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Coral Experiment at Science Research Camp

Students sit by their coral species that they carefully propagated in order to keep track of their progress and growth.
Students sit by their coral species that they carefully propagated in order to keep track of their progress and growth.

Our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who enrolled in the Wildcat Science Research Camp recently experimented with cultivating coral for growth at Walt Whitman High School. The students carefully set up different coral species propagation experiments, taking pieces of coral from the “mother colony,” a process referred to as coral fragging. The students successfully propagated these different species and placed the corals in different, isolated areas in order for them to grow. By the end of the summer, our students will be able to determine the growth outcome of the coral frags.

It’s exciting to see the learning that continues for our research and science students over summer vacation! To view the slide show of our campers and their coral, check out our Photo Gallery.

 

2019 Graduation Wrap-Up

Board of Education President Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D., sends his best wishes to the Class of 2019.
Board of Education President Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D., sends his best wishes to the Class of 2019.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman High School’s Class of 2019! We wish our graduates and their families a healthy and enjoyable summer vacation as they take the time to relax before commencing this exciting next chapter of their lives. Please find the link below as Board President Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D., extends his congratulations to the graduating class.

 

https://youtu.be/CvIaN0XXuvw

BOE Sets Vision 2020 Voting Date

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The South Huntington Board of Education set the date for the Vision 2020 Bond vote. See the link below as Board President Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D., shares the scheduled date.

https://youtu.be/LBJzRBWZahE

5th Grade Experiment is Out of This World

Jacianna Chiechi, Alex Romano, and Gianni Balanos with their parents prepare to load their experiment to launch to the space station.
Jacianna Chiechi, Alex Romano, and Gianni Balanos with their parents prepare to load their experiment to launch to the space station.
Christina Rosploch, Jancarlos Silva, and Jacianna Chiechi practice loading their samples to send to space.
Christina Rosploch, Jancarlos Silva, and Jacianna Chiechi practice loading their samples to send to space.
Brihanna Floyd explains her mission patch design.
Brihanna Floyd explains her mission patch design.

A team of students from Mrs. Barbara Wright's 5th grade class is sending an experiment to the International Space Station!   

While conducting research, the students discovered that astronauts often experience stomach problems in space.  They wondered if probiotics, which help stomach upset on Earth, would work equally well in space. But first they had to find out if probiotics would thrive and reproduce in a microgravity environment.  So they are sending an experiment to space to find out!  

Meanwhile, in Mrs. Ciccarelli's class, Brihanna Floyd designed a mission patch that will fly to the international space station along with the experiment from Mrs. Wright's class. When the experiment and patch return to Earth, the patch will be certified with an official seal so that the district will always have a record of our student experiment to space!

The experiment is expected to launch on July 21, and the students and their families will be gathering here at District office to watch the launch together. We'll keep you posted on these exciting developments! 

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

 

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4th of July Message from Dr. Bennardo

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I want to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy Independence Day. July 4th is a special day because it represents a true American holiday that unites people of every background and circumstance. The vision that materialized in Independence Hall in 1776 sparked a revolution based upon freedom, liberty, and self-determination. From the fields of Lexington to Yorktown, came the most brilliant governmental experiment on earth, as the United States was born, and a new vision of leadership by the people took root.

While we will never claim to be perfect, our nation is the greatest hope for human beings, and we will continue to grow and mature with the principle of liberty for all.

Have a blessed Fourth of July, and God bless the United States of America.

Be well,

Dave Bennardo

Walt Whitman Class of 2019 Graduation

As a tradition, graduating seniors decorate their caps as a final form of self-expression to be worn as they receive their well earned and deserved diplomas.
As a tradition, graduating seniors decorate their caps as a final form of self-expression to be worn as they receive their well earned and deserved diplomas.
“Whitman facilitated me to grow and fostered a significant transformation of my character. I didn’t feel obligated to but rather, inspired to reach outside of my comfort zone and find ways to be a unique thinker and distinctive person overall, instead of just another brick in an institutional wall.” – Salutatorian Shaan Khan
“Whitman facilitated me to grow and fostered a significant transformation of my character. I didn’t feel obligated to but rather, inspired to reach outside of my comfort zone and find ways to be a unique thinker and distinctive person overall, instead of just another brick in an institutional wall.” – Salutatorian Shaan Khan
“Like many of you, I’ve learned it’s not always the people you are friends with that change you. But it’s about the people who you didn’t realize impacted you who often helped you become a better version of yourself,” Senior class President Jacqueline Thomann said as she addressed her classmates. “The memories you didn’t even realize you were making while in the moment, shape you. I think sometimes, we forget to embrace the moments we have together. We, including myself, look so far into the future because that is what we’ve been taught. But sometimes we need to stop and take in the moment to appreciate it.”
“Like many of you, I’ve learned it’s not always the people you are friends with that change you. But it’s about the people who you didn’t realize impacted you who often helped you become a better version of yourself,” Senior class President Jacqueline Thomann said as she addressed her classmates. “The memories you didn’t even realize you were making while in the moment, shape you. I think sometimes, we forget to embrace the moments we have together. We, including myself, look so far into the future because that is what we’ve been taught. But sometimes we need to stop and take in the moment to appreciate it.”
“I’ve pushed myself while taking full advantage of the resources that the South Huntington schools and the community offered me. Including diversity, incredibly understanding teachers, valuable academic help, activities to experiment with and taking calculated risks and a great languages atmosphere, as I learned English and Spanish while maintaining my own native language,” Shared Valedictorian Ashar Farooq to his fellow graduates. “My story is your story, a story of vision and pure hard work.
“I’ve pushed myself while taking full advantage of the resources that the South Huntington schools and the community offered me. Including diversity, incredibly understanding teachers, valuable academic help, activities to experiment with and taking calculated risks and a great languages atmosphere, as I learned English and Spanish while maintaining my own native language,” Shared Valedictorian Ashar Farooq to his fellow graduates. “My story is your story, a story of vision and pure hard work."
“I hope in my heart that you take a piece of South Huntington pride with you into the next phase of your life. I hope you find college life rewarding and you fall in love with your new school the way we love you,” Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo expressed to the Class of 2019. “Our community and our nation are a far better place because of you and because of the parents that love you.”
“I hope in my heart that you take a piece of South Huntington pride with you into the next phase of your life. I hope you find college life rewarding and you fall in love with your new school the way we love you,” Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo expressed to the Class of 2019. “Our community and our nation are a far better place because of you and because of the parents that love you.”
Holding on and letting go, this district employee presents her son with his diploma and a warm embrace.
Holding on and letting go, this district employee presents her son with his diploma and a warm embrace.

It was a warm and sunny morning as our graduates took their last steps onto Whitman’s turf field as high school seniors. With impending rain on its way, the morning’s ceremonies were pushed an hour earlier, moving commencement to 9am. The sun stayed high in the sky as our 437 seniors found their seats on the field with family and friends already cheering from the stands, waving with excitement and trying to stay cool. 
Emceed by Assistant Principal Jonathan Varlamos, students, guests, and family members heard from Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta, District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and Whitman Principal John Murphy. The two-hour ceremony featured Whitman’s Senior Class President Jacqueline Thomann, Salutatorian Shaan Khan, and Valedictorian Ashar Farooq, who each addressed their 2019 senior classmates, marking this new chapter in their young lives and encouraging one another to enjoy each moment as they come. The ceremony also included the Walt Whitman Symphony Orchestra, led by Mr. Matt Hoffman, ushering the seniors in and out of the ceremony.
“They are a class unrivaled by others, exceeding all expectations. They are academics, athletes, artists and entrepreneurs. The Class of 2019 has truly been a remarkable class in all endeavors. I may be a little biased in my opinion, being that we started our journey at Whitman together. Like a proud parent, I’ve been able to watch them grow into the young men and women we see today.” – Whitman Principal John Murphy

