Welcome to Islip High School
2508 Union Blvd.
Islip, NY 11751
Mr. Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School
Home of the Buccaneers
A Message from the Principal:
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. This is a year of new beginnings. I would like to introduce myself, Michael Mosca, as the new principal of Islip High School. I am joining the Islip team after 7 years of administrative experience in the Comsewogue School district and bring with me a variety of background experiences and teaching. During my career, I have been connected to many different aspects of student learning, working at both the middle school and high school levels. I am honored to become part of a school district with such a strong sense of community and tradition.
In my time in education, I have placed a strong emphasis on Character Education in addition to the rigorous standards set forth by New York State. It is my 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.
This process is one that is shared equally between school and home. With that understanding, communication between the two is paramount. Recognizing that parents are busy, the high school is again using the automatic dialer to inform parents of student absences period by period on a daily basis. The phone calls are made in the early evening. In addition, parents will be able to view their child’s attendance, progress reports and grades online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at www.islipufsd.org. Should you need further assistance, please contact Michele Finlay in our district office at 650-8232.
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 as well. Just visit https://www.facebook.com/IslipHS and become a fan of our page.
Despite all of the new digital communication put in place for your convenience, there is no substitute to 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 & 11, can be reached at 650-8315 and Mr. Juengerkes, Assistant Principal for grades 10 & 12, can be reached at 650-8320.
The first day of school for students is Wednesday, September 3rd. 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.
I am looking forward to being a part of the Islip community. We will continue the journey as we guide our students into becoming inquisitive, independent, life-long learners. As educators, we are responsible to help form individuals who have the ability and confidence to make a difference big or small in the world around them.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, 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