Walt Would be Proud

Open to the public, bringing a bagged lunch and relaxing on the Whitman Birthplace grounds is a secret that’s starting to get out. Our Stimson students and teachers, along with Dr. Walters and Ms. Cynthia Shor, grab a quick photo after lunch.
Seventh grader Aniyah Walters is hard at work researching a specific time period in Walt Whitman’s life.
Presenting in-front of an audience was not the easiest task for many, although these two students seemed comfortable and made a great presentation.
Dr. William Walter, Whitman Birthplace Board President, possesses a wealth of historical knowledge and was eager to share with our students.
Students brought their district-supplied iPads to help facilitate their research.

Stimson students spent a collaborative day at the Walt Whitman Birthplace recently. Teachers Joann Hili-Carbone, Kerry Chapman, Jessica Voorhees, Brian Thomas and Vasken Kazandjian led students in research and creative writing exercises that immersed our young learners in the creative world of one of our country’s best known poets.

After a tour of the historic house, build by Walt Whitman Senior, students heard a poetry lecture on creative writing and Whitman poetic features by Dr. William Walters. The students gathered in small groups and were assigned a theme often found in Whitman’s Poetry: Democracy, Cycle of life and Spirituality to name a few. Students then researched the historical time period of when their chosen theme was prevalent in Whitman’s writing and created a Whitman-like poem as well as an overview of what was happening historically at the time.

After lunch on the beautiful grounds, Whitman Birthplace Director Ms. Cynthia Shor introduced our students to the podium as they presented their newly created literary works to the audience.

The Walt Whitman birthplace is truly a national treasure right in our own backyard. We look forward to many more collaborations with our good neighbor.

Community Bonding @ Miles for Michael 5K

New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, shown with BOE Members and District Administrators at the beginning of the race.
Racers pass one of the many horse farms that dot the West Hills area of the South Huntington School District.
They may not be at the very front of the pack…but our stroller brigade was having a great day in the community.
Volunteer Bridget Berbrick encourages a young runner as fellow volunteer Joanne Padilla replenishes one of the trays at Friday evenings pasta dinner.
This year’s Kid’s Fun Run was bigger than ever. Crossing the finish line with their best foot forward, these sisters each deserved medals.
Many of the Kid’s Fun Run Medal winners strike their best pose.
From our senior citizens to our littlest community members, everyone was a super hero on this day.
For the second straight year the fastest runner on the day was Aaron Robertson who broke last year’s record with an unofficial time of 16:39.
Slightly overcast skies gave our runners a cool start to the 3rd Annual Miles for Michael 5K Run.

The place to be this past Saturday morning was Walt Whitman High School and the neighboring community along the 3rd Annual ‘Miles for Michael’ 5K Run-Walk. Mother Nature did not disappoint as she provided close to 600 registered runners and walkers with a perfect morning to be outside.

All proceeds from this annual event benefit the arts, music, and dance programs for South Huntington students. Officiated by Start to Finish Road Race Timers and Consultants, this sanctioned 5K run drew participants from the entire metro-new York area, and even as far away as Chicago and Virginia. New York road race expert commentator Mr. Terry Bisogno took to the microphone and gave runners and the South Huntington community a commentary that introduced each and every participant as they crossed the finish line. Sheila Buhse, who organized and directed this incredible event, took to the podium at the conclusion where the top three runners in over 30 categories were presented medals.

The Whitman dancers performed and at the Kids Fun Run, parents cheered on their littlest runners as they circled the Whitman track and then made a grand exit through the official finish line. There were tents with baskets for raffle and nourishment for all of the participants and their fans.

“Thank you all for helping make this past weekend’s celebration a huge success,” said Ms. Buhse.    “We continue to surpass the goals that we set out each year and that feat is in big part because of your involvement.  This year the sun was not shining overhead but the rain held off to give us a cool morning to enjoy the challenging but fun route.  Thank you all for being committed to our school community and all it has to offer.

There are many people responsible for the days success.

Our run’s committee members outdid themselves again in the days/weeks leading up to race day: Annie Michaelian, Maria Colon, Vasken Kazandjian, Sue Radin, Helene Falcone, Rory Sherman, Angela Meringolo, Lisa Brieff and Bridget Berbrick.

Our  “fabulous four” Margaret Bayley, Joanne Padilla, Christine Rapp, and Kelly Twist continue to amaze us all. 

A special thank you to John Burke and Kathy Hopkins who along with many other jobs prepared the route for the run.  Creating and maintaining the integrity and safety for both the kid’s fun run and the streets for the 5K was a daunting job.  Our day could not have happened without this amazing duo. 

Morning Set Up and Break Down led by Kevin Kennedy and Carlo Giordano and their teams: Lou Savarese, Bill Rathje, Pam Lamonica, Mike Lusardi, Peter Schmid and William Ivy. Thank you all!

Pasta Dinner Photo Gallery

Kids Fun Run Photo Gallery

5K Runners Group A Photo Gallery

5K Runners Group B Photo Gallery

5K Something for Everyone Photo Gallery

Softball Strikes Out Bay Shore

Noelle Bryggman, who was 2-3 with 2 runs scored also has a rocket for an arm in the field.
Taylor Epstein, who took a no hitter into the 7th inning, is also a threat when batting.
Danielle Barbarito got the Wildcats on the board first with an RBI.
Senior Christina Lofaso was patient at the plate taking the Bay Shore pitcher deep into the count each time at bat.
Senior Ariel Khatchatourian, playing shortstop, had a great game executing play after play.

Congratulations to the varsity softball team who beat Bay Shore on Saturday 5-1, to continue their playoff run. Taylor Epstein, who took a no hitter into the 7th inning, allowed one run on two hits while striking out 13. She also started a two out rally in the bottom of the first inning, and was driven in by Danielle Barbarito. Noelle Bryggman was 2-3 with 2 runs scored, and Hailey Khatchatourian was 2-3 with and RBI. Ariel Khatchatourian had a great game in the field executing play after play. Come see the girls on Tuesday at North Babylon at 4PM. We need your support! Great job ladies!

