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PARP Kickoff

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St. James Elementary kicked off their P.A.R.P. celebration with a Community Reader Day on Jan. 16. Deputy Phil Doukas shared a book about bicycle safety. Mrs. Dennis’ students were all deputized as junior deputies of bike safety.

A Taste of German Culture

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German IV and V students from Sallie Culloton’s classes at High School West enjoyed a trip to see German masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December. They also visited a traditional German holiday market at Columbus Circle for lunch and shopping.

 

Project lead the way

Ms. Gabriel’s second graders are learning about color and texture in our PLTW lesson - Properties of Matter. Look at their creative work, great job!

Mt. Pleasant Rings in 2019

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To ring in 2019, students at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School held a New Year’s celebration on Jan 4. Sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, the students rang in the new year during their lunch periods. Dressed in their best attire, the festivities included a countdown video of the Times Square ball drop along with plenty of snacks and photos.

Writers Warm Up for Winter

Ms. Brunet's first grade class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School is warming up for winter by using descriptive writing. They spent the morning getting creative and sharing their favorite winter activity.

Smithtown Elementary Fifth-Grade Spreads Cheer

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Prior to the holiday recess, fifth-graders at Smithtown Elementary School worked together and packaged hot cocoa and candy to be delivered to a local nursing home. Each student attached a thoughtful note to spread some holiday cheer.

Nesaquake’s Chorus Carols at Radio City

Nesaquake’s Chorus Carols at Radio City
The select chorus from Nesaquake Middle School performed at Radio City Music Hall on Dec. 7. Under the direction of Rachel Greenblatt, the chorus performed three Christmas carols before the “Christmas Spectacular” show featuring the Rockettes. The students stayed to enjoy the show after their performance. 
 

Journeys Into American Indian Territory

Author Visit Offers Look at Nature

Author Brian Heinz visited third-graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School on Jan. 8. Mr. Heinz’s interests in science and nature carry into his writing. Most of his books are about wild animals, endangered species and their fascinating abilities to survive in harsh environments.

Author Visit Offers Look at Nature

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Author Brian Heinz visited third-graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School on Jan. 8. Mr. Heinz’s interests in science and nature carry into his writing. Most of his books are about wild animals, endangered species and their fascinating abilities to survive in harsh environments.

East and West students named as Regeneron Semifinalists

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Two science researchers from Smithtown Central School District are among the 53 Long Island students who have been named semifinalists in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest high school competition in the math and sciences. The top 300 science research students nationwide were chosen for this honor.

High School East senior Anthony D’Amore was recognized for his research, “Habitat Preference Drives Brain Shape in Crocodylomorphs” while High School West’s Alexander Rodriguez was honored for his research on “A Genomic and Pharmacological Analysis of Adenosine Receptors in the Sea Anemone Nematostella vectensis.”

Anthony used a novel approach for mapping the endocranial structures within both extinct and extant crocodylomorphs. Mentored by Dr. Alan Turner at Stony Brook University, Anthony worked on par with graduate students to analyze anatomical evolutionary trends by using digital software to provide a novel approach of modeling brain cavities.  

“Anthony spent untold hours mapping structures, analyzing subtle changes of brain shape over evolutionary time, and connecting the information to habitat preferences of both modern crocs as well as extinct species,” said Maria Zeitlin, High School East research coordinator. 

Alex’s work is the first to show that the tiny sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis, possesses functional purinergic receptors. These receptors are important because they are involved in physiologic functions such as sleep and coronary regulation. Alex focused on analyzing the genomic and pharmacological properties of purinergic receptors in this basil organism. He hopes that his work will lead to a better understanding of the evolution of these receptors. Alex has been working on his project since his sophomore year in the in-house science research lab at West. 

Dr. Joanne Figueiredo, his mentor and science research coordinator at High School West said, “Alex is an outstanding student who has put together a very impressive body of work.  He has all the attributes of a scientist: he is inquisitive, smart and willing to do all that it takes to accomplish his goals!”

