2014-2015 District Calendar

The 2014-2015 district calendar and directory is now available on the East Islip website, and can also be viewed below.


Exploring Freedom of Expression

In “Lit.2 Life Chrome,” the latest edition of Greg Kguloian’s ongoing Lit.2 Life cross-curriculum lessons at East Islip High School, the teacher’s freshman and sophomore English classes joined forces to delve into poetry, history and freedom of expression, focusing on the historical poem/song “Donna Donna.”

According to student research, “Donna Donna” originated as “Dana Dana,” an anti-Nazi protest song in Yiddish taken from the 1940s musical play “Esterke.” It was later performed in the 1960s as a protest song against the Vietnam War, made famous by musician Joan Baez. The allegory and metaphor within the song appealed to Kguloian’s students, who used it to fuel discussions about the First Amendment as well as the historic dangers of oppression and censorship. Several students even spurred a reenactment of a famous anti-censorship protest scene from the film “Dead Poets Society.”

After researching the history of “Donna Donna” – including Baez’s politically impactful performance in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989 alongside future Czech President Vaclav Havel – and exploring the First Amendment, Kguloian’s students carefully crafted their own scripts for a mini-movie on the topic. They performed them in front of a camera in the school’s video production studio, and later edited the final products.

“The students made this lesson their own,” said Kguloian. “I am extremely impressed with their efforts, especially the fact that while I may have created and organized the Lit.2 Life Chrome project, the students did the rest. They did their homework!”



A Mid-Summer Message



Districtwide Committees for 2014-2015

Our district embraces a shared decisionmaking 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 (see attached list) we established throughout the school year. If interested, please complete the application (attached below) to serve on such committees. The deadline for receipt of these applications will be Wednesday, Sept. 24.


Summer Registration Schedule

For the summer registration schedule and registration information, please see the below attachment.


“Welcome Back” Info from the Superintendent



REMINDER: All elementary and middle school grade-level supply lists can be found on each school's homepage.  


East Islip High School
7:10 a.m. -1:47 p.m.                  
Grades 9-12

East Islip Middle School
7:54 a.m.-2:32 p.m.                  
Grades 6-8

John F. Kennedy Elementary School  
9:12 a.m.-3:12 p.m.
Grades 3-5

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School     
9:12 a.m.–3:12 p.m.
Grades 3-5

Connetquot Elementary        
9:42 a.m.-3:42 p.m.
Grades PK-2

Timber Point Elementary School         
9:42 a.m.-3:42 p.m.
Grades PK-2



Spruyt Earns LIASEA Scholarship

East Islip High School graduate Ryan Spruyt, a member of the Class of 2014, was recently the Suffolk County recipient of the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators’ Conrad Hecht Memorial Award, earning him a $500 scholarship.

LIASEA, an organization consisting of special education administrators of public and private school programs and services who work together on challenging issues, presented certificates to Spruyt and other honored students and educators at the group’s annual awards luncheon at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho.

Spruyt entered East Islip’s career development program in the fall of 2012, where he successfully participated in an individualized program, spending mornings in the high school working on a modified curriculum to acquire the functional and academic skills necessary to pursue his goals, coupled with a supported work experience program in the community to build and reinforce skills necessary for future employment. In considering community vocational experiences, he demonstrated significant interest in working with his hands in both the woodworking and automotive fields, leading to internships with a Marriott engineering/maintenance crew as well as the Lacrosse Unlimited warehouse. As an avid lacrosse fan and player, he described the latter as his “dream job,” and was eventually taken on as an apprentice in the Lacrosse Unlimited string/dye room – a valuable skill and a coveted position in the lacrosse world. Knowing his love of all things lacrosse, Spruyt’s supervisors even surprised him with a visit from a professional lacrosse player who came to the job site specifically to meet him.

“Ryan is on his way transitioning into the world of adulthood,” said teacher Margaret Gallagher. “He takes with him all the hard work he has put into his education and the success he has achieved thus. His strengths, interests, and experiences have paved the path for his transition and we could not be more proud. It has been a pleasure working with Ryan these past two school years. I have watched him develop skills and confidence and will miss the wonderful example of hard work, humor and kindness that he brought to our program.”

Timber Point Tours Long Island Cares

Collecting nearly 500 pounds of food destined for donation to Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Timber Point Elementary School student council’s food drive earned them and their parents an educational tour of the charity’s operations in Hauppauge. Long Island Cares distributes more than 600 million pounds of food a year to needy Long Island families.

“For our students, it demonstrated the very real situation that many Long Island families find themselves in right now, struggling daily to pay their bills and feed their families,” said teacher Patrice Mercurio. “I am so proud of the kids for giving up their time on a beautiful Saturday to learn more about Long Island Cares.”


NHS Induction at Dowling

In a special change of scenery, East Islip High School National Honor Society advisers Frank LaBella and Tim McDermitt arranged for this year’s induction ceremony to be held at the Dowling College ballroom, where more than 200 parents, grandparents and friends proudly watched as the students were honored.

“It was an absolutely delightful event, and we are all so very proud of the students who were honored here this evening,” said Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip’s guidance director. “The students wrote such beautiful words explaining just how important their chosen mentors have been in their lives and how they have played such an important part in their success in school.”

Superintendent Linda Rozzi, in attendance with other district administrators, congratulated all of the inductees and thanked LaBella and the departing McDermitt for their hard work and dedication to the NHS.     


Composer Visits JFK and RCK Orchestras

Angela Stewart’s orchestra students at John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementary schools in East Islip recently had the honor of meeting composer John Caponegro as they were preparing to perform his piece “Shoe Symphony” for their spring concerts.

Caponegro, who taught elementary orchestra in the Sachem School District for more than 30 years, told the children how his former students inspired him to compose “Shoe Symphony,” which features fun foot stomping and foot shuffling. He spoke about his passion for music and answered questions about his musical composition.

“His genuine personality and obvious love for music made his visit extremely memorable for the students and for me,” said Stewart. “It was such a treat to be able to meet the man behind the music and perform his piece for him in preparation for our concert.”


Behan Named New BOE President

Steven Behan was elected as the new president of the East Islip Board of Education for 2014-2015 at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting on July 10, replacing former President Louis F. Raffone, who remains as trustee. Behan’s current stint on the Board began with his election as a trustee in 2013.

Philip Montuori Sr., first elected as a trustee in 2012, was selected for the second year in a row as vice president.

Both men were sworn in by District Clerk Marie Rogers, as were Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi and the Board’s newest trustees, William Carpluk and Christopher Zachry.

The East Islip Board of Education will next convene for a workshop meeting on Thursday July 24 at 7 p.m. and a regular business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.


Kuehne Signs with St. Francis

East Islip High School bowler Megan Kuehne recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play for St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights this fall. She plans to study nursing, a new program at St. Francis.

With its small bowling program roster of eight athletes, the NCAA Division I school was a terrific fit for Kuehne, who will commute to practice at Strike 10 Lanes at Mill Basin in Brooklyn. “It is a small school and everything is tight-knit and nice,” she said, noting that her acceptance was voted on by the St. Francis team itself. The Terriers finished second in the Northeast Conference Women’s Bowling Championship this past school year.

Kuehne attributes her EI sports success – she finished her high school career with a 203 average – to working with her coach, Harold Cooley, who mentored her as she became a key piece in the Lady Redmen’s county, league and state championship season. “The team came together and worked so hard,” she said. “It was a dream come true.”


Summer Schedules for Fall 2014 Sports

Click here for detailed information and summer schedules for East Islip varsity and JV fall 2014 sports, including dates for open workouts, tryouts and first practices as well as coaches' contact information. Orange cards are due in the high school nurse's office on Aug. 18.


Graduation Day for Class of 2014

With the strong sunlight appropriately reflecting the bright hopes and dreams of the Class of 2014, East Islip High School held its 87th commencement on June 26.

As family and friends cheered wildly, the seniors marched in to Boomer Esiason Stadium to the traditional sound of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the school’s orchestra and directed by Susan Rydzeski and Alyssa Sciarrino. Emily DeMaio sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by a rousing rendition of East Islip’s alma mater by the vocal quartet of Janine Alto, Paige Epstein, Nicholas Rocco and Maxx Vogelsberg.

Principal William Brennen made the audience smile with his humorous but apt listing of the appropriate lessons in comparing life beyond high school to the song “Copacabana.” “Life will not always be easy, but with hard work and determination, you can achieve your goals,” he told the students he had watched over for the last four years. “It is our hope that you always choose paths of integrity.”

On this day of honoring the future and remembering the past, outgoing Assistant Superintendent for Business Carl Fraser was given an honorary diploma, and Brennen welcomed 16 members of East Islip’s Class of 1964, who were congratulated and presented with special certificates.

Salutatorian Grant Stroehlein spoke to his fellow seniors about the necessity of failure in providing opportunities to grow and become a better person, noting, “The only true failure is one of effort. Always keep trying, as only you can decide when you’ve reached your goals.” He described his personal disappointment in not being accepted to his dream college, but explained how the setback enabled him to reassess and reset his life. “The silver lining was personal growth,” he said.

Valedictorian William Meehan decried the lack of sleep common to studious seniors, and shared his personal motto, instilled in him by his mother, “Don’t be an ingrate – be great.” In closing, he assured his classmates, “We aren’t leaving our time here behind, we’re taking it with us.”

