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24-Hour Play

24-Hour Play photo

High School East recently created a 24-hour play, a production written, directed, cast and performed in a full day. Check out the video here:

Seniors Say Good-Bye at Accompsett Elementary

Seniors Say Good-Bye at Accompsett Elementary photo
Graduating seniors from High School West’s Class of 2018 who attended Accompsett Elementary School returned to their former school one last time during a senior walk on June 18. Dressed in their caps and gowns, the seniors walked the hallways as students and teachers applauded, later visited their former classrooms.

Tackan Skates Its Way to Wellness

Tackan Skates Its Way to Wellness photo
In conjunction with its Wellness Day, Tackan Elementary School held an assembly by SK8 4 Life on June 14. Two professional skateboarders showed off their skating skills while teaching the students lessons in nutrition, exercise, positive thinking and overcoming obstacles. Teaching mind, body and spirit connections, the interactive character trait presentation helped give students the tools to inspire others, while also empowering them to be the best version of themselves. 

St. James Elementary Celebrates 80 years of Education

St. James Elementary Celebrates 80 years of Education photo

Alumni, former staff, faculty members and students returned to St. James Elementary School to commemorate the school’s 80th anniversary on June 13.

Fifth-graders served as tour guides, treating guests to guided tours of the building, showing off some of the original pieces and all of its preserved history. The school’s library was transformed into a historical museum, showing off photos, newspaper clippings, yearbooks and more from each of the different decades in the building’s history. 

The St. James Singers performed song’s from their recent spring concert to kick off the ceremony. St. James Elementary School Principal Mary Grace Lynch shared some of her favorite moments in the building. “When we think of St. James Elementary, we think of what a beautiful building it is,” she said. “And there’s plenty to admire and celebrate. But when we really think about it, even though our bricks and mortar are exquisite, what really makes this place special is the people inside of it.”

Smithtown Town Councilwoman Lynne Nowick, an alumna of the school, also shared why she loves St. James Elementary. “This school has been a pillar of the St. James community for many decades,” she said. “This is not just a school; it will always be a home away from home.” Two St. James Elementary teachers, Kimberly Chacon and Kathleen DeBono, who also attended the school, shared their fond memories. To close out the ceremony, the fifth-graders performed a dancing medley through the decades, and guests and students joined together to sing “Happy Birthday.”

HSW Grants Diploma to Holocaust Survivor

HSW Grants Diploma to Holocaust Survivor photo
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For the past 10 years, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller has shared his story of survival and how good people came to his aid with students in Christina Cone’s Holocaust and Genocide class at High School West. Deprived of an education in Poland during World War II, Mr. Miller also expresses to the students how they should be appreciative of their education. 

To honor Mr. Miller’s message of doing right by others, HSW helped make his lifelong dream of being a high school graduate finally come true. During the 103rd commencement of High School West on June 21, Mr. Miller was bestowed an honorary degree. Joining the Class of 2018, the 87-year-old donned a cap and gown and sat with his fellow graduates as he waited to hear his name called by Principal John Coady.

“It’s very exciting,” Mr. Miller said on being granted the honorary diploma. Added his daughter Leah Miller, “He has always wanted this opportunity and tonight, they have made his dream come true.” 

Mr. Miller came to America in 1956 where he settled in Brooklyn and met his wife. Together, they have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He now resides in East Northport.  

HSE Artists in Local Competition

HSE Artists in Local Competition photo
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Two Smithtown High School East student-artists in Dianne Shanian’s photo 1 class – Hannah Ackerman and Mallory Klein-Valente – has their artwork chosen in the Embracing Our Differences art competition. The artwork was on display in June at the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk Community College in Selden. Only 15 pieces were selected out of 100 entries. These banners will travel around Suffolk County to instill a sense of peace and awareness about diversity in various communities.

Smithtown Elementary Moving Up Ceremony 2018

Two Named News12 Scholar Athletes

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High School East student-athlete Allie Brady and High School West student-athletes Kyle Zawadzki were recognized as News12 Scholar Athlete award winners. Only 30 students receive this award across Long Island. The students are pictured with George Alamia, High School East varsity girls volleyball coach (left) and Steve Fasciani, High School West varsity football coach. 

Brightening Gardens and Local Community

Brightening Gardens and Local Community photo
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Fifth-grade students in the Epic Club at St. James Elementary School made bird feeders this spring. The feeders were donated to two local nursing and rehabilitation facilities to hang in their gardens. 

A Colorful Display of Elements

A Colorful Display of Elements photo

Fifth-grade students at Smithtown Elementary School concluded their unit on physical science by creating the Periodic Table of Elements across the sidewalks of Smithtown Elementary. Students, teachers and visitors to the building were greeted with this bright display. Each element includes its unique symbol, atomic number and a small sketch to represent how the element is used in the real world.

