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High School Lauds Five Top Achievers

High School Lauds Five Top Achievers

Five exceptional high school students were recently honored with Town of Islip Student Achievement Awards in four different categories. The students were nominated for the annual award by teachers.

Victoria Arthus was nominated by Linda Festa in the language arts category, Amanda Burke was nominated by Elizabeth Nolan for language arts, John DelGenio was nominated by Karen Maisano for secondary language, Sean Henriks was nominated by Ann Gordon for leadership and Morgiana McDevitt was nominated by Rich Harris for performing arts.    


Board of Education Meeting, 7/24/18

The Islip Board of Education will hold their next meeting in the Islip Middle School Library on Tuesday, July 24th. The meeting will begin with an Executive Session at 6:45 p.m., with the public business portion expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. We hope you are able to join us!

Seatuck and Sherwood Students Shepherd 16 Baby Quail

Seatuck and Sherwood Students Shepherd 16 Baby Quail
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For the eighth consecutive year, Sherwood partnered with the Seatuck Environmental Association to help reintroduce northern bobwhite quail back to Long Island.

Sherwood welcomed 16 baby quail, which stayed at Sherwood for two weeks until students in Robb Le Vien’s class walked them back to Seatuck’s South Shore Nature Center.

“The children enjoyed having a picnic and watching the quails frolic around the preserve,” said Le Vien.


Marconi Earns Islip’s First Seal of Biliteracy

Marconi Earns Islip’s first Seal of Biliteracy

The high school recently recognized 2018 graduate and salutatorian Madeline Marconi as the inaugural recipient of the Islip School District Seal of Biliteracy. The prestigious Seal of Biliteracy project was piloted in Islip this year for the first time, with Marconi as the sole candidate.
Marconi presented her extensively researched Spanish-language project on her ancestral land of El Salvador on June 8 in the high school’s community room in front of a rigorous committee of Islip educators, who then evaluated her project and awarded her with a Seal of Biliteracy certificate and medal.

“Although it took several months of hard work, I am so incredibly proud to receive the Seal of Biliteracy, because it not only demonstrates all of the effort I have put towards receiving this award, but it also conveys my love for language,” said Marconi.

“Madeline not only met the criteria established by the New York State Department of Education and our district, she also exceeded the expectation of the evaluating committee during her culminating project presentation,” said Priscilla Zarate, the district’s ENL and world language coordinator. “Madeline is a true example of a student who has attained bilingualism, biliteracy and cross-cultural understanding. I congratulate her for this extraordinary accomplishment and for having successfully attained the Seal of Biliteracy.”

“Madeline is the epitome of heart and soul,” said World Language Honor Society adviser Karen Maisano. “She gives 100 percent to every task she takes on, and truly deserves the esteemed recognition of receiving the Seal of Biliteracy for excellence in all modalities of the English and Spanish languages.”


Islip Teachers Celebrate Bright Futures of Val and Sal

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Continuing a memorable tradition of the last three years, the high school’s Class of 2018 valedictorian Julia Hormann and salutatorian Madeline Marconi enjoyed a special reception on June 20 to give them a chance to meet with all of their former high school, middle school and elementary school teachers. The event included a group photo on the high school athletic field.

“This is a thank-you to you,” Principal Michael Mosca told the assembled teachers. “And this is just a testament to how important the entire system is in rooting these kids to their future. Two very bright futures, thanks to all the hard work you’ve all put in.”


Six Named NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence Winners

Six Named NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence Winners

A total of six high school 2018 graduates – Rafael Gonzalez, Nikolas Kinalis, Madeline Marconi, Kyle Ness, Jillian Piano and Anthony Zavala – were recognized for the New York State Education Department’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The annual award, based on students’ Regents exam scores, can only be used if a winning student attends college in New York State.

Three of this year’s winners will attend college in New York: Gonzalez at Stony Brook University, Kinalis at Suffolk Community College and Zavala at Binghamton University.


