STATE OF CONNETQUOT SCHOOL DISTRICT
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Connetquot Teachers Association Celebrates
Careers of 13 Retirees

Bohemia, NY --- On June 17th the community gathered at Land’s End restaurant in Sayville, to thank 13 teachers for their dedicated service to the children of the Connetquot Central School District. Teachers, administrators, community residents and members of the district board of education joined Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., in recognizing the service of this year’s retiring professionals.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Congratulates
It's Newly Tenured Teachers



Andrea Tipton-Rudolph, Rachel Carter-White, Keri Trojanowski, Interim Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum Sandra Rubin, Pamela Leigh, Leslie Cassagna, Lauren Halverson, Lauren Isleman

Bohemia, NY --- On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, several teachers were granted tenure at the Connetquot Board of Education meeting. Connetquot Teachers Association President, Tony Felicio, Jr. stated, “on behalf of the entire Connetquot Teachers Association, I would like to congratulate all of our newly tenured teachers. They are truly deserving of their tenure status as they all have shown a high level of excellence in the classroom, as well as professionalism, competency, and dedication to their craft and to the students of Connetquot.”

photo by Joseph Maniaci


Connetquot Teachers Association Member Receives The New York State Master Teacher Award.


Interim Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum Sandra Rubin poses with NYS Master Teacher Stephanie Burns

Bohemia, NY --- On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the Connetquot Board of Education recognized Stephanie Burns for receiving the New York State Master Teacher Award. Connetquot Teachers Association President, Tony Felicio, Jr. stated, ”On behalf of the entire Connetquot Teachers Association I congratulate Stephanie Burns for receiving the New York State Master Teacher Award. To achieve this status, it took a tremendous amount of time, dedication, and effort to be able to receive this award. Stephanie is well deserving of this honorable award and we are all proud to call Stephanie our colleague.”

photo by Joseph Maniaci


Connetquot Teachers Association President
Attends CRTA Luncheon at Captain Bill's

Bohemia, NY --- On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Connetquot Teachers Association President, Tony Felicio, Jr. recently attended the Connetquot Retiree Teachers Association luncheon held at Captain Bill’s. Tony said, “I always enjoy these luncheons where I get to see colleagues from the past and talk about past times as well as share with them the current goings on in our district.”

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Connetquot Teachers Association President
Attends Retiree Luncheon

Bohemia, NY --- On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Connetquot Teachers Association President, Tony Felicio, Jr. and Insurance Ombudsperson, Pat Troniar attended the Connetquot Retired Teachers Association luncheon held at Captain Bill’s.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Welcomes
New Members To The Family



Bohemia, NY --- On Friday, October 18th, Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., welcomed the newest members of the teaching family to the Snapper Inn Restaurant in Oakdale. 22 educators, probationary, part-time and leave replacement, were invited to attend this welcome dinner, to meet the veterans and retirees.

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Connetquot Teachers Association President Invited
To Testify At NYS Assembly 'Education Reform'

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On Thursday, October 10th, Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., was invited to speak at an ‘Educational Forum’ sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Al Graf at Suffolk Community College, in Brentwood, NY. According to Assemblyman Graf this forum was to “… take his mission for our children, parents and teachers on the road.” Mr. Graf went on to say that “… for those of you who feel you were short-changed by Senator Flangan you will have YOUR say NOW!” The assemblyman asked that parents of children affected by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) also send personal testimony to his district office.

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Long Time Connetquot Teachers Association
Member Receives Award


Bohemia, NY --- On September 10th, at its Board of Director’s meeting, the Connetquot Teachers Association presented an award to Rich Thomas, a long time teacher member of the Association and outgoing Insurance Ombudsman. President, Tony Felicio, Jr. of the CTA read the following, “In recognition of your many years of service to the CTA and its membership, and your tireless efforts in support of Union causes, on this day, September 10, 2013, we give you this award.” The entire organization thanks Rich for his service and wishes him well now that he is officially fully retired.


Connetquot Teachers Association Hosts 7th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony


Bohemia, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., and the organization’s scholarship committee, welcomed six students and their families to the May 21st Scholarship Presentation Reception. Held in the high school library Felicio welcomed the students, their parents, and the “… Connetquot teachers who made a difference”, in the students’ lives.

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Connetquot Retired Teachers Associations Brunch

Anthony Felicio, Jr., President of the Connetquot Teachers Association had the pleasure to attend the Connetquot Retired Teachers Association’s Spring Brunch, held at Captain Bill’s.

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Congratulations to the Connetquot Teachers Association Newest Tenured Teachers


from left to right: Jacqueline Sackoor, Lindsay Lamoutte, Cheryl Carr, Kimberly Hanusch, Robert Cassagne, Michelle Fernandez, Pawel Kurzyna, Brian Majeski

Message from Connetquot Teachers Assiciation President, Anthony Felicio, Jr. :

“On behalf of the entire Connetquot Teachers Association, I would like to congratulate our teachers who received their tenure at this past Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Their passion and dedication to the Connetquot students and their profession are at the highest levels. The Connetquot community is fortunate to have each of them working in our district.”

(Missing from photo...Nicole Coogan)

photo by Joseph Maniaci


  • End the over-reliance on expensive corporate developed tests!
  • Demand fair and equitable funding of our schools!
  • Protect the safety of students and staff!
  • Restore local control of our public schools! Fix the Tax Cap!
  • Invest in public higher education and save SUNY Downstate!

Transportation will be provided. Please call the Connetquot Teachers Association at 676 - 3061 to reserve your seat on the bus.


Connetquot Alum, And FBI Special Agent,
Visits With Current Students

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association President Anthony Felicio, Jr., recently congratulated Foreign language teacher Vanessa Flowers on her choice of a visiting guest speaker. On March 23rd Vanessa welcomed an FBI Special Agent from the NYC office, who is also a Connetquot graduate. This Special Agent agreed to talk to her students about the importance of speaking a foreign language in today’s world.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Receives
NYSUT Community Service Award

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On March 12th Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., announced that he had received a congratulatory letter from New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Association President Richard C. Iannuzzi. The NYSUT President informed Felicio that he was pleased to announce “… the selection of your local as a recipient of NYSUT’s Local Community Service award.”

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Connetquot Teachers Support EJ Bosti
From The Heart – Thank You Dinner

Bohemia, NY – Connetquot Teachers Association President Anthony Felicio, Jr., recently attended an event organized by the administration, staff and PTA of the Edward J. Bosti Elementary School in Bohemia, NY. A very special ‘From the Heart’ dinner was arranged by Bosti Principal Dr. Lisa Ihne for families of that community, to thank them for all they do for the students. Connetquot teachers volunteered to prepare and serve dinner, beverages and dessert for the March 5th event.

