BOE Executive Session on March 10
The East Islip Board of Education will hold an executive session for personnel matters on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m.
BOE Business Meeting This Week
The East Islip Board of Education's next monthly business meeting will
take place on Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. in the district office boardroom at 1
Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace. The community is welcome to attend.
HS Mock Trial Team Advances
The East Islip High School Mock Trial team has advanced to the Suffolk County
playoffs for the 12th year in a row, and will compete in the Suffolk
“Sweet 16” on Wednesday, March 12.
Free Breakfast at Middle School on March 12
Whitsons food service company will offer free breakfast at East Islip Middle School
on Wednesday, March 12. Middle school students can receive their free
breakfast beginning 7:25-8:05 a.m.
March Budget Presentations
The East Islip School District's second and third budget presentations to discuss the proposed 2014-2015 budget will take
March 13 (along with the Board of Education's business meeting) and
Thursday, March 27 (along with the Budget Advisory Committee's presentation to the Board). These public meetings will be held at the
district office at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace.
HS and MS Kickline Teams Triumph
Both the high school and middle school kickline teams in East Islip won at the Long Island Kickline Association Championships, held in Uniondale on Feb. 9.
The high school team overcame a very challenging year, and struggled to reach the top. Having placed second and third at previous competitions, the students worked hard each week to improve their technique and change choreography to give the judges exactly what they were looking for. “In all of my years of coaching, this was the most challenging, but at the same time most rewarding,” said coach Denise Naccarato. “Having to push these girls to work harder and harder and change choreography after every competition made winning the championship the sweetest win ever. Aside from the win, these girls learned a life lesson that I am hoping will stick with them forever – if you want something bad enough and you work hard for it, it will happen.”
The middle school team, coached by Christina Inghingolo and Kelsey Krumholz, had a remarkable undefeated season. “We started in mid-October, which is very late considering other schools start choreography and practices the first week of school, said Inghingolo. “So as coaches, we felt a lot of pressure to get the choreography done and be ready, and I'm sure the girls felt it too. But they pulled it together and did an amazing job. We are really proud of them.” Added Naccarato, “I'm looking forward to having their upcoming ninth-graders on my team next year.”
Cammeyer Is Bound for Vermont
Senior Sydney Cammeyer has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Vermont’s Catamounts soccer team.
“It was a great experience but it went really fast,” Cammeyer said about her time on East Islip’s varsity squad, where she played both forward and midfield with distinction.
She cited UVM’s beautiful campus, located in Burlington, and the program’s coaches as two reasons for her selection. “It’s a great academic school, too, which is very important to me,” added Cammeyer, who plans to major in accounting.
Elementary School Grade Span Presentation
Please note the attached "Elementary School Grade Span Proposal" presentation from the East Islip School District, detailing the Board of Education's exploration of a grade span reconfiguration to ensure the sustainability of all four existing elementary schools in the district.
First 2014-2015 Budget Presentation Available
The first budget presentation (attached below) for the 2014-2015 budget was detailed at the East Islip Board of Education's budget workshop on March 6.
The remaining two budget presentations will take place on Thursday,
March 13 (along with the Board of Education's business meeting) and
Thursday, March 27 (along with the Budget Advisory Committee's presentation to the Board).
FTK's Black Tie Gala Coming March 15
East Islip's For the Kids Foundation will hold its 17th annual Black Tie Gala at 7 p.m. on March 15 at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. The Gala, whose theme this year will be "Emerald Elegance," is the FTK organization's premier fundraising event to benefit students in the East Islip School District. JFK Principal Aileen O'Rourke will be honored as Educator Advocate of the Year, and Jessie Ferraro and Bea Huste-Petersen will be honored as Community Advocates of the Year.
Click here for further information.
Basketball Team Supports Hat Fundraiser
In the ongoing districtwide fundraiser, “Warm Your Head While Warming Someone’s Heart,” proceeds of purchases of East Islip hats in school colors are used to assist needy families in the East Islip School District community throughout the school year. The hats are available for purchase through the East Islip Middle School’s Spotlight school store, according to school social worker Alison Johnstone. Among those actively participating in the fundraising effort were members of the East Islip High School boys varsity basketball team, who all purchased hats in support of the endeavor.
