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Wednesday
May012019

Mt. Pleasant Student Gardeners Don't Mind Getting Their Hands Dirty

Young gardeners flourish at Mt. Pleasant

With six different garden beds to prepare and care for, the student council members at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District don’t mind getting their hands a bit dirty.

Starting in April, the students head outdoors to start preparing their garden, which they hope will be filled with plenty of vegetables by the end of the school year. They start by weeding and raking the beds to get ready for a schoolwide planting day in May. 

The imitative started about four years ago, according to adviser and Mt. Pleasant Elementary teacher Stephen Jackowski. The six garden beds were donated by local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. The student council cares for the beds, planting beans, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, corn and other various vegetables. All of the vegetables are then donated to the local food pantry in June and during the summer months.

While the beds are cared for weekly by the student council, which consists of third, fourth and fifth grade students, the schoolwide planting initiate gives all the students an opportunity to help give back to their local community.

 

Photos: The student council at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District cares for the six garden beds, which they hope will soon be filled with vegetables for the local emergency food pantry. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Apr302019

Eight Accompsett MS Students Recognized For Foreign Language Skills

Showing off their superior second language skills

From left, Accompsett Middle School foreign language teacher Maria DiLiberto with Sons & Daughters of Italy essay contest winners Haley Sasbon (first place), Carlie Tockarshewsky (second place) and Isabella Spilotros (third place) and Accompsett Middle School Principal Paul McNeil.Eight students from Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District were recently recognized for their exceptional foreign language skills. 

From left, Accompsett Middle School foreign language teacher Maria DiLiberto with Long Island Language Teachers Italian poetry winners Thomas Natale, Joseph Lamardo and Isabella Dantuono with Accompsett Middle School Principal Paul McNeil. The Long Island Language Teachers held an original poetry contest and the seventh grade students in foreign language teacher Maria DiLiberto’s class took home the top prizes. For their original poems in Italian, Thomas Natale placed first, Joseph Lamardo took second and Isabella Dantuono came in third in the contest. In the Spanish poetry contest, Abigail Jung placed first and Madhur Dyal was named the second-place winner. 

In a local essay contest sponsored by the Sons & Daughters of Italy in Smithtown, three Accompsett Middle School students took top honors. The essays, which were written in English, were filled with details about a From left, Accompsett Middle School foreign language teacher Maria DiLiberto with Long Island Language Teachers Spanish poetry winners Madhur Dyal and Abigail Jung with Accompsett Middle School Principal Paul McNeil.  family member whose roots were in Italy. The three winners were Haley Sasbon (first place), Carlie Tockarshewsky (second place) and Isabella Spilotros (third place). They each received monetary prizes and will be honored at a ceremony on July 11.

 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Sunday
Apr282019

Legislator Trotta Addresses Kings Park HS Students

Suffolk County Legislator Addresses Kings Park High School Students

(Smithtown, NY)…Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta recently spoke to junior and senior students at the Kings Park High School about several county issues. They discussed the five-cent bag fine, banning plastic straws, crime and corruption in Suffolk County.Legislator Trotta said, “It is my job to watch out for the taxpayers and to let them knowwhat is going on in the county.”

Suffolk County Legislator Trotta has spent his life in public service. Prior to being elected to the Legislature, he was a detective with the Suffolk County Police Department, where he spent more than 10 years assigned to the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force.

Saturday
Apr272019

Accompsett Students Work Together For Wellness And Charity

Wellness at work at Accompsett Middle School

Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District held a bake sale fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Students in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club did the baking, while members of the National Junior Honor Society manned the tables.Students in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club teamed up with members of the National Junior Honor Society at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District for a joint fundraising effort this March. 

March is National Nutrition month and the National Junior Honor Society members hosted a bake sale each Friday of the month. FCCLA Club members were hard at work in the kitchen, making homemade granola, muffins and parfaits.

