Boys Soccer On a Roll

Backed by Defenders Blake Aronson, Jose Chavez, Derick Ramos and Sean Zagorski, Whitman junior Austin Salas shutout a powerful Hills East offense.
What better way to welcome back senior captain Albert Martinez than with an assist by teammate Carlos Granados (8).

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team won its third straight match with a 3-0 blanking of rival Half Hollow Hills East.  Senior Captain Albert Martinez returned from injury and immediately got the Wildcats on the board with a header off an assist by Carlos Granados. Michael Lorello converted a penalty kick which gave the team a 2-0 lead early in the second half. Witman Hernandez put the game out of reach with his League leading 9th goal of the season off of an assist by Fabrizio Chamorro. Defenders Blake Aronson, Jose Chavez, Derick Ramos and Sean Zagorski shut down a dangerous attack for Hills East. Austin Salas made 5 saves including a point blank shot to preserve his second career shutout. Please come out and support the Wildcats at their next home game versus Bayshore.

Meet Brenda L. Moore – Walt Whitman Class of 1968 and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee


Dr. Moore is an Associate professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where she has been a full-time faculty member since 1988. 

As a faculty member, Dr. Moore teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology, and supervises graduate students’ MA and Ph.D. theses.  She is internationally known for her scholarship on patterns of mobility and organizational change as it pertains to women in the military. 

Dr. Moore has published several refereed journal articles analyzing effects of race and gender on occupational assignments and career trajectories of military personnel.  Her books (To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African American WACs Stationed Overseas During World War II, New York University Press, 1996, and Serving Our Country: Japanese American Women in the Military during World War II, Rutgers University Press, 2003), have given voice to populations largely ignored by American scholars.  Her books are not only an outstanding contribution to the sociology of gender and race, but also a historical study of racial minorities in the United States.  Her current book project is an historical analysis of military sexual trauma.

A Brief reflection on her years at Walt Whitman:  I was quiet, reserved, and often unnoticed.  Like many young women my age, I was conscious about my appearance and decorum all of the time.  We, as young women, were taught to be ladies, and to respect ourselves, our families, and our community.  We wore skirts and dresses to school; never pants.  I would sometimes find excuses not to go to gym third period so as not to have to spend the remainder of the day walking around with unmanageable hair.  Still, I participated in intramural sports such as field hockey; and danced and sang as a chorus member in such plays as Annie Get Your Gun, and Oklahoma. 

I generally did well in all of my courses after spending many hours studying at home and in study hall.  I was a very good student; not outstanding.  My Dad used to say, “A good education is something that no one can take from you.”   Both my parents were very involved in my school affairs; from attending plays and concerts that I participated in, to meeting with my counselors for the purpose of planning my academic curriculum for the following year.  I was enrolled in a variety of regents courses that would help prepare me for college.  Most of my high school teachers were dedicated educators; they encouraged me to achieve academically as did my parents.  Still, my parents were the ones who initiated conversations with my teachers and school administrators, (and sometimes followed-up with letters to Albany) to ensure that I had the best possible learning experience.   

As high school students, my classmates and I had our social events.  We listened and danced to the music of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and The Beetles.  We did the twist, the mashed potatoes, the monkey, and the locomotion.  We had fun!   

On a more serious note, we came of age during political turmoil in the United States.  I remember Walt Whitman High to be a very conservative school in an age of political unrest.  I and my classmates witnessed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968, five years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and only weeks before the killing of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  We were also confronted with political events like the Civil Rights Movement and the movement against the war in Vietnam.  These incidents had a profound effect on many of us as we tried to understand what it all meant.  These events, along with many of my experiences at Walt Whitman, helped to shape my interest in national and international politics; more specifically, human rights issues.   What was going on in my world at that time provided a foundation for my academic studies on race and gender equality that would develop in subsequent years.

Personal Life:   Brenda spent several years running in 5, 10 and 20K races; particularly while she was in the military and later in graduate school.  In the early 1990s Brenda stopped running due to injuries in both knees.  She now enjoys traveling; both abroad and within the United States.  She finds pleasure in visiting friends and relatives; as well as entertaining them in her home.  Her hobbies include: reading, cycling, Bikram yoga, zumba, and salsa dance.  She loves all music, but especially gospel, classical and jazz.

