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Islip NY 11751

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Timothy P. Martin
Jason Cohen
Assistant Principal



 Islip Middle School Staff


Principal's Message

December 2020

Season’s Greetings Parents/Guardians:

Seems like just yesterday we were searching for our newest back to school clothing accessories such as; masks, gators, and lanyards. Like many other people, I am eager to see this fashion trend go away like nylon parachute pants. These trends have their differences. One of the differences being while we may have chosen to wear parachute pants, the masks are a trend we have little choice about. That being said, your children, our students, have done an exceptional job with all of the parameters put forth by social distancing guidelines. While they may not realize it, for middle school children, they have been an integral member of a successful and positive team exploring this new learning environment.

This first week of December we experienced a set back. However, we look at this as an opportunity to "Reboot" so we are all able to return again December 9th.

As we enter this holiday season, we all know it will be different, but I am confident we will find creative ways to celebrate with family and friends near and far.

This season has the middle school bustling with generosity and once again. Even with all of the obstacles, our students and families found a way to help those in need. The C.A.R.E. Club collected dozens of boxes of food for our local food pantry. A heartfelt thank you to all who donated to the cause.

As we enter the second marking period, we encourage all of the students to reflect on the many accomplishments of the first quarter. What has worked well, and what can be done differently.

From all of us at IMS, we hope this holiday season is filled with joy and laughter with your family and friends.

I wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons and the healthiest New Year.

As always, feel free to contact me at

Kind Regards,

Timothy P. Martin

Middle Schoolers Create Cards for Stony Brook Vets

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Demonstrating both care and patriotism, members of Islip High School’s student government recently created Veterans Day cards for delivery to residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University.



Trick or Treating at the Middle School

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Halloween was twice as fun at the middle school this year, celebrated on both Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 30. All students in attendance were able to enjoy the day, no matter which cohort they were in. Not only were they excited about getting dressed up, but they were able to go trick or treating right in the school. Costumed teachers and staff cheerfully handed out treats to the deserving students.

“Masks were no match for the smiles we saw, and it was great to see kids being kids again,” said Principal Timothy Martin.


Pride on Display at Islip’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration

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The district held its fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Oct. 20, recognizing Hispanic students who have engaged in civic and community engagement and participation within their school while demonstrating pride for their language and culture. Held during the Board of Education meeting at the high school auditorium, the event coincided with Hispanic Heritage month, which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic, Hispanic Americans and heritage speakers who have positively influenced and enriched the nation and society.

Selected by Islip’s ENL and world languages department, in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Committee, nine district students were honored: Zuleyma Coto Guzman of Wingl; Cristian Martinez Ortiz, Alexis Montoya and Emily Sarai Coronado of Commack Road; Dennys Alfaro Umanzor and Bryan Alvarenga of Sherwood; Viancy Cordova Mejia of the middle school; and Daiana Fuentes Velasquez and Jimmy Larrea Salvatierra of the high school.

Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzales, a Hispanic community leader, was on hand as a special guest to recognize the students along with administrators and Board of Education members. As their proud families watched, each of the honorees received a proclamation from Gonzales, an award certificate from the ENL and world languages department, and a gift coupon from BJ’s Restaurants.

“This year’s theme was ‘Hispanics Proud of Their Culture and Language,’ and there are many ways that our students show pride for their culture and language,” said Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages. “Often times this pride can be visible through three concepts of a culture: products of a culture, practices of a culture and perspectives of a culture.

“Products of culture are the tangible and intangible pieces of our Hispanic culture. For example, we sometimes hear our students share stories about how a Sunday cleaning home chore is also about teaching the children how to dance merengue, salsa or cumbia or vallenato. Nothing is done in isolation in our Hispanic culture. Everything is done with intention, to help our children become multi-taskers. So, children learn how to clean, dance and become stronger as Spanish speakers through this task. Another example is when our students share with their peers how they helped their parents cook a ceviche or rice and beans or an arepa con queso for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

“Practices of a culture are the social interactions and behaviors of our culture, and we often see these reflected in our students when they share their traditional celebrations such as: Three Kings Day, Day of the Dead, the Patron Saint Festival of San Salvador and the many other national celebrations that take place throughout Latin America.

“Perspectives of a culture are the attitudes, values and beliefs of our culture that are represented by the importance of family unity, or when students demonstrate signs of respect towards an adult or an elder by making minimal eye contact when an adult is speaking, as it can be taken by our elders as an affront or a challenge of authority. All of these concepts – products, practices and perspectives – are merely examples, representative of the Hispanic culture.”


Stories by 42 Islip Students Published in “Mission Contamination” Anthology

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It’s not often that middle schoolers can claim to be published authors, but for 42 Islip students, the assertion is valid.

Last year, while enrolled in Steven Taff’’s eighth grade Honors English class at the middle school, they wrote short pieces for the Survival Sagas fiction writing contest “Mission Contamination: It's Going Viral....Tales from New York.” Inspired by the theme of “contamination,” whether from a natural mutation, a chemical attack or a manmade experiment gone wrong, the students – all now freshmen at the high school – crafted original tales of fear and redemption, grim sacrifice and struggles of survival against the odds, in just 100 words. The resulting mini-sagas by these young writers were recently published in a “Mission Contamination” anthology paperback book, which can be read in the middle school’s library.