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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 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 ( 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, 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. 

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 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.

Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School

Islip’s Girl Powered Robotics Team Succeeds in Second Year

Islip’s Girl Powered Robotics Team Succeeds in Second Year

Now in its second year and officially affiliated with the district, the Islip Girl Powered Robotics team has tasted success, earning several awards while participating in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology program, known as FIRST.

The team, from grades 10 through 12, consists of Olivia Berger, Molly Breakstone, Grace Constantino, Shweta Karmaker, Udithi Kothapalli, Darienne Rogers and Sofia Rubinson.

Teams in The Tech Challenge tasks robotics teams with designing, building, programming and operating robots in an alliance format. At the Long Island FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier held on Jan. 8 at Lynbrook High School, the GPR team earned the Control, Inspire and Think Awards. The Inspire Award, an overall award, is given to teams who are ambassadors for FIRST programs, are positive and inclusive, and have a high quality and thorough engineering notebook. Following up this performance, the GPR team won first place Alliance Captain and the Think Award at the Center Moriches qualifier on Jan. 14, earning them a spot in the Long Island Championship on Feb. 11. 

Erika Dannenfelser, Islip’s robotics adviser, said, “The Islip Girl Powered Robotics team, in just its second year, has demonstrated the FIRST Challenge values of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas.”

Harris Named Grammy Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist

Harris Named Grammy Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist

High School music teacher Dr. Rich Harris Jr., who serves as the school’s choral, theater and music theory director, was recently selected as a quarterfinalist for the prestigious Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

The annual Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators, from kindergarten through college, who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

After intensive review of more than 2,300 nationwide initial applications, Dr. Harris was notified that he was selected as one of the remaining 197 music teachers named as quarterfinalists, hailing from 187 cities across 45 states plus Washington, DC. Harris was also named as a 2019 Legacy Applicant, giving him the right to bypass the 2019 online application, proceeding directly to the video submission phase of the process. He will be then be adjudicated alongside traditional quarterfinalists, and again be eligible to win the Grammy Educator Award.

“I’m honored, humbled and thankful for the journey on which music continues to take me,” said Harris.

High School VE Teams Finish First at Farmingdale Trade Show

High School VE Teams Finish First at Farmingdale Trade Show

Students in the high school’s Virtual Enterprise program recently participated in the annual Long Island trade show and business plan competition at Farmingdale College alongside other schools from across Nassau and Suffolk.

Both of Islip’s VE teams – Fresh Direct and Prestige Worldwide – walked away with wins. Fresh Direct earned first place in the Company Branding, Sales Material and Salesmanship categories, and second place in Company Website and Commercial; Prestige Worldwide took first place in the Booth Design and Company Newsletter categories, and second place in Sales Material.

Additionally, Fresh Direct was named to the top 10 out of 92 Long Island firms for the business plan competition and will move on to the semifinals on Feb. 28, sponsored and hosted by American Portfolios Financial Services in Holbrook. The four top teams will earn the opportunity to represent the Long Island region in the National Business Plan Competition – part of the Youth Business Summit – on April 16-18.h.


Capolongo and Multer Win Suffolk Zone Awards

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Capolongo and Multer Win Suffolk Zone Awards 3

High school seniors Vincent Capolongo and Kayla Multer were named winners at the 2017-2018 Suffolk Zone Awards dinner, held on Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge.

The Suffolk Zone awards are presented annually by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance to the top male and female physical education students in each Suffolk County high school’s graduating class.

Capolongo, who serves as captain of the soccer, winter track and spring track teams, is an All-Conference soccer winner and participates in Athletes Helping Athletes. He plans to attend Stony Brook University and major in mechanical engineering

Multer, Islip’s soccer team captain, basketball team member and is an All-County soccer recipient and participates in Mathletes. She plans to attend New York Institute of Technology and major in biology.

“Kayla and Vincent serve as true physical fitness role models and examples for success,” said Athletic Director John Sparacio.

Sophomores Seek Careers at Workshop

Sophomores Seek Careers at Workshop

The high school’s School to Careers Partnership recently hosted a Sophomore Career Exploration Workshop event for the sophomore class, following last winter’s similar event for freshmen.

The workshop was attended by approximately 40 professionals from the community from a variety of professions and career fields, including welding, glass design, general contracting, project management, medicine, dentistry, nursing, radiology, physical therapy, lab technology, plumbing, electrical work, law, finance and community relations. Groups of eight students were paired with a presenter for eight-minute breakout sessions, conversing about the professional’s job, skills and education.

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