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Team Suffolk... A Summer To Remember

 Owen with his championship metal, looking forward to his freshmen year playing lacrosse.
Owen with his championship metal, looking forward to his freshmen year playing lacrosse.
Owen making the save at this rainy and competitive game.
Owen making the save at this rainy and competitive game.
The soaked team after getting the championship win.
The soaked team after getting the championship win.

Summer experiences can really make an important and positive impact as we hear from one of our South Huntington families who got to experience the NYS Regional Lacrosse Championships at SUNY Binghamton this past July.  Walt Whitman High School freshman Owen Connolly, oldest child of Kate and Matt, earned his way to the starting Goalie position for the grade 9 team. Named for the year they will graduate high school, Team 2022 individually and collectively shared a summer they will always remember.

For Owen, this South Huntington program “really builds you as a lacrosse player and as a person, it helps you become a team player and to be a helpful and better person in your own life. It builds character mostly.”

Bringing together some of the top high school players from the county in grades 9-12. The Suffolk team was one of eight teams assembled from regions across the state (Adirondack, Central, Hudson Valley, Nassau, NYC, Parochial, Suffolk, and Western). 

The three-day event at SUNY Binghamton showcased the great talent not only from Suffolk but across the state. “It’s a cool experience because you meet other good players that are from around the area that you might play against later in high school.”  Owen and his class of 2022 teammates faced some tough competition but they played incredibly well and advanced to the finals undefeated to face the Nassau team.  It was an incredible final game, played in the rain, and Suffolk came out on top in sudden win overtime!

 “[The best part about the championship game was] winning in overtime and sharing that excitement with all the guys. We came all the way out here, we practiced really hard and we’re really happy because we gutted it out the whole way for the win.”

It was a great opportunity and Owen really enjoyed being able to represent his school, town, and county in this way.  He's looking forward to his freshmen year at Whitman and continuing to pursue opportunities to grow as a student and athlete.

Varsity Boys Volleyball Continue Undefeated Season Tonight!

Whitman junior Jimmy Morales (19) posted a big game on Thursday evening.
Whitman junior Jimmy Morales (19) posted a big game on Thursday evening.
Senior Jack Poplawsky, one of the Islands top Volleyball players will be in for a tough match tonight. Can the guys continue their unbeaten season?
Senior Jack Poplawsky, one of the Islands top Volleyball players will be in for a tough match tonight. Can the guys continue their unbeaten season?

Whitman boy’s volleyball beat West Islip 3 sets to 0 yesterday and are set to continue their undefeated season tonight, Friday, September 21st against Eastport/South Manor in Whitman’s North Gym. JV starts at 4:30 and the varsity starts at 6:00 PM.  In the West Islip win, Jack Poplawski had 8 kills, 3 digs, 4 aces, and 3 blocks and Jimmy Morales had 7 kills, 1 dig, 2 aces, and 2 blocks. Way to Go Wildcats and Good Luck Tonight!

Varsity Boys Soccer on a Roll

Senior captain Wilmer Dominguez (8) who led the Wildcats with a goal and an assist is shown winding up for his shot to the back of the net.
Senior captain Wilmer Dominguez (8) who led the Wildcats with a goal and an assist is shown winding up for his shot to the back of the net.
Darwin Quintanilla (17) played a super game and added a goal of his own.
Darwin Quintanilla (17) played a super game and added a goal of his own.
Junior defender Andrew Ledbetter (16) keeps his eye on the ball and will later add a goal for his Wildcats.
Junior defender Andrew Ledbetter (16) keeps his eye on the ball and will later add a goal for his Wildcats.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team blanked Riverhead yesterday by the score of 4-0. Wilmer Dominguez led the Wildcats with a goal and an assist. Darwin Quintanilla, Rich Morel, and Andrew Ledbetter added goals. Nik Cerrito chipped in with an assist. Robby Adomaites, Ellian Chavez, Anthony Rinaldi, and Quintanilla played stellar defense. Sean Rankel and Liam Wiegle combined to make 2 saves for the shutout. The Wildcats’ record stands at 5-2 on the season. The team is back on the road on Thursday at Bayshore at 4:30 PM.

To infinity... and beyond!

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A mission patch designed by 9th graders Mia Stampfel and YiMei Potzinger traveled to the International Space Station (ISS). We hear from District Supervisor of Data and STEAM Initiatives Ms. Mari Scardapane that the Patch was recently returned to the district with an embossed seal, certified as having flown in space.  We're excited to get this wonderful and creative piece of art back as we are planning to include this in an exhibit to be displayed in the district office! Stay tuned!

