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Suffolk: Growing in summer opportunities

Long Beach student Josmin Lopez hit the waves

Long Beach student Josmin Lopez hit the waves this summer with the help of trained instructors from the local nonprofit Surf for All. The district also offered swimming, tae kwan do and bowling. Credit: Handout

For many local schools just because it was summertime the doors didn't close.

Thousands of Long Island youngsters spent the past few months convening at schools for everything from art academies to playground programs to reading and math camps. The programs were designed as a way for students to continue learning between school years.

In Oakdale, Eastern Suffolk BOCES hosted a baseball camp for children with disabilities at Arthur Premm Learning Center that was designed to maintain agility and reduce regression during summer months. Meanwhile, students at ES-

BOCES' Harry B. Ward Career and Technical Center in Riverhead learned to handle stranded sea life with help from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation.

"This is a great opportunity for the students to learn what they should do if they come across a stranded dolphin, seal or turtle," ESBOCES animal science teacher Lori Beckmann said. "Now they have the information and can volunteer to assist in the rescue efforts."

In Amityville, students in grades K-6 had the opportunity to participate in a 2013 summer English and math academy at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, while first-graders at Northwest Elementary School spent part of their summer nurturing the school's vegetable garden. They also used the garden's vegetables and herbs in salads and as pizza toppings.

In West Babylon, English as a Second Language students in grades 1-6 participated in an aviation-themed summer tech camp in which they compared planes throughout history, explored flight as a metaphor for success, and were visited by a pilot from American Airlines.

In East Islip, more than a dozen organic garden beds were planted at the middle school by students with disabilities, using donations from Father Nature's Garden Center in East Islip.

"These school gardens aren't just our outside classrooms, but serve as a terrific way to bring people together," said East Islip Superintendent Linda J. Rozzi. "Just seeing students take ownership of garden cultivation every week during the summer months is inspiring."



New superintendent

Karen B. Salmon has been appointed superintendent of the Bay Shore Union Free School District. She replaces Edmund Frazier, who retired after holding the post on an interim basis.

Salmon had been superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools in Maryland since 2003, and before that she was the district's assistant superintendent of instruction and director of special education. She was named Maryland's Superintendent of the Year in 2012.

She has assisted in the development of national education policy as part of the American Association of School Administrator's Executive Committee, district officials said.



New principals

The Three Village Central School District has made a series of changes in principals for the 2013-14 school year: Kathryn White is the new principal at W.S. Mount Elementary School, Nathalie Lilavois is principal at Setauket Elementary School and Thomas Colletti is interim principal at Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School.

White and Lilavois have swapped positions, as the pair previously served as principals at Setauket and Mount, respectively. Colletti most recently served as an interim principal at East Moriches Middle School and previously held positions as social studies teacher and chair, athletic coordinator, assistant principal and principal at various Three Village schools up through 2008.

He replaces Gus Hueber, who now is head of the district's alternative high school.



New principal

Charles L. Regan has been appointed principal of Riverhead High School, replacing David Wicks, who now is the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

Since 2006, Regan has served as an assistant principal at the high school, where his primary duties included overseeing the school's Freshman Academy, English and special education departments, among others. He started his career as a special-education teacher with Eastern Suffolk BOCES.

Regan earlier worked in the Eastport-South Manor Central School District, including as a special-education teacher, inclusion teacher and dean of high school students.



Siemens entries

The Siemens Foundation and the College Board are accepting entries for the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation's premier research competitions for high schoolers.

Entries must be original research projects in math, science and technology and are eligible to win college scholarships from $1,000 to $100,000.

Regional competitions are held at six universities across the country in November, and winners are invited to compete in the national finals this winter in Washington, D.C. Submission instructions are available at The entry deadline is Sept. 30.

"We hope that by participating in the Siemens Competition, students will embark on a lifelong journey in science, technology, engineering and math," foundation president Jeniffer Harper-Taylor said.


Way to Go!



Newsday will continue its weekly "Way to Go!" feature this school year that invites K-12 teachers or parents to nominate outstanding youths to be profiled. Nominees can be highlighted based on academic achievement or extracurricular activities, involvement in local charities or fundraisers, or for winning a local, state or national award, contest, or competition, among other things.


To nominate a student, please email a brief description of the student's accomplishments, along with his or her name, school and grade to

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