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Spotlight on our Staff from Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon

Bailey Whitney is a hands-on art teacher at Countrywood and provides an engaging environment for her student to explore the world of art.
Bailey Whitney is a hands-on art teacher at Countrywood and provides an engaging environment for her student to explore the world of art.
Whether you prefer working inside or outside of the lines, in Ms. Whitney’s class it’s all about engaging her students to express themselves and think creatively.
Whether you prefer working inside or outside of the lines, in Ms. Whitney’s class it’s all about engaging her students to express themselves and think creatively.

Bailey Whitney is the new art teacher at Countrywood Primary School. Bailey completed both her undergraduate and graduate work at Hofstra University. She reports that she grew up,”…drawing, dancing, singing and playing instruments in (her) free time…” as well as performing in many musical and theater productions.

As we all know, both music and art are extremely important for all children, but even more so with primary school students. Thanks to the traditions established by the talented retired art teacher Carol Davis, Countrywood has come to expect an exceptionally creative learning environment.

After numerous resumes were screened a team of teachers and administrators interviewed qualified candidates, one candidate stood out among the rest. Both the school and the South Huntington Union Free School District are excited to welcome Bailey Whitney as she begins her work at Countrywood Primary School.

Family Fun Day Takes Over West Hills

There’s no rest for Countrywood Principal Ms. Kenney, as some of her students had excellent aim.
There’s no rest for Countrywood Principal Ms. Kenney, as some of her students had excellent aim.
Student performers from Beyond the Stage children’s musical theater delighted the audience with several song and dance numbers.
Student performers from Beyond the Stage children’s musical theater delighted the audience with several song and dance numbers.
Having a blast at SHEF's Family Fun Day, students enjoy sending Mr. Cardella into the cold water, all for a great cause.
Having a blast at SHEF's Family Fun Day, students enjoy sending Mr. Cardella into the cold water, all for a great cause.
As families spread out over the campgrounds, there was plenty of sports action on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
As families spread out over the campgrounds, there was plenty of sports action on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

The South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF) held their 14th annual family fun day under a picture-perfect sky on Saturday, September 16th and the community came out for a great afternoon on grounds of West Hills Day Camp. With hundreds in attendance, families spread out over the campgrounds and enjoyed; the West Hills nature center, swings, sports of all kinds, playgrounds for every age, heated pools and the hugely popular giant water slide. Everyone enjoyed salads, watermelon, soft drinks, hot dogs, and hamburgers.

The entertainment stage was in place for many local groups to perform including Ten Tigers Kung Fu Martial Arts Academy, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and Beyond the Stage children’s musical theater. Thank you as always to Master of Ceremonies Alex Dollin from SuperSound Entertainment.  Thank you Carlo Giordano and his staff at Walt Whitman High School for setting up and dismantling the stage. The event kept a full slate of performers busy all afternoon delighting the audience. This fundraiser helps SHEF purchase many items, not in the school budget that help support a quality educational experience for the children in the South Huntington School District. Most recently SHEF purchased zSpace, a 3-D interactive virtual learning environment that consists of 14 high definition workstations that use glasses and a stylus to create an immersive educational experience.

The always-popular dunk tank, sponsored by MassMutual featured: Mr. Toto, Principal of Silas Wood; Mr. Levy, Assistant Principal of Oakwood; Ms. Cirillo, Teacher at Silas Wood; Ms. Kenney, Principal of Countrywood; Mr. Cardello, Teacher at Countrywood; Ms. Guittard, Teacher at Birchwood; Mr. Ciccarelli, Principal of Birchwood; Mr. D'Elia, Principal of Maplewood; and Ms. Irizarry, Teacher at Walt Whitman.

SHEF would like to thank the community for their incredible support in making this day very special.

 

Fall Sports in Full Swing

Whitman junior Fernando Hernandez (7) shown in an earlier game against Commack, presently leads his team in scoring with 11 goals.  Another talented junior Mabel Bassi finished strong against a tough competitor keeping her Wildcat team near the top in Suffolk’s League 2 Tennis standings.
Whitman junior Fernando Hernandez (7) shown in an earlier game against Commack, presently leads his team in scoring with 11 goals. Another talented junior Mabel Bassi finished strong against a tough competitor keeping her Wildcat team near the top in Suffolk’s League 2 Tennis standings.

We hear from varsity tennis coach Seth Novick that his Lady Wildcats won a big match against Northport the other day, 5-2.  Out of the 7 matches played, 5 of them went three sets.  The team was able to win 4 of them.  Mabel Bassi beat Shannon Culhane 4-6 6-1 6-3 at second singles.  Also coming back from a set down to win was Jasmine Haug, who beat Carla Pibouin 3-6 6-0 6-1.  Katie Miata and Stephanie Young were able to fight back and win at second doubles 2-6 6-2 7-5 in a very close match.  Rounding out the wins were Kayla Sakayan winning 6-3 6-3 at first singles and Katherine Gotard 7-5 5-7 6-4 at third singles.  The team fought extremely hard and got back to their winning ways after dropping two in a row.  Come out and support the Wildcats at home when the play at Kings Park next Wednesday, September 27th at 4PM

Varsity coaches John DiGiacomo and Brian Karcz report that the Boys Varsity Soccer Team improved their record to 5-1-1 with a 4-1 victory over Central Islip yesterday. Fernando Hernandez led the way with 2 goals while Tony Valencia and Sergio Licona added goals as well. Nik Cerrito, Jefferson Saravia and TJ Garcia chipped in with assists. Alec Wurtz made 4 saves in the game. Please come out and support the team at their next home game this Saturday, September 23rd at 1pm vs. Riverhead.