Naccarato Wins Usdan Scholarship
Timber Point Elementary School fifth-grade viola player Noelle Naccarato has been awarded the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s Usdan Scholarship to attend the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts this summer.
“Noelle was chosen out of many applicants due to her impressive musical background and talent,” said Timber Point’s orchestra director, Jaime DeMaria. “We are all so proud of her as she represents Timber Point and East Islip on her musical journey.”
“The entire family is extremely proud of and excited for Noelle,” said her mother, Danielle Naccarato, who serves as principal at the district’s Ruth C. Kinney Elementary. “This is a wonderful opportunity and such a great honor.”
The Usdan Center, a not-for-profit summer arts camp in Wheatley Heights, is now in its 46th season and enrolls 1,600 students each year, ages 6-18. Usdan features more than 40 different programs of study, including orchestra.
Girls Leaders Club Visits Vets
Members of East Islip Middle School’s Girls Leaders Club made a special visit to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook on Feb. 10, presenting the 350 residents with more than 100 Valentine’s Day cards they had created for the occasion. They also spent several hours assisting the veterans in making Valentine crafts.
“The residents have given their all to our country, and now in their time of need, they rely on caring, concerned citizens like our students,” said teacher Lauren Hegna, the club’s adviser. “The visit was truly enjoyed by the residents as well as the girls.”
Comprised of community-oriented eighth-graders, the Girls Leaders Club focuses on local, state and global fundraising and community service learning activities.
Free Cardiac Screening at West Islip HS
The West Islip School District and its athletic department has partnered with the Louis Acompora and Dominick Murray Memorial Foundations to provide a free heart screening at the West Islip High School gymnasium on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school is located at 1 Lions Path,
West Islip, NY 11795.
This event is being offered to all students in surrounding communities, including East Islip, as an opportunity to help protect their health, as early detection can dramatically reduce the rate of sudden cardiac death. Participants do not have to be a part of an athletic team.
Registration is now open; click here for further information.
Artist of the Week: March 3, 2014
Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Kindergartners Rebecca Rentz and Kaylee Schmidt ("Penguins")
Timber Point Elementary: Kindergartner Jasmine Nunez ("Friendship Fish")
Early Dismissal on April 11
A 15-minute early dismissal will take place on Friday, April 11. This dismissal, to test emergency defense as mandated by New York State, will take place in all schools in the East Islip School District. The after-school program will begin 15 minutes earlier than usual. All extra help buses will be at the regular time of 3:50 p.m.
High Jumper Penny Second in State
High jumper Faith Penny earned a second-place medal at the New York State Championship Meet held at Cornell University on March 1, narrowly missing being state champion by one jump. Penny, a junior in her third year on East Islip High School's track team, has now earned
All-State status for the second consecutive year.
“In my 75 seasons here at East Islip, Faith Penny is by far one of the top athletes that I have ever coached,” said track coach Michael Drozd. “She came within a millimeter of being state champion, clipping her heel as she cleared her entire body over the bar. She is a very dedicated athlete who has a unique chance to improve even further and eventually dominate the state high jump this spring as well as next year.”
Click below to watch Penny's remarkable jump of 5 feet, 7 inches.
Connetquot Six to Play at SCMEA Fest
Six outstanding young student-musicians from Connetquot Elementary School were chosen to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County Festival. Faith Calabrese, Juliana Chillemi, Chris Febbraro, Alyssa Michaels, Joseph Raso and Kieran Tohill will perform at the Division I Central SCMEA All-County Concert, to be held March 9 at Centereach High School.
“Participating in SCMEA All-County is a wonderful and enriching experience for young musicians,” said John Patrick Murphy, Connetquot’s vocal music teacher and a co-chair of the SCMEA Division I Central Chorus. “In addition to collaborating with students from across Suffolk County, our six Connetquot students will work with veteran music educators on advanced repertoire that will greatly increase their musicianship skills.”
Connetquot Science Fair on March 10
The Connetquot Science Fair takes place Monday, March 10. Doors will open for viewing of the projects at 6 p.m.
Snow Day Make-ups
In light of the use of four snow days due to winter weather, the East Islip School District has modified the 2013-2014 school calendar. Three days – Thursday, May 22; Friday, May 23; Tuesday, May 27 – will now be considered school days for students and staff.
