Junior Class Rules the Turf

New Whitman principal John Murphy (lower left) and his junior class ruled the turf.

It’s easily one of the best-attended evenings of the year, and from the looks on everyone’s faces, it's easy to see why the annual Powder Puff football game between senior and junior girls is so popular. New principal John Murphy wasted no time in providing lost of laughs as he wholeheartedly embraced this Whitman tradition. Both sides battled back and forth with the juniors having a 38-24 lead at halftime.

The halftime entertainment show was something that you just don’t see every day. While there was, thankfully, no wardrobe malfunctions, just watching our senior boys dressed-up as girls, dancing and prancing while the hundreds of fans and players cheered them on for more, was a sight to behold.  And, to make it all that much more entertaining, the junior boys had their turn in the middle of the field as well. The junior boys stole the show, winning the judges favor.

The second half of action on the football field proved that this is an exceptionally athletic junior class. As time expired the juniors came out on top of a lopsided score of 62-30. Spirit week in South Huntington continues… congratulations Walt Whitman students on a fantastic evening!

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This Week in Sports


We hear from coach Karen Schmitt that the varsity field hockey team is now 8-1 after their 1-0 OT win against Lindenhurst.  Emily Dickson and Kayla Neiland preserved the shut out in goal. Christina LoFaso scored the OT goal.  Next home game is against Northport today, Friday, October 9th at 4:30 PM.

Earlier in the week the team had a big 2-0 win over Pat-Med.  The shut out was preserved by goalies Emily Dickson and Kayla Neiland.  Goals and assists scored by Kelly Baumann, Amanda Glaser and Nicole DeLuca.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team defeated rival Northport yesterday (10/8) by the score of 4-1. Blake Aronson led the way for the Wildcats with a goal and 2 assists. Witman Hernandez, Fabrizio Chamorro, and Anthony Palazzolo each had a goal. Michael Lorello and Noel Reyes added assists. Austin Salas made 6 saves to preserve the win. The Wildcats are 10-1 overall and looking for revenge. Come out and support the team at their next home game as they look to avenge their only loss on Tuesday at 4pm versus Central Islip. The team is calling for "White Out" conditions for their game on Tuesday, October 13th. Please wear white to the game.

Earlier in the week the team blanked Copiague by the score of 4-0. Witman Hernandez scored 2 goals, Michael Lorello added a goal and an assist, and Blake Aronson notched a goal as well. Eduardo Alfaro and Kevin Hererra chipped in with assists too. The Wildcat defense made up of Alfaro, Bobby Cerrito, Noel Reyes and Sean Zagorski held Copiague to only 3 shots on goal. Austin Salas and Marc DePasquale combined for the shutout.

Coach Mike Patto is happy to report that his Boys volleyball beat Sayville 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 33-31) last night (10/8) to improve to 4-5. Joe Esposito had a monster game with 66 assists, 7 kills, 1 dig, and 3 blocks. Dylan McNally dominated the net with 9 kills and 5 blocks. Mark your calendars for the boys Wounded Warrior fundraising game October 29th at 6:00 PM

Developing a Lifestyle of Value

Getting the new year going for our Project Excel Program left to right: Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, Huntington Town Councilwomen Tracy Edwards, State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline Harris, and Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins.
David Perkins introduces Project Excel interns for the 2015-16 school year. These interns are in their master’s degree program for social work. Congratulations Brian Coyle, Caitlin DeStefano, Judy Fischer, Jennifer Henningsen, Lusaida Mercado Rosa, Stacey Dorce, Patrice Schultz, Fernando Beltran, Michelle Lee, and Georgia Leventakos Koutouzis.
“Valuing education, family, and community will lead students to lead rich lives and be successful in any endeavor they face,” Whitman Principal John Murphy.
Brianna Flythe's outstanding "Call to Action" remarks set the tone for a wonderful evening.
Mr. Carlos Piovanetti talks with our Spanish speaking families about developing a lifestyle of value.

This past Monday evening families in our community got together at the Project Excel season opening orientation dinner. Project Excel is a special program, coordinated by Mr. David Perkins, which provides job training, mentoring, and academic assistance to our district students.

The main program, in front of a combined English/Spanish speaking audience opened with a call to action by Whitman sophomore Ms. Brianna Flythe.  The audience heard from Mr. David Perkins, Ms. Jacqueline Harris, and Dr. David Bennardo before some words of appreciation that came from State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci and Huntington Town Councilwomen Tracy Edwards.

“It was inspiring to see and hear everyone focused upon "Developing a Lifestyle of Value," said Deputy Superintendent Harris in this weeks newsletter. “We are all excited about the activities planned for this special program and look forward to celebrating our students’ success in the year to come.”

At the midway point in the program our Spanish-speaking parents, along with their children relocated to an adjoining room for their own Keynote Address. Both speakers, English and Spanish, introduced this year’s theme ‘Developing a Lifestyle of Value,’ and what it means in their lives.  The audience got to know keynote speaker and Walt Whitman’s new Principal Mr. John Murphy a lot better after his take on ‘Developing a Lifestyle of Value.’  “I want students and their families to understand the difference of what is important to value,” said Murphy.  “Success will come to those who have a positive value system.  Valuing education, family, and community will lead students to lead rich lives and be successful in any endeavor they face.”

District Social Worker Roberto Torres opened the special part of the evening for our Spanish speaking audience and parents heard a call to action from Whitman freshman Jason Moreno Quintanilla. Parents, along with their children, were enthusiastic with what keynote speaker Mr. Carlos Piovanetti Esq., had to say about a lifestyle of value.

A special acknowledgement went out to this year’s building coordinators; Ian Denson from Birchwood, Maria Colon from Maplewood, Shaka Williams at Silas Wood 6th Grade Center, Richard Garcia at Stimson Middle School and Roberto Torres at Walt Whitman High School.

Thank you as well to all of the service providers—the Huntington Community Resource Center, Family Service League, Head Start, Tri CYA, St. Joseph College, Suffolk Community College, South Huntington Public Library, LI Cares—and to our district mentors.  These educators and community advocates do wonderful things for our students.

