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Young Musicians Provide Twinkling Tones at FTK Carnival


Guided by teachers Jaime DeMaria and Angela Stewart, more than 100 eager young musicians from JFK and RCK performed a theme and variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for the opening ceremony of this year’s FTK Carnival.

“Our special thank you to FTK for allowing us to continue this beautiful tradition, and congratulations to all of our students on a job well done,” said Stewart.

Eight Excellent Lax Players Sign

Eight Excellent Lax Players Sign
Eight top-notch lacrosse players from the high school signed national letters of intent on Nov. 17, making commitments to their futures in college next September. With their proud families in attendance, each senior was congratulated by Athletic Director Stephen Restivo for their achievement.

Daniel Burnham, a midfielder, will attend Georgian Court University in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, majoring in business.

Midfielder Zachary Calarco will attend Wingate University in North Carolina, majoring in business.

John Clyne, a midfielder, will play for Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and major in pre-dental.

Chloe Herzog, who plays attack, will attend Queens College and major in psychology.

Timothy McCann, who plays attack, signed with St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, where he will major in criminal justice.

Goalie Anthony Novellano will attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, majoring in economics.

Fellow goalie Anthony Palma signed with Stony Brook University, where he will major in business.

Defenseman Jason Schlesinger will attend Embry-Riddell Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, majoring in aerospace engineering.

BOE Business Meeting on Dec. 14


The Board of Education will hold a business meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace.

See below for a complete list of Board meetings for the 2017-2018 school year.


Alumna Perrone Stars for Belmont Abbey Field Hockey

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Alumna Perrone Stars for Belmont Abbey Field Hockey  2
High school alumna and field hockey star Angelina Perrone has been making waves in her freshman year at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Perrone, a member of East Islip’s Class of 2017, recently earned two consecutive ECAC Division II Field Hockey League Rookie of the Week honors and was named to the Second Team All-Conference.

JFK Welcomes Vets for Celebration

JFK Welcomes Vets for Celebration

In recognition of Veterans Day, JFK welcomed local veterans for a special celebration on Nov. 9. More than 60 men and women who have served the nation participated in a parade throughout the JFK hallways to the sound of cheers from students and staff. To make the morning even especially memorable, students recited patriotic poems, and the school’s orchestra, band and chorus performed.

Long Range Planning Committee Presentation

 Long Range Planning Committee Presentation
Click on the below attachment to view the East Islip School District Long Range Planning Committee's presentation from the Nov. 16 board meeting.

The presentation can also be viewed on Board Docs along with the Long Range Planning Committee report. 


EJ Autism Black Tie Hoodie Event on Dec. 7

The EJ Autism Foundation's annual Black Tie Hoodie Event will be held on Dec. 7. See the attached flier for more information.


Community Forums on Nov. 20 and 28

Community Forums on Nov. 20 and 28

The district’s Facilities Planning Committee will hold Community Forums on Monday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m, and Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. These events will be held in the district office. 

All community members are invited to attend, where they can view presentations and hear discussions on capital improvements for the district. We are seeking input from the community, so please share these dates with family and friends. 

Softball Team Volunteers at Redmen 5K

Softball Team Volunteers at Redmen 5K

The high school’s varsity softball team again volunteered at the East Islip Athletic Booster Club’s annual Redmen 5K race, held on Nov. 5 at Heckscher State Park. Team captain Katie Burk and assistant coach Theresa Magnani organized the volunteering event this year.

“We feel that it’s a good idea to volunteer our time here every year because the Booster Club has been very good to us these past few years,” said Burke.

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Six Spooky Stations at Timber Point’s Fall Fun House

Timber Point’s Fall Fun House featured six stations of spooky fun for all of the students to enjoy as they approached Halloween.

Rockin’ Robots at the High School


High school students in the technology education robotics class recently used their newly designed robots in a live Swept Away game competition in the school library in front of an audience of administrators and fellow students. Superintendent John Dolan, Principal William Brennan, Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer were among the administrators who also joined in on the robotics fun.

