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EIMS Concert Band Proves “Superior”

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East Islip Middle School’s Eighth Grade Concert Band participated in the annual Music in the Parks festival on June 3, held in Allentown, Pennsylvania, earning the day’s only Superior rating among all ensembles. Following their performance, the band visited Dorney Park, where they enjoyed going on rides and playing games.

“The students played their hearts out and did extremely well,” Band Director Concetta Stevens said. “I am so incredibly proud of their performance and how they represented both our music department and East Islip School District. I also thank the eiMAPS organization for their very generous contribution to help defray the cost of the trip.”

“We could not be prouder of our hardworking band students, under the guidance of Mrs. Stevens,” said Dr. Robert Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages. “Due to her professionalism and passion for teaching, our students had a high level of success.”

Date Added: 8/1/2022

Seventh Graders Explore the Science of Rocketry

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Students in Pamela Avella’s seventh grade technology classes at East Islip Middle School made rockets in June, learning about the forces of flight as well as Newton’s laws of motion.

Using empty plastic bottles, the students added cardboard fins, paper tubes and nose cones made from manila folders. A ping pong ball was used for the parachute, to add drag on the way down. For the launch outdoors, each rocket was filled halfway with water, acting as the “rocket fuel.” After pressurizing the air in the bottle, the safety release was pulled, allowing the rocket to fly high.

Date Added: 7/25/2022

Sundberg Delivers at Bowling Nationals

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East Islip eighth grader Matthew Sundberg delivered an outstanding performance at the 2022 U.S. High School Bowling National Championship, hosted by the U.S. High School Bowling Foundation in Louisville, Kentucky from June 18-20.

A three-day competition featuring both singles and team events, this was the sixth U.S. High School Bowling National Championship event to showcase the best boys and girls high school bowlers from across the country. Athletes from more than 25 states were in attendance. Sundberg, one of the youngest competitors in a field of 354 varsity boys, finished the tournament in the top 15 percent of athletes, ranked at No. 49.

On Sunday, he bowled a four-game set and averaged 215.75 for the day, enough to move him to the first cut, where the field went to 180. He was ranked in 36th place. On Monday, survivor rounds commenced. Each round was cumulative total pin fall and after the first round, Sundberg made the cut to top 90 and was ranked in 24th place. During the next round, lane conditions changed, but he managed to cover all his makeable spares. A few splits cost him some wood and he was eliminated at the end of the round, falling just seven pins short. Over the course of two days of highly competitive bowling, Sundberg missed only one makeable spare.

He is currently competing in the under 20 category at the 2022 Junior Gold Championships, held from 11-15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sundberg, who recently graduated from East Islip Middle School and will attend East Islip High School as a freshman in September, finished second in Suffolk County this year with a 233 average, earning him All-Star honors as well as All-League and All-County recognition.  

“Matt has a really super future ahead of him, and represents East Islip with pride and outstanding sportsmanship whenever he is on the lanes,” coach Judy Fischer said. “This was a wonderful opportunity for this young man.”

Date Added: 7/12/2022

Middle School NJHS Shows Support for ALS Ride for Life

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Guided by adviser Betty Muller, East Islip Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society recently held a school and community fundraiser for ALS Ride for Life, raising $1,000 by selling baseballs and bracelets both in the school and in the community.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. Founded in 1997, ALS Ride for Life works to raise research funds to find a cure for while supporting patients and their families.

Several East Islip students proved especially dedicated to the cause. Student Government President and NJHS member Sahil Patel raised $54 dollar, NJHS Treasurer Chloe Garatina and NJHS Secretary Kaylee Garatina together raised a total of $185, and NJHS members Lexie Chocko and Kathryn Elliott both raised over #45 dollars. Additionally, teacher Carolyn Hummel contributed $150 from her Kindness Challenge fundraiser, bringing the total donation towards a cure for ALS to $1,150 dollars.

On June 14, Ride for Life representatives visited the school to accept the donation from the NJHS students, Muller, Hummel and Principal Bill Brennen.

“I want to thank all of the students for their hard work and dedication in supporting ALS Ride for Life,” Muller said. “I would also like to thank Mr. Brennen and the middle school staff at who supported us and this great cause during this school year.”

Date Added: 7/6/2022

Wednesday, August 17, 2022