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8th Grade Awards Ceremony

Math: Alexa Rapacciuolo, Thomas Cary, Anthony Maida, Emma Kowalczyk, Alexandra Molina Coreas, Kasey Wagner, Nayeli Gonzalez Rosa, and Brooke Bonfante.
Math: Alexa Rapacciuolo, Thomas Cary, Anthony Maida, Emma Kowalczyk, Alexandra Molina Coreas, Kasey Wagner, Nayeli Gonzalez Rosa, and Brooke Bonfante.
English: Yahya Khan, Hannah Saks, Oscar Funes Huezo, Ali Hassan Idreesakhtar, Kiera Adams, Gianna Vozza, Giana Fiorito, Elizabeth LaRegina, Alyssa Burke, and Samantha Castro (not pictured)
English: Yahya Khan, Hannah Saks, Oscar Funes Huezo, Ali Hassan Idreesakhtar, Kiera Adams, Gianna Vozza, Giana Fiorito, Elizabeth LaRegina, Alyssa Burke, and Samantha Castro (not pictured)
Social Studies: Joseph Lombardo, Gavin Gugliuzza, Kaitlyn Barraco, Ashna Jambavat, Gianna Vozza, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Elizabeth LaRegina
Social Studies: Joseph Lombardo, Gavin Gugliuzza, Kaitlyn Barraco, Ashna Jambavat, Gianna Vozza, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Elizabeth LaRegina
Science: Anthony Maida, Carlos Banegas, Iverson Lazo, Mason Greco, Sawyer Diamond, Brooke Bonfante, Gianna Vozza, Samantha Unger, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Margaret Lahm
Science: Anthony Maida, Carlos Banegas, Iverson Lazo, Mason Greco, Sawyer Diamond, Brooke Bonfante, Gianna Vozza, Samantha Unger, Alexandra Molina Coreas, and Margaret Lahm
Technology: Edward Hunter, Anna Maguire, and Adelrhany Georges
Technology: Edward Hunter, Anna Maguire, and Adelrhany Georges
Ms. Stimson and Mr. Stimson: Addie Balogun and Jack Jenkins
Ms. Stimson and Mr. Stimson: Addie Balogun and Jack Jenkins
Daughters of the American Revolution: Hannah Saks
Daughters of the American Revolution: Hannah Saks
Gianna Vozza, Suffolk County Public Service Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Gianna Vozza, Suffolk County Public Service Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
NYS Attorney General Triple C Award: Daralyn Alicea and Christian Page (not pictured)
NYS Attorney General Triple C Award: Daralyn Alicea and Christian Page (not pictured)
Art: Gianna Vozza, Julia Crapanzano, and Evelyn Wang
Art: Gianna Vozza, Julia Crapanzano, and Evelyn Wang

Stimson Middle School recently held their 8th-grade awards ceremony as they prepare to send an exceptional group of students to Walt Whitman High School in the fall. Congratulations to the following students:

Use Keyboarding Without Tears To Prevent Summer Slide!

South Huntington Union Free School District believes it’s important to teach both pre-keyboarding and keyboarding skills. Our goal is to ensure that all students are equipped to confidently produce typewritten work and meet the academic demands of today’s classroom. Students in grades 3-5 have been interacting with the Keyboarding Without Tears platform in their classrooms and will have the opportunity to continue throughout the summer. The program will be available to current Birchwood and Maplewood students until Friday, August 16, 2019. Happy Keyboarding!

Parent Letter in English

Parent Letter in Spanish

Leadership at an Early Age

Birchwood’s Assistant Principal Mr. Tom Keogh (left) and Principal Dr. Anthony Ciccarelli (right) congratulate Birchwood’s student leaders (left to right): Isabella Galindo, Allison Palacios, Lucia Maniatis, Lucien Saint Cyr, Isabella Fiorelli, Nicholas Guarini, and Tiago Rua.
Birchwood’s Assistant Principal Mr. Tom Keogh (left) and Principal Dr. Anthony Ciccarelli (right) congratulate Birchwood’s student leaders (left to right): Isabella Galindo, Allison Palacios, Lucia Maniatis, Lucien Saint Cyr, Isabella Fiorelli, Nicholas Guarini, and Tiago Rua.
Maplewood’s Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Assistant Principal Ms. Michelle Davis congratulate Maplewood’s student leaders (left to right): Brooke Striga, Madelyn Crocco, Jason Wang, Michael Carr, Priscilla Kenny, Ryan Perillo, and Mason DeMaso
Maplewood’s Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Assistant Principal Ms. Michelle Davis congratulate Maplewood’s student leaders (left to right): Brooke Striga, Madelyn Crocco, Jason Wang, Michael Carr, Priscilla Kenny, Ryan Perillo, and Mason DeMaso

South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared T. Bloom and Assistant Superintendent of Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph T. Centamore, visited both Maplewood and Birchwood Intermediate Schools on Tuesday, June 18th to speak with and congratulate the student officers in each school. Dr. Bloom had our students introduce each other and talk about the many school and community events in which they are involved. Dr. Centamore congratulated each group and shared how their leadership within their schools and community is a true inspiration that encourages others to be involved and to give back. 

Congratulations and thank you to both our Birchwood and Maplewood officers and student leaders!

Library Introduces 3D Printing to Students

Students from Mrs. Schumm and Ms. Callaways class were excited to discover the new technology the South Huntington Public Library has to offer.
Students from Mrs. Schumm and Ms. Callaways class were excited to discover the new technology the South Huntington Public Library has to offer.
Tinkercad allows students to be imaginative designers while offering them a whole new way to be creative.
Tinkercad allows students to be imaginative designers while offering them a whole new way to be creative.
It’s amazing to see what our students can create!
It’s amazing to see what our students can create!
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics and coding.
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics and coding.

The students in Mrs. Schumm and Ms. Callaway's library class experienced a true school/ library partnership this month at the South Huntington Public Library. The students were invited by the SHPL and Mrs. Teeter to experience the new technology center while establishing a community/school connection. Collaboration between librarians Ms. Lisa and Mr. Nick, along with Mrs. Teeter, had the students creating simple machines that are used in every day life. They were taught how to use the program Tinkercad to research, design, modify and eventually print 3D models of their simple machines. This is truly an exciting new look into what our Public Library has to offer our students and teachers!  

Mercy Benefit 2019

Sara shared the microphone for an unforgettable set that had the crowd singing along too.
Sara shared the microphone for an unforgettable set that had the crowd singing along too.
Summer played guitar while Matthew backed her up on the drums for two songs on the South Cafeteria stage.
Summer played guitar while Matthew backed her up on the drums for two songs on the South Cafeteria stage.
The concert had an amazing turn out of parents, students, teachers and Board of Education members who continue to support this amazing charitable event.
The concert had an amazing turn out of parents, students, teachers and Board of Education members who continue to support this amazing charitable event.
Even Whitman Principal John Murphy took the stage for a cover of “Wagon Wheel” with Orchestra teacher Frank Yolango on bass, Band Director Matt Hoffman on guitar, English teacher Vito Monti on the drums and students Jaycee Cardoso on violin and Kate Jenkins on vocals.
Even Whitman Principal John Murphy took the stage for a cover of “Wagon Wheel” with Orchestra teacher Frank Yolango on bass, Band Director Matt Hoffman on guitar, English teacher Vito Monti on the drums and students Jaycee Cardoso on violin and Kate Jenkins on vocals.

The 22nd Annual Mercy Benefit Charity Concert was held earlier this June at Walt Whitman High School’s South Cafeteria. With hundreds in attendance, the room was filled with energy as over 10 bands performed a variety of genres from jazz to punk and rock to acoustic. The evening really showcased the creative talent and originally of those students and teachers who took to the stage. The Collective, one of Whitman’s newest clubs, was also in attendance promoting their new album and getting the word out about their music engineering and recording studio. The event is coordinated by Walt Whitman English and Creative Writing teacher, Joseph Pipolo, along with the XanadaLit Mag crew, who were all excited for this year’s line-up.

“It is a cool night of creation as activism. We call it creativism…based on the fundamental belief that creation is a very real response to things that seem way out of our control,” said Mr. Pipolo. “Our Walt Whitman and Stimson musicians join for a night to create awareness and raise some dollars for Project HOPE.

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

Mr. Pipolo is grateful for everyone who makes this event possible year after year. He added, “It is important for the students to know that the energy of the night and all the money is going to do something remarkable. Something essential. Someone is going to be a little better off because of everyone in the room that night. All the musicians, the ticket and event shirt purchasers, the xanadulitmag.com staff who coordinated the event…everyone. Someone is going to directly benefit from the Whitman students dancing and singing and strumming. That is a beautiful human lesson.”

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Project Excel End of the Year Celebration

This year’s theme “Being transformed to embrace your future” highlights how facing challenges and adversity ultimately leads us to a path of productive change and success.
This year’s theme “Being transformed to embrace your future” highlights how facing challenges and adversity ultimately leads us to a path of productive change and success.
Project Excel’s success is credited much to Mr. David Perkins, who will be retiring after many years of working as Coordinator of Student Services.
Project Excel’s success is credited much to Mr. David Perkins, who will be retiring after many years of working as Coordinator of Student Services.
Aly Elfaham, Suffolk County 2nd Precinct Police Officer and former Project Excel Student, shared his “Untold Story” of how he came to be a police officer.
Aly Elfaham, Suffolk County 2nd Precinct Police Officer and former Project Excel Student, shared his “Untold Story” of how he came to be a police officer.
The evening’s keynote speaker, Joy Altimare, is the Chief Engagement and Brand Officer of EHE Health, a preventative health care provider that works with employers to deliver employee access to healthy lifestyle management.
The evening’s keynote speaker, Joy Altimare, is the Chief Engagement and Brand Officer of EHE Health, a preventative health care provider that works with employers to deliver employee access to healthy lifestyle management.

On June 10th, our Project Excel Program held a grand End of Year ceremony that celebrated the accomplishments of a truly outstanding year. This year’s theme: “Being Transformed to Embrace Your Future,” inspired students to understand that they have a purpose and to take ownership of their lives and their actions. We are so very proud of the talented students who accepted the “call to excellence” and equally grateful to the dedicated mentors who contributed to the program’s success. Project Excel is one of those special activities that proves just how much can be accomplished when students, staff, parents, and community members work as a collective team.

Thank you to the Board of Education, Project Excel Interns, speakers, and coordinators for another successful year and for an enjoyable end of the year celebration.

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The Annual Garden Party at OHEKA Castle

WWHS teacher Mr. Frank Yolango stands with his chamber orchestra on this beautiful evening at OHEKA Castle.
WWHS teacher Mr. Frank Yolango stands with his chamber orchestra on this beautiful evening at OHEKA Castle.
Congratulations to Reyha Mete on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for being one of Walt Whitman’s exceptionally talented visual artists. We wish Reyha the best of luck as she continues her studies at FIT in the fall.
Congratulations to Reyha Mete on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for being one of Walt Whitman’s exceptionally talented visual artists. We wish Reyha the best of luck as she continues her studies at FIT in the fall.
Congratulations to Jaycee Cardoso on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for his exceptional talent as a musician and violinist for Walt Whitman High School. We wish Jaycee the best of luck as he continues his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in the fall.
Congratulations to Jaycee Cardoso on receiving the Otto Kahn Award for his exceptional talent as a musician and violinist for Walt Whitman High School. We wish Jaycee the best of luck as he continues his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in the fall.
The Walt Whitman Jazz Band enjoyed the evening while performing at the garden party under Band Director Mr. Matt Hoffman.
The Walt Whitman Jazz Band enjoyed the evening while performing at the garden party under Band Director Mr. Matt Hoffman.

