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

Principal: Edward Plaia
Assistant Principal/DASA Coordinator: Kristy Pagliari
Academic Dean of Students: 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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Middle School Scientists Explore the World


Project boards detailing the scientific method lined the tables in the cafeteria at Edmund W. Miles Middle School which recently hosted its annual science fair. Parents and family members were invited to come see the discoveries their children made.

Each seventh-grade student picked a topic of interest and completed an experiment at home. Their inquiry, which included making a hypothesis, analyzing data and drawing conclusions, was highlighted on project boards.

Students studied a variety of areas including volcanoes, electricity, air pressure, the human body and astronomy. Many of the projects centered on food including, “Which cereal stays crunchy in milk longer?” and “Which bread grows mold faster?”

Eighth-graders in the Science Research program also presented the work they have been doing with area scientists at institutions such as Farmingdale State College, Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratories. A group of students studying a rare type of cancer known as polycythemia vera built a model to demonstrate the blood flow of people with disease compared to people without it.

District Boasts 16 Music Festival Selections

District Boasts 16 Music Festival Selections
More than a dozen student musicians from the district have been selected to perform at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County festival in March.

Representing Amityville Memorial High School are band students Patrick Abate (alto saxophone) and Dakota Willenbrock (clarinet), and chorus students Ryans Janviers and Brianna Mazzilli.

From Edmund W. Miles Middle School, chorus students Jeff Cruz, Keiry Martinez and Nil Patel were chosen, along with violinist Brianna McQueen for the orchestra.

Four members of the chorus will represent Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School including Jessica Melford, Cherice Quintyne-Best, Madeline Shingleton and Adrianna Velasquez. Messiah Marshall (flute) was selected for the All-County band.

Two French horn players represented Amityville in the annual SCMEA Day of Horn festival on Jan. 20 at Northport High School. The participating students were 10th-grader Michael Gordon and eighth-grader Tristan Angus.

Nia Scott, a ninth-grader at the middle school, will be a member of the 2016-17 Long Island String Festival Association’s Secondary School Orchestra. The cello player will join an ensemble that will perform on Jan. 29 at Ward Melville High School.

“Congratulations to all of the students on these outstanding achievements,” said Dr. Frances Fernandez, district director of fine arts. “Also, special thanks goes out to their families, and their present and past music teachers for their guidance and support.”

Middle School Students Celebrate Equality

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were among the civil rights leaders that students recently learned about at Edmund W. Miles Middle School.

Students listened to two famed speeches — “I Have a Dream” by Dr. King and “By Any Means Necessary” by Malcolm X. Under the direction of social studies Chairwoman Jaclyn O’Hagan and art teacher Nicole Scoca, they created abstract paintings based on their emotions from hearing the speeches. Students had to paint without any recognizable words or imagery while focusing on line, shape, texture and color. For the second part of the project, they chose quotes from either civil rights leader and added the words on top of their abstract painting, along with an image of the person.

Teacher Allyson Kretz created a lesson to show students the similarities they share. They each received a white egg and a brown egg, and had to break both into a bowl. Once the shells were removed, they tried to tell which one was which.

“Just like people, even though we may look different on the outside, we’re all the same on the inside,” said Ms. Kretz. “The overall message was that we should all treat each other the same and we are all equal.”

Book Scavenger Hunt Encourages Reading

Book Scavenger Hunt Encourages Reading

Students were on the hunt for books at Edmund W. Miles Middle School in the Amityville Union Free School District. Librarian Lynn Cesiro recently led a scavenger hunt with English language arts classes.

Ms. Cesiro hid 300 books throughout the building, which were covered in plain brown paper with the label #AvilleGoRead. Any student who found a book received three Warrior Bucks, and if they took a picture with the book and shared it on Twitter, they earned three more.

Students were also rewarded for reading at least 30 pages of a book and writing a review in Google Classroom. Ninth-grader Katherine Cruz was the first student to complete five reviews.

Warrior Bucks is an incentive through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. Students can earn bucks for doing the right thing or participating positively in activities. They can save them for rewards such as a free yearbook, special snacks or admission to a schoolwide activity.

“The purpose of the program is to create a culture of readers,” said Ms. Cesiro. “We want to promote positive literacy opportunities for students to have fun with books and encourage them to read.”

A Sharing of Cultures at Middle School

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Ninth-graders at Edmund W. Miles Middle School in the Amityville Union Free School District learned about other cultures as three foreign exchange students recently visited.  

The students, freshman Anh, from Vietnam, sophomore Li, from Germany, and sophomore Tom, from China, all attend St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip. They were joined by Eastin Deverna, St. John’s manager of international programs, and spoke with students in Jack Zider’s Advanced Placement human geography course at Edmund W. Miles.

The international students talked about what education is like in their native countries and how they adjusted to their new school in the United States. They answered questions from the Amityville students about the music and food they like, activities they are involved with, career aspirations and why they wanted to study in America.

The visit was a culminating activity for the students in Mr. Zider’s class, who recently finished up a unit of study on culture in which they discussed the differences between pop and folk culture in different nations across the world. He said that having the exchange students come to Amityville was a chance to “bring the conversation to life.”

Monday, February 27, 2017