Charles Cobb
Principal's Message
Jeanne Kozlowsky
Associate Principal
Craig Evans
Associate Principal
Brian Norton
Associate Principal

Michelle Kwon   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading and Library
James Henry    Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics and Business
Jachan Watkis   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Science and Technology
Heather Stewart   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Social Studies and FACS
Bradley Murphy   Curriculum Associate K-12 for Fine and Performing Arts
Gina Palasciano   Curriculum Associate K-12 for World Languages and ENL

Craig Evans
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4110


Back to School Night 

September 15, 2016 at 7 PM 


Back to School Night Parent Letter


Back to School Night Bell Schedule


We will also have an ENL (English as a New Language) Parent Orientation at 6:30 PM. 




DPHS Underclassmen Photos

Underclassmen students will take their yearbook photos during PE classes on Wednesday, September 14th and Thursday, September 15th.  



School Safety in Focus on Superintendent’s Conference Day


School safety was the focus at the district’s Superintendent’s Conference Day in September, featuring a presentation by school-resource officers Sabrina Pitch and Christine Ammon from the Suffolk County Police Department. Both officers frequently talk to students at the middle and high schools about topics like bullying, drugs and alcohol.

“Basically we want to keep them making good decisions and smart choices, because that doesn’t just help them, it helps us,” said Pitch. She went on to delineate the difference between school law and criminal law, how the law defines a juvenile and harassment, how police respond to school-related incidents, identifying at-risk students, and determining when police notification is necessary. Pitch also outlined steps that district teachers and staff should follow in various scenarios, such as when students get into physical altercations or when drug use is suspected or observed.

“The officers are to be highly commended for putting together a most informative, timely and critical workshop that assisted our staff in being better prepared to deal with school violence,” said Superintendent Eva J. Demyen.

New Turf Field Proudly Unveiled


Deer Park held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the high school’s new turf field on Sept. 9, just prior to the start of the year’s first varsity football game against North Babylon. The installation of the turf project at Al Centamore Football Field, completed over the summer, was part of improvement projects included in the district’s $17 million Capital Bond Referendum approved last October.

In attendance at the event were Superintendent Eva J. Demyen, Assistant Superintendents James Cummings and Marguerite Jimenez, Deer Park High School Principal Charles Cobb, and Athletic Director Dominick Fontana. Board of Education President John Gouskos and trustees Al Centamore and Keith Rooney were on hand to cut the ribbon and cheer on the Falcons.

“I would like to thank the Deer Park administration and Board of Education for including the turf field on the bond agenda, and the entire Deer Park community for approving the bond,” said Fontana. “The field looks amazing and it will greatly benefit our athletic programs moving forward.”

Deer Park Welcomes Eight New Administrators


Deer Park welcomed eight administrators in new positions for the 2016-2017 school year, six of them promoted from within the district.

Longtime high school Principal James Cummings is the new assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services, replacing the recently retired Frank Caliguiri. Cummings began his Deer Park career in 1997 as a business teacher at the high school, after four years in corporate sales for Cigna and MCI/Worldcom. He served as the school’s varsity track, winter track and cross-country coach from 1997-2002.  He became an associate principal at Robert Frost Middle School in 2002, and principal of Robert Frost in 2006 and the high school in 2008. A Sayville resident, Cummings earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from SUNY Cortland in 1993, and master’s degrees in secondary education and administration from Dowling College.

“Deer Park is a wonderful community,” said Cummings. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and as a principal. I now look forward to serving the community in a greater capacity in my new role of assistant superintendent.”

Dr. Christine Criscione, formerly the principal of John Quincy Adams, is the new district administrator for secondary curriculum and instruction, replacing Kim Skillen. Criscione is a 24-year veteran of public education. She started her career as a teacher and has worked in a variety of positions including AIS math teacher, staff developer, technology coordinator, assistant principal and principal. She joined Deer Park in 2009 to serve as principal of the Abraham Lincoln Alternative High School and UPK program. Upon its closure in 2013, she became the principal at JQA. The Queens native and Oakdale resident earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Queens College, a master’s degree in health education at Adelphi University, a professional diploma in administration and supervision from Queens College, and her doctorate in instructional leadership from St. John’s University, where she completed a fellowship instructing graduate students in educational technology. In addition to her position in Deer Park, Criscione teaches graduate courses at a variety of colleges and has been elected the chairperson of SAANYS Region 1.

“I am extremely honored and excited about taking on the role of district administrator of secondary curriculum and instruction,” said Criscione. “Since coming to Deer Park, I have been able to serve as a principal of two buildings and it has been a pleasure to serve such a forward thinking district that truly cares for every one of its students. My goal is to provide collaborative, comprehensive support and assistance to school administrators, teachers and students in an effort to ensure that every student receives high quality instruction and has the opportunity to achieve their maximum learning potential on a daily basis.”