 

 

Growing By Leaps and Bounds

Standing from left to right: Pamela Carey, Kara DeBruin, Daniela Santoiemma, Elisa Hustedt, Juliana Nyugen, Amanda Smuss, Angelina D'Amico, Lauren Redelman, Jessica Castagna.  Kneeling from left to right: Johnique Aiken, Briana Umana Moran, Grace Weigele, Giavanna Manganello, Gabby Girard, and Grace Roiland.
Standing from left to right: Pamela Carey, Kara DeBruin, Daniela Santoiemma, Elisa Hustedt, Juliana Nyugen, Amanda Smuss, Angelina D'Amico, Lauren Redelman, Jessica Castagna. Kneeling from left to right: Johnique Aiken, Briana Umana Moran, Grace Weigele, Giavanna Manganello, Gabby Girard, and Grace Roiland.
After putting in an afternoon of hard work the team continues to strengthen as a close group that inspires each other to excel daily.
After putting in an afternoon of hard work the team continues to strengthen as a close group that inspires each other to excel daily.

The Varsity Girls Cross Country team started off the season with a win over Lindenhurst with a score of 31-36 last Tuesday at Red Creek Park in Riverhead. The team puts in hard work in their daily practices and continues to strengthen as a close group that inspires each other to excel daily. Led by captains Junior Grace Roiland and Freshman Grace Weigele the girls look to make an impact as a team and as individuals with personal bests. In their most recent victory, Freshman Giavanna Manganello and Grace Weigele finished a tough 5K course with times of 23:01 and 23:03 respectively. The team is excited for their next meet on September 26th at Sunken Meadow against Bay Shore and looks to make even further leaps in their progress!

Wildcats Win on Challenging Course

Team members in photo from left to right: Coach Labate, Chris Adams, Ray Matuza, Julia Posillico, Andrew Harrigan, Robert Posillico, Scott McEntee, Nellie Klein, and Kevin McKenna
Team members in photo from left to right: Coach Labate, Chris Adams, Ray Matuza, Julia Posillico, Andrew Harrigan, Robert Posillico, Scott McEntee, Nellie Klein, and Kevin McKenna

We hear from Varsity Golf coach John Labate that congratulations are in order to the Wildcat team on their recent win against Elwood/John Glenn.  Led by captains Scott McEntee and Robert Posillico, the Wildcats beat the Knights 7-2, winning six of the eight matches played, the team won by 23 strokes on a challenging and difficult Crab Meadow course.  Great job yesterday earning a win in the highly competitive League II.  Good luck during the rest of the season. Go Wildcats!

Kaden Building Dedication… a Significant Moment 24 Years in the Making

Left to right front: Michele DeGaetano, SHUFSD BOE Member; Lorraine Deller, Executive Director of Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association; Susan Bergtraum, President of NYSSBA; Debbie and Jim Kaden; Nicholas Ciappetta, SHUFSD BOE President; Laura Carey and Linda LaCara, SHUFSD BOE Members.  Back row l-r: Andrew D. Bronson and Sidney B. Joyner, SHUFSD BOE Members; Brian Sapp, from Governor Cuomo’s Office; Edward J. Nitkewicz, SHUFSD BOE Member; Chad Lupinacci, NY State Assemblyman; and Mark Cuthbertson, Huntington Town Councilman.
Left to right front: Michele DeGaetano, SHUFSD BOE Member; Lorraine Deller, Executive Director of Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association; Susan Bergtraum, President of NYSSBA; Debbie and Jim Kaden; Nicholas Ciappetta, SHUFSD BOE President; Laura Carey and Linda LaCara, SHUFSD BOE Members. Back row l-r: Andrew D. Bronson and Sidney B. Joyner, SHUFSD BOE Members; Brian Sapp, from Governor Cuomo’s Office; Edward J. Nitkewicz, SHUFSD BOE Member; Chad Lupinacci, NY State Assemblyman; and Mark Cuthbertson, Huntington Town Councilman.
Passing the ‘gavel’, new BOE President Nick Ciappetta with his mentor Jim Kaden.
Passing the ‘gavel’, new BOE President Nick Ciappetta with his mentor Jim Kaden.
Superintendent Dave Bennardo (left) joins BOE members to thank Jim Kaden for his selflessness and dedication to the South Huntington School Community for over 24 years.
Superintendent Dave Bennardo (left) joins BOE members to thank Jim Kaden for his selflessness and dedication to the South Huntington School Community for over 24 years.
Recognizing his wife’s contributions, Jim Kaden thanks his wife Debbie for her support and many years of dedication to the South Huntington School District.
Recognizing his wife’s contributions, Jim Kaden thanks his wife Debbie for her support and many years of dedication to the South Huntington School District.

