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HS West DECA Students Shine at Suffolk County Regional Competition

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High School West DECA had an impressive showing at this academic year’s Suffolk County regional competition.

Students competed in various competitive exams including marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, hospitality and business management. In all, 29 West DECA students qualified for the New York State DECA competition, which will be held in March.

The students who advanced by finishing in the top 10 in their regional competitions:

Jessica Alexander, K’Daejian Austrie, Ashley Bittner, Matthew Braun, Jake Byrne, Emily Castro, Caroline D’Ambrosio, Antonio DeMarco, Anthony DiGiovanni, David Finkelstein, Dylan Frank, Nicole Gullason, Hatim Husainy, Eric Kim, Daniel Kyranakis, Isabella Manzi, Gabriella Martinez, Nick Marulis, Elizabeth Mock, Annika Prabhu, Julia Reuter, Brooke Reynolds, Greg Roman, Juliette Ryan, Victoria Starkey, Aneira Vundecode, Justin Weiner, Corina Wong and Francesco Zitoli.

FAST Program Holiday Tradition Continues ... with Video

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Students in the FAST program at High School West participated in an annual holiday tradition, this time with a twist.

In previous years, Matthew Mazza portrayed Buddy the Elf and visited classrooms and performed mini-scenes. One particular scene involved Mazza, now in his final academic year as a student, and co-star Theresa Arato traveling throughout the building while singing, “Baby it’s Cold Outside.”

In 2019, the group performed live for their peers in the school library. 

This year, instead of the typical live Christmas performance, the students created a video version of the event. The mash-up included recreated scenes from “A Christmas Story,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Elf.”

Students worked hard to accomplish their goal of producing an entertaining show, with an important theme for their peers and the staff this holiday season. 

“It’s a mash-up of different holiday shows with the theme of working together to accomplish our goals,” teacher Paul Godfrey said.

Faculty contributed by singing, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Besides meeting their academic goals on their IEP, Functional Academic Secondary Transition program students complete a work-study program, which helps them to transition into a full or part-time employment after high school.

“The show also was enhanced by the support staff,” Godfrey said. “The aides were a part of the teamwork — especially my classroom aide, Jill Shin, who could not be here this week, played a huge role in the production area: costumes, set, and coming to work with a positive attitude every day, which always enhances our students’ performances.”

HS West's Clothing Construction Class Teams with FCCLA to Assist Local Families

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High School West's Advanced Clothing Construction class and FCCLA club teamed up to help local families in need this holiday season.
Rachel Silsdorf and Paige Illiano's students hand-sewed zippered cosmetic bags, then held a collection for various toiletries.
Together, they created 15 "to-go kits" for community families full of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other useful items.

HSW Volleyball Standout Carley McAleavey Named Newsday's Long Island Player of Year

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High School West’s varsity girls volleyball team earned its second straight Suffolk County title this past fall. And senior middle hitter Carley McAleavey, one of the driving forces behind that success, has now been named Newsday’s Long Island Player of the Year.

McAleavey produced 305 kills, 83 aces and 72 blocks this past season.

“The numbers sound amazing,” High School West coach Deron Brown told Newsday. “But it’s her unwavering leadership both on and off the court that made everything happen for Smithtown West.

“She not only helped deliver back-to-back county championships at West, but she has left a legacy here that will live on for many years to come.”

Smithtown student-athletes were well-represented on Newsday’s All-Long Island teams: Samantha Hannwacker (HS East, girls soccer, second team), Julia Tylar (HS West, girls soccer, second team), Cole Pergan (HS East, boys soccer, second team), Dan Shanley (HS West, boys volleyball, first team), Kasey Tietjen (HS West, girls volleyball, first team), Kira Pirrera (HS West, girls volleyball, second team) and Leah Treglia (HS West, girls swimming, first team).

Smithtown CSD Students Selected for All-County Band, Orchestra, Chorus Ensembles

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The High School West concert orchestra performs on Dec. 14.

A bevy of Smithtown Central School District musicians and singers in fifth through 10th grades have been selected for all-county honors ensembles.

The honorees, who now may participate in county bands, orchestras and choruses:

High School East: Emily Lam (cello), Jolene Cao (harp), Sanjivani Singh (violin 1), Shriyans Singh (violin 2), Rishabh Dholakia (violin 1), Jessica Penna (cello), Jake Lomando (viola), Jolene Cao (violin 2), Josephine Lent (percussion), Carter Lam (alto sax 2), Leo Carnevale (trumpet 3), Michael Van Brunt (percussion), Sarah Schrier (soprano 2), Ariana Glaser (alto 2), Joseph Newman (tenor 2), Ashley Irmscher (alto 2).

