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5th Grade Track & Field Sets New Records

Birchwood’s Jayla St Croix is in the lead and ready to set a new district record.
Birchwood’s Jayla St Croix is in the lead and ready to set a new district record.
Getting off on the right foot for running long jump launches our 5th-grader to a possible record.
Getting off on the right foot for running long jump launches our 5th-grader to a possible record.
Maplewood’s Ryan Downes (right) is ready to finish the 80Meter in a record-setting 10.8 seconds.
Maplewood’s Ryan Downes (right) is ready to finish the 80Meter in a record-setting 10.8 seconds.
Reflecting on the beautiful morning during her 800Meter run, this fifth-grader is ready for a great year.
Reflecting on the beautiful morning during her 800Meter run, this fifth-grader is ready for a great year.
Keeping a watchful eye on his competition, the boy’s 800Meter got exciting down the stretch.
Keeping a watchful eye on his competition, the boy’s 800Meter got exciting down the stretch.
 Our scoring judges were extra busy with all of the new district records. Left to right: Ms. Reichert, Mr. Slovak, Ms. Gross and emcee for the day Mr. Lauria.
Our scoring judges were extra busy with all of the new district records. Left to right: Ms. Reichert, Mr. Slovak, Ms. Gross and emcee for the day Mr. Lauria.

This year’s 5th Grade Track and Field Meet proved once again to be a huge success. Coupled with sunny but brisk fall weather, athletes from Birchwood and Maplewood participated in this annual event that features Sprints, 4x100 Relay Races, Accuracy and Distance Throws and Standing and Running Long Jumps. What an exciting day with 4 athletes breaking district records and one student tying a previous record!!  Here are our new record winners who deserve special recognition! 

From Birchwood:

80 Meter Dash: Jayla St Croix-11.3 seconds 

Distance Throw: Emily Butera- 114 feet

 

From Maplewood:

80 Meter Dash: Ryan Downes-10.8 seconds 

Accuracy Throw: Eddie Beck- 9/10 throws

And tying a previous record was: Brianna Bryan in 50 Meter Dash in 7.6 seconds

Thanks to all the Physical Education teachers who worked the event and to our fabulous 5th-grade athletes who competed to do their own personal best that day! You made us all proud of your effort and a wonderful display of sportsmanship!!

 

Thanks to all the Physical Education teachers who worked the event and to our fabulous 5th-grade athletes who competed to do their own personal best that day! You made us all proud of your effort and a wonderful display of sportsmanship!!

 

 

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The Search is on at Oakwood

A big thank you to the Oakwood staff who were up extra early to help make it a special day.
A big thank you to the Oakwood staff who were up extra early to help make it a special day.
With big smiles on their faces, students from kindergarten through 2nd grade, enjoyed picking their own pumpkins.
With big smiles on their faces, students from kindergarten through 2nd grade, enjoyed picking their own pumpkins.
Proudly showing off their perfect pumpkin on a beautiful early Fall morning.
Proudly showing off their perfect pumpkin on a beautiful early Fall morning.
They both looked just right as this young man decides which one makes the cut.
They both looked just right as this young man decides which one makes the cut.
Finding the pumpkin of their dreams made for a great morning.
Finding the pumpkin of their dreams made for a great morning.

Over 700 pumpkins patiently waited to find their perfect match this past Thursday at Oakwood Primary Center. On a crisp fall morning, the staff at Oakwood carefully placed each pumpkin on the backfield. On their bus ride to school that morning, students were already thinking about what pumpkin would be just right and how they might decorate their native North American squash.

And to the pumpkins' delight, kindergartners through second-graders emptied onto the fields to find the pumpkin of their dreams. As you can see from the photos, staff, students, and pumpkins all had a wonderful morning.

A big thank you to the following Oakwood staff who assisted: Tom Montalbano, Christy Stiles, Liz Sousa, Donna Farkas, Donna Finnegan, Joyce Gardner, Dana Tafe, Courtney Galano, Marriol Torres-Banegas, Melissa Renda, Joanna Baumbach, Christine LeClaire, Luella Pinelli and Joan Lay.

Marching Band Home Show

Please come out and support your Wildcat Marching Band on October 29th at 1pm, as Walt Whitman High School hosts the New York State Championships.
Please come out and support your Wildcat Marching Band on October 29th at 1pm, as Walt Whitman High School hosts the New York State Championships.
A special salute to our senior members.
A special salute to our senior members.
A 1st place performance deserved a hearty embrace from our fans.
A 1st place performance deserved a hearty embrace from our fans.
BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta (left) and NY State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci congratulate Walt Whitman on their award for Best Overall Effect and Best Visual Performance.
BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta (left) and NY State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci congratulate Walt Whitman on their award for Best Overall Effect and Best Visual Performance.

On a warm, early October evening, the Walt Whitman High School field was energized with color, sounds, and the excitement of seven Long Island marching bands. The Walt Whitman High School Marching Band stepped out on the turf field, with the stands full of cheering fans and gave a strong 1st place performance. This year's production, QUESTion: A journey through Curiosity, received awards for Best Overall Effect and Best Visual Performance. The success of this year’s Battle of the Marching Bands Competition could not have happened without the time and efforts of the Band Parents Association; Walt Whitman High School Administration, Teachers, Student Volunteers and Custodial Staff; South Huntington District Administration, Security Team and Building & Grounds Department. Thank you all for your continuing support! Please join us again on October 29th at 1pm, as Walt Whitman High School hosts the New York States Championships.

 

 

 

Spirit Week and Homecoming are Almost Here!

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The South Huntington School District stands at the center of a vibrant community that is rich with pride and steeped in nearly a century of tradition. Our people share a special feeling about their schools and relish the opportunity to celebrate the collective commitment to excellence. 

The Wildcat Maroon and White holds a coveted place in all of our hearts and that spirit is exemplified in our annual Homecoming celebration. We have worked hard over the years to grow this festival into a grand community event and have been thrilled to see countless individuals and groups join in the parade and celebratory activities.

We know in our hearts and souls that the 2017 Homecoming parade will be bigger and better than ever and welcome you (and your organization) to be part of the wonderful day. With that said, you are invited to join us for a float filled parade, which will depart Walt Whitman at 11:30AM on October 28th and process through the neighborhood, before marching down Jericho Turnpike, and returning triumphantly to our great high school. This promises to be an outstanding day and your presence would lift the spirits of our learning family and greatly enhance the quality of the celebration.

We invite you to join us at any of the accompanying festivities. If you would like to reserve a spot in the parade contact my office at 631-812-3070.

We hope you can join us and catch the Wildcat pride!

Be well,

Dave Bennardo

Spirit Week Schedule of Events by School:

Silas Wood Spirit Week Events:

Monday (10/23):  Sports Day - All are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s jersey or sports shirt. It could be a team you participate in or a professional sports team you like.

Tuesday (10/24):   Team Color; Team 1 – Green; Team 2 – Blue; Team 3 – Yellow; Team 4 - Red

Wednesday (10/25):   Great and Powerful Superhero Day! - Dress like your favorite superhero, or as a role model, i.e. your teacher.

Thursday (10/26):  Pajama Day - No need to change into your work/school clothes on this morning. Please wear appropriate attire!

Friday (10/27):  Maroon & White Day - Please wear maroon and white and show your school spirit! This is how we can show our support for the Whitman Varsity football team over the weekend.

 

Stimson Spirit Week Events:

Students are encouraged to participate in the following theme days:

Monday (10/23): Pajama Day – wear your pajamas to school- Please wear appropriate attire!

