2016 Middle School Moving UP
MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS OF 2016 MOVES UP
As the Seventh-grade Orchestra played the march, the Middle School Class of 2016 filed into the auditorium. Once all two hundred thirty members of the eight-grade class had assembled, the program opened with the National Anthem, powerfully sung a capella by a very talented Nicolette Furno whose performance raised thunderous cheers and applause from the audience.
Principal Thomas Murray welcomed everyone to the celebration that recognized “the accomplishments of your children. They have exhibited outstanding academic discipline and personal integrity.”
Along with enumerating the class statistics (see below), he praised them for their outstanding attributes. “As Eighth graders, you have more opportunities at your fingertips …Technology has evolved at a rate that I could have never imagined. When I was in middle school, a typewriter was considered new technology.” He reminded the students of the responsibility and consequences of this new technology, stating, “It is how you use this technology that counts. Will you use this technology to spread kindness and raise people up or will you use this technology to insult people and bring them down. It is how you treat people that will have the greatest impact on the world. You have the power of the technology and you have the power to change people’s lives for good. I have the utmost confidence based on what I’ve seen and heard over the last three years that you will choose to raise people up. You will choose to make people’s lives brighter.”
Quoting Ronald Reagan: “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation.” Mr. Murray explained, “You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known. Sacrifices have been made by the generations before you to give you these opportunities. Remember those that have and those that continue to sacrifice so that you may have a world of endless opportunities.”
In closing, Mr. Murray thanked the students for three wonderful years. “Your foundation for success has been built by your hard work and the support of your parents and teachers.”
Directing the students to stand and face their parents, Mr. Murray congratulated “the Moving-up Class of 2016 and the future graduating Class of 2020!”
ALGEBRA Samir Patel
ART 8 Hailey Decker
Studio in Art Arden DeCanio
BAND Anthony Ward
CHORUS Shaun Gibbons
COMPUTERS Tyler Karpowicz
CONSUMER/FAMILY SCIENCE C.J. Burghardt
ENGLISH Lilia Bartolotta
FRENCH Catherine Doyle
LIFE SCIENCE Tara Donohue
LIVING ENVIRONMENT Connor Brennan
MATHEMATICS 8 Taylor Maddy
ORCHESTRA Caitlin Reilly
PHYSICAL ED. (BOYS) Brock Murtha
PHYSICAL ED. (GIRLS) Mary Vermilyea
SOCIAL STUDIES Steven Devery
SPANISH Angela Earvolino
TECHNOLOGY Harry Berg
Cameron Riccomini Scholarship Bailey Lillis
Erin Halliday-Duffy Sunflower Scholarship
Eric Antos, Lilia Bartolotta, Shaun Gibbons,
Isabella Harris, Nicholas Ryan
NYS Attorney Triple C Award Caitlin Reilly & Pablo Abad-Herrara
SC Executive Award Lilia Bartolotta
NYS Comptroller’s Achievement Award Mary Vermilyea & Alexa Vargas
Girls Sportsmanship Bailey Lillis
Boys Sportsmanship Kevin Gross
School Leadership Marissa Dionisio
School/Community Service Angela Earvolino
Academic Improvement Mary Catherine Mulligan
STATISTICS In this new era of academic rigor, the Moving-Up Class of 2016 has risen to the challenges and have excelled. Out of 230 students:
• 87 students took the Algebra Regents; 50% with a mastery rate—100% passed.
• 94 students took the Living Environment Regents; 87% with a mastery rate—100% passed.
• 220 (96% of the class) students have met the requirements for a high school foreign language credit.
• 65 students have taken and passed the High School Studio in Art Class, which is 28% of the class.
• 96% of the Class is leaving with 1 High School Credit
• 41% of the Class is leaving with 2 High School Credits
• 38% of the Class is leaving with 3 High School Credits
• Our Music Program has competed around the country. Nyssma students performed solos receiving top honors. One student was selected to represent Sayville in the Long Island String Festival. Eleven students were selected to be part of the scmea All-County band/chorus/orchestra groups. Thirteen students achieved an A-plus rating, the highest rating, for their nyssma solo. Three musicians received smba grants. One student received a LISFA scholarship. The music department participated in a practice- athon, raising over $700 for the Harry Chapin Food Pantry.
• Our teams have competed hard and have enjoyed success. There have been many undefeated seasons as well as Section XI Sportsmanship Award winners.
• For the past three years, we have had over 200 Presidential Community Service Winners – serving 20,000 hours of community service
• You raised money to beat cancer, support our soldiers, feed and clothe the needy, and collect toys, making Christmas a little brighter.
You have an impressive resume of accomplishments. Wherever you have traveled as a class you have always have made people feel welcomed and loved. You have shown compassion, courage, shared your joy, and have exhibited integrity. This will be your legacy at SMS.