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   Finley welcomes students

Excitement Abounds at Finley Middle School

August 26, 2019
   National Italian Exam gold medal recipients Uma Shtrom and Carmine Carusone.

Finley Spectacular on French & Italian National Exams

August 9, 2019
Traci Roethel is J. Taylor Finley Middle School's new principal.

New Finley Principal Hits Ground Running

July 29, 2019
Finley eighth grader Talia Addeo is happy following the moving up ceremony

Finley Celebrates its Eighth Grade Class at Ceremony

June 28, 2019
Finley Middle School Life Skills class went to watch Frozen on Broadway and tour the theatre

Finley Life Skills Class Visits Broadway

June 14, 2019
Finley's current honor society members filled the LGI stage and assisted during the induction ceremony.

Finley Inducts 73 into Junior National Honor Society

June 12, 2019
Four Finley Middle School artists won awards at this year's Tulip Festival

Finley Artists Capture Top Honors at Tulip Festival

May 9, 2019
Finley Mentoring Program

New Finley Mentoring Program Paying Dividends

May 3, 2019
Finley honor society

Finley Honor Society Mobilizes for EJ Autism Foundation

April 10, 2019
Finley Principal John Amato

Finley Hosts Sixth Grade Parents

March 26, 2019
Huntington Superintendent Jim Polansky was a good sport, allowing himself to be duct taped to the Finley gym wall

Finley Joins the Fight with Pennies for Patients

March 25, 2019
The Harlem Wizards will play the Huntington All-Stars team on Tuesday, April 9

Harlem Wizards to Play Huntington All-Star Team

March 18, 2019
quwnn performance

A Performance to Remember at Finley

March 15, 2019
Black History Month

Black History Month Displays are Enlightening

March 6, 2019

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Finley Middle School

A school is much more than bricks and mortar or a compilation of facts and information. At J. Taylor Finley Middle School, faculty and support staff members have purposely created a student-centered environment that is academically challenging, psychologically satisfying, and socially fulfilling.

Because the adolescent period is an extremely important phase in every youngster’s development, the middle school plays a vital role in helping each student blossom into an independent and well-educated person.

Finley relies on its excellent staff to ease students into and to guide them through this very critical transition from a self-contained elementary school classroom to a departmentalized program. Faculty members are aware of the importance of a close teacher-student relationship and of teacher-parent contacts. They foster growth in the ability of students to make decisions and to work independently. Teachers utilize a humanistic approach as they encourage and challenge students to set realistic and attainable standards of academic performance and social interaction.

J. Taylor Finley Middle School has developed a program to build upon and emphasize the strong foundation of skills each student has acquired at the elementary school level, to pursue further the many different academic disciplines, to explore the creative and aesthetic areas of the fine and practical arts, to expand the awareness of career possibilities and to cultivate lifelong physical and recreational skills.

Flexibility, individualization and enrichment characterize the wide range of student experiences at J. Taylor Finley Middle School, which has been serving the community for more than four decades.

Finley opened in September 1965. It sits on 20 acres of land and is named after a legendary figure in district history. After teaching math and physics at Huntington High School for one year, J. Taylor Finley was named principal of Woodbury Avenue Elementary School (which is now a condominium complex) for the 1930 school year. In 1939, he became principal of Lincoln Elementary School (now an apartment complex) on East 9th Street in Huntington Station, across the street from St. Hugh of Lincoln Church. He worked as principal of both schools until October 15, 1943 when he was named principal of Robert K. Toaz Junior High School.

Mr. Finley stayed on as principal of Toaz through the 1954 school year. At that time he was elevated to assistant superintendent of schools and was named superintendent of schools in 1957, a position he held until his retirement on June 30, 1963.

The Huntington Board of Education voted December 8, 1964 to officially name the district’s new junior high school on Greenlawn Road after Mr. Finley in recognition of his 34 years of service to the schools and community. “The Board of Education and all of your friends here in Huntington send their best regards,” Superintendent Charles T. St. Clair wrote in a December 9 letter to Mr. Finley informing him of the school board’s action.

Mr. Finley passed away October 3, 1975. He is buried in the family plot at Pompton Plains Reform Church Cemetery in New Jersey.

