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Playing at the Next Level

Varsity Coach John DiGiacomo (standing center), surrounded by proud parents, joins us in congratulating left to right: Isaias Noel Reyes, Oneonta; Blake Aronson, Marist; Marc Depasquale, New Paltz; and Robert Cerrito, Cortland.
Varsity Coach John DiGiacomo (standing center), surrounded by proud parents, joins us in congratulating left to right: Isaias Noel Reyes, Oneonta; Blake Aronson, Marist; Marc Depasquale, New Paltz; and Robert Cerrito, Cortland.

They are State Champions, proudly wearing their Wildcat Maroon as players on that incredible season when everything came together in the fall of 2015.  Today, as high school seniors they prepare for the next journey in their lives and will share that Wildcat pride with new teammates in other parts of the State. Congratulations to these Walt Whitman Varsity Soccer players who have committed to play at their new schools next fall.   

'Power of Choice' Author Visits Oakwood

“When she feels joyful, she chooses to lift others up with her!” - 'Power of Choice' author Christina Karalekas reading to Oakwood first-graders.
“When she feels joyful, she chooses to lift others up with her!” - 'Power of Choice' author Christina Karalekas reading to Oakwood first-graders.
Students in Mrs. Lay and Mrs. Willis' first grade classroom at Oakwood thank author Christina Karalekas for her visit.
Students in Mrs. Lay and Mrs. Willis' first grade classroom at Oakwood thank author Christina Karalekas for her visit.

Walt Whitman Alumna Christina Karalekas, the author of Power of Choice, came to visit, read, and answer questions in Mrs. Lay and Mrs. Willis' first grade classroom at Oakwood recently.  Principal Eileen Kerrigan and Teaching Assistant, Karen Karalekas (Christina’s Mom) joined the "book talk."  After graduating from Whitman, Christina earned her undergraduate degree from Iona College and her Master’s from Fordham University.  She is now an instructional specialist in New York City. Power of Choice helps to build self-help skills and create opportunities for children to conquer everyday difficulties both in and out of the classroom. Her book teaches children that everyone has the power of choice and can use these super powers to overcome obstacles. The children put on their invisible super hero capes and revealed their special powers. Power of Choice can be purchased on Amazon or MissChristinabooks.com

Virtual Enterprise Class Excels

The Virtual Enterprise team that competed at Farmingdale from left to right:  Lauren Civello, William Aparicio, Richard Hauser, Justin Grose, Noah Fleites, Christopher Adams, Jalen Marks, Even Villarreal, and Alexander Layer.
The Virtual Enterprise team that competed at Farmingdale from left to right: Lauren Civello, William Aparicio, Richard Hauser, Justin Grose, Noah Fleites, Christopher Adams, Jalen Marks, Even Villarreal, and Alexander Layer.
The entire team successfully participated at the Youth Business Summit and was a wonderful culmination to a year of hard work.
The entire team successfully participated at the Youth Business Summit and was a wonderful culmination to a year of hard work.
Christopher Adams and Lauren Civello competed in the Global Business Challenge held at the Youth Business Summit at Pier 92 in NYC.
Christopher Adams and Lauren Civello competed in the Global Business Challenge held at the Youth Business Summit at Pier 92 in NYC.

Mrs. Stueber's Virtual Enterprise team from Walt Whitman High School competed at the Farmingdale Regional VE Trade Show last month.  Teams had the opportunity to practice selling techniques, compete in competitions and network with other schools and professionals.  In addition each team presented their business plans to a panel of judges, winning teams have the opportunity to progress forward and present their business plans for international consideration.  

The team just recently participated in the Youth Business Summit held at Pier 92 in NYC. The entire team successfully participated in the trade show. Christopher Adams and Lauren Civello competed in the Global Business Challenge, 48 teams of 8-10 students from around the world took place in the event. Congratulations to Lauren Civello for her team's first place win in the challenge. It was a wonderful culmination to a year of hard work!

Whitman Senior Sean Duclay in the Newsday Spotlight

An earlier file photo of Sean, when he’s not manning the tiller or lines, chances are he’s got a camera around his neck.
An earlier file photo of Sean, when he’s not manning the tiller or lines, chances are he’s got a camera around his neck.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman senior Sean Duclay. Sean is featured in Newsday's students to watch on Long Island this spring.  See why at: 

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/students-to-watch-on-long-island-spring-2017-1.13487280

GlaxoSmithKline Recalling Ventolin Inhalers

Stimson Career Day Highlights our Diverse Community

Dressed for success are students Jonathan Holleran, Ansul Patel, and Alex Weber.
Dressed for success are students Jonathan Holleran, Ansul Patel, and Alex Weber.
Dr. Martin Green spoke about career pathways that can come from doing volunteer work.
Dr. Martin Green spoke about career pathways that can come from doing volunteer work.
Career day student Abner Cruz Lopez with
Career day student Abner Cruz Lopez with "Hudson."
Mr. Cardwell is a creative director in advertising.
Mr. Cardwell is a creative director in advertising.
Ms. Nancy Nelson with
Ms. Nancy Nelson with "Pablo," speaking about animal therapy.

In March, the Home and Career Skills Department of Stimson Middle School hosted their annual spring semester Career Day.  A wide variety of careers were represented.  Anticipation for the day was high and students were highly engaged throughout the day.  The guest list included Mrs. Garden- Real Estate, Mrs. Orgers- Nurse, Mr. Cruz- Tree Surgeon, Officer Rich with his Canine companion, Hudson, Mr. Cardwell- Creative Director in advertising, Mrs. Esposito- Detective, Miss Kelly Rodrigo- Nurse, Mrs. Markell- Cablevision, Mr. Palmeiri,-Lawyer, Mrs. McGorry- Nurse, Mr. Clifford Ferdon- Musician and Tacher, Ms. Rene’ Boouchard- non- profit Fundraising Executive, Mr. Keith Donovan- Fire Marshal, Mrs. Eden Mauro- Lawyer, Ms. Nancy Nelson with her greyhound , Pablo- animal therapy, Mrs. Sura Sakran- Lawyer, Mrs. Vita Shapiro- Bond Trader, Dr. Martin Green-Firefighter, Officer Drew Fiorello- Police, Ms. Victoria Mauri- Lawyer, Mrs. Sonnisa Pastore- Nurse, Mr. Scott Beikert- Graphic Artist and sign shop owner, Mr. Leo Tavera- Banking, Mr. Chiquito-Suffolk PD, fingerprint examiner, and Mr. Sahadeo- Financial Advisor. The Career Day was coordinated by Mrs. Karen Engels, Mrs. Diane Zamow and Mr. Mike De Paula.  A great day was had by all.

Miles for Michael Registration Open!

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BE PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL.

MILES FOR MICHAEL

5K RUN/WALK AND KIDS FUN RUN

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

 

Hope to see you there!

Register:   www.runsignup.com

Please call with any questions.

