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Christopher Molinelli 


(631) 274-4410


Celeste Archer 

Associate Principal

Dignity Act Coordinator

(631) 274- 4410


May 5th - Spirit Day - Wear your favorite sports team apparel


May 9th-May 10th - JQA Plant Sale


May 14th  - Happy Mother's Day!

May 16th - Budget Vote @ DPHS 7:00AM - 9:00PM

(Students come out to vote for Field Day activities!)


May 17th - PFC Meeting & Class of the Month at 7:00


May 26th - May 29th - Memorial Day Recess - School Closed




* CHANGE OF DATE - Kindergarten Orientation will be June 8th


Be sure to check the schedule of events for each grade!















Dynamic Drip Painter Brings Excitement to STEAM Expo


Deer Park’s districtwide STEAM Expo, an annual event at the high school held on budget vote night, showcases student achievement in art, music, science and technology. During this year’s Expo on May 16, an expanding crowd of visiting voters, families and community members were electrified by an exciting live demonstration of celebrity portrait “drip painting” by sophomore artist Vincenza Grippe.

After taking Rita Murphy’s mural painting class in her freshman year, Grippe was ready to take her work to the next level.

“On the first day of school in September, Vincenza came to my drawing and painting class and stated that she loved art,and wanted to work on her art skills as much as possible,” said teacher Joseph Mucci. Before long, she had been recommended to paint an outer space mural at STAT Health’s childrens unit. Then came the genesis of her unique technique.

“One day in my drawing and painting class, Vincenza came to me and said she wanted to try a new style of portrait painting that involved drip and splatter techniques,” said Mucci. “We stretched some canvases, and she started painting away. She had some black paint and a few old palette knives. She started basic and small, but the outcome was remarkable. In a few quick weeks, she was painting masterful drip portraits featuring iconic personalities like, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, Biggy Smalls, Frida Kahlo and John Lennon.”

Grippe has recently done other live drip painting demonstrations at events like the Staten Island Art Festival, and has sold several paintings and received numerous commissions. She is currently painting a mural for local paintball facility NYZ Apocalypse. Next year, she plans to enroll in Deer Park’s Advanced Placement portfolio art course.

“Vincenza is one of the best art students I have ever had in almost 17 years of teaching,” said Mucci. “Her talent and work ethic is professional and unmatched. She is mature beyond her years and has a kind heart. She has come a long way in such short time, and her optimism, smile and overall character only add to her unbelievable ability. I truly believe that Vincenza is at the beginning of her creative career as a professional artist.”

Other STEAM Expo highlights included lively and elegant music by the Robert Frost Middle School Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra; dramatic performances by high school actors excerpting works like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Cinderella”; and a “Evening at the Improv” performance by Robert Frost eighth-grade theater arts students. Middle school science fair projects were on display in the cafeteria, and technology demonstrations throughout the building included seventh-grade dragster races, AP chemistry projects, and displays of 3D printing, CAD, metals, robotics, home improvement, woodworking, animation and architecture.

Sharing Cultural Pride at the International Poetry Fest


At the districtwide International Poetry Festival on April 27, students of all ages from the ENL and world language programs recited original poems in their native languages and sang songs like “It’s a Small World” and “Love Train” using sign language, cultural props and their individual countries’ flags. Some students even came dressed in their countries’ traditional attire.

“It is so important that our students feel proud of their heritage and are given the opportunity to share their culture and thoughts with their peers,” said ENL teacher Marcella Biordi.

“The Poetry Festival was the perfect place to bring poetry and song together," said ENL teacher Vanessa Pizzo.

View a video excerpt here.


Deer Park Again Named a Best Community for Music Education


The district has again been given the Best Communities for Music Education designation, awarded by the NAMM Foundation in honor of the district’s outstanding music program. Deer Park was one of only 4 percent of districts nationwide to be recognized with this prestigious annual award, now in its 18th year, recognizing outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“This designation is a clear indicator of the hard work put forth everyday by all members of Deer Park's music program,” said Bradley Murphy, the district’s curriculum associate for fine and performing arts.

Fabulous Fine and Performing Artists Honored


The district honored the achievements of its artistic achievers at the April 25 Board of Education meeting, with a awards ceremony led by Bradley Murphy, curriculum associate for fine and performing arts. Recognized were musicians from the All-County, All-State and All-Eastern ensembles; participants in the Long Island String Festival; artists chosen for the Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum, SCALA Children’s Show, and Colors of Long Island student art exhibits; and students participating in the New York State Theatre Education Association Student Conference.

“It’s quite an honor for students to be awarded recognition for special activities in the area of fine arts,” said Murphy. “Each of these students possesses exceptional talent and we are proud to have them represent Deer Park.”

VIDEO: Teddy Bear Clinic at JQA


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