Educators' Appreciation Night tonight @Raymour & Flanigan

Join us in celebrating the teachers and staff of the South Huntington School District. Stop by for food and refreshments as we honor these educators for their work in promoting the future success of our children and community. Tonight! Wednesday,

March 29   5pm–8pm

Raymour & Flanigan • Farmingdale North Showroom

2005 Broadhollow Rd. (Route 110 North) • Farmingdale, NY 11735 • (631) 768-8243

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Computer Programming Adventures @ Oakwoood

Oakwood speech teacher Mrs. O’Dougherty (right), works with Mrs. Farkas’ students in small groups to complete missions and answer critical thinking questions about space exploration and the Solar System.
Oakwood speech teacher Mrs. O’Dougherty (right), works with Mrs. Farkas’ students in small groups to complete missions and answer critical thinking questions about space exploration and the Solar System.
Cubetto brings together the beginnings of coding paradigms in a tangible form that’s easy to grasp for our primary school students.
Cubetto brings together the beginnings of coding paradigms in a tangible form that’s easy to grasp for our primary school students.
Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that teaches our students the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play.
Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that teaches our students the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play.
Our second-graders take Cubetto on a coding journey through space and time.
Our second-graders take Cubetto on a coding journey through space and time.

Second grade students in Mrs. Farkas’ class at Oakwood teamed up with Speech Teacher Mrs. O’Dougherty to explore the Solar System with Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches children the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play. Students programmed Cubetto using Coding Blocks- a coding language you can touch and manipulate. Each block is an action. Students combined blocks to create programs. Oakwood’s second graders helped Cubetto travel to the moon and Mars, through asteroids, to Neptune and eventually back home. Students worked in small groups to complete missions and answer critical thinking questions about space exploration and the Solar System. Students had to collaborate and problem-solve to determine Cubetto’s best path through space using a limited number of blocks. As a bonus mission, students were given the task of creating a jet pack for Cubetto to wear on his next space adventure!

Plenty of Talent at Countrywood

Countywood’s Got Talent featured 35 second-graders who all performed with incredible talent and poise on Walt Whitman’s big stage.
Countywood’s Got Talent featured 35 second-graders who all performed with incredible talent and poise on Walt Whitman’s big stage.

If you have ever wondered where our wonderfully talented students may get their spark from? You didn’t have to look much further than Whitman’s Performing Arts Center this past Friday night. Countywood’s Got Talent featured 35 second-graders who all performed with incredible talent and poise on the big stage.  Thank you Countywood music teacher Adam Slawitsky for all your work inspiring and cultivating our students.

Congratulations to the following students who are listed with the name of their performance: Cheerleader-Christine; Can’t Stop The Feeling-Giuliana, Madeleine & Giselle; Indian Drum/By The Rivers Edge-Emily; I Found A Diamond-Collin; Dance Mashup-Lyla; My House-Andrew & Chris; Glorious-Gwen; Whip/Nae Nae-Sherlendy, Anne Sophie & Giovanna & Dylan; Roar-Katy; What Does The Fox Say-Jack & Brian; Let It Go-Nancy; Shake It Off-Kaylee; Radio Active-Derek & Nate; That’s My Girl-Keeliana; Magic Show-Emma & Timothy; Sit Still Look pretty-Abi; How Far I’ll Go-Sydney & Caroline; LOVE-Michael; Can’t Stop The Feeling-Kate, McKenzie, Emma, Ella, Natalie, Lexi, Lyla; Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious-Zoey.

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Spotlight on our Walt Whitman Teacher of the Year

Proud Principal John Murphy with his Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kimberly Latko.
Proud Principal John Murphy with his Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kimberly Latko.

From Interim Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon

When Principal Murphy from Walt Whitman High School asked students about the school’s nominee for Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kimberly Latko, the responses he received were evidence as to why this teacher is so revered.

“Mrs. Latko was the best teacher I ever had…”

“She always took time to explain…”

“She spent time helping you, even if you weren’t her student…”

“I am a better student because of what she did for me…”

Mrs. Lakto, herself, is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School, and then attended the prestigious teacher training program at the State University of New York at Geneseo, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She then attended Hofstra University to attain a Master’s Degree in Education.

It was always her goal to return to South Huntington and give back to the community in which she grew up. She became a resident to give her children the same experience that she was given years earlier. The proud mother of Jameson, age 19, Maelyn, age 18, and Katie, age 16, Mrs. Latko has enjoyed watching her children grow in the school district.

It is a pleasure to honor her for her twenty-four years of dedicated service.

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Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos 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 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.

We wish to congratulate our February Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. These talented individuals 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.

Our February Students of the Month:

ART: Olivia Cunsolo, India Bonilavri, Ismaeel Ahmad, Tafazzul Hussain

SCIENCE: Stephen Hong, Danielle D’Amico, Timothy Mahadeo, Emanuel Campo

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Dayana Reyes, Chance Laughton, Thomas Costas, Roy Harel

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Ifedayo Balogun, Mabel Bassi, Tajear Farquharson, Mishael Rodriguez

ENGLISH: Shawna Bonilavri, Angela Frazzitta, Brenda Mendez, Jonathan Brigati

SOCIAL STUDIES: Thania Loza Morales, Leslie Hidalgo, Cyndy Bonilla, Shelbi Wuss

MATHEMATICS: Amanda Tobin, Julio Quintanilla Lazo, Sophie Markell, Brenda Uceda Alfaro

WORLD LANGUAGES: Keara Benson, Franklin Villatoro, Hannah Braun, Esteban Lopez

MUSIC/DANCE: Jaelynn Cruz, Matthew Bromschwig, Michael Deitch, Abigail Quintanilla.

Read Across America @ Countrywood

Thank you to our Countrywood PTA for a fabulous breakfast, and to our community readers as they get ready to be escorted to their classroom.
Thank you to our Countrywood PTA for a fabulous breakfast, and to our community readers as they get ready to be escorted to their classroom.
Second Precinct Officer ‘Drew,’ Countywood Librarian Ms. Catherine Korn, and Huntington Manor Fire Department Captain Brian Christen are ready to get reading on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Second Precinct Officer ‘Drew,’ Countywood Librarian Ms. Catherine Korn, and Huntington Manor Fire Department Captain Brian Christen are ready to get reading on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom has the attention of his class with an eBook selection.
South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom has the attention of his class with an eBook selection.
District Psychologist Dr. Anne Lecci has been working with our students since 2005, and Countrywood’s Community Read-in is one of her favorites.
District Psychologist Dr. Anne Lecci has been working with our students since 2005, and Countrywood’s Community Read-in is one of her favorites.
Retired Countrywood teacher Ms. Aleta Anzalone hasn’t lost her touch as her reading captivates these students.
Retired Countrywood teacher Ms. Aleta Anzalone hasn’t lost her touch as her reading captivates these students.
Countrywood’s own Mr. Chris Clines, a Behavior Specialist/Special Education Teacher works closely with classroom teachers and other support staff to better insure the success of students with unique needs.
Countrywood’s own Mr. Chris Clines, a Behavior Specialist/Special Education Teacher works closely with classroom teachers and other support staff to better insure the success of students with unique needs.

On March 2, in conjunction with Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Countrywood Primary Center invited distinguished guests to participate in their 4th annual Community Read-In. This event was a special day to celebrate and share their love of reading with the children.

South Huntington administrators and community members all joined Countrywood staff for this school-wide reading event. Countrywood PTA hosted a breakfast for the guests in the library. Student escorts arrived promptly at the library and accompany their guest reader back to their classroom. Community Read-In was Countrywood’s opportunity to make a difference and show their students that reading is FUNdamental to their success.

Thank you to our quest readers:  Claire Ceglian, Eddie Smith, Lorraine Smalkowski, Lisa Jonza, Catherine Korn, Frank Fallon, Susan Berland, Lynn Cacioppo, Chuck Brady, Dave Bennardo, Dolores Plonski, Dominique Harrington, Joe Centamore, Laura Carey, Ann Oliveri, Jessica Barbato, Aleta Anzalone, Anne Lecci, Mark Cuthbertson, Elisa Guerriere, Vito D’Elia, Brian Christen, Melanie O’Reilly, Chris Clines, Officer Drew, and Jared Bloom.

Whitman's Ramos Heads to State Science Competition

Whitman senior Omar Ramos (right), and science partner Ryan VonHoff won two awards at the LI Science and Engineering Fair that qualify them for the State Competition.
Whitman senior Omar Ramos (right), and science partner Ryan VonHoff won two awards at the LI Science and Engineering Fair that qualify them for the State Competition.

Walt Whitman senior Omar Ramos and his science partner from Commack High School Ryan VonHoff won two awards at the LI Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) round 2 on March 23rd. LISEF promotes three science research fairs each year that are extremely successful and professional events.  Our duo won honorable mention and the USMA Award for best use of International System of Units. They both did a great job and are excited to go to New York State Science & Engineering Fair on April 3rd.

Congratulations Team Ramos!

 

Spotlight on our Silas Wood Teacher of the Year

Left to right: Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto with his building’s Teacher of the Year, Robin Naggar.
Left to right: Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto with his building’s Teacher of the Year, Robin Naggar.

From Interim Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon

Robin Naggar is Silas Wood’s candidate for Teacher of the Year. After his sixteen years of teaching in the district, Mr. Naggar is described as a leader who inspires, motivates, excites and understands his students. He looks at the “whole child” with a sense of understanding, holds them to high expectations, and always encourages them to do their best.

Mr. Naggar serves as a role model in the classroom and a coach on the athletic fields. He cheers his students on when they are down, motivates them with inspiring words, and gets his students to believe in themselves.

