James Cummings
Principal's Message
Jeanne Kozlowsky
Associate Principal
Craig Evans
Associate Principal
Brian Norton
Associate Principal

Christina Poppe   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading & Library
John Watson   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics & Business
(TBD)   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Science & Technology
Heather Stewart   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Social Studies & FACS
Dr. Jeff Dailey   Curriculum Associate K-12 for Fine & Performing Arts
Gina Palasciano   Curriculum Associate K-12 for World Languages & ESL

Craig Evans
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4110

Yearbooks and Underclassmen Pictures


Yearbooks are on sale at the following link - http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A05400500


Underclassmen pictures will take place during gym periods on Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8.



View Slideshow from the Senior Parent Meeting here




Prom Pictures

To help facilitate the accuracy of orders and lessen the students’ time taken during prom, we encourage you to place your order online prior to prom by going to www.thorntonstudio.com and selecting “Pre-Pay Prom Order” under Prom Photography. Additionally, you will have the choice of paying by credit card and receive a confirmation e-mail.




Champion Students Honored at Breakfast


At the high school’s biannual Breakfast for Champions, 18 remarkable students were highlighted by teachers and administrators for their hard work and unique achievements. Twice per school year, each of the 15 high school departments selects an honored student as champion, along with three additional champions chosen by principals and a teacher. Joined by their proud parents, the young men and women were recognized at a Nov. 14 ceremony in the school’s library.

“Congratulations to the students and their families,” said Principal James Cummings, noting the challenges faced by the current generation. “This is a tough time to be growing up, but these kids embody the core values that are still imperative and valuable to success.”

Honorees receiving plaques at the Fall 2014 edition of the Breakfast for Champions included Regina Ambrosio (art), Madison Sluter (athletics), James Niemiera (business), Alexis Maldonado (English language arts), Lidia Martinez (ESL), Melissa Fisk (family and consumer science), Hanife Ozbay (guidance), Joseph Vaccaro (health), Samantha Guglielmi (math), Samantha Tucci (performing arts), Justin Ruggia (physical education), Dominick Cito (science), Jayda Brown (social studies), Brandon Ruiz (technology) and Micaela Morello (world languages). The Principal’s Award was presented to Ahmadi Aydelott, the Associate Principal’s Award to Marcus Rivera and the Teacher’s Choice Award to Rachel Bauer.

Each nominating teacher or administrator presented a plaque to his or her chosen student and spoke about their achievements and special qualities.

“Ahmadi is the kind of student who inspired teachers to teach better,” said Cummings of his choice, while art teacher Joseph Mucci said of D’Ambrosio, “She’s like having a second teacher in the classroom.” For his department’s choice of Ruggia, physical education teacher Kevin Marner cited the student’s positive attitude and respect for his peers. “He is a PE teacher’s dream student,” he said.

Social studies teacher Vanessa Whitney said of Brown, “Her smile and positive attitude light up the hallways here at Deer Park High School,” while teacher Beth Kabaservice described Sluter as “an unusually compassionate and kind individual at an age where most other students are just finding out who they are.” ELA teacher Christine Harrison said of Maldonado, “She has a love and passion for reading and literature that is inspiring.” Scott Abrams, from the performing arts department, lauded his senior guitar student Tucci, saying, “Every day she sets an example for others.”

Technology teacher Bruce Sander displayed a to-scale drawing of the high school from the ground up, created by Ruiz over a two-year period, and noted that the student’s architectural design skills were so advanced that he will be creating plans of other district buildings for homeland security purposes.

ESL teacher Liz Gleason explained how Martinez, who has only resided in the U.S. for two years, has made such strides that she helps other newcomers and serves as Gleason’s “personal translator.” Morello’s skill in speaking and studying three languages impressed teacher Kari Schiano, who said, “She truly embodies the spirit of multiculturalism and diversity.”

Guidance counselor Noel Skelton detailed how Ozbay overcame leukemia, chemotherapy and a hospital stay while working hard with tutors to maintain her academic studies before her cancer went into remission. “She is truly an inspiration and definitely one of my heroes,” he said.

Musicians from the high school’s laudable string ensemble played a selection of classical pieces as a pleasant accompaniment to the breakfast.

