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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.”
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.
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.”