Learning About Giving Thanks


Just in time for Thanksgiving, our littlest students from the SHIP program have been learning about giving thanks and giving back to the community. They are successfully identifying many of the traditional Thanksgiving food items found on a grocers shelves, and then packing them in boxes to be given to our District’s families for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Thank you to the district office staff for their generous food donations. Happy Thanksgiving to the South Huntington Community!

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Who Were the Native Americans That Lived on Long Island?

Each of the students in Ms. Bertolino’s Kindergarten class at Countrywood Primary Center now has their own special Native American name.

Ms. Bertolino’s Kindergarten class at Countrywood Primary Center learned about Native Americans that lived on Long Island long ago.  As a culminating activity for the thematic unit, the children had a Powwow where each child was given a special Native American name, and they promised to take care of the Earth.  Students from other classes were invited to visit the class museum which included artifacts such as, deer antlers, rabbit fur, moccasins, and spears to name a few.  Parents were invited to listen to a medley of Thanksgiving songs and share in our special activity. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Girls Soccer Honored

Left to right: Shelbi Wuss and Rebecca DeWitt at the Suffolk County Girls Soccer Awards dinner.
Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Mike Moccia is please to report that Suffolk County celebrated their awards dinner recently and two from Whitman were honored. Congratulations to Shelbi Wuss and Rebecca DeWitt on their All-Conference awards.

Do Not Miss Our Weekly Video Blog

The latest edition of the South Huntington Video Blog is now posted on our YouTube channel.
You can view it on the web at https://youtu.be/EU51-gdkENo.

Annual Sports Night for the Class of '16

Before the entertainment began, everyone assembled before the first contest of the evening.

Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Seniors on their resounding victory on Monday’s Senior Faculty Sports Night. With contests like Volleyball, Mission Impossible, Basketball, Musical Chairs, Nerf Dodge Ball, and Tug of War, the evening flew by. As teachers left the building, they could be overheard asking each other, “Did we actually win anything all night?” Great job seniors. “It was a pleasure competing against a wonderful group of young people,” said Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, after a thorough trouncing on the basketball court was long forgotten.  Thank you to Mrs. Zamow for organizing this great event, and thank you faculty and seniors for providing boundless entertainment. If laughter were a gauge of winning, everyone won in this annual classic.

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Win-Win with Modell's & Booster Club

Save on Holiday Shopping! Use this 15% off coupon valid EVERY DAY thru 12/24!! Good on sale & regular priced merchandise!  Save it to your phone, share it with your friends, use it multiple times! 
The best part is while you are saving, Modell's will donate an additional 5% back to the Wildcat Booster Club win, win! 
Valid at Modell's 350 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station
Coming up:
Next meeting will be Monday November 30th at 7:30pm in the north gym training room. Please join us, all are welcome!
Sports Awards for Whitman Fall Sports Monday December 7th at 6:30pm in the PAC



STEM Competition Has Students Talking

Through trial and error with the clock ticking, this group reworks their base to help support the already constructed tower.
As his teammates construct the base, this young man is set on adding the height.
The concept was simple: the more solid the base the taller their structure could be. Actual construction was a collaborative affair that highlighted teamwork.

Science classes at Silas Wood were all very busy recently as they worked with their classmates on an exciting STEM activity. Students were given the task of creating a freestanding structure using thirty straws, fifty paper clips and one rubber band. They worked cooperatively in groups to build their structure so that it was not only freestanding, but also as tall as they could make it. You could hear the buzz of conversation as our 6th-graders worked diligently to find the best solution to the challenge. "They were given the instructions that day and did an outstanding job,” said Silas Wood Science teacher, Mr. Joseph Poller.

Using the scientific method to plan and problem solve, students also exercised their mathematical skills by applying angles and measurements in their design. "Throughout the school year, students are presented with different STEM challenges,” said Mr. Poller. “Students found that this challenge forced them to think and perform without any prior preparation."  Acting as engineers when designing the framework for their structure, the groups enjoyed racing against the clock to complete the task in the thirty minutes they were given. Congratulations to the winning team, but given the intensity of the challenge and how well the groups collaborated it seemed they all came away winners.

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Men’s Lacrosse Commitments for Next Year

Left to right: Lacrosse players Scott Manning, Spencer DeRosa, Matthew Stockfeder, and Shane Brennan are eager to get back out on Whitman's turf field for their final season.
Varsity Coach Bob Howell (back center), is joined by players, their families and Whitman Principal John Murphy (right).
Shane Brennan, with proud Mom and Dad, is congratulated by Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, Varsity Coach Bob Howell, and Principal John Murphy. (back row left to right)
The Stockfeder's are ready for Matthew's final season at Whitman before he heads to St. John's next fall.
The Manning's are proud of their southpaw and look forward to the upcoming Lacrosse season.
Spencer DeRosa gets an added boost from big brother Bryce (2nd from left back row) as proud Mom and Dad are ready for their son’s final season at Whitman.

The Walt Whitman Men’s Lacrosse team had four of their top players recently sign National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse at their prospective colleges and universities next fall.  Congratulations to the following players:

Shane Brennan will play for the 'Tigers' of Towson University next fall. The defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Champion Tigers are no stranger to playoff Lacrosse. Shane is a 3-year varsity starter, an All-American Nominee, Goalie of the Year for Division 1, All-County, and All-League.  “Shane is one of the top couple of goalies on Long Island,” said Varsity Coach Bob Howell. “Not only is he a great stopper in the cage, but he can come out of the cage and be that great 10th player all the time.”

Matthew Stockfeder will play for the 'Red Storm' of St. John's University. Matt is a big strong 6’3 midfielder with a shot like a cannon, tremendous field vision, and great Lacrosse IQ.  “Stocky is our quarterback up top in the Midfield,” said Coach Howell. “He’s the real deal, I think he’s one of the best midfielders on Long Island and will do a great job for St. John’s.”

Scott Manning will head south to Limestone College in South Carolina, where the 'Saints' are back-to-back NCAA Division II championships. Scott is a 3-year varsity starter, and one of the few left handed Attack players on Long Island.  “Scott can come around from X and score with a good selection of shots,” said Coach Howell.  “He’s great at finding the open guy, and a selfless player.  Scott will be our QB for the Attack this year and everything will go through him."

Spencer DeRosa is heading to Pace University next fall to play for the 'Setters.' After claiming the ECAC Championship Title last spring, the Pace University Men's Lacrosse squad look to build on last year's 9-7 record which saw them earn their first trip to the NE-10 Tournament since 2010. “Spence is a great kid with a good Lacrosse IQ- we expect a lot from him this year,” said Coach Howell.  “Last year he played between the lines for us very well as part of the midfield with ‘Stocky.’ Spencer is an excellent athlete and I feel he will do very well at Pace next year.”

Congratulations to these fine players and to their families. We look forward to a successful final season at Whitman this coming spring.

Coming Together for Thanksgiving

Left to right: Social Workers Roberto Toledo, Jennifer Provda, Stacey Fletcher, Johanna Torres, Brianna Padilla, Ventura Trent, and Stacey Dorce spent part of their day on Monday, making sure families from their schools have what they need for a Thanksgiving feast.