Rep. King Talks Politics with Seniors

Seniors at the high school were given a detailed look at a congressman’s job and the demand of politics during a special Oct. 22 visit from U.S. Rep. Pete King. During a question-and-answer period following King’ talk, the students asked thoughtful questions regarding his platform and how he has voted on legislation, as well as the economic stimulus package, financial aid, gay marriage and veterans' affairs.

 “No matter their political beliefs, the feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive, and they really enjoyed the visit,” said social studies teacher Christopher Kauter.

Homecoming Celebration


Hundreds of marchers and spectators filled the streets for the high school’s homecoming parade on Oct. 25. Upbeat marching band performances, colorful class floats, and peppy cheerleader and kickline numbers continued throughout the parade route on Deer Park Avenue and Nicolls Road.

“This is the one day people look forward to way in advance,” said Athletic Director Dominick Fontana. “It’s a nice venue to celebrate Deer Park.”

Principal James Cummings kicked off the homecoming ceremony, announcing local politicians and dignitaries that were in attendance, as well as honoring the Downey family of Deer Park for their continuous donations and involvement in district scholarships. Serving as grand marshal was Rosalie Downey, the widow of FDNY Deputy Chief of Special Operations Ray Downey, a hero of 9/11. The ceremony also included a performance by the high school’s women’s choir.

“Our kids are the best,” Cummings said. “It’s a great day for the classes to come together.”

The homecoming court was announced, with Jasawn Thompson and Alexis Blumengold winning as king and queen, respectively. The pair donned royal gear as they were escorted around the track in a sporty convertible.

Cheerleaders from Deer Park Youth Football, the middle school, and the high school junior varsity and varsity squads pumped up the crowd, as did as the Falconettes kickline team.

The Marching Falcons provided a powerful musical score for the varsity football game against Copiague, which Deer Parkl won decisively, 53-12. Thompson starred, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 145 yards. Other stars for the Falcons included Jarrett Bonser (passing for 118 yards and a touchdown), David Hamil (nine tackles, two sacks) and Kyle Lessick (a perfect 6-6 on extra points, and scoring a touchdown and a 30-yard field goal).

The class floats were presented at halftime, all representing a Dr. Seuss theme. The seniors won the contest with their depiction of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

Top 10 Seniors Named for Class of 2015


The high school’s top 10 ranked seniors were recently recognized at an annual breakfast ceremony in the school library, and valedictorian Sabrina Grunseich and salutatorian Aaron Zhang were announced.

The senior top 10 list – the academically astute students with the highest grade point averages in this year’s graduating class – was rounded out by Kyle Dillon (ranked third), Emily Fowler (fourth), William Keller (fifth), Mauricio Montes (sixth), Maria Skoljarev (seventh), Alban Astafa (eighth), Shahan Mian (ninth) and Jonathan Wagner (10th).

“The Top 10 breakfast is one of the highlights of each school year and an opportunity to recognize the top students for their hard work, dedication and diligence over the last four years,” said Principal James Cummings. “What is even more impressive than these students’ academic resumes are their accomplishments outside the classroom. They are in the top 10 because of their GPAs, but they are just as impressive as athlete, artists, musicians and community members. They make Deer Park High School a better place, and they make the Deer Park community a better place.”

Falcon’s Nest Reopens


A revamped edition of the high school’s school store, the Falcon’s Nest, recently reopened to rapturous reception by students and staff alike. The store is open during all lunch periods at the school, and for the first time, during 10th period as well.

During the day, the store offers spirit wear and accessories such as hoodies, lanyards and bucket hats, with new items being added weekly. Other popular products include school, phone and tech supplies; materials for seniors to construct their homecoming crowns; and necessary daily items like tissues, hand sanitizer and batteries.

Students manning the Nest are encouraged to conduct research on any items they wish to sell and bring it to the attention of store manager Sandy Stueber. “As long as the item is appropriate to sell in school, we place the order and go from there,” explained Stueber. “I'm trying to have the students select the items we sell. This way, we are successful.”

After school, the Falcon’s Nest morphs into a top snack destination offering drinks, protein bars and even freshly delivered pizza. “Students who stay after school for athletics or club activities are always looking for something to eat or drink,” said Stueber. “I have been working with the athletes to make sure they have access to what they want and need.”

Stueber is also working to eventually incorporate the school’s life skills students during the day. “We plan to partner each life skills student with a senior, and they will work together to do inventory, deliver beverages or materials to teachers, or even prepare fruit for us to sell in the store,” she said. “We are very excited with the potential.”

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