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“What EI Pride Means to Me...” Message from Superintendent Dolan


Girls Golfers Finish Second in League

Girls Golfers Finish Second in League

The high school’s varsity girls golf team, coached by Judith Fischer and captained by junior Sofia Ferrezza, finished the season with a terrific 8-2 record, earning them second place in League III and the fifth best record in the county. The team is busy preparing for the county competition, to be held on May 20-21 at Middle Island Country Club.

High Schoolers Take Trip of a Lifetime to Costa Rica

High Schoolers Take Trip of a Lifetime to Costa Rica

A trip of a lifetime became a reality recently for 29 high school students, who were given the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica accompanied by the school’s world language teachers.

The tour kicked off in the nation’s capital city of San José, where students visited the charming Sarchí village, an old artisan town in the Alajuela Province known for its oxcarts with handpainted wheels. The tour continued with a visit to Arenal Volcano National Park, where the high schoolers were able to hike on rainforest trails and observe wildlife and plant species. The hike also provided access to a closer view of the active volcano itself. The next day, the students went on a kayak excursion on Arenal Lake, followed by another hike to experience hanging bridges, where they saw wild boar, snakes, birds and monkeys. The day ended with a dip in a natural hot spring heated by the volcano.

The students next visited a local elementary school in the town of Monteverde, where they donated items that they brought from home – such as Frisbees, soccer balls, footballs, notebooks, markers, pens and pencils – and observed an actual English lesson. After learning about reforestation, the traveling students planted their own trees to support the land and provide homes for native animals. They also went hiking and ziplining in the cloud forest of Monteverde, and took a horseback ride in the mountains surrounding the forest.

The last segment of the trip was spent along the Pacific coastline, including surfing lessons and a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, where the students spent the afternoon swimming, relaxing and encountering sloths and friendly spider monkeys. The final night of their Costa Rican adventure was spent back in San José, concluding with a farewell dinner that featured a dance celebration and folklore show. 

“Our students agree that this was a trip of a lifetime, one that they will never forget,” said Spanish teacher Betty Muller. “They were able to appreciate the love that Costa Ricans have for their country. One cannot understand how beautiful this country is and why its people are so happy unless you visit it.”

Letter to Community - RCK Incident


Snow Day Memo



FTK Honors Frisina, Lopiccolo and Cilmi at 22nd Annual Gala

FTK Honors Frisina, Lopiccolo and Cilmi at 22nd annual Gala

The For the Kids Foundation held its 22nd annual Gala, themed “Sunset on the Bay,” on April 6 at Land's End in Sayville. For this year’s event, replete with the traditional raffles and fine dining, the honorees were Timber Point teacher Teresa Frisina and high school teacher Bridget Lopiccolo, both recognized as Educator Advocates of the Year, and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, recognized as Community Advocate of the Year.

The Gala serves as FTK’s primary fundraising event. Since its formation, the organization has donated well over $1 million for educational programs and resources to benefit East Islip’s students.

Budget and Bond Work Message


Four from EIHS Recite at Italian Poetry Contest

Four from EIHS Recite at Italian Poetry Contest
Four diligent Italian level 2 and 3 students from East Islip High School – Anthony Rossano, Emma Sasso, Anna Stauber and Gerson Tamayo – competed against more than 300 other students from across Nassau and Suffolk in the 34th annual American Association of Teachers of Italian Long Island Poetry Contest, held on April 12 at SUNY Old Westbury on April 12. It was East Islip’s first time competing in this event. The students were asked to memorize an Italian poem of 12-30 lines and recite it in front of a panel of judges.

Boys/Girls Lacrosse Playoff Brackets

Please see the attached for upcoming playoff brackets for boys and girls lacrosse.

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Learning About Lighting with Lennon

Learning About Lighting with Lennon

Photography classes at the high school recently participated in a lighting workshop with local photographer John Lennon. The students explored the properties of hard and soft light and how color and lighting can change mood in portraiture as well as still life photographs.

“John has volunteered his time and expertise on numerous occasions to the photography students of East Islip,” said art teacher Heather Toomey. “They always enjoy and learn so much from his knowledge.”   

