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It's A Blockbuster!

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

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

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

Northern Lights Over South Huntington

The integration of music, science and art comes alive for sixth-graders from science teacher Greg Steinberg and music teacher Frank Cannella’s classes.
The integration of music, science and art comes alive for sixth-graders from science teacher Greg Steinberg and music teacher Frank Cannella’s classes.

Roman Zavada a famous artist and musician, was scheduled to perform at the Rose and Leroy Grumman IMAX Theater on Thursday, May 16th at 8:00 p.m.  He took years to create a performance which integrated video and live piano accompaniment. He and his photography team videotaped the Northern Lights well beyond the 60th parallel with a 360 camera lens and in real time. Acclaimed by critics and by the public for its beauty and originality, the show has been scheduled at venues throughout Canada and the United States.

As a practice for his May 16th evening performance in the IMAX theater, the artist requested an audience. The Cradle of Aviation Museum, a “community partner” of the South Huntington, contacted the District and asked if students wished to attend.

Twenty-one students from Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center attended the performance, free of charge, to witness this integration of music, science and art. They were accompanied by science teacher Greg Steinberg and music teacher Frank Cannella. Thanks to Marijean Scardapane for organizing this wonderful opportunity for students.

Maplewood 4th Graders Present their 'Wax Museum'

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

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

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Budget Vote 2019 Results

Proposition 1 - School Budget

Yes-784
No-243

School Board:
 

Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D. -  863

Laura Carey -851

 

 

 

 

 

National Junior Honor Society Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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Wall Street Wizards @ Maplewood

Left to right at Hofstra University: Maeve Lynch, Dayana Rodriguez Hernandez and Maeve O'Connor.
Left to right at Hofstra University: Maeve Lynch, Dayana Rodriguez Hernandez and Maeve O'Connor.
Our three Wall Street wizards skillfully present their findings in front of the large audience.
Our three Wall Street wizards skillfully present their findings in front of the large audience.
Our Maplewood 4th-graders enjoy a few moments exploring the Hofstra Campus and happen upon a statue of “Plato Having a Dialogue With Socrates” by Mihail Chemiakin.
Our Maplewood 4th-graders enjoy a few moments exploring the Hofstra Campus and happen upon a statue of “Plato Having a Dialogue With Socrates” by Mihail Chemiakin.

Mr. O'Connor's 4th-grade class at Maplewood participated in this year's SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game.  Maeve Lynch, Maeve O'Connor and Dayana Rodriguez Hernandez finished 3rd out of over 250 teams entered in the competition.  The girls chose to carefully diversify their stock portfolio buying shares in companies they researched as well as companies they love to buy things from. The young investors netted a nice return in the 13 week period of the Fall competition. What makes it even more impressive is the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 10% for the same time period. This is the 6th year in a row a team from Mr. O'Connor's class has either placed or won the competition.

The teams were invited to an awards presentation and luncheon on May 16th at Hofstra University. The students were given medals, an opportunity to give a speech to the crowd and treated to a fantastic lunch. What a great experience for these future financial wizards!

Miles For Michael Highlights

And they’re off… at the start of the 6th Annual Miles for Michael 10K/5K run.
And they’re off… at the start of the 6th Annual Miles for Michael 10K/5K run.
Ms. Sheila Buhse congratulates runner Geoff Turner on his winning the newly created Challenged Athlete category.
Ms. Sheila Buhse congratulates runner Geoff Turner on his winning the newly created Challenged Athlete category.
Your South Huntington Board members and administrators thank Ms. Buhse as they get ready for the start of the race.
Your South Huntington Board members and administrators thank Ms. Buhse as they get ready for the start of the race.
Maplewood 5th-grader Maddie Crocco sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem, accompanied by music teacher Ms. Vanessa Melillo.
Maplewood 5th-grader Maddie Crocco sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem, accompanied by music teacher Ms. Vanessa Melillo.
The kid’s fun run was more popular than ever under the bright morning skies.
The kid’s fun run was more popular than ever under the bright morning skies.
The podium was the place to be after the race with the community enjoying music, raffle prizes, lots of healthy food and of course medals.
The podium was the place to be after the race with the community enjoying music, raffle prizes, lots of healthy food and of course medals.
Coming down the homestretch, Nick Russotto and his son would clock in a respectable 28:31.
Coming down the homestretch, Nick Russotto and his son would clock in a respectable 28:31.
Winner in the women’s division was Whitman’s own Grace Weigele who is no stranger to distance running as she gets a tune-up before the upcoming County Championships.
Winner in the women’s division was Whitman’s own Grace Weigele who is no stranger to distance running as she gets a tune-up before the upcoming County Championships.
Winner in the men’s division was Whitman sophomore Kyle Lutz.
Winner in the men’s division was Whitman sophomore Kyle Lutz.
Our t-shirt LOGO winner this year was Hannah Alpert. Congratulating Hanna are left to right: Whitman AP Jon Varlamos, Sheila Buhse, Hana, art teacher Gina Tinucci, and Principal John Murphy.
Our t-shirt LOGO winner this year was Hannah Alpert. Congratulating Hanna are left to right: Whitman AP Jon Varlamos, Sheila Buhse, Hana, art teacher Gina Tinucci, and Principal John Murphy.

