As we close the chapter on the 2016 calendar year, we wanted to take a few moments to reflect upon and celebrate many of the great stories involving William Floyd students, staff, alumni and the greater community! Below is a recap of some of the top stories of the year (in no particular order). We look forward to a great 2017!
William Floyd had its first ever Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist, students published in a Genetics database and a first-place winner in the BNL Science Fair! Students from all grade levels are participating in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiments (here and here), research (here and here) and are receiving a host of wonderful opportunities such as Manufacturing Day, a White House initiative and more!
The William Floyd Robotics team won the SBPLI First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Long Island Regional at Hofstra University, which qualified them for the world championships in St. Louis behind a proud community! Competing against and among the top 600 teams in the world, they finished in the top 20 percent!
Leading the way are the district’s Advanced Placement students ranking in the top 15 for best exam scores on Long Island! The district also had a Presidential Scholar nominee, a writing award winner, students selected for prestigious scholarships and summer programs (here, here, here and here), a book drive organizer and cookie salesperson extraordinaire, the continued dominance of the Youth & Government program and an NJROTC that continues to excel in academics, military studies and patriotism!
William Floyd student-musicians at all levels continue to excel earning various awards and honors (here, here, here, here and here), earning scholarships (here and here) and much more under the direction of some very talented instructors! They also lend their talents through music to the community at various events such as a tree lighting ceremony and visits to nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities!
It was a banner year for William Floyd athletics beginning with cracking the Top 100 Athletic Programs in New York State list , then followed by the varsity football team winning their 10th Suffolk County Championship. The football team had myriad awards including the Bob Collotta award for the best linebacker in the county and a “Heart of a Giant” finalist. Girls varsity soccer won their first playoff game ever with a strong team effort and outstanding play from the most decorated girls soccer player in program history. Girls varsity tennis also had another great season and the boys varsity soccer team made it back to the playoffs for the second consecutive year, as well as winning a summer championship. Floyd also boasted many individual athletic and scholar athlete team awards (here and here), as well as a personal 100-goal milestone in girls lacrosse. Earlier 2016 seasons also saw bowling, boys tennis and girls softball clinch playoff spots. We can’t forget the cheerleaders winning a $3,000 grant for their program!
William Floyd introduced the new Floyd Academy program, received an upgraded bond rating from Moody’s Investor Services and was named a “District of Distinction.” The community passed the budget by a 2-1 margin and elected a new trustee in April Coppola. (See also WF Recognizes Trustee Joseph Barone for Dedicated Service.) Board of Education President Robert Vecchio also continued his LI News Radio (103.9 FM) program “Spotlight on Long Island Schools,” featuring William Floyd several times (here, here, here and here).
Career & Technical Education
William Floyd’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) academies are still going strong – boasting four students finishing in the top three in the SkillsUSA competition! Carpentry (here, here and here), culinary arts, medical assisting, cosmetology, automotive and business students (here and here) are learning skills that will help them in their future careers and throughout their lives!
Student-artists continue to shine with recognition and displays at the Parrish Art Museum, high honors at the NYSATA Portfolio Day and a clean sweep of a community photography contest. They also had opportunities to show off their talent at the National Portfolio Day at the Jacob Javits Center and also at the district art auction and art show.
The William Floyd school community continued its generosity in supporting various charitable causes throughout the local and regional communities such as autism awareness (here, here and here); efforts to support cancer research (here, here, here and here), heart health here and here), the ALS Ride for Life, support for foster children, spelling and mathematics for charity, toy drives, get well cards, a toiletry drive, the opening of a new food pantry, a visit to people with traumatic brain injury and much more.
2016 saw the return of the Homecoming Parade in full swing, the 20th annual Scholarship Golf Fund Tournament that has raised $475,000 for student scholarships since its inception and continued wonderful partnerships with the William Floyd Alumni Association and the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library. The district also held its annual “Our Community Salutes” recognition dinner and ceremony to honor 19 graduating high school military enlistees. OCEAN Arts and the Community Library Friends of the Arts also provided great musicals (here and here) for the community to enjoy. We would be remiss if we did not mention a Human Resources employee who helped save the lives of a community member and her dog.
Staff Awards and Honors
William Floyd faculty and staff are among the best around and receive numerous awards including an Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award, a Stony Brook University “Forty Under 40” award, a Library Media Association Award, an Excellence in School Nursing Award and two Bright Light Awards. Additional honors include selection as the Section XI Athletics Conference I President, distinguished teacher awards, coaching honors, Town of Brookhaven honors, Shining Star Awards and three NYSPRA awards (eight in the past three years).
The district in partnership with the William Floyd Alumni Association held the annual Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Educators and Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies, which are always great ways to connect and reconnect with the William Floyd family. Other exciting news on the alumni front include: a presidential science award, an up-and-coming entrepreneur and an NYPD forensic artist helping to catch criminals with his artistic talent!