Photo Gallery

Island Photography Gallery

Congratulations to Walt Whitman High School’s Class of 2019: Rolando David Adamovicz, Robert John Adomaites, Erica Aguilar, Ismaeel Ahmad, Carson Albitz, Jasmine M. Alfaro Abarca, Nicole Algierie, Nicolas O.A. Allain, Henry A. Alvarado, Dina Alvarenga, Jimmy Alvarez, Sabrina Alvarez, Lemar Amin, Nadera Andrews, Daniel Anest, Chloe Ann Apostle, Isabel Aquilino, Beyonce Argenzio, Ezzah Asad, Taha Asad, Haseeb Asif, Musa S. Assassa, Andrew Avila, Jonathan G. Aziz, Robert William Bancheri Jr., Glenda Elizabeth Barahona, Michael Baranowski, Ashley Maria Barker, Nicholas Barthold, Benjamin Milo Barton, Mabel Bassi, Rodney Beaubrun, Eric C. Bell, Ronald Benavides, Christian Benitez, Veronica Benitez, Carmen Benitez Reyes, Matthew V. Bertone, Michael Bishop, Timothy Boccia, James Patrick Bock, Cassandra R. Bonilla, Olivia Anne Bonomo, Andrew Joseph Borges, Anthony John Bosco, Jessica Boyle, Mariah Boyle, Thomas Braglia, Mondell Brandon, Cosette Brazeau, Zoey Brown, Alexa Brunetti, Dylan M. Cambria, Bryant Campos, David Antonio Campos Trejos, Rosmeri Emely Campos Navarro, Mariela A. Canales, Joanna Canigiani, Jaycee Cardoso, Jake Rodolfo Cartisano, Victoria Lynn Cassellia, Jenna C. Castanza, Nikolas Thomas Cerrito, Muhammad Chaudhry, Estefany Chavez Chavez, Ellian Chavez Granados, Edgar Chavez Membreno, Yunior Chavez Moreira, Tsz Yau Cheng, Alyssa Marie Chillemi, Fernando Chinchilla Cantaderio, Julia Chiusano, Sarah Choudhary, Ahnaf Choudhury, Grant Neil Christensen, Alyssa Marie Christiansen, Raymond Cisneros, Genesis Cisneros Rivas, Kathya Cisneros Rivas, Efrain Citle Palestino, Britney Clarke, Ezequiel Clase, Marlon E. Colato, Stephen James Coleman, Carl C. Constable Jr., Yennifer Contreras Hernandez, Christopher J. Corallo, Edward A. Cortes, Anthony Costantino III, Thomas M. Costas III, Lourdes Karina Coto, Jack Philip Cox, Christian Creegan, Lleczi Izbec Cruz, Chris A. Cruz Lopez, Karla Cuellar Alas, Brian Charles Cullen, Daniel R. Curtin, Grace Rose D' Souza, Jarrett Craig Dalimonte, Salvatore Dalli, Elena Kay Davis, Jayleene De La Cruz, Elizabeth Ariel DeMartino, Gregory D. De Rosa, Alexandra C. DeGaray, Jason Paul Devaraj, Alfonso Di Filippo, Joseph Di Giovanni, Elijah Diaz, Jeysen Diaz Garay, Netsanet Suzzane Dinehart, Tiffany Dominguez, Wilmer Dominguez Funez, Richard Eric Dreusike, Jennifer Anne Duclay, John Dugan, Benjamin R. Dunn, Erin Marie Eaches, Neda Ebad, Deja Ebalarosa Colon, Katelyn Rose Erthal, Erick Escalante Valladares, Gabriela Marie Escamilla, Dominick Esposito, Gustavo Esquivel Ochoa, Sebastian Estevez, AB Estrada, Ashar Farooq, Emma Linden Farrell, Andrew Ferreri, Sarah Ann Fink, Maxwell Bayer Fisher, Kevin Flores, Luis Flores, Gabriela B. Flores Benavidez, Jason Florvil, Diana Flowers, Brianna E. Flythe, Didrianna Foreman, Angela Frazzitta, Kimberly Fuentes, Justin, Robert Furey, Hector Galdamez, Brianna Garcia, Dina A. Garcia, Joseline Garcia, Kathie Garcia, Kevin Alexander Garcia, Pablo Garcia, Cristian A. Garrido, Anna T. Garziano, Marilyn Gaspard, Rebecca Gwenaëlle Geneus, Olivia Angela Giarratano, Frank Vito Giarrizzo, Casey O'Hara Gilmartin, Zachary James Glidden, Eleni Rose Glodowski, Sergio Gomez, Rabia Gondal, Jamalis Gonzalez, Olivia Nicole Gorecki, Katherine Gotard, David Grajales, Amanda Kate Grennan, Timothy Gudaitis, Jonathan Guevara, Zoey I. Guiliano, Caroline Gurr, Carlos Guzman Quintanilla, Asma Halimi, Emma R. Halliday, Hailey Ann Hamilton, Phoenix R. Hamilton, Ianna Lanae Hankinson, Charles Hardwick, Roy Harel, Andrew Thomas Harrigan, Joseph Harris, Jasmine Li Haug, Kamrin Matthew Haynes, Sarah Caitlin Heath, Ethan Heather, Danielle Mary Henneborn, David Henriquez Martinez, Joselin Alicia Hernandez, Victor Hernandez, Fernando Hernandez Osorio, Denis Herrera, Leslie Hidalgo, Anthony T. Hughes, Ethan W. Iannuzzi, Justin T. Ibrahim, Gianni Inglese, Anthony Iraheta Bautista, Meghan G. Italo, Jaquelinne M. Jaco Garay, Wendley Jean Baptiste, Jose L. Jerome, Keyri Jimenez Rubio, Tamyia Jordan, Damaris Jovel Ordonez, Jessica Joy, Laurette Joyce, Orzeeta Kamal, Kathryn Kayne, Parker James Keller, Aaliyah Khan, Shaan Khan, Tina Khoshkehpazi, Amna Ahmad Khwaja, Paul J. Kim, Desiree Anne Kleberg, Danielle Nicole Kleet, Marianna M. Kliampas, Ashley Nicole Koch, Joelle R. Koutsantanou, Meghan Kramer, Alexa Paige Krieger, Rebecca Catherine LaManna, Matthew Lauria, Jennifer Carolina Lazo, Alexander Leon, Stephen D. Lettis, Karina Z. Lew, Joseph W. Lewin, Jackson Lin, George W. Link IV, Keshawn Long, Kaitty Lopez, Stephen Paul Louca, Jack Louisjuste, Tamara Lucas Macdonald, Joseph Charles Magrane, Salman Majid, Nina Marie Manganello, Aleeza Marghub, Stephanie Taylor Martin, Cole Marzigliano, Jessica M. Mason, Anthony Matos, Kyle Mattila, Sofia Mauro, Victoria Mayer, Kayleigh Mc Ardle, Kaitlin Jenna McCann, Gavin William Mc Cready, Shawn Patrick McDonagh, Nolan Mc Intosh, Kevin James Mc Kenna, Franklin Mejia Guevara, Ebony Melvey, Jerry Mendez Ramos, Reyha Mete, Gessell Michimani Totolhua, Marques Midgett Cheek, Joseph Milankovic, Joseph Miraglia, Saul Molina Vasquez, Mike C. Monares, Brandon Monegro, Anna Elizabeth Monteforte, Leonardo D. Montoya Garcia, Karen N. Morales Moreno, Tania Moreira Caicedo, Edgardo A. Moreno, Jason Moreno Quintanilla, Alyssa Morisco, Michael M. Morra, Chloe Meredith Morris, Maxwell Schultz Morris, Sierra L. Morrison, Kevin Laurence Morrissey, Wilmer Munoz , Odany Munoz Rodriguez, Hasna Sophia Naseer, Kyle Navarro, Melanie Elizabeth Navarro, Julia Nerzig, Megan Lynn Neuman, Nicholas Nicholson, Edward Nitkewicz, Charles Nostrand, Quinn Michael O'Hara, Samantha Jean O'Toole, Anthony Ohr, Jason Olivares Cardona, Emily G. Oliveau, Rebecca Lynn Oltedal, Jefferson L. Orellana, Roxana Ivett Orellana, Josefina L. Osorio, Justin Otero Savage, Ryan J. Owens, Kevin Paiz, Thomas Palladino, Anthony Junior Paredes Trujillo, Man Patel, Kalina Pedigo-Bonilla, Skylar P. Pekarek, Keyla Jailene Perez, Abner Perez Flores, Nuvia Estrella Perez , Angelo Perez Galdamez, Erick Jordan Perez Hernández, Jesela Perez Santos, Kristian Perka, Leila Perry, Zion Pierre, Lucas Pigno, Neha Pillai, Jeremy Pineda, Riley Anne Piromalli, Kevin Polio, John Edward Poplawski, Luis Portillo, Niccolas Portillo, Rosa Marcela Portillo, Robert Gaetano Posillico, Olivia Anna Pulvirenti, Darwin Quintanilla, Yenifer Quintanilla, Edwin Quintanilla Calderon, Jason Quintanilla Cordova, Yenifer Quintanilla Yanes, Ibrahim Raja, Rachel Ramos, Jissel Ramos Vasquez, Rocio Ramos Vásquez, Andrew Ramsland, Hailey Elizabeth Rankel, Sean David Rankel, Vishal Rattu, Diego Alejandro Rauda Rivas, Liam Noel Rea, Mary E. Reciniello, Gerson Daniel Recinos Romero, Dylan T. Rehman, Sean P. Rehman, Michael William Restmeyer, Luis Reyes, René Gabriel Reyes, Jose Reyes Alvarez, Leydes T. Reyes, Megan Margaret Richter, Ruth X. Rise, Timothy Jacob Rise, Cheelsy Rivas, Mariana Rivas, Jonatan Rivera, Joseph Robinson, Anne Elizabeth Rodriguez, Nina Hope Rodriguez, Grace Catherine Roiland, Melissa Romano, Mayerin Rosales, Jayda Clara Rosene, Johana M. Rovira, Ariana Ruiz, Jared Runco, Gabrielle Paige Safian, Jessica Safran, Benjamin Franklin Saks, Yamilex Salamanca Lopez, Justin Robert Salas, Saniya Saleem, Joshua Kyle Salvador, Kelly Sanchez, Willy Giezi Sanchez, Natalia Sandoval, Cooper S. Sanquini, Joseph T. Sansotta, Haylin R. Santos Sanchez, Katerina Scholz, Anna T. Scortichini, Natasha K. Scott, Raj J. Shah, Keara Shea, Zachary Reed Slansky, Sean Smith, Liliana Janet Soares, Imman Sohail, John Carlo Solano, Sara Solano, Samantha Eileen Sorensen, Jason O. Sorto, Meghan Soulias, Nicholas Richard Sperduti, Jaden Andrew Speter, Kelly Elizabeth Strigaro, Cali Irie Sullivan, Daniel Sweezey, Deanna Leigh Tabibzada, Michael Thomas Tallo, Stephen Jeffrey Teplansky, Jacqueline Fischer Thomann, Caleb Thompson, Dachan J. Thompson, Justin Thorne, Giorgia Tomassini, Joie Lyn Tortorice, Victoria Anne Traina, Elliott, Nathaniel Trester, Matthew A. Tricomi, Kevin Uceda Alfaro, Eric Ulloa Moreira, Marvin Urrutia Diaz, William A. Valle, Wilmer E. Valle, Brian Vasquez, Elvis Javier Vasquez, Katherine Vasquez Funes, Jason Vigil, Oliver Villalta Alfaro, Clariza Villatoro, Endi Villatoro, Franklin Villatoro, Samantha Rose Vincent, Kedar N. Virgil, Christian Eduardo Viteri, Amanda Vollmer, Morgan Patrice Wagner, Emma Weigele, Ona Sonata Weingarten, Kendall Cory Wilkerson Ferguson, Dylan Louis Witt, Arthur Wobig, Patrick M. Wuss, Abbie Elizabeth Yaeger, Xiaotong Yang, Orlando Young, Stephanie Young, Devin Yuen, Sarah Zepeda, Brian Mar Zuckerberg, and Kevin J. Zuckerberg.

