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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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NYSEC Features Whitman Writers

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The current Spring Edition of the New York State English Council Newsletter has published several of our students' writing.  The newsletter is issued to over 700 members!  Students Karina Lew, William Valle, and Skylar Pekarek are all from Mr. Pipolo's Creative Writing class.  Our students work are on pages 11 and 12. Please us the link below to access our talented writers at Walt Whitman our use the download for a PDF of the newsletter.

https://www.nysecteach.org/newsletters/

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A Salute to Women in STEM

Our young ladies from Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle School were thrilled to hear first-hand accounts about navigating the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Our young ladies from Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle School were thrilled to hear first-hand accounts about navigating the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Left to right: United States Astronaut Dr. Nicole Scott, News 12's Carol Silva  and Dr. President of Vaughn College of Aeronautics Sharon DeVivo presented an informative event designed to encourage young girls to consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Left to right: United States Astronaut Dr. Nicole Scott, News 12's Carol Silva and Dr. President of Vaughn College of Aeronautics Sharon DeVivo presented an informative event designed to encourage young girls to consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

On Monday, March 11th The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City sponsored "Salute to Women in STEM", highlighting the accomplishments of United States Astronaut Dr. Nicole Scott and Dr. Sharon DeVivo, President of Vaughn College of Aeronautics. The event was hosted by News 12's Carol Silva.

Thirty female students from Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle School attended to hear the inspiring messages from three successful individuals. Dr. Scott showed pictures of herself in space and also navigating the Space Shuttle Discovery. 

Winter Sports Awards Highlighted

Third Year Varsity Letter winners embrace the Wildcat Spirit, as many of these athletes are ready for their spring season.
Third Year Varsity Letter winners embrace the Wildcat Spirit, as many of these athletes are ready for their spring season.
First Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers and give assurance to the South Huntington pipeline to the varsity level.
First Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers and give assurance to the South Huntington pipeline to the varsity level.
Second Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers and give assurance to the South Huntington pipeline to the varsity level.
Second Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers and give assurance to the South Huntington pipeline to the varsity level.
Our Fourth- Fifth- and Sixth-Year Varsity Letter winners have led the way in their particular sport.
Our Fourth- Fifth- and Sixth-Year Varsity Letter winners have led the way in their particular sport.
Special coaches awards to student athletes who played a significant role as MVP, Wildcat Hero, and Most Improved categories.
Special coaches awards to student athletes who played a significant role as MVP, Wildcat Hero, and Most Improved categories.
Section XI All-League and All-County athletes made us proud this past sports season.
Section XI All-League and All-County athletes made us proud this past sports season.
Dr. Wright’s Hero Award highlights student athletes who have gone above and beyond signifying athletics at their best. Left to right: Gianna Paul, Thomas Costas III, Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, Maxwell Fisher, and Meghan Soulias.
Dr. Wright’s Hero Award highlights student athletes who have gone above and beyond signifying athletics at their best. Left to right: Gianna Paul, Thomas Costas III, Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, Maxwell Fisher, and Meghan Soulias.
The Wildcat Booster Club Volunteer service awards champion athletes who reach the top echelon in hours given back to their Walt Whitman Athletic Community.  Booster Club President Jayne O’Toole (right) and corresponding secretaty and volunteer coordinator Beth Neiland flank their awardees left to right: Karina Lew, Jack Cox, Meghan Soulias, and Samantha O’Toole.
The Wildcat Booster Club Volunteer service awards champion athletes who reach the top echelon in hours given back to their Walt Whitman Athletic Community. Booster Club President Jayne O’Toole (right) and corresponding secretaty and volunteer coordinator Beth Neiland flank their awardees left to right: Karina Lew, Jack Cox, Meghan Soulias, and Samantha O’Toole.
A special thanks to the Wildcat Booster Club Officers for all they do to support our Student athletes. Left to right: Jayne O'Toole, President, Allison O'Hara, Board Member, Beth Neiland, Corresponding Secretary, and Michelle Murphy, Vice President, Stimson.
A special thanks to the Wildcat Booster Club Officers for all they do to support our Student athletes. Left to right: Jayne O'Toole, President, Allison O'Hara, Board Member, Beth Neiland, Corresponding Secretary, and Michelle Murphy, Vice President, Stimson.

The Winter Sports Awards ceremony was held in Whitman’s PAC on Tuesday morning March 19th, and the new format helped to ensure most of our athletes were together. Athletes were recognized for their accomplishments during the winter season and coaches, teams, and letter winners alike seem excited with the new format of the ceremony. Congratulations to all of our winter athletes and coaches who were honored.

First Year Varsity Letter Winners: Robert Adomaites, Nikolas Cerrito, Jack Cox, Dominick Esposito, Aidan Greenberg, Jordan Henkel, Ezequiel Clase, Nicholas Degaetano, Raymond Hoffman, Frantz Jean Baptiste, Michael Phillips, Cole Rudnick, Kortney Wilkerson Ferguson, Rafel Azhar, William Barraco, James Boccone, Francis Bueno, Leonardo Castro, Justin Goldberg, Jules Julien, Kaloyan Kirin, Jimmy Morales, Alexander Pazzini, John Rodriguez, Jiaqi Shi, Martin Stone, Bihzad Tabibzada, Luke Towers, Stephen Verderame, Connor Asma, Matthew Hansen, Matthew Mejia, Nicolas Saunders, Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Jonathan Aziz, Matthew Brunet, Matthew Calandra, Yunio Chavez Moreira, Carl Constable Jr, Daniel Donovan, Jose Jerome, Ellena Lunt, Kevin Martin, Saul Molina Vasquez, Sean Rehman, Valen Richardson, Nicholas Sperduti, Daniel Sweezeyl, Jacob Veeder, Patrick Wuss, Brian Zuckerberg, Emily-Kate Bialoskurski, Sophia DelPriore, Gina Diliberti, Carly McEntee, Evangelia Palazzo, Mikaila Rattazzi, Madeleine Rozenveld, Morgan Wobig, Kate Hoffman, Mia Stampfel, Kaylen Bom, Lourdes Coto, Kerri Delaney, Fiona Hamilton, Alina Naseer, Esha Rehman, Brandy Romero Lino, Lia Rosario Marcelino, Kristen Salas, Abigail Tavera, Emily Gorecki, Jessica Joy, Neamal Mahmood, Gianna Paul, Pedro Benitez, Aidan Gardner, Joseph Gervasio, Steven Lainez Gomez, Frank McGuigan, Jakarai McKay, Jack Neiland, Jensen Offerman Sylvestre, Anthony Ohr, Grady O'Loughlin, Kelvin Sanchez Torres, Maximo Vasquez, Liam Villanti, and Kevin Zuckerberg.

