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Soccer Uniforms Make Trip Around the World

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Thanks to a generous donation of used soccer uniforms by the district, student-athletes in Uganda are sporting new uniforms for their tournament this year. 

High School West marine science teacher Kimberly Williams and High School East varsity field hockey assistant coach/Nesaquake Middle School coach Carisa Eye connected with volunteers who work with H.E.L.P. International. In a coordinated effort, the pair worked with members of the Smithtown athletic department to gather and box the uniforms. H.E.L.P. International volunteers, who were making a trip to Uganda, knew of students in need of the uniforms at the Masese School and helped facilitate the delivery. 

East Artists on Display at College Campus

East Artists on Display at College Campus Photo
Six student-artists from High School East had their artwork selected for inclusion in the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding’s 2016 Embracing Our Differences Long Island art exhibit. 

High School East students Stephanie Berdon, Brooke Berroyer, Allison Cleary, Alexandra Granelle, Faith Leonard and Alexandra Thode submitted work from teacher Dianne Shanian’s photography class in the spring semester. Their artwork will be on display this summer at Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus in Selden. The 12 by 8 foot murals will be unveiled at an opening reception on Aug. 24 and will remain on display through Sept. 5.

HSE Teacher Receives Science Award

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High School East research coordinator Maria Zeitlin was honored at the Science Teachers Association of New York State Long Island Science Congress with the Edith Stillwaggon Memorial Award. Presented by LISC coordinator Allison Chanin-Bermudez, the award recognizes one outstanding contributor to science education.

“Recognition by my peers is the highest honor I can receive,” Ms. Zeitlin said. “These educators are the best at what they do and contribute so much of their time to providing opportunities for students to investigate and conduct research.” Ms. Zeitlin has been the science research coordinator at Smithtown High School East for 12 years.

High School East Researchers Take First at L.I. Science Congress

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High School East students in the science research program earned first place and top honors at the Long Island Science Congress, sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State.

Fourteen High School East students entered the competition and 10 students received recognition at a special ceremony. The team of juniors Sydney Bracht, Sidney Davis and Lexington Zografakis placed first in the competition and advanced to the State Science Congress in Buffalo, New York, where they recently earned an honorable mention.

Their team project, “He Said…She Said: The Role of Gender on Persuadability,” was inspired by events in last year’s presidential election. Mentored by Maria Zeitlin, High School East science research coordinator, the students did an in-house project conducted at the high school.

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.

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

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.

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.