168 Cherry Lane
Carle Place, New York 11514
Mr. Thomas DePaola
HS Assistant Principal: Mr.Gerald Baratta Jr.
MS Assistant Principal: Mr. Seth P. Katz
HS Main Office: (516) 622-6432
MS Main Office: (516) 622-6547
Summer Math Packets 2014:
8th Grade Accelerated Algebra
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HS Graduates 139 at 58th Annual Commencement
Family, friends, administrators and teachers assembled on the high school football field on June 28 to congratulate 139 graduates as they received their high school diplomas at the school’s 58th annual commencement ceremony.
Board of Education President Barry Dennis yielded the welcome address to fellow board member John DiFrisco, whose son, Jack, was among the graduates.
In his speech, DiFrisco told the graduates to celebrate their accomplishments, as they are “a prelude to what lies ahead.” “Never stop challenging yourself, and don’t be afraid of mistakes,” he said.
In her salutatory address, Jillian Mannarino reminisced about the past 13 years, while valedictorian Francesca Lim said in her speech, “Go ahead and change your minds, follow your passions and stay true to yourselves.”
Superintendent of Schools David Flatley challenged the graduates to show gratitude by doing such tasks as helping to clear the table and take out the trash. “As you do these things, realize that gratitude is a great virtue,” he said.
Student Organization President Alec Visslailli used his time at the podium to reflect on his past high school experiences. Student Matthew Pasquarella, who gave the farewell address, said emphatically, “Push yourself to be the greatest human beings you can be.”
Before receiving their diplomas, Principal Thomas DePaola urged the students to take the valuable lessons they had learned in high school and begin their new journey.
Providing musical accompaniment during the ceremony was the high school band, conducted by Kevin Kavanagh. In addition, a select number of seniors performed John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “In My Life.”
Students Send Care Packages to Troops
As part of a service-learning project, high school students taking AP English 11 sent care packages to U.S. service personnel serving in Jordan.
The project, overseen by teacher Kieran Morris, came about after the students read Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front,” learning more about the toll war takes on humans regardless of nationality.
According to Morris, the novel, which was complemented with class war-themed poetry, helped sensitize students to the experiences of young soldiers fighting in current conflicts.
After reading the novel, the students used service-learning grant funds to purchase food and personal care items and send them with handwritten letters to the Marines unit of Corporal Andrew Cunha (Class of 2009), the brother of 11th-grader Nicole Cunha.
“Helping someone so close to home made me realize how doing something so small can have such a large impact,” said junior Shannon Weilert.
Music Students Meet Grammy Nominee Joe Satriani
High school music students had the opportunity to meet Grammy Award nominee, guitarist and Carle Place graduate Joe Satriani (Class of ’74) on June 7.
The 15 students, many of whom play guitar, met Satriani at The Space at Westbury after Joni Russo, chair of the middle/high school’s fine and performing arts department, was contacted by Satriani’s publicist, who said Satriani wanted to give something back to the community where he grew up.
During the meet and greet, Satriani, who has toured with Mick Jagger and Deep Purple, autographed students’ guitars and CDs and showed them how to perform a microphone check. The students and their parents also received free tickets to Satriani’s concert, which took place later in the evening.
“The students had a blast,” said Russo.
Students Collect Pennies for Patients
Lauren Palma’s seventh-graders at Carle Place Middle School recently completed the service-learning project Pennies for Patients.
The students’ hard work resulted in the collection of $1,000, which will be donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
To commence the annual project, the students attended a kickoff assembly, where they learned about the program and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Over a four-week period, they collected funds from friends and family. Some students even set up lemonade stands.
The project was part of a lesson called “Little Things Make a Big Difference,” which taught the seventh-graders about volume by having them calculate how much change they could fit in their collection boxes.
For their hard work, the students were treated to a pizza party, courtesy of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Domino’s Pizza.
English Students Connect with Peers in Zimbabwe
Ninth-grade English students recently had the opportunity to connect with fellow students at Carle Place’s sister school, Guwe, in Zimbabwe, through a service-learning project.
Under the direction of teachers Sandra Dietz, Kieran Morris, Dana Olsen and Barbara Ziminski, the students worked with members of the SPARC/Interact Club to organize a collection of school supplies, sporting goods and clothing that was packaged and sent to students in Zimbabwe along with a class card and photo.
The students also learned about African culture through several reading comprehension assignments aligned with the Common Core and the new Comprehensive English Exam.
“I thought it was a good project because it helped a lot of people in need,” said freshman Matt Seligman, a freshman.
Fellow student Emily Cotter agreed, saying, “It’s nice knowing that some things we might not be using here in Carle Place are being put to good use in Africa.”