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First Grade Sisters Create Kindness Club at Wing

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During the Town Meeting Finale at Islip’s Wing Elementary School, school counselor Victoria DiOrio and school social worker Allison Rutsky talked with the children about all of the character traits they had learned this year, such as fairness, caring, honesty, respect, giving, kindness and responsibility. In preparation for the May 23 event, each Wing student in kindergarten and first grade created their own superhero and discussed the special character trait they would like to have as their superpower. First grade sisters Loralei and Waverly Lamneck chose kindness as their superpower, and later came up with a special idea on how to spread kindness to others and give back to the community, inspired by DiOrio’s reading of the book “Strictly No Elephants.”

“The book is about a boy and his tiny pet elephant,” Rutsky said. “He wanted to join the Pet Club with his elephant, but wasn’t allowed because his pet was different than the other animals. At the end of the story, the boy decided to form his own club that included all kinds of animals in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Waverly and Loralei enjoyed the story and thought about creating their own Kindness Club that includes everyone in both of their classes. The girls invited all of the members to their house.”

“We came up with the idea of the Kindness Club so people can be kind to each other,” Waverly Lamneck said, “We wanted to be sure that the Kindness Club included everyone in our classes. First, we made invitations for the club and put it in everyone’s folders. We met two times so far at our house. The first time, we made cards for people in the hospital to help make them feel better. We also played with bubbles and chalk.”  

“The second time we met, we made birthday boxes to give to the food pantry for children in need,” Loralei Lamneck said. “Each birthday box had cake mix, icing and a can of Sprite. Our mom told us that you can bake a cake with Sprite! It’s not fair if you don’t have cake for your birthday. Everyone needs sweets on their birthday. We are still thinking of ideas to do at our next meeting.”

“The hospital sent a letter to thank the Kindness Club for spreading kindness and generosity,” Rutsky said. “It is wonderful to see that Lorelai, Waverly and the Kindness Club members have generalized what they have learned from our Town Meetings at school, and chose to spread kindness in their own creative ways.” 

Date Added: 6/18/2024

Islip Unified Basketball Team Finishes Exceptional First Season

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Islip High School’s new Unified Basketball team, coached by Jamie Lynch, recently finished an exceptional first season, highlighted by a triumphant Senior Night game against Hauppauge High School’s Eagles on May 20.

“They displayed great character, sportsmanship and care throughout the season and came together as one big family with excitement and enthusiasm,” Lynch said. “They also exhibited a fierce competitiveness on game days. Even though we said winning wasn’t important, they decided that it was!”

Date Added: 6/18/2024

Islip Middle School Inducts 36 Into New Tri-M Music Honor Society

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Islip Middle School seventh and eighth graders were inducted into the brand-new Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society during a June 4 ceremony. Students were selected based on their participation in music ensembles, academic achievement and a teacher nomination to support their leadership, service and character. In total, 36 students were accepted.

Five Tri-M student leaders – President Tillie Ancipink, Vice President Mia Olivares, Treasurer Ella Fishbein, Secretary Elizabeth Balsamo and Historian Donna Mandamiento – were also announced that evening, following a vote by their peers. The guest speaker was senior Lucas Bohr, a co-president of the Islip High School chapter of Tri-M.

“These exceptional students, who had already demonstrated the qualities of Tri-M every single day in our music classes and around the school, now have an organization to officially recognize their achievements,” said Michael Hershkowitz, the interim Tri-M chapter director and Islip’s director of fine and performing arts. “I am so proud that this group of students will set the high benchmark for future members.”

Date Added: 6/17/2024

Islip Special Olympics Team Effort Results in Gold Medals

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Fourteen Special Olympics athletes from the Islip School District and over 20 student volunteers traveled to Plainedge High School on May 4 to compete in the Special Olympics New York Spring Games North.

After four months of weight training with coach Gian Villante and speed training with coach Dave Claps, the team was ready to compete. Track and field events at the Games included the 25-meter assisted walk, 50-meter run, 50-meter motorized wheelchair slalom, 100-meter walk, 200-meter run, 400-meter run, shot put, and tennis, softball and Turbojav throws. Islip’s team were podium regulars that day, taking home numerous gold medals with their peer volunteers right beside them to cheer them on.  

“The district could not be prouder of the athletes’ efforts and the efforts of our many volunteers who showed up that day as well as those who showed up for the four months prior,” physical education teacher Patricia Whitehouse said.

Date Added: 6/17/2024 

Islip HS Video Students Earn Fifth Place in National PSA Contest

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Islip High School video production and broadcasting students Olivia Auerbach, Cailin Egan, Afzal Khan, Natalia Nalbone and Katharine Placa recently earned fifth place in the national Greatest Save Teen PSA contest, sponsored by KinderVision, a charity of Major League Baseball. In the Greatest Save PSA contest, high school teens create, script, film and edit an original 30-second public service announcement on a chosen topic.

After being named Long Island regional and New York State winners, Islip’s students and their “Not Alone” video were selected by the Greatest Save/KinderVision board as national finalists. This is the fourth time that Islip technology teacher Mike Reilly’s video production and broadcasting students have won their region, and in 2022 they finished in the top three in national voting.  

“Everyone did an excellent job this year,” Reilly said.

Date Added: 6/14/2024