Cheerleading Championship on Feb. 25

The cheerleading team will compete in the Section XI championship at Longwood High School on Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 12 noon. A $6 admission fee will be charged.

EI Community Book Club's 'Flipped' on March 1

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The East Islip Community Book Club's next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1 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 "Flipped" by Wendlin Van Draanen.

See the attached flier for more information.

 

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Krebs Earns County Track Title

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High school senior Mike Krebs was crowned as individual Suffolk County champion in the 300-meter dash. His gold medal-winning time of 36.37 seconds far outpaced his competitors in the event, held at Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood track.

Other Redmen victors at the boys winter track county championships were the 4x200 relay team of Krebs, fellow seniors Andrew Moschetto and Mike Quast, and junior Anoune Basse, which took second place.

Moschetto came in fifth in the 55-meter dash, Basse earned fifth in the long jump, sophomore James Smalley took fifth in the 1,000-meter race, and senior Ammar Chishti finished in sixth place in the 3,200-meter contest.


RCK Third-Grader Breaks Record

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Danielle Simonetti, a third-grade student-athlete at RCK, recently broke the eight-and-under 800-meter American indoor record with a time of 2:47.55, set on Dec. 18 at the Armory Youth Holiday Classic sponsored by NYRR.

“I am so proud of Danielle,” said RCK Principal Hillary Bromberg. “She set a goal for herself and achieved it. It was quite an accomplishment.”

Finest 14 Chosen for LISFA

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Recognizing them as among Suffolk County’s finest school string orchestra players, 14 young string musicians – fifth-grader Hanna Ross; sixth-grader Keira Tantillo; eighth-graders Mia Lembo, Michelle Mirabella, Noelle Naccarato and Samantha Seibert; freshman Peter Gerace, sophomores Marcela Gallardo, Trevor Garnett and Victoria Keenan; juniors Elisa Mingo and Jessica Muroff; and seniors Samantha Smith and Devin Thelemann – were selected for this year’s Long Island String Festival Association concerts.

The students, hailing from JFK, the middle school and the high school, were chosen by LISFA based on recommendations from their orchestra teachers and their scores at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival. They were honored at the Feb. 2 Board of Education meeting.

“We are so very proud of our string students and their hard work to achieve this wonderful accomplishment,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the director of art and music. “We are forever grateful for the countless hours our teachers spent in preparing our students for these opportunities.”

Four Senior Soccer Signings

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High school seniors Jackie Carty, Rachel Florenz, Victoria Robbins and Rebecca Schreiner signed National Letters of Intent on Feb. 1 to play college soccer this fall.

Carty, a goalkeeper, will attend Molloy College in Rockville Centre. She earned All-State, All-County and All-Long Island honors during her time at East Islip, and was named 2016 Goalie of the Year. A three-sport athlete, she also played for the varsity basketball and softball squads. She will major in nursing.

“Molloy was my choice due to its strong nursing program and great coaching staff,” said Carty.

Florenz, a forward and midfielder, will attend Stony Brook University. The team’s leading scorer and a Newsday Athlete of the Week, she was named All-County in her junior and senior years. She also played club soccer for the Brentwood Youth SC. She plans to major in biology as a step toward a career in nursing.

“I picked Stony Brook for the academic programs they had to offer me,” said Florenz.

Robbins will attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. A goalie, she played club soccer for HBC Impact and served as captain of East Islip’s varsity gymnastics team. She plans to major in biological sciences.

“I liked the positive atmosphere and beautiful campus, and the team felt like family,” said Robbins regarding her choice of USC.

Schreiner, a forward, will attend Lafayette University in Easton, Pennsylvania. She played soccer for the HBC Impact club team, where she served as captain. As a member of East Islip’s varsity tennis team for four years and its captain for two, Schreiner earned All-County, All-League and All-Division honors as well as two MVP awards and the Suffolk County Girls Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award She also played on East Islip’s varsity basketball team. She plans to major in engineering.

“Lafayette is a very good academic as well as athletic school,” said Schreiner. “I will get a good education while playing high-level soccer.”

Creative Collaborating in RCK’s Makerspace

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RCK recently created a makerspace in the building for classes to visit during the school day. According to Principal Hillary K. Bromberg, the space is used in various ways, affording students the opportunity to collaborate with their classmates in problem solving for a solution to a challenge involving science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Parents and community members have helped to increase the supplies in the makerspace by donating everyday reusable materials like paper towel rolls, string, yarn, tape and paper cups.

