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BOE Business Meeting on Feb. 7


The Board of Education will hold its next business meeting on Thur., Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace. The community is invited to attend.

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Mock Trial Team Trophies Honored by Board of Ed

Mock Trial Team TrophieHhonored by Board of Ed
The high school’s Mock Trial team and coach Patsy Lester were recognized by Superintendent John Dolan and the Board of Education at the district’s January board meeting, honoring outstanding recent accomplishments, including earning an Outstanding Attorney trophy at the Empire Mock Trial World Tournament in November, the team’s fourth consecutive award at that event, and Outstanding Witness and Outstanding Attorney awards at the Angela R. Matthew High School Seminar Program at Harvard University.

Czajka Signs with University of Hartford

Czajka Signs to Attend UHart

Senior Christie Czajka signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Hartford on Jan. 9, where she will compete for the Division I Hawks in cross-country and track and field. She was congratulated at the ceremony by her family, coaches and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

A member of the Lady Redmen’s varsity girls cross-country and track teams teams since eighth grade, and captain of both teams for the last three years, Czajka earned the Cary Award for Leadership as well as Scholar-Athlete recognition. She was named All-Division in the 800-meter, 4x400, 4x800; All-League in the 600-meter, 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter; and division champion and school record holder in the 4x800. She has earned high honor roll and is a member of the school’s Foreign Language Honor Society. While at UHart, she plans to major in business.

“I chose the University of Hartford because of the Barney School of Business, which is ranked as one of the top business schools in the country,” said Czajka. “I am excited that I was accepted into the Business School along with the honors program. I was also impressed with Stacie Wentz, the head coach of Hartford’s women’s and men’s cross-country and track and field teams. She’s very knowledgeable, takes academics very seriously and is very organized. I am also looking forward to see the university’s new track and field facility that is being built.”

June Calendar Changes

Please note the following changes to the high school's calendar for June 2019.

NHS Investiture Ceremony – added on June 11, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the MS
Senior Prom – moved from June 24 to Tuesday, June 25
HS Graduation – moved from June 25 to Wednesday, June 26
HS Graduation Rain Date – moved from June 26 to Thursday, June 27

Teamwork Leads to Robotics Tournament Victory

Teamwork Leads to Robotics Tournament Victory

High school students from James Connell’s Robotics I and II classes recently put on a demonstration in the school library, showcasing their newly designed robots, which consisted of team-designed “manipulators.”

In robotics, a manipulator is a device used to manipulate materials without direct human contact. These manipulators were designed to play the VEX EDR “Swept Away” game, with students competing in a two-day tournament to determine which group’s design was most effective. The team of Jairo Alvarado, Sophia Bates, Jonatan Caravantes, Franklin George, Tristan Herr and Selvin Yanes – all first-year robotics students – won the overall competition with their robot Stardust. Alvarado, Caravantes, George and Yanes are all members of East Islip’s Cleary School for the Deaf program, while Bates and Herr are veterans of the school’s video production and CAD technology classes.

“I was extremely proud of this group, as they worked very diligently to create their design,” said Connell. “Through positive teamwork and collaboration, there was no doubt as to why their design won the competition.”

For the remainder of the school year, Robotics I students will continue to learn the basics of robotics technology and move into robotic programming as well as the creation of bigger and more complex robots that will play in the VEX EDR “Turning Point” game.

Three Wrestling Redmen Recognized as Finalists at Rocky Gilmore

Three Wrestling Redmen Recognized as Finalists at Rocky Gilmore

The high school’s varsity wrestlers scored big on Jan. 5 as they hosted the 32nd annual Rocky Gilmore Classic wrestling tournament, including three finalists: junior Nick Agresta (195 pounds), senior John Guadagno (195 pounds) and senior Kevin Mesa (220 pounds).

Other Redmen showing skills on the mat were a fourth-place finisher, eighth-grader Mark Shayew (99 pounds); two fifth-place finishers, juniors Mark Shayew (160 pounds) and Arjay Wilko (170 pounds); and two sixth-place finishers, sophomores Michael Colon (152 pounds) and Nick Vetrano (132 pounds).

Drama Club Presents Terrific ‘Tenor’

Drama Club Presents Terrific ‘Tenor’

Inducing raucous laughter from the audience each night, the high school Drama Club recently performed a hilarious full-length play, Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor,” over two terrific evenings on the middle school stage.

