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Important Letter - Season Two of 13 Reasons Why

Please see the letter linked below from Dr. Ellen Semel, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, regarding the second season of the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why"


Educational Eating: Sixth-Graders Take Walking Food Tour of Islip

Educational Eating: Sixth-Graders Take Walking Food Tour of Islip

Sixth-graders in the district’s EXCEL program took a wonderful walking food tour on Islip’s Main Street on May 18, accompanied by EXCEL coordinator Julia Johnson and FACS teacher Natalie De Sena.

The 25 participating middle schoolers began their day with an educational visit to Tellers steakhouse. Next door at the Italian restaurant Verace, they learned how to make meatballs with Executive Chef Mike Maneri. Lunch at Pizza Parm was up next, where the students watched Pizza Parm General Manager Lorenzo Magliulo toss pizzas. He gave them a ball of raw dough to examine before they chowed down on fresh pies and garlic knots. The tour concluded with a stroll down to Coyle’s Ice Cream, where they learned how to make ice cream and decorate cakes with John Proto. 

“The planning was a year in the making,” said Johnson regarding the tour. “Natalie and I started working on it last spring. We thought a walking food tour would be an ideal way to connect kids with their community and to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of people pursuing their passions and the business of owning and running a restaurant or local business. It was a huge success and we hope to make it an annual trip.”


Juniors Learn to Network

Juniors Learn to Network

The high school recently held an interviewing and networking event for juniors, hosted the Islip School to Careers Partnership. Professionals from within the district as well as guests from the Town of Islip, Suffolk County’s legislature and department of civil service, Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital, LIU Post and Youth Enrichment Services participated in various workshops with the students.

The interviewing workshops entailed watching and critiquing mock interviews, learning about college admissions interviews, and discussing civil  service careers and opportunities. The networking portion, held in the school’s gymnasium, featured stations that the students rotated through. The stations were designed to prompt the students to communicate, solicit information about others, answer questions about themselves and feel comfortable speaking to people they may not necessarily talk to on a daily basis.

“This day was designed to prepare juniors for upcoming job and college interviews, as well as learning interpersonal communication and networking skills,” said business teacher Renee Clock, who co-chairs the School to Careers Partnership with Assistant Principal Curtis Juengerkes.

A Spectacular Stony Brook Season of Lacrosse for Islip Alumni the Ohlmiller Sisters

A Spectacular Stony Brook Season of Lacrosse for Islip Alumni the Ohlmiller Sisters

Sisters Kylie Ohlmiller and Taryn Ohlmiller – both Islip High School alumni – were integral parts of the Stony Brook University women’s lacrosse team’s success this year. At an April 21 home game against UMBC, Kylie, a senior and the Seawolves scoring leader, broke two NCAA records and became the Division I women’s lacrosse all-time leader in career points and career assists. Scoring eight points in the game, she was named National Player of the Week. Taryn, a sophomore, scored three goals and two assists.

At Islip, Kylie was lacrosse team captain for her final three years, scored 255 goals, was a US Lacrosse All-American and two-time Academic All-American, was named to the All-Long Island team and earned All-County status four times. She also captained the volleyball and basketball teams during her senior year.

Kylie’s many honors at Stony Brook include National Player of the Week; ECAC Rookie of the Week; America East Most Outstanding Player, Offensive Player of the Week; Rookie of the Week, Rookie of the Year, first-team all-conference and All-Championship Team; IWLCA Division I Attacker of the Year, Player of the Week, and first-team All-American; and Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team. In 2017, she broke the single-season points and assists records; this year, she became the first female athlete at Stony Brook to receive her own bobblehead.

Taryn, a two-time captain at Islip, likewise had a memorable high school career. She was named Under Armour All-American, All-Long Island and second-team All-Metro, with four All-County selections and two All-League. She also was a important part of Islip’s basketball – where she earned All-County honors – and volleyball team.

