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More than 400 graduates celebrate at High School East

Smithtown Central School District celebrated the accomplishments of High School East’s Class of 2017 during its 102st annual commencement exercise on June 22.

The 427 graduates marched proudly onto the football field to “Pomp and Circumstance” and were welcomed by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, who spoke to the Class of 2017 about smart goals and dream-driven goals. “You don’t have to pick one or the other for your goals,” she said. “Today, your graduation day, is a noteworthy accomplishment. But it is only one day that represents the culmination of 13 years of studying. You should be proud of the work that got you here. But as you embark on the next stage of life, consider not just your next goal, consider your next journey and how you want to spend that journey.”

East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons urged the graduates to dream big. “This is an unbelievably exciting time in your life,” he said. “All doors are open as you decide what your next chapter in life will be. Keep making informed choices and educated decisions. Continue to test yourself and stay committed to your beliefs because you know what’s best for you. We are so proud of your current accomplishments and we look forward to hearing all of your future successes as well.”

Student honor speaker Kyle DiPietrantonio, who is selected by the class instead of a valedictorian or salutatorian, took a moment to reflect on how far the class has come in the past four years at Smithtown High School East. “These past four years, we have been working to create our own identity,” he said. “You have the power to make a difference. You have the ability to impact and influence. Leave your legacy.”

Senior class president Juneve Porciello addressed her fellow classmates and spoke about how graduation wasn’t the end but a new beginning. “Today, we are not saying goodbye, we are saying hello to our future,” she said. “The days in front of us are what hold the greatest adventure. It’s time to take the next step in our journey.”

The 400-plus members of the Class of 2017 were then called to the stage one by one to receive their diplomas and pose for a picture before tossing their caps high into the air to celebrate the end of their time at High School East.






Graduating Class of 2017

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Smithtown High Schools East and West each celebrated the 102nd commencement exercises of the graduating Class of 2017. More than 800 students in total participated in the respective graduation ceremonies held on their school fields on June 22. Please visit the schools pages for East and West for a complete story and slideshow of photos.

Class of 2017

Smithtown High School East celebrated the graduating Class of 2017 on the evening of June 22. Check out the video of the ceremony featured on Newsday at http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/smithtown-high-school-east-graduation-1.13755624

HSE Researcher Captures International Title

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High School East Science Research student Emily Peterson placed fourth in the cellular and molecular biology category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California. Her project investigated “Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair.”
 
Intel ISEF gathers more than 1,700 students from 78 countries. In order to qualify to compete at ISEF, students must place first in regional fairs held around the world.

For Smithtown, qualification at the regional New York State Science and Engineering Fair requires not only a first-place finish, but also beating the other first-place winners in the lightning round. Held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, students presented 7-9 minute talks to accompany poster boards. “Research is not just about how well you know your project, but also about the questions you ask moving forward,” said Maria Zeitlin, High School East science research coordinator.

First-place finishes at NYSSEF from High School East included junior Shrey Thaker and seniors Erika Nemeth, Jillian Pesce, Peterson and Ruisi Zhong. Cindy Li took home third place, Anjali Balamurugan won second place and Sanjana Eranki took home an honorable mention.

The first-place finishers at NYSSEF from High School East traveled to ISEF to compete against student researchers from around the world. East student projects each investigated a unique way to understand the mechanisms and clinical aspects of cancer.


Accompsett Celebrates 50 Years

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Accompsett Elementary School gathered all the students outside for a photo opportunity in the shape of the number 50. Thanks to the help of the Smithtown High School West Robotics team, a drone was flown overhead to snap the picture while students sang their school song in unison.

HS West graduates celebrate a milestone

It was an afternoon of pride and sentiment as 427 graduates from High School West’s Class of 2017 celebrated an important academic milestone during the 102nd annual commencement exercises on the football field on June 22.

After a salute to the flag, the jazz choir sang the national anthem, followed by Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane’s welcome to the students and their guests. In giving advice to the graduates, Dr. Grossane called on the lessons learned in the readings of “Winnie the Pooh” stories as they related to individuality, unselfishness, comfort, wealth and trust. “Trust in your abilities to deal with anything,” he said.  

Honor speaker Cory Zhou, who was elected by his peers in lieu of a valedictorian and salutatorian, encouraged classmates to find passion in their lives and to use their natural talents. “Do not subjugate your gifts out of fear,” he said. “Instead, flaunt them and be proud of them.” Class president Courtney Grafstein spoke about the importance of reaching out to others. “Everything we do, no matter how small, can make a difference in the lives of others,” she noted.

Prior to the presentation of the class, Principal John Coady thanked the students for their assistance in making Smithtown High School West a school of excellence. “You have left a mark on this school,” he said. “I thank you for what you have done and what you will do.”

After each graduate was called to the stage to receive his or her diploma from administration and faculty, concert choir seniors and the jazz choir paid tribute to the parents and graduates with a performance of “The Sweetest Days.”





HSW Named NYS Reward School

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High School West has been named a New York State Reward School by the State Education Department for high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement based on its performance in the 2015-2016 school year.

Each year, SED identifies schools statewide that meet the criteria as high performing schools or schools that have made the most progress without significant gaps in student achievement. This year, Smithtown High School West was one of 185 schools that received this prestigious designation.
“We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition,” said High School West Principal John Coady. “It is a validation of the hard work of our outstanding teachers and staff, as well as the great efforts our students put into academics."

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must be among the top 20 percent of schools statewide for English language arts and math performance for both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2015-2016 school year. A school must also have made adequate yearly progress for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participated in the ELA and math assessments. Finally, to be named a Reward School, a school must not have unacceptable gaps in student performance. 

Tackan Students Learn Hands-On Fire Safety Lessons

Tackan Students Learn Hands-On Fire Safety Lessons Photo

Volunteer members of the Nesconset Fire Department visited with students at Tackan Elementary School to demonstrate some hands-on fire safety lessons on June 8.