Whitman's 30th Reunion Set


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

For additional information and tickets please contact:

Ron Seifried at: rseifire@optonline.net

Trina Doris-Lydon:  Lydon5@outlook.com

Please go to this link for ticket sales and event details



Oakwood's Night Out

Oakwood Primary Center’s PTA would like to especially thank the many vendors who’s generous donations to the raffle prizes helped make this night such a grand success.
You name it Ricky Roche can play it, and sing it as well. This guy is a welcome addition to any event or function.

The Oakwood Primary Center PTA held their annual fundraiser on Thursday evening at the Cresthollow Country Club. With musical entertainment by the incredibly talented Ricky Roche, a list of raffle baskets that could fill an encyclopedia, and excellent food and drink that always compliments the camaraderie; the evening always is a success for the children of Oakwood. A special thanks to many of the parents who gave their time to help make the event such a huge success including…. Lynn Blaney, Dayna Cioffi, Theresa Duffy, Valerie Gaus, Nicole Giacoponello, Nancy Gorman, Johana Guarini, Jennifer Haweny, Lisa Kobel, Danielle Koffer, Lesley Logue, Beth Maniatis, Nancy Muller, Solange Rich, Lena Sakayan, Karen Swanson, Jen Szwedo, and Erika Wolf. 

It’s Music to Their Ears


Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Symphonic Orchestra for their gold rating at the NYSSMA major organization festival. Mr. Frank Yolango, Music Director for the Orchestra tells us that the thirty-eight-member orchestra performed the very top Level 6 program and their gold rating speaks volumes to the commitment of these talented students, their teachers and families.

Congratulations to: Jaycee Cardoso, Theodore Fisher, Kelsey De Rosa, Margaret Pigliacelli, Maxwell Fisher, Anastasia Alpy, Emanuel Campo, Kentaro Matsushima, Michael Pinelli, Sarah Heath, Sarah Tabibzada, Mabel Bassi, Quinn Cortese, Sarah Choudhary, Victor Chae, Hailey Hamilton, Alexandra Wirth, Jacob Klein, Brooke Pagano, Joshua Joseph, Johnique Aiken, Matthew Bromschwig, Siam Ahmed, Justin Ullman, Jeremy Bombace, Nadera Andrews, Ilana Desmond, Emma Dunn, Christie Franz, David Calliendo, Emily Dickson, Wayne Koziatek, Noelle Bryggman, Tyler Zeoli, Christina Bogdani, Katherine Dugan, Andrew Borges, and Timothy Jobson.

Wildcats Thrilling Overtime Win Sets Up Today

The brothers O’Hara: Quinn #3 and Colin #23 and their Wildcat teammates will take on one of Long Island’s top-ranked teams today, Friday May 20th.
Whitman goalie Shane Brennan found himself in several tight spots against Commack, but prevailed in the end securing the win with 15 saves.
Senior clearing midfielder Willie Petro, who played his best game of the year against Commack, looks up field plotting his path.

Whitman Freshman Quinn O’Hara hadn’t been a pressure situation like this, but he knew what to do and his pass to big brother Colin, a Whitman senior, proved to be not only the right move… but the game winner as well. Colin scored his second goal of the day off that assist from Quinn; this one, with 1:57 remaining in overtime would take his team to the next level of playoffs.

Varsity Head Coach Bob Howell was trilled with the outcome and coincidence of that final overtime score. “This win over Commack started two days before when we had our best two practices ever,” said Coach Howell. “The intensity, the commitment–it was all there–everything was clicking.”  But the win wasn’t with out its scare. Commack, an excellent team in transition, scored 4 goals in the fourth period to go up by one with Whitman tying it before regular time expired.  “Shane Brennan had an absolutely outstanding day for us with 15 saves,” said Howell. “An offensive player knows what he wants to do, but the defensive player has to anticipate and react, it’s a very tough position and our guys were really on their game.”  “Offensively, Willie Petro played his best game of the year, and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Howell of his senior clearing midfielder.

Beating a very good Commack team 8-7 brings today’s ultimate test.  At 5PM the Wildcats will face off against the #1 seeded West Islip Lions.  The Wildcat community is encouraged to come out and support their team. Go Wildcats!


Directions to West Islip High School:


Blues Guitarist @ Stimson

“Blues musicians sang about a lot in their lives, and much of that was happy as well.” – Toby Walker
Stimson student James Stanton, along with some faculty, assists Toby Walker in telling a story about life in the deep-south.
Stimson students see first-hand how homemade instruments were created.

During several days spent at Stimson Middle School, musician Toby Walker, a unique, accomplished finger-style guitar virtuoso, weaved heartwarming and at times humorous songs out of the stories that some of the great blues masters have shared with him.

In Mr. Walker’s “Blues in the Schools” program, he shares his history and traveling experience, allowing others to experience the sounds, sights, and emotions inspired by his unique talents. His program at Stimson brought to life in song the adversity that African Americans experienced in the deep South. “A couple of my songs are meant to shock them,” said Mr. Walker. “I want them to feel, as much as they can, the hardships felt by so many, and I can see in their faces that I get the desired effect.” Mr. Walkers website shares his experiences on the road with its viewers at: http://www.littletobywalker.com

Mr. Walker gets students, and anyone else in the room, not only to participate in his songs, but also to understand the unique importance that the history of blues and certain types of guitars play in today's pop culture and music. No doubt the program that Toby Walker shared with Stimson’s students resounded well, leaving them with a newfound respect for how music, and the blues in particular, helped shape our country.

Retiring Staff Honored

Right to left back row: Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & District Services, Joe Centamore, Superintendent Dave Bennardo, and BOE President Jim Kaden, congratulate retirees at a recent BOE meeting.

