The Rapier The Student News Site of Central Islip High School Mon, 03 Feb 2020 23:39:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Oliver! Mon, 03 Feb 2020 23:39:58 +0000 If you have never attended a CIHS production, you are missing out. If you have attended, you know exactly why they are must-see events. Mark your calendars now: Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st, some of the most talented members of our school community will be performing Oliver! The last time this particular musical was performed in CI was 30 years ago and to celebrate this 30th anniversary of Oliver! in Central Islip, this promises to be one of the best shows yet!  In addition to our talented music department students, you will also see cameos by some teachers, coaches, administrators, and security guards. They will be singing. They will be dancing. You will be happy to witness it all. 

Listen for announcements about ticket sales in the coming weeks. 

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Kevin Zhu– CI Senior and Scientist Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:30:11 +0000 Earlier this month, the Central Islip High School got recognized in a positive light. On January 8th, one of our brightest students, as well as class valedictorian, Yu (Kevin) Zhu  was named semi-finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 competition. The Regeneron STS is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors. This impressive feat was only enhanced when we discovered that he was 1 of 300 students chosen out of a pool of 1,993 applicants from all around the world. His project was an analysis on the effects of simulated microgravity on the biofilm production and susceptibility of Acinetobacter Tween Arginine Translocase Mutants. Evidently it’s not only a mouthful but it also managed to truly impress the judges. He, as well as the CIHS, have been awarded $2,000 each. Kevin responded to his win by saying, “I was thrilled to show our community the potential of CI and to show other communities our potential too.” 

Kevin worked tirelessly for months, constantly staying after school with the help of Mrs. Roderick who teaches the Science Research Program, in which Kevin has been a student since his freshman year. The Science Research Program at CIHS started just five years ago and has already had two student-scientists place as Siemens’ Semi-Finalists. Mrs. Roderick is incredibly proud of Kevin and was quoted on the Central Islip School District webpage saying, “Over the years, I have watched Kevin grow and become a legitimate science researcher, and this is something you cannot put a price on. I’m so thrilled for him.” She also acknowledged with gratitude Dr. Koenig, our superintendent, as well as the Board of Education for their support of our students and programs.  As a person, Mrs. Roderick has always been very supportive of the students in her class. As a teacher, she cares not only about grades, but the development of true scientists. On behalf of The Rapier staff, I would like to thank Mrs. Roderick for everything she does and congratulate her on this accomplishment because it also reflects on her. 

Personally, I have known Kevin since middle school and it’s inspiring  to see him become so accomplished and get the recognition he deserves for all his dedication. Shout out to our very own Yu (Kevin) Zhu– all of us are so proud of you and wish you the best in your future endeavors!


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Why do I need the PowerSchool app? Wed, 04 Dec 2019 03:35:47 +0000 So many reasons!

  1. You will know what work is missing while you still have time to make it up.
  2. You will see your average change with each assignment so there won’t be any surprises at the end of the quarter!
  3. You can keep track of your absences and see when you need to work a little harder to get to class on time.
  4. You can be proactive. Before your average gets too low, you can talk to your teachers and attend extra help.
  5. You can see how many credits you have earned towards graduation.

Stop into the guidance office to get your log on information.

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Why You Need a Library Card Wed, 04 Dec 2019 02:19:06 +0000 If you have never had a public library card or yours has expired, it is time that you get a new one and see all the great opportunities and resources that are available. Here are the highlights, in no particular order:

  1. Attend Programs. Who doesn’t enjoy spending time doing something creative? No grades, no pressure, no due dates. Just good old fashioned fun!
  2. Use Computers. The young adult section (just us– no adults, and no little kids) has laptops available for us to use. They are brand new and able to print any assignment that you would like to make extra presentable. Use them for Regents review, Flocabulary, finding current events articles, or getting to work on that resume or college application.
  3. Complete Community Service. Just sign up for a community service event, or tell the librarian, Ms. Moss, that you would like to complete some community service. She will find you a job to do right away.
  4. SAT review classes. FREE!!
  5. Online homework help and tutoring. FREE!
  6. Check out ebooks and audiobooks right from your phone. No need to go to the library, no late fees, and instant entertainment.

