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Dr. Cox cuts red ribbon at opening of Rolling Hills playground as students watch.
CHS softball player swings at pitch from Lindenhurst pitcher.
Student wearing eclipse glasses is interviewed by News 12.
CHS flute player marches in Commack Little League North Opening Day parade.
Young student on slide on playground opening day.
Students marvel at science experiment at Sawmill.
Violinist performs during String Night at CMS on March 26.
Boys lacrosse player in action vs. Massapequa on March 22.
High school actress sings on stage during performance of "Mamma Mia."
Young student kicks up a leg while on stage.
Third graders celebrate scoring goal while playing soccer.
Middle School actress is cheered by crowd at conclusion of The Little Mermaid performance for fifth graders.
Pair of kindergarteners look at a book during the book fair.
Third baseman ranges to her left to field a groundball during the first day of softball practice.
Indians Hollow talent show participant demonstrates karate moves.
Student on scooter during relay race duing Fitness Night.
Sawmill Intermediate Students Learn Sign Language.
Inspirational wrestler Rohan Murphy provides tips to the middle school wrestling team.
North Ridge second grader works on laptop computer.
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District News
RH First Graders Operate Businesses
RH First Graders Operate Businesses
First graders in Nancy Carillo's class at Rolling Hills explained the difference between goods and services, and began to hone their entrepreneurial skills, during a "Shopping Day" in their classroom on Friday.

The students operated stores selling goods such as bracelets and bookmarks and services such as pencil sharpening and desk cleaning.

Principal Jessica Santarpia, superintendent Dr. Jordan Cox and other district administrators arrived in the class midday to serve as shoppers.

The mystery bag store was a particular hit, with much joy shared when a pair of shoppers received erasers as their surprise for shopping there.
 
Dr. Hettrich Awarded Commack Star!
Dr. Hettrich Awarded Commack Star!
Congratulations to our newest Commack Star recipient ... Wood Park school psychologist Dr. Emma Hettrich.

Dr. Hettrich is the first to reach out to offer support to her colleagues. She also is an asset to all those who seek her out for suggestions, advice or support.

She continuously engages in her own professional development as well as teaching opportunities.

“We are so lucky to have such an incredible educator as part of the Commack family — someone who goes above and beyond for both students and staff,” superintendent Dr. Jordan Cox told the gathered staff on Friday morning during the surprise presentation.”

Said principal Michelle Collison: “You have brought us to the next level. I am blessed to work with you.”
 
CHS Raises Money For Autism Society
CHS Raises Money For Autism Society April is Autism Awareness, Action and Acceptance Month, and CHS hosted a fundraiser to raise money for Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society on Friday. 

Students and staff were greeted at the front doors of CHS with a selection of bracelets, necklaces, buttons and pens available for purchase, with all proceeds going to this important cause.

Math teacher Stephanie Centore, speech pathologist Katherine Jonas and special education teacher Nicole Fox are overseeing the fundraiser with the help of guidance counselor Jon Miale and students from the Best of Buds and Special Olympics Clubs.

“Whatever your motivation is, we all have the same goal to make sure that everyone feels included,” Centore said. 

Nassau and Suffolk Autism Society offers the opportunity for children and adults with autism and their families to participate in recreational and social activities and events in the community.
 
CHS Inducts Language Honor Society Members
CHS Inducts Language Honor Society Members CHS held its annual induction ceremony for American Sign Language Honor Society, French Honor Society and Italian Honor Society on Thursday in the auditorium.
51 students were initiated into the societies with a signing ceremony for ASL, and a special candle ceremony for French and Italian. 

The ceremony opened with remarks from Director of World Languages and ENL Barbara Olivares-Lazcano, and was followed up by ASL and French Honor Societies Advisor Dominick Kosciuk and Italian Honor Society Advisor Carmelina Zitarosa. 

Student boards for each society greeted the new inductees on the stage, and students were presented with certificates for their achievements. Honor Society students hold a 90 or above average in language courses, and an 85 average overall. 
 
NCWIT Honors CHS' Shivani Muthukumar
Shivani Muthukumar has earned honorable mention in the National Award for Aspirations in Computing by NCWIT.  She has also been named the Greater New York City affiliate winner for the second year in a row.

NCWIT is a nonprofit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the meaningful participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.
 
Rolling Hills Visits Rain Forest
Rolling Hills Visits Rain Forest
Rolling Hills first graders learned about the tropical rain forest during a visit from the Long Island Center for Arts and Sciences on Thursday morning. The students saw photos and discussed rain-forest inhabitants including the red-eyed tree frog, clear-winged butterfly and the flying fox bat (AKA fruit bat).
 
Dr. Santorello Awarded Commack Star
Dr. Santorello Awarded Commack Star
Superintendent Dr. Jordan Cox presented Curriculum Associate For Secondary Education Dr. Jennifer Santorello with the Commack Star Award at Superintendent’s Conference Day Wednesday afternoon.

The Commack Star is awarded to district employees who demonstrate exemplary achievement, contribution and performance in their roles.
Dr. Santorello has expressed an unwavering commitment to bettering the district, dating back to her time as Coordinator of Student Affairs and then Assistant Principal at Commack High School.

“Dr. Santorello never shies away from any task thrown her way, and she always does it with a smile,” Dr. Cox said. “She’s committed herself to building a positive culture at every school and I am proud to award her as a Commack Star.”
 
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