Introducing Hall of Fame Inductee Pat DeRosa

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“I was born in Brooklyn,” Mr. DeRosa, who will turn 95 on Dec. 6, said. “When I was 12, my mother noticed I had an interest in music and decided to take me to the Bowery, where she bought me an alto saxophone.”

That saxophone, and a tenor sax acquired later, has taken Mr. DeRosa across the country and brought him face to face with many of the 20th century’s legends of entertainment, including Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, Tyrone Power, and Errol Flynn.

Working for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in Bethpage, where he built aircraft parts, he was granted a few deferments before being drafted into the Army Air Forces. He was sent to Greensboro, N.C., for basic training, “after which I joined the concert band as well as the 20-piece dance band,” he said.

In the war’s aftermath, Mr. DeRosa was recommended for work at the Latin Quarter, the famed Times Square nightclub opened by Barbara Walters’s father, Lou Walters. While working there, he received a call from the bandleader Tommy Tucker’s manager. “They needed a sax player immediately,” Mr. DeRosa said. The musician set out for Chicago, and from there to gigs across the country as the band made its way to Hollywood, where it would appear in a film biography of the Tommy Tucker Orchestra.

In Hollywood, he met the stars of the era, also finding himself on the set with Abbott and Costello. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, he said, took him to lunch. He performed with the popular bandleaders Boyd Raeburn, Lionel Hampton, Tex Beneke, and Percy Faith. He has also played with the pianist Dick Hyman, and with another Montauk resident, the harmonica player Toots Thielemans.

“The Big Band era was dying out,” Mr. DeRosa said, “so I went to Manhattan School of Music for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.” He began teaching in 1954, initially in the Huntington School District and then in South Huntington, while continuing a professional career that took him to Manhattan venues including the Plaza Hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, and the Paramount Theater.

In Huntington in the 1960s, the owner of a local music store told him that the legendary jazz musician John Coltrane was looking for a duet partner. They played together for a year or two, Mr. DeRosa remembered, until Mr. Coltrane’s untimely death, at Huntington Hospital, at age 40 in 1967. He also performed at President Richard Nixon’s inaugural ball, and in the 1970s served as master of ceremonies for many memorable jazz concerts at Gosman’s Dock in Montauk.

Mr. DeRosa retired from teaching in 1978 but continued to play professionally. Thirty-eight years later, he continues to blow that saxophone on stages across Long Island.

*Updated from The East Hampton Star Newspaper: Article ‘Still Swingin’ by Christopher Walsh, September 9, 2014

Each week we will feature a new inductee who will be honored on September 24th at our Homecoming-Hall of Fame celebration. Additional information about attending any of our Hall of Fame activities may be found at:



Wildcats @ Jets Training Camp

Our Whitman Wildcats saw many familiar drills, all executed with tremendous energy and enthusiasm.
A big thanks to Whitman Guidance Counselor Ms. Kiva Boozer who arraigned for the Wildcats to experience this amazing close up with the NY Jets.
The Jets spent some quality time with our Wildcat players talking and signing autographs.

Varsity Head Football Coach Robin Rosa took 32 football players to the Jets Training facility in New Jersey last Wednesday and the experience was priceless. “I initially looked at the day as a team bonding experience,” said Rosa. “But when we walked into the facility and realized that we were being given a private day with the players, I realized right then that this was going to be a great learning experience for my team.”

The Wildcats was ushered to the sideline, a few yards from players they could only see on TV. “Listening to the leaders on the Jets team gave my players an insight into the tremendous work ethic that goes into playing at the pro level,” said Rosa. “When Jets linebacker David Harris barked at the younger players ‘If anyone’s walking…you’re cut,’ my players took note and they came away in awe, witnessing close-up the amount of hard work that goes into their day. The Jets go full speed start to finish, running from one drill to the next.”

Coach Rosa is looking for the experience to rub-off on his players as the team gets ready for their season. A big thanks to Whitman Guidance Counselor Ms. Kiva Boozer who arraigned for the Wildcats to experience this amazing close up with the NY Jets.

