Stand Up, Speak Out, Take a Stand!

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Poster winners gather to send a message: Bullying in any shape or form will not be tolerated, so take action and speak out.

Walt Whitman’s General Student Organization (GSO) sponsors compassion themes monthly throughout the school year.  The GSO officers decided that February's theme would be anti-bullying, and they ran a poster contest - 1st prize was a $25 gift card to Dunkin Donuts; 2nd prize, $15 to Dunkin Donuts; 3rd prize, $10 to Dunkin Donuts; and Honorable Mentions received a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.  We hear from GSO Advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande that there were many great submissions and judging was difficult.

For Cyber Bullying:

1st place:  Jade Darrow

2nd place:  Diana Ortega

3rd place:  Skyler Zenie

Honorable Mentions: Melanie Olinsky and Carlos Villatoro


For Anti Bullying:

1st place:  Victoria Vasta

2nd place: Kayla Soulias and Grace Noonan

3rd place:  Olivia Poplawski and Ashley Seebach

Honorable Mentions: Liora Hyman, Megan Bushey, Gabrielle Vital, Faiza Tariq, Deja Tejada, Lauren King, Christina Bogdani, Madalyn Tallo, Serena Halajian, Emma Dunn, and Alexis Darrow.

Festival for the Arts Tonight!

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SOUTH HUNTINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Join us as we step into a night highlighting the Arts at Walt Whitman High School

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 

6:30-8:30PM 

Various vendors will be featured in the PAC Lobby and Circle Area, including information on the South Huntington Summer Music & Arts Program.

Walt whitman's Tri-M Students will be on hand to welcome visitors and provide event information.

 

 

Schedule of Events

6:30-8:30 pm Room 230:  Art Exhibit and Music by the Chamber Orchestra

Food & Refreshments Served

 

6:30-8:30 pm Corridor between the PAC and Room 230: Interactive Art

Activities with National Art honor Society Students

Dance Studio:  Interactive Dance with Dance Students

 

6:30-7:15 pm PAC: Performances – Jazz Band,

WWHS Dance, Centerstage Theatre Group,

Latino Dance Team (each group performs a 10-min. selection)

 

7:15-7:45 pm Corridor between the PAC and Room 230: 

Music by the Whitman Chorale

 

7:45-8:30 pm Performances – Jazz Band, Whitman Dance,

Centerstage Theatre Group,

Latino Dance Team (each group performs a 10-min. selection)

Attachments:

All-State For Two Consecutive Years

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Vincent Feola, in white headgear, holds a slight edge on Tyler Hudson of Whitesboro in the New York State semifinal match. Feola won 3-2, setting up the final championship round.

We sat down with Vincent Feola recently and the exhaustion from the long wrestling schedule was written on the senior’s face. The New York State Wrestling Championships took place this past weekend and he had just finished wrestling two matches on Saturday and another two on Sunday, all of them against county champions. “Most of the matches were all pretty close, especially the final,” said Feola. “My semifinal against Tyler Hudson of Whitesboro ended with a 3-2 win and my final against Youssif Hemida of Mamaroneck was 3-2 right down to the end when he got a takedown making the final score 5-2.”

This was Vincent’s 2nd year as a New York State finalist, and while he couldn’t hide his disappointment, just getting to that level two consecutive years, is a major accomplishment for any high school athlete. Vincent has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at North Dakota State University in the fall. Congratulations Vincent Feola on an incredible high school wrestling career.

Xanadu Benefit Concert This Friday Night!

What better way to shake off old man winter than a great night, for and even greater cause.

The Xanadu Benefit Concert

March 6, 2015

6:30 PM

Rock/Folk/Jazz

 

With winter sports crossing the finish line, and the hint of spring creeping closer with each passing day, the creative students at Walt Whitman High School would like to remind you that if you haven’t visited Walt Whitman’s online arts showcase; Xanadu, you’re missing out on a tremendous wealth of talent. So, if it’s Poetry, Prose, Music, Art, or Photography, you can keep up with our busy creative students by visiting them at:http://www.xanadulit.com

This online magazine reflects not only a vibrant and thoughtful community, but also a dedicated crew of insightful editors who care deeply about Walt Whitman’s insightful soul. You will find this website filled with the poets, prose writers, essayists, artisans, and photographers of Walt Whitman High School. Enjoy!

Get Moving NY and Support Farrell

Hello Family, Friends and Fans of Farrell,

Farrell Blum has once again received recognition for his artistic efforts in the PTA Reflections Program. His film "Surf's Up" is currently being judged at the state level but it gets better...

Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright liked Farrell's film so much that he entered it into the NYS Lets Get Moving contest. Now here is the part where Farrell needs your help....

Log on to: http://www.nysahperd.org/content/leadership/executive-council/suffolk-zone.cfm

Scroll down and you can then cast your vote for Farrell Blum/Walt Whitman H.S.

Voting begins Monday March 2 and ends Friday March 6 and you can vote as many times as you want. Vote early and vote often!

The winning film for Suffolk County will be entered into the statewide competition and will also be awarded athletic equipment for the school.

Please forward this email to others so they can vote for Farrell's film.

Thank you for your support....Team Blum

South Huntington Prepares for St. Baldrick’s Day

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Join our St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement. The event this year will take place on Wednesday, March 18th at 2:45 in the South Cafeteria at Walt Whitman High School.

We are excited to announce that Walt Whitman Principal, Ms. Kathie Acker, will be shaving her head if $10,000. is raised to the team "Shave Acker." To participate in the event either as a shavee, a volunteer, or to donate, please visit the event page at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/491/2015."

Be a hero for kids with cancer!  The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

Oakwood giving from the HEART Updated!

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Most of the Oakwood students who participated in securing donations gather for a group photo. Thank you to the entire Oakwood community and especially Oakwood PE teachers left to right back row: Robin Rosa, Angela Meringolo, and Curt Russell for all their hard work.

This past February, Oakwood Primary Center’s kindergarten, first- and second-grade students participated in Jump Rope for the Heart.  This was a voluntary fundraising program for heart disease research, which is affiliated with the American Heart Association. 

During their Physical Education classes the students traveled through an obstacle course that resembles the human body.  They moved from station to station participating in a variety of exercises and jumping activities such as jump rope, sit-ups, push-ups and scooters.  For participating in these activities, each student received a certificate and sticker from the American Heart Association. Oakwood has participated in this event for the past 10 years and has raised an average of $3500 per year. We are very happy to report that this year, after a late influx of donations, the Oakwood school community has surpassed $10,000 and they are still counting. Way to Go Oakwood!

The main goal of this activity is to raise money for The American Heart Association. However research shows that the habits and choices developed in childhood influence whether or not a person develops heart disease later in life. More importantly the students have FUN while participating in a worthy cause. We thank the Oakwood school community who graciously donated from their heart for the American Heart Association.  

Lunar New Year Celebrated at Countrywood

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Students and parents from Countrywood’s after-school P.A.C.T program create lanterns to decorate their classroom.
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Our P.A.C.T. parents agreed that it is important to teach our children about the diverse cultures that make up our communities.
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Countrywood’s second grade Dual Language teacher Mrs. DiNorcia, right, speaks to the parents and students about her experience and appreciation of her adopted Asian culture.

On Tuesday February 24, 2015 parents and children participating in Countrywood’s after school P.A.C.T program were learning about Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year.  Parents and students made their own Chinese lantern and researched which animal pertained to the year they were born.

Kindergarten Dual Language teachers, Mrs. Rodriguez and Mrs. Sanchez  were excited to invite guest speaker, second grade Dual Language teacher Mrs. DiNorcia to speak to the parents and students about her experience and appreciation of her adopted Asian culture.  “Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar, and since many Asian countries observe this holiday, it is also known as the 'Lunar New Year,'" said Mrs. DiNorcia.  She also shared pictures of her experience walking in the Chinese New Year parade with OCA (Asian Pacific American Organization) of New York and Long Island.  “People can hear thunderous drums and fireworks, see bright colorful dragon dances, and feel joyous spirits, as they gather together at the parade to bring in the New Year,” said Mrs. DiNorcia.  Our P.A.C.T. parents were happy to learn more about the Chinese culture and agreed that it is important to teach our children about the diverse cultures that make up our communities.  

New York State Scholar Athlete Teams for the 2014-2015 Winter Season

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Scholar Athlete teams are selected by using un-weighted averages based on New York State criteria. Congratulations to the following teams:

Boys/Girls Fencing – 97.343

Boys Winter Track – 94.867

Girls Basketball – 93.884

Girls Winter Track – 93.392

Boys Bowling – 92.240

65th Annual Girls' Sports Night

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Out of the eight events of the evening, dodgeball is always a heated battle.

The Walt Whitman Girls Leaders Organization (GLO) held their 65th Annual Girls' Sports Night on Thursday, February 26th, and the north gymnasium was electric. The competition was heated as Maroon battled White with everyone winning in the end. Don't miss the slide show at the end.

A welcome message from GLO President and Vice President Kathryn Marchesiello and Maureen Leiva:

For the past 65 years, the Girls Leaders Organization has worked vigorously to put together Girls Sports Night. Originally, GSN gave young women the opportunity to participate in athletics that were only available to males. However, as the years progressed and girl’s teams were established, we still keep the tradition alive.


