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 A fun summer reading program awaits Finley Middle School students (2)
June 6, 2024

Summer Reading Fun for Finley Students

Reading can be an awful lot of fun. Many J. Taylor Finley Middle School students already know this truth. Huntington UFSD hopes it will be a widespread accepted fact this summer as teachers and administrators are encouraging everyone at Finley to read often throughout July and August.

 Principal Traci Roethel addresses the new inductees and their family members.
May 31, 2024

Finley Honor Society Inducts 80 New Members

J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society chapter embraced 80 new members during the organization’s induction ceremony before a crowd of parents and district officials earlier this week.

 The Finley Field of Positivity display is related to Mental Health Awareness Month.
May 8, 2024

Finley Focuses on Mental Health Awareness Month

J. Taylor Finley Middle School counselor Lissany Batista and Dean of Students Amanda Shaffer along with the building’s mental health team, collaborated on a month of May “Go Green” initiative to raise awareness about important mental health related issues.

 Artwork created by Finley students on display at the SCALA show in Babylon.
April 8, 2024

Finley Art Students Chosen for Exhibit

Five studio art students at J. Taylor Finley Middle School were chosen to exhibit their respective pieces at the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association Annual Children’s Show at the Old Babylon Town Hall on West Main Street.

 Finley legal eagles
April 5, 2024

Finley Mock Trial Team Wins Two Trials

J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s new mock trial team is off and running. After several weeks of preparation, the young Blue Devil legal eagles competed against Bay Shore and Massapequa at Suffolk Community College.

 Finley orchestra members are top notch. (Darin Reed and Rachel Learned photo.)
April 2, 2024

Finley Captures Awards at NYSSMA Festival

J. Taylor Finley Middle School students tallied “awesome” scores at the recent New York State School Music Association Festival. Among Finley’s 45 participating musicians, an eighth grade flute quartet and an eight grade saxophone quartet both received ratings of outstanding.

 Junior Division honorees in Huntington UFSD's National History Day initiative submitted exceptional projects
March 25, 2024

SEARCH & Finley Students Participate in National History Day

This year’s National History Day initiative in Huntington UFSD once again saw dozens of talented students from Woodhull Intermediate School, Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School joining their high school counterparts and submitting projects in a variety of contest categories.

 J. Taylor Finley Middle School opened in September 1965. (Darin Reed photo.)
March 22, 2024

Finley’s Eighth Grade Academic Program Profiled

J. Taylor Finley Middle School counseling and student support faculty members are striving to keep the parents of current seventh graders up to date with the program available to their child next year as an eighth graders. The PDF of a presentation covering the essentials and the processes of the of Finley’s academic program was recently made available to all parents through the Parent Square platform.

 The Finley drama club presents Into The Woods, Jr. on Friday and Saturday.
March 11, 2024

Finley Musical on Stage on Friday & Saturday

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School drama club will present “Into The Woods, Jr.” on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The cast and stage crew have been prepping for the production for weeks with final rehearsals set for this week before the curtain goes up.

 Finley robotics participated in the state championship
March 7, 2024

Finley Robotics Battles in State Championship

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School robotics team went toe-to-toe with New York’s best at the state championships and held its own, placing 15th overall in an incredibly distinguished field of 25 exceptional squads.

 Finley artists are participating in an exhibit at Flowerfield.
March 1, 2024

Finley Artists Exhibiting Work at Flowerfield

A large group of talented J. Taylor Finley Middle School students have had artwork chosen for exhibit at the 3rd Annual Middle & High School Student Artists Juried Show at The Atelier at Flowerfield in St. James.

 The vocalists that comprise Finley Voices are simply spectacular.
February 29, 2024

Finley Voices Entertains at School Board Meeting

The popular vocalist group Finley Voices entertained the crowd at Monday night’s Huntington School Board in the Adam Spector Auditorium at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School, performing for trustees, district officials and residents.