The Board of Education joins in congratulating all the students, faculty, and staff who were honored at this past Wednesday's meeting. The annual year-end celebration featured our student Principal’s List winners, as well as our newly tenured and retiring staff.  It was a pleasure seeing all of these accomplished individuals together for one collective round of applause.  We are really very fortunate to have such fine students and staff in our South Huntington School District.  We wish all award winners, tenured faculty, and retirees well in the years to come.

Retiring Staff:  Ms. Stephanie Schnur, Ms. Alice Macner, Ms. Marie Claire, Ms. Kim Schiermbock, Ms. Barbara Chaimowitz, Ms. Carol Rubin, Ms. Linda Terilli, Ms. Verna Amakawa, Mr. Allan Deitz, Ms. Elizabeth Marinelli, Mr. William Walsh, Dr. James Consorte, Ms. Carol Crespi, Ms. Karen Bullock, Ms. Jacqueline Hill, Ms. Donna Farmer, Ms. Anna Tonon, Ms. Genevieve Endrizzi, Ms. Julia Devine, Mr. Kevin Erickson, Ms. Joanne Dwyer, and Ms. Sandra Zeis. 

Long Island Science Congress Awardees

Science Chairman Mr. Marcus Maddy (right), and Principal Mr. Edwin Smith (left) congratulate their Long Island Science Congress science fair awardees.
Stimson students left to right: Amanda Riha, Sarah Nace, Madison Fulcher and Heather Abbene, receiving honors and high honors at the Long Island Science Congress.

Science Chairman Mr. Marcus Maddy shares some exciting news about our Stimson students who participated in the Long Island Science Congress science fair in April.  There were over 350 projects displayed at the fair with the top 25% of the projects invited to attend a special awards ceremony on Monday, May 16th.   The top four students at Stimson attended the awards ceremony and received the following awards.  Highest honors is the top category of awards. 

Heather Abbene and Madison Fulcher: (Group project) Highest Honors Trophy and STANYS Suffolk County Award.  Sarah Nace: Highest Honors Trophy and STANYS Suffolk County Award.  Amanda Riha: Honors Trophy. 

Congratulations to the following students didn’t attend the awards ceremony, but received the following awards.

Isabella Bonvicin and Nicole Rapacciuolo (group project) Achievement award

Amanda Smuss: Meritorious award

Meghan Brady Fuchsman: Meritorious award

Dean Mirissis Meritorious award

Kayla Sakayan Honorable Mention award

Marissa Martino Honorable Mention award

Aaron Jurrist Honorable Mention award

Smart is Just the Beginning


At the May 17th Board of Education meeting, as members of the community voted in their annual school budget and BOE elections in the South Gymnasium, many of Walt Whitman’s smartest students were across the hall in the Performing Arts Center being acknowledged for having achieved a 3.5 year cumulative average of 95 or better. It’s the Principal’s List awards, where each student is brought up in front of classmates, family, and friends, a brief bio is read about his or her accomplishments and camera flashes abound. Seventy seniors were awarded certificates for their accomplishments.  The honorees names are placed on a plaque that will be displayed on the walls of Whitman for years to come.

Congratulations to the following exceptional students:

Class of 2016

Valedictorian – Misha Patel

Salutatorian –Gabrielle Luz Ramirez

Valerie R. Abbene, Catherine Aiello, Thibaud M. Antoniou, Rory R. Apollonia, Jason A. Argeseanu, Jessica Noelle Bansbach, Waris Nabi Barakzai, Keya Sophia Bartolomeo, Sonia Isabella Bartolomeo, Hans Andru Millan Bas, Kimberly Amanda Bellissimo, Jacob Adam Bronson, Joseph Buckshaw IV, Nicholas E. De Blasio, Julia Paige Drum, Ahmad A. Ejaz, Joseph J. Esposito, Dillon Jay Feinman, Theodore Marcus Fisher, Taylor Fox, Francisco J. Fuentes Alegria, Colin Michael Gilmartin, Alec R. Gonzalez, Shayna Alexis Greene, David A. Grey, David Charles Hamilton VI, Gleisy Jaramillo Cardona, Ariel C. Khatchatourian, Joonho Ko, Camila Maria Korobow, Derek Matthew Lap, Millicent Love Le Claire, Alicia D. Litt, Christina M. Lofaso, Michael Anthony Lorello, Cheyenne Isabella Madrid, Hamza Mahmood, Douglas Jay Marr, Avery Mc Kenzie, Twary  K. Mc Kenzie, Amanda M. Moletz, Ellysandra L. Monegro, Jesse Marie Morra, Anali T. Nanavati, Michelle C. Nardelli, Nicole Nancy Naughton, Zannia Lalee Ojibe, Zenab Chisom Ojibe, Melanie Hannah Olinsky, Diana Paulina Ortega, Julianna Rose Pasquarello, Rose M. Pedretti, Margaret Pigliacelli, Johann Moisés Renderos, Julianna Kendall Richter, Claudia Cristina Rodriguez Gutierrez, Verdelle B. Saint-Jean, Nicole Samba, Christopher J. Senecal, Colin C. Sherland, Colleen Elizabeth Sweezey, Kiran M. Usmani, Lauren M. Vocke, Joseph Michael Weindling, Ashley Nicole Weisser, Thao Philomena Rose Williams, Skyler Jean Zenie, and Tyler A. Zeoli.

Each student photographed at the Principal's Awards Ceremony will receive a photo print in their Graduation packet on June 25th. Photo may also be downloaded from the slideshow on the district website.

Baseball Graduates Five Seniors

“The guys are a close-knit team, they all had a role, and they always worked hard.” – Varsity Coach Keith Barrett with his seniors and their families.
Josh Gerson, a 3rd year Varsity player, threw a no-hitter in his sophomore season and will be attending UMass Boston next fall.
Jonathan J.P. Matuza, a 2nd year Varsity player who will always remember beating first-place Bay Shore, will be attending SUNY Cortland next fall.
Eric Garcia, a 2nd year Varsity player who threw a complete game win at Sachem North, will be attending University of Albany next year.
Justin Delgado, is a 2nd year Varsity player who really enjoyed playing a game at Bethpage ballpark this season. He will be attending Suffolk Community College next year.
Jeremy Dalimonte a 3rd year Varsity player will also remember beating first-place Bay Shore as well as his first win as a pitcher in his sophomore year. He will be attending Marist in the fall.

