Career Academy Students Certified for OSHA 10


Sixteen students in the high school’s Career Academy program recently attended a new training workshop that enabled them to meet the requirements to earn OSHA 10 certification.

At the three-day workshop, offered by Sal Ferrara’s Electrical Training Center, the students were trained about rules and safety regulations when working in the field, were shown video clips of hazardous conditions, and were given unit quizzes on what they had learned during each presentation.

“This was the first time that any of our Career Academy students have received an OSHA 10 certificate of completion,” said director Israel Malinowitzer. “This workshop provided our students with they need to know in the workforce when starting a job.”

EI Again Named Best Community for Music Ed


For the second year in a row, the district has been named as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, recognizing the sustained commitment to music education displayed by the district and school community. The annual NAMM survey, now in its 16th year, celebrates school districts which place an outstanding emphasis on keeping music education as an integral part of the core curriculum  of their schools.

“This distinction recognizes that East Islip provides superior music education experiences,” said Stephen Guarino, the district’s director of art and music. “I thank my dedicated staff, the East Islip Board of Education and our supportive community.”

Community music programs such as East Islip’s have attracted increased attention this year due to a landmark Northwestern University study in which science research discovered new links between students in these music programs and academic success in subjects like reading. Other research reports confirm that learning to play music boosts academic and social skills, from processing mathematics to learning to cooperate as part of a group.

The BCME’s Best Communities award is decided on a variety of metrics reviewed by the University of Kansas-affiliated Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, including student enrollment in music courses, Advanced Placement or honors weighted music courses offered, the number of minutes per week devoted to both classroom music and performing ensembles, and the appropriate districtwide staffing of certified music teachers.    

Heffernan Signs with Mercy College


High school volleyball star Brianna Heffernan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Mercy College this fall.

The senior plans to study nursing, and was accepted into the nursing program at Mercy, located in upstate Dobbs Ferry. A visiting to the campus added other reasons for her decision to sign on to Mercy’s Mavericks Division II program. “I liked the coach and the girls on the team,” she said. “And it’s a nice location, close to home.”

A four-year All-Leaguer and varsity starter for the Lady Redmen, Heffernan was named Suffolk County Rookie of the Year as a freshman and captain of the team as a senior. She earned All-Conference honors last season and added the East Islip coaches award to her resume. In her club career, Heffernan also played for two years for the Rival Volleyball Club and for three years for the Long Island Volleyball Club.

She cited East Islip’s varsity coach Stacie Wixted as a key mentor for her sports success. “Coach Wixted helped me become an all-around better player and teammate,” Heffernan said.     

Fifth-Grade Parent Maturation Discussion Presentations

Maturation discussion presentations for fifth-grade parents/guardians (students should not attend) will be held as follows:

RCK: Wednesday, May 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the RCK cafeteria
JFK: Thursday, May 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the JFK cafeteria

Celebrating Spring and Sunshine at Connetquot’s Earth Day


Celebrating Earth Day and environmental awareness on April 22, students at Connetquot walked the perimeter of the school grounds with their classes and staff members, enjoying spring’s sunshine and observing nature. The children spotted several bird and squirrel nests, admired flowers, and delighted in breathing in the fresh air. Connetquot’s PTA donated reusable water bottles for all of the students to foster the importance of reusing and recycling products.

“Our Earth Day celebration raised awareness about the importance of protecting our environment and appreciating the world on which we live,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “It was so nice that Mother Nature cooperated by providing everyone with such a warm and sunny day.”  

2015 Budget Newsletter Available

The East Islip School District's 2015 budget newsletter is now available to view, attached below.


A Native American Earth Day at TP


Staff members from the Journeys Into American Indian Territory organization presented an enriching “Earth Day, Every Day” assembly for second-graders at Timber Point.

During the April 20 event, sponsored by the school’s PTA, students were introduced to Native American cultures of the Eastern Woodlands, including hunting and farming practices, and explored a museum of more than 70 different Native American artifacts. At the end of the presentation, the students walked through a fully constructed longhouse, beat on drums and pounded corn.

“The kids learned that the American Indians of our region can teach us a lot about our earth,” said PTA representative Marianne Gilmore. “They learned how the Indians respected the earth and all its creatures. They used every part of an animal and crop so that nothing was wasted.”