The officiating organization has always been the Girls Leaders Organization. The criteria to being inducted includes; high academic achievement, participation in varsity athletics, hours of community service, as well as dedication to the club and its activities and events. Some of our community service includes; Breast Cancer Awareness, Pumpkins Patch for Disabled Children, Thanksgiving food drive, Toys for Tots for the Dolan Center, and St. Baldrick’s.

After three long months of hard work and dedication, we have seen our girls leaders truly grow into becoming young women and role models. All of our captains have put in numerous hours to make this night possible. Their work has truly paid off and has not gone unnoticed. To the girls participating, we hope you had fun, and continue to participate in the following years.  We would also like to extend a big thank you to our parents for your endless support and love.  We thank you for shuffling us around to our practices.

We would also like to thank Mrs. Mahoney, our advisor, for all the work she puts into GLO and GSN.  Anything we have done and will do in the future would not be possible without you!

We hope you enjoy the night,

Love Always, Kathryn Marchesiello and Maureen Leiva

 

Girls Leaders Organization

President Vice Presidents Advisor

Kathryn Marchesiello Maureen Leiva Mrs. Mahoney

 

Treasurer Secretary Historian

Erin Diana Linda Powell Lauren King

 

Girls Sports Nights Captains

Maroon White

 

Calisthenics Catherine Aiello Kerry Conlon

Kimberly Belissimo Erin Diana

Cassie Eaches Amanda Glasser

Lauren Grosser Sarine Kabarijian                       

Ariel Khatchatourian Rosalie Libardi

Courtney Mayer Kayla Neiland

Natalie Migliore Shayna Pehel

Nicole Naughton Francine Sauer

Diana Ortega Ashley Weisser

Colleen Sweezey                                        

Cheerleading Brittany Aikhuele Colleen Harrington

Ashley Seebach Hannah Axmacher

Volleyball Abigail Daniels Lauren King

Dodge ball Abigail Daniels Laura Galligan

Ariel Khatchatourian Juliana Pasquarello

Sr. Musical Chairs Katelyn Neuman Alexis Darrow

Underclassmen

Relay Nicole Rowe Linda Powell

Tug-of-war Mahum Siddiqui Christine McFelia                                   

Gracious thanks to…

•All of the custodial staff who made this night possible!

•Mr. Rogers and the Robotics Club for generously constructing our cheer boxes!

•All of the amazing proctors

•Our Secret Judges Panel

•All of our hardworking, and dedicated captains

•Chelsea Saccente for singing the national anthem

•The Board of Education

•Ms. Acker, Mrs. Grady, Mr. Varlamos, Dr. Muller, Ms. Murrell and Mr. Patronaggio for their continued support for Girls Sports Night as well as Girls Leaders!

•A special thanks to our Superintendent Dr. Bennardo and our Board of Directors!

•Lastly our handsome and appreciated boys helpers: 

Robby Senecal, Russell Kielawa, Jonathan Sparling, Sean Delle, Sean McEntee, Jameson Latko, Ben Castillo, Joe DiPiero, Ryan McAllister, Jon O’Toole, Julian Kleberg, Chad Maier, Joe Blackall, Blaise Davi, Collin Donovan, Michael Fiordalisi, and Jordan Aiken.

Thank you all so much for your help!

Photo Gallery

 

Countrywood Jump Rope for Heart

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Once again Jump Rope for Heart was held at Countrywood!  All of Mrs. Carron’s and Mrs. Reichert-Emprimo’s P.E. classes have been getting prepared and excited to participate in this year’s celebration of healthy hearts, healthy choices, and healthy lives! 

The students enjoyed watching a super fun video that discussed how Jump Rope for Heart helps children with special hearts, by raising money needed to fund research and find ways to “fix” their hearts.  We also learned about the importance of getting lots of exercise and eating healthy foods to keep our hearts healthy and strong.  

All of our students were eager to participate and show they cared about the children with special hearts!  Last year, Countrywood students and their families raised over $12,000 for The American Heart Association. We are hopeful to top last year’s donations. 

Maplewood Doesn’t Skip a Beat!

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On a typical morning event, students were energized to get moving.
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Donated by SHEF a few year’s ago, the Rock Climbing Wall at Maplewood (and Birchwood) provide a good test as students work their way across the width of the gym.
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Physical Education teacher Mr. Slovak kept the students jumping.
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Physical Education teacher Ms. Mary Gross reviews with her students each exercise station.

Maplewood students are awesome Heart Heroes! In honor of the 36th Anniversary of the American Heart Association, Maplewood Intermediate School set a goal of $7,000.01 to raise in their Jump Rope for Heart Program. Last year, in just 2 weeks, the Maplewood school community doubled their goal by raising $7,000. This year they surpassed their goal again and raised over $9,000!

Students were invited to participate in a special event before school on 2 various mornings.  Maplewood’s Physical Education Teachers, Mr. Slovak, Mr. Lauria and Ms. Gross conducted this exciting program.   Over 150 students attended and jumped in various activities.

Congratulations to all Maplewood students who participated in their annual Jump Rope for Heart Program and thank you Maplewood school community for your generosity!

Photo Gallery

Minds in Motion Awards Honor Whitman’s Brightest Winter Athletes

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Many of the Varsity Minds in Motion Award recipients were at practice for their spring sports season, those that were in attendance for the Winter Sports Awards gather for a group photo.

At the annual Winter Sports Awards, South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. James Wright and honored guests congratulated student athletes for a variety of accomplishments during this past season.

Congratulations to the 134 Varsity Minds in Motion Award recipients who maintained a 90+ average during their sports season. Computations are based on weighted averages.

Winter 2015 Varsity Minds in Motion Athletes:  Jordan Aiken, Erika Algierie, Alexandria Alpy, Anastasia Alpy, Elisabeth Auguste, Kelly Baumann, Joseph Blackall, Julianna Botta, Michael Bronson, Zachary Bruno, Joseph Buckshaw, Antoinette Butts Miller, Claude Albert Cajuste, Serah Carbon, Tiffany Chuen, Gabriella Cipriano, Brittney Coleman, Lauren Connolly, John Creeron, Danielle D’Amico, Mark Dammer, Abigail Daniels, Christopher Davila, Thomas DeGaetano, Shannon Decker, Alexa Delcolle, Gianna Della Vedova, Joseph DiPiero, Allison DiStasi, Kilian Duclay, Kathleen Dugan, Emma Dunn, Natalie Dunn, Jon Eichner, Jasmine Erfan, Joseph Esposito, Vincent Feola, Thomas Ferrante, Emily Ferrante, Julia Fisch, Theodore Fisher, Gabriella Fuentes, Rodrigo Gallegos, Connor Galvin, Diamond Garcia, Camilee Getchell, Antonella Giammichele, Michael Giarrizzo, Haley Gladitsch, Paige Gladstone, Alec Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez Contreras, Alexandra Greaves, Alex Greenberg, Justin Grose, Douglas Guida, Maegan Guzman, Gary Harris, Jefferson Hector Jr, Allysia Jones, Patrec Alexander Brown Jones, Jacob Kahrs, Jack Karmen, Russell Kielawa, Lauren King, Julian Kleberg, Wayne Koziatek, Jameson Latko, Zachary Lella, Graham Lunt, Hamza Mahmood, Chad Maier, Tyler Malone, Cara Mangels, Emily Manheim, Douglas Marr, Scott McEntee, Edward McGuigan, Avery McKenzie, Sarena McManus, Dylan McNally, Joseph Mendoza, Mark Theodore Meneses, Adam Meskill, Michael Morck, Jesse Morra, Rebecca Nardelli, Gabrielle Nardelli, Michelle Nardelli, Katelyn Neuman, Jonathan O'Toole, Zannia Ojibe, Zenab Ojibe, Erick Pacheco, Rose Pedretti, Sabrina Philippe, Rosa Portaro, Shamar Powell, Cassidy Pugatch, Dylan Racaniello, Epiphany Ramirez, Gabrielle Ramirez, Danielle Raynor, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Anna Rizzo, Shanece Robinson, Cheryl Rodriguez, Joshua Roiland, Jordan Roiland, Nicole Rowe, Samantha Ruotolo, Benjamin Sakarin, Isabel Sakarin, Elycia Salcedo, Brett Schankin, Jenna Scheiner, Jordan Schneider, Michael Seitz, Melissa Shaiman, Kayla Soulias, Jonathan Sparling, Matthew Stockfeder, Maryrose Stone, Paige Tortorice, Perry Tripi Jr, Jonathan Vital, Lauren Wesch, Grace Williams, Fiona Witt, Jack Wrobel, Sean Wuestman, Shelbi Wuss, and Shannon Yodice.

VFW Essay Winner Takes 2nd in State

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Left to right: Stimson Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta, Jennifer Duclay, and her Social Studies teacher Karen Schmitt with many of the special proclamations that was presented to Jennifer at the VFW Awards dinner.
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Left to right: Stimson Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta, Jennifer Duclay, Grace D’Souza and their Social Studies teacher Karen Schmitt.

This past Veteran's Day, many of our Stimson students wrote an essay based on the theme “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”  The top essays were selected by the teachers of the Stimson social studies department to be entered into the contest ‘VFW Patriot’s Pen,’ sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Eighth-grader Jennifer Duclay was invited to an awards dinner at the VFW last week where she was presented with many accolades for her winning essay.  Jenny took 1st place at our local VFW Post 1469, 1st place at the district level, and 2nd place at the state level.  Congratulations Jenny!  Also, congratulations to eighth-grader Grace D'Souza for achieving third place at the district level.  Job well done!

