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High School Students Complete St. Catherine's Health Care Exploration Program

SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK—After rounding for the past 16 weeks, 27 High school students from Smithtown East and West, Commack and Chaminade High Schools, graduated from St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Health Care Exploration and Internship Program (HCEIP). The students were awarded certificates signed by Senator John J. Flanagan for completed the rigorous 16-week program.

The unique program, now in its eight year, offers aspiring young health care professionals to gain hands on experience, as well as industry information in various departments, including nursing, pharmacy, dietary, laboratory, to name a few. Admitted students selected had to meet several requirements to participate in the program and will receive half a health care credit upon completion.



Mt. Pleasant Students Competed In Suffolk County Math Tournament

Math-letes compete in county tournament


Five students from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District represented their elementary school at the 10th annual Suffolk County Math Tournament at Stony Brook University on May 11. Erika Gehrling, Daniel Huertas, Kristina Nitis, Ryan Stiles and Amanda Tragna worked diligently, both individually and together as a team, to solve complex mathematical problems in the Math Olympiad style tournament. 


Photo courtesy of Smithtown School District


Three Students From SHSW Honored By Jewish Community Relations Council

Bridge-building, community efforts recognized

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island recently honored three students from Smithtown High School West during its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration on May 4 at Suffolk County Community College in Selden.

Smithtown High School West students Cory Calderone, Julia Negrin and Nicholas Gajda were selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were publicly honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society.

Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.

Photo caption: The Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island recently honored three students from Smithtown High School West during its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration. From left, Smithtown High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone, Smithtown High School West senior Cory Calderone, Smithtown High School West junior Julia Negrin, Smithtown High School West senior Nicholas Gajda and Smithtown High School West social studies teacher Erica Geldmacher.


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Two Smithtown HS Seniors Named Winners Of National Merit Scholarships

Two Smithtown seniors named National Merit winners

HSW National Merit: Smithtown High School West senior Samantha Catalano has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship winner. She is shown here with Smithtown High School West Assistant Principal Chris Elsesser and Smithtown High School West guidance counselor Jeanmarie Wilson.HSE National Merit: Smithtown High School East senior Sanjana Eranki has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship winner. She is shown with Smithtown High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. Smithtown High School East senior Sanjana Eranki and Smithtown High School West senior Samantha Catalano have been selected as winners of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

The two Smithtown students were chosen for Merit Scholarship awards among 15,000 finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. The National Merit Scholarship Competition evaluates participants on their academic record, school’s curricula and grading system, two SAT scores, school official’s written recommendation, the finalist’s extracurricular activities, leadership and personal essay. 

In the fall, Catalano will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will pursue an undergraduate degree in biology. Eranki is still undecided on her college choice at this time. 




Navya Gautam Takes First Place At BNL Science Fair


(l to r): Hauppauge Middle School Principal Maryann Fletcher, BNL Elementary School Science Fair 6th grade winner Navya Gautam and Robert Wankmuller, Hauppauge’s director of Science, Technology and Research.(Hauppauge, New York) – Hauppauge Middle School sixth grader Navya Gautam recently won first place in her grade level at the Brookhaven National Lab Elementary Science Fair for her project titled: “Does Shape Matter?. The sixth-grade winner said she was curious why solar panels were always a rectangular shape. “I wanted to find out if different shapes might make the panels more effective, which would help the environment and in turn help our world,” said Gautam, who hopes to someday work in the medical field helping people.

Nearly 500 science projects from 108 Suffolk County schools were entered into the 2017 Elementary School Science Fair, which was held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, New York. It was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and coordinated by the Lab’s Office of Educational Programs. BNL scientists, engineers, technical staff and teachers from local elementary schools judged the projects.

“Congratulations to Navya Gautam on winning first place for the entire sixth grade at the BNL Elementary School Science Fair,” said Robert Wankmuller, Hauppauge’s director of Science, Technology and Research. “We are very proud your outstanding achievement.”


Forest Brook Students Doing "EGG-CITING" Things


(Hauppauge, New York) – “EGG-CITING” things are happening at Forest Brook Elementary School. As part of a chick embryology unit, Caitlin Classey’s and Lynne Clarkin’s first grade “chick experts” worked hard to learn all about chicks and brought this learning experience to life by integrating technology into their classroom.

The students’ journey began with an incubator, 12 chicken eggs and a webcam. After the chicken eggs were incubated for 21 days, the students and families watched eight chicks hatch through a live video feed that was broadcasted over their class website. The students used various technology apps – including Tellagami, Chatterpix and Seesaw – to share their new knowledge with others throughout this “egg-citing” unit of study.