High School West: Rose Link (flute 2), Ethan Benstock (trumpet 1), Mikayla Grafstein (flute 2), Erika Gehrling (alto 2), Noella Sexton (soprano 2), Hatim Husainy (bass 1), Jarod Hirsch (tenor 2), Zachary Podair (tenor 2), Jia Macalinao (also 2), Vincent Fallacaro (bass 2), Melvin Cheng (violin 1), Henri Buchet (violin 1), Abigail Jung (violin 2), Anabelle Krietzman (violin 2), Hannah Ren (violin 1), Heng Ye (cello), Kayla O’Hagan (violin 1).

Accompsett Middle School: Keith Carden (percussion), Allyson McCabe (trumpet 3), Matthew Segal (trumpet 3), Matthew Galletta (alto sax 2), Rose Scavuzzo (flute 2), Jacey Lin (violin 1), Katherine Norris (violin 2), Lilah Carden (violin 2), Asha Andrews (soprano), Emily McNiff (alto), Michael Lagnese (children’s voice 1), Dominic Scavuzzo (children’s voice 1), Emmerson LeBrecht (alto).

Great Hollow Middle School: Juliet Chong (violin 1), Laina Magguilli (violin 2), Vanya Sharma (viola), Jake Saidens (violin 2), Ava Tagliavia (percussion), Madeline McCullough (Bb clarinet 3), Matthew Benstock (percussion timpani), Hannah Waller (soprano), Marilena Castoro (soprano).

Nesaquake Middle School: Sophia Leodis (flute 2), Maisie Havis (baritone/euphonium), Kevin Ronan (baritone/euphonium), Ryan Mitchell (trumpet 1), Justin Basile (tuba), Jack Moylan (Bb clarinet 3), Robert Boccafola-Fritz (bass clarinet), Eleanor Hottenroth (French horn 4), Riley Poole (French horn 4), Lyla Groneman (percussion mallet), Naomi Sanabia (violin 2), Nicholas Puccio (cello), Madelyn Geldmacher (violin 1), Ethan Tuzinkiewicz (viola), Allison Song (violin 2), Jaden Robinson (soprano), Jonathan Setzer (baritone), Joanna Hurd (children’s voice 1), Jordan Greenridge (children’s voice 1), Dahlia McHugh (children’s voice 1).

Accompsett Elementary: Veronica Leitner (children’s voice 1), Julia Lovejoy (children’s voice 1), Gabrielle Conforte (children’s voice 1).

HS East, West Chef’s Choice 1 Students Compete in 'Grilled Cheese Challenge'

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The Grilled Cheese Challenge is on!

Chef’s Choice 1 classes at both High School East and West are taking part in the cooking competition as part of their Family and Consumer Sciences course.

Groups of students are required to come up with their own recipe for high-end grilled cheese and then prepare their design for celebrity judges from among teachers and other staff.

Two groups in Paige Illiano’s seventh-period class on Wednesday decided to use bacon as part of their grilled cheese creations.

“They’re all making unique grilled cheese that involves some sort of sauce, cheese, veggies and meat,” Illiano said.

Kaitlyn Cosgro and Jaclyn Fettinger’s classes at East and West also are competing, using griddles and their recipes.

“We are practicing the cooking skills that they learned throughout the semester,” Illiano said.

Board of Education Honors Fall Athletic Champions at Tuesday's Meeting

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Boys volleyball celebrates its Long Island championship on Nov. 11.

Pat Smith has spent his entire life in Smithtown.

And Smith, Smithtown Central School District’s athletic director, beamed with pride on Nov. 2 when High School West and High School East met in the girls soccer county championship match — marking the first time the two schools had ever met in any sport with a county title at stake.

“It was a magical moment you kids were able to bring to our community,” Smith proudly told the student-athletes on Tuesday night.

West’s win over East for the county title in girls soccer was part of an unprecedented level of success for Smithtown high school athletics in the fall.

And the board of education invited the most successful teams to its meeting on Tuesday night to be recognized. 

“It was just a really, really great fall for our athletes and coaches,” Smith said. “It’s been a while, and these kids and coaches have been through a lot.”

The West girls soccer team also finished with a 3.8 GPA and finished ranked 23rd in the nation.

The other teams honored at Tuesday’s board meeting besides the two girls soccer programs:

• Boys golf, a combined team that won the league title by edging Hauppauge despite missing players.

• Boys cross country, a combined team that won the league title and finished as county runner-up. The team has won 34 straight league meets over the past five years.

• Girls swimming and diving, a combined team with Hauppauge that went 8-0 en route to the county title. The team won every meet by more than 100 points, ranked third in the state among public schools, and set six school and two county records.

• High School West girls volleyball, which won its second straight county championship, finished undefeated in league play and was ranked in the top 10 in the state.

• Girls gymnastics, a combined team that won the county team championship.

• High School West boys volleyball, which won the Long Island championship, its second straight county title and finished as state runner-up.