Third Wing Walk Connects Grads With Their Roots

Third Wing Walk Connects Grads With Their Roots

The high school’s most recent graduates had a chance to connect with their roots on June 19, participating in the third annual visit to Wing for a walk through the halls in their caps and gowns. Led by the Buccaneers mascot, the seniors paraded out to the playground, where they greeted the Wing kindergartners and first-graders.

“This was our biggest turnout yet,” said Islip High School Principal Michael Mosca, who developed the walk with Wing Principal Christopher Smalley. “The seniors were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit their former teachers and give out high-fives to the younger students. This has become a wonderful tradition that benefits both Wing and high school students. It allows our seniors to reflect on their entire educational journey and it gives our Wing students a glimpse into their future as Islip students.”




Grads Look Forward Toward the Future

Grads Look Forward Toward the Future
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The Class of 2018 celebrated their graduation on June 21, as well as their experiences in Islip that have helped them get to this pivotal point in their lives.

After a processional, along with “Pomp and Circumstance,” which was performed by the Islip High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Morgiana McDevitt performed an amazing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” After Principal Michael Mosca welcomed students, staff and visitors to the festivities, valedictorian Julia Horman spoke to her classmates. She congratulated them on the wonderful story they’ve written, but said that they were all ready to move forward.

“It’s time to turn the page, and move forward with our successes,” Horman said. “Thank you for this adventure, and I can’t wait to hear about the new ones all of you create!”

After some inspirational words from Board of Education President Brian Clock and Principal Michael Mosca, salutatorian Madeline Marconi gave advice to her classmates while quoting “The Great Gatsby,” but also paid tribute to her teachers and family.

“To be standing here on this stage today is only one of the many fruits of our efforts throughout these past four years,” Marconi said. “However, I believe that my classmates will concur with me in saying that we could not have traversed this far without the immense support of our families, as well as the hard work and dedication of our teachers.”

This year’s graduation was bittersweet for Susan Schnebel, as this was her final graduation as superintendent. She was honored with a surprise honorary diploma for her contributions and dedication to the Islip School District.

“Class of 2018, develop your own compass and trust it,” Schnebel said. “Take risks, dare to fail and put civility, kindness and character first.”




Flag Flies High at Commack Road’s Patriotic Celebration

Flag Flies High at Commack Road’s Patriotic Celebration

Patriotic students and community members joined together at Commack Road for a high-flying Flag Day celebration on June 14, beginning with a march and flag-raising with members of the local American Legion Rusy Bohm Post 411, led by Commander Dominick DeCrescenzo. Flags lined the bus loop, each representing a member of the Commack Road extended family.

“Just as these flags lining the loop symbolize our Commack Road veterans, the flag that we salute each day is symbolic of many things,” said Cameron. “I personally see our flag as representative of our history, but it also represents our future.”

Second-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language, and the CRES TrebleMakers vocal ensemble provided stirring music, from “The Star-Spanged Banner,” where the singers were joined by the school’s Level II band, to “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “God Bless America,” “God Bless the USA” and “America the Beautiful.”

Student awards were presented to second-grade contest winner Jake Kelly, third-grade contest winner Daniela Capolongo, fourth-grade contest winner Emily Martinez, fifth-grade contest winner Mia Vale, academic award winner Amy Marconi and music award winner Julian Vitucci.

In attendance were family members of the school’s former principal, Jeanette Feminella, as well as Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Town of Islip Councilman John Cochran.

Said Cilmi in his address, “This is a tradition that began many, many years ago under the leadership of my dear friend, Jeanette Feminella, who is no longer with us, but I know she is smiling down upon us today as we celebrate our great flag. Forever is a long time, but I sincerely hope this celebration goes on forever. There is nothing more heartwarming to me, nothing that makes me prouder, than to see hundreds of children saluting our flag and remembering all those who fought and died for our country and the ideals that the flag represents.”

 




Bienkowski and Franco Honored at Dellecave Awards

Bienkowski and Franco Honored at Dellecave Awards
High school seniors Michael Bienkowski and Hannah Franco were recognized as nominees at the 18th annual Butch Dellecave Awards, hosted by the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk on June 10 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. For this award, named for coach and educator Gaetano “Butch” Dellecave, each Suffolk County school district nominates one male and one female student who excel athletically and academically, and show great character and integrity.