Giving thanks on this special holiday, the South Huntington school community has been busy for several weeks collecting food for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. A special thanks goes out to our district Social Workers who organized and coordinated this district-wide effort.

One by one, thankful members of the community made their way to the distribution center set up in the district offices on Weston Street where they were able to receive food for their Thanksgiving dinner. The South Huntington community came together in a very generous way for the needs of our families. On Wednesday evening, the day before Thanksgiving, Manor Field Family Center will be picking up the remaining food items so that they could continue to donate to the community, as our school buildings will be closed until Monday.

Thank you South Huntington Social Workers for helping to ensure that families in our school community will be able to sit down together on Thanksgiving and enjoying a wonderful meal.

Kerry Conlon Takes Field Hockey to Next Level

Proud Mom and Dad and Whitman senior Kerry Conlon are congratulated by left to right back: Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, Varsity Field Hockey Coach Karen Schmitt, and Principal John Murphy.

Walt Whitman senior field hockey player Kerry Conlon has signed a letter of intent to play for the Spartan’s of Saint Thomas Aquinas College next fall. “Kerry had a great season for us and played a key role in both the offense and defense,” said Varsity Coach Karen Schmitt. “She was one of the hardest working players I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching.”  Kerry works at field hockey all year and plays for the Lasting Legacy Field Hockey Club on Long Island, a group dedicated to providing its members the opportunity to improve their field hockey skills through individual and team instruction. “It’s her hard work that got her to where she is,” said Coach Schmitt.  “She really is dedicated to Field Hockey.”

Congratulations Kerry!

Annual Event a First for Kindergartners


Our kindergarten classes at Oakwood Primary Center have been participating in a traditional Native American powwow. Led by music teacher Ms. Pinelli, the children sang various Native American songs like "The First Thanksgiving," "Tak for Maden," "Hi Yo Ip Si Na Ya" a song from the Hopi tribe, "Grinding Corn," "Thank You Song," and of course "The Turkey Trot." With the help of their art teachers the children made tom-tom drums out of coffee cans that were adorned with Native American symbols.

Classroom teachers taught the children about Native American culture and made Native American headdresses and vests decorated with picture writing. The students had a great time, and the event was the highlight of everyone’s day. Monday, November 23rd at 9:30 AM will be the final show.

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Whitman Sophomore in State Meet

Whitman sophomore Emily Fung with her coach Mr. Rufus Shepard and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright just before her warm-up just prior to the race.
Emily is all smiles after her race as her finish will be a good start to the competitive season for the areas private clubs. Emile swims all year for Team Suffolk.

Congratulations to Whitman sophomore Emily Fung who just competed in the 100m Backstroke at Ithaca College in the New York State Swim Meet. Emily finished 4th place in her heat in a time of 1:00.27. Emily, you will remember is our October Athlete of the Month (http://www.shufsd.org/News/Story.aspx?id=30349). We look forward to hearing a lot more about this talented young lady in the future.



Lorello Takes MVP @ Exceptional Senior Game

Left to right: Witman Hernandez, Fabrizio Chamorro, and Mike Lorello.

At the Exceptional Seniors Soccer Game on Saturday, Fabrizio Chamorro, Witman Hernandez and Michael Lorello led the Suffolk Team to a 3-0 win over Nassau. Witman assisted the insurance goal while Michael scored the games first 2 goals. Lorello was awarded the MVP award for his efforts. Great job by all in once again representing Walt Whitman with pride.

Newsday coverage of the game can be found using the following link:


Getting Busy @ Silas Wood


Silas Wood student council leaders settled-in to their newly elected positions recently and are getting down to the business at-hand. We had an opportunity to get them all in one place, so from left to right:  Alexandra Fullerton- Secretary, Ben Koch- President, Jack O' Brien- Vice President, and Hayley Sahadeo- Treasurer. Advisors left to right back row Carol Kelly and Kristin Bernard will guide our 6th-graders for what will be a busy school year.

Halloween @ Whitman Thrills Area Youngsters

It’s hard to see who was having more fun, high school students or their trick or treat guests.
Stopping along the hallway as they moved to a different themed room, community youngsters were thrilled to be in a safe and fun environment.
Many of the elaborately decorated rooms in the north wings provided an exciting environment for the youngsters.
Each room contained fun activities supervised by Walt Whitman students.

At Walt Whitman on Friday, October 30th, the annual Safe Halloween was underway with area youngsters enjoying escorted tours of many of the elaborately decorated rooms in the north wings. Safe Halloween had 230 Whitman students volunteering this year with themed rooms including Pirates on the Seas to Cowboys and Indians, from Caribbean adventures to undersea worlds, from Disney to Sponge Bob, the halls were filled with delighted children. There was also a Robotics demonstration, and SADD club and LSVP Ambassador Program rooms with special activities.  This year the Safe Halloween program was expanded to include kindergarten through 5th grade and there were approximately 240 community youngsters attending.

“There was something inspiring about seeing the oldest students in our school community treating their elementary school counterparts with such empathy and maturity,” said Dr. Bennardo in his weekly newsletter. “The special efforts of these dedicated young men and women and their teachers enabled us to treat primary and intermediate school children to an afternoon of warm Halloween fun.”

Thank you to all of our high school students, club advisors, and administrators who made Safe Halloween such a special event for our community's children. Thank you, as well, to the many parents who believed in our high school team and brought their children to this wonderful annual event.

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Showstoppers Ready to Open Holiday Season

In a file photo of the Stimson Showstoppers, you can clearly see where certain Whitman stars of the stage honed their skills. Terri Haas and her Showstoppers have a history of cultivating exceptional talent, helping to produce future stars.

Well, it is definitely an exciting time for the Stimson Showstoppers.  They have a very busy winter season ahead of them.  The performances are listed below.  We hope you can take time out of your busy schedule to see them.  You are sure to enjoy their performances.

Tuesday, Dec. 8th - Huntington Book Revue  7:00pm

Friday, Dec. 18th - Milleridge Inn, Jericho 12:00pm 

The Showstoppers will be hosted by the Milleridge for lunch after their performance.  This will be an especially poignant performance as rumors are the Milleridge may be closing its doors.  After a decade of performing there the Showstoppers will definitely miss it.   The Inn is decorated beautifully and this is the perfect opportunity to go out for lunch.

Wednesday, Dec. 23rdAtria Assisted Living 10:30am

We hope to see members of the South Huntington Community at our performances.  Happy Holidays.

Career Day Draws Top Talent from the Community

Dr. Inna Gellerman, a Huntington orthodontist, offered to make personal mouth guards for all school athletes free of charge. The athletes just have to come in to have an impression made of their teeth.

On Wednesday October 28th, the Home and Careers Department at Stimson Middle School hosted their annual fall Career Day.

There was a wide variety of guest speakers who presented in the library all day long. Some of the Home and Careers students got some hands on experience using power drills with Mr. Scheiner who is a contractor.  Costume and Accessory Designer Mrs. Brigitte Linden explained the process of going from inspiration to final product.  She had many artist sketches and costumes to show.  This included the mask from SCREAM, which she designed. 

Dr. Inna Gellerman, who is an orthodontist not only spoke about her career, but also talked in length about many technology related careers that have become part of the process of corrective dentistry.  She has offered to make personal mouth guards for all school athletes free of charge.  The athletes just have to come in to have an impression made of their teeth.

Mr. Dave Coletti, the FBI agent “solved” the case of the stolen pencils with a group of students.  Mrs. Engels was found guilty of the crime and handcuffed!  Many of our students were treated to sweet treats from Mrs. Melanie Ruotolo the Chocolatier, and Mrs. Terri Del-Piore who is in candy sales! 

Additional careers that were represented on this day included Advertising, Musician, Attorney, Engineer, Manufacturing and Designing, Information Technology, Clinical psychologist, Plumber, Media Advertising, Social Work, Scientist and Marketing.  A great day was had by all!

Wow Factor Lands @ Birchwood

The zSpace 3D virtual reality technology stations are a gift from SHEF.

South Huntington's third-graders are using 3D virtual reality technology to explore a human heart with zSpace. We hear from STEM Coach Mari Scardapane that classes are happening now at Birchwood and moving to Maplewood on January. What an awesome way to reinforce what our students are learning in the classroom. 

Countrywood Hosts A Great Parade

Left to right: Countrywood Principal Barbara Kenney and Assistant Principal Kelly Njenga are a perfect pair as they lead the parade on a perfect morning.

Countrywood’s annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 30, brought much joy and laughter to our staff, students, and parents.  All of our classes and staff marched around the traffic circle waving and chanting Happy Halloween to the onlookers.  Thank you to Mr. Allan Deitz and his talented woodwind musicians from the high school for their upbeat accompaniment.  It was a treat to see our former Countrywood friends.  A fun time was certainly enjoyed by all!

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Oakwood Really Knows How to Celebrate Halloween!

Left to right: Oakwood Principal Eileen Kerrigan and Assistant Principal Mitchell Levy set the bar high as the morning’s festivities get underway.

Halloween events were on display throughout the district on a very busy October 30th.  At Oakwood Primary Center, hundreds of costumed children led a huge parade as their families eagerly jockeyed for position, snapping photos of their little trick or treaters. The Stimson Middle School Band played a perfect set as their principal added his own festive flair. Please enjoy the slide show that includes some very special costumes.

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New Enrichment Activities Schedule Posted

Click here to see the very latest 

You may always access this information that is updated regularly by going to our ‘PARENTS’ tab on the district main page and clicking on ‘ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES’


Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents

Attached is information from the New York State Department of Health entitled "Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents".  This guidance is provided by NYS Dept of Health to ensure families have information about influenza and influenza vaccinations. 

For questions, please contact your school nurse or the NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization at immunize@health.ny.gov.


Blue Star Moms Thank Stimson

“This donation will go directly to Long Island resident service men and women who are serving overseas," said Ms. Joanie Terciak, NY6 Chapter President for the Blue Star Moms.
Stimson students formed a human chain to quickly load-up the truck.
One last thank you and the donated supplies are on their way to our local service men and women who are deployed overseas.

Thank You Stimson School Community – from the Long Island Blue Star Moms Chapter NY6. “One of the exciting parts of the recent Penny Wars competition was the collection of over 4,029 military items,” said Stimson Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta, who has run the mega Penny Wars Challenge each year.  “These items will be shipped to our service men and women who are stationed overseas.” Stimson special education teacher Mr. James O’Brien helps with the Military donation, “The Blue Star Moms find out what our troops need that they can’t get where they are deployed. These items are specifically requested and they get them to the soldiers directly.”

“We want to thank Stimson for their generous donation,” said Ms. Joanie Terciak, NY6 Chapter President for the Blue Star Moms.  “This donation will go directly to Long Island resident service men and women who are serving overseas. These are all local family members in all branches of the Armed Services.”

Way To Go Stimson!

Heartfelt Performance Packs Whitman

A young Helen Keller, played by Pamela Carey (left), begins to make the connection between the things in her environment, and the finger patterns that Annie Sullivan, played by Lauren Giglio, would spell into her palms.
Helen’s mom Kate, played by Samantha Ruotolo, was in a delicate position knowing what would be best for her daughter and dealing with her headstrong husband, expertly played by Tyler Zeoli.
A brief moment of peace before Helen begins testing her parents and Annie to see just how much she can get away with. Left to right: Tyler Zeoli, Sam Hoffman, Taninna Oukacine, Lauren Giglio, Pamela Carey, and Samantha Ruotolo.
Percy, played by Patrec Alexander Jones-Brown (left), and Martha, played by Samantha Carey (right), are frustrated with not being able to communicate with Helen.

Congratulations to our outstanding theater company and their director, Ms. Susan Turner-Radin, and her staff for a wonderful fall performance. This past weekend’s production of “The Miracle Worker” was a wonderful opportunity to watch our gifted performers entertain audiences through three remarkable shows that left us all in awe of the talent that exists in our school district!

We are all very proud of our cast and crew, and thank their families for helping to manage the commitment required of a successful theatrical production. Special thanks to our dedicated director, designers, managers, assistants and backstage crew for making this fall show a production to remember.

Based on Helen Keller's autobiography ‘The Story of My Life’ (1903), young Helen Keller, blind, and deaf since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate.

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Congratulations to:

Director- Susan Turner Radin

Set Designer- Brian Barteld

Costumes- Tracy Theatre Originals, Hampton NH/Turner

Lighting Designer: Alex Dollin

Sound Design: Mike Avitable of SDE Productions

Business Manager: Allan Deitz

Cast in order of appearance:

A DOCTOR: Alex Siegel

KATE:  Sam Ruotolo


HELEN: Pamela Carey

MARTHA: Samantha Carey/Andrea Adames (Saturday Matinee)

PERCY: Patrec Alexander Jones-Brown

AUNT EV: Taninna Oukacine


ANAGNOS: Marco Chiriboga

ANNIE SULLIVAN: Lauren Giglio/Megan Montemurro (Saturday pm)

VINEY: Jessica Menditto

BLIND GIRLS: Liora Hyman, Keara Shea, Ava Karaginis, Briana Ruotolo, April Carmine

Man's Voice: Carlos Villatoro

JIMMIE (Annie’s brother): Colin Budzitowski

Chrones Voices: April Carmine, Liora Hyman


Stage Crew

Esteban Lopez, Adrianna Padinha, Desi Kirina, Darren Bentler, Tristan Dougherty, Casey Iannuzzi, Aidan Hoskey, Leah Cozart, Mollie Korn, Erika Rivas, Elizabeth Havjar, Josh Berger, Nina Rodriguez, Hans Bas, Zoey Guiliano, Frankie Giarrizzo, Robert Leonick, and Carla Tejada.


Haley Tract, Sabrina Greenberg, Tina Odonner, Marg Bonhomme, Leila Ozkiral, and Shaina Silverman.

