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Ten Terrific Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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Ten terrific student-athletes from the high school signed National Letters of Intent on April 18, celebrating with family, friends, coaches and administrators at a ceremony in the school’s library.

This fall, Emma Baumbusch (soccer) will attend Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Chad Fields (cross-country) will attend East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania; John Friend (football) will attend Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine; Greg Hodulick  (wrestling) will attend LIU Post; Loren Karabatzoglou (softball) will attend Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Delaney Kissane  (soccer) will attend SUNY Cortland; Kieran Kissane  (lacrosse) will attend the New York Institute of Technology; Michael Mirando (baseball) will attend Hofstra University; Matthew Peterkin (soccer) will attend SUNY Brockport and Lyndsey Sparks (soccer) will attend SUNY Farmingdale.

See the Ducks and Support Islip EXCEL

Ever been to a Ducks game? If yes, you know how much fun is to be had! If not, then you have an opportunity to come to your first one! Join us on May 18th and you will be supporting the EXCEL program by doing so. See attached flier for details.

The Shoes Are on the Right Feet in EXCEL Class

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Fourth-graders in the EXCEL program created their own shoe print patterns and analyzed the difference in latent prints as part of a recent unit of study on mysteries.

Middle Schoolers Attend Verga's Civil Rights Lecture

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Five middle school students, accompanied by teacher Darien Logan, attended a March 30 talk hosted by the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet and featuring Christopher Verga, a writer and American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College. The free event was held at the Islip Public Library.

Verga utilized images from local historical societies, private collections and the African American Museum of Nassau County to create the book “Civil Rights on Long Island,” published last October by Arcadia. His other works include a monthly column in Greater Bay Shore and the forthcoming book “Bay Shore.” His interactive lecture detailed historic race relations and struggles for equality across Long Island.


High School Scientists Compete at State Olympiad

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High School Scientists Compete at State Olympiad

Following its third-place finish overall in the county, Islip High School’s Science Olympiad A team competed at the New York State tournament, held from March 10-11 at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. Islip’s students earned four Top 10 medals in their events for an overall 31st-place finish in the state.

Top finishers for Islip included junior Julia Hormann and sophomore Matt Southard, earning first place in Forensics; Hormann and Morgiana McDevitt, who came in fifth in Write-It/Do-It; Kevin Lewis and McDevitt, finishing seventh in Towers; and Hormann and Lewis, finishing seventh in Electric Vehicle.





Sherwood Student’s "Story" Earns PTA Award of Excellence

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Daniel Rubinson, a fifth-grader at Sherwood, earned the New York State PTA Award of Excellence for his music composition “What Is Your Story?” Rubinson’s original piece of music was submitted for the annual PTA Reflections arts contest, and has now advanced to the National PTA Reflections competition, where his work will be judged against compositions by students nationwide.


Neuroscience at Lunchtime

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Students in Islip’s EXCEL program for the academically gifted are exploring the world of neuroscience during their lunch periods.

“The human-human interface allows one person’s brain to control another person’s body,” said EXCEL program coordinator Julia Johnson.



Invitation to Maureen Bodkin Celebration

The entire Islip community is invited to celebrate the life of Maureen Bodkin on Tuesday, May 9th. Please see the attached invitation for details. We hope you can join us!

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Sex Offender Notification

In our continued effort to ensure that the safety of our students is never compromised, we wish to communicate information provided to our District. We have been notified by Suffolk County Police Department of a Risk Level 2 sex offender residing in the Islip School District. For additional information, you may wish to visit the Parents for Megan's Law website, www.parentsformeganslaw.org.

Residents without internet access may utilize computers at the Islip Public Library. In addition, information is available for pick-up in person at the administration building. Proof of residency is required. While the hamlet of Islip is a very safe community, when information such as this is made known to us, we must all take the opportunity to review safety rules with our children and remind them to be alert and careful so they will avoid situations that could place them in harm's way. More information on Suffolk County Police Department's notification procedure may be found below.

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Eighth-Grade Gymnast Spadaro Sets a High Bar

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Middle school eighth-grader Kerin Spadaro, a standout on the combined Bay Shore/Islip gymnastics team, scored a 9.25 in the uneven bars at the gymnastics state championships held on March 4 at Cold Spring Harbor, earning third place in the competition.

Commack Road Celebrates Love of Science With Fair

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At Commack Road’s 25th annual science fair, held on March 9, smiling students demonstrated their love of science and knowledge of the scientific method while showing an interest in a variety of topics including agriculture, physics and hygiene. Skittles were dissolved, toothbrushes were used on eggshells, mnemonic devices were tested, contraptions were assembled – all in the name of science.