Fire department members brought a fire truck, ambulance and a smoke house to give students the opportunity to learn about fire safety first hand. Students were able to board the ambulance in small groups and learn about the different tools inside to help people and when to call an ambulance in an emergency situation.

Tackan students also learned about the different functions of the fire truck, what to do if there’s a fire in their home and how to get out safely while also allowing the firemen to do their jobs. They also got to use the fire hose and take turns being firemen. 

In the smokehouse, students had a hands-on lesson in fire safety, learning how to react in a real emergency situation and get out safely.

Branch Brook’s Final Chapter

Moving Up

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Congratulations to the fifth-graders who will be moving up to their respective middle schools in September. Please click here for a slideshow of all the elementary fifth-grade classes.

Two Juniors Honored for Excellence in Computing

Two Juniors Honored for Excellence in Computing Photo
High School West juniors Emily Hennessy and Sean Yang have been named the 2017 High School West recipients of the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and Scholarship.
 
The R.I.T. Computing Medal and Scholarship Program recognizes high school juniors who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and demonstrate interest and ability in computing.

Mentor Program at AMS Fosters Friendships

Mentor Program at AMS Fosters Friendships Photo
The mentor program at Accompsett Middle School brings together English Language Learners and English-speaking students to create and foster friendships and integration into the school and community, while helping the ENL students learn English as well.

As their year together is coming to a close, the seventh-graders in the program joined with their buddies for a game of charades on May 30 during their lunch periods.

This program meets formally once a month, but outside of the arranged meetings, students are encouraged to work cooperatively in their classes and spend time together in lunch. The mentors in the program learn about different cultures, and the program helps to increase their self-confidence and social skills. For the ENL students, the program is a perfect way to welcome them to the school community by fostering ongoing friendships with their mentor buddies.


Aspiring Artists at Branch Brook

Aspiring Artists at Branch Brook Photo
Students at Branch Brook Elementary School displayed their artwork during the school’s art show on May 24. Throughout the school year, students learned about various works from artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian. Shown here is Allison Nucci’s fourth-grade class in front of their Matisse-inspired name designs.

Quite a Wedding Celebration

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Kindergarten students at Tackan Elementary School celebrated the marriage between the letters Q and U in an official ceremony on May 25. After spending their first few months of school learning about the sounds different letters make and how they form words, the students gathered to join the two letters together forever. Tackan Principal Dr. Allyn Leeds officiated the ceremony as the Q and U promised to never quibble or quarrel.   


West’s Honor Speaker Recognized

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High School West senior Cory Zhou was issued a certificate of recognition by Congressman Lee Zeldin for being chosen as the High School West Class of 2017’s honor speaker. On May 12, Zhou represented High School West at Newsday’s headquarters in Melville for a celebration of Long Island’s Class of 2107 valedictorians, salutatorians and honor students. He is pictured with High School West guidance counselor Michael Agostino (left) and High School West Principal John Coady.


Friends of Music Fundraiser Shows Off Talent

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To celebrate the talent of the student-musicians in the district, the Smithtown Friends of Music recently held its second annual Jazz Brunch at Smithtown Landing Country Club.

Approximately 90 student-musicians from High School East and High School West – including jazz ensemble, choirs and chamber – each performed 20-minute sets for the audience of family and friends.

“This is the only annual event where both schools can participate and support each other,” said Elena Gruber, president of the Smithtown Friends of Music. The event is a fundraiser to help support the Smithtown Central School District’s music department.


Tech-Savvy Students Teach Peers

Tech-Savvy Students Teach Peers Photo

During May, the TECHKNOW Kids Team from Accompsett Elementary School introduced third-grade students to their first Google Apps for Education accounts and taught them about safe Chromebook usage. Accompanied by Google Slides presentations, the TECHKNOW Kids visited all four third-grade classrooms and shared their wealth of Google knowledge. The TECHKNOW Kids Team, made up of 45 fifth-graders, is a club that gives students the opportunity to explore the more technical side of technology.

Thanks from the PTA

To show their appreciation for the faculty and staff at Branch Brook, the PTA bought each person a hibiscus tree to remember their years of service to the school.

Tournament of Plays Shows Off Theatrical Talent

Tournament of Plays Shows Off Theatrical Talent Photo
On May 5, the High School West Thespian Troupe 2035 held its 49th annual Tournament of Plays. The competition tasks graduating seniors with casting, designing, producing and directing their classmates in a 10-minute play. The 2017 best production went to “Surprise,” directed by Samantha Waldvogel. The cast was also awarded best featured actor and best featured actress. Pictured (from left): High School West theater adviser Jim Brannigan, senior Samantha Waldvogel, sophomore Kristin Butler, sophomore Julie Stewart, sophomore Ethan Olson, junior Ciara Burke and High School West Assistant Principal Christopher Elsesser.


Courage Award Winners

Maker Space at the Smithtown Elementary Library

Smithtown Elementary students in grades 2-4 are getting a chance to be creative in the library with Keva Planks.

 

Board Resolution

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Click here to read the Smithtown CSD Board of Education’s resolution to oppose the White House FY 2018 Education Budget.

Goldilocks Heads to Court

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Fifth-grade classes at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School were introduced to inner workings of the country’s legal system thanks to the Trials of Goldilocks, presented by Hofstra University law professor Glen Vogel.

Sponsored by the PTA’s Arts in Education Program, the presentation introduces students to the basic elements of the legal system, particularly Constitutional rights, the workings of the court system and the elements of a criminal trial. 

The program chronicles the arrest and trial of Goldilocks, who has been charged with petit larceny, trespassing and criminal mischief. Mt. Pleasant fifth-graders portrayed the main characters and courtroom personnel, while the judge and jury consisted of fourth-grade teachers and students who decided Goldilocks’ fate.

