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Mr. Jon LaRochester, Principal
Islip High School


 

Home of the Buccaneers

 

Letter to the Class of 2020

Graduates and Families of the Class of 2020,

As we approach the awaited countdown to the 95th Commencement in Islip High School’s history, there is no better time than now, to thank all of you for your patience, unwavering support and confidence in our faculty and staff during our distance learning experience. Islip High School faculty and staff worked so hard to create and modify events to ensure that our amazing graduates knew how much they were loved, missed and appreciated for all they accomplished during their time at Islip, culminating this week with what is shaping up to be a wonderful family-oriented series of commencement ceremonies.

At this time, I would like to formally invite you all to join me and the rest of the Islip High School Administration, Faculty, Staff and the Islip School Community in recognizing the members of the class of 2020 who were nominated and selected as award winners. Our first presentation linked below is our Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony which will present a variety of academic, service and achievement awards and scholarships from 65 families, community members and organizational donors to graduating seniors totaling more than $90,000. Our second presentation is our Virtual Athletic Awards Program honoring the senior varsity athletes of the graduating class of 2020.

I would like to publicly thank the many administrators, faculty, and staff members whose creativity and hard work made these presentations a reality. On behalf of the Islip High School Family, congratulations and enjoy the presentations.

Virtual Awards List
Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony
Virtual Senior Athletic Awards Program


Be Safe… Be Healthy…

Regards,

Jon LaRochester - Principal

 

A Message from the Principal:

Dear Islip High School Families,

It is my sincere hope that you receive this letter in the midst of an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. For me, this letter is both exciting and yet very humbling, as it is my first opportunity as the new Principal of Islip High School to officially "Welcome You Back" for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Since I was hired, my time in Islip has been nothing short of remarkable. Every student, parent, teacher and staff member that I have encountered has been kind and helpful. Learning about the wonderful programs and the opportunities that have been created for our students has not only inspired me, but also confirmed all of the fantastic things I have heard about Islip High School, its outstanding students and staff and the "Pride" that the community has for the total school program.

I have learned that Islip is built upon rich traditions of excellence, the truest form of community pride. At its core is a school system whose commitment to the growth, enrichment, and success of all of its students is second to none. I am truly honored to have been selected by Central Administration and the Board of Education to join the Islip School District, with its exceptional students, faculty, staff and administrative team.

For more than twenty years, I have been fortunate to have had many valuable and unique opportunities within both the educational and professional arenas. These experiences have paved the way for me to become the administrator and educational leader that I am today. I began my career in the Bethpage School District where I was a secondary social studies teacher for fourteen years. For the past six years, I was an assistant principal at Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick School District. This time has provided me with a deep insight as to the true value and significance that a tradition of excellence, whole life learning and a "student first" focus has upon a district and its community as a whole. It allowed me to play an active role in the creation of instructional, curricular, technological and athletic programs, as well as operational ventures aimed at student growth, achievement, and real-world experiences. I look forward to bringing a commitment to excellence, a creative and innovative vision, and a positive attitude to the current and future students of Islip High School.

Once again, I am so thankful for the opportunity to become a part of the Islip High School community! I look forward to getting to know and work with each one of your children as we continue to strive to move Islip High School amongst the educational leaders in New York State.


Best regards,
Jon LaRochester

 

Graduating Class of 2020 Celebrates Strength and Perseverance

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For Islip High School’s Class of 2020, the disappointments of the truncated end of their senior year were sweetened by a stirring in-person graduation ceremony in which every speaker gave testament to the class’s character, strength and perseverance. The school’s 95th commencement was divided into four sessions held at Bucs Stadium on the evening of June 26 and the morning of June 27.

After greetings from Principal Jon LaRochester, and Student Union President Emily DeAngelis and Vice President Sydney Camenzuli, who served as emcees for each session, senior Nicholas D’Auria sang a stunning rendition of the national anthem.

Board of Education trustees Danielle Flora and Kelly Vallette eschewed traditional graduation speeches, instead sharing a series of inspiring and humorous stories, quotes and anecdotes.

