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Smithtown Appoints Veteran Educator as Interim Superintendent
On Tuesday, June 11, the Smithtown Central School District Board of Education appointed veteran educator Russell J. Stewart as Interim Superintendent, effective July 3. Mr. Stewart joins Smithtown from the Center Moriches Union Free School District, where he currently serves as Superintendent of Schools.
“Mr. Stewart is a highly respected administrator who brings with him the professional experience, educational knowledge and interpersonal communication skills the Board requires to effectively lead our school district during this transition period,” said Smithtown Board of Education President Jeremy Thode.
During his nine years as Superintendent of Center Moriches, Mr. Stewart successfully oversaw the introduction and expansion of a number of programs, including the implementation of a districtwide International Baccalaureate endeavor, creation of a community service involvement program for high school students and expansion of a comprehensive K-12 8:1:1 special education program. He was also responsible for the enhancement of school safety through various efforts, such as increased security protocols and the promotion of a positive school culture through social-emotional wellness programs. Additionally, he oversaw the successful completion of a comprehensive capital improvement project.
“I thank the Board for this opportunity and am excited to work with them and confirm my commitment to the students of Smithtown,” Mr. Stewart said. “I also look forward to collaborating with the community, students, staff and my central office colleagues to create a unified vision and further enhance the educational opportunities for all students.”
As part of his more than 30 years of educational experience, in addition to the position of Superintendent, Mr. Stewart has served as Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Discipline and Chairperson for Health, Physical Education and Interscholastic Athletics at Commack High School. He was also an Assistant Principal and Principal at Western Suffolk BOCES Consortium. Mr. Stewart spent his first 10 years in education as a Health and Physical Education Teacher.
A resident of Manorville, Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from the University of Sioux Falls and a Master of Arts in School Administration and Supervision from New York University.
The Board is actively continuing its search for a permanent Superintendent of Schools and will keep the community updated as the progress continues.
Accompsett Middle School is proudly showing off the fact that the school is “No Place for Hate” for the third consecutive year. The school received Gold Star status by the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program. To receive this designation, schools must pledge to sign a resolution of respect and implement three anti-bias or bullying prevention activities. The banner, which will hang in the school’s hallways, is shown off by members of the school’s No... Click Here to View
High School East and High School West celebrated its students-athletes who will be continuing their respective sports at the college level in September.
The district congratulates the following student-athletes from High School East: Alex Blatt (Colorado Mesa University, lacrosse); Dylan Brid (Stevenson University, baseball); Kevin Cawley (University of Connecticut, track); Isabella Costa (SUNY Binghamton, lacrosse); Emily DeAugustino (Queens University of Charlotte, track); Sophia DeNicola... Click Here to View
The work of science research and Science Olympiad students from High School West was on display in the school’s library during the Science Symposium and awards ceremony. Science research students displayed their research boards and showed short videos of their novel scientific discoveries. The event culminated in the presentation of awards to the top students in each discipline. Pictured with their awards (from left): David Cabello – chemistry award, Alexander Rodriguez –... Click Here to View
High School East juniors and ThINK Discovery Science Research students Kevin Chen and Alexa Knee were selected as one of five finalist teams in the Genes in Space Competition.
As NASA prepares the journey back to the moon and to Mars, it continues to develop applications within the International Space Station for exploration of the effects of space exploration on humans. Chen and Knee responded to the question by posing their own experiments to explore the effects of life in space on... Click Here to View
Third graders in Jane Chalifoux’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School welcomed author Debbi Michiko Florence to their classroom. Ms. Florence is the author of the Jasmine Toguchi book series.
Ms. Chalifoux and Ms. Florence are part of the #KidsNeedMentors author program, a Twitter group created by two authors and two teachers. The program matches teachers with mentor authors. There are more than 300 participants nationwide.
Florence presented to the class about how she became an... Click Here to View
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