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'Tis the Giving Season

Local Girl Scout Samantha Szwedo is flanked by South Huntington Social Workers Ventura Trent and Mark Graciani and hundreds of toys in need of wrapping that will go out to the various ‘Giving Trees’ at each of our schools.
Local Girl Scout Samantha Szwedo is flanked by South Huntington Social Workers Ventura Trent and Mark Graciani and hundreds of toys in need of wrapping that will go out to the various ‘Giving Trees’ at each of our schools.

South Huntington Social Workers Ventura Trent and Mark Graciani welcome Girl Scout Samantha Szwedo from Troop 1969.  Samantha was representing the South Huntington Girl Scout Service Unit that comprises all of the troops within the district. “It makes me happy to give toys to other people,” acknowledged our Oakwood second-grader. It turns out that Stimson Principal Edwin Smith was able to offer his building for a terrific movie-night fundraiser, with the price of admission being an unwrapped toy.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jacci Harris praised the efforts of all our Girl Scouts who took part in the joint effort. “On behalf of our school district, I want to thank you and all of the other Girl Scouts,” said Dr. Harris. “There will be a lot of very happy youngsters in our district for what you did, so please tell your entire Troop and Service Unit, Thank You!

Nikki Neutron Charges-Up Countrywood

Left to right: National Theatre for Children actors Carlye Messman and Hanna Stephens captured our student’s attention as they ‘bring education to life.’
Left to right: National Theatre for Children actors Carlye Messman and Hanna Stephens captured our student’s attention as they ‘bring education to life.’
Student volunteers are always a big hit, and because our students get to respond and interact with the show, the information presented really sticks with them.
Student volunteers are always a big hit, and because our students get to respond and interact with the show, the information presented really sticks with them.
Carlye Messman playing ‘Bert the Dirt Expert,’ teams up with superhero Nikki Neutron to bring energy conservation to life and at a level our youngest students can enjoy.
Carlye Messman playing ‘Bert the Dirt Expert,’ teams up with superhero Nikki Neutron to bring energy conservation to life and at a level our youngest students can enjoy.

‘The Energized Guyz’ entertained our Countrywood students last week with live performances intended to spark conversations about energy efficiency. “It’s really important that we educate and help children and their families understand the importance of our natural resources and to use energy wisely,” said George Coburn, Community Outreach Manager for PSEG Long Island. “The younger they begin learning, the more likely they will retain these concepts throughout their life.”

The play revolves around Nikki Neutron, a junior superhero, creatively played by Hanna Stephens, a National Theatre for Children (NTC) actress. Nikki discovers that the notorious ‘Sneaker,’ played by Carlye Messman, is waisting energy all over the city and with the help of student volunteers sets off to stop the Sneaker.

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC’s Director of Marketing Eddie Eames. “These children are watching a story unfold right before their eyes, with two actors playing all sorts of characters.”

Our super-smart Countrywood students now know what energy is, various uses of energy, how it’s wasted, and ways to conserve energy. Thank you PSEG Long Island for this free program for our students and support materials for our teachers and their classrooms.

Fall Sports Awards

Voted on by the coaches in Suffolk County, these students, along with many more were awarded team honors for the Fall 2017 Sports Season.
Voted on by the coaches in Suffolk County, these students, along with many more were awarded team honors for the Fall 2017 Sports Season.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Volleyball. Bottom: JV Men’s Volleyball
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Volleyball. Bottom: JV Men’s Volleyball
Letter Awardees Top: JV Women’s Soccer. Bottom: Varsity Women’s Soccer.
Letter Awardees Top: JV Women’s Soccer. Bottom: Varsity Women’s Soccer.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Football. Bottom: JV Men’s Football.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Football. Bottom: JV Men’s Football.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Field Hockey. Bottom: JV Field Hockey.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Field Hockey. Bottom: JV Field Hockey.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Cross Country. Bottom: Varsity Women’s Cross Country
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Cross Country. Bottom: Varsity Women’s Cross Country
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Soccer. Bottom: JV Men’s Soccer.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Men’s Soccer. Bottom: JV Men’s Soccer.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Women’s Tennis. Bottom: JV Women’s Tennis.
Letter Awardees Top: Varsity Women’s Tennis. Bottom: JV Women’s Tennis.
Letter Awardees: Varsity Swim.
Letter Awardees: Varsity Swim.
Letter Awardees: Varsity Gymnastics.
Letter Awardees: Varsity Gymnastics.
Letter Awardees: Varsity Golf.
Letter Awardees: Varsity Golf.
Letter Awardees Top: JV Women’s Volleyball. Bottom: Varsity Women’s Volleyball.
Letter Awardees Top: JV Women’s Volleyball. Bottom: Varsity Women’s Volleyball.

The Fall Sports Awards ceremony was held in Whitman’s North Gymnasium recently and with a new venue came a new format. Athletes were honored as a team and letter winners joined their teammates on the risers for a photo.  While some of our athletes were at either their own Suffolk County Awards dinners or involved in winter sports, many who were honored by Section XI coaches were present for an awards photo. Voted on by the coaches in Suffolk County, the following students were awarded team honors for the Fall 2017 Sports Season. Congratulations to the coaches, and families of these exceptional athletes.

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

All-League Honorable Mention: Eyvin Moreira, Zachary Lella

All-League: Aiden Smyth, Sean Smyth, Jack Wrobel, Raj Shah

All-Division: Aiden Smyth, Sean Smyth, Jack Wrobel, Zachary Lella

All-County: Aiden Smyth

All-County Academic: Aiden Smyth

New York State Qualifier: Aiden Smyth

 

BOYS SOCCER

All-League: Wilmer Dominguez, Jordan Hernandez, Elmer Aleman

League II MVP: Fernando Hernandez Osorio

All-Conference: Fernando Hernandez Osorio, Thomas Jose Garcia, Jeferson Saravia Garcia

All-County: Fernando Hernandez Osorio, Thomas Jose Garcia

All-County Academic: Michael Seitz

All-State: Fernando Hernandez Osorio

 

FOOTBALL

2ND Team All-Division: Anthony Dennison, Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson, Leevon Black

All-Division: Quinn O’Hara, Cedric Gordon

All-County: Quinn O’Hara


GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

All-Conference: Alexandra DeGaray

All-League Honorable Mention: Noelle Bryggman

All-League: Alexandra DeGaray, Amanda DeWitt, Maelyn Latko

All-County Academic: Maelyn Latko

Maura Stouter Volleyball Passion Award: Maelyn Latko

 

GOLF

ALL-LEAGUE: Scott McEntee

 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

All-Tournament: Jack Poplawski, Sean Williams

All-Division Honorable Mention: Craig Stockfeder, Jack Anest, Jonathan Lew

All-Division: Joshua Friedman, Robert Seebach

All-County: Jack Poplawski, Sean Williams

All-Academic: Craig Stockfeder, Jack Anest, Michael Bronson,Hunter Eichner, Clifford Sweezey

 

GYMNASTICS

All-League Honorable Mention: Yagmur Aykanat

All-League: Sarah Astegher, Danielle Harris, Carly McEntee, Brianna Scala

 

GIRLS SOCCER

All-Conference: Brittany Shaneberger

All-League: Danielle Kleet, Marissa Martino

 

GIRLS TENNIS

All-League: Jasmine Haug, Katherine Miata, Stephanie Young

 

GIRLS SWIMMING

All-League: Dana Koegler

All-County: Emily Fung

All-County Academic: Emily Fung

All-Long Island: Emily Fung

All-State: Emily Fung

Section XI Sportsmanship Award: Emily Fung

 

