New Video Posted 2/27/17

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The latest edition of the South Huntington Video Blog is now posted on our YouTube channel.

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Stimson Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulating Middle School Spelling Bee winner Daniela Santoiemma is Principal Edwin Smith and Ms. Jennifer Hohner.
Congratulating Middle School Spelling Bee winner Daniela Santoiemma is Principal Edwin Smith and Ms. Jennifer Hohner.

Congratulations to Stimson’s 2016-2017 Middle School Spelling Bee winner. Our champion for this year is 8th-grader Daniela Santoiemma. Congratulations Daniela and to Stimson English teacher and Spelling Bee Coordinator Jennifer Hohner who does a great job with our middle schools students.

Vendor Alert: Health & Wellness Fair

Join family, friends, and the rest of the South Huntington community as many leading health and wellness experts, all assembled under one roof, present new and informative ways to maximize healthy living.

Use this link to signup as a vendor

Thursday, March 30, 2017  4-8PM

Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Important Kindergarten Registration

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2017-2018 School Calendar Posted

Robinson Suffers Broken Arm

Terron Robinson takes down Lancaster's Mason Mastrangelo in Friday's preliminary match winning 3-2 to advance to the semifinals where his old nemesis from John Glen, Damien Caffrey was waiting… Terron beat Caffrey in the semifinal 15-3 to bright him one step closer to his second state championship. (Photo Credit: Adrian Kraus)
Terron Robinson takes down Lancaster's Mason Mastrangelo in Friday's preliminary match winning 3-2 to advance to the semifinals where his old nemesis from John Glen, Damien Caffrey was waiting… Terron beat Caffrey in the semifinal 15-3 to bright him one step closer to his second state championship. (Photo Credit: Adrian Kraus)

Terron Robinson suffered a broken arm moments from capturing his second New York State wrestling championship and was unable to continue the match. Newsday's Gregg Sarra calls the action in the following article:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/wrestling/uniondale-s-knighton-ward-wins-220-pound-state-title-after-whitman-s-robinson-injures-arm-1.13180552

Thank You Son

Cole Wenner with his mom at Huntington Town Hall recently.
Cole Wenner with his mom at Huntington Town Hall recently.

Stimson student Cole Wenner had to think and act quickly back in December when our first snow was on its way. It wasn’t that he wanted to get in a ride on his Quad in the fresh snow, it was more that when he awoke at 5AM he found his mom on the bathroom floor too weak to move. They agreed that Cole would set the alarm on his phone for 10 minutes in which if his mom wasn’t up, they would call an ambulance.

Cole knew there was no way he was taking the Quad out in the fresh snow…he went right in and woke his dad and they called 911 immediately. Turns out it was a good thing, as Ms. Wenner was bleeding internally and minutes away from an untimely death. Once she was stabilized at Huntington Hospital she got the news that if it weren’t for Coles quick thinking, she would not be alive today.

The Town of Huntington acknowledged and awarded Cole a Proclamation recently at town hall, and of course the biggest award was his mom standing there next to him.

Way to Go Cole Wenner!

 

Long Island Choral Festival Lights Up the PAC

Guest conductor and composer Francisco Nuñez had a great deal of fun with students from Walt Whitman, Huntington, and Commack High Schools.
Guest conductor and composer Francisco Nuñez had a great deal of fun with students from Walt Whitman, Huntington, and Commack High Schools.
Left to right: Music teachers Steven Altinel, Wendy Frankonis from Commack, Veronica Mainville from Huntington, and guest conductor Francisco Nuñez.
Left to right: Music teachers Steven Altinel, Wendy Frankonis from Commack, Veronica Mainville from Huntington, and guest conductor Francisco Nuñez.
The groups each performed individually and then altogether in a spirited, energetic final musical selection.
The groups each performed individually and then altogether in a spirited, energetic final musical selection.

Bravo to our Whitman Voices who gave an outstanding vocal performance at the Long Island Choral Festival.  Their individual performance of beautiful, energizing musical selections, along with joining our choral guests from Huntington and Commack, was nothing short of amazing, inspiring community spirit.  A special thank you to our Choral Director, Mr. Steven Altinel, for bringing this vocal festive evening of incredible young talent to our Whitman Performing Arts Center.

“Walt Whitman High School would like to congratulate Mr. Altinel and the Voices of Whitman for hosting ‘Festival of High School Choirs’ this past Saturday, during which ensembles from Commack, Huntington and Whitman had the opportunity to work with guest conductor and composer Francisco Nuñez,” said Whitman Principal John Murphy.  “The groups each performed individually and then altogether in a spirited, energetic final musical selection."

Spotlight on our Staff from Interim Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon

Stimson principal Edwin Smith with Ms. Shari Daniello.
Stimson principal Edwin Smith with Ms. Shari Daniello.

Great teachers have high expectations for their students and bridge the gap between home and school through constant communication. They have a genuine interest in the well-being of their students and work hard to ensure a bright future for each. Stimson Middle School’s nominee for Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Shari Daniello, exemplifies each of these qualities.  For Mrs. Daniello, teaching is a twelve month position as she supports the needs of her students in the Extended School Year Program throughout July and August. Her class is a “home away from home” for all in her care. She not only educates them, but advocates for them as well.  She frequently visits the homes of her students and communicates with each family on a daily basis. She establishes goals for each person in her room and strives to support her students as they progress throughout the year.

Although this veteran teacher has provided decades of service to students, her passion for teaching and serving has never diminished. Congratulations, Mrs. Shari Daniello, Stimson Teacher of the Year!

Spotlight on our Teacher of the Year from Interim Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon

Left to right back: School Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Teacher of the Year Ms. Lisa Hatton, BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden, and New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
Left to right back: School Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Teacher of the Year Ms. Lisa Hatton, BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden, and New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.

Congratulations to Mrs. Lisa Hatton, South Huntington Union Free School District’s Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Hatton has taught in the school district for sixteen years and has distinguished herself for innovative instructional activities and community service. She has been a leader in the field of technology, and her classroom is a showplace for active learning. She has integrated STEM activities into daily units, and has recently worked with the Student Spacecraft Experiment Program, a program which could one day extend human life into space.

In December, 2015 Lisa was recognized by ASSET with the Bright Lights Technology Award and was a nominee for a STANY Science Award during the same year. In addition to being a gifted teacher, her service to the community is remarkable. For many years, she had served as an Emergency Medical Technician on the Huntington Community First Aid Squad.

Congratulations to Lisa Hatton, Teacher of the Year!

Girls Varsity Basketball Playoff Game Today...Go Wildcats!!!

