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BOE Business Meeting on Dec. 14


The Board of Education will hold a business meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace. The meeting will be held downstairs in the ECC cafeteria.

See below for a complete list of Board meetings for the 2017-2018 school year.


STEAM Brings Tower Technology to East Islip Elementaries


Students at JFK recently took part in a "Tower Challenge,” part of the district’s new STEAM program offered to all students in grades K-5. The objective was to create the tallest free-standing tower using 10 large red cups, 10 paper cups and 20 small clear cups.

Technology teacher William Lackner, serving as East Islip’s STEAM leader this year, has been working with classroom teachers as they bring their students to the new makerspace rooms located in each of the four elementary schools.

All-County Gymnasts Fly High


Two East Islip student-athletes – high school freshman Cassie Bergin and eighth-grader Evie Orlando – have been named All-County gymnasts.
Four additional members of the school’s gymnastics team – seventh-graders Gabby Maciora and Sarah Vasquez, sophomore Sofia Ferrezza and junior Allison DellOrto – were recognized as All-League for 2017.

At the Section XI Suffolk girls gymnastics individual championships, Bergin won the county championship on balance beam with a score of 9.375, and will represent East Islip and Section XI at the state championships, to be held in March 2018 at Cold Spring Harbor High School. As a seventh-grader, Bergin was also a member of the Section XI state girls gymnastic team.

Vote for East Islip’s Holiday Heroes


Vote for East Islip in Team Up 4 Community’s Holiday Heroes Challenge… $5,000 in scholarships and grants will be awarded!

The district has the following entry in the competition: “East Islip Softball Volunteers at Redmen 5K.”

1st Place Winner receives a $3,000 scholarship or grant.

2nd Place Winner receives a $1,500 scholarship or grant.

3rd Place Winner receives a $500 scholarship or grant.

Winners will be selected based on the highest number of votes.

Voting will start for the Challenge on Monday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. and end on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.

To vote, click here and enter your email address below the entry you wish to vote for.

Supe Helps Beautify with Banners

Supe Helps Beautify with Banners

Using his Jeep and ladder, Superintendent John Dolan recently participated in decorating for the holidays on the town’s Main Street. The community effort was organized by the East Islip Beautification Society along with the Chamber of Commerce.

“It was so nice of Mr. Dolan to help hang up the banners and wreaths,” said   Beautification Society representative Christine McDonough. “Main Street looks beautiful.”

Kelliher Signs to Play Lax for Adelphi

Kelliher Signs to Play Lax for Adelphi
High school senior Kenneth Kelliher recently signed a national letter of intent to play lacrosse next fall for Adelphi University’s Panthers. Kelliher, who plays attack and midfield, will major in business while attending Adelphi.

Fun with Fire Safety at Timber Point

During Fire Safety Week, students at Timber Point were treated to a visit from local firefighters, learning about fire safety and examining the fire trucks. To reinforce fire safety concepts such as stop, drop and roll and crawling under smoke, the students participated all week in a fun obstacle course that also challenged their fitness levels.

Volunteer for the Fire Department

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To our East Islip Community:

The heart and soul of a community is grounded in its volunteerism. There are many ways to give back to your community and many organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, KIC, Rotary, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Youth Athletics, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. I apologize if I left anyone off this list, please let me know if I did and I will give you a shout out.

One organization is desperately in need of volunteers due to our aging population: our volunteer first responders in the fire departments. As our population ages, they are being called on more and more with fewer volunteers available. When you volunteer as a first responder, it is not only heroic but it can also lead to a career for young people. We encourage families to have a conversation with your children to see if there is any interest; stop by the fire department and inquire about volunteering. Volunteer first responders can be eligible for college credit, free or reduced college tuition and tax credits as well as a pension. More importantly, if a young person is interested in making a career as a first responder, when you join a local fire department or first responder agency, you will be surrounded by mentors and friends of all ages who can be excellent role models for your children.

The school district’s main mission is to help support and guide our children to make good healthy choices about their future. We will be working with our first responders to raise awareness and hopefully recruit the next great generation of first responders. Please remember when you see a first responder or volunteer, smile, wave and simply say thank you.

Happy holidays! The greatest gift is the gift that keeps on giving when you volunteer to help others.

Superintendent John V. Dolan

Click here to view the video.

Students Star in Food Drive Effort

Students Star in Food Drive Effort

Organized and staffed by members of the high school’s STARS club  and National Honor Society, the school’s annual communitywide food drive to for those in need was held on Nov. 16.

“Through our students’ efforts and the generosity of our community, we were able to collect a tremendous amount of food to donate to local churches and food pantries,” said club adviser Nicole Vincenti. “Thank you to all involved in making a difference in our community.”

