Poetry Night

More than 60 Tackan Elementary School fourth-graders gathered on the front porch of the historic Deepwells Mansion to read poetry to family and friends during the school’s eighth annual Art and Poetry Night. Student artwork and poetry were also on display throughout the mansion, as Musicology of Smithtown and jazz musicians from the Smithtown CSD …


Club Entertainers

The High School East Chamber Choir recently treated more than 100 members of Club Moriches at Fairfield in St. James to an outstanding performance. Under the direction of Mark Hegreness, the HSE Camber Choir entertained club members for 30 minutes and included an original piece written by Joseph DeMato-Garcia, a choir member. According to Hegreness, …


Thinking About the Future

With the year coming to an end, the Smithtown CSD Guidance Department coordinated an evening to get undergrads, specifically sophomores, to start thinking about their futures and preparing for the postsecondary planning and college admissions processes. High Schools East and West held a joint sophomore information night in the HSE auditorium titled “Junior Year and …


Helping Hands

Third-grade students in Annemarie Polito’s class at Branch Brook Elementary School recently dedicated part of their day to helping victims of Nepal’s devastating earthquakes.  Under the direction of Cheryl Pipia, president and founder of the nonprofit organization City Chik, students crafted bracelets out of beads from Nepal. The bracelets will be sold through City Chik, …


General Returns Home to Provide Guidance, Support

High School West recently welcomed Major General John G. Rossi to speak with student military recruits about all that the military has to offer. Maj. Gen. Rossi grew up in Smithtown, attending Accompsett Elementary School and Accompsett Middle School and graduating from HSW. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1983 and was commissioned …


Students Skype the Titanic

Did you know that a ticket to board the Titanic in 1911 was $2,000, which equates to $56,000 in today’s U.S. currency? Second-graders at Mills Pond Elementary School know this and much more about the ill-fated passenger liner as a result of their Skype with the Marine Museum of Fall River, Massachusetts. School library media …


Top Honors for Helping Animals

Congratulations to High School West senior Tiffani Rushford, who in her second year at Tech’s Veterinary Assisting program has won first place in the Animal Careers category of the SkillsUSA statewide competition. Prior to this win, Tiffani placed second in the regional SkillsUSA competition for Animal Careers. She also serves as president of Tech’s Future …

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