Sophomore Danielle Kleet (5) had a career high 18 points while fellow sophomore Desiree Kleberg (13) also had a career high of 15.
Sophomore Danielle Kleet (5) had a career high 18 points while fellow sophomore Desiree Kleberg (13) also had a career high of 15.
Meghan Soulias (21) added 12 hard-earned points and was a big presence under the boards.
Meghan Soulias (21) added 12 hard-earned points and was a big presence under the boards.
Britney Coleman drives to the basket with a solid night scoring 10 points.
Britney Coleman drives to the basket with a solid night scoring 10 points.
Rosa Portaro, (23) when given the room, is a relentless 3-point scorer. She scored 9 points in last nights 82-48 win over Smithtown East.
Rosa Portaro, (23) when given the room, is a relentless 3-point scorer. She scored 9 points in last nights 82-48 win over Smithtown East.
Alexa DelColle uses her 5’ 8” height under the boards to her advantage scoring 8 points, mostly on offensive rebounds.
Alexa DelColle uses her 5’ 8” height under the boards to her advantage scoring 8 points, mostly on offensive rebounds.

Congratulations to the Girls' Varsity Basketball Team on its 82 -48 victory against Smithtown East in last night's playoff game.  All 12 girls scored helping the Lady Wildcats achieve their highest point total this season.  Sophomore Danielle Kleet had a career high 18 points while fellow sophomore Desiree Kleberg also had a career high of 15.  Meghan Soulias added 12, Britney Coleman scored 10, Rosa Portaro scored 9 and Alexa DelColle scored 8.  The team hit 9 three-pointers bringing their season total to 112.

The girls play Commack, the number 1 ranked team in Suffolk County, today at 5pm at Commack High School.

Great Job Last Night and Good Luck Girls!

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Birchwood-Oakwood Reading Buddies

One of Mr. Ryan’s 5th graders gets together with their Reading Buddy from Ms. McGrorty’s class for a special moment that caught everyone’s attention.
One of Mr. Ryan’s 5th graders gets together with their Reading Buddy from Ms. McGrorty’s class for a special moment that caught everyone’s attention.
A Birchwood student from the Springston-Nieroda class is enjoying her two Reading Buddies from Ms. Galano and Ms. Seidl’s class at Oakwood.
A Birchwood student from the Springston-Nieroda class is enjoying her two Reading Buddies from Ms. Galano and Ms. Seidl’s class at Oakwood.
Ms. Wrights Dual Language class from Birchwood made a big hit with Ms. Molina’s Dual Language class at Oakwood.
Ms. Wrights Dual Language class from Birchwood made a big hit with Ms. Molina’s Dual Language class at Oakwood.
When Ms. Wrights Dual Language class from Birchwood first got to Oakwood representatives from Ms. Molina’s class greeted them.
When Ms. Wrights Dual Language class from Birchwood first got to Oakwood representatives from Ms. Molina’s class greeted them.
Ms. Gruttadauria and Tohill’s class from Birchwood made a big hit with Ms. Groe’s class.
Ms. Gruttadauria and Tohill’s class from Birchwood made a big hit with Ms. Groe’s class.
Fifth-grade reading buddies from Ms. Correll’s class grab a pose with their new buddies from Ms. Baumbach’s Oakwood kindergarten class.
Fifth-grade reading buddies from Ms. Correll’s class grab a pose with their new buddies from Ms. Baumbach’s Oakwood kindergarten class.

On February 15th, Birchwood and Oakwood joined together to celebrate the second Reading Buddies event.  The Birchwood and Oakwood Site-Based Management (SBM) committees partnered to share in a special event where Birchwood fifth graders buddied up with the Oakwood Kindergartners to share in the joy of reading.  Birchwood fifth graders and teachers had the pleasure of visiting the Oakwood Kindergarten classes and spent time together enjoying great reads!  The smiles were abundant during the event where the children created new bonds with their reading buddies, making this day more than memorable!

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Project Excel Celebrated

Guest speakers left to right: Ms. Danielle Meyers, a Social Work student at Stony Brook University, Mr. Shadrack Boakye, Ms. Katrina Patterson, Esq., and Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris, and Coordinator of Student Services, Mr. David Perkins.
Guest speakers left to right: Ms. Danielle Meyers, a Social Work student at Stony Brook University, Mr. Shadrack Boakye, Ms. Katrina Patterson, Esq., and Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris, and Coordinator of Student Services, Mr. David Perkins.
Ms. Harris and Mr. Perkins flank this year’s group of Social Work Interns who are instrumental in helping to move our Project Excel Program forward.
Ms. Harris and Mr. Perkins flank this year’s group of Social Work Interns who are instrumental in helping to move our Project Excel Program forward.
Board of Education Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta delivered the morning’s closing remarks.
Board of Education Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta delivered the morning’s closing remarks.
Left to right: Stimson students Gabrielle Rows and Cindy Gonzalez thrilled the audience with a violin performance.
Left to right: Stimson students Gabrielle Rows and Cindy Gonzalez thrilled the audience with a violin performance.

South Huntington’s Project Excel students took part in a grand celebration at OHEKA Castle today, Wednesday, February 15th.  This special recognition brunch was dedicated to this year's Project Excel theme: "Maintaining a Mindset for Success."  The brunch, donated entirely by OHEKA owner Gary Melius, provided a fitting tribute to one of the district’s most successful student programs.

The program began with a welcome address from Walt Whitman sophomore Jaquelinne Jaco-Garay.  After a greeting from Coordinator of Student Services, Mr. David Perkins and Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris, a heartwarming thank you was presented to OHEKA maitre de Ms. Hyacinth Waug who is retiring and has been a long-time friend of Project Excel. 

The assembled guests were treated to a morning of motivational presentations, skillfully facilitated by Mr. Perkins. The Excel students listened intently to powerful messages from both of the morning’s keynote speakers.

Mr. Shaka Williams, our Project Excel Coordinator at Birchwood, along with Silas Wood sixth-grader Kenyon Miles introduced the morning’s first keynote speaker, Ms. Katrina Patterson.  Ms. Patterson is an accomplished Attorney, Author, Executive Coach, and Leadership Consultant. “My five ‘B’s for success is…Be Courteous, Be Smart, Be Excellent, Be Honest, and the fifth is Believe,” said Ms. Patterson.  “You can have the first four B’s but if you don’t Believe, the first four B’s aren’t as valuable, you have to believe in yourself, that you can do it, that you will be successful.”

Stimson Project Excel Coordinator Ms. Jennifer DeNoble introduced Stimson students Gabrielle Rows and Cindy Gonzalez, who thrilled the audience with a violin performance.

