Baseball Semifinal Playoffs

East Islip's varsity baseball team will be participating in the Suffolk County AA semifinals against Ward Melville.

The best-of-three series will take place on the following dates and times:

Saturday, May 23 at 12 p.m. at Ward Melville        

Wednesday, May 27 at 4 p.m. at East Islip        

Thursday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at Ward Melville (if necessary)

Boys Track Division Championships

The East Islip varsity boys track team will compete in the division championships on Wednesday, May 27 and Friday, May 29 at Comsewogue High School. Both events will start at 3:30 p.m.


Swampy Story Inspirational at CES


In a superbly swampy celebration of the fine and performing arts, the entire second grade of East Islip’s Connetquot Elementary School presented the musical “Swamped” on May 14.

The John Higgins and John Jacobson musical’s storyline involves a party in a swamp and is based on lessons of friendship, tolerance, and dealing with change.

Under the expert direction of music teacher Aaron Ely, the talented young actors sang, danced and performed “Swamped” for their classmates and school staff during the day, and in front of their parents and families at the evening’s “Curriculum Cruise.”

The set was designed by art teacher Elizabeth Sullivan, whose students created large, colorful swamp animals and insects that were displayed throughout the hallways of Connetquot.

“The production was truly inspirational, as the themes of character education were interwoven in the storyline,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “Everyone who attended had a fantastic learning experience.”

"Go Home Early" Drill on May 22

The district reminds all East Islip families that the annual "Go Home Early" drill is scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2015.

A letter was previously mailed to all households advising families of this mandated early release drill. Please be advised that all students will be dismissed 15 minutes early on May 22 as part of a state-mandated emergency drill that districts must perform annually. We remind you to make appropriate arrangements for the early arrival of your children as a result of this drill, and provide alternate plans if no one will be home.

Additionally, the after-school program will begin 15 minutes earlier than usual and will end at 6 p.m., as scheduled. All extra help buses will be at regular time and all after-school activities and sporting events will proceed as scheduled.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call your child's school's main office. We here at East Islip Schools wish all of our families a very wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Very truly yours,

Mrs. Linda J. Rozzi
Superintendent of Schools

Artist of the Week: May 18, 2015


JFK fourth-graders Ryan Reganeschi and Shadia Zayer ("Friendly Portraits")

RCK fourth-graders Daniella Chillemi, Rhiannon Donahue, Alexandra Edwards and Amanda Rooney ("Bamboo Brush Paintings and Haiku")

Timber Point first-graders Sophia Corso and Isabella LeRoux ("Pointillism Butterflies")

Rensselaer Medalist Named


High school junior Harrison Gieraltowski has been named the winner of this year’s Rensselaer Medal for his superlative academic achievement in mathematics and science.

This minimum $15,000 per year merit scholarship, which has awarded for more than 90 years, is guaranteed for four years for each medalist who applies, is accepted and chooses to enroll at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute located in Troy, New York. The award serves to inspire students to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

Gieraltowski’s dedication towards his studies are truly unique. Without being enrolled in the course itself, he used self-preparation last year to take and score highly on the AP Computer Science exam. 

“I am extremely proud of this young man for staying focused and motivated throughout the last three years at East Islip,” said his guidance counselor, Christopher Boehler. “Harrison is one of the most genuine students I’ve known in my time here, and the decisions he is making in school are absolutely laying the foundation for his future.”

Budget Passes, Montuori and Carney Elected

The East Islip School District 2015-2016 budget passed on May 19, with 1,703 yes votes outweighing the 904 no votes. 

In the race for two open trustee positions on East Islip's five-person Board of Education, voters reelected Philip Montuori Sr. (1,569 votes) over challenger Anthony Maccarino (831 votes), while challenger Jessica Carney (1,418 votes) defeated incumbent Louis F. Raffone (998 votes).

A budget results letter from Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi is attached below.


Junior Achievement USA Visits Timber Point


At the end of April, Timber Point was visited by the Junior Achievement USA program and JA representative Dawn Chiuchiolo. Dedicated parents volunteered their time to come into the classrooms and successfully share the Junior Achievement lessons with the students.

