Gymnastics Team Shows Unity

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The girls gymnastics team is off to a strong start, building on each practice and competition. The high school and middle school student-athletes who together comprise the varsity team have been working hard since the beginning of the season to perfect their individual routines, led by the only senior and captain of the team, Jaycie Snider.

“The ladies work together on a daily basis to encourage and support each other with an emphasis on team unity and sportsmanship, which has always been the focus of the East Islip girls gymnastics program,” said coach Dennis Jones. “The team’s success is measured by individual effort and improvement throughout the season. Our goal is to improve with each and every competition as the season progresses, and so far, that has been a reality.”



Cancer Gets Spiked with Dig Pink Win

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Students came to school dressed in pink as East Islip’s volleyball teams held their annual Dig Pink fundraiser on Oct. 15 in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Team members sold baked good and T-shirts, raising more than $250 for the cause, and beat Deer Park, 3-1, during the main-event game in their pink-adorned new gym.

“Our motto for the day was ‘spike out cancer,’” said head volleyball coach Romina Chacon, who also serves as an ESL teacher at the high school and middle school.

Community Enjoys ‘Taste of the Town’

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Timber Point's Kingdom of Books

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Students at Timber Point found literary treasure at the school’s annual fall book fair, themed as “Sir Readalot’s Castle – Enter the Kingdom of Books!” Fantasy decorations upheld the medieval mood as the sign by a giant dragon told the young readers, “A book a day keeps the dragons away.” Parent volunteers read stories to the children after the latter were done shopping for such school bestsellers as the “Minecraft” and “Pete the Cat” series.



Chamber Student of the Month

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High school senior Steven Cinquemani has been named the first Student of the Month by the East Islip Community Chamber, recognizing his internship success. Students like Cinquemani who are enrolled in the school’s Environment Green Career Academy are required to obtain internships as part of the Academy program.

At a recent Board of Education meeting, Cinquemani was recognized by the Board members, district administration, and two special guests – Chamber President Joseph Gabriel of Joseph Gabriel Architects and Vice President Russ Regan of Rainbow International. Gabriel explained how Cinquemani’s internship at his architecture firm resulted in sketch and photorealistic renderings used as sales and design tools, as well as with plans filed with the Town of Hempstead.

“Steven is a student with a thirst to learn,” said Gabriel, “and we gave him additional educational tools.”

“Steven worked all summer for the firm and his experience in his CAD class at the high school really paid off,” added Career Academy Director Israel Malinowitzer, who had recommended him for the internship. “He was a natural, and Mr. Gabriel knew within days that this student had what it takes to do the work. More importantly, Steven was responsible, respectful and enjoyed doing the work. Once again, this program is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get a first-hand look at what they need to do in the work force.”

A scholar-athlete in both basketball and tennis, Cinquemani also participates in the Chess Club, Yearbook Club and STARS. He is a member of the school’s World Language Honor Society and will apply for the National Honor Society this month. Cinquemani plans to study architecture when he attends college in the fall.

Boys Golf Team Hosts Qualifying Tournament

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East Islip hosted the League V boys qualifying golf tournament at the Timber Point Golf Course on Oct. 14, won by the undefeated Sayville High School. Two members of East Islip’s team – Jason Burke (scoring 88) and AJ Carracino (scoring 90) – qualified for the Suffolk County Championships. The pair will advance to the Suffolk County Spring Tournament where they will compete against some of the best high school golfers in the county. The top nine golfers at the Spring Tournament will qualify for the state championship, to be held in Ithaca.

Year of Business Begins for Academy

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Students in the high school’s International Business Globalization Career Academy began the school year by attending the Virtual Enterprises International Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference on Oct. 8 at at the LIU Post campus in Brookville. This special learning experience included meeting professional business entrepreneurs; concurrent sessions on entrepreneurship, high-tech start-ups, sports and fashion; and a speed networking student competition in which representatives from each VE firm pitched a 30-second elevator speech in front of more than 600 students and judges.

The Business Academy’s firm, VE Connected, is offering an online trade show and advertising website as its virtual business for 2014-2015. The students will conduct business with other Virtual Enterprises firms globally throughout the school year.