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Board Honors Retirees, Merit Scholars

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The district honored its two National Merit Scholar winners and recognized the district’s retirees during its board of education meeting on May 23.
    
Prior to the start of the meeting, a celebration was held for approximately 50 faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Each retiree was also recognized with a certificate from the board of education.

Board of Education President Christopher Alcure, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane, High School West Principal John Coady and High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons honored High School East student Sanjana Eranki and High School West student Samantha Catalano for being named National Merit Scholar winners.


Digital Media Club Goes Behind the Scenes

Digital Media Club Goes Behind the Scenes Photo
Members of the Digital Media Club from Accompsett Middle School visited the News 12 studios on June 7. During the tour, students were able to visit the newsroom, graphics department, editing department and the News 12 studio. Students got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a live news program.

Tech-Savvy Students Use Teamwork in Robotics

Tech-Savvy Students Use Teamwork in Robotics Photo
Fifth-graders in Jeff Faragasso’s and Brian Pelosi’s classes at Mt. Pleasant Elementary recently completed building their first robots. The students built the robots from scratch and tested them by racing in the class’ Indy 500, Robot Edition. They worked cooperatively in groups of four or five, each taking on a role for the assignment. Some of the responsibilities included gathering and organizing the pieces, identifying the next step on the iPad and assembling the robot.


Field Day Fun

On May 18, Mt. Pleasant Elementary students participated in their annual Field Day. The day kicked off with relay races in the morning, followed by a fun run/walk in the afternoon. Grades K-4 watched the fifth-grade classes battle in a tug-of-war.

 

Bridge-Building, Community Efforts Recognized

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The Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island recently honored three students from High School West during its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration on May 4 at Suffolk County Community College in Selden.

High School West students Cory Calderone, Julia Negrin and Nicholas Gajda were selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were publicly honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society.

 Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.



Robot Racing

A Fairy Tale to Remember

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It was a royal affair to remember as second-graders at Dogwood Elementary School held a Fairy Tale Ball on May 23.

As a culminating activity in their study of fairy tales, the students dressed as their favorite fairy tale characters for the occasion. After spending weeks learning about the characteristics of fairy tales, writing different endings to fairy tales and analyzing the characters, the second-graders performed their fairy tales for invited guests.



Two Seniors Named National Merit Winners

Two Seniors Named National Merit Winners Photo
High School East senior Sanjana Eranki and High School West senior Samantha Catalano have been selected as winners of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

The two students were chosen for Merit Scholarship awards among 15,000 finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. The National Merit Scholarship Competition evaluates participants on their academic record, school’s curricula and grading system, two SAT scores, school official’s written recommendation, the finalist’s extracurricular activities, leadership and personal essay.

In the fall, Samantha will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will pursue an undergraduate degree in biology. Sanjana is still undecided on her college choice at this time.

Math-letes Compete in County Tournament

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Five students from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School represented their elementary school at the 10th annual Suffolk County Math Tournament at Stony Brook University on May 11. Erika Gehrling, Daniel Huertas, Kristina Nitis, Ryan Stiles and Amanda Tragna worked diligently, both individually and together as a team, to solve complex mathematical problems in the Math Olympiad style tournament.



Essay Winner

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Congratulations to Connor Ver Straten for being awarded as a winner of Stony Brook University's Italian Studies Essay Contest: Exploring the Culture of Italian Americana Through Italian American Writers.

Math Skills Add Up for Dogwood students

Math Skills Add Up for Dogwood students photo
Five students from Dogwood Elementary School – Ryan Gaudy, Giovanni Bertone, Emily Lam, Nathaniel Philippou and Jack Melore – recently participated in the Suffolk County Math Tournament at Stony Brook University. Dogwood students matched their math skills with other students from across Suffolk County in a day filled with both individual and team contests. More than 250 students participated in this event, which tested their vast knowledge of math to solve a series of challenging problems. Melore received a trophy for scoring in the top 10.

Students of Distinction

Students of Distinction

On June 8, Accompsett Middle School held the Quarter 4 Students of Distinction Ceremony. This program recognizes two students from each academic team for their exemplary effort and outstanding work.

The breakfast and ceremony was held in the AMS Library Media Center. Our school counselors, Ms. Bootle and Ms. Richardson, read a brief message on the distinguishing qualities of each honoree. We would like to congratulate each of our Students of Distinction for embodying and modeling achievement, manners, and spirit in their daily performance.

Flags Fly High at Memorial Day Tribute

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Accompsett Middle School is honoring its local military heroes this Memorial Day by participating in a Flags for Freedom program.

Coordinated by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, American flags were sold in honor or memory of loved ones who have or are serving in the military.

For a $25 donation, flags were available for purchase throughout the month. In total, the school sold 125 flags.

During the first weekend in May, the school’s Honor Society students and PTA parents worked to get the ground ready to display the flags, cleaning up the flowerbeds, drilling the holes for the flags and cutting the PVC piping. The flags are currently on display at the school to add a special touch to the ground for Memorial Day.  

Profits from the sale of the flags will be donated to America’s VetDogs, a local nonprofit that helps veterans with service dogs, and Boots on the Ground, a local veterans activity center.

Fiesta Time at Mills Pond

Fiesta Time at Mills Pond Photo

Fifth-graders in Diane Lanze’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School held a Mexican celebration on May 16. Students learned all about the geography, economy and culture of Mexico while also sampling some delicious Mexican cuisine such as empanadas and quesadillas.

Boys Varsity Tennis Doubles Team at States

Boys Varsity Tennis Doubles Team at States Photo
The district congratulates senior Alex Amadio and senior Nick Gajda who advanced to the New York State Boys Tennis Championship Tournament after finishing second at the Boys Suffolk County Tennis Championship Doubles tournament held at William Floyd. On June 1, they competed at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, where they finished as the No. 25 doubles team in the state. They are the first boys doubles team in the history of Smithtown West to advance to the State Tournament.

