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Main Office: (631) 382-2905
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Assistant Principal - Mr. Freiberg:
(631) 382-2970
Assistant Principal - Mr. Huntsman:
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Assistant Principal - Mr. Solomon:
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(631) 382-2940
School Psychologist - Danielle DeMola:
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School Social Worker - Stephanie McKinney:
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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.

   

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Seniors Say Good-Bye at Accompsett Elementary

Seniors Say Good-Bye at Accompsett Elementary photo
Graduating seniors from High School West’s Class of 2018 who attended Accompsett Elementary School returned to their former school one last time during a senior walk on June 18. Dressed in their caps and gowns, the seniors walked the hallways as students and teachers applauded, later visited their former classrooms.

HSW Grants Diploma to Holocaust Survivor

HSW Grants Diploma to Holocaust Survivor photo
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For the past 10 years, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller has shared his story of survival and how good people came to his aid with students in Christina Cone’s Holocaust and Genocide class at High School West. Deprived of an education in Poland during World War II, Mr. Miller also expresses to the students how they should be appreciative of their education. 

To honor Mr. Miller’s message of doing right by others, HSW helped make his lifelong dream of being a high school graduate finally come true. During the 103rd commencement of High School West on June 21, Mr. Miller was bestowed an honorary degree. Joining the Class of 2018, the 87-year-old donned a cap and gown and sat with his fellow graduates as he waited to hear his name called by Principal John Coady.

“It’s very exciting,” Mr. Miller said on being granted the honorary diploma. Added his daughter Leah Miller, “He has always wanted this opportunity and tonight, they have made his dream come true.” 

Mr. Miller came to America in 1956 where he settled in Brooklyn and met his wife. Together, they have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He now resides in East Northport.  

Two Named News12 Scholar Athletes

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High School East student-athlete Allie Brady and High School West student-athletes Kyle Zawadzki were recognized as News12 Scholar Athlete award winners. Only 30 students receive this award across Long Island. The students are pictured with George Alamia, High School East varsity girls volleyball coach (left) and Steve Fasciani, High School West varsity football coach. 

Sun Shines for Smithtown’s Graduates

Smithtown Central School District’s two high schools held their respective 103rd commencement exercises on the football field on June 21 joined by members of the board of education, administration, family, friends, faculty and invited guests, officially completing the seniors’ educational journey.

High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons commended the 406 members of the Class of 2018 for the positive mark they have left on the school. He reminded them to stay true to themselves and take advantage of the opportunities they will be presented with in the future. “The future is in your capable hands, and we know our future is bright,” Dr. Simmons told the graduates.

At High School East, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane, in his address to graduates, referenced the Robert Fulghum poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” “No matter how old you are, when you go into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together,” he said.

At High School West, leading up to the final moment in the graduation exercise, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, student-elected honor speaker Kevin Camson and senior class president Jenna Curcio delivered speeches filled with hopes, dreams and sage advice that assured the graduates they were prepared to begin the next stage of their lives. 

Sharing wisdom she learned reading Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take,” Ms. Bradshaw told the graduates that Grant’s research finds that those who give come out ahead in both business and in life. “Givers build larger, broader, more supportive networks of friends and colleagues. And they gain greater knowledge and experience through the broad network of people they are helping,” she noted. 

Ms. Bradshaw concluded her speech with a wish and a hope for the Class of 2018. “I wish you all the very best success, in whatever ways you measure it, and I hope that being a ‘giver’ plays a fulfilling role in that journey.”

Using humor, Kevin shared his personal story of overcoming obstacles. “There may be hurdles in your path, you may stumble. If you’re anything like me, you will stumble, but keep going. There may be hurdles you can’t clear at all. Go around them. If you do, success will come down to two things: guidance and hard work,” he advised. 

Jenna used her time behind the podium to honor those who helped the seniors get to where they are today. “Our thank you to those who have helped us is only beginning… Show them how thankful you are by making use of the precious gift of time which we all possess. Show our mentors that their time devoted to us was not in vain. They have all made a difference in our lives so that we can make a difference in the future.”