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

A Public Hearing of the Board of Education for the purpose of the Adoption of the 2006 Senior Citizen Tax Exemption will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center, 23 Harding Place, Huntington Station, N.Y.

The Regular Business Meeting will immediately follow the Public Hearing.

Laura McLean, District Clerk

Meet Birchwood's New Assistant Principal

Mr. Thomas Keogh believes that technology is an asset that can be used to help students become
Mr. Thomas Keogh believes that technology is an asset that can be used to help students become "designed thinkers."

It is with great pride that our Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta introduces Mr. Thomas Keogh as the new Assistant Principal of Birchwood Intermediate School. Mr. Keogh is a lifelong educator who possesses an unwavering work ethic and genuine passion for his craft. Mr. Keogh spent the past several decades as a prototype teacher and leader, and he is sure to have an immediate impact upon our Birchwood learning family.

Mr. Keogh received a business degree from Binghamton University before pursuing a career in teaching that allows him to feel truly fulfilled. This will be Mr. Keogh’s 21st year teaching, first becoming a member of the South Huntington School District as a student teacher at Maplewood Intermediate. He began teaching the 3rd grade before becoming a 4th-grade teacher for 8 years and for the last 2 years has been a Math AIS instructor. His philosophy “it takes a village to raise a child” is a direct invitation to parents, letting them know that he is there in any facet to work as a partner with them, to have an open line of communication, and create a strong foundation and lasting impression on his students so they can have the best experience.

Mr. Keogh also teaches Technology Education to teachers in the School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University and wants to share his love of technology with teachers in order to help students become 21st-century learners. He believes that technology is an asset that can be used to help students become “designed thinkers,” allowing them to come up with creative solutions to problems they may face so they can be their very best as they move forward. Mr. Keogh sees the importance of creating an atmosphere for students where they can learn to be flexible, and to adapt to our world of constantly changing technology.

HUSH Begins with a Win

Whitman HUSH athletes pictured clockwise from left: Emily Teplansky, Captain- Dana Keogler, Ira Dubey, Bianca Santaromana, Abigail Velazquez,  and Venusmarlu Stewart.
Whitman HUSH athletes pictured clockwise from left: Emily Teplansky, Captain- Dana Keogler, Ira Dubey, Bianca Santaromana, Abigail Velazquez, and Venusmarlu Stewart.

The 2018 Girls Swim Team has combined with Huntington School district to form team "HUSH" (Huntington-South Huntington). The Swim team has practiced at the Bay Club for the three weeks before school and will now be practicing at the Huntington YMCA.  

HUSH won their first meet by a score of 90 to 74 on Wednesday, September 5th at Central Islip High School. Dana Keogler swam the 100m freestyle in 1:06.53.  Emily Teplansky and Bianca Santaromana help win the 400m relay.  Venusmarlu Stewart (7th grader) swam the 100m freestyle in 1:19. Aby Velazquez and Ira Dubey also swam well.

The team schedule is below and can also be accessed on the Section XI website.

Getting to Know Countrywood’s New Principal

“We strive to make every child feel that they are a valued member of the Countrywood family and should be proud of their accomplishments.” – Mitch Levy
“We strive to make every child feel that they are a valued member of the Countrywood family and should be proud of their accomplishments.” – Mitch Levy

We are happy to report the appointment of Mr. Mitch Levy as the Principal of Countrywood Primary Center.  Mr. Levy will be assuming the mantle of leadership from Barbara Kenney, who retired with distinction after a lifetime of service to our South Huntington community. 

Having served for the past twelve years as the Assistant Principal at Oakwood Primary Center, Mitch brings with him a rich diversity of experience and a demonstrated commitment to the district.  Prior to his South Huntington experience, he taught 4th-Grade in the Freeport School District.

Mr. Levy looks forward to continuing the legacy of academic success established at Countrywood.  In addition, character education initiatives will continue to be incorporated, ensuring that all students feel safe and respected as they are nurtured and guided to grow both socially and academically.  “We have always recognized the importance of fostering a strong home/school connection, and strongly believe that as partners with our parents we can create self-confident life-long learners,” said Mr. Levy.   “We strive to make every child feel that they are a valued member of the Countrywood family and should be proud of their accomplishments.”

Our Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta points with pride to Mr. Levy’s decades of experience and predicts that his boundless energy will elevate the gravitas of our Countrywood learning family.  We welcome Mr. Levy to our building leadership team and look forward to following Countrywood’s continued success.