Artist of the Week: April 27, 2015

Timber Point Elementary: Second-graders Erin Ackerman and Erin McCarthy ("Wayne Thiebaud Dessert Art")

BOE Budget Hearing on May 12

The East Islip Board of Education will hold its next meeting, the annual budget hearing, on Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. All community members are invited to attend.

Holding EI Elders in Esteem


The high school’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Career Academy students hosted their first annual Esteemed Elders event at the Early Childhood Center, sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi for the enjoyment of the senior citizens of the community.

More than 50 senior citizens – including Board of Education Vice President Philip Montuori Sr. – attended the Roaring Twenties-themed event on April 1, participating in dancing and singing as well as dining on a home-cooked meal prepared by the students of the Culinary Academy. 

Supervised by teacher Patricia Emmons-Fritz, students from all four of the school’s Career Academies pitched in to help in making the night special, led by managers Victoria Rossi and Corey Swanberg. The students greeted each table and danced with the elders, learning a few older dances such as the Lindy, Wobble and Twist, while the students in return demonstrated several modern dance steps and volunteered to sing for the audience.

“The event was perfect and the students are to be congratulated for a superb job,” said Israel Malinowitzer, Career Academy director. “They truly showed the community that East Islip students are always willing to go out and interact with our esteemed elders.”

Stevens Chosen for NYO Tour of China


Sophomore Michael Stevens of East Islip was the sole Long Island musician selected to join the 2015 Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, and only one of only six horn players selected nationwide to represent the U.S. on the Orchestra’s first tour of China this July.

The NYO-USA program, now in its third year, was created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to recognize the finest young musicians aged 16-19 from across the country. The 114 students in this year’s Orchestra, hailing from 37 different states, underwent a comprehensive audition process including audition tapes of solos and essays about their musical inspirations.

The orchestra’s Chinese tour, led by acclaimed conductor Charles Dutoit of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, will feature guest pianist soloist Yundi. The players will visit many of China’s most acclaimed concert halls in several different regions of the country, including the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the culminating concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Among the pieces performed will be Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and new work by groundbreaking Chinese composer Tan Dun.

Despite his talent, being selected for the NYO-USA came as a wonderful surprise to Stevens, an All-State musician and member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. “I was so excited, I was in disbelief,” he said. While the teenager is no stranger to world travel, having performed in eastern Europe with the MYO in fifth grade, he is looking forward to his first trip to China.” “It’s going to be very new for me,” he said.

The Orchestra’s China trip will be preceded by an intensive two-week training residency at the campus of SUNY Purchase in Purchase, New York, working with principal players from some of the country’s finest professional orchestras. The 2015 tour will kick off on July 10 at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, followed by a live broadcast show at Carnegie Hall in New York City on July 11, before the seven-date Chinese visit.

The tour will allow Stevens and other fine young musicians to share their artistry with Chinese audiences while also experiencing the richness of China’s culture and history. The orchestra’s visit has been designated as one of only four Cultural Pillars of the Consultation on People to People Exchange between the U.S. and China, designed to strengthen ties between citizens of the two nations through culture. As part of their travel schedule, NYO-USA players will have the opportunity to tour cities, interact with local young musicians and participate in informal community performances.

“We are thrilled to bring together this extraordinary group of young musicians, challenging them to not only perform at the highest levels, but also to act as great musical ambassadors for their country,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director. “The orchestra’s first tour to China will be an amazing opportunity for musical and cultural discovery, and I am confident that these talented, dedicated musicians will inspire audiences with their music-making and return home with new knowledge and enthusiasm to share with their peers.”

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance are available at the box office, by calling 212-247-7800 or at Tickets for the Purchase College performance are available by calling 914-251-6200 or visiting

Final Budget Presentation Posted

The East Islip School District's final 2015-2016 budget presentation, presented with the budget adoption at the April 23 Board of Education meeting, is available to view.


Four All-Stars for EI Girls Hoops


Three members of the high school’s girls varsity basketball team – Jackie Carty and co-captains Alexa Mattera and Katlyn Walsh – and middle school player Gia Gremaux were selected to play at All-Star Saturday at Northport High School on March 29. The event’s games featured some of the best players in the county in their respective grades.