In her two years at Stony Brook, Taryn was named third-team IWLCA All-American, America East Rookie of the Year, first-team all-conference, and all-rookie team. Her 101 points – ranking second among all Division I freshmen – were the most by a freshman in Stony Brook history. 

“These two young ladies have become spectacular athletes,” said Islip Superintendent Susan Schnebel, who was in attendance at the April game to cheer on the sisters.

Stony Brook’s spectacular record-breaking year came to an end on May 19 as the fifth-seeded Seawolves were defeated 12-11 in overtime by Boston College in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. They finished the year with an enviable 20-1 record. In her final appearance for Stony Brook, Kylie scored two goals and three assists, finishing her college lacrosse career with 498 points and 246 assists, both new NCAA Division I records. Taryn was unable to play in the quarterfinal game due to a torn ACL.

Kylie, a 2017 finalist (the first in Stony Brook history), has again been chosen as one of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award for best player in collegiate lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Foundation will announce the 2018 winner on May 31.  

Board of Education Meeting, Tuesday, June 5th

The next meeting of the Islip Board of Education will be on Tuesday, June 5th. The evening will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Islip Middle School Auditorium for recognition of staff members who recently have been granted tenure. An Executive Session will follow, with the regular business portion of the meeting expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Library. We hope you are able to join us!

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program photo

The district has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation, recognizing’s Islip’s outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation, now in its 19th year, is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Islip answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music instruction has always been a part of the fabric here in Islip,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Being recognized for our diligence on a national level strengthens our resolve to continue this important work.”

Budget Passed - THANK YOU!

The district's 2018-2019 budget passed on May 15, with residents casting 1,060 yes votes to 355 no votes. The district thanks the community for voting.

For the Board of Education, incumbent trustee Tom Leggio, running unopposed, was reelected, winning 1,093 votes.

In the race for the trustee seat held by Board President Brian Clock (who did not run for reelection), Eric S. Buehler defeated Matthew Kriss, 913 votes to 374.

Running unopposed for the seat of trustee Mary Ann Coughlin (who did not run for reelection), Paul J. Austin was elected, winning 1,085 votes.

Please see the letter linked below from Superintendent Susan Schnebel.


Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Six student-athletes from the district participated in the Special Olympics 2018 Spring Games South, hosted by Hampton Bays High School on May 6. This is the second year that Islip’s students have competed in Special Olympics events.

Members of the Islip Booster Club, led by President Terry Going initiated and organized the district’s Special Olympics activities, supported by Islip’s SEPTA. Volunteer coaches Dave Clapps, Marissa Peterson and Patty Whitehouse trained the student-athletes for the games. Islip students and staff also volunteered, supporting the students and their families at the event. 

“The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic completion in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” said Kate O’Callaghan, Islip’s executive director for student support services. “This gives them continuing opportunities to develop fitness and courage as they participate in the games with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

Excellent Equestrian Finishes 18th in the Nation

Excellent Equestrian Finishes 18th in the Nation
Excellent Equestrian Finishes 18th in the Nation
High school sophomore Sophia Mirando, a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s high school equestrian team, recently placed 18th out of 1,863 riders in her division at the IEA national championships, a tremendous accomplishment.

June 1 Events: Broadway Bound and Walk of Fame Evening

Please consider supporting Islip's musical program as we end the school year with two special events, both on June 1:

5 p.m. at HS Auditorium
Join us for an evening of outstanding talent. This annual cabaret gives students the opportunity to perform showtunes from yesterday and today’s Broadway shows. It promises to be a night of entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online here

7:30 p.m. at Brookwood Hall
Sponsored by the Islip Sports Booster Club and supported by the Islip Arts Council, this event is similar to the successful and always fun Purple & Gold Evening. Honoring Superintendent Susan Schnebel and featuring cocktails, raffles and live music, it will take place under the stars at Brookwood Hall at 50 Irish Lane in East Islip. The event is 21+ only. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online here

Five from High School Sign Letters of Intent

Five from High School Sign Letters of Intent

Five senior athletes from the high school signed national letters of intent on May 11 to play for colleges this fall. Soccer player Julia DeSantis will attend Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh; baseball players Brandon Di Mauro and Brandon Ruland will both attend LIU Post; softball player Julia Price will attend Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts; and track and field athlete Kristen Thomas will attend SUNY Plattsburgh.

