Superintendent's Message

Dear Mattituck-Cutchogue Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome our students and families back to school. We are delighted to start a new school year! This time of year brings mixed emotions for our students; wanting to hold onto the lazy days of summer while at the same time eager to reunite with classmates, meet new teachers and explore new coursework.

Last May, our residents overwhelmingly approved a budget which maintained a focus on academic, co-curricular and athletic programs for students, yet also included cost saving measures to assure fiscal prudence and on-going improvements to our facilities. As a result, the district has continued to maintain desirable class sizes, and commitment to enhance several initiatives which enrich the instructional programs, for example: providing additional resources to staff and students in the area of literacy K-6, early stages of curriculum alignment to newly revised math learning standards K-12, offering a myriad of new elective courses at the HS level, an additional Advanced Placement course, specialized reading programs for our students new to English, and expanded opportunities for professional development. We will continue to maintain a focus on early learning of Spanish and computer science/coding while advancing greater opportunities in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (STEAM).

As we greet students and staff back to school they will find many new facility upgrades; numerous classrooms have been painted district-wide, at the HS, new LED lighting has been installed and many lockers have been updated, new flooring has been installed in our junior high wing, 18 floors have been stripped and redone at Cutchogue East while 11 bathrooms have been renovated at the high school. We now have irrigation systems in front of all three main buildings, new windows were installed at Cutchogue East and our parking lots have been repaved. We are fortunate to have the tennis courts repaired and a new windscreen on its way. The JV baseball field will get a face-lift in the spring and the Varsity girls’ softball field will have a new batting cage this fall. We couldn’t be more pleased with these efforts and want to extend our gratitude to the staff that makes all of this happen in such a short period of time.

School safety and our student’s social-emotional well-being continues to be a priority. Training was held for all staff on the use of the RAVE app and Smart 911. District-wide, our camera, radio and public address systems have been upgraded and our voter-approved new door project is in its early stages of development. The guidance department engaged in creating a very detailed developmental guidance plan which includes specific lessons for every child, K-12 provided by our counseling team. New this year, students in grades 9-12 will participate in an advisory program which will provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful conversations about their social-emotional well-being!

Our goals continue to focus on the needs of our students so they can reach their greatest potential as well as creating learning environments that provide meaningful and engaging experiences for ALL students. Throughout the year, I look forward to sharing stories filled with great success and the learning that takes place throughout this very special school community. Please look out for two new community newsletters highlighting the work of our students and staff!

I want to thank you in advance for partnering with us to ensure Mattituck-Cutchogue maintains its commitment to high quality schools led by talented educators, administrators and support staff who are dedicated to the success of our students and families.

Best wishes for a wonderful year ahead!

Jill M. Gierasch

Superintendent of Schools