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All Smiles On Islip’s Exciting First Day of School

All Smiles On Islip’s Exciting First Day of School
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The first day of classes in Islip arrived on Sept. 5, with students in the district’s high school, middle school and Commack Road, Maud S. Sherwood and Wing elementary schools arriving to begin a new year of learning.

“I am so proud to be the principal of Islip Middle School, where the kids bring the innocence and joy that can easily be overlooked in our fast-paced world,” said Timothy Martin. “I am looking forward to an exciting year.”

“It was a great first day for the students at Sherwood,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “It was nice to see all the new and returning smiling faces as they entered, and it was even better to hear students say how great their day went as they left for the day.”




EXCEL Students Bake for Kids Helping Kids Initiative

EXCEL Students Bake for Kids Helping Kids Initiative

As part of this year’s Inventing Self series, students in the district's XCEL program were visited by chef Michael Guasta, a Culinary Academy of Long Island graduate and CEO of the Pure Sugar bakery in Amityville, and Christen Lambert, an investment banker and board president of Lodestar Children’s Services, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic care for children and families suffering from psychiatric ailments.

After presenting the life events that led them to their respective careers, Guasta and Lambert were inspired by the students’ questions to provide them with a unique opportunity called Kids Helping Kids. Four students – Parker Barry, Erica DeLapi, Lauren Limmer and Jaci Narducci, all students at Islip Middle School – wrote proposals to be considered, which included designing a dessert they would like to make for a fundraiser and writing an essay about why they wanted to be a part of the project. The students were interviewed by Guasta, Lambert and Lodestar founder James Regan, who were so impressed that they decided to invite all four students to work with Guasta on the desserts they designed for a Lodestar fundraiser at Pure Sugar.

“It was interesting because I’d never really baked before,” said Limmer. “Baking was kind of new to me, and I learned a lot about baking while I was doing it. I didn’t expect that, I actually learned more than I thought I would.”

“When we baked for the fundraiser, we hoped that people enjoyed what we made because it’s a really great organization,” said DeLapi.




Middle Schoolers Make ‘Eighth Grade Rounds’

Middle Schoolers Make ‘Eighth Grade Rounds’

In preparation for moving up to the high school, the entire eighth grade at the middle school visited the high school this year as part of the first ever “Eighth Grade Rounds” orientation initiative. The students were broken up into groups and, led by the high school’s Peer Ambassadors, visited nine different active classrooms to get a glimpse of what high school is like.

In a follow-up event, the Peer Ambassadors later visited the middle school to follow up with the eighth-graders about their experience.  




9/11 Tree Memorial Installed

9/11 Tree Memorial Installed
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The district recently unveiled a new 9/11 tree memorial, located at the east side of Islip Middle School. The centerpiece of the memorial is a Callery pear tree that was seeded from the 9/11 “Survivor Tree,” which was discovered at the site of the World Trade Center following the 2001 terrorist attack, nursed back to health and memorialized at Ground Zero. Islip received a seedling through the efforts of New York City firefighter Russell Dietz, an Islip resident and former Board of Education member. The design and development of the memorial, which includes a plaque at the base of the tree, was conceived and overseen by Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Zeterberg and Director of Facilities Brian Graham. 



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