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FTK Supports Students with $27K Donation

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In its 21st year of serving the needs of the district’s students, East Islip’s For the Kids Foundation again stepped up to the plate with a generous donation for valuable academic, cultural and recreational programs. At the first Board of Education meeting of the year, held on Sept. 14, members of FTK – including President Pat Blair, Vice President Gina VanDenburg and Past President Nancy Goldfader – presented a $27,113.44 check to the Board and Superintendent John Dolan.

"We are humbled by this donation and are so grateful for all of FTK's hard work on behalf of East Islip's children," said Dolan.

This latest FTK contribution included funding for the new 1,000 Book Club as well as to obtain STEM kits and build a memorial garden at the middle school. This donation, coupled with the other donations and programs sponsored in the 2016-2017 school year, totaled almost $100,000, bringing FTK’s donations to the district’s students to more than $1,300,000.

“We were thrilled to be able to make this donation,” said Blair. “We would not be able to do so without the tremendous support we receive from the families here in the East Islip School District as well as the district administration and staff. We are all so very proud to be For the Kids!”

Pride on Display at Pep Rally

 Pride on Display at Pep Rally

To kick off East Islip Pride Day on Sept. 15 and prepare for the following day’s homecoming festival, the high school’s students gathered in the gymnasium for a spirited pep rally. The teams represented included basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling.

Principal William Brennen and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo led the celebration and introduced the homecoming court and Class Cup competition, while the students were entertained by the school’s band and cheerleading squad. Senior Mia DiGiovanna, the cheerleading captain, drew applause as she did a routine while donning a Redmen headdress.

Bagels and Books at the Middle School

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The middle school recently held a bagel breakfast, organized by teacher librarian Valerie Ware Comneck, to celebrate the students who completed the school’s summer reading program.

BOE Special Business Meeting on Sept. 27


The Board of Education will hold a special business meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace.

See below for a complete list of Board meetings for the 2017-2018 school year.


FTK's Second Annual Taste of Life on Sept. 25

FTK's Second Annual Taste of Life on Sept. 25
FTK will present its second annual Taste of Life event on Monday, Sept. 25 at Land's End in Sayville. Please see the attached invitation.


Pridewear Purchase Coordination


Please be advised that the district's athletic department is not the coordinator for Pridewear purchases. Bob Sendel of the East Islip Athletic Booster Club is the coordinator for any Pridewear purchase, and Port Jefferson Sporting Goods is the vendor.

Regarding Pridewear purchases, please call Chris at Port Jefferson Sporting Goods. He can be reached at 631-473-5522 ext. 309. Port Jefferson Sporting Goods swill contact all customers who ordered any items via email, with information on how and where their order will be delivered.

Starting Off the Year with Enthusiasm

Starting Off the Year with Enthusiasm

Despite overcast skies that occasionally veered into rain, students from the entire East Islip school community began the new school year on Sept. 6 in a positive, enthusiastic manner.

“The first day of school was amazing,” said Timber Point Principal Danielle Naccarato. “Happy faces filled the halls with energy and curiosity. We are off to an exceptional year.”

“The RCK staff and I were so happy seeing all of the smiling faces on the first day of school, and we look forward to an exciting year of new experiences,” said Principal Hillary Bromberg.

“We were very excited to welcome our new sixth-grade students to the middle school,” said Principal Mark Bernard.” “Our returning seventh- and eighth-graders were eager to begin their year as veterans of the building.”

“Even though there were several raindrops on the first day of school, students entered JFK with smiles and great enthusiasm,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “Everyone quickly found their classrooms and the teachers were eager to share new Smart Boards. We are all excited about learning the tremendous possibilities that this technology offers for all. It was also wonderful to see students making new friends and catching up with their buddies. We look forward to a fantastic 2017-2018 school year.”






St. Mary School Transportation

In response to inquiries received regarding timing issues impacting the transportation of students to St. Mary School, the district has evaluated several options in an effort to provide an appropriate resolution. Effective Monday, Sept. 11, an additional minivan will be added to the two existing minivans currently transporting students. New routes and pick-up times have been established, which will be communicated to families by Suffolk Transportation. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Freshmen Get Acclimated at Orientation


The high school welcomed new freshmen for an orientation session on Aug. 30.

