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Birchwood PTA Played to Win

This Birchwood dad is ready to return the ball as the teachers send it back over the net. thumbnail139382
This Birchwood dad is ready to return the ball as the teachers send it back over the net.
Birchwood parents represented the Wildcats well with a great win! thumbnail139383
Birchwood parents represented the Wildcats well with a great win!
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli sends over a smooth serve.  thumbnail139203
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli sends over a smooth serve.
Students had just as much fun cheering on their teachers as they did rooting for their parents.  thumbnail139204
Students had just as much fun cheering on their teachers as they did rooting for their parents.
The teachers celebrate a good play. thumbnail139205
The teachers celebrate a good play.
Both teams displayed amazing sportsmanship with a night full of fun for everyone. thumbnail139206
Both teams displayed amazing sportsmanship with a night full of fun for everyone.

Thank you to Ms. Dayna Cioffi and the Birchwood PTA for organizing a wonderful parent vs. teacher volleyball game last week. It was an evening full of fun and excitement both on the court and in the stands. Both teams displayed a great combination of competitive spirit with classic sportsmanship as they encouraged each other to do the best they can. Thank you to all of the parents who played and to our Birchwood staff who participated: Ms. Deanna App, Ms. Caitlin Bishop, Ms. Dana Crocco, Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli, Ms. Sandy Daniels, Ms. Kristen Ging, Ms. Romina Groisman, Ms. Ilisa Guittard, Ms. Jill Hewlett, Mr. Peter Hewlett, Ms. Donna Ivans, Mr. Tom Keogh, Ms. Kristin Lally, Mr. Jim Liegey, Ms. Michelle Liegey, Ms. Tracey Maddy, Ms. Jessica Marsh, Mr. Jonathan O'Toole, Ms. Jessica Russotto, Mr. Nick Russotto, Mr. Sean Ryan, Ms. Christine Sepe, Ms. Linda Stauder, and Ms. Linda Ude.

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Senior Blood Drive

Advisor Ms. Diane Zamow (right) and WWHS Principal Mr. John Murphy (left) thank their Senior Class Officers for securing blood drive donors and making the day such a success. thumbnail139212
Advisor Ms. Diane Zamow (right) and WWHS Principal Mr. John Murphy (left) thank their Senior Class Officers for securing blood drive donors and making the day such a success.

Congratulations to everyone who made the Fall Senior Blood Drive such a success! 100 pints of blood were collected for the much needed blood shortage in the area. Each donation will help up to 3 people in need. Thank you to all the captains who donated and registered donors and thank you to all the students who gave so generously. See you again in the Spring! 

Thank you to our Senior Class Officers: (all day captains) Patrick Bresnan, Iza Choudrey, Colby Goldsmith, Gretel Huber, Peter Nicolino, Tyler Phelan, Connor Rankel, Mycaela Rielly, Fiona Smyth, (morning captains) Carmela Abbatelio, Aleena Ali, Sindy Alvarez Garay, Yadira Calderon Castro, Henry Cruz, Emily Engoran, Jillian Jobson, Angie Mejia Lopez, Rixi Milla, Kimberly Moran Mendez, Tamoor Nawaz, Chris Neuman, Giselle Portillo Umana, Umema Siddiqui, (afternoon captains) Edward Backer, Allyson Clark, Andriana DiBartolomeo, Nimra Ishtiaq, Kate Jenkins, Paige Maier, Gabriella Mingin, Lilly Robert, Chloe Rosenveld, Rachel Smith, Thania Sofia Loza, Riley Turner, and Jackson Zaiff.

ArtAbility Showcases South Huntington Artists

The Friday evening reception opened its doors for community members to come and appreciate the many artworks created by artists throughout Long Island.  thumbnail139054
The Friday evening reception opened its doors for community members to come and appreciate the many artworks created by artists throughout Long Island.
Walt Whitman Senior Andrew Avila stands in front of one of his sculptures showcased at the gallery.  thumbnail139055
Walt Whitman Senior Andrew Avila stands in front of one of his sculptures showcased at the gallery.
ArtAbility showcased 16 of South Huntington’s talented artists with special needs. thumbnail139056
ArtAbility showcased 16 of South Huntington’s talented artists with special needs.
Opening reception included food, refreshments, and light music to highlight the night’s creative ambiance.  thumbnail139057
Opening reception included food, refreshments, and light music to highlight the night’s creative ambiance.
The Spirit of Huntington Art Center Associate Director Diane Young expressed how proud she is of Andrew and the many featured artists who contributed their work to the gallery.  thumbnail139058
The Spirit of Huntington Art Center Associate Director Diane Young expressed how proud she is of Andrew and the many featured artists who contributed their work to the gallery.
Displaying one’s artwork for the community to see is both empowering and rewarding for our artists.  thumbnail139059
Displaying one’s artwork for the community to see is both empowering and rewarding for our artists.