Walt Whitman High School has two recipients of the Otto Kahn Award; Jaycee Cardoso in music and Reyha Mete in fine arts. This award is given to selected high school seniors throughout Huntington who are exceptionally talented in some form of the fine arts.

Jaycee Cardoso is a 2019 graduate of Walt Whitman High School and will be attending the Manhattan School of Music in the fall. At WWHS, Jaycee participated in the school’s Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras (concertmaster), Tri-M Music Honor Society (president) and AP Music Theory. He has played annually at OHEKA’s garden parties. Frank Yolango, Director of the Orchestra at Whitman says, “Jaycee has the ability to balance his academic course load and very active extra-curricular activities with professionalism and excellence. I highly recommend Jaycee for your scholarship.” Eileen Buck of Mannes School of Music says of Jaycee, “I believe that Jaycee should win this award because he is a serious musician and violinist with great potential in his playing.”  Jaycee says of himself, “Ultimately, receiving this award would be both a wonderful financial help and a testament to the hard work that I have put into my craft. I firmly believe that the Otto Kahn Award would be essential in helping me pursue my career and sharing my music with the world.

Reyha Mete is a 2019 graduate of Walt Whitman High School and will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in the fall. At Whitman, Reyha participated in AP Studio in Art, Art Portfolio, Drawing, Painting I and II, and the National Art Honor Society. She also served as an art tutor, attended classes at the Art League of LI and helped with mural painting. WWHS Art Teacher David Rickmers says, “Reyha is a profoundly talented and responsible young person… this young woman is capable of great things. I admire her stubbornness and determination.” Kimberly Eagan Latko, English and Language teacher at Whitman says of Reyha, “This year, Reyha has been notably recognized for her artistic prowess, including a significant showing at the Heckscher Museum… she has a quietly profound impact on those around her.” Reyha says of herself, “A person’s life is a journey filled with bumps, detours, and dead-ends while the route is shaped by the people, places, and experiences that eventually lead to the right path. This award will not only help me and my family with our financial struggles, but it will make it easier to achieve my dreams.”

Jacyee and Reyha are both very talented in what they do as artists. They have brought joy to so many people through their performances and artwork. Both of them are very deserving of this award and have made the South Huntington Family very proud. Congratulations, Jaycee and Reyha for this wonderful recognition!  

 

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Another Year, Another VY

The editors took a bow after a year’s worth of hard work capturing the many memories of our 2019 seniors.
The editors took a bow after a year’s worth of hard work capturing the many memories of our 2019 seniors.
Czar Paquette XIX stands with his yearbook and VY crew, all dressed up for the occasion.
Czar Paquette XIX stands with his yearbook and VY crew, all dressed up for the occasion.
Whitman students in the yearbook club photograph events throughout the school year to give their seniors memories to hold onto for years to come.
Whitman students in the yearbook club photograph events throughout the school year to give their seniors memories to hold onto for years to come.
Thank you to Advisor Mr. Roger Paquette and his hard working crew for another successful VY day!
Thank you to Advisor Mr. Roger Paquette and his hard working crew for another successful VY day!
Past and present VY editors came together to preview this year’s trailer in Whitman’s PAC.
Past and present VY editors came together to preview this year’s trailer in Whitman’s PAC.

The yearbook and video yearbook is something that seniors and faculty of Walt Whitman High School look forward to with great anticipation every year. The purpose of both is to capture the events, humor, and personality of the graduating class. The talented students who work out of the basement of Whitman put together something truly special. From memorable pictures, quotes, pop culture references, to funny skits, they put together a visual memory that everyone in the graduating class will enjoy for years to come.   

Thank you to our Video Yearbook editors and juniors for putting together an amazing reel of the year’s highlights and special senior moments:

Matthew Tricomi – Chief Editor, Katherine Gotard - Executive Lead Editor, Kayla Andrews - Lead Editor, Christopher Corallo – Editor, Shaan Khan – Head of Tech, Juniors - Lauren Gotard, Mycaela Reilly, Nohl Schwandtner, and Stephen Verderame.

Summer Camp Registration Open

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

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

Our Camps include:

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

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

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

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

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

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

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

ITS Curtain Call 2019

Grease’s “Summer Nights,” directed and choreographed by the new ITS President Josh Muellers, featured Juliana Sgaraglio as Danny and senior Maxwell Morris as Sandy, surprising the crowd and becoming a performance to remember.
Grease’s “Summer Nights,” directed and choreographed by the new ITS President Josh Muellers, featured Juliana Sgaraglio as Danny and senior Maxwell Morris as Sandy, surprising the crowd and becoming a performance to remember.
A few of last year’s officers switched places with the new 2019-2020 ITS officers, welcoming Josh Muellers as President, Brendan Kispert as Vice President, and Juliana Sgragalio as publicist.
A few of last year’s officers switched places with the new 2019-2020 ITS officers, welcoming Josh Muellers as President, Brendan Kispert as Vice President, and Juliana Sgragalio as publicist.
Advisor Mrs. Susan Radin welcomed four new members into the International Thespian Society, each as 1-Star Thespians.
Advisor Mrs. Susan Radin welcomed four new members into the International Thespian Society, each as 1-Star Thespians.
We wish the best of luck to our three seniors Maxwell Morris, Keara Shea, and Maxwell Fisher who have made quite an impact not only on stage but also throughout Walt Whitman High School.
We wish the best of luck to our three seniors Maxwell Morris, Keara Shea, and Maxwell Fisher who have made quite an impact not only on stage but also throughout Walt Whitman High School.

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

The evening, dubbed ‘Curtain Call,’ featured six performances most of which were written, directed, and choreographed by Whitman’s finest and all performed by our best thespian talent. Thank you to our actors: Yagmur Aykanat, Alexa Beaubrun, Juliet Berger, Pamela Carey, Samantha Carey, Juliana Chiriboga, Maxwell Fisher, Alexandra Garden, Lorraine Jean-Pierre, Brendan Kispert, Summer Levinsky, Jordan Logue, Hunter Millman, Maxwell Morris, Josh Muellers, Tamoor Nawaz, Jack O’Loughlin, Chelsea Perry, Sebastian Rosa, Juliana Sgaraglio, Keara Shea and Erin Torres.

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The officers and advisors of the International Thespian Society troupe #5684 would like to congratulate and welcome the following students into our society with the following distinctions: Alexandra Garden - 1-Star Thespian, Summer Levinsky - 1-Star Thespian, Jordan Logue - 1-Star Thespian, Erin Torres - 1-Star Honor Thespian

And congratulations to the new officers of the 2019-2020 school year:

President – Josh Muellers
Vice President – Brendan Kispert
Secretary – Samantha Carey
Treasurer – Tyler Phelan
Publicist – Juliana Sgragalio

The evening would not have been possible without the tremendous support from the following: ITS Advisors Susan Radin, Lauren Godbolt; ITS President Keara Shea, Vice President Josh Muellers, Secretary Samantha Carey, Treasurer Tyler Phelan, Publicist Juliana Chiriboga; Lamplighters Advisor David Rickmers; Stage Manager Danielle Padinha; Assistant Stage Managers Cyrus Pekarek and Caleb Thompson; Backstage Crew Isabelle Sass, Ariana Levin, Alexis Galant, Gabriella Linares, Jasmine Fradera, Kyle Hartonides and Brian Dammer; Lighting Crew Sarah Nace and Sofia Fyfe; Sound Crew Ashley Winch; Program Juliana Chiriboga; Pit Conductor Leila Perry with Logan Slansky on piano, Liam Curtin on guitar, Cal Eidinoff on bass, Michael Deitch on sax and Megan Neuman on bassoon.

Spring 2019 Sports Awards

Section XI All-League, All-County, and All-Division athletes made us proud this past sports season.
Section XI All-League, All-County, and All-Division athletes made us proud this past sports season.
First Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers for the first time at the Spring 2019 sports awards ceremony in Whitman’s PAC.
First Year Varsity Letter winners pack the risers for the first time at the Spring 2019 sports awards ceremony in Whitman’s PAC.
Second Year Varsity Letter winners fill the risers in Whitman’s PAC.
Second Year Varsity Letter winners fill the risers in Whitman’s PAC.
Our third, fourth, and fifth-year Varsity Letter winners have led the way in each of their sports.
Our third, fourth, and fifth-year Varsity Letter winners have led the way in each of their sports.
Special Coaches Awards are given to student athletes who played a significant role as MVP, Wildcat Hero, and Most Improved categories.
Special Coaches Awards are given to student athletes who played a significant role as MVP, Wildcat Hero, and Most Improved categories.
Dr. Wright’s Hero Award highlights student athletes who have gone above and beyond, signifying athletics at their best. Left to right: Jack Poplawski, Nicholas De Gaetano, Nina Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, and Francis Charles. Dr. Wright also nominated District Photographer Steve Bartholomew, who will be retiring after devoting the last 15 years to photographing school and sport events for the South Huntington School District.
Dr. Wright’s Hero Award highlights student athletes who have gone above and beyond, signifying athletics at their best. Left to right: Jack Poplawski, Nicholas De Gaetano, Nina Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, and Francis Charles. Dr. Wright also nominated District Photographer Steve Bartholomew, who will be retiring after devoting the last 15 years to photographing school and sport events for the South Huntington School District.

The Spring Sports Awards ceremony was held in Whitman’s PAC on Wednesday morning June 12th, and the new format helped to ensure most of our athletes were together. Athletes were recognized for their accomplishments during the spring season and coaches, teams, and letter winners alike seem excited with the new format of the ceremony. Congratulations to all of our spring athletes on another great season!

Girls Varsity Lacrosse: Desiree Kleberg-MVP, Zoe Schwandtner-Most Improved, Jessica Vesque-Wildcat Hero
Boys Varsity Tennis: Thomas Baranowski-MVP, Thomas Breaton-Most Improved, Noah Ramos-Wildcat Hero
Boys Track & Field: John Poplawski-MVP, Branco Garrido-Most Improved, Dylan Rehman-Wildcat Hero                
Boys Badminton: Visha Rattu-MVP, Shaan Khan-Most Improved, Jonathan Aziz-Wildcat Hero
Girls Badminton: Mabel Bassi-MVP, Casey Gilmartin-Most Improved, Anna Scortichini- Wildcat Hero
Softball: Riley Piromalli-MVP, Barbara Tripi-Most Improved, Anne Rodriquez-Wildcat Hero, Jacqueline Thomann-Wildcat Hero
Girls Track & Field: Gianna Paul-MVP, Evgenia Doddo-Most-Improved, Aniyah Walters-Wildcat Hero
Boys Lacrosse: Quinn O'Hara-MVP, Jarrett Dalimonte-Most Improved, Daniel Beltran-Wildcat Hero
Baseball: Charles Hardwick-MVP, Matthew Bertone-Most Improved, Ezequiel Clase-Wildcat Hero
Unified Basketball: Francis Charles-MVP, Brian Hauser-Most Improved, Sean Smith-Wildcat Hero.

