West Islip Public Schools
What Do You Want to Know?
Do you have a question about something that's happening in the school district? Community members are encouraged to ask about issues in they which they have an interest. If you have a question for which you would like clarification based in fact, please e-mail it to the district at questions@wi.k12.ny.us.  The question will be posted and addressed factually on this web site.

October 23, 2014 Can you clarify the recent donations that were received from Senator Boyle? Was there more than one donation given to the district?
Senator Boyle has secured three different sources of funding for the district in recent years:

September 5, 2013 ~ Senator Boyle informed the district that the district would receive $25,000 in additional state aid. This funding was used primarily for security enhancements in the high school main lobby.

June 20, 2014 ~ Senator Boyle informed the district that he secured $20,000 in funds which could be used “to enhance academic programming or student activities”. Part of the monies ($8,000) was applied to the purchase of a new scoreboard for our turf field, which was primarily funded through contributions from our athletic booster clubs. The balance ($12,000) has been used to enhance our academic program, including the state-mandated purchase of calculators for student use.

August 4, 2014 ~ Senator Boyle informed the district that he secured $230,000 in capital funding for security improvements. This funding, provided through two separate grants, may be applied only toward the purchase and installation of security cameras, door access systems and upgraded PA systems.

November 1, 2013 My child is struggling with his English and math homework, and I feel like I cannot help him. Why do we have standards all of a sudden? 
The Board of Regents adopted the new P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for ELA & Literacy and Mathematics in January 2011. The Common Core Standards are built on the best of the state standards and learning expectations that preceded them. They provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them and reflect the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. 
November 1, 2013 Can I opt my child out of all assessments?   
There is no law or procedure that authorizes a public school district to allow a parent to “opt-out” of State assessments. Therefore, since no opt out procedure is authorized by law or by the New York State Education Department (SED), the District cannot grant a request to permit a child to opt out of the State assessments. 
November 1, 2013 Does West Islip Public Schools have a mission statement? If so, where can I get a copy?   
The Mission Statement may be found on the district website at http://www.wi.k12.ny.us/schools.htm