Sheila A. Buhse

Purchasing Agent

South Huntington School District

60 Weston Street

Huntington Station, NY 11746

Phone:  631-812-3015

Fax: 631-812-3019

The House That Love Built

At Countrywood, pantry items are also being collected for families and placed in our shopping cart on the right.
At Countrywood, pantry items are also being collected for families and placed in our shopping cart on the right.
Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families while their children are being treated at nearby hospitals.  Countrywood is collecting the little tabs you pull to open soda, soup or other aluminum cans.  Pantry items are also being collected for families and placed in our shopping cart.  The funds generated from recycling these aluminum gems will help offset the Ronald McDonald House expenses.  Students are bringing in pop-tabs to be placed in our very own mini Ronald McDonald House located near the Visitor’s Center built by the Wilcox family.  Please join us in an ongoing project to support the “house that love built!”

Brookhaven National Laboratory Welcomes Students

South Huntington was the only district to send a middle school delegation and the students and our teachers made us proud!
South Huntington was the only district to send a middle school delegation and the students and our teachers made us proud!
Stimson researcher Armany Alfaro examines the structure of a 3-d printed mechanical hand.
Stimson researcher Armany Alfaro examines the structure of a 3-d printed mechanical hand.
Silas Wood student and future engineer Natalia Cote discusses her research on Thermal Turbines with Mr. Ken White, BNL's Director of Educational programs.
Silas Wood student and future engineer Natalia Cote discusses her research on Thermal Turbines with Mr. Ken White, BNL's Director of Educational programs.

Students from Stimson and Silas Wood presented their research projects at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Tuesday April 18th. Our students report that it was an amazing opportunity to meet other student researchers, potential mentors and learn about the future of STEM on Long Island. South Huntington was the only district to send a middle school delegation and the students made us proud!

Elephants Inspire Teamwork

Circus entertainer P.T. Barnum took 21 elephants over the bridge in May 1884 to show that it was safe.
Circus entertainer P.T. Barnum took 21 elephants over the bridge in May 1884 to show that it was safe.
Fireworks and top hats filled the air in celebration when the magnificent bridge opened in 1883. But some wondered just how much weight the new bridge could hold. Was it truly safe?
Fireworks and top hats filled the air in celebration when the magnificent bridge opened in 1883. But some wondered just how much weight the new bridge could hold. Was it truly safe?

The book "Twenty-One Elephants" by Phil Bildner tells the story of the fourteen-year construction of the Brooklyn Bridge completed in 1883.  Many people were intimidated by its size, worried about its strength and questioned how long it would stand.  This book inspired Mrs. Bertolino's kindergarten class to take on an engineering science challenge.  The children were asked to use various manipulatives to create a bridge that could hold 21 plastic elephants.  This hands-on learning center was a valuable tool to have students work in teams to design and plan a bridge, create it and improve the construction to complete the engineering task. What an incredible learning experience! 

Congratulations!

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row center) congratulate their students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row center) congratulate their students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.

“I’m really very proud of you all, so keep up the good work,” said Principal Murphy as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our March Students of the Month. These talented Walt Whitman students have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. Our Students of the Month have successfully demonstrated the ability to juggle demands of increased academic standards, while simultaneously participating in numerous co-curricular endeavors.  We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to their success.

March Students of the Month: Ethan Halle, Raul Martinez Contreras, Cinthia Vides Sorto, Jon Eichner, Andriana DiBartolomeo, Efrain Citle Palestino, Alexandria Probst, Bridget Saslaw, Natalia Sandoval, Racquel Litt, Adriana Garcia, Leila Perry, Diana Fogel, Tina Khoshkehpazi, Aisha Majid, Rachel Shapiro, Aidan Luebker, Erica Aguilar, Scott McEntee, Emily Blank, Anna Edwards, Emmanuel Anglade, Joshua Joseph, Casey McKenna, and Robert Cerrito.

Casey O'Riordan...From Wildcat to Panther

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach Lisa Christiansen congratulate Casey O'Riordan, flanked by proud Mom and Dad.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach Lisa Christiansen congratulate Casey O'Riordan, flanked by proud Mom and Dad.

Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach Lisa Christiansen is happy to report that one of her star players Casey O’Riordan, has committed to play for the Panthers at SUNY Purchase next fall. “Casey is one of our hardest working defenders, she’s got great one-on-one skills,” added Coach Christiansen.  “She’s an intelligent communicator and leader on the field and an integral part of the defense we will be using this year.”

In her earlier years at Whitman Casey enjoyed Soccer and Basketball, but this busy student decided to focus on her love of lacrosse between her other outside interests.   As a junior EMT at Huntington Community First Aid Squad, Casey not only dispatches ambulances but is Chief of their Explorer Post 215. She is also treasurer of the Walt Whitman robotics club. In summers past you could find Casey at St. Peter’s Vacation Bible School volunteering as a counselor. Casey will be attending SUNY Purchase as a Pre-Med Major with a Minor in Psychology. One day she hopes to attend medical school, and we have no doubt that this hard working and driven young lady will get there.

Congratulations Casey O'Riordan!

Poplawski Set For Stevens Institute

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulate their star volleyball player, flanked by proud Mom and Dad.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulate their star volleyball player, flanked by proud Mom and Dad.

Senior Olivia Poplawski has made her commitment to Stevens Institute of Technology where she will play volleyball next fall. In addition to being recruited to play volleyball, she also received an academic scholarship to study Biomedical Engineering. Olivia, a four year starting setter for the Wildcats had an extraordinary year and was named Newsday’s Top 25 to Watch, All-League, All-Classification and All-County, as well as being named to the Suffolk County All-Tournament Team as a senior.  “She has been a great player and a great person for our program over the past four years,” said Varsity Coach Steve Greco.  “She has been a leader in our program for a long time as well as our all time leader in sets played, aces and assists.”

Olivia is also a GSO Assistant, a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and Robotics Club.  She was a member of the Winter Track team and is currently playing Varsity Lacrosse.  “She was constantly working hard and pushing her teammates to get better,” said Coach Greco “She was always the first one in the gym and the last one out. She was a positive influence on the court.”

Congratulations to Olivia Poplawski!

Building Bridges And More

Left to right front row: Ryan King, Christie Franz, and Justin Wallace. Back row left to right Whitman teachers Frederick Feraco, Jamie Rogers and Keith Lundquist.
Left to right front row: Ryan King, Christie Franz, and Justin Wallace. Back row left to right Whitman teachers Frederick Feraco, Jamie Rogers and Keith Lundquist.
Left to right at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Ryan King, Andrew Zhang, and Justin Wallace.
Left to right at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Ryan King, Andrew Zhang, and Justin Wallace.

The Walt Whitman High School Robotics Team, The Robocats, competed at the FIRST Robotics competition at Hofstra University. Over two days of competition, the team held its own against teams from all over the country. Special congratulations to Robocat Club President, senior Christie Franz, for winning the regional MVP award for leadership.

