Do you know these 1969 Graduates of Patchogue-Medford High School?
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In 1969,

*In spite of peace talks, U.S. forces in Vietnam peaked at 543,400 in April.
*Withdrawal from Vietnam began in July.
*U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.
*The first Woodstock Festival drew 500,000-plus people to small New York town.
*Anti-war demonstrations, centered on college campuses, swept the nation.
*250,000 marched on Washington to protest the Vietnam conflict.
*The Stonewall Riot in New York City marked the start of gay rights movement.
*Colonel Gaddafi became the Libyan leader.
*The first trial flights of the Concorde, the Anglo-French supersonic airliner, took place.
*The great Class of ’69 graduated from Patchogue High School, among them young adults who in 2002 would be teaching in the school district from which they graduated.

Doris Brennan(lower-right) teaches today in the English Department of Patchogue-Medford High School. Her most vivid memories of the class of 1969 include the Thanksgiving football classic, Clash Day, Friday night football and school dances. She also recalls filling out index cards to win a radio contest. Most memorable: "The School spirit we had as a class." Doris cites Dominic Dalfonso as her most outstanding teacher. "The mental challenge was like a gauntlet he threw and I was determined to pick it up." The most exciting moment of her teaching career took place when she sat in the classroom for the first time, looking at 30 empty desks and trying to believe that they would soon be filled with her students. "I was the teacher. It still amazes me sometimes," says Miss Brennan. Her advice to the Class of 2003 is "Enjoy school and get as much out of it as you can. The world is full of opportunities. Be prepared to take advantage of them." Her commentary on the class of 1969: The Class of ’69 still rules!

Joe Daniello(upper-left) teaches High School Technology. He cites the traditional Thanksgiving Day Football Game as his most vivid memory, recalling that the whole community was involved. Joe also remembers the turbulent times of the sixties. George Ulrich was Joe’s most outstanding teacher: "He was a big influence in my life." The most exciting moments of Joe Daniello’s teaching career are the talks with students he has had in class, after they have grown up and become adults. His advice to the Class of 2003: Take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you.

Lynne Benincasa Marchiano(center) now teaches grade 6 at Saxton Middle School. Her most vivid memory as a member of the class of 1969 was receiving an acceptance letter from Central Connecticut State College: "Not only was it the school of my choice, but I knew how proud it would make my parents. To this day, I bring flowers to my folks at the end of every school year as a thank you for the education they struggled to provide me." Mr. Dan Visconti was the most memorable of Lynne’s teachers. "Dan Visconti not only taught me Chemistry but something about myself. I learned that I do the most when the most is expected of me. Over the years I have emulated his spirit in my relationship with my students." The most memorable moment of her teaching career was her fifteen minutes of fame, appearing as an appointed member of the Brookhaven Youth Board on cable. She appeared on PM On the Air, with Henry Read, Jackie Gannon, Maureen Fillipone and Dee Cutter. Mrs. Marchiano’s advice to the Class of 2003: Consider teaching as a career! After all is said and done, it’s the one profession that keeps civilization improving from one generation to the next Lynne would like everyone to know that she is proud of her association with the Patchogue-Medford family, as a citizen, a student and a teacher.

Robin Botwinick(left-center) is today Robin Maynard, teaching Science at Oregon Middle School. Her most vivid memory is seeing her name as Class Essayist in the Long Island Advance. Dan Visconti , her high school Chemistry teacher, was truly outstanding, particularly his Rat Patrol- --the only time she had detention in school. "His classes carried me through College Chemistry." The most memorable moment of Robin’s teaching career was meeting a former student who was difficult in class and was troubled. "I used to tell him that Jr. High School has nothing to do with the rest of your life. He told me he is a dentist!" Mrs. Maynard’s advice to the Class of 2003: Don’t compromise. Set goals personally and professionally.

Kathleen Krawiecki(bottom-left) graduated as Kathleen Colbert. She currently teaches math at Oregon Middle School. Kathy remembers her senior trip, an overnight train ride to Bridgehampton, with food and a band on board. Rain forced an early return home, canceling outdoor activities. Kathy reflects, "How boring this must seem, compared with today’s trips." There were two teachers whom she recalls as outstanding: Len Bresler and Dick Caliendo. "They were intelligent, funny, compassionate and great teachers! I’ll always remember their introducing circles as pizzas." The most exciting moment of Kathy’s career was the first year that she taught accelerated math and every student scored an A on the Regents exam. Mrs. Krawiecki’s advice to the Class of 2003: Choose a career that you love. It makes working for the next thirty years a much more pleasurable experience. Her observation about her experience at Patchogue-Medford: "I received an excellent education in the Patchogue-Medford District."

Linda Martino Schaefer(center-right) currently teaches third grade at Bay Elementary School. She recalls, "Our high school was Saxton. We had a great senior courtyard." She remembers high school football games at night and Turkey Day with Port Jeff. (Football games). Among her vivid memories are being in the senior play, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, working on the yearbook, drawing and setting up pictures of her friends, dances in the gym, Lucy in the Sky Yearbook Moments to Remember and, as head of the senior float, Linda’s Winning Easter Eggs. Linda recalls a few outstanding teachers: Mr. Donald Devereaux, Mr. Paul Casper, Mr. Chuck Greiner, Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Henry Schwab. The most exciting moments of her teaching career were "when I taught first grade and the children learned to read! When I hatched ducklings and saw how the children just loved the experience." Mrs. Schaefer’s advice to the Class of 2003 is Make sure you do what you really want to do don’t let anyone change your mind. Linda loved her education in Pat-med, attending River Ave Elementary School, Oregon Jr. H.S. and Saxton High School; she loved growing up in Patchogue and she married her high school sweetheart, Gary Schaefer (Class of 1968).

Charles Hamm(top-right) teaches Social Studies at Saxton Middle School. Chick remembers a time capsule that was to be buried in the courtyard, but no one now knows anything about it. He also recalls a single huge computer at Saxton. His favorite teacher was Tony Conetta. "He just had the ability to explain math in a way I found easy." An exciting moment in Chick’s teaching career was receiving the NYS Union Lifesaving Award. Mr. Hamm explains, "It is hard to express teaching excitement in moments. I feel great that 99% of students I see enjoyed my class. I have also had many students who have told me I’ve affected their lives in a profound way." Advice to the Class of 2003: Choose a field you hope you will enjoy! Chick’s final observation: 1969 had a great group from Patchogue-Medford.

Paula Lindsay(top-center) is Dean at the high school and a member of the physical education department. She will always remember the great football rivalry every Thanksgiving with Port Jefferson. "There was our Homecoming Bonfire at Sandspit Beach the night before and the parade of cars along 112 if we played away. The student body, teachers, parents and community really came together. About most memorable teachers," Paula said, "Jeri Clendennen and Mary Ryan steered me in the right direction. They got me involved as much as they could. There were no girl’s athletics in 1969." Dominic Dalfonso inspired her to read, write and think and was probably the one teacher whose class helped her the most in college and in life. The most exciting moment of Paula’s teaching career was probably her first day when, instead of a student, she was now a colleague with these wonderful teachers. Her advice to the Class of 2003: Choose a career that will make you happy. Miss Lindsay observes, "I have been very lucky to work with wonderful people. Patchogue-Medford has been very good to me and I have enjoyed every aspect of my career."

‘Way to Go, Class of ’69!

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