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Mills Pond Students Learn To Code At Amazon Event

Hands-on coding lesson with Amazon 

Representatives from Amazon visited Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District on Dec. 10 to host an Hour of Code event. The students created their own apps or games and received an Hour of Code certificate to bring home. With interactive, hands-on activities, students learned computational thinking skills in an approachable way.  Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Kings Park Class Of 1977 Host Holiday Drive

Kings Park High School Holiday Drive

Elves who were able to help us deliver all of these boxes on the morning of November 29th are: Donna Provenzano Maurer, Lisa Foglia Clark, Debbie Neuworth Kellaher, Linda Grottola Hesselback, Peter Primerano, Bob Fortier and Fran Guarino Hughes.Donna Provenzano Maurer headed the Class of 1977 to do a holiday drive to the Kings Park High School under the direction of Kim McGinley.  The l977 elves delivered boxes of toys, games, clothes and more on the morning of November 29th from the ENTIRE Kings Park Graduating Class of 1977 with a special mention to Scott Briskie now of California and John and Nancy Bittoni of Kings Park Contracting for their very generous donations to the cause.  Although many of us have moved, we still have the love for the community we grew up in and stay a close knit class.  This compassionate and giving class hopes to bring smiles on the faces of people having a struggle and financial troubles this year.  We all should realize how much we have and help others this season if we can.  Anyone who can donate anything new with tags, toys or items please contact Kim McGinley at mcginleyk@kpcsd.org.  Tis the season!!  Happy Holidays to all!



SHSE Students Build A Home With Habitat For Humanity

At the end of November, students in the Habitat for Humanity Club at Smithtown High School East participated in a team build in Bay Shore. Learning about teamwork and community giveback, the students worked together on different areas of the home’s construction. 


Photos courtesy of Smithown Central School District


Kings Park Marching Band Hosting Breakfast With Santa


Kings Park School District's 2nd Annual School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Kings Park Holds Successful 2nd Annual School Bus Safety Poster Contest

On Tuesday, November 13, the Kings Park Board of Education and Transportation Department presented awards to several Kings Park students for their submissions in the Second Annual Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Several members of the Transportation Department attended the presentation, as well as the families of the student honorees.  The Transportation Department began this renewed focus and safety contest last fall after a 6th grade student was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop and yield to a stopped Kings Park school bus.  

According to local CSEA President and school bus driver Richard Lasnier, “The Second Annual Bus Safety Poster Contest was a huge success.  The children showed a great understanding and overall enthusiasm and knowledge of bus safety.  We are looking forward to this contest as an annual event sponsored by the dues of the members of the CSEA.”  This year’s contest was championed by bus drivers Monica Broderick, Brenda Hetterich, and Ann Scocca.   Our local CSEA bus drivers presented each of the student winners with a certificate, laminated copy of their poster, and a gift card.  According to Superintendent Eagen, “We are fortunate to have outstanding school bus drivers who are dedicated to safety.  They also take great pride in the condition and appearance of their buses.  During this season of thanks, I am especially thankful for their service to the children and families in Kings Park.”  


Mt. Pleasant Students Treated To Visit By 'Biscuit' Author Alyssa Capucilli

Getting creative with ‘Biscuit’ author


Stephanie Brunet’s first-graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District has a special guest when author Alyssa Capucilli, who wrote the “Biscuit” series of books, visited their class on Nov. 28. Capucilli discussed what inspired her writing and the importance of illustrations in her books. The student-authors learned creative way to write and illustrate their own stories. 


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


"Let's Go Yankees" Mt. Pleasant Students Meet Yankee Manager For STEM Lesson

Teamwork, STEM lessons score big for Yankees manager visit to Smithtown 

The “Let’s Go Yankees” cheers could be heard even outside the building as Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District welcomed  New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Nov. 27. 

Boone visited the school as a guest judge as part of the Hess Corporation’s STEM Curriculum Guide along with Hess general manager Justin Mayer. Fifth-grade students in Jeff Faragasso’s class, who have been working with the Hess STEM program for a few years, were challenged to design their own obstacle courses as part of the program. 

Using Hess’ 2018 RV with ATV and motorcycle (which comes equipped with the STEM guide)  – and being as creative with their designs as they wanted – the students showed off the obstacle courses and tested velocity, speed and kinetic energy by racing the vehicles down the ramps in the gymnasium. 

Boone selected the team with the most creative design and the most challenging design and served as the timekeeper as the students raced all the cars down the most challenging course. “Seeing the creativity, teamwork, intelligence and the time they have put into these courses has been really fun,” Boone said. 

The Hess STEM program combines the elements of science, technology, math and engineering into hands-on classroom activities. Hess STEM engages grade school students in practical experiences that demonstrate how concepts apply in the real world. Hess’ general manager worked with the students on the activities within the 2018 curriculum guide that explore practical transportation issues, such as fuel efficiency, potential and kinetic energy for producing motion, and motorsports.

Photos: New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone visited Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District on Nov. 27 to serve as the guest judge for a fifth-grade STEM project sponsored by Hess Corporation. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Accompsett MS Students Design And Build Hot Air Balloons

Lessons are taking flight at Accompsett Middle

Seventh-graders at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District participated in a hands-on lesson as part of their Flight and Space Project Lead the Way class. After learning about the Wright brothers and the first inventions to get man off the ground, the students constructed hot air balloons with tissue paper, construction paper and glue. The culmination of the project involved testing their designs both inside and outside. The flight times ranged from a few seconds to nearly half a minute. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Mt. Pleasant Students Recognized For Anti Vaping Poster

Mt. Pleasant students take second in poster contest

As part of their fifth-grade health project, students at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District recently created posters for the Suffolk County Legislator’s poster contest on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. One group of students – Alyssa Lorefice, Taylor Marsh and Maribella Marciano – was honored with a second-place win for their poster “Don’t Get Hooked on Liquid Nicotine.” They were honored with proclamations at the Suffolk County Legislator’s office on Nov. 20. The students are pictured with their teacher Amy Metz, physical education teacher Thomas Cameron and Principal Joseph Ierano. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown Students At Business Olympics

Smithtown students compete in annual Business Olympics

Smithtown Central School District’s School of Business in the Career and Technical Education department, along with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, sponsored the 24th annual Business Olympics on Nov. 15 at Smithtown High School West.

Sixty teams of more than 250 students from Smithtown High School East and West competed in the challenge that focused on developing a successful mobile business. This year’s theme – What’s in the Box – challenged teams to create a  subscription box to sell to prospective buyers. They had to create a promotional and marketing campaign for their box as well as a sample of their subscription box.  

5: Smithtown High School West’s Team Default with members Andrew Camilleri, Kyle Flood, Stephen Godas, Nick Baiata and Jonathan Pofcher was the winning team.Smithtown Industry Advisory Board members, district administrators and employees, local companies and organizations participated in the event and judged the students on their overall presentation. All student teams were required to have a Google Slide Presentation, a commercial for their business, promotional materials and a marketing plan for their subscription box.

This year’s winning team was Team Default with members Andrew Camilleri, Kyle Flood, Stephen Godas, Nick Baiata and Jonathan Pofcher, all students at Smithtown High School West.


Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District