 

Sun Shines for Smithtown’s Graduates

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Smithtown Central School District’s two high schools held their respective 103rd commencement exercises on the football field on June 21 joined by members of the board of education, administration, family, friends, faculty and invited guests, officially completing the seniors’ educational journey.

High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons commended the 406 members of the Class of 2018 for the positive mark they have left on the school. He reminded them to stay true to themselves and take advantage of the opportunities they will be presented with in the future. “The future is in your capable hands, and we know our future is bright,” Dr. Simmons told the graduates.

At High School East, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane, in his address to graduates, referenced the Robert Fulghum poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” “No matter how old you are, when you go into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together,” he said.

At High School West, leading up to the final moment in the graduation exercise, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, student-elected honor speaker Kevin Camson and senior class president Jenna Curcio delivered speeches filled with hopes, dreams and sage advice that assured the graduates they were prepared to begin the next stage of their lives. 

Sharing wisdom she learned reading Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take,” Ms. Bradshaw told the graduates that Grant’s research finds that those who give come out ahead in both business and in life. “Givers build larger, broader, more supportive networks of friends and colleagues. And they gain greater knowledge and experience through the broad network of people they are helping,” she noted. 

Ms. Bradshaw concluded her speech with a wish and a hope for the Class of 2018. “I wish you all the very best success, in whatever ways you measure it, and I hope that being a ‘giver’ plays a fulfilling role in that journey.”

Using humor, Kevin shared his personal story of overcoming obstacles. “There may be hurdles in your path, you may stumble. If you’re anything like me, you will stumble, but keep going. There may be hurdles you can’t clear at all. Go around them. If you do, success will come down to two things: guidance and hard work,” he advised. 

Jenna used her time behind the podium to honor those who helped the seniors get to where they are today. “Our thank you to those who have helped us is only beginning… Show them how thankful you are by making use of the precious gift of time which we all possess. Show our mentors that their time devoted to us was not in vain. They have all made a difference in our lives so that we can make a difference in the future.”

Joining the Smithtown High School West Class of 2018 in receiving a diploma was 87-year-old special guest, Mordechai Miller. Miller, a native of Poland and Holocaust survivor, was presented an honorary diploma from Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady. 

High School East’s honor speaker Matthew Timmel recounted their journey from freshmen to senior year and the memories created along the way. He said that graduation was the recognition of an adventure that started 13 years ago, and no matter where they end up in life, Smithtown will remain their roots.

High School East’s Senior Class President Nicole Cahill told her fellow graduates to strive for excellence in every task, no matter how large or small. She said that if everyone in the Class of 2018 lives up to their full potential, “just imagine the effect on the world we can have.”

Following the conferring of diplomas, both the High School West and East Class of 2018 tossed their caps and celebrated their accomplishments with family and friends. 



An Inside Look at Insect Lifecycles

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On June 5 and 6, third-graders at Tackan Elementary School enjoyed in a hands-on science lesson thanks to Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The students participated in a two-hour program to learn about the lifecycle of insects. They examined local pond water and the various insects that live in it. Using microscopes connected to laptop computers, the students observed the insects and identified them using a key.

 

Moving Up

Moving Up

Sun Shines for Smithtown’s Graduates

Smithtown Central School District’s two high schools held their respective 103rd commencement exercises on the football field on June 21 joined by members of the board of education, administration, family, friends, faculty and invited guests, officially completing the seniors’ educational journey.

High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons commended the 406 members of the Class of 2018 for the positive mark they have left on the school. He reminded them to stay true to themselves and take advantage of the opportunities they will be presented with in the future. “The future is in your capable hands, and we know our future is bright,” Dr. Simmons told the graduates.

At High School East, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane, in his address to graduates, referenced the Robert Fulghum poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” “No matter how old you are, when you go into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together,” he said.

At High School West, leading up to the final moment in the graduation exercise, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, student-elected honor speaker Kevin Camson and senior class president Jenna Curcio delivered speeches filled with hopes, dreams and sage advice that assured the graduates they were prepared to begin the next stage of their lives. 

Sharing wisdom she learned reading Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take,” Ms. Bradshaw told the graduates that Grant’s research finds that those who give come out ahead in both business and in life. “Givers build larger, broader, more supportive networks of friends and colleagues. And they gain greater knowledge and experience through the broad network of people they are helping,” she noted. 

Ms. Bradshaw concluded her speech with a wish and a hope for the Class of 2018. “I wish you all the very best success, in whatever ways you measure it, and I hope that being a ‘giver’ plays a fulfilling role in that journey.”

Using humor, Kevin shared his personal story of overcoming obstacles. “There may be hurdles in your path, you may stumble. If you’re anything like me, you will stumble, but keep going. There may be hurdles you can’t clear at all. Go around them. If you do, success will come down to two things: guidance and hard work,” he advised. 

