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Smithtown Board Elects Officers

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Smithtown Central School District’s Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 2. Newly elected board members Michael Catalanotto and Michael Saidens were sworn into their seats. The board cast its vote for president and vice president for Jeremy Thode and Saidens, respectively. Board of Education – from left: (seated) vice president Michael Saidens, trustee Mandi Kowalik, president Jeremy Thode; (standing) trustees Michael Catalanotto, Frank James, Jerry Martusciello and Matthew Gribbin. 

East Teacher Honored for Tech Use

East Teacher Honored for Tech Use
High School East media and art teacher Tim Needles received the International Society for Technology in Education’s Teacher Education Network Technology in Action award. Mr. Needles was recognized for sharing a lesson on video poetry along with some of the ways he incorporates technology into the art profession. The ISTE Technology in Action Award honors outstanding technology-using K-12 teachers. Winners are chosen for sharing lessons and video tutorials that show best practices for integrating technology for teaching and learning in a wide variety of grades, subjects, and technologies. Their work is then archived into the ISTE database and used as models and examples for in-service and preservice teachers around the world.

Tackan Student Joins the Fight Against Cancer

Tackan Student Joins the Fight Against Cancer photo
Seven-year-old Dominick Chiuchiolo, a first grader at Tackan Elementary School, is taking a literal stand against childhood cancer by running his own lemonade stand. In just one week, Chiuchiolo’s lemonade stand garnered $11,390 to support childhood cancer research. The “Lemonade Days of Summer” is a seven-day challenge to help benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. After finding out his mother is a childhood cancer survivor, Chiuchiolo set his initial goal to raise $8,000 in one month but far surpassed his expectations thanks to the support of his friends, family and local community. 

AMS Math Student Places First in Nation

AMS Math Student Places First in Nation photo
David Rubin, an eighth grader at Accompsett Middle School, was recently awarded first place in the nation and first place in New York State in the Math Kangaroo competition, facilitated by the Roslyn Academic Programs Center. Around 30,000 students participate in the U.S., along with more than six million participants worldwide. The competition is a multiple choice test to be solved within 75 minutes. There are 12 levels of participation, corresponding to school grade levels. The objective is to encourage children and teenagers to master mathematical skills. 

Getting Acquainted with Exotic Animals

Getting Acquainted with Exotic Animals photo

Showing off all of his live exotic animals, Nature Nick visited with kindergarten and first grade students at Smithtown Elementary School. Students learned about the animal visitors which included a toucan, an Eagle owl, a baby alligator, different types of birds and reptiles. A few students interacted with some of the animals and learned about their habits and environment.




Great Hollow Lacrosse Members Lend a Hand

Great Hollow Lacrosse Members Lend a Hand photo
Members of the Great Hollow Middle School boys lacrosse delivered canned food donations, helped clean up and stocked the shelves at the Smithtown Food Pantry. The team members are pictured here with Patricia Westlake, director of the Smithtown Food Pantry. 

East Goes Gold at NYSSMA Comp

East Goes Gold at NYSSMA Comp
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High School East’s concert choir and treble choir recently performed at the New York State School Music Association’s Majors competition, where both groups received a gold medal rating.  High School East’s choir students performed three selected songs for a panel of judges. Both choirs performed level 6 music, the highest level of difficulty.

High School East Embarks on New Life Chapter

High School East Embarks on New Life Chapter photo

The 409-members of the Class of 2019 celebrated the completion of their academic journey at High School East during the school’s 104th annual commencement exercises on the football field on June 26.

Accompanied by the Board of Education, administration and faculty, the graduates processed across the field to the cheers of family and community to Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.” Senior class president Kelly McSweeney led the flag salute while the senior class concert choir, under the baton of Mark Hegreness, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In his welcome address, High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons told the students, “Our future is bright with you at the helm of the community.” He also encouraged them to keep making informed decisions and choices, stay committed to their beliefs, plan wisely, create their own destinies and enjoy their time with family.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw spoke about a Wharton School of Business study on whether givers or takers are more successful in life. She noted that givers “have long-term advantages” and said givers are “not pushovers” and “do not keep score.” 

During his class address, Honor Speaker Thomas Fanning gave his peers words to live by to strengthen their character, such as integrity, perseverance, humility and resilience. “If all else fails, just be optimistic,” he said. “You never know where your principles and audacity will take you.”

During the senior class presentation, Kelly reminisced about the last four years of high school. “We need to remember why we are who we are,” she remarked.  

Dr. Simmons then presented the senior class to the community while the Board of Education, assisted by school counselors, called each of the graduates to the podium to receive his or her diploma, marking becoming Smithtown alumni. The ceremony culminated with the senior class choir singing “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” which was a tribute to parents and graduates, before marching off of the field to join their families and friends. 

The Board of Education, administration and faculty extend best wishes of happiness and success to the Class of 2019.