“We congratulate them and look forward to following the college careers of these exceptional Islip student-athletes,” said Islip Athletic Director John Sparacio.

Middle Schoolers Take on Plastics for Earth Day

Middle Schoolers Take on Plastics for Earth Day

Eighth-grade life science students at the middle school prepared for Earth Day last month by participating in the school’s annual on-campus cleanup of Orowoc Lake. Equipped with waders, nets and buckets, students braved cool weather and chilly waters as they removed plastic bottles and plastic bags from the lake.

“They were amazed by the amount of plastic trash that collected in the very waters that they had grown to love and appreciate this year,” said teacher AnnMarie Mills. “This outdoor activity supported the lessons taught inside the classroom that focused on the harmful effects that these plastics have on our environment, especially plastic bags.”

The Seatuck Environmental Association enlisted the help of the life science students for their ninth annual Eco-Carnival by requesting that the eighth-graders design a “plastic bag garland” that would spur interest and curiosity in the event’s visitors.

“Our students were eager to help support the organization and immediately went to work,” said Mills. “They were so enthusiastic that the garland grew to a whopping 400 feet. Fellow students and educators gasped as they walked past room 105 and their response inspired the idea of displaying this seemingly never-ending garland on Main Street for all to see.”

On April 20, the school erected a plastic bag art instillation along the fence that lines Main Street with the hopes of generating awareness of society’s dependence on plastic. Multiple classes had the opportunity to walk through the fluttering bags on the windy day.

“The students described the experience as powerful, saddening and amazing,” said Mills. “The honking response of community members as they drove by generated as sense of validation, that this war on single-use plastics is supported by many and once again, the opinions and voices of our generation are being heard.”

A Pedestrian Presentation for Wing’s Students

A Pedestrian Presentation for Wing’s Students
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Suffolk County Department of Health educator Robin Spencer recently offered pedestrian safety lessons to students in grades K-2 at Wing. The visit was a result of a New York State Highway Safety grant awarded to Wing by the department.

Spencer spoke with students in each Wing classroom, touching on topics such as crossing at the corner, wearing light colors at night and what to do when there is no sidewalk.

“These lessons gave the students an opportunity to have direct instruction about pedestrian safety and the potential hazards near roads,” said first-grade teacher Lisa Dieumegard. “We encourage the children to play outside, so we need them to be conscious of their surroundings and how to navigate the area around them. The lessons increased their awareness of the world around them.”

High Schoolers Donate More Than 200 Jeans to the Homeless

High Schoolers Donate More Than 200 Jeans to the Homeless
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High school students in teacher Renee Clock’s Junior Chamber of Commerce Club donated 220 pairs of denim jeans to Tim Mare of the Town of Islip Youth Bureau its Teens for Jeans campaign. The students were also assisted by Doris Kennedy of Bay Shore’s Kennedy L.I. Realty and Suffolk County legislators Tom Cilmi and Steven Flotteron, whose offices served as drop-off sites. The jeans will be donated to local youth living in homeless shelters.

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival
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Bringing together hundreds of young orchestra musicians from several of the district’s buildings, the recent annual spring districtwide String Festival continued a tradition of giving student string players a chance to shine as well as perform as a massed group.

“The String Festival gives older students an opportunity to appreciate how far they’ve come as musicians, while giving younger students the opportunity to see what they can become with practice,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “The opportunity to play as part of an orchestra of 200 caps off a singular musical event for the district.”

‘Pippin’ Proves Magical

‘Pippin’ Proves Magical

The high school’s theater company performed magic, bringing the play “Pippin” to life for three superlative performances on April 12, 13 and 14. The production was the culmination of long hours of planning and practice by the young actors enrolled in Dr. Rich Harris’ theater production course, which was first offered several years ago to provide Islip’s high schoolers with an opportunity to better understand the roles and responsibilities of a professional theatrical production.

