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Sunday
Oct212018

Smithtown Central School District Student Musicians All County & All State

Smithtown student-musicians selected for ensembles

HSW All-County: Student-musicians from Smithtown High School West who have been chosen for All-County ensembles posed with their music teachers, Principal John Coady (left) and Director of Music and Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo (second from left). HSE All-County: Student-musicians from Smithtown High School East who have been chosen for All-County ensembles posed with their music teachers and Director of Music and Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo (right).Twenty-eight students from Smithtown Central School District have been selected to represent their schools in the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education All-County Festival. In addition, 10 of those students have also been chosen for the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Ensembles.

Anthony D’Amore (alto saxophone) from Smithtown High School East was selected by the National Association for Music Education for the All-National Ensembles from Nov. 25-28 in Orlando, Florida.

 

HSW All-State: Student-musicians from Smithtown High School West who have been chosen for All-State ensembles posed with their music teachers, Principal John Coady (left) and Director of Music and Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo (second from left).HSE All-State: Student-musicians from Smithtown High School East who have been chosen for All-State ensembles posed with their music teachers, Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons (right) and Director of Music and Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo (back left).As a result of high solo scores at the NYSSMA All-State solo festival last year, these musicians will be performing with the best musicians in all of Suffolk County Nov. 16 at Hauppauge High School. All-State student-musicians will perform in Rochester during Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Oct192018

Smithtown HSE Student Skylar Baez A National Hispanic Recognition Scholar

East student honored in scholar program

Smithtown High School East student Skylar Baez has been recognized as a 2018-2019 Scholar for the National Hispanic Recognition Program. This honor is given to students who score in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region. Baez is pictured with Smithtown High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Thursday
Oct182018

Smithtown School District Boasts 17 Commended Students

Smithtown boasts 17 Commended Students

Seventeen students from Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Smithtown HSE Commended Students 2018 HSE Commended Students: Smithtown High School East had seven Commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. From left: Jordyn Christophides, Alexis McCauley-Pearl, Sandeepna Eranki, Brianna Foster, Ryland Douglas, Alexa Hickey, Thomas Fanning and Smithtown High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. From Smithtown High School East, the following students were honored:  Jordyn Christophides, Sandeepna Eranki, Brianna Foster, Ryland Douglas, Alexa Hickey, Thomas Fanning and Alexis McCauley-Pearl. From Smithtown High School

Smithtown HSW 2018 Commended Students Smithtown High School West had 10 Commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Pictured (front row from left): Gretchen Burmeister, Jaden O’Brien, Rebecca Farrell; (back row from left) Anthony De Mayo, Michael Alessio, Dante Sasso, James Rogers, David Cabello, Nicholas Muellers, Matthew Schuchman and Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady (back, left). West, the following students were recognized: Michael Alessio, Gretchen Burmeister, David Cabello, Anthony De Mayo, Rebecca Farrell, Nicholas Muellers, Jaden O’Brien, James Rogers, Dante Sasso and Matthew Schuchman. 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit 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. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Wednesday
Oct172018

Students At SHSW Honor The Memory Of Teacher Sara Long Harte

Honoring St. James Elementary School teacher’s memory

Smithtown High School West held the ninth annual Play 4 the Cure field hockey game honoring the memory of St. James Elementary School teacher Sara Long Harte on Sept. 28. Each year, Smithtown High School West girls field hockey team dedicate a game to Harte, who passed away from breast cancer nine years ago. Harte taught at St. James Elementary School, the same school she attended as a child. Her impact throughout the community lives on today through a scholarship fund, a memorial garden and a handcrafted picket fence in front of St. James Elementary, which was built in her honor by a former student. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Oct152018

SHSE Students Do Research At Short Beach 

East researchers collaborate in river study

Smithtown High School East research students recently worked on a hands-on, collaborative research study at Short Beach in Nissequogue, led by Smithtown High School East research coordinator Maria Zeitlin. Short Beach was selected for its relevance to Smithtown High School East students as citizen science is inspired when students look into their own backyards.

“This collaborative ecosystem monitoring project is designed to celebrate the river and estuary ecosystems and educate participants on the uniqueness of Long Island’s wild and scenic rivers,” said Zeitlin. “On a single day, environmental education partners and students all along the Nissequogue river simultaneously collected scientific information, analyzed it and shared it to portray the status of the river and estuary ecosystem.”

