James Cummings
Principal
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 & ENL

Craig Evans
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4110


June Testing

Please see the links below for important June testing information

 

Letter that was sent home

In-Class testing schedule

Regents week testing schedule

Bus Schedule

Shuttle stops

Security Procedures




 

 

 

 


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.

 

 

Announcements

HS Graduates Start Meaningful Journey

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At Deer Park’s 52nd commencement exercises on June 26, the high school Class of 2015 took a meaningful step on their life journey, celebrating in front of a cheering sea of family and friends.

The American Celtic Pipe Band again led the way, marching onto Al Centamore Football Field with a long line of excited seniors behind them clad in maroon and white, ready for their big moment.

Beginning the ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Student Council President Taylor Morales, followed by a masterful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Jessica Orelus.

Superintendent Eva J. Demyen talked to the seniors about their yearbook theme, “A story to remember,” relating it to an anecdote from her own senior year when she fell from a tree. “The moral is, if you fall, get back up,” she told them. “And if you fall, someone will be there for you. I wish you all the best life has to offer.”

In an emotional speech, senior class adviser James Henry told his students, “We’ve grown together as a family to achieve special recognition. You are a remarkable class and one I will never forget.”

“Our time is measured in moments and memories,” said wistful Senior Class President Taylor Brennan, lamenting how fast time has gone for the students during their high school career. “I hope you find yourself happy and healthy after high school,” she told them. “Make spectacular moments and friendships.”

A 27-strong vocal ensemble then sang the school’s alma mater, leading into affecting speeches by the salutatorian and valedictorian.

Salutatorian Aaron Zhang began by mentioning his move from New York City three years ago, saying, “I know what it’s like to leave longtime friends. In leaving Deer Park, we must not forget what makes this community so special. Have pride when you leave, and celebrate all you’ve accomplished.” He went on to deliver a memorably metaphysical address, touching on time, space, mathematics and the universe. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of the unknown,” he told his classmates. “The world you are about to enter is one of uncertainty, but look closer and you can find order and wonder. You are ready to find your way.”

“Today marks one of the first turning points of our lives,” said Sabrina Grunseich, the class valedictorian, reflecting on the students’ shared journey at Deer Park. “High school was hard work but I enjoyed every second of it,” she said. Grunseich’s contemplative speech discussed the meaning of time and the ephemeral nature of accomplishing goals. “Take the lessons you learn and use them in the now,” she urged. “We must be willing to let go of what we have done. The journey to achieving a goal is more important than the accomplishment.” She ended with a hope for her fellow graduates, saying, “I wish for all my peers’ journeys to be filled with meanings and firsts. Congratulations and best of luck, Class of 2015.”

In an ongoing Deer Park tradition, Principal James Cummings welcomed back a face from a decade past, Class of 2005 valedictorian Megan Chrones Barco, who spoke of the value of gratefulness, even during difficult times. “It reminds you of how blessed you are,” she said. “The choices you make during trials and tribulations build character.” Citing the song “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music,” Barco recommended reflecting on positive things and developing a true attitude of gratitude.”

The final speaker was Cummings himself, who noted the school’s 94 percent graduation rate – tops in the town of Babylon – as a deep source of pride. “This is an easy class to brag about,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished. This group has done incredible things – in the classroom, on the field, on the stage.” He also made sure to thank the parents in attendance, saying, “Thank you for trusting us with your children.” Urging the new graduates to make a difference in the lives of others, the principal ended his address on a high note, telling his charges, “It is time for you to make your mark on this world.”

Their next step on that journey was to the podium, receiving diplomas from members of the Board of Education. Once all were seated again, it was time for the ritual of turning tassels from right to left, then tossing the caps to the sky. Leaving the field to the sound of the combined symphonic and ninth-grade bands performing Elmer Bernstein’s “The Great Escape,” the new alumni walked out to begin their bright futures.

 

Finest Falcons Recognized on Senior Awards Night

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The high-achieving members of Deer Park High School’s Class of 2015 were recognized at the school’s annual Senior Awards on June 4, giving teachers, administrators, local politicians and community members the opportunity to honor the students for the hard work and dedication they displayed throughout their high school years.

The awards, both school-based and communitywide in nature, covered a variety of areas of achievement. In some instances, students were required to write essays explaining why they would be the best candidate to receive a certain scholarship, while others were based solely on academic performance. Many of the awards were selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administrators from the high school.

“The students sitting behind me represent Deer Park’s finest,” said Associate Principal Jeanne Kozlowsky in her opening speech. “As a result of these students’ commitment to their studies, athletic teams, extracurricular activities and community, they have made this high school a better place.”

