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Homecoming 2018

Time to bring in the Wildcat cheer as the homecoming parade begins.
Time to bring in the Wildcat cheer as the homecoming parade begins.
The Walt Whitman Cheerleaders ready to root for the home team after marching in the parade.
The Walt Whitman Cheerleaders ready to root for the home team after marching in the parade.
Flags fly with pride as the Latino Heritage Club joyfully marches.
Flags fly with pride as the Latino Heritage Club joyfully marches.
The smiling Brownie Troop sweetly sticks together as they march along in the parade.
The smiling Brownie Troop sweetly sticks together as they march along in the parade.
Quarterback Quinn O’Hara (#3) ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown to compliment one of his best games of his senior year.
Quarterback Quinn O’Hara (#3) ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown to compliment one of his best games of his senior year.
Wide receiver Gregory Borysowski (#8) makes the catch down the line to get the first down.
Wide receiver Gregory Borysowski (#8) makes the catch down the line to get the first down.
Alex DiLorenzo (#51) had 9 tackles and this interception with 3 minutes left that sealed the win for Whitman.
Alex DiLorenzo (#51) had 9 tackles and this interception with 3 minutes left that sealed the win for Whitman.
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson (#14) had three receptions for 52 yards and this touchdown catch at his first game back from an early season injury.
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson (#14) had three receptions for 52 yards and this touchdown catch at his first game back from an early season injury.
The Hall of Fame Nominees were inducted at the celebration breakfast before the big game.
The Hall of Fame Nominees were inducted at the celebration breakfast before the big game.
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli gets a face full of whip cream at the homecoming festival.
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli gets a face full of whip cream at the homecoming festival.
Mr. Castillo gives away a balloon flower made by the Administrative Dean himself.
Mr. Castillo gives away a balloon flower made by the Administrative Dean himself.
The Huntington Manor Fire Department lights another spectacular bonfire to keep spectators warm and ready for the weekend festivities.
The Huntington Manor Fire Department lights another spectacular bonfire to keep spectators warm and ready for the weekend festivities.

All last week the spirit was building across the South Huntington School District. Daily activities at all of our schools energized our students and staff.  When Friday afternoons’ district-wide Homecoming festival was in full swing, it was obvious that 2018 was going to be a special Homecoming. The Thursday night Powder-puff football game broke attendance records and our seniors capped off a great football game with a resounding 4th quarter onslaught. The seniors also took the cheerleading competition in grand fashion. The Friday afternoon Homecoming Festival gathered students and staff along with their families from all of our schools for a fun Fall afternoon. The Friday night bonfire was spectacular, thank you Huntington Manor Fire Department for their management of a safe and thrilling sight.

Saturday morning brought our 5th Hall of Fame induction ceremony and it began with a brunch that highlighted the districts revamped Nutrition Services Department. A big thanks to Ms. Sheila Buhse and here amazing staff that goes above and beyond and to Whitman music teacher Mr. Frank Yolango and his talented students for setting the perfect ambiance. Our South Huntington School District has one of the longest and most storied histories of any community in the region. Throughout almost a century, our school district has graduated some of the most talented men and women in the country, and we are incredibly proud of the intelligent and empathetic individuals who graduate and cross our commencement stage.

Each year, we recognize a sampling of our “Wildcat Superstars,” and these new inductees represented a true cross-section of our school community. Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2018

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Mark Cuthbertson – Council Member, Town of Huntington

Patricia DelCol – Public Servant, Town of Huntington

Mark Natale – Posthumously - Retired NYPD Officer/Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Ray Spatafora –Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Each year the Homecoming parade continues to grow, adding community groups, businesses, and numerous organizations as they close down Jericho Turnpike in an annual showing of ‘Wildcat Pride.”  A perfect afternoon greeted the packed stadium for a football contest to be remembered with both teams commanding the lead and our Whitman Wildcats prevailing 28-21. It was a week to remember and a day capped with a win on the gridiron.

“Our district’s collective pride was enhanced and the vision continued to grow this past weekend,” said South Huntington’s Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.  “We are engaged in something very special in South Huntington and Homecoming weekend allowed us to showcase that cause.” 

 

Homecoming Festival and Bonfire - Photo Gallery

Homecoming Parade - Photo Gallery

Football Game - Photo Gallery

Half Time Show - Photo Gallery

Hall of Fame Induction - Photo Gallery

 

Maplewood's 12th Annual Wildcat Bowl

Both Maroon and White Maplewood teams coming together before the big game begins.
Both Maroon and White Maplewood teams coming together before the big game begins.
Mr. Slovak, #80, sprints towards the end zone to gain some yardage.
Mr. Slovak, #80, sprints towards the end zone to gain some yardage.
Maplewood students cheer for their favorite teachers to get the win.
Maplewood students cheer for their favorite teachers to get the win.
South Huntington BOE President Nick Ciappetta on the white team runs from BOE member Edward Nitkewicz in maroon as he tries to make his way up the field.
South Huntington BOE President Nick Ciappetta on the white team runs from BOE member Edward Nitkewicz in maroon as he tries to make his way up the field.
The maroon team tries to keep up with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia at center field.
The maroon team tries to keep up with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia at center field.

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

A special thank you goes out to Maplewood PTA as they did a wonderful job selling snacks and hot chocolate for the largest turnout of teachers and volunteers ever. “The 2018 Wildcat Bowl was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Vito D’Elia, Maplewood’s principal. ”Thank you to our Maplewood community for coming out this past Friday to watch the annual Wildcat Bowl.”

 It was a spirited contest with the game ending in a tie 35 - 35. We are grateful to have had Board of Education members, teachers, and administrators participating in the game once again. We look forward to our game in 2019!

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Powder Puff 2018

Senior girls offense make the push to get ahead in the first half.
Senior girls offense make the push to get ahead in the first half.
Junior boys had all eyes on them as they took the field first during half time.
Junior boys had all eyes on them as they took the field first during half time.
Rivals on the field, junior and senior girls stay friends on the sidelines.
Rivals on the field, junior and senior girls stay friends on the sidelines.
The senior boys put on a halftime show that surely won’t be forgotten.
The senior boys put on a halftime show that surely won’t be forgotten.

