'Warm Your Head' Hat Fundraiser

Purchase East Islip embroidered hats and support your community through the "Warm Your Head While Warming Someone’s Heart" fundraiser. All proceeds will be used to support families in the East Islip community throughout the holidays and year.

See the attached flier for more information.


Turkey Time at Timber Point


Students in Sheryl Beltrami’s second-grade class at Timber Point presented a special Thanksgiving play on Nov. 25 in front of an impressed audience of parents.

Each student helped describe the history of Thanksgiving, focusing on the hardships of the Pilgrims when they settled in America and how they were helped by the Native Americans. For a finale, music teacher Kathy Carter led the second-graders in singing the song “Albuquerque Turkey”.

“The students worked very hard rehearsing their parts, and they gave a fabulous performance, even giving an encore,” said Beltrami. “The entire audience was delighted.”

High Schoolers Prepare Feast


In a longstanding East Islip High School tradition, more than 60 students – including members of the new Culinary Arts and Hospitality Career Academy – participated in preparing and serving a Thanksgiving feast in the school’s kitchen classroom, guided by teacher Kelly Schwender. More than 250 hot meals were served by the students for their fellow classmates, district administrators and visiting family members.

“This is always a wonderful opportunity for our students to invite their parents and grandparents and show them how they worked together to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast,” said Israel Malinowitzer, guidance director. “The students enjoy being involved in the culinary program and this event truly showcased their skills.”

Suffolk Champs Head to LI Finals

The varsity football team took down Half Hollow Hills West at Stony Brook on Nov. 22 to win the Suffolk County Division II championship, the Redmen's first since 2007. The 27-14 victory, marked by 20 unanswered points in the second half, sent East Islip on to the Long Island finals this weekend.

Quarterback Jack Hannigan again led the team, completing 8 of 12 passes for 140 yards and three TDs. He also racked up 26 carries and ran for a touchdown.

East Islip will play Carey High School for the Long Island Class II championship on Sunday, Nov. 30 at LaValle Stadium on the campus of Stony Brook University. The game will begin at noon. Section XI will be charging a $7 admission fee to attend the game. Please be reminded that tailgating and alcohol are strictly prohibited on the Stony Brook campus.

Former Wrestling Champ Mero to Visit EI

The district will host a Dec. 8 visit from former professional wrestling champion Mark Mero, who will brings an encouraging message of hope and inspiration to the East Islip school community.

Mero, a former WCW and WWE wrestling champion. now serves as an inspirational speaker and founder of Champion of Choices, an organization devoted to speaking out against bullying and bad life choices. He is the author of "How to Be the Happiest Person on the Planet.

The event was made possible by a grant from State Sen. Phil Boyle in collaboration with the East Islip Community Watch Group and the East Islip School District.

Mero will present to our middle school students on the morning of Dec. 8. This morning program will run from 8:09 a.m.-9:19 a.m. in the high school auditorium).

The evening event for the community will take place at 7 p.m. later that same date. also in the high school auditorium. We encourage older students and their parents to attend the evening presentation.


Red Ribbon Week Across the District


Helping elementary students understand the dangers of drug use, and providing high schoolers the chance to act as leaders and positive role models, the Red Ribbon Week annual drug awareness program was recognized across East Islip School District during the last week of October. The week culminated with members of the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club speaking in fifth-grade classrooms at John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementary schools, and encouraging the younger students to participate in an anti-drug poster contest.

The four contest winners – JFK fifth-graders Jessica Peluso and Kayla Sciallo and RCK fifth-graders Miranda Paige Stockton and Griffin Wylie – were recognized at the East Islip Board of Education’s November business meeting, and awarded certificates and prizes.

“Our SADD organization at the high school is comprised of amazing students who recognize the importance of delivering valuable lessons regarding healthy lifestyles to their younger peers,” said adviser Bridget Lopiccolo. “I am very proud of them as well as the fifth-graders who participated in this year’s slogan contest.”

At RCK, following daily Red Ribbon themes that promoted saying no to drugs, including No Sweat Day, where students and staff were asked to wear sweatshirts and sweatpants, and Team Day, where they wore their favorite sports team apparel, a special Red Ribbon Week essay and art contest was held, sponsored by the school’s PTA. The winners were third-graders Terri Sonnanburg (art) and Cassidy McConnell (essay), fourth-graders Joshua DiPrima-Bien (art) and Olivia Simonetti (essay), and fifth-graders Kamilah Pasha (art) and Mary DeLorenzo (essay).

