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Committed to Excellence

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 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 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

Middle Schoolers Make ‘Eighth Grade Rounds’

Middle Schoolers Make ‘Eighth Grade Rounds’

In preparation for moving up to the high school, the entire eighth grade at the middle school visited the high school this year as part of the first ever “Eighth Grade Rounds” orientation initiative. The students were broken up into groups and, led by the high school’s Peer Ambassadors, visited nine different active classrooms to get a glimpse of what high school is like.

In a follow-up event, the Peer Ambassadors later visited the middle school to follow up with the eighth-graders about their experience.  

High School Video Students Make Top 30 in Film Challenge

High School Video Students Make Top 30 in Film Challenge

For the second consecutive year, the high school’s video production students were chosen for the top 30 in the prestigious 10 Day School Film Challenge. Based on the theme of “A Film Within a Film,” theme, students Ryan DelGenio, Selia Mercado, Nancy Pramanand, James Rindos and Lauryn Valdez created the short film “Stuck in Bayside,” which advanced to the state finals.

The state competition drew hundreds of film entries submitted by dozens of high schools. Competition rules required participants to write, shoot, edit and score a movie in just 10 school days. After picking a theme out of a hat, the students had to use an exact line of dialogue in the film, use a specific prop and camera angle, and include the main character’s name and given background story. They also were required to create a screenplay and movie poster. The students could only work on their film during class and school hours, with no work allowed after school, at night, on weekends or at home.

The top 30 films, including Islip’s “Stuck in Bayside,” were shown on the big screen in front of peers, other schools, and judges at the 10 Day School Film Challenge awards held in Astoria, Queens. 

“Congratulations once again to our amazing Islip students,” said teacher Mike Reilly. “This was the second year for Nancy, Selia, and Lauryn in regards to being selected for this honor. All three students will be attending college this fall and plan on concentrating their studies in the area of film and media communications. We hope to see them all on the real red carpet one day.”

View “Stuck in Bayside” on YouTube.

High School Lauds Five Top Achievers

High School Lauds Five Top Achievers

Five exceptional high school students were recently honored with Town of Islip Student Achievement Awards in four different categories. The students were nominated for the annual award by teachers.

Victoria Arthus was nominated by Linda Festa in the language arts category, Amanda Burke was nominated by Elizabeth Nolan for language arts, John DelGenio was nominated by Karen Maisano for secondary language, Sean Henriks was nominated by Ann Gordon for leadership and Morgiana McDevitt was nominated by Rich Harris for performing arts.    

Marconi Earns Islip’s First Seal of Biliteracy

Marconi Earns Islip’s first Seal of Biliteracy

The high school recently recognized 2018 graduate and salutatorian Madeline Marconi as the inaugural recipient of the Islip School District Seal of Biliteracy. The prestigious Seal of Biliteracy project was piloted in Islip this year for the first time, with Marconi as the sole candidate.
Marconi presented her extensively researched Spanish-language project on her ancestral land of El Salvador on June 8 in the high school’s community room in front of a rigorous committee of Islip educators, who then evaluated her project and awarded her with a Seal of Biliteracy certificate and medal.

“Although it took several months of hard work, I am so incredibly proud to receive the Seal of Biliteracy, because it not only demonstrates all of the effort I have put towards receiving this award, but it also conveys my love for language,” said Marconi.

“Madeline not only met the criteria established by the New York State Department of Education and our district, she also exceeded the expectation of the evaluating committee during her culminating project presentation,” said Priscilla Zarate, the district’s ENL and world language coordinator. “Madeline is a true example of a student who has attained bilingualism, biliteracy and cross-cultural understanding. I congratulate her for this extraordinary accomplishment and for having successfully attained the Seal of Biliteracy.”

“Madeline is the epitome of heart and soul,” said World Language Honor Society adviser Karen Maisano. “She gives 100 percent to every task she takes on, and truly deserves the esteemed recognition of receiving the Seal of Biliteracy for excellence in all modalities of the English and Spanish languages.”

Islip Teachers Celebrate Bright Futures of Val and Sal

Islip Teachers Celebrate Bright Futures of Val and Sal
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Continuing a memorable tradition of the last three years, the high school’s Class of 2018 valedictorian Julia Hormann and salutatorian Madeline Marconi enjoyed a special reception on June 20 to give them a chance to meet with all of their former high school, middle school and elementary school teachers. The event included a group photo on the high school athletic field.

“This is a thank-you to you,” Principal Michael Mosca told the assembled teachers. “And this is just a testament to how important the entire system is in rooting these kids to their future. Two very bright futures, thanks to all the hard work you’ve all put in.”