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Getting Ready To Party KPHS Class Of '77 To Celebrate 40th 

KPHS Class of 1977 Celebrates Their 40th Reunion

The Kings Park High School Class of 1977 will be celebrating their 40th reunion later this summer on August 5th and 6th.  According to Donna Provenzano Maurer, the Class of ’77 Reunion Chair, “This reunion is special because it is our largest ever.”  Donna Provenzano Maurer indicated that the reunion is expected to draw about 250 people, only 60 of which are spouses.  The reunion festivities will include tours on August 5 (Saturday) at William T. Rogers Middle School from 11:00 – 11:45 am, followed by tours of Kings Park High School from 12 noon through 12:45 p.m.  The Class of 1977 is special because they were the first class to go through what was then called the “junior high school.”   Thanks to a little detective work on the part of the school district and Class of 1977, the original time capsule from 1970 was uncovered.  The contents of the capsule will be on display for the Class of 1977 when they tour WTR on August 5.  The main event for the Class of ’77 will be held at the Meadow Club on Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  The reunion weekend will continue into Sunday at Hoyt Farm Park, where they will have a catered family picnic.  The Kings Park CSD is looking forward to reconnecting with the Class of 1977 later this summer!


Hauppauge Students Shine At National And NYS Film Competitions


Film Students Nadia Truglio, Frank Hufnagel Matthew Cullen and Shijo Thomas won multiple awards for their original film titled Dearest Anonymous. Hauppauge Theatre Students Alexa Cunningham and Francesco DiFloria were recognized for their performances inDearest Anonymous. The film can be viewed at http://www.tendayfilm.org/2017-ny-films.html

(l to r): Shijo Thomas, IB Film Teacher David Schaeffler, Frank Hufnagel, Matthew Cullen, Nadia Truglio and Alexa Cunningham. 

National 10-Day Film Challenge – June 4, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Winner: Best Cinematography

Winner: Best Director

Nominations: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress


New York State 10-Day Film Challenge – May 19, Astoria, NY

Winner: Best Film

Winner: Audience Choice Award

Winner: Best Editing

Winner: Best Cinematography

Winner: Best Performances

“We are extremely proud of Nadia Truglio, Frank Hufnagel, Matthew Cullen, Shijo Thomas, Alexa Cunningham and Francesco DiFloria,” said IB Film Teacher David Schaeffler. “It was a pleasure to see their creativity and dedication recognized at the national and New York State competitions. They all truly deserve this honor.”



Smithtown's Student Musicians Using Summer To Enhance Skills

Student-musicians hone skills during summer 


Student-musicians in grades 4-8 from Smithtown Central School District are spending the summer months fine-tuning their musical skills thanks to a program offered by the Friends of Music of Smithtown at Accompsett Middle School. During the summer music program, students spend an hour per day working in small groups to refine their musical talents in preparation for the upcoming school year.


Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Red Carpet At Hauppauge HS 2017 Teeny Awards



(Hauppauge, New York) – Hauppauge High School theatre students enjoyed a Red Carpet Moment at the Islip Arts Council’s 2017 Teeny Awards, which was held on June 4, 2017, at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale, New York. The Teeny Awards is the Islip Arts Council’s version of the Tony Awards for the Township’s high school students. The following Hauppauge High School students were Teeny Awards winners in the following categories:

Best Ensemble in a Comedy/Drama for Laramie Project

Francesco DiFlora – Best Lead Actor in a Comedy/Drama for Laramie Project

Evelyn Beltrani – Best Lead Actress in a Comedy/Drama for Laramie Project

Rebecca Proscia – Outstanding Actress Cameo in a Comedy/Drama for

Laramie Project

Brandon Carvalho – Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Drama for

Laramie Project

Gigi Manta – Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Drama for Laramie Project

Student Pit Orchestra received special recognition for The Boyfriend


The following Hauppauge High School students received special recognition Teeny Award Certificates in the following categories:

Lena Reisfield – Stage Manager

Andrew Silva – Lead Stage Crew

Alexandra Rivera – Sound Design

Robert Accomando – Art Design

Heebin Im – Art Design

Valentina Silva – Director’s Choice – Assistant Directing, Laramie Project

Catherine Rice – Director’s Choice – Assistant to the Director, The Boyfriend


Now in its ninth year, the mission of the Teeny Awards is to recognize and celebrate the talented theatre students in Islip Township, encourage them to pursue their dreams and to stimulate local interest, while developing an understanding of the value of theatre education in a well-rounded school curriculum. The Teen Awards reflect a commitment by the Islip Arts Council to recognize the high school theatre experience as an opportunity for young people to prepare themselves for the world beyond school walls.


