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Long Island rocks, and bands from across Nassau and Suffolk are again ready to prove it! The second annual Newsday Battle of the Bands Contest is looking to crown the most talented music group rocking the Island.

Listen to more than 50 local bands, then vote for your favorites. You can cast up to three votes every day, before voting ends on Wednesday, July 26, at noon.

South Huntington Alumni Mike Redinger, Alex Galina, Robby Deitz and Kevin Miller are members of the popular band ‘Ladies Drink Free’ (LDF) and encourage the South Huntington community to view their video and vote!

Vote here: http://data.newsday.com/long-island/voters-grid/newsdays-battle-bands#ldf

Jones to Represent USA

Myles Jones could be the first lacrosse player from Walt Whitman to represent our nation on the world stage.
Myles Jones could be the first lacrosse player from Walt Whitman to represent our nation on the world stage.

News just out of the U.S.A. National Men’s Lacrosse three-day camp at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md., is that Whitman’s own Myles Jones has been selected to represent our Nation in the FIL Men’s World Championship that will be held in Netanya, Israel in July 2018.

The team will now return to US Lacrosse for a training weekend over this Labor Day Weekend and then have two more competitions leading up the world championship. The Team USA Fall Classic will be held at US Lacrosse on the weekend of Oct. 6-9 and the team will play in the Team USA Spring Premiere in Florida in early January.

Myles currently plays MLL for the Chesapeake Bayhawks and will be hosting his Dodging and Shooting Clinic on August 2nd at The Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD. Playing in the first All-Star Game of his career on July 8th, Myles scored the game-winning goal in overtime, helping Team Stripes beat Team Stars in the 16th MLL All-Star Game, 21-20, at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento, CA. He was named MVP of the All-Star game, scoring 4 goals and 1 assist.

Additional info at: https://shopchesapeakebayhawks.com/collections/tryouts-clinics/products/clinic-with-myles-jones

Way to Go Myles!

Gold in Salt Lake City

Mark Dammer had a successful trip to the Summer National Fencing Competition and can’t wait for his senior year of Wildcat fencing.
Mark Dammer had a successful trip to the Summer National Fencing Competition and can’t wait for his senior year of Wildcat fencing.

Whitman incoming senior Mark Dammer brought home gold from the Summer Fencing Nationals in Salt Lake City, on July 6th.  Mark is a Saber fencer and has been fencing for five years. When he’s not on the Wildcat Strip he can be found at H3 fencing out of Hills East.  The Summer Nationals is a qualifying event bringing in top fencers from around the nation.  “I really didn’t think I was going to get that far,” admitted our Gold Medal winner.  “The excitement of knowing that I could do this started to build after I beat the kid that got me into the table of eight. That’s when I realized that I could get into the finals and perhaps win.”  And win he did, all the way to first place.

“Fencing takes time,” admitted Mark. “If you’re going to take fencing seriously, start early and join a club to fence year-round.” Mark is also a midfielder for the Wildcat lacrosse team and is looking forward to his senior year. He is making the college visit circuit hoping study Forensic Science and Criminal Justice after his graduation next June.

Congratulations Mark Dammer!

Summer Reading Program 2017 - I Reached 100 Points!

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Birchwood 3rd Grader Captures National Champion Titles

State Champion Preston Park Captures National Champion Titles from the 2017 USA Tae Kwon Do National Championships.
State Champion Preston Park Captures National Champion Titles from the 2017 USA Tae Kwon Do National Championships.
Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung for more than 25 hours per week at Jung’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do of Commack.
Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung for more than 25 hours per week at Jung’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do of Commack.
Birchwood 3rd grader Preston Park holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and all of his hard work and dedication is paying off.
Birchwood 3rd grader Preston Park holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and all of his hard work and dedication is paying off.

Preston Park, who will be attending Birchwood Intermediate School in the fall, won TWO GOLD medals and ONE SILVER medal at 2017 USA Tae Kwon Do National Championships held in Detroit, Michigan from June 30th to July 6th, 2017.

Preston competed in all three events (Olympic style sparring, WTF Individual Male Poomsae (Form) and Board Breaking) for his division (8~9 year olds black belt division), and on July 5th, Preston won the Gold in Black Belt Board Breaking (broke all 30 pine boards within three minutes). On July 6th, Preston won the Gold in Black Belt WTF Individual Male Poomsae (FORM) and then went on to win the Silver in Black Belt Olympic Style Sparring).

Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung more than 25 hours per week at Jung’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do of Commack. Preston will proudly represent the United States in the World Tae Kwon Do Federation 2017 President’s Cup International Tae Kwon Do Championships in Las Vegas, USA from October 4th ~ October 8th, 2017.

Summer Spotlight News

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Link to Summer 2017 Issue of Spotlight News

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Smithsonian Welcomes South Huntington Students

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Our South Huntington Science Stars Leo Musitano, Hussein Babar, and Richard Kurjanski made an excellent presentation at the Smithsonian Institution recently. These talented students were joined by Board of Education Trustee Ed Nitkewicz at their presentation in Washington DC.

Motivation was Key for this Special Graduate

“My advice to deaf students is to be motivated, work hard, and never give up,” – Edwin Alfaro-Ulloa.
“My advice to deaf students is to be motivated, work hard, and never give up,” – Edwin Alfaro-Ulloa.

Ms. Cynthia Quinlan, South Huntington’s Assistant Supervisor of Special Education shared a wonderful story recently of one of our South Huntington graduates. “At age thirteen I stopped school in Honduras and my father and uncle taught me carpentry,” signed Edwin David Alfaro-Ulloa in his graduation Farewell Address from the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.

Edwin moved to America in 2014 and was enrolled in Mill Neck Manor School as well as vocational programs at BOCES for carpentry and construction electricity. “Edwin gave (signed) the farewell address and received three awards,” said Ms. Quinlan.  “He was awarded the Mill Neck Manor Educational Association Leadership award, the Massapequa ASL club award, and the Shameka Edwards Character Award.    It was a beautiful and special day for him and his family.”

“Thank You Mom and Dad for all your support, love and encouragement, and thank you to my School District,” signed Edwin. “I was able to learn a lot because I was never absent, I was motivated, and worked hard.” 

Fourth of July Message from Superintendent Bennardo

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I want to take a moment to wish the members of our school community a very happy, healthy Fourth of July celebration. Independence Day is a unique holiday because it accentuates our national identity and reflects the very essence of our American values and traditions. Regardless of one's background or place of origin, we are all bound by the values of democracy, freedom, and opportunity that were pledged with sacred honor in 1776. While there is no question that the complete realization of the words embodied in the Declaration of Independence is a daily work in progress, the United States of America still remains the greatest hope for humanity on the face of the earth. Although our open debate and passionate disagreements might appear to be signals of weakness, they are, in fact, the clearest signs that the revolutionary concept considered by the Continental Congress is alive and well at the core of our democracy. Those who understand our country realize that the right to passionately express opinions and vociferously exchange diverse ideas is, in fact, the blessing that makes us fundamentally American. The American Revolution provided us the right to constant, robust evolution and in doing so, ensured the steady progress and growth of our people and values throughout the generations.

As we settle into our picnics and barbecues this week, let's take a moment to reflect upon the gifts that American freedom and democracy bring to our families. Let's pause for just a second and think about all we have become, and all we will be, because of the courage exhibited in 1776 by courageous patriots at Independence Hall. The days ahead promise great things for our country, and South Huntington will continue to lead the way by demonstrating that common goals, civil discourse, and positive energy can produce unprecedented results.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July celebration and please be well.

Dave Bennardo

Superintendent of Schools

Ladybugs in the Garden

Gardening is a great way for students to learn new skills while having fun outdoors and provides plentiful opportunities for hands-on learning.
Gardening is a great way for students to learn new skills while having fun outdoors and provides plentiful opportunities for hands-on learning.
Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are readily available at garden centers and nurseries as well as through the Internet. Even if you don’t have a vegetable garden, beneficial insects are great for your whole yard.
Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are readily available at garden centers and nurseries as well as through the Internet. Even if you don’t have a vegetable garden, beneficial insects are great for your whole yard.
Ladybugs can help the garden stay healthy, as they help rid the garden of harmful aphids that can damage plants and vegetables.
Ladybugs can help the garden stay healthy, as they help rid the garden of harmful aphids that can damage plants and vegetables.

Spring got off to a great start in Mrs. Lamorte’s Countrywood Kindergarten class. Students planted a kinder”garden” of their own. Children planted a variety of healthy herbs and vegetables in the Countrywood courtyard, such as tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, basil, dill, thyme and parsley. The students are getting an educational and enjoyable experience as they tend to their garden and watch the crops grow!

Students are also learning about ladybugs life cycle and how they can benefit the vegetable garden.  The children released a few hundred ladybugs and watched with interest as the insects explored the garden. They learned that ladybugs can help the garden stay healthy, as they help rid the garden of harmful aphids that can damage plants and vegetables.

Gardening is a great way for students to learn new skills while having fun outdoors and provides plentiful opportunities for hands-on learning. By tending to their own plants, students learn a sense of responsibility and a healthy respect for nature. They experience a sense of discovery as they learn about the science of plants, insects, weather and the environment.

Teamwork skills are also developed as children work cooperatively to create and maintain their garden. As students care for their plants, their love of learning will grow along with the vegetables in their garden.

