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High School West Artist Wins Local Contest

High School West Artist Wins Local Contest photo
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty hosted an art competition for Smithtown High School students at their Smithtown branch. High School West student-artist Rebecca Lee was presented with a $500 check as the contest winner at a reception. The artwork was on display at Daniel Gale in March and April.

HSW Scientists Head to NYS Fair

HSW Scientists Head to NYS Fair photo
Three sophomore student-scientists from High School West – Shannon Alptekin, Sidney Padmanaban and Julia Savino – are among a dozen students from Long Island who were named New York State finalists at the Long Island Science Congress. They will take their project, “The Effect of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors on the Rate of Peristalsis in Nematostella vectensis” to the New York State Science Competition in Syracuse on June 8. 

District Names Torch Award Winners

District Names Torch Award Winners
The district has named its 2019 Torch Award recipients. The Torch Award is presented to Smithtown teachers who have significantly contributed to the growth and professional development of their teacher colleagues. The Smithtown Teacher Center hosted a reception to honor all Torch Award recipients and nominees. The 2019 Torch Award recipients are, from left, Tracy McAlvin, Christa Braunreuther, Jonathan Ferrante, Christina Cone, Jeanmarie Wilson, James Schiraldi and Barbara DiSalvo.

Mechanical Bulls Remain Strong at Local Comp

Mechanical Bulls Remain Strong at Local Comp photo
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The district’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, participated in the FIRST Long Island Regional at Hofstra University from March 28-30. 

Using their team-member-designed scouting software, the team strategized and drove their robot with near perfection for the duration of competition. Competing against 48 local and international teams, Smithtown finished the qualifying rounds in fifth-place overall. The competition included robotics teams from Long Island, New York State, China, Brazil, Norway and Turkey. 

The Mechanical Bulls finished the competition by making it into the quarter final round. Team mentor Brian Costello won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. This award is presented to one outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. The Mechanical Bulls were also awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award. This award celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST core values both on and off the playing field.

Rotary Awards

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On May 2, High School East hosted the Rotary Awards ceremony. Seniors from both High School East and West were honored recipients.

A Day of Remembrance

A Day of Remembrance photo

High School East and High School West spent April 11 educating its sophomore classes on events of the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide. As part of its social studies curriculum, the schools have held a Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Day for the past 18 years.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. During the full-day event, the 10th graders listened to a lecture by Rwandan genocide survivor and former Parliament speaker Joseph Sebarenzi. A second guest lecture included  a testimony from Holocaust survivor Werner Reich. The lectures help students connect on a more personal level and understand the importance of empathy and forgiveness despite these tragedies.

“Werner Reich and Joseph Sebarenzi’s presentations were both very inspirational and gave you a feeling to be a better person and try to keep peace for the future,” said Ashley Lockwood, High School West student. “Also, to try and forgive others to stay healthy and get rid of anger and bitterness.”

During breakout sessions, students worked in smaller groups for different activities. They spent two periods learning the background of what happened in Cambodia and Rwanda through a presentation and film clips and created an awareness poster.

 

Distracted Driving Simulator Educates West students

Distracted Driving Simulator Educates West students photo

To teach their fellow students about the dangers of making poor decisions while driving, the SADD Club of High School West hosted the International Save a Life Tour in the school’s auditorium on April 10. All High School West juniors participated in the program which began with an assembly highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving.

Throughout the day, juniors were invited down in smaller groups to experience driving in simulated situations of being distracted either by texting or using alcohol. Students also took a pre and post survey on their knowledge of being impaired while driving. After their experience driving in the simulators, SADD students encouraged their peers to sign a pledge card to remind them of what they experienced.  

All of the High School West juniors signed the pledge, which will hang in the school as a reminder to all students to make good choices while driving.



New York State Science & Engineering Fair Winners

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HSW science research students participated in the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, where more than 300 students presented their research to academic judges. Congratulations to the following award-winning students: Elizabeth Yaboni and Lara Cain, first place in animal science; Matthew Schuchman, second place, animal science; and James Rogers, third place, animal science.

Smithtown Students Inspired by Survivor’s Story

Smithtown Students Inspired by Survivor’s Story photo
High School West recently welcomed Holocaust survivor Ruth Minsky Sender to speak to the Holocaust and genocide classes of High School East and High School West. Ms. Sender is the author of “The Cage, To Life,” “The Holocaust Lady” and “While There’s Life.” 

She shared her experiences of a tragic time in history and how she wrote poetry while in the camp. The poems depicted scenes of anguish, but also inspired others to continue their will to live. Her testimony helps educate the new generation of the atrocities of the past and inspires them to live a life free of hate. 

Young Engineers Get Hands-On with Design

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Students in Sean Tomasello’s Project Lead the Way introduction to engineering design class at High School West are designing cams using Autodesk Inventor to provide a specified motion. After the design phase is complete, the students create a physical model using a full spectrum laser cutter and test their design to compare the results against the desired outcome. The students were creating this cam for a prototype automata. By the end of the school year, the students will be creating a full-sized automata using the different tools in the lab, such as the laser cutter, 3D printer and hand and power tools. 

Science Students Delve into Cell Study

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High School West students in Sara Albanese’s Project Lead the Way Principles of Biomedical Science worked with samples from the HeLa cell line to create a chromosome spread. HeLa cells are the oldest and most commonly used human cell line, isolated in 1951. Cells were dropped onto a slide to release the chromosomes, or genetic material, and then stained so the cells and chromosomes would be visible under a microscope.

 

East Leaders on the RISE

East Leaders on the RISE photo
High School East’s Interact Club hosted the RISE leadership conference for students from High School East and West, Kings Park, Commack and Connetquot school districts on March 20. Interact is a community service club that works with Rotary International. Students attended workshops on empathy and how to pitch yourself and participated in team building activities with senior leaders from Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. There were also opportunities to share ideas on community service projects and fundraisers.

HSW Student Honored in Local Essay Contest

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High School West student Rociel Raymundo recently received honorable mention in the Daughters of the American Revolution Anna Smith Strong Chapter essay contest. She was presented with a certificate and a monetary award. Rociel was nominated by her teachers as a student who demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen. She submitted her transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal essay and a written response to an essay contest. Rociel is pictured with Daughters of the American Revolution representative Leslie O’Brien. 

Smithtown Brunch Helps Female Students ‘Power Up’

Smithtown Brunch Helps Female Students ‘Power Up’ photo
The 17th annual Female Power Brunch was hosted by the Smithtown Central School District, in conjunction with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board’s Career Center and Smithtown Central School District’s Career and Technical Education Department, in the library of Smithtown High School West on March 15.

Approximately 70 business-minded female students from both high schools were in attendance to listen to the two dozen female guest speakers of the day. Prior to the start of the guest speaker sessions, the students had a meet and greet with members of the Career Tracks Committee, mentors and guest speakers.

During three different sessions, the students learned about the speakers and mentors, their career path and interests. Speakers shared their messages after the networking brunch, where guests and students came together to talk about their college and career goals. Guest speakers touched on a wide range of topics and included a variety of career paths including a CEO, college president, advertising manager, digital media manager, risk consultant and business owners. 

Mechanical Bulls Take Judge’s Award at Regionals

Mechanical Bulls Take Judge’s Award at Regionals photo
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The district’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, competed at the Central New York Regional in Utica, from March 14-16. The team advanced to the quarter finals in the competition and won the judge's award for their global online scouting system. The system allows for teams to compile data, in real time, to develop a comprehensive strategy during the competition for each unique match. The Mechanical Bulls will compete next at the Long Island Regional on March 29 and 30.