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Sachem High School East

177 Granny Road,
Farmingville, N.Y. 11738
Principal: Mr. L. Antonetti
Assistant Principals: Mrs. B. Almendarez-DeBello, Mr. J. CariddiMrs. L. Johnson and Mr. A. Larson
Phone: (631) 716-8200



The mission of the Sachem High School East community is to educate and graduate young adults who achieve personal excellence through the principles of respect, recognition, responsibility, opportunity, belonging, and security.



Senior Trip Packets went home 10/13/17

Senior Trip Registration Codes:

Tour ID code:31699
Online registration code: B29EACDF
Please register ASAP
Any questions please see Ms. Stein or Mr. Dobbins

Follow the instructions to register

Senior Banquet November 6th at the Mediterranean Manor.
Packets Available in A237
Sign Ups Tuesday Oct 24 at 2 pm in the Little Theater
Need School ID, Money Order for $75 and Signed Permission Slip

Daily Announcements

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sachem East has adopted a school community devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Please donate gift cards to Amazon, Target, or Walmart to help students and teachers living in shelters get back on their feet. Donations can be brought to Mrs. Gearns in the spectrum office A315 or A314 or to Mrs. Melandro in A335.

Calling all of Sachem East to help out: Please bring in unwanted Halloween Candy to room B221 or A315, and place in the box on the table in front of the rooms. The Volunteer Club and Peer Educators are making inspirational candy bags to give out to children at soup kitchens and shelters this Thanksgiving. Please help this great cause. See Mr. Lemke or Mrs. Gearns with any questions.

This is a reminder that the application and teacher recommendation for the Foreign Language Honor Society are due by Wednesday, November 22. After 11:59 pm the website will no longer accept submissions. If anyone needs an application, they are outside of room A221.

The school newspaper The Eastside View will meet today after school in room A136. All are welcome to attend.

The library will be closed today periods 1-9.

The National Art Honor Society will be selling $2 doughnuts today, periods 2 through 9, in front of the school store.

Attention ALL Seniors! The last day to register for the Senior Trip is Monday, November 27. Please be sure to register as soon as possible to claim your spot on the trip! See Mr. Dobbins, Ms. Stein or an officer for more information.

Attention all Drama Club Members: There will be a general meeting Tuesday, November 21, 9th period in the Auditorium to discuss the upcoming musical. All interested must attend. Any questions please see Mr. Dobbins.

ATTENTION FRESHMAN CLASS GOVERNMENT: All Thanksgiving food drive items and money are due!! Please have final items in to room A342 or the girls Phys Ed office NO LATER than homeroom next Monday, November 20th.

Attention Forensics students going to the presentation today, please meet in the auditorium 5th period, NOT the little theater.

Hilltop Herald 2017-2018

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10 Reasons to Volunteer This Summer



1. Make a difference.
Volunteering is about giving back. With a team of like-minded people by your side, you’ll get the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself: to immerse yourself in different experiences, to instigate change at a grassroots level and along the way, to gain new perspective.
2. Change a life.
We believe the most beneficial thing we can do is to give people opportunities, not handouts. With us, you will lay the foundations of durable change and improvement in the lives of the communities you work with.
3. Give back to the causes most meaningful to you.
Pick your volunteer work based on what inspires you most. Whether it’s animal conservation, primary education, or construction work, you will create positive change in the world.
4. Gain a new perspective.
As the saying goes, “life begins at the end of your comfort-zone”. We come from extremely privileged countries in terms of both opportunities and amenities, and often do not realize the hardships others endure. You will be amazed how much you can take away from a summer volunteer experience and how it allows you to see the world in a different way.
5. Make a real connection.
Volunteering means you’ll have the chance to work alongside people from all over the country and make life-long friendships!


6. Real-world experience.
Releasing baby turtles, teaching English in underprivileged primary schools, laying foundations and building houses, preparing lunch for up to 100 children, cleaning crocodile enclosures, refurbishing classrooms, making enrichment toys for elephants… talk about real-world experience! You will bring home skills you never even knew existed!
7. Learn new skills.
Volunteering abroad is eye-opening, and the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself: you’ll learn to problem-solve, work with a team, be resourceful and adapt to life in an unfamiliar environment. These are skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life, no matter what field of work you chose.
8. Boost your resume for college applications.
As a general rule, recruiters look out for people with community involvement. It helps to create a positive impression, makes you more innovative, creative and gives you a range of useful skills. More importantly, college recruiters look at community involvement from students as a demonstration of leadership.
9. It's fun!
Volunteer work can be demanding, but it’s also a whole lot of fun!
10. Start Today:

(by Vesabroad)



In the News

Sachem Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

letters of intent image
On Thursday, Nov. 9, multiple student-athletes from both Sachem High School East and Sachem High School North signed their National Letters of Intent to play college sports next year.  

