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Dance Highlights Spring Concert

In ‘Dreamscape,’ our dancers explore several common themes, and like most dreams, find deeper meaning.
In ‘Dreamscape,’ our dancers explore several common themes, and like most dreams, find deeper meaning.
One our student’s favorite novels, ‘The Great Gatsby,’ is explored through contrasting images of society in the summer of 1922.
One our student’s favorite novels, ‘The Great Gatsby,’ is explored through contrasting images of society in the summer of 1922.
A Long Island Scholar Artist for Dance, Caroline Tomaselli performs ‘Torn,’ about the many struggles and decisions seniors need to make in their final year of high school.
A Long Island Scholar Artist for Dance, Caroline Tomaselli performs ‘Torn,’ about the many struggles and decisions seniors need to make in their final year of high school.
Ms. Turners ‘Studio in Dance’ class performing ‘Alleluia.’
Ms. Turners ‘Studio in Dance’ class performing ‘Alleluia.’
Solitude, simplicity, and man as a part of nature are explored in the piece ‘Whistlewood,’ inspired by the ‘Walden Revisited’ exhibit at Heckscher Museum.
Solitude, simplicity, and man as a part of nature are explored in the piece ‘Whistlewood,’ inspired by the ‘Walden Revisited’ exhibit at Heckscher Museum.
‘Batter Up’ is an upbeat, fun piece, that once again highlights the talent of our ‘Studio in Dance’ students.
‘Batter Up’ is an upbeat, fun piece, that once again highlights the talent of our ‘Studio in Dance’ students.
Winning a place performing in a ‘Tilles Center’ competition, our dancers portray issues facing teens and that there are many that suffer in secret alongside you and many that will reach out a hand to help you.
Winning a place performing in a ‘Tilles Center’ competition, our dancers portray issues facing teens and that there are many that suffer in secret alongside you and many that will reach out a hand to help you.
The Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band.
The Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band.
The Walt Whitman High School Orchestra.
The Walt Whitman High School Orchestra.

The annual Spring Dance Concert at Walt Whitman High School featured one of Long Island's top high school dance programs, directed and choreographed by Susan Turner Radin.  “It is always the mission of the Whitman Dance Program to share with our audience the power of dance to communicate profound ideas and to tell stories through movement, as well as entertain,” said Ms. Radin. “This year's program is a perfect example of the versatility and expressiveness of the art of dance and my amazing dancers.” The evening also showcased the Jazz Band and Orchestra; directed by Matthew Hoffman and Frank Yolango respectively, and, back by popular demand, select members of the Voices of Walt Whitman choral group.

After an opening choral selection, the Jazz Band got things off to a great start performing selections from their 2016-2017 repertoire including: Mack the Knife, I’ll Be Seeing you, Ginger Bread Boy, Georgia On My Mind, Pick Up the Pieces, and Smooth.

Just prior to the beginning of seven dance performances, two of which featured the Orchestra, Ms. Radin introduced several 2017 Dance Awards. Congratulations to three students who will be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in New York State on May 30. Inductees: Delaney Mena, Sarah Haller, and Kelsey McDonald. In other awards congratulations to:

Art Development Fund Award for Dance:  Caroline Tomaselli- Dancer is recognized for excellence in dance performance and is majoring or minoring in dance in college.

WWHS Art Recognition Award in Dance: Taylor Greco- Dancer demonstrates talent, creativity, outstanding effort, and enthusiasm for dance.

LI Scholar Artist Award of Merit for Dance: Caroline Tomaselli- Awarded by the Long Island Arts Alliance and Newsday to a dancer that excels in their art form and maintains an un-weighted GPA over 90 for all four years.

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Whitman Dance Program- Susan Turner Radin, Director/Choreographer

Studio in Dance: Rodrigo Abrego, Beyonce Argenzio, Aryanna Argenzio, Lockeshia Bennett, Ackelia Bondfield, Christine Campbell, Miles Lewis, Karell Person, Abigail Quintanilla, Jayda Rosene, Sage Thomas, Ingri Uceda, Susan Wahab

Modern Dance I: Arielle Bagley, Kiara Brown, April Carmine, Marco Chiriboga, Herson Cisneros, Carly Dammer, Thalia Forney, Patrick Alexander Jones Brown, Summer Levinsky, Andrea Vasquez, Yasmini Saravia, Carolina Villegas, Jamie Montague, Tyler Phelan, Giavanna Lattanzi, Karla Ventura, Kiara Brown, Keara Shea, Siana Rizo, Briana Raymond, Nicole Sorensen, Aaliyah Kahn, Danielle Profaci, April Carmine

Modern Dance II/III: Andrea Adames, Elmer Aleman, Mavia Ashraf, Franklin Clase, Trevor Gundersen, Taylor Greco, Sarah Haller, Marianna Kliampas, Cara Mangels, Kelsey Mc Donald, Delaney Mena, Chloe Morris, Colin O’Neill, Vishal Rattu, Ruthie Rise, and Caroline Tomaselli.


Walt Whitman High School Orchestra- Frank Yolango, Conductor

Jaycee Cardoso, Anastasia Alpy, Maxwell Fisher, Kentaro Matsushima, Emanuel Campo, Sarah Heath, Michael Pinelli, Mabel Bassi, Sarah Tabibzada Sarah Choudhary, Emma Dunn, Hailey Hamilton, Quinn Cortese, Eliot Yoon, Alexandra Wirth, Katherine Miata, Joshua Joseph, Matthew Bromschwig, Justin Ullman, Siam Ahmed, Kayla Andrews, Sydney McCrea, Brooke Pagano, David Calliendo, Noelle Bryggman, Cosette Brazeau, Timothy Jobson, Johnique Aiken, Jillian Jobson, Ilana Desmond, Kathleen Dugan, Emily Dickson, Andrew Borges, and Zachary Lucana.

 

Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band- Matt Hoffman, Director

Jazz Ensemble Personnel: Matt Cusumano, Megan Neuman, Lauren Gotard, Isaac Renderos, Tyler Malone, Jason Devaraj, Josh Devoraj, Casey Leonick, Tyler Meyer, James Reilly, Matthew Kaputa, Emily Ferrante, Max Eidinoff, Leila Perry, Julianna Licona, Parker Keller, Kevin Zuckerberg, Perez Palaez, Lily Soares, Greg DeRosa, Logan Slansky, Corinne DeRosa, and Kade Clark.

Countrywood First-Graders Take Command

Ms. Workman’s Hour of Code prize is already making an impact on her class.
Ms. Workman’s Hour of Code prize is already making an impact on her class.
This new technology will allow students to play with markers, learn with activities, and control with technology.
This new technology will allow students to play with markers, learn with activities, and control with technology.
All ‘dressed up’ and lots of places to go…based on our students programming.
All ‘dressed up’ and lots of places to go…based on our students programming.
Ms. Workman’s first graders are enjoying their tiny robots, shown here before they get ‘dressed up.’
Ms. Workman’s first graders are enjoying their tiny robots, shown here before they get ‘dressed up.’

We’re excited to let you know that Countrywood first grade teacher Adrienne Workman won the Hour of Code Robotics Giveaway!   Her prize of four Ozobot Bit Starter Packs is already making an impact on her class.  Ozobot is a powerful tiny robot that teaches STEM, coding, and inspires creativity through a collection of game-based activities and digital apps.   This new technology will allow students to play with markers, learn with activities, and control with technology.  Creating together will prepare our future leaders and innovators.

All-County Music Festivals Feature 41 South Huntington Students

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Forty-one South Huntington students have been chosen for the 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) ALL-COUNTY Festivals. The district would like to thank its fine music teachers and the families of these talented students for all of their hard work!  Congratulations, the following students who were selected and did a fantastic job representing South Huntington in the annual SCMEA All-County Music Festival this past March.

 

School Ensemble Name Inst/Voice Part

Maplewood Band Harper Garvey Flute

Maplewood Chorus Ariana Guevana Gomez Children's Voice

Maplewood Chorus Lauren Kispert Children's Voice

Maplewood Chorus Kate Rebecca Pratt Children's Voice

Maplewood Chorus Nya Ann-Marie Reeves Children's Voice

Silas Wood Band Simeon Kwak Bb Clarinet

Silas Wood Band Shaelyn Scharf Tuba/Sousaphone

Silas Wood Chorus Jordan Badalamenti Children's Voice

Silas Wood Chorus Anna Maria Maguire Children's Voice

Silas Wood Orchestra Marc Malafronte Cello

Stimson Band John Andreoni Snare Drum

Stimson Band Kristy Chillemi Bb Clarinet

Stimson Band Abby Dinstell Bb Clarinet

Stimson Band Daniel Donovan Bass Clarinet

Stimson Band Bianca Isernia Bb Clarinet

Stimson Band Benjamin Joseph Tenor Sax

Stimson Band Aarav Shah French Horn

Stimson Band Angela Shedlow Flute

Stimson Chorus Olivia Evola Soprano

Stimson Chorus Victoria Fiorelli Soprano

 

School Ensemble Name Inst/Voice Part

Stimson Chorus Quinlan Sellars Baritone

Stimson Chorus Amanda Smuss Soprano

Stimson Chorus Emily Teplansky Alto

Stimson Orchestra Natalie Bausano Bb Clarinet

Stimson Orchestra Julia Rinaldi Cello

Walt Whitman Band Jessica Castagna Bb Clarinet

Walt Whitman Band Corinne De Rosa Snare Drum

Walt Whitman Band Julianna Licona Trumpet/Cornet

Walt Whitman Band Alyssa Morisco French Horn

Walt Whitman Band Josh Muellers Trumpet/Cornet

Walt Whitman Band Anna Noonan Bb Clarinet

Walt Whitman Band Emily Riha Bb Clarinet

Walt Whitman Band Gabrielle Safian Piccolo

Walt Whitman Band Logan Slansky Mallets

Walt Whitman Band Emma Tuohy Bb Clarinet

Walt Whitman Chorus Maxwell Morris Bass

Walt Whitman Chorus Anthony Ohr Tenor

Walt Whitman Chorus Justin Thorne Tenor

Walt Whitman Orchestra Jaycee Cardoso Violin

Walt Whitman Orchestra Maxwell Fisher Violin

Walt Whitman Orchestra Megan Neuman Bassoon

Two Division One Track & Field Champions

John Poplawski competing in the Long Jump where he cleared 19’09.”
John Poplawski competing in the Long Jump where he cleared 19’09.”
In a file photo from winter track, Savien Roberts is your new Division One spring season High Jump Champion clearing 6.’
In a file photo from winter track, Savien Roberts is your new Division One spring season High Jump Champion clearing 6.’

Varsity Boys track and Field coach Rob Conroy shared some exciting news recently. At the just concluded Section XI Boys Division Track and Field Championships, held at Comeswogue High School, Whitman sophomore John Poplawski won the Division One Championship in the Outdoor Pentathlon. This event consists of the 110 Meter Hurdles, the High Jump, the Shot Put, the Long Jump, and the 1500 Meter Run.

In other news from the Division Championships, Whitman senior Savien Roberts captured the Division One Championship in the High Jump.

Congratulations guys!