“Let it be known that this year’s graduating class has written a wonderful chapter in the rich history of East Islip High School and our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi. She urged the graduates to work hard at developing likeable, pleasing personalities. “In doing so, you’ll find yourself naturally acting morally and ethically without realizing it,” she said. “Be likeable if you really care about your reputation.”

Board President Louis F. Raffone’s speech was short and sweet, urging the students to applaud their parents for their crucial role in getting the students to where they are today.

Following the presentation of diplomas, Class of 2014 President Amanda Garcia gave a farewell address, thanking everyone in her class. “This is the future right here, and we have exceeded all expectations,” she said. “Let us throw our caps!”

Red headgear flew skyward, and as the orchestra played the recessional march from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the new alumni filed proudly out of the stadium to begin their celebrations.

A complete list of graduates is attached below.

Click here for a special commencement video presentation.



JFK and Timber Point Moving Ups

Fifth-graders at East Islip’s four elementary schools – Connetquot, John F. Kennedy, Ruth C. Kinney and Timber Point – celebrated moving up to middle school at recent ceremonies.

For Connetquot and Timber Point, it was the final such ceremony, as both schools will move to a K-2 grade configuration in September. At Timber Point’s June 23 event, Principal Lisa Belz noted how bittersweet it was to congratulate Timber Point’s final fifth-grade class. “Where has the time gone?” asked Belz. “I wish you the best of luck as you move on to middle school.”

“I am so proud of all of our boys and girls,” said JFK Principal Aileen O’Rourke at her school’s June 25 ceremony. “They have worked hard and have served as excellent role models. I am confident they will be successful in the middle school and I wish them much happiness and success as they ‘move up.’”

After receiving academic and civic awards and their graduation certificates, the happy students closed the day in song, movingly singing The Script’s “Hall of Fame” at JFK and Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me” at Timber Point.




Carpluk and Zachry Sworn in as Board Trustees

William Carpluk and Christopher Zachry, the newest members of the East Islip Board of Education, were sworn in to office by District Clerk Marie Rogers on July 1 at the district office. “We’re glad to be aboard,” said Zachry.

Linda J. Rozzi was also sworn in for her second year as East Islip’s superintendent.

Carpluk and Zachry, who won election on May 20, will attend their first board meeting as trustees on July 10, when the Board gathers for its annual reorganization meeting.



Connetquot Visits Statue of Liberty

Continuing an annual tradition, the fifth-grade classes at Connetquot Elementary School in East Islip recently made a “pilgrimage” to the Statue of Liberty National Monument, the culmination of their study of U.S. history, immigration and the Industrial Revolution.

During the weeks leading up to the trip, the students read a variety of materials delving into immigration history and the New York City landmark, and viewed documentaries and primary sources including passenger manifests, photos and letters from immigrants.

After taking buses to Manhattan’s Battery Park, where they viewed the financial district and other sites, the students joined tourists from all over the world in embarking on a ferry ride over to Liberty Island. There they viewed the museum collections and walked up to the pedestal of the colossal copper statue, which was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated in 1886 as a gift from the people of France.

Then it was on to Ellis Island and its immigration museum, rich in American history. “It was wonderful for the students to walk where the people who formed this country walked to get a feel for what they experienced, and to take in the amazing view of the harbor and downtown Manhattan,” said teacher Robert Chiarelli.


HS/MS Fall Sports Physicals

High school nurses will be in the office on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 from 8-11 a.m. to collect fall sports physicals for students to participate in the fall sports season. 

Middle school nurses will be in the office on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 from 8 a.m.-noon to collect fall sports physicals and to hand out orange cards.

Musicians Shine at Spring Concerts

Young musicians from each of East Islip’s six schools performed during the district’s spring concert series, held in May and June at the high school’s Rydzeski Hall. Students in the four elementary schools – Connetquot, John F. Kennedy, Ruth C. Kinney and Timber Point – also performed daytime concerts for classmates, held in their respective schools. For some, it was the first step in their music careers as students. For others, it was the culmination of many years of hard work, practice and determination. For the appreciative audiences, it was pure enjoyment and pride.

At Timber Point’s concert, the performance by the school’s chorus, directed by Kathy Carter, included traditional English children’s counting song “This Ol’ Man,” enhanced with the singers’ use of body percussion as well as percussion instruments, square dancing and a puppet. “It all added an element of surprise,” said Carter, whose students closed on a patriotic note with “United We Stand,” which incorporated a medley of songs including “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America” and “America the Beautiful.” “The chorus performed with tremendous enthusiasm, focus and musicality,” said Carter. “They worked extremely hard preparing these songs for their last Timber Point concert and I am very proud of each and every singer.”

Additional choral highlights included the Beatles’ “Blackbird” by the Connetquot Chorus, directed by John Patrick Murphy; selections from the musical “Wicked” by the East Islip Middle School Concert Choir, directed by Patricia Bryan; and spiritual “The Battle of Jericho” by the East Islip High School Honors Choir, directed by Bethany Affelt.

