The Sachem Report All Sachem, All The Time Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:32:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sachem Alum Gresalfi Appointed North Cheer Coach Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:32:46 +0000

Sachem North alum Danielle Gresalfi has officially been appointed as the new head cheer coach at her alma mater.

Gresalfi, who graduated from Sachem in 2012, has competed at a high level in cheerleading, winning titles at Sachem, Hofstra and for Team USA.

She is looking forward to being in familiar confines, helping her old program capture glory again.

We sat down with Gresalfi to talk about her new coaching role:

How have your previous cheer experiences gotten you ready for this position?

DG: “Being a part of a variety of different cheer programs as well as being coached by different individuals at all levels of cheerleading has helped me understand the type of coach I aspire to be. I think that all of the opportunities that I have had as a cheerleader has taught me all of the knowledge that I need in order to run a successful team. I have been on the athlete side of cheerleading from my years at Sachem all the way through my graduate year at Hofstra and have also been on the instructing side through my years as a UCA instructor. Having both perspectives have helped me understand cheerleading at a whole new level.”

What does it mean for you to coach at Sachem?

DG: “I always wanted to be able to come back to Sachem and give back to the community that gave me so much. It means everything to be able to bring my knowledge and experiences to this program so that all the athletes who come through can get that same amazing experience that I had!”

What are your immediate and long term goals for the team?

DG: “I really want to be able to get to know the athletes in the program and keep it close knit at all the levels from varsity down. It’s my goal to have the girls trust and respect me as well as all of their other teammates so we can have a great chemistry throughout the season. I have high hopes for all the talent coming through the program. I hope that we can have great success not just with supporting schools’ athletics but at the state and national level during competition season.”

-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Sachem’s Tech Ed Allows Students to Flourish Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:03 +0000

Sachem’s technology education program is offering real world experiences and training in the classroom each day. The Computer Repair Technology CTP program also had one of its most successful years to date.

A number of students earned certifications that they will be able to use in their lives and careers. These include:

  • 17 students NOCTI Certified and graduating with NYSED endorsement
  • 12 students PC PRO Certified
  • 2 students Security Pro Certified
  • 3 students Comptia A+ Certified
  • 2 students Comptia Security+ Certified

VIDEO: Click to watch a video highlight of this year’s program!

Sachem has 20-plus years of history with technology education students starting their own businesses, working for governments and municipalities and being hired by unions or schools to teach these disciplines.

There are also 12 seniors going to various colleges specifically for computer science or computer technology. Sachem also has one student attending the Suffolk County Community College manufacturing, and civil engineering programs.

Other students have earned work at the Town of Brookhaven, the Long Island Ecology Center and various plumbing and steamfitter unions.

In Sachem’s computer repair technician class, students take a three-period class each day. This is available to juniors and seniors and can be taken for one or two years.

In this class, students are submerged in the world of computer repair, networking, security, hardware, system design and other areas important to today’s technology infrastructure. Students also receive hands-on experience fixing computers from students, teachers, staff, and the community.

In the carpentry class, also offered for three periods to juniors and seniors at Sachem, students learn about surveying, foundations, framing, siding, roofing, residential electricity and plumbing and other areas of development and construction.

Students have worked on a number of projects around the district as part of their class curriculum, including the building of a complete home, main entrance reception desks at both Sachem East and Sachem North, book shelves in the elementary school, and other incredible additions in various buildings.

Retirees, Students, Robotics Team Honored Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:19:54 +0000 Wednesday’s Sachem Board of Education meeting was special for countless individuals who were honored for their achievements.

Dozens of people were recognized for their great work in Sachem. It was an incredible night that showed the district’s very bright students to the dedicated faculty and staff that put it all together.

Among the honorees were retirees, valedictorians and salutatorians from both high schools, the Sachem Robotics team, and our student board representatives. There were also teachers granted tenure and faculty who were appointed as administrators.

We want to congratulate them all on their successes and thank them for representing Sachem proudly.

Sachem Seniors Take Part in Graduation Walk Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:16:10 +0000 A number of seniors in Sachem took part in graduation walks at their old elementary schools across the district today. It was a special moment for the older kids and the younger students as well.

