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Oquenock Kindergartners Spread Kindness to Community

Oquenock Kindergartners Spread Kindness to Community
Mary Berger and Pamela Hergerton’s kindergarten class at Oquenock recently helped spread kindness to the community by making Valentine’s Day gifts to be delivered to homes that receive Meals on Wheels.

Planetarium Program Returns

Planetarium Program Returns

In a return of a popular science initiative, West Islip students from kindergarten through eighth grade have been visiting the high school’s planetarium this year. Each grade experiences a customized planetarium program, guided by high school astronomy teacher Thomas Vitti.

“I feel truly blessed to be able to share with the West Islip community the wonders of the universe and to be able to use this planetarium to spark interest in our night sky,” said Vitti.

Six Student-Artists Chosen for Colors Exhibit

Six Student-Artists Chosen for Colors Exhibit
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Six exceptional West Islip student-artists – Beach Street eighth-graders Emily Bahm and Skylar Zimmerly, Oquenock fifth-graders Lily Locovare and Hayden Wolin, and Bellew third-grader Quinn Butler and second-grader Aaron Williams – were recently selected for the 21st annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit. Their work will be displayed at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum from Feb. 22 through April 7. The West Islip students will also be honored at a reception for the artists on March 24.



Oquenock Second-Grader Pankratz Wins Recycling Poster Contest

Oquenock Second-Grader Pankratz Wins Recycling Poster Contest
Luna Pankratz, a second-grader at Oquenock, recently won second place in her age category for her recycling artwork in the 16th annual New York Recycles poster contest. Oquenock participated for the first time this school year in the competition, sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Recycles Steering Committee.  

Pankratz was recognized by the NYSDEC for her award-winning entry at an awards luncheon concluding the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling’s Annual Recycling Conference, held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Her artwork will be featured in the 2019 New York Recycles calendar that is distributed statewide.

Math Director Helps Oquenock Students Solve Problems

Math Director Helps Oquenock Students Solve Problems
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District Math Director Kathy Sapanski recently visited Oquenock, interacting with first-grade students and assisting them in solving math problems.

Seniors Share Language Learning at Elementary Schools

Seniors Share Language Learning at Elementary Schools

In an innovative initiative, the district’s world language program connects high schoolers to their younger counterparts in Bayview, Manetuck, Oquenock and Bellew.

Senior students from the high school visit elementary classrooms once a week for 30 minutes to share Spanish, Italian or American Sign Language with the younger students. The seniors teach basic language concepts such as clothing, numbers, days of the week and items in a house, choosing a different category each week, mixed with seasonal activities and learning games.

“I had the same experience in elementary school and cherished it so much,” said senior Douglas Dillman, a member of West Islip’s International Baccalaureate program. “When I started learning foreign languages, I wanted to share so the younger students could take some of it and apply it.”

“The seniors do a great job,” said Manetuck fourth-grade teacher Mark Levine. “It gets my students excited about learning. It’s something new, and something the kids look forward to every week.”