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Message from Superintendent on Budget/Bond Vote

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Budget Presentation No. 3

Budget Presentation No. 3

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Capital Improvement Bond Information

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Budget Presentation No. 2

Budget Presentation No. 2

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Community Collaborates on VetVan Project

Community Collaborates on VetVan Project

Over the course of several months, all six schools in the district collaborated with the East Islip Teachers’ Association and East Islip School-Business Partnership in raising more than $2,000 to help the VetVan project. Student representatives Meagan Diaz, Grace Micali, Miranda Stockton and Sean Togher attended the March 27 meeting of the East Islip Community Chamber at the American Legion Hall to present the funds to the veterans of the East Islip American Legion and thank them for their service.

The VetVan program was pioneered by the East Islip High School Career Development Program and local business Lee’s Auto Body, who are donating a van to the East Islip American Legion to be utilized by any local veteran who needs a ride to the doctor, shopping, a parade. The monies donated from the school community for the VetVan project will be used to provide insurance coverage for the van. Streaming Steve’s Auto of East Islip offered to maintain the van with oil changes and general maintenance for its lifespan, after the veterans receive it. Through the school’s CORE work-based learning program, two East Islip High School students, Adonees Akl and Timothy Carberry, were given an opportunity to spend six months working on reconditioning the van at Lee’s Auto Body guided by Lee’s owner and Community Chamber President Gary Teich.

“While these two young men have learned many great skills in the automotive field, they are also learning the valuable skill of helping others,” said teacher Bridget Lopiccolo. “With the help of the community and school pulling together to support such a worthwhile cause, veterans will be able to get what they deserve – to be supported because of their selfless service.”

Letter to Community on Bond Vote

Letter to Community on Bond Vote
Dear Parents, Staff and Residents:

Happy Spring!

As we move closer to the vote that will shape the future of East Islip's schools, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the tour dates that are still available. I strongly urge everyone to come take a walk through our schools and go online and view the videos that show the conditions of our schools.

It has been my pleasure to walk through the buildings with many community members. I gain valuable insight into the community, and it becomes obvious to me, with the people’s reactions, that we need to encourage everyone to see the conditions of our bathrooms, locker rooms, roofs and electrical systems. As adults, we encourage and implore our children and students to think and gather information before they make decisions. As adults, we are teaching our children to see something, say something. Our buildings are in need of renovations; just like your homes, we are looking at roofs, bathrooms and electrical systems and the outside of our buildings and fields.

As your superintendent, I’m asking you all to invite your friends and neighbors to take a tour, view the videos, come to public forums and meetings, and make an informed decision. Please encourage those who have not been in the schools for the last 10 years to come and see, so they too can make the most informed decision they can make when they come to pull the lever in May.

My dream is to have 10,000 people take these tours and 10,000 people come out and vote. Please grab a friend or neighbor who hasn’t seen our schools and bring them to a tour.

Let’s pull together to make the best decision for East Islip for the next 20 years.

Sincerely,

John V. Dolan
Superintendent of Schools

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Grippi Signs with Mount Saint Mary

Grippi Signs with Mount Saint Mary

High school senior athlete Lauren Grippi signed a national letter of intent on April 18 to play soccer for Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh this fall.

“It was good for distance, for soccer and for academics,” said Grippi of her choice of Mount Saint Mary and its Knights program.

Grippi, a left midfielder, served as captain of East Islip’s varsity team this year. A member of the school’s Medical Career Academy and Girls Leaders Club, she also played for the East Islip Red Storm travel team and engaged in extensive volunteering work.

Budget Vote, Bond Vote and Board Election on May 15

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The East Islip School District 2018 budget vote, capital improvement bond vote and board election will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 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 8:30 p.m. following an 8 p.m. executive meeting.

Lincoln Driven to Give on May 5

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EI Perseveres to Present ‘Mystery of Edwin Drood’

EI Perseveres to Present ‘Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Persevering despite the opening night’s rescheduling due to snow, the high school’s annual musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” was presented on March 23, 24 and 25. Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name, “Drood” is a comedic, interactive murder mystery that allows the audience to take part in the action as detectives. Dickens died in 1870 before he was able to reveal the culprit, but the award-winning 1985 Rupert Holmes adaptation solves the predicament by asking the audience to vote on the identity of the murderer and other characters.