Each scholar receives a $2,000 prize, and individual schools get $2,000 for each of their recognized students. Forty finalists will be named on Jan. 23 and will compete in mid-March in Washington, D.C., for prizes totaling more than $1.8 million. 

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International Business Career Day

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Smithtown Central School District’s School of Business and the World Language Department, in conjunction with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, held its 15th annual International Business Career Day on Dec. 14 in the library of High School West. 

The event is a collaborative effort of the business and world language departments from High Schools East and West. Students were selected by their teachers to attend and approximately 80 students took part in the day’s events.    
     
After opening remarks by Mary Pat Grafstein, executive director of the Smithtown IAB and work-based learning coordinator for the high schools, and John Coady, High School West principal, keynote speaker William Laraque addressed students about the global career opportunities.

More than 15 guest businesspeople from a variety of fields were on hand to speak with students about their career options. Speakers were from a variety of areas including translation services, law, banking, law enforcement, import/export, commerce and education services. Students were given the choice to sit down and talk with six different guests for a 15-minute period during round-robin style sessions.

Leading the Way at Mt. Pleasant

Mrs. Williams first-graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School are learning about desert habitats to prepare for their Project Lead the Way project on animal adaptations.



Dogwood Designers Show Off Log Cabins

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First-graders at Dogwood Elementary School got creative, and maybe a little bit messy, when they built their own log cabins on Dec. 14. Joined by invited adult guests, the young architects used pretzel logs, icing, gingerbread and other edible treats to come up with a one-of-a kind creation that they could enjoy at home.

 

Random Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way

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Fifth-graders in Brian Galgano and Kellylynn Santelli’s class at Accompsett Elementary School created a kindness tree. The students were given a list of 50 random acts of kindness that they could participate in to spread kindness throughout their school, home, neighborhood or wherever they thought kindness was needed. Every time an act was done, the students created a gift box and wrote about their act of kindness.

SEL Happy New Year 2019 assembly

SEL Holiday Sing A Long

Nesaquake MS Cheerleaders Help Local Paws

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The cheerleading squad from Nesaquake Middle School, along with their coach Amber Murphy, visited the Paws of War of Nesconset on Dec. 11 to drop off food, beds and other supplies they have been collecting for the service animals and their veteran owners. Paws of War trains shelter dogs to be service animals for local veterans who have returned home. While there, the cheerleaders watched a training session, met some of the dogs in training, and watched a veteran take home her service dog for the first time.

A Holiday Tradition at St. James

A Holiday Tradition at St. James

St. James Elementary held its 10th annual “Nutcracker” performance on Dec. 20. Performed by the first and second graders, under direction of Mrs. Braunreuther, the students showed off their weeks of hard work to friends and family.

Accompsett Elementary Gets Tech-Savvy

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Led by the Accompsett TECHKNOW Kids Club, Accompsett Elementary School participated in the Hour of Code from Dec. 3-9. During Computer Science Education Week, all students spent one hour learning the basics of computer programming through both unplugged and plugged activities. Every class had the opportunity to visit the computer lab to crack the code with help from the fifth-grade TECHKNOW Kids Club.

Healthy Snacks Lend Helping Hand

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Fourth-graders in the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School held a healthy snack sale in the lobby of the school on Dec. 4 and 5. The club raised more than $700 and all of the proceeds raised from the sale will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Holiday Traditions

Mr. Jackowski's fourth grade class wrote about their holiday traditions. They shared special moments about what they felt was important to them and their families.

Hands-On Coding Lesson with Amazon

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Representatives from Amazon visited Mills Pond Elementary School on Dec. 10 to host an Hour of Code event. The students created their own apps or games and received an Hour of Code certificate to bring home. With interactive, hands-on activities, students learned computational thinking skills in an approachable way.