“Pippin”, written by Stephen Schwartz from a Roger O. Hirson book with additional contributions from original director Bob Fosse, first hit Broadway in 1972, earning a Tony Award and its place in the pantheon of beloved musicals.

“The outstanding cast and crew handled scenery, costumes, music, lighting, sound, public relations, and of course, singing and acting, with impressive determination,” said Superintendent Susan Schnebel, who had memorably attended the original New York City production of “Pippin” back in 1973. “They wove their talents into the unconventional script and score with great passion and professionalism.”

EXCEL Students Catch a (Virtual) ‘Breakout’

EXCEL Students Catch a (Virtual) ‘Breakout’

Middle schoolers in the district’s EXCEL program for the academically gifted recently had a chance to work with a “breakout box,” an immersive learning games platform from Breakout EDU. The students had to use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box.

Afterwards, as part of EXCEL’s ongoing “Inventing Self” series, the students were treated to a virtual meeting with a surprise guest via Google Hangouts. The students had to figure out who the mystery guest was, where he was and why he was there. Through a series of perceptive questions, the students deduced the identity of the guest, Breakout EDU founder and CEO James Sanders of San Francisco, California.

Sanders began his education career as a middle school history teacher in South Los Angeles, where he worked with Google to pilot and launch Chromebooks for Education. As a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, he he led the development of Future Ready Schools and the White House Film Festival. His inspirational virtual talk with the Islip students addressed the idea of embracing setbacks, touching on how his experience with failure served him well in paving the path that led to his great success as an entrepreneur.

“Having successful real world giants like Mr. Sanders speak so openly and honestly with students about the non-linear pathway to success and happiness is what Inventing Self is all about,” said Julia Johnson, the EXCEL program’s coordinator.

Dr. Ellen Semel Named Islip Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Ellen Semel Named Islip Superintendent of Schools

The Board of Education appointed Dr. Ellen Semel as the next superintendent of schools at its April 18 meeting, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Semel has served as the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction since 2006, and is responsible for K-12 curriculum, instruction, assessment and data initiatives, and professional development. Dr. Semel has more than 35 years of experience in education and an extensive background in curriculum development.

“After a comprehensive and intensive search, as well as interviews with multiple candidates, the school board agreed that the most qualified candidate for the position was one of our own administrative team members,” said Board of Education President Brian Clock. “She emerged as a student-centered instructional leader who embraces our supportive community and is committed to educating the whole child in ways that empower and challenge our students.”

Dr. Semel has been with Islip for 12 years. During her tenure, she supervised the mapping of curricula in all areas and implemented a quality leadership curriculum. Under her direction, she introduced Reading and Writing Workshop to K-8 students, PSAT to all high school students and interactive whiteboards for instruction, including 15 hours of professional development, for all teachers. At the high school level, Dr. Semel launched a cosmetology career program, provided computer-driven SAT prep and coordinated Academy programs.

Dr. Semel, an Amityville resident, holds a Doctor of Education degree in literacy from Hofstra University and a Master of Science degree in administration from LIU Post.

“I am delighted to be chosen as the next superintendent for the Islip School District,” said Dr. Semel. “For the last 11 years, I have worked closely with a wonderful administration team and dedicated staff who enrich the lives of students daily. I am looking forward to forming partnerships with our students, staff and community and continuing our commitment to excellence as your superintendent.”

SCPD Canine Unit Visits High School

SCPD Canine Unit Visits High School

The district continued its partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department on April 19, with the department’s Canine Narcotics Unit conducting a sweep of student lockers at Islip High School. This is the second year that the district and the SCPD have worked together to bring the Canine Unit to the high school.