As we close the books on our 6th Annual Miles for Michael 10K/5K and kids Fun Run we are left with so many wonderful memories.  This annual celebration, that it’s originator Ms. Sheila Buhse orchestrates, has come to identify the meaningful connection that our whole community shares with one another. Ms. Buhse shared the following shortly after this amazing morning:

“This year the sun shone and the warm weather returned for us!  We had our most successful event to date. Our Saturday morning's celebration began with Maddie Crocco (5th grader from MW) singing a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem. She was accompanied by Vanessa Melillo (MW Music Teacher) on the organ. The DJ music for the day was provided on WWHS's front lawn by freshman John Andreoni, while senior Jake Cartisano rocked out at the top of the hill on Reservoir Road. Our t-shirt LOGO winner this year was Hannah Alpert. Her rendition of Arts/Dance and Music as it relates to our Miles for Michael event was outstanding!

To achieve this successful event much hard work and volunteering came into play.   First and foremost, this event could not have happened without he following people:  Kelly Twist, Joanne Padilla, Christine Rapp, Margaret Bayley, Andi Madrid, Fran McFelia, Karen Ferraro and Sonya White.

The route and the surrounding streets were kept safe and clean by John Burke, Kathy Hopkins, Pam Cella-O'Shaughnessy and Kevin O'Shaughnessy.  The WWHS custodial staff led by Carlo Giordano once again kept our event clean, organized and running smoothly for both our Friday night Pasta Dinner and Saturday morning run.  A special thank you to Cheryl Irizarry, Jessica Draddy, and Dan Campbell for their creative social media promotions. 

A huge thank you to Vito Monti and Matt Hoffman, both teachers at WWHS, who provided the sound set ups and video taping for our social media.  All of which was installed with the help of Lou Saverese and Frank Pirro.

Thank you to all who came out to participate this year. It was a wonderful day.......see you in 2020.”

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Inspiration Comes Early on a Saturday Morning

L to R at NYIT: Ms. Caitlin Knote, Jazmin Cardenas Aries, Marisa Bobal, Nyara Choudhurt, Kaitlin DeMoore, Gabrielle Girard, Annelise Campo, Ms. Allison Cohen.
L to R at NYIT: Ms. Caitlin Knote, Jazmin Cardenas Aries, Marisa Bobal, Nyara Choudhurt, Kaitlin DeMoore, Gabrielle Girard, Annelise Campo, Ms. Allison Cohen.
Annelise Campo loves winning!
Annelise Campo loves winning!

We hear that a handful of Whitman Ladies enjoyed a great STEM Saturday morning at the Long Island Institute of Technology recently! The girls absolutely loved the trip and were so engaged in the interactive workshops that were offered. Some favorites included the drone and Arduino workshops. The girls walked away talking about getting Arduinos to play around with at home! The keynote speakers were phenomenal. Justine Smith (BASF), Mary Ellen Seale (co-founder of the National CyberSecurity Society) and DeAndra Jean-Louis (Anaplan) all shared their challenges as women in a male dominated field, but inspired the girls in the room to overcome adversity and embrace the field that they are passionate about. To top the day off, one of our students, Annelise Campo, won a Samsung Galaxy Tablet at the end-of-day raffle!

Way to Go Ladies…making South Huntington Proud!

