Two-Hour Delayed Opening on March 6

There will be a two-hour delayed opening for the East Islip School District on Friday, March 6.

Snow Outside, Books Inside at TP

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In an appropriate analog to the area’s weather, this year’s Parents As Reading Partners program at Timber Point revolved around a wintry theme of “Snow Is Falling…Books Are Calling.”

The annual PTA-sponsored initiative featured a “If I Lived in a Snow Globe" story project, a “Warm and Cozy Guest Reader Day” with students donning pajamas, and a “Snow-e-tree” writing contest. In the latter, five winning poems were chosen and read over the loudspeaker at morning announcements, and all of the entries were printed into a booklet for students to enjoy.

“My co-chair Kristen Moriarty and I had a great time creating lots of fun ways for the students to enjoy reading at home, fitting in with our theme,” said PTA representative Denise Feldman, whose organization awarded weekly raffle prizes to outstanding readers. “The feedback was great and the kids did an awesome job with everything.”

The program kicked off with an assembly that featured magician Robert McEntee, who related all of his applause-inducing illusions to reading.

In a special “Principal’s Challenge,” the students surpassed their goal by collectively reading over 42,000 minutes during the two weeks of PARP. The reward was seeing Principal Lisa Belz spending an entire day dressed as a snowman. “I’m not sure who had more fun, the students or Dr. Belz,” said Feldman.

As PARP came to a close in February, the class in each grade with the highest rate of participation – Josette Welton’s kindergartners, Christine Vaglica’s first-graders and Erica Sherlock’s second-graders – was rewarded with an “Ice-PARP” party in the cafeteria.

For the final day, a vocabulary hat parade through the halls was organized by the school’s reading teachers, with students choosing new vocabulary words and decorating a hat with their definitions.  



Presenting a Legacy of Leadership

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In the final edition of teacher Greg Kguloian’s Lit.2 Life cross-curriculum lesson program, dubbed “Blue and Gold (Leadership and Legacy)”, high schoolers worked in cooperative groups to create a student-centered learning project for a mock National History Day competition.

Groups in each of Kguloian’s English 10 classes worked together to create the three components of their presentation: a news report about their research on a chosen historic leader, an original skit about that leader and how they came to power and what they accomplished with their power, and a lesson which allowed the students to actually “teach” each other about what they learned via their cooperative research. All of the students used appropriate sources of information and included proper citation for verification of the validity of their reports.

Among the leaders selected for research were Mahatma Gandhi, Jackie Robinson, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The latter’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was reenacted by one of the students. 

“I was bursting with pride about how my students approached and executed their mock National History Day project,” said Kguloian. “It reminded me why I come to work every day.”

“We carefully plan and implement our objectives for the betterment of those entrusted to us as educators,” he explained. “However, this student-centered activity has been proven to benefit everyone concerned. My kids worked very hard on this final Lit.2 Life endeavor and they have proven to be the epitome of what EI Pride can achieve.”


100th Day Celebration at Connetquot

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Connetquot celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 24 with centenarian costumes, exercises in counting and a special can campaign.

Students and teachers alike dressed as if they were 100 years old, and the students enumerated more than 100 reasons why they loved their school and created posters that each collected 100 items. Tying in to the math curriculum, the students also counted to 100 utilizing a variety of objects as well as their rectangular 10 frame counting tools.

“The day was filled with numeracy lessons on the many different ways to count to 100,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “Everyone agreed that the children were 100 days smarter and there were hundreds of happy smiles throughout the school.”

In a final, charitable endeavor for the 100th day celebrations, students collected a total of 560 cans to donate to St. Peter’s food pantry.  Each classroom completed various activities with the cans, such as graphing and sorting by 10s, then brought the cans down to the cafeteria, where they were sorted and counted by students in Crystal Ann Chiari’s class.




Heroes and Ducks at EIMS

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Middle schooler Nicholas Illare recently received a school assembly visit from the Long Island Ducks’ mascot, QuackerJack, as a result of winning TD Bank’s “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest.

Illare was one of only four winning students on Long Island out a field of hundreds of applicants; each had to write an essay on the topic, “Who is a hero in your community and why?”

The sixth-grader selected his cousin, architect and real estate developer Anthony Westenberg, as the subject of his contest entry.

“Even though Hurricane Sandy destroyed his home, he still found time to help others”, noted Illare in his essay, describing how Westenberger, the owner of AMW Development Corp., sponsored a “meals on wheels” type of event in his neighborhood.

