FTK Black Tie Gala 2016 Date Change

The date of the 2016 FTK Black Tie Gala has been moved from Saturday, April 2 to Saturday April 9. It will be held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook at 7:30 p.m.

Ciampi Earns Milestone 100th Win


Varsity football coach Sal Ciampi Jr. reached a very special milestone, earning his 100th career coaching victory. The magic number came with a 21-6 win on Sept. 18 over host Islip, with his father, legendary East Islip football coach Sal Ciampi, watching from the sidelines. The Ciampis are now the only father and son in Suffolk football history to both win 100 games.

“It was great to do it with my father there, and be the only father and son combo, as well as the youngest person to reach 100 wins,” said Ciampi. “It felt good to reach an accomplishment like that.”

Ciampi had not given the pending achievement much thought until media brought it to his attention.

“When you start reaching milestones like this, you feel old, but reaching milestones isn’t why I took this job,” he said. “I still enjoy being around kids and pushing them to achieve things they thought they couldn’t.”

Junior lineman Kyle Nunez said, “I think Coach Ciampi absolutely deserves it. He works harder than most coaches on Long Island. He’s happy for himself, and happy for us.”

The 3-0 Redmen, who earned the Suffolk County Division II championship last year, are off to a flying start after moving to Division III. “We have a long way to go," Ciampi said. “But so far, so good.”

SCPD's 'Ugly Truth' Presentation on Oct. 27

The Suffolk County Police Department's “The Ugly Truth” presentation on the dangers of heroin and prescription medications will take place at the high school on Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

See the attached flier for more information.


Future Medical Student Helps Save a Life


For East Islip High School student Phoebe Tedesco, a summer job incident proved inspiring for her and lifechanging for a Long Island grandfather.

Tedesco was hired this past summer as a lifeguard at the Bay Shore Marina. On Aug. 1, Tedesco was called to duty and had to respond to an immediate crisis at Benji Beach. While observing a man in the water with his grandchildren, she noticed him collapse. A team of 10 lifeguards, including Tedesco, jumped into the water and pulled the stricken man out. They tried to revive him with an AED machine, but it proved ineffective, and the lifeguards began doing CPR and administering oxygen.  Emergency medical technicians arrived, stabilizing the man’s neck and connecting him to an IV unit. 

On her last day of summer work, Tedesco and her fellow lifeguards were paid a surprise visit by the man they had helped, who thanked each of them for saving his life. She received a certificate of recognition on Sept. 8  from the Islip Town Board.

The event provided inspiring, and Tedesco, now attending East Islip’s Medical and Health Technology Career Academy, plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

“Phoebe was very proud to have been there that day,” said Career Academy Director Israel Malinowitzer.

Recognition for AP Scholars


A total of seven stellar students from the high school – seniors Meaghan Coles, Emily Fishman, Harrison Gieraltowski, Julia Rizzo, Joseph Teknus and Kyra Walls, and junior Isabella Pizzuto – were named AP Scholars with Distinction for 2015 by the College Board, along with 16 graduates from the Class of 2015. To be recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, students must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on their exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

One student from last year’s graduating class, Lauren Farrell, was also named a 2015 National AP Scholar, the highest level of achievement, requiring an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program recognizes several different award levels for outstanding college-level student academic achievement, displayed via AP courses and exams. The exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 3 or higher qualifying students for college credit. A total of 69 East Islip students were AP Scholars for 2015.

Ten students were named 2015 AP Scholars with Honor, including current seniors Nicholas Carney, Melissa Hasse, Therese Mittleman, Shannon Ransom and Will Reed, as well as five graduates. For this level, the average score needed is 3.25 on all exams and 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

A total of 36 students earned recognition as AP Scholars, receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams, including current seniors Sarah Commisso, Santino Dunham, Ashley Karlin, James Kelly, Faith Kern, Asma Malik, Brianna Maye, Dennis McCann, Karli Pipitone, Caleb Shulman, Ryan Smith, Charlie Tarazona and Megan Tohill, along with 23 graduates.

