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Senior Joseph Kornahrens Signs to Play Football for Alvernia

Senior Joseph Kornahrens Signs to Play Football for Alvernia

At a June 13 ceremony in the school’s library, surrounded by proud family members, senior Joseph Kornahrens signed a letter of intent to play football at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania this fall. He plans to major in physical therapy while competing for the Golden Wolves. A multitalented athlete, Kornahrens was a starting lineman for the varsity Bucs football team in his junior and senior years as well as a five-year member of Islip’s varsity bowling team and a two-year member of the varsity tennis squad.





Commack Road Second Graders Showcase a Year of Writing

Commack Road Second Graders Showcase a Year of Writing

For second graders in Cheryl Brown’s class at Commack Road, the Authors Tea on May 31 served as a special celebration for the students to showcase a year’s worth of writing and demonstrate their growth as writers. Pieces included biographies, personal narratives, how-to books, poetry, animal reports and writing connected to social emotional learning, which were read to visiting parents and administrators including Superintendent Ellen Semel and Principal James Cameron.

“I began each lesson with a mini lesson and then set the children free to express themselves,” said Brown. “As all the attendees saw, they worked very hard.”




High Schoolers Make a Difference Donating Jeans

High Schoolers Make a Difference Donating Jeans
High school students and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Club worked on the Teens for Jeans campaign again this year, with students, staff and community partners recently collecting more than 500 pairs of gently used or new denim jeans to be donated to teens residing in homeless shelters. Students in teacher Renée Clock’s work experience class then interned at the Town of Islip Youth Bureau, sorting and packaging the jeans for delivery.

Community partners on this initiative also included Town Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen; Suffolk County Legislators Tom Cilmi, Steven J. Flotteron and William J. Lindsay III; Kennedy LI Realty; and the Exchange Ambulance of the Islips

“We began participating in the Teens for Jeans campaign seven years ago through DoSomething.org,” said Clock. “We originally partnered with Melanie Holz of the South Shore Community Organization. This year, we had seven drop-off sites within the Town of Islip. Youth Bureau Director Tim Mare has been indispensable in helping us coordinate this campaign and the pickup and delivery of the jeans to the local homeless shelters and outreach centers in our area.” 

Cilmi, whose office has participated as a drop-off site since 2012, told the students, “Keep helping others in your community and be proud of yourselves for taking the time to help the less fortunate.”

As the students were loading the jeans on the truck, Clock reminded them how important it is to help others and to seek opportunities to be leaders.  
“You do not need to spend money to help others,” said Clock. “Find a way you can help and make a difference in someone’s life, it will keep you humble. Remember, there will always be people who need your help and there will always be a way for you to help others.”




 



Student “Heroes” Run to Raise Funds at Wing

Student “Heroes” Run to Raise Funds at Wing

Wing teamed up with the Children’s Tumor Foundation to bring awareness to neurofibromatosis, holding an enthusiastic “Hero Dash” on May 29 with cape-clad students running to raise funds for research. The students learned about philanthropy and how they can make a difference in society.

“Our students are heroes every day, but today they truly felt like heroes,” said teacher Lisa Dieumegard, who coordinated the event. “It is on days such as these that students learn how to continue to give back to their community and help others.”

 





High Schoolers Serve as Mentors at Buccaneer U

High Schoolers Serve as Mentors at Buccaneer U

In the high school’s Buccaneer University eighth-to-ninth grade transition program, created by Assistant Principal Lisa Ward and school counselor Nicole Hall, high school students are recommended by teachers to participate in being mentors to incoming ninth graders throughout the latter’s freshman year.

Once BU mentors are selected, they are assigned to a group of eighth graders at the middle school; these mentors will remain with the same groups of students throughout the transition process so that the younger students recognize a familiar face at the high school. In the first of four meetings, BU mentors visit the eighth grade to introduce themselves and answer any questions they have about the high school. Next, the eighth graders visit the high school and participate in eighth grade rounds, led by the mentors, who then visit the eighth grade again to answer any follow-up questions. In the last visit, which takes place the week before school starts, BU mentors lead their groups in icebreaker activities and classroom presentations providing information on the start of school.