Jenna used her time behind the podium to honor those who helped the seniors get to where they are today. “Our thank you to those who have helped us is only beginning… Show them how thankful you are by making use of the precious gift of time which we all possess. Show our mentors that their time devoted to us was not in vain. They have all made a difference in our lives so that we can make a difference in the future.”

Joining the Smithtown High School West Class of 2018 in receiving a diploma was 87-year-old special guest, Mordechai Miller. Miller, a native of Poland and Holocaust survivor, was presented an honorary diploma from Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady. 

High School East’s honor speaker Matthew Timmel recounted their journey from freshmen to senior year and the memories created along the way. He said that graduation was the recognition of an adventure that started 13 years ago, and no matter where they end up in life, Smithtown will remain their roots.

High School East’s Senior Class President Nicole Cahill told her fellow graduates to strive for excellence in every task, no matter how large or small. She said that if everyone in the Class of 2018 lives up to their full potential, “just imagine the effect on the world we can have.”

Following the conferring of diplomas, both the High School West and East Class of 2018 tossed their caps and celebrated their accomplishments with family and friends. 



Sun Shines for Smithtown’s Graduates

Smithtown Central School District’s two high schools held their respective 103rd commencement exercises on the football field on June 21 joined by members of the board of education, administration, family, friends, faculty and invited guests, officially completing the seniors’ educational journey.

High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons commended the 406 members of the Class of 2018 for the positive mark they have left on the school. He reminded them to stay true to themselves and take advantage of the opportunities they will be presented with in the future. “The future is in your capable hands, and we know our future is bright,” Dr. Simmons told the graduates.

At High School East, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane, in his address to graduates, referenced the Robert Fulghum poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” “No matter how old you are, when you go into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together,” he said.

At High School West, leading up to the final moment in the graduation exercise, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, student-elected honor speaker Kevin Camson and senior class president Jenna Curcio delivered speeches filled with hopes, dreams and sage advice that assured the graduates they were prepared to begin the next stage of their lives. 

Sharing wisdom she learned reading Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take,” Ms. Bradshaw told the graduates that Grant’s research finds that those who give come out ahead in both business and in life. “Givers build larger, broader, more supportive networks of friends and colleagues. And they gain greater knowledge and experience through the broad network of people they are helping,” she noted. 

Ms. Bradshaw concluded her speech with a wish and a hope for the Class of 2018. “I wish you all the very best success, in whatever ways you measure it, and I hope that being a ‘giver’ plays a fulfilling role in that journey.”

Using humor, Kevin shared his personal story of overcoming obstacles. “There may be hurdles in your path, you may stumble. If you’re anything like me, you will stumble, but keep going. There may be hurdles you can’t clear at all. Go around them. If you do, success will come down to two things: guidance and hard work,” he advised. 

Jenna used her time behind the podium to honor those who helped the seniors get to where they are today. “Our thank you to those who have helped us is only beginning… Show them how thankful you are by making use of the precious gift of time which we all possess. Show our mentors that their time devoted to us was not in vain. They have all made a difference in our lives so that we can make a difference in the future.”

Joining the Smithtown High School West Class of 2018 in receiving a diploma was 87-year-old special guest, Mordechai Miller. Miller, a native of Poland and Holocaust survivor, was presented an honorary diploma from Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady. 

High School East’s honor speaker Matthew Timmel recounted their journey from freshmen to senior year and the memories created along the way. He said that graduation was the recognition of an adventure that started 13 years ago, and no matter where they end up in life, Smithtown will remain their roots.

High School East’s Senior Class President Nicole Cahill told her fellow graduates to strive for excellence in every task, no matter how large or small. She said that if everyone in the Class of 2018 lives up to their full potential, “just imagine the effect on the world we can have.”

Following the conferring of diplomas, both the High School West and East Class of 2018 tossed their caps and celebrated their accomplishments with family and friends. 



Mills Pond Students Urge School to ‘Skip the Straw’

Mills Pond Students Urge School to ‘Skip the Straw’ photo
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In recognition of World Environment Day on June 5, fourth-graders in Melissa Taylor’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School presented their proposals to ban plastic straws in their cafeteria.

Students performed skits on how plastics effect the environment, ocean, and how sea life can be harmed by ingesting plastics. After presenting statistics in a Google slideshow, the groups spoke about how each individual choice to skip the straw could make a big impact on the environment. 

In addition, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn stopped by the school to listen to the presentations and shared the work she is doing in Suffolk County to help reduce plastics in the environment. 
 

West Track Team Takes County Championships

West Track Team Takes County Championships photo
High School West’s track team, the Hammer Squad, won their second consecutive county track championship in early June. This is their fifth county championship in the past six seasons. Event place winners were: Nick Cipolla (3,200,1,600, 4 x 8), Steven Spreizer (3,200, 1,600, 4 x 8), Nick Muellers (800, 1,600), Gavin Baker (triple jump, long jump), Nick DeFelice (steeplechase, 3,200, 4 x 800), David Cabello (800, 1,600), Matt Maidhof (steeplechase), John Cuff (3,200), Aleks Zdravkovic (400), Chris Murphy (pentathlon), Luke Muratore (steeplechase), George Maidhof (4 x 800), Matt Villano (4 x 100), Ryan Leinwand (4 x 100), Sam Monastero (4 x100) and Liam Sullivan (4 x 100).