Tuesday (10/24): Jersey Day – wear a sports jersey, team shirt, or other team apparel

Wednesday (10/25): Crazy Socks Day – wear the craziest socks you can find

Thursday (10/26): Concert Shirt Day – wear your concert t-shirt or your rocker clothing

Friday (10/27): Red Day – wear red to support Red Ribbon Week

 

Walt Whitman Spirit Week Events:

Monday (10/23): Sports Day - Show your team spirit, wear your favorite sports jersey; Penny Wars in Cafeterias

Tuesday (10/24): J Red, White and Blue day; Penny Wars in Cafeterias

Wednesday (10/25): Class Color Day - Competition Day

Participation counted in extended first period

Wear your class T-shirt or: Freshman wear purple, Sophomores wear white, Juniors wear blue, Seniors wear black, Faculty/Staff wear Red

Penny Wars in Cafeterias

Thursday (10/26): Pajama Day /Powder Puff  (Participation counted in extended first period - Wear your Pajama's to school (Please wear appropriate attire!) or your powder puff shirt)

Powder Puff Girls' Football Game 5:00 pm Turf Field

Penny Wars in Cafeterias

Friday (10/27): Maroon and White Day Shortened Periods

Pep Rally in the North Gym following 8th period

Penny Wars in Cafeterias

Bonfire/Carnival Games- 4 to 6:30 pm North Gym Parking Lot

Saturday (10/28): Float Judging Contest -10:30 am at Whitman.

Homecoming Parade - 11:30 am

Join your class and walk behind your float

Homecoming Football Game -2:00 pm Turf Field- Whitman Wildcats vs. Sachem North.

From Acting with Accents to Stage Prop Design

Whitman faculty Susan Radin and Steven Altinel take a talented group of students to the ‘A Day With the Arts’ Conference and grab a quick photo with keynote speaker Telly Leung (kneeling center).
Whitman faculty Susan Radin and Steven Altinel take a talented group of students to the ‘A Day With the Arts’ Conference and grab a quick photo with keynote speaker Telly Leung (kneeling center).

Walt Whitman fielded an impressive group of dancers, musicians, thespians, singers, and artisans last Friday at this year’s ‘A Day With the Arts' Conference. Our students got to delve into intensive hands-on workshops in dance, music, and theatre at Adelphi’s Performing Arts Center.  The event also featured keynote speaker Telly Leung, a multi-talented Broadway star who has made a name in television and the recording studio.

Many of our busy artisans will be highlighted at the annual Fall Drama production of ‘Front’ beginning November 17th at 7:30 PM at Whitman’s Performing Arts Center.

Taking the Classroom Outside

Our Countrywood crew is ready to get wet…. a little.
Our Countrywood crew is ready to get wet…. a little.
Leave it to an expert to dig to the bottom of the net.
Leave it to an expert to dig to the bottom of the net.
Our students were surprised just how much marine-life is living on our shores.
Our students were surprised just how much marine-life is living on our shores.
Using a seine net collects everything it surrounds.
Using a seine net collects everything it surrounds.
Ms. Workman and her students collect organisms that will take up residence in the class's saltwater tank.
Ms. Workman and her students collect organisms that will take up residence in the class's saltwater tank.

This past Sunday Ms. Workman’s class showed their adventuresome spirit as they met at Centerport beach for the annual trip to collect organisms for their class tank. Parents and students worked together to collect many specimens including snails, mussels, guppies, sea plants and even shrimp!  The collected organisms will take up residence in the class's saltwater tank, as an extension of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Discovery tank program, which is provided by the Countrywood PTA. By observing the natural phenomena of the relationship between plants and animals, the students were able to ask questions and make new discoveries. Hands-on learning at its best!

Wildcats Drop a Tough Match

The Dig Pink Rally is The Side-Out Foundation’s October event that brings together volleyball players to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork, and show support for people with the disease.
The Dig Pink Rally is The Side-Out Foundation’s October event that brings together volleyball players to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork, and show support for people with the disease.
Senior Libero Maelyn Latko had 17 digs and 3 aces in the League 2 matchup against Northport.
Senior Libero Maelyn Latko had 17 digs and 3 aces in the League 2 matchup against Northport.
Junior Ally DeGaray, a 3 years varsity player had 15 kills and 15 digs
Junior Ally DeGaray, a 3 years varsity player had 15 kills and 15 digs
This is Freshman Amanda DeWitt’s second season on the varsity team.
This is Freshman Amanda DeWitt’s second season on the varsity team.

Whitman varsity girl’s volleyball lost a tough match to Northport on our Dig Pink night 3 games to 2.  The girls dropped the first two sets 25-17 and 25-16 as they struggled to deal with the huge Northport block.  The girls picked up their energy and their level of play and won the third set 25-22 and the fourth set 25-17.  The girls attempted to win a five-set match after dropping the first two sets for the third time this season, but unfortunately, Northport was too tough for the girls in the fifth set, losing 25-20.  The girls showed tremendous effort fighting back from the 0-2 deficit.  Junior Ally DeGaray had 15 kills and 15 digs, Senior Libero Maelyn Latko had 17 digs and 3 aces and Freshman Amanda DeWitt had 14 kills and 7 aces.  

Stimson Generosity On Display

Stimson Team 314 at NEFCU Bank to use their coin sorter for a final count had their work cut out for them, but thankfully they had a Brio lunch to look forward to.
Stimson Team 314 at NEFCU Bank to use their coin sorter for a final count had their work cut out for them, but thankfully they had a Brio lunch to look forward to.

Penny Wars 2017 has officially come to a close. The buckets have been emptied, the coins have been counted, the food has been sorted, the military items have been packaged, the water bottles bagged, the Box Tops have been tallied, and the winner has been named. After a week in which a handful of teams slugged it out at the top of the leaderboard, it was Team 314 (Ms. Honovich) who seemed to come out of nowhere to take home the 2017 crown with 64,099 points. How did this team who finished no higher than 12th all week manage to pull off this upset? You may not be aware of this, but Ms. Honovich was Ms. Schmitt’s student teacher at Stimson a few years back. Those of you familiar with Penny Wars eleven-year history know that Ms. Schmitt, with four Penny Wars victories, has the winningest Penny Wars homeroom of all time. It seems that Ms. Hanovich applied what she learned as a student teacher to win one of the most exciting Penny Wars to date.

Thank you NEFCU for the use of their coin machine and to Brio’s Tuscan Grille for a Champion’s Luncheon. Donations will now be sent out for disaster relief and Maggie’s Mission. Most of the food items will be donated to St. Hugh’s. The remaining food items will be used to make Thanksgiving Baskets that will be delivered to families in the South Huntington community. The military items will be shipped overseas, with the help of the proceeds from the water bottle collection. The PTA will submit the Box Tops for which Stimson will receive a check.

So, there you have it. Penny Wars 2017 comes to a close. Once again, thank you parents, staff members, and especially students for your generosity and for making Penny Wars 2017 so memorable and a great week to be part of the Stimson family.

Senior Wildcats Lead the Way

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It was a busy night on the Whitman campus as our Lady Wildcats gave it their all in winning fashion. The following was submitted by their respective coaches:

Congratulations Girls Swim Team: Although the Team lost to Sachem East 99-80, Emily Fung won the 100m breaststroke & qualified for Counties. Dana Keogler swam the 100m backstroke. Madison Fulcher swam the 500m freestyle & Julia Seitz did well in the 50m freestyle.

Congratulations Girls Varsity Soccer: Yesterday the Team defeated Bay Shore by a score of 2- 0. Danielle Kleet and Angelina Rinaldi scored for Whitman. Brittany Shaneberger made 4 saves to secure the shutout. This win secured a playoff spot for the Lady Wildcats! Congratulations Ladies.