“It’s always a proud day for Sachem when our student-athletes sign their National Letters of Intent to play at the next level,” said Sachem Athletic Director Gary Beutel. “These individuals have dedicated themselves academically and athletically in order to achieve this success. We wish them the best of luck in their future academic and athletic careers. We know they will represent Sachem proudly at their future institutions.”

The following students were recognized:

Sachem North
-Grace Lipponer, Manhattan College, lacrosse
-Ashley Perrini, NYIT, lacrosse
-Hailey Rhatigan, Mercer University, lacrosse

Sachem East
-Justin Allone, Seton Hall University, cross country
-Taylor Calvagna, Hartford College, lacrosse
-Danielle Cosgrove, University of Notre Dame, basketball
-Pete Engelken, Marist College, lacrosse
-Craig Leonard, LIU Post, baseball
-Daniel Palermo, Iona College, baseball

High School East QuestBridge Finalists Named

High School East QuestBridge Finalists Named photo
Three Sachem High School East seniors were named QuestBridge College Match Finalists and have been selected for the chance to receive full scholarships to some of the nation’s top colleges upon admittance. 

Juan Amaya, Julia Araujo and Ilyssa Forman were selected for their high academic prowess, success in a plethora of Advanced Placement courses and for securing their respective places as part of the top 5 to 10 percent of their class. 

Among many accolades, Juan is class vice president, Foreign Language Honor Society vice president, and a member of the varsity track and field team, participating in high jump and in hurdling events.  

Julia is a member of the school orchestra in which she plays violin, and she also volunteers for Teens as Teachers and the Diversity Club.

Ilyssa is the president of the History Honor Society, the editor of the school paper and president and founder of the Philosophy and Debate Club.

“These three individuals are the true definition of persistence and have long maintained a focus on high academic standards,” said Principal Louis Antonetti. 

Out of approximately 15,000 applicants in 2017, only 5,759 have been selected as finalists.   

Carpentry Class Brings Learning to Life

Carpentry Class Brings Learning to Life photo

Students at Sachem High School East take learning out of the classroom as they apply mathematics concepts while collectively constructing a small ranch-style structure from the ground up, as part of a Career Training Program Carpentry class taught by James Byrne.

As part of the yearlong program, students work right outside of their classroom to raise a residential-type structure on the grounds of High School East. Students deploy multiple construction skills learned within the classroom to aide in the challenging building project. With the help of schematics, students turn designs into something tangible. Beginning with framing, sheathing and laying the initial floor, students raised the walls for the 16x24 foot L-shaped ranch. Next, students carefully measured rough openings where they will eventually hang doors and place windows. 

While working to complete the structure, students will be challenged further with angles and measures as they raise the rafters to begin the roof. Continuing to improve their craftsmanship, the students will lay shingles to complete the roof and also work on their trim abilities as they add full siding to the building. 

As the construction project continues, students will also incorporate various other trade skills to make the structure replicate a fully functioning home on the interior as well. The house will be equipped with running water, working electricity, and simple cabinetry features, all completed by the student craftsmen. 


Sachem Duo Wins Teslamania Physics Demo-Derby

Sachem Duo Wins Teslamania Physics Demo-Derby photo
Sachem High School East physics educator Richard Gearns and senior John Glenis took first place at the Teslamania Physics Demo-Derby at Stony Brook University, as they wowed onlookers with their incandescent bulb demonstration. 

The Teslamania Physics Demo-Derby is an event that gives physics educators from across Long Island an opportunity to showcase their ideas, inventions and lessons aimed at improving physics education and engaging students within the classroom. Participating educators are encouraged to incorporate demonstrations from the event into their own classrooms. 

“Teslamania was a truly fascinating experience,” said Glenis. “It exposed me to a variety of demonstrations which allowed me to better visualize the concepts we learn in class in an engaging way.”

Within their 15-minute demonstration window, the Sachem duo demonstrated to physics teachers how the filament of an AC incandescent bulb vibrates in the presence of a strong magnetic field. 

 “It’s a great contest,” said Gearns. “It brings together physics teachers and students in a way that allows everyone to share in the creativity, excitement and power of science.”  

Shaping Initials in Iron

Shaping Initials in Iron photo
Sachem High School East students in Keith Connelly’s technology class practiced metal design and production techniques as they crafted their initials out of iron. 

English as a New Language students in grades 9-12 worked through a multistep production process helping to improve upon communication skills through hands on learning activities. Students began production with the study of letter design and then practiced measuring curved lines as they turned their designs into reality. As production continued, students learned to cut and bend metal to mirror the designs that they sketched. Following cutting and shaping, students practiced self-shielded flux core welding to join each initial. 

Concluding the process, students applied finishing techniques such as grinding and finally painted their initials to complete their projects.