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Mary Poppins was Spectacular!

The dance numbers all choreographed by Susan Turner Radin highlighted the extensive talent of Walt Whitman’s dance program.
The dance numbers all choreographed by Susan Turner Radin highlighted the extensive talent of Walt Whitman’s dance program.
The Banks family L-R: George Banks played by Josh Muellers, Winifred Banks played by Jordan Logue, Michael Banks played by Pamela Carey, and Jane Banks played by Chelsea Perry will never be the same after Mary Poppins comes to stay a while.
The Banks family L-R: George Banks played by Josh Muellers, Winifred Banks played by Jordan Logue, Michael Banks played by Pamela Carey, and Jane Banks played by Chelsea Perry will never be the same after Mary Poppins comes to stay a while.
Bert, expertly played by sophomore Brendan Kispert, leads his ‘Sweeps’ in ‘Step in Time.’
Bert, expertly played by sophomore Brendan Kispert, leads his ‘Sweeps’ in ‘Step in Time.’
Winifred Banks, skillfully portrayed by Jordan Logue, plays a strong hand in getting George a major promotion he wasn’t expecting.
Winifred Banks, skillfully portrayed by Jordan Logue, plays a strong hand in getting George a major promotion he wasn’t expecting.
The ensemble was featured in several high-energy dance numbers and brought tremendous support to our leading actors.
The ensemble was featured in several high-energy dance numbers and brought tremendous support to our leading actors.
George Banks, played by Josh Muellers, turns the tables on the bank chairman after getting a shot of confidence from Mary Poppins.
George Banks, played by Josh Muellers, turns the tables on the bank chairman after getting a shot of confidence from Mary Poppins.
Adding an authentic touch to the cast, our four-legged actor was right on cue with a bark when needed.
Adding an authentic touch to the cast, our four-legged actor was right on cue with a bark when needed.
Brendan Kispert channels his inner Dick Van Dyke for a perfect rendition of ‘Chim Chimney.’
Brendan Kispert channels his inner Dick Van Dyke for a perfect rendition of ‘Chim Chimney.’
Faith Stone gives a memorable performance as Mary Poppins as she lands on cast member Max Morris in “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’
Faith Stone gives a memorable performance as Mary Poppins as she lands on cast member Max Morris in “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’
It’s a visual that belongs entirely to Mary Poppins adding to the magic of each performance and Sean Roschman of ZFX Flying Effects is to thank.
It’s a visual that belongs entirely to Mary Poppins adding to the magic of each performance and Sean Roschman of ZFX Flying Effects is to thank.
The classic song ‘Feed the Birds’ was expertly performed by Samantha Carey as the Bird Woman, a barometer of humanity.
The classic song ‘Feed the Birds’ was expertly performed by Samantha Carey as the Bird Woman, a barometer of humanity.
A special thanks to the behind the scenes crew, set creator, lighting and sound wizards, who made this great classic play hit the heights of SPECTACULAR!
A special thanks to the behind the scenes crew, set creator, lighting and sound wizards, who made this great classic play hit the heights of SPECTACULAR!

Just when we think nothing could top previous Walt Whitman musicals, we experienced “Mary Poppins” on the weekend of April 13th.  The magic extended not only from the extraordinary talented actors, vocalists, and dancers but the amazing Pit Orchestra, behind the scenes crew, set creator, lighting and sound wizards, who made this great classic play hit the heights of SPECTACULAR!

The brilliant Susan Radin, Director, Producer, Choreographer, Music Director Matt Hoffman, and Vocal Coach Greg Modelewski, were the jewels in this latest stage crown who amazed ALL with heartfelt wonder. All who were a part of this show “reached for the heavens and got the stars thrown in.” BRAVO……A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS PERFORMANCE!!!!

Congratulations to all, it was a huge success!

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CAST- Director: Susan Turner Radin

Musical Director-Matthew Hoffman

Vocal Prep-Greg Modelewski

Choreographer -Susan Turner Radin

Dance Captains -Tyler Phelan, Marianna Kliampas

Costume Designer -Susan Turner Radin

Costumer Assistants -Max Fisher, Carly Dammer

Select costumes are courtesy of Tracey Theatre Originals, Hampton NH

Lighting Designer -Alex Dollin

Set Construction -Brian Barteld of Barteld Productions

Sound Design and Tech -LJ Saburro of SDE Productions

Set/Prop Design -David Rickmers, Sophie Fyfe, Ellena Lunt, Jasmine Fradera, Thomas Silverman

Stage Manager -Sarah Nace

Asst. Stage Mangers -Cyrus Pekerak, Caleb Thomson

Dialect Coach -Jason Fisher

Lamplighter Advisor -David Rickmers

Program -Sarah Nace

Business Manager-Susan Turner Radin

Flying-Sean Roschman of ZFX Flying Effects

Assistants to Flying Director-Sophie Fyfe, Scott Martin, Isabella Sass

Flying Crew-Ms. Lauren Godbolt, Ms. Erica Reissman, Mr. Jamie Rogers

Backstage Crew: Marisa Bobal, Chris Corallo, Brian Dammer, Alexis Ga- lant, Kyle Haritonides, Ariana Levin, Gabriella Linares, Olivia Martinez, Hai- ley Rankel, Isabella Sass, Faith Tyburski

Lighting Crew: Kayla Andrews, Scott Martin, Sophie Fyfe

Sound: John Andreoni, Carl Constable, Ellena Lunt, Ashley Winch

Makeup and Hair Design: Hannah Albert, Delia Botta, Maxwell Fisher, Olivia Golembiowski, Sarah Heath, Hope Levin, Juliana Sgaraglio, Amanda Smuss, Kira Steffen, Deanna Tabibzada,

 

Bert-Brendan Kispert

George Banks-Josh Muellers

Winifred Banks-Jordan Logue

Jane Banks-Chelsea Perry

Michael Banks-Pamela Carey

Katie Nana/Miss Smythe-Julianna Sgaraglio

Policeman/Von Hussler-.Thomas Decker

Miss Lark-.Jessica Mangles

Admiral Boom-Liam Heather

Mrs. Brill-Rena Shapiro

Robertson Ay-Max Fisher

Mary Poppins-Faith Stone

Park Keeper/Mr. Punch-Jack O’Loughlin

Neleus-Max Fisher

Bank Chairman-Max Morris

Northbrook-Dalton Marzigliano

Bird Woman-Samantha Carey

Mrs. Corry-Keara Shea

Fannie — Mrs. Corry’s daughter-Julianna Chiriboga

Annie — Mrs. Corry’s daughter-Sara Crapanzano

Valentine-Alexa Beaubrun

Teddy Bear-Erin Torres

Doll-Haylee Caserta

Miss Andrews-Janna Garden

Ensemble: Alex Garden, Salma Laraki, Summer Levinsky, Lorraine Jean-Pierre, Juliet Berger, Laurette Joyce, Eliana Simanoff, Brianna White, Brianna Ruotolo, Sebastian Rosa, Tamoor Nawaz

Dancers: Marianna Kliampas, Chloe Morris, Kristin Salas, Jayda Rosene, Lia Rosario, Luisa Valencia, McKayla Charles, Ashley DiBartolomeo, Nicole Mangano, Sarah Zepeda, Summer Levinsky.

Musical Director/Conductor– Matthew Hoffman. Pit Orchestra:  Violins Jaycee Cardoso Zoey Guiliano Amanda Riha Abbie Yaeger. Bassoon: Liam Hill. Flutes: Gerardo Barraza, Gabrielle Bausano, Gabrielle Safian (Piccolo), Natasha Scott, Angela Shedlow. Clarinets: Natalie Bausano, Jessica Castagna, Abby Dinstell, Olivia Macchiarola, Esteban Maraboli, Emma Tuohy, Emily Riha. Saxophones: William Schiller III, Michael Deitch. Trumpets: Jeremy Forman, Justin Grillo, Julianna Licona,  Leila Perry. Horn: Alyssa Morisco. Trombones: Dan Curtin, Kira Steffen, Dylan Vincent. Guitar: Liam Curtin. Bass: Cal Eidinoff. Keyboards: Greg De Rosa, Greg Modelewski, Lily Soares. Percussion: Logan Slansky, Kaitlyn Allen, Caleb Sullivan, Joe Gurba.