Years on Varsity:
1st Year: Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Joshua Arevalo, Rebecca Beickert, Eric Bell, Maya Biblow, Grant Biederman, Bradley Blaney, Christopher Bonilla Funez, Christopher Borges, Thomas Braglia, Thomas Breaton, Matthew Brunet, Nicholas Campanelli, Yenifer Campos Saravia, Francis Charles, Yunior Chavez Moreira, Aniya Chisholm, Allyson Clark, Keira Conlon, Carl Constable Jr, Gianna Conte, Daniel Coppola, Christian Creegan, Jillian Crowley, Melvin Cruz, Grace D'Souza, Carly Dammer, Christopher Davis, Nicholas Degaetano, Carissa DelColle, William Denis, Amanda DeWitt, Kyle Dickson, Alexander DiLorenzo, Tatiana Doddo, Daniel Donovan, Shane Duffy, John Dugan, Molly Dugan, Logan Elmore, Michael Finnerty, Pamela Flores Chalco, Madison Fulcher, Jake Fullerton, Trevor Galgano, Ryan Gannon, Branco Garrido, Zachary Glidden, Emily Gorecki, Aidan Greenberg, Ethan Halle, Brianna Hansen, Liana Haug, Raymond Hoffman, Kate Hoffman, Stephen Hong, Peter Humann, Elisa Hustedt, Brianna Iacovone, Victoria Isernia, Jose Jerome, Alyssa Katwala, Bridget Kenney, Joseph Lewin, Joseph Libardi, Ellena Lunt, Ashley Magee, Neamal Mahmood, Nina Manganello, Christopher Martino, Kasey McArdle, Kaitlin McCann, Daniel McGowan, Saul Molina Vasquez, Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Jack Neiland, Margaret Neiland, Peter Nicolino, Aneudy Nunez, Charlotte O'Hara, Samantha O'Toole, Jefferson Orellana, Sean Rehman, Valen Richardson, Issac Rodriguez, Bianca Russell, Cooper Sanquini, Nohl Schwandtner, Zoe Schwandtner, Meghan Soulias, Nicholas Sperduti, Gracyn Speter, Mia Stampfel, Daniel Sweezey, Jasmine Thai, Jacqueline Thomann, Joie Tortorice, John Villella, Christian Viteri, Riley Wagner, Arthur Wobig, Natalie Zarcone, Brian Zuckerberg.

2nd Year: Benjamin Barton, Daniel Beltran, Matthew Bertone, Isabella Bonvicin, Luke Brennan, Janaya Brown, Dylan Cambria, Nikolas Cerrito, Ezequiel Clase, Brian Cullen, Jarrett Dalimonte, Alfonso Di Filippo, Daniel DiLeo, Evgenia Doddo, Shantae Ellis, Madonna Getchell, Charles Hardwick, Kimberly Hoppe, Priya Katwala, Parker Keller, Sydney Khan, Andrew Kim, Sebastian Koch, Joelle Koutsantanou, Jeremy Lanz, Andrew Ledbetter, Kevin Martin, Jessica Mason, Dana McGowan, Kevin McKenna, Christopher Neuman, Annabelle Novinski, Anthony Paredes Trujillo, Gianna Paul, Isabelle Philippe, Caroline Phillips, Antonette Pommells, Giselle Portillo Umana, Connor Rankel, Mikaila Rattazzi, Dylan Rehman, Anne Rodriguez, Stephanie Ross, Justin Salas, Christopher Schindler, Aarav Shah, Jenna Stockfeder, Kyle Torcivia, Elliott Trester, Barbara Tripi, Jacob Veeder, Aidan Wallace, Patrick Wuss, Jackson Zaiff.

3-4-5th Year: Michael Baranowski, Thomas Baranowski, Matthew Bradbury, Jack Cox, Katelyn Erthal, Kristen Finnerty, Emma Graff, Andrew Harrigan, Jasmine Haug, Brian Hauser, Katherine Miata, Riley Piromalli, Noah Ramos, Sean Smith, James Stanton, Mary Teresky, Natalie Ugenti, Jessica Vesque, Aniyah Walters, Grace Weigele, Jonathan Aziz, Mabel Bassi, Elena Davis, Dominick Esposito, Ashar Farooq, Andrew Ferreri, Casey Gilmartin, Katherine Gotard, Shaan Khan, Desiree Kleberg, Karina Lew, John Poplawski, Vishal Rattu, Nina Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, Anna Scortichini, Raj Shah, Jaden Speter, Stephanie Young, and Quinn O'Hara.

 

Section Awards Spring 2019                                 
Boys Tennis: Thomas Baranowski-All-League     
Boys Track & Field: John Poplawski- All-League,All-Division, Academic All-County, All-County, State Qualifier, All-State    
Dylan Rehman: All-League  
Justin Salas: All-League- All-Division          
Raj Shah: All-League
Boys Badminton: Jonathan Aziz- All-League         
Nikolas Cerrito-All-County  
Jack Cox-All-County 
Ashar Farooq-All-League     
Anthony Paredes Trujillo-All-League         
Vishal Rattu-All-County, Placed 3rd in Counties
Girls Badminton: Mabel Bassi-1st Team All-County         
Casey Gilmartin-1st Team All-County        
Katherine Gotard-1st Team All-League     
Jasmine Haug-1st Team All-County           
Katie Miata-1st Team All-County   
Anna Scortichini-1st Team All-League       
Stephanie Young-1st Team All-County  
Softball: Victoria Isernia-All-League           
Riley Piromalli-All-County Pitching, Large School Pitcher of the Year, League II Pitcher of the Year
Barbara Tripi-All-Division   
Girls Track & Field: Janaya Brown-All-League      
Amanda DeWitt- All-League           
Evgenia Doddo-All-League  
Gianna Paul-All-League, All-Division, All-County, State Qualifier , All-State
Isabelle Philippe-All-League           
Antonette Pommells-All-League     
Aniyah Walters-All-League, All-Division, All-County, State Qualifier      
Grace Weigele-All-League   
Boys Lacrosse: Luke Brennan-All-Division, All-County Honorable Mention      
Quinn O'Hara -All-Division, All-County        
Jackson Zaiff-All-Division     
Baseball: Matthew Bertone-Academic All-League
Ezequiel Clase-All-League   
Jake Fullerton -All-League     
Charles Hardwick-All-County         
Raymond Hoffman-All-League       
Andrew Ledbetter-All-League        
Aneudy Nunez-All-League  
Girls Lacrosse: Kristen Finnerty-Unsung Hero     
Desiree Kleberg-All-County
Ashley Magee-All-Division   
Dana McGowan-All-Division
Mary Teresky-All-County Honorable Mention      
Mia Stampfel-All-Rookie Team

Scholar Teams Spring 2019           
Team  Average
Boys Track 96.249
Girls Badminton 96.015
Boys Badminton 95.073
Girls Track 94.511
Softball 94.25
Girls Lacrosse 94.248
Boys Tennis 93.737
Unified Basketball 93.58
Boys Lacrosse 93.051

Scholar Athletes: Casey Gilmartin and Christian Viteri

  

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Athletes of the Month for May

Walt Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy congratulates his May Athletes of the Month, Jack Poplawski and Gianna Paul.
Walt Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy congratulates his May Athletes of the Month, Jack Poplawski and Gianna Paul.

Congratulations to May’s Athlete of the Month Jack Poplawski! He has again, for the second year in a row, won the NY State Championship in the Pentathlon. Last year Jack became a County Champion and State Champion, and in addition, has also become a Federation Champion, which is in all schools both Catholic and Public Schools from different divisions competing against one another. Jack’s passion and love for the sport grew over the years. “I started running Track in eighth grade to stay in shape for other sports like Soccer, Basketball, and Volleyball, then I started winning and started falling in love with the training that came with Track. I enjoyed the people that I was training and running with, and especially competing with those people was great.” When asked what motivates him to keep pushing himself, Jack responded with “just trying to beat my own personal bests and improve each day and when I’m racing the competitive spirit really comes out.” On his free time he likes to read, play video games, and hang out with his friends. Also, he is a member of the Philosophy Club, the Coding Club, and the Robotics Club. He is now a senior and is going to study Economics and Computer Science at the University of Chicago.

Congratulations to May’s Athlete of the Month Gianna Paul! The County Champion, State Champion, and Federation 400 Meter Champion has once again qualified for the second time to compete in the National Championship. Gianna’s passion for track came in the 7th grade. “It was more just my parents wanting me to do it and then I was actually really good at it so I got pulled up to the high school in the eighth grade and then I just kept doing it from there.” Along with Track, she also plays full-time soccer for a club team called Long Island Soccer Club and they are traveling to California next week for the playoffs. Gianna’s love for sports comes from her competitive drive. “I hate losing so if I am chasing someone, it motivates me to beat them especially if it’s in a big race.” Gianna is a freshman now and we look forward to watching her break more records.

They both competed this past weekend in the 2019 New Balance National Championship in North Carolina. News about the National results will be coming soon.

Congratulations to Our May Students of the Month

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“The students receiving this month's accolades are an outstanding group of individuals who are dedicated to their academic pursuits, contributing to the overall achievements of Walt Whitman High School,” said Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy. “While some of them will be leaving us to pursue their post-secondary goals, I am confident that all honored this month will continue to make us proud in the years to come no matter where they are.”

May Students of the Month: Business/Home and Careers- Luis Granados Gomez, Jasmin Iraheta Bautista Music/Dance- Ryan Davis, Leila Perry, Ryan Rowe, Ashley Winch Art-  Richard Dreusike, Sophia Fyfe, Gianna Inga, Saul Villatoro World Language- Mabel Bassi, Edwin Francia Arreola, Debbie Lopez Diaz, Jillian Vesque Social Studies- Maximilian Boise, Ellian Chaves Granados, Noor Hussain, Jeffrey Sorto Science-  Olivia Bamberger, Sergio Carrillo, Jake McCloskey, Jaden Speter Math- Alexander Fink, Amanda Grennan, Bessy Hernandez Garcia, Scott Martin, Emely Saravia Ulloa English- Nina Blankson, Joseph Lewin, Christian Rivera Mojica, Rasahn Thompson Physical Education- Daniel DiLeo, Christopher Grillo, Joseph Iazzetta, Raj Shah Athletes of the Month- Gianna Paul and John Poplawski

 

Countrywood Games Day

Mrs. Merola’s class had a blast on Games Day!
Mrs. Merola’s class had a blast on Games Day!
Countrywood students played through a variety of games and obstacle courses that kept them active all morning.
Countrywood students played through a variety of games and obstacle courses that kept them active all morning.
Mrs. Rabideau and Mr. Campbell’s 2nd grade Duel Language classes came together to join in on the fun.
Mrs. Rabideau and Mr. Campbell’s 2nd grade Duel Language classes came together to join in on the fun.

This past Friday morning was a beautiful day for Countrywood to have their annual Games Day. The kids had a great time running around and playing a variety of fun and creative games using hula-hoops, bean bags, foam footballs and more. Their parents joined in on the fun as well, coming up with games for the children and showing them the rules and how to play. Everyone at Countrywood, from the students to the parents and the teachers, all had an eventful day full of lasting memories.  

 

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Parent Career Presentation at Maplewood

Maplewood 4th grader Alexander stands with his dad, Matt Gizzi, a self-motivated event management and marketing professional for ESPN.
Maplewood 4th grader Alexander stands with his dad, Matt Gizzi, a self-motivated event management and marketing professional for ESPN.
Mrs. Cuozzo, Mrs. McQueeney, and their fourth grade class would like to thank Mr. Gizzi for coming into their classroom to share his experiences of how his commitment and motivation allowed him to be successful in his profession.
Mrs. Cuozzo, Mrs. McQueeney, and their fourth grade class would like to thank Mr. Gizzi for coming into their classroom to share his experiences of how his commitment and motivation allowed him to be successful in his profession.