 

Four Seniors Named Zone Winners

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Four seniors– High School East’s Kevin Cawley and Grace Young and High School West’s Erick Reuter and Emily Eng – were presented with the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award. The four students were awarded certificates and gold medals for their outstanding achievement as physical education students, scholars and citizens.

HSE: Pictured, from left, are High School East Assistant Principal Jason Pettis, Kevin Cawley, Grace Young and Athletic Director Patrick Smith. 

HSW: Pictured, from left, are High School West Principal John Coady, Erick Reuter, Emily Eng and Athletic Director Patrick Smith. 

Creative Writing

Students in Mrs. Waitz’s fifth-grade class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School got creative using their five senses to incorporate figurative language, such as metaphors, into a winter writing piece.

Socks for Service

Socks for Service drive raised over 150 pairs of socks to be distributed with thank you cards to the local Police Dept, Northport VA Hospital and an active Air Force Base on Long Island.

Young Writers Share Holiday Traditions

In Tracy Rasmussen’s second-grade class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District, students are writing about small moments that make the holidays so special to them. Whether it’s spending time with family, decorating the house or baking cookies with grandma, every detail is described by these young writers.  

Mt. Pleasant Communities

Ms. Gabriel’s second grade class enjoyed learning about the differences between rural, suburban and urban communities.

Family History Day at MTP

Third grade students worked hard researching and writing about something special from their families past. Today, they put their reports on display and were excited to share them with their relatives.

Smithtown Elementary Kindergarten class making Gingerbread Houses

November BOE Meeting Moves to Tackan

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For its November meeting, the Board of Education opted for a change of scenery and held its meeting at Tackan Elementary School on Nov. 27. The board had the opportunity to tour the building, and Tackan students had the chance to present some of their classroom happenings and highlights to members of the board, administration and community members.

 

PLTW Lessons Have Students Thinking Outside the Box

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Students in David Savage’s Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design class at High School East recently worked as manufacturing engineers to design a flow chart and manufacture 18 wooden boxes that will be used as part of their Automata project. Each group was tasked with building six boxes following another group’s manufacturing process. The lesson served as a way to facilitate communication between the students. 

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Students are always smiling in Mrs. Lindbom's art class.

Getting Creative with ‘Biscuit’ Author

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Stephanie Brunet’s first graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School had a special guest when author Alyssa Capucilli, who wrote the “Biscuit” series of books, visited their class on Nov. 28. Capucilli discussed what inspired her writing and the importance of illustrations in her books. The student-authors learned creative way to write and illustrate their own stories.

Writing for the Holidays

Mrs. Chester’s second grade class did an amazing job writing their sequencing Holiday Traditions stories.

Building Together

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At the end of November, students in the Habitat for Humanity Club at High School East participated in a team build in Bay Shore. Learning about teamwork and community giveback, the students worked together on different areas of the home’s construction. 

Kindergarten Coders

Ringing in the Holidays

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The High School East Select Chorus Ensemble helped get the community and the schools in the holiday spirit in early December. The chorus visited local community centers and elementary schools to sing some of the classic holiday carols.  

Hanukkah fun in Mrs. Schneck’s 3rd class

Mt. Pleasant Students Take Second in Poster Contest

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As part of their fifth-grade health project, students at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School recently created posters for the Suffolk County Legislator’s poster contest on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. One group of students – Alyssa Lorefice, Taylor Marsh and Maribella Marciano – was honored with a second-place win for their poster “Don’t Get Hooked on Liquid Nicotine.” They were honored with proclamations at the Suffolk County Legislator’s office on Nov. 20. The students are pictured with their teacher Amy Metz, physical education teacher Thomas Cameron and Principal Joseph Ierano. 

Replicating the Mayflower in Smithtown

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Prior to the Thanksgiving break, students in Susan Picini’s class at Smithtown Elementary School engaged in STEM-based activities, working in groups to design, build and test Mayflower ships. The students created a blueprint, listed materials and built their ships. They tested to see if the ship was able to float and how many “pilgrims” their ship could hold without capsizing. They problem-solved to redesign and alter their ships if needed. The students used words such as buoyancy, capsize, vessel, and weight to describe their process. Finally, the groups reflected on their designs through discussion and writing.