Students use hands-on field techniques to perform scientific data collection to assess the health of this part of the river. They sample fish populations using seine nets, perform chemical analysis of water samples including phosphate, nitrate, and oxygen levels. They inventory site descriptions by drawing pictures and using photography. Students examine the physical attributes of the site with data collection relating to wind speed and direction, current flow, as well as sedimentation and turbidity of the water. Upon return to school, data was uploaded to a central website for comparison and analysis with the nine other districts that collaborated on the study.

Photos: Smithtown High School East research students recently completed a study at Short Beach in Nissequogue, where they collected data and compared their findings with nine other districts on Long Island. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Saturday
Oct132018

Smithtown's Mechanical Bulls Win At Invitational

Smithtown’s Bulls start season off right

During the weekend of Sept. 29, the Smithtown Central School District robotics team – the Mechanical Bulls – competed in the seventh annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational. This was their first competition since March, and it provided a great opportunity to introduce new members to competition and test out new drivers. 

Together with Team 871, the West Islip Robotechs, Team 2875, the Cold Spring Harbor Cyberhawks, and Team 6423, the Ward Melville Iron Patriots, they were able to make the finals and win the invitational. 

The team is now beginning their global build and competition season where they receive a game challenge and six weeks to design, fabricate, wire, program and test a new robot from scratch to compete in regional events.

Photos: Smithtown Central School District’s robotics team joined together with other local teams to win won the Half Hollow Hills Invitational during the weekend of Sept. 29. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central  School District

Wednesday
Oct102018

Great Hollow Students Test Newton's Law Of Motion

Putting Newton’s Law to the test

Eighth-graders in Katerina Dicpinigaitis’ science class at Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District tested Newton’s First Law of Motion – an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force – during a hands-on station demonstration lab on Oct. 4. 

With more than a dozen different stations, students rotated around the room and recorded their findings about how the different laws of motion worked. Some of the many hands-on activities included trying to catch a penny off their elbows, stacking bowls and getting them to drop together, spinning an egg, simulating a car accident using toy cars, pulling a tablecloth out from under a stack of dishes and trying to get a Lego figure to drop into a beaker. 

Photos: Science students at Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District tested Newton’s First Law of Motion.Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Thursday
Oct042018

Tackan Students Hit The Track For PTA

Tackan hits the track to raise money for PTA

Having fun, keeping active and helping to raise funds for its Parent-Teacher Association, students at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District participated in a Boosterthon Fun Run on Oct. 3.

Dressed in their school spirit wear, the students went outside to run the race course. Students garnered pledges from family and friends for each lap they ran. The money raised, more than $15,000 in total, will be used to benefit the PTA’s Cultural Arts programs. 

As the students ran the course, teachers marked off each lap completed on the back of their shirt. Since the school exceed their fundraising goal, the students had the chance to duct tape Tackan Principal Dr. Allyn Leeds to the wall. 

Photo caption: Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District raised money for their Parent-Teacher Association during a Boosterthon Fun Run on Oct. 3. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Oct022018

Nesaquake joins the battle against childhood cancer

Nesaquake joins the battle against childhood cancer

Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District helped raised money to fight childhood cancer by going gold on Sept. 28. Students are pictured with Assistant Principal Matthew Furey (left) and Principal Daniel McCabe.Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District is doing its part to help fight the battle against childhood cancer. In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, the school participated in a number of fundraising and awareness efforts.

To kick off the fundraising efforts, the middle school’s sports teams “laced up” to fight cancer, sporting gold laces during their athletic functions. On Sept. 28, students, faculty and staff were encouraged to “Go Gold,” dressing in the color and purchasing gold hearts that were hung throughout the building. Later that evening, the fundraising continued at the school’s street fair. 

Nesaquake seventh-grader Sarah Schrier spearheaded the school’s effort as part of her Girl Scout project. Schrier also has some fellow classmates who were affected by the disease and wanted to raise awareness to support the cause. All of the school’s efforts tie into the district’s goals of social-emotional learning, empathy and citizenship. 

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association was also selling hearts as part of a districtwide effort to “whip pediatric cancer.” In total, the school raised approximately $400 for the cause. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Sep282018

Commack SD Announces Six 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

rincipal Leslie Boritz (left), Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jordan Cox and Director of Guidance Nicole Kregler.Six Commack High School seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The PSAT serves as the  initial screening of program entrants in each state.

Congratulations to Kathy Cao, Gabriel Chan, Joshua Lee, Delina Levine, Deniz Sinar, and Kyle Spinelli. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. Winners will be announced in the spring and will share in scholarships totaling more than $31 million.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Photo courtesy of the Commack School District.