Mural Brightens Train Station

First coat of paint is on and the mural is underway
First coat of paint is on and the mural is underway
Mr. Ciccarelli and his son making their colorful contribution
Mr. Ciccarelli and his son making their colorful contribution
Painted sun brightens New York Avenue
Painted sun brightens New York Avenue
Student volunteers and gets creative
Student volunteers and gets creative
Family works together to capture the essence of Huntington Harbor
Family works together to capture the essence of Huntington Harbor
Young artist adding a personal touch
Young artist adding a personal touch
Taking the day to get colorful and creative
Taking the day to get colorful and creative
Painting colorful flowers as this mural starts to bloom
Painting colorful flowers as this mural starts to bloom
Bringing light to Huntington with bright paint and bright smiles
Bringing light to Huntington with bright paint and bright smiles
Hard working community together making something beautiful
Hard working community together making something beautiful

Located on both sides of the LIRR underpass on New York Avenue in Huntington, a mural created with the help of the Birchwood SBM community will be sure to catch your eye. Oakwood Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian shares the process of creating this expansive mural with 5th-grade teacher Barbara Wright who shared her past mural making experiences in Bayport Blue Point to help manifest a similar project in Huntington.

The student council and SBM kids helped to create the design for the mural before leaving school for the summer in June. They drew their own pictures, focusing on elements such as the Huntington Lighthouse and Heckscher Park to depict what is so recognizable about our beautiful town. From there, those drawings were used to create a mural design in Photoshop that would be used to spread awareness of this project so that community members and students could volunteer to contribute to this large piece. While the students helped to create the design for this large outdoor painting, artist and student parent, Nicole Franz, was an integral part of sketching the student work on the walls in grand scale.  Kim Crapanzano also supported the project by helping to sketch the vision. Along with the help of Aboff’s of Huntington Village, this mural is truly a community project. Aboff’s graciously donated all of the paint and painting supplies necessary to create this large work of art and we are beyond grateful for their generosity that wouldn’t have been possible without them!

With the approval from the town and LIRR, each weekend brings a new layer of progress. The mural appears on both sides of the underpass, showcasing the recognizable landmarks of Huntington, as well as the hard work of volunteers at every grade level. While rain had interfered with weekends set to work on the mural, more days in September have been added to continue working on the piece with hope of presenting its completion at the Unity Day Parade.

 

 

Student Career Opportunities Fair at WWHS - September 27, 6-9PM

 

STUFF-A-BUS Stops @ Stimson

In the past 10 years the United Way of Long Island, with their Stuff-A-Bus program, has helped deliver 750,000 supplies to 32,000 children.
In the past 10 years the United Way of Long Island, with their Stuff-A-Bus program, has helped deliver 750,000 supplies to 32,000 children.
Mrs. Voorhees and Mrs. Schmitt, advisors to the 7th and 8th grade Student Government, along with their officers, found a fun way to get these school supplies to students who really need it.
Mrs. Voorhees and Mrs. Schmitt, advisors to the 7th and 8th grade Student Government, along with their officers, found a fun way to get these school supplies to students who really need it.

The spirit of community service continued in full force this past week as the generous members of the United Way teamed up with Huntington Coach and volunteers from People’s United Bank to donate a busload of school supplies for our South Huntington children. 

There was a special feeling of cooperation in the air at Stimson Middle School as officers of Student Government formed a human assembly line to unload the countless boxes of school bags, books, markers, writing tablets, pencils, pens, and more that filled the full-size bus. Stimson Principal Edwin Smith believes in the importance of providing these supplies, stating how “our students greatly need it, our teachers greatly need it, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together.”

These materials were brought to South Huntington thanks to Huntington Coach, United Way, and People’s United Bank, and under the supervision of Mrs. Voorhees and Mrs. Schmitt, the 7th and 8th grade Student Government officers found a fun way to get these school supplies to students who really need it. 

Maplewood’s New Assistant Principal Brings a Wealth of Experience

“In order for students to be successful we have to build strong readers and writers.” -Ms. Michelle Davis
“In order for students to be successful we have to build strong readers and writers.” -Ms. Michelle Davis

The Board of Education is proud to have appointed Ms. Michelle Davis as the Assistant Principal at Maplewood Intermediate School.  Ms. Davis, who will assume the position vacated by our new Supervisor of Curricular Services, Dr. Alison Bruno, brings 23 years of teaching and leadership experience to the Assistant Principal’s role. 

Ms. Davis started her career as a secondary English teacher at Finley Middle School in Huntington before moving into administration. Starting as a department chairperson, she became an ELA director for Grades K-12 and was also an assistant principal in a first- and second-grade building in the Westbury School District.