“It was a wonderful experience to learn how to put lighting on someone’s face so they look good,” said Sabine Gebhard.

“Mr. Lennon was a great teacher and I learned so much about a subject that I wanted to explore,” said Jenna Donnelly.

“It’s always an exciting day when John Lennon visits our classes,” said art teacher Joy Taylor. “Getting to work alongside a professional photographer and use his high-end equipment is a great experience for the students. His advice about hard and soft lighting and the effects it has on portraits was really inspiring.”

Running Robotics the Right Way

Running Robotics the Right Way

Working in small groups of five or six, high school students enrolled in robotics courses recently conducted a multi-day in-house tournament utilizing robots which the students designed and built themselves from scratch.

After several months in robotics class, students within the course designed and created competition robots to play this year’s VEX EDR game Turning Point. The high schoolers were tasked with creating designs that were robust enough to withstand the competition and also capable of maximizing points within the game.

During the tournament, each team had the opportunity to play with and against all of the other robots in their class, culminating in the crowning of four class champions: Period 1, Robot No. 1 (designed by Hannah Bohlsen, Sophia Cicale, Chelsea Dodenhoff, and Sebastian Gebhard); Period 3, Robot No. 7 (designed by Joe Canas, William Carpluk, Aiden Lopera, Mitchell Meyers and Jason Stein); Period 5, Robot No. 10 (designed by Gabe Abruzo, Mike Baldino, Brendan Hughes and Nathan Willdigg); and Period 8, Robot No. 16 (designed by Sophia Bates, Anthony Carroll, Allison Farino, Arthur Martin and Steve Stassi).

The four class champion robots were then entered into a one-day mini tournament competing with and against each other. Each class had the chance to drive and compete with the class champion robots, providing a true test of the engineering prowess of the designs. In the end, Period 3, Robot No. 7 was crowned as tournament champion.

In addition to the class champion and tournament champion awards, alternate awards were given out in an effort to celebrate students for their group work as well as their individual efforts in helping out their teams.

Top Engineer awards were given to Kristen Bayreuther, Jacob DiPrima-Bien, Joe Fragala, Cody Knott and Brian Quinn in recognition of superior engineering skills and helping lead their robotics team.

Recognized as Team Award winners for the most professional design approach were Joe Bucci, Emre Destek, William Lopez-Riano, Neel Patel and Jordan Quillan for Period 5, Robot No. 11.

In recognition of designing and creating the most technologically advanced robot, Bayreuther, Anthony DiSanto, Brandon Gans, Tyler Herzog and Nick Illare won the Judges Award for Period 3, Robot No. 6.

“When I was asked to bring robotics back to the high school, I thought back to when I was involved in East Islip’s FIRST robotics program back in the early 2000s,” said technology teacher James Connell. “The program was excellent and at one point in time, nationally ranked. I always wanted to bring it back to East Islip and jumped at the opportunity when it was presented to me. Unlike FIRST robotics, which was an afterschool program where students designed and created only one robot that was shared by more than 50 students, I wanted to provide students with a more intimate and in-depth experience. Our current setup of running robotics as a course offered within the technology education department not only provides students with the option to do robotics during the day, but it also offers them the opportunity to work in smaller group sessions where they can take more ownership in their learning.”

Budget Vote and Board Election on May 21

The East Islip School District 2019 budget vote and board election will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. in the Early Childhood Center at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace.

The evening's Board of Education business meeting will begin at 9 p.m.

Meet the Candidate Video

View the video of the May 6 Meet the Candidate Night here.

Charles P. Kalinowski and Christopher Nicolia are running for the open seat currently held by Steven Behan, who is not running for reelection.


Girls Lax Teams Volunteer for Autism Fundraiser

Girls Lax Teams Volunteer for Autism Fundraiser

Student volunteers from the high school’s girls varsity and JV lacrosse teams ran a water station during the EJ Autism Foundation’s 13th annual four-mile Jigsaw Run/Walk for Autism in April. Proceeds from the event will support programs on Long Island that work with children diagnosed with autism.