 Finley MathCounts team members with their navy blue shirts.
February 9, 2024

Finley MathCounts Team Loves a Challenge

J. Taylor Finley Middle School MathCounts team members love a really good challenge, especially one that’s mathematical. Coached by math teachers Denise Grodzicki and Abigail Simon, the group came together to form a very competitive squad.

 Finley Community Club members will be at the public library's station branch on Saturday, February 3 (2)
February 1, 2024

Huntington’s Sixth Grade Parent Night Offers Insight

The Huntington UFSD’s Sixth Grade Guidance Night in January offered parents valuable insight into the J. Taylor Finley Middle School academic and extracurricular programs.

 Finley Community Club members will be at the public library's station branch on Saturday, February 3 (2)
January 25, 2024

Finley Community Club to Offer Library Tech Support

Finley Community Club members will be in the teen room of the Huntington Public Library’s station branch on Saturday, February 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon volunteering as tech support assistants for parents and students.

 The Jefferson Memorial honors President Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence
November 16, 2023

Finley SDM Committee Sets School Based Team Goals

The J. Taylor Finley Yorker club is for seventh and eighth graders who have an interest in history and a desire to dig a little bit deeper into it.

 The Jefferson Memorial honors President Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence
October 26, 2023

Finley Yorker Club Welcomes New Members

The J. Taylor Finley Yorker club is for seventh and eighth graders who have an interest in history and a desire to dig a little bit deeper into it.

 Finley Community Club members recently worked on an interesting project.
October 25, 2023

Finley Community Club Embraces Oral History Project

J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s Community Club is off to a strong start to the 2023/24 school year with a burst of activity in September and October.

 Finley life skills program students with their popular new cart.
October 20, 2023

Finley Life Skills Students Create Popular Cart

Teacher Katie McCourt and her life skills class members at J. Taylor Finley Middle School are off to an exciting start to the 2023/24 school year. The group recently created a beverage and snack cart that is proving to be popular.

 Two new clubs are forming at Finley and Woodhull.
October 2, 2023

New Clubs Coming to Finley & Woodhull

Two new clubs are coming to J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Woodhull Intermediate School. Charters for the clubs have been created and they are in the process of being organized.

 Huntington School Board members have appointed faculty club advisors for four schools
September 12, 2023

Huntington UFSD Club Program Gets Underway

The new school year is only days old, but the after school club program at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School, Woodhull Intermediate School, J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School is stirring and quietly preparing to get underway.

 J. Taylor Finley Middle School's gorgeous auditorium
September 12, 2023

Exciting Year Anticipated at Finley Middle School

An exciting year is anticipated for J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s 650 seventh and eighth graders. There will be great classes, fun clubs and special activities and competitive sports teams along with teachers, advisors, support staff and coaches who are “all in” to make the school experience a memorable one for students.

Finley Middle School Important Information

About Finley Middle

Finley 7th graders


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.

Vital Roles

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.

Guidance through Critical Transitions

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.

Strong Foundational Skills

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 7th graders

Finley Leadership

Traci Roethel

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 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.

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

Kenneth Parhem

Kenneth Parham

Assistant Principal

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.

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.

Mr. Parham has coached the Bay Shore men’s varsity basketball team to numerous league titles and the Suffolk championship in 2004. He has been voted coach of the year many times. 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 basketball scholarship before eventually transferring to Dowling and finishing his playing career there.

Mr. Parham has also coached basketball at St. Anthony’s, Huntington and New York Institute of Technology.

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Finley Videos and Galleries

Into the Woods

Finley Drama Club's 'Into the Woods' Performance Video by Darin Reed

8th Grade Parent Night

8th Grade Parent Night Guidance Presentation Workshop

Battle of the Grades

Weeklong competition aimed at fostering school pride and teamwork among the different classes through a series of engaging challenges

Finley Galleries and Slideshows

Finley Middle School Events

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Moving Up Ceremony

June 14 2024

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Into the Woods

March 15 2024

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8th Grade Concert   

May 26 2023

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March 17 2023

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Finley Honors Concert

March 2023

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20 Greenlawn Road, Huntington, NY 11743

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