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The Knox Falcons Soccer Team Defeats PSAA Champions


The Knox School, Saint James, New York: The Knox Falcons Varsity Boys Soccer team defeated PSAA Champions Portledge High School 3-0 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in the third game of their 2-1 season. Braving the elements, both teams faced a deadlock in the first Half until Dennis Coticelli ‘21 received a through-ball from Midfielder Nikolas Busick ‘21, finding the back-of-the-net for the first goal of the game. Only minutes later, Coticelli nailed his second goal after a strong assist from Brazilian Diogo Gadelha-Neto ‘18.

Knox came out strong in the second half, determined to keep their first clean sheet in over three years. Falcons back line consisting of Connor Free ‘19, Edip Akyurek ‘19, Trevor Hubbard ‘21, and Jaylon Boone ‘20 held strong, and the final goal was scored by Akyurek in the last 20 minutes of the game. Four strong saves were also made by Freshman Goalie Richard Schineis ‘21 during this breakthrough game.

The Knox Falcons Soccer team is one to watch this year! This young team has intensified in strength under the direction of Head Coach Nic DeZenzo, who brings an accomplished portfolio of coaching experience in both high school and college settings.  The strength of this emerging team is evident in their “big win” against Portledge, securing their 2nd place standing in the PSAA league. 



Smithtown HS West Cheerleaders Walk For Angela's House

Walking for a cause


For the third consecutive year, the varsity cheerleading team from Smithtown High School West – joined for the second time by the school’s junior varsity cheerleaders – attended a walk to support Angela’s House. The organization helps care for medically fragile children on Long Island and the team raised $400 for the cause.   

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Student Photographer Zoe Richman Adds Beauty To Accompsett MS

Student-photographer adds unique beauty to school

The photography of eighth-grader Zoe Richman is featured throughout Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District. She is pictured here with art teacher Jennifer Kapps-Fleming and Accompsett Middle School Principal Paul McNeil.Zoe Richman, an eighth-grader at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District, is using her keen eye for photography to brighten up the hallways of her school.

Richman’s love of photography prompted her to show some of the photos on her cellphone to her art teacher last year, Jennifer Kapps-Fleming. Working with her teacher, Richman took still-life photos of different objects found in the elective rooms in the school. 

After photographing and editing the photos, Richman met with the teachers so they could choose the photo that best represented their classrooms. The pictures are now permanently framed installations featured outside of each class, to add beauty to the school in a unique way and also help students identify classrooms. For example, the art room features a photo of colored pencils and paint, while the chorus room highlights piano keys.

Richman’s photos can be found outside the home and career, technology, music, art, band rooms and more. This school year, she plans to start phase two of the project, photographing the core classes throughout the building. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central  School District


Mills Pond Students Celebrate Constitution Day

‘We the class’


Dressed in red, white and blue, the students at Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District celebrated Constitution Day by signing classroom constitutions on Sept. 15. Each class pledged to follow a set of classroom rules and each member of the class – with a quill pen in hand – signed the constitution to uphold those rules throughout the school year.   


Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Two Smithtown High Schools Named Schools Of Excellence

Smithtown athletic teams awarded for excellence 

Smithtown Central School District’s Board of Education President Jeremy Thode (second from left), Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady (third from left), Smithtown High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons (center) and Smithtown Central School District coordinator of physical education, health, athletics and nursing Patrick Smith (second from right) accept the Schools of Excellence awards from members of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Both of Smithtown Central School District’s high schools – Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West – have been named as Schools of Excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Schools earn a School of Excellence award by having 75 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. Scholar-Athlete teams require 75 percent of the team’s rosters to have a grade point average of 90 or above. There are only five other high schools in Suffolk County to earn this honor. 

The purpose of the School of Excellence award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor.  

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown Swimmers Support Fight Against Cancer


Girls varsity swim teams from Smithtown and Harborfields participated in a fundraising event for cancer research on Aug. 30.At the end of August, the Smithtown Central School District’s girls varsity swim team participated in an annual fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for cancer research through the Swim Across America organization — this year joined by Harborfields Central School District’s varsity girls team. Together, more than 40 swimmers raised $4,000 for the cause, and both teams committed to the event again next year.

From left: Harborfields team leader Hannah Spencer and coach Kiri Thomsen with Smithtown’s coach Sean Montalvo and Gianna Palazzo. Swimmers were thanked and congratulated by Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer. “Your commitment and support will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by cancer,” Spencer said. 

In addition to the swim itself, a scientist from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory attended the event and spoke with the participating swimmers to explain the importance of continuous support and research for cancer. 


Photos courtesy of the Smithtown Central School District


16th Annual 9-11 Ceremony Held At Commack HS

Hundreds of Commack Community members and students gathered for the 16th annual 9-11 ceremony, held on the Heroes Memorial Track at Commack High School. This year’s remembrance was an interactive event, with the crowd and officials walking the track to remember those lost and those who are still suffering mentally and physically from the tragedy of 9-11-2001.