West Pride Celebrated at Graduation

West Pride Celebrated at Graduation photo

It was a day of celebration at High School West as the Class of 2019, including friends and family, celebrated the 104th annual commencement exercise on June 26.

Following the opening processional in which students marched onto the football field to “Pomp and Circumstance,” co-class presidents Rebecca Farrell and Alexandra Nieto led the salute to the flag, followed by the jazz choir performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane congratulated the graduates, not only for moving on to their next ventures in life, but for all they have contributed and for becoming role models for future generations to follow. 

“We are so very proud of what you have accomplished to arrive here on this graduation day,” he said. “Promise me you will always remember – you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Always believe in yourselves and I wish you all the best that life has to offer.”

Honor speaker Jonathan Pofcher followed by addressing his classmates, saying it’s impossible to sum up everyone’s high school experience in just a couple of minutes.

“We’re experiencing what’s called a period of liminality, a time between two stages in our lives,” Jonathan said. “It’s uncomfortable and creepy, like being somewhere you’re not supposed to be. We’re not quite high school students and not quite college students, and that’s weird. We have the time to just think – to look back on the last 13 years.”

Following Jonathan were co-class presidents Rebecca and Alexandra, each of whom shared their thoughts on the past four years and what’s to come in the future. 

“We have felt the pressure as everyone watched…waiting and hoping that we would all succeed,” Rebecca said. “There may have been some obstacles along the way, but being here today, we have all made it to the end line. We won this game.”

High School West Principal John Coady then presented the senior class, and diplomas were awarded, with assistance from the board of education and school counselors. After the concert choir seniors and the jazz choir performed “The Sweetest Days,” seniors tossed their caps in the air and it was time to rejoice.



Celebrating the Perfect Union at Tackan

Celebrating the Perfect Union at Tackan photo

Invited guests, friends and classmates were present for the union of the letters Q and U at the kindergarten QU wedding ceremony at Tackan Elementary School. As a culminating activity to their literacy lessons this year, each kindergarten student dressed as a letter of the alphabet and walked down the aisle. After Q and U promised to stay together in all words – such as quilt and quarter – the ceremony ended with songs and snacks for all the guests.



Fairy Tales Come to Life at Tackan

Fairy Tales Come to Life at Tackan photo

It was a royal affair to remember as the second grade classes at Tackan Elementary School celebrated their Fairy Tale Ball. Dressed in their finest royal threads, the students walked into the event to the “The Blue Danube Waltz” by Strauss. Together, the classes welcomed attendees by singing “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast.” After a dance and poem, each class took to the stage to show off their fairy tale knowledge. Mrs. Rhode’s class recited “The Princess and the Pea,” while Mrs. Joyce and Mrs. Fenster’s class performed “The Three Little Pigs.” “Little Red Riding Hood” was recited by Mrs. DiLorenzo’s class and Mrs. Franz’s class performed “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” The ball continued back in the classrooms, where attendees were invited to share in the celebration with the royalty.



Mt. Pleasant Mathematicians Score Big

Mt. Pleasant Mathematicians Score Big photo
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School brought home two trophies from the 2019 Suffolk County Mathematics Tournament at Stony Brook University. Fifth graders competed in individual and team events against schools throughout Suffolk County. Mt. Pleasant received the third place trophy for the individual competition and came in first place as a team. From left, Ishaanth Guduru, Ashlynn Renkowski, Bianca Cristaldo, Maribella Marciano, Jimmy Flynn and Mt. Pleasant Elementary School teacher and Math Olympiad adviser Joanne Rapp.

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Accompsett’s Community Service Club Lends a Hand

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The Community Service Club at Accompsett Middle School is hard at work with the members of the community to help raise awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

The club, along with the owners of Ralph’s Ices in Smithtown, recently hosted a fundraiser to help support a local father who is nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year award. Asaf German, the father of a sixth grade student at Accompsett Middle School, is a nominee for this campaign. He is passionate about his efforts to raise awareness and fundraise for those afflicted with blood cancer.

The Accompsett Middle School club raised $476 to be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week philanthropic competition for leaders in local communities across the United States. Candidates and their teammates raise funds for LLS in honor of local blood cancer survivors. The candidate team that raises the most funds during the competition is awarded Man or Woman of the Year. 

AMS Shows Its Love

AMS Shows Its Love photo
Accompsett Middle School is proudly showing off the fact that the school is “No Place for Hate” for the third consecutive year. The school received Gold Star status by the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program. To receive this designation, schools must pledge to sign a resolution of respect and implement three anti-bias or bullying prevention activities. The banner, which will hang in the school’s hallways, is shown off by members of the school’s No Place for Hate club. 

