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Live Your Life with Purpose

Murphy won a Bronze medal 2006 IPC World Powerlifting Championships and grabbed the attention of Nike, when he was subsequently featured in Nike’s “No Excuses” campaign.
Murphy won a Bronze medal 2006 IPC World Powerlifting Championships and grabbed the attention of Nike, when he was subsequently featured in Nike’s “No Excuses” campaign.
Rohan tells today’s youth that they too should never give up and said, “I want all of you to chase your dreams no matter how far away they may seem. Think about not having legs. I will not have one easy day in my life, but if I can overcome this, why can’t you? What’s stopping you?”
Rohan tells today’s youth that they too should never give up and said, “I want all of you to chase your dreams no matter how far away they may seem. Think about not having legs. I will not have one easy day in my life, but if I can overcome this, why can’t you? What’s stopping you?”

Rohan Murphy gave an incredible assembly to our Stimson students recently. Rohan is a young man who lost both of his legs at birth.  He began to wrestle during his freshman year of high school.  After a successful high school wrestling career, he went on to wrestle at Penn State University.  In addition to wrestling, Rohan is an accomplished powerlifter who represents the United States in international competitions.

Rohan works to inspire young people to face challenges, overcome hardship, and to choose to behave in a healthy way.  As a professional motivational speaker, Rohan is not only able to inspire students by his actions, but also by his words.  Rohan’s life story is a gripping tale of adversity, dedication, and living life with a purpose.

'Front' Opens Tonight

Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.
Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.
Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.
Our students will amaze you with their talent, courage, and commitment to this emotionally challenging piece of theatre.

The Walt Whitman Mainstage Drama Production “Front” will kick off this year’s theatre presentations tonight November 17th and 18 and 19.  Show times at Whitman’s PAC are as follows:

Friday, November 17 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 18 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 19 2:00 PM

"As a dramatic evening of theater, Front by Robert Caisley proved to be a huge success with our HS cast and our audience. Set during the London blitz, and focusing mainly on the women left behind during WWII, the play provides wonderful opportunities for character development. Moving, without being sentimental, the play explores the horrors, ambivalence, confusion and humor that people face when confronted with war on their own turf.” - Laura Hicks, Theater Department, Poughkeepsie Day School.

Mrs. Susan Radin, our esteemed Walt Whitman Dance Teacher, has both produced and directed this stage drama.  Please come and support our talented actors who have worked so hard to bring our South Huntington community the excitement of live theater entertainment!

Fall Spotlight News

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Who Let the Dogs Out!

Ms. Semple showed the children how to pet Cutch.
Ms. Semple showed the children how to pet Cutch.
Because of his gentle nature children found it easy to pet Cutch.
Because of his gentle nature children found it easy to pet Cutch.

Therapy Dogs International visited Mr. Cardella, Ms. Commander, and Ms. Gray’s Countrywood students recently.  Cutch and his handler, Ms. Semple, have visited various schools and libraries, and have had great success engaging the children with Cutch. The children can talk to, read to, or just sit with Cutch. Ms. Semple showed the children how to pet Cutch and they quickly got comfortable because of his gentle nature. Thank you to Ms. Scileppi for arranging to have these special visitors at Countrywood.

Got Gas? Propane That Is.

On it’s maiden voyage safely and quietly delivering students to Maplewood Intermediate School.
On it’s maiden voyage safely and quietly delivering students to Maplewood Intermediate School.
Note to parents: If you’re used to listening for the bus in your neighborhood, our new environmentally friendly propane-fueled busses will surprise you on how quiet they are.
Note to parents: If you’re used to listening for the bus in your neighborhood, our new environmentally friendly propane-fueled busses will surprise you on how quiet they are.

We hear from Assistant Superintendent of Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph Centamore that the District's first environmentally friendly propane-fueled bus embarked on its maiden voyage last week. This begins the District's plan to gradually replace large diesel-fueled buses with these cleaner and more economically efficient propane models. While a transition of this magnitude will surely take some time, we look forward to welcoming a second, new generation bus to the fleet in the weeks to come.

Oakwood First-Graders Adopt Injured Bird

An Eastern Screech Owl with eye injury is one of the temporary guests at Sweetbriar.
An Eastern Screech Owl with eye injury is one of the temporary guests at Sweetbriar.

First-grade classes visited The Sweetbriar Nature Preserve in Smithtown this fall. In the woodlands, they observed the deciduous and evergreen trees and listened to blue jays and woodpeckers.  In the sunny meadow, they saw butterflies and bees enjoying the last of the milkweed and the black-eyed Susans.

Since Sweetbriar is a refuge for wounded animals, so they also saw eagles, hawks, and owls that are being cared for by the Sweetbriar staff.  It was a wonderful experience to see these magnificent birds up close.

In the reptile room, everyone observed a box turtle and felt his hard protective shell. Students were surprised when they felt the dry, scaly skin of the resident corn snake.  In the mammal room, they met a rabbit and an opossum and discussed ways that they are similar and different from human beings.

Students prepared for their trip by reading, writing, illustrating, and discussing ways that mammals and reptiles are similar and different, by learning the attributes of birds and butterflies, and by practicing how to walk quietly through the woods.

Oakwood students had an enjoyable and educational visit to the Sweetbriar Preserve. Everyone looks forward to “adopting” a Sweetbriar animal and contributing to its care.

Congratulations Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulate their 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, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulate their 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.
Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulates an additional group of October students of the month photographed later in the day.
Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row right) congratulates an additional group of October students of the month photographed later in the day.

“I’m really very proud of you all, so keep up the good work,” said Principal Murphy as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our October Students of the Month. These talented Walt Whitman students 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.

October Students of the Month: Jake Barry, Christopher Borges, Raymond Matuza, Ackelia Bondfield, Kristy Campana, Sebastian Rosa, Emma Weigele, Max Eidinoff, Gil Lahoy Lahoy, Wilmer Valle, Julianna Villella, Alexa Betancourth, Diana Fogel, Wilmer Munoz Pena, Riley Wagner, Heather Aadal, Ashley Barker, Grace Buckshaw Veronica Martinez Rosales, Elena Davis, Marvin Saravia, Brenda Saravia Coreas, Jacqueline Wuestman, Joelle Koutsantanou, Alexandra Sherry, Logan Slansky, Jasmine Thai, Danielle DeGaray, Luke R McEvoy, Raj Shah, James Stanton, Hamza Farooq, Marisa Havekotte, Joseph Maldonado Gonzalez, Quinn O’Hara, and Aiden Smyth. 