800 Sprint Medley and Decathlete are All-Americans

Girls Track Coach Rufus Shepard joins his All-American 800 Medley team at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Girls Track Coach Rufus Shepard joins his All-American 800 Medley team at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Congratulations to Antoinette Pommels, Jessica Doddo, Aniyah Walters, and Gianna Paul for placing 6th in the nation and for being the first Girls Track All-Americans in Whitman’s history.
Congratulations to Antoinette Pommels, Jessica Doddo, Aniyah Walters, and Gianna Paul for placing 6th in the nation and for being the first Girls Track All-Americans in Whitman’s history.
Boys Track Coach Robert Conroy congratulates All-American Jack Poplawski after an exceptional showing in the decathlon.
Boys Track Coach Robert Conroy congratulates All-American Jack Poplawski after an exceptional showing in the decathlon.

Congratulations to our All-American athletes from Walt Whitman’s Spring Track and Field teams! The 800-meter Sprint Medley team of Antoinette Pommels, Jessica Doddo, Aniyah Walters, and Gianna Paul ran a time of 1:43.38, placing them sixth in the nation and qualifying them for All-American status.  The 800 medley consists of two 100m sprints, a 200, then the 400.  The team won their heat and then waited to see where they would end up. This is the first Girls Track All-American in Whitman's history and we’re excited to see them continue to compete, as they are all underclassmen.  
In his first decathlon, Jack Poplawski edged out an exceptional group to earn All-American status.  The University of Chicago bound senior ended his high school career on a high note by putting up a high score in the pole vault, an event John has not been able to practice much due to the weather.
We could not be prouder of these fine athletes and look forward to more of the same in the future.

Birchwood Buzzes Over First Spelling Bee

Fifth grade teachers Ms. Gruttadauria and Ms. Tohill are proud of all the students who participated in Birchwood’s first Spelling Bee.
Fifth grade teachers Ms. Gruttadauria and Ms. Tohill are proud of all the students who participated in Birchwood’s first Spelling Bee.
Congratulations to Brandon and Leo for surpassing 8 rounds and winning the bee!
Congratulations to Brandon and Leo for surpassing 8 rounds and winning the bee!

Birchwood hosted their first annual spelling bee on Friday, June 21, which was an exciting new way to showcase the school’s most skilled spellers. It took a lot of courage as the top 3 spellers from each 5th grade class came center stage to compete in front of their parents, teachers and classmates. The competition lasted through 8 rounds to determine the school’s “best bee” and it was a close one! Birchwood’s 5th grade teachers Ms. Gruttadauria and Ms. Tohill were beyond ecstatic to host the first annual competition, saying “[we] wanted to elevate the significance of spelling in today’s spellchecking and texting shortcuts world. So we decided that we would hold a Spelling Bee to drum up excitement around this academic skill. [We] think it worked! It started as a low hum in each individual classroom and before we knew it, everyone was buzzing about the classroom winners! In the end, the top 27 busy little bees showed true courage as they competed to become the king or queen bee. We are really proud of all of the competitors and look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.” 

Congratulations to Brandon Villatoro Fuentes for winning first place and Leo Macchia for winning second place, and thank you to all who participated! For parents and family members who were unable to attend, they can view a live stream of the bee on the South Huntington School District's Facebook page. To view the live stream, find the link below:

Spelling Bee Live Stream

Their First Graduation

Family and friends embraced their graduates happily, ready to celebrate the conclusion of pre-k with great excitement and anticipation for kindergarten to come.
Family and friends embraced their graduates happily, ready to celebrate the conclusion of pre-k with great excitement and anticipation for kindergarten to come.
The graduates sang several songs that were too cute for the parents not to record.
The graduates sang several songs that were too cute for the parents not to record.

This graduation won’t be their last; in another 13 years they’ll don their cap and gown and join their classmates for the traditional processional march as they leave Walt Whitman High School. But earlier this week, our 4-year-old preschoolers took their leave of the SHIP Preschool Program, a free play-group experience for 3- and 4-year-old residents of the South Huntington School District.

Cameras flashed and tears of joy rolled freely as our community's youngest students stood proudly in front of their families to receive their preschool diplomas. There is something truly refreshing about the look of limitless opportunity emblazoned on the faces of four-year-old superstars. Our SHIP program's success serves as a fitting tribute to the supportive parents and dynamic staff that work with our talented preschool children.

Thank you for a job incredibly well done to Assistant Superintendent for Student Services April Poprilo, Supervisor of Special Education Dr. Matt Krivoshey, Assistant Supervisor of Special Education Cynthia Quinlan, Nurse Coordinator Jane Samuels, Psychologist Dr. Pamela Mitchell, Social Worker Ventura Trent, Special Education Teachers Debra Jarmon and Lisa Crocco, Teaching Assistants MaryBeth Silveri and Amy Miles, Speech-Language Pathologist Jessica Ficaro, Physical Therapist Jaime Flanigan, Occupational Therapist Beth Cohen, and SHIP/CPSE Secretary Denise DeLise.

Enjoy the slide show of both graduation groups:

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Whitman's Best Actors Recognized

(Left to right) Winning ‘Best’ are the talented Janna Garden as Miss Andrew, Max Fisher as Neleus, and Brendan Kispert as Bert.
(Left to right) Winning ‘Best’ are the talented Janna Garden as Miss Andrew, Max Fisher as Neleus, and Brendan Kispert as Bert.

