East Northport Middle School Principal Pat DeStefano and Assistant Principal Angelo Cocchiola visited social studies classes on Sept. 10 to inform students of their rights and responsibilities.
Rather than hold a school-wide assembly, as was done in the past, Mr. DeStefano said that the school switched more than 10 years ago to deliver the message in a more personable approach. He said that by visiting each class, students have more opportunities to ask questions and get to know their principals.
The administrators focused on topics such as, respect, social interactions, expectations and school behavior. Additionally, they urged each of the students to get involved in after school activities.
‘These are the things you’re going to remember,” Mr. DeStefano said.
Mr. Cocchiola also walked the students through the school’s code of conduct and student handbook, both of which can be found on the district’s website. Once logged into their Google accounts, students can also access an online form by clicking the “ENMS Bully Box” link to report or share concerns regarding misconduct.
To close their presentation, Mr. DeStefano left the students with a quote from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t—you are right.” Stressing the importance of how a person’s attitude determines their success he said, “Things are not always going to be easy, but you have to continue to be true to yourself. If you do that, you’re going to persevere and succeed.”