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2508 Union Blvd.
Islip, NY 11751

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All Offices: (631) 650-8300
Main Office: (631) 650-8301
Fax: (631) 650-8308
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8305
Assistant Principal's Office:  (631) 650-8315
Dean of Student Support Services Office: (631) 650-8320
Guidance Office: (631) 650-8350
Health Office: (631) 650-8325
Attendance Office: (631) 650-8310
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Drug and Alcohol Counselor: (631) 650-8328
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Mr. Jon LaRochester, Principal
Islip High School


 

Home of the Buccaneers

 

Letter to the Class of 2020

Graduates and Families of the Class of 2020,

As we approach the awaited countdown to the 95th Commencement in Islip High School’s history, there is no better time than now, to thank all of you for your patience, unwavering support and confidence in our faculty and staff during our distance learning experience. Islip High School faculty and staff worked so hard to create and modify events to ensure that our amazing graduates knew how much they were loved, missed and appreciated for all they accomplished during their time at Islip, culminating this week with what is shaping up to be a wonderful family-oriented series of commencement ceremonies.

At this time, I would like to formally invite you all to join me and the rest of the Islip High School Administration, Faculty, Staff and the Islip School Community in recognizing the members of the class of 2020 who were nominated and selected as award winners. Our first presentation linked below is our Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony which will present a variety of academic, service and achievement awards and scholarships from 65 families, community members and organizational donors to graduating seniors totaling more than $90,000. Our second presentation is our Virtual Athletic Awards Program honoring the senior varsity athletes of the graduating class of 2020.

I would like to publicly thank the many administrators, faculty, and staff members whose creativity and hard work made these presentations a reality. On behalf of the Islip High School Family, congratulations and enjoy the presentations.

Virtual Awards List
Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony
Virtual Senior Athletic Awards Program


Be Safe… Be Healthy…

Regards,

Jon LaRochester - Principal

 

A Message from the Principal:

Dear Islip High School Families,

It is my sincere hope that you receive this letter in the midst of an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. For me, this letter is both exciting and yet very humbling, as it is my first opportunity as the new Principal of Islip High School to officially "Welcome You Back" for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Since I was hired, my time in Islip has been nothing short of remarkable. Every student, parent, teacher and staff member that I have encountered has been kind and helpful. Learning about the wonderful programs and the opportunities that have been created for our students has not only inspired me, but also confirmed all of the fantastic things I have heard about Islip High School, its outstanding students and staff and the "Pride" that the community has for the total school program.

I have learned that Islip is built upon rich traditions of excellence, the truest form of community pride. At its core is a school system whose commitment to the growth, enrichment, and success of all of its students is second to none. I am truly honored to have been selected by Central Administration and the Board of Education to join the Islip School District, with its exceptional students, faculty, staff and administrative team.

For more than twenty years, I have been fortunate to have had many valuable and unique opportunities within both the educational and professional arenas. These experiences have paved the way for me to become the administrator and educational leader that I am today. I began my career in the Bethpage School District where I was a secondary social studies teacher for fourteen years. For the past six years, I was an assistant principal at Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick School District. This time has provided me with a deep insight as to the true value and significance that a tradition of excellence, whole life learning and a "student first" focus has upon a district and its community as a whole. It allowed me to play an active role in the creation of instructional, curricular, technological and athletic programs, as well as operational ventures aimed at student growth, achievement, and real-world experiences. I look forward to bringing a commitment to excellence, a creative and innovative vision, and a positive attitude to the current and future students of Islip High School.

Once again, I am so thankful for the opportunity to become a part of the Islip High School community! I look forward to getting to know and work with each one of your children as we continue to strive to move Islip High School amongst the educational leaders in New York State.


Best regards,
Jon LaRochester

 

HS Receives NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award

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Congratulations!

Seniors Enjoy Lively Block Party

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The high school held a lively Senior Block Party on Sept. 23 in front of the school, complete with DJ music, refreshments and raffles. At various tables, seniors could submit baby pictures and order their yearbooks and caps and gowns. The event was a true community effort, with donations coming from local families; district organizations such as the Islip Teachers Association and the school’s PTSA and Post-Prom Committee; and local businesses such as Bagel Boss, Bubba’s Burrito Bar, Coyle’s Ice Cream, Dang BBQ, Fratelli Pizzeria and Maxwell's.

“Like last year’s senior class, the current senior class lost out on many traditional activities,” said senior adviser Nikki-Ann Gerardi-O’Leary. “Our junior prom was scheduled to take place this past May and like many events, was canceled due to the pandemic . We saw this as a great opportunity to get our senior class together and celebrate. The Block Party would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our dedicated and devoted administrators, teachers and staff. The custodial staff and security also did an outstanding job assisting in the setup and orchestration of the event.”

  

HS Earns NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Program Promotion Award

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Islip High School was recently recognized with a Sportsmanship Program Promotion Award for exemplary effort, given by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for the 2019-2020 school year.

Islip Welcomes Students Back Safely and Successfully

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Islip’s schools reopened on Sept. 9 and 10, safely welcoming students from each building – high school, middle school, and Commack Road, Maud S. Sherwood and Wing elementary schools – back for a new year of learning in a challenging new environment of masks and social distancing.

“The first day of school was an amazing success for all of us,” said Commack Road Elementary School Principal James Cameron. “It was the culmination of many weeks of hard work and collaboration between the community, parents, students, teachers, staff and administration. Even with all teachers, staff and students wearing masks, we could see their huge smiles and excitement in seeing each other again.”

"This year is so much different than every other year, for the better," said Islip Middle School Principal Timothy Martin. "We get to have two first days of school, and that is wonderful. At Islip Middle School, we know how to make lemonade out of lemons, and we believe that when you look good and feel good, you will ultimately do good."

“Although this year is not the start we had hoped for, I am elated to have students and staff back in the building,” said Jason Cohen, the middle school’s assistant principal. “Life will always challenge us, and it is those challenges that allow us to truly appreciate the good times. There is power in our own positivity, so let’s have great days, then great weeks, to make it a great year.”

  

Brian Kroll Named New Director of Fine and Performing Arts

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The district has named Brian Kroll as the new director of fine and performing arts. Kroll replaces interim director Dr. Jeff Dailey.

Kroll comes to Islip from the Babylon School District, where he had worked since 2000 as Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s director of the junior and senior choir, extracurricular women’s choir, vocal jazz ensemble and chorale, as well as musical director of the all-school musical production and coach of the varsity golf team. During his time in Babylon, he was named an ASSET Bright Light educator in 2010. He served as SCMEA Division III East chorus co-chairperson in 2004 and 2005 and as SCMEA Division II East assistant vice president in 2006, and was chosen to direct the SCMEA Division III East honor choir in 2007.

He previously worked from 1998 to 2000 at the West Islip School District’s Beach Street Middle School, serving as chorus director, general music teacher and Drama Club musical director; and in 1998 at the Comsewogue School District’s John F. Kennedy Middle School as a chorus director and general music teacher.

A Manorville resident, Kroll earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Hofstra University, his master’s degree in music from Five Towns College and his advanced certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.

“Arts education promotes critical thinking and collaboration in order to solve complex problems and to create and appreciate aesthetic works,” Kroll said. “Our goal is to foster art and music education because research shows they are linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, and community engagement.”