FIELD HOCKEY

All-Division: Britany Khatchatourian, Anna Garziano

All-Division Goalkeeper: Kristy Campana

All-County Honorable Mention: Kayla Campana

Unsung Hero: Chloe Blumberg

Congratulations to our Stimson Middle School Scholar Cats for the Fall 2017 Sports Season: Jacob Somer, Logan Elmore, Joseph Gervasio, Liam Murphy, John Villella, Rasahn Thompson, Liam Villanti, Christopher Ramos, Joseph Chandler, Luke Kannavos, Nicholas Bottoni, Michael Phillips, Anthony Orgera, Anabelle Muellers, Alexa Gluckstal, Hailey Crocco, Olivia Del Priore, Paige Elar, Brooke Bonfante, Dayana Moreira Jaramillo, Sabina Terriche, Melanie Smuss, Elizabeth Laregina, Samantha Unger, Kasey McArdle, Kate McAuley, Anastasia Novinski, Yimei Potzinger, Brooke Connor, Kathryn Donovan, Rebecca Beickert, Molly Dugan, Sarah Jacoutot, Mia Brunetti, Julianne Panarello, Victoria Hocknell, Jenna Crocco, Jillian Vesque, Gianna Inga, Morgan Fulcher, Kristina Lineen, Angelina Todaro, Charlotte O Hara, Alexandra Garden, Sydney Cusack, Brianna Morrissey, Kristy Chillemi, Nicole Wittleder, Angela Shedlow, Shaelyn Scharpf, Gianna Vozza, Ethan Chandre, Tyler Phillips, Sawyer Diamond, Jamal Marseille, Arnold Aguilera, Joshua Chandre, Jason Kaiser, Jack Fallon, Michael Finnerty, Jack Noble, Benjamin Koch, Ryan Gannon, Kevin Rankel, Suzanne Philip, Keisy Valencia, Cecilia Medina Granados, Alianna Mauro, Vanessa Reyes, Ashly Orellana Ramos, Alexandra Fink, Samantha Castro, Elizabeth Schreiber, Alyssa Katwala, Ashley Kozlowski, Marina Bonvicin, Samantha Maxim, Jenna Cullen, Emily Lewin, Bianca Russell, Liana Dreusike, Alexa Rapacciuolo, Kristen Salas, Kate Buckshaw, Jazmin Cardenas Arias, Alyssa Burke, Victoria Pascrell, Carly Mineo, Zahra Choudry, Simeon Kwak, Dylan Long, Hunter Knell, Luca Rombaldi, Giovanni Cartisano, Liam Towers, Trevor Galgano, Owen Connolly, Patrick McHale, Aiden Lucas, Leonardo Castro, John Lupton, Mason Lockhart, Declan Hill, Ryan Hill, Patrick Soulias, Colin Murphy, Angelo Kliampas, Ryan Hansen, Matthew Tuohy, Kaiet Coraizaca, Noah Ramos, Gavin Cooper, Ryan Davis, Thomas Bass, Michael Coppola, Nicholas Abrescia, Andrew Noonan, Nicholas Campanelli, Grayson Slansky, Alex Bogdani, David Haller, Jonathan Holleran, Anthony Carino, Gabriel Gonzalez, Sarah McDowell, Guadalupe Romero, Getsemani Ayala Najera, Magaly Garay, Alexandra Fullerton, Maya Biblow, Judith Anest, Jennifer Vilorio, Natalie Donahue, Monica Rios Reyes, Emma Kasey Wagner, Ariel Neirs, and Noelle Decker.  

Congratulations to our Walt Whitman Minds in Motion recipients for the Fall 2017 Sports Season: Heather Abbene, Isabella Adamovicz, Christopher Adams, Ife Adebola, Johnique  Aiken, Anastasia Akapnitis, Elmer Aleman, Jaime Aleman, Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Nadera Andrews, Jack Anest, Elman Aparicio, Christopher Arthur, Nicholas  Arthur, Yagmur Aykanat, Jonathan Aziz, Mabel Bassi, Eric Bell, Logan Bermudez, Michelle Berrios, Grant Biederman, Thomas Biryla, Noah Biton, Chloe Blumberg, Emily  Boccia, Sean Bock, Gregory Borysowski, Michael Bottoni, Jack Brady, Mondell  Brandon, Thomas Breaton, Michael Bronson, Ella Brower, Lauren Brown, Matthew  Brunet, Alexa Brunetti, Noelle Bryggman, Matthew Calandra, Kayla Campana, Kristy  Campana, Annelise Campo, Joanna Canigiani, Pamela Carey, Samantha Carey, Jessica Castagna, Sebastian Castillo, Anna Cerrito, Nikolas Cerrito, Juan Chamorro, Ellian  Chavez Granados, Alyssa Chillemi, Juliana Chiriboga, Jake Christiansen, Herson  Cisneros Campos, Allyson Clark, Kristen Coletti, Gianna Conte, Yomary Cordero, Jack  Cox, Matthew Crocco, Jillian Crowley, Hannah Cruz, Luke Cunsolo, Olivia Cunsolo, Angelina  D’ Amico, Grace  D’ Souza, Elena Davis, Christina DeBlasio, Nicholas  DeGaetano, Thomas DeGaetano, Amanda DeWitt, Hailey Dearborn, Alexandra  DeGaray, Danielle Degaray, Cayleigh Delgado, Anthony Dennison, Alexander DiLorenzo, Kyle Dickson, Wilmer Dominguez Funez, Daniel Donovan, John Dugan, Hunter  Eichner, Emily Engoran, Mareena Erfan, Dominick Esposito, April Farrell, Andrew Ferreri, Kristen Finnerty, Maxwell Fisher, Diana Fogel, Paul Follo, Holly  Fontanetta, Joshua Friedman, Madison Fulcher, Emily Fung, Anna Garziano, Madonna Getchell, Olivia Giarratano, Makai Gilbert, Casey Gilmartin, Gabrielle  Girard, Alexander Glatzle, Katherine Gotard, Lauren Gotard, Emma Graff, Joseph  Grasso, Amanda Grennan, Benjamin Grondahl, Fazli Halimi, Emma Halliday, Andrew  Harrigan, Danielle Harris, Amelia Hatton, Jasmine Haug, Liana Haug, Stephen  Hong, Kathleen Hoppe, Elisa Hustedt, Kate Jenkins, Jillian Jobson, Priya Katwala, Anna Keller, Parker Keller, Dana Keogler, Sydney Khan, Britany Khatchatourian, Nicholas King, Ryan King, Desiree  Kleberg, Danielle Kleet, Nellie Klein, Alexandra Knell, Sebastian Koch, Daniel Kulesa, Maelyn Latko, Zachary  Lella, Hope  Levin, Jonathan  Lew, Karina Lew, Joseph Libardi, Sergio Licona, Meaghan Liegey, Jefferson Lopez, Graham Lunt, Kyle Lutz, Jordan Lyons, Kevin Martin, Christopher Martino, Marissa  Martino, Raymond Matuza, Kayleigh McArdle, Carly McEntee, Scott McEntee, Luke  McEvoy, Dana McGowan, Matthew McGowan, Kevin McKenna, Griffin  McNally, Ryan McQuade, Katherine Miata, Dean  Mirissis, Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Jimmy  Morales, Richard  Morel, Kevin  Morrissey, Sarah Nace, Michael Naughton, Margaret Neiland, Christopher Neuman, Juliana  Nguyen, Annabelle Novinski, Sean  O Donnell, Quinn  O Hara, Collin O’Neill, Carlie O’Riordan, Samantha O’Toole, Christopher  Owens, Kyle Owens, Ryan Owens, Jennifer  Parada Melgar, Anthony  Paredes Trujillo, Shailee Patel, Katherine  Pensa, Lilli  Petzold, Matthew Philip, Caroline  Phillips, Riley  Piromalli, Jack  Poplawski, Julia  Posillico, Robert  Posillico, Sophia  Probst, Darwin Quintanilla, Connor Rankel, Sean Rankel, Nicole Rapacciuolo, Vishal Rattu, Lauren Redelman, Dylan  Rehman, Joseph Robert, Lily Robert, Issac Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, Isabella Rombaldi, Stephanie Ross, Jaycelyn Ruotolo, Gabrielle  Safian, Kayla Sakayan, Joseph Sansotta, Daniela Santoiemma, Vincent Santoiemma, Jeferson Saravia Garcia, Christopher Schindler, Zoe Schwandtner, Anna  Scortichini, Christopher Scortichini, Robert Seebach, Daniela Segura, Michael  Seitz, Raj  Shah, Ariana Shaikh, Brittany Shaneberger, Ryan  Shea, Sophia  Sieli, John  Silveri, Rachel  Smith, Amanda Smuss, Aiden  Smyth, Fiona  Smyth, Sean Smyth, Jaden Speter, Matt Stampfel, Mia Stampfel, Craig Stockfeder, Jenna Stockfeder, Faith  Stone, Clifford Sweezey, Adam Tabibzada, Mary Teresky, Jasmine Thai, Jacqueline  Thomann, Alexa Toledo, Matthew Torres, Barbara Tripi, Riley Turner, Shannon Turner, Natalie Ugenti, Briana Umana Moran, Antonio Valencia, William Valle, Wilmer Valle, Camilo Vazquez, Jacob Veeder, Jessica Vesque, Julianna Villella, Samantha Vincent, Christian Viteri, Morgan Wagner, Riley  Wagner, Aidan Wallace, Grace Weigele, Liam Weigele, Ariana Weindling, Alexa  Wilbrecht, Sean Williams, Arthur Wobig, Jack Wrobel, Kevin Wrobel, Alec Wurtz, Ashli Wuss, Patrick Wuss, Diego Yanez Romero, Stephanie Young, Subhana Zafar, Jackson Zaiff, Natalie Zakrzewski, Jared Zenie, and Brian Zuckerberg.           

Cheer Starts Competitive Season on the Podium

The Varsity Cheer team travels to Comsewogue High School for their next meet, this Saturday, December 16th at Noon.
The Varsity Cheer team travels to Comsewogue High School for their next meet, this Saturday, December 16th at Noon.