For more information, please see the attached letter from Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi.
JFK's Character Education Stars
Each month at John F. Kennedy Elementary, a different character trait is emphasized, and a student from each class is selected who best exemplifies that character trait. In January, teachers read the book “Freedom Summer,” which focused on the character trait of friendship, and the selected “Character Education Stars” were recognized.
Valentine's Day Singing-grams at HS
On Valentine's Day, the East Islip High School Student Council and Tri-M Honor Society, and their respective advisers, Jessica Pignataro and Christopher Neske, worked together to provide Valentine's Day singing-grams to students and staff in the building.
District Musicians Participate in Day of Horn
Horn students from across the district participated in the Day of Horn on Jan. 10, presented by the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association at Commack Middle School. This annual celebration of the horn highlights the important musical role of this brass instrument through special student and teacher clinics, culminating in a concert. The students received music in advance, allowing them to prepare to perform with horn players from all over the county.
Emily Orski, Nicholas Pepino and Michael Stevens represented the high school’s horn section. Pepino (an All-State Band honoree in 2013) and Stevens were both featured in SCMEA’s All-Star Horn Ensemble, comprised of students who have participated in the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference at the highest level.
Middle-schoolers Jason Burke and Liam Greene played with the Day of Horn’s large groups and had the chance to meet and listen to Julie Landsman, a former principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera .
Several outstanding elementary school horn players also participated, including fifth-graders Andrew Stanzione from Connetquot, Kate McGaugh and Emily Puglisi from Ruth C. Kinney, and Jake Kilrain and Kaila O’Hara from Timber Point.
Dempsey to Play for New Haven
Senior Rachel Dempsey has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for the University of New Haven Chargers.
“I really liked the campus,” said Dempsey of her chosen school, where she plans to major in business. “It felt like the right school for me – not too big.”
Dempsey, who plays right outside midfield for East Islip, reflected positively on her high school athletic career. “It was one of the best times of my life,” she said. “I will miss it while I am in college.”
Ferro Wins at Wrestling Championship
With a team score of 101.5, East Islip placed sixth overall at the 2014 Dr. L Robert “Doc” Fallot Memorial Suffolk County Wrestling Championship. The Redmen had four place winners at the Division I event, which was held on Feb. 14 and 16 at Hofstra University.
Top-seeded Dennis Ferro (152 pounds) hit a quick takedown with 11 seconds left to eke out an exciting 3-1 win over Deer Park’s Zach Lugo, becoming East Islip’s 14th Suffolk County champion. Jesse Dellavecchia (120 pounds) and Erik Adon (170 pounds) both placed second. Jon Wilson (220 pounds) finished in sixth place.
Both Adon and Dellavecchia received wild cards to compete in the state wrestling championships, which will be held at the Times Union Center in Albany on Feb. 28 and March 1. Coaches Guy Leggio and Michael Longobardi have sent three state qualifiers to the tournament during the past two years.
Artist of the Week: Feb. 24, 2014
John F. Kennedy Elementary: Second-graders Kailyn Bloch and Sophia LoMonica ("Mittens")
Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Third-grader Joshua Hurlbert ("Mondrian Painting")
Timber Point Elementary: Third-grader Meghan Mandra ("Getting to School Safely")
Pillows for Patients at Timber Point
As Valentine’s Day approached, students in Carol Wilson’s fifth-grade class at Timber Point Elementary School embarked on a “Pillows for Patients” project in conjunction with the school’s February character education trait of kindness. Taking time from their recess, the altruistic students created pillows and valentines for donation to the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park.
“The children truly enjoyed this random act of kindness for other children, helping to spread cheer and happiness for others in need,” said Wilson. “Their community service is remarkable.”
RCK’s Student Appreciation Day
Delicious ice cream sundaes served by the PTA and parent volunteers proved the star attraction at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School’s Student Appreciation Day on Jan. 23.
District Workshop Advocates for Financial Future
Local government representatives – State Sen. Phil Boyle, State Assemblyman Andrew R. Garbarino, Town of Islip Councilman Anthony Senft and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi – joined East Islip School District administrators and a wide array of school community members for a Feb. 7 advocacy workshop at the district board room, working to encourage advocacy and discuss issues such as the Gap Elimination Adjustment.
