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Thursday
Jul182019

Smithtown Student-Athletes Recognized By NYS Public HS Athletic Association

Smithtown student-athletes awarded for academic excellence

Both Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for the outstanding accomplishments of their student-athletes during the 2018-2019 sports seasons. 

With 31 varsity teams, Smithtown High School West has been named a School of Distinction. Schools can earn School of Distinction status by having 100 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. 

Smithtown High School East, which has 30 varsity sports teams, was named a School of Excellence by the NYSPHSAA. To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

The purpose of the School of Distinction and School of Excellence Awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. This year, 35 schools earned the School of Distinction Award and 135 schools earned the School of Excellence Award.  

Tuesday
Jul162019

Smithtown HSW Students Create Wall Of Military Heroes

Smithtown’s new wall honors military heroes 

Five Smithtown High School West students – Sophia Emma, Shayna Moses, Chloe Mango, Paige Diecidue and Rociel Raymundo – recently spearheaded an initiative that  honors, recognizes and connects Smithtown Central School District alumni who served in the military back to their roots in Smithtown.

From left: Smithtown High School West students Shayna Moses and Rociel Raymundo with Smithtown High School West social studies teacher Joan Havranek and Smithtown High School West Assistant Principal Christopher Elsesser at Smithtown High School West’s tribute to military graduates, Wall of Heroes. The project began as a part of a social studies leadership class assignment, under the direction of Smithtown High School West social studies teacher Joan Havranek. “After speaking with many of these alumni, I feel like this is just a very rewarding project,” Havranek said. “The wall means a lot to them and their families and it’s definitely garnered plenty of interest.”

“We felt like the district needed to love, honor and respect the sacrifices those in the military have given,” said Moses. Raymondo added, “Many times we don’t really know what these alumni do after they graduate.”

To that end, the students decided to create a Wall of Heroes, dedicated to honoring military servicemen and women. They started a campaign to encourage alumni to come forward with information about their military service to be featured on the wall. They created a flyer, QR code and sent out messaging in the local papers and social media to seek submissions.

Although the students initially hoped the project would be complete before last Memorial Day, or at the least before they graduated, the number of submissions was so great, the idea kept growing. So far, the district has received more than 160 submissions and will continue to accept them. Adding new alumni to the wall will be an ongoing project. 

“We have submissions from a wide variety of military, from those who served in the Vietnam War to those who just graduated last year,” Havranek said. 

The large mural in the front of the Smithtown High School West building was installed in early July, and Smithtown High School East will feature a similar tribute. Plaques of each of the “heroes” will be mounted along the walls, featuring the name, branch of service and year of graduation. The students also solicited additional information from the alumni, which may be featured in a future digital library.

“It’s really nice to see our vision come to life,” added Raymondo. Once the plaques are mounted in both of the high schools, the district plans to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and invite the alumni in to celebrate around Veterans Day.

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Wednesday
Jul102019

Burr Intermediate School Girl Scouts Go Bronze With Gifts For People In Need

Nurses and librarians at Burr Intermediate School accept the chairs created and donated by Troop 255 students.Girl Scout Junior Troop 255 at Burr Intermediate School in Commack recently completed their Bronze Award. All Bronze Awards are required to have the components of leadership, sustainability, and voluntarism. The girls have been recycling bottles at Burr over the past three years. They have used the money for donations to families in need, people with cancer, and most recently created a “feel better” chair for the nurse’s office and a “reading’ chair for the library at Burr.

The girls presented their chairs to the nurses and librarians at Burr, and fifth grader Isabel Figueroa told the group, “Troop 255 would like to present these chairs to the nurse’s office and library to say thank you for three awesome years.  I hope when someone sits on this chair in the nurse’s office she feels better and I hope when someone sits on this chair in the library he enjoys reading one of the many fantastic books in the Burr library.”

The chairs are a lasting gift to the students at Burr that will never be forgotten!

