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Orchestra Shares Musical Talents With Seniors

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The Amityville Memorial High School orchestra performed at the Golden Gathering, hosted by New York State Sen. John Brooks, at the Dominican Village Retirement and Assisted Living Community in North Amityville.

The orchestra, under the direction of music teacher Bianca Ferrante, performed a set of patriotic tunes at the senior fair. The group was accompanied by student vocalist Brianna Mazzilli. The musicians recently received certificates of appreciation from Sen. Brooks. 

High School Students Make Cross-County Connections

High School Students Make Cross-County Connections photo

Students from Amityville Memorial High School twice welcomed their peers from out east through the Cultural Exchange program. The school hosted 30 students from Bayport-Blue Point High School on Oct. 19 and 40 students from Sayville High School on Nov. 30.

As the students from each district arrived from their 20-mile journeys, they were greeted warmly by their peers from Amityville High School. The marching band played “Carry On My Wayward Son” for Bayport-Blue Point’s arrival, since it was the first time those students have come to Amityville.

Each program began with breakfast in the cafeteria followed by icebreaker activities to allow the teens to discover common interests. Each Bayport-Blue Point and Sayville student was partnered with an Amityville student and followed their schedule for the day.

Amityville student-leaders from the Warrior Awareness Club, or WAC PAC, served as the hosts. Advisor Jason McGowan said the purpose was to establish new friendships and create bonds between students from different districts. Many of the students followed up by connecting with each other on social media.

“By immersing students in another school’s culture, they are provided the opportunity to broaden their view of people who are different from themselves and hopefully become more accepting of others,” Mr. McGowan said. “The exchange between the visiting students and the Amityville students was wonderful. Many connections were made among these diverse groups.”

The Cultural Exchange program has become an annual tradition at Amityville High School, and this was the fourth year it is has partnered with Sayville. Amityville students will have a chance to visit Bayport-Blue Point High School and Sayville High School in the spring. 

Veterans Recount Their Service at High School

Veterans Recount Their Service at High School photo

More than a dozen veterans visited Amityville Memorial High School on Nov. 14 to tell the stories of their military service. They visited social studies classes during the third annual Veterans Appreciation Day.

The guests came from all branches of the military and different periods of conflict. Among the 17 veterans in attendance were Amityville Board of Education Vice President Juan Leon, who served in Afghanistan, and Chuck Vinciulla, who is commander of Amityville VFW Post 7223. 

Social studies department Chairwoman Dawn Mizrachi said that the program gave students an “eyewitness account” of the historical events they are learning about in their classes. The veterans discussed their military service, how and why they joined the armed forces, and their participation in veterans organizations. Many of the visitors shared photos.  

Ms. Mizrachi said she hoped that students gained an appreciation for the sacrifices others are willing to make for their country.

“We appreciate all that our veterans do,” she said. “They like coming here and sharing their stories because they think it is a great way to connect the school to the community.”  

New Site Devoted to Amityville Athletics

Amityville Warriors Athletics
The district has launched a new website devoted to Amityville Warriors athletics. The website,, includes recent results, a schedule of upcoming games and information on all fall, winter and spring teams.

There are valuable resources for students and parents including information on NCAA eligibility, sports physical forms, first aid and CPR guidelines, and online activity registration. 

Follow the district’s athletic teams on Twitter @AmityWarriors, Instagram @Amityville_Warriors and on Facebook at Amityville Warriors. 

A Meal and a Mystery at Amityville High School

A Meal and a Mystery at Amityville High School photo

“Brenda and Eddie’s Wedding,” a hilarious murder mystery, delighted the 120 guests who attended the sold-out dinner theater production at Amityville Memorial High School on Nov. 4.

The show took place in the cafeteria, so audience members were right in the middle of the action along with the 39 student-actors. Lead characters included Jacob Marrero as the groom, Amelia Tisk as the bride, Alexander Diaz and Isabella Mohan as the bride’s parents, Alanna Graham as the mother of the groom, Nicolas Sohan as both Elvis and the victim Mr. Throckmorton, Justin Bethea as the best man Benny Goombots, Imagine Halyard as Bunny, Daniel Lutz as Yablonowitz, Shaakirah Nazim-Perez as parker, Nathalie Larin as society columnist Mary Berger and Jonathan Blanchare as the DJ. 

At the end of the 1 ½ hour show, the audience learned the true identity of the killer, who was played by Colleen Compitello. The play was directed by Melissa Asbell and Megan Ashe, with technical support from Eric Lee, Ginger Lee and Gerry Compitello.

Guests were treated to a comfort food dinner of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, string beans, cornbread and salad, along with wedding cake for dessert. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the high school Drama Club, which will present “Seussical: The Musical” in the spring.  