St. James Students Serve Their Community Well

St. James Students Serve Their Community Well photo
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Students in the Epic Club at St. James Elementary School recently served more than 120 meals to guests at Project HOPE Soup Kitchen in Greenlawn. The students set up, served and cleaned up. 

HSW Field Hockey Members Honored for Academic Success

HSW Field Hockey Members Honored for Academic Success photo
Seven members of the High School West girls field hockey team have been recognized for their academic excellence. Natalie Condzal, Charlotte Maracina, Emily Montagnino, Julia Negrin, Madison Plourde, Janine Suris and Brooke Vitulli were named to the 2017 Keith Waldman – Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad. In addition, Condzal, Plourde, Suris and Vitulli also earned Scholar of Distinction honors.

More than 2,770 student-athletes from 344 high schools have been named to the squad. The program recognizes high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year. Seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year have been recognized as Scholars of Distinction. More than 850 student-athletes have received the Scholar of Distinction designation in 2017.

Discovery Tanks

Discovery Tanks photo

First-graders at St. James Elementary School had fish tanks set up in their rooms to replicate an ecosystem. The tanks have been populated with local fish to allow the students to study the local marine wildlife and how they each play a part in the ecosystem.

Smithtown Elementary Gr 5 Awards Ceremony

Community Joins Together to Honor Former Teacher

Community Joins Together to Honor Former Teacher photo

On June 2, the Smithtown community hosted the eighth annual Mike’s Hike and Wellness Fair at High School West in honor of Mike Denaro, former Accompsett Elementary School teacher. The day’s events included a 5K run, a 2K walk and a children’s fun run. Local businesses set up sponsorship booths to show their support and create a fun-filled community event. All proceeds benefit the Mike’s Hike Scholarship Fund and the Smithtown Children’s Foundation.

 

Mills Pond Samples a Taste of Mexico

Mills Pond Samples a Taste of Mexico photo

Fifth-grade students in Diana Lanze’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School spent May 21 engaged in different activities about Mexico. The students analyzed a map of Mexico to answer questions about its geography. They also read a menu from local restaurant Cabo Fresh to solve real-world math problems involving calculating a subtotal, tip and tax. The students read an article and answered questions about border issues between the United States and Mexico. The class sampled empanadas, churros, chips, salsa and guacamole. Lastly, they compared and contrasted city life vs. rural life in Mexico.

 

Smithtown Elementary Grade 5 Video

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Habitat Club Gets Hands-On with Student Build

Habitat Club Gets Hands-On with Student Build photo
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The Habitat for Humanity Club from High School East attended a student build in Bay Shore on May 25. During the year, members are involved in many various fundraisers to donate funds to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk. The club participates in two student builds a year. The members are actively involved in building part of the home such as raising walls, sheet rocking, painting, tiling, flooring, landscaping and siding. 
 

HS West Student Takes First in Essay Contest

HS West Student Takes First in Essay Contest photo
High School West student Carolyn Qu won first place in the nonfiction division of the Writing for Peace essay contest for her piece on “The South Korean Suicide Epidemic.” Her essay will be featured in the 2018 issue of DoveTales, an international journal of the arts.

Writing for Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through education and creative writing to develop a foundation of compassion on which to build a more peaceful world. Students were encouraged to write an essay about an unfamiliar culture and explore social, political and environmental pressures, and universal themes.

Science Detectives Spy Clues at Tackan

Science Detectives Spy Clues at Tackan photo

Fifth-graders at Tackan Elementary School became real-life science detectives as part of a hands-on lesson provided by Mad Science of Long Island on May 29.

The students stepped into the role of detective and learned how forensic science is used to solve crimes. The students analyzed a crime scene, identified objects found at the scene and used their observation skills to help solve a crime. During the hands-on portion of the program, the fifth-graders created and analyzed fingerprints and teeth impressions. They also had to recreate a composite sketch of a witness and use the clues found at the scene. Students even got their own personal profile kits to create at home. 



Genius Hour

Student in Janis Frankle’s class at Smithtown Elementary recently had a Genius Hour Week. Students taught their own lessons, created Google slide presentations, docs, and quizzes about subjects they were passionate about. Genius Hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them.

Celebrating a Rich Heritage

Celebrating a Rich Heritage photo

On May 30, third-grade students at Accompsett Elementary School celebrated Heritage Day. Parents were invited to join students in a special celebration of their ancestry. Each class performed a unique, cultural song and dance. Following the performances, students shared their Heritage Day History projects.