Character Education Shines at Dogwood

Character Education Shines at Dogwood

The fifth grade classes at Dogwood Elementary School participated in an interactive play that taught the character education traits of tolerance, respect and responsibility to their younger classmates. Students were asked to “turn and talk” to decide whether the actors exemplified the traits they were trying to show. The fifth grade students really conveyed the messages well as the younger students were able to share what they learned such as “be kind,” “don’t think you are better than others,” “be inclusive,” “be responsible without being asked” and “show everyone respect, always.” The fifth grade students felt empowered as leaders of the school by being able to impart these valuable lessons.



Celebrating Smithtown Student-Athletes

Celebrating Smithtown Student-Athletes
Celebrating Smithtown Student-Athletes
High School East and High School West celebrated its students-athletes who will be continuing their respective sports at the college level in September. 

The district congratulates the following student-athletes from High School East: Alex Blatt (Colorado Mesa University, lacrosse); Dylan Brid (Stevenson University, baseball); Kevin Cawley (University of Connecticut, track); Isabella Costa (SUNY Binghamton, lacrosse); Emily DeAugustino (Queens University of Charlotte, track); Sophia DeNicola (University of Michigan, lacrosse); Catherine Farrell (Manhattan College, track); Tammy Fennell (DeSales University, track and field); Matt Finn (SUNY Geneseo, lacrosse); Doug Goodwin (SUNY Binghamton, baseball); Chris Goria (University of Scranton, lacrosse); Nicholas Madonia (King’s College, football); Christian Marcello (SUNY Geneseo, boys lacrosse); Bryce Martino (Hofstra University, baseball); Michael Mongiello (Fairleigh Dickinson University, lacrosse); James Peters (Saint Joseph’s University, lacrosse); Kyle Phaneuf (Farmingdale State College, lacrosse); Isabella Romano (SUNY Albany, soccer); Gabrielle Schneider (Lehigh University, lacrosse); Marcin Termena (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, basketball); Cole Weiner (SUNY Plattsburgh, soccer); Gabriella Whitehouse (SUNY Stony Brook, lacrosse); Lauren Wozny (SUNY Geneseo, soccer); and Grace Young (SUNY Binghamton, track). 

The district congratulates the following student-athletes from High School West: Christian Amoruso (Lincoln Memorial University, baseball); Jharius Bernard (St. Joseph’s College, basketball); Matt Caddigan (University of Massachusetts, lacrosse); Connor Calderone (University of Maryland, lacrosse); Carl Carrano (SUNY Cortland, soccer); Erin Cascone (University of Hartford, lacrosse); Matt Cottage (Wingate University, boys, lacrosse); Jill Dantona (SUNY New Paltz, soccer); Paige Diecidue (Monmouth University, golf); Nick DeFelice (SUNY Binghamton, track); Alexa Dominger (Roger Williams University, swimming); Kevin Ehli (University of Utah, boys lacrosse); Grace Erny (Mercy College, girls lacrosse); Spencer Frank (University of Hartford, lacrosse); Jess Funke (SUNY New Paltz, soccer); Ryan Grande (LIU Post, soccer); Jacob Harrision (Volcom University, soccer); John Hoffman (Providence College, lacrosse); Mike Hunsucker (SUNY Cortland, soccer); Vinny Iannuzzi (Adelphi University, baseball); Regan Kielmeyer (Loyola University, lacrosse); Alicia Killeen (Mount Saint Mary College, softball); Taylor Mennella (Hofstra University, lacrosse); Emily Owenburg (SUNY Geneseo, soccer); John Pawlowski (Methodist University, golf); Jillian Pirozzi (University of Central Florida, twirling); Erick Reuter (SUNY Albany, soccer); Natalie Sancillo (SUNY Oneonta, soccer); Jimmy Schmidt (McDaniel College, lacrosse); Tyler Sheridan (Methodist University, soccer); Andrew Smith (Western Connecticut State College, lacrosse) Janine Suris (University of Florida, lacrosse); Griffin Sweeney (SUNY Brockport, soccer); Rob Tracy (SUNY Maritime, lacrosse); Jillian Unkenholz (SUNY Stony Brook, soccer); Cole Vencak (Dominican College, lacrosse); Rachel Watson (High Point University, cheerleading); Matt Weitemeyer (SUNY Oneonta, wrestling); Danielle Zarcone (Assumption College, volleyball). 

Honor Speakers Celebrated

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High School East’s honor speaker Thomas Fanning and High School West honor speaker Jonathan Pofcher were honored for their achievements, dedication and commitment at the 25th annual Suffolk County School Superintendents Association Valedictorian Luncheon. The students were  recognized along with valedictorians from throughout Suffolk County. Pofcher (sitting, second from left) and Fanning (sitting, center) are pictured with their families, guidance counselors and schools district administrators including Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane (left), High School West Principal John Coady (second from left), director of guidance Kevin Colon (center) and High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons (second from right). 

