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24-Hour Play

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High School East recently created a 24-hour play, a production written, directed, cast and performed in a full day. Check out the video here:

HSE Artists in Local Competition

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Two Smithtown High School East student-artists in Dianne Shanian’s photo 1 class – Hannah Ackerman and Mallory Klein-Valente – has their artwork chosen in the Embracing Our Differences art competition. The artwork was on display in June at the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk Community College in Selden. Only 15 pieces were selected out of 100 entries. These banners will travel around Suffolk County to instill a sense of peace and awareness about diversity in various communities.

Two Named News12 Scholar Athletes

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High School East student-athlete Allie Brady and High School West student-athletes Kyle Zawadzki were recognized as News12 Scholar Athlete award winners. Only 30 students receive this award across Long Island. The students are pictured with George Alamia, High School East varsity girls volleyball coach (left) and Steve Fasciani, High School West varsity football coach. 

Sun Shines for Smithtown’s Graduates

Smithtown Central School District’s two high schools held their respective 103rd commencement exercises on the football field on June 21 joined by members of the board of education, administration, family, friends, faculty and invited guests, officially completing the seniors’ educational journey.

High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons commended the 406 members of the Class of 2018 for the positive mark they have left on the school. He reminded them to stay true to themselves and take advantage of the opportunities they will be presented with in the future. “The future is in your capable hands, and we know our future is bright,” Dr. Simmons told the graduates.

At High School East, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane, in his address to graduates, referenced the Robert Fulghum poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” “No matter how old you are, when you go into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together,” he said.

At High School West, leading up to the final moment in the graduation exercise, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, student-elected honor speaker Kevin Camson and senior class president Jenna Curcio delivered speeches filled with hopes, dreams and sage advice that assured the graduates they were prepared to begin the next stage of their lives. 

Sharing wisdom she learned reading Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take,” Ms. Bradshaw told the graduates that Grant’s research finds that those who give come out ahead in both business and in life. “Givers build larger, broader, more supportive networks of friends and colleagues. And they gain greater knowledge and experience through the broad network of people they are helping,” she noted. 

Ms. Bradshaw concluded her speech with a wish and a hope for the Class of 2018. “I wish you all the very best success, in whatever ways you measure it, and I hope that being a ‘giver’ plays a fulfilling role in that journey.”

Using humor, Kevin shared his personal story of overcoming obstacles. “There may be hurdles in your path, you may stumble. If you’re anything like me, you will stumble, but keep going. There may be hurdles you can’t clear at all. Go around them. If you do, success will come down to two things: guidance and hard work,” he advised. 

Jenna used her time behind the podium to honor those who helped the seniors get to where they are today. “Our thank you to those who have helped us is only beginning… Show them how thankful you are by making use of the precious gift of time which we all possess. Show our mentors that their time devoted to us was not in vain. They have all made a difference in our lives so that we can make a difference in the future.”

Joining the Smithtown High School West Class of 2018 in receiving a diploma was 87-year-old special guest, Mordechai Miller. Miller, a native of Poland and Holocaust survivor, was presented an honorary diploma from Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady. 

High School East’s honor speaker Matthew Timmel recounted their journey from freshmen to senior year and the memories created along the way. He said that graduation was the recognition of an adventure that started 13 years ago, and no matter where they end up in life, Smithtown will remain their roots.

High School East’s Senior Class President Nicole Cahill told her fellow graduates to strive for excellence in every task, no matter how large or small. She said that if everyone in the Class of 2018 lives up to their full potential, “just imagine the effect on the world we can have.”

Following the conferring of diplomas, both the High School West and East Class of 2018 tossed their caps and celebrated their accomplishments with family and friends. 

Habitat Club Gets Hands-On with Student Build

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The Habitat for Humanity Club from High School East attended a student build in Bay Shore on May 25. During the year, members are involved in many various fundraisers to donate funds to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk. The club participates in two student builds a year. The members are actively involved in building part of the home such as raising walls, sheet rocking, painting, tiling, flooring, landscaping and siding. 

High School East Teacher Touted for Tech Use

High School East Teacher Touted for Tech Use photo
Tim Needles, a media and art teacher at High School East, has been recognized with an award presented by one of the International Society for Technology in Education’s Professional Learning Networks for his dedication and achievement in the focus areas of the ISTE Professional Learning. ISTE is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world through individual and organizational membership and support services. ISTE provides educational technology resources to support professional learning for educators and education leaders.