Please join us:  Brenda, along with six other distinguished Walt Whitman alumni, will be our honored guest at this year’s Hall of Fame festivities, which will take place during Walt Whitman’s homecoming weekend on Saturday, October 18. We invite the community to stop by and say hello to Brenda and the other honorees.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

11AM- Hall of Fame Ceremony (Turf Field)

11:30AM- Homecoming Parade (Whitman Campus and surrounding neighborhoods)

12Noon- Hall of Fame Tailgate Party (Whitman Campus)

2PM- Football Game (Turf Field)

Girls Volleyball- Home Against Connetquot 6pm Today!

First-place Lady Wildcats celebrate their day at the Eastport South Manor Volleyball Invitational Tournament.

We hear from varsity coach Steve Greco that the Girls Volleyball Team played in the 11th annual Eastport South Manor Volleyball Invitational Tournament on Saturday, September 27, and won 1st place in the silver bracket.

In pool play the Lady wildcats finished 1-2, losing to the eventual Gold Bracket champion.  In the playoffs, the team defeated Shoreham Wading River (25-17, 25-16), Shelter Island (25-23, 26-24) and Longwood (25-16, 25-11) to win the silver bracket.

Outside Hitter Emma Kongevold led the offense along with help from our two middles, Ashley Seebach and Jessica Young. Setter Olivia Poplawski ran the offense and had a great day setting up the hitters.  Libero Sammy DeGaray led the defense along with Defensive Specialist Lauren King.   8th-grade Outside HitterAlly DeGaray also contributed offensively and defensively.  Right side Hitter Nicole Rowe added some key swings on offense for us as well.  It was a great day of play, the girls played extremely well together and definitely got a chance to work on some things and get better. 

On Thursday, October 2, the girls play in their annual NYIT match.  The Varsity plays Centereach on the NYIT campus at 3:30pm.  Following the match, the team stays to watch the Division 2 NYIT Women's Volleyball team play Dowling. 


A Plate Full of Healthy Information

Ms. Pawlukojc shares with Silas Wood students just what should be on a healthy plate of food
Ms. Aragones Home and Careers students know that half of their plate should consist of fruits and vegetables.
Exercise should be fun for 6th graders.
Which team properly matched up all of their foods and food groups? You will need to ask a Silas Wood student.

Jane Pawlukojc, of the Huntington YMCA, visited Silas Wood Home and Careers students this past week. Ms. Pawlukojc is the coordinator of Healthier Tomorrows, a program in which the YMCA teamed up with former New York Islander Clark Gillies’ Foundation. The Healthier Tomorrows program reinforced for our 6th graders how to make healthy habits part of their life.

Ms. Pawlukojc shared with students, easy tools that can be used to adopt healthy eating habits, as well as different exercises that can be done anywhere and anytime to help boost an active lifestyle.

The students also learned about the various programs that are offered at the Huntington YMCA, including a pre-teen center, sports activities and cooking lessons. “I didn’t know that they had exercise programs to help keep kids healthy. I would also like to take the cooking classes,” said James, one of Ms. Aragones Home and Careers students.   Silas students also participated in some fun games to help reinforce their knowledge of healthy and not-so-healthy food groups.

“I thought the pre-teen program sounded really fun, said Amanda, another one of Ms. Aragones Home and Careers students.  “They have swimming, aerobics, indoor basketball, and even dodge ball- I would definitely go.”


Volleyball Wins Big After Putting Scare into Undefeated Sachem North

Whitman senior Sammy DeGaray (1) had 4 aces in the Wildcats winning effort.
Sophomore Olivia Poplawski (10) sets up an assist with teammate Jessica Young (7).
Lizzy Cruz (3) provided a powerful serve that found Copiague’s weaknesses.
Junior Emma Kongevold, with 18 kills and 17 digs, forewarns her competition. Emma’s height and athleticism is invaluable, especially at the net.

The Varsity Girls Volleyball Team defeated Copiague on 9/23, 3 games to 2 (25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 21-25, 25-21).  This game came the day after a tough 5 set loss to Sachem North.  Emma Kongevold had 18 kills and 17 digs, Sammy DeGaray had 21 digs and 4 aces and Olivia Poplawski had 39 assists and 8 digs to lead the Wildcats.  Jess Young had 5 blocks, and Lizzy Cruz served tough all night.  Great effort by the entire team.  Please come out to support the team in their next home game on Monday 9/29 at 6pm in the North Gym.