Joining the Smithtown High School West Class of 2018 in receiving a diploma was 87-year-old special guest, Mordechai Miller. Miller, a native of Poland and Holocaust survivor, was presented an honorary diploma from Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady. 

High School East’s honor speaker Matthew Timmel recounted their journey from freshmen to senior year and the memories created along the way. He said that graduation was the recognition of an adventure that started 13 years ago, and no matter where they end up in life, Smithtown will remain their roots.

High School East’s Senior Class President Nicole Cahill told her fellow graduates to strive for excellence in every task, no matter how large or small. She said that if everyone in the Class of 2018 lives up to their full potential, “just imagine the effect on the world we can have.”

Following the conferring of diplomas, both the High School West and East Class of 2018 tossed their caps and celebrated their accomplishments with family and friends. 



West Track Team Takes County Championships

West Track Team Takes County Championships photo
High School West’s track team, the Hammer Squad, won their second consecutive county track championship in early June. This is their fifth county championship in the past six seasons. Event place winners were: Nick Cipolla (3,200,1,600, 4 x 8), Steven Spreizer (3,200, 1,600, 4 x 8), Nick Muellers (800, 1,600), Gavin Baker (triple jump, long jump), Nick DeFelice (steeplechase, 3,200, 4 x 800), David Cabello (800, 1,600), Matt Maidhof (steeplechase), John Cuff (3,200), Aleks Zdravkovic (400), Chris Murphy (pentathlon), Luke Muratore (steeplechase), George Maidhof (4 x 800), Matt Villano (4 x 100), Ryan Leinwand (4 x 100), Sam Monastero (4 x100) and Liam Sullivan (4 x 100).

HSW Field Hockey Members Honored for Academic Success

HSW Field Hockey Members Honored for Academic Success photo
Seven members of the High School West girls field hockey team have been recognized for their academic excellence. Natalie Condzal, Charlotte Maracina, Emily Montagnino, Julia Negrin, Madison Plourde, Janine Suris and Brooke Vitulli were named to the 2017 Keith Waldman – Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad. In addition, Condzal, Plourde, Suris and Vitulli also earned Scholar of Distinction honors.

More than 2,770 student-athletes from 344 high schools have been named to the squad. The program recognizes high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year. Seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year have been recognized as Scholars of Distinction. More than 850 student-athletes have received the Scholar of Distinction designation in 2017.

HS West Student Takes First in Essay Contest

HS West Student Takes First in Essay Contest photo
High School West student Carolyn Qu won first place in the nonfiction division of the Writing for Peace essay contest for her piece on “The South Korean Suicide Epidemic.” Her essay will be featured in the 2018 issue of DoveTales, an international journal of the arts.

Writing for Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through education and creative writing to develop a foundation of compassion on which to build a more peaceful world. Students were encouraged to write an essay about an unfamiliar culture and explore social, political and environmental pressures, and universal themes.

Honoring Retirees

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At the May 22 board of education meeting, district honored its dedicated faculty and staff who will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane announced the names of each retiree before presenting those in attendance with Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the board of education, honoring their years of service to the district’s students. A brief reception was also held at district offices prior to the board meeting to celebrate the retirees.

The district congratulates the following retirees: 
Elizabeth Braunreuther 
Debra Canning
Georgianna Colino
Paul Cornwell
Barbara Delach
Helene Suarez Doheny 
Kim Emery
Ingrid Hrvatin
Jane Jordan
Hester Kanakaris
Elaine Kruk
Rosanne Lazarus
Amy Mannarino
James Markey
Vincent Mazza
Diane McGuire
Claire Heatley Mueller
Jeffrey Netter
Joan Pisano
Louise Prescott
Debra Pymm 
Gregory Rivera Jr.
Ann Marie Scholz
Alice Serio 
Dolores Seyffert
Ellen Smith
Linda Stackow
William Stockman
Laurie Sweeney
Antonio Tardio
Margaret Wilkey
Debra Zaleski

HSW Senior Takes Top Prize at ISEF

HSW Senior Takes Top Prize at ISEF photo

High School West senior Sarah Adamo competed in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from May 12-18. ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Each year, it brings together approximately 1,800 of the world’s most accomplished high school students from more than 80 countries to showcase their independent science research. Students present their work to scientists and engineers who judge them on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their project.