Congratulations Girls Varsity Gymnastics: The Team had another successful win in competition yesterday against Harborfields. Senior Captain Danielle Harris had a personal best on the uneven bars and balance beam. Nice job by Juliana Chiriboga with a personal best on the balance beam and vault. Yagmur Aykanat, Danielle DeGaray, Brianna Scala, Shannyn Cory and Sarah Astegher all helped the team win. Excellent job girls! Come cheer for our Seniors Ariana Weindling, Danielle Harris and Holly Fontanetta at our Senior Meet on Friday, October 27th at 4pm.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Students and staff at Silas Wood wore pink on Friday, 10/15 in order to raise awareness for breast cancer research.  Staff members who donated money were able to wear jeans to work on Friday.
Students and staff at Silas Wood wore pink on Friday, 10/15 in order to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Staff members who donated money were able to wear jeans to work on Friday.
Silas Wood students showing their support!
Silas Wood students showing their support!
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, as little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, as little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

The District is awash in pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many of us on Long Island and in the South Huntington community have had a loved one affected by this disease, so to honor those lives impacted and to support research, our students, sports teams and faculty are busy increasing awareness of the disease and raising funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. 

To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer visit the following site: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

 

Successful Sisters Honored

Proud parents Maria and Mario Ramos with their exceptional daughters Jissel and Rocio, left to right respectively.
Proud parents Maria and Mario Ramos with their exceptional daughters Jissel and Rocio, left to right respectively.

Walt Whitman High School would like to identify two outstanding students, Rocio and Jissel Ramos Vasquez. Recently, both students were honored at the Town of Huntington’s Hispanic Youth Awards ceremony in September for their hard work and efforts both in and out of school. Rocio and Jissel are a prime example of how we want all students to succeed, regardless of the obstacles they may face. Congratulations to both ladies on a job well done.

September Athletes of the Month

Left to right: Stephanie Young, Jordan Lyons and Katherine Miata are our September Athletes of the Month.
Left to right: Stephanie Young, Jordan Lyons and Katherine Miata are our September Athletes of the Month.

Our Athletes of the Month kicked their sports season into high gear in September. Along with Senior Football Safety Jordan Lyons, a pair of underclassmen, Stephanie Young and Katherine Miata, team up in Tennis as Whitman’s second-doubles partners.

Stephanie Young prefers doubles. “I like working with another person, you get that extra support with a doubles partner,” said Stephanie. “I like playing aggressively at the front of the net.”  Stephanie loves all that Whitman as to offer and also plays on the Badminton team. She is involved with the Ambassadors club, Interact Club and Girls Sports Night.

Jordan Lyons flashes his 5’9” 150lb frame around the football field with a quickness that his competitors can’t match. Whether he’s catching passes from his quarterback or snagging interceptions, (Jordan is currently tied for the lead in Suffolk County), this guy can move. “Run and avoid getting hit, that’s what goes through my mind the second I pick off a ball for an interception.”  Jordan also plays basketball and is thinking about spring track. This college-bound senior is not sure where he will end up but wants to continue his love and interest in biology.

As a sophomore Katherine Miata is thrilled to be nominated as an Athlete of the Month and is clearly enjoying life at Whitman. “I love how open and accepting Whitman is, I love my teachers too,” said Katherine.  “For me, it’s more fun to play doubles tennis because we get to compare notes and decide a strategy against our competition.” Katherine also looks forward to Girls Sports Night and in the meantime, plays Badminton and is a member of Mathletes, the Interact Club, the Sign Language Club, and the Chamber Orchestra.

Volleyball Ready for Home Stretch

Senior Josh Friedman (24) sets up outside high-flyers Jack Poplawski (12) and Sean Williams (26).
Senior Josh Friedman (24) sets up outside high-flyers Jack Poplawski (12) and Sean Williams (26).
Jack Poplawski (12) a senior and the Wildcats only 3-year varsity player is ready to lead his team in their final stretch of games against Suffolk’s top teams.
Jack Poplawski (12) a senior and the Wildcats only 3-year varsity player is ready to lead his team in their final stretch of games against Suffolk’s top teams.
Senior Jack Anest (23) is always in the middle of the action.
Senior Jack Anest (23) is always in the middle of the action.
Sean Williams (26) another strong senior posted 17 kills, 9 digs and 2 aces in the Commack win and ready to test defending State Champion Eastport-South Manor on Wednesday.
Sean Williams (26) another strong senior posted 17 kills, 9 digs and 2 aces in the Commack win and ready to test defending State Champion Eastport-South Manor on Wednesday.

The Boy’s Varsity Volleyball team beat Commack yesterday 3 sets to 1 giving the Wildcats a 7-3 record and keeping within a tight pack of Suffolk County teams all with 7 wins. In the Commack win, Sean Williams had 17 kills, 9 digs and 2 aces. Jack Poplawski had 12 kills, 10 digs, 4 aces and 2 blocks. Newsday Volleyball reporter Kenny DeJohn gave ‘shout-outs’ to Whitman recently: “They have been very very good and are surprising people.  They can really hang out with any team in Class A, so they should be very interesting to watch.”   Come out for the next home game on Wednesday, October 18th at 6PM to support the team when they face county leader and defending State Champions Eastport-South Manor.

Vote for your Favorite Decorated Pumpkin

The Cat in the Hat from Ms. DiNorcia’s second-grade class should find itself in the finals.
The Cat in the Hat from Ms. DiNorcia’s second-grade class should find itself in the finals.
Heart World, expertly decorated by Ms. Livoti’s first-grade students will garner many votes.
Heart World, expertly decorated by Ms. Livoti’s first-grade students will garner many votes.
This Chicka Chicka Boom Boom entry is from Ms. Jonza and  Ms. Giacalone’s students.
This Chicka Chicka Boom Boom entry is from Ms. Jonza and Ms. Giacalone’s students.
Winnie the Pooh from Mr. Cardella’s class is sure to be a favorite.
Winnie the Pooh from Mr. Cardella’s class is sure to be a favorite.
Countrywood’s Main Office Staff got in on the fun with Emoji – a timely creation.
Countrywood’s Main Office Staff got in on the fun with Emoji – a timely creation.
Ms. Lamorte’s wise Owls are a lot smarter from all that reading.
Ms. Lamorte’s wise Owls are a lot smarter from all that reading.
If you vote for your favorite pumpkin, this Cat in the Hat entry is by Ms. Clancy and Ms. Barbato’s class.
If you vote for your favorite pumpkin, this Cat in the Hat entry is by Ms. Clancy and Ms. Barbato’s class.

This week, some Countrywood classes and staff members participated in the 8th annual Gellerman Orthodontics Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  All pumpkins will be donated to Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital. These pumpkins truly brighten the day of the patients and help them get into the holiday spirit. You can vote for your favorite pumpkin by visiting the Gellerman Orthodontics Facebook page.

Here are the classes/teachers who participated:

Cat in the Hat – Clancy & Barbato

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Jonza & Giacalone

Winnie the Pooh – Cardella

Cat in the Hat – DiNorcia

Heart World – Livoti

Owl – Lamorte

Emoji – Main office

Varsity Boys Soccer @ 10-2-1

Jefferson Saravia (11) finished with both goals for the Wildcats. Jaime Aleman (17) and Jordan Perez (10) picked up the assists.
Jefferson Saravia (11) finished with both goals for the Wildcats. Jaime Aleman (17) and Jordan Perez (10) picked up the assists.

Congratulations Boys Varsity Soccer: The Team blanked Central Islip on Wednesday, October 11th by the score of 2-0. Jefferson Saravia finished both goals for the Wildcats. Jaime Aleman and Jordan Perez picked up the assists. Elmer Aleman, TJ Garcia, Sergio Licona and Anthony Paredes played stellar defense in front of Alec Wurtz who made 2 saves for the shutout. The Wildcats' record now stands at 10-2-1. The team is on the road against Riverhead, Friday at 4pm.