Trio of Future Medical Leaders

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High school students Katie Bunde, Matthew DeLuca and Joe Nickel were nominated to attend the prestigious Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. Each of the three received an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Students are nominated for this honor based on leadership ability, high grade point averages, and aspirations to become physicians or medical scientists.

While at the Congress, the trio and fellow high school delegates from around the country watched live surgical procedures, had the opportunity to submit questions to the surgeons in real time, and discussed state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. The students were personally instructed by prominent scientific leaders including U.S. Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, National Medal of Science winner Dr. J. Craig Venter, Harvard University Medical School professor Bohdan Pomahac, Georgetown University Dean for Medical Education Stephen Ray Mitchell, and Nobel Prize winners Dr. Mario Capecchi, Dr. Ferid Murad and Dr. Richard Roberts.

March BOE Business/Workshop Meetings

The East Islip Board of Education's next monthly business meeting will take place Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m., in the ECC cafeteria at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace. It will be preceded by an executive session at 6 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

The Board's next budget workshop meeting, including a presentation from the Budget Advisory Committee, will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Reading Under the Sea at Connetquot

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Connetquot’s Parents as Reading Partners program kicked off on Jan. 20 with a presentation from illustrator and author Steven James Petruccio, who shared his acclaimed drawings for children’s books.  The Connetquot students even gave him an idea for a painting based on this year’s PARP theme of “Under the Sea.”

During the two weeks of PARP, students read for 15 minutes per night and recorded their reading data on forms shaped like sea creatures, which were hung in the cafeteria.  The program featured daily reading riddles with book prizes, and the entire school learned a special version of the Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy,” adapted to fit with the reading program.

PARP at Connetquot came to a close with a performance by Brian Chevalier. In his “Rock Out for Reading” show, students joined Chevalier as he sang about many popular characters in books that the students were familiar with.

“It was an exciting season of reading here at Connetquot, and the visits from Steven and Brian were wonderful ways to encourage further reading and to celebrate a great PARP program,” said Principal Deborah Smith.



First Budget Presentation Posted

The East Islip School District's first 2015-2016 budget presentation, presented at the Feb. 26 Board of Education meeting, is available to view.

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Before- and After-School Program Discussed

At the Board of Education's Feb. 26 workshop meeting, the district and community discussed the before- and after-school child care program. See the attached informational spreadsheet for more information.

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Academies Debate Environment vs. Economy

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Reflecting the great prominence held by formal debate in American academic institutions for hundreds of years, the high school’s Environment Green and International Business Globalization Career Academies were tasked this year with researching, writing and presenting constructive arguments in support of or against five large-scale public initiatives, culminating in a debate in the school’s Forum.

The business students built their construct on Adam Smith’s contention that individuals, acting in their own self-interest, will achieve accomplishments that will benefit all of society, while the environmental students argued Garrett Hardin’s belief that unchecked use of public resources leads to abuse, depletion and great societal costs. The debate format was modeled after the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, and provided the 32 participating students with an authentic learning experience in crafting and delivering a persuasive argument.

The five topics debated included whether the use of fracking to capture oil and gas should continue in the United States, whether Long Island towns and counties should allow development on some protected public lands, whether a new nuclear plant should be built on Long Island, whether an offshore wind farm should be built off Long Island’s South Shore, and whether the Keystone pipeline should be constructed as proposed.

“I was very impressed by the enthusiasm and passion the students brought to this activity,” said teacher Paul McHugh. “The groups presented excellent arguments and supported their positions with relevant facts and statistics. It was clear that the students felt most confident when they took the time to research the topic thoroughly and understood both sides of the argument.”

“It was exciting to see effective collaboration as students prepared their arguments,” said fellow teacher Maude Walsh. “When students learn about things that really matter, they are motivated.”

Added teacher John Reilly, “It was a pleasure to see a group of students so passionately delve into an academic exercise. Their performance at the debates was only outshined by the level of commitment they had in gaining complete understanding of their topics. Events such as these truly bring the classroom to life and infuse deeper thought. This project will serve each of them well as they move onto their future studies and careers.”

