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Principal - Mr. Coady: (631) 382-2905
Assistant Principal - Mr. Elsesser: 
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(631) 382-2905
Assistant Principal - Dr. Freiberg:
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(631) 382-2970
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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Showing Off STEM Careers in Smithtown

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More than 120 students from High School East and High School West participated in the fifth annual STEM Careers “Lunch and Learn” on Oct. 25 organized by the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board and the Smithtown Central School District Career and Technical Education, science and math departments. The event was hosted at High School West’s library. 

The lunch and learn is designed to introduce high school students to various careers within the STEM field. To open the day’s event, the U.S. Navy presented on nuclear propulsion and engineering. Approximately, 20 different companies and eight different colleges and universities were on hand to show students a variety of careers and the type of schooling necessary for their careers. 

After hearing from the presenters, the students spent time during lunch getting to know the companies and businesses. During the breakout sessions, students sat down in small group settings with the businesses in which they were most interested. Members of the Smithtown robotics team were also on hand to show off their STEM-related skills. 



Schools Come Together to Thank BOE

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To celebrate New York State School Board Recognition Week from Oct. 21-25, the Smithtown Central School District came together to show their appreciation for their board of education during the Oct. 22 meeting.

To kick off the meeting, the High School East select choral group sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Smithtown Elementary School’s ENL also serenaded the board members by singing a thank-you song in 11 different languages. Nesaquake Middle School’s select chorus also showcased their skills by singing “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”

Dogwood Elementary School’s students created posters featuring the top 10 things they love about the district. Mt. Pleasant Elementary School students created a tree of appreciation to present to the board featuring every student’s fingerprints.

Tackan Elementary School students purchased books at its recent book fair and donated them back to the school’s library in the board’s name. Accompsett Elementary School’s fifth grade classes created a poster board of thanks, while Mills Pond Elementary presented each board member with a pen and flashlight because they light the way for the district. Student in Karen Dennis’s fourth grade class at St. James Elementary School created their own Flip Grid thank-you video for the board members.

Members of the National Junior Honor Society at Accompsett Middle School created a thank-you card and Great Hollow Middle School students gifted each board member with a drawstring bag. Members of the National Honor Society at High School West gave each board member a “Support Our Troops” shirt and Athletes Helping Athletes gifted them with Smithtown athletic spirit wear. Members of the Career and Technology Education department presented the board members with handcrafted wood nameplates for their board table, water bottles, tote bags, homemade muffins and pillowcases. To end the evening, the school’s central administration showed a thank-you video featuring faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the district. 


Drawing Goes Digital at High School West

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Student-artists in Christopher Lauto’s studio in digital media class at High School West are working on developing their own characters using a multimedia approach. Starting by drawing the character in their sketchpads, the students then used Wacom, a digital drawing tablet, to transfer their characters online to a digital format using Photoshop. Once the projects are digital, students have the ability to add colors, layers and different elements to their character design. 

 

Field Hockey Teams Honor Former Athlete

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The district held the 17th annual Diane Corey Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship game on Oct. 8. High School East took to the field against High School West to remember Diane Corey and her love of the sport. Diane’s parents, Pat and Mike, along with her brother Brian, requested the establishment of a scholarship in her memory. The scholarship is awarded annually to seniors on the High School East and West girls field hockey teams based on their talents on the field, contributions to the community and to their team. 

West Side Pride Shines at Homecoming

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High School West celebrated its homecoming on Oct. 12 with a community-centered celebration. The festivities kicked off with a pep rally in the school’s gymnasium on Friday afternoon. The homecoming court was introduced and Steven Heimerle, along with his service dog Duke, and Meghan Deery were named the 2019 homecoming king and queen.

Prior to the start of the football game against Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, High School West students celebrated with an outdoor carnival. Community members gathered for games, popcorn, cotton candy, a bounce house and slide, and plenty of entertainment prior to the big game.  

The Bulls scored quickly in the first quarter and went on to dominate the game by a final score of 48-14. The band and cheerleaders – including the junior varsity squad and the middle school teams from Accompsett and Great Hollow middle schools – kept the crowd entertained throughout the game. 

The halftime celebration began with an introduction of the Smithtown Booster Club’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. The High School West varsity cheerleaders kicked off the show and were followed by the award-winning Whisperettes. The newly crowned homecoming king and queen were escorted to the field to be recognized by the crowd.

 


High School West’s Field Hockey Team Honors Teacher

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On Sept. 26, High School West’s field hockey team held the 10th annual “Play 4 The Cure” game honoring the memory of Sara Long Harte. Each year, High School West dedicates a game to the former St. James Elementary School teacher who lost her battle with breast cancer. Ms. Harte taught at St. James for eight years, the same elementary school she attended. In her honor and memory, there is a scholarship fund in Smithtown, a memorial garden and a hand-crafted picket fence in front of the St. James Elementary School. Her dedication to her students, work with the Sunrise Fund for Childhood Cancer and her love for the community will never be forgotten.

Fifteen Named Commended Students

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Seven students from High School East and eight students from High School West have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

To qualify, a student must have demonstrated outstanding performance on the 2018 PSAT exam. Participants must have scored at or above the Commended Student selected index score. The district congratulates the following Commended Students: High School East – Lara Cain, Christopher Dervan, William Hayfield, Ammara Mehkri, Shubh Thaker, Caitlin Wilkinson and Ike Zhang; High School West – Justin Grafstein, Stephanie Lin, Kate Manalastas, Luke Muratore, William Priebe, Carolyn Qu, Elizabeth Yaboni and Charles Zhao.

West Awarded School of Distinction

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High School West has earned the School of Distinction award from the New York State Pubic High School Athletic Association. All of High School West’s varsity teams had a grade point average of 90 or above. High School West was one of five Suffolk County high schools to win this award. Pictured (from left): Robert Zayes, executive director of NYSPHSAA; John Coady, principal of High School West; Patrick Smith, director of physical education, health, athletics and nurses for Smithtown Central School District; Tom Combs, executive director, Section XI, and Joe Alteiri, assistant director of NYSPHSAA. 

BOE Recognizes Longtime Coach

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The Board of Education recognized longtime High School West varsity girls soccer and basketball coach Bill Hamilton during the Sept. 10 meeting. Hamilton, who retired from teaching in the district 12 years ago, served as a coach and mentor for Smithtown students for 42 years. “He has left an indelible positive impact on the students of Smithtown,” said athletic director Patrick Smith. “He has fostered a culture here that has promoted life lessons.” He is pictured with (from left) board of education trustee Matthew Gribbin, Patrick Smith and board of education vice president Michael Saidens.