The Spirit of the Fall Season is Upon Us

Student representatives from many of the classes mentioned proudly display their award-winning pumpkins.
Student representatives from many of the classes mentioned proudly display their award-winning pumpkins.
These little guys are bound for Huntington Hospital where they’re sure to lift patient’s spirits.
These little guys are bound for Huntington Hospital where they’re sure to lift patient’s spirits.

Gellerman Orthodontics hosted their 8th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Oakwood Primary Center the other day. All of the decorated pumpkins will be donated to Northwell Health's Huntington Hospital to truly brighten the day of patients and help get them into the holiday spirit!

Students from the following teachers designed and created the wonderful pumpkins pictured: Mrs. Molina (Kindergarten), Mrs. Schwartz (1st Grade), Mrs. Finnegan & Mrs. Galano (1st Grade), Mrs. Negron (Kindergarten), Ms. Groe (Kindergarten), Mrs. O'Dougherty  (Speech), Mrs. Baumbach & Mrs. McLaughlin (Kindergarten), Mrs. Milo (2nd Grade), Mr. Watts (2nd Grade), Mrs. Seidl (1st Grade), Mrs. Lay & Mrs. Willis (1st Grade), Ms. Mulle (OT), Mrs. Erickson (Art), and Mrs. DeNuzzo (Kindergarten).

 

Walt Whitman Students of the Month

Starting the year off on the right foot, these talented individuals, joined by Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back left), have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike.
Starting the year off on the right foot, these talented individuals, joined by Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back left), have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike.

We wish to congratulate our September Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. Starting the year off on the right foot, these talented individuals have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. Our Students of the Month have successfully demonstrated the ability to juggle demands of increased academic standards, while simultaneously participating in numerous co-curricular endeavors. We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to their success.

Our September Students of the Month:

ART: Nicole Algierie, Sophia Fyfe, Julia Mc Mullen, Steven Mora

SCIENCE: Stephen Hong, Delaney Mena, Kyle Owens, Kevin Paiz

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Christopher Adams, Joshua Friedman, Griffin Mc Nally

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Samantha Carey, Kyle Lutz, Anthony Paredes Trujillo, Nicole Rapacciuolo

ENGLISH: Carmela Abbatiello, Katia Alfaro Alfaro, Sarah Gemunder, Justin Thorne

SOCIAL STUDIES: Devon Linden, Tyler Margolin, Grace Roiland, Nicholas Rows

MATHEMATICS: Rimshah Ehsan, Maelyn Latko, Katherine Miata, Brianna Ruotolo

WORLD LANGUAGES: Lauren Brown, Anna Noonan, Rosa Portillo, Jesse Strenger Skolnik

MUSIC/DANCE: April Carmine, Daniel Curtin, Lorraine Jean Pierre, Amanda Riha

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Jordan Lyons (Football), Katherine Miata (Tennis Doubles), Stephanie Young (Tennis Doubles)

11th Annual Football Classic

After player introductions, both teams pose before an overflow audience at Whitman’s Turf stadium.
After player introductions, both teams pose before an overflow audience at Whitman’s Turf stadium.
New BOE Trustee Sidney Joyner finds an opening and helps lead Maroon to victory.
New BOE Trustee Sidney Joyner finds an opening and helps lead Maroon to victory.
Mr. Slovak, white jersey #3, and Mr. Matt Lauria go toe-to-toe with the game on the line.
Mr. Slovak, white jersey #3, and Mr. Matt Lauria go toe-to-toe with the game on the line.
South Huntington’s BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta and Wildcat Willie compare notes at halftime.
South Huntington’s BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta and Wildcat Willie compare notes at halftime.
Students in Ms. Ms. Melillo’s music class get some last minute instructions before performing a rousing rendition of our National Anthem.
Students in Ms. Ms. Melillo’s music class get some last minute instructions before performing a rousing rendition of our National Anthem.
Maplewood’s principal Dr. Vito D’Elia during his first half quarterback duties.
Maplewood’s principal Dr. Vito D’Elia during his first half quarterback duties.

The Maplewood school community, including family members, students, teachers, administrators, BOE members, and friends all enjoyed a beautiful fall evening last Friday to cheer on their favorite players in the wildly popular football classic “Wildcat Bowl.”  This year’s event helped raise money for additional programs at Maplewood as well as a donation to MaggiesMission.org, a local non-profit organization raising awareness to find a cure for rare childhood cancers, as well as assisting families dealing with these cancers.

The Maplewood PTA did a wonderful job providing snacks and hot drinks for the largest turnout of teachers and volunteers ever. “The 2017 Wildcat Bowl was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Vito D’Elia, Maplewood’s principal.   “We sold over 600 tickets which turned out to be our highest number since we started this contest eleven years ago.”

“It was a highly competitive game with Maroon winning in overtime 42-35,” added D’Elia, who happened to catch the winning touchdown.  “A BIG thank you goes out to all the Maplewood teachers, Administrators, and Board of Education Members who volunteered their time to once again make this game a great success for all.”

 

Lady Wildcats Win Kicks For Cancer Game

The Girls Soccer Program hosted its annual Kicks For Cancer fundraiser game to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.
The Girls Soccer Program hosted its annual Kicks For Cancer fundraiser game to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.
Defensively left to right: Brittany Shaneberger, Julianna Villella, Yomary Cordero, and Sydney Khan, as well as Fiona Smyth, and Mary Teresky kept Connetquot off their game.
Defensively left to right: Brittany Shaneberger, Julianna Villella, Yomary Cordero, and Sydney Khan, as well as Fiona Smyth, and Mary Teresky kept Connetquot off their game.
Junior forward Danielle Kleet always kept  her opponents interest as her teammates got open.
Junior forward Danielle Kleet always kept her opponents interest as her teammates got open.
Wildcat sophomore Marissa Martino wins the battle for possession and looks to center the ball to teammate Ella Brower.
Wildcat sophomore Marissa Martino wins the battle for possession and looks to center the ball to teammate Ella Brower.
Holding her own, varsity eighth-grader Ella Brower takes the assist from Martino and finds the back of the net.
Holding her own, varsity eighth-grader Ella Brower takes the assist from Martino and finds the back of the net.

Congratulations Girls Varsity Soccer: Yesterday the Team defeated Connetquot by a score of 1-0. Eighth-grader Ella Brower scored Whitman's only goal on an assist by Marissa Martino. Defensively, Fiona Smyth, Mary Teresky, Yomary Cordero, Sydney Khan and Julianna Villella played solid. Brittany Shaneberger made 8 saves to secure the shutout. Come out and support the girls on Monday at 6:30 as they host Bay Shore in the senior game.

STEM Careers Highlighted

Left to right: The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists enabled Whitman juniors Raj Shah and Edgardo Moreno a closer look at potential STEM careers.
Left to right: The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists enabled Whitman juniors Raj Shah and Edgardo Moreno a closer look at potential STEM careers.

The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists gave Awards of Excellence to a pair of Whitman juniors recently. Raj Shah and Edgardo Moreno both were able to send some time in Boston this past summer as part of the National Academy where they attended lectures and presentations intended to broaden their horizons to the many career paths available in STEM. Raj, who is interested in the engineering field, completed a research project here on Long Island working with his dad who is a marketing executive for an aviation fueling equipment manufacturer. For Edgardo Moreno, his interests were peaked with presentations about computer coding, cyber safety and 3-D printing.  Both students are actively looking at colleges for that perfect fit that will launch them into their chosen careers.

Around the World in 90 Minutes

 “When my parents asked what I learned from my first overseas journey – a two year trip – I replied: ‘I no longer have the right to complain about anything.’” – Michael Harrold.
“When my parents asked what I learned from my first overseas journey – a two year trip – I replied: ‘I no longer have the right to complain about anything.’” – Michael Harrold.
Admittedly, he doesn’t do ‘vacations,’ and travels for months at a time with only his backpack.
Admittedly, he doesn’t do ‘vacations,’ and travels for months at a time with only his backpack.
 “Spears have been replaced by guns, even in the deepest and most remote parts of the planet. These are the realities of the developing world.”
“Spears have been replaced by guns, even in the deepest and most remote parts of the planet. These are the realities of the developing world.”

We hear from Social Studies Chairperson Mr. Jay Corcoran that Walt Whitman freshman got an extra boost in the Global History classes today. World traveler and photographer Mike Harrold took our students on a unique and enthralling interactive exploration of the World, as he knows it.  In the classroom our students are learning about the ancient river valley civilizations (specifically Egypt) and the transformation from Paleolithic Times to Neolithic Times, the program investigates the religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians and examines religions of the non-Western world - Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.

Students will "journey" to the sites of these religions and learn how the adherents incorporate these religions into their daily existence (Hindus in Varanasi, India; Buddhists in Southeast Asia; Muslims in Egypt; animists in Sub-Saharan Africa). “I’ve traveled extensively for the past 30 years to over 80 countries,” said Mike Harrold as he laid out an impressive display of artifacts collected to give his audiences a real hands-on experience.

Mike also did smaller group sessions recounting his traveling adventures, how he decided to be a world traveler (starting right here on Long Island), and how he makes his trips months at a time where he hikes to remote villages and immerses himself into that particular culture.

Presentations like this are sure to leave a lasting imprint on our students and help support their classroom studies. Thank you Mike Harrold.

The Search for Answers @ Silas Wood

Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region.
Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region.

As an introduction to the study of early people, the students in Dr. Bullock's and Ms. Patino's social studies classes went on a virtual tour through the Cave of Lascaux in France. The cave paintings were projected onto the ceiling and smartboard to give the effect of being in the cave. Students were able to wonder and notice about the images for the purpose of developing inquiry questions to deepen research about early people. Students inquired as to why early people created cave paintings if the handprints were signatures of painters and did the cave paintings have a religious meaning. During the following days, students were presented with a number of articles and websites to further their search for answers.

DECA- Wolves of Wall Street Scavenger Hunt

Attention Whitman Students...Looking for a good time with 2 to 5 of your friends aged 13 to 19? Then come to the DECA-sponsored ‘Wolves of Wall Street Scavenger Hunt’ on November 5th in Huntington Village. Only $7 gives you a chance to win great prizes. Check out our Instagram at wolvesofwallstreet17 for more information.

 

Youth Cheer Clinic

 

 Learn how to Cheer, Dance, Tumble and More! 

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Unity Day Every Day in South Huntington

Special guests provided words of praise and student and community awards were given to well-deserved honorees.
Special guests provided words of praise and student and community awards were given to well-deserved honorees.
There were plenty of boy and girl scout groups representing all of Huntington Township.
There were plenty of boy and girl scout groups representing all of Huntington Township.
Our Wildcat Cheerleaders provided lots of energy along the parade route.
Our Wildcat Cheerleaders provided lots of energy along the parade route.
State Senator Carl Marcellino (center) is joined by South Huntington School District Supervisor Dr. Dave Bennardo, and Huntington Supervisor James Polansky.
State Senator Carl Marcellino (center) is joined by South Huntington School District Supervisor Dr. Dave Bennardo, and Huntington Supervisor James Polansky.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided the greetings for the special day.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided the greetings for the special day.
It wouldn’t be a parade in South Huntington if it didn’t include the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.
It wouldn’t be a parade in South Huntington if it didn’t include the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244.
The Wildcat Marching band along with their neighbors to the north, the Huntington Marching Band, did a fantastic job along the parade route.
The Wildcat Marching band along with their neighbors to the north, the Huntington Marching Band, did a fantastic job along the parade route.
South Huntington’s own “Executive Decision,” provided entertainment throughout the festival.
South Huntington’s own “Executive Decision,” provided entertainment throughout the festival.
Dr. Dave Bennardo and Dr. Jacci Harris present the Excellence in Education Award to retired Board President Mr. Jim Kaden.
Dr. Dave Bennardo and Dr. Jacci Harris present the Excellence in Education Award to retired Board President Mr. Jim Kaden.
Event Co-Chair Ms. Dolores Thompson welcomes our special guests as they kick-off the festival on the Stimson Fair Grounds.
Event Co-Chair Ms. Dolores Thompson welcomes our special guests as they kick-off the festival on the Stimson Fair Grounds.
Groups from throughout the Huntington Township were represented and are sure to grow as this annual event gains ground.
Groups from throughout the Huntington Township were represented and are sure to grow as this annual event gains ground.
The Stimson Fair Grounds provided an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy an afternoon of great food, rides and something for everyone.
The Stimson Fair Grounds provided an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy an afternoon of great food, rides and something for everyone.

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the South Huntington School District was thrilled to host the Unity in the Community Parade & Fair for the first time.  First held in 2010, this event has become a tradition to celebrate the community’s unity, diversity, and solidarity. We are incredibly proud of South Huntington’s role in this wonderful endeavor and appreciate the chance to showcase our outstanding district on a regional stage.

The Unity in the Community Parade and Fair sends a message that our common bond as Americans, and our basic human decency, is strong enough to overcome any differences we have.  Even though the Town of Huntington has unbelievable diversity in terms of ethnicity and culture and religion and wealth, we are all part of one community.  As a community member, each of us has certain responsibilities, including tolerance and lending a helping hand when times are tough.

The South Huntington School District perfectly embodies the spirit of this event.  Located in the heart of Long Island, our district looks and sounds like America in the 21st century.  With our very diverse population, it would be easy for divisions to emerge.  But thanks to the strong leadership of the Board of Education, Administration and our teachers, this has not occurred.

Our success in this area is due in large part to the fact that we have not succumbed to the efforts of others to embroil us in the hot-button issue of the day. In South Huntington, we block out the distractions and focus on the things we can control.  We remain laser focused on our mission:  providing resources and fostering an environment from which the leaders of tomorrow can emerge.  Leaders that recognize that relationships matter and that to solve our most intractable problems, we need forward thinking, empathy, respect, and most importantly, to listen to one another.

For these reasons, in South Huntington, every day is unity day. 

Photo Gallery (Parade & Program Awards)

Photo Gallery (Fair)

Big Night @ Whitman's Turf Stadium

Maplewood 4th grade teachers Jen Brendel (shown) and Renee Schumm organized the festive rally to set the stage for tonight’s big showdown at 7:30 PM on Whitman’s turf field.
Maplewood 4th grade teachers Jen Brendel (shown) and Renee Schumm organized the festive rally to set the stage for tonight’s big showdown at 7:30 PM on Whitman’s turf field.
This wildly popular football classic is great fun and serves as a means to help raise money for additional programs at Maplewood.
This wildly popular football classic is great fun and serves as a means to help raise money for additional programs at Maplewood.

Maplewood’s Pep Rally got off in grand style on Wednesday as teachers from the Maroon and White teams were introduced to the students. Organized by Maplewood 4th grade teachers Jen Brendel and Renee Schumm, the festive rally set the stage for tonight’s big showdown at 7:30 PM on Whitman’s turf field.

Anissa McQueen and Donna Isaacson expertly emceed the Pep Rally. After the 2 teams were introduced, everyone got to enjoy a funny and creative video, created by Dermot O’Connor that had everyone laughing and wanting more.

We encourage the whole South Huntington community to come out tonight, Friday, October 6th  at 7:30 PM to cheer on their favorite teachers in this wildly popular football classic as a means to help raise money for additional programs at Maplewood.

WHITE TEAM: Mr. Ciappetta, Mr. Joyner, Dr. Bennardo, Dr. D'Elia, Ms. Maggio, Mr. Lauria, Mr. Keogh, Ms. Bucaria, Ms. Schumm, Ms. Trapani, Ms. Vargas, Ms. Patino, and Ms. Poncet.

MAROON TEAM: Mr. Nitkewicz, Dr. Centamore, Dr. Bruno, Mr. Fauci, Ms. Shadler, Mr. O’Connor, Ms. Brendel, Ms. Cuozzo, Ms. Tietjen, Ms. Zuhoski, Mr. Slovak, and Ms. Beaumont.

Gymnastics Starts Strong

Stimson eighth-grader Carly McEntee took 1st on the vault, beam and floor exercise.
Stimson eighth-grader Carly McEntee took 1st on the vault, beam and floor exercise.
Senior Danielle Harris, an all-around gymnast, placed 2nd on the vault.
Senior Danielle Harris, an all-around gymnast, placed 2nd on the vault.
Whitman Freshman Katherine Pensa starts her floor routine and ends with a score that helped her team to a win.
Whitman Freshman Katherine Pensa starts her floor routine and ends with a score that helped her team to a win.
Another strong ninth-grader Brianna Scala flies during her floor routine and posts a great score.
Another strong ninth-grader Brianna Scala flies during her floor routine and posts a great score.
Along with her freshman teammates, Danielle DeGaray, shown on the Beam, should provide years of gymnastic highlights for the Wildcats.
Along with her freshman teammates, Danielle DeGaray, shown on the Beam, should provide years of gymnastic highlights for the Wildcats.

The Walt Whitman Girls Varsity Gymnastics team is off to a great start. Wednesday’s meet ended in a win with the final score of Whitman 131.275 and Hampton Bays 129.075. Carly McEntee had an amazing meet placing 1st on the vault, balance beam, and the floor exercise. Danielle Harris, senior and an all-around gymnast placed 2nd on the vault and 3rd on the floor exercise. New to the team, Sarah Astegher placed 2nd on the uneven bars. The entire team is working very hard toward their personal goals, as well as the team goals. Coach Angela Gunsel expects the team to have a very successful season.

Coral Fragging Peaks Students Interest

One of our host corals in the foreground gives way to ‘Fragging’ and new baby corals are growing into young adults.
One of our host corals in the foreground gives way to ‘Fragging’ and new baby corals are growing into young adults.
Fragging coral is literally cutting stems from the host that are glued to bases then submerged into a nursery-like setting.
Fragging coral is literally cutting stems from the host that are glued to bases then submerged into a nursery-like setting.
With 75 percent of the world’s reefs currently under the threat of damage or death, farming coral is one of several areas that marine biologists are looking to for answers before it’s too late.
With 75 percent of the world’s reefs currently under the threat of damage or death, farming coral is one of several areas that marine biologists are looking to for answers before it’s too late.

Whitman research students in Mr. Feraco’s classes have been diligently working on an exciting new research project.  With a very generous donation from Fishlife Aquariums in South Huntington, our research program was able to construct a coral aquaculture system in the research classroom. Fishlife owner Joe Racioppi, Paul Olsen and manager Chris Sullivan recently instructed students about coral fragging.

“Our 10x4 foot coral aquaculture system is currently being used for a variety of different types of coral restoration and animal behavior studies,” said Mr. Feraco. “Students are exploring optimal conditions for the growth of many different coral species.” With 75 percent of reefs currently under the threat of damage or death, there may not seem like much any one person can do. But students are learning to grow and study the genetics of captive corals, which they hope to sell to aquarium enthusiasts — and possibly one day introduce back into the wild.

The Doctor Will See You Now

Students from Mr. Shepard (shown) and Mr. Poller's classes enjoy the chance to be virtual doctors, chemists, and engineers using our zSpace lab.
Students from Mr. Shepard (shown) and Mr. Poller's classes enjoy the chance to be virtual doctors, chemists, and engineers using our zSpace lab.
The great thing about zSpace is the collaborative approach. At Silas Wood each workstation has two students, and they need to work together to problem solve. Those inquiry skills are second to none with a device like this.
The great thing about zSpace is the collaborative approach. At Silas Wood each workstation has two students, and they need to work together to problem solve. Those inquiry skills are second to none with a device like this.
Through life-like experiences, zSpace levels the playing field of student experience. As confidence grows and engagement is built, student interest in STEM careers expands.
Through life-like experiences, zSpace levels the playing field of student experience. As confidence grows and engagement is built, student interest in STEM careers expands.

We hear from STEM coach Ms. Mari Scardapane that this week, all of our Silas Wood sixth-graders are completing science experiments using our zSpace STEM Lab. This cutting-edge 3D virtual reality technology supports the belief that learning is best experienced through doing.

With that in mind, have you ever visited the doctor for a bad cold or a sore throat?  Did the doctor listen to your heart and your lungs, and then look in your ears and throat?  Well, that’s exactly what students at Silas Wood did when they took on the role of virtual doctors, using zSpace to determine a diagnosis for their "patient." Some of the students even went on to explore the internal structure of the parainfluenza virus and the molecular structure of the medicine a patient might take! 

Thank you South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF) who purchased zSpace that consists of 14 high definition workstations that use glasses and a stylus to create an immersive educational experience.

The Battle for First Place– This Saturday

Wildcat junior Nickolas Cerrito (white home jersey) reacts after his header hits the back of the net.
Wildcat junior Nickolas Cerrito (white home jersey) reacts after his header hits the back of the net.
Fernando Hernandez (7) gets the Lindenhurst goalie to commit seconds before notching his second goal of the day.
Fernando Hernandez (7) gets the Lindenhurst goalie to commit seconds before notching his second goal of the day.
Captain Jefferson Saravia (11) was instrumental in moving and controlling the ball giving the senior forward 3 assists on the win.
Captain Jefferson Saravia (11) was instrumental in moving and controlling the ball giving the senior forward 3 assists on the win.

We hear from coaches Brian Karcz and John DiGiacomo that the Boys Varsity Soccer Team earned their 6th straight victory by the score of 4-2 over Lindenhurst on Tuesday. Nik Cerrito and Fernando Hernandez notched 2 goals apiece. Hernandez currently has 18 goals on the season. Jefferson Saravia tallied 3 assists. Anthony Paredes chipped in with an assist. Alec Wurtz made 3 saves for the win.

“We have the ability to put the ball in the back of the net, it’s just a matter of how often we do it and how bad we want it,” said Coach DiGiacomo, referring to several missed opportunities in the first half. “Lindenhurst is a very good team in our league with their only losses coming at the hands of Northport and us, so it was a highly competitive game.” 

The Wildcats' record stands at 9-1-1 overall. The team is on the road for a first-place battle at Northport on Saturday, October 7th at 2pm.

Supreme Court Justice Inspires Whitman Students

US District Court Summer Justice Institute participants left to right seated: Daljeet Cheema, Mary Teresky, Iza Choudrey and Umema Siddiqui. Standing left to right: Social Studies Chairperson Dr. Corcoran, Social Studies and Student Court teacher Mrs. Cymbalista, and Principal Murphy.
US District Court Summer Justice Institute participants left to right seated: Daljeet Cheema, Mary Teresky, Iza Choudrey and Umema Siddiqui. Standing left to right: Social Studies Chairperson Dr. Corcoran, Social Studies and Student Court teacher Mrs. Cymbalista, and Principal Murphy.