Walt Whitman High School has always had a very strong and active theater program. That was once again proven at the 2019 Hunting-Tony Awards, with three of our students taking home top awards. Graduating senior Max Fisher won Best Featured Actor in a Musical as “Robertson Ay & Neleus” in Mary Poppins, junior Janna Garden won Best Featured Actress in a Musical as “Miss Andrew” in Mary Poppins, and sophomore Brendan Kispert won Best Actor in a Musical as “Bert” in Marry Poppins. Whitman's theater program also received recognition for Best Stage Crew for “Noises off,” and was also recognized for Best Costumes in a Musical in Marry Poppins.

“I am beyond proud of my cast, crew, pit and staff for Noises Off and Mary Poppins. Both productions were complicated on and off stage and everyone far exceeded my expectations,” shared advisor Mrs. Susan Radin. “The brilliant, immeasurable dedication and relentless hard work demonstrated by all involved in these productions was awe-inspiring. They were truly fabulous! We are very grateful to Mr. Murphy and Dr. Bloom for their unwavering support of our theatrical endeavors.” All of these students are very active on and off stage. Between sports and their involvement in various honor societies, Max, Janna, and Brendan have become very well rounded students. Congratulations on this exciting award!

 

8th Grade Awards Ceremony

Math: Alexa Rapacciuolo, Thomas Cary, Anthony Maida, Emma Kowalczyk, Alexandra Molina Coreas, Kasey Wagner, Nayeli Gonzalez Rosa, and Brooke Bonfante.
Math: Alexa Rapacciuolo, Thomas Cary, Anthony Maida, Emma Kowalczyk, Alexandra Molina Coreas, Kasey Wagner, Nayeli Gonzalez Rosa, and Brooke Bonfante.
English: Yahya Khan, Hannah Saks, Oscar Funes Huezo, Ali Hassan Idreesakhtar, Kiera Adams, Gianna Vozza, Giana Fiorito, Elizabeth LaRegina, Alyssa Burke, and Samantha Castro (not pictured)
English: Yahya Khan, Hannah Saks, Oscar Funes Huezo, Ali Hassan Idreesakhtar, Kiera Adams, Gianna Vozza, Giana Fiorito, Elizabeth LaRegina, Alyssa Burke, and Samantha Castro (not pictured)
Social Studies: Joseph Lombardo, Gavin Gugliuzza, Kaitlyn Barraco, Ashna Jambavat, Gianna Vozza, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Elizabeth LaRegina
Social Studies: Joseph Lombardo, Gavin Gugliuzza, Kaitlyn Barraco, Ashna Jambavat, Gianna Vozza, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Elizabeth LaRegina
Science: Anthony Maida, Carlos Banegas, Iverson Lazo, Mason Greco, Sawyer Diamond, Brooke Bonfante, Gianna Vozza, Samantha Unger, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Margaret Lahm
Science: Anthony Maida, Carlos Banegas, Iverson Lazo, Mason Greco, Sawyer Diamond, Brooke Bonfante, Gianna Vozza, Samantha Unger, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Margaret Lahm
Technology: Edward Hunter, Anna Maguire, and Adelrhany Georges
Technology: Edward Hunter, Anna Maguire, and Adelrhany Georges
Ms. Stimson and Mr. Stimson: Addie Balogun and Jack Jenkins
Ms. Stimson and Mr. Stimson: Addie Balogun and Jack Jenkins
Daughters of the American Revolution: Hannah Saks
Daughters of the American Revolution: Hannah Saks
Gianna Vozza, Suffolk County Public Service Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Gianna Vozza, Suffolk County Public Service Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
NYS Attorney General Triple C Award: Daralyn Alicea and Christian Page (not pictured)
NYS Attorney General Triple C Award: Daralyn Alicea and Christian Page (not pictured)
Art: Gianna Vozza, Julia Crapanzano, and Evelyn Wang
Art: Gianna Vozza, Julia Crapanzano, and Evelyn Wang

Stimson Middle School recently held their 8th-grade awards ceremony as they prepare to send an exceptional group of students to Walt Whitman High School in the fall. Congratulations to the following students:

Use Keyboarding Without Tears To Prevent Summer Slide!

South Huntington Union Free School District believes it’s important to teach both pre-keyboarding and keyboarding skills. Our goal is to ensure that all students are equipped to confidently produce typewritten work and meet the academic demands of today’s classroom. Students in grades 3-5 have been interacting with the Keyboarding Without Tears platform in their classrooms and will have the opportunity to continue throughout the summer. The program will be available to current Birchwood and Maplewood students until Friday, August 16, 2019. Happy Keyboarding!

Parent Letter in English

Parent Letter in Spanish

Leadership at an Early Age

Birchwood’s Assistant Principal Mr. Tom Keogh (left) and Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli (right) congratulate Birchwood’s student leaders (left to right): Isabella Galindo, Allison Palacios, Lucia Maniatis, Lucien Saint Cyr, Isabella Fiorelli, Nicholas Guarini, and Tiago Rua.
Birchwood’s Assistant Principal Mr. Tom Keogh (left) and Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli (right) congratulate Birchwood’s student leaders (left to right): Isabella Galindo, Allison Palacios, Lucia Maniatis, Lucien Saint Cyr, Isabella Fiorelli, Nicholas Guarini, and Tiago Rua.
Maplewood’s Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Assistant Principal Ms. Michelle Davis congratulate Maplewood’s student leaders (left to right): Brooke Striga, Madelyn Crocco, Jason Wang, Michael Carr, Priscilla Kenny, Ryan Perillo, and Mason DeMaso
Maplewood’s Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Assistant Principal Ms. Michelle Davis congratulate Maplewood’s student leaders (left to right): Brooke Striga, Madelyn Crocco, Jason Wang, Michael Carr, Priscilla Kenny, Ryan Perillo, and Mason DeMaso

South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared T. Bloom and Assistant Superintendent of Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph T. Centamore, visited both Maplewood and Birchwood Intermediate Schools on Tuesday, June 18th to speak with and congratulate the student officers in each school. Dr. Bloom had our students introduce each other and talk about the many school and community events in which they are involved. Dr. Centamore congratulated each group and shared how their leadership within their schools and community is a true inspiration that encourages others to be involved and to give back. 

Congratulations and thank you to both our Birchwood and Maplewood officers and student leaders!

Library Introduces 3D Printing to Students

Students from Mrs. Schumm and Ms. Callaways class were excited to discover the new technology the South Huntington Public Library has to offer.
Students from Mrs. Schumm and Ms. Callaways class were excited to discover the new technology the South Huntington Public Library has to offer.
Tinkercad allows students to be imaginative designers while offering them a whole new way to be creative.
Tinkercad allows students to be imaginative designers while offering them a whole new way to be creative.
It’s amazing to see what our students can create!
It’s amazing to see what our students can create!
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics and coding.
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics and coding.

The students in Mrs. Schumm and Ms. Callaway's library class experienced a true school/ library partnership this month at the South Huntington Public Library. The students were invited by the SHPL and Mrs. Teeter to experience the new technology center while establishing a community/school connection. Collaboration between librarians Ms. Lisa and Mr. Nick, along with Mrs. Teeter, had the students creating simple machines that are used in every day life. They were taught how to use the program Tinkercad to research, design, modify and eventually print 3D models of their simple machines. This is truly an exciting new look into what our Public Library has to offer our students and teachers!  

Mercy Benefit 2019

Sara shared the microphone for an unforgettable set that had the crowd singing along too.
Sara shared the microphone for an unforgettable set that had the crowd singing along too.
Summer played guitar while Matthew backed her up on the drums for two songs on the South Cafeteria stage.
Summer played guitar while Matthew backed her up on the drums for two songs on the South Cafeteria stage.
The concert had an amazing turn out of parents, students, teachers and Board of Education members who continue to support this amazing charitable event.
The concert had an amazing turn out of parents, students, teachers and Board of Education members who continue to support this amazing charitable event.
Even Whitman Principal John Murphy took the stage for a cover of “Wagon Wheel” with Orchestra teacher Frank Yolango on bass, Band Director Matt Hoffman on guitar, English teacher Vito Monti on the drums and students Jaycee Cardoso on violin and Kate Jenkins on vocals.
Even Whitman Principal John Murphy took the stage for a cover of “Wagon Wheel” with Orchestra teacher Frank Yolango on bass, Band Director Matt Hoffman on guitar, English teacher Vito Monti on the drums and students Jaycee Cardoso on violin and Kate Jenkins on vocals.

