The new year has brought an exciting new arts program to the East Islip School District. Changing on a weekly basis, “Artist of the Week” showcases the artistic spirit in East Islip’s schools.

“Due to the large volume of fine artwork students create throughout the year, we wanted to acknowledge their creativity through an Artist of the Week program at each school,” explained Art & Music Director Stephen Guarino. “The work will be displayed in the lobby throughout the week for students, staff and community members to see. Congratulations to all of our fine artists.”

Artists of the Week for Jan. 9, 2012 include fifth-grader Jolie Lenox of John F. Kennedy Elementary, kindergartner Alexandra Totillo of Ruth C. Kinney Elementary, and fifth-grader Julia Ryan of Timber Point Elementary. Connetquot Elementary School's Artists of the Week are fifth-grader Michael Vito Perrone, fourth-grader Eliza Channing, third-grader Nicole Piazza, second-grader Dominic Jordan, and first-grader Ruelin Man-Martinez. At East Islip Middle School, the Artists of the Week were sixth-grader Hazel Rodriguez, seventh-grader Walter Westoff and eighth-graders Ashley Karlin and Kristi Robson.