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2018 New York State Dance Educator of the Year

Board Vice President Ms. Laura Carey and Board President Nicholas Ciappetta flank the 2018 New York State Dance Educator of the Year Susan Turner Radin.
Board Vice President Ms. Laura Carey and Board President Nicholas Ciappetta flank the 2018 New York State Dance Educator of the Year Susan Turner Radin.

On Wednesday, January 9th, the Board of Education honored Walt Whitman’s Dance Extraordinaire…Ms. Susan Turner Radin!  Ms. Radin brought the beautiful world of dance to Whitman in 2003.

She has brought countless students to new heights of personal confidence and growth through the art of expressive movement and inspiring music.  She is a constant source of magic behind Walt Whitman’s Dance and Theater programs.  This year Ms. Radin will receive the 2018 New York State Dance Education Award for Outstanding Pre-K – 12 Dance Educator.  Board President Nicholas Ciappetta said that Ms. Radin is a ‘tremendous asset to our district and a source of genuine opportunity and pride in our learning community.’

Spotlight on our Teacher of the Year Candidates

Oakwood Primary Center Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan, left, congratulates her Teacher of the Year Ms. Crystal Levey.
Oakwood Primary Center Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan, left, congratulates her Teacher of the Year Ms. Crystal Levey.

“During the next several weeks we plan to highlight qualities of our New York State Teacher of the Year candidates.” – Frank Fallon, South Huntington Personnel Administrator.

Oakwood’s Crystal Levey began as a Special Education teacher before becoming a Behavioral Specialist. According to her colleagues, she has high expectations for students and seeks methods and resources to accommodate each and every child. Crystal supports students through compassion, structure, and love.

One parent, whose child worked with Ms. Levey, reported that she heard her child speaking to another child about Ms. Levey. He stated, “…You should really listen to her, she knows what she is talking about…” Another of her students reported that Ms. Levey, “…is a great teacher and makes a difference in her students’ lives every day. She is kind and is always happy to spend time talking with me…”

Ms. Levey has organized “Mindfulness Training” for the school and has exhibited leadership in other professional development and school activities for faculty.

We welcome the community to join us on Wednesday, January 30th at 7:30 PM in Walt Whitman’s Performing Arts Center to celebrate and honor all of our candidates and to announce with great pride our district-wide teacher of the year. 

Bowlers Strike Up Friendships

Consistency is all-important to bowl competitively and successfully, and freshman Ethan Shapiro leads the Wildcats with team’s highest average.
Consistency is all-important to bowl competitively and successfully, and freshman Ethan Shapiro leads the Wildcats with team’s highest average.
Anthony Paredes is another one of the team’s top bowlers with an average just below 150.
Anthony Paredes is another one of the team’s top bowlers with an average just below 150.
Nikolas Cerrito is one of several multi-sport athletes who took to bowling and found his way to the starting line up after his first year
Nikolas Cerrito is one of several multi-sport athletes who took to bowling and found his way to the starting line up after his first year
Robert Adomaites, an All-League soccer player uses natural athletic talent to excel in bowling and landed a spot on the starting roster.
Robert Adomaites, an All-League soccer player uses natural athletic talent to excel in bowling and landed a spot on the starting roster.

With the new year comes a new team of bowlers as Coach DiGiacomo reflects on the progress his team has made so far this season. Whitman is currently 5th in the league out of 7 and Coach sees this season as a learning process with its ups and downs. “Each year brings new bowlers and new skills to be taught and learned,” said DiGiacomo. Ninth-grader Ethan Shapiro holds the team’s highest average of 190, as Coach describes him as “the team’s anchor” because of his consistency. Anthony Paredes is another one of the team’s top bowlers with an average of just below 150. The team is full of newcomers, such as Nikolas Cerrito and Robert Adomaites, who have found their way to the starting line up after their first year.

The team is always looking for new bowlers who are committed and ready to learn. Bowlers who start out with their own set of shoes and their own bowling ball have the greatest advantage when it comes to playing competitively. “There’s a learning curve the first few weeks when you get your own ball,” Coach shares as he discussed his techniques on teaching his players how to spin the ball down the lane. Coach DiGiacomo always looks forward to enthusiastic new bowlers, guys, and girls, and encourages them to make the investment in getting their own equipment. “It’s a lifetime sport and once you’ve made that initial investment and start playing, you’re a bowler ready to have fun and meet lots of new friends.” 

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Seventh Annual Tea & Ties Mentoring Evening

The young men split into groups to work as a team putting together playing cards that have been cut into pieces. This icebreaker had these young men communicating non-verbally to reach their goal.
The young men split into groups to work as a team putting together playing cards that have been cut into pieces. This icebreaker had these young men communicating non-verbally to reach their goal.
The young gentlemen learned the value of transformation and shared with one another after hearing from volunteers and keynote speakers about handling change and navigating through life in a successful way.
The young gentlemen learned the value of transformation and shared with one another after hearing from volunteers and keynote speakers about handling change and navigating through life in a successful way.
Young ladies learned about and utilized table manner skills to prepare them for the upcoming brunch at Oheka Castle in February.
Young ladies learned about and utilized table manner skills to prepare them for the upcoming brunch at Oheka Castle in February.
Keynote speakers asked the young ladies to participate in an activity to promote awareness and being mindful of each other.
Keynote speakers asked the young ladies to participate in an activity to promote awareness and being mindful of each other.
Keynote speaker Cynthia Quinlan with LUNA Reflections shared their mantra with our Project Excel Ladies about always doing their best.
Keynote speaker Cynthia Quinlan with LUNA Reflections shared their mantra with our Project Excel Ladies about always doing their best.
Mr. Bedel Saget, from MALIK Fraternity, sets these young men up as they readily learn the skill of tying their own ties.
Mr. Bedel Saget, from MALIK Fraternity, sets these young men up as they readily learn the skill of tying their own ties.

On Friday, January 11th, our Project Excel team hosted the annual “Tea and Ties” program at Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center.  This is the seventh year Mr. David Perkins and Project Excel have hosted this event, providing students with an evening of mentoring from dedicated graduates and adults from the local communities.

Through the partnership with the Malik Fraternity Inc. and Hofstra’s NOAH Program, our young men listened to inspirational stories of character, transformation, and participated in wise-decision making exercises and team building skills. These young men practiced non-verbal communication in an icebreaker exercise that set the tone to work as teams for the evening. The activities for the gentlemen also included a lesson in professional dress, which involved an important tutorial on the appropriate method for tying a tie, which was greatly appreciated by our young men.

The young ladies enjoyed an equally impressive program. Keynote speaker Cynthia Quinlan, daughter Alexandra Leftridge, and Natasha Vaughn from LUNA Reflections, Inc. presented an informative workshop designed to have girls develop positive self-images. Our young ladies participated in discussions on being authentic and present while participating in learning activities that allowed these young ladies to put those skills into action.

We would like to commend our Project Excel on helping to ensure the evening was such a success, with a special thank you from Mr. David Perkins who is “proud to see how we’ve evolved as a true dream team of coordinators:” coordinators Ian Denson (BW), Maria Colon (MW), Shaka Williams (SW), Jen DeNoble (SMS) and Mark Grancini (WW). And of course, Bidania Criscuolo for her excellent work with Project Excel.

A special thanks to our partners from LUNA Reflections, Inc., Malik Fraternity, Food Plaza, Entenmann’s, and Brio for making the evening extra special. Special thanks to our Project Excel coordinators Sarah Friedman, Omari Harper, Martine MacDonald, and Anissa Rasdall, as well as our mentors Alex Baez, Laura Certa, Jackson Hoppey, Dawn Littles, Josh McDowell, Stephanie Muller, Christine Powers, Rebecca Smith, and Dominique Zummo.

 

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Lady Wildcats Top Bay Shore

Feet perfectly placed behind the line? Check! Danielle Kleet sees her target and nailed 3 three-pointers to lead the Wildcats in scoring.
Feet perfectly placed behind the line? Check! Danielle Kleet sees her target and nailed 3 three-pointers to lead the Wildcats in scoring.
Jenna Stockfeder (15) scored a season-high 13 points as well as lend a big presence on defense.
Jenna Stockfeder (15) scored a season-high 13 points as well as lend a big presence on defense.
Meghan Soulias (21) played outstanding defense on Bay Shore's pair of 6'1
Meghan Soulias (21) played outstanding defense on Bay Shore's pair of 6'1" forwards.

Congratulations to the girl's basketball team on its 54 to 42 win over Bay Shore last night.  The win now gives the girls an 8 and 4 overall record with a 5 and 3 league record. Danielle Kleet led the way with 17 points hitting 3 three-pointers.  Jenna Stockfeder scored a season-high 13 points while she and Meghan Soulias played outstanding defense on Bayshore's pair of 6'1" forwards.  Dana McGowan, Kate Hoffman, and Desiree Kleberg played great games and helped keep the defense give up only 15 second-half points. The Lady Wildcats are home again on Thursday the 17th at 6 PM to take on Hills East.