New York State Champions

The coaches and players want to thank the entire community that supported them throughout the season.
Even though he attracted several defenders each time he had the ball, Witman Hernandez (11) scored two goals, an assist, and was awarded MVP of the game.
Senior Michael Lorello (10) had 2 goals capping a phenomenal season and high school career.
Junior Sean Zagorski (24) outplayed some tough competition all weekend.
Fabrizio Chamorro (7) drew a lot of attention as he was in front of the net numerous times in both games this weekend. All eyes are on the ball as this shot just misses.
Senior goalie Austin Salas had a spectacular championship series keeping the states top contenders from gaining an edge.
Noel Reyes (9), Eduardo Alfaro, Bobby Cerrito, and Sean Zagorski played stellar defense in front of Austin Salas.
Wildcat captains Michael Lorello and Witman Hernandez accept the New York State Trophy as the best AA Soccer team for 2015.
The Boys Varsity Soccer Team captured the State Championship for the first time in school history with a 5-1 victory over Ballston Spa yesterday in Middletown. Witman Hernandez and Michael Lorello had 2 goals each and Blake Aronson added another. Hernandez, Aronson and Fabrizio Chamorro added assists. Eduardo Alfaro, Bobby Cerrito, Noel Reyes and Sean Zagorski played stellar defense in front of Austin Salas. Witman earned well-deserved MVP honors. Coach DiGiacomo and Coach Karcz would like to thank this special group for their dedication. They had a goal and never gave up fighting for it. Thank you to the entire community that supported us throughout this season. It's been tremendous. Congratulations Wildcats!!!

Got Blood!


Walt Whitman’s Senior Class Advisor Diane Langhorst-Zamow is happy to report that the Fall Blood Drive, run by the senior class and the New York Blood Center, looks like an overwhelming success.  30 Blood drive captains, listed below, registered over one hundred-sixty students, for what could be a new donation record. It’s a busy day in the South Gymnasium.

The captains played a crucial role in helping collect blood and save lives. The captains provided care, attention, and assistance to the many dedicated blood donors who rolled up their sleeves to give life. The donors gave generously of themselves and helped save lives in the New York area.

Many thanks to everyone who made this event such a success! Captains: Kimberly Argueta, Pascale Barreau, Elizabeth Barrios, Marguerite Bonhomme, Julia Canigiana, Juan Gonzalez Contreras, Sabrina Greenberg, Lauren Groser, Sarah Horan, Emma Kongevold, Corinna Lambraia, Zachary Lanz, Millicent Le Claire, Rumeysa Mete, Candise Maldonado, Michelle Nardelli, Melanie Olinsky, Diana  Ortega, Julianna Pasquarello, CJ Pasterak, Rose Pedretti, Emily Petrone, Daniel Reyes, Giselle Romero, Umaimah Saleemi, Jason Saslaw, Sudhakar Sood, Haley Tract, Rachel Williams, and Sklyer Zenie. 

DECA Needs Your Help

Dear South Huntington School District Community,

Our names are Rachel Vaughan and Joseph VanGostein and we are sophomores at Walt Whitman High School and active members of DECA, an award winning nationally recognized business club. We are working on a project for the New York State competition that entails researching a local business (in our case, Peter Andrews, a local home furnishings store). Our project is to implement an employee incentive program. As part of the project we must survey potential customers, and we would greatly appreciate it if you'd make the time to answer these five questions, if and only if you’ve shopped at any Peter Andrews location before, which can be found by clicking the link below.

All the best,

Rachel and Joseph V.

Link to the Google Form: https://docs.google.com/a/shufsd.org/forms/d/1ykKpU4GF0mvonzIObIhOUY1Yuz_u61E8NMw95ayK_hM/viewform

October Athletes of the Month

Left to right seated: Tyrese Betts and Emily Fung. Standing: Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Principal John Murphy.

All-County Halfback Tyrese Betts was genuinely honored when he was told about becoming Athlete of the Month for October. “I think it’s pretty awesome,” said Tyrese. “I was speechless because I haven’t gotten an award like this and it’s nice to be recognized.” Tyrese, who dominated Whitman's turf field, as well as the 100-Meter in Spring track, will be attending Buffalo State next fall where he will be playing Division II football for the I-90 Bowl Bound Bengals. “Tyrese is probably one of the best all-round offensive players I’ve coached here at Whitman,” said Varsity football coach Robin Rosa. “He can throw, run, and block, I think he will do really well at the next level.”

While playing football at the next level excites Tyrese, he will clearly miss Whitman. “When I wake up in the morning I look forward to coming here,” said Tyrese of his high school. “The people are nice, they have good hearts, and it makes for a great atmosphere.”

Emily Fung has just clinched a spot to compete in the State Swim Meet and has recently posted her best time in the Backstroke. Section II rules indicate that for a high school to qualify as an official team they must have 8 members and Whitman has five. There are many swimmers like Emily who are members of an outside club like Team Suffolk, in Emily’s case. “Swimming relaxes me,” said the soft spoken sophomore. “It keeps me focused, keeps me going. Its great for time management because we practice 6 days a week, our season goes all year except for 2 weeks off in August, so you need to be committed and focused to do well.”

Emily is a member of the Art and the World Language Honor Societies, and like her male counterpart, loves the atmosphere at Whitman. “Everyone is very supportive and understanding here,” said Emily. “The teachers are great and everyone is very friendly.”   

Congratulations to two exceptional young athletes!

Countrywood Gets A Special Visitor

Ms. Rodriguez, back right with her husband, gave our Countrywood Kindergartners a positive message about our Nation’s military and their role in protecting us and preserving our freedom.
Master Chief Rodriguez uses the SmartBoard to help explain just how big our Nation’s military is and where they are stationed all over the world.
After some lessons and practice our Kindergartners get the salute just right.

A big thank you for his service to our country to Master Chief Rodriguez who spent time last week at Countrywood. Master Chief Rodriguez was in the Navy and is now a Reservist, he is also the husband of Kindergarten Dual Language Teacher, Ms. Rodriguez, and he talked about the role our military plays to protect the United States.  The teachers, students and Master Chief Rodriguez also discussed how to honor our Veterans and what we can do to be good citizens.

Spotlight News- Fall 2015



Safety First @ Birchwood

Leading Birchwood’s fifth-graders in the Safety Patrol pledge are left to right in background, Birchwood Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian, and AAA representatives Gerri DeSalvo and Karen Blackburn.
Getting the ‘Letric Lime’ sashes to fit just right, especially over your outer coat in winter can be tricky at first. Remember buckle in the front and word across the back.
AAA representative Gerri DeSalvo, left, presented the official badge of the Safety Patrol to each student. The students may keep their badges at the end of the school year.
Plenty of Moms and Dads were on hand to assist their child in properly fitting the sashes.

Birchwood Intermediate School’s fifth-grade students were inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Program last week.  In an effort to help create and maintain traffic safety, AAA has sponsored this program for the past 95 years.

Being part of the School Safety Patrol offers students the opportunity to meet and interact with the law enforcement community as partners in safety. This helps them grow into law-abiding citizens with a healthy respect for officers and their duties. 

Safety patrollers are trained to direct classmates with bus loading, unloading, and transit. Safety patrollers also perform other safety-related functions under the direction of school officials. Students work alongside staff members and attend monthly meetings to review and refine duties and responsibilities as needed.

The students are selected on the basis of leadership potential and character, reliability, punctuality, ability to follow rules, dependability, interest in traffic safety, good judgment, and respect for classmates. Parents of the Safety Patrol officers were invited to attend the ceremony, which was led by Karen Blackburn and Gerri DeSalvo, representatives from AAA. 

