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Seniors Named Scholar Artists

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High school seniors Caroline Meehan and Jessica Montijo were recently named Award of Merit recipients as part of the Long Island Scholar Artist program. Sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance, this annual program recognizes students who excel academically and in the arts. Meehan earned the designation in the visual arts category, Montijo in media arts. Both students were honored at a Sept. 11 induction ceremony at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

“These two are phenomenal and inspiring to be around,” said art teacher Daniel Figliozzi. “It has been a pleasure to work with them these last three years and I’m excited to continuing working with them this year. Watching them grow as artists and as individuals has been a wonderful experience for me, as their teacher and their friend. They both worked tirelessly last year to create amazing bodies of artwork that showcase their unique conceptual visions and strong technical abilities. My fellow teacher Heather Toomey has been a great mentor to them and continues to help our advanced placement students every year. We couldn’t do it without her.”

“We are so honored that Jessica and Caroline were recognized for these prestigious awards,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages. “It is a direct reflection of our teachers’ passion for their craft and highlights our program opportunities here at East Islip. We are fortunate to work with wonderful teachers who have such a positive impact on our students. East Islip is very proud of Caroline and Jessica and we know that their futures are bright.”

Jakits Wins First Place Award at Long Island Fair

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High school art student Emma Jakits recently received a first place award from the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties at the 2019 Long Island Fair.

“I was so surprised that I was chosen,” said Jakits. “It was really cool seeing my work with the blue ribbon on it at the exhibit.”

“I’m excited to have Emma in my Photography 2 class this year,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “She is so talented, and I know everyone will see more of Emma’s amazing work this year."

FTK's Taste of Life Event on Nov. 4

Please join us for FTK's fourth annual Taste of Life event on Nov. 4. Please see the attached brochure for more information.


New Telephone Directory

The district telephone directory has been updated, under the District tab.

The Joy of Reading at JFK

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Students at JFK recently had the opportunity to attend a PTA-sponsored book fair and celebrate the joy of reading.

“The smiles on the children’s faces as they read through the many books offered, reflected how happy they were to start the year by choosing a brand new book,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “The teachers were equally excited to find new and interesting titles that they could add to their classroom libraries. The wonder of books continues with so many topics that the children are fascinated by and literature that is capable of fostering memories that will last a lifetime.”

Thursday, October 17, 2019