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Connetquot Conservation Club Receives Grant

Bohemia, NY --- The Connetquot Foundation for the Advancement of Children has awarded science teacher Ms. Forgione with a $250 grant towards the Grey Squirrel Nesting Box Project. The Animal Conservation Club will use this money to build up to ten grey squirrel houses. The idea for the grant came from Christian DeRusso, a member of the club who wanted to build nesting boxes to be placed in a nature center.

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Connetquot Annual Professional Performance Review Accepted By NYS Education Department

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., is pleased to announce that the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) between the Connetquot Central School District and the Connetquot Teachers Association has been accepted in its entirety by the New York State Education Department. Felicio said “Through many hours of hard work, mutual respect, negotiation, and the unending desire to formulate an APPR that improves student learning and is fair to teachers, we are proud of our combined efforts.”

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CTA President Attends RC21 Teachers Retirement Luncheon

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On Tuesday, December 11th, Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., was invited to attend the annual RC211 Teachers Retirement luncheon which was held at the Westlake Inn, Patchogue. RC21 President Joan Perrini welcomed the assembled retirees from the Bay Shore, Bayport/Bluepoint, Brentwood, Central Islip, Connetquot, East Islip, Hauppauge, Islip, Sayville and West Islip school districts. The guest speaker for the luncheon was Lee Cutler, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Secretary-Treasurer.

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IB Luncheon at the High School

Bohemia, NY --- On December 4, 2012, Connetquot High School hosted a luncheon for Asheesh Misra, who represents the International Baccalaureate Organization. His assignment is to help us through the difficult authorization process. The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. There are 1,400 IB World Schools in the United States, and Rockville Centre, Garden City, Commack, Northport, Bay Shore, Long Beach, Hauppauge and West Islip are among them. Next year, Connetquot hopes to join that prestigious list.

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Connetquot Teachers Deserve Respect and Professionalism

December 04, 2012 ---The Connetquot Teachers Association has always endorsed professional and respectful treatment of colleagues, whether be a teacher, administrator, central office personnel or any other staff member in the District. Please click on the link below to read a document that calls upon the Board of Education to investigate and address the apparent professionally inappropriate, threatening, intimidating and harassing actions of the Director of Technology toward Association members.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'WHEREAS' DOCUMENT


Connetquot Teachers Join Community Agencies
To Provide Hurricane Relief

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) members have joined forces with members of the district’s communities to provide relief to those who have suffered at the hands of recent heavy winds, rain and coastal flooding. CTA President Mr. Tony Felicio, Jr., has called for the support of his members to provide tangible resources, as well as volunteers with construction, and demolition, skills to make themselves available.


Connetquot teachers and staff volunteered to serve dinner, provided by the Applebees Restaurant chain, on November 15th at the Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Welcomes
New Teachers


Doug Smiroldo, Kyle McCarthy, Kristen Haggert, Kristen LeClair

The Connetquot Teachers Association welcomed their new teachers by having a get together at the Snapper Inn on Friday evening, October 19th. Approximately 70 teachers attended to offer their congratulations and support to our newest colleagues. Tony Felicio, Jr., President of the CTA, stated, “We would like to welcome you to our Association and to the Connetquot School District. We look forward to working together for years to come. You have joined an exceptional group of educators who are willing and able to assist you in your professional development. Never hesitate to ask.”
Thank you to our co-membership coordinators, Joanna McManaman and Lisa Manzo for putting together a very nice party.
(Missing from photo...Patrick Brady, Katherine Marasia, Mike Melfi, Ryan O’Connor, Jonathan Pope)


Connetquot Teachers Involved With Political Action

Connetquot teachers responded to the call for help to make calls from the NYSUT Regional Office in Hauppauge this past week for Candidate Rich Montano (State Senate candidate) and for Tim Bishop who is running for re-election to Congress in the 1st Congressional District. Connetquot Teachers Association was well represented, having 29 of its members in attendance making hundreds of phone calls to fellow NYSUT members, reminding them of the importance of voting and supporting those candidates who have stood up and supported us.

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Connetquot Teachers Attend NYSUT Workshops


Picture from left to right... Paul Rondinella, Jeff Vitale, Jennifer Ronayne, Chris Dolce, Rob Bachisin, Tony Felicio, Jr.

October 15, 2012 --- This past weekend, six members from the Connetquot Teacher Association’s Board of Directors attended a two day workshop at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, NY. Some of the workshops included: How to Be A Better Building Representative, Negotiations During Difficult Times, and Strengthening and Mobilizing Locals Strategically. In addition to these informative workshops, our representatives were able to network with colleagues from other locals where they were able to discuss mutual concerns and share strategies in dealing with the many issues facing educators in today’s world.
Tony Felicio, Jr., President of the CTA stated,”on behalf of the entire membership, I would like to thank those who gave up their weekend, time with family, and other personal obligations to attend the Gurney’s workshop. The information gathered and brought back to the Association helps us all and makes us a stronger organization.”


CRTA Luncheon at Villa Lombardi's

September 19, 2012 --- Tony Felicio, Jr., CTA President is seen here with Marilyn Aitken, CRTA President at the September luncheon for Connetquot’s Retiree Association. The CRTA has always invited the current in-service president to attend their luncheons and give an update as to the affairs of the Association. Tony spoke briefly to the retirees in attendance stating, “it is always an honor to attend your luncheons. It is the Association’s goal to ensure that our current members never forget the many sacrifices, struggles, and unionism of our retirees, who laid the ground work for what we today enjoy as teachers here in Connetquot.”
The CRTA has representatives on our Board of Directors who attend our monthly meetings as well as takes on a huge roll with political action, vote-cope, support of our budget, and helping to run our own elections every two years. Our thanks goes out to them for all they have done for us during their in-service years and continue to do now in retirement.

(Photo by Joe Maniaci)


Connetquot Teacher Association Supporting
Their Brothers and Sisters


Bohemia, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association president, Tony Felicio, Jr. along with members of the Association wore red shirts on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 to show their support to the members of the Chicago Teachers Association who are out on strike. Tony said, “at a time when teachers across this nation are being made to be the scapegoats for all that troubles our nation, it is more important then ever, to show our support for our brothers and sisters in these difficult times.” Many teachers throughout the district answered the call and on very short notice came to school dressed in red.


Tony Felicio, Jr. , President; Melissa Koster, Karen Christensen, Kim Swinson, Teachers; Brad Lindell, Vice President


Connetquot Teachers Association Celebrates
Careers of 13 Retirees

Ronkonkoma, NY --- At a festive June 19th dinner, held at the Lands End Restaurant in Sayville, NY, 13 Connetquot School District teachers were honored for their dedicated service to the children of the community. Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., used this opportunity to recognize the service of the district’s retiring teachers.


