HSW Pic 1100 Central Road, Smithtown, NY 11787

 


Main Office: (631) 382-2905
Health Office: (631) 382-2925
Attendance Office: (631) 382-2915
Counseling Center: (631) 382-3020
Principal - Mr. Coady: (631) 382-2905
Assistant Principal - Mr. Freiberg:
(631) 382-2970
Assistant Principal - Mr. Huntsman:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
(631) 382-2905
Assistant Principal - Mr. Solomon:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
(631) 382-2940
School Psychologist - Danielle DeMola:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
School Social Worker - Stephanie McKinney:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)

 

 

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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:

 

Playing Ball for a Cause

Playing Ball for a Cause photo
High School West’s girls varsity softball team, along with Kellenberg Memorial High School, participated in a charity softball game to benefit the League of Yes on April 21 at Molloy College. The League of Yes is an organization that aims to bring the game of baseball to people with disabilities of all ages. The High School West girls were paired up with a “buddy” who they assisted in fielding and running the bases. The Kellenberg girls softball team participated as well, and the two teams played a three-inning exhibition game.

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security photo

To address the safety and security of students and staff throughout the district, the Smithtown Central School District invited parents and community members to its spring Parent University School Safety Forum on May 7 at Smithtown High School West.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane spoke about the safety and security practices in place including the visitor management system, security entrances and vestibules, security cameras and routine evacuation/fire/lockdown drills. 

District, county and law enforcement representatives were on hand to discuss the district’s emergency planning and responses in the event of a threat to school safety. Jack Blaum, the district’s security consultant, and Joe Rizzo, chief of security, spoke about the district’s safety measures, practices and procedures. They addressed concerns about keeping buildings secure, preventative measures, fire evacuation procedures and ongoing security upgrades.

Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services Mona Tobin addressed the audience regarding communication with parents and community members and reunification plans in the event of an emergency.



Rotary Award Winners

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The Rotary Awards ceremony highlights seven students from both High School East and High School West who were chosen by each of their guidance counselors for their dedication, perseverance, and achievement during their high school years.


Counselor Recipient

K. Baker Lindsey Kaufman
A. Freund Matthew Moncada
M. Agostino Andrew Sheahan
D. Caputo Ariana Rosas
S. Safranek Juliana Hurtado
J. Wilson Tyler Caputo
M. Randall Rebecca Crawford


Counselor Recipient

D. Giannico Joesph Link
K. Schmalz Julia Campanile
B. Alemaghides Noelle Esposito
K. Brouthers Hana Ghobashy
A. Insana Daniel Perillo
B. Woods Kariana Schuman
K. LaPresti Sasha Young

World Cultures Showcase

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On April 13, the English as a New Language (ENL) department at High School West hosted their annual World Cultures Showcase. Students, parents and the community came out to celebrate the diverse cultures of the world with food, music, performances and conversation.

Hands-On Learning at Bull STEAM Ahead

Hands-On Learning at Bull STEAM Ahead photo

Showing off the many interactive, hands-on learning experiences available throughout the district, the Maker Space Club from High School East invited students and their families to Bull STEAM Ahead evening on April 20.

Maker Space activities ¬– with topics covering science, technology, engineering, art and math – were offered for students to experience. They checked out 3-D printing technology, made their own math origami, worked with circuits, videoed themselves on a green screen and used virtual reality glasses. 

Technologies of the past also made an appearance, and some students had fun learning to use a typewriter. STEM professionals from local businesses were on hand to answer questions, and the Mechanical Bulls robotics team set up outside the cafeteria to showcase their creations. Admission was free with a nonperishable food donation, which the Maker Space Club will collect for a local food pantry.  



2018 Torch Recipients

2018 Torch Recipients photo
Each year, the Torch Award is presented to Smithtown teachers who have significantly contributed to the growth and professional development of their teacher colleagues. This year’s Torch Award recipients are: Kelly Bigliani, Kathleen DeBono, Doreen Kelly, Amanda LaComb, Gillian Winters, Denise Cardinal, Diana Lanze, Kristi Hoenes and Sallie Culloton.

The Smithtown Teacher Center hosted a reception to honor all Torch Award recipients and nominees on April 23 at the Branch Brook Elementary library.

Survivor Shares Story

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Students in Christina Cone's Holocaust and Genocide class at High School West had the opportunity to hear from Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller. He shared his experiences and hardships of a tragic time in history. His testimony helps to educate the new generation of the atrocities of the past and inspires them to live a life free of hate.

