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Pre-K Information

The West Islip school district will offer a district-funded Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year. All children residing in the district who will be four (4) years of age on or before December 1, 2019 will be eligible to apply.

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Pre-K Invitation from Superintendent Burns

Pre-K Enrollment Application

Immunization Information

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Fun with Friction at Oquenock’s STEM lab

Fun with Friction at Oquenock’s STEM lab
Students in Michelle Bonkov’s third grade class at Oquenock recently tested objects in the STEM lab to find out which had the least and most amounts of friction. Students were tasked with determining which types of materials would work the best in designing a slide.


HS Recognizes 26 College-Bound Seniors

HS Recognizes 26 College-Bound Seniors
A terrific tally of 26 outstanding seniors have committed to play Division I, II and III college athletics this fall.

The students are: Maximus Albanese (lacrosse, Vassar College), Michael Alexander (lacrosse, Yale University; Jack Altieri (baseball, Farmingdale College), Kimberly Arena (track and field, SUNY Cortland), Tom Armetta (lacrosse, SUNY New Paltz), Julianna Budriss (softball, St. John’s University), Jillian Caroselli (lacrosse, Duquesne University), Adriane Casey (swimming and diving, SUNY Cortland), Anthony Cinquemani (baseball, St. Joseph’s College), Erin Corcoran (field hockey, University of New Haven), Kyle Cronin (track and field, Adelphi University), Patrick Cunningham (lacrosse, Assumption College), Jason DeCoteau (lacrosse, SUNY Geneseo), Nicholas Groia (lacrosse, DeSales University), Connor Harris (lacrosse, Western Connecticut University), Michael LaDonna (baseball, New York Institute of Technology), Danielle Marino (lacrosse, Syracuse University), Caitlin Neglia (volleyball, Misericordia University), Dylan Pape (lacrosse, Siena College), Jared Paquette (lacrosse, Yale University), Peyton Ryan (basketball, Springfield College), Ava Sesto (lacrosse, Pace University), Nick Siano (baseball, Manhattanville College), Christopher Sparks (lacrosse, University of Tampa), Marion Wegener (tennis, Queens College) and Cody White (track and field, SUNY Cortland).

“Congratulations to these student-athletes who have committed to play college athletics,” said Athletic Director Tim Horan, who congratulated them alongside Principal Anthony Bridgeman. “The West Islip community is proud to have them represent us as they move on to higher education.”

Robotics Team Comes Home with Two Awards

Robotics Team Comes Home with Two Awards
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The high school’s robotics team No. 871 won the Innovation in Control Award and was a runner-up for the Safety Award at the 2019 Hudson Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Suffern, NY.

Budget Passes!

The West Islip School District's 2019-2020 budget was approved by voters on May 21 by a vote of 1,221 yes votes to 404 no votes. Thanks to the community for their support and participation in the process.

For the district's Board of Education, voters elected incumbent Annmarie LaRosa (1,039 votes) and newcomers Thomas Compitello (1,154 votes)
and Peter McCann (1,201 votes) for three at-large seats.

Ballot propositions for a capital reserve fund (1,167 to 402) and voter registration (1,248 to 337) both passed.


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If you see something, say something. Call Security at 631-893-3347

Cinquemani Pitches Perfect Game for the Lions

Cinquemani Pitches Perfect Game for the Lions

During a May 8 home baseball game against Bellport, Anthony Cinquemani pitched a perfect game, including six strikeouts. Facing 21 batters, Cinquemani threw 72 times in the 10-0 Lions victory.

“The West Islip community is very proud of Anthony and his perfect game,” said Athletic Director Tim Horan. “This may be the first perfect game in the history of West Islip baseball. St. Joseph’s College is getting an incredible student athlete and even better person.”

Bayview Vocalists Embrace the Seven Habits of Happy Kids

Bayview Vocalists Embrace the Seven Habits of Happy Kids
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As part of its buildingwide character education initiative, Bayview students have been immersed in learning about the Seven Habits of Happy Kids. Developed by author Sean Covey, these universal principles instill “responsibility, service and honesty, resulting in confidence, integrity and the courage to do the right thing.”

