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.

 

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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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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.”

Middle school students get the gift of reading

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The tables in the library at Edmund W. Miles Middle School in the Amityville Union Free School District were covered with books as the school hosted its annual free book fair. It was organized by librarian Lynn Cesiro to foster reading in the school and at home.

During parent-teacher conferences on Dec. 1, parents were able to select books for themselves as well as their children. The following day, students were invited down to choose a book to take home. There were fiction and nonfiction books on a variety of topics, along with a special section for ninth-graders and picture books that students could take for a sibling.

This year’s theme was “Warm Up With a Good Book.” Ms. Cesiro said that all of the books were donated and the fair opened with thousands of available selections. She said this is the third time she has done the free event, and the goal was to allow students to find books that interest them without them being limited by price.

“The purpose is to get books in the kids’ hands,” said Ms. Cesiro. “We’re trying to create a culture of reading.”

After selecting their books, students were able to have their pictures taken in a large social media-inspired frame in front of books shaped to look like a Christmas tree.

The library is now using mobile technology to communication with students.




English Teachers Receive Statewide Honors

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Three teachers from the district were recently recognized at the New York State English Council’s 66th annual conference. The honorees, Kathryn Rosario, Janine Katsigiorgis and Reinaldo Latorre, all teach at Edmund W. Miles Middle School.

Mr. Latorre, the middle school’s English Department chairman for the past two years and a ninth-grade ELA teacher, was one of four recipients of the NYSEC’s mini-grant, receiving $500. He plans to use the funds to purchase more books for classroom libraries to give students more access to literature.

“Students want to read books that are engaging and interesting,” Mr. Latorre said. “These classroom libraries will allow for more student selection of books which will in turn boost reading levels.”

Eighth-grade ELA teachers Ms. Rosario and Ms. Katsigiorgis were named Educators of Excellence. They were among eight teachers from the state chosen at the middle-school level.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017