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Connetquot Coach Bill Santoro Inducted To
National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association President Anthony Felicio, Jr., recently met with retired Connetquot teacher Bill Santoro to offer congratulations on his April 27th induction to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, which is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. As a former wrestling assistant to Coach Bill Santoro, Felicio has great respect for his dedication to his students, and athletes. Santoro ranks #1 in seniority among Suffolk County wrestling coaches having completed 34 consecutive years as Connetquot’s varsity coach.


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Harvard Club of L.I. Names Two From Connetquot as Distinguished Teachers

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Judith B. Esterquest, Treasurer of the Harvard Club of Long Island (HCLI), recently notified two of Connetquot’s senior teachers that they had been named Distinguished Teachers by the HCLI. Mrs. Janice Fisher (Connetquot HS) and Mrs. Mary McGonnell (Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School) were two of only 12 teachers selected from among the professional staff of 125 school districts on Long Island!

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Ronkonkoma Middle School Teachers Host RG-Games For Tyler

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On Friday night, March 16th, Ronkonkoma Middle School (RMS) teachers and 6th grade students joined forces from 7:00-9:00 PM to confirm their belief that ‘Ty Will Win’ his battle against Hodgekins. Tyler Ponzio, who attended RMS, is now a 9th grade student at Connetquot High School. According to RMS Athletic Director Ms. Dee Kirwin “ … our Recreational Games for Ty (RGFT) was attended by 43 sixth grade students, and teachers, for a night of fun and games. Students participated in games of Basketball, Four Square, Volleyball and BINGO, renamed TYLER, and lettered accordingly!” Mrs. Mongiello, another teacher-volunteer said that the “… kids had a blast, won great prizes, and helped Ty and his family during a very difficult time.”

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Arthur Prem Teachers Develop Super Bowl Activities for Their Students

Oakdale, NY --- On February 2nd, CTA President Tony Felicio, Jr., had the opportunity to take in the Super Bowl festivities at the Arthur Premm Alternative pre-school. The program, designed by Premm’s veteran teachers, involved developing fine motor skills, as well as stretching, exercise, passing, running and ‘TD Celebration’ skills!


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Connetquot Teachers Association Addressing
An Unsafe Learning Environment

The Connetquot Teachers Association is steadfast in its commitment to inform the community regarding issues that directly affect the education of students. Please click on the link below to read a WHEREAS regarding the inability to regulate classroom temperatures in many if not all of our District buildings that was sent to the Board of Education for its review and possible intervention. The Association has made every effort to understand the problem addressed in the WHEREAS and has remained patient while waiting for a viable plan to be put into place to remedy this problem, but its effort to obtain information and a plan from Central Office administration has been to no avail. The Association is hopeful that by illuminating the problem, remedies will be found.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'WHEREAS' DOCUMENT


Connetquot Teachers Association Commends
Ronkonkoma Middle School Teachers

Anthony Felicio, President of the Connetquot Teachers Association, recently congratulated a group of Ronkonkoma Middle School (RMS) teachers who worked with their students to complete a project that would continue the fight to end the scourge of bullying.  The RMS Anti-Bullying Task Force developed a project where students in grades 6-8 could use their writing and, or, art skills to express how they feel about bullying.  Entries were carefully reviewed by members of the task force and several were chosen to be reproduced on an Anti-Bullying quilt.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Member
Suzanne Neske One of Four Finalists for New
York State Teacher of the Year Award

CTA President, Tony Felicio, Jr., proudly announced that High School English teacher Suzanne Neske was one of four finalists for New York State Teacher of the Year Award. An interview with Ms. Neske revealed that she was one of the four finalists from an original pool of over 1000 candidates. Her selection as a finalist was made by a panel that included New York State Education, NYSUT, former Teacher of the Year winners, parent and principal members. The application process required approximately two months of work which included several essays regarding her educational idealology. She also traveled to Albany where she interviewed with several panels. "The process was well worth it and I am proud that I was able to represent the District and Connetquot Community in such a positive way." Tony Felicio added, "The Association is proud of Ms. Neske's accomplishments and is pleased that she received the recognition that she deserves."

CTA President, Tony Felicio, Jr., congratulates Ms. Suzanne Neske on her being one of the four finalists for the New York State Teacher of the Year Award.

(photo by Joe Maniaci)


Connetquot Teachers Association
Commitment to Education

The Connetquot Teachers Association is steadfast in its commitment to inform the community regarding issues that directly affect the education of students. Please click on the link below to read a WHEREAS regarding the BOCES run Alternative Learning Center that was sent to the Board of Education for its review and possible intervention. The Association made every effort to understand the problem addressed in the WHEREAS, but its effort to obtain information from Central Office administration has been to no avail. The Association is hopeful that by illuminating the problem, remedies will be found.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'WHEREAS' DOCUMENT


Connetquot Teachers Association
Says NO to Bullying
YES to Respect and Professionalism

The Connetquot Teachers Association has always endorsed professional and respectful treatment of colleagues, whether be a teacher, administrator, central office personnel or any other staff member in the District. It has encouraged its members to bestow this belief on the students they teach on a daily basis. The Association has also emphatically communicated to the District that it will not tolerate its members being treated in anything less than a professional and respected manner by those who supervise and administrate in the District.

In an effort to enforce this belief, the Association has recently addressed an ongoing issue with an administrator in the District. Please click on the link below to read a document that calls upon the Board of Education to investigate and address the apparent professionally inappropriate, threatening, intimidating and harassing actions of the Director of Technology toward Association members.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'WHEREAS' DOCUMENT


 

CONNETQUOT TEACHERS ASSOCIATION CONGRATULATES
NEW CITIZEN – TEACHER!

The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) recently congratulated one of the organization’s newest members on achieving a life-long dream: of becoming an American citizen! Elena Vladimirovna Kushins, born in the Bashkortostan Republic of Russia, began this school year as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher at Connetquot’s Edith L. Slocum Elementary School in Ronkonkoma. On November 8th, 2010, Ms. Kushins took the Federal Oath of Allegiance, and became a naturalized American citizen!

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Connetquot Teachers Association Hosts Third Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony for Essay
Contest Winners

The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA), hosted an awards ceremony at the organization’s headquarters on May 7th to honor six Connetquot High School seniors. Ms. Nancy Dunlop (CTA Coordinator of Community Advocacy) and Ms. Beth Albert presented certificates and $500 scholarships to each of the six students for their winning essays.

For the third year, all Connetquot High School seniors were eligible to submit a 250 word essay on the topic The Teacher Who Made A Difference In My Life. Close to 100 essays were submitted, read and graded without the student’s name written on that essay. Each essay was assigned a number and when the winning essays were selected the names would be revealed.

The following student essay winners were selected, and invited to attend the award ceremony along with their family and the teachers who were the focus of those essays. Matthew Marion wrote his essay about teacher Brad Drinkwater. Stephenie Guercio believes Debbie Molinari made a difference in her life. Caissa Kunins wrote about Mauricio Arias, while Briana Young singled out Justin Drzal. Jane Farino credits Janice Fischer for being such a positive influence.

