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Thirty New Teachers Join Smithtown Central School District


Thirty new teachers were welcomed into the Smithtown Central School District during new teacher orientation from Aug. 27-29. To kick off the first-day activities, new teachers were introduced to members of central administration and Smithtown’s board of education. The new hires also met with departmental administrators and learned about some of the district’s technology initiatives. Day two included DASA training and visits to their respective schools to meet with principals and assistant principals. The final day of orientation focused on building relationships, lesson planning, professional development and social emotional learning. 


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Three Accompsett Middle School Girl Scouts Create Buddy Bench

Accompsett MS shows off new buddy bench

Three students from Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District recently created a kindness bench for their school. The students – (from left) Erin Fels, Regan Sayers and Angelica Rafaelides – are members of Girl Scout troop 1335. The bench can be used as a place to sit down with friends or make new ones. Students are encouraged to use the bench to work out their differences with their fellow classmates. It creates a friendly and safe environment for everyone. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District 


Coach Miller Recognized For Four Decades Of Service

West coach recognized for four decades of service

Smithtown Central School District’s administrators, board of education members and Athletic Director Patrick Smith recognized Smithtown High School West’s former softball coach David Miller for his 40-plus years of coaching in the district on Aug. 20. Miller was presented with a proclamation from the district. Although he officially retired from his coaching position, the High School West softball field will continue to bear his name. Miller continues to serve the community as president of the Smithtown Booster Club. From left: Smithtown Board of Education trustee Matthew Gribbin, Miller, Smithtown Board of Education trustee Frank James and Smithtown Athletic Director Patrick Smith. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown's Hayley Beutel And Mike Danzi Recognized As Standout Athletes

Smithtown standout athletes acknowledged 

Two incoming senior-athletes from Smithtown High School West were recognized for their performance both in classroom and in their respective sports by the Smithtown Central School District’s Board of Education and athletic director at the Aug. 20 meeting. Smithtown High School West’s Hayley Beutel and Mike Danzi both hold high academic standings in addition to their accomplishments in their sports. Beutel is a three-time All-League, All-County and All-State diver on the combined High School East/West team and currently holds the school’s diving record. Danzi competes in the combines High School East/West track team and was recently named a runner-up in the state championships. From left: Smithtown Board of Education trustees Mandi Kowalik and Jerry Martusciello with Beutel, Danzi and Smithtown Athletic Director Patrick Smith. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Knox School Shows Off New And Improved Equestrian Center

Saint James, New York-

After a month of extensive renovation and restoration to the historic Phebe T. Phillips Byrne Equestrian Center on the campus of The Knox School in St. James, the new and improved facilities are open for business! On Thursday, August 15, 2019, Knox hosted an Equestrian Open House for members of the School and local communities to visit and enjoy the new facility improvements. The recent upgrades to the equestrian space are just the beginning of extensive efforts to restore the extraordinary, historic,  horseshoe-shaped barn to its original glory.

The Phebe T. Phillips Byrne Equestrian Center’s renovation project began this summer when Head of School Kristen Tillona-Baker hired Horsemaster and James North as Director of Equine Sciences to shepherd a major restoration while developing new and improved training programs within the hunter and jumper equine divisions. Mr. North is no stranger to major equestrian center development projects and has a proven track record of taking competitive training programs to the highest levels. He and newly appointed Assistant Director of Equine Sciences Amanda Cordingley are a dynamic duo who will carry out the vision of a Blue-Ribbon Future for The Knox School.

Within this first phase of renovations, some of the most substantial projects included a new all-weather riding ring with state-of-the-art footing, new fencing and jumps, a fully renovated tack room with polished brass tack, varnished walls, new furniture and artwork that looks like it was inspired by  Ralph Lauren’s catalog, new drainage and foundation restoration, newly renovated bathroom and laundry room, new hot water bathing and drying stall for the horses and paint on just about every surface possible.  For additional elegance, The Knox School thanks Longos Landscaping of St. James for their tireless efforts in making the campus look beautiful with new their expert landscaping and masonry.

