Girls Tennis Opens Season

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The Patel sisters Shailee, left, and Misha lead the Whitman singles team.
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Whitman’s first doubles team Emma Coleman, left, and Christina Bogdani.
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The 2nd doubles team of Allie Wirth and Sabrina Greenberg (serving) showed strong play in the afternoon heat.

We hear from coach Rory Sherman that the Walt Whitman Varsity Girls Tennis team opened their season with a tough battle against Kings Park on Wednesday afternoon.  Stepping up and leading the Wildcats at first and second singles were senior Misha Patel and sister Shailee who both won multiple games for Whitman.  At 3rd singles, Kayla Soulias defeated her opponent in dramatic fashion winning both sets in tiebreakers.  Julia Ballontine played well and narrowly missed a victory.

In Doubles play Christina Bogdani and Emma Coleman demonstrated the meaning of teamwork as they played.  Allie Wirth and Sabrina Greenberg won multiple games and had a strong come from behind set.  Mabel Basi and Sarah Panza both played extremely well beating their opponents in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

Please come support the girls at their next home meet on Thursday, September 10 against Northport at 4pm.

Thank You Unity Church of Healing Light

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Photographed with many of the backpacks, left to right: Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo; Deputy Superintendent, Jacqueline Harris; Carolyn Reilly, Reverend Saba Mchunguzi, Margaret Frazier, Steven Behlen and the Reverend Evelyn Digsby, all from the Unity Church of Healing Light; school social workers Ms. Ventura Trent and Roberto Torres; and Coordinator of Student Services, Mr. David Perkins.

Thank you Reverend Evelyn Digsby and the congregation from the Unity Church of Healing Light!  This is the 16th year in a row that the congregation and ministerial staff of the Unity Church of Healing Light on East Pulaski Road in Huntington Station graciously donated backpacks, each filled with school supplies. Representatives from the church were at South Huntington School District offices today, Wednesday, September 2nd to donate over 100 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies for needy elementary children in our district.

“We sincerely appreciate this generous donation to our students,” said Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris. “Our partnership with Rev. Digsby and the Unity Church of Healing Light continues to be a blessing to our neediest students.”

First Day of School Brings Excitement

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The annual tradition continues as new Walt Whitman principal Mr. John Murphy welcomed his Class of 2016 to their Senior Sunrise. Seniors decorated the campus to welcome in a new year and new students.
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Stimson Middle School Principal Mr. Edwin Smith sees some familiar faces as he welcomes his students back.
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Silas Wood Principal Mr. Steve Toto (left) and Administrative Dean Adam Obletz greet their new 6th graders.
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Birchwood’s Assistant Principal Ms. Annie Michaelian greets her returning students.
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Maplewood’s Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia makes sure the last of his students are safely off the bus.
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Crossing Guard “Miss Donna” welcomes back our Birchwood walkers for her second year.
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Countrywood Principal Ms. Barbara Kenney greets her returning 1st and 2nd-graders prior to meeting her new Kindergarten students and their parents.
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Oakwood Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan, standing, greets kindergarten students and their parents.

Summer recess officially ended today as more than 6,000 South Huntington students headed back to school. At Stimson Middle School, principal Edwin Smith greeted our 7th and 8th-graders for his second year, and at Walt Whitman, new principal John Murphy was with many of his senior class students as they decorated the campus in their annual senior sunrise celebration, signifying a new day and a new year.

“This chance for a fresh new beginning each year is unique to the world of education, as it offers renewed energy, optimism, and opportunity for every school community,” said Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo in his welcome back message.

As is customary in South Huntington, our new kindergarten students ride the bus for the first time accompanied by their parents. It makes for a smooth transition for moms and dads. Long Island’s first STEM Designated Middle School – Silas Wood, is ready for their third year highlighting the new and exciting opportunities that STEM education will create. And our littlest SHIP students embark on a year full of exploration and fun as they acclimate to a school setting. Already pros at navigating their hallways, our 4th and 5th graders at Birchwood and Maplewood held out a welcoming hand to help make their new 3rd graders comfortable in their new school.

“There is a genuine sense of pride permeating South Huntington, and we stand poised for more wonderful growth in the year to come,” said Bennardo. “We believe the sky is truly the limit for our students and staff, and the cooperative relationship enjoyed between the members of our learning community fuels a common sense of mission within the district.”

