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High School Musical-Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Budget Advisory Committee Presentation


HS Musical Thursday Performance Rescheduled for Sunday

This evening's performance of the high school musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

Connetquot's Birthday Boxes

Connetquot's Birthday Boxes

Last year, second-graders at Connetquot made “birthday boxes” for the Birthday Wishes organization, donating birthday items for homeless children who cannot afford their own birthday parties. These brightly wrapped “birthday in a box” packages are filled with everything necessary for a great birthday celebration.

This year, the entire school got involved. A total of 32 birthday boxes were donated from Connetquot’s kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade classes. The boxes will be distributed to needy families along with a bag of wrapped gifts for the birthday celebrant.

Sydney Berni, a second-grade student in Melissa Love’s class said of the experience, “I liked making the boxes because it helps others.”

STEM/Robotics Night Rescheduled for April 23

STEM/Robotics Night on March 21

Parents and students in grades K-12 are invited to East Islip's first annual STEM/Robotics Night, which has been rescheduled to April 23. It will be held at the high school from 6:30-9 p.m. The original date of March 21 was canceled due to weather.

The keynote speaker will be Kenneth White, director of Brookhaven National Lab Office of Educational Programs and co-chairman of the Long Island STEM Hub. He will give a presentation in the high school library at 6:30 p.m.

Students are invited to interact with high school and middle school robots that will be set up in the cafeteria along with elementary STEM projects. Fourth-grade science fair winners will display their winning projects, and high school science research students will be in attendance to discuss their research projects.

HS Clubs Celebrate Positivity on P.S. I Love You Day

HS Clubs Celebrate Positivity on P.S. I Love You Day

The high school celebrated P.S. I Love You Day with positivity and teamwork on Feb. 9, sponsored for the second consecutive year by the school’s student council, with help from members of several other clubs including STARS, Key Club, Gay-Straight Alliance and the literary magazine. In preparation for the event, East Islip students cut out purple hearts that were displayed in the main lobby, and made hundreds of purple ribbons that were distributed to students and staff.

“It was our goal to have as many clubs as possible come together to make this a success,” said adviser Jessica Pignataro. “We hope to make it bigger and better every year.”

In 2010, P.S. I Love You Day was started by West Islip teenager Brooke DiPalma, following the tragic suicides of her father and a senior at her school. The event is held annually on the second Friday of February to promote positive messages of love, acceptance and community, symbolized by the color purple.

In attendance was Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron, who spoke with the students about the day and his personal connection to the DiPalma family.

Three from EI Hockey Team Play at Suffolk All-Star Game

Three from EI Hockey Team Play at Suffolk All-Star Game

High school student-athletes Colin Cross, Logan Martenson and Will Tricarico – all members of East Islip’s junior varsity hockey team – participated in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League’s All-Star Game, held on March 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Foreign Language Week Celebration

Foreign Language Week Celebration

With enriching demonstrations of French, Italian and Spanish language and culture, as well as American Sign Language, the high school celebrated Foreign Language Week in the school’s library during the week of March 5.

Tuesday was American Sign Language Day. Students wore T-shirts with sign language messages, signed popular songs in ASL, taught basic signs and the alphabet, and played fun games with visiting fourth-graders from JFK.

For Spanish Day on Wednesday, students watched a Foreign Language Honor Society presentation in the library about the roots of flamenco dancing and how it inspired Irish step dancing. They then moved into the school’s Forum for a live performance by senior Kathryn Bingham, an accomplished Irish step dancer who competes nationally and was honored with first place in a recent competition.

“Kathryn has been dancing for 15 years, and her love of dance was evident as she danced the entire day and encouraged her peers to participate by inviting them on the stage to learn intricate dance steps,” said teacher Lisa Rapiejko.

For Thursday’s French Day, French Club members presented a French cabaret where they sang popular French songs, and Italian Day on Friday found the school’s Italian students demonstrating the tarantella dance, discussing famous singers and songs from Italian culture and teaching some basic vocabulary in Italian.

“Our students certainly enjoyed learning about different languages and cultures through engaging, fun-filled activities,” said Rapiejko.