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COMMACK SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

Wednesday
Jul032019

Smithtown Board Of Education Elects Officers

Smithtown BOE elects officers

Smithtown Central School District’s Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 2. Newly elected board members Michael Catalanotto and Michael Saidens were sworn into their seats. The board cast its vote for president and vice president for Jeremy Thode and Saidens, respectively. Smithtown Central School District’s Board of Education – from left: (seated) vice president Michael Saidens, trustee Mandi Kowalik, president Jeremy Thode; (standing) trustees Michael Catalanotto, Frank James, Jerry Martusciello and Matthew Gribbin. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Jul012019

Kings Park HS Designated NYS Recognition School

Kings Park High School Named NYS Recognition School

Left to Right: Timothy Eagen (Superintendent) & Jason Huntsman (KPHS Principal)Earlier this week, the Kings Park Central School District was notified by The State Education Department that Kings Park High School has been designated as a Recognition School.  The announcement came from NYSED Assistant Commissioner, Ira Schwartz.  Kings Park High School was recognized for high academic achievement, growth, and graduation rate.  For school accountability purposes in New York State, some lower achieving schools are designated on special “assistance lists,” while others that have met state delineated benchmarks are In Good Standing.  An elite few schools are then designated as Recognitions Schools.  According to Superintendent Eagen, “I am delighted to see that Kings Park High School has been recognized for educational excellence.  We provide our students with a world-class education, and it is exciting to be recognized by New York State for our students’ performance.  Kings Park is a great place to live and raise a family!”  

Saturday
Jun292019

Smithtown East Celebrates Graduation 2019

Smithtown High School East embarks on new life chapter

During Smithtown High School East’s 104th annual commencement ceremonies, 409 graduates tossed their caps symbolizing becoming alumni of the Smithtown Central School District.The Smithtown High School East Class of 2019 processed across the field during the school’s 104th annual commencement exercises.The 409-members of the Class of 2019 celebrated the completion of their academic journey at Smithtown High School East during the school’s 104th annual commencement exercises on the football field on June 26. Smithtown High School East graduation Honor Speaker Thomas Fanning gave his peers words to live by during the annual commencement exercises.

Accompanied by the board of education, administration and faculty, the graduates processed across the field to the cheers of family and community to Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.” Senior class president Kelly McSweeney led the flag salute while the senior class concert choir, under the baton of Mark Hegreness, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Smithtown High School East senior class choir, under the baton of Mark Hegreness, performed during the school’s commencement exercises. In his welcome address, Smithtown High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons told the students, “Our future is bright with you at the helm of the community.” He also encouraged them to keep making informed decisions and choices, stay committed to their beliefs, plan wisely, create their own destinies and enjoy their time with family.

Smithtown Central School District’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw spoke about a Wharton School of Business study on whether givers or takers are more successful in life. She noted that givers “have long-term advantages” and said givers are “not pushovers” and “do not keep score.” 

Smithtown High School East senior class president Kelly McSweeney reminisced about her peers’ four years of high school during her presentation to the Class of 2019. Smithtown High School East graduates were excited to receive their diplomas during the school’s 104th annual commencement exercises.During his class address, Honor Speaker Thomas Fanning gave his peers words to live by to strengthen their character, such as integrity, perseverance, humility and resilience. “If all else fails, just be optimistic,” he said. “You never know where your principles and audacity will take you.” Photos courtesy of the Smithtown Central School District 

Saturday
Jun292019

Smithtown West Celebrates 2019 Graduation Day

Smithtown West pride celebrated at graduation

Seniors were excited to graduate from Smithtown High School West and move on to the next stage of their lives.Honor speaker Jonathan Pofcher with co-class presidents Rebecca Farrell (left) and Alexandra Nieto.It was a day of celebration at Smithtown High School West as the Class of 2019, including friends and family, celebrated the 104th annual commencement exercise on June 26.

Following the opening processional in which students marched onto the football field to “Pomp and Circumstance,” co-class presidents Rebecca Farrell and Alexandra Nieto led the salute to the flag, followed by the jazz choir performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Smithtown Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane congratulated the graduates, not only for moving on to their next ventures in life, but for all they have contributed and for becoming role models for future generations to follow.

“We are so very proud of what you have accomplished to arrive here on this graduation day,” he said. “Promise me you will always remember – you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Always believe in yourselves and I wish you all the best that life has to offer.”

Honor speaker Jonathan Pofcher followed by addressing his classmates, saying it’s impossible to sum up everyone’s high school experience in just a couple of minutes.

“We’re experiencing what’s called a period of liminality, a time between two stages in our lives,” Pofcher said. “It’s uncomfortable and creepy, like being somewhere you’re not supposed to be. We’re not quite high school students and not quite college students, and that’s weird. We have the time to just think – to look back on the last 13 years.”

Following Pofcher were co-class presidents Farrell and Nieto, each of whom shared their thoughts on the past four years and what’s to come in the future. 