As a teacher, he provides skills for students to be lifelong learners. Robin Naggar is a vital part of the Silas Wood team.

Second Annual SAT/ACT Scholars Club Awards Ceremony

After congratulatory remarks and certificates were presented, our 2017 SAT/ACT Scholars grabbed a group photo before heading up to the library where their families and a catered breakfast awaited them.
After congratulatory remarks and certificates were presented, our 2017 SAT/ACT Scholars grabbed a group photo before heading up to the library where their families and a catered breakfast awaited them.
Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos called up each student for their moment in the spotlight.
Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos called up each student for their moment in the spotlight.
Left to right: Walt Whitman Chairperson of Student Services Ms. Leah Lugovina, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Centamore and Dr. Jared Bloom join Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris in personally congratulating each student.
Left to right: Walt Whitman Chairperson of Student Services Ms. Leah Lugovina, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Centamore and Dr. Jared Bloom join Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris in personally congratulating each student.
Proud Dad and Mom join their son, Michael Giarrizzo in the photo area that was setup in the library so families could have their own memento from the morning.
Proud Dad and Mom join their son, Michael Giarrizzo in the photo area that was setup in the library so families could have their own memento from the morning.

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy continued his tradition of honoring our students who qualify for SAT/ACT Scholars Club Award designation. Based on SAT and ACT test scores, students and their families were honored at a breakfast at Walt Whitman's library. The morning began in the PAC with Principal Murphy introducing honored guests including Board of Education member Ms. Laura Carey. Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo commended the students and introduced Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos who called each student up to receive their certificate. Chairperson of Student Services Ms. Leah Lugovina closed the PAC ceremony inviting families to join their students in the library for breakfast.

"This personal triumph is a testament to your dedication, perseverance, and commitment in achieving academic excellence. Not only do you personify the best Walt Whitman has to offer, you represent a true cross section of America,” said Principal Murphy in his address.  “Through your experiences, you have learned that knowledge and education are the most important attributes you can possess.  Your hard work and self-sacrifice have led you to open new doors that will permanently remain open.”

Principal Murphy thanked parents, families, teachers, and the people who inspired our students. “All of this could not have been possible without the help and support of your family and teachers,” added Mr. Murphy.   “The students before us today would not be here without you, and the roles you have played in your children's lives have made these individuals the wonderful human beings they are today.   They will succeed in life because of your support and guidance.”

Congratulations to the 2017 Walt Whitman Scholar Club inductees: Siam Ahmed, Kiran Arjune, Alivia Barton, Thomas Blackall, Christina Bogdani, Timothy Brady, Emanuel Campo, Amy Chan, Gabriella Cipriano, Alexander Clopper, Emma Coleman, Christian Corbett, Nicole DeMartino, Rebecca DeWitt, Ilana Desmond, Joshua Devaraj, Dylan Diamond, Kathleen Dugan, Taylor Epstein, Emily Ferrante, Michael Giarrizzo, Serena Halajian, Matthew Havekotte, Mark Hustedt, Matthew Jacobsen, Kirina Desislava, Katherine Lo Nigro, Esteban Lopez, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Kelsey McDonald, Casey McKenna,  Mark Theodore Meneses, Nicholas Miata, Michael Morck, Benjamin Nace, Thomas Nicolino, Jessica Persaud, Epiphany Ramirez, Omar Ramos, James Reilly, Jordan Roiland, Samantha Ruotolo, Jared Saget, Melissa Shaiman, Shaina Silverman, Kayla Soulias, David Sparling, Sarah Tabibzada, Justin Ullman, and Shelbi Wuss.

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A True Story of Inner Strength and the Will to Survive

One of her favorite parts of the assembly presentation is when Ms. Lazan gets to spend some one-on-one time with our students.
One of her favorite parts of the assembly presentation is when Ms. Lazan gets to spend some one-on-one time with our students.
A special thank you to the Silas/Stimson PTA for providing this incredible experience for our students.
A special thank you to the Silas/Stimson PTA for providing this incredible experience for our students.
Greeting and speaking with students, Ms. Lazan gave each of them words of encouragement along with a bookmark.
Greeting and speaking with students, Ms. Lazan gave each of them words of encouragement along with a bookmark.

It takes someone very special to be able to keep close to five hundred Stimson eighth-graders quiet and attentive for over an hour?

On Friday morning, March 17th that someone special was Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Ms. Lazan is the author of Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story.  It is the story of and the incredibly moving first-hand account of her family’s Nazi concentration camp imprisonment and liberation.

Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family – father, mother, Marion, and her brother Albert – were trapped in Nazi Germany. They eventually managed to get to Holland, which soon thereafter was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years, the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Although they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, the father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

Ms. Lazan, spoke of sensitivity and patience as she captivated Stimson’s eighth-grade audience. She stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity, and asked our students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals. “The most important message for audiences of all ages to live by is to have respect, tolerance, and love towards one-another regardless of religious belief, color of our skin, or national origin” said Ms. Lazan. “That is the basis of peace.”

As part of Stimson’s Character Education Program this was a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear this first hand account from a living Holocaust survivor.  Thank you PTA Cultural Arts Program for making this possible.

 

Spotlight on our Countrywood Teacher of the Year

Left to right: kindergarten teacher and Countrywood’s Teacher of the Year, Sue Lamorte with Principal Barbara Kenney.
Left to right: kindergarten teacher and Countrywood’s Teacher of the Year, Sue Lamorte with Principal Barbara Kenney.

From Interim Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon:

Robert Fulghum, in his book, All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten, stated:

            “…I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only antidote for grief…”

We all know that kindergarten teachers are special people who instill these virtues in young minds and, with the collaboration of families, support the growth and development of young children.

Countrywood Primary School’s nominee for Teacher of the Year is kindergarten teacher, Sue Lamorte, who exemplifies all of the best qualities of a kindergarten teacher.  Sue and her entire family are graduates of Walt Whitman High School, and she has continued to be an important part in South Huntington.  Although she has taught in several assignments, she has been a kindergarten teacher at Countrywood since 2007. Her tireless work ethic, love of her students and collaboration with their families set her apart as someone very special.

One parent stated, “… (When) volunteering in her classroom…I always came away impressed by the climate of her classroom. She was always calm and patient with the children, never raising her voice. She always had a smile on her face and an energy that was contagious…”

Sue serves as a building mentor and works to train new teachers on her grade level. She can be counted on as one who volunteers to support initiatives within the school district with the hope of improving teaching and keeping South Huntington as an exceptional place for student learning.

Maplewood PTA Reflections Honored

Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Assistant Principal Dr. Alison Bruno congratulate their reflections winners.
Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Assistant Principal Dr. Alison Bruno congratulate their reflections winners.

Maplewood students were honored on Thursday, March 16th for their participation and wonderful entries in this year's PTA Reflections Arts Program. 

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. South Huntington students of all grades and abilities participated and explored the arts based on this year’s theme: What Is Your Story?

Students chose one or more entry from the following arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. “The students went 'above and beyond' with their efforts and displayed a great interest in their topic of choice,” said Dr. Vito D’Elia, Maplewood’s Principal. “We congratulate all of our students who participated.”

Making Life-Long Readers @ Birchwood

Birchwood Intermediate School helped global accounting firm KPMG celebrate the 9-year anniversary of their KFFL– Family for Literacy program. On Monday morning KPMG employees met for coffee, a brief overview, and a group photo before fanning out to Birchwood’s third-grade classes.
Birchwood Intermediate School helped global accounting firm KPMG celebrate the 9-year anniversary of their KFFL– Family for Literacy program. On Monday morning KPMG employees met for coffee, a brief overview, and a group photo before fanning out to Birchwood’s third-grade classes.
KPMG readers engaged our third-graders by reading a true heart-warming story and asking questions about what they had read. The students were then given their own books to take home and share with their families.
KPMG readers engaged our third-graders by reading a true heart-warming story and asking questions about what they had read. The students were then given their own books to take home and share with their families.
Thank you again to our good friends at KPMG.
Thank you again to our good friends at KPMG.
Left to right: Whitman seniors Danielle Barbarito and Melissa Triolo volunteered to deliver books donated by KPMG to all of Birchwood's classes. Both lady Wildcats are gearing up for their last season playing softball at Whitman. Go Wildcats… another playoff run?
Left to right: Whitman seniors Danielle Barbarito and Melissa Triolo volunteered to deliver books donated by KPMG to all of Birchwood's classes. Both lady Wildcats are gearing up for their last season playing softball at Whitman. Go Wildcats… another playoff run?

We were so thrilled to have KPMG's Family for Literacy (KFFL) readers at Birchwood Intermediate School on Monday, March 20th.  In 2008, in collaboration with the award-winning nonprofit social enterprise First Book, KPMG, a world-wide accounting firm with offices in Melville, established KPMG's Family for Literacy to combat childhood illiteracy.

Approximately 20 KPMG employees (accountants and administrative staff) visited Birchwood’s third-grade classes and after first introducing themselves to the children, they discussed what KPMG is and does, and then read the book, Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson to the children. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story--which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey--is nothing short of remarkable. 

All of the third-graders were excited to receive a copy of a book and a bookmark for their very own. We were so fortunate to be part of this wonderful corporation and look forward to continuing our partnership with KPMG and First Book. “Each of our fourth and fifth grade classes received some books for their classroom libraries,” said Principal Ciccarelli. “We thank KPMG for supporting Birchwood's goal of building lifelong learners and readers.”

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Maplewood Spring Gala

Beating the Odds, Building Opportunities

“An award of this nature speaks volumes about the ‘can do attitude’ of our staff and reflects beautifully on the sacred mission of the district,” - Superintendent Dave Bennardo.
“An award of this nature speaks volumes about the ‘can do attitude’ of our staff and reflects beautifully on the sacred mission of the district,” - Superintendent Dave Bennardo.