The Budget Process Has Begun

While it's too early to present a precise budget calculation, our fiscal conservancy over the past has put us in a good position as we prepare for the 2015-2016 school year budget.

Please see the talking points, attached below, that were discussed at the latest BOE meeting. The community is encouraged to join us at these informative and frank discussions so that all voices may be heard as we begin to plan the budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

All BOE meetings are posted below:

Wednesday            February 25    7:30 p.m. Budget Overview

Regular Business Meeting

Conference Room B, Administration Building

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station

 

Wednesday            March 11            7:30 p.m. Budget Work Session

Regular Business Meeting

Conference Room B, Administration Building

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station

 

Wednesday            March 25            7:30 p.m. Budget Work Session

Regular Business Meeting

Conference Room B, Administration Building

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station

 

Wednesday            April 15            7:30 p.m. Budget Adoption

Regular Business Meeting

Conference Room B, Administration Building

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station

 

Monday            April 20            5:00 p.m.

Deadline for Filing Candidate Petition

District Clerk’s Office

Room 109, Administration Building

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station

 

Tuesday            April 28             7:30 p.m.

Regular Business Meeting

(BOCES Budget Vote/Elections)

Conference Room B, Administration Building

 

Wednesday            May 6            7:30 p.m.

Meet the Candidates Night

South Cafeteria, Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station

 

Tuesday            May 12            7:30 p.m.

Public Hearing of Budget

Regular Business Meeting

PAC, Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station

 

Tuesday            May 19            3-10 p.m.

Budget Vote/Elections

Regular Business Meeting

South Gym, Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station

 

Attachments:

‘Iron Man’ Thankful for Stimson's Generosity

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Stimson’s Penny Wars winning team, Ms. Jaimi Goldberg’s Homeroom 213, chose to donate $833.33, the remaining one-third of their total winnings, to The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

He swims three-times faster than humans, will weigh close to 300 pounds, grow up to 6 feet long, and may have to fend off orcas, large sharks and polar bears. But for now, and with the help of a group of Stimson 8th graders, ‘Iron Man’ will have to be thankful as he regains his health in the comfy and safe confines at The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

In yet another example of the ‘Gift that Keeps on Giving’ the Stimson’s Penny Wars winning team, Ms. Jaimi Goldberg’s Homeroom 213, chose to donate $833.33, the remaining one-third of their total winnings to the local group.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The primary mission of the Riverhead Foundation is to preserve and protect our marine environment through education, rehabilitation, and research.

This past Tuesday, Riverhead Foundation volunteer Steve Abbondondelo and co-worker Chuck Russell made a presentation to Ms. Goldberg’s homeroom class and graciously thanked them for the monetary gift. Adopting a rescued harbor seal named 'Iron Man,’ the students were intrigued but the presentation and asked many questions.

“We roughly estimate that the rescue, rehabilitation, and tagging costs can be upwards of $6,000 for a harbor seal or sea turtle,” said Mr. Abbondondelo. “Iron Man weighed only 43 pounds we he was found on January 19th suffering from dehydration, pneumonia and seal pox. He will be in our care for a while and this money will actually go to help care for him.”

We are happy to report that ‘Iron Man’ is responding well and currently eating 10lbs of fish per-day. Thank you Stimson and thank you Stimson community. Your hard work and generosity is paying off in countless ways.

Celebrating African-American History Month

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Walt Whitman African-American Heritage Club advisor Ms. Cynthia Quinlan opened the evening with a tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou.
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Left to right: Whitman freshman Elizabeth Plaisir and senior Danerah Pierre led the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing.'
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Under the direction of Ms. Susan Radin, our Whitman dancers brought a special energy to the stage.
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Stacey Auguste, a Whitman freshman, spoke about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the importance of this turning point in voter rights.
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Whitman junior Zannia Ojibe, read from a piece that reflected back 50 years, and addressed voting rights in America.
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Walt Whitman’s T.S.O.P. steppers gave a stirring rendition of Maya Angelou’s poem, 'Phenomenal Woman.'
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Walt Whitman African-American Heritage Club members, and their advisor Ms. Cynthia Quinlan(left), presented an outstanding Black History tribute.

February is African-American History Month and on Tuesday night the Walt Whitman Performing Arts Center was alive with music, dance, poetry, and readings, all paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  

Congratulations to our Walt Whitman African-American Heritage Club, under the able direction of Ms. Cynthia Quinlan, on the success of Tuesday night’s outstanding Black History celebration—A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou and Remembrance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March from Selma.

These special events provided an entertaining and informative evening that promoted unity and brought an exciting display of culture to our district.  Thank you to club members—Elizabeth Plaisir, Stacey Auguste, Danerah Pierre, Zannia Ojibe and Amani Howard—for lending their talents and hard work to this dynamic celebration. 

Special thanks to our high school dancers, under the direction of Ms. Susan Radin, for adding to the meaningful evening:  Krystal Krystal Lloyd, Diliana Moreira, Peridot Coppin, Victoria Rosa, Sabrina O’Dette, Jessica Barahona, Karizma Ingram, Jenna Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Elizabeth Mercurio, Gary Cisneros, Will Roman, Sarah Haller, Sabrina Philippe, and Corina Lambraia. 

Special thanks to our STEP team members, as well, for the display of their talent, adding to the profound expression of the night:  Aheesha Watkis, Karzima Ingram, Jessica Barahona, Kassandra Hernandez, Antoine Butts Miller, Unique Butts, Antoinette Butts, Lauren Beaubrun, Andrienne Cantave, Danielle Harris, Rachel Williams, Destinee James, Jaylene Hubbard, Jordan Chen, Jalynn Cooke, Yajayra Romero, Arielle Bagley.

Winter Scholarcats Celebrated

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Congratulations Winter 2015 Scholarcat recipients!

We are thrilled to commend the numerous students who earned Scholarcat Awards.  This special honor signifies that the athlete demonstrates equal dedication in the classroom, maintaining a 90% plus grade-point average through their season.

Congratulations Scholarcat recipients!  Jack Anest, Christopher Babinski, Waris Barakzai, Alivia Barton, Christopher Bias, Thomas Blackall, Chloe Blumberg, John Boyle, Jonathan Brigati, Emanuel Campo, Steven Ciravolo, Kristen Coletti, Christian Corbett, Kyle Davis, Joshua Devaraj, Nicholas Di Stasi, Dylan Diamond, Tristan Dougherty, Christopher Dybus, Tyler Elmore, Paul Follo, Joshua Friedman, Sarah Glaser, David Grey, Elizabeth Hardwick, Matthew Harrigan, Richard Hauser, Elias Hernandez, Mark Hustedt, Thomas Isernia, Jonathan Juliano, Sarah Kim, Katie Latko, Robert Leonick, Casey Leonick, Timothy Mahadeo, Brett Maier, James Mattutat, Matthew Mc Auley, Luke Mc Evoy, Griffin McNally, Payal Multani, Benjamin Nace, Thomas Nicolino, Emma Palka, Ella Podhurst, Olivia Poplawski, Charles Ruotolo, Jason Saslaw, Cecelia Shedlow, Sean Smyth, Aiden Smyth, Tania Sood, Hannah Stasko, Craig Stockfeder, Mariela Suarez, Aryan Tabibzada, Matthew Torres, and Isaiah Wilkerson.

Winter Sports Awards

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Congratulations to all of the winter athletes and coaches who were honored at Monday night’s awards presentation.  This talented group braved the cold winter months, giving 100% through a challenging 20-week season.  We are proud of each and every athlete and coach and offer special congratulations to those who earned the following post-season honors: 

Wrestling

All-County Honors:  Vincent Feola, 1st place; Terron Robinson, 4th place

All-League Honors:  Patrick Brady; Elvin Campos; Thomas DeGaetano; Vincent Feola; Devin Marion; Terron Robinson and Joshua Roiland

 

Girls Winter Track

All-County Honors:  Alexandra Greaves

All-County Academic Honors:  Elisabeth Auguste; Allysia Jones

All-League Honors:  Antoinette Butts-Miller; Gabrielle Ramirez; and Shelbi Wuss

 

Girls Basketball

All-County Academic Honors:  Abigail Daniels

All-League Honors:  Brittney Coleman; Sarah Olsen; Rose Pedretti; and Rosa Portaro

 

Boys Basketball

All-Conference Honors:  Jordan Aiken

All-League Honors:  Andre Harris

Academic All-League:  Matthew Kleet

 

Boys Winter Track

All-County Honors:  Wayne Koziatek; Chad Maier; and Shamar Powell

All-County Academic Honors:  Jacob Kahrs

All-League Honors:  Jacob Kahrs; Wayne Koziatek; Chad Maier; Shamar Powell

 

Bowling

All-League High Average, High Series, High Game & Match Points:  Russell Kielawa

All-League High Series, High Game & Match Points:  Nick Pasquini

 

Fencing

All-Island Honors:  Thomas Ferrante

All-County Men’s Epee:  Thomas Ferrante, 1st Team

All-County Men’s Sabre:  Benjamin Sakarin, 1st Team; Zachary Pietsch, 2nd Team

All-County Men’s Foil:  Adam Meskill, 2nd Team

All-County Men’s Sabre Honorable Mention:  Mark Dammer

All-County Women’s Sabre:  Isabel Sakarin, 1st Team

All-County Women’s Foil:  Kayla Soulias, 2nd Team

All-County Women’s Epee:  Alexandria Alpy, 2nd Team

 

Cheerleading

L.I.C.C.A. All-Star:  Natalie Dunn

During the Summer Camp:

UCA All American: Kiara Brown, Gabriella Cipriano, Natalie Dunn, Sarena McManus, and Rebecca Nardelli.