 

K-12 Social Studies Program Highlighted

At the November 8th Board of Education meeting, the community heard about the District’s rigorous Social Studies curriculum beginning with our K-5 program and throughout our 9-12 program including changes to the Regents exam beginning in June of 2018. The presentation is attached below.

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Bringing the World into the Classroom

Google Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Program was released just a few weeks ago and already our students are thrilled with the results.
Google Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Program was released just a few weeks ago and already our students are thrilled with the results.
Any object from a strand of DNA to a whirling Category 5 hurricane can be brought into the classroom with Expeditions AR and students can see and walk around the object like it was right there in the classroom.
Any object from a strand of DNA to a whirling Category 5 hurricane can be brought into the classroom with Expeditions AR and students can see and walk around the object like it was right there in the classroom.
Engaging students and enhancing their curriculum with the very latest technology is on display everyday in South Huntington.
Engaging students and enhancing their curriculum with the very latest technology is on display everyday in South Huntington.
Board President Nick Ciappetta and Superintendent Dave Bennardo get to test out what all the excitement is about.
Board President Nick Ciappetta and Superintendent Dave Bennardo get to test out what all the excitement is about.

Last week Silas Wood was one of the first schools to have their students take part in the new Google Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Program. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtually augmented reality journeys.

Expeditions AR uses Google's Augmented Reality technology to map the physical classroom and then teachers are able to place 3D objects around the classroom. Students walked all around the objects, got in close to spot details, and stepped back to see the full picture.

Imagine staring into the eye of a miniature Category 5 hurricane or getting up close with a strand of DNA. With Expeditions AR, our teachers can bring the world into the classroom to help engage students with immersive lessons.

If you would like to see what our sixth-graders were seeing, check out this video from Google:

https://edu.google.com/expeditions/ar/#about

 

Kindergarteners Love their Computer Lab

Specific skills are incorporated into the computer lab and iPad sessions to provide students with an early foundation in technology.
Specific skills are incorporated into the computer lab and iPad sessions to provide students with an early foundation in technology.
Children have fun strengthening their abilities while also utilizing their newly acquired technology skills.
Children have fun strengthening their abilities while also utilizing their newly acquired technology skills.

The school year got off to a great start in Mrs. Lamorte’s Kindergarten class as students experienced the excitement of making friends and having new adventures at Countrywood. Highlights for kindergarteners this fall include visiting the computer lab and using iPads in the classroom.  Specific skills are incorporated into the computer lab and iPad sessions to provide students with an early foundation in technology.  The skills they are acquiring can be applied to explore educational websites such as Reading Eggs, Raz Kids and Starfall. These educational programs benefit students by reinforcing the skills such as reading fluency, comprehension, and mathematical awareness being taught in the classroom.  Children have fun strengthening their abilities while also utilizing their newly acquired technology skills. 

A True American Hero

BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta presenting Mr. George Kunz his official high school diploma.
BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta presenting Mr. George Kunz his official high school diploma.
State Assemblyman and Huntington Supervisor elect Chad Lupinacci had high praise for our local hero.
State Assemblyman and Huntington Supervisor elect Chad Lupinacci had high praise for our local hero.
A sincere thank you to our friends at American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 and their ‘Legion Riders’ unit for making the evening extra special.
A sincere thank you to our friends at American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 and their ‘Legion Riders’ unit for making the evening extra special.
George Kunz’s family includes the Eagen’s and Whitman teacher Ms. Kimberly Latko, all of who are extremely proud of their patriarch.
George Kunz’s family includes the Eagen’s and Whitman teacher Ms. Kimberly Latko, all of who are extremely proud of their patriarch.

On Wednesday night, November 8th, South Huntington School District was honored to present to George L. Kunz his High School Diploma from the Class of 1944.  Mr. Kunz, at the age of 17, left South Huntington High School to enlist in the U. S. Navy and serve his country during World War II.  Mr. Kunz actually turned 18 while on the train being transported to boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  He shipped out from Norfolk in 1944 as Motor Machinist’s Mate, Second Class, to Bizerte, North Africa, where he was assigned to the Landing Craft USS LCI-590 covering the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater.

As an 18-year old sailor, Mr. Kunz participated in the landing of Southern France.  His responsibilities included running the landing craft that delivered troops onto the beach while under fire.  On one occasion, while approaching the shore, his craft was hit, killing at least one of his crewmen and paralyzing the landing craft on the beach. Mr. Kunz was stranded overnight in a foxhole on that beach, until being pulled off the next day by the Navy. 

MoMM2C Kunz was honorably discharged in 1946 and was recognized with the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the European Theater Medal (1-Star), and the Victory Medal.

We are indebted to this American hero and thank him not only for his patriotic duty but also for this unique opportunity to recognize him as one of our noble Nation’s “Greatest Generation.”

Honoring Our Veterans Countrywood Style

Ms. Nicolino/Ms. Sullivan’s second-grade class sang a medley of patriotic songs led by music teacher, Mr. Slawitsky.
Ms. Nicolino/Ms. Sullivan’s second-grade class sang a medley of patriotic songs led by music teacher, Mr. Slawitsky.
Countrywood’s student council and our Veterans gather at the end of the program for one last photo.
Countrywood’s student council and our Veterans gather at the end of the program for one last photo.
Representatives from all of Countrywood’s classes each presented a special “thank you” to the group of veterans.  Principal Barbara Kenney, left, and Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga assisted each class with their presentation.
Representatives from all of Countrywood’s classes each presented a special “thank you” to the group of veterans. Principal Barbara Kenney, left, and Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga assisted each class with their presentation.
Student council members handed each veteran letters, cards, posters, and a bag of goodies made by the children.
Student council members handed each veteran letters, cards, posters, and a bag of goodies made by the children.