Inaugural Homecoming Festival a Hit

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The district’s inaugural homecoming festival brought students from all five schools together along with teachers, administrators, parents and community members. The event was held on the afternoon of Oct. 27 on the Amityville Memorial High School fields, a day before the traditional homecoming celebration.

The varsity football team was practicing in the background in preparation for their final game of the season and the boys varsity soccer team was getting its work in on another field in between playoff games. Closer to the school, tables were set up representing the different schools and high school organizations.

There were many activities for families including face painting by the varsity cheerleaders, pumpkin bowling at the Northeast Elementary School booth, a pumpkin weight-guessing contest at the Northwest Elementary School table and a football toss. A popular attraction was the Amityville Pride photo booth with homecoming-themed props. Students could also sign their name to a large “Go Warriors” banner. 

Guests were treated to burgers and hot dogs. For those looking for something sweet, the TEACCH program hosted a bake sale. A late afternoon bonfire capped off the festival, which was organized by a committee of administrators, teachers and students.

“This was a gathering to promote school spirit and unity within the entire Amityville community,” said Dr. Frances Fernandez, director of fine arts. “It was a great way to build upon the existing homecoming festivities and we hope to make it an annual tradition.” 


Celebrating Amityville Pride at Homecoming

Celebrating Amityville Pride at Homecoming photo

It was certainly a day of celebration for students and staff members from Amityville Memorial High School on Oct. 28, as well as visiting guests, as the football team clinched a spot in the playoffs in their homecoming football game against Wyandanch. This culminated a day of merriment that included the annual parade, crowning of the homecoming king and queen, and halftime performances by the marching band and cheerleaders.

Marchers started their journey at the LIRR Amityville station and paraded down the local streets as onlookers cheered. Students dressed up and floats were decorated to represent this year’s theme of ancient civilizations. The best float award was given to the freshman class for their depiction of the Great Wall of China. 

Before the game, senior cheerleaders and football players were recognized and commended for their dedication to Amityville. The football team wasted no time establishing themselves once the game was underway, as a 14-0 lead after one quarter set the tone for a 33-6 win. The victory secured a place in the upcoming playoffs.  

At halftime, the crowd roared as Joshua Serrano and Irach’e Teague were named homecoming king and queen, and impressive performances from the cheerleaders and marching band capped off another homecoming celebration for Amityville.

Seniors Are All in This Together

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Amityville Memorial High School’s Class of 2018 had a day of bonding and sharing during the annual Senior Awareness Day program on Oct. 12. Following icebreaker activities at the high school, the group traveled to Amityville Beach for team-building exercises.

Special education teacher Jason McGowan, who organized the event, said it has been an annual tradition since 2005. Approximately 175 seniors, three-quarters of the senior class, participated in this year’s Awareness Day.

“This gives us the opportunity to come together,” said class President Jacob Marrero. “Getting along with other people is one of the key factors of being successful in life.”

There were several activities that required teamwork, and students were split into groups with people they might not normally interact with. They built human pyramids, played basketball and participated in a tug of war. In their “family groups,” students asked questions to learn more about each other. 

Senior Sabrina Tobin enjoyed they activities in which students had to find commonalities with each other, such as if they share a birthday month or like the same food. She said it was a good chance to bond before many of the traditional senior activities such as homecoming and prom.

Mr. McGowan said it is important for the seniors to create a sense of community that can serve as an example for the sophomores and juniors at the school. He added that Awareness Day was a prelude to Awareness Weekend in November, in which participating students will spend 30 hours together in the high school including an overnight stay.

VIDEO: Learning to Save Lives


Students are learning valuable life-saving skills in the First Aid and CPR class at Amityville Memorial High School.

Artists Earn Statewide Recognition

Artists Earn Statewide Recognition photo
Two students from the Amityville Union Free School District had their artwork selected for display at a statewide exhibit. Amityville Memorial High School sophomores Maksymilian Kiec and Kevin Zelaya had pieces chosen for the student art exhibit at the New York State School Boards Association conference in Lake Placid, which was held on Oct. 12 and 13. 

The students completed these projects when they were ninth-graders at Edmund W. Miles Middle School, under the direction of art teacher Nicole Scoca. Kevin created an Egyptian-inspired sneaker design using colored pencils in his art appreciation class. Maksymilian’s pen and ink piece of a Mexican sugar skull was made for Hispanic Heritage Month in his studio in art class. 

The exhibit was co-sponsored by NYSSBA and the New York State Art Teachers Association and highlights achievement in the visual arts. Work displayed demonstrates a high level of student ability using different mediums and techniques. 

“Kevin and Maksymilian definitely created standout pieces,” Ms. Scoca said. “They’re both very creative, have their own vision and have a very strong skill set.”
Sunday, December 17, 2017