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Suffolk County Early Voting: 2021 General Election


Anti-Bullying Prevention Assembly

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On October 7, 2003, Mr. Halligan lost his 13 year old son, Ryan, to suicide. It was revealed in greater detail, after Ryan's death, that he was ridiculed and humiliated by his peers at his middle school and online.

In 2004., Mr. Halligan spearheaded the Vermont Bullying Prevention law in honor of his son Ryan. In 2006, he then led the passing of a law which requires education about suicide prevention in public schools.

Mr. Halligan has made it his life's work to spread the need for awareness and prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, and teen suicide in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

He has appeared on several national TV programs, including Oprah, Primetime with Diane Sawyer, and PBS Frontline. Mr. Halligan has spoken to over 2000 schools spreading his message of hope and kindness.

As always, our support team is always available for our students.

In the picture, a student was moved by his story and expressed her condolences for his loss. In the other picture from left to right, Keri Kearney, 7th grade guidance counselor, Ms. Beatriz Offitto, Social Worker, Mr. Halligan, Mary Postiglione school psychologist, and Taurie Drumgole, social worker.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

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National Junior Honor Society at Edmund W. Miles Middle School Gives Presentation to the 6th grade

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(October 2021) Recently, student members of the National Junior Honor Society at Edmund W. Miles Middle School in the Amityville Union Free School District designed and delivered a presentation for their fellow 6th grade classmates to introduce them to clubs, activities, rules and procedures at the school as the new school year begins.

“Our students in the National Junior Honor Society have excellent leadership skills and we are incredibly proud that they take the initiative to encourage other students to become involved in clubs and other extracurricular activities,” said Ms. Rose Hutcherson, the Acting Principal of Edmund W. Miles Middle School. “These exceptional students give this presentation yearly to provide students who are interested in becoming more active in school activities with all the necessary information they need.”

During the presentation, the members answered any questions the 6th graders had and gave them advice about starting middle school and potentially joining the National Junior Honor Society. The National Junior Honor Society hosts this event for students each year which is set up by Karina Thepenier, 6th grade guidance counselor and Carlee Brunson, National Junior Honor Society advisor and English teacher.

The National Junior Honor Society is a national organization that consists of chapters in middle schools across the country. The organization raises the commitment of participating schools to the National Junior Honor Society’s core values of the five (5) pillars which consist of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship.

The requirements needed to be eligible to join the National Junior Honor Society are a GPA of at least 85 percent for six consecutive quarters with no grade under 75 percent, honor roll, Principal’s list, timeliness for delivering assignments, adherence to the dress code and exemplify great behavior. There are currently 17 members in the National Junior Honor Society from Edmund W Miles. Middle School.




Draft District-Wide Safety Plan 2021-2022

Attached is a draft of the District Safety Plan. It will be open for comment by members of the public for 30 days. On November 10, 2021, the District Safety Plan will be on the Board of Education agenda for approval after considering all public comments. Thank you.


Thursday, October 21, 2021