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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

Inaugural Homecoming Festival a Hit photo

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.” 

Monday, December 11, 2017