Memorable moments from the various bands included impressive performances of the theme from “Star Wars” by the Connetquot and Timber Point elementary school bands, directed by Ronald Fox and Lynda Maniscalco, respectively; medleys of Glenn Miller and Queen favorites by the East Islip Middle School Concert Band, directed by Concetta Stevens; and John Mackey’s “Kingfishers Catch Fire” by the East Islip High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Christopher Neske.

Judith A. Fischer, orchestra director at East Islip Middle School, noted that her students had focused on American music during the spring semester. The eighth-grade string orchestra worked in collaboration with the seventh-grade girls chorus and chorus director Patricia Bryan to perform a special rendition of “America the Beautiful,” followed by the “John Williams Trilogy” and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” while the seventh-grade string orchestra tackled Percy Hall’s challenging “Variations on America,” based on the events of 9/11. “Not only did the students have the opportunity to perform some familiar music, but they were also able to connect the pieces to specific times in our American history,” said Fisher.

At the high school concerts, orchestra highlights included Arturo Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2” by the honors symphony orchestra, directed by Susan Rydzeski, while at the elementary levels, students performed works such as Edmund J. Siennicki’s “Frog in a Tree” with ambitious verve. “I was especially impressed with the fourth-graders’ ability to perform such a difficult repertoire in just a short period of time,” said Jaime DeMaria, who directed the Connetquot and Timber Point elementary school orchestras. “They did a great job keeping up with the advanced and skilled fifth-graders. Congratulations to all students on a job well done.”


Senior Awards Night Honors Best

More than 95 of the best and brightest seniors were honored at East Islip High School's Class of 2014 Awards and Scholarship Night, held on June 3 at the school’s auditorium. Parents, administrators and award sponsors were on hand to congratulate these outstanding young scholars, athletes and role models on being recipients of numerous awards and scholarships.

“These scholarships help our students pay for college costs and textbook expenses,” said Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer, who has organized and hosted the ceremony for the past 13 years. “Many of our sponsors have been with us for many years, and the students were very grateful for the opportunity to be selected for these awards.  I did my best to keep the audience laughing and enjoying the ceremony, and the students were very respectful to each other and supported all the winners.”

Valedictorian William Meehan, who was unable to attend the ceremony but participated via Skype, was the recipient of several awards, including the Suffolk County Science Teachers Association Student Award, the Math Department Award, the FTK – Dr. Krishnan Endowment Fund Science Award Scholarship and the FTK – Dr. Krishnan Endowment Fund Valedictorian Award.

Salutatorian Grant Stroehlein was honored with the FTK – Dr. Krishnan Endowment Fund Salutatorian Award as well as the RCK Elementary PTA Award.

The East Islip Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary Adele Krenicky Memorial Award and Michael J. Otten Memorial Scholarship both went to Danielle Drywa, while the Kiwanis of the Islips Award and RCK Elementary School Scholarship were presented to Catherina Marku.

Among this year’s other senior awards were the Principal’s Award, won by Foazy Nwaiser; the Suffolk Transportation Scholarship, won by Andrew Dobkowski, Justine Mack and Tyler Mittleman; the Suffolk County Chapter of the Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds Award, won by James Mellett, Matthew Walter and Austin Ward; the East Islip Ice Hockey Scholarship, won by Dennis DaSilva and Anthony Diesu; the Tracy Hushin Memorial Scholarship, won by Diesu; the Robert John Throo Memorial Scholarship, won by David Palmer; the Kimberly A. Coffey Memorial Scholarship, won by Sal Cipolla, Bianca Warnken and Briana Warnken; the Foreign Language Award, won by Jillian Staebler; the Stefano Morel Award, won by Matthew Tavares; the Dual Language Award, won by Larry Burnham; the Music Department – Paul Breeze Award, won by Leah Stevens; the Music Department Scholarship, won by Stevens and Maxx Vogelsberg; the Gregory R. Huether Memorial Scholarship, won by DaSilva, Bianca Warnken and Briana Warnken;, the Rotary of the Islips Interact Club Scholarship, won by Paige Epstein and Troy Revello; the  Beachtree Scholarship, won by Joseph Moschetto; the Cpl. Robert C. Pope II Scholarship, won by Patricia McLoughlin and Scott Mehner; the Timber Point Elementary PTA Award, won by Kaitlin Cronin and Anne Flamio; the  Business Department Award, won by Ward; the Technology Department Award, won by John Callagy, Mellett and Christianna Wilbert; and the Connetquot Elementary School PTA Award, won by Frank Artusa and Frank Fritz.

For a complete list of students given awards, click on the below attachment.



Middle School Sports Schedule for 2014-2015

See the below attachment for information on the 2014-2015 East Islip Middle School sports schedule.


Thursday, July 31, 2014