Walt Whitman High School Class of 2017 Graduation

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After "the turning of the tassel” as led by class of 2017 Valedictorian Shelbi Wuss, the guys dispensed with their hats altogether.
Letting go, a district employee presents her daughter with her diploma and a little extra wish for a bright future.
Letting go, a district employee presents her daughter with her diploma and a little extra wish for a bright future.
He’s the Cal Ripken of the South Huntington School District. His service to the District began well before the Class of 2017 was even born. Thank you Jim Kaden for your 24 years of service to the South Huntington community.
He’s the Cal Ripken of the South Huntington School District. His service to the District began well before the Class of 2017 was even born. Thank you Jim Kaden for your 24 years of service to the South Huntington community.
“We are imperfect. We are human. And most of all, we are still teenagers. Years from now we will look back and laugh at ourselves, cringe at our mistakes, smile at memories past.” - Valedictorian Shelbi Wuss.
“We are imperfect. We are human. And most of all, we are still teenagers. Years from now we will look back and laugh at ourselves, cringe at our mistakes, smile at memories past.” - Valedictorian Shelbi Wuss.
“Class of 2017, you have truly made a difference, and I cannot thank you enough for elevating the quality of our South Huntington Family.” South Huntington Superintendent, Dr. Dave Bennardo.
“Class of 2017, you have truly made a difference, and I cannot thank you enough for elevating the quality of our South Huntington Family.” South Huntington Superintendent, Dr. Dave Bennardo.
“As we head out into the next stage of our lives, just remember to always be yourself. Find what makes you happy and live life to the fullest. Continue to show the world why the Walt Whitman High School Class of 2017 is the best class ever.”  Senior Class President Dylan Diamond.
“As we head out into the next stage of our lives, just remember to always be yourself. Find what makes you happy and live life to the fullest. Continue to show the world why the Walt Whitman High School Class of 2017 is the best class ever.” Senior Class President Dylan Diamond.

You couldn’t have asked for a better morning in which 465 Whitman seniors began the next step in their lives. Calling for a ninety-minute delay on a rainy Saturday morning gave everyone, including Mother Nature, the time they needed to enjoy a perfect crystal blue sky by 11:30 a.m.  Students, guests, and family members heard retiring Board of Education President Jim Kaden’s last commencement speech, District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and Whitman Principal John Murphy also gave their commencement message on this eighty-seventh Walt Whitman Graduation. The two-hour ceremony also featured Whitman’s Senior Class President Dylan Diamond; Salutatorian, Karthi’ Mayilvahanan; and this year’s Valedictorian, Shelbi Wuss; who, along with their 2017 senior classmates, began a new and promising chapter in their young lives. The Walt Whitman Symphony Orchestra, led by Mr. Matthew Hoffman ushered the seniors in and out of the ceremony that also featured the Whitman choir led by Mr. Steven Altinel.

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Photo Gallery #2  courtesy of Philip M. Orlando

Video Slide Show from Island Photo

Congratulations Class of 2106: Rodrigo Abrego, Jose Acevedo Santos, Kevin Acosta Quinteros, * Jessica L. Adomaites, Antonio K. Agudio Jr., * Siam Ahmed, Kubra Akdogru, Diana Alberto, Roberto Aldana Quintanilla, * + Sindy Alfaro Ortez, Edwin David Alfaro-Ulloa, Daniel Alivio, James Aloisi, * + Anastasia M. Alpy, * Laura,Rose Altieri, Alexandra Alvarenga, * Roxana M. Alvarez, Carlos Amaya, Natalie Amaya, * + Lila A. Amin, Devin Santo Anderson, Herson Aparicio, William Aparicio, * Krista Nicole Apostle, * Kidar G. Arjune, * Kiran G. Arjune, * Blake Aronson, Destiny Arvelo, * Yusra Tazeen Ashraf, Rameen Asif, Trevor James Aucone, * Angelique S. Auriemma, Kamilah Azhar, Angelle Baack, Kenneth Baez, * Arielle J. Bagley, Andrea Bais, * Ifedayo Balogun, Berenzie Banegas, * Danielle A. Barbarito, Stephanie Natalie Barker, * Kristen Barone, Nicolas Barone, Sherley Barreau, Stephen Barthold, * + Alivia Ruth Barton, * Erica Christina-Rose Bell, * Julia Rose Bellontine, Antony Benitez, Jessica Benitez, Jocelyn Benitez, Jack Beyel, * Matthew T. Birdsall, * Stephanie Marie Nesha Bishop, + Thomas Blackall, * + Emily Leah Blank, * + Christina Bogdani, India Oceane Bonilavri, Edwin Bonilla, Daniel Payton Borysowski, Shyheim Jaroy Bowser, Viltasia Bowser, John Ethan Boyle, Joseph Edward Bradbury, * Timothy Patrick Brady, Bray Elizabeth Brattoya, * Jonathan Edward Brigati, +Matthew R. Bromschwig, Jamari Brown, Vanessa Brown, Michele Brunet, * Zachary, Ryan Bruno, William Burton, Megan Bushey, Jackelyn Calderon, * + Emanuel John Campo, Alberto Campos, Emanuel Canales, Flor Vanessa Canales, Patrick C. Canniff, Joseph Cantillano Heredia, * Lesly Estefani Carabantes, * Serah, Monette Carbon, Nicholas Cavaiuolo, * Robert J. Cerrito, * + Amy Chan, Jose Chavez, Julio C. Chavez Rivas, Dalton Ernesto Chea, Manzar Cheema, * Jordan Noelle Chen, * Julia A. Chimenti, Luis E. Chinchilla, * + Gabriella Cipriano, * + Steven Louis Ciravolo, * Lauren Elizabeth Civello, Kathleen Mary Clark, Franklin Clase, * + Alexander J. Clopper, * Brittney Marie Coleman, * + Emma Ciara Coleman, Angelina Maria Collado, Jeffrey Collado Rodriguez, Ashley Concas, * Kristen Elizabeth Conroy, Joet Cooper, Vincent Corallo, * + Christian Corbett, Brandon Michael Corbin, * Brian James Corcoran, Cesar Daniel Cordone, * Quinn Marie Cortese, Gabriela P. Corvera Amaya, Catherine Costantino, Savannah Crane, John Philip Creeron, Yeimi Cruz, Erika Cruz Flores, John Thomas Cullen, * + Alexis C. Cummings, Matthew John Cusumano, * Peter Edwin Daquara, Fawenjie Darius, Destiny Alexa Dasque, * Haley Davis, Maurice De Carmine, * Nicole Ann De Martino, * + Marc A. De Pasquale, * Rebecca De Witt, Maykoll Delcid, * Alexa Skylar Delcolle, Justin Delgado, * Gianna Della Vedova, * + Ilana Brooke Desmond, * + Joshua A. Devaraj, Ka’taira Devine Staley, Derek J. Di Lorenzo, Thomas M. Di Lorenzo, Matthew Thomas Dia, * + Dylan Hunter Diamond, Karina Diaz Chavez, * + Neyda Jacquelin Diaz-Vilorio, * Emily Taylor Dickson, Nicholas Distasi, Olvin Dominguez Pineda, * Katlyn M. Donahue, Luidji Dormeus Jeremiah John Downes III, Amanda Dragon, Sean Thierry Duclay, + Kathleen Rose Dugan, * Emma Katharine Dunn, * Kassidy Dunn, Taidgh Dunne, * Christopher James Dybus, Bailey Marie Dye, Ryan Edelman, * Jon C. Eichner, Hanya K. Elfeky, * + Taylor J. Epstein, Efe Eryildiz, Alexander Fernandez, * + Emily C. Ferrante, Cara Anne Ferreri, Cristian Figueroa, David Figueroa, * + Hanna Michele Fink, Felicia Flammia, Hixon Flores Martinez, Sayleen Giselle Flores, Malachi Ford, Thalia Forney, Joaquin Forno, * Christie Ann Franz, Benjamin Fuentes, Jennifer Fuentes, Jose Fuentes Alfaro, Nova Ariana Furey, George C. Galvin, * Kevin Garay, Aleyda Garcia, Jennifer I. Garcia, Jose Garcia, Jason Gentry Jr., * + Camilee-Ann Getchell, Antonella C. Giammichele, * Derek Michael Gianchetta, * + Michael Anthony Giarrizzo, * Lauren Lissette Giglio, * Jack Andrew Giudici, Ryan Christopher Giudici,* Sarah Brooke Glaser, Erin Elizabeth Glidden, Ryan Glidden, Jeremy Godfrey, * Mikayla Anna-li Godson, Kevin Gomez, Ana Gomez Gomez, Ally Marie Gottesman, Jake Patrick Grady, Marlon Granda, Sarah G. Grasso, Taylor Jorden Greco, * Justin C. Grose, Thayler Guirand, Trevor Gundersen, * + Serena Marie Halajian, Sarah Haller, Troy Hamilton, * + Elizabeth Jean Hardwick, * Matthew Robert Harrigan, Akeem Harris, * Richard Warner Hauser, Brianna Jessica Hausman, Matthew Christopher, Havekotte, Elizabeth Maria Havjar, * Natalie Grace Hayes, James Joseph Heath, * Edgar A. Henriquez, Sarah Heppler, Ryan Christopher Herley, Nancy J. Hernandez Garcia, Juan Carlos Hernandez-Perez, Linavel Hernandez Rodriguez, Kevin Herrera, * Sofie J. Hibler, Marvin Hidalgo, * + Samuel S. Hoffman, Alexa Renee Honickman, * Jaylene Alanah Hubbard, Katherine Anice Hughes, Ahlasia M. Hunter, * + Mark Wilhelm Hustedt, John A. Iaccino, Casey Lauren Iannuzzi, Brianna Imbesi, * Thomas Cono Isernia, Josue Izaguirre Oyuela, * + Matthew David Jacobsen, * Nosheib R. Jadoon, * Aditi Jambavat, Johnel Jarrett, Carlin Jean Louis, * Ludjina Jean Pierre, Noel Jimenez, Kimberly Jean Johnston, Gillian Judge, Jon Louis Juliano, Hayley Kalenderian, Anjelica E. Kappatos, Ianni Michael Karagiannis, John Keeler, + Hasan Khan, Fahad I. Khwaja, Bruce King, * Desislava Kirilova Kirina, * + Melissa Chelsi Konakli, * Jamie Kralstein, Lauren Marie Kramer, Gianna Rose La May, Matthew Larice, Tiana Laster, Odette Lazala, Rosa Kimberly Lazo, * + Abdjine Lemaitre, * + Casey Elizabeth Leonick, Michael T. Lewin, Malia Lewis, * + Jillian R. Leydon, Tatiana Linares Espino, + Katherine Elizabeth LoNigro, * + Esteban Lopez, Brian Louis, Justina Lynch, Stephen Magana Contreras, Brett Harrison Maier, * Cara Nicole Mangels, Michael Pasquale Maniscalco, Franklyn Manzano, George Anthony Marini, Christopher W. Marion, Kadjah M. Mark, Sophie L. Markell, Michael Martilotto, Andrew James Martin, Tatiana Maria Martinez, Vanessa Yaritza Martinez, Wendy Martinez Chavez, Jake Albert Marx, Dylan Robert Mason, Danielle Irene Mattila, Rayquan Maxwell, Michael Mayer, * Matthew C. McAuley, * + Kelsey R. McDonald, * + Shannon E. McHale, * + Casey Elizabeth McKenna, * + Sarena Madeline Mary McManus, Bianca McMillen, + Jeanine Rose McNulty, Kevin Michael McNulty, Gizem Memis, Frank Mendolia, Joseph David Mendoza, Anibal Sebastian Mendoz Alvarez, * + Mark Theodore Castro Meneses, * Adam Tyler Meskill, * + Nicholas Miata, Christopher Thomas Miller, Rhiannon Mizrachi, David Mojica Mojica, Gabriel Molina, Anthony Morace, Aaron Christopher Morales, Rodrigo Morales, Lourdes Morales Canas, + Michael Morck, * Payal Multani, * + Benjamin Reuben Nace, Paul Naclerio, Fazila K. Naeemi, J Steven Nappi, * + Gabrielle M. Nardelli, Rebecca Anne Nardelli, * Shealyn Lettie Naughton, Alanis Renee Nazario, Zachary Nerzig, * + Thomas Anthony Nicolino, Danielle O’Donnell, * + Meagan Mary O’Donnell, Kayla Nicole O’Mara, Casey Frances O’Riordan, Siavash Omidvar, Silvia Ordonez Martinez, Jennifer V. Orellana, * Michael Anthony Orlando, Justin Ortiz, Katya Osorto Rivas, Shedley Osse Jr., * + Taninna Oukacine, Berat Ozdemir, Leila Ozkiral, Adrianna Catherine Padinha, * + Brooke Alexis Pagano, * Anthony S. Palazzolo, * Emma Nicole Palka, * + Sarah E. Panza, John C. Parra, * Vincent Anthony Pastore, Meleiny Peralta, Gerson Perez, * + Jessica Hema Persaud, Maria Petrizzo, Michael Pettit, Magdalena B. Polanco Moran, * + Olivia Paige Poplawski, * Rosa N. Portaro, * Anthony Raymond Pray, * + Kristina M. Pray, * + Steven Michael Prestia, * Julie Anna Prisco, Danielle Marie Profaci, Cassidy Pugatch, Chase Scott Pugatch, * Timothy J. Quinn, Nicholas R. Quintanilla, Ricardo J. Quintanilla, * + Lauren Frances Ragone, Iman Raja, Edgar Ramirez, * + Epiphany G. Ramirez, Oscar Ramirez, * Cinthya Ramos, * + Omar Amadís Ramos, * Geysel Ramos Vasquez, * Waleed Rauf, * + Danielle M. Raynor, Isaác Orlando Regalado, * + James Timothy Reilly, + Isaac Renderos, Isaias Noel Reyes, Joanne Reyes, Tania Reyes Velasquez, * + Antoinette Christine Riehl, Tania Gabriela Rivas, Yenifer Rivera, * + Anna Ruth Rizzo, Samuel Roberts, Savien Cincear Roberts, William Roberts, Jahnay Robinson, Terron Robinson, Colby Cameron Rodriguez, Ethan James Rodriguez, Angela Rodriguez Oliva, Bradley Roff, * + Jordan Matthew Roiland, Kevin E. Romano, Gabriela Michelle Rosales Alas, Lee Rosario, * Jared Rosenthal, * Claes Christian Rozenveld, Omar Rubio, Jenna Ruf, Amanda Cristine Ruiz, * + Samantha Ruotolo, Anastasia Rynkowski, * + Jared O. Saget, Rose Mardochee Saint Charles, Claudia E. Salamanca Contreras, Elycia M. Salcedo, * Brittney Rose Salerno, Victor Sanchez, Guadalupe Sanchez Razo, Amy Paola Saravia, J Guadalupe Saravia, Patricia Saravia, Bridget Martina Saslaw, * Jordan R. Schneider, Brandon Scott, * + Melissa Erin Shaiman, * + Rachel Nicole Shapiro, Shivani Sharma, Christopher J. Shea, Cecelia Shedlow, Christopher Shiraishi, Danielle Nicole Silverman, * + Shaina Joy Silverman, Nicole A. Sohn, * + Kayla Ann Soulias, David Forrest Sparling, Taylor Stewart, Justin Stridiron, Bijan David Tabibzada, * Sarah Christine Tabibzada, * + Madalyn Rose Tallo, * Taylor Christina Taranto, * Faiza Tariq, Elizabeth Tianna Taylor, * + Deja A. Tejada, * Carla Tejeda De Oleo, Julianna Thorbourne, Samantha Paige Thorne, * + Victoria Rose Thurer, Inmar Ticas, Maxim Tkachev, * + Caroline Regale Tomaselli, * + Paige Tortorice, Samuel J. Tract, Josselin Treminio, * + Melissa Kay Triolo, Ingri Uceda, * + Justin Manu Ullman, Ildemar Ulloa, Luis Ulloa Alvarado, Brian Valencia Chileno, Eric Vallecillo, Yamary Vargas Garcia, Kevin Alexander Vasquez Martinez, * Victoria Elizabeth Vasta, Karla Ventura Velasquez, Greizon Otoniel Veliz Catalan, * + Leanna J. Vergis, * John Vesque, Cedrick Victor, Nelson Villalta, Erika Villalta Serrano, Ariana C. Villarreal, Ana Ruth Villatoro, Liam J. Vollmer, Dakota Rose Warren, * + Danielle Wechsler, * Marija Lina Weingarten, Dante Weirshousky, Anthony Michael Weisser, Lauren Wesch, Avia A. Wildman, Isaiah J. Wilkerson, Andrew Williams, * Grace Mary Williams, * + Alexandra Marie Wirth, * + Jessica Young, Sean Robert Zagorski, * + Marcus Zaiff, and Cristofer A. Zuniga Solorzano.

