07/01/2014 6:00 AM

The Shoreham-Wading River School District is hosting two public forums to provide the community with an opportunity to meet Miller Avenue Elementary School’s new principal.

The meet-and-greet event with principal Christine Carlson is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1, between noon and 1 p.m., and Wednesday between 9 to 10 a.m.

Both meetings will take place in the district office board room.

10/22/13 12:30pm
10/22/2013 12:30 PM
JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | State officials said Thursday Shoreham-Wading River's teacher evaluation has been approved.

JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO

The Shoreham-Wading River school board will review two sets of audit reports at Tuesday night’s meeting, according to the agenda.

The board will first accept a federal audit of last year before hearing the findings of an independent external audit, the agenda states.

The board is also expected to discuss moving the start time of their board meetings from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. That change would take affect starting with the Nov. 26 board meeting.

District officials could not be reached for comment to explain why the start time was changed.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held in the Wading River Elementary School gym at 8 p.m.

03/07/13 11:23am
03/07/2013 11:23 AM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | A case of whooping cough was confirmed at Shoreham-Wading River High School last Thursday.

CARRIE MILLER FILE PHOTO | A case of whooping cough was confirmed at Shoreham-Wading River High School last Thursday.

A case of whooping cough was confirmed in Shoreham-Wading River High School last Thursday, according to a letter posted on the district’s website issued by the Suffolk County Department of Health and Human Services.

The affected student was not identified.

Officials said there has been a recent increase in pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, throughout the county and are urging parents to monitor their children for symptoms, specifically a persistent cough.

People are contagious for 2-3 weeks after the onset of the cough, officials said, and can be effectively treated with antibiotics during that time.

The county is directing parents seeking more information on pertussis, including the symptoms, to visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/pertussis.

Whooping cough, which is transported through the air by coughing, is especially dangerous and can be fatal for infants.

Early symptoms of whooping cough are a mild cough, a runny nose and a low fever, according to the Centers for Disease control.

As the disease persists the traditional symptoms of a high pitched “whooping” cough, vomiting and exhaustion after coughing fits may appear. Coughing fits may persist for weeks. The best way to prevent the disease is immunization, the CDC states on its website.

Adults and children, however, may develop pertussis even if they are up to date on their vaccination since immunization wanes over the years, according to the health department. If you suspect that your child has contracted whooping cough, it is urged you contact their physician and request your child is tested for the disease using a special nasal/throat swab.

Those suffering from whooping cough are asked to stay home until he or she has completed five days of antibiotic treatment, according to the county health department.

In December, a whooping cough case was also confirmed at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

jennifer@timesreview.com

02/16/2013 2:30 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Yasmin Wamala and Breshay Wigglesworth of Imani Dance Ensemble perform Friday morning at Albert G. Prodell Middle School.

Students at Albert G. Prodell Middle School read essays about dreams for their world inspired by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and their hopes for the future during Friday morning’s Black History program, the first of its kind at the school.

The seventh and eighth-grade students were treated to African Dance workshops by the Imani Dance Ensemble from Hofstra University. The Ensemble was formed in 1972 to provide the community with an outlet for cultural expression through dance.

Students in the band, orchestra and chorus performed the theme song “Dry your tears, Afrika” from the movie “Amistad.”

The program, which students and teachers had been preparing for since the beginning of the month, was part of the new professional development program that was instituted in the district this year.

Superintendent Steven Cohen said the Board of Education and the teacher’s union agreed this year to the weekly workshops and he’s excited about the district’s new approach to professional development.

“They agreed having a little professional development all of the time is better than having it in big chunks,” he said. “It’s more tailored to individual needs and it’s the teachers driving the process.”

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10/30/12 3:35pm
10/30/2012 3:35 PM

Classes at all Riverhead area school are cancelled for Wednesday, October 31.

Officials with the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River school districts announced Tuesday that the schools would be closed to students Wednesday.

McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead also cancelled classes.

Riverhead district school will remain closed Wednesday due to power outages and damage caused by Sandy, Riverhead district officials said.

Riverhead schools superintendent Nancy Carney said two district schools were still without power Tuesday, and the Aquebogue Elementary School gym lost the top coat of its roof.

Ms. Carney has been told by town officials that though main roads will be cleared Tuesday, side roads and residential areas would be cleared tomorrow, Wednesday.

“Due to downed wires, trees and no power at schools, we are closing on Wednesday,” Ms. Carney said.

Riverhead schools will reopen on Thursday, she said.

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