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Seniors Still Get Chance to Celebrate

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Although the senior classes at High School East and High School West closed out their end-of-year activities a bit differently this year, they still had plenty of reasons to celebrate this June.

The students from both schools had the opportunity to attend a car parade for their senior countdown. In typical years, the students counted down the last moments in their school while the minutes before the final bell of the school year were displayed on the football scoreboard. This year, the students drove by in their decorated vehicles as faculty and staff waved at the procession of cars. The countdown began at 1:03 p.m., one hour before the last bell sounds.

Gold cord recipients, those who maintained a GPA of 4.0 for four consecutive years, had a chance to receive their gold cord awards package, presented by a member of the administrative team. Later in the week, the seniors attended a car parade to pick up their caps and gowns, yearbooks and celebratory lawn signs.

Mechanical Bulls Lend Helping Hand

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Dave Savage and the Robotics Team 810, the Mechanical Bulls, quickly shifted gears during the pandemic to help those in need. They created masks and shields for frontline workers and donated to various organizations.

Check out this video to see some of their initiatives:

CAPTURE Covid-19

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Capturing the individual and collective experiences of students and staff was the idea behind the club created by Smithtown High School East art teacher Dianne Shanian. “From the last day of in-class school on March 13, the students and staff have been coping with staying at home and doing our best with online instruction, and other limitations the Covid-19 virus has imposed,” she said.

“Since every person has been affected on some level by this sudden change in our lives, I wanted to offer a platform where students and staff could express or capture their feelings and thoughts in the form of words, photos, paintings, drawings or videos,” she said. “The collective visual result is emotionally powerful. The realization that these entries came from students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and from staff members, speaks to the overarching impact this experience has had on people of all ages, genders, cultures and backgrounds within our school district.”

CAPTURE slide presentation serves as a record for our district of this unique time in history, and we hope all viewers find something within it that resonates in them.


Business Awards Ceremony

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While the presentations had to be done virtually this year, the business department created an award ceremony to honor the student achievements in the classes, senior DECA and School of Business Honor Society officers and scholarship recipients.

To view the video, visit

HSE Concert Choir

The High School East concert choir completed their final project of the year, virtually. Enjoy their performance:

East Senior Earns Scholastic Honors

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High School East senior Alexis Yang won a national gold medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the short story category for her piece “Austin.”

More than 110,000 students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing to the 2020 Scholastic Awards. Her story was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Only 3,000 works received a national medal, landing her work in the work in the top 1% of all submissions.

The editor of High School East’s literary magazine, “Solstice,” last summer allowed Alexis to indulge her passion for poetry with an internship at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and Historic Site in Huntington. Additionally, she was named a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in writing/short story by the National YoungArts Foundation. Her work was published in Canvas Teen Literary Journal’s fall 2019 issue.

Alexis will be attending Binghamton University in the fall. While she has not yet declared a major, she intends to pursue further studies in the field of English.

Business Honor Society Induction

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A virtual ceremony was held for the students from HSE and HSW who were inducted into the NYS Business Honor Society Induction for Mastery of Business Achievement and Personal Higher Degree students. Please join us in congratulating this year’s honorees:

Smithtown Schools Select Honor Speakers

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High School East and High School West have named this year’s honor speakers for the Class of 2020. Honor speakers are chosen by vote from their class peers.

West’s honor speaker Luke Muratore boasts a weighted GPA of 4.42. He serves as president of the National Honor Society, captain of the cross-country and track teams, team captain of Relay for Life, public relations officer of Math Honor Society, member of Athletes Helping Athletes, DECA and Italian Honor Society. In the fall, Luke will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park and majoring in computer science.

East’s honor speaker Erin Holler holds a weighted GPA of 4.26. Her school activities include co-president of the Math Honor Society, treasurer of Class Council, captain of swim team, school mascot, member of Athletes Helping Athletes and the Physics Olympic team, National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Erin will be attending the University of Scranton to study kinesiology.

Staff wishes to our Seniors!