Congratulations to all participants in last night’s Powder Puff game. It’s one of the best-attended evenings of the year, and from the looks on everyone’s faces, it's easy to see why the annual Powder Puff football game between senior and junior girls is so popular. This is truly the event that showcases Whitman spirit at its finest.

The Halftime entertainment show was something that you just don’t see every day. While there were no wardrobe malfunctions, just watching senior boys dressed-up as girls, dancing and prancing while the hundreds of fans and players cheered them on for more, was a sight to behold.  And, to make it all that much more entertaining, the junior boys had their turn in the middle of the field as well.

Congratulations to the Seniors for making a statement and capping off a great football game with a resounding 4th quarter onslaught. The Seniors also took the cheerleading competition in grand fashion. Congrats! Thank you to Mrs. Leogrande, Mr. Graziano, Ms. Hirsch-Beckman, and all the advisors and chaperones for making the evening such a great success. Spirit week in South Huntington continues, congratulations Walt Whitman students on a fantastic evening!

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Hall of Fame to Induct Five

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Our South Huntington School District has one of the longest and most storied histories of any community in the region. Throughout almost a century, our school district has graduated some of the most talented men and women in the country, and we are incredibly proud of the intelligent and empathetic individuals who graduate and cross our commencement stage. Each year, we recognize a sampling of our “Wildcat Superstars,” and will do so again this Saturday at our Hall of Fame dedication. The new inductees represent a true cross-section of our school community, and we will be highlighting the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on the website and social media in the weeks to come. This Saturday, you can meet our newest Hall of Fame members when they march in the Parade as well as being honored at the halftime ceremony of the 2 PM football game.

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Mark Cuthbertson – Council Member, Town of Huntington

Patricia DelCol – Public Servant, Town of Huntington

Mark Natale – Retired NYPD Officer/Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Ray Spatafora –Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

 

Students Thrilled at Cradle of Aviation

NASA engineer, Scarlin Hernandez (center- red sweater) with our Middle and High School students at the Cradle of Aviation.
NASA engineer, Scarlin Hernandez (center- red sweater) with our Middle and High School students at the Cradle of Aviation.

Students at Stimson Middle School and Walt Whitman High School were treated to a special presentation at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Tuesday, October 16. The museum hosted NASA engineer, Scarlin Hernandez as a guest speaker to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ms. Hernandez is a native of the Dominican Republic, who grew up in Brooklyn in a family of eight children. She exemplifies the “American Dream” as she worked hard in school, obtained a NASA Scholarship for her undergraduate work in Engineering and graduated at the top of her class.

She went to astronaut training and was assigned to work on the NASA’s newest space telescope, developed to discover stars and planets beyond our own Solar System.

After her presentation in the Rose and Leroy Grumman IMAX Theater, students were able to ask her questions about her journey. She advised them to work hard in school and to follow their dreams. The Cradle of Aviation Museum graciously permitted the students to explore their exhibits on Space and on the Moon Landing

Revised BOE Meeting Schedule as of 10/17/18

 

Hall of Fame to Induct Five

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy
John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Our South Huntington School District has one of the longest and most storied histories of any community in the region. Throughout almost a century, our school district has graduated some of the most talented men and women in the country, and we are incredibly proud of the intelligent and empathetic individuals who graduate and cross our commencement stage. Each year, we recognize a sampling of our “Wildcat Superstars,” and will do so again this Saturday at our Hall of Fame dedication. The new inductees represent a true cross-section of our school community, and we will be highlighting the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on the website and social media in the weeks to come. This Saturday, you can meet our newest Hall of Fame members when they will be honored at the halftime ceremony of the 2 PM football game.

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Mark Cuthbertson – Council Member, Town of Huntington

Patricia DelCol – Public Servant, Town of Huntington

Mark Natale – Retired NYPD Officer/Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Ray Spatafora –Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Varsity Cheer Youth Clinic

Region Measles Health Advisory

September Athletes of the Month

Casey Gilmartin, Anna Scortichini and Quinn O’Hara are congratulated by Principal John Murphy.
Casey Gilmartin, Anna Scortichini and Quinn O’Hara are congratulated by Principal John Murphy.

Third doubles tennis player Anna Scortichini is one of our Athlete’s of the month for September, going undefeated in every one of her matches this season. As a senior at Whitman, Anna is secretary of the National Honors Society, is involved in the Girls Leaders Organization, the Ambassador’s Club, World Language Honors Society, and plays badminton in the spring as well. “I like how you can be involved in a lot of things at Whitman, there’s something here for everyone,” Anna says as she shares her fondness for her school. Anna is interested in studying occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut post-graduation.

Casey Gilmartin, Anna’s doubles partner, receives Athlete of the Month as well. “I’m really proud of us, we played really well every game and it shows because we went undefeated,” Casey says as she describes how she enjoys playing doubles because of the support they give to each other on the court. Casey plays doubles badminton, is involved in the Interact Club, Girls Leaders Organization, World Language Honor Society, and is manager of the Walt Whitman Varsity Tennis Twitter page. “I like how it’s a close-knit community and you don’t feel out of place when you come to Whitman,” the senior shares. Casey is interested in attending Boston University with hopes of double majoring in art and journalism.

Our third Athlete of the Month is senior football player Quinn O’Hara who feels fortunate to be in the top tier of the Newsday Passing leaderboard with 18 total touchdowns. Quinn plays lacrosse as well and has received offers from a number of colleges, including St. John’s, Binghamton and Jacksonville to play Division I lacrosse.  Quinn is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Business Honor Society. “I’ve met some of my greatest friends here and the teachers are awesome,” Quinn says as he reflects on his three-plus years at Whitman. The best part about Whitman for Quinn is its diversity, saying “it’s amazing how everyone comes together as one, all of the sports teams here and the way they all support each other.”

Congratulations to September’s Athletes of the Month!