Hoops4Heart @ Silas Wood

Top row from left to right: Mr. Toto, Mrs. Peyser, Ethan Chandre, Nicholas Abrescia, Patrick Soulias, Mr. Labate and Mr. Sherman.  Seated from left to right: Elizabeth Schreiber, Sydney Cusack, Shaelyn Scharpf, Nicole Wittleder, Talya Churchman, and Casey Wagner.
Top row from left to right: Mr. Toto, Mrs. Peyser, Ethan Chandre, Nicholas Abrescia, Patrick Soulias, Mr. Labate and Mr. Sherman. Seated from left to right: Elizabeth Schreiber, Sydney Cusack, Shaelyn Scharpf, Nicole Wittleder, Talya Churchman, and Casey Wagner.
The top fundraiser of the school this year was Shaelyn Scharpf.  She was presented with a certificate and medal.
The top fundraiser of the school this year was Shaelyn Scharpf. She was presented with a certificate and medal.

Congratulations to the students at Silas Wood 6th grade center who raised over $2500 for the American Heart Association through Hoops for Heart.  

Jack and the Beanstalk @ Countrywood

Ms. Adrienne Workman with Mr. Bob Cangero and a cast member
Ms. Adrienne Workman with Mr. Bob Cangero and a cast member
The Golden Goose (Geese) played an important role in warning the ‘the Giant’ of intruders.
The Golden Goose (Geese) played an important role in warning the ‘the Giant’ of intruders.
Ethan Andersen Giant, was superbly played by Mr. Adam Slawitsky.
Ethan Andersen Giant, was superbly played by Mr. Adam Slawitsky.

When Countrywood teacher Ms. Adrienne Workman collaborates with music teacher Mr. Adam Slawitsky some pretty amazing things always happen. One, that happily gets repeated each spring, is Ms. Workman’s annual play that brings the very best out of her young thespians. Last week the Countrywood Playhouse performed the play ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to delighted audiences.

Great Job Countrywood and fantastic cast!

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Production Staff

Co-Directors: Mr. Adam Slawitsky /Ms. Adrienne Workman

Set Design: Mrs. Carol Davis

Sound/Light Board Operator: Ms. Samantha Marmann / Mr. Tyler Ralston

 

Cast of Characters

Jack:  Johnny Padovan, Michael Barton,

Ethan Andersen Giant: Mr. Adam Slawitsky

Giant’s Assistant: Mr. Bob Cangero

Mother:  Ms. Adrienne Workman

Harp: Alexa Draser, Stella Glazer,Abigail Liclican

Golden Goose: Madeline Bush, Dakota Cannon, Andrea Teixeira

Baron: Elijah Imhof, Jonathon Gonzalez

Cow: Mrs. Davis

Villagers/Housekeeprs: Hannah Andre, Ayla Derin, Alexa Gaitan, Milan Montour,

Krisha Patel, Alicea Rekha, Lily Sarno, Marion Scala

Villagers/Butler: Giovanni Aguilar, Wilmer Benitez, Brandon Jessup, Muqbil Quorishi, Ayden Reaves, Patrick Welch

Townspeople: Dr. Bennardo, Dr. Centamore, Dr. Bloom, Dr. Lecci, Ms. Fischer

A special thanks to our Administrators: Ms. Kenney and Mrs. Njenga, Ms. Shaina, Fischer, Dr. Anne Lecci, Mrs. Carol Davis, Ms. Anne Oliveri, Mr. Ron Helkowski, Mr. Jake Cartisano, Mr. Bob Cangero, Dr. Dave Bennardo, Dr. Jared Bloom, and Dr. Joe Centamore.

A Press Release from Dr. Bennardo

A few moments ago the Suffolk County Police issued a press release reporting that Walt Whitman High School Teacher, Brian Dreher, has been arrested for an inappropriate relationship with a female student. Our school district family is very concerned by these allegations, which were reported by the police and are now being publicized through the media. This is currently an active police investigation and as a result, we are not privy to any additional information. However, the health, safety, and welfare of the South Huntington learning family remains paramount in our minds, and we will do anything and everything to work with authorities in the appropriate manner. While we have little in the way of details at this time, upon Mr. Dreher's release he will be placed on administrative leave and restricted from campus throughout the ongoing investigation. Of course, the South Huntington staff stands ready to assist our students in the hours, days, and weeks to come.

 

Dr. David Bennardo

South Huntington Superintendent of Schools

 

Whitman National Honor Society Inductees Celebrated

Current NHS officers left to right:  President: Shelbi Wuss- Vice President- Anastasia Alpy; Secretary- Meagan O Donnell and Jordan Roiland; Treasurer- Alexis Cummings; and GSO Representative- Kathleen Dugan.
Current NHS officers left to right: President: Shelbi Wuss- Vice President- Anastasia Alpy; Secretary- Meagan O Donnell and Jordan Roiland; Treasurer- Alexis Cummings; and GSO Representative- Kathleen Dugan.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy- “As Honor Society members, you are the leaders of your class, and represent the very best of our school.”
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy- “As Honor Society members, you are the leaders of your class, and represent the very best of our school.”
NHS Treasurer Alexis Cummings lights one of the candles that represent the four pillars of the Honor Society: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.
NHS Treasurer Alexis Cummings lights one of the candles that represent the four pillars of the Honor Society: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.
From Abbruzzese to Zimmerman, 150 students were inducted as new members of the National Honor Society.
From Abbruzzese to Zimmerman, 150 students were inducted as new members of the National Honor Society.
Each current officer passes the medallion and presents the new officer for next year. Here, Vice President Anastasia Alpy (left) introduces new VP Huma Ilyas (off camera).
Each current officer passes the medallion and presents the new officer for next year. Here, Vice President Anastasia Alpy (left) introduces new VP Huma Ilyas (off camera).
NHS Faculty Advisor Mrs. Donna Talleur congratulates each new officer for the 2017-18 season.
NHS Faculty Advisor Mrs. Donna Talleur congratulates each new officer for the 2017-18 season.

As always, the commitment to academic excellence remains the cornerstone of our South Huntington School District. It is with this understanding that we congratulate this year's inductees into the National Honor Society. This special recognition speaks volumes about a student's intellect, work ethic, character, and deep-seated commitment to service.

“The challenge that I present to you is not one that you will necessarily face today, but rather at many points throughout your life,” said Principal John Murphy to his new inductees.  “As you move into the final stage of high school and life thereafter, you will face many points where you need to decide between doing something the right way or doing something the wrong way. The moment is sometimes subtle and can even be overlooked, but the choices that you make in those key moments will make all of the difference for the life that you ultimately lead. As you head off into the world, my hope is that each of you will always lean on the values, ethics, and character that you have developed as you make those difficult choices throughout your life.”

Daniel Abbruzzese, Christopher Adams, Ife Adebola, Johnique Aiken, Nelsy Alfaro Ortez, Jack Anest, Christopher Babinski, Katie Batkin, Brandon Bellocchio, Joshua Berger, Alexa Betancourth, Christopher Bias, Olivia Biederman, Leevon Black, Chloe Blumberg, Michael Bottoni, Hannah Braun, Nicole Brigante, Michael Bronson, Thomas Brostowin, Lauren Brown, Zachary Bruno, Noelle Bryggman, David Caliendo, Kristy Campana, Campana, Kayla Lesly Carabantes, Julia Chimenti, Desiree Chouinard, Tiffany Chuen, Kristen Coletti, Erin Collins, Christina Corry, Alexa Costas, Danielle D Amico, Angelina D Amico, Thomas De Gaetano, Cayleigh Delgado, Gianna Della Vedova, Alyssa Denis, Elias Dimatis, Onkar Dogra, Tristan Dougherty, Cassidy Dunn, Hunter Eichner, Max Eidinoff, Tajear Farquharson, Julia Fisch, Holly Fontanetta, Joshua Friedman, Emily Fung, Kevin Garay, Sarah Gemunder, Jason Girard, Sarah Glaser, Mikayla Godson, Jacob Goldstein, Alex Greenberg, Samson Grimm, Maegan Guzman, Matthew Haddock, Trevor Hardy, Danielle Harris, Natalie Hayes, Genesis Hernandez, Kathleen Hoppe, Aidan Hoskey, Huma Ilyas, Julia Iovino, Justin Joachim, Timothy Jobson, Joshua Joseph, Nimra Khan, Hailey Khatchatourian, Britany Khatchatourian, Ryan King, Grace Kongevold, Mollie Korn, Maelyn Latko, Katie Latko, Zachary Lella, Jonathan Lew, Wendy Lopez, Nadia Lubrano, Graham Lunt, Kyla Magrane, Aisha Majid, Tyler Malone, Kentaro Matsushima, Logan Matty, Sydney Mc Crea, Scott Mc Entee, Luke Mc Evoy, Griffin Mc Nally, Nathaniel Mc Nally, Ryan Mc Quade, Delaney Mena, Brenda Mendez, Adam Meskill, Aamash Mussa, Michael Naughton, Joanne Nguyen, Grace Noonan, Sean O Donnell, Kelly O Neill, Michael Orlando, Kiersten O Rourke, Daniela Pasquarello, Shailee Patel, Saleena Pawa, Correy Pearlman, Liliana Pelliccia, Ella Podhurst, Shannon Polk, Luigi Portaro, Alexandra Probst, Kaitlyn Riha, Madeline Rosales Portillo, Maureen Rossero, Christian Rozenfeld, Charles Ruotolo, Amina Sadiq, Robert Seebach, Daniela Segura, Michael Seitz, Brittany Shaneberger, Rithik Sharma, Alexandra Sherry, Aiden Smyth, Sean Smyth, Tania Sood, Matt Stampfel, Hannah Stasko, Craig Stockfeder, Mariela Suarez, Clifford Sweezey, Matthew Torres, Brian Trifon, Perry Tripi Jr, Joseph Van Gostein, Rachel Vaughan, Kelsey Villatoro Alfaro, Justin Wallace, Ariana Weindling, Marissa Whelan, Matthew Williams, Jack Wrobel, Shannon Yodice, Natalie Zakrzewski, and Michael Zimmerman.

 

We also wish to congratulate the new National Honor Society officers for next year:

President: Natalie Zakrzewski

VP: Huma Ilyas

Secretary: Kayla Campana

Treasure: Joshua Berger

GSO Representative: Noelle Bryggman


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Super Staff @ Silas Wood

Even in the month of May, many of these ‘super’ shirts are worn by our staff members.
Even in the month of May, many of these ‘super’ shirts are worn by our staff members.

April was Autism Awareness Month, and the staff at Silas Wood proudly wore their "Super" shirts to support this worthy cause every Tuesday in April with many shirts still worn in May. A special thank you to the staff for raising $80 for Autism Speaks and to Donna Smith, owner of Soccer Magic, for creating the shirts.

Eagle Scouts Ready For Next Adventure

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy is extremely proud of his senior Eagle Scouts: Front row l-r: Andrew Martin, Michael Giarizzo, Michael Maniscalco, Benjamin Nace, Zachary Bruno, Back row l-r: Mark Hustedt, James Reilly, Esteban Lopez, and Steven Ciravolo. Not present for photo: Christopher Dybus and William Burton.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy is extremely proud of his senior Eagle Scouts: Front row l-r: Andrew Martin, Michael Giarizzo, Michael Maniscalco, Benjamin Nace, Zachary Bruno, Back row l-r: Mark Hustedt, James Reilly, Esteban Lopez, and Steven Ciravolo. Not present for photo: Christopher Dybus and William Burton.

