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.

PMCT Float at Patchogue’s Annual Parade – Saturday, November 25, 2017

On Saturday November 25, 2017 the beautiful PMCT Twelve Days of Christmas sleigh made it’s way down Patchogue’s Main Street at the village’s annual Christmas Parade.   The PMCT Sleigh was designed and created by the PMCT Outreach Chairpeople, Nadine Scalzo and Kerri Simeone.  A crew of talented executive board members and PMCT members helped hammer, nail, paint and decorate the float.  The final float was a holiday hit at the parade.   PMCT members, along with PMHS Key Club members, handed out pencils to children along the route while some of their own children rode on the float.  Thanks to all our members who joined in to help celebrate our amazing community and kick off the holiday season.

PMCT Family BBQ 2017

PMCT’s first Family Barbecue on, September 30, 2017, was a great event.  Attendees didn’t let weather get in the way of their fun.  There were burgers, drinks, henna tattoos, cotton candy, “water” slides, and great camaraderie.  As you can see in the pictures below everyone had an enjoyable day.  Thanks to PMCT Membership Chairperson, Cheryl Baker, for all her planning to make this such a memorable event.


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Pat-Med Welcomes 41 New Educators

On August 28-29, 2017, 41 new teachersstarted 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.


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Absentee Ballot and Voter Registration Info – Nov. 7, 2017 – Vote NO Constitutional Convention

Absentee Ballot and Voter Registration Info – Nov. 7, 2017 – Vote NO Constitutional Convention

If you or any of your family members will  be out of your county on Nov. 7, 2017 they are eligible to get an absentee ballot.  This is great for a handicapped member of the family, a college student or a business traveler.   It is a very simple process to download, print and mail the absentee form.


Download an absentee ballot application here. Any Registered Voter wishing to vote by Absentee Ballot must complete both sides of the Absentee Ballot Application

Must be postmarked by 10/31/17

or hand delivered by the day prior to the election

Register to vote here:


Suffolk County, New York (NY) Board of Elections. Register to vote, check your voter registration, find your polling place, request an absentee ballot and see …

Congratulations and Thanks to the Class of 2017 PMCT Retirees

American Historian, Henry Adams, once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  PMCT would like to thank the Class of 2017 retiring teachers for their hard work and dedication in teaching the students of the Patchogue-Medford School District throughout the years. We know their influence and legacy will live on in their students’ minds and throughout the school district. Our deepest congratulations on your retirement!

The 2017 retirees are:  Donna Bartolomeo, Robert Borowski, Victoria Brown, Barbara Cioffi, Stuart Cohen, Laura Ann Davis, Theresa Dolan, Elizabeth Galligan, Mary Lou Giacobbe, Maria Grimaldi, Kathleen Kay, Stephen Molinaro, Kevin Ray, Patricia Stavdal and Paula Tito


PMCT Pickets in Support of Clare Rose Teamsters Strike

On Wednesday May 10, 2017 dozens of Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers members joined the picket line in Yaphank to support the union workers from Clare Rose who are fighting for a fair contract.

Clare Rose is a distributor of Anheuser Busch products including Budweiser, Bud Light, Heineken, Stella, Blue Point, Michelob, Dos Equis, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Natural Light.  The company has proposed a contract with DRASTIC cuts to pay, pension and benefits.  The drivers are starting their third week on strike.

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers encourages all members to BOYCOTT all the products mentioned above.


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