Congratulations to the following 2015-2016 Safety Patrol Members:  Natalie Donahue, Olivia Drange, Elizabeth LaRegina, Ryan Luebker, Jessica Ocasio, Priceyla Reyes, Irving Saravia, Michael Ventura Martinez, Esra Akdogru, Joanni Alfaro, Adam Arevalo, Mia Carrillo, Adelrhany Georges, Matthew McManus, Isabel Rich, Sean Schwantner, Destiny Soto, Yahya Khan, Troy Long, Delaney Alicea, Addie Balogun, Jenna Crocco, Jenna Cullen, Shane Gruosso, Nicholas Aramburu, Anthony Bancheri, Madeline Franz, Jade Gomez Ordonez, Lorianna Mattutat, Ebony Miller, Colin Murphy, Daralyn Alicea, Arcides Bonilla, Jimmy Burns, Samantha Castro, Daniel Citle, Sophia Engoran, Nicole Yerys, Madison Ewart, Yohana Gonzalez, Renzo Itzep, Ashly Orellana, Vicki Granados Ortiz, Nancy Janet Moreno, Kristen Portillo, Jamie Saravia, Juliana Castro, Jamal Marseilles, Edward Pena, Mikaya Person-Gunter, Grayson Slansky, Kaitlyn Verga, Kasey Wagner, Norvi Alfaro Jimenez, Yeili Espinal, Alexa Gluckstal, Jacob Gillet, Luis Gomez, Freddi Faigelman, Emily Lewin, Natalia Lutz, Jimmy Medina Moctezuma, Suzanne Philip, and Bianca Stephens McIntosh.

After School Enrichment: Hidden Wonders of the Body Revealed as 3-D Virtual Investigations Begin!


Yes, science can be pretty amazing! This winter, students in grades 3-5 can enjoy an after school enrichment program that will bring all the wonders and magic of science right to their fingertips.

SCOPE Education Services, in cooperation with the South Huntington Union Free School District, is pleased to offer an After School Enrichment program for students in Birchwood and Maplewood Intermediate Schools.

Both classes that are offered- ‘Our Amazing Bodies: Human Anatomy & Physiology’, and ‘Young Scientists: Exploring the cool things scientist do,’ are designed to enhance learning by exposing students to small projects and topics that are not typically in their regular school curriculum. Students will be engaged in exploring a wide array of diverse and challenging topics, all with a multidisciplinary hands-on approach to learning. Particular emphasis will be placed on the honing of problem solving skills.

The classes will run from 3:40p.m. – 4:30p.m. at Birchwood and Maplewood Intermediate Schools.

Details and course fees are attached below.

Register by Wednesday, December 2, 2015 to ensure a spot for your child.  Please note: Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation home from the program.

We are pleased to be able to offer this program and we hope that it will enhance your child’s learning experience.


Tennis Awards Go To Three From Whitman

Senior players, left to right, Tina O’Donnell and Mish Patel were recently awarded All-Division status for their play this past season.
At the recent All-County Dinner, left to right, Coach Rory Sherman, Tina O’Donnell, Sabrina Greenberg, and Shailee and Misha Patel.

Coach Rory Sherman is happy to report that members of the Varsity Girls Tennis team attended the All-County Dinner at Villa Lombardi's Tuesday November 3rd.  Earning All-Division status were Seniors Tina O' Donnell and Misha Patel.  Sabrina Greenberg earned the Team Sportsmanship Award given to a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on and off the court with ethical behavior, fair play, and integrity. Congratulations Girls!

Casting Call!!


The Long Island Musical Theatre Festival’s Christmas Cabaret is a not to miss event, and one that local performers are eager to participate in.

As a performer, this is a fun, low-pressure event and a good way to get acquainted with our programs. It is open to all students from grades 7-12 and on the collegiate level.

In order to participate, you will need to submit a video of the song/duet you are interested in performing to steven@rexarts.org by Monday, December 16.

Our mailing address is:

Long Island Musical Theatre Festival, Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, South Huntington, NY 11746


All rehearsals will take place at Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington on the following dates:

Saturday, November 21 from 11-3

Saturday, December 12 from 11-3

Wednesday, December 16 from 6-9

The Christmas Cabaret will have two performances on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 at 7pm & 9pm OLD FIRST CHURCH, HUNTINGTON, NY

Wildcats Are LI Champions

Backline defender Eduardo Alfaro (3) played stellar defense all year and has really stepped it up for the Playoffs.
Captain versus captain provided a tough matchup, but Witman Hernandez (17) scored 2 goals and was unstoppable.
Sean Zagorski (left) picked a great time to score his first goal of the season, which ended up being the game winner.
Fabrizio Chamorro launches a shot passed the goalie. Fabrizio added a goal and an assist to catapult the Wildcats into the State semifinals.
Whitman midfielder Jonathan Consolo (11) was a big contributor securing ball possession for Whitman.
The Long Island Champions celebrate for a moment, but they all agree there is still unfinished business.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team captured the Long Island Championship for the first time in school history with a 4-1 win over Hicksville last night. Witman Hernandez scored 2 goals which raised his season total to 22 goals. Sean Zagorski picked a great time to score his first goal of the season which ended up being the game winner. Fabrizio Chamorro added a goal and an assist as well. Chipping in for the Wildcats with assists was Michael Lorello and  Jon Consolo. The back line of Eduardo Alfaro, Blake Aronsen, Bobby Cerrito, Noel Reyes, and Sean Zagorski played stellar defense. Austin Salas made five saves to secure the win. The Wildcats will play in the state semifinals on Saturday at 4:15pm vs Hilton High School at Middletown High School.

Thank you Phil Orlando for these great action shots!

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Newsday story has a interesting take...you may access it here:



Tell Someone How Special They Are

“I loved all of the questions and their thoughts on small acts of kindness,” said Ms. Schroff.
Thank you Ms. Laurie Condon (left) for getting Ms. Schroff to come to Maplewood.

Walt Whitman graduate Laura Schroff - Class of 1970, gave a wonderful presentation at Maplewood Intermediate school recently. Laura is a former advertising executive who is best known for her book: “An Invisible Thread” which is a true account of how a busy sales executive befriends an 11 year-old panhandler on the streets of NYC. Laura epitomizes what mentoring can do for a child’s life.

Laura’s message about compassion, volunteering, and helping those less fortunate resonated with our Maplewood students. “I really love speaking with students,” said Ms. Schroff.  “I loved all of the questions and their thoughts on small acts of kindness.”

Laura has a new book titled “An Invisible Thread Christmas Story,” and will be signing copies of both her books at the Book Revue on December 9th from 7-9PM.

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Whitman Swimmer Qualifies for States

Emily Fung with Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright (left) and coach Rufus Shepard.

Congratulations to Whitman sophomore Emily Fung for her excellent showing at today’s Section XI Swimming Championships at Suffolk County Community College.  This was the State qualifier swim meet. Emily swam the 100-meter backstroke to a 4th place county finish and will now head up to the NYSPHSAA Championship at Ithaca College on November 20th.

