Board Special Meeting on Dec. 12

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The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.


EITA Memorandum of Agreement

Please visit the Contracts page, under District, to view the East Islip Teachers' Association Memorandum of Agreement, dated Dec. 7, 2016.

Timber Point Second-Graders Express Thanks with Play and Bread

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Eager second-graders at Timber Point celebrated Thanksgiving week by reenacting the first Thanksgiving in a play, dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans. They followed up the performance with participation in the Spread the Bread initiative to help those in need this holiday season. The students prepared breads with their family guests, then donated their baking efforts to more than 100 families in need across Long Island.

“We all had a great time, but most importantly, this act of community service enabled the children to be thankful for all that they may have this holiday season when others are less fortunate,” said teacher Carol Wilson.




An Exciting ‘Idol’ Night at Middle School

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The middle school recently hosted its 10th East Islip Idol competition, sponsored by the school’s Tri-M Honor Society, with 26 student contestants singing their hearts out to a packed audience.

Eighth-grader Danielle Catanzarite was crowned the winner after singing Elle King’s ‘Ex’s & Oh’s.” The first runner up was sixth-grader Kaelyn Gordon, who sang Pink’s “Glitter in the Air”; second runner was sixth-grader Kiera Brya, who sang Anna Kendrick’s “Cups”; and third runner was sixth-grader Jack Rice, who sang Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.”  Last year’s winner, Madison Latronica, brought the house down, closing the show with a performance of  “Gravity” from the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

Close to 100 students auditioned for the contest, making it difficult for the producer to narrow the field down to the final 26, which also included Giovanni Danesi, Megan Donlin, Christopher Dopfel, Kristina Fiumara, Victoria Gonzalez, Hailey LaMacchia, Jeilene Law, Kate McGaugh, Victoria Miller, Noelle Naccarato, Olivia Pause, Alanna Puzo, Kaitlyn Reilly, Kaitlyn Rice, Emily Rottkamp, Gianna Russo Sanchez, Lilly Scholl, Keira Tantillo, Kieran Tohill, Joelle Tomossone and Marissa Triolo. All were treated like VIPs, including hair treatments courtesy of Cactus Hair Salon.

“This is an evening that I look forward to every year,” said Tri-M co-adviser Concetta Stevens. “To hear the talent and the cheers from their friends and family sitting in the audience, and to see the support the students give one another on the stage is such a beautiful thing. It brings the school and community together for a fun and exciting night.”  

French Club Bake Sale Benefits Gambian Girl

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The high school’s French Club recently held a tie-dye bake sale through the She’s the First organization, raising $400 to help fund the secondary education of a Gambian girl named Nabajie.

On the day prior to the sale, all French Club members participated in baking tie-dye cupcakes. To raise awareness for She’s the First, club members also tie-dyed T-shirts, which they wore proudly during the event.



Guarino Signs to Play Lax for Wingate

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Senior Nicholas Guarino signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 21 to play lacrosse next fall for Wingate University in North Carolina.

“Wingate has a good business program, and I fell in love with the school and campus,” said Guarino, who plans to major in accounting.

The defenseman is a three-year varsity starter for the Redmen.


High School Electives

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Too Many Tubas? Not for Finn

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Robert Finn, a seventh-grader at the middle school, participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s 36th annual Day of Tuba and Euphonium, held at Smithtown High School East on Oct. 28.

Finn spent the day listening, learning and playing music with more than 300 tuba and euphonium players from across Long Island. While there, he attended a workshop presented by world-renowned tuba player Michael Milnarik, a professor at Tufts and Brandeis universities. 

“It was very different to see so many tubas in the same place at the same time, but it was a lot of fun,” said Finn.

At the conclusion of the event, Finn joined the other student participants on stage to perform an ensemble concert, playing “Alleluja,” “Oompa-Loompa Song,” “College Daze,” “Take on Me” and the traditional finale, “Auld Lang Syne.”


Mock Trial Team Earns Spirit of Empire Award

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The high school’s Mock Trial team won the Spirit of Empire Award at the 2016 Empire World Mock Trial Championship. The award is granted to the school that shows the highest standards of civility and professionalism throughout the tournament.

The Empire tournament, held from Nov. 11-13 at the Federal Courthouse at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, brought together more than 700 students from 40 schools spanning seven nations. Each team was given a form to nominate another team for positive qualities including fair play and friendliness.

East Islip’s team consisted of juniors Alise Colandro, Jessica Muroff and Katrina Shea; sophomores Steven Gieseler Jr., Josh Koretz, Madison Lane, Emma McGaugh, Christian Thomesen and Meghan Walsh; and freshmen Shannon Dudenhoff, Matthew Micalizzi and Tyler O’Neill. The team commuted from home each day. In addition to the competition, the students also attended the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as a tour of One World Trade Center.