Welcome Back Students and Staff!

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Wildcat Booster Club & Modell's Team Week Savings


The Wildcat Booster Club is excited to offer you this 15% off coupon valid 8/28 - 9/24

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!

Please join us for our first meeting this *Thursday in the training room at the North Gym.  (*note this is a date change)

Thank you!

 

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Golf Outing to Honor Assemblyman Lupinacci

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South Huntington Educational Foundation

SHEF

 

Presents our 19th Annual

GOLF OUTING

Cocktail and Dinner Celebration

Honoring

New York State Assemblyman

Chad Lupinacci

 

Columbus Day

October 12, 2015

Stonebridge Country Club

Smithtown, NY

(Flyer/Brochure Attached for Registration or go to www.shefinc.org)

Chad Lupinacci was elected to represent the constituents of the Tenth Assembly District on November 6, 2012. His district includes parts of the Towns of Huntington and Babylon in Suffolk County.

Prior to being elected to the New York State Assembly, Lupinacci served three terms as a Trustee for the South Huntington Union Free School District. During his tenure as a school board member, Lupinacci worked diligently to improve graduation rates and the quality of district-wide education. This wealth of knowledge and experience will be an asset as he works to reform the school financing system, fight for meaningful mandate relief, and reduce restrictions placed upon school districts to pursue alternative funding streams.

Lupinacci teaches classes in Business Law at Farmingdale State College. He is also an adjunct professor of Political Science at both Saint Joseph’s College and Hofstra University. In addition to his academic duties, Lupinacci is an attorney specializing in real estate law and estate planning.

Lupinacci was educated at Hofstra University in Hempstead, earning his B.A. in Political Science. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, Lupinacci interned for Assemblyman James D. Conte and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He later went on to earn his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law and his Master’s in Business Administration at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.

 

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Registration and Lunch at the clubhouse and use of Driving Range and Practice Green

 

1:00 p.m. Shotgun Tee Off

Beer, soda and snacks on the course throughout the day, Prizes, Raffles, Hole-In-One Contest, Beat-the-Pro and more.

 

Following Golf 

(Approximately 6:00 p.m.)

Cocktails and Dinner Celebration

to honor

New York State Assemblyman

Chad Lupinacci

 

Complete Lunch, Golf, Dinner Package Includes:

            Greens Fees

            Golf Cart

            Use of Driving Range & Practice Green

            Clubhouse Lunch

            Cocktails (Beer, Wine, Soda)-Buffet Dinner

            $200 by Monday, September 14th

            $210 after  September 14th


Cocktails and Dinner Celebration Only:

Cocktails (Beer, Wine, Soda)-Buffet Dinner

Approximately 6:00 p.m.

            $85 by Monday, September 14th

            $90 after  September 14th

Please make reservations by: 

September 14, 2015

(Please note price increase after Sept. 14th)

 

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Healing Through Teamwork

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The ‘Sail Ahead’ armada leaves Northport harbor looking for wind to fill their sails.
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Left to right: Sean and Kilian Duclay welcome friends and honored guests at their inaugural ‘Sail Ahead’ event.
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Kilian Duclay gets his moment in the limelight as News12 prepares their interview. Sean, standing right, gets ready for his turn in front of the camera.
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Sean, with his camera ready for action, gets escorted by the Merchant Marine Academy for the best photographic angle.
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Unlike winter sailing on their speedy HobieCats, August can be peaceful and quiet on the Sound.
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Jennifer Duclay is up early to catch the best photographs for the Sail Ahead event.

Sean and Kilian Duclay are having a busy summer. This past weekend the brothers led a small armada of 30 sailboats out of Northport harbor and into the Long Island Sound for a day of sailing. But these boats were not manned by your average sailor, they were skippered by Veterans who have learned, thanks to the Duclay brothers program, ‘Sail Ahead,’ that sailing offers healing therapeutic benefits for veterans with post-traumatic stress.

This first annual event, held at the Centerport Yacht Club, hosted over 80 veterans, their families and devoted volunteers. Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci joined members of the Huntington community to celebrate Sail Ahead. “To be here, at the inaugural Sail Ahead event, is to bear witness to the nautical culture of Long Island paying homage to our veterans in a unique and unconventional way,” said Lupinacci.