The East Islip cast included Kyle Westgate-Addessi (The Chairman), Andrew Timmins (John Jasper), Karina Gallagher (Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood), Victoria Tiernan (Rosa Bud), Sara Rapuzzi (Helena Landless), Stone Locke (Neville Landless), Katelyn Spina (Princess Puffer), Jake Acocella (Mr. Crisparkle), Sebestian Ovalle (Durdles), Michael Silva (Bazzard) and Kieran Tohill (Deputy).

“Our high school students performed amazingly,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages. “From vocal work to the pit orchestra to the stage crew and the choreography, each element was wonderfully executed. It is due to the dedication of our teachers to our students’ success that we could incorporate audience participation to provide three different endings that replicated professionalism.”  

JFK Fifth-Graders Display Art at ‘Colors’

JFK Fifth-Graders Display Art at ‘Colors’
Tammy Chen and Johanna LeRoux, fifth-graders at JFK, were selected to have their artwork displayed in the 20th annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum. Sponsored by Astoria Bank, Colors of Long Island gives students from kindergarten through high school an opportunity to display their artistic talents in a museum setting.

‘Grim’ Gong Hits Home

‘Grim’ Gong Hits Home

As part of their yearlong substance abuse awareness campaign, the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club and adviser Bridget Lopiccolo staged their 15th annual Ghost-Out Day on March 23.

A gong rang on the loudspeakers every 20 minutes throughout the school day, signaling the entrance of a student dressed as the Grim Reaper into a classroom. As Lopiccolo read aloud from real-life tragic police calls of teens being killed due to drugs or alcohol, the Reaper stalked the rooms and selected someone to “strike,” who was then asked to wear a special black T-shirt and remain silent for the rest of the day to signify that a life has been impaired or lost due to a destructive decision.

“This is one of the most important things SADD does,” said senior Hallie McCarthy. “I think it’s important for teens to know how someone’s life and the people around them can be affected by destructive decisions. It is haunting to hear that gong ring throughout the school day knowing what it represents and the message it is sending.”

“For the past 15 years as the SADD adviser, it has been my grim task to hold this day each year,’ said Lopiccolo. “I know it is a difficult day for many, but it is extremely important that students know that with each decision they make, there is a consequence.”

This year, Lopiccolo added a new element, asking students in each classroom she visited if they knew someone who had died due to alcohol or drugs.

“So many students raised their hands,” Lopiccolo said. “What a scary reality.”

First Responder Shortage

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To our East Islip Community:

Please do not be alarmed if you see ambulances and fire trucks outside the schools on a regular basis during the next few weeks. You should be alarmed however, about the shortage of volunteer first responders across Long Island.

Today, all high school students received exchange ambulance and fire department information. Next Monday, April 23, all middle school students will be receiving the same information. In an effort to encourage our students to volunteer we ask you to have a conversation at the dinner table with your children. Volunteer first responders can be eligible for college credit, free or reduced college tuition, property tax reductions, state income tax benefits, free health checkups, free insurance as well as a pension.

Please have this conversation with your child today. Service to the community is what ties us together. Some people volunteer to be first responders and there are others who volunteer in the area of arts and athletics. Please consider being a first responder or encourage your children to do so.

Again, if you see an ambulance or fire truck outside the schools, please do not be alarmed. We should all be alarmed that we do not have enough men and women to man these vehicles. True love of your community and true EI Pride are grounded in service to each other.

As always, thank you for your continued support.


Sincerely,                        
Superintendent John V. Dolan

Board Response to BAC Recommendations

Board Response to BAC Recommendations

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East Islip’s Secondary Superheroes of Pi

East Islip’s Secondary Superheroes of Pi
Pi Day, honoring the infinitely repeating mathematical symbol for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is celebrated on March 14 every year in the district. For this year’s event, all secondary math teachers were given Pi superhero T-shirts as a gift from Math and Science Director Janet Jones, and students learned about the meaning of Pi and challenged each other to recite many digits of this irrational number.