Christian Muller Earns Prestigious Pair of Service Awards

Christian Muller Earns Prestigious Pair of Service Awards
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In a testament to his strong character and dedication to his community, high school student Christian Muller has won the Congressional Award Silver Medal, recognizing his achievements in public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration; as well as the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious civil award bestowed by the U.S. president to honor outstanding volunteerism.

Boys Lacrosse Team Are 2018 State Champions

Boys Lacrosse Team Are 2018 State Champions
The high school’s boys varsity lacrosse team are now state champions. The Bucs defeated Westhill, 9-3, at St. John Fisher College in upstate Pittsford on June 9 to earn their very first Class C state championship title in school history, following their first county and Long Island wins.  


SAT Opportunity at IHS

Please see the letter from Dr. Semel linked below regarding an opportunity for next year's seniors to take the SAT in school in October 2018.

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Meet the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Meet the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
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The high school’s Class of 20186 valedictorian and salutatorian are Julia Hormann and Madeline Marconi, respectively.

Hormann, who earned a 105.12 weighted GPA, is the president of the school’s STEM Academy and Science Olympiad team, and vice-president of the National Honor Society. She is the captain of the varsity tennis team and performed in Islip’s school musicals. Hormann will attend College of Charleston Honors College this fall, where she will major in biology. She plans to join the college’s pre-health advising program and pursue a career in immunotherapy and cancer research as a physician assistant or pediatric oncologist.

Marconi, an AP Scholar with Distinction who finished with a 104.73 GPA, serves as co-president of the school’s Math Honor Society, vice-president of the National Honor Society, and youth co-president of the Islip Drug Education Awareness Community Task Force, as well as a member of the World Language Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Peer Ambassadors, and the school’s pit orchestra and varsity cheerleading team. She won the University of Rochester’s Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Bertie Green Travel Award. Marconi will attend Yale University in the fall, majoring in architecture.



Two Dozen Islip Seniors Earn Spots in the Top 10%

Two Dozen Islip Seniors Earn Spots in the Top 10%

A total of 24 seniors at the high school were recently recognized for placing in the school’s top 10 percent, including valedictorian Julia Hormann and salutatorian Madeline Marconi, as well as Ryan Abravanel, Jeffrey Atlas, Amanda Burke, Grace Constantino, Kathleen Donahue, Madeline Edwards, Rafael Gonzalez, Ashley Howell, Sheila Kiernan, Nikolas Kinalis, Kevin Lewis, Olivia Lorenz, George Magagnoli, Morgiana McDevitt, Kyle Ness, Corrin Petrucci, Jillian Piano, Olivia Schadt, Ryan Scheidel, Sean Skahan, Faith Terrill and Anthony Zavala.

“These determined students have worked very hard to become our top academic achievers,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “We know they will succeed at their future goals.”




Book Clubs at Elementary Schools

CRES second graders (left to right) Brandon E., Andrew A., Hailey F., Daniel L., Parker J., and Qiana J. at the final session of their Book Club

All of Islip's elementary schools offered afterschool book clubs for students this year. These clubs were funded through the district’s Title I grant. Pictured here are Commack Road's second-graders enjoying their final session.



Free Dental Services in August

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine is offering free dental services for children ages 1-17 on Tuesday, August 28th as part of the "Give Kids a Smile!" initiative. Please see the flyer linked below for more information on how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

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Dashing to Defeat Disease: Wing Takes on NF

Dashing to Defeat Disease: Wing Takes on NF
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Bringing awareness to neurofibromatosis, often abbreviated as NF, students at Wing learned about the disease during the month of May and collected coins to help fund Children’s Tumor Foundation conduct research to find a cure. At library time, the students read a book about an Islip student with NF and received coloring books with facts about the disease. Each week in May, students shared facts about NF during morning announcements. To culminate NF Awareness Month, Wing’s students ran a “Hero Dash,” complete with capes and a visit from Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi.

“Wing students are everyday heroes,” said teacher Lisa Dieumegard.


Pond Day Participation Removes Invasive Irises

Pond Day Participation Removes Invasive Irises

The high school’s Keep Islip Clean student members celebrated the 12th annual Pond Day experience on May 23 at the Seatuck Environmental Association’s Scully Estate in Islip.

During the event, students assisted Seatuck personnel in the removal of an invasive species of swamp iris originally from Asia. The irises are filling in the property’s wetlands areas and competing with native plants by taking up valuable space and resources. Students removed enough invasive plants to fill an entire dumpster.

Lauren Cottral, a KIC junior commissioner said, “I got dirty, but it was for a great purpose – removing invasive species from Long Island!” 

After the cleanup, students participated in a press conference celebrating World Turtle Day, where legislation for the protection of diamondback terrapins was introduced. Terrapins, an endangered species of aquatic turtle, accidentally get caught in Long Island crab traps as by-catch. Very little is known about their life cycle and habits, but they are essential in controlling snail populations that feed on dune grass, which protects Long Island from erosion during storms. Islip students witnessed the implementation of a new law that requires fisheries to include turtle excluder devices, or TEDs, on their crab pots. 

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s Pond Day,” said junior Ahkayla Davies.


Boys Lax Team Win First-Ever County and LI Titles

Boys Lax Team Win First-Ever County and LI Titles

The high school’s boys varsity lacrosse team has won its first-ever county and Long Island titles. After beating Pelham High School on June 6 in Albany in the state semifinals, 14-4, the Bucs will challenge Westhill for the state title on June 9 at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

At the exciting Long Island Class C championship game, held on June 2 at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University, a goal by senior Jeff Atlas with 7.4 seconds to go earned the Bucs the 8-7 victory over Cold Spring Harbor.  Also scoring for Islip were Mike Bienkowski, Chris Giuliani, Joe Juengerkes, Bailey Kolovich and Jack Lizzul.

Guided by coach Keith Scheidel, second-seeded Islip beat Bayport-Blue Point by 10-7 in the May 23 county semifinal, paced by four goals and an assist from Juengerkes.  On May 28, the Bucs won the county championship with a 6-5 victory over top-seeded Mount Sinai.


Commack Road’s TrebleMakers Say YES to Volunteering

Commack Road’s TrebleMakers Say YES to Volunteering

Led by director Mike Baur, the TrebleMakers chorus group from Commack Road attended the opening day celebration of the League of YES on May 5, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The League of YES, founded in 2010 as The Miracle League of Long Island, is a non-competitive baseball league for children with special abilities; each player gets up to bat and scores a home run. The focus is on participation and fun.

After the anthem, many of the young singers then stayed to be “buddies” for the League’s special needs athletes, protecting the players from flying balls, assisting them at bat and with getting around the bases after they hit their home run, and joining them on the field to help them field the opposite team’s hits.

“I am so humbled to be able to work with such talented singers, but what impresses me more than anything they do with music is the quality of their character,” said Baur. “To see them interact with children that they do not even know and that have disabilities, and to be their buddy for a day, tells me so much about their character.”




Rebecca Angelou Wins SkillsUSA Advertising Design Competition

Rebecca Angelou Wins SkillsUSA Advertising Design Competition

Islip High School student Rebecca Angelou, who is enrolled in the art, design and visual communications program at Eastern Suffolk BOCES Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, received a gold medal for her first place win in the New York State SkillsUSA advertising design competition, held recently in Syracuse.

The competition consisted of a written exam, assessing general knowledge of advertising design, and a skills performance portion. Participants had to design an existing advertisement and develop a new creative design. To win, Angelou was required to demonstrate her mechanical skills on the computer, understanding of advertising design industry terminology and concepts, and demonstrate a professional presentation and technical execution of the comprehension within a specified amount of time.

Angelou will be attending the SkillsUSA National Skills & Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of June, competing against students from across the United States.


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"

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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.