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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




Congrats to the Class of 2017!

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Congratulations to the Islip High School Class of 2017! Look for full coverage and slideshow next week...

HS Students Meet Local Businesses at Job Fair

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The School to Careers Partnership at the high school and the Suffolk County Department of Labor Career One-Stop recently hosted a teen job fair during lunch periods at the school. Eleven local organizations – American Pools, Best Buy, Long Island Ducks, Local Burger Co., Great South Bay YMCA, Marconi Manor, SCOPE, Suffolk County Department of Labor, Town of Islip Recreation, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Youth Enrichment Services – participated, handing out applications and conducting on-site interviews. Kathleen McGullam, a labor technician at SCDOL, helped organize the event.

“Our goal was to expose students to local businesses that are hiring teens and to give the students the opportunity to meet the businesses, fill out applications and be interviewed,” said teacher Renee Clock.



Islip Earns 10 Nominations at Teeny Awards

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Islip was nominated for 10 Teeny Awards for this year’s musical productions of “Into the Woods” and “The Wiz”, and the school was chosen to create a featured performance for this year’s Teeny Award ceremony, held on June 4 at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. “The Wiz” cast was one of only four districts to be nominated for a Teeny for Best Ensemble in a Musical.

The Teeny Awards is a student arts recognition program of the Islip Arts Council, intended to celebrate the talented theater students of the Town of Islip.

Matthew Kadam won the Teeny for Best Supporting Male in a Musical, and Faith Terrill won for Outstanding Female Cameo in a Musical; both were for “Into the Woods.”

Other individual Islip students who were nominated for Teeny Awards for their performances were Kristen Baumgartner (Outstanding Female Cameo in a Musical in “The Wiz”), Maria Cacoperdo (Best Supporting Female in a Musical in “Into the Woods”), John DelGenio (Best Lead Male in a Musical in “The Wiz”), Ashley Howell (Student Choreographer for “The Wiz”), Morgiana McDevitt (Best Supporting Female in a Musical in “Into the Woods”), Matthew McManus (Outstanding Male Cameo in a Musical in “Into the Woods”), Nicole Poliandro (Best Lead Female in a Musical in “The Wiz”), and Emma Regina (Best Lead Female in a Musical in “Into the Woods”).


Islip Honors Five Special Olympians

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Prior to the 2017 Special Olympics Spring Games of the South Shore, the district held a pep rally to honor its participating athletes: Morgan Barry, Conor Brennan, Daniel Burns, Claire Constantino and Donovan Zecchini. All five had trained hard for two months prior, working with coaches Dave Claps and Patty Whitehouse as well as several student mentors.

More than 100 people packed the middle school auditorium for the rally to honor the athletes. The high school and middle school bands played onstage while youth cheerleaders performed, led by high school student Marissa Esposito, and Islip Booster Club President Terry Going presented each athlete with a certificate of participation. Following the celebration, the attendees moved to the cafeteria for carnival games provided by the high school’s National Honor Society, a photo booth and banner decorating by the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society, frame making by SEPTA, pennant decorating by local Girl Scouts troops, and refreshments served by Islip teachers.

A bus departed early in the morning of May 7 carrying 40 Islip student volunteers, led by Kerri Schmalaker, to cheer on Islip’s Special Olympians as they competed for medals at the big event, held at Bellport High School. 

“As our athletes walked in the opening ceremony parade with their nine mentors, you could hear the roar from the Islip cheering section, all dressed in purple and waving rally towels,” said Superintendent Susan Schnebel. “The smiles on the faces of our athletes were priceless.”

Throughout the day, the Islip five competed in several track and field events, including the 50-meter, 100-meter, 800-meter, shot put and 4x100 relay, with their coaches and student mentors at their sides, then stood on the podium with a sense of pride and accomplishment to receive their medals. 

“The entire Islip community rallied together to make this special event happen, but the real heroes were all the athletes who competed in the Special Olympics,” Schnebel said.


Tennis Star Germano Signs with DeSales University

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High school tennis player Cameron Germano recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play this fall for DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Germano was a five-year member and starter on the varsity tennis team. His athletic accolades include three All-League, two All-Division, two All-County and 10 Scholar-Athlete nods. The senior is graduating this month in the top 5 percent of his class, and was also awarded the John Veryzer Memorial Scholarship for exemplifying the ideals of good sportsmanship, citizenship and integrity within the realm of athletics.