Timber Point Students Learn About Healthy Hearts

Timber Point Students Learn About Healthy Hearts

Students at Timber Point recently celebrated Heart Month by learning all about the heart and circulatory system as well as the importance of exercise for personal heart fitness.

During physical education classes with Patricia Bush and Diane Wahrenburg, the students participated in healthy heart stations that got their hearts pumping. One station even imitated the body’s actual circulatory system in delivering oxygen to the muscles and bringing carbon dioxide back to the heart and lungs. Students also learned about the anatomy and function of the heart, lungs and circulatory system through viewing posters as visual aids and watching videos on the school’s Smart Board. 

“Many students found these body systems to be fascinating and participated in the healthy heart stations with enthusiasm,” said Wahrenburg. “Healthy hearts are happy hearts.”

UPK Lottery on May 10

UPK Lottery on May 10

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Three Named Photography Finalists

Three Named Photography Finalists

Three talented high school students – Hailey Cooke, Kerri Davis and Julia Desiderio – were selected as finalists in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 38th annual College & High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Fujifilm. The winning photos will be published in June in the “Best of College & High School Photography 2018” book. Their work was chosen from more than 12,000 submissions from college and high school students from the United States, Canada and around the world.

“I’m very proud of my students,” said teacher Joy Taylor. “I can’t think of a more deserving group of photographers to be chosen for this honor. It is quite an accomplishment to be selected from such an impressive selection of photos.”

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Mock Trial Team Volunteers

Mock Trial Team Volunteers

Members of the high school's Mock Trial team worked as volunteers at the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series tournament in March. The East Islip students were invited to this college mock trial tournament, held at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip, by the event’s coordinator, Suffolk County Bar Association President Harry Tilis.

Known as the Purple Team because of their distinctive purple uniform shirts, East Islip’s students were responsible for guiding judges and competitors through the courthouse, gathering and delivering important paperwork, and helping Tilis keep the tournament running smoothly.

The ORCS tournament was one of several being held around the country.  College mock trial teams from some of the top colleges and universities in the nation, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Tufts, competed at the ORCS for a chance to move on to the National College Mock Championship. 

“What a great group of thoughtful and helpful young people,” said Tilis, praising the East Islip volunteers. “Their generous spirit and respectful and cheerful outlook made this weekend a breeze.”

Senior Angela Loizides was especially excited to attend, as her sister Elizabeth, an alumna of East Islip’s Class of 2015 and former East Islip Mock Trial member, was competing for Wellesley College at the tournament.

“I learned so much from watching the college teams,” said sophomore Tyler O’Neil. “It was a great experience.”

Patsy Lester, East Islip’s coach, also participated at the tournament, serving as scoring judge.

“I’m grateful to Mr. Tilis for offering my students this opportunity, and so proud of them for giving up their weekend to help others,” said Lester.

Piacenti Named Student of Month

Piacenti Named Student of Month

Earning recognition in March for her dedication to learning, senior Jordan Piacenti was named East Islip High School’s World Languages Department Student of the Month for study of the Spanish language.

“I have had the pleasure of having taught Jordan as a sophomore, and again this year as a senior,” said teacher Diana Rivera. “She has consistently demonstrated exemplary conduct and character. Her classwork and homework are always completed on time, and her quiz and test scores are outstanding. She is a joy to teach, and it is my pleasure to recognize her achievements as outstanding Spanish student.”


Snow Doesn’t Stop Girls Golf Prep

Snow Doesn’t Stop Girls Golf Prep

Despite the unusually cold and still snowy spring, the high school varsity girls golf team is braving the cold and wind in preparation for the beginning of their league matches.

“I’m very proud of the girls for their hard work and focus in less than favorable conditions,” said coach Judith Fischer. “We are looking forward to some warmer temperatures in April as our matches begin. These are a super bunch of young ladies, and captain Sofia Ferrezza is doing a great job motivating and assisting younger girls with skill development.“

Superb SCMEA Selections from MS, JFK, RCK

Superb SCMEA Selections from MS, JFK, RCK
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Recognized for their hard work and musical skills, 22 elementary and middle school students from East Islip were chosen by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association to perform in this spring’s All-County Concerts.