“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher from a young age,” said Ms. Davis.  “I feel that everything I have done professionally has helped me connect to teaching, both students, and teachers alike, as I enjoy providing training and professional development.” Ms. Davis received training at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and will use this experience to bring support to teachers as they move towards a balanced literacy approach in the classroom. “Balanced literacy will help our teachers access each student so they can build on their skills and allow individualized instruction as they move forward to practice and enhance their reading and writing skills.” 

As Assistant Principal of Maplewood, Ms. Davis feels that her experience as an English teacher will be an important facet when working with teachers who have a student who may be struggling.  As an English teacher, she truly believes that literacy is the foundation for everything that we do.  “In order for students to be successful we have to build strong readers and writers,” said Ms. Davis. “Working on their skills to help them develop a love for reading will help students excel in all areas of their academics.”

Our new Assistant Principal will be supporting students and their teachers helping ensure they have what they need to be successful, as well as an available resource to facilitate a happy and safe environment in which the students enjoy coming to school. Our Board of Education Vice President Laura Carey points with pride to Ms. Davis’ impeccable credentials and predicts wonderful things for the new member of our district’s administrative team.  

Microsoft Enriches Our Students with Coding Workshop

Microsoft employees were enthusiastic about how technology keeps our students engaged and having fun while learning coding basics.
Microsoft employees were enthusiastic about how technology keeps our students engaged and having fun while learning coding basics.
Our students were engaged and most importantly had fun while learning.
Our students were engaged and most importantly had fun while learning.
 The Microsoft Store at Walt Whitman Shops holds a multitude of free student workshops for all ages.
The Microsoft Store at Walt Whitman Shops holds a multitude of free student workshops for all ages.

This past summer, students in the South Huntington Employability Program visited the Microsoft Store located in the Walt Whitman Shops. The students were accompanied by their teachers Megan Musgnug, Ryan Rentz and James Metzak. The teachers enriched the program by providing job-coaching skills, travel training skills and technology accommodations. “Transitioning young people with disabilities from school to the adult world requires careful planning and a cooperative effort among families, school staff and community service providers,” said South Huntington’s ESY Administrators Mrs. Geraldine Maurice and Mrs. Shari Daniello. “Our students participate in community-based work experiences with realistic career interests to assess their employability skills and training needs, and develop the skills and attitudes necessary for competitive employment.” 

At the Microsoft Store, students attended a workshop in coding and were taught how to program a robot to move his eyes, head, lips, and even talk. The students were engaged and most importantly had fun while learning. The Microsoft Store employees were knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and enthusiastic about technology.

Thank you Microsoft and Way to Go Ms. Musgnug and Mr. Rentz and Mr. Metzak!

 

New Administrative Dean Reaches Out To Whitman Families

I want students to know that I am trustworthy and dependable with high expectations for them to succeed. - Dr. Kendall Richards
I want students to know that I am trustworthy and dependable with high expectations for them to succeed. - Dr. Kendall Richards

The South Huntington community welcomes Dr. Kendall Richards as our new Walt Whitman High School Administrative Dean for Grades 9-10. Dr. Richards is a seasoned administrator and gifted communicator who enjoys universal respect in the education community. He will be replacing Corey Blair who has moved from Administrative Dean to Supervisor of Guidance.  Dr. Richards brings 8 years of experience in both the middle school and high school as Dean of Success Academy Charter School in NYC.

Before becoming an administrator at Success Academy, Dr. Richards was a school social worker for 8 years in Rockville Center and looks forward to coming back into public education. “Dr. Richards is a natural fit for our school district family,” said Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta. “I have every confidence that he will hit the ground running and develop immediate connections with students, staff, and parents alike.

Dr. Richards brings prior experience within the South Huntington learning community as a school social work intern with Dave Perkins at Stimson Middle School and loved the experience. “I want students to know that I am trustworthy and dependable with high expectations for them to succeed,” said Dr. Richards.  “Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their actions.”

Our new Dean is very fair and accommodating and will bend over backward to support each student socially, academically, and emotionally, whether it’s in school or outside of school in order to make sure they have every opportunity to achieve their goals. “I want parents to know that I’m reliable and available as someone they can reach out to.  I fully believe that effective communication will help better equip and support each individual student.”   

Dr. Richards may be contacted at (631) 812-3852 or krichards@shufsd.org

Patriot Day...9-11 Reflections from Superintendent Bennardo

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There is no question that 9/11 is one of those earthshaking moments in time that evokes vivid recollections and stimulates powerful, human emotions.

