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Udall’s Young Scientists Explore High School Research

Udall’s Young Scientists Explore High School Research

Research classes from Udall visited the high school research lab on Feb. 26 to learn what high school research projects are all about. First, the younger scientists worked alongside high school research students to conduct a DNA extraction lab experiment, guided by teacher Mary Kroll. The high school students then shared poster presentations from their own research projects with the middle schoolers.

“I think that middle school students can benefit from seeing what opportunities we have at the high school for the sciences,” said senior Gabrielle Camillery, who presented her Advanced Research II project on how effective essential oils and other household products were in limiting the growth of e coli and other nuisance fungi. “Through this visit, they learned that they can really have a very hands-on experience at the high school and figure out what their passion is and what they want to do.”




HS Students Visit Middle Schools to Share Passion for Business

HS Students Visit Middle Schools to Share Passion for Business
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Members of the high school’s Future Business Leaders of America club, moderated by Monica Krawczyk and Joanne Macrelli, recently visited introductory and advanced computing classes at the district’s Beach Street and Udall Road middle schools to put their leadership skills to practical use.

Students Nickole Aponte, Anthony Cairo, Matt Cairo, Kyle Dragelin, Gianna Fiorvanti, Catherine Fregosi, Ava Gmelch, Catie Lang, Francesca Lent, Delaney O’Shea, Evan Raible and Holly Schweitzer spoke to Beach Street students about the benefits of taking business education courses in high school, while Julianna Budriss, Aidan Kelly, Brian Kilkelly, Valeria Medina, Joseph Montiglio, Sarah Olenik, Paul Peragine, Anthony Riviezzo, Frank Riviezzo, Edward Smith, and Tobias Wefering talked to classes at Udall.

After their presentations, the high schoolers networked with the younger students, learning about the latter’s career goals and what career paths they would like to pursue. The visits provided the high school students with a stronger awareness of student needs and confidence in their own abilities as speakers and presenters.

“Many of these students bring a wealth of information to the middle school because of the business courses they have taken and clubs they have joined, as well as the palette of interesting field trips, visits with industry guest speakers imparting real-world knowledge, and array of valuable opportunities we have provided them with,” said Macrelli. “We feel that it is advantageous for our middle school students to hear and learn about the many interesting and innovative opportunities open to them once they become high school freshmen.”  



Udall Sixth-Graders picked as Kidsday Class of the Week

Udall Sixth-Graders picked as Kidsday Class of the Week
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Jeanette Merola and Janet Renganeschi’s sixth-grade class at Udall was recently chosen as a Kidsday Class of the Week, and were visited by “Newsday” representative Patrick Mullooly to prepare.

Participating in this children’s journalism program, the Udall students have been eagerly creating, researching and developing articles for publication at the end of July. With the use of student Chromebooks, they are implementing Google Docs to share information with each other, collaborating on ideas and receiving feedback from their teachers prior to submitting their articles. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for the students to showcase their writing and research skills,” said Renganeschi.


Udall Road MS PTA’s STEM + Families Game Night to be held March 20

Udall Road MS PTA’s STEM + Families Game Night to be held March 20.

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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.

Ten from West Islip Play at SCMEA Day of Horn

Ten from West Islip Play at SCMEA Day of Horn
Ten exceptional West Islip music students - Delaney Bartling, Jillian Olfano and Francesca Tofano from Bayview; Erick Burciaga, Caitlin Fallon and Courtney Xippolitos from Beach Street; Anthony Pickering from Udall; and Jonathan Delanoy, Thomas Interrante and Sophia Randazzo from the high school – recently participated in the 14th annual Day of Horn, held by the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association at Northport High School.

The event featured a master class and recital by a guest artist from the United States Marine Band as well as exhibits, rehearsals, clinics and performances.  


Udall’s Current Events Teams Rank at Top of Nation

Udall’s Current Events Teams Rank at Top of Nation
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After their first meet of the school year, the eighth-grade current events team at Udall is ranked first in the nation, and the school’s seventh-grade team is ranked third nationally. In addition, four different seventh- and eighth-graders are either tied for first place or stand alone in first place.

Udall’s current events teams are made up of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. At meetings, students research and debate issues facing the nation and the world, such as global warming, new legislation and America’s relationships with other countries. Four times during the school year, the students take a test on current events, which is submitted to the National Current Events League. Udall is then ranked alongside student scores from across the nation.

“These teams provide the students with opportunities to voice their opinions on issues happening in their lives and back up their ideas with relevant evidence,” said Principal Daniel Marquardt.