Sean and Kilian, who were inspired to use sailing as a healing method for veterans with post-traumatic stress, coordinated the event. We’ve highlighted these two young men before but in case you would like to know more, please use the following links about this remarkable program and Sean and Kilian Duclay.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Jennifer Duclay, a freshman at Walt Whitman, did many of these fantastic photos. Jenny has been very involved in this event and in the Sail Ahead organization as well. She was assigned to the USMMA RHIB and boarded every boat to take pictures.

http://www.shufsd.org/News/Story.aspx?id=21553

 

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/sail-ahead-group-uses-sailing-trips-as-therapy-for-veterans-1.10765263

Fall Adult Education Courses Set

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Adult Education Registration Open! 

Sign Up Today for our Adult and Continuing Education Courses.

Download course booklet below.

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Exciting News From Our Wildcat Marching Band

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Marching Band Car Wash Flea Market Fundraiser

You can support the marching band cause and have a great lunch/dinner by visiting Mario's on August 26th from 11AM-10PM.  Simply show the attached flier, enjoy your meal, and know that you are helping our students shine.

The excitement continues on September 9th and 10th with auditions for our upcoming Wildcat Marching Band "Who's Got Talent" Competition.  This audition, which will be held from 5-8PM in Room 224 at WWHS provides participants a chance to be included in our Friday, October 22nd District-Wide Talent Show. 

Those interested in auditioning can email: bpa@wwhsmb.com with your name, date you would like to audition, and a brief description of your act.  You will receive a return email with your audition time. Please be prepared to pay the nominal $5 registration fee at the audition.  Additional information is included on the attached flier.

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TOPSOCCER Fall Registration Open!

SOUTH HUNTINGTON SOCCER CLUB                            

TOPSOCCER (SPECIAL NEEDS DIVISION)

Join us in this extraordinary non-competitive program for children with mental and/or physical disabilities. This program is for special needs children who are not able to participate in a regular soccer activity. Children learn to play soccer in a fun and pressure-free environment while also improving their self-esteem.

This program, for players ages 4-18, consists of a one hour weekly clinic consisting of drills and a scrimmage. The clinic is held on Saturday mornings at Maplewood Intermediate School in Huntington Station from 10:00-11:00AM.  There is a spring season and a fall season.

Registration is currently being accepted online for the Fall 2015 season at www.southhuntingtonsc.com

The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt, team photo and trophy. 

For more information contact Christy Gudaitis at 631-421-2876 or cgudaitis1@optonline.net 

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Getting a Jump on the New School Year

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Parents And Children Together (P.A.C.T) is going into its 7th year at Countrywood Primary Center. During the school year this is an extended day program, in the summer it becomes part of our overall summer Jump Start program that provides early intervention classes for English as a New Language (ENL) students to support their academic growth in English and in their native language (Spanish).
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On the last day of summer school, parents joined their children and they took the learning outdoors for some playground literacy fun!

As in the past, the 2015 English as a New Language (ENL) Jump Start Program included incoming kindergarten students into our ‘Parents and Children Together’ (PACT) classes.  These two classes welcomed 24 students who have never attended preschool and will start kindergarten in September.  Throughout the four-week program, students and parents became familiar with school in preparation for the start of school on September 1st. 

The transition into kindergarten can be stressful for children who have never been exposed to a school setting, but not for our kindergarten PACT families!  Through songs, art, play, books and daily school-home communication, they have learned and enjoyed what our schools have to offer.  Each Friday, parents join their children in class for an hour of learning activities and discussion.  On the last day of summer school, they took the learning outdoors for some playground literacy fun!  Ms. Maria Rodriguez and Ms. Joanne Sanchez welcomed our youngest students with four weeks of dynamic activities that planted the seeds for a great start of kindergarten and a better school career.

SHEF FAMILY FUN DAY THIS SUNDAY!

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Way to Go Epi and Gaby!

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Left to right: Gabrielle and Epiphany Ramirez are the dynamic duo behind the creation of Eye Partners Inspire.

There have been two epiphanies in the lives of Gabrielle and Epiphany Ramirez, both of which are connected. It is truly difficult to find the two sisters separated, many peers know them better as the dynamic duo: ‘Epi ’n Gaby.’ The first epiphany is actually the younger sister Epiphany, or Epi as she prefers.

