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211 Main Street
Islip NY 11751

School Hours: 8:20 a.m. – 2:24 p.m.

Telephone Directory
Main Office: (631) 650-8500
Fax: (631) 650-8508
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8505
Asst. Principal: (631) 650-8515
Guidance: (631) 650-8550
Health Office: (631) 650-8525
Attendance: (631) 650-8510

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Timothy P. Martin
Bryan Miltenberg
Assistant Principal

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 Islip Middle School Staff


Principal's Message

June 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As I am writing this final note for this school year, the sun is shining and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. This is a wonderful reminder that the days of summer are upon us. I would like to congratulate our eighth grade students for a job well done. Good luck to you as you once again have the opportunity to set new goals as you begin your High School journey. To our returning students, we look forward to your leadership in the coming school year as we welcome our new sixth graders.

At this time, please review the information below in regard to the final exam schedule. Included are bus schedules that will be followed on those days. It is important to take note of the dates and times your child will need to be in attendance. The bus times and stops also vary. The information can also be found on the Middle School eBoard.

Finally, there continues to be a good deal of work going on in and around the Middle School. We look forward to a few more renovations to include our elevator and some other common area projects. If the work is completed and the building is safe for visitors, school visits will be limited to the latter part of August. We will send out a notice at that time. To receive text and email information, please ensure your digital parent contact information is up to date on the parent portal.

Have a safe and restful summer!

Kind regards,
Timothy P. Martin


Middle Schoolers Meet Successful Speaker Brian Cohen

Middle Schoolers Meet Successful Speaker Brian Cohen
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Middle school students in the EXCEL program recently had the chance to improve their speaking skills and discuss finding future careers with motivational speaker and Strategy of Success founder Brian Cohen as part of the ongoing “Inventing Self” series of inspirational guest lectures.

Cohen, who partnered with Communication Strategy Group to form the Long Island Speakers Bureau, a company that provides professional presenters, also does everything from stand-up comedy and radio hosting to communication coaching and singing with an orchestra.

He told the students, “If you love what you do, from a career standpoint, you never have to go to work, because you’re always doing what you want to do, which sounds nice, but how do you make that truly work?”

Cohen asked them if any of them knew what they wanted to do for a future career and discussed the law of attraction.

“You will attract things that are appropriate to what you whatever your goal is,” he said. “It’s a concept, a theory more than a law, but it really works.”

Buccaneer Roundtable Enhances Student Voices at Middle School

Buccaneer Roundtable Enhances Student Voices at Middle School

The middle school recently created a Buccaneer Roundtable to enhance student voices and leadership under the larger umbrella of improving school culture and climate.

Last year, the school’s Student Climate and Culture Committee created a survey that was administered to all students. When the results were analyzed, it was determined that as students went through their years at the middle school, they reported having a decreasing say in activities, events and opportunities. The committee designed the Buccaneer Roundtable to counteract that trend. Teachers nominated students from each grade and level of academic performance to join. The goal was to create a cross-section of the student body that could represent the diversity of thoughts and opinions within the building.

Every six weeks, the Roundtable meets – joined by administration and rotating members of the student committee – to discuss issues such as school policies and procedures, bullying and cyberbullying, lunch and recess, school safety, and student well-being. Students are asked to bring concerns from the student body to the meeting. Administration then made changes based on student feedback, such as creating a policy in which eighth graders are allowed to choose new lunch tables and spend recess in the courtyard every Friday.

“This is a positive thing for our school because everyone gets a voice and the students get to be heard,” said eighth grader and Roundtable member Keyara Hassell. “The students like it because they can tell us their problems or issues and we can try to fix them to make the school a better place. I enjoy being in the Roundtable.”  

Middle Mathletes Team Wins Division

Middle Mathletes Team Wins Division
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The middle school's seventh grade Mathletes team of Matthew Curry and Matthew Ramirez recently placed first in their division. The pair of students participated in competitions with neighboring school districts throughout the last school year, tackling challenging math questions and putting their problem-solving skills to the test.

“I am very proud of their determination and perseverance,” said teacher Shayna Pirkl.

Middle Schoolers Eat and Learn on Second Walking Food Tour

Middle Schoolers Eat and Learn on Second Walking Food Tour

An excited group of middle schoolers – sixth graders from the EXCEL program and seventh graders from family and consumer science classes – embarked on the second annual walking food tour of Islip’s Main Street on May 31, accompanied by EXCEL coordinator Julia Johnson and FACS teacher Naomi Sauer.

After exploring Tellers steakhouse, the students moved on to Verace next door, where Executive Chef Dylan Hoyt and Sous Chef Corey Caulfield taught them how to make meatballs and penne vodka, which they enjoyed for lunch. The tour continued with visits to Pizza Parm and Coyle’s Ice Cream.

“I think this is really awesome experience for the students,” said Hoyt. “It shows them how much work goes into just one plate of food that is prepared for them. And it’s enjoyable for us, too. We like to teach these kids.”


A Pair of Prestigious Awards for Middle School Teacher AnnMarie Mills

A Pair of Prestigious Awards for Middle School Teacher AnnMarie Mills

AnnMarie Mills of the middle school recently won the Suffolk County Science Teachers Association’s Middle School Teacher of the Year award as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

Mills recently completed the Greentree Foundation Teacher’s Ecology Workshop, developing a mature-centered outdoor classroom science curriculum which incorporated local ecosystems in all units as well as emphasizing the importance of regular outdoor learning. She also adopted a place-based education philosophy in which students use Long Island ecology and environmental issues as primary learning resources for learning. She collaborated with Molloy College and CERCOM’s Crab Club to raise five juvenile horseshoe crabs in her classroom and worked with the Seatuck Environmental Foundation to allow students to raise and release quail chicks. Mills has offered Islip’s students numerous exciting field trips, fostering a love of science, including a “A Day in the Life of the River” at Babylon’s Carlls River, “Fall into Nature” at Seatuck, a marine biology fishing trip in the Great South Bay, a “floating classroom” at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in Southampton, and Molloy College’s Women in Science Conference.

Mills will travel with her family to Washington D.C. in July to receive the EPA award. As part of winning the PIAEE, Mills will receive a plaque and $2,500 to further her professional development in environmental education, and the Islip School District will also receive $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.  

“AnnMarie takes teaching to the next level by applying real-world scenarios into daily lessons,” said Principal Timothy Martin. “Her students get to experience the environment right outside the classroom window which makes her lessons tangible, fun, and realistic for students.”

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