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Drama Club Shows Off Talent During Winter Production

Drama Club Shows Off Talent During Winter Production photo

High School East’s Drama Club presented three successful performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 in the High School East auditorium. There was also a special matinee for senior citizens in the community on Nov. 29. The script was adapted from the famous movie screenplay, written and directed by Frank Capra. The play was directed by Kim Sundberg and co-produced by Matthew Hennings and Jean Marie Kliphuis.

Annual Dinner Unites Student-Musicians

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The Tri-M Music Honor Society of Smithtown High School West hosted the seventh annual Tri-M dinner on Nov. 21. More than 100 Tri-M members from both High School East and High School West gathered in the library to enjoy dinner and a little friendly competition. Each attendee also brought nonperishable food items to be donated to the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry.

Mechanical Bulls Ride to the Finals

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The Smithtown Robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, competed in the sixth annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational during the weekend of Nov. 18-19. This was their first competition since last March, and it provided an opportunity to introduce new members to competition and test out new drivers.

Together with pre-rookie Team 6706 from Mineola and Team 2872 from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, Smithtown’s team went from the lowest ranking, ninth-seeded alliance to making the finals. 

The event was the kickoff to their global build and competition season, where the team receives a game challenge and six weeks to design, fabricate, wire, program and test a new robot from scratch to compete in two regional competitions. They will be competing against teams from China, Chinese Taipei, Brazil, Croatia, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan.

Annual Business Olympics Challenges Students for Charity

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Each year, the School of Business in the Career & Technical Education Department, in cooperation with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, sponsors a Business Olympics competition.

This year’s theme was “Charity for a Cause,” which challenged the teams to choose a charity and plan a fundraising event to raise awareness and money for the charity. Students had to create a promotional and marketing campaign for their business as well as a PSA for their event and charity. Fifty-five teams of more than 230 students from HSE and HSW competed in the 23rd annual event on Nov. 8. 

Smithtown Industry Advisory Board members, district administrators and employees, local companies and organizations participated in the event and judged the students on their overall presentation. All student teams were required to have a Google Slide Presentation, a commercial for their charity, promotional materials and a marketing plan for their charity event. 

First place was awarded to the “Fitness is our Business – Driving out Diabetes” team of Mason Lambrix, Sunitha Palat, Madison Plourde and Kayla Rickles. In second place was “We Mean Business  - Winter Gala” consisting of Michael Caccavale, Michael Fischetti, James Rogers, Matthew Tockarshewsky and Calvin Wong. Third-place winners were Jenna Curcio, Anya Ording and Rachel Watson of “Team Red, White and Blue. ” 

Resources, Workshops Provide Tools for Success

Resources, Workshops Provide Tools for Success

The district and its Parent-Teacher Associations, in partnership with the Smithtown Youth Bureau, Horizons Counseling and Education, Suffolk County Police Department and the Counter Drug Task Force, presented a Parent/Student University focusing on current drugs trends on Nov. 1 in the High School West auditorium.

Community members, parents and students came out to listen to the presentation on topics such as the dangers of alcohol abuse and vaping, social host laws, and what’s happening in the local community by Suffolk County Police Officer George Lynagh, Town of Smithtown youth services coordinator Kelly DeVito, Horizon Counseling and Education Center assistant director Patrice Levy and National Guard Counterdrug Task Force senior airman Gabriel Manzueta.  

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of Family and Children’s Association, spoke to attendees about prevention, recovery and support resources. Before and after the presentation, community resources were available from local agents such as Project Presence, Inc., Families Anonymous, Tobacco Coalition of Long Island, LICADD, St. Patrick Youth, WellLife Network and YMCA Family Services. 

“It is an honor to work in a school district with such an invested community of parents, faculty and students,” said Siobhán Cassidy, Project Presence, Inc.’s director of professional development and practice. 

Throughout the evening, social-emotional workshops were conducted to offer parents tools to better connect. Parents learned about Smithtown Central School District’s social-emotional learning initiative and how they can partner with the schools at home. A parent/child yoga workshop gave participants the opportunity to increase body awareness and strengthen the parent/child connection. A mindfulness workshop taught parents how to be more present in their relationships with their child. The eating for energy workshop focused on how to reduce cravings, detoxify and find the top food categories for increasing energy.

Citizen Science Promotes Collaboration for East Researchers

Citizen Science Promotes Collaboration for East Researchers photo

High School East science research students, under the direction of Smithtown East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin, participated in a hands-on collaborative ecosystem-monitoring project at Short Beach on Oct. 6.

The “Day in the Life of the Nissequogue River” project is designed to celebrate the river and estuary ecosystems and educate participants on the uniqueness of Long Island’s NY State-designated Wild and Scenic rivers. More than a dozen different school districts participated in the annual study sponsored by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County Water Authority. 

On a single day, environmental education partners and students all along the river simultaneously collected scientific information, analyzed it and shared it to portray the status of the river and estuary ecosystem.

According to Ms. Zeitlin, Short Beach was selected for its particular relevance to East students as citizen science is inspired when students look into their own backyards. “Students use hands-on field techniques to perform scientific data collection to assess the health of this part of the Nissequogue River,” she said. “They sample fish populations using seine nets, perform chemical analysis of water samples including phosphate, nitrate and oxygen levels. They inventory site descriptions by drawing pictures and using photography. Students examine the physical attributes of the site with data collection relating to wind speed and direction, current flow, as well as sedimentation and turbidity of the water.” Upon return to school, all data is uploaded to a central website for comparison and analysis.