Mrs. Cuozzo and Mrs. McQueeney's 4th grade class at Maplewood had the opportunity to have one of their parents come in and share his career with their class. Mr. Gizzi, Alexander Gizzi's father, works for ESPN, which is owned by Disney, as a Senior Director of Sports Brand Solutions.  He has worked with this company for 18 years and travels about 140 days a year to numerous sports and advertising events that he and his team manage. This career spotlight showed these 4th graders how Mr. Gizzi finds new ways to interact with fans and sponsors - however and wherever they connect with sports. He is a self-motivated event management and marketing professional. The students were very interested and asked about his path to get to this career. He explained that he went to St. John's University, played sports himself in college, was committed to his studies, and majored in marketing. This presentation provided the students with an up-close and personal view of a real world job, and what it takes to get there and to succeed. He even brought everyone an ESPN hat, lanyard, and pair of shoelaces!

AltoSTRONG at Outdoor Wrestling Festival

This is the 2nd year in a row Walt Whitman hosted the Outdoor Wrestling Festival in honor of the late husband, father, teacher and coach, Vincent Altebrando.
This is the 2nd year in a row Walt Whitman hosted the Outdoor Wrestling Festival in honor of the late husband, father, teacher and coach, Vincent Altebrando.
The proceeds raised from the event go to both the Walt Whitman wrestling team and to the Altebrando family.
The proceeds raised from the event go to both the Walt Whitman wrestling team and to the Altebrando family.
It was amazing to see so many schools across Long Island come together with our South Huntington community to support the Altebrando’s and participate in Vin’s memory.
It was amazing to see so many schools across Long Island come together with our South Huntington community to support the Altebrando’s and participate in Vin’s memory.
There were 291 athletes who participated in the festival from middle schools and high schools across Long Island.
There were 291 athletes who participated in the festival from middle schools and high schools across Long Island.
Wildcat wrestlers stayed focused on Whitman’s turf field.
Wildcat wrestlers stayed focused on Whitman’s turf field.
The festival is rain or shine, and it was a beautiful Saturday for athletes and spectators to be outdoors.
The festival is rain or shine, and it was a beautiful Saturday for athletes and spectators to be outdoors.
Our Wildcat wrestlers paid tribute to Coach Altebrando by participating in a number of matches throughout the day.
Our Wildcat wrestlers paid tribute to Coach Altebrando by participating in a number of matches throughout the day.
Angela and baby Biancamano came out to support the Altebrando family and pay tribute to the amazing husband and father that he was.
Angela and baby Biancamano came out to support the Altebrando family and pay tribute to the amazing husband and father that he was.
This event passes on Vin’s legacy as a coach and mentor for our South Huntington Community and will continue for years to come.
This event passes on Vin’s legacy as a coach and mentor for our South Huntington Community and will continue for years to come.

The 2nd Annual Vin Altebrando Outdoor Summer Festival couldn't have been more of a success. With this being the only wrestling tournament to be held entirely outside on Long Island, this event was a real trailblazer. The tournament held on Saturday, June 8th hosted 291 wrestlers on five different mats. There were two separate divisions that the wrestlers could compete in, 6th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade.

This event brought so many people together for such a great cause. Some of the proceeds went to the Altebrando family and the rest went to the Walt Whitman High School Wrestling team. The person responsible for starting it is Chris Cardella. As coach of Whitman’s wrestling team, Cardella and his wrestlers did so much to ensure that everyone had a great day. “It gives these kids an opportunity to get out of the gym and wrestle in the cool atmosphere,” said Cardella.  This outdoor tournament wasn’t only his idea. Vincent Altebando, which this event is honoring, actually came up with the idea for this tournament and tried it. “Vinny talked about doing an outside tournament and I said let’s do it. He tried it a few years back and it didn’t really take off,” said Cardella. “When he passed away I felt like I owed it to him to give it a real good try and get this thing going. I wanted his vision to come true and we worked hard last year and this year, it's been tough but it seemed to be going well.”

It was a great afternoon with everyone either wrestling or enjoying the matches. Even a team from Puerto Rico was there. After an unfortunate hurricane destroyed the team’s home, Long Beach wrestlers started to house them. To help them through this tough time, Walt Whitman wrestling waved the entrance fee and also donated to their team. “My team has done a great job helping out the Booster Club, volunteering every chance they have and being able to help out this team from Puerto Rico and getting them on the mats so they don't have to worry about the expenses, which is great,” said Cardella. “We are really teaching our students that you need to give back in this world.”

Next year Mr. Cardella would like to see more mats at the event. Wrestlers had to be turned away who wanted to compete due to the fact that there were only 5 mats. “I love the sport of wrestling, it is my passion and I want kids to be able to wrestle and having to turn them away was tough for me because I want all kids to be able to have the opportunity to wrestle.” Next year he hopes to have 7 to 8 mats so he can include more wrestlers. Mr. Cardella wants to thank Sweet Hollow Bakery and Port Jeff Trophy Hut for their support, but most of all the parents and grandparents of his wrestlers for all they do. “It's nice to know that he [Vin Altebrando] is probably looking down and saying ‘cool, this is what I wanted and it's actually happening.’”

 

The Ambassadors Club Dinner

Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz stands with club members who are recognized for their support and commitment they’ve demonstrated to the Walt Whitman High School Ambassador Program.
Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz stands with club members who are recognized for their support and commitment they’ve demonstrated to the Walt Whitman High School Ambassador Program.
This dynamic program, which represents one of our proudest district activities, pairs special-education students with their typical peers for activities that build lifelong relationships and understanding within the school community.
This dynamic program, which represents one of our proudest district activities, pairs special-education students with their typical peers for activities that build lifelong relationships and understanding within the school community.
Special Education Chairperson Dan Lombardo welcomes club members and guests as he introduces the evening’s festivities.
Special Education Chairperson Dan Lombardo welcomes club members and guests as he introduces the evening’s festivities.
Edward Nitkewicz shared his appreciation for those students who continually demonstrate how including others with special needs can have a lasting impact on their lives and the lives of their families.
Edward Nitkewicz shared his appreciation for those students who continually demonstrate how including others with special needs can have a lasting impact on their lives and the lives of their families.
A huge thank you goes out to the South Huntington Nutrition Services for providing delicious dinner options for our Ambassadors and guests.
A huge thank you goes out to the South Huntington Nutrition Services for providing delicious dinner options for our Ambassadors and guests.
Thank you Brendan Kispert from the Theatre Honor Society for performing a number for our guests as they dine.
Thank you Brendan Kispert from the Theatre Honor Society for performing a number for our guests as they dine.
 It is heartwarming to see just how inclusive and warm our students can be.
It is heartwarming to see just how inclusive and warm our students can be.

The fastest growing club at Walt Whitman High School just had their second annual dinner and awards night. The Ambassadors Club is a program set up for Whitman students and students with special needs who can come together to form strong and lasting friendships. The club offers fun events and activities for everyone to participate in together such as the Buddy Walk, dance parties, marching in the Homecoming Parade, the Autism Speaks Walk, and trips to the bowling alley. The end-of-year dinner, held on Wednesday showcased everything that the students did and highlighted the great memories that were made throughout the year.

At the dinner, Dan Lombardo, Department Chairperson for Special Education, was so happy to see everyone together having a great time. “The amount of students who actively participate throughout the year and the relationship that they built with our students is amazing,” said Lombardo. “They are true friends, they see each other in the hallways, they visit each other in classes. The genuine relationships and friendships that have developed are amazing.”

This club has grown over the years and has become a staple at Whitman. When it first began, the Ambassadors Club could only be found in the elementary schools and has now grown into a much larger and special group in our district. One person who is largely responsible for that start of The Ambassadors Club is Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz. “Tonight is a culmination of many years of building this program,” said Nickewicz.  “I was involved in the formation of [the club] back in the day and to watch it grow from a couple of pizza boxes to a cafeteria filled with kids who outreach to special needs children, to see the entire cafeteria just filled with parents and children too; it’s a statement of the resounding success of the vision that we all had as a community for a program that could teach children with special needs and have them as an integral part of our community.”

This club has helped many students in so many ways. The dinner really showed how much the club is truly enjoyed by everyone. “I think that South Huntington is one of the most remarkable and diverse communities and the students, parents, administrators, and the teachers extend that inclusiveness to special needs children like my son Edward.” Everyone is excited to see what The Ambassadors Club has in store for next year.

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French Students Awarded Prestigious Scholarships

“I am very proud of both Mabel Bassi and Katherine Gotard. They both deserve to be recognized for their high achievements in the French Language and for being an inspiration to all,” said Walt Whitman French teacher Dr. Eikenaar.
“I am very proud of both Mabel Bassi and Katherine Gotard. They both deserve to be recognized for their high achievements in the French Language and for being an inspiration to all,” said Walt Whitman French teacher Dr. Eikenaar.

Congratulations to Mabel Bassi for being the recipient of the Kris DiMaira Scholarship for 2019. Kris DiMaira graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1964 and returned after college to become a French teacher in the Fall of 1969.  Kris spoke French beautifully and she accompanied students several times on trips to France. On one such trip, a waiter inquired what region of France she was from!  She enjoyed retelling this anecdote, proud to have been mistaken for a native speaker.
"On a personal note, I was fortunate to have known an exceptional person such as Kris DiMaira. It is a true honor that her family attributes this scholarship to Mabel Bassi who intends to continue her studies in French at Binghamton University where she will get a degree in International studies," shared French teacher Dr. Eikenaar. 

Katherine Gotard is the recipient of the following awards/scholarship:
1) Kay Lyons Memorial Scholarship - AATF Suffolk offers the Kathleen Ann Lyons Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in the study of the French Language and Culture to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated excellence in his/her studies of French. The president of AATF Suffolk, Ms. Nancy Wolman, told me how impressed she was with Katherine eloquence.  She mentioned that Katherine’s devotion, dedication and high achievements spoke volume about her.
It is the first time that a student of Walt Whitman High School is receiving this prestigious award. Katherine Gotard was honored on Wednesday, May 28, 2019 at the Distribution des Prix held at Half Hollow East High School.
2) Outstanding Senior in French Award - The American Association of Teachers of French founded in 1927 is pleased to present the Outstanding Senior in French award to Katherine Gotard. Katherine is receiving a gold medal with “Outstanding Senior in French Award, AATF” written on it.
3) Academic Senior Award from the World Language Honor Society - Katherine received this award at the World Language Honor Society Induction Night on Wednesday, May 30.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding ladies!

 

PTA Reflections Winners Advance

Maplewood Principal Dr. D’Elia congratulates fifth grader Erica Chung for winning in the PTA Reflections visual arts category.
Maplewood Principal Dr. D’Elia congratulates fifth grader Erica Chung for winning in the PTA Reflections visual arts category.
Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto congratulates Sienna Leaver for winning in the music category with the piano piece she wrote herself.
Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto congratulates Sienna Leaver for winning in the music category with the piano piece she wrote herself.
Second grader Alex Garrido won in both literature and music for his original story and piano performance.
Second grader Alex Garrido won in both literature and music for his original story and piano performance.
Principal of Walt Whitman Mr. John Murphy congratulates Karina Yew as she moves on to compete at the state level for her original poem submission.
Principal of Walt Whitman Mr. John Murphy congratulates Karina Yew as she moves on to compete at the state level for her original poem submission.

The South Huntington School District would like to congratulate the four students who won the PTA Reflections award at the regional level. This award is for students in Pre-K all the way to twelfth grade who submit an original work of art in several different areas such as dance, choreography, film production, literature, music, composition, photography, and visual arts.
Walt Whitman senior Karina Yew won in literature for her original poem and 6th grader Sienna Leaver won in music for her piano piece that she also wrote herself. Fifth grader Erica Chung won in visual arts and 2nd grader Alex Garrido won in literature and in music for his original story and piano performance.
All of these talented students’ works of art will be put on display at the PTA showcase and will be moving on to compete at the state level. We wish Karina, Sienna, Erica and Alex the best of luck as they move forward!

