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I promise to be an honest, hard working student
To obey our school rules
To respect people and property
To take pride in our school
To be a role model for fellow students
And to be a good citizen at all times


Mills Pond Students Urge School to ‘Skip the Straw’

Mills Pond Students Urge School to ‘Skip the Straw’ photo
Mills Pond Students Urge School to ‘Skip the Straw’ photo 2
In recognition of World Environment Day on June 5, fourth-graders in Melissa Taylor’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School presented their proposals to ban plastic straws in their cafeteria.

Students performed skits on how plastics effect the environment, ocean, and how sea life can be harmed by ingesting plastics. After presenting statistics in a Google slideshow, the groups spoke about how each individual choice to skip the straw could make a big impact on the environment. 

In addition, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn stopped by the school to listen to the presentations and shared the work she is doing in Suffolk County to help reduce plastics in the environment. 

Mills Pond Samples a Taste of Mexico

Mills Pond Samples a Taste of Mexico photo

Fifth-grade students in Diana Lanze’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School spent May 21 engaged in different activities about Mexico. The students analyzed a map of Mexico to answer questions about its geography. They also read a menu from local restaurant Cabo Fresh to solve real-world math problems involving calculating a subtotal, tip and tax. The students read an article and answered questions about border issues between the United States and Mexico. The class sampled empanadas, churros, chips, salsa and guacamole. Lastly, they compared and contrasted city life vs. rural life in Mexico.


Mills Pond Sports Red Noses

Mills Pond Sports Red Noses photo

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Mills Pond Elementary School celebrated Red Nose Day on May 24 by researching poverty-stricken countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and others. Students shared their slides with their classmates to help spread knowledge. Red Nose Day recognizes poverty awareness and raises funds for children in need all around the world.


Honoring Retirees

Honoring Retirees photo
At the May 22 board of education meeting, district honored its dedicated faculty and staff who will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane announced the names of each retiree before presenting those in attendance with Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the board of education, honoring their years of service to the district’s students. A brief reception was also held at district offices prior to the board meeting to celebrate the retirees.

The district congratulates the following retirees: 
Elizabeth Braunreuther 
Debra Canning
Georgianna Colino
Paul Cornwell
Barbara Delach
Helene Suarez Doheny 
Kim Emery
Ingrid Hrvatin
Jane Jordan
Hester Kanakaris
Elaine Kruk
Rosanne Lazarus
Amy Mannarino
James Markey
Vincent Mazza
Diane McGuire
Claire Heatley Mueller
Jeffrey Netter
Joan Pisano
Louise Prescott
Debra Pymm 
Gregory Rivera Jr.
Ann Marie Scholz
Alice Serio 
Dolores Seyffert
Ellen Smith
Linda Stackow
William Stockman
Laurie Sweeney
Antonio Tardio
Margaret Wilkey
Debra Zaleski

Elementary Student-Musicians Shine

Elementary Student-Musicians Shine photo

On May 11 and 12, 208 fifth-grade student-musicians from throughout the district came together to participate in the Elementary Music Festival at High School West. The music departments in each of the district’s elementary schools worked collaboratively to prepare for this enrichment program’s concert.

Cares Club Pounds the Pavement for a Cause

Cares Club Pounds the Pavement for a Cause photo
Fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School participated in a walk-a-thon on May 17 to support Medical Mission. Medical Mission is a hospital for the poverty-stricken community in El Salvador. The fundraiser garnered more than $1,300. Cares Club advisers Diana Lanze, Kristin Quail and Melissa Taylor, and many Mills Pond teachers joined the effort. 

Spring Concert

SEL in Action in Smithtown

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Mills Pond Gardeners Plant the Seeds of Friendship

Mills Pond Gardeners Plant the Seeds of Friendship photo

Fourth-graders in the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School spent the afternoon of May 9 planting flowers and connecting with local senior citizens and residents of the St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, located across the street from their school.

As part of a 17-year club tradition, the students walked to the facility to participate in an afternoon of gardening alongside the seniors. With their garden tools and gloves in hand, the students spent time beautifying the outdoor patio during their visit while working alongside the seniors. 

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security photo

To address the safety and security of students and staff throughout the district, the Smithtown Central School District invited parents and community members to its spring Parent University School Safety Forum on May 7 at Smithtown High School West.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane spoke about the safety and security practices in place including the visitor management system, security entrances and vestibules, security cameras and routine evacuation/fire/lockdown drills. 

District, county and law enforcement representatives were on hand to discuss the district’s emergency planning and responses in the event of a threat to school safety. Jack Blaum, the district’s security consultant, and Joe Rizzo, chief of security, spoke about the district’s safety measures, practices and procedures. They addressed concerns about keeping buildings secure, preventative measures, fire evacuation procedures and ongoing security upgrades.

Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services Mona Tobin addressed the audience regarding communication with parents and community members and reunification plans in the event of an emergency.

Diane Lanze’s Fifth-Grade Class at Mills Pond Celebrates Mexico Day