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HS imageWelcome 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 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 Athletes Work with Wing’s Younger Students

High School Athletes Work with Wing’s Younger Students

High school students in the Athletes Helping Athletes program recently visited the district’s Wing Elementary School to work with younger students as part of Wing’s Wellness Week activities.

“The high school students were so excited about attending and could not stop talking about the visit the entire bus ride back to school,” said physical education teacher Patricia Whitehouse.

Top 22 Seniors Recognized

Top 22 Seniors Recognized
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A total of 22 outstanding seniors at the high school were recently recognized for placing in the school’s top 10 percent, including valedictorian Victoria Arthus and salutatorian Matthew Southard, as well as Ralph Barbato, Ryan Becvar, Shane Boyd, Valerie Buonasera, Daniel Canales, Ashley Danz, Ahkayla Davies, Raymond Dominguez Vargas, Gracie Eccleston, Christopher Giuliani, Jenna Gologorsky, Samantha Guerra, Delaney Hardekopf, Shweta Karmakar, Meaghan Lawrence, Nicholas Nilsen, Alisa Ozturk, Logan Powers, Meg Rumplick and Matthew Steves.

Junior Brian Walis Builds Beautiful Bandsawn Box

Junior Brian Walis Builds Beautiful Bandsawn Box
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High school junior and second-year shop student Brian Walis recently wowed his teacher, Jesse Eilbeck, with a special bandsawn project. Walis built a beautiful owl box, using walnut and white pine for the body section. He then reversed the woods for the belly and face mask sections when cutting them out. Walis used a technique called plug cutting to reproduce the eye sections, working with the exotic hardwoods yellowheart and black ebony. The pull for the belly drawer and the wings were constructed out of African bloodwood.

“Brian has amazing talent,” said Eilbeck. “He gave the owl to his mother, as he told me that it reminded of the works his maternal grandfather was noted for building.”

Senior Joseph Kornahrens Signs to Play Football for Alvernia

Senior Joseph Kornahrens Signs to Play Football for Alvernia

At a June 13 ceremony in the school’s library, surrounded by proud family members, senior Joseph Kornahrens signed a letter of intent to play football at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania this fall. He plans to major in physical therapy while competing for the Golden Wolves. A multitalented athlete, Kornahrens was a starting lineman for the varsity Bucs football team in his junior and senior years as well as a five-year member of Islip’s varsity bowling team and a two-year member of the varsity tennis squad.





High Schoolers Make a Difference Donating Jeans

High Schoolers Make a Difference Donating Jeans
High school students and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Club worked on the Teens for Jeans campaign again this year, with students, staff and community partners recently collecting more than 500 pairs of gently used or new denim jeans to be donated to teens residing in homeless shelters. Students in teacher Renée Clock’s work experience class then interned at the Town of Islip Youth Bureau, sorting and packaging the jeans for delivery.

Community partners on this initiative also included Town Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen; Suffolk County Legislators Tom Cilmi, Steven J. Flotteron and William J. Lindsay III; Kennedy LI Realty; and the Exchange Ambulance of the Islips

“We began participating in the Teens for Jeans campaign seven years ago through DoSomething.org,” said Clock. “We originally partnered with Melanie Holz of the South Shore Community Organization. This year, we had seven drop-off sites within the Town of Islip. Youth Bureau Director Tim Mare has been indispensable in helping us coordinate this campaign and the pickup and delivery of the jeans to the local homeless shelters and outreach centers in our area.” 

Cilmi, whose office has participated as a drop-off site since 2012, told the students, “Keep helping others in your community and be proud of yourselves for taking the time to help the less fortunate.”

As the students were loading the jeans on the truck, Clock reminded them how important it is to help others and to seek opportunities to be leaders.  
“You do not need to spend money to help others,” said Clock. “Find a way you can help and make a difference in someone’s life, it will keep you humble. Remember, there will always be people who need your help and there will always be a way for you to help others.”