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Xanadu… Embracing Individuality and the Genius of our Differences

The benefit was a huge success for Whitman’s online literary magazine ‘Xanadu.’ With standing room only, the evening highlighted incredible talent who felt right at home on the small stage amongst friends.
The benefit was a huge success for Whitman’s online literary magazine ‘Xanadu.’ With standing room only, the evening highlighted incredible talent who felt right at home on the small stage amongst friends.
Left to right: Brianna Hansen, Benjamin Joseph, and Julio Taku, along with band members off camera: David Caliendo and Miles Lewis played a few audience favorites.
Left to right: Brianna Hansen, Benjamin Joseph, and Julio Taku, along with band members off camera: David Caliendo and Miles Lewis played a few audience favorites.
The art of temporary Henna Tattoos, as given by Imman Sohail, is several centuries old at least. The people of ancient Egypt and India used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals, and for simple body adornment.
The art of temporary Henna Tattoos, as given by Imman Sohail, is several centuries old at least. The people of ancient Egypt and India used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals, and for simple body adornment.
Alexander Siegel has been on the performing stages at Whitman since his freshman year. No doubt this talented senior will be off to something new and exciting after graduation.
Alexander Siegel has been on the performing stages at Whitman since his freshman year. No doubt this talented senior will be off to something new and exciting after graduation.
Sophomores Mikalia Rattazzi, left and Jill Jobson impress the audience.
Sophomores Mikalia Rattazzi, left and Jill Jobson impress the audience.
Jacob Goldstein at the microphone, while Joshua Joseph keeps the beat in the background on Bass and Chris Feustel on lead guitar.
Jacob Goldstein at the microphone, while Joshua Joseph keeps the beat in the background on Bass and Chris Feustel on lead guitar.

Last Friday night's Xanadu Concert was a big success, and Whitman Principal John Murphy had nothing but praise for his staffers and students. “Congratulations to Mr. Pipolo and the student members of our Xanadu Literary Magazine for putting together a wonderful benefit concert,” said Principal Murphy.  The special evening of entertainment, organized by Whitman’s award-winning online literary magazine, provided a wonderful showcase for the community's numerous talents.

Xanadu Advisor and Whitman English teacher Mr. Joseph Pipolo shared his thoughts about the evening: "It is with such joy that I am part of xanadulitmag.com. This gallery is a testament to the beauty and power of creation,” said Pipolo.  “Everyone knows that peace is not the opposite of war...not the opposite of destruction. Creation is.  Xanadu is our gesture toward sustainability. It is a very human act of relevance. A movement of activism that says we are alive. It says we build and paint and sing and strum and write and capture in a photo. Xanadulitmag.com is a living expression of conviction. It is a testament that houses these truths. This night allows us to be."

Thank you to our musicians: Brianna Hansen, David Caliendo, Benjamin Joseph, Miles Lewis, Julio Taku; Pamela Carey, Ryan Meyer, Cal Eidinoff, Max Eidinoff, Max Peretson, Alex Gryzbowski, David Yorke; Chris Feustel, Jonathan Tekverk, Josh Joseph, Logan Slansky, Jacob Goldstein; Yadira Medina Moctezuma; Vito Monti Matthew Hoffman, Frank Yolango, John Murphy, and Jon Varlamos; Julia Rinaldi; Alex Siegel; Jill Jobson and Mikaila Rattazzi; Kate Jenkins and Matthew Brown; Ethan Heather, Kyle Matilla and Michael Bishop; and Erin Collins, William Collins, and Sara Crapanzano. To our Xanadu staff: Cosette Brazeau, Sarah Choudhary, Deanna Tabibzada, Alexa Betancourth, Mabel Bassi, Anna Edwards, Lauren Gotard, Katherine Gotard, Lily Soares, Zack Slansky. Sound Engineer Carl Constable; and our Lamplighters, to our very supportive community and admin, our volunteer henna tattoo artists, our compliment booth people, and last but not least, to anyone who purchased a shirt or a sticker or button ...or a ticket. 

More Than Halfway Finished

Students in Mrs. Finnegan and Mrs. Galano’s class dressed in black and white like Dalmatians from the movie 101 Dalmatians to celebrate the 101st day of school.
Students in Mrs. Finnegan and Mrs. Galano’s class dressed in black and white like Dalmatians from the movie 101 Dalmatians to celebrate the 101st day of school.

February is an exciting month for the first-graders at Oakwood. Many of the first-grade classes have been keeping a daily log of how many days they have been in school and they looked forward to finally reaching the 100th day.  Classes have been learning about groups of ten all year-long. They know that 100 items can be divided into 10 groups of 10.  They have also been skip-counting by 10’s, 5’s, and 2’s since September.  Mrs. Finnegan and Mrs. Galano’s class have decided to try a fun twist on this tradition. “Since Valentine’s Day and the 100th day of school fall on the same day this year, we will be celebrating the 101st day of school,” said our creative teachers.  “We will all dress in black and white like Dalmatians from the movie 101 Dalmatians! The children will also bring in a “doggie bag” full of 101 items. We look forward to a fun-filled day of learning!”

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Playoffs Begin Tonight

The player of the game was Leatrice Brown, who, after being honored as our only senior, came out on fire in the first period.
The player of the game was Leatrice Brown, who, after being honored as our only senior, came out on fire in the first period.
Junior Desiree Kleberg added 15 points.
Junior Desiree Kleberg added 15 points.
She was constantly surrounded, and yet Danielle Kleet still scored 11.
She was constantly surrounded, and yet Danielle Kleet still scored 11.
While Meghan Soulias scored a game high 19 points, it’s her presence under the basket that makes a difference for the Wildcats.
While Meghan Soulias scored a game high 19 points, it’s her presence under the basket that makes a difference for the Wildcats.

Congratulations to Girls Varsity Basketball for their 69 to 38 win over Bay Shore last Friday night.  Four girls scored in double figures in a balanced offensive attack.  Meghan Soulias scored a game-high 19 points, Desiree Kleberg added 15, and Danielle Kleet scored 11.  But the player of the game was Leatrice Brown.  Leatrice, the only senior on the team, was honored before the game and opened the scoring right away with 7 first quarter points.  Great job Leatrice!  The girls are now 9 and 3 in League play and have a 1st round playoff game tonight, February 16th.  The team will play Sachem East in Sachem High School at 5:45 PM.  

Directions to Sachem East High School at 177 Granny Dr. Farmingville, NY 11738

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Starting The New Year Off Right!

 Assistant Principals Colleen Grady and Scott Muller (back right) join our January Students of the Month.
Assistant Principals Colleen Grady and Scott Muller (back right) join our January Students of the Month.

We wish to congratulate our January Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. These talented individuals have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. “I want to personally thank each of you for everything you do for Whitman,” said Principal John Murphy at a presentation on Thursday morning. “We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to your success.”

January Students of the Month: Science: Shantae Ellis, Sierra Madrid, Eduardo Martinez Garcia, Saul Molina Vasquez. Math: Yenifer Gonzalez, Luis Flores Hernandez, Grace Noonan, Maraselyz Perez, Sarah Tobin, Luke Towers. English: Ellian Chavez Granados, Adriana Cruz Rivas, Ethan Perez, Patema Zadram. Physical Education: Keily Maldonado Espinal, John Poplawski, Tania Sood, Jose Umana Benitez, Riley Wagner. Business/Home & Careers: Olivia Giarratano, Joseph Magrane, Gabriella Mingin, Brian Morales. Music/Dance: Kiara Brown, Jason Devaraj, Chelsea L. Perry, Michael J. Pinelli. Art: Sarah Astegher, Liana Haug, Rene Reyes, Amanda Tobin. World Language: Mabel Bassi, Tiffany Dominguez, Christopher Scortichini, Marlon Vasquez. Social Studies: Eric Bell, Jr., Andrew Galati, Chloe Murphy, Alexandria Probst. Athletes of the Month: Danielle Kleet (Girls Basketball), and Cedric Gordon (Boys Basketball).

Onward and Upward

 Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos congratulates our three National Merit Scholarship Finalists l-r: Kentaro Matsushima, Joseph VanGostein, and Joshua Joseph.
Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos congratulates our three National Merit Scholarship Finalists l-r: Kentaro Matsushima, Joseph VanGostein, and Joshua Joseph.

Last May they qualified, in September they were national Semifinalists, in February we learned that they are now finalists, and in March, the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce their winners. Congratulations to finalists Kentaro Matsushima, Joseph VanGostein, and Joshua Joseph.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors.

PTA Reflections Poetry Winners

Left to right: Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Mr. Joseph Pipolo, Nathaniel McNally, Kentaro Matsushima, Genesis Hernandez, and Principal John Murphy.
Left to right: Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Mr. Joseph Pipolo, Nathaniel McNally, Kentaro Matsushima, Genesis Hernandez, and Principal John Murphy.

Walt Whitman English teacher Joseph Pipolo is happy to announce that we have three students who have won our local round of the PTA Reflections Poetry Competition and now move onto the Suffolk County competition. Congratulations to Nathaniel McNally with his entry: “The Forgotten,” Kentaro Matsushima "What Can I Reach?" and Genesis Hernandez "Pillars."

Future Computer Coders

After school enrichment program at Countrywood Primary Center introduce students to the world of Coding and Computer Programming.
After school enrichment program at Countrywood Primary Center introduce students to the world of Coding and Computer Programming.
Students have interactive hands-on opportunities to work with STEAM materials including these Lego WeDo kits.
Students have interactive hands-on opportunities to work with STEAM materials including these Lego WeDo kits.
As part of the district technology initiative, Countrywood offers an exciting after school enrichment program to introduce students to the world of Coding and Computer Programming.  Students have interactive hands-on opportunities to work with STEAM materials including Dash Robots to complete an obstacle course, Colby the Mouse, Lego WeDo kits and Snap Circuits (in which students can learn to build electrical circuits), just to name a few.   These coding and design challengers are building our future “Coders!”