Smithtown Students Compete in Annual Business Olympics

Smithtown Students Compete in Annual Business Olympics photo

The district’s School of Business in the Career and Technical Education department, along with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, sponsored the 24th annual Business Olympics on Nov. 15 at High School West.

Sixty teams of more than 250 students from High School East and West competed in the challenge that focused on developing a successful mobile business. This year’s theme – What’s in the Box – challenged teams to create a  subscription box to sell to prospective buyers. They had to create a promotional and marketing campaign for their box as well as a sample of their subscription box.  

Smithtown Industry Advisory Board members, district administrators and employees, local companies and organizations participated in the event and judged the students on their overall presentation. All student teams were required to have a Google Slide Presentation, a commercial for their business, promotional materials and a marketing plan for their subscription box.

This year’s winning team was Team Default with members Andrew Camilleri, Kyle Flood, Stephen Godas, Nick Baiata and Jonathan Pofcher, all students at High School West.




Getting a Piece of the Pumpkin Pie

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First-graders at Mills Pond Elementary School made pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 20. The students learned how to measure and mix ingredients to create this holiday dessert. They worked together taking turns and sharing the things that make them thankful.

Giving Thanks this Season at HS West

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High School West recently held a food drive to help local families in need this Thanksgiving. Spearheaded by the school’s Interact Club with the help of teachers Joan Havranak and Dr. Joanne Figueiredo, the drive collected donations from students and faculty members. The club was able to make 43 food baskets for local families and also bought turkeys, turkey pans and $20 gift cards for all families. In addition, they purchased $100 gift cards for families without cooking facilities.

Teamwork, STEM Lessons Score Big for Yankees Manager Visit to MTP

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The “Let’s Go Yankees” cheers could be heard even outside the building as Mt. Pleasant Elementary School welcomed  New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Nov. 27.

Boone visited the school as a guest judge as part of the Hess Corporation’s STEM Curriculum Guide along with Hess general manager Justin Mayer. Fifth-grade students in Jeff Faragasso’s class, who have been working with the Hess STEM program for a few years, were challenged to design their own obstacle courses as part of the program. 

Using Hess’ 2018 RV with ATV and motorcycle (which comes equipped with the STEM guide)  – and being as creative with their designs as they wanted – the students showed off the obstacle courses and tested velocity, speed and kinetic energy by racing the vehicles down the ramps in the gymnasium. 

Boone selected the team with the most creative design and the most challenging design and served as the timekeeper as the students raced all the cars down the most challenging course. “Seeing the creativity, teamwork, intelligence and the time they have put into these courses has been really fun,” Boone said. 

The Hess STEM program combines the elements of science, technology, math and engineering into hands-on classroom activities. Hess STEM engages grade school students in practical experiences that demonstrate how concepts apply in the real world. Hess’ general manager worked with the students on the activities within the 2018 curriculum guide that explore practical transportation issues, such as fuel efficiency, potential and kinetic energy for producing motion, and motorsports.



Kindergarten Kindness Quilt

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To support the district’s social-emotional initiatives in the classrooms, kindergarten students at Mills Pond Elementary School recently created a kindness quilt. The students read “The Kindness Quilt” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and discussed its message. Each kindergartner then created a square to add to the quilt.

A Celebration of Ancestry

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Starting with a musical performance that took the audience on a trip around the world, third-grade students at St. James Elementary School celebrated Heritage Day on Nov. 16.

As part of their Heritage Day project, students had to locate an historical document that was linked to their family history in some way. Each student then traced their family heritage back to that document to show their lineage. Students designed their own posters featuring their family history as well as family crests. 

Invited guests joined the third-graders in the multipurpose room to show off their projects and go on a “scavenger hunt” to find clues about their ancestry. Back in the classrooms, the celebration continued as students and guests sampled different ethnic food prepared by each family.