Feola Earns Entry to Century Club

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Left to right: Varsity Wrestling Coach Vincent Altebrando presents to Whitman senior Vincent Feola, the Century Club trophy. Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, center, emceed the evening’s awards ceremony.

As he makes final preparations for the New York State Wrestling Championships this weekend, Vincent Feola, wrestling at 220-pounds, was ushered into a special club at Monday night’s Winter Sports Awards Celebration. “The Century Club has always been reserved for those wrestlers whose dedication and discipline earned them entry into this prestigious 100-win group,” said Varsity Wrestling Coach Vincent Altebrando. “Vincent Feola is a four-time All-League, three-time All-County, and two-time County Champion and State Runner Up and we are proud to honor him this evening.”

Sports Awards Honor Whitman’s Winter Scholar Athletes

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Left to right: Wildcat Booster Club President Christine Dickson, Connor Galvin, Katelyn Neuman, and District Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.

The winter 2015 Sports Awards Ceremony for Walt Whitman athletes was held on Monday evening amid a packed Performing Arts Center. Perhaps it’s all those miles running, clearing your mind to make room for a full-slate of academics, but whatever the reason, it’s not surprising that Walt Whitman’s Winter Scholar Athletes are members of the track team.  Congratulations to seniors Katelyn Neuman and Connor Galvin.

Kids Reading To Kids Takes Off

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Left to right in photo: Ms. Geraldine Farrell, Paraprofessional; Ms. Rosemarie Pray, Librarian; Mr. Joseph Tortorice, Parent; Alexis Darrow, Student; Dr. Scott Muller, Assistant Principal; Cheryl Rodriquez, Student; Ms. Carla LaBella, Teacher, and Ms. Jane Kowalski, Teacher.

The Walt Whitman School Based Management (SBM) Team is a group of dedicated staff, parents, and students who strive to better the learning experience for the students of Whitman. They meet regularly and discuss the pulse of their particular building; there is an SBM team for each of South Huntington’s school buildings. The SBM team holds events throughout the year that work to accomplish definite goals based on their core mission.

“Last year we noticed a need to get books in the hands of our students’ younger siblings,” said SBM member and Whitman librarian Rosemarie Pray. “We wanted to tell parents to say to their high school students, ‘go get a book and bring it home to read to your brother or sister.'”

‘“Kids Reading To Kids’ is a program that encourages our high school students to read to their younger siblings or relatives,” said SMB member and Whitman senior Alexis Darrow. “Our book program is a library on-a-cart that is placed in various locations, including the north and south cafeteria, library, and student services area,” said Whitman senior and SBM member Cheryl Rodriguez.  “We accept donated books at our main office and then offer them to students to borrow and take home to read to their siblings.”

The ‘Kids Reading To Kids’ program offers a large selection of books for every age group.  “When we recognized a need we looked at the situation and immediately worked on making it something positive for our students and community,” said SBM member and Whitman Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller. “The ‘Kids Reading To Kids’ book program answers that need.”

The SBM team at Whitman is actively involved in other projects as well. “Last year the team held a Cyber Bullying program that educated students via a poster series about what appropriate online behavior is and how to treat others,” said Alexis Darrow. “Just this past year we were helping a mentoring program.”

The Whitman SBM team encourages district families to take advantage of their ‘Kids Reading To Kids’ program. Whether you want to donate books or encourage your students to read more, we invite you to contact Dr. Scott Muller at Walt Whitman High School at: scmuller@shufsd.org.

Volunteers Needed: Special Olympics New York Spring Games

On Sunday May 3, 2015, Walt Whitman High School will host the 2015 Special Olympics New York Spring Games North. Join us as our athletes compete in Track and Field and Tennis events. They are sure to excite and inspire you!

Volunteers Needed:

Set-up and breakdown sport venues, keep score during competition, help Sport Directors in running the event, stage athletes, and help with our Opening Ceremonies, among other things.

Use the link below to register to volunteer:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eafzqbogd81b01ad&llr=nzwm7kcab

Basketball Leaders Highlight January Athletes

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Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright is proud of our January Athletes of the Month, Rosa Portaro and Jordan Aiken.

Our January Athletes of the Month happen to both play Basketball and each brings a different perspective as to why they were chosen for this award.

Jordan Aiken, one of the senior captains, listened intently to his coaches and then worked hard to maximize the talents of this year’s players. “I have to give credit to my teammates for this award,” said the highly-regarded senior. “They really pushed me hard and as we got more familiar with the new style of defense from coaches Fitzpatrick and Eatmon, we had a successful month.” Jordan was named to the Gugliotta All-Tournament team this past December, and was just voted as an All-Conference player for the 2015 basketball season. This past fall, Jordan ran cross-country and in the spring will again be running track in the 800meter, 1mile, and 2mile events. 

Jordan will be attending John Jay College for Criminal Justice in the fall and hopes to play basketball for the Bloodhounds.

“Everything came together for us in January,” said Whitman sophomore and our January Female Athlete of the Month, Rosa Portaro. “Our offense is improving, we have a really strong defense, and we’ve been winning.” That strong defense Rosa talked about was crucial in handing Northport their first loss of the season. “When you can hold Northport to a season low of only 34 points, you know our girls are delivering a great defensive effort,” said Coach Dan Trebour after the game. Rosa had 10 points in the big win over their rival. The girl’s regular season ended with a 10-4 record and came to a close after a first-round loss in the playoffs when they came up short to Brentwood who is now in the division semifinals. Rosa was voted All-League for the 2015 season.

We will see Rosa on the lacrosse field this spring and look forward to next year’s basketball season as the Lady Wildcats return most of their starters and look to be a strong contender in League II.

Sixth-Grade Finalists

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Front left to right: Aarav Shah (Team 4), Hope Levin (Team 2), and Saul Ramos (Team 4). Missing from photo was finalist Hunter Millman (Team 3). Back row: Mr. Fred Morales and Dr. Gay Bullock.

Congratulations to four students from Silas Wood who were our sixth-grade finalists in the Middle School New York State National Geography Bee. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. We also congratulate their social studies teachers on a great job preparing their students for this annual Geography Bee.  As previously reported, Stimson Middle School seventh-grader Meghan Brady-Fuchsman was the overall Middle School winner who will represent South Huntington in the 2015 New York State National Geographic Bee on March 27.

 

Boys Basketball Season Ends One Game Short of Playoffs

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Whitman seniors left to right: Julian Kleberg, Claude Cajuste, Mohammad Faiz, Andre Harris, Jordan Aiken, and Gary Harris and were joined by their families and coaches Thomas Fitzpatrick and Ray Eatmon.
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Jordan Aiken was named an All-Conference player.
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Andre Harris, in his first year playing for the Wildcats, was named an All-League player.
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Senior captain Julian Kleberg was consistent at the free-throw line.
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Senior Claude Cajuste excelled in coach Fitzpatrick’s defense strategy that kept some of the division leaders to their fewest points of the season.
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At 6’1” tall, senior Mohammad Faiz had a strong presence and was a solid player off the bench that coach Fitzpatrick could always count on.
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Gary Harris was another senior who excelled in coach Fitzpatrick’s defense strategy and kept good teams off their game.

The boy’s varsity basketball team worked hard and never quit. But eventually the numbers in the win-loss column would catch them a game short of making the playoffs. “Our goal is always to make the playoffs and go from there,” said Varsity Head Coach Tom “Fitz” Fitzpatrick in a recent article in the Long-Islander News.

Experience-wise this was a young group with none of the players having any starting varsity experience from last season. But the Wildcats made believers in their fans purely through hard work and a never quit attitude that surprised their competition many times. “Except for our first and last league games of the season we were in close games all year,” said Coach Fitz.

The Wildcats season came to a close after a loss to Northport, who is now in the semifinals after a record setting six-overtime win against Huntington this past Saturday afternoon. The Whitman-Northport game concluded an annual tradition, as this was the final game of the season in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Donations are made during the month of January, and this year contributions continue at a record pace at high schools across the nation.

This was also the last home game for the Wildcat seniors who were honored at mid-court with their families. Senior captains Jordan Aiken, Gary Harris and Julian Kleberg were joined by their senior teammates Claude Cajuste, Mohammad Faiz, and Andre Harris. Four Wildcats received post-season honors recently. Jordan Aiken was named an All-Conference player and Andre Harris was named an All-League player. Whitman junior Matt Kleet was named Academic All-League player and teammate Willie Petro was named All-League Honorable mention. Both juniors, who saw considerable playing time this season, are expected to anchor next season’s team along with Korey Lee, Avery McKenzie, Dylan McNally and Matt Stockfeder. 

“I’m proud of the kids,” said Coach Fitz. “I also want to say thank you to third-year Assistant Coach Ray Eatmon. He’s one of the better assistant coaches in Suffolk County and the kids love being around him.” 

