Volleyball Playoffs Start Nov. 1


The girls varsity volleyball team will begin the first round of the playoffs with a Nov. 1 away game against Sayville, starting at 4 p.m.

Two Outstanding Redmen Honored


The Great American Rivalry series honored two high school varsity football players – Doug Carpluk and Walter Westhoff – for athletic and academic excellence at an Oct. 15 home contest against rival Sayville. The two students were recognized in a special ceremony prior to the kickoff of the game, which was supported by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Carpluk, a kicker and first-year varsity player, is three for three this season on field goal attempts and 20 for 21 on extra point attempts. He has a weighted GPA of 105.8 and plans to pursue a degree in chemical and mechanical engineering at either Ohio State University, University of Alabama or University of Pittsburgh.

Westhoff, a three-year varsity player, has started every game this year at left tackle. He has a weighted GPA of 105.9 and will attend Hamilton College in upstate Clinton next fall, where he plans to major in economics.

“These students excel both on the field and in the classroom, and we are proud of their recognition by Great American Rivalry,” said Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

In the ensuing Great American Rivalry game, the 4-2 Redmen played hard in a 34-12 loss, but the undefeated Golden Flashes, in the midst of a 17-game winning streak, proved a tough opponent. Kyle Fleitman scored twice for East Islip.

Showcasing top high school football rivalries across the nation, the Great American Rivalry Series was created 12 years ago to celebrate the central cultural role of high school football for American families and communities..

Middle Schoolers Hit 100 Percent in Library Contest


Teacher Jennifer Esposito’s third-period sixth-grade ELA class were the winners of middle school librarian Valerie Ware-Comneck’s recent contest supporting Library Card Sign-up Month. The class achieved a spectacular 100 percent library card sign-up rate in the annual event, which encourages students and families to obtain library cards.

“The smartest school supply is a library card,” said Ware-Comneck after congratulating the winning class.

Kozak Art Chosen for LIAC Calendar


The Long Island Arts Council has selected artwork by high school senior Taylor Kozak to be featured in the upcoming year’s LIAC calendar. Kozak, the president of the school’s Photography Club, studied photography with teacher Heather Toomey during her sophomore and junior year, and is currently enrolled in Daniel Figliozzi’s Advanced Placement 2D design class.  

“When I first heard about the contest, I immediately let Taylor know about it because I remember her making a beautiful and powerful double exposure print about her brother last year,” said Toomey. “I am so proud that she has been chosen as a featured artist for the LIAC calendar. It is well deserved, as she is a dedicated student and works extremely hard.”

“It was such an honor to be chosen,” said Kozak. “I would like to thank my wonderful teacher, Heather Toomey, and my parents for pushing me to be the best I could be.”

Immunization Requirements


New York State Public Health Law Article 21, Title VI, Section 2164 mandates that all children must be properly immunized. Students in the East Islip School District who are not in compliance must be excluded from attendance. All students entering kindergarten are required to provide proof of immunization as per New York State's requirements for school entrance/attendance, which are attached below.

Also note that information on the state's meningococcal vaccine school requirement can be viewed here.


EI Displays Dedication to Dig Pink Effort


The high school’s girls volleyball teams held their annual Dig Pink event on Oct. 5, in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in order to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dressed in pink at the games against visiting Brentwood, the crowd, including Superintendent John V. Dolan, cheered the varsity Lady Redmen on to a 3-0 victory. The junior varsity team lost a tough match, but still maintained a winning 5-3 record.   

The dedicated athletes also helped support the special event by dipping pretzels, preparing bags of candy to sell, making posters and decorating the gymnasium. Throughout October, the entire high school will follow the volleyball players’ lead and wear pink on Fridays to show support for the cause.

“The support from the students, teachers, staff, and parents makes this event bigger every year,” said varsity head coach Romina Chacon. “We hope to continue to raise more awareness and funds throughout the month and upcoming years.”

‘Shiver Me Timber Point’ Wins PTA Award


The Timber Point PTA was recently chosen as 2016 Suffolk County regional winners of the New York State PTA’s Pick a Reading Partner program award.  “Shiver Me Timber Point,” the school’s pirate-laden theme for PARP, included treasure maps tracking the total number of minutes read by students, and messages in a bottle with pictures of the children and their reading partners. Principal Danielle Naccarato even dressed up as a pirate princess for a vocabulary hat parade after her students exceeded a principal’s challenge of reading for 40,000 minutes or more.