HART Poetry Winners

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Walt Whitman is proud to congratulate 9 of our students as the Town of Huntington’s Poetry for the HART winners.  Out of the 16 works selected to be honored, 9 of them were from Walt Whitman High School.  This event is part of a Public Art Initiative, where teen poets (ages 14 - 18), residing or attending school in Huntington Township, were encouraged to submit original works to be displayed inside buses on ad panels on the Town’s HART bus system for a minimum of one year. The winning entries are also published in The Long Islander newspaper. Congratulations to the following student’s names and titled works listed below:

Title:  Curfew - Poet:  Kayla Andrews

Title:  "From La Catrina - Poet:  Katherine Gotard

Title:  "Cauliflower Pancakes"- Poet:  Rebecca LaManna

Title:  “All That’s Left” - Poet:  Sarah Choudhary

Title:  “Lost But Not Gone” - Poet:  William Valle

Title:  “Circling You”  - Poet:  Karina Lew

Title:  “Gatsby”    “Title: Tainted” (2) - Poet:  Cali Sullivan

Title:  “Fire”  - Poet: Deanna Tabibzada

Title:  “Terrarium” - Poet: Jaycee Cardoso

 

Oakwood Theater Production of 'Three Piggy Opera.'

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Oakwood music teacher Ms. Luella Pinelli is happy to share a video of the ‘Three Piggy Opera.’ Our young thespians thrilled the audience with three performances. Please use the link below to enjoy our talented youngsters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Ox6ha6-A8&feature=youtu.be

 

Whitman Students of the Month Highlighted

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy (top right) congratulated his April students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy (top right) congratulated his April students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.

We wish to congratulate our April 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 April Students of the Month:

Business/Home & Careers: Isabella Adamovicz, Thomas Palladino. Music/Dance: Marisa Bobal, Samantha Carey, Kristy Chillemi, Aniyah Walters. Art: Ingrid Gonzalez, Rebecca Horner, Nayeli Pinero, Grace Roiland. World Language: Katherine Gotard, Amelia Hatton, Daniela Santoiemma, Ashli Wuss. Social Studies: Aaliaha Barnes, Luis, Meza Garcia, Antoni Rios, Gabrielle Safian. Science: Joshua Alms, Jason Devaraj, Kyle Owens, Sabrina Petrizzo. Math: Jarrett Dalimonte, Sydney Khan, Keily Maldonado Espinal, Leidy Salazar Lopez. English: Carly Dammer, Katherine Gotard, Neamal Mahmood, Ireny Veliz Garcia. Physical Education: Ana Akila, Donald Basedow lll, Nikolas Cerrito, Margaret Neiland. Athletes of the Month: Raymond Hoffman (Baseball), and Aniyah Walters (Track).

2019 NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates his 12 seniors who have been awarded New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates his 12 seniors who have been awarded New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence.

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy proudly announces the recipients of the 2019 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. These students are recognized by the New York State Board of Regents for their scholastic achievements and outstanding academic accomplishments. The awards are based on a formula using Regents exams in English, Algebra 2/Trig, Global Studies, American History and Science (3 exams). “The students here represent the best and brightest of Walt Whitman High School,” said Principal John Murphy as he addressed the award winning students. “This award showcases their hard work and shows that not only Walt Whitman but New York State acknowledges all their efforts in making sure their post secondary dreams are achieved.” These 12 seniors have been awarded scholarships that will be able to be used for any college or university in New York State for the 2019-20 school year. Congratulations to: (front left to right) Meghan Italo, Gabielle Safian, Sarah Choudhary, Alyssa Christiansen, (middle left to right) Ashar Farooq, Casey Gilmartin, Morgan Wagner, Xiaotong Yang, (back left to right) Jason Devarai, Shaan Khan, Christian Viteri, and Sean Rankel.

Budget Dates with Presentations

We are entering the time period when school districts begin developing the following year‘s budget plans. The process develops gradually as New York State aid figures, tax cap calculations, anticipated revenues, and expenses begin to crystallize. Our South Huntington district works hard to maximize the precious resources that you provide us, and maintain a delicate balance between instructional excellence and fiscal responsibility.