Epi was born with ocular albinism, which is the lack of pigment in the eyes. She was diagnosed as legally blind, but after surgery and many pairs of glasses she is no longer considered blind.

Since Epi and the rest of the members of the Ramirez family wear eyeglasses, the sisters quickly learned the high cost associated with eyewear. As a result, the second epiphany appeared in their lives: the creation of Eye Partners Inspire (E.P.I.).

Eye Partners Inspire is a non-profit foundation and its main vision is to provide eyeglass frames to disadvantaged Long Island residents. The girls collect used eyeglasses, clean them, and then redistribute the eyeglass frames to many of their neighbors. Epi and Gaby do not ship collected eyeglasses overseas because they understand the high need for quality eyeglasses among low-income Long Islanders.

As of now, Eye Partners Inspire has held two successful events: one at St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station and the second at St. Luke in Brentwood. Collectively, E.P.I. has donated over 225 eyeglass frames to Long Island residents. The group has saved these neighbors an estimated $22,500 (based on average retail price of $100 per frame).

After their first successful year, Epi and Gaby are very optimistic for Eye Partners Inspire's future. Recently the two sisters were interviewed by Huntington Patch, (http://patch.com/new-york/huntington/sisters-high-school-launch-nonprofit-serve-community-0). The girls are currently working on launching a new Eye Partners Inspire program: “Give the Gift of Better Vision.” The premise includes providing full eyeglass packages (eye exams, lenses, and frames) to Long Island children for the holidays.

Way to Go Epi and Gaby!

For more information regarding this exceptional foundation please visit the EPI website: www.epilongisland.org.

Summer Music & Arts Camp Concludes on a High Note

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The musical theater program was very popular and we can already see who will be lighting up the stage this coming school year.
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Our solid music program has a steady pipeline thanks to our summer camp, our talented music teachers, and families that appreciate how music benefits their child’s overall education.
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The creative arts programs allowed students of all ages to explore new heights that they will continue with once school begins on September 1st.
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Dance continues to draw student’s interest as a pure form of physical and emotional expression.
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The Theater Program performed a play titled “Happily Ever Laughter,” and delighted the audience.

The summer music and arts program once again provided excellent opportunities for students of all ages to try something new or improve on talents and skills they already have. Over 100 youngsters took advantage of this affordable and enriching camp held at Walt Whitman High School.

This summer’s music and arts camp menu included band, orchestra, chorus, and jazz, with daily rehearsals and small private and group instruction.  A new and very popular addition to the music program this year was Rock Band. “Many of our staff have either graduated from college or are in graduate school and active in music and the arts,” said Mr. Allan Deitz, who co-directs the camp with Mr. Frank Yolango.  There were special small group instruction classes that include piano, brass, woodwinds, violin, saxophone and percussion. Art classes were busy in several rooms with illustration, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry making, and basic art that include photography.

South Huntington has a strong dance program and a group of youngsters took full advantage in this summer’s dance classes. Responding to increased interest in the performing arts, classes were added in Pantomime, Intro to Acting, a Show Tunes Vocal Workshop, and a popular Theater Program. There was also a special elementary program that gave our second- and third-graders individualized exposure to music, art, and theatre. “This was a great camp with a long history and a terrific staff,” said Mr. Deitz. 

As our creative and performing arts students’ progress through the district’s schools, it’s especially rewarding to see the tremendous increase in both quality and participation. The arts are truly alive and well in South Huntington.

 

Photo Gallery Thursday Performance

Photo Gallery Friday Performance

 


Audiences Love ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

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The summer production of a Broadway musical by the Long Island Musical Theater Festival is always a highlight in the Walt Whitman Performing Arts Center.
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Mr. Steven Altinel, on the piano, and Broadway guest artist Ms. Liz Callaway, right, rehearse with the cast.

Right from the opening scene you knew you were in for a treat. The professional orchestra was spot on and the wonderfully talented cast of the Long Island Musical Theater Festival (LITMF) once again captivated their audience with a top-notch production of Merrily We Roll Along.

Our very own vocal director, Mr. Steven Altinel is the Artistic and Musical Director of LIMTF and organized this special program which joined Whitman students and alumni Tyler Zeoli, Lauren Giglio, Marina Kopf, Nick Mangus, Sam Hoffman, Megan Montemurro and Carlos Villatoro onstage with the finest musical theater talent in the region. 

