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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




SCPD Canine Unit Visits High School

SCPD Canine Unit Visits High School

The district continued its partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department on April 19, with the department’s Canine Narcotics Unit conducting a sweep of student lockers at Islip High School. This is the second year that the district and the SCPD have worked together to bring the Canine Unit to the high school.

While students and staff were in their classrooms, two highly trained dogs and their handlers moved throughout the hallways and empty locker rooms. These dogs are able to detect illegal, unlawful or unauthorized substances, but after a thorough review of the building, the dogs and their handlers reported no “hits” for these kinds of materials.

“Principal Michael Mosca and I are grateful to Lt. Tom Zagajeski, the commanding officer of the 3rd Precinct Crime Section, and his officers, for their support and partnership,” said Superintendent of Schools Susan Schnebel. “The district will continue to remain vigilant at all times to prevent illegal drugs from entering our schools.”




Business Students Show Compassion for Pets

Business Students Show Compassion for Pets
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High school business students recently collected pet food and animal care products for donation to Legislator Steven Flotteron’s Long Island Cares pet food drive.

“In addition to teaching students about business and careers, social responsibility is consistently taught throughout our business courses,” said teacher Renee Clock. “We take pride in knowing that our students give to others, whether it’s humans or animals. Teaching compassion and empathy, and leading by example, is incorporated into each of our classes. I’m very proud to teach students who help give back to our community.”


Gomez and Marconi Win Prestigious World Language Awards

Gomez and Marconi Win Prestigious World Language Awards
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High school students Guadalupe Gomez and Madeline Marconi were recently honored with prestigious national world language awards by the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, an honor society for high school students studying Spanish or Portuguese.

Recognized for their dedication to the study of Spanish and excellent skills in that language, the two students were presented with their awards by their Spanish teacher and World Language Honor Society adviser, Karen Maisano, along with Principal Michael Mosca, and Priscilla Zarate, the district’s ENL and world language coordinator. Islip has maintained an active chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for the last 22 years.

Gomez, a junior, won the 2018 Bertie Green Junior Travel Award for her dedication to the study of Spanish and her excellent skills in that language. Valued at over $3,000, the award is given to only 24 students from more than 2,400 SHH chapters across the United States. In July, Guadalupe will travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with the other 23 winners.

“I would like to thank La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for this amazing opportunity to travel to Ecuador,” said Gomez. “I would also like to thank Mrs. Maisano for encouraging, motivating and helping me with the scholarship process. I am looking forward to experiencing the Ecuadorian culture and learning about the country.”

Marconi, a senior, won the 2018 Joseph Adams Senior Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to only 60 students from more than 2,400 national SHH chapters.

“I am so incredibly proud to have received this award,” said Marconi. “I humbly thank La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for its generosity, as well as Karen Maisano for all her continuous support and guidance.”

Students become eligible for these two awards by being an inducted member of the SHH and then submitting samples of their written and oral work in Spanish to a selection committee appointed by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

 

High Schoolers Learn Valuable Job Skills in Town Internship

High Schoolers Learn Valuable Job Skills in Town Internship

High school students in Renee Clock’s career skills and internship course have been learning transferable workplace skills within the Town of Islip’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Mary Pat Klueber, who is the executive assistant to Commissioner Tom Owens, meets with Clock and the students several times a week to assist the high schoolers in learning skills needed to succeed in the workplace after high school.

Taking charge of the department’s warehouse, the Islip students organized, categorized and counted equipment used for the town’s youth after-school and summer programs. They are now in the process of creating a working inventory system for these items.

“The students have been applying decision-making, critical thinking, organizational and mathematical skills during this internship,” said Clock. “We are appreciative to the town for providing this real-life work experience for our students. Their participation in the education and work experience of our students is a perfect example of a school-to-business partnership. Ms. Klueber has been paramount in creating this workplace environment for our students.”

The students also intern within the town’s offices at Brookwood Hall in East Islip, which houses the Islip Art Museum and Islip Arts Council, and assist with special assignments.

“Ms. Klueber and I vary the work experiences for the students to give them exposure to the numerous job skills that are required to perform the many jobs within this department,” said Clock.  



High Schooler Daniel Brake Earns Eagle Scout Status

High Schooler Daniel Brake Earns Eagle Scout Status
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Islip High School student Daniel Brake, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 370 of Islip, was recognized at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, held on Feb. 11 at Islip American Legion Rusy-Bohm Post 411, which sponsors the troop.

With his proud parents in attendance, Islip Superintendent of Schools Susan Schnebel presented Brake with his Eagle Scout certificate, an achievement he earned for his 2016 project to refurbish the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition’s Garden of Hope at Islip Town Hall. Brake also built a bench overlooking the garden so visitors can sit, relax and reflect.


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