“While The Equestrian Center renovation is necessary and something I have been working towards since I first became Head of School over five years ago, it’s about so much more,” said Head of School Kristen Tillona-Baker. “Investing in the future of our riding program is investing in the future of our students. I believe in this program, our students, and this school that I love so much, and supporting The Knox School Equestrian Program is just one of many ways we will secure a strong future for our Home Beside the Shore.” 

Beginning this fall, The Knox School Equestrian Program will be rolling out new and improved training programs for current student-athletes and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team which will reach far beyond the programs previously offered. Knox is also offering boarding and training facilities for outside riders. For information about the new programs or boarding options, please contact The Knox School’s Equestrian Center at (631) 686-1600 ext. 437 or go to  


Vincent Mangilomini Presents Genius Hour Project To Smithtown BOE

Genius Hour encourages creativity

Incoming ninth-grader Vincent Mangilomini presented the project he worked on this summer in the district’s C.A.M.P. at the Aug. 20 Smithtown Central School District Board of Education meeting. He is pictured with board members and C.A.M.P. educators. During the Aug. 20 Smithtown Central School District Board of Education meeting, incoming ninth grader Vincent Mangilomini presented the project he worked on this summer in the district’s C.A.M.P. (Character, Academics, Mindset, Preparedness) program. The program encompasses social-emotional learning with academics.

“Our ultimate goal is to expose students to resiliency,” said Elizabeth Stein, program coordinator. “We look to embrace struggles as part of the learning process. We teach our students to be creative, innovative and empower them as learners.“

During the camp, students worked on a Genius Hour project, something they could explore and research that they were passionate about. Mangilomini, who is also in the Navy Seal cadet program, presented his project on a drone that could be used for military personnel. The drone is attached to an armband that can be worn for urban warfare. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Students In Smithtown Give Back To Community With "Gratitude, Growth And Learning"

Gratitude, community shine at summer program

Students in Sheri Fallacaro’s class in the Extended School Year Program in the Smithtown Central School District spent time this summer giving back to their local community. The program’s theme was “Gratitude, Growth and Learning.” The students wanted to do something for the community based on the theme so they decided on a food drive, for both people and pets, for the Smithtown Food Pantry. They made a flyer to send home with each student and posters to hang around the school. The students presented to each ESYP class to inform everyone of what they were doing and why. 


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


August Snowball Fight At C.A.M.P. 

As a culminating activity in their summer program, students enrolled in the C.A.M.P. (Character, Academics, Mindset, Preparedness) program at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District had a snowball fight in August. Working in small groups as part of a social-emotional learning activity, the students wrote down different mindful messages, such as “be respectful,” “be curious,” and “be responsible.” After discussing the statements and why they chose them, the students crumpled the papers into a ball and had a snowball fight in the library. When the fight stopped, students picked up the paper in front of them and read the different messages. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School DistrictBa


Smithtown ENL Students Spend The Summer Learning 

Smithtown Central School District’s English as a New Language learners are having an out of this world learning experience this summer. As part of the summer ENL program housed at Accompsett Middle School for elementary and secondary students, students started the summer learning about the solar system. As an end of summer activity, the students competed in the Outer Space Olympics. They were divided into teams and participated in STEM-based events such as “Martian Maker,” “Space Laser Maze.” “Straw Rocket Launch” and “Meteor Toss.” Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Accompsett Elementary Gets A New Principal Bryan Frank

Accompsett Elementary appoints new principal

Smithtown Central District has named Bryan Frank as principal of Accompsett Elementary School, effective July 22. He replaces Jeanne Kull-Minarik, who retired at the end of the school year. 

Frank previously served as Smithtown Central School District’s director of social studies since 2017. Prior to that, he worked at Connetquot Central School District and Port Washington School District as director of business and social studies and social studies chairperson, respectively.  

Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from LIU Post as well as a master’s degree from LIU Post in secondary education. He also holds a master’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in school administration from SUNY Stony Brook and is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership from St. John’s University.

My focus as the Accompsett principal is to ensure that we continue to have a rich nurturing environment with programs that develop the whole child,” Frank said. “I look forward to working diligently and collaboratively with the community, faculty and staff of Accompsett to make sure everyone who enters the school is excited to be here.”


Photo caption: Bryan Frank has been appointed principal of Accompsett Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District, effective July 22. 


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District