A Pair of Prestigious Awards for Middle School Teacher AnnMarie Mills

A Pair of Prestigious Awards for Middle School Teacher AnnMarie Mills

AnnMarie Mills of the middle school recently won the Suffolk County Science Teachers Association’s Middle School Teacher of the Year award as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

Mills recently completed the Greentree Foundation Teacher’s Ecology Workshop, developing a mature-centered outdoor classroom science curriculum which incorporated local ecosystems in all units as well as emphasizing the importance of regular outdoor learning. She also adopted a place-based education philosophy in which students use Long Island ecology and environmental issues as primary learning resources for learning. She collaborated with Molloy College and CERCOM’s Crab Club to raise five juvenile horseshoe crabs in her classroom and worked with the Seatuck Environmental Foundation to allow students to raise and release quail chicks. Mills has offered Islip’s students numerous exciting field trips, fostering a love of science, including a “A Day in the Life of the River” at Babylon’s Carlls River, “Fall into Nature” at Seatuck, a marine biology fishing trip in the Great South Bay, a “floating classroom” at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in Southampton, and Molloy College’s Women in Science Conference.

Mills will travel with her family to Washington D.C. in July to receive the EPA award. As part of winning the PIAEE, Mills will receive a plaque and $2,500 to further her professional development in environmental education, and the Islip School District will also receive $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.  

“AnnMarie takes teaching to the next level by applying real-world scenarios into daily lessons,” said Principal Timothy Martin. “Her students get to experience the environment right outside the classroom window which makes her lessons tangible, fun, and realistic for students.”

Alumnus Michael Watts Named America East Man of the Year

Alumnus Michael Watts Named America East Man of the Year
Class of 2014 graduate Michael Watts, currently attending Stony Brook University as team captain of the men’s track and field and cross country teams, was named 2018-2019 America East Man of the Year on June 6. During his Stony Brook career, Watts won a pair of individual conference track titles; has been named All-Conference, All-IC4A and MVP; and led the cross country team to two consecutive America East Championships.

Board of Education Meeting, 6/18/2019

The next meeting of the Islip Board of Education will be at the Islip Middle School on Tuesday, June 18th. The meeting will open in the library at 6:30 p.m. with an Executive Session. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the public session will begin in the auditorium as the Board will recognize those students who have received the Seal of Biliteracy this year and honor District employees who are retiring. Additional public business will follow in the library. Please join us for this final meeting of the 2018-2019 school year.

Proud Musicians Showcased at High School Spring Concerts

Proud Musicians Showcased at High School Spring Concerts

In a celebratory culmination of an entire school year filled with practice, patience and pride, the high school’s student-musicians showcased their skills at two spring concerts. The first performance, on May 1, featured the school’s chamber orchestra and wind ensemble; the second, held June 5, included music from Islip’s string orchestra, chorus, concert band, electric ensemble and jazz ensemble.

Meet This Year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Meet This Year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The high school’s Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian are Victoria Arthus and Matthew Southard, respectively.

Arthus, who earned a 106.30 weighted GPA, is a National Merit Commended Student and AP Scholar with Distinction. The president of the school’s Student Union, she also serves as the school’s Mathletes captain and National Honor Society coordinating officer. Arthus will attend Rutgers University–New Brunswick Honors College in New Jersey, enrolled in a doctorate program in pharmacy.

Southard, a National Merit Distinguished Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction, finished with a 104.24 GPA. The senior class vice president also serves as secretary of Islip’s National Honor Society and Science Olympiad vice president and is a member of the school’s varsity tennis team. Southard will attend Northeastern University in Boston, majoring in biochemistry.




Commack Road Students Raise Voices to Appreciate Bus Drivers

Commack Road Students Raise Voices to Appreciate Bus Drivers
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Visiting Commack Road students sang on Suffolk Transportation Service Driver Appreciation Day, performing with heart and talent on June 5 for the entertainment of STSD staff and guests.

