Both Smithtown Central School District high schools have received an impressive honor from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for their performances in the classroom as well as in competition.
High School East and High School West received School of Excellence awards for the 2020-21 academic year.
To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.
The purpose of the School of Excellence Award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide academic honor.
Each school will receive a plaque to recognize the honor.
“This program highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics as well as athletics,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director. “It is always exciting to see how many of our member schools take advantage of this opportunity and show the value of education.”
The Smithtown Robotics team celebrated Nikola Tesla’s birthday by displaying its talents at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.
The team displayed its robotics prowess through interactions and presentations on July 10 — on the 165th anniversary of Tesla’s birth in the Austrian Empire.
Suffolk County legislators including Laura Ahern, Kara Hahn and Sarah Anker visited the team during the annual event.
“The team had a blast alongside the children and other presenters,” said David Savage, the team’s head coach.
The Tesla Science Center’s mission is to develop the site of Tesla’s last remaining laboratory into a transformative global science center that embraces his spirit of invention, provides innovative learning experiences, fosters the advancement of new technologies and preserves his legacy.
The Smithtown Robotics team also has been active in charitable work in recent weeks.
The Mechanical Bulls worked with Make-A-Wish to prepare kits for children with critical conditions. Each kit included a variety of 3D-printed items, such as a puzzle cylinder and dinosaur toy, along with stuffed bears donated to the team. Each package also included a pamphlet of instructions on how the toys work.
“Aside from the bears, everything included was student-made with care,” Savage said.
A great day and a great cause on Monday for the Smithtown Booster Club's annual golf outing at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club.
Amazing theatrical production on Friday at Accompsett Middle School as part of the Smithtown Summer Exploration Program. Great job by the production's director, Corinne Murphy, and the performers!