After Principal William Brennen greeted the incoming ninth-graders and introduced his fellow administrators, he asked all the students to stand up in the school’s auditorium and repeat the district’s “Manners Matter” rules. Assistant Principal Christian Seifert the discussed the school code of conduct, and counselors explained their roles. The students had a chance to meet their counselors, take a tour of the building, walk to their lockers and begin decorating them. 

“I am very excited to see how this ninth-grade class acclimates to their new high school environment,” said Israel Malinowitzer, director of careers and student services. “I am very confident that they will work hard, participate in many afterschool activities and show their EI Pride throughout the next four years. We are delighted to have them and look forward to watching them graduate as the Class of 2021.”

High School Beginning Features New Endings

High School Beginning Features New Endings

Each student at the high school is required to read a book and prepare a summer reading report, but those in Greg Kguloian’s ELA class are asked to do an additional assignment as well, allowing them to take an intellectual opportunity to another level.

When the students walk into Kguloian’s classroom on the first day of school, they will see a notation on the board that their first writing assignment and learning experience for the year will be called “Write On…” The project requires them to make up an alternate ending or a “what happened next?” story based on a book they read over the summer.

“This chance to show off the scholastic efforts that they put in over the summer proves just how dedicated all of our students are in their own individual involvement in helping themselves go above and beyond what is expected of them,” said Kguloian. “The kids never cease to amaze me with their academic interest and refreshing verve when they come back to school after their summer break. I am so happy to see how much work that these pupils have accomplished when I get to meet them for the first time each academic year.”

Get Inspired for a New School Year!


As we approach the start of a new school year, with students and staff getting ready to work hard together on shared goals, join Superintendent John Dolan for this inspirational look at what makes the East Islip school community so special.

Five Medical Research Winners Recognized

Five Medical Research Winners Recognized

Five students from the high school’s Medical and Health Technology were named winners in the annual Youth Summit research competition held at St. Joseph’s College.

More than 1,000 submissions – in mediums such as photographs, papers and PowerPoint presentations – in more than a dozen categories were entered by high school students from across Long Island, with 200 entries selected as finalists. Guided by teacher Lisa Neri, East Islip’s Medical Academy team entered 24 papers, all of which made it to the finals; placed first in four categories, and won best overall submission in any medium or category.

Lexie Faraj placed first in the category of teen self-esteem and mental health for her paper “The Effect of Stereotyping on Self-Esteem Among Local Long Island High School Students.”

Rachel Florenz placed first in the drug abuse category for her paper “Risky Business: Substance Abuse among Genders and the Acknowledgement of Risky Behavior in Long Island Teens.”

Elizabeth Hillman placed first in the teen health and wellness category for her paper “A Common Problem Amongst Teens: Sleep Deprivation and its Effect on Physical Well-Being.”

Adam Raso placed first in the category of physical/athletic wellness of Long Island teens for his paper “The Effect of Over-Training in Young Teenage Athletes and the Occurrence of Overuse Injuries.”

Klaudia Paone earned the top winning research essay award for her paper “The Burden of Eve: How Gender Influences the Identification of Sexual Harassment in Long Island Teens.”

“Every year these students do an amazing job with their research, and we are so proud of their amazing achievements,” said Career Academy Director Israel Malinowitzer.

Softball Season Wrap-Up


The high school’s softball team wrapped up a remarkable year in which the Lady Redmen won the Suffolk County championship and were just two outs away from winning the Long Island championship. As a team, they broke the school record for home runs (26), wins (23), batting average (.397), runs (246), doubles (52), walks (93) and RBI (212).

All-County pitcher Courtney Greene, a recent graduate from the Class of 2017, had one of the best overall seasons in the history of East Islip softball. She finished her senior season with a 20-2 record, broke a school record with 220 strikeouts in 144 innings, and earned a 0.78 ERA. She had an outstanding 12 shutouts this season, including three in the postseason, where she won five games and struck out 69 batters. Based on her efforts this season, she was named Large School Pitcher of the Year, All-Long Island and Newsday Long Island Player of the Year. Offensively, she had a terrific year batting in the cleanup spot. She set a new school record by batting .519 – including 40 hits, 37 RBI, eight home runs and six doubles – and struck out only five times in 85 at-bats. Greene batted .500 in the playoffs, logging two home runs and 12 RBI. Greene will take her skills to the next level playing at Molloy College this fall.

