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Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child whose birthday falls between December 2, 2013 and December 1, 2014, he/she is eligible to be registered for kindergarten for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Registration will take place by appointment only on January 23rd, January 24th, and January 25th. Please call the Wing Elementary School Main Office at 631-650-8450 to inquire about the registration process.

Sherwood Welcomes Incoming Second Graders from Wing

Sherwood Welcomes Incoming Second Graders from Wing
Incoming second graders came to visit at Sherwood on May 22, greeted by Principal Chad Walerstein. The students, currently attending Wing, will transition to Sherwood in September.   

Wing Parade Promotes Support for Autism Awareness

Wing Parade Promotes Support for Autism Awareness
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Students at Wing wrapped up Autism Awareness Week with an April 5 parade around the building, promoting inclusion and self-determination for all. During the days prior, each student participated in activities revolving around the awareness and acceptance of all students, guided by teacher Nicole Howley and school psychologist Nancy Sferrazza. The building was filled both inside and outside with symbols showing support during Autism Awareness Month.

Islip’s Music Education Program Receives NAMM Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

Islip’s Music Education Program Receives NAMM Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

For the fifth consecutive year, the district has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The award recognizes that Islip is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

“The Islip community has for many decades been supportive of the arts,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “This designation proves again that the community's resources and efforts continue to make Islip a leader in the musical arts.”

Islip Educators Enhance Leadership Skills with Gary McGuey

Islip Educators Enhance Leadership Skills with Gary McGuey

The district’s teachers, staff and administrators – joined by Board of Education trustees Paul Austin and Matthew Clareen – flocked to the high school auditorium on March 18 for an exciting Superintendent’s Conference Day interactive assembly with motivational speaker Gary McGuey, author of “The Inspirational Teacher” and “The Mentor: Leadership Trumps Bullying.” McGuey, a former athletic director and educator and one of the most in-demand educational speakers in the nation, provided the attendees with engaging personal and professional development as well as enhanced principle-centered leadership skills.

“Today we are coming together to be introduced to ideas and concepts that will not only help our students, but give each of us insight into ourselves,” said Dr. Christopher Smalley, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, introducing McGuey. “We know that academics are important, and if our students are not prepared to succeed in a college or career, they will struggle. But we also know that if our students are not prepared to deal with adversity or all the soft skills necessary in life, they will struggle even more. Our students now deal with an incredible bombardment of digital information, busy schedules and the constant pressure to succeed. The good news for our students is that they are in Islip, and we all care.”

McGuey delved deeply into the ideas behind “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” explained the three types of power – positional, utilitarian and principle-centered leadership – and demonstrated the path from dependence to independence and finally to interdependence.

“The only person we change is ourselves,” McGuey said. “We can influence people, and that’s what leadership is. People follow our footsteps much quicker than our advice. Everybody in this room can think of that influence or role model, that person in our lives we’ll never forget. For some of us, that person is no longer alive, but they still have power over us because of the way they led their lives based on words like integrity, hard work, love, service and responsibility.”

Islip Celebrates Cultural Diversity on Annual ENL Night

Islip Celebrates Cultural Diversity on Annual ELL Night

The district held its annual ENL Family Cultural Night on March 20, focused on the theme of celebrating cultural diversity, reflecting a district enriched by 18 different student languages.

“In Islip, our student population is culturally diverse and many students come from homes where a second language is spoken,” said Priscilla Zarate, the district’s ENL and world language coordinator. “What does cultural diversity mean for Islip? It means recognition of students’ abundant diversity of cultures, respect for the differences that exist, acknowledging the validity of different cultural expressions, valuing what other cultures have to offer, encouraging the contributions of diverse groups of students, empowering our students to strengthen themselves and others to achieve their maximum potential, and celebrating rather than just tolerating the differences in order to bring about unity in diversity.”

As one of many highlights of the event, Islip recognized the achievements of a dozen of its English language learners: William Pineda and Nicole Quinteros from Wing; Abner Barrios, Kelsey Ortiz and Natalie Pantaleon from Commack Road; David Hernandex from Sherwood; Naomi Del Re and Ashley Toro from the middle school; and Veronica Catalino, Nicole Huaylinos, Osman Marroquin and Mayra Sanchez from the high school.

The evening also included a guest appearance by poet, storyteller and performer Adriana Devers, author of “Mi Chiquitica en Luna Llena My Little One in Full Moon,” “Huellas de Una Memoria Perdida” and “Mi Vida de Cuento en Cuento.” Devers, originally from the Dominican Republic, spoke bilingually to the audience and led them in a festive traditional dance out of the auditorium and into the cafeteria to enjoy food, refreshments and numerous educational displays.

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