Dear Smithtown Schools Community,

The first quarter of the school year is moving along at a rapid pace! Our students and staff have settled into their daily routines and continue to shine on the local, regional and national stage.

So far this year we have recognized and honored High School West students Lara Kolya Cain and Elizabeth Yaboni for being named semifinalists in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition; five semifinalists and 15 Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program; High School East girls field hockey coach Ann Naughton as Section XI’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year; HSW senior Sarah Adamo as a recipient of the 2017 Rising Scientist Award by the Child Mind Institute and CUNY Advanced Science Research Center; and East math teacher Marianne Schoepflin as a New York State finalist in math for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

That is just the tip of the iceberg! Every day I am amazed at the accomplishments and creativity of the students and staff in Smithtown. I am proud to be their – and your – superintendent of schools. 

We have also hosted homecomings for both of our high schools and, once again, the Smithtown community came out to support our students. Whether you were a spectator for our parades, enjoyed the West carnival or showed your spirit at our football games, your support was appreciated. 

If you have not already, you will soon receive our district’s fall newsletter, which focuses on our STEM program. I have had the privilege of visiting elementary classrooms and working with some of our youngest learners during a Project Lead the Way activity. As an educator, it is so satisfying to see a child use their creativity to solve a problem and work collaboratively with their peers. If this is our future, I am confident that we are in great hands! 

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Dr. Grossane