Family Fun Day

SOUTH HUNTINGTON EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (SHEF) Invites children of all ages and their families to the 11th ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY.


Sunday, September 7th   11am – 4pm


Entrance and Parking on Paumanok Drive off Jericho Tpk.

$10 per person - includes Food & Drinks!

Fun for everyone including: Live Entertainment-Miniature Golf-Soccer-Tether Ball-Basketball-Playgrounds-Swings-Dodge Ball-Slides - Heated Pools -Tennis - Giant Water Slide-Boating-Kick Ball- Boating - BBQ Hamburgers Hot dogs - Salads - Ice Tea - Lemonade and more. 

Back by Popular Demand- Dunk Tank featuring your favorite Principals!


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A.J. Preller Joins Baseball’s Elite

In 2012 when A.J. Preller was inducted into the South Huntington Hall of Fame, he spoke of the importance of our diverse multicultural community. As the assistant general manager and head of scouting and player development for the Texas Rangers, A.J. quickly built a reputation as an international expert, especially in Latin America.

Crediting his days at Walt Whitman for giving him a well-rounded view and acceptance of diversity, A.J. Preller has just reached professional baseball's business pinnacle. As was announced on Wednesday, A.J. Preller was just hired as the general manager of the San Diego Padres.

Club president Mike Dee and owners Ron Fowler and Pete Seidler accompanied A.J. into the Padres clubhouse, introducing him to the coaching staff and players. “This is a guy that eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball, and baseball at every level,” Dee said to ESPN’s Calvin Watkins. “Preller was the difference maker among the candidates when it came to deciding who would be best at bringing impact talent, championship-level talent, to the organization."

A.J. has been described by those who work with him as the best in the business at what he does. His accomplishments are the result of his determination, work ethic, and drive--characteristics he developed while he was a student at Walt Whitman High School.

Congratulations, A.J. Go, Padres!


Photo composite of A.J. Preller from the 2012 Hall of Fame Journal.

Marching Band is Ready!

The Wildcat Marching Band broke summer camp today at Farmingdale University and will put all the pieces together for a pre-season performance tomorrow on their home turf. Beginning at noon on Friday, August 15, the marching band will present a performance for district administrators and staff and then at 6PM they will present this year’s performance titled “JOY” to their parents and families. 

Practicing three times a day for the past four days, the students are excited to get the season underway. If you would like additional information about this upcoming season visit the band’s dedicated website at:

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Teens on the Water Needed!

The Huntington Lighthouse Musicfest 2014 is looking for responsible teens 14 years and older to help in the annual Music festival on August 30, 2014.

Please see announcement and flyer under the community section - community events/flyers section of this website.

Please Note:

This notice is posted solely as a community service by the district.  Such notification should not be considered to be an endorsement or approval by the district of the sponsor or the activity.


Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 18th  Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Homecoming Festivities @ Walt Whitman High School

The South Huntington School District 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees have been announced. A day of celebration and honoring the new inductees is planned for Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Walt Whitman’s Annual Homecoming. Community, friends, and family are invited to welcome back Walt Whitman alumni who have distinguished themselves both professionally and personally. It is with great honor that we present the South Huntington School District Hall of Fame class of 2014.

Click on the link below to read about the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees


Model Summer Employment Program Congratulated

Suffolk County and South Huntington Schools have found a perfect partnership, one from which our students benefit greatly. The Suffolk County Summer Work Program, expertly integrated here in South Huntington, is adding to the hum of activity in several of our buildings. 

To witness firsthand the benefits of this model program, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stopped by Birchwood Intermediate School last week for a hands-on experience with our students at work. “This is one of the most innovative districts we have anywhere in the region,” said Mr. Bellone of South Huntington. “It’s a little startling to come to a school district in the summer and see it bustling with activity.”

“The activities and programs that are run here [in South Huntington] are both extraordinary and outstanding,” said Mr. Bellone as he acknowledged and congratulated Superintendent Dave Bennardo.

“Our highly creative team, led by Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins, has created something really special here,” said Bennardo.  “We welcome the opportunity to be the home of any partnership with the County Executive’s Office that is good for the children of South Huntington.”

This summer, Stacey Lesko, Youth Unit Director for the Suffolk County Department of Labor, received an increase in funding for the program that enabled close to 200 additional Suffolk County students to experience what for many would be their first job. “Because of this program, our students are learning and better understanding the integrity and value system in the work environment,” said South Huntington’s Coordinator of Student Services Mr. David Perkins.

“Our students are learning about professional structure and accountability that will be critical for their success in the working environment,” said Mr. Perkins. “I’m so excited, because when I look at these kids I see doctors, lawyers, and teachers.”