This year’s production featured eight students. In the leading roles of Max and Maggie were sophomore Andrew Timmins and senior Karina Gallagher. The roles of Italian couple Tito and Maria Merelli were played by junior Luke Ferrari and senior Alex Bertolini, while sophomore Kieran Tohill played the comic role of Saunders. Rounding out the supporting cast were Jenni Profera as Diana and Katie Spina as Julia, while Connor Barnes brought down the house with his uniquely amusing interpretation of the Bellhop.

“I was extremely pleased with the turnout and proud of all of the students who were involved,” said Drama Club director Bethany Affelt. “The level of professionalism, comic timing and instincts, and overall talent of the actors was simply amazing. These students really raised the bar for future straight plays in East Islip. The fact that they were able to master such challenging dialogue, complete with Italian accents and an operatic duet, as well as blocking is truly a testament to their talent and love for the theater.”

Chamber Honors December’s Students of the Month

Chamber Honors December’s Students of the Month
The East Islip Chamber of Commerce recently recognized two East Islip High School students – senior Madison Lane and sophomore Kaitlyn Rice – as December’s Students of the Month, selected for their outstanding community service and participation in school activities.

Swim Star Kreuscher Signs with URI

Swim Star Kreuscher Signs with URI

Senior swimming star Camryn Kreuscher signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Rhode Island. At the Dec. 19 ceremony, she was congratulated by her family and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

During her remarkable swim career at EI, Kreuscher has achieved All-State, All-Long Island and All-County honors, and won the county championship in the 50-yard freestyle on Nov. 3. A member of the school’s Foreign Language Honor Society, she plans to major in textile and fashion merchandising while at URI.

“The two main reasons I was interested in URI was that the school offered my major and that it has a Division I swim team which competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference,” said Kreuscher. “During my official visit, I was given the opportunity to spend time with the assistant coach and head coach as well as meet the girls on the team at a pasta party at their beach house. Once the visit ended, I knew URI was a great fit for me. Being a swimmer, the close proximity to the beaches was another reason for my decision.”

After graduation, Kreuscher will spend the summer working as an ocean lifeguard on Fire Island before heading off to URI in late August.

Winter Concert Series Impresses

Winter Concert Series Impresses
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The district’s student-musicians brought the joy of the season and the glow of accomplishment to a splendid seasonal series of winter concerts during December, all held at the high school’s auditorium. From the youngest students starting their school music careers, hailing from JFK and RCK, to the middle schoolers and high school musicians eager to demonstrate the fruits of their long hours of study and hard work, they pleased audiences with an array of holiday favorites and challenging classical compositions.

Signing Seniors Bring ASL to JFK

Signing Seniors Bring ASL to JFK

For the past three years, seniors in Jovina Bratta’s American Sign Language class at the high school have visited Christine Cirillo’s fourth-grade students at JFK in December for a special “sign-along.”

“It is such a great experience for both the younger and older kids,” said Bratta. “This activity not only spreads some knowledge to the younger kids about the American Sign Language program that is offered at the high school, but it is also a wonderful experience for the seniors who are interested in working with children in their future careers.”

For this year’s event, the ASL seniors signed popular holiday songs and taught the elementary schoolers “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” The fourth-graders returned the favor by signing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” as well as the alphabet and fun vocabulary words.

“Mrs. Cirillo teaches her students ASL throughout the year, so this is a special treat for them to be able to sign with the older kids and show us what they know,” said Bratta.

High School Recognizes Fall Athletes

High School Recognizes Fall Athletes

The high school’s fall sports awards ceremony, held in December, recognized the impressive accomplishments of the school’s athletes.

