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Commack HS Senior Deniz Sinar Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Winner

In photo, from left to right: Guidance Director Nicole Kregler, Principal Leslie Boritz, Senator Gaughran, Deniz, Board of Education President Steven Hartman, and Superintendent of Commack Schools, Dr. Donald James. Commack High School senior, Deniz Sinar, was named a 2019 National Merit Scholarship winner. The competition is based on very high academic achievement and other requirements.  Only 2,500 winners are chosen for the $2,500 scholarship from a field of 1.6 million students who applied. 

Deniz loves science, and will study biological engineering at Cornell University in the fall. She is a member of Commack High School’s top cohort academic group and is pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma.  Deniz has selected our school’s most challenging classes such as Higher Level Math and Chemistry.  From the Cold Spring Harbor labs, Hofstra University Summer Science Program to Columbia University Science Honors Program, Deniz is busy pursuing her greatest passion, microbiology. Her ultimate goal is to improve the condition of our environment, so that all living things may thrive.

NYS Senator Jim Gaughran, Chair of Education Committee, visited the High School on the day Deniz’s photo was taken. He will be issuing a proclamation as well. 


School Budget and Trustee Results

Commack SD Budget PASS 1797 yes 537 no

Steven Hartman 1813 Pamela Verity 453

Susan Hermer 1627 Jennifer Scully 565

Justin Varughese 1543 Jennifer Mansi 660


Hauppauge SD  Budget PASS 754 yes  340 no

Proposition 2 Roof Repair  PASS 833 yes  258 no

David Barshay 735 unopposed

Gary Fortmeyer 771 unopposed

Rob Scarito 757 unopposed


Kings Park Budget Vote  PASS  985 yes 376 No  

Proposition: Creation of new Capital Reserve Account  PASS  987 yes 363 No 

Trustee Results Pam DeFord and Dan Tew re-elected


Smithtown Central School District Budget  PASS  1955 yes  781 No

Michael Catalanotto  1853  Peter Tufo 836

Michael Saidens 1624 Unopposed

Frank H. James 1598 Unopposed

Jerry R. Martusciello 1511  Ralph Michele 891


Smithtown Students Win Top Awards At International Science And Engineering Fair

Smithtown East researchers score top awards at ISEF

Smithtown High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin with Anthony D’Amore and Matthew Mullahy, who both received second place for their work in animal sciences and behavioral sciences, respectively, at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Smithtown High School East’s ThINK discovery science research students competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, in May. Seniors Anthony D’Amore and Matthew Mullahy both received second place for their work in animal sciences and behavioral sciences, respectively. 

D’Amore studied the larger rules that dictate biological evolution by creating virtual endocasts of crocodylomorph brains and evaluating the influence of habitat on brain shape. Mullahy traced the morphology, or shape, of mouse NG2 glia and microglia, types of neuronal cells, to evaluate their change as a response to depression. 

“The excitement of seeing both boys share the stage together was a tribute to the collegial atmosphere that is promoted in the ThINK program,” said Smithtown High School East science research coordinator Maria Zeitlin. “We all work long hours together to create a community for intellectual pursuit and to seek the answers to questions that solve problems for our community as human beings on the planet.”

This year’s Intel Science and Engineering Fair was the largest to date with 1,852 participants from around the globe.  Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


May 21 School Budget And Trustee Vote


Smithtown West VE Class Celebrates Success

Smithtown West VE class celebrates success

The 2018-2019 Smithtown High School West’s Virtual Enterprise class – TruBlu Technologies – has celebrated their business successes throughout the school year. TruBlu Technologies is a Bluetooth technology VE company that sells a variety of Bluetooth products. TruBlu Technologies received the gold and silver awards for e-commerce website and sales and marketing materials at the Long Island VE Trade Show at LIU Post as well as receiving the gold award for best booth and top 25 for e-commerce website at the 2019 VE International Trade Show in Brooklyn. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown Students Shine At DECA International