In the event’s annual poster contest, sponsored by Dr. Janet Hiller, first place went to Joelle Tomossone, second to Emily Alexander, third to Shannon Wodicka and honorable mention to Kelli Karlin. This year’s theme was “Languages: Windows to the World.” Dr. Hiller, the district’s retired world language chairperson, provides the winners with bookstore gift cards.

High School Musical

The high school’s annual musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” will be presented on March 22, 23 and 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday performance at 2:00 p.m.
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is a comedic, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to take part in the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. In the small town of Cloisterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom? His leering rival, John Jasper? The infamous purveyor of opium and vice, Princess Puffer? The mysterious Landless twins, newly arrived from a distant land? Or someone else even more dastardly and villainous?

Dickens passed away before he was able to reveal the culprit. Rupert Holmes’ award-winning musical solves this predicament by asking the audience to not only choose which character is the murderer by putting it to a vote, but settling up who the mysterious detective and the love duet are, too. Every night could have a different conclusion!

The cast of “Drood” includes Kyle Westgate-Addessi (The Chairman), Andrew Timmins (John Jasper), Karina Gallagher (Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood), Victoria Tiernan (Rosa Bud), Sara Rapuzzi (Helena Landless), Stone Locke (Neville Landless), Katelyn Spina (Princess Puffer), Jake Acocella (Mr. Crisparkle), Sebestian Ovalle (Durdles), Michael Silva (Bazzard) and Kieran Tohill (Deputy).

Tickets are $12 and available at 631-224-2145.

Bergin’s ‘Balance’ Earns Freshman Third Place in States

Bergin’s ‘Balance’ Earns Freshman Third Place in States
High school freshman and All-County gymnast Cassie Bergin competed in the New York State girls gymnastics championships, held March 3 at Cold Spring Harbor High School, and placed third on balance beam at the with a score of 9.55. This was Bergin’s second stint on the state team; she previously was a member of the Section XI state girls gymnastic team as a seventh-grader.

Two Selected for SCALA

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Cornell and Desiderio Selected for SCALA 2
Cornell and Desiderio Selected for SCALA 3

Works by two exceptional high school student-artists – Hailee Cornell and Julia Desiderio – were recently chosen by the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association for display at this year’s All-County SCALA/BACCA Art Show Exhibition. The annual exhibition was Open to high school students in grades 9-12, the annual exhibition was presented at Old Town Hall in Babylon during February.

“The SCALA show was an astounding experience,” said Desiderio, who attends Joy Taylor’s photography class. “I was honored to be chosen and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see the perspectives of each contestant. I am proud to have received this opportunity.”

Cornell, who is enrolled in Heather Toomey’s electronic illustration class, said, “It was an honor to be chosen for the exhibition, and with my new experiences in digital arts, I am able to express myself more every day.”

“I am so proud of Hailee for her work in electronic illustration,” said Toomey. “She is an excellent student and exceptional artist. She deserves the honor of being chosen for the SCALA show and have her artwork hung with the best art students around Long Island.”

Board Business Meeting on April 19, Workshops on March 22 and April 12


The Board of Education will hold its next regular business meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace. The community is invited to attend. It will include the budget adoption and property tax report card approval.

The business meeting will be preceded by two workshop meetings at 7 p.m. , one on March 22 that will include the Budget Advisory Committee presentation, and the second on April 12 that will include the Board's response to the Budget Advisory Committee.

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


Board Honors Heroic Timber Point Teachers


Two heroic educators at Timber Point were honored for their recent first aid actions during a March 8 Board of Education meeting. Both successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver, kindergarten teacher Michele Brodtman saved a child who was choking on a Fruit Roll-Ups snack, while paraprofessional Deborah Keating saved a child who was choking on a chicken nugget during lunch.

“Both children were saved due to these amazing women jumping into action, responding to the situation without hesitation,” said Timber Point Principal Danielle Naccarato.

Also recognized during the board meeting were students who were selected for the Long Island String Festival Association and the three winners of the middle school's annual spelling bee.

