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Tremendous Showing at Science Congress

Walt Whitman’s Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, back left, and Science Research teacher Fredrick Feraco, 2nd from left back row, join in congratulating our talented students.
Walt Whitman’s Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, back left, and Science Research teacher Fredrick Feraco, 2nd from left back row, join in congratulating our talented students.
“Rena is an engineering green-thinking student who gets involved with anything to help the environment and the earth,” said Mr. Feraco of his award-winning student.
“Rena is an engineering green-thinking student who gets involved with anything to help the environment and the earth,” said Mr. Feraco of his award-winning student.

Walt Whitman’s Science Research teacher Fredrick Feraco is happy to share the results from the Long Island Science Congress Senior division. “I am especially proud to report that Rena Shapiro, a 9th grader, won The Directors Award, Green Planet Award, High Honors and Most Distinguished Categorical Project,” said Mr. Feraco. Additionally, these talented students all turned in excellent results:

Meritorious Award- Isabella Bonvicin and Nicole Rapacciuolo

Meritorious Award- Camilo Vasquez

Achievement Award- Stephen Hong and Umema Sidiqqui

Honorable Mention- Emily Riha

Honorable Mention- Meghan Italo

Honorable Mention- Emily Riha and Emma Tuohy

Honorable Mention- Amanda Riha

Honorable Mention- Raja Umer

Honorable Mention- Dean Mirissis

Honorable Mention- Eliot Yoon and Ethan Halle.

Live Stream of Special Education Information Fair

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION!

 

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN'S KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION INFORMATION FAIR ON THURSDAY, MAY 24TH WILL BE LIVE STREAMED BEGINNING AT 7:15 PM AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:
 
                                      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfVlG2olktjPGItOfXFLefg
 
 
MANY THANKS TO WILLIAM PATTERSON  AND THE NORTHPORT-EAST NORTHPORT SEPTA!

South Huntington's Fifth-Graders Ready for Next Step

Birchwood and Maplewood Fifth-Graders Predict a Healthy Future at the Annual Mini-thon
Birchwood and Maplewood Fifth-Graders Predict a Healthy Future at the Annual Mini-thon
“The mini-thon is a great culminating event that allows every student a chance to be successful not because they are a great athlete but because they have truly learned something about themselves.” –Russell Rufrano
“The mini-thon is a great culminating event that allows every student a chance to be successful not because they are a great athlete but because they have truly learned something about themselves.” –Russell Rufrano
Board of Education President Nick Ciappetta (right) presents an official proclamation from the Town of Huntington to Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano.
Board of Education President Nick Ciappetta (right) presents an official proclamation from the Town of Huntington to Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano.
Good friends relax after the race and enjoy meeting students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center.
Good friends relax after the race and enjoy meeting students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center.
Mary Gross keeps the line moving as 5th graders come off the race course.
Mary Gross keeps the line moving as 5th graders come off the race course.
Birchwood’s Reanna Bailey starts the morning with a great rendition of the National Anthem.
Birchwood’s Reanna Bailey starts the morning with a great rendition of the National Anthem.

One of our primary focuses in the South Huntington School District is to educate the whole child. The mind-body and body-spirit connection that is developed in school helps prepare children for the challenges of adulthood and provides a foundation for a healthy, productive life. This commitment to both mental and physical fitness was on grand display last week as our Birchwood and Maplewood fifth-grade students participated in the annual Mini-Thon.

Coordinated by Birchwood PE Teacher Mr. Russell Rufrano, each runner predicts how long he or she will take to run one mile. They practice all year and predict their time before the actual race. Now in his 15th year running the mini-thon, it never gets old for Mr. Rufrano. “Physical Education is not just learning about sports and games but learning about ourselves,” said Birchwood’s Physical Education teacher. “The ability to self-assess our own fitness level is a valuable life skill. The mini-thon is a great culminating event that allows every student a chance to be successful not because they are a great athlete but because they have truly learned something about themselves.”

An added bonus to the day is that the 5th-graders get to meet students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center as they get ready to graduate to the Silas Wood 6th-Grade Center.

Congratulations South Huntington 5th-Graders

Grim Reminder

Distracted driving goes beyond simply texting and driving. Did you know that the leading cause of distracted driving crashes happen when teens are interacting with other passengers? Other factors of distracted driving include cell phone use, looking at something inside or outside of the vehicle, moving to music, grooming, and reaching for an object.
Distracted driving goes beyond simply texting and driving. Did you know that the leading cause of distracted driving crashes happen when teens are interacting with other passengers? Other factors of distracted driving include cell phone use, looking at something inside or outside of the vehicle, moving to music, grooming, and reaching for an object.

Every 53 minutes, someone dies from distracted driving. In memory of those who lost their lives, and to help prevent future loss of life, the SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) led the Grim Reaper program on Monday, May 21st.  A student dressed as the Grim Reaper walked around Walt Whitman High School on Monday as a stark reminder of the risks of distracted driving. 

Every 53 minutes a bell rang at Whitman and a student was pulled out of a class as a reminder of the tragic loss of life associated with distracted driving. The students in the club then met at the end of the day to display signs with messages about the risks of distracted driving.   The club led by Mrs. Zamow, the club adviser, Tania Sood (President), Imman Sohail (Treasurer), and Rachel Vaughan (Vice President) did an amazing job organizing and delivering this high impact program.  Thank you to the following students who were pulled out of class and posed for a dramatic picture at the end of the day:  Alyssa Denis, Rithik Sharma, Shawna Bonilavari, Casey Perez, Olivia Pulvirenti, Freddy Leon, Cinthia Vides Sorto, and Maxwell Morris.  

Notice of Special BOE Meeting

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Record Setting Miles For Michael

Stimson eighth-grader Ryan Hansen clocked in with a first place time of 18:38, and Grace Weigele set a new course record for our female runners with a time of 20:53.
Stimson eighth-grader Ryan Hansen clocked in with a first place time of 18:38, and Grace Weigele set a new course record for our female runners with a time of 20:53.
 The kids fun run was moved into the South Gymnasium where after some warm-ups the race was on.
The kids fun run was moved into the South Gymnasium where after some warm-ups the race was on.
A little soggy at the start, board members and district administrators are ready to go.
A little soggy at the start, board members and district administrators are ready to go.
The Russotto’s, father and son, crossed the finish line together.
The Russotto’s, father and son, crossed the finish line together.
Geoffrey Turner heads down the final stretch and offers encouragement to one young runner.
Geoffrey Turner heads down the final stretch and offers encouragement to one young runner.
The event featured incredible sounds spun by DJ John Andreoni.
The event featured incredible sounds spun by DJ John Andreoni.
With only 100 yards left in the race, BOE President Nick Ciappetta, grabs a quick photo with Sheila Buhse.
With only 100 yards left in the race, BOE President Nick Ciappetta, grabs a quick photo with Sheila Buhse.
Seasoned runners start their timers as the race begins. Within 20 minutes most of the runners in this first row will have finished.
Seasoned runners start their timers as the race begins. Within 20 minutes most of the runners in this first row will have finished.

This past Saturday morning’s Miles for Michael walk/run definitely demonstrated the community’s physical and mental toughness as Wildcats young and old “pressed on” and made the most of the day. “A special thanks to Sheila Buhse and her team for going ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ in organizing this wonderful event for our school community,” said Superintendent Bennardo.  “Each year, there is a palpable sense of unity and purpose generated by Miles for Michael, which pays priceless dividends to our district.”

This annual celebration, that its originator Ms. Sheila Buhse orchestrates, has come to identify the meaningful connection that our whole community shares with one another. “Our first milestone for the Miles for Michael walk/run occurred last Saturday, said Ms. Buhse.  “It was our fifth annual celebration and the weather made sure it was a day we wouldn’t forget soon.  The rain tested us all and yet we came out as a community even stronger than we started.” 

