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Main Office: (631) 382-2300
Principal - Mr. McNeil: (631) 382-2305
Assistant Principal - Mr. Hellmuth:(631) 382-2305
Health Office: (631) 382-2320
Counseling Center: (631) 382-2310


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Mission Statement

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Accompsett Middle School actively promotes achievement, manners, and spirit by providing a safe and supportive learning environment which nurtures each student’s academic, social, emotional, and physical development while challenging them to reach their full  potential. Achievement  – we will reach our academic goals Manners – we will model polite behavior Spirit – we will demonstrate commitment to our school at Accompsett Middle School, the faculty, staff, administrators, and parents collaborate to provide a learning community which meets the needs of young adolescents.

 

March 11, 2020
Dear Accompsett Middle School Community,

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently released accountability ratings for all school districts and schools throughout the state.  Accountability determinations are made based upon a variety of data, including student performance on the New York State English Language Arts and mathematics assessments, among other things, as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

NYSED has designated Accompsett Middle School as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school.  As a result of this TSI designation, the Smithtown Central School District has been identified as a Target District.  The complex formula used to determine accountability ratings considers how various subgroups within the school performed on assessments in the 2018-2019 school year.  In addition to actual student performance, the non-participation (opt-out) of students on the assessments is also factored into the accountability calculations.

At Accompsett Middle School, the students in one subgroup (economically disadvantaged) did not meet the performance expectations set by New York State.  It is important to note, however, that this subgroup had a 66.1% opt-out rate on last year’s ELA and mathematics assessments.  Due to the high number of test refusals, the number of students in this subgroup who took the assessments was quite small.  The high number of test refusals was a significant factor in this accountability identification.  

As a result of this identification, the District and school will be required to follow a series of actions that have been prescribed by NYSED over the next two years.

I strongly believe that designating Accompsett Middle School as a TSI school based solely on the performance of a small number of students in a single subgroup does not accurately represent the quality of the District, faculty, staff or students.  This identification is not consistent with the actual achievement of the students in the district or in this particular subgroup.

In Smithtown, we educate the whole child and take pride in offering students an outstanding education.  We are honored to serve all students and will continue to support and maintain high expectations for everyone.

Respectfully,
Russell Stewart
Interim Superintendent of Schools  

 

Wellness Resources 

 

Smithtown Students Survive at Sea

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As part of a recent science lesson, students at Accompsett Middle School participated in a “lost at sea” lesson with their classmates. According to teacher Lou Mincieli, the activity involved being stranded at sea with 15 various items. Students must prioritize what is most important in order from 1 to 15. “After the group comes up with their priorities, I give them the official answers from the U.S. Coast Guard,” he said. “They take the difference between those two numbers and then calculate a score similar to golf; the lower the better. To survive, they need to score 70 or below.”

This lesson helped the students working in pairs or small groups getting used to their classmates and working while socially distancing outdoors.


Successful Start to the Year in Smithtown

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Smithtown Central School District welcomed back students and staff on Sept. 8 for the official start of 2020-2021 school year. As the buses pulled into the schools, staff and administrators were on hand to greet the students.

While the school day may look a bit different, students were eager to learn and settle into their new routines. Kindergarten students had the opportunity to explore their new buildings, as did the sixth and ninth grade students who moved up this year. Faculty members, staff and administrators guided the students through the schools and helped ease any first-day fears.

For many students, their first time back in the buildings since March was the perfect chance to reconnect with friends and classmates. By the end of the school day – whether virtually or in-person – students were poised for a successful year ahead.


Small Group Tours Help Students Get Acquainted

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To help get students acquainted with their new school environments, the district held sixth grade and freshman orientations at the end of August at Accompsett, Great Hollow and Nesaquake middle schools and High School East and West.

Touring in small groups, the incoming middle and high school students had the opportunity to explore their building thanks to student leaders who guided them through the respective campuses. Administrators were on hand to greet the students and help ease fears and answer questions for the students.

At the high school, freshman walked through the buildings, and identified their lockers while leadership students explained all about the school, including the opportunities offered during their high school career. Orientation was also an opportunity for students to receive their district-issued Chromebooks and school identification cards.


Back to School

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As we start the 2020-2021 school year, we have compiled this video to give parents and students an idea of some of the new policies and procedures in place.