Go Wildcats!


Summer Research Program Pays Off

Part of our time was in a clinic where we got to meet with patients and listen to the doctors discuss treatment options or post-operative care.
A day in the Operating Room, dressed in scrubs, and observing neurosurgeries.
We were all asked specific questions by Dr. Boockvar on topics he was curious to learn more about and we were expected to research our topic and present our findings.
From Dr. Boockvar’s, Twitter feed.

Whitman student Christina Bogdani just completed an intensive 8-week summer research program at Feinstein Institute located at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  Christina is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field and came away from her internship convinced that she’s on the right track. “I shadowed a neurosurgeon this summer by the name of Dr. John A. Boockvar,” said Christina. “Most of my experience was oriented towards studying the brain.”

“I gained so much knowledge in neurology and I met some amazing people,” said our rising senior. “I learned endless amounts of new things in every aspect of the medical field, and I plan on joining Dr. Boockvar and his team again next summer.”

Way to Go Christina!

Free Weekly Little Wildcats Pre School Story Time!

The South Huntington School District presents a free community story, song and craft playgroup for preschool age children at Whitman High School.

Little Wildcats is a free community story time, which meets for approximately 75 minutes on Tuesdays throughout the  school year.  A certified South Huntington School District teacher, along with carefully selected high school students, will organize and supervise age-appropriate stories and activities for preschoolers.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other children in the school district while enjoying dynamic activities.  The group will meet on Tuesdays from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM at Walt Whitman High School in room 230.

To register for the program contact Mrs. Zamow, Little Wildcat program director, directly at 631-944-0972 ; email:  Enrollment is on a first come basis.

Where To Meet for 1st Day of Fall Sports Tryouts

SHEF Family Fun Day- Saturday, September 10th


Important Information for the 2016/2017 School Year


New Employment Opportunities

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Boys of Summer Win U16 Championship

Whitman Varsity Baseball coach Keith Barrett, back right, with his exceptional group of U16 Championship baseball players.
We hear from Varsity Head Baseball coach Keith Barrett that a group of rising 11th and 12th grade Whitman baseball players just won the Long Island boys of summer U16 American Division Baseball Championship. Congratulations: Chris Corbett, Pete Daquara, Nick Miata, Brett Maier, Cameron Botta, Matt Jacobsen, Justin Grose, Jake Krotz, Brian Corcoran, Hunter Eichner, Matt Williams, Sean Williams, and Cliff Sweezey.

WGBB Hosts South Huntington Students


Walt Whitman’s Life Skills students visited LI radio station WGBB (1240am) on Thursday, August 11th.  The students where excited, enthusiastic and motivated to participate in speaking on the air. It was a wonderful and fun experience and was a huge success! The combined efforts of the staff at WGBB, especially Steve Vaccaro, and South Huntington put smiles on everyone and made memories that will last a lifetime.

The segment that was taped will be aired this Saturday (8/13) between 3-4PM on AM Radio 1240. We are all so very proud of all of our “youth heroes.” Here is the information on how you can listen to the show:

Date: Saturday, August 13th

Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm (est)

   *****Please listen to 1240am on your radio dial or click on to htpp:// Please visit us on (the chapters rap with steve vaccaro) Facebook page. Please call into show (631-888-8811 or 631-888-8812)


Hall of Fame News


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STEM-Prep Summer Institute Draws to a Close

South Huntington STEM coach Ms. Marijean Scardapane works with Walt Whitman guidance counselors and science teachers to help facilitate opportunities for our students, like the STEM-Prep Summer Institute at Brookhaven National Laboratory, shown in this photo.
Rising 10th grader William Valle presents his research on Dark Matter at the research showcase at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Jefferson Orellana explains his research on the effect of global warming on polar ice caps.
Saul Molina Vasquez presents his findings on genetic engineering.
Wilmer Valle presented his research on gravitational waves.