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December Athletes of the Month

Principal John Murphy congratulates his two Athletes of the Month for December.
Principal John Murphy congratulates his two Athletes of the Month for December.

Congratulations to Gianna Paul on earning Athlete of the Month for December! Gianna is a freshman mid-distance runner who broke two Whitman records this winter season for both the 300 meter and 600 meter races. Coming in 4th place for both events, Gianna ran the 600 meter dash in 1:39.66 and the 300 meter dash in 42.72 seconds. Gianna long jumps during the winter indoor season as well and when it comes time for the spring outdoor season, Gianna keeps up with her mid-distance events by running the 400 and 200 meter races. Gianna’s athleticism runs in the family as she shares that her father ran short distance all throughout college and continues to love the sport as he comes to all of her meets. For Gianna, her favorite event to run is the 300 meter dash because as much as she loves running the 600 meter, she finds that she can start off too fast and wear herself out. In the 300 meter, she is able to keep that strong pace all the way through to the finish line. “Coach would say that I’m hard working and that I get the job done. I can see my dedication to the sport growing as I run at more meets,” says the freshman who is already making a name for herself. Gianna’s favorite part about Whitman are the teachers and their personalities, how nice they are and the way they explain to their students what they need to know. 

Congratulations to Raj Shah for earning Athlete of the Month for December! Raj is a senior cross country and distance runner for the Whitman track team. During the 2018 cross country season, Raj was named MVP after running the 5k at Sunken Meadow in 18:09.00. During the winter track season, Raj runs the 1600 meter and 1000 meter races and says he likes the 1000 meter better because it’s a much faster race with less distance to cover. When it comes time to pick up the pace towards the end of any race, Raj looks to see where his competitors are to determine when it’s time to kick into gear. When Raj is leading the race, he’ll shift into full gear when he’s 400 meters out from the finish line to secure he stays up front. Most recently, Raj ran the 1000 meter in 2:41.00 and is looking to break 2:40.00 at the next meet. At the Armory Invitational, Raj placed 4th overall in the mile with a time of 4 minutes and 35 seconds. He’ll be competing next at the League 2 Championships in a week at Suffolk Community College. Looking forward to the spring track season, Raj will be running the 800 meter, 1 mile and 2 mile races. At practice, one could see Raj shaking his teammates hands after their workouts. “Coach would say I’m a good teammate,” Raj shared as he described himself as someone who is there to help pick up his teammates when it comes down to it. As a senior, Raj is interested in studying mechanical engineering at either Stony Brook or Maryland University. As for his time at Whitman, it feels like it went fast. He shared his appreciation for the relationships he’s built with his teachers both in and outside of the classroom. 

 

South Huntington Video Blog

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The first South Huntington Video Blog of 2019 is now posted on our YouTube channel.

If you do not see the video embedded below, you can view it on the web at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQArVs1p5ZI&feature=youtu.be

 

Making a Connection with Meredith O’Connor

“Meredith's songs, music, and anti-bullying message were embraced by all of the students.  Her music and singing inspired our students to take a stand against bullying.”  – Principal Toto.
“Meredith's songs, music, and anti-bullying message were embraced by all of the students. Her music and singing inspired our students to take a stand against bullying.” – Principal Toto.
“It was so cool to hear my students singing along to the words of her songs, dancing in their seats, and cheering for her throughout the performance,” – Principal Toto.
“It was so cool to hear my students singing along to the words of her songs, dancing in their seats, and cheering for her throughout the performance,” – Principal Toto.
Our sixth-graders posed thoughtful questions that impressed Meredith about the maturity of our young students.
Our sixth-graders posed thoughtful questions that impressed Meredith about the maturity of our young students.
Meredith O'Connor took the time to connect one on one with each student, and give them an autograph.
Meredith O'Connor took the time to connect one on one with each student, and give them an autograph.
"We cannot thank Ten Tigers Kung Fu Academy enough for their fourth year sponsoring Meredith's Anti-Bullying assembly,” said Mr. Nober (left in photo).

Teen pop star and anti-bullying icon Meredith O'Connor gave a special assembly at Walt Whitman’s Performing Arts Center last month. But it wasn’t the high school students she was singing to. Busloads of sixth-graders piled into the PAC to hear Meredith’s strong message about anti-bullying.  “Last week’s assembly was a huge success and a lot of fun,” said Silas Wood Principal Stephen Toto.  “Meredith's songs, music, and anti-bullying message were embraced by all of the students.  Her music and singing inspired our students to take a stand against bullying.  Students were singing and dancing in their seats and cheering for Meredith as she performed for them.”

Ten Tigers Kung Fu Academy, located on Jericho Turnpike next to the Best Market, sponsored Meredith’s concert in its entirety. South Huntington’s Director of Special Projects Lee Nober has been working with Ten Tigers and is impressed with their commitment to the District.   "We cannot thank Ten Tigers Kung Fu Academy enough for their fourth year sponsoring Meredith's Anti-Bullying assembly,” said Mr. Nober.  “Clearly, they are committed to offering parents and students many self-esteem building options and strategies."

December Students of the Month

Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back 2nd from right) congratulates our students for the final month of 2018.
Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back 2nd from right) congratulates our students for the final month of 2018.

We wish to congratulate our December Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. These talented individuals 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.

Way to Go December Students of the Month!

Business/Home & Careers: Sean Rankel, Raj Shah

Music/Dance: Victoria Isernia, Max Peretson, Ryan Proce, Faith Stone

Art: Ezzah Asad, Emilija Bernatonyte, Sophia Dalton, Lorely Hassman

World Language: Kailee Adomaties, Pamela Flores Chalco, Meghan Italo, Wendell Saint Jean

Social Studies: Eric Bell, James Boccone, Jeffrey Ponce, Alyssa Ramsaran

Science: Sergio Carrillo, Madison Fulcher, Jack Nerzig, Jonatan Rivera

Math: Jamie Jaco Garay, Justin Goldberg, Kelly Strigaro, Natalie Ugenti

English: Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Valeria Bruzal, William Collins, Casey Gilmartin

Physical Education: Yadira Castro Calderon, Francis Charles, Madonna Getchell, Nicholas Portillo

Athletes of the Month: Gianna Paul (Varsity Track), Raj Shah (Varsity Track)

2018 Fall Sports Awards

Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches who were honored in last months Fall Sports Awards. Shown here are our varsity letter winners for 3, 4, and 5 years.
Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches who were honored in last months Fall Sports Awards. Shown here are our varsity letter winners for 3, 4, and 5 years.
This special award highlights athletes who made significant improvement in their sport.
This special award highlights athletes who made significant improvement in their sport.
An overflow group of 1st year letter winners begin a positive athletic experience in varsity sports.
An overflow group of 1st year letter winners begin a positive athletic experience in varsity sports.
Our 2nd year letter winners will become the leaders as they move up the varsity sports ladder.
Our 2nd year letter winners will become the leaders as they move up the varsity sports ladder.
Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo (left), and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Centamore and Dr. Jared Bloom congratulate our Scholar Athletes for the Fall Season, Christian Viteri and Grace Roiland.
Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo (left), and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Centamore and Dr. Jared Bloom congratulate our Scholar Athletes for the Fall Season, Christian Viteri and Grace Roiland.
Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright honors his ‘Hero’ awardee’s Joie Tortorice and Wilmer Munoz Pena.
Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright honors his ‘Hero’ awardee’s Joie Tortorice and Wilmer Munoz Pena.

The Fall Sports Awards ceremony was held in Whitman’s PAC last month in a new format that ensured all of our athletes were together…. during school hours. Athletes were recognized for their accomplishments during the fall season and coaches, teams, and letter winners alike were excited with the new format of the ceremony. Congratulations to all the fall athletes and coaches who were honored. 