It looks like another great year to come for our Project Excel students at Birchwood and Maplewood Intermediate Schools, Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center, Stimson Middle School, and Walt Whitman High School.

September Athletes of the Month

Left to right: Principal John Murphy, Michael Lorello, Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Amanda Glaser.

Our two September Athletes of the Month are the epitome of team players. The Boys Soccer and Field Hockey teams are having successful seasons and choosing only one of the incredible athletes on these teams was a difficult choice. But Amanda Glaser and Michael Lorello have both distinguished themselves as leaders both on and off the field.

As a center midfielder Amanda excels on defense and has been credited with 5 goals, but it’s her teamwork that has awarded her many assists on the season so far. Amanda also excels in softball, both for Whitman and her travel team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Girls Leaders Organization, and is looking forward to Girls Sports Night on February 25th. Amanda is hoping to attend SUNY Cortland next year where she would love to play field hockey.

Michael Lorello and his teammates are having a good season. “We are moving closer to our goal,” said the midfielder who has been scoring more that he’s accustomed to. “I’m primarily concerned with getting the ball up top for Witman [Hernandez] and my other teammates to score but with the defenders focusing on them, they are freeing me up to score.” Michael is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and has in the past played Basketball for the Wildcats. Next fall, Michael will be playing soccer for the Red Foxes of Marist College.

Seniors Lead the Way

Tina O'Donnell won multiple games for Whitman battling her opponent and demonstrated the true meaning of determination.
The Girls Varsity Tennis team participated in the Suffolk County Tennis Coaches Association Annual "Play for Pink" doubles tournament recently. Pictured from left to right, Kayla Soulias, Shailee Patel, Tina O'Donnell, Kristina Bogdani, Misha Patel, and Allie Wirth.
Senior players left to right, Mish Patel, Tina O’Donnell, Coach Rory Sherman, and Sabrina Greenberg.

The Girls Varsity Tennis Team was led by their seniors as they battled John Glenn High School recently.

Senior Tina O'Donnell has been a varsity starter and NYS Scholar Athlete for the past 4 years.  Tina plays 1st singles for Whitman and is a leader both on and off the court. 

Senior Misha Patel has been a Varsity starter the past 3 years and has been a NYS Scholar athlete for the past 4 years. Misha plays 2nd singles for Whitman and always goes above and beyond.  She demonstrates the true character of a champion.

Senior Sabrina Greenberg has been a Varsity starter for the past 3 years and has been a NYS Scholar athlete for the past 4 years.  Sabrina plays doubles for Whitman and her love for the game and desire to win make her a fierce competitor.

In Singles action Tina O'Donnell won multiple games for Whitman battling her opponent and demonstrated the true meaning of determination narrowly missing a victory losing in a tie breaker.  Misha Patel demonstrated precise ground strokes as she won multiple games for Whitman.  Kayla Soulias and Shailee Patel were extraordinary as they kept their opponents on their toes the entire match.

In Doubles action, Emma Coleman and Kristina Bogdani played great and worked together winning multiple games for Whitman.  Caroline Tomaselli and Allie Wirth demonstrated the true meaning of teamwork as they battled their opponents.  Sabrina Greenberg and Julia Bellontine played extremely well winning multiple games to close out the match.

On Saturday September 26th, members of the Girls Varsity Tennis team raised money for Cancer Research and participated in the Suffolk County Tennis Coaches Association Annual "Play for Pink" doubles tournament.  The tournament was held at The Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack.  Over 30 Doubles teams from all over Long Island participate in this great tournament.

Coach Sherman is extremely proud of the girls for raising money for such a good cause while also perfecting their doubles play.

Boys Soccer Ready to Roll Again

Fabrizio Chamorro got up-close and personal with Lindenhurst’s goalie several times before sending one to the back of the net. Michael Lorello, left in white, looks for his chance to confirm a goal.
Jon Consolo (11) keeps his eye on the prize, making sure nothing gets in the way of his shot to the back of the net.
The intensity that Witman Hernandez brings from start to finish is amazing. A tough physical player when he needs to be, he never stops, even when the goalie appears to have control of the ball.
The speedy junior Noel Reyes (9) measures Lindenhurst’s defense as he moves in for a goal.
Anthony Palazzolo, (14) another Whitman junior, added a goal and was a big contributor keeping the ball in front of the Lindenhurst net.
Olvin Dominguez (19) had solid minutes and chipped in with an assist.
Wherever the ball was, chances are that’s where you would find Blake Aronson. Blake was instrumental in keeping Lindenhurst off their game and netted an assist for his teamwork.
Marc DePasquale, another of the Wildcats strong junior core, warms up before making 7 saves to secure the Lindenhurst win.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team improved their record to 8-1 overall with a 6-2 win over Lindenhurst yesterday. Fabrizio Chamorro, Jon Consolo and Witman Hernandez each had a goal and an assist. Noel Reyes, Michael Lorello and Anthony Palazzolo added a goal apiece. Blake Aronson and Olvin Dominguez chipped in with assists. Marc DePasquale made 7 saves to secure the win. The Wildcats officially qualified for the playoffs and kept themselves in 1st place in League II. Come out and support the team at their next home game today, (10/6) at 4:45pm versus Copiague.

Wildcat Booster Club Fundraisers

This Wednesday, make a purchase at Dunkin Donuts and support the Wildcat Booster Club- and while you're sipping that hot coffee you can ponder what it would be like to win a new car this Saturday!

The Wildcat Booster Club is hosting an exciting car raffle, which offers the chance to win a 2-year lease on a Corolla S or $3,000 in cash reward. Tickets are on sale for $10, and are available in the main office at all schools and the athletic office at district office. You can also buy raffles from any Whitman or Stimson athlete.