Rocking the Roller Coaster Designs

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Students in Tim Murphy’s Project Lead the Way science of technology class at Nesaquake Middle School were recently tasked with designing their own roller coasters. Students performed test runs for their roller coaster experiment while following certain criteria and constraints. They designed their tracks to collect data pertaining to potential and kinetic energy of their roller coaster at given points throughout track.

NY Times Bestselling Author Visits HSE

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High School East journalism students had the opportunity to interview a New York Times bestselling author when Kristan Higgins visited their school on Nov. 5. During a roundtable, informal question-and-answer session in the library, students asked Higgins about her books, writing techniques and more. Following her session with the journalism students, Higgins conducted a writer’s workshop on the hero’s journey for faculty, staff and creative writing students.

More Than Words of Inspiration

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Accompsett Middle School wants its students to have a constant reminder of the culture cultivated throughout the building. This year, the school added messages of inspiration, words of encouragement and phrases emphasizing kindness on its staircase. Spearheaded by school counselor Kim Richardson (bottom right), she said they chose the different phrases to remind students of the importance of such messages and ones that speak to the culture of Accompsett Middle School. With the help of librarian Donna DeLuca, (middle right) who die cut all the lettering, and art teacher Jennifer Kapps-Fleming (top right), who designed the letters, the school plans to design the second staircase in the near future. Also pictured are Principal Paul McNeil (bottom left) and Assistant [rincipal Timothy Hellmuth (top left). 

Making a Connection with Local Veterans

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As a way to say thank you for their service, members of the National Junior Honor Society from Accompsett Middle School welcomed local veterans for an afternoon of snacks and games on Nov. 7. Students used the opportunity to connect with the veterans, some of whom were family members and friends. They spent the afternoon enjoying each other’s company, playing games and sharing stories.

West Student-Athletes Named All-American

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Eleven student-athletes on the High School West softball team have been recognized by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association, in partnership with Easton Sports, as All-American Scholar Athletes for maintaining a 3.5 GPA. From left (bottom row): Kristin Horoszewski and Danielle Badillo (middle row) Sarah Chapman, coach Dave Miller and Gabrianna Lorefice (top row) High School West Principal John Coady, Abigail Canelle, Jillian Meaney, Ashley Lockwood, Alicia Killeen, Hailey Cinquemani, Keri Nix, Keri Dufficy and Athletic Director Patrick Smith.

Dogwood Unites

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On Oct. 24, Dogwood Elementary School joined together for Unity Day assembly and peace walk. Students and staff dressed in orange to send a unified message against bullying. Each grade shared their pledge to prevent bullying and spread kindness. The entire school community participated in a peace walk outside and worked collaboratively to spell out “peace” in formation.

 

Mills Pond Exercises Their Right to Vote

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First-graders at Mills Pond Elementary School recently learned about the importance of Election Day when the school held its annual election of the forest. Students met their three candidates – Bartholomew Bear, Fitzgerald Fox and Betsy Beaver. They learned all about the importance of having a voice and what it means to be able to participate in the voting process.

Gifts of Gratitude

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In recognition of Veterans Day, second-graders in Elizabeth Ozol’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School wrote letters of gratitude to veterans. Students collected and donated items such as books, magazines, note cards and toiletries, which were delivered to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook. 

Pumpkin Lessons at Smithtown Elementary

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In October, first-graders at Smithtown Elementary School shared in some fall festivities. The students used their imagination to paint pumpkins, made pumpkin seed predictions and counted them, and wrote adjectives to describe their pumpkins. They worked as a team to scoop and group pumpkin seeds by 10. The students listened to a Halloween story “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” and made a cute black cat to decorate their home.  

5th Grade Recess PSA

The SEL Faculty Council is focusing on helping all children feel connected socially. This "PSA" was created by 5th grade students who seek to help younger children understand how to reach out to one another, so that everyone has someone to play with during recess.

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