Since the school’s opening, Finley students have won every possible academic honor and the school has earned countless awards for excellence. Over the years it has been listed among the best middle schools in Suffolk and the state.

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Traci Roethel

Traci Roethel has been principal of J. Taylor Finley Middle School since July 1, 2019. She was Woodhull Intermediate School’s principal for 5½ years after coming to Huntington from Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills, where she was also an assistant principal.

Mrs. Roethel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education at Stetson University in Florida in 1992. She obtained a Master of Science degree in education with a specialization in math at Queens College in 2003 and completed an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership at Stony Brook University in 2009.

Mrs. Roethel has completed numerous educational workshops related to curriculum and improving instruction, including Columbia University Teacher’s College seminars.

Prior to embarking on an administrative career, Mrs. Roethel worked as a sixth grade math teacher and fourth grade classroom teacher in Oyster Bay and as a math consultant to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Shoreham-Wading River and Hicksville school districts. She was a fourth grade teacher in Volusia County, Florida for seven years before moving to New York.

Mrs. Roethel and her husband, Guenther, a captain with JetBlue Airways, are the parents of three children; Kirsten, a freshman at Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Hailey, a sophomore and Tyler, a seventh grader.

Mrs. Roethel is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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Kenneth Parham

J. Taylor Finley Middle School Assistant Principal Kenneth C. Parham came to Huntington from the Bay Shore school district where he worked for many years as a fifth grade teacher and later as dean of students.

Mr. Parham coached the Bay Shore men’s varsity basketball team, winning numerous league titles and the Suffolk championship in 2004. He was voted coach of the year many times and won 70 percent of his games.

As a fifth grade teacher, Mr. Parham instructed accelerated mathematics classes. He possesses computer literacy in a variety of software programs. Around Finley’s hallways and classrooms, he is a very visible leader and strong personality known for his wit and wisdom and general sense of humor.

Mr. Parham received his undergraduate degree in history with a minor in education at Dowling College in 1992. He obtained a master of science in school counseling at Long Island University – C.W. Post in 1997 and earned a certificate of advanced study in educational administration at Stony Brook University in 2005.

While serving as Bay Shore’s basketball coach, Mr. Parham sent players to numerous colleges including the University of Miami, Bucknell, St. Peter’s, Dowling and Adelphi. He was also the Bay Shore women’s varsity basketball coach for two seasons. Upon his own high school graduation, he initially attended the University of Texas at El Paso on a scholarship before eventually transferring to Dowling.

In addition to his responsibilities as Finley’s assistant principal, Mr. Parham serves as head coach of the New York Institute of Technology women’s basketball team.