Junior Achievement USA is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 through hands-on programs designed to educate students about life skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. More than 18,000 students across Long Island currently participate in the program each year.

Using Tech Skills for Charity at MS


Dedicated students in Brian Heyanka’s eighth-grade classes at the middle school recently used their technology skills to manufacture over 75 toys that were donated to North Shore LIJ-Southside Hospital to bring joy to sick children.

The students started the project by conducting research in the computer lab. Each of 15 groups of students chose an age demographic that they wanted to design a unique toy for, which included chalk iPhones, miniature helicopters, bowling, springboard basketball shot, paddle ball, whale-shaped crayon holders, stacking rings, magnetic fishing games, tic-tac-toe, labyrinths, maze games, peg board games,  knock hockey, and laser-engraved puzzles and matching games.

The eighth-graders created their own detailed drawings including measurements, materials and other important information regarding their designs. They learned about manufacturing techniques in order to mass-produce the toys, creating templates and using tools and machines that included a band saw, scroll saws, belt and disk sanders, miter saws, and a brand-new state-of-the-art Full Spectrum Laser engraver. Immersing themselves in the mass production process over several weeks, they even found ways to increase their efficiency and made sure every toy was ready for delivery to Southside.

Heyanka and Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer, who organized the donation, presented the toys to Southside Hospital representatives including Executive Director Donna Moravick, Nurse Director Carol Grimaldi and Nora Perry, who were impressed by the craftmanship of the toys and the commitment of those involved in the project.

“My students were able to think critically and use problem solving skills while learning about volunteerism, demonstrating good character and truly making a difference in their community,” said Heyanka.

Boys Track Team Wins Final Meet


At the final meet of the season, East Islip High School’s varsity boys track team defeated host West Babylon, 127-14, dominating from start to finish. The May 13 meet left the Redmen with a 4-2 season record, an indicator of the strong overall effort by the team’s more than 70 athletes. Highlight performances came from Will Reed in the mile, Zach Acocella in the 400-meter dash, Isaiah Alicea in the 100-meter dash and Kevin Rosand in the shot put.


Photos by Glenn Reed

Celebrating Creativity at Art & Jazz Fest


The Art & Jazz Festival returned for a second year of celebrating the creativity of East Islip High School and East Islip Middle School art and music students. Sponsored by the eiMAPS support organization, the April 30 evening event filled the district’s Early Childhood Center with aural and visual excitement, drawing large crowds eager to recognize the dedication of these students.

The middle and high schools’ jazz ensembles performed again this year, directed by Christopher Robertson and Ronald Fox, respectively. They were joined by the new East Islip High School Vocal Jazz Choir, directed by John Patrick Murphy. Middle and high school students displayed work from the myriad art classes they took this school year. Some high schoolers also showed off their technique with crafts, including beading, origami and portrait painting. Other highlights included a Project Runway competition and an auction of the Big Eggs.

“The Art & Jazz Festival is a way to showcase the awesome talents of our art and music students,” said Kathleen McGoldrick, eiMAPs’ communications officer and chairperson of the festival. “It also gives the community a chance to reap the rewards of the many hours of hard work the students and teachers put in each year to create beautiful expressions of who they are through their art and music.”

Artist of the Week: May 11, 2015


JFK third-graders Adelie Barbera, Colin Parkan and Isabella Pepe ("Earth Day Recycled Water Bottles")

RCK third-graders Alexandra Benavides and Alana Curran ("Geometric and Organic Shape Color Mixing")

Timber Point second-graders Jarrell Dent and Jesse Lopez ("Color Wheel Flower Painting")

Young Lawyers Take Second at Tournament


The high school’s Mock Trial team earned second place overall in the annual New York State Law Day Tournament on April 24, competing against 15 other teams from Suffolk, Nassau and New York City. Now in its 41st year, the tournament was hosted by Northport High School and sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and the Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee.

Students representing East Islip were Brittney Baker, Erica Hayden, Elizabeth Loizides and Joseph Teknus as attorneys, Angela Loizides and Kierstin O’Hara as witnesses, and Jessica Muroff, Jessica Sabal and Katrina Shea as legal researchers.