Grant Helps Drive Anti-Bullying Campaign

Grant Helps Drive Anti-Bullying Campaign Photo
High School East has been selected as a winner of the 2017 United Against Bullying Grant Program. Sponsored by Safe Fleet and Seon’s anti-bullying committee, High School East received a $1,000 grant award to further the development of its educational anti-bullying program empowering students. The school was selected after writing one of the winning essays about its efforts to end bullying and inspiring students to be leaders in their schools and communities.

Students Lend a Helping Hand to Habitat

Students Lend a Helping Hand to Habitat Photo
High School East’s Habitat for Humanity Club recently participated in a build at Mastic Beach. The students did tile and floor work in addition to meeting members from AmeriCorps and current Habitat homeowners. The students raised $2,000 through various events to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk.   

Gold Medal Performance

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The High School East treble choir received a gold medal for their performance at the New York State School Music Association Majors Competition on May 24. The treble choir performed music at level 6, the highest level of difficulty. 

Quarter 4 Scholar Athlete Team

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On June 6, Accompsett Middle School recognized the Quarter 4 Scholar Athlete Team. The girls lacrosse team was honored for their excellent academic and athletic accomplishments. Each student received a Scholar Athlete T-shirt and certificate. Special thanks to the Smithtown Booster Club for sponsoring this valuable program and coach Danielle DeMola, Pat Smith, and Dave Miller for making this event possible.

West Senior Awarded Scholarship

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High School West senior Caitlin Unkenholz was selected to receive the 2017 Council of Administrators & Supervisors Anthony Laurino Scholarship. This $1,000 award was given at the 2017 Delegate Assembly at the Plainview Holiday Inn Hotel. She will be studying biology at Cornell University this coming fall. 

A Celebration of Diversity

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High School West hosted the district’s World Culture Showcase on May 4. Students from across the district helped to create a night celebrating the diversity within their community.

The evening featured a variety of performances in the High School West auditorium including dances from Ireland, El Salvador, Armenia and India, as well as songs from Israel and Turkey.

In the school’s library, attendees visited booths created by students to showcase their family’s heritage. Many of these booths included games for families to test their knowledge of various countries.

Senior-Athletes Head to College

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SEL Field Day

SEL Kindergarten Circus

Cares Club Connects with Local Seniors

Cares Club Connects with Local Seniors Photo

With shovels in hand, fourth-grade members of the Cares Club from Mills Pond Elementary School traveled to St. James Nursing Home to help brighten the day of its residents. The students spent the afternoon of May 10 planting various flowers alongside the seniors on their outdoor patio.

Moms Get the Royal Treatment at St. James

Moms Get the Royal Treatment at St. James Photo

Kindergarten students at St. James Elementary School gave their mothers and special guests the royal treatment as they walked the red carpet to enter their Mother’s Day celebration on May 12.

The kindergartners lined the hallways as their special guests walked in. After escorting them to their classrooms, the students shared special stories about why their mothers are so important, sang songs and had treats together to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Rotary Recognizes Student Achievements

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Fourteen students from High Schools East and West were presented with awards from the Rotary Club of Smithtown on May 11 at the High School East Little Theater.

Each guidance counselor selected a student for recognition based on their character, morals and ability to overcome obstacles.

After enjoying a breakfast together, each of the 14 guidance counselors from both schools took to the stage to speak about their honoree and why they were chosen. The following students were award recipients: High School East – Katerina Agrotis, Joseph Coburn, Elijah Esposito, Lauren Levine, Francesca Mauceri, Richard Sigler and Sarah Weynand. High School West – Kyle Barone, Julia DiLullo, Kenneth Hahn, Alisha Karminski, Diego Navarro Martinez, Meghan Scheidt and Adam Wang.



Special Songs and Stories Shared with Mom

Special Songs and Stories Shared with Mom Photo

Kindergarten classes at Mills Pond Elementary School celebrated Mother’s Day by rolling out the red carpet for special guests on May 12.

As the mothers and invited guests walked down the kindergarten corridor, they were greeted by their special student who presented them with a handmade paper flower and accompanied them down the red carpet.

Back in their classrooms, the students shared stories on things their mothers do best and messages from each student displayed on the board as they bonded during snacktime. The kindergartners also sang songs about their moms and why they are so special.





It’s Fun to Be Fit

It’s Fun to Be Fit Photo

Students from St. James Elementary School participated in the first Fit Kids Day, sponsored by Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The event was held at Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in Sayville on May 8.

St. James Elementary was one of 12 Suffolk County schools chosen to participate in this pilot program. Based on their fitness-gram scores as well as their overall character, physical education teachers Tom Vulin and Patti Petrucelli selected 24 fourth- and fifth-graders. The students competed in fitness-based individual and team events. They learned teamwork, good sportsmanship as well as the importance of maintaining physical fitness throughout their lives.

Animal Rescue Visit Sparks Student Initiative

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Seventh-graders at Nesaquake Middle School learned firsthand about animal rescue and what they can do in their own communities when Stephen Edghill from Animal Planet’s show Guardians of Rescue visited the school on May 1.

The Guardians of Rescue organization works on Long Island and surrounding areas to help animals that may be neglected or abused. Edghill spoke to the students about how they can educate people on caring for their pets and how they can get the word out in their communities.

Nesaquake Middle School students work on the Genius Hour, which allows them one hour per week during school to explore their passions and encourages creativity. Students in Marissa LoSardo’s seventh-grade English class are currently working on an empathy project and many students chose animal shelters to support. After a question and answer session following Edghill’s presentation, the students felt empowered to spark a conversation and help make a change.