Congratulations varsity cheerleading. The team placed 2nd at its first local Section XI competition of the season this past Saturday at Longwood high school. Way to Go Ladies!

 

Winter Track Highlights

The 2017-18 men’s winter track team senior members at their team photo shoot last week.
The 2017-18 men’s winter track team senior members at their team photo shoot last week.

Congratulations Men’s Track: On Sunday, December 10th, the team competed at Suffolk community college. Congratulations to Paul Follo for making the finals in the 55-meter. Jack Poplawski ran a personal best in the 55-meter hurdles. Justin Salas threw a personal best in the shot put. Aiden Smyth took 2nd in the 1,000-meter with a personal best time. Nice job guys! Pictured are many of our senior members of the 2017-18 winter track team: Sharyar Asif, Emmanuel Auguste, Joseph Campanella, Tajear Farquharson, Paul Follo, Zachary Lella, Graham Lunt, Ryan McQuade, Christopher Morales, Eyvin Moreira, Luigi Portaro, Michael Seitz, Aiden Smyth, Sean Smyth, Matt Stampfel, and Jack Wrobel.

Melville Chamber Spotlights Robert Callahan

Mr. Callahan has over 35 years of business experience in a wide range of industries that helps facilitate connecting students and teachers with the local business community.
Mr. Callahan has over 35 years of business experience in a wide range of industries that helps facilitate connecting students and teachers with the local business community.

Our own Rob Callahan is the Melville Chamber of Commerce Spotlight member for the month of December. Mr. Callahan is the Career Development and Occupational Studies Coordinator at Walt Whitman High School. Most notably is the schools’ Career Pathways Business Program, a student-centered stackable credential program designed to prepare our students with Job Readiness skills. Students participating in the Program at Walt Whitman High School develop transferable skills they will need to transition from high school to the next level in their Career Pathway, whether it is the workplace, community college, vocational school, or a four-year college program. By training our students to communicate, solve problems, and present their ideas, we will be developing a well-rounded student whose skills will be in demand in the workplace now and beyond 2020.

The read more about Rob use the following link to the Melville Chamber of Commerce website and his bio/write-up.

http://melvillechamber.org/robert-callahan/

Google Expeditions Heads to Maplewood

In virtual journeys of ‘Forces of Nature,’ students get to see what it would be like to travel through a hurricane’s eye, or go inside a tornado.
In virtual journeys of ‘Forces of Nature,’ students get to see what it would be like to travel through a hurricane’s eye, or go inside a tornado.
The Solar System comes alive with Augmented and Virtual Reality.
The Solar System comes alive with Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Google Tango technology scans our classroom and then uses that information as a setting for the specific module that our students are exploring, in this case ‘Forces of Nature’ demonstrated the power of a tornado.
Google Tango technology scans our classroom and then uses that information as a setting for the specific module that our students are exploring, in this case ‘Forces of Nature’ demonstrated the power of a tornado.

Maplewood’s fifth-grade students engaged with the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program where they were immersed in virtual journeys of ‘Forces of Nature’ and ‘The Solar System.’ The program used Google Tango technology to effectively scan and map a physical room and accurately project 3D models throughout.  Students were able to have a live, direct view of a hurricane’s eye, go inside a tornado, and experience how the earth’s plates shift during an earthquake. This learning experience provided our students with up-close encounters of how anything can be brought to life with Augmented and Virtual Reality.

All-Long Island for Two at Whitman

Jack Poplawski and Fernando Hernandez Osorio gave it their all this past season and have been recognized for their Wildcat passion.
Jack Poplawski and Fernando Hernandez Osorio gave it their all this past season and have been recognized for their Wildcat passion.

A pair of Walt Whitman athletes have been nominated to Newsday’s All-Long Island Teams for the Fall Sports Season.

Congratulations to Whitman volleyball player Jack Poplawski. Jack is a 3-year varsity starter and helped lead the team to the Suffolk County playoffs this past season. He was on Newsday’s top 25 to watch in 2017 at the beginning of the season. Jack’s 2017 Season Stats read as follows: 180 kills, 28 aces, 15 blocks, and 89 digs. He is a 3x all-county award winner and 1x all-tournament selection. For his efforts, Jack has been honored by being named to Newsday's All-Long Island Boys Volleyball second team. Great job Jack!

Congratulations to Whitman Soccer star Fernando Hernandez Osorio. Awarded All-Conference and All-County, Fernando has also been awarded League II MVP, a tremendous honor when you consider the quality of play in one of the states toughest men’s soccer leagues. With 20 goals and an assist, the news for this outstanding senior gets even better, varsity coaches John DiGiacomo and Brian Karcz are proud to announce that Fernando has been named to the All-State team. Fernando has been honored for his dedication and hard work by being named to Newsday's All-Long Island Boys Soccer second team. Way to Go Fernando!

Give Me 5... Just in Time!

Students were able to see that their method of hand washing needed to be improved upon!
Students were able to see that their method of hand washing needed to be improved upon!
Hand washing is like a
Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of illnesses so you can stay healthy.
Farmingdale State College Nursing students, Danielle Buoucore and Elizabeth Jarossy review with our sixth-graders the importance of washing your hands correctly.
Farmingdale State College Nursing students, Danielle Buoucore and Elizabeth Jarossy review with our sixth-graders the importance of washing your hands correctly.

The flu season may be early this year, and students at Silas Wood got a healthy reminder recently on the importance of cleanliness. Farmingdale State College Nursing students, Danielle Buoucore and Elizabeth Jarossy, with their professor, Dr. Maria Nikolaidou, visited the English students in Ms. Cirillo's class to share a lesson on hygiene thanks to Silas's nurse, Sally Cappy who is involved in their intern program.

The lesson included "Give Me 5", a beautiful tri-fold display that showed the necessary steps in hand washing. Next, the Silas students were able to rub their hands with a special powder after they "washed" their hands. The lights in the classroom were turned off and Ms Buoucore and Ms. Jarossy used a black light device that showed the students the spots they had missed which glowed in the dark. This activity was amazing because the English students were able to see that their method of hand washing needed to be improved upon! Just as they've learned so far at Silas, we can always get better at what we do. Thank you to Ms. Buoucore, Ms. Jarossy, and Dr. Nikolaidou for such a hands-on experience! Literally!

Google Expeditions Lands at Birchwood

Working in teams, students share their experience and excitement as the very latest in learning technology brings their curriculum alive.
Working in teams, students share their experience and excitement as the very latest in learning technology brings their curriculum alive.
Here’s to Google! After a quick mapping of their room, our students are ready for an adventure.
Here’s to Google! After a quick mapping of their room, our students are ready for an adventure.
This young man is about to descend through the eye of a spinning category 5 hurricane.
This young man is about to descend through the eye of a spinning category 5 hurricane.
Highlighting their Oceanography curriculum, students get to see creatures of the deep come alive and swim by as if they were real.
Highlighting their Oceanography curriculum, students get to see creatures of the deep come alive and swim by as if they were real.

On Monday and Tuesday of last week Birchwood students visited the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program. This program provided students with a special opportunity. Expeditions AR use Google's Augmented Reality technology to map the physical classroom and then teachers are able to place 3D objects around the classroom. Students walked all around the objects, got in close to spot details, and stepped back to see the full picture.

Birchwood would like to thank our wonderful new Librarian, Cathy Schlaich, for bringing this to our school. We would also like to thank Christine Sepe and Jennifer DelGiorno, our terrific tech mentors, for leading the students through this awesome experience.

County Volleyball Awards Night

Left to right: Alexandra DeGaray, Amanda DeWitt, and Maelyn Latko are all smiles as they are awarded for their strong showing this past season.
Left to right: Alexandra DeGaray, Amanda DeWitt, and Maelyn Latko are all smiles as they are awarded for their strong showing this past season.
Maelyn Latko was the recipient of the Maura Stouter Volleyball Passion Award. This award is given to one senior in the county who best demonstrates a high level of passion, dedication, commitment and leadership.
Maelyn Latko was the recipient of the Maura Stouter Volleyball Passion Award. This award is given to one senior in the county who best demonstrates a high level of passion, dedication, commitment and leadership.
Varsity coach Steve Greco is proud of his team, and especially these three outstanding players.
Varsity coach Steve Greco is proud of his team, and especially these three outstanding players.

Varsity coach Steve Greco is pleased to share that at the recent Suffolk County Girls Volleyball Awards Dinner, Walt Whitman had three players honored with awards.  Freshman Amanda DeWitt was selected All-League.  This past season, Amanda was second on the team in kills with 194 and first on the team in aces with 46.  Junior Ally DeGaray was selected as All-League and as All-Conference.  Ally led the team in kills with 204, was second on the team in aces with 42 and second on the team in digs with 206.  This is Ally's second All-League Award. 