In Mock Trial, students prepare and conduct a legal case based a hypothetical problem. Students acting as attorneys must prepare and perform opening and closing statements, direct and cross examinations, and evidentiary arguments. Student playing witnesses must memorize witness affidavits and then testify at trial as those witnesses. During a trial, two schools compete against each other, with one arguing for the prosecution and the other for the defense. Schools switch sides for each round of a tournament.

In this year’s Empire problem, a federal terrorism case, the defendant, an American citizen, was accused of conspiring with a foreign terrorist organization to plant bombs at two different hotels and of carrying out a mass shooting. Students had to prepare to argue both prosecution and defense sides of the case. In addition, one student attorney had to make a pretrial motion to suppress evidence and withstand intense questioning on constitutional issues by the presiding judge.

To prepare, East Islip’s students worked almost every day after school as well as on Saturday mornings from September through November, dealing with incredibly challenging case materials that numbered more than 400 pages. Witness affidavits averaged 11-15 pages, and student attorneys were required to memorize and be conversant with the Federal Rules of Evidence.

East Islip’s prosecution team faced Trumbull High School from Connecticut and Sylvania Southview High School from Ohio, while the defense team faced John Adams High School from Indiana and Cape Elizabeth High School from Maine. East Islip won two of four rounds, and at closing ceremonies, was honored with the Spirit of Empire Award. 

“Our team is proud and honored to have been chosen by our peers to be the recipients of this award,” said teacher Patricia Lester, the club’s coach. “We are grateful for the support of the district, the Board of Education, the parents, and the community. We also wish to extend special thanks to our attorney advisor, Brian Mitchell; to Professor Tracy Norton-McGaugh and the staff and students of Touro Law School for their guidance, to Officer Ivan Rivera of the Port Authority Police Department for giving us a guided tour of One World Trade Center; and to Tina Gieseler for acting as chaperone and ‘team mom’ throughout the weekend.”

SCOPE Saturday Enrichment Program at ECC

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SCOPE's Saturday Enrichment Program for East Islip and Islip students in grades 3-5 will run in the morning at the Early Childhood Center for five Saturdays beginning Jan. 7.

Online registration is available and highly recommended to ensure your child's placement. Please visit www.scopeonline.us. Go to Child/Student Services. Under the subheading School Year Enrichment Programs, click on East Islip Saturday Enrichment Program. The deadline to register is Dec. 16.

For additional information, please contact SCOPE at 631-360-0800 ext. 148 or at jcarbone@scopeonline.us.

 




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STARS Food Drive Proves a Seasonal Success

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The high school’s STARS club held its annual food drive on Nov. 17, aided by students from the school’s National Honor Society. The communitywide charitable event, organized and coordinated by seniors Brian Hartmann and Justin Jacobowitz, continued in its ongoing and successful mission of providing food for the needy.

“Thanks to the efforts of all students and parents involved, we were able to make donations to the food pantries of our local churches and help many families during this holiday season,” said club adviser Nicole Vincenti.


Elementary Students Salute Vets with Parades and Performances

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John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementary schools held their annual Veterans Day celebrations on Nov. 10, with students inviting family and friends who have served their country to attend and be honored.

At RCK, a gallery walk of heroes was displayed on the cafeteria walls, which the students proudly showed the attending veterans. The entire school said the Pledge of Allegiance, led by members of the local Cub Scouts Troop 38, and remained standing for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Patriotic music filled the halls while every class lined up ready to cheer as students led their guests and paraded through the school.

“This has been a longstanding tradition that is heartwarming and cherished,” said RCK Principal Hillary Bromberg. “Smiles and tears of happiness were seen on our veterans’ faces.”

At JFK’s parade, fifth-graders lined the hallways, holding up patriotic drawings as the veterans and the students who invited them made their way to the school’s cafeteria. There, several orchestra and band students, the fifth-grade chorus, and selected fourth-grade students performed a selection of patriotic songs, while other students delivered a presentation of accolades for the veterans.

“Our young musicians demonstrated self-confidence and tremendous talent as they entertained the veterans who attended, and our presenters reminded all of us to acknowledge and thank those brave men and women who have served in the military,” said JFK Principal Deborah Smith. “It brought such a profound sense of community to all who attended, both the students who had invited veterans as guests, and the veterans themselves. This meaningful, authentic experience will surely be an important memory for the children.”

 

Shea Signs to Play Lax for Post

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Senior Jaclyn Shea signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play lacrosse for Post University's Eagles next fall. She plans to major in criminal justice and homeland security.

“It’s close to home and the dorms are nice,” Shea said about choosing Post, located in Waterbury, Connecticut. “It appealed to me because it was also a small school and that made it very personable. Even when I visited, everyone said hello because everyone knew everyone.”