While students and staff were in their classrooms, two highly trained dogs and their handlers moved throughout the hallways and empty locker rooms. These dogs are able to detect illegal, unlawful or unauthorized substances, but after a thorough review of the building, the dogs and their handlers reported no “hits” for these kinds of materials.

“Principal Michael Mosca and I are grateful to Lt. Tom Zagajeski, the commanding officer of the 3rd Precinct Crime Section, and his officers, for their support and partnership,” said Superintendent of Schools Susan Schnebel. “The district will continue to remain vigilant at all times to prevent illegal drugs from entering our schools.”

EXCEL Brings Home Three Medals from State Science Olympiad

EXCEL Brings Home Three Medals from State Science Olympiad
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The EXCEL Science Olympiad team from the middle school earned three medals at the New York State Science Olympiad Competition, held in Syracuse on April 14-15. Robert Belcher and Joyce Johnson won first place in the Crime Busters event, Johnson and Tim Mak earned fifth in Battery Buggy, and Maddie Mulholland finished ninth in Towers.

“To make it to this level is quite an accomplishment, and their performance at states was terrific,” said team adviser Julia Johnson.  
This year’s team consisted of Abby Alfano, Belcher, Liam Biscari, Myles Freelin, Johnson, Tyler Lofberg, Joseph Maguire, Mak, Mulholland, Stella Reagan, Steven Schadt, Kacey Schassberger, Katelyn Wallace and Brielle Zink.

The team of 14 middle schoolers from the district’s academically gifted program had previously finished in fifth place overall at the March 15 regional competition against other teams from Long Island, held in Dix Hills, qualifying Islip for the state event. Regional medal wins included first place in Crime Busters for Belcher and Johnson, third place in Road Scholar for Mak and Schadt, fourth in both Battery Buggy and Hovercraft for Johnson and Mak, and seventh in Towers for Lofberg and Mulholland.

“Our team this year was a ‘young’ one,” said Johnson. “We were in a growing year with 95 percent of our team members being rookies. Islip is always one of the smaller schools at this rigorous regional competition, with many schools competing with multiple teams and many coaches, and we also competed with only 14 team members, making us even more the underdog. Well, like a feel-good movie, the underdog came out on top.”

Islip Educators Attend Meeting at Italian Consulate

Islip Educators Attend Meeting at Italian Consulate
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The Italian Consulate recently held a meeting with school districts who implement Italian world language or dual language programs, bringing in representatives from Long Island, New York City, New Jersey and Yonkers. Among them were Priscilla Zarate, the Islip School District’s ENL and world language K-12 coordinator, and Islip High School language teachers Linda Gallelli and Giuseppa Prainito, who met with different organizations that collaborate with the Italian consulate to provide support and resources to programs.

“We also learned about several initiatives through the Italian American Committee of Education,” said Zarate, “including cultural trips and tours, professional development for teachers, internships for high school students and travel abroad programs. Currently, the Italian Consulate is offering to pay AP online testing for any students who are eligible to take it and who may be taking other AP exams. As a result of this opportunity, we have an estimated 11 students from our world language Italian program who are interested in taking this AP exam.”

Wing Walks for Autism Awareness

Wing Walks for Autism Awareness

Following a week’s worth of autism awareness activities, blue-clad students at Wing celebrated on April 13 by holding puzzle pieces as they strolled on a supportive schoolwide autism walk around the grounds.

“Autism is something close to our hearts here at Wing, and it is important for us to embrace the themes of acceptance and appreciation,” said Principal Christopher Smalley.

Business Students Show Compassion for Pets

Business Students Show Compassion for Pets
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High school business students recently collected pet food and animal care products for donation to Legislator Steven Flotteron’s Long Island Cares pet food drive.

“In addition to teaching students about business and careers, social responsibility is consistently taught throughout our business courses,” said teacher Renee Clock. “We take pride in knowing that our students give to others, whether it’s humans or animals. Teaching compassion and empathy, and leading by example, is incorporated into each of our classes. I’m very proud to teach students who help give back to our community.”

