Port Jefferson School named best in Suffolk County

The Daily Beast, an online news magazine, has recognized Port Jefferson’s Earl L. Vandermeulen High School as a 2014 top high school in America.
The high school earned the distinction on Aug. 27 after it was evaluated along with 700 other top performing high schools across the country.  According to U.S. Department of Education statistics; there are over 36,000 high schools across the United States.   Schools were ranked using six key indicators, including ACT/SAT scores, graduation and college attendance rates, rigor and the school’s free/reduced lunch program.
Based on the six components, the Daily Beast ranked the high school 127th in the nation, 18th in New York State and first in Suffolk County.
It is noted that Earl L. Vandermeulen High School has a graduation rate of 98 percent with 97.80 percent of those students going onto college.  The report also stated that the high school has an AP Exam pass rate of 73.90 percent with 40.10 percent of high school students enrolled in AP courses.
“The district is proud to be ranked among the best high schools in America, and will continue to aspire to even greater heights.” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert.

Release of NYS Common Core Assessment Scores for Grades 3-8

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released the assessment scores for grades 3-8 for ELA and mathematics. These assessments were administered in April and May of 2014. The NYSED memo summarizing the results can be found at:

The 8th grade math results do not include 8th graders who were enrolled in Algebra. Those students were administered both the Integrated Algebra Regents exam and the Common Core Algebra Regents exam instead of the grade 8 math assessment. 100% of 8th graders enrolled in Algebra passed both Regents exams.

To view the results for Port Jefferson, click here. The results of the 3-8 Common Core Assessments will be presented at the Board of Education workshop, on September 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

Individual Student Reports (ISRs) will be sent home to parents directly from Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The date of the mailing has not yet been released. After you receive your child's scores, please contact your child's Guidance Counselor or Principal, or Mrs. Hull, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction (tel:631-791-4291) if you have any questions.

Welcome Back BBQ

Incoming sixth-graders mingled with friends and teachers while enjoying burgers and hot dogs at the district’s welcome-back-to-school barbecue on August 21 at the high school. The annual event, said Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bossert, gives students a wonderful introduction to the Port Jefferson School District family.

Middle School Principal Antonio Santana presented each of the 100 students with a Hawaiian lei as they arrived. Dinner was prepared by parent volunteers.

“The barbecue provides students with an opportunity to not only get socially acclimated, but also meet some of their new teachers and find their lockers,” said Mr. Santana.

Finding their new lockers was a highlight for many at the barbecue.

“I’m looking forward to getting my locker,” said Brooke Zamek. Fellow incoming sixth-grader Sarah Mushe agreed, adding that she is looking forward to the freedom middle school offers. “We won’t have to walk in lines anymore and we get to change classes,” she said.

Of the barbecue, student Ameen Khan said, “It’s really nice to see all my friends after a long time.”
Monday, September 01, 2014