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Junior Named FIRST Dean’s List Winner

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Junior Christopher Palazzo was named a FIRST Dean’s List award winner at the FIRST World Championship in Houston.

Students who earn this award are recognized as student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increase awareness for FIRST and its mission while also achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment. Christopher was nominated by his team. The nomination process included the completion of five separate essays to attest to meeting the philosophies of the FIRST core values of: discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun. The subsequent four essays supported Christopher’s eagerness to increase awareness for FIRST, technical expertise, individual contribution to the team and leadership role with team members.

Student nominees must also demonstrate academic excellence. Christopher was selected to be interviewed by judges at the competition and was chosen as the regional FIRST Dean’s List Finalist. He then went to the FIRST Championship in Houston where he was one of 10 students selected from all the finalists worldwide as an award winner.

Date Added: 5/25/2022

Thirty West Islip Seniors Commit to College Athletics

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West Islip High School recognizes 30 outstanding seniors from the Class of 2022 who have committed to play Division I, II and III college athletics this fall.

“Congratulations to our senior student-athletes who have committed to play college athletics,” said West Islip School District’s athletic director Tim Horan. “We are proud of you and look forward to all your future accomplishments. Strive for the stars, embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and continue to represent your family, your school and West Islip with pride.”

Date Added: 5/24/2022

Raising Money for a Cause

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Udall Road Middle School students and staff came together for a friendly competition to raise money for a cause. The student senate held a volleyball game on April 14, with proceeds benefiting the Lionheart Fund. Teams competed from each grade level. The winning sixth grade team played the winning seventh grade team in the semifinals. The winning team then played the eighth grade team, who were named the finals winner. The eighth grade team played the Udall Road teachers in a championship game.

Date Added: 5/23/2022

A New and Improved Fitness Center at High School

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On April 28, the West Islip School District completed the renovations to the West Islip High School fitness center. The newly renovated facility features state-of-the-art equipment, which provides opportunities for beginner, intermediate and advanced trainers.

“We were able to design a room where all individuals, regardless of ability or experience levels, can feel comfortable training and receive the physical, mental, emotional and psychological benefits of exercise,” said Tim Horan, West Islip School District’s director of health, physical education, athletics and recreation. ”The room, complete with cardio equipment, strength training machines, power racks, functional training space and custom West Islip branding, will provide a foundation of health and wellness for the student body.”

Upon entering each of the three entrances, users have two large open lines of sight/walking spaces without the clutter of machines. Cardio machines are lined by the windows, and the addition of the power racks provide a variety of exercises while minimizing risk for all users.

Six treadmills and three high-tech internet-based pieces of equipment will be forthcoming to the fitness center. West Islip High School’s physical education staff have received initial training, and students have already begun using the space.



Date Added: 5/20/2022

West Islip Schools Named Best in Music Education

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West Islip School District has been named one of the 2022 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The 2022 Best Communities for Music Education program recognized 738 school districts and 80 schools across 44 states for the outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders and their support for music education as part of a well-rounded education for all students.

Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. This year’s awards program was designed to celebrate schools and districts adapting, innovating, and persevering in the face of change. Collaboration and innovation were also common themes of districts named Best Communities along with reliance on science-led studies supporting student health and mitigation strategies.

Date Added: 5/18/2022