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Bravo to Whitman's National Italian Exam Winners

Walt Whitman Italian teacher Manuela Stefanelli (front right) congratulates her students on winning the National Italian Language Exam.
Walt Whitman Italian teacher Manuela Stefanelli (front right) congratulates her students on winning the National Italian Language Exam.

Once again we are very proud of our Italian students at Walt Whitman High School who did an amazing job representing our school at the National Italian High School Contest Exam 2019.
About 5,500 students participated and nearly 1,500 received medals for their outstanding performances on the 2019 National Italian Exam. AATI honored 409 students with Gold Medals while 532 students received Silver Medals and 535 students were awarded Bronze Medals. We would like to thank all of the participants and congratulate all of the following winners:

Level 2 Gold Medal: Monica Rios Reyes and Armany Alfaro
Level 2 Silver Medal: Daniela Sotello
Level 2 Bronze Medal: Olivia Macchiarola
Level 2 Honorable Mention: Natalie Bausano, Molly Dugan, Victoria Fiorelli, Angela Shedlow

Level 3 Gold Medal: Daniela Santoiemma
Level 3 Silver Medal: Sindy Garcia
Level 3 Honorable Mention: Sophia Del Priore, Isabella Delfico, Elisa Husted, Christopher Scortichini, Julianna Villella

Level 4 Silver Medal: Gerardo Barrazza
Level 4 Bronze Medal: Olivia Cunsolo and Katherine Miata
Level 4 Honorable Mention: Luke Cunsolo, Jeremy Forman, Gabriella Minging, Logan Slansky, Stephen Verderame

Level 5 Gold Medal: Meaghan Italo
Level 5 Honorable Mention: Rosa Portillo and Rachel Ramos  

 

Bravi tutti!

Whitman's National Spanish Exam Winners

Congratulations to our students and Spanish teachers Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Callahan, Mrs. D’Addario, Mrs. Cardillo, Mrs. Hindes and Mrs. Zaiff on a job well done!
Congratulations to our students and Spanish teachers Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Callahan, Mrs. D’Addario, Mrs. Cardillo, Mrs. Hindes and Mrs. Zaiff on a job well done!

Congratulations to all the Whitman Students who competed in this year’s National Spanish Exam.  Results are as follow:

Level 1
Honorable Mention: Darwin Cruz Flores, Rachel Reyes, Manuel Sagastizado and Jennifer Lemus
Bronze: Christopher Umana

Level 2
Honorable Mention: Gabriel Gonzalez, Victoria Isernia, Lana Maniatis, Abigail Tavera, Delaney Parlante, Antonio Canales, Audrey Maradiaga, Cristy Peña-Mejia, Lia Rosario, Tanya Uceda, Kelly Alvarado, Litzy Hernandez, Keisy Valencia, Adriana Deprisco, Abby Dinstell, Ira Dubey, Mary Earley, David Haller and Mia Stampfel
Silver: Esteban Maraboli
Bronze: Kayla Gonzalez, Kaylee Gomez Sanchez and Jennifer Garcia

Level 3
Honorable Mention: Grace Buckshaw, Mia Coll, Umema Siddiqui, Paul Smitelli, Jesse Strenger-Skolnik, Mary Teresky, Margaret Neiland, Ashley Herrera, Thomas Baranowski, Roberto Alfaro, Carlos Alfaro, Nilsen Arteaga, Mayely Crespo Lemus, Daniel Cruz, Adan Guerrero Perez, Ashley Hernandez, Keily Maldonado, Jordan Moreno, Jeffrey Ponce, Yasly Velasquez, Jonathan Villatoro, Cristhian Granda and Andy Morales
Gold: Benjamin Joseph and Bessy Hernandez
Silver: Marvin Murgas, Sergio Carrillo, Brian Garcia, Yenifer Gonzalez, Daniela Sagastizado and Maria Garcia
Bronze: Noor Hussain, Yulisa Gonzalez, Sarah Samanez and Elsis Villatoro

Level 4
Honorable Mention: Alina Naseer, Anna Salmeron and Gilberto Murcia
Bronze: Luis Quintanilla

Level 5
Honorable Mention: Emely Alfaro, Thania Loza and Edwin Francia
Bronze: Juli Chiriboga: Pamela Flores

Congratulations to all participants and teachers!

Bond Plan Presentation

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On Wednesday, June 19th, the Board of Education and District Administration unveiled a Capital Bond proposal to the South Huntington community.

This exciting plan, which will be presented for public vote on October 7, 2019, has the potential to revolutionize the district, adding one-of-a-kind academic, athletic, musical, and community components to the infrastructure.

There has never been a Bond of this inclusive and expansive nature in the region, and we are proud to take the lead in 21st Century education. “Vision 2020” truly offers something for everyone, and the Bond will leave a legacy of excellence that endures for years to come. We welcome you to view the presentation by using the following link:

http://www.shufsd.org/Assets/Board_of_Education_Documents/VISION_2020_PRESENTATION_JUNE_19_2019.pdf

 

To view the presentation in Spanish, use the following link:

http://www.shufsd.org/Assets/Board_of_Education_Documents/Copy_of_VISION_2020_Google_Slides_Version_(1).pdf

 


The Arts Honor Societies Welcome New Inductees

National Art Honor Society Advisor Gina Tinucci addresses the current members and new inductees before the 2018-2019 ceremonies begin.
National Art Honor Society Advisor Gina Tinucci addresses the current members and new inductees before the 2018-2019 ceremonies begin.
Eighteen students were welcomed into the Art Honor Society that recognizes students for both their academic and artistic excellence.
Eighteen students were welcomed into the Art Honor Society that recognizes students for both their academic and artistic excellence.
Rena Shapiro welcomes new inductees into the National Art Honor Society with a symbolic carnation.
Rena Shapiro welcomes new inductees into the National Art Honor Society with a symbolic carnation.
The current executive board welcomes the new officers for the upcoming school year.
The current executive board welcomes the new officers for the upcoming school year.
Orchestra teacher and advisor Frank Yolango stands with the current board as they await their new members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Orchestra teacher and advisor Frank Yolango stands with the current board as they await their new members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Advisor Susan Turner welcomes her three new inductees, Carly Dammer, Marianna Kliampas, and Tyler Phelan, into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.
Advisor Susan Turner welcomes her three new inductees, Carly Dammer, Marianna Kliampas, and Tyler Phelan, into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

The artists of Walt Whitman High School were in the spotlight to celebrate the new inductees for the Music, Art, and Dance Honor Societies. These honor societies recognize the students who excel in the classroom as well within their creative and artistic platforms. It was a great night to recognize the hard work of all these talented students as the current executive board members welcomed their new officers in addition to saying goodbye and good luck to the graduating seniors.

National Art Honor Society- Advisor Gina Tinucci
2018-2019 Members: Sarah Clopper, Sophia Dalton, Thomas Decker, Tatiana Doddo, Anna Edwards, Sophia Fyfe, Olivia Golembiowski, Gabrielle Giudici, Gretel Huber, Anna Keller, Alessandra Lella, Caitlyn Lupton, Reyha Mete*, Hasna Naseer*, Anna Noonan, Rebecca Oltedal*, Hannah Paceleo, Neha Pillai, Isabella Rombaldi, Brianna Ruotolo, Rena Shapiro, Jasmine Thai, and Alexa Wilbrecht
2018-2019 Inductees: Hannah Albert, Kaitlyn Allen, Rafel Azhar, Alexander Coletti, Kevin Cozart, Kerri Delaney, Ira Dubey, Lila Freire, Lorely Hassman, Danielle Henneborn*, Jessica Joy*, Salma Laraki, Violet LeClaire, Olivia Martinez, Michelle Mullin, Andy Orellana, Sabrina Petrizzo, and Anqi Zhao

Tri-M Music Honor Society – Advisor Frank Yolango
2018-2019 Members: Benjamin Barton, Cosette Brazeau, Matthew Brown, Jaycee Cardoso, Corinne De Rosa, Greg De Rosa, Jason Deveraj, Cal Eidenoff, Maxwell Fisher, Lauren Gotard, Sarah Heath, Kate Jenkins, Jillian Jobson, Benjamin Joseph, Katherine Miata, Megan Neuman, Mikaila Rattazzi, Logan Slansky, Liliana Soares, and Abbie Yaeger
2018-2019 Inductees: Pamela Carey, Michael Deitch, Abby Dinstell, Serena Heddell, Jordan Henkel, Liam Hill, Julianna Licona, Jordan Logue, and Juliana Ngyuyen

National Honor Society for Dance Arts- Advisor Susan Turner Radin
2018-2019 Members: Ruth Rise
2018-2019 Inductees: Carly Dammer, Marianna Kliampas, and Tyler Phelan

 

* = Seniors

Three Exceptional Ladies Recognized at Military Breakfast

On behalf of the South Huntington School District, Board of Education, and members of our South Huntington Community, we would like to congratulate Isabel, Julia, and Katelyn as they complete their time at Walt Whitman High School and continue on in serving our great nation.
On behalf of the South Huntington School District, Board of Education, and members of our South Huntington Community, we would like to congratulate Isabel, Julia, and Katelyn as they complete their time at Walt Whitman High School and continue on in serving our great nation.
Walt Whitman freshman TaTianna Lane sang the National Anthem to begin the morning’s ceremony.
Walt Whitman freshman TaTianna Lane sang the National Anthem to begin the morning’s ceremony.
South Huntington Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo introduced the morning’s festivities and shared the biographies of those three ladies being honored before presenting each with a key to the district and the current years silver dollar.
South Huntington Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo introduced the morning’s festivities and shared the biographies of those three ladies being honored before presenting each with a key to the district and the current years silver dollar.
Thank you to our American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for coming out to acknowledge our hardworking students and for always supporting the South Huntington Community.
Thank you to our American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for coming out to acknowledge our hardworking students and for always supporting the South Huntington Community.

Congratulations to the three young women who were celebrated recently at the James Kaden Administrative Offices for the annual Military Recognition Breakfast. These three ladies have done so many great things while in school and are about to go off and do great things while serving our nation. Isabel Aquilino is joining the US Marine Corps, Julia Chiusano is joining the US Navy, and Katelyn Erthal is joining the US Air Force.

Isabel, who is known for pushing herself both in and outside of school, is preparing every day to be a Marine. She keeps herself in shape, working with a personal trainer frequently while also studying for the US Marine Corps occupational test. When asked why she wanted to join the Marines, Isabel responded with “I want to be active in my community and in the country and better my leadership. This is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl.” Isabel is very excited to start this next chapter of her life, as she will be enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation.

When asked about Julia, her teachers describe her as a person whose compassion and sense of empathy transcend above all others. Julia has dedicated her time at Whitman to encouraging students, emanating a positive influence on those around her. She has been a consummate student while being involved in Navy based activities, studying rules, marches, the Soldier’s Creed and participating in intensive work-outs. Her grandfather, who was in the Army, is a big reason for her joining the Navy. Julia shared that she has always liked boats and that it is a dream of hers to be out on the water. Upon her graduation, Julia will be enlisting in the Navy.