The 22nd Annual Mercy Benefit Charity Concert was held earlier this June at Walt Whitman High School’s South Cafeteria. With hundreds in attendance, the room was filled with energy as over 10 bands performed a variety of genres from jazz to punk and rock to acoustic. The evening really showcased the creative talent and originally of those students and teachers who took to the stage. The Collective, one of Whitman’s newest clubs, was also in attendance promoting their new album and getting the word out about their music engineering and recording studio. The event is coordinated by Walt Whitman English and Creative Writing teacher, Joseph Pipolo, along with the XanadaLit Mag crew, who were all excited for this year’s line-up.

“It is a cool night of creation as activism. We call it creativism…based on the fundamental belief that creation is a very real response to things that seem way out of our control,” said Mr. Pipolo. “Our Walt Whitman and Stimson musicians join for a night to create awareness and raise some dollars for Project HOPE.

Project HOPE is an organization formed by the youth of St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish in response to the hungry, homeless and unemployed in and around Huntington. Through the operation of a mobile soup kitchen, food drives, clothing collections, and meals served on a bi-monthly basis; they strive to minister to those in need in our community.

Mr. Pipolo is grateful for everyone who makes this event possible year after year. He added, “It is important for the students to know that the energy of the night and all the money is going to do something remarkable. Something essential. Someone is going to be a little better off because of everyone in the room that night. All the musicians, the ticket and event shirt purchasers, the xanadulitmag.com staff who coordinated the event…everyone. Someone is going to directly benefit from the Whitman students dancing and singing and strumming. That is a beautiful human lesson.”

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Project Excel End of the Year Celebration

This year’s theme “Being transformed to embrace your future” highlights how facing challenges and adversity ultimately leads us to a path of productive change and success.
This year’s theme “Being transformed to embrace your future” highlights how facing challenges and adversity ultimately leads us to a path of productive change and success.
Project Excel’s success is credited much to Mr. David Perkins, who will be retiring after many years of working as Coordinator of Student Services.
Project Excel’s success is credited much to Mr. David Perkins, who will be retiring after many years of working as Coordinator of Student Services.
Aly Elfaham, Suffolk County 2nd Precinct Police Officer and former Project Excel Student, shared his “Untold Story” of how he came to be a police officer.
Aly Elfaham, Suffolk County 2nd Precinct Police Officer and former Project Excel Student, shared his “Untold Story” of how he came to be a police officer.
The evening’s keynote speaker, Joy Altimare, is the Chief Engagement and Brand Officer of EHE Health, a preventative health care provider that works with employers to deliver employee access to healthy lifestyle management.
The evening’s keynote speaker, Joy Altimare, is the Chief Engagement and Brand Officer of EHE Health, a preventative health care provider that works with employers to deliver employee access to healthy lifestyle management.

On June 10th, our Project Excel Program held a grand End of Year ceremony that celebrated the accomplishments of a truly outstanding year. This year’s theme: “Being Transformed to Embrace Your Future,” inspired students to understand that they have a purpose and to take ownership of their lives and their actions. We are so very proud of the talented students who accepted the “call to excellence” and equally grateful to the dedicated mentors who contributed to the program’s success. Project Excel is one of those special activities that proves just how much can be accomplished when students, staff, parents, and community members work as a collective team.

Thank you to the Board of Education, Project Excel Interns, speakers, and coordinators for another successful year and for an enjoyable end of the year celebration.

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The Annual Garden Party at OHEKA Castle

WWHS teacher Mr. Frank Yolango stands with his chamber orchestra on this beautiful evening at OHEKA Castle.
WWHS teacher Mr. Frank Yolango stands with his chamber orchestra on this beautiful evening at OHEKA Castle.
Congratulations to Reyha Mete on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for being one of Walt Whitman’s exceptionally talented visual artists. We wish Reyha the best of luck as she continues her studies at FIT in the fall.
Congratulations to Reyha Mete on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for being one of Walt Whitman’s exceptionally talented visual artists. We wish Reyha the best of luck as she continues her studies at FIT in the fall.
Congratulations to Jaycee Cardoso on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for his exceptional talent as a musician and violinist for Walt Whitman High School. We wish Jaycee the best of luck as he continues his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in the fall.
Congratulations to Jaycee Cardoso on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for his exceptional talent as a musician and violinist for Walt Whitman High School. We wish Jaycee the best of luck as he continues his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in the fall.
The Walt Whitman Jazz Band enjoyed the evening while performing at the garden party under Band Director Mr. Matt Hoffman.
The Walt Whitman Jazz Band enjoyed the evening while performing at the garden party under Band Director Mr. Matt Hoffman.

Walt Whitman High School has two recipients of the Otto Kahn Award; Jaycee Cardoso in music and Reyha Mete in fine arts. This award is given to selected high school seniors throughout Huntington who are exceptionally talented in some form of the fine arts.

Jaycee Cardoso is a 2019 graduate of Walt Whitman High School and will be attending the Manhattan School of Music in the fall. At WWHS, Jaycee participated in the school’s Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras (concertmaster), Tri-M Music Honor Society (president) and AP Music Theory. He has played annually at OHEKA’s garden parties. Frank Yolango, Director of the Orchestra at Whitman says, “Jaycee has the ability to balance his academic course load and very active extra-curricular activities with professionalism and excellence. I highly recommend Jaycee for your scholarship.” Eileen Buck of Mannes School of Music says of Jaycee, “I believe that Jaycee should win this award because he is a serious musician and violinist with great potential in his playing.”  Jaycee says of himself, “Ultimately, receiving this award would be both a wonderful financial help and a testament to the hard work that I have put into my craft. I firmly believe that the Otto Kahn Award would be essential in helping me pursue my career and sharing my music with the world.

Reyha Mete is a 2019 graduate of Walt Whitman High School and will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in the fall. At Whitman, Reyha participated in AP Studio in Art, Art Portfolio, Drawing, Painting I and II, and the National Art Honor Society. She also served as an art tutor, attended classes at the Art League of LI and helped with mural painting. WWHS Art Teacher David Rickmers says, “Reyha is a profoundly talented and responsible young person… this young woman is capable of great things. I admire her stubbornness and determination.” Kimberly Eagan Latko, English and Language teacher at Whitman says of Reyha, “This year, Reyha has been notably recognized for her artistic prowess, including a significant showing at the Heckscher Museum… she has a quietly profound impact on those around her.” Reyha says of herself, “A person’s life is a journey filled with bumps, detours, and dead-ends while the route is shaped by the people, places, and experiences that eventually lead to the right path. This award will not only help me and my family with our financial struggles, but it will make it easier to achieve my dreams.”

Jacyee and Reyha are both very talented in what they do as artists. They have brought joy to so many people through their performances and artwork. Both of them are very deserving of this award and have made the South Huntington Family very proud. Congratulations, Jaycee and Reyha for this wonderful recognition!  

 

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Another Year, Another VY

The editors took a bow after a year’s worth of hard work capturing the many memories of our 2019 seniors.
The editors took a bow after a year’s worth of hard work capturing the many memories of our 2019 seniors.
Czar Paquette XIX stands with his yearbook and VY crew, all dressed up for the occasion.
Czar Paquette XIX stands with his yearbook and VY crew, all dressed up for the occasion.
Whitman students in the yearbook club photograph events throughout the school year to give their seniors memories to hold onto for years to come.
Whitman students in the yearbook club photograph events throughout the school year to give their seniors memories to hold onto for years to come.
Thank you to Advisor Mr. Roger Paquette and his hard working crew for another successful VY day!
Thank you to Advisor Mr. Roger Paquette and his hard working crew for another successful VY day!
Past and present VY editors came together to preview this year’s trailer in Whitman’s PAC.
Past and present VY editors came together to preview this year’s trailer in Whitman’s PAC.

The yearbook and video yearbook is something that seniors and faculty of Walt Whitman High School look forward to with great anticipation every year. The purpose of both is to capture the events, humor, and personality of the graduating class. The talented students who work out of the basement of Whitman put together something truly special. From memorable pictures, quotes, pop culture references, to funny skits, they put together a visual memory that everyone in the graduating class will enjoy for years to come.   

