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2024 Cougar Achievement Award Information...

All students are eligible to earn the Commack Achievement Award each year they attend CHS. It might be more attainable than you think, so don't overlook it.

Completed point sheets are due to Mr. Biagi by Friday, May 10.

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Posted Thursday, April 11, 2024

Spanish Honor Society Heads to NYC

The CHS Spanish Honor Society enjoyed a field trip on Tuesday to see the show, “La gringa” at el Repetorio Español in Manhattan. The group then headed to Hudson Yards to have lunch in Little Spain.

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Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Student-Athletes Selected to Newsday Top-100 Lists

Commack varsity student-athletes are well-represented on Newsday’s top 100 lists of the best prep players on Long Island in their respective spring sports.
 Girls lacrosse midfielders Amelia Brite and Liliana Pettit and defender Kate Hearns, boys lacrosse attackmen Brandon Berozi and James Pagano, baseball infielder/pitcher Evan Kay and pitcher Ryan Krzemienski and softball catcher Rachel Abzug and pitcher Kayla O’Boyle all made the newspaper’s top-100 lists.
 Brite and Pettit, both juniors, are Stony Brook commits, while Hearns, a senior, is headed to Bucknell.
 Berozi, a senior, will play lacrosse at Binghamton, while Pagano, a junior, will play at Brown.
 Both seniors, Abzug will play at Rutgers-Newark and O’Boyle at Southern New Hampshire next academic year.
 Kay and Krzemienski, both seniors, will play at Stony Brook and St. Thomas Aquinas, respectively.

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Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Six CHS Students Participate in Film Premiere

Commack students have received lessons in combatting hatred and bullying this school year in conjunction with the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, heard firsthand from Holocaust survivor Meir Usherovitz and watched a play from Theatre Three recounting the descent into the Holocaust.
Six Commack High School students chose to fully immerse themselves in the topic.
Noah Caplan, Izzy Karten, Jordana Kofler, Hannah Krinsky, Michael Wagner and Sammy Weinstein have completed a year-long project in which they interviewed local Holocaust survivors for the film, "Names, Not Numbers."

The film, produced by the Suffolk Y JCC, premiered Sunday evening at Stage 74 in Commack.

The six Commack students and a dozen students from other districts who contributed to the film as well as Holocaust survivors Rachel Epstein, Manny Korman and Rosalie Simon — who are featured in the film — attended the showing.

So too did a bevy of Commack School District officials to support the students' endeavor, including superintendent Dr. Jordan Cox, assistant superintendent Timothy Russo, Board of Education trustees Gus Hueber and Susan Hermer and district clerk Debbie Virga.

"Person to person is so different than learning through books," CHS junior Izzie Karten said.

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Posted Sunday, April 7, 2024

Suicide Prevention Foundation Honors CHS Ninth Grader

Harold Teller wanted to find a way to help those in the community confronting mental health issues. So Teller, now a ninth grader at Commack High School, started a basketball tournament for friends and classmates.
 Two years later, the annual event has raised nearly $13,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
 Teller on Wednesday received a visit at the high school from Ann Morrison-Pacella, the foundation’s executive director for the Long Island Chapter.
 With his family, principal Carrie Lipenholtz and other high school administrators on hand, Morrison-Pacella presented Teller with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Community Service Award.
 “I really felt that it was important for you to understand how what you did is really making a difference,” Morrison-Pacella told him. “I truly believe that your generation is going to change the stigmas with asking for help and for talking about mental health. To have a young person like yourself do something like this to raise awareness is really making a difference.”
 Said Lipenholtz: “We’re so incredibly proud of you. Your efforts are so meaningful.”
 Not only does Teller intend to continue the annual 3v3 basketball tournament held in Holbrook — which annually has attracted 150 participants — he also is planning to host a capture-the-flag event at Short Beach in Nissequogue on May 5 to raise additional funds for the foundation.
 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention uses the funds in the local community for education and to support those who are struggling or have lost someone.
 “I know people who have struggled with mental health, and I wanted to help,” Teller said.