1st Year Letter Winners:

Jonathan Aziz, Maya Biblow, Yunior Chavez Moreira, Nicholas Degaetano, Daniel Donovan, Ryan Hansen, Ellena Lunt, Kevin Martin, Dylan Rehman, Marie Saint Charles, Justin Salas, Daniel Sweezey, Jasmine Thai, Jacob Veeder, Kevin Wrobel, Emily Boccia, Mia Brunetti, Kristy Chillemi, Eugenia Faucetta, Madison Fulcher, Jillian Jobson, Kate Mcauley, Brianna Morrissey, Charlotte O'Hara, Sophia Probst, Isabella Rombaldi, Zoe Schwandtner, Jessica Vesque, Garrett Aadal, Joshua Arevalo, Grant Christensen, Melvin Cruz, Alexander DiLorenzo, Daniel Flores, Makai Gilbert, Joseph Harris, Timothy Hunter, Jose Jerome, Timari Laster, Chance Laughton, Jakarai McKay, Jonathan Medrano, Dean Mirissis, Wilmer Munoz Pena, Kevin Ochoa, Kyle Owens, Ethan Perez, Zion Pierre, Jakub Pipota, James Polk, Joseph Robert, Brandon Sales, Daniel Smith, Jeffrey Sorto, Dachan Thompson, Joshua Victor, Chris Villatoro, Jonathan Villatoro, Justin Ward, Devin Yuen, Nicholas Campanelli, Owen Connolly, Jack Cox, Jonathan Holleran, Sanai Browne, Brianna Conroy, Janna Garden, Rebecca Horner, Chloe Rozenveld, Robert Adomaites, Brandon Aguilar, Kelvin Aguilar, Roberto Alfaro Ortez, Matthew Calandra, Bryant Campos, Gerson Castillo, Anna Cerrito, Fernando Chinchilla Cantaderio, Herson Cisneros Campos, Nora Cowlishaw, Mareena Erfan, Kevin Flores, Cristian Garrido, Anna Keller, Sebastian Koch, Andrew Ledbetter, Alexander Leon, Dana McGowan, Richard Morel, Erick Perez Hernandez, Matthew Philip, Jason Quintanilla Cordova, Sean Rankel, Anthony Rinaldi, Olivia Simpson, Shannon Turner, Liam Weigele, Ashli Wuss, Ira Dubey, Bianca Santaromana, Abigail Velazquez, Chelsea Carino, Jillian Crowley, Lauren Gotard, Subhana Zafar, Matthew Bradbury, Diana Fogel, Jimmy Morales, Peter Nicolino, Annabelle Novinski, Michael Phillips, Caroline Phillips, Connor Rankel, Stephanie Ross, Vincent Russotto, Mia Stampfel, Jenna Stockfeder, Barbara Tripi, and Jackson Zaiff. Stimson students on Varsity 1st Year Letter winners: Nicholas Abrescia, Colin Murphy, and Venusmarlu Stewart.

2nd-year letter winners:

Anastasia Akapnitis, Elisa Hustedt, Kevin Morrissey, Juliana Nguyen, Daniela Santoiemma, Briana Umana Moran, Patrick Wuss, Brian Zuckerberg, Annelise Campo, Kate Jenkins, Karina Lew, Sarah Nace, Riley Piromalli, Lily Robert, Gabrielle Safian, Eric Bell, Daniel Beltran, Gregory Borysowski, Mondell Brandon, Jarrett Dalimonte, Elijah Diaz, Gavin McCready, Ryan Owens, James Thomann, Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson, Jack Brady, Luke Cunsolo, Kyle Dickson, Christopher Martino, Julia Posillico, Riley Wagner, Arthur Wobig, Sarah Astegher, Nicole Sorensen, Alexa Toledo, Heather Abbene, Jessica Boyle, Ella Brower, Alexa Brunetti, Nikolas Cerrito, Ellian Chavez Granados, Alyssa Chillemi, Wilmer Dominguez Funez, April Farrell, Amelia Hatton, Denis Herrera, Sydney Khan, Nicole Mendoza, Leonardo Montoya Garcia, Samantha O'Toole, Anthony Paredes Trujillo, Darwin Quintanilla, Danielle Shaneberger, Fiona Smyth, Meghan Soulias, Mary Teresky, Julianna Villella, Emily Teplansky, Casey Gilmartin, Emma Graff, Emma Halliday, Katherine Miata, Anna Scortichini, Samantha Vincent, Stephanie Young, Grace D'Souza, John Dugan, Dominick Esposito, Madonna Getchell, Desiree Kleberg, Shawn McDonagh, Margaret Neiland, Vishal Rattu, Joseph Sansotta, Jacqueline Thomann, William Valle, Wilmer Valle, and Morgan Wagner.

3rd- 4th- and 5th-year letter winners:

(3rd Year): Jessica Castagna, Gabrielle Girard, Lauren Redelman, Raj Shah, Grace Weigele, Elena Davis, Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, Kayleigh McArdle, Quinn O'Hara, Christian Viteri, Andrew Ferreri, ParkerKeller, Daniel Kulesa, Raymond Matuza, Kevin McKenna, Jaden Speter, Yagmur Aykanat, Danielle DeGaray, Carly McEntee, Jaycelyn Ruotolo, Kristen Finnerty, Danielle Kleet, Marissa Martino, Joie Tortorice, Dana Keogler, Mabel Bassi, Katherine Gotard, Jasmine Haug, Kayla Sakayan, Amanda DeWitt, (4th Year): Grace Roiland, Andrew Harrigan, Joseph Magrane, Shannyn Cory, Brianna Scala, John Poplawski, (5th Year): Robert Posillico, Juliana Chiriboga, and Alexandra DeGaray.

Most improved/Wildcat Hero Awards:

Kevin Martin Boys Cross Country Most Improved; Patrick Wuss Boys Cross Country Wildcat Hero; Raj Shah Boys Cross Country MVP; Sean Rankel Boys Soccer Most Improved; Wilmer Dominguez Funez Boys Soccer MVP; Anthony Paredes Trujillo Boys Soccer Wildcat Hero; Dominick Esposito Boys Volleyball Wildcat Hero; John Poplawski Boys Volleyball MVP; Jimmy Morales Boys Volleyball Most Improved; Annelise Campo Field Hockey MVP; Kate Jenkins Field Hockey Most Improved; Gabrielle Safian Field Hockey Wildcat Hero; Jarrett Dalimonte Football Most Improved; Wilmer Munoz Pena Football Wildcat Hero; Quinn O'Hara Football MVP; Anastasia Akapnitis Girls Cross Country Most Improved; Gabrielle Girard Girls Cross Country Most Improved; Grace Weigele Girls Cross Country MVP; Grace Roiland Girls Cross Country Wildcat Hero; Sydney Khan Girls Soccer Most Improved; Nicole Mendoza Girls Soccer Most Improved; Fiona Smyth Girls Soccer Wildcat Hero; Joie Tortorice Girls Soccer MVP; Caroline Phillips Girls Volleyball Most Improved; Margaret Neiland Girls Volleyball Wildcat Hero; Alexandra DeGaray Girls Volleyball MVP; Raymond Matuza Golf Most Improved; Andrew Harrigan Golf Wildcat Hero; Robert Posillico Golf MVP; Yagmur Aykanat Gymnastics Wildcat Hero; Carly McEntee Gymnastics MVP; Brianna Scala Gymnastics Most Improved; Bianca Santaromana Swimming Most Improved; Emily Teplansky Swimming MVP; Dana Keogler Swimming Wildcat Hero; Casey Gilmartin Tennis Most Improved; Anna Scortichini Tennis Most Improved; Mabel Bassi Tennis Wildcat Hero; Katherine Gotard Tennis MVP.

Individual Awards:

Individual Awards:

Robert Adomaites- Soccer      All-League

Sarah  Astegher- Gymnastics            All-League

Mabel Bassi Tennis-   Team Sportsmanship Award

Eric Bell Football- 2nd Team - All-Division

Annelise Campo- Field Hockey All-Division

Nikolas Cerrito- Boys Soccer  All-League

Kristy  Chillemi- Field Hockey Unsung Hero

Jarrett Dalimonte- Football 2nd Team - All-Division

Danielle DeGaray- Gymnastics All-League Honorable Mention, Scholar Athlete Award

Alexandra DeGaray- Volleyball All-League,All-Conference, 2nd Team All-Long Island

Amanda DeWitt- Volleyball All-League, All-Conference

Alexander DiLorenzo- Football 2nd Team - All-Division

Wilmer Dominguez Funez- Soccer    All-Conference / All County

John Dugan- Volleyball All-League Honorable Mention

Dominick Esposito- Volleyball All-County, Academic All-County,  All-Country Tournament Playoffs

Katherine Gotard- Tennis All-League

Jasmine Haug- Tennis All-League

Rebecca Horner- Gymnastics All-League

Dana Keogler- Swimming All-League

Danielle Kleet- Girls Soccer All-League

Karina Lew- Field Hockey All-Division

Kevin  Martin- Boys Cross Country   All-League

Marissa Martino- Soccer All-League

Raymond Matuza- Golf All-League

Gavin McCready- Football All-Division

Carly McEntee- Gymnastics All-County

Katherine Miata- Tennis All-League

Jimmy Morales- Volleyball All-Division

Richard Morel- Soccer All-League

Quinn O'Hara-  Football All-County, All-Division, 2nd place Boomer Esiason QB Award

Erick Perez Hernandez- Soccer All-Conference / All County

John Poplawski- Volleyball Academic All-County, All-County, All-Country Tournament Playoffs

Robert  Posillico  Golf  All-League All-County-

Jason Quintanilla Cordova- Soccer   All-Conference

Sean Rankel- Soccer Academic All-County / Huron Smith Suffolk County Finals MVP

Lily Robert- Field Hockey All-Division

Joseph  Sansotta- Volleyball Academic All-County

Brianna Scala- Gymnastics All-League

Raj Shah- Boys Cross Country All-League, Academic All-County

Emily Teplansky- Swimming All-League

Dachan Thompson- Football All-Division

Joie Tortorice- Soccer All-County

William Valle- Volleyball Academic All-County, All-Division Honorable Mention

Wilmer Valle- Volleyball Academic All-County, All-Division

Christian Viteri- Football All-Division, Tom Cutinella Leadership Award Winner, Golden 11 (athletic/academic award)

Morgan Wagner- Volleyball All-County Academic

Grace Weigele- Girls Cross Country All-County Honorable Mention

Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson- Football All-County

Stephanie Young- Tennis All-League

 

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First Annual Veterans Services Day!