Sixth Graders Learn Self-Direction with Dream House Project

Sixth Graders Learn Self-Direction with Dream House Project

Sixth graders in the EXCEL gifted program recently completed a Dream House assignment, intended to examine the role architecture plays in our world and teach self-directed work habits of time management skills, work ethic, planning, craftsmanship and creativity.

The students first learned about scale, creating blueprints from scratch. They were encouraged to use recycled materials as well as including elements of their individual personalities in the designs, including their hobbies and preferences in lighting and color. Finally, the middle schoolers were asked to self-reflect about what they learned about themselves from the project, including analysis of their work ethic, as they were allowed to set their own due dates for all components of the assignment.


Local Role Model Rohan Murphy Visits Sherwood

Local Role Model Rohan Murphy Visits Sherwood
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Students at Sherwood were enthralled by a May 15 guest appearance from a local legend, motivational speaker and CatchSpark.com founder Rohan Murphy. Born with a severe birth defect that led to the loss of both of his legs, Murphy nonetheless persevered to become an accomplished wrestler at East Islip High School and Pennsylvania State University, and then a bronze medal-winning Paralympic weightlifter. During the visit, Murphy shared his story with the students and challenged them to rise above adversity.

“Rohan is a great speaker and great individual with a very unique story,” said Principal Chad Walerstein.


Exploring Student Futures at the Middle School

Exploring Student Futures at the Middle School

The middle school’s Student Futures Team has worked throughout the school year to host events that provide opportunities for students to explore future opportunities for college and careers.

The SFT – consisting of counselors Kelly Doheny, Barbara Gould and Sara Laudani; teachers Melissa Ford and Nicole McHale; and Assistant Principal Bryan Miltenberg – hosted a College and Career Day at the end of each of the first three marking periods, with students wearing college- or career-related attire and participating in activities such as a schoolwide scavenger hunt in which students had to find and speak to staff members about their college and career experiences in order to complete the activity and be entered for a prize.

The team also created an advisory theme, “Exploring Our Futures,” for one recent month. Throughout the month, students worked on activities to help them explore their own dreams and goals as well as to understand the wide variety of existing college or career options. On the culminating day, each advisory posted the pennant of the college they had researched, and students moved throughout the building to find the college that corresponded with different questions on a bingo board.

The faculty also collaborated on a bulletin board in which staff members posted their own pictures from middle school as well as the other jobs or careers they’ve held prior to or in addition to working at the middle school, under the banner, “If we can do it, so can you!”

“College and career exploration is a continual process for students,” said Laudani. “At the middle school level, it’s all about self-exploration. We want to provide students with the knowledge and resources to help them achieve success. These activities allowed students to learn about all types of future opportunities.”

“It’s never too early for students to dream big and explore the opportunities available to them,” said Miltenberg. “Our goal is to empower students with knowledge now, so they are better equipped to navigate the landscape they’ll encounter in just a few short years.”





Measuring Mass at Commack Road

Measuring Mass at Commack Road
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Fourth graders at Commack Road recently worked on measuring the mass of small objects using pan balances and gram weights. Working well in collaborative groups, the students predicted and then confirmed the actual measure.


Middle School Inducts 71 Into NJHS

Middle School Inducts 71 Into NJHS

The middle school welcomed 71 new students into the National Junior Honor Society in a memorable May 20 induction ceremony.

