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  • A FRESH CONTRIBUTION TO THE FOOD DRIVE

    The middle school’s Home and Careers club members put their newly acquired baking skills to good use during the making of pumpkin bread, under the direction of adviser Barbara Kearney. The students met after school to bake loaves, which will be donated to the student council Thanksgiving food drive collection and distribution on Nov. 20.

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  • THANKING VETERANS THROUGH ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

    An important message of thanks to active service members and veterans canvased the walls outside of art classrooms at the middle school as students in grades 6-8 created a thank-you mural in honor of Veterans Day.

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  • A NOTE GOES A LONG WAY

    Under the direction of Antoinette Bruno, members of Wantagh Middle School’s Business and Education Serving Together organization took time to show their appreciation for members of the U.S. military.

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  • MAKING A DENT IN THE AWARENESS OF BREAST CANCER

    In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, middle school students utilized their aptitude for art and sale of goodies to not only raise consciousness of the disease but to make a dent in the funding for medical research.

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  • CROSSING OVER TO NEW ACADEMIC CHALLENGES

    During the annual Crossing-Over Ceremony, Wantagh Middle School faculty and parents joined in celebrating the advancement of 243 eighth-grade students, who will meet more rigorous challenges upon entrance into the high school this fall.

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHARPEN BUSINESS SKILLS

    Middle school students Grace Kane and Keira Young were the first-place, proverbial $100,000 platinum winners of the business department’s Shark Tank Challenge for their project SuitSafe, a company that designs suitcases that make traveling easier and safer with their accessories. Christian Calabro and Andrew Dougherty were the second-place $75,000 gold winners for their business Ace Sports, while Jack Bruno was the third-place $50,000 silver winner for his business Gaming Blvd.

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  • PATRIOTISM PENNED

    Wantagh Middle School students Margaret Gates (grade 8), Jennifer Rosen (grade 7) and Evan Thole (grade 6) were winners of the school’s annual Memorial Day Speech/Essay Contest. Margaret was invited to read her winning entry during the Memorial Day ceremony, held at Wantagh American Legion Post 1273, while the winners, second- and third-place winners were invited to walk in the community’s annual Memorial Day parade.

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  • STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR STRINGS TALENT

    Wantagh Middle School student Margaret Gates has received a Long Island String Festival Association Private Study Grant totaling $500. Margaret is a LISFA and Nassau Music Educators Association All-County cellist, as well as a member of the school orchestra, under the baton of teacher Peter Saladino.

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  • STUDENTS ARE WINNERS IN BUS SAFETY POSTER CONTEST

    Middle School student Charles Albano was a first-place winner in Division III (grades 6-8) of the New York Association for Public Transportation Nassau Chapter 2017 Safety Poster Contest and the recipient of a $200 cash prize. In addition, Ava Kornbluth was a third-place Division III winner and the recipient of a $100 cash award. Both students successfully conveyed this year’s theme “My Driver – My Safety Hero.”

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  • BEAUTIFUL ME

    Middle School female students are learning that being comfortable with themselves makes them a better sister, daughter and friend through the Beautiful Me program.

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  • THE WORD ON THE STREET

    During the English Language Arts Department’s second annual “Word on the Street” celebration, more than 30 middle school students, administrators and faculty members read original works and favorite literary pieces to peers and parents. Nicole Waldbauer, Director of ELA, Reading and Libraries, explained that the annual event is an opportunity for the district to celebrate literacy and the spoken and written word. ELA teacher Christine Hult added that the goal is to spread the love of words.

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  • NEW YORK STATE GEOGRAPHY BEE

    Aidan won the school wide Geo Bee on January 12, 2017. Besting 31 other contestants. He then took a written test and qualified for the NY State Geo Bee. On Friday, March 31, 2017 Aidan traveled to Albany where he faced off against other winners from throughout the state. He advanced to the tiebreaker round where he was eliminated.

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  • SCIENCE OLYMPIAD MEDALS FOR WANTAGH MS

    The middle school Science Olympiad, under the direction of Kristy Morgan, placed 21 out of 39 teams and received medals in five events during the Science Olympiad Regional Competition held at Kellenberg Memorial High School on March 18.