New MS Robotics Program Showcased

New MS Robotics Program Showcased

Displaying a growing mastery of technology skills, middle school students recently held a demonstration of the school’s VEX-supplied robotics program, which debuted this year. This new robotics class, which is made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, meets every other day under the direction of technology teacher Hal Kench, working to perfect the skills needed to operate these machines. Both grade levels learn to work together as a team in order to successfully complete each task.

For the demonstration, the students brought their VEX robots to the middle school’s professional development room to show how they operate and what each robot has to do in order to complete its mission, lifting four colorful blocks and moving and placing them on the opposite square tile. The students then taught district administrators – including Superintendent John Dolan, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Paul Manzo, East Islip Middle School Principal Mark Bernard, and East Islip High School Principal William Brennen – how to use the robots.

“This was a true STEM event, showcasing how these students have begun to learn about building robots, and coding and programming them,” said Technology Director Israel Malinowitzer. “The adults also had a great time and tried competing with one another to see who could get all four blocks into one square tile.”

Operation Safe Child on March 31

Legislator Tom Cilmi and Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. will host Operation Safe Child at the Islip Public Library on March 31. Please see flier for details.


Boys Bowlers Finish First in County, Second in State

Boys Bowlers Finish First in County, Second in State

The high school's varsity bowling team, a perennial powerhouse under coach Bob Cheadle, finished off another season in style, being named Suffolk County champions and earning second place in New York State on March 10 in Syracuse. It was the Redmen’s second consecutive county championship – a rare feat – and its fourth in the last six years.

For the county contest, team members included seniors Justin Orobello (237.33 average in six games), James Spina (213 in six games), Eric Tadler (224.6 in five games) and Anthony Valente (245 in one game); junior Aaron Rice (213 in five games); sophomore Sonny Pico (233.67 in six games) and freshman Joe Zagari (290 in one game).

Eight from East Islip Compete in Sharpshooter Contest

Eight from East Islip Compete in Sharpshooter Contest
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Eight from East Islip Compete in Sharpshooter Contest 3

Fourth- and fifth-grade students from JFK and RCK participated in school-level competitions for the 32nd annual Town of Islip Sharpshooter Basketball Contest.

Sponsored since 1993 by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Islip Elks, the Sharpshooter “Just Say No to Drugs” program offers local students the challenge of scoring as many baskets as possible in one minute, improving their skills in basketball while providing an alternative to drug abuse.

Earning first place for JFK at the school level were fourth-graders Carley Amato and Jayden Dell Isola, and fifth-graders Kenshin Brown and Emily McIntee.

JFK runners-up were fourth-graders Kiera Bloch and Niko Meyers, and fifth-graders Ethan Benardos, Jordan Maloney and John Talt.

Earning first place for RCK at the school level were fourth-graders Jayden Maitre and Brianne Martin, and fifth-graders Thomas Costerelli and Stephanie Nunez.

RCK runners-up were fourth-graders Dylan Bayer, Grace Micali,  Matt Pesfield and Reese Varani, and fifth-graders Kara Marshall, Ryan Parker, Jaden Schmidt and Maddalena Toto.

The first-place winners from each school moved on to compete in the final round of the town-wide contest, held on March 3 at East Islip High School.

High School Club’s Coat Collection Helps Locals Stay Warm

High School Club’s Coat Collection Helps Locals Stay Warm

Students from the high school’s Interact Club recently partnered with One Warm Coat to hold a coat drive in the high school. Guided by adviser Lisa Rapeijko, more than 70 coats were collected and donated to Long Island Cares for distribution to Long Island residents.

“There is a real need for coats in our local community, and One Warm Coat’s program made it easy for us to make a difference,” said Autumn Nelson, the Interact Club’s co-president. 

“We had a goal of collecting 30 coats, and we doubled our expectations,” said Courtney Herrera, also a club co-president.

“Our students enjoy helping others in the community and appreciate knowing their efforts will ensure that coats are given to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation,” said Rapiejko.

JFK Fourth-Graders 'Escape' to Colonial New York

JFK Fourth-Graders “Escape” to Colonial New York

As part of a recent unit on life in Colonial New York, fourth-graders at JFK gathered information on the activities that Colonial-era children played to pass the time, using nothing but sticks and rocks. While investigating these pastimes, the students were also figuring out how to “unlock” an “escape box” that each learning team was assigned.

