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Deer Park High School

1 Falcon Place
Deer Park, New York 11729





Charles Cobb,  Principal

Craig Evans,  Associate Principal

Garret Noblett,  Associate Principal

Dina Pannone,  Associate Principal

Craig Evans, Dignity Act Coordinator [Tel: (631) 274-4110]


Curriculum Associates (6-12)    District Administrators
Justin Uliano,  ELA, Reading and Library        Bradley Murphy, Fine and Performing Arts
Christine Gill, Mathematics and Business   Ashley Rosenberg, World Languages and ENL
Alison Branca, Science and Technology   David DePrima, Secondary Special Education
Vanessa Langdon, Social Studies and FACS   Dominick Fontana, Health, Physical Education, and Athletics


Flyers & Notices


New DPHS Electives Focus on Long Island History and Geography

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Two new electives at Deer Park High School – Long Island History, a social studies course taught by Joseph Alo, and Natural History of Long Island, a science course taught by Kevin Richards – have turned attention on Long Island itself.

In Richards’ class, students learn about the geology and ecology of Long Island, exploring topics such as how glaciers impacted Long Island; the various ecosystems on Long Island, like the Hempstead Plains; and how climate change can affect Long Islanders. Students participate in various lab activities to better understand these topics and attend field trips to explore some of Long Island’s amazing natural environments.

“The course was created to not only educate students about where they live, but hopefully instill a greater appreciation for the place we all call home,” Richards said.

Alo’s class explores Long Island history from its geological origins to the present day. Analyzing the island both as a distinct region and as a case study in the broader history of America, students examine the impact of the ethnic, cultural, political, social and religious diversity that developed over time and gave the island its identity. Field trips exploring the culture and history that Long Island has to offer began with a visit to the Long Island Aquarium and possible future trips to Sagtikos Manor, the Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions, the birthplace of Walt Whitman, Sagamore Hill, a Long Island Ducks game and countless other Long Island historic sites.

“Long Island holds a rich and storied history that is often overlooked in the grand scheme of the study of history,” Alo said. “As Long Islanders, it is important to understand the events and concepts that got us to where we are today. This is history and culture that directly impacts us, rather than reading about distant civilizations. For the first time at Deer Park High School, a course on Long Island history is being offered for students to better understand who we are as Long Islanders. I am honored to be teaching it in its inaugural year.”

Date Added: 11/29/2022

Deer Park HS Honors 17 Outstanding “Champions”

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The annual fall Breakfast for Champions returned to Deer Park High School’s library on Nov. 16, recognizing outstanding students for their achievements, hard work and determination to overcome obstacles in 17 different categories corresponding to school departments as well as principal’s and teacher’s awards.

The fall 2022 Breakfast for Champions honorees were Alexis Borowski (science), Ava Capone (social studies), Nalasia Chavannes (family and consumer science), Mitchella Etienne (guidance), Emily Franciscovich (athletics), Nathaniel Gordon (Principal’s Award), Anthony Gotay (Teacher’s Award), Angelica Jones (physical education), Colson Lyons (math),  Matthews Mendez-Jara (English as a new language), Joel Nash (technology), Katia Papailler (business), Kayleigh Pellicano (English), Arielle Salgado (performing arts), Gladys Sanchez (world languages), Xavier Sanchez (health) and Kely Surin (fine arts).

“It is always great to see our students being recognized for their various accomplishments,” Associate Principal Garret Noblett said. “These students show exceptional conduct and character on a daily basis, and the teachers and presenters all did a fantastic job in showcasing our champions’ achievements and accolades.”

The breakfast was attended by administrators, teachers and the students’ proud families, and was accompanied by selections of lovely classical music from Deer Park High School’s string quintet of Emily Kleiber (cello), Jayme Lipiec (viola), Eadie Liu (violin), Ryder Min (violin) and Lorelai Silverstein (bass).

Date Added: 11/23/2022

HS Art Club Students Paint “Wakanda Forever” Windows for Regal

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Deer Park High School Art Club members Denise Brown, Emma Burkitt, Emmerson Cadena, Oswald Green III, Aimen Khan, Alexis Lazarte, Kathy Lin, Salwa Waseem and Sara Zirpola recently volunteered to paint five themed windows at the Regal Deer Park movie theater at the Tanger Outlets to celebrate the premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Guided by teacher Joe Mucci, the students had only three days to finish the project, arranged by Regal Deer Park Deputy General Manager Jessica Philips-Harris, a Deer Park High School graduate.

Date Added: 11/22/2022

Deer Park’s Rebuilt Marching Falcons Program Flies High

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Deer Park High School’s storied marching band program is on the rise, rebuilt to new heights. The Marching Falcons have a long tradition of competitive excellence and enthusiasm, but the program had diminished in recent eras. Now, guided by current Band Director Derek Schmelter and boasting 45 student participants, the band is poised for bigger and better things.

The seeds for the band’s reinvigoration were sown when Schmelter was hired in 2020, and the marching band came up in discussions with District Administrator of Fine and Performing Arts Bradley Murphy.