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS"

    Under the direction of Samantha Gordon, music director Peter Saladino and production manager Kimberly Davis, the middle school proudly presented an unforgettable rendition of the popular Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” held in the high school auditorium on March 17 and 18.

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  • MAKING AN IRISH TRADITION

    The sweet smell of fresh bread wafted through the halls of the middle school as Anne Craven’s home and career students prepared and baked Irish soda bread to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In preparation for their assignment, the students learned about the significance and evolution of each ingredient and Ms. Craven, whose family resides in Ireland, shared her experiences about her visits to the country.

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  • A HOOP HEALTHY CAUSE

    Middle School students collectively raised $7,000 for the American Heart Association’s annual Hoops for Heart event. Rachael Brite was the top fundraiser having collected $1,000.

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  • STUDENTS ATTEND PERFORMANCE BY U.S. AIR FORCE BY HERITAGE BRASS QUINTET

    High school and middle school band students attended a performance by the U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Quintet, who were touring the tri-state area. Doug Jones (tuba), Michael Mannella (trombone), Mark Nixon (trumpet), Daniel Omer (French horn) and Jonathan Rattay (trumpet) played a mix of traditional and jazz music, spoke about their choice of instruments and noted the “form” of each musical number.

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  • PAPAYA PARTY

    The middle school’s eighth-grade English classes hosted a papaya party to symbolize hope, as witnessed in Thanhha Lai’s tale of immigration titled “Inside Out & Back Again.” Students shared a meal of white rice, fish sauce, dried coconut and fresh and dried papaya, foods that were eaten by protagonist Ha prior to emigrating from Saigon to the United States.

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  • TOPS IN GEOGRAPHY

    Eighth-grader Aidan Araoz is the winner of the school-level competition for the National Geography Bee. Prior to the holiday break, preliminary rounds were conducted in all classes and 30 students qualified to compete in the schoolwide finals on Jan. 20.

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  • 6th to 7th grade 7H placement

    A letter From Mrs. Matrochano

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  • A WINNING BUSINESS MODEL

    Wantagh Middle School eighth-graders Daniel Johnson and Justin Treiland were the first place, platinum winners of the business department’s Shark Tank Challenge for their project “Sports Imports.” The business would provide customers with a variety of sports jerseys and other memorabilia at discounted prices. Madison Crandall and Julia Deedy were the second place, gold winners for their business “Bake It,” and Emma Leavey and Gabriella Nogara were the third place, silver winners for their business “Zippy.”

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  • DELVING INTO VIRTUAL REALITY

    Members of Hofstra University’s Business Entrepreneurship precollege program visited Wantagh Middle School’s Computer Science Club to talk about the future of virtual reality. Michael Chisema, senior director of administration and finance for the precollege program, explained that the goal of the visit was to encourage interest and discuss possible and emerging careers in virtual reality and 3-D printing, as well as to demonstrate several products that are already on the market.

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Wantagh Middle School strives to embody the spirit of community service, which is especially evident in the school’s extracurricular clubs and activities. This year the Home and Careers Club, under the advisement of Barbara Kearney, participated in Macy's annual “Believe” campaign that invites children to write letters to Santa. For each letter written and sent, Macy's will donate one dollar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Home and Careers Club members proudly wrote and sent 20 letters to Santa.

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  • PJ'S AND A BOOK

    The students in Kimberly Davis’ classes at Wantagh Middle School are hoping that children across the country will enjoy wearing snuggly new pajamas for the holiday season. As part of Scholastic Reading Club’s annual Pajama Program, the students collected and donated pajamas, along with book donations, for distribution to children in need. Pictured from left with their pajama donations are Mia Tomeo, Zoe Beirne, Emma Fiebelkorn and Kaitlyn Dunbar.

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  • SERVING THE COMMUNITY

    An important component of a Wantagh student’s education is community service, as witnessed in Wantagh Middle School’s student council Thanksgiving food drive. During homeroom period, the students collected a total of 792 canned and nonperishable food items. Advisors Elyse Brill and Kelda Volpi delivered the boxes of donations, which included a $25 King Kullen gift card and a note to families in need to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving holiday feast.

