Fall Football

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Enjoying the last few weeks of the mild fall weather, students at Accompett Middle School took advantage by going outdoors during their physical education classes. The students divided into teams for some friendly fall competitions. 


Celebrations Abound at BOE Meeting

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In what was truly a night of recognition and celebration, the Smithtown Central School District recognized the contributions of students, staff and even local workers who were available in a pinch during a special circumstance during the monthly board of education meeting on Nov. 12.

On Nov. 1, Director of Facilities Dan Leddy had to call PSEG because a nearby fallen tree caused Mt. Pleasant Elementary School to lose power. PSEG quickly scrambled a four-person crew to help.

 “These are true professionals,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Russell Stewart. “This was a teachable moment for all of our children. To have something authentic like that right there in front of them was very valuable.”

John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution, PSEG Long Island, said, “PSEG Long Island is committed to providing reliable power. We work every day to improve and maintain the electric grid. Thank you to Mr. Stewart and the Board of Education for acknowledging our team of line workers. We are proud of our employees. They work hard to provide customers with excellent customer service.”

This was followed by a presentation of two Unsung Hero awards, which were given by Smithtown Elementary School Principal Janine Lavery and Accompsett Middle School Principal Paul McNeil. Lavery handed an award to Pat Chiello, a head custodian at Smithtown Elementary School. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to congratulate and celebrate Mr. Pat Chiello,” Lavery said. “He works tirelessly to do everything he can to make Smithtown Elementary an amazing place.”

Mr. McNeil then commended Annette Sammut, who for the past 27 years served as a secondary duty aide in the district. 

“She’s unwavering in her dedication to the school,” McNeil said. “She’s a leader in her efforts to support and serve others, and that’s something that really sets her apart.” 

Director of Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo congratulated the district’s All-State music students. Accompsett Elementary School Principal Bryan Frank spotlighted some special high school students who brought the First Tea Golf Program to his building. The students said they plan to expand to other buildings, as St. James Elementary School is next on their list. 

The meeting also highlighted two athletes. Patrick Smith, the coordinator of physical education, athletics, health and nurses, spotlighted two special tennis players, an unlikely duo of senior Anya Konopka and seventh grader Lauren Schiraldi, who have earned All-State honors in addition to becoming very close off the court as well.

Passionate for Purple

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Accompsett Middle School student Sophia Carpenter took the initiative to educate her classmates and raise awareness for epilepsy on Nov. 4, which is Epilepsy Awareness Day. Carpenter, who has lived with epilepsy since the age of 5, is a member of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club at the school, under the advisement of Valerie Gompers and Taylor Walsh. Working together, they created a short public service announcement for the students of Accompsett. Students and staff at Accompsett Middle School wore purple to raise awareness. Dogwood Elementary School, where Carpenter’s mother Renee serves as principal, also jumped on board and went purple for the day.

AMS Students Honored in Essay Contest

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Two eighth grade students from Accompsett Middle School – Haley Sasbon and Isabella Spilotros – were recently recognized for their essays in the Suffolk County Taste of Italy event, sponsored by the office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Order Sons of Italy in America. This year’s theme was “Passing the Torch of Heritage,” and the student essays focused on the “melting pot” of culture. The ceremony aimed at honoring those who present a positive image in promoting the culture. Haley (middle right), who placed first in the contest and Isabella (middle left), who placed third, were honored at the event along with their Italian teacher Maria DiLiberto (left center) and Principal Paul McNeil (second from right). 

Connecting with Local Veterans

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As a way to thank local veterans for their service, the members of the National Junior Honor Society from Accompsett Middle School held a veterans day reception in their cafeteria on Nov. 4. Students used the opportunity to connect with the veterans, some of whom were family members and friends. They spent the afternoon enjoying each other’s company, playing games and sharing stories. Accompsett Middle School student-musicians sang and played the piano as the veterans shared snacks and conversation.