Smithtown Public Library Visits HS West to Teach Students about Resources

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Librarians Colleen Navins (left) and Kaitlin Brand share information about the public library with High School West students.

English as a New Language students from High School West and Accompsett Middle School received library cards and learned about The Smithtown Library’s volunteer opportunities and activities on Tuesday.

Teen librarians Kaitlin Brand from the Smithtown branch and Colleen Navins from the Nesconset branch of the public library visited the High School West library to share the information.

“We’re your librarians,” Brand told the students.

Brand and Navins noted that the library has more than books to borrow, too — although students not yet 18 years old might need a parent or guardian to accompany them in order to borrow items such as a GoPro, video games or guitar. 

The librarians noted that there are four branches of The Smithtown Library — Smithtown, Nesconset, Kings Park and Commack.

The ENL students also learned about upcoming teen programs, including the opportunity to create a clay pot snowman at the Nesconset branch on Jan. 5, to sew your own fleece hat at the Smithtown branch on Jan. 12, and a session with games and goodies at Smithtown on Jan. 14.

Students also were presented with volunteer opportunities that will satisfy their school’s community service requirements.

Those events include decorating kitchen aprons for those who work in local soup kitchens as well as assembling craft kits for children.

The librarians noted that students often have schedules that may not be conducive to attending a particular volunteer opportunity. So the students can make an appointment for a volunteer opportunity that fits their particular schedule.

The students were encouraged to visit www.smithlib.org for more information about offerings at the library, including free museum passes.

The event was arranged by High School West librarian Cathy Masrour.

In a separate session led by Masrour, students also learned from guidance officials about college and career opportunities.

HS West Environmental Club Decorates for Holidays with Conservation in Mind

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High School West students will be greeted by an environmentally friendly holiday display the next time they arrive at school.

Members of the environmental club decorated trees on Friday afternoon in the courtyard. The students used assorted ornaments and ribbons that are respectful of the environment.

The ornaments were made of items including pine cones and sticks as well as recycled ribbons and fabric that were going unused in people’s homes and might otherwise be discarded.

“We’re trying to raise awareness of reusable items for the holidays,” club advisor Lauren Hoffman said. “There’s so much consumption during the holidays. We’re trying to show that you can decorate with holiday items that are available every day and natural, or which came from somebody’s home that weren’t being used.”

As the name implies, the club — which currently has 15 members — is focused on environmental issues. Students participated in a beach cleanup earlier this academic year and plan to plant a vegetable garden in the spring.

HS West's Annabelle Kreitzman Receives Top State Piano Honor

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High School West sophomore Annabelle Kreitzman has received a major musical honor.

Kreitzman was selected to perform in the all-state piano showcase. She was one of only a dozen pianists state-wide to receive the honor.

Pictured (l to r): Symphonic orchestra teacher Joseph Cotignola, Anabelle Kreitzman, assistant principal Annemarie Freund

HS West Students Wear Their Classwork to Cap Clothing Construction Lesson

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Students in Rachel Silsdorf’s clothing construction class at High School West will be ready to show off their pajama pants during Holiday Spirit Week at the end of the month.

Using techniques learned throughout the course, Silsdorf’s students are producing the pajama pants from start to completion.

They use a pattern template and cut the shape of the pants. They then sew the outer seam, waist band and hems.

“It’s all techniques we started on smaller projects,” Silsdorf said. “And now there’s the culmination with the pajama pants.”

Students in the course may choose to advance to Clothing Construction 2 next academic year.

Town of Smithtown Teams Up with Smithtown CSD in First STEM Partnership Project

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The Town of Smithtown, in partnership with the Smithtown Central School District, has embarked on the second phase of its inaugural STEM program partnership.

Students in Kimberly Williams’ marine biology class at High School West received an inside look at the town’s recycling and solid waste process at the Smithtown Municipal Services Facility. The students learned how it relates to the environment and the major challenge Long Island will face once the Brookhaven landfill closes in 2024.

Sanitation supervisor Neal Sheehan and Smithtown solid waste coordinator Mike Engelmann led a hands-on experiential learning trip with Williams’ class. Students saw the process of what happens to waste once it leaves the curbside, the many different materials that Smithtown recycles, challenges of fluctuating recycling markets and the harmful impacts that can occur without personal awareness and responsibility. 

“This was the first of several STEM programs together with the school district, and it couldn’t have been better received,” supervisor Ed Wehrheim said. “This generation is very conscious of critical environmental issues, like protecting the watershed, and Long Island's impending waste crisis. Bringing their lesson plans from the chalkboard to the real world so students can witness the benefits of their hard work before their eyes is not only exciting, ... it’s beneficial to the community they call home.

“I’m especially grateful for the school district’s partnership in this phenomenal learning experience for our youth.” 


The day began with a basic understanding of where solid waste and recycling goes once it leaves the curb at home.

