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Work by 75 Student-Artists Exhibited at Annual Show

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The district recognized 75 talented student-artists at its annual Districtwide Art Show, held on Feb. 12 at the high school’s auditorium lobby. Selected for exhibition were Brianna Altman, Leo Bacelli, Samantha Christiansen, Lilianna Colon, Megan Colwell, Nina Del Re, Madison Gremli, Tatum Hardekopf, Janae Lindsay, Madelyn Marinelli, Sara Mecozzi, Matt Miller, Gabrielle Nicolae, Anna Rahner, Micah Ruiz, Amanda Sayles, Trixie Sherry, Jade Valentin, Riley Wallace and Emily Wirth of the high school; Tiana Arroyo, Matthew Breslin, Gavin Connell, Addison DeFalco, Erica DeLapi, Tansley Desrosiers, Abby Dieumegard, Aidan Files, Sabrina Frazer, Alexis Hand, Carly Herrington, Keira Jantz, Shylah Kerry, Samantha Krut, Amanda Mardones-Miranda, Lauren McSweeney, Luna Mendoza, Jaci Narducci, Joette Olds, Andrew Owens, Jakeline Romero, Cole Rudner, Juliana Sclafani, Gianna Trojcak and Katalina Villalba of the middle school; Kayla Baker, Abigail Butler-Lentini, Emirson Canales, Daniela Capolongo, James Infante, Elise Lettieri, Julianna Pepitone, Griffin Roche, Laytin Veith and Alyssa Williams of Commack Road; Tillie Ancipink, Max Carminio, Emily Gowen, Brooke Lemanczyk, Aimee Rich, Keela Salerno, Charlee Semple, Amelia Touhey, Oscar Villatoro and Murphy Wallace of Sherwood; and Makenzy Covelli, Jason Farrell, Bruce Hart, Maisie Howe, Frankie Kaatsiz, Kendall Loud, Aliyah Pazmino, Katrina Petersen, Julia Sanchez and Anthony Wade of Wing.

After the artists’ proud families had a chance to view the displayed artworks, they moved to the auditorium for a performance by the high school’s chamber orchestra, directed by Zachary Butterfield, and an introductory address by Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts.

“Every artist gets to experience the miracle of creation,” Dailey said. “A straight line can become a giraffe or a dinosaur or the most beautiful flower ever created. A lump of clay, dug from the ground, can – in the right hands – become a vase, a sculpture or a cookie jar. The goal of art education is to prepare students for a lifetime of creativity. By learning to be creative and resourceful at a young age, the students here in Islip can go forth into the future with the ability to solve problems, to adhere to deadlines and to bring beauty into a world that desperately needs it. These students have generated – out of nothing but their own imaginations – aesthetically pleasing art which helps the viewer leave the cares of life behind and invites us to enter into a world of fantasy and beauty. We thank them for this invitation and congratulate them on their achievements.”

Fun with Banana Dirt Pie at Wing’s Cooking Program

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Kindergartners and first graders at Wing enjoyed creating Banana Dirt Pie during the most recent session of the school’s “Healthy Cooking with Ms. Arlene” program, an ongoing series of culinary lessons with chef Arlene Leggio.

“Cooking with Chef Arlene is a great way for students to create healthy meals, learn how to follow directions and to try new ingredients that they normally would not eat,” said Principal Michael Giacchetto. “Chef Arlene is always coming up with new creations like a quinoa pie or a black bean dessert, and our students love the opportunity to cook and share these creations with their families. It is also great to have so many staff and community members come together to make these cooking projects successful.”

Elementary Students Learn with Flipgrid

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Young students across the district are using video discussion platform Flipgrid to enhance skills and projects. At Wing, kindergarters learned how to use Flipgrid  to practice speaking skills; the district’s technology integration specialist, Timothy Brush, worked with fifth graders at Sherwood to teach them how Flipgrid works; while at Commack Road, students reflected on their past reading goals in order to come up with new ones, using Flipgrid to record these plans.

Sandwiches Show Community Service at Wing

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Demonstrating admirable community service, first graders in Justin Lollo’s class at Wing spent time on Dec. 19 making bologna sandwiches for donation to Bethany House at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Shore.

“These students came just six sandwiches short of the class goal of 150 sandwiches, but they learned the valuable lesson of giving and helping to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Lollo.


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