Bowling Coach Cooley Makes Hall of Fame

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Harold Cooley, the girls varsity bowling coach at the high school since 1985, was named the first inductee in the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame for the sport of bowling. He was honored in a May 8 induction ceremony at the Upsky Long Island Hotel in Hauppauge.

Cooley’s varsity teams have enjoyed numerous undefeated seasons, including a remarkable five-year streak from 2004-2005 through 2008-2009. He has won 20 league and nine county titles, and won the New York State championship for the third time last year.

“I thank the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame Committee for inducting me, and special thanks to Pete Blieberg for nominating me for this prestigious award,” said Cooley. “I have been very fortunate to live, attend school, teach for 34 years and coach for 40 years at East Islip. I would also like to thank all of the parents for trusting me with their daughters over the years, and my girls for their hard work, loyalty and dedication to the East Islip varsity bowling program and to me. It is difficult to win so many league, county and state titles without having talented athletes to coach.”

He went on to thank the four athletic directors he worked with – Hank Kreitzer, Dennis Maloney, Blieberg and Stephen Restivo – and numerous fellow coaches, as well as his own family.


Upcoming BOE Business Meetings

Upcoming Board of Education business meetings will be held on Thursday, July 30 and Thursday, August 13, both at 8 p.m.

 See below attachment for a complete 2015-2016 meeting schedule.

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Middle Schoolers Greet Returning WWII Vets

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Helping to honor veterans and strengthen ties within the community, the East Islip Middle School Builders Club participated in another act of patriotism and service with Long Island Honor Flight, greeting veterans returning from a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

This latest Honor Flight in May included 48 World War II veterans and two Korean War veterans, aided by 60 accompanying guardians. Among the veterans of note were Joe LaBarbera, one of the last living members of Darby’s Rangers, and couple Hank and Rhona Aron, who met during WWII and have been married for 71 years.

After an early morning motorcycle escort by Boots on the Ground New York, Red Knights of New York, American Legion Riders and Iron Shields of New York, the vets departed from Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport. Upon arrival at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, they were greeted by a fire truck escort and water cannon salute, and were given a standing ovation by passengers and crews from all of the other airlines. Buses took the vets to the National World War II Memorial, where they spent two hours in reflection, followed by visits to the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. 

When the returning vets arrived back at the airport in Islip that evening, a crowd of several hundred people were there waiting to welcome them, including family members, the East Islip Middle School Builders Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and honor guards from various organizations. The Builders Club students, led by teacher Rena Costello, had created “welcome home” signs with the veterans’ names on them. They also wrote “mail call” thank-you letters to the veterans, which Honor Flight gave them to read during the trip as a heartwarming way to relive the experience of receiving mail from home.

“I’m not sure what made me prouder, to see great American heroes grateful to the community welcoming them home, or to see our children looking up to them and cheering them on,” said airport attendee Michael Arens, whose son, Jacob, is a member of the Builders Club. “My family greatly appreciates Mrs. Costello’s dedication to the Builders Club and for giving our children the opportunity to support our nation’s veterans.”

Honor Flight Long Island, based in Southampton, has been in existence since 2006, providing free plane trips and daylong tours for veterans to relevant sites in Washington, D.C. The nonprofit has flown 32 missions to the capitol for more than 1,250 participating Long Island WWII veterans.

“It’s safe to say that we all get more out of our participation than we put into it, and we look forward to working together on the next fall flight,” said Honor Flight committee member Tina Bates, whose children, Lucas and Sophia, are Builders Club members and participate in Honor Flight events.

According to Bates’ husband, Phil, who serves on the group’s board of directors, Honor Flight Long Island continues to seek WWII veterans who would be interested in taking advantage of the program and attending the flight, and encourages donations from the community to pay for sending the veterans to D.C. The organization can be contacted at 631-702-2423, or via their website.




Pizza Persuasion at RCK

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As part of an English language arts assignment, students in Jennifer Talbot’s class at RCK wrote persuasive letters to various local stores and major companies in the hopes of convincing the businesses to send samples of their products to the class.

Frito-Lay, Sweet Frog, Crayola, the San Francisco 49ers football team and Pam’s Ice-Cream Shop of East Islip were among the companies who responded to the students. Mary’s Pizza & Pasta of Islip Terrace sent a letter offering to provide the class with a free pizza party, which the students enjoyed.


