skip to main content

Upcoming BOE Budget Meetings


The Board of Education will hold the following workshop and business meetings regarding the 2019-2020 budget. They will be held at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave. in Islip Terrace. The community is invited to attend.

Thur., Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. - Special Business Meeting and Budget Presentation No. 1

Thur., March 14 at 8 p.m. - Business Meeting and Budget Presentation No. 2

Thur., March 28 at 7 p.m. - Workshop Meeting and Budget Advisory Committee Presentation

Thur., April 11 at 7 p.m. - Workshop Meeting and Board Response to Budget Advisory Committee

Wed., April 17 at 8 p.m. - Business Meeting and Annual Budget Adoption

JFK’s Sambo Honored by Chamber

JFK’s Sambo Honored by Chamber
JFK’s Sambo Honored by Chamber  2
JFK’s Sambo Honored by Chamber  3

The East Islip Chamber of Commerce honored JFK student Kylie Sambo as January’s Student of the Month at the organization's Jan. 29 meeting. Sambo was selected due to her role in the JFK Student Council, her demonstration of good citizenship and the characteristic of acceptance, and her innate ability to understand the importance of inclusivity.

“Kylie serves as a positive role model by exhibiting tremendous school spirit and leadership,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “She always has a smile for all Student Council members, and she is an integral part of the club. She is wonderfully welcoming and makes sure that all students in the council’s meetings feel comfortable and included. Kylie is a wonderful and conscientious student, she participates in class and always challenges herself to reach for excellence, and she is very cooperative and helpful in the school community.”

ENL Students Show Their ‘Command’ of English

ENL Students Show Their ‘Command’ of English

East Islip hosted its very first “Commanding” ceremony on Jan. 8 for 29 English as a new language students in the district who had scored “commanding” on the NYSESLAT exam. These students exhibited sufficient knowledge in reading, writing, listening and speaking the English language.

“Here at East Islip, we have over 100 ENL students that represent 15 different languages of our world,” said Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world language. “This evening was a celebration of excellence and culture, bringing together our ENL students and families with East Islip’s teachers and administrators. We hope to make this wonderful evening a tradition here at East Islip.”

JFK Learns to Protect Local Waters

JFK Learns to Protect Local Waters

Young scientists at JFK are learning important lessons this year from representatives of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. During a recent CCE visit, fifth-graders enjoyed a “Stormwater Superheroes” presentation in which they learned about ways to help keep local bays and watersheds clean, how harmful pollution is to marine life in the area, and how a storm drain system can help. The students also participated in hands-on science activities and met a friendly horseshoe crab.

“It was wonderful to see how eager our students were to learn about how critical it is to protect the water around us,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “They realized that it is vital to become responsible citizens who are aware of harmful pollutants and the negative impact they can have on our environments.”

Winter Concert Series Impresses

Winter Concert Series Impresses
Winter Concert Series Impresses 2
Winter Concert Series Impresses 3

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.

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.”

Wednesday, February 20, 2019