Some of the challenges that the students have participated in include designing a realistic spider web only using dental floss, a piece of paper, and a scissor; building a straw structure that could support a tennis ball above the table for 15 seconds or more; and planning the most efficient way to build the longest paper chain in a certain amount of time.

“It’s absolutely amazing what these students are able to create when given the opportunity to explore, problem solve, collaborate and create,” said Bromberg.

Twin Titles for Varsity Bowling Teams

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The high school’s varsity boys and girls bowling teams won their respective Suffolk County championship titles at the Feb. 4 competition held at Sayville Lanes.

The boys team, led by coach Bob Cheadle, started out with a three-game morning session, scoring 1,214; 1,114; and 1,198 for a total of 3,556, which gave them a 251-pin lead. It was the highest scoring three-game set in Suffolk this year, averaging 237 per bowler. Senior Vinny Altman’s 299 score in game 3 was the highest for the entire tournament. In the three-game afternoon session, the team scored 1,052; 1,074; and 1,048 for a total of 3,174, averaging 212 per bowler. The team’s total for the tournament was 6,730, for an average of 224.3 per bowler. They won by 218 pins, earning their third county championship in the last five years.

In individual performances, excelling with consistency were Altman (1,356 for a 226 average in six games) and fellow senior Matt Waldron (1,344 for a 224 average in six games); juniors Justin Orobello (1,327 for a 221 average in six games), tournament high bowler James Spina (1,366 for a 227.7 average in six games) and Anthony Valente (912 for a 228 average in four games); and freshman Sonny Pico (425 for a 213 average in two games). 

Led by coach Harold Cooley, the girls team remained undefeated as they won their second consecutive county championship.

In the morning session, bowlers included juniors Lauren Christie (226 game and 640 series), Amanda Kreush (202 game) and Melissa Mavrich (236 game and 692 series); sophomores Julia Bocamazo (221 game and 631 series), Jenny Murphy (247 game and 662 series) and Julianna Spina (235 game and 666 series); and eighth-grader Natalie Mavrich. Afternoon scorers included Christie (228 game and 625 series), Kreush (198 game and 574 series), Melissa Mavrich (215 game and 589 series), Bocamazo (243 game and 662 series), Murphy (205 game and 562 series) and Spina (236 game and 706 series).

Over the series, individual scores in six games were tallied by Christie (1,265 for a 210.8 average), Kreush (972 for a 194.4 average), Melissa Mavrich (1,281 for a 213.5 average), Bocamazo (1,293 for a 215.5  average) and Murphy (1,224 for a 204 average), and scores in five for Spina (1,372 for a 228.6 average).

The team’s totals were 1,080 in game 1; 1,078 in game 2; 1,136 in game 3; 1,027 in game 4; 1,112 in game 5; and 1,053 in game 6 for a six-game total of 6,486, beating second-place Middle Country (6,260) by 226 pins.

In a joyful twist, East Islip siblings James Spina and Julianna Spina – both high bowlers for their teams – won county championships on the same day. They and their teammates will have the opportunity for further glory as they move on to compete in the state championships in Rochester on March 4.

Girls Track Team Earns Medals

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The varsity girls winter track and field team earned several medals at the League 3 championship meet, held on Jan. 22 at the Suffolk West Indoor Arena at Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood campus. A field of more than 800 athletes from the 10 high schools in League 3 competed in the event.

Senior Jackie Ginty won the gold medal in the 55-meter dash, setting a new Suffolk County League 3 championship meet record. Eighth-grader Hannah Smalley earned fifth-place in the 1,000-meter run. The 4x200 relay team of Mary Kate Carroll, Jackie Ginty, Katie Ginty and Bridget Welch placed second, winning silver medals.

The team met with similar success two weeks later at the Feb. 5 Suffolk small schools championship meet, also held at Suffolk West Indoor Arena. In the 55-meter dash, Jackie Ginty won the silver medal while her sister Katie Ginty finished fourth. In the 1,000-meter run, Smalley again came in fifth while Christie Czjaka finished in eighth place. Buse Dukyu took ninth place in the shot put. The 4x200 relay team of Carroll, the Ginty sisters and Welch, and the 4x400 relay team of Courtney Conway, Czjaka, Sarah DiPrima and Smalley both took fifth place in their respective races. The entire team finished in 11th place out of the 31 schools competing.

“Congratulations to all of our girls track athletes,” said coach Mike Drozd. “They did a great job for a very young team, and I wish them good luck at the state qualifier meet next Monday.”




BOE Business Meeting on March 9

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The next Board of Education business meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9 at 8 p.m. at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace.

See below attachment for a complete 2016-2017 Board meeting schedule.