“There were so many wonderful submissions, it was really hard to choose winners,” said Principal Danielle Naccarato.

Meanwhile, over at Connetquot Elementary School, pre-K through third grade students also observed Red Ribbon Week with a variety of special PTA-sponsored activities. The theme at Connetquot this year was connected to the school’s character education monthly traits of being an upstanding citizen and choosing a healthy lifestyle. Students pledged to be “wise as an owl” and brought in paper owls to be colored and displayed in the cafeteria. On one day, students wore their shirts backwards to illustrate “turning their backs on bad choices,” while the entire student body joined in Zumba classes during recess to demonstrate healthy activities. Connetquot’s week culminated in a presentation by entertainer Janice Buckner. The show, “Safe Not Sorry,” enlightened students about important, thoughtful choices that can keep everyone safe. Buckner’s interactive show used songs, puppets, and stories to foster creativity and critical thinking, and students participated by clapping and singing along.  

“Red Ribbon Week reminded us all how much fun it can be to find healthy activities and make good choices,” said Connetquot Principal Deborah Smith.

Artist of the Week: Nov. 17, 2014


John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fourth-graders Antonia Tuck and Aiden Lenox (“Name Line Design”)

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Third-graders Deanna Bentrewicz and Brianna Dort ("Pumpkin Still Life")

Timber Point Elementary: Kindergartner Dominick Motz ("Native American Rug Weaving")

A Winning Worker in Watts


Lauded for his successful career experience, East Islip High School student Chris Watts was recently recognized at a Board of Education meeting.

Watts, a student in the high school’s career development class, obtained a work placement last year at the Islandia Marriott. For six months, he and several of his classmates spent several afternoons a week working at the Marriott, supported by his teacher, Margaret Gallagher, and East Islip job coaches Scott Hoelldobler and Kelly Kern. Learning what it takes to run a hotel, the students gained experience in a variety of hospitality areas, including housekeeping, laundry, culinary, engineering and banquets.

As a result of his positive experience with the program, Watts was offered a part-time position as a pool attendant at the Marriott, working mainly on summer weekends, and quickly proved himself. “Chris is one of the best hires I’ve had in my 13-year career,” said Islandia Marriott General Manager Damien Hirsch, who cited numerous complimentary quotes regarding Watts posted by Marriott customers on the Trip Advisor website. “Although he is only working twice a week, he gets more positive feedback from our guests than many of our full-time associates,” said Hirsch. “The reason is that he is extremely hard working. He never stops. He has a brilliant personality that lights up when speaking with our guests, managers and associates alike. He loves what he does and it shows day in and day out.”

“We are all so proud of Chris's accomplishments in the workplace,” said Superintendent Linda J. Rozzi. “He is a fine young man who knows how to treat people, which will take him far in life.”

Hirsch also noted how beneficial the career development program has been for both the hotel and the school.  “I can’t say enough about Kelly Kern and this fantastic program she has brought to the Islandia Marriott,” he said. “We love the relationship with East Islip, we love the students and we love that we now have an amazing associate in Chris, who consistently wows our guests, time after time.”

“Congratulations to Chris’s parents, his job coaches and Mrs. Gallagher for their commitment to help him develop the work and social skills necessary to become an outstanding employee,” said Susan Kosser, East Islip’s assistant to the superintendent for student support services.

Networking for Future Careers


Attended by 93 East Islip High School students and 48 business professionals from across the community, the Catch-a-Career Breakfast kicked off the school’s mentoring program on Oct. 29. Developed by the East Islip/Dowling School Business Partnership and held at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip, it featured a keynote speech by Al Henneborn of Motorola Solutions Inc.

Serving each fall as the initial event in the school’s annual Mentor Me career exploration program, the Catch-a-Career Breakfast yields numerous interning and mentoring opportunities for the participating students, which assists them in better defining their career paths of interest.

“Catch-a-Career is a terrific networking event for our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi, who took part in the interchange of knowledge. “We are very proud of the partnership we have developed with the greater community’s businesses and professional mentors. Together, they help one another.”

Represented career fields this year included accounting, marketing, advertising, finance, human resources, medical and health care, dental, environmental science, law enforcement, information technology, education, mental health services, hospitality, journalism, politics and television.