Bretton Woods Students Learn Internet Safety

(l to r): Nicolette Conte, Sophie Fletcher, Anna Krilovitch, Sierra Manteiga and Alexa Sznurkowski.Hauppauge, New York – The third grade students at Bretton Woods Elementary School recentlyworked on an Internet Safety Research project with School Librarian Melissa McParland. Each students selected one aspect of Internet Safety that they were interested in, researched their topic, developed a concept for a poster to educate other students, and then created an original poster as a teaching tool.

A contest was then held to select one winning poster from each third grade class after the students completed their projects. Nicolette Conte, Sophie Fletcher, Anna Krilovitch, Sierra Manteiga and Alexa Sznurkowski were named the winners from their respective classes.




Fort Salonga Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary


Legislator Trotta Celebrates Fort Salonga Elementary School’s 50th Anniversary

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (left) presented a proclamation recognizing the school’s milestone to Stephanie Montecalvo, principal, and Dr. Timothy Eagen, Kings Park School District Superintendent.(Smithtown, NY)…The Fort Salonga Elementary School was built in 1967, and recently marked its 50th anniversary. The occasion was celebrated with students reading their essays about the school and the third grade chorus singing several songs to entertain the guests.  

The school’s mission is to inspire life-long student curiosity, creativity and independence. It provides instruction from kindergarten through the third grade. 

Legislator Rob Trotta thanked the school administration for inviting him and suggested that the children in kindergarten remember this day and think about returning to the school in 50 years when it will celebrate its 100th anniversary. He then led the students in singing “Happy Birthday.” “This is one of the best schools on Long Island and my children also went here,” said Legislator Trotta.




Dogwood Students Become Animal Experts

Animal experts at Dogwood

Fourth-grade students in Danielle Neri’s class at Dogwood Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District recently participated in an animal research project. Each student created a book, slideshow and reported on their animal as part of a class video. Guests were invited to a class presentation to meet the animal experts, who were ready to answer questions regarding their animal.  

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Tackan Elementary Celebrates Cultural Diversity

A cultural celebration

With passports in hand, students at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District held a multicultural day, traveling around the world in a celebration of diversity on June 19. 

Celebrating dance, music, crafts and activities from all around the world, the students traveled around the school and into a new country to immerse in its culture. After learning a bit about life in each of the places, students participated in a cultural activity. In Mexico, students made and played their own maracas. In India, they crafted elephant masks. In Russia and Ireland, students learned dances specific to those regions.  

Each time the students moved to a different station, their passport was stamped. “It’s a Small World” played over the public announcement system when it was time to rotate to a new country. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Kings Park Sophomore Merrick Cai Qualifies For National Math Olympiad

Mathematics Association of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad

(Standing L to R: Mr. Lino Bracco-KPHS Principal, Ms. Cynthia Harvey-Advisor, Merrick Cai, Ms. Jeanann Loiacono-Advisor)Merrick Cai, a sophomore from Kings Park High School, qualified to participate in the 8th annual USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad based on his performance on the AMC 10 exam and the AIME this year. This puts Merrick among America’s top math students. The USA(J)MO is a prestigious event where only 500 students from tens of thousands of American Competitions participants are invited. Merrick placed 59 out of 208 in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. We are excited to celebrate this accomplishment with him.


SHSE Student Emily Peterson Takes Fourth In Intel International Science Fair

HSE researcher captures international title

Smithtown High School East research student Emily Peterson captured fourth place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California. She is pictured with Smithtown High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin.Smithtown High School East Science Research student Emily Peterson placed fourth in the cellular and molecular biology category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California. Her project investigated “Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair.”

Intel ISEF gathers more than 1,700 students from 78 countries. In order to qualify to compete at ISEF, students must place first in regional fairs held around the world. 

For Smithtown, qualification at the regional New York State Science and Engineering Fair requires not only a first-place finish, but also beating the other first-place winners in the lightning round. Held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, students presented 7-9 minute talks to accompany poster boards. “Research is not just about how well you know your project, but also about the questions you ask moving forward,” said Maria Zeitlin, Smithtown High School East science research coordinator.

First-place finishes at NYSSEF from Smithtown High School East included junior Shrey Thaker and seniors Erika Nemeth, Jillian Pesce, Peterson and Ruisi Zhong. Cindy Li took home third place, Anjali Balamurugan won second place and Sanjana Eranki took home an honorable mention.

The first-place finishers at NYSSEF from Smithtown High School East traveled to ISEF to compete against student researchers from around the world. Smithtown East student projects each investigated a unique way to understand the mechanisms and clinical aspects of cancer. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District