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Sixth Graders Test Theory by Playing Career Pictionary

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Sixth graders at Islip Middle School participated in a career exploration activity at the end of January, in which they learned about John Holland’s theory of career development. To test their knowledge on the theory, students were split into two teams and competed against each other in a game of Career Pictionary. Students had to use their artistic skills and guess the career their classmate was drawing. However, in order to gain a point for their team, students had to inform school counselor Sara Comiskey what personality type from Holland’s theory to which the career belonged, such as “teacher = social,” “scientist = investigative” or “graphic designer = artistic.”

Date Added: 1/31/2023

Islip’s Youngest Performers Impress at Wing Winter Showcase Concerts

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The spirit and sounds of the season were on display at Wing Elementary School during two heartwarming Winter Showcase concerts, performed by kindergartners on Jan. 18 and first graders on Jan. 19. A zippy rendition of the beloved “Hot Chocolate” from the 2004 film “The Polar Express” was among the many highlights presented by the district’s youngest singers.

“The incredible performances we saw last week were the result of a collaborative schoolwide effort,” Director of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Hershkowitz said. “Our students not only had the chance to show off their hard work for their families, but they got to experience the thrill of being on stage for a real performance.”

“Thank you to our wonderful staff for their hard work preparing our students for our concerts and to our loving caregivers who joined us that week,” Principal Catherine Glaser said.   

Date Added: 1/23/2023





Wing First Graders Give Back With Bologna for Bethany House

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First graders in Justin Lollo’s class at Wing Elementary School continued an annual tradition of goodwill and giving back, taking time on Dec. 20 to make 196 bologna sandwiches that were then donated to the Bethany House shelter at St. Patrick Church in Bay Shore. As in previous years, Grilli’s Gourmet Deli in Islip donated several pounds of bologna for the students to use in assembling the sandwiches.

“Every year I discuss the importance of being good citizens in our community with my students,” Lollo said. “One of the ways we can give back to our community is by donating to those who are less fortunate than we are. The purpose of this activity is for students to actively take part in helping to feed the hungry. This was the most sandwiches made by one class since I started working at Wing, and my students learned the valuable lesson of doing something good for others and serving those in need in our local community.”

Date Added: 1/10/2023

Islip HS Wrestlers Win Takedown Autism Championship

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Islip High School’s varsity wrestling team recently were crowned champions at William Floyd High School’s 15th annual Takedown Autism dual meet tournament. The fundraising tournament benefits the autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks.

Islip’s Bucs went 4-0, beating Bay Shore by a score of 36-27, Glen Cove by 69-6 and Smithtown West by 52-18, then defeating host William Floyd by in the finals by a 40-23 score. Collin Haug was voted the event’s most outstanding wrestler.

Date Added: 1/5/2023

An Exciting Return for Islip High School’s Winter Concerts

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For the first time since the COVID pandemic began, Islip High School student-musicians took to the stage to perform at a pair of magnificent winter concerts, held on Dec. 14 and 20.

The first show featured the school’s electric ensemble, directed by Zachary Butterfield, and the jazz ensemble, directed by Steve Campanella. The second evening showcased the string orchestra and chamber orchestra, both directed by Butterfield; the chorus, directed by Rich Harris; and the combined concert band and wind ensemble, directed by Campanella.

“It’s been three years since we’ve had audiences in our auditoriums for a winter concert,” Director of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Hershkowitz said. “The excitement was palpable and the performances were extraordinary. I am so proud of the hard work our students and teachers have devoted to making these concerts a success."

Date Added: 1/5/2023