Artist of the Week: Feb. 23, 2015

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John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fifth-graders Dylan Tracey and Meghan Clayton (“Warm/Cool Landscapes”)

Timber Point Elementary: First-grader Timothy Coakley ("Henri Rousseau Jungle Collage") 

Touring a 'Wax Museum' at RCK

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In a unique twist on the social studies curriculum, third-grade students at RCK presented a “wax museum”, dressed in costume as important figures from history. After selecting and researching a particular historical figure, the students prepared poster boards that highlighted the accomplishments and contributions their chosen figures made to society, and constructed timelines to highlight the significant events of their historical personages’ lives. Presenting to their classmates, each third-grader dressed and spoke as if they were their chosen figure, fielding questions from their peers.

As a culminating activity, the RCK library was transformed into an interactive wax museum. Parents were invited to tour the museum, where they had the opportunity to push a “button” in front of each student portraying a historical figure. When the button was pushed, the historical figure came to life and told about his or her life and major accomplishments. Upon completion of their speeches, they reverted back to wax figures until the next visitor pressed their buttons.

“This was our first year doing this,” said teacher Jennifer Beebe. “The parents really enjoyed the opportunity to come in and see the students’ hard work, and the students loved seeing each other dressed in costume and learning from their peers.”



EJ Autism's Jigsaw Run on April 26

The EJ Autism Foundation's ninth annual Jigsaw 4 Mile Run/Walk for Autism will take place Sunday, April 26, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the East Islip Marina on the end of Bayview Avenue.
 
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.

For race information and application, see the attached flier. 

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Chinese New Year at Timber Point

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Art teacher Christina Spera-Bartlett and music teacher Kathy Carter collaborated to celebrate Chinese New Year with kindergarten classes at Timber Point.

In studying Chinese New Year and the animal zodiac, the students learned that Feb. 19 began the Year of the Sheep and then drew pictures of sheep in art class. They discussed the woolly texture of sheep, which they indicated with squiggly lines in their drawings. The color red was used to create the background of the pictures, as it is the color of good luck in Chinese culture. Finally, students used ELA skills to answer questions about their project.

In music class, the kindergartners listened to traditional Chinese music and did a “Lion Dance.” The students also sang Chinese New Year songs that focused on the customs of the holiday, accompanied by Chinese musical instruments such as the gong, drums and cymbals.



MS Actors Rise to Musical Challenge

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The dedicated young actors of the middle school brought down the house on Feb. 6-7 during two nights of sold-out performances of the school musical, “Once on This Island” that were filled with family, friends and community members.

The one-act 1990 Broadway musical, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and based on Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel “My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl,” is set on a Caribbean island. The story questions why humans have prejudiced thoughts.

Nearly the entire show is sung or features spoken dialogue specifically timed to the musical score. “With almost nonstop music, the cast did a fantastic job with the challenging musical content of this show,” said musical director John Patrick Murphy. “The ensemble cast members were also on stage for the entire show, which is a challenge for any actor to stay focused and in character for that length of time.”

The production showcased the talents of more than 80 students involved in every theatrical position from acting to ushering. “All of the students collaborated and became a theatrical family over the past months with one goal in mind – to tell the story,” said Murphy.

Cast members included Melanie Arma, Fiona Ashe, Connor Barnes, Jake Barsch, Alexandra Bertolini, Leah Bloom, Sarah Blumberg, Ally Bunde, Joseph Canas, Kayla Cappe, Nicholas Cicali, Hannah Christy, Benjamin Chovinick, Nicholas Damico, Jenna Donnelly, Gia Gremaux, Kelli Karlin, Anna Koch, Melissa Kinnear, Rachael Kuhlman, John LaFrancesca, Thomas Locke, Emily Maccarone, Emma Mendolia, Danielle Muroff, Nicole Muroff, Noelle Naccarato, Jen Nolet, Tyler O’Neill, Jenni Profera, Kaitlyn Rice, Kerri Smith, Katelyn Spina, Kieran Tohill, Marie Tohill, Joelle Tomossone, Halle Traney, Bridget Welch, Shannon Wilson and Meghan Walsh.

The set was designed and built by art teacher Toniann Mannino and students from her musical theater technology class, including Polina Arteev, Nicholas Carlino, Jacqueline Davis, Jarrett Duncovich, Hunter Engrassia, Allison Epstein, Robert Hartenfels, Mikki Llamido, Carla Maekelae, Sarah O’Neill, Michael Quast, Dana Rice, Christopher Saitta, Cynthia Stasio, Ryan Thompson, Timothy Trapanese, Arthur Tuck and Veronica VanDerlofske.

“We worked very hard on this set and it felt amazing to see it brought to life in the musical,” said Mannino.  