Second Year Varsity Letter Winners: Jack Brady, Luke Cunsolo, Michael Aloisi, Melvin Cruz, Wendley Jean Baptiste, Michael McIndoo, Dachan Thompson, Erik Dye, Beineon Portmore-Davies, Gabriella Mingin, Madonna Getchell, Eleni Glodowski, Dana McGowan, Jenna Stockfeder, Morgan Wagner, Carly Dammer, Gretel Huber, Julianna Licona, Juliana Nguyen, Nina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Rows, Jasmine Thai, Amanda Trifon, Evgenia Doddo, Priya Katwala, Thomas Costas III, Kevin McKenna, and Nicholas Rows.

Third Year Varsity Letter Winners: Paredes Trujillo, Ethan Shapiro, James Thomann, Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson, Owen Banting, Colby Goldsmith, Christopher Grillo, Aidan Luebker, Brady Mondry, John Poplawski, Dylan Rehman, Grace Buckshaw, Cayla Cole, Laurette Joyce, Meghan Stengl, Aniyah Walters, Samantha O'Toole, Annelise Campo, Jillian Crowley, Emily Engoran, Hailey Hamilton, Thania Loza Morales, Rocio Ramos Vasquez, Lily Robert, Yamilex Salamanca Lopez, Umema Siddiqui, Joie Tortorice, Grace Weigele, Mondell Brandon, Kevin Flores, and Elvis Vasquez.

Fourth- Fifth- and Sixth Year Varsity Letter Winners: Raj Shah, Cassidy Giudici, Desiree Kleberg, Danielle Kleet, Meghan Soulias, Sarah Heath, Grace Roiland, Anthony Costantino, Joseph Feola, Alyssa Christiansen, Joelle Koutsantanou, Megan Richter, Anne Rodriguez, Liliana Soares, Maxwell Fisher, Nicole Algierie, and Alyssa Morisco.

Section XI Individual Awards: Bowling: Ethan Shapiro-All-League. Boys Basketball: Michael Aloisi- All-League, Michael McIndoo- All-League, Dachan Thompson- Academic All-League. Girls Basketball: Eleni Glodowski- Academic All-County, Kate Hoffman- Rookie of the Year - League 2, Desiree Kleberg- Academic All-County, All-League, Danielle Kleet- All-League, Dana McGowan- All-League, Meghan Soulias- Academic All-County, All-League, Morgan Wagner- Academic All-County. Boys Fencing: Owen Banting 2nd Team-All-County, 2nd Team-All-League, Maxwell Fisher- 2nd Team-All-County, 2nd Team-All-League. Girls Fencing: Nicole Algierie- 2nd Team-All-County, 2nd Team-All-League, Annelise Campo- All-County Honorable Mention, All-League Honorable Mention, Emily Engoran- All-County Honorable Mention, All-League Honorable Mention, Alyssa  Morisco- All-County Honorable Mention, 2nd Team-All-League, Liliana Soares- All-League Honorable Mention. Boys Track: John Poplawski- All-League, All-County Academic, Raj Shah- All-League. Girls Track: Evgenia Doddo- All-League, Emily Gorecki- All-League, Gianna Paul- All-County, Grace Weigele- All-League. Cheerleading: Alyssa Christiansen- Academic All-County, Joelle Koutsantanou- All-Division, Megan Richter- All-County. Wrestling: Anthony Costantino- All-League, Thomas Costas III- All-League, Joseph Feola- All-League, Kevin McKenna All-League, and Elvis Vasquez-All-League, Unsung Hero.

Winter 2018-2019- Scholar Teams: Boys Fencing-90.126, Cheerleading-93.356, Girls Fencing-93.554, Girls Basketball- 93.685, Girls Track-94.128, and Boys Track-94.498.

Scholar Athletes: Grace Roiland and Jonathan Aziz    

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SHEF 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala

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Celebrate the commitment and compassion that Bob Cangero, Annie Michelian and Eliot Lonardo have brought to our great community at the South Huntington Educational Foundation’s 2nd Annual Gala benefitting students throughout the district.

On Wednesday, April 10, the South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF) honors these exceptional individuals who embody commitment, community and compassion. As Town of Huntington residents, each has made it their life’s work to work with and for our own right here with us.