Ms. Harris thanked the County Executive for a program that helps ensure that young people have a productive summer. “Here in South Huntington we have so many bright and beautiful children,” said Ms. Harris. “This summer, thanks to the Suffolk County Summer Work Program, our students are better able to explore a variety of work experiences throughout the district and get an idea of possible career choices, which in turn gives them a direction to pursue.”

At Birchwood as well as in several of our buildings this summer, it’s inspiring to hear our students speak of their pride in their summer employment experiences. The Suffolk County Summer Employment Program is working, and working very well, here in South Huntington.


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, at podium, congratulates South Huntington administrators, teachers, and students on a well run program.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, congratulates Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins and thanks County Executive Steve Bellone for his support.

Spotlight News Summer 2014



Walt Whitman Junior Gabrielle Ramirez Wins Leadership Award

Each year the Women's Fund of Long Island (WFLI) holds their Women Achievers Breakfast. At this annual event, remarkable young women are recognized with several prestigious awards. One of those awards, the Shapiro-McCormick Young Woman Leader Award, is presented to a deserving candidate for advocating for girls within their schools or communities and making a difference in the lives of young women through philanthropy, advocacy or other community service efforts.

Walt Whitman junior Gabrielle Ramirez was the recipient of this year’s award. Gaby is a motivated young woman who achieves goals that are well beyond those set by your average high school student. Her motivating ideology revolves around the concept that leaders are one-third born and two-thirds made. Leaders like Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who defy society's expectations of Latina women, inspire Gaby. She also looks to her younger sister, Epiphany, for motivation and inspiration.

Well known at school for her sense of responsibility and dedication, Gaby is trusted by teachers to guide her peers. She holds several leadership positions including Secretary of the World Affairs club; Mentor of the Red Cross club, Treasurer of the World Language Honor Society and serves on the Public Relations team for her school newspaper. Gaby has been diligently working with her French teacher to launch the French Culture club in the fall of 2014 and was nominated in her sophomore year as one of the few permanent members of her school's Student Focus Group. Her determination to excel follows her onto the field where she is a three-Varsity sport scholar athlete, participating on the Varsity Soccer, Winter Track and Spring Track teams.

Gaby is an active member of her community and devotes her free time to service and volunteering. This past June, she recorded her 100th hour of volunteer service at Huntington Hospital. Teens who volunteer there not only provide assistance to nurses, but also personal attention to the patients who might not receive it every day. In alignment with her diverse interests, Gaby referees for South Huntington's Soccer club and interns at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's DNA Learning Center.

Gaby, whose whole family wears glasses, has taken the initiative, with her sister Epiphany, to help others who have trouble seeing. Together, they started Eye Partners Inspire (EPI), which collects unwanted eyeglasses island-wide and gives them to other organizations to distribute to people in need.  Gaby will use her community service award to kick start EPI. In addition, Gaby is working to establish a Girls Learn International (GLI) chapter at her high school. GLI helps students advocate for access to education for women and girls around the world. In the future, Gaby aspires to become an ophthalmologist.

Visit EPI at:




Drowsy Chaperone Packs the PAC

Audiences simply loved The Drowsy Chaperone. The musical, performed by the incredibly talented cast of The Long Island Musical Theatre Festival, had two performances this past weekend at Walt Whitman’s Performing Arts Center.  The play opens with the houselights down, the narrator, Man in Chair, sitting on a darkened stage, greets the audience. He is a fan of vintage musicals and decides to cheer things up by playing a record of the original cast recording of a (fictional) Broadway musical entitled The Drowsy Chaperone.

No sooner has the needle touched the record, the audience, together with the narrator, are transported to a 1928 Broadway theater and the recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins, as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you've got a show packed with fun, great music and dance numbers, and the perfect showcase for this talented cast.

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State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci Recognizes Walt Whitman High School

At the most recent Board of Education meeting, New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci awarded the Assembly’s highest honor, the Assembly Proclamation, to Walt Whitman High School upon its recognition as one of the Top 20 High Schools on Long Island according to US News and World Report. The High School improved last year’s national and state rankings by 87 and 21 points, respectively. Whitman was ranked 64th out of the 1,147 high schools in New York State and 18th out of the 120 schools on Long Island.

“The hard work and dedication of educators, administrators and students in the district is represented by the progressive improvement from past year’s rankings,” said Lupinacci. “The administration and staff at Walt Whitman High School provide outstanding educational programs and extracurricular opportunities to meet the needs of all students. Walt Whitman is a thriving educational community that fosters an excellent atmosphere for learning and growth.”

“There is a special spirit in the South Huntington community that keeps us moving forward despite the controversies swirling at the state and national levels,” said Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.  “South Huntington’s progress in educating all students and facilitating success throughout the spectrum is a genuine affirmation of the wonderful work taking place in our schools.  We are blessed to have great teachers and staff, inquisitive students, and wonderfully supportive parents.  The sky is truly the limit for our district, and this recent award represents a bold first step in an exciting journey to come.”

