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Class of 2021 Celebration Page




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Important Announcements Regarding Upcoming Events & Activities:

  • Freshman Orientation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at 10 a.m. More details to follow in the coming weeks.
  • Save the Dates Class of 2022 Senior Portraits Letter
  • Safe Driving Presentation 2021
  • Late Bus Routes
  • Field of Honor Order Form
  • Wall of Heroes Application Form
  • Free Peer Tutoring
    HSE students offering free tutoring services to students who are struggling with the
    obstacles of remote learning to help them not only comprehend the material, but be
    able to retain it and utilize it in a classroom setting. Our tutoring services will be
    one-on-one for AP, honors, and regents courses listed on our website. Students will
    provide the topic and subject that they need help in prior to the tutoring session, so
    that our tutors can prepare themselves accordingly. They may also bring any
    material related to their course, and the tutors can help them. The tutoring sessions
    vary depending on the needs of the student. Meetings can be one-time, usually for
    tests/quizzes/homework help or on a weekly basis for challenging courses. Each
    tutoring session will be a 40-minute session or less and be conducted through
    Our goal is to provide quality education to students to aid our peers through remote learning and beyond.
  • SHSE Club Activity Guide 20-21
  • Senior Parking Sticker Letter
  • Recycle for a Cure: Pink Cans 4 Cancer
    Help save our environment and help young women fight Breast Cancer on LI.
    Pink recycling cans are found in the SHSE Cafeterias, Gyms, and on the Third Floor. Proceeds from each recyclable will help those fighting breast cancer afford treatment.


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High School East News:

Both Smithtown High Schools Claim Lofty Student-Athlete Honors

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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.”

East Student Named Finalist in Space Competition

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Zachary Finger, a junior in the High School East ThINK Discovery Science Research Program, is hoping that next year astronauts on board the International Space Station will be performing an experiment that earned him recognition as one of five national finalists in the Genes in Space competition.

The Genes in Space competition challenges students to solve sweeping problems faced by space travelers. According to Maria Zeitlin, East ThINK Discovery science research coordinator, “Zach has been interested in submitting his experiment ever since hearing about the competition. He eats, breathes, and discusses all things centered on space exploration. He was beyond excited at the announcement and I could not be happier for this amazing achievement.”

This is the second time High School East has a finalist in the competition. In 2019, Kevin Chen was a finalist and attended the International Space Station Conference where he presented. This year, the finalists were asked to design molecular DNA experiments that address space travel concerns utilizing the unique environment found on the ISS. Zach will present his project this July at the virtual ISS Conference.

High School East’s Gratitude Gang

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On June 21, the High School East National Honor Society presented the staff at the New York State-run COVID vaccination site at Stony Brook with thank-you mugs of gratitude.  

This year, the honor society members have been focusing on gratitude. According to High School East National Honor Society adviser Maria Zeitlin, the students are incredibly thankful for everything that the faculty and staff have done to make this school year a smooth and successful one. They sought to spread their gratitude outside the school community and were inspired by the hard work of the personnel at the Stony Brook vaccination site.

The students wanted to express their gratitude and came up with the idea of creating a coffee mug. High School East senior and artist Nethmi Withanage designed the mug to include a symbol that was missed during COVID: a hug.

The Excitement of East’s 24 Hour Play

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Smithtown High School East’s Drama Club presented a 24 hour play in the auditorium on June 12. The following is the exciting fast-paced timeframe for this show to happen within 24 hours:


3 p.m.: Three writers assembled on a Google Meet, and are given a common prop (camera) that they needed to use as a focus in their one-act play. Nine actors will be in the play on Saturday. Writers decide between themselves how many roles they will need to use all of the actors. Each play should be no more than 20 pages in length. Their shows can be any genre.

4 p.m.-12 a.m.: Writers go on their own to finish their scripts. Some finished earlier, and some finished in the wee hours of the night. Scripts were an average of 15-20 pages. This will translate into a 20 minute running time for each show. The approximate time is 90 minutes total for the whole show.


8 a.m.: Directors receive the scripts.

9 -10 a.m.: Three directors read their scripts and complete the casting of their show with the nine actors.

