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Udall Road Middle School

900 Udall Road, West Islip, New York 11795
(631) 930-1650  FAX (631) 893-3301
School Hours: 8:05 am - 2:38 pm
Grades 6-8

 

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Dr. Daniel Marquardt,  Principal
Email: d.marquardt@wi.k12.ny.us

Ms. Lauren Lay, Assistant Principal
Email: l.lay@wi.k12.ny.us   

Principal's Secretary:  Lois VanMeurs
Assistant Principal's Secretary: Donna Cama

Nurse:  Suzanne O'Connor (631) 930-1670
FAX (63) 669-0329 

Counseling Department
Regents Science Choice Grade 8 2019-20 School Year


PTA President: Sam Coppola


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ASL Students Attend Enriching Abarbanell Performance

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American Sign Language students from the high school as well as Beach and Udall recently attended a performance by Alan Abarbanell, whose parents were deaf. In his one-man show, “The Abababa Road Tour,” Abarbanell shared his life experiences growing up hearing in a deaf family and discussed topics such as using deaf household technology and bringing home hearing friends to meet deaf parents.

“I noticed that Alan used a lot of facial expressions and body language,” said student Abby Huners.

“I was surprised by how many people were signing to each other instead of talking with their voice,” said student Sophiya Bahlay. “I hope we have more experiences like this to meet deaf people.”

“West Islip’s world language department has been offering ASL classes for over 14 years at Beach, Udall and the high school,” said teacher Jennifer Colonna. “My fellow teacher Karen Testa and I encourage students to build sensitivity, understanding and tolerance of people whose language, norms and lifestyles are different from what they know. We try as often as we can to offer enriching experiences, such as this trip, that lend themselves as a platform for students to engage in using their sign language skills. Early exposure captivates their curiosity and motivates them to learn more so that they can apply their abilities in real world situations. Many students from our ASL program have gone on to become teachers, interpreters, job coaches, speech pathologists, and social workers, where their ASL skills have been a key to success.”




Udall Chorus Sings at Manetuck’s Indoor Tree Lighting

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Udall's chorus paid a welcome visit to Manetuck, where inhospitable weather had brought the Festival of Lights fun inside the building. Manetuck’s PTA sold baked goods and offered free hot cocoa, the gym held photo booths, props and crafts, and the younger students sang in the cafeteria. The Udall vocalists then performed in the gym during Manetuck’s tree lighting ceremony.





 

Middle Schoolers Make Connections With Start With Hello

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Organized by the counseling departments, both of West Islip’s middle schools implemented the Start With Hello program this year, which teaches students the skills they need to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their classroom, school and community.

The program, coordinated by Sandy Hook Promise, included icebreaker activities such as a “Hey Day” in which students filled out name tags to initiate saying hello to each other, a “Be Kind Day” in which students posted positive affirmations in a Kindness Corner for all to see and read, an “I Am” wall, photobooths, friendship chains and scavenger hunts. Students from the Helping Hands Club and Diversity Club volunteered their time to assist with the activities.

“It was a wonderful week of meeting new friends, making connections and building community,” said Beach Principal Andrew O’Farrell.  






Compliments for Kindness at Udall

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The counseling department at Udall recently conducted a week’s worth of activities for National Kindness Day. During lunch, the students participated in making a video in which they said kind things. Udall showed the video to the school at the end of the week and had each class create the hashtag #YouAre…, write compliments on pieces of paper and post the papers outside each classroom. As students walked down the halls, they had a chance to see random compliments posted on the walls.  


West Islip Sends 32 Student-Musicians to SCMEA Day of Tuba

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The district again broke the record for the highest attendance at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s annual Day of Tuba, sending 32 students from grades 5-12 to participate in rehearsals, clinics and a massed ensemble. Several West Islip students were also selected to perform in the event’s All-Star ensemble. Held at Central Islip High School, the event featured several hundred tuba and euphonium players from across the county.

West Islip participating student-musicians were Victoria Swicord from Bayview; Lucille Charbonneau, Joseph Nealon, Savas Sioutopoulos and Colin Stueber from Bellew; Salvatore Randazzo and Matthew Rao from Oquenock; Billy DeWitt, Andrew DiStefano, Alexander Dumitru, James Kennedy, Thomas Mueller and Samantha Rivelli from Beach; Robert Govier, Michael Harbord, Thomas Kerrigan, Sydney Krowles, Laveeza Malik and Daniel Pipitone from Udall; and Matthew Cammarano, Drake Castonguay, Eve Castonguay, Andrew D'Agostino, Jonathan Delanoy, Timothy Hantzschel, Dylan Latargia, Andrew Palmer, Marisa Pastore, Sophia Randazzo, Vincent Santini, Nicholas Vallejo and Nicholas Veiga from the high school.