“The advocacy workshop was a wonderful first step as we gathered our many educational partners together in support of celebrating our school district’s successes as well as unilaterally repealing the GEA,” said East Islip Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi. “The morning just reiterated for me how many terrific advocates we have here in East Islip. It was encouraging to see students, elected officials, East Islip Board trustees, educators, parent representatives, community representatives, and local business leaders all coming together to celebrate and advocate for East Islip’s financial future.”
Middle School Trio Selected for LISFA
Three seventh-graders at East Islip Middle School – bassist Peter Gerace III, violinist Victoria Keenan and viola player Joshua Koretz – were selected for participation in the competitive Long Island String Festival Association’s All-County Middle School Orchestra, in which they met with their peers across the county to rehearse for two days, ending with a performance.
The superlative East Islip student-musicians, recognized as being among the top string orchestra players in Suffolk County in their age group, were selected by LISFA based on recommendations from their orchestra teacher and their high scores at last spring’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival.
“Participating in a select county orchestra such as LISFA is a highlight for any string player,” said East Islip Middle School Orchestra director Judith Fischer. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.”
Fanni Signs with Pace Soccer
Senior Alicia Fanni has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Pace University.
The talented left forward described her years on East Islip's team as "a learning experience," one she will use to great effect at Pace. “I liked the location, the coach is nice and the girls on the team get along well,” she explained regarding her choice to join the Setters program at Pace's Pleasantville-Briarcliff campus in Westchester County.
Fanni plans to major in marketing.
Alumna Finds Success as Physician Assistant
For successful physician assistant Tiffany Gruber, an alumna of East Islip High School’s Class of 2005, the remarkable journey to her career destination began with a visit to the school’s guidance office.
During her senior year, with graduation approaching and in search of direction, Gruber approached Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip’s director of careers and student services. “I knew that my dream was to pursue an education in nursing,” she said. “But I was unsure of the next step to take in order to make my dream come true.” Malinowitzer recognized her problem and immediately suggested a solution, making her aware of the school’s affiliation with the BOCES Eastern Suffolk School of Practical Nursing Program and setting up an interview for her. “He not only solved my problem, but helped me take the first few steps of an amazing journey that lay ahead,” said Gruber.
She was accepted into the BOCES Accelerated LPN Program and graduated in just a year. “I couldn’t believe that only one year earlier I had been in high school, unsure of what move to make next, and all of a sudden I was a licensed practical nurse, ready to start in the workforce,” she said.
Soon after graduating from BOCES, Gruber visited her mentor Malinowitzer’s guidance office in East Islip. “The news was received with such pride and joy,” she recalled. “Yet at the end of our conversation, he said to me, ‘I expect you to do more with this, Tiffany.’ I knew that he was proud of me, but believed I could achieve more.”
Gruber soon joined a local pediatrician’s office, where she worked as a nurse for four years. Still, she did not feel completely fulfilled. “I loved working with and helping children, but I couldn’t help wanting more,” she said. After spending many hours talking with doctors and physician assistants about their schooling and career paths, she realized that what she truly wanted was not only to care for others in their time of need, but to diagnose and treat them as well. “Arriving at this conclusion was quite empowering yet frightening at the same time,” she said. “I finally knew what I wanted in life, but I knew the road ahead was not going to be easy. After a few weeks of deep thought, consideration and changing my mind multiple times, I decided to go for it.”
Researching physician assistant programs from all across the country led her back home to apply to the nearby Touro College School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore. She was accepted into Touro in 2009, successfully navigating two years of intense undergraduate studies in order to gain the credits necessary for applying to the school’s physician assistant program. “I was accepted into the 2011 physician assistant class and the next two years of my life were a blur,” she said. “The amount of time and sacrifice needed to complete a program of that standard is unimaginable, and at times I felt like giving up. It was at those challenging times that I could hear Mr. Malinowitzer’s voice in my head, telling me, ‘I expect you to do more with this, Tiffany.’ Knowing that my family, friends and fiance had faith in me, and that with every day I was getting closer to my dream, I persevered, never looked back and never gave up.”
Gruber graduated with high honors from Touro in September 2013, earning a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies. She was honored for both academic and clinical achievement, and was inducted into the Pi Alfa National Honors Society for Physician Assistants.
