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Celebrating Unity, Peace at Mills Pond

Celebrating Unity, Peace at Mills Pond photo

Mills Pond Elementary School recognized Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday by engaging and promoting a week full of peaceful activities from Oct. 2 organized by the school’s Shanti Fund committee.

To start the week, each classroom took a pledge of nonviolence. During morning announcements, fourth-grade students read a peace quote and also displayed quotes on the easel in the lobby. On Oct. 2, all students were asked to bring in a special small rock to decorate with a peaceful message to be placed in the school’s rock garden.

Each class crafted a colored lantern, labeled with different words about what peace means to them on Oct. 3. Lanterns were displayed in each of the classes throughout the building. Activities on Oct. 4 included reading, analyzing and commenting on thoughts of peace leaders from around the world.  

On Oct. 5, Mills Pond students dressed in blue and white and participated in an outdoor peace walk together. There was also a run for peace during respective physical education classes. To close out the week, students dressed in Mills Pond spirit wear or peace symbols/words to show their school unity in standing together for peace. 

Naughton Named Coach of the Year

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Ann Naughton, High School East girls field hockey coach, was recently named a Section XI New York State Public High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year. Coaches are selected based on years of coaching, win-loss records, participation in league/sectional committees, and being a positive role model in their school and community. Naughton was recognized at the Oct. 10 meeting of the Board of Education. She is pictured (center) with Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane and Board of Education trustee Gladys Waldron. 

West Boasts Two Siemens Semifinalists

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Two High School West students – Lara Kolya Cain and Elizabeth Yaboni – are among more than 400 semifinalists named across the United States in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. 

Cain and Yaboni worked alongside Central Islip High School student Anthonyne Metelus on their project, “The effects of organophosphate (glyphosate and diazinon) and a carbamate (aldicarb) on the Nematode, C. elegans.” The purpose of their work was to assess the impact that common insecticides have on the environment by testing their impacts on a worm exposed to such chemicals in its natural environment. 

“The team of students worked together at our Summer Legislative Institute at Brentwood High School, and they truly define the nature of the types of collaborative relationships our program is fostering,” said West Principal John Coady. 

 Launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, the Siemens Competition promotes excellence in math, science and technology and is recognized by colleges and universities as the premier math and science research competition in the United States. More than $600,000 in college scholarships is awarded to students annually through the Siemens Competition during regional and national events administered by Discovery Education. 

Individual and team winners from the regional competitions advance to the final phase of the contest which takes place in December in Washington, D.C., where they will compete for top prizes of up to $100,000 in scholarships.  

Commended Students Shine in Smithtown

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Fifteen students from High School East and High School West have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding academic achievement on their PSAT exams. 

Two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the exam receive Letters of Commendation. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied selection index score that may vary from year to year. 

Seven students from High School East were named Commended students. They are Stephanie Battaglia, Christopher Capuano, Jack Furci, Hana Ghobashy, Jonathan Golbert, Jacob Tehranian and Shrey Thaker. 

From High School West, the eight students recognized include: Kevin Camson, Timothy Corcoran, Ashley Dolan, Julia Gutierrez, Asli Kizilkaya, Edward Lorrain, Reed Passaretti and Steven Spreizer Jr. 

Raising Awareness

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Throughout October, the staff at Smithtown Elementary School is showing their unity in the fight against breast cancer. In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, the staff is dressing in matching T-shirts each Friday in October and making donations to support breast cancer research.

PLTW: Third-Grade Builds Simple Machines

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Community Readers Connect Via PARP

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Community members visited and read to different classes at St. James Elementary School on Oct. 4 as part of its kickoff to Parents As Reading Partners initiative. Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane (shown here) read to third-graders in Sarah Fenev’s class.

Spirits Soar During Homecomings

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It was a week full of Smithtown pride leading up to the homecoming football games at High School East and High School West on Oct. 7. Students and staff celebrated during spirit week and both schools enjoyed a pep rally the day before the game.