 

Krystyna Reckner was award a $500 grant from Seon and Safe Fleet

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Elementary Music Festival

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On May 12 and 13, the district held its elementary music festival to showcase the talents of all its elementary student-musicians.

Fourth-Grader Submits Winning Essay on Everyday Heroes

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Vincent Hardina, a fourth-grader at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, submitted one of 11 winning entries in this year’s Smithtown Youth Bureau’s letter writing contest.

Vincent’s letter was chosen among more than 400 submissions to the contest. He wrote a letter to thank local firefighters for the heroic work they do every day to protect the community. Hardina was recognized during the Town of Smithtown’s Global Youth Service Day on April 22, where he had the opportunity to read his letter to honored guests, firefighters, police officers and EMTs. Global Youth Service Day is a worldwide event of activism that empowers youth to take action in their world.

Food Drive Helps Local Residents

Food Drive Helps Local Residents Photo
Courtney Alber, vocational instructor from the Abilities Youth Transition Program, and High School West work-study program students ran a food drive to give back to their community. Students Patrick Zampieron, Bishaul Kanhai, Nick Lotito and Kyle Beckhans, who volunteer their time at the Smithtown Food Pantry, received an enormous amount of donations for the pantry. High School West school psychologist Danielle DeMola helped organize the food drive along with F.A.S.T. program coordinator Lisa Felice.


League Leaders in Golf

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The West varsity Girls golf team finished the 2017 season with a record of 13 wins and 1 loss, which tied them for first in League I with Commack High School. Although this year's team had to replace their graduated number 3 and 4 players, they were still able to have an amazing season thanks to the efforts and depth of their returning players and new golfers. The team was led by junior Emily Montagnino and sophomore Paige Diecidue. During the season, both Emily and Paige were undefeated, winning all 14 matches played. Heading into the individual County Championships, Emily was ranked No. 1. With her fierce determination, she proceeded to win counties by 1 shot over teammate Paige.

Students Lend a Helping Hand to Habitat

Students Lend a Helping Hand to Habitat Photo
High School West’s Habitat for Humanity Club recently participated in a build at Mastic Beach. The students did tile and floor work in addition to meeting members from AmeriCorps and current Habitat homeowners. The students raised $2,000 through various events to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk.    


The Wedding of Q & U

Do you promise not to quibble or quarrel?
I now pronounce you "qua".

Poetry Stars Shine Bright

Poetry Stars Shine Bright Photo

It was a night under the stars, as the fifth-graders at St. James Elementary School showed off their poetic prowess during the school’s annual Poetry Café on April 26.

In the transformed gymnasium, invited guests lounged on cozy couches, sat at café tables complete with dimly lit candles and snapped their fingers as each student shared their original poetry. The Poetry Café gave students a chance to not only show off their writing skills, but also their public speaking and presentation skills.

Bulls Run Benefits Angela’s House

Bulls Run Benefits Angela’s House Photo
On April 23, High School West Leadership students organized the “Running with the Bulls” race to benefit Angela’s House. The nonprofit organization helps medically frail children and their families. This fun walk and run was an overwhelming success and more than $1,600 was raised.

Kindness Initiatives Shine at Tackan

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Tackan Elementary School has been awarded a $500 grant on behalf of Safe Fleet and Seon’s United Against Bullying Grant Program.

These funds are being used to further Tackan’s efforts to promote kindness, understanding and integration within its diverse student body. Throughout the year, Tackan students have been participating in the No Place For Hate initiative, which promotes those same core values.

The student body has been involved in numerous school wide events geared toward these directives, which will culminate on June 19 in a full-day event called “It’s A Small World.” The day’s events focus on expanding students’ diversity knowledge and the importance of kindness between students through Tackan’s partnership and efforts with United Against Bullying and No Place For Hate.


SEL Fifth-Graders Get ‘Seussical’

SEL Fifth-Graders Get ‘Seussical’ Photo

Fifth-grade students from Smithtown Elementary School presented three performances of “Seussical Kids” to their school community, senior gold card members, family and friends from April 5-7. Along with Smithtown Elementary School music teachers Lyndsay Payne and Esther Yoon, the fifth-graders worked for five months to learn the music, lines and dances.



Messages to Madagascar

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St. James Elementary School recently joined together to support a worthy cause. When a St. James Elementary family scheduled a visit to Madagascar in April, the students and faculty helped to collect more than 350 jackets to be delivered to students at Morafeno Primary School in Madagascar. In addition, colored pencils with messages from students at St. James Elementary were distributed to all the students at Ranomafana Primary School.

A Nursery Rhyme Adventure

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Kindergartners at Dogwood Elementary School recently performed “An Adventure in Mother Goose Land” for fellow students and their families. In the story, Mother Hubbard’s dog loses his bone and she, along with Mother Goose, asks a succession of different characters if they have seen it. At the end of the play, the bone is found in the grandfather clock from “Hickory Dickory Dock.”



Student-Athletes Shine

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Congratulations to the following student-athletes who will playing their respective sports in colleges and universities around the country this coming fall:

Katie Aldrich     University of Tampa
Anthony Amoto     Mercy College
Cameron Brunsvold     Lindenwood University
Katie Byrnes     Hofstra University
Maria Caviris    Fredonia State
Andrew DeSousa    Oneonta State
Jess English    University of Vermont
Ryan Erler    Stony Brook University
Alexander Felice    St. Jospeh’s College
Michael Grabowski    University of Arizona
Hunter Greco    Binghamton University
Sara Harington    Davidson College
Tara Killeen    Farmingdale State
Jessica Kommor    Syracuse University
Kayla Kosubinsky    University of Tampa
Laura Leverich    Farmingdale State
Kaitlyn Loffman    Oneonta State
Michael Padillo    University of Tampa
Zack Pollicino    Castelton University
Cooper Schiavo    Buffalo State
Gordon Shouler    Lebanon Valley College
Mikey Smith     Oneonta State
Nicholas Trabacchi     UMBC
Amy Tracy     Florida Southern College
Chelsea Witteck    Columbia University

Illusionist Visits Tackan's 5th Grade

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Quarter 3 Students of Distinction

On Thursday, May 18, 2017 Accompsett Middle School held the Quarter 3 Students of Distinction Ceremony. This program recognizes two students from each academic team for their exemplary effort and outstanding work.