It was his home-away-from-home, and 24 years after he began serving on the Board of Education, the address known as 60 Weston Street is now officially and forever The James Kaden Administrative Offices. This past Wednesday’s BOE meeting began with a heartfelt dedication as honored guests, school administrators, teachers and community members paid tribute to a district icon.

Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Kaden and thanked the more than 50 guests who took the time to come witness this special event.  He then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Walt Whitman High School student Pamela Carey sang the National Anthem. Before introducing BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, Superintendent Bennardo spoke highly of the professional and personal relationships that were developed during the past five years that he has been superintendent. 

“The decision to name this building was unanimous and easily reached by the Board members,” said BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta as he looked over the crowd at an outdoor ceremony. “ Jim, you deserve this honor for many more reasons than your longevity. You deserve it because over the past 24 years you have been the champion of the underdog.  You deserve it because your knowledge of the districts finances and education law is unmatched, even by our auditors and lawyers. You deserve it because for 24 years you steadfastly improved instruction in this district, starting with our kindergarten and elementary school reading program, as well as increasing academic offerings for all students, such as our AP Program.”

“You deserve it because you showed us what leadership means. That it’s difficult, and that to be a good leader you have to make decisions that at times are not easy and politically unpopular. But most importantly you deserve this because you have made a difference in the lives of children. For these reasons and so many more, Jim Kaden has made an indelible impact on our district, and today’s building dedication ensures that his legacy is secure and demonstrates appreciation to him for loving our students so much for over two decades.”

 “It’s been my pleasure to serve this district and this community, and I hope in some small way I have contributed to the lives of our children,” said Mr. Kaden. “This has been an honor, so thank you very much.” 

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Cheer Celebrate UCA All-Americans

Flanked by UCA Cheer staff and judges our All American Cheerleaders left to right front: Aryanna Argenzio, Paige Maeir, Mikaela Rattazzi.  L-R middle: Kiara Brown, Laurette Joyce, Alyssa Christensen, Joelle Koutsantou, and Megan Richter. Back Row: Erin MacCloud, and Aniyah Walters
Flanked by UCA Cheer staff and judges our All American Cheerleaders left to right front: Aryanna Argenzio, Paige Maeir, Mikaela Rattazzi. L-R middle: Kiara Brown, Laurette Joyce, Alyssa Christensen, Joelle Koutsantou, and Megan Richter. Back Row: Erin MacCloud, and Aniyah Walters
Don't forget about tonight's Friday Night Lights football game celebrating our seniors! festivities begin around 5:30 - game time is 6 PM on Whitman's turf field.
Don't forget about tonight's Friday Night Lights football game celebrating our seniors! festivities begin around 5:30 - game time is 6 PM on Whitman's turf field.

Congratulations to the following new UCA All-American Cheerleader winners at Cheer Camp: Kiara Brown, Erin MacCloud, Laurette Joyce, Aniyah Walters, Alyssa Christensen, Joelle Koutsantou, Megan Richter, Aryanna Argenzio, Paige Maeir, and Mikaela Rattazzi. Our cheerleaders want to also remind you about Walt Whitman’s Homecoming on October 28th with the famous parade at 11:30AM and 2PM Football Game. 

Spotlight on our Staff from Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon

Left to right: Meredith Ross, Laurie Caruso, and Mike Trelfa head up a team of dynamic colleagues who all play a critical role in the safe transportation of our students.
Left to right: Meredith Ross, Laurie Caruso, and Mike Trelfa head up a team of dynamic colleagues who all play a critical role in the safe transportation of our students.

One of the great challenges of a new school year centers around developing the bus schedule that transports the six thousand students to and from schools in the District. The first days of school are a challenge at any school district. Parents of younger students often times wish to meet their child’s driver, and frequently take pictures of their child as he/she boards the bus. As common as this is, it can affect the timeliness of the bus route and the scheduled pick up times of the next stop.

Additionally, the number of new entrants or late kindergarten registrations may cause route changes late in August after schedules have been developed.  If the capacity of a bus exceeds a particular limit, other routes may be affected.

Mr. Mike Trelfa, South Huntington’s Director of Transportation, is responsible for 125 vehicles in the district. His role is responsible for the transportation of students in public, private and parochial schools in our community. Additionally, children who have special needs, requiring vans or other forms of transportation, are scheduled by the Transportation Office.

Does your child play a varsity sport or has he or she gone on a local field trip? All of the children’s transportation needs are organized by this important branch of the school district. Fortunately for Mr. Trelfa, a veteran of thirty-three years of administrative experience, he has a team of dynamic colleagues. Ms. Laurie Caruso and Ms. Meredith Ross are valuable members of the transportation team.

This column salutes these three individuals and all of our bus drivers, who play such a critical role in the safe transportation of our students.