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Well Earned Wins Highlight Bowling Season

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Front row l-r: Samuel Moreno, Trevor Aucone, Matthew Goodman, Hamaz Mahmood, Theodore Fisher. Back row l-r: Russell Kielawa, Anthony Weisser, Kack Karmen, Nicholas Pasquini, Joseph Buckshaw and Coach Kenneth Fast.
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Senior Captain Russell Kielawa gets in a practice round before the teams last home meet. Russell ended his season winning 26 match points, placing him first in League III play.
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Senior Sam Moreno nails his form and ended a good year posting an average of 184.
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Matthew Goodman, one of 3 seniors on the team gets in a practice round before his last home meet.
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Nick Pasquini, a junior, should anchor a strong group next season. Nick ended the year tied for third-place in League III play.
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Jack Karman, another junior having a strong year with a season average of 185, will be counted on to help lead next year’s team.

The Walt Whitman Boys Varsity Bowling team showed steady improvement this year that included many highlights. “We had a good balance of bowlers this year,” said the 13-year veteran coach serving his last season at Whitman.  “The guys all improved steadily, both individually and as a team.  We had a decent average of 185.”

The Wildcats top scoring bowlers were: Russell Kielawa, who led with a 208 average, winning 26 match points placing him first in League III play. Russell posted some pretty impressive high scores at: 255, 258, 264, and 276. Russell will be attending Rice University next fall where he plans on studying Biochemistry.

Runner-up as high scorer was Nicholas Pasquini.  Nick is a junior with a 203 average and 24 match points. He ended the season tied for third-place in League III play and posted season high games of 253, 258, and 277.  Another junior scoring well was Jack Karmen with a season average of 185. Sam Moreno a senior this year posted an average of 184. Theodore Fisher, another fast improving junior bowled a season high of 254.

The Whitman team ended in 4th place in League III play. “We saw positive improvement from the guys this year,” said Coach Fast.  “It will be tough loosing seniors Russell Kielawa, Matthew Goodman, and Sam Moreno. It’s been fun coaching these guys, we had a good season with some well-earned highlights. We beat several really good teams that we have hardly ever beaten, like Northport twice, Smithtown, Middle Country, Hauppauge, and we even took a game from Commack.”

Congratulations Wildcat Bowlers!

Absentee Ballot Information

ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION

2015-2016 BUDGET VOTE 

Walt Whitman High School South Gymnasium, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 3:00-10:00  PM

If you are planning to be out of the district during the scheduled voting hours you may apply for an absentee ballot.  The first step required is the filling out of the Application for Absentee  Ballot form.  The Application for Absentee Ballot form is available in the District Clerk's Office (Room 109), Administration Building, 60 Weston Street, Huntington Station (Phone: 631-812-3077) or it can be downloaded from the attachment below.

The Application for Absentee Ballot form must be received by Tuesday, May 12, if the ballot is to be mailed in or by Monday, May 18, if the ballot is to be personally delivered and returned. Completed absentee ballots  must be received by 5 p.m. on May 19.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 631-812-3077.

Judith A. Hammond

District Clerk

Attachments:

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Walt Whitman graduate Kelley Rauseo, class of 2005, is the new face of the New York City Marathon for 2015.  A photo of Kelley crossing the finish line is on the cover of the New York City Marathon Magazine and her face is on billboards throughout the city advertising the November 1, 2015 event. We caught up with Kelley and learned that after playing Soccer, Lacrosse, and running Cross Country at Whitman, she hasn’t slowed down a bit.

“I attended college at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend and majored in Economics,” said Kelley.  “I have been working in finance at Morgan Stanley in Manhattan ever since. At Morgan, I also serve as the Charity and Volunteer Committee Chair for our division.  I am an active member of the New York Road Runners and NYPD Running Club. I ran the 2014 NYC on behalf of the NYPD and completed the (very windy and cold) course in a time of 3:31:24. I felt honored and excited to be on the same course as some of the running greats: Meb Keflezighi, Desiree Linden and Kara Goucher.”

Congratulations Kelley Rauseo, you make Walt Whitman High School and South Huntington proud!

 

Whitman Students Promote French Language

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Whitman French teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar-Klang (back right), and Silas Wood World Languages teacher Ms. Liz Rentz (front right), were delighted with the outcome of the visit. Merci Walt Whitman students: Jonathan Mozoon, Ellen Tricomi, Verdelle Saint Jean, Ophelia Banatte-Schuster, Christina Bogdani, Esteban Lopez, and Epiphanie Ramirez.
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We have a winner! The sixth-graders learned a French song and competed for the best performance. A winner was voted for and received a mixed-CD of French songs made by Whitman student Jonathan Mozoon(right in photo).
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Silas Wood’s sixth-graders learned a great deal about France during their visit by Whitman students. Here they are learning how to say certain body parts in French.

Did you know that one-third of all English words are derived from French words. If you speak English, you already know about 15,000 French words! Walt Whitman French Students decided that it was time to bring this, as well as much more, to share with their pals at Silas Wood’s 6th-Grade Center.

The purpose of the trip to Silas was to teach the sixth-graders about the French language and culture.  The students from Walt Whitman put together a presentation that touched upon the various aspects of the French language and culture. 

As you can see in the slides of their linked presentation, one of the key elements was how French vocabulary can help in preparing for the SAT. They stressed the fact that 33% of English words derived from French. They also pointed out the benefits of taking a language such as French, which is spoken in five continents. 

The high school students also spoke about French Cuisine, Geography, Art and Fashion, Science, Business, Sports, History, Cinema/Music, and of course Traveling to France. After the slide show, the six-graders learned a French song and competed for the best performance. They voted for a winner who received a mixed-CD of French songs made by Whitman student Jonathan Mozoon.

The sixth-graders had a marvelous time learning about the French language and culture from the high school students who were once at Silas Wood themselves not knowing what language to choose. Most of the sixth-graders left the room empowered, singing "tête, épaules, genoux, pieds. Hopefully, few years from now it will be their turn to expose other sixth-graders to the French language and culture.

Thank you Walt Whitman students: seniors: Jonathan Mozoon and Ellen Tricomi; juniors: Verdelle Saint Jean; and sophomores: Ophelia Banatte-Schuster, Christina Bogdani, Esteban Lopez, and Epiphanie Ramirez.

South Huntington's Best Honored

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Left to right front row: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dave Bennardo, Walt Whitman Principal Ms. Kathie Acker, Walt Whitman and South Huntington’s Teacher of the Year Ms. Amy Emde, and BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden. Back row left to right: Representing NY State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci is BOE Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and District Services, Dr. Joseph Centamore.
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Oakwood Teacher of the Year Ms. Madeline Borland is congratulated by Principal Eileen Kerrigan, BOE members, and School Administrators.
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Countrywood Teacher of the Year Mr. Adam Slawitsky is congratulated by Principal Barbara Kenney, BOE members, and School Administrators.
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Birchwood Teacher of the Year Mr. Ian Denson is congratulated by Principal Anthony Ciccarelli, BOE members, and School Administrators.
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Maplewood Teacher of the Year Ms. Tonya Lourenco is congratulated by Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, BOE members, and School Administrators.
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Silas Wood Teacher of the Year Ms. Hilcia Brandt is congratulated by Principal Steve Toto, BOE members, and School Administrators.
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Stimson Teacher of the Year Mr. Seth Goldman is congratulated by Principal Edwin Smith, BOE members, and School Administrators.

The Teacher of The Year Awards ceremony is always a highly anticipated event. The South Huntington Board of Education, the district’s administrators, and the South Huntington learning community were out in full force Wednesday evening, February 11th, to give well-deserved recognition and praise to their top teachers during this annual celebration.

South Huntington’s district-wide teacher of the year is Walt Whitman Special Education teacher Ms. Amy Emde. Whitman Principal Ms. Kathleen Acker had this to say about her honoree: “Ms. Emde has to be one of the most caring individuals I have ever met and she epitomizes what it means to be a teacher. She literally sees the good in every child and has a unique gift that enables her to show the student what she sees and encourages them to reflect on their strengths.  Ms. Emde is the teacher that sees the glass half full, not half empty.  During times of tightening budgets and declining resources Amy is not that person to throw her hands in the air and say ‘oh well,’ she is the one that says ... ‘what if we try this.’ This remarkable amalgam of talent, enthusiasm, and sustained dedication is extremely deserving of the honor as Walt Whitman High School's and South Huntington's Teacher of the Year."  Kathie Acker- Principal 

Congratulations to all these fine teachers, who make a difference and truly love what they do.