Honored teams included varsity boys golf; varsity girls cross-country, including an All-County award to Olivia Simonetti  and All-Division and All-League nods to Caroline Meehan, Joy Petersen and Simonetti; varsity boys cross-country; varsity girls field hockey, including a League I championship, All-County awards to Lindsay Guzzetta and Kendall Mittleman and All-County Honorable Mention to Marykate Carroll, Allison Chiarelli, Sarah DiPrima and Alyssa Levy; varsity football, including a Division III Big 4 championship, All-County awards to Nicholas Baldino, Thomas Higgins and Dylan Rigo, and All-Division nods to Joseph Fragala, Richard Lawrence, Brandon Miller and Steven Sassi; varsity girls gymnastics, including an League II undefeated championship, All-State and All-Long Island recognition for Cassie Bergin, All-County awards to Bergin, Nicole O’Connor, Evie Orlando and Isabella Procaccini, and All-League nods for Sofia Ferrezza, Allison Dell’Orto and Sarah Vasquez; varsity boys soccer, including All-County and Exceptional Senior All-Star recognition for Cole Zanni, Academic All-County honors for James Smalley, All-Conference awards to Zanni and Joseph Raso, and All-League nods for Cody Goldsmith and Nickolas Mazza; varsity girls soccer, including All-County and Exceptional Senior All-Star recognition for Ryan Conway and Isabella Pasha, All-Division awards for Alexa Fusco and Halle Trahey, and a Division II Player of the Year award for Conway; varsity girls volleyball, including League V Rookie of the Year recognition for Nicole Palmer, and All-League nods for Lindsay Clark, Andrianni Kalodimos, Caleigh Kilmurray and Palmer; varsity girls tennis, including All-County recognition for Alexandra Stewart and Elizabeth Stewart, All-Division awards for Hanna Benardos and Stephanie Milito; All-Division awards for Stephania Lowman, Olivia McBride, Haley Mierzejewski and Colleen Schmidt, and a Senior Sportsmanship Award for Alexandra Stewart; swimming, including league and county championships, All-County recognition for Camryn Kreuscher and All-Division awards to Faith Calabrese, Kreuscher and Kaila O’Hara; and varsity boys volleyball, including All-County and All-Division recognition for Christopher Palmer, All-Tournament awards for Brendan Cox, Palmer and Richard Squeglia, and Academic Excellence nods for Nicholas Finger and Timothy Meier.

Softball Team Bonds Through Christmas Charity Work

Softball Team Bonds Through Christmas Charity Work

Showing a commitment to the wider community, the high school’s varsity softball team continued its tradition of shopping for Long Island children in need, again teaming up with Christmas Magic, a local nonprofit organization. The caring students shopped for and wrapped each present, purchased via donations from Christmas Magic. The gifts will be delivered to a shelter in Mastic Beach by softball coach Jason McGowan.

“We had a great time shopping for these kids, knowing that they will wake up with a bunch of presents,” said senior Allison Dellorto. “It feels good to help those less fortunate than us.”

“It was a great night to bond with the team,” said fellow softball player Jenny Murphy. “I look forward to this every Christmas.”

Pair of Red Ribbon Contest Winners Honored

Pair of Red Ribbon Contest Winners Honored

The winners of East Islip’s annual SADD Red Ribbon anti-drug slogan contest were Deanna Bogarowksi from JFK and Krista Deusch from RCK. At the district’s December Board of Education meeting, the two students were honored by Superintendent John Dolan, Board of Education President Christopher Zachry, JFK Principal Deborah Smith and RCK Principal Janet Jones, and members of the high school's SADD Club spoke to the community about the club's work to combat drug and alcohol abuse.

Back in October, the high school’s SADD Club visited the district’s fifth-grade classes to share important anti-drug messages as part of the Red Ribbon program. The SADD members also ran the slogan contest, and presented skits to help younger students learn how to respond to bullying and drugs. In return, the fifth-graders wrote letters to all of the graduating seniors, reminding them to make good decisions during prom and graduation as well as wishing them well in their life journey after high school.   

“This program is so important because these 11-year-old students are at an age statistically that drug and alcohol abuse starts,” said Bridget Lopiccolo, the SADD Club’s adviser. “We need to get to them early and teach them that life is about choices and making the right ones.”

Lamando to Play Soccer for Potsdam

Lamando to Play Soccer for Potsdam

Senior Justin Lamando signed a national letter of intent on Dec. 14 to play soccer for SUNY Potsdam. He was congratulated by his proud coaches, family and Redmen Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

The three-year varsity left back and team captain won the Cary Award for Leadership; he also was named All-Division as a member of the school’s tennis team. On the academic side, he was named to the high honor roll and is a member of East Islip’s National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society. He plans to major in business administration and management.

A Fourth Year of Winning for Mock Trial Team

A Fourth Year of Winning for Mock Trial Team

The East Islip High School Mock Trial team competed in the Empire Mock Trial World Tournament in November, an event that brought 40 teams and almost 500 students from the entire nation and six countries to New York to compete in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse.

This year’s fact pattern concerned a defendant charged with hate crime: an assault based on the victim’s perceived race. East Islip’s students faced off against schools from Oregon, Texas, Connecticut, Utah and California, with the prosecution team going 3-1 for the weekend. Jacob Arens, Sofia Frigiola, Justin Martinez and Tyler O’Neil were ranked for best performances in their rounds, and sophomore Kaitlyn Rice was recognized as one of the top 15 lawyers at the tournament, bringing home an Outstanding Attorney trophy. 