As part of the initiative, vocalists representing each grade level and class rehearsed a special song, “Can’t Stop the Leaders,” with lyrics written and aligned to the Seven Habits. Ron Weber, an engineering and technology teacher at West Islip High School, collaborated with the young singers to record a music video for the song, slated to air in June 2019.

“Building character, instilling values and promoting a healthy mindset are rewards that come with embracing the seven habits,” said Principal John Mullins. “It’s exciting to see the positive energy the children share about the many classroom leadership initiatives offered at Bayview, and this music video promotes the language and principles in a fun and entertaining way.”


Courtney Metzger Finishes Fourth in State at DECA

Courtney Metzger Finishes Fourth in State at DECA

Nine students from the high school, accompanied by adviser Diana Saadat and math teacher Tara Annunziata, recently attended the 59th annual New York State DECA Career Conference, held at the upstate Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Competing in the Accounting Applications Series, Courtney Metzger won three medals – top 10 Role Play One, top 10 Role Play Two and top 10 overall – and finished fourth in the state in her category, qualifying her for DECA’s International Career Development Conference.

Other West Islip students who qualified at the regional level and continued on to compete at the state conference were James Sladky and Isabella D’Avanzo in Marketing Management Team Decision Making; Kendalyn Gruenberg in Retail Merchandising; Kayla Dixon and Lily Gilmore in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making; Olivia DiStefano in Principles of Marketing; and Maya Marino and Paisley Narra in Hotel and Lodging Management. 

“It was a great experience filled with learning and networking in a business environment,” said Sladky, one of West Islip DECA’s two vice presidents.

“We look forward to this every year, it is always a lot of fun,” added D’Avanzo, the other vice president.

“It was an unforgettable experience shared with some of my closest friends and favorite teachers,” said Metzger, who is new to DECA.

“I’m extremely proud of all the students,” said adviser Diana Saadat. “It’s always great to watch them get out of their comfort zones and prepare for their event. We may not have earned as many medals as we hoped, but having someone place fourth in the state is definitely very exciting.”















West Islip goes to the Section XI Spring Playoffs

Come out and support the West Islip Lions!

 Section charges $7 for advance online ticket purchases and $10 for walk ups.

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Section XI Playoff Brackets

 
Spring Regional and State Playoff Info

Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Tribute Concert at Tilles Center on June 12

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Medals Galore for Girls Track Team

Medals Galore for Girls Track Team
The high school’s varsity girls track team had an impressive showing at the Carle Place Invitational held on May 9 as they prepare for the Section XI divisional championships. Team members continue to achieve personal best times and distances, resulting in each member winning two or more medals at the invitational.
 

A Wormy Mystery at Bayview

A Wormy Mystery at Bayview

Students in Justin DeMaio’s class at Bayview have been learning about food chains and food webs, utilizing a mystery from Mystery Science. One of the labs focused on decomposers, such as worms.

After observing the behavior and preferences of worms, the students came up with their own experiments to conduct on worms in order to learn more about them. Some tested to see if worms ate soil, while others investigated the worms’ reactions to noise. The students had to come up with a testable question, create a list of materials, describe a plan, write a hypothesis and then decide how they could make their experiment better after completing it.  

“My students not only had fun, but learned a lot and are now even more curious,” said DeMaio.

Author Heinz Brings the ‘Wild’ to Bellew

Author Heinz Brings the ‘Wild’ to Bellew
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Children’s book author Brian Heinz recently visited Bellew to wrap up the school’s Parents As Reading Partners program, coordinated by Bellew’s PTA. Heinz is known for his stories of the natural world, such as “Butternut Hollow Pond,” “The Great North Woods,” “Red Fox at McCloskey’s Farm,” “Nanuk: Lord of the Ice” and “A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks.”