The school’s VEX-supplied robotics program used the basics of engineering, robotics and design to prepare for this fun and challenging competition. Guided by technology teacher James Connell, students learned to solve engineering problems as well as key STEM principles within a flexible curriculum.

In the culminating game of Swept Away, matches were played on an 8 x 8 square field with a dividing wall down the center. A robot was placed on each side of the field along with 12 foam soccer balls and six foam footballs, with the object of the game being to get as many balls onto the opponent’s side of the field as possible during a two-minute match. Adding to the excitement were live student emcees.


Senior Day Ceremony Honors 17 Students


The high school honored 17 students with a Senior Day ceremony, held prior to a recent varsity football game. The honorees included senior football players Chase Bolster, Dan Burnham, Greg Casiano, Joseph Delisi, Mike Drywa, Thomas Febbraro, Keith Flannigan, Namiek Hines, Evan Kramer, Stone Locke, Anthony Novellano, Devin Olsen, Justin Orobello, Kyle Ostrowski and Justin Taveras, and senior cheerleaders Mia DiGiovanna and Kasy Youngberg.

Community Book Club on Jan. 8

Community Book Club on Jan. 8

The East Islip Community Book Club's next meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom. All members of the East Islip learning community are invited to join Dr. Sara Anderson, the district's director of humanities, in a shared reading of “One for the Murphys” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

“One for the Murphys” is a moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family’s love. Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick, but the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong—until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.

See the attached flier for more information on the meeting.


Facilities Tour - Revised Dates


The community is invited for tours of the facilities on the following dates:
   Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
   Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
   Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

The tours will begin in the high school cafeteria. We will try to accommodate times on some of the dates listed.

If you are interested in attending one of these tours, please contact Superintendent John Dolan at 631-224-2010.

Signing Is Sharing at JFK


Reciting the alphabet became a challenging and exciting task for JFK fourth-graders who recently were using American Sign Language to communicate to their peers. 

“The children were thrilled to share the letters that they learned and the new words that they could use as they ‘signed’ to one another,” said Principal Deborah Smith.

Halloween Happenings

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Sex Offender Notification

Sex Offender Notification
Please see the Sex Offender Notification page under the Community tab for more information


Middle School Classes Share Library Card Contest Win

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Middle School Classes Share Library Card Contest Win 2

Both of Jennifer Esposito and Shawnette Costarelli ‘s sixth-grade ELA classes at the middle school achieved an admirable 100 percent library card sign-up rate, making them co-winners of school librarian Valerie Ware-Comneck’s annual contest in support of Library Card Sign-up Month. Each year, the event encourages middle schoolers to obtain library cards.

“Signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning,” said Ware-Comneck.

Three Named Commended Students

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Three high school seniors – Claudia Banville, Evan Mauner and Kevin Varga – have been named Commended Students by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The three were recognized for their outstanding test results in the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, where they finished among the top 5 percent out of more than 1.4 million students nationwide participating in the competition.

Subscribe to the District E-Blast


For the occasional important (non-emergency) message from the Board of Education or superintendent, the East Islip School District will periodically initiate email communications of a districtwide nature.

Any residents interested in receiving these correspondences are encouraged to complete this form.

Parents who have previously provided the district with their email addresses have been automatically enrolled in our email messaging system. Any parent who needs to update their email address should do so through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The form linked above should only be used by community members without children in the schools.

Cheers for the Cheerleaders

Cheers for the Cheerleaders
Superintendent John Dolan recently took time to cheer on the EI 8's competition cheer team.

The Biggest Dig Pink Day Ever

The Biggest Dig Pink Day Ever

The high school’s volleyball teams partnered for the school’s biggest Dig Pink rally to date on Oct. 11, raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Across the high school, teachers, staff and students all wore pink that day to show their support for raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Student volunteers worked hard to sell T-shirts and donations to their “Dig Pink Piggy Bank,” and in the featured volleyball game, the Lady Redmen defeated Rocky Point, 3-0, to improve their record to 10-3.

