Charles Cobb
Principal
Principal's Message
 
Jeanne Kozlowsky
Associate Principal
Craig Evans
Associate Principal
Brian Norton
Associate Principal

Michelle Kwon   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading and Library
James Henry    Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics and Business
David Knuffke   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Science and Technology
Heather Stewart   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Social Studies and FACS
Bradley Murphy   Curriculum Associate K-12 for Fine and Performing Arts
Gina Palasciano   Curriculum Associate K-12 for World Languages and ENL

Craig Evans
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4110

 


Upcoming Events 

The retake day for underclassmen photo make-ups is scheduled for

Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences - December 8th 

Our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, December 8th from 5 - 8 PM.  

Here's the letter that was sent home explaining the evening.  PTC - Parent Letter

The Online Scheduling Tool icon is on the main district home page. 

 

 



 

Announcements

Child Development Students Make Push to ‘Rethink Your Drink’

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Students in Patricia Skjoldahl’s child development course at the high school recently delivered a healthy message around the district, based on their research in the “Rethink Your Drink” lesson.

The high schoolers examined some of their favorite beverages – including Coca-Cola, Arizona ice tea and various Starbucks drinks – and converted the total grams of sugar in each drink to teaspoons. They then measured out the amounts of sugar and placed them in plastic baggies for easy visualization of just how much unhealthy sugar the beverages contain.

“Many of my students buy Arizona because it is affordable at 99 cents a can, but it has approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar,” said Skjoldahl, whose goal for the year is to engage students in healthy habits.  “We are trying to help individuals make informed decisions and raise awareness.”

The child development classes took their message to the district’s recent Health & Wellness Fair at the end of October, providing attendees with flavored seltzer as a substitute, and are now visiting other schools in the district to share the lesson with younger students.


Freshmen Gain Insight on Entrepreneurship on Career Day

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The high school held its annual Career Day on Oct. 19, providing freshmen with an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with professionals working in a wide variety of career paths. The students also learned about the pitfalls of social media in an informative closing presentation.

During the three half-hour workshop sessions, fashioned after a speed-dating event, the students sat down for 10 minutes at a time with the guest professionals, talking about the latter’s careers. At the sound of a bell, the students rotated to the next table and sat down with the next professional.

Serving as the keynote speaker was Deer Park alumnus and award-winning entrepreneur Jean Alerte, a member of the school’s Class of 2000. Originally from Port au Prince, Haiti, Alerte was an active member of Deer Park’s business department while a student, participating in the cooperative work experience and internship programs as well as the DECA club. He is the founder of the ACA Branding Agency and the Faith Grind Inspire entrepreneurial program; owner of the Brooklyn Swirl frozen yogurt shop, Julian Casimir Jewelry, and the Alerte, Carter & Associates management and public relations firm; executive director of the Unity in the Community Foundation of Brooklyn; and author of the books “Do Right, Do Good” and project "Single Man, Married Man.”

“Jean regaled the freshmen class with stories of his time as a student at Deer Park,” said Career Day coordinator Jill Perry-Eising, a member of the school’s business department. “He spoke about how taking business education courses and being part of our programs served as the foundation for his future success as an entrepreneur, lighting the flame for his entrepreneurial spirit. His participation in DECA competitions taught him all about marketing and finance, and he uses what he learned then in his business dealings today”

Chris Kauter, the district’s instructional technology administrator, hosted a closing workshop to the students, focused on how social media usage can negatively affect students’ future career aspirations.

“Hiring managers use Google to investigate potential candidates, as do college admissions counselors, and inappropriate posts can hurt your chances of getting into a college or a securing a job,” said Perry-Eising. “Mr. Kauter showed the students how one simple tweet of less than 140 characters ruined the career of a public relations executive who tweeted something insensitive right before boarding a plane. While she was in the air, a firestorm brewed, and she was already fired before her flight landed. He also showed videos examining addiction to Facebook and Instagram, and displayed examples of appropriate versus inappropriate social media posts.”

The Fling’s the Thing for Pumpkin Chucking Champs

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Competing for the seventh year in a row, the Dark Falcons high school pumpkin chucking team took first place in the Pumpkin Fling, Long Island’s annual championship pumpkin catapult contest held on Oct. 29 at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank.

Led by coach Bruce Sander, the skilled students – from eighth-graders to seniors – hurled the 3-5-pound gourds more than 1,000 feet with their own trebuchet, having used physics, design and construction techniques to construct this medieval siege machine. The team also provided demonstrations at Robert Frost and May Moore.

Seniors Bonser and Tavares Sign Letters of Intent

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High school senior athletes Jarett Bonser and Oliver Tavares signed National Letters of Intent on Nov. 15.

All-League defenseman Bonser will play Division I lacrosse for Loyola University in Baltimore next fall. This year’s homecoming king, Bonser also served as All-Division quarterback of the school’s varsity football team.

“I like the campus and felt comfortable about choosing the school,” he said regarding Loyola, where he plans to major in finance.

All-League shortstop Tavares will play baseball for Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey next fall, where he will major in business. In addition to his career at Deer Park, he played for the East Coast Jays travel team.

“I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and it seemed like the right place for me,” said Tavares of FDU.

Annually Amazing One Act Play Festival

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Superb acting performances and directing skills were on display at the high school’s annual One Act Play Festival, directed by teachers Michael Moriarty and Catherine Lubrano.

The theater showcase, held on Oct. 28 and 29, featured 10 different short plays, each directed by a student: Peter Pit’s “Gatecrashers,” directed by Anthony Henkel; Jonathan Yukich’s “Crooked Fork,” directed by Jivensley Alexis; David Susman’s “Film Appreciation,” directed by Alexandra Lovera; Mark Harvey Levine’s “Misfortune,” directed by Catherine Taipe; Diana Son’s “The Moon Please,” directed by Ryan Connors; Don Zolidis’ “15 Minutes of Clown Fame,” directed by Tori DiTomasso; Rhea MacCallum’s “Kill Me, Please!,” directed by Allie Costanza; Michele Markarian’s “Phoning It In,” directed by Makenzie Caldone; and Andy T. Haynes’ “Battle Tactics” and Jennifer Kirkeby’s “Time Warp,” both directed by Samantha Connolly.

“Working with such talented students is such a pleasure for myself and Cathy Lubrano,” said Michael Moriarty, the director of the festival. “To see student directors choose a play, cast it and carry out rehearsals is a very cool experience. What’s even better is that sometimes you notice when a director starts applying techniques that you have used over the years. It’s funny at times, because they actually start sounding like you. The students of this district continue to amaze us year after year.”

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