Selected from JFK were Julianna D’Addario (chorus), Ryan Flad (band), Lexi Hernandez (chorus) and Ella Tantillo (orchestra).

From Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School, students chosen were Lucas Aparicio (band), Allyson DeLorenzo (chorus), Kirsten Sorbi (chorus) and James Terhune (orchestra).

Middle school students chosen by SCMEA included All-County Band selections Ella Micalizzi (flute), Cierra Stephens (flute) and Damon Swinson (French horn); All-County Chorus selections Emily Blair (soprano), Ryan Canarozzi (baritone), Timothy Hogan (baritone) and Stephen Law (baritone); and All-County Orchestra selections Ryan Auffant (trombone), Michael Baldino (trumpet), Caleigh DiBenditto (cello), Robert Finn (tuba), Chiara Mosca (viola), Keira Tantillo (violin) and Brandon Zane (bass).



Paying for a Prom with Paint Night

Paying for a Prom with Paint Night

Working to offset some the costs of the upcoming senior prom, East Islip High School’s Class of 2018 hosted a successful Paint Night fundraiser on March 8. More than 70 community members turned out in support of the senior class, enjoying a night out painting wood plank signs with their friends and families.  The event was organized by Class of 2018 co-advisers Kate Boucher and Shannon Behrhof.




HS Artists Exhibited at NCC

HS Artists Exhibited at NCC

Four talented young artists – Kaylin Cuba, Jenna Donnelly, Bobby Heller and Cassidy Stephen – from the high school were chosen for Nassau Community College’s 20th annual Arts and Science Fair. The program offers an opportunity for art students across Long Island to have their work showcased in a gallery as well as participate in the competition. This year’s theme was “Education...Liberation,” asking students to examine the role that education has played in their lives and reflect on how it opened new doors for them.

Heller and Stephen represented East Islip for the computer graphics category of the competition, while Cuba and Donnelly were chosen for the photography category of the competition. Only two entries per category for each Long Island high school are entered.“I am proud of my electronic illustration and photography students who were chosen to represent East Islip in this showcase,” said their teacher, Heather Toomey. “I am so excited to be teaching electronic illustration this year. Creating art on the computer is one of my favorite mediums in the art, and the entire class did an excellent job on this project. I selected Bobby’s piece to be printed large and displayed in the front lobby because he chose a powerful symbol of freedom and liberty. He created a wonderful visual interpretation using typography in Adobe Illustrator. This was also a great opportunity to showcase his work in a contest and exhibition at Nassau Community College with the themes of education and liberation.”

“A couple of years ago I didn’t even know I was good at art or even interested in it, and now I am hanging one of my works up in the school and exhibiting at a college,” said Heller. “It is an honor.”

“I was excited to have the opportunity to show my computer art in this competition at Nassau Community College,” said Stephen.

Said Cuba, “I was really honored that Mrs. Toomey picked me to be a part of this competition and exhibit.”

Two EI Bowlers Help County Team Win State Title

Two EI Bowlers Help County Team Win State Title
Juniors Julia Bocamazo and Julianna Spina represented East Islip as members of the Section XI girls bowling team that won the state title this month. The team – also featuring Hannah Manetta of Comsewogue, Taylor Eggert of Kings Park, Rachel Hines of Longwood and Amanda Naujokas of Sachem – featured the six student-athletes with the highest averages in Suffolk County. Bocamazo finished with a 222.2 average, while Spina finished with a 218.1 average.


Cassie Bergin Named All-Long Island

Bergin Named All-Long Island

High school freshman and All-County gymnast Cassie Bergin was named to the 2018 Newsday All-Long Island gymnastics team in a March 23 ceremony. Bergin, who recently earned a third-place finish in balance beam while competing at the New York State girls gymnastics championships, was one of only five student gymnasts to earn All-Long Island status.