* National Honor Society    +Principal’s List     J January Graduate

Miller is a Greentree Graduate

Silas Wood teacher Natalie Miller graduates from the Greentree Foundation’s integrated ecological scientific principles through teaching outdoors.
Natalie Miller is congratulated by Peter Walsh Greentree Education Director (right) and Richard Schaffer, Board Member of Greentree Foundation.

This past year Silas Wood teacher Natalie Miller had the most incredible experience being part of the educational classes given through the Greentree Foundation. This yearlong program taught teachers how to take a step out of the classroom and integrate ecological scientific principles through teaching outdoors. Teachers learned through hands-on training and benefited from the expertise of some of Long Island's best professors and ecologists. The program was a week long, starting last July and then periodically meeting throughout the school year. The educators that participated were very impressed by the beauty of the grounds, the thoughtful lessons that integrated Next Generation Science Standards, the variety of educational materials that were provided for each educator, and even the exquisite meals created daily by an in-house chef. Natalie's hope is to educate teachers about the program. Graduation was held June 15th, and Natalie feels very blessed to be afforded such a life-changing experience.

Spring Sing Along @ Oakwood

As part of their ‘graduation’ Oakwood’s second-grade singers performed for their peers and parents at the annual spring sing-along.
Ms. Luella Pinelli (left) with singer/songwriter Ms. Marla Lewis and Oakwood’s 2nd Grade singers.
The students sang a collection of songs that featured their ukuleles.
With the addition of different instruments, students are getting a head start with a love for music.
As part of their ‘graduation’ Oakwood’s second-grade singers performed for their peers and parents at the annual spring sing-along.
Our Oakwood second-graders are looking forward to seeing all their friends at Birchwood next year.

As they prepare for their graduation to 3rd grade at Birchwood, Oakwood’s 2nd grade singers, under the direction of Ms. Luella Pinelli, entertained their schoolmates and parents at their annual spring sing-along recently. The students sang a collection of songs that featured their ukuleles. A special treat was the addition of renowned singer/songwriter Ms. Marla Lewis who wrote the song "We All Laugh in the Same Language."  Ms. Lewis visited Oakwood’s music classes and made a video of the children singing the song. “I was so thrilled and delighted to see my song come to life with your wonderful singers,” said Ms. Lewis.  “The children performed beautifully, and you [Ms. Pinelli] led the ensemble like a real pro."

Congratulations to the following classes and good luck next year at Birchwood. Mrs. McLaughlin and Mrs. Wright's, Mrs. Farkas, Mrs. Herrera, Ms. Villanueva and Ms. Winkoff's, and Mrs. Pica classes.

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May Athletes of the Month

Left to right: Sarah Glaser, Aiden Smyth, and Camilee Getchell finished strong for their respective spring sports seasons as our May Athletes of the Month.
Left to right: Sarah Glaser, Aiden Smyth, and Camilee Getchell finished strong for their respective spring sports seasons as our May Athletes of the Month.

Sarah Glaser, and her teammates on the softball team, got off to a rough start at 1-4 but even before the weather turned, Sarah and her Lady Wildcats turned their season around, winning the next 14 out of 15 games and launching them into a memorable playoff run. “We worked really hard and took third place in Suffolk County,” said our Molloy bound softball star. Sarah also played basketball at Whitman, she is a member of the Girls Leaders Organization, the National Honor Society, volunteered for the Booster Club, and is involved in numerous community service opportunities. She ended her high school softball career as All-County.