According to U.S. News and World Report, Long Island's top 20 high schools are as follows:

1.         Jericho High School; Jericho 
2.         Manhasset Secondary School; Manhasset 
3.         William A. Shine Great Neck South High School; Great Neck
4.         Garden City High School; Garden City 
5.         South Side High School; Rockville Centre
6.         Cold Spring Harbor High School; Cold Spring Harbor 
7.         The Wheatley School; Old Westbury 
8.         Syosset Senior High School; Syosset
9.         Herricks High School; New Hyde Park 
10.       Harborfields High School; Greenlawn
11.       Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School; Port Washington
12.       Roslyn High School; Roslyn Heights
13.       Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School; Plainview
14.       Half Hollow Hills High School West; Dix Hills
15.       Floral Park Memorial High School; Floral Park
16.       Locust Valley High School; Locust Valley
17.       Carle Place Middle/High School; Carle Place
18.       Walt Whitman High School; Huntington Station
19.       Babylon Junior Senior High School; Babylon
20.       Greenport High School; Greenport
NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci makes a presentation to the South Huntington Board of Education honoring Walt Whitman High School as one of the Top 20 High Schools on Long Island.

Summer 2014 Reading Program - I reached 100 points!

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

Golf Outing Honors Two Special Principals

The South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF), partnered with the Wildcat Booster Club and held their annual golf outing and dinner fundraiser on Monday, June 30 at Stonebridge Golf Club in Smithtown. Mother Nature smiled down at the attendees and on this final day of June, gave a day just as spectacular as the rest of the month.

The Stonebridge course was in excellent condition and the shotgun start got everyone off on the right foot. This year’s honorees, Birchwood and Maplewood school principal’s Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli and Dr. Vito D’Elia, each had their group of golfers enjoying the afternoon and before you knew it, 18 holes were finished signaling cocktail time and a friendly clubhouse packed with family, friends and colleagues ready for good food, great company, and two honorees who are loved and respected by all.

The SHEF and the Booster Club 2014 golf outing will go down as a great time making wonderful memories. The SHEF and the Booster Club Board of Trustees would especially like to thank the many local businesses and sponsors who contributed to this memorable day.


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SHEF President Charles Ciravolo, (left) introduced BOE Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta who presented New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci Citations to both Dr. Vito D’Elia, and Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli.
A group of Birchwood supporters give their Principal hearty congratulations.
Maplewood had a strong representation at the dinner, giving Dr. D’Elia well-deserved congratulations.
Retiring Booster Club Co-President Ms. Donna Grennan was presented with a New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci Citation and warmly thanked by Nick Ciappetta that included a standing ovation from the audience.
SHEF President Charles Ciravolo, (left) proudly accepts the MassMutual Community Service Gold Award that included a $10,000 donation to SHEF, from Gary Ranftle, Managing Partner of the Long Island Metro Office of MassMutual.

8th Grade Awards Night

Stimson Middle School recently held their 8th grade awards night as they prepare to send an exceptional group of students to Walt Whitman High School in the fall. Congratulations to the following students: 

Note: Photo captions of names not necessarily in order.