This is an exceptional year for Walt Whitman graduates. But the story behind the story may well be that we have an unprecedented number of Eagle Scouts graduating on June 24th. Missing the national record by only one, presently held in Texas with an even dozen, Walt Whitman is graduating eleven exceptional Eagle Scouts who over the years have contributed greatly to the fabric of their schools and the community. Congratulations to following seniors and their families:

Benjamin Nace: Troop 34 will be attending Cornell University to study Biology

James Reilly: Troop 218 will be studying film at Hunter College in the fall

Steven Ciravolo: Troop 406 is undecided on his major and college for next year

Michael Giarizzo: Troop 406 will be studying Computer Engineering at Binghamton University in the fall.

Christopher Dybus: Troop 406 will be attending SUNY Oneonta

Zachary Bruno: Troop 406 will be attending the University of Albany to study Cyber Security.

Will Burton: Troop 406 will be attending SUNY Cobleskill

Michael Maniscalco: Troop 406 is undecided where he will study nursing next fall

Esteban Lopez: Troop 406 is undecided what he will be majoring in at Cornell University next fall.

Mark Hustedt:  Troop 34 will be attending Virginia Tech and studying Material Science Engineering.

Andrew Martin: Troop 406 will be attending Misericordia University and studying Government Law and National Security. 

 

Principal's List Celebrated

Students who were in attendance for 2017 Principal‘s List Awards Ceremony.
Students who were in attendance for 2017 Principal‘s List Awards Ceremony.

At the recent Board of Education meeting, as members of the community voted in their annual school budget and BOE elections in the South Gymnasium, many of Walt Whitman’s smartest students were across the hall in the Performing Arts Center being acknowledged for having achieved a 3.5 year cumulative average of 95 or better. It’s the Principal’s List awards, where each student is brought up in front of classmates, family, and friends, a brief bio is read about his or her accomplishments and camera flashes abound. Eighty-seven seniors were awarded certificates for their accomplishments.  The honorees names are placed on a plaque that will be displayed on the walls of Whitman for years to come.

Congratulations to the following students:

Valedictorian – Shelbi Lynn Wuss

Salutatorian – Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan

Sindy Alfaro Ortez, Anastasia M. Alpy, Lila A. Amin, Alivia Ruth Barton, Thomas Blackall, Emily Leah Blank, Christina Bogdani, Matthew R. Bromschwig, Emanuel John Campo, Amy Chan, Gabriella Cipriano, Steven Louis Ciravolo, Alexander J. Clopper, Emma Ciara Coleman, Christian Corbett, Alexis C. Cummings, Marc A. DePasquale, Ilana Brooke Desmond, Joshua A. Devaraj, Dylan Hunter Diamond, Neyda Jacquelin Diaz-Vilorio, Kathleen Rose Dugan, Taylor J. Epstein, Emily C. Ferrante, Hanna Michele Fink, Camilee-Ann Getchell, Michael Anthony Giarrizzo, Serena Marie Halajian, Elizabeth Jean Hardwick, Samuel S. Hoffman, Mark Wilhelm Hustedt, Matthew David Jacobsen, Hasan Khan, Melissa Chelsi Konakli, Abdjine Lemaitre, Casey Elizabeth Leonick, Jillian R. Leydon, Katherine Elizabeth LoNigro, Esteban Lopez, Kelsey R. McDonald, Shannon E. McHale, Casey Elizabeth McKenna, Sarena Madeline Mary McManus, Jeanine Rose McNulty, Mark Theodore Castro Meneses, Nicholas Miata, Michael Morck, Benjamin Reuben Nace, Gabrielle M. Nardelli, Thomas Anthony Nicolino, Meagan Mary O'Donnell, Taninna Oukacine, Brooke Alexis Pagano, Sarah E. Panza, Jessica Hema Persaud, Olivia Paige Poplawski, Kristina M. Pray, Steven Michael Prestia, Lauren Frances Ragone, Epiphany G. Ramirez, Omar Amadís Ramos, Danielle M. Raynor, James Timothy Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Christine Riehl, Anna Ruth Rizzo, Jordan Matthew Roiland, Samantha Ruotolo, Jared O. Saget, Melissa Erin Shaiman, Rachel Nicole Shapiro, Shaina Joy Silverman, Kayla Ann Soulias, Madalyn Rose Tallo, Deja A. Tejada, Victoria Rose Thurer, Caroline Regale Tomaselli, Paige Tortorice, Melissa Kay Triolo, Justin Manu Ullman, Leanna J. Vergis, Danielle Wechsler, Alexandra Marie Wirth, Jessica Young, and Marcus Zaiff.

Each student photographed at the Principal's Awards Ceremony will receive a photo print in their Graduation packet on June 24th. Photos may also be downloaded from the district website.

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World Language National Exam Winners

World Language teachers and their National Exam winning students grab a quick photo before classes.
World Language teachers and their National Exam winning students grab a quick photo before classes.

Congratulations to our World Language students who have all scored highly in the National Exams of their chosen language. The list below is quite impressive, and we wish to thank our dedicated teachers for all their work in preparing our students for these national competitions.




Latko/Brown Go for County Championship Today.

The Wildcats first doubles team of Lauren Brown (front) and Mae Latko have earned All-County and go for the Championship today, Tuesday, May 23rd.
The Wildcats first doubles team of Lauren Brown (front) and Mae Latko have earned All-County and go for the Championship today, Tuesday, May 23rd.
Christina Bogdani (left) and Eileen Carmichael our number two doubles were also winners in the Hills contest.
Christina Bogdani (left) and Eileen Carmichael our number two doubles were also winners in the Hills contest.
Sophomore Katherine Gotard, presently a number 4 single player, is steadily moving up the charts.
Sophomore Katherine Gotard, presently a number 4 single player, is steadily moving up the charts.
Shailee Patel (shown) and Alexandra Wirth our number three doubles had a big win over Hills and helped tilt the table for the Wildcats.
Shailee Patel (shown) and Alexandra Wirth our number three doubles had a big win over Hills and helped tilt the table for the Wildcats.

Congratulations Girls Varsity Badminton: The Team was at Individual Counties yesterday. Mabel Bassi earned Honorable Mention All-League. Casey Leonick, Eileen Carmichael and Christina Bogdani earned All-League. Mae Latko and Lauren Brown won their first 2 matches and have earned All-County honors. Latko and Brown return to the finals today to try and become County Champs.

Prior Post: The Girls Varsity Badminton team faced off against the defending County champ; Half Hollow Hills the other day.  In an epic battle, where 6 of the 9 matches went to extra sets, Whitman came out with the victory 5-4.  This was their 15th win on the season - a new Whitman record!  The girls end the season ranked 2nd in Suffolk County and in the top 5 on Long Island.  Outstanding performers were Mae Latko, Lauren Brown, Christina Bogdani, Eileen Carmichael, Ally Wirth, Shailee Patel, Taylor Martino, Kelly O'Neill, Mabel Bassi and Katherine Gotard.  The Lady Wildcats will face Hills again in the playoffs.

Community Outreach Showstopper Style

The Showstoppers perform at many venues over the course of the school year.
The Showstoppers perform at many venues over the course of the school year.
Ms. Terri Haas has been directing the Stimson Showstoppers since 1994.
Ms. Terri Haas has been directing the Stimson Showstoppers since 1994.

The Stimson Showstoppers brought spring greetings to Atria Senior Residence in South Huntington last week. Everyone truly enjoyed the show and the residents loved singing along with our students.

Thank you to Showstopper Director Ms. Terri Haas who will be retiring at the end of this school year. The Stimson Showstoppers have been performing since 1994 under her direction and has been met with wide acclaim. Congratulations to the following students for a wonderful Showstopper spring season:  Hannah Albert, Kaitlyn Allen, Marisa Bobal, Haylee Caserta, Angelina Chiquitucto, Brianna Conroy, Ira Dubey, Brooke Feinman, Emily Gorecki, Serena Heddell, Alex Joshi, Salma Laraki, Violet LeClaire, Jennifer Lemus, Sophia Martinez, Sanjana Prionti, and Amanda Smuss.

The Showstoppers is an auditioned ensemble of up to thirty 7th and 8th grade singers who rehearse after school on Wednesdays, from 3-5pm starting in October.  Auditions are held twice a year; once in the Fall and again in February.  It is open to student members of the band, orchestra and chorus performance groups.  Please look for announcements in September.

 The Showstoppers perform at many venues such as the Huntington Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon and the Milleridge Inn in December.  Other regular performances past and present include the Huntington Book Revue, Huntington Hills Assisted Living Center and the Gurwen Geriatric Nursing Home.  The students have also performed with the Long Island Masterworks and the Huntington Choral Society and most recently with David Benoit at the IMAC (which is now the Paramount) in Huntington, NY.

Playoffs Resume Today!

Our team and coach are all smiles after a tight 7th inning when Deer Park mounted an unsuccessful comeback.
Our team and coach are all smiles after a tight 7th inning when Deer Park mounted an unsuccessful comeback.
Lauren Civello with a sacrifice bunt that advanced Britany Khatchatourian to third base.
Lauren Civello with a sacrifice bunt that advanced Britany Khatchatourian to third base.
Co-Captain Taylor Epstein threw a complete game, stuck out 6 and allowed 2 earned runs.
Co-Captain Taylor Epstein threw a complete game, stuck out 6 and allowed 2 earned runs.
Wildcat catcher Britany Khatchatourian scored what proved to be the deciding run.
Wildcat catcher Britany Khatchatourian scored what proved to be the deciding run.
Out at second…Noelle Bryggman had a big game at the plate and in the field, shown here with a solid tag on the Falcon base runner.
Out at second…Noelle Bryggman had a big game at the plate and in the field, shown here with a solid tag on the Falcon base runner.
Senior Sarah Glaser had yet another solid game and a couple of spectacular catches in  centerfield.
Senior Sarah Glaser had yet another solid game and a couple of spectacular catches in centerfield.
Second-base senior co-captain Melissa Triolo plays smart in the field and packs power in her bat.
Second-base senior co-captain Melissa Triolo plays smart in the field and packs power in her bat.
Third-base sophomore Riley Piromalli had quality at-bats and is gaining playoff experience that is sure to pay dividends in years to come.
Third-base sophomore Riley Piromalli had quality at-bats and is gaining playoff experience that is sure to pay dividends in years to come.
Sophomore Nicole Algierie had a busy day at first base and enjoyed all the Wildcat fan support.
Sophomore Nicole Algierie had a busy day at first base and enjoyed all the Wildcat fan support.
Senior Danielle Barbarito was solid in the field, ending Deer Parks 7th inning threat and securing the final out.
Senior Danielle Barbarito was solid in the field, ending Deer Parks 7th inning threat and securing the final out.

Great win Saturday by varsity softball over Deer Park by a score of 4-3. Taylor Epstein threw a complete game, stuck out 6 and allowed 2 earned runs. Lauren Civello went 1-2, with one run scored and a sacrifice bunt that advanced Britany Khatchatourian to third base in the 3rd inning.Taylor drove in Britany which put the team up by a score of 4-1, which proved to be the deciding run. Great defense backed Taylors effort on the mound. Come support the team Tuesday, May 23rd at East Islip- 4:30PM, as they look to advance to the Suffolk county championship. Excellent job, ladies!