 Said Morrison-Pacella: “It’s not a comfortable topic to talk about, and it should be. Doing events like you are having and raising awareness and letting people know that it’s OK not to be OK, and that when we talk about our struggles that we can get help, that helps other people understand they are not alone.”

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Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Flag Football Team Wins Inaugural Game!

Commack Athletics made history on Monday. And it won in convincing fashion to boot.
 In the first-ever varsity flag football game in school history, the Cougars defeated visiting Bay Shore 22-0 on Monday afternoon.
Commack converted on a pair of fourth downs and scored a touchdown on the first drive in program history en route to the shutout victory.
 The county began sponsoring flag football as a varsity sport a year ago, and Commack joined in this season.
 “We have really smart girls and really athletic girls,” said head coach Augie Contressa, a former Stony Brook football standout. “They showed it today.”

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Posted Monday, April 1, 2024

Science Research Students Impress at NYSSEF!

On Monday, March 25th, four Commack students won awards at Round 2 of the New York State Science and Engineering Fair (NYSSEF), held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. NYSSEF is the most competitive science fair in the state, drawing projects from all over New York.

We'd like to take a moment to congratulate the following students on their achievements at this high level: 

Special Awards: 
  • Regeneron Biomedical Science Award - Mehek S.
Grand Awards: 
  • Kevin M.: 2nd Place, Biomedical and Health Science
    Decreased Immune Activation as a Driver of the Differential Therapeutic Responses to Chemoradiotherapy between HPV+ Head and Neck Cancer and HPV+ Cervical Cancer
  • Aaron M.: Honorable Mention, Translational Medicine
    Classifying Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Stroke CT Scans Via a Deep Learning Approach
  • Shivani M.: 3rd Place, Computational Biology
    Evaluation of Attribution Methods Alignments with Deep Learning Model Predictions in Genomics
  • Mehek S.: 1st Place, Microbiology
    Secretion of the Francisella tularensis Protein FTL_1123 by Escherichia coli Containing the HlyBD Operon
These impressive results would not have been possible without the guidance, dedication, and support of our amazing Science Research team of Jeanette Collette, Dr. Daniel Kramer, and Andrea Beatty, and our Science Director, Ms Laura Longo.

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Posted Thursday, March 28, 2024

Students Advocate for District at Capitol

Commack High School student leaders impressed their state representatives and Education Department administrators with their command of issues affecting students and the district during a visit to the State Capitol on Tuesday.
 Twenty-two CHS students from the Legislative Advocacy Committee accompanied superintendent Dr. Jordan Cox and his cabinet as well as Board of Education vice president Steven Hartman and committee co-chairs Eric Biagi and Dr. Jennifer Santorello on the advocacy trip to Albany.
 The group met with state senators Mario Mattera and assemblymen Keith Brown and Michael Fitzpatrick. They then crossed Washington Avenue to meet with New York State Education Department deputy commissioners Angelique Johnson-Dingle and Jason Harmon as well as a dozen senior staff members from throughout the department.
 The politicians and education officials both praised the students’ effective lobbying on behalf of the Commack School District with respect to policy and funding requests.
 “We love the fact you’re becoming young advocates,” Assemblyman Brown told the students. “It keeps our finger on the pulse.”
 Said Harmon, the Education Department’s P-12 operational support deputy commissioner: “This is critical for our work being able to hear from all of you.”
 The students’ presentations focused on six general topics: school funding, environmental sustainability, safety, mental health, local governance and technology.
 The specific proposals included requesting funding for a wellness room for mental health breaks, the expansion of security badges to younger students in the district to improve safety, and assistance developing educational opportunities at the six-acre farm that had been bequeathed to the district. The students also advocated for increased practical learning opportunities such as state-sponsored financial literacy coursework and the freedom to do internships as part of the academic coursework.
 Students from the district annually have traveled to Albany for nearly a decade to meet their representatives as well as Education Department officials. In fact, current social studies teacher Crystal Curcio — one of the chaperones for Tuesday’s trip — had visited Albany as a CHS student leader several years ago.
 The officials clearly listened. Johnson-Dingle and Harmon took copious notes and pledged to stay in touch with the students to get further feedback as the state looks to reexamine how students experience school.

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Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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