“We have felt the pressure as everyone watched…waiting and hoping that we would all succeed,” Farrell said. “There may have been some obstacles along the way, but being here today, we have all made it to the end line. We won this game.”

Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady then presented the senior class, and diplomas were awarded, with assistance from the board of education and school counselors. After the concert choir seniors and the jazz choir performed “The Sweetest Days,” seniors tossed their caps in the air and it was time to rejoice.

Photos courtesy of the Smithtown Central School District

Sunday
Jun232019

Forest Brook Students Host Senior Social For Veterans And Seniors

“What did you learn in school today?”  That is a question that all parents ask their kids. Often the answers are about a book they read or about a project they are doing. For the students at Forest Brook Elementary in Hauppauge the answer to the question might just be “I spoke to United States veterans and I spoke to senior citizens who live at the Arbors Assisted Living community.” If the question was asked after May 30th the students at Forest Brook might have answered “we performed  for our friends at the Arbors.”

Students, under the watchful eye of school nurse Deborah Wissmann, have spent the school year bonding with veterans and seniors from the Arbors. The intergenerational program is in its second year and was created by Ms. Wissman to create a relationship between local seniors who have a lot to share and Forest Brook students. A win-win situation that brings smiles from residents who arrive by bus to meet with the kids.

During the school year students participate in various activities hosting “Senior Socials” where they provide cupcakes and share conversation and crafts. Some of the older students participated in “Veterans Voices” where they interviewed WWII veterans recording their stories and creating keepsake books for the veterans.

On May 30th the program ended with a Senior Social. Arbor residents arrived by bus and were greeted by students who not only served snacks but also to the delight of every visitor in the audience performed.

The students who participated in the Senior Socials  are Thomas Cunningham, Emilio Ortiz, Lucca Salvaggio, Sydney Jarski, Natalie Padilla, Aiden Collins, Angelina DeLuca, Lily Deluca, Emilia DeLuca, Grace Carroll, Liv Carroll, Antonio Scotto-DiCesare, Christian Casiano, Cameron LaCorte, Emma Musto, Luke Musto, Grace Galarza, Logan Galarza, Haley Morello, Alyssa Bergeret, Jacob Solomon, Emma Tjersland, Carli Cowen, Ava Importuna, Corie Paolillo, Daniel Quatrucci.  Event photos

The students who opted to perform are:

Violin:  Angelina DeLuca and Grace Carol

Clarinets:  Emma Tjersland and Haley Morello

Dancers:  Emilia DeLuca, Angelina DeLuca, Grace Caroll, Live Caroll

Singers:  Lily DeLuca , Grace Galarza and Carli Cowen, Corie Paolillo

Comedians:  Sydney Jarski, Lily Mortimer, Aiden Collins, Antonio Scotto DiCesare, Christian Casiano, Cameron LaCorte, Emma Musto.

Wednesday
Jun192019

Kings Park 2019 Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees

 

Kings Park Names 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

The Kings Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1993 to honor the distinguished student-athletes, teams, coaches, administrators and community members who have contributed to the success of the Kings Park High School Athletic Program.

The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee recently met to review and discuss this year’s nominations. We received several new nominations this year, and the selection process was very difficult. The Kings Park Central School District is pleased to announce the Class of 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:

  •   Ed Kohler- Class of 1958 Track and Field

  •   Jaclyn O’Leary- Class of 2004 Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse

  •   Ryann Cutillo - Class of 2008 Tennis

  •   Robert Muller- Coach
    Cross Country, Winter Track, Spring Track

  •   John Rottkamp- Coach Baseball

  •   2006-2007 Boys Basketball Team
    Suffolk County and Long Island Champions

    Congratulations to the inductees and their families. The 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Kings Park High School, 9:00 a.m. (Homecoming Weekend).

Monday
Jun172019

Smithtown East Teacher Tim Needles Honored For Tech Use

Smithtown East teacher honored for tech use

Smithtown High School East media and art teacher Tim Needles received the International Society for Technology in Education’s Teacher Education Network Technology in Action award. Needle was recognized for sharing a lesson on video poetry along with some of the ways he incorporates technology into the art profession. The ISTE Technology in Action Award honors outstanding technology-using K-12 teachers. Winners are chosen for sharing lessons and video tutorials that show best practices for integrating technology for teaching and learning in a wide variety of grades, subjects, and technologies. Their work is then archived into the ISTE database and used as models and examples for in-service and preservice teachers around the world. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District