2019 Lip Sync Battle

Our 2019 seniors and teachers put together a night of lip syncing to be remembered for years to come.
Our 2019 seniors and teachers put together a night of lip syncing to be remembered for years to come.
Assistant Principal Mr. Varlamos took a break from MCing to show off some tricks with Mr. Castillo, Mr. Blair, and Dr. Richards.
Assistant Principal Mr. Varlamos took a break from MCing to show off some tricks with Mr. Castillo, Mr. Blair, and Dr. Richards.
Mrs. Latko and Mrs. Stueber proved “We’re All In This Together” by getting their students on stage for some High School Musical choreography.
Mrs. Latko and Mrs. Stueber proved “We’re All In This Together” by getting their students on stage for some High School Musical choreography.
Mr. Rogers and his kids playing to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was both nostalgic and precious.
Mr. Rogers and his kids playing to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was both nostalgic and precious.
Briana Spencer won her battle with “Hold Me Down” by Halsey.
Briana Spencer won her battle with “Hold Me Down” by Halsey.
Jessica Joy, Olivia Corecki, Emily Corecki, and Efrain Citle Palestino put on a rendition of “Ripped Pants” by Spongebob that included fun lyrics and impressive dance moves.
Jessica Joy, Olivia Corecki, Emily Corecki, and Efrain Citle Palestino put on a rendition of “Ripped Pants” by Spongebob that included fun lyrics and impressive dance moves.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy surprised everyone when he came onto the stage dressed as Post Malone.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy surprised everyone when he came onto the stage dressed as Post Malone.
This “Baby Shark” performer found our judges to thank them for being such good sports.
This “Baby Shark” performer found our judges to thank them for being such good sports.
Seniors Sean Rankel, Parker Keller, John Dugan, Jake Cartisano, Thomas Braglia, Kevin McKenna, Andrew Ferreri, Caleb Thompson, and AJ Wobig brought down the house with the throw back “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys, taking the win for the evening as the crowd favorite.
Seniors Sean Rankel, Parker Keller, John Dugan, Jake Cartisano, Thomas Braglia, Kevin McKenna, Andrew Ferreri, Caleb Thompson, and AJ Wobig brought down the house with the throw back “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys, taking the win for the evening as the crowd favorite.

This marks the fourth year of Walt Whitman High School hosting another memorable Lip Sync Battle, where students verse the teachers in an array of entertaining performances.  From students enacting music from Broadway’s Hamilton and Spongebob’s “Ripped Pants,” to teachers and their families performing “Baby Shark,” the evening was full of surprises, music, and a whole lot of laughter.

The evening serves as a fundraiser for the senior class under the advisory of Ms. Diane Langhorst-Zamow and she would like to thank all who participated and came out to support the senior class on Friday evening.

Special thanks to the Senior Class officers for coordinating the Lip Sync show, SDE and Alex Dollin for coordinating all of the sound, and the Lamplighter team for all of their help with lighting and backstage. Thank you to judges Mr. Miranda, Mrs. Tonna, Mr. Karavias (aka Shakira), Mrs. Bunnell, and Mr. Varlamos for MCing the evening. Thank you to all of the students who came forward to battle the teachers and thank you to Mr. Murphy and all of the Walt Whitman faculty who participated!

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Register Now: Miles For Michael

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2019 Miles For Michael Run/Walk-Kids Fun Run

Choose between a 5K or a 10K....Are you ready?

The sixth annual run/walk will be even more exciting than ever!!

Saturday, May 11th

Save the Morning

Join us again this year for an unforgettable morning. It all begins and ends at Walt Whitman High School. 8:30AM Kids Run   9AM 5K and 10K begins.

Registration forms are located in the main office of all district school buildings and at www.shufsd.org.  You may also register online at www.runsignup.com. Questions can be directed to our “fund-racer’s” coordinator, Sheila Buhse, at 631-812-3015.

START TIMES: (Rain or Shine)

5K Run/Walk - 9 a.m.

10K Run- 9 a.m.

1 Mile Kids Fun Run - 8:30 a.m.

STARTING LOCATION:

Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station

RACE ROUTE: 5K, USATF Certified

Measured, timed and managed by Start 2 Finish Corp

March Athletes of the Month

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates the March Athletes of the Month.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates the March Athletes of the Month.

Congratulations to Senior badminton player Mabel Bassi on earning Athlete of the Month for March! Mabel plays on the varsity badminton team and tennis team for Walt Whitman and attests her talent to her good hand-eye coordination and agility. Mabel shared “when I play, I feel really happy,” and believes she earned this award for March because her performance level and confidence have escalated since the start of the season. “I’m feeling much more confident than before. I’m always trying to win it and if I don’t, I just smile, move on and try harder.” Mabel is a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and the National Music Honor Society as she used to play cello for the orchestra. Mabel chose to put down the cello in order to focus her attention on electives and her other groups she is involved with. She is an active member of Natural Helpers, is secretary for Model UN, and is the poetry editor for Xanadu as she enjoys writing both in and outside of school. As a senior, Mabel is considering Fordham University for pre-law but is keeping her options open. Mabel’s biggest dream is to open a non-profit to help children around the world in need of medical help. As far as her time at Whitman, Mabel appreciates the diversity and ability for everyone to come together as one.

Congratulations to Junior Kevin Martin on earning Athlete of the Month for March! Kevin competes in the 1000 meter, 1600 meter, and 3200 meter races during the winter and spring track seasons and most recently won his 800 meter race at one of the duel meets this season. Kevin is also on the cross country team and truly considers himself to be a distance runner, stating how “I’ve never been a fast sprinter. Distance comes easier to me even though it can be more of a challenge.” When asked what goes through his mind as he’s running such long distances, he shared “I have to finish the race no matter what. If I fall, I get back up. If I’m in pain, I just keep going.” Each race is an opportunity to go for his personal best and that’s what helps him to come out at the top of the competition. Kevin is a member of the National Business Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and hopes to be inducted into the National Honor Society this year. He also has a fun time participating in the Corn Hole Club and would say his favorite part about Whitman is the community and all of the different events that go on. “We’re all together and we all unite to get through hardships and overcome challenges together,” he said as he described Whitman to be like a family. “I’m always here to try my best and put in my best effort and I’m willing to help anyone with anything.”

 

Congratulations to our March Students of the Month

Principal John Murphy (top left), is joined by Dr. Matthew Murphy, Supervisor K-12 Math, Technology and Business (top right), and Ms. Joann Hili-Carbone, Chairperson of English Language Arts (in front of Dr. Murphy) in congratulating our Walt Whitman High School Students of the Month.
Principal John Murphy (top left), is joined by Dr. Matthew Murphy, Supervisor K-12 Math, Technology and Business (top right), and Ms. Joann Hili-Carbone, Chairperson of English Language Arts (in front of Dr. Murphy) in congratulating our Walt Whitman High School Students of the Month.

“I’m really very proud of you all, so keep up the good work,” said Principal Murphy as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our March Students of the Month. “In every school, it is important to note the qualities and efforts of those students that act as role models for the student body.  These students selected for March Students of the Month, have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of their teachers and administrators alike. I want to personally thank each of you for everything you do for Whitman and that I appreciate the time and effort you devote to our school family.”

March Students of the Month: Business/Home & Careers: Haylin Santos Sanchez, Caleb Sullivan. Music/Dance: Kaitlyn Allen, Abby Dinstell, Alyssa Katwala, Kira Steffen. Art: Efrain Citle Palestino, Olivia Martinez, Kyle Mayer, Gilberto Murcia Cisnado. World Language: Mabel Bassi, Cristopher Chalco Samaniego, Amelia Kongevold, Angela Pepe. Social Studies: Jerry Canales, Thomas Decker, Casey Gilmartin, Neamal Mahmood. Science: Christopher Bonilla Funez, Isabella Bonvicin, Andrew Borges, Kevin Sanchez Saravia. Math: Gianna Inga, Orzeeta Kamal, Shaan Khan, Aleeza Marghub. English: Nicole Algierie, Joshua Alms, Emily Murphy, Nicholas Salas: Physical Education: Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Robert Bancheri, Jack Fallon, Andrew Ledbetter: Athletes of the Month: Mabel Bassi and Kevin Martin.