The drawing will be held on October 10th, and you do not need to be present to win. We are looking for volunteers for Homecoming, including manning the BBQ, concession, raffle ticket table and clothing table. If you can help, please email us at Boosterclub@shufsd.org Membership Drive continues. **Note students can become Booster Club members by volunteering 15 hours of service to the club. 


STEM Setting New Heights

South Huntington’s STEM program is rapidly progressing and at a recent BOE meeting, STEM Coach Ms. Mari Scardapane made a presentation to the Board that detailed just how successful this program has become. Between STEM Projects, Competitions, Classroom Enrichment and Industry Partnerships our program has reached over 1800 students and is poised to set new heights this year. Please feel free to review Ms. Scardapane’s presentation that is attached below.





With the beginning of the new school year, we are particularly proud to commend the September 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.


ART: Antonio Aparicio, Maclaire George, Katherine Gotard, Alicia Litt.

SCIENCE: Waris Barakzai, Danielle D’Amico, Hector Galdamez, Jared Saget.

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Michael Bronson, Julia Canigiani, Susie Glover, Delanna Richardson.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Daniel Abbruzzese, Patrick Brady, Unique Butts, Desiree Kleberg.

ENGLISH: Derek Di Lorenzo, Ellysandra Monegro, Cindy Richard, Abbie Yaeger.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Musa Assassa, Noah Fleites, Meagan O’Donnell, Haley Tract.

MATHEMATICS: Anthony Bosco, Mark Meneses, Amanda Moletz, Brianna Sarnataro.

WORLD LANGUAGES: Matthew McAuley, Aamash Mussa, Joie Tortorice, Thao Williams,

MUSIC: Jaycie Cardoso, Delaney Guiliano, Madison Repetti, and Melissa Shaiman.

Publication Gets Major Overhaul

Principal John Murphy joins the Paw Print staff and their advisors as they prepare for the new launch of their online creative platform that will be inclusive for all students.
“Our new online publication is geared to news and current events, but also focuses on the students and gives them a creative platform to share their experiences,” said Paw Print Editor in Chief Taylor Fox.

Paw Print, the Walt Whitman student publication, went through a major overhaul recently and has positioned itself to be a new creative platform in which students share their experiences in different mediums.

“Over the past couple of years we wanted to modernize the paper- make it more assessable to the student body,” said Paw Print Editor in Chief Taylor Fox. “I’m excited about all the opportunities this gives us going forward.”

Last year, Paw Print students worked with Online developer Student Newspapers Online (SNO) to create an all-inclusive website that will allow for creative submissions in both written and visual mediums. Paw Print would like to thank Chase Dowdle and Ellen Tricomi who were seniors last year and instrumental in the inception of this new online magazine.

“We’re really trying to let students know that you don’t have to be a journalism student or an English major to become part of Paw Print,” said Kellie Maguire, Paw Print co-advisor.

“If you're interested in sports and want to write about your favorite time at City Field or Yankee Stadium, or what it will be like to travel to Brooklyn to watch the Islanders, we encourage you to submit your stories.  If you’re a visual artist we have a platform for you to share your drawings, paintings, photographs or short videos,” said Brittany Baran, a Whitman English teacher and co-advisor to Paw Print.

“Many younger people have gravitated away from traditional print and into the digital world,” said Ms. Fox. “Our new online publication is geared to news and current events, but also focuses on the students and gives them a creative platform to share their experiences.”

The Paw Print team used the popular website ‘Go Fund Me’ to raise the needed funds to accomplish their goals.  The editorial staff would like to thank the following sponsors: the Ramirez family, the Fox family, the Ferreri family, the Tricomi family, R&W Provisions, and Barton & Klieger, P.C.

“Our students and advisors continue to do great things as they combine literature and technology to produce an online publication that celebrates the accomplishments of our schools,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom.   “I encourage you to log onto the Paw Print and enjoy the fine work.


TODAY- Boys Soccer…

Witman Hernandez led all scorers with 3 goals and 2 assists in the Connetquot win.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team dispatched Connetquot yesterday by the score of 6-0. Witman Hernandez led all scorers with 3 goals and 2 assists. Jon Consolo tallied 1 goal and 1 assist. Blake Aronson and Fabrizio Chamorro each chipped in with a goal apiece. Michael Lorello and Bobby Cerrito added assists as well. The Wildcat offense shifted into high gear in the 2nd half when they scored 5 goals in 15 minutes. The defense made up of Eduardo Alfaro, Cerrito, Noel Reyes, and Sean Zagorski limited Connetquot to very few chances in front of Marc DePasquale who made 7 saves for the shutout. The Wildcats are now 7-1 overall. Please come out and support the team at their next home game TODAY, October 5th @4:45pm in a rescheduled game from last Friday's rainout versus Lindenhurst.

Seizing Opportunities

Left to right: Leah Lugovina, James Reilly, Jon Varlamos, and John Murphy.

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy presented the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Students Award of Excellence this morning to James Reilly. Joining the principal was Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos and Director of Guidance Ms. Leah Lugovina.

“This medical conference presented an incredible opportunity to listen and meet some of the top doctors and medical scientists in the nation,” said James. “It helps students get a clearer picture of which field of medicine may interest them most.”  Spending a week at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell this past summer, James is still leaning towards the Neurosurgical field.

“I’m enjoying the diversity and opportunities here at Whitman,” said the Whitman junior, who plays the Tuba in the Marching Band, the Trombone in the Jazz Band, and is a member of the Whitman’s literary magazine Xanadu. “I really enjoy reading and writing, almost as much as everything else,” said James about his yen for the literary world.

Congratulations James Reilly for embracing all that Whitman has to offer and working hard to move his goals closer to reality. 

Field Hockey in Tight Race

Wildcat junior Kathleen Dugan(5) had her first Varsity goal in the William Floyd win.
The defense led by Amanda Glaser(10) contributed greatly to the shut out.
The Varsity field hockey team is now 5-1 in Division I after a 7-0 recent win over William Floyd. The defense led by Amanda Glaser contributed greatly to the shut out.  Goals were scored by Nicole DeLuca, Christina Lofaso, Amada Glaser and Kelly Baumann.  Kathleen Dugan had her first Varsity goal and Chloe Blumberg had her first Varsity assist.  The next game is at Bay Shore on Tuesday, September 29th. Come out and support the team at their next home game on Friday, October 9th at 4:30PM when the girls go up against the Northport Tigers in a Division 1 battle.