Boys Cross Country Medal in the Bronx

Runners left to right:  Dylan Rehman, Nick DeGaetano, Kevin Martin, Raj Shah, Patrick Wuss, and Brian Zuckerberg.
Runners left to right: Dylan Rehman, Nick DeGaetano, Kevin Martin, Raj Shah, Patrick Wuss, and Brian Zuckerberg.
Left to right: Kevin Martin, Raj Shah, Jacob Veeder, and Dan Donovan all received medals for their performances at the Manhattan College Invitational.
Left to right: Kevin Martin, Raj Shah, Jacob Veeder, and Dan Donovan all received medals for their performances at the Manhattan College Invitational.

Good showing by the Wildcats at the Manhattan College Cross Country Invite over the weekend.  Runners left to right:  Dylan Rehman, Nick DeGaetano, Kevin Martin, Raj Shah, Patrick Wuss, and Brian Zuckerberg.  Every Wildcat runner ran a personal best time on the Van Cortlandt Park course.

Congratulations Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy (back left) and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back right) congratulate the October students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy (back left) and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back right) congratulate the October students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.

“As a principal, nothing motivates and inspires me more than seeing students push themselves to achieve,” said Principal Murphy as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our October Students of the Month. "These students have distinguished themselves as leaders among their peers. They all have successfully shown themselves to be able to juggle demands of increased academic standards, while simultaneously participating in numerous co-curricular endeavors. I am truly proud of these students and the role models they have become for the entire student body."

Nicholas DeGaetano, Carly Dammer, Cal Eidinoff, Jordan Logue, Juliana Sgaraglio, Chloe Apostle, Sydney Khan, Briana Ruotolo, Andres Valencia Castaneda, Juliana Chiriboga, Katherine Gotard, Ryan Rowe, Christopher Schindler, Elvins Artiles, Gianna Dennis, Stephen Verderame, Brian Zuckerberg, Jaysson Berrios Ruiz, Gianna Conte, Wendys Cordova Berrios, Dominick Esposito, Alyssa Chillemi, Gabriella Girard, Kasey McArdle, Christopher Scortichini, Benjamin Koch, Jocelyn McCready, Rene Reyes, Brenda Saravia Coreas, Eric Bell, Nicholas King, Kasey McArdle, Fiona Smyth, Casey Gilmartin, Quinn O’Hara, Anna Scortichini

Whitman Varsity Golf Gets Season Ending Win

Left to right: Andrew Harrigan, Robert Posillico, Joseph Magrane, Ray Matuza, Parker Keller, Julia Posillico, Danny Kulesa, Arthur Wobig and Coach Labate
Left to right: Andrew Harrigan, Robert Posillico, Joseph Magrane, Ray Matuza, Parker Keller, Julia Posillico, Danny Kulesa, Arthur Wobig and Coach Labate

Congratulations to the Whitman Varsity Golf Team who ended its season with an impressive victory against Elwood on an unforgiving Crab Meadow course Wednesday, October 10th. The Wildcats beat the Knights 6.5 - 2.5. Captains Robert Posillico, Andrew Harrigan and Ray Matuza all earned match points. Teammates Julia Posillico and Danny Kulesa both had stellar performances that aided their team in securing the win. Golfer Parker Keller competed in his debut match while senior and veteran golfer Joseph Magrane celebrated his final match with a win. "It’s always good to end the regular season with a win before heading into the League Tournament. I am really proud of the progress our team has made in a short time" says Coach John Labate. Congrats and good luck at the League Tournament at Rock Hill Country Club on October 22nd. Go Wildcats!

NYSSMA Awards All-State to Four Whitman Students

Seniors l-r: Gabriel Safien, Maxwell Fisher, Megan Neumann, and Jaycee Cardoso are all going to be very busy traveling at the end of November.
Seniors l-r: Gabriel Safien, Maxwell Fisher, Megan Neumann, and Jaycee Cardoso are all going to be very busy traveling at the end of November.
Senior Jaycee Cardoso, playing the violin, and flute and piccolo player Gabriel Safien are both honored to be named NYSSMA All-State.
Senior Jaycee Cardoso, playing the violin, and flute and piccolo player Gabriel Safien are both honored to be named NYSSMA All-State.

Seniors Megan Neumann, Maxwell Fisher, Gabriel Safien, and Jaycee Cardoso have been selected to this years NYSSMA 2018 Winter Conference that will be held from November 29th thru December 2nd in Rochester, NY.

Megan and Max had their close-up in the previous story about their selection to the Nationals. Senior flute and piccolo player Gabriel Safien who will be competing in the state competition feels this honor to be an accumulation of all the hard work she’s put into music and that “it’s truly gratifying to be able to share the hard work with others and being able to work with other great musicians.”  Gabriel is interested in studying biochemistry or philosophy at Yale after graduating from Walt Whitman. As a senior, she believes that Whitman is more than just a school as it has provided her many opportunities to both learn and have fun that has allowed her continuing growth.

For senior Jaycee Cardoso, playing the violin in the state competition this November means being able to meet new people and perform music with those of similar passions. At Whitman, Jaycee loves to be a part of the pit orchestra as he appreciates being involved in such a tight-knit community.  “Being able to work with the cast and crew from the musical productions has been one of the many rewarding experiences for me at Walt Whitman High School.” 

Whitman Pair Head to Nationals

Seniors Megan Neumann and Maxwell Fisher highlight their senior year with a phenomenal achievement.
Seniors Megan Neumann and Maxwell Fisher highlight their senior year with a phenomenal achievement.

Seniors Megan Neumann and Maxwell Fisher have been selected to the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) representing the top performing high school musicians in the United States. Both of these highly talented students first had to make the NY All-State groups (NYSSMA) in order to be eligible for this phenomenal achievement, which selects only the very best from each state. The Nationals will be held November 25-28, 2018, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida

Senior Megan Neumann feels honored to be able to play the bassoon at the Nationals. Megan is currently looking at different programs to continue pursuing music with hopes of playing professionally in an orchestra after graduating this spring.  Max Fisher is a senior competing in Nationals for his voice. Max has loved to sing ever since he was a child and believes that this competition will be a great experience to share his passion with people across the nation. As a senior, he is interested in attending Princeton to study speech pathology and English with a minor in dance. For Max, this award shows his development as a musician and he appreciates the countless opportunities Walt Whitman has presented to him to help him grow and succeed.