Camilee Getchell had a solid lacrosse season. “While we struggled in many of our games, we saw improvement in the program overall,” said Camilee, acknowledging the rebuilding goal.   “We had one of our best year in a long time, and I’m excited for the programs future with the players we have.” Camilee also played soccer and basketball at Whitman. She is a member of the Girls Leaders Organization, and the National Honor Society. Camilee was awarded All-Division for the 2017 season and will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall.

It surprised Whitman junior Aiden Smyth to have such a strong spring track season. He took the winter off with an injury, and came back even stronger winning most of his races that included the 1600m and 3200m and placed 4th in the division for both events. He continued his success in the county meet placing in the top tier and finished in the top ten for the state qualifier. Aiden was awarded All-County for the 1600m. Aiden runs cross-country in the fall and winter track. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society and keeps a busy volunteer schedule. We should see plenty more of him as he enters his senior year in the fall.

Concert in the Park and SRR Celebration @ Oakwood

Oakwood Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan (center) and Assistant Principal Mitch Levy congratulate their special SRR Awards winners.
Oakwood Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan (center) and Assistant Principal Mitch Levy congratulate their special SRR Awards winners.
Oakwood librarian Ms. Christine LeClaire (center) along with Principal Kerrigan congratulate their busy readers.
Oakwood librarian Ms. Christine LeClaire (center) along with Principal Kerrigan congratulate their busy readers.
Victory Challenge Medal winner Justin Olivares, shown with coaches Curt Russell and Robin Rosa.
Victory Challenge Medal winner Justin Olivares, shown with coaches Curt Russell and Robin Rosa.
Dancing was a big hit this year, as three-time GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer brought his unique brand of infectious, high-energy rock 'n' roll to Oakwood’s SRR celebration.
Dancing was a big hit this year, as three-time GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer brought his unique brand of infectious, high-energy rock 'n' roll to Oakwood’s SRR celebration.
Mr. Barbosa with some of his first-grade students are enjoying the live music from ‘Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.’
Mr. Barbosa with some of his first-grade students are enjoying the live music from ‘Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.’
These guys definitely look like they’re ready for summer.
These guys definitely look like they’re ready for summer.

On Thursday, June 15, Oakwood had a wonderful Concert in the Park with their Safe- Respectful- and Responsible (SRR) Celebration. The morning's beautiful weather boosted student’s enthusiasm as they assembled on the backfield for a great performance by the talented  “Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.”  The group led students in a fun and event filled morning that included lots of dancing.

In addition, our Student Council representatives on each grade level receive certificates, and SRR Awards and medals were presented to many children. The following award certificates were given:

Office of the Suffolk County Executive, Steven Bellone Public Service Award for academic success and commitment to the community: Connor Umstead

New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli Achievement Award: Briana Flores Benavides and Landon Forlenza

The Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman “Triple C Award” for Commitment, Character and Courage: Josselin Ventura Romero and Rehan Naseer

Wildcat Sports Camp Scholarship: Molly Gorman and Jarone Park

Victory Challenge Medal: Justin Olivares

The following Library Awards are given to students who diligently returned books on-time every week.  

Second Grade:

Chelsea Nunez (1st)

Brooke Flathmann (2nd)

Brandon Salazar (3rd)

Keily Guervara Ponce (3rd)

Corinne Belton (3rd)

 

First Grade:

Naveen Zahid (1st)

Jake Monasterio (2nd)

Grace Rotella (3rd)

Janelle Cortez Gonzales (3rd)

Madlyn Fischer (3rd)

 

Kindergarten:

Noel Garcia Velasquez (1st)

Justin Torres Treminio (2nd)

Kyle Plett (3rd)

Sadie Singer (3rd)

Ryan Zhang (3rd)

Yearbook Flashback 29 Years Ago

Please use the following link to see Walt Whitman's Video Yearbook 'flashback in time’ on the South Huntington community.

https://patch.com/new-york/huntington/high-school-video-yearbook-flashes-back-time

 

Senior Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to these and many more outstanding senior students who were awarded scholarships recently. Photo gallery below has more photos of our seniors.
Congratulations to these and many more outstanding senior students who were awarded scholarships recently. Photo gallery below has more photos of our seniors.
Chief Brady (right) and Chief DePasquale of the Huntington Manor Fire Department present seven scholarships to well-deserving seniors.
Chief Brady (right) and Chief DePasquale of the Huntington Manor Fire Department present seven scholarships to well-deserving seniors.
Always a big hit are the attendance awards. It’s one thing not to miss a day of high school, but hard to imagine never ever missing a day of school from Kindergarten to your last day as a Whitman senior.
Always a big hit are the attendance awards. It’s one thing not to miss a day of high school, but hard to imagine never ever missing a day of school from Kindergarten to your last day as a Whitman senior.

As is tradition, the last Board of Education meeting of the school year is reserved for a special salute to many of our outstanding senior students. These scholarship awards are from private and community organizations and foundations that embody their ideals to the good fortune of our seniors. It was standing room only as the South Huntington community converged on the performing arts center at Walt Whitman High School.

Photo Gallery

Congratulations to the following students and their families:

SHEF Miles for Michael Scholarship: Zachary Bruno, Caroline Tomaselli

US Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award: Paige  Tortorice, Marc De Pasquale

US Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award: Esteban Lopez

US Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award: Sarena McManus

US Marine Corps Distinguished Athletic Award: Olivia Poplawski

US Marine Corps Distinguished Athletic Award: Marcus Zaiff

US Marine Corps SEMPER FIDALIS for Musical Excellence: Sofie Hibler

US Marine Corps SEMPER FIDALIS for Musical Excellence: Joshua Devaraj

Huntington Manor Fire Department Chief Ernest Kannig Sr. Scholarship: Jared Saget

Huntington Manor Fire Department Chief Peter A. Nelson Scholarship: Vincent Pastore

Huntington Manor Fire Department Firefighter Lloyd Coughlin Scholarship: Brooke Pagano

Huntington Manor Fire Department Firefighter Nicholas Marzan Scholarship: Taninna Oukacine

Huntington Manor Fire Department Honorable Chief Richard Host Scholarship: Marc De Pasquale

Huntington Manor Fire Department Scholarship: Ryan Herley

East End Financial Group 2017 Fire District Scholarship: Erin Glidden

Marissa Pastore Scholarship: Matthew McAuley

Wally Protass Memorial Scholarship: Epiphany Ramirez

Appliance World of Huntington Community Service Award: Jared Rosenthal

The Andrew J. Luebker Scholarship Fund: John Cullen, Michael Morck, Iman Raja        

John Thomann Memorial Scholarship: Epiphany Ramirez, Michael Orlando                    

Donald A. Pius Scholarship: Shannon Mc Hale

Maureen Jenness Orchestral Music Award: Sarah Tabibzada

The Seth Ryan Kistela (SRK) Scholarship Fund: Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan

Tri-Community & Youth Agency Joseph A. Martone Scholarship: Grace Williams

Amanda Smith Memorial Award for Excellence in English: Shelbi Wuss

Michael T. Corcoran Memorial Scholarship: Leanna Vergis

Jodi Cohn Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Civello

Jordan Schumann Memorial Scholarship (Jordan's Light): Samuel Hoffman, James Reilly

The Benjamin Blair Memorial Scholarship: Sophie Markell, Franklyn Manzano

The Vincent Migliore Memorial Scholarship: Jared Rosenthal

Huntington Lions Club Award Scholarship: Erica Bell

Donn Haber Sportsmanship Award: Christina Bogdani 

Gershow Recycling Environmental Conservation Scholarship: William Burton

John Anthony Mecurio Memorial Scholarship: Katlyn Donahue

Andrew Garafalo Memorial Scholarship: Steven Ciravolo, Paige Tortorice

Moureen Daugherty Memorial Scholarship: Cara Ferreri

Robin Weiner Memorial Scholarship: Jared Rosenthal

John David Fresco Memorial Scholarship: Epiphany Ramirez

The Billy Lucatuorto Memorial Scholarship: Sophie Markell

The Roberto (Bobby) Callegati Have a Heart Memorial Scholarship: Gabrielle Nardelli

Jim Phillips Athletic/Academic Scholarship: Christian Corbett, Thomas Nicolino, Melissa Triolo

SHEF Peter Dillon Memorial Scholarship: James Reilly, Epiphany Ramirez

Carol Kolakowski Scholarship: Haley Davis

SCOPE Education Services Scholarship: Emily Blank

Janet’s Loving Gifts Foundation: Lauren Civello

Teresa Kochan Memorial Scholarship: Shannon McHale

South Huntington Retired Teachers' Assoc. - Juanita Sohn Monhan Memorial Scholarship: Melissa Triolo

South Huntington Nurses Association Scholarship: Sarena Mc Manus, Danielle Raynor

South Huntington Teachers Association Scholarship: Emily Blank, Alexa Delcolle, Marcus Zaiff, Melissa Triolo

Walt Whitman High School Wildcat Marching Band Parents Assoc. Scholarship: James Reilly, Natalie Hayes, Antoinette Riehl, Kade Clark

South Huntington Paraprofessionals Association Memorial Scholarship: Cara Ferreri, Faiza Tariq, Julia Chimenti, John Iaccino

Mike Feeney Scholarship: Epiphany Ramirez

Congressional Certificate of Merit (Congressman Suozzi): Jordan Roiland

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone Public Service Award: Epiphany Ramirez

Jostens/Long Island Recognition Award: Danielle Raynor

New York State Comptroller Achievement Award: Dylan Diamond, Paige Tortorice, Amy Chan

Island Photography Community Builder Award: Gabriella Cipriano

Principal's Volunteer Service Awards: Ifedayo Balogun, Taninna Oukacine, Anastasia Alpy, Kelsey McDonald, Lauren Ragone