Middle School Holds the ‘Key’ to Red Ribbon Week

Middle School Holds the ‘Key’ to Red Ribbon Week
In recognition of the Red Ribbon Week campaign, Middle School Principal Mark Bernard along with students and staff participated in a week of activities designed to promote drug awareness and prevention. Banners and posters were created under the direction of Frances Weller’s Art and Service Club, and each middle school student pledged to be drug free by completing a contract and signing a “key”. These keys now proudly hang throughout the school building to reinforce the students’ commitment.

SCOPE Saturday Enrichment Registration Available

SCOPE Saturday Enrichment Registration Available


HS Recognizes 29 Hard-Working AP Scholars

HS Recognizes 29 Hard-Working AP Scholars

A total of 29 current high school students were named AP Scholars for 2017 by the College Board, whose Advanced Placement Program recognizes several different award levels for outstanding college-level student academic achievement, displayed via AP courses and exams

Seniors Thomas Allen, Thomas Hopkins, Zachary Schurman, Kevin Varga and Matthew Wenk were named 2017 AP Scholar with Distinction, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Seniors Sarah Bloom, Jason Burke, Elena Buser, Katherine Golini, Evan Mauner, Elisa Mingo and Katrina Shea were named 2017 AP Scholars with Honor, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 

Seniors Jake Acocella, Claudia Banville, Joseph Bauco, Michael Connolly, Patrick Connolly, Brendan Cutrone, Joseph DeLisi, John Diorio, Antonio Ditta, Courtney Herrera, Kerri Kolensky, Grace Lawrence, Autumn Nelson, Bailey Nelson, Angela Schock and Rachel Verdi, and junior James Smalley were named 2017 AP Scholars, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. 

“We are proud of all of our AP Scholars, who have demonstrated their terrific work ethic throughout their years here,” said Israel Malinowitzer, director of guidance. “East Islip is a strong supporter of the AP courses that we offer at the high school, and every year we continue to see more and more students interested in applying for these rigorous courses.”

SADD Seeks to Stop Substance Abuse

 SADD Seeks to Stop Substance Abuse

The high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club recently ran its annual Red Ribbon Week program, with members visiting each fifth-grade classes at JFK and RCK.

While speaking to the younger students, SADD members took the opportunity to share important information on drugs, bullying and safety. They also ran a Red Ribbon anti-drug slogan contest and presented skits to help students envision what different drug- or bullying-related situations might look like and how to respond. In return, the fifth-graders wrote letters to the seniors at the high school, reminding them to make good decisions during prom and graduation as well as wishing them well in their life after high school.  

“This program is so important because these 11-year-old students are at an age statistically where drugs and alcohol abuse starts,” said SADD adviser Bridget Lopiccolo. “We need to get to them early and teach them that life is about choices and making the right ones. Our SADD members did a wonderful job and I hope that programs like this help stop an epidemic that is out of control and avoidable.”

JFK Fifth-Grade Musician Performs at SCMEA Festival

JFK Fifth-Grader Takes Up His Tuba for SCMEA Festival
Ryan Hilbert, a fifth-grader at JFK, participated in the 37th annual SCMEA Day of Tuba and Euphonium, held on Nov. 3 at Central Islip High School. Playing baritone horn, Hilbert took part in rehearsals and clinics during the festival, and performed a concert with a massed ensemble comprised of more than 300 tuba and euphonium players including elementary, middle and high school students, teachers and guest artists.

Swimmer Kreuscher Earns Trip to States

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High school girls swimming star Camryn Kreuscher qualified for and competed in the New York State Championship in Ithaca, earning All-State and All-Long Island status. She placed 12th overall in the 100-meter freestyle and 19th overall in the 200-meter freestyle; both were lifetime bests for Kreuscher in these events. She also ranked 14th in the 200-meter freestyle relay and 20th overall in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Kreuscher is a crucial component of the Connetquot/East Islip girls varsity swim team, who recently finished another successful season as dual meet champions and second-place finishers at the county meet for a third consecutive year.

Students Join Superintendent for Community Cleanups

Students Join Superintendent for Community Cleanups

With the goal of showing pride in the community and bolstering good citizenship, Superintendent John Dolan recently started a Superintendent’s Community Service Club for students this fall, working in conjunction with other community cleanup programs such as the Town of Islip’s Keep Islip Clean and the district’s “If You See Something, Say Something” initiative. These ongoing efforts also served to provide community service hours for East Islip’s students.