Charles Cobb, formerly an associate principal at the middle school, was named the new principal of Deer Park High School. He previously was an administrator at Lindenhurst High School and a special education teacher at Division Avenue High School in Levittown. A resident of Port Jefferson, he earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at St. Joseph’s College and his master’s degree in special education at Long Island University, and took administration coursework at Dowling College.

The new principal of John Quincy Adams Primary School is Christopher Molinelli, formerly an associate principal at the district’s two primary schools. He previously worked from 2005-2015 as a fourth- and first-grade teacher in Bay Shore, and before that as a teacher at North Shore, Manhasset and Merrick school districts. A resident of Wading River, he earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and mathematics from Houghton College; his master’s degree in mathematics, science and technology K-6 from Dowling College; and school building and school district leadership certificates from the College of Saint Rose.

“To say that I am excited about my new role as principal of John Quincy Adams would be an understatement,” said Molinelli. “I am elated to work alongside this wonderful staff and supportive community with the goal of having each child reach their fullest potential. This school is already doing excellent work and I know that we can continue to promote our students to thrive academically and socially.”

Philip Paniccia was named as an associate principal at Robert Frost Middle School. The Setauket resident previously worked as a teacher for 10 years in the Sayville School District and as principal of Sayville Summer School, following a 15-year career in financial service. A graduate of Sachem High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in child study, master’s degree in liberal studies and advance graduate degree in educational leadership from St. Joseph’s in Patchogue and Stony Brook University.

“I strongly hold the belief that we must work toward developing the whole child with an emphasis on recognizing the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of each student,” said Paniccia.

Kelly Benson was named as an associate principal at John F. Kennedy Intermediate School, replacing Celeste Archer, who moved to become associate principal at the two primary schools. Benson previously worked as an elementary school teacher in the Sachem School District. Prior to teaching, she served as a New York City police officer for six years. A resident of Wading River, she earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Iona College, her master’s degree in elementary education from Dowling College, and her post-master’s advanced certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.

“I am looking forward to a great school year,” said Benson. “We have amazing students and an amazing staff. Together, we will make great things happen.”

Michelle Kwon has been named as the district’s new curriculum associate for ELA, reading and library in grades 6-12, replacing Christine DiProperzio. An educator for 16 years and a certified administrator, she taught English in Deer Park’s middle school and high school for the last eight years. The East Northport resident previously worked as a middle school English and social studies teacher in Little Neck, Queens, and a high school English teacher and dean of English in West Palm Beach, Florida. Kwon earned her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and her master’s in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University Teachers College.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue working with my colleagues in a different capacity where we continue to support the needs of our students by also focusing on the needs of our educators,” said Kwon.

James Henry is the district’s new curriculum associate for math and business in grades 6-12, replacing John Watson. Henry taught math at the high school for the previous 12 years, including algebra pre-calculus and pre-AP calculus, and served as a mentor to new teachers, lead teacher for Algebra Common Core and a member of the model classroom, as well as director of the high school’s winter play and musical, and as a class and National Honor Society adviser. The North Babylon resident earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Josephs College in Patchogue, his master’s degree in arts and liberal sciences at Stony Brook University, and this past May, his school building and school district leadership certificates from the College of Saint Rose.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to work with my colleagues in a different capacity,” said Henry. “I hope to enhance the Common Core curriculum as well as teaching practices within the department. We offer so many courses and opportunities for student success at Robert Frost and the high school. My goal is to continue to assist teachers to use real-world applications to drive their instruction and motivate students so in turn we can raise student achievement.”

An Exciting Return to School


The thrill of new schools and new friends – and returning to familiar hallways after a summer away – filled the buses, playgrounds and classrooms of the Deer Park School District on Sept. 7 as students poured happily into May Moore and John Quincy Adams primary schools, John F. Kennedy Intermediate School, Robert Frost Middle School, and Deer Park High School.

“It seemed as if summer never happened as we were greeted with the familiar sounds of students learning and making new friends,” said Christopher Molinelli, the new principal of John Quincy Adams. “We were welcomed with the same smiles and hellos from students who were now a few inches taller. Students and staff had a wonderful start to an exciting new year.”

“We were so thrilled to welcome all our new sixth-graders as well as our returning students,” said Robert Frost Principal Eliana Levey. “Everyone seemed truly excited to be back.”





Caputo Essay Recognized by Gilda’s Club


High school student Julianna Caputo, a rising junior, was recently honored by Gilda’s Club New York City for an essay she submitted about her mother's recovery from cancer. The organization, founded in 1995 and named in tribute to actress Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989, provides free support to people living with cancer and their families and friends.

Although Julianna was not a finalist in the essay contest, her work was recognized at Gilda’s Club seventh annual teen essay contest reception, where she was awarded a certificate and four tickets to this year’s Summer Jam concert. 

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