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Welcome to Islip High School

2508 Union Blvd.
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 7:20 a.m. – 1:58 p.m.

Telephone Directory
All Offices: (631) 650-8300
Main Office: (631) 650-8301
Fax: (631) 650-8308
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8305
Assistant Principal's Office, Grades 9 & 10:  (631) 650-8315
Assistant Principal's Office, Grades 11 & 12: (631) 650-8320
Guidance Office: (631) 650-8350
Health Office: (631) 650-8325
Attendance Office: (631) 650-8310
Athletic Director: (631) 650-8370
Drug and Alcohol Counselor: (631) 650-8328
Security (Daytime: (631) 650-8420
Security (Nighttime): (631) 665-7111

 

Mr. Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School


 

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A Message from the Principal:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. This is a year of new beginnings and exciting new programs and course offerings.

At Islip High School we have a steadfast belief that it is our responsibility to educate the whole child in preparation for not only college and career, but for life in general. Students in the 21st century need to be prepared to make contributions in their local communities and in the global community as well. To accomplish this, our students need to be prepared with skill sets that include creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, technological proficiency, and global awareness. 

To further address these important skills, we have implemented a number of new courses and programs. In the last few years, we have launched a Career Academy Program at Islip High School. The Islip Academy Program is comprised of the S.T.E.M., Business, and Media and Public Affairs Academies. These programs will allow students with an interest in any of these three fields to take coursework and have experiences that will better prepare them for their post-secondary studies. We have also increased our partnerships with local colleges and universities to provide our students with more opportunities to earn college credit while still enrolled in Islip High School. We have increased our duel-credit course offerings from three in 2014-2015 to 19 in 2018-2019. Islip students can now take courses accredited by Suffolk County Community College, SUNY Farmingdale, St. John’s University, Long Island University – CW Post, and Hofstra University. Last June, we were proud to graduate our very first cohort of AP Capstone students. AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion.

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses - AP Seminar and AP Research - and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

Our goal at Islip High School is to give our students as many opportunities as possible to explore and learn about a variety of careers. We have also added exciting new courses/programs such as Cosmetology (Career and Technical), Video/Radio Production (Music) and Virtual Enterprise International (Business). Each of these courses will take place in classrooms that have been redesigned and equipped to give the students a “real world” work experience. In an effort to increase communication with parents/guardians and students on the happenings at Islip High School (IslipHS), I encourage you to sign up to use Twitter. Twitter is a website that allows for quick and consistent, two-way communication. I have created an account to disseminate useful information about IslipHS and valuable parent resources instantaneously. Signing up is easy. Go to the Twitter site, create a user profile, and once you are registered, search for our school username (@IslipHS). Then click on the profile and select “follow.” We are on Facebook and Instagram as well. To join our Facebook page, simply visit and become a fan of our page. You can also follow IslipHS on Instagram to view pictures of our exciting school events. You can also find IslipHS on Snapchat! 

Despite all of the new digital communication put in place for your convenience, there is no substitute for live communication with members of our Islip High School staff. Please work directly with our Assistant Principals on all issues regarding your children. Ms. Ward, Assistant Principal for grades 9 and 10, can be reached at 650-8315, and Mr. Juengerkes, Assistant Principal for grades 11 and 12, can be reached at 650-8320. 

The first day of school for students is Wednesday, September 5th. First period begins at 7:20 a.m. Students are to report directly to their first period class as indicated on their schedule. Any questions regarding schedules should be directed to the guidance department. Please remember, most important to student success is parent involvement. Please continue to ask questions and keep the lines of communication open. Feel comfortable emailing me at mmosca@islipufsd.org or calling me at 650-8305, with any concerns or questions you may have. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of feeling confident that your child is in a positive and nurturing learning environment. 

I look forward to working with you this year. My door is always open. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Sincerely,

Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School




Islip Recognizes Second Set of Distinguished Hall of Famers

Islip Recognizes Second Set of Distinguished Hall of Famers

Continuing to honor distinguished members of the school community while instilling pride, the Islip High School Hall of Fame inducted its second set of distinguished members at a Sept. 22 brunch prior to the homecoming parade. The presentation recognized the late Stephen Mark Abrams, C. David Ruvola, Thomas Zummo and the 2007-2008 high school football team, all permanently honored on Islip’s Hall of Fame Wall. The initial five honorees - Fred Biangardi, Dr. Jeffrey A. Goldstein, Michael Patrovich, John Veryzer and Tom Veryzer – were inducted last Dec. 7.

Abrams, a 1957 Islip graduate and class valedictorian, began a long career as a beloved chemistry teacher at Islip High School in 1963. He also worked as a professional pianist.

Ruvola, a 1975 alumnus, retired as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of active duty service with the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport, where he currently works as a civilian contract helicopter pilot. He also served as commander of the U.S. Air Force’s 101st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron in Baghdad International Airport.

Zummo, a 2001 graduate, was team captain and an All-Leaguer for Islip’s soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. Playing lacrosse at the New York Institute of Technology, he earned numerous awards including NCAA All-American, NCAA champion, USILA Midfielder of the Year and LIMLF Player of the Year. He later played professional lacrosse for the Long Island Lizards, San Francisco Dragons, Boston Cannons and New York Titans, earning All-Star and Sportsman of the Year accolades.