The students also learned about the many jobs – such as butchers, bakers and candlestick makers – that existed during the time period when the state’s early settlements were founded, and collected information regarding the geography of New York State in this interactive multi-sensory lesson incorporating the “escape room” concept.    

Middle School Trio Attend Day of Horn

Middle School Trio Attend Day of Horn
Eighth-graders Ameer Basher, Jake Kilrain and Damon Swinson were chosen to attend the 13th annual Suffolk County Music Educators Association Day of Horn, held recently at Northport High School. The three young middle school musicians participated in clinics and rehearsals with acclaimed guest artists, culminating in an evening concert featuring the students as part of a giant horn ensemble.

SCSSA Social Media and Security Letter

Please view the attached letters from Superintendent John Dolan and the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association.


School District Named East Islip Business of the Month

School District Named East Islip Business of the Month

The East Islip School District was honored as Business of the Month at the Feb. 27 meeting of the East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce.

“The district and chamber have been working together cooperatively for years, and this was a wonderful opportunity for the chamber to honor the district and participating students and staff for their hard work in helping to clean up the community,” said East Islip Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer. “We are working together on other projects to make the community stronger.”

Capital Improvement Bond Information Video

RCK’s Simonetti Wins Track Award

RCK’s Simonetti Wins Track Award

Danielle Simonetti, a fourth-grader at RCK, was recently named Female Youth Track Athlete of the Year by the Long Island Track and Field Association’s Youth Committee.

Simonetti, who was honored for her outstanding track achievements with the Foundation Track Club during 2017, was presented with her award while attending the annual USA Track and Field Long Island awards brunch, held on Feb. 11 at the Hofstra University Club in Hempstead.

“We are so proud of Danielle and the honor bestowed upon her,” said RCK Principal Hillary Bromberg.

Last year, Simonetti broke the eight-and-under 800-meter American indoor record with a time of 2:47.55, set at the Armory Youth Holiday Classic sponsored by NYRR.

Middle Schoolers Present Magical ‘Mermaid’

Middle Schoolers Present Magical ‘Mermaid’

In a true group effort, more than 70 East Islip Middle School students worked seamlessly to present a successful production of “The Little Mermaid” as this year’s school musical. Three magical performances were held in the school’s auditorium on February 9, 10 and 11.

“The Little Mermaid” starred sixth-grader Hanna Ross in the leading role of Ariel, eighth-grader Trevor Cox as Prince Eric, seventh-grader Tristan Hearth as Sebastian, sixth-grader Leah Dolson as Flounder, eighth-grader Emily Blair as Scuttle, eighth-grader Tim Hogan as King Triton and eighth-grader Allison Lichter as Ursula. Additional cast members included Angelina DeAmicis as Flotsam, Kristy Murphy as Jetsam, Isabelle Irizarry-McAdam as Aquata, Sydney Holmes as Andrina, Brooke Lubin as Arista, Sophia LoMonaco as Atina, Samantha Federico as Adella, Kelly Waldron as Allana, James Mendolia as Grimsby, Tim McCall as the Pilot, Alexandra Totillo as Carlotta and Andrew D’Amico as the Chef.

The cast rehearsed together for 80 hours in addition to the time they spent practicing lines, songs and dances at home, while the crew put in remarkable effort in mastering lights, sound, props and makeup. Set and costume design were handled by the musical’s assistant director, Jean Marie D’Aversa, with help from Diane Doyle.

“The passion and dedication of our students, along with many hours of rehearsal, paid off to make this show a success,” said director Alyssa Tripi. “We are very proud of every student involved.”

Milito and Montijo Chosen for NYSATA

Milito and Montijo Chosen for NYSATA

High school student-artists Jessica Montijo and Stephanie Milito were chosen for the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 28th annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition. Their artwork will be displayed from March 1-14 in the Legislative Well in Albany’s Capitol Building. The Legislative Student Art Exhibition, cosponsored by New York State United Teachers, showcases New York State’s art programs.

“I’m excited to have my work on display up in Albany for this exhibit,” said Montijo.