OAKWOOD PRIMARY CENTER

Madeline Borland - Teacher of the Year

“Ms. Madeline Borland, known as Midge to all, has been teaching for thirty years. She is a kind and understanding kindergarten teacher who embodies the early childhood philosophy for learning. Her lessons are always well-organized, motivating, differentiated, and challenging. She is described by parents as: ‘loving, concerned, respectful, and exciting,’ and by supervisors as ‘super­organized, enthusiastic, integrated lessons, great planning, creative, actively engaged students, fun, exciting, and possessing leadership qualities.’ This year she continued a special program- 'Valentine Pajamas for Patients,’ a program to collect flannel pajamas for women undergoing chemotherapy at Sloan Kettering. Congratulations Ms. Borland as Oakwood Teacher of the Year.”  Eileen Kerrigan, Principal

 

COUNTRYWOOD PRIMARY CENTER

Adam Slawitsky - Teacher of the Year

“Mr. Slawitsky brings much enthusiasm, competence, and dedication to teaching and learning.  His music room is a positive learning environment where children engage in making music, and appreciating it in its many, varied forms.  He values and acknowledges his 600-plus students, communicates confidence in their ability to be successful, and rewards their efforts with special music certificates during their music classes.  On any given day, happy, smiling faces can be seen walking in the hallway with a music certificate in hand. Adam Slawitsky is one of those exceptional people who make a big difference in a child's life.  He is a model arts educator who represents the profession in the finest manner possible.  Congratulations Adam!”   Barbara Kenney- Principal

 

BIRCHWOOD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Ian Denson – Teacher of the Year

“As a student I ask you to think back to the teacher that made learning so much fun that you didn't even realize you were learning, such as incorporating humorous, descriptive and sometimes fictional stories about his life to make you laugh, that is Ian. Think about your child's teacher who comes out on a Sunday Morning with his family to eat Breakfast at Applebee’s for a [Birchwood] fundraiser because he knows how much it means to your child. As a parent, think about your child sharing a story each night at dinner of how their teacher made the day memorable, that is Ian. As Ian Denson, Birchwood Teacher of the Year, think about the lives you have touched and how you have made Birchwood a better place because you care to make a difference!”   Anthony Ciccarelli- Principal

 

MAPLEWOOD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Tonya Lourenco – Teacher of the Year

“Ms. Lourenco has been a teacher at Maplewood for the past 17 years. One of the qualities I admire most about Tonya is her willingness to challenge herself with regularity. Never complacent or settling for mediocrity, Tonya has volunteered to change grade levels and even to team teach in an inclusion class when the opportunities arose.  She is always willing to learn a new grade level, thus adding another facet to an already illustrious career. Another one of Tonya's outstanding personality traits is the spirit of collaboration she so willingly promotes. Her collegiality and congeniality make her one of the most well respected members of the Maplewood community. She is well-liked and admired by administrators, teachers, parents, and students as well.”   Dr. Vito D’Elia- Principal

 

SILAS WOOD SIXTH-GRADE CENTER

Hilcia Brandt – Teacher of the Year

“Ms. Brandt is a positive role model to all students that cross her path.  She enthusiastically engages her students and encourages them to be lifelong learners. Ms. Brandt incorporates the use of iPads within her instruction and fosters a hands on approach to learning. She consistently diversifies and differentiates her lessons to maintain student engagement of her English Language Learners.  Her enthusiasm, love, and passion for teaching shine through each day that she walks into her classroom. Ms. Brandt does not work or serve for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact all those she comes in contact with each day.  In short, she is a vital part of the Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center's team.”  Steve Toto- Principal

 

HENRY L. STIMSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Seth Goldman – Teacher of the Year

“Seth is a Math teacher, so when he asked for funding for a really cool activity, I thought to myself, anything that could make math sound cool we should certainly look into. What Seth was asking for was a motion detector that connects to the Tl-84 calculator. The motion detector tracks the path of a beach ball thrown by a student.  I will admit, I heard beach ball and a way to make Algebra 1 more interesting and jumped at the opportunity to fund it. Shortly thereafter I observed the lesson, and saw students laughing, engaged, having fun, and most importantly learning.   This is what is so special about Seth.  Beyond his roles as a coach, advisor to National Junior Honor Society, Tech Mentor, and Mathematics Common Core Coach, he is dedicated to making learning real and fun for his students.”  Edwin Smith- Principal

Vincent Feola Wins County Title, Terron Robinson All-County

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In a photo by Joseph D. Sullivan, Vincent Feola runs Sachem East’s Connor Farrell to the mat in their 220-pound semi final match on Sunday, February 15.
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Left to right: After a long 2-days and a lot of hard work, coaches Mr. James Salvaggio, Mr. Vincent Altebrando, and Mr. Chris Cardella with their County finalists left to right: Terron Robinson and Vincent Feola.
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Suffolk County’s top 3 wrestlers in the 220-pound class have all met before, but this year, as was last year, it’s Whitman’s Vincent Feola who takes home the title.
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The big guys celebrate a moment ending a long journey to the County Championships. Terron Robinson acknowledges teammate and County Champion Vinny Feola.
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Whitman sophomore and All-County wrestler Terron Robinson (right in photo), wrestling in the 285-pound class, posted a terrific season gaining valuable experience in this year’s County Championships.

In early December, Vincent Feola began the wrestling season by winning the Andrew Peers Memorial Tournament against a tough competitor in Conner Farrell from Sachem East. On Sunday, at the Suffolk County Championship Semi Finals, the only thing standing in the way of Feola advancing to the finals was Conner Farrell.

While the Peers Tournament signaled the beginning of the wrestling season, today’s Suffolk County Championships signaled the end of the season for many.  Farrell proved to be a tough competitor, but Feola had been there before and was not going to be denied a shot at his second Suffolk County Championship.

On Sunday night, after two days of wrestling, Feola, wrestling at 220-pounds, earned his second Suffolk County Title in a close 3-2 win against Anthony DiMatteo from Sachem North.  Feola will now travel to the Times Union Center in Albany for the 2015 State Wrestling Championships, February 27-28.

Congratulations Suffolk County Champion Vincent Feola!

In other wrestling news from the County Championships, Whitman's Terron Robinson, wrestling in the 285-pound class, made his way to the semi finals and ended the day with a 4th place finish earning All-County recognition. Congratulations Terron on a terrific season!

Roses Are Red….

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Students in Mrs. Chinnici’s Kindergarten Class are celebrating Valentine’s Day in a different and fun way.

The students in Mrs. Chinnici’s Kindergarten Class are celebrating Valentine’s Day across the curriculum. First they created beautiful cards, developing fine motor control. They learned about poems and practiced several sight words using the classic Valentine’s Day Poem “Roses are red……”.

The students were also busy at home writing Valentine’s Day cards to all of their friends and after passing them out, the students sorted and graphed their cards according to the characters on their cards. And just to get a jump on our 100-Day Celebration, the students hung 100 hearts from the ceiling and learned how to count by 10’s and 5’s to 100. The students in Mrs. Chinnici’s Class are having fun while learning!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Wrestlers Head to Hofstra for Championships

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Vincent Feola, is on his way to a victory over Harrison Myrtil from Central Islip in the 2nd round of the League II Championships. Feola would end the day placing 2nd, and is looking forward to the Suffolk County Championships.
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Thomas DeGaetano looks to break loose from Northport’s Jacob Borland in the League II consolation finals. Thomas, a freshman, earned a spot in the County Championships that should provide valuable experience wrestling against Suffolk’s elite.
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Senior Captain Josh Roiland applies a cross-face to Richard Confessore of Northport. Roiland will go on to win 12-3, placing 3rd in the League II Championships.
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Whitman junior Elvin Campos gets a crucial escape for one point. Campos went on to win 4-0 against Northport’s Jack McGlone and earn a spot in the County Championships.
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Wrestling at 195 pounds, Whitman’s Devin Marion gets a reversal against Brandon Cusack of Northport. Devin went on to place 4th in the League II Championships, ensuring a spot in this weekends county championships.
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In a twist of fate, due to an earlier match, Terron Robinson (facing camera) wrestled and defeated his own teammate Patrick Brady 6-4 in the League II consolation finals. Both wrestlers ended the day with records that placed them in the Suffolk County Championships.

In a dual wrestling meet at the end of January, the Whitman team tuned-up against Deer Park as they prepared for the League II Championships the following weekend. The Wildcats scored a 45-31 win against Deer Park, taking nine of the fifteen weight class bouts. Winners on the day were: Kevin Romano(113) 6-2, Javier Dubon(120) pinned his opponent, Eddie McGuigan(126) pinned his opponent, Cristian Villanueva(132) pinned his opponent, Elvin Campos(145) pinned his opponent, Chris Marrion(170) pinned his opponent, Devin Marion(195) 8-1, Vincent Feola(220) 5-2, and Terron Robinson pinned his opponent.

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Wildcat wrestling coaches, Mr. Vincent Altebrando, Mr. James Salvaggio, and Mr. Chris Cardella are proud of the success of their young team as they powered their way through the League II tournament. Wildcat wrestlers earned six individual spots in the Suffolk County Championships that begin tomorrow, Saturday, February 14th.

We are all excited to follow the success of Thomas DeGaetano wrestling at 99-pounds, Josh Roiland(138lbs), Elvin Campos(145lbs), Devon Marion(195lbs), Vincent Feola(220lbs), Terron Robinson(285lbs), and Patrick Brady(285lbs), as they unleash months of hard work and personal sacrifice going up against Suffolk County’s best wrestlers.

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Section XI Division I Championships, Hofstra University  

2/14 - Preliminary Rounds, 10* am ($6 Adm)

2/15 - Semi-Finals, 10 am ($6 Adm)

Parade of Champions/Finals, 6 pm ($6 Adm)

With Sincere Appreciation

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Frank McQuade, Huntington Manor Fire Department Chief, accepts a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the volunteers of the fire department from BOE members and district administrators.
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Supervisor of Transportation Michael Trelfa, District Driver Elmer Contreras, BOE President Jim Kaden, and Schools Superintendent Dave Bennardo.

At a recent Board of Education meeting, Schools Superintendent Dave Bennardo and BOE President Jim Kaden, along with BOE members and school administrators thanked South Huntington bus driver Elmer Contreras, and the Huntington Manor Fire Department for their quick response to a recent fire at the district’s bus depot.