The judging panel for the tournament included the NYBA’s former president Thomas Levin, acting State Supreme Court Justice James C. Hudson and Touro Law School professor Thomas Schweitzer.

“All the judges praised our East Islip students for their knowledge of the law, legal arguments, and excellent presentation,” said the team’s adviser, Patricia Lester.

A Month of Autism Awareness in EI


In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, the East Islip School District embarked on a wide-ranging awareness campaign and slate of related activities during April. Each school in the district organized informational and awareness projects as well as fundraising initiatives. Classes made posters with facts about autism and informational poster boards were displayed in the many of the schools.

“I am confident that the creative initiatives in each school truly helped to raise awareness and answer questions about autism spectrum disorders,” said Susan Kosser, the district’s assistant to the superintendent for student support services. “It was wonderful to see all students – including our students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities – as well as staff participating in this important initiative.”

Connetquot, Ruth C. Kinney and Timber Point elementary schools recognized World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, with students and staff dressed in colors that represent autism awareness. At Connetquot, it was kindergarten in yellow, first grade in red and second grade in blue, while all of RCK’s students dressed in blue. Timber Point students formed giant numbers on an adjacent field, with the kindergartners dressed in red, first-graders in green, and second-graders in blue. Students at the schools also colored various puzzle pieces, hung in prominent location, to represent the motto “We all fit together.”

“This was another way to bring attention to the importance of accepting everyone and collectively coming together to support each other,” said Connetquot Principal Deborah Smith.

Over at JFK, the month was celebrated with various fun and educational activities including a special “Autism Cube” donated by the EJ Autism Foundation. After students painted the different puzzle pieces on the cube, it was put on display in the school’s main lobby.

“We stressed that we are all different pieces, but fit together to make a perfect puzzle,” said Principal Aileen O’Rourke.

In addition, JFK social worker Lisa Yacovone highlighted the character trait of tolerance throughout the month, with students from grades three through five creating a bulletin board on the theme, “We are all different fish, but in this school we swim together.”

East Islip High School dedicated April 1 and 2 to autism awareness, with students from the career development program and Girls Leaders Club selling “I Support Autism Awareness” puzzle pieces outside the cafeteria during lunch periods. The puzzles were displayed throughout the school. According to school psychologist Lauren Costantino, all of the proceeds were donated to the local EJ Autism Foundation. 

East Islip Middle School chose to celebrate autism awareness during the week of April 20.

“Our focus was to not only educate one another about autism, one of the fastest growing developmental disorders, but to celebrate our uniqueness,” said technology teacher Brian Heyanka. “Throughout the week, students were provided opportunities to learn about autism and embrace our differences.”

The week began at the middle school with the sharing of a video clip during science classes. Each day afterward, students were encouraged to search the building for a hidden fact.  Students who recorded all of their answers or wore a shirt in support of autism were able to enter a raffle to decide an ice bucket challenge, with the end result being the selection of Principal Mark Bernard and Assistant Principal Jason Stanton to be doused with ice water. 

The middle school’s Art Club created an autism awareness banner, and during lunch periods, the Best Buddies club set up an informational booth and sold bracelets to raise money for the EJ Autism Foundation, with purchasers entered into a raffle to win an autism awareness shirt.  
Heyanka’s technology classes were able to utilize their Full Spectrum Laser engraver to create a stunning sign for National Autism Awareness Month.  His classes watched videos relating to autism and conducted research before engraving facts and inspirational quotes about the disorder onto a huge piece of wood that was later displayed in the school’s lobby.

“Mr. Heyanka and his students did a tremendous job putting together this project,” said Stanton. “I observed the students in action and saw the excitement generated by this assignment. The students truly learned not only valuable hands-on skills, but also a deeper understanding and appreciation for individuals with autism.” 

“I am very thankful that my students were given the opportunity to create something that they can be proud of, while learning about autism,” said Heyanka. “The events throughout the month served as a wonderful opportunity to share information and raise awareness.”

Supporting SADD at EIHS


The high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club held its first SADD Awareness Day on April 30, bringing awareness to many issues that SADD addresses including suicide, drunk driving, texting and driving, eating disorders, and cyber bullying.