The Justice Institute on Long Island is taking the concept of summer camp into the federal courthouse, imparting civics education and advocacy skills that prepare students for college, career, and civic engagement.

The program was run by the Federal Court in partnership with the Touro Law Center and the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  Open to those completing the 9th grade, participants heard from federal judges, FBI agents, Deputy U.S. Marshals, federal prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. They observed court proceedings in the federal courthouse including a Naturalization Ceremony.  Students also heard from experienced lawyers about advocacy and, with the assistance of law students, participated in a mock trial competition at the conclusion of the Institute.  This past summer, participants were also privileged to hear a presentation by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Project Excel: No Excuses!

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” – Mr. Malik Champlain, the evening's keynote speaker.
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” – Mr. Malik Champlain, the evening's keynote speaker.
District Project Excel Program Coordinator David Perkins (sixth from right) introduces this year’s interns that were congratulated by keynote speaker Mr. Malik Champlain.
District Project Excel Program Coordinator David Perkins (sixth from right) introduces this year’s interns that were congratulated by keynote speaker Mr. Malik Champlain.
Social Work Intern Ashley Smith at the podium and Daniela Venegas talk about the great programs that have become a trademark of Project Excel. They reminded parents that the next meeting is Monday, November 6th at Maplewood 6PM.
Social Work Intern Ashley Smith at the podium and Daniela Venegas talk about the great programs that have become a trademark of Project Excel. They reminded parents that the next meeting is Monday, November 6th at Maplewood 6PM.
District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jacci Harris greets the audience and emphasizes this year’s theme: ‘No excuses, we are unstoppable in reaching our goals.’  She took a moment to talk to the many parents in the audience about their commitment to the program.
District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jacci Harris greets the audience and emphasizes this year’s theme: ‘No excuses, we are unstoppable in reaching our goals.’ She took a moment to talk to the many parents in the audience about their commitment to the program.

On Monday, October 2nd, our community celebrated the Project Excel opening orientation. This special program, coordinated by Mr. David Perkins, provides job training, mentoring, and academic assistance to our district students. Its mission is to: Enhance academic success, build character in students, and engage parents to promote our shared vision. In his welcome address, Mr. Perkins introduced this year’s theme “No excuses, we are unstoppable in reaching our goals.”  The evening’s guests were treated to some wonderful words from motivational speaker and author Mr. Malik Champlain.

“Three main principals– Passion, Hunger, and Drive are intrinsic factors that students need to have to overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their goals,” said the Brooklyn-born keynote speaker who is now married, a father, and a home-owner in the greater Hartford area of Connecticut.  “Tonight I am going to share with our Project Excel families building blocks to help them achieve their goals.”

Mr. Champlain had a real struggle to get to where he is, and his powerful story resonates with today’s youth. ‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do,’ he often reminds himself.  A firm believer in ‘giving more than you take,’ Mr. Champlain, speaking directly to our parents in the audience, told them that “The same building blocks that their children are going to need to reach their goals are the same ones parents will need to reinforce.  Good supervision is when parents see their child veer off the path and quickly get them back on the right path.”

Thank you to all of our service providers—Boy Scouts of America, Family Service League, Girl Scouts, Huntington Resource Center, Huntington Youth Bureau-Project Excel, Long Island Head-Start, St. Joseph’s College, and the Tri Community and Youth Agency, to our School Coordinators— Mr. Ian Denson at Birchwood, Ms. Maria Colon at Maplewood, Mr. Shaka Williams at Silas Wood, Ms. Jennifer DeNoble at Stimson and Mr. Roberto Torres at Walt Whitman, to our district mentors, and this year’s interns— Nicholas Aprigliano, Wesly Bazemore, Kristie Bohn, Lisbel Collado, Marc Etts, Maria Jaramillo, Robert O’Neil, Michael Rivera, Jonathan Rosen, Maria Seslowsky, Ashley N. Smith, Bridget Vaher, Daniela Venegas, and Ana Alicia Walsh. These educators and community advocates do wonderful things for our students. 

It looks like another great year to come for our Project Excel students and their families.

 

Whitman Honors Their ‘Commended’ Students

Left to right: Principal John Murphy, Rachel Vaughan, Aisha Majid, Tiffany Chuen, Graham Lunt and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.
Left to right: Principal John Murphy, Rachel Vaughan, Aisha Majid, Tiffany Chuen, Graham Lunt and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.

Walt Whitman’s National Merit Commended students Rachel Vaughan, Aisha Majid, Tiffany Chuen, and Graham Lunt were honored recently for their high achievement on the PSAT. More than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 national high scorers on the PSAT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. “This is especially rewarding because we have not had this many ‘Commended’ students in a couple years,” said Principal John Murphy.   Together with Whitman’s other National Merit Semi-finalists, the high-performing high school has eight seniors in this year’s prestigious academic competition for recognition and scholarships. “It is evident that since an early age these seniors have identified themselves as students in the forefront of academic excellence and we are very proud of them.”

Charm and Humor Teach a Gentle Lesson About Respect

“Ally-saurus and her friends always have lots of fun playing pretend. They stomp, they roar, they dance, each in their own way.” – Award winning, author/illustrator, Richard Torrey introduces his favorite character to Countrywood.
“Ally-saurus and her friends always have lots of fun playing pretend. They stomp, they roar, they dance, each in their own way.” – Award winning, author/illustrator, Richard Torrey introduces his favorite character to Countrywood.
Drawing began early for Richard Torrey. In third grade, he showed a picture of a horse he had drawn to the legendary comic strip creator, Charles Schulz. Schulz drew Snoopy on the back of the picture, inspiring Richard to follow a similar career path.
Drawing began early for Richard Torrey. In third grade, he showed a picture of a horse he had drawn to the legendary comic strip creator, Charles Schulz. Schulz drew Snoopy on the back of the picture, inspiring Richard to follow a similar career path.
The positive, enthusiastic, and funny presentation at Countrywood included touching on the author's other work as an internationally syndicated cartoonist, editorial cartoonist, and greeting card designer.
The positive, enthusiastic, and funny presentation at Countrywood included touching on the author's other work as an internationally syndicated cartoonist, editorial cartoonist, and greeting card designer.

Award-winning, author/illustrator, Richard Torrey visited Countrywood last Friday to give an exciting program celebrating his new book, Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster.  He shared with students how he first became involved with writing and illustrating books. Mr. Torrey inspired the children with his love of literature and students left wanting to try illustrating a character of their very own.

“I really enjoyed visiting Countrywood Primary and all the amazing students and teachers,” said the author/illustrator of well over a dozen books. “It was a pleasure and an honor to speak to you about my new book Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster and how a children's book is created. You were wonderful!”

A Little Encouragement Can Go a Long Way

Working in small groups helps to ensure that all of our ‘Dot Day’ participants discover their talents and creativity.
Working in small groups helps to ensure that all of our ‘Dot Day’ participants discover their talents and creativity.
Oakwood’s Library Media Specialist Christine Le Claire works with our students on their iPads to bring their own ‘Dots’ to life.
Oakwood’s Library Media Specialist Christine Le Claire works with our students on their iPads to bring their own ‘Dots’ to life.
Students designed their own dots and used the Quiver app to make them come alive and ‘jump off the page’.
Students designed their own dots and used the Quiver app to make them come alive and ‘jump off the page’.

Oakwood Primary Center Library Media Specialist Christine Le Claire had first-graders jumping for joy as they worked to make the world a better place. International Dot Day is celebrated every year in September. The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, is the story of a girl discovering her talent and creativity through the subtle urging of her art teacher.

Oakwood's first-grade students recalled times when they were afraid to try new things for fear of failing. Focusing on perfectionism and insecurity as well as artistic process, the author shows in a humorous and kind way that getting started can be the of the hardest part of the creative endeavor.