High schoolers Antonio Ditta and Enzo Ditta were the first students to be honored by Dolan and the East Islip Board of Education for their cleanup contributions. Recently, the county, town and school district were at odds over responsibility to clear overgrowth from a sidewalk, an issue which was impeding students walking to school. Antonio took it upon himself to knock on the door of the elderly woman who lived there, and offer to clear the overgrowth with his brother Enzo, beautifying the woman’s yard in the process.

Orgera Takes Art on the Road(show)

Orgera Takes Art on the Road(show)

Michael Orgera, a sixth-grader at the middle school, represented the district in Albany last month as part of a special New York State PTA Reflections Art Roadshow. A total of 60 works of art were chosen for this special additional honor of distinction – besides being local, regional and state winners – out of more than 1,100 pieces submitted for the 2016-2017 PTA Reflections contest that were chosen for a special additional honor of distinction.

Orgera, a highly awarded participant in PTA Reflections, is a two-time Suffolk Region Award of Excellence winner as well as a New York State Winner of Excellence, New York State Winner of Merit and 2016 National Reflections Winner.

His artwork was on display in the rotunda of the New York State Department of Education Building until Nov. 2, when it traveled to Niagara Falls for display at the 2017 New York State PTA Convention. He was also honored by the Board of Education at a recent board meeting.

Eight Excellent Lax Players Sign

Eight Excellent Lax Players Sign
Eight top-notch lacrosse players from the high school signed national letters of intent on Nov. 17, making commitments to their futures in college next September. With their proud families in attendance, each senior was congratulated by Athletic Director Stephen Restivo for their achievement.

Daniel Burnham, a midfielder, will attend Georgian Court University in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, majoring in business.

Midfielder Zachary Calarco will attend Wingate University in North Carolina, majoring in business.

John Clyne, a midfielder, will play for Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and major in pre-dental.

Chloe Herzog, who plays attack, will attend Queens College and major in psychology.

Timothy McCann, who plays attack, signed with St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, where he will major in criminal justice.

Goalie Anthony Novellano will attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, majoring in economics.

Fellow goalie Anthony Palma signed with Stony Brook University, where he will major in business.

Defenseman Jason Schlesinger will attend Embry-Riddell Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, majoring in aerospace engineering.

Young Musicians Provide Twinkling Tones at FTK Carnival


Guided by teachers Jaime DeMaria and Angela Stewart, more than 100 eager young musicians from JFK and RCK performed a theme and variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for the opening ceremony of this year’s FTK Carnival.

“Our special thank you to FTK for allowing us to continue this beautiful tradition, and congratulations to all of our students on a job well done,” said Stewart.

JFK Welcomes Vets for Celebration

JFK Welcomes Vets for Celebration

In recognition of Veterans Day, JFK welcomed local veterans for a special celebration on Nov. 9. More than 60 men and women who have served the nation participated in a parade throughout the JFK hallways to the sound of cheers from students and staff. To make the morning even especially memorable, students recited patriotic poems, and the school’s orchestra, band and chorus performed.

Alumna Perrone Stars for Belmont Abbey Field Hockey

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Alumna Perrone Stars for Belmont Abbey Field Hockey  2
High school alumna and field hockey star Angelina Perrone has been making waves in her freshman year at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Perrone, a member of East Islip’s Class of 2017, recently earned two consecutive ECAC Division II Field Hockey League Rookie of the Week honors and was named to the Second Team All-Conference.

Long Range Planning Committee Presentation

 Long Range Planning Committee Presentation
Click on the below attachment to view the East Islip School District Long Range Planning Committee's presentation from the Nov. 16 board meeting.

The presentation can also be viewed on Board Docs along with the Long Range Planning Committee report. 


Softball Team Volunteers at Redmen 5K

Softball Team Volunteers at Redmen 5K

The high school’s varsity softball team again volunteered at the East Islip Athletic Booster Club’s annual Redmen 5K race, held on Nov. 5 at Heckscher State Park. Team captain Katie Burk and assistant coach Theresa Magnani organized the volunteering event this year.

“We feel that it’s a good idea to volunteer our time here every year because the Booster Club has been very good to us these past few years,” said Burke.

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Six Spooky Stations at Timber Point’s Fall Fun House

Timber Point’s Fall Fun House featured six stations of spooky fun for all of the students to enjoy as they approached Halloween.

Senior Day Ceremony Honors 17 Students


The high school honored 17 students with a Senior Day ceremony, held prior to a recent varsity football game. The honorees included senior football players Chase Bolster, Dan Burnham, Greg Casiano, Joseph Delisi, Mike Drywa, Thomas Febbraro, Keith Flannigan, Namiek Hines, Evan Kramer, Stone Locke, Anthony Novellano, Devin Olsen, Justin Orobello, Kyle Ostrowski and Justin Taveras, and senior cheerleaders Mia DiGiovanna and Kasy Youngberg.