“I was honored to be chosen to exhibit because I want to pursue the visual arts as a career,” said Milito.

“I am so proud of Jessica and Stephanie,” said their teacher, Heather Toomey. “They are really talented and always work really hard in class. They were chosen for their high quality work and creative projects.”

Letters to Community on Building Safety and Emergency Procedures



‘Slacker’ Author Gordon Korman Visits RCK

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RCK was recently paid a visit by author Gordon Korman, sponsored by the school’s PTA. The Canadian-born Korman has written more than 80 children's and young adult fiction books, including numerous series and the recent stand-alone efforts “Slacker” (2016) and “Restart” (2017), both popular with RCK’s students.

“It was very exciting hearing from an author of books we are all reading,” said Principal Hillary Bromberg.   

Football in the Library at EIMS

Football in the Library at EIMS
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The middle school’s library staff recently prepared for Super Bowl LII with a book display, a bulletin board with playoff brackets and a “Guess the Winning Team” contest. Various prizes were given to students who guessed the winning teams each week of the playoffs. Grand prize winner Christopher Dopfel received a gift basket including a football autographed by New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings.

Middle Schooler Chosen for Day of Tuba

Middle Schooler Chosen for Day of Tuba
Ryan Renaneschi, a seventh-grader at the middle school and exceptional young musician, was selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s 37th annual Day of Tuba and Euphonium, held at Smithtown High School East. At the event, hundreds of Suffolk students gathered for a day of rehearsing, clinics and a culminating concert.

Four Seniors Go ‘APE’ with Art League Exhibition

Four Seniors Go ‘APE’ with Art League Exhibition

High school seniors Melissa Mavrich, Jordan Rant, Zoe Stengel and Jenna Tergesen have been featured in the Art League of Long Island’s 11th annual Go APE Advanced Placement Student Exhibition. The exhibit, which will run from Feb. 17 through March 4 at the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills, celebrates the exceptional talents of Long Island’s young AP art students, as selected by their teachers.

These East Islip students are enrolled in Daniel Figliozzi’s AP art 2D design course; they will attend a Go APE closing artists’ reception at the gallery on March 4. All four seniors plan to attend art school in the fall and are in the process of applying and committing to schools.

“These four girls are amazing,” said Figliozzi. “This is my fourth year teaching all of them, and they have shown amazing growth and transformation in their art practices. I was more than happy to select them for this exhibition, as it is a wonderful opportunity for them to share their work with a larger audience.”

“I’m honored to be a part of such a prestigious event and couldn’t wait to see artists’ works from other schools,” said Stengel.

She has taken nearly every art course that East Islip High School has to offer and received a 5 on her AP drawing exam last year. Stengel plans to pursue a career in illustration, and was awarded with the highest merit scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan next fall.

“I can’t believe I was given this amazing art-pportunity,” said Rant. “My artwork, ‘Peacocking,’ is based on personal experience and my interactions with the people I surround myself with.”

A skilled drawer and cartoonist with a knack for humor, Rant is likewise considering SVA, but plans to pursue cartooning. She has also been accepted to Columbia College in Manhattan and Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and is in the process of making a decision for her college career. 

“Being selected for the Go APE show was unexpected,” said Mavrich, acclaimed for her ability to create photorealistic portraits. “I feel accomplished. My artwork, ‘Emma & Jenny,’ showcases my best friend and my cousin. I captured the calmness of Emma and the energetic nature and excitement of Jenny in the work.”

Mavrich has also applied to SVA and plans to attend the fine arts program there. 

“I was excited to be able to showcase my work after four years of hard work in my art classes,” said Tergesen of Go APE. “My progression over the years has lead to an artwork that I’m really proud of. I feel accomplished that am able to show this piece alongside other AP art students on Long Island.”

Tergesen plans to pursue interior design next year and hopes to attend the New York School of Interior Design this fall.

Brunner Signs with NYIT Soccer

Brunner Signs with NYIT Soccer
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High school senior Lyndsie Brunner recently signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 14 to play soccer this fall for the New York Instititute of Technology in Old Westbury. She cited her prior training experience with NYIT Assistant Coach Karim Diallo as a factor in her choice.