Pictured from left (back row): HSW social studies teacher Christina Cone, High School West students David DeRosa, Taylor Fox, JonCarlo Gargano, Chris Scotto DiMaso, Danielle Prisco, Dean Mattschull, Nick Cipolla, Dominick Pilo, Luke Silva. Front row: Kenneth Hain, guest speaker Mordechai Miller, Melissa DeGaetano, Emily Goldberg, Eve Lindenmann, Kristina Keys and Jenn Stein.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation and Mindfulness
The Function Academic Secondary Transition (FAST) students at High School West are incorporating meditation into their daily routine for mental breaks and to help with calming and refocusing.

Mechanical Bulls Ride All the Way to Top

Mechanical Bulls Ride All the Way to Top photo

The district’s robotic team, the Mechanical Bulls (Team #810), won the FIRST Robotics Long Island Regional competition at Hofstra University on April 14. The team has earned a spot to compete in the World Championships in Detroit, Michigan at the end of April.

The team also won the Chairman’s Award, which involved submitting a paper, doing a presentation, answering questions from the executives of FIRST while at competitions and doing community outreach. 

Mechanical Bulls coach David Savage won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, which is based on the nomination he received from the students and the parents on the team for being a great coach and role model to the team. The award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. He is eligible for the Championship Woodie Flowers Award in Detroit. 

The Mechanical Bulls are only the fifth team (out of more than 7,200 teams) in the 25-year history of FIRST to ever win three blue banners at one regional event.

Smithtown Students Immerse in a Day of Awareness

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Tenth-graders participated in the 17th annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Day on April 12. At both High School West and High School East, the 10th-graders immersed themselves in the study of what happened during the Holocaust, the Cambodia genocide, the Rwandan genocide and what is currently happening to the Rohingya in Myanmar throughout the day.

Students heard from Holocaust survivor Werner Reich, as well as Rwandan genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatete. Both guest speakers stressed the importance of speaking up and making a difference. The students watched scenes from “The Killing Fields” and “Hotel Rwanda” for more insight into the genocides that are happening in the 21st century. At the end of the day, students completed a question and answer booklet and provided reflection on the day’s events. 

“The importance of educating the current generation about the Holocaust and genocide is two-fold,” said Christina Cone, High School West social studies teacher. “For one, this is the last generation who will be able to hear the experiences of those who lived through the Holocaust and it will be incumbent upon them to keep the memory alive. In addition, genocides and human atrocities continue to happen. The hope is that through events like these and hearing the messages of the survivors, students will internalize the importance of accepting others and speaking up when needed.”

Top Honors for Video by HSW Leadership Students

Top Honors for Video by HSW Leadership Students photo

High School West leadership students Brooke Vitulli and Marie Carpenter were named finalists in the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights “Speak Truth To Power” video contest sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Film Institute. The video, which they completed in leadership after researching important leaders who have been activists in civil or human rights movements, required that they address a certain human rights issue and explain how a chosen individual has worked to defend, promote, protect or advance human rights.

Brooke and Marie created a video about the #MeToo movement and the work of the movement’s leader Tarana Burke. Their video will join other top submissions across the nation and be recognized at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. 

Click here to view the video

High School West’s Rocking the Socks

High School West’s Rocking the Socks photo
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day and as a celebration of all the differences  people, High School West sponsored Rock the Socks on March 21. Faculty and students showed support for a freshman in the Functional Academic Secondary Transition program. The freshman class promoted the day and the FAST classes sold crazy socks to benefit the Special Olympics.
 

HSW Student-Scientist Heads to International Comp

HSW Student-Scientist Heads to International Comp photo
High School West senior Sarah Adamo has been named a grand-prize winner at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, where she received the best in fair award. 

Her project, “Acetylcholine and nicotine potentiate currents in cells isolated from the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis,” was completed at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Dr. James Dilger. Sarah will be competing at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

HSW Scholar-Athlete Recognized

HSW Scholar-Athlete Recognized photo
High School West senior Kyle Zawadzki has been chosen as a News12 Long Island Scholar Athlete Award recipient and was presented with a $1,000 check. He was selected for the award based on his academic and athletic achievements. 

Kyle maintains above a 4.0 grade point average and plays lacrosse and football. He will be playing Division I lacrosse for Yale University this fall. Kyle was selected to the 2017 All-County lacrosse team and the New York All-State AA football second team for his accomplishments on the football field this past fall.

Living Well in Smithtown

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To educate students on how to live a healthier lifestyle, the Family, Community and Career Leaders of America Club hosted a Wellness Fair at the High School East on March 28.

Vendors included local businesses such as Krav Maga Karate, Vitality Bowls, St. Catherine’s Hospital, addiction doctors, and yoga and massage therapists. The Family and Consumer Sciences classes made healthy snacks to distribute to attendees. Clubs advisers are Connie Smith and Jaclyn Fettinger from High School East and Rachel Silsdorf and Valerie Gompers at High School West.