Rockin’ Robots at the High School


High school students in the technology education robotics class recently used their newly designed robots in a live Swept Away game competition in the school library in front of an audience of administrators and fellow students. Superintendent John Dolan, Principal William Brennan, Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer were among the administrators who also joined in on the robotics fun.

The school’s VEX-supplied robotics program used the basics of engineering, robotics and design to prepare for this fun and challenging competition. Guided by technology teacher James Connell, students learned to solve engineering problems as well as key STEM principles within a flexible curriculum.

In the culminating game of Swept Away, matches were played on an 8 x 8 square field with a dividing wall down the center. A robot was placed on each side of the field along with 12 foam soccer balls and six foam footballs, with the object of the game being to get as many balls onto the opponent’s side of the field as possible during a two-minute match. Adding to the excitement were live student emcees.


Community Book Club on Jan. 8

Community Book Club on Jan. 8

The East Islip Community Book Club's next meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom. All members of the East Islip learning community are invited to join Dr. Sara Anderson, the district's director of humanities, in a shared reading of “One for the Murphys” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

“One for the Murphys” is a moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family’s love. Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick, but the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong—until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.

See the attached flier for more information on the meeting.


Signing Is Sharing at JFK


Reciting the alphabet became a challenging and exciting task for JFK fourth-graders who recently were using American Sign Language to communicate to their peers. 

“The children were thrilled to share the letters that they learned and the new words that they could use as they ‘signed’ to one another,” said Principal Deborah Smith.

Halloween Happenings

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Middle School Classes Share Library Card Contest Win

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Middle School Classes Share Library Card Contest Win 2

Both of Jennifer Esposito and Shawnette Costarelli ‘s sixth-grade ELA classes at the middle school achieved an admirable 100 percent library card sign-up rate, making them co-winners of school librarian Valerie Ware-Comneck’s annual contest in support of Library Card Sign-up Month. Each year, the event encourages middle schoolers to obtain library cards.

“Signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning,” said Ware-Comneck.

Three Named Commended Students

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Three high school seniors – Claudia Banville, Evan Mauner and Kevin Varga – have been named Commended Students by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The three were recognized for their outstanding test results in the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, where they finished among the top 5 percent out of more than 1.4 million students nationwide participating in the competition.

Subscribe to the District E-Blast


For the occasional important (non-emergency) message from the Board of Education or superintendent, the East Islip School District will periodically initiate email communications of a districtwide nature.

Any residents interested in receiving these correspondences are encouraged to complete this form.

Parents who have previously provided the district with their email addresses have been automatically enrolled in our email messaging system. Any parent who needs to update their email address should do so through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The form linked above should only be used by community members without children in the schools.

Cheers for the Cheerleaders

Cheers for the Cheerleaders
Superintendent John Dolan recently took time to cheer on the EI 8's competition cheer team.

The Biggest Dig Pink Day Ever

The Biggest Dig Pink Day Ever

The high school’s volleyball teams partnered for the school’s biggest Dig Pink rally to date on Oct. 11, raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Across the high school, teachers, staff and students all wore pink that day to show their support for raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Student volunteers worked hard to sell T-shirts and donations to their “Dig Pink Piggy Bank,” and in the featured volleyball game, the Lady Redmen defeated Rocky Point, 3-0, to improve their record to 10-3.

“This year we were all able to meet and surpass our goal to give more than $1,000 for the cause, our biggest donation ever,” said coach Romina Ackley. “Thank you to all for helping to make strides and spike out cancer.”

Home Buyers Welcome for District Tours

Home Buyers Welcome for District Tours
If you are interested in buying a home in the East Islip area and would like a tour of the district's facilities, we would love to show you the great things going on in our schools. Please contact Superintendent John Dolan at 631-224-2010 or 631-312-0620.

A Rousing Ribbon-Cutting at TP

A Rousing Ribbon-Cutting at TP

Timber Point celebrated its brand-new playground with a memorable ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 6. Each class created thankful posters, student representatives shared their feelings about the playground, and they sang a song of appreciation to those who made the playground possible.

Rousing live music was provided by East Islip High School band director and Timber Point alumnus Christopher Neske, leading the high school’s pep band, which featured several Timber Point graduates.

“This was such a special day at Timber Point,” said Principal Danielle Naccarato. “Our ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the best of East Islip pride. Our students were able to express their appreciation to the superintendent, the Board of Education, district administrators, the community represented by our PTA, and the buildings and grounds leadership and staff who all worked together from start to finish to give us what we have today – a beautiful new playground for the students of Timber Point.”


Wednesday, December 13, 2017