To this end, we embrace an open and transparent budget process that invites community members to see, hear, and comment upon the deliberations, and work collaboratively to keep the district sound, sustainable, and strong. Below, please find a full listing of our public budget workshop sessions. You can also find details of all public presentations on our district website and our social media accounts. Each presentation is available after its initial submission by clicking on the date below:

Wednesday, February 27 Budget Overview JKAO Building

Wednesday, March 13 Budget Work Session JKAO Building

Wednesday, March 27 Budget Work Session JKAO Building

Tuesday, April 16 Budget Adoption JKAO Building

Tuesday, April 30 Special BOE Meeting BOCES Vote & Election JKAO Building

Tuesday, May 14 Public Hearing of Budget JKAO Building

Tuesday, May 21 Budget Vote/Elections Results: 

Proposition 1 - School Budget

Yes-784
No-243

School Board:
 

Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D. -  863

Laura Carey -851

Stimson Impresses in National French Exams

Stimson French Teacher Ms. Stephanie Murphy with her seventh grade National French Exam winners.
Stimson French Teacher Ms. Stephanie Murphy with her seventh grade National French Exam winners.
Ms. Stephanie Murphy with her eighth grade National French Exam winners.
Ms. Stephanie Murphy with her eighth grade National French Exam winners.

Stimson Middle School French students recently competed in the National French Exams, an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students of French in all 50 states and abroad participate by taking a written exam and compete against other students with similar educational backgrounds for prizes. Our seventh and eighth-grade students from Stephanie Murphy’s French class did an excellent job in this year’s competition as she considers her classes to be full of dedicated students with wonderful personalities and work ethics that make them a pleasure to work with. “I just give them the tools and they run with it, the kids really rise to the occasion.”

TangerKIDS Grants Program for Countrywood

Left to right: Nancy Larson, General Manager of Tanger Outlets in Dear Park, Dr. Joseph Centamore, Tanger Office Administrator Amanda Fuentes, Countrywood teacher Jessica Barbato, Tanger Assistant General Manager Ilean Vassallo, Countrywood Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga, Countrywood teacher Allison Clancy, Countrywood Principal Mitchell Levy, and South Huntington Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.
Left to right: Nancy Larson, General Manager of Tanger Outlets in Dear Park, Dr. Joseph Centamore, Tanger Office Administrator Amanda Fuentes, Countrywood teacher Jessica Barbato, Tanger Assistant General Manager Ilean Vassallo, Countrywood Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga, Countrywood teacher Allison Clancy, Countrywood Principal Mitchell Levy, and South Huntington Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.

With the increased shortages in funding and growing needs of schools around the country, Tanger Outlets Centers Inc. is pleased to offer a new program that assists in helping local schools with funding for needed programs and/or equipment. Countrywood Primary Center recently made a submission for the TangerKIDS Grants Program and was selected to receive a grant to support the primary center’s “Creating a Sensory Friendly School Environment” program.  Nancy Larson, General Manager of Tanger Outlets in Dear Park shared, “For us to see this in action gives the program some life.” This is one of the company’s corporate driven initiatives that is awarded every year as a way of getting involved with the community. After learning more about “Creating a Sensory Friendly School Environment” program, Countrywood became a notable candidate for the grant that would aid in student involvement in ways that help their learning. “For us to see this in action, it gives us a positive feeling. We liked the way it involved the school and engages everyone by incorporating the whole student body,” Nancy shared, alongside Assistant General Manager Ilean Vassallo and Office Administrator Amanda Fuentes.

May Spotlight News

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Athletes of the Month for April

Congratulations to Anyiah Walters and Raymond Hoffman.
Congratulations to Anyiah Walters and Raymond Hoffman.

Congratulations to Anyiah Walters for earning April’s Athlete of the Month! Anyiah runs for Whitman’s Varsity Track and Field Team and has earned this distinction for ranking 2nd in the county for the 100 meter hurdles. Anyiah is in 10th grade and loves how track pushes her to be better because of how individualized the sport is. “I like how you have to work as a team, but it’s different. I don’t have to depend on my team in order for me to win my events.” During the fall and winter months, Anyiah cheerleads and when it’s time for the spring track season, Anyiah runs the 100 meter hurdles, the 4x100 meter relay, triple jump, and the 100 meter dash at individual meets. “I’ve been pushing myself hard since track started and I’m always trying to beat my personal record,” she shared as she reflected on earning this award. As for her time at Whitman, Anyiah appreciates the diversity and positivity that runs throughout the school.