Cheer Returns from Nationals

Wildcat Nation was well represented in Orlando Florida.
Wildcat Nation was well represented in Orlando Florida.
Coach Tracy Koch (center) thanks her seniors left to right: Kiara Brown, Erin MacLeod, Allison DiStasi, and Fiona Witt for a wonderful season as they get ready for the County Championships.
Coach Tracy Koch (center) thanks her seniors left to right: Kiara Brown, Erin MacLeod, Allison DiStasi, and Fiona Witt for a wonderful season as they get ready for the County Championships.
The practice facility is part of the larger complex where all of the teams around the nation stayed and got ready for the big stage.
The practice facility is part of the larger complex where all of the teams around the nation stayed and got ready for the big stage.

We hear from Varsity Cheer Coach Tracy Koch that our Lady Wildcats performed with distinction at the National High School Cheerleading Championship this past weekend held at ESPN World Wide Sports in Orlando, Florida. The girls ranked 6th out of 21 top teams in the preliminary round held Saturday morning, while hitting all their stunts which ultimately advanced them to the semifinal round. The varsity cheerleading team concluded round two on Saturday night, finishing as semi-finalists, 26th in the nation out of 66 top competitive high school D1 Small Varsity teams.

Their season isn’t over yet as the Varsity Cheer team qualified for the Suffolk County Cheerleading Championships to be held at West Islip High School on Saturday, February  24th. The team received three 3rd place plaques and two 2nd place plaques throughout the season leading them to compete one last time in the postseason championship. Good luck ladies!

Celebrating Lady Wildcats Everywhere

Special guests join our representative athletes, back row left to right: Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Whitman Principal John Murphy, and South Huntington Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.   Representing Girls Cross Country: Grace Weigele, Giavanna Manganello, Juliana Nguyen. Field Hockey: Kristy Campana, Meaghan Liegey. Tennis: Jasmine Haug, Katherine Gotard. Softball: Britany Khatchatourian, Hailey Khatchatourian, Riley Piromalli. Student Leadership Organization: Lilly Pelliccia, Taylor Martino, Chloe Blumberg. Fencing: Nicole Algierie, Emily Engoran, Anne Rodriguez. Lacrosse: Hannah Stasko, Shannon Polk. Volleyball: Maelyn Latko, Noelle Bryggman. Basketball: Leatrice Brown, Meghan Soulias, Marissa Martino. Track & Field: Lili Petzold. Gymnastics: Carly McEntee.
Special guests join our representative athletes, back row left to right: Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Whitman Principal John Murphy, and South Huntington Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo. Representing Girls Cross Country: Grace Weigele, Giavanna Manganello, Juliana Nguyen. Field Hockey: Kristy Campana, Meaghan Liegey. Tennis: Jasmine Haug, Katherine Gotard. Softball: Britany Khatchatourian, Hailey Khatchatourian, Riley Piromalli. Student Leadership Organization: Lilly Pelliccia, Taylor Martino, Chloe Blumberg. Fencing: Nicole Algierie, Emily Engoran, Anne Rodriguez. Lacrosse: Hannah Stasko, Shannon Polk. Volleyball: Maelyn Latko, Noelle Bryggman. Basketball: Leatrice Brown, Meghan Soulias, Marissa Martino. Track & Field: Lili Petzold. Gymnastics: Carly McEntee.

February 7, 2018 marked the 32nd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.

On Friday evening at the Lady Wildcats Basketball game, student representatives from all of Walt Whitman High School’s Women’s Sports teams paid tribute to the extraordinary achievements in girls and women’s sports and the positive influence athletic participation brings to their lives.

“It’s been 46 years since the Title IX ruling, so giving us the opportunity to recognize Girls and Women in Sports is a great thing,” said South Huntington’s Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright.  “We’ve been fortunate over the years to have some very productive and competitive girls teams at the county and the state level, and as a father of two daughters who had the opportunity to play sports, one of them in college, its only fitting that girls and women are recognized for their efforts.” 

NGWSD is a time to celebrate the extraordinary achievements in girls and women’s sports and recognizes the ongoing effort towards equality and access for women in sports and the nation’s commitment to expand sport and participation opportunities for all girls and future generations.

Way to Go Lady Wildcats!

Mentoring Works

Mentoring is about consistently showing up and building a friendship through shared activities and is a shared opportunity for learning and growth.
Mentoring is about consistently showing up and building a friendship through shared activities and is a shared opportunity for learning and growth.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jacci Harris, left, and Project Excel Program Coordinator Mr. David Perkins thank AMF Plainview Lanes for their hospitality.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jacci Harris, left, and Project Excel Program Coordinator Mr. David Perkins thank AMF Plainview Lanes for their hospitality.
By being a consistent adult presence in a young person’s life, mentors can offer advice, share life their experiences, and help a young person navigate challenges.
By being a consistent adult presence in a young person’s life, mentors can offer advice, share life their experiences, and help a young person navigate challenges.

January was National Mentoring Month and the South Huntington School District was awarded a generous grant from Mentor New York.

“Our Student Services team offers the utmost gratitude to the men and women of Mentor New York,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jacci Harris.  “This generous group of professionals honored our district by selecting the South Huntington Project Excel Program as the recipient of their prestigious Program Mini-Grant.  It is so nice to know that the good work of our Project Excel students and staff are recognized by such a noteworthy group of individuals.”

Project Excel Program Coordinator Mr. David Perkins tells us that in January, twenty-six students from Birchwood and Maplewood Project Excel went bowling with their mentors, and for some students who had never bowl before it was a priceless experience.

Thank you Mentor New York, your generosity has richly added to the quality of our students’ experiences.

South Huntington Prepares for St. Baldrick’s Day

Join our St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement. The event this year will take place on Wednesday, March 14th at 3PM in the South Cafeteria at Walt Whitman High School. We’re looking to beat last years record amount raised of $49,515.

Be a hero for kids with cancer!  The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.  Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

To participate as a shavee or volunteer, or to donate, the link to the South Huntington page is: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/WaltWhitmanHS2018

Any questions feel free to contact Ralph Miranda or Jaime Rogers at the high school.

rmiranda@shufsd.org

jrogers@shufsd.org

Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event. Join us and be a hero for kids with cancer!  

2018 Wildcat Summer Camps Now Open for Registration

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The South Huntington School District offers a variety of summer camps for students entering grades K-8. The 2018 Wildcat Summer Camps are open for registration. 

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

For 2018, all programs are held at Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd unless otherwise noted.

Our Camps include:

Wildcat Coding Camp- Calling all Coders in grades K-5! Come join us this summer at Coding/Design Camp where you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science by means of coding/programming. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, as well as interact with robots, Lego kits, video game design, and 3D printing.  Each student will receive a Coding T-Shirt. Space is limited to 25 students per grade band in each session!

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

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

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

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

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

Winter Spirit Dance Championships

Our talented students performed with distinction, adding a special touch of athletic and artistic class to our school community.
Our talented students performed with distinction, adding a special touch of athletic and artistic class to our school community.
The Hip Hop Division closed out the NDA Competition and was filled with high-energy performances.
The Hip Hop Division closed out the NDA Competition and was filled with high-energy performances.
The Stimson dance team gathers with their awards, which included two first-place trophies.
The Stimson dance team gathers with their awards, which included two first-place trophies.
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In the Large Varsity Hip Hop Division our team impressed the judges and took 1st place.
In the Large Varsity Hip Hop Division our team impressed the judges and took 1st place.
The team celebrates after the awards ceremony, but behind the scenes, everything requires a tremendous amount of work, and our team and their coaches are very thankful for the support of the Dance Team Parents.
The team celebrates after the awards ceremony, but behind the scenes, everything requires a tremendous amount of work, and our team and their coaches are very thankful for the support of the Dance Team Parents.
The morning began with the Medium Varsity Pom Division performances and the Whitman team warmed up with a fourth-place trophy.
The morning began with the Medium Varsity Pom Division performances and the Whitman team warmed up with a fourth-place trophy.
Our Step Team, under the direction of Ms. Pamela Johnson closed out the event with a wonderful performance.
Our Step Team, under the direction of Ms. Pamela Johnson closed out the event with a wonderful performance.

Walt Whitman High School hosted The Whitman Winter East Coast Regional Dance Team Championships in mid-January. This was South Huntington’s Third Winter Spirit Championship Competition. Dance teams came from all over the Tri-State area, showcasing the talents of so many students and dance programs.

Our congratulations go out to the Walt Whitman Varsity Dance Team and their coach Kiva Boozer, who was awarded 1st place in Hip Hop, 2nd Place Kick, 4th place Pom, and 6th place Jazz. We are equally proud of Stimson Middle School’s Dance Team and their coach Nicole Willis, who placed 1st in Pom, and 1st in Team Performance! Bravo to our students and their coaches!

Our talented students and coaches performed with distinction, adding a special touch of athletic and artistic class to our school community. We also join in thanking the numerous Dance Team parents who labored tirelessly throughout the weekend to bring the prestigious competition to our schools. Of course, our South Huntington family offers special praise and gratitude to Jeff Hindla of Huntington Honda and Rupi and Tony Parmar of Mathnasium for their contributions of monies to fund the show. We are so very fortunate to have partners like Huntington Honda and Mathnasium who genuinely care about the quality of our schools.

