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Main Office: (631) 382-2705
Health Office:
(631) 382-2710
Attendance Office:
(631) 382-2716
Counseling Center:
(631) 382-2750
Principal - Dr. Simmons
(631) 382-2705
Assistant Principal - Mr. Aleci:
(631) 382-2740
Assistant Principal - Mr. Pettis
: (631) 382-2760
Assistant Principal - Mr. Rose: (631) 382-2720




From the Desk of the Principal:


Important Announcements Regarding Upcoming Events & Activities:

  • National Honor Society Application
  • 2020-2021 BELL SCHEDULE (Starting February 1, 2021)
  • Late Bus Routes
  • 2021 Spring Driver Education
  • Wilson Tech BOCES 2021-2022
    Any 10th or 11th grade students who are interested in attending Wilson Tech BOCES next year should go to their Counseling Center grade level Google Classroom for information and to request a virtual visit. Brochures highlighting each of their programs are available in the counseling center. Be aware that if after you view the program virtually and would like to attend next year, an application must be filled out and returned to your counselor by the deadline date.
    Applications can be picked up in the counseling office or printed from your Google Classroom. If you have any questions, please see your school counselor.
  • 2021 East Yearbook Information
  • Field of Honor Order Form
  • Wall of Heroes Application Form
  • Free Peer Tutoring
    HSE students offering free tutoring services to students who are struggling with the
    obstacles of remote learning to help them not only comprehend the material, but be
    able to retain it and utilize it in a classroom setting. Our tutoring services will be
    one-on-one for AP, honors, and regents courses listed on our website. Students will
    provide the topic and subject that they need help in prior to the tutoring session, so
    that our tutors can prepare themselves accordingly. They may also bring any
    material related to their course, and the tutors can help them. The tutoring sessions
    vary depending on the needs of the student. Meetings can be one-time, usually for
    tests/quizzes/homework help or on a weekly basis for challenging courses. Each
    tutoring session will be a 40-minute session or less and be conducted through
    Our goal is to provide quality education to students to aid our peers through remote learning and beyond.
  • SHSE Club Activity Guide 20-21
  • Senior Parking Sticker Letter
  • Recycle for a Cure: Pink Cans 4 Cancer
    Help save our environment and help young women fight Breast Cancer on LI.
    Pink recycling cans are found in the SHSE Cafeterias, Gyms, and on the Third Floor. Proceeds from each recyclable will help those fighting breast cancer afford treatment.


Resources for Parents & Guardians:


High School East News:

Robotics Team Offers Virtual Lesson

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The district’s robotics team met virtually on March 18 with fifth graders in Ms. Spata’s class at Tackan Elementary School. The team presented the exciting world of FIRST robotics, with the hopes of inspiring them to pursue STEM throughout their future school careers. The students were introduced to topics such as autonomous programming, the design process and building concepts. The team also showcased their current and past robots and answered the many questions students had about robotics.

DECA Students Shine at State Competition

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This year, 87 students from High School East and High School West’s School of Business competed in the New York DECA State Competition. While the competition was only online, the students still worked with advisers virtually to prepare and uploaded videos of their presentations to a portal, where they were reviewed by judges. East and West students received 66 medals and trophies, and 18 students qualified to attend the International Career Conference. Students will be competing virtually against all the top winners from across the globe.

There were more than 3,000 students from across the state competing. The competitions included business topics such as: marketing, finance, public relations, accounting and entrepreneurship. Students competed in either tests and role plays or written manuals and presentations. In addition to students placing in their various competitions, they also were awarded chapter recognition for Promotional, Community Service & Advocacy Campaign for Smithtown High School East and Community Service & Promotional Campaign for Smithtown High School West.

The district congratulates the following DECA National students: High School East: Thomas Callan, Lily Chai, Kaitlyn Doukas, Christopher Figueroa, Samantha Micozzi, Gabriella Milano, Megan Reilly, Shannon Roche, Thomas Russo and Anthony Spiezio. High School West: Sophia Barazani, Sean Carroll, Emma Ehrhard, Katie Magee, Nicholas Percent, Abigail Portela, Danielle Wass and Alexander Weiner.

The following students were inducted into the 2021 New York DECA Honor Society:
High School East: Thomas Callan, Kaitlyn Doukas, Daniela Macias, Jacqueline Pedley, Shannon Roche, Jordan Romano, Alexandra Schulz and Abby Thaw. High School West: Kathleen Alexander, Caitlin Camilleri, Erika DiGiovanni, Jake Grinberg, Nicholas Percent, Deanna Vincenzi and Alexander Weiner.

East Language Learners Celebrate Cultures

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Students and staff at High School East celebrated National Foreign Language Week from March 7-13 with activities centered around their languages of study and the importance of person-to-person communication. This year’s theme was “Open Your Mind to Language.”

The hallways and doorways in the foreign language wing were decorated to reflect the different countries. Students created a showcase display in the hallway celebrating their love of languages. In addition to creative lessons throughout the week, the foreign language students participated in a variety of crafts, a scavenger hunt and recreated famous works of art.

East Art Teacher Receives Educator Award

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High School East art teacher Tim Needles has been named the winner of the 2021 Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator Award by the National Art Education Association. This award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the regional level within their division. The award was presented during the virtual NAEA 2021 National Convention.

The mission of the NAEA champions creative growth and innovation by equitably advancing the tools and resources for a high-quality visual arts, design, and media arts education throughout diverse populations and communities of practice.

The NAEA is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle, and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, university students preparing to become art educators, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and supervisors and art museum educators.

