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Smithtown Students Continue Academics During Summer

Growing socially and academically

Smithtown Central School District’s extended school year program helps to create opportunities for students to continue their academics throughout the summer months. This year’s theme of “Gratitude, Growth and Learning” ties into the district’s social-emotional learning initiatives. 

“Along with addressing academics and each child’s individualized goals to prevent skill regression, we touched upon important social-emotional topics,” said Matt Connolly, program director. “We worked on establishing friendships, promoting empathy, conflict resolution and developing compassion.”

This summer, 116 students were enrolled in the program in 11 different classes housed at Smithtown Elementary School. Students participated in specials including computers, physical education, and group activities such as field day, carnival day and an end-of-summer picnic. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Young Coders Participate In Scope Summer Explorations Program

Young coders take on the challenge

Young coders had a chance to explore their skills during the SCOPE Summer Explorations Program hosted by Smithtown Central School District at Accompsett Middle School. During part one of the program, students were introduced to coding using markers to write code for the Ozobot robots and worked to complete a given maze or challenge. During the second part of the summer session, students used the OzoBlocky program to write a program on the iPad and download it onto the Ozobot. Students also created maps, trails, roads and mazes for their Ozobot to navigate. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Boating Class In SCOPE Summer Explorations Program

Row your boat

In the SCOPE Summer Explorations program at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District, students are going on nautical adventure in the boating class. Students designed, decorated and tried to float a boat that they built. They created different types of boats and then tested their devices to see if they would sink or float.  

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Slime Time In Smithtown

Slime time in Smithtown

Further exploring their love for science, students enrolled in the SCOPE Summer Explorations program at Smithtown Central School District conducted experiments in stretching, oozing, bouncing and shrinking during the polymers class. During the hands-on class, students created slime, Shrinky Dinks and cotton candy. They made bouncy balls and bubble gum, created suncatchers and dinosaur eggs and even made snow in the middle of the summer.  Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown Student-Athletes Recognized By NYS Public HS Athletic Association

Smithtown student-athletes awarded for academic excellence

Both Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for the outstanding accomplishments of their student-athletes during the 2018-2019 sports seasons. 

With 31 varsity teams, Smithtown High School West has been named a School of Distinction. Schools can earn School of Distinction status by having 100 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. 

Smithtown High School East, which has 30 varsity sports teams, was named a School of Excellence by the NYSPHSAA. To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

The purpose of the School of Distinction and School of Excellence Awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. This year, 35 schools earned the School of Distinction Award and 135 schools earned the School of Excellence Award.  


First Grader Raised $11,390 To Fight Childhood Cancer

Tackan student joins the fight against cancer

Seven-year-old Dominick Chiuchiolo, a first grader at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District, is taking a literal stand against childhood cancer by running his own lemonade stand. In just one week, Chiuchiolo’s lemonade stand garnered $11,390 to support childhood cancer research. The “Lemonade Days of Summer” is a seven-day challenge to help benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. 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. 


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown School District Appoints Interim Superintendent

Smithtown appoints veteran educator as interim superintendent

On June 11, the Smithtown Central School District Board of Education appointed veteran educator Russell J. Stewart as interim superintendent, effective July 3. Mr. Stewart joins Smithtown from the Center Moriches Union Free School District, where he currently serves as superintendent of schools. 

“Mr. Stewart is a highly respected administrator who brings with him the professional experience, educational knowledge and interpersonal communication skills the Board requires to effectively lead our school district during this transition period,” said Smithtown Board of Education President Jeremy Thode. 

During his nine years as superintendent of Center Moriches, Mr. Stewart successfully oversaw the introduction and expansion of a number of programs, including the implementation of a districtwide International Baccalaureate endeavor, creation of a community service involvement program for high school students and expansion of a comprehensive K-12 8:1:1 program. He was also responsible for the enhancement of school safety through various efforts, such as increased security protocols and the promotion of a positive school culture and social-emotional wellness programs. Additionally, he oversaw the successful completion of a comprehensive capital improvement project.

“I thank the Board for this opportunity and am excited to work with them and confirm my commitment to the students of Smithtown,” Mr. Stewart said. “I also look forward to collaborating with the community, students, staff and my central office colleagues to create a unified vision and further enhance the educational opportunities for all students.” 

As part of his more than 30 years of educational experience, Mr. Stewart has served as principal, assistant principal, dean of discipline and chairperson for health, physical education and interscholastic athletics at Commack High School. He was also an assistant principal and principal at Western Suffolk BOCES Consortium. Mr. Stewart spent his first 10 years in education as a health and physical education teacher.

A resident of Manorville, Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts in health and physical education from the University of Sioux Falls and a Master of Arts in school administration and supervision from New York University. 

The board is actively continuing its search for a permanent superintendent of schools and will keep the community updated as the progress continues.


Gold Medal Rating For SHSE Treble Choir And Concert Choir

Smithtown East goes gold at NYSSMA comp

Cancert ChoirSmithtown High School East’s concert choir and treble choir recently performed at the New York State School Music Association’s Majors competition, where both groups received a gold medal rating. 

Treble ChoirSmithtown High School East’s choir students performed three selected songs for a panel of judges. Both choirs performed level 6 music, the highest level of difficulty. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Mt. Pleasant Students Score Big At County Math Tournament

Mt. Pleasant mathematicians score big

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District brought home two trophies from the 2019 Suffolk County Mathematics Tournament at Stony Brook University on May 30. Fifth graders competed in individual and team events against schools throughout Suffolk County. Mt. Pleasant received the third place trophy for the individual competition and came in first place as a team. From left, Ishaanth Guduru, Ashlynn Renkowski, Bianca Cristaldo, Maribella Marciano, Jimmy Flynn and Mt. Pleasant Elementary School teacher and Math Olympiad adviser Joanne Rapp.

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Eighth Grader David Rubin First In State And Nation In Math Kangaroo Competition

Accompsett math student places first in nation

David Rubin, an eighth grader at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District, was recently awarded first place in the nation and first place in New York State in the Math Kangaroo competition, facilitated by the Roslyn Academic Programs Center. Around 30,000 students participate in the U.S., along with more than six million participants worldwide. The competition is a multiple choice test to be solved within 75 minutes. There are 12 levels of participation, corresponding to school grade levels. The objective is to encourage children and teenagers to master mathematical skills. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District