Home Fire Drill Announced!


Join us for "Operation E.D.I.T.H." (Exit Drills in the Home) in conjunction with our local volunteer fire departments. The date and time of this event will be October 21, 2015, 7:00 P.M., at which time all fire departments will activate their sirens to commence the home drills.  Please see the attached flyers for additional important information.


National Honor Society Begins Busy Year

National Honor Society officers left to right sitting; Joseph Esposito, Vice President; Verdelle St. Jean, President; Standing left to right; Ms. Donna Talleur, Advisor; Thao Williams, Secretary, and Ahmad Ejaz, Treasurer.

Walt Whitman’s National Honor Society officers are busy planning their year and with the holidays quickly approaching, the plans for various food donation drives are underway. Stay tuned as this ambitious group announces their plans.

Remembering Principal Kent

Harry P. Kent’s granddaughter Theresa Kent reads about the early life of her Grandfather.
The tulip tree that was planted next to this plaque will grow well over 60’ and produce beautiful flowers in the spring.
Kent family members left to right: Kathy Kent, Daughter-in-law; Tom Kelsh, Son-in-law; Edward Kent, Grandson; John Kent, Son; Theresa Kent, Wife; Connor Andrews, Grandson; Rose Kent, Daughter; and Theresa S. Kent, Granddaughter.

This past Saturday, the family of Harry P. Kent held a tree dedication ceremony at Silas Wood in honor of the retired former principal. With the support of the District, a beautiful tree was planted on the front lawn of Silas Wood. Harry Kent passed away in the spring and his son John and daughter Rose helped lead a short and touching ceremony that included remarks from Dr. David Bennardo, Dr. Emily Rogers, and two of Mr. Kent’s grandchildren. Theresa Kent spoke lovingly about her grandfather who was born in New York City in 1929. Edward Kent read a poem that held significant meaning to his grandfather. Harry Kent’s wife Theresa, surrounded by family completed the planting and the audience concluded the ceremony singing ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” led by Tom Kelsh.

Whitman Runners Impressive in Early Season Race

Left to right: Sophomore runners Aiden Smyth, Jack Wrobel, and Zach Lella.
Left to right: Joe Mendoza, Mike Giarrizzo

Good news from coach Rob Conroy. The boys cross country team, competing at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational Meet held at Sunken Meadow State Park this past weekend, came back with some fantastic results. Whitman’s varsity runners in the  5000-meter race and their times were as follows:

Sophomore race: Aiden Smyth 1st place out of 160 runners; Zach Lella 6th out of 160 runners; Jack Wrobel 16th out of 160 runners.

Varsity Race: Mike Giarrizzo 11th out of 160 runners (17:58 5K); and Joe Mendoza 25th out of 160 runners.

National Merit Commended

Whitman Principal John Murphy, left, and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulate their two seniors on this exceptional academic award.

Walt Whitman has two distinguished students who have been named as commended students to the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Misha Patel and JoonHo Ko.

Misha is presently in the middle of her final year playing tennis for the Wildcats and will be back on the badminton court in the spring. She is the Vice President of Competition for DECA and a member of the Whitman Mathletes team. “DECA is a great way for students to be involved and learn about business without having to take business classes,” said Misha. “DECA really helps with presentation skills and to be more outgoing.” Misha is fine-tuning her search for colleges to best prepare her for becoming a physician. She also predicts that the senior girls will win the Powder Puff football game on Thursday night, October 8th  Go seniors!

For Joonho Ko, a top player on the men’s tennis team, and a leader of the Wildcat Mathletes team, his fall has been spent concentrating on applying to colleges and narrowing the field. MIT is still his top pick. Joon is also a member of the Whitman Jazz Band and plays the Euphonium in the Concert Band. His National Merit Commendation was a pleasant surprise. Joon was recently featured for his nomination to the All-National Honors Concert Band.

Congratulations Misha Patel and JoonHo Ko.

Girls Soccer Game Moved to Turf

Freshman Joie Tortorice (24), determined to make an impact her first year at Whitman, opened the scoring on an assist from Rebecca DeWitt.
Goalie Brittany Shaneberger, a sophomore, made 16 save in net including some great saves in overtime.
The final goal came in the 2nd overtime when junior captain Shelbi Wuss (12) re-directed a cross from Alexa DelColle into the net.

Yesterday, Thursday September 24th, the girl’s varsity soccer team defeated Connetquot in double overtime by a score of 2-1.  Freshman Joie Tortorice opened the scoring on an assist from Rebecca DeWitt.  The final goal came in the 2nd overtime when Shelbi Wuss re-directed a cross from Alexa DelColle into the net.  The defense of Meagan O'Donnell, Hanna Fink, Camilee Getchell, Alexa DelColle, Meghan Soulias and Angelique Auriemma played solid all game.  Goalie Brittany Shaneberger made 16 saves in net including some great saves in overtime.  Great game ladies!

Come out and cheer your Lady Wildcats Friday, October 2nd at 4PM when they go up against Central Islip. Please note that this game has been moved to Whitman's Turf Field.

Free Weekly Little Wildcats Pre School Story Time!

The South Huntington Union Free School District presents a free community story, song and craft playgroup for preschool age children at Whitman High School.

Little Wildcats is a free community story time, which meets for approximately 75 minutes on Tuesdays throughout the  school year.  A certified South Huntington Union Free School District teacher, along with carefully selected high school students, will organize and supervise age-appropriate stories and activities for preschoolers.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other children in the school district while enjoying dynamic activities.  The group will meet on Tuesdays from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM at Walt Whitman High School in room 230.

