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404 Students Participate In Kings Park 2017 Science Fair 


Kings Park High School Science Fair - 2017

A science fair project can be self-validating and exciting because it is not just practice.  It involves real discovery of little known or even unknown information.  When brought to completion, the project is an amalgamation of reading, writing, grammar, math, statistics, ethics, logic, critical thinking, computer science, graphic arts, scientific methodology, self-learning of one or more technical or specialty fields and public speaking.  

This year’s Kings Park High Schools science fair included 290 projects or 404 participants in the following areas:  Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, MST and Physics.
Congratulations to the winners:

Matthew Anderer, Cooper Ball, Samantha Cestone, Lauren Cornwell, Luke DeSilva, Jean DiFrancesco, Steven DiResta, Zoe Dougherty, James Gilchriest, Cailin Gill, Hannah Harrington, Jessica Hoyt, Michael Ingraffia, Jason Karalis, Ashiq Khan, Emily Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Amanda Keegan,  Gabriella Laviano, Renee Lee, Kaitlyn Mah, Matthew Manna, Kerri Miller, Raymond Moran, Alexander Morrison, Briana Motherway, Lilian Neilson, Elizabeth Palmer, Dominick Sarabella, Alexis Schoor, Gianna Sparacino, Emma Theofield, MacKenzie Traynor, Nicholas Van Deusen, Jamie Wisniewski, Nicholas Ziccardi

(KPHS Principal-Mr. Lino Bracco, Advisor-Ms. Laura Horan)


Neuroscience Axis Club Goes To Smithtown HSW

Using their brains

Smithtown High School West teacher Michael Cone, Stephanie Twomey from the Neuroscience Axis Club from Stony Brook University, Smithtown High School West students Joseph Arena and Katherine Maiorisi and Alexander Walsh from the Neuroscience Axis Club from Stony Brook University, visited Smithtown High School West on March 17 as part of Brain Awareness Week. Students in the Neuroscience Axis Club from Stony Brook University visited Smithtown High School West as part of Brain Awareness Week on March 17. The club spoke to students in Michael Cone’s Advanced Placement psychology class. 

Two former Smithtown High School students – Alexander Walsh and Stephanie Twomey – came as representatives of the Neuroscience Axis Club. During their visit, the Stony Brook students demonstrated human-to-human interface where the muscles of one student were used to conduct electrical current to move the muscles of a second student. This technology holds great promise for amputee patients with prosthetics. 

BAW is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.   

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Great Hollow Students Participate In All-County Concert

Great Hollow’s student-musicians shine

Sixteen student-musicians from Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District recently participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s All-County Concert and the Long Island String Festival Association’s festival concert. Top row from left: Lexi Lackman, Dylan Soto, John Petti, Ryan Tona, Kylie Williams, Danielle Wass, Gabriella Foster, Carson Chin, Nikhil Mehta and Aman Mistry. Bottom row from left: Heather Sanger, Madelyn Melendez, Vanessa Karvey, Marissa Gutierri, Jennifer Zhong and Peter Kagiwada.


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Kings Park HS Senior Anjali Verma Named 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar


Anjali Verma Named 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar

Nation’s Most Prestigious Scholarship Program Awards Students $20,000 for College


L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Anjali Verma, Mr. Lino Bracco-KPHS PrincipalKings Park High School senior, Anjali Verma has been selected as a Coca Cola Scholar. Of the 150 students selected nation-wide for this honor, only seven are from New York and only four Long Island high schools were chosen. All 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will attend the 2017 Scholars Weekend April 20 – April 23, where they will meet their peers for a time of inspiration, fun, and camaraderie. Scholars will be honored at the 29th annual Scholars Banquet and participate in the Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training during Scholars Weekend that will challenge them to develop an inside-out leadership philosophy.



Smithtown HSE Varsity Kickline 18-time National Champions

Kicking their way to the top

The Smithtown High School East varsity kickline competition team captured first place at the Contest of Champion at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, from March 4-5. The Whisperettes returned home as 18-time National Champions, placing first in the small high kick category as well as the medium high kick category. Coached by Sarahbeth Cook, the team is lead by captain Nicole DiPietro and co-captains Ally McEnroe and Holly D’Addario.

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Hauppauge Students Bring 1920's Jazz Age To Stage



(Hauppauge, New York) – Hauppauge High School’s Theatre students brought the 1920’s Jazz Age to life in a charming production of Sandy Wilson’s musical comedy The Boy Friend. This light romantic spoof is set at the Villa Caprice where Maisie (Meghan Smith); the girls Dulcie (Emma Casey), Nancy (Hannah Schwack-Trovitch), and Fay (Danielle Gerardi); the maid Hortense (Emily Pandal); and Madame Dubonnet (René Kozlowski) live at Mme. Dubonnet’s School for Young Ladies.

Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, the play tells the story of English heiress Polly Browne (Evelyn Beltrani) who is longing for only one thing: a boy friend. Polly’s widowed father Percival (Rob Podmore) – convinced that any boy who isn’t wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation – forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony (Francesco DiFlora) – the messenger boy with whom she’s fallen in love – that she is not a rich girl. Tony, in reality, is the missing son of the rich Lord and Lady Brockhurst (David Fresolone and Rebecca Proscia). This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg, as love proceeds to find its way charmingly through nearly every member of the cast and brings them all to a happy ending.

The Boy Friend is the quintessential Golden Age musical. “The play featured many tongue-in-cheek moments as well as a captivating score and complex and expertly executed dance numbers,” stated Theatre Teacher Ruthie Pincus. “Audiences were treated to an unforgettable opportunity to view the comedic and exuberant talents of Hauppauge’s theatre students.”


Commack Students Pay It Forward Through Good Deeds

                The students in Ms. Goldman’s fifth grade class at Sawmill Intermediate School in Commack are paying it forward to help others through their “good deeds.” They were assisted and motivated by John Feal and his FealGood Foundation. The children worked in teams to perform their good deeds, planning and soliciting parental support for their projects.

                Landon, Nick, Ilana, Crystal and Shubhan tied on their aprons and baked goods to sell at a bake sale. They used the money raised to buy pet supplies and donate them to Little Shelter in Huntington. Emily, Michaela, Julian, Bobby, Lindsay, Talia, Keira, Madison, Billal, and Sebastian also donated money and supplies to Little Shelter, raised by operating a donation station outside of Pet Friends in Commack one cold winter day. 

                Vasili, Luca, Jadyn, Isabelle, and Manik walked their neighborhood collecting non-perishable food items. They then delivered their donation to Island Harvest Food Bank, which is Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization.

                Carson, Emily, James, Nick, Taylor, and Adriana decided to work with special needs children at Sawmill. They spent every lunch period for three weeks eating and playing with the students in one of our special education classes. Even though the project is over, the friendships forged have lasted!

We would like to extend a special thank you to the families of our students who gave of their time to help us contribute to our community and to Pet Friends, Island Harvest, and Little Shelter who helped the students get this done!


Four Commack Students Named Presidential Scholars Candidates

Director of Guidance Jonathan Macaluso, Zach, Christine, Josh, and Principal Leslie Boritz.Four Commack High School students were named Presidential Scholars Candidates, recognized as some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Congratulations to Zack Abrams, Christine Kim, Joshua Mann, and Matthew Wu (not in photo), whose academic achievement and exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT exams qualifies them to seek finalist status as one of 161 United States Presidential Scholars. Notification will be made in April of this year.

Since 1964, this unique federal program has honored more than 7,000 students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, artistic excellence, and selfless service to others.


photo courtesy of Brenda Lentsch


Smithtown HSE Science Research Coordinator Maria Zeitlin 2017 Distinguished Teacher

East research teacher honored by Harvard Club

The Harvard Club of Long Island has named Smithtown High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin a Distinguished Teacher for 2017.The Harvard Club of Long Island has recognized Smithtown High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin as a Distinguished Teacher for 2017. 

Zeitlin is one of only 40-60 teachers across Long Island to be awarded this distinction. She was nominated for the award by one of her former students who now attend the college’s undergraduate program.

The student wrote, “a mentor, who had a major impact on my life and academic career, Ms. Zeitlin spearheaded the research program that gave students, including me, the opportunity to compete in science competitions nationwide. Ms. Zeitlin created a family-like atmosphere in the classroom, demonstrating the importance of teamwork and also that it is important to have fun while learning.” 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Joe Rodichock SHSE Distinguished Teacher 2017

Smithtown teacher honored by Harvard Club

Smithtown High School East science teacher Joe Rodichok has been named a Distinguished Teacher 2017 by the Harvard Club of Long Island. The Harvard Club of Long Island has named Smithtown High School East science teacher Joe Rodichok a Distinguished Teacher 2017. 

Rodichok is one of only 12 teachers across Long Island to be awarded this distinction. He was nominated for the award by one of his former students who now attends the college’s undergraduate program.

“Mr. Rodichok is an outstanding teacher who motivates and challenges his students both inside and outside the classroom,” said Smithtown Central School District Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw. “His professionalism and dedication to teaching, particularly in the subject of physics, has made him an inspiration to his students. This is a well-deserved achievement for a remarkable professional who truly exemplifies the mission of the Smithtown Central School District.”

Rodichok will be honored at a ceremony on April 30. One of the dozen award winners will also be chosen to receive a Harvard experience in Cambridge.  

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District