ASSET Awards ‘Bright Lights’ to Recognize PMHS Red & Black Advisors

On Thursday January 11, 2019, Patchogue-Medford Red & Black advisors, Ms. Alison McKeough and Ms. Michele Sullivan, were recognized with a very prestigious ASSET Bright Lights 2019 Award. The Red & Black is the PMHS online newspaper. Ms. Sullivan and Ms. McKeough were honored and recognized as recipients of this Award for their innovative work with the online newspaper.

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PMCT Blood Drive Collects 32 Pints!!

On Monday November 5, 2018, at Saxton Middle School PMCT ran their annual blood drive.  PMCT has been hosting a blood drive for over 20 years during the first week in November. This year we had 43 people show up and 32 pints of blood collected.  A huge thank you to all who came to donate! Even if you were denied, your efforts were greatly appreciated. Kerri Bruckner was the winner of the lotto plant!

Special thanks to PMCT Outreach Chair, Cristina Carpluk, for all her efforts organizing the blood drive.

See if you can spot one of your favorite teachers in the pictures below.







PMCT First Book Initiative Provides Books For Every Pat-Med Student

Over the last few weeks, the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers First Book Mobile has been delivering thousands of books to the students of the Patchogue-Medford School District.

Over 15,000 books (valued at over $140,000) were received via a grant from First Book and the American Federation of Teachers. Age appropriate books were distributed to elementary school students, as well as, middle and high school students. Some of books have also been dispersed to organizations within the Patchogue-Medford community.

This was a truly an incredible venture! It all started with our NYSUT delegates visiting the First Book booth at one of our annual Representative Assemblies. Once we signed up, our Outreach chairpersons Nadine Scalzo and Kerri Simeone took the ball and ran with it. They presented the process that would need to occur in order to win the grant to our building representatives. We acquired the over 1000 signatures and email addresses that First Book required. Our administrative and support staff colleagues, along with district PTA members, submitted their information. We worked together to input all that information and sent it to First Book. We were notified in late June that we would be receiving 8 pallets of books. PMCT’s Executive Vice-President, Kevin Toolan, traveled to Tarrytown to meet up with the truck that was filled with the books. He drove the 26 foot U-Haul to our storage facility with the Patchogue-Medford School District. PMCT, along with the help of NYSUT, rented the truck for two weeks. PMCT coordinated the events in each building by establishing a calendar that met the needs of each building.

PMCT President, Beth Warnken and Executive Vice-President, Kevin Toolan visited each elementary and middle school building distributing a PMCT book mark and the brand new books to all students. This endeavor would not have been possible without the help of ALL PMCT members.

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers has received MANY wonderful thank you letters from the students (and parents), along with several great messages on FaceBook.  The PMCT truly enjoyed being able to support the love of reading by putting books in the hands of all our students.


The PMCT Book Mobile!


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PMCT and the Patchogue Lions Club Team-Up to Provide School Supplies for Pat-Med Students

For the twenty-fourth consecutive year, the Patchogue Lions Club and the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers have teamed-up to provide school supplies for economically disadvantaged students in the Patchogue-Medford School District.  This year the members of the Lions Club and the Congress of Teachers made their presentation to the superintendent of schools, Dr. Michael Hynes and the district’s elementary school principals.  Congress of Teachers president Beth Warnken stated, “Our members are happy that they are able to make this donation to the students of our district, especially because we work with these students everyday.”  Lions Club president Louis Giordano emphasized that “this donation is a part of the mission of our club in the area of community betterment and truly serves those who have real need.”  Dr. Hynes thanked both groups on behalf of the district.

Pictured are Dr. Hynes with Ms. Warnken, Mr. Giordano flanked by elementary principals, Lions members and Congress of Teachers members.

Pat-Med Welcomes Three Dozen New Educators

On August 27, 2018, 36 new educators started their Pat-Med Careers at New Teacher Orientation. They were welcomed by Superintendent, Dr Michael Hynes, and PMCT President, Beth Warnken. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Joey Cohen, put together an informative and welcoming two day orientation that included a bus ride around the district to all our buildings. PMCT provided breakfast and lunch on the first day. At lunch on the first day the new teachers met their PMCT mentors/buddies, and headed off to see their buildings and classrooms. PMCT looks forward to a long and collaborative future with all our new members.