The new members are seventh graders Abigail Baaden, Alexander Baaden, Parker Barry, Eagan Biscari, Lucas Bohr, Katherine Cando, Edward Caroselli, Erica Carter, Christine Chen, Emma Cirulnick, Katherine Cottral, Nichole Crimi, Fiona DeFalco, Erica DeLapi, Aristea DeLucca, Bella DePersis, Dominique DiJulio, Selley Diop, Aidan Files, Sabrina Frazer, Isabella Governale, Lia Guzman, Ryder Hansen, Brooke Hayes, Maxwell Haynes, Carly Herrington, Jean Johnson, Louise Kane, Ryan Kelly, Lawrence Lena, Rebecca Leo, Emily Lewis, Lauren Limmer, Leela Lopez, Caitlyn McDonald, Kylie McDonald, Lauren McSweeney, Connor Mullins, Carlo Napolitano, Jaci Narducci, Tatianna Olds, Andrew Owen, Anthony Pepe, Lia Pesiri, Mora Peterson, Breanna Questel, Matthew Ramirez, Daniel Rubinson, Jack Ryan, Michael Sanko, Jacob Schifter, Tyler Simonetti, Daniel Turk, Brenna Weber, Sadie Wimmers and Daniel Yanyak; and eighth graders Logan Basile, Julian Byrnes, Ayanna Carter, Olivia Eifert, Ciara Hand, Lars Heimlich, Brianna Henning, Nicole Labate, Maya Levy, Jake Lindskog, John Mullins, Juliana Paolicelli, James Riordan, Sarah Scheidel and Emilio Shabib.

“At Islip Middle School, we celebrate student achievements for a variety of accomplishments,” said Principal Timothy Martin. “These students were recognized for outstanding academic and citizenship success and are true role models for our community.”

“We are so proud of our students who earned this designation,” said Assistant Principal Bryan Miltenberg. “This is a testament not only to the students’ hard work and dedication, but to the tremendous support of their families and the ongoing commitment of our staff.”

Sherwood Welcomes Incoming Second Graders from Wing

Sherwood Welcomes Incoming Second Graders from Wing
Incoming second graders came to visit at Sherwood on May 22, greeted by Principal Chad Walerstein. The students, currently attending Wing, will transition to Sherwood in September.   


Budget Passes!

The district's 2019-2020 budget passed on May 21, with residents casting 1,150 yes votes to 391 no votes. The district thanks the community for voting.

For the Board of Education, incumbent trustee Danielle Flora, running unopposed, was reelected, winning 1,058 votes.

For the seat held by trustee Matthew Clareen, he defeated challenger Kristian Woppel, 975 votes to 465.

 

High School Trio Named LI Winners in PSA Contest

High School Trio Named LI Winners in PSA Contest
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A trio of high school video production students – Chaiti Paul, Chrystle Stewart and Stephania Teran – were recently named Long Island regional winners in The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program’s video contest for their entry “Abduction.” The program is sponsored by KinderVision, a charity of Major League Baseball.

The students and their technology teacher Mike Reilly were invited to a New York Mets game, where they were recognized during a pre-game ceremony in front of a crowd of 30,000. Their PSA entry will now move onto the national competition, giving them the opportunity to earn scholarship money and additional recognition.

'The 30-second video submission can be viewed here under 2019 Long Island Winner.
You can vote for Islip’s entry here.


Eighth Graders Explore Ellis Island

Eighth Graders Explore Ellis Island
The entire eighth grade class at the middle school visited both Liberty Island and Ellis Island on May 2 as part of a larger lesson on the history of immigration in the United States. The students were able to tour the grounds surrounding the Statue of Liberty as well as explore the museum on Ellis Island.

2015 Alumna O'Hara Named Female Athlete of the Year at College

2015 Alumna O'Hara Named Female Athlete of the Year at College
Class of 2015 graduate and All-County soccer player Mary O’Hara was recently named Female Athlete of the Year at Florida Atlantic University.  

Four Islip Seniors Set to Play College Sports

Four Islip Seniors Set to Play College Sports

In a May 8 ceremony in the school’s library, four outstanding seniors signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college this fall. Tara Casucci will play lacrosse for SUNY New Paltz, Bailey Kolovich will play football for Utica College, Angel Rodriquez will play football and track at Keystone College, and Christopher Snyder will play baseball at Mount Saint Mary College.

Principal Michael Mosca reminded the student-athletes that their priority should be their educations, and to enjoy the enhanced college experience that playing collegiate sports can bring.

“Remember, the educational piece is still the top priority,” Mosca said. “This is a great means to enhance that experience, but just enjoy it because it will go fast. I have a lot of faith in all of you.”