Good Afternoon,

Officially, it's with great pleasure to announce the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center in partnership with the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244's, 

First Annual Veterans Services Day!

Our mission is simple, to "Serve Those Who Have Served".  

This event is to bring together Veterans and their families to obtain information and services from various Veteran Service Providers, Human Services Providers and those who enhance the lives of our Veterans.  

Thank you South Huntington Union Free School District for extending your hospitality and providing us with a location for our very first joint Veteran Services Day at Walt Whitman High School.

Lunch will be provided.  As an added bonus incentive for attendance, each Veteran will receive 3 raffle tickets for our Chinese Auction upon entry. Both Free of charge

Doors will open for Veterans, spouses & families at 10 am.  The event, based on attendance, will end at 4 pm.  

We are very excited and rely on you as well to spread the word of this annual event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

Regards,

 

Huntington Opportunity Resource Center 

1264 New York Avenue

Huntington Station, NY 11746

Fall Sportsmanship Teams Honored

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Middle School Field Hockey: Coach Kaitlin Liegey
Middle School Field Hockey: Coach Kaitlin Liegey
Junior Varsity Girls Tennis: Coach Tom Fitzpatrick
Junior Varsity Girls Tennis: Coach Tom Fitzpatrick
Varsity Field Hockey: Coach Christine Scharpf.
Varsity Field Hockey: Coach Christine Scharpf.

Congratulations to the following teams on making NYSPHSAA Section XI Team Sportsmanship Award for the 2018 Fall Season.  

Varsity Field Hockey: Coach Christine Scharpf- Emily Boccia, Mia Brunetti, Annelise Campo, Kristy Chillemi, Elena Davis, Madison Fulcher, Anna Garziano, Amanda Grennan, Kate Jenkins, Jillian Jobson, Karina Lew, Kayleigh McArdle, Kate Mcauley, Brianna Morrissey, Sarah Nace, Charlotte O'Hara, Riley Piromalli, Sophia Probst, Lily Robert, Isabella Rombaldi, Gabrielle Safian, Zoe Schwandtner, and Jessica Vesque.

Junior Varsity Girls Tennis: Coach Tom Fitzpatrick- Nadera Andrews, Christine Campbell, Jazmin Cardenas-Arias, Olivia Cunsolo, Hailey Dearborn, Jaidyn Goldis, Liana Haug, Alexandra Knell, Hope Levin, Aniya Nicholson, Sophia Sieli, Faith Stone, Riley Turner, and Luisa Valencia.

Middle School Field Hockey: Coach Kaitlin Liegey- Katelyn Adams, Rylee Bert Riordan, Juliet Boccia, Kelly Breaton, Rosalia Campo, Shelly Chen, Emma Creighton, Jenna Crocco, Sydney Cusack, Emma Donovan, Morgan Fulcher, Emily Goldberg, Nayira Kabarajian, Kaitlyn Magerle, Chelsea Murphy, Lauren Ottaviano, Julianne Panarello, Danielle Probst, Valecia Richardson, Shaelyn Scharpf, Sophia Swanson, Angelina Todaro, Isabella Winch, Nicole Wittleder, and Carly Zimmer. 

Stimson Math Winners

Mr. Goldman’s 8th grade honors algebra class celebrates winning the American Math Competition for the second year in a row.
Mr. Goldman’s 8th grade honors algebra class celebrates winning the American Math Competition for the second year in a row.
Left to right: Dylan Hartman, Isabella Dinulescu, Elizabeth Schreiber, Elizabeth Laregina, and Tyler Mezadurian scored top in their section.
Left to right: Dylan Hartman, Isabella Dinulescu, Elizabeth Schreiber, Elizabeth Laregina, and Tyler Mezadurian scored top in their section.
Left to right: Stimson Math teacher Mr. Seth Goldman; Stimson’s AMC8 top scorer Elizabeth Schriber; Dr. Matthew Murphy, Supervisor of K-12 Math, Technology & Business; and Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith.
Left to right: Stimson Math teacher Mr. Seth Goldman; Stimson’s AMC8 top scorer Elizabeth Schriber; Dr. Matthew Murphy, Supervisor of K-12 Math, Technology & Business; and Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith.

For the second year in a row, students from Mr. Goldman’s 8th grade honors algebra class enjoyed their pancake breakfast after scoring the highest overall average on the AMC8, the American Math Competition for 8th Graders. This is a national competition for 8th, 10th and 12th graders where students use math in a critical, problem solving and exploratory way to complete this tricky test in a limited amount of time. Out of the five 8th grade honors algebra classes at Stimson Middle School, Mr. Goldman’s class received the highest average, with his student Elizabeth Schriber receiving the highest score of the whole school. Congratulations to all those who participated!

Top scoring students: Devlyn Chouinard, Michael Coppola, Sofia Rocha, Patrick Soulias, Jacob Erwin, Natalia Lutz, Alex Bogdani, Kate Buckshaw, Noelle Decker, Sawyer Diamond, Morgan Fulcher, Anthony Maida, Suzanne Philip, Max Rosen, Samantha Unger, Nicole Wittleder, Nicole Yerys, Sydney Cusack, Gabriella Finochio, Fern Brazeau, Jordan Badalamenti, Talya Churchman, Samantha Maxim, Cecilia Medina Granados, Elizabeth Schreiber, Carly Zimmer, Cameron Iannuzzi, Elizabeth Laregina, Shaelyn Scharpf, John Villella, Dillon Hartman, Isabella Dinulescu, Casandra Dinulescu, and Tyler Mezadurian.

Countdown to Kindergarten Informational Meeting

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What’s Next After Pre-K?  The Opportunities are Endless in South Huntington.

If you are currently a preschool parent, please join us for our Countdown to Kindergarten Informational Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 6-8 pm at Countrywood Primary Center to learn about our kindergarten program and the bright future ahead for your child in the South Huntington Schools. This is not kindergarten registration, but rather a time to get to know our district and the next steps on the road to kindergarten. It is open to all South Huntington School District families with an incoming kindergartener.  Complimentary dinner and childcare will be provided. Please register for this event using the link below:

To fill out the form in English, Click here

 

¿Qué viene después del pre-escolar? Hay un sinfín de oportunidades en South Huntington. 

Si usted es el padre o madre de un niño de edad pre-escolar, no se pierda nuestra Cuenta Regresiva hacia Kindergarten.  Esta es una reunión informativa que tendrá lugar el jueves 24 de enero de 2019 de 6 a 8 PM en la escuela primaria Countrywood, en la que brindaremos información sobre nuestro programa de Kindergarten y sobre el futuro brillante que le espera a su hijo/a en el Distrito Escolar de South Huntington.  Este evento no es la inscripción en Kindergarten, sino una oportunidad para que las familias conozcan más de cerca a los integrantes de nuestro distrito y los pasos a seguir en el camino hacia Kindergarten.  Todas las familias que tienen un niño  que vaya a entrar a Kindergarten en nuestro distrito de South Huntington están invitadas.  Habrá cena para todos y cuidado de niños, gratis.  Por favor, inscríbase usando el enlace de abajo. 

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November Athletes of the Month

Sophomore Brianna Scala and senior Robert Posillico are our November Athletes of the Month.
Sophomore Brianna Scala and senior Robert Posillico are our November Athletes of the Month.

Congratulations to sophomore gymnast Brianna Scala on earning Athlete of the Month for November! Brianna has been doing gymnastics since she was 8 years old and joined the school team in 7th grade where she eventually made varsity. For Brianna, her favorite part of gymnastics is her floor routine, as well as being a part of such a close-knit team. “The coaches are really supportive and always there to help,” as she describes the hard work she’s put in to earn this award. As a sophomore, Brianna appreciates her teachers, the sense of freedom being at Whitman and all of the choices available to her.

