Incoming 10th Graders Hear Words of Wisdom

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“This is your time to shine,” Amityville Memorial High School Acting Principal Edward Plaia told incoming 10th graders, who were joined by their parents for orientation on Aug. 21. The program featured a comprehensive overview of high school, including academic expectations, athletic and extracurricular opportunities, and words of encouragement for the Class of 2022.

The students have a familiar face in Mr. Plaia, their former principal at Edmund W. Miles Middle School. He said that all of the high school administrators, teachers and support staff are committed to helping them succeed.

“Classes become a little more challenging,” he said. “Colleges and careers are a little bit closer. High school is going to be what you make of it. Find your passion and do something about it.”

Teachers and guidance counselors were on hand to greet the students. Juniors and seniors spoke about the wealth of opportunities at the high school, from Advanced Placement and elective courses, to afterschool clubs and sports, to student government and class events. 

Mr. Plaia encouraged students to challenge themselves by taking AP courses, noting that some members of Amityville’s most recent graduating class finished high school with as many as 15 college credits. He reminded the new 10th graders that colleges are looking for students who distinguish themselves, so they should take advantage of all that is offered at the high school. 

The incoming students will witness a transformation of the building, which is being renovated and expanded as part of the $69.9 million bond approved by voters in March 2016. This year they will get to take advantage of the upgraded library media center, and the following year will feature new classrooms, state-of-the-art science labs, a new indoor athletic complex, expanded cafeteria and a new art and music suite.