“A big thank you to our groundkeeper/maintenance and custodial staff for making sure the route stayed safe and organized as we traveled the rain-soaked route.   Much gratitude to our behind the scenes team that made sure all were registered and ready for the starting line.”  

“Thanks to our BOE and administrative staff that came out in full force as did many of our building staff members.  Most of all a heartfelt thanks to each person that spent their morning supporting a cause and community that is so important.  It was OUR success.”

See you next year!

Runners Photo Gallery

Awards Photo Gallery

Official Times and Finish Line Videos: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/17031/#resultSetId-117420

Summer Youth Connection @ WWHS

FIRST Dean’s List Award

Andrew and Whitman Science Teacher and FIRST Robotics Mentor Jaime Rogers at this year’s FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Awards Luncheon.
Andrew and Whitman Science Teacher and FIRST Robotics Mentor Jaime Rogers at this year’s FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Awards Luncheon.
Andrew meeting his hero Dr. Woodie Flowers.  Dr. Flowers is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Flowers helped create MIT's renowned course
Andrew meeting his hero Dr. Woodie Flowers. Dr. Flowers is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Flowers helped create MIT's renowned course "Introduction to Design."
At the FIRST Robotics Competition. For over 25 years, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has inspired young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
At the FIRST Robotics Competition. For over 25 years, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has inspired young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Walt Whitman junior Andrew Ferreri has been named a FIRST Dean’s List Award finalist.

The FIRST Dean’s List Award is highest award for an individual in a high school FIRST robotics program.  The names of finalist are given to IVY league schools at the request of the top schools. During this year’s event Dean's from MIT, Yale and the Air Force Academy spoke about what they are looking for in students entering into their schools. Most of the accepted students in their schools are Dean's list finalists. They enforced how the world needs problem solvers much like the students that earned their way into the luncheon as a Dean's List Finalist. 

“Andrew has been in the Robotics Program for 3 years and has been a leader in the program for the entire time,” said Walt Whitman Science Teacher and FIRST Robotics Mentor Jaime Rogers. “He has been one of the go-to members to develop and build the robot.”   Andrew is involved in the ACE program outside of the school for his interest in architecture.

The FIRST Dean’s List Award recognizes Andrew’s overall contribution to his team, his technical expertise and passion, his entrepreneurship and creativity, and his ability to motivate and lead fellow team members.  This award is a testament to Andrews’s demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST and his effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in the school and community.

“Andrew has so much promise and such a bright future ahead of him,” added Rogers.   “I look forward to seeing what he can do next year in Robotics and what he accomplishes when he leaves Whitman in the future.”

Way to Go Andrew!

15-Year Drought Ends!

Coach Mike Moccia congratulates each of his seniors with a ‘Golden Birdie’ statue.
Coach Mike Moccia congratulates each of his seniors with a ‘Golden Birdie’ statue.
The doubles team of Chris Adams (left) and Scott McEntee look to continue their streak of wins.
The doubles team of Chris Adams (left) and Scott McEntee look to continue their streak of wins.
Senior Mike Zimmerman, also with a big win against Smithtown East, will have a big match against Hills East.
Senior Mike Zimmerman, also with a big win against Smithtown East, will have a big match against Hills East.
Senior Doubles Team of Joshua Friedman (left) and Alex Greenberg are all smiles having helped end a 15-year playoff drought for varsity boys Badminton.
Senior Doubles Team of Joshua Friedman (left) and Alex Greenberg are all smiles having helped end a 15-year playoff drought for varsity boys Badminton.
Seniors Aamash Mussa, (left) and Jack Anest form a doubles team for their senior day competition against Lindenhurst.
Seniors Aamash Mussa, (left) and Jack Anest form a doubles team for their senior day competition against Lindenhurst.

Congratulations Boys Badminton Team: Yesterday the Team defeated Smithtown East in the quarterfinals of the playoffs by a score of 7-3. Singles winners included Vishal Rattu, Robby Seebach, Mike Zimmerman, Sean Rankel and Jonathan Aziz. Doubles winners included the teams of Chris Adams and Scott McEntee and Aamash Mussa and Ashar Farooq. This was the 1st boy's playoff victory in over 15 years. Great win boys!

Congratulations seniors: Sergio Licona, David Caliendo, Alex Greenberg, Josh Friedman, Jack Anest, Scott McEntee, Robert Leonick, Chris Adams, Chris Babinski, Robby Seebach, Mike Zimmerman, Aamash Mussa, Matthew Kaputa, and Ryan King

Come out next Thursday, May 24th and support the guys at their semifinal match at Hills East, at 2PM.  Go Wildcats!

UPK Registration Information and Packet

Important Notice

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Registration


Two and a half hour program, Five days per week,

located at Countrywood and Oakwood

SHIP Preschool Program at the James Kaden Administrative Offices

 

May 23, 24, 25 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

June 4, 5, 6 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

The Registration Office is located at the

James Kaden Administrative Offices

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station, NY 11746

(631) 812-3180

 

Univeral Pre-Kindergarten Registration Packets are available at Countrywood Primary Center, Oakwood Primary Center, at the James Kaden Administrative Offices, the Family Service League, and on the district website www.shufsd.org/district/information_and_forms

 

Buckle Up for Teddy Bear Clinic

Countrywood students learned about car and helmet safety in a fun and interactive way.
Countrywood students learned about car and helmet safety in a fun and interactive way.
To help the children remember our important safety messages, we encourage them to answer our 4 very special questions during the presentation.
To help the children remember our important safety messages, we encourage them to answer our 4 very special questions during the presentation.
Kids are sponges, so this is the perfect time to help them learn all the ways to be safe!
Kids are sponges, so this is the perfect time to help them learn all the ways to be safe!

First graders at Countrywood Primary Center participated in a special “Teddy Bear Clinic” on Tuesday, May 15th!  The “Teddy Bear Clinic” is an injury prevention program for children sponsored by the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital (SBC).  The students learned about car and helmet safety in a fun and interactive way before letting the children dress up as doctors and nurses and “take care” of their injured stuffed animals.  To help the children remember our important safety messages, we encourage them to answer our 4 very special questions during the presentation:  Whose job is it to keep our bodies safe? (ourselves!)  What’s the first thing we do when we get in the car? (buckle up!)  Where’s the safest place for kids to sit in the car? (in the back!)  How do we protect our brains? (wear a helmet!)  Kids are sponges, so this is the perfect time to help them learn all the ways to be safe!

Thank you to the great folks at the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Hurry! Summer Research Program is Filling Fast

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

This Summer we are excited to offer students the opportunity to participate in a two-week intensive Science Research Camp at Walt Whitman High School.  This program is available to students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 in the fall. 

Why should your student attend South Huntington’s Summer Research Program?

Across New York, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers are growing 2.5 times faster than those in any other field.  Whitman students who have attended summer STEM programs during high school have reported that these programs are highly valuable for introducing them to potential careers and helped them in the college admissions process.   

Many summer science programs are costly and very competitive.  The cost of the South Huntington program is $300 (for two weeks);  a limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  The Program will be taught by Mr. Fred Feraco, Whitman’s science research teacher.

Please return your application (attached below) to Ms. Scardapane (mscardapane@shufsd.org) asap.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Attachments:

The Future is STEM

Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto, left and Dr. Veronica Henry and South Huntington’s STEM coach Ms. Mari Scardapane, right, congratulate our sixth-graders.
Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto, left and Dr. Veronica Henry and South Huntington’s STEM coach Ms. Mari Scardapane, right, congratulate our sixth-graders.
Dr. Veronica Henry and Stimson Principal Edwin Smith congratulate Alyssa Katwala and Jason Kaiser who took fourth and second place respectively at the Summit.
Dr. Veronica Henry and Stimson Principal Edwin Smith congratulate Alyssa Katwala and Jason Kaiser who took fourth and second place respectively at the Summit.

