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Math Learning Centers Offer Walk-In Extra Help for High School East, West Students

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Carrie Kropp (left) and Abigayle Gersbeck (right) help lead the math learning center at High School East.

Math extra help is available on a walk-in basis every period of the day at both High School East and High School West.

Each high school has a math learning center — East in room 313, West in room G307.

“Students can literally walk in and say, ‘I didn’t know how to do my homework last night. Can you help me?’” said Angelica Babino, the district’s math director.

Typically, students drop in during their study hall or lunch period.

Many who take advantage of the learning centers’ availability end up appreciating the experience and decide to visit daily or every other day — and often the day before a test.

There are two math TAs at High School West, Mark Cimino and Richard Bassin. And one math TA, Carrie Kropp, and two tutors, Liz Manning-Hart and Abigayle Gersbeck, at High School East.

All of the staff at the learning centers are math certified, so the designations mostly relate to how many hours per week each works.

In addition to the voluntary attendees, some students are assigned to a learning center because they have been identified as needing academic support. That assignment sometimes stems from a parent or guardian contacting the student’s guidance counselor to request the extra help.

The middle schools also have extra math instruction for students who are assigned. And a math TA was hired at the middle-school level to combat COVID learning loss. That TA regularly is in classrooms for all math subjects.

“Sometimes, between the counselor and the parent, they know that the student is not going to take that step and walk in there,” Babino said. “We can actually place it on their schedule. Maybe they have lunch seventh period. On their schedule, they also have ‘AIS’ (Academic Intervention Services) seventh period on ‘B’ days, so they’re required to go up there.”

This academic year, Babino’s team has ramped up its direct involvement in Algebra I and Algebra II classes to identify students who could benefit from additional learning support.

Because there has not been a state assessment test in two years as a result of COVID-19, students may not as frequently be identified through traditional means as needing support from the learning centers.

“The Algebra I students, being that they’re coming from middle school, they may or may not be identified. So they may not be scheduled for the extended algebra course that offers them that extra support,” Babino said. “
As a result, the AIS providers are pushing into the regular, single-period algebra class that doesn't have that extra support built in.

“And Algebra II is the third math course. So these students in Algebra II didn’t take the algebra regents in ninth grade because it was canceled. And they didn’t take the geometry regents last year because it was canceled. So now, here they are, their third year of math — they have their Regents credits under their belt, but they have never taken one. And now they’re going to have to take the hardest Regents exam. Because of that, we have that additional support there in the classrooms.”

Three Smithtown CSD Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

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L to R: East’s Lilly Chai, West's Aaquib Syed and East's Angelina Lent.

The Smithtown Central School District is well-represented among semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

High School East’s Lilly Chai and Angelina Lent and High School West’s Aaquib Syed all earned that recognition on Wednesday.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

“I’m glad that hard work pays off,” said Lent, who plans to attend Stony Brook University, where she will play women’s soccer. “I’m just really excited to see that I was a semifinalist.”

HSW Marine Biology Students Canoe Nissequogue River

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Students embarked on the Nissequogue River from Paul T. Given Park on Wednesday morning.

Smithtown High School West students got an up-close look at their environment from a local perspective.

Marine science teacher Kimberly Williams led her class on a canoe trip on the Nissequogue River after launching from Paul T. Given County Park on Wednesday morning.

The students first donned blue life vests emblazoned with “Smithtown Schools” and received a tutorial on how to maneuver through their paddling and safety details.

Largely in pairs, they then embarked to learn how a tidal river works, spot local wildlife including turtles and conduct water sampling, with the aim of studying the salination of the river, particularly as they headed north toward the Long Island Sound.

High West School Students Beautify Campus with Thoughts on Environment

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Local artist Susan Vuroker demonstrates the painting technique to High School West students.

Two years in the making, students from High School West beautified their campus while raising environmental awareness early this week.

On Monday, led by marine science teacher Kimberly Williams, the students cleared debris from a storm drain by the entrance to their school. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, they returned to paint a river otter on the asphalt adjacent to that storm drain.

The plan is to continue the decorative painting projects at storm drains on each of the Smithtown Central School District’s campuses … and potentially beyond that around the town.

The image the students painted on Tuesday was a river otter, which originally had been drawn by Anthony Fasano, who graduated from High School West last year.

Fasano was inspired to paint the river otter because Williams’ class went on a canoe trip on the Nesaquake River and spotted the animal there. It had been thought to no longer inhabit that river.

“All of the students were putting their ideas down on paper for years,” Williams said of the drawings that will be painted around the district. “And today we get to put them on the ground. This is No. 1 of many — as many as we can do. We’re happy to keep going.”

The paint is specially ordered and environmentally friendly — akin to the type of yellow and white paint used on streets.

Local artist Susan Vuroker initially received a grant in 2019 from the New York Arts Council, which has funded the project. Vuroker was on hand on Tuesday to lend her artistic expertise and oversee the project.

