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

Nesaquake Eighth Graders Moved by 'From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust'

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Nesaquake Middle School eighth graders watched a powerful play on Tuesday morning in the school’s auditorium.

Port Jefferson-based Theatre Three presented “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust.”

The play traces the life of Rachel Gold, a Berlin teenager, and her experiences from 1937 through 1945, as the Nazis rose to power.

The play follows Gold from the inception of the Nuremberg Laws through deportation to Auschwitz and finally the death march to Mauthausen.

The students recently had heard in the same auditorium from 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Werner Reich.

Date Added: 4/12/2022

Holocaust Survivor Werner Reich Addresses Nesaquake Middle School Students

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Holocaust survivor Werner Reich delivered a powerful message to Nesaquake Middle School eighth graders on Friday morning.

Reich began the presentation by getting students to understand the gravity of graffiti that includes the swastika.

Reich said he is occasionally asked by schools or law enforcement officials to speak with students who have defaced desks with the Nazi symbol.

“I sit down with the students and ask them, ‘Why did you paint this?’” Reich told the Nesaquake eighth graders at Friday’s assembly. “And the answer is, ‘It’s a joke.’ And my next question is very simple: ‘Explain the joke to me.’ And, so far, after 15 or 20 years, I haven’t had one simple explanation of the joke because, quite frankly, there is no explanation.”

Reich, who has addressed students at multiple schools in the District this academic year, proceeded to explain that the Holocaust stemmed from prejudice as well as the indifference of good people who did nothing to halt it.

The 94-year-old Reich then recounted his family history.

Reich and his family were residents of Berlin, Germany, when Adolph Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in 1933. He later was arrested by the Gestapo, beaten and jailed. He was then sent to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz II concentration camps.

Nesaquake principal Daniel McCabe told the students it was a privilege to hear Reich’s first-person account.

“We do a lot of assemblies during the year,” McCabe told the students. “This, by far, is the most powerful in my opinion.”

Date Added: 4/1/2022

Nesaquake Students Set to Perform 'Seussical the Musical'

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On the 23rd of March, Nesaquake Middle School students showed how talented they are.

Nesaquake Middle School students had a dress rehearsal of their production of Seussical the Musical on Wednesday.

They will have shows at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $5.

Date Added: 3/24/2022

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