CAPTURE Covid-19

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Capturing the individual and collective experiences of students and staff was the idea behind the club created by Smithtown High School East art teacher Dianne Shanian. “From the last day of in-class school on March 13, the students and staff have been coping with staying at home and doing our best with online instruction, and other limitations the Covid-19 virus has imposed,” she said.

“Since every person has been affected on some level by this sudden change in our lives, I wanted to offer a platform where students and staff could express or capture their feelings and thoughts in the form of words, photos, paintings, drawings or videos,” she said. “The collective visual result is emotionally powerful. The realization that these entries came from students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and from staff members, speaks to the overarching impact this experience has had on people of all ages, genders, cultures and backgrounds within our school district.”

CAPTURE slide presentation serves as a record for our district of this unique time in history, and we hope all viewers find something within it that resonates in them.


Waving Goodbye to Middle School

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They may not have had the traditional sendoff to high school, but the district’s eighth graders surely felt special during their drive-by moving up ceremonies. The district’s three middle schools – Accompsett, Great Hollow and Nesaquake – each hosted parades on June 16 to celebrate the achievements of their eighth grade classes. Administrators, teachers and staff members lined the sidewalks of each respective building, holding signs of congratulations for the students as they celebrated their milestone moving up to high school.


Capture COVID-19

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The district is asking students and staff to capture and submit their thoughts and expressions about COVID-19. The deadline for submissions is June 10th. Click here to upload

Yellow Ribbon Ties Community Together

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Three neighbors and students at Accompsett Middle School – Alex Fisher, Cordelia Comando and James Martino – are doing their part to spread togetherness and joy in their community. They wanted to remind neighbors that they were all in this quarantine situation together so they asked them to tie a yellow ribbon around their trees out front. In their letter to neighbors the students wrote, “We think it would be so nice for all of us to be reminded that even in the worst of times, and when situations could otherwise divide us, we remain united. Feelings of togetherness and support for each other are really important in maintaining social connectedness.” The yellow ribbons also signify gratitude to all of the essential workers risking their health and keeping everyone all safe. The students are hoping the yellow ribbon campaign will become a townwide initiative.

AMS FCCLA Members Spread Smiles

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The Family Career and Community Leaders of America Club at Accompsett Middle School, under the direction of Valerie Gompers and Taylor Walsh, have worked with their members to spread positive messages around the community. FCCLA students are creating rocks with positive messages and placing them around the neighborhood and in mailboxes to spread some joy.