The rapt audience listened as Heinz shared stories of his adventures in the wilderness and his experiences with animals. He detailed the journey of a writer from observations and note taking to drafting and revision. Heinz also autographed copies of his books for the Bellew students.

“His tales had us all laughing aloud throughout his presentation,” said Principal Rhonda Pratt. “Without a doubt, Mr. Heinz was an inspiration to all of us.”



Elementary and Middle School End-of-Year Hours

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Lions Track Team Wins Second Consecutive League Championship

Lions Track Team Wins Second Consecutive League Championship
The 2019 varsity boys track team recently won the League IV championship. This was the second year in a row that the Lions have captured the league title.

Beach Street Teachers Present the ‘Essentials’ at ASSET

Beach Street Teachers Present the ‘Essentials’ at ASSET
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Beach Street teachers Trish Portnoy and Chris Salerno recently presented at the 21st annual ASSET Conference at the Huntington Hilton. Educators from across Long Island meet at ASSET to discuss technology, innovation and best practices. Portnoy and Salerno’s presentation showcased the Computer Essentials program available to Beach Street’s seventh and eighth grade students.

“We consider Computer Essentials to be the ‘class behind the class,’” said Salerno. “It’s not just a typing class, it teaches students how to apply Google Apps in their general classes and introduces students to college and career interests as they begin to build their personal digital portfolio. Computer classes were once a dying trend, but Computer Essentials is bringing it back and with a purpose.”

Celebrating Languages and Cultures at Udall

Celebrating Languages and Cultures at Udall
The district’s English as a New Language and World Languages departments held various activities at Udall this spring to celebrate, acknowledge and recognize various languages spoken by many district families.

ENL students and teachers created posters with their favorite diversity and cultural quotes for display around the school. They also posted their favorite words or phrases in their native languages for fellow students and faculty to learn. Udall students who speak languages other than English participated in morning announcements by showing off their skills in their native language.

Udall also held its annual Cultural Celebration Assembly. Joined by members of the school’s International Club, Udall and West Islip High School ENL students shared fascinating and unusual facts about their native countries with their peers, teachers, and administrators via slide presentations, videos, songs, dances and poetry.

“The reason to celebrate every year is to help make students understand the importance of studying a foreign language, and to help students appreciate and recognize the cultural diversity we are lucky to have in our school district,” said Udall Principal Daniel Marquardt.

A Bounty of Baskets Collected at Oquenock

A Bounty of Baskets Collected at Oquenock
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Kindergartners in Janis Howard’s class at Oquenock collected items for the Helping Hands Easter basket gift drive, putting together five Easter baskets filled with goodies for children and three handbags filled with gifts for teens.

West Islip Students Toss Out ALS with Pies

West Islip Students Toss Out ALS with Pies
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Led by the Students with HEARTT group, high school students helped to celebrate the 70th birthday of Ride for Life founder Chris Pendergast at HEARTT’s annual pie toss. The event serves to support the Ride and raise awareness for ALS.  This year, pie toss recipients included Assistant Principal Craig Gielarowski, who encouraged students to enjoy throwing pies at him.  

“Sticky fun was had by all in hopes of raising awareness and finding a cure for ALS,” said HEARTT adviser Virginia Scudder.


'Trade’-ing Up at the High School

Trade’-ing Up at the High School
High school students in James Stidd’s Intro to Trades class recently completed the interior of their model wall sections. Working in groups, students replicated scaled-down home wall sections. Structures included a cinder block foundation, 2x4 wall framing, interior door, drywall, spackling and paint.  Working light switches and outlets as well as functional plumbing fixtures were included inside the walls. The exterior phase of construction has already begun and will include framing, sheathing and shingling a roof as well as installing exterior vinyl siding.

Summer Camp Fliers Available

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West Islip Sends 17 Orchestra Students to LISFA Concerts

West Islip Sends 17 Orchestra Students to LISFA Concerts

A total of 17 West Islip students from grades 5-12 were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s 2019 orchestras. After extensive hours of rehearsals, the students gave stirring performances earlier this year at LISFA concerts in West Islip and Setauket.