Back coaching the Varsity Boys Baseball team after a hiatus, coach Keith Barrett is pleased that the team is moving in the right direction. “Our goal was to become a competitive team this season,” said Coach Barrett. “We had some quality wins over very good teams, five of them league wins.” The seniors on the team this year all worked hard at that goal, and accomplished a better season than they had last year. “The guys are a close-knit team, they all had a role, and they always worked hard,” added Coach Barrett.

Congratulations to seniors Eric Garcia, Justin Delgado, Jonathan J.P. Matuza, Jeremy Dalimonte and Josh Gerson. 

Photo Gallery

Whitman National Honor Society Inductees Celebrated

The National Honor Society (NHS) celebrates high scholastic standing, leadership qualities, superior character, and service to others.

As always, the commitment to academic excellence remains the cornerstone of our South Huntington School District. It is with this understanding that we congratulate this year's inductees into the National Honor Society. This special recognition speaks volumes about a student's intellect, work ethic, character, and deep-seated commitment to service. We are thrilled to recognize and congratulate these fine young scholars, as well as the dedicated teachers and supportive parents who contributed to their success.

Jessica Adomaites, Siam Ahmed, Sindy Alfaro Ortez, Anastasia Alpy, Laura Altieri, Roxanna Alvarez, Lila Amin, Krista Apostle, Kidar Arjune, Kiran Arjune, Blake Aronson, Yusra Ashraf, Angelique Auriemma, Muaz Azhar, Arielle Bagley, Ifedayo Balogun, Danielle Barbarito, Kristen Barone, Alivia Barton, Kelly Baumann, Erica Bell, Julia Bellontine, Matthew Birdsall, Stephanie Bishop, Emily Blank, Christina Bogdani, Timothy Brady, Jonathan Brigati, Emanuel Campo, Serah Carbon, Robert Cerrito, Amy Chan, Jordan Chen, Gabriella Cipriano, Steven Ciravolo, Lauren Civello, Alexander Clopper, Brittney Coleman, Emma Coleman, Kelly Collins, Kristen Conroy, Christian Corbett, Brian Corcoran, Quinn Cortese, Alexis Cummings, Peter Daquara, Haley Davis, Nicole DeMartino, Marc DePasquale, Rebecca DeWitt, Alexa Delcolle, Ilana Desmond, Joshua Devaraj, Dylan Diamond, Neyda Diaz Vilorio, Emily Dickson, Katelyn Donahue, Kathleen Dugan, Emma Dunn, Christopher Dybus, Jon Eichner, Taylor Epstein, Emily Ferrante, Hanna Fink, Christie Franz, Camilee Getchell, Derek Gianchetta, Michael Giarrizzo, Lauren Giglio, Jack Giudici, Justin Grose, Serena Halajian, Elizabeth Hardwick, Matthew Harrigan, Richard Hauser, Edgar Henriquez, Sofie Hibler, Samuel Hoffman, Jaylene Hubbard, Mark Hustedt, Thomas Isernia, Matthew Jacobsen, Nosheib Jadoon, Aditi Jambavat, Ludjina Jean Pierre, Jack Karmen, Desislava Kirina, Melissa Konakli, Joon Ho Ko, Jamie Kralstein, Lauren Kramer, Tyler Kurban, Abdjine Lemaitre, Casey Leonick, Jillian Leydon, Esteban Lopez, Cara Mangels, Cheyenne Madrid, Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan, Matthew McAuley, Kelsey McDonald, Shannon McHale, Casey McKenna, Sarena McManus, Mark Theodore Meneses, Nicholas Miata, Payal Multani, Benjamin Nace, Gabrielle Nardelli, Shealyn Naughton, Thomas Nicolino, Meagan O’Donnell, Taninna Oukacine, Brooke Pagano, Anthony Palazzolo, Emma Palka, Sarah Panza, Vincent Pastore, Jessica Persaud, Olivia Poplawski, Rosa Portaro, Anthony Pray, Kristina Pray, Steven Prestia, Julie Prisco, Timothy Quinn, Lauren Ragone, Epiphany Ramirez, Cinthya Ramos, Omar Ramos, Geysel Ramos Vasquez, Waleed Rauf, Danielle Raynor, James Reilly, Antoinette Riehl, Anna Rizzo, Claudia Rodriguez, Jordan Roiland, Jared Rosenthal, Samantha Ruotolo, Jared Saget, Brittney Salerno, Jordan Schneider, Melissa Shaiman, Rachel Shapiro, Shaina Silverman, Anna Sorto, Kayla Soulias, Sarah Tabibzada, Madalyn Tallo, Taylor Taranto, Faiza Tariq, Deja Tejada, Carla Tejeda De Ol, Victoria Thurer, Caroline Tomaselli, Paige Tortorice, Melissa Triolo, Justin Ullman, Victoria Vasta, Leanna Vergis, John Vesque, Liam Vollmer, Danielle Wechsler, Martja Weingarten, Grace Williams, Alexandra Wirth, Shelbi Wuss, Jessica Young, and Marcus Zaiff.  

Stimson Wrestling Awarded

The Stimson Wrestlers have best exemplified standards of sportsmanship as assessed by opposing teams.

Stimson Wrestling coach Rory Sherman and Assistant coach Keith Gunsel are proud to announce that Suffolk County Section II coaches voted Stimson Wrestling team their Sportsmanship award. “They are a great group of kids and they worked really well together as a unit,” said Coach Sherman. “Their Sportsmanship and character was demonstrated on and off the mat.” 

