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Five Islip String Students Set to Perform at LISFA

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For the first time in more than 10 years, Islip’s music department is participating in the Long Island String Festival, with five of the district’s string musicians selected to attend.

The high school’s Shannon Brody and Leah Cyran (prepared by teacher Zachary Butterfield) will perform at the LISFA secondary concert, to be held Jan. 12 at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip.

Commack Road’s Fallon Rao and Natalie Rodriguez (prepared by teacher Rachel Tria) and Sherwood’s Isabella Conzo (prepared by teacher Holly Markee) will perform at the LISFA intermediate concert, to be held Jan. 26 at Northport High School.

“I congratulate these students and all the teachers – music and otherwise – who have made this achievement possible,” said Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts.


Commack Road Celebrates with Balloon Parade

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In tribute to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, second graders at Commack Road read the story “Balloons Over Broadway” on Nov. 26. The students then created their own balloons and paraded through the school.

Elementary Students have a Spooktacularly Fun Time at MS

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The district celebrated Halloween a day early with an afterschool Spooktacular sponsored by Islip Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society and student government. Colorfully costumed students from Commack Road, Sherwood and Wing visited the middle school on Oct. 30 for games and fun.


Islip Hosts Information Night for ELL Families

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To help familiarize them with the school district and its programs, the Islip School District hosted a parent orientation for its English Language Learners at the high school on the evening of Oct. 22. Islip currently has students who speak 19 different languages, up from 17 last year. with 82 percent Spanish-speaking.

Priscilla Zarate, the district’s ENL and world language coordinator, welcomed parents and students to the meeting. Zarate presented information on the district’s academic offerings, programs and services available to ELL students, based on New York State Department of Education regulations.

Following the presentation, parents and students were invited to the cafeteria, where they could visit with different school and community informational tables. The district’s Parent Teacher Associations, Islip Public Library, Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates, APAC International Culinary Arts Academy and school nutrition representatives were available to meet with parents and answer questions. Students had the opportunity to visit different stations with books, coloring, Legos and hands-on robotics. Each student went home with a backpack filled with books and school supplies. Parents were also able to meet with ENL teachers from across the district and learn about the specifics of each building during a breakout session later in the evening. The high school’s World Language Honor Society students were on hand to work with the students in the cafeteria while parents visited with teachers in the classrooms.



Five Students Honored at Hispanic Heritage Ceremony

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Islip School District held its third annual Hispanic Heritage recognition event on Oct. 15, celebrating the culture, language and contributions that Hispanic, Hispanic heritage and Hispanic American students have made to the district.

At the ceremony, held at the Board of Education meeting in the middle school library in front of proud families, students – one from each of the district’s schools – were recognized: Melissa Castellanos Orellana of Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School, Osman Marroquin-Mejia of Islip High School, Nicole Matute of Islip Middle School, Jeremy Pacheco of Wing Elementary School and Joshua Trejo Jandres of Commack Road Elementary School.

“These students’ civic and community engagement contributions continue to make Islip a better place,” said Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages.