Wantagh Middle School

Wantagh Middle School

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  • LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW BEGINNINGS

    It was a day of celebration as 244 middle school students participated in the annual crossing-over ceremony in the high school gymnasium. The ceremony opened with remarks from Principal Dawn Matrochano, who explained that the ceremony is a time to reflect on the past three years. “You are stepping into the next stage of your life,” she said. “Great things are coming, and you should be proud of yourselves.”

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  • A CELEBRATION OF ART

    Several hundred works featuring top student-artists from the high school and middle school were on display during the district’s annual Art Festival. Many of the photographs, drawings, paintings and sculptures were previously selected for exhibitions and scholarships across Long Island, including the Art Supervisors Association All-County exhibit, the Long Island’s Best Young Artists Exhibition at the Heckscher Museum, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest, the Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artists Program and more. In addition, Advanced Placement students were on hand to describe and answer questions about their individual galleries.

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  • STUDENTS PEN APPRECIATION OF THE MILITARY

    Students in grades 6-8, who participated in the annual Wantagh Middle School Memorial Day Speech Contest, put appreciation for the military in writing. This year’s topic was “I appreciate the military because…” Commander John Menechino and Wantagh American Legion Post 1732 members honored the grade winners. The winners and runners-up were then invited to walk in the Wantagh Memorial Day Parade, and the winning eighth-grade student Austin Henglein was invited to speak at the American Legion headquarters after the parade.

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  • SCHOLASTIC EDITORS OBSERVE READING CLASSES

    Kristen Lewis, executive editor of Scholastic SCOPE magazine and Adee Braun, senior editor, conferred with Wantagh Middle School reading teachers, who have utilized SCOPE magazine’s high-interest texts and resources as part of their curriculum for several years. In her blog, Lewis asked for feedback about the magazine, as well as an opportunity to visit a classroom to observe how the magazine is being used in instruction.

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  • McKENNA WINS WALT WHITMAN POETRY CONTEST

    Wantagh Middle School student Grace Anne McKenna is the eighth-grade, level C winner in the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 29th Annual Poetry Contest. Grace’s winning poem, “An Innocent Flame,” was considered outstanding by the association’s distinguished poetry judges. There were more than 3,000 entries for students in grades 3-12. Grace Anne will be awarded at a celebration that will take place at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington on May 31.

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  • THEATRICAL STUDY ON THE HOLOCAUST

    Middle school students attended a performance of “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust,” a play based on extensive research of the 1937 to 1945 era. It traces a girl’s life during this dark era and focuses on her experiences. Wantagh 2011 graduate Jenna Kavaler was among the talented group of Theater Three actors whose performance captured the audience. The actors participated in a question-and-answer session following the show.

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  • WALT WHITMAN POETRY CONTEST

    Wantagh Middle School student Grace Anne McKenna is the eighth-grade, level C winner in the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 29th Annual Poetry Contest. Grace’s winning poem, “An Innocent Flame,” was considered outstanding by the association’s distinguished poetry judges. There were more than 3,000 entries for students in grades 3-12. Grace Anne will be awarded at a celebration that will take place at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington on May 31.

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  • BOTTLE CAP ART

    Instead of allowing bottle caps to hit the landfill, Wantagh Middle School seventh-grade art students are utilizing them in their artwork. Under the direction of teacher Jaclyn Gentilesco, the students are painting and gluing the recyclable materials in the form of a mural, a rendering of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic “Starry Night” painting.

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  • NATIONAL GRID VISIT BUSINESS CLASSES

    National Grid representatives visited the middle school’s eighth-grade business management class to discuss various careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Nuclear engineer Ernie Papadoulias, chemical engineer Amy Drogalis and analyst Sarah Kahrs discussed their educational background and job responsibilities, as well as the reasons for pursuing a career in the STEM fields. The main message to the students was to work hard, pursue dreams and choose a profession/job that you love.

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  • TOP LANGUAGE SPEAKERS

    Eighty high school and 95 middle school students of Italian, Spanish and French were inducted into the high school and middle school Foreign Language Honor Societies during separate ceremonies in the auditorium. These inductions were a culminating activity during the district’s annual Foreign Language Week.

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