Keeping Students Connected at Career Opportunities Fair

LI companies like East/West Industries are major players in STEAM opportunities of the future.
LI companies like East/West Industries are major players in STEAM opportunities of the future.
The panel discussion was lead by James Beard Award-Winning food podcaster Dan Pashman (right), and included panelists left to right:  Cheryl Davidson of Northwell Health, Anthony Costa from BAE Systems, Ryan Stanton of Long Island Federation of Labor, Briana Banks of Estee Lauder, and Mitch Maiman from Intelligent Product Solutions.
The panel discussion was lead by James Beard Award-Winning food podcaster Dan Pashman (right), and included panelists left to right: Cheryl Davidson of Northwell Health, Anthony Costa from BAE Systems, Ryan Stanton of Long Island Federation of Labor, Briana Banks of Estee Lauder, and Mitch Maiman from Intelligent Product Solutions.
Being at the forefront of ‘Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ is South Huntington’s Mission and we have a responsibility to educate our children about those jobs and to work with these companies to learn how we can fill these positions.” – Dr. Jared Bloom
Being at the forefront of ‘Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ is South Huntington’s Mission and we have a responsibility to educate our children about those jobs and to work with these companies to learn how we can fill these positions.” – Dr. Jared Bloom

A grant from the Workforce Development Institute, and partnering with LaunchPad Huntington and RecruitLI, South Huntington School District hosted the Western Suffolk Career Opportunities Fair on September 27th.   Other school districts also partnered with South Huntington in order to help parents, students and teachers connect the dots in the search for career opportunities and to know what could be available for our students in the future. “It is important to know that there are really good jobs on Long Island and fantastic STEM jobs that have great paying salaries,” said South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum, Dr. Jared Bloom.

The event created a forum to connect people from different industries and included a panel discussion that helped start the conversation on a much grander scale.  The discussion was led by James Beard Award-Winning food podcaster Dan Pashman, and included panelists Briana Banks of Estee Lauder, Anthony Costa from BAE Systems, Cheryl Davidson of Northwell Health, Mitch Maiman from Intelligent Product Solutions, and Ryan Stanton of Long Island Federation of Labor.

Along with the panel discussion, the career fair also offered breakout sessions in which attendees had hands-on experiences with some of the industries that were present. “By connecting with these companies, it empowered students to know that they have options when it comes time to join the workforce,” added Dr. Bloom. Whether a student has a bachelor’s degree or is looking for work straight from high school, there are companies on Long Island that offer opportunities for everyone, including ones willing to pay college tuition while you begin your career.

 “Many Long Islanders are unaware that these job opportunities exist, so positions tend to go unfilled and companies begin recruiting from other places,” said Dr. Bloom.  “Roughly 85% of incoming Kindergarteners will be in jobs that currently don’t exist. Being at the forefront of ‘Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ is South Huntington’s Mission and we have a responsibility to educate our children about those jobs and to work with these companies to learn how we can fill these positions.” 

 

New Teacher Spotlight

‘My family and I have happily returned to our roots on Long Island and I look forward to becoming a part of the South Huntington community.’
‘My family and I have happily returned to our roots on Long Island and I look forward to becoming a part of the South Huntington community.’

Spotlight on our Staff from Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon as featured in the Superintendents Weekly Newsletter:

This column has highlighted so many of the people who have made this district special.  This week’s focus is on a teacher new to South Huntington. Robert Brew is a fourth-grade teacher at Maplewood Intermediate School. He began his career in the Rockville Center School District, where he was named Teacher of the Year at his elementary school. However, seeing that his wife had a career opportunity in the South, Rob and his family relocated and he immediately received another teaching position, where he again distinguished himself as a Master Teacher.


Rob and his family planned to move back to Long Island, and he applied to South Huntington. Given his history of achievement as a teacher, glowing references from colleagues and administrators, and an outgoing personality, Rob rose above many others applying for the position.

A visit to his class affirms why he has been so successful with elementary students. His humor, human relations skills, and dedication to teaching are evident. The class environment is positive, and the students in his class seem eager to learn.

Welcome to South Huntington, Rob!

Gymnastics Starts Strong

Becca Horner had a personal best on the uneven bars.
Becca Horner had a personal best on the uneven bars.
Yagmur Aykanat, shown here on the Balance Beam posted a personal best on the vault and uneven bars.
Yagmur Aykanat, shown here on the Balance Beam posted a personal best on the vault and uneven bars.
Excellent job Brianna Scala on the floor exercise.
Excellent job Brianna Scala on the floor exercise.

The Walt Whitman gymnastics team had a fantastic meet winning to Copiague this past week. Awesome job Nicole Sorenson competing on Vault for the first time. Yagmur Aykanat and Sarah Astegher both had personal bests on the vault and uneven bars. Becca Horner had a personal best on the uneven bars. Excellent job Brianna Scala on the floor exercise. Come watch these Lady Wildcats tumble next Tuesday at 4:30 at their next home meet.

A Wild Win for the Wildcats

The Dig Pink Rally is The Side-Out Foundation’s October event that brings together volleyball players to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork, and show support for people with the disease.
The Dig Pink Rally is The Side-Out Foundation’s October event that brings together volleyball players to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork, and show support for people with the disease.

Newsday Sports writer Kenny DeJohn gives us a perfect setup for tonight's big home match against one of Suffolk’s top-ranked Girls Volleyball teams. Join the community and support our Lady Wildcats tonight for the annual Dig Pink match supporting Breast Cancer Awareness in Whitman’s North Gym vs. Connetquot @ 6PM. 

From October 3rd Newsday - By Kenny DeJohn:

It’s been a roller-coaster season for Whitman. High expectations have been met with minor letdowns along the way, but the Wildcats enjoyed a highlight on Sept. 28.

