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Eleven SHSW Student-Athletes Named All-American

West student-athletes named All-American

Eleven student-athletes on the Smithtown High School West softball team have been recognized by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association, in partnership with Easton Sports, as All-American Scholar Athletes for maintaining a 3.5 GPA. From left (bottom row): Kristin Horoszewski and Danielle Badillo (middle row) Sarah Chapman, coach Dave Miller and Gabrianna Lorefice (top row) Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady, Abigail Canelle, Jillian Meaney, Ashley Lockwood, Alicia Killeen, Hailey Cinquemani, Keri Nix, Keri Dufficy and Smithtown Central School District Athletic Director Patrick Smith. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Pumpkin Lessons At Smithtown Elementary School

Pumpkin lessons at Smithtown Elementary

In October, first-graders at Smithtown Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District shared in some fall festivities. The students used their imagination to paint pumpkins, made pumpkin seed predictions and counted them, and wrote adjectives to describe their pumpkins. They worked as a team to scoop and group pumpkin seeds by 10. The students listened to a Halloween story “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” and made a cute black cat to decorate their home.  Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central  School District


Smithtown SD Goes Full STEAM For Students

Full STEAM ahead for Smithtown students

On Oct. 26, 175 students from Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West attended a Lunch and Learn about the STEAM Careers program, organized by the Smithtown Central School District’s Industry Advisory Board STEAM Committee. The event was sponsored by LIU Post, Microsoft and the Robotics Booster Club. 

Twenty-five companies and 12 colleges/post-secondary schools participated in the event. Students traveled around the library of Smithtown High School West, learning about the vast variety of careers in the science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics field.  

Microsoft, Disney Live Streaming, IBM, FAA, BAE Systems, D’Addario and many other companies demonstrated their goods and services and spoke to the Smithtown students about future career opportunities. Hofstra University, Adelphi University, St. Joseph’s College, Suffolk County Community College, LIU Post, the Aviation Academy, Hunter Business School and several other post-secondary institutions spoke to students about different majors and programs related to STEAM occupations.

Photos: Close to 200 Smithtown Central School District students from Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West participated in a STEAM Careers program on Oct. 26. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Kings Park Student Merrick Cal Semifinalist In National Merit Scholarship Program

2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist


Standing L to R –Mr. Jason Huntsman-KPHS Principal, Merrick Cai, Dr. Timothy Eagen-SuperintendentOfficials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of approximately, 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. We are extremely proud to announce that high school senior, Merrick Cai of Kings Park High School has been selected as a Semifinalist from a pool of currently over 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools.  

We, at Kings Park High School, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Merrick Cai, along with his family for this recognition and wish him well in all of his future endeavors.


Kings Park Recognizes 2019 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program

(Standing L to R –Mr. Jason Huntsman-KPHS Principal, Rebecca Lumia, Luke O’Shea, Finn Tekverk, Eric Cassar, Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent)

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merits Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).  These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  

We, at Kings Park High School, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Eric Cassar, Rebecca Lumia, Luke O’Shea and Finn Tekverk, along with their family for this recognition, and wish them well in all of their future endeavors.


A Day In The Life Of The Nissequogue River

Harbor Country Day School Students Spend a “Day in the Life of the Nissequogue River”

Environmental education program gives students opportunity to study and help preserve Long Island’s major river systems

St. James, New York — More than 50 fifth through eighth grade students from Harbor Country Day School spent several hours on October 5th exploring, analyzing, and collecting data from one of Long Island’s most precious natural resources, the Nissequogue River. This year marked the fifth consecutive year that Harbor Country Day participated in this unique hands-on, real-world learning opportunity. 

The annual Day in the Life of the Nissequogue River program, sponsored by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Suffolk County Water Authority, brings students to the Nissequogue River in order to engage in hands-on “citizen science exploration” of the river. Other Day in the Life events on Long Island this year will include similar visits to the Connetquot River, the Forge River, and various locations within the Peconic Estuary.  

During their time at the Nissequogue River, Harbor students used a seine net to collect and identify fish and macroinvertebrates; collected and analyzed water samples to monitor the river’s water quality; conducted a physical analysis of external forces affecting the river; and analyzed the rocks, minerals, and other characteristics of the river.

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this fantastic program again this year” said John Cissel, Head of School at Harbor Country Day School. “This program is a perfect example of our mission to ‘cultivate wonder’ and ‘inspire confident learners and leaders,’as it brings the students’ classroom lessons to life in such an exciting and engaging way. The skills, experience, and insight they develop as a result of this program are priceless.”

All data the students collected is made public and is used for various environmental purposes, including tracking the health of the aquatic ecosystem and biodiversity of the Nissequogue River. In addition, the program raises awareness among children about the importance of protecting Long Island’s aquatic ecosystems, especially as water quality issues continue to permeate Long Island. 



Harbor Country Day School Dedicates New Athletic Field to Founder of School

Harbor Country Day School Dedicates New Athletic Field to Founder of School

St. James, New York.  On Tuesday, October 16, Head of the Harbor Mayor Douglas Dahlgard and Chief of Police Chuck Lohmann joined officials and students from Harbor Country Day School to dedicate the school’s new athletic field to Mrs. Charles Miller, Jr., a founder of Harbor Country Day and former member of the school’s board of trustees. The renovation of the school’s field, known as Miller Field, was made possible by a philanthropic gift from a family who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Festivities included remarks by Harbor Country Day Head of School John Cissel, Board Chair Corinne Hammons, Mayor Dahlgard, and Harbor Country Day student Caroline Hammons. The school’s students from grades kindergarten through eight were in attendance to celebrate the occasion. 

“Harbor Country Day School has been a pillar in the St. James community since it was founded in 1958, educating thousands of children from St. James and surrounding communities,” said Mr. Cissel. “For more than 60 years, passers by have admired Harbor’s picturesque setting on 11 beautiful acres on North Country Road. The renovation of our athletic fields is an enhancement not only for the school and for our students, but for the community as well.”

Board Chair Corinne Hammons added, “Harbor Country Day School has such an incredible, broad program, from academics and fine arts to character education and physical education. This enhancement to our athletic fields will enable us to take our physical education program to new heights. We’re forever grateful to the wonderful family who, with their most generous donation, enabled us to make this investment in Harbor.”


Smithtown Cross-Country Team Takes Championship And Breaks Records


The Smithtown boys cross-country team won the overall Suffolk county team championship at Sunken Meadow on Oct. 23. The team average of 16:48.10 is the fastest Smithtown team ever to run at Sunken Meadow. Nick DeFelice led the charge with a fast 16:20.75. His time is the Smithtown High School West record and the second fastest time ever for a Smithtown athlete. Kevin Cawley followed closely behind for fourth overall in 16:34. Mike Danzi (16:50), David Cabello (16:58) and John Cuff (17:16) were the scoring five. Nick Muellers (17:40) and Brayden Vassilas (17:41) rounded out the team points. The team will compete for a third consecutive Class A Championship on Nov. 2. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Accompsett Honor Society Students Help Four Legged Hurricane Victims

Honor society lending helping hand to animals 

National Junior Honor Society students from Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District recently held a pet drive for animals affected during and after Hurricane Florence. North Shore Animal League in Port Washington took in more than 100 animals displaced by the storm. The members of the honor society collected donations, food and other supplies, valued at more than $400. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District