“The students are very excited to be part of the Academy and are working together to promote their new business venture,” said Career Academy Director Israel Malinowitzer. “The students have already learned how to work as a team, and there is a real camaraderie among them.”   

Other upcoming events for the Business Academy include a written business plan competition in December, the business plan presentation in January and the Virtual Enterprises International annual trade show in New York City next April.

First Boys XC Championship in 36 Years

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The boys cross-country team won the league championship on Oct. 14 for the first time since 1978, capping off an undefeated 6-0 season. The 29-30 League IV victory came against Huntington High School.

McGovern Recognized for Exemplary Character

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Corey McGovern, a third-grader at JFK, was recently honored by the Board of Education. At the district’s Oct. 9 business meeting, Board President Steven Behan and Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi presented McGovern with a certificate of excellence for his longtime leadership efforts in assisting other students, particularly in regards to looking out for those with food allergies and standing up against bullying.

“Corey is a dedicated friend and leader with an exemplary character,” said Sue Kavanagh, East Islip SEPTO president.

2014 AP Scholars Excel

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Nine current outstanding seniors – Nicholas Buquicchio, Krista Cook, Derek Dattero, Lauren Farrell, Rebecca Fitzmaurice, Joseph Guadagno, Thomas Leddy, Valli Manni and Joseph Prato – have earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors for this year from the College Board, along with eight graduates from the Class of 2014. In order to be recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, a student must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on their exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Several different award levels are offered by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, all recognizing academically strong students who display college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. These exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 3 or higher qualifying students for college credit. East Islip boasted 57 Scholars in total for 2014.

Three students from last year’s graduating class – William Farrell, William Meehan and Grant Stroehlein – were named to the highest level of National AP Scholar for 2014, one which requires an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

A dozen students were named 2014 AP Scholars with Honor, including current seniors Benjamin Acosta, Katie Bunde, Tyler Clehane, Raymond Filippone, Amanda Healy and Kristen Tomasini, as well as six graduates. For this level, the average score needed was at least 3.25 on all exams and 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

A total of 28 students earned AP Scholar recognition, receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams, including current seniors Zachary Acocella, Michael Borelli, Lindsay Carpluk, Ryan Hazell, Elizabeth Loizides, Kyle Lopez, Michael Marques, Jillian Mooney, Meghan Mueller, Simone Nasroodin, Evan Oldshein, Carolyn Sidoti and Christopher Sumano, along with 15 graduates.

“These students worked extra hard over the past four years, and it is a pleasure to see them excel as they prepare to graduate and look at careers,” said Israel Malinowitzer, director of guidance.

All levels of AP Scholars at East Islip received award certificates, and their achievements will be listed in the AP score reports sent to colleges.

Regarding Recent Incidents

Dear Families,

On Oct. 9, at approximately 3:40 p.m., a Suffolk Transportation bus driver noticed that two suspicious unidentified youths were observed walking in the vicinity of Meadow Farms Road in East Islip. There were no students on the bus at the time, and the district and Suffolk Transportation reported the incident to the East Islip Police Department.

On Oct. 10, the principal of Timber Point Elementary School was informed by several parents of an incident that occurred during the afternoon trip home from school on Oct. 8. At some point during the trip, damage was noticed to a side window of the same bus. It appears to have been hit by a hard object, causing it to splinter, as the window remained intact. Upon being notified of this separate issue today, the district contacted the police department immediately with this important information.

Please be advised that the district has been informed that the police department is treating these occurrences as two unrelated incidents, and they are investigating accordingly.

Thank you for your time and attention as we together maintain watch of our neighborhoods. 

Cisco Certification Serves as Milestone

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Recent East Islip High School graduate Austin Ward has become the second East Islip student to achieve the prestigious Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification, a major benchmark in the field of information technology.

Ward, a member of East Islip’s Class of 2014 and the school’s Green Career Academy, was enrolled in East Islip’s two-year Cisco Network Academy program under the tutelage of Paul McHugh, who was recently designated by Cisco as an Advanced Level instructor. The course uses an authentic Cisco lab that permits students to learn via real-world network design and troubleshooting. Fellow 2014 alumnus and Cisco Network Academy attendee Dan Murphy obtained Cisco certification at the end of the last school year.