Approximately twenty ninth-grade students from Long Island were selected this past spring to participate in a four-week summer enrichment program. Four students from Walt Whitman made the final cut and were accepted into this prestigious program run by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

The STEM-Prep Summer Institute (SPSI) provided the means for experienced educators to engage students in hands-on activities relating to the different types of research conducted at BNL. Students participated in four one-week modules of instruction that included topics in physics, biology, chemistry, scientific computing and environmental science

Last Friday was the conclusion of the program and students presented reports on subjects from their weekly topics. Congratulations to rising sophomores William and Wilmer Valle, Jefferson Orellana, and Saul Molina Vasquez. 


Att: All Whitman Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors


Homecoming is fast approaching and we are already working to ensure a successful week of fun events. Please stay tuned to this webpage for important updates on information about the various events.

Homecoming is Saturday, September 24th.

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Fall Adult Education Courses Set


Welcome to our Fall 2016 Adult Education Program. It’s  a great time to learn something new, improve a skill, begin an exercise program, and make new friends along the way!

Please register promptly to avoid class cancellations. 

The new 2016 Fall course offerings are attached below.


Life is a Cabaret

Willkommen to ‘Cabaret’ and to the fourth season of the Long Island Musical Theatre Festival.
Walt Whitman junior Marco Chiriboga had a starring role in ‘Cabaret’ and we look forward to seeing him in upcoming drama and musical productions at Whitman.
Whitman Alumnus Delaney Guiliano won a HuntingTony for Best Supporting Actor with his role as Wilbur Turnblad from Hairspray, and we were happy to see him in his first LIMTF production along with Jenna Raynoha.
Ekele Ukegbu, an Elmont High School student, and Ian O’Boyle, from Floral Park opened the play with a rousing dance and song number ‘Willkommen’ from the Kit Kat Klub.

Right from the dramatic opening scene, the talented cast of the Long Island Musical Theater Festival (LITMF) once again captivated their audience with the top-notch production of Cabaret.

Our very own vocal director, Mr. Steven Altinel is the Musical Director of LIMTF and organized this special program, which joined some of the finest musical theater talent in the region. Whitman students and alumni Tyler Zeoli, Marco Chiriboga, Lauren Giglio, Delaney Guiliano, Marina Kopf, Sam Hoffman, Megan Montemurro and Max Morris were instrumental cast members creating a piece of theatre that sheds light on the ominous political developments in pre-World War II Germany.

With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, this summer’s LIMTF production celebrated the 50th anniversary of this iconic musical. “As part of the LIMTF program, our young musical actors had the privilege to work on their material in a master class and a performance with Heidi Blickenstaff, one of Broadway’s finest talents and valued member of the Kander and Ebb family of performers,” said Altinel. “She shared many of her experiences and personal stories about working with the legendary song writing team and I am so proud of the students in our program.”

The Long Island Musical Theatre Festival is a non-profit program dedicated to producing a full-length musical 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 get to have the opportunity to work with a Broadway guest artist, discuss resume building, and learn audition techniques. Please visit for more information.

Summer Music and Arts in South Huntington

Cast members of “Golly Gee Wiz’ performing one of many song and dance numbers popularized by the Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Hollywood film musicals of the 1930s and 40s.
Members of the ‘Rock Band’ classes came together for some memorable songs that highlighted the closing performance.
Summer Theater Program director Linda Hulley (back to camera) thanks her student volunteers from the summer theater program.
Whitman’s professional dance studio awaits our fortunate students in all grade levels.

Our Music and Arts Camp ended strong last week with students and staff engaged in end-of-season performances. The energy level and creativity were high as another year of summer memories were established and camp coordinators Allan Deitz and Frank Yolango brought the season to a close. On Thursday evening, families and the community gathered in Whitman’s air-conditioned PAC for dance and music performances that highlighted the many camp offerings that distinguish our Arts program here in South Huntington. The Summer Dance Program, directed by Priscilla Velazquez featured dancers from our youngest through middle school. The Summer Theater Program, directed by Linda Hulley, highlighted Thursday evening’s performance with the musical “Golly Gee Wiz.” The hallways surrounding the PAC were filled with art that included sculpture and photography.

