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501 Route 110, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6200
Grades: 7-9

Principal: Mr. Edward Plaia
Assistant Principal/DASA Coordinator: Ms. Kristy Pagliari
Dean of Students: Mr. Earl Mitchell

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:17 p.m.

 

Mission Statement

 


The goal of Edmund W. Miles Middle School is to promote the social, emotional, and intellectual growth of every single student. Our expectations will be high, because we believe that every single student has the capacity to succeed. Our focus is to provide a school setting that is safe and responsive to the educational and developmental needs of our students.  Our vision is shared by administrators, students, parents, community members, and all faculty and staff members.  This vision will enable all of our students to become excellent citizens and life-long learners.

 

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Students Tapped for Local Music Festivals

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A dozen students were selected to represent the district at a pair of music festivals.

Eleven students will participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County festival in March. Choral students Shacquan Swaby and Jordan Tobin were chosen from Amityville Memorial High School. Performers from Edmund W. Miles Middle School will include vocalists Jeff Cruz and Keiry Martinez, and violinist Kayla Marrero. 

From Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, band students Donovan Graham Martinez (bass clarinet) and Tatiana Martinez (oboe) were selected. Alanna Gayle will play the violin with the All-County orchestra, and Cherice Quintyne-Best, Katya Ramos Rojas and Madeline Shingleton will join the chorus. 

Kayla and Madeline, as well as Edmund W. Miles Middle School ninth-grader Alex Diaz, all participated in the Long Island Strings Festival in January. Alex played the viola with the secondary school orchestra, Kayla played the violin with the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, and Madeline was a cellist with the sixth-grade orchestra. 

“We congratulate these fine young musicians, along with their parents and music teachers, on being selected to participate and perform in these prestigious festivals,” said Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez. 

Amityville students bring kindness to their peers

Amityville students bring kindness to their peers photo

Students teaching students was the basis of a character education lesson that recently took place at Northwest Elementary School.

A group of about 30 ninth-graders from Edmund W. Miles Middle School made the short journey to Northwest on Jan. 12. They split into teams and visited third-grade classrooms to present their Positive Interactions program. The middle school students emphasized friendship, integrity, kindness and respect to their younger peers. 

The presentation included videos on bullying and cyberbullying. The ninth-graders also led small-group discussions in which they presented various scenarios to the third-graders, and talked about how to handle each situation. The scenarios were circumstances that could happen inside or outside of school, and included topics such as how to deal with being teased, how to handle untrue rumors and how to stick up for friends.

The program was organized by ninth-grade social studies teacher Jack Zider and third-grade teacher Jennifer Flyntz-Zider. Student facilitators were chosen from the National Junior Honor Society and from teacher recommendations. 

Ms. Flyntz-Zider said the hope is that the message will stay in the hearts and minds of the students as they get older so that they “treat each other the right way.”




Robotics Competition a First for Middle School Team

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The robotics club at Edmund W. Miles Middle School recently took part in its first competition. The Amityville Robot Warriors competed against teams from across Long Island at the Lego First event at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset on Jan. 21.

The team finished ninth out of 15 teams. Amityville students spent approximately 20 hours working afterschool in the three weeks leading up to the competition. They had to built robots, then program them to complete missions without any human intervention. 

Teams were given a problem facing communities and had to incorporate a solution into their designs. This year’s theme was hydro dynamics, and students had to explore the location, use, storage and movement of water. 

Amityville also received the Judges Award, a special recognition given to a team that stands out for reasons other than the performance of its robot, such as perseverance, dedication and overcoming adversity. 

Team members included seventh-graders Wilnory Bouzy, Jose Hernandez, Hasslyn Hurtado, Luca Mazzilli and Kaya McCloud and eighth-graders Alex Hargrove, Randy Jerez and Jiovani Saint Jean, under the direction of their coach, technology teacher John Rodriguez.

“The team worked extremely hard and dedicated themselves to the process,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “Each team member enjoyed the experience as the competition hall was buzzing with excitement and activity. There were teams that have been competing for years, and the Amityville Robot Warriors finished ahead of six more experienced teams. The community should be proud.”

Middle Schoolers Introduced to Coding

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“You have to work on it until you figure it out. It’s not going to be easy but you have to stick with it,” Edmund W. Miles Middle School math teacher Dr. Linda Pfaffe told her ninth-grade geometry students as they participated in the Hour of Code.

With ever-growing job opportunities, students in Amityville are being introduced to computer programming and seventh- through ninth-graders recently joined the Hour of Code global initiative, which take place every December to get more youngsters interested in careers in the field. 

Students learned about coding during a kick-off assembly on Dec. 13 with representatives from KidOYO, a computer science-learning platform being used in Amityville. The presenters discussed the job outlook for computer programmers and made students aware of different coding applications.

Since then, coding sessions have been taking place in math classes to give students hands-on experience. Dr. Pfaffe said both math and coding deal with logic and sequence, so the two naturally fit together. Computer programming also takes place regularly in the STEAM classes that were introduced this year, which focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

Dr. Pfaffe’s students used Chromebooks to work with Maze Code, an application through KidOYO in which they had to move blocks to create commands to make specific designs. Once successful, students were able to view the code. There were 24 levels with each getting progressively harder. 

“It’s just to give them a taste of what computer programming is like,” Dr. Pfaffe said. “It’s a great field and it’s important to introduce this to our students so it can be an option for them.”
 
Thursday, February 22, 2018