To register for the program contact Mrs. Zamow, Little Wildcat program director, directly at 631-944-0972 ; email: dlanghorstzamow@shufsd.org.  Enrollment is on a first come basis.

Partnerships at the Next Level

Left to right: Olivia Poplawski, Melissa Triolo, and Emma Kongevold celebrate after a crucial well earned point.
Senior Emma Kongevold had 19 kills, 8 aces and 4 blocks and is a force to be reckoned with on the court.
Junior Lauren Civello had 22 digs in the Centereach win.
Junior Jess Young, who added 7 kills and 5 aces, uses her height at the net very effectively.
There is no getting Freshman Ally DeGaray up to speed for varsity play. Ally had 6 kills, 3 aces and 8 digs.

Coach Steve Greco tells us that the Girls Volleyball Team defeated Centereach in their annual game at NYIT by the score of 3 sets to 1.  The team was led by senior Emma Kongevold who had 19 kills, 8 aces and 4 blocks.  Junior Olivia Poplawski had 34 assists and 13 digs, Junior Lauren Civello had 22 digs and Junior Jess Young added 7 kills and 5 aces.  Freshman Ally DeGaray had 6 kills, 3 aces and 8 digs.

The team served strong the entire match, keeping Centereach off balance and totaling 22 aces.  The girls played great team defense and really worked together.  Following the match, the girls stayed to watch Whitman alumni Rachel Guida and Sammy DeGaray play for NYIT in their three-set victory over Queens College.  It was a fantastic experience for all the players in the program.   

The team plays at home this evening (Thursday 9/24) at 6PM.

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DASH! Dine Around South Huntington Event #1





Please join us for our first Dine Around South Huntington Event!


WHEN: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

11:00 AM- 10:00 PM


WHERE: BurgerFi

8063 Jericho Turnpike


Please bring the flyer from the link above, or show the flyer on your phone when placing your order! The South Huntington PTA Council flyer must be shown or mentioned in order for us to receive the donation.
Take a night off from cooking and help us kick off the start of DASH!
Thank you for your support!


10% GIVE BACK NIGHT Please Bring Flyer in to get 10% Donation Help Spread the Word Your participation helps to support district and school based programs as well as provide PTA Council Scholarships to our students.

Reality Check, Then a Big Win

Senior Kerry Conlon has her eye on the ball and had a big day against Hills.
Amanda Glaser, also a senior contributed to the 8-0 Hills shutout.

Varsity field hockey coach Karen Schmitt is proud to announce that the team won its 5th game of the season on Tuesday.  After a difficult loss to an undefeated Northport the Lady Wildcats beat Hills 8-0.  Goalies Kayla Neiland and Emily Dickson preserved the shut out.  Goals and assists were made by Nicole DeLuca, Taylor Epstein, Christina Lofaso, Amanda Glaser, Kelly Baumann, Kerry Conlon and Emily Dickson. 

Come out and support the girls this Friday at 4:30 when the team plays William Floyd on Whitman’s turf field.


Offense Building as Team Moves Forward

Six members of the Wildcats strong defensive squad head to the sideline after a successful 4th down stop. Left to right: Angelo Gervasio (52), two-time starting Inside Linebacker; Luidji Dormeus (8), a first year safety; Justin Stridiron, a 6’3” 220lb Linebacker; Anthony Dennison (58), a powerful lineman; Terron Robinson (43), at Tackle does it all; and Vincent Pastore (51) at 6’2” 215lbs is a two-year starter at Defensive End.
We’re expecting some great things from junior Isaiah Wilkerson(2) at Quarterback. Isaiah is learning quickly just how intense varsity competition is and as he puts everything together, could lead his Wildcats to a successful season.
Jamari Brown (14) is an excellent offensive weapon in the slot back position, if he finds any open field…look out.
Terron Robinson catches a pass from the power back position and may have found a new home. Terron is one of Coach Rosa’s anchors at Defensive Tackle.

The Walt Whitman Varsity Football team lost their season opener in a tight defensive battle against Northport 19-0. The score at halftime was 6-0, as the defensive unit led by Joe Ward with 10 tackles, Angelo Gervasio, Terron Robinson and Anthony Dennison gave the team opportunities to win. “We’re in these games well into the 3rd quarter but offensively we’re just not finishing,” said Varsity Head Coach Robin Rosa.  The offense led by Isaiah Wilkerson and Tyrese Betts had opportunities, but couldn't capitalize.

The Wildcats dropped their most recent contest against Sachem East 21-6 in a game that was much tighter than the score suggests. “On paper we should be able to compete against these teams,” said Rosa. “We need to execute, we need to put it in when were in the red zone, we need to start scoring.”  Come support the team this Saturday at Bayshore, game time is 1pm. The Wildcats next home game is Homecoming Weekend, Saturday October 10th at 2PM as they go up against Sachem North.

What Does “Hero” Mean to You?

A few students from Whitman’s LSVP class got the opportunity to meet and greet a true hero on Patriot Day, Officer Andrew Fiorillo.
Students Farrell Blum and Alana Thurer always get a warm smile and a friendly hello from Officer “Drew.”
Farrell Blum had the opportunity to practice his photography skills with his new camera, but for this photo, Farrell becomes the subject instead of taking the photo.

On Friday, September 11, 2015 the students from Mrs. McLaughlin's Life Skills Class at Walt Whitman High School participated in the morning’s moment of silence and listened carefully to the beautiful poems that were read by their peers, but for some of our students, these are events that are not easily understood.

After a lesson about Patriot Day and the meaning it holds for this great country, the students had a visit with a true community Hero, Officer Drew. One of the students, Farrell Blum, was practicing taking pictures with his new camera and decided to include his buddy Officer Drew. After many photos and lots of smiles, it was clear that the students were beginning to understand what Patriot Day was about, recognizing the “Heroes” in our community for their great service. 

Officer Drew always shares a warm smile and a friendly hello with the students in the Life Skills Class. He always stops what he is doing to interact with the students who are eager to speak to him and ask him questions of their own. Officer Drew is a model for the Walt Whitman Community because he reaches out to the students that require a little bit more than a wave and a smile.  He takes the time to be their friend, and for many that's another meaning of "Hero." 

