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Students Virtually Welcome Holocaust Survivor

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School welcomed Holocaust survivor Ruth Elenberg Eisenberg to speak about her experiences as a child when Nazis occupied her hometown in Eastern Galicia (now Ukraine). Social studies teacher Bryan Vaccaro’s class virtually met Mrs. Elenberg Eisenberg – a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – as she spoke of her personal history of hardship and fortitude, including a daring escape from her family’s home and her father’s subsequent death in a labor camp. The class discussion enabled students to gain a better perspective on this important moment in history.

Congratulations, Dinarae Camarda!

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Health and physical education teacher Dinarae Camarda was named a 2021 News 12 Long Island Honor Roll honoree. She was recognized for starting a cartwheel initiative during the pandemic to lighten up the heaviness her students felt. Thank you for inspiring our students with your positive sources of energy!

National Merit Commended Students

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Five Earl L. Vandermeulen High School seniors have been named commended students in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. David Lawler, Hugo Onghai, Stefano Rabeno, Blake Roberts and William Wu have each been recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated on their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They each received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. The five young men are very involved in all aspects of their high school careers and recognize that this achievement is vital to the advancement of educational excellence. The Port Jefferson School District congratulates these students for demonstrating outstanding potential for academic success.

Coach Appreciation Days

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has designated Oct. 5-7 as Coach Appreciation Days. The Port Jefferson coaches inspire our student-athletes to push themselves to their maximum ability. Our coaches teach their players how to deal with adversity and help develop perseverance, confidence, teamwork and leadership among members of the team.

Coaching doesn’t end once a practice, competition or season concludes. The preparation, communication with parents and advocating for student-athletes is an around-the-clock job.

Adam Sherrard, director of health, physical education, athletics and nursing, said, “I would like to say thank-you to our coaches for all the time you dedicate and the work that you put into having a positive impact on our students’ lives.”

Line Sculptures!

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Edna Louise Spear Elementary School kindergarten students are creating line sculptures. They are learning about different types of lines, including horizontal, vertical, zig-zag and spiral, and how to make their artwork 3D.

“It’s a fun way for them to explore the element of line, and expand their art vocabulary as well as learn the basics of creating in the art room,” art teacher Meghan McCarthy said.
Saturday, October 16, 2021