NYS Triple "C" Award: Sophie Markell

Principal's Community Service Scholarship: Dylan Diamond

Walt Whitman High School Perfect Attendance, 12th Grade: Dylan Mason, Joseph Mendoza, Jordan Roiland, Omar Rubio, Danielle Wechsler

Walt Whitman High School Perfect Attendance, 9th to 12th Grade: Gabriella Cipriano, Michael Lewin, Andrew Martin, Adam Meskill, Alexandra Wirth

Walt Whitman High School Perfect Attendance, K-12: Kevin McNulty, Shealyn Naughton

 

ALIVE Outstanding Student Scholarship: Vanessa Brown

Arturo Toscanini Lodge #2107, Order Sons of Italy in America, Excellence in Italian Award: Jonathan Brigati

Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technology Scholarship: Mark Theodore Castro Meneses, Omar Ramos

CAP SCHOLARSHIP Dorris Davidson Stewart Memorial Scholarship: Yamary Vargas Garcia

Company H, 199th NY Volunteers Historical Association Richard 'Chuck': Patrick Canniff

Councilwoman Susan A. Berland Overcoming Obstacles Award for Excellence in Education: Thalia Forney

DECA Chapter Officer Certificate of Excellence: Ilana Desmond

DECA Outstanding Service Award: Ilana Desmond

Dr. Janet Vergo Memorial Scholarship: Jared Rosenthal

Dr. Marie-France Cambronne Memorial Scholarship: Madalyn Tallo

Eileen Hanna Memorial Scholarship: Michael Morck

Fay E. Robbins Future Educators Scholarship: Geysel Ramos Vasquez

Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY: Vincent Pastore

George Henry Memorial Award: Matthew Harrigan

Huntington American Legion Post 360 Music Medal: Paige Tortorice, Matthew Cusumano

Huntington American Legion Post 360 Citizenship Award: Paige Tortorice, Marcus Zaiff

Huntington Lions Club Award Scholarship: Erica Bell

Huntington South Side Civic Association Scholarship: Mark Hustedt, Paige Tortorice

Jack and Helen Carman Memorial Music Scholarship: Isaac Renderos

James Reilly Memorial Scholarship: James Reilly, Rebecca Nardelli

Jennifer Rosoff Memorial Scholarship: Epiphany Ramirez

The Joseph Toles Foundation Scholarship: Terron Robinson

Joan Davidsohn Memorial Scholarship: Fawenjie Darius, Paige Tortorice

Ketewamoke Chapter Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizenship Award: Mark Theodore Castro Meneses

The Kevin Kennedy Scholarship: Shannon McHale

Kris DiMaira Scholarship: Esteban Lopez

Legislator Steve Stern Achievement Award: Anna Rizzo

Long Island Blood Services Scholarship: Emily Dickson

Long Island Community Foundation Dr. Robert & Olga Van Tauber Scholarship: Elizabeth Hardwick, Mark Theodore Castro Meneses,

Long Island Scholar Artist Award for Dance: Caroline Tomaselli

Magne Cum Laude Musicae: Jillian Leydon

Marie Cuthbertson Memorial Scholarship: Andrew Martin

Maurice Levenbron Law Humanities Award: Kidar Arjune, Elizabeth Hardwick, Aditi Jambavat, Casey O'Riordan, Emma Palka, Steven Prestia, Epiphany Ramirez, Lauren Giglio, Samuel Hoffman, Esteban Lopez, Hasan Khan, John Creeron, Alexis Cummings, Sean Duclay, Desislava Kirina, Payal Multani, Benjamin Nace, Vincent Pastore, Nicholas Quintanilla

National Art Honor Society: Rachel Shapiro

NYS Scholarship Academic Excellence: Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Shelbi Wuss, Jordan Roiland, Mark Theodore Meneses, Alexander Clopper, Amy Chan, Ilana Desmond, Emma Coleman, Melissa Shaiman, Christian Corbett, Christina Bogdani

The SADD Leadership Award: Casey McKenna

Sheila Montague Memorial Fund Scholarship: Melissa Triolo

Sons of American Revolution Bronze Good Citizenship Medal: Gabriella Cipriano

Suffolk Legislator Lou D'Amaro Citizenship Award: Sean Duclay

Stanley Weglarski Scholarship: Shannon McHale

Video Yearbook-Dustin Garfman Award for Editing Excellence: James Reilly

Walt Whitman High School Chorale Award: Brandon Scott

Walt Whitman High School Arts Development Fund Scholarship for Art: Kristina Pray

Walt Whitman High School Arts Development Fund Scholarship for Dance: Caroline Tomaselli

Walt Whitman High School Arts Development Fund Scholarship for Instrumental Music: Sarah Tabibzada

Walt Whitman High School Arts Development Fund Scholarship for Vocal Music: Samuel Hoffman

Walt Whitman High School Humanitarian Award: Shannon McHale

Walt Whitman High School Symphony Orchestra Award: Anastasia Alpy

Walt Whitman High School Voices of Whitman Award: Shealyn Naughton

Walt Whitman High School Art Recognition Award for Orchestra: Emanuel Campo

Walt Whitman High School Art Recognition Award for Drawing: Casey Iannuzzi

Walt Whitman Woman's Choir Award: Sarah Heppler

Walt Whitman High School World Language Honor Society Service Awards: Alexis Cummings

Walt Whitman High School World Language Honor Society Leadership Award: Abdjine Lemaitre

Walt Whitman High School World Language Honor Society French Academic Award: Cinthya Ramos

Walt Whitman High School World Language Honor Society Spanish Academic Award: Sean Duclay

Walt Whitman High School World Language Honor Society Italian Academic Award: Rosa Portaro

                                    

 

Whitman Student’s to Begin Summer Research

Whitman student’s ready to begin summer research projects at various hospitals and research facilities.
It’s the first day of summer but we managed to get some of our summer research students, along with their teachers and STEM Coach together for a quick photo. Left to right front: George Link, Amna Khwaja, and Ashar Farooq. Back row l-r: Science Department Chairperson Marcus Maddy, Liam Rea, Shaan Khan, Science teacher Fred Feraco, and South Huntington’s STEM coach Ms. Mari Scardapane.

A good number of Whitman student’s will begin summer research projects at Mount Sinai, Brookhaven National Lab, Farmingdale University and Stony Brook University this summer.

Rising 10th grader Alina Naseer has been accepted to Brookhaven National Laboratory's highly competitive STEM Summer Institute.  For 4 weeks this summer, Alina will work with BNL researchers to explore topics in physics, biology, energy, engineering, scientific computing and environmental science, culminating in a poster presentation at Brookhaven at the end of the summer. 

Rising 10th grader Subhana Zafar has been selected for an internship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai this summer, working with researchers to investigate environmental factors that impact cancer rates. The internship has a unique public outreach component, and Subhana's experience over the last two years as an intern in the offices of the Huntington Breast Care Action Coalition (HBCAC) has uniquely prepared her for this. Subhana currently participates in Fred Feraco's research class. 

Rising 11th grader Camilo Vazquez will be doing research on galaxy clusters with Farmingdale University Astrophysicist Dr. Edmond Douglass.

In addition, the following students are working throughout the summer with Dr. Teng from Stony Brook University, using “Big Data” to conduct research on deep learning: Heather Abbene, Stephanie Ross, Nyara Choudhury, George Link, Liam Rea, Amna Khwaja, Shaan Khan, Ashar Farooq and Stephen Hong.

Curtain Call

“Another Opn’in,’ Another Show,” from ‘Kiss Me Kate’ written by Cole Porter, was directed by Sam Hoffman and featured many of our talented vocalists.
“Another Opn’in,’ Another Show,” from ‘Kiss Me Kate’ written by Cole Porter, was directed by Sam Hoffman and featured many of our talented vocalists.
ITS Co-Advisor Steven Altinel (at podium) introduces current ITS officers left to right: Keara Shea, April Carmine, Lauren Giglio, Marco Chiriboga, and Sam Hoffman. Co-Advisor Susan Radin is seated at end.
ITS Co-Advisor Steven Altinel (at podium) introduces current ITS officers left to right: Keara Shea, April Carmine, Lauren Giglio, Marco Chiriboga, and Sam Hoffman. Co-Advisor Susan Radin is seated at end.
Susan Radin presents graduation robe cords to her seniors and gets a hug from outgoing president Sam Hoffman as Lauren Giglio waits her turn.
Susan Radin presents graduation robe cords to her seniors and gets a hug from outgoing president Sam Hoffman as Lauren Giglio waits her turn.

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

The evening, dubbed ‘Curtain Call,’ featured a dozen short performances most of which were written and directed by Whitman’s finest and all performed by our best thespian talent. Thank you to our actors: Heather Aadal, Yagmur Aykanat, Ifedayo Balogun, Samantha Carey, April Carmine, Amy Chan, Marco Chiriboga, Juliana Chiriboga, Kade Clark, Sarah Clopper, Nicole DeMartino, Katlyn Donahue, Max Fisher, Janna Garden, Lauren Giglio, Shadae Graham, Samuel Hoffman, Liora Hyman, Patrec Alexander Jones-Brown, Melissa Konakli, Nathaniel McNally, Jeanine McNulty, Max Morris, Josh Muellers, Shealyn Naughton, Taninna Oukacine, Tyler Phelan, Sebastian Rosa, Samantha Ruotolo, Brandon Scott, Juliana Sgaraglio, Keara Shea, Alexander Siegel, and Deanna Tabibzada.