Officer Drew is a Hero to our class and we are always happy to see him.  The students were proud to take their photo with their hero, especially on this particular day of September 11.  The Life Skills Class was proud to wear their red, white and blue, and they are always proud to make new friends like Officer Drew.

Lady Wildcats Win Second Consecutive Game


Yesterday, the girl’s varsity soccer team crushed Oyster Bay by a score of 8-0.   Angelina Rinaldi, Rebecca Dewitt, Shelbi Wuss, Meagan O'Donnell, Nikolette Bellocchio, Joie Tortorice, Gabby Ramirez and Shannon McHale each scored for Whitman.  The defense of Camilee Getchell, Meghan Soulias, Alexa DelColle and Angelique Auriemma played solid to help goalies Brittany Shaneberger and Alivia Barton secure their first shutout of the year. Nice Job ladies!

This past Saturday the girl’s varsity soccer team defeated Central Islip by a score of 5-1.  Zenab Ojibe, Jessica Boyle and Rebecca Dewitt each scored a goal and Angelina Rinaldi scored two goals.  Rebecca Dewitt also had two assists. Brittany Shaneberger made 6 saves to preserve the victory.

Please come out on Thursday at 4:45 to support the Lady Wildcats as the face off against Connetquot.

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Wildcat Marching Band Leads the Way


The sixth annual Huntington Awareness Day parade and street fair, a celebration of “unity in the community” in Huntington Station stepped off promptly at 11AM on Saturday, September 12th. “Special thanks to our award-winning Wildcat Marching Band for providing outstanding entertainment in Huntington's Unity Awareness Day Parade,” said Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo in his weekly newsletter. “As usual, our talented performers and the directors ‘stole the show’ and represented South Huntington with characteristic class and dignity.” The Marching Band just returned from a big competition in Brick, New Jersey this past weekend where they won a Silver Trophy for their outstanding performance.

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Whitman Alum, Mike Damato Runner of the Week

Walt Whitman 2013 Grad Mike Damato is making a big name for himself and the North Florida Ospreys.

Whitman Alum, Mike Damato, led North Florida to a victory over Florida this past weekend with an unbelievable 8k time of 24:57. The South Region No. 5-ranked North Florida men's cross country team had seven runners finish among the Top 15 highlighted by three in the top five en route to topping No. 3 Florida for the team title Saturday morning at the Mt. Dew Invitational.   Also of note, Damato was selected as this season's first Atlantic Sun Men's Runner of the Week after a race-winning performance at the UNF XC Invitational. It is the first time Damato has been honored as Runner of the Week.

"Mike had a very good summer and came back from New York ready to roll," said head coach Jeff Pigg. In the Ospreys' season-opening meet, Damato paced the 8k field with a time of 25:45.23, winning the race by two seconds. Damato's first-place individual finish helped UNF go 4-0 in the meet.

Welcome Back!

Thank You Oakwood PTA for throwing such a great party!

This past Friday evening, Oakwood’s PTA sponsored their annual Back-To-School night. With DJ ‘Jenn’ playing some foot-tapping tunes, and lots of great snacks, students and their families had a wonderful time dancing and getting reacquainted after a super summer break. A waterfall of balloons cascaded down on the Oakwood family, signaling the star of another great year ahead. 

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Boys Soccer Undefeated - Notch 4th Shutout

Noel Reyes (9) a Whitman junior, scored off a pass from Michael Lorello in the 6th minute.
Marc DePasquale, another junior, made 4 saves for the shutout behind a strong defense.
Senior Witman Hernandez converted a great cross from Fabrizio Chamorro in the 45th minute for the second and final goal.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team defeated Northport on Friday evening by the score of 2-0.  The Wildcats got on the board when Noel Reyes scored off a pass from Michael Lorello in the 6th minute.  Witman Hernandez converted a great cross from Fabrizio Chamorro in the 45th minute to end the scoring.  The team controlled the play throughout the game, limiting Northport to very few chances.  Marc DePasquale made 4 saves for the shutout.  The Wildcats are 4-0 and in 1st place in League II.  They are on the road at Central Islip on Monday at 4pm.  Please come out and support the team at their next home game on Friday night at 7pm versus cross-town rival Half Hollow Hills East.

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"The Circuit" is Inspirational

Ms. Cassano-Repole (back right), and Teaching Assistant Ms. Leonora Gaynor (back left), with Stimson 8th grade students who wrote to Professor Jimenez.

Francisco Jimenez knows full well the hardships, as well as the opportunities, that many of our Mexican and Central American immigrants find here in America. As a child he worked in the fields of California under deplorable conditions, but his family knew the value of education and today, Dr. Jimenez is an esteemed author and director of the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University in California.

On the other side of the county, at Stimson Middle School, many of the students in Ms. Michelle Cassano-Repole’s Emerging/Transitioning class are now in their 2nd year in this country and rapidly learning English as a New Language (ENL). One of the assignments in their ENL course was reading Dr. Jimenez’s autobiographical short story: The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. “Once they completed his book, I asked my students to write letters of reflection to Professor Jimenez,” said Ms. Cassano. “Much to my surprise he responded.”

“Students, I am honored to learn that reading The Circuit has encouraged you to work hard in your studies,” said Professor Jimenez. “As you now know, my experience has taught me that the best way to realize your dreams, whatever they may be, is through education. A good education will enrich your lives in many ways. It will give you opportunities to seek the kind of work you wish to do and the kind of life you desire to live. Your education is yours forever, no matter what happens. For these reason I encourage your to take advantage of every opportunity that Stimson Middle School teachers like Ms. Cassano-Repole have to offer.”