Walt Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy introduced Shadrack Boakye, the morning’s second keynote speaker. Mr. Boakye was born in Liberia, Africa during a crippling civil war that took the lives of over 200,000 citizens in the early 1990s. Along with his mother, Shadrack was one of the few survivors to escape the war-stricken country. When he got to America, his teacher at Brentwood happened to be Principal Murphy's wife. Mrs. Murphy was instrumental in helping mentor her new student.

Deputy Superintendent Harris introduced Board of Education Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta who delivered the mornings closing remarks, sharing with the audience his own experiences growing up in a single parent home.   Mr. Perkins and Ms. Harris extend their sincere thanks to all those who made the morning such a success, and especially to Ms. Tameika Grant, a Vice President at Astoria Bank, for her continued support of South Huntington’s Project Excel Program. 

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Pick A Reading Partner Makes Students Feel Great

Classes at Maplewood feel the love as Valentines Day and PARP collide for a beautiful outcome.
Classes at Maplewood feel the love as Valentines Day and PARP collide for a beautiful outcome.

In December, teachers and staff working in room 212 at Maplewood Intermediate School decided to come in for pajama day, all wearing matching PJ’s.  It was such a hit on the second floor that others asked to join in and planned on doing it again for VALENTINE’S DAY.  

“How terrific when we found out it would also be a fun way to enhance our EMOJI- PARP reading theme…. “How Does Reading Make You Feel,” said teacher Tonya Lourenco. “The impact has been so well received, that we would like to have one more pajama day before the end of the school year.  It is our hope that everyone in our Maplewood building may want to participate in celebrating ‘SUMMER FUN’!  However, too early to think of that right now, we first need the snow to melt!”                                                                                                                              

Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) is a statewide PTA sponsored reading program dedicated to inspiring families to read together.

You can join the Maplewood PTA- PARP Community at:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104958324991176372915

Cheer @ Nationals

The Whitman Cheer Team made it through to the semifinals ranking 25th in the nation.
The Whitman Cheer Team made it through to the semifinals ranking 25th in the nation.
Scheduled to fly to Florida just as last weeks snow storm hit, our Wildcats shared a bus with the Tigers of Northport ensuring their timely arrival.
Scheduled to fly to Florida just as last weeks snow storm hit, our Wildcats shared a bus with the Tigers of Northport ensuring their timely arrival.
“This team has overcome so many obstacles this season and continue to push themselves into success,” said Coach Koch.
“This team has overcome so many obstacles this season and continue to push themselves into success,” said Coach Koch.
They don’t call it the Sunshine Sate for nothing!
They don’t call it the Sunshine Sate for nothing!
 Awaiting the judges scoring decision our Wildcat Cheer Team made us proud.
Awaiting the judges scoring decision our Wildcat Cheer Team made us proud.

We hear from Varsity Cheer coach Tracy Koch that the girls had an amazing trip this year. “They had a great time competing and bonding at last weekend's prestigious National Championship in Orlando, Florida,” said Coach Koch. “There is really nothing in comparison to the experience of coming here [Walt Disney World Resort] with their teammates. A memory that will last a lifetime!”

 The Whitman Cheer Team made it through to the semifinals ranking 25th in the nation. “This team has overcome so many obstacles this season and continue to push themselves into success,” said Koch.  The team took 4th place at The Empire Regionals, 3rd place at Wantagh and 1st place at Northport. “I couldn't be more proud to be their coach! This is my 9th year coaching at Walt Whitman, my 4th year as Varsity coach and this years team holds a very special place in my heart because of their drive.”

But the Wildcat Cheerleaders are not done yet! The Suffolk County Championships are two weeks away. Go Wildcats!

Science Fair Winner Continues to Next Round

Left to right: ‘Karthi’ Mayilvahanan, Omar Ramos and Mr. Frederick Feraco at the LI Science and Engineering Fair.
Left to right: ‘Karthi’ Mayilvahanan, Omar Ramos and Mr. Frederick Feraco at the LI Science and Engineering Fair.
Omar Ramos and his research project “The Development and Analysis of Inorganic Pigments,’ will move on to the next round of competition.
Omar Ramos and his research project “The Development and Analysis of Inorganic Pigments,’ will move on to the next round of competition.

Walt Whitman High School had two students entered into last weeks LI Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF). Both seniors Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan and Omar Ramos executed well researched and professionally presented projects in the hopes of progressing to round two of the competition and ultimately a trip to Los Angeles in May for the International Science and Engineering Fair.

After a tough first round and judged three different times, science teacher Mr. Frederick Feraco is happy to announce that Omar Ramos and his research project “The Development and Analysis of Inorganic Pigments” has been invited to round two of the competition.

Each year LISEF, underwrites 3 fairs over 2 days and then sponsors up to 20 LISEF projects to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair each May.  The Intel ISEF brings together over 1,500 students from 70 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a $75,000 college scholarship.  At the Intel competition, our LISEF students mingle with Nobel Laureates, meet the brightest student scientists from all over the world and have the opportunity to present their work to over 1000 judges.  LISEF winners historically do well with 65% - 80% winning at least one award; we almost always have 1 or more Best in Category winner.

Congratulations Karthi and good luck Omar!

 

 

Winter 2017 Spotlight

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Please use this link to access the Winter 2107 Spotlight News

Emerging Leaders

Left to right: Joe Van Gostein, Rachel Vaughan, Joanne Nguyen and Natalie Ugenti are Emerging Leaders Business Competition winners.
Left to right: Joe Van Gostein, Rachel Vaughan, Joanne Nguyen and Natalie Ugenti are Emerging Leaders Business Competition winners.

The Huntington Chamber of Commerce proudly hosted a reception for the 14th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition winners on January 12, 2017. At the competition this past November, over 300 students from 18 high schools across Long Island participated.

We were thrilled to learn that Whitman students Rachel Vaughan, Joanne Nguyen, Natalie Ugenti and Joseph Van Gostein all earned Emerging Leaders Business Competition Awards.  These fine young scholars have excelled in both the classroom and co-curricular arenas.

Entertainment Marketing - Joe Van Gostein

Hospitality B- Joanne Nguyen

Hospitality B-Rachel Vaughan

Hospitality B-Natalie Ugenti

 

January Students of the Month

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What better way to celebrate the New Year than to congratulate our January Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. These talented individuals have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. 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.

January Students of the Month:

ART: Eric Cajowski, Derek Gianchetta, Casey Gilmartin, Anna Lundy

SCIENCE: Nelsy Alfaro Ortez, Serena Halajian, Adil Khan, Joelle Koutsantanou

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Timothy Boccia, Derek DiLorenzo, Thomas DiLorenzo, Edward Galant

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Jillian Jobson, Logan Matty, Timothy Quinn, Stephanie Young

ENGLISH: Dylan Cambria, Ilana Desmond, Rixi Milla Sanchez, Domonique Watts

SOCIAL STUDIES: Cristopher Chalco Samaniego, Ellian Chavez Granados, Angelina D’Amico, Michael Morck

MATHEMATICS: Cyndy Bonilla, Eleni Glodowski, Gabrielle Nardelli, Charles Nostrand

WORLD LANGUAGES: Sydney Khan, Nadia Lubrano, Rosa Portaro, Grace Roiland

MUSIC: Cosette Brazeau, Tamoor Nawaz, Tyler Phelan, and Kaitlyn Riha.                                      

Celebrating The Best of the Best

Left to right back: School Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Teacher of the Year Ms. Lisa Hatton, BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden, and New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
Left to right back: School Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Teacher of the Year Ms. Lisa Hatton, BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden, and New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
Susan Lamote has been serving the children of South Huntington for 13 years. As a kindergarten teacher she creates a nurturing learning environment where her students feel safe, supported, and truly cared for.
Susan Lamote has been serving the children of South Huntington for 13 years. As a kindergarten teacher she creates a nurturing learning environment where her students feel safe, supported, and truly cared for.
Mrs. Lendy Milo is an Oakwood Dual-Language teacher who has taught both stand-alone and side-by-side classes. Her colleagues from both Oakwood and Countrywood, where she taught for two years, agree that Lendy is nurturing, kind, collaborative, and highly professional.
Mrs. Lendy Milo is an Oakwood Dual-Language teacher who has taught both stand-alone and side-by-side classes. Her colleagues from both Oakwood and Countrywood, where she taught for two years, agree that Lendy is nurturing, kind, collaborative, and highly professional.
A fourth-grade teacher at Birchwood since 2000, Helma Adde has always been a dedicated and caring educator. Helma exemplifies the ‘can do’ attitude that is a must as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of education.
A fourth-grade teacher at Birchwood since 2000, Helma Adde has always been a dedicated and caring educator. Helma exemplifies the ‘can do’ attitude that is a must as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of education.
Robin Naggar, our Silas Wood teacher of the year has been teaching in South Huntington for 16 years. He is a leader who inspires, motivates, excites, and understands his students. Mr. Naggar serves as a coach in the classroom and for a variety of sports at Stimson and Walt Whitman.
Robin Naggar, our Silas Wood teacher of the year has been teaching in South Huntington for 16 years. He is a leader who inspires, motivates, excites, and understands his students. Mr. Naggar serves as a coach in the classroom and for a variety of sports at Stimson and Walt Whitman.
As a Special Education teacher at Stimson Middle School, Shari Daniello teaches her students essential skills that have a profound impact on their future, ensuring that they are better prepared for the world that waits them. Her room becomes a second home for her students, a place to share experiences, laugh, and most importantly, learn.
As a Special Education teacher at Stimson Middle School, Shari Daniello teaches her students essential skills that have a profound impact on their future, ensuring that they are better prepared for the world that waits them. Her room becomes a second home for her students, a place to share experiences, laugh, and most importantly, learn.
What makes a school great? The answer is simple, great teachers. For the last 24-years, Mrs. Kimberly Latko has dedicated her life to the South Huntington community, providing inspiration, motivation, and drive to students within her classes. She individualizes every student’s experience and ensures that when they leave her classroom they are ready to take on the world.
What makes a school great? The answer is simple, great teachers. For the last 24-years, Mrs. Kimberly Latko has dedicated her life to the South Huntington community, providing inspiration, motivation, and drive to students within her classes. She individualizes every student’s experience and ensures that when they leave her classroom they are ready to take on the world.

The South Huntington Teacher of the Year Awards were held on Wednesday, February 8th at Walt Whitman’s Performing Arts Center. Family, friends, and the community joined in acknowledging this year’s outstanding teachers. 

It was a much-anticipated evening as the South Huntington Board of Education and the district’s administrators gave well-deserved recognition and praise to their top teachers. Joining the Board of Education and administration in honoring our well-deserving teachers was New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.

Congratulations to:

Helma Adde- Birchwood Intermediate School- “I know by speaking to her students that Helma takes the time to get to know them and understand their needs. She takes care of the students socially and emotionally by making each child feel special because she values what each student offers to her classroom family. She recognizes that her students require individualized attention based on who they are, what they already know and what they further need to learn.”

Lisa Hatton- Maplewood Intermediate School and The South Huntington School District Teacher of the Year!- “Where Knowledge meets Inspiration- This is certainly true in the case of Mrs. Lisa Hatton. She demonstrates time and time again and on a daily basis, a natural ability to forge knowledge and inspiration together, and a genuine talent for incorporating those unique and effective ideas into the curriculum, making her instruction top notch. The students in her class benefit from her talents and her creative spirit permeates her classroom and her students become the beneficiaries of outstanding program and delivery.”

Shari Daniello- Stimson Middle School- “As a Special Education teacher, Ms. Daniello teaches her students essential skills that have a profound impact on their future, ensuring that they are better prepared for the world that awaits them. Perhaps Ms. Danielle's greatest attribute as a teacher is her ability to connect with an entire family, visiting the homes of her students and communicating daily with the families of the students she teaches.”

Sue Lamorte- Countrywood Primary School- “She is always willing to embrace new challenges and accept additional responsibilities. She adeptly uses technology to enhance instruction to make learning exciting and meaningful for her youngsters.  Sue's love for teaching and passion for innovative technology are evident in the many projects she participates in. Sue is literally immersed in the culture of our school district, and she is universally respected throughout the community."

Kimberly Latko- Walt Whitman High School- “Mrs. Latko has the innate ability to make students feel as if they are the most important people in the room or even family. It is inspiring to see Mrs. Latko's commitment to reach and motivate each of her students. I can say without pause or reservation that she is one of the most respected faculty members at Walt Whitman. What makes Mrs. Latko so great? Ask anyone and the answer is simple. It is because she cares.”

Lendy Milo- Oakwood Primary School- “Her classroom is a welcoming place with a positive environment conducive to personal growth and academic success. Her passion for learning and teaching is reflected in the enthusiasm of her students. Her instruction is structured to build self-confidence, independence and social awareness. Mrs. Milo is a Teacher Mentor who assists new teachers in planning, assessing and reflecting on lessons for English Language Learners.”