Smithtown students shine at DECA International

Twenty students from Smithtown Central School District’s High School East and High School West attended the DECA International Career Conference in Orlando, Florida from April 26-May 1. More than 22,000 students from across the country competed in the annual event. Smithtown High School East’s Kyle Buff was named a finalist in the business finance competition. Smithtown High School West had five top 10 national overall finalists – David Sim, Nick Baiata and Michael Fischetti in the international business plan and Andrew Camilleri and Caitlin Camilleri in the community service project. In addition, Smithtown High School West’s Anya Ording was awarded the Otis Spunkmeyer Scholarship.  Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District 


Smithtown Students Recognized For Their Civil Efforts


From left: Robyn Berman (JCRC-LI), Mindy Perlmutter (JCRC-LI), Katheryn Schneider (Smithtown High School West), Alexander Weiner (Smithtown High School West), Adam Novak (JCRC-LI Chairman) and Shua Sauer (Gurwin Jewish, COO). Not pictured: Shayna Moses (Smithtown High School West) Smithtown High School East and West students were recently selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Suffolk County’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program hosted at Gurwin Jewish. Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.





From left: Robyn Berman (JCRC-LI), Mindy Perlmutter (JCRC-LI), Angela Walz (Smithtown High School East), Alexis Albert (Smithtown High School East), Adam Novak (JCRC-LI Chairman) and Shua Sauer (Gurwin Jewish, COO)The district congratulates the following students: Alexis Albert (Smithtown High School East), Shayna Moses (Smithtown High School West), Katheryn Schneider (Smithtown High School West), Angela Walz (Smithtown High School East) and Alexander Weiner (Smithtown High School West). 



Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


KPHS Announces 2019 Valedictorian Merrick Cai And Salutatorian Eric Mitchko

Congratulations to Kings Park High School Class of 2019 Valedictorian Merrick Cai and Salutatorian Eric Mitchko. 

Merrick Cai will be graduating with a cumulative weighted average of 107.36. He is the captain of the Math Team, Varsity Tennis, and Quiz Bowl, and serves as co-president of Independent Science Research and the secretary of Italian Honor Society. He has conducted research projects over the past few years in mathematics, studying such objects as covering numbers of matrix rings with Dr. Werner, consecutive points modulo p, and representations of the Cherednik algebra through the MIT PRIMES program, and is currently studying geometric topology with Dr. Salter. His independent research project was named an Intel ISEF Finalist and his project through PRIMES was named a Regeneron Semifinalist. He is also a three-time USA(J)MO qualifier. Merrick will be majoring in mathematics at MIT.

Eric Mitchko will be graduating with a cumulative weighted average of 106.92. He is the captain of the Quiz Bowl Team and treasurer of the Math Team. He is also a member of Kaleidoscope, an art and literature magazine club.  He has placed fifth twice in Suffolk County for individual scores in the Suffolk County High School Math League and placed eighth at Regional Quiz Bowl alongside the trivia team. Eric will be majoring in Chemical and Molecular Engineering at the Stony Brook University Honors College.


Cares Club At Mills Pond Elementary Connect With Seniors

Continuing tradition connects students and seniors

Always looking to make a connection with those outside of their school, the fourth grade members of the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District spent the afternoon of May 15 gardening with the senior residents at St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Walking from their school across to the center, students were ready with their shovels and smiles as they worked side by side in the outdoor patio garden of the center alongside the seniors. The students have been carrying on this planting tradition for the past 18 years. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Mt. Pleasant Elementary Students Show Moms Love

Mt. Pleasant makes moms feel special

Kindergartners at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District showered the special ladies in their lives with gifts, poetry and songs during a Mother’s Day tea held in the respective classrooms on May 10. After greeting their invited guests with hugs and flowers, the students shared the books they wrote about their mothers. Afterward, the students had snacks and spent quality time with their guests. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District