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Miles for Michael Photo Gallery

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We will give a full story of who did what and who to thank... But a cool, partly sunny Saturday morning was picture perfect for our runners at the 4th annual Miles For Michael 5K Run/Walk.

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Lip Sync Battle Highlights

Emcee Jon Varlamos along with Taninna Oukacine, (right) are ready for  Mr. Goldman’s explanation of why he chose ‘The Gummy Bears Song’.
Emcee Jon Varlamos along with Taninna Oukacine, (right) are ready for Mr. Goldman’s explanation of why he chose ‘The Gummy Bears Song’.
Left to right: Mr. Graziano, Mrs. Meier and Mrs. Bolger performing ‘Sweet Caroline.’
Left to right: Mr. Graziano, Mrs. Meier and Mrs. Bolger performing ‘Sweet Caroline.’
Mr. Jaime Rogers and daughter captured the hearts of the audience and judges alike.
Mr. Jaime Rogers and daughter captured the hearts of the audience and judges alike.
No explanation needed for this one…left to right: Dylan Diamond and James Reilly performing ‘You’re The One That I Want.’
No explanation needed for this one…left to right: Dylan Diamond and James Reilly performing ‘You’re The One That I Want.’
Kyle Freedman-Avena’s performance of the classic ‘Rock the Night’  was a huge hit with our judges.
Kyle Freedman-Avena’s performance of the classic ‘Rock the Night’ was a huge hit with our judges.
The undisputed winner was our student’s performing a song from the play ‘Hamilton.’ Left to right: Robert Leonick, Isaac Renderos, Matt Kaputa, and Matthew Cusumano.
The undisputed winner was our student’s performing a song from the play ‘Hamilton.’ Left to right: Robert Leonick, Isaac Renderos, Matt Kaputa, and Matthew Cusumano.

Did you catch this year’s Teachers versus Students Lip Sync Battle?  These winner take all performances involved a microphone and a large group of uninhibited students and adults.

It was the second Annual Lip Sync Battle pitting teachers against students as a fundraiser for the senior class.  Whether it was old-school James Brown, Chuck Berry, and even Michael Jackson, or new school Pit-Bull, Chris Brown, Beyoncé or Taylor Swift our teachers and students left their modesty at the door and their energy on the stage floor. 

Senior Class Advisor Ms. Donna Langhorst-Zamow tells us that there were 10 teacher versus student "battles" and one overall winner. There were 24 teachers and administrators who participated and competed against 17 students.

Even though Dr. Bennardo made a big impression with his rendition of “Summer Wind,” apparently, Mr. Rogers and his daughter stole the show with the Disney classic "I See the Light.”

And speaking about seeing the light, thank you to the Lamplighters and the always-amazing Alex Dollin for that incredible sound system. It all helped us see and hear Mr. Graziano as he flew off the stage unexpectedly, only to pop up moments later declaring ‘I’m OK.”

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Thank you to our judges and emcee’s:  Mr. Miranda, Mrs. Tonna, Mr. Karavias and Mr. Dreher, Mr. Varlamos and Mr. Graziano, and to the following performers:

Steven Prestia: Working for the Weekend

Mrs. Murrell and Dr. Muller: We Are All In This Together

 

Alex Plaisir: Stayin’ Alive

Dr. Bennardo: Summer Wind

 

Emma Dunn and Quinn Cortisi: Dance Off

Mrs. Ramirez, Mrs. D’Addario, Mrs. Bunnell and Mrs. Zaiff: Gloria Estefan Mix

 

Taninna Oukacine: Wrecking Ball

Mr. Goldman: The Gummy Bears Song   

 

Andrew Martin and Ricky Hauser: Don’t Go Breakin My Heart

Mr. Graziano , Mrs. Bolger and Mrs. Meier: Sweet Caroline

 

Elisabeth Plaisir: I Will Survive

Mr. Rogers and Family: I See the Light

 

James Reilly and Dylan Diamond: You’re the One That I Want

Mrs. Lugovina, Mrs. Moss, Mr.Chapman: Uptown Funk

 

Kyle Freedman: Rock the Night

Mrs. Kiernan: Phantom of the Opera

 

Matt Kaputa, Isaac Renderos, Matthew Cusumano, Robert Leonick: Schuyler Sisters- from Hamilton

Mr. Murphy, Mr. Varlamos, Mr. Castillo, Dr. Corcoran and Mr. Smith: Bye Bye Bye

 

Kristy & Kayla Campana: Breakin’ Free

Mrs. Latko, Mr. Claps and Mrs. Stueber: Can’t Stop the Feeling

Walt Whitman Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy 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 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:

ART: Jack Giudici, Caitlyn Lupton, Imman Sohail, Shivani Sharma

SCIENCE: Isabel Aquilino, Lauren Brown, Victoria Thurer, Erika Torres

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Christopher Adams, Lauren Civello, Jackson Lin, George Powell

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Chloe Blumberg, Kevin Flores, Damaris Jovel Ordonez, Emily Perez

ENGLISH: Grace Noonan, Josefina Osorio Majano, Lauren Redelman, Savien Roberts

SOCIAL STUDIES: Scott McEntee, Sebastian Rosa, Natasha Scott, Alexandra Wirth

MATHEMATICS: Jake Iaccino, Joseph Thyer, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Delaney Mena, William Valle

WORLD LANGUAGES: Joelle Koutsantanou, Scott McEntee, Eleni Papaiacovou, Danielle Wechsler

MUSIC/DANCE: Janna Garden, Lauren Gotard, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Olivia Kongevold.

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Taylor Epstein and Brett Maier.

Stimson Middle School est le meilleur!

Congratulations to our Stimson 7th graders for their strong showing in Le Grand Concours, the National French Language Contest. Ms. Murphy is standing far left.
Congratulations to our Stimson 7th graders for their strong showing in Le Grand Concours, the National French Language Contest. Ms. Murphy is standing far left.
Stimson 8th graders took six of the top ten Suffolk County rankings and will surely do well at Whitman next year. Ms. Murphy is standing far right.
Stimson 8th graders took six of the top ten Suffolk County rankings and will surely do well at Whitman next year. Ms. Murphy is standing far right.

The results are in and Stimson Middle School Principal Mr. Edwin Smith is proud to announce that fourteen of his students are winners in the National French Language Contest. The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Out of almost 90,000 seventh through twelfth graders nationally who took the exam, Stimson students placed extremely well.

Stimson French teachers Ms. Stephanie Murphy and Dr. Marie-Geralde Eikenaar-Klang are proud to congratulate the following students:

Suffolk County 7th grade winners: (National placement in parentheses)

Kelya Bonilavri 1st place Suffolk,  (2nd Place National)

Salma Laraki 4th place Suffolk (7th Place National)

Jordan Logue and Bianca Russell tied 6th Suffolk

Ryan Gannon and Ethan Shapiro tied 9th place Suffolk.

 

Suffolk County 8th grade winners: (National placement in parentheses)

Jasmine Thai 3rd place Suffolk (4th Place National)

Anastasia Akapnitis and Annabelle Novinski tied 4th place Suffolk, (6th Place National)

Rena Shapiro 5th place Suffolk, (7th Place National)

Jack O'Loughlin 6th place Suffolk,  (8th Place National)

Wendell St Jean 7th place Suffolk, (9th Place National)

Juliana Nguyen and Maya Duclay tied 9th place Suffolk County.

The top ten students in Suffolk County will attend an awards ceremony on May 30th. Nationally Ranked Winners will get an extra award as well.

Congratulations to the participants. Mes félicitations!

Wildcats Take Out Lions

Wildcat catcher Britany Khatchatourian puts a stop on West Islip’s scoring in the 5th Inning as pitcher Taylor Epstein has her back.
Wildcat catcher Britany Khatchatourian puts a stop on West Islip’s scoring in the 5th Inning as pitcher Taylor Epstein has her back.
Center fielder Sarah Glaser quickly gets the ball back in to limit West Islip’s scoring.
Center fielder Sarah Glaser quickly gets the ball back in to limit West Islip’s scoring.
Shortstop Noelle Bryggman’s aggressive defense is a good reason why teams have a hard time scoring runs.
Shortstop Noelle Bryggman’s aggressive defense is a good reason why teams have a hard time scoring runs.
Melissa Triolo had a great all-round game including some terrific plays from second-base.
Melissa Triolo had a great all-round game including some terrific plays from second-base.
Riley Priomalli, shown scoring the first of her 2 runs, was 2-3, and one RBI.
Riley Priomalli, shown scoring the first of her 2 runs, was 2-3, and one RBI.
Doing it all… Taylor Epstein struck out 11 in the complete game win, and went 2-3 in the game, scoring twice and driving in four runs.
Doing it all… Taylor Epstein struck out 11 in the complete game win, and went 2-3 in the game, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

Congratulations varsity softball on winning their playoff game over West Islip by a score of 8-2. Taylor Epstein scattered 6 hits while striking out 11 in the complete game win. Taylor went 2-3 in the game, scored two runs and drove in four runs.

In the first inning, West Islip loaded the bases on two hits and a walk, only to see the senior Wildcat pitcher strike out the next three batters to end the threat. Walking the lead off batter proved a mistake as Taylor Epstein scored the first run after clutch hitting moved her around the bases. With Whitman up 1-0, both sided clamped down with solid defense and a break for West Islip came in the 5th inning after loading the bases and scoring two, but Whitman came up with a huge play at the plate to end the scoring threat. The Wildcats turned on the offense in the fifth and sixth innings.

Britany Khatachatourian was 2-2 with two runs scored and drove in one, and Riley Priomalli was 2-3, also with two runs scored and one RBI. Great defense by Lauren Civello, Melissa Triolo, and Noelle Bryggman kept West Islip off the bases. West Islip made one last scoring threat in the Seventh inning but a clutch catch by Melissa Triolo ended the game with the final score of 8-2. Come support the team as they travel to Deer Park on Saturday at 3PM. Great work, ladies!

Deer Park High School, 1 Falcon Pl, Deer Park, NY 11729

 

Thank You D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation

There was a wonderful cooperative spirit in the air around Maplewood as our South Huntington students learned about the various tools they were using, following directions, and sharing responsibilities with Maplewood’s mentoring staff to get their project completed. Tom Keogh and his student make final adjustments to the seat.
There was a wonderful cooperative spirit in the air around Maplewood as our South Huntington students learned about the various tools they were using, following directions, and sharing responsibilities with Maplewood’s mentoring staff to get their project completed. Tom Keogh and his student make final adjustments to the seat.
A special thanks to our incredible volunteers, many of whom are shown here, for their times spent on a busy Saturday morning for our Maplewood school community.
A special thanks to our incredible volunteers, many of whom are shown here, for their times spent on a busy Saturday morning for our Maplewood school community.
Trish Wilkinson and her student put the finishing touches on their bike and is ready for a safety inspection ensuring the bike is ready to ride.
Trish Wilkinson and her student put the finishing touches on their bike and is ready for a safety inspection ensuring the bike is ready to ride.
The Fergusons and Foundation supporters with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia after an amazing morning meant to help motivate and empower youngsters to positively interact with peers and adults in this unique “Bicycle Program.”
The Fergusons and Foundation supporters with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia after an amazing morning meant to help motivate and empower youngsters to positively interact with peers and adults in this unique “Bicycle Program.”
Mr. Eric Hernandez, (with microphone) is a special adviser to the foundation. Here he gets a big response when he tells our students that the bikes they built are theirs to take home.
Mr. Eric Hernandez, (with microphone) is a special adviser to the foundation. Here he gets a big response when he tells our students that the bikes they built are theirs to take home.
Dr. D’Elia (right) would like to thank his staff and the Ferguson family for their generosity in selecting Maplewood Intermediate School as their Long Island destination for the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation Bicycle Program.
Dr. D’Elia (right) would like to thank his staff and the Ferguson family for their generosity in selecting Maplewood Intermediate School as their Long Island destination for the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation Bicycle Program.