“Congratulations to Cassie for being selected and honored from a group of over 1,000 athletes,” said coach Dennis Jones.


Budget Advisory Committee Presentation

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Connetquot's Birthday Boxes

Connetquot's Birthday Boxes

Last year, second-graders at Connetquot made “birthday boxes” for the Birthday Wishes organization, donating birthday items for homeless children who cannot afford their own birthday parties. These brightly wrapped “birthday in a box” packages are filled with everything necessary for a great birthday celebration.

This year, the entire school got involved. A total of 32 birthday boxes were donated from Connetquot’s kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade classes. The boxes will be distributed to needy families along with a bag of wrapped gifts for the birthday celebrant.

Sydney Berni, a second-grade student in Melissa Love’s class said of the experience, “I liked making the boxes because it helps others.”

Three from EI Hockey Team Play at Suffolk All-Star Game

Three from EI Hockey Team Play at Suffolk All-Star Game

High school student-athletes Colin Cross, Logan Martenson and Will Tricarico – all members of East Islip’s junior varsity hockey team – participated in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League’s All-Star Game, held on March 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


HS Clubs Celebrate Positivity on P.S. I Love You Day

HS Clubs Celebrate Positivity on P.S. I Love You Day

The high school celebrated P.S. I Love You Day with positivity and teamwork on Feb. 9, sponsored for the second consecutive year by the school’s student council, with help from members of several other clubs including STARS, Key Club, Gay-Straight Alliance and the literary magazine. In preparation for the event, East Islip students cut out purple hearts that were displayed in the main lobby, and made hundreds of purple ribbons that were distributed to students and staff.

“It was our goal to have as many clubs as possible come together to make this a success,” said adviser Jessica Pignataro. “We hope to make it bigger and better every year.”

In 2010, P.S. I Love You Day was started by West Islip teenager Brooke DiPalma, following the tragic suicides of her father and a senior at her school. The event is held annually on the second Friday of February to promote positive messages of love, acceptance and community, symbolized by the color purple.

In attendance was Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron, who spoke with the students about the day and his personal connection to the DiPalma family.


Foreign Language Week Celebration

Foreign Language Week Celebration

With enriching demonstrations of French, Italian and Spanish language and culture, as well as American Sign Language, the high school celebrated Foreign Language Week in the school’s library during the week of March 5.

Tuesday was American Sign Language Day. Students wore T-shirts with sign language messages, signed popular songs in ASL, taught basic signs and the alphabet, and played fun games with visiting fourth-graders from JFK.

For Spanish Day on Wednesday, students watched a Foreign Language Honor Society presentation in the library about the roots of flamenco dancing and how it inspired Irish step dancing. They then moved into the school’s Forum for a live performance by senior Kathryn Bingham, an accomplished Irish step dancer who competes nationally and was honored with first place in a recent competition.

“Kathryn has been dancing for 15 years, and her love of dance was evident as she danced the entire day and encouraged her peers to participate by inviting them on the stage to learn intricate dance steps,” said teacher Lisa Rapiejko.

For Thursday’s French Day, French Club members presented a French cabaret where they sang popular French songs, and Italian Day on Friday found the school’s Italian students demonstrating the tarantella dance, discussing famous singers and songs from Italian culture and teaching some basic vocabulary in Italian.

“Our students certainly enjoyed learning about different languages and cultures through engaging, fun-filled activities,” said Rapiejko.

In the event’s annual poster contest, sponsored by Dr. Janet Hiller, first place went to Joelle Tomossone, second to Emily Alexander, third to Shannon Wodicka and honorable mention to Kelli Karlin. This year’s theme was “Languages: Windows to the World.” Dr. Hiller, the district’s retired world language chairperson, provides the winners with bookstore gift cards.



Bergin’s ‘Balance’ Earns Freshman Third Place in States

Bergin’s ‘Balance’ Earns Freshman Third Place in States
High school freshman and All-County gymnast Cassie Bergin competed in the New York State girls gymnastics championships, held March 3 at Cold Spring Harbor High School, and placed third on balance beam at the with a score of 9.55. This was Bergin’s second stint on the state team; she previously was a member of the Section XI state girls gymnastic team as a seventh-grader.