Congratulations to Raymond Hoffman on earning Athlete of the Month for April! Raymond pitches and plays 3rd base on the Varsity Baseball Team as #3. This season, Raymond had 2 wins as starting pitcher, bats first on the line up, and has the highest on base percentages while helping the team score runs. Raymond is in 11th grade and has been playing baseball since he was young and it’s always been fun for him, especially being able to play with this group. He shared, “my favorite part about Whitman is being with my friends. They’re a good group of kids and it’s always fun with them.” Raymond reflected on the season and how the team had a rough start at 0-3 until making a comeback with 6 wins in a row that he believes will give them a spot in the playoffs. With just a few games left in the season, Raymond has faith that his team will do well as they work hard towards making in into the post season. 

Post interview update: The baseball team has recently beaten Commack two times this past week and has qualified for this year’s playoffs.

Vin Altebrando Rally Against Cancer

Over 1100 students participated, showing not only their admiration for a wonderful coach and teacher, but also for current members of our school family.
Over 1100 students participated, showing not only their admiration for a wonderful coach and teacher, but also for current members of our school family.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy talks about how special Vin was to the school community and gave a special thank you to our WWHS Physical Education Department for their support in the planning of this event.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy talks about how special Vin was to the school community and gave a special thank you to our WWHS Physical Education Department for their support in the planning of this event.
“There is no replacing Vin and if he was put on this Earth to inspire us, he succeeded,” Kristie Altebrando.
“There is no replacing Vin and if he was put on this Earth to inspire us, he succeeded,” Kristie Altebrando.
The VA Rally also supports two of our current students afflicted with this terrible illness.
The VA Rally also supports two of our current students afflicted with this terrible illness.

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, as part of a school-wide community effort, Walt Whitman High School held a rally against cancer to remember the life of former staff member Vin Altebrando.  The VA Rally also supports two of our current students afflicted with this terrible illness.  Over 1100 students participated, showing not only their admiration for a wonderful coach and teacher, but also for current members of our school family. The show of unwavering support for their classmates going through this difficult time is something to behold.  A special thank you to our WWHS Physical Education Department for their support in the planning of this event. This could not have been accomplished without them. 

Science Research Student Excel

Walt Whitman’s science research teacher Mr. Frederick Feraco (top right) with his Long Island Science Congress award winning students.
Walt Whitman’s science research teacher Mr. Frederick Feraco (top right) with his Long Island Science Congress award winning students.

Walt Whitman’s science research students are really stepping it up each year. It was quite an impressive group of awards from the recently held Long Island Science congress. Two students, Stephanie Ross and Luka Schwarz will win a special award to be presented on May 20th at the LI Science Congress Awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the following students: Amanda Riha, Emily Riha, Jaden Wedner, Mathew Italo, Kerri Delaney, Kailee Adomaites, Amelia L Kongevold, Stephan Tsolis, Andrew Markell, Emily Teplansky, Liam Hill, Liam Villanti, Luka Schwarz, and Stephanie Ross.

Excellent Showing at Le Grand Concours

French Language teacher Dr. Marie-Geralde Eikenaar, and Principal John Murphy congratulate their awards winners.
French Language teacher Dr. Marie-Geralde Eikenaar, and Principal John Murphy congratulate their awards winners.

It’s been another successful year for the French language students at Walt Whitman who participated in the National French Contest ‘Le Grand Concours’ 2019. Students of French in all 50 states and abroad take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes.

Walt Whitman High School had an excellent showing with the following results:

Level 2 Honorable Mention: Alexa Beaubrun, Keira Conlon, Lorely Hassman, Jada Nguyen, Ethan Shapiro, Alexander Weber Silver: Kelya Bonilavri Gold: Salma Laraki

Level 3 Honorable Mention: Anastasia Akapnitis, Juliana Nguyen, Alisson Nieto Reyes, Wendell Saint Jean, Anastasia Samba Bronze: Christian Borgart, Aidan Garemani, Jack O’Loughlin Silver: Maya Duclay, Jocelyne Giron, Rena Shapiro, Jasmine Thai

Level 4 Honorable Mention: Lauren Gotard, Riley Turner, Subhana Zafar Bronze: Brianna Hansen Silver: Brady Mondry

Level 5 Silver: Shawna Bonilavri

Félicitations à tous! Congratulations to you all those who participated!

 

Maplewood Has 3 Town of Huntington Youth Writers Contest Winners

Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia congratulates his Town of Huntington Youth Writers Contest winners Samantha and Lauren Dinstel, and Taku Kritz-George.
Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia congratulates his Town of Huntington Youth Writers Contest winners Samantha and Lauren Dinstel, and Taku Kritz-George.