Lastly, Senior Maelyn Latko was selected All-League and All-County Academic.  Maelyn led the team in digs this year with 336 and was third on the team in aces with 37.  In addition, Maelyn was this year's recipient of the Maura Stouter Volleyball Passion Award.  This is an amazing award named in honor of one of the most successful coaches in Suffolk County history.  This award is given to one senior in the county who best demonstrates a high level of passion, dedication, commitment and leadership, all qualities that Coach Stouter was known for.  This is an incredible honor, and we are so proud of Maelyn for being selected.  Congratulations Ladies and Coach Greco on a great season!

23rd Annual Peers Wrestling Tournament

Left to right: Peter Marion and Mondel Brandon both won Gold for the Wildcats.
Left to right: Peter Marion and Mondel Brandon both won Gold for the Wildcats.
Peter Marion, wrestling in the second round, pinned his Sachem opponent inching closer to the championship round.
Peter Marion, wrestling in the second round, pinned his Sachem opponent inching closer to the championship round.
 Mondel Brandon (white uniform) in the Championship round wrestled a close match but prevailed to take gold.
Mondel Brandon (white uniform) in the Championship round wrestled a close match but prevailed to take gold.
Senior Tom DeGaetano, wrestling in the 126lb class advanced to the Championship round.
Senior Tom DeGaetano, wrestling in the 126lb class advanced to the Championship round.
Competing in the 145lb class Joe Feola worked his way into the Championship round.
Competing in the 145lb class Joe Feola worked his way into the Championship round.
Elvis Vasquez, a junior at Whitman, is on his way to the final round in the 132lb class.
Elvis Vasquez, a junior at Whitman, is on his way to the final round in the 132lb class.
 The ‘Jimmy Kaden Most Outstanding Wrestling Award’ went to Sachem 170lb wrestler Alejandro Aponte. Presenting the award is Jim and Debbie Kaden.
The ‘Jimmy Kaden Most Outstanding Wrestling Award’ went to Sachem 170lb wrestler Alejandro Aponte. Presenting the award is Jim and Debbie Kaden.

The Walt Whitman wrestling season is officially open. On Saturday, December 2, hundreds of wrestlers weighing between 99 and 285 pounds descended upon Whitman’s North Gym for the 23rd Annual Andrew Peers Wrestling Tournament.

Characteristically the Wildcats post a strong showing, and this year was no exception. The Team placed 2nd overall including six wrestlers in the championship round. Top performers for Whitman were Meet Champions Peter Marion in the 138lb class and Mondell Brandon weighing in at 285lbs.  Second-place finishers include Anthony Costantino at 120lbs, Tom DeGaetano at 126lbs, Elvis Vasquez at 132lbs, and Joe Feola at 145lbs. Finishing in third place were Luis Catalan at 126lbs, David Costa at 152lbs, Nick Rows at 182lbs, and Luis Baires at 195lbs. Whitman also had two fourth-place winners: Herson Cisneros and Kevin McKenna. The Team would like to thank Mrs. Biancamano for her outstanding job as tournament director.

Congratulations to the entire Wildcat wrestling team, who open their home season against Connetquot on December 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Whitman’s South Gym.

The Andrew Peers Memorial Tournament is named in memory of 1988 Walt Whitman graduate Andrew Peers, who was killed in an auto accident in 1994. Andrew was one of Whitman’s most spirited and accomplished athletes in the 1980s. He won All-League honors three times and was All-County in his senior year for wrestling. Andrew was also an accomplished lacrosse attackman, garnering All-League honors.

 

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Stimson Field Hockey Honored

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Congratulations to the Stimson Field Hockey Team who recently received the Section 11 Sportsmanship Award for this past fall season. Congratulations to coach Kate Liegey and her team: Kathryn Donovan, Jillian Vesque, Angela Shedlow, Molly Dugan, Kristy Chillemi, Sophia Iovino, Kate McAuley, Kasey McArdle, Yimei Potzinger, Charlotte O’Hara, Mia Brunetti, Kristina Lineen, Alexandra Garden, Brianna Morrissey, Rebecca Beickert, Brooke Connor, Sarah Jacoutot, Marissa Emanuele, Victoria Hocknell, Gianna Inga, Shaelyn Scharpf, Angelina Todaro, Gianna Vozza, Morgan Fulcher, Nicole Wittleder, Anastacia Novinski, Jenna Crocco, Sydney Cusack,  and Julianne Panarello.

Bryggman & Polk Commit

Noelle Bryggman and Shannon Polk commit to the next level for their respective colleges next year.
Noelle Bryggman and Shannon Polk commit to the next level for their respective colleges next year.
Coaches and administrators congratulate Noelle Bryggman and Shannon Polk with family support. Seated left to right: Mrs. Bryggman and her daughter Noelle, Shannon Polk and her Mom. Standing left to right: Whitman Principal John Murphy, Mr. Bryggman, Coach Ralph Miranda, Coach Lisa Christiansen, Mr. Polk and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright.
Coaches and administrators congratulate Noelle Bryggman and Shannon Polk with family support. Seated left to right: Mrs. Bryggman and her daughter Noelle, Shannon Polk and her Mom. Standing left to right: Whitman Principal John Murphy, Mr. Bryggman, Coach Ralph Miranda, Coach Lisa Christiansen, Mr. Polk and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright.

The early college signing period for high school seniors has begun and two athletes announced their decisions at an official ceremony today. Congratulations to Noelle Bryggman and Shannon Polk who will be playing at the next level.

“A lot of players enjoy the game, but Noelle really loves it,” said varsity softball coach Ralph Miranda. “One of the things that’s so great about Noelle is her versatility, she has been our Shortstop for the past two years but I could ask her to play just about any position and she would be happy to do it, and more importantly, do a great job at it. She’s a big part of our team and we will miss her next year.”

Varsity Woman’s Lacrosse Coach Lisa Christiansen has nothing but praise for her senior Attack player. “Shannon is one of the purest shooters I’ve ever met,” said Christiansen. “She has worked so hard and grown so much from her freshman year and to be able to go to her dream school, I couldn’t be more proud of her. Shannon will be an integral part of the Wildcat offense this year.”

Congratulations to both of these tremendous athletes on their commitment for next year and good luck this coming spring sports season.

DECA Delivers

DECA members who participated in the 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Competition at St. Joseph's College left to right: Gabrielle Girard, Chris Grillo, Joanne Nguyen, Rachel Vaughan, Joseph VanGostein, and Natalie Ugenti.
DECA members who participated in the 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Competition at St. Joseph's College left to right: Gabrielle Girard, Chris Grillo, Joanne Nguyen, Rachel Vaughan, Joseph VanGostein, and Natalie Ugenti.
Whitman DECA students who were awarded first place certificates left to right: Joanne Nguyen, Rachel Vaughan, Joseph VanGostein, and Natalie Ugenti.
Whitman DECA students who were awarded first place certificates left to right: Joanne Nguyen, Rachel Vaughan, Joseph VanGostein, and Natalie Ugenti.

We hear from Ms. Deanna Kluepfel, a Walt Whitman Social Studies Teacher and DECA Advisor that on Tuesday, November 29, six DECA members participated in the 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Competition at St. Joseph's College. Over 400 students attended this event, sponsored by Huntington Chamber of Commerce, from high schools across Long Island. Whitman students were awarded first place certificates in the following areas: Joseph VanGostein in Entrepreneurship, the team of Rachel Vaughan and Joanne Nguyen in Hospitality Services, and sophomore Natalie Ugenti won in Job Interview. These students and their families will attend an awards dinner in January. Great work Whitman DECA!"