The Maplewood cafeteria was a buzz of activity on a recent Saturday morning as carefully selected students, with family members in tow, participated in a special ‘Bicycle Program.’ Maplewood’s staff members, as well as Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Mr. Ken Ferguson of the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation greeted families as they made their way to their own bike station.  Mr. Ferguson’s son, D’Brickashaw, was an elite offensive tackle in the NFL, and just this past year retired from the NY Jets.

“Brick” and his foundation partnered with Maplewood Intermediate School and the South Huntington School District to share their mission to help motivate and empower youngsters in a unique program where, working with mentoring adults, assemble a bicycle.  The completed bikes went through a safety inspection ensuring they were all properly built and ready to ride.

The youngsters were doing this under the guise that the bike would be donated to other children, but to their delight, learned after they had built their bicycles, that they were theirs to keep.

Dr. D’Elia would like to thank his staff and the Ferguson family for their generosity in selecting Maplewood Intermediate School as their Long Island destination for the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation Bicycle Program. A special thanks to our incredible volunteers: Anthony Visslailli, Thomas Keogh, Maria Colon, Renee Schumm, Daniel Campbell, Toby Elmore, Mary Gross, Anthony Fauci, Elisa Steininger, Laura Zuhoski, Karen Trzaska, Kristen Cuozzo, Sheila Dolan-Manner, Susan Hug-Quinn, Gail Shapiro, Linda Muratore, Steven Attrino, Patricia Wilkinson, Mark Graciani, Jessica Gaitan, Viviana Vargas, Heather Powers, Jacqueline Maggio, and Dr. Alison Bruno. 

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Budget Passes, Joyner and Bronson Voted to BOE

Left to right: Sidney Joyner and Andrew Bronson.
Left to right: Sidney Joyner and Andrew Bronson.

The South Huntington School District’s 2017-2018 School budget passed with the following results:

Yes-1253

No-332

 

For the two open seats on the Board of Education the results are as follows:

School Board Member:

Sidney B. Joyner:  807

Andrew Bronson: 1,238

Thomas G. Teresky: 753

 

Birchwood and Maplewood Fifth-Graders Predict a Healthy Future at the Annual Mini-thon

With the end of Intermediate School on the horizon, these 5th-graders are ready for Silas Wood 6th-Grade Center.
With the end of Intermediate School on the horizon, these 5th-graders are ready for Silas Wood 6th-Grade Center.
Board of Education member Laura Carey (right), along with Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano, accept an official proclamation from Huntington Town Board Member Susan Berland.
Board of Education member Laura Carey (right), along with Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano, accept an official proclamation from Huntington Town Board Member Susan Berland.
Maplewood PE teacher Joe Slovak makes quick work of checking in for your final results.
Maplewood PE teacher Joe Slovak makes quick work of checking in for your final results.
Mary Gross keeps the line moving as 5th graders come off the race course.
Mary Gross keeps the line moving as 5th graders come off the race course.
Fresh cold water tasted great after completing their mile run.
Fresh cold water tasted great after completing their mile run.
Good friends relax after the race and enjoy meeting students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center.
Good friends relax after the race and enjoy meeting students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center.

One of our primary focuses in the South Huntington School District is to educate the whole child. The mind-body and body-spirit connection that is developed in school helps prepare children for the challenges of adulthood and provides a foundation for a healthy, productive life. This commitment to both mental and physical fitness was on grand display last week as our Birchwood and Maplewood fifth-grade students participated in the annual Mini-Thon.

Coordinated by Birchwood PE Teacher Mr. Russell Rufrano, each runner predicts how long he or she will take to run one mile. They practice all year and predict their time before the actual race. Now in his 14th year running the mini-thon, it never gets old for Mr. Rufrano. “It’s a great day because it gives everyone an opportunity to win,” said Birchwood’s Physical Education teacher. “Students of all abilities work with us [physical education teachers] at Birchwood and Maplewood for three years as they learn who they are as athletes, this day is the pinnacle as they predict how well they know themselves physically and how fast they are as runners.”

The air at Memorial Field was filled with excitement, and there was a palpable energy circulating through the 445 runners who participated in this special day. We join in thanking our Physical Education teachers, Russ Rufrano, Erika Barrett, Joe Slovak and Mary Gross for organizing this event, as well as our other physical education teachers around the district who helped out, and congratulate all of our students who took the challenge.

An added bonus to the day is that the 5th-graders get to meet students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center as they get ready to graduate to the Silas Wood 6th-Grade Center.

Congratulations South Huntington 5th-Graders

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Wildcats Take Game with Decisive Win

“She was consistent, her pitches worked, and she was smart on the mound,” Coach Miranda about pitcher Taylor Epstein.
“She was consistent, her pitches worked, and she was smart on the mound,” Coach Miranda about pitcher Taylor Epstein.
Nicole Algierie (8) makes a quick heads-up play from first-base.
Nicole Algierie (8) makes a quick heads-up play from first-base.
Floyd's tough offense was negated by shortstop Noelle Bryggman (9) who made sure nothing got past her.
Floyd's tough offense was negated by shortstop Noelle Bryggman (9) who made sure nothing got past her.
Senior Melissa Triolo had a big day, especially at the plate with 2 RBI’s.
Senior Melissa Triolo had a big day, especially at the plate with 2 RBI’s.
Britany Khatchatourian looks to the umpire to check if her slide into second base was good.
Britany Khatchatourian looks to the umpire to check if her slide into second base was good.

Great start to the playoffs on Monday by varsity softball with an 8-2 win over William Floyd.  “There is no underestimating anyone in this league,” said Varsity Coach Ralph Miranda.  “There is no clear county leader, and we will need to come out with the same intensity [on Wednesday] as we came out with today.” Taylor Epstein quieted Floyd's tough offense by allowing 2 hits over 7 innings while striking out 10. “Taylor was lights-out after the 2nd inning,” said Miranda. “She was consistent, her pitches worked, and she was smart on the mound.” Taylor also scored 3 runs and drove in 1. Melissa Triolo and Nicole Algierie each had 2 RBI in the game.

“One through nine, everyone contributed to his win,” added Coach Miranda. Great plays in the field, especially by Noelle Bryggman, Melissa Triolo, and Sarah Glaser helped keep Floyd off the bases “I’m real happy with the way the team came back down 2-0 after the first inning, took the lead and never looked back,” said Miranda. “I tell them- don't be complacent, keep the pressure on, keep the plays on, and we’ll get the win."

Come support the team as they take on West Islip at home on Wednesday at 4:30PM.

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From Wildcat to Lion

A very proud Mom and Dad with Varsity Softball Coach Ralph Miranda and Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulate their determined and hard-working senior, Sarah Glaser.
A very proud Mom and Dad with Varsity Softball Coach Ralph Miranda and Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulate their determined and hard-working senior, Sarah Glaser.

Whitman senior Sarah Glaser is off to play softball for the Lions of Molloy College next year, where she hopes to play center field.  “Don’t let her size fool you," said Varsity Head Coach Ralph Miranda.  “Sarah is the whole package when it comes to softball. She can run real fast, hit for power, she can play small-ball, she has a great arm in the outfield, and she’s consistent.”

Sarah is enjoying her 4th Varsity season. In the batters box, she gets in her ‘zone,’ and the ball really flies off her bat. “You know what your getting with Sarah,” added Coach Miranda.  “She has a great personality that keeps everyone happy, loose and relaxed, she’s good to be around as she picks everyone up. We’re going to miss her greatly next season.”

Sarah also played Basketball for the Wildcats, is a member of the Girls Leaders Organization and the National Honor Society, is an Honor Role student, and plays Travel Softball for Team Nitro.

Congratulations Sarah Glaser and Good Luck Next Year!

Budget Vote 2017 Results

Proposition 1 - School Budget

Yes-1253
No-332


School Board


Sidney B. Joyner - 807

Andrew Bronson - 1,238

Thomas Teresky - 753

 

 

 

March Athletes of the Month

Noelle Bryggman and Ryan Glidden are congratulated by Whitman Principal John Murphy (right), and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.
Noelle Bryggman and Ryan Glidden are congratulated by Whitman Principal John Murphy (right), and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.

Our March Athletes of the Month are Noelle Bryggman for Softball and Ryan Glidden got Lacrosse. Both of these popular students are well connected to the social fabric and see the Whitman community as ‘one big family.’  “A lot of people ask me advise about many different things,” said Noelle, who is a member of Girl’s Leaders Organization.  ‘I like that I’m a resource for anyone with questions.” Senior Ryan Glidden agrees with Noelle. “Everyone seems to be friends with so many different people so it feels like everyone knows everyone else and it makes everyone feel connected.”

For Noelle, clutch hitting has become a trademark for this busy junior. As the Wildcats are now in the playoffs, Noelle’s athleticism at the plate and at shortstop will be crucial for the team’s continued success. “Everyone of us gets along really well and we work together as a team,” said Noelle about their success of late. “We have all been playing together for so many years.”  When she’s not rounding the bases, Noelle plays Varsity Volleyball and Bowling for the Wildcats. She is also GSO Vice President, and a member of the Chamber Orchestra.

As an Attackman for the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, senior Ryan Glidden has felt the March bitter winds as he anxiously awaits his midfielders getting him the ball. “Most of our games in March have been in the rain, so that hasn’t helped with the cold.”  At the end of March, Ryan was steadily climbing Newsday’s Scoring Leaders list. “I have to give my teammates the credit for a lot of this,” said Ryan. “They’re always looking for me, setting picks and helping me out. I’m honored to get this award because I worked really hard during the off-season and that’s been paying off on the field.”  Ryan is undecided about college but is hoping to continue his lacrosse career. He also played Varsity Volleyball for the Wildcats.

Senior Game Secures Tie for League Title

Seniors left to right: Taylor Epstein, Melissa Triolo, Madalyn Tallo, Sarah Glaser, Danielle Barbarito, and Lauren Civello.
Seniors left to right: Taylor Epstein, Melissa Triolo, Madalyn Tallo, Sarah Glaser, Danielle Barbarito, and Lauren Civello.
With 12 wins in the regular season, Taylor Epstein looks to continue her success in the post season.
With 12 wins in the regular season, Taylor Epstein looks to continue her success in the post season.
Safe at Second… Whitman junior Noelle Bryggman (9) plays a spirited game and is usually found where ever the action is.
Safe at Second… Whitman junior Noelle Bryggman (9) plays a spirited game and is usually found where ever the action is.
Danielle Barbarito had two hits and two RBI’s in the final regular season game and her bat will be counted on for the playoffs.
Danielle Barbarito had two hits and two RBI’s in the final regular season game and her bat will be counted on for the playoffs.
Senior Lauren Civello, patiently waits for her pitch and makes it count.
Senior Lauren Civello, patiently waits for her pitch and makes it count.