“It’s absolutely amazing that this year we had two students who just completed high school and have achieved this special certification,” said Israel Malinowitzer, the director of guidance and the career academies, and Ward’s mentor. “The CCENT exam is a very difficult test that requires many hours, weeks and months of studying and hoping to pass.”

“I initially joined the Cisco class because I have always had an interest in computers, and I knew that it had something to do with technology,” said Ward. “I didn’t understand the concept of networking, but after two years of being in the course and passing my CCENT certification exam, the idea of not understanding networking is foreign to me. I was introduced to something that I couldn’t even comprehend at the time, and now it has turned into one of my biggest assets.”

Despite McHugh’s inspiration and countless hours of preparation, Ward did not pass on his first attempt. “Even with studying as hard as I could and really believing that I could pass, the first time I took it, I failed,” he said. “I have no shame in saying that this was a big hit for me, and it really discouraged me for a while. Of course, after all this time I couldn’t give up that easily, but it definitely wasn’t easy bouncing back from that. How could this happen? I had taken all of the necessary steps, I would eat, sleep and breathe Cisco, and I still failed. But I learned from my mistakes and paid attention to my faults. I picked myself back up and embraced my failure. When I took the test again a few weeks later, I passed.”

Ward believes that difficult exams such as the CCENT can not only further a student’s education, but serve as milestones to enhance other areas in life. “Before I started studying for the CCENT, I had atrocious studying habits, and that just won’t cut it at college,” said Ward. “I figured, this was a chance for me to really buckle down for once and give something my all. As I started my journey on my path to receive my certification, I realized how easily I was able to manage my time. The time that I put into studying for this test really prepared me for what’s to come in my future, and not just with college.”

Ward was recently asked to participate in a meeting with State Sen. Phil Boyle in which students were asked to discuss their thoughts on New York’s Common Core State Standards, and spoke on behalf of East Islip’s Career Academies at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. He plans to work as an intern at Motorola Solutions next summer following his freshman year at college.

“We will hear many wonderful things about Austin over the next few years, because he is very bright and does not give up,” said Malinowitzer.

Connetquot Learns About Fire Safety

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In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, students at East Islip’s Connetquot Elementary School were visited by members of the Islip Terrace Fire Department. The informative Oct. 7 presentation was led by firefighter Joe Felder, a former Connetquot student.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that took place over two tragic October days in 1871, and provides an annual opportunity for young students to learn important lessons regarding fire safety and precautions.  

During the assembly, the children learned about the protective gear that firefighters wear and how these garments assist them when entering burning buildings. Fire department representatives explained the importance of fire trucks and what functions the various pieces of equipment on the vehicles perform, before giving the students a look inside the trucks.

“We are grateful for the time that these firefighters spent with our students,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “We also recognize and appreciate the many volunteer hours they dedicate to be ready to answer a call for help, and we hope that today’s visit reminds everyone to check their smoke detectors to make sure they are in working order.”

Two-Sport Star Nicole Levy

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Senior Nicole Levy, a two-sport star in both lacrosse and field hockey, has been ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the nation by Inside Lacrosse magazine, for athletes in the Class of 2015.

“I was pretty excited when I found out,” Levy said. “It was one of the first times that I’ve been recognized nationwide.”

A two-year lacrosse captain and four-time All-County player, she was also named to the 2014 Under Armour Underclass All-Americans, the US Lacrosse Schoolgirls’ Division Team, and Newsday’s Top 100 Players and Players to Watch lists. The attacker’s 229 career goals and 154 assists are a formidable legacy, the result of an early immersion in the sport, thanks to her father Steven Levy, East Islip’s boys lacrosse coach.

“It came naturally,” she said of her early start in lacrosse. “My dad threw me in camp at age 4. I played with the guys every summer, every July weekend. It was fun.”

Her athletic skills are not limited to lacrosse, however, as she has shined just as brightly as a field hockey player. In her fall sport, she likewise was named team captain, an All-County athlete as well as to Newsday’s 2014 All-Long Island First Team and Player to Watch list, and led Long Island in points scored through the regular season. Her 19 goals in one season was the most in East Islip history. She also holds school field hockey records for most career points and assists, most points and assists in a season, and most points and assists in a game.

“She is definitely a special athlete,” said Christopher Veit, her field hockey coach of the last four years.