Squeaky Clean Band

Squeaky Clean Band performed at Tackan singing well-loved rock and roll songs from the 1950s through the 1980s. The students danced and had fun with their teachers doing a locomotive train to the song "The Locomotion.”

West Golfer Wins County Championship

West Golfer Wins County Championship photo
High School West student Paige Diecidue took first place in the Suffolk County girls individual golf championship at Middle Island Country Club. Paige was only a seventh grader when she first qualified for the Suffolk County girls golf championships in 2014. For the past five seasons, she has had her eyes set on capturing a county title. Paige took first place by shooting two over par 73 in the second round to finish with a 36 hole total of six over par 148, capturing the title for her sixth straight appearance. She is pictured with High School West Principal John Coady. 

STEM Skills Shine at Smithtown Elementary

STEM Skills Shine at Smithtown Elementary

Fourth graders at Smithtown Elementary School showed off their STEM-related skills during a STEM Fair in the school’s gymnasium.
The fair tied into the grade level’s Project Lead the Way curriculum and lessons throughout the school year. Working in small groups, the students collaborated with their peers to connect with the fourth grade PLTW modules. 

The monthlong projects could be connected to any of the four modules in this year’s PLTW lessons – the human brain, computer systems, energy collisions and energy conversions. Students tested and hypothesized their experiments during the STEM Fair to invited guests and Smithtown Central School District administrators in attendance. 

“STEM is a real career path for some of these students,” said Smithtown Elementary School Principal Janine Lavery. “This group of students was the first to work with our launch of Project Lead the Way in second grade. After working on these STEM-based lessons, they are seeing if this is a career passion they may want to pursue someday.”

The younger grade levels also visited the fair to get a sneak peek of some of their lessons in the upcoming school year. To close out the fair, Smithtown Central School District’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, spoke about their program and demonstrated this year’s robot.  



Science Symposium Highlights HSW Students

Science Symposium Highlights HSW Students
The work of science research and Science Olympiad students from High School West was on display in the school’s library during the Science Symposium and awards ceremony. Science research students displayed their research boards and showed short videos of their novel scientific discoveries. The event culminated in the presentation of awards to the top students in each discipline. Pictured with their awards (from left): David Cabello – chemistry award, Alexander Rodriguez – science award of distinction, Julia Dovi –Beth Plat environmental science award, Chase Carey – marine science award, Catherine Eng – biology award, Nicholas Muellers – physics award and James Rogers Jr. – research award. 

Fire Safety and Prevention

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HSW Students Inducted to National Technical Honor Society

HSW Students Inducted to National Technical Honor Society
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High School West senior Matthew DiBlasio and juniors Maria Mian, Zack Ober, Timothy Sadenwater and Christopher Scudero were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Wilson Tech. Matthew is in the automotive technology 2 program, while Maria participates in the nurse assisting program. Zack is part of the aircraft/drone technology 1 program, Timothy is enrolled in construction electricity 1 program and Christopher is in the automotive technology 1 program. Pictured from left: Timothy Sadenwater, Christopher Scudero, Maria Mian, Zachary Ober and High School West Principal John Coady. Matthew DiBlasio is also pictured separately with High School West Principal John Coady.

Guest Artist Visit

Artist Esther Tollen visits Tackan Elementary School each year and creates something beautiful with every art class.

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Food Truck Festival Drives Creativity

Food Truck Festival Drives Creativity
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Eighth graders at Accompsett Middle School were hard at working selling their business plans during the food truck festival.

As part of their family and consumer sciences class with Ms. Taylor Walsh, the students had to create their own ideas for a food truck. Each student then had to write a 30-second elevator pitch to get their fellow students to invest in their ideas. Students talked about their menu, plan for growth and how they would work to attract customers and cater to their specific market.

The lesson gave students the opportunity to work on their public speaking and communication skills while also sparking their creativity. The students even sampled some of the food truck items before casting their vote on the best food truck idea. 

Out of This World Researchers at HSE

Out of This World Researchers at HSE
High School East juniors and ThINK Discovery Science Research students Kevin Chen and Alexa Knee were selected as one of five finalist teams in the Genes in Space Competition. 

As NASA prepares the journey back to the moon and to Mars, it continues to develop applications within the International Space Station for exploration of the effects of space exploration on humans. Chen and Knee responded to the question by posing their own experiments to explore the effects of life in space on DNA. 

Entries from across the country were reviewed for the Genes in Space Competition, and the High School East team is now headed to Atlanta, Georgia, to present their experiment, “How will mitochondrial DNA repair mechanisms be impacted in microgravity such as found on the International Space Station?”

The pair will be assigned a professional scientist from MIT or Harvard to develop the methods to execute their experiment. The winning team will be selected live at the International Space Station Conference in July. The winning project will then be launched next year so it can be conducted aboard the ISS.