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  Connetquot Teachers Association Supports Connetquot Cobras Baseball Program

Coach Patrick Brennan of the Connetquot Cobras baseball team recently contacted Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) with an update on his team's current record. Brennan was proud to be able to report that his team of 7th, 8th and 9th grade student athletes is 8-0, undefeated, and sitting atop the standings. The Cobras are a travel team of community youngsters and the CTA helps to financially support them.

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CTA and District Personnel Coordinate Daffodil Days
Fundraising Efforts

Raise Most Money of all
Suffolk County School Districts

Connetquot High School teacher Nancy Dunlop has announced another successful conclusion to the Daffodil Days fundraising effort. According to Mrs. Dunlop the District raised $3500.00 for the American Cancer Society through the Daffodil Days promotion. This effort represents the largest monies raised by any district in Suffolk County. In addition to the generous sales of daffodils, Mrs. Dunlop was please to add that 16 community members also purchased 'Gifts of Hope.' These $25.00 donations afforded for the delivery of flowers and teddy bears directly to cancer patients in area hospitals

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Connetquot Teachers Association
Warm Hearts - Warm Hands

Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) announced the successful conclusion to the 2008 effort to collect gloves, hats and scarves for the Children’s Center at the Cohalan Courthouse. “Again, motivated by the wonderful organization and dedication of Kristine Abbinanti the CTA was able to deliver over 500 hats, mittens, scarves and socks today.” Abbinanti is a 5th grade teacher at the Cherokee Street School, and the catalyst for this worthwhile event.

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Connetquot Teachers Host Volleyball Fundraiser to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

On October 15, 2008 Justin Hertz, Connetquot’s Girls’ Volleyball Coach, and Physical Education teacher at Ronkonkoma Middle School, had his team take to the court against rival West Islip High School as part of the ‘Dig Pink’ fundraiser in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Justin’s team was up to the challenge, and raised $2,500 while defeating the visitors in the first three matches.

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Connetquot Educators Honored by State Senator Caesar Trunzo

The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) was recently notified that three members of the association had been singled out by Senator Caesar Trunzo (R-Brentwood) as outstanding teachers. As part of the National Teacher Day celebration Trunzo awarded Certificates of Appreciation to Ms. Jane Murphy (Edith L. Slocum School), Ms. Carol Pustay (Idle Hour School) and Mrs. Agnes Gaeta (District Mentor - Connetquot HS).

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Mr. Charles Trupia to be Honored by University at Albany

Charlie Trupia has been teaching Social Studies in the Connetquot School District for 23 years, and the impact he’s had on his students has always been apparent. Outside the classroom his work with students in the Habitat for Humanity Club has helped generate thousands of dollars in donations for that organization. This year alone, along with co-advisor Jason Willans, Trupia has helped donate $18,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County. Recently Trupia was contacted by the Director of the Honors College at the University at Albany.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Congratulates Spanish Language Teacher Cheryl Sosa

The Connetquot Teachers Association was recently notified that Spanish language teacher Ms. Cheryl Sosa had been honored on March 28th by the Spanish Embassy. At a special ceremony in NYC, sponsored by the Ministry Education of the Spanish Embassy, Ms. Sosa was awarded an academic scholarship to study at a Spanish University during the month of July. This financial award will pay the cost of tuition, room and board during her time in Spain.

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Association Recognized for Commitment to Health and Safety for Students and Staff

The efforts of the Connetquot Teachers Association in addressing health and safety issues in the district were covered in the New York Committee on Safety and Health's publication.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Hosts Scholarship Awards Ceremony for Essay Contest Winner

The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) hosted an awards ceremony at the organization's headquarters on May 6th to honor six Connetquot HS seniors. Ms. Nancy Dunlop (CTA Coordinator of Community Advocacy), presented certificates and $500 scholarships to each of the six students for their winning essays.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Recognized in the Fight Against Cancer

Mrs. Anne K. Thorsen, Senior Director of Income Development for the American Cancer Society, visited with the Executive Board of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) on April 8th. Thorsen stopped by the Ronkonkoma office of the CTA to present a plaque, and express her gratitude, to the members of the organization for this year's effort to fight cancer. The CTA effort raised $4,000 this year as part of the ACS annual Daffodil Days program.

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Connetquot Teachers Spearhead The Fight Against Cancer

For the past several years Connetquot Teachers have joined forces and collected money for cancer research by selling daffodils. Again this year, an effort spearheaded by Connetquot Teachers Association Coordinator of Community Advocacy, Nancy Dunlop brought together teachers, secretaries, AP's, Food Service Workers, Central Office personnel and retirees to raise more than $4,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

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Connetquot Teachers Association Shares Championship

The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) was recently presented with a championship trophy from the Connetquot Youth Association team the CTA sponsored last year. The CTA is commited to support community organizations such as the Connetquot Youth Association and will continue for years to come. The Association encourages other individuals, businesses and organizations in this community to make a commitment to the youth of Ronkonkoma, Bohemia and Oakdale.

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Connetquot Teachers Feed the Poor and Homeless

Connetquot teachers fed more than 600 poor and homeless adults and children at 'Every Child's Dream' Holiday Celebration held at St. Lawrence the Martyr auditorium on December 19th.

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Connetquot Teachers Collect Coats and Blankets for Poor and Needy Adults and Children

The Connetquot Teachers Association collected more than 100 coats, 50 sweaters and 25 blankets for distribution to poor and needy adults and children.

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Connetquot Teachers Collect and Donate More than 1000 Mittens and Hats to Needy Children

The Connetquot Teachers Association today announced that a program that ran for only one week (December 3-7) was totally embraced by the community and teaching staff.

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Teachers Walk to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

Teachers and their families walked at Jones Beach on October 21st in the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The CTA participants raised thousands of dollars for the cause as a result of their efforts.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Raises over $3000.00 for Breast Cancer Research

In efforts led by Nancy Dunlop, Coordinator of Community Advocacy for the Association, and Dee Surber, former CTA member ...

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Connetquot Teachers Association Sponsors Little League in Oakdale, Bohemia and Ronkonkoma

It is the Association's pleasure to give back to the community in such a positive way!

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Connetquot Teachers Association's First Annual Awards Ceremony

Establishing a new tradition, the Connetquot Teachers Association held its own awards ceremony to acknowledge six students who submitted winning essays.

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Association Assists in Fundraising Efforts

In an effort to raise money for the Blieka family, the Connetquot Teachers Association helped with the preparation for the bike riding function.