Way to Go Emily!



With an immensely successful homecoming behind us, we are particularly proud to commend the October 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.


ART: Erika Gaspar, Susie Glover, Ryan Owens, Marisa Sanquini.

SCIENCE: Filomena Abbatiello, Tsz Yau Cheng, Kelsey McDonald, Gabrielle Ramirez.

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Kristina Diaz, Tajear Farquharson, Jocelyn Hernandez, Keith Nieves.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Ryan Giudici, Patrec Jones Brown, Carol Melhado, Sarah Zepeda.

ENGLISH: Sean O’Donnell, Willie Petro, Melissa Shaiman, Morena Torres.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Alexandra Bitter, Marvin Hidalgo, Stephanie Martin, Julia McMullen.

MATHEMATICS: Stephanie Bishop, Yoselin Bueso Santos, Wilber Garay Chavez, Margaret Pigliacelli.

WORLD LANGUAGES: Danielle Barbarito, Rimshah Ehsan, Julia McMullen, Gabrielle Ramirez.

MUSIC: Timothy Jobson, Marianna Kliampas, Justin Thorne, Brittany White

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Tyrese Betts-Football and Emily Fung-Swimming

Inspiration… Just Down the Road

Heckscher Museum’s Kristina Schaaf, Associate Director of Education discusses a vibrant piece in the current collection.
Joy Weiner, Director of Education and Public Programs at Heckscher Museum loves inspiring students about the wide range of styles that artists have achieved and are exhibited at the museum.
Kristina discusses one of the museum’s permanent pieces titled, ‘Youth Eternal’ by the American Artist Evelyn Beatrice Longman.
After so much inspiration, it’s time for our second-graders to settle in and get creative.

Countrywood second-graders from Mrs. Merola and Mrs. Zisel’s classes visited the Heckscher Museum of Art this past Thursday.  The children had an opportunity to see The Graphic Appeal exhibition, which celebrates the wide range of styles that artists have achieved in etching, lithography, silkscreen, wood cut, and more. In addition, a circa 1900 printmaking press, plates, and other tools were on view to bring the process to life.  This printmaking exhibition inspired the students’ curiosity and creativity for future visual art projects.

Coaches Invitational Wraps Gymnastics Season

Our two seniors, Olivia Zakarin and Megan Gallagher, 2nd and 3rd from left respectively, did an awesome job on the entire season.
Coaches and the team relax after competing in the Suffolk County Gymnastics Coaches Invitational tournament.
A selfie to save, our coaches and gymnasts celebrate a wonderful season.

The Girls Varsity Gymnastics team finished their season this past weekend with the Suffolk County Gymnastics Coaches Invitational.  Megan Gallagher, a senior, had a great last meet competing on Vault, Bars and Beam. Senior Olivia Zakarin did an awesome job on Uneven Bars and the Floor Exercise in her last meet.  Danielle Harris scored 5th in the all around.  Ariana Weindling took 9th on the Floor exercise. Kristen Conroy took 12th on the Vault and Holly Fontanetta tied on the Balance Beam in 9th place. Congratulations girls on a job well done. Nice job to the entire team for a great season.

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County Champions!

After time ran out on Brentwood, thanking the Whitman faithful was first up.
After a breakfast of champions, and the championship on the line, our Wildcats did not disappoint.
Senior captain Witman Hernandez (17) is about to set a new school record for goals scored.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team captured the Suffolk AA Championship last night with a 1-0 shutout over #6 nationally ranked Brentwood. This is the first county championship for the boys soccer team since 1996. Witman Hernandez scored the game winner in the first half off an assist by Jon Consolo. This was Witman's 45th career goal which passes Coach Karcz's school record for all time goals. Michael Lorello, Anthony Palazzolo and Consolo controlled the midfield while Eduardo Alfaro, Blake Aronson, Noel Reyes and Sean Zagorski shut down the Brentwood attack. Austin Salas made 6 saves to preserve the shutout. The Wildcats head into the Long Island Championship game against Hicksville on Sunday at 5:30pm at SUNY Farmingdale. Please come out and support the team. We thank you for the great turnout last night!

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The Newsday coverage can be seen using the following link:


Silas Wood's Sweets For Vets

Thank you to our Veterans…Your service in protecting others makes you a remarkable person…someone truly worthy of our deepest gratitude.”
Thank you to the Silas Wood community for your donations of wrapped leftover Halloween candy.
Silas Wood staffers get in on the fun. Thank you all for making this event so successful!
A homemade card with a hand written note inside thanks our veterans for their service.

Silas Wood's Sweets For Vets Student Council sponsored event was a huge success. Many students eagerly donated extra Halloween candy. On Wednesday, November 4th Silas Wood's Student Council and staff created over 80 favor bags that will be given to local veterans at a luncheon in their honor on Veteran's Day. Each bag had a homemade card attached that said: “Your service in protecting others makes you a remarkable person…someone truly worthy of our deepest gratitude.”

Way to go Silas Wood!

Stimson Halloween One Mile Pumpkin Run and Speed Milers Awarded!


Stimson’s annual Pumpkin Run was a popular event for both grade levels. Along with accurately predicting the time to run one mile, students were also awarded for fasted time. Five boys and girls in each of 7th and 8th grades were awarded for the speed run, as well as the top 2 students in each class who came closest to their predictions won a certificates and a small gourd pumpkin.

Congratulations to the following students who clocked the fastest mile: 8th Grade- Boys: Shane Zarcon, Dylan Cella, Kevin Martin, Josue Ramos Lopez, and Daniel Zahn. 8th Grade Girls: Tara Browning, Lauren Redelman, Kristen Finnerty, Mae Morelli, and Marissa Martino. 7th Grade Boys: Carlos Alfaro, Chris Owens, Matthew Brunet, Carlo Conte, and Jake Veeder. 7th Gr. Girls: Grace Weigele, Jessica DiStefano, Shannon Turner, Michaela Rutigliano, and Juliana Villella.

Congratulations to the many other runners who won pumpkins and certificates by coming closest to their predictions in each P.E. class.

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Record-Breaking Sales @ School Store

Walt Whitman Store hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during 6th period.
A rolling cart makes it easy to place an order.
This student is getting into the spirit before the Powder Puff football game and is deciding on the right size as presented by our Life Skills store helper.

Walt Whitman teacher Ms. Christine Schubert is proud to announce that her Life Skills students who manage the school store, sold a record amount of merchandise leading up to homecoming. “During spirit week we sold $1,000 worth of merchandise and our record-breaking sales of $405 was on October 7,” said Ms Schubert.  The students also visit each cafeteria with items to sell and took orders for students or faculty who could not visit the store. There is a great array of spirit wear for purchase to show your Wildcat pride.   Store hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during 6th period.

Way to go Life Skills Students!

Dictionaries Donated to Dozens

John Safarik (left) and Bob Vanderburgh of Elks Lodge 1565 in Huntington are delighted to be donating dictionaries to each of Birchwood’s third-graders.
There is a big world to explore inside a dictionary and this third-grader from Birchwood is excited to get going.