Mills Pond Sports Red Noses

Mills Pond Sports Red Noses photo

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Mills Pond Elementary School celebrated Red Nose Day on May 24 by researching poverty-stricken countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and others. Students shared their slides with their classmates to help spread knowledge. Red Nose Day recognizes poverty awareness and raises funds for children in need all around the world.

 

Famous Faces Found at Dogwood’s Wax Museum

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Historical figures came to life in the cafeteria at Dogwood Elementary School when Danielle Neri’s class held their fifth-grade class wax museum on May 22. 

During the last three months, the students did a biography study. Each student researched a historical figure of interest and created a research report, Google slideshow, poetry, and a portrait of their historical figure. 

As a culminating activity, the fifth-graders participated in a living wax museum. The students dressed like their character – with famous faces like Princess Diana, Walt Disney, Mozart and more – and once the visitors to the museum tapped them on the shoulder, their character came to life. 

Back in the classroom, invited guests had a chance to watch a video that was created using green screen technology. Each student was featured in the video playing the role of his or her historical figure. 
 

Smithtown Elementary Picnic

Flag Day at Smithtown Elementary

Smithtown Elementary - Grade 4 Recorder Concert

High School East Teacher Touted for Tech Use

High School East Teacher Touted for Tech Use photo
Tim Needles, a media and art teacher at High School East, has been recognized with an award presented by one of the International Society for Technology in Education’s Professional Learning Networks for his dedication and achievement in the focus areas of the ISTE Professional Learning. ISTE is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world through individual and organizational membership and support services. ISTE provides educational technology resources to support professional learning for educators and education leaders.

Secrets of the Washington Spies

Secrets of the Washington Spies photo

As a tie-in to their recent history unit, fourth-graders at Tackan Elementary School learned about the spy ring set up by Gen. George Washington on Long Island thanks to a presentation from Donna Smith, education coordinator from the Three Village Historical Society on May 21 and 22. Smith visited each of the fourth-grade classes to speak about the key players in the Culper spy ring and life on Long Island under British occupation. The students decoded letters written by Washington’s spies and wrote with invisible ink using quill pens, just like the spies.

Honoring Retirees

Honoring Retirees photo
At the May 22 board of education meeting, district honored its dedicated faculty and staff who will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane announced the names of each retiree before presenting those in attendance with Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the board of education, honoring their years of service to the district’s students. A brief reception was also held at district offices prior to the board meeting to celebrate the retirees.

The district congratulates the following retirees: 
Elizabeth Braunreuther 
Debra Canning
Georgianna Colino
Paul Cornwell
Barbara Delach
Helene Suarez Doheny 
Kim Emery
Ingrid Hrvatin
Jane Jordan
Hester Kanakaris
Elaine Kruk
Rosanne Lazarus
Amy Mannarino
James Markey
Vincent Mazza
Diane McGuire
Claire Heatley Mueller
Jeffrey Netter
Joan Pisano
Louise Prescott
Debra Pymm 
Gregory Rivera Jr.
Ann Marie Scholz
Alice Serio 
Dolores Seyffert
Ellen Smith
Linda Stackow
William Stockman
Laurie Sweeney
Antonio Tardio
Margaret Wilkey
Debra Zaleski

Yoga Offers Mind-Body Connection

Yoga Offers Mind-Body Connection photo
During the first week of May, students at Smithtown Elementary School participated in yoga classes during their physical education periods. Thanks to the school’s arts and education committee, Yoganomics in Medford provided students with a physical outlet to practice mindfulness. The instructors taught students in all grades to focus on their breathing, connect with their body and master challenging poses that some thought would be impossible. Using strength, balance, and focus, students were able to take their yoga practice to the next level.  

HSW Senior Takes Top Prize at ISEF

HSW Senior Takes Top Prize at ISEF photo

High School West senior Sarah Adamo competed in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from May 12-18. ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Each year, it brings together approximately 1,800 of the world’s most accomplished high school students from more than 80 countries to showcase their independent science research. Students present their work to scientists and engineers who judge them on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their project.

Sarah was awarded first place in her category for her work on “Acetylcholine and nicotine potentiate currents in cells isolated from the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.” She also received two special awards recognizing the exceptional quality of her work. Sarah was awarded first place by the American Physiological Society with a $1,500 scholarship and was the recipient of $1,200 scholarship from China Association of Science and Technology.

 

Recognizing Top Scholars

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For maintaining a 4.0 GPA for four consecutive years of high school, High Schools East and West recognized more than 150 seniors as Gold Cord recipients during their respective annual Gold Cord Awards ceremony on May 24. At High School East, 90 students were presented with the honor, while High School West had 70 Gold Cord receipients. Each student was called to the stage for recognition, a look back at their most memorable high school moments and to highlight future college and career goals.