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The High School East faculty would like to extend our congratulations to the East Class of 2020. Please enjoy this video:

East’s Senior Music Awards

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High School East recently conducted a virtual senior music awards ceremony. Click to watch the video.

Robotics Team Takes on Virtual Challenge

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The district’s robotics team ¬– the Mechanical Bulls Team 810 – recently participated in a global design competition virtually. The FIRST robotics teams from around the world were invited to a virtual design competition where they were challenged to solve a current world problem with their robotics skills.

Students used Onshape, a web-based CAD system, to design a robot that helps to solve a current world problem. Robotics Team 810 decided to take on litter and pollution on urban streets. Through a series of Google Meets, messages, e-mails and shared design files, the team was able to complete their design along with a three-page essay highlighting the process and concept of the robot.

The team’s robot is designed to pick up garbage through two inwardly rotating brushes, angled in a way to create a vortex that maximizes trash pickup. At the virtual awards ceremony on May 29, the Mechanical Bulls placed #87 out of 150 teams in 10 countries.

Capture COVID-19

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The district is asking students and staff to capture and submit their thoughts and expressions about COVID-19. The deadline for submissions is June 10th. Click here to upload

Smithtown Celebrates 31 Newly Tenured Staff

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At the April 28 Board of Education meeting, the district granted tenure to 31 staff and administrators. Congratulations to the following administrators who were granted tenure:

Timothy Hellmuth, assistant principal at Accompsett Middle School and Daniel McCabe, principal at Nesaquake Middle School.

The district also congratulates the following teachers who received tenure:
Janelle Albano, reading teacher, Smithtown Elementary
Tracey Ballato, special education teacher, Accompsett Middle
Amy Bleecher, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Rachelle Ciota, math teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Janice Concagh, teacher, Dogwood Elementary
Patrice D’Elia, psychologist
Kristen Dicpinigaitis, science teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Lauren DiNapoli-Iannello, foreign language teacher, High School West
Melissa Fenster, special education teacher, Tackan Elementary
Jaclyn Fettinger, FACS teacher, High School East
Desiree Fischer, special education teacher, High School East
Sarah Gilbert, English as a second language teacher, High School West
Corinne Gorniok, reading teacher, Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Chander Mallhotra Jr., special education teacher, High School East
Courtney Mancuso, special education, Tackan Elementary
Tonina Manziello, science teacher, Nesaquake Middle
Alyssa Mescia, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Maeve Miller, business teacher, High School East
Erin O’Connor, special education teacher, Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Alyssa Ochrym, English teacher, High School West
Chana Penini, special education teacher, High School West
Roseann Primus, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Joseph Sagarese, English teacher, High School East
Jenna Simonetti, science teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Dana Thau, psychologist, Dogwood Elementary
Denise Trifaro, technology teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Elise Viola, special education teacher, Tackan Elementary
Katherine Wassle, reading teacher, High School West
Nancy Zimmermann, reading teacher, Dogwood Elementary

Putting Printers to Good Use

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The career and technical teachers from the technology department at Smithtown Central School District have been hard at work creating masks and shields for staff at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital.

Using their 3D printers, the teachers created and delivered 140 masks/shields so far. Teachers Brian Costello, Connor Kelly, Dave Savage, Caitlin Caputo and Sean Tomasello have been volunteering their time, using the 3D printers from the school program to make the masks and shields. They have been working with High School East 2019 graduate Ben Levine.

During his time at High School East, Ben was very involved in the career and technical education department and was a member of the robotics team. He set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase the filament and transparency film needed to make the masks. Ben has been working with the teachers to print them and distribute them to frontline workers at the two hospitals.

“The teachers have been really passionate about wanting to do what they can to give back and assist the frontline workers,” said Christine LoFrese, career and technical education direction, Smithtown Central School District. “It is so nice to see them all working together with a former grad on this project of coming up with the design and then implementing it. They are putting all their skills to good use and modeling what they teach to the students in their classes.”