At a recent Board of Education meeting, board members and administrators acknowledged and honored faculty and administrators from both Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle School.  According to Better Outcomes LLC, these two South Huntington schools have been identified as in the top 16% of NY eligible schools who have beaten the odds and built opportunities for economically disadvantaged students.

“This award is a point of particular pride in the District as it exemplifies our commitment to educate each and every child in our charge,” said South Huntington’s Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.  “We are well aware that young people in our contemporary society come from a variety of different backgrounds and socioeconomic means, and we embrace the opportunity to provide each and every child the tools for success.”

Boosting the achievement of traditionally underperforming demographic groups takes carefully executed strategies, along with hard work and commitment, to boost the achievement of these economically disadvantaged students. “An award of this nature speaks volumes about the ‘can do attitude’ of our staff and reflects beautifully on the sacred mission of the district,” added Superintendent Bennardo.

Congratulations Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle School.

Silas Wood's STEAM Curriculum Fair

The STEAM arena is where the jobs are going to be and is the subject area in which students need to excel in order to be competitive in the workplace.
The STEAM arena is where the jobs are going to be and is the subject area in which students need to excel in order to be competitive in the workplace.
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. Students were encouraged to preview original Rube Goldberg cartoon sketches and then create their own cartoon sketch using simple machines.  Some students even created a working replica of their sketch.
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. Students were encouraged to preview original Rube Goldberg cartoon sketches and then create their own cartoon sketch using simple machines. Some students even created a working replica of their sketch.
The District already has excellent working relationships in place with many of the areas leading medical centers and research facilities. Critical thinking skills start young for this sixth-grader, and future grades will offer many opportunities.
The District already has excellent working relationships in place with many of the areas leading medical centers and research facilities. Critical thinking skills start young for this sixth-grader, and future grades will offer many opportunities.
“The STEAM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.” -Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto
“The STEAM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.” -Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto

There was something exciting in the air at Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center on March 2nd. Their annual STEAM Curriculum Fair was underway, and as students led their families through the welcoming doors, you could see the pride on their faces. Students at the Sixth Grade Center have been focusing on an area that has been getting welcome attention recently.  The nationwide movement is called STEAM, and it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. 

STEAM is intended to strengthen our economic and workforce development. In short, the STEAM arena is where the jobs are going to be and is the subject area in which students need to excel in order to be competitive in the workplace. South Huntington’s schools have been promoting STEAM subjects for a while now, helping to ensure that our students are competitive in the 21st-century job market.  

“The Silas Wood STEAM Curriculum Fair, is a way of investing in challenging, rigorous educational strategies to guide our students to a greater interest in and understanding of the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics,” said Silas Wood Principal Mr. Stephen Toto. “The STEAM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Students were given the opportunity to choose one of three projects;

Conflict in Science--Students were able to choose a research a conflict in the field of science

Rube Goldberg--Students were encouraged to preview original Rube Goldberg cartoon sketches and then create their own cartoon sketch using simple machines.  Some students even created a working replica of their sketch. 

Scientific Method--Students conducted an experiment and included all the steps and data collected with photos on their display boards.

The projects were displayed throughout the Sixth Grade Center, and students stood next to their projects, eager to present their findings to the visitors. “The night was a huge success, and we are very proud of all the hard work and effort that the students put into their projects,” said Principal Toto. 

Superintendent Dave Bennardo raved about the efforts of the talented students and the dedicated teachers and parents who inspire their success. “Our young people are demonstrating such creativity and deep thinking as they rise to the challenges of the technologically savvy 21st Century.”

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Pot of Gold Found at Countrywood

Finding that elusive pot of gold turned into a great way for our Peer Ambassadors to foster new friendships.
Finding that elusive pot of gold turned into a great way for our Peer Ambassadors to foster new friendships.

Students from the Peer Ambassador Program at Countrywood participated in a fun St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt.  The students worked in teams to find the leprechaun and his hidden pot of gold.  This program was developed to enhance appropriate social skills and foster friendships by using peer models.  The program also uses structured game play and social opportunities to develop independent reciprocal communication.  The students who participated benefited from the opportunity to learn from a peer.

Way to Go Countrywood Ambassadors!

Finding Their Pot of Gold

Oakwood Principal Eileen Kerrigan and Assistant Principal Mitch Levy join Ms. Schramm’s leprechauns for some St. Patrick’s Day fun.
Oakwood Principal Eileen Kerrigan and Assistant Principal Mitch Levy join Ms. Schramm’s leprechauns for some St. Patrick’s Day fun.

The leprechauns in Ms. Schramm's first grade class at Oakwood Primary Center had a magical day on March 17.  They wrote about what they would do with their pots of gold as well as any wishes they would want to come true.  The children used their imaginations and creativity.  For them, each found their gold at the end of the rainbow.   It was a fun filled day in room 104!

Middle School Musical Delighted Audiences

All the teenagers in Sweet Apple, Ohio are getting excited about the pending visit of Conrad Birdie.
All the teenagers in Sweet Apple, Ohio are getting excited about the pending visit of Conrad Birdie.
With two exceptional casts, the middle school theater program has generated tremendous excitement.  Here, the part of ‘Kim MacAfee’ is played by (l-r) Chelsea Perry in the Maroon Cast, and by Pamela Carey in the White Cast.
With two exceptional casts, the middle school theater program has generated tremendous excitement. Here, the part of ‘Kim MacAfee’ is played by (l-r) Chelsea Perry in the Maroon Cast, and by Pamela Carey in the White Cast.
Three members of the MacAfee family are at odds over Conrad Birdies visit. Left to right: Pamela Carey as Kim, and Paul Schiller and Amanda Smuss as Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee. The MacAfee’s, including son Randolph, played by Dylan Long, lead a talented cast in the classic song ‘Kids.’
Three members of the MacAfee family are at odds over Conrad Birdies visit. Left to right: Pamela Carey as Kim, and Paul Schiller and Amanda Smuss as Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee. The MacAfee’s, including son Randolph, played by Dylan Long, lead a talented cast in the classic song ‘Kids.’
Delia Botta nails the part of “Rosie’ in the White Cast.
Delia Botta nails the part of “Rosie’ in the White Cast.
Albert, shown with Brendan Kispert in the role, finds himself in trouble when hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army. Albert's secretary and sweetheart,
Albert, shown with Brendan Kispert in the role, finds himself in trouble when hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army. Albert's secretary and sweetheart, "Rosie,” played by Haylee Caserta in this photo, devise a last-ditch publicity stunt.
The cast of multi-talented singers, dancers and actors are sure to strike a chord with audiences young and…not so young.
The cast of multi-talented singers, dancers and actors are sure to strike a chord with audiences young and…not so young.
Conrad Birdie, (center) as played by Jacob Veeder in the Maroon Cast, has all the attention of Sweet Apple’s teens but trouble ensues.
Conrad Birdie, (center) as played by Jacob Veeder in the Maroon Cast, has all the attention of Sweet Apple’s teens but trouble ensues.

Stimson Middle School and Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center proudly kicked-off their Middle School Theater production of “Bye Bye Birdie” Friday evening, March 16th @7:30 PM in Stimson’s Forum Stage. Performances for this fun-filled presentation were as follows:

Friday, March 17th @7:30 PM

Saturday, March 18th @3 PM & 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 19th @2 PM

Our deepest thanks to Stimson Middle School Principal, Mr. Edwin Smith, and Silas Wood 6th Grade Center Principal, Mr. Stephen Toto, for their constant support.  Also, sincere gratitude and appreciation must be given to our Director, Mr. Adam Slawitsky and Assistant Director, Chelsea Winkoff for the months of work, mentoring and love they have put forth while working with all our young actors!

Come and enjoy an evening of musical fun and entertainment!  It is guaranteed to warm hearts on the coldest of nights!

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Wow! Who Knew?

A photo composite of Julia Iovino competing at the North Atlantic Regional competition.
A photo composite of Julia Iovino competing at the North Atlantic Regional competition.

Julia Iovino, a Whitman junior, began skating when she was 8 years old by taking group lessons at the Dix Hill skating rink. By the end of that year she had become enamored with the sport and started taking private figure skating lessons. Fast forward 8 years and Julia is a competitive skater with strong dedication, who has achievements at both the State and Regional levels.

Julia trains on the ice 5-6 days a week. She arrives at the rink at 5am and trains for 2-3 hours. Her weekly off-ice training consists of jump and spin clinics, Pilate’s classes, cardio classes, as well as strength and agility training. Summer training is even more intensive with increased hours on the ice and a week of training camp in the Lake Placid Olympic Arena.

Julia has passed all levels of the U.S. Figure Skating Association’s skills tests and is now a USFSA double gold medalist. This skill level is only achieved by approximately 3% of members countrywide each year.

Julia’s hard work and dedication resulted in her placing 6th in the North Atlantic Region as a senior level skater in October 2016. In February of 2017 she competed at the Empire State Winter Games achieving a 2nd place medal and earning her place at the State Games of America in Michigan, August 2017.

Julia is constantly setting new goals and remains highly competitive in a sport that is dominated by children who train full time and receive home schooling. This was never an option for Julia, as she is equally as dedicated to her education. She is currently enrolled in both honors and AP classes and has remained an honor roll student. Balancing both is tough and at times exhausting but Julia is determined to complete both her High School years at Whitman and her competitive skating career at the top of her game.