Congratulations to: Garrett Aadal, Joshua Bellamy, Dominic Bosco, Tyrese Carpenter, Tyrell Carpenter, Herson Cisneros Campos, Billy Collins, Nicholas DeGaetano, Alejandro Enriquez, Franklin Fuentes, Aidan Gardner, Pranith Gona, Timothy Hunter, Adam Ibrahim, Andy Jiang, Joseph Kennedy, Andrew Lesty, Joe Libardi, Jonathan Litarov, Jose Maldonado, Erick Maldonado, Ray Matuza, Frank McGuigan, Jakarai McKay, Dayian Nadeem, Tamoor Nawaz, Jack Neiland, Kevin Ochoa, Valen Richardson, Nicholas Rows, Brandon Sales, Kelvin Sanchez, Cypher Sanchez, Giovanni Silva, Gregg Trovato, and Aayush Vohra.

Varsity Girls Track Takes Second


Coach Shepard is proud to announce that the Walt Whitman Girls Track team took 2nd place at the Deer Park Invitational on Saturday 5/14.  Highlights include, Shelbi Wuss winning the 1500m in 5:02.  Antoinette Miller winning the 200m (26.0), Alexandra Greaves placed 1st in both the Long Jump (10' 0") and the 100m dash (12.8).  Zannia Ojibe ran a personal best and finished third in the 400m (63.4)

The team is winding down their season with hopes of qualifying for the State Meet in Syracuse (6/10, 6/11).

Remaining Meets:

5/18- at Longwood H.S., 

5/21- at Huntington H.S.,

5/24 and 5/26- Division Meet

6/5-6- State Qualifier Meet at Port Jefferson H.S.

Stimson Track Stars Highlight Elks Invitational

The Elks Lodges provides medals, lunch for all competitors and coaches, and all the officials for this special event which they have run for Long Island’s track and field youth since the 1970's, all free of charge.
The Relay team of Aniyah Walters, Isabella Adamovicz, Emely Alfaro, and Cassidy Giudici placed third for bronze medals.
Seventh grader Aniyah Walters, ran a personal best, a school record, and a Meet record in the 55 m. hurdles with a time of 8.8.

Stimson’s Girls and Boys top track athletes competed at the Elks invitational at Comsewogue H.S. on Saturday, May 14th.

Seventh grader Aniyah Walters ran a personal best, a school record, and a Meet record in the 55 m. hurdles with a time of 8.8. The previous school record of 9.5 by Rose Bryan had stood for 28 years.

Cassidy Giudici earned Silver in the 55 m. dash, running 7.7.

Christy Pena got Bronze in the shotput, throwing 23ft, 11.5 inches.

Olivia Simpson got bronze in the 100 m. running 14.1.

The 4 x 100 m. Relay team of Aniyah Walters, Isabella Adamovicz, Emely Alfaro, and Cassidy Giudici placed third for bronze medals as well.

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

Impressive Line-Up for Whitman’s Spring Concerts


One of Long Island's top high school Dance Programs, directed and choreographed by Susan Turner Radin, as well as the award winning Whitman Tour Choir, directed by Steve Altinel, the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, directed by Allan Deitz, and the various Orchestra Groups, directed by Frank Yolango and Choral groups begin a busy schedule of incredible musical performances. All Spring Concerts begin at 7:30PM in the Walt Whitman Performing Arts Center.

Monday May 16  -  Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band

Wednesday May 18  -  Men's and Women's Choirs, Concert Choir, Voices of Whitman

Thursday May 19  -  Marching Band Winter Program Percussion Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, Wind Ensemble.

Wednesday May 25  -  Jazz Band, Dance - accompanied by Voices of Whitman and Wind Ensemble

Research Goes to Next Level

Great job Ms. Brendel’s fourth-grade class at Maplewood!
What does Paul Revere and Michael Jordan have in common? They were two of our fourth-graders choices for their special famous person.
Getting into character meant that our students needed to fully research their famous person.
The "All About Me" Box that each student researched and built included 5 to 7 items that were important or significant to their person of interest.

We hear that Ms. Brendel’s fourth-grade class at Maplewood held a "Wax Museum" for their parents and administrators last week.  Each student chose a famous person for a biography report. Students enjoyed researching and compiling their final report about the person they chose. Each student was also responsible for creating an "All About Me" Box. This included 5 to 7 items that were important or significant to their person of interest. The students also dressed up as their famous person and presented a speech during the wax museum. The class did a wonderful job and it was a great learning experience for all.

Budget Vote 2016 Results

Proposition 1 - School Budget


School Board

Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D. - 1101

Laura Carey -1098



Congratulations Boys Track

Principal Murphy and his son join in congratulating our Wildcat Track team.

Walt Whitman's Boys Spring Track team took first place out of 10 top teams in the Deer Park Invitational on Saturday. One of the big highlights of the day was senior Avery McKenzie getting the state standard in the triple jump. As the weather slowly warms up, the team is working hard to get ready for the Divisional and Section XI championships.

5/23 & 25 - Division Championships, Centereach High School, 3:45 pm

6/3 & 4 - Section XI Individual Championships/State Qualifier, Port Jefferson HS, 3 pm (6/4 at 2 pm)

6/10-11 - NYSPHSAA Championship, Cicero-North Syracuse HS (Sec III)


Whitman Students Take to the Airwaves

Great job Matt Birdsall, Noelle Brygmann, Haley Tract, Brenda Mendez, Emily Blank, Julio Taku, Jordan Roiland, James Reilly, Tim Jobson, Laura Altieri, and Gabby Safian.
Our students and staff had a very successful radio show taping. In fact, things went so well that the hosts expanded the time and decided that our students provided enough material for two programs.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Walt Whitman students had the privilege of being able to showcase the high school and the various programs they are involved in on 103.9 WRCN with Mr. Robert Vecchio, host of the show "Spotlight on Long Island Schools".  Students from Leadership, Natural Helpers, and the Ambassador's club were on hand to explain why these clubs are so beneficial to the school and the positive effect they have on both staff and students.  Matt Birdsall, Noelle Brygmann, Haley Tract, Brenda Mendez, Emily Blank, Julio Taku, Jordan Roiland, James Reilly, Tim Jobson, Laura Altieri, and Gabby Safian were in attendance and did a fantastic job describing what makes South Huntington such a wonderful place.