This is the fourth year that East Islip has competed in the Empire Mock Trial World Tournament, and the fourth consecutive award for the program, having won Outstanding Witness Awards in 2015 and 2017, and the Spirit of Empire Award in 2016. The team is coached by social studies teacher Patsy Lester, with assistance from attorney Brian Mitchell, Touro Law School professor Tracy Norton and the students of the Touro Trial Advocacy and Practice Society. 

“We couldn’t be as successful as we are without the help of the school community, Touro Law School and of course, our Mock Trial parents who have generously supported us every step of the way,” Lester said.

Donning Hoodies to Help EJ Autism’s Crucial Work

Donning Hoodies to Help EJ Autism’s Crucial Work
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EJ Autism Foundation founder Bea Huste-Petersen welcomed sweatshirt-clad members of the community to the local organization’s ninth annual Black Tie Hoodie Event, held Dec. 6 at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore. The fundraiser serves to support EJ Autism’s dedicated and crucial work to help East Islip children with special needs.

“The 2018 Hoodie was a great success with another sold-out crowd,” said Huste-Petersen.

Fantastic Field Hockey Team Earns Accolades

Fantastic Field Hockey Team Earns Accolades

The high school’s division champion field hockey squad earned numerous deserved accolades at the Suffolk County Field Hockey Coaches Association’s annual awards dinner. The Dec. 4 ceremony was held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

Seniors Lindsay Guzzetta and Kendall Mittleman earned All-County status; seniors MaryKate Carroll and Sarah DiPrima and juniors Allison Chiarelli and Alyssa Levy earned All-County Honorable Mention; Carroll and Guzzetta both won All-Tournament recognition; and Melissa Sconone took home the Unsung Hero award.

“This is a great team, better every day on and off the field,” said coach Christopher Veit.

Bowler Spina Signs with Arkansas

Bowler Spina Signs with Arkansas

High school senior and star bowler Julianna Spina signed a national letter of intent on Dec. 13, committing to Arkansas State University. Girls varsity bowling coach Harold Cooley and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo were in attendance to congratulate Spina, along with her family.

While bowling for the Red Wolves, Spina plans to major in biology and chemistry. A member of East Islip’s National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, she will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class. As an athlete, she earned All-State, All-County and All-League status, was a key member of the state champion team, and was the 2017-2018 Suffolk County Match Play winner at 29-1. She bowled a 754 series with the Lady Redmen, the highest in the county at the time.

“Julianna is one of the hardest working and most dedicated student-athletes you will find,” said Cooley. “She puts 100 percent of herself into everything she does, both in and out of school, thus putting her at the top of the list in both categories. I'm proud to be her coach and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Letter from Superintendent Dolan Regarding Armed Guards

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As you know, the safety and security of our school buildings, students and staff is, and always has been, our number one priority. With that being said, the Board of Education and district administrators have spent the last several months discussing the many options to safeguard our most treasured assets – your children. Through many discussions at Board meetings, the conversation to arm our security guards has been at the forefront.

At last evening’s Board meeting, the trustees voted in favor of the placement of armed security personnel within our buildings when the students return from the holiday break. This decision was made after months of thoughtful deliberation, research and multiple conversations with law enforcement, security professionals, our insurance carrier and district lawyers.

The district will be equipping many of our existing security guards, all of whom are qualified retired police officers. Our current security staff is already aware of our buildings, students and staff as well as our security procedures. There is no need for the district to hire any new personnel. Our security personnel will undergo any necessary training if applicable and adhere to the guidelines set within the Board policy.

As always, the topic of safety and security is discussed among our staff often and we continually enhance and update our security protocols and infrastructure based on these discussions. We also constantly seek advice from and meet regularly with law enforcement authorities to ensure our personnel are well-informed and our Crisis Management Plan is updated regularly. 

Additionally, in accordance with the passage of the bond referendum in May 2018, the district will further its security enhancements at the entrances of our schools. The vestibule and door projects at each school aims to secure the perimeter and create safer entrance vestibules, including “mantraps.” Exterior doors will be replaced with new hardware, vestibules and lobbies will be reconfigured, and new security devices will be added. Designs for this project have been completed and await final comments and permit from the New York State Education Department. We anticipate the permits to be approved before the end of the year, with bids released in January.

