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Work by 75 Student-Artists Exhibited at Annual Show

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The district recognized 75 talented student-artists at its annual Districtwide Art Show, held on Feb. 12 at the high school’s auditorium lobby. Selected for exhibition were Brianna Altman, Leo Bacelli, Samantha Christiansen, Lilianna Colon, Megan Colwell, Nina Del Re, Madison Gremli, Tatum Hardekopf, Janae Lindsay, Madelyn Marinelli, Sara Mecozzi, Matt Miller, Gabrielle Nicolae, Anna Rahner, Micah Ruiz, Amanda Sayles, Trixie Sherry, Jade Valentin, Riley Wallace and Emily Wirth of the high school; Tiana Arroyo, Matthew Breslin, Gavin Connell, Addison DeFalco, Erica DeLapi, Tansley Desrosiers, Abby Dieumegard, Aidan Files, Sabrina Frazer, Alexis Hand, Carly Herrington, Keira Jantz, Shylah Kerry, Samantha Krut, Amanda Mardones-Miranda, Lauren McSweeney, Luna Mendoza, Jaci Narducci, Joette Olds, Andrew Owens, Jakeline Romero, Cole Rudner, Juliana Sclafani, Gianna Trojcak and Katalina Villalba of the middle school; Kayla Baker, Abigail Butler-Lentini, Emirson Canales, Daniela Capolongo, James Infante, Elise Lettieri, Julianna Pepitone, Griffin Roche, Laytin Veith and Alyssa Williams of Commack Road; Tillie Ancipink, Max Carminio, Emily Gowen, Brooke Lemanczyk, Aimee Rich, Keela Salerno, Charlee Semple, Amelia Touhey, Oscar Villatoro and Murphy Wallace of Sherwood; and Makenzy Covelli, Jason Farrell, Bruce Hart, Maisie Howe, Frankie Kaatsiz, Kendall Loud, Aliyah Pazmino, Katrina Petersen, Julia Sanchez and Anthony Wade of Wing.

After the artists’ proud families had a chance to view the displayed artworks, they moved to the auditorium for a performance by the high school’s chamber orchestra, directed by Zachary Butterfield, and an introductory address by Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts.

“Every artist gets to experience the miracle of creation,” Dailey said. “A straight line can become a giraffe or a dinosaur or the most beautiful flower ever created. A lump of clay, dug from the ground, can – in the right hands – become a vase, a sculpture or a cookie jar. The goal of art education is to prepare students for a lifetime of creativity. By learning to be creative and resourceful at a young age, the students here in Islip can go forth into the future with the ability to solve problems, to adhere to deadlines and to bring beauty into a world that desperately needs it. These students have generated – out of nothing but their own imaginations – aesthetically pleasing art which helps the viewer leave the cares of life behind and invites us to enter into a world of fantasy and beauty. We thank them for this invitation and congratulate them on their achievements.”

Islip Ice Skater Capps Takes Fourth at Empire State Winter Games

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Ice skater Emily Capps, a student at the middle school, participated in the 40th annual Empire State Winter Games, held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at Lake Placid. As a solo performer, Capps finished in fourth place. Skating as a synchronized group, her team won the gold medal.   

Curriculum Course Tour Preps Eighth Graders for HS

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The high school hosted a new and improved version of Curriculum Night on Feb. 6, redubbed the Curriculum Course Tour.
The event began in the high school auditorium, where incoming eighth grade students and their families were provided with an in-depth overview of the courses available at the high school. Also discussed were graduation requirements, the Buccaneer University mentoring program, Advanced Placement courses, BOCES Technical Centers, and the school’s Career Academy, cosmetology, arts, technology and special education programs. Incoming students were encouraged to get involved in such activities as clubs, honor societies, community service, the school’s bands and musicals, and student government and other leadership roles.

Meanwhile, in the cafeteria, students and families were able to speak with coordinators and guidance counselors about course offerings. Current high schoolers were welcome to attend the Curriculum Course Tour, and many of them helped to staff informational booths throughout the cafeteria.

Middle Schoolers Present Fabulous “Frozen” Production

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The middle school’s talented young actors presented “Frozen, Jr.” (a shorter version of the current hit Broadway musical) in several performances on Jan. 23, 24 and 25. Based on the beloved 2013 Disney animated film, which was in turn inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s 1844 fairy tale "The Snow Queen,” the show focused on the adventures of sister-princesses Elsa and Anna, who live in a magical snow kingdom. 

Directed by Allison Jeanes and Sheila Montuori, with choreography by Victoria Hubert, Islip’s fabulous production snowballed into a first-rate theatrical experience starring Emma Cirulnick, Emerson Concannon, Addison DeFalco, Elizabeth Ford, Skylar Greene, Arthur Hampson and Leela Lopez. 

“This year’s production was one of the largest casts and crew we have ever had,” Jeanes said. “Our lighting board, music, microphones, soundboard and backstage deck crew were all run by students who have been training and working on the musical productions throughout their middle school years. A production of this scale at the middle school level takes an enormous amount of dedication from our students. They worked hard on and off the stage, and the level of professionalism, teamwork and caring they brought to the process was awe-inspiring. The bond that was created throughout a rehearsal process like this is an amazing gift to bear witness to and be a part of.”

Over 200 Islip Student-Musicians Perform at Annual String Fest

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The district’s annual String Festival was held on Feb. 5, featuring over 200 students in grades 4 through 12 playing the violin, viola, cello and double bass. Each district string ensemble performed individually, and then they all combined for the grand finale of Jacques Offenbach’s “Danse Infernal,” performed in celebration of the composer’s 200th birthday.  

“It takes a lot of dedication to play a string instrument,” said Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts. “The students highlighted in this concert have made the decision to walk a path that requires significant effort. The district is happy to showcase the incredible work these students have accomplished.”

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