“This year's Catch-a-Career Breakfast was the most diverse we have had in regard to career choice,” said business education teacher and event coordinator Paul McHugh. “Not only did the students request a greater variety of fields and professions, but many also identified a specialization within a particular field, something that indicates greater career awareness. We are extremely pleased that our students continue to engage in these beneficial college and career readiness experiences.”

Toys for Tots

The East Islip High School Math Honor Society is once again volunteering for the collection of new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Toys program run by the U.S. Marine Corps. Collection boxes will be placed throughout the district – in the district office, high school, middle school and elementary schools. – and gifts may also be sent to the attention of MHS adviser Maria Burns. The Marines will be picking up all donations by Dec. 15.

“Please find it in your heart to donate and help brighten a small child’s holiday,” said Burns.

Alumna Presents Nursing Career Workshop


Earlier this fall, the high school’s Medical and Health Technology Career Academy hosted alumna and nursing student Veronica Pasha, who presented a panel discussion on nursing careers. Pasha, a member of East Islip’s Class of 2011, is currently attending the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College in New York City, where she will graduate in 2015. She serves as the Breakthrough to Nursing director for the Nursing Students’ Association of New York State.

Pasha and her panel of over 20 nursing students provided information and guidance in an interactive workshop attended by more than 50 students. The event was open to any East Islip students considering pursuing a career in the nursing field.

Pitcher Demarest Signs with Adelphi


Star pitcher Mike Demarest has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball next fall for Adelphi University in Garden City. He plans to study secondary education and history.

“Adelphi is the perfect fit for me,” said the senior, noting its ideal size and academic offerings as well as the ambitious demeanor of Adelphi coach Dom Scala. “When I visited the campus, I was impressed by the winning attitude,” said Demarest. “The coach wants to win now. They have all the tools to do so and I want to be part of it.”

Next spring he will start his third year on the varsity squad, where he earned All-League honors in his sophomore and junior years. He fondly recalled a highlight of his high school career, when as a 10th-grader, he joined the varsity and promptly went 8-1 en route to East Islip’s championship season. “That was a good lesson,” he said. “The older players taught me how to achieve my goals.”

Demarest also cited East Islip’s coach, Sal Ciampi Jr., as a spark to his success. “Ever since I started playing for coach Sal, it was all about complete focus, all the time,” he said. “That really set me up for Adelphi.”

Lax Players Sign Letters of Intent


Five senior student-athletes and teammates on the girls varsity lacrosse team – Julie Clyne, Meghan Burnham, Sabrina Kelly, Nicole Levy and Valerie Pelling – have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers next fall in college. The teammates gathered with girls lacrosse coach Steven Levy in Athletic Director Stephen Restivo’s office to celebrate their personal achievements, alongside their happy parents and families.

Clyne, a defender, has signed with Mercy College in upstate Dobbs Ferry. She plans to major in speech pathology, whose strong program at Mercy was an important factor in her choice. A Scholar-Athlete in her junior and senior years, Clyne joined the junior varsity in ninth grade and moved up to varsity as a sophomore. She will be the third East Islip athletic alumnus to continue her athletic career in college, following in the footsteps of her sisters Samantha (a lacrosse player, now a senior at the University of New Haven) and Jacqueline (a tennis player, now a junior at Holy Family University in Philadelphia).

Burnham, who plays attack, will suit up for the Redhawks of Roberts Wesleyan College in Middletown, Conn. “I love the campus and coach Kate Sedgwick is really nice,” she said. “They gave me a great offer to play there.” Her planned course of study will include business and marketing. Burnham has played lacrosse from an early age, and joined the varsity team as a sophomore, switching from defense to attack in 2013. A Scholar-Athlete, she cited support from her parents and coaches as the source of her success.

Kelly, in her second year at East Islip following a transfer back from St. John the Baptist High School, will play defense for the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Her choice was due to the overall atmosphere at Mount Union, and her admiration for coach Emily Fisher’s coaching philosophy. Kelly will be the first Long Island athlete to play for the Raiders, and said, “I am hoping to make a big impact.” She plans to study civil engineering.

Levy, a four-time All-County attacker, will attend Syracuse University, where she will play for coach Gary Gait and the vaunted Orange program. She visited and was impressed by the Syracuse facilities, but said, “What put it over the edge for me was the creative style that coach Gait likes to teach.” The team captain, she was ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the nation by Inside Lacrosse magazine for athletes in the Class of 2015, and was named to the 2014 Under Armour Underclass All-Americans, US Lacrosse Schoolgirls’ Division Team and Newsday’s Top 100 Players and Players to Watch. Levy is undecided on a major but is considering communications.