According to SADD adviser Bridget Lopiccolo, the idea for the event came from previous SADD members, who wanted to have a day where students could meet and speak to a variety of organizations that aid teens who have made destructive decisions and help in preventing future poor decisions.

Numerous organizations – including the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Staci Leavitt Mind and Body, Youth Enrichment Services, Response Hotline of Suffolk County, Mission Be, Exchange Ambulance of the Islips, Allstate Insurance, VMA Kemp Jiu Jitsu of East Islip, East Islip Fitness, Long Island Volunteer Center and the Suffolk County Police Department’s 3rd Precinct COPE Unit – were in attendance at the school, showing their support for SADD and providing opportunities for students to sign up to volunteer and get involved in their community.

In addition to a sobriety testing station, four positive activity tables showcased things students can do instead of making destructive decisions, such as drawing, creative writing, listening to music, exercise, yoga and martial arts.  

“Our students enjoyed the day of activities and speaking with the different organizations,” said Lopiccolo. “The SADD club members worked very hard to put it together and for next year, they are already thinking of ideas to add to the program.”

RCK on Display at EIPL


During the month of May, artwork from RCK fourth- and fifth-graders will be on display at the East Islip Public Library as part of the school’s fifth annual art exhibit. The artwork will be displayed in the library’s second-floor art gallery showcase.

Under the direction of art teacher Dana Belfiore, fourth-grade students created “spirit animal” busts, while fifth-graders made Aztec sun stones in clay. Students learned basic clay construction techniques as well as key concepts of sculpture through creating these projects. The fifth-graders learned how to use a reduction technique to carve clay after rolling out a slab, while the younger students chose animals that represented their personalities, created the busts using a pinch pot method and learned how to attach clay using the score and slip method.

“Congratulations to those whose art is displayed in the gallery,” said Belfiore. “We hope everyone can come by and see it.”

Girls Golf Team Starts to Gel


Overcoming adversity and folding in some new faces, the East Islip varsity girls golf team has begun to gel, uniting student-athletes from both the high school and middle school.

This year’s 13-girl roster – seniors Jenna Herr and Justina Marku; juniors Katherine Dodenhoff, Kristin Linz, Kate Maretsky and Anna Wulforst; sophomore Eve Collier; freshman Krissy Mercurio; eighth-graders Nicole Muroff and Camryn Kreucsher; and seventh-graders Sophia Bates, Sofia Ferrezza and Bridget Welch – includes six newcomers who tried out and made the team. Many of the athletes have participated in Saturday clinics with Kevin Connelly, the PGA assistant professional at Timber Point Golf Course.

“We have been working hard in wind, rain and fog all season to climb back to .500,” said coach Judith Fischer. “We started our season mostly indoors due to the harsh weather and leftover snow and ice, and it has been really tough to be on a golf course.”

Artist of the Week: May 4, 2015

Timber Point Elementary: Second-graders Brianna Tucci and Jennifer Ballou ("Wayne Thiebaud Dessert Art")

Cleary Student Basse Makes Mark on Track Team


Anoune Basse, a new student at the Cleary School for the Deaf’s secondary program at East Islip High School, joined EI’s boys spring track team in March, where he has made a mark as a sprinter in the 100-meter, 200-meter and relay events.

“Anoune is participating in numerous track meets and invitationals this season across Suffolk County, representing East Islip High School,” said Cleary coordinator Valerie Frederick. “He has aspirations of being on the soccer team this coming fall and is enjoying his time spent with his fellow athletes.”

JFK Takes Walk for Conservation


After rain drove their annual Earth Day Walk indoors last spring, students at John F. Kennedy were excited to prepare to get outside this year, creating banners to emphasize the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.

 The entire student body, faculty and staff were joined by JFK parents on May 1 for an inspirational and educational journey around the neighborhood, down Woodland Drive and back through the playground, where they rallied for a sing-along on water conservation with music teacher James Santoro.

“Our students displayed many ways to help nurture and save our environment,” said Principal Aileen O’Rourke.

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.    

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.”

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.     

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.”  

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")

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

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.”

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")

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.

Snow Day Calendar Change

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


Friday, May 22, 2015