Sachem Robotics Honored by Suffolk County Legislature Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:50:49 +0000

Sachem’s Aftershock Robotics team was honored by the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday, June 20.

Team Aftershock 263 achieved another incredibly successful season this year, winning a Long Island regional title and competing in the national championships in St. Louis.


Sachem Alum Missry Makes Team USA, Will Compete at World Championships Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:00:58 +0000 Sachem North alum Dylan Missry received word that he has made the 12-man roster for Team USA Volleyball to compete at the world championships.

These are the top 12 collegiate volleyball players in the country.

Missry, who plays at UCLA, has been training at Lake Placid with the 20-man team the last two weeks and cuts were made on Tuesday bringing the roster to 12.

USA scrimmaged Brazil already this week and they are headed to the Czech Republic now and will open up play on June 23.

From Team USA

The United States has never won a medal at the FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship.

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team finished 11th in 2015 and 2013.

“At the youth level, the U.S. stacks up pretty well,” U.S. MJNT Head Coach Jay Hosack said. “The under-21 team is a completely different story. This is a group of kids who have played one to two years of college volleyball in respective gyms. In the rest of the world, players are already playing professionally.

“We have great talent. I think a top eight finish would be a good goal to shoot for. If we can get into the top four, it would be an outstanding finish for USA Volleyball at this level.”

The team shares its opening-round pool with Turkey, Cuba and Russia.

Sachem’s Lauren Harris Graduates During Rehearsal, Prepares for Junior Nationals Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:51:40 +0000

Sachem East senior and All-American Lauren Harris will miss her high school graduation because she will be competing at Junior Nationals in Sacramento on Friday.

Harris, who is looking to break more records and end her high school career on yet another high note, graduated officially during the school’s ceremony rehearsal on Monday morning.

She was recognized on a stage at the football field in front of her classmates, administrators, coaches and family.

Harris graduates as one of the top athletes in Sachem history, and the most decorated and successful high school race walkers in American history.

-Words/Photos by Chris R. Vaccaro

Merrimac Student Inspired by Garden of Dreams Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:00:16 +0000

Andrew Nehl, a third grade student from Mrs. Atcosta’s class at Merrimac Elementary, was inspired by the Garden of Dreams Foundation and the differences it has made for children in need.

He shared his idea for a service learning project with Merrimac Principal, Veronica DeCicco, and the school’s Student Lighthouse Team. Andrew wanted to make a difference. His goal was to teach the student body and staff members about the organization and support families with children facing tough obstacles like sickness and poverty in the tristate region.

He achieved his goal this June! The student body supported Andrew’s goal and raised $377 dollars for the organization.

“The fundraiser made quite an impression on our school community,” said DeCicco. “It taught our students the importance of giving back. It was a true win-win situation. Andrew Nehl showed the Merrimac family what can happen when you begin with the end in mind and have a plan. By doing this, we have made at least one child’s life a lot brighter.”

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. The Foundation works with 28 partner organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations, to reach children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.

Andrew synergized and came up with the idea for a fundraiser and created a Power Point presentation to highlight the organization’s charitable work. In a sense, he wanted to pay it forward.

VOTE: Sachem Alum Ruchi Shah Vying for Scholarship Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:49:09 +0000

Ruchi Shah

Sachem alum and former Sachem North Valedictorian, Ruchi Shah, is vying for the Dr. James Romanelli New York Medical School Scholarship.

You can vote for Ruchi by watching her video and selecting her on the link below. The video shows what each of these top applicants wants to achieve as a physician.

Vote by checking the box under the applicant you want to vote for. Vote once daily through Monday, June 26.

About Ruchi: Ruchi was born and raised on Long Island and is a proud Sachem Flaming Arrow and Stony Brook Seawolf. As an entrepreneur and future oncologist, Ruchi aims to bring compassionate care and research advances to her patients. Ruchi enjoys experimenting with new recipes, exploring beaches and national parks, and singing in jazz and a cappella groups. She is so grateful to have this opportunity and for your support.


ICYMI: Sign Up for Sachem Football Youth Experience Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:44:13 +0000 Check the flyer below for key dates and information for one of the best youth football camps and clinics around!