HSW Pic 1100 Central Road, Smithtown, NY 11787


Main Office: (631) 382-2905
Health Office: (631) 382-2925
Attendance Office: (631) 382-2915
Counseling Center: (631) 382-3020
Principal - Mr. Coady: (631) 382-2905
Assistant Principal - Mr. Elsesser: 
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
(631) 382-2905
Assistant Principal - Dr. Freiberg:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
(631) 382-2970
Assistant Principal - TBD:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
(631) 382-2940
School Psychologist - Danielle DeMola:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
School Social Worker - Stephanie McKinney:
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)


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Driver Education

Smithtown CSD has developed three options for the students registered during the spring 2020 semester of driver education. Please click on the Covid-19 Driver Education Letter to view the options. Please read the letter carefully.

If your choice from the Covid-19 Letter was no refund or pro-rated refund, please read the 5 Hour Certificate letter.


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Seniors Still Get Chance to Celebrate

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Although the senior classes at High School East and High School West closed out their end-of-year activities a bit differently this year, they still had plenty of reasons to celebrate this June.

The students from both schools had the opportunity to attend a car parade for their senior countdown. In typical years, the students counted down the last moments in their school while the minutes before the final bell of the school year were displayed on the football scoreboard. This year, the students drove by in their decorated vehicles as faculty and staff waved at the procession of cars. The countdown began at 1:03 p.m., one hour before the last bell sounds.

Gold cord recipients, those who maintained a GPA of 4.0 for four consecutive years, had a chance to receive their gold cord awards package, presented by a member of the administrative team. Later in the week, the seniors attended a car parade to pick up their caps and gowns, yearbooks and celebratory lawn signs.

Mechanical Bulls Lend Helping Hand

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Dave Savage and the Robotics Team 810, the Mechanical Bulls, quickly shifted gears during the pandemic to help those in need. They created masks and shields for frontline workers and donated to various organizations.

Check out this video to see some of their initiatives:

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.


Business Awards Ceremony

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While the presentations had to be done virtually this year, the business department created an award ceremony to honor the student achievements in the classes, senior DECA and School of Business Honor Society officers and scholarship recipients.

To view the video, visit https://safeYouTube.net/w/EP9L

Business Honor Society Induction

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A virtual ceremony was held for the students from HSE and HSW who were inducted into the NYS Business Honor Society Induction for Mastery of Business Achievement and Personal Higher Degree students. Please join us in congratulating this year’s honorees:


Smithtown Schools Select Honor Speakers

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High School East and High School West have named this year’s honor speakers for the Class of 2020. Honor speakers are chosen by vote from their class peers.

West’s honor speaker Luke Muratore boasts a weighted GPA of 4.42. He serves as president of the National Honor Society, captain of the cross-country and track teams, team captain of Relay for Life, public relations officer of Math Honor Society, member of Athletes Helping Athletes, DECA and Italian Honor Society. In the fall, Luke will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park and majoring in computer science.

East’s honor speaker Erin Holler holds a weighted GPA of 4.26. Her school activities include co-president of the Math Honor Society, treasurer of Class Council, captain of swim team, school mascot, member of Athletes Helping Athletes and the Physics Olympic team, National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Erin will be attending the University of Scranton to study kinesiology.

West’s Senior Music Awards

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High School West recently conducted a virtual senior music awards ceremony. Click to watch the video.

Robotics Team Takes on Virtual Challenge

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The district’s robotics team ¬– the Mechanical Bulls Team 810 – recently participated in a global design competition virtually. The FIRST robotics teams from around the world were invited to a virtual design competition where they were challenged to solve a current world problem with their robotics skills.

Students used Onshape, a web-based CAD system, to design a robot that helps to solve a current world problem. Robotics Team 810 decided to take on litter and pollution on urban streets. Through a series of Google Meets, messages, e-mails and shared design files, the team was able to complete their design along with a three-page essay highlighting the process and concept of the robot.

The team’s robot is designed to pick up garbage through two inwardly rotating brushes, angled in a way to create a vortex that maximizes trash pickup. At the virtual awards ceremony on May 29, the Mechanical Bulls placed #87 out of 150 teams in 10 countries.

West Runner Named to All-Long Island Team

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Congratulations to Smithtown High School West runner Michael Danzi, who was named to Newsday’s All-Long Island team. Michael won the 1,000-meter indoor state championship as well as the Suffolk Large School title in the 1,000 and 1,600 meter. He ran 2:33.36 to win the 1,000 at the Suffolk State Qualifier.