During her four years at Walt Whitman, Katelyn has truly defined herself as a leader amongst her class. She has continually tried to get the most out of her academic experiences, achieving Principal’s List in her Senior Year. Her high academic stature has also allowed her to be inducted into both the English and National Honor Societies. Katelyn knew from a young age that she wanted to be in the Air Force and since then has been involved in community-based groups and activities focused on providing civic engagement and volunteerism such as the Civil Air Patrol. A classmate of hers said that she remembers Katelyn writing a report on being in the Military and flying planes in the third grade. “Her love of flying” she says, “comes from her Dads passion for it, as he flies planes as a hobby.” Upon graduation, Katelyn will be enlisting in the Air Force National Guard.   

Isabel, Julia, and Katelyn all are on the road to do great things as they serve our great nation. These young ladies are very talented and motivated towards attaining their goals and have sincerely made the district and their families very proud.  

 

Gold Key and Scholarship Winners Highlighted

 The Gold Key Award is the highest honor in Section XI that an athlete can receive for sports participation.
The Gold Key Award is the highest honor in Section XI that an athlete can receive for sports participation.
Coach Scott Wolff congratulated Jasmine Haug and Thomas Costa III on receiving the Coach Altobrando Humanitarian Scholarship. In honor of Coach Vin Altobrando, the Wildcat Booster Club invited coaches to nominate a boy and a girl who in their opinion is a humanitarian, brings out the best in others, and is a person of good character.
Coach Scott Wolff congratulated Jasmine Haug and Thomas Costa III on receiving the Coach Altobrando Humanitarian Scholarship. In honor of Coach Vin Altobrando, the Wildcat Booster Club invited coaches to nominate a boy and a girl who in their opinion is a humanitarian, brings out the best in others, and is a person of good character.
Athletes enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Fox Hollow that included dinner with their favorite coaches, teachers, and friends.
Athletes enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Fox Hollow that included dinner with their favorite coaches, teachers, and friends.
Thank you to the Wildcat Booster Club for an evening of celebration and well deserved recognition for our student athletes and to all of those volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this possible; not only to put this event together but throughout the year to raise the funds needed.
Thank you to the Wildcat Booster Club for an evening of celebration and well deserved recognition for our student athletes and to all of those volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this possible; not only to put this event together but throughout the year to raise the funds needed.

The 2019 Gold Key Awards and Wildcat Booster Club Scholarships were handed out on Tuesday evening at the Fox Hollow Inn that included the 11th annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction. The Gold Key Award is the highest honor in Section XI that an athlete can receive for sports participation. Recipients are determined by Section XI rules. It is awarded to athletes who letter in eight varsity or junior varsity seasons in grades 10-12 throughout their Walt Whitman High School career.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Gold Key Recipients: Jonathan Aziz, Jack Cox, Dominick Esposito, Andrew Harrigan, Desiree Kleberg, Joelle Koutsantanou, Kevin McKenna, Samantha O’Toole, John Poplawski, Dylan Rehman, Grace Roiland, Raj Shah, Meghan Soulias, Morgan Wagner, Patrick Wuss, and Brian Zuckerman

This year the Wildcat Booster Club invited 33 students to be our guest (at no cost to them) and sponsored a total of 33 awards and scholarships presented to our graduating seniors. At this dinner the students and their families were treated to the stories of great Wildcat athletes of the past as we inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame: 
David Leon "The Hammer" Harris 
Charles Schimpf
Robert Schimpf
Melissa Shulman – Swailes
Robert Weickel
The 1976 Baseball Team

Congratulations to our Wildcat Booster Club Scholarship Recipients:
Wildcat Booster Club Presidential Scholarship for Service: Karina Lew and Samantha O’Toole
Wildcat Booster Club Presidential Gold Key Scholarship: Jack Poplawski and Meghan Soulias
Wildcat Booster Club Maroon & White Scholarship: Eric Bell, Alyssa Christiansen, Jack Cox, Desiree Kleberg, Danielle Kleet, Kevin Morrissey, Quinn O’Hara, Joie Tortorice, Morgan Wagner, and Kendal Wilkerson-Ferguson.
Coach Altobrando Humanitarian Scholarship: Jasmine Haug and Thomas Costa III
Principal’s Athlete Award: Grace Roiland
Athletic Director’s Award: Jackie Thomann and Christian Viteri
Luke Avolese Football Scholarship: Gavin McCready
Luke Avolese Basketball Scholarship: Wendley Jean-Baptiste
Gugliotta Basketball Scholarship: Wendley Jean-Baptiste
HBC Soccer Scholarship: Wilmer Dominguez Funez

Wildcat Booster Club 2019 Service Award Winners
Bronze Level: Jack Cox, Karina Lew, and Megan Soulias
Gold Level: Samantha O’Toole

 

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Students Awarded Honoring Michael S. Curtin

In Sergeant Curtin's honor, the Michael S. Curtin Awards are presented to students who were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating exemplary citizenship. Rather than emphasizing academics or athletics, these awards focus on character and compassion. They are about how students live their daily lives and how much they do for others without asking for anything in return.
In Sergeant Curtin's honor, the Michael S. Curtin Awards are presented to students who were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating exemplary citizenship. Rather than emphasizing academics or athletics, these awards focus on character and compassion. They are about how students live their daily lives and how much they do for others without asking for anything in return.
State Senator James E. Gaughran presented Samantha Francios with the Youth Leadership Recognition Award for her dedication to community service and for serving as a leader and positive role model.
State Senator James E. Gaughran presented Samantha Francios with the Youth Leadership Recognition Award for her dedication to community service and for serving as a leader and positive role model.
Sean Rankel and Alyssa Christiansen were awarded a number of awards this evening, including the American Legion Citizenship Medal and the Achievement Award from the Office of the NYS Comptroller.
Sean Rankel and Alyssa Christiansen were awarded a number of awards this evening, including the American Legion Citizenship Medal and the Achievement Award from the Office of the NYS Comptroller.
This group of seniors knows what it means to “be present” as they earn their awards for perfect attendance.
This group of seniors knows what it means to “be present” as they earn their awards for perfect attendance.
Ms. Harris, along with many other Whitman teachers and faculty members, attended the ceremony after nominating their students for the Michael S. Curtain Awards.
Ms. Harris, along with many other Whitman teachers and faculty members, attended the ceremony after nominating their students for the Michael S. Curtain Awards.

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

Congratulations to the 2019 Michael S. Curtin Citizenship Award Recipients: Nadera Andrews, Cassandra Bonilla, Muhammad Chaudhry, Estefany Chavez Chavez, Yunior Chavez Moreira, Julia Chiusano, Britney Clarke, Carl Constable Jr., Thomas Costas lll, Daniel Curtin, Elizabeth DeMartino, Gregory De Rosa, Tiffany Dominguez, Wilmer Dominguez Funez, John Dugan, Gabriela Escamilla, Gabriela Flores Benavidez, Brianna Garcia, Rebecca Geneus, Zoey Guiliano, Asma Halimi, Ianna Hankinson, Danielle Henneborn, Joselin Hernandez, Damaris Jovel Ordonez, Danielle Kleet, Karina Lew, Joseph Lewin, Nina Manganello, Stephanie Martin, Maxwell Morris, Nicholas Nicholson, Quinn O’Hara, Samantha O’Toole, Thomas Palladino, Anthony Paredes Trujillo, Jissel Ramos Vasquez, Rocio Ramos Vasquez, Joshua Ramtahal, Hailey Rankel, Mary Reciniello, Megan Richter, Ruth Rise, Jayda Rosene, Benjamin Saks, Natasha Scott, Sean Smith, Imman Sohail, Stephen Teplansky, Jacqueline Thomann, Oliver Villalta Alfaro, and Emma Weigele

 

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National Business Honor Society

Virtual Enterprise and Apollo Corp. CEOs along with Advisor Sandy Stueber gather for a night of recognizing the hard work of the young businessmen and women being inducted into the Business Honor Society.
Virtual Enterprise and Apollo Corp. CEOs along with Advisor Sandy Stueber gather for a night of recognizing the hard work of the young businessmen and women being inducted into the Business Honor Society.
VE ‘Apollo’ Corp CEO’s Andrew Harrigan and Raj Shah present their awards to their team.
VE ‘Apollo’ Corp CEO’s Andrew Harrigan and Raj Shah present their awards to their team.
Business Honor Society Advisor Sandy Stueber addresses her CEOs and new inductees with inside jokes and congratulations on their competitive accomplishments.
Business Honor Society Advisor Sandy Stueber addresses her CEOs and new inductees with inside jokes and congratulations on their competitive accomplishments.
Supervisor of Mathematics Dr. Matthew Murphy addressed parents and students before receiving their much-earned awards.
Supervisor of Mathematics Dr. Matthew Murphy addressed parents and students before receiving their much-earned awards.

The objectives of the National Business Honor Society are to promote and recognize academic achievement in business education at the secondary level, foster and recognize leadership skills and character development, while helping members grow ethically and socially by promoting and encouraging an interest in business and encouraging member involvement in service learning initiatives.

National Business Honor Society Advisor Mrs. Sandy Stueber recognized the hard work put forth by her students. “Our 4 CEO’s, Olivia Giarratano, Andrew Harrigan, Sean Rankel, and Raj Shah did such an amazing job this year. It takes a special person to be able to balance sports, academics, high school life, and Virtual Enterprise and all of the responsibilities that come with being a CEO and I am blessed to have had 4 young adults that were able to excel in every aspect of their lives.”

With an emphasis on college and career readiness, Virtual Enterprise is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem solving, communication, personal finance and technology.

The two companies this year participated in many different competitions both regional and national. In the national competitions, Onward placed Top 10% in the Online Elevator Pitch Competition, Top 25% in the Company Newsletter Competition, and received an honorable mention for their website. Apollo Corp received an honorable mention for the Branding Competition. These competitions were against over 1,000 Virtual Enterprise firms.

Congratulations to those students inducted into the Walt Whitman Chapter of the National Business Honor Society: Robert Adomaites, Saul Molina Vasquez, Nicolas Allain, Kevin Morrissey, Elman Aparicio, Christopher Neuman, Beyonce Argenzio, Quinn O’Hara, Jonathan Aziz, Rebecca Oltedal, Robert Bancheri, Samantha O’Toole, Christopher Borges, Ryan Owens, Anthony Bosco, Connor Rankel, Jack Brady, Sean Rankel, Matthew Calandra, Dylan Rehman, Guillermo Campos, Michael Restmeyer, Jack Cox, Raj Shah, Nick DeGaetano, Meghan Soulias, Shane Duffy, Michael Tallo, Jeremy Forman, Luke Towers, Olivia Giarratano, Arthur Wobig, Andrew Harrigan, Kevin Wrobel, Brian Hauser, Stephanie Young, Nick King, Devin Yuen, Jack Lang, Karina Lew, Racquel Litt, Nina Manganello, Kevin Martin, Raymond Matuza, Kevin McKenna

Apollo Corp.