Photo Credit: Amy Cunningham


2018 Student Citizen Awards

The 22nd Annual PMCT Student Citizen Awards were held on April 30, 2018 in the Saxton Middle School Auditorium. The ceremony began with the PM JROTC presenting the colors. PMCT President, Beth Warnken, then welcomed all the students, parents, teachers and staff to the event. Student Citizen Awards Chairperson, Kathleen Murphy and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Hynes, also addressed the audience. Ms. Christy Reinert and Mr. James Browning accompanied by Mr. Carl Hottinger wowed the audience with inspirational songs from Disney shows. The PMHS Jazz Ensemble lead by Mr. Stephen Mahr also performed a great medley that topped off a perfect night.

Every PMCT member was involved in the selection of the student award winners. Students were chosen by their teachers based on the qualities teachers value most: responsibility, scholarship, citizenship, leadership and effort.

Mrs. Kathleen Murphy, the chairperson for the awards night, said: “The 22st annual Student Citizen Award Ceremony was a great success. It is a pleasure to honor our students who exemplify the characteristics of Citizenship, Scholarship, Responsibility, Effort and Leadership. I look forward to witnessing the success of these students as they learn and grow in the Patchogue Medford Community.”

Congratulations to all our winners!!

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NYSUT Statement on Teacher Evaluation Legislation

Source: NYSUT Media Relations
ALBANY, N.Y. April 26, 2018 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement on legislation introduced today that would fix New York’s broken teacher evaluation system:

“Fixing New York’s broken teacher evaluation system is long overdue. Parents and teachers are rightly angry and frustrated. The misuse of standardized tests and the state’s over-reliance on testing continue to plague the learning climate in our classrooms. There are far better ways to evaluate educators than to use mystery math and algorithms that spit out invalid ‘growth scores’ while subjecting kids to exhausting fill-in-the-bubble tests that aren’t particularly useful or accurate.

“This new legislation would prohibit the mandated use of state tests — including Regents exams and grades 3-8 ELA and math tests — in individual teacher evaluations. School districts and their teacher unions would be able to design their own effective and fair evaluation systems that help teachers to grow professionally while meeting the unique needs of their own communities. Local control is the best way to restore the trust and confidence of parents and teachers and help restore respect for the teaching profession.

“We thank Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Chairwoman Cathy Nolan for listening to parents and educators and introducing a bill that would ensure that students and teachers are once again valued as more than a test score. We look forward to working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate to reduce the testing burden and enact this fairer evaluation system before the end of the legislative session.”

Distinguished Teacher, Amy Vario, Recognized by Rochester Institute of Technology

PMHS Math Teacher Amy Vario was recognized at Rochester Institute of Technology’s(RIT’s) Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Awards as a Distinguished Teacher on, Thursday March 22, 2018, in Buffalo, NY.  Mrs. Vario’s former student, Nicole Pannullo, nominated her for this recognition.  Students recognized at the awards ceremony have at least a 3.85 average. Nicole was a 2015 graduate of PMHS and Valedictorian of her class.  Nicole was a student in Mrs. Vario’s 7th grade Accelerated math class at Saxton Middle School.

Nicole is persuing a BS in biochemistry. She is a member of the Honors Program at RIT as well as a recipient of the Women in Science Student Ambassador Award and the Undergraduate Research Award form the American Chemical Society. Nicole completed a research internship at the National Institute of Health. On campus, she conducted research on energy transfer between organic matter and tannic acid, and on proteins found on gram-negative bacteria. Nicole plans to pursue a Ph. D. in regenerative medicine.

In the photo below you can see the nomination essay Nicole wrote about Mrs. Vario’s outstanding dedication as a teacher.

Congratulations to Mrs. Vario on this great recognition and to Nicole for all her amazing work at RIT!!

Mrs. Amy Vario, Nicole Pannullo and the President of RIT, Dr. David C. Munson Jr.

Mrs. Amy Vario, Nicole Pannullo