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Great Hollow Students Love Language And Cooking

Great Hollow students show love of language and cooking 

Great Hollow Middle School seventh-graders Marissa Guttieri (left) and Natalie Boeri (right) with their teacher Josephine Nuccio, participated in the participated in the American Association of Teachers of Italian 33rd annual poetry competition and Gara di Cucina baking contest on April 13.Seventh-graders Marissa Guttieri and Natalie Boeri from Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District participated in the American Association of Teachers of Italian 33rd annual poetry competition and Gara di Cucina baking contest on April 13 at SUNY Old Westbury. More than 200 students from 20 districts competed in this year’s events.  

Boeri was named the third-place winner of the cooking contest winner for her Italian tri-colored cookies. Boeri and Guttieri both received participation certificates for their poetry reading of “La Befana” and “Proverbi.” Students were required to memorize and recite an Italian poem of 12-30 lines before a panel of judges and were scored on poise, intonation, pronunciation and interpretation.


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


NYS Senator Flanagan Takes Questions From SHSW AP Government Students


Senate Majority Leader Flanagan Visits Smithtown Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the opportunity to visit with AP Government students at Smithtown High School West to talk to them about his role as New York State Majority Leader.  

The visit, which was arranged by Smithtown West teachers Erica Geldmacher and Joe Gatto, provided Senator Flanagan with the opportunity to speak with these students about the inner-workings of the Senate and to discuss important issues facing New York State.

Following a quick opening in which Senator Flanagan gave students an overview of how New York State Government operates, Senator Flanagan answered a number of questions about a wide-range of state issues.

“It is always a great honor to visit with students across the 2nd Senate District to give them a better understanding of our state government.  I thank the teachers and faculty of Smithtown West for having me in today and also thank the students for their time, interest and their really good questions,” stated Senator Flanagan.


Great Hollow Students Study The Brain

Science lesson offers up close look at the brain

As part of a Project Lead the Way activity, eighth-grade students at Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District used a sheep’s brain to compare and contrast its components to a human brain. Students used flags to identify and examine the different parts of the brain.

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown CSD To Host School Safety Forum

Smithtown CSD to host spring parent university
focusing on school safety 

The Smithtown Central School District will host its spring Parent University: School Safety Forum on Monday, May 7, 2018. All Smithtown stakeholders are invited to attend this event as district, county and law enforcement representatives will discuss the district’s emergency planning and responses in the event of a threat to student safety. The forum will take place from 7-9 p.m. at Smithtown High School West, 100 Central Road, Smithtown.

Topics to be discussed include: district safety and security practices, emergency response in the event of an active school threat, parents’ roles in school safety and security, communication with the community and parents and reunification plans after an emergency. 

The district has also created an online form for residents to pre-submit questions for the forum. To access the form, please visit the district’s website at www.smithtown.k12.ny.us. The form can be found under Parents/Students – Parent University.


Commack HS Senior Brendan McCaffrey Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

 Brendan is congratulated by Dr. Donald James, Superintendent; Leslie Boritz, Commack High School Principal; and Christine Natali, Lead Counselor of Guidance.      Brendan McCaffrey was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars candidate, as one the Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, as well as those students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

       Each year, up to 161 students are named, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.

       Over 4,500 candidates are identified for the component of the program that focuses on academic achievement, based on having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT. Brendan had a PERFECT Score on the ACT - 36 out of 36, and also scored exceptionally well on the SAT. 

     Candidates are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists, and then selects the 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

      To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.




Smithtown Students Participate In Holocaust And Genocide Awareness Program


Smithtown students immerse in a day of awareness

Holocaust survivor Werner Reich (center) spoke to Smithtown Central District 10th-graders during the annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Day on April 12.Tenth-graders at Smithtown Central School District participated in the 17th annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Day on April 12. At both Smithtown High School West and Smithtown High School East, the 10th-graders immersed themselves in the study of what happened during the Holocaust, the Cambodia genocide, the Rwandan genocide and what is currently happening to the Rohingya in Myanmar throughout the day.

Students heard from Holocaust survivor Werner Reich, as well as Rwandan genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatete. Both guest speakers stressed the importance of speaking up and making a difference. The students watched scenes from “The Killing Fields” and “Hotel Rwanda” for more insight into the genocides that are happening in the 21st century. At the end of the day, students completed a question and answer booklet and provided reflection on the day’s events. 

Rwandan genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatete (second from left) spoke to Smithtown Central District 10th-graders during the annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Day on April 12. She is pictured with Smithtown High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone (left). “The importance of educating the current generation about the Holocaust and genocide is two-fold,” said Christina Cone, Smithtown High School West social studies teacher. “For one, this is the last generation who will be able to hear the experiences of those who lived through the Holocaust and it will be incumbent upon them to keep the memory alive. In addition, genocides and human atrocities continue to happen. The hope is that through events like these and hearing the messages of the survivors, students will internalize the importance of accepting others and speaking up when needed.” 


Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Accompsett Fifth-Graders "Bring It On"

Showcasing their skills 

Fifth-graders from Accompsett Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District showed off their teamwork and athletic abilities in this year’s production of “Bring It On” on March 27. Led by physical education teacher Ed Shivokevich, acts included dance, hula-hoop, parachute, soccer, basketball, football and baseball. Students put on two performances for students, teachers and parents. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


KPCSD Recognized With 3rd Excellence In Financial Reporting Certificate

Kings Park Central School District Celebrates 3rd Consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Superintendant of Kings Park Schools Dr. T. Eagen And Shannon MeehanAll school districts in New York State are required to conduct an annual external audit.  The external auditor is an independent IPA or CPA hired by the district to perform the legally-required financial statements audit in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. In addition to submitting the typical required external audit, for the past three years, the Kings Park CSD has gone above and beyond what is required and submitted a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, also known as a “CAFR”.  The district is proud to announce that it was awarded The Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for the third year in a row.  This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Kings Park is the first school district in Suffolk County to receive this recognition and the only Long Island school district to receive this honor upon first submission.  According to Superintendent Eagen, “Overall, the District continues to maintain a strong focus on the organization’s fiscal health and conservative management of taxpayer funds.  We strive to maintain the confidence of the community through transparent and detailed operations.  This detailed CAFR document and award serves as evidence of this commitment.  I am very proud of our Business Department, their attention to detail, and their commitment to internal controls and risk reduction.”  Ms. DeFord, KPCSD Board of Education President, stated, “We have a high functioning Business Office that is committed to internal controls and reducing risk.  The school board has worked very closely with administration these past few years to establish tight processes and procedures and increase our financial integrity.”  The district’s business official, Shannon Meehan, added, “The business office works extremely hard year-round and prides itself on prompt and thorough responsiveness to internal, external, and claims audits. The hard work and tight controls enabled focus on enhancing the district’s financial reporting. The CAFR required a significant amount of extra time and effort. It is very rewarding to see the district recognized for these efforts.”  

Nawrocki-Smith was the certified public accounting firm that performed the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 fiscal year audits and assisted with the CAFR submission process.  Michael Nawrocki was the associate that worked directly with the district.  


Students At St. James Elementary School Celebrate Baseball's Opening Day

Let’s play ball

Fourth-graders at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District celebrated the opening day of baseball by engaging in activities centered on the sport on March 29. 

In the day filled with baseball-themed lessons, students listened to the famous comedy act “Who’s On First” by Abbott and Costello and had to answer questions about who was at each position. They read and answered questions about the poem “Casey at the Bat.” The fourth-graders listened to the song “The Greatest” by Kenny Rogers and discussed its lessons as a mindfulness/take away activity. 

The student-artists designed their own baseball pennants and budding musicians wrote their own versions of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to share with the class. For their hands-on science lesson, students predicted, tested and measured the bounce of a baseball, tennis ball, whiffle ball and golf ball. 

Fourth-graders also honed their baseball skills during physical education classes and stretched their muscles in class during the seventh-inning stretch. Students read books about different baseball legends and practiced baseball-related math problems.

Photos: Fourth-graders at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District celebrated opening day with a themed Baseball Day on March 29. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Harbor Country Day School Hosting Community Forum On Addictive Behaviors

Harbor Country Day School Hosting Community Forum to Discuss
Addictive Behaviors, Warning Signs, Risk Factors, and Community Resources Available

St. James, New York.  On Tuesday, April 10, Harbor Country Day School will host a community forum, titled “Addictive Behaviors in Adolescents and Adults: Warning Signs, Risky Behaviors and Helpful Resources.” The forum will feature mental health, medical, and social services experts, who will lead attendees in a candid discussion about various forms of addiction, including technology and video game addiction, social media dependence, alcohol and other substance abuse, vaping and “gateway drugs,” and opioid addiction.

“Addictive Behaviors in Adolescents and Adults: Warning Signs, Risky Behaviors and Helpful Resources” 

Panelists will include:

  • Kym Laube, Executive Director of Human Understanding and Growth Services, Inc. (HUGS) 
  • Linda Ventura, Founder of Thomas’ Hope Foundation
  • Noam Fast, M.D., Medical Director of the Mather Hospital Chemical Dependency Clinic
  • Jason Bleecher, Licensed Master Social Worker & Substance Abuse Therapist
  • Carissa Millet, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at  Harbor Country Day School 17 Three Sisters Road, St. James, NY 11780 

Free tickets are available at https://hcds.eventbrite.com or by calling (631) 584-5555

As today’s adolescents and their parents and caregivers face growing societal and personal challenges, addictive behaviors are appearing in many new forms and to extreme degrees. The forum will provide an opportunity for a candid discussion about the prevalence of these addictions, warning signs to be aware of, and solutions and community resources for those in need.