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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.”


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.”


Sherwood’s ‘Stars’ Shine at Talent Show

Sherwood’s ‘Stars’ Shine at Talent Show

The “stars” came out to shine at Sherwood’s March talent show. During the “Night of the Stars,” students from grades 2-5 participated as part of 34 different acts including singers, dancers and comedians.

“It was so great to see our students show their many talents,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “Thanks to our amazing PTA for their hard work putting this together.”




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