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COMMUNITY INTEREST

Connetquot Teachers Association Supports
‘Birthdays In A Box’ Program For Homeless Children



Bohemia, NY --- Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., President of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) recently congratulated his membership for their generous support of the ‘Birthdays in a Box’ program. Teachers and students from throughout the district collected gifts, and wrapped boxes to store the donations for 25 children. The organization ‘Birthday Wishes’ arranges birthday parties for homeless children who often feel neglected, and unloved.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Hosts 8th Annual
Scholarship Awards Ceremony



Bohemia, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., and the organization’s scholarship committee, welcomed six students and their families to the organization’s May 20th Scholarship Presentation Reception. Held in the high school library, Felicio welcomed the students, their parents, and the teachers singled out by the students.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Sends Loud Message To Governor Cuomo And Legislative Leaders


Bohemia, NY --- Members of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA), district parents and supporters of quality public education were among the 3,500 demonstrators who voiced their displeasure of the decisions being made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and members of the New York State Legislature. Organized by CTA President Anthony Felicio, Jr., the April 28th rally at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, NY, brought together demonstrators from throughout Long Island, NYC, and upstate New York, who voiced their opposition to Governor Cuomo’s “failed education policies”, according to Felicio.


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EAC Center

For years the Connetquot Teachers Association has been supporting the Suffolk County Children's Center at the Cohalan Court. Click the picture to go to the link.


Enough Is Enough!
Anti-Cuomo Rally

Dear Community, Teachers, Parents, Administrators, and Board Members,

On April 28th, at 4 pm, an anti-Cuomo rally and picketing will take place at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Cuomo is scheduled to be the guest speaker and “honored” guest at the Suffolk County Democratic Committee Dinner that evening. We would like to have a huge turnout and make our voices heard loud and clear that enough is enough!

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Connetquot Teachers Association Demonstrates
Against Proposed New York State Budget



Bohemia, NY --- On March 21st Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., led dozens of CTA members, parents and supporters in a demonstration at the Smithtown offices of New York State Senator John J. Flanagan. The CTA members joined like-minded citizens opposed to the proposed New York State budget.

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NYSUT Strongly Condemns 'Sit and Stare' Policies

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

ALBANY, N.Y. Feb. 3, 2014 - New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi today called on school districts to abandon educationally unsound and unconscionable policies that force students whose parents have decided to opt them out of state testing to "sit and stare" instead of providing them with a constructive alternative.

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Connetquot Teachers Association
Common Core Survey

The Connetquot Teachers Association recently surveyed our teachers regarding their thoughts on the common core.

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Connetquot Teachers And Students Join
Forces To Support ASPCA

Bohemia, NY --- On Wednesday, December 4th Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., met with 9th grade student Nicole Agrillo and teachers at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School (OBMS). Ellen Perz and Rob Burger represented the OBMS teachers who coordinated a program to support Nicole Agrillo’s efforts to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). A check in the amount of $1,070 will be presented to the ASPCA on behalf of Nicole Grillo, and OBMS teachers.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Hosts Community Firemen 'Thank You' Breakfast

Bohemia, NY --- During the month of November, the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) has made an effort to show it’s appreciation to our local heroes, the volunteer firemen that protects us, and our families. On Saturday, November 23rd, CTA President Tony Felicio, Jr., and several members, took the time to visit the Bohemia and West Sayville firefighters with a ‘thank you’ bagel breakfast, including coffee and ‘fixins’.

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Educators and Parents Join Forces To Criticize NY State Senate Common Core Implementation

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On Friday, November 1st, Connetquot teachers and parents joined hundreds of other education advocates, including administrators and board of education members, at the office of New York State Senator John Flanagan. The purpose of the assembly was to send a clear message to Senator Flanagan that the choices that the State Education Department has made, are unacceptable, and hurting our children.

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Connetquot Teachers Association
Continues Its Support Of The
Cohalan Complex Children's Center

Bohemia, NY --- Anthony Felicio, Jr., President of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA), along with Peter Leis, President of the Connetquot Retired Teachers Association (CRTA), was invited to attend the October 10th Bagels and Books Breakfast at the Children’s Center at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip, NY. Felicio was invited to join fellow children’s advocates who have been working together with the Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC). The EAC operates the Childrens Center to provide a safe area for youngsters while their families are involved in court hearings.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Members
'Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer'

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Teachers, spouses, parents and students representing the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) took part in the annual ‘Make Strides Against Breast Cancer’ Walk at the Brookhaven campus of Dowling College, on October 6th. Organized by CTA members Joanna McManaman and Lisa Manzo, the Connetquot contingent was part of the organization’s effort to reach its goal of $1,500 to help fight breast cancer.

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STOP IT! FIX IT! OR SCRAP IT!

On Saturday, August 17th, a rally of approximately 2,000 concerned teachers, administrators, Board members, students, and parents was held at Comsewogue High School to denounce the Common Core and the State Education Department’s advocacy and reliance for high stakes testing. Signs declaring, “Our Children are More Than a Test Score,” and “Enemies of Public Education,” were displayed by many in attendance.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Connetquot

CTA President, Tony Felicio, is pictured here with Sal Piscitelli and Jennifer Piscitelli, teachers at Connetquot High School who organized a celebration dinner commemorating “50 Years of Connetquot.” Many retirees were in attendance as well as current teachers, past students and community members.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Attends One Voice United Rally in Albany

Parents, teachers, students and community members from across New York state, including CONNETQUOT TEACHERS ASSOCIATION members, headed to Albany on Saturday, June 8th for a rally against over-testing and underfunding in public education. Local rally-goers took the 3 and a half hour bus trip up to Albany to make their voices heard. Tony Felicio, Jr., President of the Connetquot Teachers Association who was in attendance said, “What a great day to see everyone who is concerned about the future of Public Education together, rallying for more funding and less testing. The day was very inspiring.” Tony also went on to thank those teachers from Connetquot who also took the time to make the journey up to Albany and be a part of the special day.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Supports Childrens Center at the Cohalan Court Complex

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On May 22nd Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., packed several shopping bags with brand new children’s books, and stopped by the Children’s Center at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip. Felicio was again invited to attend the Children’s Center Bagel & Books Breakfast along with other childrens’ advocates who have partnered with the Education and Assistance Corporation (EAC).

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Children’s advocates taking part in the May 22nd Bagels and Books Breakfast.


Connetquot Teachers Association Supports Community Youth Programs

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Visitors to the Charles LaRosa Sports Complex in Ronkonkoma, NY, come to cheer on their children, grandchildren and siblings as they play Connetquot Youth Association (CYA) Baseball and Softball. The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) has again helped get this season underway by becoming a sponsor, and providing financial support for the league, and the children of the Connetquot School District.

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A Message To Parents From Your Child's Teacher

Message from your child's teacher

Please click the apple to the right to view an important video from your child's teacher.



Connetquot Teacher Recognized For
Life Saving Action

Bohemia, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr. recently congratulated the families of Art teacher Erica Martino-Lattuga, and Security Specialist Debbie Billotto, on being recognized by the district’s Board of Education (BOE). Members of the BOE presented certificates to Martino-Lattuga and Billotto at their April 23rd meeting. Their quick thinking, training and reaction, resulted in saving the life of a high school student who had suffered a grand mal seizure during lunch period at Connetquot High School.


Erica Martino-Lattuga and Debbie Billotto were recognized by the Connetquot Board of Education for their life-saving efforts.

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Your Kids, Our Students Are More Than A Test Score

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Too Much Testing


Connetquot Teacher Selected For NYSUT Life Honor Roll Award

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President, Anthony Felicio, Jr., is proud to announce the selection of Mrs. Erica Martino-Lattuga as a recipient of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Association Life Honor Roll award. Felicio was notified by NYSUT Teachers (NYSUT) Association President Richard C. Iannuzzi that Martino-Lattuga has been “… recognized for her life-saving actions while on duty at Connetquot HS.”

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Connetquot Teachers Association Letter to the Superintendent Regarding Health and Safety Issues

February 27, 2013 --- The Connetquot Teachers Association will not allow safety issues to go by unnoticed. Please click below to read a letter to the Superintendent of Schools once again requesting HVAC reports. To date, there has been no response from the District.

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Health and Safety Issues at OBMS

January 31, 2013 --- The Connetquot Teachers Association is committed to ensure a safe educational environment for its students. Please click below to read about an incident that occurred yesterday at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Hosts Community Fireman 'Thank You' Breakfast


Members of the West Sayville (Oakdale) Fire Department gather for a photo with members of the Connetquot Teachers Association. CTA President Tony Felicio, Jr. (far right), thanked Chief of the Department Bob Doucet (4th from right) and his volunteer firefighters for their sacrifices on behalf of residents of the community.

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On Sunday morning, January 13th, members of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) visited the Bohemia, and West Sayville, Fire Departments to provide a ‘Thank You’ breakfast to these dedicated volunteers. Connetquot Teachers Association President Tony Felicio, Jr., has long appreciated the sacrifices of the community’s volunteer firemen, and EMS workers. Through personal experience he has come to value what these selfless individuals do when they receive that ‘emergency’ phone call. But the response of these community volunteers during, and after, Hurricane Sandy took their dedication to another level.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Helps Make 7th Annual ‘Every Child's Dream’ A Reality


Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Anthony Felicio, Jr., along with several members of the organization, joined with Mr. Ken Mangan for his 7th annual Every Child’s Dream dinner which was held at Sayville HS on December 14th. Mangan, along with over 100 volunteers, hosted a very special night for over 700 invited needy neighbors. During the two dinner sittings guests were served snacks, a nutritious dinner and dessert followed by the opportunity to select from a variety of items collected for their use.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Supports St. John Nepomucene Church Food Pantry

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President, Tony Felicio, Jr., was very pleased for the support of his membership in its latest community service project. Together with the Bohemia Historical Society (BHS), members of the CTA were asked to help replenish the Food Pantry at St. John Nepomucene Church in Bohemia, NY. Together with members of the BHS, Connetquot teachers collected, sorted and delivered a substantial amount of groceries to the Bohemia facility.

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Connetquot Teachers Association
Addresses Community Concerns

November 28, 2012 --- At last night’s Board of Education meeting, a number of issues were discussed that the Association believes should be a concern to all who have a vested interest in the Connetquot Central School District. Whether you are a parent of children in the district, without children, but a taxpayer in the district, a staff member who resides in the district, or a staff member who does not reside in the Connetquot district, we all should be concerned.

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Connetquot Teachers Help With Thanksgiving Dinner And Continue Hurricane Recovery Support

Ronkonkoma, NY --- For the weeks that followed the devastation of Hurricane Sandy Connetquot teachers volunteered to help members of the community through the heartache and recovery. Currently there are 20 Connetquot families that have been displaced as a result of the damage to their homes and property, particularly in the Idle Hour area of Oakdale. Members of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) have stepped up to work with student groups, community PTA’s and other volunteer agencies to provide physical, emotional and financial support for the families affected.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Commits $15,000
For Community Members Afffected By Hurricane

Ronkonkoma, NY --- At a November 13th meeting of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) a motion was introduced, and passed unanimously, to create a $15,000 emergency fund for community members affected by the recent hurricane. According to CTA President Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., “… the organization is joining forces with the entire community to do what we can to relieve some of the pain caused by this recent devastating weather. The CTA is asking that any community family affected, or someone who knows of a family affected, by the recent weather to contact us at 631-676-3061.”

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Connetquot Teachers Association Organizes
Rallies To Educate NY Now!

Ronkonkoma, NY --- On Thursday afternoon, October 25th, Connetquot teachers and parents took part in a state-wide effort to Educate NY Now! Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Tony Felicio, Jr., organized rallies at four of the district’s 11 schools in an effort to “… demand that our state government fulfills New York’s Constitutional obligation to provide all students with a quality education.” The CTA recently joined Educate NY Now, a coalition that unites parents, students, educators, administrators, unions, school board members, community organizations, civil rights groups and education advocates.

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Letter to the Board of Education President

Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Tony Felicio, Jr., addresses the Connetquot Board of Education President regarding the misconceptions of the mini-rallies being held on October 25, 2012 at Ronkonkoma Middle School, Oakdale Bohemia, Middle School, Slocum Elementary School, and Sycamore Elementary School.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Supports
Cohalan Court Complex Childrens Center

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Tony Felicio, Jr., recently filled his car with cases of children’s books, healthy snacks, bottled water and fruit juices, tissues and paper towels. He delivered those supplies to the Children’s Center, located at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip, NY. The supplies were donated by members of the Connetquot Teachers Association, and collected by the teachers at the 11 schools within the district.

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Connetquot Teachers March to 'Make Strides
Against Breast Cancer'

Ronkonkoma, NY --- The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) once again took part in the annual ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ Walk, on Sunday, October 15th.  Current, and retired, Connetquot teachers were joined by spouses, children, parents, and students from the John Pearl Elementary School, at the Brookhaven campus of Dowling College.  Led by CTA President Tony Felicio, Jr.,and membership coordinators Joanna McManaman & Lisa Manzo, Connetquot teachers demonstrated their support for the fight against cancer.

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STOP the CAP, CLOSE the GAP RALLIES!

It's time to act together on October 25th!
Public education is under attack. Aid to school districts has been cut, class sizes have grown, school buildings have been closed, and schools have cut many courses and programs. Statewide, more than 30,000 educators and school related professionals have been cut from our schools.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO



Suffolk County Children's Center Thanks The Association

The Educational Assistance Corporation and the staff of the Suffolk Children's Center thanks Tony Felicio, Jr. and the Connetquot Teacher's Association for their efforts in the snack drive for the Cohalan Complex Children's Center.

