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Wantagh Middle School students’ hard work and determination was awarded by staff and administration during a virtual annual awards ceremony, which was originally to be held on May 12. The students were recognized for their achievements in subject areas, departments and clubs and for important traits including citizenship, leadership, courage, character and caring.
Wantagh Middle School Principal Anthony Ciuffo has published an article, “Rethinking Conventions: Keeping Gender-Diverse Students Safe,” in the October 2019 edition of Educational Leadership Magazine. Based on five years of research for Mr. Ciuffo, who was formerly principal of Forest Lake Elementary School in the Wantagh School District, the article addresses his research and suggestions for keeping gender diverse students safe, while promoting tolerance and acceptance on campus.
Wantagh Middle School’s daily virtual announcements have been given a celebrity flair. Principal Anthony Ciuffo explained that local and regional VIP’s have volunteered to assist with the announcements during the canceled April break, scheduled for April 9-17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the direction of Victoria Dempsey, production manager and stage crew director Kimberly Davis, music director Kristin Piciullo and student director Lauren Mertig, Wantagh Middle School’s talented cast and crew drew packed audiences for Disney’s “Frozen Jr.,” held in the Wantagh High School Memorial Auditorium on March 6-7.
Middle school students collectively raised $5,797 for the American Heart Association’s annual Hoops for Heart event in the gymnasium on Feb. 27 with Jacklynn LaMacchia and Olivia Scherer contributing $725 and $511, respectively, as top fundraisers. Since the inception of the event, the school has raised more than $200,000 in donations helping to make a difference in children’s lives through the American Heart Association, while students learned heart-healthy skills.
While most of the world was focused on the concept of “love” on Feb. 14, Wantagh Middle School students, faculty and staff imagined a world without “hate” during No Place for Hate Day. Throughout the school day, students participated in content-based activities where they ruminated about the promotion of tolerance, acceptance and kindness toward others in the school and global communities.
Adrienne Downy, principal engineer for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Janna Herndon, NYSERDA project manager, visited Wantagh Middle School students enrolled in the Creative Minds course, to talk about the benefits of renewable energy and, in particular, two wind turbine projects approved by the state.
Wantagh Middle School students enrolled in Nancy O’Connor’s eighth grade e-business class learned about being an entrepreneur during a visit by Kate Gilman, founder and owner of florist Petal by Pedal. Ms. Gilman spoke with the students on owning a business and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Today is Day 1 STUDENT BULLETIN Thursday, March 12, 2020
Attention ALL students: There will be a pizza sale after school today outside this gym to help raise money for Mrs. Hult’s students research projects! $2 a slice for a good cause.
Attention ALL students: The Animal Club is collecting pet food and supplies for Baxter’s Pet Pantry now through April 30th. Baxter’s Pet Pantry is created to assist families who might have difficulty feeding their pets. Items in need include unopened pet food, canned dog and cat food, new toys, treats, and kitty litter. Place any donations in the LI Cares/Baxter’s Pet Pantry boxes located in the main lobby.
Attention ALL students: There will be a Student Council Meeting this today in room 413!
Attention ALL Tri-M Band members: We will have a quick rehearsal on today and then perform at 4pm for the Foreign Language Honor Society. Please wear your Tri-M tee shirt if you are NOT being induced into the foreign language honor society.
Attention World Language Honor Society: Today is our induction ceremony. Remember to go to your world language classroom right after 10th period today.
Attention ALL students: The computer Science club will meet in Mrs. O’Connor’s room right after school on Thursday, March 12th.
Attention all friends of the environment: Come to our ECO Warriors meeting today in room 419. We will be starting our Spring project!
Attention B.E.S.T club students: Our next meeting will be today in room 437. We will be discussing our upcoming Pet Drive.
Attention ALL students: The school doctor visit scheduled for March 18th has been cancelled! Important! Any student who needs a physical for spring sports will need to see their own doctor.
Attention all 8th grade students applying to the MS Honor Society: Service cards are due by March 13th. The service cards must be handed in to Ms. Friedman or Ms. Gilley by the due date. Please see Ms. Friedman or Ms. Gilley with any questions.
Attention ALL students and STAFF: The Eco Warriors Club is in need of empty cardboard egg cartons for our upcoming spring project. Please bring them in and drop them off in room 419.