View our New Video here:

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Project Excel Celebrates at OHEKA

Honored guests at the OHEKA Castle Project Excel Breakfast included left to right: Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Ms. April Poprilo, Mr. Bedel Saget, Keynote speaker Ms. Caridad De La Luz, BOE trustee Mr. Andrew Bronson, Coordinator of Student Services Mr. David Perkins, and BOE trustee Mr. Sidney Joyner.
Honored guests at the OHEKA Castle Project Excel Breakfast included left to right: Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Ms. April Poprilo, Mr. Bedel Saget, Keynote speaker Ms. Caridad De La Luz, BOE trustee Mr. Andrew Bronson, Coordinator of Student Services Mr. David Perkins, and BOE trustee Mr. Sidney Joyner.
The morning’s entertainment featured high school students (left to right) TaTianna Lane and Victoria Fiorelli, soloist and pianist respectively.
The morning’s entertainment featured high school students (left to right) TaTianna Lane and Victoria Fiorelli, soloist and pianist respectively.
Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center principal Mr. Steve Toto with many of his students at OHEKA Castle.
Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center principal Mr. Steve Toto with many of his students at OHEKA Castle.
South Huntington Sixth-Grade student Vladimir Jean-Baptiste offers a welcome address to the audience.
South Huntington Sixth-Grade student Vladimir Jean-Baptiste offers a welcome address to the audience.
Left to right: Project Excel Coordinators Mr. Shaka Williams and Mr. Mark Graciani with Mr. Martine MacDonald.
Left to right: Project Excel Coordinators Mr. Shaka Williams and Mr. Mark Graciani with Mr. Martine MacDonald.
Speaker Dr. Marc Bertrand gave a memorable keynote after being introduced by Whitman student Bradley Guiteau (shown in background).
Speaker Dr. Marc Bertrand gave a memorable keynote after being introduced by Whitman student Bradley Guiteau (shown in background).
Keynote speaker Ms. Caridad De La Luz, a poet, playwright, actress and activist inspired our young students to never give up on creating their future.
Keynote speaker Ms. Caridad De La Luz, a poet, playwright, actress and activist inspired our young students to never give up on creating their future.
Mr. David Perkins, Coordinator of Student Services thanks OHEKA owner Mr. Gary Melius and the Melius family and staff for their gracious and generous hospitality.
Mr. David Perkins, Coordinator of Student Services thanks OHEKA owner Mr. Gary Melius and the Melius family and staff for their gracious and generous hospitality.
Project Excel Coordinator Ms. Maria Colon closed the morning by reflecting on the significance of her own upbringing and its impact on her future.
Project Excel Coordinator Ms. Maria Colon closed the morning by reflecting on the significance of her own upbringing and its impact on her future.

South Huntington’s Project Excel program took part in a grand celebration at OHEKA Castle recently. This special recognition brunch was dedicated to this year's theme: "Being transformed to embrace your future." The brunch was donated entirely by OHEKA owner Gary Melius.

The assembled guests were treated to a morning of motivational presentations, skillfully facilitated by program director David Perkins. Excel student Vladimir Jean-Baptiste, a sixth-grader at Silas Wood, opened the morning with a welcome address, followed by District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.  One of the many highlights of the morning came when Walt Whitman Soloist TaTianna Lane entertained the audience, accompanied by pianist Victoria Fiorelli.

The Excel students listened intently to an uplifting and powerful message from the morning’s first Keynote speaker Dr. Marc A. Bertrand, introduced by Walt Whitman student Bradley Guiteau. Dr. Bertrand shared his experiences and encouraged the audience to never give up on their goals and aspirations. Stimson student Miss Daniela Ferrera Molina introduced the morning’s second keynote speaker, Caridad De La Luz. Ms. De La Luz is a poet, actress, and activist who shared with the audience her own writings that expressed the power words can hold. Thank you to Assistant Superintendent for Student Services April Poprilo for her presentation and sharing her own story of transformation, and thank you to the always eloquent Ms. Maria Colon for her reflections and closing remarks.

We would like to commend our Project Excel Coordinators on helping to ensure the morning was such a success: Ian Denson (BW), Maria Colon (MW), Shaka Williams (SW), Jen DeNoble (SMS) and Mark Graciani (WW). 

Get Your SHEF Gala Tickets Here!

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Celebrate the commitment and compassion that Bob Cangero, Annie Michelian and Eliot Lonardo have brought to our great community at the South Huntington Educational Foundation’s 2nd Annual Gala benefitting students throughout the district.

On Wednesday, April 10, the South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF) honors these exceptional individuals who embody commitment, community and compassion. As Town of Huntington residents, each has made it their life’s work to work with and for our own right here with us.

View our New Video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtkhWLVeZW8&feature=youtu.be


Go to SHEFINC.ORG to purchase

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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Birchwood Math-a-Thon to Benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital

Birchwood Student Council Advisors Michelle Gruttadauria (left) and Paul Kosak (right) with student representatives from each class present their check to be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Birchwood Student Council Advisors Michelle Gruttadauria (left) and Paul Kosak (right) with student representatives from each class present their check to be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Birchwood Intermediate School recently participated in a Math-a-Thon program and pledged to complete math activities to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Overall, the students raised $2,005.00 for the children at St. Jude Hospital.

Whitman DECA Delivers Two in Top Ten

Fourteen Walt Whitman High School DECA members attended the 59th Annual New York DECA State Career Conference, in Rochester, New York.
Fourteen Walt Whitman High School DECA members attended the 59th Annual New York DECA State Career Conference, in Rochester, New York.
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Walt Whitman High School would like to also congratulate the 14 DECA members that attended the 59th Annual New York DECA State Career Conference in Rochester, New York.  Top 10 medals were awarded to senior Kevin McKenna in Business Law and Ethics, and junior Jeremy Forman in Sports and Entertainment Marketing.   Special thanks to Mrs. Morga, the DECA adviser, and Ms. Honovich, for chaperoning and coaching our students.

Whitman Students of the Month

Congratulating our February Students of the Month are Dr. Kendall Richards, and Principal John Murphy.
“I’m really very proud of you all, so keep up the good work,” said Principal Murphy (back right) as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our February Students of the Month. Joining the Principal is Administrative Dean Dr. Kendall Richards (back left).

Congratulations to our February students of the month. “Being acknowledged for awards like these allow for your efforts to be recognized by not only your teachers but the school itself.  These types of awards also allow you to gauge how successful you are in school.  I am appreciative of events such as these because I am able to thank you for all you do to make Whitman so wonderful,” said Principal Murphy as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our Students of the Month.

