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Four From HS Attend EDNY Justice Institute

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High school students Carolyn Do, Joyce Johnson, Keera Kittles and Desiree Pagan attended the fourth annual EDNY Justice Institute during the summer, exploring the topic of “Crime, the Constitution and the Courts.” The Justice Institute is hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in partnership with the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the FBA’s Federal Litigation Section and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

During the week, students heard presentations from federal judges, FBI agents and lawyers, discussing their respective roles within the federal court system. Students also participated in a moot court competition, with Do earning the “To Kill a Mockingbird” award for best closing statement for the defense.



A New Year and New Beginning for Islip’s Students

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The new school year began in Islip on Sept. 4, with students of all ages arriving at the district’s five schools to start the next phase in their educational careers.

“The building was buzzing with happiness and excitement from our students and staff on the first day of school,” middle school Principal Timothy Martin said. “If it is any indication of what is to come, this will be the best year ever.”

“The start of each school year is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones,” said Commack Road Principal James Cameron. “This year’s kickoff was certainly a success for all students, families and staff.”

“It is always great to see the students on the first day with their eager, happy faces,” said Sherwood Principal Chad Walerstein. “A new year represents new beginnings, and I am excited to see the learning journey the students will take this year.”




Conveying Opportunities at Freshman Orientation

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As the high school’s band serenaded freshmen on Aug. 29, the incoming ninth graders entered their new school for orientation, greeted by the school’s Bucky the Buccaneer mascot, older student mentors, and Principal Jon LaRochester and his staff.

“Orientation is always unique in that you want to convey all the wonderful opportunities and experiences that students are going to have coming into a building like Islip High School, from academics to athletics, arts, the people and the human resources,” LaRochester said. “This is an overwhelming day for the kids. They’re the graduating class of 2023 and in a blink of an eye, this is going to be the senior class graduation meeting. We want kids to enjoy their experience here, and utilize every tool and opportunity to grow.”




Four From High School Recognized by Boys and Girls State

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Four high school students were selected by Islip American Legion Rusy-Bohm Post 411 for this summer’s Legion’s Boys State and Auxiliary Girls State leadership programs. Joseph Petrucci and Francis Whitehouse were chosen as primary delegates for Boys State. Sofia Rubinson was picked as a citizen and Sude Gokce as an alternate for Girls State.

High Schoolers Design Terrific Tiles

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High school students in teacher Jesse Eilbeck’s shop class recently worked on a creative tile project, designing and building functional shelving units for their use at home.

“I gave the students free reign on the design aspect,” said Eilbeck. “The tile could be mosaic in pattern or more structured. The kids had fun doing the process of tile and also grouting the work.”

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