The ceremony began with the sound of a mournful bagpipe leading the Marine Corps. League Huntington Detachment and NYPD color guards onto the track, followed by an opening prayer from Rabbi Mendel Teldon.  As we do each year, a bell was rung to represent the planes hitting the towers, the strike on the Pentagon,  the plane that was crashed in Pennsylvania, and in memory of the brave and the victims. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Donald James, spoke of the great spirit of the American people, and introduced speakers that included Board of Education President Steven Hartman, Vice President Jarrett Behar, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who has attended every year, and Commack graduate John Feal of the Feal Good Foundation, who thanked the Senator for helping to push new legislation for the 9-11 responders. Mr. Feal is a 9-11 responder himself, who has fought long and hard for medical benefits and support for those whose work in the aftermath of 9-11 resulted in permanent injury and illness. John invited all attendees to hold hands as a sign of unity and remembrance, and to walk the track, meeting at the illuminated red, white, and blue representation of the Twin Towers. Wreaths were presented to the Commack families who lost loved ones and displayed by the reflection pools and Twin Towers. Each person received a daisy to add to the two reflection pools as they walked the track. 

The day was designated as a “Day of Volunteerism” encouraging the public to extend acts of kindness to others. Nonperishable food items were collected for those affected by the hurricanes to be distributed by Island Harvest.

State, County, Huntington, Smithtown, and Commack officials and legislators were on hand, as well as Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini, and Asst. Commissioner John Barry. After the closing prayer, given by Deacon Louis Antrella, the SCPD flew a helicopter overhead as Commack’s own Tribute in Lights shone skyward.  Music was provided by former Commack High School student, Anthony Funcheon, and parent Joe Zogbi. Chris Toomey, also a Commack graduate, closed the ceremony playing Taps on his bugle.

Photos Courtesy of the Commack School District – more available at http://www.commackschools.org/EventPhotos2017-18.aspx


Smithtown Students Remember 9/11

Smithtown schools remember 9/11

Students at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District placed flags on the lawn and walkways in remembrance of 9/11.Throughout the Smithtown Central School District, each of the schools remembered and recognized Sept. 11 by engaging in different observances and activities.

Students at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District placed flags on the lawn and walkways in remembrance of 9/11.Many schools started the day with a moment of silence prior to morning announcements. At Great Hollow Middle School, the morning announcements throughout the week included relevant character education messages. Students at Accompsett Middle School displayed flags outside the building and Principal Paul McNeil delivered a message over the public announcement system to all students. 

Smithtown Elementary School held a moment of silence and spoke about the importance of honoring the bravery of those who help others, such as firefighters and policeAt Dogwood Elementary School, fifth-graders read an article, held age-appropriate class discussions and wrote essays and poems on why they are proud to be an American. Dogwood fourth-grade students created a project on their heroes. The outside walkways and lawn of the St. James Elementary School were filled with flags placed by students at the start of the school day on 9/11.building to remember the victims of 9/11.

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


The Knox School Remembers Christopher Lunder And All Who Died On 9-11


Members of the Knox Choir sing Dona Nobis Pacem at the Christopher Lunder ‘85 Memorial in a traditional “Asharoken Farewell”On Monday, September 11, 2017, students, faculty, and staff at The Knox School assembled around the Christopher Lunder ’85 Memorial in observance of Patriot Day, to honor the memories of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Christopher Lunder ‘85, an Alumnus who lost his life at the World Trade Center, is forever memorialized on the Knox campus with a tribute plaque that rests under a shade tree planted in his name. He is remembered by many for his leadership roles and commitment to academics and athletics during his time at Knox.

Head of School Kristen Tillona-Baker places the first carnation at Christopher Lunder ‘85 Memorial as The Knox School community pauses in remembers alumnus Christopher Lunder ‘85, whose life was taken from him during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.The observance began with the school community precessing to the Christopher Lunder ’85 memorial as student Isabella Benrubi ‘18 played Nearer My God to Thee on Violin. Head of School Kristen Tillona-Baker then addressed the community, speaking about the tragic terrorist attacks that occurred on 9/11. Members of the Knox Choir performed Dona Nobis Pacem, and Student Council President read the poem I Dream of a World of Peace by Riken Shrestha. The memorial concluded in a traditional “Asharoken Farewell” as all of the participants placed red and white carnations on the Memorial the recessed in silence.





Look Again - Multiple Sightings At Tackan Elementary

Multiple sightings at Tackan Elementary


The staff at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District has been doing a triple and Connick TripletsJakubowski QuadrupletsLisanti Tripletseven a quadruple take when it comes to their student body this school year. At Tackan Elementary, there’s a set of quadruplets – (l-r) Kendall, Madison, Liam Kaleigh and Jakubowski – just beginning kindergarten; a set of triplets – (l-r) William, James and Robert Connick – in first grade and another set of triplets entering second grade – (l-r) Kyle, Sophia and Xander Lisanti. They are pictured here with Tackan Elementary School Principal Allyn Leeds.


Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District