A winner was selected for each grade level, based on evaluations by CRES teachers. Second-grade winner Madison Giardella researched how the growth of organic green bean seeds was affected by different types of light sources. Third-grade winner Louis Tuorto created a gyrobot which used different energy sources to move on its own. Lucas Schneider, the fourth-grade winner, focused his efforts on identifying how different additives affect the taste of water. Prompting visitors to stand on one leg to find out the results, Dakota Dieumegard’s “Does Vision Affect Balance?” was the winning project for the fifth grade. 

These four young scientists will show off their expertise at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair on May 6.  




Cube Class with EXCEL

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As part of a recent interdisciplinary unit on construction and creations, fifth-graders in the EXCEL program learned about 20th century Danish mathematician and game inventor Piet Hein. During the class, the students explored the soma cube, a solid dissection puzzle constructed from seven pieces made out of unit cubes, which was invented by Hein in 1936 during a quantum mechanics lecture. They then made their own soma cubes to take home.

Important Letter for High School Parents

Please see the letter from Superintendent Schnebel linked below.

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Middle Schoolers Bring Irish Blessings to the Atria

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The middle school’s student government paid a memorable, festive visit to residents of the Atria Bay Shore assisted living community on St. Patrick’s Day. With the luck of the Irish upon them, students, faculty and the Atria’s seniors participated in Irish-themed games and a sing-along, guided by advisers Kaitlin Rooney and Christine Sheridan.

Seventh-graders Emily Aguilar, Stephanie Castro, Selina Chan, Keera Kittles and Emma Neri, and sixth-graders Olivia Piazzolla and Nicholas Wilbur performed various Irish tunes under the direction of orchestra teacher Laura Shaiman. Following the performance, student government members partnered with seniors and recited Irish blessings. 

“It was so nice to observe the interaction between the students and seniors,” said Rooney. “The students really brought a smile to everyone’s face at the facility.”

“Seeing the students read their Irish blessings was a very moving moment,” said Sheridan. “I could see such joy among the seniors as they received their poems.”



Update to 2017-18 Calendar

At their meeting on Tuesday, March 28th, the Board of Education approved a revision to the district calendar for the 2017-18 school year. This updated version provides for an additional emergency school closing day. Click on the link below to see the new calendar.

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The Islip High School Hall of Fame

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The Islip High School Hall of Fame is scheduled to induct its first group of honorees during 2017 homecoming in September. The initiative’s goal is to continue to provide our students with a sense of school and community pride. Many great students, past and present, have gone through Islip High School on the way to accomplishing great things, and we wish to honor those people who have helped to pave the way for its current and future success. A nomination form, including criteria, is attached here.

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Prep Helps EXCEL Team Qualify for State Science Olympiad

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Middle schoolers in the EXCEL program earned medals in eight events in the regional competition against 38 other Science Olympiad teams from eastern Long Island. Islip finished fifth overall at the event, held on Feb. 25 at Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills, allowing the team to take the final qualifying spot and advance to the state level in April.

“Our team had been preparing since September, and all of the late nights and weekend work paid off,” said team adviser Julia Johnson. “Islip was one of the few schools competing with only one team, so this was quite an accomplishment. We thank all the mentors who helped students prepare for events, including the new Stony Brook consortium of volunteer students who have been an asset to the team.”

The Islip EXCEL Science Olympiad team consists of Anjalee Appalsammy, Liam Biscari, James Cottral, Devin DePass, Elizabeth DeSimone, Aaliyah Esmurria, Mackenzie Howell, Emmie Jensen, Sheyla Lopez, Noah Margolin, Jaelyn McCracken, Victoria Pearsall, Vasu Persaud, Liam Rich and Steven Schadt.

Medals were earned in the categories of Crime Busters (sixth place for Esmurria and Pearsall),Dynamic Planet (fifth place for Margolin and Persaud),Ecology (fourth place for Cottral and Pearsall), Invasive Species (third place for Jensen and Rich), Optics (third place for Cottral and Rich), Reach for the Stars (fifth place for Appalsammy and Persaud), Rocks and Minerals (sixth place for Margolin and Persaud), and Towers (fifth place for Esmurria and Pearsall).

IDEA Provides Game Night for 150 Students

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Islip’s IDEA Task Force Coalition hosted a game night at the high school on March 10 for students in grades 5-8 from the middle school, Commack Road and Sherwood. More than 150 students attended the event, enjoying the DJ, entering raffles, and participating in a European handball double elimination tournament as well as video games, table tennis, KanJam, Spikeball and Nok Hockey. IDEA also set up local health and wellness tables to highlight community resources.

Wing Readers Get Connected to Their Community

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On Community Reader Day, an annual event at Wing Elementary designed to coincide with the school’s celebration of the Parents as Reading Partners program, students are read to by visitors including legislators, town officials, Board of Education trustees and districtwide Islip staff.

This year’s guest readers for the March 8 reading rendezvous included Board trustees Matthew Clareen and Tom Leggio, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Islip Town Clerk Olga Murray, and all four councilmembers of the Islip Town Board: Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, John Cochrane Jr., Steven J. Flotteron and Mary Kate Mullen.

“The event is a great way to connect our youngest learners with some of the people that are so important in their community,” said Dr. Christopher Smalley, the school’s principal. “It is important for students to be read to by a variety of readers, since each adult’s style may be unique or different.”

Students Collect 300 Pairs of Jeans for the Homeless

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With the help of generous community members, the high school’s Junior Chamber of Commerce Club recently collected 300 pairs of denim jeans to donate to the homeless, 20 more than the previous year. Islip joined the annual initiative in 2011 through DoSomething.org’s Teens for Jeans campaign.

“The number one item requested by people living in shelters is a pair of jeans, and for the past six years, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Club has committed to helping the homeless,” said club adviser Renee Clock. “This campaign allows teens to take a leadership role in our community by organizing and collecting jeans from family members, neighbors and local businesses. Our students inspire each other to be socially responsible by developing compassion to those in need.”

The Town of Islip Youth Bureau, Islip American Legion Post 411, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Kennedy L.I. Realty again helped to spread the word about the jeans collection. Melanie Holz, the prevention coordinator at Youth Enrichment Services, spoke to students in the club regarding the importance of community initiatives that enrich the lives of others, before she assisted Clock and teacher Dennis Wickes in delivering the jeans to the United Veterans Beacon House.

“It’s always a positive when we help those in need,” said Holz.

Islip Showcases 80 Outstanding Visual Artists

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Students throughout the district participate in visual arts activities with Islip’s fine and performing arts staff, culminating in an annual art show. Whether with colored pencils or paints, on paper or canvas, students are given the opportunity to both practice their artistic skills and create works of art worthy of special recognition.

This year, Islip recognized 80 artists who created works that displayed both technical ability and artistic growth. The artists ranged in age from 6 to 18 years of age, and worked in media ranging from pencil drawings to darkroom photography. Artists and their families came to participate in a Feb. 7 recognition ceremony, where they could view their works and the works of others on display. 

“The assembled works highlighted not only artistic abilities but also valuable cross-curricular skills, including perseverance and problem solving,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts. “The commitment these students make to their art will serve them beyond the art classroom and into any career they choose.”

Kyle Renwick, who studies photography with teacher Lorraine Knoblauch, was on hand to discuss his intimate portrait work as well as his quest for the right athletic photograph, noting that some of his pieces took more than a year to get right and that he often struggled to balance his desire for the perfect photo against the athlete’s need to focus.

“I’m trying to get the right picture without being a distraction to them during the game,” said Renwick.




Chris Herren Delivers Powerful Antidrug Speech at HS

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Former NBA professional basketball player Chris Herren visited the high school on Feb. 27 for a powerful antidrug talk with juniors and seniors about his remarkable journey from success to addiction to recovery. Herren’s raw and inspiring presentation is part of the district’s ongoing commitment to continued education for the community on substance abuse.

The event was sponsored by a special partnership of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Islip Schools’ IDEA Task Force Coalition, Islip’s North Community Watch and State Sen. Phil Boyle, the Islip Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Clubs of Islip, Sayville, Hauppauge and Rotary District 7255. Herren also delivered a second free presentation that evening to a sold-out crowd at Trinity Lutheran Church.

“Trinity Lutheran Church was pleased to again partner with Islip Schools and Sen. Boyle to share Chris’ story with our young people regarding the impact of heroin and other addictions currently plaguing our community,” said Pastor Michael Stanek. “There is hope for those who need help and Christ’s guidance in battling addiction, and my door is always open to offer hope, guidance and prayer.”


Caring Canine in the Classroom at Sherwood

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Melissa Ciampa’s and Jacki Solieri’s classes at Sherwood recently enjoyed a special visit from Parker, a therapy dog. The third- and fourth-graders took turns reading to Parker.

Islip Earns 21 Top 10 Medals at Regional Science Olympiad

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Three of Islip’s Science Olympiad teams participated in the annual Eastern Long Island Regional competition on Jan. 29, with all three finishing in the top 20 overall out of 46 competing teams, and earning 21 total top 10 medals at the competition. Each team spent months preparing for 25 different science and engineering events in categories like Forensics, Helicopters and Wind Power.