Brunner, a starter on the Lady Redmen varsity team since her sophomore year, was named team captain as a senior and earned All-League status for 2017-2018. She will major in nursing while playing for the NYIT Bears.

2018-2019 School Calendar Approved

2018-2019 School Calendar Approved
At the Feb. 15 business meeting, the Board of Education adopted the 2018-2019 school calendar, attached below.


Smart Boards Bring Exciting Tech to EI Classrooms

Smart Boards Bring Exciting Tech to EI Classrooms

Since school started in September, there has been excitement in the air in East Islip’s schools revolving around the installation of Smart Boards in every classroom. This new technology was quickly embraced by teachers, who have utilized the boards in classroom instruction and lessons for everything from mathematics and literacy to music.

“Our students are engaged with writing, math, and art lessons through the use of the interactive Smart Boards,” said John F. Kennedy Elementary School Principal Deborah Smith. “Easy access to videos to highlight content area has increased students’ interest and participation. It is wonderful how much the teachers have been exploring the various applications the boards have to offer.”

In elementary band classes, East Islip student-musicians have taken advantage of a new program on the Smart Board called Smart Music. Lesson books are uploaded to the program, which follows along with a cursor while playing background accompaniment. This program also has an assessment component.

Volunteer As a First Responder

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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 say simply thank you.

Superintendent John V. Dolan

Emergency Preparedness Message from Superintendent



Wrestlers Take Six Spots at Kris McDonald Tournament

Redmen Wrestlers Take Six Spots at McDonald Tournament
The high school’s varsity wrestlers captured six spots on the podium at the recent Kris McDonald Tournament, held at Islip High School.
Finalists for the Redmen were seniors Zach Cabrera (126 pounds), Nick Picece (132 pounds) and Kiernan Stanton (220 pounds). Other East Islip place winners were sophomore Nick Agresta (182 pounds), senior Stephen Donohue (170 pounds) and junior Jonathan Guadagno (160 pounds).

MS Spelling Bee Winners

MS Spelling Bee Winners

After 17 grueling rounds, middle school seventh-grader Robert Hilbert proved the most adept at the school’s annual spelling bee on Jan. 12, taking first place out of 39 participants from sixth, seventh and eighth grades by spelling the word “hydrant.” Finishing second and third, respectively, were eighth-graders Toniann Santamaria and Steven Squillante. East Islip’s bee was coordinated by teachers Brian Deedy and Ann Mingione; Barbara Huether served as the official word announcer.

“This year's spelling bee was a tremendous success,” said Mingione. “We had many talented spellers representing our entire school body. Congratulations to all of this year's participants for an action-packed spelling bee."

After winning the middle school bee, Hilbert moved on to the first round of the Long Island regional spelling bee, held on Feb. 4 at Hofstra University, where he and 134 other competitors took a written test. Hilbert and 40 other students were then invited back to Hofstra on Feb. 11 for the final round, called the traditional spell down, where he made it through the first three rounds before finally misspelling “pizzicato.”

Photography Pair Chosen for Colors

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Two high school photography students – senior Alexa Benitez and junior Sophie Bingham – were chosen for the 20th annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit, held at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum.

This annual student art exhibition, sponsored by Astoria Bank, provides an opportunity for K-12 students to show their artwork in a museum setting. Both students along with parents and teachers have been invited to attend the reception on April 8.

Benitez, who was selected for Colors of Long Island for the second consecutive year, said, “It is an honor to have my work shown in the Long Island Museum."

“Having my work in a museum is great, and I am really happy that I was given this opportunity,” said Bingham.

“I am so proud of Alexa and Sophie for being recognized for their outstanding artwork,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “They are excellent students and dedicated to creating high quality work. The Long Island Museum provides such a wonderful opportunity for high school students to exhibit their work in a professional space.”

Four LISFA Selections from the Middle School

Four LISFA Selections from the Middle School
The middle school has garnered four student selections for this year’s Long Island String Festival Association concert. Chosen as among the best young string orchestra musicians in Suffolk County were sixth-grade cellist Ethan Greene, eighth-grade viola player Chiara Mosca, sixth-grade violinist Hanna Ross and seventh-grade violinist Keira Tantillo.