Congratulations also to Justin Wallace and Ryan King for finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Brookhaven Town Bridge Building Competition.  Students from 17 Nassau and Suffolk County high schools designed and constructed more than 200 model bridges intended to be simplified versions of real-world bridges. In this contest, efficiency is calculated from the bridge’s weight and the weight the bridge can hold before breaking or bending more than one inch. The higher the efficiency, the better the design and construction.  Justin Wallace of Walt Whitman High School placed second with a bridge that weighed 22.08 grams with an efficiency of 1023.7. Third place went to Ryan King of Walt Whitman High School. King’s bridge weighed 20.22 grams with an efficiency of 923.8.

The construction and testing of model bridges promotes the study and application of principles of physics and engineering, and helps students develop "hands on" skills. Students get a flavor of what it is like to be an engineer; designing structures to a set of specifications and then seeing them perform their function.

The Body Electric- A Celebration of the Arts

Senior Caroline Tomaselli, a celebrated member of our dance program, uses dramatic lighting and perfect form to capture the audience.
Senior Caroline Tomaselli, a celebrated member of our dance program, uses dramatic lighting and perfect form to capture the audience.
We’ve been entertained by Whitman junior Alexander Carlin since he was a freshman and his creative talent is second to none.
We’ve been entertained by Whitman junior Alexander Carlin since he was a freshman and his creative talent is second to none.
The multi-talented Mark Theodore Meneses is at home in front of an audience.
The multi-talented Mark Theodore Meneses is at home in front of an audience.
Chris Feustel on guitar and Jacob Goldstein’s lyrics highlight their talent.
Chris Feustel on guitar and Jacob Goldstein’s lyrics highlight their talent.
Adam Meskill, like many of our poets, uses his smart phone to read the poem he created.
Adam Meskill, like many of our poets, uses his smart phone to read the poem he created.
Musicians left to right: Daniel Alivio, Matt Cusumano and Isaac Renderos filled the PAC with the cool sounds of smooth jazz.
Musicians left to right: Daniel Alivio, Matt Cusumano and Isaac Renderos filled the PAC with the cool sounds of smooth jazz.
While listed as poetry, Shannon McHale gave a spoken word performance that had students on their feet.
While listed as poetry, Shannon McHale gave a spoken word performance that had students on their feet.

Please join in congratulating all of the talented students and faculty who performed in this year's Body Electric celebration. Whether it’s poetry, music, art or dance, students and teachers took to the stage to the delight of a packed Performing Arts Center. This unique combination of music, performance, fine arts, and literature demonstrated the very finest creativity that our South Huntington schools have to offer.

Congratulations to the following performers, in order of appearance:

Act I: Adam Meskill (poetry); Cosette Brazeau (poetry), Melissa Shaiman (poetry); John Murphy (poetry); Alexander Carlin (music); Ally Gottesman (poetry); Taninna Oukacine (poetry); Lila Amin (poetry), Vito Monti (poetry); Mark Theodore Meneses (poetry); Caroline Tomaselli (dance).

Act II:  Jacob Goldstein and Chris Feustel (music); Shannon McHale (poetry); Jonathan Brigati (poetry); Joshua Berger (poetry); Daniel Alivio, Matt Cusumano and Isaac Renderos (music); James Reilly (poetry); Michael Morck (poetry); Laura Altieri (poetry); and Kimberly Latko (poetry).

Special thanks to: The Lamplighters for their talent and skill in making the night possible; to Shannon McHale for her invaluable assistance; to Mr. Murphy, Mr. Varlamos, Dr. Muller, Mrs. Grady and our custodial staff for their support; to the Xanadu staff and advisor Joseph Pipolo for providing innovative media for the sharing of art, music and literature; and to our many teachers and staff who cultivate and nurture our student artists.

Please visit Whitman’s online literary magazine at www.xanadulitmag.com to enjoy more rich and vibrant student writing, art and music.

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Triolo To Become a Knight

Varsity Coach Ralph Miranda (L) and Principal John Murphy congratulate Melissa Triolo and proud Mom and Dad.
Varsity Coach Ralph Miranda (L) and Principal John Murphy congratulate Melissa Triolo and proud Mom and Dad.

Walt Whitman senior Melissa Triolo has made her commitment to play softball for the Knights of Geneseo next fall. Melissa, who played varsity volleyball this past fall and was a wrestling manager this past winter, is eight games into her last season of high school softball. “We’ve been playing softball together since we were little kids and the chemistry is incredible,” said the Wildcats second-baseman about her teammates.  “She’s a great infielder and a solid bat in the middle of the lineup,” said Varsity Coach Ralph Miranda. “Melissa is a student of the game, she’s a natural leader.” Melissa is a National Honor Society member, who is also on the high honor roll and a long-time Minds-in-Motion awardee.

Congratulations Melissa Triolo!

Epstein Dominates as Team Excels

Taylor Epstein threw a no hitter, the first of her varsity career, leading the way for a 12-0 victory over Ward Melville on Wednesday April 12th.
Taylor Epstein threw a no hitter, the first of her varsity career, leading the way for a 12-0 victory over Ward Melville on Wednesday April 12th.
Shortstop Noelle Bryggman looks for the second out as she grabs a line drive.
Shortstop Noelle Bryggman looks for the second out as she grabs a line drive.
Nicole Algierie (8) is having a solid season at the plate going 4-4 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI in the Ward Melville win.
Nicole Algierie (8) is having a solid season at the plate going 4-4 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI in the Ward Melville win.
Sophomore Riley Piromalli contributes at the plate and in the field.
Sophomore Riley Piromalli contributes at the plate and in the field.
With the weather finally cooperating, our Lady Wildcats have turned the corner with three solid wins last week.
With the weather finally cooperating, our Lady Wildcats have turned the corner with three solid wins last week.

Whitman’s Softball team won all three games over the break, improving to 4-4 on the season. Taylor Epstein paved the way for the three wins, as she threw 23 innings and struck out 43 batters, allowed two runs and 10 hits.  It was a great team effort by everyone.

On Monday April 10th Epstein pitched a complete game, allowing 5 hits and 1 earned run, while striking out 13 leading the way in the 4-1 win over Half Hollow Hills East. She also went 2-3 with 2 RBI. Nicole Algierie went 2-3 with one run scored. Noelle Bryggman went 1-3 with one stolen base and a run scored.

Then, two short days later, Epstein threw a no hitter, the first of her varsity career, leading the way for a 12-0 victory over Ward Melville. Taylor overpowered the Ward Melville lineup by executing pitch after pitch, and striking out 15. "She was absolutely lights out," said Whitman coach Ralph Miranda. "Every pitch was working. She was really dominant." Danielle Barbarito went 3-4 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Nicole Algierie went 4-4 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. Noelle Bryggman went 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Britany Khatchatourian went 3-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Closing out the week, on Saturday April 15th, Noelle Bryggman delivered a walk off 2 RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs to drive in Hailey Khatchatourian and Riley Piromalli. Solid defense backed Taylor Epstein the entire game, who threw all 10 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, while striking out 15.

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Come out and support the lady Wildcats at their next home game- Thursday, April 20th at 4:30, Central Field.