After dropping the first set to host Northport – which had just beaten Suffolk powerhouse Connetquot the week before – Whitman bounced back to take the next three sets and escape with a 3-1 win over the Tigers in Suffolk II. It was Northport’s first league loss of the season.

Whitman runs a 6-2 offense (the ratio of hitters to setters), but after setter Annabelle Novinski rolled her ankle prior to the match, Whitman was faced with either using Morgan Wagner as the only setter or getting creative. Coach Steve Greco opted for creativity.

Ally DeGaray, the team’s top hitting threat and a Division I prospect, offered to set alongside Wagner to keep the 6-2 intact. She didn’t perform poorly in the first set, but her back-row defense was sorely missed. On the fly, Greco and the Wildcats moved to a 5-1 offense for the rest of the match. It worked.

“It was packed. It was loud. We battled,” Greco said. “One of the things of being so young, to get over the hump and overcome what we did and get that much closer to playoffs. We’ve been changing the culture a lot.”

DeGaray’s final line was impressive: 17 kills, 16 digs, six assists, and five aces. Amanda DeWitt “couldn’t be blocked,” according to Greco, evidenced by her 20 kills. Wagner had 36 assists, and Maggie Neiland had 20 digs.

Whitman (4-3) couldn’t ride the momentum, dropping its next match to Lindenhurst, 3-0. But a pivotal Suffolk II matchup looms against Connetquot on Friday.

“The playoffs aren’t really something that happens here,” Greco said. “We still need two more [Suffolk II] wins.”

 

 

 

 

Girls Tennis Wraps Regular Season

Congratulations seniors left to right with coach Seth Novick: Jasmine Haug, Katherine Gotard, Mabel Bassi, Emma Halliday, Stephanie Young, Casey Gilmartin, Anna Scortichini and Samantha Vincent.
Congratulations seniors left to right with coach Seth Novick: Jasmine Haug, Katherine Gotard, Mabel Bassi, Emma Halliday, Stephanie Young, Casey Gilmartin, Anna Scortichini and Samantha Vincent.
Chelsea Carino won 6-3 6-2 at 4th singles.
Chelsea Carino won 6-3 6-2 at 4th singles.
Senior co-captain Katherine Gotard at 3rd singles won 6-0 6-0.
Senior co-captain Katherine Gotard at 3rd singles won 6-0 6-0.
Stephanie Young (right) and Katie Miata (left) won the deciding match 7-6 6-3 at second doubles.
Stephanie Young (right) and Katie Miata (left) won the deciding match 7-6 6-3 at second doubles.
Casey Gilmartin (left) and Anna Scortichini (right) won at 3rd doubles 6-0 6-1.
Casey Gilmartin (left) and Anna Scortichini (right) won at 3rd doubles 6-0 6-1.
Senior co-captain Jasmine Haug and Junior Emma Graff (background) played well in their last doubles competition.
Senior co-captain Jasmine Haug and Junior Emma Graff (background) played well in their last doubles competition.
A special shout out to Mabel Bassi for her amazing come-from-behind 3 set win in the Northport match.
A special shout out to Mabel Bassi for her amazing come-from-behind 3 set win in the Northport match.
Kayla Sakayan, a strong singles player will be back next year and looks to improve on this year’s 8-2 team record.
Kayla Sakayan, a strong singles player will be back next year and looks to improve on this year’s 8-2 team record.

The Girls Varsity tennis team won 4-3, on Tuesday, October 2nd beating Hauppauge in their last home match before the postseason begins.  That means the team will finish with an 8-2 league record and 9-3 overall.  Katherine Gotard at 3rd singles won 6-0 6-0.  Chelsea Carino won 6-3 6-2 at 4th singles.  Casey Gilmartin and Anna Scortichini won at 3rd doubles 6-0 6-1.  Stephanie Young and Katie Miata won the deciding match 7-6 6-3 at second doubles.  The team had an amazing season led by the 8 seniors on the team.  Congratulations seniors: Jasmine Haug, Katherine Gotard, Mabel Bassi, Emma Halliday, Stephanie Young, Casey Gilmartin, Anna Scortichini and Samantha Vincent.

Wildcats Clinch Playoffs- Rankel Records 6th Shutout

Sean Rankel and a strong defense have been key in getting our Wildcats into the playoffs.
Sean Rankel and a strong defense have been key in getting our Wildcats into the playoffs.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team avenged an early season loss by defeating Northport yesterday by the score of 1-0. Sean Rankel kept the game scoreless when he saved a penalty kick with 12 minutes remaining. Jordan Perez Hernandez notched the game-winner when he converted a penalty kick with 3 minutes remaining. Rankel made 10 saves for his 6th shutout of the season. With the win, the Wildcats improved their record to 8-2, including their 5th straight victory. The team clinched a playoff berth with the win. The Wildcats are home against Connetquot this Friday night, October 5th at 7 PM.

Varsity Boys Volleyball Rise to the Occasion

Volleyball is all about ‘team’ as our guys celebrate a point. In the Northport win Jack Poplawski (15) and Dom Esposito, left facing camera, stood out.
Volleyball is all about ‘team’ as our guys celebrate a point. In the Northport win Jack Poplawski (15) and Dom Esposito, left facing camera, stood out.

Whitman's Varsity Boys Volleyball has just beaten #2 ranked Northport 3-2 (26-24, 17-25, 25-22, 22-25, 16-14). Jack Poplawski had 23 kills, 10 digs, 3 aces, and 2 blocks. Dom Esposito had 3 kills, 23 assists, 10 digs, 1 ace, and 2. The Wildcats are home today, October 4th against Center Moriches at 6:30 PM.

 

S(care) for Charity!

Walt Whitman Sophomore Alexandra Miller-Henson with her S(care) bag that volunteers will use to collect donated items.
Walt Whitman Sophomore Alexandra Miller-Henson with her S(care) bag that volunteers will use to collect donated items.
“This is a great way for kids to help the less fortunate and have fun at the same time.”
“This is a great way for kids to help the less fortunate and have fun at the same time.”