“This year we were all able to meet and surpass our goal to give more than $1,000 for the cause, our biggest donation ever,” said coach Romina Ackley. “Thank you to all for helping to make strides and spike out cancer.”

Home Buyers Welcome for District Tours

Home Buyers Welcome for District Tours
If you are interested in buying a home in the East Islip area and would like a tour of the district's facilities, we would love to show you the great things going on in our schools. Please contact Superintendent John Dolan at 631-224-2010 or 631-312-0620.

A Rousing Ribbon-Cutting at TP

A Rousing Ribbon-Cutting at TP

Timber Point celebrated its brand-new playground with a memorable ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 6. Each class created thankful posters, student representatives shared their feelings about the playground, and they sang a song of appreciation to those who made the playground possible.

Rousing live music was provided by East Islip High School band director and Timber Point alumnus Christopher Neske, leading the high school’s pep band, which featured several Timber Point graduates.

“This was such a special day at Timber Point,” said Principal Danielle Naccarato. “Our ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the best of East Islip pride. Our students were able to express their appreciation to the superintendent, the Board of Education, district administrators, the community represented by our PTA, and the buildings and grounds leadership and staff who all worked together from start to finish to give us what we have today – a beautiful new playground for the students of Timber Point.”


Girls Tennis Teams Watch Two Alumni Compete

Girls Tennis Teams Watch Two Alumni Compete

The high school’s current girls varsity and JV tennis teams and their respective coaches, Mike Drozd and Emil Stewart, attended a Division II college tennis match on Oct. 3 in Garden City between Adelphi University and the University of New Haven.

Each of the two university women’s teams featured a former East Islip tennis star: Karen Serina for Adelphi’s Panthers and Shelby Clyne for New Haven’s Chargers. Adelphi continued its winning streak with a 6-3 decision over New Haven; both Serina and Clyne won their singles matches.

Families Get in Touch with Colleges

Families Get in Touch with Colleges

Eager families converged on the high school’s cafeteria on Sept. 26 for the annual college fair, looking for information and insight from the more than 135 colleges in attendance. At the event, sponsored by the school’s guidance department, parents and students had an opportunity to meet the college representatives, ask questions, discuss the students’ plans for the future and pick up literature and other information that will help each family decide which college is best for their child.

St. Joseph’s College financial expert Gordon Rowe was on hand in the school’s library for two presentations on FAFSA and financial aid, while school counselor Jessica Pignataro discussed NCAA regulations for parents of students planning to play Division I or II college sports. Back in the cafeteria, counselors Chris Boehler and Nicole Vincenti met with parents and reps alike.

“As always, the parents go out of their way to be supportive, and this year they had a chance to meet so many colleges that may be of interest to their child in the future,” said Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer. “We encourage parents to keep in touch with the college representatives and to schedule a meeting with their counselors as soon as possible if they are in the process of filling out their child’s college application.”

HS Musicians Honored with Ensemble Selections

HS Musicians Honored with Ensemble Selections

Continuing a long tradition of musical excellence, 18 high school students were chosen to participate in the annual New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education All-County concert, held on Nov. 17 at Hauppauge High School. NYSCAME’s All-County program showcases the best junior and senior musicians in Suffolk County to perform in bands, choruses and orchestras.

Jake Acocella (bass), Jenna Anderson (alto), Connor Barnes (tenor), Alexandra Bertolini (soprano), Gabriella Commisso (alto), Sara Rapuzzi (alto) and Kyle Westgate-Addessi  (bass) were selected for the All-County Mixed Chorus; Claudia Banville (soprano), Sarah Bloom (soprano), Madison Lane (alto), Katelyn Spina (alto) and Victoria Tiernan (alto) were selected for the All-County Treble Chorus; Victoria Keenan (violin), Kathryn O’Neill (double bass) and Alexandra Stewart (flute) were selected for the All-County Orchestra; and Alexander Cabrera (baritone saxophone), Max Calarco (trumpet/cornet) and Cassidy Triolo (clarinet) were selected for the All-County Band.