Mattera, a junior, was also named to the 2014-2015 Suffolk All-County basketball team at a ceremony at Villa Lombardi’s in Oakdale. The first East Islip girl recognized as All-County since 2004, she averaged 20.8 points per game (seventh highest overall in Suffolk) and led Long Island in free throws made this year. At All-Star Saturday, she and Carty, who was named to the All-League team, both played in the Rising Stars game, which their team won.

Walsh, a senior and All-Leaguer, played in the Exceptional Seniors game, and likewise won. She will play basketball for the Wildcats at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts this fall.

Gremaux, a seventh-grader, played in the Future Stars game and scored six points.

“I am very proud of Alexa and all the girls for having represented East Islip so well in their all-star games and throughout the season,” said girls basketball head coach John Caraccia. “I am looking forward to seeing Alexa, Jackie and Gia continue to grow and I look forward to following Katlyn as she continues her basketball career at Wheelock.”

The Bear Necessities of First Aid


Mixing fun and first aid, the Division of Trauma & Emergency Medicine at North Shore LIJ-Southside Hospital presented a teddy bear clinic for kindergartners at Timber Point on April 1 and 2. Students brought in teddy bears or stuffed animals, and were taught the basics of safety and first aid with their toy by Southside professionals. Program manager Anela Scimone discussed car and pool safety as well as the importance of wearing a bike helmet. By working with their “patients,” the children became familiar with medical equipment, making a future trip to the doctor or hospital less scary.

“We just went on vacation, and my daughter brought all of her doctor stuff with her,” said PTA member Jill Mallon Coppinger. “She seriously got so much out of that clinic.”

“We had the teddy bear clinic years ago, back at the Early Childhood Center, and we were so excited to have it again now at Timber Point,” said Laura Micalizzi, the president of Timber Point’s PTA.

Hospital Visit 'Sparks' Winning Video


Students at the high school’s Medical and Health Technology Career Academy were recently named finalists in Long Island’s first annual Spark! Challenge, sponsored by North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Last November, the students had the opportunity to spend the day at Southside Hospital, where they witnessed first-hand the expert care given to local patients by the hospital’s professionals. As part of the day, students were able to view emergency care, radiology and laboratory services, and to interview the SkyHealth trauma team of North Shore-LIJ’s new helicopter transport system.

Back in teacher Paul McHugh’s Health Information Networking class, the students, led by senior Megan Ludwig, compiled a video showcasing their day. This video (viewable below) was entered into an Islandwide contest and scored as one of the top 10 entries.

On April 30, Medical Academy students will travel to a Spark! Challenge awards ceremony at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to celebrate the achievement and find out how they finished overall.

Booster Club's Redmen Golf Outing Set for July 9

The East Islip Athletic Booster Club's 13th annual Redmen Golf Outing will be held on July 9 at Timber Point Country Club. See the attached flier and brochure for more information.


Artist of the Week: April 20, 2015


John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fifth-graders CKyra Kreuscher, Alessia Carscone and Peter Jacobsen (“Earth Day Scratchboards”)

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Fifth-graders Michael Baldino, Connor Bolster, Imani Desir and Heather Gerardi ("Modern Egyptians")

Timber Point Elementary: Kindergartners James Ritter and Brooke McCally ("Vincent van Gogh Sunflower Still Life")

Business and Barbato – EI Experience Proves Crucial


When Dominick Barbato graduated from East Islip High School in June 2014, his experience as the CFO of the International Business Globalization’s Career Academy’s Virtual Enterprises program truly prepared him for what was to come as a member of Mercy College’s business honors program. The Career Academy also gave him the opportunity to earn many of the 39 college credits he left East Islip with, enabling him to begin his first year at Mercy as a sophomore, currently studying finance with an economics track.

Barbato was recently offered the opportunity to travel for eight days to Dubai with several other students from Mercy’s honors program. He met with the vice president of Pepsico’s Dubai Refreshments Corporation, and with executive leaders from the Boston Consulting Group, one of the largest consulting companies in the world, with the possibility of being considered for a summer internship at one of these two firms.

The EI alumnus serves as a student ambassador at Mercy College, and regularly visits high schools to talk about his experiences. A collegiate DECA member, he started a student business as part of his curriculum and is the user development specialist in charge of expansion. At the age of 18, he already owns vending machine and phone case companies.

