James Cummings
Principal
Principal's Message
 
Jeanne Kozlowsky
Associate Principal
Craig Evans
Associate Principal
Brian Norton
Associate Principal

Christina Poppe   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading & Library
John Watson   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics & Business
TBD        Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Science & Technology
Heather Stewart   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Social Studies & FACS
Dr. Jeff Dailey   Curriculum Associate K-12 for Fine & Performing Arts
Gina Palasciano   Curriculum Associate K-12 for World Languages & ENL

Craig Evans
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4110


June Testing

Please see the links below for important June testing information

 

Letter that was sent home

In-Class testing schedule

Regents week testing schedule

Bus Schedule

Shuttle stops

Security Procedures




 

 

 

 


Yearbooks and Underclassmen Pictures

 

Yearbooks are on sale at the following link - http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A05400500

 

Underclassmen pictures will take place during gym periods on Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8.

 

 

View Slideshow from the Senior Parent Meeting here

 

 

 

Prom Pictures

To help facilitate the accuracy of orders and lessen the students’ time taken during prom, we encourage you to place your order online prior to prom by going to www.thorntonstudio.com and selecting “Pre-Pay Prom Order” under Prom Photography. Additionally, you will have the choice of paying by credit card and receive a confirmation e-mail.

 

 

Announcements

SADD Team Takes on Energy Drinks

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A team of five students from the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club placed first in both the 17th legislative district and Suffolk County for a contest to produce a 30-second public service announcement on the hazards of energy drinks.

For their hard-hitting PSA, students Oluchi Amah, Debbie Baculima, James Depre, Karishma Shah and Stephanie Vaia took on the roles of doctor, police officer, teacher and energy drink consumer. They discussed the negative effects on the human body caused by consuming such drinks, which contain significant quantities of sugar and caffeine. 

The winning SADD team and adviser Janet Warner attended a meeting of the county legislature in Riverhead, where they were presented with a proclamation for their achievement, and were also honored at a recent Board of Education meeting.


HS Graduates Start Meaningful Journey

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At Deer Park’s 52nd commencement exercises on June 26, the high school Class of 2015 took a meaningful step on their life journey, celebrating in front of a cheering sea of family and friends.

The American Celtic Pipe Band again led the way, marching onto Al Centamore Football Field with a long line of excited seniors behind them clad in maroon and white, ready for their big moment.

Beginning the ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Student Council President Taylor Morales, followed by a masterful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Jessica Orelus.

Superintendent Eva J. Demyen talked to the seniors about their yearbook theme, “A story to remember,” relating it to an anecdote from her own senior year when she fell from a tree. “The moral is, if you fall, get back up,” she told them. “And if you fall, someone will be there for you. I wish you all the best life has to offer.”

In an emotional speech, senior class adviser James Henry told his students, “We’ve grown together as a family to achieve special recognition. You are a remarkable class and one I will never forget.”

“Our time is measured in moments and memories,” said wistful Senior Class President Taylor Brennan, lamenting how fast time has gone for the students during their high school career. “I hope you find yourself happy and healthy after high school,” she told them. “Make spectacular moments and friendships.”

A 27-strong vocal ensemble then sang the school’s alma mater, leading into affecting speeches by the salutatorian and valedictorian.

Salutatorian Aaron Zhang began by mentioning his move from New York City three years ago, saying, “I know what it’s like to leave longtime friends. In leaving Deer Park, we must not forget what makes this community so special. Have pride when you leave, and celebrate all you’ve accomplished.” He went on to deliver a memorably metaphysical address, touching on time, space, mathematics and the universe. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of the unknown,” he told his classmates. “The world you are about to enter is one of uncertainty, but look closer and you can find order and wonder. You are ready to find your way.”

“Today marks one of the first turning points of our lives,” said Sabrina Grunseich, the class valedictorian, reflecting on the students’ shared journey at Deer Park. “High school was hard work but I enjoyed every second of it,” she said. Grunseich’s contemplative speech discussed the meaning of time and the ephemeral nature of accomplishing goals. “Take the lessons you learn and use them in the now,” she urged. “We must be willing to let go of what we have done. The journey to achieving a goal is more important than the accomplishment.” She ended with a hope for her fellow graduates, saying, “I wish for all my peers’ journeys to be filled with meanings and firsts. Congratulations and best of luck, Class of 2015.”