Students chosen included fifth grader Joy Reese from Bayview; fifth graders Anthony DeMaio and Ronald Piciullo from Paul J. Bellew Elementary School; fifth grader Dana Shi from Oquenock Elementary School; fifth grader Caitlyn Filiato from Manetuck Elementary School; sixth grader Kevin Ryan and eighth grader Alexandra Scourtos from Beach Street Middle School; sixth grader Mason Plouffe and seventh grader Vivian G from Udall Road Middle School; and freshmen Taylor Davies and Emma Musial and seniors Joseph Imburgia and David Mahany From West Islip High School.




Spring Into Wellness Night Planned for June

Please join members of the West Islip Health & Wellness Alliance for an
evening of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Mindful games, yoga,
art therapy, relaxation practices, sharing circles and more. Wear your
sneakers and get ready to have fun with the family!

 

Click here for more information

 

Cosmetology Students Get HS Newscasters Camera-Ready

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Isabella Lucchese and John Murphy, two students studying cosmetology at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, have joined the high school’s “Lions News Live” newscast program. Put in charge of hair and makeup for the news team, Lucchese and Murphy have worked hard to make anchors more camera-ready prior to the filming of the main announcements on Thursday mornings.  

“I honestly think it’s a great opportunity because I get to learn more about figuring what makeup goes with their hairstyle, their eye color and what they’re wearing,” said Lucchese. She has long been interested in makeup and hair and started studying cosmetology this year with an eye to pursuing it as her future career.

“The cosmetology students working with our news program is very important because it includes the BOCES students in the regular flow of the school,” said Ronald Weber, the video production and digital photography teacher in charge of the newscast. “Because of their scheduling, sometimes the BOCES students are not able to be included in different things, but this brings their talent to the mainstream of the high school. Both students are excited to be part of the program and I hope that we can continue doing this in the coming years with our future cosmetology students.”

“Lions News Live” segments can be viewed at http://www.wihsmedia.com

West Islip Puts on Amazing ‘Addams Family’ Production

 West Islip Puts on Amazing ‘Addams Family’ Production

A spooky success was in the cards for the high chool’s recent musical production of the “The Addams Family,” directed by Ryan Jensen over three performances this spring. The 2010 macabre musical comedy, written by Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, was based on the original cartoon characters created by Charles Addams.

The cast included stellar student performers A.J. Venezia as Gomez, Kylie Horan as Morticia, Mary Ellen Boucher as Wednesday, Sara Alvarado as Pugsley, Brian Parrett as Fester, Olivia Hargraves as Grandma, Bruce Konopa as Lurch, Jake Siffert as Lucas, Kathryn Paidoussis as Alice and Matthew Falkenmayer as Mal. The team also included pit orchestra director David Kaufman, musical director Melissa Senatore, set director Michael Taranto, costume director Elaine Longo and producer James Krais.

“We are so proud of all of the hard work that was put into this,” said Jensen. “Congratulations to the cast, crew, and pit on an amazing production!”

Bayview Brainstorming Leads to Artistic Ecology

Bayview Brainstorming Leads to Artistic Ecology
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After brainstorming ecological ideas and searching for materials, students at Bayview recycled plastics around their homes into artistic and useful items.

Girls Lax Coach Nicolosi Earns 200th Victory

 Girls Lax Coach Nicolosi Earns 200th Victory

The high school’s varsity girls lacrosse coach Joe Nicolosi reached the 200-win milestone by leading the Lady Lions to a victory over the Massapequa Chiefs on March 15. Under Nicolosi’s leadership, the team has won four of the past five county championships, four Long Island championships and one state title.

“Coach Nicolosi continues to provide the Lady Lions a priceless, rewarding educational experience and has developed a culture where student-athletes can reach their full potential,” said Athletic Director Tim Horan.