We are super excited to announce three winners from Maplewood Intermediate School who placed entries in the Huntington Youth Writers Contest. Congratulations to: Taku Kritz-George – 1st Place for Grades 4-5 Short Story (Mrs. Vargas) Samantha Dinstell – 2nd Place for Grades 4-5 Poetry (Mrs. Garafalo), and Lauren Dinstell – Honorable Mention for Grades 4-5 Poetry (Mrs. Ciccarelli).

“I really enjoy creating different characters to go within my story and, similar to a video game, I can create a whole fantasy universe,” said Taku who won first place with his short story. And as you might have guessed, Taku, who is in Ms. Vargas’s fifth-grade class, loves to read, mostly fantasy novels.

We look forward to the students being honored on May 9th, at 7 PM, at Stimson Middle School. Congratulations on a job well done!

Colgate University Welcomes Leonardo Montoya Garcia

Principal Murphy congratulates Leonardo Montoya Garcia on is acceptance into Colgate.
Principal Murphy congratulates Leonardo Montoya Garcia on is acceptance into Colgate.

He came here six years ago with a dream, and now Walt Whitman senior Leonardo Montoya Garcia, will take the next big step towards that dream. “I felt very welcome here, not only in the schools but the community as well,” said Leonardo. “There were a lot of opportunities to do whatever I was interested in and I’m very happy and thankful to be able to study astrophysics at Colgate University next fall. “Space has a lot to be discovered and I think could be a good future for me.”

Leonardo played soccer in the fall and last winter and this spring you can find him on the track running the 800meter and the 2mile for Whitman’s Varsity team.  “I’m very excite to attend Colgate, they seemed very helpful, and if I work hard and show drive, I feel that they will help me a lot with my goals. I love the diversity here at Whitman, you can find people from all over the world and it’s very important to learn different perspectives from different cultures.”

When asked about what he found the most challenging about his experiences at Whitman, Leonardo thought a moment and said: “with all the opportunities that are available to students here, you really need to stay focused and manage your time. You have to focus on what’s really important.”

Way to Go Leonardo Montoya Garcia!

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Countrywood's Got Plenty of Talent

With their opening number ‘Men in Black’ set the bar high. Congratulations to Tasso, Anthony, Lorenzo, Jesse, Tyler, Frankie, Dominic, and AJ.
With their opening number ‘Men in Black’ set the bar high. Congratulations to Tasso, Anthony, Lorenzo, Jesse, Tyler, Frankie, Dominic, and AJ.
Caila gave a perfect rendition of the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.’
Caila gave a perfect rendition of the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.’
Giuliana, Shannon, Sara, Jada, Amelia and Christabel thrilled the crowed with ‘I See The Light.”
Giuliana, Shannon, Sara, Jada, Amelia and Christabel thrilled the crowed with ‘I See The Light.”
Tatum and Gianna strike a pose as they finish their song and dance number ‘Promise Me No Promises.’
Tatum and Gianna strike a pose as they finish their song and dance number ‘Promise Me No Promises.’
Spring may be here but that didn’t stop Riley, Juliana and Meghan from getting help from a surprise guest in the always popular ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”
Spring may be here but that didn’t stop Riley, Juliana and Meghan from getting help from a surprise guest in the always popular ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”
Concluding the evening with ‘Countrywood Shark’ three special guests join Logan, Zachary, Connor, and Brendan. Thank you Principal Levy, Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga, and music teacher Adam Slawitsky.
Concluding the evening with ‘Countrywood Shark’ three special guests join Logan, Zachary, Connor, and Brendan. Thank you Principal Levy, Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga, and music teacher Adam Slawitsky.

"This is truly a crowd favorite," said Principal Mitch Levy, referring to Countrywood’s Got Talent.  “It was great to see our students sharing their favorite talents with their Countrywood Family.” This was the 10th Anniversary of the talent show and it’s going strong and a fun event to look forward to each year.

Year after year Countrywood’s Got Talent keeps getting better and better. “From Kindergarten through the first grade we talk about it and they begin to look forward to this annual 2nd grade event,” said Countrywood Music teacher Adam Slawitsky. “They’re very eager to create something on their own, I don’t teach them anything for this show, I’m here as a facilitator, this is all about our students and their talent.”

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Summer Camp Registration Open

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

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

Our Camps include:

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

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

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

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

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

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

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

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