Countrywood celebrated Veterans Day recently by inviting more than 24 veterans - Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine – to honor for this special event. The day’s event started with breakfast followed by a special program with Ms. Nicolino/Ms. Sullivan’s second-grade class singing a medley of patriotic songs.  Led by our music teacher, Mr. Slawitsky, the songs included America, This Land is Your Land, and You’re a Grand Old Flag.  The celebration continued with students from all of our classes presenting a special “thank you” to the group. Veteran Frank Ostroff was impressed with our students;  “The ceremony was incredible as the children sang patriotic songs and made cards, posters, and drawings and handed them to each and every veteran.”   All of the veterans had an opportunity to speak and shared what military branch they served in and where they were stationed. “I will never forget November 3rd [the day of the event].  How children that age were able to memorize the words to the songs I cannot comprehend.  GREAT GREAT DAY,” added Mr. Ostroff.

Character, Reliability, Dependability…Birchwood’s Safety Patrol Inducted

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Birchwood Safety Patrol Class.
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Birchwood Safety Patrol Class.
Leading Birchwood’s fifth-graders in the Safety Patrol pledge is AAA representative Karen Blackburn.
Leading Birchwood’s fifth-graders in the Safety Patrol pledge is AAA representative Karen Blackburn.
Getting the ‘Letric Lime’ sashes to fit just right, especially over your outer coat in winter can be tricky at first.  Remember buckle in the front and word across the back.
Getting the ‘Letric Lime’ sashes to fit just right, especially over your outer coat in winter can be tricky at first. Remember buckle in the front and word across the back.
Birchwood’s newest Safety Patrol group jumps for joy as they are finally inducted.
Birchwood’s newest Safety Patrol group jumps for joy as they are finally inducted.

Birchwood Intermediate School’s fifth-grade students were recently inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Program.  In an effort to help create and maintain traffic safety, AAA has sponsored this program for the past 97 years.

Being part of the School Safety Patrol offers students the opportunity to meet and interact with the law enforcement community as partners in safety. This helps them grow into law-abiding citizens with a healthy respect for officers and their duties.

The students are selected on the basis of leadership potential and character, reliability, punctuality, ability to follow rules, dependability, and interest in traffic safety, good judgment, and respect for classmates. Parents of the Safety Patrol officers were invited to attend the ceremony, which was led by Karen Blackburn and Gerri DeSalvo, representatives from AAA.

Congratulations to the following 2017-2018 Safety Patrol Members: Luca Cioffi, Jack David, Blake Donahue, Zachary Gluckstal, Heather Kowalczyk, Abigail LaRegina, Diego Lopez, Maya Wedner, Sam Creighton, Justin Gudiel Crukz, Riley LaRegina, Gerard Marrone, Shayleen Michel, Yaslin Reyes Alvarado, Julia Rombaldi, Eshel Sheikh, Gavin Supek, Julianna Betcher, Chris Flores, Jamie Ranieri, Axel Sarmiento Cisneros, Gabriella Avella, Lauren Breaton, Lemke Haylee, Samuel Lopez Cardenas, Carter Phillips, Jayson Sanchez Torres, Emily Simonetti, Kiara Bonilla Maldonado, Samantha Kaileh, Kimberly Rivas, Diego Saravia, Samantha Castano, Omar Contreras Reyes, Edward Flores Medina, Jexon Galdames Sorto, Daniel Ryan, Cristian Umana, Kare Velasquez, Kayla Garcia, Andy Yanes, Jeremy Canales Mejia, Daniel Flores, Angelin Fuentes, Ethan Jacoutot, Luke Pedretti, Brianna Verga, Shaiza Cheema, Bronsyn Chiechi, Marissa DeWitt, Sadie Fletcher, Max Fyfe, Ethan Guzman, Justin Morales, Demetri Parrish, Harpreet Rattu, Madison Tyburski, Ashley Ranieri, Zardana Ahmed, Eve Arevalo, Sean Burke, Jissel Campos Guardado, Juan Perez Pelaez, Karolyna Roman, Francheska St. Hilaire, and Michael Standel.             

Mr. Smith Goes to New York City

Stimson Middle School Principal Edwin Smith raised over $3500 for charity by completing New York City Marathon.
Stimson Middle School Principal Edwin Smith raised over $3500 for charity by completing New York City Marathon.

Congratulations to Stimson Middle School Principal Edwin Smith for completing the New York City Marathon. In doing so, he also raised over $3500 for charity.  "After 56,000 steps, 5 boroughs, 8,000 calories burned, 4 hours and 46 minutes, and 26.2 miles I crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon,” said our exhausted but thrilled middle school principal. “I know this would not have been possible without the support of my South Huntington family.  THANK YOU!"

Third Consecutive State Championship for Marching Band

Congrats to Drum Major Miles Lewis, Field Majors Brenda Mendez and Nadia Lubrano, our Section Leaders, Band Parents, Pit Crew, and the entire Band for all it’s hard work and commitment to excellence as they capture a third consecutive State Championship.
Congrats to Drum Major Miles Lewis, Field Majors Brenda Mendez and Nadia Lubrano, our Section Leaders, Band Parents, Pit Crew, and the entire Band for all it’s hard work and commitment to excellence as they capture a third consecutive State Championship.
Wildcat Drum Major Miles Lewis gets some heavy lifting in as he accepts the First-Place State Championship trophy.
Wildcat Drum Major Miles Lewis gets some heavy lifting in as he accepts the First-Place State Championship trophy.

Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Wildcat Marching Band for an awesome 2017 season which concluded last Sunday at the US Bands National Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Fresh off their 3rd straight NY State Championship win, the Band scored an impressive 86.425 for the performance of their show: 'Question - The Journey Through Curiosity.' Congrats to Drum Major Miles Lewis, Field Majors Brenda Mendez and Nadia Lubrano, our Section Leaders, and the entire Band for all it’s hard work and commitment to excellence. We look forward to seeing and hearing you again soon!

