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(631) 382-2970
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Assistant Principal - Mr. Solomon:
(631) 382-2940

 

 

 

 

From the Desk of the Principal

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From the Attendance Office:

Please email the Attendance Office at pknudsen@smithtown.k12.ny.us  or pmundinger@smithtown.k12.ny.us to notify the Attendance Office of a student's illness, college visit, or other excused reason as to why the student will not be in school. Once the email is received, the attendance can be recorded and thus eliminate the automated phone call that day. There is no need to follow with an absence note, as the email will be printed and serve as the note. If the student is to be picked up early, please also email the Attendance Office the time and reason the student will be leaving. The student will then be required to pick up a pass and sign out of the building in the Attendance Office.

   

High School West News:

 

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.
 

Seventh Annual Tri-M Dinner

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On Tuesday, November 21st, the Tri-M Music Honor Society of Smithtown High School West hosted the seventh annual Tri-M Dinner. Over one hundred Tri-M members from both Smithtown East and West gathered in the library to enjoy dinner and a little friendly competition. Each attendee also brought non-perishable food items that were donated to the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry.

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.

Showing Humanitarian Spirit

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Students at High School West recently came together to help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The students organized an “essential items” drive and collected baby formula, diapers, nonperishable foods, batteries, flashlights, first aid items and feminine hygiene products. Many of the school’s groups and clubs worked together to show a humanitarian spirit and help those in need. Some Spanish classes wrote messages of hope, empathy and encouragement. They also shared inspirational quotes and drawings to show their support.

Haunted Hallways and Halloween Fun

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High School West held its annual Safe Halloween event on the evening of Oct. 27. Organized by the Leadership Club, more than 30 of the school’s clubs participated with stations for the trick or treaters. Some stations featured arts and craft, games or a spooky haunted house. The High School West jazz band and brass ensemble entertained guests throughout the evening. Guests were asked to bring a nonperishable food items to the event and more than 500 items were collected to be donated to Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry. 

Softball Scholars Named All-American

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Eight students from High School West’s 2017 varsity softball team have been named scholar-athlete All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. 

To qualify for this distinction, student-athletes must possess a 3.5 GPA or higher. The district congratulates junior Danielle Badillo, sophomore Sarah Chapman, junior Abigail Canelle, junior Kristin Horoszewski, junior Alicia Killeen, Class of 2017 graduate Kaitlyn Loffman, sophomore Jillian Meaney and Class of 2017 graduate Katelynn Meaney.

A Sampling of College Offerings

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High School West held a mini-college day fair for its juniors and seniors in the school’s gymnasium on Oct. 24. More than 50 colleges and universities both locally and throughout the U.S. had representatives available to offer advice and answer questions from the Smithtown students. Students asked about academic programs, campus life, admissions questions and financial aid and tuition information during the one-on-one meet and greet with the college representatives. 
  

HSW Educator Learns from Leading Scholars

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High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone was selected to attend a professional development conference hosted by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-sponsored by the Department of Russian and East European Studies. Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania and Carthage College for secondary school educators, the conference was held from Oct. 21-22 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The weekend conference focused on “What is Eurasia?” and connected 40 educators with leading scholars in the field of international relations. Nine experts presented topics including the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian revolution, post-Soviet democratization, the Baltic States and more. 

Innovative Teachers

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HSW’s Greg Sill and Christina Cone recently hosted a session at the Long Island Council for the Social Studies annual conference on using Nearpod in the classroom to engage students. More than 60 teachers attended their session and learned how to use the technology to support the teaching and learning of the skills, practices, and content needed to master the various social studies assessments.

Taking Strides for Epilepsy Awareness

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In an effort to raise awareness about epilepsy, High School West senior Marie Carpenter recently participated in a walk to raise money to support the cause. The cause is personal to her, as Marie’s younger sister Sophia has battled epilepsy for the past five years. Marie participated in an Epilepsy Awareness Walk on Oct. 14 in honor of Sophia and raised more than $2,600 for the EPIC Long Island organization. EPIC supports epilepsy education and training and research for the cause.

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

West Boasts Two Siemens Semifinalists

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Two High School West students – Lara Kolya Cain and Elizabeth Yaboni – are among more than 400 semifinalists named across the United States in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. 

Cain and Yaboni worked alongside Central Islip High School student Anthonyne Metelus on their project, “The effects of organophosphate (glyphosate and diazinon) and a carbamate (aldicarb) on the Nematode, C. elegans.” The purpose of their work was to assess the impact that common insecticides have on the environment by testing their impacts on a worm exposed to such chemicals in its natural environment. 

“The team of students worked together at our Summer Legislative Institute at Brentwood High School, and they truly define the nature of the types of collaborative relationships our program is fostering,” said West Principal John Coady. 

 Launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, the Siemens Competition promotes excellence in math, science and technology and is recognized by colleges and universities as the premier math and science research competition in the United States. More than $600,000 in college scholarships is awarded to students annually through the Siemens Competition during regional and national events administered by Discovery Education. 

Individual and team winners from the regional competitions advance to the final phase of the contest which takes place in December in Washington, D.C., where they will compete for top prizes of up to $100,000 in scholarships.  

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.