February Students of the Month: Business/Home & Careers: Haylin Santos Sanchez, Caleb Sullivan. Music/Dance: Valeria Bruzual, Haylee Caserta, Daniela Sagastizada, Logan Slansky. Art: Sindy Alvarez Garay, Jefri Gomez Diaz, Orzeeta Kamal, Brianna Scala: World Language: Brian Garcia, Ireny Veliz Garcia, Katherine Gotard, Bridget Kenney. Social Studies: Sergio Carrillo, Efrain Citle Palestino, Jonathan Holleran, Jimmy Morales. Science: William Barraco, Grace Buckshaw, Jennifer Duclay, Lauren Gotard. Math: Rosa Cruz Serrano, Joseph Lewin, Jason Mason Quintanilla, Charlotte O’Hara. English: Jeremy Lanz, Jariel Reyes Ochoa, Keara Shea, Xiaotong Yang. Physical Education: Jairo Perdomo Alvarez, Alexander DiLorenzo, Rebecca Kurjanski, Sabrina Yam. Athletes of the Month: Maxwell Fisher (Fencing), and Joelle Koutsantanou (Cheerleading).

 

Board Honors 10-Year-Old Lucien Saint Cyr

South Huntington School District Board of Education members congratulate Birchwood student Lucien Saint Cyr, including Lucien’s family who joined in the celebration.
South Huntington School District Board of Education members congratulate Birchwood student Lucien Saint Cyr, including Lucien’s family who joined in the celebration.

Birchwood fifth-grader Lucien Saint Cyr was in the spotlight at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting to receive an award for his selfless efforts to help others in desperate need. Lucien is working with Yam Community Resource, Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to providing services to the underserved population in the Haitian community, persons with disability, and the elderly.

The medical clinic in Haiti was during our February school break and Lucien, a member of Birchwood’s Student Council and Student Based Management Team was determined to make a difference by gathering donations to purchase medical supplies that were destined for the town of Aquin.

“We are honored to recognize Birchwood student Lucien Saint Cyr who made our district proud by organizing a charity that collected a variety of medical supplies for a clinic in the town of Aquin, Haiti,” said BOE President Nick Ciappetta in his Board Meeting Video recap (available on the District Website). “The supplies that Lucien collected will help treat over 300 patients each day and we are incredibly proud of this very special civic-minded young man.”  

"Kids Safe Online" Poster Contest Finalist

Danielle Henneborn being congratulated by Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and art teacher Ms. Raji.
Danielle Henneborn being congratulated by Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and art teacher Ms. Raji.

Congratulations to senior Danielle Henneborn for winning the “Kids Safe Online” poster contest for the second year in a row! The poster contest promotes internet safety and encourages kids to use the internet wisely without sharing personal information. This year Danielle won the statewide poster contest that qualifies her for the national contest that she won last year. The contest allows for 500 entries and Danielle is one of the 12 that were chosen. Congratulating her is Principal John Murphy and Danielle’s art teacher Ms. Raji who teaches video production, Studio in art, and digital arts at Whitman. Danielle is known for her involvement in other creative contests and for contributing to the murals throughout the high school. Congratulations again!

2019 Community Read-In

Thank you to the staff, teachers, BOE members, and community members for taking the time to participate in this year’s community read-in to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and spread the joy of reading!
Thank you to the staff, teachers, BOE members, and community members for taking the time to participate in this year’s community read-in to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and spread the joy of reading!
Students welcomed BOE member Andrew Bronson to read one of his favorite books in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Students welcomed BOE member Andrew Bronson to read one of his favorite books in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Police Officer Wustenhoff and Officer Knoblach teamed up to read to Ms. Cariello’s 1st grade class.
Police Officer Wustenhoff and Officer Knoblach teamed up to read to Ms. Cariello’s 1st grade class.
Superintendent Dr. Bennardo had the attention of these kindergarten students with his story selection.
Superintendent Dr. Bennardo had the attention of these kindergarten students with his story selection.
BOE Member Sidney Joyner enjoyed reading to Ms. Layer’s first grade class.
BOE Member Sidney Joyner enjoyed reading to Ms. Layer’s first grade class.
Students in Ms. DiNorcia’s 2nd grade class listened intently to Dr. Centamore as he read to them with equal enthusiasm.
Students in Ms. DiNorcia’s 2nd grade class listened intently to Dr. Centamore as he read to them with equal enthusiasm.
Ms. Livoti’s 1st grade class had the special opportunity to meet veteran Manny Myrovitch and his wife who joined in the celebration of Dr. Seuss.
Ms. Livoti’s 1st grade class had the special opportunity to meet veteran Manny Myrovitch and his wife who joined in the celebration of Dr. Seuss.
Maplewood Principal Dr. D’Elia gleefully read “Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear” to the students of Ms. Merola’s 2nd grade class.
Maplewood Principal Dr. D’Elia gleefully read “Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear” to the students of Ms. Merola’s 2nd grade class.
Retired teacher Ms. Davis came back to share the joy of reading with the students of Ms. Workman’s class.
Retired teacher Ms. Davis came back to share the joy of reading with the students of Ms. Workman’s class.

In conjunction with Read Across America and the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Countrywood invited many distinguished guests to participate in their sixth annual Community Read-in on Friday, March 1, 2019. This was a special day to celebrate our love of reading. Countrywood’s very own Shaina Fischer dressed as The Cat in the Hat to celebrate the birthday of this famous storyteller.  South Huntington staffers including Dr. Bennardo, Dr. Centamore, Mr. Fallon, Ms. Poprilo, Mr. John Murphy, Mr. Toto, Dr. D’Elia, Dr. Bruno, Mr. Bronson, and Mr. Keogh joined Countrywood’s other invited guests including veteran Manny Myrovitch, Lynn Cacioppo, Ms. Ceglian, Mrs. Susan King, Ms. Smalkowski, Ms. Plonski, Ms. Lisa Esposito, Ms. Waage, Ms. Anzalone, Ms. Kenney, and Ms. Davis in this reading event. In addition, Huntington Manor Fire Chief Chuck Brady, Chief Christen, Police Officer Wustenhoff, and Officer Knoblach, along with Board of Education member Sydney Joyner shared their love of reading with the students. Huntington Town Hall was also well represented with Cindy Rogers, a representative from Congressman Suozzi’s office, Tyre Cobe, a representative from Councilman Cooks office, Town Council members Mark Cuthbertson, and Joan Cergol, and Senator Gaughran.