Two Selected for SCALA

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Works by two exceptional high school student-artists – Hailee Cornell and Julia Desiderio – were recently chosen by the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association for display at this year’s All-County SCALA/BACCA Art Show Exhibition. The annual exhibition was Open to high school students in grades 9-12, the annual exhibition was presented at Old Town Hall in Babylon during February.

“The SCALA show was an astounding experience,” said Desiderio, who attends Joy Taylor’s photography class. “I was honored to be chosen and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see the perspectives of each contestant. I am proud to have received this opportunity.”

Cornell, who is enrolled in Heather Toomey’s electronic illustration class, said, “It was an honor to be chosen for the exhibition, and with my new experiences in digital arts, I am able to express myself more every day.”

“I am so proud of Hailee for her work in electronic illustration,” said Toomey. “She is an excellent student and exceptional artist. She deserves the honor of being chosen for the SCALA show and have her artwork hung with the best art students around Long Island.”


Board Honors Heroic Timber Point Teachers

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Two heroic educators at Timber Point were honored for their recent first aid actions during a March 8 Board of Education meeting. Both successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver, kindergarten teacher Michele Brodtman saved a child who was choking on a Fruit Roll-Ups snack, while paraprofessional Deborah Keating saved a child who was choking on a chicken nugget during lunch.

“Both children were saved due to these amazing women jumping into action, responding to the situation without hesitation,” said Timber Point Principal Danielle Naccarato.

Also recognized during the board meeting were students who were selected for the Long Island String Festival Association and the three winners of the middle school's annual spelling bee.


New MS Robotics Program Showcased

New MS Robotics Program Showcased

Displaying a growing mastery of technology skills, middle school students recently held a demonstration of the school’s VEX-supplied robotics program, which debuted this year. This new robotics class, which is made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, meets every other day under the direction of technology teacher Hal Kench, working to perfect the skills needed to operate these machines. Both grade levels learn to work together as a team in order to successfully complete each task.

For the demonstration, the students brought their VEX robots to the middle school’s professional development room to show how they operate and what each robot has to do in order to complete its mission, lifting four colorful blocks and moving and placing them on the opposite square tile. The students then taught district administrators – including Superintendent John Dolan, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Paul Manzo, East Islip Middle School Principal Mark Bernard, and East Islip High School Principal William Brennen – how to use the robots.

“This was a true STEM event, showcasing how these students have begun to learn about building robots, and coding and programming them,” said Technology Director Israel Malinowitzer. “The adults also had a great time and tried competing with one another to see who could get all four blocks into one square tile.”




Boys Bowlers Finish First in County, Second in State

Boys Bowlers Finish First in County, Second in State

The high school's varsity bowling team, a perennial powerhouse under coach Bob Cheadle, finished off another season in style, being named Suffolk County champions and earning second place in New York State on March 10 in Syracuse. It was the Redmen’s second consecutive county championship – a rare feat – and its fourth in the last six years.

For the county contest, team members included seniors Justin Orobello (237.33 average in six games), James Spina (213 in six games), Eric Tadler (224.6 in five games) and Anthony Valente (245 in one game); junior Aaron Rice (213 in five games); sophomore Sonny Pico (233.67 in six games) and freshman Joe Zagari (290 in one game).


Eight from East Islip Compete in Sharpshooter Contest

Eight from East Islip Compete in Sharpshooter Contest
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Fourth- and fifth-grade students from JFK and RCK participated in school-level competitions for the 32nd annual Town of Islip Sharpshooter Basketball Contest.

Sponsored since 1993 by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Islip Elks, the Sharpshooter “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 Carley Amato and Jayden Dell Isola, and fifth-graders Kenshin Brown and Emily McIntee.

JFK runners-up were fourth-graders Kiera Bloch and Niko Meyers, and fifth-graders Ethan Benardos, Jordan Maloney and John Talt.

Earning first place for RCK at the school level were fourth-graders Jayden Maitre and Brianne Martin, and fifth-graders Thomas Costerelli and Stephanie Nunez.

