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Wednesday
Apr172019

Great Hollow MS Students Participated In 34th Annual Poetry Competition

Great Hollow students show off their language skills

Seventh and eighth grade foreign language students from Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District recently competed in the 34th annual poetry competition at SUNY Old Westbury. The events are hosted by the American Association of Teachers of Italian, and Great Hollow world language teachers Josephine Nuccio and Grace Vella accompanied the students. 

Great Hollow Middle School students participants included: Natalie Boeri, Nicole Caputo, Connor Catania, Gia Cellucci, Michael Chavez, Francesca Covino, Caileigh Harrigan, Kristin Krause, Juliana Maloney, Jayden Mayer, Jillian Mayer, Luis Pop and Thomas Rorick. In Gara di Canto 2019, which was part of the singing portion of the competition, Gia Cellucci placed third for her rendition of “Sebben Crudele.”

All students received participation certificates for their Italian poetry readings. Students were required to memorize and recite an Italian poem of 12-30 lines before a panel of judges and were evaluated on poise, intonation, pronunciation and interpretation. More than 200 students from 20 districts competed this year. 

 

Photo caption: Seventh and eighth grade foreign language students from Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District recently competed in the 34th annual poetry competition at SUNY Old Westbury College. 

 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Wednesday
Apr172019

Kings Park Interact Students Clean-Up At Nissequogue River State Park

Emma Rome, Kevin Shortell, Alexis Aurecchione, Jordan Bookspan, Sabrinna Kahl, Paul Kahl, Jason Karalis, Jacob Fitzpatrick, Chris Olsen, Amanda Keegan* cleaned up the Healing Garden at the Nissequogue River State Park. * omitted from original post.

Ten Interact students from Kings Park HS spent Tuesday afternoon (after school) cleaning up the Nissequogue River State Park Healing Garden. The students raked, trimmed and weeded the overgrown garden.The Interact Club is a sponsored by the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club.

The project is a win-win for the Nissequogue River State Park and the students who are earning the mandatory community service credit.  Kings Park teacher Susan Portnoy is the advisor to the Interact Club has been championing this clean-up for four years.

The Students are volunteers, depending on their availability, often participate in spring and fall clean-ups doing the very much needed and appreciated work.

 

Tuesday
Apr162019

Hydroponic Tower Gardens At Mills Pond Elementary School

Green thumbs up for Mills Pond garden towers

After hosting a successful fun run fundraiser earlier this year, the Parent-Teacher Association at Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District used the funds to purchase three hydroponic tower gardens for the school.

Fifth graders in Mrs. Connors’ class, fourth graders in Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Zbytniewski’s class and third graders in Mrs. Polito’s class participated in a cultural arts program on April 15 where they learned about hydroponic gardening and built a hydroponic tower garden. Classes will be caring for the gardens on a daily basis and the gardens will be shared across the grade levels. According to Principal Ireen Westrack, if the program is successful, the PTA plans to purchase one tower for each grade level. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Apr152019

Mt. Pleasant 5th Graders Participate In Stock Market Competition

Students vie for top spot in mock stock competition

Fifth graders in Jeffrey Faragasso’s class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District are learning about the basics of finance, savings, investing and banking during their yearlong mock stock market competition.

Each September, every student in the class receives a credit of $100,000 to purchase five different stocks and build a portfolio. There’s no buying or selling throughout the year, so Mr. Faragasso urges his students to choose wisely. Every Friday during the school year, they discuss the progress of their stocks, take a look at their earnings and losses and predict what they think may happen to their stocks. The class also discusses news and current events and ties those discussions into why certain stocks may be performing better than others.

Outside of the classroom, there’s a leaderboard featuring the top-performing portfolios and the winner at the end of the school year receives a breakfast. 

 

Photo caption: Students in Jeffrey Faragasso’s class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District are learning about finance during a yearlong lesson using stocks. 

 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Sunday
Apr142019

Glowing genes at Great Hollow 

Glowing genes at Great Hollow 

Eighth-grade scientists at Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District recently participated in a hands-on experiment when representatives from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory visited the school on March 29. The students genetically engineered bacteria with the green fluorescent protein gene for bioluminescence normally found in the Pacific jellyfish, Aequoria victoria. Students learned about and utilized some of the same techniques that are employed by pharmaceutical companies to produce human insulin. The students successfully created genetically modified bacteria and were able to see them glow. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Saturday
Apr132019

"Student Day At The Legislature"

Smithtown HS West students spend a day in the life of legislators

 On March 12, students in Joan Havranek’s leadership class from Smithtown High School West attended “Student Day at the Legislature.” They met with a panel of legislators and participated in a mock debate regarding a proposed resolution on school safety. This hands-on experience allowed students to experience what it is like when local government officials work to pass legislation that affects the residents of Suffolk County. From left, Smithtown High School West leadership students Chris Scotto DiMaso, Marianne Lopez and Jacob Nacht. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Apr122019

Smithtown Students Participate In Holocaust Remembrance And Genocide Awareness Day

Smithtown holds a day of remembrance

From left, Smithtown High School West students Liam Reynolds, John Petti, Liam Doski and Nil Martinez with guest speaker Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi and Smithtown High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone.Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West spent April 11 educating its sophomore classes on events of the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide. As part of its social studies curriculum, the schools have held a Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Day for the past 18 years.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. During the full-day event, the 10th graders listened to a lecture by Rwandan genocide survivor and former Parliament speaker Joseph Sebarenzi. A second guest lecture included  a testimony from Holocaust survivor Werner Reich. The lectures help students connect on a more personal level and understand the importance of empathy and forgiveness despite these tragedies.

“Werner Reich and Joseph Sebarenzi’s presentations were both very inspirational and gave you a feeling to be a better person and try to keep peace for the future,” said Ashley Lockwood, Smithtown High School West student. “Also, to try and forgive others to stay healthy and get rid of anger and bitterness.”

During breakout sessions, students worked in smaller groups for different activities. They spent two periods learning the background of what happened in Cambodia and Rwanda through a presentation and film clips and created an awareness poster.  Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Thursday
Apr112019

Smithtown HSE Student Alexis Yang Named Scholastic Winner

Smithtown HS East writer named Scholastic winner

Smithtown High School East junior Alexis Yang has been awarded a silver key in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her flash fiction, “Bubble Gum.” Yang, a 2018 national gold medal winner in the Scholastic competition, is the co-editor of Solstice, Smithtown High School East’s literary magazine, a member of the National English Honor Society and Habitat for Humanity. Last summer, Yang attended the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is pictured with Smithtown High School East librarian and Solstice adviser Jean Marie Kliphuis and Smithtown High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. 

 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Apr092019

Dogwood Students Perform "An Adventure In Mother Goose Land"

Kindergarten students at Dogwood Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District recently performed the play “An Adventure in Mother Goose Land.” In the play, Mother Hubbard’s dog has lost his bone and asks characters from Mother Goose rhymes if they have seen it. The mystery is solved when the mouse in “Hickory Dickory Dock” finds the bone in the clock. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Sunday
Apr072019

Smithtown Elementary's "The Lion King Kids"

Theater comes to life at Smithtown Elementary

In March, Smithtown Elementary School’s stage was transformed into the African savannah as the fifth-grade students put on a production of Disney’s “The Lion King Kids.” During the last five months, the students worked alongside music teacher Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Yoon to learn all the aspects of theater from acting exercises to dancing and singing. Several of the musical numbers were sung in different languages including Zulu and Swahili.  Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District