Lauren DeCanio, Karina Gallagher, Caroline Meehan and Christopher Saitta served as stage managers, aided by the work of the stage crew of Nikki LaFrancesca, Gianna Perretta, Sarah Piccinini and Ryan Polidoro.

Sophie Bingham, Lily Bocamazo, Maddie Burhart, Olivia Flynn, Kylie Goess, Brooke Hommel, Maggie King, Bridget Launonen, Jolie Lenox, Alessandro Lundin, Maddy Maccarino, Courtney Morena, and Joan Simonetti served as ushers for the event.



Fridge Donated for Life Skills Students

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The EJ Autism Foundation donated an apartment-sized refrigerator to the district this school year, for placement in the life skills room at the middle school. The unit has provided the students with valuable opportunities to store, prepare and cook foods that require refrigeration.

All-Long Island Track Champs

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Seven high school student-athletes – Michaila Dattero, Jackie Ginty, Katie Ginty, Faith Penny, Katharine Newhoff, Anya Schmitt and Christina Talamo – successfully competed as part of the school’s girls varsity winter track and field team at the New York State Qualifier meet on Feb. 8.

Earning All-County honors for the second consecutive year, League III and Suffolk Small Schools champion Newhoff finished in second place in the 1,500-meter race walk.

With a second-place finish for all high jumpers in Suffolk County, fellow League III and Suffolk Small Schools champion Penny likewise earned All-County designation, for the third year in a row.

Newhoff and Penny will both compete in the New York State Track and Field Championships on March 6 at Cornell University in Ithaca.

Schmitt finished in the top 10 for all 1,500-meter runners in the county, Jackie Ginty placed fifth in the 55-meter dash, while the 4x200 relay team of Dattero, Talamo and the Ginty sisters placed in the top eight.

At the Long Island Elite meet, held on Feb. 22 at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington and involving the best jumpers and race walkers from Nassau and Suffolk counties, Newhoff and Penny won the Long Island Championship in the 1,500-meter race walk and high jump, respectively. Both girls earned All-Long Island honors to go along with their All-League and All-County recognition.

MS Kickline Remain Undefeated

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Undefeated now for five years running, the middle school's Redmenettes kickline team successfully defended their title on Feb. 8, emerging victorious again in competition with other Long Island schools. The team earned first place at two prior regional competitions to earn their place at the championships.

“The girls work very hard from October through February, three days a week,” said coaches Christina Inghingolo and Kelsey Krumholz. “We could not be more proud of all their effort and achievements.”


Dellavecchia Wins County Wrestling Title

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Star high school wrestler Jesse Dellavecchia won the county title at the Suffolk Division 1 wrestling championships, held Feb. 14-15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead. The senior did not give up a single point during the tournament, and remains undefeated at a perfect 41-0 this season.

Dellavecchia won four bouts en route to the 132-pound crown. After winning the first two matches by pin in the first period, he decisioned Longwood’s Brett Brice, 11-0, in the semifinal. Dellavecchia won his finals match, 5-0, over James Szymanski of Shoreham-Wading River, extending his East Islip career wins record to 183. He will compete in the New York State championships, to be held Feb. 27-28 at The Times Union Center in Albany.

Fellow Redmen wrestler Alex Deveglio placed fifth in the 138-pound weight class, finishing the season with an impressive 38-2 record.


Winter Sports Postseason Schedule

Boys Basketball
Wednesday, Feb. 18 - East Islip at Central Islip, 5 p.m. ($4 admission)

Girls Winter Track
New York State Track and Field Championships
Friday, March 6 - Cornell University

Boys/Girls Bowling
NYSPHSAA Championships
Saturday/Sunday, March 7-8 - Syracuse (Section III)


A Volunteer Spirit for eiMAPS

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Students from the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society volunteered for the annual clothing drive held by the East Islip Music and Arts Program Support group, also known as eiMAPS. The Jan. 24 event collected funding for programs and scholarships for East Islip School District music and art students.

The efforts of the 13 students – Mike Borelli, Lindsay Carpluk, Ann Deubel, Erica Hayden, Beth Hillman, Sarah Hillman, Sam LoForte, Dylan Lopez, Aileen Meier, Timothy Meier, Joanna Mingo, Justin Taveres and Taylor Triolo – were coordinated by high school music teacher Christopher Neske. Home Depot donated the necessary garbage bags and zip ties. 

“Thanks to the support of the community and the volunteer spirit of our students, the clothing drive was a huge success,” said eiMAPS organizer Linda Hillman.




