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West’s TruBlue Technologies Moves On in VE Competition

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The School of Business virtual enterprise class– TruBlue Technologies – at High School West taught by Mr. Como participated in the 2021 VE National Business Plan Competition. The team placed against more than 2,900 other firms and scored 4.4 out of 5.0 to move on to the next round of the competition. TruBlu Technologies also placed in the VE National Human Resource Competition created by the human resource department. The human resource department spent countless days working to perfect their employee handbook for the 2021 competition. TruBlu placed in the top 25% in the VE National Elevator Sales Pitch Competition. Congratulations to the following team members pictured: Claudia Buergert (CMO); Matthew Bieber (CFO); Brendan Hickey (sales representative); Brenden Carmella (sales representative); Connor Byrne (sales representative); Brayden Graffeo (accounts payable clerk); and Brianna Donnarumma (accounts receivable clerk).

Resume Workshops Set Students Up for Success

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High School East and High School West’s School of Business Honor societies recently hosted two virtual resume workshops for all students in the district. There was a workshop for those who needed to create a resume and a workshop for students who have resumes but needed to improve them for college and the workplace.

The events were attended by 47 students from both of the district’s high schools. Mary Pat Grafstein, the district’s certified work experience and internship coordinator and executive director of the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board, hosted the workshop for those who needed to start from the beginning. Maria Frey, Smithtown Industry Advisory Board member, hosted a workshop for those students who needed to modify and improve their existing resumes. Together, they provided students with templates and information as to what employers are looking for in a resume.  

The mission was for students to create or improve their resume using the information provided in the workshop and forward it to Mrs. Grafstein for review. They were encouraged to make an appointment with Mrs. Grafstein in the career center at either high school. Together, they will review the resume, create a portfolio for future internships, job availability and career counseling.

Smithtown Students Head to DECA States

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Even with the challenges of the pandemic, New York DECA reimaged its competitions this year. The regional competitions were held virtually in December. There were more than 1,500 DECA students from various high schools in Suffolk County participating in the competition.

Smithtown Central School District had 50 students receiving award recognition from High School East and High School West. The students prepared during a two-month period for the competition. These students now qualify for the virtual state competition in February. Additionally, 35 Smithtown students are completing their manuals for the state-level competition. The state competition is a much more competitive event, which will include role-play situations.

West Musician Named to All-Eastern Band

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High School West student-musician Liam Reynolds has been accepted into the All-Eastern Jazz Band. Earlier this school year, Liam was selected to participate in New York State School Music Association’s All-State Music Festival. More than 1,200 students from Maine to Maryland applied for All-Eastern and only 18 students were selected to be a part of the jazz band. A virtual 2021 Eastern Division Honor Ensembles program will take place on March 4-6. From left, he is pictured with High School West Principal John Coady, High School West band teacher Tim Cassera and Director of Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo.

HS West Students STEAM Ahead with Storm Drain Project

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Students in Kimberly Williams’ marine science class at High School West are once again collaborating with Advanced Placement art students from Tim Needles class at High School East for an environmentally conscious project that keeps local sewers and waterways clean.

The marine science students at High School West first began the project by studying the nitrates in the soil and learning about different plankton and how it effects water. The class connected virtually with Maureen Dolan-Murphy, executive programs manager for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment to learn about the science and importance of the storm drain project to the community and Long Island.

Next, the High School West students remotely spoke with local artist Susan Buroker, to learn more about local storm drains, how to bring attention to the importance of their work (through the art projects they started last year), and the next steps, including the students monitoring their own local storm drain.

The West students will next work with Mr. Needles to come up with slogans and designs to decorate the storm drains. “I am so happy to continue this awesome STEAM project with the help and guidance from Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Susan Buroker through her Little Fish Reporting program,” Ms. Williams said. “We’ve had to make some COVID adjustments, but it’s been great to keep it alive and moving forward!”

Hands-On Learning in Auto Shop

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Automotive technology students at High School West in Brian Costello’s class are getting hands-on training. Click here to watch this video.

Four Seniors Honored with Zone Awards

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Four seniors were honored with Suffolk Zone Awards in December. The winners, chosen by the physical education staff, are the top male and female physical education students in the graduating class. Criteria for achieving this honor, as defined by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, include earning an A average or above a 90 in high school physical education classes, earning an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the completion of the 11th grade year, and being a physical fitness role model, as well as character and leadership assessments.  

The district congratulates Jack Marti and Amanda Moghadasi from High School East as well as Christina Unkenholz and Nicholas Germano from High School West.

HS West’s Field of Honor

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High School West recently held its second annual Field of Honor. Organized by the Leadership classes, all proceeds from the fundraiser help support the ongoing development of the school’s Wall of Heroes. This year’s flags, displayed outside of the main entrance, honored both veterans and frontline workers.

HS West Leadership Students Provide Puzzles

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High School West Leadership students helped distribute puzzles on Dec. 18 as part of the “Puzzles to Remember” project. This nonprofit organization provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans facilities that care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Pictured (from left): Leadership students Shannon Alptekin, Marisa Valeri, Jacob Stiles, Michaela Dugan, Meghan Catania and Gianna Crema.

Fostering positivity

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High School West Leadership students created a “Wall of Positivity” to foster a positive school culture and emphasize the message that they are all “Smithtown Strong” during these challenging times. The wall includes quotes and messages about resilience, hope and perseverance. Pictured in front of the wall are creators Francesca Spica, Abby Rindfleish, Julia Savino and Lauren Tannenbaum. They are pictured with SS/Leadership teacher Joan Havranek (far left) and Assistant Principal Chris Elsesser (far right).

West Senior Named Regeneron Scholar

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High School West student Julia Savino has been named a top 300 Scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The competition is the oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors in the nation.

Julia conducted her research in the High School West science research laboratory during the last three years. During this time, she focused on understanding the mechanism by which glutamate receptor activation causes a cascade of events that result in excitotoxicity, according to Joanne Figueiredo, High School West science research teacher. She has used the model organism Nematostella vectensis. Her recent work has developed into an analysis of the evolution of calmodulin and its kinase. She hopes that by elucidating the steps in this mechanism, she will aid in the development of strategies that mitigate the excitotoxicity that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

“It is always great to hear that your student has been selected as a Regeneron Semifinalist but this year it has special meaning,” Dr. Figueiredo said. “Julia has persevered despite all that has gone on. She is a student who always does the best she can possibly do and I have no doubt that she has a bright future.”

Leadership Class Delivers Care Packages for ICU Staff

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High School West Leadership students in Joan Havranek’s class recently completed a project to recognized the hard work of the intensive care unit staff at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown. The class assembled 54 care packages – each containing a candle, Chapstick, hand cream, hot chocolate, a snack and a handwritten card –thanking the COVID warriors for their bravery and hard work during these past nine months. The students hand-delivered the packages to the hospital on Dec. 15.