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West Islip Recognizes 33 Secondary Students for Scoring Medals on National Spanish Exams

West Islip Recognizes 33 Secondary Students for Scoring Medals on National Spanish Exams
West Islip Recognizes 33 Secondary Students for Scoring Medals on National Spanish Exams 2
West Islip Recognizes 33 Secondary Students for Scoring Medals on National Spanish Exams 3
A total of 33 exceptional language students from the high school and middle schools recently scored gold, silver or bronze on the National Spanish Exam.

Beach Street eighth graders in Maria LaPinta’s class who scored medals on the Level 1 exam were gold medalists Bradynn Alessi, Sophia Bahm, Eugene Ditaranto and Isabella Keogan; silver medalists Emily Bahm, Asfar Chaudhry, Amanda Dolan, Avery Lanzarotta and Alexander Prokopiou; and bronze medalists Aixa Dadd, Keston Hartman, Meghan Henry, Kayla Huners, Erick Rivas, Sebastian Roman, Samantha Sadowski and Gabriella Toala.

Udall eighth graders in Kristina Rocco’s class who scored medals on the Level 1 exam were gold medalist Edward Chrostek; silver medalists Jack Greene, Elizabeth Lam, Andrew Rao and Vincenza Robiglio; and bronze medalists Eiurlan Coppola and Grace Iehle.

High school students in Maria Simeone’s class who scored medals on the Level 3 exam were gold medalist Amanda Ditaranto; silver medalists Sophia Crudele, John DiBenedetto and Olivia Minissale; and bronze medalists Angelina Amatulli-Griffith, Alexa Camillery, Emily Lau, Lindsey Pritchard and Kevin Rion.

Udall Sixth Graders Interview Julian Lennon on Earth Day

Udall Sixth Graders Interview Julian Lennon on Earth Day
Sixth graders in Jeanette Merola’s and Janet Renganeschi’s classes at Udall traveled to New York City on Earth Day to interview Grammy-nominated musician, philanthropist and author Julian Lennon. The students met with Lennon to discuss his new book, “Love the Earth,” the conclusion of a bestselling trilogy, and spoke to him about Lennon’s humanitarian efforts, which inspired the writing of his books. His White Feather Foundation was created in 2007 with the key initiatives being the education, health, conservation and the protection of indigenous cultures.  





Celebrating Languages and Cultures at Udall

Celebrating Languages and Cultures at Udall
The district’s English as a New Language and World Languages departments held various activities at Udall this spring to celebrate, acknowledge and recognize various languages spoken by many district families.

ENL students and teachers created posters with their favorite diversity and cultural quotes for display around the school. They also posted their favorite words or phrases in their native languages for fellow students and faculty to learn. Udall students who speak languages other than English participated in morning announcements by showing off their skills in their native language.

Udall also held its annual Cultural Celebration Assembly. Joined by members of the school’s International Club, Udall and West Islip High School ENL students shared fascinating and unusual facts about their native countries with their peers, teachers, and administrators via slide presentations, videos, songs, dances and poetry.

“The reason to celebrate every year is to help make students understand the importance of studying a foreign language, and to help students appreciate and recognize the cultural diversity we are lucky to have in our school district,” said Udall Principal Daniel Marquardt.

West Islip Sends 17 Orchestra Students to LISFA Concerts

West Islip Sends 17 Orchestra Students to LISFA Concerts

A total of 17 West Islip students from grades 5-12 were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s 2019 orchestras. After extensive hours of rehearsals, the students gave stirring performances earlier this year at LISFA concerts in West Islip and Setauket.

Students chosen included fifth grader Joy Reese from Bayview; fifth graders Anthony DeMaio and Ronald Piciullo from Paul J. Bellew Elementary School; fifth grader Dana Shi from Oquenock Elementary School; fifth grader Caitlyn Filiato from Manetuck Elementary School; sixth grader Kevin Ryan and eighth grader Alexandra Scourtos from Beach Street Middle School; sixth grader Mason Plouffe and seventh grader Vivian G from Udall Road Middle School; and freshmen Taylor Davies and Emma Musial and seniors Joseph Imburgia and David Mahany From West Islip High School.




Three from West Islip Win Big at LIBTA

Three from West Islip Win Big at LIBTA
Business education students at Udall and the high school recently participated in the annual Long Island Business Teachers Association’s annual spring competition with students from across Nassau and Suffolk counties. LIBTA winners included the high school’s Giavanna Genna, who came in second in the Personal Finance category; the high school’s Isabella D’Avanzo, who earned third in Marketing; and Udall’s Brandon Lin, who won fifth place in Word Processing.

“Congratulations to all who completed,” said Udall business education teacher Dawn Morgan.