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High School East’s Drama Club presented three successful performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 in the High School East auditorium. There was also a special matinee for senior citizens in the community on Nov. 29. The script was adapted from the famous movie screenplay, written and directed by Frank Capra. The play was directed by Kim Sundberg and co-produced by Matthew Hennings and Jean Marie Kliphuis.
Each year, the School of Business in the Career & Technical Education Department, in cooperation with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, sponsors a Business Olympics competition.
This year’s theme was “Charity for a Cause,” which challenged the teams to choose a charity and plan a fundraising event to raise awareness and money for the charity. Students had to create a promotional and marketing campaign for their business as well as a PSA for their event and charity. Fifty-five teams of more than 230 students from HSE and HSW competed in the 23rd annual event on Nov. 8.
Smithtown Industry Advisory Board members, district administrators and employees, local companies and organizations participated in the event and judged the students on their overall presentation. All student teams were required to have a Google Slide Presentation, a commercial for their charity, promotional materials and a marketing plan for their charity event.
First place was awarded to the “Fitness is our Business – Driving out Diabetes” team of Mason Lambrix, Sunitha Palat, Madison Plourde and Kayla Rickles. In second place was “We Mean Business - Winter Gala” consisting of Michael Caccavale, Michael Fischetti, James Rogers, Matthew Tockarshewsky and Calvin Wong. Third-place winners were Jenna Curcio, Anya Ording and Rachel Watson of “Team Red, White and Blue. ”
The district and its Parent-Teacher Associations, in partnership with the Smithtown Youth Bureau, Horizons Counseling and Education, Suffolk County Police Department and the Counter Drug Task Force, presented a Parent/Student University focusing on current drugs trends on Nov. 1 in the High School West auditorium.
Community members, parents and students came out to listen to the presentation on topics such as the dangers of alcohol abuse and vaping, social host laws, and what’s happening in the local community by Suffolk County Police Officer George Lynagh, Town of Smithtown youth services coordinator Kelly DeVito, Horizon Counseling and Education Center assistant director Patrice Levy and National Guard Counterdrug Task Force senior airman Gabriel Manzueta.
Keynote speaker Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of Family and Children’s Association, spoke to attendees about prevention, recovery and support resources. Before and after the presentation, community resources were available from local agents such as Project Presence, Inc., Families Anonymous, Tobacco Coalition of Long Island, LICADD, St. Patrick Youth, WellLife Network and YMCA Family Services.
“It is an honor to work in a school district with such an invested community of parents, faculty and students,” said Siobhán Cassidy, Project Presence, Inc.’s director of professional development and practice.
Throughout the evening, social-emotional workshops were conducted to offer parents tools to better connect. Parents learned about Smithtown Central School District’s social-emotional learning initiative and how they can partner with the schools at home. A parent/child yoga workshop gave participants the opportunity to increase body awareness and strengthen the parent/child connection. A mindfulness workshop taught parents how to be more present in their relationships with their child. The eating for energy workshop focused on how to reduce cravings, detoxify and find the top food categories for increasing energy.
High School East science research students, under the direction of Smithtown East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin, participated in a hands-on collaborative ecosystem-monitoring project at Short Beach on Oct. 6.
The “Day in the Life of the Nissequogue River” project is designed to celebrate the river and estuary ecosystems and educate participants on the uniqueness of Long Island’s NY State-designated Wild and Scenic rivers. More than a dozen different school districts participated in the annual study sponsored by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County Water Authority.
On a single day, environmental education partners and students all along the river simultaneously collected scientific information, analyzed it and shared it to portray the status of the river and estuary ecosystem.
According to Ms. Zeitlin, Short Beach was selected for its particular relevance to East students as citizen science is inspired when students look into their own backyards. “Students use hands-on field techniques to perform scientific data collection to assess the health of this part of the Nissequogue River,” she said. “They sample fish populations using seine nets, perform chemical analysis of water samples including phosphate, nitrate and oxygen levels. They inventory site descriptions by drawing pictures and using photography. Students examine the physical attributes of the site with data collection relating to wind speed and direction, current flow, as well as sedimentation and turbidity of the water.” Upon return to school, all data is uploaded to a central website for comparison and analysis.
HSE Winter Concert II
HSE Winter Concert III
HSE Blood Drive
HSE PTSA Meeting
HSE Senior Banquet