As it happens, Mr. Contreras was returning to the bus yard after taking our track team to the Armory in Manhattan and noticed that one of our busses was on fire. Mr. Contreras quickly called the Huntington Manor Fire Department and they responded in minutes. Lucky thing for us as only one bus sustained significant damage.  The two busses parked on both sides of the bus on fire sustained some light damage, but because of quick thinking, the rest of the fleet was saved from any damage.

Thank you to Mr. Contreras and the volunteers of our Huntington Manor Fire Department.

Meghan Brady-Fuchsman Wins Middle School Geography Bee

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Left to right: Mr. Jay Corcoran, Social Studies Department Chairperson; Meghan Brady-Fuchsman; Stimson Social Studies teacher, Mr. Keith Gunsel; and Stimson Principal, Mr. Edwin Smith.

Quick: The Gila River flows south of Phoenix and is a tributary of what major river? Don’t know? Then try this one: Camp David, a presidential retreat in Catoctin Mountain Park, is located in which state that borders Delaware?

If you don’t know the answers to the above questions off the top of your head, don’t feel bad. Not many people do. There is one seventh-grader at Stimson Middle School who does. Her name is Meghan Brady-Fuchsman, and she will be heading up to the New York State National Geography Bee in Albany on Friday, March 27 to compete in the 2015 New York State National Geographic Bee. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.

Ok, here’s an easy one: Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen is set in the fictional land of Arendelle, which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located on which European peninsula? Meghan got this one right…How about you?

The answer is tucked away in the photograph. Congratulations Meghan and good luck at the State competition.

Carnevale di Venezia @ Walt Whitman

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The annual Carnival of Venice originated in the year 1162 and now attracts around 3 million visitors who come to see the elaborate masks and costumes, which were traditionally worn for anonymity in the crowded Italian city.
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Walt Whitman’s Italian language students, and their teachers Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano and Rose Bunnell, gathered today to display their Carnevale Masks that they created themselves.

Today, February 12 begins the Carnival of Venice or, Carnevale di Venezia as they say in Italian.  This is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday or Mardi gras, which is the day before Ash Wednesday.

Walt Whitman’s Italian language students, and their teachers Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano and Rose Bunnell, gathered today to display their Carnevale Masks that they created themselves.  The students then sold their masks by the end of the day, with the money to be donated to a local homeless shelter.

Congratulazioni studenti!

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Health & Wellness Fair

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Join family, friends, and the rest of the South Huntington community as many leading health and wellness experts, all assembled under one roof, present new and informative ways to maximize healthy living.

The South Huntington Health and Wellness Fair has proven to be a valuable resource, as those who attend are able to learn more about the various health and wellness topics that may be of interest to them as well as many of the programs and services available in and around the community. 

See attached flyer for additional information.

Thursday, March 19, 2015  4-8PM

Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

 


 

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Whitman Cheerleaders Return Nationally Ranked

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For the first time in school history, the Walt Whitman Varsity Cheer Team made it to the finals in the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC).

The Wildcat team started out the season qualifying at the Pocono Regional competition.  Thousands of teams from across the nation competed and their regional competitions for a spot to make it to the big championship event held at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida. Walt Whitman High School ranked 3rd at the Pocono Regional’s.

At the national's, the varsity team started out competing against the top 54 teams for the small varsity Division 1 in the preliminary round. Walt Whitman Varsity Cheer moved onto the semifinals where 27 teams were chosen to advance. They competed again that same night in an attempt to move forward to the finals, and for the first time ever, succeeded, becoming a finalist among 19 of the most elite teams in the Nation.

Walt Whitman Varsity cheer finished out the National Championships ranking 17th in the Nation. The NHSCC is nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide this year.  The team is bringing home a large trophy to make Walt Whitman High School and South Huntington proud.

The girl’s season does not stop here; they are off to compete for the first time ever at the New York State invitational’s being held at Bay Shore High School on February 28th.  Keep it up Wildcats and Congratulations!

All That Jazz

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Mr. Brian Zamek (back row) with his Stimson Jazz Cats at this past Monday’s PTA Council meeting.
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Stimson eighth-grader Megan Neuman, on Bassoon, impressed the audience with the quality of her play.

At Monday morning’s PTA Council meeting, the Stimson Jazz Cats treated council members, school delegates, school administrators, and Board of Education members, as well as community members, to an assortment of Jazz classics. There were two solo performances as well, Chris Arthur on Baritone Saxophone and Megan Neuman on Bassoon captured the audience with the quality of their play.

Mr. Brian Zamek, Stimson music teacher and director of the Jazz Cats does a great job with our middle school students, and the audience couldn’t have started their week on a better note. “I'm very proud of the progress my students have made this year,” said Mr. Zamek.  Many of the students are in seventh grade and have not had many musical experiences outside of the concert band. Students in the Jazz Cats are learning how to play the many styles of jazz including the blues, swing, and bossa nova. 

“Jazz music has a rich history and is truly ‘America's Music,’” said Mr. Zamek. Through rehearsals, students develop an appreciation for not only jazz music, but for the results of hard work and dedicated practice. On Saturday, February 7, the group performed at the SCMEA Day of Jazz. “The students represented themselves, Stimson Middle School, and the South Huntington Schools very well,” Mr. Zamek added.

Congratulations to the following talented Stimson Jazz Cat musicians: Christopher Arthur, Nicholas Arthur, Ben Barton, Meghan Brady-Fuchsman, Kyle Brown, Daniel Curtin, Corrine DeRosa, Gregory DeRosa, Jeremy Forman, Lauren Gotard, Parker Keller, Julianna Licona, Ray Matuza, Tyler Meyer, Megan Neuman, Anna Noonan, Leila Perry, Connor Rankel, Nohl Schwandtner, Logan Slansky, Dylan Thyer, Elliott Trester, Brian Zuckerberg, and Kevin Zuckerberg.

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Congratulations Girls Track

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The relay team of Allysia Jones, Antoinette Butts-Miller, Amani Howard and Alexandra Greaves set a new school record in the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1.48.1.
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Alexandra Greaves took 4th place in the 55meter dash and earned All-County Honors.

State qualifier results are in: The relay team of Allysia Jones, Antoinette Butts-Miller, Amani Howard and Alexandra Greaves set a new school record in the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1.48.1 and finished in 5th place overall in Suffolk County.

Alexandra Greaves took 4th place in the 55meter dash and earned All-County Honors. Senior captain Allysia Jones finished 7th and Antoinette Butts-Miller 15th in Suffolk County. Congratulations ladies!

Ferrante is County Champion

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Suffolk County Epee Champion Thomas Ferrante
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Walt Whitman seniors left to right front row: Yoshitomo Kawasaki, Thomas Ferrante, Benjamin Sakarin, and Zachary Pietsch. Left to right back row: MaryRose Stone, Nicole Rowe, Paige Gladstone, Haley Gladitsch, Alexandra Alpy, and Isabel Sakarin.
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Alexandra Alpy placed 2nd in the County Championship.
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Isabel Sakarin place 5th in the Sabre competition.
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Kayla Soulias placed 6th in the Foil finals.

The Suffolk County Boys and Girls County Fencing Championships were held this past weekend and Walt Whitman has a county champion. With an incredible season record of 38 wins and only 2 losses, senior Thomas Ferrante carved through the Epee field of competition winning all of his matches. The Whitman Boys team placed 6 out of the 8 teams competing.

On the Girls side of the day, Epee fencer Alexandra Alpy placed 2nd in the counties, Isabel Sakarin place 5th in the Sabre competition, and Kayla Soulias placed 6th in the Foil finals. The Whitman girls team also place 6th overall in the competition.

Congratulations fencers on a terrific season.

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016 School Year

District resident children with birthdates ranging from December 2, 2009 through December 1, 2010 are eligible to attend the kindergarten program within the South Huntington UFSD commencing September 2015. Registration for this program is scheduled for February 23rd – February 27th from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., and March 10th and 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at each of the district’s two primary schools. If your child will be attending a private/parochial school, you must notify the Registration Office at 812-3181. When registering your child, please use either the English or Spanish attached form for important requirements and information.

Los niños(as) que residen en nuestro Distrito, que nacieron entre las fechas 2 de diciembre de 2009 yel 1 de diciembre de 2010 son elegibles para un programa de Kindergarten en el Distrito que comienza en septiembre de 2015. Las fechas para matricular a los niños(as) son del 23 de febrero al 27 de febrero de 2015 de las 3:00 a las 5:00 de la tarde, y 10 de marzo y 25 de marzo de las 6:30 a las 8:30 de la tarde en las dos escuelas primarias. Si su hijo va a asistir a una escuela privada / parroquial, debe notificar a la oficina de registro en el 812-3181.

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Three Whitman Track Stars Head to States

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Left to right: Congratulations to Chad Maier Jacob Kahrs and Shamar Powell.

In today’s Boys and Girls Section XI Championships, three from Walt Whitman Boys Track Team will represent Long Island in the State Championships. Chad Maier will run the 3200-meter, Jacob Kahrs will run the 1600-meter, and Shamar Powell will be featured in the 1000-meter. Congratulations Wildcat track as they head to Cornell University on March 7, for the NYSPHSAA Championships. 