Middle School Trombonist Cruz Receives $1,000 Music Scholarship

Middle School Trombonist Cruz Receives $1,000 Music Scholarship

Middle school seventh grader Jessica Cruz was recently announced as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Life is Music, Music is Life. The funds are set aside to support Cruz’s growth as a musician through private music instruction.

Cruz plays trombone in the middle school’s seventh and eighth grade band and jazz band, as well as Islip High School’s marching band. In addition to her work as section leader, she serves as mentor to the sixth grade trombonists and is a member of the school’s Board Game Club and the Science and Nature Club.

“Jessica is motivated, excited and a joy to work with,” said her band teacher, Allison Jeanes. “She rises to every musical challenge put in front of her and then looks for more.”

“When a seventh grader is achieving such tremendous recognition, you know it is only the beginning of a beautiful thing,” said Principal Timothy Martin.

Life is Music, Music is Life is an organization that believes that children with a passion for music should have the opportunity to receive quality music lessons to enable them to express themselves artistically and creatively.

“This is a wonderful group of people with a true passion for music,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts. “They shared their mission with me and when Ms. Jeanes told me about Jess, I knew she was a perfect fit.”


Celebrating Islip’s Accomplished ‘Champions’

Celebrating Islip’s Accomplished ‘Champions’

The district held a magnificent Spring Night of Champions on May 7, celebrating the many recent accomplishments of students and staff in areas ranging from science and technology to athletics and business. Administrators, teachers, coaches and proud family members were on hand to congratulate the honorees at the event, which took place in the Islip Middle School auditorium.

Among those recognized were the middle school’s EXCEL Future City team, which won first place in the Long Island regional competition and qualified for the national event; the EXCEL Science Olympiad team, which earned fifth place in the regional competition and qualified for nationals; the high school Science Olympiad team, which took sixth place in the Eastern Long Island regional competition and qualified for nationals; the high school’s Robotics Club, which earned first place for the Inspire Award, first place and the first runner-up spot for the Think Award, first runner-up for the Innovate Award, and second runner-up for the Connect Award, Design Award and Innovate Award in the FIRST Tech Challenge; the high school’s video production students, who were Long Island regional winners in “The Greatest Save” teen PSA program; the high school’s Virtual Enterprise teams, which won gold medals and silver medals at the Long Island Business Plan Competition and Regional Trade Show; the Suffolk County small school champion varsity boys bowling team; varsity wrestlers who earned 100 career victories and All-County designation; varsity track and field athletes who earned All-County and All-Long Island designation; All-State gymnast Kerin Spadaro; high school senior Owen Eubanks, who earned second prize in the America’s Best High School Pastry Chef Competition; high schooler Bianka Morales, the winner of the Suffolk County High School Principals Association’s Principal’s Leadership Award; and high school library media specialist Gina Seymour, a national finalist for the American Association of School Librarians’ Social Media Superstar award.

“Our honorees all achieved their best selves and greatness this year,” said Superintendent Ellen Semel.



Islip’s Virtual Firms Bring Home Three Medals from NYC

 Islip’s Virtual Firms Bring Home Three Medals from NYC

The high school’s two Virtual Enterprise International teams – the Worldwide Entertainment Corporation and Entertainment Express firms – successfully competed in the VEO Youth Business Summit from April 15-17.

On April 15, the firms’ department heads participated in a human resources, accounting and marketing competition at Microsoft in Manhattan. On the following day, the COE and COO of each firm were paired up with other schools across the world in a Global Challenge. On the Summit’s final day, both of Islip’s VE firms competed in the International Trade Show against more than 3,000 high school firms across the world at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

Worldwide Entertainment, which supplies party themes and food packages to customers, and Entertainment Express, a mobile bus-themed entertainment company, placed in two out of the three events and brought home a combined three medals: two gold medals in the Sales Material category and a silver medal in Booth Design. The firms will close out the school year by completing their companies’ annual reports.  