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Cablevision Presentation at Connetquot


Bohemia, NY --- Connetquot Teacher Association President, Tony Felicio, Jr. is seen here speaking at a celebratory gathering of school administrators, local dignitaries, parents, local media and students. All gathered to congratulate the Habitat for Humanity Club at Connetquot High School under the advisement of Mr. Jason Wilans, special education teacher at the High School for its outstanding contribution to the community. Tony spent time during the year assisting on a job site helping to put up the walls to a new house. Tony stated, “it was very gratifying, working along side my teacher colleagues, the many students who participated in the build, as well as the family who was to live in the house. To see the passion and commitment on everyone's face to get the job done was tremendous.” Felicio also went on to say, “if you have never experienced working on a build with Habitat, you should consider volunteering a little time to do so. Not only are you giving back to the community and helping others, but the experience is personally, very rewarding.”
Congratulations to Mr. Wilans and to all of the students and teachers who took part in this very worthy cause.

(Photo by Joe Maniaci)


Connetquot Teachers Association President Joins Bagels and Books Breakfast at Cohalan Complex Childrens Center

Ronkonkoma, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Tony Felicio, Jr., participated in the Children’s Center Bagel & Books Breakfast on Thursday, May 17th, at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip, NY. Felicio was invited to attend this morning ‘thank you’ event by Andrea Ramos-Topper, Regional Director of the Education and Assistance (EAC) Corporation. The EAC operates the Children’s Center which provides a safe area for youngsters while families are involved in court proceedings.


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Connetquot Teachers Join Habitat For Humanity 'Build' In Central Islip

Ronkonkoma, NY ---  On February 8th, Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Tony Felicio, Jr., joined Habitat for Humanity Club advisor Jason Wilans on a trip to Central Islip to help build a home for the Arevalo-Quezada family of Freeport, NY.  Wilans brought along 12 student volunteers and several additional teachers to begin work on this Habitat for Humanity home.  Long-time construction volunteer Charlie Trupia, a member of the Habitat’s Board of Directors, and a veteran Social Studies teacher at Connetquot HS,  also worked on this Habitat ‘build’.  This Central Islip project is one of more than a dozen homes that will be built and made available to needy Suffolk families this year.


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Teachers for Tyler

On January 19th, at Ronkonkoma MS, Connetquot teachers and members of the community joined forces to support Tyler Ponzio and his family. At an exciting event organized by CTA members Dee Kirwin and Cathy Mongiello over 250 students, teachers and members of the community enjoyed a spirited series of contests pitting one group of teachers against another! Connetquot Teachers Association President Tony Felicio, Jr., was there to cheer on the teachers’ efforts to support Tyler.

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Connetquot Teachers Raise $10,000 for
Habitat for Humanity

Dr. Brad Lindell, Vice President of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA), congratulates Mr. Jason Wilans, Connetquot High School Special Education teacher (advisor to the Habitat for Humanity Club) and Mr. Charles Trupia, Connetquot High School Social Studies teacher (past advisor of the Habitat for Humanity Club) for their efforts and those of their club members in raising $10,000 for the Habitat of Humanity Suffolk County. The $10,000 was raised last month in Connetquot’s first-ever 5k Santa Fun Run! According to Mr. Wilans, the $10,000 is the highest amount ever raised in Nassau or Suffolk County for a one day fund raising event. Tony Felicio, Jr., President of the Connetquot Teachers Association, said that, “once again we see the efforts made by our Connetquot teachers in working with their students and the positive impact and benefit it has on the community.” Felicio went on to offer congratulations to Mr. Wilans and his Club for a “job well done!”

(photo by Joe Maniaci)


Connetquot Teachers Association Helps Make
6th Annual ‘Every Child's Dream’ A Reality

‘Every Child’s Dream’ is an annual charity event created, organized and ever-expanded, by Mr, Ken Mangan, of Sayville. On December 16th Mangan, along with over 100 volunteers including members of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA), hosted the 6th Annual Every Child’s Dream dinner at Sayville High School, in Sayville, NY. 


According to Mangan over 700 invited guests were served dinner, while volunteers would distribute coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and school supplies to needy neighbors. CTA President Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., was proud of his membership’s continued support of Mr. Mangan’s wonderful effort to help the needy.

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Connetquot High School
‘Habitat For Humanity’ Club Hosts
Inaugural 5K Santa Fun Run!

On Sunday, December 11th more than 400 runners registered to take part in the Connetquot School District Habitat for Humanity Club’s first-ever 5k Santa Fun Run!


Habitat advisor Jason Wilans said that “,,, the Santa Fun Run had over 60 sponsors that generously supported our efforts. This event was so successful because of the support of dozens of fellow teachers, more than 100 Connetquot student-volunteers and more than 10 additional school groups.”

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Connetquot Teachers Spread the Holiday Cheer

Mr. Tony Felicio, Jr., President of the Connetquot Teachers Association attended the Bohemia Historical Society’s holiday meeting on Thursday evening, December 1, 2011. The Connetquot H.S. Brass Band Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Greg Johnson performed for the audience. The Connetquot band has been a part of this festive evening for the past nine years. In front of a packed house, the band played Christmas carols and helped put everyone in the holiday spirit. The Bohemia Historical Society was very thankful to Mr. Johnson and the musicians for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend time with them. Congratulations to Mr. Johnson and the students for a fine performance.


Tony Felicio, Jr., Judy Pednault, President BHS, Greg Johnson, Connetquot Teacher (H.S. Band Ensemble)


Connetquot Teachers Association Organizes
Heart Health Fundraiser

Mr. Anthony Felicio, President of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA), recently commended the CTA members at the Idle Hour Elementary School, in Oakdale, for working with their students to raise money for the American Heart Association. According to Idle Hour Phys Ed instructor Mr. Paul Rondenella, “… each year the Physical Education staff holds a jump rope party to help raise money for the American Heart Association. This year’s event raised more than $11,500; $4,000 more than last year’s effort.”

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Connetquot Teachers Assist
Bohemia Historical Society in Food Drive

Connetquot Teachers assisted the Bohemia Historical Society in collecting over 6 boxes and 6 grocery bags full of food. All of it will benefit the Saint John Nepomucene Food Pantry.

Melanie Mannino, Joann Kristoff (Food Drive Chairperson), Lisa Manzo (Connetquot Teacher's Association), Judy Pedneault (President of the Bohemia Historical Society), and Gianna Manzo


Connetquot Teachers Raise Over $1500.00
in Breast Cancer Walk

Teachers and their families walked at Dowling College on October 1st in the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The CTA participants raised over $1500.00 for the cause as a result of their efforts. According to Joanna McManaman and Lisa Manzo, co-coordinators of Community Advocacy, "The CTA has many plans to expand its charity raising efforts to include many more staff and students. We are proud of our teachers and the support they offered us. Our collection efforts continue and we have a goal of raising $2500.00." President of the Association, Tony Felicio, Jr. added, "I am proud of the work of the CTA coordinators of Community Advocacy, Joanna and Lisa. Their efforts have resulted in monies being raised for a very important cause."

