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Getting Crafty with Glass Mosaics

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High School West students are creating their own glass mosaics during their craft II art classes in April. After creating their original designs, the students learned how to score and break glass. They glued down the pieces and then learned how to grout the tiles. The finished decorative piece is a stained glass mosaic in dozens of unique designs.

Digital Designs Dazzle at HS West

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High School West students in studio in digital media classes are creating their own digital characters. Working in different media and technology, the students began the process with a pencil drawing. They then photographed their artwork and uploaded to either Photoshop or Photopea. Working on their Chromebooks, they learned how to edit right on the screen, learning about layers, sketch, outline and color in the digital formats.

‘Tru’ Success at HS West

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High School West’s virtual enterprise class participated in a virtual tradeshow on April 20 and 21 with more than 250 other international virtual enterprise classes.

Created in 2016, TruBlu Technology sells a variety of practical Bluetooth, app-based products that meet the needs of the tech community. Teacher Phil Como leads the students as they journey into creating a fictitious company from top to bottom.

Each student has a role in the organization, from chief executive officer to chief marketing officer. Students are interviewed and hired into their respective executive positions by members of the Smithtown IAB. There’s a technology team, an accounting department, human resources and public relations.

Students have the opportunity to earn six college credits through SUNY Farmingdale during this simulated business experience. The students are responsible for their bank account, inventory, printed materials and are even paid their salary from the TruBlu bank account.

During the virtual tradeshow, students acted as moderators, greeting online buyers and placing them into breakout rooms with members of the sales team. Another group of students acted as buyers for the other online companies participating in the tradeshow.

FCCLA Teams Headed to Nationals

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High School East and High School West’s Family, Community and Career Leaders of America chapters recently competed in their first New York State virtual competition. Between the two high schools, nine teams competed in the following categories: early childhood education, event management, food innovation, interior design, hospitality tourism and recreation, nutrition and wellness, and teach and train. Students were guided by their advisers Connie Smith and Jaclyn Fettinger from High School East and Rachel Silsdorf from High School West.

High School West finished with four silver and two bronze medals and High School East finished with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Both sides had two competition teams with the highest scores in their category, qualifying them for the national competition. The national competition will take place in late April virtually.

Congratulations to the following students: From High School East – Trishaulla Kanhai, Alexandra Shepherd and Arianna Rava (gold, hospitality, tourism and recreation, advancing to nationals); Rebecca Albahae and Andrea DiLeo (bronze, nutrition and wellness); and Bridget Keudesdorf (silver, teach and train, advancing to nationals). From High School West: Alyssa Allocca (bronze, early childhood education); Sofia Burns, Madison Dominger and Fabiana Gorre (silver, event management, advancing to nationals); Mackenna Bath, Kerry Bresnahan and Amanda Froehlich (silver, food innovations); Brianna Gugliamo and Gabby Steinmeyer (silver, food innovations, advancing to nationals); Gabrielle Bowers (bronze, interior design); and Madeline Raeihle (silver, event management, advancing to nationals).

DECA Students’ Donations Prove They Are DezyStrong

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This school year, High School West DECA students Hannah Maracina, Frank Paccione and Meghan Theofield chose the DezyStrong Foundation as their charitable cause for their DECA. In a year where it is nearly impossible to fundraise, these students hosted a virtual 5K, sold shirts and bracelets and coordinated percentages of sales from local businesses to raise more than $1,700 for the foundation. The DezyStrong Foundation was established to provide the opportunity for individuals with cancer to have access to experiences that directly affect a positive mental well-being. From left: High School West Principal John Coady, High School West special education teacher/DezyStrong representative Ashley Marchese, junior Meghan Theofield, junior Frank Paccione, junior Hannah Maracina, DECA adviser Denise Massimo, DECA adviser Patrick Rosa and DECA adviser Cindy Wood.

West Students Work to Build Bridges

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High School West students Michaela Dugan, McKenzie Luna and Abby Rindfleish have been selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Long Island’s Holocaust Remembrance Day virtual program on April 15. They are each working on different civil projects in the community.

Michaela is working to raise money for NSSA (a school for students with autism). The project was her idea and she has been the main student in the class organizing the components of the project. She is also one of the main students who organized the delivery of 54 care packages to ICU staff at St. Catherine’s in December.

McKenzie, who serves as vice president of the Interact Club, helped sort food for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. She helped create a “Positivity Mural” outside of the school’s social studies office. McKenzie organized the stuffed animal collection for the Teddy Bear Brigade on her own. This will provide stuffed animals to children in war torn countries or those who have recently experienced natural disasters. 

Abby also worked on creating the “Positivity Mural.” She is always involved in various Leadership or Interact project at High School West. She helped during the food drive and is actively involved in Student Council and Relay for Life. She is currently helping with the selling of Yuda Bands as part of an Interact project to raise money for a student’s education in Guatemala.

West’s Nursery School Goes Virtual

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While the students in High School West’s early childhood and nursery program have had to shift their teaching environment to a virtual format this year, they are still making the connections with the preschool students in their online classroom.

In a typical year, the class is run with about six to 12 preschoolers from the community. Students plan the lessons and work in teams and rotate as “teacher of the day.” Students gain insight into the developmental needs of children as they prepare crafts, snacks, games, stories, self-help, reading readiness and number concept activities for children in a safe, nurturing environment.