“Dominick’s experiences in high school creating a virtual enterprise business plan has helped him to create a real business plan for his two companies, and he is already showing what it takes to run a successful business,” said Israel Malinowitzer, the Career Academy program’s director.

The young entrepreneur likewise credits the Business Academy for setting him on the path to success. “Without it, I would never have been exposed to many of the things that I am doing today,” Barbato said. “The Academy teaches you real-life things that a textbook cannot.”
Like many former Career Academy students who have graduated from East Islip, Barbato has maintained a role in the programs, interning as an ambassador for this year’s students in the Business Career Academy.

“The students are very grateful for the time and effort that Dominick has given back to the Career Academy program this year,” said Malinowitzer. “His insight and knowledge has been very helpful to the other students, particularly in preparing them for their business plan competition.”

Musical Proves a West Side Wonder


With fingers snapping and passions flaring, the 1950s New York City world of “West Side Story” was brought to vivid life by East Islip High School actors over the course of three successful nights from March 26 to 28, capturing the story’s visual and emotional drama. Sponsored by the For the Kids Foundation, The musical starred David Cisek as Tony, Danielle Pafundi as Maria, Jon Sawyer Coffin as Riff, Alyssa Stephens as Anita, Peter McDermott as Bernardo, Meg Tohill as Anybodys, Joseph Janover as Doc, Andrew Sciallo as Lt. Schrank, Evan Oldshein as Diesel, Samantha Sampollo as Consuela, Chris Sumano as Chino and Kendra Canavan as Graziella.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and involving teen street gangs, cultural tensions and a tragic romance, “West Side Story” was a collaboration between writer Arthur Laurents, composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist by Stephen Sondheim and choreographer Jerome Robbins. Its original 1957 incarnation was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 1961 cinema versions won 10 Academy Awards.

Three of East Islip’s administrators – Principal William Brennen and Assistant Principals Nicholas Bilotti, and Michael Thorley – also played a part in this year’s production, each taking a turn on consecutive nights in playing the role of “Glad Hand” in the gym dance scene.

“That was a great experience for the students and directors alike, to work with the high school administrative team in this new and enjoyable way,” said director, musical director and choreographer Bethany Affelt.

The production staff was rounded out by Susan W. Rydzeski, the pit orchestra director; Christopher Neske and Toni-Ann Mannino, who handled set design and construction; and Janover, who served as assistant musical director.

“I am incredibly proud of all the students who were involved with this year’s musical,” said Affelt. “The students in the cast, pit orchestra and stage crew all worked together tirelessly to put on a top-notch, professional-level production. The comments I have received from fellow faculty and community members have been nothing but positive, and I still beam with pride any time someone approaches me to discuss ‘West Side Story.’ The students did an absolutely amazing job.”

Legendary Leggio Retires


Varsity wrestling coach Guy Leggio has announced his retirement after this recent season. The longtime leader was recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting for his 26 years of Redmen wrestling success.

Leggio, who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame last year, finished his storied coaching career having nurtured three state champions, 14 state place winners, 14 county champions, 72 county place winners, 85 league champions and 273 league place winners. His 2006 squad earned the county title and was ranked No. 1 on Long Island.

A bricklayer, volunteer fireman and Bay Shore Board of Education president, in addition to a legendary coach, Leggio founded the East Islip KID elementary wrestling program in 1994 and organized the construction of the East Islip High School wrestling room in 2000.

Response to BAC and Fourth Budget Presentation Posted

The East Islip School District's fourth 2015-2016 budget presentation and response to the Budget Advisory Committee recommendations, both presented at the April 16 Board of Education meeting, are available to view.


Help for the Homeless from Softball Squad


The high school’s varsity softball team volunteered at Farmingdale College’s annual “Have a Heart for the Homeless” event on March 31. Aided by coach Jason McGowan, these altruistic players brought in clothes, canned goods and other items; handed out candles and coats; did face painting; and helped families in need throughout the night.

Lax Captain Levy Named Under Armour All-American


Senior and lacrosse team captain Nicole Levy has been selected as one of 44 female athletes to compete in the 10th annual Under Armour All-America Senior Showcase on July 3 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. The game’s participants will be among 58 total players honored as Under Armour All-Americans in 2015. 