The project is a collaborative effort between art and media students directed by Tim Needles at East and science students led by Williams at West.

“Today we’re coming to the culmination of all of their work over the years,” Williams said.

Smithtown High Schools Plant Trees to Mark Somber 9/11 Anniversary

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Superintendent Mark Secaur (left) and principal Kevin Simmons address attendees during a 9/11 ceremony at High School East.

The Smithtown Central School district marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 within each of its schools, including by holding tree-planting ceremonies at both high schools on Friday.

The somber ceremonies served as reminders to never forget those who died on that tragic day and also to recognize the sacrifice made by first responders and rescue workers who have since passed away from related illnesses.

High School East’s ceremony took place at 10 a.m., with a similar ceremony following at High School West at noon.

In both ceremonies, a matching blue spruce tree provided by a local nursery was planted in remembrance, with students participating in the planting of the trees.

The Smithtown, St. James and Nesconset fire departments and color guards as well as members of American Legion Post 833 and VFW Post 10870 attended.

A moment of silence also was observed.

The ceremony at High School West took place at a garden created shortly after 9/11, which displays a steel beam from the World Trade Center.

“I’m both honored and humbled to be with you today for this very special ceremony,” superintendent Mark Secaur told students and other attendees during the earlier ceremony. “… It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since that fateful day — a day when all gave some, and some gave all. It was a day mixed with honor and horror as well as sacrifice and selflessness. Today we honor the memories of the lives lost that day as well as those lost in the years since.”

We're Back! Students Return for First Day of School, In-Person Learning

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Students at High School West were greeted with a welcome back sign provided by the PTSA.

Welcome back!

A little rain at arrival didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the first day of school — and in-person learning — on Thursday.

Administrators fanned out throughout the Smithtown Central School District’s dozen schools to join staff in greeting students amid the raindrops.

At High School West, a large sign donated by the PTSA that read, “Welcome Back, West Side Pride,” greeted students.

At Nesaquake Middle School, sixth-grade teacher Ron Parmegiani was among the most enthusiastic. He grabbed an umbrella and went car to car as students arrived, offering personalized greetings to each family.

"We are very excited to welcome our students back to school for in-person instruction five days a week,” superintendent Mark Secaur said. “We have many reasons to be enthusiastic about this school year, including the return of extracurricular clubs, sports and activities. Our students also will be able to participate in field trips, concerts, plays and other activities that bring them joy and a well-rounded scholastic experience.

“This year’s enrollment will be near 8,000 students, including 171 students in our new full-day prekindergarten. We stand ready to provide all of our students with whatever academic, social or emotional assistance they may need and look forward to the year ahead.”

Smithtown's Newest Teachers Begin Orientation for Upcoming School Year

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The Smithtown Central School District welcomed its newest educators on Monday.

A three-day New Teacher Orientation program began inside Branch Brook Elementary School library in the morning, with board of education members, superintendent Mark Secaur and several other administrators offering their greetings.

The group, which includes teachers, psychologists, social workers and counselors, and which comprises roughly 40 newcomers in total, then began three days of programming to prepare them for the Sept. 9 opening day of school.

Sessions during the three-day event will include strategies for success during the opening days of school, classroom management, an overview of technology resources, meetings with principals, special education and guidance department overviews, and the distribution of security badges, email addresses, passwords and other key material.

InvenTeam Featured on PBS NewsHour EXTRA

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Following their virtual presentation at Lemelson-MIT’s EurekaFest in July, four members of Smithtown West High School’s InvenTeam on Long Island spoke with PBS NewsHour EXTRA’s intern CiCi Curran about their invention, the Personal Distance Monitor. PDM is a device used to monitor social distancing for students with autism spectrum disorders, particularly useful during COVID.

Read the full story here.

West Rising Junior Leah Treglia Named NISCA Swimming All-American

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Leah Treglia is among the elite high school swimmers in the nation. And that was recently underscored as Treglia, a rising junior at Smithtown High School West, was named a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association girls high school swimming All-American.

Treglia’s honor came from her standout showing in the 100-yard backstroke.

She produced a time of 55.45 seconds at the county championships — the top public-school time in the state and second overall during the 2020-21 academic year.

Treglia won her first two county titles this past season — in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke. She suggested she was proud to represent Smithtown on the All-America list, which comprises the top prep swimmers in the nation.

“It definitely means a lot to be top 100 in the country,” Treglia said. “I’m very proud of that.”

Treglia said her best event a couple of years ago had been the 100 fly, but she worked diligently the past year at the 100 backstroke and now labels that her best event.

“I’ve worked very hard in the 100 back the last year,” she said.

She intends to swim in college after graduating from High School West in June 2023.

Treglia has been a member of the varsity high school swim team since the seventh grade, which now is combined with Hauppauge. She also competes with the Hauppauge Swim Club.