“At that time, the marching band was a mandatory part of the band program, meaning if students were enrolled in band, they were required to participate in marching band,” Schmelter explained. “Brad and I decided that making it a volunteer program would give students the agency to choose whether or not to participate. Additionally, this opened up the opportunity to have after-school rehearsals, which has allowed us to improve the quality of our performance. In 2020-2021, we had a small number of students who participated both virtually and in person, but as we moved into the 2021-2022 school year, we nearly doubled in size. We had our first performance in a number of years as a voluntary co-curricular program and it went really well. Students saw the potential in the program, and we doubled in size again, going into this year. After our first summer band camp in a decade, we were set to perform in our normal halftime capacity, and were able to schedule outside performances.”

Recent successes include participation in the Huntington New York State Field Band Conference Competition and Newsday Marching Band Festival.

“Our musicians had the opportunity to see how supportive and positive the marching arts community is, and how other schools perform,” said Schmelter, who has been involved in the marching arts for over 15 years as a participant, designer and instructor.

“My primary goal for the band is for students to have a space to perform for and support the community of Deer Park, at football and basketball games, both as a pep band and marching ensemble, and marching in parades,” Schmelter said. “We may revisit competing locally. Whatever the kids want to do, I am here to explore that with them. There is a great history with the Deer Park Marching Falcons, and it’s clear the band’s presence in the community is longstanding. I am just trying to create a group that represents the school and community to the best of its ability.”

Schmelter is keenly aware of how much value the Marching Falcons bring to a school like Deer Park.

“A marching band helps develop a sense of pride and school spirit,” he said. “I feel that performing at school and community events gets everyone excited. We all listen to music in our daily lives, and I think that having a live ensemble enhances the joint experience. As the band is now more visible, I hope that parents and kids coming up through Frost and JFK will see what this program can bring to the Deer Park community. Only about half of the members at this time are enrolled in band. Color guard and percussion members participate in chorus, orchestra, or don’t even take part in a school ensemble. I love that we have such a variety of students in our band, and that reflects the community we’re a part of.”

For the students, being in marching band brings multiple and diverse benefits, and their reasons for joining up are equally varied.

“When looking at it during football games, it would always catch my eye,” senior Riya Shah said, while sophomore Destiny Gavin said, “I had friends say that I should try it out, and I wanted to do more stuff related to music.” 

“I wanted to get involved with band activities and feel the type of connection you would feel with a sports team or activity,” freshman Lauren Marable said. “The people have really made this an enjoyable experience. There’s no barriers or differences in school grades or interests, everyone finds a way to bond.”

“I love being in marching band because it allows me to meet so many new people and gives me new experiences that I would have never experienced before,” junior Hannah Ferguson said.

“I always remember watching videos of big college marching bands like Ohio State or USC, and just thinking, ‘I want to do that someday,’’’ senior Anthony Bruno said. “Once Deer Park started to grow its marching band, the decision to join was a no-brainer, and it was one of the best parts of my high school career. The best part of being in the band has to be the people. From the director and assistant directors to the seniors and underclassmen, the band becomes your second family. When you join a marching band, the experiences you have, and the friendships you make, they’ll stay with you for life.”

Date Added: 11/21/2022

Deer Park High School Recognizes Fall Athletes

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Deer Park High School celebrated its athletes during the fall sports awards, held in the school auditorium on Nov. 9. Athletic Director Dominick Fontana congratulated the athletes on all of their accomplishments and thanked the parents for their dedication and unwavering support.

The nine varsity teams’ members were called to the stage to be recognized and four athletes per team were awarded plaques for the most improved player, sportsmanship award, coach’s award and most valuable player.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Boys Cross-Country: Evan Attrino (MVP), Berk Bas (most improved player award), Ayush Manchanda (coach’s award) and Burak Tuzun (sportsmanship award)

Girls Cross-County: Kayla Beaumont (most improved player award), Ava Capone (MVP), Kaliyah Hull (coach’s award) and Brianne Vasconcellos (sportsmanship award)

Varsity Football: Joseph DeSimone (most improved player award), Jovani Elysee-Holloway (coach’s award), Hayden Lovinsky (MVP) and Christopher Rodriguez (sportsmanship award)

Boys Varsity Golf: Nicholas Fedrich (coach’s award), Michael Hodgkiss (MVP), Joseph Linken (most improved player award) and Dylan Rhodes (sportsmanship award)

Boys Varsity Soccer: Jesse-Daniel Ediale (coach’s award), Michaelangelo Giuliano (most improved player award), Isaiah Harrilal-Jamison (sportsmanship award) and Anthony Miller (MVP)

Girls Varsity Soccer: Isabella Colon (coach’s award), Taylor Gabel (MVP), Eadie Liu (most improved player award) and Fiona Stapleton (sportsmanship award)

Girls Varsity Swimming: Alexa Flores (MVP), Gloria Min (most improved player award), Hailey Quinn (coach’s award) and Theresa Tiernan (sportsmanship award)

Girls Varsity Tennis: Emily Franciscovich (MVP), Dimitra Pavlatos (most improved player award), Riya Shah (coach’s award) and Morgan Sinclair (sportsmanship award)

Girls Varsity Volleyball: Raidiris Burgos (MVP), Kayley Eising (coach’s award), Allyssa Skeen (most improved player award) and Mikayla Williams (sportsmanship award)  

Date Added: 11/18/2022