To see Julia in action use the following link:

https://www.usfigureskatingvideo.com/orders_videos/6DhWcxdoi3J7ay3QEebN

 

Women's Conference Inspires

Our students ended their conference making a pledge to “do their very best in school, and to graduate high school.” The chaperones who accompanied the students pledged to do all they can to help the students fulfill their pledge.
Our students ended their conference making a pledge to “do their very best in school, and to graduate high school.” The chaperones who accompanied the students pledged to do all they can to help the students fulfill their pledge.
“I hope that these types of conferences continue, as they bring hope to young women for their future,” – Whitman Sophomore, Rocio Ramos Vasquez.
“I hope that these types of conferences continue, as they bring hope to young women for their future,” – Whitman Sophomore, Rocio Ramos Vasquez.

The Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) held a collaborative conference recently with Stony Brook University. The theme of the event was Women Leaders Paving Paths for Young Women. “The presenters were all successful professionals in many different careers,” said South Huntington Social Worker Mr. Roberto Torres. “They presented as a panel discussion and spoke openly about the challenges and obstacles that they encountered as they made their way to successful careers.

One of our students, Rocio Ramos Vasquez, was impressed with what she saw and experienced. “I felt admiration for these professional women who started to build their careers from the shadows and now they are highly respected,” said our Whitman sophomore.

“The presenters were from the world of Social Work, Technology, Medicine, Women’s Health, Communications, Business, and Sports,” said Mr. Torres, who was joined by other members of South Huntington’s Student Services team. “I now know that their strength and positions in our society have inspired us as young women,” said Ms. Vasquez. “This conference was key for many of us to realize how important it is to think about our futures from different perspectives. I feel confident as a Latina woman to never give up.”

STEAM Energized Active Minds

LEGO bricks can be used to boost learning across literacy, math, science, social studies, and design engineering.
LEGO bricks can be used to boost learning across literacy, math, science, social studies, and design engineering.
LearnToLearn Legos creates a positive impact on learning, engagement and our students overall classroom environment.
LearnToLearn Legos creates a positive impact on learning, engagement and our students overall classroom environment.
Ms. Janine D'Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, center, introduces Countrywood’s second-graders to programming Dash the Robot.
Ms. Janine D'Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, center, introduces Countrywood’s second-graders to programming Dash the Robot.
Collaborating and experimenting create a truly engaging S.T.E.A.M experience and will open many new doors of opportunity for our students.
Collaborating and experimenting create a truly engaging S.T.E.A.M experience and will open many new doors of opportunity for our students.
LearnToLearn Legos, allows our second-graders to express themselves.
LearnToLearn Legos, allows our second-graders to express themselves.
Programming their robots using ‘code’ our second-grade students are able to learn the beginnings of important 21st Century skills.
Programming their robots using ‘code’ our second-grade students are able to learn the beginnings of important 21st Century skills.

Countrywood second-grade students had an interactive learning experience with Mrs. Janine D'Elia where students used Legos and robots to tinker, design, engineer and code. During the workshop, each student built his/her own personal creation using the LearnToLearn Legos, which allowed them to express themselves in all ways possible! During the second part of the workshop, students designed pathways with their teammates and programmed Dash the Robot and Code-A-Pillar! Students collaborated, experimented, and truly had an engaging S.T.E.A.M experience where Students Teachers Energized Active Minds!

GLO Sports Night Highlights

The Tug-of-War event was a tight call, but our official referees kept their eye on the mark.
The Tug-of-War event was a tight call, but our official referees kept their eye on the mark.
Whether it was Calisthenics or Volleyball, the girls always brought their ‘A’ game.
Whether it was Calisthenics or Volleyball, the girls always brought their ‘A’ game.
After a brief haiatus in 2016, Maroon got back in the win column with a decisive victory. Maroon has won five out of the last six contests.
After a brief haiatus in 2016, Maroon got back in the win column with a decisive victory. Maroon has won five out of the last six contests.
‘Work vs Play’ was the theme of the evening, but when the action begins it always comes down to Maroon vs. White.
‘Work vs Play’ was the theme of the evening, but when the action begins it always comes down to Maroon vs. White.
Some of the community service events that GLO is involved in includes; Breast Cancer Awareness, Autism Awareness Walk, Go Red for Women: Women’s Heart Health, Pumpkins Patch for Disabled Children, Thanksgiving food drive, Holiday gift cards and the St. Baldrick’s event now scheduled for Wednesday, April 5th.
Some of the community service events that GLO is involved in includes; Breast Cancer Awareness, Autism Awareness Walk, Go Red for Women: Women’s Heart Health, Pumpkins Patch for Disabled Children, Thanksgiving food drive, Holiday gift cards and the St. Baldrick’s event now scheduled for Wednesday, April 5th.
A big thank you to Mr. Rogers and the Robotics Club for generously constructing the cheer boxes that also served as a great photo prop.
A big thank you to Mr. Rogers and the Robotics Club for generously constructing the cheer boxes that also served as a great photo prop.
Left to right; GLO VP’s Emily Dickson and Caroline Tomaselli, with GLO President Kelsey McDonald.
Left to right; GLO VP’s Emily Dickson and Caroline Tomaselli, with GLO President Kelsey McDonald.
Events this year included: Opening Cheer, Volleyball, Tug of War, Welcome Cheer, Dodge Ball, Under Classman Relay, Fight Cheer, Calisthenics, and the always hysterical Senior Musical Chairs.
Events this year included: Opening Cheer, Volleyball, Tug of War, Welcome Cheer, Dodge Ball, Under Classman Relay, Fight Cheer, Calisthenics, and the always hysterical Senior Musical Chairs.

For the past 67 years, the Girls Leaders Organization has worked vigorously to put together Girls Sports Night (GSN). Originally, GSN gave young women the opportunity to participate in athletics that were only available to males. However, as the years progressed and girl’s teams were established, we still keep the tradition alive.

The officiating organization has always been the Girls Leaders Organization. The criteria to being inducted includes; high academic achievement, participation in varsity athletics, hours of community service, as well as dedication to the club and its activities and events. Some of their community service includes; Breast Cancer Awareness, Autism Awareness Walk, Go Red for Women: Women’s Heart Health, Pumpkins Patch for Disabled Children, Thanksgiving food drive, Holiday gift cards and St. Baldrick’s, now scheduled for Wednesday, April 5th.

After three long months of hard work and dedication, we have seen our girls leaders truly grow into becoming young women and role models. All of our captains have put in numerous hours to make this night possible. Their work has truly paid off and has not gone unnoticed. To the girls participating, we hope you had fun, and continue to participate in the following years. We would also like to extend a big thank you to our parents for your endless support and love. We thank you for shuffling us around to our practices.

We would also like to thank Mrs. Mahoney, our advisor, for all the work she puts into GLO and GSN. Anything we have done and will do in the future would not be possible without you! We hope you enjoy the night,

Love Always, Kelsey McDonald, Emily Dickson, and Caroline Tomaselli.

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Gracious thanks to…

All of the custodial staff who made this night possible!

Mr. Rogers and the Robotics Club for generously constructing our cheer boxes!

All of the amazing proctors

Our Secret Judges Panel

All of our hardworking, and dedicated captains

The Board of Education

Mr. Murphy, Dr. Muller, Mrs. Grady, Mr. Varlamos, Ms. Murrell and Mr. Castillo for their continued support for Girls Sports Night as well as Girls Leaders!

A special thanks to our Superintendent Dr. Bennardo and our Board of Directors!

Lastly our handsome and appreciated boys helpers

 

Blood Drive Sets New Record

Blood Drive Captains who were present for the 11am shift grab a photo with Principal Murphy (back left) and Mrs. Zamow (back right).
Blood Drive Captains who were present for the 11am shift grab a photo with Principal Murphy (back left) and Mrs. Zamow (back right).

Walt Whitman’s Spring Blood Drive held on Friday March 10, 2017 was a huge success!    A record amount of blood was collected despite the best efforts of Mother Nature to deliver snow in early spring!     In the end 175 students came down and 137 pints were collected.  This is approximately 30 pints per hour.  This is truly amazing.  Each pint touches 3 lives- so over 400 people will be impacted by these donations here on Long Island.  Many thanks to the blood drive captains, the donors and even the donors who may have been turned away due to weight or low blood iron, you were part of this amazing day.  Many thanks also to Mrs. Zamow for coordinating the drive and to Mr. Bilello who helped supervise this busy event.    If you did not donate and would like to give, the Blood Drive will be back at the Health and Wellness Fair here at Walt Whitman on March 30 from 4-7pm. 

Blood Drive Captains:  Sindy Alfaro, Alexandra Alvaregna, Roxana Alvarez, Roxanna Alvarez, Angelique Auriemma, Matthew Birdsall, Christian Corbett, Gabby Corvera, Dylan Diamon, Emily Dickson, Taylor Epstein, Sayleen Flores, Kevin Garazt, Jennifer Garcia, Melissa Konakli, Rosa Lazo, Brett Maier, Shannon McHale, Leila  Ozkiral, Vincent  Pastore, Meleiny Peralta, Olivia Poplawski, James Reilly, Samantha Ruotolo, Anastasia  Rynkowski, Brittney Salerno, Melissa Shaiman, Danielle Silverman, Deja Tejada, Caroline Tomaselli, Paige Tortorice, Arianna Villarreal, Avia Wildman, Ally Wirth, and Marcus Zaiff. 

Biederman and Arevaol Named to All-Tournament Team

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We hear from Men’s Varsity Volleyball Coach Michael Patto that two Stimson students recently were named to the All-Tournament team, during the annual Long Island Volleyball Club (LIVBC), Middle School Tournament.

Way to Go Stimson eighth-graders Grant Biederman (#23) and Josh Arevalo (#30)!