Shea, who plays defense, was a member of East Islip’s junior varsity team from eighth grade through sophomore year, and on the varsity in her junior and senior years. Shea also played travel lacrosse for the Suffolk County All Stars.


Trotting for Charity at Connetquot

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Each student at Connetquot brought a food donation as an “entry fee” to participate in the annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 17. Classes lined up in a large circle on the school’s field, and the whole school trotted around the circle, dancing, singing and wearing colorful turkey hats and outfits.

“It was a beautiful day to come together for some turkey fun while gathering donations for those in need,” said Principal Danielle Flaumenhaft.

Alba Embraces Opportunities

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For Kelcie Alba, an eighth-grader at the middle school, her educational career has been a chance to explore major opportunities. While in sixth grade, she was nominated by teacher Janice Laube for the Envision Program, traveling to Washington, D.C. that year to represent East Islip for the National Young Leaders Conference, and to Boston last summer.

Alba is currently invited to attend the presidential inauguration in January. Next summer, she will choose between attending STEM programs in a number of states, or a two-week school experience in Japan; she has already begun learning Japanese in preparation for the latter.

“Kelcie willingly embraces unique and challenging opportunities which provide her with educational and personal growth,” said Laube. “I am so proud of her accomplishments. She has a very bright and successful future.”


Middle School Pledges to be Drug-Free

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The middle school celebrated Red Ribbon Week during the last week of October, utilizing many activities to bring drug awareness to the students. Students created public service announcements on the dangers of drugs, which were shown during lunch periods throughout the week.

Each day had a theme. Monday was “turn your back on drugs,” with students encouraged to wear shirts backwards; Tuesday was “team up against drugs,” with students wearing sports attire; Wednesday was “voting on my future to be drug-free”, wearing red, white and blue; Thursday was “too bright for drugs” with the wearing of neon; and Friday was “tune out drugs”, with students permitted to listen to music between classes.   
On Oct. 26, four residents from the Brentwood Outreach House – a long-term residential drug rehabilitation treatment center for adolescents – visited the school. As a part of their treatment program, the residents shared their personal stories with the students. 

During lunch period on Oct. 28, the students signed a pledge to be drug free. Student pledges were then posted on a banner located outside of the cafeteria.


Redmen Are Suffolk Champs

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The varsity football team beat Sayville on Nov. 17 at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium to claim the Division III Suffolk County Championship. The 42-35 upset victory for the Redmen over the previously unbeaten defending champion Golden Flashes featured a standout performance by quarterback Kyle Fleitman, who carried the ball 28 times for 248 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing for a fourth.

East Islip fell to Nassau County winners Wantagh, 21-15, in the Division III Long Island Championship game, held Nov. 25 at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium.

 

Chistie Earns Track All-County

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High school senior track athlete Ammar Chistie competed in the Section XI County Meet at Sunken Meadow on Nov. 4, running a season-best time of 17:39 for the 5K course and earning All-County and Academic All-County honors.

Pursuing Futures at Catch-A-Career

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Gathering at the Irish Coffee Pub on Oct. 27, an eager array of 69 students from the high school participated in the annual Catch-A-Career Breakfast, interacting and learning from 32 table facilitators representing fields such as medical and healthcare, business and finance, law enforcement, journalism and media, politics, education, health services, engineering, environmental sciences, and information technology.

Developed by the East Islip School-Business Partnership and teachers Bridget Lopiccolo and Paul McHugh for the school’s strong career exploration program, this annual networking breakfast provides a forum for students to discuss their career plans with business professionals representing their fields of interest. Students gain insight on current trends and specific skills needed to successfully prepare for employment in that career field.

“Catch-A-Career is the first step that students take to see what their future may be like,” said Lopiccolo. “The students ask vital questions of the professionals about the careers they are interested in pursuing, which helps students narrow down their career choices. Students who attend it often save thousands of dollars in college expenses because now they now know exactly what they need to get to their career goal.”

Mike Russo, founder and owner of Sticky Quotes, was this year’s keynote speaker, discussing the importance of taking advantage of opportunities in both college and career. An alumnus from East Islip’s Class of 2012, Russo was chosen as CFO of the International Business Globalization Career Academy’s Virtual Enterprises program. He is currently attending Molloy College and serves as a mentor for VE program students both in East Islip and other Long Island districts.  

The next step in East Islip’s career exploration program is the Mentor Me program, which provides students with the chance to participate in job shadowing during January and February.



Selfless Soccer Team Honored by Board, Croci

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At the Nov. 3 business meeting, the Board of Education and visiting New York State Sen. Tom Croci recognized the high school’s varsity boys soccer team, captain Adam Raso and coach Raymond Lang for sportsmanship, presenting them with a certificate of appreciation.