East Students Build their Network

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The School of Business Honor Society at High School East hosted a LinkedIn workshop on March 10. The club invited Maria Frey, president and founder of Executive Consultants of New York, Corp., an organization that specializes in career and business development, to provide a guided tour to the students.

Students learned how to use the social networking platform to build their networking sphere. The workshop provided business students with a competitive edge in the ever-growing virtual reality of networking, college recruitment and job search, said Christine LoFrese, career and technical education director.

The workshop was held virtually with more than 25 students in attendance. Participants were introduced to the platform, and Mrs. Frey highlighted the importance of entering the correct information to attract employers and/or colleges. Students learned what to enter in which area and the importance of vanity URLs, LinkedIn groups and articles.

“The LinkedIn workshop was informative and helped me better understand how to set up and optimize a LinkedIn profile,” said High School East junior Lilly Chai. “It provided a great opportunity to learn about ways to network with industry professionals through the platform such as connecting with people, publishing engaging posts and joining groups.”

Parent University Workshops Offer Solutions, Strategies During Pandemic

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More than 250 parents, students and staff members participated in Smithtown Central School District’s virtual Parent University on March 8. Parent University is hosted by the district’s Wellness Committee. The evening, themed “Responding to this Moment,” featured more than a dozen workshops for participants in two different sessions.

Workshops were facilitated by both community members, professionals and staff. Mental health counselor Ron Villano addressed how to manage concerns for students during this time such as anxiety, stress, feeling trapped and mental health, and school performance. Dietitian/nutritionist Colleen McDermott talked about different nutrition components to lead a healthy lifestyle, while registered sleep technologist Brendan Duffy spoke about how to protect and improve sleep.

Smithtown’s administrator for guidance and related student services Kevin Colon provided strategies for effective communication between parents and teenagers. Nesaquake Middle School reading teacher Julianne DeSilva spoke about how to encourage reading at home with ideas for how parents can engage with reading with their children and model good reading habits.

Dr. Beth Forhman’s workshop offered evidence-based suggestions to foster family and children’s resiliency during this challenging time. Dr. Marissa Abram also spoke about the impact of mental health during the pandemic and how to create self-care plan. Psychologist and therapist Craig O’Brien addressed biological stress reactions and strategies for managing anxieties.

Smithtown Hosts 26th Annual Business Olympics

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Smithtown Central School District recently hosted its 26th annual Business Olympics. Although the competition moved to a virtual format this year, the event provided the same opportunities to the students. “We are so proud of what they accomplished,” said Christine LoFrese, the district’s career and technical education director. “The time and dedication all the students who participated put into their presentations was so impressive, and we were so proud of them all. We know the students are faced with many challenges daily due to the pandemic and to see them rise above the way they did was inspiring.”

The topic for this year’s competition was “Promoting Social Emotional Awareness.” The team’s challenge was to create a product — a good or a service — that will help to promote social and emotional awareness as well as growth in the areas of health and mental well-being during these difficult times. More than 220 students — and more than 60 teams — competed from Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West. This year’s winning team was Smithtown High School East seniors Michael Gannon and Krishna Palempalli, the International Businessmen and their product, the Bon Voyage Box.

FCCLA Sweetening the Day

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Smithtown High School East FCCLA made heart wreaths and sold them for Valentine’s Day. They raised $133, which was used to make 200 Valentine’s candy gift bags for the residents of Sunrise Assisted Living. The club wanted to continue giving to the residents since they still are not able to go out or have visitors.

Six Student-Artists Take Home Scholastic Awards

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Six student-artists from High School East and High School West have received awards in the annual Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.

From Dianne Shanian’s art class at High School East, 11th grader Lilly Chai was awarded a Silver Key for her painting. From Timothy Needles’ art class at High School East, the following students were honored: Angelina Bhola (Gold Key – digital art, flower model); Alexandra Lanzon (Gold Key – mixed media, Agape; Gold Key – mixed media, Mon cœur t’appartient; Honorable Mention – mixed media, Thantophobia); Kiersten Hebron (Honorable Mention – Façade; Honorable Mention –“They Won’t Understand”; Honorable Mention poetry – “Star-Crossed Lovers”); and Nethmi Withanage (Gold Key – drawing & illustration, “Beauty and the Beast”)

From Steve Halem’s art class at High School West, Maris O’Brien won a Silver Key for her acrylic painting, “Departure.”

HSE Students Advance in National Finance Competition

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The School of Business virtual enterprise class taught by Mr. Costello at High School East had their accounting department advance to the second round in the National Finance Competition. The event consisted of creating financial statements and highlights for the virtual business as well as future sales projections. This year’s company, “SeasonAll,” focused on creating environmentally friendly and cost-effective lawn care devices. Their newest product includes the auto-Scape, an automatic electric lawn mower. Pictured are High School East’s Emily Schrier and Joseph Mingione.

Resume Workshops Set Students Up for Success

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High School East and High School West’s School of Business Honor societies recently hosted two virtual resume workshops for all students in the district. There was a workshop for those who needed to create a resume and a workshop for students who have resumes but needed to improve them for college and the workplace.

The events were attended by 47 students from both of the district’s high schools. Mary Pat Grafstein, the district’s certified work experience and internship coordinator and executive director of the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, hosted the workshop for those who needed to start from the beginning. Maria Frey, Smithtown Industry Advisory Board member, hosted a workshop for those students who needed to modify and improve their existing resumes. Together, they provided students with templates and information as to what employers are looking for in a resume.  

The mission was for students to create or improve their resume using the information provided in the workshop and forward it to Mrs. Grafstein for review. They were encouraged to make an appointment with Mrs. Grafstein in the career center at either high school. Together, they will review the resume, create a portfolio for future internships, job availability and career counseling.