It is a little-known fact that the Stimson Dance Team, which performed so beautifully at the NDA Championships, was made possible in large part through a donation by local Chiropractor Dr. Jodi Knott. We thank Dr. Knott, and praise her for making South Huntington Dance her own personal cause.

The 2017-18 Walt Whitman Varsity Dance Team: Isabella Bermudez, Erika Bonilla, Jordan Campanelli*, McKayla Charles, Kayla Coll, Mia Coll, Ashley DiBartolomeo, Abby Grant, Erin Haddock*, Marianna Kliampas*, Caitlin McKenna, Chloe Morris, Emily Murphy, Chloe Murphy, Daniella Padinha, Cameron Repetti, Alexia Rivera, Sage Thomas, Emma Tuohy, Coach: Kiva Boozer- *Captain

The Stimson Middle School Dance Team: Victoria Isernia*, Keira Conlon*, Addie Balogun, Emelia Bitonti, Paige Kessler, Isabel Rich, Emily Gorecki, Kaitlyn Clark, Yanely Jerez, Emely Molina, Julia Dong, Emma Rosales, Julia Seifried, Evelyn Wang, Destiny Soto, Kemani Virgil, Coach: Nicole Willis. *Captain

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Talent Abounds at Arts Festival

Walt Whitman has one of the top high school dance programs on Long Island.
Walt Whitman has one of the top high school dance programs on Long Island.
The South Gymnasium featured the sounds of the Chamber Orchestra, and of course the amazing talent of our art students.
The South Gymnasium featured the sounds of the Chamber Orchestra, and of course the amazing talent of our art students.
The Stimson Jazz Band, directed by Greg Modelewski continues to grow and amaze audiences.
The Stimson Jazz Band, directed by Greg Modelewski continues to grow and amaze audiences.
Walt Whitman’s Tour Choir always impresses, highlighting the talent that is cultivated at an early age in all of our schools.
Walt Whitman’s Tour Choir always impresses, highlighting the talent that is cultivated at an early age in all of our schools.
Our Latino Dance team is always a hit with classics that had the audience wanting more.
Our Latino Dance team is always a hit with classics that had the audience wanting more.
The amazing Showstoppers feature beautiful voices of so many talented students at Stimson Middle School.
The amazing Showstoppers feature beautiful voices of so many talented students at Stimson Middle School.
Matt Hoffman, directing the Whitman Jazz Ensemble, doesn’t miss a beat.
Matt Hoffman, directing the Whitman Jazz Ensemble, doesn’t miss a beat.
The Stimson Dance Team was made possible in large part through a donation by local Chiropractor Dr. Jodi Knott.
The Stimson Dance Team was made possible in large part through a donation by local Chiropractor Dr. Jodi Knott.

The menu of talent at Thursday night’s Festival of the Arts really put the District’s Arts program on center stage. Parents and community members, with children leading the way, enjoyed a gallery-like setting while the talented of the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Frank Yolango, serenaded the art viewers in Whitman’s South Gymnasium.

The Center Stage portion of the evening began in the Whitman Performing Arts Center where the performing arts began with the incredible Whitman Dance Program, followed by the Stimson Jazz and Dance programs. Whitman’s Jazz Band was up next, with the Collective, Tour Choir, Latino Dance, Stimson’s Show Stoppers, and Musical Theater to create an inspiring evening. A special thank you to our stage crew for running a seamless performance schedule. We also thank the Lamplighters who assisted during the course of the performances.  (David Rickmers – Advisor). The arts are alive and flourishing here in South Huntington!

District Arts Facilitator Ms. Jackie Tartaro sends congratulations to all who participated in the Festival of the Arts especially to all of our Teachers and Advisors who, along with their students, presented their very best. Thank you: Susan Radin, Greg Modelewski, Nicole Willis, Matt Hoffman, Vito Monti, Steven Altinel, Daniel Rodrigues, Tatiana Jordan, Dana Cavanagh, and Whitman senior Marco Chiriboga representing the Intl. Thespian Society. Congratulations to our Art Teachers who showcased their students’ artwork; Gina Tinucci, David Rickmers, Nicole Guido, Erica Cryer, Linda Salta, Jenna Kolm, and Linda Salta.

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

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On to the States!

Whitman Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, along with Principal Murphy congratulates Farrell Blum, left and Logan Slansky.
Whitman Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, along with Principal Murphy congratulates Farrell Blum, left and Logan Slansky.

Walt Whitman High School is proud to announce that two of their students were selected to advance to the State level of the PTA Reflections Contest. Congratulations to Logan Slansky who was selected to represent the high school for the category of Music Composition, and Farrell Blum for his work in the category of Photography.

Spelling Bee Nets Two Winners

Ms. Hohner and Ms. Brown with their respective winners Natalia Lutz and Thomas DeVita are congratulated by Stimson Principal Edwin Smith.
Ms. Hohner and Ms. Brown with their respective winners Natalia Lutz and Thomas DeVita are congratulated by Stimson Principal Edwin Smith.

Congratulations to seventh-grader Natalia Lutz on placing first at the South Huntington Middle School Spelling Bee Contest.  Silas Wood teacher Stephanie Brown, who administers the National Spelling Bee to our sixth-graders, is happy to announce that Thomas DeVita placed 2nd. Thank you to Ms. Hohner and Ms. Brown for organizing this event.

County Wrestling Championships On Deck

Tom DeGatano, wrestling in the 126lb weight class, starts his County quest against a Hills West wrestler. Tom is an All-League wrestler four consecutive years and his knowledge and experience is a plus.
Tom DeGatano, wrestling in the 126lb weight class, starts his County quest against a Hills West wrestler. Tom is an All-League wrestler four consecutive years and his knowledge and experience is a plus.
David Costa, at 152lbs, can catch anybody at anytime as long as he believes he can do it. His first round match against Kiernan Derway of Kings Park will tell us a lot.
David Costa, at 152lbs, can catch anybody at anytime as long as he believes he can do it. His first round match against Kiernan Derway of Kings Park will tell us a lot.
Sophomore Herson Cisneros will have a first round bye in the 113lb class. While it’s his first trip to the County Tournament, the weekend is an opportunity to gain championship caliber experience.
Sophomore Herson Cisneros will have a first round bye in the 113lb class. While it’s his first trip to the County Tournament, the weekend is an opportunity to gain championship caliber experience.
The Walt Whitman Senior Wrestlers with family and coaches left to right kneeling: David Costa, Larry Jennings, Thomas DeGaetano, Luis Catalan Hernandez, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Logan Matty, Fazli Halimi, Jorge Quintanilla Rivas, Jared Zenie, and Luis Baires.
The Walt Whitman Senior Wrestlers with family and coaches left to right kneeling: David Costa, Larry Jennings, Thomas DeGaetano, Luis Catalan Hernandez, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Logan Matty, Fazli Halimi, Jorge Quintanilla Rivas, Jared Zenie, and Luis Baires.

Whitman’s Varsity Wrestling competed in the League 2 Tournament last weekend at Bayshore HS. Seven Wildcat wrestlers earned All-League honors and will compete this weekend in the Section II County Championships to be held at Suffolk Community College Brentwood Campus, conveniently located just South of the LIE on Wicks Road.

Congratulations to Herson Cisneros, Tom DeGaetano, Elvis Vasquez, Peter Marion, Joe Feola, David Costa and Mondell Brandon.

Varsity Coach Vincent Altebrando gave us some insight into our Magnificent Seven.

Herson Cisneros- He’s got a strong will to win, a real go-getter, he’s determined and very tough.

Tom DeGaetano- He’s so committed to wrestling, a real hard worker in a tough weight class, Tom is our most knowledgeable and savvy wrestler.

Elvis Vasquez- Improved greatly over the past year, he’s slick with great mat savvy, he beat some top quality kids to get to his first All-League title.

Peter Marion- Extremely talented and explosive, Peter has a great desire and as he progresses there’s no telling what he can do.

Joe Feola- Tradition and family history come with an uncanny style and he also possesses excellent mat sense. He always knows where he is, a great battler and just goes and goes.

David Costa- shows that with tremendous desire and work ethic, you can do well. He’s a strong, tough, hard-working senior who could surprise some better wrestlers at the counties.

Mondell Brandon- Mondell won the Peers Tournament and is one of the top competitors in the 285-weight class. He was out for a good part of the season, but has battled back from an injury could surprise some wrestlers.

“This is the toughest wrestling tournament anywhere in order to qualify for the NY State tournament,” said Altebrando. “All seven have the potential to do well, but every match is going to be really tough so they have to be mentally ready to go.”

"We knew going into the season that we're in one of the toughest leagues in Suffolk County'" said Altebrando. "At one point every one of the teams in our league was ranked in the top 20 in the county, but the kids never gave up, they worked hard, they improved every day, and we have seven guys qualify for the County Tournament which is above average for the county."

Good Luck Wildcats at the Suffolk County Championships!

Photo Gallery - Senior Meet

Spring Sports Registration

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We are very excited to announce that the South Huntington Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms, and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

Watch this short Video...Final Forms Makes It So Easy:

https://vimeo.com/145789284?ref=fb-share

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms. 

Please register at: https://southhuntington-ny.finalforms.com and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at South Huntington.

Dr. Jim Wright - Athletic Director

South Huntington Athletic Department

Please use the link provided to register your child for LATE WINTER and SPRING SPORTS @ Stimson and for SPRING SPORTS @ Whitman

 

 

 

Red Planet Explored at the Cradle of Aviation

Stimson Research students Salma Laraki and Kerri Delany (right) enjoy their time speaking with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins.
Stimson Research students Salma Laraki and Kerri Delany (right) enjoy their time speaking with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins.

