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William Floyd “Bill” Ploetz

William Floyd “Bill” Ploetz, 89, of Gonzales, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022. Bill was born August 26, 1932 in Geronimo, Texas to John H. and Thula Cowan Ploetz. He married Gracie Carolyn Mayfield on August 27, 1955 in San Antonio. Bill was a member of the Gonzales First United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Gonzales Elks Club, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association. He had served on the GISD Board of Directors and had been a member of the Lions Club.
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Two William Floyd pitchers toss no-hitters on the same day

Starting pitchers for William Floyd’s varsity and junior varsity baseball teams tossed no-hitters on the same day this week against Central Islip teams. The varsity squad’s Justin Backhaus allowed just two walks Monday in the Colonials 16-0 home win over Central Islip. Andrew Winter — an eighth-grader playing for the JV team — fired nine strikeouts, while allowing one walk and one hit by pitch in William Floyd’s 14-0 victory in Central Islip.

Way to Go! William Floyd student making mark in music

A William Floyd High School student who is legally blind has hit high notes in the field of music. Kellie Tang, a senior at the Mastic Beach school, was recently one of 12 students selected out of nearly 100 applicants to perform in a piano showcase during the New York State School Music Association's All-State Festival in upstate Rochester. To be eligible, students must obtain a perfect score performing a memorized solo in Level 6 of a NYSSMA solo festival.

William Floyd boys varsity track outpaces the competition

The William Floyd High School boys varsity track team under the leadership of head coach Ed Noll recently competed in the League I Championships at the Suffolk County Community College Brentwood Campus and had several athletes secure league titles in their respective events. William Floyd High School senior Eddy Vu...

William Floyd freshman places 12th at U.S. cross country nationals in San Diego

William Floyd freshman Zariel Macchia finished 12th in the Eastbay National Cross Country Championships in San Diego Saturday. The Shirley resident earned All America honors and was the highest placing freshman in the prestigious race that showcased the very best high school cross country competitors from across the nation. Oklahoma...

William Floyd freshman qualifies for national cross country championship in San Diego

Back in sixth grade, beating her mom in a race was the priority. Just three years later, William Floyd freshman Zariel Macchia is looking to beat an entire nation of runners. The highly accomplished cross country runner is set to compete Dec. 11 in the Eastbay National Cross Country Championships in San Diego. The competition matches the best high school cross country athletes from across the country.

William Floyd trustee to lead Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association

Robert Vecchio, president and longtime trustee of the William Floyd school board, will be moving into the executive director's job at the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, where he will represent more than 100 districts on issues of educational policy. Vecchio will take the regional post on June 30, succeeding Lorraine...

Extra security at William Floyd high school after social media threat

William Floyd High School officials were taking extra precautions to check students for weapons with metal detectors Thursday following unspecified social media rumors about the school. Suffolk County police said officers were stationed at the high school throughout the day in response to the social media posts "concerning a potential...

Mastic Beach: William Floyd chemistry teacher sharing his expertise with the world

A chemistry teacher at William Floyd High School co-authored an article featured in the Journal of Science Teacher Education. Martin Palermo’s article, “Physics Teacher Retention, Migration, and Attrition,” examines physics teacher turnover in high schools. It marks the fourth time that Palermo has published an article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal over the past three years.

William Floyd school board president resigns to accept regional position

William Floyd school board President Robert Vecchio announced tonight that he is stepping down as trustee and president of the district’s Board of Eduction. Vecchio, whose resignation is effective Dec. 31, 2021, has accepted a position as the next executive director of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. It’s a role in which he will continue his advocacy for William Floyd and more than 100 other member school districts, the district said in a statement.

Here’s where 20 student-athlete graduates from William Floyd in Mastic Beach will play in college

Twenty student-athletes who graduated today from William Floyd High School are set to compete at the collegiate level. The athletes, along with family members, friends and coaches, gathered recently near the school district’s new multi-purpose Lincoln Avenue Turf Field for a signing day ceremony and to celebrate the athletes’ accomplishments.

William Floyd set to host in-person, mask-optional graduation ceremonies

William Floyd schools announced last night that the district will celebrate its Class of 2021 with a traditional commencement on the weekend of June 26-27. The celebration will be spread out over four ceremonies – two on Saturday, June 26, and two on Sunday, June 27. Graduates who had been scheduled for curbside commencement on Saturday will still attend the a ceremony on Saturday, and those scheduled for Sunday will now attend on Sunday.