Register Now For Parent University

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Parent University is just around the corner and April 27th will be here before you know it. The 2017 registration brochure is attached below. You will also find us under the 'Community' tab on the districts main web page. Or click on this live link

The Parent University is an event where parents come to learn the very latest in a vast array of current topics. There are workshops led by area professionals that deal with everything from Let’s Talk Technology, Strategies for Keeping Your Family Drug-Free, Self Care For the Caregiver, to Constructive Parenting and Adolescence, Credit Rehabilitation, and Mental Health and Your Teen, and that’s to just name just a few.

These free workshops, conducted in English and Spanish, have created an opportunity to sharpen parenting skills as we work on life’s most important and demanding pursuit:  raising successful children.  The Parent University also offers local business and community service agencies an opportunity to sponsor and/or advertise their services.

Join us for an eye-opening evening, you won’t be disappointed!

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Boys of Summer Get Important Win

JT Cullen gets encouragement from Assistant coach Rich Santora just prior to his 4th inning single.
JT Cullen gets encouragement from Assistant coach Rich Santora just prior to his 4th inning single.
Second-baseman Christian Corbett (2) has the runner where he wants him as he flips the ball to pitcher Matthew Williams for a big out ending the inning.
Second-baseman Christian Corbett (2) has the runner where he wants him as he flips the ball to pitcher Matthew Williams for a big out ending the inning.
Senior Tom Nicolino threw 3 scoreless innings in relief.
Senior Tom Nicolino threw 3 scoreless innings in relief.
Nothing got by shortstop Brett Maier as he makes the throw to first.
Nothing got by shortstop Brett Maier as he makes the throw to first.
Patience at the plate, Thomas Isernia smacks a single in the 4th inning.
Patience at the plate, Thomas Isernia smacks a single in the 4th inning.

Varsity Baseball Coach Keith Barrett tells us that his Wildcats evened-up the series against Smithtown West with a big 10-3 win on Wednesday, April 12. Matt Williams was the starting pitcher with 4 innings and got the win. Tom Nicolino threw 3 scoreless innings in relief. “We scored 8 runs in the 4th,” said Barrett. “JT Cullen started the inning with a single and he added a 2RBI single his 2nd time up in the same inning.” Chris Corbett went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Wildcats are back at Smithtown West this Saturday to finish the series. Come out at support the team at their next home game on Tuesday, April 18th at 4PM when they go up against Half Hollow Hills.

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Oakwood Student Brings Home Gold

Oakwood second-grader Preston Park has won four consecutive Taekwondo championships in 2017 and will be representing New York, Maryland, and New Jersey at the 2017 USA Taekwondo Nationals in Detroit this June.
Oakwood second-grader Preston Park has won four consecutive Taekwondo championships in 2017 and will be representing New York, Maryland, and New Jersey at the 2017 USA Taekwondo Nationals in Detroit this June.

Preston Park, a 2nd-grader at Oakwood Primary Center in South Huntington, won two gold medals at the Pan American Taekwondo Union sanctioned event that was part of the World Open Taekwondo Championships, in Portland, Oregon this past March.  More than 1,400 athletes around the world participated in the 2017 US World Open Taekwondo Championships.

Preston has won 4 consecutive championships in 2017 and will be representing New York, Maryland, and New Jersey at 2017 USA Taekwondo Nationals in Detroit, Michigan on June 30th.   Preston has also been selected to represent the United States at the 2017 WTF President’s Cup (G2-World Ranking Event), in Las Vegas, in October 2017.  Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung (Jung’s Ultimate Taekwondo Center of Commack) who is the Silver Medalist’s of last year’s U.S. Open.

Stimson Sweeps Patriots Pen Awards

Left to right: Ms. Damato, Jaiden Diaz, VFW Patriot's Pen Coordinator Mr. Richard Gierbolini, Siara Rose, and Mr. Gunsel.
Left to right: Ms. Damato, Jaiden Diaz, VFW Patriot's Pen Coordinator Mr. Richard Gierbolini, Siara Rose, and Mr. Gunsel.

Way to go Stimson students Abby Grant, Siara Rose and Jaiden Diaz for their winning entries in the 2017 VFW Patriots Pen Essay contest.  Abby won first place, Siara won second place, and Jaiden took the third place award, sponsored through the Nathan Hale VFW Post #1469. Congratulations Stimson students and their teachers Mr. Gunsel and Ms. Damato.

St. Baldrick’s Still Counting Strong

It’s a thumbs’ up as cameras capture a confident young man who’s rockin’ his new cut.
It’s a thumbs’ up as cameras capture a confident young man who’s rockin’ his new cut.
Leading from the front, Superintendent Bennardo wasted no time hopping in the barber’s chair. The young student figured, if he can do it, so can I.
Leading from the front, Superintendent Bennardo wasted no time hopping in the barber’s chair. The young student figured, if he can do it, so can I.
Stylist Gina Pastore from Spa Adriana applies the finishing touches to young Mr. Rogers as proud dad looks on.
Stylist Gina Pastore from Spa Adriana applies the finishing touches to young Mr. Rogers as proud dad looks on.
Maplewood teacher Steven Schmidt, one lean mean machine, looks ready for his Miles for Michael Run on May 20th.
Maplewood teacher Steven Schmidt, one lean mean machine, looks ready for his Miles for Michael Run on May 20th.
You’re never too young to begin to volunteer. This little guy is on the right road to helping make a difference in his community.
You’re never too young to begin to volunteer. This little guy is on the right road to helping make a difference in his community.
A good showing from Countrywood as these young men handsomely attest.
A good showing from Countrywood as these young men handsomely attest.

This will go down as the most successful St. Baldrick’s fundraising events in South Huntington. They will be counting the donations weeks after the barber shears rested. Whitman’s St. Baldrick’s co-coordinators Mr. Jaime Rogers and Ralph Miranda are please to report that the tally is well over $40,000 for this year.

As part of the annual event held at Walt Whitman High School, South Huntington’s Maplewood Intermediate School pooled their resources and made a big showing. For seven years, students and teachers have answered the call to raise money and help fight childhood cancer. Team Maplewood would like to dedicate their efforts this year to their colleague and friend, Steve Schmidt, his daughter Maggie, and the rest of the Schmidt family.

Thank you to Mr. Metzak at Silas Wood for coordinating their St. Baldrick's team, Silas Saviors.  Together the students and staff raised over $9,000 for St. Baldrick’s.  Great Job team Silas! 

Congratulations to the South Huntington Community for making this the most successful St. Baldrick’s events ever.  Stay tuned for updates as the tally continues and we honor all who participated.