Additionally, seven East Islip student-musicians were recognized for All-State honors this year by the New York State School Music Association and will perform at the annual All-State Music Conference in Rochester, NY from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Evan Mauner (trumpet) will perform with the All-State Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, Stewart will perform with the All-State Symphonic Band, O’Neill will perform with the All-State Symphonic Orchestra, Bloom    and Rapuzzi will perform with the All-State Treble Chorus, and Anderson and Commisso will perform with the All-State Mixed Chorus.    

“These achievements are due to the students’ hard work, dedication and perseverance, as well as the support provided by our teachers through our performing music programs,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art and music.

Reading Roundup at JFK Book Fair

Reading Roundup at JFK Book Fair

Students at JFK were eager to peruse the great variety of books found at the first book fair of the school year. Led by costumed JFK PTA President Stephen Foray, the event’s cowboy theme encouraged the students to “round up” as many good reads as possible.

“There was a ‘just right book’ for everyone who attended,” said Principal Deborah Smith.

Alexis Barber Wins Art Contest

Alexis Barber Wins Art Contest

High school sophomore Alexis Barber participated in the Art League of Long Island’s Summer Portfolio Development program this past summer. Students in the program were challenged to create a cover for Anton Media Group’s Back to School special section cover for their August issue. Barber’s entry– a first-person drawing of a looseleaf notebook with several doodles, sketches and block lettering logo, titled “Notebook”  – was selected as the winner.

Barber, who previously won third place in an exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum when she was in the eighth grade, enrolled in teacher Daniel Figliozzi's honors design and drawing for production course last year as a freshman. Barber displayed her artistic promise in this class, creating several innovative designs, always channeling something humorous and charming.

“Alexis has an ability to create works that are always wonderfully creative and silly, yet smart,” said Figliozzi. “I am excited to see what she will make this year in her classes this year.”

Barber is currently enrolled in courses in electronic illustration, with teacher Heather Toomey, and drawing and painting, with Elizabeth Gibbons, both of which will serve to enhance and build on her already successful body of artwork.

“It is so rewarding to work with talented students like Alexis,” said Gibbons. “I congratulate Alexis on her accomplishments, and am looking forward to helping her build upon her portfolio this year.”

“The design and drawing for production class last year got me into other types of art,” said Barber. “I look forward to what I'm going to learn this year. I am really thankful to the Art League of Long Island for giving me a chance to do the Back to School newspaper contest, and was very excited when I found out I won.”

Showcased in the below slideshow are several of Barber's works ranging from a highly detailed interior room rendering, full of pineapples, to a beautifully constructed elephant mobile that runs on peanuts.

EI Debuts Spirited Homecoming Festival


For East Islip’s latest homecoming, change was in the air as the district debuted an exciting Homecoming Festival in lieu of the traditional parade. The Sept. 16 event, held at the Early Childhood Center soccer fields, featured carnival games created and run by high school students, as well as a DJ spinning upbeat music, a rock-climbing wall and other festivities. EI spirit was in full effect, with faces painted in red and white.

The varsity Redmen provided some exciting football action at the ensuing game, despite losing to Sayville, 35-14.

During halftime, John Camlet and Mia DiGiovanna were crowned by Principal William Brennen as homecoming king and queen, respectively. The pair were congratulated by the rest of the homecoming court, consisting of freshmen Robert Camlet and Marie Tohill; sophomores Joseph Falcon and Ashley Rosenthal; juniors  Steven Gieseler and Jolie Lenox; and seniors Hayley Arnold, Alexa Benitez, Michael Silva and Justin Taveras.

After performances by the high school’s band, cheerleaders and kickline team, the inaugural Class Cup was awarded to the Class of 2018, who won the school spirit competition during Spirit Week.

“We were thrilled that our first-ever Homecoming Festival was such a great success,” said school counselor and homecoming organizer Jessica Pignataro. “We look forward to building on this new tradition every year.”

Wednesday, November 22, 2017