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Robotics Team Offers Virtual Lesson

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The district’s robotics team met virtually on March 18 with fifth graders in Ms. Spata’s class at Tackan Elementary School. The team presented the exciting world of FIRST robotics, with the hopes of inspiring them to pursue STEM throughout their future school careers. The students were introduced to topics such as autonomous programming, the design process and building concepts. The team also showcased their current and past robots and answered the many questions students had about robotics.

West Senior Recognized with Scholarship

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High School West student Jenna Savino was selected as runner-up in the Daughters of Revolution Good Citizen Scholarship for the Anna Smith Strong Chapter. This award goes to a senior who exhibits leadership, patriotism, service and dependability. She was nominated by her social studies teacher at High School West. Pictured from left: Smithtown Central School District Director of Social Studies Ed Casswell, High School West Assistant Principal Annemarie Freund, Jenna Savino, High School West social studies teacher Erica Geldmacher and High School West Principal John Coady.

DECA Students Shine at State Competition

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This year, 87 students from High School East and High School West’s School of Business competed in the New York DECA State Competition. While the competition was only online, the students still worked with advisers virtually to prepare and uploaded videos of their presentations to a portal, where they were reviewed by judges. East and West students received 66 medals and trophies, and 18 students qualified to attend the International Career Conference. Students will be competing virtually against all the top winners from across the globe.

There were more than 3,000 students from across the state competing. The competitions included business topics such as: marketing, finance, public relations, accounting and entrepreneurship. Students competed in either tests and role plays or written manuals and presentations. In addition to students placing in their various competitions, they also were awarded chapter recognition for Promotional, Community Service & Advocacy Campaign for Smithtown High School East and Community Service & Promotional Campaign for Smithtown High School West.

The district congratulates the following DECA National students: High School East: Thomas Callan, Lily Chai, Kaitlyn Doukas, Christopher Figueroa, Samantha Micozzi, Gabriella Milano, Megan Reilly, Shannon Roche, Thomas Russo and Anthony Spiezio. High School West: Sophia Barazani, Sean Carroll, Emma Ehrhard, Katie Magee, Nicholas Percent, Abigail Portela, Danielle Wass and Alexander Weiner.

The following students were inducted into the 2021 New York DECA Honor Society:
High School East: Thomas Callan, Kaitlyn Doukas, Daniela Macias, Jacqueline Pedley, Shannon Roche, Jordan Romano, Alexandra Schulz and Abby Thaw. High School West: Kathleen Alexander, Caitlin Camilleri, Erika DiGiovanni, Jake Grinberg, Nicholas Percent, Deanna Vincenzi and Alexander Weiner.

West Newspaper Editor Recognized

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Adelphi University recently held its annual Press Day for students who aspire to pursue careers in the media. During the annual event, held virtually this year, the college also hold its Quill Awards ceremony for the best of the best in nine different categories. This year, High School West’s editor-in-chief of the Bull’s Eye Sarah Finkelstein won third place for Best Arts Review. She is pictured with High School West Assistant Principal Annemarie Freund and High School West journalism teacher Evan Klauber.

College Marketing Gets Creative with Cookies

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Students in Cindy Wood’s college marketing class at High School West recently celebrated National Oreo Day with a lesson tied to the product. The students sampled all the new branded flavors of Oreos. They then had to create their own packaging and design of a new Oreo flavor. Some of this year’s unique flavors include matcha, Doritos and green apple.

West Track Teams Up for a Cause

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Even through the pandemic, the High School West winter girls track team donated their time off the track. Spearheaded by track member Gina Mainella, they worked together to gather empty plastic water bottles and filled them with collected coins for donation to the Contractors for Kids. The team collected a total of $800. Contractors for Kids is a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance to families throughout Suffolk County. They help children and their families with obstacles that impact their lives through the sickness or injury or death of a child, especially during the pandemic.

Instilling a Love of Languages at West

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High School West world language students and staff decorated the department’s tower in celebration of National Foreign Language Week from March 7-13. Both classroom doors and the hallway walls were decorated to represent different aspects of all the cultures studied at the school.

The world language curriculum at High School West infuses the culture into the language studies. The goal is to instill of love of language, and languages, said lead language teacher Ana Tiburcio. “We are working to encourage the students in their language study beyond high school,” she said. “We are promoting the importance of learning a foreign language.”

To that end, the students watched TikTok videos of people doing the “polyglot challenge,” speaking in several different languages. The students also received messages from faculty members throughout the building greeting them in different languages.

Students created videos that were linked to QR codes around the tower that showcased their language skills. March Madness-style posters were also created with different brackets. French students used poets while German and Spanish used music as their brackets. After reading a poem or listening to a song, the winning vote would move on to the next bracket.