The breakfast and ceremony was held in the AMS Library Media Center. Our school counselors, Ms. Bootle and Ms. Richardson, read a brief message on the distinguishing qualities of each honoree. We would like to congratulate each of our Students of Distinction for embodying and modeling achievement, manners, and spirit in their daily performance. 

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Peer Educators Teach Power of Positivity

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Eighth-grade students at Accompsett Middle School are taking the opportunity to educate their classmates about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the importance of positive decision-making.

The I’m Somebody program reinforces positive decision-making and the risks of drug and alcohol abuse as well as social media and our youth. Prevention specialist Gail Feldman from the Suffolk County Division of Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services trained 12 select eighth-grade students at Accompsett Middle School about the importance of standing up for yourself and what you feel is right, withstanding peer pressure, the role of values in our lives as well as positive decision-making.  

Accompsett counselors then continued this training with these students and helped to create a 40-minute lesson where the eighth-graders presented to sixth-grade English classes during April and May.

Rhyme Time at St. James Elementary

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The kindergarten classes at St. James Elementary School reenacted some of their favorite tales during the annual Nursery Rhyme Show on April 21. Dressed as the classic characters in each of the poems – including the Three Little Kittens, the Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep, and her sheep, Old McDonald and farm animals and many more – students showed off their poetry skills to family and friends.

Uplifting Display of Student Artwork

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Four students from Dianne Shanian’s beginning photography class at High School East had their work selected to be displayed on the walls inside the dialysis unit at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to honor the four student-artists – Kayla Daneau, Samuel Denenberg, Anthony Fazio and Alexa Ondrush  – at the hospital on May 4.


Going Blue for Autism Awareness

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As part of a fundraising effort to raise awareness for autism, the faculty and staff at Smithtown Elementary School wore their autism awareness T-shirts every Friday in April. Participants donated each time they wore their blue shirt and raised $150 for the Nassau-Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America.


Boys Track Wins League

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Congratulations to coach Schieck and the varsity boys track team for winning the 2017 Spring League championship with a perfect 6-0 record. The team now heads to the county meet in two weeks.

Branch Brook Students Get a Peek at New Schools

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Students from Branch Brook Elementary School were welcomed with open arms by their new principals, teachers and future classmates at Mt. Pleasant and Tackan elementary schools during their visits on April 21.

In an effort to ease the transition to their new schools next year, students from Branch Brook visited the school they will attend next year when Branch Brook closes its doors. Branch Brook Principal Ireen Westrack was on hand for both building tours.

At Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, Principal Joseph Ierano shared a slideshow presentation of all the fun-filled annual events that happen at the school, giving them a sneak peek of what they can look forward to when they start in September. Mt. Pleasant’s fifth-grade helpers offered tours of the building and Branch Brook students spent some classroom time in their respective grade levels.

At Tackan Elementary School, Principal Dr. Allyn Leeds welcomed the new students for a tour of the building and spent time visiting each classroom. After the tours, students gathered back in the gymnasium for a question and answer session and received a Tackan T-shirt. A parent meeting was held on April 24 in each building to provide an opportunity to meet the staff, tour the building and answer questions.






Earth-Friendly Students Choose Paper, Not Plastic

Earth-Friendly Students Choose Paper, Not Plastic Photo

In celebration of Earth Day, fourth-grade students at Dogwood Elementary School decorated Trader Joe's brown paper grocery bags with Earth Day slogans. A selection of bags was displayed at the Lake Grove Trader Joe's location.

Learning the ‘Bear’ Necessities of First Aid

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It was a “beary” good time for kindergarten students at Tackan Elementary School as they participated in a teddy bear clinic on April 18. Kristi Ladowski, injury prevention coordinator at Stony Brook University Children’s Hospital, visited with the students to teach them about basic first aid, safety practices and helped ease their fear of doctors and hospitals.

Each student brought his/her favorite stuffed animal to practice and learned ways to stay safe. The students enjoyed diagnosing their animals and used a Band-Aid, gauze pads, splints and tape to fix their injuries. They also learned songs to help them brush their teeth, wear a helmet and wash their hands.  






A Royal Gathering

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It was a magical day for the second-grade classes at Accompsett Elementary School as the royals gathered for the Fairy Tale Ball on April 5. As a culminating activity in their fairy tale unit, the second-graders dressed as queens, kings, princes, princesses, royal knights and various fairy tale characters for the event. They performed songs, dances and their own fairy tale. After the ball, guests joined the students for a royal feast back in the classrooms.



Fifth-Grade Play

Dogwood fifth grade students recently performed an original musical production titled “It's More Than Just Apples and Dresses”. The play is based upon an adaptation created from two wonderful pieces of literature, Madonna’s book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples and a book by Eleanor Estes entitled, The Hundred Dresses. The students did a marvelous job of performing and singing in these two plays. The main character education messages being sent to our students involve the harmful practice of spreading rumors and the ramifications of judging others by their names and their clothing.

East Researcher Wins Top Essay Prize

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Jillian Pesce, a senior in the High School East Science Research Program, won first place and was awarded $500 in the Science and Society essay contest. The contest aimed to challenge students to write thoughtful, scientifically accurate responses to 10 iconic images from Brookhaven National Laboratory’s history. She read her essay aloud during the lab’s 70th anniversary celebration.