Please use the following link to access the radio show interviews.


In segments 57 & 58, the Leadership Program and General Student Organization (GSO) are discussed.  In segments 59 & 60 the Ambassador Program and Natural Helpers is put in the spotlight.  

Kongevold Stays a Wildcat

Emma Kongevold, with her mom Jennifer, gets congratulated by Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Steve Greco and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright.

“Her intensity hasn’t been matched,” said Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Steve Greco when talking about senior standout Emma Kongevold. The fact that Emma, a varsity starter for the past three years, sat much of this season due to an injury didn’t stop college volleyball programs from showing their interest. Emma recently signed her intent to play volleyball for the Wildcats of Wilmington University.  Emma set a program record for Kills and continued to work on her skill level at every opportunity. “Teams had to ‘game plan’ around Emma, and hopefully that will continue for her at Wilmington,” said Coach Greco. “Emma’s passion for the game was contagious, and the rest of the team picked up on that, she led by example and we’re really going to miss her.”

Positive Messengers @ Stimson

left to right: Gretel Huber and Summer Levinsky are congratulated by Principal Eddie Smith for their leadership role in bringing the Butterfly Project to Stimson.

Congratulations to Gretel Huber and Summer Levinsky from Stimson Middle School. These exemplary students have been working on a community service project in conjunction with the Guardian Brain Foundation.

Our students have been creating Butterfly Kisses.  These brightly colored works of art are given to those suffering with a brain disorder or disease, many of which are local children. These beautifully colored butterflies serve as a reminder that there are many community members who are thinking of them and wish them well.

Thank you South Huntington students for helping the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Venturing Crew 821 support the Guardian Brain Foundation and CJD Awareness by making a positive difference for someone in needs life.

Witman Hernandez Recognized by NY State Assembly

Witman Hernandez, shown with guidance counselor Mr. Chris Tuohy, thanks New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci for this prestigious honor.

We were finally able to catch-up with All-American soccer star Witman Hernandez. New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci honored our senior soccer star with an Assembly Citation for his All-American recognition. Witman is shown with his guidance counselor Mr. Chris Tuohy, who was instrumental in helping him secure acceptance to SUNY Oneonta next fall where he will be playing soccer.

Calling All 2006 Whitman Grads!


Walt Whitman HS “10th” Reunion

Holiday Inn Plainview

215 Sunnyside Blvd., Plainview, NY 11803


Friday, Oct.14, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Casual dress. Open bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Buffet/Dessert.

Music, Photos, Games, giveaways and more!

$75 per person by June 30th: $85 per person after that date.

Info at: ericadollin@gmail.com


April Athletes Showcase Dedication

Principal Murphy congratulates our April Athletes of the Month, Avery McKenzie and Taylor Epstein.

A lot of hard work and dedication has earned Avery McKenzie the Male Athlete of the Month for April. Avery runs the 100M and performs the Triple- and Long-Jump for spring track. “Lower body strength requires a lot of time in the weight room,” said our Boston College bound senior who will be running track at college and majoring in accounting. “I love all the activities you can do here at Whitman,” said Avery, who also played basketball for the Wildcats. “It’s a good place to be.”

Whitman junior Taylor Epstein is an outstanding pitcher for the Wildcat Softball team and will be a key component, as the ladies get ready for the playoffs. “We’ve had a lot of wins in April, and the whole team is playing really well,” said Taylor, who also works very hard at her sport with her dedication to a travel team. Taylor also played field hockey for the Wildcats and looks forward to her senior year on the turf next fall. “Whitman has good athletic programs, good teachers, the whole environment makes it a fun place to be,” said Taylor.

Congratulations to both of our dedicated and hard working April Athletes of the Month!

DECA Recognition

BOE President Jim Kaden, Vice President Nick Ciappetta and Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, along with DECA president Natalie Migliore, Advisor Ms. Deanna Kluepfel, and Principal John Murphy, congratulate our exemplary DECA students.

At the last BOE meeting, the community got to see a short presentation in which our Nationally Awarded DECA team recounted the competition and the importance of their attending the event in Nashville Tenn.

Whitman sophomores Joseph VanGostein and Rachel Vaughan secured a second place win out of 180 teams in Buying & Merchandising Operations Research Event. The Junior team of Ilana Desmond and Epi Ramirez also presented well and look forward to next year's competitions.

Annual Mini-thon Provides a Great Day for Birchwood and Maplewood Fifth Graders

They practice all year and predict their time before the actual race.
Town of Huntington Director of Recreation Jack Fast, (center holding proclamation) joins left to right: PTA President Eleanora Ferrante, PE Teachers Russell Rufano, Erika Barrett and Mary Gross, BOE Trustee Laura Carey, Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and BOE Trustee Linda LaCara for the Mini-thon opening ceremony.

After the weather washed-out last year’s fifth-grade Mini-thon, this year their timing was perfect. South Huntington's fifth graders not only predicted the time it would take to run one mile, but they also ran their mile, enjoyed plenty of hydration and fun with friends, and then boarded their buses back to their respective schools under perfect blue skies.

The Mini-thon Prediction, held this past Wednesday morning on the fields behind the Memorial School Building, is an annual event for South Huntington’s fifth graders. Coordinated by Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano, and with the help of Erika Barrett and Mary Gross, each runner predicts how long he or she will take to run one mile. They practice all year and predict their time before the actual race. An added bonus to the day is that the Birchwood 5th graders get to meet other 5th graders from Maplewood Intermediate School, as they get ready to graduate to the Silas Wood 6th Grade Center.

Congratulations South Huntington 5th Graders!

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Give A Hoot For Autism Awareness

Stimson faculty and staff work together for Autism Awareness.