Swimmer Emily Fung Heads to States

Whitman Sophomore Dana Keogler and Senior Emily Fung at the Suffolk County Championships.
Whitman Sophomore Dana Keogler and Senior Emily Fung at the Suffolk County Championships.

Varsity Swim Coach Rufus Shepard is happy to announce that the combined swim team of Huntington/South Huntington (HUSH) finished in 5th place overall in the Suffolk County Championships. Whitman Sophomore Dana Keogler swam the third leg of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay in a time of 28.10 earning a second place finish.

Senior Emily Fung swam the 200 Medley Relay and missed out on States by 2 one hundredth seconds.  However, she placed second in the 100-yard backstroke while setting a new school record (57.33). Emily has qualified for New York State Championships and will swim the 100-yard backstroke at Ithaca College next week.

The Giving Season Has Begun

Approximately 400 people will be impacted here on Long Island by the donations from Walt Whitman’s Senior Blood Drive.
Approximately 400 people will be impacted here on Long Island by the donations from Walt Whitman’s Senior Blood Drive.

The spirit of giving is alive and well at Walt Whitman High School!   The Fall Blood Drive held on Friday was a huge success due to the efforts of our captains and senior class officers.  124 pints were collected. This is truly amazing.  Each pint touches 3 lives- close to 400 people will be impacted by these donations here on Long Island.  So whether you were a captain, donated blood, offered to give or were turned away due to weight or low blood iron, you were part of this amazing day.   Also, many thanks to Mrs. Papianou who helped supervise this busy event.    If you did not donate and would like to give, there will be another Blood Drive in the Spring.

Senior Officers-who organized the event: Jack Anest, Niki Brigante, Kristy Campana, Kayla Campana, Timothy Jobson, Katie Latko, Brenda Mendez, Daniela Pasquerello and Liliana Pelliccia.

Captains: Heather Aadal, Joshua Berger, Leevon Black, Andrew (AJ)Brookman, Noelle Bryggman, Kristen Coletti, Angelina D'Amico, Matthew Haddock, Danielle Harris, Kathleen Hoppe, Julia Iovino, Meaghan Liegey, Kyla Magrane, James Mattutat, Delaney Mena, Hapi Morancie, Sean O'Donnell, Shailee Patel, Jenna Scheiner, Jamie Silverman, Tania Sood, Colin Stengl, Julio Taku, Alec Wurtz, Natalie Zakrzewski, and Michael Zimmerman

Solid Gymnastics Season Closes

Left to right: Senior Danielle Harris and Stimson 8th grader Carly McEntee posted excellent results at the recently held Suffolk County Coaches Invitational Meet.
Left to right: Senior Danielle Harris and Stimson 8th grader Carly McEntee posted excellent results at the recently held Suffolk County Coaches Invitational Meet.
The entire gymnastics team had an amazing season and look to return next year stronger than ever.
The entire gymnastics team had an amazing season and look to return next year stronger than ever.
In the All-round competition awards, South Huntington’s Carly McEntee (left) and Danielle Harris (right) prove that a dedicated season of training and hard work pays off in the end.
In the All-round competition awards, South Huntington’s Carly McEntee (left) and Danielle Harris (right) prove that a dedicated season of training and hard work pays off in the end.
Whitman took ownership of the Balance Beam with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finish. Left to right in photo: Carly McEntee (2nd), Sarah Astegher (1st) and Danielle Harris (3rd).
Whitman took ownership of the Balance Beam with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finish. Left to right in photo: Carly McEntee (2nd), Sarah Astegher (1st) and Danielle Harris (3rd).

Congratulations to Sarah Astegher, Shannyn Cory, Danielle DeGaray, Danielle Harris, Carly McEntee, Brianna Scala, and Ariana Weindling of the Varsity Gymnastics team with a great effort at the Suffolk County Coaches Invitational Meet. Senior Danielle Harris had a fantastic meet finishing 3rd on the vault, 3rd on the balance beam and 5th on the floor exercise. She placed 5th in the All Around.  Carly McEntee placed 2nd on the Vault, 2nd on the balance beam and 1st on the floor exercise. She placed 2nd in the All around. Sarah Astegher also had a great meet finishing 1st on the balance beam. Great job to the entire team on an amazing season.

 

Careers Ahead

The council facilitates the interaction between South Huntington students and local businesses, college representatives, and not-for-profit organizations.
The council facilitates the interaction between South Huntington students and local businesses, college representatives, and not-for-profit organizations.

The Career Pathways Advisory Council convened at Walt Whitman where representatives from over 40 local businesses met with business students from Mrs. Stueber’s, Mr. Nappi’s, and Mr. Smiloff’s classes. The council, coordinated by Robert Callahan and Cheryl Irizarry facilitates the interaction between South Huntington students and faculty with local businesses, college representatives, and not-for-profit organizations.

The meeting began with an overview of Whitman’s Business courses, which are designed to provide our students with the transferable skills they need to become workplace ready. Those skills include using Microsoft Office software products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, check writing, budgeting, understanding credit cards, career planning, and understanding and practicing appropriate workplace protocols.

Students from Mrs. Stueber’s Virtual Enterprise class explained how they employ all of those skills and more as owner/operators of their virtual global business. Chris Adams, CEO of one of two firms in operation delivered his firm’s elevator pitch and asks for any businesses who may want to serve as mentors for our students.

Mrs. Irizarry explained the nature of Mock Interview Day and requested business members to consider participating in this year’s upcoming Mock Interview event on December 14th and 15th at Walt Whitman. If anyone would like to participate please contact Mrs. Irizarry at Cirizarry@shufsd.org

Mr. Callahan informed the council of the need for students to gain valuable work experience and asked for members to consider some of the ways in which businesses can participate, include hosting internships, participating in job shadow days, Mock Interview Day as an Interviewer, guest speaking in our classrooms, mentoring our Virtual Enterprise students and providing part-time job opportunities.

Please contact Mr. Callahan via email Rcallahan@shufsd.org if you would like to learn more about how you or your business can help our students in their journey to become the next generation of our workforce.

