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Math Learning Centers Offer Walk-In Extra Help for High School East, West Students

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Carrie Kropp (left) and Abigayle Gersbeck (right) help lead the math learning center at High School East.

Math extra help is available on a walk-in basis every period of the day at both High School East and High School West.

Each high school has a math learning center — East in room 313, West in room G307.

“Students can literally walk in and say, ‘I didn’t know how to do my homework last night. Can you help me?’” said Angelica Babino, the district’s math director.

Typically, students drop in during their study hall or lunch period.

Many who take advantage of the learning centers’ availability end up appreciating the experience and decide to visit daily or every other day — and often the day before a test.

There are two math TAs at High School West, Mark Cimino and Richard Bassin. And one math TA, Carrie Kropp, and two tutors, Liz Manning-Hart and Abigayle Gersbeck, at High School East.

All of the staff at the learning centers are math certified, so the designations mostly relate to how many hours per week each works.

In addition to the voluntary attendees, some students are assigned to a learning center because they have been identified as needing academic support. That assignment sometimes stems from a parent or guardian contacting the student’s guidance counselor to request the extra help.

The middle schools also have extra math instruction for students who are assigned. And a math TA was hired at the middle-school level to combat COVID learning loss. That TA regularly is in classrooms for all math subjects.

“Sometimes, between the counselor and the parent, they know that the student is not going to take that step and walk in there,” Babino said. “We can actually place it on their schedule. Maybe they have lunch seventh period. On their schedule, they also have ‘AIS’ (Academic Intervention Services) seventh period on ‘B’ days, so they’re required to go up there.”

This academic year, Babino’s team has ramped up its direct involvement in Algebra I and Algebra II classes to identify students who could benefit from additional learning support.

Because there has not been a state assessment test in two years as a result of COVID-19, students may not as frequently be identified through traditional means as needing support from the learning centers.

“The Algebra I students, being that they’re coming from middle school, they may or may not be identified. So they may not be scheduled for the extended algebra course that offers them that extra support,” Babino said. “
As a result, the AIS providers are pushing into the regular, single-period algebra class that doesn't have that extra support built in.

“And Algebra II is the third math course. So these students in Algebra II didn’t take the algebra regents in ninth grade because it was canceled. And they didn’t take the geometry regents last year because it was canceled. So now, here they are, their third year of math — they have their Regents credits under their belt, but they have never taken one. And now they’re going to have to take the hardest Regents exam. Because of that, we have that additional support there in the classrooms.”

Three Smithtown CSD Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

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L to R: East’s Lilly Chai, West's Aaquib Syed and East's Angelina Lent.

The Smithtown Central School District is well-represented among semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

High School East’s Lilly Chai and Angelina Lent and High School West’s Aaquib Syed all earned that recognition on Wednesday.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

“I’m glad that hard work pays off,” said Lent, who plans to attend Stony Brook University, where she will play women’s soccer. “I’m just really excited to see that I was a semifinalist.”

Kevin Simmons Appointed New Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

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Kevin Simmons helps lead a 9/11 remembrance ceremony this past Friday at High School East.

Dr. Kevin Simmons will soon have a new role within the Smithtown Central School District.

The Board of Education approved Simmons as its new assistant superintendent for instruction and administration at its meeting on Tuesday night, following the recommendation of superintendent Mark Secaur.

Simmons has served as High School East principal since July 2016 and previously had served as principal of Nesaquake Middle School.

He will remain in his role at High School East during a brief transition period. A successor as principal will be sought immediately.

"What needs to be said to our cherished students is that you have inspired me each and every day with your kindness, intellect and enormous school spirit," Simmons said. "... You have been, and will continue to be, the reason why I have dedicated myself to this most noble profession."

High School East Chamber Choir Performs Anthem at Ceremonies Marking 9/11 Anniversary

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The High School East Chamber Choir performs at the St. James Fire Department's 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Saturday.

The Smithtown High School East chamber choir lent its voices to remembrance ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday.