Parent University Workshops Offer Solutions, Strategies During Pandemic

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More than 250 parents, students and staff members participated in Smithtown Central School District’s virtual Parent University on March 8. Parent University is hosted by the district’s Wellness Committee. The evening, themed “Responding to this Moment,” featured more than a dozen workshops for participants in two different sessions.

Workshops were facilitated by both community members, professionals and staff. Mental health counselor Ron Villano addressed how to manage concerns for students during this time such as anxiety, stress, feeling trapped and mental health, and school performance. Dietitian/nutritionist Colleen McDermott talked about different nutrition components to lead a healthy lifestyle, while registered sleep technologist Brendan Duffy spoke about how to protect and improve sleep.

Smithtown’s administrator for guidance and related student services Kevin Colon provided strategies for effective communication between parents and teenagers. Nesaquake Middle School reading teacher Julianne DeSilva spoke about how to encourage reading at home with ideas for how parents can engage with reading with their children and model good reading habits.

Dr. Beth Forhman’s workshop offered evidence-based suggestions to foster family and children’s resiliency during this challenging time. Dr. Marissa Abram also spoke about the impact of mental health during the pandemic and how to create self-care plan. Psychologist and therapist Craig O’Brien addressed biological stress reactions and strategies for managing anxieties.

Smithtown Hosts 26th Annual Business Olympics

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Smithtown Central School District recently hosted its 26th annual Business Olympics. Although the competition moved to a virtual format this year, the event provided the same opportunities to the students. “We are so proud of what they accomplished,” said Christine LoFrese, the district’s career and technical education director. “The time and dedication all the students who participated put into their presentations was so impressive, and we were so proud of them all. We know the students are faced with many challenges daily due to the pandemic and to see them rise above the way they did was inspiring.”

The topic for this year’s competition was “Promoting Social Emotional Awareness.” The team’s challenge was to create a product — a good or a service — that will help to promote social and emotional awareness as well as growth in the areas of health and mental well-being during these difficult times. More than 220 students — and more than 60 teams — competed from Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West. This year’s winning team was Smithtown High School East seniors Michael Gannon and Krishna Palempalli, the International Businessmen and their product, the Bon Voyage Box.

Six Student-Artists Take Home Scholastic Awards

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Six student-artists from High School East and High School West have received awards in the annual Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.

From Dianne Shanian’s art class at High School East, 11th grader Lilly Chai was awarded a Silver Key for her painting. From Timothy Needles’ art class at High School East, the following students were honored: Angelina Bhola (Gold Key – digital art, flower model); Alexandra Lanzon (Gold Key – mixed media, Agape; Gold Key – mixed media, Mon cœur t’appartient; Honorable Mention – mixed media, Thantophobia); Kiersten Hebron (Honorable Mention – Façade; Honorable Mention –“They Won’t Understand”; Honorable Mention poetry – “Star-Crossed Lovers”); and Nethmi Withanage (Gold Key – drawing & illustration, “Beauty and the Beast”)

From Steve Halem’s art class at High School West, Maris O’Brien won a Silver Key for her acrylic painting, “Departure.”

West’s TruBlue Technologies Moves On in VE Competition

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The School of Business virtual enterprise class– TruBlue Technologies – at High School West taught by Mr. Como participated in the 2021 VE National Business Plan Competition. The team placed against more than 2,900 other firms and scored 4.4 out of 5.0 to move on to the next round of the competition. TruBlu Technologies also placed in the VE National Human Resource Competition created by the human resource department. The human resource department spent countless days working to perfect their employee handbook for the 2021 competition. TruBlu placed in the top 25% in the VE National Elevator Sales Pitch Competition. Congratulations to the following team members pictured: Claudia Buergert (CMO); Matthew Bieber (CFO); Brendan Hickey (sales representative); Brenden Carmella (sales representative); Connor Byrne (sales representative); Brayden Graffeo (accounts payable clerk); and Brianna Donnarumma (accounts receivable clerk).

Resume Workshops Set Students Up for Success

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High School East and High School West’s School of Business Honor societies recently hosted two virtual resume workshops for all students in the district. There was a workshop for those who needed to create a resume and a workshop for students who have resumes but needed to improve them for college and the workplace.

The events were attended by 47 students from both of the district’s high schools. Mary Pat Grafstein, the district’s certified work experience and internship coordinator and executive director of the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, hosted the workshop for those who needed to start from the beginning. Maria Frey, Smithtown Industry Advisory Board member, hosted a workshop for those students who needed to modify and improve their existing resumes. Together, they provided students with templates and information as to what employers are looking for in a resume.  

The mission was for students to create or improve their resume using the information provided in the workshop and forward it to Mrs. Grafstein for review. They were encouraged to make an appointment with Mrs. Grafstein in the career center at either high school. Together, they will review the resume, create a portfolio for future internships, job availability and career counseling.