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
Kristen Crespo   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.




Trio of Athletes Sign Letters of Intent


A trio of Deer Park High School student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent in November to continue their playing careers while attending college next fall. They were congratulated during the signing ceremony by Deer Park Athletic Director Dominick Fontana as well as their proud families.

Lacrosse midfielder Lauren Gentile, a Scholar-Athlete, honor student and four-year member of the varsity team, will play for Queens College. “Between the athletics and academics, this gives me the chance to get everything I want out of a school,” she said.

Hailey Leitch, a fellow Scholar-Athlete and honor student, has played attack for the varsity lacrosse team since eighth grade. She will play for the Setters at Pace University, where she plans to major in nursing. She cited the beautiful campus in Pleasantville, N.Y. and the strength of Pace’s nursing program as the reasons for her choice.

Softball team captain Ali Wiener signed with Dowling College, where she will study special education. The second baseman, a member of the varsity team at Deer Park for four years, liked the fact that Dowling, with a main campus in Oakdale and a sports complex in Shirley, was close to home.

“I am proud of our three athletes who have worked extremely hard to get an opportunity to play at the next level,” said Fontana.  “I wish them the best of luck on all their future endeavors.”

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.”

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