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

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

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

Here’s how it works:

•Sign up to participate at www.scareforcharity.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Field Hockey Set for Hills Matchup

Come out this evening at 6:30 PM for the Lady Wildcats senior game where we will recognize Elena Davis, Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, Karina Lew, Kayleigh McArdle, Riley Piromalli, and Gabrielle Safian.
Come out this evening at 6:30 PM for the Lady Wildcats senior game where we will recognize Elena Davis, Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, Karina Lew, Kayleigh McArdle, Riley Piromalli, and Gabrielle Safian.

Girls Varsity Field Hockey won a big game against Smithtown West last Friday.  The score was 2-0 with goals scored by Kayleigh McArdle and Kristy Chillemi. Goalkeeper Sarah Nace earned her first ever shutout. Come out this evening at 6:30 PM for the Lady Wildcats senior game where we will recognize Elena Davis, Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, Karina Lew, Kayleigh McArdle, Riley Piromalli, and Gabrielle Safian.

The Collective’s Vision of a Creative Community is Alive and Well at Whitman

Left to right in the engineer’s booth sophomore Benjamin Joseph, junior Caitlyn Lupton on the guitar, and at the mic senior Lily Soares.
Left to right in the engineer’s booth sophomore Benjamin Joseph, junior Caitlyn Lupton on the guitar, and at the mic senior Lily Soares.
In the main recording room, music teacher Matthew Hoffman on the drums works with Caitlyn Lupton and Lily Soares on a new song.
In the main recording room, music teacher Matthew Hoffman on the drums works with Caitlyn Lupton and Lily Soares on a new song.
Summer Levinsky plays to the crowd at the St. Elizabeth’s Festival.
Summer Levinsky plays to the crowd at the St. Elizabeth’s Festival.
Sisters Katherine (left) and Lauren Gotard (right) make the perfect duo at this family event.
Sisters Katherine (left) and Lauren Gotard (right) make the perfect duo at this family event.
Solo act Kate Jenkins singing an original tune at St. Elizabeth’s.
Solo act Kate Jenkins singing an original tune at St. Elizabeth’s.
Janna Garden (left) and Chloe Rozenveld (right) performing together live for their community.
Janna Garden (left) and Chloe Rozenveld (right) performing together live for their community.
Solo guitarist Sara Crapanzano strums and sings at the community event.
Solo guitarist Sara Crapanzano strums and sings at the community event.
Erin Collins keeping the festival upbeat on the drums.
Erin Collins keeping the festival upbeat on the drums.
Matthew Brown on the bass grinning and grooving along at the festival.
Matthew Brown on the bass grinning and grooving along at the festival.

St. Elizabeth’s Church recently held a festival that brought live music to our South Huntington Community. Michelle Riley invited musicians from Walt Whitman’s The Collective to perform at the festival, bringing light to the club’s mission to show the community the talent they have been cultivating over the last 3 years of the club’s existence.

The club, under the advisement of Vito Monti and Band Director Matt Hoffman, is geared toward a whole community of students who may not be involved in the traditional music classes such as band or chorus that still seek an outlet for making music. The club offers access to the 3-year-old recording studio where student musicians can take advantage of getting hands-on experience engineering and producing music. “Having the studio as a resource is really a special thing” as it gives these students a unique advantage as they move forward in pursuing music beyond high school. The studio is constantly booked, whether it’s being used to record tracks for The Collective’s upcoming album or a student recording an audition tape to be sent to prospective colleges, the space is an amazing resource allowing students to express themselves and get people listening.

The studio became so popular amongst the band students that collaboration began to form where the students could work together and really take on the spirit of The Collective’s vision of creative community involvement. There is a sense of shared community between students, whether they have been playing guitar for years or are learning chords for the first time, the club’s vision to be all-inclusive really fosters a space for students to be expressive. “We want the community to know that this exists here and that it’s open to anybody in the school to take advantage of this club.”

They have begun workshops that provide students with useful tips for songwriting, techniques on using the studio’s equipment and software, as well as providing direction and guidance for students to keep moving forward in creating their own original music. Matt Hoffman and Vito Monti understand that music can be an intimidating field for many students and since having the production of this club and recording studio, making original music is more accessible to musicians beyond the band room.

“It’s a place where the kids can find their voice. They come in shy and nervous but they always come back and do it again. They’re finding their voices as artists, finding their voices as people and developing their confidence in being able to express themselves and it’s cool to watch them evolve.”

The Collective wants to “keep creating art” and will begin recording new tracks in the studio right away. They will fundraise for the production of the new album set to release by June 2019. Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Monti would like to thank Michelle Riley for inviting The Collective and giving them the opportunity to perform at the St. Elizabeth’s Festival, as well as Walt Whitman High School Principal John Murphy for his support and for really championing the idea of forming the club. Special thanks also go out to SHEF, Sheila Buhse and Miles for Michael for their initial help in funding the program and for their continued support in funding music and the arts within our district. 

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Huntington Unity Day Honors ‘Dee’ Thompson

Congratulating Ms. Dolores Thompson (center with plaque) left to right at the Unity Day Celebration: Huntington Receiver of Taxes Ms. Jillian Guthman, Suffolk Legislator Dr. William Spencer, South Huntington BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta, Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, South Huntington Schools Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and NYS Assemblyman Steve Stern.
Congratulating Ms. Dolores Thompson (center with plaque) left to right at the Unity Day Celebration: Huntington Receiver of Taxes Ms. Jillian Guthman, Suffolk Legislator Dr. William Spencer, South Huntington BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta, Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, South Huntington Schools Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and NYS Assemblyman Steve Stern.

This past weekend’s Unity Day designees were joined by a very special honoree who has dedicated over a half-century to the greater Huntington Community. The surprise presentation was reserved for Huntington Enrichment Center founder Dolores Thompson who has been a strong advocate and dedicated proponent of diversity, equality, and excellence in our region. Ms. Thompson has given tirelessly of her time and energy, serving nearly two decades as the president of the NAACP, Chairperson of the Dolan Center Health Advisory Board, and member of Leadership Huntington’s President’s Council. In addition, “Dee has been a passionate supporter of our South Huntington community and genuine friend to the school district team,” said Dr. Joseph Centamore in the district's current Weekly Newsletter. “Our Wildcat family is proud of Ms. Thompson, and join her beautiful children and grandchildren in wishing her the very best.”