Math Department Presentation

“Mastery [in Mathematics] is achieved when students are provided with ongoing opportunities to problem solve and apply mathematical principles to real-world situations, thereby preparing students to master advanced mathematical concepts.” – Dr. Matthew Murphy, Supervisor K-12 of Math, Technology and Business
“Mastery [in Mathematics] is achieved when students are provided with ongoing opportunities to problem solve and apply mathematical principles to real-world situations, thereby preparing students to master advanced mathematical concepts.” – Dr. Matthew Murphy, Supervisor K-12 of Math, Technology and Business
“Eureka provides our k-5 teachers with a comprehensive curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials.” – Oakwood Assistant Principal Mitchell Levy
“Eureka provides our k-5 teachers with a comprehensive curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials.” – Oakwood Assistant Principal Mitchell Levy
“Our 6-8 Grade classes use a combination of Engage NY Modules and materials aligned to the NYSED Standards, and we are also offering Honors classes that begin in the 6th Grade.” – Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto
“Our 6-8 Grade classes use a combination of Engage NY Modules and materials aligned to the NYSED Standards, and we are also offering Honors classes that begin in the 6th Grade.” – Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto
“We are offering Challenging Elective classes, Regents Plus Lab classes, and our Math Lab, which is during all lunch periods for all levels of Math Students, is making a difference. We are seeing a 52% increase in College and Career levels for ALL students– Whitman Principal John Murphy
“We are offering Challenging Elective classes, Regents Plus Lab classes, and our Math Lab, which is during all lunch periods for all levels of Math Students, is making a difference. We are seeing a 52% increase in College and Career levels for ALL students– Whitman Principal John Murphy
“The College Math that we offer provides students with an opportunity to prep and prepare for the ACCUPLACER college placement exam, reducing the need for remedial classes once in college.” – Supervisor of Guidance K-12/CIO Jon Macaluso
“The College Math that we offer provides students with an opportunity to prep and prepare for the ACCUPLACER college placement exam, reducing the need for remedial classes once in college.” – Supervisor of Guidance K-12/CIO Jon Macaluso

While the South Huntington Schools excel in a variety of athletic, artistic, and cultural endeavors, the foundation of our district is grounded in an unwavering commitment to scholastic achievement. Quality teaching and enlightened learning serve as the cornerstones of our daily mission, and we embrace the opportunity to share programs and strategies with the members of our learning family. To this end, we have initiated a series of presentations, which highlight a different academic department at Board of Education meetings throughout the year. We have been privileged thus far to hear the good news from our English and Social Studies teams, and you can find copies of those presentations on the district’s website. At our most recent Board of Education meeting, our Math Department shared their strategies, programs, and people that will comprise their continued climb to excellence. A special thank you to our Math Lab teachers and regular Math teachers from all grade levels who attended the presentation and showed their support.

The presentation is attached as a PDF file below.

 

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Seniors Rule in Annual Sports Event

Congratulations seniors! Faculty – see you next year.
Congratulations seniors! Faculty – see you next year.
Whitman’s seniors gave it their all and had a great time right before the Thanksgiving break.
Whitman’s seniors gave it their all and had a great time right before the Thanksgiving break.
Senior Jack Anest is first up on the obstacle course and got his senior team off to a great start.
Senior Jack Anest is first up on the obstacle course and got his senior team off to a great start.
Dr. Muller’s familiarity with the obstacle course was evident as he expertly navigated his section.
Dr. Muller’s familiarity with the obstacle course was evident as he expertly navigated his section.
Incredible as it may look, our faculty did manage to give the seniors a good run in a couple of the events.
Incredible as it may look, our faculty did manage to give the seniors a good run in a couple of the events.
Musical chairs was another event that combined agility, smarts, and a little luck.
Musical chairs was another event that combined agility, smarts, and a little luck.
Dodge Ball was an all out faculty feast as the seniors ruled. At the beginning of the event, they were highly motivated to be the first at the line.
Dodge Ball was an all out faculty feast as the seniors ruled. At the beginning of the event, they were highly motivated to be the first at the line.
With only 8 minutes per game, the Basketball competition really allowed our faculty and administrators to show their stuff in a hard fought event. Jon Varlamos is driving to the net.
With only 8 minutes per game, the Basketball competition really allowed our faculty and administrators to show their stuff in a hard fought event. Jon Varlamos is driving to the net.

On Monday, November 20, the Walt Whitman senior class took on the faculty in an exciting and entertaining series of 6 sporting events in the South Gymnasium. The Senior Faculty Sports Night is always an anticipated event as our faculty like to remind the seniors that they once took to the sports courts, albeit for some, many moons ago.

From Basketball to Volleyball to Musical Chairs, the events were somewhat competitive, but the seniors prevailed in just about every event! A relay-style event titled ‘Mission Impossible’ proved to be just that, as the obstacle course frustrated most of our post-graduates.  Nerf Dodge Ball really brought out the seniors, all clamoring for a shot at their favorite teacher or administrator. It was a welcome relief for the 2 games to be over and the seniors declare victory.

The games were fierce - but fun was had by all. Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Senior Class of 2018 on their victory. Thank you to Ms. Zamow for organizing this great event, and thank you, faculty and seniors, for providing boundless entertainment. 

MLK Award Honors Two from South Huntington School District

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It is with great pride that we share the news of the selection for the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Award to our own Dr. Jared Bloom and Walt Whitman High School Principal John Murphy!  Congratulations to both gentlemen.

This special luncheon event will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel, 110 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The cost of the luncheon is $65, and if you are interested in attending this event, please let me know.  Payment can be made payable by check to the SUFFOLK COUNTY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., COMMISSION, INC. and should be submitted by Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Cash, of course, is acceptable as well.

Submission of journal ads are being accepted through December 29th and the cost is as follows:

Outside Back Cover - $500

Inside Front or Back Cover - $350

Gold Page - $650

Silver Page - $300

Full Page - $175

Half Page - $90

Quarter Page - $65

Booster - $30

Donor - $50

Again, if you are interested in attending this noteworthy event, please let me know so that I may convey that information to the coordinators.

Thank you.

Ms. Laura McLean

Administrative Aide/Board Secretary/District Clerk

South Huntington Union Free School District

60 Weston Street

Huntington Station, NY  11746

Phone:  631-812-3071

October Athletes of the Month

Principal John Murphy congratulates Aiden Smyth and Kristy Campana.
Principal John Murphy congratulates Aiden Smyth and Kristy Campana.

Field Hockey Goalie Kristy Campana is our October Athlete of the Month. The team saw solid improvement in a tough Division 1, ending with a 5-9 record. “It’s all about how you play and not necessarily the score,” said our college-bound senior.  “Coach Scharpf is always telling us to focus on how you play and how to get better, steadily improving throughout the season.”

With close to 200 saves this past year Kristy is looking to play at the college level. “I have a few schools in mind where I can play as well as pursue my major [Meteorology]. Beyond college, coaching is not out of the question. “I started eight years ago in league play and just love the sport.” Kristy also plays Lacrosse in the spring but field hockey is clearly her passion.  Kristy is a member of Robotics, Girl’s Leadership, and is the senior class treasurer. The Annual Suffolk County Awards Dinner is December 5th and we’re hoping for Kristy to come away with an award.

 

Our Male Athlete for the Month of October is Cross County Runner Aiden Smyth. Through mud and snow, Aiden ran the State Championships in the shadow of Lake Ontario and was one of Suffolk County’s top 5 runners, missing All-State by a mere 17 seconds. “The State Qualifier at Sunken Meadow was a humid 70-degree day and a week later at the State Meet it was 20 degrees with snow on the ground and mud everywhere, so our Suffolk runners had a tough go of it,” ceded Aiden.

“Last year was a tough year for me, so my goal this year was to make ‘States’ and when I broke out in the Division with a solid time of 16:51, that earned me All-County and then All-County Academic,” said Aiden. “The State qualifier was the real ‘pressure race’ because Suffolk has such depth at Cross Country and they only take 5 individuals.”

Aiden will run again in the winter and spring track seasons’ competition in both the 1600m and 2-mile events. A senior who is enjoying his final year of high school, he is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and the World Languages Honor Society. For college, Aiden credits his teachers for cultivating his love of the sciences and will major in Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton, Stony Brook or Buffalo.

Congratulations to both of these talented seniors!

 

 

What It’s All About

Best Market always shows our littlest shoppers, patience and a shopping cart just the right size.
Best Market always shows our littlest shoppers, patience and a shopping cart just the right size.
Paraprofessional Sheila Graham helps her students stay within budget and pick out the right ingredients.
Paraprofessional Sheila Graham helps her students stay within budget and pick out the right ingredients.
Mr. Cardella, with some of his students, look to see which checkout counter has the shortest line.
Mr. Cardella, with some of his students, look to see which checkout counter has the shortest line.
Happy Thanksgiving from the heart.
Happy Thanksgiving from the heart.

Countrywood’s self-contained classes were busy in November preparing for a Thanksgiving feast. Students in Mr. Cardella’s and Ms. Grey’s classes learned about money, budgeting, purchasing and receiving change. They created a Thanksgiving menu and wrote a list of foods they would need to buy. With their grocery lists and cash in hand, the students visited Best Market grocery store in South Huntington just before Thanksgiving. They went aisle to aisle picking out their items, all while working to keep within their budget. At the checkout counter, they paid the cashier and helped bag their groceries.

Once back in the classrooms, they set about creating the perfect Thanksgiving feast. They filled large baskets with just the right ingredients and wrote Happy Thanksgiving cards for the families that would receive their baskets. Turns out, our students had also learned a lot about community and what it means to help those less fortunate in our own. So these feasts were off to one of our local food pantries just in time Thanksgiving.

For our students, giving back was what Thanksgiving was all about.