“Her three-run home run against Deer Park in the county final, that put East Islip up by one run, will go down as one of the biggest home runs East Islip softball has ever seen,” said coach Jason McGowan, who was named League VI coach of the year.

All-County and All-Long Island shortstop and senior captain Jackie Carty had a tremendous year. Batting third in the lineup, she finished with a batting average of .500, earning nine home runs, eight doubles and eight stolen bases, and striking out just six times in 100 at-bats. Her achievement of 42 runs, 43 hits and 44 RBI made her East Islip’s first-ever member of the exclusive “40-40” club. Carty turned it up a notch in the playoffs, going 10 for 18 with eight runs, two home runs and 13 RBI in six games. A three-sport athlete, Carty will play soccer at Molloy College this fall.

“Jackie has broken most of the offensive categories here at East Islip and she will be tough to replace,” said McGowan. “She is one of the best athletes ever to come out of this high school, particularly as a soccer goalie, where she is regarded as one of the best in the state.”

Junior Alise Colandro, a two-time All-County catcher, had another big season. She batted .442 this season, scored 31 runs, had 34 hits and 14 RBI. Batting second in the lineup, Colandro stepped up her game in the playoffs, hitting .450 with nine hits and scoring nine runs in six games.

“Alise was a vocal leader and caught a no-hitter and 12 shutouts,” said McGowan. “Blessed with a strong arm and a quick release, only three base runners stole on her all year. We look forward to Alise leading us again next season.”

Fellow junior Katie Burk, the team’s third baseman and junior captain, had a breakout season, committing only three errors all season and playing every inning of every game. Offensively, she had a monster year, hitting .451 with three home runs, 37 hits, six doubles and 25 RBI, and was a clutch player in the playoffs, hitting .409 with five runs scored and 8 RBI. 

“Katie is one of the best defensive third basemen in the county,” said McGowan. “She possesses soft hands and a rifle as an arm.”

Sophomore Allison Dell’Orto earned All-League honors this season and was named to the All-Tournament team. She batted .402 with 34 runs scored, 35 hits, nine doubles and 17 walks. She batted a team-high .500 in the playoffs.

Freshman left fielder Lauren Crawford was also named to the All-Tournament team for her performance during the year, which included 29 runs, 29 hits, 23 RBI and 13 walks. Crawford had a .387 batting average for the Lady Redmen this season, including .474 in the playoffs.

After the postseason, Greene, Carty and Burk were named to the New York Sportswriters All-State team as well as NFCA Regional All-Americans.  

Love of Literacy Shines at JFK


Fourth-graders at JFK took part in a literacy celebration. As a culminating activity to their completion of small moment narratives, students shared their “published” work with their peers.

“I was so impressed by the sensory details I heard in the stories that were read,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “What a fabulous celebration of new writers, and a wonderful opportunity for students to share and discuss their stories.”

Updating Contacts in Parent Portal

Each school year, the district updates student information regarding emergency contacts. This year, emergency contact information will be verified and updated through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. It is imperative that all parents and guardians review this information for accuracy and completeness. Instructions can be found attached below, and on the district website in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal section under the Parents tab. Thank you for your assistance in insuring the validity of this vital student emergency contact information.


Sawtelle Tops Traffic Safety Contest

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Kathryn Sawtelle, a second-grader at Connetquot, won first place in the annual AAA Traffic Safety Poster Contest for her poster “Don’t Be a Fuddy Duddy, Have a Street Buddy.” After a rigorous judging process, Sawtelle’s poster was chosen out of more than 600 entries in the grade K-2 Pedestrian and Child Passenger Safety category.

The poster contest, part of art teacher Christina Spera-Bartlett’s curriculum for second-grade classes at Connetquot, helped to promote and raise awareness of traffic safety as well as introduce the topic of how to create an effective poster using art techniques.

“All of the students worked very hard for many weeks on their poster entries and should feel very proud of their effort,” said Spera-Bartlett. “Kathryn’s design and message stood out to the judges and therefore kept moving up in the judging process, landing her in first place.”

A special luncheon was held to honor poster and video contest winners for various grade levels. As a first-place winner, Sawtelle received a plaque and a $300 check, presented by John Corlett, AAA New York’s director of traffic safety.