The class also created an interactive chick display outside their classroom for other Forest Brook students and classes to view and visit after they had completed their projects and technology extensions. The hallway display was interactive through the use of QR Codes, with more than 50 different QR Codes that can be scanned to bring the display to life.



The Knox School's Crew Team Heading To Nationals

The Knox School’s Crew Team Qualifies for Nationals!

Mateja Markovic and Hieu Biu competing at the New York State Scholastic Rowing Championship in Saratoga Springs, New York.St. James, New York. This past weekend, The Knox School Crew team competed at the New York State Scholastic Rowing Championship in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Each spring, more than 70 New York State high schools come together to put a season’s worth of hard work and training to the test  and compete for the state championship title.

This year proved to be Knox’s strongest year on the water! For the first time in the School’s history, two boats qualified for the “A” final. The girls’ varsity pair and boys’ junior double both competed against the top boats in their respective category in the state. The boys’ varsity four also had their best states finish to date, edging out multiple crews to finish 26th in the state. We are very proud of all crews who raced and represented The Knox School at the State Championship.

Boys’ Junior Doubles rowers Mateja Markovic (left) and Hieu Bui (right). The NYS Scholastic Rowing Championship also acts as a qualifying regatta for the Scholastic National Championships. Top crews are invited to compete alongside the best scholastic crews in the country on a national platform, and this year, Mateja Markovic and Hieu Biu will represent The Knox School in the boys’ junior double category. This is the first invitation The Knox School has received to compete at this level of competition. Our boys have worked hard all year for this and there is no better way to culminate a season than representing your school at a national level.

This Memorial Day weekend, over 200 high school crews from around the country will head to Cherry Hill, NJ to compete for the national championship title.  We wish our boys the very best of luck. Go Falcons! 

For additional information about The Knox School’s Crew Team, please contact Nic DeZenzo, Crew Team Coordinator at (631) 686-1600 ext. 420 or email: ndzenzo@knoxschool.org


Jacqueline Morris Named One Of L I's Best And Brightest Chemistry Students



(Hauppauge, New York) – Hauppauge High School senior Jacqueline Morris was honored by the Long Island Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) as one of the “best and the brightest” high school chemistry students in Suffolk, Nassau and Queens Counties. She was recognized at the annual ACS awards dinner that was held on May 9, 2017 at Nassau Community College, Uniondale, New York.

AP Chemistry Teacher Carolyn Heck nominated Morris for the ACS award. Morris will attend the San Diego State University in the fall where she will pursue a degree and future career in pharmaceutical chemistry.

Photo - Hauppauge High School AP Chemistry Teacher Carolyn Heck and American Chemical Society award recipient Jacqueline Morris.




School Budget - School Board Results

Budget Results:

Commack -$190,163,464 Passed yes 2019 No 555 Trustee *Carpenter 1363 DiGirolamo 1059, Haupt 1148, *Hender 1240

Hauppauge - $110,626,357 Passed yes 811 No 308 Propostion Capital Reserve Fund Yes 869 No 248

*Lawrence Crafa 797, *James Kiley 803

Kings Park $88,548,072 Passed  yes 1,360 -No 533 - School Board *Joe Bianco 989, Katy Cardinale 733, J.P. Andrade 110 

Smithtown - $239,367,205 Passed yes 2421 - No 693 School Board *Gladys Waldron unopposed 2095, *Joanne McEnroy unopposed 2090, Grace Plourde 1155, *Matthew Gribbon 1835


*winner in school board election


Accompsett Middle School Students Participate In Flags For Freedom Program

Flags fly high at Memorial Day tribute 

This Memorial Day, more than 100 American flags are displayed at the entrance to Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District thanks to a fundraising effort coordinated by the school to benefit America’s VetDogs and Boots on the Ground. Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District is honoring its local military heroes this Memorial Day by participating in a Flags for Freedom program.

Coordinated by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, American flags were sold in honor or memory of loved ones who have or are serving in the military. 

For a $25 donation, flags were available for purchase throughout the month. In total, the school sold 125 flags. 

During the first weekend in May, Accompsett Middle School Honor Society students and PTA parents worked to get the ground ready to display the flags, cleaning up the flower beds, drilling the holes for the flags and cutting the PVC piping. The flags are currently on display at Accompsett Middle School to add a special touch to the ground for Memorial Day.  

Profits from the sale of the flags will be donated to America’s VetDogs, a local nonprofit that helps veterans with service dogs, and Boots on the Ground, a local veterans activity center. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District