NHS Newly Elected Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Walt Whitman National Honor Society:

GSO Rep: Julian Kleberg

Secretary: Sean McEntee

Treasurer: Elisabeth Silverman

Vice President: Kabir Zafar

President: Russell Kielawa

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Preschool Reading Program Opens Registration


What is it? Little Wildcats is a free weekly story time (plus crafts, games, activities and snacks) that meets at Walt Whitman High School in room 230 each week.  An entire classroom has been dedicated and designed for this program and is fully equipped with books, toys, equipment, and supplies.  Preschoolers will be dropped off and picked up at an easy access separate entrance.

When is it?  Tuesdays 11:30 am to 12:45 pm.  The first class will begin in October and the program runs through May.

How do I enroll my child?  To register for the program contact Mrs. Zamow, Little Wildcat program director, by phone or email directly  at 631-944-0972 ; or email:  Enrollment is on a first come basis.


Driving Blind for 5 Seconds

Left to right: Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, Whitman Assistant Principal Colleen Grady, Assemblyman Lupinacci, and Brandon V. Ray from AT&T.
Whitman seniors put pen to paper acknowledging their pledge to not text and drive.
Seniors make the pledge to never text while driving.
Principal Acker wants to make sure each and every senior in attendance will be present on June 27th- Graduation Day.

With a new school year underway, this is the perfect time to remind everyone, especially our young drivers, that traffic safety is a priority. New York State Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci teamed up with AT&T to educate Walt Whitman High School students, faculty and staff about a very dangerous driver distraction - texting and driving.  This past Friday afternoon, Walt Whitman seniors gathered for a sobering assembly. The program “It Can Wait” was an anti-texting while driving program sponsored by AT&T and Assemblyman Lupinacci. “Texting while driving has become an all-too-familiar end for so many families,” said Lupinacci. “Too often, these tragic accidents could have been prevented by drivers’ simply putting down the phone and waiting to text until they’ve arrived safely at their destination.”

Principal Kathleen Acker opened the program as she introduced Brandon V. Ray, AT&T External Affairs for Long Island; and Assemblyman Lupinacci. Principal Acker spoke with the students about some very sobering facts including that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, and that texting while driving is equivalent to driving blind for 5 seconds.

Studies show that those who text while driving are much more likely to be in a crash and more than 200,000 car crashes and injuries happen while a driver was texting and driving. Research also finds that sending or looking at a tweet, Facebook post or email from behind the wheel is just as deadly.

What really got everyone’s attention was an emotionally charged 10-minute Documentary YouTube video clip called “The Last Text.” This was a heartfelt true account of lives lost and the very last texts as displayed on their phones. Brandon Ray shared with the students what AT&T is doing to help combat this deadly compulsion. The Whitman seniors, in an unusual moment of cell phone permission within the school, were able to pledge on the spot and then signed pledge cards promising to never text while driving.


Connor Galvin Earns Semifinalist Standing

Walt Whitman Principal Kathie Acker with Connor Galvin.

The National Merit Scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations to Whitman senior Connor Galvin who has qualified as Semifinalist.

Connor is one of 16,000 students nationally, or approximately one-third of the nations 50,000 high scorers, that have qualified as Semifinalists. Connor will find out in February if he has advanced to the finalist standings.

When Connor isn’t running Cross Country, you may find him in West Hills County Park working on his Eagle Scout requirements with the assistance of his friends in Troop 34. By his own admission, Connor is in “a good place” when he talks about Whitman, as he is clearly enjoying the camaraderie with friends and teachers.

Connor is a math enthusiast and actively competes for the Walt Whitman Mathlete team; he and his teammates are hoping to bring the county championship back to Whitman. Connor also runs winter and spring track for the Wildcats. Connor’s academic standing will open many college doors, but where he decides to continue his education is still up in the air.

Congratulations Connor Galvin on your National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Recognition.

Birchwood Stars in Academic Pep Rally


Birchwood held its annual Academic Pep Rally during the week of September 15-18th.  This year’s theme was “Over the Rainbow!”  Throughout the week students and staff celebrated education by focusing on how working hard individually and with a team, sets the stage for success.   Teachers read the book, The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley to the students.  The overall theme of the book illustrates how our interests and curiosity in our surroundings can lead to the bigger picture in our lives.