Photo Gallery

The officers and advisors of the International Thespian Society troupe #5684 would like to congratulate and welcome the following students into our society with the following distinctions: Yagmur Aykanat - 1-Star Thespian, Samantha Carey - 3-Star Thespian, Juliana Chiriboga - 2-Star Thespian, Sarah Clopper - 5-Star Honor Thespian, Nicole DeMartino - 1-Star Thespian, Janna Garden - 1-Star Thespian, Josh Muellers - 6-Star Honor Thespian, Tyler Phelan - 5-Star Honor Thespian, Sebastian Rosa - 1-Star Thespian, and Juliana Sgaraglio - 2-Star Thespian.

And congratulations to the new officers of the 2017-2018 school year:

President - Marco Chirboga

Vice President - April Carmine

Secretary - Tyler Phelan

Treasurer - Max Morris

Publicist - Max Fisher

The evening would not have been possible without the tremendous support from the following: ITS Advisors- Susan Radin, and Steven Altinel; Lamplighters Advisors- Samantha Ahrens, and Kelsey Rice.  ITS President- Sam Hoffman; Vice President- Marco Chiriboga; Secretary- Lauren Giglio; Treasurer- April Carmine; Clerk- Keara Shea; Pit Conductor- Paige Tortorice; Stage Manager- Mollie Korn; Asst. Stage Managers- Victoria Vasta, Caleb Thompson, Sarah Nace, and Joshua Berger; Lighting Designer- Esteban Lopez; Program- Marco Chiriboga; Backstage Crew- Daniel Abbruzzese, Chris Corallo, Darren Bentler, Deepti  Khaira, Casey Iannuzzi; Lighting Crew- Kayla Andrews, Annelise Campo, Leanna Vergis; Sound Crew- Carl Constable; Hair and Makeup Design- Leila Ozkiral; Pit- Jaycee Cardoso, Matt Cusumano, Max Eidinoff, Sarah Heath, Matt Kaputa, Jillian Leydon, Tyler Malone, Kentaro  Matsushima,  Brenda  Mendez,  Katie  Miata, Nick Miata, Alyssa Morisco, Megan Neuman, Isaac Renderos, Kaitlyn Riha, Logan Slansky, Lily Soares, and Sarah Tabibzada.

Community Businesses Honored

Thank You Huntington Mathnasium’s Rupi and Tony Parmar for their continued support of the South Huntington school community. Stimson 7th Graders Joe Gervasio and Haley Sahadeo are joined by Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia (right).
Thank You Huntington Mathnasium’s Rupi and Tony Parmar for their continued support of the South Huntington school community. Stimson 7th Graders Joe Gervasio and Haley Sahadeo are joined by Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia (right).
Stimson’s Kiera Conlon (left) and assistant coach of the Middle School Dance Team Ashley Corcoran thank their benefactor Dr. Jodi Knott for her sponsorship. They are joined by Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia.
Stimson’s Kiera Conlon (left) and assistant coach of the Middle School Dance Team Ashley Corcoran thank their benefactor Dr. Jodi Knott for her sponsorship. They are joined by Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia.
Silas Wood’s Paige Elar and Michael Coppola thank Shue and Rik Kellerman, owners of Ten Tigers' Kung Fu Academy for their sponsorship of the Anti-Bullying Assembly with Meredith O'Connor. Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia join the presentation.
Silas Wood’s Paige Elar and Michael Coppola thank Shue and Rik Kellerman, owners of Ten Tigers' Kung Fu Academy for their sponsorship of the Anti-Bullying Assembly with Meredith O'Connor. Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia join the presentation.
Huntington Mathnasium’s Rupi Parmar accepts an award presented by Zahara Amorde and Judy Reilly of the Girl Scouts. Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia also shown.
Huntington Mathnasium’s Rupi Parmar accepts an award presented by Zahara Amorde and Judy Reilly of the Girl Scouts. Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia also shown.
Unable to attend but a big thank you to Jack DePalo, GM and Jordan Diagi, owner of Huntington Mazda for their sponsorship of
Unable to attend but a big thank you to Jack DePalo, GM and Jordan Diagi, owner of Huntington Mazda for their sponsorship of "Saving Lives with Chris Herren. Brian Trifon (left) and Julio Taku spoke about the impact of the assembly. Both are joined by Mr. Lee Nober and Dr. Vito D'Elia.
Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo and Mr. Lee Nober thank Mohammed Esmaelsadah, owner of EmbroidMe, Alex McLean who works at EmbroidMe joins in the presentation.
Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo and Mr. Lee Nober thank Mohammed Esmaelsadah, owner of EmbroidMe, Alex McLean who works at EmbroidMe joins in the presentation.
Walt Whitman senior Arielle Bagley, along with Mr. Lee Nober, and Dr. Vito D'Elia,  thank Mathnasium’s Rupi Parmar for their sponsorship of the East Coast Regional Dance Team Competition.
Walt Whitman senior Arielle Bagley, along with Mr. Lee Nober, and Dr. Vito D'Elia, thank Mathnasium’s Rupi Parmar for their sponsorship of the East Coast Regional Dance Team Competition.

The first annual Wildcat Inner Circle Awards were held as part of the Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon at the District Office on June 6th. The luncheon featured music by The Silas Wood Select Choir and was catered by Brio Tuscan Grille.

Lee Nober, District Director of Special Projects, described this event as a "thank you" to our 100plus e-Newsletter sponsors as well as recognition of our first annual ‘Inner Circle’ award recipients for their substantial and continuous support of the school district's programs and events.

Thank you to: Knott Chiropractic (Dr. Jodi Knott) for sponsoring the district's first ever Middle School Dance Team; Huntington Honda (Jeff Hindla) and Huntington Mathnasium (Rupi and Tony Parmar) for co-sponsoring the East Coast Regional Dance Team Competition; to Huntington Mathnasium for sponsoring our 6th, 7th and 8th grade Chromebooks as well as sponsoring 3 benches made from plastic bottle caps collected by our local Girl Scout Troop; Huntington Mazda (Jordan Diagi and Jack DePalo) for sponsoring "Saving Lives with Chris Herren;" Ten Tigers Kung Fu Academy for sponsoring the 6th Grade Anti-Bullying Assembly with Meredith O'Connor; and EmbroidMe for providing complimentary framing of past awards.

In a truly heart-warming display of gratitude, Dr. Vito D' Elia, Principal of Maplewood Intermediate School, arranged for students who benefited from these endorsements to address and to thank the sponsors personally before presenting each sponsor with a framed Inner Circle Award.

Thank you to all our sponsors. The District looks forward to doing it all again next year!

Making The Cut

Even with donating 8 inches of hair, this family has hair to spare.
Even with donating 8 inches of hair, this family has hair to spare.
Senior Stylist Annmarie Digiamo gets an accurate measurement before cutting.
Senior Stylist Annmarie Digiamo gets an accurate measurement before cutting.
When you donate your hair, you are giving a precious gift to a woman in need, thank you South Huntington.
When you donate your hair, you are giving a precious gift to a woman in need, thank you South Huntington.

On June 5th, Birchwood's SBM team hosted its annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation event. Hair stylists from Anthony DeFranco Salon in Huntington Station generously gave their time to help "make the cut". It was a great success as the South Huntington community came together to support the American Cancer Society by either donating 8 inches of hair or by buzzing for a cure.  Over 14 hair donations will be sent to make real hair wigs for cancer patients, along with $130 of additional donations for cancer research.

Thank you South Huntington for your participation and support!

May Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulate their May students of the month.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulate their May students of the month.

We wish to congratulate our May 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.

Our May Students of the Month:

ART: Francis Bueno, Kathleen Clark, Katherine Gotard, Nimra Khan

SCIENCE: Alyssa Christiansen, Gianna Della Vedova, Brian Hauser, Natalie Zakrzewski

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Arielle Bagley, Danielle Barbarito, Nicholas Cavaiuolo, Karen Chavez, Tamia Lewis

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Netsanet Dinehart, Maelyn Latko, Kayla O’Mara, James Stanton

ENGLISH: Yagmur Aykanat, Jennifer Fuentes, Aisha Majid, Mary Reciniello

SOCIAL STUDIES: Milton E. Flores, Rebecca C. Lamanna, Aisha Majid, Rhiannon Mizrachi

MATHEMATICS: Elizabeth De Martino, Diana Sanchez, Caroline Tomaselli, Joseph Van Gostein

WORLD LANGUAGES: Ashar Farooq, Mark Havekotte, Esteban Lopez, Katherine Miata

MUSIC/DANCE: Delaney Mena, Matthew Philip, Caleb Sullivan, Sarah Tabibzada

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Camilee Getchell, Sarah Glaser, and Aiden Smyth.

All The Right Stuff

Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia (left), and his student leadership group welcome Dr. Bloom from the district office.
Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia (left), and his student leadership group welcome Dr. Bloom from the district office.
Birchwood Student Council leadership with Dr. Jared Bloom (center), flanked by Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli and Assistant Principal Dr. Annie Michaelian.
Birchwood Student Council leadership with Dr. Jared Bloom (center), flanked by Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli and Assistant Principal Dr. Annie Michaelian.

South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum, Dr. Jared Bloom visited both Maplewood and Birchwood Intermediate Schools recently to speak with and congratulate the student officers in each school. Students introduced themselves and talked about the many school and community events in which they were involved in and which ones were their favorites.

“I know it takes a lot of extra work, but being a part of the leadership team is what helps make your school so great,” said Dr. Bloom to the student leaders. “Leadership from our students is critical to the success of a school building, and we hope that you will always be involved in a leadership role as you progress upward through the grades here in South Huntington.”