Three from West Islip Win Big at LIBTA

Three from West Islip Win Big at LIBTA
Business education students at Udall and the high school recently participated in the annual Long Island Business Teachers Association’s annual spring competition with students from across Nassau and Suffolk counties. LIBTA winners included the high school’s Giavanna Genna, who came in second in the Personal Finance category; the high school’s Isabella D’Avanzo, who earned third in Marketing; and Udall’s Brandon Lin, who won fifth place in Word Processing.

“Congratulations to all who completed,” said Udall business education teacher Dawn Morgan.

AP & IB Exam Schedule

AP & IB Exam Schedule

Bayview Third Graders Experience Immigration History at Ellis Island

Bayview Third Graders Experience Immigration History at Ellis Island
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Bayview Third Graders Experience Immigration History at Ellis Island
Third graders at Bayview recently enjoyed learning about the historic experiences of immigrants during a field trip to Ellis Island, preceded by a virtual trip using their Chromebooks.


Tristan Tran Accepted to Feinstein Institute Internship

Tristan Tran Accepted to Feinstein Institute Internship
High school research student Tristan Tran has been accepted to participate in the Feinstein Institute summer student intern program. The junior will work with Dr. Daniel Grande on disease-oriented research. The Feinstein Institute internship program is designed to provide high school, college and graduate students with hands-on experience in disease-oriented research and familiarize them with opportunities that exist for careers in medical research.

Oquenock Number Crunchers Design Terrific Tessellations

 Oquenock Number Crunchers Design Terrific Tessellations
Guided by teacher Nicole Cagno-Angerame, members of the Number Crunchers math club at Oquenock recently designed their own tessellations. Tessellations are a collection of shapes that fit together like puzzle pieces. The tiling of the shape covers an infinite mathematical plane without any gaps. Inspired by the work of M.C. Escher as well as tessellations in nature such as pinecones, pineapples and sunflowers, the students learned to use one or more of three basic operations: translation, rotation and reflection.  


Leonardi Earns All-Eastern Musician Status

Leonardi Earns All-Eastern Musician Status
High school senior Lauren Leonardi was selected as the sole participant in the National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern Honors Treble Chorus. Leonardi, who plans to pursue a degree in musical theater in the fall, will travel to Pittsburgh in April to perform with the most talented student-musicians in the eastern United States.  

Students Try to Out-Volley Staff at Bellew

Students Try to Out-Volley Staff at Bellew
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Bellew fifth graders recently teamed up against members of the staff for a friendly game of volleyball. The gymnasium was exploding with excitement as the ball was volleyed back and forth. Certificates were given out to all students who participated in the event, which was coordinated by Bellew’s physical education teachers.

Two Hole-in-Ones to Kick Off West Islip Girls Golf Season

Two Hole-in-Ones to Kick Off West Islip Girls Golf Season
The high school’s girls golf team experienced two hole-in-ones at Sumpwams Creek Golf Course to start the season. Senior Marion Wegener scored a hole-in-one from 128 yards on Hole 5, while freshman Ava Maresca scored a hole-in-one from 91 yards on Hole 4.


Mock Trial Team Earns First Playoff Berth

Mock Trial Team Earns First Playoff Berth
The high school Mock Trial team recently earned their way into the Suffolk County playoffs, ranking seventh out of 26 teams in the county. It was was the first time the team has qualified for the postseason. In the first playoff round, the team defeated Smithtown West during their trial in the Suffolk County District Courthouse in Central Islip, earning praise from the presiding judge for their preparation and presentation as attorneys and witnesses. 

West Islip Named a Best Community for Music Education

West Islip Named a Best Community for Music Education
The district has earned a 2019 Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its exceptional achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“Our district is proud that our commitment to providing top-notch music education has been recognized,” said Eric Albinder, director of art and music education.

Oquenock Fourth Graders Work to Wire Up Lighthouses

Oquenock Fourth Graders Work to Wire Up Lighthouses
Fourth graders at Oquenock recently constructed working lighthouses to culminate their unit on electricity. Each student began by plastering and painting a tube to look like a lighthouse. Using their knowledge of circuits, the students were able to wire their lighthouses with batteries, switches and bulbs. They finalized the projects by decorating them with shells, small houses and sand.  