Bilingual Advisory Council Parent Presentation

“It is extremely gratifying seeing 33 families looking at their children's records on our Parent Portal for the first time,” – Whitman social worker Mr. Roberto Torres.
“It is extremely gratifying seeing 33 families looking at their children's records on our Parent Portal for the first time,” – Whitman social worker Mr. Roberto Torres.
Signing in to the Parent Portal for the first time, our parents received individualized instruction on navigating the website and taking advantage of all that it offers
Signing in to the Parent Portal for the first time, our parents received individualized instruction on navigating the website and taking advantage of all that it offers

On November 14th South Huntington’s Bilingual Advisory Council presented to our Spanish Speaking families how to navigate through the School Website, the Calendar and Parent Portal. Our Stimson World Language teacher Marissa McCord talked about our website and the importance to understand all of the available resources that can found in their native language. Our Walt Whitman High School social worker Mr. Graciani highlighted our district calendar events, days off and school meetings. Calendars were distributed to all parents. During the BAC presentation, our TECH specialists Darryl Mancuso and Jackie Cantley assisted parents in obtaining their new Parent Portal sign on.

After the presentation, parents were escorted to the computer lab where they learned step-by-step how to change their passwords and sign in for the first time. Members of the committee, Ericka Perez Flowers our Bilingual (English/Spanish) Speech-Language Pathologist from Oakwood, Mr. Garcia our social worker from Stimson, Jacqueline Maggio, a teacher from Maplewood and Jennifer Provide our social worker from Birchwood were ready to assist parents during the registration process.

“Not only is a great pleasure to see members of the committee supporting and empowering parents, but it is extremely gratifying seeing 33 families looking at their children's records on our Parent Portal for the first time,” said Whitman social worker Mr. Roberto Torres. “The Bilingual Advisory Council's mission is to increase parent engagement and to meet the needs of our multi-bilingual community, we have a lot of work to do going forward.”

 

Lady Wildcats Honored

Marissa Martino, Danielle Kleet, and Brittany Shaneberger at the Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches awards dinner.
Marissa Martino, Danielle Kleet, and Brittany Shaneberger at the Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches awards dinner.

At the recent Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches awards dinner the following Wildcats received post-season honors.  Danielle Kleet All-League, Marissa Martino- All-League, and Brittany Shaneberger All-Conference.  Congratulations girls!

Talent Abounds in Whitman’s Performing Arts Center

Frank Gently, played by the talented Marco Chiriboga (right) enjoys a moment skipping stones with his son, played by Josh Muellers.
Frank Gently, played by the talented Marco Chiriboga (right) enjoys a moment skipping stones with his son, played by Josh Muellers.
Left to right: Keara Shea, Brianna Ruotolo, and Tyler Phelan agree with Sir Charles, wonderfully played by Nate McNally.
Left to right: Keara Shea, Brianna Ruotolo, and Tyler Phelan agree with Sir Charles, wonderfully played by Nate McNally.
Amanda Smuss and husband Sebastian Rosa would later deal with one of wars horrors as they prepare to send their son, played by Brendan Kispert, off to war.
Amanda Smuss and husband Sebastian Rosa would later deal with one of wars horrors as they prepare to send their son, played by Brendan Kispert, off to war.
Patrec Alexander Jones Brown has been a fixture on Whitman’s stage for many years and hopefully we will get to see him again before this talented senior graduates.
Patrec Alexander Jones Brown has been a fixture on Whitman’s stage for many years and hopefully we will get to see him again before this talented senior graduates.
Student Chelsea Perry feels the wrath of her teacher Jack O’Loughlin.
Student Chelsea Perry feels the wrath of her teacher Jack O’Loughlin.
Torn between making bombs, left to right: Olivia Bamberger, Samantha Carey and Juliana Sgaraglio question the factory boss.
Torn between making bombs, left to right: Olivia Bamberger, Samantha Carey and Juliana Sgaraglio question the factory boss.
Taking a headcount after a long night of bombing.
Taking a headcount after a long night of bombing.
Pamela Carey plays a young woman forced to deal with the relentless bombings.
Pamela Carey plays a young woman forced to deal with the relentless bombings.
When a German Pilot is caught, played by Josh Berger, some of the residents of London take matters into their own hands.
When a German Pilot is caught, played by Josh Berger, some of the residents of London take matters into their own hands.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman High School Theater Director Sue Turner Radin and her wonderful cast and crew. “This talented team illuminated the Performing Arts Center throughout last weekend, moving us to both smiles and tears with their production of ‘Front,’” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jared Bloom. “Audience members could literally feel the depth and breadth of life in WWII England as the famed "London Blitz" tested the strength and character of the British people.”

We join in commending these remarkable performers and directors and thank them for adding so much to the culture of our schools.

Photo Gallery

CAST:  April Carmine, Marco Chiriboga, Pamela Carey, Joshua Muellers, Nate McNally, Keara Shea, Tyler Phelan, Brianna Ruotolo, Juliana Sgaraglio, Brendan Kispert, Alex Carlin, Paul Schiller, Shadae Graham, Amanda Smuss, Sebastian Rosa, Joshua Berger, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Jack O’Loughlin, Samantha Carey, Olivia Bamberger, Julia Rinaldi, Hunter Millman, Liora Hyman, Delia Botta, Chelsea Perry, Lucy O’Loughlin, Juliet Berger

Director:  Susan Turner Radin

Lighting Designer:  Alex Dollin

Sound Design:  SDE Productions, LJ Saburro

Set Designer:  Brian Barteld

Costumer:  Susan Turner Radin

Assistant Costumer:  Max Fisher

Lamplighter Advisor:  David Rickmers

Language Coach:  Jason Fisher

Vocal Coach:  Liora Hyman

Stage Managers:  Mollie Korn (Shadow:  Sarah Nace)

Asst. Stage Manager:  Nina Rodriguez, Caleb Thompson (Shadows – Jake Cartisano, Skyler Pekarek)

Backstage Crew:  Chris Corallo, Meghan Kramer, Reyha Mete, Rebeca Oltedal, Hannah Cruz, Katie Block, Olivia Cunsolo, Daniella Padinha

Sound Crew:  Abbie Yaeger, Carl Constable, Shaan Khan, Ashley Winch

Lighting Crew: Hailey Rankel, Ashar Farooq, Ryan Proce, Beineon Portmore-Davies

Set Decorators: Jake Cartisano, Hannah Hyman, Michelle Mullin, Isabelle Delfico, Sophie Dalton, Reyha Mete, Eliana Simoneff, Sophia Sieli, Saskia Dormeus, Brianna Iacovone

Hair & Make-up Artists:  Max Fisher, Deanna Tabibzada, Sarah Gemunder, Julia Seitz, Liora Hyman, Olivia Bamberger, Heather Aadal, and Sophie Dalton.

Annual Pow-Wow Highlights Nation’s History

Oakwood music teacher Ms. Pinelli leads her Kindergarten Pow-Wow on the week before Thanksgiving.
Oakwood music teacher Ms. Pinelli leads her Kindergarten Pow-Wow on the week before Thanksgiving.
Students learned about Native American culture as Ms. Pinelli demonstrates how a turtle shell is used to make a rattle.
Students learned about Native American culture as Ms. Pinelli demonstrates how a turtle shell is used to make a rattle.
Dancing and singing the ‘Turkey Trot” instantly became an audience favorite as parents snapped photos and video of their little performers.
Dancing and singing the ‘Turkey Trot” instantly became an audience favorite as parents snapped photos and video of their little performers.

The kindergarten classes at Oakwood Primary Center enjoyed participating in a traditional Native American pow-wow. Led by music teacher Ms. Pinelli, the children sang various Native American songs like "The Pilgrims Came to America," "The Turkey Trot," and "Hi Yo Is Si Na Yah," a song from the Hopi tribe. With the help of their art teachers, the children made tom-tom drums out of coffee cans that were adorned with Native American symbols.

Classroom teachers taught the children about Native American culture and made Native American headdresses and vests decorated with picture writing. The students had a great time, and the event was the highlight of everyone’s day. “It is particularly inspiring to see music, art, history, and physicality integrated into learning experiences that motivate children and generate genuine enthusiasm for the curriculum,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph Centamore.  “It is through this lens that we enjoyed the annual Oakwood “Pow Wow,” which celebrated our nation's history and generated broad smiles from parents, students, and staff alike.”

Happy Thanksgiving to our South Huntington Family.

Photo Gallery - Pow-Wow

All Rise For The Judge!

The Moot Court competition is a prestigious event attended by Federal Judges, DAs and other law professionals. Left to right: teacher Rachel Cymbalista, students Asma Halimi, Meghan Kramer, Jason Girard, Hailey Hamilton and teacher Nicole Costanza.
The Moot Court competition is a prestigious event attended by Federal Judges, DAs and other law professionals. Left to right: teacher Rachel Cymbalista, students Asma Halimi, Meghan Kramer, Jason Girard, Hailey Hamilton and teacher Nicole Costanza.