Robin Naggar- Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center- “Mr. Naggar is a leader who inspires, motivates, excites, and understands his students. He looks at the "whole-child" with a sense of understanding, holds them to high expectations, and encourages them to always do their best. Mr. Naggar enthusiastically engages his students through his creativity and talents and encourages them to be lifelong learners."


Excel Students are GREAT

The G.R.E.A.T Program is built around curricula instructed by certified criminal justice professionals and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
The G.R.E.A.T Program is built around curricula instructed by certified criminal justice professionals and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris provides a warm welcome to our families before thanking Officer Oliver for his years of service to our district and its children.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris provides a warm welcome to our families before thanking Officer Oliver for his years of service to our district and its children.
Suffolk County Sheriff Officers Oliver and Delancy presented a certificate to each of the students who successfully completed their 13-week lesson giving them a more positive attitude toward police, more resistance to peer pressure, and better decision making skills.
Suffolk County Sheriff Officers Oliver and Delancy presented a certificate to each of the students who successfully completed their 13-week lesson giving them a more positive attitude toward police, more resistance to peer pressure, and better decision making skills.

At our Project Excel meeting on Monday evening February 6th parents, students, and special guests spilled into the hallway from Silas Wood’s cafeteria to honor students who were receiving a Certificate of Accomplishment for their successful completion of a 13-week ‘Gang Resistance Education And Training’ program known as Project GREAT.  The audience also gave a resounding Thank You to retiring Suffolk County Sheriff, Officer Everett Oliver.

“One of the biggest things that I want our young people to take always from this program is to be more comfortable with Law Enforcement and to realize that we have jobs and families just like everyone else.” said the veteran officer. “The second thing I want our Project Excel students to take away is to make better decisions for themselves. Don’t be a follower, be a leader and make good decisions before you act.”

Officer Oliver, joined by fellow Officer Delaney, was gracious of the praise offered by Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris and Project Excel Coordinator Mr. David Perkins. “There are a lot of challenges today that pull children away and on the wrong road,” said Mr. Perkins. “Our parents in the Excel Program understand that as a community, working together and staying connected to the Excel Program is an effective safety net for their children.”

Congratulations to our students: Nicholas Da Costa, Trevor Galgano, Talha Guven, Kimberly Interiano Castro, Kensley Jean Baptiste, Jaylin Lawrence, Jason Lazo Chavez, Ronald Lopez, Kenyon Miles, Keyon Paz Chica, Omar Perez Santos, Isabel Rich, Connor Weber, Valerie Richardson, Christopher Matthews, Mikaya Person Gunter, Destiny Lloyd, Heaven Delk, and Neveah Delk.

“The commitment that the Sheriff’s Department provides our district is outstanding,” said Perkins.  “Officer Oliver, as well as Officer Nelson, who couldn’t be here tonight, have left an indelible impression on the lives of our children. It’s because of their caring spirit, and the understanding of the significant role that they play, that will help our children make good decisions when confronted with difficult situations in their lives.”

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DelColle to West Virginia

Proud Mom and Dad flank Alexa as Coach Moccia, Principal Murphy and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright offer their congratulations.
Proud Mom and Dad flank Alexa as Coach Moccia, Principal Murphy and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright offer their congratulations.

Walt Whitman senior Alexa DelColle has signed her letter of intent to play soccer at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Alexa will change her stripes from a Wildcat to a Bobcat for the NCAA Division II team. Alexa was an All-League and All-Conference player in her senior year at Whitman. “Alexa is a solid player who stabilized our defense for us and should do really well in college,” said Whitman’s Varsity Head Coach Mike Moccia.  Congratulations Alexa!….Remember– Once a Wildcat…Always a Wildcat.

County Championship Track Highlights

Antoinette Miller placed first in the High Jump (5'2
Antoinette Miller placed first in the High Jump (5'2") and 55m dash (7.32) capturing county titles in both.
Senior Shelbi Wuss is also a State Qualifier by placing 6th in the 3000Meter and has qualified for All County Academic.
Senior Shelbi Wuss is also a State Qualifier by placing 6th in the 3000Meter and has qualified for All County Academic.

Suffolk's top girls and boys track teams competed in the indoor Suffolk County large and small school championships this past weekend at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.  We hear from Whitman’s Girls Track Coach Steve Savage and Rufus Shepard that track stars Antoinette Miller and Shelbi Wuss both qualified for the State Qualifier meet this weekend.

Whitman Junior Antoinette Miller is your new County Champion, and State Qualifier in the 55 Meter with a blistering 7.32second effort as well as the High Jump, clearing 5’2.”

“My start wasn’t the best, but it’s all about the finish and how you end it,” Miller said to Newsday. “I don’t look left or right when I run, but I could feel them next to me and knew that I had to push harder. I had to keep pushing until I saw my name on the board.”

Senior Shelbi Wuss is also a State Qualifier by placing 6th in the 3000Meter and has qualified for All County Academic. Also for our lady Wildcats, Grace Weigele, an 8th grader also ran well in the 3000m (12:05) and senior Payal Multani threw the Shot Put (28' 2").

A day earlier, Boys Track coach Rob Conroy was happy to announce that Whitman Junior Sean Smyth ran a 2:38minute, 1000 Meter Race to take 3rd place.  And in other highlights, Whitman senior Savien Roberts cleared 5'10" in the high jump giving him 6th place in the Large School County Championships, both have qualified for the State Qualifier.

It is important to note that while the above mentioned athletes have ‘qualified’ for the State Qualifier based on their individual scores/times, a final seeding will take place on Friday 2/10 that will confirm all athletes competing in the State Qualifier Meet on Monday February 13th beginning at 5PM at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Perfect Hosts

Kayla Soulias, who placed 2nd in foil, was voted to the 1st Team All-County as well as All-Long Island team.
Kayla Soulias, who placed 2nd in foil, was voted to the 1st Team All-County as well as All-Long Island team.
Adam Meskill, who placed 2nd in foil, was voted 1st Team All-County, and All-Long Island.
Adam Meskill, who placed 2nd in foil, was voted 1st Team All-County, and All-Long Island.
Melissa Shaiman placed 5th in Sabre fencing at the County Championships.
Melissa Shaiman placed 5th in Sabre fencing at the County Championships.
Anastasia Alpy closed out her senior year voted 1st Team All-County, and Honorable Mention All-Long Island.
Anastasia Alpy closed out her senior year voted 1st Team All-County, and Honorable Mention All-Long Island.

Suffolk County’s Fencing Championships finished up this past weekend in Whitman’s North Gymnasium. Facing immeasurable challenges from fencing powerhouses Ward Melville, Commack and Half Hollow Hills, the Wildcats placed a respectable 4th and 5th for the Girls and Boys teams.

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After the team and individual competitions finished, awards were handed out with our Wildcats showing good representation in the County Championships. Congratulations to the following fencers:

Adam Meskill 2nd Place Foil

Kayla Soulias 2nd Place Foil

Melissa Shaiman 5th Place Sabre

Special Awards

Sabre

Steven Ciravolo: Honorable Mention All-County

Chris Babinski:    Honorable Mention All-County

Mark Dammer:    2nd Team All-County

Melissa Shaiman:   2nd Team All-County

Emily Ferrante:      2nd Team All-County

Anastasia Alpy:   1st Team All-County, Honorable Mention All-Long Island

 

Foil

Emanuel Campo:   Honorable Mention All-County

Jordan Roiland:   2nd Team All-County

Adam Meskill:   1st Team All-County, All-Long Island

Maegan Guzman  2nd Team All-County

Kayla Soulias:  1st Team All-County, All-Long Island  #1 in points (43-4 record)

 

Epee

Scott McEntee:  2nd Team All-County

Nicole Algerie:  Honorable Mention All-County

Wrestlers Move on to County Championships

Left to right: Robinson, Costantino, DeGaetano and Romano will be representing Walt Whitman in the Suffolk County Wrestling Championships this weekend.
Left to right: Robinson, Costantino, DeGaetano and Romano will be representing Walt Whitman in the Suffolk County Wrestling Championships this weekend.

Congratulations to Whitman Wrestlers placing at the League 2 Tournament this past weekend.   Terron Robinson took 1st place to become League Champion in the 220 pound division, Kevin Romano 2nd place in the 126 pound division, Thomas DeGaetano takes home 3rd place at 120 pounds and Anthony Costantino also 3rd place in the 113 pound division.  These four wrestlers move on and now will be wrestling at the Suffolk County Championship this weekend.  Great job Wildcats and Good Luck this Weekend!

New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence

South Huntington Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, front left, and Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy, third from right, and Chairperson of Guidance & Student Services Ms. Leah C. Lugoviña, right, proudly announced the winners of the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Students left to right: Amy Chan, Mark Meneses,  Ilana Desmond, Melissa Shaiman, Jordan Roiland, Alexander Clopper, Shelbi Wuss, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Christina Bogdani, and Emma Coleman. Missing from photo is Christian Corbett.
South Huntington Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, front left, and Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy, third from right, and Chairperson of Guidance & Student Services Ms. Leah C. Lugoviña, right, proudly announced the winners of the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Students left to right: Amy Chan, Mark Meneses, Ilana Desmond, Melissa Shaiman, Jordan Roiland, Alexander Clopper, Shelbi Wuss, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Christina Bogdani, and Emma Coleman. Missing from photo is Christian Corbett.

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and Chairperson of Guidance & Student Services Ms. Leah C. Lugoviña proudly announced the winners of the 2017 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The awards are based on a formula using Regents exams in English, Algebra 2/Trig, Global Studies, American History and Science (3 exams).  These 11 seniors have been awarded scholarships that will be able to be used for any college or university in New York State for the 2017-18 school year. Congratulations to: Christian Corbett, Amy Chan, Mark Meneses, Ilana Desmond, Melissa Shaiman, Jordan Roiland, Alexander Clopper, Shelbi Wuss, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Christina Bogdani, and Emma Coleman.

Countrywood PARP...Above and Beyond

Countrywood's very own YouTube sensation Mrs. Bertolino has a great feature you will all love…. Check it out!
Countrywood's very own YouTube sensation Mrs. Bertolino has a great feature you will all love…. Check it out!

The Countrywood PTA wound down their annual Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) program today, Friday February 3rd. PARP is a statewide program sponsored by the NYS PTA with the goal of inspiring Parents and Reading Partners to read together with their children for at least 15 minutes daily. The purpose of this special Countrywood PTA PARP Blog is to share with Parents and Reading Partners useful resource information and fun ideas to get the most out of this experience. Happy reading!

http://cwparp.blogspot.com/

Make sure you check out a very special part of our PARP Program where Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Bertolino has her own reading YouTube channel and with the stroke of a button, she can be reading to your child, anytime and anywhere.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaI8idD_DBphti7EYQ760rA

Frequently Asked Questions with Mrs. Bertolino!

What prompted me to start my own YouTube channel?

As a kindergarten teacher, I am acutely aware that all children need to be read to! Reading to them exposes children to new ideas, while developing their imaginations and improving their comprehension and listening skills.

 

How do I select which books to read?

My own students have vetted all the books. That means they have been read to them many times and always elicit a strong positive response. Quite often, the whole class will spontaneously applaud at the conclusion of a book, reminding me that this story truly had an impact.

What do I hope my students receive?

Love of reading, of course! Technology is a tremendous part of their lives and I love the idea of using it to offer them the more personal experience of being read.

What do I hope my students’ parents receive?

Peace of mind. My channel offers an alternative to reading to their child when they have to work late or attend to other essentials in the evening. Many child psychologists encourage a regular wind-down activity as part of a consistent going-to-bed routine and story time is always at the top of the list of suggestions.

What advice do I offer parents about reading with their children on a regular basis? Do it! Do it as often as you can. Not only is it a great way to boost their learning potential, encourage their love of reading, and increase their comprehension, it’s also a wonderful way to grab a few quiet moments together away from the stresses of the day.

 

 

Social Security Benefits for Individuals with Special Needs

"Social Security Benefits for Individuals with Special Needs"

presented by Brian McIlvain from SILO

Monday, February 27, 2017

7:30-9:30 pm

South Huntington UFSD District Office

60 Weston St.

Huntington Station, NY 11746

 

Hosted by South Huntington SEPTA

All are welcome and no preregistration is necessary.

JV Cheer are Golden!

Coach Antonella Curcio, back right, and her JV Cheer Team with their 1st Place Trophy.
Coach Antonella Curcio, back right, and her JV Cheer Team with their 1st Place Trophy.

Congratulations to the Junior Varsity Cheerleading team on their outstanding Gold Medal performance winning first place at their home competition over the weekend of January 22nd. We also congratulate all of our cheerleaders on their hard work hosting their home competition, which provided a perfect opportunity to showcase our programs and highlight the wonderful South Huntington community.

JV Squad: Arianna Ahmad, Aryanna Argenzio, Izabella Canales, Desiree Chouinard, Emma Edelman, Diana Flowers, Janna Garden, Brianna Hansen, Laurette Joyce, Alexa Krieger, Summer Levinsky, Racquel Litt, Justina Lynch, Sofia Mauro, Emily Oliveau, Nayeli Pinero, Mikaila Rattazzi, Adrianna Rocha, and Chloe Rozenveld. The JV Squad is coached by Ms. Antonella Curcio.

