High School West Marine Science teacher Ms. Williams and her Marine Ecology classes joined District Technology Integration Specialist Tim Needles and Librarian Cathy Masrour to participate in a workshop titled "Communicating Conservation, Curriculum and Careers in STEAM.”
Students were given the opportunity to practice using a variety of art techniques and media to communicate science more effectively. They learned more about careers in Art, Conservation, and being an Entrepreneur.
The workshop was led by Conservation Artists Karen Talbot from Maine and Susan Buroker from Smithtown. After sharing her own work with them, Ms. Talbot brought specimens for students to try their hand at scientific illustration and taught them about the importance of accuracy and visual storytelling. She shared diagrams she created for veterinarians trying to learn more about endangered species and invited the students to make their own scientific illustrations using specimens she brought with her that came from the Gulf of Maine.
Ms. Buroker brought giant sculpted puppets and modeling materials to help the students learn more about using visual arts to convey difficult scientific concepts to a general audience, especially to younger learners. She gave them a chance to brainstorm messages in conservation and discuss how they would use art to tell the story of what we need to improve in our local community as well as what we are doing well and want to showcase.
Date Added: 12/2/2022
Mr. Leifsson's High School East ASL Levels II and III visited Dogwood Elementary School this week to help teach students how to use sign language.
The high school students met with Dogwood's Media Specialist, Ms. Lallier, teaching her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders how to sign the book,
"Good Night Moon."
Date Added: 12/1/2022
The second annual Smithtown High School West Club Fair was held on Thursday at High School West.
More than 40 clubs, ranging from the Academic Quiz Bowl and Athletes Helping Athletes to the Jazz Choir and Media Art Club were on hand to answer questions from underclassmen and to get more students involved.
The them was "Travel Around West" as each student received a passport to get stamped at every club stop.
Students also submitted tickets for a raffle provided by the Smithtown West PTSA.
Each club table was run by upperclassmen to gain interest in the many extracurricular activities provided at High School West.
Coming this January, the Long Island String Festival Association Orchestra (LISFA) at Smithtown High School West!
Students from all over Suffolk County were selected to perform in the LISFA Orchestra. These students earned this very prestigious honor through outstanding scores at the 2022 NYSSMA solo festival. In addition to demonstrating superior musicianship, these students continually excel in their ensemble classes, rehearsals and many performances throughout the year.
High School West chamber orchestra conductor Joseph Cotignola says “We are very proud to have these students represent Smithtown High School West as members of this year’s LISFA Orchestra.”
The LISFA festival is January 6th -8th. Students will rehearse on the 6th and 7th and the concert is on the 8th at 1:00pm. All rehearsals and the concert will take place at High School West.
High School West students: (Left to right)
Mr. Joseph Cotignola - Orchestra Teacher, Anabelle Kreitzman, Rebecca Gatto, Hannah Ren, Stephen Jung,Melvin Cheng, Henri Buchet, Alyssa Griesman, David Rubin, Heng Ye, Mr. John Coady - Principal Smithtown High School West
High School East students: (Left to right)
Stacey Chuang, Juliet Chong, Emily Lam, Jake Lomando, Elisa Kong
Congratulations to Mr. Faragasso’s Fifth grade “Wizards of Wall Street".
Students had fun learning about finance, & investing in the stock market.
They managed their own investment portfolios of $100,000.
The students updated their portfolios and discussed the news to predict market trends. Their returns exceeded traditional investment vehicles.
Students featured had the top three portfolios in the class with the greatest profit!
Date Added: 11/29/2022