“It may not be the same as in previous years, we may not all be together, but even though the seniors are behind Islip face coverings, eight feet apart from their fellow graduates, nothing can mask the fact that they are 262 amazing, special individuals,” Vallette said.

“2020 had other plans and lessons for your class and for all of us to learn, a completely unique and unanticipated turn in the road,” Flora told the seniors. “You are part of a graduating class that will be forever marked in history.”

“What a journey you have all undertaken, what a set of experiences you have amassed, what a collection of life lessons you have gathered,” said LaRochester in his first commencement speech as principal. “We are gathered here today not just to celebrate your academic accomplishments, but more importantly, to celebrate the strong men and women you have become. Though my time as your principal has been short, and our experiences have been impacted by COVID-19, your passion, love and commitment to your school and community are undeniable, and that is a testament to the quality of your character.”

“Losing the last few months of our senior year does not define us,” said salutatorian Madelyn Germano. “The one thing we will never lose is the support of one another. We experienced a traumatic time in history, but we experienced it together. If we can overcome the challenges we recently faced, we can overcome just about anything. The Class of 2020 is special and there is no doubt in my mind that everyone here will discover their true passion and excel in the future.”

“This is the day we turn away from the familiarity of our hometown amd tpward the vast unknowns of our futures,” said valedictorian Darienne Rogers. “Despite what’s going on around us, we’ve earned this day and the special community we call home has been so supportive to still recognize the greatness of our class. Since March 13, our senior year has been different than anything that anyone has ever seen before. The recent misfortunes we faced as a group could never overshadow everything that we’ve accomplished for the last 13 years. The whole world suffered this year, but we’re still standing, because no one can take away our strength as a class.”

Each student then walked up to receive their diploma, followed by the traditional turning of the tassels, and even a few caps were happily tossed into the warm skies before the new alumni left to celebrate with their families.

  

Juengerkes and Scheidel Nominated for Dellecave Awards

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Seniors Joseph Juengerkes and Kristen Scheidel were recently nominated for the Dellecave Award and recognized with certificates from the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk. The Dellecave Awards are given to students who not only excel athletically and academically but who also show great character and integrity.  

 

HS Recognizes 11 Gold Key Award Winners

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The high school recently announced the 11 winners of the Gold Key Awards for the 2019-2020 school year: Lucas Arey, Jack Atlas, Kaitlyn Berger, Mackenzie Cummings, Natalia Cutler, Gianna Edwards, Joseph Juengerkes, Sarah Kornahrens, Sarah Penny, Kelsey Scheidel and Kristen Scheidel. This recognition is issued to student-athletes who have competed in eight or nine sport seasons from grade 10 through grade 12.

Triple Sport Award Winners!

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The Triple Sport Award recognizes seniors who participated on three sport teams during their senior year.

Senior Awards Presentations from Principal LaRochester

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As we approach the awaited countdown to the 95th commencement in Islip High School’s history, there is no better time than now, to thank all of you for your patience, unwavering support and confidence in our faculty and staff during our distance learning experience. Islip High School faculty and staff worked so hard to create and modify events to ensure that our amazing graduates knew how much they were loved, missed and appreciated for all they accomplished during their time at Islip, culminating this week with what is shaping up to be a wonderful family-oriented series of commencement ceremonies.
 
At this time, I would like to formally invite you all to join me and the rest of the Islip High School administration, faculty, staff and the Islip school community in recognizing the members of the Class of 2020 who were nominated and selected as award winners. Our first presentation linked below is our Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony which will present a variety of academic, service and achievement awards and scholarships from 65 families, community members and organizational donors to graduating seniors totaling more than $90,000. Our second presentation is our Virtual Athletic Awards Program honoring the senior varsity athletes of the graduating Class of 2020.
 
I would like to publicly thank the many administrators, faculty, and staff members whose creativity and hard work made these presentations a reality. On behalf of the Islip High School family, congratulations and enjoy the presentations.


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