Thank you to our Video Yearbook editors and juniors for putting together an amazing reel of the year’s highlights and special senior moments:

Matthew Tricomi – Chief Editor, Katherine Gotard - Executive Lead Editor, Kayla Andrews - Lead Editor, Christopher Corallo – Editor, Shaan Khan – Head of Tech, Juniors - Lauren Gotard, Mycaela Reilly, Nohl Schwandtner, and Stephen Verderame.

Summer Camp Registration Open

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The South Huntington School District offers a variety of summer camps for students entering grades K-8. The 2019 Wildcat Summer Camps are open for registration. 

Please note that some of our summer camps are half-day programs and can be combined with The Wildcat Sports Camp to make it a full-day program experience! For 2019, all programs are held at Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd., unless otherwise noted.

Our Camps include:

Wildcat Coding/Design Camp Calling all Coders in grades 1-6! Come join us this summer at Coding/Design Camp where you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science by means of coding/programming. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, as well as interact with robots, Lego kits, video game design, and 3D printing.  Each student will receive a Coding T-Shirt. Space is limited to 25 students per grade band in each session!

Wildcat Coding/Design Camp-Minds of The Future 2- Open to students entering grades 7-8, this program introduces students to Python and Java Script with the Cue Robots. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, and interact with the 3D printer. All designers will create 3D models.

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

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

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

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

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

ITS Curtain Call 2019

Grease’s “Summer Nights,” directed and choreographed by the new ITS President Josh Muellers, featured Juliana Sgaraglio as Danny and senior Maxwell Morris as Sandy, surprising the crowd and becoming a performance to remember.
Grease’s “Summer Nights,” directed and choreographed by the new ITS President Josh Muellers, featured Juliana Sgaraglio as Danny and senior Maxwell Morris as Sandy, surprising the crowd and becoming a performance to remember.
A few of last year’s officers switched places with the new 2019-2020 ITS officers, welcoming Josh Muellers as President, Brendan Kispert as Vice President, and Juliana Sgragalio as publicist.
A few of last year’s officers switched places with the new 2019-2020 ITS officers, welcoming Josh Muellers as President, Brendan Kispert as Vice President, and Juliana Sgragalio as publicist.
Advisor Mrs. Susan Radin welcomed four new members into the International Thespian Society, each as 1-Star Thespians.
Advisor Mrs. Susan Radin welcomed four new members into the International Thespian Society, each as 1-Star Thespians.
We wish the best of luck to our three seniors Maxwell Morris, Keara Shea, and Maxwell Fisher who have made quite an impact not only on stage but also throughout Walt Whitman High School.
We wish the best of luck to our three seniors Maxwell Morris, Keara Shea, and Maxwell Fisher who have made quite an impact not only on stage but also throughout Walt Whitman High School.

Walt Whitman’s thespians enjoyed a moment of special tribute recently as they were recognized and inducted into the International Thespian Society. We congratulate these new inductees and their advisors, Mrs. Susan Radin, and Ms. Lauren Godbolt and thank them for epitomizing the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, character, and service.

The evening, dubbed ‘Curtain Call,’ featured six performances most of which were written, directed, and choreographed by Whitman’s finest and all performed by our best thespian talent. Thank you to our actors: Yagmur Aykanat, Alexa Beaubrun, Juliet Berger, Pamela Carey, Samantha Carey, Juliana Chiriboga, Maxwell Fisher, Alexandra Garden, Lorraine Jean-Pierre, Brendan Kispert, Summer Levinsky, Jordan Logue, Hunter Millman, Maxwell Morris, Josh Muellers, Tamoor Nawaz, Jack O’Loughlin, Chelsea Perry, Sebastian Rosa, Juliana Sgaraglio, Keara Shea and Erin Torres.

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The officers and advisors of the International Thespian Society troupe #5684 would like to congratulate and welcome the following students into our society with the following distinctions: Alexandra Garden - 1-Star Thespian, Summer Levinsky - 1-Star Thespian, Jordan Logue - 1-Star Thespian, Erin Torres - 1-Star Honor Thespian

And congratulations to the new officers of the 2019-2020 school year:

President – Josh Muellers
Vice President – Brendan Kispert
Secretary – Samantha Carey
Treasurer – Tyler Phelan
Publicist – Juliana Sgragalio

The evening would not have been possible without the tremendous support from the following: ITS Advisors Susan Radin, Lauren Godbolt; ITS President Keara Shea, Vice President Josh Muellers, Secretary Samantha Carey, Treasurer Tyler Phelan, Publicist Juliana Chiriboga; Lamplighters Advisor David Rickmers; Stage Manager Danielle Padinha; Assistant Stage Managers Cyrus Pekarek and Caleb Thompson; Backstage Crew Isabelle Sass, Ariana Levin, Alexis Galant, Gabriella Linares, Jasmine Fradera, Kyle Hartonides and Brian Dammer; Lighting Crew Sarah Nace and Sofia Fyfe; Sound Crew Ashley Winch; Program Juliana Chiriboga; Pit Conductor Leila Perry with Logan Slansky on piano, Liam Curtin on guitar, Cal Eidinoff on bass, Michael Deitch on sax and Megan Neuman on bassoon.

Spring 2019 Sports Awards

Section XI All-League, All-County, and All-Division athletes made us proud this past sports season.
Section XI All-League, All-County, and All-Division athletes made us proud this past sports season.
First Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers for the first time at the Spring 2019 sports awards ceremony in Whitman’s PAC.
First Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers for the first time at the Spring 2019 sports awards ceremony in Whitman’s PAC.
Second Year Varsity Letter winners fill the risers in Whitman’s PAC.
Second Year Varsity Letter winners fill the risers in Whitman’s PAC.
Our third, fourth, and fifth-year Varsity Letter winners have led the way in each of their sports.
Our third, fourth, and fifth-year Varsity Letter winners have led the way in each of their sports.
Special Coaches Awards are given to student athletes who played a significant role as MVP, Wildcat Hero, and Most Improved categories.
Special Coaches Awards are given to student athletes who played a significant role as MVP, Wildcat Hero, and Most Improved categories.
Dr. Wright’s Hero Award highlights student athletes who have gone above and beyond, signifying athletics at their best. Left to right: Jack Poplawski, Nicholas De Gaetano, Nina Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, and Francis Charles. Dr. Wright also nominated District Photographer Steve Bartholomew, who will be retiring after devoting the last 15 years to photographing school and sport events for the South Huntington School District.
Dr. Wright’s Hero Award highlights student athletes who have gone above and beyond, signifying athletics at their best. Left to right: Jack Poplawski, Nicholas De Gaetano, Nina Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, and Francis Charles. Dr. Wright also nominated District Photographer Steve Bartholomew, who will be retiring after devoting the last 15 years to photographing school and sport events for the South Huntington School District.

The Spring Sports Awards ceremony was held in Whitman’s PAC on Wednesday morning June 12th, and the new format helped to ensure most of our athletes were together. Athletes were recognized for their accomplishments during the spring season and coaches, teams, and letter winners alike seem excited with the new format of the ceremony. Congratulations to all of our spring athletes on another great season!

Girls Varsity Lacrosse: Desiree Kleberg-MVP, Zoe Schwandtner-Most Improved, Jessica Vesque-Wildcat Hero
Boys Varsity Tennis: Thomas Baranowski-MVP, Thomas Breaton-Most Improved, Noah Ramos-Wildcat Hero
Boys Track & Field: John Poplawski-MVP, Branco Garrido-Most Improved, Dylan Rehman-Wildcat Hero                
Boys Badminton: Visha Rattu-MVP, Shaan Khan-Most Improved, Jonathan Aziz-Wildcat Hero
Girls Badminton: Mabel Bassi-MVP, Casey Gilmartin-Most Improved, Anna Scortichini- Wildcat Hero
Softball: Riley Piromalli-MVP, Barbara Tripi-Most Improved, Anne Rodriquez-Wildcat Hero, Jacqueline Thomann-Wildcat Hero
Girls Track & Field: Gianna Paul-MVP, Evgenia Doddo-Most-Improved, Aniyah Walters-Wildcat Hero
Boys Lacrosse: Quinn O'Hara-MVP, Jarrett Dalimonte-Most Improved, Daniel Beltran-Wildcat Hero
Baseball: Charles Hardwick-MVP, Matthew Bertone-Most Improved, Ezequiel Clase-Wildcat Hero
Unified Basketball: Francis Charles-MVP, Brian Hauser-Most Improved, Sean Smith-Wildcat Hero.

Years on Varsity:
1st Year: Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Joshua Arevalo, Rebecca Beickert, Eric Bell, Maya Biblow, Grant Biederman, Bradley Blaney, Christopher Bonilla Funez, Christopher Borges, Thomas Braglia, Thomas Breaton, Matthew Brunet, Nicholas Campanelli, Yenifer Campos Saravia, Francis Charles, Yunior Chavez Moreira, Aniya Chisholm, Allyson Clark, Keira Conlon, Carl Constable Jr, Gianna Conte, Daniel Coppola, Christian Creegan, Jillian Crowley, Melvin Cruz, Grace D'Souza, Carly Dammer, Christopher Davis, Nicholas Degaetano, Carissa DelColle, William Denis, Amanda DeWitt, Kyle Dickson, Alexander DiLorenzo, Tatiana Doddo, Daniel Donovan, Shane Duffy, John Dugan, Molly Dugan, Logan Elmore, Michael Finnerty, Pamela Flores Chalco, Madison Fulcher, Jake Fullerton, Trevor Galgano, Ryan Gannon, Branco Garrido, Zachary Glidden, Emily Gorecki, Aidan Greenberg, Ethan Halle, Brianna Hansen, Liana Haug, Raymond Hoffman, Kate Hoffman, Stephen Hong, Peter Humann, Elisa Hustedt, Brianna Iacovone, Victoria Isernia, Jose Jerome, Alyssa Katwala, Bridget Kenney, Joseph Lewin, Joseph Libardi, Ellena Lunt, Ashley Magee, Neamal Mahmood, Nina Manganello, Christopher Martino, Kasey McArdle, Kaitlin McCann, Daniel McGowan, Saul Molina Vasquez, Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Jack Neiland, Margaret Neiland, Peter Nicolino, Aneudy Nunez, Charlotte O'Hara, Samantha O'Toole, Jefferson Orellana, Sean Rehman, Valen Richardson, Issac Rodriguez, Bianca Russell, Cooper Sanquini, Nohl Schwandtner, Zoe Schwandtner, Meghan Soulias, Nicholas Sperduti, Gracyn Speter, Mia Stampfel, Daniel Sweezey, Jasmine Thai, Jacqueline Thomann, Joie Tortorice, John Villella, Christian Viteri, Riley Wagner, Arthur Wobig, Natalie Zarcone, Brian Zuckerberg.

2nd Year: Benjamin Barton, Daniel Beltran, Matthew Bertone, Isabella Bonvicin, Luke Brennan, Janaya Brown, Dylan Cambria, Nikolas Cerrito, Ezequiel Clase, Brian Cullen, Jarrett Dalimonte, Alfonso Di Filippo, Daniel DiLeo, Evgenia Doddo, Shantae Ellis, Madonna Getchell, Charles Hardwick, Kimberly Hoppe, Priya Katwala, Parker Keller, Sydney Khan, Andrew Kim, Sebastian Koch, Joelle Koutsantanou, Jeremy Lanz, Andrew Ledbetter, Kevin Martin, Jessica Mason, Dana McGowan, Kevin McKenna, Christopher Neuman, Annabelle Novinski, Anthony Paredes Trujillo, Gianna Paul, Isabelle Philippe, Caroline Phillips, Antonette Pommells, Giselle Portillo Umana, Connor Rankel, Mikaila Rattazzi, Dylan Rehman, Anne Rodriguez, Stephanie Ross, Justin Salas, Christopher Schindler, Aarav Shah, Jenna Stockfeder, Kyle Torcivia, Elliott Trester, Barbara Tripi, Jacob Veeder, Aidan Wallace, Patrick Wuss, Jackson Zaiff.

3-4-5th Year: Michael Baranowski, Thomas Baranowski, Matthew Bradbury, Jack Cox, Katelyn Erthal, Kristen Finnerty, Emma Graff, Andrew Harrigan, Jasmine Haug, Brian Hauser, Katherine Miata, Riley Piromalli, Noah Ramos, Sean Smith, James Stanton, Mary Teresky, Natalie Ugenti, Jessica Vesque, Aniyah Walters, Grace Weigele, Jonathan Aziz, Mabel Bassi, Elena Davis, Dominick Esposito, Ashar Farooq, Andrew Ferreri, Casey Gilmartin, Katherine Gotard, Shaan Khan, Desiree Kleberg, Karina Lew, John Poplawski, Vishal Rattu, Nina Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, Anna Scortichini, Raj Shah, Jaden Speter, Stephanie Young, and Quinn O'Hara.

 

Section Awards Spring 2019                                 
Boys Tennis: Thomas Baranowski-All-League     
Boys Track & Field: John Poplawski- All-League,All-Division, Academic All-County, All-County, State Qualifier, All-State    
Dylan Rehman: All-League  
Justin Salas: All-League- All-Division          
Raj Shah: All-League
Boys Badminton: Jonathan Aziz- All-League         
Nikolas Cerrito-All-County  
Jack Cox-All-County 
Ashar Farooq-All-League     
Anthony Paredes Trujillo-All-League         
Vishal Rattu-All-County, Placed 3rd in Counties
Girls Badminton: Mabel Bassi-1st Team All-County         
Casey Gilmartin-1st Team All-County        
Katherine Gotard-1st Team All-League     
Jasmine Haug-1st Team All-County           
Katie Miata-1st Team All-County   
Anna Scortichini-1st Team All-League       
Stephanie Young-1st Team All-County  
Softball: Victoria Isernia-All-League           
Riley Piromalli-All-County Pitching, Large School Pitcher of the Year, League II Pitcher of the Year
Barbara Tripi-All-Division   
Girls Track & Field: Janaya Brown-All-League      
Amanda DeWitt- All-League           
Evgenia Doddo-All-League  
Gianna Paul-All-League, All-Division, All-County, State Qualifier , All-State
Isabelle Philippe-All-League           
Antonette Pommells-All-League     
Aniyah Walters-All-League, All-Division, All-County, State Qualifier      
Grace Weigele-All-League   
Boys Lacrosse: Luke Brennan-All-Division, All-County Honorable Mention      
Quinn O'Hara -All-Division, All-County        
Jackson Zaiff-All-Division     
Baseball: Matthew Bertone-Academic All-League
Ezequiel Clase-All-League   
Jake Fullerton -All-League     
Charles Hardwick-All-County         
Raymond Hoffman-All-League       
Andrew Ledbetter-All-League        
Aneudy Nunez-All-League  
Girls Lacrosse: Kristen Finnerty-Unsung Hero     
Desiree Kleberg-All-County
Ashley Magee-All-Division   
Dana McGowan-All-Division
Mary Teresky-All-County Honorable Mention      
Mia Stampfel-All-Rookie Team

Scholar Teams Spring 2019           
Team  Average
Boys Track 96.249
Girls Badminton 96.015
Boys Badminton 95.073
Girls Track 94.511
Softball 94.25
Girls Lacrosse 94.248
Boys Tennis 93.737
Unified Basketball 93.58
Boys Lacrosse 93.051

Scholar Athletes: Casey Gilmartin and Christian Viteri

  

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Wildcat Cheerleader For A Day

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Bond Plan Presentation

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On Wednesday, June 19th, the Board of Education and District Administration unveiled a Capital Bond proposal to the South Huntington community.

This exciting plan, which will be presented for public vote on October 7, 2019, has the potential to revolutionize the district, adding one-of-a-kind academic, athletic, musical, and community components to the infrastructure.

There has never been a Bond of this inclusive and expansive nature in the region, and we are proud to take the lead in 21st Century education. “Vision 2020” truly offers something for everyone, and the Bond will leave a legacy of excellence that endures for years to come. We welcome you to view the presentation by using the following link:

http://www.shufsd.org/Assets/District_Documents/VISION_2020_for_Website_7_12_2019.pdf

 

To view the presentation in Spanish, use the following link:

http://www.shufsd.org/Assets/Board_of_Education_Documents/Copy_of_VISION_2020_Google_Slides_Version_(1).pdf

 


It's A Blockbuster!