The Future Looks Bright and it’s Happening Right Now

Supervisor of Curricula Services April Poprilo delivers the good news that the district has seen a 25% increase in mastery for college and career readiness and a 44% increase in proficiency for ENL students.
Supervisor of Curricula Services April Poprilo delivers the good news that the district has seen a 25% increase in mastery for college and career readiness and a 44% increase in proficiency for ENL students.
New PreK-12 Supervisor of Guidance and Chief Information Officer Jon Macaluso tells the audience that increased enrollment and improvement in our mean AP scores have shown that students are taking challenging courses that make them more competitive in the college application process.
New PreK-12 Supervisor of Guidance and Chief Information Officer Jon Macaluso tells the audience that increased enrollment and improvement in our mean AP scores have shown that students are taking challenging courses that make them more competitive in the college application process.
Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto gives all of his student’s access to Online leveled Libraries through the digital resource myON, an award-winning personalized literacy environment using a state-of-the art learning platform.
Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto gives all of his student’s access to Online leveled Libraries through the digital resource myON, an award-winning personalized literacy environment using a state-of-the art learning platform.
In addition to their Honors Program and Regents Level courses, Stimson Principal Edwin Smith spoke about the programs Literacy Support Classes that provide support for struggling ELA students with dual certified teachers in English and Reading.
In addition to their Honors Program and Regents Level courses, Stimson Principal Edwin Smith spoke about the programs Literacy Support Classes that provide support for struggling ELA students with dual certified teachers in English and Reading.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy, with English Chairperson Joann Hili-Carbone talk about the creation of the AIS Writing Lab that is open to any student at any level during their study hall or lunch period for additional support.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy, with English Chairperson Joann Hili-Carbone talk about the creation of the AIS Writing Lab that is open to any student at any level during their study hall or lunch period for additional support.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom is pleased to share that at our October 18th Board meeting, we were treated to the first of our District Academic Presentations, which highlighted English Language Arts programs and progress throughout the schools. We thank John Murphy, Jon Macaluso, April Poprilo, Eddie Smith, Steve Toto, and Joann Hili-Carbone for providing such an informative session for our Board of Education, administration, staff, and community members. You can view the full presentation on our district website at SHUFSD.org.

SHEF Makerspace Promotes Collaboration

Using a team approach, along with cutting-edge technology and 21st Century instruction, our students are shining a bright spotlight on the SHEF Makerspace room.
Using a team approach, along with cutting-edge technology and 21st Century instruction, our students are shining a bright spotlight on the SHEF Makerspace room.
Our students are collaboratively problem solving as they design and build ‘Milo’ the Science Rover Robot.
Our students are collaboratively problem solving as they design and build ‘Milo’ the Science Rover Robot.
The great thing about SHEF Makerspace is it fosters working together to problem solve, which in turn benefits everyone in the group. Those inquiry skills that get shared are second to none and our students are excited to take what they learned to the next level.
The great thing about SHEF Makerspace is it fosters working together to problem solve, which in turn benefits everyone in the group. Those inquiry skills that get shared are second to none and our students are excited to take what they learned to the next level.
A trip to the SHEF Makerspace is an awesome way to reinforce what our students are learning in the classroom.
A trip to the SHEF Makerspace is an awesome way to reinforce what our students are learning in the classroom.
Not every classroom encourages you to spill into the hallway, taking over the usually quiet, adult filled JKAO, with the sounds of excitement, collaboration and the whirring of Lego robots.
Not every classroom encourages you to spill into the hallway, taking over the usually quiet, adult filled JKAO, with the sounds of excitement, collaboration and the whirring of Lego robots.

Mrs. Hatton’s class from Maplewood had the opportunity recently to visit the SHEF Makerspace located at the James Kaden Administrative Offices (JKAO) for 2 field trip sessions. Under the guidance of Mrs. D’Elia, our district’s Technology Coach, students had the opportunity to collaboratively problem solve as they designed and built ‘Milo’ the Science Rover Robot and then programmed him using code. Some programmed the robot to change colors, make sounds and loop through previous commands. Students enjoyed working with the Lego Wedo 2.0 software and the Chromebooks in this 21-Century setting and are excited to use the materials to create other structures in the near future.

Successful Program Highlighted

Thank you to our South Huntington Board of Education for their support of our students and this successful and valuable program.
Thank you to our South Huntington Board of Education for their support of our students and this successful and valuable program.

“It was both an honor and privilege to see our Project Excel Summer Employment students recognized by the Board of Education for their successful work,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Harris.  “As usual, Program Coordinator David Perkins did an outstanding job preparing the evening, and our Extended School Year Principal Geraldine Maurice, and Facilities Director John Hustedt, spoke beautifully about our student workers.” We congratulate this talented team and look forward to following their continued success.

Summer Youth Employment Students: Salvatore Belfiore, Joshua Bellamy, Pedro Benitez-Flores, Jalynn Cook, Melvin Cruz, Shadae Graham, Ashley Guiteau, Wendly Jean Baptiste, Frantz Jean Baptiste, Lens Jean Pierre, John Joy, Ronnie Lane, Jr., Chance Laughton, Tamia Lewis, Carlie O’Riordan, Nya Paul, Alexander Plaisir, Nicholas Rows, Elvira Taku, Roberto Vanacore, Elias Vargas, Kedar Virgil, and Ona Sonata Weingarten.

Busy Bees at Maplewood and Birchwood

People often assume the honey bee is aggressive when in fact they are very gentle creatures.
People often assume the honey bee is aggressive when in fact they are very gentle creatures.
Habitat restoration is a helpful way to deal with the Honey Bee decline.
Habitat restoration is a helpful way to deal with the Honey Bee decline.
It is critical to recognize the importance of ALL of our pollinators and help in every way so we can to keep them around and healthy!
It is critical to recognize the importance of ALL of our pollinators and help in every way so we can to keep them around and healthy!

South Huntington’s School Nutrition Services is beginning a campaign to show our children where some of our foods come from. Recently, honey was the hot topic and Beekeeper Marianne Dayton's presentation kept our Birchwood and Maplewood students enthralled.