Birchwood students and teachers then brainstormed ideas on how they can achieve their goals.  Using the book, The World is Waiting for You, teachers encouraged their students to think of a goal they would like to achieve this year and then identify how they plan to achieve it.  On a cloud template, students wrote how they will achieve their goal in a thin marker and then lightly added color to their cloud. The clouds will be collected by class and displayed in the main hallway of Birchwood under the title, “The Sky is the Limit at Birchwood!”

To follow and build on the theme of “Over the Rainbow” each classroom discussed reasons why we work together to achieve goals and dreams.  Each class created an acrostic poem using the word: DREAM.  Together, on chart paper they wrote an acrostic poem that describes how working together can help to build, inspire, and accomplish their goals.  This poem reflected how the Birchwood spirit and joining together as a school and keeping our actions positive, can yield success.

Another special highlight of the week was our visit from the Whitman Varsity Competitive Dance Team, as well as a dance performance by Birchwood’s very own staff.  It was a great week and was accomplished with the fine work of the amazing Birchwood staff.

Congratulations to Birchwood’s finest dancers: Sarah Friedman, Ian “the Wildcat” Denson, Jackie Patino, Ilisa Guittard, Danielle Giannuzzi, Carrie Barbaccia, Christine Sepe, Melissa Marando, Elizabeth Weis, Caitlin Bishop, Jill Okurowski, Kristen Lally, Carolyn Crofton, Yadigar Saglam, Tracey Maddy, Jen DelGiorno, Linda Stauder, Jessica Flinn, Kristin Algierie, Carolina Gamonal, and Jen Provda.


Model Program Honored

BOE Members and District Administrators congratulate our Excel summer employment students at the September 17th BOE meeting.
Whitman Sophomore Sofia Charzuk shares with the audience her experience this past summer working with Special Education students in South Huntington.

At the recent Board of Education meeting that was held at Silas Wood 6th Grade Center, the Board and members of the community had an opportunity to congratulate our Project Excel students on their fine summer work. Project Excel provides mentoring, counseling, homework help, parent training, paid work experiences, and youth employment opportunities. This model program is a proud cornerstone of South Huntington’s education program. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently acknowledged the program. “This is one of the most innovative districts we have anywhere in the region,” said the County Executive when he visited South Huntington this past summer. Our Project Excel program continues to be a source of tremendous pride for students, parents, and teachers alike.

Coordinator of Student Services Mr. David Perkins brings his passion for student success, networking, and counseling to his tireless work with our students. We were very happy this year to have South Huntington students working in our facilities, special education, athletics, and central offices, as well as our extended school year program. Each student worker was paid approximately $1,400 by the Suffolk County Department of Labor.

It was inspiring to hear our students speak of their proud summer employment experiences, and it was particularly heartwarming to learn that the work had encouraged several of our students to consider careers in special education. We congratulate all of our Project Excel students and offer special thanks to Walt Whitman Sophomore Sofia Charzuk, who captured the audiences attention and hearts with a passionate recollection about her summer employment experience and how it has help give her a career direction to pursue. 


Interactive Session Begins Successful Transition

Administrative Dean Mr. Adam Obletz selects students to be a part of an interactive skit that demonstrated proper behavior in the halls of Silas Wood.

On September 12th, Mr. Toto and Mr. Obletz held initial team meetings with each of the Silas Wood teams.  They discussed the Silas Wood expectations, student responsibilities, and the many resources that are available to help the students begin their transition into the upper grades and have a successful school year at the sixth grade center.

Each of the groups offered unique discussions and asked many different questions.  Mr. Toto and Mr. Obletz enjoyed using some very talented ad-lib actors to model common student scenarios such as walking in the halls, asking to use the bathroom, and interacting with fellow classmates.  The students were eager to participate in this interactive information session.

The end of the session was tailored towards addressing interest-based questions the students had as they moved to designated areas of the gymnasium based on topics they wanted to discuss.  The students maintained interest and enthusiasm throughout each session.

Team Toto and Obletz was impressed by the eagerness of the students to participate as well as their cooperation during each informational discussion.