Pelling, a midfielder, will play for High Point University in North Carolina. “The campus is absolutely beautiful and they have great academic and athletic offerings,” she said of her choice. “I think I can make an impact.” She plans to major in business administration. A member of East Islip’s varsity since ninth grade, she won the Unsung Hero Award in 2012, and was All-Division in 2013 and 2014 and a Brine National All-American in 2013.

French Friends Make Cultural Visit to MS

In an exciting display of cross-cultural amity, 13 students from France paid a recent visit to the middle school to give eighth-graders studying French a chance to converse in the language with peers.

The visiting French students, ranging in age from 13 to 18 and accompanied by teachers Jean Marc Emarot and Celine Pugnet, hailed from the township of Velizy-Villacoublay, a suburb of Paris near Versailles. The group’s two-week trip to the U.S., coordinated through their camp, Service Jeuness de la Ville de Velizy-Villacoublay, was the result of a two-year town fundraising effort they dubbed “20 mille lieux sur la terre,” meaning “20 thousand places on earth.”

East Islip students who participated, all in their second year of French classes, included Farqaleet Akram, Hanna Benardos, Sophie Bingham, Marykate Carroll, Hannah Christy, Julia Desiderio, Faith Flaherty, Karina Gallagher, Trevor Garnett, Timothy Hartmann,Tristan Herr, Shannon Hubany, Andrew Johnson, Danielle Kaczynski, Joshua Koretz, Anna Langman, Samuel Lichter, Kylie McConnell, Stephanie Milito, Jillian Missig, Nicole Muroff, Nicole O’Connor, Emily Palomba, Gabriella Pannullo, Liam Puglisi, Maggie Ruland, Katelyn Spina, Ryan Strasser, Colin Tadlock and Isilay Yildiz.

“This was such an extraordinary and exciting encounter for our eighth-grade French language students,” said teacher Marina Poulis. “Having French and American teenagers interact with each other enabled them all to experience each other’s culture outside the classroom.”

EJ Autism's Black Tie Hoodie Set for Dec. 4

The EJ Autism Foundation will celebrate its fifth annual Black Tie Hoodie Event on Dec. 4 at Captain Bill's in Bay Shore, with the proceeds from the event going to help fund the organization’s autism aquatic safety program. See the attached flier for more information. 


All-County for Cross-Country

The high school’s cross-country program came up big at the annual Section XI county awards dinner on Nov. 5. Juniors William Reed and Anya Schmitt earned All-County honors for the 2014 season, and senior Ray Filippone was named an Academic All-County athlete. Ralph Tubello, in his first year as boys cross-country coach, was named League IV “Coach of the Year,” reflecting his guiding the team to an undefeated 6-0 season.

Tennis Star Serina Signs with Adelphi


East Islip tennis star Karen Serina has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Adelphi University in Garden City, where she will play next fall for the NCAA Division II Panthers.

The senior felt that the school was a good fit for her, in terms of both academics and athletics. After visiting the campus and meeting the players and Adelphi’s coach, Michael Misiti, she appreciated the Panthers’ work ethic, and said, “I liked how coach Misiti is very focused on building a strong team.”

Serina, a key member of East Islip’s varsity tennis team for six straight years, has been playing the sport since she was a preschooler. Her undefeated 92-0 singles record speaks for itself, an accomplishment she is justifiably proud of. A singles champion from seventh through 12th grade, she has earned three All-State designations and six All-County honors, and won the Suffolk County Girls Tennis Coaches Association’s League III Sportsmanship Award.

Another athletic highlight for Serina was earning a 2010 scholarship at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island in New York City, where she trained with some of the best coaches in the U.S. including McEnroe himself. She was one of only seven girls selected out of 200 applicants. “It emphasized intensity, which made me want to work hard,” she said.

Serina plans on majoring in exercise science while attending Adelphi, a comprehensive course of study that includes classes in athletic training, sports medicine, kinesiology, nutrition, anatomy, and health and fitness. “I’ve always been interested in physical training and therapy, and this major really covers it,” she said.

JFK Principal Runs NYC Marathon

Aileen O’Rourke, the principal at John F. Kennedy Elementary, successfully ran the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, raising close to $5,000 in funds for the local EJ Autism Foundation.

