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Islip Honor Society Students Run Successful School Supply Drive

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Students in Islip High School’s National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society joined forces to run a school supply drive in June, donating more than 35 backpacks of supplies to the Suffolk County Department of Social Services for distribution to needy students. The drive was organized by NHS adviser Kerri Schmalacker and WLHS advisers Sarah Ito and Megan Schierhorst.

Date Added: 7/22/2022

Islip Freshman Brianna McGowan Creates Mental Health Resource Flyer

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Following recent school tragedies such as Uvalde, Islip High School freshman Brianna McGowan decided to do something positive to help her peers. She approached her school counselor Nicole Hall, and together they developed the idea of creating a flyer for students that included mental health resources available at the school., on Long Island, and via New York and national hotlines. McGowan also researched social media and included inspiring Instagram accounts and mental health apps. Teachers shared the flyer in their classrooms, and students could also find it on the school’s grade-level Teams pages.

“Because of the Texas shooting, I felt upset and wanted to make something so that students know that there’s a solution to problems and that not all solutions are violent, and so they know that good people are there if they need help,” McGowan said.

“We were trying to think of a way to help, whether in a big way or something small,” Hall said. “There’s a lot of scary news and negativity that’s in our face, so we also included positive news and mental health apps to make it very tangible for other high school students. I think that a future career in helping people in some capacity might be something Brianna could look into. She has a very big heart and that is evident in what she did with this project.”

“As we all were faced yet again with navigating the darkness and tragedy of the events in Uvalde, the passion of a student to be proactive and to make a difference within her school community shined through,” said outgoing Principal Jon LaRochester. “I cannot tell you how impressed I was to learn of Brianna’s willingness to engage and support her schoolmates as thoughtfully and compassionately as she planned. Being as young as she is, it made it even more impressive. It is essential for us as educators to cultivate and support the natural leadership that students like Brianna display. These are the types of young men and women who will change the world, and it’s our job to help them learn how to do so.”

Date Added: 7/15/2022

Wing Walk Reconnects Islip’s Class of 2022 With Their Past

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Continuing a much-loved tradition, Islip High School’s Class of 2022 returned to the place where their educational careers began, visiting the district’s Wing Elementary School on June 21. Led by the Buccaneers mascot and clad in their caps and gowns, the seniors walked through the school and out to the playground, greeting Wing’s kindergartners and first graders as well as reconnecting with their former teachers.

Date Added: 7/14/2022

Graduate Alexis Bates Earns Islip’s First Seal of Civic Readiness

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Class of 2022 graduate Alexis Bates is Islip High School’s first candidate to successfully complete the requirements set forth by New York State to earn the Seal of Civic Readiness. Her project, “Musicians Helping Musicians,” studied the effects that music has on students and proposed an initiative for a music mentoring program in the Islip School District. Under this program, high school musicians would work with younger students, offering guidance while sharing their love of music.

New York State is in the pilot process of creating the Seal of Civic Readiness for graduating students, with the intent of encouraging the study of civics and civility through experiential learning. The Seal will also serve to provide employers with a method of identifying high school graduates with civics skills, provide universities with an additional method of evaluating applicants seeking admission, recognize the value of K-12 social studies education as a means to build civic knowledge, and to prepare students with 21st-century skills and empower them as agents of positive social change.

Date Added: 7/13/2022