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  • MAKING A HOLIDAY FAVORITE

    Members of Wantagh Middle School’s Home and Careers Club tried their hands at making a holiday favorite. After teacher Barbara Kearney demonstrated how to make pumpkin bread, the students worked on making their own loaves. The club activity was an introduction to a unit about food preparation, and the students eagerly learned what ingredients were needed and the process by which to make the seasonal favorite for their families.

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  • WANTAGH MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT

    Wantagh Middle School librarian Amelie Alford received a $4,200 grant on behalf of the Scholastic Reading Club and [James] Patterson Partnership. Alford said she plans to use the funds to update the school’s collection and to equip the library with additional audiobooks. She will also purchase tablets, which will be connected to the library kiosks that currently assist students in locating reading selections.

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  • An hour of Code

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  • TOP HOOPS FOR WANTAGH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Wantagh Middle School was named a Long Island “Top Ten” school for its 2015-16 fundraising efforts for Hoops for Heart, a program sponsored by the American Heart Association and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators. Under the direction of physical education teachers Eileen Keener, Tom Ligouri, Gary Reh and Keith Sacs, students participated in basketball-related activities, raising more than $8,400 dollars.

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  • WARM WELCOME FOR INCOMING 6TH GRADERS

    Incoming sixth-grade students and their parents eagerly lined up at registration tables on the middle school’s front lawn to receive their schedules during the annual barbeque on Aug 25. During the event, students were invited to tour the school, find their lockers and mingle with friends.

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  • A WINNING BUSINESS MODEL

    Eighth-grade students Liz Maher and Ryan Smith were the first-place, proverbial $100,000 winning team of the business department’s biannual Shark Tank Challenge for their project “Camp Hope.” The nonprofit business would allow children fighting grave illnesses and their siblings to experience activities including sports, art classes, dance classes and more. Kristina Fuchs and Danielle Lynch were the second-place, $75,000 winners for their company called “Go to Med,” and Lauren D’Amore and Allison DePaulis were the third-place, $50,000 winners for their company named “Wagging Tails.”

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  • CROSSING OVER

    It was an evening of celebration as 247 Wantagh 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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  • PATRIOTIC ESSAYS

    Stormy skies and a canceled parade did not dampen the patriotic spirit of Wantagh Middle School students, who attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Wantagh American Legion Post 1273 as winners of the school’s Memorial Day Speech/Essay Contest. Eighth-grade student and first-place class winner Anna Martorella was invited by Third Vice Commander John Sottnik to read her essay during the ceremony.

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  • Helpful information from the Nassau County Police Department

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL HOSTS AUTHOR NICOLINE EVANS

    Middle school students received a first-hand account of the writing process during a visit with fantasy author Nicoline Evans. The author of “Nether Isle,” “Hall of Mosses,” “Evo: The Elements” and more told the students that writing is a solitary process and sharing her works with students is a pleasure.

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  • PERFECT SCORE

    Middle school eighth grader Lara Dunphy received a perfect score for her art portfolio submitted to the New York State Art Teachers Association’s Portfolio Project and Adjudication. The Portfolio Project provides evidence of student understanding and learning in the visual arts, and feedback is available for the student and teacher during the annual spring event.

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  • PATRIOTIC WRITING

    Wantagh Middle School seventh graders in Jennifer Turcinovic’s social studies classes participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution Jerusalem Chapter’s letter writing campaign to American servicemen and women currently serving the nation.

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  • WINNING NOTE CARD DESIGN SELECTED

    Seventh grader Margaret Gates was a top 10 winner in the Design-A-Card Contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Her design will be made into note cards to raise scholarship money for the Judy Abrams/Margaret Fernandez National Examinations Scholarship Fund.

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  • ART WITH HEART

    The artwork of 10 middle school students was selected for viewing in the annual Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibit, held in the Broadway Mall in Hicksville from March 27-April 27. In addition, students Margaret Gates, Katarina King and Helen Yao received Awards of Excellence for their art pieces.