 

Budget Dates with Presentations

We are entering the time period when school districts begin developing the following year‘s budget plans. The process develops gradually as New York State aid figures, tax cap calculations, anticipated revenues, and expenses begin to crystallize. Our South Huntington district works hard to maximize the precious resources that you provide us, and maintain a delicate balance between instructional excellence and fiscal responsibility.

To this end, we embrace an open and transparent budget process that invites community members to see, hear, and comment upon the deliberations, and work collaboratively to keep the district sound, sustainable, and strong. Below, please find a full listing of our public budget workshop sessions. You can also find details of all public presentations on our district website and our social media accounts. Each presentation is available after its initial submission by clicking on the date below:

Wednesday, February 27 Budget Overview JKAO Building

Wednesday, March 13 Budget Work Session JKAO Building

Wednesday, March 27 Budget Work Session JKAO Building

Tuesday, April 16 Budget Adoption JKAO Building

Tuesday, April 30 Special BOE Meeting BOCES Vote & Election JKAO Building

Tuesday, May 14 Public Hearing of Budget JKAO Building

Tuesday, May 21 Budget Vote/Elections at Walt Whitman High School

The Body Electric Highlights

Rena Shapiro performed a beautiful dance that embraced the spirit of The Body Electric.
Rena Shapiro performed a beautiful dance that embraced the spirit of The Body Electric.
Serena Heddell played the first musical number of the night with an original song on the ukulele.
Serena Heddell played the first musical number of the night with an original song on the ukulele.
Whitman English teacher Vito Monti shared an inspired poem with the attentive audience.
Whitman English teacher Vito Monti shared an inspired poem with the attentive audience.
Cali Sullivan read an original poem as her brother joined her on the piano.
Cali Sullivan read an original poem as her brother joined her on the piano.
Students such as Ethan Heather and Zack Slansky took the stage in ways that spoke to them.
Students such as Ethan Heather and Zack Slansky took the stage in ways that spoke to them.
Tyler Phelan and Sage Thomas showcased their incredible talents with beautiful choreography.
Tyler Phelan and Sage Thomas showcased their incredible talents with beautiful choreography.
Jenny Duclay read an original piece that reminded the audience to be in the moment.
Jenny Duclay read an original piece that reminded the audience to be in the moment.
English teacher Ms. Kimberly Latko perfectly emceed the evening that included reading some of her own literary works.
English teacher Ms. Kimberly Latko perfectly emceed the evening that included reading some of her own literary works.

The Body Electric is an annual performance highlighting the incredible talent at Walt Whitman High School. Whether it’s poetry, music, art or dance, students and teachers took to the stage to the delight of a packed Performing Arts Center this past Thursday, March 14th.

Mrs. Latko shared her gratitude for hosting this evening. “Every year I am in awe of the gifts these students bring to the Body Electric stage, and this year's presentations offered an incredible variety of talent and skill. Max Fisher, Rena Shapiro and the seamless duet of Sage Thomas and Tyler Phelan showcased incredible ability and choreography, while our poets were not only strong writers but articulate and confident readers. Many of them are underclassmen and I am thrilled to know they will be back with us again next year. And the musicians who crafted their own songs were breathtaking at points. I am also grateful for the technical talents of Sarah Nace and the artistic creativity of Reyha Mete.”

Please join in congratulating all of the talented students and faculty who performed in this year's Body Electric celebration. This unique combination of music, performance, fine arts, and literature demonstrated the very finest creativity that our South Huntington schools have to offer. Congratulations to the following performers, in order of appearance:

Act I: Sophie Dalton, Jaycelyn Ruotolo, Serena Heddel, Kayla Andrews, Michelle Mullin, Cali Sullivan, Rena Shapiro, Vito Monti, and Sergio Gomez.

Act II: Jenny Duclay, Brianna Ruotolo, Tyler Phelan & Sage Thomas, Ethan Heather, Summer Levinsky, Keara Shea, Kim Lateko, Zack Slansky, and Maxwell Fisher.

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Fifth-Graders Head Back to Kindergarten

You never know where the spark comes from that lights a love of reading.
You never know where the spark comes from that lights a love of reading.
Maplewood 5th-grade teacher Ms. Garafalo looks in on all the creativity at a particularly busy table.
Maplewood 5th-grade teacher Ms. Garafalo looks in on all the creativity at a particularly busy table.
Each student worked on filling out ‘My Buddy Book’ as they got to know each other.
Each student worked on filling out ‘My Buddy Book’ as they got to know each other.
Creating new bonds with their reading buddies make this day even more memorable.
Creating new bonds with their reading buddies make this day even more memorable.
After an initial getting to know each other, the Maplewood students read some of their favorite books to their Kindergarten counterparts.
After an initial getting to know each other, the Maplewood students read some of their favorite books to their Kindergarten counterparts.

On April 11th, Maplewood and Countrywood joined together to celebrate their First Reading Buddies event.  The Maplewood and Countrywood Site-Based Management (SBM) committees partnered to share in a special event where Maplewood fifth-graders buddied up with the Countrywood Kindergartners to share in the joy of reading.  “Maplewood’s fifth-graders love to come back to Countrywood and see where they started in Kindergarten,” said Countrywood Principal Mitch Levy. “It’s a great time of year when our kindergartners can read back to their 5th grade buddies as well.” 

The smiles were abundant during the event where the children created new bonds with their reading buddies, making this day more than memorable! “This was a wonderful day that our students will remember for a long time to come,” added Principal Levy. The fifth-graders will be back for the next chapter with their Countrywood buddies on May 22nd.

Thank You South Huntington Community

Left to right: Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, New York State Senator Jim Gaughan, State Assemblyman Steve Stern, County Legislator Sue Berland, SHEF Gala Honorees: Eliot Lonardo, Dr. Annie Michaelian, and Bob Cangero with SHEF President Charles Ciravolo.
Left to right: Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, New York State Senator Jim Gaughan, State Assemblyman Steve Stern, County Legislator Sue Berland, SHEF Gala Honorees: Eliot Lonardo, Dr. Annie Michaelian, and Bob Cangero with SHEF President Charles Ciravolo.
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Thank you to the honorees, the sponsors, and donors who supported the evening, as well as the attendees, the raffle winners, and everyone involved with assisting SHEF's mission of supporting our students and faculty!

Autism Awareness Month Highlighted at Stimson Middle School

Evelyn Wang, in the foreground, is a very talented artist and designed this year’s logo.  She is surrounded by many of the Stimson staffers to show their support.
Evelyn Wang, in the foreground, is a very talented artist and designed this year’s logo. She is surrounded by many of the Stimson staffers to show their support.

National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Stimson’s SADD club, led by Adviser Justin Gravina, held a logo design contest and apparel fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks.  Evelyn Wang, one of Stimson’s very talented artist’s designed this year’s logo.  Apparel was sold district wide and is being worn by staff and students on Wednesdays.

Ten Tigers Confidence

Our goal is for all our students to become focused, self-disciplined and confident individuals who have the utmost respect for themselves and others. – Rik Kellerman
Our goal is for all our students to become focused, self-disciplined and confident individuals who have the utmost respect for themselves and others. – Rik Kellerman
Kung Fu is not about fighting. It’s about skill development and becoming better people so that we as a community can become better and stronger.
Kung Fu is not about fighting. It’s about skill development and becoming better people so that we as a community can become better and stronger.
Rik Kellerman’s Ten Tigers Kung-Fu Academy is one of the only schools outside of New York City’s Chinatown to teach Authentic, Traditional Kung-Fu.
Rik Kellerman’s Ten Tigers Kung-Fu Academy is one of the only schools outside of New York City’s Chinatown to teach Authentic, Traditional Kung-Fu.
Numerous psychological studies have found that children in the eleven to sixteen year old range who study martial arts, and specifically Ten Tigers style of martial arts, have an increased sense of responsibility, are more reluctant to take foolish risks, and have a greater sense of self-esteem. This is why millions of parents are using martial arts to supplement their children’s education. Plus it’s just pure fun! - – Rik Kellerman
Numerous psychological studies have found that children in the eleven to sixteen year old range who study martial arts, and specifically Ten Tigers style of martial arts, have an increased sense of responsibility, are more reluctant to take foolish risks, and have a greater sense of self-esteem. This is why millions of parents are using martial arts to supplement their children’s education. Plus it’s just pure fun! - – Rik Kellerman

Recently the Ten Tigers Kung Fu Academy was invited to host an anti-bullying program to provide students with the tools on how to recognize bullies and how to defend themselves and others being bullied. Owner Rik Kellerman and business partner Shue wanted students involved in this program to come away with the knowledge of how being confident helps one to not fall victim to being bullied. “If you are confident, you are not going to be the one that bullies choose. Bullies pick on the weak, looking for those with the victim mentality and who are withdrawn and can be easily singled out,” Rik shared as he described how bullies prey on those who are less confident and less likely to stand up for themselves. By standing tall and speaking confidently, students learned how to not fall victim and become singled out by bullies. “Kung Fu is not about fighting. It’s about skill development and becoming better people so that we as a community can become better and stronger,” shared Shue. Bullying can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, or culture. The program was geared towards showing students how to be an “upstander” rather than a bystander and provided students with skills on how to confidently stand up for someone who is falling victim to bullying. “One of the major reasons we do what we do is to encourage people to believe in themselves, stand up for themselves and support other people who may be weaker, not as strong, or might not speak the same language.” Ten Tigers considers themselves to be a resource for those in need of support, guidance, and information that would make the world and the community stronger and better apt to help themselves and each other. 