 For her essay, Pesce chose an image of a scientist sitting next to large magnets about to be installed on what would be the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron, a key accelerator for particle experiments later conducted on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons said, “Jillian Pesce is an ardent researcher who embodies the best qualities required for success as a future scientist. BNL’s recognition of her efforts serve as a strength in embracing the partnership that exists between our school’s and BNL’s scientific communities. Programs, such as this, highlight what is possible and attainable through diligent perseverance for each of the young researchers who were in attendance.”


5th Grade Field Trip to NYC

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Fifth-Graders Qualify for Suffolk County Math Tournament

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Military Appointments

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Join us in congratulating Jonathan Goohs (right) and Conor Rowan (left) on their appointment to distinguished military academies. Jonathan will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy and Conor will be attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the fall.

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Lacrosse Teams Score Big with Toy Collection

Lacrosse Teams Score Big with Toy Collection Photo
The varsity lacrosse teams from High School East and High School West, along with the leadership clubs at their respective schools, recently held a toy collection during their home games. The teams and clubs asked spectators to bring a new toy when they attended a game. The coaches and team captains delivered the toys to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on April 14.  



Harvesting a Garden of Good

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The student council at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School celebrated the start of the spring season by tilling the soil in their community garden. Each grade level at Mt. Pleasant gets an area to grow vegetables, which will then be donated to the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry. The student council members tend to the garden, harvest the crops and help deliver the vegetables to the food pantry.





Life-Saving Training

The trauma team from Stony Brook University trained Accompsett Middle School faculty on its Stop the Bleed program on May 9. Class participants were trained to use life saving equipment such as tourniquets, gauze packs and hemostatic agents. There was also hands-on simulations so every participant had the ability to practice and feel confident in their new skills.

DECA Students Go National

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Thirty-two students from High Schools East and West recently traveled to Anaheim, California, to participate in the DECA International Career Conference. Students qualified for the competition by placing at the state level in Rochester in March. There were more than 19,000 students from all over the country competing at the International Competition in Anaheim.

Eric Zhang from High School East was named a finalist in the Business Finance competition. Kathy Anderson, also from High School East, received the prestigious M& M Scholarship from National DECA.

From High School West, Anya Ording was named a finalist and top 10 overall finalist in the Principles of Marketing event, and Rachel Chapman and Courtney Grafstein in the Public Relations event were finalists and top 10 overall finalists for their anti-bullying campaign.


Accompsett Student Takes First in Constitution Contest

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Ryan Slattery, a student at Accompsett Middle School, was named a first-place winner in the Suffolk County Bar Association’s We the People essay contest.  

As part of an extra credit assignment, Slattery submitted a 250-word essay about what the words “we the people” mean to him. He was presented with a certificate and a $300 prize for his winning submission during the Suffolk County Bar Association’s annual meeting on May 1.

School Breakfast Program Update

The Smithtown Central School District is requesting an exemption from participating in the 2017-2018 breakfast program from the State of New York. If granted, breakfast would not be offered in the elementary schools next year. If you have any comments regarding the exemption, please contact Regina Dunne, Director of Child Nutrition, at (631) 382-5500.

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Math Breakout Challenges Out-of-the-Box Thinking

Math Breakout Challenges Out-of-the-Box Thinking

Math students at Nesaquake Middle School put their academic skills to the test when they participated in a math-themed breakout challenge on April 7.

Themed after “Night at the Museum,” students were charged with escaping the Nesaquake library before the T-Rex came to life. Students in Tina Bosi’s Math 8 and algebra classes divided into four different teams to complete the challenge. The teams had to unlock six different locks featuring puzzles designed by Ms. Bosi.

The math students used their knowledge of graph functions, points of intersection, multiples and negative exponents in an attempt to unlock each puzzle. Clues were hidden throughout the library and each team was given two hint cards throughout the timed challenge.





Working Together Is ‘EPIC’

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At St. James Elementary, a group of fifth-grade students have been busy at work in an effort to give back to their community.

The EPIC Club, a community service and leadership club, meets weekly to work on projects and activities for the betterment of their local community. They are currently working on painting flowerpots for a local nursing home and a macaroni and cheese drive for the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

Other initiatives this school year include food drives for the Smithtown Food Pantry, volunteering at the Project Hope soup kitchen in Greenlawn and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for St. Anne’s Church in Brentwood. The club has also worked on Valentine’s for Vets and a project called Caitlyn’s Smiles, making craft kits for children in local hospitals.

The EPIC Club doesn’t forget about their animal friends either, making bird seed feeders for the local nursing home, organizing a food drive for Tuff Tails (animal fostering program) and working with Save-a-Pet, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and the Smithtown Animal Shelter.





PLTW Takes Flight

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Students in Mrs. Janouskovec-Renahan's class designed, built and tested their gilder planes during a recent PLTW activity. After learning about the forces that affect flight, each student used Autodesk 123D Design, a 3D software App, to choose wings and a horizontal stabilizer in order to design their glider. Next, they built their gliders and tested their designs using a prepared launch site. The students were able to determine what variables, such as adding a downward force (weight), helped to make their glider plane fly a greater distance.

 

Brimming Baskets Brighten Holiday

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Members of the Mills Pond Cares Club are working hard to give back to the community this holiday season.
    
On April 4, the club, along with two fifth-grade classes, created spring holiday baskets. Throughout March, the school collected donations from families and staff members to fill the baskets.

The baskets, more than 100 in total, were filled with candy, stuffed animals and handmade cards to be distributed by the River Fund of New York to children in need. The River Fund is an organization that provides food relief all year long for children, working families in need, and the homeless and low-income seniors. The baskets will be delivered prior to Easter.   

A Microscopic View of Food Chains

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After completing their unit on energy in the ecosystem, fourth-graders at Tackan Elementary School participated in a hands-on learning experience by exploring real-life food chains on April 27. The program was conducted as part of SCOPE’s outdoor environmental education program.