After graduation, Gruber returned once more to East Islip to visit her old mentor. “It had been seven years since I had last seen Mr. Malinowitzer, yet it had only felt like yesterday,” she said. “When I told him all that I had accomplished, I could see such pride in his eyes, although there was no look of surprise. It was as if he had expected me to come back with the type of news that I had just delivered. Throughout my journey, this was the most impactful experience of all – his faith and belief. When I couldn’t see my own path in life, Mr. Malinowitzer saw it clearly. He never doubted that I could achieve success, though I had never imagined it myself. I am so proud looking back at where I started, and seeing where I am today. I know that this would not have been possible without the faith, and persistence of Mr. Malinowitzer. Individuals like him who are our guides and leaders can alter the future for young adults looking for guidance in achieving their goals, and can provide confidence for those looking for someone to believe in them even when they’ve given up belief in themselves.”
Gruber also took time to visit her alma mater and assess the school’s progress and future. “When I walked through the doors at East Islip High School, I could feel a sense of change,” she explained. “I saw students who believed in a cause, I saw bulletin boards representing organizations the students belonged to and I could hear passion in their voices when they spoke. This was an entirely different environment than what I had expected, and it felt amazing. To know that the next generation was being given the opportunity to get involved in what they believe in and express themselves, and that they were being guided by individuals like Mr. Malinowitzer, was a feeling I still cannot express with words. It is my hope that the next group of health care workers – and future professionals entering the working world – stem from schools like East Islip. It is there that they are learning the vital skills needed for success, the tools to help build success, and are being taught how to work as crucial members of a team. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of East Islip High School, and I look forward to being part of their family for many more years to come.”
“Tiffany’s wonderful career story lets our students know that they can truly be successful and make their dreams come true,” said Malinowitzer.
HS Artists Recognized in Albany
Exceptional artwork by junior Megan Ludwig and sophomore Megan McClintock, both students at East Islip High School, has been selected for display in Albany at the 24rd annual New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit this March.
The NYSATA Legislative Exhibit, co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education, showcases New York’s art programs and gives young student-artists the opportunity to receive statewide recognition. Organized by NYSATA in collaboration with New York State United Teachers and state legislators, the exhibit is held each spring in the Legislative Well in Albany’s Capitol Building. Legislators from across New York State celebrate the artistic accomplishments of their aspiring artist constituents at a March 6 opening reception for students, parents and teachers.
The East Islip students’ artwork – “Sisters” by Ludwig and “Stuck in a Moment” by McClintock – will remain on display from Feb. 24 through March 6.
Hoops for the Troops at Middle School
The East Islip Middle School Student Government and adviser Dawn Zeffiro hosted the Hoops for the Troops charity basketball tournament on Jan. 17. More than 130 students participated in the event, which supported the school’s Builders Club’s ongoing efforts to provide weekly care packages for overseas members of the U.S. armed forces. The entrance fee was one item to send to the troops, and more than 500 items were collected for the donation boxes.
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino kicked off the evening by introducing three U.S. Marine Corps veterans – Ciro Chicarelli, Larry Gruttemeyer and Carmine Raineri – from the American Legion Hall in Babylon and Marine Corps Detachment League in Bay Shore.
Middle school basketball coach and teacher Chris Padgur acted as master of ceremonies. “The event was a huge success thanks to Chris,” said Zeffiro. “He worked tirelessly with the student government to plan everything.”
Christopher Siatta, a student at East Islip High School, served as a guest DJ throughout the evening, playing motivational songs and narrating the basketball plays. “Chris donated his time and talent to make the event even more enjoyable,” said Zeffiro.
More than 30 prizes were raffled to attendees at the event, with each winner receiving a "Hoops for the Troops" T-shirt donated by the student government.
EJ Autism's Jigsaw Run on April 27
The EJ Autism Foundation's eighth annual Jigsaw 4 Mile Run/Walk for Autism will take place Sunday, April 27, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the East Islip Marina
on the end of Bayview Avenue.
The event will also include a quarter-mile kiddie run at 9 a.m. and a post-race party at Jackson Hall
All proceeds from the event will be used by the EJ Autism Foundation to support programs on Long Island that work with children diagnosed with autism.
