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East Islip Shows Gratitude to eiMAPS

East Islip Shows Gratitude to eiMAPS
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At the district’s Oct. 25 Board of Education meeting, three members of the eiMAPS organization – President Meghan O’Hara, Vice President Gigi Guiliano, Treasurer Mickey Neske and Correspondence/Membership Coordinator Maureen Meier – were recognized for the group’s continued support. The district’s art programs have been the recipient of nearly $25,000 in donations from eiMAPS over the past several years, including a Pearl drum set and other musical instruments, sewing machines, MacBook Pro computers, and the Picasso People program.

The eiMAPS parent organization, whose abbreviated name stands for East Islip Music and Arts Program Support, was initially developed in 2012 to preserve the art and music curriculum, and now continues its effort by donating items, assisting with field trips, distributing scholarships, and providing guest presenters and special programming. Recently, eiMAPs invited the district’s National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society to its monthly meetings to incorporate student ideas, enhance community outreach, and support students’ vision and endeavors. 

“Our art and music programs, as well as our community, are looking forward to a bright future with such a caring and supportive organization as eiMAPS,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages.

Fun Fall Crafting at Connetquot

Fun Fall Crafting at Connetquot

Second-grade and kindergarten reading buddies at Connetquot worked together on a fall craft for Fun Friday to show the changing colors of leaves in the fall.

Since the new school year began, Melissa Love’s second-grade students and Jennifer Rizzo's kindergartners have been reading together once a week to increase fluency and share the enjoyment of books. The second-graders enjoy reading to their younger schoolmates and helping them with projects.

“I like being buddies because they are fun to meet with and work with,” said second-grader Mark Speiss.

A Homecoming Full of Fun & Pride

A Homecoming Full of Fun & Pride
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A marvelous homecoming full of family fun and Redmen pride began for East Islip on the morning of Sept. 22, as celebratory community members gathered at the Early Childhood Center soccer fields for the second Homecoming Festival, replete with numerous carnival games manned by spirited high schoolers. The face painting booth was particularly busy, resulting in a sea of faces daubed with red and white.

Later in the day at Sal Ciampi Field, the varsity football Redmen beat Eastport-South Manor, 21-14, in a tightly contested game. Quarterback Steve Sassi completed 11 of 17 passes, including a 3-yard throw to Nick Peluso for the game-winning overtime touchdown. Dylan Rigo ran for 56 yards and a touchdown. Joe Fragala and Tom Higgins led the defense with 10 and 13 tackles, respectively.

Following strong halftime performances by the EI band, kickline and cheerleaders, Principal Mark Bernard crowned Jolie Lenox as this year’s homecoming queen, alongside Matthew McHugh as king, while the Class of 2019 seniors were awarded the Class Cup – another new tradition in its second year – for showing the most school spirit throughout Spirit Week.

“Another wonderful homecoming is in the record books,” said school counselor and homecoming organizer Jessica Pignataro.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018