Levy, a four-time All-County honoree who plays attack, was ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the nation by Inside Lacrosse magazine. She has signed to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University this fall.

FTK Honors Advocates at Gala


As the snow falling outside the glass-enclosed ballrooms of Villa Lombardi’s lent a magical touch to the evening, guests at the For the Kids Foundation’s 18th annual Black Tie Gala gathered on March 20, many adorned with elegant retro fashions to complement the event theme of “The Roaring Twenties.” A jazz band of composed of East Islip High School student-musicians directed by Christopher Neske entertained the attendees, who included East Islip administrators and educators as well as parents, residents and local business representatives.

Recognized as the most successful nonprofit Suffolk County school organization, FTK has donated more than $1 million for East Islip’s educational programs since its formation. The Gala, which is the FTK organization’s premier fundraising event, honored East Islip Middle School Principal Mark Bernard as Educator Advocate of the Year, while brothers James Bruno and Louis Bruno, both funeral directors, were honored as Community Advocates of the Year.

“We were thrilled to honor Mark, Louis and James, community champions who selflessly contribute to the FTK mission,” said Nancy Goldfader, the foundation’s president.

Bernard grew up in Whitney Point, a rural town in upstate New York. After graduating from SUNY Cortland with a degree in secondary mathematics education, he spent two years teaching in Crystal City, Texas before returning to New York and settling on Long Island. He began teaching in a private school in Astoria and then for the New York City Board of Education in South Jamaica. Bernard completed his master’s degree at Queens College, finishing coursework for his administrator’s certificate at SUNY Stony Brook.

After stints in Amityville and Plainedge, Bernard came to East Islip in 2003 as the district’s mathematics director. Three years later, he took on the role of assistant principal at the newly formed East Islip Middle School, helping to restructure the former Islip Terrace Junior High School into a true middle school. In 2006, he was named principal.

“It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that has given so much to the East Islip community,” said Bernard, who was accompanied by his proud wife Amy and daughters Eliana and Sophia.

James and Louis Bruno were both born and raised in East Islip, and are lifelong community members and residents of the East Islip School District along with parents Joe and Marie, and their sister, Marie. Both graduated from East Islip High School – Louis a member of the Class of 1991, and James a member of the Class of 1994 – and continued their academic pursuits with degrees in mortuary science from Nassau Community College.

After several years in the funeral profession, Louis was employed by Charles J. O’Shea, and eventually, with partner Louis Guerra, purchased both of O’Shea’s funeral homes in Wantagh and East Meadow. James worked in West Islip and Babylon for 15 years prior to joining Louis at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Homes in 2006. In 2007, Louis, James and Guerra expanded their business with the purchase of the landmark Albrecht Funeral Home in East Islip, now known as the Albrecht, Bruno & O’Shea Funeral Home.

James Bruno married his high school sweetheart, Kristy, and they have two children: James, a second- grader at Timber Point Elementary School, and Lila, who will begin prekindergarten next year.

Louise Bruno likewise married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they have children Joseph, 13; Brooke, 10; and Andrew, 4. 

A civic volunteer from an early age, James Bruno was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy and Chamber of Commerce by his early 20s. He is also a member of the Islip Rotary, and was honored as the Paul Harris Fellowship Rotarian of the Year and winner of the 2013 Islip Town Small Business Award. For the district, he serves as a mentor in the East Islip School-Business Partnerships career development program, advising high school students interested in either the medical or mortuary science fields.

Louis Bruno is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce, and currently holds the position of president of the Nassau/Suffolk Funeral Directors Association.  A proud supporter of many FTK events, Louis participates in the annual FTK Golf Outing and FTK Carnival.

All three men were honored to be recognized for their sterling contributions to the East Islip school community and the FTK Foundation, and enjoyed an evening of fine dining and celebration. In addition their FTK awards, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi presented each with a special certificate.

“My heartfelt and sincere thanks go out to chairperson Gina Vandenburg, co-chairperson Cathy Lemon, the Black Tie committee, the FTK board members who devoted countless hours to ensure a magnificent and unforgettable evening, and of course, the friends, partners and longtime supporters who continue to make the FTK Foundation the success it is,” said Goldfader.