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Full STEAM Ahead at JFK

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2017-2018 Calendar Approved

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At the Feb. 2 business meeting, the Board of Education adopted the 2017-2018 school calendar, attached below.

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Routing Study

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A Routing Efficiency Review (see attachment) was prepared for the district by Dan Roberts, director of professional services at Transfinder Corporation, and submitted on Jan. 27.

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Redmen Football Trio Sign Letters

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High school seniors Kyle Fleitman, Chris Higgins and Kyle Nunez –all standouts on the varsity football team – signed National Letters of Intent on Feb. 1 for National Signing Day. The three Redmen will resume their gridiron careers this fall as they continue their educations.

Fleitman, a quarterback and free safety, will attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, where he will major in business. As a member of the Redmen, he was named All-Long Island and All-County.

“Marist was the best fit for me, all around,” said Fleitman.

Higgins, a linebacker and tight end, will attend Stony Brook University, where he plans to major in business or physical therapy. At East Islip, he was recognized as an All-County and All-Division player.

“I fell in love with the school,” Higgins said of Stony Brook. “It’s great for friends and family to attend games, and the coaches and facilities are great.”

Nunez, an outside lineman, will also attend Stony Brook, where he plans to major in business. During his East Islip career, he earned All-State, All-Long Island, All-County and All-Division honors.

“It’s a top-notch academic and athletic school, and Stony Brook plays my style of football,” said Nunez of his choice. “It’s also close to home, so my parents can watch the games.”




Redmen Relay Takes Top Track Title

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Continuing a strong winter track tradition, the varsity boys 4x200 relay team – junior Anoune Basse and seniors Mike Krebs, Andrew Moschetto and Mike Quast – earned the league title by finishing first at the Section XI Boys Indoor League Championships, held at Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood campus on Jan. 22.

Basse also finished third in the long jump and sixth in the 55-meter dash; Krebs finished fourth in the 55-meter dash and fifth in the 300-meter dash; and Moschetto finished third in both the high jump and 55-meter dash.

Other top Redmen competitors at the event included sophomore James Smalley, who finished fourth in the 1,000-meter race; and senior Ammar Chishti, who finished fifth in the two-mile run.

“Congratulations to all the league champs and place winners,” said coach Ralph Tubello.


FTK 20th Anniversary Gala to Be Held March 18

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East Islip's For the Kids Foundation will hold its 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, March 18 at Land's End in Sayville. The theme will be "An Evening in Capri." Sherri Beltrami and Christine Cirillo will be honored as Educator Advocates of the Year, and Nancy Goldfader will be honored as Community Advocate of the Year. Gala invitation attached below.

Click here for further information on FTK.

 

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Singing Bus Driver Pays Tuneful Visit to Timber Point

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Timber Point’s PTA recently presented a visit from Joe Guida, known as “The Singing School Bus Driver.” He talked about bus safety and sang songs about the rules of riding the bus as the students sang along and danced with their teachers.

Guida, the author of “The Legend of the Moonflower” and a mainstay among Long Island’s children’s music performers, has released several albums including “The Singing School Bus Driver,” “Children’s Songs for the School Calendar,” “Classroom & Party Songs” and “Songs for the 100th Day Celebration.”

“It was awesome, the kids loved it,” said PTA President Susan Kiernan.

Lenox's Leadership Led to HOBY Win

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High school sophomore Jolie Lenox was chosen as the school’s 2016-2017 recipient of the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership skills and participation in community service. Representing East Islip, she will attend the HOBY New York Metro Leadership Seminar, a three-day conference held at Adelphi University in Garden City from June 9-11.

The award, open only to students in 10th grade, is sponsored every year by a donation from the Lions Club of the Islips. Lions Club representative Eugene Petraitis paid the school a visit to present a check to cover the expenses for Lenox to attend the seminar in June. 

Founded in 1958 by civic-minded actor Hugh O’Brian, HOBY’s mission is to inspire a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Programs like the Adelphi seminar provide selected students with unique leadership training and motivation-building experiences.

“We congratulate Jolie and know she will make East Islip proud,” said her guidance counselor, Jennifer Salvaggio.



Legislator Cilmi Moderates Powerful Classroom Debate

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Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi visited the high school’s Participation in Government classes on Dec. 4 to conduct a formal debate on the death penalty, presented by the East Islip School Business Partnership. Legislator Cilmi was the moderator for the debate, which showcased the vast amount of topical research that the students conducted beforehand.