“Kevin and Alexa have developed a unique experiment for the ISS,” said High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin. “An opportunity to interact with members of the ISS community is humbling, and I am thrilled that the students will have this once in a lifetime experience to be able to attend the conference next July."

Mills Pond Welcomes Mentor Author

Mills Pond Welcomes Mentor Author photo
Third graders in Jane Chalifoux’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School welcomed author Debbi Michiko Florence to their classroom. Ms. Florence is the author of the Jasmine Toguchi book series. 

Ms. Chalifoux and Ms. Florence are part of the #KidsNeedMentors author program, a Twitter group created by two authors and two teachers. The program matches teachers with mentor authors. There are more than 300 participants nationwide.  

 Florence presented to the class about how she became an author, developing story ideas and the writing/editing process. After the presentation, the students participated in a character development workshop, which helped them get an idea for how an author works on developing characters in their books and hopefully provide inspiration for their own writing.

You’re A Grand Ole Flag

In celebration of Flag Day, check out Tackan Elementary’s chorus singing “You’re A Grand Ole Flag.”

SEL - Nature Nick K-1 Assembly

Smithtown Seniors Scholars Recognized

 Smithtown Seniors Scholars Recognized

For maintaining a 4.0 GPA for four consecutive years of high school, High School East and High School West recognized 186 seniors as Gold Cord recipients during their respective annual Gold Cord Awards ceremonies on May 23. At the High School East ceremony, 95 students were honored, while High School West recognized 91 of its students. Each student was called to the stage for recognition, a look back at their most memorable high school moments and to highlight future college and career goals. High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons and High School West Principal John Coady presented each student with their gold cord and certificate while guidance counselors announced the recipients’ names.



First Grade Bug Show

Math Olympiads

Math Olympiads
Math Olympiads
Congratulations to the Tackan Elementary students who attended the 12th annual Suffolk County Elementary Math Tournament at Stony Brook University. Ethan Spiegel, Danielle Krause, Juliette Mayer, Prateek Chilakamarthy and Shaayan Alam. Prateek, pictured with Tackan Elementary Principal Dr. Allyn Leeds, won fourth place.

Great Hollow’s Scholastic Challenge

Great Hollow’s Scholastic Challenge
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Great Hollow Middle School participated in Scholastic Challenge 2019, an enrichment activity that allows students to demonstrate a variety of problem-solving skills and knowledge in many academic areas. This year’s contest involved the participation of approximately 5,000 sixth and eighth grade students across the nation. Sixth grader We Natallie Marshall was named the winner for her grade level. Eighth grader Sasha Blank was named a medal winner.  

Kindergarten Moving Up

Spring Concert

School Start Times

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Please be advised that due to changes in state attendance regulations, the district has made the following adjustments to school start and end times, effective September 2019.

Elementary School will start and end ten minutes later, running from 9:30 am until 3:35 pm.

Middle School will still begin at 7:50 am, but it will run an additional two minutes and end at 2:33 pm.

High School will still begin at 7:20 am, but it will run an additional eight minutes and end at 2:03 pm.

Secondary late buses will run ten minutes later, at 4:20 and 5:20 pm.

These changes take effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

West VE Class Celebrates Success

West VE Class Celebrates Success
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The 2018-2019 High School West's Virtual Enterprise class – TruBlu Technologies – has celebrated their business successes throughout the school year. TruBlu Technologies is a Bluetooth technology VE company that sells a variety of Bluetooth products. TruBlu Technologies received the gold and silver awards for e-commerce website and sales and marketing materials at the Long Island VE Trade Show at LIU Post as well as receiving the gold award for best booth and top 25 for e-commerce website at the 2019 VE International Trade Show in Brooklyn.

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Continuing Tradition Connects Students and Seniors

Continuing Tradition Connects Students and Seniors

Always looking to make a connection with those outside of their school, the fourth grade members of the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School spent the afternoon gardening with the senior residents at St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Walking from their school across to the center, students were ready with their shovels and smiles as they worked side by side in the outdoor patio garden of the center alongside the seniors. The students have been carrying on this planting tradition for the past 18 years.



SEL - Gr 3 Book Share Picnic

A Roaring Welcome for ‘Dinoman’

A Roaring Welcome for ‘Dinoman’

Second grade scientists from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School welcomed “Dinoman,” along with his blow-up dinosaurs,  fossils and artifacts. Starting with a grade-level assembly in the morning, paleontologist Bob Lisaius captured the students’ attention with his facts about the different dinosaur species and his work in the field of paleontology. Following the assembly, Mr. Lisaius visited each of the individual classroom for a hands-on lesson featuring artifacts that date back millions of years such as dinosaur horns, claws, teeth and fossilized rocks.