Red, White & Blue Day Honors September 11th Heroes

Oakwood students present our Nation’s flag as they helped lead their schoolmates in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Oakwood students present our Nation’s flag as they helped lead their schoolmates in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Countrywood’s September 11th ceremony provides a perfect picture of why everyday is Unity Day in South Huntington.
Countrywood’s September 11th ceremony provides a perfect picture of why everyday is Unity Day in South Huntington.
Oakwood’s classes watch as the American Flag is moved to half-staff.
Oakwood’s classes watch as the American Flag is moved to half-staff.
Countrywood’s Assistant Principal and Principal, Kellie Njenga and Barbara Kenney respectively, get the help of scouting members of their school, as they stand united.
Countrywood’s Assistant Principal and Principal, Kellie Njenga and Barbara Kenney respectively, get the help of scouting members of their school, as they stand united.

On Monday, September 11th, staff, students, and families assembled outdoors for the annual “Red, White & Blue Day” ceremonies at Countrywood and Oakwood Primary Centers.  “It has been 16 years, yet the memories and emotions are still painful for so many family and friends.  To all those affected we can only offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers,” said Countrywood Principal Barbara Kenney.  “On this day, we also recognized the heroic efforts of the countless men and women who save so many lives.” Following a moment of silence, the nation’s flag was lowered to half-staff and everyone proudly stood as one united family and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The ceremony continued as Mr. Slawitsky at Countrywood invited second-grade students from Mr. Campbell/Ms. Rabideau and Ms. Nicolino/Ms. Sullivan’s classes to join him in leading the school community on this special day of remembrance.  In unison, the Countrywood school community sang a medley of patriotic songs which included America, This Land is Your Land, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and God Bless the USA.

At Oakwood, Principal Eileen Kerrigan led her school and guests in a similar ceremony as students in Ms. Herrera’s class made a presentation of the ‘Colors’ and Music teacher Ms. Pinelli led the school in singing patriotic songs. “The focus is on being proud to be an American and to think about heroes and bravery,” said Principal Kerrigan.  “I explain what it means when we see an American Flag at half-staff and its importance of respect.” 

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Field Hockey Moving in the Right Direction

Britany Khatchatourian scoring the 2nd and final goal.
Britany Khatchatourian scoring the 2nd and final goal.
Chloe Blumberg scoring the Wildcats first goal on the day.
Chloe Blumberg scoring the Wildcats first goal on the day.
With sister Kristy and the defense sealing up the goal, Kayla Campana (12) had full control over her competition.
With sister Kristy and the defense sealing up the goal, Kayla Campana (12) had full control over her competition.
Kayleigh McArdle launches a shot into scoring position.
Kayleigh McArdle launches a shot into scoring position.
Amanda Grennan moving the ball into scoring position.
Amanda Grennan moving the ball into scoring position.
Anna Garziano had a big day keeping the Wildcats with great possession.
Anna Garziano had a big day keeping the Wildcats with great possession.

The girls’ varsity field hockey team played a great game yesterday.  They beat Lindenhurst 2 - 0 and goalie, Kristy Campana, recorded her second shutout of the season.  Both goals were scored in the second half.  The first one was scored by Chloe Blumberg and assisted by Kayla Campana.  The second goal was scored by Britany Khatchatourian.  Also playing well for Whitman were Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, Kayleigh McArdle and Kristen Coletti.  Come and support the team on Wednesday 9/20 at 3:30 PM when they take on Pat-Med on the Wildcat turf. 

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Superintendent Bennardo to Receive Scouting’s 2017 Excellence in Education Award

Dr. Bennardo will be recognized for his passion, commitment and dedication to education as exemplified in his daily activities and his contribution to build a better-educated community.
Dr. Bennardo will be recognized for his passion, commitment and dedication to education as exemplified in his daily activities and his contribution to build a better-educated community.

The Excellence in Education Award honors outstanding public and private school professionals whose passion, commitment and dedication is exemplified in their daily activities and contribution to build a better-educated community.

We are pleased to announce that South Huntington School District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo is the recipient of this distinguished honor.

An awards dinner will be held on:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Northport Yacht Club

Bluff Point Road, Northport, NY

Reception, Dinner and Fabulous Raffle Prizes

Sponsorships, Journal Advertising, Raffles and Donations all benefit Scouting programs, boy’s camperships, district-wide activities, equipment and supplies for the Matinecock District (Suffolk County) which serves over 3,000 youth in character education and career opportunity programs.

If you would like to honor Dr. Bennardo and assist the Boy Scouts by participating, please see the attached information.  There is an October 12th deadline for Advertising and Sponsorships.