As adults, we know that reading is one of the most significant learning experiences for children.  This program was enjoyable for students and teachers, as well as rewarding and memorable for guest readers. Community Read-In is our opportunity to make a difference and show our children that reading is FUNdamental!

Can you find your favorite guest reader?

 

 

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

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Join Us This Summer For....

Coding/Design – Science - Sports

AM Sessions, PM Sessions, & Full Day Sessions

Dates: June 27th-July 26th

REGISTER NOW AT: 

https://sites.google.com/a/shufsd.org/south-huntington-summer-camps/

2019 LILTA Conferences

The Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) is a not for profit organization with the mission to increase graduation rates and higher education enrollment, retention and completion for all students.
The Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) is a not for profit organization with the mission to increase graduation rates and higher education enrollment, retention and completion for all students.
The 24 young ladies from Walt Whitman took with them a lot of information and inspiration from the panelist presentations.
The 24 young ladies from Walt Whitman took with them a lot of information and inspiration from the panelist presentations.
Our Whitman students paid close attention to the speakers of the day and their personal experiences.
Our Whitman students paid close attention to the speakers of the day and their personal experiences.
The event took place at Hofstra University, where 16 young gentlemen from Whitman gained new perspectives on pursuing their passions.
The event took place at Hofstra University, where 16 young gentlemen from Whitman gained new perspectives on pursuing their passions.

Our Project Excel and ENL high school students attended separate conferences recently sponsored by the Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA). Together they learned about the value of remaining in school and pursing careers that will challenge them and will offer optimal results. This year, WWHS school psychologist Cynthia Mandel and our 5th grade teacher Jessica Gomez presented in the education and social work workshops. Both captured the women’s conference by sharing their experiences and wealth of knowledge encouraging students to stay focused, never giving up and to view educating themselves as an effective pathway for positive changes.

Walt Whitman 9th grader Michnaydine dor Joseph reflected on her experience at the conference and appreciated the time she had to speak with the panelists. “I learned that we should always follow our dreams and that it is okay to make mistakes. The panelist encouraged me to push myself and follow through so that I can be what I want in the future.” Tenth-grader Luisa Valencia Castaneda had a similar experience as she shared “I had the opportunity to meet new people and learn new perspectives and points of views about careers. I think it was an excellent experience.” In the men’s conference our social work intern Alexander Baez presented and shared that he always had a desire to help others and not being born with a silver spoon, he has been driven to be a part of assisting those in need. Our students looked absolutely great and enjoyed being part of this experience.

Senior Blood Drive Success

Ms. Zamow (left) and Principal John Murphy (right) with 2019’s Blood Drive Captains in Whitman’s South Gym.
Ms. Zamow (left) and Principal John Murphy (right) with 2019’s Blood Drive Captains in Whitman’s South Gym.

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Spring 2019 Blood Drive and worked to make this day a huge success!  The efforts of the Senior Class officers, Blood Drive Captains, and donors really paid off!  135 pints were collected.  To the students who donated; you should be very proud.  Every donation is used to save approximately 3 lives.  The blood centers reserves were very low and they are very grateful for your generous donation.  The following is a list of the Senior Class officers who coordinated all aspects of the day: Jackie Thomann, Sean Rankel, Alyssa Christiansen, John Dugan, Andrew Harrigan, and Tiffany Dominguez.  The following were the captains who signed up all the donors: 

Robert Banchieri, Anthony Bosco, Iza Choudrey, Grace D'Souza, Jennifer Duclay, Rebecca Gasbard, Rebecca Geneus, Olivia Giarratano, Rabia Gondal, Carlos Guzman Quintanilla, Jasmine Haug, Nina Manganello, Aleez Marghub, Kaitlin Mc Cann, Sierra Morrison, Tyler Phelan, Mycaela Reilly, Anne Rodriguez, Jayda Rosene, Anna Scortichini, Natasha Scott, Fiona Smith, Imman Sohail, Giorgia Tomassini, and Sarah Zepeda.

 

South Huntington's Black History Presentation

The WWHS African American Heritage club presented Sage Thomas who performed an improvised number with her dance partner.
The WWHS African American Heritage club presented Sage Thomas who performed an improvised number with her dance partner.
Students take turns sharing the history of famous African American figures.
Students take turns sharing the history of famous African American figures.
The Step Team put on another memorable performance.
The Step Team put on another memorable performance.
The Latino Heritage Club put on a performance paying homage to African American influences in Latin dance.
The Latino Heritage Club put on a performance paying homage to African American influences in Latin dance.
Tatianna Lane beautifully sang “Rise Up” by Andra Day that left the crowd speechless.
Tatianna Lane beautifully sang “Rise Up” by Andra Day that left the crowd speechless.
Countrywood students sang a number from the musical Shenandoah, “Why Am I Me?”
Countrywood students sang a number from the musical Shenandoah, “Why Am I Me?”
The Silas Wood Band impressed the audience with their performance of “African Sketches” by James Curnow.
The Silas Wood Band impressed the audience with their performance of “African Sketches” by James Curnow.
The Walt Whitman and Stimson Jazz Bands paired up to perform two unforgettable tunes to close the evening.
The Walt Whitman and Stimson Jazz Bands paired up to perform two unforgettable tunes to close the evening.
The Maplewood Band, playing ‘Julie’s Blues’ and “A Shade of Blue” by Ed Sueta were a big hit.
The Maplewood Band, playing ‘Julie’s Blues’ and “A Shade of Blue” by Ed Sueta were a big hit.

South Huntington’s Black History Month presentation took center stage Tuesday, February 26th in the Walt Whitman High School Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the African American Heritage Club, advisor Pamela Johnson oversaw a flawless evening that highlighted this year’s theme; “Who Am I!”

Students, alumni and special guests paid tribute to important contributions in our history with a collection of art works, literature readings, spoken word, dance, and musical performances that kept the packed house wanting more.  After some introductions by Ms. Johnson, Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy introduced special guests in attendance and got the evening going with a wonderful dance performance by the WWHS Latino Heritage Club. 

Our students from Birchwood opened the floor with a unity poem just before Countrywood students came together to sing “Why Am I Me?” from the musical Shenandoah. The Oakwood Chorus, directed by Ms. Pinelli eased into the folk song “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” and the WWHS Choir presented “Rise Up” by Andra Day, performed beautifully by Tatianna Lane. Next up was an interpretive dance performed by the incredibly talented Whitman dancer, Sage Thomas. A group of Maplewood students, led by Ms. Melillo, performed two wonderful songs by Ed Sueta titled “A shade of Blue” and “Julie’s Blues,” before the Silas Wood Band took the stage, led by Mr. Cannella, to perform “African Sketches” by James Curnow. 

Commanding center stage was Whitman’s own Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson. These talented students put on an incredible show for the audience. Closing the evening was a performance by the Stimson and Whitman Jazz Bands, directed by Mr. Modelewski and Mr. Hoffman, who combined both talented groups to fill the room with a selection of reminiscent tunes, including “It’s Only a Paper Moon” by Harold Arlen and “C-Jam Blues” by Duke Ellington. 

Concluding the evening’s celebration was Ms. Johnson who thanked those responsible for making this year’s celebration the best ever. A special thank you to the talented and dependable members of the Walt Whitman African American Heritage Club who expertly interspersed the various musical and dance performances with historical readings that shared many facts about African American contributions to today’s society.

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E-CYCLE @ NYIT

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Creating a "smart" wind turbine to generate power made from recycled electronic parts takes creative, out-of-the-box thinking.
As the world deals with the onslaught of recycled materials- identifying the ones that can actually be reused is crucial. Today, the world produces about 600 billion pounds of plastic with about 20 billion pounds ending up in the ocean.
As the world deals with the onslaught of recycled materials- identifying the ones that can actually be reused is crucial. Today, the world produces about 600 billion pounds of plastic with about 20 billion pounds ending up in the ocean.
Vintage electronics gets a new lease on life as our creative thinkers explore ways to improve our modern world.
Vintage electronics gets a new lease on life as our creative thinkers explore ways to improve our modern world.

On Wednesday, March 6, ten Whitman students traveled to New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to participate in their E-CYCLE program. Dr. Michael Nizich, Professor of Computer Science, invited the Whitman students since there has been a collaboration between NYIT and South Huntington.

The program, funded by a Federal grant, was designed to help students understand the components of computers and related technologies. One of their tasks was to work in teams to deconstruct technologies and create something new from their parts.

During this trip, they were divided into two groups and given old electronic devices to take apart. They determined what parts were reusable and recycled the leftover plastic pieces. The reusable parts were then re-imagined into new environmentally friendly devices. One group created a "smart" wind turbine to generate power and the other group created a robot to find and pick up garbage on a beach. These students showed that thinking outside the box can give new life to "vintage" electronics to improve our modern world.

Health & Wellness Moves in with 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. When details and program highlights are finalized they will be available on the district website @ www.shufsd.org

Step Team Highlights Dedication

A new dance competition in Smithtown will help fund the scholarship, bringing kickline teams across Long Island together for an informal competition and celebration of Stephanie’s life.
A new dance competition in Smithtown will help fund the scholarship, bringing kickline teams across Long Island together for an informal competition and celebration of Stephanie’s life.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson(top left), put on a commanding performance.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson(top left), put on a commanding performance.

The Walt Whitman STEP team consists of hard-working and passionate young ladies with a true love for the art of Stepping. With many of the areas other elite team’s seeking out-of-state competitions, our Whitman team sometimes struggles to find local competitions at their elevated performance level. The energetic team makes their moves look easy but STEP Coach Pam Johnson says, “It’s harder than it looks. It takes a lot of dedication, discipline and time to create the visions that we do.”

To keep their skills fine-tuned, the team ‘Steps’ in smaller locally judged competitions that provide useful critiques that prepare them for additional competitions when they arise. One such recent competition was the Stephanie Belli Memorial Dance Team Festival at Smithtown HS West, where our Wildcat Steppers brought home a trophy. For middle school students interested in ‘Stepping’ when they get to Whitman, Coach Johnson would describe it as “more than just a team, STEP is a family environment where they can feel safe, belonging to something that maybe they thought they could never belong to. It feels like family.” 

 