Gold Rating for Great Hollow’s Chorus

Gold Rating for Great Hollow’s Chorus photo
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The select chorus from Great Hollow Middle School, under the direction of teacher Tara Putnam, participated in the New York State School Music Association’s Majors Festival at Centereach High School on May 25. The group, comprised of student-musicians in grades 6-8, practiced before and after school for the festival and received a gold rating. 
 

Video Collaboration Selected for Exhibition

Video Collaboration Selected for Exhibition photo
High School East art teacher Tim Needles, along with six teachers from throughout the district, had their video art piece selected for inclusion in the Reimagining the Four Freedoms Exhibition. The exhibition runs from May 25 to Sept. 2 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt House in New York City. 

The exhibition is a modern interpretation of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech and it will be on tour for two years traveling to museums across America and France. Approximately 1,000 submissions were received and reviewed and only 37 works by 36 artists were selected. 

Reachers involved in the project include: Tim Needles (art teacher, High School East), Kimberly Williams (science teacher, High School West), Steve Halem (art teacher, High School West), Chauncey Cone (social studies teacher, High School West), James Kelly (English teacher, High School East), Christina Cone (social studies teacher, High School West), and Rich Hurley (special education teacher, High School East).

Smithtown Elementary - Kindergarten Circus Performances

Students Take Top Awards at DECA

Students Take Top Awards at DECA photo
Thirty-nine students from the district recently participated in the DECA International Career Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 22,000 students from around the world competing in this year’s event, several Smithtown students were named national finalists and award winners. 

High School East’s Jonathan Golbert was a national finalist for his community service project. Jonathan wrote a 30-page manual and ran various events to raise money and awareness for Memorial Sloan Kettering in honor of his father. High School East’s Brian Feminella was awarded a $220,000 ROTC Scholarship. 

Sunitha Palat and Madison Plourde from High School West were national finalists for their 30-page sports and entertainment manual. They worked with Smithtown Landing Golf Course to develop a customer experience management strategy and prepared a detailed written strategic plan for the golf course.

Kenny Indovino, David Wallman and Ian Whitehead from High School West were national semifinalists for their 30-page learn and earn manual. They developed a business plan and implemented a promotional campaign to sell West Spirit accessories at various school events. Jonathan Pofcher, High School West was a national finalist in his principles of finance test, and Stefanie Lin of High School West was a medalist for her test, professional selling.
 

Elementary Student-Musicians Shine

Elementary Student-Musicians Shine photo

On May 11 and 12, 208 fifth-grade student-musicians from throughout the district came together to participate in the Elementary Music Festival at High School West. The music departments in each of the district’s elementary schools worked collaboratively to prepare for this enrichment program’s concert.

St. James Gets Fit

St. James Gets Fit photo
The Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance held their second annual Fit Club Competition for fourth- and fifth-grade students at the Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in Sayville. St. James Elementary was one of the 23 schools participating. St. James Fit Club members placed eighth and athletes had to demonstrate their fitness abilities in push-ups, sit-ups, jumping rope, and agility.

Alphabet Celebrates the Marriage of Q and U

Alphabet Celebrates the Marriage of Q and U photo

It was a unity that was always meant to be for the letters Q and U. The kindergarten students at Tackan Elementary School celebrated the marriage of the two letters during a ceremony on May 25.

Invited guests, friends and family, as well as all of the letters of the alphabet, came out to join the two letters as they officially tied the knot. Tackan Elementary School Principal Dr. Allyn Leeds served as the officiant.

Since the beginning of the school year, the kindergartners have been learning the sounds that letters make together and that letters, such as Q and U, appear together in most words.

The kindergarten students performed a variety of songs, concluding with “Forever Young” to a slideshow of photos from their first year of school. 

Cares Club Pounds the Pavement for a Cause

Cares Club Pounds the Pavement for a Cause photo
Fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School participated in a walk-a-thon on May 17 to support Medical Mission. Medical Mission is a hospital for the poverty-stricken community in El Salvador. The fundraiser garnered more than $1,300. Cares Club advisers Diana Lanze, Kristin Quail and Melissa Taylor, and many Mills Pond teachers joined the effort. 

Adding to Win Column for Dogwood Math Team

Adding to Win Column for Dogwood Math Team photo
Dogwood Elementary School participated in the Suffolk County 11th annual Math Tournament at Stony Brook University on May 8. Smithtown Central School District teacher Glen Rogers led Dogwood’s team, which competed in 10 individual and 10 team math problems. Dogwood student Thomas Lin won first-place score out of all Suffolk County fifth-graders in the tournament, and Dogwood took fourth place as a team. 

East Researcher Takes Honors at ISEF

East Researcher Takes Honors at ISEF photo
High School East science research student Matthew Mullahy placed first in the Special Award Division from the American Psychological Association at the International Science and Engineering Fair from May 13-19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to his recognition, he received a $1,500 prize. Matthew is pictured with High School East research coordinator Maria Zeitlin.  