Kentaro Matsushima Art            Bronze Medal

Nadia Lubrano            Art            Silver Medal

Joshua  Joseph Art            Gold Medal

Tiffany Chuen English Bronze Medal

Leydi Hernandez Fernandez  English   Bronze Medal

Sara Lopez English Bronze Medal

Brooke Decker English Silver Medal

Elias Hernandez English Silver Medal

Bria Ryan English Silver Medal

Tristan Dougherty English Gold Medal

Edwin Garcia Garcia English Gold Medal

Isabella Martino English Gold Medal

Steven Ramirez English Gold Medal

London Aleksandr Fomchenko Pieters Math Bronze Medal

Graham Lunt Math Bronze Medal

Mollie Korn Math Silver Medal

Kentaro Matsushima Math Silver Medal

Kayla Campana Math Gold Medal

Joshua Joseph Math Gold Medal

Jared Restmeyer Math Gold Medal

Bradley Rummel General Music Bronze Medal

Zachary Lella General Music Silver Medal

Zoey Bianco General Music Gold Medal

Kayla Campana Band Bronze Medal

Kaitlyn Riha Band Silver Medal

Max Eidinoff Band Gold Medal

Michael Pinelli Orchestra Bronze Medal

Grace Noonan Orchestra Silver Medal

Noelle Bryggman Orchestra Gold Medal

Heather Aadal Chorus Bronze Medal

Emily Fung Chorus Silver Medal

Liora Hyman Chorus Gold Medal                           

Kayla Campana Physical Education Gold Medal

Kristy Campana Physical Education Gold Medal

Lauren Dooley Physical Education Gold Medal

Jack Anest Physical Education Gold Medal

Bradley Rummell Physical Education Gold Medal

Matthew Williams Physical Education Gold Medal                                

Lauren Dooley Science            Bronze Medal

Joseph Van Gostein Science            Bronze Medal

John Aparicio Science            Silver Medal

Kentaro Matsushima Science            Silver Medal

Britney Dowling Science            Gold Medal

Sarah Kim Science            Gold Medal

Steven Ramirez Science            Gold Medal                                  

Scott Mc Entee Social Studies            Bronze Medal

Sean O Donnell Social Studies            Bronze Medal

Alexa Costas Social Studies           Silver Medal

Joseph Van Gostein Social Studies            Silver Medal

Alyssa Denis Social Studies            Gold Medal

Joshua Joseph Social Studies            Gold Medal

Fernando Medina Social Studies            Gold Medal                                  

Kristen Coletti Technology            Bronze Medal

Chloe Blumberg Technology            Silver Medal

Brian Trifon Technology            Gold Medal                                   

Devin Link Spanish            Bronze Medal

Scott Mc Entee Spanish            Bronze Medal

Dayana Reyes Spanish            Bronze Medal

Alexandra Sherry Spanish            Bronze Medal

Lauren Brown Spanish            Silver Medal

Russell Burghard Spanish            Silver Medal

Elizabeth Plaisir Spanish            Silver Medal

Rachel Vaughan Spanish            Silver Medal

Lillianna Galati Spanish            Gold Medal

Joshua Joseph Spanish            Gold Medal

Casey Perez Spanish            Gold Medal

Michael Seitz Spanish            Gold Medal                                  

Tyler Malone French            Bronze Medal

Nadia Lubrano French            Silver Medal

Brenda Mendez French            Gold Medal                                   

Filomena Abbatiello Italian            Bronze Medal

Isabella Martino Italian            Bronze Medal

Kristy Campana Italian            Silver Medal

Natalie Zakrzewski Italian            Silver Medal

Kayla Campana Italian            Gold Medal

Joseph Van Gostein Italian            Gold Medal

Thomas De Gaetano Suffolk Zone Physical Education  Award - Boys           

Noelle Bryggman Suffolk Zone Physical Education  Award - Girls           

Alexandra Sherry Daughters of the American Revolution Award           

Chloe Blumberg Ms. Stimson

Michael Bronson Mr. Stimson


Left: Michael Bronson, Mr. Stimson and Chloe Blumberg, Ms. Stimson. Right- Suffolk Zone Physical Education Award: Noelle Bryggman and Thomas DeGaetano.
Spanish awardees: Devin Link, Scott Mc Entee, Dayana Reyes, Alexandra Sherry, Lauren Brown, Russell Burghard, Elizabeth Plaisir, Rachel Vaughan, Lillianna Galati, Joshua Joseph, Casey Perez, and Michael Seitz.
Left group- Art awardees: Kentaro Matsushima, Nadia Lubrano, and Joshua Joseph. Right group- Orchestra awardees: Grace Noonan, Noelle Bryggman, and Michael Pinelli.
English awardees: Tiffany Chuen, Leydi Hernandez Fernandez, Sara Lopez, Brooke Decker, Elias Hernandez, Bria Ryan, Tristan Dougherty, Edwin Garcia Garcia, Isabella Martino and Steven Ramirez.
Social Studies awardees: Scott Mc Entee, Sean O Donnell, Alexa Costas, Joseph Van Gostein, Alyssa Denis, Joshua Joseph, and Fernando Medina.
Left- General Music awardees: Bradley Rummel, Zachary Lella, and Zoey Bianco. Right- French Awardees: Tyler Malone, Nadia Lubrano, and Brenda Mendez.
Left: Alexandra Sherry: Daughters of the American Revolution Award Right- Chorus awardees: Heather Aadal, Emily Fung, and Liora Hyman.
Physical Education awardees: Kayla Campana, Kristy Campana Lauren Dooley, Jack Anest, Bradley Rummell, and Matthew Williams.
Italian awardees: Filomena Abbatiello, Isabella Martino, Kristy Campana, Natalie Zakrzewski, Kayla Campana, and Joseph Van Gostein.
Math awardees: London Aleksandr Fomchenko Pieters, Graham Lunt, Mollie Korn, Kentaro Matsushima, Kayla Campana, Joshua Joseph, and Jared Restmeyer.
Science awardees: Lauren Dooley, Joseph Van Gostein, John Aparicio, Kentaro Matsushima, Britney Dowling, Sarah Kim, and Steven Ramirez.
Left- Band awardees: Kayla Campana, Kaitlyn Riha, and Max Eidinoff. Right- Technology awardees: Kristen Coletti, Chloe Blumberg, and Brian Trifon.