South Huntington Board Meeting Recap 3-13-19

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GLO Sports Night Highlights

The small screen routine by Maroon Calisthenics gave the crowd a lot to cheer for with music and theme songs from our favorite TV shows.
The small screen routine by Maroon Calisthenics gave the crowd a lot to cheer for with music and theme songs from our favorite TV shows.
This was the first year that Badminton was included in the Girls Sports Night lineup and the Maroon team took the win with captain Anna Scortichini and Stephanie Young.
This was the first year that Badminton was included in the Girls Sports Night lineup and the Maroon team took the win with captain Anna Scortichini and Stephanie Young.
The Small Screen Team on the floor during their opening cheer routine.
The Small Screen Team on the floor during their opening cheer routine.
White Cheer brought out moves big enough for the big screen.
White Cheer brought out moves big enough for the big screen.
It’s all fun and games on the court for white volleyball.
It’s all fun and games on the court for white volleyball.
Both teams fought hard to take the other team down in a classic match of Tug-of-War, but the Maroon Team came out victorious 2 to 1.
Both teams fought hard to take the other team down in a classic match of Tug-of-War, but the Maroon Team came out victorious 2 to 1.
Maroon cheer shows their competitive side as they take the floor for their fight cheer.
Maroon cheer shows their competitive side as they take the floor for their fight cheer.
White cheer wowed the crowd with high-flying stunts.
White cheer wowed the crowd with high-flying stunts.
Dodge ball is always a GSN favorite.
Dodge ball is always a GSN favorite.
White Calisthenics put on a show worthy of the big screen.
White Calisthenics put on a show worthy of the big screen.
Musical chairs continues to be one of the most spirited competitions that brings out the best in our students.
Musical chairs continues to be one of the most spirited competitions that brings out the best in our students.
Our new incoming GLO President Danielle Shaneberger and Vice President Subhana Zafar being congratulated by current GLO President Jackie Thomann, Vice Presidents Jasmine Haug and Kaitlin McCann, and Advisor Elizabeth Mahoney.
Our new incoming GLO President Danielle Shaneberger and Vice President Subhana Zafar being congratulated by current GLO President Jackie Thomann, Vice Presidents Jasmine Haug and Kaitlin McCann, and Advisor Elizabeth Mahoney.

For the past 69 years, the Girls Leaders Organization has worked vigorously to put together Girls Sports Night (GSN). Originally, GSN gave young women the opportunity to participate in athletics that were only available to males. As the years progressed and girl’s teams were established, Whitman’s GLO still keeps the tradition alive.

The criteria for being a GLO member includes; high academic achievement, participation in varsity athletics, hours of community service, as well as dedication to the club and its activities and events. Some of their community services include; Breast Cancer Awareness, Autism Awareness Walk, Go Red for Women: Women’s Heart Health, Pumpkin Patch for Disabled Children, Thanksgiving food drive, Holiday gift cards for hospitalized children, and St. Baldrick’s - scheduled for Wednesday, March 13th.

GLO leadership, Jacqueline Thomann, Jasmine Haug, Kaitlin McCann, Marianna Kliampas, Emma Weigele, and Samantha Vincent sent out the following message as well as thanking many for their support:

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

A big thank-you to all of the custodial staff who made this night possible! Mr. Rogers and the Robotics Club for generously constructing our cheer boxes! All of the amazing proctors, our Secret Judges Panel, all of our hardworking, and dedicated captains, Mr. Murphy, Dr. Muller, Mrs. Grady, Mr. Varlamos, Dr. Richards, and Mr. Castillo for their continued support for Girls Sports Night as well as Girls Leaders! A special thanks to our Superintendent Dr. Bennardo and our Board of Directors! And a special thank-you to our appreciated boys helpers and Casey Gilmartin for singing our National Anthem. 

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

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Kids Heart Challenge Supports Healthy Hearts

The P.E. Department at Maplewood takes great pride in continuing this program to help raise awareness to all types of cardiovascular diseases.
The P.E. Department at Maplewood takes great pride in continuing this program to help raise awareness to all types of cardiovascular diseases.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, use more muscles than you think.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, use more muscles than you think.
This group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
This group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
This student uses the age-old exercise of jumping rope to keep the heart pumping.
This student uses the age-old exercise of jumping rope to keep the heart pumping.
P.E. teachers Mr. Slovak and Ms. Gross are proud of their Maplewood students for aiding in this heart healthy cause.
P.E. teachers Mr. Slovak and Ms. Gross are proud of their Maplewood students for aiding in this heart healthy cause.

Since February was American Heart Month, Maplewood Intermediate School took it upon themselves to continue to lead an extremely successful campaign raising money for the Kids Heart Challenge, formerly known as the Jump Rope for Heart Program through the American Heart Association. “Maplewood has been participating in this program for 19 years,” said Physical Education teacher Mary Gross. “Building on key learning from these years in America's schools, the Kids Heart Challenge is a bold new direction toward whole body wellness, helping students improve their own health and strengthen their character.   Maplewood is proud to be a part of this program to educate kids about heart-health issues while fundraising for the AHA.”

The main source of their fundraising comes from a special event held before school for two days where students come in and participate in many jump rope activities like jumping single ropes or long ropes as well as climbing the SHEF Rock Wall. The P.E. Department at Maplewood takes great pride in continuing this program to help raise awareness to all types of cardiovascular diseases. Not only do they continue to educate their students on this topic, but they have also been able to raise over $9,000 three years in a row for the American Heart Association and, as of now, they have raised about $7,000 so far this year and are still counting.
Way to go Maplewood community!

 

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Senior Follies...A Rollicking Good Time