10 -11 a.m.: Table reading: Actors read through the script and the director discusses their creative vision.

11 a.m. -12 p.m.: Stage blocking: Directors block the movements for the actors on stage throughout the play.

12:30 - 2 p.m.: Rehearsals: Actors run their dialogue, attempt to memorize their lines, and rehearse the blocking/movement in the play.

2-3 p.m.: Set design and costume selection: Props, small scale sets, furniture are pulled or created that day for each show. Directors instruct crew and stage manager of overall creative aesthetic being used onstage, as well as running the shows with them to show them when pieces are moved on and off the stage.


4- 6 p.m.: Final full dress rehearsals: Actors are dressed in full costume and use any props necessary for their show.

7 - 8:30 p.m.: Final performances of three one-act plays for a live audience in the auditorium

Rockets Take Flight During Math Lesson

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Students in Ms. Philp’s geometry class at High School East recently showed off their mathematical skills when they designed and launched their own mini rocket ships.

The lesson is part of a review of their algebra concepts from last year and to help prepare students for algebra 2 next year. “We start with a review in class of quadratic equations and how the numbers in them correspond to motion,” Ms. Philp said. “Then we build ‘stomp rockets,’ which are basically a tube of magazine paper rolled around a PVC pipe to be a specific size.”

After the students assemble the rockets, they are ready to be tested using the launcher. The launcher is made of PVC pipe and an empty two liter bottle. The students fit their rockets on the launcher and stomp on the bottle to make the rocket fly. Each launch is videotaped. Using the video, the students then make a table of time vs. height (a rough approximation). When they return to the classroom, the students use a calculator to do a quadratic regression to write an equation for the height of the rocket in terms of time.

East FCCLA Bakes for the School

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High School East FCCLA, under the director of advisors Jaclyn Fettinger and Connie Smith, showed the faculty and staff of East how much they appreciated them. They made goodie bags for every department and office in the school. The chapter members cooked the goodies after school for a week and made 100 of each item in the bag! Each goodie bag included breads, rolls, muffins and cinnamon rolls. The flour was donated by King Arthur Flour for the @Bakeforgood campaign.

East Celebrates Senior-Athletes

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High School East congratulates the following senior athletes who will continue their sports in college:

Gianna Festa, field hockey, Molloy College

Kaylee Gallagher, swimming, SUNY New Paltz

Delaney Foster, womens lacrosse, Bloomsburg University

Julia Miranda, womens lacrosse, Bloomsburg University

Maddelena Signorile, womens lacrosse, Arizona State University

Alayna Costa, womens lacrosse, Johns Hopkins University

Dani Brady, womens lacrosse, University of Maryland

Amanda Moghadasi, womens lacrosse, University of Connecticut

Matt Mangels, mens lacrosse SUNY Oneonta

Sydney Anderson, field hockey, Moravian College

Tyler Pohlman, football, Springfield University

Nick Karika, football, Wagner College

Alison Heft, womens soccer, Ithaca College

Brooke Flugman, womens soccer, York College

Hunter Tellerman, baseball SUNY Fredonia

Chris Capppelmenn, mens lacrosse, Cornell University

Nick Kaires, football/mens track and field, SUNY Cortland

Matt Kaires, football, Utica College

Sabrina Whitehouse, womens soccer, Belmont Abbey University

Missing from photo:

Emma Elmen, womens lacrosse, Lehigh University

Arin Peykar, womens track and field, Moravian College

Erin Sutter, womens soccer, Central Connecticut State University

Artists on Display in St. James

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Students in Dianne Shanian’s painting 1 class at High School East had their social realism paintings displayed at the Calderone Gallery in St. James throughout the month of June. Owner Natalie Weinstein and her associate Jack Ader held a reception to celebrate the artists on June 5. Students and their families gathered at the gallery to celebrate this honor and show their work to the community.

East Habitat Club Heads Back to Building

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Members from the High School East Habitat for Humanity Club volunteered on a student build in East Patchogue on May 14 and May 21. The students were trained and instructed to place the rafters on the roof and frame the rooms of the home. The site supervisor also discussed safety protocols, the responsibility of the homeowner, and the mission statement for Habitat for Humanity.