Having a Blast at SHEF's Family Fun Day

The waterslide provided a full day of fun in the sun.
NY State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci joined the fun, helping to support the South Huntington school community.
Board of Education Vice President Nick Ciappetta readies his aim for a strike that sends BOE President Jim Kaden into the dunk tank.
Whitman’s new principal John Murphy upped the dunk tank fun by wearing a full suit, which shortly became a wet suit.
A group of friends enjoyed making Nutella Pizza, with all the toppings…and proudly show their creations before the big first bite.
Two of the many members of the Broadway Dance Theater group enjoyed performing for the audience.

The South Huntington Educational Foundation (SHEF) held their 12th annual family fun day under a picture perfect sky on Sunday, September 6th and the community came out for a great afternoon on grounds of West Hills Day Camp. With over 400 in attendance, families spread out over the campgrounds and enjoyed; the West Hills nature center, swings, sports of all kinds, playgrounds for every age, heated pools and the hugely popular giant water slide. Everyone enjoyed salads, watermelon, soft drinks, hot dogs, and hamburgers.

This was the third year that an entertainment stage was in place for many local groups to perform. Thank you Carlo Giordano and his staff at Walt Whitman High School for setting up and dismantling the stage. The event kept a full slate of performers busy all afternoon delighting the audience. Also back from last year was a vendor’s row with locally made items as well as professional services. This fundraiser helps SHEF purchase many items not in the school budget that help support a quality educational experience for the children in the South Huntington School District. This past year SHEF purchased zSpace, a 3-D interactive virtual learning environment that consists of 14 high definition workstations that uses glasses and a stylus to create an immersive educational experience.

The ever-popular dunk tank featured: Sue Cirillo, Edwin Smith, Allison Bruno, Dave Bennardo, Jim Kaden, John Murphy, Steve Toto, Vito D'Elia, Dennis Callahan, Anthony Ciccarelli, Janice Reichert-Emprimo, and Karissa Tomeo.

SHEF would like to thank the community for their incredible support in making this day very special.

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Champions and Stars Highlight Birchwood Pep Rally

Ian “the Wildcat” Denson and the Birchwood dancers provided fast-paced, high-energy entertainment.
Waiting on a song, Whitman’s Varsity Competitive Dance Team captivated their younger audience.
Birchwood Assistant Principal Ms. Annie Michaelian speaks with her third-grade audience about the weeks’ activities, and the special live entertainment that was about to take place.
Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos confirms that many in the audience has older brothers or sisters currently at Whitman.
Whitman’s Varsity Competitive Dance Team with advisor Ms. Kiva Boozer (back left), and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos (back right).

Birchwood held its annual Academic Pep Rally during the week of September 8-11th.  This year’s motivational video theme was “Champions and Stars.”  Students and staff celebrated education by focusing on how everyone’s future is unlimited and by taking on the challenges of today, and by digging a little deeper, we can be amazing.

Teachers read the book, “What Do You Do With An Idea?” by Kobi Yamadato to their students. This is the story of a brilliant idea and the young child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.

Birchwood students and teachers then brainstormed ideas on how to be successful at Birchwood this year. To follow-up and build on the theme of “Champions and Stars” each classroom used a light bulb template to organize their plan for success. Another special highlight of the week was a visit from the Whitman Varsity Competitive Dance Team, as well as a dance performance by Birchwood’s very own staff.  It was a great week and was accomplished with the fine work of the amazing Birchwood staff.

Congratulations to Birchwood’s finest dancers: Sarah Friedman, Ian “the Wildcat” Denson, Jackie Patino, Ilisa Guittard, Alicia Bucari, Tracey Maddy, Christine Sepe, Melissa Marando, Jasmery Polanco, Lauren Yonce, Elizabeth Weis, Caitlin Bishop, Jill Okurowski, Erin Kessler, Melissa Vultaggio, Carolyn Crofton, Yadigar Saglam, Linda Stauder, Jessica Flinn, Dolores Rufrano, Jen Provda, and Kristin Lally.

NYS Educator of Excellence at Silas Wood

Dr. Jared T. Bloom; Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David P. Bennardo; Ms. Stephanie Brown, Silas Wood Principal, Mr. Stephen Toto; English Chairperson, Joann Hili-Carbone; and Silas Wood Administrative Dean, Mr. Adam Obletz.

Congratulations Stephanie Brown, a South Huntington 6th grade teacher and Common Core Coach, who will be receiving an Educator of Excellence Award from the New York State English Council conference in October.

 “Having the opportunity to be the ELA Common Core Coach has allowed me an opportunity to take on leadership roles within the school and the district, while at the same time maintaining my passion for teaching and learning in the classroom,” said Ms. Brown.

“Stephanie Brown is a valued educator who looks at the "whole child" with a sense of understanding,” said Silas Wood Principal Stephen Toto. “She holds them to high academic expectations and challenges and encourages them to be the best students they can be.”

Stuff-A-Bus Stops in South Huntington

The heavy rain didn’t deter volunteers from Huntington Coach, United Way, and Capital One Bank to pitch-in with our Stimson Middle School students, teachers, and administrators to unload a bus full of needed supplies. Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, right in photo, would like to thank our Social Work Interns from Stony Brook University and their supervisor David Perkins for assisting the students with the boxes.

The spirit of community service continued in full force this past week as the generous members of the United Way teamed up with Huntington Coach and volunteers from Capital One Bank to donate a busload of school supplies for our South Huntington children.  There was a special feeling of cooperation in the air at Stimson Middle School as students from the National Honor Society and Student Government formed a human assembly line to unload the countless boxes of school bags, books, markers, writing tablets, pencils, pens, and more that filled the full-size bus. 

“We are so very fortunate to have these community partners who join us in the special mission of educating our South Huntington children,” said Superintendent Bennardo.  A special thanks to Barbara Burke, VP, Resource Development for United Way. “Our Partnership with United Way continues to be a valuable resource to students in our district. The school supplies will be distributed to our school social workers to share with students in need." said Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris.