Middle Schooler Katherine Cottral Wins Sustainability Challenge

Middle Schooler Katherine Cottral Wins Sustainability Challenge

Middle school student Katherine Cottral recently won first place in the middle school division of the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals’ Sustainability Challenge. She was presented with a $150 award for her waste-reduction project, which advocated using household ingredients and buying items in bulk.

“I really enjoyed making my project,” said Cottral. “I got to use a bunch of different skills and explore different things in FACS.”

“I’m so proud of Katherine,” said teacher Natalie DeSena. “She worked so hard and is well deserving of this award.”


Juniors Network with Visiting Professionals

Juniors Network with Visiting Professionals

The high school recently held its annual junior interview and networking skills workshop, planned by Assistant Principal Curt Juengerkes and teacher Renee Clock of the Islip School to Careers Partnership. The event incorporated the school’s business teachers as well as 10 other educators. Visiting professionals interviewed students in classrooms and conducted networking sessions in the school’s gymnasium.

Guest participants included the Suffolk County legislators Tom Cilmi and Steve Flotteron; the Town of Islip’s Arthur Abbate and Stefanie Ohayon; YES Youth Enrichment Services’ Carolyn Baez, Juan Munoz and MaryAnn Pfeiffer; Great South Bay YMCA’s John Borromeo; Junior Achievement of NY’s Lorraine Englander; Northwell Health’s Teri Hughes and Maureen Pecorella; LIU Post’s Betsy Madey, Dennis O’Hara and Christopher Salute; Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Samantha Scherger; and Suffolk County Department of Civil Service’s Theresa Gianmugnai and Gina O’Brien.

Local Wellness Vendors Flock to HS Health Fair

Local Wellness Vendors Flock to HS Health Fair
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The high school’s Health & Wellness Committee sponsored at Health Fair on April 5 in the school’s cafeteria, joined by visiting vendors such as South Oaks Nutrition & Mental Health, Orange Theory Fitness, Sayville Running Company, Beach Bowls Acai Café, Amityville Acupuncture and social worker Brandi Amadio.

Business Students Get the Real Story from Analyst Vincent Daniel

Business Students Get the Real Story from Analyst Vincent Daniel

The high school’s Business Academy students were recently treated to a visit from Vincent Daniel, the real-life stock analyst portrayed in the 2015 film “The Big Short” and the 2010 Michael Lewis book it was based on, “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.” Both stories showed how Daniel predicted the housing market crash of 2007.

Daniel began by discussing his college accounting studies at Binghamton University, his, career trajectory and possible job pathways.

“The goal in college for me was to come out and get a job, and I wanted to be in business, so accounting was best way at the time,” he said. “My goal was to get my CPA. But I hated what I did. I loved what accounting taught me, but I always wanted to get to Wall Street.”

After two years of working as an accountant, he shifted to Oppenheimer and Co., researching financial service companies that specialized in mortgages. It was there that his analysis of flawed subprime mortgages led to the events depicted in the book and film. Daniel later worked at Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods; was a partner, executive director and financial analyst at FrontPoint; and cofounded Seawolf Capital, where he served as head analyst.

In describing what he does today, Daniel likened his job as a portfolio manager to being a professional gambler.

“I make investments on stocks and hopefully produce a return for my investors,” he said.

Before diving into a question-and-answer session, Daniel left the eager students with solid career advice, saying, “If you remember anything I said today, it’s this: Choose a profession that you love. One of the greatest things in life is to wake up and want to go to work. So, whatever you want to do, do that. Secondly, take public speaking classes and get over the fear of speaking. It’s very important to communicate and understand how to communicate. Three, if you want to be in my profession and get on Wall Street, you’re going to have to learn how to program and code, and if you want to analyze companies, learn how to use Excel. If you want to do what I do, model out a company. Look at their financial statements in the past and project forward. Invest in them, see how it feels to make money, and more importantly, see what it’s like to lose money.”