While it took weeks, months, and even years after that fateful day to fully understand the gravity of the attack, it was immediately clear that our nation would be forever changed.  However, while we felt  in our hearts that life as we knew it would now be different, we didn’t understand just how much of our nation’s innocence laid in the ruins.  There's just so much from that day that children should never have to witness, and families should
never be forced to endure, yet somehow the lessons went even deeper than the pain. Yes, there are wounds that simply cannot heal, and scars that will never fade, but those harsh realities will always be juxtaposed against the shining examples of heroism, compassion, and sacrifice that emerged from the ashes and provided promise and hope for generations of Americans to come.  9/11 left us with a very clear choice to be consumed with anger and rage, or inspired by American bravery and determination. September 11, 2001, presented our modern nation with its hour of maximum need, and so many courageous patriots answered the call by providing examples of selflessness, human decency, and personal sacrifice. Whether it was young men and women giving up the security and safety of their homes to defend our shores, first responders rushing into danger, average citizens lining up to give blood, or school children crafting holiday cards for the soldiers who were thousands of miles from home, there was a feeling of commonality that made race, color, ethnicity, and religion  momentarily meld into a genuine mosaic of American values. In short, 9/11 proved that the things that unite us are far stronger than those that keep us apart. September 11, 2001, offered the crystal-clear message that while our people might be presented with
incredible pain and unthinkable grief, the American national spirit could not be broken. So as we reflect this Tuesday and hear the names read aloud as bells toll in the background, let us remember those things that make us special. Let’s hug our family and friends a little bit tighter and take a moment to think about all of the men and women who have given tirelessly to weave the warm blanket of freedom that protects our shores each and every day.

God Bless our South Huntington Community and God Bless the United States of America. 

Be well Dave Bennardo 

New Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Ms. April Poprilo

“As a mom myself I understand how important having the best educational experience for my own children is, and will work just as hard to make sure that that’s also being experienced here in South Huntington.”
“As a mom myself I understand how important having the best educational experience for my own children is, and will work just as hard to make sure that that’s also being experienced here in South Huntington.”

Welcome back to a new school year. It gives us great pleasure to announce that Ms. April Poprilo has been appointed as the South Huntington School District's new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.  “Ms. Poprilo, who for five years has served as the Supervisor of Curricula Services, is a talented educator and gifted communicator with nearly two decades of public school experience,” said District Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.

Ms. Poprilo’s accomplishments include a variety of dynamic, student-centered initiatives that have increased opportunity, while simultaneously promoting the district’s bedrock commitment to excellence. Her educational journey started as a Pre-K Special Education Itinerant Teacher in Brooklyn, then becoming a school psychologist before she excelled as a CPSE Program Coordinator supporting teachers and parents in early childhood programs.  It wasn’t long after she became an Assistant Principal for the Nassau BOCES Adult Education Program that the position quickly morphed into implementing and evaluating instructional programs for English Language Learners, students with disabilities, out of school youth, and adult learners, serving various districts within Nassau County.

“Interestingly, a lot of the program coordination work earlier in my career will be an important aspect of my new position here in Student Services,” said Ms. Poprilo. “I love using data to make connections with creating and evaluating learning and programmatic goals to serve students.  It is important to evaluate the success of the goals to make course corrections and provide the appropriate supports for parents, students, teachers, and administrators.” 

April’s journey to Assistant Superintendent has presented opportunities along the way that those closest to her have encouraged her to embrace. April’s mom is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist and CPSE Administrator, so April and her two sisters were active participants in the dinner table conversations. “My Mom has always been incredibly supportive of my opportunities and encouraged me along the way.” Perhaps one of her biggest advocates is her husband Andre. “He’s always been supportive, giving me that extra little push and encouragement to do more,” said April, who together with their two daughters, Perri (3) and Morgan (15 months), will surely continue the tradition of family bonding around the dinner table.

As a parent herself, April wants our South Huntington families to know that she and the Student Services team members are available as a resource. “Whether it be conversations to help inform or to help navigate the transitions their child may be going thru- be it special needs or a child entering our schools for the first time, I, we, are here as a resource for them, as well as supporting our principals and teachers to help our students have an engaging learning experience throughout their school years.”

Win Win for Wildcat Sports Fans

A special camera catches all the action on the Whitman Turf Field and live streams it to your device or TV.
A special camera catches all the action on the Whitman Turf Field and live streams it to your device or TV.

Attention South Huntington parents…. Got relatives who live outside the area? Grandparents who may not be able to attend games at Whitman’s Turf Field?  Or those 4 PM games too tough to get to? We have a unique solution for you

Join the Booster Club for $30 and receive a full school year access to live streams of sports action on the turf field.  For the 2018-2019 school year, the Wildcat Booster Club has purchased 500 annual passes ($60 value) and will distribute access codes to all paid 2018-2019 members.

Instead of paying an outside company $60 for the live Feed access, anyone can join the Booster Club for $30 (where all of that money goes to support South Huntington Athletics) and receive the same annual access for FREE, no extra cost to them. You will have access to live streaming games on the turf as well as a video library after the game. After 72hours the past games will be available on the site for anyone to view at no charge. We are also very excited to offer live streaming of graduation to EVERYONE for free. That way family who cannot attend can watch online in real time.

Visit our website to join today online or print out a membership form  click here for the Wildcat Booster Club Website

boosterclub@shufsd.org

wildcatboosterclubprez@gmail.com

Solid Win at Girls Varsity Volleyball Opener

Senior Ally DeGaray (4) had 9 kills and 3 aces, with Coach Steve Greco noting that ‘The team served exceptionally well totaling 21 aces,’ as Ally clearly demonstrates
Senior Ally DeGaray (4) had 9 kills and 3 aces, with Coach Steve Greco noting that ‘The team served exceptionally well totaling 21 aces,’ as Ally clearly demonstrates
Sophomore Amanda DeWitt (11) had 12 kills and 6 aces to lead the way for the Wildcats showcasing her All-League form.
Sophomore Amanda DeWitt (11) had 12 kills and 6 aces to lead the way for the Wildcats showcasing her All-League form.
Senior Setter Morgan Wagner (19) had 10 assists and 3 aces, all in a huge scoring run that brought the girls back from a 19-11 deficit and helped them win the second set.
Senior Setter Morgan Wagner (19) had 10 assists and 3 aces, all in a huge scoring run that brought the girls back from a 19-11 deficit and helped them win the second set.
Sophomore Setter Annabelle Novinski (10) had 12 assists and 4 aces.
Sophomore Setter Annabelle Novinski (10) had 12 assists and 4 aces.
Sophomore Libero Maggie Neiland (8) had 10 digs and 4 aces that contributed to each of the Wildcat wins.
Sophomore Libero Maggie Neiland (8) had 10 digs and 4 aces that contributed to each of the Wildcat wins.

The Girls Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Lindenhurst 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-9) in their first League II match of the year on Wednesday, September 5th.  Senior Ally DeGaray had 9 kills and 3 aces and sophomore Amanda DeWitt had 12 kills and 6 aces to lead the way for the Wildcats.  Sophomore Setter Annabelle Novinski had 12 assists and 4 aces and Senior Setter Morgan Wagner had 10 assists and 3 aces, all in a huge scoring run that brought the girls back from a 19-11 deficit and helped them win the second set 26-24.  Sophomore Libero Maggie Neiland had 10 digs and 4 aces.  The team served exceptionally well, totaling 21 aces for the 3 sets.  Come support the team next week in their two home matches, Wednesday, September 12th and Friday, September 14th, both starting at 6pm.

Boys Soccer Ranked #5 in Suffolk

It took too the final 3-minutes of regulation time, but the look on their faces says it all. Whitman junior Richard Morel (22) soared as he led his Wildcats with 2 goals.
It took too the final 3-minutes of regulation time, but the look on their faces says it all. Whitman junior Richard Morel (22) soared as he led his Wildcats with 2 goals.
Senior goalkeeper Sean Rankel (0) had a solid performance as the pressure heated up in the second half.
Senior goalkeeper Sean Rankel (0) had a solid performance as the pressure heated up in the second half.
Another strong senior starter, Anthony Trujillo (15) had a good defensive effort highlighted by accurate passing giving his Wildcat teammates longer possession.
Another strong senior starter, Anthony Trujillo (15) had a good defensive effort highlighted by accurate passing giving his Wildcat teammates longer possession.
Speedy senior Midfielder/Forward Jordan Hernandez (10) kept the Hills East opponents on their toes as he kept attacking their goal.
Speedy senior Midfielder/Forward Jordan Hernandez (10) kept the Hills East opponents on their toes as he kept attacking their goal.
Robert Adomites (3) elevated his play to keep Hills East’s best scorers off their game for the whole second half.
Robert Adomites (3) elevated his play to keep Hills East’s best scorers off their game for the whole second half.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team kicked off their season with a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind win over rival Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday.  Richard Morel scored 2 goals in the final 3 minutes of regulation to lift the Wildcats to victory.  Sean Rankel made 6 saves to preserve the win.  The Wildcats are currently ranked #5 in Suffolk County.  Please come out and support the team at their next home game today, Thursday, September 6th (weather permitting) at 4:45 P.M. vs. Lindenhurst.

