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Smart Scholars Program


Fall Registration 2019

Final Fall Registration will take place for high school students and current 9th grade students.  Both active and inactive students are invited to register by Friday, September 20, 2019.  Classes begin Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9:45-12:45

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Impagliazzo, at 



About the Smart Scholars Program

Fall 2019 Academic Calendar

Amityville Collaboration with Farmingdale



Inclement Weather

Dear Smart Scholars,

In the event that there is inclement weather on a Saturday when the Smart Scholars have scheduled classes, please refer to the following procedures. Since the Smart Scholar program is held at Suny Farmingdale the decision whether to hold classes or not will be made by the college, not Amityville Schools.

The procedures described below will be followed when severe weather conditions occur on a Saturday.
a) There will be multiple means of notifying all members of the campus community. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for taking the initiative to find out the status of classes via one or more of these methods:

1. Check the Farmingdale website on a computer or on a smartphone-this is the primary and most efficient way of finding out about class cancellations. In addition, your smartphone will operate in a loss of electrical power.

2. Listen to or watch one of the media stations contacted by the College in a weather emergency. WALK (97.5) and K98.3 are the most reliable radio stations in this regard, along with News12 Long Island and FIOS1. A list of relevant media outlets appears at the end of this message.

3. Monitor social media accounts for updates:



Amityville is proud to participate in the NYS Smart Scholar Early College High School Program at Farmingdale State College. 100% of the courses are taught by SUNY Farmingdale professors. There is an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. One of the district goals is to have our Smart Scholar students successfully complete the basic college English and Math courses that often require remediation before they graduate from High school.
Please contact Dr. Diane Impagliazzo at  for information regarding eligibility, selection criteria, and application deadlines.   Students must be registered by Friday, September 16, 2016. Forms can be obtained  in Room 217 at the high school.


Recent Highlights

Students Explore the Science of Stem Cells

Approximately 86 students from Edmund W. Miles Middle School participated in a hands-on stem cell retrieval lab, as the school’s alternate gymnasium was transformed into a surgical laboratory where they performed dissections on and extracted stem cells from fetal pigs.

Stem cells, when properly collected, have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during the earlier stages of life and growth. They also have the ability to recreate and regenerate tissues and organs in a living body.

Working in teams, students had the meticulous task of identifying organs such as the kidneys, gall bladder and intestines within their piglets. Equipped with specific instructions that incorporated scientific terminology taught during the year, they made careful incisions to the abdominal and pelvic cavities using scalpels before extracting stem cells using syringes and placing them in micro-test tubes. Students were also asked to study 18 different organs from the piglets and draw comparisons to the human body based on what they learned in class. They also used iPad minis to record findings and capture imagery of the dissection and extraction.

Most of the participants were enrolled in the ninth-grade Living Environment course taught by Deborah Charles with the exception of some eighth-grade honors students also enrolled in the same course, taught by James Napoli.  

Farmingdale State College Professor Bentley Whitfield, dean of the Smart Scholar program for which many of these students participate, and Risa Stein, assistant director of college’s Science Technology Entry Program (STEP), provided support for the lab.

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Friday, July 10, 2020