U.S. Army “Friday Night Lights” Tour Stops at Whitman

Left to right: U.S. Army Sgt. Rodriguez, Staff Sgt. Johnson, Whitman Principal Kathie Acker, U.S. Army Student Athlete Honoree Rebecca Sansotta, and Sgt. Mahoney.

The U.S. Army National “Friday Night Lights” Tour were honored guests at the Whitman home football game on Saturday, September 13. Army Staff Sergeant Brad Johnson presented a special commemorative coin for the toss as well as a commemorative game ball to Whitman Varsity Football Coach Mr. Robin Rosa. The Army also made a $500 donation to the district.

The U.S. Army then made a special presentation to a student-athlete they deem possess the seven core Army values that include: Loyalty, Duty (fulfilling your obligations), Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.

Those associated with Walt Whitman and Saturday’s football game identified Walt Whitman senior Rebecca Sansotta as a young woman who embodies all those traits. The U.S. Army presented Rebecca with a plaque for embodying those seven core values.

Congratulations Rebecca, you make Walt Whitman High School and the entire South Huntington community proud!

Welcome Mr. Daniel Lombardo


The South Huntington Board of Education is pleased to share with the community, the appointment of Mr. Daniel Lombardo as the Chairperson for Special Education at Walt Whitman High School. 

Mr. Lombardo comes to South Huntington from the Carle Place School District where he served as a special education teacher for 12 years, then became a middle school/high school special education lead teacher and ultimately appointed as the Director of Guidance/Special Education.

Mr. Lombardo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the College of New Paltz. He continued his education at Dowling where he received a Master's of Science in Special Education K-12 and his Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University.


“The Apartment” Highlights Independent Living

The brand new model apartment within Walt Whitman High School will be used to teach life skills that are critical to our special education students’ success.
Left to right: Dr. Scott Muller, Assistant Principal; Mr. Daniel Lombardo, newly appointed Chairperson for Special Education Grades 9-12; Christine Shubert, Special Education Teacher; Ms. Laura Stolfi, Behavioral Specialist; Ms. Angela Cucciniello, Special Education Teacher; Ms. Kathleen Acker, Whitman Principal; Ms Jacqueline Harris, Deputy Superintendent; Ms. Lisa Kmiotek, Special Education Teacher; and Mr. Rob Callahan, Walt Whitman’s College/Career Coach.
Mr. Daniel Lombardo, newly appointed Chairperson for Special Education Grades 9-12 talks with parents about the exciting new programs for their children.
Anything you can do independently can be re-created in the apartment to help give special education students the skills they need to live their lives with as little assistance as possible.

Students with disabilities in South Huntington have something most high school students hope to have some day: their own apartment.  Well, it’s not their own exactly, but what they do have is a brand new model apartment within the school that will be used to teach life skills that are critical to our students’ success.

The apartment, with its adjoining classroom, is the vocational component of the district’s Life Skills program and contains the latest in supportive technology to help teach our students with special needs skills that will enable them to lead fuller and more productive lives. There are approximately two-dozen students who will be able to take advantage of this new program. The goal is to make each student as independent as possible. Many students will be able to live in a supportive environment once they leave Whitman, and the goal is to help give them the skills to live their lives with as little assistance as possible.

At a recent open house, students and their parents were introduced to the apartment and received a hands-on demonstration from Walt Whitman’s Special Education Department. The purpose of the apartment is to teach students independent living skills that they are going to need in the future. Students will be able to practice cooking a meal, setting the table, and doing laundry. Pretty much anything you can do independently can be re-created in the apartment.

The apartment and adjoining classroom will enable students to earn their Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) commencement credential. According to the New York State Department of Special Education, this credential will recognize each individual student’s preparation and skills for post-school employment. In the past, many students graduated with an individualized education program (IEP) diploma, but this credential provides a more meaningful substitute for these students. For students with disabilities who are exiting with a regular high school diploma, it provides them with the additional opportunity to leave school with a credential that also recognizes their work readiness skills.

“South Huntington the kind of place that affords all students opportunities to grow,” said Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline Harris. “I want to thank Superintendent Bennardo, Kevin Kennedy, and the Board of Education for their support. There really aren't many districts with this type of facility within their buildings. We are proud of this communities' commitment to excellence for each student; and excited about the unique learning opportunities being planned for the students in this very special program."

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Fall 2014 Adult Education Course Offerings


Adult Education Registration Open! 