Brainstorming for a Blue Crayon at Timber Point


Kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders in art classes at Timber Point participated in a contest by the Crayola company to name a new vivid blue crayon. Each class brainstormed a large list of name ideas for the new crayon, then voted on a class choice. Teacher Christina Spera-Bartlett listed all of the class choice names for each grade on on a PowerPoint slide so all the students could vote on a final grade choice crayon name.

“We used a very complex voting system of colored square papers that corresponded to the name of the crayon they wanted,” said Spera-Bartlett. “They had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas and during the voting process.”

The students’ creative and innovative name ideas included “Shattered Ice,” “Bluejay,” “Blue Gusher” and “Blueberry Cloud.” The final name of the crayon will be announced in early September.

Students Create Haring-Inspired Mural


High School student-artists in teacher Daniel Figliozzi’s drawing classes recently created a large-scale sharpie drawing mural inspired by influential 1980s artist Keith Haring.

The mural, located on a high school wall between the cafeteria and the music wing, features a famous quote from Haring – “Whatever you want to do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for anyone else” – surrounded by student doodles and designs. Many of these designs were technically inspired by the intricate line work of Renaissance artists Francesco Bartolozzi and Albrecht Durer, as well as the cluttered and condensed work of contemporary artist Kath Fidler.

The students filled the mural with multiple memes, cartoon characters and numerous images of “SpongeBob Squarepants” character Squidward Tentacles. In a manner reminiscent of Where’s Waldo, Squidward is located in the mural multiple times, hiding and peeking out in places, challenging viewers to see how many they can find.

“My students enjoyed doing the mural, as they got to draw whatever they wanted,” said Figliozzi. “The work is expressive, dense and fun and really did come together; unifying with line work and ranges of dark and light values. The two central large figures in the work were inspired by Haring’s iconic figures. Each figure’s head is opening up, releasing the designs to signify endless possibility, relating to the quote from Haring.”

Ennis Proves a Dedicated Mechanic


Recent high school graduate Connor Ennis is well on his way to becoming a master mechanic, utilizing the school’s rigorous technology classes to springboard his skills and passion for repairs.

A member of East Islip’s Class of 2017, Ennis began enrolling in technology classes as soon as he entered 10th grade, the first year that students can begin these classes. During the next three years, he took every tech class taught by teacher Chad Spruyt, including basic and advanced wood shop and metal shop as well as basic automotive, where he fell in love with working with small engines. He then enrolled in advanced automotive, and began using more advanced machines as well as working on bigger motors such as go-karts, minibikes, and trikes. He rebuilt, sanded and painted an old Mercedes; made tire and oil changes; lifted a Jeep three inches; and was even called on to make machine spacers for the district’s buildings and grounds department.

“Connor found his passion and it was the ability to work with his hands, and fix and rebuild things that no longer operated,” said Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip’s technology director. “Connor was so good that Mr. Spruyt began teaching him how to work on cars and boats and how to be able to determine what was wrong with them so that problems could quickly be fixed. He spent every free moment this year in the automotive shop, visiting during his free periods and lunchtime, and staying after school to work on his projects. He has the knowledge and the skills needed to operate these machines, which will help him to move forward and be able to work for a large automotive company or even open his own repair shop in town.”

Ennis plans on attending BOCES this fall in order to expand his knowledge and to become certified in welding and mechanical applications.

“We are very proud of this young man’s dedication and commitment to this career field and we know he will be very successful,” said Malinowitzer.

Districtwide Committee Application for 2017-2018

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 and submit to the attention of Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Paul E. Manzo. (For your convenience, this form may be emailed to The deadline for receipt of these applications is Friday, Oct. 13.


East Islip Honors Teich and CORE Students

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In a June 8 ceremony with Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi in attendance, the district honored Lee’s Auto Body owner and Class of 1982 East Islip alumnus Gary Teich for his company’s 100 years of service. Also recognized at the Board of Education meeting were students in the high school’s CORE career development program – Adonees Akl, Scott Barry, Jason Otten, Michael Quagliara, Kelly Stupplebeen, Jeanie Warnken and Chris Weibalck – whose work experience included an internship program working at the auto body shop and refurbishing a car for the district.

Saturday, September 23, 2017