Elementary Science Fairs Enthrall EI

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East Islip’s two elementary schools for grades 3-5  held their annual fourth-grade science fairs on Jan. 29.

JFK’s winner was Gabriella Schwaim from Donna Marshall’s fourth-grade class, for her project “Current Comparisons of Solar Cell Readings.”

“Our fourth graders were extremely eager and excited to complete and share their projects at the science fair,” said JFK Principal Aileen O’Rourke. “The fair allowed our students to research a topic of their choice, while learning many new skills. They were involved with reading, logical thinking, writing, math and data analysis as well as scientific methodology. This was a fabulous learning experience.”

The winner at RCK was Nicholas Rizzo, for his project “Color and Heat Absorption,” which sought to determine whether the colors black and white absorb heat differently. RCK’s runner-up winners were Isabella Fantauzzi and Jack Verdolino.

“The fourth grade students did an amazing job,” said RCK Principal Danielle Naccarato. “We had over 130 amazing science projects and the judges – who were teachers and staff volunteers along with science honor students from the high school – had to work very hard reviewing and appraising the students’ submissions.  This was not an easy task as all of them did their best to create outstanding projects.”

“I learned a great deal from the students,” said RCK teacher David Lake. “I was truly proud and impressed with their efforts and creativity.”

Rizzo and Schwaim will represent East Islip at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair on May 2.

 

Horn Musicians Offer Free Recital

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The MYO Horn Quartet, consisting of East Islip students Nick Pepino, a senior, and Michael Stevens, a sophomore, along with Islip High School senior Ethan Fields and Ward Melville High School junior Constance Mulford, will present a free recital at St. Mark’s Church in Islip on March 1 at 3 p.m.

The four student-musicians will be accompanied by pianist Christine Dore, performing works by Franz Strauss, Reinhold Gliere, Wolfgang Mozart, Franz Liszt, and Vaughan Williams, as well as the first movement of Robert Schumann’s Konzertstucke for four horns.

This recital will serve as a preview for the Quartet’s debut as featured artists at the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York Suffolk Principal Orchestra’s winter concert, to be held on March 22 at the Staller Center for the Performing Arts at Stony Brook University.


Soccer Standouts Sign Letters of Intent

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Four outstanding student-athletes – Caileigh Apicella, Brianna Hernandez, Stephen McKenna and Caroline Piazza – recently signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer this coming fall in college. Their proud families joined the students in Athletic Director Stephen Restivo’s office to celebrate their achievements.

Apicella, a three-year varsity defender and co-captain of the East Islip girls team, will attend Wingate University, where she plans to study to become a nurse or physician assistant while playing for the Bulldogs. The atmosphere and friendly people at Wingate’s campus in North Carolina appealed to Apicella, who was named All-League in 2013 and All-County in 2014. “I kind of just wanted to get away and start something new and great,” she said. “I am looking forward to another four years at the next level.” 

Midfielder Hernandez will play for the Gaels at Iona College in New Rochelle. Named East Islip co-captain as a senior, she played all four years on the varsity and was named 2013 Long Island Player of the Year. The fact that Iona had her major, criminal justice, was one factor in her choice, along with some family history – her aunt and uncle met and married while attending Iona, as did another uncle. “I love the campus and am looking forward to a new start,” she said.

McKenna, a center back, will play for Binghamton University’s Bearcats. He played for five years at Albertson Soccer Club, part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system. Two older brothers also play Division I soccer: Eric, a sophomore at Villanova, and Keith, a senior at Stony Brook. “Binghamton has great academics and great coaches,” he said of his choice. “All of the players on their team are really nice, great guys.” He is currently undecided on a major, but is considering political science.

Piazza, a striker, signed with the New York Institute of Technology. She will play for the Bears at the school’s Old Westbury campus. A member of the East Islip varsity squad for two years after captaining the junior varsity team, Piazza also is a member of East Islip’s Medical Career Academy. Her interest in a career as a physician assistant impacted her selection of NYIT, which has a direct entry to the PA program. “NYIT was the first school I saw that I really liked, and I am looking forward to it,” she said.

Debating the Death Penalty

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Visiting the high school on Jan. 14 at the request of teachers Bridget Lopiccolo and Nicholas Mequia, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi served as the moderator for a stimulating Participation in Government class debate on the death penalty.

Students prepared questions and arguments for and against the death penalty, with many defending a side of the issue that they personally disagreed with. Questions and rebuttals were timed, and each student was involved in all aspects of the debate including researching evidence, collecting data on death penalty cases and representing points of view for the conservative and liberal sides of the argument.  

