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JFK and RCK Fifth-Graders Get in the ‘Mix’

JFK and RCK Fifth-Graders Get in the ‘Mix’

Fifth-graders at JFK and RCK celebrated the end of their elementary education at a PTA-sponsored fifth-grade mixer in June.

“It was wonderful to see the community united, and to see how much fun everyone had together,” said JFK Principal Deborah Smith. “The entertaining DJ even encouraged the future East Islip Class of 2025 to show off their dance moves.  It was a great afternoon to meet old friends and to make new acquaintances, and what a fabulous way to begin the students’ time in the middle school.”

Four RCK Musicians Perform Anthem for Field Day

Four RCK Musicians Perform Anthem for Field Day
Four of RCK band teacher Lynda Maniscalco’s students – Lucas Aparicio, Taha Canan, Kiersten Galli and Christian Martinez – performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the morning announcements to kick off the school’s Field Day event.

Student Achievements Recognized

Student Accomplishments Recognized

Superintendent John Dolan recognized the outstanding accomplishments of numerous students and community members during the June 14 Board of Education meeting, including the middle school's Tri-M Music Honor Society, athletic honorees, local veterans, the “If You See Something, Say Something” award winners, and the students and local businesses in the career development program.

RCK Fifth-Graders Move Up to Middle School

RCK Fifth-Graders Move Up to Middle School

Fifth-graders at RCK shared in the pride of moving up and moving on to middle school during the school’s June 20 ceremony, held at the high school auditorium.

RCK Celebrates 50th Anniversary

RCK's 50th Anniversary

RCK marked its 50th anniversary this year, leading up to a special celebration on June 7. The school opened in September 1967, named in honor of pioneering East Islip educator Ruth C. Kinney, who served the district as a teacher and principal from 1929 to 1966.

At the event, current Principal Hillary Bromberg was joined by former principals Danielle Naccarato (2004-2015), Alise-Becker Santa (2001-2004) and Christian Lavoie (1985-1997), and visiting families and alumni enjoyed a gallery walk through the decades, displayed on the first-floor walls. Professional musician and 2004 RCK graduate Victoria Bouton, the author of the school song, “Learning Is the Way at RCK,” traveled from her current home in Texas to perform her composition “Intergalactic Jellyfish.”

“Over the past three years, I have experienced the amazing place that is RCK,” said Bromberg. “It is filled with special students and staff and visited by a special school community. RCK has an amazing family feel and has become a second home to many.”


Click here to view a video from the event

Senior Basketball Players Visit Former Teachers

Senior Basketball Players Visit Former Teachers
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In advance of graduation, seniors on the high school boys basketball team members brought flowers to their elementary school teachers to show their appreciation and give the educators a chance to see the end result of their teaching process. Among them was Patrick Connelly, who surprised Kim Loeffler, his former teacher at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School.

A Year of Musical Dedication

A Year of Musical Dedication
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An entire school year of hard work, passion and dedication to music from both students and teachers was celebrated in style at East Islip’s annual spring concert series. The performances, all held at Rydzeski Hall, included the middle school on May 7 and 9, JFK on May 14, RCK on May 16, and the high school on May 22 and 23.

"Our spring concert series, featuring students from grades 3-12, began with our third-graders performing on the recorders and singing, and ended with our seniors performing their final number on the East Islip High School stage,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art and music. “Smiles and tears of joy were shared among our students, teachers and community members as the music department took our breath away with each performance. We are so very proud of all the students and teachers who shared their musicianship this spring season.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of both of my beginner and advanced orchestras,” said JFK Orchestra Director Jaime DeMaria. “They performed with energy, dynamics and – most importantly – heart. I am so honored to be their teacher and wish the fifth-graders all the best as they continue their musical journey to the middle school.”

“I am exceptionally proud of the performances of the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra students,” said East Islip Middle School Orchestra Director Judith Fischer, whose students performed material ranging from Rimsky-Korsakoff to The Beatles. “I truly believe that their concerts were an outstanding example of the hard work we do each and every day in class. Congratulations on a job well done.”



Successful Showcase for STEM

Successful Showcase for First STEM Night

In a massive celebration of all things science and technology, the East Islip School District recently hosted its first STEM Night, welcoming more than 200 guests to the East Islip High School to see students from all of the district’s schools promote their work and organizations, including the high school’s and East Islip Middle School’s robotics and STEM Club students, the East Islip National Honor Society, and John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementary schools’ fourth-grade science fair winners, and other fifth-grade elementary STEM students.

Students enrolled in the high school’s Medical & Health Technology Career Academy, AP Capstone program and other scientific research classes showcased the projects they have been working on all year.

Representing East Islip’s K-5 STEM program that began this year, students demonstrated how to build bridges and create towers and skyscrapers with the use of wooden blocks.

The high school’s robotics team members were on hand to show off their newly designed 3D chassis robotic bodies that were created and designed in CAD classes and developed on the 3D printer. Visiting students from all grades were allowed to play with the new robots and learn how to operate them.

Ken White, the operational director of educational management at Brookhaven National Laboratory, served as the keynote speaker.
Additionally, representatives from the East Islip Public Library manned a booth to showcase 3D printing and virtual reality technologies. Students were able to put on the library’s new 3D video viewfinders to virtually visit different places in the world.

“This event was a huge success and the parents and students had a great time learning about STEM and how it will help their children to be successful in their future careers,” said Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip’s technology director, who coordinated the event with Math and Science Director Janet Jones.

“We weren’t really sure if we would have any visitors at our table, but were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest the young people had,” said Jason Terhune of the East Islip Public Library’s computer services department. “We appreciated the opportunity to showcase our public library to the community.”

‘All Ants Away’ Earns Award

‘All Ants Away’ Earns Award
RCK student Kate Vessalico earned an honorable mention award at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair on May 5. For the fourth-grader’s “All Ants Away” research project about ants and their senses, Vessalico worked to determine how ants react to different scents, colors and inks. In the end, she concluded that peppermint oil worked best at keeping pesky ants away from human living spaces.   

Young Leaders from East Islip Are in the ‘Zone’

Young Leaders from East Islip Are in the ‘Zone’

Four East Islip fifth-graders –JFK’s Ryan Flad and Erin McCarthy, and RCK’s Thomas Costarelli and Kara Marshall – recently earned the annual Physical Education Leadership award from the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Also recognized were East Islip Middle School eighth graders Anthony Agresta, Anthony Kohler and Joy Peterson. The seven students were honored at the NYS AHPERD awards ceremony, held on May 2 at Bay Shore Middle School.

“These students are leaders in the classroom and have the necessary knowledge to establish and maintain an active lifestyle,” said Stephen Restivo, director of health, physical education and athletics. “They understand how physical education can enhance their performance both in the classroom and in the gymnasium as well. Congratulations to all of our award recipients.”

Friday, July 20, 2018