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Spring Sports Award Night - June 12


Redmen Teams Hold 'Lax Out Cancer' Event

 Redmen Teams Hold 'Lax Out Cancer' Event

The high school’s boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams joined forces on April 29 to organize a special “Lax Out Cancer” event, selling shirts and raising more than $1,000 to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The project was spearheaded by senior girls player Melissa Sconone.

Montijo and Shaw Selected for Colors of LI

Montijo and Shaw Selected for Colors of LI
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High school students Jessica Montijo and Cammi Shaw were recently selected to have their work showcased in the 21st annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum.

Montijo is currently enrolled in Daniel Figliozzi’s Advanced Placement Studio Art class.

“The triptych that Jess contributed to Colors of Long Island beautifully captures Long Island’s wildlife and landscape,” said Figliozzi. “She is an amazing photographer and designer and is one of the most hardworking students I've ever worked with.”

“It was a great honor to have my photo displayed with amazing artwork from students across Long Island,” said Shaw. “I love being out in nature and capturing its beauty with my camera.”

“It’s such an amazing opportunity to have these two wonderful student-artists showcased at a professional museum,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “I am so proud of Cammi and Jessica. They are wonderful artists and deserve the honor of being exhibited at the Long Island Museum.”

JFK Celebrates Earth Day 2019

JFK Celebrates Earth Day 2019

In celebration of Earth Day 2019, JFK students, staff and community members gathered on April 18 to walk around the school fields. Each class made colorful and creative banners to foster awareness about the importance of respecting the earth and appreciating the environment.

Six fifth grade students – Emma Blandino, Emilia Cicale, Kylie Dickson, Aidan Godbout, Hanna Nilsen and Olivia Primiano – read their original poetry, which highlighted the responsibility to reduce, recycle and reuse, and the entire school performed a song directed by music teacher James Santoro. 

“Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 to recognize clean air, land and water,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “Every year, we take time to appreciate all that we have and the beautiful nature around us. It is also vital that we accept our obligation to conserve and protect our planet for generations to come.”

Mock Trial Team Makes Semifinals at Law Day Event

Mock Trial Team Makes Semifinals at Law Day Event
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The high school’s Mock Trial team finished as semifinalists in the annual Long Island Law Day tournament held at Northport High School. It was the fifth consecutive year that East Islip has brought home an award from this event.  East Islip was represented by freshmen Emily Blair and Grace Gerondel, sophomores Jacob Arens, Justin Martinez; Vince Papillo, Kaitlyn Rice and Kim Turtell; and senior Ashley Malcolm.

During the tournament, sponsored by Project PATCH and Touro Law Center, 16 teams from Nassau and Suffolk counties competed in one-on-one mini trials. For each round, students were given a one-page fact pattern and had 12 minutes to prepare to present an entire legal case, including opening and closing statements and witness examinations. East Islip competed in five rounds of trials, finally falling to Massapequa in the semis. 

“Long Island Law Day is an excellent way to exhibit student learning, because coaches may not help the students during the 12-minute reading and prep time or during the trial itself,” said coach Patsy Lester. “Team members must work together quickly and cooperatively to apply their knowledge of the law to the facts and make a convincing presentation to the judges. The outcome was particularly impressive since most of our students were underclassmen. I’m proud of the hard work the team put in. They totally trust and support one another and deserved this success.”

Meier Accepted to Naval Academy

Meyer Accepted to Naval Academy

High school senior Timothy Meier was recently accepted to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland this fall. The future Navy man, whose eventual career goal is mechanical engineering, went through a challenging application process, including obtaining recommendations from Congressman Pete King and Sen. Charles Schumer.

“My brother is in the Navy, where he went through medical school, so that got me interested,” said Meier. “I’ve been thinking about the Navy since middle school, and ever since then, it evolved into going to the Naval Academy.”

EI Earns 17 "Best in Show" Awards at LI Media Arts

EI Earns 18

A superb 17 of the high school’s students recently won “Best in Show” awards at the annual Long Island Media Arts Show at Five Towns College, including 15 art students (Niamh Amitrao, Max Calarco, Robert Camlet, Bella Carlozzi, Hailey Cooke, Julia Desiderio, Jenna Donnelly, Sabine Gebhard, Emma Jakits, Jake Kenny, Michael Laird, Anna Langman, Jessica Montijo, Leah Neville and Kerry Smith) and three video production and broadcast television students (Andrew Johnson and Stephanie Milito).