Congratulations to senior golfer Robert Posillico on earning Athlete of the Month for November! This season Robert earned All-League and All-County for the Varsity Golf team and shot an 82 at the Rockhill Country Club, a score just short of qualifying for states. Robert’s family has been playing golf for many years, which had the athlete playing the same from a very young age. Robert’s favorite part about the game is that “it’s all on you and nobody else. The practice and time you put in help to get you better on your own.” Robert plans on going to college next year in the northeast and is looking towards studying business or law. At Whitman, the senior is involved in DECA, Interact Club, and SPM team. Robert’s favorite part about going to Walt Whitman High School is the atmosphere, the students, teachers, and how the school feels smaller than it is because of how close everyone is.

Congratulations Brianna and Robert!

 

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Maplewood Geography Bee Winner Announced

Jordan Churchman (left center) and Harry Green (right center) face off in the final round as the pressure builds and the questions get much harder.
Jordan Churchman (left center) and Harry Green (right center) face off in the final round as the pressure builds and the questions get much harder.
Handling the pressure, Jordan Churchman works out one of his final answers.
Handling the pressure, Jordan Churchman works out one of his final answers.
Student Council Advisor Ms. Garafalo announces the school-wide winner Harry Green.
Student Council Advisor Ms. Garafalo announces the school-wide winner Harry Green.
Maplewood's finest
Maplewood's finest "geographers" represented their classes.
Pictured left to right- Principal D’Elia, Student Council Advisor Ms. Garafalo, Jordan Churchman, Harry Green, Student Council Advisor Ms. Hatton, and Assistant Principal Ms. Davis.
Pictured left to right- Principal D’Elia, Student Council Advisor Ms. Garafalo, Jordan Churchman, Harry Green, Student Council Advisor Ms. Hatton, and Assistant Principal Ms. Davis.

Maplewood's Student Council conducted the National Geographic Geography Bee on Friday, January 4, 2019. Fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms participated in the annual event.  Nineteen of Maplewood's finest "geographer class champions" represented their classes in the championships. It was an exciting and impressive event as students' geographical knowledge of the world was put to the test. After a solid 90 minutes of intense competition in front of a large crowd of students and teachers, a school champion was determined. We are very proud of all the students. Jordan Churchman from Ms. Vargas’s 5th-grade dual language class and Harry Green from Ms. Garafalo’s 5th-grade class faced-off in the end. Harry Green is moving forward. Best wishes Harry.

Congratulations to all of our Maplewood Class Champions: Bray Alario, Finn Bradley, Dallas Bush, Reilly Campbell, Jordan Churchman, Julia Denis, Harry Green, Jaiden Jessup, Brandon Lane, Eva Marichal, Andrea Medina, Nicholas Morelli, Jack O'Connor, Maeve O'Connor, Dean Rosengold, Shayaan Siddiqui, David Teixeira, Timothy Treubig, and Nikolas Wiggins.

Whitman DECA to Send 27 to State Competition

Our Walt Whitman DECA students deserve big congratulations as they represent our district with pride and make all of South Huntington proud!
Our Walt Whitman DECA students deserve big congratulations as they represent our district with pride and make all of South Huntington proud!
All these DECA placers qualify to attend the DECA State Competition this March in Rochester.
All these DECA placers qualify to attend the DECA State Competition this March in Rochester.
Suffolk County’s top placers from Walt Whitman High School are starting the New Year off on the right foot. Mrs. Deanna Morga, middle left, congratulates all of her DECA students on such a fine representation.
Suffolk County’s top placers from Walt Whitman High School are starting the New Year off on the right foot. Mrs. Deanna Morga, middle left, congratulates all of her DECA students on such a fine representation.

We hear from Mrs. Deanna Morga, a Walt Whitman Social Studies Teacher and DECA Advisor that on January 3, 2019, forty-one DECA students competed against schools from across Suffolk County in their first round of competitive events at Suffolk Community College.   “Walt Whitman DECA enjoyed much success at the regional competition and brought home 27 trophies.” All these DECA placers qualify to attend the DECA State Competition this March in Rochester.

Honorable mentions included:

John Dugan in Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Hope Levin in Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Andrew Borges in Business Finance

Ryder Hartman in Food Marketing

Devin Gaynor in Principles of Business Management

Gabriel Gonzalez in Principles of Marketing

AJ Wobig and Robert Posillico in Business Law & Ethics Team

Elliot Trester and Kevin McKenna in Business Law & Ethics Team

Chris Borges and Chris Grillo in Financial Services Team

Natalie Ugenti and Gabrielle Girard in Hospitality Services Team

Parker Keller and Andrew Harrigan in Marketing Management Team

Leo Musitano and Jeremy Lanz in Travel & Tourism Team

Third place trophies were awarded to:

Andrew Ferreri and Jaden Speter in Buying and Merchandising Team

Second place trophies were won by

Brianna Hansen in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Julia Posillico and Tess Anderson in Buying and Merchandising Team

Connor Rankel and Ethan Halle in Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team

First place trophies were earned by:

Jeremy Forman and Nathan Blank in Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team

These students will move on the DECA State Competition in Rochester this March. Many thanks to Ms. McDermott, Ms. Gaines, and Ms. Emde for lending their support and chaperoning this event. 

30th Year Gugliotta Basketball Tournament Celebrates History

Bob Joyce, Class of '69 and Walt Whitman's first 1000-point scorer presents his 1000-point ball to head coach Ray Eatmon. Flanking the two left: Varsity seniors Dachan Thompson, Wendley Jean Baptiste, and Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson. On their right:  Assistant varsity coaches Antoine Aguido and Anthony Brazill (far right), and JV assistant coach Kieran Elmore.
Bob Joyce, Class of '69 and Walt Whitman's first 1000-point scorer presents his 1000-point ball to head coach Ray Eatmon. Flanking the two left: Varsity seniors Dachan Thompson, Wendley Jean Baptiste, and Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson. On their right: Assistant varsity coaches Antoine Aguido and Anthony Brazill (far right), and JV assistant coach Kieran Elmore.
Ed Martin (center), Class of '47 and a member of the Wildcat Hall of Fame as he celebrated his 90th birthday with family members, Bob Joyce, and the 'Cats.
Ed Martin (center), Class of '47 and a member of the Wildcat Hall of Fame as he celebrated his 90th birthday with family members, Bob Joyce, and the 'Cats.
Curt Russell (center) was presented a signed game-ball from left to right: coach Ray Eatmon, retired varsity coach Tom Fitzpatrick, and assistant coaches Antoine Aguido, Kieran Elmore, and Anthony Brazill.
Curt Russell (center) was presented a signed game-ball from left to right: coach Ray Eatmon, retired varsity coach Tom Fitzpatrick, and assistant coaches Antoine Aguido, Kieran Elmore, and Anthony Brazill.

The Gugliotta Basketball Tournament opened its 30th-year celebration this past December with a visit from Bob Joyce, Class of '69 and Walt Whitman's first 1000-point scorer.  Bob amassed 1056 points from 1966-1969 in the days before the 3-pointer.  Bob went on to star at Stetson University and returned to present his 1000-point ball to the trophy case.  Joining Bob were family members as well as Ed Martin, Class of '47 and a member of the Wildcat Hall of Fame as he celebrated his 90th birthday with the 'Cats.

Also honored at the Gugliotta’s 30th, and in appreciation of his nineteen-years of coaching the boys JV Basketball team at Whitman and for all his hard work and dedication to our basketball program, retired coach Curt Russell was presented a signed game-ball from coach Ray Eatmon, retired varsity coach Tom Fitzpatrick, and assistant coaches Antoine Aguido, Kieran Elmore, and Anthony Brazill.

 

 

All-County Music Festivals to Feature 25 South Huntington Students

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Twenty-Five South Huntington students have been chosen for the 2019 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) ALL-COUNTY Festivals. The district would like to thank its fine music teachers and the families of these talented students for all of their hard work!  Congratulations to the following students who were selected. We are proud that they will be representing the South Huntington community in the annual SCMEA All-County Music Festival this March.

