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High School West News:

 

HS West graduates celebrate a milestone

It was an afternoon of pride and sentiment as 427 graduates from High School West’s Class of 2017 celebrated an important academic milestone during the 102nd annual commencement exercises on the football field on June 22.

After a salute to the flag, the jazz choir sang the national anthem, followed by Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane’s welcome to the students and their guests. In giving advice to the graduates, Dr. Grossane called on the lessons learned in the readings of “Winnie the Pooh” stories as they related to individuality, unselfishness, comfort, wealth and trust. “Trust in your abilities to deal with anything,” he said.  

Honor speaker Cory Zhou, who was elected by his peers in lieu of a valedictorian and salutatorian, encouraged classmates to find passion in their lives and to use their natural talents. “Do not subjugate your gifts out of fear,” he said. “Instead, flaunt them and be proud of them.” Class president Courtney Grafstein spoke about the importance of reaching out to others. “Everything we do, no matter how small, can make a difference in the lives of others,” she noted.

Prior to the presentation of the class, Principal John Coady thanked the students for their assistance in making Smithtown High School West a school of excellence. “You have left a mark on this school,” he said. “I thank you for what you have done and what you will do.”

After each graduate was called to the stage to receive his or her diploma from administration and faculty, concert choir seniors and the jazz choir paid tribute to the parents and graduates with a performance of “The Sweetest Days.”





HSW Named NYS Reward School

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High School West has been named a New York State Reward School by the State Education Department for high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement based on its performance in the 2015-2016 school year.

Each year, SED identifies schools statewide that meet the criteria as high performing schools or schools that have made the most progress without significant gaps in student achievement. This year, Smithtown High School West was one of 185 schools that received this prestigious designation.
“We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition,” said High School West Principal John Coady. “It is a validation of the hard work of our outstanding teachers and staff, as well as the great efforts our students put into academics."

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must be among the top 20 percent of schools statewide for English language arts and math performance for both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2015-2016 school year. A school must also have made adequate yearly progress for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participated in the ELA and math assessments. Finally, to be named a Reward School, a school must not have unacceptable gaps in student performance. 

Two Juniors Honored for Excellence in Computing

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High School West juniors Emily Hennessy and Sean Yang have been named the 2017 High School West recipients of the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and Scholarship.
 
The R.I.T. Computing Medal and Scholarship Program recognizes high school juniors who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and demonstrate interest and ability in computing.

West’s Honor Speaker Recognized

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High School West senior Cory Zhou was issued a certificate of recognition by Congressman Lee Zeldin for being chosen as the High School West Class of 2017’s honor speaker. On May 12, Zhou represented High School West at Newsday’s headquarters in Melville for a celebration of Long Island’s Class of 2107 valedictorians, salutatorians and honor students. He is pictured with High School West guidance counselor Michael Agostino (left) and High School West Principal John Coady.


Friends of Music Fundraiser Shows Off Talent

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To celebrate the talent of the student-musicians in the district, the Smithtown Friends of Music recently held its second annual Jazz Brunch at Smithtown Landing Country Club.

Approximately 90 student-musicians from High School East and High School West – including jazz ensemble, choirs and chamber – each performed 20-minute sets for the audience of family and friends.

“This is the only annual event where both schools can participate and support each other,” said Elena Gruber, president of the Smithtown Friends of Music. The event is a fundraiser to help support the Smithtown Central School District’s music department.


Tournament of Plays Shows Off Theatrical Talent

Tournament of Plays Shows Off Theatrical Talent Photo
On May 5, the High School West Thespian Troupe 2035 held its 49th annual Tournament of Plays. The competition tasks graduating seniors with casting, designing, producing and directing their classmates in a 10-minute play. The 2017 best production went to “Surprise,” directed by Samantha Waldvogel. The cast was also awarded best featured actor and best featured actress. Pictured (from left): High School West theater adviser Jim Brannigan, senior Samantha Waldvogel, sophomore Kristin Butler, sophomore Julie Stewart, sophomore Ethan Olson, junior Ciara Burke and High School West Assistant Principal Christopher Elsesser.


Board Honors Retirees, Merit Scholars

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The district honored its two National Merit Scholar winners and recognized the district’s retirees during its board of education meeting on May 23.
    
