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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.   

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).

Islip’s Music Education Program Receives NAMM Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

Islip’s Music Education Program Receives NAMM Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

For the fifth consecutive year, the district has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The award recognizes that Islip is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

“The Islip community has for many decades been supportive of the arts,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “This designation proves again that the community's resources and efforts continue to make Islip a leader in the musical arts.”

Islip Educators Enhance Leadership Skills with Gary McGuey

Islip Educators Enhance Leadership Skills with Gary McGuey

The district’s teachers, staff and administrators – joined by Board of Education trustees Paul Austin and Matthew Clareen – flocked to the high school auditorium on March 18 for an exciting Superintendent’s Conference Day interactive assembly with motivational speaker Gary McGuey, author of “The Inspirational Teacher” and “The Mentor: Leadership Trumps Bullying.” McGuey, a former athletic director and educator and one of the most in-demand educational speakers in the nation, provided the attendees with engaging personal and professional development as well as enhanced principle-centered leadership skills.

“Today we are coming together to be introduced to ideas and concepts that will not only help our students, but give each of us insight into ourselves,” said Dr. Christopher Smalley, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, introducing McGuey. “We know that academics are important, and if our students are not prepared to succeed in a college or career, they will struggle. But we also know that if our students are not prepared to deal with adversity or all the soft skills necessary in life, they will struggle even more. Our students now deal with an incredible bombardment of digital information, busy schedules and the constant pressure to succeed. The good news for our students is that they are in Islip, and we all care.”

McGuey delved deeply into the ideas behind “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” explained the three types of power – positional, utilitarian and principle-centered leadership – and demonstrated the path from dependence to independence and finally to interdependence.

“The only person we change is ourselves,” McGuey said. “We can influence people, and that’s what leadership is. People follow our footsteps much quicker than our advice. Everybody in this room can think of that influence or role model, that person in our lives we’ll never forget. For some of us, that person is no longer alive, but they still have power over us because of the way they led their lives based on words like integrity, hard work, love, service and responsibility.”

Sharp Shooter Success for Commack Road and Sherwood

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Fourth- and fifth-graders from Commack Road and Sherwood recently found hoops happiness competing in the 33rd annual Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Contest, held on March 2 at East Islip High School.

Sponsored by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Islip Elks since 1993, the Sharp Shooter “Just Say No to Drugs” program asks local students to score as many baskets as possible in one minute, improving their athletic skills and offering an alternative to drug abuse.

Commack Road’s in-school winners were Hailey Alvarez, Abigail Dieumegard, Amanda Owen, Carmine Rossellini and Andrew Wimmers, while Sherwood’s were Jackson Doring, Julia Dromerhauser, Tierny Recenello and Jane Tierney. Alvarez came away the first-place fourth-grade girls winner in the competition. Owen finished in second for fifth-grade girls, and Doring won second in the fourth-grade boys division.

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