Ms. Dayton visited our two intermediate schools to teach the children where honey originates, how it’s made and how it’s harvested.  The students learned a great deal about the interesting process. We thank Mrs. Sheila Buhse and the School Nutrition Services office for setting up this program for our students. 

 

BFF Found at Atria

Making Halloween masks for everyone to enjoy sure put a smile on our seniors faces.
Making Halloween masks for everyone to enjoy sure put a smile on our seniors faces.
Countrywood and a couple of our other schools come to Atria Senior Living on Beverly Road throughout the year and have a great time with their new friends.
Countrywood and a couple of our other schools come to Atria Senior Living on Beverly Road throughout the year and have a great time with their new friends.
 No need for candy when our students treat Atria’s seniors to a great morning of fun.
No need for candy when our students treat Atria’s seniors to a great morning of fun.

Mrs. Nicolino and Mrs. Sullivan's second grade class at Countrywood had a spooktacular time making Halloween masks and trick or treating with the residents at Atria Senior Living. The seniors loved spending time with the children and admiring their Halloween costumes. We can't wait to go back and visit our new friends during the holidays!

Happy Halloween!

Our leadership teams at Oakwood and Countrywood thank their staff, students and families for making the 2017 Halloween Parades a wonderful success.
Our leadership teams at Oakwood and Countrywood thank their staff, students and families for making the 2017 Halloween Parades a wonderful success.
With Super Heroes in abundance at both schools, the morning provided a showcase for plenty of creative costumes. Check out the Photo Galleries below to see if you recognize anyone.
With Super Heroes in abundance at both schools, the morning provided a showcase for plenty of creative costumes. Check out the Photo Galleries below to see if you recognize anyone.
Countrywood faculty kick their country style into high gear.
Countrywood faculty kick their country style into high gear.
Oakwood staffers had a special Birthday Sing-Along for Principal Kerrigan.
Oakwood staffers had a special Birthday Sing-Along for Principal Kerrigan.
The Walt Whitman Wind Ensemble provided the perfect musical accompaniment, thank you director Matthew Hoffman.
The Walt Whitman Wind Ensemble provided the perfect musical accompaniment, thank you director Matthew Hoffman.
The Stimson Band performed many Halloween favorites and had everyone smiling. Thank you music teachers Sharon Smith and Jenn Schmelter.
The Stimson Band performed many Halloween favorites and had everyone smiling. Thank you music teachers Sharon Smith and Jenn Schmelter.
At the James Kaden Administrative Offices, our SHIP Pre-schoolers got a treat as they stopped at the many offices.
At the James Kaden Administrative Offices, our SHIP Pre-schoolers got a treat as they stopped at the many offices.
This family, visiting Whitman's Safe Halloween, has their 'under the sea' act together!
This family, visiting Whitman's Safe Halloween, has their 'under the sea' act together!
Each of the two dozen rooms at Whitman followed a theme with activities for visiting children and their parents.
Each of the two dozen rooms at Whitman followed a theme with activities for visiting children and their parents.

Halloween events were on display throughout the district on a very busy October 31st.  At the newly named James Kaden Administrative Offices, our SHIP Pre-schoolers were treated as they stopped into the many offices for a surprise. At Oakwood and Countrywood Primary Centers, hundreds of costumed children led huge parades as their families eagerly jockeyed for position, snapping photos of their little trick or treaters. The Stimson Middle School Band played a perfect set at Oakwood and the Walt Whitman Wind Ensemble did the same at Countrywood, providing Halloween themed music as the children circled the front of their school a couple of times to ensure everyone was able to enjoy their amazing costumes.

The costumes brought tremendous joy and laughter to the staff, students, and parents.  Later today, (4-6PM) is the always-amazing Safe Halloween at Walt Whitman High School.  South Huntington students of all ages are invited as student decorated theme rooms provide fun activities and treats for all.

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Halloween BOO-tique returns as a HUGE success!

Whitman senior Daniela Pasquarello gets some help from Sophomore Natalie Ugenti (left). Oakwood Math Lab teachers Beth-Ann Fierro, (right), and Beth Borland coordinate the Oakwood Primary Center Boo-tique and help students with their big choice.
Whitman senior Daniela Pasquarello gets some help from Sophomore Natalie Ugenti (left). Oakwood Math Lab teachers Beth-Ann Fierro, (right), and Beth Borland coordinate the Oakwood Primary Center Boo-tique and help students with their big choice.
There was lots of browsing before proudly selecting that perfect costume for today’s Halloween Trick or Treating adventure.
There was lots of browsing before proudly selecting that perfect costume for today’s Halloween Trick or Treating adventure.

We continue to be inspired by the work of Whitman senior Daniela Pasquarello, who again coordinated a drive to bring Halloween costumes to students in need throughout our school district. 

Daniela reached out to caring community members and hundreds of generous South Huntington teachers to create a Holiday Boutique that allowed dozens of students to browse before proudly selecting that perfect costume for the big day. It was incredible to see the smiles and feel the power of good work as the school district community galvanized behind such a worthy common cause.  We are truly blessed to have such fine students serving as role models in our South Huntington schools.

An Important Message from Dr. Bennardo and Mr. Murphy

Letter from Dr. Bennardo and Mr. Murphy

 


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Cross Country Looks to State Qualifier

Aiden Smyth (409) who ran a 16:51 5K is half way home.
Aiden Smyth (409) who ran a 16:51 5K is half way home.
Sean Smyth (410) was not far from his brother and ending the race with a time of 18:10.
Sean Smyth (410) was not far from his brother and ending the race with a time of 18:10.
Jack Wrobel (411) ran a consistent race crossing the finish line in 18:36.
Jack Wrobel (411) ran a consistent race crossing the finish line in 18:36.
Raj Shah (408) was the Wildcats only junior in the race and with a finish of 18:38 looks to anchor next year’s team.
Raj Shah (408) was the Wildcats only junior in the race and with a finish of 18:38 looks to anchor next year’s team.
Eyvin Moreira (406) ran a respectable 19:13 and helped his team keep it close with Bay Shore.
Eyvin Moreira (406) ran a respectable 19:13 and helped his team keep it close with Bay Shore.
Michael Naughton (407) another solid senior runner, came in at 19:30.
Michael Naughton (407) another solid senior runner, came in at 19:30.
Good luck to Aiden Smyth who will be running in the Section XI State qualifying meet on Friday, November 3rd.
Good luck to Aiden Smyth who will be running in the Section XI State qualifying meet on Friday, November 3rd.
Zach Lella (405) turned in an 18:37 5K, one second behind teammate Jack Wrobel and one second ahead of Raj Shah.
Zach Lella (405) turned in an 18:37 5K, one second behind teammate Jack Wrobel and one second ahead of Raj Shah.