 

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Varsity Girls Soccer Continues Growth

Senior captain Brittany Shaneberger is back in the goal for her final year of Whitman soccer.
Senior captain Brittany Shaneberger is back in the goal for her final year of Whitman soccer.
As an eighth-grader Ella Brower (5) certainly has a leg-up on her future, and scoring her first varsity goal made it a special day.
As an eighth-grader Ella Brower (5) certainly has a leg-up on her future, and scoring her first varsity goal made it a special day.
Junior Danielle Kleet, who scored the first goal of the day, battled hard for ball possession.
Junior Danielle Kleet, who scored the first goal of the day, battled hard for ball possession.
Sophomore Forward April Farrell (16) places the ball where her teammates wait for the opportunity to score.
Sophomore Forward April Farrell (16) places the ball where her teammates wait for the opportunity to score.
Another member of a strong sophomore class, Kristen Finnerty (21) had an excellent day giving her teammates ample opportunity to score.
Another member of a strong sophomore class, Kristen Finnerty (21) had an excellent day giving her teammates ample opportunity to score.
Sophomore defender Heather Abbene (26) kept Central Islip off their game and out of scoring opportunities.
Sophomore defender Heather Abbene (26) kept Central Islip off their game and out of scoring opportunities.

The girl’s varsity soccer team defeated Central Islip by a score of 3-1 this past Monday. Juniors Danielle Kleet and Alyssa Chillemi each scored, as did Varsity 8th grader Ella Brower for Whitman.  Senior captain Brittany Shaneberger made 4 saves in goal.

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Whitman Has Three National Merit Scholarship Students

District-Wide K-12 Guidance Administrator Jon Macaluso, left, joins Principal John Murphy in congratulating our 2017-18 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, left to right: Joshua Joseph, Kentaro Matsushima, and Joseph VanGostein.
District-Wide K-12 Guidance Administrator Jon Macaluso, left, joins Principal John Murphy in congratulating our 2017-18 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, left to right: Joshua Joseph, Kentaro Matsushima, and Joseph VanGostein.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations to Whitman seniors Joshua Joseph, Kentaro Matsushima, and Joseph VanGostein who have qualified as Semifinalist.

These outstanding students are three of 16,000 students nationally, or approximately one-third of the nations 50,000 high scorers, that have qualified as Semifinalists. Stay tuned as we expect to find out in February if any, or our entire trio, have advanced to the finalist standings.

Tennis Enjoys Early Season Success

Whitman’s First Doubles team of Shailee Patel and Emma Graff, left to right respectively, were instrumental in the Elwood/John Glenn sweep.
Whitman’s First Doubles team of Shailee Patel and Emma Graff, left to right respectively, were instrumental in the Elwood/John Glenn sweep.
First Single Kayla Sakayan and Second Single Mabel Bassi, left to right respectively, both won their matches keeping the Wildcats in an early season first-place tie with Smithtown West.
First Single Kayla Sakayan and Second Single Mabel Bassi, left to right respectively, both won their matches keeping the Wildcats in an early season first-place tie with Smithtown West.

The Girls Varsity Tennis team swept Elwood/John Glenn 7-0 yesterday in a league matchup.  Dominating at singles were Kayla Sakayan, Mabel Bassi, Katherine Gotard, and Jasmine Haug.  The teams of Shailee Patel and Emma Graff, Stephanie Young and Katie Miata, and Anna Scortichini and Casey Gilmartin were spectacular in their wins.  Congrats Girls! Come out and support your Lady Wildcats at their next home match, Friday, September 15, at 4PM.

All-State Musicians Announced

District-Wide K-12 Guidance Administrator Jon Macaluso (back left) joins Principal John Murphy (center) and Music Teacher Matthew Hoffman (back right) in congratulating our 2017-18 All-State musicians.
District-Wide K-12 Guidance Administrator Jon Macaluso (back left) joins Principal John Murphy (center) and Music Teacher Matthew Hoffman (back right) in congratulating our 2017-18 All-State musicians.

We are extremely proud to congratulate the following Walt Whitman High School students who have been selected to represent the South Huntington School District at the 2017 NYSSMA All-State Conference on November 30th in Rochester, NY.

Brenda Mendez - Euphonium, Wind Ensemble

Megan Neuman - Bassoon, Symphony Orchestra

Gabrielle Safian - Piccolo, Alternate

Kentaro Matsushima - Violoncello

Jaycee Cardoso - Violin

Maxwell Fisher - Bass II, Mixed Chorus

Heather Aadal - Soprano, Mixed Chorus

Alexander Siegel - Tenor II

Congratulations for this prestigious accomplishment!

Attention Pre-School Parents! Sign Up today for Little Wildcats!

Little Wildcats is a free community preschool program, which meets for approximately 75 minutes on Tuesdays throughout the school year.  A certified South Huntington Union Free School District teacher, along with carefully selected high school students, organize and supervise age-appropriate stories and activities for preschoolers.  It is a wonderful opportunity for your child to meet other children in the school district while enjoying dynamic activities.  The group meets on Tuesdays from 12:20 PM to 1:50 PM at Walt Whitman High School in room 230.  Classes begin in October.  To register for the program contact Mrs. Zamow, Little Wildcat program director at:

Phone: 631-944-0972 ; Email: dlanghorstzamow@shufsd.org.  Enrollment is on a first come basis. 

