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SEPTA Celebrates Islip’s Dedicated, Hardworking Students

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Students from all five of Islip’s schools – Islip High School, Islip Middle School, Commack Road Elementary School, Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School and Wing Elementary School – were celebrated for their hard work and dedication by SEPTA during a May 2 awards ceremony. Students were nominated by teachers, administrators and staff members and presented with certificates and medals to commemorate their successes.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients and their families,” Islip Middle School Dean of Students Jamie Wright said.

Date Added: 5/24/2024

Wing’s Community Reader Day Ignites Passion for Reading

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Community Reader Day, a highlight of the two-week Pick a Reading Partner celebration at Wing Elementary School, welcomed local community members on the morning of March 14 to read favorite books to students in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade.

2024 guest readers visiting Wing’s classrooms included Islip Board of Education Vice President Tom Leggio and trustees Paul Austin, Eric Buehler and Laura Rogacki; Superintendent Dr. Dennis P. O’Hara; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Michael Giacchetto; Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Administrative Services and Operations Donna Brower; Director of School Counseling Dr. Cynthia Fitzgerald; Fine and Performing Arts Director Michael Hershkowitz; Athletic Director John Sparacio; World Language/ENL Coordinator Rabia Hirji; Islip Middle School Assistant Principal Curt Juengerkes; Islip Middle School Dean of Students Jamie Wright; Commack Road Elementary School Principal Jacqueline Beckmann; Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School Principal Briana James; Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzalez; Islip Town Receiver of Taxes Andy Wittman; and several of the district’s teachers.  

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our readers for sharing their stories and igniting a passion for reading in our young learners,” Wing Principal Catherine Glaser said.

Date Added: 4/2/2024

Wing Kindergartners Learn Geographic Facts With Hearts Across America

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This Valentine’s Day season, Melissa Kelly’s kindergarten class at Islip’s Wing Elementary School participated in Hearts Across America. This project seeks to receive valentines from all 50 states, each with a fun fact about that state.

In January, Kelly sent a letter home with students to circulate among family and friends, asking for valentines or postcards from their state, each with a fun fact about where they lived. The class began each lesson with the song “Fifty Nifty United States,” and then read aloud some of the postcards they received. The students took time to learn about each state, where it was on the map and how far that was from where they live.

“It was such an exciting project, and the kids couldn’t wait to see what state we would receive next or what loved one might be sending a card in to the class,” Kelly said. “I initially thought we’d receive a few cards from the Tristate area, but the project quickly grew. We received over 300 cards from 42 out of 50 states as well as postcards from Italy, China, Taiwan, Germany and the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Our favorite facts we learned were that Florida is the state with the most golf courses, and New Jersey is the state with the most diners. We are sad to see our project leave us, but are so thankful to all of the friends near and far who took time out to send some love our way.”

Date Added: 4/1/2024