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  • WANTAGH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS JUMP, SHOOT, & SAVE

    Wantagh Middle School students participated in the school’s annual Hoops for Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association through participation in physical education classes shooting contests. The students raised more than $7, 500 this year, ranking them among the top fundraising schools on Long Island. During the last 18 years, Wantagh Middle School has raised a total of $150,000 for the American Heart Association for medical research and educational programs to fight heart disease and stroke.

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  • SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM EARNS MEDALS

    Wantagh Middle School Science Olympiad team members competed against 38 other teams during the Western Long Island Division B tournament at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown on March 6. The team garnered medals in five events: Dynamic Planet, Reach for the Stars, Road Scholar, Meteorology and Bottle Rocket.

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  • TOPS IN GEOGRAPHY

    For the third consecutive year, middle school student William Hostetter will represent the district at the state-level National Geographic Bee, being held in Albany, on April 1. William qualified for the state-level bee after having won at the school level in January.

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  • A WORD ON THE STREET

    The district’s English language arts department hosted its first Word on the Street Literacy Celebration at the middle school, with more than 30 students and staff members reading original works and favorite literary pieces to peers and parents.

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  • A VALENTINE OF APPRECIATION

    Members of Wantagh Middle School’s BEST (Business and Education Serving Together) Club gathered to create colorful valentines to send to veterans residing at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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  • A WINNING BUSINESS MODEL

    Eighth-grade student Anthony Piergiovanni was the first-place, proverbial $100,000 winner of the business department’s biannual Shark Tank Challenge for his project “Ant’s Sports Store.” The business would help mold sports players and to encourage children and teens to fulfill their desires. Grace Conway and Claire Yustat were the second-place, $75,000 winners for their company called “We Can Workshop,” and Jacob Chan was the third-place, $50,000 winner for his company named “Love to Learn.”

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  • TOPS IN GEOGRAPHY!

    For the third consecutive year, middle school eighth-grader William Hostetter is the winner of the school-level competition for the National Geographic Bee. Eighth-grader Jenna Miller placed second. Prior to the holiday break, preliminary rounds were conducted in all classes, and 29 students qualified to compete in the schoolwide finals on Jan. 14.

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  • HOLIDAY LIGHT SPECTACULAR

    The art of Wantagh Middle School students Elizabeth Byrnes, Anna Martorella and Jon Sileo is being featured as part of the annual Jones Beach Holiday Lights Spectacular. Each year, art is submitted to the famous 2.5-mile show featuring 150 light displays with a holiday theme.

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  • CHESS CLUB

    The chess club meets two times per month and all are welcome. Besides learning and playing chess, some students have introduced Uno to the group. This club includes all ability levels of chess players. The pictures are of the Middle School Chess Club, with advisor Dr. Steve Taylor.

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  • LEARNING TO BE A GOOD DIGITAL CITIZEN

    Eighth-grade E-Business students are well-informed on the importance of a clean digital footprint. In honor of Stomp Out Bullying Day on Oct. 5, the students disseminated their knowledge to sixth-graders by hosting a digital citizenship and cyberbullying class, which emphasized that a digital footprint remains forever.

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  • PAJAMA FUNDRAISER ASSISTS SICK CHILDREN

    Wantagh Middle School students simply rolled out of bed and came to school in pajamas to benefit Ryan’s Case for Smiles, an organization that sews decorative and personalized pillowcases for hospitalized children. Each student wearing pajamas donated a dollar, which resulted in a collection of $326 for the organization.

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ARTWORK INCLUDED IN STATEWIDE SLIDESHOW

    Middle school sixth-grader Emma Alexander’s award-winning 2014-2015 PTA Reflections film production entry “Helping Hands” was chosen for public viewing at the New York State PTA Reflections Art Roadshow exhibit, to be held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City from Oct. 17 to Nov. 1. The Roadshow artwork will also travel to Niagara Falls for the 119th Annual Convention where it will be on display from Nov. 13-14.

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  • On-line Bully Reporting

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