Andrew Harrigan—CEO

Raj Shah—CEO

Robert Adomaites, Lemar Amin, Beyonce Argenzio, Robert Bancheri, Christopher Borges, Jack Brady, Mondell Brandon, Matthew Calandra, Jack Cox, Luke Cunsolo, Nicholas DeGaetano, Peter Demeo, John Dugan, Andrew Ferreri, Jeremy Forman, Jake Lang, Karina Lew, Kevin McKenna, Dean Mirissis, Kevin Morrissey, Connor Rankel, Dylan Rehman, Jason Sorto, Jaden Speter, John Vaccaro, Arthur Wobig, Devin Yuen, and Jackson Zaiff

Onward for Virtual Enterprise

Olivia Giarratano—CEO

Sean Rankel—CEO

Henry Alvarado, Daniel Anest, Elman Aparicio, Patrick Bresnan, Guillermo Campos, Cristopher Chalco, Grant Christensen, Joseph Dowling, Shane Duffy, Jake Fullerton, Nicholas King, Joseph Magrane, Kevin Martin, Raymond Matuza, Nolan McIntosh, Maxwell Morris, Wilmer Munoz Pena, Ryan Owens, Thomas Palladino, Eleni Papaiacovou, Cole Rudnick, Jeffrey Sorto, Michael Tallo, Luke Towers, and Kevin Wrobel

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Victory Challenge 2019

Events such as this are a great way to familiarize the general public with the abilities of physically challenged individuals.
Events such as this are a great way to familiarize the general public with the abilities of physically challenged individuals.
Sports achievements emphasize the abilities of athletes and help them develop confidence and self esteem.
Sports achievements emphasize the abilities of athletes and help them develop confidence and self esteem.
The smiles on our athletes’ and volunteers’ faces were the best prizes of all.
The smiles on our athletes’ and volunteers’ faces were the best prizes of all.
Athletes from our district were excited to receive support from their favorite mascots.
Athletes from our district were excited to receive support from their favorite mascots.
Competitive events include track events (ambulatory, wheelchair and power wheelchair), field events adapted for all physical challenges, swimming, archery, table tennis, and slalom (courses are set up to accommodate ambulatory, wheelchair, and blind/visually impaired athletes.)
Competitive events include track events (ambulatory, wheelchair and power wheelchair), field events adapted for all physical challenges, swimming, archery, table tennis, and slalom (courses are set up to accommodate ambulatory, wheelchair, and blind/visually impaired athletes.)
Students and volunteers had a great experience competing and cheering for one another as a team.
Students and volunteers had a great experience competing and cheering for one another as a team.

This year’s 35th Empire State Games Victory Challenge was a huge win for the students, faculty, and volunteers who partook in the event. The games offer physically challenged youth the opportunity to participate in competitive sports and recreational activities adapted to best suit their unique abilities, while enabling them to learn and develop skills required for successful experiences in sports competition and fitness. Forty-five students from the South Huntington School District came out to compete against over 1,200 other athletes from over thirty school districts from New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk County. Our students took home a total of 55 gold medals, 16 silver medals, and 16 bronze medals.

Rory Sherman, Physical Education teacher at Walt Whitman High School, said “It was a very fun day and the best part was seeing the kids smiling and having fun.” A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Musgnug, Mr. Anderson from Walt Whitman High School, Mrs. Daneillo from Stimson, Mr. Winters from Maplewood and all the Physical Education teachers, as well as Maureen Riley and Donna Grennan in the Athletic office. A big thank you goes out to Sheila Buhse in Nutrition services and the High School kitchen staff for prepping over 70 lunches. The success of this event is owed to all of the great volunteers and paras who helped to make this day possible and full of fun for all who participated.

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Whitman's 2019 Principal's List

Students who were in attendance for 2019 Principal‘s List Awards Ceremony.
Students who were in attendance for 2019 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. “This prestigious ceremony honored 109 students who maintained a 95% academic average throughout their high school careers,” said BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta.  “We literally beamed with pride in hearing dozens of resumes, describing young people who have excelled in the classroom, served their schools and communities, earned numerous co-curricular accomplishments, and now prepare to attend some of the finest schools in the nation.”  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. The honorees names are placed on a plaque that will be displayed on the walls of Whitman for years to come.

We congratulate the 2019 Principal’s List winners and commend their teachers and parents on a job very well done:

Valedictorian – Ashar Farooq

Salutatorian – Shaan Khan

Robert Adomaites, Nicolas Allain, Ezzah Asad, Musa Assassa, Jonathan Aziz, Benjamin Barton, Mabel Bassi, Eric Bell, Andrew Borges, Cosette Brazeau, Alexa Brunetti, Jaycee Cardoso, Jake Cartisano, Alyssa Chillemi, Sarah Choudhary, Alyssa Christiansen, Efrain Citle Palestino, Lourdes Coto, Jack Cox, Grace D Souza, Elena Davis, Alexandra Degaray, Jason Devaraj, Alfonso Di Filippo, Katelyn Erthal, Dominick Esposito, Emma Farrell, Andrew Ferreri, Maxwell Fisher, Angela Frazzitta, Anna Garziano, Olivia Giarratano, Casey Gilmartin, Eleni Glodowski, Rabia Gondal, Katherine Gotard, Amanda Grennan, Emma Halliday, Hailey Hamilton, Roy Harel, Andrew Harrigan, Jasmine Haug, Sarah Heath, Ethan Iannuzzi, Meghan Italo, Laurette Joyce, Parker Keller, Paul Kim, Desiree Kleberg, Marianna Kliampas, Joelle Koutsantanou, Rebecca Lamanna, Jackson Lin, Aleeza Marghub, Jessica Mason, Reyha Mete, Saul Molina Vasquez, Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Edgardo Moreno, Alyssa Morisco, Chloe Morris, Hasna Naseer, Melanie Navarro, Megan Neuman, Rebecca Oltedal, Man Patel, Skylar Pekarek, John Poplawski, Rosa Portillo, Robert Posillico, Olivia Pulvirenti, Sean Rankel, Liam Rea, Dylan Rehman, Nina Rodriguez, Anne Rodriguez, Grace Roiland, Gabrielle Safian, Joshua Salvador, Joseph Sansotta, Anna Scortichini, Raj Shah, Zachary Slansky, Liliana Soares, Samantha Sorensen, Meghan Soulias, Jaden Speter, Kelly Strigaro, Daniel Sweezey, Deanna Tabibzada, Caleb Thompson, Justin Thorne, Giorgia Tomassini, Joie Tortorice, Elliott Trester, Matthew Tricomi, William Valle, Wilmer Valle, Samantha Vincent, Christian Viteri, Morgan Wagner, Dylan Witt, Patrick Wuss, Abbie Yaeger, Xiaotong Yang, Stephanie Young, and Brian Zuckerberg.

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Spots Still Available for Summer Research Enrichment Program

Attention students grades 6-9, there is still opportunity to enroll in the Summer Research Program which meets July 2-12 from 8-11am at Whitman with Mr. Feraco. For more information and application, call Ms. Scardapane at 631-812-3059 or email mscardapane@shufsd.

Walt Whitman's National Honor Society Induction

NHS Secretaries Anna Schortichini and Sarah Zepeda light one of the ceremonial candles, representing scholarship, leadership, service and character that is demonstrated by each Honor Society member.
NHS Secretaries Anna Schortichini and Sarah Zepeda light one of the ceremonial candles, representing scholarship, leadership, service and character that is demonstrated by each Honor Society member.
The current NHS Officers: President Grace D’Souza, Vice President John Dugan, Secretaries Anna Scortichini and Sarah Zepeda, Treasurer Reyha Mete, and GSO Representative Jake Cartisano.
The current NHS Officers: President Grace D’Souza, Vice President John Dugan, Secretaries Anna Scortichini and Sarah Zepeda, Treasurer Reyha Mete, and GSO Representative Jake Cartisano.
“I pledge to maintain my high scholastic standing; to hold as fundamental and worthy an untarnished character; to endeavor intelligently and courageously to be a leader; and to give of myself freely in service to others. In so doing, I shall prove myself worthy of a place in the National Honor Society.”
“I pledge to maintain my high scholastic standing; to hold as fundamental and worthy an untarnished character; to endeavor intelligently and courageously to be a leader; and to give of myself freely in service to others. In so doing, I shall prove myself worthy of a place in the National Honor Society.”
Board President Nick Ciappetta and Vice President Laura Carey congratulate the new members as they take the walk across the PAC stage.
Board President Nick Ciappetta and Vice President Laura Carey congratulate the new members as they take the walk across the PAC stage.
The Walt Whitman Chorale opened the evening with a few numbers, including a beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”
The Walt Whitman Chorale opened the evening with a few numbers, including a beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”
From Abbene to Zaiff, 135 juniors and 10 seniors were inducted as new members of the National Honor Society.
From Abbene to Zaiff, 135 juniors and 10 seniors were inducted as new members of the National Honor Society.

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 a deep-seated commitment to service.

 “You are the leaders of your class and represent the very best of our school,” said Principal John Murphy to his new inductees. “As you move into the final stage of high school to enter the world, I am confident that you are prepared to tackle life's challenges. You have shown the skills and confidence to be successful in whatever life throws at you. While there will be bumps along the road and you will face many points where you need to decide on how to accomplish something, I want you to know that I have every faith in you to make the right decision. It is in those moments where I want you to remember the integrity and character you have displayed here at Walt Whitman. The future is open to amazing possibilities for all of you here.”

Congratulations to the 2019 National Honor Society Inductees: Heather Abbene, Isabella Adamovicz, Emely Alfaro Benitez, Aleena Ali, Priscilla Alonzo, Elman Aparicio, Zainab Asif, Yagmur Aykanat, Edward Backer, Gerardo Barraza, Nathan Blank, Isabella Bonvicin, Christopher Borges, Jack Brady, Thomas Braglia, Patrick Bresnan, Ryan Cajowski, Matthew Calandra, Jordan Campanelli, Annelise Campo, Samantha Carey, Jessica Castagna, Nikolas Cerrito, Juliana Chiriboga, Iza Choudrey, Kathya Cisneros Rivas, Kayla Coll, Kevin Cozart, Jillian Crowley, Olivia Cunsolo, Luke Cunsolo, Nicholas De Gaetano, Kaitlin De Moore, Corinne De Rosa, Hailey Dearborn, Michael Deitch, Tatiana Doddo, Joseph Dowling, Shane Duffy, Anna Edwards, Emily Engoran, Garrison Farrell, April Farrell, Kelly Feldmann, Joseph Feola, Kristen Finnerty, Pamela Flores Chalco, Diana Fogel, Jeremy Forman, Madison Fulcher, Jake Fullerton, Janna Garden, Olivia Giarratano, Gabrielle Girard, Cassidy Giudici, Gabrielle Giudici, Colby Goldsmith, Olivia Golembiowski, Lauren Gotard, Emma Graff, Christopher Grillo, Ethan Halle, Brianna Hansen, Brian Hauser, Stephen Hong, Gretel Huber, Jake Iaccino, Nimra Ishtiaq, Kate Jenkins, Jillian Jobson, Damaris Jovel Ordonez, Priya Katwala, Bridget Kenney, Dana Keogler, Sydney Khan, Adil Khan, Nicholas King, Olivia Kongevold, Daniel Kulesa, Jake Lang, Julianna Licona, Racquel Litt, Thania Loza Morales, Aidan Luebker, Paige Maier, Kevin Martin, Marissa Martino, Raymond Matuza, Tyler Meyer, Katherine Miata, Gabriella Mingin, Dean Mirissis, Brady Mondry, Jimmy Morales, Maxwell Morris, Annosha Mubasher, Emily Murphy, Sarah Nace, Alina Naseer, Melanie Navarro, Anna Noonan, Eleni Papaicovou, Jennifer Parada Melgar, Tyler Phelan, Matthew Philip, Michelle Pirozzi, Rosa Portillo, Connor Rankel, Nicole Rapacciuolo, Mikaila Rattazzi, Liam Rea, Lauren Redelman, Mycaela Reilly, Emily Riha, Amanda Riha, Lily Robert, Destiny Robinson, Isabella Rombaldi, Sebastian Rosa, Stephanie Ross, Kayla Sakayan, Benjamin Saks, Brenda Saravia Coreas, Nohl Schwandtner, Julia Seitz, Umema Siddiqui, Bilal Siddiqui, Logan Slansky, Rachel Smith, Fiona Smyth, Mary Teresky, Dylan Thyer, Luke Towers, Barbara Tripi, Emma Touhy, Riley Turner, Natalie Ugenti, Stephen Verderame, Belkin Vilorio, Christopher Williams, Kevin Wrobel, Melanie Yodice, Se Min Yoon, Subhana Zafar, and Jackson Zaiff.