Mr. John J Safarik, of Elks National Foundation Lodge 1565 in Huntington, along with Bob Vanderburgh and Alyssa Nightingale, both from our local Elks Lodge, were at Birchwood Intermediate School last week to donate dictionaries to each of our third-graders.

Birchwood third-graders accepted this special donation from our community with gratitude and bright smiles.  The students shared in their excitement by locating all that the dictionaries had to offer, including the longest word in the English language!  Birchwood students will use this fantastic resource for many years to come!

Who are the Elks? Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

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Redemption Earned

Witman Hernandez (17) gets the assist as he sets up Anthony Palazzolo who is ready for the strike that will send the ball to the back of the net for the Wildcats 1st score.
Fabrizio Chamorro get into familiar territory as he is seconds away from burying a shot into the bottom left corner off a through ball by Hernandez.
Jon Consolo (11) scored the winning goal against Hills to get the Wildcats into this next round against an old nemesis in Smithtown West.
Witman Hernandez (17) draws a lot of attention from opposing teams, being the unselfish player that he is, an assist that helps his team score is just as important.
Michael Lorello (10) had a real battle going on with a very physical team. But in true fashion he came out on top.

The Boys Soccer Team defeated a physical Smithtown West team today in the Suffolk County Semifinals by the score of 2-0. Anthony Palazzolo got the Wildcats on the board in the first half off an assist by Witman Hernandez. Fabrizio Chamorro put the game out of reach when he buried a shot into the bottom left corner off a through ball by Hernandez. The back line of Eduardo Alfaro, Bobby Cerrito, Noel Reyes and Sean Zagorski limited the opportunities for Smithtown West. Austin Salas was strong in net to secure the shutout. This win puts Whitman back into the County Finals where they feel like they have some "unfinished business" from last year. The Wildcats will take on Brentwood for the championship. Please come out and support the team on Thursday night at 6:30pm at Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley. There will be a $6 entry fee.


Football Team Wins Final Game

Jordyn Guerrero scored from a Bermudez pass with 13 seconds left to give the Wildcats a well earned win.

Walt Whitman’s football players exhibited a gritty toughness and determination this past Saturday and refused to give up when down. This would be the seniors last time they would suit-up, and varsity head coach Robin Rosa honored all 19 of his senior players and their families before the game. Central Islip proved to be tough competitors and would answer each of the Wildcat scores with one of their own. But the Wildcats refused to lie down and found the will to win.

As reported by Newsday the highlights went as follows: Addison Bermudez found Jordyn Guerrero at the seven-yard line and Guerrero cut inside for the winning touchdown with 13 seconds remaining for Whitman. Tyrese Betts ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and threw a 66-yard touchdown to Jaysin Gurerro in the second quarter. Whitman wins 33-32.

The Wildcat scoring was as follows:

WW - Betts 5-yard run (Villatoro kick)

WW - Jaysin Guerrero 66-yard pass from Betts (Villatoro kick)

WW- Jaysin Guerrero 7-yard pass from Bermudez (Villatoro kick)

WW - Brown 99-yard Kick Off Return (pass failed)

WW - Jordyn Guerrero 13-yard pass from Bermudez.

“Even though we have been outsized in Division 1 by almost every team, our guys have competed and never given up,” said Coach Rosa. “This game was a perfect example of how we as a team never quit the entire season,” said Assistant Coach Ralph Milazzo to the team after the game.

Congratulation to our seniors Tyrese Betts, Addison Bermudez, Jaysin and Jordyn Guerrero, Roninio Senatus, Umer Marghub, Robert Buttoni, John Haffner, Jose Mendez, Kareem Burns, Angelo Gervasio, Colin Gilmartin, Juan Gonzalez Contreras, Joseph Ward, A.J. Varisco, Nick DeBlasio, Salvatore Lomino, Mason Kraese, and Will Villatoro.

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Academic Excellence Winners Announced

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy, top left, and Chairperson of Guidance & Student Services Ms. Leah C. Lugoviña, top right, proudly announced the winners of the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Missing from photo is Joonho Ko who is at the National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensembles in Nashville.

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and Chairperson of Guidance & Student Services Ms. Leah C. Lugoviña proudly announced the winners of the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The awards are based on a formula using regents exams in English, Algebra 2/Trig, Global Studies, American History and Science (3 exams).  These 14 seniors have been awarded scholarships that will be able to be used for any college or university in New York State for the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to: Misha Patel, Joonho Ko, Keya Bartolomeo, Hamza Mahmood, Jason Argeseanu, Gabrielle Ramirezm, Ellysandra Monegro, Ariel Khatchatourian, Thao Williams, Amanda Moletz, Rose Pedretti, Hans Bas, Michael Lorello, and Julianna Pasquarello.

Step Up and Pledge @ Silas Wood

Making a statement about good decision-making, this 6th-grader commits his signature to a banner that will hang in Silas Wood.

Red Ribbon week is a time dedicated to educating students on the dangers of drug use and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Students at Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center kicked off Red Ribbon Week with the Huntington Youth Bureau’e Katie Delargy and Lisa Spatafora spoke with students about the importance of remaining drug free.

Students signed a banner pledging to stay drug free and wore red to acknowledge the start of Red Ribbon Week. Students in Ms. Hickey’s Art classes have created posters about why they choose not to do drugs. The posters are displayed throughout the school. Students in Ms. Aragones’ Home and Careers classes wrote Public Service Announcements (PSA's) about why they choose not to do drugs. These PSA’s are read during the morning announcements.

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Kongevold Ends Season With Record Setting Night


We heard from coach Steve Greco this week about his Varsity Girls Volleyball team. Lindenhurst may be playoff-bound, but Whitman had no trouble defeating them for the second time this season last Friday night.  The Wildcats won three games to one (19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-18). 

It was senior night, and the last regular season home game for our two seniors, Catherine Ledbetter (11) and Emma Kongevold (2) who were honored on the court before the match began.

In the Lindenhurst win, Emma totaled 17 kills, 4 aces and 10 digs on the night to lead the team.  Her last kill gave her the single season kill record.  She also earlier this season set the single game kills record and has the most kills in a career with 482.  Junior Olivia Poplawski had 36 assists and 3 aces, Sophomore Cayleigh Delgado had 4 kills and 5 blocks, Sophomore Maelyn Latko had 4 aces and 20 digs and Freshman Ally DeGaray had 16 kills and 13 digs. 

Great work by the whole team and congratulations to Emma and Catherine on great careers with the Whitman Volleyball Program!

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What’s A Life Worth?

Behind the wheel, everything can change in the blink of an eye. A post, a selfie, a text, a scroll, an email — one look is all it takes.
Whitman student Natalie Hayes, at the wheel of a virtual reality car, gets an experience that mimics texting while driving with potentially deadly consequences.
Whitman students had plenty of questions for AT&T Community Relations Representative Mr. Brandon Ray.
Susie Glover commits her signature vowing to never text and drive.
Left to right: NY State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Whitman Principal John Murphy, Assistant Principal Colleen Grady, Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, Officer Andrew Fiorello, and AT&T’s Brandon Ray.

