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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.

St. Baldrick’s Day Video


63rd Annual SCMTA Math Contest

Wednesday March 14, 2018 7th and 8th period Cafeteria B


2018 Summer Driver Education Program will run from Monday, June 25th and end on Wednesday, July 18th. The hours at Sachem North will be from 7:30 to 10:30am and at Sachem East it will run from 11:00am to 2pm. All registration forms and additional information will be available on the school's website by Wednesday, April 11th. Students must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid learner’s permit by June 25th. Please contact Mr. DeVenuto for any questions at



2018 Senior Trip Parent Meeting Letter

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The date for this year's Acoustic Café will be Thursday, March 29. The proceeds from this annual event support the Karen Jacobsen Memorial Scholarship, awarded to those who will pursue a degree in History. For more information, please see Mr. Antonucci in room A-328.

Sachem Showdown is East vs. North this year! It's on Tuesday, March 27, in the East Gym. Signs ups are available in the Student Government Office A316. Make a team and register so you can show your school spirit during March Madness, and enjoy some friendly competition with your peers at North. There will be pie eating contests, tug-of-war, relays and much more! Wear your team colors or get a group of friends together to make your own team shirts. Prizes will be awarded to the winning and most creative teams!

The induction ceremony of the Math and Science Honor Societies is today at 7:00pm. Mandatory rehearsal will be 9th period today. Meet in the auditorium immediately at the start of 9th period.

There will be a 9th grade class government meeting today during 9th period in the back gym. Hope to see you there!!

The SADD Club meeting for today is cancelled, and will be rescheduled.
There is a Tri-M meeting today. All members must attend. Those going to an Honor Society Induction rehearsal must come grab an agenda and sign in first.

IMPORTANT: Attention all Potential June 2018 Graduates: Please check for the correct spelling of your name on the lists posted outside Cafeteria A or the Guidance Office. If changes are needed, or if your name is missing, please see Mrs. Metrinko in Room C175 NO LATER THAN MARCH 29TH. This is how your name will be printed on your diploma. Please remember: Although your name is on this list, it does not confirm graduation.

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Tennis Team for defeating Longwood yesterday 7-0. Timmy Chiu won at first singles, Mike Russello beat his opponent at second singles, freshman Sam Middleton beat Longwood's third single player and Phillip Filipkowski won easily at fourth singles. Tommy Syron and Qunicy Rooi teamed up at first doubles to win 6-2, 6-2, while Joseph Traina and Tanay Karnik won in a third set tiebreaker at second doubles, and Dan "the man" LaRosa and John Pizzo crushed their opponents at third doubles. Their next home match is tomorrow, weather permitting.

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:

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In the News

Project Happiness Comes to Sachem High School East

Project Happiness Comes to Sachem High School East photo
Sachem High School East has been chosen by Project Happiness as one of 10 high schools from across the United States to receive a scholarship to establish a Happiness Club supported by the “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” corporate social responsibility platform. High School East was named an Official Happiness School based on its enthusiasm, creativity and commitment. 

Project Happiness is a nonprofit organization based in Cupertino, California. Founded in 2009, Project Happiness aims to teach people how to develop happiness strategies for life. The goal of the program is to reach 5.5 million youth with learnable happiness skills over the next five years, and this is just a first step. As a pilot program, the club will lay the foundations for a positive environment for students who experience great amounts of stress during this time in their lives, as well as create a ripple in the school community. 

“We were thrilled to learn Sachem East was chosen to be one of 10 schools in the country to participate in this Project Happiness movement,” Principal Louis Antonetti said. “This program will allow us to adopt a mindfulness program that will help students cope with stress while developing skills for self-reflection.”  

The Happiness Club at High School East will use activities and strategies from the Project Happiness handbook and curriculum to support students’ efforts to build happiness habits for life. The material has been used in over 120 countries and is science-based, drawing on aspects of positive psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness and social-emotional learning. 

The purpose of being an official Happiness School is to create a culture that supports people, rather than tears them down, and fosters an environment where authenticity and individual strengths are celebrated. Students will be encouraged to listen to their inner friend, rather than their inner critic, and develop emotional resilience along with grit.

As part of the initiative, High School East was visited by a Discovery Channel television crew to film “Discover Your Happy,” a program that will air on March 20 on Discovery Education. 

High School East Takes the Stage in ‘Sweeney Todd’

High School East Takes the Stage in ‘Sweeney Todd’ photo
High School East Takes the Stage in ‘Sweeney Todd’ photo 2
High School East Takes the Stage in ‘Sweeney Todd’ photo 3
Sachem High School East drama students took to the stage this March to perform “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. The remaining performances are scheduled for Fri., March 2 and Sat., March 3 in the Sachem High School East auditorium. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. 

The story tells the tale of a famed barber who returned to work above a struggling pie shop under an alias after being wrongly sentenced to life in prison. Working with the baker, Mrs. Lovett, the pair sought vengeance against the corrupt judge that sentenced Todd and end up traveling down a path with deadly consequences. 