Max Fisher goes over the top playing choir director Steve Altinel, who interrupts a typical SGI with orchestra teacher Frank Yolongo played by Grace Rolland.
Max Fisher goes over the top playing choir director Steve Altinel, who interrupts a typical SGI with orchestra teacher Frank Yolongo played by Grace Rolland.
Thomas Braglia does a spot on impersonation of Principal John Murphy as he sips his Diet Coke, listening to the woes of student Alyssa Christiansen with his secretary Mrs. Ealiendo played by Joie Tortorice behind him.
Thomas Braglia does a spot on impersonation of Principal John Murphy as he sips his Diet Coke, listening to the woes of student Alyssa Christiansen with his secretary Mrs. Ealiendo played by Joie Tortorice behind him.
Christian Viteri and Jake Cartisano have a sentimental moment as Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Pipolo.
Christian Viteri and Jake Cartisano have a sentimental moment as Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Pipolo.
Spartan Cheerleaders is a Senior Follies classic with great pep and spunk displayed by seniors Sofia Mauro, Julia Nerzig and Anna Garziano.
Spartan Cheerleaders is a Senior Follies classic with great pep and spunk displayed by seniors Sofia Mauro, Julia Nerzig and Anna Garziano.
Mr. Miranda takes the stage to retrieve his future wife from student impostor Parker Keller.
Mr. Miranda takes the stage to retrieve his future wife from student impostor Parker Keller.
Hailey Rankel plays an uncanny impression of Mrs. O’Neill who loves to send words of encouragement to her students.
Hailey Rankel plays an uncanny impression of Mrs. O’Neill who loves to send words of encouragement to her students.
Mean Girls was one of the new skits added to the evening’s itinerary, played by seniors Elena Davis, Kayleigh Mc Ardle, and Emma Weigele.
Mean Girls was one of the new skits added to the evening’s itinerary, played by seniors Elena Davis, Kayleigh Mc Ardle, and Emma Weigele.
Students play the teachers in the Shark Tank skit where ideas are presented and denied by our administration played by students Jacqueline Thomann, Thomas Braglia, Anthony Bosco and Sean Rankel as Mr. Varlamos.
Students play the teachers in the Shark Tank skit where ideas are presented and denied by our administration played by students Jacqueline Thomann, Thomas Braglia, Anthony Bosco and Sean Rankel as Mr. Varlamos.
The real teachers take the stage during Turner’s Dance Skit where Principal John Murphy, Dr. Muller and Mr. Rodriguez show their moves in front of the packed crowd.
The real teachers take the stage during Turner’s Dance Skit where Principal John Murphy, Dr. Muller and Mr. Rodriguez show their moves in front of the packed crowd.

On Friday evening, January 18th it was standing room only as a cast of over 50 Whitman seniors presented their annual "Follies" to the delight of everyone both on the stage and in the audience. "Follies" is a seriously fun time where the seniors perform skits and roast their favorite teachers, administrators and celebrate all that high school life can be. Skits included: Better Body Boot Camp, Life Lessons with Rod, Spartan Cheerleaders, Shark Tank, Latko vs. Guidance and more!

Thank you to Ms. Zamow and all the students responsible for all their hard work and efforts. The seniors’ creativity and energy went unmatched and they all deserve a big Congrats!

Who will forget the hysterical performance of Christian Viteri playing the role of Mr. Rodriguez who offers up countless life lessons and reminding students to Carpe Diem!   The crowd was given a big surprise when Mr. Miranda's real fiancé made an appearance in one of the skits about Mr. Miranda's wedding day.  Another popular skit was the ‘Lundy vs. Rogers’ rap battle that had the seniors chanting and singing along, and of course, the skit ‘Turner’s Dance Class’ brought student actors and teachers together for an unforgettable dance number that was amazing. Murphy's double met a mouse and Mr. Varlamos's double kept the crowd laughing with his "bad dad jokes.” There were countless cameos and academic references that left the seniors deserving much praise!

Special thanks to the Senior Class Officers who performed and coordinated all aspects of the show: Jacqueline Thomann, Alyssa Christiansen, Sean Rankel, Parker Keller, Andrew Harrigan, John Dugan, and Tiffany Dominguez.  Thomas Braglia played Mr. Murphy, Jackie Thomann played the mouse, Sean Rankel played Mr. Varlamos and Parker Keller played Mr. Miranda.

Special thanks to SDE who provided the sound system; Nina Rodrigues who coordinated the microphones, Alex Dollin handled the lighting; and the Lamplighter team was led by Sarah Nace. The Whitman custodians always have our back, the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, and of course Mr. Murphy and the Walt Whitman Administrative team for being such good sports and participating in the show.

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An Important Message from the Superintendent of Schools

 



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

Important Upcoming 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

Freshman Runner Leads The Way

Gianna Paul leaves the field in her wake as she crosses the finish line in the 300-meter dash.
Gianna Paul leaves the field in her wake as she crosses the finish line in the 300-meter dash.
Coach Rufus Shepard on his track star in the Long Islander News: “She has improved every race since she started winter track, she just gets faster and faster,” Shepard said. “I’ve been coaching for 20 years and she’s not only the most coachable athlete, but she also has an impeccable work ethic.”
Coach Rufus Shepard on his track star in the Long Islander News: “She has improved every race since she started winter track, she just gets faster and faster,” Shepard said. “I’ve been coaching for 20 years and she’s not only the most coachable athlete, but she also has an impeccable work ethic.”

Freshman, Gianna Paul continues to set the mark as she grabbed two 1st place medals this past weekend at the Long Island Elite Invitational.  Her first win came in the Long Jump with a personal best and a school record 18' 5" leap.  Her second event, the 300-meter dash, saw her not only improve on her school record by running a 40.12, but it also set a meet record.  On March 2nd, Gianna runs in the NYSPHSAA Championships at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island against the best in the State with hopes to be on the podium once it's over.  Good Luck Gianna!

PS:  That time of 40.12 puts her 10th in the NATION for that event.....not bad.

The Long Islander News just published a nice piece about Gianna and you can read it using the following link:

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"The Squiggle Book"

Mrs. Elizabeth Correll presents her new book to students at Birchwood and shares her journey of becoming a children’s book author.
Mrs. Elizabeth Correll presents her new book to students at Birchwood and shares her journey of becoming a children’s book author.

Birchwood would like to thank their very own Ms. Elizabeth Correll for kicking off their ‘Pick A Reading Partner’ (PARP) activities. Not only is Ms. Correll a wonderful fifth-grade teacher, but also she is now a new author. Her book entitled "The Squiggle Book" will be available in stores shortly. During her assembly, Ms. Correll took the children on her journey from writing as a child in school to becoming the author of a children's book. Her presentation was an inspirational message to never stop following your dreams!

Thank you also to our terrific art teacher, Ms. Jessica Flinn for supporting PARP, and Ms. Correll, by having the children create their own "Squiggle Art" during art class. We look forward to seeing the children's creativity come to life.

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District Website Accessibility Notice

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

 

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

 

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