PMCT Reopening Update 7/23

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that this email finds you well.  The Executive Board and I continue to have ongoing discussions about the re-opening of school and the impacts to our collective bargaining agreement.  The district plans to hold a Facebook Live session this evening. 

The district is required to have three different plans by July 31, 2020, to the State Education Department and have them posted on  Currently, we’re focusing on the hybrid plan and the remote plan. These have yet to be finalized.

This is a very fluid situation, due to ongoing discussions the district will be presenting the Question and Answer document which came out on Monday, as well as any changes.  The documents the district received from the State Education Department on Thursday has caused the need for some of these changes.  As the district gets closer to having a schedule for hybrid learning, and resolves many of the obstacles, (who attends on which days, creating a master schedule, traveling teachers, special education services, and the list goes on) we’ll be able to better negotiate the parameters of our work day.

The re-opening of school is going to be based upon the infection rate for our region.  I appreciate all of your patience and understanding as we negotiate on your behalf. I will continue to update you as information becomes available. 

In Solidarity,


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.

Please check out this award winning publication at

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

PMCT Wins Read Across America Grant

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers is proud to announce that we’ve won a $1,000 grant as part of the 2018 Read Across America-NY “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers”. This grant will be used to purchase books for Medford Elementary School Library. All students throughout the district will have access to the titles through their school’s library catalog system. We are proud to partner with NYSUT, AFT and Firstbook to bring quality literature to our students. Pictured Beth A. Warnken, PMCT President and Susan Miele, Medford Elementary Librarian.