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  1. Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community will not be permitted. The following behaviors will not be tolerated at Finley Middle School. The following disruptive or otherwise inappropriate behaviors in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses or any school-sponsored activity including those at non-school locations may result in suspension from school. (Inappropriate behaviors are not limited to these items.)
    1. Fighting, assault or physical abuse or hazing.
    2. Use of profanity, abusive or obscene language or gestures when directed at a staff member or loud enough to be heard in class or the building.
    3. Distribution, attempt to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, use, possession or sale of drugs, alcohol, other controlled illegal substances or obscene material.
    4. Distribution, attempt to distribute, use, possession of, sale of weapons, firearms, knives, stink bombs, smoke bombs, explosives, firecrackers or fireworks, or facsimile of a weapon or dangerous implement of any kind.
    5. Smoking, use of tobacco in school buildings, or on school grounds or school buses.
    6. Wearing gang-related items.
    7. Vulgar, abusive, profane or threatening language, actions or harassment whether verbal, written or by electronic device.
    8. Theft, vandalism or destruction of property.
    9. Insubordination.
    10. Extortion.
    11. Robbery.
    12. Violent, disruptive behavior.
    13. Lying.
    14. Academic dishonesty including plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records or assisting another student in any of these items.
    15. Gambling.
    16. Verbal, physical or sexual harassment.
    17. Arson.
    18. Tampering with fire alarms or extinguishers.
    19. False reporting of fire alarms, fire report/bomb threat, other catastrophes or misuse of 911.
    20. Disrobing oneself or another person.
    21. Any other conduct which endangers the health, safety, morals or welfare of others.
  2. Each time a student is sent to the Time Out Room a letter will be sent home explaining the reason the student had to be removed from the classroom.
  3. Students arriving at school inappropriately dressed will be required to change before being admitted to class. In appropriate cases, any lost instructional time will have to be made up after school. Appropriate dress shall:
    1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
    2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate.
    3. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.
    4. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.
    5. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
    6. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage illegal or violent acts.
  4. Hats and coats must be kept in the students lockers except when used to go outside during lunch periods. Hats and coats will not be permitted in classrooms, shops, offices, and auditorium or gymnasium. Hats brought in these rooms will be confiscated and will be returned at the end of the school day.
  5. Personal listening devices like Walkman, stereos, CD players, video cameras, electronic games, portable radios, skateboards, beepers, portable telephones or other electronic devices are not permitted in school. Such items will be confiscated until your guardian comes to school to identify and claim them. Lacrosse sticks, baseball bats and athletic equipment must be stored in the student's locker or the athletic room office during the school day. Equipment not stored properly will be confiscated and will be returned at the end of the school day or, in certain cases, after a conference with the parents.
  6. Passes will be strictly limited and are restricted to written paper passes only. Students should attempt to use lavatories, lockers, or water fountains, etc. during the passing time between class periods. Passes will not be issued to students to go to lockers or water fountains during class periods. Students must get a pass from their classroom teacher before visiting the school nurse, Guidance, Attendance or Main Office. Violators may lose their pass privileges and may be subject to disciplinary action.
  7. When a student arrives at school in the morning, he/she may not leave school grounds until he/she walks home or takes a school bus home at the end of the school day. Any student who leaves school grounds during these times will be considered as cutting.
  8. Local stores are off limits during the school day and during any time when the student remains after the normal school day for extra help, clubs, dances, etc., and before and during athletic events that occur on school days.
  9. Running in the halls is dangerous. Students must walk in our halls.
  10. Telephone usage during the school day is restricted to emergency calls to parents only.
  11. An unauthorized absence from class will be considered to be a cut. Students who cut a class or classes will be assigned to detention to make up these classes after school. Excessive cuts or absences may result in other academic or disciplinary action being taken by the District.
  12. Students may not sell or distribute candy, property, food, etc, in school or on school grounds. Any student who is involved in a charitable effort to raise funds must have formal written approval from the Principal or Assistant Principal prior to selling chances, tickets, etc.
  13. Vandalism or destruction of school property will not be tolerated. The student and his/her parents will be required to repair or replace the damaged property and the student may be subject to additional disciplinary action by the District.
  14. A student who is absent from school or arrives late to school must sign-in at the Attendance Office. It is the student's responsibility to bring a parent note explaining the absence or lateness to the Attendance Office. It is the student's responsibility to arrive in class on time and, if a pattern of latenesses continues, the student will have to make up the time after school hours.
  15. Students are permitted to stay after school to get extra help from a teacher, participate in club activities or intramurals. During this time the student may not leave school grounds. Students who stay after school must have an express and legitimate purpose for being in the building and may not hang around the halls including waiting for athletic events. Violators may serve detention and possibly lose their after-school privilege and/or be subject to disciplinary action by the District.
  16. The Student Council sponsors dances after school from time to time. All school rules are in force during this time. No school transportation is provided and it is the student's responsibility to arrange for post-dance transportation prior to the dance. Students may not leave a dance and return later. Students who do not behave properly during a dance will not be permitted to attend future dances.
  17. Except during special classroom functions, food and beverages may only be consumed in the cafeteria. Vending machines are available in the cafeteria but may be used only during the student's lunch period and after school. All items purchased in the cafeteria must be consumed in the cafeteria. Food or beverages brought out of the cafeteria will be confiscated.
  18. Students are expected to behave in a courteous and safe manner on school buses. All school rules apply on the buses. Riding a school bus is a privilege and violators may lose their privilege of riding the bus and may be subject to disciplinary action by the District.

