High School East Students Study Nissequogue River

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Students from Smithtown High School East waded into the Nissequogue River on Friday.

Led by science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin, the group visited Short Beach for its annual "Day in the Life of the Nissequogue River” experience.

The visit came in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Pine Barrens Association.

Zeitlin’s students assessed the quality of the river as multiple points along its route and noted habitat changes. That included using nets to scoop up marine life and then document which types were found.

Field Hockey Community Honors Diane Corey with East vs. West Matchup

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Members of both teams gather to celebrate Diane Corey's legacy.

High School East and High School West dedicated their field hockey game on Monday night to Diane Corey.

The 19th annual Diane Corey Scholarship Game was played in memory of Corey, an amazing three-sport athlete who enjoyed all sports during her career at Smithtown High School. She was a true competitor, who loved the sport of field hockey.

Her parents, Pat and Mike, along with her brother Brian, requested the establishment of a scholarship in her memory.

The scholarship is annually awarded to seniors on the High School West and East field hockey teams based on their talents on the field, and contributions to the community and to their team.

Corey had a huge impact on Smithtown field hockey and its coaches, administrators and athletes.

The local field hockey community is eternally grateful to the Corey family for its generosity each year.

Smithtown CSD High Schools Stage Homecoming Celebrations

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Young cheerleaders joined their high school counterparts to welcome the West football team onto the field pregame Saturday.

The Smithtown Central School District’s two high schools celebrated homecoming with no shortage of spirit this weekend.

On Friday afternoon, High School East and High School West both hosted pep rallies.

Then, on Saturday, East staged a pregame parade, marching from St. James Elementary School to the high school’s football stadium, while West hosted a pregame festival.

The West event included high school students running booths and games for youngsters, including an inflatable slide, temporary tattoos, snow cones and balloon animals.

The East parade prompted supporters to line the streets along the more than one mile route. Students on floats tossed candy and small toys to youngsters along the route.

Each school also crowned a homecoming king and queen.

Board Approves Robert Rose as High School East Principal

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Rob Rose, newly appointed principal of Smithtown High School East.

Robert Rose has devoted more than two decades to Smithtown Central School District. He now will lead Smithtown High School East as its principal.

The Board of Education formally approved Rose for that role at its regular meeting on Wednesday evening.

Rose has spent the past 16 years as an assistant principal at High School East. He previously was a health and physical education teacher in the district for eight years.

“It means a lot,” Rose said. “I’ve worked a lot with the other administrators and the staff to get the school to its current high level. I’m certainly looking forward to continuing that effort.”

Rose earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport, then a master of arts from Adelphi University. He received a postgraduate administrative certificate in educational leadership and administration from Stony Brook University.

Rose ascends to the principal role previously held by Kevin Simmons. Simmons was appointed two weeks ago as the Smithtown Central School District’s assistant superintendent for instruction and administration.

“For the past five years I’ve worked very closely with Dr. Simmons,” Rose said. “He’s done an awesome job here. I certainly want to build on what he has achieved.”

Smithtown CSD Community Approves Bond Referendum

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On Tuesday, Sept. 28, residents in the Smithtown Central School District voted on a capital project bond referendum. Voters approved the bond: 1,251 YES votes to 430 NO votes.

The Board of Education and administration would like to thank all community residents who voted on the bond referendum.

The results will be formally accepted by the Board of Education at its regular Wednesday meeting.

“We are grateful to the Smithtown community for their support,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Secaur said. “The approval of the bond referendum 
will bring much-needed renovation and repair to our aging facilities and enhance opportunities for our students.

The $120 million bond prioritizes safety and security, renovates and repairs aging facilities, and continues to provide opportunities for student success.