Serving as a captain in two different sports speaks volumes about her leadership skills on the field, an attribute that also comes into play in her extracurricular activities with the Girls Leaders Club and Best Buddies program. “I like to think of myself as a role model,” she said.

She attributes her athletic success to hard work, practice and staying focused, as well as a deep competitive streak. “I’m the type of person that runs a mile in gym,” she admitted. “Everything is competitive for me.”

Levy has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University, and looks forward to signing a letter of intent. She plans on studying communications in college – while pursuing the athletic record books, of course.

Booster Club Dinner and 5K

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The East Islip Athletic Booster Club will hold its 11th annual Red & White Dinner on Nov. 7 at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip. View the attached flier for ticket information.

The EIABC will also hold its annual Redmen 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 16 at Heckscher State Park. Register using the attached form.

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Constitution Contest at Middle School

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Eighth-graders in Team Galaxy celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with a variety of linked activities, beginning with a shared reading of the Preamble to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

“The 17th of September was designated as Constitution Day in order to promote educational programs to ensure that students have a better understanding of our Constitution,” said teacher Gloria Cerrito. “The date was chosen because on that day in 1787, the convention delegates signed the Constitution.”

As a culminating activity, the students discussed how the Constitution benefits them in their daily lives, then participated in a contest to draw a poster illustrating those benefits. Winners Ashley Benvengo, Marykate Carroll and Christie Czajka were awarded gift certificates for the Spotlight school store.

Books Harvested at JFK Fall Fair

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With an “Apple Harvest” theme, East Islip’s John F. Kennedy Elementary School’s annual book fair ushered in the autumn as students visited to purchase books during during three days from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. The JFK PTA ran contests throughout the fair, which was co-chaired by Kelly Caragiulo and Louise Kniff, and provided free books to the winners.   

Nine Softballers Named All-Americans

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Nine members of the 2014 varsity softball team were recently named All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, a prestigious honor which required each student to earn a combined three-semester average of 90 or higher. Recognized as NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes were current freshmen Alise Colandro and Cierra Colon; sophomores Jackie Carty, Courtney Greene and Megan Palmer; junior Heather Zenk; seniors Alexa Martone and Megan Munn; and 2014 graduate Danielle Drywa.

As a team, East Islip’s softball squad placed seventh on the list of NFCA Top 10 All-Academic Teams with a score of 3.79, the highest among all Long Island teams in their division.

“I am very proud of my girls and their accomplishment,” said coach Jason McGowan. “They not only put the work in on the field, but they get it done in the classroom, and that is wonderful to see. What makes it more impressive is that most of these athletes played more than one sport, and they were still able to maintain these high grades. I am fortunate to have such a group of hardworking student athletes.”

East Islip Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

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FTK Carnival Offers World of Fun

Redmen Earn Shutout vs. Deer Park

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Fans at sunny Boomer Esiason Stadium were thrilled when the varsity football team’s crushing defense proved too tough for Deer Park’s visiting squad on Sept. 27. Permitting just 37 offensive yards and never allowing the Falcons past the 50-yard line, the Redmen cruised to a 21-0 victory.

Among Saturday’s stars were Eric Flynn, with a 30-yard touchdown, an interception and 58 yards rushing, and Sean Karika, with a TD run and eight tackles. Quarterback Kyle Fleitman had a solid day, hitting receiver Hugens Tranquille with a 37-yard pass to set up Karika’s score. Kicker Jake Piacenti delivered when asked, scoring two early field goals of 37 and 21 yards and booting three punts inside the Deer Park 20-yard line.

East Islip, now 2-1 in the standings, faces Smithtown West on Oct. 1.

Alumna Salice Earns NEA Position

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Dominique Salice, a 2003 graduate, was recently promoted to a prominent position as senior campaigns and elections specialist at the National Educational Association. Based out of the NEA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, Salice’s new job entails applying political campaign expertise to support the organization’s strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of its 3 million members toward great public schools for every student.

“I will be working with members across the nation to identify opportunities for action around what most effects educators and their students,” said Salice. “I hope to raise the voices of educators, to give them leadership over what goes on in the classroom and the opportunity to humanize education, to consider the whole child without the fear of standardized test results, and to have access to professional development to do so,” she said. “I believe with all my heart that without a strong public education system, we will not see progress in our country – social, economic or otherwise.”