Prior to the start of the meeting, a celebration was held for approximately 50 faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Each retiree was also recognized with a certificate from the board of education.

Board of Education President Christopher Alcure, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane, High School West Principal John Coady and High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons honored High School East student Sanjana Eranki and High School West student Samantha Catalano for being named National Merit Scholar winners.


Bridge-Building, Community Efforts Recognized

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The Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island recently honored three students from High School West during its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration on May 4 at Suffolk County Community College in Selden.

High School West students Cory Calderone, Julia Negrin and Nicholas Gajda were selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were publicly honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society.

 Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.



Two Seniors Named National Merit Winners

Two Seniors Named National Merit Winners Photo
High School East senior Sanjana Eranki and High School West senior Samantha Catalano have been selected as winners of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

The two students were chosen for Merit Scholarship awards among 15,000 finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. The National Merit Scholarship Competition evaluates participants on their academic record, school’s curricula and grading system, two SAT scores, school official’s written recommendation, the finalist’s extracurricular activities, leadership and personal essay.

In the fall, Samantha will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will pursue an undergraduate degree in biology. Sanjana is still undecided on her college choice at this time.

Boys Varsity Tennis Doubles Team at States

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The district congratulates senior Alex Amadio and senior Nick Gajda who advanced to the New York State Boys Tennis Championship Tournament after finishing second at the Boys Suffolk County Tennis Championship Doubles tournament held at William Floyd. On June 1, they competed at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, where they finished as the No. 25 doubles team in the state. They are the first boys doubles team in the history of Smithtown West to advance to the State Tournament.

A Celebration of Diversity

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High School West hosted the district’s World Culture Showcase on May 4. Students from across the district helped to create a night celebrating the diversity within their community.

The evening featured a variety of performances in the High School West auditorium including dances from Ireland, El Salvador, Armenia and India, as well as songs from Israel and Turkey.

In the school’s library, attendees visited booths created by students to showcase their family’s heritage. Many of these booths included games for families to test their knowledge of various countries.

West Senior Awarded Scholarship

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High School West senior Caitlin Unkenholz was selected to receive the 2017 Council of Administrators & Supervisors Anthony Laurino Scholarship. This $1,000 award was given at the 2017 Delegate Assembly at the Plainview Holiday Inn Hotel. She will be studying biology at Cornell University this coming fall. 

Rotary Recognizes Student Achievements

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Fourteen students from High Schools East and West were presented with awards from the Rotary Club of Smithtown on May 11 at the High School East Little Theater.

Each guidance counselor selected a student for recognition based on their character, morals and ability to overcome obstacles.

After enjoying a breakfast together, each of the 14 guidance counselors from both schools took to the stage to speak about their honoree and why they were chosen. The following students were award recipients: High School East – Katerina Agrotis, Joseph Coburn, Elijah Esposito, Lauren Levine, Francesca Mauceri, Richard Sigler and Sarah Weynand. High School West – Kyle Barone, Julia DiLullo, Kenneth Hahn, Alisha Karminski, Diego Navarro Martinez, Meghan Scheidt and Adam Wang.



League Leaders in Golf

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The West varsity Girls golf team finished the 2017 season with a record of 13 wins and 1 loss, which tied them for first in League I with Commack High School. Although this year's team had to replace their graduated number 3 and 4 players, they were still able to have an amazing season thanks to the efforts and depth of their returning players and new golfers. The team was led by junior Emily Montagnino and sophomore Paige Diecidue. During the season, both Emily and Paige were undefeated, winning all 14 matches played. Heading into the individual County Championships, Emily was ranked No. 1. With her fierce determination, she proceeded to win counties by 1 shot over teammate Paige.

Food Drive Helps Local Residents

Food Drive Helps Local Residents Photo
Courtney Alber, vocational instructor from the Abilities Youth Transition Program, and High School West work-study program students ran a food drive to give back to their community. Students Patrick Zampieron, Bishaul Kanhai, Nick Lotito and Kyle Beckhans, who volunteer their time at the Smithtown Food Pantry, received an enormous amount of donations for the pantry. High School West school psychologist Danielle DeMola helped organize the food drive along with F.A.S.T. program coordinator Lisa Felice.