Stimson Special Education teacher Justin Gravina organized a month-long event to help bring recognition to Autism Awareness month this past April.  Every Wednesday during the month, staff made donations and received a t-shirt that they would wear for group photos like the one you see here.

Way To Go Stimson!

Grim Reminder Sends Important Message

Drinking and driving has received a lot of publicity over the last decade, but that is now eclipsed by distracted driving—specifically, texting while driving—as the nation’s number one killer of teens.
The SADD Club and Cultural Arts program is working hard to send messages to the student body to remind them of the dangers of distracted driving, driving under the influence, and using excessive speed when behind the wheel.

In the hustle and bustle of Walt Whitman’s busy hallways, as students were headed to their next class, they happened upon a scene that made them pause and think, and that’s exactly what senior Emma Kongevold wanted to happen.

As a grim reminder of the devastation brought upon victims and their families and friends, a grim reaper visited a different classroom during each of the 8 periods at Whitman and pulled a “victim” from the class. Each victim bore a sign of a specific destructive and distracted decision and was added to the final exhibit in the front of the PAC at the end of the day. The grim reaper and her victims reminded students in a graphic way, “Don’t be next. Don’t text or drink and drive,” as they made their way to homeward-bound buses.

Silas Wood STEM Diversity Summit Awards

Left to right front: Giovanni Cartisano, Ryan Gannon, Alyssa Katwala, Joshua Alms, Dylan Symons, and Mathew Maldonado. Left to right back: Silas Wood teachers Mr. Beaumont, Mr. Poller, Ms. Kelly and Principal Steve Toto.

Now in its sixth year, the STEM/STEAM Diversity Summit at Farmingdale State College presents an opportunity for educators and industry leaders to engage in collaborative, cross-sector work. New York’s current and future economic health depends greatly on the vibrancy of our STEM/STEAM fields.

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

Congratulations to the following students from Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center who brought home medals.

Ryan Gannon- Gold Medal - Solving Rubric's Cube" -

Alyssa Katwala -Gold Medal - "What Drinks are Good for You?"

Mathew Maldonado Gold Medal - "Pop Rocks Expander"

Dylan Symons- Silver Medal - "Osmosis"

Joshua Alms- Silver Medal - "Strength and Stretch: Analyzing potential injury to the UCL”

Giovanni Cartisano- Silver Medal - "Dribbling a Basketball Takes Energy"

Congratulations to all of our South Huntington students, and to their dedicated teachers and parents who inspire their success every day. 

Students Earn Awards of Excellence for PSA

Left to right: Frantz Charles, Sabrina Greenberg, teacher Ms. Erica Cryer, Jordon Roiland, and Kevin Eucenda.

Congratulations to Jordon Roiland, Frantz Charles, Sabrina Greenberg, and Kevin Eucenda who were awarded 1st runner up in the CAPS "Strike Out Against Bullying" PSA Video Contest.

Poetry for the Heart Winners

English and Creative Writing teacher Mr. Joseph Pipolo, back left, congratulates his Town of Huntington’s Poetry for the Hart winners.

Walt Whitman is proud to congratulate 10 of our students as the Town of Huntington’s Poetry for the Hart winners.  Out of the 18 works selected to be honored, 11 of them were from Walt Whitman High School.  This event is part of a Public Art Initiative, where teen poets (ages 14 - 18), residing or attending school in Huntington, were encouraged to submit original works to be displayed inside buses on ad panels on the Town’s HART bus system for a minimum of one year. The winning entries are also published in The Long Islander newspaper. The following student’s names and titled works are listed below:

Jason Argeseanu - "Inanimate Ignorance" (Grade 12, Age 17)

Jessica Bansbach  - "He's a Musician" (Grade 12, Age 17)

Julia Canigiani -"Some Fears" (Grade 12, Age 17)

Kelsey De Rosa - "Be Brave and Be Kind" (Grade 12, Age 17)

Taylor Fox -"The Politics of Poetry" (Grade 12, Age 17)

Shayna Greene - "Outline" & "Welcome"  (Grade 12, Age 18)

Emma Kongevold - "Thoughts of a Child Inventor" (Grade 12, Age 18)

Wayne Koziatek - "Home Sweet Home" (Grade 12, Age 18)

Faith McIntosh - "Golden" (Grade 12, Age 18)

Gabrielle Ramirez - "L-O-V-E" (Grade 12, Age 17)


Arbor Day Planting


Stimson students joined with Huntington Town officials yesterday for an afternoon of planting trees in a local park.   Please use the following link to a short video the Town put together to showcase the effort:




Left to right: Edgar Henriquez, Ellysandra Monegro, Thao Williams, World Languages teacher Ms. Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano, and Principal John Murphy.

Walt Whitman High School would like to congratulate Ellysandra Monegro, Thao Williams and Edgar Henriquez, who represented our school well at the National Italian High School Contest Exam.  The above mentioned students received honorable mention in Level 5A Italia.


Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, (back row left) and Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller (back row right) congratulate their April students of the month.

We wish to congratulate our April 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. “I want to personally thank each of you for everything you do for Whitman, and especially to our seniors here today, as we have only about thirty days of school left and you guys have done a fantastic job,” said Principal John Murphy at a presentation on Wednesday morning. “We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to your success.”

ART: Daneshka Decene, Cara Ferreri, Stephanie Martin, Melissa Portillo

SCIENCE: Michael Baranowski, Christina Bogdani, Justin Wallace, Joseph Weindling

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Jonathan Brigati, Brian Corcoran, Keith Nieves, Carolanne Wadulack

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Lauren Civello, Michael Lorello, Kenia Ulloa, Stephanie Young         

ENGLISH: Olivia Biederman, Lourdes Coto, Sean Duclay, Katy Molina Jimenez

SOCIAL STUDIES: Vanessa Brown, Alyssa Christiansen, Julianna Richter, Jenna Scheiner

MATHEMATICS: Dylan Cambria, Gianna Della Vedova, Jaysin Guerrero, Shaan Khan

WORLD LANGUAGES:  Lila Amin, Leatrice Brown, Meghan Italo, Claudia Rodriguez

MUSIC: Lockeshia Bennett, Marco Chiriboga, Umaimah Saleemi, Patrick Wuss

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Avery McKenzie: Boys Varsity Track and Taylor Epstein: Girls Varsity Softball.