On November 13th, the Walt Whitman High School Moot Court team competed in their first competition at the Federal Court in Central Islip.  The 2017 Long Island Mentor Moot Court Tournament is part of a new civics education program (that began last year) for Long Island high schools through a partnership between the Nassau County Bar Association, Hofstra University Law School, the Federal Bar Association, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Justice Resource Center.  The program is part of the civics education initiative by the federal courts of the Second Circuit called “Justice for All: Courts and the Community.”  The competition is in the form of a mock oral argument in which the students play the role of lawyers arguing before the United States Supreme Court on a constitutional question.  

Jason Girard, Asma Halimi, Hailey Hamilton and Meghan Kramer did a phenomenal job. They won both their rounds and were highly praised by the federal justices, district attorneys, defense attorneys and law clerks who grilled them during questioning.  The team was assisted in their preparation by teachers Rachel Cymbalist and Nicole Costanza and lawyer Allan Hecht.  Congratulations to the team on a great performance in your first year!

Homecoming Highlights

Wildcat Willie makes some new friends after the parade, as there were many activities setup for all ages.
Wildcat Willie makes some new friends after the parade, as there were many activities setup for all ages.
Front and center, the District’s own Mr. Carlo Giordano, along with his veteran buddies from American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244, get the parade started.
Front and center, the District’s own Mr. Carlo Giordano, along with his veteran buddies from American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244, get the parade started.
The senior class parade group celebrates taking the win in both the Powder Puff game and overall win of spirit week.
The senior class parade group celebrates taking the win in both the Powder Puff game and overall win of spirit week.
Principal Murphy clearly enjoying the camaraderie with his fellow faculty at the Friday Wildcat Spirit Festival.
Principal Murphy clearly enjoying the camaraderie with his fellow faculty at the Friday Wildcat Spirit Festival.
At the Festival our high school students manned many booths all designed for maximum fun and entertainment.
At the Festival our high school students manned many booths all designed for maximum fun and entertainment.
Great job sophomore class on an outstanding 1st place win in the float competition.
Great job sophomore class on an outstanding 1st place win in the float competition.
The parade route was filled with our groups of scouts.
The parade route was filled with our groups of scouts.
Senior Levon Black grabs a catch and takes a glance up field towards the end zone.
Senior Levon Black grabs a catch and takes a glance up field towards the end zone.
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson pulls in a catch and looks to make a big gain for his Wildcats.
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson pulls in a catch and looks to make a big gain for his Wildcats.
The powder Puff football game always draws a big crowd and the action on the field is spirited.
The powder Puff football game always draws a big crowd and the action on the field is spirited.
The seniors ran-away with the powder puff game this year.
The seniors ran-away with the powder puff game this year.
 Thank you Huntington Toyota for donating a RAV4 to be raffled off to our lucky winner.
Thank you Huntington Toyota for donating a RAV4 to be raffled off to our lucky winner.

A special thank you to all of our South Huntington family members who came together to help make Homecoming weekend such a tremendous success. The amount of school pride shown by faculty, students and community members was wonderful and it was inspiring to see students of all grades and ages, as well as parents and community members from across the generations, taking part in the "small town" ceremonies and festivities. 

Of course one of the highlights of the weekend was our Homecoming Parade. “There was something special about seeing the members of our South Huntington family marching down the center of Jericho Turnpike as a sea of Wildcat “maroon and white” filled the streets,” said Superintendent Dave Bennardo.  “A special thank you to our good friends in the second precinct who helped facilitate a smooth parade.”

It was a great “Spirit Week” with many of our faculty, students, and community members participating in all of our schools. Since the addition of our Homecoming Carnival and Shopping Cart Floats in 2016, we see more and more students of all ages participating, creating a strong bond between all schools within the South Huntington School District.

Walt Whitman High School would like to congratulate the sophomore class on an outstanding 1st place win in the float competition, with the senior class taking the win in both the Powder Puff game and overall win of spirit week. Thank you to all the clubs and advisors who made Powder Puff, Friday’s Festival, Bonfire, and Parade a huge success.

Slide Shows:

Photo Gallery- Homecoming Parade Camera  1

Photo Gallery- Homecoming Parade Camera 2

Photo Gallery -Homecoming Festival

Photo Gallery- Homecoming Marching Band halftime show

Photo Gallery- Powder Puff Football Game

Photo Gallery- Cheer-Dance- Toyota Raffle

Photo Gallery- Varsity Football Game

All-State Swimmer

Emily swam a quick 58.87 in the 100m Backstroke preliminaries and improved her time in the finals by 58 hundredths of a second.
Emily swam a quick 58.87 in the 100m Backstroke preliminaries and improved her time in the finals by 58 hundredths of a second.

Way to go Whitman senior Emily Fung!  Emily represented South Huntington at the New York State Swimming and Diving high school championship at Ithaca College this past weekend.  Fung swam the 100-yard backstroke (58.29) and placed 13th in the State. Emily is now, "All State" and received the Section XI Sportsmanship Award.  Awesome job Emily!

Maplewood Student Council Helps Shape Acitivities

Photo clockwise from left: Student Council Advisors Ms. Maria Garafalo and Ms. Lisa Hatton, Michael Orgera, Sara Duffy, Brooke Striga, Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Madelyn Crocco, and Sienna Long.
Photo clockwise from left: Student Council Advisors Ms. Maria Garafalo and Ms. Lisa Hatton, Michael Orgera, Sara Duffy, Brooke Striga, Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Madelyn Crocco, and Sienna Long.

At Maplewood Intermediate School, the newly elected student council is settling into their new positions and getting down to work.  “I like to get their feedback from a students’ perspective about what's going on and areas to improve on,” said Dr. D'Elia of this year's group. “All students who participated in the elections did a wonderful job.”  Congratulations to the following students who will be part of the 2017-2018 Maplewood Student Council:

President - Sienna Long

Vice President - Madelyn Crocco

Secretary - Brooke Striga

Treasurer - Michael Orgera

Historian - Sara Duffy. 

Whitman SPARK Students Explore Amazing Careers at Huntington Hospital

Karla Garay Saravia and Grace Noonan learning the proper technique for suturing a wound.
Karla Garay Saravia and Grace Noonan learning the proper technique for suturing a wound.
Adam Choi examines a pathology specimen.
Adam Choi examines a pathology specimen.
Jasmine Thai prepares to close the wound.
Jasmine Thai prepares to close the wound.
Kayla Sakayan and Elliott Trester in the ER.
Kayla Sakayan and Elliott Trester in the ER.
Whitman students with the amazing staff at Huntington Hospital.  Seated: Mrs. Irizarry, Ashley Barker, Karla Cuellar, Karla Garay Saravia, Adam Choi, standing: Grace Noonan, Jasmine Thai, Eliott Trester, Kayla Sakayan, Ms. Scardapane.
Whitman students with the amazing staff at Huntington Hospital. Seated: Mrs. Irizarry, Ashley Barker, Karla Cuellar, Karla Garay Saravia, Adam Choi, standing: Grace Noonan, Jasmine Thai, Eliott Trester, Kayla Sakayan, Ms. Scardapane.

We hear from STEM coach Ms. Mari Scardapane that on November 6, Whitman students experienced an eye-opening day of career exploration at Huntington Hospital.   Among other things, they sutured pig feet in the emergency room, filled medication orders in the pharmacy (and learned how a simple mistake can cause a dangerous result); they watched a cardiac technologist conduct a complicated test, explored the bowels of the hospital with hospital engineers, and practiced surgical techniques on the DaVinci surgical robot.

Students saw and experienced careers they never thought of before - for example, who knew that specialized engineers are so critical to the structure and function of a hospital?  It was a thrilling experience and we want to express our thanks to the amazing staff at Huntington Hospital!

Live Your Life with Purpose

Murphy won a Bronze medal 2006 IPC World Powerlifting Championships and grabbed the attention of Nike, when he was subsequently featured in Nike’s “No Excuses” campaign.
Murphy won a Bronze medal 2006 IPC World Powerlifting Championships and grabbed the attention of Nike, when he was subsequently featured in Nike’s “No Excuses” campaign.
Rohan tells today’s youth that they too should never give up and said, “I want all of you to chase your dreams no matter how far away they may seem. Think about not having legs. I will not have one easy day in my life, but if I can overcome this, why can’t you? What’s stopping you?”
Rohan tells today’s youth that they too should never give up and said, “I want all of you to chase your dreams no matter how far away they may seem. Think about not having legs. I will not have one easy day in my life, but if I can overcome this, why can’t you? What’s stopping you?”

Rohan Murphy gave an incredible assembly to our Stimson students recently. Rohan is a young man who lost both of his legs at birth.  He began to wrestle during his freshman year of high school.  After a successful high school wrestling career, he went on to wrestle at Penn State University.  In addition to wrestling, Rohan is an accomplished powerlifter who represents the United States in international competitions.