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Competition Ready!

Join us for the Battle of the Marching Bands on Whitman’s home turf October 6th at 6pm.
Join us for the Battle of the Marching Bands on Whitman’s home turf October 6th at 6pm.
The Championship Color-Guard is tuned-up and ready for their new uniforms and props.
The Championship Color-Guard is tuned-up and ready for their new uniforms and props.
Junior Mellophone player Josh Muellers has been in the Marching Band since the 8th Grade and looks forward to the new and challenging repertoire.
Junior Mellophone player Josh Muellers has been in the Marching Band since the 8th Grade and looks forward to the new and challenging repertoire.
As we see here at their recent Summer Band Camp BBQ, our Band Parents are always busy with a variety of endeavors that go great lengths to help out the band.
As we see here at their recent Summer Band Camp BBQ, our Band Parents are always busy with a variety of endeavors that go great lengths to help out the band.
Thank you to the U.S. Army who sponsored the Summer Band Camp Showcase and Barbecue. Army recruiters are flanked left to right: BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey, Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, and South Huntington Special Projects Director Lee Nober.
Thank you to the U.S. Army who sponsored the Summer Band Camp Showcase and Barbecue. Army recruiters are flanked left to right: BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey, Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, and South Huntington Special Projects Director Lee Nober.

The Walt Whitman Marching Band is taking off in a new direction this year with the production of ‘Mirror Mirror’, a marching band performance different from any other that we’ve seen in the past from this talented group. The production works from the theme of the evil queen from Snow White while the title of the show itself personifies the mirror in a way that exemplifies the marching band’s new theatrical direction.

In this show, co-directors Dennis Pettas and Caitlin Coumatos really want to highlight the skills of the band’s color guard and percussion, both of which have won championships in the past two years for the indoor program. The show works to highlight these areas while being able to express themselves musically and be visually riveting. The community will be sure to notice new props, uniforms, and voice-overs that will help tell the story of this production while showcasing the band’s new direction as they take on musical and theatrical elements different than before.

The Walt Whitman Marching Band’s first competition this year will be on September 15th in Edison, New Jersey, whereas the community will be able to see them perform at The Battle of the Marching Bands on Whitman’s home turf October 6th at 6 pm. The band will also be doing a special performance at Whitman’s homecoming on October 20th set to take place after the game, where they will be debuting their new uniforms that add to the theatrical element of this new and exciting production.

The show is both musically and physically demanding for the students and the band as a whole is excited to share their hard work over the past months. Dennis and Caitlin would like to thank the students for all of their hard work during band camp, the administration for supporting the program, security staff for the help around the buildings and the parents for supporting the vision they have for the program this year. 

 

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Welcome Back Video Message

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Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta and Superintendent Bennardo welcome back message:

https://youtu.be/j9YZyy64kGU.

A Parents Guide To Integrating K-12 Technology Tools

Dear South Huntington Parents, Using the link below you will find digital databases, programs, and websites that South Huntington students utilize. These tools vary from reading programs to personalized learning plans to streaming video and content. All digital programs are organized by grade bands; K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and K-12. The links to the grade bands are at the top of this website on the toolbar. These digital tools are available for access at home.  If you need a username or password, please contact your child's school teacher.

https://sites.google.com/shufsd.org/k-12technologytoolsinshufsd 


 

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Free Weekly Little Wildcats Pre-School Story Time Registration

The South Huntington Union Free School District presents a free community story, song and craft playgroup for preschool age children at Whitman High School!

Little Wildcats is a free community preschool program, which meets for approximately 75 minutes on Tuesdays throughout the school year.  A certified South Huntington Union Free School District teacher, along with carefully selected high school students, will organize and supervise age-appropriate stories and activities for preschoolers.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other children in the school district while enjoying dynamic activities. The group will meet on Tuesdays from 12:20 PM to 1:50 PM at Walt Whitman High School in room 230.

To register for the program contact Mrs. Zamow, Little Wildcat program director, directly at 631-944-0972; email: dlanghorstzamow@shufsd.org.  Enrollment is on a first come basis.  