HSW Baseball Star Drafted

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Congratulations to HSW’s Nick Grande! Nick was a five year starter, two-time All-County selection, League III MVP, All-State selection, and Suffolk County Silver Slugger Award winner. Nick was drafted on June 5 in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

East Researchers Score Top Awards at ISEF

East Researchers Score Top Awards at ISEF
High School East’s ThINK discovery science research students competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, in May. Seniors Anthony D’Amore and Matthew Mullahy both received second place for their work in animal sciences and behavioral sciences, respectively. 

Anthony studied the larger rules that dictate biological evolution by creating virtual endocasts of crocodylomorph brains and evaluating the influence of habitat on brain shape. Matthew traced the morphology, or shape, of mouse NG2 glia and microglia, types of neuronal cells, to evaluate their change as a response to depression. 

“The excitement of seeing both boys share the stage together was a tribute to the collegial atmosphere that is promoted in the ThINK program,” said High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin. “We all work long hours together to create a community for intellectual pursuit and to seek the answers to questions that solve problems for our community as human beings on the planet.”

This year’s Intel Science and Engineering Fair was the largest to date with 1,852 participants from around the globe. 

Animal Encounters Offer a Hands-On Lesson at Mt. Pleasant

Animal Encounters Offer a Hands-On Lesson at Mt. Pleasant

First graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School had an up close and personal lesson with different animals during an in house field trip with SCOPE educator John Shiels. In rotating stations, the students had the chance to visit – and touch, in some cases – with hissing cockroaches, fiddler and hermit crabs, turtles, clams and a walking stick.



Broadway Bonanza at Mills Pond

Broadway Bonanza at Mills Pond

Fifth graders at Mills Pond Elementary School performed scenes from the popular movies such as “Annie,” “The Lion King” and “The Greatest Showman.” The second annual "Broadway Bonzana" featured acting, dancing and singing under the direction of Maryanne Grotto, Barbara Haining, Corinne Murphy and Kimberly Passamonte.



Up Close and Personal View of Aquatic Insects

Up Close and Personal View of Aquatic Insects photo

Third graders at Tackan Elementary School learned about the lifecycle of various aquatic insects during a hands-on engaging activity presented by Western Suffolk BOCES. Using water samples from Willow’s Pond, students got a closer look using their microscopes at many different types of organisms and classify them based on their characteristics. Students also determined whether or not these organisms go through metamorphosis and learned about what they will look like as they mature.



Small Acts Have a Positive Impact on Local Community

Small Acts Have a Positive Impact on Local Community photo
Eighth grade students from Great Hollow Middle School are doing their best to help those in need in their community. With the help of the cafeteria staff, students have donated unused food items from the cafeteria to the Lighthouse Mission in Bellport. This small act of kindness has a positive impact, as the mission feeds about 3,000 people a week.

Tackan Students Experiment with Magnetic Attraction

Tackan Students Experiment with Magnetic Attraction photo

Fourth graders at Tackan Elementary School participated in an interactive lesson that “attracted” their attention. The Magnets to Go program, presented by Brookhaven National Laboratory, gave students the opportunity to experiment and hypothesize about magnets and their properties. Students learned about the science behind magnetic properties and electromagnetism. The fourth graders conducted experiments to discover magnetic and non-magnetic metals. They also explored magnetic properties such as north and south poles, magnetic fields, attracting and repelling forces, and how electromagnets and generators work.



Baking Biscuits for Their Four-Legged Friends

Baking Biscuits for Their Four-Legged Friends

Students in Great Hollow Middle School’s Peanut Butter Gang, a community service club, recently baked homemade dog biscuits to donate to a local charity. Nesconset-based Paws of War trains and places shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to U.S. veterans who suffer from the emotional effects of war. In addition to the dog biscuits, students held a pet supply drive to collect dog food and other items to support the work of Paws of War.



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Electronic Lab Inspires Music Theory Students

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High School West students are learning how to scribe music online in their music theory class in their new electronic music lab. Students in Jim Brosnan’s class were recently working with the program Finale to compose their own music. The school’s new electronic media lab has 25 individual workstations featuring keyboards, computers and headphones. The course teaches students all major and minor keys and scales, all phases of rhythm, sight-reading, interval and chord reading, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and the beginnings of analysis in four-part writing. 

Students Recognized for their Civil Efforts

Students Recognized for their Civil Efforts photo
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High School East and West students were recently selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Suffolk County’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program hosted at Gurwin Jewish. Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.

The district congratulates the following students: Alexis Albert (High School East), Shayna Moses (High School West), Katheryn Schneider (High School West), Angela Walz (High School East) and Alexander Weiner (High School West). 

St. James Students Show Off their Fitness Skills

St. James Students Show Off their Fitness Skills

Twenty-seven student-athletes from St. James Elementary School competed against students from 30 other schools from across Long Island in the third annual Fit Club competition. Sponsored by the Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the fourth and fifth graders traveled to Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in Sayville and demonstrated their physical fitness in push-ups, sit-ups, jumping rope and agility.