In addition to the above, our district has also increased our efforts to support the social-emotional well-being of all students. Our mental health staff will be working with our students more closely with the goal of helping them feel connected and invested while at school. In addition to our established programs, the Sandy Hook Promise, Challenge Day, the Amityville Cultural Exchange Project and our See Something Say Something Hotline (631- 312-0620), are initiatives we began this year in an effort to ensure all kids are connected to school. Furthermore, during the budget process this spring, we will be reviewing our staffing needs in the area of mental health staff for the next school year and adding a peer mentor program.

I would like to take a moment and thank the Board of Education, district administrators and all residents who have shared their input with us during these last several months. As partners in education, it is critical to have the cooperation of our community.
I wish you a wonderful holiday season.


John V. Dolan
Superintendent of Schools

Zone Awards for Palmer & Sconone

Suffolk Zone Awards for Palmer & Sconone

High school seniors Christopher Palmer and Melissa Sconone were named recipients of the 2017-2018 Suffolk Zone awards. Both students were honored at the annual Suffolk Zone Awards dinner, held at Villa Lombardi’s on Nov. 28.

The awards are presented to the top male and female physical education students in each Suffolk County high school’s graduating class, by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The criteria for selection include outstanding character and leadership qualities, strong contributions to the overall positive tone of physical education and health classes as well as their school, and an A average or above 90 in physical education classes and an overall grade point average of 3.0.

“Melissa and Christopher make a terrific effort to be cooperative, honest, poised, self-confident, attentive, industrious and enthusiastic regarding all class activities, and they are always working to support the instructional efforts of their classes,” said Stephen Restivo, East Islip’s director of health, physical education and athletics.

High School Students Named KIC Junior Commissioners

High School Students Named KIC Junior Commissioners
High School Students Named KIC Junior Commissioners
High school students Sofia Frigiola, Jonathan Guadagno, Benjamin Hutter and Deirdre Kennedy were recently inducted in the Keep Islip Clean Junior Commissioner program. They were recognized during a ceremony at Islip Town Hall West. The KIC junior commissioner program choose high school students from the township to help in recycling and town beautification initiatives.

Interact Club Decorates Donated Tree at Brookwood Hall

Interact Club Decorates Donated Tree at Brookwood Hall

Each December, the high school’s Interact Club participates in the Islip Arts Council’s Festival of Trees event at Brookwood Hall, in which holiday trees are purchased by community groups and local businesses to benefit the Council. During the Dec. 6 event, alongside more than 50 other local community groups, Interact students decorated their tree, purchased by the Rotary Club, with a community service theme.   

“This is a wonderful event that gives students the opportunity to participate in a fun and meaningful service project that has become a great tradition in the East Islip community,” said Interact Club adviser Lisa Rapiejko.

Getting Set for Success

Getting Set for Success

This year’s Catch-A-Career Breakfast at the Irish Coffee Pub was another great success for East Islip High School’s career exploration program, with more than 90 students spending the morning discussing careers and future plans with over 60 professionals from numerous fields.

During this annual networking event, developed by the East Islip School-Business Partnership and teachers Bridget Lopiccolo and Paul McHugh, each student had the opportunity to meet with two professionals during the morning. The high schoolers heard firsthand what it takes to enter a specific career field and what college courses would be optimal, and learned about the skills that they will need when applying for a job and what resources are available to them as they begin their journey from high school to college to a full-time job.

“We want to thank all the professional men and women who attended this event and provided our students with some very important information that will help them to prepare for the next step in their journey to success,” said Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip’s director of careers and student services.

Research Students Study River Health

Research Students Study River Health

Students in Lauren Ferlin’s and Lisa Carpenito’s Honors Research classes at the high school recently participated in the “A Day in the Life of a River” program, traveling to Bayard Cutting Arboretum to study the health of the Connetquot River ecosystem.

During the program, which is coordinated by Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Central Pine Barrens Commission, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County Water Authority, students gathered data by collecting and identifying biological samples, performing chemical analyses of water samples, and collecting physical data and performing analyses of the river bottom. When uploaded to the program database, the data will provide a snapshot of a typical day in the life of the Connetquot River.  