Whitman Honors Their ‘Commended’ Students

Left to right: Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, Ashar Farooq, Gabrielle Safian, Principal John Murphy, Zachary Slansky and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.
Left to right: Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, Ashar Farooq, Gabrielle Safian, Principal John Murphy, Zachary Slansky and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.

Walt Whitman’s National Merit Commended students Ashar Farooq, Gabrielle Safian and Zachary Slansky were honored this past Wednesday morning for their high achievement on the PSAT. “It is evident that since an early age these seniors have identified themselves as students in the forefront of academic excellence and we are very proud of them,” said Whitman Principal John Murphy.

More than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 national high scorers on the PSAT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.  “It really is an honor to have so many of Whitman best and brightest acknowledged for their academic fortitude and prowess at a national level,” said Principal Murphy. “The three students selected this year to receive this accolade are all similar in their academic pursuits but add to the diversity of Walt Whitman High School through their various interests and activities. They are what we hope all students at WWHS strive to become.”

Winning Record for Lady Wildcats

Kristen Finnerty (21), a junior Forward, has been a solid contributor this season.
Kristen Finnerty (21), a junior Forward, has been a solid contributor this season.
A pair of tens, Whitman’s Marissa Martino (Maroon 10), at Center Midfield battles her opponent for possession.
A pair of tens, Whitman’s Marissa Martino (Maroon 10), at Center Midfield battles her opponent for possession.
Senior Danielle Kleet (9) has 9 points so far this season, 7 of which were goals.
Senior Danielle Kleet (9) has 9 points so far this season, 7 of which were goals.
Junior Defender Fiona Smyth (28) sends the ball to the center of the field.
Junior Defender Fiona Smyth (28) sends the ball to the center of the field.
Senior Joie Tortorice (17) works her magic.
Senior Joie Tortorice (17) works her magic.
You wouldn’t know Ella Brower (5) is a freshman with the confidence and game IQ she demonstrates on the field.
You wouldn’t know Ella Brower (5) is a freshman with the confidence and game IQ she demonstrates on the field.
Another strong senior, Alyssa Chillemi, playing at Midfield keeps the pressure up in a game against Deer Park.
Another strong senior, Alyssa Chillemi, playing at Midfield keeps the pressure up in a game against Deer Park.

On Tuesday, September 25th, in a rain-shortened game, the varsity girls soccer team defeated Bellport by a score of 2-0.  Marissa Martino and Kristen Finnerty scored for Whitman.  Come out this evening, Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 PM to watch the Lady Wildcats as they play Lindenhurst.

Gymnastics Flying Again

Left to right: Danielle DeGaray had personal bests on the balance beam, shown here, and Carly McEntee soared to first place on the floor exercise.
Left to right: Danielle DeGaray had personal bests on the balance beam, shown here, and Carly McEntee soared to first place on the floor exercise.
A couple of ‘firsts’ - Chloe Rozenveld, left, competing on the floor exercise for the first time and Sanai Browne proudly finishes her routine on the Balance Beam.
A couple of ‘firsts’ - Chloe Rozenveld, left, competing on the floor exercise for the first time and Sanai Browne proudly finishes her routine on the Balance Beam.
Whitman freshman Rebecca Horner performed well on the Vault, Bars (shown), and the Floor Exercise.
Whitman freshman Rebecca Horner performed well on the Vault, Bars (shown), and the Floor Exercise.
Brianna Scala, a sophomore had a strong day, especially with her Floor routine shown here.
Brianna Scala, a sophomore had a strong day, especially with her Floor routine shown here.
Sophomore Alexa Toledo finished her floor routine perfectly.
Sophomore Alexa Toledo finished her floor routine perfectly.
Junior Yagmur Aykanat (left) and Shannyn Cory both showed steady improvement on the uneven bars.
Junior Yagmur Aykanat (left) and Shannyn Cory both showed steady improvement on the uneven bars.
Left to right: Brianna Conroy and Jana Garden both with strong routines on the balance beam.
Left to right: Brianna Conroy and Jana Garden both with strong routines on the balance beam.

The Girls Varsity Gymnastics team had a great meet on Monday, September 24th against Commack. Nice job to Sanai Browne competing on the balance beam for the first time and to Chloe Rozenveld competing on the floor exercise for the first time. Carly McEntee took first place on the floor exercise. Danielle DeGaray had personal bests on the balance beam and the floor exercise. Excellent job to the entire team for working so hard together! Come out and support the Lady Wildcats at their next home meet on Tuesday, October 9th at 4:30 PM when they take on Harborfields.

'Excellence' Award to Julio Taku

Congratulating Julio left to right at the Unity Day Celebration: South Huntington BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta, BOE Trustee Sidney Joyner, Julio Taku, NYS Assemblyman Steve Stern, Whitman Principal John Murphy, and Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci.
Congratulating Julio left to right at the Unity Day Celebration: South Huntington BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta, BOE Trustee Sidney Joyner, Julio Taku, NYS Assemblyman Steve Stern, Whitman Principal John Murphy, and Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci.

Congratulations to Julio Taku, Walt Whitman Graduate from the Class of 2018 who was honored at the recent Unity Day Parade and Fair. Julio won the ‘Excellence in Community Leadership’ Award.

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy had plenty to say about Julio to the large audience on a picture perfect day. “Julio Taku is a charismatic young leader who views education as the key to both equality and success.  After immigrating to the United States from Cameroon as the oldest of four children with his mother and father, Julio Taku quickly immersed himself in his school community and became a tireless advocate for people in need. Julio’s roots in the diverse South Huntington School District contributed richly to a “can do” philosophy, which embraces social justice and enhances the opportunity for friends and classmates alike.