Three different alumni groups – the Classes of 1983, 1984 and 1995 – sponsored scholarships this year, with a total monetary value of more than $75,000.  “They felt it was an opportunity for them to give back to their alma mater,” said Kozlowsky. Awards that were distributed to the students included checks, plaques, medals, certificates, proclamations and iPads.

At the beginning, Student Council President Taylor Morales led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a strong rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Mauricio Montes. The high school’s jazz ensemble, led by director Jerry Cannarozzo, performed before the ceremony and at the intermission for the audience’s enjoyment. The band’s featured piece was Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” featuring their saxophone section; other tunes included Steely Dan’s “Peg,” Chick Corea’s “Spain” and Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good,” the latter featuring Jack Dillon on flugelhorn.

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The Class of 2015's Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Rising to the top of the high school’s Class of 2015 are valedictorian Sabrina Grunseich and salutatorian Aaron Zhang.

Grunseich, who serves as president of the school’s National Honor Society and editor of the school newspaper, is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and Varsity Leaders Club. As a varsity athlete, she earned All-League for volleyball and Academic All-County for basketball. She will attend Stony Brook University this fall, majoring in chemistry.  

Zhang, a winner of the National Merit Scholarship, serves as captain of the math team and vice president of the academic team. He is also a member of the high school’s French Honor Society, plays in the chamber orchestra, and was named a Science Olympiad medalist and Suffolk County Math Team All-Star. Zhang will attend Brown University, majoring in computer science.


In Wellness, Deer Park Looks SHARP

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Deer Park was chosen by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services as the second annual SHARP Award winner, out of a field of more than 40 applicants. The district was honored at a June 10 ceremony at the high school’s auditorium, where members of administration and the Board of Education were presented with a certificate by Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County’s commissioner of health services.

This prestigious recognition was earned in part due to the district’s outstanding wellness policy, in which Deer Park worked with Healthy Schools NY and Western Suffolk BOCES to develop a comprehensive policy which promotes healthy foods and adequate time for lunch, limits fundraising to healthy foods or nonfood items, limits the frequency of classroom celebrations that involve food to no more than one per class per month, encourages daily stretching and movement activities in the classroom in which teachers guide students through physical activity breaks, enables the use of school facilities by community groups to promote physical activity, includes nutrition education as part of classroom instruction rather than just in health education classes, and prohibits soft drink logos on school property.

Another achievement that significantly contributed to Deer Park being chosen for the SHARP award was the third annual Health & Wellness Fair, a free public event held last November which included numerous health-related activities and more than 40 informational booths.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services develops and implements programs designed to help children adopt healthy nutritional practices and increase physical activity. It was required in 2012 by New York State to collaborate with Nassau County, Long Island hospitals and community agencies to conduct a community health assessment and create a community health plan for the years 2014-2017. The collaborative team became an entity called the Long Island Health Collaborative, which chose two priority areas to focus on for the coming years, chronic diseases and obesity. The SHARP Award was created in 2013 to recognize school districts that promote wellness in the educational environment and in the community.

“The movement in health care is toward wellness, prevention and personal responsibility,” said Tomarken. “The Deer Park School District, through its policies and activities, is helping to promote healthy choices that support wellness and has earned the 2015 SHARP Award.”


The Best at BACCA

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Three talented Deer Park High School actors came away winners at this year’s Teen Theatre Awards for plays and musicals, presented by the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts’ Teen Theatre Committee on June 12 at West Babylon High School.

Mauricio Montes, who played Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors,” won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical; Jessica Orelus, who played Clemma Diggins in “Proposals,” won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play; and Christina O’Toole, who played Josie in “Proposals,” won Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play.

O’Toole was also honored at the annual BACCA ceremony for her work as a student choreographer for “Little Shop of Horrors,” while Deer Park student directors, assistant directors and producers who were recognized included Anthony Anello, Taylor Bianco, Ashley Casella, Samantha Colon, Samantha Connolly, Erica DeLuca, Anthony Henkel, Aneesa Khan, Averi Lacoff, Megan Lipps, Montes, O’Toole, Faria Rahman, Alyssa Soldano and Catherine Taipe.

Among the recipients of this year’s “Teens in Tune” for outstanding small group ensembles were Deer Park’s Olivia Grizzle, Kate Keller and Orelus for their  trio vocal performance in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Other Deer Park students who were nominated for Teen Theatre Awards included Joseph DeNoyior, Henkel, Destiny Parsons and Alec Winters, as well as nominations for the stage crew of the One-Act Play festival and for “Proposals” as Outstanding Play.

During the ceremony, Montes and Parsons represented Deer Park by performing a song from “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“Congratulations on a job well done,” said Teen Theatre Committee representative Janice Cosenza.



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