High School West held a community carnival featuring a bull ride and rock climbing wall prior to the football game. During the game, the robotics club – the Mechanical Bulls – shot T-shirts into the crowd from a launcher they built and controlled with a laptop computer. HSW varsity football team faced off against the Huntington Blue Devils. Despite their best efforts, the Bulls fell just short of a win. Kamryn Bernard and Joe Pilewski were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively, at halftime following a performance by the varsity cheerleaders and the Whisperettes. 

East’s homecoming kicked off with a parade from St. James Elementary to the high school led by the marching band. Members of various high school clubs, the youth football and cheerleading leagues followed the band down the parade route.

The East Bulls took on Bay Shore for the big game but couldn’t pull together for the victory. Jacque Moon and James Fanning were named homecoming queen and king, respectively, during the halftime show, followed by performances by the Whisperettes and varsity cheerleaders. 

Rising Scientist Honored from West

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High School West senior Sarah Adamo has been honored with a 2017 Rising Scientist Award by the Child Mind Institute and CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.  

The Rising Scientist Awards are given annually to outstanding high school students in the New York metro area who show exceptional promise in science or neuroscience. In the spring, teachers have the opportunity to nominate their best 11th-grade science student candidate for this honor. Sarah received a $2,000 scholarship for college expenses, and will be honored at a breakfast at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.

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Five Students Lauded as National Merit Semifinalists

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Five seniors from High Schools East and West were among 16,000 students across the country who were named semifinalists in the 63nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Four HSE students – Cindy Li, Jhanvi Ravishankar, Justin Wei and Eric Zhang – have been recognized as National Merit Scholar semifinalists. Connor O’Malley from HSW was also named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. 

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. National Merit Scholars will be announced in February. These high school seniors will move on through the competition to potentially earn 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million, which will be handed out this spring.

Preventing the Spread

For their recent Project Lead the Way unit, fifth-graders learned how germs can be spread using a powder that only revealed itself using a black light. In this cycle, students identified behaviors that promote good health and performed an investigation using a "glow germ" lotion. They tested various ways of washing their hands to determine the most effective technique.

Apple Centers

There’s so many ways to learn using apples. Students measured and weighed apples, tasted different varieties and learned about an apple lifecycle. Using the scientific method, students compared the amount of seeds inside different kinds and types of apples.

Memorial Scholarship, Community Service Kick Off

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High School East student volunteers, district administrators and board of education members, representatives of the United Way of Long Island, representatives of the United Veterans Beacon House and members of the Martella family gathered at High School East on Sept. 26 to kick off the combined efforts to honor the memory of former Board of Education member Scott Martella.

High School East students will organize a yearlong community service project to directly benefit United States veterans. Five Smithtown High School East seniors – Brooke Berroyer, Caroline Loiodice, Sofia Palazzolo, Brianna Saggese and Isabelle Sicoli – will be working to benefit the United Veterans Beacon House as this year’s community service project to honor Scott’s memory. The students, who are all part of a leadership class, will work with Beacon House to help understand some of the housing issues facing veterans on Long Island. The students plan to start the grassroots effort and anticipate their activities will grow as the year progresses.

Working with the United Way of Long Island, the Scott Martella Scholarship Memorial Fund will provide scholarships to students who will be attending college whose studies may include international relations or public service. United Way of Long Island’s president and CEO Theresa Regnante spoke about the connection between the district and the United Way. “Scott was a young man who made such an impact in such a short time,” she said. “We really hope the district takes hold of this project and it becomes a great opportunity for years to come.”

East Educator Named Finalist

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High School East math teacher Marianne Schoepflin was recently named a New York State finalist in math for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Last year, the 11-year educator was awarded the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Schoepflin was recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 26. She is pictured here with Board of Education President Jeremy Thode (left) and Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane. 

Make It a Venti

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Sixth-graders in Michelle Labuski’s class at Great Hollow Middle School recently visited “Starbooks,” a library café where they could sample different books.

With the assistance of Great Hollow librarian Sheila Cavooris and library teaching assistant Linda McCann, students selected a book to read for their accountable independent reading. The theme for the first quarter is “overcoming obstacles.” Ms. Cavooris pulled titles in various reading levels to match the theme.  

