Inspired Artists

Students in Danielle Potter’s sixth-grade art class at Great Hollow Middle School studied the work of Brazilian born Neo-pop artist, Romero Britto, who combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work. According to Porter, Britto uses vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual language of hope and happiness, reflecting his …


District Hosts NYSMMA Solo and Ensemble Festival

The halls of High School West were filled with the sounds of sweet music as the school recently hosted the New York State School Music Association solo and ensemble festival. Approximately 1,000 student-musicians from the Smithtown CSD, as well as nearby parochial and private schools, gathered at HSW to perform for adjudicators. Those students who …


Teaching Independence

Fourth-graders at St. James Elementary School welcomed staff, volunteers and some very canny canines from the Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation for a lesson on the various aspects of training service dogs. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation has been providing guide dogs and training to the blind, visually impaired or others with special needs, free …


A Creative Exchange

Three Japanese exchange students recently spent two weeks in Smithtown, shadowing High School East students as part of the Japan Society and Tomodachi’s Junior Fellows program. The students, who all live in the Tokyo area, partnered with HSE juniors Dana Cornacchio and Allison Chandler and sophomore Kyle DiPietrantonio, all members of the National Art Honor Society. …


Physics Teacher Honored with Prestigious Award

Congratulations to High Schools East and West physics teacher Gillian Winters on receiving the American Association of Physics Teachers for Excellence in Pre-College Teaching Paul W. Zitzewitz Excellence Award. The award is given in recognition of contributions to pre-college physics teaching. Recipients are chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments in communicating the excitement of physics to …


Agents of a More Civil Society

Seven students from High School East and West were honored at the annual Suffolk County Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration. Coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island, the event honors students who work to create a more civil society through volunteering, building ties across different communities, and intergenerational projects. Held at the Suffolk Center …


Best For Music Education Again

Once again the NAMM Foundation has designated the Smithtown CSD as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America. The national program has put the spotlight on Smithtown and 387 other school districts that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 16th year, the BCME program singles out districts …


Camping, Quilting, Caring and So Much More

The Mills Pond Elementary School Cares Club continues to help others in the community. They recently conducted a boot camp to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with each student securing donations and pledging to rotate through different centers assembled in the MPES gym, where they worked out for an hour.  About 10 MPES …

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