Plainedge in the News

Principal Carol Muscarella Named Woman of Distinction for 2013

Principal Carol Muscarella of John H. West Elementary School was selected as a recipient of the 17thAssembly District’s Women of Distinction Award for 2013. She was honored in a ceremony at Farmingdale Public Library on Aug. 10, during which she received a special citation from Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt. “Good deeds may go unnoticed and unappreciated,” Mr. McKevitt said in addressing Mrs. Muscarella. “Therefore, it is my pleasure to offer my gratitude for the devotion you show to your community by hosting this special event.” The award recognizes women who make their community a better place to live in.

With more than 30 years of professional experience, Mrs. Muscarella provided speech and language pathology services to preschoolers through a private practice that she ran from 1991-2001 and has utilized these skills while serving in the Plainedge School District since 2001. During her time in the district, she helped develop a program for students within the autism spectrum and served as the CPSE/CSE chairperson. Mrs. Muscarella earned both her Bachelor of Arts in speech pathology/audiology and her Master of Arts in speech/language pathology from Hofstra University. She is married to Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Muscarella. The Plainedge School District congratulates Mrs. Muscarella on this well-deserved award.


Plainedge Schools on News12

Security In the Schools - Plainedge is Number One with the Most Advanced Video Security System in New York State - Watch it Now on

Recently, News12 asked to visit our District as the premier district with the most advanced video security system in New York State. The Board of Education had an opportunity to see the newly implemented system designed to improve the safety and security in our schools first hand earlier this week during our Board of Education Tour and now you can see it on News 12 @

Tenure Appointments for 2013

At the May 9th Board of Education Meeting the following staff members were award tenure:

Tonie McDonald - Assistant Superintendent for Business & Administration

Courtney Aiello - Teaching Assistant, High School

Nicole Cardonna - Art Teacher, Middle School

Eileen McCann - Teaching Assistant, Middle School

Melissa Perez - Guidance Counselor, Middle School

Michelle Sergio - Teaching Assistant, Schwarting


Solar Energy in Our Schools

Plainedge Public Schools are proud to announce the introduction of a new technology tool for the community to view the energy savings realized from the installation of solar panels at the Plainedge Athletic Community Center. We look forward to using the data produced by our solar panels as an important component of our “Going Green” Initiative in our K-12 Science Curriculum districtwide in the coming months. For more information on how to access this resource click here…..


Mr. Vitale named Nassau County Middle School Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Vitale on being named the Nassau County Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year! This distinction has been bestowed upon him by the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association. Mr. Vitale's talents have long been recognized within the Plainedge School District by students, parents, fellow teachers and administrators and this county-wide honor confirms what we have known and witnessed over his many years of service. His commitment and dedication to all of his students, his relentless belief that all children can succeed, and his ability to differentiate information for each individual student so that they can master mathematics in their own unique ways are but a few of the qualities that make him a very special teacher. Mr. Vitale will be honored at a county-wide dinner and ceremony on May 16th.

An Important Message about Student Safety from the Superintendent

I would like to inform you that our district has received information from two neighboring school districts about a matter related to student safety. Elementary and Middle School Students received a letter in their backpacks today for their parents to review with their child(ren) and High School Students received an email from their Principal explaining the matter and our concerns.

For more information about this matter please click here.


Dr. Edward A. Salina Jr.


Plainedge High School Designated a Reward School By NYS Education Department

New York State Education Commissioner John King has announced that Plainedge High School has been designated a Reward School for the 2012-2013 academic year. This prestigious statewide designation classifies Plainedge High School among the highest achieving in the state, as it represents one of only 67 schools throughout Long Island and 250 schools throughout the state. The New York State Department of Education bestowed the award based on high student performance on state assessments and overall academic progress.