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Committed to Excellence
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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


 

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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 (www.twitter.com). 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 www.twitter.com, 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 https://www.facebook.com/IslipHS 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 mmosca@islipufsd.org 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.
Sincerely,

Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School




High School VE Teams Finish First at Farmingdale Trade Show

High School VE Teams Finish First at Farmingdale Trade Show

Students in the high school’s Virtual Enterprise program recently participated in the annual Long Island trade show and business plan competition at Farmingdale College alongside other schools from across Nassau and Suffolk.

Both of Islip’s VE teams – Fresh Direct and Prestige Worldwide – walked away with wins. Fresh Direct earned first place in the Company Branding, Sales Material and Salesmanship categories, and second place in Company Website and Commercial; Prestige Worldwide took first place in the Booth Design and Company Newsletter categories, and second place in Sales Material.

The top 10 finalists for the business plan competition, which will be announced at the end of January, will move on to the Long Island championship in March.

 

Capolongo and Multer Win Suffolk Zone Awards

Capolongo and Multer Win Suffolk Zone Awards 1
Capolongo and Multer Win Suffolk Zone Awards 2
Capolongo and Multer Win Suffolk Zone Awards 3

High school seniors Vincent Capolongo and Kayla Multer were named winners at the 2017-2018 Suffolk Zone Awards dinner, held on Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge.

The Suffolk Zone awards are presented annually by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance to the top male and female physical education students in each Suffolk County high school’s graduating class.

Capolongo, who serves as captain of the soccer, winter track and spring track teams, is an All-Conference soccer winner and participates in Athletes Helping Athletes. He plans to attend Stony Brook University and major in mechanical engineering

Multer, Islip’s soccer team captain, basketball team member and is an All-County soccer recipient and participates in Mathletes. She plans to attend New York Institute of Technology and major in biology.

“Kayla and Vincent serve as true physical fitness role models and examples for success,” said Athletic Director John Sparacio.


Sophomores Seek Careers at Workshop

Sophomores Seek Careers at Workshop

The high school’s School to Careers Partnership recently hosted a Sophomore Career Exploration Workshop event for the sophomore class, following last winter’s similar event for freshmen.

The workshop was attended by approximately 40 professionals from the community from a variety of professions and career fields, including welding, glass design, general contracting, project management, medicine, dentistry, nursing, radiology, physical therapy, lab technology, plumbing, electrical work, law, finance and community relations. Groups of eight students were paired with a presenter for eight-minute breakout sessions, conversing about the professional’s job, skills and education.




Basketball Team Honors Anil John at Annual Classic

Basketball Team Honors Anil John at Annual Classic
Anil John

The high school’s varsity basketball team recently honored a respected former senior captain, welcoming a huge crowd to the second annual Anil John Tip-Off Classic.

John, a three-year varsity basketball player and member of Islip’s Class of 2015, lost his life in a tragic accident on Oct. 6, 2015. After John’s death, his uniform number 22 was retired forever in the basketball program, and the team collaborated with the Islip Booster Club to rename their annual tournament. A memorial scholarship in John’s name was also established, funded with tournament T-shirt sales.

“From the students to coaches, teams, teachers, administrators, food services staff, custodians and community members, just about everyone comes together to remember Anil,” said Athletic Director John Sparacio. “He inspired and touched the hearts of everyone who met him. He had a great passion for Islip athletics and basketball and is forever our teammate and friend.”


High School Inducts Five Legends to Hall of Fame

High School Inducts Five Legends to Hall of Fame

The Islip High School Hall of Fame’s first group of honorees - Fred Biangardi, Dr. Jeffrey A. Goldstein, Michael Patrovich, John Veryzer and Tom Veryzer – were inducted on Dec. 7 in a special gala presentation in the school auditorium. The Hall of Fame initiative’s goal is to continue to provide students with a sense of school and community pride while recognizing distinguished members of the school community who have made notable contributions to society.

Biangardi coached the varsity baseball team for 37 years, earning a 531-256 record and induction in the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He won New York State Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1983, Daily News Suffolk County Coach of the Year in 1970, and League Coach of the Year 11 times. He also taught physical education at Islip for 35 years; introduced Islip’s football program and coached the varsity football team for 12 years; was a founder of the Islip Booster Club; and had the varsity baseball field named after him. Prior to his career in Islip, the Bay Shore native was All-County captain of Bay Shore High School’s baseball, basketball and football teams; a World War II veteran in the Marine Corps; a college football player at Elon College; and a minor league baseball player for the Yankees, Pirates and St. Louis Browns.

Goldstein, a member of Islip’s Class of 1981, is a renowned orthopedic surgeon. He attended medical school at State University of New York Medical Center at Brooklyn, graduating summa cum laude. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Medical Institute. He serves as a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at New York University School fo Medicine, director of the NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Fellowship and incoming president of the International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery. He has won numerous awards including America’s Top Doctors, Patient’s Choice Award and the America’s Most Compassionate Doctor Award.

Patrovich, a member of Islip’s Class of 2001, was a National High School Coaches Association champion wrestler, earning three county titles, three All-State honors and the Dellacave Award as best Suffolk student-athlete, as well as the New York State championship in his senior year. As a two-time NCAA All-American at Hofstra University, he posted a 106-30 record. He was one of only five wrestlers to win 100 matches in Section XI during high school as well as 100 matches in a Division I college. He also won three Colonial Athletic Association individual championships, 2006 CAA Wrestler of the Year and CAA Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2007, and was named to the CAA Silver Anniversary Team in 2009. Patrovich is currently an assistant wrestling coach at Hofstra and head coach of the Barn Brothers/631 Elite Wrestling Club for children.

John Veryzer’s career as coach of Islip’s basketball team lasted for 21 years, during which he earned a 199-19 record, nine league championships and five county championships. He also served as the district’s athletic director for several years. A 1939 graduate of Sayville High School, Veryzer played basketball for LaSalle Military Academy and Manhattan College before serving in the Navy during World War II. He served as president of the Suffolk County Basketball Association and was involved in several organizations for basketball officials.

Tom Veryzer, John’s son, was a member of Islip’s Class of 1971 and a Major League Baseball player for 12 years. During high school, he earned the Carl Yastrzemski Award for best baseball player in Suffolk County, won All-League honors in soccer and played basketball. He was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 1971, going 11th overall, and was called up to the majors in 1973. Playing shortstop for the Tigers, he was named to the Topps Rookie All-Star team in 1975 before stints with the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs. He retired in 1985 after 996 pro games, finishing with a lifetime batting average of .241. He later worked for the Town of Islip.
Patrovich and his family were in attendance at the event, along with the Biangardi, Goldstein and Veryzer families. At the conclusion, the families, guests and school administrators walked down the hallway for the unveiling of the Hall of Fame Wall.

“We congratulate our 2017 inductees and their families for this tremendous honor, as they exemplify everything we stand for here at Islip High School and the Islip School District,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “The inaugural induction class strived for excellence in their time here, and we as a school community are honored that we get to celebrate their accomplishments. They made the decision to do great things with the opportunities they were given, despite any obstacles that may have stood in their way, and they demonstrated the character, work ethic and positive attitude that we hope to see in all of our students. This Hall of Fame will stand as a source of pride for our students, our school and this great community. It is our goal that the students who walk past it each and every day will be inspired to someday have their picture displayed and their legacy remembered.”

 

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