awarded a $1,500 cash scholarship for winning the grand prize in the Altice Connects Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest. Kaur wrote about Argentinian soccer player Sergio Aguero. More than 1,000 essays were submitted for the contest, which was sponsored by Altice USA, the parent company of Optimum.

Altice presented Kaur with a check at a Dec. 12 ceremony at Robert Frost, attended by Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia, who also presented her with a citation.

“Jasleen is a leader in and outside of the classroom,” said Spanish teacher Meredith Telese. “From the moment that I presented this opportunity to her, I knew that her essay would be nothing short of fantastic. She always strives to achieve her goals, and this award is truly representative of the driven and motivated student and person that she is. Her essay on Sergio Aguero focused on his compassion and dedication to helping others. Jasleen also embodies such characteristics, and I am so very proud of her accomplishment.”


Caring with Cookies at Robert Frost

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Seventh graders at Robert Frost participated in a community service project during the month of December, baking dozens of cookies for donation to the Mercy Inn Outreach Center in Wyandanch.

“Service learning experiences like this teach teens to look beyond themselves and understand the positive role they can play in their local community,” said family and consumer science teacher Paula Behrens, who guided the baking project with fellow teacher Cindy Adriaenessens.



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