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HS Scholars Run World Language Immersion Day at Middle School

HS Scholars Help Immerse Middle Schoolers in World Languages

World Language Honor Society members from the high school set up shop next door at the middle school lobby on March 8 for World Language Immersion Day, running 11 different learning centers for eventh-graders to visit. Activities such as Twister, Uno, Pictionary, bingo, paper flower making and “letter soup”, all undertaken solely in the Italian and Spanish languages, provided the middle schoolers with a chance to converse in a second language, learn the language’s vocabulary, engage in interactive activities to use this language in context and instill cultural awareness.

“I think it was a great experience for the seventh-graders,” said senior Dan Canales, who manned the Twister station.  “And for us, it was great to be able to teach them and instill in them the language they have chosen to learn.”

“The purpose of World Language Immersion Day is for our world language scholars to have the opportunity to give back to the program in which they started,” said Megan Schierhorst, one of the high school’s two World Language Honor Society advisers along with Sarah Ito. “It’s also a great opportunity for our seventh-grade middle schoolers to see where they can progress to in language studies in the future.”

Gymnast Kerin Spadaro Earns All-State Status

Gymnast Kerin Spadaro Earns All-State Status
Gymnast Kerin Spadaro Earns All-State Status 2
Gymnast Kerin Spadaro Earns All-State Status 3

High school student-athlete Kerin Spadaro recently competed in the New York State gymnastics championships at Cold Spring Harbor High School, placing second on the bars, with a score of 9.57, and third on the floor, with a score of 9.45. Spadaro’s excellent performances earned her All-State honors.

A ‘Product’-ive Meeting for HS Business Students

 A ‘Product’-ive Meeting for HS Business Students

High school students from the Business Leadership Academy recently participated in a business breakfast, followed by a question-and-answer session with guest speaker Robert Modica, a field representative supervisor from worldwide meat distributor Porky Products Inc. The students learned about career opportunities and the vast amount of jobs needed to run a worldwide organization.

“A good work ethic is the most important attribute that all employees need,” Modica told the students. “Your desire to achieve goals in life, whether personally or professionally, should always be guided by your morals and work ethic.”

Many of the 25 seniors, juniors and sophomores enrolled in the Academy are interested in majoring in business management, finance, accounting or marketing in college; others want to start their own businesses and learn how they are managed. The Academy students meet monthly with Islip business teachers and business professionals to learn about the world of business and opportunities that exist. Students also take field trips to various businesses where they talk to employees and learn about the ins and outs of moving up the corporate ladder.

“Students are intrigued to learn about the different types of careers and businesses that exist,” said Curt Juengerkes, the high school’s assistant principal and coordinator of the careers department and Business Leadership Academy. “The guest speakers are from different industries, with diverse backgrounds and education, and this forum inspires our students to expand their horizons.”  

Track Pair Earn All-County Status in Weight Throw


High school winter track stars Sofia Sirico and Leo Soto recently achieved All-County and other honors in recognition of their remarkable athletic performances. Sirico earned All-County as well as All-League in the weight throw, while Soto earned All-County and All-Long Island in the weight throw as well as All-League in shot put.

Robotics Team Is ‘Inspire’d to Win at FIRST Tech Challenge

Robotics Team Is ‘Inspire’d to Win at FIRST Tech Challenge

The high school’s robotics team, consisting of 14 students from grade 10 through 12, emerged as big winners in the FIRST Tech Challenge qualifier events held in January, earning first place in the Inspire Award. The victory advanced them to compete in the Long Island Championship on March 9.

The Islip squad, guided by team advisers Brian Brachio and Erika Dannenfelser, also earned first place and the first runner-up spot for the Think Award, first runner-up for the Innovate Award, and second runner-up for the Connect Award, Control Award, Design Award and Innovate Award.