In an ongoing Deer Park tradition, Principal James Cummings welcomed back a face from a decade past, Class of 2005 valedictorian Megan Chrones Barco, who spoke of the value of gratefulness, even during difficult times. “It reminds you of how blessed you are,” she said. “The choices you make during trials and tribulations build character.” Citing the song “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music,” Barco recommended reflecting on positive things and developing a true attitude of gratitude.”

The final speaker was Cummings himself, who noted the school’s 94 percent graduation rate – tops in the town of Babylon – as a deep source of pride. “This is an easy class to brag about,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished. This group has done incredible things – in the classroom, on the field, on the stage.” He also made sure to thank the parents in attendance, saying, “Thank you for trusting us with your children.” Urging the new graduates to make a difference in the lives of others, the principal ended his address on a high note, telling his charges, “It is time for you to make your mark on this world.”

Their next step on that journey was to the podium, receiving diplomas from members of the Board of Education. Once all were seated again, it was time for the ritual of turning tassels from right to left, then tossing the caps to the sky. Leaving the field to the sound of the combined symphonic and ninth-grade bands performing Elmer Bernstein’s “The Great Escape,” the new alumni walked out to begin their bright futures.

 

Fantastic in French

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Dedicated French-language students at Robert Frost and the high school have again earned regional and national ranking in the National French Contest/Le Grand Concours, a prestigious annual exam administered by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Alexandra Lane was ranked 10th in the U.S. on Level 2, while Dana Berhalter, Rebecca Fox, Alexandra Lane, Sameer Riaz, Jennifer Sebok, Jessica Siford, Sabah Siddique, Alisha Suhail, Yasmeen Syedda and Catherine Taipe earned county-level recognition.

“Our students consistently rank in the top 10 category in both Suffolk County and the nation,” said Gina Palasciano, districtwide curriculum associate of world languages and ENL. “We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments.”


Spring Scholar/Athletes Recognized

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The high school recognized a total of eight Scholar/Athlete teams at the school’s spring athletic awards ceremony, held during the June 23 Board of Education meeting at the high school auditorium. Athletic Director Dominick Fontana and Superintendent Eva J. Demyen presented members of these teams and other spring student-athletes with certificates.

The varsity baseball, varsity softball, varsity girls lacrosse, varsity boys golf, varsity girls golf, varsity boys tennis, varsity boys track and varsity girls track teams were honored as Scholar/Athlete teams for their strong and successful commitment to both athletics and academics. Teams given this award by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association are required to have five players or more and earn a cumulative team GPA of 90 percent or higher.

The varsity baseball team included three All-Leaguers – Carlos Miranda, Daniel Sciabarassi and Oliver Tavares – as well as Academic All-League honoree Connor Hewlette.

The varsity softball featured All-League players Nancy Burns, Jacqueline Collard and Antonia Santora as well as All-Conference athlete Victoria Fox, while coach John McCaffrey was named League III Coach of the Year.

Peter Tortorici of the varsity boys lacrosse squad was given the Unsung Hero Award, while teammate Jarret Bonser was named All-League.

For the varsity girls lacrosse team, Kasey Dorney earned the Unsung Hero Award and Hailey Leitch was named All‐League.

The varsity boys golf team boasted three All-League athletes: Nicholas Crocco, Jonathan Hovanec and Eric LaMotte.

Faran Nazir of the varsity boys tennis team earned All-County status and Brandon Doogan won the Section XI Sportsmanship Award, while their teammates Sean Sanchez, Cagri Senlik and Nicholas Shanahan were all named All-League.

The varsity boys track team featured four All-Leaguers – Joseph Curry, Nicholas Fenton, Joseph Ranni and Alvin Sime – while the girls varsity track team included All-Leaguer Victoria Major.

Additionally, the girls lacrosse team from Deer Park’s Robert Frost Middle School were honored, having completed an undefeated season with a final record of 8‐0‐2.



Falcons ‘Tough’ It Out for Vets

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A six-man team from the high school – students Calo Arena, Trevor Bernard, Jack Dillon, Phil Herbst and Nick Olsen, accompanied by the school’s band director, Jerry Cannarozzo – traveled to Vermont’s Mount Snow on June 7 to participate in the Tough Mudder obstacle course race.

A team-oriented, 10-mile race, Tough Mudder is designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Through competing, the Falcons team raised several hundred dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that helps combat veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.




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