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JFK and RCK Celebrate with Vets

JFK and RCK Celebrate with Vets
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In advance of Veterans Day, students at JFK and RCK had the chance to invite their family’s veterans to attend special celebrations on Nov. 9, featuring parades through the schools’ hallways, patriotic presentations and musical performances.

“This day has become my favorite day in East Islip,” Superintendent John Dolan told the assembled veterans. “Because of brave men and women like yourselves, we have great opportunities in this country to do wonderful things. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do and all you’ve done, for being heroes and role models, and most of all, for being mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa. You deserve nothing but our love and support and appreciation.”

 




Say Hello Day Debuts

Say Hello Day Debuts

For the first Say Hello Day on Oct. 4, students and staff at each of East Islip’s four elementary schools were encouraged to reach out to someone that they did not know during the day, with the goal of fostering feelings of acceptance and inclusiveness. Everyone wore name tags to assist in easily making new friends while building a sense of community.

“It was fun to be able to say hi to everyone by name and set a positive tone for everybody in the school,” said JFK Principal Deborah Smith. “It’s always a great day when you increase the number of people you were able to make feel good by simply sharing a ‘Hello!’ Our goal this year was to create a culture of connectedness. It was a fantastic day of demonstrating kindness to everyone.”

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.


Fourth-Graders Find Fun with Footballs at JFK

Fourth-Graders Find Fun with Footballs at JFK
Fourth-graders at JFK tapped in to the excitement of the football season in a recent physical education class, participating in catching and throwing footballs. The students were excited to learn the art of throwing a perfect spiral, with teacher Jennie Nagengast encouraging them to focus on the key technique of placing their fingers on the laces of the ball and forming an “L” with their thumb and index finger.

“It was fun to see how quickly the students improved after passing back and forth,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “Go Redmen!”

Fall Fun Arrives with FTK Carnival

Fall Fun Arrives with FTK Carnival
Fall arrived in East Islip on the weekend of Sept. 21, heralded by the opening ceremony of the 22nd annual FTK Carnival on the grounds of Timber Point. String and choral students from JFK and RCK entertained the attendees with musical performances to kick off a three-day adventure of games, rides and snacks that provided fun for the community’s families and raised funds to support crucial school activities.

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