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Fifth Graders Find "Happy Place" During Outdoor Lesson

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To start off a fabulous year, Islip’s EXCEL program for the gifted has focused on mental health and social-emotional learning as a top priority. In a recent Inventing Self activity, EXCEL fifth graders were guided through a meditation in an outdoor lesson that incorporated music, a reflective writing activity and creating an artistic visual representation of the students’ “happy place,” which they can choose to go to at any time.

“We are learning how to apply positive psychology to cultivate inner calm,” said EXCEL coordinator Julia Johnson.

  

Commack Road’s Outdoor Chalk Talk Creates Joy

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In a special “Chalk Talk” art lesson with teacher Bethany Majestic, students at Commack Road recently studied Julian Beever, a British sidewalk chalk artist who has been creating trompe-l’oeil chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. The students then created their own outdoor chalk masterpieces to beautify the school grounds and get their fellow students excited to start their day when they get off the bus.

“Our amazing young artists set the tone by creating a feeling of joy in students first thing in the morning,” Majestic said.  

  

Islip Welcomes Students Back Safely and Successfully

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Islip’s schools reopened on Sept. 9 and 10, safely welcoming students from each building – high school, middle school, and Commack Road, Maud S. Sherwood and Wing elementary schools – back for a new year of learning in a challenging new environment of masks and social distancing.

“The first day of school was an amazing success for all of us,” said Commack Road Elementary School Principal James Cameron. “It was the culmination of many weeks of hard work and collaboration between the community, parents, students, teachers, staff and administration. Even with all teachers, staff and students wearing masks, we could see their huge smiles and excitement in seeing each other again.”

"This year is so much different than every other year, for the better," said Islip Middle School Principal Timothy Martin. "We get to have two first days of school, and that is wonderful. At Islip Middle School, we know how to make lemonade out of lemons, and we believe that when you look good and feel good, you will ultimately do good."

“Although this year is not the start we had hoped for, I am elated to have students and staff back in the building,” said Jason Cohen, the middle school’s assistant principal. “Life will always challenge us, and it is those challenges that allow us to truly appreciate the good times. There is power in our own positivity, so let’s have great days, then great weeks, to make it a great year.”

  

Brian Kroll Named New Director of Fine and Performing Arts

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The district has named Brian Kroll as the new director of fine and performing arts. Kroll replaces interim director Dr. Jeff Dailey.

Kroll comes to Islip from the Babylon School District, where he had worked since 2000 as Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s director of the junior and senior choir, extracurricular women’s choir, vocal jazz ensemble and chorale, as well as musical director of the all-school musical production and coach of the varsity golf team. During his time in Babylon, he was named an ASSET Bright Light educator in 2010. He served as SCMEA Division III East chorus co-chairperson in 2004 and 2005 and as SCMEA Division II East assistant vice president in 2006, and was chosen to direct the SCMEA Division III East honor choir in 2007.

He previously worked from 1998 to 2000 at the West Islip School District’s Beach Street Middle School, serving as chorus director, general music teacher and Drama Club musical director; and in 1998 at the Comsewogue School District’s John F. Kennedy Middle School as a chorus director and general music teacher.

A Manorville resident, Kroll earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Hofstra University, his master’s degree in music from Five Towns College and his advanced certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.

“Arts education promotes critical thinking and collaboration in order to solve complex problems and to create and appreciate aesthetic works,” Kroll said. “Our goal is to foster art and music education because research shows they are linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, and community engagement.”

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