Congratulations to Maplewood’s Student leaders:

JD Harrison - Student Council President

Gavin Brengel - Student Council Treasurer

Sara Duffy - Student Council Secretary

Sienna Long - Student Council Fourth Grade Vice President

Riley McDonnell - Historian

Josie Grant - SBM Student Representative

Kiera Brown - SBM Student Representative

 

Congratulations to our Birchwood Student leaders:

Kaitlyn Mondry- Student Council President

William Schrama- Student Council Treasurer

Eliana Kazin- Student Council Secretary

Daniel Ryan- Student Council Fourth Grade Vice President

Lucien Saint Cyr- Student Council Third Grade Vice President

Vincent Gulino- SBM Student Representative

Gabriella Avella- SBM Student Representative

 

Project Excel Wraps Another Successful Year

“Maintaining A Mindset for Success” is explored throughout the school year and supported by student and parent workshops that build on accomplishments and steady progress towards worthy personal and collective goals.
“Maintaining A Mindset for Success” is explored throughout the school year and supported by student and parent workshops that build on accomplishments and steady progress towards worthy personal and collective goals.
Mr. Ian Denson coordinates his Intermediate School students as they make their presentations.
Mr. Ian Denson coordinates his Intermediate School students as they make their presentations.
Mr. Roberto Torres and a Stimson student present their interpration of events that support this year’s theme: “Maintaining A Mindset For Success.”
Mr. Roberto Torres and a Stimson student present their interpration of events that support this year’s theme: “Maintaining A Mindset For Success.”
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris opens the evening’s program welcoming special guests and our Project Excel families.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris opens the evening’s program welcoming special guests and our Project Excel families.

We were honored recently to see our Project Excel students and mentors recognized at a wonderful year-end dinner ceremony.  Our students and staff enjoyed a year characterized by noteworthy accomplishments and steady progress towards worthy personal and collective goals. This year's theme, "Maintaining a Mindset for Success," was on full display as the coordinators, interns, and students presented their recaps of this year's program.  The keynote speaker, Elizabeth Tirado, shared her extraordinary personal story of commitment and success after remarks by special guest, Councilwoman Tracey Edwards. We congratulate all of our Project Excel participants, as well as the proud parents who joined for this celebratory evening.  Bravo to Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins and Roberto Torres, Jennifer DeNoble, Shaka Williams, Maria Colon, and Ian Denson who coordinate the program in our buildings. A special thanks is extended to Solange Rich, who has worked diligently to ensure Project Excel continues to serve children and families with excellence.

SAT/ACT Summer Prep Class

PREPARATION FOR THE AUGUST 26 SAT & SEPTEMBER 9 ACT

Twelve 2-Hour Classes Mondays & Wednesdays 5 to 7 pm  at Walt Whitman High School - Room 524

July 17, 19, 24, 21, 31

August 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23

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Mercy Benefit Concert Highlights Talent and Compassion

A perfect evening sets the South Cafeteria aglow as musicians and fans settle in for the show.
A perfect evening sets the South Cafeteria aglow as musicians and fans settle in for the show.
Laura Altieri and James Reilly played a big part in making the evening such a success.
Laura Altieri and James Reilly played a big part in making the evening such a success.
The Collective is the newest club at Walt Whitman and their new album is selling fast.
The Collective is the newest club at Walt Whitman and their new album is selling fast.
The powerful vocal duet of  Ifedayo Balogun and Lila Amin showcased the amazing talent in our school community.
The powerful vocal duet of Ifedayo Balogun and Lila Amin showcased the amazing talent in our school community.

The 18th Annual Charity Mercy Benefit Concert was held recently at Walt Whitman High School. With hundreds in attendance, the room was electric as a variety of bands performed rock, jazz, funk, folk, and punk. There were compliment booths and henna artists. The new Collective organization set up a corner to promote their first CD which was produced in Whitman’s own recording studio. Of course there were the commemorative 2017 T-shirts with a design by Maureen Rossero.  This year’s annual fundraiser helps support Project HOPE as well as The Collective. The event was coordinated by Walt Whitman English and Creative Writing teacher, Joseph Pipolo along with students James Reilly and Laura Altieri, as well as all of the XanaduLit Mag crew.

“It is cool for the students to know and feel that the energy of the night and all the funds are going to do something remarkable-something essential,” said Mr. Pipolo.  “Someone is going to lift a fork at a Project HOPE supper with food purchased from the three-dollars a Whitman student spent on a henna tattoo. Someone is going to directly benefit from the Whitman students dancing and singing and strumming. That is a wildly significant human lesson.”

Mr. Pipolo especially wants to thank the administration who have always been very supportive and engaged…they all come and listen, and Lou, our district sound engineer who did an amazing job, and Victoria Vasta and Desi Kirina, also on sound. The Custodial staff is always a big help as well. All of the talented musicians who come out and bring friends and family. The National English Honor Society members who sold tickets to the event.

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

The Collective is the newest club at Walt Whitman and is now launching students into the future of the sound recording and music engineering arts. This opportunity affords students real hands on experience and training with state of the art recording and post production technology which they will be expected to master as recording musicians and engineers in their designated fields. The new club is also attracting many students who are involved in Whitman’s music programs: orchestra, concert band, jazz band, chorus etc. The club has recently finished the creation of an original studio album that is available for purchase ($12) in hard copy through Regina Caliendo at the District Office or at Whitman’s Main Office. You can also purchase it digitally on iTunes, Googleplay and Amazon. 

The iTunes link: http://apple.co/2rLvayz

 

Pool Safety Winner from Birchwood

Birchwood student Jade Tintera is awarded for her 2nd place poster about pool safety.
Jade Tintera (third from left) from Birchwood Intermediate School was recently honored by Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (second from left) as the Second Place winner in the 2017 Suffolk County “Be Pool Smart” poster contest. They were joined at the June 6th ceremony by Birchwood Principal Anthony Ciccarelli (left) and (to the right of Jade), her mother Nadia Tintera, grandmother Mayra Ali and great-grandmother Emelinda Pequero.

Birchwood Intermediate School third-grader Jade Tintera was recently honored by Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) as the Second Place winner in the County’s 2017 “Be Pool Smart” poster contest.  Established in 2007, the competition invites elementary school students to promote the importance of pool safety by creating a poster that illustrates pool safety tips.

Entries were submitted by students from throughout Legislative District 17 and, initially, Jade’s creative design was named the District winner.  Her poster was then submitted to compete at the County level where it was ultimately selected as the Second Place winner by the non-partisan Legislature Budget Review Office.

Each contest participant received a Certificate of Distinguished Achievement and Jade was awarded a special Suffolk County Proclamation from Legislator D’Amaro before the entire Legislature at the June 6 meeting.

“There are many safety tips that are important,” said Jade. “Two of the more important ones are: never dive in shallow water, and never swim alone, always have adult supervision or a friend at all times.”

“Our ‘Be Pool Smart’ poster contest directly engages children in learning the importance of pool safety to help avoid tragedies,” said Legislator D’Amaro.  “I thank all of the students who participated in the poster contest and especially want to congratulate Jade on her winning design.  She has made her family and our entire community proud.”

Michael S. Curtin Awards

Principal John Murphy unveils the list that, rather than emphasizing academics or athletics, focuses on character and compassion.
Principal John Murphy unveils the list that, rather than emphasizing academics or athletics, focuses on character and compassion.

Michael S. Curtin was a Sergeant in the NYPD and on September 11, 2001 tragically perished during the World Trade Center rescue efforts. In Sergeant Curtin's honor, the Michael S. Curtin Awards are presented to students who were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating exemplary citizenship. Rather than emphasizing academics or athletics, these awards focus on character and compassion. They are about how students live their daily lives and how much they do for others without asking for anything in return. They are about what makes Whitman such a special place, and what makes South Huntington such a special community.

Congratulations to: MICHAEL S. CURTIN CITIZENSHIP AWARD CLASS OF 2017: Antonio K. Agudio Jr., Trevor James Aucone, Angelique S. Auriemma, Danielle A. Barbarito, Stephanie Natalie Barker, Sherley Barreau, Erica Christina-Rose Bell, Timothy Patrick Brady, Jonathan Edward Brigati, Zachary Ryan Bruno, William Burton, Lesly Estefani Carabantes, Julia A. Chimenti, Luis E. Chinchilla Cantaderio, Lauren Elizabeth Civello, Kathleen Mary Clark, Brittney Marie Coleman, Brian James Corcoran, John Philip Creeron, Haley Davis, Nicole Ann De Martino, Alexa Skylar Delcolle, Gianna Della Vedova, Emily Taylor Dickson, Sean Thierry Duclay, Emma Katharine Dunn, Jon C. Eichner, Cara Anne Ferreri, Christie Ann Franz, Nova Ariana Furey, Aleyda Garcia, Lauren Lissette Giglio, Jack Andrew Giudici, Sarah Brooke Glaser, Matthew Robert Harrigan, Richard Warner Hauser, Matthew Christopher Havekotte, Sofie J. Hibler, Katherine Anice Hughes, Ahlasia M. Hunter, John A. Iaccino, Jamie Kralstein, Brett Harrison Maier, Sophie L. Markell, Andrew James Martin, Kevin Michael Mc Nulty, Joseph David Mendoza, Anibal Sebastian Mendoza Alvarez, Adam Tyler Meskill, Christopher Thomas Miller, Rhiannon Mizrachi, Payal Multani, Fazila K. Naeemi, Rebecca Anne Nardelli, Danielle O’Donnell, Kayla Nicole O’Mara, Jennifer V. Orellana, Michael Anthony Orlando, Leila Ozkiral, Adrianna Catherine Padinha, Anthony S. Palazzolo, Emma Nicole Palka, Vincent Anthony Pastore, Rosa N. Portaro, Anthony Raymond Pray, Timothy J. Quinn, Geysel Ramos Vasquez, Jared Rosenthal, Omar Rubio, Amanda Cristine Ruiz, Anastasia Rynkowski, Brittney Rose Salerno, Bridget Martina Saslaw, Danielle Nicole Silverman, Sarah Christine Tabibzada, Faiza Tariq, Kevin Alexander Vasquez Martinez, Grace Mary Williams, and Sean Robert Zagorski.

