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

Christine DiProperzio   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading & Library
John Watson   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics & Business
Jachan Watkis   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Science & Technology
Heather Stewart   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Social Studies & FACS
Bradley Murphy   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


Senior Class Information

Click here to see the Power Point from the senior parent meeting on September 17. 


Yearbooks and Underclassmen Pictures (2015-16)



Underclassmen pictures will take place during gym periods on Friday, October 16 and Monday, October 19.




DiProperzio Named ELA Curriculum Associate


Christine DiProperzio has been named as the district’s new curriculum associate for ELA, reading and library in grades 6-12, replacing Christina Poppe.

DiProperzio graduated from Hofstra University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education. For a year and a half, she worked as a teaching assistant in the special education department at Manhasset Secondary School while earning a master’s degree in special education from Queens College.

Since 2001, she has worked at Deer Park High School as a tenured English teacher, predominantly teaching English 11. In 2005, after completing an internship with the high school’s administrative staff, she earned a professional certificate in school administration from Queens College.

“This year, I am excited to be given the opportunity to collaborate with the teaching and administrative staff at the middle school and high school in order to provide our department with the support needed to continue inspiring our students to excel and reach their goals,” said DiProperzio.

AP Achievers


The College Board has recognized 85 Deer Park High School students as AP Scholars for 2015, an increase of eight since last year. AP courses are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 3 or above qualifying high school students for college course credit.

Through its Advanced Placement Program, the College Board presents several levels of AP Scholar Awards to recognize top high school students who demonstrate outstanding college-level achievement via AP courses and exams. 

Three graduates from Deer Park’s Class of 2015 – Kyle Dillon, Jonathan Wagner and Aaron Zhang – received the highest designation of National AP Scholar, a category reserved for students who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

A total of 19 students received the designation of AP Scholar with Distinction, including current seniors Kathryn Block, Kevin Chang, Joseph Curry, Theresa Grimaldi, Alexandra Jacullo, Lauren Lazarte, Mollie Rooney, John Santare and Kyle Sogluizzo, as well as 10 graduates (Dillon, John Dimodica, Emily Fowler, Sabrina Grunseich, Katherine Keller, William Keller, Jessica Orelus, Jeremy Rodriguez, Wagner and Zhang). AP Scholar with Distinction is a title awarded to students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on their AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Current seniors Peter Demopoulos, Tajriana Haque, Shihab Howlader, Shania Mahmud, Joseph Sanchez and Alec Winters were among 13 from Deer Park named AP Scholars with Honor, having received an average score of at least 3.25 on all of their AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

The school can also take pride in its 53 AP Scholars, who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Each honored Deer Park student received an award certificate, and their achievement will be listed in AP score reports sent to prospective colleges and universities.

Swimmers Walk to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness


The Deer Park/North Babylon girls varsity swimming and diving team were in attendance again at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held on Sept. 19 at Belmont Lake State Park. The students, who also attended the Walk in the prior two years, participated in the opening ceremony and the two-mile walk around the lake, raising more than $200 for the Long Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Extra motivation for these service-minded high schoolers came from a personal encounter with the the disease.

“The grandmother of a past team member, who graduated last year, has Alzheimer’s,” explained Kaitlyn Sullivan, a college and career counselor at Deer Park High School. “The girls saw how it affected both the grandmother and their friend, and they wanted to help raise awareness.”

A Patriotic Trio of Essay Winners


Three patriotic Deer Park students – JFK fifth-grader Steven Mendell, Frost sixth-grader Damian Ellner and high school sophomore Badar Zaman – were recognized as winners of the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department’s 9/11 Essay Contest.

Mendell’s essay discussed the ways that numerous people in the community came together to help each during the crisis on Sept. 11, 2001. Ellner and Zaman both wrote about the importance of remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11. “I talked about how they made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Ellner.

Each of the three students was awarded a certificate and gift card at the fire department’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, held on Sept. 12. They were also recognized at the Sept. 29 Board of Education meeting, where they were lauded by the Board and presented with certificates by Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen.

Watkis Takes the Helm at Science Department


The district has tapped Jachan Watkis as its new curriculum associate for science and technology in grades 6-12. The new administrator replaces Kristen Crespo.

Prior to his hiring at Deer Park, Watkis worked for two years as the director of science in the Hempstead School District, and before that, as the assistant principal for supervision of math, science and CTE at Automotive High School in Brooklyn. He also taught high school science for nine years in Queens. Before entering the educational field, Watkis worked for two years as an analytical chemist in pharmaceutical development.

A graduate of Uniondale High School, Watkis earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY New Paltz, a Master of Science in Education degree in school counseling from Brooklyn College, and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from Hofstra University. He currently resides in Miller Place.

“I look forward to sharing in the journey of discovery embarked upon by every student and professional in our schools,” said Watkis.

Deer Park School District