Rohan works to inspire young people to face challenges, overcome hardship, and to choose to behave in a healthy way.  As a professional motivational speaker, Rohan is not only able to inspire students by his actions, but also by his words.  Rohan’s life story is a gripping tale of adversity, dedication, and living life with a purpose.

'Front' Opens Tonight

Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.
Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.
Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.
Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.

The Walt Whitman Mainstage Drama Production “Front” will kick off this year’s theatre presentations tonight November 17th and 18 and 19.  Show times at Whitman’s PAC are as follows:

Friday, November 17 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 18 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 19 2:00 PM

"As a dramatic evening of theater, Front by Robert Caisley proved to be a huge success with our HS cast and our audience. Set during the London blitz, and focusing mainly on the women left behind during WWII, the play provides wonderful opportunities for character development. Moving, without being sentimental, the play explores the horrors, ambivalence, confusion and humor that people face when confronted with war on their own turf.” - Laura Hicks, Theater Department, Poughkeepsie Day School.

Mrs. Susan Radin, our esteemed Walt Whitman Dance Teacher, has both produced and directed this stage drama.  Please come and support our talented actors who have worked so hard to bring our South Huntington community the excitement of live theater entertainment!

Fall Spotlight News

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Who Let the Dogs Out!

Ms. Semple showed the children how to pet Cutch.
Ms. Semple showed the children how to pet Cutch.
Because of his gentle nature children found it easy to pet Cutch.
Because of his gentle nature children found it easy to pet Cutch.

Therapy Dogs International visited Mr. Cardella, Ms. Commander, and Ms. Gray’s Countrywood students recently.  Cutch and his handler, Ms. Semple, have visited various schools and libraries, and have had great success engaging the children with Cutch. The children can talk to, read to, or just sit with Cutch. Ms. Semple showed the children how to pet Cutch and they quickly got comfortable because of his gentle nature. Thank you to Ms. Scileppi for arranging to have these special visitors at Countrywood.

Got Gas? Propane That Is.

On it’s maiden voyage safely and quietly delivering students to Maplewood Intermediate School.
On it’s maiden voyage safely and quietly delivering students to Maplewood Intermediate School.
Note to parents: If you’re used to listening for the bus in your neighborhood, our new environmentally friendly propane-fueled busses will surprise you on how quiet they are.
Note to parents: If you’re used to listening for the bus in your neighborhood, our new environmentally friendly propane-fueled busses will surprise you on how quiet they are.

We hear from Assistant Superintendent of Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph Centamore that the District's first environmentally friendly propane-fueled bus embarked on its maiden voyage last week. This begins the District's plan to gradually replace large diesel-fueled buses with these cleaner and more economically efficient propane models. While a transition of this magnitude will surely take some time, we look forward to welcoming a second, new generation bus to the fleet in the weeks to come.

Oakwood First-Graders Adopt Injured Bird

An Eastern Screech Owl with eye injury is one of the temporary guests at Sweetbriar.
An Eastern Screech Owl with eye injury is one of the temporary guests at Sweetbriar.

First-grade classes visited The Sweetbriar Nature Preserve in Smithtown this fall. In the woodlands, they observed the deciduous and evergreen trees and listened to blue jays and woodpeckers.  In the sunny meadow, they saw butterflies and bees enjoying the last of the milkweed and the black-eyed Susans.

Since Sweetbriar is a refuge for wounded animals, so they also saw eagles, hawks, and owls that are being cared for by the Sweetbriar staff.  It was a wonderful experience to see these magnificent birds up close.

In the reptile room, everyone observed a box turtle and felt his hard protective shell. Students were surprised when they felt the dry, scaly skin of the resident corn snake.  In the mammal room, they met a rabbit and an opossum and discussed ways that they are similar and different from human beings.

Students prepared for their trip by reading, writing, illustrating, and discussing ways that mammals and reptiles are similar and different, by learning the attributes of birds and butterflies, and by practicing how to walk quietly through the woods.

Oakwood students had an enjoyable and educational visit to the Sweetbriar Preserve. Everyone looks forward to “adopting” a Sweetbriar animal and contributing to its care.

Congratulations Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulate their students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulate their students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.
Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulates an additional group of October students of the month photographed later in the day.
Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulates an additional group of October students of the month photographed later in the day.

“I’m really very proud of you all, so keep up the good work,” said Principal Murphy as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our October Students of the Month. These talented Walt Whitman students have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. Our Students of the Month have successfully demonstrated the ability to juggle demands of increased academic standards, while simultaneously participating in numerous co-curricular endeavors.  We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to their success.

October Students of the Month: Jake Barry, Christopher Borges, Raymond Matuza, Ackelia Bondfield, Kristy Campana, Sebastian Rosa, Emma Weigele, Max Eidinoff, Gil Lahoy Lahoy, Wilmer Valle, Julianna Villella, Alexa Betancourth, Diana Fogel, Wilmer Munoz Pena, Riley Wagner, Heather Aadal, Ashley Barker, Grace Buckshaw Veronica Martinez Rosales, Elena Davis, Marvin Saravia, Brenda Saravia Coreas, Jacqueline Wuestman, Joelle Koutsantanou, Alexandra Sherry, Logan Slansky, Jasmine Thai, Danielle DeGaray, Luke R McEvoy, Raj Shah, James Stanton, Hamza Farooq, Marisa Havekotte, Joseph Maldonado Gonzalez, Quinn O’Hara, and Aiden Smyth. 

 

K-12 Social Studies Program Highlighted

At the November 8th Board of Education meeting, the community heard about the District’s rigorous Social Studies curriculum beginning with our K-5 program and throughout our 9-12 program including changes to the Regents exam beginning in June of 2018. The presentation is attached below.

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Bringing the World into the Classroom

Google Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Program was released just a few weeks ago and already our students are thrilled with the results.
Google Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Program was released just a few weeks ago and already our students are thrilled with the results.
Any object from a strand of DNA to a whirling Category 5 hurricane can be brought into the classroom with Expeditions AR and students can see and walk around the object like it was right there in the classroom.
Any object from a strand of DNA to a whirling Category 5 hurricane can be brought into the classroom with Expeditions AR and students can see and walk around the object like it was right there in the classroom.
Engaging students and enhancing their curriculum with the very latest technology is on display everyday in South Huntington.
Engaging students and enhancing their curriculum with the very latest technology is on display everyday in South Huntington.
Board President Nick Ciappetta and Superintendent Dave Bennardo get to test out what all the excitement is about.
Board President Nick Ciappetta and Superintendent Dave Bennardo get to test out what all the excitement is about.

Last week Silas Wood was one of the first schools to have their students take part in the new Google Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Program. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtually augmented reality journeys.

Expeditions AR uses Google's Augmented Reality technology to map the physical classroom and then teachers are able to place 3D objects around the classroom. Students walked all around the objects, got in close to spot details, and stepped back to see the full picture.

Imagine staring into the eye of a miniature Category 5 hurricane or getting up close with a strand of DNA. With Expeditions AR, our teachers can bring the world into the classroom to help engage students with immersive lessons.

If you would like to see what our sixth-graders were seeing, check out this video from Google:

https://edu.google.com/expeditions/ar/#about

 

Kindergarteners Love their Computer Lab

Specific skills are incorporated into the computer lab and iPad sessions to provide students with an early foundation in technology.
Specific skills are incorporated into the computer lab and iPad sessions to provide students with an early foundation in technology.
Children have fun strengthening their abilities while also utilizing their newly acquired technology skills.
Children have fun strengthening their abilities while also utilizing their newly acquired technology skills.

The school year got off to a great start in Mrs. Lamorte’s Kindergarten class as students experienced the excitement of making friends and having new adventures at Countrywood. Highlights for kindergarteners this fall include visiting the computer lab and using iPads in the classroom.  Specific skills are incorporated into the computer lab and iPad sessions to provide students with an early foundation in technology.  The skills they are acquiring can be applied to explore educational websites such as Reading Eggs, Raz Kids and Starfall. These educational programs benefit students by reinforcing the skills such as reading fluency, comprehension, and mathematical awareness being taught in the classroom.  Children have fun strengthening their abilities while also utilizing their newly acquired technology skills. 

English Language BOE Presentation

At the October 18th Board of Education meeting, the community was pleased to hear that students in South Huntington are becoming more proficient readers and writers and were taken through a presentation detailing programs from kindergarten through high school to accomplish its goals. The presentation is attached below.

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Fall Adult Education Courses

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District Website Accessibility Notice

Please note that the District’s current website is undergoing major construction and will be completely updated very shortly.

 

In the meantime, if the format of any material on our current website interferes with your ability to access information and you require an accommodation, please contact Laura McLean (lmclean@shufsd.org) in the Superintendent’s Office. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

 

Further, if you would like to file a complaint concerning the accessibility of our website, please also contact Laura McLean (lmclean@shufsd.org) for further information.

 

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