“It was amazing and brought education to life,” said Cilmi. “The students took lessons learned in class and applied them to real-life situations.”

Unite for the Fight on March 30

See the attached flier for information on the Unite for the Fight: Communities Against Substance Abuse Forum, which will take place on Monday, March 30 at Hauppauge High School.

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Senft Recognizes Redmen

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Town of Islip Councilman Anthony Senft honored the East Islip High School varsity football team for winning the Suffolk County championship at a Feb. 10 ceremony at Town Hall in Islip.

Artist of the Week: Feb. 9, 2015

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John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fifth-graders Morgan Moritz and Steven Squillante (“Snow Globe Scenes”)

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Fourth-graders Keira McCaffery and Mac Meyers (“Illuminated Letters")

Timber Point Elementary: Kindergartner Peter Marazzito ("Chinese New Year - Year of the Sheep")



Community Explores Advocacy

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The entire school district community came together on the morning of Feb. 6 to share ideas and advocacy initatives at the second annual East Islip Advocacy Breakfast & Community Workshop, held at the district office board room in Islip Terrace.

A breakfast reception was skillfully prepared and served by students from the East Islip High School Culinary Arts & Hospitality Career Academy, who were introduced by their teacher, Patricia Emmons-Fritz.

More than a dozen performers from the cast of this year’s East Islip Middle School musical, “Once on This Island,” sang “We Dance” for the attendees, who included district administrators, directors and building principals as well as State Sen. Phil Boyle, State Assemblyman Andrew R. Garbarino, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Board President Steven Behan.

Representatives were also on hand from the East Islip Athletic Booster Club, eiMAPS, For the Kids Foundation, EJ Autism Foundation, the East Islip Public Library, East Islip TaxPAC, Rotary of the Islips, East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce, the Budget Advisory Committee, the Long-Range Planning Committee, the five school PTAs and SEPTO, the East Islip High School Student Council and the high school newspaper, “The Broadcaster.”

After a positive state-of-the-district address and video presentation from Superintendent Linda J. Rozzi, Assistant Superintendent for Business Stephen Harrison explored the financial status of the district, noting that its use of reserves had improved over the last year.

The legislators and administrators discussed the upcoming state budget process and the difficulties for school districts caused by a lack of state aid. The negative effects of New York State’s unpopular Gap Elimination Adjustment remained a particularly urgent topic of discussion, with the district providing sample letters and pamphlets in support of ending the annual practice, supported by comments from the two state legislators.

“We want to see the GEA repealed,” said Boyle. “The vast majority wants to get rid of the GEA because they see the impact it’s had across the state,” added Garbarino.

“I’m here as a cheerleader for East Islip,” said Cilmi, who thanked the district for hosting the event. “It’s a model school district. I am happy to advocate where it’s warranted, as the financial challenges we all face as taxpayers aren’t going away.”

“We are so pleased that our educational partners representing the greater East Islip community were represented,” said Rozzi. “We also thank all elected leaders who continue to advocate for East Islip’s educational and fiscal future. Since our focus is on ‘excellence,’ I was particularly impressed with our high school students’ involvement in district advocacy efforts, as they represent our greatest asset and deserve the right to be engaged in such a conversation.”

Boys Bowling Team Wins County Title

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The varsity boys bowling team finished first in its division, earning a divisional championship in Patchogue on Feb. 3 alongside the school’s varsity girls team, who also won their division.

The Redmen boys team took first place in the Suffolk County tournament in Sayville on Feb. 7, earning them another county championship – their third in the last five years – and a chance to win a state title on March 7.

The East Islip boys had another season to remember, according to coach Bob Cheadle, finishing as League 2 champions for the third straight year behind the efforts of five top performers, junior Mike Orobelo (222 average) and seniors John Kavanaugh (221), Nick Salentino (220), Matt Amin (218) and Anthony Riggi (207).

In the Suffolk County championship, EI were paced by Salentino (241 average), who had the second highest average in the tournament, as well as senior Nick DeFazio (219), Amin (218), Orobello (217) and Kavanaugh (203). Junior Mike Riolo and freshman Justin Orobello came off the bench to solidify the team’s victory.




Another Day of Horn for Middle Schooler Stanzione

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For the third year in a row, middle school student-musician Andrew Stanzione participated in the annual Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Day of Horn held on Jan. 16 at Northport High School. This year’s festival, the 10th held by SCMEA, featured horn virtuoso Julie Landsman and some of her students from the Juilliard School.