“This was my second year in a row receiving a ‘Best in Show’ award and it was such a valuable experience,” said Donnelly.

“It was a fun time and I learned a lot from the experience,” said Cooke.

“It was an honor to receive ‘Best in Show’ award for my photography,” said Smith.

“This year’s show was another great experience for the students,” said teacher Joy Taylor. “Presenting work for evaluation by professionals in the field can be daunting, and these students have both talent and courage. Congratulations to all of them!”

“I am so proud of all of the students that received ‘Best in Show’ awards,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “We even had students win more than one for their outstanding work in photography and computer graphics. These students had some of the strongest work at the show, and this event is such a wonderful opportunity and experience for them to get critiqued by professionals.”

Videos by East Islip students entered in the contest included “Costa Rica Vacation” by Chris Alessi, “Daydream” by Nick Conzo and “Dystopia” by Jenna Donnelly. The two “Best in Show” winners, the acute anxiety disorder film “Breathe” by Milito and social media horror short “Double Check” by Johnson. Were submitted to the First Exposure Film Festival and Milito’s video will be shown at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington in May.

“It was so rewarding being able to have all my work pay off by being awarded best in show,” said Johnson.

“Being able to showcase my work at Five Towns College was such a fun experience,” said Milito. “I’m thankful for being given the opportunity to portray such emotions over film.”

“Every year I am always very impressed by the quality of the videos our students produce for the Media Arts show,” said teacher James Connell. “A tremendous amount of hard work goes in to the planning, filming and editing of the videos, and it is done at a very high quality.”

HS Students Catch "My Fair Lady"

HS Students Catch

High school juniors and seniors visited the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center on April 3 to watch Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical production of “My Fair Lady,” featuring Tony-award winners Laura Benanti and Danny Burstein. The students also enjoyed seeing such famous New York City landmarks as the Lincoln Center fountain, the Metropolitan Opera House and the Julliard School of Music.

“Most of our students were familiar with the storyline since ‘Pygmalion,’ the George Bernard Shaw play which is the source material for the musical, is taught in ninth grade,” said English teacher Linda Leach. “It was exciting to realize that a key role, Mrs. Higgins, was played by Rosemary Harris, a 92-year-old Tony-award winning actress who performed with many distinguished actors including Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier and Peter O’Toole.”

Ruland Wins Allstate Activist Award

Ruland Wins Allstate Activist Award
High school student Maggie Ruland recently won the Allstate Safe Driving Activist Award at the Suffolk County High School Principals Association 2019 scholarship awards luncheon. She was congratulated by Principal Mark Bernard.

2019 Redmen Golf Outing


Letter to Community on Rumors


Chamber Honors March Students of the Month

Chamber Honors March Students of the Month

The East Islip Chamber of Commerce recently recognized two Timber Point students – first grader Gregory Cavalone and second grader Shawn Kelly – as March Students of the Month, chosen for their outstanding community service and participation in school activities.

Cavalone earned his award through participation in the 1,000 Book Project. He began the program in 2017 and had read more than 980 books as of March 2019. 

“That is extremely impressive,” said Principal Danielle Naccarato. 

Kelly was rewarded for his excellent character.

“Shawn is a highly responsible, respectful and humble young man,” said Naccarato. “He has a natural ability to work collaboratively with others and takes the time to listen and assist those in need. Shawn exemplifies the true qualities of a leader. Through his compassion, diligence and motivation, Shawn will continue to grow into an exceptional young man.”

HS Trio Earn Town Arts Awards

HS Trio Earn Town Arts Awards
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Three high school students were recognized at the Town of Islip’s Student Achievement Awards Night on April 16. Senior Victoria Keenan, nominated by Giavanna Ruggiero, won in the Performing Arts category, while senior Jenna Donnelly and junior Haile Cornell, both nominated by Heather Toomey, won in the Fine Arts category.