Cross-Country Teams Compete at Disney

East Islip cross-country teams compete at Disney

The high school’s boys and girls cross-country teams recently traveled to Orlando to compete in the Disney Cross Country Classic, battling some of the best teams from around the country as well as the oppressive heat. Many of the Redmen athletes earned personal best times in the five-kilometer race at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Guided by coaches John Reynolds and Ralph Tubello, both teams ran well and competed valiantly in their respective divisions, the girls team finishing fifth out of 12 and the boys team seventh of 13.

“Our Disney trip was an overall fun and athletic experience,” said fellow senior and girls team captain Christina Haig. “Runners had the chance to compete with top schools from around the country, encounter different athletic courses and adjust to running in the Florida climate. The team bonding that existed through the entire trip really made my experience 10 times more enjoyable. As captain, I can safely say that our cross-country team gained a sense of trust, acceptance and encouragement because of this opportunity.”

“It was a great experience,” said senior and boys captain John Leddy. “Obviously the parks were enjoyable, but I feel most of the value in the trip existed in the team bonding that we experienced. It was also beneficial to race with top-tier competition. As a senior and leader of the team, I feel like I really got closer to my teammates, and now I believe that the younger guys know what high-tier runners look like and hopefully they’ll be motivated to reach that level themselves.”

Chamber of Commerce Honors Two Students of the Month

Chamber of Commerce Honors Two Students of the Month
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Chamber of Commerce Honors Two Students of the Month3

The East Islip Chamber of Commerce recently honored East Islip High School senior Heather McNamara and junior Ashley Rosenthal as Students of the Month. Both were chosen for their community service as well as the numerous afterschool activities that both students are actively involved in every day of the year.

McNamara, who will graduate next June, plans to major in special education and minor in sign language as part of her career goal of becoming a teacher. She is president of the Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and SADD Club. McNamara serves as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, helping grant wishes to six children to date, as well as the Kiwanis Club of the Islips, and as is a spokesperson for the New York Blood Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She volunteers at the Hospitality Too Soup Kitchen at St. Anne’s Church in Brentwood.

Rosenthal, the webmaster for the school’s Key Club, also serves as treasurer for the Student Council and is a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society, Academic Club, Environmental Club, French Club, Interact Club, Leaders Club, Peer Club, STARS Club and Yearbook Club. She also tutors hearing impaired students in English and geometry at the Cleary School for the Deaf.  

Four Sign Lacrosse Letters

Four Sign Lacrosse Letters

Four outstanding student-athletes and team captains from the high school – Lindsay Guzzetta, Kendall Mittleman, Melissa Sconone and John Sidorski – signed national letters of intent on Nov. 21, committing to play lacrosse in college next September. The seniors were congratulated by Superintendent John Dolan and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo for their achievement, in front of their proud families.

Guzzetta, a midfielder, will play for Plattsburgh University, where she plans to major in health and wellness. Guzzetta, a member of the school’s Foreign Language Honor Society and Honor Roll, was named All-Division in lacrosse as well as All-County, All-Division and All-Tournament in field hockey.

Mittleman, who plays attack, will join the Drexel University team. She has been named All-County in field hockey and All-County Honorable Mention in lacrosse, and is the president of East Islip’s National Honor Society.

Sconone, who also plays attack, signed with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to major in exercise and sports science. She has been named All-County and MVP, was a member of the Under Armour highlight team and a Newsday Top 100 Player, finished as one of the top 10 scorers in Suffolk County, and was nationally ranked by “Inside Lacrosse” at No. 25 and was the third ranked attacker in the 2019 class.

Sidorski, who plays attack and midfield, signed with Lehigh University where he plans to major in business. He was named All-County and All-League, a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, 2018 Attackman of the Year, a rising junior and sophomore All-Star, and a member of the Super 7 Champs team. He was nationally ranked by “Inside Lacrosse” at No. 33 in the 2019 class.

EI Gymnasts Are League Champs

gymnast photo

The high school gymnastics team finished the season as undefeated league champions, boasting a record of 6-0. East Islip was the only team in League II to qualify for the Section XI team championships, and after a tough, competitive meet, the Lady Redmen moved up to an exceptional fourth-place finish in Section XI.

All-League honors went to Allison DellOrto, Sofia Ferrezza and Sarah Vasquez. Four team members – Cassie Bergin, Nicole O’Connor, Evie Orlando and Isabella Procaccini – earned All-County status and qualified for the Section XI individual championships, hosted by East Islip. Bergin finished first overall and qualified to compete with the New York State team for the third time.

“Each and every one of our amazing student-athletes contributed to this successful season,” said coach Dennis Jones.

Monday, January 21, 2019