Superintendent's Message

November 2021

Dear Mattituck- Cutchogue School Community,

During this season, when we take the extra time to give thanks, it is easy to find reasons to be thankful here in Mattituck-Cutchogue. From the beginning, I am happy to say our students, faculty and staff started the year with a positive attitude and a strong desire to get back to work and make the most of every opportunity.  With a focus on the District’s Mission Statement, we were ready to follow state protocols and understood their importance in keeping everyone safe and our schools open while also being ever grateful for having in-person classes full-time with activities and sports as close to normal as we can get. We continue to be determined to limit the negative impact COVID has on our school community and in doing so have formed a great relationship with the Suffolk County Department of Health allowing for on-site COVID testing each week for those unvaccinated individuals who currently work in over 15 local school districts. This process has been seamless thanks to all involved and the feedback from all taking advantage of this has been positive.

Our students at MHS continue to excel in the arts, academics and athletics as seen in our Varsity Girls Volleyball journey to the state tournament, our Junior High play and NYSSMA alternate and a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.   The excitement of post-graduation planning is in full-force for our seniors as they look to harness all that they have learned in planning for their future. The joy you feel when you visit Cutchogue East continues to amaze me. The students’ curiosity and creativity makes it a pleasure every time I visit the building. Whether launching apples from a catapult as part of the STEAM program or sharing their knowledge of Veteran’s Day, the teachers, staff, and children at CE continue to strive to make each day better than the last.

Looking forward, we are beginning to focus on our 5-year plan in order to identify the needs of the district and prioritize projects that improve our infrastructure and increase opportunities for programs and our students. 

I close the year with a note of appreciation. Appreciation to our community for their continued support and respect, appreciation to our faculty and staff for their desire to always do what is best for our students and appreciation to our students who never cease to amaze me and put a smile on my face.

We have much to be thankful for here in Mattituck-Cutchogue.

On behalf of our Board of Education and district leaders, I want to send each of you a sincere word of thanks and my warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday celebration with your friends and loved ones.

Shawn C. Petretti
Superintendent of Schools