Honoring the hard work and dedication of Smithtown teachers, staff and community members, Smithtown Central School District’s interim Superintendent of Schools Russell Stewart decided to surprise this year’s honorees of the 2020 SCOPE School District awards during a visit to announce their award on Jan. 31.
This year’s honorees were surprised with flowers and a brief description of why they were chosen during the visit. SCOPE will formally recognize each of the honorees during the annual dinner celebration on March 23.
The district congratulates the following 2020 SCOPE award winners: Christine Fitzgerald of the Smithtown Children’s Foundation; Jane Groneman, secretary at St. James Elementary School; Dr. Allyn Leeds, principal at Tackan Elementary School; Michael Saidens, vice president of the Smithtown Board of Education; and Karen Van Dover, sixth grade teacher at Nesaquake Middle School.
St. James Elementary School turned into a snowman-making factory when the kindergartners started assembling snowmen. Set up in the school’s multipurpose room, the students, along with an adult volunteer, created snowmen out of socks filled with rice. They used fuzzy socks to create a hat and scarf for their creation before attached eyes and a carrot nose.
St. James Elementary School held its 11th annual “Nutcracker” performance in December. Performed by the first and second graders, under direction of Mrs. Braunreuther, the students showed off their weeks of hard work to friends and family during the dance performances.