Engaging the Future: Technology, Energy, Manufacturing, Computer Science and Cyber Security was this years’ STEM focus at Farmingdale State College. Now in its sixth year, the STEM Diversity Summit was an opportunity for educators and industry leaders to engage in collaborative, cross-sector work. New York’s current and future economic health depends greatly on the vibrancy of our STEM fields.

At this year’s Summit, students from various Long Island schools had the opportunity to show off their STEM talent as they presented their projects to judges and competed for honors. The students were able to partake in panel presentations and discussions with leaders in many fields as they learned about what makes STEM education vital to their success as they consider their education beyond high school.

Students from Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle School enjoyed an event-filled day. Dr. Veronica Henry, Executive Assistant to the President/Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator at Farmingdale State College was at Stimson Middle School and Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center to present plaques to students for their award-winning presentations.

Congratulations to: Alyssa Katwala and Jason Kaiser from Stimson and Alexandra Sales, Gavin Fisch, Alexis Guarisco, Kiera Brown, Aidan Newman, Vincent Gulino, Jaren Smullian, Kevin Brown, Robbie Dunn, Chris Macaluso, Riley McDonnell, Kaitlyn Magerle, Rachel Adam, Will Schrama, Isabelle Minero, Kate O'Phelan, Amaan Ali, Danielle Probst, Amanda Phelan, Katie Mondry, Urthaniscar Georges, Juan Carlos Alvarado, Nick Hampton, and Cruz Menendez from Silas Wood.

Students Excel in National Spanish Exam

Many of our winners take a break from their busy schedules to grab a celebratory photo with their teachers.
Many of our winners take a break from their busy schedules to grab a celebratory photo with their teachers.

Congratulations to all the Whitman Students who competed in this year’s National Spanish Exam.  Results are as follow:

GOLD- Level 3:  Julianna Licona and Pamela Flores, Level 2:  Maria Garcia and Yulisa Gonzalez

SILVER- Level 3: Juliana Chiriboga, Pedro Ramirez, Alan Veliz and Jennifer Parada, Level 2: Sarah Samanez, Erika Bonilla and Sergio Carrillo, Level 1: Yasly Velasquez and Yenifer Gonzalez.

BRONZE- Level 3: Alina Naseer, Diana Sanchez, Yagmur Aykanat, Stephen Hong and Anna Salmeron, Level 2: Noah Biton, Katie Bock, Noor Hussain, Chelsea Perry, Roberto Alfaro, Iris Anariba, Daniela Sagastizado, Alexa Toledo, Matthew Brunet, Grace Buckshaw and Ashley Herrera. Level 1: Bessy Hernandez and Keily Maldonado

HONORABLE MENTION- Level 5: Leydes Reyes and Jissel Ramos, Level 3: Tyler Phelan, Mikaila Rattazzi, Izabella Canales, Victoria Bueso, Stephanie Alfaro, Belkin Vilorio, Josue Ramos, Emily Perez, Emely Alfaro, Julia Seitz, Lauren Redelman, Nicole Rapacciuolo, Annosha Mubasher, Gretel Huber and Isabella Adamovicz.

Level 2: Elsis Villatoro Madrid, Ashley Saravia, Stefany Soto Castillo, Jose Romero, Jeffrey Ponce, Delmi Mejia, Ashley Hernandez, Adan Guerrero Perez, Jazmin Flores, Daniel Cruz, Mayely Crespo, Logan Tenner, Rebecca Kurjanski, Peter Humann, Pamela Carey, Thomas Baranowski, Jeremy Lanz, Colin Source, Ashley Apaza, Mia Coll, Chloe Murphy and Jesse Strenger-Skolnik

Level 1: Jordan Moreno, Litzy Hernandez Romero, Marvin Murgas and Carlos Alfaro

Congratulations to all participants and teachers!

Congratulations Students of the Month

Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, (back right) and a special gest Officer ‘Drew’ congratulate the April students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school. Officer ‘Drew’ took a moment to speak with our students about keeping their cell-phones on vibrated as a safety measure.
Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, (back right) and a special gest Officer ‘Drew’ congratulate the April students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school. Officer ‘Drew’ took a moment to speak with our students about keeping their cell-phones on vibrated as a safety measure.

“I’m really very proud of you all, so keep up the good work,” said Principal Murphy as he handed each student a certificate and letter of congratulations as our April Students of the Month. These talented Walt Whitman students have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. Our Students of the Month have successfully demonstrated the ability to juggle demands of increased academic standards, while simultaneously participating in numerous co-curricular endeavors.  We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to their success.

April Students of the Month: Jeremy Forman, Jacob Goldstein, Jake Lang, Benjamin Barton, Dalton Marzigliano, Joshua Muellers, Julio Taku, Fernando Chinchilla Cantaderio, Rimshah Ehsan, Caitlyn Lupton, Brianna Ruotolo, Mabel Bassi, Kyla Magrane, Tyler Phelan, Aniyah Walters, Brooke Decker, Simran Hans, Andrew Kim, Kristian Perka, William Barraco, Lauren Brown, Tatiana Doddo, Shaan Khan, Jr. (2 subjects), Iris Anariba, Jillian Crowley, Sarah Fink, Delaney Mena, Iris Anariba, Carmen Benitez Reyes, Justin Joachim, Rene Reyes, Daniel Donovan, Caitlyn Lupton, Dylan Mason, Dominick Esposito (Varsity Lacrosse) and Desiree Kleberg (Varsity Lacrosse).

Whitman Releases Top Ten List

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Walt Whitman High School congratulated their top ten academic students this morning. Congratulations to l-r front: Aisha Majid, Rachel Vaughan, Joanne Nguyen, Hannah Braun, Chloe Blumberg and Nimra Khan. Back L-R: Principal Murphy, Kentaro Matsushima, Joshua Joseph, Joseph VanGostein, Scott McEntee and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos.

Budget Vote 2018 Results

Proposition 1 - School Budget

Yes-1107
No-398

Proposition 2 - Depot Road Property Sale

Yes - 1149

No - 324

Proposition 3 - Oakwood Road Property Purchase

Yes - 1112

No - 361

School Board:
 

Edward J. Nitkewicz, J.D. -  1001

Michele R. DeGaetano - 1084

Linda O. LaCara - 1046

Solange Rich - 752

 

 

 

 

Baseball Hits the Playoffs Running

 Sean Williams (9) pitched a good game against Deer Park and helped his Wildcats to the next round, today May 14th at West Islip. First pitch is 4PM
Sean Williams (9) pitched a good game against Deer Park and helped his Wildcats to the next round, today May 14th at West Islip. First pitch is 4PM
The 2018 senior Baseball players with family members at a recent senior game.
The 2018 senior Baseball players with family members at a recent senior game.

Varsity Baseball coach Keith Barrett and his team worked hard to get the wins needed for a shot at the playoffs. “Getting a win against Smithtown East in our second to last series set us up for our final series against Riverhead where we needed two out of three which we got on the final day of the season.”

Beating Deer Park 3-1 this past Saturday gave the Wildcats their first playoff win in years- and sets up today's game against a powerhouse in West Islip who holds an 18-2 record. In the Deer Park win pitchers, Sean Williams started and Charles Hardwick closed it out. Senior AJ Brookman provided stellar offense with 2 hits, an RBI and run scored. Congratulations Varsity Wildcats Baseball and Good luck in the next round of Playoffs.

