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(631) 382-2805
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(631) 382-2805
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(631)-382-2870
Assistant Principal - Ms. Nocero:
(631) 382-2820

 



 


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November’s Caught Being Kind Winners

November’s Caught Being Kind Winners photo
This year, Great Hollow’s School Improvement Team implemented a student recognition program entitled “Caught Being Kind."The “Caught Being Kind” program is an initiative to promote and enhance student’s behavior and sense of community.

Any staff members who observes a student(s) helping someone else, submits their name to an administrator to formally recognize their act of kindness.

Students are awarded a formal certificate, a free popcorn coupon during monthly PTA "popcorn Friday," a "caught being kind" custom pencil, as well as a photo with the schools administration.

Middle Schoolers Are Caught Being Kind

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Great Hollow Middle School recently implemented a “Caught Being Kind” student recognition program. The school improvement team launched the program this year as a way to promote and enhance student’s behavior and sense of community.

Staff members who observe a kind act submit the student’s name for recognition. Students are awarded a certificate, a free popcorn coupon during the school’s monthly PTA popcorn Friday, a “Caught Being Kind” custom pencil and a photo with administrators that is shared online.

Friends of Music Gifts Great Hollow

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The Friends of Music of Smithtown recently presented Sandra Jurlando, music teacher at Great Hollow Middle School, with a $850 mini-grant to purchase concert drums. She is pictured with (from left) director of fine arts Michael Mastrangelo, Friends of Music of Smithtown President Gina Barnett (second from left) and Great Hollow Middle School Principal John Scomillio. 
 

Joining the Fight Against Hunger

Joining the Fight Against Hunger Pic

On Oct. 28, students from Great Hollow Middle School and Dogwood Elementary School joined forces to help fight hunger. Members of the schools’ Peanut Butter Gang community service clubs visited Hospitality Too soup kitchen in Brentwood. They made peanut butter sandwiches that will be distributed at various locations on Long Island and in New York City, and also helped serve a hot lunch to soup kitchen guests. In addition, students distributed Halloween costumes collected at drives in both buildings.

 

Resources, Workshops Provide Tools for Success

Resources, Workshops Provide Tools for Success

The district and its Parent-Teacher Associations, in partnership with the Smithtown Youth Bureau, Horizons Counseling and Education, Suffolk County Police Department and the Counter Drug Task Force, presented a Parent/Student University focusing on current drugs trends on Nov. 1 in the High School West auditorium.

Community members, parents and students came out to listen to the presentation on topics such as the dangers of alcohol abuse and vaping, social host laws, and what’s happening in the local community by Suffolk County Police Officer George Lynagh, Town of Smithtown youth services coordinator Kelly DeVito, Horizon Counseling and Education Center assistant director Patrice Levy and National Guard Counterdrug Task Force senior airman Gabriel Manzueta.  

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of Family and Children’s Association, spoke to attendees about prevention, recovery and support resources. Before and after the presentation, community resources were available from local agents such as Project Presence, Inc., Families Anonymous, Tobacco Coalition of Long Island, LICADD, St. Patrick Youth, WellLife Network and YMCA Family Services. 

“It is an honor to work in a school district with such an invested community of parents, faculty and students,” said Siobhán Cassidy, Project Presence, Inc.’s director of professional development and practice. 

Throughout the evening, social-emotional workshops were conducted to offer parents tools to better connect. Parents learned about Smithtown Central School District’s social-emotional learning initiative and how they can partner with the schools at home. A parent/child yoga workshop gave participants the opportunity to increase body awareness and strengthen the parent/child connection. A mindfulness workshop taught parents how to be more present in their relationships with their child. The eating for energy workshop focused on how to reduce cravings, detoxify and find the top food categories for increasing energy.

Sports Teams Support the Cause

Sports Teams Support the Cause Pic

Great Hollow Middle School held its sixth annual Coaches vs. Cancer event on Oct. 13. The schools came together to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thanks to donations from students, teachers, staff and parents, the event raised nearly $3,000.

With more than 240 student-athletes participating in a fall sport, and 278 student spectators, Great Hollow’s football, field hockey and boys soccer teams all competed while the cheerleading and kickline squads performed at halftime. Parents and students came out in full force to support the cause, while the members of the girls soccer and girls tennis teams walked around asking for donations. During the day, students wore yellow in honor of childhood cancer, and many of the students stayed after school to watch a game and support the cause.



Learning and Nature Join for Interactive Field Trip

Learning and Nature Join for Interactive Field Trip photo

More than 300 seventh-grade students from Great Hollow Middle School participated in a walking field trip on Oct. 3. Organized by science teachers Denise Cicione and Kristen Dicpinigaitis, the students trekked from their school to Charles P. Toner Park in Nesconset.

Throughout the day, students learned interdisciplinary concepts while integrating nature in their own community. Great Hollow teachers and librarian Sheila Cavooris created six different interactive stations. The stations included concepts such as mindfulness, social emotional learning, a nature hike throughout the nature trail, geocaching, poetry and senses in nature, calculating the outdoors, and an escape room using reference books and skills needed to research in the library. 



Make It a Venti

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Sixth-graders in Michelle Labuski’s class at Great Hollow Middle School recently visited “Starbooks,” a library café where they could sample different books.

With the assistance of Great Hollow librarian Sheila Cavooris and library teaching assistant Linda McCann, students selected a book to read for their accountable independent reading. The theme for the first quarter is “overcoming obstacles.” Ms. Cavooris pulled titles in various reading levels to match the theme.  

Ms. Labuski made a worksheet that listed the books, ingredients (summary), caffeine level (grande, venti, etc. for approximate grade level), and craving (tea cup, mug, thermos) for students to select how interested they were in the book.

The coffee cups were numbered and students rotated from book to book to read the summary and determine if they liked it. When they were done, the sixth-graders received a coffee stirrer with their name on it to put in the cup of the book they wanted to read.