James Cummings
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
Kristen Crespo   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 & ESL

Craig Evans
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4110

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.




Deer Park Named to AP District Honor Roll


Deer Park has been named for the first time to the fifth annual AP District Honor Roll, a list that recognized 547 districts across the U.S. and Canada for increasing access to Advanced Placement courses while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

According to the College Board, reaching these goals indicates that districts such as Deer Park have been successful in identifying motivated, academically prepared students who will likely benefit from rigorous AP course work. Inclusion on this year’s AP District Honor Roll was based on examination of AP data from 2012 through 2014.

“College and career readiness is something we take very seriously at Deer Park,” said Kimberly Skillen, the district administrator for secondary curriculum and instruction. “We strive to create and offer a rigorous program for students that will prepare them for life after Deer Park. Over the past several years, we have worked to expand our AP and college offerings in addition to offering  preparatory course work that challenges students and assists them with reaching their fullest potential and meeting with success in an AP program. I think that our placement on this Honor Roll is a reflection of the hard work of our students, teachers and administrators.”

Autumn’s Athletes Recognized


The high school honored nine sports teams at the school’s fall athletic awards ceremony during a Dec. 9 Board of Education meeting, attended by many of athletes and proud family members. The recognized student-athletes were presented with certificates by Athletic Director Dominick Fontana and Superintendent Eva J. Demyen.

A total of seven outstanding teams – boys cross-country, kickline, boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, girls swimming and diving, varsity girls tennis and varsity volleyball – were recognized as Scholar/Athlete teams for their successful commitment to both athletics and academics. Teams given this honor 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 girls tennis team, led by Kristy Vitucci (All-League, All-Division, All-County) and three additional All-League players (Burcak Bas, Hope Mahon and Alyson Michalek) finished the season as undefeated League IV champions and playoff qualifiers, with head coach Caryn Kaplan named League IV Coach of the Year.

The boys varsity soccer team – boasting numerous top players including Nkosi Burgess (All-League, All-Conference), Salvatore Castiglione (All-League), Frank Crescuillo (All-League, All-Conference), Greg Giglio (All-League, All-Conference, All-County), Jesse Reutzel (All-League), Jeremy Rodriguez (Academic All-County), Char Senlik (All-League, All-Conference) and James Walsh (NSCAA Senior Excellence Award) – were League IV champions, earning a playoff spot.

The varsity volleyball team included Sabrina Grunseich, who earned All-League and Academic All-County honors, while yet another undefeated season was in the cards for Deer Park’s junior varsity volleyball team, who finished 13-0.

The varsity girls soccer team earned the leagues’ Sportsmanship Award as well as the NSCAA Gold Sportsmanship Award, with individual honors going to Taylor Brennan (All-League), Kristen DeBiase (All-League), Allison Khare (All-Conference), Taylor Kwintner (NSCAA Senior Excellence Award) and Emily Melendez (Academic All-League).

The varsity football team, a League II playoff qualifier, included five All-Conference winners: Johnathan Bisono, Andrew Ciejka, Kyle Lessick, Christopher Tavella and Jasawn Thompson. The latter two also earned All-Conference, while Thompson was named the winner of the Rob Burnett and Bob Collotta awards.

The boys cross-country squad included All-Leaguer Alvin Sime and All-League and All-Division winner Joseph Ranni; while Deer Park’s girls swimming and diving squad included three All-Leaguers: Amanda Heinz, Catherine Pfundstein and Christina Seem.

Linebacker Lauded


Football star Jasawn Thompson was named the 2014 winner of the Rob Burnett Award, given to the top defensive player in Suffolk County, and the Bob Collotta Award, presented to Suffolk’s best linebacker.

Thompson was recognized at the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association’s annual banquet, held on Dec. 1 in Hauppauge. The senior finished the season on defense with 76 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles, and was named both All-County and All-Conference. He also excelled at running back, scoring 19 touchdowns and amassing 1,624 yards.

Thompson will play middle linebacker on scholarship for the University of Delaware in Newark next fall.

New National Honor Society Members Inducted


Recognizing their commitment to the four tenets of character, leadership, scholarship and service, the high school welcomed 55 students into the National Honor Society during the 53rd annual induction ceremony.

As friends, family and current NHS members gathered in the auditorium, and a four-piece chamber orchestra of student-musicians performed as accompaniment, Student Council President Taylor Morales began the proceedings with the Pledge of Allegiance. Speeches followed from NHS advisor James Henry, Deer Park Curriculum Associate John Watson and Superintendent of Schools Eva Demyen.

“They have honesty and integrity, which is hard to come by these days,” Demyen said of the new inductees. She went on to note the crucial contribution of their families, saying, “I thank you parents and caregivers for what you’ve done with your children to bring them to this point.”

A history of the National Honor Society was read by President Sabrina Grunseich, and four of its members – Tutoring Chairman Kyle Dillon, Vice President Jame Walsh, Secretary Catherine Pfundstein and Treasurer Adam Ahmed – reflected on the four NHS tenets, lighting a candle for each. Grunseich and Dillon then presented the new inductees, and Walsh administered the NHS pledge.
As each new candle-holding member was given a pin and certificate, Grunseich began the traditional process of sharing flames from candle to candle until all were aglow.

“The ceremony is always a nice way to start the holiday season,” said adviser James Henry. “I love working with a group of kids that not only get inducted into the Society for their grades, but for their commitment to in-school and out-of-school activities as well as their outstanding character and leadership.”

Pumpkin Physics in Flight


Physics took flight during a recent trebuchet demonstration by the high school’s pumpkin-chucking Dark Falcons. The 20-student team – ranging from eighth-graders to seniors – and coach Bruce Sander were providing the educational show on the school’s football field for the benefit of physics teacher Ted Smirlis’ class, who would later provide feedback for the team.

“Our intention was to have the students relate real-life design and the physics that affect this trebuchet’s throwing capacity,” explained Sander, a technology teacher who has shepherded the pumpkin program for six years, earning a championship in 2013 while ensuring his students learn math, physics and engineering concepts.

Their trebuchet, a kind of catapult, reached a milestone earlier in the fall during the Pumpkin Fling, Long Island’s annual championship pumpkin catapult contest, hurling the gourd 1,056 feet at 150 mph. “The pumpkin went so fast that the paint blew off the pumpkin,” said Sander. Alas, they did not repeat as champs at the event, held in October at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank. “We wound up with second place, because during our third throw, for distance, the sling broke,” said Sander. “Our throw of 1,056 feet was during our final throw, for accuracy not distance. So even though we beat the winning throw of 915 feet, it didn't count towards the win. But we know we still threw over 1,000 feet, which had been a goal of our team for years.”

Sander and his Dark Falcons are already planning for autumn 2015. “We are constructing a newly designed machine for next year’s competition that will incorporate all of the suggestions from the physics students and our own knowledge of building this type of machine. Next year’s goal is to exceed 1,800 feet.”

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