School News: Valedictorians Honored, Parrish Budget Approved,

Suffolk County Class of 2018 valedictorians.

Suffolk County’s Class of 2018 Valedictorians Honored

Suffolk County’s highest-achieving students from the Class of 2018 were honored by school district superintendents, administrators and parents during the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 24th annual Valedictorians Luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge on May 31.

The celebratory event was punctuated with music provided by the Hampton Bays High School Jazz Ensemble, under the baton of Jennifer Halsey.

Congratulating the students on their hard work and achievements were Bernadette M. Burns, SCSSA vice president and West Islip School District superintendent of schools; Lars Clemensen, SCSSA president and Hampton Bays School District superintendent of schools; Dr. Kenneth Bossert, SCSSA president-elect and Elwood School District superintendent of schools, and Roger Tilles, New York State Education Department Board of Regents member.

During her keynote address, New York State Commissioner of Education and University of the State of New York President MaryEllen Elia encouraged the valedictorians to ask questions about what it took to get here today and how they can, in turn, support and champion public education tomorrow. “We all benefit from public education, which needs to be supported,” Elia said. “You can give back to support the work that was given to you.”

The SCSSA and its corporate sponsors also awarded 12 scholarships to graduates planning to pursue a career in education or social services.

School District Voters Approve Support for Parrish

Continuing a four-decade show of support, registered voters in the Southampton Union Free School District approved a tax levy for the Parrish Art Museum on Saturday, June 2. According to the District Clerk, a total of 159 votes were cast this year, with 132 — or 83 percent — in favor and 27 opposed. The Museum requested $353,152 in funding for 2018-19.

“We are deeply grateful for this recognition of the vital role the Parrish Art Museum plays on the East End of Long Island,” said Director Terrie Sultan. “The Museum is very proud of our connections and collaborations with so many in our community, our schools, and cultural and social organizations. This funding helps enormously in supporting our public programs, educational engagement for our community, and free Resident Benefits Memberships.”

In recognition of the funds received though the tax levy, the Parrish initiated its Resident Benefits program in 2014 that provides residents of the Southampton Union Free School District — as well as employees of the District — free admission to the museum and many of its programs. The program also includes residents of the Tuckahoe Common School District and its employees. Tuckahoe also supports the museum through a tax levy. All residents of the two districts are eligible to enroll in Resident Benefits. Since it launched in 2014, nearly 1,500 residents have enrolled.

Funds approved by the vote help to support the museum’s offerings and outreach efforts, which include collaborating with local teachers to create on- and off-site programs; offering free admission every day to students and children under 18, and reduced admission to seniors; providing art classes, workshops and tours for children, teens and families; producing more than 100 public programs each year, including music, talks, and film; and presenting masterworks from the Museum’s collection as well as five changing exhibitions each year.

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Lawson, Pickering and Ritter Receive Academic Honors
Northeastern University in Boston announced this week that Alexander Lawson, majoring in Business Administration, Lucas Pickering, majoring in Computer Science and Christopher Ritter, majoring in Computer Science/Music have been named to the university’s Dean’s List for the spring semester, which ended in April 2018. All three are Sag Harbor residents.

Fabiano, Garcia-Torres Graduate from UVM

Siena Fabiano graduated from the University of Vermont on May 29 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree. Selena Garcia-Torres also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. Both are Sag Harbor residents.