Dr. Christine Criscione


Christopher Molinelli

Associate Principal

Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4410


11/2          Fun Night @ Dave & Busters 5-9pm

11/3          Election Day- No School

11/6          Backwards Day

11/9          Food Drive Begins

11/11        Veteran's Day- No School

11/18        PFC Meeting @ 7 pm

11/18        Fall Photo Makeup Day

11/23-11/25  1/2 Days ~P/T Conferences~Book Fair

11/24        Evening P/T Conferences 5-8 pm

11/26        Thanksgiving- School Closed

11/27        Thanksgiving Recess- School Closed











Deer Park Does ‘Dinner and a Show’


Students, teachers, and parents celebrated Deer Park’s artistic talents at the inaugural “Dinner and a Show” event, hosted by the Deer Park Arts Council. More than 300 guests attended the event, held on Nov. 13 at the high school.

A pasta dinner was served, followed by an hour of performances by students and faculty. Attendees also enjoyed an art exhibition of selected works from students. The district plans to make “Dinner and a Show” an annual event to recognize student talent and faculty guidance in the arts.

“As a new administrator in Deer Park, this night offered a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about the community’s appreciation and commitment to the arts,” said Bradley Murphy, the district’s curriculum associate for fine and performing arts.

HS to Host 'Polar Express' on Dec. 11


On Dec. 11, Deer Park High School is hosting "The Polar Express!"

We invite you to wear your PJs and climb aboard the Polar Express for a unique adventure. We will be: watching the film, greeting surprise guests, making cocoa as thick as melted chocolate, singing songs with elves, making arts and crafts, and even writing letters to Santa! The show opens at 6:30 p.m. All children will leave the Express with a small token to help them remember to believe.

Tickets are only $7.


Building Momentum with Fourth Health Fair


The district held its fourth annual Health & Wellness Fair on Oct. 24, in conjunction with the high school’s Varsity Leaders Club Halloween Carnival and a Deer Park Fire Department open house. The free event, sponsored by the district’s health and physical education department, took place at a new double location on Lake Avenue – at JFK as well as across the street at the firehouse – with representatives of the Suffolk County police and sheriff’s departments also on hand.

This year’s fair was the most heavily attended to date, and featured numerous health-related activities and more than 50 informational booths, including a mobile blood drive; dental and orthodontic care; fire safety and CPR; healthy eating demonstrations; health screenings; sports clinics; child safety and car seat inspections; martial arts and kickboxing; and Zumba, Pilates and yoga.  The high school’s clubs sponsored a Chinese auction, while students from family and consumer science teacher Patricia Skjoldahl’s class perfected a parfait recipe to present to attendees.

“We seem to be building momentum with each passing year,” said the district’s health administrator, Dominick Fontana. “Our goal is to continue adding activities and vendors in years to follow.”

JQA Prekindergartners Celebrate Pumpkin Season with Workshop


At JQA’s annual pre-K pumpkin workshop, the district’s youngest students worked with visiting parents and grandparents to create festive pumpkin votive candleholders using glass jars, glue and colored tissue paper. At the end of the Oct. 28 workshop, each child took home a finished piece to decorate their home.

“The pumpkin workshop is an opportunity for students to practice their fine motor skills with the help of a special grownup,” said Principal Christine Criscione. “Creating the pumpkin votive candle holder is a great way for students to reinforce the art concepts they are learning, along with celebrating Halloween.”

Rousing Homecoming for the Community


Parading across town from John F. Kennedy Intermediate School to the high school parking lot, the Deer Park community celebrated homecoming in style on a cold and crisp Oct. 17.

This year’s floats were created around a video game theme, with entries from the freshmen (Donkey Kong), sophomores (Pac-Man) and juniors (Pokemon) topped by a winning Super Mario Kart float from the seniors on their “last lap” before graduation.

Principal James Cummings and Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen addressed the audience at the football field, praising the efforts of the district’s Booster Club and exhorting the Falcons to win. Also in attendance were assistant superintendents Frank Caliguiri and Marguerite Jimenez and Board of Education members Al Centamore, Donna Marie Elliot, Donna Gulli Grunseich, Bob Marino and Keith Rooney.

Special guests for the day were Babylon Town Councilman Thomas Donnelly, a Deer Park resident, and Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro, an alumnus of Deer Park’s Class of 1976. “It’s a great day for a football game,” said D’Amaro. “Today I am rooting all the way for the Falcons!” A final speaker was 2001 graduate John Cestaro, the president of the Deer Park Community Association.

Frank Cresciullo and Dominique Guttadauria were announced as this year’s homecoming king and queen, taking a celebratory truck tour around the stadium. Rounding out the homecoming court were Ahmed Abdeltawab, Ryan Brennan, Tara Englehardt, Kayla Rios, Dan Sciabarassi, Alvin Sime, Stephanie Sinka and Kellee Washington.

Performers rousing the crowd included the marching band, the high school and Robert Frost Middle School kicklines, and cheerleaders from the high school, middle school and PAL.

When it came time for football, the varsity Falcons came out strong, staking out a 21-7 lead against Half Hollow Hills East in a back-and-forth contest full of recovered fumbles and interceptions on both sides. While Deer Park came up short in the end, losing a 22-21 nailbiter, the day was an exciting one for the entire community.

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