Coach Barrett would like to thank this year’s group of seniors. Congratulations to: Matt Williams, 2nd Year on Varsity who will be attending Clemson Next Year; Cameron Botta 3rd Year on Varsity will be attending Old Westbury Next Year; Sean Williams 2nd Year on Varsity, will be attending St. Joseph’s of Patchogue Next Year; Joe Campanella 1st Year on Varsity, will be attending Aviation of Macarthur Next Year; Trevor Hardy 2nd Year on Varsity will be attending Villanova University Next Year; Ivan Rodriguez 1st Year on Varsity attending Suffolk CC; Cliff Sweezey 3rd Year on Varsity will be attending SUNY Albany Next Year; Colin Stengl 2nd Year on Varsity will be attending Suffolk CC Next Year; James Mayer 2nd Year on Varsity will be attending Suffolk CC Next Year; Hunter Eichner 2nd Year on Varsity will be attending Seton Hall University Next Year; Colin O’Neill 2nd Year on Varsity will be attending SUNY Albany Next Year; James Mattutat 2nd Year on Varsity will be attending Mercy College Next Year; Jack Cullen 1st Year on Varsity is undecided on Next Year; Perry Tripi 1st Year on Varsity will be attending SUNY Albany Next Year; Vinny Carlson 2nd Year on Varsity will be attending Farmingdale State College Next Year; A.J. Brookman 3rd Year on Varsity will be attending Pace University Next Year, and Mike Bottini 1st Year on Varsity will be attending St. Lawrence University Next Year.


Medal Winners from Stimson

Stimson Principal Edwin Smith congratulates his 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair Suffolk Medal Winners l-r: Kate Buckshaw, Grayson Slansky, Matthew Tuohy and Dylan Long.
Stimson Principal Edwin Smith congratulates his 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair Suffolk Medal Winners l-r: Kate Buckshaw, Grayson Slansky, Matthew Tuohy and Dylan Long.

On Friday, April 20th, four Stimson students traveled to Hofstra University to compete in the 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair Suffolk Final Round.  Congratulations to Grayson Slansky on receiving the gold medal.  Congratulations to Kate Buckshaw on receiving the silver medal, and Dylan Long and Matthew Tuohy on receiving the bronze medal. The entire school community is proud of your accomplishments!  Job well done.

March Athletes Still Going Strong

Whitman Assistant Principal Ms. Colleen Grady congratulates Matthew Stampfel and Britany Khatchatourian, our two top athletes for the month of March.
Whitman Assistant Principal Ms. Colleen Grady congratulates Matthew Stampfel and Britany Khatchatourian, our two top athletes for the month of March.

Britany Khatchatourian, our March Female Athlete of the Month has been getting clutch hits for her Lady Wildcats and it shows in the win column. As the catcher for this year’s team, Brittany is doing everything she can on both sides of the plate to help her team win. “Behind the plate, I’m concentrating on framing her pitches [Riley Piromalli] and make it look like a strike and help her out wherever I can,” said our University of Albany bound senior.  “When I’m at the plate there is constant communication with the coach about what’s expected. I look to make contact and look for the gaps. I enjoy the game and my teammates and I share a lot of camaraderie that makes it fun. Everyone is supportive of one another,” said Brittany about this year’s special group of athletes. Brittany is a member of the National Honor Society, the Girl’s Leaders Organization and Girl’s Sports Night. She plays Field Hockey in the fall but will concentrate on a career track, possible accounting next fall in college.

Matthew Stampfel, our Male Athlete of the Month, knew the lacrosse schedule in March was going to be tough. Playing in all kinds of weather doesn’t help when you’re up against some of the country’s elite teams. “The Huntington win felt good,” said our college-bound senior.  “We play some pretty tough teams, but were beating some and holding our own against others.  Were a young team, and I’m trying to lead by example and put everyone in a position to win. I know my teammates and I on defense don’t always get all the credit, but what we do is important and we got to get the job done so our offense can score,” said our multi-sport athlete who enjoys Golf in the fall and runs the 300m in winter track.  “Lacrosse is like a family to me, they are all my brothers, I look forward during the day to getting out there on the field.”  Matt is a member of the National Honor Society and will be attending the University of Connecticut where he hopes to keep his love for Lax alive playing in their club league. 

Congratulations to our March Athletes and Good Luck as you close out your season!

2018 League Champs!

Congratulations Girls! Come out to support both the Girls and Boys Varsity Badminton teams for their senior match (last home match) on Tuesday, May 15th @ 4PM in Whitman’s North Gym.
Congratulations Girls! Come out to support both the Girls and Boys Varsity Badminton teams for their senior match (last home match) on Tuesday, May 15th @ 4PM in Whitman’s North Gym.

Congratulations Girls Varsity Badminton: The Team defeated Stony Brook 8-1 yesterday. With this win, the Lady Wildcats improve to 8-0 and clinch the 2018 League Championship. Outstanding performers were Mabel Bassi, Katherine Gotard and Anna Scotichini in singles. Doubles winners were Eileen Carmichael, Shailee Patel, Taylor Martino, Kelly O Neill, Jasmine Haug and Casey Gilmartin. The most impressive win was the new first doubles team of Mae Latko and Katie Miata. Congratulations Girls! Come out to support both Girls and Boys Varsity Badminton teams for their senior match (last home match) on Tuesday, May 15th @ 4PM in Whitman’s North Gym.

Let’s Strike Bullying Out of the Park

Left to right Ms. Erica Cryer, Danielle Henneborn, Jessica Joy and Principal Murphy.
Left to right Ms. Erica Cryer, Danielle Henneborn, Jessica Joy and Principal Murphy.

Great News!!!  Danielle Henneborn and Jessica Joy were just awarded the Grand Prize for their 60 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) video promoting an end to bullying and a positive school climate for the 3rd Annual Strike Out Bullying Contest!

As part of their award, Danielle and Jessica will be heading to Citi Field for the Mets vs. Marlins game on Wednesday, May 23rd!  A small group of deserving, upstanding Whitman students who promote kindness, respect for all, and inclusion along with Whitman Art teacher Ms. Erica Cryer and another chaperone to be guests of the Mets at Citi Field for batting practice, a pre-game ceremony on the field and tickets to the game!

From Danielle Henneborn and Jessica Joy: ‘“Let’s Strike Bullying Out of the Park” is a PSA created by a team of Walt Whitman High School students about the effects of bullying and what can be done about it. This video will positively affect our school climate by raising awareness of bullying through creativity and humor. If the video is one of the winners it will be posted on the district website and throughout the school for all to see. We involved faculty and administration by updating them with our ideas throughout the creative process.  They gave us constructive feedback in order to better our video, making sure our ideas and message was clear, powerful and succinct. This process was a fun and rewarding experience for our team. It brought us closer as friends as we aim to strengthen our school community and build and safe and positive learning environment.”