The boys cross country team finished their dual meet season with a record of 5-1, losing a close meet with Bay Shore for the League Championship.  The team finished 2nd in Division II once again behind Bay Shore.  “I credit the team's work ethic over the summer for their continued winning ways,” said Varsity Coach Rob Conroy. 

Senior Aiden Smyth ran the Sunken Meadow 5K course in a time of 16:51 at the Division Championships.  This places him #15 on the Whitman all-time list for that course. Aiden will be running in the Section XI State qualifying meet on Friday, November 3rd.

Fire Safety @ Oakwood

Thank you Huntington Manor Fire Department for making fire safety easy to understand and not so scary!
Thank you Huntington Manor Fire Department for making fire safety easy to understand and not so scary!
“Stay Low and GO” isn’t just for kids!
“Stay Low and GO” isn’t just for kids!
Firefighter Patrick Brady helps our students with one of the more fun parts of the morning.
Firefighter Patrick Brady helps our students with one of the more fun parts of the morning.
Looks like firefighter Brady has a new recruit.
Looks like firefighter Brady has a new recruit.
You’re never too young to learn fire safety and our Kindergartners will always remember what they learned, exploring the fire truck, and using the fire hose.
You’re never too young to learn fire safety and our Kindergartners will always remember what they learned, exploring the fire truck, and using the fire hose.

Huntington Manor Fire Department visited Ms. Groe's Oakwood class to demonstrate fire safety.  With the help of Firefighters Ron and Patrick, the children learned what to do in the event of a fire. They practiced “Stop, Drop, and Roll” and “Stay Low and GO!” The children were given the opportunity to use the fire hose and climb aboard the fire truck. The children enjoyed having the firefighters come into the classroom. They made the topic of fire safety easy to understand and not so scary!

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Stimson Football On a Roll

Quarterback Nicholas Bottoni (12) goes to the air and finds his receiver.
Quarterback Nicholas Bottoni (12) goes to the air and finds his receiver.
Rashan Thompson (4), another strong quarterback, finds his way to the end zone on the ground.
Rashan Thompson (4), another strong quarterback, finds his way to the end zone on the ground.
Nicholas Cruz (11) provides a strong running game.
Nicholas Cruz (11) provides a strong running game.
Christopher Silverio (81) is off to a big gain.
Christopher Silverio (81) is off to a big gain.
Michael Phillips has the height and hands to make a difference.
Michael Phillips has the height and hands to make a difference.
Lens Jean Pierre (with ball) will make an impact when he gets to Whitman next year.
Lens Jean Pierre (with ball) will make an impact when he gets to Whitman next year.
Thank you Middle School Dance team for a great halftime show.
Thank you Middle School Dance team for a great halftime show.

The Stimson football team continued its winning ways with a 41-0 victory over Nesaquake (Smithtown).  The team currently has a 5-0 record. Quarterbacks Nick Bottoni and Rashan Thompson have been leading the offense with both their arms and legs. Receiver Mike Phillips, Brandon Ivy and Nick Cruz have scored both through the air and on the ground. Running backs Tyreek Mckoy and Anthony Brown have been picking up yards behind the blocking of their line. The defense has been a solid team effort as the Wildcats have pitched back-to-back shutouts. The team had their most recent win against Great Hollow securing the junior Wildcats 5-0 record. They close the season at Hauppauge next Thursday, November 2nd at 4:15.

Great season, players and coaches!

Boy's Volleyball Make Playoffs

“This is a great senior class and you will all be missed next year.”– Varsity Boys Volleyball Coach Mike Patto
“This is a great senior class and you will all be missed next year.”– Varsity Boys Volleyball Coach Mike Patto
Senior captain Josh Friedman played a huge role throughout the season.
Senior captain Josh Friedman played a huge role throughout the season.
Senior captain Robert Seebach, a 2-year varsity setter, is in the top-ten of Suffolk’s Assist leaders.
Senior captain Robert Seebach, a 2-year varsity setter, is in the top-ten of Suffolk’s Assist leaders.
Senior Captain Sean Williams, an outside hitter, who could be counted on when needed the most, is in the top 20 of Suffolk’s Digs leaders and 8th in the County for Aces.
Senior Captain Sean Williams, an outside hitter, who could be counted on when needed the most, is in the top 20 of Suffolk’s Digs leaders and 8th in the County for Aces.
Jack Anest, another talented athlete from the large senior pool, keeps the Wildcats in the game with consistency, serving and at the net.
Jack Anest, another talented athlete from the large senior pool, keeps the Wildcats in the game with consistency, serving and at the net.
Craig Stockfeder shows is power at the net and will be missed next year.
Craig Stockfeder shows is power at the net and will be missed next year.
Junior and 3-year varsity outside hitter Jack Poplawski is having another strong season as he helps his Wildcats into playoff contention.
Junior and 3-year varsity outside hitter Jack Poplawski is having another strong season as he helps his Wildcats into playoff contention.

The boy’s volleyball lost a tough match against Northport Monday night 3 sets to 2, but rebounded nicely and beat East Islip 3-0 in their final regular season game of the year on Wednesday evening. Despite the loss to Northport the team made a strong push at the end of their season and hopes to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2013. Senior captains Robby Seebach, Josh Friedman, & Sean Williams have played huge roles throughout the season. Junior captain and 3-year varsity starter Jack Poplawski has continued to consistently produce offensively. "This is a great senior class and you will all be missed next year," added proud Varsity Coach Mike Patto. In addition to the senior captains mentioned above, Jack Anest, Michael Bronson, Hunter Eichner, Ryan King, Griffin McNally, Craig Stockfeder, Cliff Sweezey, and Jonathan Lew have made their coach and their teammates proud all year. In the East Islip win, Jack Anest had 7 kills and 1 block and Robby Seebach had 22 assists, 3 digs, 1 kill, and 7 aces. The Wildcats will travel to Eastport South Manor for a 4PM Playoff match on Thursday, November 2nd.