Artist of the Week: April 13, 2015


John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fifth-grader Caleigh DiBeneditto (“Autism Awareness Mask”)

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Fifth-graders Michael Giaccone, Tyler Herzog, Mia Mendoza and Miranda Stockton ("Modern Egyptians")

Packages, Pizza and Patriotism


Continuing their ongoing program on behalf of troops overseas, patriotic students from the middle school’s Builders Club gathered at the East Islip Post Office on March 26 to ship a week’s worth of boxes of supplies destined for military personnel serving in Iraq.

After their shipping was complete, the students and club adviser Rena Costello enjoyed a pizza party with local veterans at Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi’s office.

“It’s great to see this club growing,” said Cilmi. “Ms. Costello is a patriot in the truest sense of the word and cares deeply about the men and women who so profoundly give of themselves to fight for the ideals that make this country great. It’s inspiring for me and it’s clearly inspiring for these young Americans. I couldn’t be more proud of these students.”

Marine Corps veteran Larry Gruttemeyer was one of several veterans who were impressed with the students’ drive and patriotism. “I was very proud to be invited to spend some time with these amazing American students,” he said. “Kudos to their families and teachers for doing a great job and to the students that are living the American Dream.”

“It was great to be at the post office to watch these boys and girls support our troops,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Jeff Bachmann, who served from 1980 to 1990. “Sharing a pizza with them at Legislator Cilmi’s office, we had the opportunity to tell them why what they’re doing is so important for the morale of the troops. It’s also just as important to us older veterans. We see the younger generation honoring our troops and caring, and that gives us hope and boosts our morale. There are days we really need it, and I’m grateful for what they’re doing.”

“Little things we take for granted every day are special to our troops,” added another Marines vet, Chick Ciccarelli. “It was an honor to be part of the day.”

Navy veteran Armen Enkababian said, “It was a real pleasure to spend time with students that care about those protecting our freedoms and way of life. Their willingness to collect items, prepare care packages and go to the post office to mail them sets an example for all of us to follow. They should be proud of what they do, and their teachers and parents should be congratulated for instilling in each of them the spirit of caring.”

Eyes on Eagles at Timber Point


Complementing their 3D paper eagle art project, first-graders at Timber Point have been watching a live “EagleCam.” The cam is set up in a tall pine tree at the Berry College campus in Georgia, and displays a bald eagle’s nest up close. Since 2012, an eagle couple has visited the nest every year to lay eggs. This year, two eggs were produced and two eaglets hatched. The students have been watching the baby birds grow each day as well as watching the parents fly in to provide food such as fish and feed it to the eaglets.

“They love watching the cam and are excited every day to see it,” said teacher Christina Spera-Bartlett. “Although we are done with our eagle project, they still ask to see the cam to check on the eaglets.”

Socks Show Support for World Down Syndrome Day

To help raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day, high school staff and students participated in Lots of Socks Day on March 21, donning “crazy socks” to show support for individuals with Down Syndrome. Organized by special education teachers Margaret Gallagher and Sabina Uettwiller, the event also featured students decorating paper socks as another way to raise awareness.

A Day to Find Medical Careers


At the high school’s third annual Medical Awareness and Career Day, sponsored by North Shore LIJ-Southside Hospital, a team of doctors and other professionals from the hospital served as speakers, offering lectures in the school’s auditorium and library on topic including orthopedics, cardiology, drug addiction, concussions, nutrition and careers.

Dozens of other professionals from both the hospital and other local organizations like the Islip Terrace Fire Department manned exhibit tables in the school gym. A HAZMAT table showed students what they would need to wear when dealing with hazardous wastes, and gave them a chance to try on a hazmat suit. Other demonstrations ranged from laser surgery to how to resuscitate a patient on a stretcher.

“This was a very special opportunity for all of our high school students to learn about the medical career field,” said Israel Malinowitzer, director of guidance and the school’s Career Academy program. “We were delighted by the number of students and teachers that took part in this year’s event. Every period, there were more than 200 students visiting the exhibits or sitting in for a lecture.”