The top six teams from the region automatically qualified for the state tournament. Islip’s A team came in third overall in Suffolk County, allowing its 15 students to advance to the New York State competition, which was held March 10-11 at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

First-place finishers for Islip included seniors James O’Halloran and Brendan Mercado in the Astronomy category, senior Zoe Camhi and Mercado in Ecology, junior Julia Hormann and sophomore Matt Southard in Forensics, juniors Kyle Ness and Ryan Scheidel in Game On, Camhi and Mercado in Invasive Species, and O’Halloran and Mercado in Materials Science.


Wing’s First Book Club Meeting

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Wing recently held the first meeting of the Wing Book Club. Students were all smiles as they engaged in reading.




VE Students Earn Third Place at Trade Show

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Business Academy students in the Virtual Enterprise International program competed against 72 other virtual firms at VEI’s Long Island Regional Trade Show at Farmingdale College on Jan. 13.

Islip’s VE students, guided by business teacher Joe Modica, opened their virtual firm, Prestige Worldwide Backyard Entertainment, on Oct. 1, selling various outdoor products such as pools, fire pits, hot tubs and weatherproof televisions.

At the trade show, the students advertised and sold their products to customers and other virtual firms. Prestige Worldwide generated more than $250,000 in sales and won third place for best advertisement.

Selected students also competed in a business plan competition. Prestige Worldwide executives Onur Oztimurlenk (CEO), Marina Magoulas (CFO), John Mullins (president of sales and marketing), John Alvarado (vice president of sales and marketing), Faizan Raheel (CAO) and Madison Rao (CIO) represented Islip, presenting the company’s plan to a panel of judges and placing in the top 10. This earned them a spot competing in the March semifinals, hosted by American Portfolio Financial Services in Holbrook.  


Countries, Cultures and Cuisines Celebrated at Commack Road

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Commack Road held a Diversity Celebration on the evening of Feb. 16, sharing and celebrating Black History Month as well as the many cultures that make the school’s students unique.

Fifth-graders researched a country from their background or nationality, sharing their reports and posters in front of family and friends in the school gym. The students and attendees then enjoyed a taste of different foods from various countries in the CRES cafeteria.

“The goal of this evening was for the students to recognize and appreciate the cultural diversity of their classmates and peers as we spread love and acceptance here at Commack Road,” said Principal Brian McCarthy. “They put so much hard work and effort into their country reports.”




Team of Teacher Leaders Explores Initiative at Conference

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The district recently sent a team to the Teach to Lead Conference, held in January at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville The purpose of the conference was to provide the opportunity for teams of educators from various districts to create and implement a district initiative for the purpose of school improvement. Many high profile educators, including Regent Roger Tilles and New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia, were in attendance to address the attendees and offer their support and expertise.

Islip’s team of Teacher Leaders consisted of four teachers and one administrator, each representing a different school in the district: Islip High School Principal Michael Mosca and teachers Jean Minicozzi from Islip Middle School, Ted Dieumegard from Commack Road Elementary School, Rich Velazquez from Maude S. Sherwood Elementary School and Laurie Wills from Wing Elementary School. They selected the districtwide implementation of instructional rounds as their initiative. 

The purpose of IR is to promote the sharing of best practices between educators by allowing teachers to actually see instruction in other classrooms.  

“Although we are often hesitant to leave our classes and our students, the benefits of seeing a variety of teaching styles, and more importantly, engage in quality educational conversations with an assortment of colleagues, is extremely valuable for our growth and development as educators,” said Mosca. “Additionally, we have the benefit of seeing some of our own students work in a different discipline. This can provide a teacher with a more in-depth perception of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, a classroom teacher who may have a struggling student could observe that student in a special such as music, art, or physical education and see an entirely different child. That teacher can use that information as a hook to reach that student.”

The practice of instructional rounds is not a new educational idea or initiative, according to Mosca.

“There have been many studies and publications about its effectiveness,” he said. “The beauty of instructional rounds is that there is no one way to run them. The practice could and should be created to fit the needs of the school or district. I have been utilizing IR at Islip High School for the last three years, and prior to coming here, at my previous school, Comsewogue High School. It is something I am very passionate about and I am happy we have assembled a team of quality educators from each of our buildings to explore the possibility of expanding the practice here in Islip. We have received positive input on the model of IR we have implemented. Teachers generally report that they leave the experience with enthusiasm and positive feelings about the students, their colleagues and the building as a whole. It opens avenues for cross-disciplinary and cross-grade level dialogue between professionals. My faculty has expressed their desire to see how things are done in other grade levels and for other grade levels to see how things are done at the high school level. It is our hope that with the support of our friends at Teach to Lead, that we can use the practice of instructional rounds to increase collaboration and collegiality throughout the district so we can continue to provide the best possible education for the students within the district.”


Important Letter Regarding NYS Testing

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ACT and SAT Prep Classes

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