Established in 2000, Long Island Volleyball Club (LIVBC) is committed to the growth and development of youth volleyball on Long Island.  They offer programs for both boys and girls from the ages of 12 thru 18 who are serious about the sport of Volleyball.  http://www.livbc.com

Health & Wellness Fair

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We're bigger and better than ever! Join us for a fun and informative evening including:

  • •Shed the Meds with Legislator Steve Stern
  • •Bikes for Kids in America, Bicycle Safety Presentation, Free Children's Bikes Raffle
  • •Safe4Kids Food Allergy Presentation
  • •Multi Care Health Centers of New York Food Tastings
  • •Zumba by Edna Parker
  • •CPR and AED Hands on Training by the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation
  • •Birchwood and Oakwood Little Doctors and Blood Drive
  • •SHUFSD Free Cookbook Raffle, prizes drawn every hour
  • •Free Medical Massages

 

Want to be a vendor? sign up using this easy form by clicking on the link below:

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DECA Delivers @ State Competition

DECA Advisor Ms. Deanna L. Kluepfel, (back left) with her award winning students.
DECA Advisor Ms. Deanna L. Kluepfel, (back left) with her award winning students.
Left to right: Joseph VanGostein, Rachel Vaughan, and Epi Ramirez, shown with Ms. Kluepfel, all won first place trophies and qualify for the international competition in Anaheim California this April.
Left to right: Joseph VanGostein, Rachel Vaughan, and Epi Ramirez, shown with Ms. Kluepfel, all won first place trophies and qualify for the international competition in Anaheim California this April.

Last week, March 7-10, eighteen DECA students from Whitman traveled to Rochester to compete in the 57th annual New York DECA State Career Conference. This year's theme was "Build Your Future with New York DECA," There were over 2,000 competitors, from 100 high schools in attendance. Our Whitman students came into the ‘States’ dedicated and their preparation for the events was evident in the excellent results! Walt Whitman walked away with many medals and trophies in the following areas.

Jared Rosenthal won a top 10 overall Medal in Principles of Finance

Jordan Roiland won a top 10 Medal in the test for Hotel & Lodging Management

Gabrielle Girard won a top 10 Medal in the test for Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Kevin McKenna won a top 10 Medal in the test for Marketing Management Team Event

Natalie Ugenti won a medal for top 10 test in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Ilana Desmond won a medal for top 10 test in Marketing Communications

Jason Girard won 2 medals for top 10 test and top 10 role play in Automotive Services

Epi Ramirez was awarded a first place trophy for her Community Service Project

The team of Joseph VanGostein and Rachel Vaughan won a first place trophy for their Franchise Business Plan project.

These first place winners qualify for international competition in Anaheim California this April.

“As usual our Walt Whitman students were professional and respectful during the entire conference,” said DECA advisor, Ms. Deanna Kluepfel.  “Because this group took the conference so seriously, supervising them was a pleasure. The kids made the conference extra special and memorable.”

Many thanks to Mr. Joseph Claps for his exceptional supervision and support of the students during the conference! Additional thanks goes to Mr. Smiloff, Mrs. Steuber, Mr. Bilello, and Mrs. Zamow for selflessly helping students practice and prepare for this challenging business competition.

Festival of the Arts Showcases a Cornucopia of Talent

Backed by the Whitman Jazz Band, senior Ifedayo Balogun impresses the audience with her range and power.
Backed by the Whitman Jazz Band, senior Ifedayo Balogun impresses the audience with her range and power.
Our Middle School Dance program, coached by Ms. Nicole Willis, is taking off and gaining in popularity.
Our Middle School Dance program, coached by Ms. Nicole Willis, is taking off and gaining in popularity.
With an impressive sampling of high school and middle school art on display is easy to see that our teachers provide the right environment for artistic creativity. Here, 8th grader Rena Shapiro proudly shows off one of her art pieces.
With an impressive sampling of high school and middle school art on display is easy to see that our teachers provide the right environment for artistic creativity. Here, 8th grader Rena Shapiro proudly shows off one of her art pieces.
Our middle school theater program is about to present the musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ with the curtain opening Friday, March 17th at 7:30PM.
Our middle school theater program is about to present the musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ with the curtain opening Friday, March 17th at 7:30PM.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
It’s great to see our Latino Dancers keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate.
It’s great to see our Latino Dancers keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate.
The Whitman Center Stage Theater captured the audience with their talent as they prepare to present the musical ‘Aida.’
The Whitman Center Stage Theater captured the audience with their talent as they prepare to present the musical ‘Aida.’
Our Varsity Dance Competition Team brought such energy to the stage.
Our Varsity Dance Competition Team brought such energy to the stage.
The dance program at Whitman is unlike any other public high school on Long Island. Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level.
The dance program at Whitman is unlike any other public high school on Long Island. Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level.
Whitman’s Winter Guard closed out the evening with an impressive performance.
Whitman’s Winter Guard closed out the evening with an impressive performance.
The incredible Whitman Jazz Band is a delight for the senses and can always be counted on to anchor a great evening.
The incredible Whitman Jazz Band is a delight for the senses and can always be counted on to anchor a great evening.
Stimson Jazzcats are performing at an amazing level.
Stimson Jazzcats are performing at an amazing level.

The menu of talent at Wednesday night’s Festival of the Arts really put the District’s Arts program on center stage. Parents and community members, with children leading the way, enjoyed a gallery-like setting while the talented members of the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Frank Yolango, serenaded the art viewers in Whitman’s South Gymnasium. Thank you to our amazing Walt Whitman Art Teachers: Mr. Rickmers, Ms. Raji, Ms. Guido, and Ms. Tinucci.

As you entered the Whitman PAC entrance, music and art vendors, and our PTA greeted our guests with handouts, a friendly smile, and information about their services, of course the evening would not be complete if we didn’t thank Mathnasium Learning Center for underwriting the event.

The evening began in the Whitman Performing Arts Center where the performing arts took center stage beginning with the incredible Middle School Dance Team coached by Ms. Nicole Willis, shortly followed by the Stimson Jazzcats, directed by Mr. Modelewski.  Next up was our very own Whitman Latino Dance troupe. It’s great to see these wonderful youngsters keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate. 

The Whitman Jazzcats were up next, directed by Mr. Matthew Hoffman, these musicians all perform at an extremely high level, and to accentuate their performance, they were joined by singer Ifedayo Balogun who’s powerful talent had the audience in awe. Our Varsity Dance Competition Team took center stage next and brought such energy to the stage it appeared as if they would take off.

Stimson’s new Music Theater Program, directed by Mr. Adam Slawitsky was featured next as they ready to perform By By Birdie beginning Friday March, 17th. Their four performances over that weekend are not to be missed.

Leading the Whitman Tour Choir to the center stage was director Steven Altinel. These students never cease to fail, and left the audience wanting more.  Sue Turner-Radin’s Modern Dance groups were up next, and their interpretive dance to a thoughtful prose made you stop and think, while the dancers gave their all.

The Whitman Center Stage Theater look like their incredible performance of ‘Aida,” is sure to capture audience.  They are fine-tuning and working hard for their opening on Friday March 31st at 7:30PM

Our Whitman TSOP Step Team delighted the audience with passion and precision, and the performance portion concluded with Whitman Winter Guard performance in the North Gymnasium. Guest attending the evening were treated to a wonderful spread of goodies, compliments of May’s Gourmet Deli.

At the third annual Festival of the Arts, there was no doubt that South Huntington’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the arts is stronger than ever before.

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Winter Sports Awards

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At the annual Winter Sports Awards, South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. James Wright and honored guests congratulated student athletes for a variety of accomplishments during this past season. Congratulations to all of the winter athletes and coaches who were honored.  This talented group braved the cold winter months, giving 100% through a challenging 20-week season.  We are proud of each and every athlete and coach and offer special congratulations to those who earned post-season honors.

Junior Varsity Award Recipients: Heather Abbene, Rolando Adamovicz, Isabella Adamovicz, Arianna Ahmad, Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Lyndon Alivio, Michael Aloisi,  Aryanna Argenzio, Christopher Arthur, Taha Asad, Aidan Aziz, Jonathan Aziz,  Luis Baires, Benjamin Barton, Danielle Beltran, Timothy Boccia, Patrick Bresnan, Matthew Brown, Matthew Brunet, Alexa Brunetti,  Izabella Canales, Tyrese Carpenter, Jessica Castagna, Jose Chavez, Alyssa Chillemi, Desiree Chouinard, William Collins, Thomas Costas, Jack Cox, Melvin Cruz, Olivia Cunsolo, Luke Cunsolo, Angelina D’Amico, Nicholas DeGaetano, Elijah Diaz, Joseph DiGiovanni, Shane Duffy, Emma Edelman, Dominick Esposito, Tajear Farquharson, April Farrell, Emma Farrell, Diana Flowers, Jeremy Forman, Janna Garden, Madonna Getchell, Eleni Glodowski, Joseph Goldis, Chris Guevara, Fazli Halimi, Phoenix Hamilton, Brianna Hansen, Andrew Harrigan, Elias Hernandez, Raymond Hoffman, Stephen Hong, Gretel Huber, Anthony Iraheta, Bautista Wendley, Jean Baptiste, Larry Jennings, Jillian Jobson, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Jessica Joy, Laurette Joyce, Priya Katwala, Sydney Khan, Andrew Kim, Paul Kim, Alexa Krieger, Timari Laster, Summer Levinsky, George Link, Racquel Litt, Justina Lynch, Erick Maldonado, Kevin Martin, Carolanne Mattutat,  Logan Matty, Raymond Matuza, Sofia Mauro, Dana McGowan, Frank McGuigan, Michael McIndoo, Nolan McIntosh, Jakarai McKay, Kevin McKenna, Ryan McQuade, Fernando Medina,  Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Brian Morales, Azmat Naeemi, Michael Naughton, Peter Nicolino, Kevin Ochoa, Anthony Ohr, Emily Oliveau, Karell Person, Matthew Philip, Nayeli Pinero, Jorge Quintanilla Rivas, Connor Rankel, Sean Rankel, Mikaila Rattazzi, Sean Rehman, Adrianna Rocha, Chloe Rozenveld, Cole Rudnick, Brandon Sales, Cypher Sanchez, Anna Scortichini, Michael Seitz, Danielle Shaneberger, Paul Smitelli, Fiona Smyth, Matt Stampfel, Jenna Stockfeder, Mary Teresky, Jonathan Thode, Dachan Thompson, Perry Tripi Jr.,  Daniel Uvena, Morgan Wagner, Kevin Wrobel, Patrick Wuss, Jackson Zaiff, and Brian Zuckerberg.