Great win against Northport for varsity softball senior day last week. Whitman ace Taylor Epstein dominated allowing 4 hits over 5 innings while striking out 11. Taylor also had two hits, two walks and scored 4 runs. Sarah Glaser and Melissa Triolo each had a hit in the game, and both drove in two runs. Danielle Barbarito had two hits and two RBI, and Lauren Civello had one hit with an RBI and run scored. With yesterdays win the team secured a tie for the League III title. Congratulations to our seniors and go Wildcats!

The playoff schedule begins at home today, Monday May 15th at 4:30PM

Varsity Head Coach Ralph Miranda shared some thoughts about his graduating senior players:

Lauren Civello: Lauren is always there to pick up her teammates when they're down, and acts as a role model for the younger players coming up.

Sarah Glaser: Sarah is a tremendous competitor who is always calm, cool, and collected regardless of the situation at hand.

Danielle Barbarito: Danielle's positive attitude allows the team to stay relaxed even in tough situations.

Melissa Triolo: Melissa's knowledge of the game is an asset for our team. She always has a plan in mind, whether she is in the field or at the plate.

Taylor Epstein: Taylor kept us in every game she pitched in this season. Not only does she knows what to pitch in each scenario, but she is able to execute her pitches when necessary.

“This group of seniors will be greatly missed for both their on and off the field contributions to the softball program. We wish them the best in the their future endeavors.”  

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Spring Break 2017 Style

The incredible Gulfoss waterfall, was yet another stunning example of Iceland’s beauty.
The incredible Gulfoss waterfall, was yet another stunning example of Iceland’s beauty.
The 1986 Reykjavik Summit meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev took place in the Hofdi House.
The 1986 Reykjavik Summit meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev took place in the Hofdi House.
We had surprisingly tasty cheeseburgers at Grillhusio restaurant in the capital city of Reykjavik.
We had surprisingly tasty cheeseburgers at Grillhusio restaurant in the capital city of Reykjavik.
We soaked our jetlagged bodies in the mineral-rich and milky blue geothermal water until we were pruned.
We soaked our jetlagged bodies in the mineral-rich and milky blue geothermal water until we were pruned.
Leif Erikson monument was presented to the Icelandic people by the United States in 1930.
Leif Erikson monument was presented to the Icelandic people by the United States in 1930.
Walking on a glacier was perhaps the most unique activity of the week.
Walking on a glacier was perhaps the most unique activity of the week.
Chaperone and Marine Biology teacher at Whitman, John Karavias is in his element.
Chaperone and Marine Biology teacher at Whitman, John Karavias is in his element.
Thank you Mr. Kindelmann for sharing the groups Icelandic experiences with the South Huntington community.
Thank you Mr. Kindelmann for sharing the groups Icelandic experiences with the South Huntington community.
Whitman teacher Mrs. Diane Zamow, who organized fundraising for Iceland, grabs a snack before another one the many adventures.
Whitman teacher Mrs. Diane Zamow, who organized fundraising for Iceland, grabs a snack before another one the many adventures.

Iceland seems to be the ‘in’ place to go these days and with amazing history and geography to explore our group of Walt Whitman students wasted no time getting into what makes this country so unique. A huge thank you to Whitman teachers Matthew Kindelmann, John Karavias, and Diane Zamow who were official chaperones.  Mr. Kindelmann offers us the following abbreviated journal of this wonderful learning experience.

Day One:

When we landed we were met by the 6’1” and long-silver-haired Gudny, a proud and extremely knowledgeable Icelandic woman who served as our guide for the next five days. We all quickly took to her and the trip would not have been the same without her.

After coffee and pastries at a cozy bakery, Gudny showed us the Hofdi House, which was the location of the 1986 Reykjavik Summit meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev and a major step in the thawing of the Cold War. We then walked along the coast for some bird watching, but wound up seeing only our breaths. The puffins had yet to arrive, but the rugged beauty of coastline and the majestic grumbling of the north Atlantic made up for the absence of birds. We drove through Reykjavik’s colorful and cold streets, visited the Old Harbor, and had surprisingly tasty cheeseburgers at Grillhusio restaurant. The city was calm and lacked the bustle of other major European metropolises, but it was full of charm and character. We hit the halls of the National Museum after lunch and learned about Icelandic culture through the insightful displays. We saw Hallgrimskirka, the city’s gargantuan concrete church, and Karavais sang with a busker on the cold stone steps leading up to the Leif Erikson monument in front of it. The highlight of the day for me was walking through the lava field near the tectonical plates, which was like stepping back in time a few thousand years. We checked into our hotel in the town of Selfoss, which was adjacent to a raging river and a beautiful mountainous backdrop, and slept like newborns after our long day.

 

Day Two:

We began our second day by driving through a black lava field forty miles outside of Reykjavik to get to the Blue Lagoon. The view on the ride there looked like Mars and the Blue Lagoon was otherworldly as well, but in different way. We soaked our jetlagged bodies in the mineral-rich and milky blue geothermal water until we were pruned. Next we visited the magnificent Harpa Concert Hall, a structure that was inspired by Iceland’s extraordinary landscape, and features a steel framework embellished with a honeycomb pattern of colored glass panels.

We split up for lunch back in Reykjavik to allow the students to see the city a little on their own, but I kept bumping into members of our group in the city’s shops. Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world, is as cozy as Huntington Village, also the most expensive city I have ever visited. To give you a sense, my lunch of a hot dog and a small soda ran me the equivalent of ten American dollars.  (The lamb hot dog smothered in sweet yellow mustard was tasty though…) We visited the glass-domed Pearl vantage point that offers stunning views of Reykjavik, and then we learned about geothermal energy at the Hellisheioi Power Plant, which is located on an active volcanic ridge. We capped the day with a stop at Hverageroi Geothermal Park where students boiled eggs and baked bread in the hot earth. A cod dinner and hazy, but a brilliant sighting of the Northern lights concluded our second day.

 

Day Three:

We drove out to the Western Volcanic Zone and explored the 3000-year-old Kerio Crater Lake. The crater is 180 feet deep with steep red walls that are blanketed with a deep moss and is filled with stunningly vibrant aquamarine water because of the minerals from the soil. Many students walked around the crater and marveled at its beauty. We next visited a family owned greenhouse and Icelandic horse farm, where we tasted tomatoes grown on the premises using natural hot water and watched a horse demonstration.  To show how steady the horse’s running gait was, the rider held a stein of beer as she and the horse made their way around the track. Nary a drop was spilled and the lucky horse was rewarded with the drink. Next up was the incredible Gulfoss waterfall, which was yet another stunning example of Iceland’s beauty. We watched the pristine icy blue water cascade into a canyon 250 feet deep and wondered why Long Island didn’t look like that. After a lunch of lamb stew, we headed over to see Strokkur, a huge geyser in a geothermal park and watched it erupt up to 30 meters high in ten-minute intervals. We all had itchy trigger fingers as we held our cameras and waited for her to blow. We then visited Thingvellir National Park, the very first national park in Iceland, and hiked down the rift valley. The sight of our group moving in a single file through such gorgeous countryside conjured up images from Lord of the Rings. Pasta with turkey for dinner, combined with tired legs and lingering jet lag made for a deep sleep that night.

 

Day Four:

Morning began with a visit to the Thorvaldeyri Farm located at the foot of the famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano that erupted in April 2010, followed by a stop at Skogafoss, another gorgeous waterfall. My heartbeat like a rabbit’s as we climbed the hundreds of steps up to get a top view of the falls. The view was worth the sweat.

Black Sand Beach was up next and as the name suggests, is made up of black pebbles and features an amazing cliff of basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The cliffs are home to many seabirds and we spotted many of them nestled into the nooks of the rock. The place possessed a grotesque beauty. According to folklore, the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks that arose from the tempestuous sea are former trolls who tried to drag their boats out to sea, but were caught by the rising dawn. Walking on a glacier was perhaps the most unique activity of the week. After bundling up and donning spikes, harnesses, and helmets, we hiked up the frozen monster in single file. The moment was a bucket list check off for many of us and I felt like an Arctic explorer as I trudged my way upward.

 

Day Five:

We hit a few more waterfalls, rock formations, and bubbling geothermal pools on our way to the airport on our final day and everyone was a little red-eyed when we hugged Gudny goodbye. The flight home gave my sore legs time to heal and also time for me to reflect on our week in Iceland. We could not have asked for a better and more varied schedule, and the weather, though raw, cooperated. The best part of the trip, however, was bonding with the students and making travel memories that everyone involved will remember and cherish for years to come. As a seasoned traveler, I was glad to have experienced Iceland, but even happier to have done it with students and colleagues.

Seniors Highlighted at Track & Field

It’s been a great season for our graduating seniors, shown here with varsity head coach Rufus Shepard (left) and assistant coach Angela Meringolo (right).
It’s been a great season for our graduating seniors, shown here with varsity head coach Rufus Shepard (left) and assistant coach Angela Meringolo (right).
Senior Serah Carbon heads to the field for flowers and kind words from Coach Shepard.
Senior Serah Carbon heads to the field for flowers and kind words from Coach Shepard.
Stimson 8th-grader Aniyah Walters, shown in the 100m Hurdles, is already making her presence known in Suffolk County.
Stimson 8th-grader Aniyah Walters, shown in the 100m Hurdles, is already making her presence known in Suffolk County.
Senior Kathleen Dugan, who excelled in the Triple Jump, will be attending Binghamton University next fall.
Senior Kathleen Dugan, who excelled in the Triple Jump, will be attending Binghamton University next fall.
Payal Multani, 3 Year Varsity Athlete who runs in the 4x Relay, shows great form in the Shot.
Payal Multani, 3 Year Varsity Athlete who runs in the 4x Relay, shows great form in the Shot.
Senior Sarah Haller, who is the school record holder in the Pole Vault, also gives it her best in the Discus.
Senior Sarah Haller, who is the school record holder in the Pole Vault, also gives it her best in the Discus.
Whitman Junior Antoinette Miller shows why she is County Champion in the 55 Meter.
Whitman Junior Antoinette Miller shows why she is County Champion in the 55 Meter.
Clearing 5’2’ in the High Jump posed no problem from our super junior Antoinette Miller.
Clearing 5’2’ in the High Jump posed no problem from our super junior Antoinette Miller.
A trio of freshman: Cassidy Giudici, Samantha Carey, and Kimberly Hoppe, are ready to move Whitman Track forward.
A trio of freshman: Cassidy Giudici, Samantha Carey, and Kimberly Hoppe, are ready to move Whitman Track forward.

Walt Whitman’s final home Track and Field meet was held this past week and varsity head coach Rufus Shepard called out each senior as a short bio was read over the PA system. Congratulations to an exceptional group of athlete and leaders: Serah Carbon: 4 year Varsity Athlete, Team captain attending SUNY Albany next fall; Angelina Collado, 3 year varsity Athlete attending Farmingdale State University; Kathleen Dugan, 3 Year Varsity Athlete, Team Captain attending Binghamton University;  Sarah Haller, 3 year Varsity Athlete, School record holder - Pole Vault attending SUNY Potsdam; Ludjina Jean Pierre, 2 Year Varsity Athlete attending Farmingdale State University; Payal Multani, 3 Year Varsity Athlete attending Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Lauren Wesch, 3 Year Varsity Athlete attending New York Institute of Beauty; and Shelbi Wuss- 5 year varsity Athlete- School Record holder in 1500m, 3000m and 3200m.- News 12 Scholar Athlete- 2017 Winter Track State and National Qualifier -2017 Spring track National Qualifier- and Team Captain will be attending American University.

