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Beach Street Middle School

17 Beach Street, West Islip, New York 11795
(631) 930-1600
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Beach Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Andrew O'Farrell,  Principal
Email: a.ofarrell@wi.k12.ny.us

Principal's Secretary: Vickie Wolff

Ms. Donna DeFreitas, Assistant Principal
Email: d.defreitas@wi.k12.ny.us  

Assistant Principal's Secretary: Lisa Chiarelli

Nurse: Christine Kerrigan
Phone: (631) 930-1620
Fax: (631) 893-3027

Counseling Department Website

Regents Science Choice Grade 8 2019-20 School Year

Grades 6-8

School Hours: 8:05 am - 2:38 pm 

PTA President:  Dianna Kolman

All requests for records and inquiries may be made by calling Beach Street’s main office or guidance at 631-930-1600/1610.

 

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Beach Street Middle Schoolers Try Some Rocket Science

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Young scientists at Beach Street recently delved into the basics of aerospace engineering, examining how different variables affected the timing and launch height of their pop rockets.

Beach Street’s 31 Student-Artists Were ‘Thankful’ to Be Chosen

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Artwork from 31 sixth graders at Beach Street was chosen for publication on State Sen. Phil Boyle’s website as part of the legislator’s “What Are You Thankful for" campaign.

The art students selected were Joseph Acquista, Luke Alongi, Carolyn Arcoleo, Julianne Arcoleo, Kyle Armet, James Baldo, Noah Blumberg, Ryder Blumberg, Natalia Cracolici, Ava Davoult, Jake Gonzalez, Jason Haley, Jack Heller, Ella Heuer, Keira Johnson, Peyton Konik, Rachel Lau, Charlie Mastroberti, Nicholas Maurio, Klara McCabe, Finn McGowan, Grace Meehan, Olivia Nappo, Ava Obloj, Samantha Rivelli, Michael Spadolini, Lucas Thompson, Francesca Tofono, Angelina Tummel, Madison Vencak and Caden Viar.


ASL Students Attend Enriching Abarbanell Performance

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American Sign Language students from the high school as well as Beach and Udall recently attended a performance by Alan Abarbanell, whose parents were deaf. In his one-man show, “The Abababa Road Tour,” Abarbanell shared his life experiences growing up hearing in a deaf family and discussed topics such as using deaf household technology and bringing home hearing friends to meet deaf parents.

“I noticed that Alan used a lot of facial expressions and body language,” said student Abby Huners.

“I was surprised by how many people were signing to each other instead of talking with their voice,” said student Sophiya Bahlay. “I hope we have more experiences like this to meet deaf people.”

“West Islip’s world language department has been offering ASL classes for over 14 years at Beach, Udall and the high school,” said teacher Jennifer Colonna. “My fellow teacher Karen Testa and I encourage students to build sensitivity, understanding and tolerance of people whose language, norms and lifestyles are different from what they know. We try as often as we can to offer enriching experiences, such as this trip, that lend themselves as a platform for students to engage in using their sign language skills. Early exposure captivates their curiosity and motivates them to learn more so that they can apply their abilities in real world situations. Many students from our ASL program have gone on to become teachers, interpreters, job coaches, speech pathologists, and social workers, where their ASL skills have been a key to success.”




Beach Street Eighth Grader Taheny Wins Festival of Lights Contest

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Sarah Taheny, an eighth grader at Beach Street, was recently named the winner of the Festival of Lights program cover contest. Taheny was presented with a beautiful plaque at a Dec. 1 ceremony.  

Middle Schoolers Make Connections With Start With Hello

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Organized by the counseling departments, both of West Islip’s middle schools implemented the Start With Hello program this year, which teaches students the skills they need to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their classroom, school and community.

The program, coordinated by Sandy Hook Promise, included icebreaker activities such as a “Hey Day” in which students filled out name tags to initiate saying hello to each other, a “Be Kind Day” in which students posted positive affirmations in a Kindness Corner for all to see and read, an “I Am” wall, photobooths, friendship chains and scavenger hunts. Students from the Helping Hands Club and Diversity Club volunteered their time to assist with the activities.

“It was a wonderful week of meeting new friends, making connections and building community,” said Beach Principal Andrew O’Farrell.