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  • President: Sara Baliber 1-917-575-2929
  • Co-Vice President: Tina Evans 1-908-872-9169
  • Co-Vice President: Kerri Rinaldi 1-917-757-6826
  • Corresponding Secretary: Fidelia Zivkovic 1-347-239-4885
  • Recording Secretary: Suzanne Hepworth 1-516-286-5175
  • Treasurer: Meghan Knieriem 1-631-988-4562
  • Council Delegate: Christiane Flewelling 1-646-234-6111
  • Council Delegate: Allison Schirripa 1-516-234-6111

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Last Name First Position Email
Roethel Traci Principal
Parham Kenneth Asst. Principal
Aguirre Michelle Science
Ambrosio Jaclyn Home & Careers
Aufiero Kathleen Mathematics, Director
Battista Frank Music
Bergmann Marissa Physical Education
Biscardi Lauren English
Calderaro Danielle Mathematics
Canonica-Delgado Maria Social Worker
Capewell Alison English
Caporusso Lisa Special Education
Carey Kate Speech
Cerulli Carly Reading
Chaney Diane Cafe
Costa Kathryn Social Worker
Costello-Roth Linda Chair, Special Ed.
Demarco Melanie Mathematics
DiBenedetto Mary Psychologist mdibenedetto
Digioia Nina Psychologist
Dimattei Jennifer English
Emmerman Carol Special Education
Fee Krista Special Education
Finneran Kimberly Social Studies
Fiorentino Rosemary Secretary
Fortunato Kristen World Languages
Furman Alicia World Languages
Garger Christina Special Education
Geduldig Jennifer Art
Gelfer Matthew Orchestra
Goris-Moroff Judy Chairperson, WL DL ENL
Grobe Elizabeth Mathematics
Grodzicki Denise Mathemaics
Gurrieri Joanne Secretary
Hankinson Derek Security
Helmke Chris Science chelmke
Herrera Paloma Guidance
Holly Sharon Home & Careers
Hughes Amy Special Education
Jasinski Melissa Social Studies
Jordan Cheryl Social Studies
Kid Katherine Health
Khokhar Katherine Nurse
Leavy Joseph Chair, Humanities
Logan Alison Guidance
Long Angela Social Studies
Madden Timothy Physical Education
Mammone Jessica Foreign Language
McCabe Michael Social Studies
McGowan Brendan English
McKee Craig Science
Miller Keith Science
Moodie Sarah Guidance (PK)
Morea Karen Art
Moreira Ingrid World Languages
Mortell Dena Art
Murnane Regina Technology
Nakevska Jasmina Psychologist
Neugebauer Andrea Social Studies
Nolan Danielle Special Education
Nugent Christine Science
Pagano John Head Custodian
Parris Erica English
Reynolds Brian Technology
Riccoboni Marie English
Richter Jarrad Social Studies
Rooney Alison Librarian
Rubcewich Dana Mathematics
Sadusky Phyllis Special Education
Santangelo Daniel Chorus
Santiago Omar Technology
Scarnato Chris Music
Schiller Kimberly English
Schmid David ENL
Simon Abigail Mathematics
Smith Travis Physical Education
Stahl Marybeth Special Education
Stracuzza Annette Mathematics
Suriano Lisa Attendance Secretary
Tannazzo Vincent Mathematics
Trejos Mercedes World Languages
Theodorellis Christopher Special Education
Trigian-Molvaut Gina World Languages
Tuohey Susan Technology
Vettorato Jen Special Education
Viani Michelle ENL
Viscomi Louise Secretary, Guidance
Watts Julian Health
Warren David Reading
Welsh-O'neill Karen Secretary
Will Christine ENL
Williams Roberta Science

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Harlem Wizards

The Harlem Wizards

Visit Huntington. Gallery #2 Credits: Darin Reed

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Harlem Wizards

The Harlem Wizards

Visit Huntington. Gallery #1 Credits: Darin Reed

71 Photos

Beauty and the Beast

Finley Drama Club

Production of Bye Bye Birdie. Gallery #2 Credits: Darin Reed

53 Photos

Beauty and the Beast

Finley Drama Club

Production of Bye Bye Birdie. Gallery #1 Credits: Darin Reed

50 Photos

A Performance to Remember at Finley

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J. Taylor Finley Middle School

20 Greenlawn Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Established: 1965

Grades: 7-8

Mascot: Falcons

Principal: Traci Roethel

Asst. Principal: Kenneth Parham

1-631-673-2020 Main Office

1-631-673-2025 Attendance

1-631-673-2026 Nurse

1-631-425-4746 FAX

School Hours: 8:05 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.