Eagle Scouts Honored in South Huntington

South Huntington School District's BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, (left) and BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey and Trustee Mr. Edward Nitkewicz, (standing right) congratulate many of the Eagle Scouts in attendance who graduated from Walt Whitman High School.
South Huntington School District's BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, (left) and BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey and Trustee Mr. Edward Nitkewicz, (standing right) congratulate many of the Eagle Scouts in attendance who graduated from Walt Whitman High School.
At the Eagle Scout dedication unveiling, left to right: South Huntington School District's BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, Suffolk County BSA Council President Mr. Andrew Calev, BSA Matinecock District Commissioner Mr. George J.S. Smith,  BOE Trustee Mr. Andrew Bronson, BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey and BOE Trustee Mr. Edward Nitkewicz.
At the Eagle Scout dedication unveiling, left to right: South Huntington School District's BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, Suffolk County BSA Council President Mr. Andrew Calev, BSA Matinecock District Commissioner Mr. George J.S. Smith, BOE Trustee Mr. Andrew Bronson, BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey and BOE Trustee Mr. Edward Nitkewicz.
South Huntington teacher Keith Gunsel earned his Eagle Scout in 1994 and proudly shows his son his name on the new dedication plaque.
South Huntington teacher Keith Gunsel earned his Eagle Scout in 1994 and proudly shows his son his name on the new dedication plaque.
At our most recent Board of Education meeting, a special dedication ceremony took place honoring Eagle Scouts from as far back as 1952, who graduated from Walt Whitman High School. “The idea for tonight’s ceremony was born a couple of years ago when Walt Whitman High School tied a national record with 11 Eagle Scouts in the class of 2017,” said BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta. “We looked for a way to celebrate this incredible achievement that reflects so positively on our schools and our community. The idea quickly expanded to include every Eagle Scout to have graduated from Walt Whitman.” 

School District Administrators and Board members, along with BSA Suffolk County Council President Mr. Andrew Calev and BSA Matinecock District Commissioner Mr. George J.S. Smith, unveiled a plaque in the district’s new Leadership Conference Room representing 199 Eagle Scouts.
 

Fall Adult Educational Offerings

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Welcome to our Fall 2018 Adult Education Program. It’s a great time to learn something new, improve a skill, begin an exercise program, and make new friends along the way!

Please register promptly to avoid class cancellations.

The new 2018 Fall course offerings which will be mailed to all district residents in the coming weeks are also attached below.

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Silver Medal Awarded

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Walt Whitman High School has been awarded a Silver Medal in U.S. News and World Report's Best High School rankings. This prestigious list, which is compiled annually by the publisher and the American Institute for Research (a prominent Washington, D.C. behavioral and social science research firm) evaluates nearly 20,000 high schools across the nation.  Walt Whitman High School is ranked #1611 in the National Rankings.

The criteria has grown over the years from a simple look at AP offerings and placements to a fuller analysis, which includes students’ performance on mandated state assessments, AP offerings, AP exam success rate, minority and economically disadvantaged subgroup performance, and teacher-to-student ratio.

“We were thrilled to learn of our Silver Medal, ranking our high school as one of the top 10 academic schools in Suffolk County, and top 10% in New York State,” said District Supervisor Dr. David Bennardo. “We are blessed to have great teachers and staff, inquisitive students, and wonderfully supportive parents. The reality is that our school community is enjoying a genuine Renaissance because our people believe that it is possible to achieve greatness, while simultaneously providing programs that ensure increased opportunities to all members of our learning community.”

Nomination Deadline for Hall of Fame Approaching

Ever wondered where your high school classmates ended up? Could the first-chair trombone player from Whitman now be part of a famous brass ensemble? Could your friend in DECA now be a CEO of a major company? Or maybe an actor on Broadway? Or a film director? Or could the kid who sat next to you in homeroom now be a local resident who dedicates his time to helping housebound seniors? Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. Now there’s a new way to honor those South Huntington alumni who have made a significant impact on others: The South Huntington Hall of Fame.

The purpose of the Hall of fame is to inspire current students by highlighting the successes of our alumni. Please mark your calendars and prepare to join us during Homecoming on Saturday, October 20, 2018

The general criteria for selection state that nominees must: have graduated at least 10 years ago, have graduated from South Huntington or Walt Whitman High School, have attended high school in South Huntington for a minimum of 2 years, and be worthy of permanent recognition in any field or endeavor.

The 6th biennial Induction Ceremony is being planned for homecoming weekend Saturday, October 20, 2018. So if you know of any alumni who you feel worthy of being nominated, send in a completed nomination form attached below and join us next fall for an honored tradition here in South Huntington.

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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.