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O'Connor Wins for School Safety

Birchwood Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli and Assistant Principal Mr. Thomas Keogh congratulate Sean O’Connor for winning this statewide award.
Birchwood Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli and Assistant Principal Mr. Thomas Keogh congratulate Sean O’Connor for winning this statewide award.
Thank you Karen Blackburn from AAA for coming to Birchwood and bringing the great news about Sean O’Connor winning the AAA School Safety Patrol for New York State!
Thank you Karen Blackburn from AAA for coming to Birchwood and bringing the great news about Sean O’Connor winning the AAA School Safety Patrol for New York State!

Congratulations to Birchwood 5th grader Sean O’Connor for winning the AAA School Safety Patrol for New York State! This award is given to a student who exemplifies leadership qualities, safety skills, school involvement, and volunteerism. It has been almost eleven years since a student from the South Huntington School District has won this award.

Safety is a commitment that Sean takes very seriously both in and outside of school. “The best part about being a safety patrol officer,” Sean stated, “is telling others how to be safe and teaching them why it is important to do so.” Even when he is at home, Sean reminds his parents and siblings to be safe. Sean is very active both in and outside of school, as he enjoys playing and watching soccer and rooting for his favorite team, Juventus. Sean loves to be a Safety Patrol Officer for Birchwood and is excited to keep leading others to be safe.     

 

World Language Honor Society 2019 Induction

Mrs. Bunnell and Mrs. Stefanelli-Fasano were proud to welcome the new 2019 inductees into the Italian Honor Society.
Mrs. Bunnell and Mrs. Stefanelli-Fasano were proud to welcome the new 2019 inductees into the Italian Honor Society.
The French Choir opened the evening with a beautiful performance of “Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore.”
The French Choir opened the evening with a beautiful performance of “Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore.”
Janna Garden shared her musical talents this evening as she sang “Ave Maria” in Latin.
Janna Garden shared her musical talents this evening as she sang “Ave Maria” in Latin.
World Language Honor Society Advisor Aileen D’Addario addressed parents and students in congratulating the inductees on all of their efforts and achievements.
World Language Honor Society Advisor Aileen D’Addario addressed parents and students in congratulating the inductees on all of their efforts and achievements.
Students inducted into the French, Spanish, and Italian Honor Societies were all glowing with excitement.
Students inducted into the French, Spanish, and Italian Honor Societies were all glowing with excitement.
Officers of the World Language Honor Society patiently await the incoming inductees.
Officers of the World Language Honor Society patiently await the incoming inductees.

While we are always remarkably proud of our students' success in co-curricular endeavors, it is the commitment to balanced, well-rounded accomplishments that truly make our young people special. With this in mind, we were thrilled to see new members of our distinguished student body inducted into the prestigious World Language Honor Society. These fine academicians, under the leadership of Aileen D’Addario, managed to navigate the rigors of increased scholastic standards and emerge as successful candidates for the 2019 induction. With performances from the French Choir singing Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore and Janna Garden singing Ave Maria in Latin, the evening was a wonderful way to welcome our new inductees into this distinguished group. Our parents and teachers should be very proud to have students so able to manage their time and juggle the demands of modern high school life.

World Language Honor Society Officers:
Aileen D'Addario - Advisor
Jackson Lin- President
Iza Choudrey - Co-Vice President
Natalie Ugenti - Co-Vice President
Katie Miata - Co-Treasurer
Rena Shapiro - Co-Treasurer
Lauren Gotard - Co-Secretary
Ally DeGary- Co-Secretary
Nimra Ishtiaq - Publicity Director

French Honor Society Inductees:  Kelya Bonilavri, Shawna Bonilavri, Keira Conlon, Aidan Garemani, Brianna Hansen, Lorely Hassman, Grace Knakal, Jada Nguyen, Alisson Nieto Reyes, Wendell Saint Jean, and Ethan Shapiro.

Italian Honor Society Inductees:  Armany Alfaro, Brianna Barthold, Gabrielle Bausano, Natalie Bausano, Emelia Bitonti, Leonardo Casto, Andriana DiBartolomeo, Molly Dugan, Victoria Fiorelli, Joseph Gervasio, Justin Grillo, Jordan Henkel, Jake Iaccino, Jasmin Iraheta Bautista, Matthew Italo, Olivia Macchiarola, Julia Mendoza, Silvana Pawa, Sabrina Petrizzo, Monica Rios Reyes, Luca Rombaldi, Kristen Salas, Leidy Salazar Lopez, Daniella Sotello Guardado, Briana Umana Moran, and Kayli Villalta.

Spanish Honor Society Inductees: Huzma Asif, Thomas Baranowski, Anthony Carino, Jake Christiansen, Kristy Chillemi, Owen Connolly, Gianna Conte, Ryan Davis, Amanda DeWitt, Kyle Dickson, Abby Dinstell, Joseph Dowling, Ira Dubey, Mary Earley, Olivia Evola, Alexandra Fullerton, Brian Garcia, Devin Gaynor, Madonna Getchell, Colby Goldsmith, Gabriel Gonzalez, Kayla Gonzales, David Haller, Amelia Hatton, Bessy Hernandez Garcia, Ashley Herrera, Kate Hoffman, Victoria Isernia, Alyssa Katwala, Ryan Kiesnoski, Andrew Kim, Alessandra Lella, Kristina Lineen, Ashley Magee, Lana Maniatis, Thomas Matthews, Dana McGowan, Michael McIndoo, Olivia Melhado, Andy Morales, Brianna Morrissey, Margaret Neiland, Tyler Philips, Jeffrey Ponce, Noah Ramos, Saul Ramos, Jissel Ramos Vasquez, Kevin Rankel, Ryan Rowe, Madeleine Rozenveld, Nohl Schwandtner, Paul Smitelli, Abigail Tavera, Erin Torres, Liam Villanti, Ashli Wuss, and Jackson Zaiff.

 

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Oakwood Remembers Our Soldiers

Thank you to our Oakwood students for supporting our soldiers overseas with useful and much needed donations.
Thank you to our Oakwood students for supporting our soldiers overseas with useful and much needed donations.

This Memorial Day Oakwood celebrated in a very special way. We took this opportunity to remember all of our heroes and honor them by providing for those still protecting us overseas. Oakwood families donated boxes full of very useful and even crucial items needed by our soldiers overseas. These items were donated to the Long Island Blue Star Moms and delivered to their local chapter in Sayville. In grateful recognition of their support, Oakwood was presented with a certificate of appreciation. It is with the upmost gratitude for all of our soldiers, past and present, along with their dedicated families that Oakwood accepts this certificate and hopes to continue this heartfelt contribution in years to come.

A First for Unified Basketball

Francis Charles (30) recorded the 1st triple-double in program history scoring 11 points, pulling down 21 rebounds and blocking 10 shots.
Francis Charles (30) recorded the 1st triple-double in program history scoring 11 points, pulling down 21 rebounds and blocking 10 shots.
James Stanton (19) led the team in scoring with 13 points and added 4 assists.
James Stanton (19) led the team in scoring with 13 points and added 4 assists.
Sean Smith’s energy was felt throughout the whole game and gave the Wildcats a great boost.
Sean Smith’s energy was felt throughout the whole game and gave the Wildcats a great boost.
Coach Kieran Elmore is pleased with his player’s effort and offers more encouragement as they take a well-deserved timeout.
Coach Kieran Elmore is pleased with his player’s effort and offers more encouragement as they take a well-deserved timeout.

The Unified Basketball Team won its 1st playoff game in the program’s history defeating Commack 51-46. Francis Charles recorded the 1st triple-double in program history scoring 11 points, pulling down 21 rebounds and blocking 10 shots. James Stanton led the team in scoring with 13 points and added 4 assists. Sean Smith’s energy was felt throughout the whole game and gave the Wildcats a great boost. The Team will play West Islip in the next round of the playoffs and then, the Championship will be held at Farmingdale State College on Monday. Good luck Wildcats!

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Finalist to Winner…Again!

Danielle Henneborn being congratulated by Walt Whitman Art teacher Ms. Raji.
Danielle Henneborn being congratulated by Walt Whitman Art teacher Ms. Raji.

Congratulations to Danielle Henneborn whose poster submission was selected as a National winner in the New York State “Kids Safe Online Poster Contest. Danielle's work is one of the top 4 entries in the Country and her entry will now be turned into a poster and distributed nationwide to help others learn about cyber security and awareness. Danielle has reached the National level 2 years in a row! Congratulations!

SEPTA Faculty Grants Expand Programs

Certified Music Therapist Lauren Klimek, keeps our students attention and has them all participating.
Certified Music Therapist Lauren Klimek, keeps our students attention and has them all participating.
Our students are offered many new experiences that support and expand their education. Thank you to SEPTA for this opportunity!
Our students are offered many new experiences that support and expand their education. Thank you to SEPTA for this opportunity!
SEPTA’s generous support helps to enhance and support the educational experience for students with special needs.
SEPTA’s generous support helps to enhance and support the educational experience for students with special needs.
The creation of Sensory Safari: An Indoor Outdoor Sensory Path for Students allows for all of Countrywood student to enjoy this fun environment.
The creation of Sensory Safari: An Indoor Outdoor Sensory Path for Students allows for all of Countrywood student to enjoy this fun environment.
The Big Book Center is very popular and enhances learning for struggling readers.
The Big Book Center is very popular and enhances learning for struggling readers.

The South Huntington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) awarded grants to fund five projects across the district this past March.  SEPTA Faculty Grants provide funding for creative programs, equipment or pilot projects that enhance and support the educational experience for students with special needs. These grants are intended to allow general and special education teachers, specialists, therapists and administrators to undertake new projects that they would otherwise be unable to pursue or to pursue projects to a greater extent than they otherwise could. Any SHUFSD teacher, therapist, specialist, or administrator who is an active SEPTA member and is serving students with special needs can apply.

Our first highlight is from Countrywood where Grants found their way to several projects. Danielle Commander, a Special Education Teacher used her grant towards Music Therapy Classes. Funds were used to bring in a certified music therapist to her self-contained classroom. Other grants to Countrywood include an Indoor Outdoor Sensory Path for Students. The Committee, lead by Allison Clancy, Mitch Levy, and Jessica Barbato, used these funds toward the purchase of materials for an integrated sensory environment to help students with self-regulation. Also at Countrywood, Allison Clancy, a Reading Specialist put her SEPTA Grant towards a Hands-on Reading Center. Funds were used to purchase and create a Big Book Center and enhance learning for struggling readers.

SEPTA is a district-wide PTA whose primary role is to provide resources and support to parents, teachers, and children who receive special education services. We can’t thank SEPTA enough for all the hard work they do on behalf of our school community.

For more information about South Huntington SEPTA, visit the SEPTA e-board on the district website http://www.shufsd.org (click Parents, then SEPTA), the SH SEPTA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SHSEPTA or write to shsepta@gmail.com

It's A Blockbuster!

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

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

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

South Huntington Bond Presentation Recap

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Below please find a link to the recap of the June 19, 2019 Bond Presentation. 

 

Maplewood 4th Graders Present their 'Wax Museum'

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

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

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National Junior Honor Society Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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