Student-Musicians Selected for Festivals

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Thirty-eight student-musicians from High School East and High School West have been selected to participate in All-State and All-County music festivals this fall and winter.

Thirteen students from the two high schools have been selected for All-State honors as a result of their superior scores at the New York State School Music Association’s solo festival and teacher recommendations. All-State student ensembles will perform at the 2017 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 30-Dec. 3. 

The district congratulates the following Smithtown Central School District 11th- and 12th-grade student-musicians who have been selected to All-State: 

Blake Carey (HSW), Symphonic Band, Trombone
Anthony D’Amore (HSE), Alternate, Alto Saxophone and Mixed Chorus Bass I
Jack Furci (HSE), Alternate, Snare Drum and Jazz Drum Set
Emily Keleher (HSE), Women’s Chorus, Soprano 2
James Knapp (HSW), Alternate, Jazz Drum Set
James McDermott (HSE), Alternate, Cello
Aaron Min (HSE), Alternate, Alto Saxophone
Rachel Mitrani (HSW), Alternate, Jazz Soprano Voice
Lolita Nazarov (HSE), Wind Ensemble, Tenor Saxophone
Madeline Psarakis (HSW), Alternate, Cello
Gabe Romero (HSE), Alternate, Cello
Sophia Russo (HSW), Mixed Chorus, Alto II
Justin Wei (HSE), String Orchestra, Violin

Twenty-five students from High School East and High School West were named Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County musicians. Selection to the All-County Festival is one of the most prestigious honors in Suffolk County for a student-musician. Students will perform in the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Concert in Nov. 17 at Hauppauge High School.  
The district congratulates the following musicians:

High School East: 
Jordan Christophides, Treble Chorus, Alto 2
Hannah Cozzolino, Treble Chorus, Alto 2
Alexandra Cuomo, Mixed Chorus, Alto 2
Anthony D’Amore, Band/Mixed Chorus, Alto Saxophone 1/Bass 1
Danielle Dwyer, Treble Chorus, Alto 2
Nicole Ellner, Treble Chorus, Alto 1
Jack Furci, Band, Snare Drum 1
Harry Jung, Mixed Chorus, Bass 2
Emily Keleher, Mixed Chorus, Soprano 2
Jack Kogan, Mixed Chorus, Tenor 1
Max Lippman, Mixed Chorus, Bass 2
Nicole Mangione, Band, Oboe 2
Caroline Massaro, Band, Bb Clarinet 3
James McDermott, Orchestra, Cello
Aaron Min, Band, Alto Saxophone 2
Lolita Nazarov, Band, Tenor Saxophone 1
Samantha Rini, Treble Chorus, Alto 2
Gabriel Romero, Orchestra, Cello
Justin Wei, Orchestra, Violin 1

High School West:
Kevin Burket, Band, Euphonium 1
Michael Caccavale, Band, Snare Drum 1
Blake Carey, Orchestra, Trombone 1
Rachel Mitrani, Mixed Chorus, Soprano 1
Madeline Psarakis, Orchestra, Cello
Sophia Russo, Treble Chorus, Alto 2

Naughton Named Coach of the Year

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Ann Naughton, High School East girls field hockey coach, was recently named a Section XI New York State Public High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year. Coaches are selected based on years of coaching, win-loss records, participation in league/sectional committees, and being a positive role model in their school and community. Naughton was recognized at the Oct. 10 meeting of the Board of Education. She is pictured (center) with Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane and Board of Education trustee Gladys Waldron. 

Commended Students Shine in Smithtown

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Fifteen students from High School East and High School West have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding academic achievement on their PSAT exams. 

Two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the exam receive Letters of Commendation. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied selection index score that may vary from year to year. 

Seven students from High School East were named Commended students. They are Stephanie Battaglia, Christopher Capuano, Jack Furci, Hana Ghobashy, Jonathan Golbert, Jacob Tehranian and Shrey Thaker. 

From High School West, the eight students recognized include: Kevin Camson, Timothy Corcoran, Ashley Dolan, Julia Gutierrez, Asli Kizilkaya, Edward Lorrain, Reed Passaretti and Steven Spreizer Jr. 

Memorial Scholarship, Community Service Kick Off

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High School East student volunteers, district administrators and board of education members, representatives of the United Way of Long Island, representatives of the United Veterans Beacon House and members of the Martella family gathered at High School East on Sept. 26 to kick off the combined efforts to honor the memory of former Board of Education member Scott Martella.

High School East students will organize a yearlong community service project to directly benefit United States veterans. Five Smithtown High School East seniors – Brooke Berroyer, Caroline Loiodice, Sofia Palazzolo, Brianna Saggese and Isabelle Sicoli – will be working to benefit the United Veterans Beacon House as this year’s community service project to honor Scott’s memory. The students, who are all part of a leadership class, will work with Beacon House to help understand some of the housing issues facing veterans on Long Island. The students plan to start the grassroots effort and anticipate their activities will grow as the year progresses.

Working with the United Way of Long Island, the Scott Martella Scholarship Memorial Fund will provide scholarships to students who will be attending college whose studies may include international relations or public service. United Way of Long Island’s president and CEO Theresa Regnante spoke about the connection between the district and the United Way. “Scott was a young man who made such an impact in such a short time,” she said. “We really hope the district takes hold of this project and it becomes a great opportunity for years to come.”

East Educator Named Finalist

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High School East math teacher Marianne Schoepflin was recently named a New York State finalist in math for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Last year, the 11-year educator was awarded the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Schoepflin was recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 26. She is pictured here with Board of Education President Jeremy Thode (left) and Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane.