Board of Ed Honors Artists and Environmentalists

At last Thursday’s monthly Board of Education meeting, the first order of business was to celebrate the accomplishments of the East Islip students whose artwork appeared in the 2011-2012 district calendar. As a tribute to these students, who each received a certificate of achievement, East Islip Director of Art and Music Stephen Guarino prepared and presented a slideshow of the artwork in color, set to music. This PowerPoint presentation is available for viewing as attachment below. “The art staff was excited to have the opportunity to present this work to the community in a format that allowed viewers to experience the vibrancy, detail and color that black and white printing does not allow,” said Guarino. “Turn your sound on and enjoy the ‘museum walk.’”

Also recognized was Timber Point Elementary School’s “Recyclinators,” an eco-class of fifth-graders who are spearheading the school’s efforts to go green, and in this specific instance, to inaugurate a paper-recycling program. The students sought approval for the necessary recycling bin, and promised to raise funds for the $540 yearly carting fee. The Board agreed to the young environmentalists’ offer, and accepted their symbolic check.

The Board of Education also approved four field trips, a school media program contract with MSG Varsity and an amendment to the 2011-2012 school calendar. As a result of the latter action, East Islip schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Dec. 8, 2011.