Birchwood Intermediate School

Lucia Maniatis

Orchestra

Cello

I

West

Maplewood Intermediate School

Alyssa Vozza

Band

Flute

I

West

Madelyn Crocco

Chorus

Children's Voice

I

West

Diana Fogel

Chorus

Children's Voice

I

West

Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center

Kate Adams

Band

Trumpet/Cornet

I

West

Reilly McKinley

Band

Bass Clarinet

I

West

Luke Vaughan

Band

Baritone/Euph

I

West

Gracie DeMarinis

Orchestra

Double Bass

I

West

Katie Nodell

Orchestra

Violin

I

West

Stimson Middle School

Alex Atkin

Band

Bb Clarinet

II

West

Simeon Kwak

Band

Bb Clarinet

II

West

Margaret Lahm

Band

Flute

II

West

Gianna Vozza

Band

Piccolo

II

West

Joseph Cenzoprano

Chorus

Baritone

II

West

Porter Chetty

Chorus

Soprano

II

West

Natalia Lutz

Chorus

Alto

II

West

AnnaMaria Maguire

Chorus

Soprano

II

West

Marc Malafronte

Orchestra

Cello

II

West

Shaelyn Scharpf

Orchestra

Tuba/Sousaphone

II

West

Walt Whitman High School

Natalie Bausano

Band

Bb Clarinet

III

West

Kristy Chillemi

Band

Bb Clarinet

III

West

Angela Shedlow

Band

Flute

III

West

Lorraine Jean-Pierre

Chorus

Soprano

III

West

Akash Joshi

Chorus

Tenor

III

West

Brendan Kispert

Chorus

Bass

III

West

Spirit of Huntington’s Art Auction Honors Board Trustee Ed Nitkewicz

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It’s with great enthusiasm that we share the news of Board Trustee Ed Nitkewicz being honored at the Spirit of Huntington’s Art Auction at Coindre Hall on Saturday evening, March 2, 2019, in support of children with special needs.  

This prestigious event will generate funds for the Spirit of Huntington Art Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, that will be allocated for vocational support to teach children that art is more than therapeutic, it can also be a career. The Art Center has new computers, servers, and teachers, and their classes will address actual digital art projects, such as websites, brochures, and logos for other not-for-profit organizations.

For ticket information please email Laura McLean at lmclean@shufsd.org

Whitman Wins Gugliotta Holiday Tournament

Coaches Ray Eatmon (left), Antoine Agudio, (3rd from left) and Anthony Brazill (right) celebrate with their team on winning the 3oth Annual Gugliotta Holiday Tournament.
Coaches Ray Eatmon (left), Antoine Agudio, (3rd from left) and Anthony Brazill (right) celebrate with their team on winning the 3oth Annual Gugliotta Holiday Tournament.
Mike Aloisi (right) responded so well coming off the bench upping his game and taking Tournament MVP honors, and Zeke Clase (left), our unsung hero, is all about effort and hard work according to Varsity Head Coach Ray Eatmon (center).
Mike Aloisi (right) responded so well coming off the bench upping his game and taking Tournament MVP honors, and Zeke Clase (left), our unsung hero, is all about effort and hard work according to Varsity Head Coach Ray Eatmon (center).
Senior captains Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson (left) and Dachan Thompson (right), who both saw playoff experience on the gridiron this past fall, bring their leadership to the court and join Coach Eatmon for the presentation of the Tournament Trophy.
Senior captains Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson (left) and Dachan Thompson (right), who both saw playoff experience on the gridiron this past fall, bring their leadership to the court and join Coach Eatmon for the presentation of the Tournament Trophy.
 Zeke Clase (10) is well known on the baseball field but this is his first year on Whitman Basketball court and every day he works hard. He’s always around the ball, were excited when he score’s but we’re counting on his energy as he really gives us a spark off the bench. – Coach Eatmon
Zeke Clase (10) is well known on the baseball field but this is his first year on Whitman Basketball court and every day he works hard. He’s always around the ball, were excited when he score’s but we’re counting on his energy as he really gives us a spark off the bench. – Coach Eatmon
At Point Guard, Junior Mike Aloisi (12) has responded well to our new Wildcat coaching staff and as his confidence builds, so will his leadership qualities on the court.
At Point Guard, Junior Mike Aloisi (12) has responded well to our new Wildcat coaching staff and as his confidence builds, so will his leadership qualities on the court.
Senior Wendley Jean Baptiste (4) is the Wildcats defensive stopper who always plays hard with a lot of energy.
Senior Wendley Jean Baptiste (4) is the Wildcats defensive stopper who always plays hard with a lot of energy.

The 30th Annual Frank Gugliotta Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the Wildcat Booster Club, the Walt Whitman Athletic Department and McDonald’s was held over the winter recess at Walt Whitman’s North Gymnasium.

In round one of the tournament, Whitman overcame an early deficit against Maspeth and went into the half up 33-29. Both teams battled to a tie in the 3rd period but with the final clock winding down the Wildcats outscored their opponents 17-9 in the 4th period for the 60-48 win. Whitman’s Michael Aloisi and Michael McIndoo both scored 15 points with Wendley Jean-Baptiste and freshman Michael Phillips each scoring 9. Senior Wilkerson-Ferguson added 6. Zeke Clase, freshman Frantz Jean-Baptiste, and senior Dachan Thompson each added 2. The win set up a final championship match against Ward Melville on Friday night at 7 PM.

Round One Photo Gallery

In the tournament final, Whitman and Ward Melville opened to a blistering pace as each team traded goals, with the Wildcats having the edge at the end of the first period. In the second period, Whitman exerted their speed and defensive prowess netting 13 points to the Patriots 4 as the teams took a break at the half. The first three periods of damage dug a deep hole as time wound down on the Patriots and the Wildcat were able to outlast a Patriot 4th period push in the 51-43 championship win!

Whitman’s Mike Aloisi scored 20 points and Dachan Thompson had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Whitman in the Tom Gugliotta Tournament final. Aloisi was named tournament MVP, and Zeke Clase was named to the All-Tournament team. 

“I’m big on extra effort and things you can control,” said Whitman’s Varsity Head Coach Ray Eatmon. “Some days you miss shots some days you make those shots, but you can always control how much effort you put into your game.”

The championship game against Ward Melville highlighted the fact that the Patriots were a much bigger team with most of their players over 6’ and a couple topping 6’6” but like what coach Eatmon said, ‘that’s something you can't control, how you play against a much bigger team is.’  “We played together as one unit, we played with energy and effort and we’ve been moving in that direction all season and it’s starting to show,” said Eatmon. Congratulations Wildcats!

Round Two Photo Gallery 

Xanadu Award Reflects a Neighborhood Where Creativity Hangs Out

Mr. Joseph Pipolo (left) and the staff of Xanadu are honored to be chosen as the only digital publication from New York State and one of the twenty-five finalists for the Columbia Scholarship Press Association’s Crown Awards.
Mr. Joseph Pipolo (left) and the staff of Xanadu are honored to be chosen as the only digital publication from New York State and one of the twenty-five finalists for the Columbia Scholarship Press Association’s Crown Awards.

In a recent Superintendents weekly Newsletter, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jared Bloom in the Curriculum Office offered his congratulations to Xanadu Advisor and Whitman English teacher Mr. Joseph Pipolo and the staff of Xanadu; Cosette Brazeau, Sarah Choudhary, Mabel Bassi, Cali Sullivan, Anna Edwards, Deanna Tabibzada, Lauren Gotard, Katherine Gotard, Lily Soares, Zack Slansky, and Benjamin Joseph, for being chosen as the only digital publication from New York State and one of the twenty-five finalists for the Columbia Scholarship Press Association’s Crown Awards. The ceremony will be in New York City in March 2019. This prestigious award honors student publications based on overall content as well as design, photography, concept, coverage, and writing. Walt Whitman's Xanudu publication was one of 1,100 publications that were reviewed by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. If you have not done so already, please take the time to read our award winning publication by visiting xanadulitmag.com.

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Congratulations to Ally DeGaray and Jack Poplawski

Walt Whitman Seniors Ally DeGaray and Jack Poplawski share a light moment just prior to our winter recess.
Walt Whitman Seniors Ally DeGaray and Jack Poplawski share a light moment just prior to our winter recess.

Walt Whitman Seniors Ally DeGaray and Jack Poplawski were named to the 2nd Team All-Long Island Volleyball recently by Newsday Sports.  This is the first time in Whitman history that a female and male have achieved All-Long Island status in the same season.  Congratulations to BOTH on their achievements.

Maplewood Families Celebrate with DASH

Maplewood fourth-graders in Ms. Cuozzo and Ms. Patino's class were hard at work recently designing a holiday obstacle course that would serve as a test track for their Dash Robots.
Maplewood fourth-graders in Ms. Cuozzo and Ms. Patino's class were hard at work recently designing a holiday obstacle course that would serve as a test track for their Dash Robots.
Our fourth-graders immersed themselves in the world of computer coding.
Our fourth-graders immersed themselves in the world of computer coding.
With the help of their teachers and the district’s Technology Integration Coach Janine D’Elia, keeping Dash on the right road was plotted out in ‘code’ so all the right turns were taken on their way to the north pole.
With the help of their teachers and the district’s Technology Integration Coach Janine D’Elia, keeping Dash on the right road was plotted out in ‘code’ so all the right turns were taken on their way to the north pole.
Each of the 5 teams in the class created their own ‘Holiday’ theme map that had their own DASH robot navigating obstacles
Each of the 5 teams in the class created their own ‘Holiday’ theme map that had their own DASH robot navigating obstacles
As proud parents looked on, students expertly navigated their robots around Christmas trees and Frostie the Snowman, carefully avoiding ‘lakes’ of hot chocolate and snow banks as they made their way to the North Pole.
As proud parents looked on, students expertly navigated their robots around Christmas trees and Frostie the Snowman, carefully avoiding ‘lakes’ of hot chocolate and snow banks as they made their way to the North Pole.
Problem-solving and creative thinking are a hallmark of the education approach called STREAM.
Problem-solving and creative thinking are a hallmark of the education approach called STREAM.

