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What a way to end the school week!

The gymnasium at St. James Elementary School was transformed into a cafe setting where 5th grade students read aloud some of their favorite poems themselves!

For the past month students have been immersed in a poetry unit of study, examining the rhythm and structure of poetry as well as many poetic devices including sensory images, alliteration, repetition, similes and metaphors.

Students and their family members also enjoyed refreshments and snacks.

Date Added: 5/20/2022



Fourth and second grade students at St. James Elementary School had a fun filled day learning about the environment last week.

In 4th grade the students explored how to preserve the fresh water resources on Long Island. The students learned that our drinking water comes from an aquifer and its impact on developed and undeveloped land. The students built their own aquifers and experimented with the effect pollution has on our drinking water.

The students also learned about the life cycle of Praying Mantises. In the terrarium is the hardened egg case and the students are anxiously awaiting for the nymphs to emerge. They will eventually release the praying mantises back into nature. 

In 2nd grade students were taught about erosion activity.

There was a Stormwater Hero presentation, a PLTW erosion simulation activity and more. 

Date Added: 5/9/2022


Board Appoints Adam Javidi as Incoming Principal at St. James Elementary

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Incoming principal Adam Javidi outside Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

On the night the Board of Education honored Mary Grace Lynch and other retirees, her successor also was appointed.

Adam Javidi, who graduated from Smithtown schools 22 years ago, will assume the role as principal at St. James Elementary this summer.

Javidi has served as assistant principal at Locust Valley Intermediate since August 2019. In that role, he has been the lead administrator responsible for overseeing the safety and daily operations of the third through fifth grades.

Javidi previously served for five years as an assistant principal at P.S. 452 in Manhattan.

He began his career as an elementary school teacher in New York City’s public schools.

Javidi earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Franklin and Marshall College and a masters of science in education degree from Hunter College.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to come back home to the district I grew up in,” Javidi said. “Everyone speaks so highly of Mary Grace Lynch. She’s been there for 20 years. I want to build on everything that she’s developed and continue to make St. James an amazing place to learn and grow.”

Date Added: 4/12/2022

2022 Retirees, Newly Tenured Staff Recognized at Reception and Board Meeting

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Retirees attending Tuesday's Board of Education meeting are recognized.

The Smithtown Central School District celebrated its newly tenured staff and this academic year’s retirees on Tuesday night.

Prior to the Board of Education meeting during which formal approval took place, the honorees gathered in the multipurpose room at the District’s New York Ave. offices to celebrate.

The 25 newly approved tenure recipients: Catherine Abbott, Dara Brachfeld, Samantha Buttice, Kristin Campisi, Jessica Castoro, Mark Cimino, Lindsay Clifford, Kevin Colon, Julianne DeSilva, Christopher Elsesser, Erika Farruggio, Jennifer Fazzio, Eileen Flynn, Jacqueline Harden, Nicole Kerins, Joseph McFadden, Jennifer McGlone, Louis Mincieli, Melissa Minerva, Shannon Moore, Alyssa Patrissi, Maaria Syska, Taylor Walsh, William Weinstein and Renee Weltsch.

And the 35 retiring staff members: Donna Atkinson, Lynne Barry, James Berger, David Bestenheider, Debra Calabza, Vincent Campagna, Kathy Coffin, Olga Crnosija, Claudine DeCoteau, Eileen DiCristofaro, Doreen Downes, Tina Dray, Regina Dunne, Allison Edwards, Diana Feirstein, Cheryl Glick, Mary Pat Grafstein, Jane Groneman, Peggy Knudsen, Virginia Kohilakis, Mary Grace Lynch, Marlene Mitchell, Lisa Molano, Alexis Nagowski, Sharon Nilson, Cindy Nocero, Laura Persichilli, Patricia Petrucelli, Teresa Russo, Patrick Smith, Donald Wallace, Beth Woods, Jeff Woodward, Linda Wurtz and Barbara Zemcik.

The retirees were each individually honored at the Board of Education meeting.

Date Added: 4/12/2022

St. James Elementary Class Emerges as Top Fruits and Veggies Eaters on East Side

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Members of High School East’s chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America paid a surprise visit to St. James Elementary on Monday to reward a deserving class.

Robin Baker and Denise Mauceri’s fourth grade class was recognized as the winner among all elementary school classes on the entire east side of the District in the FCCLA’s Fruits and Veggies Challenge.

March was National Nutrition Month, so the challenge asked students to eat as many fruits and vegetables as they could during the month and log their totals.

The Fruits and Veggies Challenge was open to all elementary school students in the District who wished to participate.

The High School West FCCLA conducted a similar contest on the west side.

The high schools’ FCCLA members set up Google Classrooms with tips and videos to help the students throughout the month. The consumption total was calculated weekly.

Barbara Haining’s and Elisabete Patel’s class emerged as Mills Pond Elementary’s winner.

Dogwood’s top performers were the students in Alexandra Panzarino’s class.

For an overall school total, Dogwood Elementary students prevailed on the east side.

All participants received a prize, with the winning classes receiving extra prizes. Baker and Mauceri’s class at St. James Elementary received personalized water bottles.

Date Added: 4/11/2022