“All of these successful students should be praised for their superior work ethic over the course of their high school careers,” said Israel Malinowitzer, director of guidance.

Every level of AP Scholar at East Islip receives award certificates, and their achievements will be listed in the AP score reports sent to colleges.

Classic Cross-Country


The boys and girls varsity cross-country teams kicked off their 2015 campaigns with a Sept. 19 road trip to Woodbury for the second annual Monroe-Woodbury Crusader Classic Cross-Country Invitational, held on the next site of the New York State Championship course.

Battling 87-degree temperatures, both boys and girls teams delivered excellent performances with strong times, and senior Will Reed came in fourth place in the boys varsity race with a time of 16:49, the fastest of any Long Island runner.

The next day, the boys team opened their 2015 season as defending league champs and continued their undefeated streak with a solid 17-39 win over rival Deer Park. Led by coach Ralph Tubello, the team’s nine seniors – also including Brian Allgeier, Troy Donnelly, Liam Doyle, Atakan Kemal, Donte Idoice, Kyle Rucky, Caleb Shulman and Alex Viruet – intend to keep their streak alive this season at events such as this weekend’s Suffolk Coaches Invitational.

Proud to Be a Commended Student


High school senior Harrison Gieraltowski has been named a Commended Student by the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. An exceptional student as well as an All-State musician and Rensselaer Medal winner, Gieraltowski was recognized for his outstanding results on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 1.5 million students entered the NMS competition; Gieraltowski and the approximately 34,000 other Commended Students finished among the top 5 percent nationwide.

“I was pretty surprised to be named,” said Gieraltowski. “But I am happy about it and proud of myself.”

Booster Club Red & White Dinner on Nov. 6

The East Islip Athletic Booster Club will hold its 12th annual Red & White Dinner on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Irish Coffee Pub. Please see attached flier for more details.


BOE Business Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8

The next Board of Education business meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace.  

BOCES Employee Assistance Program Newsletter

The fall edition of the BOCES Employee Assistance Program's "Pathways" newsletter is available to view.


Professing Peace Through Pinwheels


Demonstrating their commitment to peace as more than just a word, first- and second-graders at Connetquot participated in the international art and literacy project Pinwheels for Peace on Sept. 21, “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the front entrance of the building.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005. More than 4.5 million pinwheels spun last year in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

“To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning,” said Connetquot second-grade teacher Leslie Davis, who coordinated the school’s Pinwheels for Peace project. “In the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Helpful Hints from the Superintendent


Superintendent of Schools John V. Dolan, who took charge this past summer, visited the district’s John F. Kennedy Elementary School on Sept. 17, conducting grade-level assemblies to introduce the students to his 10 helpful hints on how to succeed in school and reinforcing his philosophy that “manners matter.”

“We were thrilled to welcome Mr. Dolan to the East Islip community and the JFK family, and the students promised him that they would ‘stay to the right and be polite,’” said Principal Aileen O’Rourke. “Mr. Dolan made a true connection with the students and staff.”

RCK Welcomes New Principal


Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School welcomes a new principal, Hillary K. Bromberg. An educator for more than a decade, Bromberg comes to the district from Kings Park Central School District, where she served as assistant principal for William T. Rogers Middle School and Fort Salonga and Park View elementary schools.

Her educational career began as an aide in a third-grade inclusion classroom. She later taught English and Academic Intervention Services for English language arts and math in a private middle school in Brooklyn, and taught kindergarten and first grade in the Hicksville School District.

As head of RCK, she replaces Danielle Naccarato, who took over as principal at the district’s Timber Point Elementary School in August, and an interim principal, Dr. John Cassese.

Bromberg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education (pre-K through grade six) from SUNY Oneonta. She also holds a master’s degree in literacy (birth through grade six) from Hunter College and an administrative degree from Stony Brook University. She is working towards her doctorate degree in educational leadership at St. John’s University.

