U.S. News Names Port Jefferson a Top High School
Earl. L. Vandermeulen High School has been named a top high school in America in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and earned the association’s highest ranking of Gold.
The news organization ranked the high school based on several factors, including, but not limited to, enrollment in advanced coursework, graduation rates and student performance on tests.
Based on the evaluation, U.S. News ranked the educational institution 45th in New York State and 367th in the nation.
Of the distinction, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert said, "We are pleased to be included within this list of high performing schools. We take great pride in the educational experiences that we provide to our students and will continue our commitment to further enhance our programs and services.”
Royals Welcome New Athletic Director
After an extensive search, the Port Jefferson School Board appointed Danielle Turner as the new director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics on April 12.
Ms. Turner, who will take the helm on July 1, will replace Edward Cinelli, who has served as the interim director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics since December.
“We are excited to welcome Ms. Turner to our Royal family,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “We are confident that her experience and knowledge will be a great asset to our students, staff and district.”
“I am more than thrilled to join the Port Jefferson School District, and I am looking forward to July 1,” Turner said.
Turner has served in several administrative capacities. Currently, she is the assistant principal at North Country Road Middle School in the Miller Place School District. She previously held the same position at Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ Sayville Academic Center and Premm Learning Center.
Her experience as an instructor includes teaching physical education and serving as a coach at Longwood Middle School from 2008-2012 and working in the same capacity prior to that in the Patchogue-Medford and Sachem school districts.
Turner holds a Bachelor of Science in physical education from SUNY Cortland, a master’s degree in athletic administration and coaching from Stony Brook University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Educational Administration and Supervision degree from St. John’s University. She also holds certification in the areas of the Dignity for All Students Act, crisis prevention intervention and first aid, and is a certified personal trainer.
No. 1 School for Homebuyers
Port Jefferson Middle School has been ranked as the No. 1 middle school in Suffolk County by Cruvita.com, a website that assists homebuyers by providing statistical information regarding schools across the country.
The school received its top ranking based on data compiled by Cruvita. Under the ranking system, the middle school was awarded a silver Cruvita Medal of Excellence. Edna Louise Spear Elementary School also received accolades and ranks among the top 40 elementary schools across the county.
“We are very proud of the education we offer at each of our buildings,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “This ranking is a direct result of the dedication of our students, staff and community.”
NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING, BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION
Port Jeff Named Best Community for Music Education
The Port Jefferson School District is pleased to announce that for the 10th consecutive year it has been ranked among the NAMM Foundation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” in America, an honor that acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.
The 2016 award specifically recognizes the collaborate efforts between teachers, administrators, students, parents and the community, who work in tandem to keep comprehensive music education an integral part of the core curriculum in Port Jefferson.
“To receive this award – one that is shared by our entire community – signifies Port Jefferson’s strong commitment to the support of the arts and our students’ musical development. We are truly fortunate,” said Michael Caravello, director of music and fine arts.
The Port Jefferson School District boasts multiple vocal, band and orchestral performing groups for students and each group is provided with the opportunity to perform within the community. Additionally, through partnerships and relationships with Stony Brook University and the Staller Center many groups regularly have the chance to learn from renowned professional musicians.
Information Regarding the NYS 3-8 Testing Program
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