On the same day SpaceX mesmerized the nation with a successful launch of a rocket to Mars, seventy-four Stimson and Silas Wood students were inspired by NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins' presentation on his adventures as a NASA engineer working on the Mars Rovers.  Mr. Boykins, a brilliant and engaging speaker, invited the students to share his passion for exploration, engineering, and teamwork.  Participating students were selected from the Silas Wood STEAM and Project Excel Programs, as well as the Stimson STEP Research program.  

Stimson Research students Salma Laraki and Kerri Delany had one fun and one serious question for Mr. Boykins, who listened intently.  Fun question:  Does Curiosity really sing herself to sleep at night?  Answer: Yes!  Serious question:  How is NASA planning to address the problem of excessive solar radiation for astronauts who will travel to Mars in the future?  Answer - too long to detail here, but it had to do with the thickness of materials that can be used as the astronauts travel.

It was a wonderful and inspiring experience for all!

Exploring a Cultural Treasure

Being exposed to amazing artwork and taking advantage of all the cultural advantages that NYC has to offer is a great way to enhance our students education.
Being exposed to amazing artwork and taking advantage of all the cultural advantages that NYC has to offer is a great way to enhance our students education.
Walt Whitman’s World Language and Art Honor Societies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Walt Whitman’s World Language and Art Honor Societies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walt Whitman’s World Language teacher Aileen D'Addario is happy to share that the World Language and Art Honor Societies went on a joint field trip to see the beautiful artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in early January.  Two MET tour guides gave the students an amazing tour as they took full advantage of all the cultural advantages that NYC has to offer as a way to enhance their education.

The two groups were exposed to artwork that was geared to the curriculum related to their studies at school.  As usual, it was the first time for the majority of the students to visit this cultural treasure we have so close to their homes.  At the conclusion of the visit, the students were given a Teen Pass that allows them to come back and visit as many times as they would like for the entire year as well as another pass that is a free admission to bring a friend.    

 

Saving Lives

Ms. Karen Cummings, a representative from LiveOnNY quizzed our students on how much information they recalled about the presentation and rewarded winners with t-shirts.
Ms. Karen Cummings, a representative from LiveOnNY quizzed our students on how much information they recalled about the presentation and rewarded winners with t-shirts.
Christian Siems talks with our students about the young Marine, Nicholas Brown, whose heart went on to save Christian’s life.
Christian Siems talks with our students about the young Marine, Nicholas Brown, whose heart went on to save Christian’s life.

There are many questions when it comes to organ donation, so shedding a little light on this critical program helped dispel some of the myths. For instance, did you know that New York ranks 50th in the percentage of residents registered as organ donors? And Nationally, most patients wait for one to two years for an organ transplant, but in New York, most patients wait three to five years.

LiveOnNY, a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization was at Walt Whitman High School this winter to raise awareness and educate our health students about organ donation. As part of the presentation, the students met 23-year old organ recipient Christian Siems from Greenlawn.  Christian had just celebrated the second anniversary of his heart transplant.

“We want students to have an increased awareness about the importance of life-saving transplants, and hopefully they will take action to register to become an organ donor,” said Ms. Karen Cummings, a representative from LiveOnNY who was leading the presentation to our health students. “Aq the new law that went into effect in 2017, so now in New York, you need to be sixteen or older to register as an organ donor.” We thank the Walt Whitman PTA for sponsoring this event this year.

Fencing Season Closes

Senior Mark Dammer finishes his high school fencing career as 	Junior Epee fencer Maxwell Fisher looks to return to lead his Wildcats.
Senior Mark Dammer finishes his high school fencing career as Junior Epee fencer Maxwell Fisher looks to return to lead his Wildcats.

Congratulations Fencing: This past weekend the Varsity fencing team ended its season at the County Championship at Brentwood. The girls finished 7th and the boys finished 6th. Big shout out to Max Fisher who finished 6th in Epee and Mark Dammer who took 3rd in Sabre.

We Have a County Champion

The dynamic duo of Sean and Aiden Smyth, left to right, pack a mean one-two punch with Aiden capturing the Suffolk County Title in the 1mile (1600m) event.
The dynamic duo of Sean and Aiden Smyth, left to right, pack a mean one-two punch with Aiden capturing the Suffolk County Title in the 1mile (1600m) event.
Ahead of the pack, Whitman junior Raj Shah turned in a respectable 4:50 in the 1600m, enough to land him a top 20 spot in the county.
Ahead of the pack, Whitman junior Raj Shah turned in a respectable 4:50 in the 1600m, enough to land him a top 20 spot in the county.
Whitman senior Emmanuel Auguste finished the evening with a leap of 5 feet 10 inches, earning him 3rd place in the county.
Whitman senior Emmanuel Auguste finished the evening with a leap of 5 feet 10 inches, earning him 3rd place in the county.
Calling out ‘split times’ as his runners pass Coach Rob Conroy is a fixture at Long Island and State Track and Field meets.
Calling out ‘split times’ as his runners pass Coach Rob Conroy is a fixture at Long Island and State Track and Field meets.

Congratulations Track: Yesterday the Boys Track Team competed in the Large School County Championship. Taking 1st place in the 1600 meters was Aiden Smyth with a time of 4 minutes 24 seconds. Taking 3rd place in the High Jump was Emmanuel Auguste with a leap of 5 feet 10 inches. Throwing a personal best in the Shot Put was Justin Salas with a toss of 42 feet 11 inches. Congratulations and good luck in the NY State Qualifier on Monday, February 12th.

Creating a Future City

Pictured left to right: Ms. Scafa, Brendan Joyce, Haley Sahadeo, Adam Fisch, Stephen Farrell, and Ms. Rice.
Pictured left to right: Ms. Scafa, Brendan Joyce, Haley Sahadeo, Adam Fisch, Stephen Farrell, and Ms. Rice.
The Stimson team built a physical model of a section of their city using recycled materials. In addition to showcasing their city of the future, the City Model also showed the team's solution to this year’s challenge. The model must have at least one moving part, be built to scale, and may not exceed the $100 expense budget (including any materials used in the presentation, too!).
The Stimson team built a physical model of a section of their city using recycled materials. In addition to showcasing their city of the future, the City Model also showed the team's solution to this year’s challenge. The model must have at least one moving part, be built to scale, and may not exceed the $100 expense budget (including any materials used in the presentation, too!).

On Saturday, January 20th, the Stimson STEAM Team headed to Manhattan to compete in the 2018 Future City Competition and placed second. Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.

The Future City Competition engages more than 40,000 middle school students each year throughout the United States and abroad. Students repeatedly report that the program increases their motivation and excitement about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). In addition, students and teachers report a marked improvement in students’ 21st Century skills.

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue.

The 2017-2018 theme is The Age-Friendly City. Teams will identify an age-related challenge that exists in today's urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow their future city's senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be.

A special thank you to the mentors from the Arizona Corporation for all their support. The Stimson family would like to thank Ms. Rice and Ms. Scafa, the team’s advisors, for all their hard work.

 

Going The Distance

Coach Rufus Shepard with Grace Weigele
Coach Rufus Shepard with Grace Weigele

Coach Rufus Shepard shares some good news from Sunday’s Suffolk County Section XI Winter Track Championships. Congratulations to Grace Weigele who ran a personal best of 11:41 in the 3000m race. Grace finished 18th overall and 5th among freshmen in the County.

Math Competition Energizes Stimson

Mr. Seth Goldman, right, with his high-scoring math students.
Mr. Seth Goldman, right, with his high-scoring math students.

Seth Goldman's period-two math class at Stimson Middle School recently posted the highest school average score for the American Math Competition (AMC-8).  This friendly school-wide competition earned the class a bagel breakfast courtesy of Principal Smith.

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

 

Geography Bee Highlighted

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Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto congratulates his Geography Bee participants.  Congratulations left to right:  Eliezer Sorto, Griffin MacPherson, John Bakke, and John Adams for taking part in our annual SW/SMS Geography Bee. Thank you to Dr. Bullock for coordinating and facilitating this amazing event.

Flu Info You Need!

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In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. The peak of flu season has occurred anywhere from late November through March. Please use the links below for additional information about keeping you and your kids safe.

NY State-The Flu: A Guide for Parents – English

NY State- La influenza: Una guía para los padres – Spanish

 

CDC The Flu: A Guide For Parents – English

CDC La influenza: Una guía para los padres – Spanish

 

