New Date for HS Freshman Orientation

The date for incoming ninth-grade orientation has been resecheduled to Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.

Writing Winners Recognized

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Two East Islip students and incoming freshmen at the high school – Thomas Allen and Shannon Carney – were recognized for their writing talents at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Allen was awarded honorable mention in the 2014 Letters About Literature writing competition by the Empire State Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Carney was a first-place winner of the annual AMVETS National Americanism Essay Contest. This year’s theme was “What the American Flag Means to Me.”

Both Allen and Carney were students last year of eighth-grade teacher Claire Voss, who was on hand to congratulate them along with East Islip Middle School Principal Mark Bernard and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, who presented the students with special certificates.

“It’s always a privilege for me to join in recognizing outstanding student accomplishments, and there’s no shortage of them in East Islip,” said Cilmi. “Congratulations to Thomas, Shannon, their parents, their teacher Ms. Voss and everyone at East Islip Schools on setting a standard of academic excellence which is simply inspirational.”

Cisco Certified in East Islip

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East Islip has offered the two-year Cisco Network Academy program for the past 13 years, readying students for both college and careers in the information technology field. Utilizing a Cisco lab that allows students to work on authentic Cisco equipment like routers and switches, more than 350 students have participated in the program, learning through real-world activities such as network design and troubleshooting, and accessing all class materials and exams through an online portal.

The course prepares several dozen students per year for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician exam. During the past school year, senior Dan Murphy passed the certification exam on his first attempt, becoming the first East Islip student to pass the CCENT exam before completing the class. CCENT certification is a benchmark for proficiency in the IT field. Murphy also placed 39th in the North American Cisco Netriders Competition against Cisco students in high school and college from across the U.S. and Canada.

East Islip’s Cisco Network Academy class is taught by Paul McHugh, who was recently designated by Cisco as an Advanced Level instructor, recognizing his status as one of the top 25 percent of instructors globally in crucial areas such as student performance, use of resources, attention to student needs, participation in online instructor communities and completion of professional development opportunities.

“Welcome Back” Info from the Superintendent

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

UPDATE ON IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS! (attachment below)

REMINDER: All elementary and middle school grade-level supply lists can be found on each school's homepage.  

2014-2015 NEW SCHOOL HOURS FOR STUDENTS:

East Islip High School
7:10 a.m. -1:47 p.m.                  
Grades 9-12

East Islip Middle School
7:54 a.m.-2:32 p.m.                  
Grades 6-8

John F. Kennedy Elementary School  
9:12 a.m.-3:12 p.m.
Grades 3-5

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School     
9:12 a.m.–3:12 p.m.
Grades 3-5

Connetquot Elementary        
9:42 a.m.-3:42 p.m.
Grades PK-2

Timber Point Elementary School         
9:42 a.m.-3:42 p.m.
Grades PK-2

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World Cup Walker Katharine Newhoff

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East Islip High School student and All-County race walking phenom Katharine Newhoff, 17, finished 41st overall in the 10K at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China. on May 4. With a time of 52:52, she was the first American junior athlete to cross the finish line.

“We are very proud of Kate, who worked long and hard to accomplish this,” said East Islip track coach Jim Marino, who noted that she was the first East Islip track athlete to ever participate in a World Cup event. As an 11th-grader, Newhoff had placed third in the 10K race walk at the World Cup trials in Whiting, N.J. on March 30, qualifying her as one of just three athletes to represent the United States in Taicang. Most impressive is the fact that while she has only been participating in race walking for two years. “They still call me a newbie,” she said.

“My experience at the World Cup was absolutely amazing,” said Newhoff, who praised the coaches and staff for their work ethic and leadership skills. “Team USA welcomed me in and made me feel like I was part of a family. All my teammates were incredible – I could not have asked for a better group of athletes to travel to China and share memories with. I now have friends from all over the world who I met while training or in the dining hall.”

Newhoff found the experience at the World Race Walking Cup – a biennial event featuring competitors from more than 50 countries – both educational and culturally enriching, particularly during the team’s local excursions in Taicang after workouts. “We explored a market, a main street and a very modern mall, and also visited a temple and park,” she said. “Because we were Team USA, many people wanted to take pictures with us and get our autographs. I hope I have many more opportunities like this in the future, because it was an unforgettable experience.”  

In addition to mentoring from race walk coach Brian Savickis, Newhoff attributes her success to family tradition, as elder siblings Jason, Josh, Rachel and Alex all participated in track at East Islip High School. Her father John was the driving force behind her adoption of race walking. “He recognized that I had the right physiology for the sport,” she explained.

Newhoff, a member of East Islip’s track and cross-country squads, ran a record-breaking race en route to winning the 1,500-meter race walk at the League III track championship meet at Suffolk Community College in January. She also participated in the IAAF World Junior Championships, held in July in Eugene, Ore., where her time of 51:40.42 in the 10,000 meter race walk earned her 32nd place. Her many supporters in the East Islip school community are certain the best is yet to come for this athletic shining star, who will be an incoming senior at East Islip High School in September.

Click here to view Newhoff at the World Junior Championships.

2014-2015 District Calendar

The 2014-2015 district calendar and directory is now available on the East Islip website, and can also be viewed below.

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Cooking Classes Get Chopped at MS

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Playing the roles of both assistant chefs as well as judges, sixth- and eighth-graders in East Islip Middle School’s home and career classes participated in a special cook-off with teachers Jackie Collins, Vivian Frosch, Carolyn Hummell, Christopher Robertson, Dani Shehada and Claire Voss. Also serving as guest chefs at this take-off of the Food Network’s “Chopped” competition series were the school’s two assistant principals, Christian Seifert and Jason Stanton.

“TV cooking shows can’t compete with our staff and students in the kitchen,” said teacher Rena Costello with a smile.

A Mid-Summer Message

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Districtwide Committees for 2014-2015

Our district embraces a shared decisionmaking approach which involves all constituencies, parents, staff and administrators in discussing matters that will have an impact on our students and our district, now and in the future. We encourage parents and community members to avail themselves of the opportunity to be selected to participate on the districtwide committees (see attached list) we established throughout the school year. If interested, please complete the application (attached below) to serve on such committees. The deadline for receipt of these applications will be Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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Summer Registration Schedule

For the summer registration schedule and registration information, please see the below attachment.

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Summer Schedules for Fall 2014 Sports

Click here for detailed information and summer schedules for East Islip varsity and JV fall 2014 sports, including dates for open workouts, tryouts and first practices as well as coaches' contact information. Orange cards are due in the high school nurse's office on Aug. 18.

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Middle School Sports Schedule for 2014-2015

See the below attachment for information on the 2014-2015 East Islip Middle School sports schedule.

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Monday, September 01, 2014