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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


 

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




James McCabe Appointed as Science Coordinator

James McCabe Appointed as Science Coordinator

James McCabe has been named science coordinator for the district.

McCabe previously served as director of middle school life and elementary science at the East Williston School District, as dean of students and seventh-grade science teacher at East Williston, and as a general science teacher in the Colonial School District in Delaware.

The West Islip resident earned a bachelor’s degree in adolescence education in biology from SUNY Cortland and his master’s degree in school leadership from Wilmington University in Delaware.

“I am honored to join the Islip school community as science coordinator, and look forward to supporting our students learn through collaboration and discovery,” said McCabe.


All Smiles On Islip’s Exciting First Day of School

All Smiles On Islip’s Exciting First Day of School
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The first day of classes in Islip arrived on Sept. 5, with students in the district’s high school, middle school and Commack Road, Maud S. Sherwood and Wing elementary schools arriving to begin a new year of learning.

“I am so proud to be the principal of Islip Middle School, where the kids bring the innocence and joy that can easily be overlooked in our fast-paced world,” said Timothy Martin. “I am looking forward to an exciting year.”

“It was a great first day for the students at Sherwood,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “It was nice to see all the new and returning smiling faces as they entered, and it was even better to hear students say how great their day went as they left for the day.”




Islip Six Recognized for Leadership by Boys and Girls State

Islip Six Recognized for Leadership by Boys and Girls State
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Six students from the high school were selected by Islip American Legion Rusy-Bohm Post 411 for this past summer’s Legion’s Boys State and Auxiliary Girls State leadership programs.

Christopher Giuliani and Nicholas Nilsen were chosen as primary delegates and James Rindos as an alternate for Boys State. Victoria Arthus and Lauren Cottral were picked as citizens and Tiana Seide as an alternate for Girls State.

“We are very proud of these students, who were recognized for their exceptional leadership skills and academic accomplishments,” said Principal Michael Mosca.

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.