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Effective 7/1/2018 NYSED requires a physical exam for new entrants and students in Grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11; annually for interscholastic sports; and working papers as needed; or as required by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special education (CPSE). The linked NYS School Health Examination form is required to be completed in entirety by a private health care provider or school medical director. If we do not receive your child's exam by October 30th, we will have your child seen by our school doctor. Please call our school nurse if you do not wish you child to have an in-school exam.
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185 North Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY  11772
Phone: (631) 730-1675
Fax:  (631) 286-2918
Grades K - 3
Hours:  9:20 am - 3:20 pm
Principal: Mrs. Mandy Mazziotti














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Wizards Player Motivates Students

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Harlem Wizard Patric Massey, show name The Artist, recently visited Verne W. Critz students, bringing with him motivational messages about acceptance and perseverance in a fun and engaging way. His visit was sponsored through a South Country Education Foundation grant written by kindergarten teacher Megan Huber, first grade teacher Tracy Behl and special education teachers Ashley Sagistano and Melissa Satterley.

Not only did The Artist perform some of the team’s hottest tricks but chose students and teachers to assist in some special court moves. The object of the assembly, however, was to discuss bullying with the students and to promote more acceptance of others. He also harped on his own motto about perseverance, “Stay positive through the darkest of times.” 

Verne W. Critz Students Explore Future Careers

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Students dressed as firemen, doctors and nurses, veterinarians, athletes and more entered Verne W. Critz Elementary School doors on January 28 ready to explore their future careers. For the second consecutive year, the students received a close up look at a multitude of professions held by members of the South Country Central School District community during annual Career Day.
Elementary guidance counselor Darlene Dowler reported that Verne W. Critz’s initial Career Day was so impressive and successful last year, that each of the elementary-level schools will host its own career day this school year. She reported that prior to the event, teachers spoke with the students about various careers and  future job aspirations. The teachers also prepared the students with questions to ask the presenters.  
“By extending Career Day to each of the elementary schools, all of our students will be exposed to various opportunities available to them as they get older,” Ms. Dowler said. 

Throughout the day, the volunteer presenters visited classrooms where they spoke to the students about being a chef, fireman, financial planner, chemistry teacher, personal trainer, artist and more. Not only did Career Day assist students in setting goals for themselves, it provided the perfect opportunity for them to discuss their career aspirations with peers and faculty and to set personal goals for fulfilling those aspirations.

As a culminating activity, the students wrote thank-you cards to the presenters for their time and efforts in teaching them about possible career choices. 

Critz Cares Committee Holds Pajama Drive

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Every year the Critz Cares Committee at Verne W. Critz Elementary School holds a pajama drive to help families in need. This year, 87 new pairs of pajamas were collected through the generous donations of our school’s children and staff. For every pair of pajamas that is donated, Scholastic Corporation matches the donation with a book so that the children receiving pajamas can enjoy a cozy night’s sleep and a bedtime story. 

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to make this event successful.
Monday, April 06, 2020
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