At the end of a hotly contested game against Half Hollow Hills West on Sept. 8, a Hills West player cramped in both calves. Despite losing the game 1-0, Raso stayed with the Hills athlete as the whistle sounded, until the trainer could arrive. His unselfish act prompted a congratulatory message to East Islip from Hills West coach Doug Gannon.

The Redmen finished the season 7-7-2.


Softball Star Greene Signs with Molloy

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Senior and All-County softball star Courtney Greene signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 10 with Molloy College. She will attend the Rockville Centre college next fall, pitching for the Lions, and plans to major in accounting.

“The business program is highly talked about,” Greene said regarding her selection. “I met with the dean of business, and that drew me to the program. There’s a lot of opportunity there for me.”

A starting pitcher and first baseman on the varsity squad since eighth-grade, Greene earned All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, and All-County and All-Conference as a junior. Other accolades include being named to the All-Long Island first team last year and a NFSA Academic All American in 2014. Greene also played travel ball with LI Sudden Impact Gold, earning a 6-0 fall pitching record under coach Bill Havdouglas.

She had a remarkable season last year, leading the Lady Redmen in five consecutive victories to reach the Suffolk County final. Greene won 17 games and set a new school record in striking out 176 batters in 155 innings. She notched her 500th career strikeout this season as well, finishing the year with 518, another school record. In a memorable semifinal battle against Eastport-South Manor, she pitched 12 innings, struck out 13 batters and hit a home run that cut the lead in half. On offense, Greene batted .327 (.375 in the playoffs) and scored five home runs (including four playoff homers), 32 hits and 27 RBI.

“I made so many memories with this team,” Greene said. “I’m upset it’s my last year but it’s been a lot of fun.”

Going into her senior year, she is East Islip’s all-time strikeout leader with 525, second in RBI with 58 and second in doubles with 16. She also stands second in wins, needing only seven this spring to become the Lady Redmen’s all-time leader.

“Courtney has blossomed from a shy, timid eighth-grade varsity pitcher into a confident, reliable and mature senior athlete,” said East Islip’s softball coach, Jason McGowan. “She has put in the work on and off the field these last four years as a varsity player, and led a tremendously young team to the Suffolk County AA finals last spring. As our pitcher, she pitched every game and won against the best softball teams in the county through our playoff run leading up to the county finals. She is one of our captains, and does a great job leading our younger players. I look forward to Courtney having a monster senior season on the mound and at the plate where she has become one of Suffolk’s best hitters.”

Varsity Softball Team Runs in Redmen 5K

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The high school’s varsity softball team competed in the East Islip Athletic Booster Club’s annual Redmen 5K race at Heckscher State Park on Nov. 6. The event serves to raise funds for the five scholarships awarded by the Booster Club each year to graduating seniors.

Sophomore Allison Dell’Orto had the fastest time on the team, finishing the route in just over 26 minutes. Six-year-old Jayde McGowan, the team manager, was the youngest finisher, completing the race in just over 34 minutes. Several team members who were unable to run volunteered their time directing the runners during the race.   


Discussing Digital Citizenship at RCK

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RCK joined educators all over the world in participating in Digital Citizenship Week in October, a schoolwide activity where all classes had a great discussion about positive usages of the internet and social media. Teachers facilitated the discussion as students offered their own ideas about how to be good digital citizens and make the right choices.

“This generation has grown up in a digital world and it is important for all to learn about how to leave a good digital footprint,” said Principal Hillary Bromberg. “Our students have been learning how to be good citizens and kind people for many years, and now it is important to transfer that knowledge to how we act on digital devices. Not only do we say ‘Think before you speak,’ we also say ‘Think before you click send.’” 

A Padlet wall was created to showcase ideas that the students and staff discussed. Padlet is a controlled digital board where people can post text, an image or video having to do with a topic. RCK’s students and staff were all able to see what the other classes posted on the Padlet wall, which can be viewed at: https://padlet.com/hillarybrom/DigCitRCK.  


District Launches Facebook Page

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The official East Islip School District Facebook page launched today. To like the page and enjoy upcoming school news, articles, videos and announcements, please visit the main district page at www.eischools.org, then click on the Facebook button on the bottom of the page.

Pumpkin Patch Paradise at Connetquot

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Pumpkin paradise came to Connetquot on Oct. 27, with each class getting a chance to visit a pumpkin patch room featuring autumnal and Halloween-themed decorations, where the students could select a pumpkin provided by the school’s PTA.

“The children enjoyed picking their own personal pumpkins from the patch, and proudly held them up to show me the perfect pumpkins they had selected,” said Principal Danielle Flaumenhaft.

Sunday, December 11, 2016