In the morning, the group performed at Suffolk County’s ceremony at the Dennison Building in Hauppauge, then at the St. James Fire Department’s ceremony. The choir then again performed the national anthem at the high school’s football game in the early afternoon.

At the firehouse ceremony, High School East student Sofia Regona played a taps solo on the trumpet. And fellow student Emily Garry performed a solo rendition of God Bless America.

The St. James event was particularly meaningful to choir director Mark Hegreness.

During the ceremony, a moment of silence was held for Douglas Oelschlager, who answered the call on 9/11 as an FDNY firefighter, and who also was a captain with the St. James Eagle Hook & Ladder.

Hegreness was teaching Oelschlager’s daughter on the day of the terrorist attacks 20 years ago.

Hegreness has ensured that the High School East chamber choir performs at the St. James firehouse ceremony annually since the service began.

“First of all, it’s a good experience for the students to understand the history and be a part of a community event like this one,” Hegreness said. “And it’s extra special for me to be part of this ceremony.”

Smithtown High Schools Plant Trees to Mark Somber 9/11 Anniversary

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Superintendent Mark Secaur (left) and principal Kevin Simmons address attendees during a 9/11 ceremony at High School East.

The Smithtown Central School district marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 within each of its schools, including by holding tree-planting ceremonies at both high schools on Friday.

The somber ceremonies served as reminders to never forget those who died on that tragic day and also to recognize the sacrifice made by first responders and rescue workers who have since passed away from related illnesses.

High School East’s ceremony took place at 10 a.m., with a similar ceremony following at High School West at noon.

In both ceremonies, a matching blue spruce tree provided by a local nursery was planted in remembrance, with students participating in the planting of the trees.

The Smithtown, St. James and Nesconset fire departments and color guards as well as members of American Legion Post 833 and VFW Post 10870 attended.

A moment of silence also was observed.

The ceremony at High School West took place at a garden created shortly after 9/11, which displays a steel beam from the World Trade Center.

“I’m both honored and humbled to be with you today for this very special ceremony,” superintendent Mark Secaur told students and other attendees during the earlier ceremony. “… It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since that fateful day — a day when all gave some, and some gave all. It was a day mixed with honor and horror as well as sacrifice and selflessness. Today we honor the memories of the lives lost that day as well as those lost in the years since.”

We're Back! Students Return for First Day of School, In-Person Learning

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Students at High School West were greeted with a welcome back sign provided by the PTSA.

Welcome back!

A little rain at arrival didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the first day of school — and in-person learning — on Thursday.

Administrators fanned out throughout the Smithtown Central School District’s dozen schools to join staff in greeting students amid the raindrops.

At High School West, a large sign donated by the PTSA that read, “Welcome Back, West Side Pride,” greeted students.

At Nesaquake Middle School, sixth-grade teacher Ron Parmegiani was among the most enthusiastic. He grabbed an umbrella and went car to car as students arrived, offering personalized greetings to each family.

"We are very excited to welcome our students back to school for in-person instruction five days a week,” superintendent Mark Secaur said. “We have many reasons to be enthusiastic about this school year, including the return of extracurricular clubs, sports and activities. Our students also will be able to participate in field trips, concerts, plays and other activities that bring them joy and a well-rounded scholastic experience.

“This year’s enrollment will be near 8,000 students, including 171 students in our new full-day prekindergarten. We stand ready to provide all of our students with whatever academic, social or emotional assistance they may need and look forward to the year ahead.”

Smithtown's Newest Teachers Begin Orientation for Upcoming School Year

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The Smithtown Central School District welcomed its newest educators on Monday.

A three-day New Teacher Orientation program began inside Branch Brook Elementary School library in the morning, with board of education members, superintendent Mark Secaur and several other administrators offering their greetings.

The group, which includes teachers, psychologists, social workers and counselors, and which comprises roughly 40 newcomers in total, then began three days of programming to prepare them for the Sept. 9 opening day of school.

Sessions during the three-day event will include strategies for success during the opening days of school, classroom management, an overview of technology resources, meetings with principals, special education and guidance department overviews, and the distribution of security badges, email addresses, passwords and other key material.