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




High School Theater Talents Showcased with ‘Into the Woods’

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For four nights in January, the high school’s theater arts class brought beloved storybook characters to life in a very non-traditional way in their production of “Into the Woods.” This memorable Broadway play, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, served as a remarkable showcase for the students’ vocal talents.

During the course of the story, a baker and his wife, played by Emma Regina and John DelGenio, had to reverse a curse brought upon them by a wicked witch, played by Alexandra Morrissey and Nicole Poliandro. Cinderella (played by Morgiana McDevitt) garnered sympathy from the audience., while Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and his mom, the royal princes, Cinderella’s family, Snow White, the Narrator, Sleeping Beauty, the wolves, and Jack’s cow Milky White brought the message “no one is alone” to fruition.

“The audience was in awe of the talent on stage and behind the curtain, knowing that this production was a result of the students’ work as part of a class assignment,” said Superintendent Susan Schnebel, who attended the performance. “As I sat in my seat, I could not help but marvel at the talent, dedication and passion the cast and crew displayed.”

Varsity Student-Athletes Honored at Night of Champions

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As part of a special Night of Champions, the district recognized several athletic achievements during the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting. Among those honored were students on the high school girls tennis, gymnastics and boys golf teams. The varsity girls tennis team were League III and Division II champions this past fall season. The gymnastics squad – a joint team with Bay Shore – won the county championship, and the boys golf team qualified for the county championship for the first time in five years.

HS Science Teacher Mennecke Puts ‘Pencils Down’

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“Pencils Down,” a book of poetry written by high school science teacher Wayne Mennecke, was published on Jan. 13 by Local Gems Press. Using emails, excuse notes, labs, test questions and answers to share his experiences teaching biology, Mennecke turned everyday exchanges and encounters into poems that examine how the connection between faculty and students can be more meaningful.

‘’Pencils Down’’ was a 2016 finalist in the annual “30 Poems in 30 Days”contest held by Local Gems Press.

“This is a book about being in school, with all of its routines, challenges and successes – the sometimes serious, sometimes silly classroom happenings and conversations,” said Mennecke. “It also pokes fun at testing and grading as well as the mindboggling questions and answers students provide while preparing for exams. After many months of editing and revising, it’s exciting to finally see the finished book in the hands of family, friends and former students.”


Successful Sales Simulation in HS Business Course

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High school students enrolled in Renee Clock’s business ownership and marketing course recently created their own retail businesses; in the process, they learned about the steps required to open their companies and design their retail stores on the computer.

Before the business simulation began, the students were taught about the product life cycle, advertising, utilization of color schemes to entice others to buy a product, inventory control, start-up costs, and the effects of supply and demand on cost. The simulation phase entailed students buying and selling their products – using mock paper money – during class and recording all financial transactions using Excel worksheets. Using their acquired business ownership skills, the students competed to see who would make the most revenue.

Students who complete the business ownership and marketing class earn three college business credits through SUNY Farmingdale.




Freshmen Explore Careers at High School Workshop

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The high school’s School to Careers Partnership hosted its first Freshman Career Exploration Workshop on Dec. 15, including participation by the entire ninth-grade student body.

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi kicked off the event with a keynote address. The freshmen then moved to breakout sessions where each group listened to four different presenters from a variety of professions and career fields including engineering and architecture, homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, community outreach, radiology, political science, computer engineering, business and finance, education, media and communications, military, and health care.  The students were grouped based on career interest surveys that were given earlier in the year. 

“It was a great day for both the students and the community, as we were able to expose each freshman to a wide variety of careers and occupations,” said Assistant Principal Curtis Juengerkes, whose address to the students closed the workshop. “The professionals took time out of their day to share their work experiences, possible job opportunities and wisdom with our students, and we are grateful.”

“This initiative by Mr. Juengerkes and his team is part of a larger college and career initiative that we have been promoting over the last few years,” said Principal Michael Mosca, who noted that the School to Career Partnership will be planning similar events for each grade level at the school.