RCK runners-up were fourth-graders Dylan Bayer, Grace Micali,  Matt Pesfield and Reese Varani, and fifth-graders Kara Marshall, Ryan Parker, Jaden Schmidt and Maddalena Toto.

The first-place winners from each school moved on to compete in the final round of the town-wide contest, held on March 3 at East Islip High School.

High School Club’s Coat Collection Helps Locals Stay Warm

High School Club’s Coat Collection Helps Locals Stay Warm

Students from the high school’s Interact Club recently partnered with One Warm Coat to hold a coat drive in the high school. Guided by adviser Lisa Rapeijko, more than 70 coats were collected and donated to Long Island Cares for distribution to Long Island residents.

“There is a real need for coats in our local community, and One Warm Coat’s program made it easy for us to make a difference,” said Autumn Nelson, the Interact Club’s co-president. 

“We had a goal of collecting 30 coats, and we doubled our expectations,” said Courtney Herrera, also a club co-president.

“Our students enjoy helping others in the community and appreciate knowing their efforts will ensure that coats are given to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation,” said Rapiejko.



JFK Fourth-Graders 'Escape' to Colonial New York

JFK Fourth-Graders “Escape” to Colonial New York

As part of a recent unit on life in Colonial New York, fourth-graders at JFK gathered information on the activities that Colonial-era children played to pass the time, using nothing but sticks and rocks. While investigating these pastimes, the students were also figuring out how to “unlock” an “escape box” that each learning team was assigned.

The students also learned about the many jobs – such as butchers, bakers and candlestick makers – that existed during the time period when the state’s early settlements were founded, and collected information regarding the geography of New York State in this interactive multi-sensory lesson incorporating the “escape room” concept.    


Middle School Trio Attend Day of Horn

Middle School Trio Attend Day of Horn
Eighth-graders Ameer Basher, Jake Kilrain and Damon Swinson were chosen to attend the 13th annual Suffolk County Music Educators Association Day of Horn, held recently at Northport High School. The three young middle school musicians participated in clinics and rehearsals with acclaimed guest artists, culminating in an evening concert featuring the students as part of a giant horn ensemble.

SCSSA Social Media and Security Letter

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School District Named East Islip Business of the Month

School District Named East Islip Business of the Month

The East Islip School District was honored as Business of the Month at the Feb. 27 meeting of the East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce.

“The district and chamber have been working together cooperatively for years, and this was a wonderful opportunity for the chamber to honor the district and participating students and staff for their hard work in helping to clean up the community,” said East Islip Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer. “We are working together on other projects to make the community stronger.”


RCK’s Simonetti Wins Track Award

RCK’s Simonetti Wins Track Award

Danielle Simonetti, a fourth-grader at RCK, was recently named Female Youth Track Athlete of the Year by the Long Island Track and Field Association’s Youth Committee.

Simonetti, who was honored for her outstanding track achievements with the Foundation Track Club during 2017, was presented with her award while attending the annual USA Track and Field Long Island awards brunch, held on Feb. 11 at the Hofstra University Club in Hempstead.

“We are so proud of Danielle and the honor bestowed upon her,” said RCK Principal Hillary Bromberg.

Last year, Simonetti broke the eight-and-under 800-meter American indoor record with a time of 2:47.55, set at the Armory Youth Holiday Classic sponsored by NYRR.


Bond Tour and Forum Schedule

Bond Tour and Forum Schedule

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East Islip Relay for Life Events

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East Islip will hold a Relay for Life celebration on Saturday, May 12 from 5-11 p.m. at the high school track. Northwell Hospital will be providing financial support as well as providing food and refreshments. Relay for Life is an organization celebrating cancer survivors, and all proceeds from Relay for Life events are donated to cancer research.

An East Islip Relay for Life kick-off meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the ECC cafeteria.

Additionally, East Islip Relay for Life will hold a group outing to a Duck baseball game on Wednesday, May 16.

Please see the attached fliers for further information on these three events.

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Capital Improvement Bond Information

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Thursday, April 26, 2018