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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 2018-2019 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. In the last few years, we have launched a Career Academy Program at Islip High School. The Islip Academy Program is comprised of the S.T.E.M., Business, and Media and Public Affairs Academies. These programs will allow students with an interest in any of these three 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 three in 2014-2015 to 19 in 2018-2019. Islip students can now take courses accredited by Suffolk County Community College, SUNY Farmingdale, St. John’s University, Long Island University – CW Post, and Hofstra University. Last June, we were proud to graduate our very first cohort of AP Capstone students. 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 the Twitter site, 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. You can also find IslipHS on Snapchat! 

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 Wednesday, September 5th. 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




Five Student-Athletes Sign to Play at College

Five Student-Athletes Sign to Play at College

Five seniors at the high school – Julianna Eastwood, Hailey Franco, Michael Karachannas, Nicholas Ouwerkerk and Marcus Peterkin– signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college this fall. The students were joined by their proud families and Islip administration for a celebration in the school’s library on Feb. 8.

Eastwood will play soccer for Farmingdale State College, Franco will play soccer for Adelphi University, Karachannas will play football for Stony Brook University, Ouwerkerk will play soccer for Southern Vermont College and Peterkin will play soccer for the University of Connecticut.

“Knowing that our athletes can take those experiences from high school and move them on to the college level, to me is priceless,” said Islip Athletic Director John Sparacio. “That’s the reward for us here at Islip.”



‘Grease’ Is the Word at Islip High School

 ‘Grease’ Is the Word at Islip High School

It was a rockin’ trip back to the summer of 1958 as Islip High School’s theater students presented a vivid production of “Grease,” the classic 1971 musical by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, famously adapted as a film in 1978.

Audiences enjoyed the performances of an array of talented student actors during shows on Feb.  7, 8, 9 and 11. The cast included Tyler Cirulnick and Allie Morrissey as Sandy, Toni Castronova and Noelle Richard as Rizzo, Samantha Salerno and Katy Zurbaran as Marty, Taylor Austin and Rachel Nettuno as Frenchy, Grace Colwell and Marisa Esposito as Jan, Ashley Danz and Rachel Finz as Patty Simcox, Hallie Schreiner as Miss Lynch, Desiree Paga and Lotus Schuller as Cha-Cha, Brandon Larson as Danny, Nick D’Auria as Kenicke, Zac Center as Sonny, Joe Leo as Roger, Richie Castronova as Doody, Ryan DelGenio as Eugene, Matthew Mahr as Vince Fontaine, Manny Argueta as Johnny Casino, and Bella Green and Frank Neri as Teen Angel. Dr. Rich Harris, Jr. served as director, producer and music director, with Kirsten DiGillio supplying the exciting choreography.

“The students were amazing,” said Assistant Superintendent Christopher Smalley. “Many thanks to all the Islip staff and volunteers who came together to bring the show to life.”

Be sure to visit and bookmark the following sites for future news on Islip musicals:
Islip Musicals Website
Islip Musicals on Facebook
Islip Musicals on Instagram

HS Firms Win Seven Medals at Virtual Trade Show

HS Firms Win Seven Medals at Virtual Trade Show

Two teams of high school students in the Virtual Enterprise International program won seven medals at the VEI’s annual Long Island Business Plan Competition and Regional Trade Show, held on Jan. 9 at LIU Post. The Islip teams – Worldwide Entertainment Corporation and Entertainment Express – were competing against more than 90 other high school virtual firms to present the best business plans.

Worldwide Entertainment supplies party themes and food packages to customers, while Entertainment Express offers mobile theme parties while traveling on a personalized bus. The firms’ top executives presented their business plans to a panel of independent judges, earning gold medals in the employee handbook, salesmanship, sales materials and video commercial categories and silver medals in the employee policies and impact marketing categories.

“Our students and staff did an amazing job,” said Assistant Principal Curt Juengerkes.

Islip’s VEI students will next participate in five live competitions in April along with the VEI Youth Business Summit, to be held April 15-17 at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.



High School’s Science Olympiad Team Advances to State Competition

High School’s Science Olympiad Team Advances to State Competition

The high school's Science Olympiad team took sixth place at the Eastern Long Island Regional competition on Jan. 26, qualifying them for the New York State Science Olympiad championships, which will take place March 15-16 at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. The students started their preparation in September, studying and building after school and on the weekends in order to achieve this accomplishment. The Islip team medaled in 10 of the 23 national events run during the competition.

Islip’s medalists were:

  • Boomilever: third place; Mackenzie Howell and Victoria Pearsall
    Disease Detectives: fourth place; Maddie Germano and Matthew Southard
    Experimental Design: second place; Molly Breakstone, Maddie Germano and Mackenzie Howell
    Forensics: third place; Victoria Pearsall and Matthew Southard
    Geologic Mapping: fourth place; Daniel Canales and Greg Warnokowski
    Herpetology: fourth place; Allie Morrissey and Sofia Rubinson
    Mission Possible: fourth place; Mackenzie Howell and Darienne Rogers
    Mousetrap Vehicle: seventh place; Mackenzie Howell and Victoria Pearsall
    Water Quality: sixth place; Justin Magri and Meg Rumplick
    Write It, Do It: second place; Molly Breakstone and Sofia Rubinson

Congratulations to the team on their success!



High Schoolers Complete IPOs with Hands-On Risky Business Game

High Schoolers Complete IPOs with Hands-On Risky Business Game

Highschool business ownership and marketing students recently received first-hand experience in building a business from the ground up. Teams of students competed against each other using the business game Risky Business, which tasks players to be the first to build a company and complete an initial public offering, with success depending on decisions, timing and competition with opponents.

Using the game as a learning tool, students had to meet certain criteria to complete their business plan; hire marketing, product development, finance and sales executives; develop a product line with patents; and secure additional funding. Meanwhile, their competitors used mergers and patent protections to hold them back. Each step of the business plan that was completed allowed the students to move to the next step, until they had all the components to make an IPO.

“The students were really engaged in this activity,” said business teacher Renee Clock. “This hands-on experience helped the students connect what they have been learning about in the classroom through a realistic approach. They enjoy learning in a nontraditional environment.”



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