Kindergartners Begin Journey of 1,000 Books

Kindergartners Begin Journey of 1,000 Books

The district embarked on a new reading adventure this school year. The 1,000 Book Project is a voluntary, read-aloud program offered to students in kindergarten, made possible by a generous donation from the district’s From For the Kids Foundation.

At both Connetquot and Timber Point elementary schools, kindergartners were challenged to begin a journey of reading 1,000 books before they move on to the grade 3-5 buildings. To participate, students had to register for the program in their elementary building. 

The books were chosen by Sara Anderson, the district’s director of humanities alongside Connetquot Principal Danielle Flaumenhaft  and Timber Point Principal Danielle Naccarato. Each of 100 book bags provided contained 10 books, including a high quality read-aloud, two fiction read-alouds, two nonfiction read-alouds with a science or social studies focus, one counting book, one alphabet book and three titles with predictable or rhyming texts. Many of the titles were Caldecott Honor Books, Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Books or Ezra Jack Keats Honor Books.

“The heart of the 1,000 Book Project is to foster a lifelong love of reading, beginning at an early age,” said Sara Anderson, the district’s director of humanities. “The hope is that our families will enjoy the time reading together.”

Wrestlers Earn 11 League Medals


The high school’s varsity wrestling team competed in the League V championships at Comsewogue High School on Feb. 3, capturing 11 medals.

Senior captain Zach Cabrera (126 pounds) and fellow senior Kiernan Stanton (220 pounds) were both finalists in their respective weight classes. Third-place winners included senior captain Nick Picece (132 pounds), junior Jonathan Guadagno (160 pounds), and sophomore Nick Agresta (182 pounds). Earning fourth place were freshman Anthony Buccino (113 pounds), junior Rich Squeglia (138 pounds), sophomore Mark Shayew (145 pounds), freshman Michael Colon (152 pounds) and senior Isaiah Robinson (182 pounds).

All Redmen wrestlers qualified to compete in the Suffolk County championships to be held on Feb. 10 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.  

HS Tech Students Explore MTV Studios in NYC

HS Tech Students Explore MTV Studios in NYC

A selected group of 20 high school students in technology teacher James Connell’s video production, broadcast television and independent film classes recently visited the studios of MTV News in New York City. The field trip was facilitated by Dan Montalto, the digital, television video development and digital strategy director at MTV Networks, as a way for the students to examine possible future career paths.

The students also had a chance to speak with several other professionals who work at MTV News and see what their daily work lives are like, including social media manager Josh Edwards, teleprompter operator Alissa Godwin, hip-hop writer Charles Holmes, studio and lighting technician Rory Moon, video director Steven Roberts, producer Stacey Sommer and editorial director Rebecca Thomas.

The day was filled with everything from guest speakers to watching newly edited MTV News digital essays, a trip through the editing suite as well as a film shoot within their own studio room. The students’ videos (view below) were edited and delivered back to Connell’s class by the end of the day.

“I was so happy that the students got the chance to see what it’s like to work in a professional television or online studio environment,” said Connell. “Many of my students are pursuing careers within the field and got a real in-depth look into what could be their very own future employment might look and feel like.”

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JFK's Tantillo Chosen for LISFA

JFK's Tantillo Chosen for LISFA
Young violinist Ella Tantillo, a fifth-grader at JFK, was selected for this year’s Long Island String Festival Association concert, recognizing her as one of Suffolk County’s finest school string orchestra musicians. Tantillo was chosen based on recommendation from her orchestra teacher and her scores at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival.

Bond Tour and Forum Schedule

Bond Tour and Forum Schedule


East Islip Relay for Life Events


East Islip will hold a Relay for Life celebration on Saturday, May 12 from 5-11 p.m. at the high school track. Northwell Hospital will be providing financial support as well as providing food and refreshments. Relay for Life is an organization celebrating cancer survivors, and all proceeds from Relay for Life events are donated to cancer research.

An East Islip Relay for Life kick-off meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the ECC cafeteria.