SADD Throws Retro Fashion Show

SADD Throws Retro Fashion Show

More than 50 models – including students, teachers and family members – dressed up retro for the “Red Carpet Through the Decades” theme hit the runway at this year’s SADD/PTSA Fashion Show at the high school. The March 14 event raised more than $2,500 from local businesses and staff for all of the programs that SADD coordinates. BluRayne Bridal in Commack and RSVP Tux in Bay Shore donated formal wear for the event, while alumnus and local professional DJ Joey Kissel provided the tunes.

“This community event has many purposes,” said SADD adviser Bridget Lopiccolo. “It is a fundraiser for SADD and a way for students to have fun while also highlighting the mission of SADD and a way for the PTSA to throw a wonderful event for all of our students.”

Board of Ed Recognizes County Champion Bowlers

Board of Ed Recognizes County Champion Bowlers
Board of Ed Recognizes County Champion Bowlers
Board of Ed Recognizes County Champion Bowlers
The high school’s 2019 county champion boys and girls varsity bowling teams were recognized at the Board of Education’s April 17 business meeting. The student-athletes, boys coach Judith Fischer and girls coach Harold Cooley were all congratulated by Superintendent John Dolan, Board of Education President Christopher Zachry and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

East Islip Sends 57 Musicians to SCMEA All-County Concerts

East Islip Sends 57 Musicians to SCMEA All-County Concerts

Recognized by the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association for their skill and diligence, 57 exceptional elementary, middle and high school students from East Islip were selected for this spring’s All-County Concerts.

John F. Kennedy Elementary School musicians chosen were Keira Bloch, Angelina Codispoti, Jayden Dell’Isola, Heather Heffernan, Justin Manfredi and Olivia Primiano.

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School musicians chosen were Mya Dandona, Krista Deutsch, Alexandra DeVita, Zeynep Oztas, and Matthew Pasfield.

East Islip Middle School musicians chosen were Erin Ackerman, Ryan Buchan, Daniel Carroll, Stephen Coleman, Joseph Cruz, Rachel Furey, Kiersten Galli, Tristan Hearth, Lauren Holmes, Brendan Kearney, James Kelly, Stephen Law, Samuel Martinez, Natalia Mendolia, Melissa Mirabelli, Jada Poindexter, Olivia Quintero, Ryan Renganeschi, Ella Tantillo, Keira Tantillo, James Terhune, Aidan Thompson, Marissa Triolo, Brianna Tucci, Brooke Tursi, Nicholas Wodicka and Brandon Zane.

East Islip High School musicians chosen were Jacob Arens, Ryan Auffant, Robert Finn, Joseph Graziano, Kelli Karlin, Mia Lembo, Jillian Lopez, Michelle Mirabelli, Chiara Mosca, Vince Papillo, Olivia Pause, Olivia Pena, Joy Petersen, Kaitlyn Rice, Emily Rottkamp, Samantha Seibert, Marie Tohill and Shannon Wodicka.

Winter Athletes Honored at HS

Winter Athletes Honored at HS

The high school held its winter sports awards on March 26, honoring the outstanding efforts on its varsity athletes. The ceremony included recognition of the varsity boys basketball, girls basketball, boys bowling, girls bowling, cheerleading, boys swimming, boys winter track, girls winter track and wrestling teams.

“It was a pleasure honoring several students for not only their accolades on the field but also in the classroom,” said Athletic Director Stephen Restivo. “It is very impressive to see how our students balance their time on and off the field.”

Middle School Art Spotlight


This video feature takes an in-depth look at the middle school's art program and the work of our student-artists. Look for a future video on the elementary art program at the end of the school year.

‘Miss Saigon’ Draws Standing Ovations

‘Miss Saigon’ Draws Standing Ovations

Record-breaking numbers of tickets were sold for this year's high school musical, “Miss Saigon,” directed by Bethany Affelt and performed on March 28, 29 and 30 at Rydzeski Hall. Set during the Vietnam conflict, the Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil creation was nominated for an impressive number of Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk awards.

East Islip’s dedicated stage crew worked tirelessly to build and maneuver a stunning set that incorporated multiple staircases, two-story buildings and a giant “Lady Liberty” crown, and the school’s pit orchestra musicians played continuously throughout, as the production featured no spoken dialogue.