Ms. Labuski made a worksheet that listed the books, ingredients (summary), caffeine level (grande, venti, etc. for approximate grade level), and craving (tea cup, mug, thermos) for students to select how interested they were in the book.

The coffee cups were numbered and students rotated from book to book to read the summary and determine if they liked it. When they were done, the sixth-graders received a coffee stirrer with their name on it to put in the cup of the book they wanted to read.

Latest donation to the Smithtown Food Pantry from Mt Pleasant's garden.

Latest donation to the Smithtown Food Pantry from Mt Pleasant's garden photo

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Walking for a Cause

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For the third consecutive year, the varsity cheerleading team from High School West – joined for the second time by the school’s junior varsity cheerleaders – attended a walk to support Angela’s House. The organization helps care for medically fragile children on Long Island and the team raised $400 for the cause.   

Student-Photographer Adds Unique Beauty to School

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Zoe Richman, an eighth-grader at Accompsett Middle School, is using her keen eye for photography to brighten up the hallways of her school.

Richman’s love of photography prompted her to show some of the photos on her cellphone to her art teacher last year, Jennifer Kapps-Fleming. Working with her teacher, Richman took still-life photos of different objects found in the elective rooms in the school.
After photographing and editing the photos, Richman met with the teachers so they could choose the photo that best represented their classrooms. The pictures are now permanently framed installations featured outside of each class, to add beauty to the school in a unique way and also help students identify classrooms. For example, the art room features a photo of colored pencils and paint, while the chorus room highlights piano keys.

Richman’s photos can be found outside the home and career, technology, music, art, band rooms and more. This school year, she plans to start phase two of the project, photographing the core classes throughout the building. 

A Cool Lesson in Chemistry

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Sixth-grade technology education students throughout the district participated in a tasty lesson on Sept. 15. The students made their own ice cream as part of their science of technology module of Project Lead the Way.

At Great Hollow Middle School, sixth-graders in Brian Costello’s technology class learned about atoms and molecules as an introduction to chemistry. The class then studied chemical engineering and how it is used in food production.  

Using ice, salt, sugar, vanilla and heavy cream, the students learned how the salt disrupts the frozen water molecules causing the ice to melt into a cold liquid. Using different mixing methods, the groups measured the temperatures of the cold liquid that eventually turned into a frozen ice cream mixture. Students had the option to add chocolate or strawberry syrup and enjoy their frozen treat.


‘We the Class’

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Dressed in red, white and blue, the students at Mills Pond Elementary School celebrated Constitution Day by signing classroom constitutions on Sept. 15. Each class pledged to follow a set of classroom rules and each member of the class – with a quill pen in hand – signed the constitution to uphold those rules throughout the school year.

Planting Brightens Outdoor Space

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Sarah Adamo, a senior at High School West, decided to give something back to the school community that is so special to her.

As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Adamo built garden box planters for the outdoor space at Accompsett Middle School. The planters, which she painted blue and feature AMS displayed on the outside, are filled with different plantings to beautify the outdoor space used during recess and outdoor educational instruction.

Adamo has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and has been working on her Gold Award project since last May. She choose AMS because of the personal connection she feels toward the school. “I remember all of the teachers and administrators who made my years here a great experience,” she said. “Now students can use this space to learn as part of the horticulture elective class as well.” Adamo also made garden boxes for the local nursing homes. 

Cellphone Activities Make a Connection

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Sixth-graders in Michelle Labuski’s class at Great Hollow Middle School got to know their fellow classmates during the first week of school by engaging in a cellphone activity.

Each student received a cardboard cutout of a blank cellphone. Each phone had a space for nine apps and students chose what apps they wanted to put on their phone. In an effort to get to know each other better, each app featured something personal about the student. For example, under the Yelp app, students wrote their favorite restaurant. Under the contacts, students wrote about a person they’d like to meet or their family members. Twitter was 140 characters about themselves and Facebook was a picture from the first day of school. Students then shared their cellphone interests with each other.

