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Sports Teams Help Stock the Shelves

Sports Teams Help Stock the Shelves photo
High School East’s junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams spent the day giving back to their community by stocking the shelves for the Smithtown Food Pantry. The teams are pictured with Smithtown Food Pantry director Patricia Westlake.  

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security photo

To address the safety and security of students and staff throughout the district, the Smithtown Central School District invited parents and community members to its spring Parent University School Safety Forum on May 7 at Smithtown High School West.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane spoke about the safety and security practices in place including the visitor management system, security entrances and vestibules, security cameras and routine evacuation/fire/lockdown drills. 

District, county and law enforcement representatives were on hand to discuss the district’s emergency planning and responses in the event of a threat to school safety. Jack Blaum, the district’s security consultant, and Joe Rizzo, chief of security, spoke about the district’s safety measures, practices and procedures. They addressed concerns about keeping buildings secure, preventative measures, fire evacuation procedures and ongoing security upgrades.

Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services Mona Tobin addressed the audience regarding communication with parents and community members and reunification plans in the event of an emergency.

Coding Enrichment Program for Budding Scientists

Coding Enrichment Program for Budding Scientists photo
For the second consecutive year, High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin has partnered with Brookhaven National Laboratory to provide an enrichment program open to all interested 10th-12th grade students. Through the collaboration, 21 students have participated in the weekly scientific coding seminars, which runs on Fridays from the start of school until the end of April. At the final session on April 27, instructor Dave Biersach, along with the directors of the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs, were on hand to deliver certificates to all the student participants. 

Fourth-Graders Help Feed Local Families

Fourth-Graders Help Feed Local Families photo
Fourth-Graders Help Feed Local Families photo 2
Fourth-graders throughout the district recently tied their learning activities in with donating to a local cause. As part of a Project Lead the Way activity, the fourth-graders were tasked with designing and modeling a system to unload boxes of food at a community food pantry. The students came up with different prototypes of systems to best deliver and unload the food. 

After completing the activity, Project Lead the Way coach Kelly Bigliani asked the fourth-grade class to participate in a local food drive led by area Stop and Shop supermarkets called Feeding Our Families. The elementary schools collected more than 700 pounds of nonperishable food items, which will be delivered to Island Harvest. On April 29, the Smithtown High School East girls varsity softball team also collected donations, a total of 3,000 pounds, along with Bigliani at the Stop and Shop in South Setauket.  

Kickline Team Recognized for Ongoing Success

Kickline Team Recognized for Ongoing Success photo
The High School East varsity kickline Whisperettes, along with their coach Sarahbeth Cook and junior varsity coach Michele Marciante, were presented with a proclamation by the office of the Suffolk County Legislator for winning their 20th consecutive national title at Contest of Champions in Orlando, Florida. This past year, the team placed first in small high kick, best in category for small high kick and were asked to do an encore performance for small high kick. 

Rotary Award Winners

The Rotary Awards ceremony highlights seven students from both High School East and High School West who were chosen by each of their guidance counselors for their dedication, perseverance, and achievement during their high school years.

Counselor Recipient

K. Baker Lindsey Kaufman
A. Freund Matthew Moncada
M. Agostino Andrew Sheahan
D. Caputo Ariana Rosas
S. Safranek Juliana Hurtado
J. Wilson Tyler Caputo
M. Randall Rebecca Crawford

Counselor Recipient

D. Giannico Joesph Link
K. Schmalz Julia Campanile
B. Alemaghides Noelle Esposito
K. Brouthers Hana Ghobashy
A. Insana Daniel Perillo
B. Woods Kariana Schuman
K. LaPresti Sasha Young

East Researcher Recognized in Essay Competition

East Researcher Recognized in Essay Competition photo
High School East student Cindy Li, a senior in the ThINK Science Research program, received an honorable mention in the American Society of Human Genetics International DNA essay competition. 

This year’s topic centered on the direct-to-consumer DNA testing. Students were asked to reflect on the merits of such mail-in services where supportive counseling from healthcare professionals may be absent. According to Maria Zeitlin, High School East science research coordinator, “Li wrote an insightful essay that explored the topic from a meaningful point of view. It is especially important in my program that students be literate in the discussion of scientific topics that relate to the public at large.”

ASHG received entries from students in 43 U.S. states, as well as from 23 countries. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question.

A Look at 3D Technology

Students in Dianne Shanian’s Digital Media Art class had a visit from Paul Lipsky from MindYolk on May 11. Mr. Lipsky showed the class his 3D Technical Illustrations and animations as it relates both to the technical and creative fields. He spoke about how integral the arts are to industry, and how they will be needed in career fields that merge these skills. He said, "It is the way of the future." Before companies invest in manufacturing products, they first need target markets to see their proposed product. Therein lies the value in 3D rendering. People can see the product in advance before even a penny is spent.

Winning Logo Shown Off at Carnegie Hall

Winning Logo Shown Off at Carnegie Hall photo
Students in Dianne Shanian’s digital media arts class at High School East were given the opportunity by orchestra teacher Brian McCoy to create a T-shirt logo for their musical performance at Carnegie Hall on April 19. The winning design, created in Adobe Illustrator, was submitted by ninth-grader Jack Whalen. The design, chosen by the High School East musicians, was printed on the back of the shirts and worn during their performance. He is shown here with High School East digital media teacher Dianne Shanian and High School East orchestra teacher Brian McCoy. 