“Running the New York City Marathon has always been a goal,” said O’Rourke, who explained that the annual event had always been on her “bucket list.” This past July, she decided it was time to put a check mark next to the goal, but felt that she still needed an inspirational purpose. Coincidently, EJ Autism founder Bea Huste-Petersen approached O’Rourke to ask if she knew of anyone interested in running the marathon for the foundation. “She had only one spot left on her team,” said O’Rourke, “so I felt that this was a sign.”

The determined educator/athlete began training on July 21 with 2-mile runs, eventually working her way up to 20 miles prior to the marathon. “The training was challenging – both physically and mentally – but the support from family, friends, community members and Bea was overwhelming and truly inspired me to reach my goal,” O’Rourke said.

Her fundraising for EJ Autism began in late August, continuing through race time, and far surpassed her original goal, for a final donation total of $4,860. “It really feels great to be able to give back to the children,” she said. “EJ involves the entire East Islip community in creating autism awareness and supporting programs.”

 “The ‘A’ that Aileen wore on her chest didn't just stand for autism,” said Huste-Petersen. “It’s for ‘Amazing Aileen,’ and we are so proud of her.”

Reflecting on her first marathon, O’Rourke put it into perspective. “While the weather conditions were not ideal, it was a gratifying, grueling, inspirational and life-altering experience,” she said. “It will forever be imprinted in my mind. I truly believe that you can accomplish anything if you believe in yourself and your goal.”

Vets Honored at JFK and RCK


With a great sense of pride and admiration, students at JFK and RCK once again honored outstanding veterans from the East Islip community at the two schools’ Veterans Day celebrations on Nov. 7.

At RCK, the halls were filled with patriotic cheers as the school held its annual veterans parade, while at JFK, students honored their guest veterans with songs and poems at a PTA-sponsored breakfast.

“It was an honor to celebrate the many men and women who have served our country,” said RCK Principal Danielle Naccarato. “Thanks to them, we are free.”

“It was a fitting tribute to our heroic veterans, these brave men and women who have protected our country and way of life and have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life,” said JFK Principal Aileen O’Rourke.

2014 Fall Newsletter



Perfect Pumpkin Practice at Connetquot


Connetquot students in the classroom of special education teachers Joan Ball and Crystal Ann Chiari recently enjoyed a pumpkin-carving activity, the culmination of an autumn unit that included the life cycles of apple trees and pumpkin seeds as well as fall colors and weather. While carving the gourds, the students practiced sequencing by learning new vocabulary, sequencing pictures and working as a team to make a jack-o-lantern.

“The students loved it,” said Chiari. “It gave them a great opportunity to practice working as a team and reinforced academic and social skills.”


MS Girls Soccer Undefeated Again

The middle school’s girls soccer team carried on its winning tradition this fall, adding another outstanding undefeated season to their accomplishments. The young athletes’ skills improved dramatically throughout the season, powering them past all opponents.

“The girls played some tough games but the players were always able to work together as a team in order to defeat their opponents,” said Barbara Huether, who has coached the team for the past 15 years.

Parent Portal Gradebook Launched

The new Infinite Campus Parent Portal Gradebook feature, for grades 6 through 12, launched on Nov. 17. Please see the below attachments for further information.


Artist of the Week: Nov. 3, 2014


Connetquot Elementary School: First-graders Yanet Narvaez, Alexander Silva, Sean Togher and Syiel Tunstall ("Hot Air Balloons with Lines")

John F. Kennedy Elementary: Third-graders Isabella Procaccini and Brook Tursi (“Pumpkin Still Life”)

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Fifth-graders Chelsea Dodenhoff and Brianna Fairbrother ("The Great Wave")

Timber Point Elementary: Kindergartner Joseph Comande ("Pumpkin Patch Collage")


College Fair Continues Growth


More than 600 East Islip High School students and family members attended the school’s annual college fair on Oct. 7 in search of information on their future colleges and universities. The fair also provided a crucial chance for students to network face-to-face with more than 100 college representatives in attendance, so that when they are ready to make their choice for post-secondary education, they will have already taken the first step in introducing themselves.

“Parents and students were delighted to have this opportunity to meet so many college reps right in their own high school,” said Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer.  He credits the event’s growing success over the last dozen years to collaboration with a consortium of colleges. “I am able to work with the consortium and bring more colleges each year to our students,” Malinowitzer said. “We started 13 years ago with only 50 colleges attending this event, and now we have over 130 colleges and growing.”

