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The ECC celebrated the 100th day of school with CITA members Cindy Colon and Teresa Campbell dressed up as 100 year old ladies! 100

The CITA Fall New Member Workshop was held on November 12th.   This was a full day workshop with 3 presentations.  The presentations were designed to meet the needs of our new hires across the grade levels and areas of certification.  The workshop was organized collaboratively by Michele Celenza, New Member Chair and Vincent Ruggiero, District Mentor. 

The morning began with a presentation on the recent changes to Part 154.  Dafny Irizarry, CITA Bilingual Liaison spoke of the many changes which will impact all educators.  NYSUT Presenter, Barbara Luna followed with a presentation focusing on classroom management.  Attendees were thoroughly engaged and a lively discussion ensued.  After lunch, Mrs. Luna spoke about Parent-Teacher Conferences. Throughout the day she had activities planned which had teachers working collaboratively and there was a great deal of sharing questions and ideas.  The workshop ended with a raffle by Jill Bothwell, CITA Special Education Liasion

new members new members
new members new members


On October 30th, the Student Council at the High School organized their annual Safe Halloween. For a can of food and $2 per child, people from the community can bring their children to the High School for some safe Halloween fun. They go from room to room doing many fun activities like decorating cupcakes, dancing, or making a lollipop spider. The rooms are sponsored by various clubs and organizations and once again the CITA was among them. So on the day before Halloween, CITA members put on costumes and volunteered their time to make our room fun for all of the children. We gave out candy and the children were able to make a foam craft. Every room gave away candy and it was all sponsored by the CITA! The CITA would like to thank Claris Villatoro, Leah Solomon, Stacy Humann and her nephew Keegan, Tara Cudak, Tara Maguire, Tom Kuhn, Eileen Swike, Craig Reynolds, Maureen Esposito, Jill Esposito and her daughter Julia, Yvette Liburd, Marlene L’Hommedieu, Marsel Franco, Kim Costello, Frank Demodna, Nicole Governale, Dawn Nappi, Marc Johnson and Trisha Danesi for volunteering their time and patience with the children.

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halloween halloween
halloween halloween
halloween halloween
halloween halloween


On Mon Oct 20th the Mulligan Boys Soccer team defeated Ronkonkoma Middle School by a score of 5 to 4. The details of the match are unimportant to the events that took place during and after the game. Each of Coach LaRocca's 37 seventh and eighth grade players donated $2 to the cause. This money allowed the team to purchase items to sell at the Mulligan Kicks Cancer event. Local Restaurants such as Porsia's and Mary's donated pizza. Mary's pizza donated 8 pies and Porcia's donated 2. Nurse Gina Poulin and her daughter sold pizza and snacks. Kris Davis (PE at Mulligan) picked up the pizza at various locations. Jay Fielding allowed the team to borrow his tent and helped take it down. The event raised a total of $375.00 which was then donated to the CITA for the breast cancer walk.

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Although donations seemed to be low when we turned in our contributions at the Jones Beach walk on October 19th, we had a last minute donation from a fundraiser that Anthony LaRocca and the Mulligan School Boys Soccer team held. This fundraiser added an additional $375.00 to CITA’s donations. We are also extremely grateful for the support that we received from our retirees. Thank you, Diane Lysaght, Diane Sherman, Estella Clasen, Betty Daly, and Anne and Frank Genovese. The CITA is proud to announce that we raised a grand total of $2,909.00.There is still time to help! If you would like to make a donation, click on the link on this webpage to make a donation. Remember every penny helps! Together we are making a huge impact in our fight against breast cancer.
Thank you CITA!



On Friday, October 10th, CITA members attended the Central Islip Fire Department’s Open House on Wheeler Road to give away free books that CITA purchased through First Book. The turnout was unbelievable! Within an hour and a half, we gave away 500 books to children of all ages. We had over 200 books emphasizing the topic of fire trucks, fire stations and firemen. They were the huge hit of the night. It was truly amazing to see the children with a bright smile on their faces and a book in their hands. If you have not yet signed up for First Book, please go to www.firstbook.org and do so. You are missing out on some great books at a cheap price.The CITA would like to thank the Central Islip Fire Department and Chief Patrick Murphy for welcoming us. In addition, thank you to Christine Wesnofske, Michele Celenza, Tom Kuhn and Yvette Elliard-Liburd for their help that night.

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fire fire
fire fire


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