 The bake sale fundraiser was a perfect showcase of the district’s social-emotional and wellness initiatives, said Principal Paul McNeil. The efforts of both organization’s raised $550, which was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Apr222019

Smithtown Leadership Student Design And Teach Program To Mills Pond Students

Leading by example

Smithtown High School East students enrolled in the leadership class visited with classes at Mills Pond Elementary School on April 15 as part of a class project. The high school students worked on designing a program to teach to the elementary classes. The leadership students visited a kindergarten, second grade and two fifth-grade classes, where they worked on activities related to the topic of how to be a leader. The high school students read stories and made crafts during the visit. The goal of their project was to teach the younger students leadership qualities while also having fun.  Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Sunday
Apr212019

Smithtown Teachers Torch Award Recipients

Smithtown CSD names Torch Award winners Smithtown Central School District has named its 2019 Torch Award recipients. The Torch Award is presented to Smithtown teachers who have significantly contributed to the growth and professional development of their teacher colleagues. The Smithtown Teacher Center hosted a reception to honor all Torch Award recipients and nominees on April 15. The 2019 Torch Award recipients are, from left, Tracy McAlvin, Christa Braunreuther, Jonathan Ferrante, Christina Cone, Jeanmarie Wilson, James Schiraldi and Barbara DiSalvo.Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Saturday
Apr202019

Commack HS Students Host Spring Fun Day Event

Hop on Over for Kid-Friendly Fun

On April 6th the Commack High School Future Business Leaders of America hosted their annual “Spring Fun Day” fundraiser. For this event, the cafeteria was transformed into a spring themed carnival for children in the Commack community. During Spring Fun Day, students from FBLA operate carnival games, egg hunts, a face painting stand, bingo and many other activities to ensure that the day is successful. Every year, FBLA uses this event as an innovative and creative way to raise money for competitions and scholarships throughout the year.  This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous raffle donations from local businesses, who continue to support our school community. This article was written by student Madison Crilley, FBLA Secretary

Friday
Apr192019

Kings Park CSD Awards Three Teachers Tenure

Kings Park CSD Awards Three Teachers Tenure

From left to right: Mr. Ken Storch (Principal, Park View E.S.), Katherine Olenczuk, Judy Paliotta, Crystal Nelson, Mrs. Lauren Moreno (Principal, William T. Rogers M.S.), and Mr. Jason Huntsman (Principal, Kings Park H.S.).On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Judy Paliotta, Katherine Olenczuk, and Crystal Nelson were awarded tenure by the Kings Park Central School District Board of Education.  All three teachers work in a special education capacity for the district.  Prior to the Board of Education meeting, the school board held a special reception for the teachers and their families.  The public portion of the meeting included a short presentation by each teacher’s principal.  According to Dr. Eagen, Superintendent of Schools, “I am fortunate to work with such wonderful educators here in Kings Park.  These three teachers are most deserving of tenure, and I am happy that we were able to properly celebrate this milestone in their careers.”  

Friday
Apr192019

Smithtown's Mechanical Bulls Attend First LI Regional

Mechanical Bulls remain strong at local comp

Smithtown Central School District’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, participated in the FIRST Long Island Regional at Hofstra University from March 28-30. 

Smithtown Central School District’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, participated in the FIRST Long Island Regional at Hofstra University from March 28-30. Using their team-member-designed scouting software, the team strategized and drove their robot with near perfection for the duration of competition. Competing against 48 local and international teams, Smithtown finished the qualifying rounds in fifth-place overall. The competition included robotics teams from Long Island, New York State, China, Brazil, Norway and Turkey. 

Smithtown’s robotics team mentor Brian Costello won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. This award is presented to one outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches and empowers their team using excellent communication skills.The Mechanical Bulls finished the competition by making it into the quarter final round. Team mentor Brian Costello won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. This award is presented to one outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. The Mechanical Bulls were also awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award. This award celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST core values both on and off the playing field. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Thursday
Apr182019

Smithtown HSW Baseball Teams Pitch In On Global Youth Service Day

Smithtown HS West baseball students pitch in for community

On April 13, the Smithtown High School West varsity and junior varsity baseball teams participated in the Town of Smithtown’s Global Youth Service Day at Sweetbriar Nature Center. The student-athletes spent the morning refreshing the center’s butterfly house, laying bluestone, spreading mulch and planting flowers. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School