“We think that PARP strengthens reading and communication skills between children and adults,” said Timber Point PTA President Susan Kiernan. “We are thrilled that our PTA was recognized for all their hard work, and for our amazing chairpersons Alyson Ferreby and Marianne Gilmore.”

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Booster Club's Redmen 5K and Red & White Dinner Coming in November


Please come and support the East Islip Athletic Booster Club. Two annual events are coming up in November to support the district's students, the Redmen 5K on Nov. 6 and the Red & White Dinner on Nov. 11. Please see the attached fliers for more information.


Celebrating 1-2-3 Finish in Arts Alive LI Contest


High school freshmen Alexa Fusco, Caroline Meehan and Alexis Barber finished first, second and third, respectively, in the Arts Alive LI 2016 Poster Contest, which they participated in while students in middle school teacher Frances Weller’s art classes last year.

The trio were recognized at a Oct. 13 Board of Education meeting, where they received certificates and congratulations from Superintendent John V. Dolan. Their artwork is on display during the month of October at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City as part of National Arts and Humanities Month.

BOE Business Meeting on Nov. 3


The next Board of Education business meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace.

See below attachment for a complete 2016-2017 Board meeting schedule.


Remote Robot Provides Assistance


The district received funding in 2014 from New York State Sen. Phil Boyle which was used to purchase a VGo robot to assist in the instructional program for student Ryan Norton. VGo technology serves to open up academic and social environments to ill, disabled and immune-deficient students, allowing them to see, hear, talk and move as they remotely attend classes via their homes.

Norton, an eighth grader at the middle school, has atypical cystic fibrosis and cannot regularly attend classes in person. Using the VGo robot to virtually participate in lessons, he is able to remain engaged with both school and community, an important factor for both health and education.

“The VGo robot gives our students in need, like Ryan, the ability to interact with fellow classmates and the classroom teacher,” said Superintendent John V. Dolan, who viewed the robot in action, along with Principal Mark Bernard and other administrators, during a recent visit to the school from Sen. Boyle.

Sen. Croci’s Bullet Aid Provides Pre-K for Seven Students


New York State Sen. Tom Croci recently provided $20,000 in unrestricted state education aid, known as Bullet Aid, for the dstrict, which was used to enroll seven students in East Islip’s prekindergarten program offered by the South Shore Preschool for Early Childhood Education in Islip Terrace. The chosen students were selected from the district’s UPK lottery waiting list.

“The senator realizes the importance of getting students into a positive learning environment at an early age,” said Superintendent John V. Dolan, who toured the preschool with Sen. Croci. “We truly appreciate all his help in supporting and promoting education in East Islip and across the state.”

A Victorious Homecoming Day


It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas—and Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July and Halloween—as the four holiday-themed floats made their way onto Sal Ciampi Field at the start of the homecoming game on Oct. 8.

In keeping with the holiday theme, the Redmen delivered an early Christmas present to their loyal fans with their 37-20 victory over Kings Park. Leading the charge were Kyle Fleitman, Justin Taveras and Bobby Madigan, who provided plenty of rushing, passing and touchdown action. With the Redmen leading 31-12 at the half, the cheerleading squad had no trouble keeping the crowd pumped, even as threatening clouds gave way to rain in the second half.

The halftime show delivered more thrills, as the pep band opened with Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” The kickline performed a precision dance routine, while the band played “Locked Out of Heaven.” The band finished its Bruno Mars medley with “Uptown Funk.”

Principal Bill Brennen crowned the homecoming king and queen, Kyle Engblom and Emily Glennon, who received a thunderous round of applause from their adoring fans.

The floats circled the track for one final viewing, accompanied by members of the local youth cheerleading and football leagues. The crowd waited in breathless anticipation for the announcement of the winning float. The freshman’s Valentine’s Day float finished fourth, with the sophomores’ Independence Day float coming in third. The Halloween-themed junior float was second, with the seniors taking away the first-place prize for their Christmas-themed float.

Get Involved In Your School Community!


