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Board of Education Appointment


The Board of Education is happy to announce that at its meeting on July 14, 2009,
Mr. Andrew O'Farrell was appointed as principal of Beach Street Middle School.



Patriotism Shines at Bayview

Students and staff celebrated flag day in June at Bayview Elementary School.  In the classroom, the children discussed the flag and the freedoms we share as Americans. 

All grade levels participated in ELA (English Language Arts) activities such as writing poetry, letters to soldiers and researching famous Americans. 

The children prepared for this special ceremony in art and music classes as well. They sang patriotic songs, practiced their instruments, and made personalized hats to wear for this special event.



Students from all grade levels were selected to read their writing.  A highlight from the day were the guest speakers.  Ted Gladkowski, Commander of the West Islip American Legion Post, and Sgt. Chris Florea spoke to the children about their military experiences and the pride they share as Americans.

 A special thank you to the Bayview Character Education Committee for planning this wonderful celebration! 



New Administrative Appointments

The Board of Education is happy to announce that at its meeting on June 25, 2009 the following three appointments were made:

Mrs. Bernadette Burns, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Mr. Daniel Marquardt, Principal of Udall Road Middle School

Dr. Anthony Bridgeman, Principal of West Islip High School


WI High School Student to hold Blood Drive at Westfield Mall


West Islip High School student, Lindsay M., in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services, will be holding a Blood Drive at the Westfield Mall on Thursday, July 2nd from 3:30pm - 9:pm. The drive will be held across from Lord & Taylor . As the New York Blood Center says, "Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life".  Walk-ins are welcome, or click here to make an appointment.

Global Connections at Bayview

Mrs. Brodtman’s K-kids and Mrs. Murphy’s fourth graders have been exploring the world’s habitats together. Every kindergarten student has been partnered with a fourth grade student, and they have been researching and learning cooperatively in the library.

The fourth grade students prepared preliminary worksheets from research workshops hosted by Bayview's librarian, Ms. Hildebrandt, and were instructed on how to help their kindergarten partner understand vocabulary terms and important ideas.

Next, they assisted their kindergarten friend with researching information to create a packet on forest, ocean, desert, mountain, polar and tropical rainforest habitats.


The two classes met frequently over two weeks to compile this information and design an original project intended to demonstrate their understanding of how plants and animals survive in these varied habitats.

 In addition to the amazing learning opportunity, the habitat project has helped to foster special relationships among the children.



Udall Middle School Took a "Stand Against Bullying"

Udall Road Middle School took a stand against bullying on Wednesday, June 10.

The school's Leadership Club encouraged students to wear pink and take a personal stand against bullying. More than 70% of the student population wore pink to demonstrate their support.

Their goal was to reinforce to others that Udall Road Middle School is a place where bullying is not tolerated.

It is a place filled with responsible citizens willing to stand up for others in need, a place where everyone demonstrates respect for each other and does not tolerate those who don't!


 Click here for more information about Udall's participation in the Stand Against Bullying Program.



Beach Street Supports the Community


Beach Street Student Council hosted a Pajama Drive for Good Samaritan Hospital.

Students and faculty donated new unused pajamas and slippers.

Good Samaritan Hospital will be giving the pajamas to the pediatric ward for children in need during this time of economic strife.


Udall Road Middle School Competes for the First Time in
the New York State Science Olympiad Regional Tournament

Sixteen Udall Road Middle School students participated for the first time in the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament at Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills. 

 “Team Udall” entered fourteen different events and competed against 43 other middle school teams from eastern Suffolk County. The events ranged from those in the technology category, like the catapult, to the science lab-based category, including bio-process skills.

Brian H. and Bobby S. led the Udall team by placing twelfth overall in the “Fossils” event. Jake U. and Brett W. entered three events and placed eighteenth in the “Dynamic Planet” event. The Udall team did extremely well for their first time at the Science Olympiads, scoring higher than eleven other schools.

Congratulations to all of the members of the Science Olympiad team:
Sixth graders: Jaime G., Stephen D., Katherine W., Ronald B., Matthew J., and Stephen C..

Seventh graders: Brian H., Bobby S., Craig N., Vincent C., Scott N., Jonah W., and Reese H..

Eighth graders: Charlotte S., Jake U., Brett W., Sean L., and Olivia B.

Research Students Sheri H. and Daniela C. Team Up For Success

 Research students Sheri H. and Daniela C. won the highest level of award presented at the 2009 Long Island Science Congress awards ceremony.  Highest Honors Awards are only bestowed to those students who have conducted and presented a research project of the highest caliber and that exceeded all other award categories. 

They were also the recipients of the Concannon Award of Excellence.  The team conducted a waste audit at the West Islip High School and calculated the cost and energy savings benefits of a recycling program. 

Sheri, who is this year’s Valedictorian, will be moving on to Columbia University.  Daniela, the SCSTA Science Student of the Year, will continue her studies at New York University. 

West Islip Research Students All Win at LISC


Students in the West Islip Research Program had another successful year at the Long Island Science Congress. Nearly 700 high school students from across Long Island presented their research in the Senior Division of this annual competition at Farmingdale University. Research entered by WI students ranged from genetics, to sports injuries, to the effectiveness of a recycling program.

 Award winners included Sheri H. and Daniela C. who each won Highest Honors awards. Kate I. won the High Honors Award. Alexandra C., Anthony M., Emily N. and Alexandra F. won Achievement awards. Brittany C., Justin D., and Bryanne L. won Merit awards, and Kelly P. won an Honorable Mention award.

Oquenock Elementary Took School Spirit Week to New Heights

On Thursday, June 4, 2009, third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Oquenock Elementary School climbed a rock wall erected in front of the school building.

Mrs. Howard (K-teacher at Oquenock) coordinated with the Bay Shore YMCA to bring this memorable and exciting event to the school. She even took a few minutes to join in the fun...and climbed the wall herself in record breaking time!

The rock climbing experience was part of School Spirit Week leading up to Field Day.

Throughout School Spirit Week, students in grades K-2 participated in a Heart Healthy assembly program; and students and staff school-wide took an active part in crazy hat day, clash day, beach day, and sports team day.

8th Annual MST Fair Celebrated at Kirdahy Elementary School
at Captree

On April 16th, Kirdahy @ Captree celebrated their 8th annual MST Fair in their gymnasium. It was a superb success! Over 80 students participated from kindergarteners to fifth grade. The projects/experiments went from traveling germs to microorganisms, as well as volcanoes, electricity, and solar power.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders were able to cast a vote for each participant from each grade on the project they felt taught them the most. The winners from each grade level were :

K - Gabrielle A. and Olivia M.
1st- Heather M.
2nd- Andrea S. and Danalyn P.
3rd - Corinne C.
4th - Eric M.
5th - Liam K. and Trevor W.

A big thank you goes out to scientist Mrs. Niessen for planning the whole event, as well as her assistants, Mrs. Blumling, Mr. McManus, and Mr. DeMaio.

"Foods are Fun" Wall Mural at Manetuck

Pictured above, Manetuck Elementary School’s second grade teacher Cynthia LaPrarie, along with her class, stands in front of the “Foods are Fun” wall mural she created in the cafeteria at Manetuck Elementary School. Ms. LaPrairie enjoys painting and wanted to liven up the cafeteria walls. She voluntarily spent time after school creating the mural for the children to enjoy. “I painted healthy foods to encourage the children to eat right,” said Ms. LaPrarie. One student commented, “I really like the broccoli guy. He makes me want to eat broccoli.” Ms. LaPrarie is looking forward to painting additional murals throughout the school





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