Honoring Retirees

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At the May 22 board of education meeting, district honored its dedicated faculty and staff who will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane announced the names of each retiree before presenting those in attendance with Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the board of education, honoring their years of service to the district’s students. A brief reception was also held at district offices prior to the board meeting to celebrate the retirees.

The district congratulates the following retirees: 
Elizabeth Braunreuther 
Debra Canning
Georgianna Colino
Paul Cornwell
Barbara Delach
Helene Suarez Doheny 
Kim Emery
Ingrid Hrvatin
Jane Jordan
Hester Kanakaris
Elaine Kruk
Rosanne Lazarus
Amy Mannarino
James Markey
Vincent Mazza
Diane McGuire
Claire Heatley Mueller
Jeffrey Netter
Joan Pisano
Louise Prescott
Debra Pymm 
Gregory Rivera Jr.
Ann Marie Scholz
Alice Serio 
Dolores Seyffert
Ellen Smith
Linda Stackow
William Stockman
Laurie Sweeney
Antonio Tardio
Margaret Wilkey
Debra Zaleski

Recognizing Top Scholars

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For maintaining a 4.0 GPA for four consecutive years of high school, High Schools East and West recognized more than 150 seniors as Gold Cord recipients during their respective annual Gold Cord Awards ceremony on May 24. At High School East, 90 students were presented with the honor, while High School West had 70 Gold Cord receipients. Each student was called to the stage for recognition, a look back at their most memorable high school moments and to highlight future college and career goals.

Video Collaboration Selected for Exhibition

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High School East art teacher Tim Needles, along with six teachers from throughout the district, had their video art piece selected for inclusion in the Reimagining the Four Freedoms Exhibition. The exhibition runs from May 25 to Sept. 2 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt House in New York City. 

The exhibition is a modern interpretation of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech and it will be on tour for two years traveling to museums across America and France. Approximately 1,000 submissions were received and reviewed and only 37 works by 36 artists were selected. 

Reachers involved in the project include: Tim Needles (art teacher, High School East), Kimberly Williams (science teacher, High School West), Steve Halem (art teacher, High School West), Chauncey Cone (social studies teacher, High School West), James Kelly (English teacher, High School East), Christina Cone (social studies teacher, High School West), and Rich Hurley (special education teacher, High School East).

Students Take Top Awards at DECA

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Thirty-nine students from the district recently participated in the DECA International Career Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 22,000 students from around the world competing in this year’s event, several Smithtown students were named national finalists and award winners. 

High School East’s Jonathan Golbert was a national finalist for his community service project. Jonathan wrote a 30-page manual and ran various events to raise money and awareness for Memorial Sloan Kettering in honor of his father. High School East’s Brian Feminella was awarded a $220,000 ROTC Scholarship. 

Sunitha Palat and Madison Plourde from High School West were national finalists for their 30-page sports and entertainment manual. They worked with Smithtown Landing Golf Course to develop a customer experience management strategy and prepared a detailed written strategic plan for the golf course.

Kenny Indovino, David Wallman and Ian Whitehead from High School West were national semifinalists for their 30-page learn and earn manual. They developed a business plan and implemented a promotional campaign to sell West Spirit accessories at various school events. Jonathan Pofcher, High School West was a national finalist in his principles of finance test, and Stefanie Lin of High School West was a medalist for her test, professional selling.

East Researcher Takes Honors at ISEF

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High School East science research student Matthew Mullahy placed first in the Special Award Division from the American Psychological Association at the International Science and Engineering Fair from May 13-19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to his recognition, he received a $1,500 prize. Matthew is pictured with High School East research coordinator Maria Zeitlin.  

Students Honored with Building Bridges Awards

Students Honored with Building Bridges Awards photo
Students from High School East and High School West were selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Suffolk County’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program at Suffolk County Community College. Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island. Pictured (from left): Director of social studies Bryan Frank, High School East students Jhanvi Ravishankar, Kelsey Greco and Julie Anderson, New York State Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, High School West students Victoria Holtje, Sydney Rose and Alan Ajit with High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone.

SEL in Action in Smithtown

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High School East Musical Groups Take on Carnegie Hall

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As part of Best Band and Choirs International, High School East’s symphonic band, symphonic orchestra and concert choir had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on April 19. 

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security

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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.