Celebrating The Best of the Best

High school students Asma Halimi, Charles Nostrand and Justin Robinson surround their teacher as, clockwise from top left: Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Whitman Principal John Murphy, BOE President Mr. Nick Ciappetta, BOE trustee Ms. Laura Carey, Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, congratulate their Teacher of the Year, Ms. Annmarie Bunce.
High school students Asma Halimi, Charles Nostrand and Justin Robinson surround their teacher as, clockwise from top left: Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Whitman Principal John Murphy, BOE President Mr. Nick Ciappetta, BOE trustee Ms. Laura Carey, Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, congratulate their Teacher of the Year, Ms. Annmarie Bunce.
A fourth-grade teacher at Birchwood since 1996, Jennifer Yonkers, shown being congratulated by Principal Anthony Ciccarelli, Board members, administrators and honored guests, understands that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning and loves to use technology to help engage her students.
A fourth-grade teacher at Birchwood since 1996, Jennifer Yonkers, shown being congratulated by Principal Anthony Ciccarelli, Board members, administrators and honored guests, understands that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning and loves to use technology to help engage her students.
Third-grade Maplewood teacher Ms. Kristin Trapani got a surprise visit by some of her students as she was being congratulated by Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Board members, administrators and honored guests.
Third-grade Maplewood teacher Ms. Kristin Trapani got a surprise visit by some of her students as she was being congratulated by Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Board members, administrators and honored guests.
As a teacher in the World Language department at Stimson Middle School, Marissa McCord’s great leadership skills and content knowledge benefits all whom she works with. Principal Edwin Smith, along with board members, administrators and honored guests congratulate their award-winning middle-school teacher.
As a teacher in the World Language department at Stimson Middle School, Marissa McCord’s great leadership skills and content knowledge benefits all whom she works with. Principal Edwin Smith, along with board members, administrators and honored guests congratulate their award-winning middle-school teacher.
Ms. Patricia Trebour has been serving the children of Countrywood Primary Center for 20 years. After teaching all three grades, Patricia has distinguished herself as an extraordinary Math lab teacher. Principal Barbara Kenney, along with Board members, administrators and honored guests congratulate their Countrywood Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Patricia Trebour has been serving the children of Countrywood Primary Center for 20 years. After teaching all three grades, Patricia has distinguished herself as an extraordinary Math lab teacher. Principal Barbara Kenney, along with Board members, administrators and honored guests congratulate their Countrywood Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Jeannette DeNuzzo is an Oakwood Dual-Language teacher who is involved in many activities that demonstrate her love for learning, her cooperative nature and her compassion for children and their parents. Board members, administrators, honored guests and Principal Eileen Kerrigan congratulate their Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Jeannette DeNuzzo is an Oakwood Dual-Language teacher who is involved in many activities that demonstrate her love for learning, her cooperative nature and her compassion for children and their parents. Board members, administrators, honored guests and Principal Eileen Kerrigan congratulate their Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Margaret Silvera, our Silas Wood teacher of the year has been teaching in South Huntington for 13 years. Her enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching music, make her students shine each day she walks into her classroom. Principal Steve Toto joins Board members, administrators and honored guests in congratulating their talented teacher.
Ms. Margaret Silvera, our Silas Wood teacher of the year has been teaching in South Huntington for 13 years. Her enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching music, make her students shine each day she walks into her classroom. Principal Steve Toto joins Board members, administrators and honored guests in congratulating their talented teacher.

The South Huntington Teacher of the Year Awards were held on Wednesday, January 31st at Walt Whitman’s Performing Arts Center. Family, friends and the community joined in acknowledging this year’s outstanding teachers.

Emceed by South Huntington’s Personnel Administrator Mr. Frank Fallon, this was a much-anticipated evening as the South Huntington Board of Education and the district’s administrators gave well-deserved recognition and praise to their top teachers. Joining the Board of Education and administration in honoring our Teachers of the Year was our new Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci.

Congratulations to:

Annmarie Bunce - Walt Whitman High School’s and South Huntington’s District-wide Teacher of the Year-  “Her empathy shows no bounds, showing a warm smile and unconditional love to foster confidence in her students to succeed. Ms. Bunce has the innate ability to make students feel as if they are the most important people in the room. She is the driving force within our building and a primary reason for our school’s success.   One of the most resounding things I heard was quite simple but powerful, “Ms. Bunce was the best teacher I ever had.” While that message seems so simple, it is one of the greatest things that can be said about a teacher’s impact.” – Principal John Murphy

Jennifer Yonkers - Birchwood Intermediate School- “Jen understands that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning. Jen plans and implements lessons that are exciting and engaging. She strives to ensure that her students are taken care of emotionally, socially, academically and medically. Jen creates an atmosphere that fills her classroom with comfort and warmth. Jen models collaboration, she shares her time, her resources, her smile and her knowledge with her colleagues. Jen will research topics for her colleagues and share whatever she finds with any of them. She is Birchwood's version of Google.” – Principal Anthony Ciccarelli.

Kristin Trapani- Maplewood Intermediate School- “I don’t think any educator would disagree that one of the main keys to success in the classroom rests with the ability to plan thoroughly for instruction.  Kristin excels in this area and she successfully leaves no stone unturned in her efforts to provide quality instruction and equitable balance in lesson composition. One parent is quoted as having written, ‘Mrs. Trapani is an outstanding teacher who has helped my children thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.’  No finer tribute could possibly be paid to a dedicated teacher.” – Principal Vito D’Elia.

Marissa McCord- Stimson Middle School- “Ms. McCord is a Whitman graduate, who was taught by our district’s Teacher of the Year, Ms. Bunce.  Dig even deeper and you will find out that her twin children are here tonight, to of course support mom, but also to support THEIR teacher, Ms. DeNuzzo, Oakwood’s Teacher of the Year.  Perhaps this serves as the greatest compliment South Huntington can get.  A teacher that chooses a career in the district they graduated from and THEN selects that same community to raise their family.” -Principal Edwin Smith.

Patricia Trebour - Countrywood Primary School- “Patricia integrates creative, innovative technologies into her math lessons to enhance learning opportunities for her students.  She is deliberate in providing tasks that give her students an opportunity to understand math concepts in a purposeful, meaningful way.  Her calm, consistent teaching style and her ability to maintain her standards contribute to not only her students’ math skills, but also encourage risk-taking and building their self-esteem. Trish Trebour is a role model for all children, setting the standard for exemplary service and selfless dedication to the community. " – Principal Barbara Kenney.

Jeannette DeNuzzo - Oakwood Primary School- “Her classroom has served as an arena for Common Core instruction to teachers from several school districts, parents, and New York State Education. She is eager to try new strategies and learn from them. Her classroom is a welcoming place with a positive environment that is conducive to personal growth and academic success. She sets high goals for all her students with parents saying she is kind, understanding and caring, someone with a smile on her face at all times!” – Principal Eileen Kerrigan.

Margaret Silvera - Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center- “Ms. Silvera is an accomplished violinist and has shared her love of music and inspired her students to work hard in order to be the best musician and person they can be.  She has the capacity to reach musicians at all levels and with varied strengths and learning styles.  Her enthusiasm, love, and passion for music, teaching, and her students shine through each day that she walks into her classroom.  She is a team player who collaborates with her department to help make Silas Wood a musical learning environment. In short, Ms. Silvera is a vital part of the Silas Wood team." – Principal Steve Toto.

Presidential Material

Left to right: Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Principal John Murphy, Joshua Joseph, Guidance Counselor Patty Urgiles, and PreK-12 Supervisor of Guidance/CIO Jon Macaluso.
Left to right: Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Principal John Murphy, Joshua Joseph, Guidance Counselor Patty Urgiles, and PreK-12 Supervisor of Guidance/CIO Jon Macaluso.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman senior Joshua Joseph, who is one of the National candidates for the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program.

Candidates are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities, and while that sounds like many of our students, Josh is certainly one who heads the list.

Josh is one of the 4,500 candidates nationally who was identified for the academic achievement portion, based on scoring exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT. While high-test scores begin to open doors, including his advancement to the semifinalist round of the National Merit Scholarship contest, it’s Josh’s resume that landed him as a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program.

Josh plays the Double Bass for the Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra; he is one of the founding members of the ‘Collective,’ where he is currently co-president. He is a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Art Honor Society, and a section editor of ‘Paw Print,’ his school's online Newspaper.

Josh doesn’t slow down once off campus. Working part-time at Target is just one of his many endeavors. He volunteers regularly and is the Temple Beth El Youth Group Vice President where he helps in the organization of youth group events and coordinates with the temple board. He is also a teacher’s assistant at his Temple. Josh is a member of the SH Library Teen Advisory Board and volunteered for both the Regional National History Day and Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns.

As a senior, Josh is giving plenty of thought to what’s next, and this soft-spoken leader would like to pursue his love for Journalistic/Media Arts. This past summer he took his love for journalism a bit further and participated in the NY Times Precollege Journalism program at Fordham University.

It’s not easy to sum up such a multi-talented and active young man, but Josh’s guidance counselor, Ms. Patty Urgiles, did it justice with the following:  “What makes Josh such a special young man is he is so humble and modest. While he is one of our most academically-gifted students, he never flaunts it, and to me, that’s most impressive.” 

December Athletes of the Month

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates his winter sports stars and our December Athletes of the Month, Aiden Smyth and Meghan Soulias.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates his winter sports stars and our December Athletes of the Month, Aiden Smyth and Meghan Soulias.

Meghan Soulias is our Female Athlete of the Month for December.  As of press time, the team was 5-1 and needed one more win to make the playoffs.  “But we're hoping to win much more than that,” said the Junior Guard/Forward who is undoubtedly having her best year on the court. Since our initial interview with Meghan, the Lady Wildcats have played undefeated ball and are currently 8-1. Meghan’s top play comes at a cost and she garners a lot of attention from opposing players creating a real battle under the ‘boards.’ Meghan and her teammates will be going up against their toughest opponent on Friday evening (2/2/18 @ 6:15), in what will sure to be an exciting game against the number one ranked Northport Tigers in Whitman’s South Gym.

Meghan is also a midfielder on the Wildcats lacrosse team and when she’s not on a court or field, she’s busy with the National Honor Society and the National Business Honor Society.

Congratulations Megan Soulias and good luck lady Wildcats down the stretch!

Our Male Athlete of the Month for December is Track phenom, Aiden Smyth. Fresh off his Newsday Spotlight last weekend, and his first-place performance in the 1-mile event (1600m) at the Armory, Aiden is ready for Monday’s Section XI Championships. “Winter had always been more of a spring tune-up for me, but I started stronger than I expected,” said Ayden. “The Armory Meet has put me in a good position and I’ve been working hard towards the County and State Qualifier meets. Aiden ran Cross Country last fall where he was All-League, All-Division, All-County, All-County Academic, and New York State Qualifier. He will be running in the 1600 meter (1mile) and 3200 meter (2mile) events this spring.

