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2508 Union Blvd.
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 7:20 a.m. – 1:58 p.m.


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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 11 & 12):  (631) 650-8315
Assistant Principals Office (Grade 10); (631) 650-8330
Assistant Principal's Office (Grade 9): (631) 650-8320
Guidance Office: (631) 650-8350
Health Office: (631) 650-8325
Attendance Office: (631) 650-8310
Athletic Director: (631) 650-8370
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photograph of the Islip High School Leadership team (L to R C. Rizzuto, M. Stern, L. Gonzalez, L.. Ward). All four are wearing purple "Buccaneer University Leadership" T-shirts

Pictured (left to right): Mr. Charlie Rizzuto, Ms. Meghan Stern, Dr. Lara Gonzalez, Ms. Lisa Ward
Islip High School Leadership Team

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A Message from the Principal:

Dear Islip High School Students and Parents,

At Islip High School, we are excited about the possibilities for students that this 2023-2024 school year offers. Our focus at the High School will continue to be on student learning and specifically, student engagement. Together with faculty and staff, we will encourage students to challenge themselves intellectually, to broaden their academic interests, and to work on becoming the best version of themselves. We hope that students will take advantage of the co-curricular activities, clubs, and leadership opportunities available to them. We look forward to including families in our learning community through a variety of events, including Meet the Teacher night, Curriculum Night, College Planning Workshop for Junior Parents, our evening College Fair, and "Parent University" discussions on October 25th, February 1st, and March 7th. We hope to hear from you and see you in person soon.

Sincerely yours,

Lara Gonzalez, Ed.D.


Three Days, Seven Colleges: IHS Students Take Transformational Trip

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Dr. Dennis O’Hara, Islip’s superintendent of schools, often talks about changing students’ life trajectories. He believes one way to do so is to get young people to visit college campuses where they can envision themselves as undergraduates. To that end, Islip High School sponsored a college tour from Nov. 2-4 for students to the Boston and Connecticut areas. Along with nine chaperones, 95 sophomores, juniors, and seniors experienced a three-day, seven-college transformational trip, learning about the many aspects of the college admissions process and life on a college campus.

The first stop of the tour was Northeastern University in Boston, where students listened to an information session provided by admissions officers. Then, Northeastern students took the high schoolers on a tour around the campus and inside an actual dorm room. The tour concluded with lunch at a dining commons. The Islip group was delighted to connect with a Class of 2023 graduate who now attends Northeastern.

“That was my first experience at a college, and I related to it,” current IHS junior Juan Salcedo Pacheco said. “I learned so much about the process to apply and, most importantly, the opportunities that are there for everyone.”

From there, the group traveled to Boston College for an information session as well as a tour of the campus. That night, they enjoyed dinner and games at a local Dave & Busters before returning to the hotel.

The next day, the tour continued at Bentley College in Waltham. Bentley was a hit with students who are considering degrees in business.

“I had never heard of Bentley before and didn’t know it was a business school, and since the topic I want to study requires a business major, I fell in love with the school,” student Isabella Dragos said.

From Bentley, students traveled to Harvard University in Cambridge, where they participated in a special information session with a director of admissions as well as three current Harvard students, who emphasized that the high schoolers shouldn’t “count themselves out.”

 “I learned that due to grants and financial aid, people can attend a prestigious college with paying very little in tuition or even no money at all,” Amy Marconi said.

The final college visit on the second day was Boston University. That evening, students enjoyed sightseeing at Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall before taking a tour of historic Fenway Park.

On the third and final day of the tour, the Islip group began with a walking tour of the campus at the University of Massachusetts Boston before boarding buses and heading towards Storrs, Connecticut for their final stop.

The University of Connecticut was a highlight for many students, and the group was thrilled to connect with one of the Islip High School’s 2023 alumni.

“It was incredible to witness students become excited about the possibilities,” Assistant Principal Meghan Stern said. “From stepping onto a campus that ‘felt like home,’ to learning about a program they plan to pursue, students spent three days learning about their future journeys and the steps they need to take to get there.”

“I was impressed by our students’ conduct, their curiosity, the thoughtful questions they asked, and the way they interacted with each other and the college students we met,” Principal Dr. Lara Gonzalez said. “I am so proud of them, and would travel anywhere, anytime with this wonderful group of young people.”

Dr. Gonzalez later reflected on the impact of the trip, saying, “Northeastern University, Boston College, Bentley University, Harvard College, Boston University, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, UMass Boston, UConn…and back to Islip! So many places to visit, so much to learn, and so many life trajectories impacted. Growth mindset in motion!”

Date Added: 12/6/2023


Islip Seniors Continue Educator for a Day Tradition

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Approximately 100 Islip High School students participated in Educator for a Day on Nov. 21, an interactive experience run by the student union that provides the opportunity for seniors to spend a day in the life of their teachers or administrators. The students collaborated with teachers to create lesson plans for the day, teach their classes and experience what their teachers do every day.  

“Educator for a Day is something that seniors look forward to each year, and it is a tradition that I am happy to uphold,” student union adviser Kristen D’Attoma said.

Date Added: 12/1/2023

Islip HS Student Execs Participate in VE Leadership Conference at LIU

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Islip High School’s two Virtual Enterprise International teams, FlexFuel and WaveSync, recently participated in the annual Long Island Regional Leadership Conference at Long Island University. Student executives from high schools all over Long Island gathered on Oct. 27 to learn and explore key leadership characteristics alongside industry professionals and mentors. Students worked in small groups based on the positions they hold in their respective firms. In these groups, students worked together to use critical thinking and leadership skills to address case studies and workplace challenge scenarios. Winning presentations from each breakout room advanced to the main stage of LIU’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. WaveSync CMO Erica De Lapi was one of the students chosen to present to the larger audience due to her innovative ideas and public speaking abilities.  

“This event was an invaluable opportunity for our business students to network with their peers, mentors and industry professionals,” VE teacher Danielle McMullan said. “It was a great kickoff to the 2023-2024 Virtual Enterprise school year.”

Date Added: 11/21/2023

High School First Responders Club Explores Training and Careers

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Islip High School debuted a new First Responders Club this year, which meets weekly to explore both training and possible careers in the field. Student members recently earned certification in Stop the Bleed tourniquet training by certified science teacher Isabella Columbo. The club is also organizing a CPR training and certification course for students, as well as visits from guest speakers.

“I met with several students this summer who requested we start a First Responders Club to give them the opportunity to learn about the many first responder careers, from EMT to fire, police and dispatch,” said club adviser Renee Clock. “I thought it was a great idea, incorporating training and career exploration for students who may be interested in becoming a first responder, or who just want to learn how to help others in emergency situations.”

Date Added: 11/17/2023

Three Islip Gymnasts Compete at Individual County Championships

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Islip High School students Nicolette Ferraro, Isabella Field and Brianna Lanza qualified for and competed at the individual county gymnastics championships, held Nov. 1 at West Islip High School. Field placed second on floor exercise with a 9.6, third on balance beam with a 9.25 and fourth in all-around with a 36.725. She will represent Islip on the Section XI New York State gymnastics team next March in Buffalo, competing on balance beam and floor exercise as well as serving as an alternate for the all-around competition.  

“Congratulations to all of our gymnasts and good luck to Izzy Field at states,” Athletic Director John Sparacio said. 

Date Added: 11/16/2023

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