New Suffolk Common School

The official website for the New Suffolk Common School.

Built in 1907, New Suffolk School educates children in New Suffolk from grades Pre-K through 6.  Within the school’s three classrooms, under the guidance of outstanding teachers, students study the general subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Also offered through part-time teachers are enrichment classes in Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. 

Our School

Built in 1907, New Suffolk School educates children in New Suffolk from grades Pre-K through 6.  Within the school’s three classrooms, under the guidance of three full-time teachers, students study the general subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science.  Also offered through part-time teachers are enrichment classes in Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. 

The Grade levels are split into three classrooms, as follows:  Pre-K – Grade 2, Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6. One classroom also serves as an all-purpose room used for enrichment classes, lunch and recess when the weather is not fit for students to be outside.  Children take part in lessons for their particular grade level with teachers, and then work independently when teachers need to focus on another grade level in the classroom. Teachers may also conduct one lesson for all grade levels focusing on a theme, and then later assign age-appropriate individual projects based on the lesson.

Our Centennial Garden

We are proud of our three room schoolhouse; the innovative and thorough curriculum offered by our teachers and the extra attention and focus each student has the privilege to receive, attending classes in the small, close-knit environment our school has to offer.

 

 

Our Staff

Nancy Carney, Principal

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Nicole Pollina, Teacher, English Language Arts/Social Studies/Special Education

 Nicole Pollina

Nicole Pollina

Mrs. Pollina joined New Suffolk School in the 2010-11 academic year as Special Education teacher and Teaching Assistant.  In 2011-12, due to the increasingly demanding standards of New York State, New Suffolk decided to create a third full-time classroom and Mrs. Pollina took over Grades 3-4.   

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in General and Special Education as well as a Master's in Literacy and Cognition, both from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.  Prior to coming on board at New Suffolk School, Mrs. Pollina served as a Special Education Teacher at Just Kids Autistic Program.  She spent three years as Summer Special Education Teacher at Cutchogue East Elementary School and Special Education Teaching Assistant during the school year.  

Mrs. Pollina graduated from Mattituck High School and currently lives in Southold with her husband Joseph, daughter Alexa, and son Max. 

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Sara Campbell, Teacher, Math, Science, Technology

 Sara Campbell

Sara Campbell

 Mrs. Campbell is a second generation New Suffolk School teacher; her mother taught in the Primary classroom years ago!  She teaches Grades 5-6 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Boston University as well as a Master's of Science in Childhood Education from Dowling College.  Mrs. Campbell's certifications in New York State include Childhood Education 1-6, Early Childhood B-2 and Students with Disabilities 1-6.

Mrs. Campbell began her tenure at New Suffolk School in September 2009 as a temporary leave replacement and before that, a substitute teacher.  Her experience also includes substitute and student teaching positions at elementary schools in Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold, Sachem, Hampton Bays and Rocky Point.

Mrs. Campbell is a North Fork native and a graduate of Mattituck High School.  She worked many years in her family landscape design, contracting and nursery business. She loves gardening and has a vast knowledge of local environmental /re-vegetation plantings.  She loves to support her own children with their sports endeavors, as she is a huge sports fan!  Mrs. Campbell currently resides in Cutchogue.

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Lisa Mauro, Teacher, Kindergarten-2nd Grade

Mrs. Mauro is originally from Cutchogue and graduated from Mattituck High School. She attended St. Joseph's College where she received a Bachelor's Degree in both special education and general education. Mrs. Mauro also holds a Master's Degree from Long Island University Brentwood in Literacy.

Mrs. Mauro's experience includes working as a teaching assistant, special education teacher and early interventionist. After taking several years off to take care of her children, she now resides in Laurel with her husband Paul, son Brett and daughter Courtney.

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Maria Gizzo, School Secretary

Before coming on board at New Suffolk School, Mrs. Gizzo served as the Teacher’s Aide and receptionist at Our Lady Queen of Apostles School in Center Moriches. After moving to the North Fork, Mrs. Gizzo and her husband opened Gianni's Italian Deli, in Southold, after which,she worked at North Fork Bank Operations in Mattituck.

Mrs. Gizzo’s community involvement includes raising awareness and fundraising for the Debra Foundation, and advocating for legistlation on insurance changes for people suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex, a rare skin disease.

Mrs. Gizzo is married and the mother of two wonderful daughters. She loves cooking and working at New Suffolk School!  

She firmly believes in the statement "It takes a village to raise a child."

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George Moravek, Music

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I am 73 years old.  Born and raised in Nebraska and came to NY in about 1969.  I have lived almost 40years in the Riverhead area.   Most of you know my house as it was the pink Victorian farm house on the north side of the main road in Laurel.  It was always decorated for the holidays.   We sold that when we went to Savannah.   I was an educator of music in the Riverhead School District for almost 30 years where I also was director of the drama department in the HS and directed many shows there.   When I came back to Riverhead I was asked to direct a community chorus of almost 45 singers for the Jamesport Meeting House in Jamesport and have done about 7 concerts for them.   We are presently working on a Cole Porter chorus program that will be given April 29 at the meeting house and also May 6 at Peconic Landing in Greenport. 

Education

I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln Nebraska in 1968.   Since then I have done much graduate work at Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ and also some graduate work at Hofstra.   I have been to numerous AGO conventions and also keep abreast of the latest in church music thru periodicals and conferences. 

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Che Sabalja, Art

Che Sabalja is NYS certified art teacher with an extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of New York State teaching strategies, initiatives and methodologies. Che specializes in developing curriculum with highly motivating art lesson plans that engage students of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Her knowledge of cognitive development, brain science and multiple learning strategies help build a stimulating creative environment. She has taught and developed K-12 curriculum, adult and family programming, special education classes for life skills, ABA, and mainstreamed students and in addition to art and literacy/ELL programs. Che has presented art education workshops at both NAEA and NYSATA Conferences.

Che has had a multifaceted arts career and held art museum positions as Director, Development Officer, Coordinator of Public Program and Museum Educator in addition to experience as Gallery Manager, Curator, Researcher. Che also is a working and exhibiting artist and actor in community theatre. She received a Master’s of Science in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Arts Management/Art History from LIU/C.W. Post and Master’s of Art in Liberal Studies/Museum Studies from New York University including arts and humanities studies abroad at the University of Paris and the Instituto Universitario Di Architettura Di Venezia. Che is currently embarking on her EdD in Art and Art Education at Teachers College Columbia.

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Michael Kollmer, Physical Education

My name is Michael Kollmer and I grew up in Port Jefferson Station and graduated from Mt. Sinai School District. After high school I went to Suffolk County Community College for two years and received my Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I then transferred into SUNY Cortland and went on to receive my Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. I am looking forward to a great school year at New Suffolk School.                                                                                                     

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Joe Wiederman, Technical Support

Mr. Wiederman was ecstatic about joining the New Suffolk Common School faculty at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. In addition to his background in technology which was acquired over many years of running a successful computer consulting company, he also maintains a professional certification in 7-12 social studies. This characteristic gives him a greater perspective of the importance of technology for both the educators professional growth and their students acquisition of content in the classroom.

Mr. Wiederman and his wife, Arline, live in Southold where they raise their son, Robert and daughter Ellie. He has served in the past as the 1st Assistant Chief of the East Marion Fire Department where he still remains an active interior firefighter.

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Our School Board

Tony Dill
President

Joseph Polashock                          
Vice President                                               

Jana Prindle
Clerk

Angela Kohl
Business Manager


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