Aiden is a member of the National Honor Society, National Language Honor Society, and the National English Honor Society, and does a lot of off-campus volunteer work. Our future bio-medical engineer has been narrowing down his college search, acknowledging that his two top schools were on opposite ends of New York State.

Congratulations Aiden Smyth and good luck!

Varsity Basketball Delivers Hard Fought Win

Mike Alosi, right, and Griffin McNally, left, apply solid pressure that created several big turnovers.
Mike Alosi, right, and Griffin McNally, left, apply solid pressure that created several big turnovers.
Jordan Lyons drives for a basket that gave him a total of 9 points on the evening.
Jordan Lyons drives for a basket that gave him a total of 9 points on the evening.
Cedric Gordon (35) adds to his game total that would hit 27 points. He also has a team-leading 12 rebounds.
Cedric Gordon (35) adds to his game total that would hit 27 points. He also has a team-leading 12 rebounds.

Whitman’s Boy’s Varsity Basketball team sits in the middle of League II with three games left to play in the regular season. Also sitting next to the Wildcats is Riverhead; so last Friday night’s game in the South Gymnasium turned into a very important win for the Wildcats.  The Riverhead/Whitman matchup was a game of two halves.  In the first half, Riverhead shot the ball very well and made eight 3-point field goals and scored 42 points by the end of the half. The players and coaches– Tom “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, Ray Eatmon, and Curt Russell– made a few adjustments in the locker room.

The second half saw the Wildcats come out more confident and focused as the team committing fewer turnovers on offense and defensively played determined to win the game. “The team bought into playing a more aggressive defense starting in the second quarter,” said Coach Fitzpatrick.   “When Leevon Black, Craig Stockfeder, Jalen Marks, Mike McIndoo, and Jon Lew entered the game, we were contesting shots more and settling the tempo down on offense.” The Wildcats held Riverhead to 16 points and only two 3-point field goals in the second-half. “The defensive pressure on the ball was better and so were our defensive rotations,”

Coach Fitz was very happy with the guard play of Mike Alosi, Jordan Lyons, and Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson in the second half, and inside, the duo of Cedric Gordon and Griffin Mcnally were terrific. The team is also getting great contributions from Juniors Wendley Jean Baptiste and Dachan Thompson this season.

"The crowd was great and Cedric Gordon had them erupting at the end with a game-ending dunk to put smile everyone’s face to seal the win,” said Fitz. “I told the guys it was an old-school win, and that the teams of the past would have been proud of their team effort and intensity."

Come out and support your varsity Wildcats at their senior game, honoring our seniors last regular season home game. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 6 PM.

Stimson Curriculum Fair

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Stimson Middle School has recently completed their annual curriculum fair and lots of changes were evident from the onset. The 2018 STEAM and National History Day Curriculum Fair was an overwhelming success, with all students participating in both the seventh and eighth grade.

“The Henry L. Stimson Middle School 2018 STEAM and National History Day Curriculum Fair was nothing short of spectacular,” said Stimson Principal Edwin W. Smith in his fourth year as principal. “The projects focused on aeronautics, video and website design, scientific research, and historical documentaries.  The building was packed with staff, students, parents, and community members helping to make this event one to remember.  I would like to take this moment to recognize the hard work and dedication of our students.”

Link to the list of 2018 STEAM and National History Day Curriculum Fair Award Recipients

 

Countdown to Kindergarten

If you were unavailable to attend our Countdown to Kindergarten informational meeting on January 24, 2018, you can access the Powerpoint and the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents using the links below or download the attached documents.

We are here to support incoming kindergarten parents.  Please feel free to contact April Poprilo, Supervisor of Curricula Service, (apoprilo@shufsd.org) or the building principals at Countrywood or Oakwood with questions regarding the kindergarten program. 

Countdown to K Informational Meeting January 2018 

Countdown to Kindergarten FAQs

Attachments:

Birchwood Gets Together to Help the Community

Bags were all created with tremendous care.
Bags were all created with tremendous care.
Our third-graders were able to exercise their creativity.
Our third-graders were able to exercise their creativity.
Table after table worked diligently to create that perfect message of Hope and Joy.
Table after table worked diligently to create that perfect message of Hope and Joy.
Pretty soon, the aroma of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies would fill the Birchwood building.
Pretty soon, the aroma of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies would fill the Birchwood building.
One by one each cookie found their way on the baking sheet.
One by one each cookie found their way on the baking sheet.
Cookie dough expertly measured by each 4th grader.
Cookie dough expertly measured by each 4th grader.
Sandwiches and baked cookies are ready to be added to the lunch bag.
Sandwiches and baked cookies are ready to be added to the lunch bag.
These fifth-graders will take their Project Hope tradition to Silas Wood next year, where there will be plenty of community service programs to get involved in.
These fifth-graders will take their Project Hope tradition to Silas Wood next year, where there will be plenty of community service programs to get involved in.
The pride of knowing that you are doing something good for others resonates in this young mans expression.
The pride of knowing that you are doing something good for others resonates in this young mans expression.

In the spirit of giving, Birchwood students had the opportunity to participate in a community service activity during December and help out the less fortunate in our community. Third-grade students decorated paper bags with positive and cheerful holiday messages and pictures. Fourth-grade students worked in the cafeteria to bake cookies. Using the premade cookie tubs, students sat at cafeteria tables and scooped the cookie dough onto a tray, and then staff members baked them. The fifth-grade students made sandwiches. They worked in an assembly line to place cold cuts on pieces of bread and then wrapped the sandwiches. They also packed the sandwiches with a bottle of water and the package of cookies baked by the fourth graders into the bags created by the third graders. This wonderful activity helped emphasize the importance of giving to the less fortunate during the holiday season.

As a side note, a week prior to all the student activity, the kitchens at Birchwood had a visit from Old Saint Nick himself. Santa and his staff managed to slip in an afternoon of their own good will. Seems that for years Santa and his elves have been annually preparing and baking a special dinner and dessert so that needy people in our community may have a better holiday season.

Thank you all at Birchwood for your generosity.

A Parent's Guide To Integrating K-12 Technology Tools

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

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

 

Science Bowl Wraps Competition

The 2017-18 Science bowl competition team: l-r: Kentaro Matsushima, Aidan Luebker, Scott McEntee (Captain), Lauren Brown, Kristen Coletti, Coach Ms.Cohen.
The 2017-18 Science bowl competition team: l-r: Kentaro Matsushima, Aidan Luebker, Scott McEntee (Captain), Lauren Brown, Kristen Coletti, Coach Ms.Cohen.
The competitive team with science bowl club members who came out to cheer and lend support: Matt Kerner, Ashar Farooq, Se Min Yoon, Kentaro Matsushima, Aidan Luebker, Scott McEntee, Kristen Coletti, Lauren Brown, Parker Keller, Ms. Cohen.
The competitive team with science bowl club members who came out to cheer and lend support: Matt Kerner, Ashar Farooq, Se Min Yoon, Kentaro Matsushima, Aidan Luebker, Scott McEntee, Kristen Coletti, Lauren Brown, Parker Keller, Ms. Cohen.

The Walt Whitman Science Bowl Team competed at Brookhaven National Lab on Saturday, January 27th beating Smithtown and Garden City before they were eliminated by losses to Island Trees and Ward Melville.  Team members Kentaro Matsushima, Aidan Luebker, Scott McEntee (Captain), Lauren Brown, Kristen Coletti, under the direction of Coach Ms. Allison Cohen, with support from Mr. Marcus Maddy and Ms. Mari Scardapane, have been preparing since September, studying and researching topics in physics, chemistry, biology, energy, earth and space, and mathematics.  We congratulate the team on their success and look forward to next year's competition.  

Stay tuned as our middle school team heads to Brookhaven National Laboratory on Saturday, March 3, 2018, for their competition.

 

Aiden Smyth Gets Newsday Spotlight

Whitman's Aiden Smyth leads Juan Lasso into the turn on the bell lap in the boys 1000m run during the Suffolk Last Chance track meet on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Suffolk County Community College. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan
Whitman's Aiden Smyth leads Juan Lasso into the turn on the bell lap in the boys 1000m run during the Suffolk Last Chance track meet on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Suffolk County Community College. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Senior Track phenom Aiden Smyth had a nice feature in this past weekend’s Newsday as he seeks to retain his Suffolk County record for the 1,600 meter. Use the following link to catch up on Aiden’s quest as track and field head into the final stretch of the winter indoor season.

https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/track/coaches-track-meet-1.16383766

A Smart Decision for Your Health & Wellness

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Just in time for new healthy choices for you and your family. Don't miss our Health & Wellness Fair, Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4-9PM. Join family, friends, and the community as many leading health and wellness experts present new and informative ways to maximize healthy living.

The South Huntington Health and Wellness Fair has proven to be a valuable resource as those who attend are able to learn more about the various health and wellness topics that may be of interest to them as well as many of the programs and services available in and around the community. Attendees are able to use the day to ask questions and explore wellness issues that they may want to learn more about in a casual atmosphere.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Jane Samuels, R.N.,B.S.N.

