Middle School Moving Up
Young Men and Women” Move Up in Middle School Class of 2015
Two hundred forty-nine Eighth-graders processed into the auditorium for their Moving-Up Ceremony, while the Seventh-grade Orchestra played the march. Once all had assembled, the program opened with the National Anthem, sung a capella by the amazing Samantha LoGrippo (left) whose performance brought roars of approval and applause from the audience.
During his address, Principal Thomas Murray expressed his great privilege to be celebrating the accomplishments of the Moving-Up students. Along with enumerating the class statistics (see below), he praised them for their outstanding attributes. “What I have come to admire the most about this class is the fine young men and women you have become. Wherever you have traveled as a class you have always made people feel welcomed and loved. You have left your handprint of love, compassion, courage, joy, and integrity.”
With quotes from Thomas Edison (Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time) as an incentive for them never to give up on the challenges they will face at the high school, and Ronald Reagan (Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation) to remind the students that others “continue to sacrifice so that you may have a world of endless opportunities,” Mr. Murray concluded. “When you walked in here [three years ago] you were up to my waist; leaving here, some of you can look me in the eyes…you’ve grown up into fine young men and women. Sayville Middle School staff, teachers, and myself wish you nothing but the best in the high school and in your future endeavors. Parents and guests, I present to you the Moving-Up Class of 2015 and the future graduating Class of 2019!”
STATISTICS In this new era of academic rigor, the Moving-Up Class of 2015 has risen to the challenges and have excelled. Out of 249 students:
• 90 students (36% of the class) took the Common Core Algebra Regents—100% passed.
• 86 students took the Living Environment Regents—100% passed; 82 (or 95%) of those 86 received a score at the mastery level.
• 234 students have met the requirements for a high school foreign language credit.
• 83 students have taken and passed the High School Studio In Art Class, which is 33% of the class.
• 98% of the Class is leaving with 1 High School Credit
• 38% of the Class is leaving with 2 High School Credits
• 35% of the Class is leaving with 3 High School Credits
• 37% of the Class has maintained a 90 GPA for 11 marking periods.
• 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 were selected for the SCMEA All-County band/chorus/orchestra groups; one was selected for the All-County Jazz festival; fourteen students achieved an A+ rating (the highest rating) for their solo performance at this year’s NYSSMA solo festival. One student attended the Julliard School of Music, Music Advancement Program on Saturdays, the Stony Brook Saturday Precollege program, the Children’s Orchestra Society, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. The music department participated in a practice- a-thon raising over $1300 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 10,000 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.
ALGEBRA Amy Tomko
ART 8 Mackenzie Damon
Studio in Art Ava Herrera
BAND Donald Schweikert
CHORUS Samantha LoGrippo
COMPUTERS Timothy McNamara
CONSUMER/FAMILY SCIENCE Bettina Bonfiglio
ENGLISH Nicholas Cameron
FRENCH Harrison Bench
LIFE SCIENCE Maria Buffardi
LIVING ENVIRONMENT Avery Rosado
MATHEMATICS 8 Russell Rodman
ORCHESTRA Avery Rosado
PHYSICAL ED. (BOYS) Thomas Nielsen
PHYSICAL ED. (GIRLS) Briana Davis
SOCIAL STUDIES Abigail Sneddon
SPANISH Christian Simpson
TECHNOLOGY Bradley Eisner
Cameron Riccomini Scholarship Briana Davis
Erin Halliday-Duffy Sunflower Scholarship Bettina Bonfiglio, William Bongiorno, Devin Castell, Ava Herrera, & Timothy Kanaley
NYS Attorney Triple C Award Cory Cutrone & Sara Holmes
SC Executive Award Grace Aversano
NYS Comptroller’s Achievement Award Sierra Boyce & Avery Rosado
Girls Sportsmanship Sierra Boyce
Boys Sportsmanship Kolbi Maddy
School Leadership Nedeem Malik
School/Community Service Jilleen Barrett
Academic Improvement Magdalena Schroeder
2015 - 8th grade Presidental Scholarship Caitlin Adams Amanda Albanese Ariana Annarumma Harrison Bench Emily Benedetto Liam Berlingieri Lauren Birong Bettina Bonfiglio Sierra Boyce Kylie Buck Nicolas Burzo Nicholas Cameron Nicholas Cannetti Loriann Capra Simone Carniaux Robert Cascio Mary Jo Chan Alexandra Coia Daniela Cortes Cory Cutrone Mackenzie Damon Briana Davis Jack Davis Cassandra Deutcsh Meghan Dooley Andrew Faughnan Katie Feeley Katelyn Fitzgerald Eric Foster Maxwell Gallo Nita George Kellyn Gregory Eric Gustafson Ava Herrera Sara Holmes Ceili Howland Douglas Hunter Owen Ifferte Julia Kaczmarek Jillian Knopf Emily Manning Evan May Scott McFadden Michael McKillop Deanna McNally Gabriella Medeck Michaela Medeck Joshua Minutello Keira Mizzi Timothy Mohrmann Jr Tomas Moreira Kathryn Murphy Jenna Newman Kamryn Nickdow Anna O'Connell Andrew Ohman Jr Emily Parsowith Lorenzo Pensabene Gretchen Persan Christopher Pitre Erika Powers Jordan Ramsaywak Kelly Read Madeline Recker Brian Reilly Avery I Rosado Cassandra Rosado Haille Ross Benjamin Scapellati Donald Schweikert Lillian Schweikert Jaden Sconzo Sohum Sheth Christian Simpson Abigail Sneddon Karl Stein Eric Stenzel Ian Surdi Bryanna Tersigni Amy Tomko Alexander Urmaza Patrick VanWickler Sambodhi Vasani Madelyn Wagner Liam Wallace Olivia Werner Eric Willsen Samantha Yost