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Monday
Mar252019

Smithtown's Robotics Team Mechanical Bulls Win Judge's Award

Mechanical Bulls take judge’s award at regionals

Smithtown Central School District’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, competed at the Central New York Regional in Utica, from March 14-16. The team advanced to the quarter finals in the competition and won the judge’s award for their global online scouting system. The system allows for teams to compile data, in real time, to develop a comprehensive strategy during the competition for each unique match. The Mechanical Bulls will compete next at the Long Island Regional on March 29 and 30. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Sunday
Mar242019

Tackan scientists explore plankton

Tackan scientists explore plankton

Using their microscopes and Chromebooks, fourth-grade students at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District transformed into scientists for the day during a recent hands-on activity. After learning about the food chain, what consumers eat, and why plants are producers, the students observed plankton eating food under the microscopes. They learned plankton get their energy directly from the sun using photosynthesis, just like plants. 

 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Saturday
Mar232019

Smithtown HSE Students Host RISE Leadership Conference

Smithtown East on the RISE

Smithtown High School East’s Interact Club hosted the RISE leadership conference for students from Smithtown High School East and West, Kings Park, Commack and Connetquot school districts on March 20. Interact is a community service club that works with Rotary International. Students attended workshops on empathy and how to pitch yourself and participated in team building activities with senior leaders from Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. There were also opportunities to share ideas on community service projects and fundraisers.

 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Mar222019

St. James Students Bring History To Life

St. James brings history to life

Fifth-
graders at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District brought history to life during their wax museum on March 20. Each fifth-grader studied a person in history and transformed into that person for the day. Wax figures stood frozen until a visitor pressed their button. When they came alive, the wax figures spoke about important facts about themselves and their notable accomplishments. 

 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

 

Friday
Mar222019

Mills Pond Cares Club Fundraises To Support Those With Juvenile Diabetes

Breaking a sweat at Mills Pond


More than 40 students from Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District came out to support their fellow classmates and those affected by juvenile type 1 diabetes during a fundraiser held in the school’s gymnasium on March 20.

Organized by the school’s Cares Club, which consists of third-graders, the boot camp fundraising event invited fourth- and fifth-grade participants. Rotating through different stations, along with teachers, club advisers and parent volunteers, the students participated in a fun cardio workout featuring lunges, push-ups, planks, dashes, squats and sit-ups. The event raised $715 for the cause. 

Photo caption: Students at Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District broke a sweat during their boot camp fundraiser for juvenile type 1 diabetes on March 20. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Thursday
Mar212019

Nesaquake Students Raise Awareness And Funds For Sudan Water Crisis

Mile-long walk raises awareness, funds for Sudan 

Seventh-graders at Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District raised more than $700 in a walk to heighten awareness about the water crisis in South Sudan on March 13.On March 13, students at Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District participated in a walk to raise awareness about the water crisis in South Sudan.

Seventh-graders recently read the novel “A Long Walk to Water.” The main character Nya is one of the many girls in South Sudan who walk from morning to night gathering water from ponds and lakes to bring back to their families. Most times, the water is muddy and filled with contaminants. 

During their lunch period, the students “walked a mile in Nya’s shoes” to raise awareness about the water crisis in South Sudan, raising more than $700. The book inspired students to help raise money for Water for South Sudan, which builds wells in villages so the girls can go to school instead of walking for water every day and helps eliminate diseases from drinking contaminated water as well. 

 

Photos: Seventh-graders at Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District raised more than $700 in a walk to heighten awareness about the water crisis in South Sudan on March 13. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Wednesday
Mar202019

Commack SD Accepting Legislative Affairs Committee Applications



Commack School District Accepting
Legislative Affairs Committee Applications

Interested community members are invited to apply to join the District’s Legislative Advocacy Committee.  Those with backgrounds in legislative matters, law, or education are preferred as this experience could lend assistance in navigating future potential and sustainable endeavors.

The Legislative Advocacy Committee has been established to assist the Board of Education in implementing solutions regarding legislative matters.  The role of the Legislative Advocacy Committee is advisory and any recommendations it provides to the Board do not substitute for any required review and acceptance by the Board of Education.

The Committee centers its efforts on assessing the impact of existing and proposed State and Federal education legislation, promoting legislation that supports the District’s mission, and communicating vital information to our residents.  Further, the Committee is charged with effectively communicating Commack’s needs to our local, State- and Federally-elected representatives (this calls for periodic visits to legislative offices both locally and in Albany).  The legislative agenda includes, but is not limited to, items such as (1) school funding matters; (2) educational issues i.e. mandated standards and assessments, graduation requirements; and (3) fiscal mandate relief.

The Legislative Advocacy Committee is comprised of the Superintendent of Schools, Board of Education members, Commack residents, High School student representatives; and Commack staff.  The Board of Education appoints these members to the Committee, and committee members serve without compensation.  All resident members of the Legislative Advocacy Committee are residents of the Commack UFSD.

The voluntary membership position will be a term that begins May 10, 2019, and ends on June 30, 2020, with extension at the request of the Board of Education.  The application deadline is April 5, 2019. Please click here for the application.

Wednesday
Mar202019

Women's History Month - Smithtown CSD Hosted 17th Annual Female Power Brunch

Smithtown brunch helps female students ‘power up’

The Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, in partnership with the Smithtown High h School Career Center and the Smithtown Central School District’s Career and Technical Education Department, held the 17th annual Female Power Brunch on March 15.The 17th annual Female Power Brunch was hosted by the Smithtown Central School District, in conjunction with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board’s Career Center and Smithtown Central School District’s Career and Technical Education Department, in the library of Smithtown High School West on March 15.

Approximately 70 business-minded female students from both high schools were in attendance to listen to the two dozen female guest speakers of the day. Prior to the start of the guest speaker sessions, the students had a meet and greet with members of the Career Tracks Committee, mentors and guest speakers.

During three different sessions, the students learned about the speakers and mentors, their career path and interests. Speakers shared their messages after the networking brunch, where guests and students came together to talk about their college and career goals. Guest speakers touched on a wide range of topics and included a variety of career paths including a CEO, college president, advertising manager, digital media manager, risk consultant and business owners.  

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Mar192019

Smithtown Students Head To Florida DECA Conference 

Smithtown students head to DECA International 

Ninety students from Smithtown Central School District’s two high schools participated in the New York DECA State Competition in Rochester, New York, in early March. Smithtown students received 84 medals and trophies. Twenty Smithtown students qualified to attend the International Career Conference in Orlando, Florida, where they will compete against the top winners from across the globe.  

Twenty Smithtown Central School District students qualified to attend the DECA International Career Conference in Orlando, Florida, where they will compete against the top winners from across the globe. More than 3,000 from across New York State competed in this year’s events. 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 various competitions, Smithtown’s DECA team was awarded chapter recognition for the following areas: Smithtown High School East – community service, global entrepreneurship and promotional campaign; Smithtown High School West – community service and promotional campaign. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Mar182019

SHSE Research Students Headed To Engineering Fair In Arizona

Smithtown East researchers headed to finals

Members of the Smithtown High School East Research Program participated in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on March 14. Seven of the eight Smithtown High School East students placed and two projects – Anthony D’Amore (left) and Matthew Mullahy – won first place in their categories, earning them a trip to the International Fair in Arizona in May. The first-place winners are pictured here with Maria Zeitlin, Smithtown High School East’s science research coordinators. * Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

* This article revised to reflect participants were from SHS East