1st Year Varsity Letter Recipients. Athletes in their 1st Varsity Year in that Sport, receives a Letter: Antonio Agudio, Devin Anderson, Kayla Andrews, Jack Anest, Emmanuel Auguste, Owen Banting, Jack Beyel, Levon Black,  Viltasia Bowser, Mondell Brandon, Leatrice Brown, Grace Buckshaw, Annelise Campo, Luis Catalan Hernandez, Herson Cisneros Campos, Cayla Cole, Emma Coleman, Vincent Corallo, Brian Corcoran,  Jillian Crowley,  Danielle D’Amico, Carly Dammer,  Netsanet Dinehart,  Peter Marion, Erik Dye, Emily Engoran,  Kevin Flores, Sayleen Flores, Christian Garcia, Rebecca Geneus, Cassidy Giudici, Colby Goldsmith, Cedric Gordon, Christopher Grillo, Justin Grose, Hailey Hamilton, Matthew Harrigan, James Heath, Ryan Herley, Ludfina Jean Pierre, Katie Latko, Jonathan Lew, Sergio Licona, Thania Loza, Aidan Luebker, Graham Lunt, Jordan Lyons, Peter Marion, Jalen Marks,  Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Matthew McAuley,  Griffin McNally, Gabriella Mingin, Brady Mondry, Christopher Morales,  Payal Multani,  Benjamin Nace, Justin Otero Savage,  Samantha O’Toole,  John Poplawski, Alexandria Probst , Lauren Ragone, Jissel Ramos Vasques, Rocio Ramos Vasques, Dylan Rehman, Lily Robert,  Briana Ruotolo, Ethan Shapiro, Umema Siddiqui, Meghan Stengl, Craig Stockfeder, Deja Tejada, Stephen Teplansky, James Thomann, Amanda Tobin, Matthew Tricomi, Justin Ullman, Elvis Vasquez, Carolina Villegas, Aniyah Walters, Grace Weigele, Christina Weiler, Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson, Arthur Wobig, Jack Wrobel, Alec Wurtz, and Jared Zenie.     

2nd Year Varsity Award Recipients. Athletes in this category receive Sport specific pins to attach to their 1st year Letter: Rodrigo Abrego, Christopher Babinski, Alivia Barton, Antony Benitez, Christopher Bias, Thomas Blackall, Christina Bogdani, Jon Brigati, Noelle Bryggman, Emanuel Campo, Joet Cooper,  Brandon Corbin, David Costa,  Anthony Costantino, Maurice DeCarmine, Dylan Diamond, Tristan Dougherty, Brandon Dowling, Max Eidinoff,  Joseph Feola,  Paul Follo, Emily Fung,  Jose Garcia, Sarah Glaser,  Richard Hauser, Matthew Havekotte, Sarah Heath, John Keeler,  Desiree Kleberg, Danielle Kleet, Maelyn Latko, Zachary Lella, Robert Leonick, Paige Maier, Andrew Martin, James Mayer, Luke McEvoy, Brenda Mendez, Michael Morck, Eyvin Moreira, Collin O’Neill, Emma Palka, Vincent Pastore, Savien Roberts, Grace Roiland, Charles Ruotolo, Jason Seidl, Raj Shah, Aiden Smyth, Sean Smyth, Meghan Soulias, and Fiona Witt.

Special Varsity Awards

3rd Year Varsity Awards: Athletes achieving this level receive a gold bar for each year of participation after the 2nd year. Johnique Aiken, Angelique Auriemma, Zachary Bruno, Antoinette Butts Miller, Serah Carbon,  Alyssa Christiansen, Steven Ciravolo,  Angelina Collado,  John Creeron, Mark Dammer,  Thomas DeGaetano, Alexa DelColle,  Gregory DeRosa,  Allison Distasi, Jon Eichner,  David Figueroa,  Maxwell Fisher, Camilee Getchell, Michael Giarrizzo, Trevor Gundersen, Sarah Haller, Joelle Koutsantanou, Erin MacLeod,  Nina Manganello, Joseph Mendoza, James Reilly,  Isaac Renderos, Megan Richter, Anne Rodriguez, Jordan Schneider, Liliana Soares, Melissa Triolo, Anthony Weisser, and Lauren Wesch. 

4th Year Varsity Awards: Nicole Algierie, Anastasia Alpy, Kiara Brown, Gabriella Cipriano, Brittany Coleman, Kathleen Dugan, Maegan Guzman, Scott McEntee,  Mark Theodore Meneses, Adam Meskill,  Alyssa Morisco,  Rosa Portaro, Kevin Romano, Terron Robinson,  Jordan Roiland, and Melissa Shaiman.

5th Year Varsity Awards: Shelbi Wuss, Trevor Aucone, and Sarena McManus.

6th year Varsity Awards: Emily Ferrante, Kayla Soulias, and Paige Tortorice.

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

GIRLS BASKETBALL: All-League: Meghan Soulias, Brittney Coleman, Rosa Portaro. All-Conference: Meghan Soulias, Brittney Coleman, Rosa Portaro. All-County Academic: Alivia Barton, Camilee Getchell. League II JV Coach of the Year: Ralph Milazzo.

BOYS BASKETBALL: All-League: Brandon Corbin. All-League Academic: Jonathan Lew. Rookie of the Year: Cedric Gordon.

GIRLS TRACK: All-League 300m Dash: Serah Carbon. All-County 55m Dash: Antoinette Butts Miller. All-County High Jump: Antoinette Butts Miller. All-County 3000m Run: Shelbi Wuss. All-County Academic: Shelbi Wuss. News 12 Scholar Athlete: Shelbi Wuss. NY State Qualifiers: Shelbi Wuss, Antoinette Butts Miller.

BOYS TRACK: All-League: Paul Follo, Savien Roberts, Sean Smyth.

BOWLING: 2nd Team All-League: Ethan Shapiro.

GIRLS FENCING: All-County Honorable Mention - Epee: Nicole Algierie. 2nd Team All-County  - Sabre: Emily Ferrante, Melissa Shaiman. 1st Team All-County Honorable Mention - Sabre: Anastasia Alpy. 1st Team All-County - Foil: Kayla Soulias. 1st Team All-Long Island - Foil: Kayla Soulias. Ranked #1 Suffolk County – Foil: Kayla Soulias.

BOYS FENCING: 2nd Team All-County Honorable Mention - Sabre: Christopher Babinski, Steven Ciravolo. 2nd Team All-County - Sabre: Mark Dammer. 2nd Team All-County – Epee: Scott McEntee. 2nd Team All-County Honorable – Foil: Emanuel Campo. 2nd Team All-County – Foil: Jordan Roiland. 1st Team All-County – Foil: Adam Meskill. 1st Team All-Long Island – Foil: Adam Meskill.

WRESTLING: All-League: Anthony Costantino, Thomas DeGaetano, Terron Robinson, Kevin Romano. All-County: Terron Robinson. NY State Qualifier: Terron Robinson. NY State Finalist: Terron Robinson.

CHEERLEADING: All-County: Sarena McManus. All-County Academic: Gabriella Cipriano.   

Varsity/JV Minds in Motion: Award given to Varsity and JV student athletes who maintain an 89.5+ average during their sports season.  Computations are based on weighted averages. Heather Abbene, Isabella Adamovicz, Rolando Adamovicz, Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Anastasia Alpy, Jack Anest, Christopher Arthur, Trevor Aucone, Angelique Auriemma, Jonathan Aziz, Christopher Babinski, Benjamin Barton, Aliva Barton,  Thomas Blackall, Christina Bogdani, Jon Brigati, Matthew Brunet, Alexa Brunetti,  Noelle Bryggman, Grace Buckshaw, Annelise Campo, Emanuel Campo, Jessica Castagna, Alyssa Chillemi, Alyssa Christiansen, Gabriella Cipriano, Steven Ciravolo, Cayla Cole, Emma Coleman, Angelina Collado, Brian Corcoran, Jack Cox, Jillian Crowley,  Olivia Cunsolo,  Angelina D’Amico, Danielle D’Amico, Nicholas DeGaetano, Thomas DeGaetano, Alexa DelColle,  Gregory DeRosa, Dylan Diamond, Allison Distasi,  Kathleen Dugan, Jon Eichner,  Max Eidinoff,  Emily Engoran,  Dominick Esposito, Tajear Farquharson, April Farrell,  Emma Farrell,  Joseph Feola,  Emily Ferrante,  Maxwell Fisher, Jeremy Forma,n Emily Fung,  Janna Garden,  Camilee Getchell, Madonna Getchell, Michael Giarrizzo, Cassidy Giudici, Sarah Glaser,  Colby Goldsmith, Christopher Grillo, Hailey Hamilton, Brianna Hansen, Andrew Harrigan, Matthew Havekotte, Sarah Heath,  Elias Hernandez, Stephen Hong,  Gretel Huber,  Ludfina Jean, Pierre Jillian Jobson,  Laurette Joyce,  Priya Katwala,  Sydney Khan,  Andrew Kim,   Paul Kim, Desiree Kleberg, Danielle Kleet,  Joelle Koutsantanou, Katie Latko, Maelyn Latko,  Zachary Lella, Jonathan Lew,  Racquel Litt, Aiden Luebker, Graham Lunt, Paige Maier, Kevin Martin, Marissa Martino, Carolanne Mattutat, Logan Matty, Raymond Matuza, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Matthew McAuley, Scott McEntee, Luke McEvoy, Dana McGowan, Michael McIndoo, Kevin McKenna, Saren McManus, Griffin McNally, Ryan McQuade, Brenda Mendez, Mark Theodore Meneses, Adam Meskill, Brady Mondry, Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Michael Morck, Alyssa Morisco, Benjamin Nace, Michael Naughton, John Poplawski, Rosa Portaro, Alexandria Probst, Connor Ragone, Lauren Ragone, Sean Rankel,  Mikaila Rattazzi, Lauren Redelman, Dylan Rehman,  Megan Richter,  Lily Robert,  Grace Roiland,  Jordan Roiland, Charles Ruotolo, Jordan Schneider, Anna Scortichini, Michael Seitz,  Raj Shah, Melissa Shaiman, Ethan Shapiro,  Umema Siddiqui, Paul Smitelli,  Aiden Smyth,  Fiona Smyth,  Sean Smyth, Liliana Soares, Kayla Soulias, Meghan Soulias, Matt Stampfel, Meghan Stengl, Craig Stockfeder, Mary Teresky, Melissa Triolo, Dachan Thompson, Paige Tortorice, Matthew Tricomi, Justin Ullman, Carolina Villegas, Morgan Wagner, Aniyah Walters, Grace Weigele, Christina Weiler, Lauren Wesch, Fiona Witt, Jack Wrobel, Kevin Wrobel, Patrick Wuss, Shelbi Wuss, Jackson Zaiff, Jared Zenie, and Brian Zuckerberg.

Honoring Our Veterans

American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 ‘Heroes’ left to right: Ed O’Shea, Bob Santo,  and Charlie Armstrong with Oakwood Kindergartners and Principal Kerrigan.
American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 ‘Heroes’ left to right: Ed O’Shea, Bob Santo, and Charlie Armstrong with Oakwood Kindergartners and Principal Kerrigan.
Our Oakwood first-graders present their ‘Thank You’ banner to our representatives from American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.
Our Oakwood first-graders present their ‘Thank You’ banner to our representatives from American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.
Oakwood’s second-graders present their ‘Peace Quilt’ to their ‘Heroes’ and are joined by their principal and SBM member Ms. Lauren Fitzgerald (2nd from right).
Oakwood’s second-graders present their ‘Peace Quilt’ to their ‘Heroes’ and are joined by their principal and SBM member Ms. Lauren Fitzgerald (2nd from right).

The Oakwood School Based Management (SBM) decided to honor our Nations VETS in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Since our children are so young, the SBM team decided it was best to celebrate our VETS as Heroes with a Thank You Banner. In Art classes, under the guidance of art teacher Noreen Erickson, students created “grade level” banners. The banners were presented by our Student Council representatives from Kindergarten, and Grades 1 and 2 on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 “Heroes” Bob Santo, Charlie Armstrong, and Ed O’Shea. The banners are making their way to the VA Hospital in Northport to display for the Veterans there. Thank you Oakwood parent, and SBM member Ms. Lauren Fitzgerald, who organized the presentation on March 7.

Please Report to the Principal’s Office

Walt Whitman administrators congratulate their top twelve academic students.
Walt Whitman administrators congratulate their top twelve academic students.

A dozen of Whitman’s top academic students were sent to the principal’s office recently where Principal Murphy praised them for their academic diligence. “These students embody the ideals that we encourage all students at Walt Whitman High School to possess,” said Principal Murphy. “The value they place on their education and their post secondary goals is truly an inspiration, for not only our students but the staff who serve them.” Listed alphabetically, congratulations to: Christina Bogdani, Amy Chan, Gabriella Cipriano, Alexander Clopper, Ilana Desmond, Taylor Epstein, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan (Salutatorian), Mark Theodore Meneses, Omar Ramos, Jordan Roiland, Melissa Shaiman and Shelbi Wuss (Valedictorian).

‘Reading, Rhyming Here Or There, Reading Rhyming Everywhere.’

Theodor “Ted” Geisel, known worldwide as the author and illustrator, “Dr. Seuss,” was a Dartmouth graduate of the Class of 1925.
Theodor “Ted” Geisel, known worldwide as the author and illustrator, “Dr. Seuss,” was a Dartmouth graduate of the Class of 1925.
Oakwood’s student council representatives reading Green Eggs and Ham to Mrs. Baumbach's kindergarten class
Oakwood’s student council representatives reading Green Eggs and Ham to Mrs. Baumbach's kindergarten class
Pajama Day holds significant meaning on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It is told that in 1948 Dr. Seuss looked around the country for a place to live and work, a place where the climate would allow him “to walk around outside in my pajamas.”  He settled in La Jolla, California.
Pajama Day holds significant meaning on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It is told that in 1948 Dr. Seuss looked around the country for a place to live and work, a place where the climate would allow him “to walk around outside in my pajamas.” He settled in La Jolla, California.
Theodor ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel had been writing children’s books for twenty years when The Cat in the Hat first stepped into our lives and onto the world stage in 1957, literally supercharging his career.
Theodor ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel had been writing children’s books for twenty years when The Cat in the Hat first stepped into our lives and onto the world stage in 1957, literally supercharging his career.

Mrs. Baumbach's kindergarten class at Oakwood was one of many classes who celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday all week long. Some of the activities the students enjoyed included buddy reading, sorting colored goldfish and using them to make number bonds, and pajama day, where the second grade student council representatives read Green Eggs and Ham to the class. Our Oakwood had so much fun learning! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Operation Cinderella/Cinderfella Boutique

Free prom attire and accessories giveaway

Including dresses, tuxedos, and accessories

Registration is Required

For Friday registration use this link

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Geography Bee Winner Heads to States

Principal Steve Toto and teacher Dr. Gay Bullock congratulate Marcus Zagorski.
Principal Steve Toto and teacher Dr. Gay Bullock congratulate Marcus Zagorski.

Quick Question: For what purpose do people in Mongolia and other regions of Central Asia use yurts? Don’t know? Then try this one: In 1652, the Dutch established which African port as a supply post for ships bound for Asia?

If you don’t know the answers to the above questions off the top of your head, don’t feel bad. Not many people do. There is one sixth-grader at Silas Wood who does. His name is Marcus Zagorski and he will be heading up to the New York State National Geography Bee in Albany on Friday, March 31st to compete in the 2017 New York State National Geographic Bee. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.

 “The questions Marcus successfully answered were in a competitive setting at first, and then in the second round, they were timed questions,” said teacher Dr. Gay Bullock. “Marcus has an awesome understanding of the world and he’s filled with geographic information that most people don’t take the time to know.”

“When I was about five my dad got me a globe, and I always liked exploring the different land masses,” said Marcus, reflecting back to when his geographic interests began. “My mom is from the Czech Republic, so interest in other lands has always been important to me.”

Marcus had won Geography Bees while a student at Maplewood so it’s not surprising that he should continue that success. “It feels great to know that I will be competing at the state level. 

DeWitt Signs with LIU Post

Proud Mom and Dad flank their soccer star as (l-r) Coach Mike Moccia, Principal John Murphy, and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, offer their congratulations.
Proud Mom and Dad flank their soccer star as (l-r) Coach Mike Moccia, Principal John Murphy, and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, offer their congratulations.

Whitman soccer star Rebecca DeWitt has signed her letter of intent to join the Pioneers at LIU Post in the fall. “Rebecca was an All-Conference player in her junior year and this past fall she was All-League and All-County,” said Varsity Head coach Mike Moccia.  “She was our leading goal scorer and an explosive forward who should have a good college career, we’re really going to miss her.” Athlete of the Month for soccer this past fall, Rebecca was the lone scorer in round one of last falls playoff run. Congratulations Rebecca DeWitt!

Getting A Jump On Healthy Hearts

Still the reigning heart pumping exercise, this third-grader makes it look easy.
Still the reigning heart pumping exercise, this third-grader makes it look easy.
It’s 8:20AM and this group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
It’s 8:20AM and this group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
A future Whitman track star clears a stack of mats on his way to the finish line.
A future Whitman track star clears a stack of mats on his way to the finish line.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, uses more muscles than you think.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, uses more muscles than you think.
Superintendent Bennardo, Principal D’Elia, and AHA representative Ms. Eve Pyser join Maplewood’s third-grade Heart Heroes and their physical education teachers.
Superintendent Bennardo, Principal D’Elia, and AHA representative Ms. Eve Pyser join Maplewood’s third-grade Heart Heroes and their physical education teachers.

Since February was American Heart Month, Maplewood Intermediate School took it upon themselves to continue to lead an extremely successful campaign raising money within the Jump Rope for Heart Program. “Maplewood has been participating in this program for 17 years,” said Physical Education teacher Mary Gross.  The P.E. Department at Maplewood takes great pride in continuing this program to help raise awareness to all types of cardiovascular diseases. Not only do they continue to educate their students on this topic, but they have also been able to raise over $9,000 three years in a row for the American Heart Association.