Eight Excellent Student-Artists Chosen for ‘Long Island’s Best’

Eight Excellent Student-Artists Chosen for ‘Long Island’s Best’
Eight junior and senior artists – Anjolie Falbo, Brianna Faust, Sophia Gutierrez, Valeria Medina, Paisley Narra, Matthew Rittenhouse, Jake Siffert and Krista Wolfe – from the high school were selected to submit their original artwork for the 23rd annual “Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum” competition. More than 60 high schools from across Nassau and Suffolk counties participate in the show, held at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington and displayed from April 6 through May 19.

Creating Colorful ‘Geometry Cities’ at Beach Street

Creating Colorful ‘Geometry Cities’ at Beach Street
Sixth-graders in Kristin Grossi's and Theresa Robertson’s math classes at Beach Street recently worked on “geometry cities.” Students were given a blank map with instructions such as “make two streets parallel” and “draw a hospital that is a rhombus and place it on a ray.” They were tasked with completing the map while following the specifications. The map had to have a theme, and street and store names had to be labeled according to the theme. The students then enjoyed decorating their maps and making them colorful.   


Manetuck Math Skills ‘Bloom’ to Kick Off Spring

Manetuck Math Skills ‘Bloom’ to Kick Off Spring
Kindergartners in Christine Chocko’s class at Manetuck kicked off spring by making number flowers, helping their math skills to “bloom.”


West Islip’s Thirst Project Hosts Open House

West Islip’s Thirst Project Hosts Open House

The high school’s Thirst Project hosted an open house and family night at the high school on March 6. The club’s co-presidents, seniors Douglas Dillman and Jennifer Nieves, invited Evan Wesley, the Thirst Project’s vice president of student activation, to give a presentation regarding the global water crisis.

Attendees learned about the importance of water security and how all aspects of community sustainability rely on clean water. In addition to Wesley’s lecture, club members prepared three interactive display stations – “water availability,” “walking for water” and “waterborne diseases” – to provide detailed information about the difficulties of a life without clean water. Parents viewed a model of what contaminated water looks like, and had the opportunity to try to carry a five-gallon jerrycan weighing 44 pounds, which replicated the daily struggle of women and young children in the developing world to access water.

“West Islip is the gold standard of Thirst Project clubs worldwide and has carried on a legacy of student activism and community involvement within the charity organization,” said Wesley.

The evening also included several raffles. Alumna Vicky Labetti won two free tickets to West Islip Thirst Project’s upcoming third annual gala, while senior Matthew Rittenhouse went home with assorted chocolates.




West Islip Sends Over 85 Student-Musicians to SCMEA Festivals

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More than 85 West Islip outstanding student-musicians from grades 5-10 were selected to perform in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County festivals in March.

High school freshmen and sophomores chosen were Christopher Acosta, Dylan Bruno, Matthew Cammarano, Drake Castonguay, Eve Castonguay, Aidan Ciesluk, Taylor Davies, Jonathan Delanoy, Jack Denning, Amanda Ditaranto, Daniel Himbele, Bruce Konopa, Antonia LaFemina, Marina Lankford, Sophia Lopez, Elizabeth Lundquist, Alexandra Mahany, Grace Mineo, Emma Musial, Andrew Palmer, Lindsey Pritchard, Sophia Randazzo, Luke Schuffenhauer, Dorian Scourtos, Jake Siffert, Kyle Tran and Karina Vartanian.

Udall sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders chosen were Warren Auty, Marissa Beyhl, Carlie Brunengraber, Mia Cuozzo, Jordan Fileti, Michael Harbord, Thomas Kerrigan, Maria Lettieri, James Mattel, Kayla McEvoy, Daniel Pipitone, Mason Ploufee, Andrew Rao, Alexandra Scourtos, Lucas Scourtos, Nicholas Soulos, Aaron Tomasello and Nicholas Vallejo.