The talented cast included Tori Tiernan as Kim, Luke Ferrari as Chris, Kieran Tohill as the Engineer, Andrew Timmins as John, Karina Gallagher as Ellen, Kevin Coles as Thuy and Alex Bertolini as Gigi.

“We are incredibly proud of this year’s production,” said Affelt. “The talent featured on stage was of Broadway caliber and the audience was brought to tears by the leading actors’ beautifully emotive performances. The students and advisers all worked so hard on this extremely challenging production, and their efforts were acknowledged each night by an instantaneous standing ovation as soon as the stage lights were brought up for the curtain call.”


RCK Enjoys Two Weeks of March Mathness

RCK Enjoys Two Weeks of March Mathness
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The entire student body at RCK gathered in the gym as teacher Robert Chiarelli launched the school’s fourth year of March Mathness. Teachers shot baskets as students skip-counted while the band played classic stadium anthems. For the following two weeks, students competed – both in and out of school – on IXL’s web-based math platform, working on algebra, geometry, numbers and operations.

MS Math League Competes in Challenging Tournament

MS Math League Competes in Challenging Tournament

Five students in the middle school’s Math League – Muhammad Abdullah, Rachel Furey, Krina Patel, Khushnood Rahim and Marisa Triolo – participated in a math tournament at North Shore Middle School in Glen Cove on April 5, competing in a series of STEM challenges as well as team and individual math contests. They worked with each other and were also split up into teams consisting of students from different Long Island schools. Rahim’s team won first place out of the 210 students involved.

“This was the first time the Math League participated in an event like this, so it was an exciting afternoon for the students,” said teacher Alyssa Tripi. “The questions they were given were incredibly challenging and we are very proud of the effort and diligence they put into this tournament.”

Sophomore Smalley Wins HOBY Award

Sophomore Smalley Wins HOBY Award
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High school sophomore Hannah Smalley has won the 2018-2019 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award, recognizing her outstanding leadership and community service. She will represent East Islip at this year’s three-day HOBY New York Metro Leadership Seminar conference, held from June 7-9 at Adelphi University in Garden City.

Smalley earned the award based on her entry in the school’s annual 300-word essay contest, which asks 10th graders to talk about leadership in their school or community. Her essay discussed her surgery and her work to help other children deal with injuries.

“It’s a huge honor and a big thing for me to be chosen,” said Smalley. “Not many schools offer this and few students get a chance to do it.”

Lions Club of the Islips representative Eugene Petraitis of the Lions Club, which sponsors East Islip’s HOBY winner each year, personally congratulated Smalley at the school and presented her with a check to cover the seminar’s expenses.

Founded in 1958 by civic-minded actor Hugh O’Brian, HOBY’s mission is to inspire a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Programs like the Adelphi seminar provide selected students with unique leadership training and motivation-building experiences.

UPK Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

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Girls Golfers Start Strong

Girls Golfers Start Strong
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Led by captain Sofia Ferrezza, the high school’s varsity girls golf team spent the month of March working to get into shape for the start of matches. They won their April 4 opener against Islip High School by an impressive 9-0 score.

“We have a very competitive team this year,” said coach Judith Fischer. “I expect we will have a successful season and hope to qualify for the county tournament for the 13th year in a row.”

Showcasing STEAM at East Islip

Showcasing STEAM at East Islip

More than 350 community members participated in the district’s second annual STEAM/Robotics Festival, held at the high school on March 27. The exciting evening event, open to all students from kindergartners through seniors, featured diverse science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics activities and showcased the district’s current STEAM and robotics programs.

Student groups taking part included the high school and middle school STEM Clubs, the high school’s Chess Club, and science fair winners from JFK and RCK. Also in attendance were members of the East Islip Chamber of Commerce, representatives from East Islip Public Library, Solar Dad and Sons, Long Island University, Good Samaritan Hospital and Northwell Health, and numerous vendors and business organizations.

“This event was created to show students of all ages that STEAM is where they should begin to start looking for their future careers,” said East Islip Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer, who co-coordinated the festival with teacher Genesis Dawson. “This field is in dire need of workers and schools need to start promoting these programs and educating our students about the importance of STEAM and all the skills that they need to develop and learn in order to be successful in their future endeavors. We are also trying to encourage our students to get their education and continue to stay on Long Island and raise their families here.”