Nurse Coordinator/S.H.I.P. Nurse

South Huntington School District

60 Weston Street

Huntington Station, N.Y.11746

Phone Number 631-812-3172

Fax Number 631-812-3165

Email JSamuels@shufsd.org

 

 

Thank You South Huntington

Maplewood students and teachers gather on their athletic fields to kick off Maggie’s Two Week Challenge.
Maplewood students and teachers gather on their athletic fields to kick off Maggie’s Two Week Challenge.
Steven and Donna Schmidt accepting a check on behalf of South Huntington School District’s students. The check represents the funds raised by Maggie's Two Week Challenge in the District. In the photo are some of the top Maplewood earners from left to right: Aidan Ging, Christopher Caiazzo, Madison Caiazzo, Dean Rosengold, Jordan Churchman, and Sienna Leaver. Thank you Maplewood and South Huntington for your generosity.
Steven and Donna Schmidt accepting a check on behalf of South Huntington School District’s students. The check represents the funds raised by Maggie's Two Week Challenge in the District. In the photo are some of the top Maplewood earners from left to right: Aidan Ging, Christopher Caiazzo, Madison Caiazzo, Dean Rosengold, Jordan Churchman, and Sienna Leaver. Thank you Maplewood and South Huntington for your generosity.

Maggie, the beloved daughter of Donna and Steven Schmidt passed away June 1, 2017, shortly after her 17th birthday. Maggie suddenly developed MRT - Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors, a rare and aggressive cancer that quickly metastasized throughout her body. Maggie’s parents created Maggie’s Mission, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to helping raise awareness and finding a cure for rare pediatric cancers.

“Through this organization, we hope to fund research for not only Maggie’s cancer but other pediatric cancers too,” said Donna and Steven on their website www.maggiesmission.org.  “If we can help just one child, it will be worth it. Cancer sucks, cancer doesn’t discriminate. Cancer ruins lives and families.”

Maggie's Two-Week Challenge was a series of in-school events this past fall to raise awareness and funds to help Maggie's Mission. Beginning at Maplewood Intermediate School where Steven Schmidt teaches, as well as Harborfields High School where Maggie attended, and each of the schools in South Huntington and districts around Long Island, events, and challenges that reflected things Maggie liked to do and felt important in a young persons life were held.

“Maggie’s Two Week Challenge raised nearly thirty-four thousand dollars within the South Huntington school community,” said Steven Schmidt.  “The donations went to Maggie’s Mission who recently served lunch at The Ronald McDonald House in NYC and presented Memorial Sloan Kettering with a $34,000 check to fund pediatric cancer research. We are all very grateful for the generosity of families in our South Huntington School District.”

To date, Maggie's Mission has donated over $100,000 to fund a research project led by Maggie's Oncologist - Dr. Srikanth Reddy Ambati M.D. at Memorial Sloan Kettering. This research utilizes groundbreaking innovations to help find a cure for Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors. “Maggie's Mission’s goal is to fully fund this project,” said Steven Schmidt.  “We are well on our way but still need your help.”

Save the Date: Maggie's Mission Angelversary Gala benefiting Maggie's Mission will be held June 1, 2018, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. under the white tent on the great lawn of the beautiful Montauk Yacht Club.

Additional Angelversary Gala info:

https://www.maggiesmission.org/events/maggiesmissionangelversarygala

Follies Delivers!

Channeling his best ‘Principal Murphy,’ I think it’s unanimous that Brian Trifon ‘nails it.’
Channeling his best ‘Principal Murphy,’ I think it’s unanimous that Brian Trifon ‘nails it.’
Diet Coke Tawk was an instant classic and will surely evolve.
Diet Coke Tawk was an instant classic and will surely evolve.
Chris Adams may have an acting career in his future.
Chris Adams may have an acting career in his future.
Left to right: Joshua Berger, Hanna Stasko and Natalie Zakrzewski performing the skit ‘Colapinto.’
Left to right: Joshua Berger, Hanna Stasko and Natalie Zakrzewski performing the skit ‘Colapinto.’
While not officially listed, getting a bathroom pass is always good material. Here Jacob Goldstein (left) as Mr. Lundquist and Matt Williams give it a go.
While not officially listed, getting a bathroom pass is always good material. Here Jacob Goldstein (left) as Mr. Lundquist and Matt Williams give it a go.
Clifford Sweezey (left) and Matt Williams with cast, poke fun at a favorite social studies teacher in the skit ‘Five Minutes in Farrell.’
Clifford Sweezey (left) and Matt Williams with cast, poke fun at a favorite social studies teacher in the skit ‘Five Minutes in Farrell.’
Joshua Berger (left) and Daniel Abbruzzese bring down the house with the skit ‘Santa Ahlsen,’ about a popular science teacher.
Joshua Berger (left) and Daniel Abbruzzese bring down the house with the skit ‘Santa Ahlsen,’ about a popular science teacher.
Left to right: Kristy Campana, Brenda Mendez, Jack Anest, Katie Latko and Nicole Brigante work on keeping a straight face.
Left to right: Kristy Campana, Brenda Mendez, Jack Anest, Katie Latko and Nicole Brigante work on keeping a straight face.

Aptly named- ‘Saved By The One-Minute Bell,’ the annual Walt Whitman High School Senior Follies 2018 has never been better. ‘Follies’ is a super fun time for everyone where the seniors perform skits and roast their favorite teachers, administrators and celebrate all that high school life can be. The lights dimmed and the packed house settled in for skits that included: One Minute Bell, Soo Seenyaaa, Girls Song, Stage Diving, Match Game, Grady’s Graduation, Mean Tweets, and of course everyone’s new favorite: Diet Coke Tawk … to name just a few. 

Special thanks to the following for their invaluable help: The senior class officers for coordinating this year’s Follies. Katie Latko for coordinating all the sound effects of the show. Alex Dollin for providing the show with lighting and special effects. Marco Chiriboga, Daniel Abbruzzese and the entire Lamplighter team for all the stage and lighting support in the PAC. SDE for providing the microphones and sound equipment for the show. The custodians for putting up with all the mess in the evenings during rehearsals and for moving all the props down to the PAC. The South Huntington Public Library for letting the cast use their stage in the Young Adult room for rehearsals. And of course…Mr. Murphy, the Walt Whitman administrative team, a special guest appearance by Dr. Bennardo, and all the teachers for being good sports and participating in the show.

 

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Students of the Month Recognized

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy (back left) and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back right) congratulate their students of the month for the final month of 2017.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy (back left) and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back right) congratulate their students of the month for the final month of 2017.

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

Way to Go December Students of the Month!

ART: Anna Keller, Luke Towers, Joselin Hernandez

SCIENCE: Christopher Dorin, Priya Katwala, Luis Flores Hernandez, Fiona Witt

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Raj Shah, Joshua Friedman, Jessica Vesque

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Christopher Scortichini, Sage Thomas, Danielle Harris, Dachan Thompson

ENGLISH: Kyle Owens, Lides Garcia Umana, David Campos, Nimra Khan

SOCIAL STUDIES: Mahnoor Arif, Chance Laughton, Hannah Braun, Cole Marzigliano

MATHEMATICS: Erika Bonilla, Aidan Hoskey, Matthew Silverman, Patrick Wuss

WORLD LANGUAGES: Jack O’Loughlin, Heather Abbene, Shaan Khan, Jr., Scott McEntee

MUSIC/DANCE: Scott Martin, Matthew Brunet, Brendan Kispert, Rachel Smith

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Meghan Soulias (Girls Basketball), Aiden Smyth (Boys Track)

Marching Band Awards Celebrate Third Consecutive State Championship

Marching Band 5th Year Service Awards seniors Kaitlyn Riha and Miles Lewis.
Marching Band 5th Year Service Awards seniors Kaitlyn Riha and Miles Lewis.
Like the rest of the Marching Band members, our 4th Year Service Awarded Seniors and Juniors have really put in the time and were rewarded with a championship season.
Like the rest of the Marching Band members, our 4th Year Service Awarded Seniors and Juniors have really put in the time and were rewarded with a championship season.
3rd Year Service Awards proudly display their school ‘Letters.’
3rd Year Service Awards proudly display their school ‘Letters.’
2nd Year Service Awards recipients will be participating in their second St. Patrick's Day Parade in Huntington Village on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
2nd Year Service Awards recipients will be participating in their second St. Patrick's Day Parade in Huntington Village on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Congratulations to our 1st Year Service Awards! You made it… Lots of work, fun, and accomplishments. You guys make South Huntington proud!
Congratulations to our 1st Year Service Awards! You made it… Lots of work, fun, and accomplishments. You guys make South Huntington proud!

The 31st Annual Wildcat Marching Band Awards Banquet was held recently for the marching band community, mostly as a way of saying thank you to all of the dedicated and talented students, staff, and parents, who get to enjoy their collective accomplishments of the season.

Hosted by the band parents, the banquet was attended by marching band staff, students, parents, school and district administration, and members of the Board of Education. Students, staff, and education administrators enjoyed an evening of celebration, dinner, dancing, and recognition. Parents joined for dessert and for the presentation of awards by marching band director Mr. Dennis Pettas.

Each student received an award for participation based on the cumulative number of years in the program. Students in leadership positions were also recognized, including Drum Major Miles Lewis, and Field Majors Brenda Mendez and Nadia Lubrano.

Service Awards

* indicates Minds of the March award

1st Year Awards – Pins: Yagmur Aykanat *, Gerarardo Barraza *, Gabrielle Bausano *, Natalie Bausano *, Sara Capanzano, Liam Curtin *, Carly Dammer, Abby Dinstell *, Aidan Garemani *, Justin Grillo *, Joseph Gurba *, Liam Hill *, Esteban Maraboli *, Anabelle Muellers *, Jen Parada *, Kira Steffen *, and Dylan Vincent *

2nd Year Awards – Medals: Michael Dietch - MB *, Erin Eaches - Colorguard *, Ashley Guiteau - Colorguard *, Bradley Guiteau - MB *, Jason Murphy – MB, Sebastian Murphy – MB, Saniya Saleem - Colorguard *, Logan Slansky - MB *, Sam Sorensen - Colorguard *, Caleb Sullivan - MB *, and Cali Sullivan - Colorguard *

3rd Year Awards – Letter: Dan Abbruzzese - MB *, Mariela Canales - Colorguard *, ERin Colins - MB *, Daniel Curtin - MB *, Sarah Gumunder - MB *, Zoey Guiliano - Colorguard *, Julianna Licona - MB *, Tyler Malone - MB *, Kevin McKenna - MB *, Tyler Meyer - MB *, Josh Muellers - MB *, Leila Perry - MB *, Mycaela Reilly - MB *, Amanda Riha - MB *, Emily Riha - MB *, and Abbie Yaeger - MB *

Students in their fourth year who are seniors received a plaque, juniors received a trophy.