Sarah was awarded first place in her category for her work on “Acetylcholine and nicotine potentiate currents in cells isolated from the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.” She also received two special awards recognizing the exceptional quality of her work. Sarah was awarded first place by the American Physiological Society with a $1,500 scholarship and was the recipient of $1,200 scholarship from China Association of Science and Technology.

 

Recognizing Top Scholars

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For maintaining a 4.0 GPA for four consecutive years of high school, High Schools East and West recognized more than 150 seniors as Gold Cord recipients during their respective annual Gold Cord Awards ceremony on May 24. At High School East, 90 students were presented with the honor, while High School West had 70 Gold Cord receipients. Each student was called to the stage for recognition, a look back at their most memorable high school moments and to highlight future college and career goals.

Video Collaboration Selected for Exhibition

Video Collaboration Selected for Exhibition photo
High School East art teacher Tim Needles, along with six teachers from throughout the district, had their video art piece selected for inclusion in the Reimagining the Four Freedoms Exhibition. The exhibition runs from May 25 to Sept. 2 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt House in New York City. 

The exhibition is a modern interpretation of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech and it will be on tour for two years traveling to museums across America and France. Approximately 1,000 submissions were received and reviewed and only 37 works by 36 artists were selected. 

Reachers involved in the project include: Tim Needles (art teacher, High School East), Kimberly Williams (science teacher, High School West), Steve Halem (art teacher, High School West), Chauncey Cone (social studies teacher, High School West), James Kelly (English teacher, High School East), Christina Cone (social studies teacher, High School West), and Rich Hurley (special education teacher, High School East).

Students Take Top Awards at DECA

Students Take Top Awards at DECA photo
Thirty-nine students from the district recently participated in the DECA International Career Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 22,000 students from around the world competing in this year’s event, several Smithtown students were named national finalists and award winners. 

High School East’s Jonathan Golbert was a national finalist for his community service project. Jonathan wrote a 30-page manual and ran various events to raise money and awareness for Memorial Sloan Kettering in honor of his father. High School East’s Brian Feminella was awarded a $220,000 ROTC Scholarship. 

Sunitha Palat and Madison Plourde from High School West were national finalists for their 30-page sports and entertainment manual. They worked with Smithtown Landing Golf Course to develop a customer experience management strategy and prepared a detailed written strategic plan for the golf course.

Kenny Indovino, David Wallman and Ian Whitehead from High School West were national semifinalists for their 30-page learn and earn manual. They developed a business plan and implemented a promotional campaign to sell West Spirit accessories at various school events. Jonathan Pofcher, High School West was a national finalist in his principles of finance test, and Stefanie Lin of High School West was a medalist for her test, professional selling.
 

Students Honored with Building Bridges Awards

Students Honored with Building Bridges Awards photo
Students from High School East and High School West were selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Suffolk County’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program at Suffolk County Community College. Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island. Pictured (from left): Director of social studies Bryan Frank, High School East students Jhanvi Ravishankar, Kelsey Greco and Julie Anderson, New York State Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, High School West students Victoria Holtje, Sydney Rose and Alan Ajit with High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone.

HSW Baseball Teams Up for Youth Service Day

HSW Baseball Teams Up for Youth Service Day photo
On April 21, High School West’s junior varsity baseball team participated in Global Youth Service Day, sponsored by the Town of Smithtown's Youth Bureau. The team worked together cleaning and preparing the grounds for summer at Hoyt Farm in Commack. Global Youth Service Day celebrates the service and contributions of youth all over the nation.

SEL in Action in Smithtown

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