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Board of Education 18-19 Organizational Meeting

The Islip Board of Education will hold their organizational meeting for the 2018-19 school year on Monday, July 2nd beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Islip Middle School Library. A regular business meeting will immediately follow the organizational meeting. We hope you are able to join us.

Flag Flies High at Commack Road’s Patriotic Celebration

Flag Flies High at Commack Road’s Patriotic Celebration

Patriotic students and community members joined together at Commack Road for a high-flying Flag Day celebration on June 14, beginning with a march and flag-raising with members of the local American Legion Rusy Bohm Post 411, led by Commander Dominick DeCrescenzo. Flags lined the bus loop, each representing a member of the Commack Road extended family.

“Just as these flags lining the loop symbolize our Commack Road veterans, the flag that we salute each day is symbolic of many things,” said Cameron. “I personally see our flag as representative of our history, but it also represents our future.”

Second-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language, and the CRES TrebleMakers vocal ensemble provided stirring music, from “The Star-Spanged Banner,” where the singers were joined by the school’s Level II band, to “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “God Bless America,” “God Bless the USA” and “America the Beautiful.”

Student awards were presented to second-grade contest winner Jake Kelly, third-grade contest winner Daniela Capolongo, fourth-grade contest winner Emily Martinez, fifth-grade contest winner Mia Vale, academic award winner Amy Marconi and music award winner Julian Vitucci.

In attendance were family members of the school’s former principal, Jeanette Feminella, as well as Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Town of Islip Councilman John Cochran.

Said Cilmi in his address, “This is a tradition that began many, many years ago under the leadership of my dear friend, Jeanette Feminella, who is no longer with us, but I know she is smiling down upon us today as we celebrate our great flag. Forever is a long time, but I sincerely hope this celebration goes on forever. There is nothing more heartwarming to me, nothing that makes me prouder, than to see hundreds of children saluting our flag and remembering all those who fought and died for our country and the ideals that the flag represents.”

 




Christian Muller Earns Prestigious Pair of Service Awards

Christian Muller Earns Prestigious Pair of Service Awards
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In a testament to his strong character and dedication to his community, high school student Christian Muller has won the Congressional Award Silver Medal, recognizing his achievements in public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration; as well as the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious civil award bestowed by the U.S. president to honor outstanding volunteerism.

Bienkowski and Franco Honored at Dellecave Awards

Bienkowski and Franco Honored at Dellecave Awards
High school seniors Michael Bienkowski and Hannah Franco were recognized as nominees at the 18th annual Butch Dellecave Awards, hosted by the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk on June 10 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. For this award, named for coach and educator Gaetano “Butch” Dellecave, each Suffolk County school district nominates one male and one female student who excel athletically and academically, and show great character and integrity.


Boys Lacrosse Team Are 2018 State Champions

Boys Lacrosse Team Are 2018 State Champions
The high school’s boys varsity lacrosse team are now state champions. The Bucs defeated Westhill, 9-3, at St. John Fisher College in upstate Pittsford on June 9 to earn their very first Class C state championship title in school history, following their first county and Long Island wins.  


SAT Opportunity at IHS

Please see the letter from Dr. Semel linked below regarding an opportunity for next year's seniors to take the SAT in school in October 2018.

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Meet the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Meet the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Class of 2018 Valedictorian
Class of 2018 Salutatorian

The high school’s Class of 20186 valedictorian and salutatorian are Julia Hormann and Madeline Marconi, respectively.

Hormann, who earned a 105.12 weighted GPA, is the president of the school’s STEM Academy and Science Olympiad team, and vice-president of the National Honor Society. She is the captain of the varsity tennis team and performed in Islip’s school musicals. Hormann will attend College of Charleston Honors College this fall, where she will major in biology. She plans to join the college’s pre-health advising program and pursue a career in immunotherapy and cancer research as a physician assistant or pediatric oncologist.

Marconi, an AP Scholar with Distinction who finished with a 104.73 GPA, serves as co-president of the school’s Math Honor Society, vice-president of the National Honor Society, and youth co-president of the Islip Drug Education Awareness Community Task Force, as well as a member of the World Language Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Peer Ambassadors, and the school’s pit orchestra and varsity cheerleading team. She won the University of Rochester’s Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Bertie Green Travel Award. Marconi will attend Yale University in the fall, majoring in architecture.



