Students Get an Inside Look International Careers

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The district’s School of Business and the World Language department, in conjunction with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, presented the 2019 International Business Career Day at the High School West library. 

More than 75 students, chosen by their teachers to attend, participated in the 16th annual event. Eleven guest speakers presented to the business-minded students from both High School East and High School West. The professionals spoke about the careers and fields of interest. Krupa Lauricella of FTZ Strategies offered the keynote address. 

Following the opening presentations and keynote, the students spent the morning and early afternoon rotating through different breakout sessions in small groups depending on their area of interest. Lunch was catered by the home and career students from High School West and featured international delights from various regions. 

Suffolk Zone Winners Honored

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Four seniors were honored with Suffolk Zone Awards at a ceremony in December. The winners, chosen by the physical education staff, are the top male and female physical education students in the graduating class. Criteria for achieving this honor, as defined by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, include earning an A average or above a 90 in high school physical education classes, earning an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the completion of the 11th grade year, and being a physical fitness role model, as well as character and leadership assessments. The district congratulates Sarah Chapman and Luke Muratore from High School West and Amy Welshimer and Dean Schaffer from Smithtown High School.

Two Seniors Named Regeneron Scholars

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Society for Science and the Public Society for Science has announced the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. High School West’s Stephanie Lin and High School East’s Caitlin Wilkinson have both been selected as Regeneron scholars.

Stephanie’s project is “Convolutional Neural Network of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI Detects Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Cancer Patients Pre Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy.” Caitlin research focused on “Rates and Traits: The Potential for Utilizing Above-ground Plant Traits to Predict Denitrification in Long Island Salt Marshes.”

Caitlin was shocked by the news of her win. “When we were all together in the research room for the announcement, I was expecting someone else's name to be called out, and I felt like the rug was pulled out from under my feet when Ms. Zeitlin looked at me. I am honored and thankful for the recognition.”

Maria Zeitlin, High School East research coordinator, said, “Caitlin’s project exemplifies citizen science by analyzing local Long Island salt marshes. I am thrilled that Caitlin was inspired to pursue her passion for environmental science and contribute toward an understanding of how to mitigate human impact on the marine environment. She is very deserving of this recognition.”

Dr. Joanne Figueiredo, High School West’s research coordinator, spoke about her student’s work. “Stephanie has been a dedicated and tenacious science research student,” she said. “She is a passionate young scientist who isn’t afraid to chart new territory. The future is bright because of talented young people like Stephanie.”

Stephanie was also surprised when she heard the announcement that she was named a Regeneron Scholar. “I had put the announcement completely out of my mind and was so happy to hear that I was chosen,” she said. “I am honored to be part of this cohort of students who are the next generation of leaders in industry.”

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,993 applications received from 659 high schools across 49 states. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. The top 40 finalists will be announced on Jan. 22. The 300 scholars and their schools will be awarded $2,000 each.

Coding and Manufacturing with West Tech Students

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Students in Sean Tomasello’s class at High School West are learning how to code using a computerized cutting tool called ShopBot. In the computer integrated manufacturing class, the students used Inventor to create a design of their initials. The Inventor program translated their design into code, which then went into a cutting machine that drilled their initials into a piece of wood.

ENL Students Celebrate Holiday Traditions

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ENL students from High School West spent the afternoon of Dec. 6 learning about holiday traditions in the U.S. and giving back to the local community. Gathered in the library and in conjunction with representatives from the Smithtown Public Library, the hands-on learning experience focused on holiday traditions among cultures such as the acts of giving and receiving and the traditions celebrated in different regions. The students had the opportunity to sign up for a library card and decorated ornaments and cards for children at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Students made holiday signs, including a star for the Christmas tree in the West library with the 3D printer, and colored bookmarks for donation to the local senior citizen groups.