Accompsett MS Student Has Q&A with Physicist Kip Thorne

Accompsett MS Student Has Q&A with Physicist Kip Thorne photo
Accompsett Middle School seventh-grader John Galletta is a future budding physicist. So when he had a chance to initiate an online question and answer session with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, he jumped at the opportunity. Accompsett Middle School science teacher Louis Mincieli attended a lecture featuring the award-winning physicist Kip Thorne in late March at Stony Brook University. After encouraging his student to watch it, Galletta had some questions about the lecture after watching it online. His teacher encouraged him to reach out to Thorne, who responded to his questions about gravity and quantum effects. 

Fifth-Grade Concert

Flags for Vets

St. James Elementary School’s EPIC Club members made American flag pins for residents of the Long Island Veterans Home in time for Memorial Day.

Spring Concert

A Grand Affair for Fairy Tale Characters at Dogwood

A Grand Affair for Fairy Tale Characters at Dogwood photo

Dressed as their favorite characters, the second-graders at Dogwood Elementary School celebrated their literacy skills with a Fairy Tale Ball on May 9.

Kings, queens, princes and princesses joined many of the famous characters found in some of the classic tales. As a culminating activity to their fairy tale unit, the students presented their knowledge of the stories to invited guests in the school’s cafeteria.

Following their grand entrance, each class gathered on the stage to present the three popular tales of “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” The second-grade teachers, along with Dogwood Elementary Principal Renee Carpenter, also dressed the part of notable characters. In between each of the class performances, the students sang and danced for the audience.

Invited guests to the Fairy Tale Ball were treated to a royal feast back in the classrooms after the characters made their grand exit. 

Young Illustrators Learn via Hands-On Lesson

Young Illustrators Learn via Hands-On Lesson photo
Young Illustrators Learn via Hands-On Lesson photo 2
In early May, first-graders at Smithtown Elementary School enjoyed a visit from author and illustrator Kathleen Bart. Bart shared her book, “A Tale of Two Teddies,” and taught the students the origins of the first two teddy bears. The first-graders enjoyed learning how to draw their own teddy bear.
 

Memorial Day Tribute Displayed at Accompsett MS

Memorial Day Tribute Displayed at Accompsett MS photo
Memorial Day Tribute Displayed at Accompsett MS photo 2
To honor local military heroes this Memorial Day, Accompsett Middle School organized its second annual Flags for Freedom program. Organized by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association and the National Junior Honor Society, participants could purchase a flag for $25 in honor or memory of loved ones who have or are serving in the military. 

On May 17, the PTA and members of the National Junior Honor Society worked on the grounds in front of the school, cleaning up the flower beds and setting up the flags for display. Profits from the sale of the flags will be donated to America’s VetDogs, a local nonprofit that helps veterans with service dogs, and Boots on the Ground, a local veterans activity center.

SEL Field Day 2018

Smithtown Elementary 5th Grade Spring Concert

Smithtown Elementary Colonial Day - Gr 4

High School Heroes

Smithtown Elementary welcomed High School Heroes to work with Kindergarteners and second graders

Tackan Student-Artists Piece Together Collective Work

Tackan Student-Artists Piece Together Collective Work photo

Students at Tackan Elementary School spent the week of May 14 working on the third and final piece in a collection that has been in the making for the last three school years. The artwork is a mosaic project with artist-in-residence Esther Tollen. Sponsored by the PTA Arts in Education, each student had the opportunity to participate in creating the tile project. The three works represent earth, wind and fire and will be displayed together in the school’s hallways upon completion.

Students Honored with Building Bridges Awards

Students Honored with Building Bridges Awards photo
Students from High School East and High School West were selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Suffolk County’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program at Suffolk County Community College. Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island. Pictured (from left): Director of social studies Bryan Frank, High School East students Jhanvi Ravishankar, Kelsey Greco and Julie Anderson, New York State Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, High School West students Victoria Holtje, Sydney Rose and Alan Ajit with High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone.

HSW Baseball Teams Up for Youth Service Day

HSW Baseball Teams Up for Youth Service Day photo
On April 21, High School West’s junior varsity baseball team participated in Global Youth Service Day, sponsored by the Town of Smithtown's Youth Bureau. The team worked together cleaning and preparing the grounds for summer at Hoyt Farm in Commack. Global Youth Service Day celebrates the service and contributions of youth all over the nation.

SEL in Action in Smithtown

calm slide

St. James Elementary School’s 80th Anniversary Celebration

St. James Elementary School’s 80th Anniversary Celebration photo
St. James Elementary School will hold an 80th anniversary celebration on June 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. During the first hour of the event, there will be guided tours of the building by the school’s fifth-grade students. A historical museum will be available for viewing in the library with items such as yearbooks, letters and photos central to St. James Elementary history. 

Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be a ceremony in the old gymnasium with guest speakers including former school district staff and faculty, board of education members and district employees.  