The main source of their fundraising comes from a special event held before school for three days where students come in and participate in many jump rope activities like jump the octopus, long ropes, single ropes, bar ropes and Parkour (jumping over mats), as well as climbing the SHEF Rock Wall.  “Last year we raised $9,200 for the American Heart Association so our goal this year was $9,300.  We have surpassed that goal already and still have time to spare,” said Ms. Gross.

Ms. Eve Pyser, the representative from the American Heart Association, thanked our Maplewood students for being such outstanding heart heroes!

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Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan #2

The South Huntington Board of Education approved the Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan at the March 1, 2017 Board of Education meeting. Any comments or questions should be submitted via email no later than April 1, 2017 to Dr. Jared Bloom, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum at jbloom@shufd.org. 

 

Smart Schools Investment Plan #2

Attachments:

Boys State Selects Five From Whitman

Boys State nominated students l-r: Charles Ruotolo, Julio Taku, Scott McEntee, Brian Trifon, and Michael Seitz. Back row l-r: Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Walt Whitman Chairperson of Student Services Ms. Leah Lugovina, Principal John Murphy, and Mr. Ed O’Shea, also from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.
Boys State nominated students l-r: Charles Ruotolo, Julio Taku, Scott McEntee, Brian Trifon, and Michael Seitz. Back row l-r: Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Walt Whitman Chairperson of Student Services Ms. Leah Lugovina, Principal John Murphy, and Mr. Ed O’Shea, also from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.

We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Charles Ruotolo, Julio Taku, Scott McEntee, Brian Trifon, and Michael Seitz who have been selected for the Boys State program. This has been a program of The American Legion since 1935, which recognizes emerging young leaders throughout the nation. These talented young men will serve as the face and voice of our school district and community at the Boys State Conference to be held this summer.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

Special thanks to Mr. Charlie Armstrong and Mr. Ed O’Shea and their team from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for making this possible.

2017-2018 Budget Review

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The month of March signals the start of budget development time as we work to craft a spending plan that supports our instructional programs, students, and staff, in a fiscally responsible, sustainable manner. As in the past, our goal is to include the various constituent groups in the process and provide an open, transparent discourse about this important subject.

To this end, we invite community members to join us at one or more of the budget development workshops, sessions, hearings, and adoptions scheduled below. We also remind our residents that all budget related materials can be found on the district website and attached below, as well as in our newsletter links each week.

March 1st, Budget Overview, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

March 15th, Budget Work Session, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

April 5th, Budget Work Session, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

April 19th, Budget Adoption, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

May 3rd, Meet the Candidate Night, Walt Whitman High School, 7:30 PM

May 9th, Public Hearing of Budget, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

May 16th, Budget Vote/Elections at Walt Whitman

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January Athletes of the Month: Shelbi Wuss and Jack Poplawski

Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulates his January Athletes of the Month Jack Poplawski and Shelbi Wuss.
Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulates his January Athletes of the Month Jack Poplawski and Shelbi Wuss.

Our athletes of the Month for January are Shelbi Wuss and Jack Poplawski.

Starting the month, and the New Year, as News12’s Scholar Athlete, Shelbi Wuss has had tremendous success as Whitman’s lone indoor distance runner. Undaunted by the hectic start that many runners begin at, Shelbi settles in at her own pace for the 3000meter run and while her expression doesn’t change, before long she has steadily progressed into the top tier, so much so that Shelbi placed at her League Championships, and she placed again at the Suffolk County Large School Championships. February gets even better as Shelbi nailed the State Qualifier by placing 6th in the 3000m qualifying her for All-County Academic and setting a new school record. She also went on to set a new school record in the indoor 1500m race at the recently held Elite Track Meet, placing 5th place in a time of 4:53.58.

Shelbi recently signed her letter of intent to run track for the Eagles of American University in Washington DC next fall. Shelbi has also been named the 2017 Valedictorian of Walt Whitman High School. Congratulations Shelbi Wuss and good luck at the State Championships on Saturday March 4th.

This was sophomore Jack Poplawski’s first trip to the Athlete of the Month podium but I think we will be seeing a lot more of him in his junior and senior years at Whitman. Jack won his 2nd consecutive All-County award this past fall for volleyball, but it’s winter track that got him noticed this month. Jack is competing in the Pentathlon.  This 5-sport event consists of the Shot Put, Mile Run, Hurdles, Long Jump and High Jump. “I really like the ‘shot’ right now, it’s explosive and fun,” said our athlete of the month.  Jack throws 35 feet, is making steady progress, and looks forward to continuing in spring track. “It is rare to have a kid that can handle all 5 of these events and do them well,” said Varsity Coach Rob Conroy.  “Jack is one of them. We are very excited to see him perform this spring.  He is a very good all around athlete.”

When he’s not playing volleyball or running track, Jack is involved in computer sciences and is looking to start a coding club at Whitman. “Right now in Mr. Feraco’s computer science class, I’m working on creating and coding a two-dimensional game.” said Jack.

Congratulations to both of these exceptional athletes and well-rounded students.

Spotlight on our Teachers of the Year from Interim Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon

Oakwood Primary Center’s Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan and Oakwood’s Teacher of the Year, Lendy Milo.
Oakwood Primary Center’s Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan and Oakwood’s Teacher of the Year, Lendy Milo.

Congratulations to Lendy Milo, Oakwood Primary Center’s “Teacher of the Year” nominee. Mrs. Milo sets high expectations for her students and encourages them to strive for excellence in their work each day.  Her classroom is a welcoming place with a positive environment for all. Her interaction with students builds self-confidence, independence and a humanistic manner.

Additionally, Mrs. Milo is a Teacher Mentor, who supports the growth of new teachers as they plan lessons and prepare for instructional activities. She is dedicated to the families of her students and has provided numerous parent workshops to enable them to better support class activities.

Oakwood Primary Center has many bright stars, but Lendy Milo’s shines very brightly.

2017 Wildcat Summer Camps

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The South Huntington School District offers a variety of summer camps for students entering grades K-8. The 2017 Wildcat Summer Camps are open for registration. Use the following link for ALL of your summer fun, right here in South Huntington.

https://sites.google.com/a/shufsd.org/south-huntington-summer-camps/?pli=1

Please note that some of our summer camps are half-day programs and can be combined with The Wildcat Sports Camp to make it a full-day program experience!

For 2017, all programs are held at Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd unless otherwise noted.

Our programs include:

Wildcat Coding Camp-Minds of The Future: Open to students entering grades 1-6, this program introduces students to the basics of computer science by means of coding/programming. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, and interact with Dash and Dot Robots, as well as Code-A-Pillar and Osmo.

Wildcat Music and Arts Camp: Open to students entering grades 2-9, this program offers a variety of classes for everyone! This one-of-a-kind camp provides students with a rich, full experience that includes a sampling of music, theater, and fine arts activities.

Wildcat Sports Camp: Open to students entering grades K-8, this program offers a variety of sports and activities for all boys and girls. Activities included are:  Flag Football / Cheerleading / Baseball / Softball /Boys and Girls Lacrosse/Soccer Recreation / Ultimate Frisbee / Bowling/ Wrestling / Track & Field / Field Hockey / Fencing / Tennis / Golf. Wildcat Kids ‘A-Cat-emy’ is part of Wildcat Sports Camp and it is open to students entering grades K-2, this program introduces students to a variety of recreational sports such as basketball, soccer, and kickball.  

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

Use the following link for ALL of your summer fun, right here in South Huntington.

https://sites.google.com/a/shufsd.org/south-huntington-summer-camps/?pli=1

Birchwood/Oakwood Blood Drive

Birchwood  is hosting a blood drive during the Health and Wellness fair on Thursday, March 30th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Come visit the wonderful exhibits at the Health and Wellness fair and then take some time to Save a Life by donating blood. The class from each grade level with the highest percentage of donors will earn a special breakfast treat. See flyer below for more information.

New Video Posted 2/27/17

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The latest edition of the South Huntington Video Blog is now posted on our YouTube channel.

You can view it on the web at: 

 

 

Vendor Alert: Health & Wellness Fair

Join family, friends, and the rest of the South Huntington community as many leading health and wellness experts, all assembled under one roof, present new and informative ways to maximize healthy living.

Use this link to signup as a vendor

Thursday, March 30, 2017  4-8PM

Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Important Kindergarten Registration

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2017-2018 School Calendar Posted

****New Use of Facilities Portal****

We are pleased to offer our new use of facilities portal entitled SchoolDude for Staff and Community Users. 

Staff can find instructions to enroll and enter their facility requests under the tab labeled "Staff."  

Community Users can find instructions to enroll and enter their facility requests under the tab labeled "Community."  We look forward to a smooth transition as well as a more streamlined approach.

Change in Board of Education Meeting Dates

New Weekly Newsletter!

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Click Here For Current Newsletter 

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Cloud Math- the Updated Version of Upraised Math is Now Available

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This is a great resource to help families help their child(ren) succeed in math this year. Families can use Cloud Math to be informed about what their child is learning each week in grades K-8, as well as understand today’s new teaching strategies and get tips to help with homework.  You can also access high quality resources online, including videos, practice activities, and games.

 

Use the following links that pertain to your school. Please note that each school has a different code (also included below) in case it is needed.

School

Code

Link

Oakwood Primary Center

QQ96

http://getcloudmath.com/go/QQ96

Countrywood Primary Center

F7QD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/F7QD

Maplewood Intermediate School

HTCD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/HTCD

Birchwood Intermediate School

4F5M

http://getcloudmath.com/go/4F5M

Silas Wood 6th Grade Center

G7FZ

http://getcloudmath.com/go/G7FZ

Henry L Stimson Middle School

ZMW7

http://getcloudmath.com/go/ZMW7