Summer Registration Schedule

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

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Box Tops Bonanza at East Islip

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With the enthusiastic support of principals, parents and students, East Islip’s Box Tops for Education program submitted record numbers of box tops during the last school year. As a result, PTA representative Anne-Marie Orgera, who coordinates efforts for the program at both John F. Kennedy and Timber Point, was named Box Tops Coordinator of the Year.

In the Box Tops Super Heroes contest, Timber Point submitted the highest number of Box Tops since the school started collecting them, while JFK’s Box Tops cereal box collection container was featured on the Box Tops website and both schools garnered special notices in a Box Tops T-shirt contest.

“Box Tops in East Islip had an amazing year,” said Orgera. “As a coordinator, I always try to make collecting fun, and part of the fun was entering as many contests as we could. It was a surprise and honor to win Coordinator of the Year, but I did not do it alone. The kids are the real stars. Their smiling faces and excitement are what made it all worthwhile.”




Legislators Honor Bowling Champs

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State senators Phil Boyle and Thomas D. Croci and State Assemblyman Andrew R. Garbarino paid a visit to the high school on June 19 to meet with the varsity boys bowling team. Their Legislative Resolutions proclamation, adopted in the Assembly on April 27 and the Senate on May 5, honored the team and coach Bob Cheadle for winning the New York State championship this past winter. Commemorating the achievement, each team member received a certificate from the legislators, who lauded their athletic skills and determination.

Middle School Coffee House Makes Sweet Music for Charity

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At the middle school’s eighth annual Coffee House, sponsored by the school’s student government, the cafeteria was transformed into a chic and cozy venue for student performers to showcase their musical, poetic and writing creativity. The theme of the June 12 event was “Sweet Music to Your Ears.”

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses who donated items for the ticketed auction, and community members who attended the Coffee House, the school raised $957.42 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.




Board of Ed Committee Volunteering

Members of the East Islip Board of Education have volunteered for the following committees:

Audit Committee                                       
Jessica Carney and Christopher Zachry

Districtwide Safety Committee               
Philip Montuori Sr. and Christopher Zachry

Excellence in Learning Committee         
Steven Behan and William Carpluk

Health and Wellness Committee 
              
Philip Montuori Sr.

Islip Town School Boards             
Steven Behan and Jessica Carney

Long Range Planning Committee           
Jessica Carney and Christopher Zachry

Nutrition Committee                               
Philip Montuori Sr.

PTA Council  
                                            
Steven Behan and Jessica Carney

SAVE/Code of Conduct Committee     
Steven Behan and William Carpluk

School-Business Partnership                
Philip Montuori Sr.

Special Education Committee          
Philip Montuori Sr. and Christopher Zachry

Technology Committee                       
Steven Behan

Montuori Named New BOE President

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Philip Montuori Sr. was elected as the East Islip Board of Education's new president for 2015-2016. Montuori, first elected as a trustee in 2012, was named as president at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting on July 9, replacing former President Steven Behan, who remains as a trustee.

Trustee Christopher Zachry was named as vice president.

It was the first Board meeting for East Islip’s newest trustee, Jessica Carney, and for new Superintendent of Schools John V. Dolan.

 

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Class of 2015 Reach for Their Dreams

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Donning traditional red and white caps and gowns, seniors of the Class of 2015 took a step close to reaching their dreams as they graduated from the high school on June 26.

The commencement was held on Sal Ciampi Field at Boomer Esiason Stadium in front of a crowd of proud administrators and families. Following the processional march into the stadium, Principal Bill Brennen opened the ceremony with words of wisdom for the students to carry with them as they enter their next life chapter.

“When you leave here today you cannot predict what is going to happen next,” said Brennen. “Most of you have plans, but rarely does anything go according to plan. When your plan goes astray, don’t sweat it. Sometimes those changes are a blessing in disguise. Change and adapt. Don’t be afraid of what life throws your way. The obstacles between you and your dreams are just small stuff. The truth is, your family and the education that you received here at East Islip have prepared you for those challenges and you are certainly capable of achieving the success you desire.”

Reflecting on her years at East Islip, co-valedictorian Lauren Farrell shared a personal experience of facing her fears by donating blood, despite being afraid of fainting. She reminded her classmates to stand up for what is right, even if it is a difficult choice.

“Adulthood is right around the corner, and that means big changes in our lives,” said Farrell. “There will be moments of fear and uncertainty, but facing them is necessary to surpassing them. The lesson I learned was about selflessness. I knew I was going to faint before I even walked in that room, but I still did it because I knew it was the right thing to do. I focused on helping others. Doing the right thing even without being rewarded or acknowledged is what distinguishes the heroes among us. Next time you get the chance, do the right thing and be someone’s hero.”