Typically, the preschoolers would be in the classroom on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. The students would assist in drop off and pickup and handle parent-teacher conferences. Often the high school students and preschoolers have the ability to interact on a one-to-one ratio. The class can be taken up to three times for high school students (with a prerequisite of childhood development), and the coursework earns college level credits.

Lessons have gone virtual this year, but the students are still responsible for lesson planning. The preschool students have the option of going live on Google Meet with their teachers. If they prefer to join the lesson at another time, a Google Classroom was set up for all the prerecorded lessons.

Robotics Team Offers Virtual Lesson

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The district’s robotics team met virtually on March 18 with fifth graders in Ms. Spata’s class at Tackan Elementary School. The team presented the exciting world of FIRST robotics, with the hopes of inspiring them to pursue STEM throughout their future school careers. The students were introduced to topics such as autonomous programming, the design process and building concepts. The team also showcased their current and past robots and answered the many questions students had about robotics.

West Senior Recognized with Scholarship

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High School West student Jenna Savino was selected as runner-up in the Daughters of Revolution Good Citizen Scholarship for the Anna Smith Strong Chapter. This award goes to a senior who exhibits leadership, patriotism, service and dependability. She was nominated by her social studies teacher at High School West. Pictured from left: Smithtown Central School District Director of Social Studies Ed Casswell, High School West Assistant Principal Annemarie Freund, Jenna Savino, High School West social studies teacher Erica Geldmacher and High School West Principal John Coady.

DECA Students Shine at State Competition

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This year, 87 students from High School East and High School West’s School of Business competed in the New York DECA State Competition. While the competition was only online, the students still worked with advisers virtually to prepare and uploaded videos of their presentations to a portal, where they were reviewed by judges. East and West students received 66 medals and trophies, and 18 students qualified to attend the International Career Conference. Students will be competing virtually against all the top winners from across the globe.

There were more than 3,000 students from across the state competing. The competitions included business topics such as: marketing, finance, public relations, accounting and entrepreneurship. Students competed in either tests and role plays or written manuals and presentations. In addition to students placing in their various competitions, they also were awarded chapter recognition for Promotional, Community Service & Advocacy Campaign for Smithtown High School East and Community Service & Promotional Campaign for Smithtown High School West.

The district congratulates the following DECA National students: High School East: Thomas Callan, Lily Chai, Kaitlyn Doukas, Christopher Figueroa, Samantha Micozzi, Gabriella Milano, Megan Reilly, Shannon Roche, Thomas Russo and Anthony Spiezio. High School West: Sophia Barazani, Sean Carroll, Emma Ehrhard, Katie Magee, Nicholas Percent, Abigail Portela, Danielle Wass and Alexander Weiner.

The following students were inducted into the 2021 New York DECA Honor Society:
High School East: Thomas Callan, Kaitlyn Doukas, Daniela Macias, Jacqueline Pedley, Shannon Roche, Jordan Romano, Alexandra Schulz and Abby Thaw. High School West: Kathleen Alexander, Caitlin Camilleri, Erika DiGiovanni, Jake Grinberg, Nicholas Percent, Deanna Vincenzi and Alexander Weiner.

West Newspaper Editor Recognized

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Adelphi University recently held its annual Press Day for students who aspire to pursue careers in the media. During the annual event, held virtually this year, the college also hold its Quill Awards ceremony for the best of the best in nine different categories. This year, High School West’s editor-in-chief of the Bull’s Eye Sarah Finkelstein won third place for Best Arts Review. She is pictured with High School West Assistant Principal Annemarie Freund and High School West journalism teacher Evan Klauber.

College Marketing Gets Creative with Cookies

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Students in Cindy Wood’s college marketing class at High School West recently celebrated National Oreo Day with a lesson tied to the product. The students sampled all the new branded flavors of Oreos. They then had to create their own packaging and design of a new Oreo flavor. Some of this year’s unique flavors include matcha, Doritos and green apple.

West Track Teams Up for a Cause

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Even through the pandemic, the High School West winter girls track team donated their time off the track. Spearheaded by track member Gina Mainella, they worked together to gather empty plastic water bottles and filled them with collected coins for donation to the Contractors for Kids. The team collected a total of $800. Contractors for Kids is a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance to families throughout Suffolk County. They help children and their families with obstacles that impact their lives through the sickness or injury or death of a child, especially during the pandemic.

Instilling a Love of Languages at West

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High School West world language students and staff decorated the department’s tower in celebration of National Foreign Language Week from March 7-13. Both classroom doors and the hallway walls were decorated to represent different aspects of all the cultures studied at the school.

The world language curriculum at High School West infuses the culture into the language studies. The goal is to instill of love of language, and languages, said lead language teacher Ana Tiburcio. “We are working to encourage the students in their language study beyond high school,” she said. “We are promoting the importance of learning a foreign language.”

To that end, the students watched TikTok videos of people doing the “polyglot challenge,” speaking in several different languages. The students also received messages from faculty members throughout the building greeting them in different languages.

Students created videos that were linked to QR codes around the tower that showcased their language skills. March Madness-style posters were also created with different brackets. French students used poets while German and Spanish used music as their brackets. After reading a poem or listening to a song, the winning vote would move on to the next bracket.