Using digital microscopes and tablets, students viewed the microscopic ecosystem of a water droplet. Seeing the microscopic organisms opened up a world as the fourth-graders learned about the food chain using plankton. The students recorded their observations and worked together to identify the different organisms found in the ocean water.

 

Annual Gala

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On April 1, HSW held its 41st annual Gala Concert hosted by the SCSD Music Department and the Smithtown Scholarship Committee. The concert was held in honor and memory of former Smithtown music educator, Mr. Larry Sobol. Mr. Sobol started the tradition of the Gala concert in 1976 in an effort to help the Board of Education raise money for scholarships. Last year, the concert raised $24,000 in scholarship money that was given to 12 seniors in the Class of 2016.

Honor Speaker

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HS West senior class members select Cory Zhou as the 2017 “Honor Speaker.” Cory was voted by his peers to be the “Senior Honor Speaker” at this year's graduation ceremony.

Show-Stopping Sensations at St. James

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Fifth-graders at St. James Elementary School showed off their theater, vocal and dance skills during the Broadway Bonanza 2017 on April 3 and 4.
The students took to the stage for classmates during the day and again for an encore performance for their families in the evening. This year’s show started with excerpts from the musical “Wicked,” followed by “The Wizard of Oz.” “Mary Poppins” and “Aladdin” featured some of the most popular songs from the shows, and “The Lion King” had audiences singing along to some of their favorite tunes from the Disney movie and show. The performance closed with Disney’s “High School Musical” featuring the cast in their St. James Elementary School attire.





Baseball Day Knocks It Out of the Park

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Major League Baseball’s opening day festivities paled in comparison to all the baseball-themed learning activities at St. James Elementary School on April 3.

Donning their favorite baseball team attire, fourth-grade students celebrated the start of a new baseball season by participating in Baseball Day which featured math, literacy, science, music and art lessons. Students dissected the poem “Casey at the Bat” and answered questions and read biographies about famous baseball players. Classes listened to the famous comedy act “Who’s on First?” by Abbott and Costello and tried to determine who was at each position. Students also wrote their own poems to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

In an hands-on science experiment, students had to bounce a tennis ball, baseball, softball, ping pong ball, golf ball and whiffle ball to predict and measure its bounce height. The fourth-graders listened to “The Greatest” by Kenny Rogers and wrote their thoughts on the song’s meaning on their own baseballs. The students practiced fractions and ordering during their math lesson to determine innings played by different baseball players. During their physical education classes, students headed to the fields to play ball.


Information Regarding Water Testing for the Presence of Lead - UPDATED 3/1/17

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In June we informed the community that testing water for lead would begin - as seen in attachment A. In August we shared the preliminary results - as seen in attachment B. On October 5th we updated this page with a letterfrom the Superintendent regarding water testing. On October 18th, we added the summary report from our contractor, J.C. Broderick & Associates. As indicated in the letter from the Superintendent, any water outlet that exceeded acceptable levels has been removed from service. On Match 1st, we added the summary report from our contractor, J.C. Broderick & Associates.

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Let There Be Light

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First-graders at Branch Brook Elementary School recently participated in a hands-on activity using light for Project Lead the Way. Students investigated the results of putting a variety of objects in the path of a beam of light. Students were able to describe the effect that different materials have on a beam of light, including reflection, refraction, and the creation of shadows and colors.




Science Fair Winners

On April 19th, St. James Elementary had its annual Science Fair. The presentations were outstanding which shows how much time and effort the children of St. James put forth. This years winners will advance to the prestigious Brookhaven National Science Fair at Brookhaven Labs on May 6th. We are so proud of each and every entrant and wish all the best to our students representing St. James Elementary School at the fair. Congratulations goes to...

Oliviagrace Ruf- Kindergarten
Sienna Cuomo- First Grade
Alexandra Sengstaken- Second Grade
Shane Glenn- Third Grade
Belle Thompson- Fourth Grade
Lilyana Zimmermann- Fifth Grade

Student-Photographer Named Finalist

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High School East Advanced Placement art student Jillian Davis has been chosen as a finalist in Photographer’s Forum’s 37th annual High School and College art competition.

Jillian, a sophomore, submitted a photograph done in Timothy Needles’ Advanced Placement art class. Her chosen work will be featured in Photographer’s Forum’s upcoming limited edition hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2017.

Empowering Women

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The Smithtown Industry Advisory Board hosted its 15th annual female power brunch on March 31 at the High School West library. Approximately 80 female students from High School West, who were chosen by their guidance counselors, were in attendance.

The brunch featured two different panel presentations by females in different areas of business, ranging from authors to small business owners to doctors and lawyers. The morning and afternoon panels were followed by a question and answer session. During the brunch, students had a chance to mingle and connect with the many female presenters to learn more about how they chose their career path.


2017 Torch Award Recipients

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The Smithtown Teacher Center is proud to announce the 2017 Torch Award Recipients:

Regina Fisher (HSW), Rob Warner (NMS), Kaori Ang (NMS), Sheila Tobin
Cavoorhis (GMS), Kathy Smerechniak (BBE) Jeff Netter (TEL) - not pictured.


Congratulations to all!

West Students Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

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High School West seniors Courtney Grafstein and Gianna Buttitta were recently honored for their exemplary volunteer service efforts.
Courtney was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Gianna was also honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program granted the award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.


Making Math Fun

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High School West’s Math Honor Society hosted their 13th annual Math Fun Night at Smithtown West High School on March 16.

Students in grades four through eight were invited to learn about different applications of math and science through many interactive events throughout the night. Smithtown students were able to build their own lands in an augmented reality sandbox, stick their hand through a bubble wall, and even got to see a hovercraft in action.

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