Stimson Math Teacher Kim Chiarelli Selected

Stimson Math teacher Kim Chiarelli has been with South Huntington since September 2004 and is a tremendous asset to our faculty and students.
Stimson Math teacher Kim Chiarelli has been with South Huntington since September 2004 and is a tremendous asset to our faculty and students.
Creating assessments on the state level, Ms. Ciarelli received professional development that will help her students excel.
Creating assessments on the state level, Ms. Ciarelli received professional development that will help her students excel.

Congratulations to Stimson Math teacher Kim Chiarelli on being selected by New York State to be part of a consortium of teachers creating assessments for New York State exams. Ms. Chiarelli was selected out of many who applied and underwent three full days of extensive professional development related to next generation math standards. This is a great opportunity for South Huntington to have one of our very own participating on the state level and sharing important information with our teachers. On behalf of Matthew Murphy, Supervisor of Math, Technology and Business, and the entire South Huntington School District, congratulations Ms. Chiarelli!

Athletes of the Month

Joining Max Fisher and Joelle Koutsantanou, our two Athletes of the month, left to right: Administrative Dean Dr. Kendall Richards, Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, and Principal John Murphy.
Joining Max Fisher and Joelle Koutsantanou, our two Athletes of the month, left to right: Administrative Dean Dr. Kendall Richards, Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, and Principal John Murphy.

Congratulations to February’s Athlete of the Month Maxwell Fischer! This is the second year in a row that he has received both All-County and All-League in fencing, finishing 4th place at this year’s County Championships. Max has been fencing for 7 years and says coming in 4th place this year is a good reflection of how his season has been since coming in 7th place at last year’s County Championships. Max’s favorite part about being on the fencing team is the comradery and how everyone does what is best for the team even though there is a huge individual aspect to the sport. “I’ve acquired a ton of life skills through fencing, whether is calming someone after a loss or being able to congratulate them after a win.” Max was also on the Varsity Golf Team as a freshman, played 3 years of Varsity Badminton, dances, and does color guard for the marching band. As a senior this year, Max hopes to study English and pursue linguistics education and speech pathology. He hopes to continue fencing, dancing and be involved in the arts after graduating from Whitman in June. “There is so much passion behind expressing yourself. What I love about the arts is being able to share what I love dong with everyone else through creative expression.”

Congratulations to February’s Athlete of the Month Joelle Koutsantanou! Joelle is a senior All-Division cheerleader who has been on the varsity team for 5 years. “Cheerleading is not an average sport and to get recognized as one of many athletes means so much to me.” Joelle is a main base and first started cheerleading in 7th grade as her friends and older sister was also involved in the sport. As a middle school cheerleader, joining the team was intimidating at first until the team took her under their wing. “They made me feel like I was a part of something bigger than myself since I was 13 years old,” Joelle shared as she described the team as her second family. Joelle’s favorite part about Whitman is the support she receives from the faculty and staff and how they go above and beyond to make their students feel right at home. As a senior, Joelle looks forward to attending a 4-year college to study business. Congratulations to both of our Athletes of the Month for February!

Register Now for Parent University

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It’s the perfect union. The We Care Health and Wellness Fair is now part of Parent University. Join family, friends, and the community as many leading health and wellness experts present new and informative ways to maximize healthy living in the perfect learning environment of South Huntington’s Parent University.

Our expanded Parent University program will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 4:30 to 9 PM at Walt Whitman High School. You may register online or download the registration brochure and form at the end of the article.

 

Register now at: 
https://forms.gle/H17Yx1Rj18P5UZBL9

 

 

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Stimson Math Students Head to Finals

Supervisor of Math, Technology, and Business Dr. Matthew Murphy and Stimson Math teacher Ms. Kim Chiarelli congratulate their advancing math students l-r: Nathaniel Sobina, Rosalia Campo, Grayson Slansky, and JT Villella!
Supervisor of Math, Technology, and Business Dr. Matthew Murphy and Stimson Math teacher Ms. Kim Chiarelli congratulate their advancing math students l-r: Nathaniel Sobina, Rosalia Campo, Grayson Slansky, and JT Villella!

We recently received the outstanding news that four of our Stimson students will advance to Hofstra for the Suffolk County Math Fair final round. Congratulations to (l-r) Nathaniel Sobina, Rosalia Campo, Grayson Slansky, and JT Villella! Once again, thank you all for making Stimson proud!

The Night Sky Comes Alive

Oakwood teacher Mr. Watts and his 2nd graders helped cut the ribbon on the District’s two new digital planetariums.
Oakwood teacher Mr. Watts and his 2nd graders helped cut the ribbon on the District’s two new digital planetariums.

On Friday morning, March 29th our South Huntington family cheered the grand opening of our new Digitalis Digital Planetarium. This dynamic, mobile teaching center, made possible through New York State Smart Schools Funds, provides state-of-the-art, interactive learning experiences within the district’s own schools and facilities. The two Planetarium additions are part of our on-going mission to use the very latest STEAM-based equipment and programs and encourage students to literally reach for the creative stars. Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta was effusive in his praise of the Planetarium initiative, saying “This new equipment represents yet another step in our quest to provide the very finest experiences for our South Huntington students.”   Board Vice President, Laura Carey, who supervises the South Huntington Curriculum Council, added: “The fact that our district was able to purchase these 21st Century devices at no cost to the taxpayers represents a creative win/win scenario for students and community members alike.”

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'Heroes Around Me' Sparks Creativity

A special thank you to the South Huntington Public Library and its Director, Ms. Janet Scherer for hosting this annual special event celebrating the PTA’s reflections Program that is designed to encourage creative expression among children and youth.
A special thank you to the South Huntington Public Library and its Director, Ms. Janet Scherer for hosting this annual special event celebrating the PTA’s reflections Program that is designed to encourage creative expression among children and youth.
Award winners from Birchwood on the bottom, and our Middle Schools on the top, bask in the spotlight as proud parents snap away with their cameras.
Award winners from Birchwood on the bottom, and our Middle Schools on the top, bask in the spotlight as proud parents snap away with their cameras.
Walt Whitman winners: Farrell Blum is flanked by Cassandra Bonilla and Karina Lew.
Walt Whitman winners: Farrell Blum is flanked by Cassandra Bonilla and Karina Lew.
Silas Wood student Sienna Leaver entertains the audience with her own winning composition.
Silas Wood student Sienna Leaver entertains the audience with her own winning composition.

Congratulations to the talented students who were honored this week at the annual district-wide Reflections ceremony. This special program’s 2019 theme- ‘Heroes Around Me,’ was sponsored by our PTA and hosted by the South Huntington Public Library, offered a wonderful opportunity to applaud the outstanding work of our creative children. We were also blessed to hear and see Sienna Leaver play her original composition on the Piano.

We congratulate all of our Reflections participants and their dedicated parents for fostering a special love of learning in their homes. A special thanks to our PTA representatives for making this wonderful event possible.

Countrywood- Visual Arts: Abigail O'Reilly, Ainsley Bobker, Alex Garrido, Ashley Millman, Brendan O'Connor, Brooke Maier, Carter Garcia, Christopher Goldman, Connor Njenga, Gianna Pantina, Logan Njenga, Shannon Sinnott, Tyler Striga, Wyatt McParland. Dance Choreography: Lindsay Reyes. Music: Alex Garrido. Photography: Alex Garrido, Anthony Pantina, Frankie Caputo, Meghan Gulickson. Literature: Alex Garrido.

Oakwood- Visual Arts: Andrew Tedesco, Ashton Muller, Gabriella Galli, Jensen Vallely, Joseph Lantier, Joseph Occhiuto, Lila Vallely, Lucas Muller, Olivia Candio, Sadie Singer, Sam Novick, Sophia Occhiuto, Stevie Cutillo, Ty DeVinney. Photography: Lexy Holzweiss.

Maplewood- Visual Arts: Alexa Velazquez, Ashika Jambavat, Brihanna Floyd, Dean Rosengold, Emmanuel Lopez, Erica Chung, Givanni Gavaleta, Nikolette Ouzounis, Raniya Bawany, Yessica Benitez Granados. Dance Choreography: Brooke Striga. Music: Nicolas Castillo. Photography: Cooper Daniels, Danny Depalo, Emma Abrescia, Jake App, Lauren Dinstell, Lucy DeMaso, Maria Petkovits, Matthew Russotto, Nikolette Ouzounis, Samantha Dinstell. Literature: AJ Depalo, Elijah Imhof, Emily Ramirez-Euceda, Gabriella Varellas, Jake Messerschmitt, Liam Imhof, Matthew Russotto, Monica Katwala, Prithvi Das, Sofia Golembiowski. Film Production: Brianna Goodwin, Jack Vollmer, Jason Wang, Lucy O'Loughlin, Micah Brandon.

Birchwood- Visual Arts: Alexis Koffer, Andie DeVinney, Aryaa Shah, Ishe Patel, Jade Tintera, Sophia Luebker, Taylor Imhof. Literature: Nicholas Guarini.

Silas Wood / Stimson- Visual Arts: Pratyush K. Das, Isabelle Minero. Music: Peyton Galgan, Sienna Leaver. Photography: Marie Costa, Pratyush K. Das. Literature: Zahra Choudry, Shawn Murphy, Isabelle Minero.

Walt Whitman- Photography: Farrell Blum. Literature: Cassandra Bonilla, Karina Lew, and Zachary Slansky.

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Stimson Sports Awards

The middle school athletes with their awards honoring their hard work and dedication to their teams.
The middle school athletes with their awards honoring their hard work and dedication to their teams.
Girls Basketball player Juliet Boccia receives her awards from Booster Club President Jayne O’Toole.
Girls Basketball player Juliet Boccia receives her awards from Booster Club President Jayne O’Toole.
Alex Bogdani, played both Boys Volleyball and Basketball, and is acknowledged by Jayne O’Toole and Stimson Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta and Principal Edwin Smith.
Alex Bogdani, played both Boys Volleyball and Basketball, and is acknowledged by Jayne O’Toole and Stimson Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta and Principal Edwin Smith.

Stimson Middle School held its Winter Sports Awards ceremony recently when athletes were honored for a variety of achievements and joined their teammates on the risers for a big group photo.  Stimson Principal Edwin Smith spoke of the dedication and teamwork that these young students showcased, highlighting how teamwork, whether on the field or later in life, is an essential ingredient for success. Congratulations to the coaches, and families of these exceptional athletes: Julia Allen, Kaitlyn Barraco, Thomas Bass, Rylee Bert Riordan, Juliet Boccia, Kieran Bock, Alex Bogdani (2), Brooke Bonfante, Joseph Cenzoprano, Talya Churchman, Alexander Colavita, Andrew Connolly, Michael Coppola, Emma Creighton (2), Jenna Crocco, Jenna Cullen, Kieran Davis, Noelle Decker (2), Olivia DelPriore, Alexa Dikeakos, Kallie Eichner (2), Paige Elar, Natale Fontanetta, Angelina Fuller, Trevor Galgano (2), Adelrhany Georges, Alexa Gluckstal, Kole Gottesman, Josie Grant, Wilbensa Guirand, Declan Hill, Ryan Hill, Iris Hoffman (2), Jack Jenkins (2), Jason Kaiser, Angelo Kliampas (2), Simeon Kwak, Ismael Laraki, Elizabeth LaRegina, Iverson Lazo, John Lineen (2), Griffin MacPherson, Courtney Magee, Jonathan Matthews, Lorianna Mattutat (2), Samantha Maxim, Emily McGowan, Matthew McManus, Cecilia Medina Granados (2), Tyler Mezadurian, Shaun Murphy, Angelena Nguyen, Grace Oliveri, Jacob Philip, Danielle Probst, Megan Rankel (2), Ronan Rattazzi, Dominic Repetti, Shaelyn Scharpf (2), Elizabeth Schreiber, Melanie Smuss, Monica Sorto, Sophia Swanson (2), Olivia Taylor, LaMaya Trotman, Samantha Unger, Dayaneliz Veliz, John Villella, Kasey Wagner, Nicole Yerys, and Brayden Zalbert. * (2) denotes athletes playing more than one sport.

Girls Highlight Sports Monday

Barbara Tripi shown at the plate, had a solid day for the Girls Softball team and Desiree Kleberg notched her 100th career goal for the Lady Wildcats Varsity Lacrosse team.
Barbara Tripi (5) at the plate had a solid day and Desiree Kleberg notched her 100th career goal for the Lady Wildcats.

Congratulations Girls Lacrosse: Congratulations to Desiree Kleberg on scoring her 100th career goal in a tough game against Half Hollow Hills yesterday. The coaches and team players want to thank Dez for her continued dedication and leadership

Congratulations Varsity Softball: Great win yesterday as the Team defeated Riverhead 1-0. In the 2nd inning, Barbara Tripi walked, stole 2nd base, and was driven in by Jillian Crowley’s single. That run backed Riley Piromalli on the mound as she threw a complete game shutout, striking out 11 and walking none. The great defense backed Riley’s efforts. Come support the team Friday at home as they take on Connetquot at 4:15.

Nat Geo Bee Winners Highlighted

Silas Wood teacher and National Geographic Bee Coordinator Dr. Gay Bullock congratulate winners Douglas Amaya (first on left) and Sam Lipson (second
Silas Wood teacher and National Geographic Bee Coordinator Dr. Gay Bullock congratulate winners Douglas Amaya (first on left) and Sam Lipson (second

Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto congratulates his Geography Bee first- and second-place winners in their annual Middle School Geography Bee. Thank you to Dr. Bullock for coordinating and facilitating this amazing event.

Middle School Theater Program on a Roll

In its fifth successful year, the theater program at Silas Wood and Stimson Middle School is thriving as ‘The Little Mermaid’ brings magic to the stage.
In its fifth successful year, the theater program at Silas Wood and Stimson Middle School is thriving as ‘The Little Mermaid’ brings magic to the stage.
Julia Crapanzano as Ursula is flanked by Flotsam played by Deanna Valentin (left) and Jetsam played by Abby Brosnan from the Saturday and Sunday cast.
Julia Crapanzano as Ursula is flanked by Flotsam played by Deanna Valentin (left) and Jetsam played by Abby Brosnan from the Saturday and Sunday cast.
Ariel played by Alessia Maffei, and sidekick Flounder played by Isabelle Minero (left) enjoy their interaction with the Seagulls.
Ariel played by Alessia Maffei, and sidekick Flounder played by Isabelle Minero (left) enjoy their interaction with the Seagulls.
The Maroon cast gave a rousing ‘Under the Sea’ performance along with Sebastian the Lobster played by Addie Balogun.
The Maroon cast gave a rousing ‘Under the Sea’ performance along with Sebastian the Lobster played by Addie Balogun.
Ariel and Flounder, played by the Maroon cast’s Natalia Lutz and Samantha Somer respectively, are about to get caught going to the ‘surface.’
Ariel and Flounder, played by the Maroon cast’s Natalia Lutz and Samantha Somer respectively, are about to get caught going to the ‘surface.’
Eighth-grader Addie Balogun playing Sebastian, leads an excellent rendition of ‘Kiss the Girl.’
Eighth-grader Addie Balogun playing Sebastian, leads an excellent rendition of ‘Kiss the Girl.’
Prince Eric, played by Matthew Tuohy is enjoying dinner with Ariel as his sidekick Grimsby, played by Mason Greco, creates a little trouble.
Prince Eric, played by Matthew Tuohy is enjoying dinner with Ariel as his sidekick Grimsby, played by Mason Greco, creates a little trouble.
Joseph Cenzopano, playing Chef Louis, laid down the clever as he begins his search of a lobster to become dinner in the hilarious song and dance ‘Le Poissons.’
Joseph Cenzopano, playing Chef Louis, laid down the clever as he begins his search of a lobster to become dinner in the hilarious song and dance ‘Le Poissons.’
King Triton, played by Anthony Maida from the maroon cast is insistent that his daughter Ariel not venture to the surface where trouble awaits.
King Triton, played by Anthony Maida from the maroon cast is insistent that his daughter Ariel not venture to the surface where trouble awaits.
The white cast pilot, played by Lucas Schwandtner navigates the seas for his Prince Eric, played by Jaren Smullian searching for Ariel’s voice.
The white cast pilot, played by Lucas Schwandtner navigates the seas for his Prince Eric, played by Jaren Smullian searching for Ariel’s voice.
The Seagulls add a special touch to the humor and fun that Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ created for our young thespians.
The Seagulls add a special touch to the humor and fun that Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ created for our young thespians.
“To our students, thank you for all your passion and dedication!  All of you have done an outstanding job!  We are very proud of you.”- Principals Edwin Smith and Steve Toto.
“To our students, thank you for all your passion and dedication! All of you have done an outstanding job! We are very proud of you.”- Principals Edwin Smith and Steve Toto.

Congratulations and BRAVO to all our Silas Wood and Stimson actors who gave amazing performances in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The acting, vocals and stage presence of our young performers were outstanding! This production captivated audiences with stormy adventures on the sea, along with enchanting visits to a Magical Kingdom below the sea.

“Words cannot describe how happy we were to celebrate the fifth successful year of the theater program at Silas Wood and Stimson Middle School,” said Principal Smith at Stimson and Principal Toto at Silas Wood in a joint message to the South Huntington Community.   “The Arts truly play a critical role in the development of our students and the positive culture of our district.  When a school performs a play, something magical happens.  New friendships are formed, soft-spoken students find a voice, many become one, and most importantly, hard work and dedication are recognized.  Our students’ passion for theater was evident on the smiling faces of all the students and parents that attended The Little Mermaid.  Finally, to our students, thank you for all your passion and dedication!  All of you have done an outstanding job!  We are very proud of you.”

There are so many behind the scenes that make a production like this possible.  To Mr. Slawitsky, the Director, thank you for all you bring to the Arts. Your passion and dedication for the theatre lights-up the faces and hearts of your performers and audiences.  Thank you to Miss Jena Kolm, whose artful creative genius brings magic to the stage, and our lighting magician, Mr. Alex Dolin, who sets the stage with his illuminating effects.  We thank you, Alex, for all you bring to each and every production. Our chaperones, without the giving of their time, South Huntington’s Theater Program would not take place. Last, but certainly not least, the spectacular Stage Crew who did such an amazing job of transforming the stage, moving props and background, scene-to-scene, act-to-act!

An outstanding job was done by ALL!

Photo Gallery - Maroon Cast

Photo Gallery - White Cast

Mark your calendars, next up on South Huntington’s Theater marquise will be the Walt Whitman Musical “Mary Poppins”!   Dates and times are listed below:

Friday, April 12,  7:30 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Come and share the laughter and music of this classic theater production!              

A Fifteen-Year Drought Ends

Silas Wood teacher and Spelling Bee Coordinator Ms. Margaret Shepherd congratulate winners Kylie Koo (left) and Jose Lopez Solorzano.
Silas Wood teacher and Spelling Bee Coordinator Ms. Margaret Shepherd congratulate winners Kylie Koo (left) and Jose Lopez Solorzano.

Congratulations to Silas/Stimson Spelling Bee Champion Kylie Koo (from Ms. Shepherd's English class) and Silver Medalist Jose Lopez Solorzano (from Ms. Zisel and Ms. Anglesano's English class). These talented students progressed through 7 rounds of competition to become the first Silas winners in more than 15 years. We join in congratulating all the dedicated participants and thank Kylie as she represented South Huntington with great pride in the regional competition at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.

Sports in the News

In her senior year, Riley Piromalli was recently named a top softball player to watch by Newsday. On the south side of the Turnpike, Charles Hardwick was the winning pitcher for boy’s varsity baseball with 10 strikeouts.
In her senior year, Riley Piromalli was recently named a top softball player to watch by Newsday. On the south side of the Turnpike, Charles Hardwick was the winning pitcher for boy’s varsity baseball with 10 strikeouts.
Victoria Isernia (3) went 2 for 3 at the plate and anchored a solid first-base.
Victoria Isernia (3) went 2 for 3 at the plate and anchored a solid first-base.
Sophomore Carissa Delcolle (9) had a strong offensive day going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Sophomore Carissa Delcolle (9) had a strong offensive day going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Senior Short Stop Ezequiel Clase (1) has back up as he prepares to throw out the runner headed to first base.
Senior Short Stop Ezequiel Clase (1) has back up as he prepares to throw out the runner headed to first base.

WWHS Varsity Softball team had a great win on Friday against Copiague, 7-0.  Riley Piromalli threw a one-hit complete game shutout, striking out 13.  Riley was also 2 for 4 with an RBI.  Victoria Isernia and Carissa Delcolle were each 2 for 3 with two runs scored.  Come support the team at the next home game Friday at 4:15 pm as the Girls take on Connetquot.

Congratulations to our Varsity Baseball team for winning its opening game on Saturday vs. Glen Cove by the score of 10 to 2.  Charles Hardwick was the winning pitcher and had 10 strikeouts.  Zeke Clase, Anuedy Nunez, and Matt Bertone led the offense to victory combining for 7 hits on the day. 

Girls Varsity Badminton had a big win defeating Ward Melville 9-0.  Outstanding performers were Katherine Gotard, Anna Scortichini, Emma Graff and Joie Tortorice.  Mabel Bassi won her match and now has 40 career wins at 1st singles.  This places Mabel in the top 10 for most careers wins.  The Lady Wildcats play Commack tomorrow in a rematch of last year’s County Finals, 4 pm at home.

A True Story of Inner Strength and the Will to Survive

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.
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.
Ms. Lazan firmly believes in the power of a hug.
Ms. Lazan firmly believes in the power of a hug.
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.
Perhaps one of her favorite parts of the assembly presentation is when Ms. Lazan gets to spend some one-on-one time with our students. This young man gets an autographed bookmark.
Perhaps one of her favorite parts of the assembly presentation is when Ms. Lazan gets to spend some one-on-one time with our students. This young man gets an autographed 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.

Recently, that someone special was Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Ms. Lazan is the author of Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story.  It is 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, Marion's 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.

Thank you PTA Cultural Arts Program for making this possible.

 

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Jaime Rogers Highlights ASSET Conference

Jaime Rogers seem to be a regular fixture at Brookhaven National Laboratory as he regularly supports many of our students in various tech competitions.
Jaime Rogers seem to be a regular fixture at Brookhaven National Laboratory as he regularly supports many of our students in various tech competitions.

On Wednesday, March 18th, Jaime Rogers represented the South Huntington Union Free School District at the ASSET conference. ASSET, the Association of Suffolk Supervisors of Educational Technology, is a vibrant organization dedicated to infusing technology into the fabric of student learning.

Past President Dr. Jared Bloom planned the workshop with Stony Brook Professor of Engineering Anurag Purwar. The theme of the workshop was developed around the robotics kit called SNAPPY XO.  After a brief explanation and movie, attendees were given components of the robotics kit and allowed to actually build a robot. Mr. Rogers, a gifted science teacher and an advisor to the Robotics Club, helped those having difficulty with the written directions and with their manual ability to connect the parts. Additionally, he answered attendees’ questions relating to how their districts could develop advanced technology plans.  Once again, South Huntington showed its leadership in technology. We thank Jaime for his dedication and involvement.

Good Luck Stimson @ National History Day Competition

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss. Good Luck students!
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss. Good Luck students!

Good luck to the Stimson students who will be representing the school at the Long Island National History Day Competition at Hofstra University on Sunday, March 31.  These students have worked all year researching triumphs and tragedies in history.  They are presenting their research in the form of exhibits, presentations, websites, and documentaries. Karen Schmitt, Stimson, and Walt Whitman Social Studies teacher also brought to our attention that Carly McEntee, a freshman at Walt Whitman High School will also be presenting her individual documentary.

Congratulations and good luck to our Stimson students: Delaney Alicea, Daralyn Alicea, Maryam Babar, Eliana Montague, Rijaa Zaidi, Lillian O’Phelan, Shelly Chen and Samantha Unger, Zahra Choudry, Alana Marzigliano, Morgan Fulcher, Nicole Wittleder and Kristianne DiMaulo, Kate Buckshaw, Noelle Decker, Kasey Wagner, Jacob Philip, Anthony Maida, Tyler Mezadurian, Max Rosen, Emily Redelman, Isabelle Minero, Emma Kowalczyk, Alex Bogdani, Suzanne Philip, Sarah Cruz, Ariel Neirs, Jadelyn Cho, Sawyer Diamond, Nicole Yerys, Vladimir Gaberman, Adelrhany Georges, and Kaitlyn Mondry.

Ally DeGaray Signs with American University

Proud parents Sandra and Stephen DeGaray, and Whitman Principal John Murphy and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright offer their congratulations to their star volleyball player.
Proud parents Sandra and Stephen DeGaray, and Whitman Principal John Murphy and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright offer their congratulations to their star volleyball player.

Alexandra DeGaray, Whitman’s All-League, All-Conference, and 2nd Team All-Long Island Volleyball player signed her NCAA Letter of Intent to continue her career for the Eagles of American University in Washington DC. “I love DC and for my education and my future, American is the best fit for me,” said our senior standout who wants to pursue a law career.  Ally is a focused volleyball player and has been playing for Academy Volleyball’s Red 18 team and will be headed to the Girls Junior National Championships (GJNC), in Dallas, TX later in April. Congratulations Ally!

Old Fashioned Pen Pal Letter Writing Connects Cultures A World Apart

All of Ms. Farrell’s 7th grade health students at Stimson and first period health class at Whitman wrote letters to the students in Uganda.
All of Ms. Farrell’s 7th grade health students at Stimson and first period health class at Whitman wrote letters to the students in Uganda.
Stimson students from left to right with their letters. Top row:  Valecia Richardson, Emily Goldberg, Adriana Nunez, and Sienna Hansberry. Bottom row: Mackenzie Magee, and Eliana Kazin.
Stimson students from left to right with their letters. Top row: Valecia Richardson, Emily Goldberg, Adriana Nunez, and Sienna Hansberry. Bottom row: Mackenzie Magee, and Eliana Kazin.
While the main part of town, shown here, contains small buildings, most of the villagers live in the outskirts in mud huts with no electricity or running water.
While the main part of town, shown here, contains small buildings, most of the villagers live in the outskirts in mud huts with no electricity or running water.
The children embrace the game of Chess as a fun challenge, and gives them the opportunity to join Chess Clubs and visit other parts of Uganda.  For the teachers, it's a very effective means to teach logic and problem solving skills.
The children embrace the game of Chess as a fun challenge, and gives them the opportunity to join Chess Clubs and visit other parts of Uganda. For the teachers, it's a very effective means to teach logic and problem solving skills.
Half of the children in Kagoma Gate and Busoga are deaf due to contracting Malaria.
Half of the children in Kagoma Gate and Busoga are deaf due to contracting Malaria.
Getting a ride to school. The Giving Circle has made Kagoma Gate home and its village family. Today while Kagoma Gate is profoundly poor it is no longer Uganda poorest village and no longer forgotten.
Getting a ride to school. The Giving Circle has made Kagoma Gate home and its village family. Today while Kagoma Gate is profoundly poor it is no longer Uganda poorest village and no longer forgotten.

Over February break, Stimson health teacher Ms. Candice Farrell traveled to Busoga, Uganda with the nonprofit organization, The Giving Circle, and a team of 6 teachers from the Greater New York area as part of an innovative project.    Together, educators from The United States and Uganda started a venture to create a global learning community built upon a foundation of respect and collaboration to improve education and foster human connections.

This past December, schools in Queensbury, NY welcomed four education leaders from Uganda for three days as part of the needs assessment process for this project.   The Ugandan education leaders toured the schools and gained a greater picture of teaching strategies and techniques they would like implemented in their schools.   Then, a team of 6 US teachers traveled to Uganda where they toured their schools and led a conference for over 70 Ugandan educators covering topics such as lesson planning, group work, team teaching, assessments, and teacher observation.

“The opportunity to connect my students at Stimson and Whitman to the students in Uganda is exciting,” said Ms. Farrell.   “My goal in health class has always been to encourage global health awareness and citizenship by teaching students about cultural norms, ways of life and health concerns in different areas of the world, including Uganda.  Finally, I had the opportunity to travel to an area of the world that I have been teaching about for 18 years.”

To begin a human connection for her students, she brought letters written by her students at Whitman and Stimson to the students in Kagoma Gate and Busoga Schools.  These students then wrote back, officially becoming pen pals with our South Huntington students. 

“As I visited these two schools, I took pictures and video which helped give my students a finer understanding of life in this extremely poor area of Uganda,” said Ms. Farrell.  “I learned valuable information and lessons about cultural norms, perspectives, gender disparities, and health concerns relating to sanitation, nutrition, disease, unclean water, and shelter from the local teachers and children.”

“Upon my return, I shared what I learned while in Uganda.  After reading their Pen Pal letters, my students conceived the idea of holding an "Adopt A Class" fundraiser to help their new friends have a more positive classroom experience.  Students have donated money, books, pens, pencils and other classroom supplies to help meet the educational needs of their new friends.  It is exciting and very gratifying to see our South Huntington family join with the children, teachers, and families in Uganda for an invaluable experience of human connection and learning.”    

Fourth Annual SAT/ACT Scholars Club Awards Ceremony

“You personify the best Walt Whitman has to offer and are true role models to all that follow you,”–Principal John Murphy.
“You personify the best Walt Whitman has to offer and are true role models to all that follow you,”–Principal John Murphy.
Left to right: Board of Education President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, Vice President Ms. Laura Carey, and Board Trustee Andrew Bronson flank ACT/SAT Scholars Eric Bell, Ashar Farooq, and Christian Viteri.
Left to right: Board of Education President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, Vice President Ms. Laura Carey, and Board Trustee Andrew Bronson flank ACT/SAT Scholars Eric Bell, Ashar Farooq, and Christian Viteri.
Our own Food Services Team put out an amazing hot breakfast for our hungry students.
Our own Food Services Team put out an amazing hot breakfast for our hungry students.
For generations to see, our ’Scholars’ academic feats are memorialized on a permanent plaque.
For generations to see, our ’Scholars’ academic feats are memorialized on a permanent plaque.
“Not only do you bring great pride to our school community, you are everything a parent and principal, can ask for,” Mr. John Murphy.
“Not only do you bring great pride to our school community, you are everything a parent and principal, can ask for,” Mr. John Murphy.

Based on SAT and ACT test scores, students and their families were honored with breakfast at Walt Whitman's south cafeteria as the district continued its tradition of honoring students who qualify for the prestigious SAT/ACT Scholars Club Award designation. The morning began with Whitman’s Principal John Murphy welcoming the special guests and honored students. “This academic feat is a true testament to the focus and resiliency you have demonstrated over your four years here at Walt Whitman,” said Principal Murphy.  “While many can try and boast about their accomplishments, you have shown such academic prowess throughout your educational career, and it is something that should be praised and identified."

Honored guests were introduced, including Board of Education President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, Vice President Ms. Laura Carey, and Board Trustee Andrew Bronson. Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo commended the students before returning the microphone to Principal Murphy and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos who called each student up to congratulate and receive their certificate.