A Stuffed Bus Stops at Stimson

The spirit of community service was in full force today as the generous members of the United Way teamed up with Huntington Coach and volunteers to donate a busload of school supplies for our South Huntington children.
The spirit of community service was in full force today as the generous members of the United Way teamed up with Huntington Coach and volunteers to donate a busload of school supplies for our South Huntington children.
Stimson students and volunteers from United Way and Huntington Coach were working hard to unload a bus full of much needed school supplies.
Stimson students and volunteers from United Way and Huntington Coach were working hard to unload a bus full of much needed school supplies.

"Under a clear blue sky on Tuesday, September 11th, Ms. Kolm's homeroom students volunteered to unload a mountain of school supplies from a Huntington Coach school bus,” said Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith. “These much-needed supplies arrived through a partnership between Huntington Coach and The United Way.  Over the next few days, we will sort out the donation and use them to ensure all students are prepared for a wonderful school year.  On a date that is filled with thoughtful reflection and sadness, this donation provided an opportunity for the generosity of our community to shine through."

Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris would like to thank our friends at Huntington Coach and our partners from United Way of LI for their generosity and support. “Our Partnership with United Way continues to be a valuable resource to students in our district. The school supplies will be distributed to our school social workers to share with students in need," said Ms. Harris.

Varsity Boys Volleyball Off to a Great Start

The Wildcats Outside Hitter Jack Poplawski is looking to help his team have a big season.
The Wildcats Outside Hitter Jack Poplawski is looking to help his team have a big season.
Senior Setter Robby Seebach (21) paced the offense with 42 assists as he sets up fellow senior Jack Anest (23).
Senior Setter Robby Seebach (21) paced the offense with 42 assists as he sets up fellow senior Jack Anest (23).
Senior Craig Stockfeder (27) takes aim and scores for Whitman.
Senior Craig Stockfeder (27) takes aim and scores for Whitman.

The North Gym was packed this past Friday night as Whitman beat Sachem East 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, and 15-6 in varsity volleyball. Jack Poplawski led the team with 28 kills. Robby Seebach paced the offense with 42 assists. Whitman moves to 2-0. Also of note, Whitman junior Jack Poplawski was recently named Newsday’s Top 25 Long Island boys volleyball players for 2017.  “[he’s a] Big hitter hoping to lead Wildcats to a big season,” According to Newsday Sports writer By Kenny DeJohn. Come out and support the team at their next home match when the go up against Lindenhurst on Wednesday, September 13th at 6PM.

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies Begin Solemn Day

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It is remarkable to note that despite the inevitable passing of time, the memory of September 11, 2001, remains emblazoned upon our minds. While each new year brings generations of children born after the attack, those of us who were alive on that fateful day will never forget the event that rocked our nation and forever transformed our modern way of life. We can be sure that over these next several days the news will be filled with stories aimed at recognizing the anniversary of 9–11. As in the past, our televisions and computer screens will undoubtedly flash images of the suffering and destruction that this unexpected attack brought to our nation's shores. This pain is an undeniable part of our country's history, and the harsh recollections will always remain ingrained upon our collective souls.  It is important, however, that we also remember the images of hope, strength, and cooperation that emerged from the ashes of both the Pentagon and Twin Towers, and unfolded in the sky over an isolated Pennsylvania field.  From unimaginable horror we saw unbelievable courage, as hundreds of first responders rushed into danger to save people whose names they didn't even know. We also watched community members line up to donate money, collect supplies and give blood and were inspired by the sight of school children from every race, religion, and background--holding hands and singing our National Anthem.  The simple reality is that in the hours, days, and weeks after 9-11, our people functioned as one, and were guided by the principles of freedom, unity, and strength that make our country strong. The truth is that the United States of America represents so much more than those who wish us harm can ever understand.  The USA is built upon the unwavering concept of freedom, and our people are at their very best when that sacred ideal is threatened.

So, as we recognize the anniversary of September 11, 2001, let's remember the heroism and ideals that became crystal clear in our country's hour of maximum need. Let's also take a moment to hug the ones we love, and give thanks for this great nation and wonderful community that makes us all so very proud.

Be Well and God Bless

Dave Bennardo

 

Varsity Soccer Scores Second Shutout

 Fernando Hernandez, a junior at Whitman, scores his second goal of the night.
Fernando Hernandez, a junior at Whitman, scores his second goal of the night.
Senior goalie Alec Wurtz recorded his second shutout behind a strong defensive effort by his teammates.
Senior goalie Alec Wurtz recorded his second shutout behind a strong defensive effort by his teammates.
Connetquot’s players were no match for senior forward Colin O’Neill who had a strong game.
Connetquot’s players were no match for senior forward Colin O’Neill who had a strong game.
Junior midfielder Wilmer Dominguez also had a strong day.
Junior midfielder Wilmer Dominguez also had a strong day.
Senior Antonio Valencia keeps possession and advances the ball as his teammates work towards another goal.
Senior Antonio Valencia keeps possession and advances the ball as his teammates work towards another goal.
Jordan Hernandez sees the back of the net off a great cross from Jefferson Saravia.
Jordan Hernandez sees the back of the net off a great cross from Jefferson Saravia.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team improved their record to 2-0-1 with a 3-0 victory over Connetquot yesterday. Fernando Hernandez led the Wildcats with 2 goals. Jordan Hernandez added a goal after a great cross from Jefferson Saravia. Alec Wurtz made 2 saves for his 2nd shutout of the season. Please come out and support the team at their next home game tomorrow night at 7pm vs Southampton.

