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Showing Off STEM Careers in Smithtown

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More than 120 students from High School East and High School West participated in the fifth annual STEM Careers “Lunch and Learn” on Oct. 25 organized by the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board and the Smithtown Central School District Career and Technical Education, science and math departments. The event was hosted at High School West’s library. 

The lunch and learn is designed to introduce high school students to various careers within the STEM field. To open the day’s event, the U.S. Navy presented on nuclear propulsion and engineering. Approximately, 20 different companies and eight different colleges and universities were on hand to show students a variety of careers and the type of schooling necessary for their careers. 

After hearing from the presenters, the students spent time during lunch getting to know the companies and businesses. During the breakout sessions, students sat down in small group settings with the businesses in which they were most interested. Members of the Smithtown robotics team were also on hand to show off their STEM-related skills. 

Schools Come Together to Thank BOE

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To celebrate New York State School Board Recognition Week from Oct. 21-25, the Smithtown Central School District came together to show their appreciation for their board of education during the Oct. 22 meeting.

To kick off the meeting, the High School East select choral group sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Smithtown Elementary School’s ENL also serenaded the board members by singing a thank-you song in 11 different languages. Nesaquake Middle School’s select chorus also showcased their skills by singing “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”

Dogwood Elementary School’s students created posters featuring the top 10 things they love about the district. Mt. Pleasant Elementary School students created a tree of appreciation to present to the board featuring every student’s fingerprints.

Tackan Elementary School students purchased books at its recent book fair and donated them back to the school’s library in the board’s name. Accompsett Elementary School’s fifth grade classes created a poster board of thanks, while Mills Pond Elementary presented each board member with a pen and flashlight because they light the way for the district. Student in Karen Dennis’s fourth grade class at St. James Elementary School created their own Flip Grid thank-you video for the board members.

Members of the National Junior Honor Society at Accompsett Middle School created a thank-you card and Great Hollow Middle School students gifted each board member with a drawstring bag. Members of the National Honor Society at High School West gave each board member a “Support Our Troops” shirt and Athletes Helping Athletes gifted them with Smithtown athletic spirit wear. Members of the Career and Technology Education department presented the board members with handcrafted wood nameplates for their board table, water bottles, tote bags, homemade muffins and pillowcases. To end the evening, the school’s central administration showed a thank-you video featuring faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the district. 

East Science Researcher Stays Close to Home

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High School East science researcher Kira Conte is staying close to home to do her research for her senior project. Kira has been working with fifth graders at Mills Pond Elementary School to gather data for her upcoming project.

Working alongside High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin, Kira’s project focuses on behavioral science. She’s been preparing and presenting modules about human flourishing  – including growth mindset, self-control, resilience, perseverance and grit – to the students she visits four times per week over a four week period.

After each lesson, Kira compiles data that is self-reported anonymously by the fifth graders. The goal of her research is to see if these lessons actually changed the students’ mindset. Kira has just finished gathering her data at Mills Pond Elementary School and will be working to compile the information for her project, which she hopes to also submit to the Regeneron and Intel science research competitions. 

East Students Spread Inspiration at Mills Pond

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The 50-plus members of the S.I.T.E. (Spreading Inspiration Through Education) Club at High School East are hard at work inspiring a younger generation of students at Mills Pond Elementary.

Club co-presidents Hailey Sheridan and Haleigh Gahan, along with about a dozen members, visit with students at Mills Pond Elementary School each week to provide a hands-on lesson. At their weekly meeting, the students discuss project ideas. Working with the classroom teacher, the students develop an engaging lesson and visit the class to work alongside the students. One or two mentor S.I.T.E students work with the elementary students for small group instruction. At the end of the lesson, the groups present their work to the class. 

On Oct. 17, the students worked in fourth grade classes and presented a lesson based on the scientific method. The students conducted an experiment using Skittles and hot water and wrote a hypothesis, questions and observations. 

Field Hockey Teams Honor Former Athlete

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The district held the 17th annual Diane Corey Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship game on Oct. 8. High School East took to the field against High School West to remember Diane Corey and her love of the sport. Diane’s parents, Pat and Mike, along with her brother Brian, requested the establishment of a scholarship in her memory. The scholarship is awarded annually to seniors on the High School East and West girls field hockey teams based on their talents on the field, contributions to the community and to their team. 

School and community celebrate together for HSE’s homecoming

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High School East’s homecoming celebrations on Oct. 19 was a true community event with an old-school feel. Students, families, staff and community members turned out on a beautiful, sunny afternoon to watch the parade and cheer on the East football team as the Bulls faced off against the Centereach Cougars. 

The parade kicked off at St. James Elementary School and was led down Lake Avenue by the marching band, followed by East junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders, the Great Hollow Middle School cheerleaders, the East Whisperettes kickline, and Smithtown East and West baton twirlers. Carloads of high school students rounded out the procession into the high school stadium. 

The football teams’ offense and defense were well-matched, with each leaving it all on the field. Centereach took an early lead in the second quarter. The East Bulls battled back in the fourth quarter but ultimately came up short.

The halftime show was an early Halloween treat, with performances by the varsity cheerleaders, nationally recognized baton twirlers, and Whisperettes, 21-time national champions. Next, the homecoming court took the field to announce the 2019 king and queen – Ryan Dunstan and Olivia Salas.  

HSE Artists Evoke Emotion in Collage Work

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High School East student-artists in Dianne Shanian’s painting 1 class are working on collages that depict current societal issues. After studying the works of collage painter Romare Bearden, the students chose a topic to portray on the canvas. Using different mixed materials, fabrics and textures, the collages are meant to evoke an emotional response and touch on topics such as homelessness, drug addiction and depression. 

Getting Colorful for Cohen’s

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The High School East girls varsity volleyball team community service project benefited the child life department at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The team created coloring packets to provide to patients at the medical center. These packets allow patients to be distracted and express their feelings through art. 

DECA Senior Raising Awareness for Mental Health

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High School East senior and co-president of DECA Alexis Albert addressed the Suffolk County Legislators on Oct. 2 imploring them to approve a bill that she helped to develop with Legis. Robert Trotta making November “Teen Mental Health Awareness Month” in Suffolk County. Her efforts are part of a larger DECA community awareness campaign that she is running throughout the district this school year called BREATHE (Boosting, Reforming, and Enriching Access To Health Education). Pictured from left, Legis. Robert Trotta, Alexis Albert and Matthew Hennings, High School East DECA co-adviser. 

East Cleans Up

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Students in Ms. Tavis’ leadership class at High School East were busy doing a fall clean up and planting for their beautification project.  

Fifteen Named Commended Students

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Seven students from High School East and eight students from High School West have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

To qualify, a student must have demonstrated outstanding performance on the 2018 PSAT exam. Participants must have scored at or above the Commended Student selected index score. The district congratulates the following Commended Students: High School East – Lara Cain, Christopher Dervan, William Hayfield, Ammara Mehkri, Shubh Thaker, Caitlin Wilkinson and Ike Zhang; High School West – Justin Grafstein, Stephanie Lin, Kate Manalastas, Luke Muratore, William Priebe, Carolyn Qu, Elizabeth Yaboni and Charles Zhao.

HSE’s Explorers Venture Out to Ocean

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Students in Mr. Davy’s oceans class at High School East enjoyed a day of marine life observations and exploration on the R/V Paumanok in Southampton. They compared the environments of the upper photic (sunlight) zone to the benthic (lower) zone and observed the differences in different types of organisms and species. They also used an otter trawl to collect the fish, including fluke, tropical fish, pipefish, blackfish, seabass, a type of cod and a seahorse.