On Thursday, December 20th, 2018 Mrs. Cuozzo and Mrs. McQueeney’s 4th grade class at Maplewood presented their holiday design challenges to their families.  The students created maps for their DASH robots and successfully coded them using the Blockly app on their ipads.  With the assistance of Mrs. Teeter, 3D prints were also designed on Tinkercad, and printed on a 3D printer to go along with their themes. 

STREAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide student inquiry, peer collaboration, and critical thinking.  In this process, students are able to problem-solve and be creative. 

Thank you also to Mrs. D’Elia for her collaboration and support to make this project possible. 

Way to Go Ms. Cuozzo and Ms. Patino's Class!

Birchwood and Project HOPE Keeps it Local

Our 3rd-graders took to this new project with gusto and their bags will bring smiles to all who enjoy.
Our 3rd-graders took to this new project with gusto and their bags will bring smiles to all who enjoy.
Birchwood 4th graders have a tray of cookie dough ready for cooking.
Birchwood 4th graders have a tray of cookie dough ready for cooking.
Birchwood 5th-graders make sandwiches that they will add to the beautifully decorated lunch bags along with the tasty cookies.
Birchwood 5th-graders make sandwiches that they will add to the beautifully decorated lunch bags along with the tasty cookies.
‘Ole Saint Nick himself adds a tray to the oven and keeps a close eye on the baking cookies.
‘Ole Saint Nick himself adds a tray to the oven and keeps a close eye on the baking cookies.
Birchwood’s finest prepare a hearty diner that included salad, lasagna and brownies.
Birchwood’s finest prepare a hearty diner that included salad, lasagna and brownies.
Mr. Ryan demonstrates his culinary prowess as he prepared a batch of brownies to be baked.
Mr. Ryan demonstrates his culinary prowess as he prepared a batch of brownies to be baked.

In the spirit of giving, Birchwood students had the opportunity to participate in a community service activity right before the Winter break by helping out the less fortunate in our community. Project HOPE (Helping Other People Eat), is a local Huntington group founded by the youth of St. Hugh’s Parish to help the hungry in the Huntington Station area. 

On a recent Monday morning at Birchwood, third-grade students decorated paper bags with positive, cheerful holiday messages and pictures. Later that same day fourth-grade students worked in the cafeteria to bake cookies. Using premade chocolate chip cookie tubs, students sat at cafeteria tables and scooped the cookie dough onto a tray, and then staff members baked them to a heavenly golden brown.

A few days later, our fifth-grade students made tasty sandwiches. They worked in an assembly line to place cold cuts on pieces of bread and then wrapped the sandwiches. They also packed the sandwiches with the package of cookies in the decorated paper bags. This wonderful activity helped emphasize the importance of giving to the less fortunate during the holiday season.

A few days prior to the student Project HOPE activity, the kitchens at Birchwood had a visit from Old Saint Nick himself. Santa and his staff managed to slip in an afternoon of their own good will. Seems that for years Santa and his elves have been annually preparing and baking a special dinner and dessert so that needy people in our community may have a better holiday season. Below is a rerun of a favorite ode that depicts the holiday spirit at Birchwood.

So with the children all nestled, snug in their bus,

All of Birchwood’s finest headed to the cafeteria, never making a fuss;

He was dressed in Ciccarelli, from his head to his toes,

And he’s always impeccable, every one of his clothes;

A bundle of pasta he had placed on the table,

Lasagna for all, he called to the able.

They sprang to their stations, these givers of cheer,

And away they all flew creating dinners before the New Year;

But I heard him exclaim, as I drove off to edit,

Not a word about me; it’s my elves who deserve all the credit!

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Wildcats Moving in the Right Direction

Standing at 6’3 tall, senior forward Dachan Thompson (11), scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds in one of his best games to date.
Standing at 6’3 tall, senior forward Dachan Thompson (11), scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds in one of his best games to date.
Sophomore Michael McIndoo (3) battled hard under the boards and posted a solid game with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore Michael McIndoo (3) battled hard under the boards and posted a solid game with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman Michael Phillips (23) was not intimidated by 6’2 Colin Rhein from Lindenhurst as he battles his way to the hoop.
Freshman Michael Phillips (23) was not intimidated by 6’2 Colin Rhein from Lindenhurst as he battles his way to the hoop.
Senior Wendley Jean Baptiste (4) scored 12 for his Wildcats as he nails a jump shot over Lindenhurst’s Chris Gregg.
Senior Wendley Jean Baptiste (4) scored 12 for his Wildcats as he nails a jump shot over Lindenhurst’s Chris Gregg.

New Varsity Head Basketball Coach Ray Eatmon is happy to share that his Wildcats battled on their home court against a tough Lindenhurst team on Thursday evening  (12-20-18) and came away with a 53-47 win.  The team was lead by Mike McIndoo and Dachan Thompson both with 12 points and 13 rebounds, also Wendley Jean Baptiste added 12 points. The Wildcats got some huge help off the bench from Freshman Mike Phillips with 7 points. Phillips was just brought up from the JV squad and immediately made his presence known. The team plays at home today, Saturday, December 22, at Noon. The Wildcats will host the 30th annual Gugliotta Tournament over the Winter Recess on Thursday and Friday, December 27th and 28th.

 

Road Warriors

In a file photo from a previous game, senior Meghan Soulias contributed 13 points in the Lindenhurst win.
In a file photo from a previous game, senior Meghan Soulias contributed 13 points in the Lindenhurst win.
Desiree Kleberg's 12 points, including some clutch 3-pointers helped keep the Wildcats in the lead.
Desiree Kleberg's 12 points, including some clutch 3-pointers helped keep the Wildcats in the lead.
Danielle Kleet's 11 points and solid court awareness keeps the Wildcat offense moving in the right direction.
Danielle Kleet's 11 points and solid court awareness keeps the Wildcat offense moving in the right direction.
Freshman Kate Hoffman is making solid contributions as her minutes [on the floor] increase.
Freshman Kate Hoffman is making solid contributions as her minutes [on the floor] increase.
Freshman Mia Stampfel keeps the ball moving as a play develops.
Freshman Mia Stampfel keeps the ball moving as a play develops.

Congratulations to the girl’s varsity basketball team on its road win against Lindenhurst High School last night (12/20/18).  The 58-54 win gave the girls their first league victory.  The team was led by Meghan Soulias' 13 points, Desiree Kleberg's 12 points, and Danielle Kleet's 11 points.  Seniors Soulias and Kleberg, and freshmen Mia Stampfel and Kate Hoffman combined to go 7 for 8 from the 3-point line.  Eleni Glodowski, Jenna Stockfeder, Morgan Wagner and Dana McGowan had solid games to help seal the victory.  Great job girls! Come out to support your Lady Wildcats at their next home meet on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 

The Trial of Goldilocks

The Gingerbread Man being sworn in by the bailiff.
The Gingerbread Man being sworn in by the bailiff.
Playing the part of the prosecution helped students learn about our judicial system.
Playing the part of the prosecution helped students learn about our judicial system.
Parents in the audience watch intently to see which way the trial will go.
Parents in the audience watch intently to see which way the trial will go.
Chicken Little was on the defense while giving his alibi.
Chicken Little was on the defense while giving his alibi.
Old Mr. Drew shares his part of the story with the jury.
Old Mr. Drew shares his part of the story with the jury.

Children learn in a number of different ways. However, when they are engaged and enjoy the process, even complicated lessons can be effectively mastered. One great example is how our fifth-grade students at Maplewood Intermediate School are learning about the criminal justice system.

The Maplewood P.T.A. sponsored “The Trial of Goldilocks” for all grade five classes. The nine classes were divided among three school days. The “gallery” of parents in attendance tried to stifle their laughter and applause as their students acted out the parts of the prosecutor, defense attorney, bailiff, and witnesses. Among the characters put on the stand were Chicken Little (who, when being sworn in, lead the entire room in the Chicken Dance), the Big Bad Wolf, Three Blind Mice, the Three Little Pigs, the Wise Old Owl, and numerous others.