Grim Reaper Strikes for Change

Grim Reaper Strikes for Change

Guided by Students Against Destructive Decisions club adviser Bridget Lopiccolo, the high school’s Grim Reaper – a SADD student volunteering for this somber task – “struck” 16 fellow students on March 28. The annual Ghost-Out Day remains the signature event in the club’s year-long substance abuse awareness campaign.

As a gong sounded every 20 minutes throughout the school day and Lopiccolo read police call transcripts about teens being killed as a result of drugs or alcohol, the Reaper chose its “victims,” who then wore black T-shirts and remained silent for the remainder of the day to represent the numerous lives affected by substance abuse. 

“Our SADD club is making a difference and wants high school students to know this is preventable,” said Lopiccolo. “Overdose doesn’t have to be the No. 1 killer of people under the age of 50. We can stop it. Just don’t start using drugs or alcohol. Be the generation of change and change this statistic.”

Basketball Buffs Score at Sharp Shooter

Basketball Buffs Score at Sharp Shooter
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Basketball buffs from fourth- and fifth-grade classes at JFK and RCK competed at the school level for the 33rd annual Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Contest.

Sponsored since 1993 by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Islip Elks, the Sharp Shooter “Just Say No to Drugs” program offers local students the challenge of scoring as many baskets as possible in one minute, improving their skills in basketball while providing an alternative to drug abuse.

Earning first place for JFK at the school level were fourth-graders Olivia Shaw and Lucas Trager, and fifth-graders Kiera Bloch and Ian Frey. JFK’s second-place finishers were fourth-graders Avery Bowden and Evan Gordon, and fifth-graders Chloe Garatina and Jake Nieves.

Earning first place for RCK at the school level were fourth-graders Kevin Deflippis and Alexis Kneisel, and fifth-graders Iyana Carpenter and Blake Gilchrist. RCK’s other finishers included fourth-graders Kayla Penny and Syiel Tunstall and fifth-graders Devin Franklin, Brianna Martin and Grace Micali in second place, and fourth-graders Brea Oquendo, Carman Ortiz and Liliana Pasha and fifth-grader Jack Connors in third place.

Each school’s four first-place winners moved on to participate in the townwide contest’s final round, held on March 2 at East Islip High School.

Celebrating Knowledge of Social Studies at JFK

Celebrating Knowledge of Social Sudies at JFK

Fifth-graders at JFK proudly shared their knowledge of the Western Hemisphere at the school’s Social Studies and Art Fair on March 25. The well-attended event celebrated what they have learned in social studies over the past year, showcasing creative student artwork and 150 different projects that represented the United States, Canada and Latin American countries, indigenous people in this region of the world and famous people in history.

“Our students engaged in meaningful conversations with parents and friends about the research they did and the information they gained,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “Conversations on the geography, economics, governments and cultural diversity of the regions were heard throughout the gym and cafeteria where the projects were displayed.”

DellOrto to Play Softball for Ithaca

DellOrto to Play Softball for Ithaca
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High school senior Allison DellOrto signed a national letter of intent on March 29 to play softball this fall for Ithaca College, where she plans to major in health science. During her East Islip career, the stellar shortstop earned All-State, All-Long Island, All-County, NFCA Regional All-American and NFCA Academic All-American honors.

“It was a combination of feeling at home there, and Ithaca’s good softball and academic programs,” DellOrto said of her choice.

Snow Day Memo


RCK Selects Science Fair Winners

RCK Selects Superb Science Fair Winners

Young scientists at RCK put on their thinking caps to concoct an exciting array of projects for the school’s annual fourth-grade science fair. Charlotte Galli was the winner for her project “My Dog Ate My Homework.” Jacob Crowell was the runner-up for his work on “Fortnite Brain Rot,” while Kate Habel (“Is Your Dog’s Mouth Cleaner than Yours?” and Juliana Schmidt (“Are Your Hands Clean?”) earned honorable mention.

Galli will represent RCK at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair Competition, held on May 4 at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.

