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Connetquot Second Graders Visit Their Future at RCK

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In preparation for their step up to third grade in September, second graders from Connetquot visited RCK on June 8, wearing RCK spiritwear provided by Connetquot’s PTA. RCK Principal Janet Jones, social worker Brittany Hayes and third-grade student council representatives gave the younger students a tour of the entire building, including meetings with the school nurse and numerous teachers.

“These future RCK scholars asked great questions and showed sincere excitement for the upcoming school year,” said Jones. “We are looking forward to having them as part of our RCK family.”

Girls Track Team Makes History

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The high school’s girls varsity track and field team won their first league championship since 2016, defeating Westhampton Beach on June 4 by a score of 80-60. Building on this victory, the Lady Redmen continued to make history by hosting the division championships for the first time on June 9, and winning the first division championship in school history. East Islip scored a whopping 113 points, far ahead of the 72 points tallied by the second-place team.

East Islip’s squad was led by division champion Joy Petersen in the 2000-meter steeple chase and Hannah Smalley in the 800-meter. The 4x400-meter relay team of Grace Micali, Jenna Scandale, Olivia Simonetti and Smalley won the division championship and set a new school record time of 4:09.35. The 4x800-meter team of Hailey DeHaas, Petersen, Danielle Simonetti and Sam Tucci also won the division championship with a time of 10:00.84. The 4x100-meter relay team of Kayla Kniff, Melissa Mirabelli, Gianna Motto and Ayanna O’Neal took 4th place in a season best time of 52.84 seconds. 

Individual scorers included Deirdre Carney (second place in the pentathlon), Kniff (fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles), Motto (fourth in the 100-meter dash), Petersen (second in 1,500-meter), Scandale (fourth in the 400-meter and fifth in the 200-meter), Danielle Simonetti (second in both the 800-meter and 2,000-meter steeplechase), Olivia Simonetti (second in high jump and third in 800-meter), Smalley (third in 1,500-meter), Tucci (fifth in the 3,000-meter), Sophia Worst (fifth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles).

The Lady Redmen concluded their season on June 17 at the Section XI individual championships. Olivia Simonetti high jumped 5 feet 1 inch to place fifth overall. Scandale ran a personal record time of 60.33 to take sixth overall. Smalley continued her record-breaking season by taking third overall in the 800-meter with a time of 2:16.2, capping off a remarkable season in which Smalley established herself as the best 800-meter runner in school history, shattering the previous school record by over four seconds. The highlight of the Suffolk County meet was the performance of the 4x800 meter relay team of Petersen, Danielle Simonetti, Olivia Simonetti and Smalley, who won their race by a commanding 20 seconds, earning the title of county champions. Their time of 9:25.99 was the fastest in school history, and it was the first time in East Islip history that a relay team won the county championship. This 4x800 meter relay team finished their season ranked No. 1 on Long Island and No. 3 in New York State.

“This season was outstanding, and without question, the best the school has ever seen,” said coach John Reynolds. “Every day, the girls came out with a purpose and the results proved that. The bigger the meet, the better the result. They yearned for the best competition and when given the opportunity, showed they were the best kids to run in Suffolk County. I could not be prouder to have coached these wonderful young ladies. Their effort and determination showed me that they will not only be successful on the track but in whatever they put their focus to in life.”

EIMS Eighth-Grade Moving Up and Awards Ceremony

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Watch the June 21 ceremony here.

EI Wins LI Baseball Championship

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The high school’s varsity baseball team won the Long Island championship on June 20, defeating Bethpage High School 14-2 in the exciting Conference IV contest at Mitchel Field. It was East Islip’s first time being named Long Island champions since 1991.

In a fun family twist, this year’s championship team featured two brothers – senior John Rizzo Jr. (13 strikeouts in a complete game) and sophomore Nick Rizzo (2-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs) – whose father John Rizzo Sr. was a member of the 1991 champion Redmen.

“We were fortunate to have a great group of talented kids that did everything the coaches asked of them,” said coach Sal Ciampi. “In the end, all the hard work paid off. I have never felt any team was more deserving of winning a championship.”

Honor Society Inductees Recognized

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In a terrific series of outdoor ceremonies in the school’s outside sports pavilion, the high school inducted numerous deserving students into the Tri-M Music Honor Society (15 students on June 1), National Art Honor Society (52 students on June 2), World Language Honor Society (83 students on June 7), National Honor Society (66 students on June 8) and Math Honor Society (17 students on June 9). With families in attendance, the inductees were recognized and celebrated.  





Thursday, June 24, 2021