Board of Education president Steven Behan said goodbye to the Class of 2015 with a short, heartfelt speech, telling the students to dream big.

“Please dream as big as you can,” he said. “Get a plan and get to it. If you help yourself, the people that love you will help you too. Good luck, Class of 2015. Reach for your highest dreams.”

Magna Carta Couture

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Sophomores in Nancy Fitz and Patricia Lester’s global history classes celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta on June 15 by creating their own unique Magna Carta T-shirts.



Welcome Letter from Superintendent Dolan

Please note the below welcome letter from Superintendent of Schools John V. Dolan, and his attached 10 helpful hints for success in school.

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Freshman Tennis Champ ‘JR’ Earns All-State

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High school freshman and divisional tennis singles champion Emmanuel “JR” Vacalares has been named an All-County and All-State athlete for 2015.

At the Suffolk Division II Individual Tournament, held on May 11 at East Islip, Vacalares was seeded No. 1 in the singles draw and won all his matches en route to claiming the singles championship. In the final, he defeated third-ranked Lynus Fortaleza of North Babylon by a 6-2, 6-4 score, earning him a spot among the top 16 singles players countywide at the Suffolk County Individual Tennis Championships.

Although Vacalares lost in the semifinals to eventual county champ Chris Kuhnle and was unable to advance to the state tournament, the young athlete demonstrated he has a bright future in high school tennis.


States on Display at RCK

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Fifth-graders at RCK recently participated in a State Fair project in which each student randomly selected one of the 50 states to create an exhibit display. Once their states were chosen, the students were given a set of guidelines to follow, and researched their assigned states by using both the internet and books from the school library. The resulting projects were presented as decorated tri-fold display boards, which were displayed in the gymnasium for parents as well as visiting third- and fourth-graders from the school, who participated in a “state scavenger hunt,” answering one question for each states.   


Basketballers Honor Inspiring Teachers

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Continuing an annual tradition, East Islip High School’s varsity boys basketball program recognized the dedication of the district’s elementary school teachers who inspired them. The Class of 2015 graduating seniors on the team paid a surprise visit to their former teachers at Connetquot, John F. Kennedy, Ruth C. Kinney and Timber Point elementary schools, presenting each them with a bouquet of flowers in their classrooms, or outdoors at field day, in the case of JFK.

“The basketball team just wanted to make sure that the elementary teachers are never forgotten,” said coach Robert Schwender. “Having the opportunity to go back to see their teachers is a very emotional event, and it’s a great moment for the teachers, too, to see the end result of their work, in the person of the graduating seniors. All of our teachers have left a lasting impact and taken part in the molding of each student-athlete who graduates from East Islip.”



RCK’s Day for Moving Up

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For the 137 students of RCK’s fifth-grade class, the June 24 moving up marked a new phase in their East Islip educational careers. For the final time, they sang the school song, “Learning Is the Way Here at RCK,” as they celebrated graduation in the auditorium at the middle school, which they will attend as sixth-graders in September.

“Anything is possible,” Principal Danielle Naccarato told the graduates. “There is only one you, so do it right. Congratulations, boys and girls.”



The Circus Comes to JFK

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The circus came to town at JFK on June 17 and 18, literally taking over the school’s physical education classes. Assisted by physical education teachers Keith Gerard and Jennie Nagengast., experts from the National Circus Company presented a series of circus workshops, teaching skills such as acrobatics, juggling, stilt-walking, plate-spinning and other circus tricks to students from grades 3-5.

By the end of a single class, many students had mastered the basics of juggling and other circus skills, which demand that both sides of the brain be used equally and simultaneously.  

“These skills are great for hand-eye coordination, concentration and focus,” said Gerard. “The presentation also helped reinforce what the students are learning in their physical education classes.”

“It was great to see how our students built up their coordination and their self-confidence, and in the process, enhanced other parts of their learning,” said Principal Aileen O’Rourke.

The program was provided by the school’s PTA Arts in Education Committee.



Middle School Fun in the Sun

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The annual Backyard Bash at East Islip Middle School on June 22 gave graduating eighth-graders an opportunity to celebrate their academic achievements and enjoy some food, fun, games and sunshine as summer began. Even Principal Mark Bernard joined in, flying headfirst down an inflatable slide.

“This was a very special eighth-grade grade class, and I look forward to hearing of their triumphs at the high school and beyond,” said Assistant Principal Jason Stanton.”




Wednesday, July 29, 2015