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:
(631) 382-2905
Assistant Principal - Mr. Solomon:
(631) 382-2940

 

 

 

 

From the Desk of the Principal

Important Announcements:

Information Regarding Upcoming Events & Activities:

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:

 

West Boasts Two Siemens Semifinalists

Siemens semifinalists Pic
Siemens semifinalists Pic2
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

Commended Students Shine in Smithtown photo
Commended Students Shine in Smithtown photo 2
Commended Students Shine in Smithtown photo 3
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. 

Spirits Soar During Homecomings

Spirits Soar During Homecomings photo

It was a week full of Smithtown pride leading up to the homecoming football games at High School East and High School West on Oct. 7. Students and staff celebrated during spirit week and both schools enjoyed a pep rally the day before the game.

High School West held a community carnival featuring a bull ride and rock climbing wall prior to the football game. During the game, the robotics club – the Mechanical Bulls – shot T-shirts into the crowd from a launcher they built and controlled with a laptop computer. HSW varsity football team faced off against the Huntington Blue Devils. Despite their best efforts, the Bulls fell just short of a win. Kamryn Bernard and Joe Pilewski were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively, at halftime following a performance by the varsity cheerleaders and the Whisperettes. 

East’s homecoming kicked off with a parade from St. James Elementary to the high school led by the marching band. Members of various high school clubs, the youth football and cheerleading leagues followed the band down the parade route.

The East Bulls took on Bay Shore for the big game but couldn’t pull together for the victory. Jacque Moon and James Fanning were named homecoming queen and king, respectively, during the halftime show, followed by performances by the Whisperettes and varsity cheerleaders. 

Five Students Lauded as National Merit Semifinalists

Five Students Lauded as National Merit Semifinalists photo
Five Students Lauded as National Merit Semifinalists photo 2
Five Students Lauded as National Merit Semifinalists photo 3
Five seniors from High Schools East and West were among 16,000 students across the country who were named semifinalists in the 63nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Four HSE students – Cindy Li, Jhanvi Ravishankar, Justin Wei and Eric Zhang – have been recognized as National Merit Scholar semifinalists. Connor O’Malley from HSW was also named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. 

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. National Merit Scholars will be announced in February. These high school seniors will move on through the competition to potentially earn 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million, which will be handed out this spring.

Walking for a Cause

Walking for a Cause Pic
For the third consecutive year, the varsity cheerleading team from High School West – joined for the second time by the school’s junior varsity cheerleaders – attended a walk to support Angela’s House. The organization helps care for medically fragile children on Long Island and the team raised $400 for the cause.   


Smithtown Athletic Teams Awarded for Excellence

Awarded for Excellence Pic
Both of High School East and High School West ¬have been named as Schools of Excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Schools earn a School of Excellence award by having 75 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. Scholar-Athlete teams require 75 percent of the team’s rosters to have a grade point average of 90 or above. There are only five other high schools in Suffolk County to earn this honor. 

The purpose of the School of Excellence award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. 

Smithtown Schools Remember 9/11

Smithtown Schools Remember 9/11 Pic

Throughout the district, each of the schools remembered and recognized Sept. 11 by engaging in different observances and activities.

Many schools started the day with a moment of silence prior to morning announcements. At Great Hollow Middle School, the morning announcements throughout the week included relevant character education messages. Students at Accompsett Middle School displayed flags outside the building and Principal Paul McNeil delivered a message over the public announcement system to all students. 

Smithtown Elementary School held a moment of silence and spoke about the importance of honoring the bravery of those who help others, such as firefighters and police. At Dogwood Elementary School, fifth-graders read an article, held age-appropriate class discussions and wrote essays and poems on why they are proud to be an American. Dogwood fourth-grade students created a project on their heroes. The outside walkways and lawn of the St. James Elementary School were filled with flags placed by students at the start of the school day on 9/11.

High School East lessons examined 9/11 from different viewpoints. Some teachers explored the history and impact of 9/11 since most students were not alive when the event happened. Psychology classes examined the toll traumatic events like 9/11 can have on a country and its people. Government classes assessed the impact 9/11 had on civil liberties in the United States. Some history courses explored the variety of changes that took place in the aftermath of the attacks. Furthermore, they examined the lessons that can be learned from 9/11. Some teachers chose to discuss how we could find hope in despair by choosing to be of service to the community in which they live.

 

First Day of School

First Day of School photo

Smithtown Central School District welcomed back students and staff on Sept. 7 to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. The first day of school was bustling with activity. Check out our slideshow to see some first day of school highlights.