Stanzione met, rehearsed and performed with over 250 students, teachers and horn professionals from all over Long Island. After rehearsals and seminars, he joined in on a group performance that evening, playing songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,”  “The Muppet Theme,”  “The Man on the Flying Trapeze” and closer “Auld Lang Syne,” a tradition at this event.

Herrnkind's Congressional Nomination

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High school senior Brandon Herrnkind has received a Congressional nomination from U.S. Rep Peter King. Rep. King’s Military Academy Selection Committee completed a thorough interview for all potential nominees interested in applying to a military academy, and upon completion of this screening process and careful evaluation of each candidate’s files, Hernnkind was selected for this special Congressional nomination.   
 

Redmen Wrestlers at League Championships

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With a score of 135, East Islip High School’s varsity wrestlers came in third out of a field of eight teams at the League IV Championship held at Deer Park High School on Feb. 7. The team contest was won by Hauppauge.

East Islip won several individual final matches, led by Jesse Dellavecchia (38-0), who captured his third straight league title at 132 pounds over North Babylon’s David Miele-Estrella, 12-2, in front of a packed audience at the Deer Park gymnasium. This earned him first-seed status in the Dellavecchia is the first seed in the Section XI Suffolk County tournament.

Alex Deveglio (37-1) and Nick Motta (29-7) both won their first league titles. Deveglio took a close 8-7 decision at 138 pounds over highly regarded Dashea Edwards of West Babylon, while Motta at 195 pounds scored a takedown in overtime to beat Hauppauge’s Anthony Ottaviano by the score of 3-1. For the county tournament, Deveglio was seeded third and Motta was seeded fourth.

Other Redmen winners in the consolation finals were Mike Barra (23-11) in fourth place and Joe Marinich (19-10) in third place. At 160 pounds, Barra pinned Joan Peralta of Centereach, while Marinich decisioned West Babylon’s Nick Coppola at 170 pounds. At 152 pounds, Jon Thomas finished in fourth, falling to North Babylon’s Amiri Lake, 9-3, in the consolation finals.

Student Volunteers Shine at Snowflake

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Showcasing the organization’s diligence on behalf of special education in the district, the fifth annual East Islip SEPTO Snowflake fundraiser was held on Jan. 30 at the local Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall on Champlin Avenue.

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Career Academy students from the high school prepared all of the food for the event; additional high school student volunteers assisted in activities including selling raffle tickets, serving appetizers and working in the kitchen; and members of the district’s Family and Consumer Science Club handled the venue’s coatroom.

“I thank all of our volunteers, team members, guests and those who donated to make this another successful event for our children in East Islip,” said SEPTO President Susan Kavanagh. “While this one annual fundraiser provides grants and scholarships to benefit our students, it’s the dedication of SEPTO parents that provides the ongoing support needed to navigate the sometimes difficult world of advocating for our children.”




Sportsmanship Win for MS Girls Tennis Team

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The middle school girls tennis team was recently awarded the NYSPHSAA Section XI Sportsmanship Award for the 2014-2015 season.
The team members – Naimh Amitrano, Sophia Bates, Hanna Benardos, Sophie Bingham, Emma Chiarelli, Alyssa Levy, Stephanie Milito, Jenna Moceri, Nicole Muroff, Megan O’Connor, Jenna Piacenti, Kelsey Quinn, Kayla Quinn, Kimberly Rauber, Colleen Schmidt and Clarinda Vilardi – exemplified high standards of sportsmanship as assessed by opposing teams within their division.

“I am so proud of these young women for being honored with this prestigious award,” said coach Peter Cabral. “They all represented the East Islip community with enthusiasm and in the most dignified manner. I congratulate each and every athlete and their families, and especially thank their parents for their continued support.”


EI Photogs to Exhibit in Albany

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Exceptional artwork by high school senior Ashleigh McCarron and junior Lauren Jackson has been selected for display in Albany at the 25th annual New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit this March.

“I am very proud of Ashleigh and Lauren,” said their photography teacher, Heather Toomey. “They are talented photographers and it is such an honor to exhibited in Albany.”

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 5 opening reception for students, parents and teachers.

The East Islip students’ artwork will remain on display from March 2-5.

District Strategic Plan and SMART Goals

Click here for information on the district's 2014-2015 strategic plan and SMART goals.