Congratulations to the 2019 ACT-SAT Scholars:  Robert Adomaites, Taha Asad, Musa Assassa, Jonathan Aziz, Mabel Bassi, Eric Bell, Andrew Borges, Thomas Braglia, Cosette Brazeau, Jaycee Cardoso, Alyssa Chillemi, Sarah Choudhary, Alyssa Christiansen, Jack Cox, Jason Devaraj, John Dugan, Dominick Esposito, Ashar Farooq, Andrew Ferreri, Maxwell Fisher, Casey Gilmartin, Katherine Gotard, Amanda Grennan, Emma Halliday, Meghan Italo, Parker Keller, Shaan Khan, Desiree Kleberg, Jackson Lin, George Link, Salman Majid, Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Hasna Naseer,  Megan Neuman, Skylar Pekarek, Jack Poplawski, Sean Rankel,  Liam Rea, Dylan Rehman, Grace Roiland, Gabrielle Safian, Justin Salas, Joseph Sansotta, Anna Scortichini, Raj Shah, Zachary Slansky, Liliana Soares, Nicholas Sperduti, Jaden Speter, Deanna Tabibzada, Caleb Thompson, Justin Thorne, Matthew Tricomi, Christian Viteri, Morgan Wagner,  Abbie Yaeger, Stephanie Young, and Brian Zuckerberg.

 

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NAMM Foundation Honors Whitman

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Walt Whitman High School has been honored with the 'Support Music Merit Award' from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.  “This award furthers my belief that Walt Whitman offers a very rigorous and dynamic music program, focusing on preparing those students wanting to move onto fine arts in college,” said Principal John Murphy.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Walt Whitman High School answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music-making programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that Whitman is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.  

 

Summer Camp Registration Open

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The South Huntington School District offers a variety of summer camps for students entering grades K-8. The 2019 Wildcat Summer Camps are open for registration. 

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 2019, all programs are held at Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd., unless otherwise noted.

Our Camps include:

Wildcat Coding/Design Camp Calling all Coders in grades 1-6! Come join us this summer at Coding/Design Camp where you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science by means of coding/programming. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, as well as interact with robots, Lego kits, video game design, and 3D printing.  Each student will receive a Coding T-Shirt. Space is limited to 25 students per grade band in each session!

Wildcat Coding/Design Camp-Minds of The Future 2- Open to students entering grades 7-8, this program introduces students to Python and Java Script with the Cue Robots. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, and interact with the 3D printer. All designers will create 3D models.

Wildcat Science Camp Join us for Wildcat Science Camp where our goal is to engage, advance and cultivate each student's interest in science. A completely hands-on experience will immerse every student in a range of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities and projects. Learning will take place both inside and outside the classroom where we will use microscopes, visit Star Lab, extract DNA, launch rockets, create slime, build catapults and so much more. Each lesson is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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 / 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/home 

Whitman Valedictorian Ashar Farooq

Congratulations to Walt Whitman's 2018-2019 Valedictorian Ashar Farooq.
Congratulations to Walt Whitman's 2018-2019 Valedictorian Ashar Farooq.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman’s 2018-19 Valedictorian Ashar Farooq! Ashar is a senior at Whitman who sees this honor as a true culmination of the American dream, saying how “this is real. It’s an accomplishment you can actually visualize and see.” Ashar started the Coding Club at Whitman, is involved in the school newspaper, Mathletes, the Robotics club and enjoys playing cricket at his local mosque.

Ashar considers physics to be his favorite subject and plans to pursue his interest in computer science after graduation. What does he like most about Whitman? "The diversity and the resources that are available to me every day.”  Ashar loves that he can have discussions with students from different places and learn their real-life experiences from the countries in which they are from. He values his own religion very highly and appreciates being a part of a school that immerses its students within a very diverse population.

Ashar also appreciates all of the extra help and opportunities that are available to him, saying, “if I need resources, I can get. Having those resources available help to keep me on track and focused to finish everything I need to accomplish.”  Ashar Farooq, Walt Whitman’s Valedictorian is certainly finishing his chapter here in South Huntington schools on a strong note.

Voices Set to Perform at Carnegie Hall

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Carnegie Hall is one of the most famous performance venues and stages in not just the United States, but all the world. The Voices of Walt Whitman will be gracing the world famous stage next Thursday, March 28th at 7pm. The performance is sure to be a memory that will be remembered for a lifetime. Tickets are available online with this link:

  

Student Performers are as follows:

SOPRANO: Yesmi Alvarez, Kaylen Bom, Sanai Browne, Juliana Chiriboga, Sara Crapanzano, Lorraine Jean-Pierre, Janna Garden, Daniella Padinha, Rachel Ramos, Rena Shapiro, Keara Shea, Deanna Tabibzada, Ashley Winch

TENOR: Tyler Daniel, Alexander Glatzle, Dalton Marzigliano, Blake Morang, Joshua Muellers, Tamoor Nawaz, Christian Viteri

ALTO: Yagmur Aykanat, Nyara Choudhury, Jaelynn Cruz, Gloribel Franco, Maria Garcia, Isabella Parlante, Chelsea Perry, Juliana Sgaraglio, Eliana Simanoff, Amanda Smuss, Emily Teplansky, Barbara Tripi, Yasly Velasquez, Brianna White

BASS: Michael Baranowski, Erik Dye, Maxwell Fisher, Brendan Kispert, Gil Siegler Lahoy Lahoy, Jason Maldonado Gonzalez, Hunter Millman, Maxwell Morris.

PERCUSSION: Billy Collins

 

Preston Park Strikes Gold

Preston Park at the 28th World TaeKwonDo US Open International Championships in Las Vegas.
Preston Park at the 28th World TaeKwonDo US Open International Championships in Las Vegas.
There is a tremendous amount competition at the championship level, and Preston celebrates is win flying the American flag.
There is a tremendous amount competition at the championship level, and Preston celebrates is win flying the American flag.

Congratulations to Preston Park, our super 4th grader at Birchwood Intermediate School. Preston just returned from the 28th World Tae Kwon Do 2019 U.S. Open International Championships, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he won Double Gold Medals in World Class Individual and Team competitions.

Preston was the only Athlete from the United States to win two Gold Medals in the Youth Division from all over the world and it was his first year he competed in the U.S. Open International Championships. “It was a truly unforgettable experience and I am very happy to win this championship,” said Preston who has won the New York State Championship in Individual Poomsae for 4 consecutive years. It was a busy month of our young athlete as he brought home 3 Gold and 3 Bronze Medals within last four weeks of competitions including the prestigious International Championships. Way to Go Preston Park!

2019-2020 Universal Pre-K Registration (UPK)

Register for our Universal Pre-K Program starting on May 7th. All registration forms in English and Spanish can be found and downloaded below.

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National Autism Awareness Month Apparel Fundraiser

National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. The following apparel is being sold at: www.SHAutism2019.itemorder.com

Join us in wearing Autism Awareness apparel on Wednesdays in April.

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South Huntington Board Meeting Recap 3-27-19

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The South Huntington Video Blog is now posted on our YouTube channel. -


https://youtu.be/cV9MrSog9Rk

 

Winter Spotlight Newsletter

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Fechas importantes para el próximo presupuesto con presentaciones

Estamos entrando en el período de tiempo cuando los distritos escolares comienzan a desarrollar los planes presupuestarios del año siguiente. El proceso se desarrolla gradualmente a medida que las cifras de ayuda del estado de Nueva York, los cálculos de capitalización fiscal, los ingresos anticipados y los gastos comienzan a cristalizar. Nuestro distrito de South Huntington trabaja arduamente para maximizar los valiosos recursos que usted nos proporciona y mantener un delicado equilibrio entre la excelencia educativa y la responsabilidad fiscal.

Con este fin, adoptamos un proceso presupuestario abierto y transparente que invita a los miembros de la comunidad a ver, escuchar y comentar las deliberaciones, y trabajar en colaboración para mantener al distrito sano, sostenible y fuerte. A continuación, encontrará una lista completa de nuestras sesiones de taller de presupuesto público. También puede encontrar detalles de todas las presentaciones públicas en nuestro sitio web del distrito y nuestras cuentas de redes sociales. Cada presentación está disponible después de su presentación inicial haciendo clic en la fecha a continuación:

Miércoles, 27 de febrero - resumen del presupuesto - edificio JKAO

Miércoles, 13 de marzo - sesión de trabajo presupuestario - edificio JKAO

Miércoles, 27 de marzo - sesión de trabajo presupuestario - edificio JKAO

Martes, 16 de abril - adopción del presupuesto - edificio JKAO

Martes, 30 de abril - reunión especial del BOE BOCES votación y elección - edificio JKAO

Martes, 14 de mayo - audiencia pública del presupuesto - edificio JKAO

Martes, 21 de mayo - votación de presupuesto/elecciones en la escuela preparatoria Walt Whitman

Spring Adult Education Courses

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Weather Related School Closing Procedure

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.