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Tuesday
Sep242019

Smithtown HSW Named A School Of Distinction

Smithtown West awarded School of Distinction

Smithtown High School West has earned the School of Distinction award from the New York State Pubic High School Athletic Association. All of Smithtown High School West’s varsity teams had a grade point average of 90 or above. Smithtown High School West was one of five Suffolk County high schools to win this award. Pictured (from left): Robert Zayes, executive director of NYSPHSAA; John Coady, principal of Smithtown High School West; Patrick Smith, director of physical education, health, athletics and nurses for Smithtown Central School District; Tom Combs, executive director, Section XI, and Joe Alteiri, assistant director of NYSPHSAA. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Sep202019

St James Students Learn Technology In Classroom

St. James classroom doubles as recording studio

The students wrote a short script to introduce themselves, share their interests and express their hopes for fourth grade. The students will now apply their new knowledge to a Book Talk. Their focus will be to “hook” their listener, summarize the plot, discuss the main characters and make a recommendation of the book for their peers. Photo caption: Students in Karen Dennis’ fourth grade class at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District have been busy learning new technology. During the first week of school, the students turned their classroom into a recording studio, using their laptops and the video response platform Flip grid. 

The students wrote a short script to introduce themselves, share their interests and express their hopes for fourth grade. The students will now apply their new knowledge to a Book Talk. Their focus will be to “hook” their listener, summarize the plot, discuss the main characters and make a recommendation of the book for their peers. 

 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Sep202019

Girl Scout Troop 814 Spread Positivity And Inspiration At Accompsett MS

Messages of positivity and inspiration at Accompsett MS

Seventh and eighth grade members of Girl Scout Troop 814 at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District used their Silver Award project as an opportunity to beautify and spread positivity in their school. Madelyn Law, Fabiana Gorre, Grace Viola, Adira Pizzaro, Ayla Gannon, Morgan Matejka, Jennah Ahmed, Madison Dominger, Victoria Starkey, Mya DeClue, Kylie Muir and Jillian Donnelly created, designed and added their artistic touches to signs that are now on display throughout the school. The signs feature messages of empowerment and positivity and can be found in the girls restrooms, locker rooms, main office and guidance office. “We wanted to brighten up our school, inspire our classmates and leave a legacy for the next set of students who come here,” the girls said. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Thursday
Sep192019

SHSE Students Observe And Explore The Ocean

Smithtown HS East’s explorers venture out to ocean

Students in Mr. Davy’s oceans class at Smithtown High School East enjoyed a day of marine life observations and exploration on the R/V Paumanok in Southampton. They compared the environments of the upper photic (sunlight) zone to the benthic (lower) zone and observed the differences in different types of organisms and species. They also used an otter trawl to collect the fish, including fluke, tropical fish, pipefish, blackfish, seabass, a type of cod and a seahorse. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Wednesday
Sep182019

Mills Pond Students Celebrate Constitution Day

Creating classroom constitutions

Smithtown Central School District’s elementary students celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 17 by learning facts about the U.S. Constitution and applying them to their own classroom and school rules.

Dressed in red, white and blue, students at Mills Pond and Mt. Pleasant elementary schools learned about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. At Mills Pond Elementary School, each class worked together to set up their classroom rules and watched a short video on the U.S. Constitution. After penning their rules for the year, each member of the class signed their names to uphold their class constitution throughout the school year. The school’s computer lab was decorated and used as a meeting place for the signing. The rules and signatures will be prominently displayed in each classroom.  

At Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, fifth graders learned about the U.S. Constitution by watching a video and creating a graphic organizer. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Sep172019

Smithtown BOE Partnering With SCPD To Enhance Safety And Security

Smithtown Board of Education approves partnership with Suffolk County Police Department to enhance safety and security

At its business meeting on Sept. 10, 2019, the Smithtown Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the Suffolk County Police Department to implement the S.H.A.R.E. initiative within the district. S.H.A.R.E. (Sharing to Help Access Remote Entry), allows school districts to share their camera systems, video feeds and building layouts with police in real-time. This allows police to monitor the systems in the event of an intruder or active shooter situation and affords them the ability to better coordinate rescue efforts. In addition, responding officers are provided with the location of the incident/threat within the building. 

“We are pleased to be able to implement the S.H.A.R.E. program within our district,” said Interim Superintendent Russell Stewart. “While we hope we never need to use it, this program will be instrumental in reducing police response time and providing them with critical information in the event of an emergency.”

The board’s approval of the program comes after months of discussion, first initiated at a Board Legislative Committee meeting on Feb. 12, 2019. The Legislative Committee meeting was attended by members of the board of education, district administrators and community members, as well as Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta and Smithtown Town Councilman Thomas Lohmann. 

Friday
Sep132019

Two SHSE Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Smithtown East boasts two National Merit semifinalists

From left: Smithtown High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons with National Merit Scholar semifinalists Ritvik Chilakamarthy and Brendan Dervan and guidance counselors Karen Schmalz and Brian Alemaghides. Two seniors from Smithtown High School East in the Smithtown Central School District  – Ritvik Chilakamarthy and Brendan Dervan – were among the approximately 16,000 students across the county who were named semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. National Merit finalists will be announced in February. These winners will then have the opportunity to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million, which will be announced in the spring. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Sep132019

Smithtown Coach Bill Hamilton Recognized By Smithtown BOE

Smithtown Central School District’s Board of Education recognized longtime Smithtown High School West varsity girls soccer and basketball coach Bill Hamilton during the Sept. 10 meeting. Hamilton, who retired from teaching in the district 12 years ago, served as a coach and mentor for Smithtown students for 42 years. “He has left an indelible positive impact on the students of Smithtown,” said athletic director Patrick Smith. “He has fostered a culture here that has promoted life lessons.” He is pictured with (from left) board of education trustee Matthew Gribbin, Patrick Smith and board of education vice president Michael Saidens.  Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Wednesday
Sep112019

Tackan Student Dominick Chiuchiolo Raises Money To Fight Childhood Cancer

Tackan student ‘stands’ up to childhood cancer

At the Sept. 10 board of education meeting, Smithtown Central School District recognized 7-year-old Dominick Chiuchiolo, a student at Tackan Elementary School, for his fundraising efforts. Setting up his own lemonade stand at the St. James Farmer’s Market, Chiuchiolo raised $11,700 to support childhood cancer research in just one week . After finding out his mother is a childhood cancer survivor, Chiuchiolo set his initial goal to raise $8,000 in one month but far surpassed his expectations thanks to the support of his friends, family and local community. He is pictured with board of education trustees Mandi Kowalik and Jerry Martusciello. 

 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Thursday
Sep052019

Smithtown Students Look Forward To 2019 - 2020 School Year

Smithtown students shine for first day

Sept. 4 marked the official start to the 2019-2020 school year for the Smithtown Central School District. Students throughout the district were all smiles as they entered their buildings, reconnecting with friends and settling into their new classrooms and routines. 

With backpacks filled with back to school supplies, kindergarten students entered their new buildings for the first time eager to learn and looking forward to a great year ahead. The district’s newest students spent their first day unloading supplies and engaging in icebreaker activities to get to know each other. 

Sixth graders and freshmen toured their new buildings during orientation days at the end of the summer, easing the fears of new schedules and lockers. As the week progressed, the students and staff settled into their routines and looked forward to a productive year ahead. 

Students and staff ushered in the new school year on Sept. 4 at Smithtown Central School District. 

 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District