To view the winning PSA video use the following link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZSPLGuBxZIHKRMbD2hT1H5bN7nJKRSTi/view

 

Stimson Excels @ Elks Track Meet

The Relay Team for the 4 x 100M from left to right: Joseph Tonna, Lens Jean-Pierre, Captain Anthony Collado, and Eric Quintanilla Flores with a time of 53.0 seconds.
The Relay Team for the 4 x 100M from left to right: Joseph Tonna, Lens Jean-Pierre, Captain Anthony Collado, and Eric Quintanilla Flores with a time of 53.0 seconds.
Jack Fallon stands in the top spot after winning the 1600M with a time of 5:15.
Jack Fallon stands in the top spot after winning the 1600M with a time of 5:15.
Richard Ratchford takes gold for winning the Long Jump with a distance of 15'6
Richard Ratchford takes gold for winning the Long Jump with a distance of 15'6" and teammate Daniel Muccini won the silver medal with a distance of 15'4".
Anthony Collado (left) stands tall for winning the silver in the 55M with a time of 7.8 seconds.
Anthony Collado (left) stands tall for winning the silver in the 55M with a time of 7.8 seconds.
Congratulations to all of our Stimson athletes at the Elks Invitational.
Congratulations to all of our Stimson athletes at the Elks Invitational.
Joseph Tonna for winning the bronze in the 400M with a time of 60.1 seconds
Joseph Tonna for winning the bronze in the 400M with a time of 60.1 seconds

The Stimson Boys Track and Field team did an excellent job against some of the best schools on Long Island this past Saturday, May 5th at the annual Elks Invitational at Comsewogue High School.  A great day was had by all and the team hopes that this success will continue into the rest of the regular season. Overall the team came back with 2 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 1 bronze medal! Richard Ratchford won the gold in the Long Jump with a jump of 15'6". Jack Fallon won the gold in the 1600M with a time of 5:15.3. The 4 X 100M Relay team comprised of Captain Anthony Collado, Lens Jean-Pierre, Joseph Tonna, and Eric Quintanilla Flores won the silver with a time of 53.9. Daniel Muccini won the silver medal in the Long Jump with a distance of 15'4". Anthony Collado won silver in the 55M with a time of 7.82 and Joseph Tonna won the bronze medal in the 400M with a time of 60.1 seconds.

Coaches Vasken Kazandjian and Ray Eatmon are extremely proud of the sportsmanship of this hardworking group of 8th graders and had another great day at this terrific event.

Three from Whitman Selected

Congratulations to Walt Whitman’s Three National Merit Scholarship Winners left to right: Joseph VanGostein, Joshua Joseph and Kentaro Matsushima.
Congratulations to Walt Whitman’s Three National Merit Scholarship Winners left to right: Joseph VanGostein, Joshua Joseph and Kentaro Matsushima.

Last spring they qualified, in September they were Semifinalists, in February we learned that they were Finalists, and now, we are proud to announce that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has awarded three Walt Whitman High School seniors, Winners of The National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Joseph VanGostein, Joshua Joseph and Kentaro Matsushima.

“This prestigious award is only given to 2,500 students nationwide,” said Whitman Principal John Murphy.  “To receive three awards in one school in the same year is an amazing feat and a tribute to the type of students we have here at Whitman.”

“This award is the culmination of much more than just two years of test taking and filling out applications,” said Joseph VanGostein.  “It represents pride, and not just in myself and my accomplishments, but pride in my school, who did a great job preparing me for these exams every step of the way.  I want to especially thank my guidance counselor.  I’m very grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve gotten here at Whitman.”

“Receiving this award is representative of being recognized as a well-rounded individual,” said Joshua Joseph.  “Along the way you're recognized for your test scores but then it becomes so much more, and it’s validation of what I’ve been working hard towards.”

Scholarships awarded through National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students.  “I will be pursuing a career in Mechanical Engineering,” said Kentaro, who is president of the Mathletes team at Whitman. “Since several of the top sponsors of this award are technology companies, that tells me that I’m on the right track to furthering my career.”

Walt Whitman High School and the South Huntington School District would like to congratulate Kentaro Matsushima, Joseph Van Gostein, and Joshua Joseph for being selected as winners of the coveted National Merit Scholarship award. 

Inspirational Art

Our students participated in multi-sensory activities with a hands-on project to express their creativity.  Thank you Heckscher Museum!
Our students participated in multi-sensory activities with a hands-on project to express their creativity. Thank you Heckscher Museum!

During the month of April, 2nd-grade Countrywood students, teachers, and Ms. Whitney had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington. The students were excited to use their art knowledge during the museum visit. The young artists were so inspired by the "Long Island's Best" exhibit, which featured about 80 pieces of artwork with a broad range of media, styles, and subjects from talented Long Island high school students. During their visit, the students enjoyed participating in the hands-on activities, such as "I Think, I See, I Wonder" as they created their own inspirational and artistic piece of art. 

Stimson Track Stars Highlight Elks Invitational

The 4 x 100 relay team comprised of Marie St. Charles, Alexandra Garden, Shanoya Newell and Mikaya Person earned a Second place finish and Silver medal.
The 4 x 100 relay team comprised of Marie St. Charles, Alexandra Garden, Shanoya Newell and Mikaya Person earned a Second place finish and Silver medal.
Congratulations to Liana Dreusike for earning 1st place and a Gold medal in the 3000m run with a time of 13:19.
Congratulations to Liana Dreusike for earning 1st place and a Gold medal in the 3000m run with a time of 13:19.
atulations to Mikaya Person who earned a 3rd Place finish and Bronze medal in the 100m dash.
atulations to Mikaya Person who earned a 3rd Place finish and Bronze medal in the 100m dash.

The Stimson Middle School Girls Track team competed in the Elk’s Invitational on Saturday, May 5th against Long Island’s top schools.  Earning 1st place and a Gold medal in the 3000-meter run was 7th grader Liana Dreusike with a time of 13:19.   In the High Jump, Shanoyah Newell earned a 3rd place finish and bronze medal with a jump of 4’ 2’’.  Mikaya Person earned a 3rd Place finish and Bronze medal in the 100m dash. The 4 x 100 relay team comprised of Marie St. Charles, Alexandra Garden, Shanoya Newell and Mikaya Person earned a Second place finish and Silver medal.

It was a great day for all our track athletes and coaches Chris Cardella and Rory Sherman were very proud of their great efforts!

New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy (back right) and Whitman’s Supervisor of Guidance Jon Macaluso (left) congratulate their 11 seniors who have been awarded New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy (back right) and Whitman’s Supervisor of Guidance Jon Macaluso (left) congratulate their 11 seniors who have been awarded New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence.

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy and Whitman’s Supervisor of Guidance Jon Macaluso proudly announced the winners of the 2018 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The awards are based on a formula using Regents exams in English, Algebra 2/Trig, Global Studies, American History and Science (3 exams).  These 11 seniors have been awarded scholarships that will be able to be used for any college or university in New York State for the 2018-19 school year. Congratulations to: Joanne Nguyen, Rachel Vaughan, Tiffany Chuen, Marissa Whelan, Hannah Braun, Max Eidinoff, Scott McEntee, and Shailee Patel, Joshua Joseph, Joseph VanGostein, and Kentaro Matsushima. 

Félicitations à tous!

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The French students at Walt Whitman participated in the National French Contest 2018 and did an exceptional job.  Félicitations à tous! Congratulations to you all!  Here are the results:

Level 2

Honorable Mention: Anastasia Akapnitis, Kaylen Bom, Sandra Cruz, Aidan Garemani, Benjamin Grondahl, Jalynn Jones, Juliana Nguyen, Annabelle Novinski, Wendell Saint-Jean, Anastasia Samba

Bronze: Jocelyne Giron, Alisson Nieto Reyes, Shannon Turner Silver: Christian Borgart, Jack O Loughlin, Rena Shapiro, Jasmine Thai

Gold: Maya Duclay

Level 3

Honorable Mention: Elman Aparicio, Iza Choudrey, Caitlyn Lupton, Kayla Sakayan, Riley Turner Bronze: Nyara Choudhury, Brianna Hansen, Brady Mondry, Joshua Muellers

Silver: Gabrielle Girard, Lauren Gotard, Brenda Perez Pelaez Gold: Paola Salinas Lemus

Level 4

Honorable Mention: Katherine Gotard, Jennifer Duclay, Marianna Kliampas, Natasha Scott Silver: Shawna Bonilavri

 

Sharing the Spotlight

The future looks bright for Walt Whitman Co-Valedictorians Joseph VanGostein (left) and Joshua Joseph.
The future looks bright for Walt Whitman Co-Valedictorians Joseph VanGostein (left) and Joshua Joseph.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman seniors Joseph VanGostein and Joshua Joseph, who are our co-Valedictorians. It's an unusual but not unheard of tie for the top academic spot. As with so many of our annually celebrated student leaders, both of these young students thrive, especially when it comes to enjoying all that the district has to offer.