Smithtown’s Honor Speakers Recognized

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The district held a viewing ceremony for its two honor speakers from High School East and High School West, who were honored at the annual Suffolk County School Superintendents Association virtual valedictorian recognition ceremony on June 3.

The two honor speakers – George Maidhof from High School West and Maximillian Nadelson from High School East – were surrounded by family members and district administrators as they watched the event. Hosted by Center Moriches School District Superintendent of Schools and president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association Dr. Ron Masera, the guest speaker was “The Energy Bus” author Jon Gordon.

Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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The district held its national letter of intent signing on May 26 for its senior-athletes in High School East and High School West who will be continuing their sports in college this coming fall.

The district congratulates the following students:

High School West:
Ryan Bell: Providence College, lacrosse; Dan Caddigan: Cornell University, lacrosse; and Brendan Hickey – American International College, golf; and Ryan Tona, University of Rhode Island, track and field.

High School East: Dani Brady, University of Maryland, lacrosse; Christopher Cappelman, Cornell University, lacrosse; Alayna Costa, John Hopkins University, lacrosse; Emma Elmen, Lafayette College, lacrosse; Gianna Festa, Molloy College, field hockey; Delaney Foster, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, lacrosse; Nicholas Karika, Wagner College, football; Julia Miranda, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, lacrosse; Amanda Moghadasi, University of Connecticut, lacrosse; Maddelena Signorile, State University of Arizona, lacrosse; and Erin Sutter, Central Connecticut State University, soccer.

East Junior Sets New Long Jump Record

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High School East junior Julia Sue Kam Ling shattered the long jump record with a leap of 18 feet 8 inches. The old record was 18 feet 2.5 inches set in 1997. Julia is looking to improve on her record as the season progresses. Congratulations on an excellent achievement!

Honoring Smithtown’s Heroes

High School East held its official ribbon-cutting for its new Wall of Heroes, dedicated to those who served the country, on May 26.

The wall honors Smithtown alumni – graduates of Smithtown High School East, Central High School and Smithtown Branch High School – who have served in any branch of the armed forces. The memorial wall honors those individuals who have defended America’s freedom. It features each individual’s name, military portrait, high school graduation year and branch of the military service. The digital display ¬– which has seven different monitors – currently features more than 100 graduates.

“Thank you for your efforts in making this happen,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Secaur. “We all owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to our men and women who have served in our armed forces.”

High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons welcomed guests to the ceremony, including members of the American Legion Post 833, VFW 10810, Michael and Vera Wertheim and guest of honor James Gouras, a member of the Class of 1944. Dr. Simmons thanked the High School East leadership students, along with teachers Morgan Tavis and Bill Coderre, who worked on the Wall of Heroes during the last several years.

“Despite the obstacles and challenges we have faced over the past few years, our leadership students perserved and continued to move forward following the lead of Ms. Coderre and Ms. Tavis,” Dr. Simmons said. “Our leadership students stayed the course until this worthy and overdue mission was complete. This beautiful monument will proudly be displayed here at East for many years to come, reminding us all of the selfless acts and heroism of our alumni.”

Artist-Inspired Relief Sculptures by East Students

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Students in Dianne Shanian’s studio in art foundation class at High School East are learning all about artist Louise Nevelson. Ms. Nevelson is known best for her relief sculptures.

To begin their study, the class conducted background research to foster a deeper understanding of the artist, relief sculptures, why she chose this type of art and the different materials used.

The type of relief sculptures created by Nevelson are flat on the back and protrude off the wall. Students learned to design their sculptures from the back to the front. “Divergent thought is heightened as students design and arrive at various combinations of materials,” Ms. Shanian said. “The goal is to create rhythm, unity and harmony.”

Students collected wood, cardboard, wire pieces or found objects to arrange in their box. They divided the space inside the box and glued the pieces into each of the compartments. Students painted their relief sculptures in a monochromatic color scheme. Acrylic paints were used to coat the wire, wood and cardboard. The border was also painted to achieve a finished, professional appearance.