4th Year Juniors are: Benjamin Barton - MB *, Olivia Bonomo - Colorguard *, Katelyn Erthal - Colorguard *, Maxwell Fisher - MB *, Ashley Koch – MB, Timothy Rise - MB *, Joey Sansotta - MB *, Natasha Scott - MB *

4th Year Seniors are: Matt Haddock - MB *, Sara Lopez - MB *, Nadia Lubrano - Colorguard & Field Major *

5th Year Awards – plaque: Miles Lewis - MB - Drum Major *, Brenda Mendez - MB - Field Major *, Kaitlyn Riha - MB *, Natalie Zakrewski - MB *

Save The Date: The Marching Band will be performing at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Huntington Village on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Steady Improvement to a Successful Season

Eighth-grader Logan Elmore (with ball) has some big shoes to fill and seems poised to do just that and more.
Eighth-grader Logan Elmore (with ball) has some big shoes to fill and seems poised to do just that and more.
Michael Phillips (22) could already hold his own at the high school level. This kid is going to be fun to watch.
Michael Phillips (22) could already hold his own at the high school level. This kid is going to be fun to watch.
Lens Jean-Pierre (15), another talented eighth-grader worked hard this year improving greatly.
Lens Jean-Pierre (15), another talented eighth-grader worked hard this year improving greatly.
Luca Rombaldi (3) working his way up court, was a part of this year’s thrilling victories.
Luca Rombaldi (3) working his way up court, was a part of this year’s thrilling victories.
Eighth-grader Rasahn Thompson shows good speed and physicality and should do well at Whitman
Eighth-grader Rasahn Thompson shows good speed and physicality and should do well at Whitman
Joseph Chandler (5) finds room to move and heads to the basket.
Joseph Chandler (5) finds room to move and heads to the basket.
Anthony Collado (12) powers his way for a basket. I see a Gold Key in his future.
Anthony Collado (12) powers his way for a basket. I see a Gold Key in his future.

The Stimson Boys Basketball Team ended their season with a record of 6-4.  Logan Elmore and Michael Phillips captained the team.  Phillips led the team in scoring while averaging 18 points per game.  Lens Jean-Pierre, Luca Rombaldi, and Rasahn Thompson had solid seasons as well.  The Wildcats had some thrilling victories this year with a 6 point win over Northport, a 1 point win over Hauppauge, and a 2 point win over Kings Park.  Coach Karcz is very proud of all the players.  They came to work hard on a daily basis to get better individually and as a team.  I believe they all accomplished this.  I look forward to seeing the players continue to improve in the future. 

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Snow Day Makeup on May 25th

DUE TO THE SNOW CLOSINGS ON JANUARY 4 AND 5, 2018, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018, WILL BE AN INSTRUCTIONAL DAY FOR STUDENTS.

Mid-Season Highlights for Varsity Cheer

Whitman senior Kiara Brown takes the top prize at the Officials Cup competition.
Whitman senior Kiara Brown takes the top prize at the Officials Cup competition.
Left to right our Power Four 1st Place team: Grace Buckshaw, Nina Manganello, Meghan Stengl, and Megan Richter.
Left to right our Power Four 1st Place team: Grace Buckshaw, Nina Manganello, Meghan Stengl, and Megan Richter.

Walt Whitman’s Varsity Cheerleading competed in the ‘Officials Cup’ last Friday night and senior Kiara Brown made South Huntington proud by sweeping the votes for Best Elite Cheerleader and was also awarded an All-County Medal.

Held at Connetquot High School, this event comes midseason as out Lady Wildcats tune up for the County Championships on February 24th.  Walt Whitman also took 1st place in the Power Four event.  Congratulations to Meghan Stengl, Megan Richter, Grace Buckshaw, and Nina Manganello who held their flyer in the air for 2 minutes and 37 seconds, which is longer than their whole routine!

Congratulations Team and Good luck in your next event Saturday 1/27 at West Babylon Sr. High School starting at noon.

Athletes of the Month Highlighted

Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates our Athletes of the Month for November.
Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates our Athletes of the Month for November.

The Athletic Department is proud to recognize the last of our fall season playoff competitors as Athletes of the Month for November.  

Emily Fung is our November Female Athlete of the Month and our All-State Swimmer. Emily represented South Huntington at the New York State Swimming and Diving high school championship at Ithaca College this past fall.  She swam the 100-yard backstroke (58.29) and placed 13th in the State. Emily is now, All-State, All-County, All-Long Island, and received the Section XI Sportsmanship Award. We commend Emily, her family, and coaches for dedicating the countless hours that successful swimming competition requires. Swimming is an all-year sport and Emily swims for Team Suffolk when she’s not competing for HUSH, the combined Huntington/South Huntington team. Emily is also a member the Art Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society.

Our November Male Athlete of the Month is senior All-League Golfer Scott McEntee. After earning a bid to the County Championships, Scott and two other Wildcat golfers had their work cut out for them on a difficult course. “It was a good experience, I felt that we all fell a few strokes short of our goals,” said McEntee.  “The conditions were tough as the tees were moved to the back and it was cold and windy, but all-together still a good experience.” Scott ended his golf season with a positive record and hopes to settle on his choice of college soon where he will study something in the sciences and/or health industry.  He is currently fencing and in the spring badminton will keep him busy. Our National Honor Society member, Paw print contributor, and Chamber Orchestra Violin player will soon be competing as the captain of the Walt Whitman Science Bowl team.

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month for November.  

Important Upcoming Budget Dates

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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.

 Wednesday, February 28 Budget Overview JKAO Building

Wednesday, March 14 Budget Work Session JKAO Building

Wednesday, March 28 Budget Work Session JKAO Building

Wednesday, April 18 Budget Adoption JKAO Building

Tuesday, May 8 Public Hearing of Budget JKAO Building

Tuesday, May 15 Budget Vote/Elections at Walt Whitman High School

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DONATE Your Dresses, Suits and Accessories

For Operation Cinderella/Cinderfella! What is Operation Cinderella/Cinderfella?

We provide prom dresses, formal wear, suits, and accessories to high school students who have worked hard but still find the obstacle of attending the prom in their future. We are also looking for any unopened makeup, unneeded jewelry, pretty purses, or gently worn formal shoes.

Drop Locations

James Kaden Administrative Offices

60 Weston St

Huntington Station NY 11746

 

Source the Station 631-629-4660

1266 New York Ave

Huntington Station NY 11746

*Please give a call before you go*

 

Child Care Council of Suffolk 631-462-0303 X 101

Questions or further information

email us at:

imthefairygodparent@gmail.com

 

Spring Adult Continuing Education Classes

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Welcome to our Spring 2018 Adult Education Program. It’s a great time to learn something new, improve a skill, begin an exercise program, and make new friends along the way! While this booklet will be mailed to each residence in the South Huntington School District by the end of January, you may want to get a jump on registration and not miss out on the course/class you want.  You may download the attached PDF file below or open using this attached link: http://www.shufsd.org/Assets/Community_Documents/Adult_Edu_Book_Spring_2018.pdf

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All Whitman and Stimson Sports Registrations Now Online

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As you may have heard all potential athletes need to be registered through our new portal, ‘FinalForms’.  The attached documents will help you navigate this simple process.  From start to finish it should not take more than 10 minutes and you will only have to fill out most of the forms once.

Sports Physicals MUST continue to be brought or sent in hard copy to the nurse for final clearance.

We are very excited to announce that the South Huntington Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms. 

Please register at: https://southhuntington-ny.finalforms.com and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at South Huntington.

Dr. Jim Wright - Athletic Director

South Huntington Athletic Department

Please use the link provided to register your child for LATE WINTER and SPRING SPORTS @ Stimson and for SPRING SPORTS @ Whitman

 

Departamento Atlético de South Huntington

 

Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que el Departamento de Deportes de South Huntington Schools se ha asociado con FinalForms, un servicio en línea de formularios y administración de datos. FinalForms le permite completar y firmar formularios de participación atlética para sus estudiantes. La noticia más emocionante es que FinalForms guarda los datos de una temporada a otra y de un año a otro, lo que significa que nunca tendrá que ingresar la misma información dos veces. FinalForms también rellena previamente la información siempre que sea posible, para cada uno de sus alumnos, lo que le permite ahorrar tiempo.

Puede revisar sus datos en cualquier momento para verificar que estén actualizados. Se le pedirá que firme sus formularios una vez al año y después de cualquier actualización.

Haga clic en Parent Playbook (adjunto) para comenzar en FinalForms. Si necesita soporte durante el proceso, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página y haga clic en "User Support".

Estamos pidiendo que TODOS los padres de los atletas usen FinalForms

Regístrese en https://southhuntington-ny.finalforms.com y siga las instrucciones para crear su cuenta, crear sus estudiantes y firmar sus formularios.

Gracias por su ayuda en la racionalización de nuestros procesos de documentación.

Dr. Jim Wright

Director Atlético

 


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.

 

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