“For me personally, the area of Whitman that has benefited me greatly has been the extracurricular activities that the school offers,” said Joseph VanGostein. “Especially through clubs like DECA, the school provides one with so many opportunities. One is able to travel and meet amazing people,” added our perennial DECA champion. “For me, having the opportunity to network is what’s going to open doors and help get that really great job opportunity. All the people one meets can be important in helping one's career path and Whitman has done a really good job at opening doors.”

Joe has been in the spotlight often, and when you read some of his accomplishments it’s easy to see why. He earned first-place at the New York State DECA competition in 2016, 2017, and 2018; second-place in the International DECA Competition in Nashville in 2016; and first-place in the Huntington DECA competition the past four years in a row. Joe has also received the Gold President's Volunteer Service Award and he’s an AP Scholar with Distinction.  The National Merit Scholarship; NY State Seal of Biliteracy in English and Italian; SAT/ACT Scholar; and fifth-place in the National Italian exam are on the short list for this talented young man.

"I'm aspiring to become a corporate attorney, so I will be concentrating on international business during my undergraduate tenure. In five years I’m hoping to be at a good law school,” said our Whitman Co-Valedictorian.   “I see myself thriving academically, socially and emotionally in a new atmosphere, and creating a solid friend base, which I believe is very important, as one needs support to help cheer one on in the hard times and the good." In addition to being president of Whitman’s DECA chapter, Joseph is the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, president of the Speech & Debate Club, founder, and president of the Pre-Law Club, and secretary of the World Language Honor Society.


For Joshua Joseph, one of the more unique aspects of Whitman has been the diversity of the school’s programs.  “When you look past every class that seems standardized, you find a million opportunities and different areas to explore,” says Josh.  “There is so much to discover in terms of clubs and extracurricular activities and you're surrounded by so many different people. One of the things I love most here is that there is a commitment to academic success, not necessarily based on tests or assessments, but based on actual learning and improving your skills."

Josh plays the double bass in the Whitman Jazz Band, Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He is one of the founding members of The Collective, Whitman's in-house recording studio, where he is currently co-president. Along with Mr. Monti, Mr. Hoffman, and the other members of The Collective, Josh is working to produce Whitman’s second studio-recorded album. He has also designed the group’s logo and created graphic art for various Whitman clubs and events.

This year, Josh has particularly enjoyed his detour into painfully self-aware nerd rap. For some reason, he was compelled to create a mixtape with his friend Tim Jobson, under the alias Yung Prius, that will be dropping soon after AP exams are over. Filled with nuggets of physics knowledge and an inordinate amount of Prius-related puns, the project has allowed him to explore new musical and comedic boundaries.

Josh is a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Art Honor Society, and is a section editor of PawPrint, Whitman’s online newspaper. He has also volunteered his time over the last four years, achieving a bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Josh is a National Merit Scholarship winner, a US Presidential Scholars Program nominee, an AP Scholar with Honor, and an SAT/ACT Scholar. He looks forward to studying Journalism at Stony Brook University, where he is one of 100 students admitted to the Honors College. He was awarded the Stony Brook Presidential Scholarship, Valedictorian Scholarship and National Merit Recognition Scholarship.

After college, Josh hopes to apply the diverse knowledge he’s acquired to embark on a meaningful, creative career path.

 

Congratulations to Walt Whitman Co-Valedictorians Joseph VanGostein and Joshua Joseph.

Inspiration at LILTA Women's Conference

“Many young women need an advocate for them. We provide support and let them know they are not alone,” said Dafny Irizarry, LILTA President. “We inspire them to dream big.”
“Many young women need an advocate for them. We provide support and let them know they are not alone,” said Dafny Irizarry, LILTA President. “We inspire them to dream big.”
“The only factor that decides my future is me. If I'm willing to work hard and fight for it, I can achieve anything I want in my life.” – Brenda Saravia with Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy
“The only factor that decides my future is me. If I'm willing to work hard and fight for it, I can achieve anything I want in my life.” – Brenda Saravia with Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy

The Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) held a collaborative conference recently with Stony Brook University. “The presenters were all successful professionals in many different careers,” said South Huntington Social Worker Mr. Roberto Torres. “They presented as a panel discussion and spoke openly about the challenges and obstacles that they encountered as they made their way to successful careers.”

Our students came away deeply inspired from the day. One of those students, Brenda Saravia, was impressed with what she saw and experienced. “What I have learned from these wonderful and admirable women is to follow my dreams no matter what. When we as women have the desire to excel and grow as people, we need to do everything possible to reach our goal, no matter the cost. The end result will be worth it in so many ways,” said our Whitman sophomore.

“The presenters were from the world of Social Work, Technology, Medicine, Women’s Health, Communications, Business, and Sports,” said Mr. Torres, who was joined by other members of South Huntington’s Student Services team. “All of these women opened my eyes. They changed my way of thinking and increased my desire to grow as a professional and worthy person in society,” said Ms. Saravia.  “I have also learned that my immigration status, skin color, race or any other obstacle in my life is irrelevant. The only factor that decides my future is me. If I'm willing to work hard and fight for it, I can achieve anything I want in my life.”

Bon travail Mesdames!

French teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar proudly presents the winners of the French Poetry Contest, l-r: Lauren Gotard and Gabrielle Girard.
French teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar proudly presents the winners of the French Poetry Contest, l-r: Lauren Gotard and Gabrielle Girard.

Congratulations to Whitman students Gabrielle Girard and Lauren Gotard for winning 1st place in the American Association of Teachers of French Poetry Contest, Level 3.  They won in the following categories:

Gabrielle Girard – 1st place for recitation - poem, Déjeuner du matin by Jacques Prévert.

Lauren Gotard – 1st place for writing an original poem in French.

Félicitations à Gabrielle Girard et Lauren Gotard pour un travail extraordinaire!

Badminton in Full Swing

Varsity Girls Badminton Coach Scott Wolff is flanked by his history making 1st doubles team, left to right: Maelyn Latko and Lauren Brown.
Varsity Girls Badminton Coach Scott Wolff is flanked by his history making 1st doubles team, left to right: Maelyn Latko and Lauren Brown.
Maelyn Latko and Lauren Brown make a dynamic duo posting the most wins in that position in Whitman history.
Maelyn Latko and Lauren Brown make a dynamic duo posting the most wins in that position in Whitman history.
Left to right: Jack Anest and Josh Friedman, one of coach Mike Moccia’s double’s winners helped give the Wildcats a 7-3 record.
Left to right: Jack Anest and Josh Friedman, one of coach Mike Moccia’s double’s winners helped give the Wildcats a 7-3 record.
Singles winner Michael Zimmerman is ready for the birdie to come into range.
Singles winner Michael Zimmerman is ready for the birdie to come into range.
Another strong doubles team left to right: Robert Leonick and Matt Kaputa provided a win with extra flair.
Another strong doubles team left to right: Robert Leonick and Matt Kaputa provided a win with extra flair.
Singles winner Robby Seebach scores a deciding point.
Singles winner Robby Seebach scores a deciding point.