The 2007-2008 varsity football team had the first undefeated season in Islip history, with a record of 11-0, and won the school’s first Long Island Championship title as well as numerous individual honors. Honored were head coach Jamie Lynch; assistant coaches Nick De Lapi, Lee Dwyer, Brian Gurney and Keith Scheidel; and players Keith Bascone, Casey Biasi, Malcom Brown, Julien Byron, Tyler Casalaro, Joe Catalanotto, Edgar Cesar, Nick Cooley, TJ Cordone, Jeffrey Craig, Anthony DeCaprio, Jordan Delaney, Gavin Donahue, Matthew Egan, Kevin Estrada, Frank Finno, Patrick Grant, Mike Grilli, Kyle Hickey, Cody Hinrichs, Frankie Jimenez, Louis Jocks, Carlos Johnson, Glen Johnson, Chris Keller, Mike Keller, Chris Kmieciak, Matt Kriss, Tom Kriss, John LaMonica, Dan Lyons, Sean Mackey, Kyle Miller, Rob Mirra, Tim Morgan, Daniel Perez, Chris Ponce, Stephen Provenzano, Frankie Provenzano, Tim Rampiaray, Jason Schlittenhardt, Nick Uher, Anthony Villani and Karl Weiss.

Speakers at the event included Stacey Murray, Debby Merrell, Assistant Principal Curt Juengerkes and Lynch.

“Each of our inductees have made sacrifices and great contributions that can be described as exceptional, outstanding and extraordinary,” said Juengerkes. “They are a part of Islip tradition that is draped in a commitment to excellence and a love for our community.”



Informational Orientation Welcomes English Language Learners and Families

Informational Orientation Welcomes English Language Learners and Families

With English Language Learner students and families in attendance representing 23 different nations and 17 different languages, Islip’s annual ELL Parent Orientation on Sept. 26 provided parents with information on the programs and services their children are entitled to, based on New York State Department of Education regulations.

This year’s event, which kicked off in the school’s auditorium with a welcome from Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages, also gave the parents an opportunity to meet with their corresponding English as a New Language teachers and ask questions.

Meanwhile, the students gathered in the cafeteria for an enjoyable session of board games, books, and arts and crafts, and all who attended left with backpacks filled with school supplies, books and other goodies donated by the Town of Islip Youth Bureau, Book Fairies, Panera Bread and Kid to Kid.




Five Fantastic HS Musicians Given All-State Honors

Five Fantastic HS Musicians Given All-State Honors

Exceptional high school music students Nicholas D’Auria (bass), Joseph Leo (bass) and Masin Ryerson (alto saxophone) were chosen as All-State musicians by the New York State School Music Association, based on their performances at last year’s NYSSMA Solo Festival. Two other Islip students – Meaghan Lawrence (flute) and Gregory Warnokowski (alto saxophone) were selected as alternates.

The annual NYSSMA Winter Conference will take place at the in the Eastman Theater in Rochester from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, with performances on Dec. 1 and 2. D’Auria and Leo, prepared by chorus teacher Dr. Rich Harris Jr., will perform with the All-State Vocal Jazz ensemble, while Ryerson, prepared by band teacher Steve Campanella, will perform with the All-State Symphonic Band.

“Being selected as a participant or alternate for an All-State ensemble is a rare honor,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts. “It is the culmination of years of hard work and training. I am continually impressed with the work of our students and staff.”




A Triumphant Homecoming for Islip and the Brilliant Bucs

A Triumphant Homecoming for Islip and the Brilliant Bucs
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A Triumphant Homecoming for Islip and the Brilliant Bucs 3

Homecoming proved triumphant for Islip on Sept. 22, beginning with a celebratory parade down Main Street highlighted by a sea of purple jerseys cheering on the marchers and an array of creative class floats, followed by a fun carnival for the younger attendees and a brilliant performance by the varsity football team.

The Bucs won big against Hauppauge, cruising to a 42-14 victory. Quarterback Joe Juengerkes put Islip on the board with an early touchdown, while running back Bailey Kolovich ran for 149 yards including 60-yard and 35-yard touchdown runs. Islip’s ground game proved decisive, earning 350 yards in total.

The Bucs were ahead 28-0 by the time the halftime show came around, which featured strong performances by the cheerleaders, kickline and marching band, and the presentation of homecoming queen Mayra Sanchez and homecoming king Daniel Canales.




James McCabe Appointed as Science Coordinator

James McCabe Appointed as Science Coordinator

James McCabe has been named science coordinator for the district.

McCabe previously served as director of middle school life and elementary science at the East Williston School District, as dean of students and seventh-grade science teacher at East Williston, and as a general science teacher in the Colonial School District in Delaware.

The West Islip resident earned a bachelor’s degree in adolescence education in biology from SUNY Cortland and his master’s degree in school leadership from Wilmington University in Delaware.

“I am honored to join the Islip school community as science coordinator, and look forward to supporting our students learn through collaboration and discovery,” said McCabe.


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