Community Partnerships Benefit South Huntington Students

Photographed with many of the backpacks, Reverends Evelyn Digsby and Saba Mchunguzi, (center) with BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta and members from the Unity Church of Healing Light, South Huntington School District social workers, Deputy Superintendent, Jacqueline Harris and Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.
Photographed with many of the backpacks, Reverends Evelyn Digsby and Saba Mchunguzi, (center) with BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta and members from the Unity Church of Healing Light, South Huntington School District social workers, Deputy Superintendent, Jacqueline Harris and Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.
South Huntington School District social workers (l-r) Ventura Trent, Jacqueline Carroll, and Stacey Fletcher help unload well over 100 backpacks.
South Huntington School District social workers (l-r) Ventura Trent, Jacqueline Carroll, and Stacey Fletcher help unload well over 100 backpacks.

Thank you Reverends Evelyn Digsby and Saba Mchunguzi and the congregation from the Unity Church of Healing Light who graciously donated backpacks, each filled with school supplies. Representatives from the church were at the James Kaden Administrative Office on the first day of school to donate over 100 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies for needy elementary children in our district.

“We want to thank our co-partners, The Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship in Melville and the Universal Unitarian Church in Huntington who did a phenomenal job,” said Reverend Saba. “Unfortunately, there still exists a need, but our membership all gave what they could to make this happen for our 18th consecutive year.”

“This amazing gift is truly appreciated,” said BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta, as he helped unload the backpacks. “We feel our school district is the center of this wonderful community, and with local businesses, non-profits, churches and synagogues surrounding and supporting the district, it all comes together as a wonderful, collective community partnership.”

A New School Year Begins

The traditional senior sunrise this morning saw over 200 members of the Class of 2018 getting a headstart on their day.
The traditional senior sunrise this morning saw over 200 members of the Class of 2018 getting a headstart on their day.
Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano greets his returning students who seem ready for a great year.
Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano greets his returning students who seem ready for a great year.
An Oakwood Kindergartner brings Mom along for his first day of school.
An Oakwood Kindergartner brings Mom along for his first day of school.
Countrywood Assistant Principal Ms. Kellie Njenga greets her returning students.
Countrywood Assistant Principal Ms. Kellie Njenga greets her returning students.
At Maplewood, good friends share their summer adventurers.
At Maplewood, good friends share their summer adventurers.
Board of Education President Mr. Nicholas R. Ciappetta, (standing right) enjoys a few moments welcoming kindergarten students and their parents.
Board of Education President Mr. Nicholas R. Ciappetta, (standing right) enjoys a few moments welcoming kindergarten students and their parents.

Good morning and welcome back:

Each new school year brings change in a variety of forms—from new staff, to new students, to improved facilities and curriculum changes.  This year our Board of Education has also changed in two notable ways.  First, we welcome two new members – Andrew Bronson and Sidney Joyner.  We look forward to their contributions and expect that they will bring fresh ideas that will enhance the Board’s decision-making process.  Our Board leadership has also changed, with Laura Carey as Vice President and me as the President.  Despite these changes, you can expect that the Board of Education will continue to play its vital role in providing the resources that our 6,000-plus students need to thrive.

While the Board of Education manages the District’s financial condition and establishes overall policy, it is our beloved staff of over 1,000 that does the invaluable day-to-day work necessary to create the leaders of tomorrow.  Each of you should take enormous pride in the fact that the District just produced its strongest academic performance in over a decade.   As we have in the past, in late January we will recognize seven of our most outstanding teachers.  Additionally, for the first time, at a Spring meeting the Board will formally honor the members of the District’s non-instructional staff and the role that they also play in fostering academic success.  Of course, we will continue to shine a bright spotlight on our most treasured asset—our students.  Both in and out of the classroom, they give us hope that our next generation of leaders can solve our country’s most intractable problems, without rancor and with respect for opposing viewpoints.

So, on behalf of the entire Board of Education, I welcome you back and wish you a rewarding and productive school year.  I look forward to seeing you at a future Board of Education meeting, in the halls of your schools, or at an extracurricular event.

Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D.

President, Board of Education

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Silver Win for Boy’s Volleyball

Join us for ‘Friday Night Lights’ @ Whitman this Friday 9/8 with Varsity Football at 5PM and Boy’s Volleyball against Sachem East at 6PM.
Join us for ‘Friday Night Lights’ @ Whitman this Friday 9/8 with Varsity Football at 5PM and Boy’s Volleyball against Sachem East at 6PM.

This past weekend the varsity boy’s volleyball team competed in the annual Northport Invitational. The boys bounced back after tough losses early in the day to win the silver playoff bracket. The boys showed great resilience. Jack Poplawski, Robby Seebach, Sean Williams, and Josh Friedman consistently contributed offensively and defensively. The boys first home game will be this Friday 9/8 against Sachem East at 6PM.