East Islip’s college fair evening also included two useful seminars for parents and students – a college financial aid workshop presented by Gordon Rowe from St. Joseph’s College, and an NCAA requirements workshop presented by guidance counselor Jessica Pignataro.   

KanJamming for Red Ribbons


The high schooll’s Student Against Destructive Decisions Club sponsored a KanJam Tournament on Oct. 15 to raise funds for the district’s Red Ribbon program. Students and teachers alike enjoyed playing KanJam, a popular game using a Frisbee disc and two scoring containers that serve as goals. Among the participants were East Islip teachers Daniel Faulkman, Mike Festa, Linda Leach, Carene Mahoney, Mike Petre and Derk Reinking.

Teams were charged $10 to play, competing for a $50 grand prize. The winners of the SADD Club KanJam Tournament were seniors Dave Cisek and Casey Krebs.

“Everyone had fun and the students loved it,” said SADD adviser Bridget Lopiccolo. “We look forward to having another tournament in the spring to raise money for this year’s SADD scholarship.”

Booster Club Supports EIYO Turf Fields Project

The East Islip Athletic Booster Club recently presented a check for $5,140 to the East Islip Youth Organization in support of the ongoing turf fields project at the high school’s football stadium. The funds included $5,000 donated by the Booster Club and $140 donated by one of its members, the McGoldrick-Burke family.

“We recognizes the huge task that the East Islip Youth Organization is taking on in their efforts to raise funds to install turf fields here at Sal Ciampi Field at Boomer Esiason Stadium, as well as a new track,” said EIABC President Bob Sendel. “The Booster Club supports them, and in presenting this check, we hope the community will come together and support this effort as well.”

Fire Safety Obstacle Course at Timber Point


Students at Timber Point recently participated in a fire safety obstacle course in recognition of October as National Fire Prevention Month. Teachers Patricia Bush and Justin Massa reviewed fire safety concepts that the East Islip Fire Department had taught the students during an earlier visit. Students were able to simulate calling 911; crawling under smoke; stopping, dropping and rolling; carrying a water hose; and jumping from a height. While participating in the obstacle course, the students worked on basic physical fitness concepts and had fun.

EI Cheerleaders 'Got Talent'


District students (from the elementary through high school level) involved as cheerleaders in the Holbrook-based Gravity Cheer competition/travel organization were recognized on Nov. 9 when they were invited to audition for "America's Got Talent" at Manhattan's Pier 92/94.

Connetquot’s Harvest Fest Celebrates Fall


Boosted by a tremendous turnout, Connetquot Elementary School’s annual PTA Harvest Festival got the season underway on Oct. 16.

Assisted by volunteer students from the high school, Connetquot’s children enjoyed opportunities to play games in the gym, select and decorate pumpkins, show off their costumes, and even sing a few songs with Connetquot’s music teacher, Aaron Ely.

In a pumpkin decorating contest, organized by art teacher Elizabeth Sullivan, the imaginative creations of Anthony Cipriano and Anabella Maciura were named the winners.

“It was an exciting evening and a great way for the Connetquot community to celebrate the season of fall,” said Principal Deborah Smith.

Connetquot's Pumpkin Field Trip


Second-grade classes at Connetquot visited Woodside Nursery in Patchogue on Oct. 31, where they learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin and discussed Halloween safety rules. Students chose and decorated pumpkins and listened to autumn-themed stories.

Mock Trial Team Gains Harvard Experience

Eight members of the high school’s mock trial team – Ashley Brett, Britney Baker, Jack Carney, Erica Hayden, Angela Loizides, Elizabeth Loizides, Kierstin O’Hara and Joe Teknus – visited Harvard University for the Angela R. Mathew High School Mock Trial Seminar on Oct. 4-6, accompanied by teachers Patsy Lester and Karen Schindler.

The seminar was run by the members of the Harvard University mock trial team,  ranked first in the nation. Teams traveled from all over North America to participate, including Texas, Ohio and even Toronto. The Harvard students led participants in interactive workshops and intensive one-on-one breakout sessions to teach the finer points of argument and trial advocacy. Each session focused on a particular topic, such as opening statements, objections and cross-examination.