While attending Walt Whitman High School, Julio enveloped himself in the entire “High School Experience,” embracing all facets of scholastic life. Julio became an effective advocate for the Walt Whitman student body and served as a trusted spokesperson for student affairs.  During his time at Walt Whitman High, Julio represented our region and school at the Boys State Leadership Conference, served as a student mentor with the district’s Project Excel Program, participated in musical theater and volunteered for community outreach at Huntington Hospital and Saint Elizabeth’s Church. Julio was also a founding member of our district’s first of its kind Recording Studio club - The Collective, which provides students of all musical talents and backgrounds the opportunity to collaborate on original creations.  Remarkably, Julio achieved all of these accomplishments while filling his academic schedule with a myriad of Advanced Placement, Honors, and College classes, and maintaining an impressive Grade Point Average.

Interestingly, through his work with our school leadership program, Julio earned the respect of both government representatives and the local media. As a result, he became a trusted spokesperson for contemporary causes and participated in a public televised forum titled, “Guns on Long Island” sponsored by News 12.  Through this program, Julio passionately gave voice to the concerns of many Long Island students, while respectfully debating the diverse and often conflicting opinions of citizens throughout the region.

Julio Taku’s maturity and passion for social justice make it hard to imagine that he is an 18-year-old student in his first year at Stony Brook University. His inquisitive nature and genuine curiosity for the human condition connect him to all facets of American youth. As a result, Julio has become a leader of his generation and trusted face and voice in the Long Island community. When asked why he was so active both inside and outside of the classroom, Julio replies with a warm smile; “Because you never know what you might learn or experience.”

It has been our pleasure being a part of Julio’s scholastic life and the South Huntington community looks forward to following his inevitable success in the years to come.

JV Volleyball Takes Home Trophy

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Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball coach George Layer shared some exciting news from this past weekend. The boys JV volleyball team won an important tournament in Plainview on Saturday. Michael Phillips was named tournament MVP and Grant Biedermann was named to the all-tournament team.

Way to Go Wildcats!

Walt Whitman... A School of Excellence

This award is a tribute to the academic programs and teachers for the work that they do to prepare student athletes.
This award is a tribute to the academic programs and teachers for the work that they do to prepare student athletes.

Congratulations Walt Whitman High School on being named a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team School of Excellence for the 2017-2018 school year. Twenty-seven of the school’s 30 sports teams helped qualify Whitman for this distinguished award, as each team maintained an average of 90 or better throughout the entire school year. “Walt Whitman is within the top 15% in the state academically,” said Dr. James Wright, District Supervisor of Physical Education, Health, Athletics and Recreation. “We credit our wonderful teachers as they prepare student-athletes within the classroom and beyond, allowing them to play even more competently on the field.” 

New Athletics Website for Whitman and Stimson Sports

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Get the very latest in Whitman and Stimson Sports News including great stories, photos, schedules and more on their new website:

https://waltwhitmanhsstimsonms.rschoolteams.com

Cross Country Starts Strong

The 2018 Varsity Girls Cross Country Team- Top Row: Briana Umana Moran, Anastasia Akapnitis, Elisa Hustedt, Captain Grace Weigele, Maya Biblow, Daniela Santoiemma.  Bottom Row: Marie Saint Charles, Gabbie Girard, Juliana Nguyen, Lauren Redelman, Jessica Castagna, and Captain Grace Roiland.
The 2018 Varsity Girls Cross Country Team- Top Row: Briana Umana Moran, Anastasia Akapnitis, Elisa Hustedt, Captain Grace Weigele, Maya Biblow, Daniela Santoiemma. Bottom Row: Marie Saint Charles, Gabbie Girard, Juliana Nguyen, Lauren Redelman, Jessica Castagna, and Captain Grace Roiland.

The 2018 Girls Varsity Cross Country team started the season with an excellent showing at the Peconic Invitational in Hampton Bays on September 13th.  The entire team, as always, put in a very strong effort and achieved many individual and team goals for their first race of the season. Captain Grace Weigele (sophomore) ran the 5K course in 22:04.61 and set the tone for the potential of this ambitious team. “This team has progressively improved and should be commended for their overall work ethic and I look forward to what the future holds for each athlete,” said Coach Vasken Kazandjian. The team’s next dual meet is scheduled for October 2nd vs. Sachem East at Sunken Meadow. 

Unity Church of Healing Light Donates Backpacks Full of School Supplies

Photographed with many of the backpacks, Reverends Evelyn Digsby and Saba Mchunguzi, (center) and members from the Unity Church of Healing Light, South Huntington School District social workers, the district’s new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services April Poprilo (left) and Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.
Photographed with many of the backpacks, Reverends Evelyn Digsby and Saba Mchunguzi, (center) and members from the Unity Church of Healing Light, South Huntington School District social workers, the district’s new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services April Poprilo (left) and Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.

Thank you Reverends Evelyn Digsby and Saba Mchunguzi and the congregation from the Unity Church of Healing Light who graciously donated backpacks, each filled with school supplies. Representatives from the church were at the James Kaden Administrative Office on the second day of school to donate over 166 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies for needy elementary children in our district. “The backpack donation was a wonderful opportunity to be able to collaborate with our community partners. It was a great surprise to see over 166 backpacks donated and was a true testament to the relationships that we have established here in South Huntington,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Services April Poprilo as she expresses her gratitude for this event.

“All the hours you and the members of your congregations put into making this happen is a true blessing,” said South Huntington Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, as he helped unload the backpacks. “We are incredibly grateful to Unity Church of Healing Light, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington and Gathering Light Interspiritual Fellowship for their generosity and untiring friendship to our South Huntington community. There are countless students and families whose burdens were lightened and lives brightened by this kindness and we are forever thankful.”

 

To infinity... and beyond!

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

Win Win for Wildcat Sports Fans

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

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

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

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

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

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A Parents Guide To Integrating K-12 Technology Tools

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

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


 

Fall Adult Educational Offerings

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

Please register promptly to avoid class cancellations.

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

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Silver Medal Awarded

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

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

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

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.