Beach Street sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders chosen were Sophia Bahm, James Delanoy, Andrew DiStefano, Jack Dyer, Emma Fallon, Vivian G, Julianna Gargiulo, Abigail Huners, Isabella LaBarca, Avery Lanzarotta, Alexander Lee, Nicholas Locurto, Sophia Marker, Shane Marshall, Alexandra Martorella, Lauren McCann, Grace Mileski, Teagan McGuire, Kevin Pilewski, Kevin Ryan, Mason Solomon, Sophia Stehlik, Skylar Zimmerly and Carter Zito.

Bayview fifth-graders chosen were Leah Gallagher, Caitlin McNamee, Cara Thaxter, Francesca Tofano and Angelina Tummel.

Bellew fifth-graders chosen were Anthony DeMaio, James Kennedy, Gianna Owens and Gavin Pollock.

Manetuck fifth-graders chosen were Bruno Basile, Jovan Brewster, Christopher Gee, Kaitlyn Kelly and Noah Pipitone.

Oquenock fifth-graders chosen were Brienna Baione, Elizabeth Mastroddi, Vanessa Rogler and Caitlyn Vail.





Sizing Sails for Science at Oquenock

Sizing Sails for Science at Oquenock
Kindergartners in Mary Berger and Pamela Hergerton’s class at Oquenock recently designed sails for cars as part of a science unit on movement.

Each student’s goal was to design a sail to put on a car to make it move the farthest and fastest. The students had to consider what size sail to make and how tall the straw that held it should be to get the best results. In the subsequent experiment, the students raced two cars at a time – moved by breath and a blow dryer – and recorded the results, concluding that shorter straws with larger sails moved the farthest and the fastest.   




Bellew Third-Graders Visit Walt Whitman’s Birthplace

Bellew Third-Graders Visit Walt Whitman’s Birthplace
Bellew Third-Graders Visit Walt Whitman’s Birthplace
Bellew Third-Graders Visit Walt Whitman’s Birthplace

Third-graders at Bellew recently visited the birthplace of one of America’s greatest poets, Walt Whitman. During their tour of this New York State Historic Site, a newly restored farmhouse built circa 1819 by Whitman’s father, students examined 19th-century furniture, including an old schoolmaster’s desk, and experienced what life was like when Walt Whitman grew up on Long Island. They also learned about Whitman’s poetry techniques and had the opportunity to become writers themselves.

“The excitement was definitely felt as students read poems they wrote about their favorite animals, using a technique learned at the Whitman birthplace,” said Principal Rhonda Pratt.

West Islip Students Demonstrate Science Skills at LISEF

West Islip Students Demonstrate Science Skills at LISEF
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High school senior Madison Esposito and research partner Kevin Souhrada from Bay Shore High School won Grand Award Second Place in the chemistry category at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, as well as a 2019 Taking the Pulse of the Planet award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Another West Islip high schooler, Jake Maresca, was recognized with an award from the U.S. Metric Association for his research on prosthetic hands.

At LISEF’s junior varsity competition, the team of Rachel Denzler and Michael Pleitez won third place in the behavioral science category, while Max Hujik won honorable mention in environmental science.


West Islip’s HEARTT Helps the Homeless With Over 765 Lunches

West Islip’s HEARTT Helps the Homeless With Over 765 Lunches
West Islip’s HEARTT Helps the Homeless With Over 765 Lunches
West Islip’s HEARTT Helps the Homeless With Over 765 Lunches
This winter, the annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang community service act by the high school’s Students with HEARTT exceeded previous years, with 17 students making, bagging and handing out more than 765 peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunches for New York City’s homeless. The altruistic students were assisted by several parents and faculty members, HEARTT founder Virginia Scudder, and members of the LI Ninjitsu Center. The Atlantic Auto Mall in West Islip hosted the participants for the food preparation.

“This eye-opening experience is not only rewarding and gratifying, it provided the students a moment to shine light on our need to help others,” said Scudder.