Poetry Café Gives Students Opportunity to Shine at St. James

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Surrounded by family and friends, the fifth graders at St. James Elementary School showed off their poetic side during a poetry café held in the old gym.

Transforming the gymnasium into a Parisian café – complete with bistro tables, dim lighting and cozy couches – the students took to the microphone one by one to read their poems. After each presentation, the students snapped in unison to applaud their classmates as the bongo drummers ushered up the next poet to the stage. 

The poetry café gives students the opportunity to show off their writing abilities as well as work on their communication and public presentation skills. 



West Researchers Medal in Science Competition

West Researchers Medal in Science Competition photo
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High School West science research students participated in the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, where more than 300 students presented their research to academic judges. The Smithtown Central School District congratulates the following award-winning students who placed in the animal science category: Elizabeth Yaboni and Lara Cain, first place; Matthew Schuchman, second place; and James Rogers, third place.

Ugly Dolls Celebrate Unique Traits

Ugly Dolls Celebrate Unique Traits

Engaging students in social-emotional learning is one goal of the Smithtown Central School District and students in Wendy Herman’s class at Smithtown Elementary School recently participated in a hands-on lesson. The class made “ugly dolls” out of felt and other materials to celebrate their uniqueness. Throughout the week, the students wrote short pieces to capture what makes the class unique, their families, and also the internal and external traits that make up who they are as individuals.




Mills Pond Cares Club Walks for a Purpose

Mills Pond Cares Club Walks for a Purpose

Lacing up their sneakers for a good cause, the fourth and fifth grade members of the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School held a walk-a-thon outside their school.

The annual fundraising event benefits Medical Mission International. Medical Mission is a hospital for the poverty-stricken community in El Salvador. Mills Pond Cares Club advisers Diana Lanze, Kristin Quail and Melissa Taylor, along with Mills Pond teachers, led the students on 10 laps around the building after school with Principal Ireen Westrack cheering them on. The fundraiser garnered more than $2,160. 



Smithtown Celebrates Tenured Teachers

Smithtown Celebrates Tenured Teachers photo
The Smithtown Central School District’s Board of Education honored its dedicated teachers and administrators who are receiving tenure at a reception prior to the board meeting. 

During the meeting, Smithtown Central School District’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane announced the names of each tenured individual to be recognized on behalf of the board of education. 

The district congratulates the following tenured teachers/administrators: 

Kristen Andriaccio, director of professional learning and student intervention services
Jessica Brunet, special education teacher, High School West
Caitlyn Campbell, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle School
Stephen Costello Jr., business teacher, High School East
Anne D’Addario, family and consumer science teacher, Great Hollow Middle School
Katie DiGregorio, English as a second language, High School West
Amanda LaComb, science teacher, High School East
Kathleen Lamitola, special education teacher, St. James Elementary School 
Jaclyn Lazio, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle School 
Melissa May, math teacher, Accompsett Middle School/ High School West
Stephanie Mueller, guidance/school counselor, Nesaquake Middle School 
Danielle Nacarlo, psychologist, High School West
Brian Pelosi, special education teacher, Accompsett Elementary School 
Taramatie Putnam, music teacher, Great Hollow Middle School
Nancy Torzullo, teacher assistant, St. James Elementary School 
Cristina Westhoff, English teacher, Accompsett Middle School/ High School East

Tackan Welcomes High School Heroes

Tackan Welcomes High School Heroes photo

High school students and Tackan alumni visited Tackan to teach kindergarten and first grade students for the day.



Tackan Celebrates Culture

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First graders at Tackan Elementary School recently celebrated different cultures from around the world through song and dance. With the help of music teacher Mr. Connor, the first grade students learned dances and songs to go along with different countries. The show came to a close in the good old USA!




Mt. Pleasant Makes Moms Feel Special

Mt. Pleasant Makes Moms Feel Special photo

Kindergartners at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School showered the special ladies in their lives with gifts, poetry and songs during a Mother’s Day tea held in the respective classrooms. After greeting their invited guests with hugs and flowers, the students shared the books they wrote about their mothers. Afterward, the students had snacks and spent quality time with their guests.



High School West Artist Wins Local Contest

High School West Artist Wins Local Contest photo
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty hosted an art competition for Smithtown High School students at their Smithtown branch. High School West student-artist Rebecca Lee was presented with a $500 check as the contest winner at a reception. The artwork was on display at Daniel Gale in March and April.

Roaring Fun at Tackan

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Dinosaurs may be extinct but kindergartners’ interest in them is definitely not. Kindergartners at Tackan Elementary School recently spent a day exploring dinosaurs in different centers. As part their exploration of dinosaurs, students did puzzles, built a dinosaur skeleton out of Q-Tips and glue and dug for dinosaurs in a sand pit.