Second in State for Dellavecchia

Star wrestler Jesse Dellavecchia placed second at the New York State championships, held on Feb. 27-28 at The Times Union Center in Albany. The senior, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Binghamton University this fall, is only the second wrestler in East Islip history to be named an All-State athlete three times. In his final season for the Redmen, he captured the Suffolk County title at 132 pounds, and set the school record for career wins (186) and career pins (87).

Artists and Filmmakers Earn 'Best'


Displaying mastery and creativity in several artistic disciplines, 10 East Islip High School students were named “Best in Show” at the 2015 Long Island Media Arts Show, held at Five Towns College’s Performing Arts Center in Dix Hills on March 27.

Six of the winners selected for recognition by the judges were students from teacher James Connell’s video production and broadcast television classes, spotlighting the district’s continued emphasis on advanced technology video and film curricula. Taking top prizes in a crowded field of more than 150 submitted videos, East Islip junior Brandon Potter received Best in Show for his video “Intruders,” a five-minute short film combining horror and comedy, while seniors Chris Saitta and Al Sedita, junior Cameron Philie, and sophomores Chandler Doty and Giovanni LaRocca won video honors for “Selfie Man,” another horror-comedy based on the idea of an average high school student taking “selfies.”

“The students who attended had a great time,” said Connell. “Coming home with two Best in Show awards is quite an honor and a testament to my students’ hard work. I am very proud of all who contributed.”

Four of East Islip’s Best in Show winners in the annual competition – seniors Nick Dahill, Lauren Hesse and Kimberly Moreno, and sophomore Miguel Aballay – were photography and computer graphics students from Erin Jacob’s and Heather Toomey’s classes.

“The participants did a wonderful job showcasing their artwork and having conversations and critiques with professional photographers and artists,” said Toomey. “All of the students displayed professionalism, and I am especially proud of the students that received Best in Show for their photographs.”

“Electronic illustration is not always recognized as an art form, and attending the Media Arts Show allowed my students to be recognized for their work as digital artists, network with professional artists, and highlight their creativity and computer fluency,” said Jacob. “ It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there as an artist and ask for constructive feedback, and these students handled it like pros. I am so proud of them.”

Broadcaster Takes Home Five Quills


The outstanding staff of East Islip High School's student newspaper The Broadcaster walked away with five awards at the annual Quill Awards event on March 25. They won in categories that represented the entire spectrum of newspaper composition from writing and reporting to illustration and layout, including a third-place finish in the “Most Outstanding Newspaper” category presented to editors in chief Jen Converso and Meg Tohill. The ceremony was part of a Press Day event sponsored by Adelphi University in Garden City.

Other EI winners included second place for best sports story for Broadcaster sports editor Bianca DiGiacomo and her article"Local Tragedy Questions Players Safety,” third place in the layout category to layout editors Jake Osborn and Kevin Rosand,  and honorable mentions to staff writer Mike Borelli for best news article (for his "High School Gets Unexpected Renovation") and to cartoonist Michael Dondero for best illustration (for “Netflix”).

“We faced competition from the best schools from Nassau, Suffolk and Queens and outperformed many of the top schools,” said teacher and Broadcaster adviser Joan Dlouhy. “We are especially proud that the entire paper was awarded third place for ‘Most Outstanding Newspaper,’ because this recognized all of the students involved in its production.”

Snow Day Calendar Change

Please see the below memo regarding snow day changes to the 2014-2015 district calendar.


Alumnus Ranked Top Hitter in Division III Baseball

EI alumnus Anthony Ferrezza II, a freshman at Tompkins Cortland Community College in upstate Dryden, is currently ranked No. 1 for hitting in NJCAA Division III baseball. He plays second base and shortstop for TC3’s Panthers, with a batting average of .714, and also leads the nation in on-base percentage with .793. A member of East Islip’s Class of 2014, Ferrezza played baseball, football and golf for the Redmen.

Second Budget Presentation Posted

The East Islip School District's second 2015-2016 budget presentation, presented at the March 12 Board of Education meeting, is available to view.


2015-2016 Calendar Approved

At the March 12 business meeting, the Board of Education approved the revised 2015-2016 school calendar, attached below.


Welcome to Naviance

The East Islip High School Guidance Department is pleased to introduce Family Connection from Naviance, a web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Please see the below presentation regarding registration for new accounts for parents and students, and visit the department's Naviance page to log in.


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.


Tuesday, May 05, 2015