Whitman Musical Highlights

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left to right: Trevor Ewald, playing the role of J. Pierrepont Finch, and Nick Mangus as J.B. Biggley share a musical number together.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is a delightful musical satire of corporate life and office politics, packed with memorable songs.  The Whitman cast was superb and musicians pitch-perfect as they treated the community to three wonderful performances last weekend. How to Succeed centers on a young window-cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch, wonderfully played by Trevor Ewald, who begins a meteoric rise from the mailroom to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch's unorthodox and morally questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with Secretary Rosemary Pilkington, perfectly cast for the incredibly talented Caitlin Dermody.

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Career Café Samples Forensic Science

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Students learn how an ordinary fishing tackle box contains the tools to solving great forensic mysteries for crime scene evidence collection.
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Photo inset left, Alijan Ozkiral performs a mock glucose test to identify possible diabetes in patients. Right: Ms. Guglielmo explains how to take samples of evidence to determine which of the stains on this shirt is blood.

Ms. Jeannie Guglielmo, a Clinical Assistant Professor from the Clinical Laboratory Sciences School of Health Technology & Management SUNY Stony Brook and spokesperson for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) met with our students regarding careers in medical laboratory science. The ASCP is a professional medical society representing the pathologists and certified laboratory professionals who are responsible for collecting and analyzing human cells, tissues, and fluids in order to detect the onset or progression of disease.

Medical laboratory professionals are a key component to a patient’s health care. We provide test results and consultation to the physicians to allow them to order the correct tests and create the most effective therapies for patients. More than 70 percent of a patient’s medical file comes from laboratory tests. In other words, they get results and help save lives.

Ms. Guglielmo is a graduate of the Medical Technology program at Stony Brook, holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science – Criminalistics-University of New Haven and has worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a Crime Lab Analyst and the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist – Specializing in Biological Sciences/DNA.

Ms. Guglielmo described several of the lab careers and degree requirements for each title. Some of the careers she discussed were Pathologist, Clinical Chemists, Microbiologists, Immunologists, Cytotechnologist, Histotechnologist, Phlebotomist, and Certified Laboratory Assistant. 

Suffolk Region PTA Reflections Winners

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Left to right: Leanne Haddock, Farrell Blum, Max Eidinoff, Julia Rinaldi, Sienna Long, and Madelyn Crocco.

Suffolk Region PTA Reflections winners for the South Huntington School District have been announced. The theme for this year’s PTA Reflections Program is “The world would be a better place if…” Congratulations to the following students whose work will now be sent to the NYS PTA for further judging. 

Madelyn Crocco Countrywood Dance Choreography Be Who You Are

Sienna Long Countrywood Photography I love LOVE!            

Julia Rinaldi Silas Wood Music Composition Smile           

Farrell Blum Walt Whitman Film Production Surfs Up           

Leanne Haddock Walt Whitman Music Composition If I Could See the Girl in the Mirror           

Max Eidinoff Walt Whitman Music Composition Vicissitude

 

 

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Miles for Michael 5K Run-Walk

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Miles for Michael 5K Run-Walk

Curriculum Fair...Nothing Short of Spectacular

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STEM Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015 Science Research: Sarah Nace, Riley Turner, Brady Mondry, Heather Abbene, Sydney Khan, Kayla Sakayan, Madison Fulcher, Shaan Khan Jr., Christopher Pileggi, Andrew Ferreri, Riley Piromalli, Sarah Choudhary, Vincent Russotto, Barbara Tripi, Alexa Jaffe, Kristen Finnerty, Patrick Muccini, Ryan Wittleder, Robert Posillico, Jasmine Haug, Roy Harel, Katherine Gotard, Natalie Ugenti, Logan Slansky, Jack Cox, Robert Adomaites, Grant Christensen, Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, and Patrick Wuss. Video Project: Liliana Soares, Meghan Italo, Matthew Calandra, Anthony Bosco, VictorVerola, Gretel Huber, Lily Robert, Izabella Canales, Hailey Dearborn, Bradley Blaney, Elliott Trester, Emily Engoran, Alexa Brunetti, Nina Manganello, Karina Lew, Abbie Yaeger, Ruthie Rise, Gabrielle Girard, Amanda Riha, Cooper Sanquini, Christopher Arthur, Daniel Kulesa, and Jake Donahue.
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Social Studies Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015 Individual Exhibit: Christopher Borges, Fiona Smyth, and Emily Murphy. Group Exhibit: Andrew Borges and Timothy Rise, Mabel Bassi and Hailey Hamilton, Carly Manly and Emma Edelman. Research Papers: Aidan Noble, Matthew Tricomi, and Sarah Fink. Individual Websites: Daniel Zahn, Jake Fullerton, Isabella Adamovicz. Group Websites: John Gemelli and Jared Wright, Dylan Rehman and Sean Rehman, Aribah Siddiqui and Umema Siddiqui. Documentaries: Stephanie Ross and Mikaela Zukaitis, Samantha Carey and Lauren Redelman, and Joshua Muellers.
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Math Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015: Elena Davis, Cosette Brazeau, Katherine Miata, Emma Graff, Grace Roiland, and Tyler Phelan.
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Technology Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015 WRIGHT STUFF: Ethan Halle, Shane Zarcone, and Richard Dreusike. Catapult Challenge Project Winners: Jessica Castagna and Olivia Cunsolo, Kyle Mattila, Connor Rankel and Sean Rankel.
Stimson Middle School has recently completed their annual curriculum fair and lots of changes were evident from the onset. The 2015 National History Day Curriculum Fair was an overwhelming success, with all students participating in both the seventh and eighth grade.  Stimson is such a natural pipeline for talented students to focus and hone their interests as they prepare for the cornucopia of offerings at Whitman, but what we saw this year was that all students were exploring the STEM rich curriculum offerings and instead of filling a pail, we may have sparked a fire, as the quality of projects were impressive.

“The Henry L. Stimson Middle School 2015 STEM and National History Day Curriculum Fair was nothing short of spectacular,” said Stimson Principal Edwin W. Smith. “The projects focused on aeronautics, video and website design, scientific research, and historical documentaries.  The building was packed with staff, students, parents and community members, helping to make this event one to remember.  I would like to take this moment to recognize the hard work and dedication of our students. Congratulations to all that participated!” 

Deciding the winners was more difficult than ever, and the judges took their time to ensure that every student received a thorough review. While the list below of those chosen for acknowledgement is impressive, those whose names are not mentioned should know that the journey they took researching and creating their projects was recognized and highly regarded for their effort.

2015 STEM and National History Day Curriculum Fair Award Recipients

STEM Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015
Science Research: Sarah Nace, Riley Turner, Brady Mondry, Heather Abbene, Sydney Khan, Kayla Sakayan, Madison Fulcher, Shaan Khan Jr., Christopher Pileggi, Andrew Ferreri, Riley Piromalli, Sarah Choudhary, Vincent Russotto, Barbara Tripi, Alexa Jaffe, Kristen Finnerty, Patrick Muccini, Ryan Wittleder, Robert Posillico, Jasmine Haug, Roy Harel, Katherine Gotard, Natalie Ugenti, Logan Slansky, Jack Cox, Robert Adomaites, Grant Christensen, Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, and Patrick Wuss. 

Video Project: Liliana Soares, Meghan Italo, Matthew Calandra, Anthony Bosco, VictorVerola, Gretel Huber, Lily Robert, Izabella Canales, Hailey Dearborn, Bradley Blaney, Elliott Trester, Emily Engoran, Alexa Brunetti, Nina Manganello, Karina Lew, Abbie Yaeger, Ruthie Rise, Gabrielle Girard, Amanda Riha, Cooper Sanquini, Christopher Arthur, Daniel Kulesa, and Jake Donahue.

Technology Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015
Wright Stuff: Ethan Halle, Shane Zarcone, and Richard Dreusike.

Catapult Challenge Project Winners:  Jessica Castagna and Olivia Cunsolo, Kyle Mattila, Connor Rankel and Sean Rankel.

Social Studies Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015
Individual Exhibit: Christopher Borges, Fiona Smyth, and Emily Murphy.

Group Exhibit: Andrew Borges and Timothy Rise, Mabel Bassi and Hailey Hamilton, Carly Manly and Emma Edelman.

Research Papers: Aidan Noble, Matthew Tricomi, and Sarah Fink.

Individual Websites: Daniel Zahn, Jake Fullerton, Isabella Adamovicz.

Group Websites: John Gemelli and Jared Wright, Dylan Rehman and Sean Rehman, Aribah Siddiqui and Umema Siddiqui.

Documentaries: Stephanie Ross and Mikaela Zukaitis, Samantha Carey and Lauren Redelman, and Joshua Muellers.

Math Project Awards For Outstanding Achievement 2015
Elena Davis, Cosette Brazeau, Katherine Miata, Emma Graff, Grace Roiland, and Tyler Phelan.

2015-16 School Calendar Released

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Planning Your Vacation for Next Year?  In one of those calendar quirks that can sneak up you, Labor Day, the marker of summer’s conclusion, arrives as late as it possibly can this year, on September 7.

Classes will begin before Labor Day this fall in the South Huntington School District.

At its meeting Wednesday, January 14th the South Huntington School Board approved the 2015-16 calendar that includes a start date of Tuesday, September 1.

The approved calendar, with holidays and school’s traditional Winter, Mid-Winter and Spring Breaks, are attached below so that you may plan accordingly. 

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Adult Education Spring 2015 Course Offerings

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Welcome to our Spring 2015 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!

The attached Adult Education booklet will be mailed to all district residents in mid-January, 2015. You may also access this booklet from the attached PDF file below.

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