Award-Winning Student-Artists in Annual Shanti Competition

Award-Winning Student-Artists in Annual Shanti Competition photo
Three student-artists were honored on April 25 for their artwork submission to the Shanti Fund annual art competition. Smithtown Elementary School student Kayla Pardini, Nesaquake Middle School student Juliana Paparella and High School East student Ilysa Sirota took top awards in this year’s competition. They were recognized for their efforts at the peace celebration in honor of Mahatma Gandhi. The students are pictured with their families as well as (from left) director of fine arts Michael Mastrangelo, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, Smithtown Elementary School art teacher Erica Lewis-Kerim, Nesaquake Middle School art teacher Barbara DiSalvo and High School East art teacher Timothy Needles. 

HSE Student-Athletes Commit to College Level

HSE Student-Athletes Commit to College Level photo
High School East students recently signed on to continue to play their sports in college. Congratulations to the following students: Christian Villani, Stony Brook University, lacrosse; Dan Murphy Culver, Stockton College, volleyball; James O’Connell, American International, lacrosse; Chris Mangels, SUNY Maritime, lacrosse, Rob Varella, Farmingdale State College, lacrosse; Brian Cosgrove, Binghamton University, lacrosse; Calvin Trebing, Vassar College, lacrosse; Matt Guercio, SUNY Maritime, lacrosse; Kevin O’Connnor, SUNY Maritime, lacrosse; Matt Russo, Fairfield University, lacrosse; Marco Scanni, Bard College, soccer; Bryan Kaplon SUNY New Paltz, volleyball; Kyle Shaffer, Lewis University, volleyball; Marc Birbiglia, LIU Post, baseball; Matt Laurelli, LIU Post, baseball; Bryan Spinella, Farmingdale State College, track and field; Danielle Bartsch, Union College, soccer; Catriana Sheppard, University of New Hampshire, soccer; Sydney Marzano. LIU Post, lacrosse; Patricia Werker, Florida Southern College, lacrosse; Sofia Palazzolo, Molloy College, field hockey; Alessandria Brady, Iona College, volleyball; Nora Carpenter, Iona College, lacrosse; Annie Freshour, Manhattan College, lacrosse; Liz Gallagher, Swarthmore College, swimming; Katelyn McGuigan, Bentley University, field hockey; Amanda Funaro, Quinnipiac University, field hockey; Kyra Dalli, Molloy College, field hockey; Rachel Adler, University of New Haven, cross-country and track and field; and Julianna Schulz, SUNY Geneseo, tennis.

Hands-On Learning at Bull STEAM Ahead

Hands-On Learning at Bull STEAM Ahead photo

Showing off the many interactive, hands-on learning experiences available throughout the district, the Maker Space Club from High School East invited students and their families to Bull STEAM Ahead evening on April 20.

Maker Space activities ¬– with topics covering science, technology, engineering, art and math – were offered for students to experience. They checked out 3-D printing technology, made their own math origami, worked with circuits, videoed themselves on a green screen and used virtual reality glasses. 

Technologies of the past also made an appearance, and some students had fun learning to use a typewriter. STEM professionals from local businesses were on hand to answer questions, and the Mechanical Bulls robotics team set up outside the cafeteria to showcase their creations. Admission was free with a nonperishable food donation, which the Maker Space Club will collect for a local food pantry.  

Two HSE Researchers Head to ISEF

Two HSE Researchers Head to ISEF photo
High School East students Sydney Bracht and Matthew Mullahy, who are part of the ThINK Science Research Program, took first place at the recent Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. This honor qualifies them to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh later this year.

Sydney placed first in the category of animal sciences. She investigated the mechanisms behind cancer metastasis utilizing the nematode C. elegans, whose development of the reproductive system employs cell invasion, a process also found in cancer metastasis. Utilizing reverse genetics, she identified genes of interest that play a role in cell migration. Additionally, she created a novel strain in which fluorescence was added to key reproductive cells to facilitate viewing of the invasion process. Sydney worked in the lab of Dr. David Matus and was mentored by Taylor Medwig, a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University.

Matthew placed first in the category of behavioral and social science. He investigated brain NG2 glia cells, the decline of which has been associated with mood and anxiety disorders. His research works toward understanding the biological mechanisms behind depression. Matthew also worked at Stony Brook University in the lab of Dr. Adan Aguirre and was mentored by doctoral candidate Alexandros Kokkosis. 

“It is a true testimony to the caliber of work that we do to see two students recognized for their research at the international level,” said High School East research coordinator Maria Zeitlin. “The untold hours and the true grit within these students, and all of the students in the program, illustrates that hard work, passion, and a love of science translates into measurable scientific discovery.”

Also honored were High School East students Shrey Thaker (third place in cellular and molecular biology), and Alexis McCauley-Pearl (honorable mention and recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize). ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, provides 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories the opportunity to present their independent research and compete for $4 million in prizes.  

2018 Torch Recipients

2018 Torch Recipients photo
Each year, the Torch Award is presented to Smithtown teachers who have significantly contributed to the growth and professional development of their teacher colleagues. This year’s Torch Award recipients are: Kelly Bigliani, Kathleen DeBono, Doreen Kelly, Amanda LaComb, Gillian Winters, Denise Cardinal, Diana Lanze, Kristi Hoenes and Sallie Culloton.

The Smithtown Teacher Center hosted a reception to honor all Torch Award recipients and nominees on April 23 at the Branch Brook Elementary library.

HSE Student-Artists on Display

HSE Student-Artists on Display photo
High School East student-artists senior Francesca Cossu (left) and sophomore Emily Ginty (right) had their artwork selected to be displayed in the Long Island Museum’s annual student art exhibition, Colors of Long Island, from Feb. 23 through April 8. Art teachers from across Long Island were invited to submit up to two pieces from students in grades K-12 for this showcase of extraordinary talent. They are pictured with High School East art teacher Dianne Shanian.