Gold Key & Sports Scholarship Class of 2017

Walt Whitman athletes are honored at the end-of-year awards dinner.
The Gold Key Award is the highest honor in Section XI that an athlete can receive for sports participation.
Wildcat Booster Club Scholarship winners are honored at the end-of-year awards dinner.
Wildcat Booster Club Scholarship winners are chosen by committee. There is no application for these scholarships. All of our scholarship winners possess exceptional character and have good academic achievement.

The prestigious Gold Key awards were presented on Tuesday evening, June 6th at the annual Booster Club/South Huntington Gold Key Scholarship and Sports Hall of Fame dinner. This award goes to student athletes who have demonstrated outstanding athletic participation by lettering in a combination of eight Junior Varsity or Varsity seasons in grades 10-12 at WWHS. Recipients are determined by Section XI rules and do not have any membership requirement. A Gold Key Charm necklace, an award plaque and $100 scholarship were presented by the Wildcat Booster Club in recognition of this honor.

Introducing the Class of 2017 Gold Key Recipients: Alivia Barton, Christina Bogdani, Jonathan Brigati, Zachary Bruno, Steven Ciravolo, Christian Corbett, John Creeron, Alexa Delcolle, Kathleen Dugan, Jon Eichner, Camilee Getchell, Michael Giarrizzo, Matthew Harrigan, Richard Hauser, Matthew Havekotte, Andrew Martin, Joseph Mendoza, Benjamin Nace, Thomas Nicolino, Vincent Pastore, Olivia Poplawski, Lauren Ragone, Melissa Triolo, and Shelbi Wuss.

These impressive athletes were also joined by our 2017 Booster Club Scholarship winners who have distinguished themselves in a variety of successful athletic, leadership, and academic endeavors.  Congratulations to: Alexa Delcolle, Lauren Ragone, Matt Harrigan, Shelby Wuss, Angelique Auriemma, Christina Bogdani, Christian Corbett, Emily Dickson, Sarah Glaser, Megan O’Donnell, Victoria Thurer, Melissa Triolo, Ally Wirth, Marcus Zaiff, and Paige Tortorice.

The Athletic Director’s Scholarships is chosen by the Athletic Director and is funded by the Wildcat Booster Club. Membership is not required. Additional scholarships presented at the dinner are awarded by organizations including, the Gionuzzi Family for The Luke Avolese Memorial Football Scholarship, The WWHS Football Alumni Association, HBC Soccer Program and the Town of Huntington Softball Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to: Joe Bradbury and Taylor Epstein for the Athletic Director’s Award sponsored by the Wildcat Booster Club; Derek DiLorenzo and Thomas DiLorenzo for the Luke Avolese Football Scholarship; Vincent Pastore for the WWHS Alumni Football Scholarship; Blake Aronson and Alexa DelColle for the HBC Soccer Scholarship; and Melissa Triolo for the Town of Huntington Softball Hall of Fame Scholarship. 

Seniors to Graduate with Seal of Biliteracy

Group of senior students from Walt Whitman High School who will graduate with Seal of Biliteracy.
Front l-r: Esteban Lopez, Shelbi Wuss, Geysel Ramos, indy Alfaro, Ana Villatoro, and Julio Chavez. Back l-r: Neyda Díaz Vilorio, Omar Ramos, Stephanie Barker, and Kevin Vasquez Martinez.

Congratulations to the following WWHS Seniors have completed the NYSED Requirements to graduate with a Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma:  Sindy Alfaro, Stephanie Barker, Julio Chavez, Neyda Díaz Vilorio, Esteban Lopez, Geysel Ramos, Omar Ramos, Kevin Vasquez Martinez, Ana Villatoro, and Shelbi Wuss.

“This is an exceptional group of students, and an excellent representation of our diverse student population here in South Huntington,” said Ms. Cecilia Blanco, Coordinator of Bilingual Education and English as a New Language Programs. “Some of these students are English Language Learners with only three or four years of English instruction. Some have qualified for the Seal of Biliteracy for their third language, while they are fully bilingual in English and Spanish. And some have learned their second language exclusively at school, starting with the Dual Language Program in fifth-grade and continuing with the higher level language courses offered at the middle and high school level in our district.”

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.  The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.

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Military Recognition Breakfast

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Walt Whitman junior Heather Aadal sang the National Anthem to open the mornings’ ceremony.
Walt Whitman junior Heather Aadal sang the National Anthem to open the mornings’ ceremony.
Board of Education Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta spoke about the important significance of the morning and what it meant to him personally.
Board of Education Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta spoke about the important significance of the morning and what it meant to him personally.
Thank you to our American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for always supporting the South Huntington Community.
Thank you to our American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for always supporting the South Huntington Community.
Christopher Shiraishi, flanked by his proud parents, is ready to become a U.S. Marine.
Christopher Shiraishi, flanked by his proud parents, is ready to become a U.S. Marine.
Seniors who will be entering the Armed Services after graduation left to right: Lee Rosario, Esteban Lopez, Trevor Gundersen, Paul Naclerio, and Christopher Shiraishi. (Both Cedrick Victor and Emma Palka were unable to make the ceremony)
Seniors who will be entering the Armed Services after graduation left to right: Lee Rosario, Esteban Lopez, Trevor Gundersen, Paul Naclerio, and Christopher Shiraishi. (Both Cedrick Victor and Emma Palka were unable to make the ceremony)

The District was particularly proud that on Tuesday, June 6th, the anniversary of the D-Day invasion that began the march to democracy, we honored our military bound graduates with a special awards ceremony brunch.  The District Office Conference Room was brimming with patriotic pride, as community veterans Dennis Madden, Rich Russano, Carlo Giordano, Ken Carlson, Charlie Armstrong, Mike Williams, Phil Ludwig, Frank Ostroff, Vinny Crimaudo and Tony Braccia; BOE members Ms. Lisa Brieff, Ms. Michele DeGaetano and Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta; along with service staff members Robert Matedero, Charles Dispenzieri, Fred Dwyer, Stu Pray, Juan Ortiz and Carlo Giordano, joined with parents and friends joined to thank our nation’s newest role models and wish them well.

Congratulations to the following Walt Whitman seniors who have enlisted on our Nation’s Military:  Esteban Lopez, Trevor Gundersen, Emma Palka, Paul Naclerio, Christopher Shiraishi, Lee Rosario and Cedrick Victor.

 

Fios1 News was in attendance and you can see their broadcast using the following link:

http://www.fios1news.com/longisland/huntington-station-hs-students-who-enlisted-in-military-honored-june-6-2017#.WTbeAxPyvUI

Whitman Track Stars Headed to States

Both Jack Poplawski and Antoinette Miller will be representing Walt Whitman High School in the State Championships.
Both Jack Poplawski and Antoinette Miller will be representing Walt Whitman High School in the State Championships.

At this weekend’s New York State qualifier for track and field, Whitman junior Antoinette Miller and sophomore Jack Poplawski had exceptional results. Miller won the high jump in a 'jump-off,' and also qualified for the 100m and 200m events. Poplawski qualified for the state championship in the Pentathlon.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding athletes. 

 

Character Highlights our April Athletes of the Month

April Athletes of the Month Taylor Epstein and Brett Maier.
Principal John Murphy, along with Principal for the Day Melvin Cruz congratulate Walt Whitman’s April Athletes of the Month Taylor Epstein and Brett Maier.

Both of our April Athletes of the Month have a couple things in common. Both are pitchers who made an impact on their team, but more importantly, both possess positive character traits that landed them on Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright’s ‘Personal Hero’ list at the recent sports awards evening. Congratulations to Taylor Epstein and Brett Maier.

For Taylor, the softball team began their season at 1-4, but they all knew they had so much more and dedicated themselves to working hard.  As the team meshed the fruits of their hard work paid off, winning 13 of their final 14 regular season games. “We got together as a team and talked about not making the little mental mistakes,” said Taylor.  “We knew if we worked hard and did all the little things right, we could make the playoffs and go far.”

Taylor calls her own game and she was spot on this season. “When I’m out there I do my best to find their weaknesses,” said the All-County Pitcher. “I just want to do all I can to help our team win.”  Taylor ended her high school career with a 15-6 pitching record that included the playoffs. She will be attending Boston University in the fall and is undecided on both her major and if she’s going to tryout for the softball team.

 

Brett Maier stayed away from pitching since he injured his arm as a sophomore, but Coach Keith Barrett knew he had what it takes and approached him early in the year, getting a positive response. April was a good month and Brett pitched about 28 innings, ending with a 1.5 earned-run-average. Brett was instrumental in the team winning more games than the prior year and keeping the program on the upswing.

“We missed the playoffs by one game so that was tough because we were playing well as a team,” said the St. John’s bound senior. As a Division 1 team, St. John’s is ranked 20th in the Nation in Baseball, so Brett is undecided if he will be making that leap. When asked about his favorite part of being at Whitman, Brett decided instantly that the diversity of personalities in his teachers that he has throughout the day makes Whitman a great place.

District Website Accessibility Notice

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Wildcat Summer Camps

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The South Huntington School District offers a variety of summer camps for students entering grades K-8. The 2017 Wildcat Summer Camps are open for registration. Use the following link for ALL of your summer fun, right here in South Huntington.

https://sites.google.com/a/shufsd.org/south-huntington-summer-camps/?pli=1

Please note that some of our summer camps are half-day programs and can be combined with The Wildcat Sports Camp to make it a full-day program experience!

For 2017, all programs are held at Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd unless otherwise noted.

Our programs include:

Wildcat Coding Camp-Minds of The Future: Open to students entering grades 1-6, this program introduces students to the basics of computer science by means of coding/programming. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, and interact with Dash and Dot Robots, as well as Code-A-Pillar and Osmo.

NEW-Wildcat Coding Camp-Minds of The Future 2: Open to students entering grades 7-8, this program introduces students to Python and the NAO Robots. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, and interact with the 3D printer.

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

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

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

https://sites.google.com/a/shufsd.org/south-huntington-summer-camps/?pli=1

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