Smithtown Athletic Teams Awarded for Excellence

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Both of High School East and High School West ¬have been named as Schools of Excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Schools earn a School of Excellence award by having 75 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. Scholar-Athlete teams require 75 percent of the team’s rosters to have a grade point average of 90 or above. There are only five other high schools in Suffolk County to earn this honor. 

The purpose of the School of Excellence award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. 

Smithtown Swimmers Support the Fight Against Cancer

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At the end of August, Smithtown’s girls varsity swim team participated in an annual fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for cancer research through the Swim Across America organization — this year joined by Harborfields Central School District’s varsity girls team. Together, more than 40 swimmers raised $4,000 for the cause, and both teams committed to the event again next year.
Swimmers were thanked and congratulated by Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer. “Your commitment and support will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by cancer,” Spencer said. 

In addition to the swim itself, a scientist from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory attended the event and spoke with the participating swimmers to explain the importance of continuous support and research for cancer. 

Smithtown Schools Remember 9/11

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Throughout the district, each of the schools remembered and recognized Sept. 11 by engaging in different observances and activities.

Many schools started the day with a moment of silence prior to morning announcements. At Great Hollow Middle School, the morning announcements throughout the week included relevant character education messages. Students at Accompsett Middle School displayed flags outside the building and Principal Paul McNeil delivered a message over the public announcement system to all students. 

Smithtown Elementary School held a moment of silence and spoke about the importance of honoring the bravery of those who help others, such as firefighters and police. At Dogwood Elementary School, fifth-graders read an article, held age-appropriate class discussions and wrote essays and poems on why they are proud to be an American. Dogwood fourth-grade students created a project on their heroes. The outside walkways and lawn of the St. James Elementary School were filled with flags placed by students at the start of the school day on 9/11.

High School East lessons examined 9/11 from different viewpoints. Some teachers explored the history and impact of 9/11 since most students were not alive when the event happened. Psychology classes examined the toll traumatic events like 9/11 can have on a country and its people. Government classes assessed the impact 9/11 had on civil liberties in the United States. Some history courses explored the variety of changes that took place in the aftermath of the attacks. Furthermore, they examined the lessons that can be learned from 9/11. Some teachers chose to discuss how we could find hope in despair by choosing to be of service to the community in which they live.


Multiple Sightings at Tackan Elementary

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The staff at Tackan Elementary School has been doing a triple and even a quadruple take when it comes to their student body this school year. At Tackan Elementary, there’s a set of quadruplets – Kendall, Madison, Liam and Kaleigh Jakubowski – just beginning kindergarten; a set of triplets – William, James and Robert Connick – in first grade and another set of triplets entering second grade – Kyle, Sophia and Xander Lisanti. They are pictured with Tackan Elementary School Principal Allyn Leeds.

First Day of School

Patriot Day

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Smithtown Central School District welcomed back students and staff on Sept. 7 to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. The first day of school was bustling with activity. Check out our slideshow to see some first day of school highlights.

Sixth-Grade Open House at Great Hollow

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Great Hollow Middle School held an orientation for incoming sixth-grade students on Aug. 29. The soon-to-be sixth graders had a chance to meet to their teachers, receive their schedules, student agendas and locker information. The students were given tours of the buildings by upperclassmen.

The following day, the sixth-graders, along with their parents, had a chance to walk through their schedules and drop off their school supplies during an open house. Great Hollow sixth-graders are ready for the first day of school on Sept. 7.  

District’s Newest Teachers Start School Year

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Smithtown Central School District welcomed 28 new teachers to its staff during new teacher orientation from Aug. 29-31.
The newest faculty members began the first day by meeting members of central administration and departmental administrators. The teachers received technology training, along with information on special education guidelines, New York State Teaching and Learning Standards, code of conduct, parent communication and more. New faculty members also met with building administrators and spent time in the classrooms.
As part of the third day of orientation, teachers learned about professional development, mindfulness in the classroom, building relationships, social-emotional learning and mentoring programs and workshops.

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