You can still donate online by going to:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/491/2017

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Spring Fling for our Senior Citizens

Connecting the generations in a heartwarming manner over good food, dancing, and lots of fun, our local senior citizens look forward to Whitman’s Spring Fling each year.
Connecting the generations in a heartwarming manner over good food, dancing, and lots of fun, our local senior citizens look forward to Whitman’s Spring Fling each year.
Meeting new friends, or getting caught-up, our seniors have come to look forward to the annual Spring Fling.
Meeting new friends, or getting caught-up, our seniors have come to look forward to the annual Spring Fling.
Taking a spin on the dance floor after a hearty lunch.
Taking a spin on the dance floor after a hearty lunch.
Whitman students provided an excellent example of why they possess so much community spirit.
Whitman students provided an excellent example of why they possess so much community spirit.
After a wonderful meal, dancing, and raffles, our seniors were escorted down the hall to the Performing Arts Center and enjoyed the musical Aida.
After a wonderful meal, dancing, and raffles, our seniors were escorted down the hall to the Performing Arts Center and enjoyed the musical Aida.
Thank you to a special group of students for demonstrating the character and commitment to community values that makes South Huntington special.
Thank you to a special group of students for demonstrating the character and commitment to community values that makes South Huntington special.

As you might expect, the talent displayed on our Performing Arts Center stage when our Theater Honor Society performed Aida, was accentuated by equal amounts of compassion and community service that very same day. On Saturday afternoon April 1, our Walt Whitman High School students and staff opened their cafeteria and their hearts to our senior citizens, presenting the annual Spring Fling for all to enjoy. This wonderful event provided a gala prom for our community's cherished senior citizens, and connected the generations in a heartwarming manner. We thank advisor Liz Leogrande and her team of students for demonstrating the character and commitment to community values that makes South Huntington special.

GSO Officers:  Kristen Coletti, Noelle Brygmann, Brooke Decker, Gabrielle Safian, Maureen Roserro, Ali Barton, Laruen Civiello, Olivia Poplawski, Tim Jobson, and Sarah Zepeda.  Advisor:  Elizabeth Leogrande

Volunteers:  Grace Kongevold, Liliana Pelliccia, Michael Zimmerman, Dylan Diamond, Amanda Vollmer, Ally Wirth, Cailtlyn Rows, Lauryn Rows, Kiera Brown, Cindy Richards, Jessica Young, Deja Tejada, Aditi Jambauat, Wendy Lopez, Tania Sood, Alyn Calzada, Morgan Wagner, Hapi Morancie, Maclane George, Janell George, Kelsey Villatoro, Abdjine Lemaitre, Ludjina Jean Pierre, Elizabeth Plaiser, Alex Plaiser, Ricky Hauser, Christopher Morales, and Jessica Persaud.

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Oakwood and Countrywood Host Teachers-for-a-Day

Using the Junior Achievement program ‘Our Community,’ our high school heroes help teach basic social studies, including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success.
Using the Junior Achievement program ‘Our Community,’ our high school heroes help teach basic social studies, including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success.
Our high school students have shown a desire to enter the field of education and this is one of many work readiness programs at Walt Whitman.
Our high school students have shown a desire to enter the field of education and this is one of many work readiness programs at Walt Whitman.
This second-grader has selected a career as a fashion designer and is ready to contribute to her community's success.
This second-grader has selected a career as a fashion designer and is ready to contribute to her community's success.
After describing a community, our future teachers identify the variety of careers people have in a community and how each job requires specific skills.
After describing a community, our future teachers identify the variety of careers people have in a community and how each job requires specific skills.

On Monday, March 27th, the Walt Whitman High School Heroes from Mrs. Zamow's Child Development class taught second-grade for a day.  High School Heroes is a national teacher-training program sponsored by Junior Achievement that brought together Walt Whitman High School, Oakwood Primary Center and Countrywood Primary Center.   Many thanks to the principals who supported this program: Mr. Murphy, Walt Whitman High School, Mrs. Kerrigan, Oakwood Primary Center, and Mrs. Kenney, Countrywood Primary Center. 

The following second grade teachers hosted the High School Heroes at Oakwood Primary center: Ms. Farkas, Ms, Kelly, Ms. Milo and Ms. Pica.  At Countrywood Primary Center: Ms. Merola, Ms. Di Norcia, Ms. Nicolino, Ms. Sullivan, Ms. Burr, Ms. Zisel and Ms. Cardella.

The following students taught for the day: Daisy Arvelo, Mollie Korn, Ezzah Asad, Anchal Mahmood, Leatrice Brown, Eleni Glodowski, Julianna Thorbourne, Gizem Memis, Jackelyn Calderon, Shadae Graham, Timothy Boccia, Arielle Bagley, Flor Canales, Amanda Vollmer, Carmen Benetez Reyes, Sofia Mauro, Julia Nerzig, Danielle Silverman, Cara Ferreri, Samanth Vincent, Dayana Reyes, and Anjelica Kappatos.

Winter Guard Takes 1st.

Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Wildcat Indoor Winter Color Guard who took 1st place at the US Bands competition at South Brunswick High School in New Jersey last weekend.
Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Wildcat Indoor Winter Color Guard who took 1st place at the US Bands competition at South Brunswick High School in New Jersey last weekend.

Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Wildcat Indoor Winter Color Guard who took 1st place at the US Bands competition at South Brunswick High School in New Jersey last weekend. Great job and congratulations to the coaches and following students: Dan Abbruzzese, Yagmur Aykanat, Olivia Bonomo, Mariela Canales, Erin Collins, Erin Eaches, Katelyn Erthal, Maxwell Fisher, Sarah Gemunder, Zoey Gulliano, Ashley Guiteau, Sarah Haller, Elizabeth Hardwick, Miles Lewis, Nadia Lubrano (Captain), Brooke Pagano (Captain), Jennifer Parada, Mari Reciniello, Mycaela Reilly, Antoinette Riehl, Katelyn Riha, Saniya Saleem, Samantha Sorensen, and Cali Sullivan.

 

5th Annual Tea and Tie Program

Mr. Bedel Saget uses a novel approach in assisting his young mentee to succeed in getting his tie, tied properly.
Mr. Bedel Saget uses a novel approach in assisting his young mentee to succeed in getting his tie, tied properly.
The LUNA Reflections Mission is to provide programs that encourage and support girls/young women to reach their greatest possibility.
The LUNA Reflections Mission is to provide programs that encourage and support girls/young women to reach their greatest possibility.
Mentors from the MALIK Fraternity volunteer their time and remind our young Project Excel Men of the importance of academic excellence, social responsibility, and community service.
Mentors from the MALIK Fraternity volunteer their time and remind our young Project Excel Men of the importance of academic excellence, social responsibility, and community service.
After an informative workshop designed to have our young ladies develop positive self-images, each sat for a portrait.
After an informative workshop designed to have our young ladies develop positive self-images, each sat for a portrait.

On Friday, March 24th, our Project Excel team hosted their annual “Tea and Ties” program at Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center.  This very special tradition, initiated by Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Mr. David Perkins, treats our students to an evening of mentoring from dedicated graduates and adults from the local communities.

Through the partnership with the Malik Fraternity Inc., our young men listened to inspirational stories of character, participated in wise-decision making exercises, and worked on their team building skills. The activities for the gentlemen also included a lesson in professional dress, which involved an important tutorial on the appropriate method for tying a tie, which was greatly appreciated by our young men.