Following her graduation from East Islip, Salice attended SUNY Purchase where she earned a degree in political science with a minor in economics. She worked as a regional field director for the Human Rights Campaign’s work for marriage equality in New York before taking a state director position at the Service Employees International Union Wisconsin State Council.

She cited three of her mentors at East Islip – Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer; history teacher Nicholas Bilotti, now the school’s assistant principal; and English teacher Greg Kguloian – as inspirations in helping her overcome her difficulties with standardized testing.

“I thank them for seeing students as people, for openly caring about us, and showing that they had faith in us and our abilities,” Salice said. “Eleven years later, they’re still influencing a student who had no confidence in her mind and academic abilities, to be strong. I hope I get to have a hand in giving more teachers the freedom and security to be like them.”

“It makes me so proud to think of Dominique interacting with all of these politicians for the wellbeing of our students and teachers,” said Malinowitzer. “She has come a long way since high school and I knew she would be a success story.”

 
 



RCK’s Quilt of Remembrance

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In a moving effort to honor the heroes of Sept. 11, students in Jennifer Beebe and Dennis Clancy’s third-grade class at East Islip’s Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School created a special remembrance quilt on Patriot Day. Each quilt square was individually designed and contained various symbols of freedom and sacrifice. The students, some wearing T-shirts honoring loved ones lost on 9/11 such as NYPD Officer Glen K. Pettit and FDNY Battalion Chief Dennis A. Cross, prepared for the project by reading character education books; discussing the meaning of words such as honor, heroes, remembrance, service, freedom and sacrifice; brainstorming images to draw; and listening to patriotic music.

“We have done this activity in our classroom for the last couple of years, to remember and honor our heroes in a child-friendly way,” said Beebe. “The children do an incredible job of capturing patriotic ideas in their drawings.”

 

 

FTK Carnival 2014 in Photos

MS Builders Club Honors Vets

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Following a club dinner at Dave & Buster’s in Islandia this past May, the 16 patriotic students in the middle school’s busy Builders Club and teacher Rena Costello traveled to Long Island MacArthur Airport, where they displayed handmade signs to greet World War II veterans returning from an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring America’s veterans, provides free plane trips and daylong tours to the National World War II Memorial and other sites in the capitol.

Chief Warrant Officer Francis Romanitch, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps based on Long Island, visited the middle school in June to thank the Builders Club for its service to the veterans as well as the club’s ongoing efforts on behalf of deployed military members. Romanitch also accompanied Costello, Superintendent Linda Rozzi and Builders Club officer Sofia Ferrezza to the office of Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, a longtime supporter of the club and East Islip’s program of donations for overseas troops.    

“Under the leadership of Superintendent Rozzi and Rena Costello, the Builders Club provides a unique conduit between East Islip Middle School students and those brave men and women serving overseas in our armed forces, particularly the Marines,” said Cilmi. “Not only are needed supplies distributed to our troops who always appreciate the support, but our students gain a better understanding of the sacrifices our soldiers make on their behalf.”

Culminating the project, Builders Club members toured the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale in July, where they met with the WWII veterans who had made the trip in May, presenting each veteran with a specially designed photo book of their Honor Flight trip.

Join Your School's PTA and PTO

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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.

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HS Photogs Win Magazine Contest

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Two high school students – current senior Angela Verlezza (right) and Class of 2014 graduate Jennifer Coffin – were both selected as finalists in Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s 35th annual College & High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon. The winning photos will be published in the May 2015 issue of the magazine and entered into Nikon’s Emerging Photographers Hall of Fame.

“I was very impressed that these two talented photography students were finalists in this amateur photography contest,” said their art teacher, Heather Toomey.

Verlezza, who plans to study sign language and photography after she graduates from East Islip in 2015, noted that the chosen photo of alpacas not only was one of her favorites, but reflected her love of her aunt’s alpaca farm in upstate Calicoon. “I visit every single weekend,” she said.  

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.

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USDA Fundraiser Ruling, Smart Snacks in School

Please note the attached informational sheet pertaining to the USDA's ruling on fundraisers and the Smart Snacks in School rules.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014