Charles Cobb
Principal
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
David Knuffke   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

 


Upcoming Events 

The retake day for underclassmen photo make-ups is scheduled for

Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences - December 8th 

Our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, December 8th from 5 - 8 PM.  

Here's the letter that was sent home explaining the evening.  PTC - Parent Letter

The Online Scheduling Tool icon is on the main district home page. 

 

 



 

Announcements

Freshmen Gain Insight on Entrepreneurship on Career Day

main(96).jpg

The high school held its annual Career Day on Oct. 19, providing freshmen with an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with professionals working in a wide variety of career paths. The students also learned about the pitfalls of social media in an informative closing presentation.

During the three half-hour workshop sessions, fashioned after a speed-dating event, the students sat down for 10 minutes at a time with the guest professionals, talking about the latter’s careers. At the sound of a bell, the students rotated to the next table and sat down with the next professional.

Serving as the keynote speaker was Deer Park alumnus and award-winning entrepreneur Jean Alerte, a member of the school’s Class of 2000. Originally from Port au Prince, Haiti, Alerte was an active member of Deer Park’s business department while a student, participating in the cooperative work experience and internship programs as well as the DECA club. He is the founder of the ACA Branding Agency and the Faith Grind Inspire entrepreneurial program; owner of the Brooklyn Swirl frozen yogurt shop, Julian Casimir Jewelry, and the Alerte, Carter & Associates management and public relations firm; executive director of the Unity in the Community Foundation of Brooklyn; and author of the books “Do Right, Do Good” and project "Single Man, Married Man.”

“Jean regaled the freshmen class with stories of his time as a student at Deer Park,” said Career Day coordinator Jill Perry-Eising, a member of the school’s business department. “He spoke about how taking business education courses and being part of our programs served as the foundation for his future success as an entrepreneur, lighting the flame for his entrepreneurial spirit. His participation in DECA competitions taught him all about marketing and finance, and he uses what he learned then in his business dealings today”

Chris Kauter, the district’s instructional technology administrator, hosted a closing workshop to the students, focused on how social media usage can negatively affect students’ future career aspirations.

“Hiring managers use Google to investigate potential candidates, as do college admissions counselors, and inappropriate posts can hurt your chances of getting into a college or a securing a job,” said Perry-Eising. “Mr. Kauter showed the students how one simple tweet of less than 140 characters ruined the career of a public relations executive who tweeted something insensitive right before boarding a plane. While she was in the air, a firestorm brewed, and she was already fired before her flight landed. He also showed videos examining addiction to Facebook and Instagram, and displayed examples of appropriate versus inappropriate social media posts.”

Child Development Students Make Push to ‘Rethink Your Drink’

IMG_2216.jpg

Students in Patricia Skjoldahl’s child development course at the high school recently delivered a healthy message around the district, based on their research in the “Rethink Your Drink” lesson.

The high schoolers examined some of their favorite beverages – including Coca-Cola, Arizona ice tea and various Starbucks drinks – and converted the total grams of sugar in each drink to teaspoons. They then measured out the amounts of sugar and placed them in plastic baggies for easy visualization of just how much unhealthy sugar the beverages contain.

“Many of my students buy Arizona because it is affordable at 99 cents a can, but it has approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar,” said Skjoldahl, whose goal for the year is to engage students in healthy habits.  “We are trying to help individuals make informed decisions and raise awareness.”

The child development classes took their message to the district’s recent Health & Wellness Fair at the end of October, providing attendees with flavored seltzer as a substitute, and are now visiting other schools in the district to share the lesson with younger students.


High School Hosts Successful Blood Drive

main(100).jpg
Blood_Drive_2.jpg

The high school’s Varsity Leaders Club hosted its first of three blood drives of the school year on Nov. 15, in conjunction with the New York Blood Center.

More than 125 students signed up to donate to the cause, and by the end of the day, the NYBC had collected 94 pints of blood from Deer Park’s students and faculty under the supervision of club adviser Brian Tower.

The NYBC, who award two $250 scholarships to two Deer Park seniors each spring, honored the school’s 3,500th all-time donor. Evan Mallon, the recipient of this honor, was awarded with numerous gift cards and prizes.


The Fling’s the Thing for Pumpkin Chucking Champs

Fling_01.jpg
Fling_02.jpg
Pumpkin_Fling_Flier.jpg

Competing for the seventh year in a row, the Dark Falcons high school pumpkin chucking team took first place in the Pumpkin Fling, Long Island’s annual championship pumpkin catapult contest held on Oct. 29 at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank.

Led by coach Bruce Sander, the skilled students – from eighth-graders to seniors – hurled the 3-5-pound gourds more than 1,000 feet with their own trebuchet, having used physics, design and construction techniques to construct this medieval siege machine. The team also provided demonstrations at Robert Frost and May Moore.

Annually Amazing One Act Play Festival

IMG_2171.jpg

Superb acting performances and directing skills were on display at the high school’s annual One Act Play Festival, directed by teachers Michael Moriarty and Catherine Lubrano.

The theater showcase, held on Oct. 28 and 29, featured 10 different short plays, each directed by a student: Peter Pit’s “Gatecrashers,” directed by Anthony Henkel; Jonathan Yukich’s “Crooked Fork,” directed by Jivensley Alexis; David Susman’s “Film Appreciation,” directed by Alexandra Lovera; Mark Harvey Levine’s “Misfortune,” directed by Catherine Taipe; Diana Son’s “The Moon Please,” directed by Ryan Connors; Don Zolidis’ “15 Minutes of Clown Fame,” directed by Tori DiTomasso; Rhea MacCallum’s “Kill Me, Please!,” directed by Allie Costanza; Michele Markarian’s “Phoning It In,” directed by Makenzie Caldone; and Andy T. Haynes’ “Battle Tactics” and Jennifer Kirkeby’s “Time Warp,” both directed by Samantha Connolly.

“Working with such talented students is such a pleasure for myself and Cathy Lubrano,” said Michael Moriarty, the director of the festival. “To see student directors choose a play, cast it and carry out rehearsals is a very cool experience. What’s even better is that sometimes you notice when a director starts applying techniques that you have used over the years. It’s funny at times, because they actually start sounding like you. The students of this district continue to amaze us year after year.”

Deer Park School District