The young ladies enjoyed an equally impressive program. Keynote speaker Alexandra Leftridge, from LUNA Reflections, Inc. presented an informative workshop designed to have girls develop positive self-images.  Our young ladies participated in discussions, cooperative learning activities and the creation of a vision board.

“The thoughtful planning and flawless execution made the evening a memorable learning experience for each student lucky enough to be a part of Project Excel,” said Superintendent Bennardo in his weekly newsletter. “Helping our young ladies understand the common courtesies of etiquette, while teaching our young male students how to tie a necktie, was important to their overall social development. The team building, sense of pride, and genuine enthusiasm was on grand display the entire evening.”

We would like to commend our Project Excel Coordinators on helping to ensure the evening was such a success: coordinators Ian Denson, Jennifer DeNoble, Maria Colon, Shaka Williams, and Roberto Torres. And of course, Solange Rich for her excellent work with Project Excel. We want to especially thank our social work interns for all their hard work as well:  Amanda Bono, Matthew Barthwell, Danielle Busch, Jessica Caporaso, Nicholas Crovello, Robert Danielson, Alexandra D'Orio, Eric Falkman, Ximena Gutierrez, Alicia Centamore Freda, and Martine Macdonald.

A special thanks to our partners from LUNA Reflections, Inc., Malik Fraternity, Ace Hardware, Brio, and Pollo Campero for making the evening extra special.  

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Oakwood Visits the Heckscher Museum of Art

The program at the Heckscher helps build skills in the students such as communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
The program at the Heckscher helps build skills in the students such as communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
The children were excited to view the Long Island Best display, which showcased local talented high school artists.
The children were excited to view the Long Island Best display, which showcased local talented high school artists.
The students were so impressed to see what magnificent work they may create one day when they are in High School.
The students were so impressed to see what magnificent work they may create one day when they are in High School.

Oakwood Art Teacher Noreen Erickson shared a wonderful story and photos of her students visiting the Heckscher Museum of Art.  The second grade took a field trip to the Heckscher Museum of Art in the month of March. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to visit a museum and explore all different forms of art.  The children were excited to view the Long Island Best display, which showcased local talented high school artists.  The students were so impressed to see what magnificent work they may create one day when they are in High School. They also viewed paintings from the birth of our country throughout the revolutionary war.

The program at the Heckscher helps build skills in the students such as communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. At the museum the children discussed different pieces of artwork with the docents and learned about important art vocabulary words.  They even were able to create a piece of artwork during their visit. The students had a great time at the Heckscher Museum of Art!

Wildcat Badminton Starting Strong

The first half of Coach Wolff’s number one doubles team, Maelyn Latko sizes up her return. Lauren Brown is the second half of this dynamic duo.
The first half of Coach Wolff’s number one doubles team, Maelyn Latko sizes up her return. Lauren Brown is the second half of this dynamic duo.
Senior Casey Leonick, the Wildcats number one singles player is one of Long Islands players to watch.
Senior Casey Leonick, the Wildcats number one singles player is one of Long Islands players to watch.
Junior Shailee Patel (shown) leads a solid third doubles team with senior Alexandra Wirth.
Junior Shailee Patel (shown) leads a solid third doubles team with senior Alexandra Wirth.

Congratulations Girls Varsity Badminton. The Team defeated Smithtown West 7-2 on Thursday, March 30th. The Lady Wildcats improved their record to 5-1 and are currently ranked 3rd in Suffolk County. Outstanding performers were Mabel Bassi, Katherine Gotard, Natalie Zakrzewski, Mae Latko, Lauren Brown, Christina Bogdani and Eileen Carmichael.

The team is back home on Thursday, April 6th at 4PM when they go against Half Hollow Hills. 

Women's and Men's Badminton vs Smithtown West Photo Gallery

Kindergarten Kids Create Adventures For Code-A-Pillar

Students use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate their adventure for Code-A-Pillar.
Students use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate their adventure for Code-A-Pillar.
Students program an adventure for Code-A-Pillar around a path, thereby strengthening mathematical skills such as planning, sequencing, collaboration, and problem solving.
Students program an adventure for Code-A-Pillar around a path, thereby strengthening mathematical skills such as planning, sequencing, collaboration, and problem solving.
Teaching coding in kindergarten helps young students develop the creativity, planning, and problem solving skills that will position them for success as they move through their school years.
Teaching coding in kindergarten helps young students develop the creativity, planning, and problem solving skills that will position them for success as they move through their school years.
This learning experience is inspiring little learners to be big thinkers. They’re curious about absolutely everything and they learn the most by playing, experimenting, and figuring out how things work.
This learning experience is inspiring little learners to be big thinkers. They’re curious about absolutely everything and they learn the most by playing, experimenting, and figuring out how things work.

Introducing coding to kindergarten students helps them reflect on their own learning as they develop 21st-century skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity. Coding has emerged as one of the most popular learning trends in recent years, and when it comes to programming, young students are proving to be just as capable as older students.

Engaging students in computer-based learning at an early age helps students retain their interest, as those subjects become progressively more challenging throughout their education.  Teaching coding in kindergarten helps young students develop the creativity, planning, and problem solving skills that will position them for success as they move through their school years. Being computer literate, equips students to learn how to code so they will be able to participate in this high-tech economy in the future.  

Mrs. Bertolino and Mrs. D'Elia, provided Countrywood students with the learning experience “Kindergarten Kids Create Adventures For Code-A-Pillar” where kindergarten students were introduced to the exciting world of computer programming through hands on play with Code-A-Pillar.  It incorporates computer science as an interdisciplinary approach to learning writing and mathematics providing all students with a multi-sensory learning experience.  Students use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate their adventure for Code-A-Pillar telling the events on how he/she traveled from one setting to the next. It engages the students to program an adventure for Code-A-Pillar around a path, thereby strengthening mathematical skills such as planning, sequencing, collaboration, and problem solving. 

“Kindergarten Kids Create Adventures For Code-A-Pillar” incorporates technology to enhance student learning because children are intrigued and fascinated by new and engaging devices in the classroom. This learning experience is inspiring little learners to be big thinkers. They’re curious about absolutely everything and they learn the most by playing, experimenting, and figuring out how things work. Code-A-Pillar sparks their natural curiosity, and the students play with it in all kinds of new ways. When kids are busy playing, they’re building more than just learning, but most importantly, the foundation to grow into bigger thinkers!

Special Guest Speaker Highlights Science Classes

Television is such a visual medium, so having Mr. Korbel explain some of our weather phenomena was a natural.
Television is such a visual medium, so having Mr. Korbel explain some of our weather phenomena was a natural.
News12 evening and night co-anchor Lea Tyrell stopped in to visit her friend Bill Korbel’s presentation and a quick visit with her daughter as well.
News12 evening and night co-anchor Lea Tyrell stopped in to visit her friend Bill Korbel’s presentation and a quick visit with her daughter as well.
Mr. Korbel used everyday items to graphically demonstrate how various weather components, such as temperature movement and wind flow, affect our weather.
Mr. Korbel used everyday items to graphically demonstrate how various weather components, such as temperature movement and wind flow, affect our weather.