Questions? Call the library at 631-234-9333 and ask to speak to Ms. Moss.

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The Thunberg Effect Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:19:18 +0000 In light of recent events, Greta Thunberg has become quite famous for being a climate activist. Thunberg has inspired many students to fight for environmental change. As one of these inspired students, I can say that she has made me feel like I haven’t done enough. Though I am a member of our chapter of Keep Islip Clean (KIC), I feel like there is more that I can do to benefit the environment.

For those of you who do not know, Greta has Aspergers Syndrome which causes difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication. She does not see this as a disability and says that is like having a superpower that allows her to protest without regard to the constant eyes on her. Thunberg’s perspective and ability to reach so many lives in spite of her challenges is truly inspiring. Though she is merely an adolescent like you and I, she chooses to  use her voice to bring about change. In her recent speech at the UN Climate Action Summit, Thunberg constantly questions, “How dare you?” You know what? She is right; how dare we continue to live knowing that we are single-handedly destroying ecosystems for our personal gain.

Thunberg is right to question all of humanity. We expect the world to give us what we continue to give it pollution. We need to change. Our future depends on us to fight for what is right. Let’s take a stand and try to make up for years of maltreatment. Together we can go against the social norms and live an eco-friendly life that will benefit not only us, but all the inhabitants of this planet.

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CITA Food Drive! Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:43:13 +0000 The Central Islip Civic Council’s Emergency Food Pantry is in need of food. We will be collecting non-perishable food until November 20. Teachers are collecting food, so you can give your donation to anyone with a collection box. Bring in your donation as soon as possible and spread the word!

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A Piece of France in CI Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:57:25 +0000 On October 7, The Rapier reporters attended “A Little Taste of France” hosted by Mrs. Britt and the French Honor Society. Crêpes, gateaux au beurre, and gateaux et chocolat were prepared, served, and enjoyed by the students in attendance. The delicious aroma even brought some teachers and security guards to the room to join the fun.

Mrs. Britt was so excited to kick off the French Honor Society meetings by showing the students an authentic treat from France. As a native speaker, her vast knowledge of the language and culture of France is so valuable to the students of Central Islip. Ms. Leuchtmann, another CIHS French teacher, was also in attendance to share her expertise. Before she was a teacher in Central Islip, she taught English in France. This experience developed her love for the culture and she would like to pass that to her students.

The French Honor Society is not just about food. They will be working on various French-centric projects and field trips will be aimed at rounding out students’ knowledge of France, French language, and French culture. They will wrap the year up with an award ceremony where each of the members will receive a well-deserved citation. Perhaps we can’t go to France, but we are fortunate to have Mrs. Britt and Ms. Leuchtmann bring a little bit of France to us!

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CIHS Student Wins Carey Gabay Scholarship Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:52:57 +0000 In early September, the winners of the Carey Gabay scholarship were announced. This scholarship, named and given in honor of the former Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo, covers the costs of attendance, tuition, room and board, college fees, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses. Governor Cuomo was the one to announce the bright young winners. He was quoted saying, “I applaud this year’s scholarship recipients for all their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them continue Carey’s legacy and help create a better New York.”

After growing up in public housing in the Bronx, Carey Gabay graduated from high school and moved on to graduate from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He lived a life of public service most recently serving as First Deputy Counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation. His life was tragically taken by gun violence in 2015 at the age of 43.

The Central Islip student earning this scholarship was 2019 graduate Venjamin Rivera. After a difficult past, he is now seizing the opportunity and attending SUNY Old Westbury with hopes to become a lawyer.

Interested in applying for scholarships such as this one? Check in with your guidance counselor for more information!

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Prom 2019!! Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:33:20 +0000  

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Teen Events at CI Library Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:04:23 +0000 Find a great book, try a new activity, or get some community service hours over the summer. The best place to go when you are looking for something to do is the CI public library. See Ms. Moss, the teen librarian, for more information. More info here:

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