Hands-On Science @ Countrywood

The students are generating many questions and observations about organisms and learned how to compare and contrast.

Ms. Gray & Ms. Fischer's class is hands-on and hands-deep in soil and water creating their own aquariums and terrariums as part of the science curriculum about organisms. The children built a terrarium and, over the next few weeks, observed pill bugs, millipedes and plant life as well as studying snails, guppies and plant life in their aquarium. The students learned about the different organisms and what it takes for them to sustain life. They are creating relationships between the aquariums, and terrariums, and their own lives. The students are generating many questions and observations about organisms and learned how to compare and contrast. They truly enjoyed these hands on science experiences and are very excited to watch the organisms as they move on in their life cycles. 


Whitman Sailors to Compete

Left to right: Whitman freshmen Jenny Duclay and Elliott Trester practice on Hobie Waves in the Great South Bay.
Jennifer Duclay, (right) and good friend Elliott Trester are ready to set sail on the Hudson River in front of the backdrop of New York’s iconic harbor and landmarks.

Not since 1920 has the America’s Cup been in New York harbor. But this weekend the world’s fastest sailboats are back and for the very first time, America’s Cup will be bringing stateside its non-profit AC Endeavour program for partnerships with three area youth sailing organizations. In the middle of all the action, Walt Whitman freshmen Elliott Trester and Jenny Duclay will be representing Sail Ahead: Healing Wounded Veterans through Sailing, and Oakcliff Sailing Center.

Way to go guys!!

Celebrating Earth Day @ Countrywood

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

In honor of Earth Day, kindergarten students in Mrs. Lamorte’s class learned about the importance of taking care of the environment. The concepts reuse, reduce and recycle were introduced through a variety of classroom activities.

Children reused their school milk and juice cartons, and turned them into easy-to-hold planters, filling each carton with soil, and carefully transplanting a healthy herb to bring home to replant in their garden. They learned that reusing everyday items can be fun and also helps reduce the amount of trash we create.  Students reduced electricity usage by turning off the lights when leaving the classroom throughout the day.  They reduced the amount of water used by turning off the faucet immediately after washing our hands.  Plastic water bottles and paper were recycled by placing the items in our school recycling bin instead of just throwing them out.

By celebrating Earth Day with these simple, sustainable practices that will be continued in school and at home, children learned that making small changes in our everyday lives helps to make the world around us a happier, healthier place to live!

VanGostein & Vaughan Take Silver at DECA International

Joseph VanGostein and Rachel Vaughan secured a second place win out of 180 teams in Buying & Merchandising Operations Research Event.
Left to right: Ilana Desmond, Epi Ramirez, Rachel Vaughan and Joseph VanGostein grab some downtime in Nashville.
Epi, Rachel, Joseph and Ilana put Walt Whitman back on the DECA map with their exceptional results at the international competition.

DECA’s Annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) was held April 23-26 in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. The Junior team of Ilana Desmond and Epi Ramirez and Sophomore team of Joseph VanGostein and Rachel Vaughan were accompanied by DECA advisor Ms. Deanna Kluepfel to this international competition in music city. The long weekend was full of fun, excitement, and tough competition as 18,000 students from around the world competed for top honors awarded at the Bridgestone Arena.

Thanks to the help of Whitman business teacher Ms. Deanna Kluepfel and the Business Department, Sophomores Joseph VanGostein and Rachel Vaughan secured a second place win out of 180 teams in Buying & Merchandising Operations Research Event. Joseph and Rachel’s hard work really paid off and put Walt Whitman back on the DECA map!

Walt Whitman High School DECA was extremely successful in all of their competitions this year. Many thanks to everyone who helped make Whitman DECA epic!


Suffolk Summer Youth Connection

Suffolk County Summer Youth Connection will once again be back at Walt Whitman High School this summer. Please see the attached flyer for details on registration.


40-Year Whitman Reunion Set

Calling All 1976 Graduates!

The 40th Walt Whitman High School reunion date is Saturday August 6th, 2016. The reunion will be held at Coindre Hall, 101 Browns Rd, Huntington NY 11743. The reunion starts at 6pm - 10pm on Saturday but an icebreaker get-together will be held at Finley's in Huntington at 7pm on Friday August 5th.

Ticket price per person is $130 ticket price per person (not drinking is $100)

For additional information and tickets please contact Liz Lowery at: elowry421@msn.com

Our Weekly Video Blog

The latest edition of the South Huntington Video Blog is now posted on our YouTube channel.
You can view it on the web at https://youtu.be/KYQojabCI20

Summer Music and Arts Program

From a file photo, our Summer Music and Arts program may be the best deal out there for arts, music and theater instruction.

Hi All

We are thrilled to announce the return of our dynamic Summer Music and Arts program for the 2016 season. This one-of-a-kind camp provides students with a rich, full experience that includes a sampling of music, theater, and fine arts activity for children in Grade 2 through high school years.

NEW THIS YEAR.... Summer Coding Camp!

The new website is up and running and now taking registrations.  The schedule includes many of our long time favorites, as well as some new and exciting experiences for our campers. All information is on the site, and WE EVEN HAVE ONLINE PAYMENT!!!  This is a wonderful opportunity for our South Huntington learning family.

The NEW site is:  http://shufsd.wix.com/summermusic and we encourage you to register today.

Be well, Dave Bennardo

Wildcat Sports Camp & Wildcat Kids “A-Cat-emy” (grades K-2) SUMMER 2016

Our Wildcat Sports Camp, which is offered to children entering Grades K-8 as of September, 2016, is back by popular demand.. You may download and open the attachment here to register. You will also find info on our Counselor In Training (CIT) camp and Wildcat Kids 'A-Cat-emy."


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