Silas Wood students in Ms. Carol Kelly’s science class welcomed News12 Meteorologist Bill Korbel to their class recently. Who better to help impress what the class has been learning than this veteran Meteorologist of more that 25 years. Turns out Mr. Korbel is a natural teacher and the students came away with an even greater understanding of their classroom curriculum in the areas of life science, physical science and earth science.

Thank you Bill Korbel and the good folks at News12.

Middle School Math Contest Winners Recognized

South Huntington’s Supervisor of K-12 Math, Technology and Business, Dr. Matthew Murphy, (right) joins Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Murphy in congratulating their top math students.
South Huntington’s Supervisor of K-12 Math, Technology and Business, Dr. Matthew Murphy, (right) joins Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Murphy in congratulating their top math students.

The Suffolk County Math Teachers Association math contest was held recently and the top five winners from each of Stimson’s 7th and 8th grades were celebrated with certificates.  A special recognition goes out to Stimson’s high-scorer, Joshua Alms.                 

Congratulations to the following students and to their Math teachers- Eighth-Graders: Dalton Marzigliano, Thomas Baranowski, Jasminie Thai, Matthew Desmond, and Rena Shapiro. Seventh-Graders: Joshua Alms, Daniel DeBruin, Ethan Shapiro, Anthony Carino, Michael Phillips, and Layla Assassa.

STEM Diversity Summit Highlights

“Congratulations to our Silas Wood students who participated and especially to our first place winners, Dylan Long and Elizabeth LaRegina, and our third-place winner, Nicole Wittleder, said Principal Steve Toto (back left) “A true testament that hard work always pays off.”
“Congratulations to our Silas Wood students who participated and especially to our first place winners, Dylan Long and Elizabeth LaRegina, and our third-place winner, Nicole Wittleder, said Principal Steve Toto (back left) “A true testament that hard work always pays off.”
Stimson eighth-grader Saul Ramos took home 4th Place with his project ‘The Strongest Shape.’
Stimson eighth-grader Saul Ramos took home 4th Place with his project ‘The Strongest Shape.’

South Huntington’s STEM coach Ms. Mari Scardapane shares some great news about our South Huntington students who earned two 1st place, a 2nd place and 4th place award for outstanding science projects at Farmingdale State College's annual STEM Diversity Summit held March 17.  The winning students and projects were:

1st Place-  Elizabeth Laregina: Swimming is a Drag- Silas Wood 6th Grade Ctr.

1st Place- Dylan Long: Most Valuable Bat- Silas Wood 6th Grade Ctr.

2nd Place- Nicole Wittleder: Power of the Rinse- Silas Wood 6th Grade Center

4th Place- Saul Ramos: The Strongest Shape- Stimson Middle School

The Summit, which attracted over 900 students, teachers and administrators, highlighted research by students in grades 6-12 from districts across Long Island and in Queens and New York City.  Student projects were judged in the themes of Life Science, Physical Science and Technology.

In addition to the judging, students attended a variety of workshops including a flight simulator, ice cream making with liquid nitrogen, and video game coding.  In addition, mobile labs from the Vanderbilt Planetarium, Northwell Health, and sZpace provided interactive science activities.

It was an exciting day to learn and demonstrate the amazing work of our students!

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AIDA Thrills Audiences

The amazing cast of AIDA gave inspiring performances and as usual, set a high bar for future performers.
The amazing cast of AIDA gave inspiring performances and as usual, set a high bar for future performers.
Ifedayo Balogun played the starring role that highlighted her amazing vocal talent.
Ifedayo Balogun played the starring role that highlighted her amazing vocal talent.
The dance program at Whitman is unequaled on Long Island.
The dance program at Whitman is unequaled on Long Island.
Senior Lauren Giglio, (second left) playing the pharaohs daughter Amneris, gave her last performance on Walt Whitman’s stage. Nate McNally playing the Egyptian Pharoah (center) is surrounded by an excellent supporting cast.
Senior Lauren Giglio, (second left) playing the pharaohs daughter Amneris, gave her last performance on Walt Whitman’s stage. Nate McNally playing the Egyptian Pharoah (center) is surrounded by an excellent supporting cast.
Brandon Scott, in the starring role of Mereb, was another highlight of the weekend’s performances.
Brandon Scott, in the starring role of Mereb, was another highlight of the weekend’s performances.

The amazing cast of AIDA did not disappoint, giving everything they had for three inspiring weekend performances. This timeless star-crossed love story, set amid the clash of ancient empires took over Whitman’s PAC stage leaving the audiences wanting more.

Ifedayo Balogun appeared in the title role, the slave girl Aida, who is secretly a princess. Lauren Giglio played the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, and Sam Hoffman was perfect as the hero Radamès, caught between them. Congratulations to the cast, crew and musicians for an unforgettable weekend showcasing the incredible talent of our South Huntington students.

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Cast

AIDA……………Ifedayo Balogun

Zoser…………Marco Chiriboga

Radames……Sam Hoffman

Amneris……Lauren Giglio

Mereb………Brandon Scott

Palace Women……Liora Hyman, Samantha Ruotolo, Samantha Carey, Juliana Sgaraglio, April Carmine, Heather Aadal

Pharoah………Nate McNally

King of Nubia……Julio Taku

Nehebka………Addie Balogun

Radames Soldiers……Alex Siegel, Max Morris, Miles Lewis, Vishal Rattu, Max Fisher

Ministers……Tyler Phelan, Josh Muellers, Miles Lewis, Vishal Rattu, Max Fisher

Nubians……Elvira Taku, Shadae Graham, Fawengie Darius, Wilbensa Guirand, Palace Women, and Ensemble

Dancers- Kelsey McDonald, Caroline Tomaselli, Taylor Greco, Jamie Montague, Marianna Kliampas, Cara Mangels, Jayda Rosene, Chloe Morris, Giavanna Lattanzi, Aaliyah Khan, Carly Dammer, Miles Lewis, Vishal Rattu

Ensemble- Mycaela Reilly, Deanna Tabibzada, Sara Crapanzano, Sarah Clopper, Taninna Oukacine, Keara Shea, Juliana Chiriboga, Amy Chan, Melissa Konakli, Sofie Hibler, Kade Clark, Katlyn Donahue, Yagmur Aykanat, Jonathan Villatoro, Nicole DeMartino, Hailey Rankel, Mrs. Lori Bolger

 

PIT ORCHESTRA

Conductor/Music Director Matt Hoffman

Oboe- Elena Davis, Isaac Renderos

Bassoon- Megan Neuman, Melissa Shaiman

Flute- Kaitlyn Riha, Emily Murphy, Amina Sadiq, Gabby Safian

Clarinet- Neyda Diaz-Vilorio, Antoinette Riehl, Jessie Castagna

Saxophones- Lauren Gotard, Michael Deitch, Matt Cusumano

Trumpet- Matthew Haddock, Julianna Licona, Leila Perry, Jeremy Forman

Horn- Alyssa Morisco

Violin- Katie Miata, Sarah Tabibzada, Jaycee Cardoso

Cello– Kentaro Matsushima, Anastasia Alpy, Sarah Heath

Guitar- Max Eidinoff

Bass- Cal Eidinoff

Drum Set- Logan Slansky

Percussion- Caleb Sullivan, Jillian Leydon, Brenda Mendez

Keyboards- Lily Soares, Greg De Rosa, Natalie Zakrzewski

 

Spotlight on our Birchwood Teacher of the Year

Birchwood Principal Anthony Ciccarelli and Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian flank their Teacher of the Year, Helma Adde.
Birchwood Principal Anthony Ciccarelli and Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian flank their Teacher of the Year, Helma Adde.