The script, written by lawyer and play director Glen Vogel, was accompanied by music and special effects. Grade four students played the part of the jury and listened as the prosecution attempted to convict and the defense attempted to provide “reasonable doubt.” The proceedings replicated the actual judicial process as witnesses were sworn in, testified and were cross-examined.

Both fourth and fifth-grade students participated in learning about the judicial process and grade four students experienced a program which they’ll enjoy as fifth graders next year.

Thanks to the Maplewood P.T.A. for their support and congratulations to all fifth-grade students for their performances.

 

Concorso di dolci natalizi italiani

There are many legends around the origin of this traditional product. They are almost all love stories. This cake appeared in Milan, northern Italy, around the 15th century, and the custom of consuming Panettone spread immediately all over the world.
There are many legends around the origin of this traditional product. They are almost all love stories. This cake appeared in Milan, northern Italy, around the 15th century, and the custom of consuming Panettone spread immediately all over the world.
Our 1st place cake and winner of the 2018 Panettone di Natale contest was made by Roberto and Giulia Posillico.
Our 1st place cake and winner of the 2018 Panettone di Natale contest was made by Roberto and Giulia Posillico.
The 2nd place cake was made by Dan McGowan and Frank Doria Jr.
The 2nd place cake was made by Dan McGowan and Frank Doria Jr.
The 3rd place cake, by Andrew and Christopher Borges, Hailey Hamilton, and Jake Lang was too beautiful to eat.
The 3rd place cake, by Andrew and Christopher Borges, Hailey Hamilton, and Jake Lang was too beautiful to eat.

Students from Ms. Bunnell's and Ms. Stefanelli's Italian classes enthusiastically participated in the 2018 Panettone di Natale contest. The Italian Christmas cakes were beautifully and creatively decorated representing one of the typical traditions during the holiday celebrations of the Italian culture!

This year's prizes were awarded to:

3rd place cake by Andrew and Christopher Borges, Hailey Hamilton, and Jake Lang

2nd place cake made by Dan McGowan and Frank Doria Jr.

1st place cake made by Roberto and Giulia Posillico

Thanks to all the students for all their hard work and effort!

MILLE GRAZIE !!

 

Girls Fencing Looking Forward to a Strong Season

Junior Annelise Campo has built her confidence during practice and is ready to make a name for herself.
Junior Annelise Campo has built her confidence during practice and is ready to make a name for herself.
“Lily Soares always makes sure to dedicate enough time to the team, making sure the team is all together and is always there to cheer them on.”
“Lily Soares always makes sure to dedicate enough time to the team, making sure the team is all together and is always there to cheer them on.”
Jillian Crowley is “the perfect example of someone who comes to practice, keep their head down and puts it all out on the strip when it comes down to it.”
Jillian Crowley is “the perfect example of someone who comes to practice, keep their head down and puts it all out on the strip when it comes down to it.”
Senior Alyssa Morisco (right) has been with Coach Addeo from the very beginning.
Senior Alyssa Morisco (right) has been with Coach Addeo from the very beginning.
Foil fencer Thania Loza has been working hard and continues to progress.
Foil fencer Thania Loza has been working hard and continues to progress.
Senior Sarah Heath works hard and makes sure that everybody else knows what they have to do.
Senior Sarah Heath works hard and makes sure that everybody else knows what they have to do.
Coach Addeo will be sad to see senior Nicole Algierie go after coaching her since freshman year.
Coach Addeo will be sad to see senior Nicole Algierie go after coaching her since freshman year.

Walt Whitman High School most recently hosted the Andrew Garafalo Memorial Tournament that invited fencers from Half Hollow Hills to compete in memory of the 2009 Whitman Alumna.

Coach Addeo sees that her large group of returning athletes accounts for such a strong start and gives them the ability to have a good impact from the beginning. This is Coach Addeo’s fifth year coaching the girls fencing team and she feels the difference from when she first started to coach.  “It’s different this year. The first year was hardest after losing Andrew and now in my fifth year, I’m able to take a step back and realize our friend isn’t here anymore,” Jackie shares as she reflects on the 5th year hosting the tournament.  

The working relationship between the Whitman and Half Hollow Hills fencing teams has become much stronger over the years. “As a team, their athletes are lovely individuals and as a team that lost an athlete themselves, they understand more about the spirit of this meet.”

Jackie highlights a few of her top fencers that have accounted for their strong start into the season. Annelise Campo is a junior saber fencer who has grown considerably over the past few years on the team. “This year she is becoming the shining star,” Coach shares as she sees Annelise coming out, becoming more confident during practices and wanting to make a name for herself.

Senior saber fencer Lily Soares has been on the team all throughout her time at Whitman and works hard to be involved in so much. “Lily always makes sure to dedicate enough time to the team, making sure the team is all together and is always there to cheer them on.”

Junior saber fencer Jillian Crowley is another player who shows her commitment to the team. Coach shares that Jillian is “the perfect example of someone who comes to practice, keep their head down and puts it all out on the strip when it comes down to it.” 

Alyssa Morisco is another senior fencer who has been doing very well so far and has been with Coach Addeo from the beginning. “She knows what to expect, what’s expected of her and what I expect from the team and she always makes sure that it gets executed.”

Thania Loza is one of the team's foil fencers who Coach says has overcome a lot. The junior has really worked hard to be a part of the team and continues to progress.

Senior foil fencer Sarah Heath is another athlete who Coach knows she can count on. “She works hard and is the number one person to make sure that everybody else knows what they have to do during practice and how to execute our drills.”

Senior epee fencer Nicole Algierie is another player who started young and is going to have a good year this year. She’s expected to come back to end off with a strong season with hopes of being in the top eight.

As for the whole team, Coach Addeo sees that the girls are here to make a name for themselves and anticipates the team will continue progressing even after the seniors have graduated. 

Educator Annie Michaelian to be Honored

Dr. Annie Michaelian will be one of three honorees at the SHEF Gala Event in the spring of 2019.
Dr. Annie Michaelian will be one of three honorees at the SHEF Gala Event in the spring of 2019.

Taken from our weekly Superintendent Newsletter, Personnel Administrator Frank Fallon has the Spotlight on Dr. Annie Michaelian. “We can all agree that educators are special people. Their life’s work is to support the growth and development of young people. Their kind words and deeds foster confidence in students and help them believe in themselves.

One person, however, is recognized by students, teachers, and administrators as standing out among the rest. Dr. Annie Michaelian is presently the Assistant Principal of Oakwood Primary School.  A graduate of South Huntington Union Free School District, she fulfilled her dream of becoming an elementary teacher in her home district. After excelling in that role, she was appointed the Assistant Principal of the Birchwood Intermediate School where she worked closely with colleagues and parents.

Among her most recent endeavors, she worked with Birchwood’s School-Based Management Team to develop the beautification of the Huntington Train Trestle. She helped in the coordination of numerous parents, students, and teachers to help “make a difference” in their community."

Dr. Michaelian is one of three honorees to be recognized at the SHEF Gala on April 10, 2019, at the Mansion in Oyster Bay for her ongoing contributions to school and community.

Way to Go Dr. Michaelian!

Bob Cangero, One of Three to be Honored

Bob Cangero will be one of three honorees at the SHEF Gala Event in the spring of 2019.
Bob Cangero will be one of three honorees at the SHEF Gala Event in the spring of 2019.

The term Master Teacher is used to describe someone who inspires young minds, motivates them to love learning, and helps them develop a “can-do attitude.”  Although there are numerous great teachers, the Master Teacher tends to be in a class by itself.

Our own Bob Cangero is a true Master Teacher. Bob is presently the Coordinator of Teacher Mentoring for South Huntington. He was the District’s Teacher of the Year in 1996 and retired in 2001. After being retired for a short period of time, he realized that his years of experience and expertise developed over his career should be shared with others in the field.

In 2006 he assumed his present role working with new teachers. He provides mentoring and professional training. Bob is respected by all and trusted by new staff as he supports their growth and development in their profession.

Bob will be one of three honorees at the SHEF Gala Event in the spring of 2019. Save The Date- Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the beautiful Mansion at Oyster Bay.

South Huntington’s Educational Foundation (SHEF) honors three people each year that has impacted our school's past, present, and future.  The following honorees  for the 2018-2019 school year are:

1. Bob Cangero (retired teacher)

2. Annie Michaelian Ed.D. (Assistant Principal Oakwood Primary Center)

3. Eliot Lonardo CBR (Signature Premier Properties)

New Measles Health Advisory

The NYS Department of Health has issued a health advisory to alert communities about measles exposures, specifically, in NYC and Rockland County.  This advisory is being shared to the school community to provide information about the symptoms of measles exposure and additional resources for information.

 

Attachments:

Revised BOE Meeting Schedule as of 10/17/18

 

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.