Earlier in the week it was a genuine thrill to see Whitman students and staff performing side by side with Broadway star and Emmy winner, Liz Callaway. Ms. Callaway conducted a master class with the LIMTF cast in preparation for the performance, and joined them in a special performance at Adelphi University that honored and paid tribute to the career of this famed actress who made her Broadway debut in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along.

 

Photo Gallery from Merrily We Roll Along

Photo Gallery from Master Class

The Long Island Musical Theatre Festival is a non-profit program dedicated to producing a full-length musical with a professional orchestra in two weeks. During that time, students receive training from industry professionals while being surrounded by peers who share the same passion and skill set. Students will have the opportunity to work with a Broadway guest artist, discuss resume building, and learn audition techniques.

Varsity Dance Team Kicks Off Season

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The Wildcat Varsity Dance Team has earned a berth at the National Competition next Spring.

Congratulations to Ms. Kiva Boozer and Nicole Mercurio, whose talented Walt Whitman Varsity Dance team took the National Dance Alliance Summer Training Festival by storm. Teams from Long Island and New Jersey attended this popular summer season tune-up and competition. After a rigorous several days we are proud to post the following results:

Team Awards:

Superior rating in Team Dance

Superior Showmanship Award

NDA Spirit Award

Gold - Team Leader Performance

Herkie Teamwork Award (Named after the founder of NDA)

 

Individual Awards:

3 All American Team Members -Katherine Cox, Amanda Moletz, and Arianna Carlson

Bid to the National Dance Championship in Orlando Florida

Top Gun Kick Winner - Marina Kilkenny

Top Gun Turns Winner - Katherine Cox

Congratulations girls! A special thanks to their coaches and parents who work incredibly hard helping to ensure a successful start to the new season.

2015-16 Team Roster: Arianna Carlson, Catherine Costantino, Katherine Cox, Taylor Greco, Jenna Kilkenny, Marina Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Amanda Moletz, Pamela Pulverenti, Madison Repetti, and Brittney Salerno.

Wildcat Sports Camp Highlights

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The boys of summer are hitting homeruns during session 4 and by all accounts having a blast.
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During Session 3, wrestling proved to bring out the best as young campers got to experience what it’s like on the wrestling mat and why the varsity team is top notch.
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Cheerleading is immensely popular and now a recognized NYSPHSAA sport. Whether choosing session 2-3- or 4, campers came away excited and energized.
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Keeping the pipeline to varsity full of prospects, session 4 featured a full day of lacrosse for both boys and girls.
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Session 1 and 4 both featured volleyball, and this fast-paced and popular sport at Whitman is looking to reload after a successful season.
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Thank you Huntington Manor Fire Department for making the last day special with your blast of cool water for all the campers to enjoy on the turf field.

The 2015 Wildcat Sports Camp came to a close last Friday, July 24th and the camper feedback has been extraordinary. Camp directors Vin Altebrando, Robin Rosa, Tom Fitzpatrick, and John DiGiacomo ran quite an operation with four weekly sessions that kept over 1,000 campers busy with Field Hockey to Flag football – Basketball to Baseball, and everything in between.

Campers chose from a half-day to a full day and the experienced staffers expertly guided their young charges in the finer details of their chosen sport.  “This summer was another great all-around experience, especially to see our varsity coaches provide such a high level of instruction to the campers,” said Vin Altebrando. “This community type of sports camp gives everyone, from the young athlete looking to seriously up their game, to the youngster wanting an active and fun experience, the chance to do it all.”  Seeing our Walt Whitman alumni return to their familiar fields, courts, and diamonds and engage with their much younger community members provided an exemplary environment that makes the South Huntington community so special.

Thank you to all the coaches and staffers, as well as our campers and their families for making this year’s Wildcat Sports Camp so successful. Enjoy the rest of your summer… see you all next year.

 

Photo Gallery from Session 2

Photo Gallery from Session 3

Photo Gallery from Session 4

Photo Gallery from the Huntington Manor Fire Truck

Summer Reading Program 2015 - I Reached 100 Points!

Click Here to let us know that you have finished the Summer 2014 Reading Program and reached 100 points. 

 

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