Congratulations Girls Varsity Badminton- We hear from Coach Scott Wolff that the Girls Varsity Badminton team defeated Smithtown West yesterday 7-2. This is their 9th win in a row as they remain unbeaten in league play. Maelyn Latko and Lauren Brown won the 50th game in their amazing careers at 1st doubles. That is the most wins in that position in Whitman history. Other outstanding performers were Katherine Gotard and Anna Scortichini in singles.

Coach Mike Moccia is happy to report that congratulations are in order for his Boys Badminton team. Yesterday they defeated Smithtown West by a score of 8-1, improving its overall record to 7-3. Singles winners included Vishal Rattu, Michael Zimmerman, Robby Seebach and Jonathan Aziz. Doubles winners included the pairs of Josh Friedman and Jack Anest, Matt Kaputa and Robert Leonick, Ashar Farooq and Aamash Mussa, and Sergio Licona and Nick Cerrito. Great Win Boys!

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

It's the most wonderful Christmas ever - and the beginning of a whole new life for Annie and Oliver Warbucks, expertly played by Chelsea Perry and Max Fisher.
It's the most wonderful Christmas ever - and the beginning of a whole new life for Annie and Oliver Warbucks, expertly played by Chelsea Perry and Max Fisher.
Annie and her roommates at the orphanage will later show a perfect combination of street smarts and optimism.
Annie and her roommates at the orphanage will later show a perfect combination of street smarts and optimism.
The lovely Boylan Sisters played by (left to right): Samantha Carey, Heather Aadal and Pamela Carey are the backup singers performing the song ‘You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,’ an advertisement for a sponsoring toothpaste brand.
The lovely Boylan Sisters played by (left to right): Samantha Carey, Heather Aadal and Pamela Carey are the backup singers performing the song ‘You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,’ an advertisement for a sponsoring toothpaste brand.
It’s early December 1933 in the Warbucks mansion and the staff prepare for their new guest.
It’s early December 1933 in the Warbucks mansion and the staff prepare for their new guest.
The shady trio of Ms. Hannigan, Rooster, and Lily St. Regis, played by Juliana Sgaraglio, Brendan Kispert, and Jessica Mangels respectively, reflect on how nice it would be to be on ‘Easy Street’ like Annie.
The shady trio of Ms. Hannigan, Rooster, and Lily St. Regis, played by Juliana Sgaraglio, Brendan Kispert, and Jessica Mangels respectively, reflect on how nice it would be to be on ‘Easy Street’ like Annie.
The charming and astute secretary Grace Farrell, played by April Carmine, is all business until Oliver Warbucks professes his feelings for her.
The charming and astute secretary Grace Farrell, played by April Carmine, is all business until Oliver Warbucks professes his feelings for her.
Annie befriends a lost dog and names him Sandy. However, the police, played by Patrec Alexander Jones Brown picks her up and returns her to the care of Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical spinster in charge of the orphanage.
Annie befriends a lost dog and names him Sandy. However, the police, played by Patrec Alexander Jones Brown picks her up and returns her to the care of Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical spinster in charge of the orphanage.
Ventriloquist Fred McCracken, played by Principal Murphy gets the audiences attention with sidekick Colby Goldsmith.
Ventriloquist Fred McCracken, played by Principal Murphy gets the audiences attention with sidekick Colby Goldsmith.
The young girls of the Municipal Orphanage on New York's Lower East Side in 1933 and the depths of the Depression show their displeasure towards Ms. Hannigan, the principal in charge.
The young girls of the Municipal Orphanage on New York's Lower East Side in 1933 and the depths of the Depression show their displeasure towards Ms. Hannigan, the principal in charge.
Warbucks takes Annie to meet the President. Upon arrival in Washington they find FDR and his cabinet as depressed as the nation. Annie cheers them up and tells them that everything will be all right tomorrow.
Warbucks takes Annie to meet the President. Upon arrival in Washington they find FDR and his cabinet as depressed as the nation. Annie cheers them up and tells them that everything will be all right tomorrow.
The talented Whitman dancers, led in this number by Chloe Morris, (front center) give it their all in the shows classic “It's the hard-knock life.”
The talented Whitman dancers, led in this number by Chloe Morris, (front center) give it their all in the shows classic “It's the hard-knock life.”
With all the amazing talent on the stage, let’s not forget the highly talented musicians, thirty-seven in all. Shown is Jaycee Cardoso.
With all the amazing talent on the stage, let’s not forget the highly talented musicians, thirty-seven in all. Shown is Jaycee Cardoso.

Congratulations to the cast, pit, and crew of the musical production, Annie. Your hard work paid off as we all witnessed three fabulous performances this past weekend. Great job Mrs. Radin, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Rickmers for your continued great work with our students. Congratulations to all, it was a huge success!

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CAST- Director: Susan Turner Radin

Chelsea Perry, Max Fisher, April Carmine, Catherine Muller, Summer Levinsky, Janna Garden, Pam Carey, Sara Crapanzano, Julia Rinaldi, Juliana Sgaraglio, Brendan Kispert, Jessica Mangels, Josh Muellers, Heather Aadal, Marco Chiriboga, Keara Shea, Shadae Graham, Julianna Chiriboga, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Sarah Clopper, Mr. John Murphy, Colby Goldsmith, Dalton Marzigliano, Jack O’Loughlin, Thomas Decker, Paul Schiller, Dalton Marzigliano, Hunter Millman, Max Morris, Dr. David Bennardo, Juliet Berger, Brianna White, Chloe Morris, Marianna Kliampas, Abbie Yager, Nicole Mangano, Carly Dammer, Mycaela Reilly, Mckayla Charles, Yagmur Aykanat, Sarah Zepeda, Jennifer Parada, Olivia Pulvirenti, Hayli Wuss, Sophia Flanagan, Emily Butterfeild, Christine Felix, Pratyish Mohapatra, Prithvi Mohaptra, Hanna Boryswoski, Araah Shay, Miley Wimbush, Ava Nunez, Mia Nunez, Ishe Patel, Sara Alas Castillo, Isabela Castro, Shay Lublin, Monica Katwala, Marygrace Reilly, Chase Gottesman, Layani Ratliff, Sophia Giardina. Dogs: The Rinaldi (Sandy), Nace, and Marzigliano Family dogs.

 

PIT ORCHESTRA- Conductor/Music Director:  Matt Hoffman

Kaitlyn Riha, Emily Murphy, Gerrardo Barraza, Aidan Garemani, Abby Dinstell, Aidan Garemani, Emily Riha, Emma Tuohy, Jessica Castagna, Michael Deitch, Lauren Gotard, Michael Deitch, Jason Devaraj, Matthew Haddock, Julianna Licona, Jeremy Forman, Matt Kaputa, Alyssa Morisco, Brenda Mendez, Leila Perry, Daniel Curtin, Jaycee Cardoso, Katie Miata, Cosette Brazeau, Michael Pinelli, Amanda Riha, Kentaro Matsushima, Sarah Heath, Max Eidinoff, Cal Eidinoff, Gregory De Rosa, Lily Soares, Mr. Greg Modelewski, Logan Slansky, Caleb Sullivan, Erin Collins.

PRODUCTION STAFF AND CREW: Susan Turner Radin, Matthew Hoffman, Greg Modelewski, Tyler Phelan, Chloe Morris, Marianna Kliampas, Max Fisher, Carly Dammer, Alex Dollin, Anthony Tornambene, Brian Barteld, LJ Saburro, David Rickmers, Sarah Nace, Dan Abbruzzese, Josh Berger, Caleb Thomson, Eliana Simanoff, Skylar Pekaels, Paul Lahm, Saskia Dormeus, Beineon Portmore-Davies, Josh Berger, Hailey Rankel, Ryan Proce, Kayla Andrews, Jake Cartisano, Carl Constable, Ashley Winch, Delia Botta, Sophie Dalton, Lorraine Jean Pierre, Chloe Murphy, Deanna Tabibzada, and Olivia Bamberger. 