The Class of 2021 is Ready

Assistant Principal Ms. Colleen Grady introduces Maroon team student leaders and gets ready for team building activities led by Nassau BOCES.
Assistant Principal Ms. Colleen Grady introduces Maroon team student leaders and gets ready for team building activities led by Nassau BOCES.
Whitman Dean Mr. Jose Castillo helps students navigate where they need to be in the 2,000-student high school.
Whitman Dean Mr. Jose Castillo helps students navigate where they need to be in the 2,000-student high school.
Up, up and away! How to pass a rubber chicken from one group to another without touching it? Our freshmen figure it out, as a team
Up, up and away! How to pass a rubber chicken from one group to another without touching it? Our freshmen figure it out, as a team
Ms. Michelle Murphy from the Stimson PTA hands out Chromebook cases to Walt Whitman’s newest freshmen, and the Class of 2021.
Ms. Michelle Murphy from the Stimson PTA hands out Chromebook cases to Walt Whitman’s newest freshmen, and the Class of 2021.

On Tuesday, August 29th, Walt Whitman High School hosted a freshmen orientation seminar designed to inspire and motivate our incoming freshmen to become active within the school building and make their mark on Whitman. During the orientation, over 250 students got a chance to learn about the school and each other, through a series of games and activities designed to make students work together towards a common goal. “I have heard great things about this incoming class of freshman and from the number of you who came to participate today, tells me that you care about what happens in your high school, you care about your future, and importantly, you care about the people who will help you achieve your goals,” said Principal John Murphy, now entering his third year.  “A special thank you goes to our high school PTA for helping to make activities such as these a reality for our students,” concluded Murphy.

Whitman Welcomes New Dean

Walt Whitman High School introduces their new dean Mr. Corey Blair
“Mr. Blair’s compassionate style and supportive nature is a wonderful addition to the high school, and we look forward to his work with our students and staff.” -Whitman Principal John Murphy

Walt Whitman High School would like to introduce its newest member to the high school administrative team. Mr. Corey Blair has recently been hired as the new Dean of Students for the 9th and 10th grade. “Knowing the Walt Whitman community and having many ties here, I want parents to know that I want what’s best for their children and will do what ever it takes to help their child have a successful experience here at Whitman.”

Mr. Blair comes to us from Miller Place where he was most recently a guidance counselor. Before his time at Miller Place he was an attendance teacher for the Glen Cove School District. “Mr. Blair’s compassionate style and supportive nature is a wonderful addition to the high school, and we look forward to his work with our students and staff,” said Whitman Principal John Murphy in a recent Superintendent’s Newsletter. “As a new Dean for our students I want them to know that I can be a valuable resource and my door is always open for them,” added Mr. Blair.

You may contact Mr. Blair directly at: 631-812-3916 or email him at cblair@shufsd.org

Save The Date- Wildcat PTA Bash

Whitman Student @ National Research Center

Alina Naseer is pictured explaining her conclusions to Mr. Kenneth White, BNL's Manager of Educational Programs.
Alina Naseer is pictured explaining her conclusions to Mr. Kenneth White, BNL's Manager of Educational Programs.

Rising Sophomore Alina Naseer was selected to participate in this year's STEM-Prep Summer Institute at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL). 

This highly competitive program engages some of the most talented and promising science students from districts across LI for hands-on activities relating to the different types of research conducted at BNL, including physics, biology, chemistry, scientific computing and environmental science.

At the August 4 concluding ceremony, Alina presented her research on Biofuels (an important source of clean energy).  Alina plans to move forward with this, and other types of research, in Mr. Feraco's research program this fall.

Congratulations to Alina!

Marching Band Set for Another ‘Journey’

Our marching band members gather for a group photo.
It takes hard work and dedication to bring home a state championship. This year’s Marching Band has what it takes for another successful championship season.
Three members of the horn section keep the energy high.
Collectively they’re one big happy family, on and off the field.
The Color Guard and their colorful flags and uniforms always add a special element to the show.
The Color Guard is coming off of a championship season themselves and will be fun to watch this year.

“This was our best Band Camp Showcase ever,” said Band Co-Director Dennis Pettas, who, along with Caitlyn Coumatos, is looking forward to the upcoming year. Last season's state championships have been a good recruitment tool as more than twenty new students have joined this year. “I’m particularly proud of these new members as they have contributed their own hard work and dedication,” added Pettas.  “They have been embraced by the experienced students and together, have created one big happy family.”

The 63-member band comprises students from 8th to 12th grades and will be the featured half-time performance for the Wildcats at the September 16th football game at 6 PM on the turf field. You can also catch the band on Saturday, September 9th, at 11 AM in the Huntington Awareness Parade that marches down Oakwood Road.  “We want to keep building on our success, not only for our indoor color guard championship but our Marching Band Championship as well,” concluded Pettas. “Those State Championships are a great payoff to the amount of hard work these kids put in.”

The band's performance for the 2017-18 season is titled: Question the Journey Through Curiosity. For additional information about band happenings, check out the band parent association website at: www.wwhsmb.com

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

 

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

 

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

 

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