On Friday morning, the last day of camp, families gathered for performances that accentuated dance and music by our talented campers. The morning concluded with performances by students in the Rock Band classes directed by Robby Deitz and Vinnie Muscarella. Congratulations to our students and staff who once again exemplified the exceptional arts programs in South Huntington.

Summer Music and Arts Program Staff:  T.J. Adams, Robby Deitz, Dennis Pettas, Elizabeth De Monte, Linda Hutley, Greg Modelewski, Shannon Murray, Vinnie Muscarella, Samantha Roldos, Courtney Schmaeling, Priscilla Velazquez, Sarah Weiss and Nicole Mihalik.

Student Volunteers: Tyler Zeoli, Megan Montemurro, Keara Shea, Marco Chiriboga, Samantha Carey, Jake Cartisano, Kyle Brown, Grace Noonan, Abbie Yaeger, Jasmine Haug, Megan Kramer, Sophie Ross, Keira Conlon, Jewels Panarello, Erin Conlon, Eamon Murray, Brenda Mendez, Kaitlin Riha, Amina Sadiq, Amanda Riha, Emily Riha, Johnique Aiken, Michaela Grosso, Tess Anderson, Katie Nodel, Alexa Beaubrun, and Kira Steffen.

The South Huntington Summer Music and Arts Camp is one of our areas best kept secrets, but word is spreading and students from other communities are experiencing the popularity of one of Long Islands ‘Best Summer Camp Deals.’

See You Next Year!


Summer Reading Program 2016 - I Reached 100 Points!

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Superintendent's Response to the Comptroller Audit

Please use the link below or see the attachment for Dr. Bennardo's response to the New York State Comptroller's audit.

Superintendent's Reponse to Comptroller's Audit and Full Audit Report

6th Grade Experiment Launched to International Space Station!

Space X-9 had a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Florida toward the international space station. Onboard is a unique student experiment from students at Stimson Middle School.
SSEP students from Stimson Middle School; Hussain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Jacob Veeder, Leo Mustitano, Richard Kurjanski prepare their experiment for launch (missing from photo is Stephan Tsolis)
Stimson student Richard Kurjanski traveled with his family to attend the launch at Kennedy Space Center this morning.

A team of middle school students from South Huntington launched an experiment with Space X-9 from Cape Canaveral Florida toward the international space station on Monday morning July 18th.

The team, rising 8th graders Hussain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Richard Kurjanski, Leo Musitano, Stephan Tsolis, and Jacob Veeder, were in Mrs. Carol Kelly’s 6th grade science class when they conceived the idea to find out if polymer beads can clean laundry in zero gravity.  Their findings could help astronauts clean their clothes on the International Space Station, and in the future, on the moon or Mars.  A mission patch designed by rising 7th graders Mia Stampfel and YiMei Potzinger is traveling to the International Space Station with the experiment. The patches will be certified as having flown in space and returned to display in South Huntington after the flight is completed. 

The team is part of a select group of students who are launching experiments through the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP).  One other Long Island District – Wyandanch - also has an experiment aboard Space X-9.  “The district is thrilled to support the amazing work of our young science students,” said Dr. Jared Bloom, South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent. “We are all inspired by their work and commitment!”

“Over the next few weeks, our students will monitor the progress of their experiments in space and conduct ground experiments that will serve as controls,” said Mari Scardapane, South Huntington’s STEM Coach. “The experiment is scheduled to be returned from space on August 10.   That’s when we will find out if their results will help astronauts keep clean in space.”

The SSEP is a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, which is working with NASA under a formal Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. 

District-wide Drinking Water Testing for Lead Analysis Report


Summer Spotlight News


Whitman's 30th Reunion Set


The 30th Walt Whitman High School Class of 1986 reunion date is Saturday September 17th, 2016, 6pm-11pm. The reunion will be held at The Melville Marriott and we have arranged special group rates for alumni traveling in from out of town.

For additional information and tickets please contact:

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Trina Doris-Lydon:

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