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07/13/14 6:00am

HIGH HONOR ROLL

Grade 12: Ria Anasagasti; Robert Anderson; Justina Babcock; Giuliana Buono; Savannah Calderale; Kelsea Cassone; Kimberly Connolly; Jamie Grigonis; Shannon Guyer; Daniel Insogna; Amy Kandora; Justine Kundmueller; Leah LaFreniere; Anna Mahaffy; Robert Mahony; Jose Membreno; Caroline Metz; Cassidy Mignone; Danielle Pagano; Logan Pfister; Gary Prieto; Shannon Quinn; Laura Rempel; Jessica Rizzo; Michael Schade; Abigail Scharadin; Shannon Smith; Daniel Stahl; Timothy Stankewicz; Dylan Stromski; Cynthia VanBourgondien.  (more…)

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07/12/14 7:00am

HIGH HONOR ROLL

Grade 12: Pamela Batist, Laurel Bertolas, Christine Bieber, Shailla Candelario, Helen Chen, Autumn Harris, Taylor Hart, Melissa Hickox, Desirae Hubbard, Jaclyn Imbriano, Molly Kowalski, Robert Krudop, Nicole L’Hommedieu, Joseph Macaluso, Kyra Martin, Douglas Massey, Nina Nickerson, Jennifer Pautke, Mirsa Perez, Tyler Rochon, Nicole Scartozzi, Lauren Waters, Rachel Winkler, Qiong You.  (more…)

07/11/2014 3:00 PM
The Mattituck school board failed to elect a president at Thursday's reorganizational meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Mattituck school board failed to elect a president at Thursday’s reorganizational meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Update: Mattituck school board member Sarah Hassildine told The Suffolk Times on Friday that she supports current school board president Jerry Diffley and would have voted for him Thursday if she had been allowed to cast a vote.

She is expected to cast the deciding vote to re-elect him at the next meeting.

Original story: After a heated argument between board members over accusations of breaking the state’s open meetings law, the Mattituck Board of Education failed to elect a president at its annual reorganizational meeting Thursday night.  (more…)

07/09/2014 3:32 PM
Anne Smith is new superintendent for the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Anne Smith is the new superintendent for the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Mattituck school board approved a contract to hire Anne Smith as the district’s first female superintendent during a special meeting last month, The Suffolk Times has learned.

The seven-member board held the meeting June 26 and unanimously approved a three-year agreement with Ms. Smith at a starting salary of $190,000, school board officials said Wednesday. That’s about $1,000 less than current Superintendent James McKenna was paid for this school year.

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07/09/14 1:27pm

After learning that a teacher who’s been on special assignment elsewhere for 10 years has decided to return to the district, the New Suffolk school board notified community members of a “significant” and unanticipated deficit in its 2014-15 school budget.

During Tuesday night’s board meeting, Superintendent Michael Comanda announced that an instructor who has been director at the Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center in Ridge since 2004 now wants to resume her position at New Suffolk Elementary School. (more…)

07/08/14 8:00am
07/08/2014 8:00 AM
Greenport school boards member Heather Wolf, center, and Dan Creedon disagreed Monday over scheduling a June 25 special meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Greenport school boards member Heather Wolf, center, and Dan Creedon, left, are in disagreement over the scheduling of a June 25 special meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Heather Wolf is apologizing for any misconceptions residents may have about the Greenport school board scheduling a 7:30 a.m. special meeting on June 25 to approve two employee contracts.

She’s also defending the decision to hold that meeting with short notice because she said both agreements — a contract to share a plant facilities manager with the Southold School District, and appointing a pre-K principal — were timely.

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07/05/14 8:00am
07/05/2014 8:00 AM
Fifth grader Lola Beyrodt of Baiting Hollow at the Mercy fashion camp show. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Fifth grader Lola Beyrodt of Baiting Hollow at the Mercy fashion camp show. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Proud to show off the unevenly cut clothes they made themselves, 12 girls buzzed past sewing machines and scattered pieces of brightly patterned fabrics, working to finish their projects before the big fashion show Thursday.  (more…)

07/01/14 6:00am
07/01/2014 6:00 AM

The Oysterponds Elementary School District in Orient is launching a new program this summer.

The Summer Colonial Camp will offer several workshops, including: tin working, herbs/gardening, sheep shearing and needlepoint, as well as field trips to Sylvester Manor Farm on Shelter Island and the Hallockville Farm in Riverhead.

For more information, contact the school at 631-323-2410.

07/01/14 5:00am
Our Lady of Mercy students talking with author tk. (Credit: Courtesy)

Our Lady of Mercy students talking with author Marissa Moss. (Credit: Courtesy)

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School students Skyped with author Marissa Moss from California on June 16 to learn about the writing profession.

Students in grades 1-4 joined Keri Ziemacki’s fifth-grade class to observe and participate as Ms. Moss mentored the group to write their own historical narratives based on a family member. Students asked Ms. Moss several questions, including: “What inspires you to write?” “What is it like getting a book published?” “Where do you write?” and “Do you have any writing tips for our class?”

Ms. Ziemacki said the Skype session gave students a unique opportunity to meet an author remotely.

“The students claimed that it was one of the best learning experiences they had in writer’s workshop this year,” she said.