More than 120 students from High School East and High School West participated in the fifth annual STEM Careers “Lunch and Learn” on Oct. 25 organized by the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board and the Smithtown Central School District Career and Technical Education, science and math departments. The event was hosted at High School West’s library.
The lunch and learn is designed to introduce high school students to various careers within the STEM field. To open the day’s event, the U.S. Navy presented on nuclear propulsion and engineering. Approximately, 20 different companies and eight different colleges and universities were on hand to show students a variety of careers and the type of schooling necessary for their careers.
After hearing from the presenters, the students spent time during lunch getting to know the companies and businesses. During the breakout sessions, students sat down in small group settings with the businesses in which they were most interested. Members of the Smithtown robotics team were also on hand to show off their STEM-related skills.
To celebrate New York State School Board Recognition Week from Oct. 21-25, the Smithtown Central School District came together to show their appreciation for their board of education during the Oct. 22 meeting.
To kick off the meeting, the High School East select choral group sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Smithtown Elementary School’s ENL also serenaded the board members by singing a thank-you song in 11 different languages. Nesaquake Middle School’s select chorus also showcased their skills by singing “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”
Dogwood Elementary School’s students created posters featuring the top 10 things they love about the district. Mt. Pleasant Elementary School students created a tree of appreciation to present to the board featuring every student’s fingerprints.
Tackan Elementary School students purchased books at its recent book fair and donated them back to the school’s library in the board’s name. Accompsett Elementary School’s fifth grade classes created a poster board of thanks, while Mills Pond Elementary presented each board member with a pen and flashlight because they light the way for the district. Student in Karen Dennis’s fourth grade class at St. James Elementary School created their own Flip Grid thank-you video for the board members.
Members of the National Junior Honor Society at Accompsett Middle School created a thank-you card and Great Hollow Middle School students gifted each board member with a drawstring bag. Members of the National Honor Society at High School West gave each board member a “Support Our Troops” shirt and Athletes Helping Athletes gifted them with Smithtown athletic spirit wear. Members of the Career and Technology Education department presented the board members with handcrafted wood nameplates for their board table, water bottles, tote bags, homemade muffins and pillowcases. To end the evening, the school’s central administration showed a thank-you video featuring faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the district.