Two Dozen Islip Seniors Earn Spots in the Top 10%

Two Dozen Islip Seniors Earn Spots in the Top 10%

A total of 24 seniors at the high school were recently recognized for placing in the school’s top 10 percent, including valedictorian Julia Hormann and salutatorian Madeline Marconi, as well as Ryan Abravanel, Jeffrey Atlas, Amanda Burke, Grace Constantino, Kathleen Donahue, Madeline Edwards, Rafael Gonzalez, Ashley Howell, Sheila Kiernan, Nikolas Kinalis, Kevin Lewis, Olivia Lorenz, George Magagnoli, Morgiana McDevitt, Kyle Ness, Corrin Petrucci, Jillian Piano, Olivia Schadt, Ryan Scheidel, Sean Skahan, Faith Terrill and Anthony Zavala.

“These determined students have worked very hard to become our top academic achievers,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “We know they will succeed at their future goals.”




Book Clubs at Elementary Schools

CRES second graders (left to right) Brandon E., Andrew A., Hailey F., Daniel L., Parker J., and Qiana J. at the final session of their Book Club

All of Islip's elementary schools offered afterschool book clubs for students this year. These clubs were funded through the district’s Title I grant. Pictured here are Commack Road's second-graders enjoying their final session.



Free Dental Services in August

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine is offering free dental services for children ages 1-17 on Tuesday, August 28th as part of the "Give Kids a Smile!" initiative. Please see the flyer linked below for more information on how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

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Dashing to Defeat Disease: Wing Takes on NF

Dashing to Defeat Disease: Wing Takes on NF
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Dashing to Defeat Disease: Wing Takes on NF 3

Bringing awareness to neurofibromatosis, often abbreviated as NF, students at Wing learned about the disease during the month of May and collected coins to help fund Children’s Tumor Foundation conduct research to find a cure. At library time, the students read a book about an Islip student with NF and received coloring books with facts about the disease. Each week in May, students shared facts about NF during morning announcements. To culminate NF Awareness Month, Wing’s students ran a “Hero Dash,” complete with capes and a visit from Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi.

“Wing students are everyday heroes,” said teacher Lisa Dieumegard.


Pond Day Participation Removes Invasive Irises

Pond Day Participation Removes Invasive Irises

The high school’s Keep Islip Clean student members celebrated the 12th annual Pond Day experience on May 23 at the Seatuck Environmental Association’s Scully Estate in Islip.

During the event, students assisted Seatuck personnel in the removal of an invasive species of swamp iris originally from Asia. The irises are filling in the property’s wetlands areas and competing with native plants by taking up valuable space and resources. Students removed enough invasive plants to fill an entire dumpster.

Lauren Cottral, a KIC junior commissioner said, “I got dirty, but it was for a great purpose – removing invasive species from Long Island!” 

After the cleanup, students participated in a press conference celebrating World Turtle Day, where legislation for the protection of diamondback terrapins was introduced. Terrapins, an endangered species of aquatic turtle, accidentally get caught in Long Island crab traps as by-catch. Very little is known about their life cycle and habits, but they are essential in controlling snail populations that feed on dune grass, which protects Long Island from erosion during storms. Islip students witnessed the implementation of a new law that requires fisheries to include turtle excluder devices, or TEDs, on their crab pots. 

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s Pond Day,” said junior Ahkayla Davies.


Boys Lax Team Win First-Ever County and LI Titles

Boys Lax Team Win First-Ever County and LI Titles

The high school’s boys varsity lacrosse team has won its first-ever county and Long Island titles. After beating Pelham High School on June 6 in Albany in the state semifinals, 14-4, the Bucs will challenge Westhill for the state title on June 9 at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

At the exciting Long Island Class C championship game, held on June 2 at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University, a goal by senior Jeff Atlas with 7.4 seconds to go earned the Bucs the 8-7 victory over Cold Spring Harbor.  Also scoring for Islip were Mike Bienkowski, Chris Giuliani, Joe Juengerkes, Bailey Kolovich and Jack Lizzul.

Guided by coach Keith Scheidel, second-seeded Islip beat Bayport-Blue Point by 10-7 in the May 23 county semifinal, paced by four goals and an assist from Juengerkes.  On May 28, the Bucs won the county championship with a 6-5 victory over top-seeded Mount Sinai.


Commack Road’s TrebleMakers Say YES to Volunteering

Commack Road’s TrebleMakers Say YES to Volunteering

Led by director Mike Baur, the TrebleMakers chorus group from Commack Road attended the opening day celebration of the League of YES on May 5, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The League of YES, founded in 2010 as The Miracle League of Long Island, is a non-competitive baseball league for children with special abilities; each player gets up to bat and scores a home run. The focus is on participation and fun.

After the anthem, many of the young singers then stayed to be “buddies” for the League’s special needs athletes, protecting the players from flying balls, assisting them at bat and with getting around the bases after they hit their home run, and joining them on the field to help them field the opposite team’s hits.

“I am so humbled to be able to work with such talented singers, but what impresses me more than anything they do with music is the quality of their character,” said Baur. “To see them interact with children that they do not even know and that have disabilities, and to be their buddy for a day, tells me so much about their character.”




Rebecca Angelou Wins SkillsUSA Advertising Design Competition

Rebecca Angelou Wins SkillsUSA Advertising Design Competition

Islip High School student Rebecca Angelou, who is enrolled in the art, design and visual communications program at Eastern Suffolk BOCES Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, received a gold medal for her first place win in the New York State SkillsUSA advertising design competition, held recently in Syracuse.

The competition consisted of a written exam, assessing general knowledge of advertising design, and a skills performance portion. Participants had to design an existing advertisement and develop a new creative design. To win, Angelou was required to demonstrate her mechanical skills on the computer, understanding of advertising design industry terminology and concepts, and demonstrate a professional presentation and technical execution of the comprehension within a specified amount of time.

Angelou will be attending the SkillsUSA National Skills & Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of June, competing against students from across the United States.


Important Letter - Season Two of 13 Reasons Why

Please see the letter linked below from Dr. Ellen Semel, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, regarding the second season of the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why"

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Educational Eating: Sixth-Graders Take Walking Food Tour of Islip

Educational Eating: Sixth-Graders Take Walking Food Tour of Islip

Sixth-graders in the district’s EXCEL program took a wonderful walking food tour on Islip’s Main Street on May 18, accompanied by EXCEL coordinator Julia Johnson and FACS teacher Natalie De Sena.

The 25 participating middle schoolers began their day with an educational visit to Tellers steakhouse. Next door at the Italian restaurant Verace, they learned how to make meatballs with Executive Chef Mike Maneri. Lunch at Pizza Parm was up next, where the students watched Pizza Parm General Manager Lorenzo Magliulo toss pizzas. He gave them a ball of raw dough to examine before they chowed down on fresh pies and garlic knots. The tour concluded with a stroll down to Coyle’s Ice Cream, where they learned how to make ice cream and decorate cakes with John Proto. 

“The planning was a year in the making,” said Johnson regarding the tour. “Natalie and I started working on it last spring. We thought a walking food tour would be an ideal way to connect kids with their community and to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of people pursuing their passions and the business of owning and running a restaurant or local business. It was a huge success and we hope to make it an annual trip.”

 




Juniors Learn to Network

Juniors Learn to Network

The high school recently held an interviewing and networking event for juniors, hosted the Islip School to Careers Partnership. Professionals from within the district as well as guests from the Town of Islip, Suffolk County’s legislature and department of civil service, Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital, LIU Post and Youth Enrichment Services participated in various workshops with the students.

The interviewing workshops entailed watching and critiquing mock interviews, learning about college admissions interviews, and discussing civil  service careers and opportunities. The networking portion, held in the school’s gymnasium, featured stations that the students rotated through. The stations were designed to prompt the students to communicate, solicit information about others, answer questions about themselves and feel comfortable speaking to people they may not necessarily talk to on a daily basis.

“This day was designed to prepare juniors for upcoming job and college interviews, as well as learning interpersonal communication and networking skills,” said business teacher Renee Clock, who co-chairs the School to Careers Partnership with Assistant Principal Curtis Juengerkes.




A Spectacular Stony Brook Season of Lacrosse for Islip Alumni the Ohlmiller Sisters

A Spectacular Stony Brook Season of Lacrosse for Islip Alumni the Ohlmiller Sisters

Sisters Kylie Ohlmiller and Taryn Ohlmiller – both Islip High School alumni – were integral parts of the Stony Brook University women’s lacrosse team’s success this year. At an April 21 home game against UMBC, Kylie, a senior and the Seawolves scoring leader, broke two NCAA records and became the Division I women’s lacrosse all-time leader in career points and career assists. Scoring eight points in the game, she was named National Player of the Week. Taryn, a sophomore, scored three goals and two assists.

At Islip, Kylie was lacrosse team captain for her final three years, scored 255 goals, was a US Lacrosse All-American and two-time Academic All-American, was named to the All-Long Island team and earned All-County status four times. She also captained the volleyball and basketball teams during her senior year.

Kylie’s many honors at Stony Brook include National Player of the Week; ECAC Rookie of the Week; America East Most Outstanding Player, Offensive Player of the Week; Rookie of the Week, Rookie of the Year, first-team all-conference and All-Championship Team; IWLCA Division I Attacker of the Year, Player of the Week, and first-team All-American; and Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team. In 2017, she broke the single-season points and assists records; this year, she became the first female athlete at Stony Brook to receive her own bobblehead.

Taryn, a two-time captain at Islip, likewise had a memorable high school career. She was named Under Armour All-American, All-Long Island and second-team All-Metro, with four All-County selections and two All-League. She also was a important part of Islip’s basketball – where she earned All-County honors – and volleyball team.

In her two years at Stony Brook, Taryn was named third-team IWLCA All-American, America East Rookie of the Year, first-team all-conference, and all-rookie team. Her 101 points – ranking second among all Division I freshmen – were the most by a freshman in Stony Brook history. 

“These two young ladies have become spectacular athletes,” said Islip Superintendent Susan Schnebel, who was in attendance at the April game to cheer on the sisters.

Stony Brook’s spectacular record-breaking year came to an end on May 19 as the fifth-seeded Seawolves were defeated 12-11 in overtime by Boston College in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. They finished the year with an enviable 20-1 record. In her final appearance for Stony Brook, Kylie scored two goals and three assists, finishing her college lacrosse career with 498 points and 246 assists, both new NCAA Division I records. Taryn was unable to play in the quarterfinal game due to a torn ACL.

Kylie, a 2017 finalist (the first in Stony Brook history), has again been chosen as one of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award for best player in collegiate lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Foundation will announce the 2018 winner on May 31.  





NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program photo

The district has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation, recognizing’s Islip’s outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation, now in its 19th year, is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Islip answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music instruction has always been a part of the fabric here in Islip,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Being recognized for our diligence on a national level strengthens our resolve to continue this important work.”


Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Six student-athletes from the district participated in the Special Olympics 2018 Spring Games South, hosted by Hampton Bays High School on May 6. This is the second year that Islip’s students have competed in Special Olympics events.

Members of the Islip Booster Club, led by President Terry Going initiated and organized the district’s Special Olympics activities, supported by Islip’s SEPTA. Volunteer coaches Dave Clapps, Marissa Peterson and Patty Whitehouse trained the student-athletes for the games. Islip students and staff also volunteered, supporting the students and their families at the event. 

“The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic completion in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” said Kate O’Callaghan, Islip’s executive director for student support services. “This gives them continuing opportunities to develop fitness and courage as they participate in the games with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”





Excellent Equestrian Finishes 18th in the Nation

Excellent Equestrian Finishes 18th in the Nation
Excellent Equestrian Finishes 18th in the Nation
High school sophomore Sophia Mirando, a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s high school equestrian team, recently placed 18th out of 1,863 riders in her division at the IEA national championships, a tremendous accomplishment.

Five from High School Sign Letters of Intent

Five from High School Sign Letters of Intent

Five senior athletes from the high school signed national letters of intent on May 11 to play for colleges this fall. Soccer player Julia DeSantis will attend Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh; baseball players Brandon Di Mauro and Brandon Ruland will both attend LIU Post; softball player Julia Price will attend Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts; and track and field athlete Kristen Thomas will attend SUNY Plattsburgh.

“We congratulate them and look forward to following the college careers of these exceptional Islip student-athletes,” said Islip Athletic Director John Sparacio.






Middle Schoolers Take on Plastics for Earth Day

Middle Schoolers Take on Plastics for Earth Day

Eighth-grade life science students at the middle school prepared for Earth Day last month by participating in the school’s annual on-campus cleanup of Orowoc Lake. Equipped with waders, nets and buckets, students braved cool weather and chilly waters as they removed plastic bottles and plastic bags from the lake.

“They were amazed by the amount of plastic trash that collected in the very waters that they had grown to love and appreciate this year,” said teacher AnnMarie Mills. “This outdoor activity supported the lessons taught inside the classroom that focused on the harmful effects that these plastics have on our environment, especially plastic bags.”

The Seatuck Environmental Association enlisted the help of the life science students for their ninth annual Eco-Carnival by requesting that the eighth-graders design a “plastic bag garland” that would spur interest and curiosity in the event’s visitors.

“Our students were eager to help support the organization and immediately went to work,” said Mills. “They were so enthusiastic that the garland grew to a whopping 400 feet. Fellow students and educators gasped as they walked past room 105 and their response inspired the idea of displaying this seemingly never-ending garland on Main Street for all to see.”

On April 20, the school erected a plastic bag art instillation along the fence that lines Main Street with the hopes of generating awareness of society’s dependence on plastic. Multiple classes had the opportunity to walk through the fluttering bags on the windy day.

“The students described the experience as powerful, saddening and amazing,” said Mills. “The honking response of community members as they drove by generated as sense of validation, that this war on single-use plastics is supported by many and once again, the opinions and voices of our generation are being heard.”

A Pedestrian Presentation for Wing’s Students

A Pedestrian Presentation for Wing’s Students
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Suffolk County Department of Health educator Robin Spencer recently offered pedestrian safety lessons to students in grades K-2 at Wing. The visit was a result of a New York State Highway Safety grant awarded to Wing by the department.

Spencer spoke with students in each Wing classroom, touching on topics such as crossing at the corner, wearing light colors at night and what to do when there is no sidewalk.

“These lessons gave the students an opportunity to have direct instruction about pedestrian safety and the potential hazards near roads,” said first-grade teacher Lisa Dieumegard. “We encourage the children to play outside, so we need them to be conscious of their surroundings and how to navigate the area around them. The lessons increased their awareness of the world around them.”


High Schoolers Donate More Than 200 Jeans to the Homeless

High Schoolers Donate More Than 200 Jeans to the Homeless
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High school students in teacher Renee Clock’s Junior Chamber of Commerce Club donated 220 pairs of denim jeans to Tim Mare of the Town of Islip Youth Bureau its Teens for Jeans campaign. The students were also assisted by Doris Kennedy of Bay Shore’s Kennedy L.I. Realty and Suffolk County legislators Tom Cilmi and Steven Flotteron, whose offices served as drop-off sites. The jeans will be donated to local youth living in homeless shelters.

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival
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Bringing together hundreds of young orchestra musicians from several of the district’s buildings, the recent annual spring districtwide String Festival continued a tradition of giving student string players a chance to shine as well as perform as a massed group.

“The String Festival gives older students an opportunity to appreciate how far they’ve come as musicians, while giving younger students the opportunity to see what they can become with practice,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “The opportunity to play as part of an orchestra of 200 caps off a singular musical event for the district.”


‘Pippin’ Proves Magical

‘Pippin’ Proves Magical

The high school’s theater company performed magic, bringing the play “Pippin” to life for three superlative performances on April 12, 13 and 14. The production was the culmination of long hours of planning and practice by the young actors enrolled in Dr. Rich Harris’ theater production course, which was first offered several years ago to provide Islip’s high schoolers with an opportunity to better understand the roles and responsibilities of a professional theatrical production.

“Pippin”, written by Stephen Schwartz from a Roger O. Hirson book with additional contributions from original director Bob Fosse, first hit Broadway in 1972, earning a Tony Award and its place in the pantheon of beloved musicals.

“The outstanding cast and crew handled scenery, costumes, music, lighting, sound, public relations, and of course, singing and acting, with impressive determination,” said Superintendent Susan Schnebel, who had memorably attended the original New York City production of “Pippin” back in 1973. “They wove their talents into the unconventional script and score with great passion and professionalism.”





EXCEL Students Catch a (Virtual) ‘Breakout’

EXCEL Students Catch a (Virtual) ‘Breakout’

Middle schoolers in the district’s EXCEL program for the academically gifted recently had a chance to work with a “breakout box,” an immersive learning games platform from Breakout EDU. The students had to use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box.

Afterwards, as part of EXCEL’s ongoing “Inventing Self” series, the students were treated to a virtual meeting with a surprise guest via Google Hangouts. The students had to figure out who the mystery guest was, where he was and why he was there. Through a series of perceptive questions, the students deduced the identity of the guest, Breakout EDU founder and CEO James Sanders of San Francisco, California.

Sanders began his education career as a middle school history teacher in South Los Angeles, where he worked with Google to pilot and launch Chromebooks for Education. As a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, he he led the development of Future Ready Schools and the White House Film Festival. His inspirational virtual talk with the Islip students addressed the idea of embracing setbacks, touching on how his experience with failure served him well in paving the path that led to his great success as an entrepreneur.

“Having successful real world giants like Mr. Sanders speak so openly and honestly with students about the non-linear pathway to success and happiness is what Inventing Self is all about,” said Julia Johnson, the EXCEL program’s coordinator.






Dr. Ellen Semel Named Islip Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Ellen Semel Named Islip Superintendent of Schools

The Board of Education appointed Dr. Ellen Semel as the next superintendent of schools at its April 18 meeting, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Semel has served as the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction since 2006, and is responsible for K-12 curriculum, instruction, assessment and data initiatives, and professional development. Dr. Semel has more than 35 years of experience in education and an extensive background in curriculum development.

“After a comprehensive and intensive search, as well as interviews with multiple candidates, the school board agreed that the most qualified candidate for the position was one of our own administrative team members,” said Board of Education President Brian Clock. “She emerged as a student-centered instructional leader who embraces our supportive community and is committed to educating the whole child in ways that empower and challenge our students.”

Dr. Semel has been with Islip for 12 years. During her tenure, she supervised the mapping of curricula in all areas and implemented a quality leadership curriculum. Under her direction, she introduced Reading and Writing Workshop to K-8 students, PSAT to all high school students and interactive whiteboards for instruction, including 15 hours of professional development, for all teachers. At the high school level, Dr. Semel launched a cosmetology career program, provided computer-driven SAT prep and coordinated Academy programs.

Dr. Semel, an Amityville resident, holds a Doctor of Education degree in literacy from Hofstra University and a Master of Science degree in administration from LIU Post.

“I am delighted to be chosen as the next superintendent for the Islip School District,” said Dr. Semel. “For the last 11 years, I have worked closely with a wonderful administration team and dedicated staff who enrich the lives of students daily. I am looking forward to forming partnerships with our students, staff and community and continuing our commitment to excellence as your superintendent.”


SCPD Canine Unit Visits High School

SCPD Canine Unit Visits High School

The district continued its partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department on April 19, with the department’s Canine Narcotics Unit conducting a sweep of student lockers at Islip High School. This is the second year that the district and the SCPD have worked together to bring the Canine Unit to the high school.

While students and staff were in their classrooms, two highly trained dogs and their handlers moved throughout the hallways and empty locker rooms. These dogs are able to detect illegal, unlawful or unauthorized substances, but after a thorough review of the building, the dogs and their handlers reported no “hits” for these kinds of materials.

“Principal Michael Mosca and I are grateful to Lt. Tom Zagajeski, the commanding officer of the 3rd Precinct Crime Section, and his officers, for their support and partnership,” said Superintendent of Schools Susan Schnebel. “The district will continue to remain vigilant at all times to prevent illegal drugs from entering our schools.”