Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:
I hope everyone had as good a summer as possible in light of the current pandemic and its wide-ranging impact on our school, community, nation, and world. I hope the 2021-2022 school year will look and feel much closer to a normal school year. This has been the most challenging year and a half of my educational career. As adults, we know that we must hang in there through tough times, though for our children it is not always that easy. I remain optimistic that the worst days of COVID are behind us and we can get back to the business of educating your child in-person to the best of our and their ability in preparation for their next grade level and eventually their post-high school career. Rest assured that our high school is committed to meet and exceed all challenges in the upcoming school year in the best interest of your children: our children.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both new and returning students to Patchogue-Medford High School. Our goal will continue to focus on student success and recognition of their hard work. Our staff will work collaboratively with you to create and provide a school that promotes tolerance, respect, diversity, and awareness. Positive strategies and expectations will remind our students how important appropriate behavior and focus are to their success. Our school will continue to implement our “Restorative Practices” initiative that allows us to work collaboratively with your children to restore relationships when they have become compromised for any of a number of reasons. This process also models for them genuine and authentic skillsets that they will ultimately have to use in life. Our goal, to the best of our ability in these uncertain times, will be to provide all students with the opportunity to explore and maybe even excel in academics, athletics, intramurals, extracurricular clubs, and/or fine arts so that they may become positive, contributing members of our school, community, and global society. We want them to find their “gift.”
I would also like to acknowledge our Patchogue-Medford High School administrative team that consists of Mr. Garrett Comanzo, Mr. Richard Hoffmann, Mr. Derek Robinson, and Dr. Dennis Sullivan. Please be aware that I am not always available to address each and every issue, but my team of very competent administrators should be able to address any concerns you may have throughout the school year. Your concerns are important to me so please always feel free to contact me via e-mail at email@example.com or call our main office at 631-687-6500.
Furthermore, our assistant principals and I work very closely with our academic/discipline deans to keep students on track. Assistant Principal, Mr. Comanzo and Mr. Sweeney (Dean) are assigned to the 9th grade. Assistant Principal, Mr. Hoffmann and Ms. Leto (Dean) are assigned to the 10th grade. Assistant Principal, Dr. Sullivan and Ms. Leal (Dean) are assigned to the 11th grade. Assistant Principal, Mr. Robinson will be assigned to the 12th grade. Please do not hesitate to contact them, as they are very experienced with assisting students through the many issues that arise in school from a personal standpoint, with their peers, and in their interaction with adults.
Also take note that we have a full complement of counselors, social workers, and school psychologists that are available to assist both students and families navigate through the many difficult and challenging issues faced in the world we live in. A world that is not easy and can be quite confusing at times, especially with the impact COVID has had over the past year and half. In a world that can change from one day to the next. Do not hesitate to reach out.
In short, we want students to be safe both physically and emotionally; be responsible for themselves and to others; be respectful of themselves and to others; and finally recognize and be tolerant of perspective(s) that may be different from their own. It is only through open-mindedness that one can fully understand, appreciate, and evaluate who one is and who one will become in their transition to adulthood and life.
Please remember, whether your child is entering the high school as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, our goal is for your child to take advantage of all Patchogue-Medford High School has to offer both during and after the school day. Our continual focus is the well-rounded student, which is favorable as they start to apply to college. Do not hesitate to communicate immediately to the school, especially the teachers, when your child is not working up to their ability and/or your expectation(s).
Our school should be a community where people offer strength and support to each other. It should be a community that offers personal growth to everyone, a good place to learn, to work, to be. I wish you and your child the best of luck in the upcoming school year, and it is my sincere hope we will continue down the path of getting back to normal. All the best!
Randy E. Rusielewicz, Ed.D.
- Patchogue Medford High School
- Patchogue-Medford High School
- Nathan Brinkman
- Catherine Carella-Dean
- Garrett Comanzo
- Ryan Cox
- Daniel Erwin
- Richard Hoffmann
- Derek Robinson
- Raymond Ruiz
- Randy E. Rusielewicz, Ed.D.
- Louis Stellato
- Dennis Sullivan, Ed.D.
- Michael Zanfardino