Additionally, East Islip Relay for Life will hold a group outing to a Duck baseball game on Wednesday, May 16.

Please see the attached fliers for further information on these three events.


Redmen Winter Track Team Succeeds at Championships

Redmen Winter Track Team Succeeds at Championships

The high school’s boys winter track athletes competed in the Section XI Boys Indoor League Championships, held on Jan. 20 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood in front of an audience that included several alumni from East Islip’s track program.

Individual place winners for the Redmen included senior Anoune Basse, who finished second in the 55-meter dash and second in the long jump; senior Rob Skidmore, who earned third place in shot put; senior Zac Abbate, who took fourth in  high jump; and the 4x200 relay squad of junior Max Castronova and seniors Basse, Mike Drywa and Brian Snyder, who placed third. East Islip’s team finished seventh overall out of 10 teams participating.

“Our alumni came back to cheer the Redmen, and the team was excited and grateful for their loyal support,” said coach Ralph Tubello.

Eight Excellent EI Wrestlers Place at Rocky Gilmore

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With eight place winners for the day, the high shool’s varsity wrestling team were happy hosts of the 31st annual Rocky Gilmore Classic wrestling tournament on Jan. 6.

Senior Zach Cabrera placed third overall at 126 pounds. Cabrera pinned his first opponent and came from behind to earn victory over fifth seed Esteban Sandoval of Brentwood in the quarterfinals. Cabrera lost a hard-fought semifinals match but came back to face second seed Shane Santora of Bayport for third place, winning 9-3 by decision.

Sophomore Nick Agresta also placed third overall at 182 pounds. Agresta pinned Kellenberg’s Alex Cooper in 44 seconds in the quarterfinals. After losing in the semifinals, he took third with a win over second seed Malachi Lord-Kelly of Central Islip.

Other place winners for the Redmen were freshmen Emily Conlon (106 pounds), Jack Flynn (106 pounds) and Nick Vetrano (120 pounds); junior Jonathan Guadagno (160 pounds); and seniors Nick Picece (132 pounds) and Kiernan Stanton (220 pounds).

Sophomore Photog Picked for SVA Show

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“Weep for the Departed,” a photograph by East Islip High School sophomore Rebecca Bast, was recently chosen for “2017 America” at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, a show that displayed photography from high schools all across the United States.

“Rebecca is a very bright and creative student,” said her photography teacher, Joy Taylor. “I’m really proud of her and excited that she could be a part of this.”

Bast, who attended the gallery showing with her family at the opening reception at SVA, is currently attending Sunday Live classes at Fashion Institute of Technology, studying principles of design in FIT’s pre-college program. She hopes to continue her studies in the arts at East Islip.

Board Honors Advocates and Students

Board Honors Advocates and Students
The district recognized noteworthy community advocates and students at its Jan. 17 Board of Education meeting. Honored were eighth-grader and All-County gymnast Evie Orlando; high school seniors and National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students Claudia Banville and Evan Mauner; and members of the East Islip Music and Arts Program Support group, also known as eiMAPS.

O’Neill Honored with HOBY Award

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Tyler O’Neill, a sophomore at the high school, was recently named the 2017-2018 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership skills and participation in community service. O’Neill will representing East Islip at this year’s HOBY New York Metro Leadership Seminar, a three-day conference held at Adelphi University in Garden City from June 8-10.

O’Neill was selected for the award based on his entry in the school’s annual 300-word essay contest, asking students in 10th grade to describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect about being a leader in their school or community. O’Neill’s essay discussed his involvement in Boy Scouts and his experiences working with and helping younger scouts develop their skills.

“Tyler is a well-rounded young man and dedicated student,” said his guidance counselor Nicole Vincenti. “He is passionate about his service to Boy Scouts of America and is looking forward to working on his Eagle Scout project. I am very proud of Tyler and happy that he will have this amazing opportunity to attend the HOBY leadership conference.”

Each year, the Lions Club of the Islips sponsors the school’s HOBY winner and donates the expenses for attending the seminar. Lions Club representative Eugene Petraitis visited the school to congratulate O’Neill and present a check.

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.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018