“Legislator Cilmi was impressed by the knowledge of the students and pleased with their debate skills and questioning,” said teacher Bridget Lopiccolo. “We are very proud of the students and the work they did to participate in the debate. We also appreciate all the work that Legislator Cilmi did to help us with this very powerful lesson.”


Four Wrestlers Place at Rocky Gilmore

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The high school’s varsity wrestling team hosted the 30th annual Rocky Gilmore Classic wrestling tournament on Jan. 7, walking away four place winners.

Senior Ethan Addeo (16-5) placed second overall at 152 pounds.  Addeo, who has a team leading 11 pins on the season, pinned his first three opponents, including a pin over third seed Jose Dejesus of Central Islip in the semifinals. In the finals, he lost a tough match to Malcolm Bunce of Central Islip, 12-3. 

Junior Rob Condon (10-6) pinned his first two opponents, including a pin in in the 285-pound semifinals over top seed Brian Plietez of Brentwood.  In the finals, Condon lost 2-1 in double overtime to Bob Christ of Mount Sinai.

Other place winners for the Redmen were junior Nick Picece (15-5) who wrestled at 120 pounds and finished in third place overall, and senior Kai Brothers (7-5), who wrestled in the 220-pound division and came in a solid fourth.

Half Hollow Hills East won the tournament for the second year in a row with 265 points.

At HS, AP Capstone Proves Challenging and Innovative

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Last fall, the high school began its first year with AP Capstone, and the College Board program has proven both challenging and innovative. The program is comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. East Islip was accepted to be an AP Capstone school in the fall of 2015, and was one of less than 700 schools in the United States offering this program during the 2016-2017 school year.

According to Janet Jones, the district’s director of math and science, East Islip’s AP Capstone program provides unique research opportunities that focus on collaborative teamwork and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges.

“It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions,” said Jones.

The school’s first AP Capstone students are currently taking AP Seminar, and recently began their required practice presentations, researching and presenting arguments for topics such as “Should GMOs Be Funded by Government?” and “Can Humans Reverse the Sixth Extinction?” 

Kathleen Dinota, the teacher of AP Seminar, grouped the students based on possible connections between chosen topics. The students were then asked to collaborate and find solid connections based on facts. These connections were then compiled and put into seamless, professional PowerPoint presentations that accompanied a timed verbal description of the group’s support of their chosen argument.

“Our AP Capstone students spoke with self-assurance, conviction and astuteness thus making them one step ahead of the rest in terms of college and career readiness,” said Jones.

Embers Draws Audience of Over 750

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Every year, high school students in teacher James Connell’s video production and broadcast television classes take the reins to produce and film their own live variety show program, Embers Coffee House. Throughout the morning, their classmates cycle in and out of the broadcast room, serving as an appreciative student audience. More than 750 students attended this year’s Embers.

Student performers– ranging from musicians to comedians – included Mal Brewster-Holland, Amber Carr, Gabriella Commisso, John Fasano, Evan Mauner, Annie McClain, Isaiah Robertson, Katie Spina and Damian Vargas. Working hard to ensure the event ran smoothly were student staff members such as producers Sarah Hillman and Tommaso Rotella, technical director Meaghan McCaffrey, audio technician Bailey Nelson, barista Rob Iadanza, and hosts Vincent Hardy, Steven Murello, Noah Palmieri and Betsy Ruhrold.

“Everyone really enjoyed the event,” said Connell. “My special thanks go out to all of the performers and staff for working at Embers, the teachers who brought their classes, as well as the high school administration who help us run a safe and enjoyable event each year.”

Photography Students Enjoy Lennon’s Lighting Workshop

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The high school’s photography classes recently participated in a hands-on workshop about lighting with a returning visitor, local wedding photographer, John Lennon. The students were given a chance to use Lennon’s professional camera and lighting equipment, enhancing their technical skills.

“It was such a wonderful experience to have Mr. Lennon come back again this year,” said teacher and Photography Club adviser Heather Toomey. “The students and I learned so much from him.”

“It was great to work with Mr. Lennon and to hear his thoughts on the importance of photographic lighting,” added teacher Joy Taylor. “It is always exciting to hear from professionals and have them share their expertise with our students."

“It was an interesting and fun learning experience that introduced us to new techniques and equipment,” said student Alana Fiederlein. 

“I got to learn about things that I wouldn’t have had the chance to, because of his equipment,” said her classmate John Camlet. “I can't wait until he returns next year.”




Kindergarten Registration in March

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Please see the attached document for information on kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year, which will take place from March 6-10.

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Author Adam Gidwitz Holds Writing Workshop at MS

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Monday, February 20, 2017