Keep up the great work ladies!

Whitman Five @ Festival

Congratulated by their music teacher Mr. Frank Yolango, are left to right front: Jaycie Cardoso, Michael Pinelli, Noelle Bryggman, Maxwell Fisher, and Kentaro Matsushima.
Congratulated by their music teacher Mr. Frank Yolango, are left to right front: Jaycie Cardoso, Michael Pinelli, Noelle Bryggman, Maxwell Fisher, and Kentaro Matsushima.

Congratulations to Jaycie Cardoso, Michael Pinelli, Noelle Bryggman, Maxwell Fisher, and Kentaro Matsushima who were honored by being chosen for the Long Island Strings Festival Association. Their concert was this past weekend January 28th.

 

Magic Moments With The Harlem MagicMasters

Your South Huntington Dream Team gave it their all, and all in the support of the children of the district.
Your South Huntington Dream Team gave it their all, and all in the support of the children of the district.
You don’t see this happen often in the North Gymnasium.
You don’t see this happen often in the North Gymnasium.
In his popular game ‘You Are Out,’ Harlem MagicMaster Front Man ‘Speedy’ uses all his magic moves to get participants to drop the ball. This young ‘Cavs’ fan made it right up to the end!
In his popular game ‘You Are Out,’ Harlem MagicMaster Front Man ‘Speedy’ uses all his magic moves to get participants to drop the ball. This young ‘Cavs’ fan made it right up to the end!
MagicMaster ‘Tiny’ stands 7’5” tall and presented quite an obstacle for our dream team.
MagicMaster ‘Tiny’ stands 7’5” tall and presented quite an obstacle for our dream team.
This group of volunteers manned the ticket counter, thank you to the many volunteers who helped make the evening so successful.
This group of volunteers manned the ticket counter, thank you to the many volunteers who helped make the evening so successful.

Mix up a little basketball, some dancing, and throw in a whole lot of zany antics and the recipe creates a night of fun with the Harlem MagicMasters.  Last Friday, January 27th, the MagicMasters Comedy Basketball team played against the South Huntington Dream Team, a spirited group comprised of your favorite teachers, as well as a few administrators and principals just to keep things under control. This fun event raised much-needed funds that the Booster Club uses to enhance the district’s athletic programs and equipment.

The Wildcat Booster Club was thrilled with this year’s turnout and thanks the South Huntington school community for supporting one of their biggest fundraisers.   The Booster Club has sponsored this event for more than 11 years and, based on the reaction from the audience, each year just keeps getting better. “The Wildcat Booster Club would like to thank all the teachers and volunteers who helped out at the event.” said Club President Ms. Jayne O'Toole. “Thanks for making this a huge success.  See you next year!"

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Shelbi Wuss Signs with American University

Proud Mom and Dad flank their high-achieving senior as (l-r) Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, Track Coaches Steve Savage and Rob Conroy and Whitman Principal John Murphy are all on hand to congratulate this exceptional young lady.  (Track Coach Rufus Shepard was unavailable for the photograph).
Proud Mom and Dad flank their high-achieving senior as (l-r) Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, Track Coaches Steve Savage and Rob Conroy and Whitman Principal John Murphy are all on hand to congratulate this exceptional young lady. (Track Coach Rufus Shepard was unavailable for the photograph).

January has been a busy month for Whitman senior Shelbi Wuss. After a nice run in the playoffs for the Lady Wildcat Soccer team this past fall, Shelbi hit the track where she is really at home in the 3000meter run and setting records. The County Track and Field Championships are this Sunday.  News12 is currently profiling her as their Scholar Athlete of the week, where they also announced that Shelbi is Walt Whitman’s Valedictorian for the Class of 2017.

Right on the heels of a respectable showing in the recent Suffolk County Science Bowl, word is just in that she is our January Athlete of the Month, but even that is not why we’re here today. Turns out that Shelbi and her proud Mom and Dad made time for a special announcement recently. Flanked by a couple of her coaches, the principal and athletic director, Shelbi signed her letter of intent to run track for the Eagles of American University in Washington DC next fall.

Way to Go Shelbi Wuss!

Science Bowl Highlights

Team members left to right: Alex Clopper, Shelbi Wuss, Jordan Roiland, Mark Meneses, and Ben Nace.
Team members left to right: Alex Clopper, Shelbi Wuss, Jordan Roiland, Mark Meneses, and Ben Nace.

Whitman's Science Bowl team competed at Brookhaven National Lab this past weekend beating Mineola, Island Trees and William Floyd before they were eliminated. Team members Alex Clopper, Shelbi Wuss, Jordan Roiland, Mark Meneses, and Ben Nace, under the direction of Patty Lizza were supported by Marcus Maddy, Mari Scardapane and many Whitman science teachers who provided support to team members in their individual subject areas.

The team prepared intensely for this competition starting in the summer and continuing with practice every morning before school since September. Team captain Mark Meneses did an outstanding job of organizing and communicating with team members and faculty; his enthusiasm and knowledge have been inspiring to everyone connected with the team. 

Topics studied and researched included all the major areas of life, physical and earth science as well as energy and advanced mathematics.  

Juniors Kentaro Matshushema, Kristen Coletti, Andrew Ferreri, Scott McEntee, and Lauren Brown have been practicing with the seniors all year, enhancing the team's strength and preparing for next year.

We congratulate the team on their success, thank our seniors for all their hard work and dedication, and look forward to next year's competition.  

Lady Wildcat Fencing

Left to right, our Lady Wildcat Captains: Kayla Soulias, Paige Tortorice, Anastasia Alpy, and Emily Ferrante.
Left to right, our Lady Wildcat Captains: Kayla Soulias, Paige Tortorice, Anastasia Alpy, and Emily Ferrante.
Senior Kayla Soulias takes full advantage of all that fencing offers, and intends to continue next year in college.
Senior Kayla Soulias takes full advantage of all that fencing offers, and intends to continue next year in college.
Senior Sabre fencer Melissa Shaiman provided great leadership this year.
Senior Sabre fencer Melissa Shaiman provided great leadership this year.
Varsity coach Jackie Addeo give senior Sabre fencer Emily Ferrante some last minute adjustments.
Varsity coach Jackie Addeo give senior Sabre fencer Emily Ferrante some last minute adjustments.
Alyssa Morisco has shown steady improvement and is part of a large sophomore contingent.
Alyssa Morisco has shown steady improvement and is part of a large sophomore contingent.
Anastasia Alpy has flourished in the fencing program and will be someone to watch in the Counties on February 4th.
Anastasia Alpy has flourished in the fencing program and will be someone to watch in the Counties on February 4th.