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 help educate Walt Whitman High School students, faculty and staff about a very dangerous driver distraction-texting and driving.  Last Tuesday afternoon, Walt Whitman seniors gathered for a sobering assembly, which included a popular simulation machine, as well as the emotionally charged 10-minute Documentary YouTube video clip called “The Last Text.”  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.” It was inspiring to see our Whitman seniors and staff join in a pledge to never text while drive.

AT&T DriveMode® is a free app that silences incoming text message alerts so you can keep your eyes on the road and stay focused while driving.

Experience the Driving Simulator for yourself:  


Speed Rules the Day as New Records are Set

The 800 Meter race gave our 5th graders a true test of endurance.
The 50 Meter Dash would produce a new school record.
The accuracy throw… it sounds simple enough, but posed a challenge for many of our 5th graders.
The long jump is an event that takes time to master. This youngster gets it right and makes a good landing.
In the 4x100 Relay- transferring the baton is the tricky part.

South Huntington’s 5th Graders competed in their annual Track & Field Day under a picture perfect sky. The cheering crowd kept the excitement high as event after event unfolded. From the beginning of the 50 Meter dash to the final 4x100 Relay, Birchwood’s and Maplewood’s finest competed head to head.

A personal best was the challenge of the day, but our 5th Graders surprised everyone with 4 new district records.  Congratulations to Mikaya Person Gunter who ran a blistering 50 Meters 7.6 seconds; and to Kenyon Miles who also set a new boys school record in the 50 Meter with a time of 7.4 seconds.  In the 80 Meter we have a new girls and boys record. The girls record was set by Diamyne Corchado in a time of 11.4 seconds, and the boys was set by Adam Arevalo in a time of 11.0 seconds.  Thanks always to Mary Gross and all of the great PE teachers who volunteered to help make this a special day for our 5th Graders.

Congratulations to all of our outstanding young athletes who competed!

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Girls 50-Meter Dash

1st  - Mikaya Person Gunter (BW)

2nd – Jenna Cullen (BW)

3rd - Natalie Biryla (MW)

4th – Valerie Richardson (MW)


Boys 50-Meter Dash

1st – Kenyon Miles (MW)

2nd – Anthony Brown (BW)

3rd – Sawyer Diamond (BW)

4th – Liam Towers (MW)


Girls 80-Meter Dash

1st – Diamyne Corchado (MW)

2nd – Natalie Biryla (MW)

3rd – Jenna Cullen (BW)

4th – Olivia DelPriore (MW)


Boys 80-Meter Dash

1st - Adam Arevalo (BW)

2nd – Anthony Brown (BW)

 3rd – Jonathan Andino (MW)

4th – Michael Coppola (MW)


Girls 800 Meter

1st – Ashley Koalowski (MW)

2nd – Cecilia Medina Granados (MW)

3rd – Kasey Wagner (BW)

4th – Ariel Neirs (MW)


Boys 800 Meter

1st – Michael Finnerty (MW)

2nd – Jonathon Matthews (BW)

3rd – Jason Kaiser (MW)

4th – James Lavarra (MW)


Girls Running Long Jump

1st – Melanya Saravia (BW) and Kate Buckshaw  (MW) (tie)

2nd – Elizabeth Schreiber (MW)

3rd – Daralyn Alicea (BW)


Boys Running Long Jump

1st – Iverson Lazo (BW)

2nd –Rufino Oliva(BW)

3rd – Blake Rudnick (BW) and Mason Lockhart (BW) - Tie


Girls Standing Broad Jump

1st - Mikaya Person Gunnter (BW)

2nd – Jessica Adams (MW)

3rd – Emily Rollman (MW), Kasey Wagner (BW), Sydney Cusack (BW), and Elizabeth LaRegina (BW) - tie


Boys Standing Broad Jump

1st – Declan Hill (BW)

2nd – Jamal Marsielle (BW), Simeon Kwak (MW), Christopher Matthews (BW), Adelrhany Georges (BW), Andrew Drange (BW) - tie

3rd – Michael Coppola (MW), Dan Matas (MW)- tie


Girls 4x100 Relay

1st – Ashly Orellana Ramos, Shelly Chen, Shaelyn Scharpf, Nicole Yerys (BW)

2nd – Sophia Engoran, Taylar Ervolino, Valerie Elvir, Arianna Gonzalez (BW)


Boys 4x100 Relay

1st – Trevor Galgano, Jacob Somer, Kenyon Paz Chica, Ethan Chandre (MW)

2nd – Andrew Drange, Norvi Jiminez, Mason Lockhart, and Adelrhany Georges (BW)


Girls Distance Throw

1st  - Ava Seifert (MW)

2nd- Emily McGowan (BW)

3rd- Alexa Dikeakos (MW)

4th- Anastasia Novinski (MW)


Boys Distance Throw

1st  - Iverson Lazo (BW)

2nd- Kenyon Miles (MW)

3rd- Jacob Borysowski (BW)

4th- Tyler Mezadurian (MW)


Girls Accuracy Throw

1st  - Brianna Flathmann (BW)

2nd- Emily Rollman (MW)

3rd- Yanely Jerez (BW)

4th- Nicole Yerys (BW)


Boys Accuracy Throw

1st  - Kieran Bock (MW)

2nd- John Villella (MW)

3rd- Ryan Saslaw (MW)

4th- Joe Decker (BW)

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL HACKATHON- Early Registration Opens for South Huntington Students

Early Registration Opens for South Huntington Students

This January, one hundred students, ages 13-18, from around Long Island are invited to converge on our South Huntington Union Free School District to take part in an exciting and innovative event being delivered by “We Connect the Dots,” an educational, nonprofit organization that creates STEAM learning opportunities for students around the world.

The event, called the Back-to-School Hackathon, is a consecutive forty-eight hour competitive gamified learning experience that teaches students how to code in HTML5. “We Connect the Dots” has partnered with Microsoft to incorporate Microsoft Azure Solutions Platform to store students projects. Students will work in teams of four to compete for prizes and to see who can develop the best project in the given time, while learning valuable computer science skills that can be used outside of the classroom later in life.

South Huntington students, ages 13-18, can get a jump on securing a coveted spot for what promises to be an unforgettable and valuable experience.

South Huntington students should use the following link to register:


Registration for the general public opens on September 15, 2015.

To register use the ‘Become a Fundraiser’ tab and begin your opportunity to be involved with the first 48-hour Hackathon on Long Island. Need help fundraising? Don’t worry, we have corporate sponsors willing to assist you, just contact Whitman’s College and Career Ready Coach, Rob Callahan at: rcallahan@shufsd.org

Computer science courses are where careers of the future will be firmly rooted. Students who leave high school with knowledge in computer programming, coding, and development have a competitive advantage over their peers, and an inroad into successful careers in the workforce of the future.

On hand will be partners from the technology industry who will be delivering the instruction, valuable talks about the future of tech careers, and coaching for students. Microsoft, one such supporter, has offered members of its Developer Experience (DX) Team to provide the students with insight to the work of a developer in one of the largest companies in the industry.

Students who attend the event in South Huntington may also have the opportunity to work with students around the world, as “We Connect the Dots” is currently coordinating with schools across the U.S. and abroad to deliver simultaneous events in multiple locations. The Back-to-School Hackathon promises to be an innovative educational program for students interested in learning more about coding and future careers.