07/16/2015 5:02 PM
John Zukowski was sworn in last night as the SWR school board president. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

John Zukowski was sworn in last night as the SWR school board president. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

The Shoreham Wading-River Board of Education elected John Zukowski and Robert Rose as its new president and vice president, respectively, at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Mr. Zukowski, an attorney who was first elected in 2011, said he did not specifically seek the position.  (more…)

07/15/2015 5:59 AM
Patricia Nugent, a fired elementary school teacher from the Shoreham-Wading River School District, has sued the district. (Credit: Facebook)

Patricia Nugent, a fired elementary school teacher from the Shoreham-Wading River School District, has sued the district. (Credit: Facebook)

The Miller Avenue Elementary School principal who was fired last year has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the Shoreham-Wading River School District. (more…)

07/13/2015 1:05 PM
Ken Wagner (Credit: NY Department of Education video image)

Ken Wagner (Credit: NY Department of Education video image)

A former principal and administrator in the Shoreham-Wading River School District, who rose through the ranks in the New York Education Department after leaving the district in 2007, was tapped to lead Rhode Island’s Education Department last week. (more…)

07/08/15 9:00am
07/08/2015 9:00 AM
The Riverhead school board at Tuesday's meeting in Riverside. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Riverhead school board at Tuesday’s meeting in Riverside. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Riverhead school board has decided not to approve a resolution in support of the proposed Family Community Life Center.

During Tuesday’s meeting, newly elected school board president Sue Koukounas and school board members Greg Meyer and Lori Hulse voted in favor. Newly elected school board vice president Amelia Lantz and school board members Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and Chris Dorr abstained from voting.

School board member Kim Ligon was absent.

After the meeting, Superintendent Nancy Carney confirmed the non-binding measure was defeated in the split vote.

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07/01/15 12:00pm
07/01/2015 12:00 PM

We finish up our series on our area’s top students with McGann-Mercy High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian: Elison Louis and Magdalena Duda. Check out more about these outstanding achievers below:

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Elison Louis

Valedictorian

GPA: 100.36

College plans: SUNY/Stony Brook

Major: biochemistry

Fond memories: Elison, a Mastic resident, said his favorite moments from high school were just sitting at the lunch table chatting with fellow classmates.

“I made some really good friends,” he said.

High honors: Elison was named to the Principal’s List all four years of high school. He earned the New York State Department of Education Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Congressional Merit Award. He also won the Stony Brook University Valedictorian Scholarship.

Advanced Placement scholar: Elison took several AP courses over the past two years. During his junior year, he took AP U.S. history and literature. This year, he took the exams for calculus, biology and U.S. government. He said he was least confident about the government exam going into the test, but now feels like he did “really well.”

After school: Elison played on the junior varsity tennis and basketball teams and was a member of the high school band. He was also a part of the campus ministry and the school’s Ethics and Leadership Club.

Hard worker: In addition to his extracurricular activities and junior varsity sports, Elison took a part-time job during his junior and senior years as a way to make some extra money.

Future plans: Elison is aiming to pursue a pre-med track in college. He said the decision was mostly a practical one.

“I just feel like that’d be a good option,” he said. “I didn’t want to go into college not knowing what I’d be doing.”

Parting words: “Do your homework.”

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Magdalena Duda

Salutatorian

GPA: 99.826

College plans: Pennsylvania State University

Major: biology and forensics

High achiever: Magdalena, who is from Riverhead, was on the Principal’s List all four years of high school. She also won the New York Department of Education Scholarship for Academic Excellence and a Congressional Merit Award for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Citizenship.

Founding member: Magdalena was treasurer of the National Honor Society and served as vice president and co-founder of the French National Honor Society her senior year.

Accomplished athlete: Magdalena won All League honors for varsity tennis and ran with the spring track and field team. She’s also been an All Star in cheerleading, something she’s participated in since she was 8 years old.

Future goals: Magdalena was inspired by a forensics elective class in high school to pursue a career in the field in college. She hopes to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation someday.

Parting Words: “Literally, take every opportunity you can. Take the class. You think you’re just taking it for fun, but you might find something you really love.”