Congratulations Wildcats and welcome back to the Playoffs!

 

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Boys Soccer Moves to Round Two

TJ Garcia, Elmer Aleman, Sergio Licona and Anthony Paredes played good defense in front of Goalie Alec Wurtz, shown here making one of his 7 saves for the shutout.
TJ Garcia, Elmer Aleman, Sergio Licona and Anthony Paredes played good defense in front of Goalie Alec Wurtz, shown here making one of his 7 saves for the shutout.
 TJ Garcia (white jersey on left) watches his re-direct as it just gets past the North Babylon goalie for the first score of the game.
TJ Garcia (white jersey on left) watches his re-direct as it just gets past the North Babylon goalie for the first score of the game.
Jordan Perez (10) nails his first of 2 goals on the win.
Jordan Perez (10) nails his first of 2 goals on the win.
Fernando Hernandez (7) who added 1 goal and 2 assists reacts as the ball hist the back of the net, and his teams sudden second-half dominance.
Fernando Hernandez (7) who added 1 goal and 2 assists reacts as the ball hist the back of the net, and his teams sudden second-half dominance.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team defeated North Babylon on Wednesday by the score of 4-0 in the first round of the Suffolk County Class AA playoffs. It was a hard-fought game that was tied 0-0 at the half, but Whitman's offense ignited in the second half. TJ Garcia got the Wildcats on the board early in the second half with a great re-direction off a direct kick. Jordan Perez netted 2 goals and Fernando Hernandez added 1 goal and 2 assists. Tony Valencia chipped in with an assist as well. Garcia, Elmer Aleman, Sergio Licona and Anthony Paredes played good defense in front of Alec Wurtz who made 7 saves for the shutout. Come out and support the Wildcats in the quarterfinals this Friday, October 27th -2 PM at Brentwood.

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Stimson Cross Country Excels

Coach Rory Sherman and the Stimson Girls Cross Country team at the Sunken Meadow Invitational this past Thursday.
Coach Rory Sherman and the Stimson Girls Cross Country team at the Sunken Meadow Invitational this past Thursday.
Coach Scott Wolff and his Stimson Boys Cross Country team are undefeated with a 5-0 record!
Coach Scott Wolff and his Stimson Boys Cross Country team are undefeated with a 5-0 record!

The Stimson Boys Cross Country team is undefeated with a 5-0 record so far on the year.   They won their race at the Sunken Meadow Middle School Invitational this past Thursday. With fifteen teams in the race, and 241 runners, Stimson came out on top.  Joe Tonna won the race in 8:30 (mile and a half race) Luca Rombaldi, Trevor Galgano, Ryan Hansen, Anthony Carino, Dan Muccinni and Ryan Davis all finished in the top 20.

The Stimson Girls Cross Country team also ran in the Sunken Meadow Invitational this past Thursday.  There were over 1500 runners competing in this Mile and half race from all over Long Island. The top seven runners for Stimson were: Kasey Wagner 10:38, Ariel Niers 10:40, Noelle Decker 10:54, Marie St.Charles 11:18, Sienna Guerrero 11:35, Maya Biblow 11:36 and Emma Kowalczyk 11:54. 

Congratulations Stimson Cross Country teams!

Wildcat Golfers Send Three to Championships

Golf team left to right: Coach Labate,  Scott McEntee, Robert Posillico, Ray Maymond Matuza, Andrew Harrigan, Anthony Calovic, and Chris Adams are all sporting pink wristbands in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Golf team left to right: Coach Labate, Scott McEntee, Robert Posillico, Ray Maymond Matuza, Andrew Harrigan, Anthony Calovic, and Chris Adams are all sporting pink wristbands in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Left to right: Raymond Matuza, Scott McEntee, and Robert Posillico will be playing in the Section XI County Tournament.
Left to right: Raymond Matuza, Scott McEntee, and Robert Posillico will be playing in the Section XI County Tournament.
Whitman golfers wore pink wristbands while they competed on the difficult and challenging Rock Hill course in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Whitman golfers wore pink wristbands while they competed on the difficult and challenging Rock Hill course in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On October 23rd, the Walt Whitman Golf team competed in the Section XI, League III tournament at Rock Hill Country Club, in Manorville.  Whitman golfers wore pink wristbands while they competed on the difficult and challenging Rock Hill course in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "I am extremely proud of how our team prepared for this year’s League III tournament," said coach John Labate. “The hard work paid off when three of the six Whitman golfers qualified for the Section XI County Tournament."  Congratulations to Scott McEntee, Robert Posillico and Raymond Matuza who will be heading back to Rock Hill Country Club on October 31st to represent Walt Whitman and League III in the Section XI County Tournament.  Go luck Scott, Robert and Ray and congratulations on a job well done.

The Search is on at Oakwood

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

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

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

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

English Language BOE Presentation

At the October 18th Board of Education meeting, the community was pleased to hear that students in South Huntington are becoming more proficient readers and writers and were taken through a presentation detailing programs from kindergarten through high school to accomplish its goals. The presentation is attached below.

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5th Grade Track & Field Sets New Records

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

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

From Birchwood:

80 Meter Dash: Jayla St Croix-11.3 seconds 

Distance Throw: Emily Butera- 114 feet

 

From Maplewood:

80 Meter Dash: Ryan Downes-10.8 seconds 

Accuracy Throw: Eddie Beck- 9/10 throws

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

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

 

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

 

 

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Marching Band Home Show

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

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

 

 

 

Taking the Classroom Outside

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

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

Wildcats Drop a Tough Match

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

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

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Fall Adult Education Courses

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District Website Accessibility Notice

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

 

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

 

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

 

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