"Run or walk four miles for autism and be part of the difference," urges EJ Autism founder Bea Huste-Petersen.
For more information including registration, please click on the attached flier. Walkers and runners can also register online at the EJ Autism Foundation
, or on the morning of the race (from 7:30-9 a.m.) at Jackson Hall.
Exploring New Art Techniques
Young artists in East Islip High School’s Studio in Art and Drawing I and II classes worked on several different recent projects, utilizing techniques including optical illusions, controlled shading, chiaroscuro, ribbon lettering and woven still life drawing.
Braccioforte Signs With Mercy
Senior Steven Braccioforte has signed a National Letter
of Intent to play soccer at Mercy College this fall.
A talented right-back, Braccioforte has played for East Islip's varsity squad since his sophomore year, alongside his brother Joseph, and has served as team captain for two seasons.
He chose Mercy's Division III program primarily due to his strong connection with the college's head soccer coach, Chris Smith, who had scouted Braccioforte on his own before he took the helm at Mercy in 2010. "He saw me play and we made a connection," Braccioforte explained.
Braccioforte will major in physical therapy while at Mercy, which is located in upstate Dobbs Ferry.
Open Gym for Girls Lacrosse
For girls lacrosse, open gym to prepare for the upcoming spring season has begun, running until March 31. Sessions are held at the East Islip Middle School gym on Mondays and Wednesdays, on the following schedule: middle school athletes from 6:30-7:15 p.m., JV from 7:15-8 p.m. and varsity from 8-9:15 p.m.
SEPTA Snowflake Fundraiser
The fourth annual East Islip SEPTA Snowflake fundraiser was held on Jan. 31 at the local Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall on Champlin Avenue in East Islip. Featuring food preparation and service by high school and middle school students in the district’s Family and Consumer Science Club, it served to highlight the organization’s work on behalf of special education in East Islip.
“My thanks to all those who came out in support of our Snowflake event,” said SEPTA President Susan Kavanagh. “Our ongoing success is a direct effect of the phenomenal support that comes from our community, friends and many of our district’s administrators, teachers and staff.”
Kavanagh explained that the funds generated by the festive event were sufficient to generate grant money for the first time. “We had a very nice turnout of applicants and are excited to be awarding grants to many of our wonderful special education teachers and staff this year, totaling more than $9,000,” she said.
The event also included a donation by the EJ Autism Foundation of an iPad raffle, which was won by Frank Fritz, a former president of SEPTA.
Book Fair at Connetquot
There was a great deal of excitement in the library at Connetquot Elementary School when the most recent book fair came to town. Children in all grades had the opportunity to purchase books, including old favorites and current titles from the Scholastic Book Company. Best-sellers this year included “Minecraft” guides and entries in the long-running “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, according to PTA volunteer Suki Donohue.
Many parents and relatives came to assist students with their book selections, which they could read at home during the school’s Parents as Reading Partners Program from Jan. 27 through Feb. 7.
“It was so fantastic to see how happy the children were about reading,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “They have learned to love books, and we all believe in the motto, ‘You Must Read to Achieve.”
Artist of the Week: Feb. 10, 2014
John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fifth-grader Mia Lembo ("Watercolor Snow Scene")
Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: First-grader Alyssa Correa ("Primary Color Flowers")
Timber Point Elementary: Fourth-grader James Violi ("What the American Flag Means to Me")
Wrestlers Shine at Suffolk Championships
The East Islip High School wrestling team hosted the Suffolk League IV finals on Feb. 8, and ended up with four league champions: Jesse Dellavecchia (at 120 pounds), Dennis Ferro (152 pounds), Erik Adon (170 pounds) and Jon Wilson (220 pounds).
In beating Deer Park’s Zach Lugo in an 11-2 decision, Ferro was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler as well as earning the award for most pins in least time.
East Islip’s team also included four league finalists – Sal Cipolla (at 126 pounds), Alex Deveglio (132 pounds), Joe Marinich (160 pounds) and Kevin Ramos (182 pounds). Griffin Brown (at 113 pounds), Mike Reynolds (160 pounds) and Nick Zito (285 pounds) all finished in third place.
With a total of 235 points, East Islip came in second in the team competition behind Hauppauge, who repeated as champions.