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West Artists Work on Watercolors

West Artists Work on Watercolors photo

Students in Steve Halem’s painting I class at High School West are learning how to use watercolors. The students are working on creating basic forms, cubes, spheres and cylinders. The artists are using different washes to control the watercolors as they practice the different forms. In this introductory course, students learn to apply elements of design in developing original paintings on various surfaces and stretched canvas in the areas of still life, abstract works, portraits, and landscapes. Students will learn color theory as applied to paint and work with acrylics, watercolors and various other media.



VIDEO: Robotics Regionals

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Smithtown’s robotics team is heading to regionals. Watch some of the highlights of their build here.

Board of Education Honors Accomplishments

Board of Education Honors Accomplishments photo

Smithtown showed off the talent of its student body and recognized the accomplishments of students and staff during its Feb. 26 board of education meeting.

The meeting was held at Smithtown Elementary School, as the board of education is moving its meetings to different locations this school year in an effort to connect with the community. Smithtown Elementary fifth-graders showed off their performing skills with a sneak peek of a few songs from their upcoming presentation of “The Lion King” to start the meeting.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane honored and recognized several teachers and a student. High School West senior Matthew Bizzaro was recognized for receiving first place in the Long Island round of the National Automotive Technology Competition. Four Smithtown teachers – David Junz, Kelly Bigliani, Glenn Rogers and Brian Cusati – were honored for being chosen as Project Lead the Way Master Teachers. Lastly, High School East math teacher Marianne Schoepflin was honored for achieving National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. 

Students Simulate ‘TRU’ Business Experience

Students Simulate ‘TRU’ Business Experience photo
High School West’s virtual enterprise class, TRUBLU Technologies, has evolved to be the one of the top 40 virtual enterprises for 2018. Created in 2016, TRUBLU Technologies sells a variety of practical Bluetooth, app-based products that meet the needs of the tech community. Teacher Phil Como leads the students as they journey into creating a fictitious company from top to bottom.

Last month, TRUBLU Technologies took their business on the road and competed in the Long Island virtual reality tradeshow at LIU Post. More than 100 virtual companies from Long Island participated with trade booths that sold their products to customers and other virtual enterprise students.  

TRUBLU Technologies chief officers presented their 30-page business plan presentation to a panel of judges. TRUBLU Technologies received the gold award for its e-commerce website and the silver award for its sales/marketing campaign. 

Students have the opportunity to earn six college credits through SUNY Farmingdale during this simulated business experience. Students are interviewed and hired into their respective executive positions by members of the Smithtown IAB. TRUBLU CEO Juliana Buonaiuto said the class has taught her how to manage all the different departments as well as the people within the organization. “This class is helping me to prepare for the real world,” she said. “It gives us a realistic look at how to run a businesses without any of the risks.”

Smithtown Students Take the Stage

Smithtown Students Take the Stage photo

The district’s theatre art elective is unique in that it fulfills an art, music or English elective for students. During the full-year class, students learn the basics of acting and public speaking. Through improvisation and other theatrical activities, students learn how to manipulate their voices, create different characters, effectively stage/block their movements, articulate, react quickly and appropriately to a variety of situations, and learn how to become more natural and relaxed on stage. Shown here are High School West students doing improvisation.



Medical Examiner Visit Offers Inside Look

Medical Examiner Visit Offers Inside Look photo
High School West students in the Project Lead the Way Principles of Biomedical Engineering recently listened to a guest lecture from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office. Michael Kaplan, chief medical examiner, discussed his field of work and how the office operates. He brought many photos of past cases, offering information on how Anna's fictitious death would be solved. Shown here, (from left): High School West science teacher Renee Chalmers, director of science Laura Snell, Suffolk Medical Examiner Michael Kaplan, High School West science teacher Sara Albanese and Ellen Paulik and Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane. 

Twenty-Three Student-Athletes Sign

Twenty-Three Student-Athletes Sign photo
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The district’s senior student-athletes put pen to paper as they signed national letters of intent to continue to play their sports at the collegiate level next year. 

From High School East, nine student-athletes signed their letters. They are: Alexander Blatt, lacrosse, Colorado Mesa University; Sophia DeNicola, lacrosse, University of Michigan; Catherine Farrell, track and field, Manhattan College; Douglas Goodwin, baseball, Binghamton University; William Kennedy, baseball, Hofstra University; Isabella Romano, soccer, SUNY Albany; Gabrielle Schneider, lacrosse, Lehigh University; Gabriella Whitehouse, lacrosse, Stony Brook University; and Grace Young, track and field, Binghamton University. 

At High School West, the following student-athletes committed to their college sports: Matt Caddigan, lacrosse, University of Massachusetts; Conor Calderone; lacrosse, University of Maryland; Erin Cascone, lacrosse, Hartford University; Lauren Coletti, lacrosse, Hofstra University; Marc Cottage, lacrosse, Wingate University; Nick DeFelice, track, Binghamton University; Paige Diecidue, golf, Monmouth University; Kevin Ehli, lacrosse, University of Utah; Spencer Frank, lacrosse, Hartford University; John Hoffman, lacrosse, Providence College; Regan Kielmeyer, lacrosse, Loyola University; Lindsey McCarthy, girls soccer, Molloy College; Taylor Menella, lacrosse, Hofstra University; and Janine Suris, lacrosse, University of Florida. 

Mentoring the Mechanical Bulls

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The district’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, has partnered with Altice for the 2018-2019 competition season. Altice sponsors more than 40 robotics teams across the country and is also a sponsor of the FIRST Robotics competition. Along with the sponsorship, Altice also connects employees who work as mentors with the team. This year, Smithtown residents and Altice employees Scott Morgan and Joe Godas have been working with the team on the technical and business side of the competition. The mentors come in a few times throughout the season to help guide the team.



Rating the Super Bowl: It’s All About the Commercials

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Students in Cindy Wood’s marketing and advertising class at High School West recently completed an analysis of the Super Bowl commercials. Students picked out the different marketing components of the commercials, spoke about their ratings and why certain commercials were rated higher than others. They also completed blind taste tests of different football game snacks.



West’s Eng Named News12 Scholar Athlete

West’s Eng Named News12 Scholar Athlete photo
Based on her academic and athletic achievements, High School West senior Emily Eng has been chosen as a News12 Long Island Scholar Athlete Award recipient. She was recently presented with a $1,000 check.

Emily maintains a 4.38 unweighted grade point average and participates in track and field and gymnastics. She holds the school record in the pole vault and is also an All-County performer. Emily is a five-time All-County gymnast and captain of the team. She was a contributing member of the 2017 gymnastics team that won the county championship. 

Annual Dance Festival Honors Alumna’s Memory

Annual Dance Festival Honors Alumna’s Memory photo
On Jan. 26, the fourth annual Stephanie Belli Dance Team Festival was held at High School West. Stephanie was one of four Smithtown alumnae who were tragically killed in an accident in 2015. Stephanie was also a former Smithtown West Whisperette. As a way to keep her memory alive, the Whisperettes, along with her family, have set up two scholarships, which are funded through the annual festival. This year, more than 700 dancers participated from across the tri-state area from middle schools, high schools, and colleges.

Toy Drive Benefits Local Guide Dogs

Toy Drive Benefits Local Guide Dogs photo
High School West’s girl track and field team recently held a toy drive fundraiser to benefit the Guide Dog Foundation of Smithtown and America’s VetDogs. The team collected chew toys which were donated to the center in mid-January. 

Science-Researchers Honored by BOE

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At the Jan. 22 board of education meeting, the district recognized the two seniors who were named 2019 Regeneron Scholars. High School West’s Alexander Rodriguez (left) was honored for his research on “A Genomic and Pharmacological Analysis of Adenosine Receptors in the Sea Anemone Nematostella vectensis,” while High School East senior Anthony D’Amore was recognized for his research, “Habitat Preference Drives Brain Shape in Crocodylomorphs.” The two science researchers are among the 53 Long Island students who have been named semifinalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. They are pictured with Board of Education President Jeremy Thode (left) and Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane.