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Welcome to Islip High School

2508 Union Blvd.
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 7:20 a.m. – 1:58 p.m.

Telephone Directory
All Offices: (631) 650-8300
Main Office: (631) 650-8301
Fax: (631) 650-8308
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8305
Assistant Principal's Office, Grades 9 & 10:  (631) 650-8315
Assistant Principal's Office, Grades 11 & 12: (631) 650-8320
Guidance Office: (631) 650-8350
Health Office: (631) 650-8325
Attendance Office: (631) 650-8310
Athletic Director: (631) 650-8370
Drug and Alcohol Counselor: (631) 650-8328
Security (Daytime: (631) 650-8420
Security (Nighttime): (631) 665-7111


Mr. Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School


Home of the Buccaneers


A Message from the Principal:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a year of new beginnings and exciting new programs and course offerings.

At Islip High School we have a steadfast belief that it is our responsibility to educate the whole child in preparation for not only college and career, but for life in general.  Students in the 21st century need to be prepared to make contributions in their local communities and in the global community as well.  To accomplish this, our students need to be prepared with skill sets that include creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, technological proficiency, and global awareness.

To further address these important skills, we have implemented a number of new courses and programs.  Last year, we launched our first Academy Program at Islip High School.  The Islip Academy Program is comprised of the S.T.E.M. and Business Academies.  These programs will allow students with an interest in either of these two fields to take coursework and have experiences that will better prepare them for their post-secondary studies. 

We have also increased our partnerships with local colleges and universities to provide our students with more opportunities to earn college credit while still enrolled in Islip High School.  We have increased our duel-credit course offerings from 3 in 2014-2015 to 13 in 2015-2016.  Islip students can now take courses accredited by Suffolk County Community College, SUNY Farmingdale and St. John’s University.  
2016-2017 will also mark the beginning of a new Advanced Placement course.  AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion.

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

Our goal at Islip High School is to give our students as many opportunities as possible to explore and learn about a variety of careers.  We have also added exciting new courses/programs such as Cosmetology (Career and Technical), Video/Radio Production (Music) and Virtual Enterprise International (Business). Each of these courses will take place in classrooms that have been redesigned and equipped to give the students a “real world” work experience. 

In an effort to increase communication with parents/guardians and students on the happenings at Islip High School (IslipHS), I encourage you to sign up to use Twitter ( Twitter is a website that allows for quick and consistent, two-way communication.  I have created an account to disseminate useful information about IslipHS and valuable parent resources instantaneously.   Signing up is easy. Go to, create a user profile, and once you are registered, search for our school username (IslipHS). Then click on the profile and select “follow”. We are on Facebook and Instagram as well.  To join our Facebook page simply visit and become a fan of our page.  You can also follow IslipHS on Instagram to view pictures of our exciting school events. 

Despite all of the new digital communication put in place for your convenience, there is no substitute for live communication with members of our Islip High School staff.  Please work directly with our Assistant Principals on all issues regarding your children.  Ms. Ward, Assistant Principal for grades 9 and 10, can be reached at 650-8315, and Mr. Juengerkes, Assistant Principal for grades 11 and 12, can be reached at 650-8320.

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 6th.  First period begins at 7:20 a.m.  Students are to report directly to their first period class as indicated on their schedule.  Any questions regarding schedules should be directed to the guidance department. 

Please remember, most important to student success is parent involvement.  Please continue to ask questions and keep the lines of communication open.  Feel comfortable emailing me at or calling me at 650-8305 with any concerns or questions you may have. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of feeling confident that your child is in a positive and nurturing learning environment.

I look forward to working with you this year.   My door is always open.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School

Six Students from Islip Earn Achievement Awards


Six outstanding high school students – Jeffrey Atlas, Samantha Guerra, Plabon Paul, Kyle Renwick, Tiffani Sabolchick and Angela Santaniello – were recently honored with Town of Islip Student Achievement Awards.

Teachers and administrators nominate students for this annual award in a number of categories, and write letters of recommendation for them. Atlas was nominated by Jason Franz in the athletics category, Guerra by Gina Seymour for service to people in need, Paul by Nicole Hall and Assistant Principal Lisa Ward for technology, Renwick by Lorraine Knoblauch for fine arts, Sabolchick by Robert Russell for social studies and Santaniello by Pina Prainito for secondary language (Italian).

The students received certificates at Islip Town Hall. Additionally, the Islip Retired Teachers Association awarded $25 to each winner, and the IRTA’s Diana Baranec and Marilyn Gutierrez visited the school to present the students with their checks.

Islip’s Family and Consumer Science Program Earns Recognition

 Students at the high school and middle school recently participated in the 2017 Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Challenge, in which they competed to create innovative and user-friendly projects that take new approaches to real-life challenges.
Each challenge required students to complete an application and follow the LIFACS four-point scale rubric. Guided by FACS teachers Natalie Hamilton and Heidi Stevens, the Islip students developed their projects to submit to the LIFACS competition.
Three Islip students took home first-place awards in three different categories for both middle school and high school divisions. Sixth-graders Kyle Widecki and Emily Wirth were named grand prize winners in the “Let Them Eat Cake” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green” challenges. Junior Nancy Pramanand was the grand prize “Snack Attack” winner. Each winning student received a $100 cash prize and certificate.
Additionally, Hamilton was awarded the Promising New Professional Award for Suffolk County, recognizing her excellence in the classroom and her profession.
Islip’s winners were subsequently honored at the LIFACS Spring Professional Development Conference, held on April 28 at Fox Hollow in Woodbury.

Class of 2017 Co-Valedictorians


Islip’s Wayne Mennecke Honored as a Teacher of Excellence


High school science teacher Wayne Mennecke was honored at the second annual Teacher of Excellence Awards ceremony, hosted by State Sen. Phil Boyle at the Bay Shore Fire Department on May 4. 

“We celebrated the achievements of 16 outstanding educators and school professionals who have dedicated their lives to teaching and helping their students learn, thrive, and reach their fullest potential,” said Boyle. “Our school communities are so very fortunate to have such passionate educators.”

In addition to inspiring his students in science classes at Islip High School, Mennecke is an ardent environmentalist, published poet and active member of the Islip community.

“Mr. Mennecke is held in high regard by his students, peers, administration and the community,” said Superintendent Susan Schnebel. “The work that he does, both in the classroom and in the community, exemplifies his commitment to the students and the environment. He is truly deserving of this recognition.”

As an educator, Mennecke has been at the forefront of utilizing technology in the classroom, and was one of the first teachers in the district to begin using an interactive white board for his lessons.  Over the course of a 20-year career, he has taught Regents living environment and chemistry, marine biology, AP biology, and anatomy and physiology. He has been the adviser of the high school’s Keep Islip Clean environmental club for many years, overseeing a large group of KIC junior commissioners each year and encouraging students to undertake environmental activism at the local level through community cleanups and beautification events. 

Mennecke spends every other summer in the badlands of North Dakota and Montana, hunting for dinosaur fossils with the Marmarth Research Foundation, a group of paleontologists that works closely with teachers and students in their educational field program. Mennecke is a published poet, and his work has appeared in “Hanging Loose,” “Avocet,” “Long Island Quarterly” and the environmental anthology “Fracture:  Essays, Poems and Stories on Fracking in America.” His first book of poetry, “Pencils Down,” was published in January 2017.

“It is an honor to receive this award from Sen. Boyle,” said Mennecke. “I am fortunate to work with so many amazing, dedicated teachers and faculty members at Islip High School. It is a pleasure to come to Islip every day, where I not only teach biology to my students but learn from them as well. Through KIC Club and community organizations like Seatuck, students become global citizens while acting locally on behalf of the environment. I thank everyone, especially my awesome wife Suzanne and my daughter Katerina.”

Principal Mosca Named SSLMA Administrator of the Year


The Suffolk School Library Media Association recently presented Islip High School Principal Michael Mosca with the 2017 SSLMA OPALS/MediaFlex Administrator of the Year Award.

“I was honored to receive this recognition from the Suffolk School Library Media Association,” said Mosca. “I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to work with someone as forward thinking and creative as our high school’s librarian, Gina Seymour. Her ingenuity and dedication to our community and our students is a breath of fresh air in an age where testing and scores get most of the press. This award is truly an extension of her hard work and I am proud to be a part of it.”

“The award is well deserved,” said Seymour. “Mr. Mosca’s dedication, hard work and support have made me a better librarian.”

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