 

Beach Cleanup Honors Earth Day

Maplewood third-graders get direction from teacher Steve Schmidt, right, before heading onto the beach.
Maplewood third-graders get direction from teacher Steve Schmidt, right, before heading onto the beach.
Armed with reusable bags, the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park has never looked cleaner.
Armed with reusable bags, the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park has never looked cleaner.
Amazed at what they found, students tallied and measured their collected trash.
Amazed at what they found, students tallied and measured their collected trash.
Creating ‘art’ was a fun way to repurpose the trash found on the beech, even if it was only temporary.
Creating ‘art’ was a fun way to repurpose the trash found on the beech, even if it was only temporary.

In honor of Earth Day, Maplewood teacher Steve Schmidt coordinated a beach cleanup at Sunken Meadow State Park with his schools’ third-graders. Erica Cirino, a science writer, and artist, who produced a series of presentations about her experiences covering the story of plastic pollution, started the day with a presentation of her adventures at sea. Erica spent several months sailing the Pacific Ocean and reporting on the problem of plastic waste that’s finding its way in our oceans. This waste is causing problems with aquatic life and more.

In the spirit of reducing waste, we used garden gloves and reusable shopping bags to collect trash. Our students tallied and measured waste, and their findings will be reported to The Ocean Conservancy.   “We also created temporary artwork with the items found. The theme was to create something you love about the beach,” said Schmidt.  “My favorite was "Buoy Man.”

On Track

Right to left as they crossed the finish line, Grace Weigele, Shannon Turner and Isabella Bonvincin swept the 1500m.
Right to left as they crossed the finish line, Grace Weigele, Shannon Turner and Isabella Bonvincin swept the 1500m.
Aniyah Walters ran a personal best in the 100m hurdles.
Aniyah Walters ran a personal best in the 100m hurdles.

Congratulations Girls Track: Although the Girls Track team lost to Central Islip yesterday the following performances highlighted the event: Grace Weigele, Shannon Turner and Isabella Bonvincin swept the 1500m. Aniyah Walters ran a personal best in the 100m hurdles. Brianna Ruotolo and Jamelin Ulloa placed one and two in the race-walk. Gisslle Portillo led all throwers.

At the recent Spring Track Suffolk Invitational, Aniyah Walters took first place in the 100m hurdles (16.3 sec). Grace Weigele ran a personal best in the 1500m and placed 6th in the 3000m. Shannon Turner, Jessica Doddo,  Isabella Bonvicin and Johnique Aiken also ran well.

With the weather playing havoc with our Spring sports schedule, you should log onto Section XI for the latest scheduling.

http://www.sectionxi.org/v3/Schedules.asp

 

Annual Spring Fling

“The [area] seniors had a great time and were thoroughly impressed with you all,” said Principal Murphy to his student volunteers.
“The [area] seniors had a great time and were thoroughly impressed with you all,” said Principal Murphy to his student volunteers.
Alex Plaisir gets the dance floor hopping to the wonderful sounds of Whitman DJ Jake Cartisano.
Alex Plaisir gets the dance floor hopping to the wonderful sounds of Whitman DJ Jake Cartisano.
Members of the “Annie’ cast stop in to perform and invite the seniors to the PAC for the 2PM matinee
Members of the “Annie’ cast stop in to perform and invite the seniors to the PAC for the 2PM matinee

On Saturday, April 21st the students of Walt Whitman HS held its 26th annual spring fling.  We had over 150 Senior Citizens in attendance.  All were impressed with our student volunteers, the beauty of the South Cafe and the quality of the food served.  They danced the afternoon away to the sounds of our very own Jake Cartisano who volunteered his time to DJ.  Other student volunteers were:  Anna Noonan, Niki Brigante, Sebastian Koch, Max Morris, Anthony Bosco, Corinne DeRosa, Jill Jobson, Racquel Litt, Tiffiny Dominquez, Ianna Hankinson, Jenna Castanza, Gabby Rows, Grace Kongevold, Saskia Dormeus, Nyara Choudhury, Brenda Perez Pelaez, Brissa Perez Pelaez, Liliana Pelliccia, Liz Plaisir, Jacqueline Thomann and Alex Plaisir. “Congratulations to the EGSO Officers for putting on a wonderful Spring Fling for our senior citizens this past Saturday,” said Principal Murphy.  “The seniors had a great time and were thoroughly impressed with you all. Thank you Mrs. Leogrande for helping our students create this fun event for members of our community.”

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2018 Wildcat Summer Camps Lineup

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The South Huntington School District offers a variety of summer camps for students entering grades K-8. The 2018 Wildcat Summer Camps are open for registration. 

Please note that some of our summer camps are half-day programs and can be combined with The Wildcat Sports Camp to make it a full-day program experience!

For 2018, all programs are held at Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd.,  unless otherwise noted.

Our Camps include:

Wildcat Coding Camp- Calling all Coders in grades K-5! Come join us this summer at Coding/Design Camp where you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science by means of coding/programming. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, as well as interact with robots, Lego kits, video game design, and 3D printing.  Each student will receive a Coding T-Shirt. Space is limited to 25 students per grade band in each session!

Wildcat Coding/Design Camp-Minds of The Future 2: Open to students entering grades 7-8, this program introduces students to Python and Java Script with the Cue Robots. Coders will explore various coding websites, programs, and interact with the 3D printer. All designers will create 3D models.

NEW-Wildcat Science Camp- Join us for Wildcat Science Camp where our goal is to engage, advance and cultivate each student's interest in science. A completely hands-on experience will immerse every student in a range of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities and projects. Learning will take place both inside and outside the classroom where we will use microscopes, visit Star Lab, extract DNA, launch rockets, create slime, build catapults and so much more. Each lesson is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Wildcat Sports Camp- Open to students entering grades K-8, this program offers a variety of sports and activities for all boys and girls. Activities included are:  Flag Football / Cheerleading / Baseball / Softball / Boys and Girls Lacrosse / Soccer / Recreation / Bowling/ Wrestling / Track & Field / Field Hockey / Fencing / Tennis / Golf. Wildcat Kids ‘A-Cat-emy’ is part of Wildcat Sports Camp and it is open to students entering grades K-2, this program introduces students to a variety of recreational sports such as basketball, soccer, and kickball. 

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

Use the following link for ALL of your summer fun, right here in South Huntington.

https://sites.google.com/a/shufsd.org/south-huntington-summer-camps/

Countdown to Kindergarten

If you were unavailable to attend our Countdown to Kindergarten informational meeting on January 24, 2018, you can access the Powerpoint and the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents using the links below or download the attached documents.

We are here to support incoming kindergarten parents.  Please feel free to contact April Poprilo, Supervisor of Curricula Service, (apoprilo@shufsd.org) or the building principals at Countrywood or Oakwood with questions regarding the kindergarten program. 

Countdown to K Informational Meeting January 2018 

Countdown to Kindergarten FAQs

Attachments:

Snow Day Makeup on May 25th

DUE TO THE SNOW CLOSINGS ON JANUARY 4 AND 5, 2018, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018, WILL BE AN INSTRUCTIONAL DAY FOR STUDENTS.

District Website Accessibility Notice

Please note that the District’s current website is undergoing major construction and will be completely updated very shortly.

 

In the meantime, if the format of any material on our current website interferes with your ability to access information and you require an accommodation, please contact Laura McLean (lmclean@shufsd.org) in the Superintendent’s Office. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

 

Further, if you would like to file a complaint concerning the accessibility of our website, please also contact Laura McLean (lmclean@shufsd.org) for further information.

 

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