Message from Superintendent on Summer School

Dear EI Parents/Guardians/Students:

Due to the extensive roofing project taking place at the high school and middle school, we will not be hosting summer school this summer. At this time, I would like to appeal to all our students to make a concerted effort to do their school work to the best of their ability. In my 33 years of education, I have never seen a child fail a class who did not do the following:
✓ Come to class every day prepared to work.
✓ Give their best effort every day in class.
✓ Complete all assignments to the best of their ability.
✓ If they missed class, they are consciousness and make up the missed work.
✓ When grades are not passing grades, they seek out their teachers, go to extra help and have a conversation with their teachers on what they need to do to be successful in class.

I am appealing to all students to simply treat their classes the way we want them to treat their jobs when they go out into the world: to be on time, be prepared, give their best effort and when things are not going well to look in the mirror and seek advice so they can succeed.

The previous statement applies to local course work. Passing the New York State Regents Examinations is not an option and may present other hurdles. A child who passes classes and not the Regents Examinations will be given support, so they can take the regents in August and be successful.

My hope for every East Islip student is to be successful from September to June and be free to enjoy the beautiful summers that Long Island provides. If we all work together and encourage our young people, we could eliminate the need for summer school and those resources could be used in other areas.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

John V. Dolan
Superintendent of Schools

Connetquot’s Birthday Boxes Bring Happiness

Connetquot’s Birthday Boxes Bring Happiness

For the third consecutive year, Connetquot participated in bringing birthday parties to homeless children through the Birthday Wishes organization. Classes made birthday boxes containing everything needed for a great birthday celebration, while students brought in items such as balloons, plates, party hats and streamers.

Rylie Meyer, a second-grader in Melissa Love’s class said, "The kids who get the boxes will be so happy.”

Celebrating the Love of Languages at the HS

Celebrating the Love of Languages at the HS

National Foreign Language Week was celebrated in the high school’s library from March 4-8, bringing a diversity of cultures to the forefront, including American Sign Language. For ASL Day, advanced students signed popular songs, taught vocabulary and the alphabet as well as other survival signs, and played fun, interactive games to spread deaf awareness. On a day for Italian culture, students danced the Neapolitan tarantella.

In Dr. Janet Hiller’s annual Foreign Language Week poster contest, Olivia Zhang took first place, Shannon Wodicka came in second and Olivia Pena in third, with Christian Guiliano earning honorable mention. Hiller, the district’s retired world language chairperson, provided the winners with Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Four high schoolers were also honored as World Language Students of the Month, representing each of the four languages taught by the World Language Department: George Ayoub for American Sign Language, Markus Higgins for French, Gianna Armstrong for Italian and Victoria Keenan for Spanish.


Saying Something Important at the MS

Saying Something Important at the MS

To emphasize the East Islip school community’s commitment to supporting the Sandy Hook Promise movement to save lives and protect all students from harm, eighth-graders Kaylee Norton and Marisa Triolo recently read important morning announcements each day at the middle school during Say Something Week. Like many other participating students, the pair wore green in support of the cause. Norton and Triolo told their classmates, “If you see something, say something,” and urged them, “be an upstander not a bystander.”

“This was a very important week that sent a very important message,” said Triolo. “Sandy Hook made many people sad for the lives lost, but it also made others scared, wondering if their school was next. Little did everyone know things like Sandy Hook can be prevented by saying something when you see something. If you see something that could be concerning, you should tell a trusted adult. If you tell a trusted adult, they might be able to do something to help someone or prevent something. If you see a warning sign, you especially need to tell a trusted adult. Say Something Week was very powerful.”

Gebhard & Stephen Chosen for NYSATA

Gebhard and Stephen Chosen for NYSATA
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Gebhard and Stephen Chosen for NYSATA 3

Artwork by seniors Sabine Gebhard and Cassidy Stephen was recently showcased at the New York State Art Teacher's Association exhibition, held at the 99th annual NYSSBA Conference at the Sheraton NY Times Square.

“It was very nice to have my artwork exhibited,” said Gebhard. “I worked really hard on my digital painting in electronic illustration class.”

“I am so proud of Cassidy and Sabine,” said art teacher Heather Toomey. “They were two of the top students in electronic iIllustration when I had them last year, and it was an honor to have their work exhibited.”

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