“We registered to be a part of the global community participating in making the world a better place and ‘leaving their mark,’” said Ms. Le Claire.  “Students designed their own dots and used the Quiver app on their iPads to bring them to life. Each first-grade class was filled with excitement when they saw their creations jump off the pages.”

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning Spooky Fest & More

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) is located on Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, NY.  We are a not-for-profit organization with a mission to engage people in science learning and literacy.  CSTL utilizes inquiry-based strategies to encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder.

National Hispanic Award Goes to Two at Whitman

Rachel Vaughan and Brenda Mendez, left to right front are congratulated by Walt Whitman guidance and administrators left to right: Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Guidance counselors Ms. Carolyn Dooley, and Ms. Crystalia Shepherd, and Principal Mr. John Murphy.
Rachel Vaughan and Brenda Mendez, left to right front are congratulated by Walt Whitman guidance and administrators left to right: Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Guidance counselors Ms. Carolyn Dooley, and Ms. Crystalia Shepherd, and Principal Mr. John Murphy.

Walt Whitman students Rachel Vaughan and Brenda Mendez were recently honored as National Hispanic Award recipients. “This award recognizes students for their high academic achievements, and of course their Hispanic Heritage,” said Principal John Murphy. “We are incredibly proud of Brenda and Rachel who have been selected for this prestigious honor. Both of these young ladies are a testament to our school community and personify what it's like to be Hispanic and excel in our society. They are wonderful young ladies that bring a lot of joy to our high school."

Way to go Rachel and Brenda!

SW/SMS PTA Wildcat Bash at Bowlmor Lanes

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Too Old for Trick or Treating? Here’s a New Idea

Walt Whitman Freshman Alexandra Miller-Henson with her s(care) bag that volunteers will use to collect donated items.
Walt Whitman Freshman Alexandra Miller-Henson with her s(care) bag that volunteers will use to collect donated items.

Walt Whitman Freshman Alexandra Miller-Henson loves Halloween, but the thought of walking her neighborhood requesting candy was getting old. “What if I didn’t collect candy, but collected something else,” said our creative entrepreneur.

This led Alexandra to create S(care), a not-for-profit organization that provides tweens and teens who love Halloween an opportunity to Trick-or-Treat for a cause. “The goal is every year we trick-or-treat for certain items to donate to shelters and organizations that support those in need.”

“I know Walt Whitman has a lot of great programs that help the community and students are always encouraged to help in any way they can. So I’m happy to see this new idea gaining support in our schools and with local businesses,” said Alexandra. “I this it’s a great way for kids to help the less fortunate and have fun at the same time.”

Here’s how it works:

•Sign up to participate at: www.scareforcharity.org

•Print out and cut up the flyers found on the "More Pages/Flyer" page of the website.

•One week before Halloween, ask an adult to accompany you and distribute flyers in your neighborhood.

•When you go trick-or-treating, take your s(care) bag with you. These branded bags will be given out free (while supplies last) if you sign up on the website!

•On Halloween when you visit the homes in your neighborhood, introduce yourself.

•Say thank you, even if they don’t donate!

•Drop off your collected toiletries/socks (this years requested items) to one of our drop-off locations.

Way to Go Alexandra! Your spirit of giving and volunteering is what makes our community so special.

Upstander Ambassadors Spread the Word

Newly minted Upstander Ambassadors from Walt Whitman gather with many of their Siena facilitators are looking to build awareness of the danger of cyberbullying and promote the Upstander behavior and culture.
Newly minted Upstander Ambassadors from Walt Whitman gather with many of their Siena facilitators are looking to build awareness of the danger of cyberbullying and promote the Upstander behavior and culture.
A trained cyberbullying ambassador facilitator from Siena engages our students in a role-playing exercise to emphasize the tools to combat this epidemic and help facilitate a dialogue that will to lead positive change in our communities.
A trained cyberbullying ambassador facilitator from Siena engages our students in a role-playing exercise to emphasize the tools to combat this epidemic and help facilitate a dialogue that will to lead positive change in our communities.
At the podium, Whitman senior Maxwell Fisher encourages the school-wide assembly that they not be a bystander when they witness cyberbullying but, rather, to speak up, notify an adult and/or interrupt the negative behavior– to be an Upstander, which is a popular phrase used in the anti-bullying space.
At the podium, Whitman senior Maxwell Fisher encourages the school-wide assembly that they not be a bystander when they witness cyberbullying but, rather, to speak up, notify an adult and/or interrupt the negative behavior– to be an Upstander, which is a popular phrase used in the anti-bullying space.

A special program rolled into Walt Whitman High School on Tuesday, September 26th.   The AT&T and Siena Upstander Program is a peer-to-peer training approach designed to help high school students combat cyberbullying. This new program utilized trained Siena College students to help educate students, teachers, and school administrators on the growing cyberbullying epidemic and provide workshops, tools, and resources to combat it.

The program at Walt Whitman paired Siena students with 14 of our selected student leaders for the first part of the school day where they engaged in peer-to-peer conversations, role-playing exercises, and workshops on how to be Upstander Ambassadors.  At the end of the day, the Siena facilitators and the newly trained high school Upstander Ambassadors conducted a school-wide assembly program to share best practices, build awareness of the danger of cyberbullying and promote the Upstander behavior and culture. Thank you AT&T, the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and the Siena Research Institute and College for bringing this powerful and enlightening program to our students.

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American Legion Recognizes Whitman Students

Left to right: Walt Whitman Guidance Counselor Ms. Crystalia Shepherd, Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, Matthew Haddock, Scott McEntee, Principal John Murphy, Charles Ruotolo, American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 2nd Vice Commander Mr. Carlo Giordano, Brenda Mendez, Michael Seitz, Post 1244 Sgt. At Arms Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Julio Taku, Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, and Brian Trifon.
Left to right: Walt Whitman Guidance Counselor Ms. Crystalia Shepherd, Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, Matthew Haddock, Scott McEntee, Principal John Murphy, Charles Ruotolo, American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 2nd Vice Commander Mr. Carlo Giordano, Brenda Mendez, Michael Seitz, Post 1244 Sgt. At Arms Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Julio Taku, Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, and Brian Trifon.
“We gave out proclamations from the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and the State,” said Mr. Charlie Armstrong as he explains each to our young Whitman leaders.
“We gave out proclamations from the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and the State,” said Mr. Charlie Armstrong as he explains each to our young Whitman leaders.

We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Matthew Haddock, Scott McEntee, Charles Ruotolo, Brenda Mendez, Michael Seitz, Julio Taku, and Brian Trifon who have been selected for the Boys and Girls State programs, which recognize emerging young leaders throughout the nation. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. Similarly, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students.

Participants in both programs become a part of the operation of their local, county and state government. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

“The incredible experience that these students had upstate this past summer with the American Legion makes them really shine as true leaders, not only within our high school but within the Huntington community,” said Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy.   “These students are also members of different academic and civic organizations outside of our school community and really show that as they get older they could be the ones who lead our town, our county, or even our country.”

Special thanks to Mr. Charlie Armstrong and his team from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for making this possible.

Attention Pre-School Parents! Sign Up today for Little Wildcats!

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, organize and supervise age-appropriate stories and activities for preschoolers.  It is a wonderful opportunity for your child to meet other children in the school district while enjoying dynamic activities.  The group meets on Tuesdays from 12:20 PM to 1:50 PM at Walt Whitman High School in room 230.  Classes begin in October.  To register for the program contact Mrs. Zamow, Little Wildcat program director at:

Phone: 631-944-0972 ; Email: dlanghorstzamow@shufsd.org.  Enrollment is on a first come basis. 

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