President of the CTA, Tony Felicio, Jr. (center), is pictured with co-coordinator of Community Advocacy, Joanna McManaman (left) and CTA Vice President for Negotiations, Brad Lindell (right)



New Connetquot Teachers Association
Leadership Meets with Retired Members

Newly elected Association President, Tony Felicio, Jr., met with retired Connetquot teacher members at a luncheon on September 15, 2011. Mr. Felicio discussed his enthusiasm and commitment to protecting members in the Association and acting as a resource and advocate for the Association's retired members. He was welcomed by all and congratulated on his election to the President of the Association.

Tony Felicio, Jr. (second from right), pictured with
Marilyn Dygus (third from right), President of the
Retired Connetquot Teachers Association,
as well as members of the Association



Tony Felicio, Jr., President of the CTA, shows support for the CWA in their stuggle to maintain their wages, benefits and work conditions.

 

Connetquot Teachers Association Leadership Shows Support for Verizon Workers

The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President, Tony Felicio, Jr., joined members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) as they picketed in Patchogue. CWA Verizon workers went on strike after management demanded almost $20,000 in givebacks and would not move from its position. Verizon is looking for these givebacks despite billions of dollars in profits. CWA and all unions believe that this is a direct attack on unions and the middle class.

 


 

Tony Felicio, Jr., elected President of the CTA in June 2011, helps a child find a coat.

Connetquot Teachers Association Vice President Brad Lindell helps organize the distribution of winter wear for the needy.

 

Many of the Connetquot teachers that volunteered to help make Every Child’s Dream a success.

 

Connetquot Teachers Association
Helps Make 5th Annual
‘EVERY CHILD’S DREAM’ a Reality

The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) led an enthusiastic group of colleagues over to Sayville, NY, to help make ‘Every Child’s Dream’ come true. More than two dozen current members of the Connetquot Teachers Association, and their families, volunteered to distribute coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and school supplies to more than 600 of Suffolk’s homeless and needy neighbors. Event organizer Ken Mangan was pleased with the turnout of volunteers and guests, which made this 5th annual event the biggest and best so far.

Invited guests were served on linen-covered tables, by waiters and waitresses wearing white gloves, in the colorfully decorated auditorium of St. Lawrence the Martyr (founded in 1895) Church in Sayville, NY. CTA member Christine Dassler arranged for the teachers to sort and distribute coats, or assist in serving the guests. Suffolk’s homeless and needy guests were served snacks, dinner and dessert, and then had the opportunity to select from hundreds of pieces of gently used, as well as new, ‘winter wear’ that had been donated for their use.

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Connetquot Teachers Association and Connetquot Clerical Association Raise Funds for the American Cancer Society

The Connetquot Teachers Association recently announced the successful conclusion to the 2010 Daffodil Days fundraising effort to the teachers, clerical staff and other staff members who made it possible. Coordinated by Nancy Dunlop (Connetquot Teachers Association) and Dorothy Schweers (Connetquot Clerical Association), the 2010 Daffodil fundraiser raised close to $3,500 for the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Dunlop revealed that “…besides the generous donations made for the sale of the daffodils, 20 community members made $25 donations for the ‘Gift of Hope’, or a ‘Teddy Bear & a bunch.” ‘Gifts of Hope’ donations led to the delivery of flowers and teddy bears directly to pediatric cancer patients in area hospitals.

This year’s fund-raising effort was coordinated by members of the Connetquot Teachers Association, Connetquot Clerical Association, building secretaries, Central Office personnel, Food Service workers as well as Custodial staff. Connetquot High School’s ‘Helping Hands’ club members, under the supervision of advisors Sue Schiappa and Laurie Schwartz, wrapped and packaged the flowers for delivery.

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Elementary Computer Survey Indicates Many
Computer Problems and and an Adverse Impact of the Elimination of Elementary Computer Positions

The Elementary Computer Survey was developed with the goal of understanding, in greater detail, the impact on student education from the many simultaneous changes in software, hardware and the network at the same time that the elementary computer positions were eliminated. A total of 149 elementary teachers answered the survey, representing approximately 44% of the elementary teachers.

The results indicate there are many problems with the computer software and hardware that are adversely impacting the education of students. The survey also indicated that the elimination of the elementary computer teachers has had an adverse impact on the teachers' ability to integrate technology and curriculum in their classrooms, which is not being addressed through the newly implemented Ambassador Program. Finally, many teachers indicated that they thought the many changes to the computer hardware, software and network at the same time that computer teacher positions were eliminated were poorly planned and that insufficient thought was given to the impact on the education of students.

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Connetquot Teachers Association Supports
Every Child's Dream Holiday Celebration

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...we will do so much more with help from organizations like yours. I hope every time people see your video, they will remember fondly this very special night and the warmth they brought to so many... its not yet the end.

- Kenneth Mangan
Coordinator, Every Child's Dream Holiday Celebration


Ronkonkoma, NY - The Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) proudly announced that the district’s teachers played a vital role in the third annual ‘Every Child’s Dream’ Holiday Celebration on December 12th. Twenty-five current, or retired, Connetquot teachers and friends helped distribute coats, blankets, scarves and gloves, as well as serving dinner to almost 600 guests.

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Association Health and Safety Concerns Validated by Department of Environmental Conservation Report

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION REPORT

Over the course of the last 15 months, the Association has on at least three occasions, notified the District of serious issues at the Connetquot High School. Our concern was due to continuing toxic waste back ups into the classrooms overflowing from the chemical waste tank. Our concerns center around the improper handling, analysis and disposal of such waste.

The District has maintained on their website and through direct communication with the Association that they have addressed our concerns on many occasions. Furthermore, they denied that back ups into classrooms took place (see photographs below). They assured the Association and the community that the classrooms were free of any contamination.

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 Teachers at OBMS Given Health and Safety Training

Due to the ongoing health and safety problems at OBMS, health and safety training was provided by NYCOSH and the Association to more than 60 teachers at OBMS.

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Report on the Health and Safety of the District School Buildings

The Connetquot Teachers Association brought the New York Committee on Safety and Health (NYCOSH) to inspect buildings in the District. This resulted in a report that indicated many health and safety problems that can affect the health and safety of students and staff.

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The Connetquot Teachers Association has focused its efforts on improving health and safety for students and teachers.

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What is the District Health and Safety Committee?

New York State Education law requires that all District's form a Health and Safety Committee. The Connetquot Teachers Associations brought the District's lack of compliance with this law in October, 2006. The District held its first Health and Safety Committee meeting in January, 2007.

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Health and Safety Corner

Important articles, surveys and documents about Health and Safety in our schools.

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