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Maplewood 4th Graders Present their 'Wax Museum'

These biography book reports took an interesting twist giving our students a deeper understanding of their research subject.
These biography book reports took an interesting twist giving our students a deeper understanding of their research subject.
Each student created an
Each student created an "All About Me Box" which included 5-7 objects or pictures related to their person placed in a shoe box.
From Babe Ruth to Jane Goodall, Mrs. Brendel's fourth grade class at Maplewood put on a wonderful ‘Wax Museum’ for all to enjoy.
From Babe Ruth to Jane Goodall, Mrs. Brendel's fourth grade class at Maplewood put on a wonderful ‘Wax Museum’ for all to enjoy.
The students dressed up as their person of interest and stood motionless as classes entered the museum. These guys take a break in between presentations.
The students dressed up as their person of interest and stood motionless as classes entered the museum. These guys take a break in between presentations.
Stephen Curry had a popular booth and explains to the museum visitors what it’s like in the playoffs.
Stephen Curry had a popular booth and explains to the museum visitors what it’s like in the playoffs.
Getting into character was half the fun as Wilber Wright presented his quest to fly. Orville couldn’t make the presentation.
Getting into character was half the fun as Wilber Wright presented his quest to fly. Orville couldn’t make the presentation.
What’s it like to be the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean? Just ask Amelia Earhart.
What’s it like to be the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean? Just ask Amelia Earhart.

Mrs. Brendel's fourth grade class at Maplewood invited their parents to a Wax Museum. The students did a biography book report. However there was a twist, the students were to dress up as their person and do an oral presentation. The students researched their person they chose and also created an "All About Me Box" which included 5-7 objects or pictures related to their person 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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Whitman Students Step It Up

Congratulations to our amazing science students who take full advantage of the many opportunities at Whitman that help get them into great colleges and subsequent careers in science research, medicine, engineering, math and technology.
Congratulations to our amazing science students who take full advantage of the many opportunities at Whitman that help get them into great colleges and subsequent careers in science research, medicine, engineering, math and technology.
Whitman senior Omar Ramos receives tremendous applause for the success of his science research.
Whitman senior Omar Ramos receives tremendous applause for the success of his science research.

NY State's Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), pairs promising science students with research mentors at Farmingdale University, and has helped launch many of our outstanding science students into great colleges and subsequent careers in science research, medicine, engineering, math and technology.  The accomplishments of our current STEP student researchers were celebrated at a ceremony at Farmingdale University on Friday evening. Pictured here are award recipients Erica Bell, Saul Ramos, Omar Ramos, Mark Theodore Meneses, Camilo Vazquez, Nina Rodriguez, Antony Benitez, and Ann Rodriguez.  Honored but not pictured are: Stephanie Barker, Ashar Farooq, Aidan Luebker, Epiphany Ramirez, Deja Tejada, and Alan Veliz. Congratulations to our amazing science students!

Highlights from a Busy Board of Education Meeting

On the forefront of STEAM education on Long Island, Board of Education members, administrators, faculty and students make a perfect picture of success.
On the forefront of STEAM education on Long Island, Board of Education members, administrators, faculty and students make a perfect picture of success.
Stimson 8th-grader Liana Haug, a member of Girl Scout Troop 889 made a presentation to the Board about her Silver Award project.
Stimson 8th-grader Liana Haug, a member of Girl Scout Troop 889 made a presentation to the Board about her Silver Award project.
It’s only fitting that Ms. Brieff, a long supporter of the Arts in South Huntington, gets serenaded by senior Ifedayo Balogun.
It’s only fitting that Ms. Brieff, a long supporter of the Arts in South Huntington, gets serenaded by senior Ifedayo Balogun.
Thank you, Ms. Lisa Brieff, for your service to the South Huntington community and students!
Thank you, Ms. Lisa Brieff, for your service to the South Huntington community and students!

At last evening’s Board of Education meeting (5/9/17) the district had the opportunity to recognize the participants in this year's Farmingdale University STEAM Diversity Fair. This beautiful ceremony highlighted the fine work of talented students who have distinguished themselves in critical thinking, practical applications, and skills necessary for success and innovation in the 21st-Century world. Congratulations to: Silas Wood:  Dylan Long – 1st Place, Elizabeth LaRegina – 1st Place, Nicole Wittleder – 2nd Place Stimson:  Saul Ramos – 4th Place.

Also on hand were our principals from Birchwood and Maplewood Intermediate Schools, Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli and Dr. Vito D’Elia respectively, as well as principal of Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center, Mr. Steve Toto, Assistant Principal of Stimson Middle School, Mr. Anthony Sansotta, and Walt Whitman High School Principal Mr. John Murphy, to receive awards for their school’s distinction in the areas of Science Technology Engineering, Art, and Math- STEAM.

The evening also highlighted a touching celebration in thanking retiring BOE Member, Ms. Lisa Brieff, who has served the past six years as a Board Trustee, actively involved in virtually every aspect of making our district an exceptional place to live and raise a family. After several heartfelt speeches by Board members, and a serenade by senior Whitman chorale standout Ifedayo Balogun accompanied on the piano by Stimson music teacher Mr. Modelewski, the packed boardroom enjoyed a slice of the celebratory cake for this special occasion.

Congratulations to our students and faculty on an exceptional year of STEAM advancements, and thank you, Ms. Lisa Brieff, for your service to the South Huntington community and students!

Stimson Students in the Zone

Congratulations to Stimson students Caroline Phillips, and Matthew Brunet, shown with Stimson PE teacher John DiGiacomo, on receiving awards for their leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.
Congratulations to Stimson students Caroline Phillips, and Matthew Brunet, shown with Stimson PE teacher John DiGiacomo, on receiving awards for their leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

At the recently held Suffolk Zone Awards, students from several South Huntington Schools received awards for their leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

The Suffolk Zone is a part of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD).  This professional organization supports, encourages, facilitates, advocates and promotes physically active and healthy lifestyles through school and community programs in health education, physical education, recreation and dance.

Taking Their Game to the Next Level

Varsity football coach Robin Rosa congratulates Derek and Thomas DiLorenzo, Vincent Pastore, Isaiah Wilkerson, and Luidji Dormeus.
Varsity football coach Robin Rosa congratulates Derek and Thomas DiLorenzo, Vincent Pastore, Isaiah Wilkerson, and Luidji Dormeus.

Congratulations to five Whitman seniors who have made a commitment to play football next season at their respective colleges. Left to right seated: Derek DiLorenzo- SUNY Cortland; Thomas DiLorenzo- Morrisville College; Standing left to right: Vincent Pastore- SUNY Albany; Isaiah Wilkerson- SUNY Brockport; and Luidji Dormeus- SUNY Cortland. Congratulating his senior stars is varsity coach Robin Rosa.

Season Winds Down as Graduating Seniors Honored

Come out and support the team on Tuesday, May 9th at 4PM.
Come out and support the team on Tuesday, May 9th at 4PM.

Our Whitman Varsity Baseball team winds down their season this week with a big series against Copaigue. Of the 3-game season ending series, the Wildcats will be at home on Tuesday May 9th for a 4PM start.  At a recent home game Coach Keith Barrett honored his senior players and their parents before taking the field. Coach Barrett offered the following about each of his seniors:

Matt Jacobsen      2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Binghamton University, Favorite baseball memory is winning the Boys of Summer Championship.

Tom Nicolino      2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Stevens Tech University, Favorite baseball memory is getting a save against Smithtown West.

Cesar Cordone     2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Suffolk CC, Favorite baseball memory is playing with the same group of guys for 4 years.

Nick Miata    2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Boston University, Favorite baseball memory is winning series against Smithtown West.

Tom Isernia    3 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending SUNY Farmingdale, Favorite baseball memory is winning series against Smithtown West.

Dan Borysowski   2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Concordia, Favorite baseball memory is getting a win against Riverhead.

Brett Maier    2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending St. John’s, Favorite baseball memory is pitching a complete game shutout against Smithtown East.

Justin Grose    2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Oswego University, Favorite baseball memory is throwing out a runner at home plate against Hills East.

JT Cullen    3 Year Varsity Baseball, Undecided, Favorite baseball memory playing varsity baseball is playing varsity as a sophomore.

Chris Corbett    2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Providence College, Favorite baseball memory is winning series against Smithtown West.

Matt Birdsall    2 Year Varsity Baseball, Attending Sacred Heart University, Favorite baseball memory is winning 2 out of 3 against Smithtown West.

Franklin Clase    2 Year Varsity Baseball, Undecided, Favorite baseball memory is winning 2 out of 3 against Smithtown West.

February Athletes of the Month

Principal John Murphy congratulated our February athletes left to right: Brandon Dowling, Kayla Soulias, Meghan Soulias, and Terron Robinson.
Principal John Murphy congratulated our February athletes left to right: Brandon Dowling, Kayla Soulias, Meghan Soulias, and Terron Robinson.

Our February athletes of the month have all distinguished themselves in one way or another. For Brandon Dowling, a sophomore Epee Fencer, February was a tremendous month.  It’s not that Brandon won each time he was on the strip, or even that he had a great county championship. Brandon found himself an Athlete of the Month because of his perseverance and willingness to never give up and keep working to improve himself.  “There’s something for everyone here at Whitman,” said Brandon. “You can always find something you like and I thinks that really cool.” When not busy at Whitman, Brandon is an active member of Boy Scout Troop 406.

Our other male Athlete of the Month for February needs no introduction. This year’s State Runner Up Wrestling Champion Terron Robinson has ‘been there... done that,’ and was seconds away from a second State Championship when he fractured his arm. In true fashion, Terron was back at the center of the mat wanting to resume and needed to be convinced that it was over and he couldn’t continue. Terron has healed well after his surgery and is now preparing for wrestling next fall when he attends Nassau Community College. Terron’s feature article ‘Life Reversal’ in Newsday spoke volumes of this young mans character and perseverance. You can still access the Newsday article at: http://www.shufsd.org/News/Story.aspx?id=44358

Senior fencing captain Kayla Soulias finished her high school fencing career with the best record in the League, 1st Team All-County in Foil, 1st Team All-Long Island and Ranked #1 Suffolk County. Kayla trains all-year, and participates in the Junior Olympics for fencing. She also plays tennis for the Lady Wildcats. She is a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, and the SAT Scholars Club.  Kayla was undecided where she would be attending college in the fall, but fencing will be a big part of where she ends up. “I think what impresses me the most about Whitman is the amazing teachers and the dedication they bring to their students,” said our celebrated senior.

Sophomore Meghan Soulias had a good year on the basketball court, helping her team into the second round of the playoffs. Meghan had a career high 15 points and played outstanding defense against Sachem's best player and in the first round of the playoffs was instrumental in keeping Hills East to one of their lowest scoring games of the year.  Meghan also plays soccer and lacrosse for the Lady Wildcats. She is member of the National English Honor Society, and a Paw Print contributor, as well as an all-honors student. While only in her second year at Whitman, Meghan has already found plenty to keep her busy. “The environment here impresses me,’ said Meghan. The diversity of what’s offered and the team atmosphere is great.”