“I have a passion for education and the energy to help the learning environment thrive in an engaging way,” said Bromberg, a resident of East Meadow. “I look forward to working with the community and staff as partners in education to help ensure that the children receive the best possible education in the globally competitive environment of the 21st century.”

EI Community Book Club Presents 'Out of My Mind'

The East Islip Community Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom. All members of the East Islip learning community are invited to join Dr. Sarajean Anderson, the district's director of humanities, in a shared reading of "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper.

See the attached flier for more information.


Volleyball Teams Host Car Wash


The high school’s varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams hosted a car wash at Rita’s Italian Ice on Sept. 12. The event, organized by varsity coach Romina Chacon and JV coach Patricia Bush, raised funds for volleyball spirit wear.

“Our girls worked hard to clean many cars, and even the East Islip Fire Department dropped by,” said Chacon.

Photos by Glenn Reed

Alumna Named a ‘Best’ Photographer


High school graduate Gina Kuri, a member of East Islip’s Class of 2015, was selected as a finalist in Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s 35th annual Spring Photography Contest, sponsored by Sigma. The winning photos, including Kuri’s acclaimed “Masked Beauty,” will be published in the book “Best of Photography 2015.” More than 10,000 images were submitted to the contest by amateur photographers spanning 67 countries.

“I am incredibly proud of Gina’s dedication to taking high-quality images, as well as her perseverance in entering photography contests and achieving success in an amateur photography contest,” said art teacher and Photography Club adviser Heather Toomey. “Gina’s work has paid off and her talents will be published in a beautiful hardcover book.”

Districtwide Committee Application for 2015-2016

Our district embraces a shared decision-making approach which involves all constituencies – parents, staff and administrators – in discussing matters that will have an impact on our students and our district, now and in the future. We encourage parents and community members to avail themselves of the opportunity to be selected to participate on the districtwide committees we established throughout the school year. If interested, please complete the application to serve on such committees. The deadline for receipt of these applications will be Friday, October 16.


Kindergartners Get Oriented at Timber Point


Incoming kindergarten students at Timber Point got a reassuring introduction at the annual orientation on Sept. 2, riding buses and touring the building. The newest students were welcomed by an equally new principal, Danielle Naccarato, as well as PTA board members and Timber Point alumni, and each youngster received a “Kindergarten Here I Come” book donated by the PTA. Staff and students alike were impressed upon viewing a new cafeteria mural, painted by Marianne Gilmore.

“The Timber Point kindergartners did great at orientation,” said PTA President Susan Kiernan. “It was great to see their excited faces receiving the books and meeting their teachers.”


Excitement in the Air on First Day


With the heat of summer still lingering in the air, students at the district’s six schools streamed back to classes on Sept. 3 full of excitement at the prospect of a brand-new school year.

“What an amazing first day at Timber Point,” said the school’s new principal, Danielle Naccarato. “The excitement, anticipation and energy were felt in the air.  Seeing all of the students’ smiles just made my day.”

“There is life again at East Islip High School,” said Principal Bill Brennen, as his building filled with new freshmen and seniors nearing the end of their long educational journey at the district. “It’s great to have our students back, excited and ready to learn.”

It didn’t take long for the returning students to get back in the swing of things, academically. “The first- and second-grade children were eager to be back learning and fell quickly into a familiar routine, working on literacy and numeracy skills right from the start,” said Connetquot Principal Deborah Smith.  Our new entrants and kindergartners were all smiles as they made many new friends and were warmly welcomed into the Connetquot family.”  

While the heat outside recalled the joys of summer, inside the buildings it was full steam ahead, adjusting to new schools and reconnecting with classmates. JFK Principal Aileen O’Rourke said, “Our first day of school at JFK was successful, despite the extremely hot temperatures. We welcomed back our fourth- and fifth-graders and were thrilled to meet our new third-graders. We look forward to a wonderful school year.”






Tuesday, October 06, 2015