ArtAbility, Long Island’s Largest Special Needs Art Show, was recently hosted at the Spirit of Huntington Art Center located on Melville Road at South Huntington’s old library. There were over 150 pieces of art for sale, produced in collaboration with the event’s contributing sponsors, where 70% of the proceeds go to the artists and 30% are donated to charity. The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes creative expression can transform the lives of students with special needs and Veterans by igniting passion in their lives.  It was heartwarming to see our artists with special needs be showcased at this public venue and have their artwork be viewed for our community to see their incredible talents. 

Thank you to our South Huntington artists for creating and contributing such beautiful pieces for our community to see and appreciate:

Alvin Yam, Andrew Avila, Andrew French, Danny Sgaraglio, Devin French, Edward Nitkewicz, Erika Lopez, John Williams, Joshua Ramtahal, Justice McCarthy-Delk, Kyle Freedman Avena, Ryan Raskin, Summer Hayes, Timothy Gudaitis, Vanisha Taylor, and Harrison Dearstyne.

Grace Weigele Heads to XC States

Grace Weigele qualified for the Cross Country State Meet with a 5K time of 19:48:66.  thumbnail139175
Grace Weigele qualified for the Cross Country State Meet with a 5K time of 19:48:66.
Girls Cross Country Coach Kazandjian is proud to see all of the progress Grace has made over the years.  thumbnail139176
Girls Cross Country Coach Kazandjian is proud to see all of the progress Grace has made over the years.
Boys Varsity Cross Country Coach Robert Conroy has Grace running with his team for extra training.  thumbnail139179
Boys Varsity Cross Country Coach Robert Conroy has Grace running with his team for extra training.
Grace received recognition alongside other top runners at the Suffolk Country Cross Country All-County dinner. thumbnail139242
Grace received recognition alongside other top runners at the Suffolk Country Cross Country All-County dinner.
We wish Grace the best of luck as she goes on to compete in Plattsburgh!  thumbnail139241
We wish Grace the best of luck as she goes on to compete in Plattsburgh!

Walt Whitman Junior Grace Weigele has qualified for the Cross Country State Meet in Plattsburgh! She qualified on Friday, November 8th in the County Championships in the 5K at Sunken Meadow with a time of 19:48:66. Not only is she part of the Class A Section XI State Team, but she also is a Suffolk County All-Division and First Team All-League award recipient. These awards do not come easily and Grace has grown over the past four years on Varsity as a runner routinely pushing the boundaries with each season bringing a new goal in mind that she achieves. The State Championships are in Plattsburgh, NY this Saturday, November 16th at 11:00. Coach Kazandjian is very proud of all of her achievements over the years, but he states that by making it to the State Meet is an entirely new level of success for Grace and what she can bring back to her team. We wish her congratulations and the best of luck in this upcoming race! 

Walt Whitman Students Connect with Estée Lauder

An executive explains how every worker is essential to delivering a quality product. thumbnail138942
An executive explains how every worker is essential to delivering a quality product.
Students show off their new Estée wardrobe. Check out the cool shoes! thumbnail138943
Students show off their new Estée wardrobe. Check out the cool shoes!
Students learn that machines work faster than humans on the assembly line of the manufacturing floor but, they still need humans to operate them! thumbnail138944
Students learn that machines work faster than humans on the assembly line of the manufacturing floor but, they still need humans to operate them!

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products hosted Business Students from Walt Whitman High School for Manufacturing Day 2019.

Mr. Callahan’s Business students were VIP guests on a guided tour of Estée Lauder’s 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Melville, New York. The students walked the manufacturing floor donned head-to-toe in white lab coats, hairnets, safety glasses, and steel-toed safety shoes, visiting mixing and compounding rooms, testing areas, and laboratories. Students observed product processes from raw material intake to high-speed packaging centers where people work collaboratively with precision machine equipment filling hundreds of bottles per minute with high-end creams and moisturizers. Those products are then individually packaged, a machine automatically seals them in a clear plastic wrapper, boxed by the gross, and returned to an automated material handling system to be shipped around the globe.

Thank you to the entire Estée Lauder Melville plant operations personnel for making this a great day. And a special thank you to the following people who were instrumental in making our day a great success:

Jill Zweigbaum: Manager - Human Resources, David Santiago: Executive Director - Plant Manager, Joe Tornabe: Executive Director - Human Resources, Don Smith: Manager Continuous Improvement, Maria Malovich: Executive Director - Industrial Engineering, Patricia Martinez: Director - Validation, Michaelangelo Colon: Mechanic