Sign Up Today for our Adult and Continuing Education Courses.

Download course booklet below.



A Perfect Family Fun Day!

After their summer break, good friends welcome each other back.
The waterslide provided a full day of fun in the sun.
Silas Wood teacher James Metzak, clearly enjoying his time in the tank, all for a great cause.
The nature trail included areas for children to traverse an obstacle course.
Countrywood PE Teacher Janice Reichert has the right idea, and turns the tables on her audience as they lined up to dunk her.
A Yoga instructor had many volunteers who looked to relax after frolicking in one of the heated pools.

South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF) held their 11th annual family fun day under a picture perfect sky on Sunday, September 7th and the community came out in record numbers for a great afternoon on grounds of West Hills Day Camp. With over 700 in attendance, families spread out over the campgrounds and enjoyed; boating, a nature center, swings, sports of all kinds, playgrounds for every age, heated pools and the hugely popular giant water slide. Feeding the many families kept grillers Roy and Roe Gardner busy all day, as everyone enjoyed salads, watermelon, soft drinks, hot dogs, and hamburgers. 

This was the second year that an entertainment stage was in place for many local groups to perform. Thank you Carlo Giordano and his staff at Walt Whitman High School for setting up and dismantling the stage. The event kept a full slate of performers busy all afternoon delighting the audience. Also back from last year was a vendor’s row with locally made items as well as professional services. This fundraiser helps SHEF purchase many items not in the school budget that help support a quality educational experience for the children in the South Huntington School District. This past year SHEF purchased several NAO robots that will be utilized by students as they explore STEM curriculum.

The ever-popular dunk tank featured principals:  Ms. Kenney, Mr. Ciccarelli, Dr. D’Elia, Mr. Toto, Mr. Smith, Assistant Principal Dr. Bruno, Administrative Dean Mr. Obletz, as well as teachers Mr. Callahan, Ms. Cirillo, Ms. Reichert, Ms. Tafe, Ms. Mitchell, Mr. Metzak, and Mr. Schmidt. The students couldn’t be any more excited as they lined up for a shot at dunking their principals and teachers. Thank you SEPTA president, Ms. Christy Gudaitis who joined the fun in the dunk tank as well. Also enjoying the moment were your BOE members who lined up for their shot at dunking Schools Superintendent Dave Bennardo.

SHEF would like to thank the community for their incredible support in making this day very special.

Also a special thank to the local vendors who support SHEF:

Clix Photography  , Jericho Tpke., Hunt.                                                                                  

People’s United Bank, 1100 E. Jericho Tpke. Hunt. Sta.                

David Lerner Assoc. , 477 Jericho Tpke. , Syosset                         

UFC Gym, Jericho Tpke,  Hunt. Sta.                                              

Mathnasium of Huntington , Jericho Tpke, Hunt. Sta.                     

The Pampered Chef , 190 Merrick Rd. Unit 13   (town?) 516 639-9223                           

Broadway Dance Theater, 265 E. Main Street, E. Islip                  

From Stage to Screen Performing Arts Center, 589 W. Jericho Tpke, Hunt.

Power Home Remodeling Group- 290 Broadhollow Rd 220E., Melville

Balance Yoga and Healing, 680 Jericho Tpke., Hunt. Sta.

Ten Tigers Kung Fu Academy, 725 East Jericho Tpke., Hunt Sta.

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Upraised Math K-8

Our school community now offers Upraised Math, a resource to help families help their child(ren) succeed in math this year. Families can use Upraised Math to be informed about what your child is learning each week in grades K-8, 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. Click here to access Upraised Math. 

Drowsy Chaperone Packs the PAC


Audiences simply loved The Drowsy Chaperone. The musical, performed by the incredibly talented cast of The Long Island Musical Theatre Festival, had two performances this past weekend at Walt Whitman’s Performing Arts Center.  The play opens with the houselights down, the narrator, Man in Chair, sitting on a darkened stage, greets the audience. He is a fan of vintage musicals and decides to cheer things up by playing a record of the original cast recording of a (fictional) Broadway musical entitled The Drowsy Chaperone.

No sooner has the needle touched the record, the audience, together with the narrator, are transported to a 1928 Broadway theater and the recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins, as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you've got a show packed with fun, great music and dance numbers, and the perfect showcase for this talented cast.

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