Gomez and Marconi Win Prestigious World Language Awards

Gomez and Marconi Win Prestigious World Language Awards

High school students Guadalupe Gomez and Madeline Marconi were recently honored with prestigious national world language awards by the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, an honor society for high school students studying Spanish or Portuguese.

Recognized for their dedication to the study of Spanish and excellent skills in that language, the two students were presented with their awards by their Spanish teacher and World Language Honor Society adviser, Karen Maisano, along with Principal Michael Mosca, and Priscilla Zarate, the district’s ENL and world language coordinator. Islip has maintained an active chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for the last 22 years.

Gomez, a junior, won the 2018 Bertie Green Junior Travel Award for her dedication to the study of Spanish and her excellent skills in that language. Valued at over $3,000, the award is given to only 24 students from more than 2,400 SHH chapters across the United States. In July, Guadalupe will travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with the other 23 winners.

“I would like to thank La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for this amazing opportunity to travel to Ecuador,” said Gomez. “I would also like to thank Mrs. Maisano for encouraging, motivating and helping me with the scholarship process. I am looking forward to experiencing the Ecuadorian culture and learning about the country.”

Marconi, a senior, won the 2018 Joseph Adams Senior Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to only 60 students from more than 2,400 national SHH chapters.

“I am so incredibly proud to have received this award,” said Marconi. “I humbly thank La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for its generosity, as well as Karen Maisano for all her continuous support and guidance.”

Students become eligible for these two awards by being an inducted member of the SHH and then submitting samples of their written and oral work in Spanish to a selection committee appointed by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.


Sixth-Graders Learn at the Lighthouse

Sixth-Graders Learn at the Lighthouse

Over the course of four fun days in March, sixth-grade classes at Islip Middle School visited the historic Fire Island Lighthouse on a three-part field trip.

The students experienced the “Forces of Nature” through a brief nature walk, and attended a presentation in the lens building and the boathouses. During the “United States Life Saving Service” lecture and demonstration, they learned a bit of history regarding Fire Island and why the lighthouse, which began operation in 1858, was so useful in years past. Finally, the sixth-graders climbed 181 steps to the top of the lighthouse; on several clearer days, the students were able to see the Manhattan skyline.

“Some of our students have never experienced the climb, and were thrilled with themselves when they did reach the top,” said teacher Laura Rondinella. “Integrating the Fire Island Lighthouse into our science core curriculum was one of those lessons that the children really enjoyed as an experience with a real live outdoor classroom. It’s a great way to learn.”

Sherwood’s ‘Stars’ Shine at Talent Show

Sherwood’s ‘Stars’ Shine at Talent Show

The “stars” came out to shine at Sherwood’s March talent show. During the “Night of the Stars,” students from grades 2-5 participated as part of 34 different acts including singers, dancers and comedians.

“It was so great to see our students show their many talents,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “Thanks to our amazing PTA for their hard work putting this together.”

Sewing Star Samantha O’Connell Creates Costumes for ‘Peter Pan’

Sewing Star Samantha O’Connell Creates Costumes for ‘Peter Pan’

For eighth-grader Samantha O’Connell, her love of sewing led to important role as the student costumer for the middle school’s recent play, “Peter Pan.”

“My dad told me that, since I sew, I should ask them if they needed help with costumes,” O’Connell explained. “So, I brought in my portfolio and showed it to them. They talked it over and came back to me in a few days and told me that I could help out.”

O’Connell created designs, purchased materials and sewed the costumes for six fairies, six mermaid tails, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.

“I tried to do two costumes every weekend, and a bunch over winter break,” she said of her working method. “I’m really excited to see all of the costumes out on stage.

”The play’s success could be the beginning of a potential career for this young designer, who plans to pursue fashion studies in the future.

“The most impressive aspect of this production was that, aside from the three adults on the production team, the entire event was presented by middle school students,” said Vincent Green, the district’s director of fine and performing arts. “Many in the audience were certain that there had to be high school students in the background keeping things running, but it was all powered by 11-13-year-olds.”