HSW Scientists Head to NYS Fair

HSW Scientists Head to NYS Fair photo
Three sophomore student-scientists from High School West – Shannon Alptekin, Sidney Padmanaban and Julia Savino – are among a dozen students from Long Island who were named New York State finalists at the Long Island Science Congress. They will take their project, “The Effect of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors on the Rate of Peristalsis in Nematostella vectensis” to the New York State Science Competition in Syracuse on June 8. 

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East Student Honored as National Merit Scholar

East Student Honored as National Merit Scholar photo
High School East senior Ian Winkeler has been named a 2019 National Merit Scholar. He is among the 2,500 winners of the 2019 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists.

Ian is a member of the National, Math, English and Tri-M honor societies. He also plays the alto saxophone in the school’s jazz ensemble. Winkeler is a member of the Quiz Bowl team and plays both volleyball and tennis. Outside of school, he is a certified EMT and a volunteer with the Nissequogue Fire Department. Ian will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall, majoring in biochemistry. 

National Merit winners are judged based on their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college courses. The judges evaluate grades, difficulty of courses, standardized test scores, contributions and leadership both in school and in the community, an essay and a recommendation from a high school official. 

The merit scholarship program was created in 1955. Students in grades nine through 12 vie for academic recognition and financial support. About 1.6 million students take the qualifying test every year and about 50,000 of the highest scorers have the chance to be considered.

“Ian exemplifies the best and brightest our school has to offer,” said High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. “He is hard working, diligent and courteous. He is a role model both in the classroom and on the athletic field. He will be a fine asset to Stony Brook University next fall.”

Young Gardeners Flourish at Mt. Pleasant

Young Gardeners Flourish at Mt. Pleasant photo

With six different garden beds to prepare and care for, the student council members at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School don’t mind getting their hands a bit dirty.

Starting in April, the students head outdoors to start preparing their garden, which they hope will be filled with plenty of vegetables by the end of the school year. They start by weeding and raking the beds to get ready for a schoolwide planting day in May. 

The imitative started about four years ago, according to adviser and Mt. Pleasant Elementary teacher Stephen Jackowski. The six garden beds were donated by local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. The student council cares for the beds, planting beans, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, corn and other various vegetables. All of the vegetables are then donated to the local food pantry in June and during the summer months.

While the beds are cared for weekly by the student council, which consists of third, fourth and fifth grade students, the schoolwide planting initiate gives all the students an opportunity to help give back to their local community.



Guide Dogs Get Acquainted with Great Hollow Students

Guide Dogs Get Acquainted with Great Hollow Students photo
Tying into their English language arts curriculum, sixth graders at Great Hollow Middle School had a special visit from two furry friends. The students spent the last month learning about how dogs impact the life of humans, reading and writing reaction pieces about the effect of canines on people. 
Representatives from America's VetDogs, a sister organization of the Guide Dog Foundation, located in Smithtown, visited with students to teach them about the role of the canines, how they are trained and how they help those in need.

America’s VetDogs is a nonprofit organization that provides disabled veterans and first responders with service dogs to offer independence, enhanced mobility and companionship. VetDogs assist veterans or first responders with physical disabilities and those with hearing or vision loss. The Guide Dog Foundation provides services for those with vision and/or hearing loss. The Great Hollow students collected toys and food to donate to the organization, which they presented following the assembly.

Showing Off Their Superior Second Language Skills

Showing Off Their Superior Second Language Skills photo
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Eight students from Accompsett Middle School were recently recognized for their exceptional foreign language skills. The Long Island Language Teachers held an original poetry contest and the seventh grade students in foreign language teacher Maria DiLiberto’s class took home the top prizes. For their original poems in Italian, Thomas Natale placed first, Joseph Lamardo took second and Isabella Dantuono came in third in the contest. In the Spanish poetry contest, Abigail Jung placed first and Madhur Dyal was named the second-place winner. 

In a local essay contest sponsored by the Sons & Daughters of Italy in Smithtown, three Accompsett Middle School students took top honors. The essays, which were written in English, were filled with details about a family member whose roots were in Italy. The three winners were Haley Sasbon (first place), Carlie Tockarshewsky (second place) and Isabella Spilotros (third place). They each received monetary prizes and will be honored at a ceremony on July 11.

Smithtown Students Shine at DECA International

Smithtown Students Shine at DECA International photo
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Twenty students from Smithtown Central School District’s High School East and High School West attended the DECA International Career Conference in Orlando, Florida. More than 22,000 students from across the country competed in the annual event. High School East’s Kyle Buff was named a finalist in the business finance competition. High School West had five top 10 national overall finalists – David Sim, Nick Baiata and Michael Fischetti in the international business plan and Andrew Camilleri and Caitlin Camilleri in the community service project. In addition, High School West’s Anya Ording was awarded the Otis Spunkmeyer Scholarship.