Students learned about the recycling markets, recent changes the nation was forced to make once China closed the doors to the U.S. industry, and the consequences of contaminated materials being disposed in a country without the same regulations as the United States.

The High School West marine biology students had a solid previous understanding of plastics pollution happening in our oceans.

Sheehan and Engelmann gave an in-depth presentation on the upcoming closure of the Brookhaven landfill, the harmful and invasive environmental impacts of trucking waste off Long Island and the possible solutions to expand recycling and remove ash off the Island.


“This was the most fun I’ve had at work in years,” Sheehan said. “First, I can’t believe how engaged the kids are. This generation is so aware of the impacts we as humans have on our local environment, and they are eager to solve the problems at hand. I’m very excited to work with the class on the final stage of the partnership. I have a hunch we’ll have some excellent new employees working in the various fields of environmental planning and engineering in the very near future.”

The class toured the Municipal Services Facility, where they saw cardboard and paper being sorted, and learned the do’s and don’ts of recycling properly.

Students got an eagle-eye view of the various material drop sites residents can utilize, such as electronic waste and household appliances, construction and demolition, and glass.

From the top of the hill, they observed the massive wood-chipping operation, which is composed of residential brush and tree branch collection and given away to residents for free.

Additionally, students toured groundwater monitoring locations, located at the former landfill site.

The town is required to monitor the underlying groundwater as a part of the post-closure care period.

At the end of the tour, Smithtown environmental planner Liam Trotta took a drone up in the air to show students the solar array and wind turbine located on the grounds. 

“It really makes all the difference when you get to physically see the whole system right in front of you,” Engelmann said. “We could see the concern and surprise on each student's face, despite their face masks — concerned when they learned that the average Long Islander is responsible for almost five pounds of waste in one day, pleasantly surprised when they saw just how much we in Smithtown reuse and recycle, and even happier to learn that their solid waste was being recycled into energy at Covanta.

“But, when we explained the environmental and economic impacts of trucking the remaining ash and C & D off Long Island, you could hear a pin drop in the room. They understand that a clock is officially ticking to implement a solution ... and they are very eager to tackle the issue at hand.”

The STEM partnership takes a hands-on approach to real-world environmental issues affecting the community, utilizing the branches of science in order to apply possible ideas or solutions to improve the problem.

Topics covered include solid waste and recycling, invasive species, stormwater runoff, nitrogen pollution and water quality. 

Phase One is a simple introduction video presentation for students to understand the scope of each issue. Phase Two involves site and case studies during which students witness each issue in person and have the opportunity to ask questions, which are answered by official town experts in each field. Phase Three is conducted in the classroom, during which students will present solutions to each concern.

At every stage of the partnership, the town and school district work in tandem to help students apply lesson plans to each real-world scenario.

The Town of Smithtown hopes to expand this program to all local school districts that are interested.

HS West College Marketing Classes Produce Shoebox-Sized Storefronts

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College marketing students at High School West put their teachings into practice by designing shoebox-sized storefronts of their favorite businesses.

Students in Denise Massimo and Cynthia Wood’s classes participated in the project while applying recent lessons in trademark and logo usage, effective color and texturing, and the ability to elicit emotion from consumers.

In Massimo’s ninth-period class, Julia Reuter’s display for Chanel won a student vote.

Her shoebox storefront design included the slogan “fashion changes, style endures” and included holiday-themed tinsel.

Students competed as individuals or in small groups. Other projects featured companies including the NFL Shop, Lego, Best Buy, Kroger, Starbucks and Sephora.

High School Musicians Join for Annual Tri-M Dinner, Collect Food for Smithtown Food Pantry

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High School East and West music students joined together Tuesday to celebrate the 11th annual Tri-M Dinner.

The Tri-M Honor Society hosted the event for its members from both schools, this time hosted in the West library.

The students enjoyed dinner, musical performances by members, and engaged in friendly competition, with teams from East and West facing off in events leading up to the signature competition — Music Jeopardy.

The real victory of the evening was that both high schools’ honor societies joined in an effort to benefit the Smithtown community. Every person attending the event brought nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry.

Smithtown's Jeremy Thode Walking To All Suffolk High Schools to Raise Mental Health Awareness

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Smithtown resident Jeremy Thode, who serves as the athletic director for the Center Moriches School District, wants to raise awareness of mental health among teens.

So Thode, a former president of the board of education for the Smithtown Central School District, is spending Thanksgiving week walking to all 59 Suffolk County Section XI high schools. His 300-mile journey over six days takes him to Smithtown High School East and High School West on Tuesday afternoon.

His walk was chronicled in Newsday this week.

Both Smithtown high schools supported Thode’s effort. At East, signs were placed at the front entrance with messages including, “East is walking with you,” “You will not walk alone,” and “Together.”