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Mills Pond Gardeners Plant the Seeds of Friendship

Mills Pond Gardeners Plant the Seeds of Friendship photo

Fourth-graders in the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School spent the afternoon of May 9 planting flowers and connecting with local senior citizens and residents of the St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, located across the street from their school.

As part of a 17-year club tradition, the students walked to the facility to participate in an afternoon of gardening alongside the seniors. With their garden tools and gloves in hand, the students spent time beautifying the outdoor patio during their visit while working alongside the seniors. 

Youth Police Academy Offers Firsthand Experience

Youth Police Academy Offers Firsthand Experience photo
High School West junior Christopher Walker participated in the Suffolk County Youth Police Academy during the week of May 7. The academy is designed to help local high school students get hands-on experience and a deeper appreciation of the work of police officers. Through this program, students experience the physical demands of officer training, the intricacies of crime scene investigations and the discipline required to work in the K-9 and aviation units.

Great Hollow Takes on Scholastic Challenge

Great Hollow Takes on Scholastic Challenge photo
Two students from Great Hollow Middle School received honors for their participation in the Scholastic Challenge. Sixth-grader Hatim Husainy scored 86 percent, earning him the New York State Champion title. Eighth-grader Madeline Raeihle received the highest score in her grade. 

The Scholastic Challenge is an annual national contest in which students are challenged to demonstrate a variety of problem-solving skills and knowledge in many academic areas. The online competition consisted of 100 questions covering a range of subjects, including language and literature, geography, history, science, mathematics and general knowledge. 

The competition is open sixth- and eighth-grade students; this year approximately 5,000 students participated in the academic challenge.

HSW Leader Heads to Washington

HSW Leader Heads to Washington photo
High School West Leadership student Jacqualine Cerbone’s essay has been selected by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America to attend a Congressional Seminar Workshop in Washington, D.C. The NSCDA essay contest is a part of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Cerbone will receive full tuition for a week of citizenship education about the national government and tours of sites in the nation’s capital.  

Field Day 2018

Ladybug Show Celebrates Spring

Ladybug Show Celebrates Spring photo
Ladybug Show Celebrates Spring photo 2
First-graders in Madeline Saavedra’s class at Smithtown Elementary School recently completed their study of ladybugs. As a culminating activity, the students participated in a “Lovely Ladybug” show for family and friends. They sang, danced and recited facts they had learned about ladybugs, just in time for spring.

High School East Musical Groups Take on Carnegie Hall

High School East Musical Groups Take on Carnegie Hall photo
High School East Musical Groups Take on Carnegie Hall photo 2
High School East Musical Groups Take on Carnegie Hall photo 3
As part of Best Band and Choirs International, High School East’s symphonic band, symphonic orchestra and concert choir had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on April 19. 

Playing Ball for a Cause

Playing Ball for a Cause photo
High School West’s girls varsity softball team, along with Kellenberg Memorial High School, participated in a charity softball game to benefit the League of Yes on April 21 at Molloy College. The League of Yes is an organization that aims to bring the game of baseball to people with disabilities of all ages. The High School West girls were paired up with a “buddy” who they assisted in fielding and running the bases. The Kellenberg girls softball team participated as well, and the two teams played a three-inning exhibition game.

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security photo

To address the safety and security of students and staff throughout the district, the Smithtown Central School District invited parents and community members to its spring Parent University School Safety Forum on May 7 at Smithtown High School West.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane spoke about the safety and security practices in place including the visitor management system, security entrances and vestibules, security cameras and routine evacuation/fire/lockdown drills. 

District, county and law enforcement representatives were on hand to discuss the district’s emergency planning and responses in the event of a threat to school safety. Jack Blaum, the district’s security consultant, and Joe Rizzo, chief of security, spoke about the district’s safety measures, practices and procedures. They addressed concerns about keeping buildings secure, preventative measures, fire evacuation procedures and ongoing security upgrades.

Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services Mona Tobin addressed the audience regarding communication with parents and community members and reunification plans in the event of an emergency.



Diane Lanze’s Fifth-Grade Class at Mills Pond Celebrates Mexico Day

Coding Enrichment Program for Budding Scientists

Coding Enrichment Program for Budding Scientists photo
For the second consecutive year, High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin has partnered with Brookhaven National Laboratory to provide an enrichment program open to all interested 10th-12th grade students. Through the collaboration, 21 students have participated in the weekly scientific coding seminars, which runs on Fridays from the start of school until the end of April. At the final session on April 27, instructor Dave Biersach, along with the directors of the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs, were on hand to deliver certificates to all the student participants. 

Smithtown Elementary Mother's Day Tea

Kindergarteners showered moms with love and adoration.

Visit from an Author

Smithtown Elementary School enjoyed a special visit from author and Illustrator Kathleen Bart. She shared her book A Tale of Two Teddies with the children, teaching them the origins of the first two teddy bears and how they came to be. The children enjoyed learning how to draw their own teddy bear.