Elementary Eight to Perform at SCMEA

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Eight outstanding East Islip elementary-level musicians were selected for the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County Festival. They will perform at the Division I Central SCMEA All-County Concert at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip on March 15.

From John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Trevor Cox and Kaitlyn Donnelly were chosen for chorus, Ella Micalizzi for band, and Samantha Tursi for orchestra.

From Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School, Dayra Cardenas and Brianna Rodriguez were chosen for chorus, Ryan Auffant for band, and Aidan O’Reilly for orchestra.


Artist of the Week: Feb. 2, 2015

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John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fourth-graders Rahman Zia and Isabella Lemke (“Monochromatic Snowflakes”)

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Third-graders Victoria Crowell and Fallon Jurngerkes ("Lego Self-Portraits")

Timber Point Elementary: First-graders Emerson Gartland and Matthew D'Amico ("Snowmen at Starry Night")

Redmen Shine at ABC Duals

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Proving strong at home, high school wrestlers battled against the top grapplers from other schools at the annual East Islip Athletic Booster Club Duals tournament, held at East Islip on Jan. 24.

Team wins included victories over Grand Street Campus 54-24, in round 3, and a 45-27 win over Copiague in round 5.

In individual wins, East Islip picked up two important victories against Ward Melville: Unbeaten Jesse Dellavecchia (33-0) defeated Mike Cohen at 132 pounds, and Alex Delveglio (32-1) decisioned Gregg Williamson, 16-4, at 138 pounds.

Upcoming tournaments on the horizon for the Redmen include the League IV Championships at Deer Park High School on Feb. 7, the Suffolk County Championships at Hofstra University on Feb. 14-15 and the New York State Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany on Feb. 27-28.

Timber Point's PARP ‘Passport’ Wins Award

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The Timber Point PTA won the Suffolk Region PTA PARP Award on Jan. 15. The annual award recognizes a PTA unit within Suffolk County that promotes literacy among students.  The Timber Point PTA’s Parents as Reading Partners program theme last year was “Passport to Adventure.”

“Our message was that a good book can take a child anywhere in the world,” said PTA representative Dawn LaMacchia, who served as chairperson of the PARP program.


FTK's Black Tie Gala Coming March 20

East Islip's For the Kids Foundation will hold its 18th annual Black Tie Gala at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. The Gala, whose theme this year will be "The Roaring Twenties," is the FTK organization's premier fundraising event to benefit students in the East Islip School District.

East Islip Middle School Principal Mark Bernard will be honored as Educator Advocate of the Year. James Bruno and Louis Bruno will be honored as Community Advocates of the Year.

Invitation attached below.

FTK will hold a one-day Black Tie Gala ticket sale on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at East Islip Middle School from 3:30-7:30 p.m. 

Click here for further information on the Black Tie Gala.

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District Transportation Study

Click the attachment below to view a transportation study supplied by Transfinder regarding the district's current walker/rider policy. Transfinder explored the possibility of amending the fourth- and fifth-grade walker/rider limits using the district's cexisting fleet of buses.

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The First East Islip Big Egg Hunt

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Click on the attached document for information on the first East Islip Big Egg Hunt by the East Islip Art Department.

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Winter Concerts Showcase Progress

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Lovely music filled the high school’s Rydzeski Hall over the course of six exemplary winter concerts by 21 different ensembles of student-musicians from Ruth C. Kinney Elementary (Dec. 2), John F. Kennedy Elementary (Dec. 3), East Islip Middle School (Dec. 9 and 10) and East Islip High School (Dec. 15 and 16).

All levels of achievement were showcased, from the promising first sonic steps of the youngest elementary performers to the remarkable proficiency and fluid musicianship of the high schoolers.

Each of the events blended impressive classical pieces with festive Christmas carols and Hanukkah/Kwanzaa-themed traditional material, pleasing audience members’ ears while warming their hearts. At the secondary concerts, music from the popular film “Frozen” was a common theme, tackled by both choirs and orchestras.

“I am very proud of the musical growth of our students during the first part of the school year,” said Judith Fischer, an orchestra director at East Islip Middle School. “The eighth-grade orchestra played a challenging and demanding series of pieces with varying styles and genres, while the seventh-grade orchestra made tremendous progress in technical ability as well as musicianship.”

“These young musicians worked hard to prepare for the concert and their performances were beautiful,” said band director Lynda Maniscalco of RCK’s event.

 

 



Thursday, March 05, 2015