The ‘family’ atmosphere, so prevalent on the Men’s Fencing team is equally present on the Women’s and varsity coach Jackie Addeo gives her seniors all the credit. “We’re definitely going to feel it next year when this group graduates,” said coach Addeo. “But I feel the transition won’t be to bad because the new group has really taken to our senior leaders and are sure to step up next year. This is a tight knit group.” 

Like the Men’s team, the Lady Wildcats, who are presently at 8-6, faceoff against League I powerhouse Commack for their senior match on Wednesday night at 6PM in Whitman’s South Gym. Whitman’s combined Men’s and Women’s fencing teams will host the County Championships this Saturday, February 4th starting at 9AM.

“It’s always exciting to host ‘Counties” said Coach Addeo. “It’s a lot of hard work but for our seniors, to close-out their high school careers here at Whitman is a big deal, so win, loose or draw, it really makes them part of the whole experience.”

Individual fencers to watch for include Foil fencer Kayla Soulias.  Kayla is a senior captain and takes her craft seriously with a tremendous amount of work done outside of the regular season.  Kayla really takes full advantage of all that fencing offers, and intends to continue next year in college.

Paige Tortorice is the Wildcats Epee Captain as well as the coaches’ right hand. “Paige will be one of those persons who is hard to loose for the team, as well as for me’” said coach Addeo.  “She has been a huge help in all aspects of the team.” Perhaps Paige will come back and volunteer, just like her present coach did, prior to landing the head-coaching job.

The Sabre squad will see all three of their top fencers graduate this year. Anastasia Alpy, Emily Ferrante, and Melissa Shaiman will definitely be missed. “Melissa has grown steadily on the team and is counted on for her leadership,” said coach Addeo.  “Emily is also a person who I can count on to help with the logistics in coaching a team of twenty-three. She has been on the team for a while now and really gets it. Anastasia is my other go to right hand that will be missed a lot by the team and myself. She’s always right there ready to help.”  Anastasia has grown and flourished in the fencing program and will be someone to watch in the counties along with Kayla Soulias.

Sophomore Epee fencer Anne Rodriguez is another steadily improving athlete that is on everyone’s ‘watch’ list for the counties this Saturday. “Anne is navigating her way into a captains position for next year,” said Coach Addeo. “She gets ‘it’ she helps cultivate the ’family’ culture we have here, she’s always working hard and setting the right example.”

“This team of lady Wildcats could be the ‘Sleeper’ of the county championships. They work hard and want it just as much as any other team,” said coach Addeo.  “I have an eclectic group here, each bring their own ingredient that works to the build a solid foundation for a healthy fencing family. We have a lot of young players, and for many, fencing’s a singular sport, but here at Whitman, fencing is all about family.

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****New Use of Facilities Portal****

We are pleased to offer our new use of facilities portal entitled SchoolDude for Staff and Community Users. 

Staff can find instructions to enroll and enter their facility requests under the tab labeled "Staff."  

Community Users can find instructions to enroll and enter their facility requests under the tab labeled "Community."  We look forward to a smooth transition as well as a more streamlined approach.

News12’s Newest Scholar Athlete and More

Whitman Principal John Murphy with Bethpage Federal Credit Union Huntington Branch Assistant Manager William Bendernagel and South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright congratulate News12’s Scholar Athlete of the Week Shelbi Wuss.
Whitman Principal John Murphy with Bethpage Federal Credit Union Huntington Branch Assistant Manager William Bendernagel and South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright congratulate News12’s Scholar Athlete of the Week Shelbi Wuss.

Walt Whitman senior Shelbi Wuss is this week’s News12 Scholar Athlete of the week. Shelbi was presented a generous scholarship from Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the sponsor of the Athlete of the Week Program.  Shelbi recently signed her letter of intent to run track for the Eagles of American University in Washington DC next fall. And if all that wasn’t enough…. As you will hear in the News12 telecast, Shelbi has just been named the 2017 Valedictorian of Walt Whitman High School. Congratulations Shelbi Wuss!

You may use the following link to access the News12 video:

http://longisland.news12.com/sports/high-school/scholar-athlete/scholar-athlete-shelbi-wuss-1.13045220

 

Terron Robinson Finishing Strong

Terron begins his quest for another championship season this Saturday, February 4th with the League Tournaments.
Terron begins his quest for another championship season this Saturday, February 4th with the League Tournaments.

Whitman’s State Champion wrestler Terron Robinson had an up close and personal feature story in this past Sunday’s Newsday. As you will read, Terron has faced an uphill battle for a good portion of his young life and gets the support he needs from our South Huntington community.

Save the Date for St. Baldrick's

Lets make this year one of the best St. Baldrick’s fundraising events ever in South Huntington. Get your teams ready....Don't cut your hair until March 15th.... You can begin donating online by going to:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/491/2017

St. Baldrick's is an organization that raises money to help find a cure and treat childhood cancers.  Since the founding of St. Baldrick's, the survival rate of the common cancers has risen to 85%.

This is a good start, but more must be done.  All you have to do is volunteer your head to be shaved and get people to sponsor you in the event on March 15th at Walt Whitman's South Cafeteria.  The heads being shaved is symbolic of the children who lose their hair during cancer treatments.

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MOTOWN Tribute Concert

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The South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF) and Friends Entertainment present a live tribute to MOTOWN’S SUPER GROUPS.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017 @ Walt Whitman Performing Arts Center

7:30PM arrive early and visit the gourmet food trucks at 6PM.

Please see flyer for more details and use the following link for tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/motown-extravaganza-tickets-29460943475?aff=eac2

 

 

Cloud Math- the Updated Version of Upraised Math is Now Available

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This is a great resource to help families help their child(ren) succeed in math this year. Families can use Cloud Math to be informed about what their child is learning each week in grades K-8, as well as understand today’s new teaching strategies and get tips to help with homework.  You can also access high quality resources online, including videos, practice activities, and games.

 

Use the following links that pertain to your school. Please note that each school has a different code (also included below) in case it is needed.

School

Code

Link

Oakwood Primary Center

QQ96

http://getcloudmath.com/go/QQ96

Countrywood Primary Center

F7QD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/F7QD

Maplewood Intermediate School

HTCD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/HTCD

Birchwood Intermediate School

4F5M

http://getcloudmath.com/go/4F5M

Silas Wood 6th Grade Center

G7FZ

http://getcloudmath.com/go/G7FZ

Henry L Stimson Middle School

ZMW7

http://getcloudmath.com/go/ZMW7