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

High School West Musicians Hold 'Young People's Concert' for District Fifth Graders

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High School West band, orchestra and chorus members inspired the next generation of musicians at their Young People’s Concert on Wednesday.

Fifth graders from Accompsett, Mt. Pleasant and Smithtown elementary schools visited the high school auditorium to see the high schoolers perform.

Between pieces, the different high school teachers explained how things work with each of the music groups. The goal was to demonstrate to the young students what awaits them in high school if they remain dedicated to music.

Date Added: 3/23/2022

Smithtown CSD Educators Polishing Skills on Staff Conference Day

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School was in session for Smithtown Central School District educators on Friday.

On the District’s Staff Conference Day, a bevy of discipline-specific morning workshops included sessions on cooperative learning strategy, creativity on the Chromebook, motivating reluctant readers, engaging activities and resources to strengthen phonetic awareness, and teaching entering and emerging ENL students.

Department and building sessions continued in the afternoon.

Date Added: 3/18/2022

'Deadliest Catch' Cast Member Nick 'Sunshine' Tokman Inspires Accompsett Elementary

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Nick “Sunshine” Tokman, a four-year cast member of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-winning show “Deadliest Catch,” inspired Accompsett Elementary fifth graders on Wednesday.

Tokman initially asked the students what jobs they wanted when they grow up. One fifth grader replied that he one day wanted to be the third baseman for the New York Yankees, another said an Olympian, and a third a hairdresser.

Tokman then explained that other people’s voices sometimes pull us in other directions. So listen to your inner voice and don’t let others determine who you will be.

“We don’t do what we want to do because other people’s voices start getting louder than ours,” Tokman said.

Tokman also spoke about the importance of persistence.

After traveling from his native Springfield, Mass., to Alaska without a job — or a concrete plan — Tokman put his resume along with rocks in sandwich bags and threw them into every boat, trying to attract the interest of any captain who might hire him for their fishing boat. That persistence paid dividends and he was hired.

He ultimately landed on “Deadliest Catch,” a reality television series that premiered in 2005. The show follows crab fishermen aboard vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and snow crab fishing seasons.

“Failure won’t break you,” he told the students. “… You all have a gift.”

Date Added: 3/9/2022