 

High Schoolers Create Epoxy Skateboards with Tech Teacher Jesse Eilbeck

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Numerous New Honor Society Inductees Honored

Numerous New Honor Society Inductees Honored
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In a night of candles and kudos, the high school held its annual Honor Society Induction Ceremony on April 16 in the school auditorium, welcoming parents and friends to recognize the newest inductees. Valedictorian Victoria Arthus and salutatorian Matthew Southard led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a welcome from Assistant Principal Curtis Juengerkes. Dr. Christopher Smalley, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, provided the keynote speech. Before Principal Michael Mosca delivered his closing remarks, the school had honored 68 new inductees into the World Language Honor Society (10 for Italian and 58 for Spanish), 22 new inductees into the Math Honor Society, 27 new inductees into the English Honor Society and 39 new inductees into the National Honor Society.


Local Artist McEvoy Demonstrates a Passion for Painting at MS

Local Artist McEvoy Demonstrates a Passion for Painting at MS

Local fine artist Kevin McEvoy recently spoke to middle school students in the EXCEL program as part of the ongoing “Inventing Self” series of inspirational guest lectures.

After studying at the Charles Cecil Studios painting school in Florence, Italy, McEvoy began a decade-long career teaching classical drawing and painting. The Islip resident serves as director of the Atelier at Flowerfield classical art studio and exhibition space in Saint James. His work has been exhibited widely in New York City and Long Island.

During the EXCEL visit, McEvoy demonstrated live portrait painting for the students and discussed the use of an iPad as a tool to capture inspiration. For McEvoy, art is about personal growth as well as community values.

“I think passion is the thing you can’t not do,” he said. “Each has to find their own. I support things for society to be healthy, for each and every person to find their passion, and then to water and feed it, to cause sun to shine on it. We all as a community can help invest in each other’s lives and cause a hospitable environment to grow.”




Islip Musicians Earn 36 SCMEA Selections

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A total of 36 hardworking and talented student-musicians from the Islip School District were selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Concerts this spring, based on their performances at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival and music teacher recommendations by their school music teachers.

Chosen from Commack Road Elementary School were Tiana Arroyo (chorus), Ailsa Canales (chorus), Abigail Dieumegard (alto sax; band), Olivia Pue (chorus) and Avery Roche (violin; orchestra).

Chosen from Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School were Connor Ancipink (French horn; band), Addison DeFalco (chorus), Ryan Nieves (violin; orchestra) and Jadyn Zink (alto sax; band).

Chosen from Islip Middle School were Alexander Baaden (trumpet; band), Maggie Frazer (alto; chorus), Skylar Marie Greene (soprano; chorus), Lia Guzman (flute; orchestra), Arthur Hampson (trumpet; band), Olivia Johnson (flute; orchestra), Madleynn Lang (alto; chorus), Morgan McLynch (violin; orchestra), Mia Nano (chorus), Brady Nash (clarinet; band), Mason Nasta (alto sax; band), Alexandra Noles (chorus), Alex Romeo (mallets; band), Annalise Rossano (violin; orchestra), Daniel Rubinson (violin; orchestra), Jacob Schifter (trumpet; band), Delaney Tauer (viola; orchestra), Daniel Turk (baritone; chorus), Julian Vitucci (chorus), Alex Weninski (clarinet; band) and Justin Zizza (trumpet; band).

Chosen from Islip High School were Tyler Cirulnick (soprano; chorus), Leah Cyran (soprano; chorus), Isabella Green (soprano; chorus), Alan Lawrence (bass; chorus), Erin Quinn (clarinet; band) and Ryan Van Nostrand (tenor; chorus).




Eight from Islip Earn Town Achievement Awards

Eight from Islip earn Town Achievement Awards
Eight from Islip earn Town Achievement Awards
Eight exceptional Islip High School students were recently selected to receive Town of Islip Achievement Awards. Honored at an April 16 awards ceremony at Town Hall were Deja Boucher Weiss (Performing Arts), Devi Chowdhury (Secondary Language), Lauren Cottral (Science), Hailey Franco (Scholarship & Athletics), Emma Hayes (Service to People in Need), Emily Kearon (Language Arts), Josue Mondesir (Secondary Language) and Tyler Nakken.