From Interim Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon:

Those who know Helma Adde, Birchwood Intermediate School’s nominee for Teacher of the Year, respect her dedication as a fourth grade teacher. Her reputation as a hard-working and caring teacher has garnered the respect of students, parents and colleagues.

But there is another side to Ms. Adde, elementary teacher. She is an emerging documentary filmmaker. Her film, “Our Last Stand, One Woman’s Journey to Reveal the Plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria” has received worldwide acclamation as an important statement on the crisis in the Middle East.

During the summer months, Helma and her film crew traveled to Iraq and to Syria to meet with families in refugee camps fleeing ISIS. The conditions were difficult for her, as well as the refugees, as scarcity of basic needs existed in these areas. Still she persevered to tell their story.

As a result of her sacrifices in making this film, which brought attention to the plight of the refugees, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Assyrian Chamber of Commerce. To many throughout the world, Helma Adde is a journalist and filmmaker making important statements on conditions in the Middle East. To those in our schools, she is a wonderful role model, particularly to young girls, as she tells her story and follows her dreams.

Congratulations, Helma!

Special Ed Information Fair Vendor Alert

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South Huntington UFSD Student Services and SEPTA, in partnership with Elwood UFSD, Harborfields CSD, Half Hollow Hills CSD, Huntington UFSD and Northport-East Northport UFSD present:

A Special Education Information Fair…What Parents Need to Know.

Vendors are encouraged to attend by registering using this live link provided.

Parents: Let us help you understand the ins and outs of the Special Education Process. Workshops and vendors will present information on topics relating to every stage of your child’s educational career from preschool to college, career planning & aging out.

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

FROM 5:00 TO 9:30PM

Keynote Speaker: LeDereck Horne

Nationally Renowned Speaker, Author, Poet and Advocate for Students with Disabilities

Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station, NY, 11746

Attendees: no pre-registration required. Free Raffles and Free Refreshments.

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Two at Silas Wood Place in County Math Tournament

Left to right: Ms. Plattner, Anthony Maida, Marcus Zagorski, and Ms. Bernard.
Left to right: Ms. Plattner, Anthony Maida, Marcus Zagorski, and Ms. Bernard.

Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto is proud to share that last week, select students took part in the Suffolk County Mathematics Teacher Association Contest.  Silas students competed against many other sixth graders in Suffolk County.  Congratulations to Anthony Maida, and his math teacher, Ms. Plattner, and Marcus Zagorski, and his math teacher, Mrs. Bernard, for coming in the top 6 across Suffolk County.  We are all very proud of their hard work and commend all of the students who participated!  

Computer Programming Adventures @ Oakwoood

Oakwood speech teacher Mrs. O’Dougherty (right), works with Mrs. Farkas’ students in small groups to complete missions and answer critical thinking questions about space exploration and the Solar System.
Oakwood speech teacher Mrs. O’Dougherty (right), works with Mrs. Farkas’ students in small groups to complete missions and answer critical thinking questions about space exploration and the Solar System.
Cubetto brings together the beginnings of coding paradigms in a tangible form that’s easy to grasp for our primary school students.
Cubetto brings together the beginnings of coding paradigms in a tangible form that’s easy to grasp for our primary school students.
Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that teaches our students the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play.
Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that teaches our students the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play.
Our second-graders take Cubetto on a coding journey through space and time.
Our second-graders take Cubetto on a coding journey through space and time.

Second grade students in Mrs. Farkas’ class at Oakwood teamed up with Speech Teacher Mrs. O’Dougherty to explore the Solar System with Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches children the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play. Students programmed Cubetto using Coding Blocks- a coding language you can touch and manipulate. Each block is an action. Students combined blocks to create programs. Oakwood’s second graders helped Cubetto travel to the moon and Mars, through asteroids, to Neptune and eventually back home. Students worked in small groups to complete missions and answer critical thinking questions about space exploration and the Solar System. Students had to collaborate and problem-solve to determine Cubetto’s best path through space using a limited number of blocks. As a bonus mission, students were given the task of creating a jet pack for Cubetto to wear on his next space adventure!

Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos congratulate their students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, and Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos congratulate their students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.

We wish to congratulate our February Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. These talented individuals have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. Our Students of the Month have successfully demonstrated the ability to juggle demands of increased academic standards, while simultaneously participating in numerous co-curricular endeavors. We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to their success.

Our February Students of the Month:

ART: Olivia Cunsolo, India Bonilavri, Ismaeel Ahmad, Tafazzul Hussain

SCIENCE: Stephen Hong, Danielle D’Amico, Timothy Mahadeo, Emanuel Campo

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Dayana Reyes, Chance Laughton, Thomas Costas, Roy Harel

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Ifedayo Balogun, Mabel Bassi, Tajear Farquharson, Mishael Rodriguez

ENGLISH: Shawna Bonilavri, Angela Frazzitta, Brenda Mendez, Jonathan Brigati

SOCIAL STUDIES: Thania Loza Morales, Leslie Hidalgo, Cyndy Bonilla, Shelbi Wuss

MATHEMATICS: Amanda Tobin, Julio Quintanilla Lazo, Sophie Markell, Brenda Uceda Alfaro

WORLD LANGUAGES: Keara Benson, Franklin Villatoro, Hannah Braun, Esteban Lopez

MUSIC/DANCE: Jaelynn Cruz, Matthew Bromschwig, Michael Deitch, Abigail Quintanilla.

Operation Cinderella/Cinderfella Boutique

Free prom attire and accessories giveaway

Including dresses, tuxedos, and accessories

Registration is Required

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2017-2018 Budget Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16th, Budget Vote/Elections at Walt Whitman

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2017 Wildcat Summer Camps

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

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

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

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

Our programs include:

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

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

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

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

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

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

2017-2018 School Calendar Posted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

School

Code

Link

Oakwood Primary Center

QQ96

http://getcloudmath.com/go/QQ96

Countrywood Primary Center

F7QD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/F7QD

Maplewood Intermediate School

HTCD

http://getcloudmath.com/go/HTCD

Birchwood Intermediate School

4F5M

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

Silas Wood 6th Grade Center

G7FZ

http://getcloudmath.com/go/G7FZ

Henry L Stimson Middle School

ZMW7

http://getcloudmath.com/go/ZMW7