At the end of the weekend, all of the teams competed in scrimmage rounds judged by Harvard Mock Trial members. East Islip represented the defendant in a burglary trial against Andover Phillips Academy’s prosecution. The EI team received high praise from the judge for their outstanding performance.

According to Lester, East Islip’s mock trial coach, the team members benefited enormously from the experience and are already planning a return trip next year.

“It was a great learning and bonding experience for the whole team,” said Baker, a junior.

Artist of the Week: Oct. 27, 2014


Connetquot Elementary: Second-graders Christian Martinez, Amanda Thomas and Maddalena Toto  (“Heiroglyphics”)

John F. Kennedy Elementary: Fourth-graders Emma Belz and Kiera Tantillo ("Day of the Dead Skulls")

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary: Third-graders Kayla Farino and Jada Poindexter (“Pumpkin Still Life")

Timber Point Elementary: Second-grader Johanna LeRoux ("The Scream")

Service Dog Stars at SEPTO Meeting


The month's SEPTO meeting on Oct. 29 featured not only a strong turnout of new and veteran parents, but an informative visit  from the Canine Companions for Independence organization. Three members of the local Girls Scouts Troop 109 – Danielle Frage, Taylor Kozak and Klaudia Paone – presented the group's regional president with homemade dog toys. CCI noted the need for volunteer "puppy raisers," and urged anyone interested to visit the organization's website for further information.

The star of the meeting proved to be Versailles, the assistance dog of SEPTO Vice President Nonie Kozak's son.

"He was able to demonstrate a little bit of how these amazing animals can enhance someones life," explained SEPTO President Susan Kavanagh.

Please look for further information on November's SEPTO meeting, which may be postponed.

New Homecoming Traditions


Led by the East Islip High School’s band, marchers from across the community joined in to celebrate as they inaugurated a new homecoming parade route on Oct. 25. The revamped trek, with festive floats in tow, depicting various breakfast cereals, led from Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School across Manhattan Boulevard, down Carleton Avenue and then across Roslyn Street, ending at Sal Ciampi Field at Boomer Esiason Stadium prior to the varsity football game against Half Hollow Hills West.

The stands were filled with energy and pride, from dozens of excited youth football players in their jerseys to older students adorned in red and white face paint. Some even held up a large homemade sign bearing the image of East Islip football coach Sal Ciampi Jr.

New traditions also came into play during halftime, when the selections of Tyler Pearsall and Tara Ruggiero as homecoming king and queen were unveiled, as opposed to previous years where the announcement was made the day before during the pep rally. Runners-up in the homecoming court included Kevin Capobiano, Nick Dahill, Taylor Kenney and Katherine Newhoff.

While the seniors usually prove victorious, this time the float contest was won by the underdog sophomores, who impressed the crowd with their Fruity Pebbles theme. Cheers were also abundant for the school’s varsity cheerleaders, who kept Redmen spirits high throughout the day, and for strong halftime performances by the band (blasting through Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”) and kickline.

On the football front, the 4-3 Redmen burned hot at first, racking up two unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter, but ultimately fell short in the face of a Colts comeback, losing a tough 28-27 contest.

Math Walkers Fight Cancer

Two members of East Islip High School’s Math Honor Society – Michael Borelli, the group’s president, and Carolyn Sidoti, who serves as secretary and treasurer – participated in the American Cancer Society’s 21st annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach State Park on Oct. 19. The two seniors helped the society raise $120 for the cause.

Approximately 65,000 walkers took part in the event. The 5-mile walk, sponsored by Melville’s MSC Industrial Supply Co., raised $3.15 million in total to aid in breast cancer research and support services.

Wrestling Mat Report

The Sports Lab USA report on the East Islip High School wrestling mats can be viewed below.


Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy/Security

Please note the attached document.


East Islip Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

See attachment for more info.


Join Your School's PTA and PTO


The East Islip School District encourages membership in the school community's parent-teacher organizations, which include SEPTO, the East Islip High School PTSA, and the PTAs for East Islip Middle School and Connetquot, John F. Kennedy, Ruth C. Kinney and Timber Point elementary schools.

New 2014-2015 membership forms for each of these seven organizations can be found attached below.


Community Organizations for 2014-2015

The East Islip School District encourages membership in local school community organizations such as eiMAPS and the East Islip Athletic Booster Club, both of which have posted new membership forms (attached below). Visit the district website's Community Links section for more information.


Thursday, November 27, 2014