We are scripting the vision for the next great generation of the East Islip School District and we would like your help.

Please take a moment to complete the Long Range Planning survey. It will help us to formulate suggestions to the administration and Board of Education. We appreciate your efforts to assist us in planning for the future of East Islip’s schools.

Also, we ask you to please join one of our wonderful volunteer organizations listed below. All of these organizations directly support our children, and participating is a great way to stay involved in your child’s life.

For the Kids Foundation
East Islip PTA Council
East Islip SEPTO
EJ Autism Foundation
East Islip Athletic Booster Club
East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce

East Islip needs you to keep East Islip great!

Growing College Fair Helps Families Make Choices


Representatives from more than 135 colleges flocked to the high school cafeteria for the annual college fair. The event, sponsored by the guidance department and held on the evening of Sept. 27, provided more than 500 members of the school’s families with an opportunity to meet the representatives, ask questions, discuss their children’s plans for the future, and pick up literature and other information that will help them to decide on the right college.

In conjunction with the fair, the school’s library hosted two well-attended financial aid presentations by Gordon Rowe, a financial expert from St. Joseph’s College, focusing on the new early deadlines for applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Additionally, school counselor Jessica Pignataro offered a presentation on the NCAA for parents of students planning to play Division I or II sports in college.

“Each year our college fair continues to grow, and both parents and students enjoyed coming to this,” said Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer. “The evening was a huge success.”

O’Rourke Named Special Ed Director


Dr. Aileen O’Rourke, the principal of East Islip’s John F. Kennedy Elementary school for almost a dozen years, is now the director of special education/pupil personnel services and Committee for Special Education for the district.

A New York City native, O’Rourke earned her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education and master’s degree in elementary education at the City University of New York at Queens College, a professional diploma in school leadership and administration from CUNY Brooklyn, and her doctorate in 2015 from St. John’s University.

She began her teaching career in 1991 with the New York City Department of Education, and was named an assistant principal at Brooklyn’s P.S. 202 in 1998.  After moving to Long Island with her family in 2003, O’Rourke served as an administrator at Washington Drive Primary School in the Harborfields School District before taking over at JFK in 2005.

“It was a privilege to serve as principal at JFK for so many years,” said O’Rourke. “My time there was truly rewarding and I was lucky to have worked with an amazing group of students, staff and parents. My new position presents a wonderful opportunity to continue to advocate for and support the children of East Islip in a diverse capacity. I eagerly look forward to working with our dedicated team of educators to continue to make East Islip great.”

Thelemann Commended by NMS


Devin Thelemann, a senior at the high school, has been named a Commended Student by the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thelemann, an exceptional student and All-County and LISFA musician on bass, was recognized for his achievement on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 1.6 million students entered the NMS competition; Thelemann and the approximately 34,000 other Commended Students finished among the top 5 percent nationwide.

“Devin is an excellent student and an accomplished musician in our Symphony Orchestra,” said his school counselor, Jessica Pignataro. “We are so proud of him, not only for receiving this commendation, but for being an outstanding member of the Class of 2017.”

Flaumenhaft is New Principal at CES


Danielle Flaumenhaft was recently announced as the new principal of Connetquot, replacing Dr. Deborah Smith, who shifted over to JFK.

Flaumenhaft had previously served as an assistant principal at Setauket Elementary School in the Three Village Central School District in Setauket since July 2014.  Before that, she worked as an assistant principal at New Lane Elementary School in the Middle Country School District in Selden from 2013-2014, and an acting assistant principal and literacy coach at South County Central School District in Bellport from 2005-2013. She taught as an adjunct professor at Dowling College in Oakdale from 2003-2005, and as a fifth-grade teacher at Lawrence School District from 1996-2003 and Boston Public Schools from 1995-1996.

A Sayville resident, Flaumenhaft earned her bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Cortland in 1991, a master’s degree in education from Boston University in 1995, a master’s degree in literacy from Dowling College in 2003, and an advanced graduate certificate in administration from Stony Brook University in 2010.

“In the short time I have been here, I have been impressed with how caring and kind everyone is at Connetquot,” said Flaumenhaft. “The school is truly a happy place for learning, and I look forward to working with the parents, the families and the children.”

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Friday, October 28, 2016