Congratulations to all of our exceptional Athletes of the Month!

National Merit Scholarship Students

Principal Murphy with his National Merit Scholarship program participants.
Principal Murphy with his National Merit Scholarship program participants.

The National Merit Scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Eight Walt Whitman students have met the stringent requirements of the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test and as high-performers have shown outstanding academic potential. Selected from approximately 1.5 million program entrants, each of these students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants across the nation.

Congratulations to the following Walt Whitman juniors: Tiffany Chen, Joshua L. Joseph, Sarah Kim, Graham N. Lunt, Aisha Majid, Kentaro Matsushima, Joseph N. Van Gostein, and Rachel Vaughan.

All The Right Stuff!

Epi Ramirez is one of the founding members of Eye Partners Inspire, a non-profit foundation whose main vision is to provide eyeglass frames to disadvantaged Long Island residents.
Epi Ramirez is one of the founding members of Eye Partners Inspire, a non-profit foundation whose main vision is to provide eyeglass frames to disadvantaged Long Island residents.

She’s definitely Presidential material, and the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office thinks so too. Whitman senior Epiphany Ramirez has been named semifinalist in this elite group, selected from nearly 5,100 candidates. She was featured in Newsday in January along with four other Long Island seniors, and now moves into candidacy where up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen Nationally from among this year's senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America's youth.

Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities, and while that sounds like many of our students, Epi certainly heads the list.

Way to Go Epi!

Softball Moves One Step Closer With Bay Shore Win

Sarah Glaser was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI, but it was this spectacular catch that will be remembered in the Bay Shore win.
Sarah Glaser was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI, but it was this spectacular catch that will be remembered in the Bay Shore win.
Senior Lauren Civello and four-year varsity player, had a solid game
Senior Lauren Civello and four-year varsity player, had a solid game
Out or safe? Solid play in the infield kept offensive power Bay Shore from mounting any real threat. Shortstop Noelle Bryygman makes a head-up play.
Out or safe? Solid play in the infield kept offensive power Bay Shore from mounting any real threat. Shortstop Noelle Bryygman makes a head-up play.
Melissa Triolo was 3-4 with two runs scored and played exceptionally well at 2nd base.
Melissa Triolo was 3-4 with two runs scored and played exceptionally well at 2nd base.
Taylor Epstein threw a complete game 5-hitter, and struck out 8 to secure the win.
Taylor Epstein threw a complete game 5-hitter, and struck out 8 to secure the win.
Nicole Algierie makes the catch and catches the runner for a double play.
Nicole Algierie makes the catch and catches the runner for a double play.

Congratulations varsity softball on a 9-3 win over Bay Shore yesterday. Taylor Epstein threw a complete game 5 hitter, and struck out 8 to secure the win. Sarah Glaser was 2-3 with a run scored and RBI, Noelle Bryggman was 2-4 with two runs scored, Melissa Triolo was 3-4 with two runs scored, and Britany Khatchatourian was 2-3 with 3 RBI. Come support the girls at their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday against Northport at 4:30PM, which is also their senior game. Great work, ladies!

 

Walt Whitman High School 2017 Salutatorian

“Since there are some many different backgrounds and cultures, [at Walt Whitman High School] everyone offers a unique and different perspective, so I can always learn something new.” – Karthi Mayilvahanan
“Since there are some many different backgrounds and cultures, [at Walt Whitman High School] everyone offers a unique and different perspective, so I can always learn something new.” – Karthi Mayilvahanan

With a major in Psychology and minor in math you may be wondering what our Walt Whitman Salutatorian Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan will be up to when he attends Stony Brook University next fall. Rest assured this young man has a plan, and our inclusive community has opened many doors to this future doctor. “My dad has always said to me, “learn something new every day,” and my Mom has always told me, “always give my best at everything I do.” When you come from a highly supportive family, mixed with a diverse community with which to draw your experiences from, no matter what ‘Karthi’ ends up doing, he undoubtedly will be successful.  “The diverse community here at Whitman is what has impressed me the most,” said our overachieving senior.  “Everyone is very accepting of each other, and since there are some many different backgrounds and cultures, everyone offers a unique and different perspective, so I'm always learning something new.”

Karthi has participated in varsity track, tennis and fencing. He is also a member of the Mathlete team, the Studio Recording & Engineering Club, National Honor Society, and the SAT/ACT Scholars Club. He is a LI Science and Engineering Fair winner, and a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence winner. Even outside of school Karthi is busy volunteering. His love for Karate, Karthi is a degree or two from a Kempo Black Belt, has him teaching youngsters this hard-hitting form of Karate. He is equally at home in the water, having taught swimming at the YMCA.  Karthi volunteers at Huntington Hospital, as well as at the South Huntington Library, all offering rich and rewarding experiences for which this young man draws upon.

His music varies from Classical to Rap. “I’m always open to learning something new,” said Karthi. “My Dad, who is a research scientist at Rutgers University, always emphasized that in me. This Salutatorian award is important to me, but it’s more important for my parents, especially my Mom. They have worked very hard and have been very supportive in getting me to where I am today.”

Congratulations to Walt Whitman 2017 Salutatorian Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan…and his family.

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Walt Whitman High School 2017 Valedictorian

Congratulations Shelbi Wuss, our Walt Whitman High School 2017 Valedictorian.
Congratulations Shelbi Wuss, our Walt Whitman High School 2017 Valedictorian.

The desire to help others runs deep with Whitman senior Shelbi Wuss. Balancing a full slate of academic rigors and playing three sports a year, it’s amazing she finds time for anything else. “Working with the Top Soccer program is very humbling,” said our 2017 Valedictorian.  “The students are always happy to be there and work very hard at improving their soccer skills. I feel like I’m making a difference in their lives at something they really love.”  Helping other people is not unusual for someone who wants to become a pediatric surgeon. Appropriately enough, last summer Shelbi was named ‘Surgeon General’ of the prestigious ‘Girls State’ program.

We’re not surprised to learn she’s an active reader, historical fiction and fantasy her favorites. But when it comes to music she enjoys it all, except before a track meet. This is when she ramps up with popular movie scores…Remember the Titans ‘Aint no Mountain High Enough,’ by Marvin Gaye seems appropriate for our long distance runner.

Shelbi played soccer for the Wildcats, helping them past round one of last season’s playoffs earning All-Conference and All-County Academic as well as our Wildcat Scholar Athlete for the fall season.  News12 awarded her their Scholar Athlete of the week in early February and shorty after that she signed her letter of intent to run track for the Eagles of American University in Washington DC next fall.

Moving from winter to spring track, Shelbi has worked hard breaking many school records and continually setting personal bests’ for herself. Just last week at the Westhampton Invitational, the senior captain broke and set new school records in both the 1500m (4:46.52) and the 3000m (10:23.92).  Shelbi placed 1st in the 3000m and 3rd in the 1500m.

Varsity track coach Rufus Shepard calls Shelbi a ‘cool customer,’ and along with her calm demeanor and desire for helping others it’s not surprising that Shelbi attributes her Valedictorian award to everyone who helped get her there, starting with her Mom and Dad.  She is a member of the Science Bowl team and President of the National Honor Society. Shelbi is also a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence and SAT/ACT Scholars Club awardee.

Congratulations Shelbi Wuss, our Walt Whitman High School 2017 Valedictorian.

In case you missed Shelbi’s News12 interview you may still use the following link to access the News12 video:

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

 

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Important Message from Superintendent Bennardo about '13 Reasons Why'

Below are several useful resources concerning '13 Reasons Why'– 

 

1. National Association of School Psychologists

http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators

 

 

2. American Psychiatric Association

https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2017/04/13-

mental-health-questions-about-13-reasons-why

 

3. 13 Reasons Why tip sheet from SAVE.org. and the JED Foundation

https://www.save.org/?s=13+Reasons+Why

 

4. 13 Reasons Why trailer – provides basic storyline for the series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDz4WbDy0CQ

 

5. 13 Reasons Why original trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JebwYGn5Z3E

 

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Whitman Winter Color Guard Honored

The Walt Whitman ensemble placed 1st and won the title of 2017 Scholastic Novice Color Guard Champions.
The Walt Whitman ensemble placed 1st and won the title of 2017 Scholastic Novice Color Guard Champions.
Legislators Steve Stern (left) and Lou D’Amaro presented each student with proclamations.
Legislators Steve Stern (left) and Lou D’Amaro presented each student with proclamations.
Not a bad start for ‘novices’ receiving a championship title while performing for the first time at the USBands Indoor Championships.
Not a bad start for ‘novices’ receiving a championship title while performing for the first time at the USBands Indoor Championships.

On April 2nd, 2017 the Walt Whitman High School Indoor Color Guard competed in the USBands Indoor Championships at South Brunswick High School in Monmouth Junction, NJ. The ensemble placed 1st and won the title of 2017 Scholastic Novice Color Guard Champions.  This year’s show was entitled “Rise Up”. It included music from Andra Day and was accompanied by a poem titled “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. The show portrayed a powerful message to continue to persevere regardless of the struggles that you may face.

The Indoor Color Guard was honored for their Championship title at the recent Suffolk County Legislator meeting. Legislators Lou D’Amaro and Steve Stern presented each student with proclamations. They highlighted that the Indoor Color Guard is a newly established program at the high school and praised the ensemble for receiving a championship title while performing for the first time at the indoor championships.

GlaxoSmithKline Recalling Ventolin Inhalers

FDA Alert- EpiPen Recall

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2017-2018 Budget Review

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The month of March signals the start of budget development time as we work to craft a spending plan that supports our instructional programs, students, and staff, in a fiscally responsible, sustainable manner. As in the past, our goal is to include the various constituent groups in the process and provide an open, transparent discourse about this important subject.

To this end, we invite community members to join us at one or more of the budget development workshops, sessions, hearings, and adoptions scheduled below. We also remind our residents that all budget related materials can be found on the district website and attached below, as well as in our newsletter links each week.

March 1st, Budget Overview, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

March 15th, Budget Work Session, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

April 5th, Budget Work Session, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

April 19th, Budget Adoption, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

May 3rd, Meet the Candidate Night, Walt Whitman High School, 7:30 PM

May 9th, Public Hearing of Budget, Board of Education Business Meeting, 7:30 PM at District Office

May 16th, Budget Vote/Elections at Walt Whitman

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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 Music and Arts Camp: Open to students entering grades 2-9, this program offers a variety of classes for everyone! This one-of-a-kind camp provides students with a rich, full experience that includes a sampling of music, theater, and fine arts activities.

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

2017-2018 School Calendar Posted

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

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

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

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

New Weekly Newsletter!

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

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

 

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

School

Code

Link

Oakwood Primary Center

QQ96

http://getcloudmath.com/go/QQ96

Countrywood Primary Center

F7QD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/F7QD

Maplewood Intermediate School

HTCD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/HTCD

Birchwood Intermediate School

4F5M

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

Silas Wood 6th Grade Center

G7FZ

http://getcloudmath.com/go/G7FZ

Henry L Stimson Middle School

ZMW7

http://getcloudmath.com/go/ZMW7