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Board Business Meeting on Sept. 27


The Board of Education will hold its next regular business meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m downstairs at the Early Childhood Center at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace. The community is invited to attend.


FTK Carnival on Sept. 21-23

FTK Carnival on Oct. 20-22
This year's FTK Carnival will be held on Sept. 21-23 at Timber Point. See the attached flier for more information.


A New Year of Learning Starts

A New Year of Learning Starts
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A New Year of Learning Starts 3

From the high school and middle school to Connetquot, JFK, RCK and Timber Point elementary schools, East Islip students arrived back in classes on a warm Sept. 6, enjoying a terrific first day of school to start the educational year.

“Despite the incredible heat, the middle school students returned with great enthusiasm for the new school year,” said Principal William Brennen.

“JFK students enthusiastically started the new school year,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “Smiles and laughter once again filled the hallways as we welcomed our new third-graders as well as the returning fourth- and fifth-grade students. We look forward to all the wonderful learning that will take place this year.”






Bernard Appointed HS Principal

 Bernard Appointed High School Principal

Mark Bernard was recently appointed as principal of East Islip High School, replacing William Brennen, who moved to the middle school.

Bernard had been principal at East Islip Middle School for the past dozen years, where he had also previously served as assistant principal and director of mathematics. His other prior positions included working as a math teacher at Plainedge High School, Amityville Middle School, South Jamaica Junior High School and Southwest Texas High School.

The Syosset resident earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland, his master’s degree from Queens College and his administrative degree from Stony Brook University.

“As I begin this new journey in my professional career, I’m looking forward to inspiring our students to take advantage of all East Islip High School has to offer,” Bernard said.

New Math and Science Director Frank Pillitteri

Math and Science Director Frank Pillitteri
Math and Science Director Frank Pillitteri

The district has hired Frank Pillitteri as the new director of math and science, replacing Janet Jones.

Pillitteri previously was employed as a physics teacher at Smithtown High School West from 2001 to present, at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School from 1999 to 2001, at Westbury High School from 1998 to 1999, and at Jane Addams Vocational High School from 1997 to 1998. He also worked as a research chemist at LeaRonal, Inc. from 1995 to 1997.

The West Islip resident earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in education from Mercy College and a school district administration degree from Stony Brook. He is a member of the Long Island Physics Teacher Association, American Institute of Physics and American Association of Physics Teachers.

“I am very excited to be part of the East Islip administrative team,” said Pillitteri. “I look forward to providing leadership and support for a STEM-based learning environment, which maximizes student potential, ensuring they are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Senior Wellness Workshop at the High School

Senior Wellness Workshop at the High School

The high school's Senior Wellness program, organized by Paul McHugh and Bridget Lopiccolo, brings students and seniors in the community together as they learn about healthcare, Medicaid and Medicare. Students learn how to show seniors how to use computers to complete applications and where to look for information. At a special workshop this past school year, attending experts from the field explained how to ensure seniors receive proper care.

Sharing Stories at Challenge Day

Sharing Sories at Challenge Day

East Islip held a three-day Challenge Day event this year at both the high school and middle school, opening the hearts and minds of the students and adult volunteers who took part in the programs for an hour each day. Each day, 100 students and 25 adults were divided into groups of four students and one adult, joining in activities, sharing their stories and learning to be less judgmental.

“The program was a huge success, and after experiencing it, the consensus from everyone present was that Challenge Day did more for people in our schools than any assembly or event ever had,” said Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer. “The event allowed people to feel free to express themselves in such a short amount of time, and once the participants felt good about each other’s company, that’s when we were able to get our stories out to each other and get to the realization that we all have a story, we all have common needs in life, we have all faced adversity, and none of us need to hide behind that anymore because there is someone in the school that is here to listen to us without judgement. I would love to see Challenge Day return every year, and I think if we can make a habit of having our community open their eyes to the experiences of others, then the schools will be safer, kinder, happier places that are free of judgement, ridicule and bullying.”

Excellent Engineering Experience

Excellent Engineering Experience

High school students in technology education teacher James Connell’s college computer aided drafting course had the opportunity to intern this year at local company MEP Engineering, a firm that specializes in the three major engineering fields of mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

Staff members from MEP visited the school in September to discuss the opportunity, and several of the CAD students signed on for the experience. The apprenticeship was offered to numerous schools, and less than a dozen students were ultimately selected. In order to gain a spot, each student had to be interviewed by head engineer German Chaikin. Once accepted, the apprentices went through basic CAD training and various exercises on how to perform everyday jobs at MEP.

“The apprenticeship provided experience for students interested in becoming engineers,” said Connell. “There are many different aspects of being an engineer and my students had the opportunity to discover most of them at MEP.”

Saturday, September 22, 2018