The joy of curling up with a good book is alive and well in South Huntington.
The joy of curling up with a good book is alive and well in South Huntington.
Thank you South Huntington Public Library for your support.
Thank you South Huntington Public Library for your support.
Students enjoyed a good read by listening to guest readers.
Students enjoyed a good read by listening to guest readers.
Parents and students each filled a bag of free books and are ready to take the plunge into summer.
Parents and students each filled a bag of free books and are ready to take the plunge into summer.
The tables were filled with books for all ages including many for parents as well.
The tables were filled with books for all ages including many for parents as well.
The Birchwood school community really showed their support for this fun event.
The Birchwood school community really showed their support for this fun event.
Sometimes girls just want to have fun…and there were games for everyone to enjoy.
Sometimes girls just want to have fun…and there were games for everyone to enjoy.
Some of the music highlights included Birchwood’s own Mr. Hewlett.
Some of the music highlights included Birchwood’s own Mr. Hewlett.
Books bring people together, and at Birchwood, getting ready for summer, has become a spring highlight.
Books bring people together, and at Birchwood, getting ready for summer, has become a spring highlight.

Looks like we have a winner on our hands! Birchwood’s School Based Management (SBM) Team hosted a Book Grab event the other night and from the looks of the constant flow of foot traffic, this is sure to be an annual event.

So, if you’re getting ready for summer or even thinking about it, relaxing with a good book was made much easier if you joined the Birchwood school community last Wednesday evening, May 22nd, as the SBM Team held their (hopefully annual) Kick-Off to Summer Reading Book Exchange.  Everyone enjoyed complimentary snacks, guest readers and games throughout the Birchwood building. Parents and students each filled a bag of free books and are ready to take the plunge into summer. 

South Huntington Bond Presentation Recap

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Below please find a link to the recap of the June 19, 2019 Bond Presentation. 

 

Maplewood 4th Graders Present their 'Wax Museum'

From Charlie Chaplin to Walt Disney, Mrs. Brendel and Mr. Dwyer's fourth-grade class at Maplewood put on a wonderful ‘Wax Museum’ for all to enjoy.
From Charlie Chaplin to Walt Disney, Mrs. Brendel and Mr. Dwyer's fourth-grade class at Maplewood put on a wonderful ‘Wax Museum’ for all to enjoy.
These biography book reports took an interesting twist giving our students a deeper understanding of their research subject as Maplewood Principal Dr. D’Elia learns from one of the many interesting personalities in the room.
These biography book reports took an interesting twist giving our students a deeper understanding of their research subject as Maplewood Principal Dr. D’Elia learns from one of the many interesting personalities in the room.
Getting into character was half the fun as J.K. Rowling explains her next book.
Getting into character was half the fun as J.K. Rowling explains her next book.
What’s it like to be the principal founder of Microsoft and worth over $100 Billion? Just ask Bill Gates.
What’s it like to be the principal founder of Microsoft and worth over $100 Billion? Just ask Bill Gates.
The students dressed up as their person of interest and stood motionless as classes entered the museum. They did get to take a break in-between presentations.
The students dressed up as their person of interest and stood motionless as classes entered the museum. They did get to take a break in-between presentations.

Mrs. Brendel and Mr. Dwyer's fourth-grade class at Maplewood invited their parents to a Wax Museum recently. The students did a biography report on a person they admire or look up to. However there was a twist adding to the fun and excitement for the guests, the students dressed up as their person of interest and did an oral presentation. The students researched the person they chose and also created an "All About Me Box" which included related objects or pictures artfully placed in a shoe box. Some of the people that were at the museum were Steve Jobs, Babe Ruth, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Simone Biles, and Sally Ride. The class did an outstanding job!

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National Junior Honor Society Ceremony

We congratulate all of our Stimson National Junior Honor Society members, their advisors, and their dedicated teachers.
We congratulate all of our Stimson National Junior Honor Society members, their advisors, and their dedicated teachers.
Left to right: Stimson Administrative Dean Steven Kellerman, Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta, and Principal Edwin Smith, along with NJHS Advisors Jessica Voorhees and Sarah Wyhowanec congratulate their new inductees.
Left to right: Stimson Administrative Dean Steven Kellerman, Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta, and Principal Edwin Smith, along with NJHS Advisors Jessica Voorhees and Sarah Wyhowanec congratulate their new inductees.
Each NJHS Officer lights a leadership candle after speaking about a crucial element in the five qualities that exemplify membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
Each NJHS Officer lights a leadership candle after speaking about a crucial element in the five qualities that exemplify membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
"Tonight I encourage all of you to recognize the important role you play in our South Huntington neighborhood." - Principal Edwin Smith.
Mary Balogun and her 8th and 7th grade classmates receive congratulations from honored members of the dais before their proud families.
Mary Balogun and her 8th and 7th grade classmates receive congratulations from honored members of the dais before their proud families.

It has been an exciting couple of weeks as we approach the homestretch of our school year. Our Walt Whitman Honor Society induction was followed the next night by the National Junior Honor Society ceremony, and there were proud smiles and applause throughout the Stimson Forum.

We congratulate all of our new Stimson National Junior Honor Society members, as well as their advisors, Jessica Voorhees and Sarah Wyhowanec, along with their dedicated teachers. We also offer special recognition to our inductees’ parents who have nurtured and supported them throughout their academic careers. “Tonight I encourage all of you to recognize the important role you play in our South Huntington neighborhood.  Each one of you can have a profound impact on the world around you.   In closing, in the words of Mr. Fred Rogers, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say- “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.  Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” 

To our new inductees and current members of the National Junior Honor Society.  Enter our school as heroes tomorrow.”  We are confident that there are more wonderful things to come from this talented group of emerging scholars.  Congratulations to our New 7th Grade Members: Elise Abbate, Seth Aber, Rachel Adam, John Adams, Deniz Akdas, Jessica Alfaro Guevara, Marbin Alonso Jaco, Isabella Alvear, Ariana Aramburu, John Bakke, Olivia Beck, Rylee Bert Riordan, Christopher Boettger Smolich, Kelly Breaton, Abigail Brosnan, Kevin Brown, Kiera Brown, Kaniya Bucknor, Rosalia Campo, Angelina Caporusso, Amber Carmosin, Makayla Castillo, Porter Chetty, Paul Chinsky, Alexander Colavita, Andrew Connolly, Emma Creighton, Devin Curry, Kieran Davis, Ryan DeRobertis, Elana Denis, Chloe Diolallevi, Chloe Driscoll, Kallie Eichner, Gabriella Exantus, Sean Fallon, Carter Ferguson, Gavin Fisch, Jack Fischer, Leila Giammichele, Emily Goldberg, Sophia Goldberg, Genesis Gonzalez, Kole Gottesman, Josie Grant, Alexis Guarisco, Kaitlin Guttler, Sienna Hansberry, Sophia Hassman , Tinsley Healy, Caroline Hidalgo, Iris Hoffman, William Iemma, Ariana Intriago, Nayira Kabarajian, Eliana Kazin, Lauren Kispert, Madeline Knakal, Amanda Knudsen, Ismael Laraki, James Lettis, Angelina Liclican, Daniela Licona, John Lineen, Andrew Lorente, Griffin MacPherson, Christopher Macaluso, Courtney Magee, Lily Majewski, Anthony Maraboli, Madison Matteo, Kayla McCann, Riley McDonnell, Paul McNally, Justin Meyer, Isabelle Minero, Kaitlyn Mondry, Eliana Montague, Rocio Moreira Alvarado, Chelsea Murphy, Shaun Murphy, Eshal Murtaza,Felipe Alexis Nunez, Adriana Nunez Rodriguez, Hannah O’Neill, Kate O’Phelan, Lillian O’Phelan, Grace Oliveri, Tiziana Orona Gaber, Charlotte Pearlman, Amanda Phelan, Hayden Porter, Kate Pratt, Danielle Probst, Vanessa Ramsaran, Megan Rankel, Ronan Rattazzi, Emily Redelman, Joseph Ritter,Theodore Rojas, Miahana Saini Armijos, William Schrama, Mia Sciberras, Rahmeen Sheikh, Jaren Smullian, Venusmarlu Stewart, Sophia Swanson, Gregory Tenner, Jonathan Thomas, Nina Thomas, Brennan Thompson, Ava Tsolis, Deanna Valentin, Jeffrey Valle, Stephanie Vardales Bulnes, Dayaneliz Veliz, Kaylee Vera, Christina Villella, and Isabella Winch.

Congratulations to our New 8th Grade Members: Kiera Adams, Jessica Avalos Garcia, Mary Balogun, Cassandra Dinulescu, Isabella Dinulescu, Magaly Garay, Jaylin Lawrence, David Lazaro, Anthony Maida, Marc Malafronte, Jamal Marseille, Emily McGowan, Anthony Ramos Aguilar, and Lauren Ritchie.

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