The leading cast is composed of Colin Kwasnik as Sweeney Todd, Cecilia Antonelle as Mrs. Lovett, Ralf Jean-Francois as Judge Turpin, Jordan Dupre as Anthony Hope, Angelina Pagan as Johanna Barker, Cara Arbucci as Beggar Woman, Sam Krompinger as Adolfo Pirelli, Sophia Antonelle as Tobias Ragg and Nick Marrone as Beadle Bamford. The production includes multiple talented support staff and crew members that add to the seamless execution of the performance.  

“Before beginning this play, we all knew the high level of difficulty associated with achieving success during this production,” Drama Director Kenneth Dobbins said. “As always, with our vast array of talent, we have success. Congratulations to cast, crew, orchestra and all parents who helped us in reaching our dream.”

2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists Announced

2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists Announced photo
Sachem High School East senior Tharini Prakash and High School North senior Paige Mennici have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Tharini is president of the English Honor Society, treasurer of class government and a member of the Outdoors Club. She is enrolled in a plethora of Advanced Placement classes, including physics, economics, calculus, literature, environmental science and French. Tharini plans to pursue a degree in economics and politics at one of her top three school choices: Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania or Yale University. 

Paige has had perfect NYSSMA scores since eighth grade and was selected to the all-state chorus ensemble this year. She is the co-president of the Drama Club, vice president of the Music Honor Society and secretary of the National Honor Society. Paige plans to pursue a degree in music industry and song writing at The College of Saint Rose.

Approximately 15,000 students have been selected as finalists based on a number of rigorous academic requirements. The nationwide pool of finalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring from each state. 

Beginning in March and concluding in June, 7,500 finalists will be notified that they have been chosen to receive a Merit Scholarship.   

Sachem Student-Engineers Are No Strangers to Success

Sachem Student-Engineers Are No Strangers to Success photo
The Sachem Aftershock Robotics team is poised for another successful competition season following two consecutive first-place finishes, captured during the FIRST Robotics Regional Long Island Competition sponsored by the School Business Partnerships of Long Island.  

The team, composed of 117 male and female students from both Sachem High School East and North, worked countless hours honing its design, engineering and production skills in preparation for a grueling competition season, which began after the annual kickoff announcement Jan. 6. 

Each offseason the student-engineers submit proposals for side projects to continue their work exploring multiple aspects of the engineering field. With help from the club advisers, students design and build worm drive transmissions and write software for vision systems, among other challenging projects. New additions to the team compete in two offseason competitions utilizing last year’s robot to become familiar with all aspects of the competition environment. 

The robotics team provides an opportunity for students to explore the multifaceted engineering profession through the hands-on application of designs and ideas. Students engage in mechanical, electrical and software engineering with help from club advisers James Byrne, Andrew Cifuini and Robert Wentzel. Along the way students also receive key insights from Gary Dibicari, software advisor Jim Tripi, and new Sachem teacher and robotics team alumni Michael Lundstrom. 

“Aftershock Robotics helps students gain confidence communicating their ideas,” Wentzel said. “Students create worldwide connections while working on a common goal.”

The FIRST Robotics Competition announces a different game each year with varying objectives the students’ creation must complete efficiently. This year’s game is called “Power Up.” Once the game for the year is named, the students spring into action, brainstorming and identifying the problem before developing subsystems to effectively accomplish the tasks. 

This season the robotics team will be competing in two regional competitions. On Feb. 20 the students reach the end of the allotted build time for their robot. The robot is then crated and shipped off for the first competition of the season, the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 1 in South Carolina. Continuing the competition season, the team is aspiring to win its third consecutive Long Island Regional title on Apr. 12 at Hofstra University. 

Upon winning either of the two regional competitions, the team gains admission to the worldwide FIRST Championship held April 25-28, at the Cobo Center in Detroit. 

Virtual Enterprise Students Receive Stanford Scholarship

Virtual Enterprise Students Receive Stanford Scholarship photo
Sachem High School North senior Isabella Martinalbert and Sachem High School East senior Andrew Scavo have been chosen to receive the full-tuition Stanford scholarship from Long Island University Post for their outstanding academic achievements and participation in the Virtual Enterprise International class.

Isabella is an active participant in student government, a member of the yearbook committee and a member of the color guard for the Sachem Flaming Arrows Marching Band. In addition to her participation in extracurricular activities, Isabella is enrolled in multiple Advanced Placement classes, including economics, literature and calculus. Isabella plans to attend LIU Post where she will major in accounting before pursuing her master’s degree in business administration. 

Excelling throughout his time at Sachem, Andrew is a member of the varsity baseball team, a member of student government and the Buddies Club. Beginning his college education with a head start, Andrew has already received 30 college credits from enrollment and successful completion of many Advanced Placement classes such as calculus, physics, economics and English. Andrew remains undecided where he will attend college, but plans to pursue a degree in either finance or accounting. 

“Being involved in the finance department in our Virtual Enterprise class has helped solidify my choice to continue on with finance in college,” Andrew said. “Virtual Enterprise allowed me to break out of the traditional classroom experience and apply real-world ideas and creativity to our work.” 

Also recognized for his participation in the Virtual Enterprise program, Sachem High School East senior Nicholas Camoia has been offered a partial scholarship to LIU Post. Nicholas is undecided where he will attend college but is focused on obtaining a degree in a business-related field.   

To be considered for the Stanford scholarship, students must have participated in the Virtual Enterprise International class, have at least a 92 unweighted high school average and a SAT score of 1250.