The district would also like to thank the following contributing partners and sponsors: Transportation Services Inc., Educational Bus Transportation Inc., MSC Industrial Direct, Inc., Newsday Media Group, Raymour & Flanigan, Make It Count Foundation, randstad USA, ClearVision Optical, THE BOXERY.COM, and The Garden City Group.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL HACKATHON- Early Registration Opens for South Huntington Students

Early Registration Opens for South Huntington Students

This January, one hundred students, ages 13-18, from around Long Island are invited to converge on our South Huntington Union Free School District to take part in an exciting and innovative event being delivered by “We Connect the Dots,” an educational, nonprofit organization that creates STEAM learning opportunities for students around the world.

The event, called the Back-to-School Hackathon, is a consecutive forty-eight hour competitive gamified learning experience that teaches students how to code in HTML5. “We Connect the Dots” has partnered with Microsoft to incorporate Microsoft Azure Solutions Platform to store students projects. Students will work in teams of four to compete for prizes and to see who can develop the best project in the given time, while learning valuable computer science skills that can be used outside of the classroom later in life.

South Huntington students, ages 13-18, can get a jump on securing a coveted spot for what promises to be an unforgettable and valuable experience.

South Huntington students should use the following link to register:


Registration for the general public opens on September 15, 2015.

To register use the ‘Become a Fundraiser’ tab and begin your opportunity to be involved with the first 48-hour Hackathon on Long Island. Need help fundraising? Don’t worry, we have corporate sponsors willing to assist you, just contact Whitman’s College and Career Ready Coach, Rob Callahan at: rcallahan@shufsd.org

Computer science courses are where careers of the future will be firmly rooted. Students who leave high school with knowledge in computer programming, coding, and development have a competitive advantage over their peers, and an inroad into successful careers in the workforce of the future.

On hand will be partners from the technology industry who will be delivering the instruction, valuable talks about the future of tech careers, and coaching for students. Microsoft, one such supporter, has offered members of its Developer Experience (DX) Team to provide the students with insight to the work of a developer in one of the largest companies in the industry.

Students who attend the event in South Huntington may also have the opportunity to work with students around the world, as “We Connect the Dots” is currently coordinating with schools across the U.S. and abroad to deliver simultaneous events in multiple locations. The Back-to-School Hackathon promises to be an innovative educational program for students interested in learning more about coding and future careers. 

Instruments vs. Voices? Either Way, We Have Two of the Best Right Here at Whitman.

Left to right: Whitman principal John Murphy, Tyler Zeoli, music director Allan Deitz and Joonho Ko.

Walt Whitman seniors Tyler Zeoli and Joonho Ko have been selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honors Ensembles. The award is the pinnacle for high school musicians as they have been selected as the best of the best after achieving All-State recognition in the prior year. Tyler was selected to the All National Honors Mixed Chorus and Joonho the All-National Honors Concert Band.

Joonho is a top player on the men’s tennis team and a leader of the Wildcat Mathletes team. He is also a member of the Whitman Jazz Band. “This award represents the greatest achievement I could have had in my high school music career,” said Joonho, who plays the Euphonium in the Concert Band. “It means a lot to me.” Joonho is currently concentrating his college search on places that will enable him to take his love for math, engineering, and computer sciences to the next level; MIT, Stanford, and Cal Tech to name a few.

Tyler Zeoli plays the Viola in the Chamber Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra, but it’s the instrument inside that has brought him this national achievement. “There is something about performing music with words that I fine amazing,” said the leading bass member of the Whitman Choir.  Like many students, Tyler progressed through the grades sampling from the extensive menu of extra curricular activities and electives, and has narrowed his focus to the performing arts and music. Tyler would like to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU next year.

Both of these outstanding musicians will travel to Nashville on October 25th where they will perform in a series of concerts with other top musicians in the country.

Golf Outing to Honor Assemblyman Lupinacci


South Huntington Educational Foundation



Presents our 19th Annual


Cocktail and Dinner Celebration


New York State Assemblyman

Chad Lupinacci


Columbus Day

October 12, 2015

Stonebridge Country Club

Smithtown, NY

(Flyer/Brochure Attached for Registration or go to www.shefinc.org)

Chad Lupinacci was elected to represent the constituents of the Tenth Assembly District on November 6, 2012. His district includes parts of the Towns of Huntington and Babylon in Suffolk County.

Prior to being elected to the New York State Assembly, Lupinacci served three terms as a Trustee for the South Huntington Union Free School District. During his tenure as a school board member, Lupinacci worked diligently to improve graduation rates and the quality of district-wide education. This wealth of knowledge and experience will be an asset as he works to reform the school financing system, fight for meaningful mandate relief, and reduce restrictions placed upon school districts to pursue alternative funding streams.

Lupinacci teaches classes in Business Law at Farmingdale State College. He is also an adjunct professor of Political Science at both Saint Joseph’s College and Hofstra University. In addition to his academic duties, Lupinacci is an attorney specializing in real estate law and estate planning.

Lupinacci was educated at Hofstra University in Hempstead, earning his B.A. in Political Science. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, Lupinacci interned for Assemblyman James D. Conte and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He later went on to earn his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law and his Master’s in Business Administration at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.


11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Registration and Lunch at the clubhouse and use of Driving Range and Practice Green


1:00 p.m. Shotgun Tee Off

Beer, soda and snacks on the course throughout the day, Prizes, Raffles, Hole-In-One Contest, Beat-the-Pro and more.


Following Golf 

(Approximately 6:00 p.m.)

Cocktails and Dinner Celebration

to honor

New York State Assemblyman

Chad Lupinacci


Complete Lunch, Golf, Dinner Package Includes:

            Greens Fees

            Golf Cart

            Use of Driving Range & Practice Green

            Clubhouse Lunch

            Cocktails (Beer, Wine, Soda)-Buffet Dinner

            $200 by Monday, September 14th

            $210 after  September 14th

Cocktails and Dinner Celebration Only:

Cocktails (Beer, Wine, Soda)-Buffet Dinner

Approximately 6:00 p.m.

            $85 by Monday, September 14th

            $90 after  September 14th

Please make reservations by: 

September 14, 2015

(Please note price increase after Sept. 14th)