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

United for Mental Health Awareness

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Even though the DECA national conference has been canceled, the message presented by High School West student Juliana Buonaiuto is still extremely important. Buonaiuto recently completed her DECA manual focusing on mental health awareness.

To promote the Breaking Silence campaign and its message of mental health
awareness, Buonaiuto initiated a schoolwide mental health awareness day in January. Students were asked to dress in green to show their support and wear their “break the silence” awareness wristbands.

Additionally, students signed health unity pledges at the table in front of the new mural. The mural was painted by Buonaiuto and is meant to have a lasting impact on the students of High School West. Her inspirational message reminds students on a daily basis to “keep their head up and their heart strong.” The Breaking Silence community service project also provided valuable resources for community members through the High School West weekly newsletter, providing a weekly mental health and wellness tip. The newsletter was sent to all parents and students via email and the tips offers suggestions about caring for their mental health.

Smithtown Celebrates 31 Newly Tenured Staff

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At the April 28 Board of Education meeting, the district granted tenure to 31 staff and administrators. Congratulations to the following administrators who were granted tenure:

Timothy Hellmuth, assistant principal at Accompsett Middle School and Daniel McCabe, principal at Nesaquake Middle School.

The district also congratulates the following teachers who received tenure:
Janelle Albano, reading teacher, Smithtown Elementary
Tracey Ballato, special education teacher, Accompsett Middle
Amy Bleecher, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Rachelle Ciota, math teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Janice Concagh, teacher, Dogwood Elementary
Patrice D’Elia, psychologist
Kristen Dicpinigaitis, science teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Lauren DiNapoli-Iannello, foreign language teacher, High School West
Melissa Fenster, special education teacher, Tackan Elementary
Jaclyn Fettinger, FACS teacher, High School East
Desiree Fischer, special education teacher, High School East
Sarah Gilbert, English as a second language teacher, High School West
Corinne Gorniok, reading teacher, Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Chander Mallhotra Jr., special education teacher, High School East
Courtney Mancuso, special education, Tackan Elementary
Tonina Manziello, science teacher, Nesaquake Middle
Alyssa Mescia, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Maeve Miller, business teacher, High School East
Erin O’Connor, special education teacher, Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Alyssa Ochrym, English teacher, High School West
Chana Penini, special education teacher, High School West
Roseann Primus, special education teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Joseph Sagarese, English teacher, High School East
Jenna Simonetti, science teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Dana Thau, psychologist, Dogwood Elementary
Denise Trifaro, technology teacher, Great Hollow Middle
Elise Viola, special education teacher, Tackan Elementary
Katherine Wassle, reading teacher, High School West
Nancy Zimmermann, reading teacher, Dogwood Elementary

Putting Printers to Good Use

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The career and technical teachers from the technology department at Smithtown Central School District have been hard at work creating masks and shields for staff at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital.

Using their 3D printers, the teachers created and delivered 140 masks/shields so far. Teachers Brian Costello, Connor Kelly, Dave Savage, Caitlin Caputo and Sean Tomasello have been volunteering their time, using the 3D printers from the school program to make the masks and shields. They have been working with High School East 2019 graduate Ben Levine.

During his time at High School East, Ben was very involved in the career and technical education department and was a member of the robotics team. He set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase the filament and transparency film needed to make the masks. Ben has been working with the teachers to print them and distribute them to frontline workers at the two hospitals.

“The teachers have been really passionate about wanting to do what they can to give back and assist the frontline workers,” said Christine LoFrese, career and technical education direction, Smithtown Central School District. “It is so nice to see them all working together with a former grad on this project of coming up with the design and then implementing it. They are putting all their skills to good use and modeling what they teach to the students in their classes.”

‘Band’-ing Together During Challenging Times

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When High School West sophomore Jensen Herbst heard that doctors and nurses were experiencing severe pain from wearing surgical masks for their 12-hour shifts, she decided to do something about it. She read that a small piece of plastic called a surgical mask tension release band could help alleviate the pain. The bands have hooks that hold the strings of the mask and remove the pressure from behind the wearer’s ears.

Herbst was able to find a 3D printing file that was posted on the National Institute of Health website and got to work. During the last week, she printed 65 bands that she delivered to Stony Brook Hospital.

“Printing these bands has given me motivation during these challenging times,” she said. Her next plan of action is to begin printing face shields. High School West science research coordinator Dr. Joanne Figueiredo said, “what Jensen is doing is just one example of the many ways that our amazing students are helping others during this difficult period.”