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Science Research Competition Gearing Up

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Left to right in the photo, we congratulate Liam Rea, Meghan Italo, Sarah Nace and Gretel Huber, our Whitman science research students who have been awarded spots to compete in this year's Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Students are shown with their science research teacher Mr. Frederick Feraco.

Winter Wonderland in South Huntington

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Stimson Generosity On Display @ 2018 Penny Wars

Ms. Wyhowanec (back left) and Ms. Rice (back right), along with their homeroom students are this year’s Penny Wars Champions.
Ms. Wyhowanec (back left) and Ms. Rice (back right), along with their homeroom students are this year’s Penny Wars Champions.

Stimson Assistant Principal Mr. Anthony Sansotta shared some great news that our Middle School has just wrapped up another successful Penny Wars and the generosity shown by our Stimson students and their families, and the support of the Stimson faculty and staff has been truly amazing.

Now in its 12th year, the concept and rules of Stimson's Penny Wars competition are simple. Homerooms compete against each other by bringing in positive point items for their own team. These items include pennies, bonus food items, Box Tops, and empty water bottles. Teams can sabotage their opponents by giving them negative point items such as silver coins, dollar bills, and military care package items. In the end, the team with the most points wins.

The lead changes hands several times throughout the week, with several teams going into the final day with a chance to take home the 2018 title. At the end, when the counting was completed, Ms. Rice’s and Ms. Wyhowanec’s Homeroom 302 was declared the 2018 Penny Wars Champions.

“Regardless of what the final leaderboard says, there really are no losers in Penny Wars,” said Sansotta. “We raised a lot of money, which will benefit Stimson and a charity or charities chosen by the winning team, Homeroom 302.”  This year the Stimson school community raised over $2,454.

The Penny Wars collected close to 4,000 food items. Some of that will be used to make Thanksgiving baskets for families in the South Huntington community. The rest was donated to the food pantry at St. Hugh's.

The Stimson effort also collected almost 2,000 Military items and water bottles to be donated to Long Island Blue Stars Moms who will use them to send care packages our service men and women who are stationed overseas. Books will be donated to help ensure that all children have access to books during their formative years. And of course, those Box Tops will bring in some additional revenue for the school. In short, everybody wins!

Our winning homeroom students: Syed Ahmed, Amaan Ali, Zeshan Asif, Alejandro Chamorro, Shelly Chen, Damitrae Ellis, Daniela Ferrera Molina, Anali Fuentes Fernandez, Leila Giammichele, Thomas Kliampas, Denali Lee, Iris Linares Moreira, Aidan Lucas, Matthew McManus, Isabelle Minero, Eriber Nativi, Vanessa Reyes, Jayson Savage, Patrick Soulias, Sophia Swanson, Narlin Turcios Garcia, and Jasmine Veliz Carillo.

Great job Stimson community!

A Veterans Day Message from Superintendent Bennardo

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To Our Community Family:

It is always remarkable to note that Veteran’s Day, originally coined as Armistice Day in 1919, was initially developed in recognition of the “war to end all wars.” While the fog of WWI was gradually lifting at the close of the decade, the memories of sacrifice, pain, and unimaginable loss endured in homes throughout the country. The United States was still a relatively young and emerging nation as 1920 approached, and we truly believed that liberty had forever triumphed with the Treaty of Versailles.  It was a hopeful time throughout the world and Americans dared to dream that their sons and daughters would never again be called upon to pay the ultimate price in defense of liberty.  Unfortunately, the next 100 years would prove differently, as we learned that where there is freedom, there will also be those looking to impose tyranny. The dream that World War I could mark the end of deadly human conflict was shattered just two decades later, and young lives have since been sacrificed from the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan and hundreds of battlefields in between.

The truth is that the freedom we enjoy has regularly been purchased with the blood of brave patriots who proudly wear our nation’s uniform and believe in a cause greater than themselves. The countless rights and privileges memorialized in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution have come at the expense of empty seats at holiday dinner tables, missed birthday celebrations, and sleepless nights of worry in homes throughout the land. Our nation’s heroes didn’t ask for sympathy in 1918, and they remain just as selfless today. However, we must remember that freedom comes at a cost, and it is our veterans and their families who pay the price for the warm, blanket of security under which we sleep. So, as we pause this weekend and think about November 11th, let’s also remember the veterans to whom the Stars and Stripes mean more than words can ever express. Every sweet taste of freedom that we enjoy has been prepared for us by the men and women who have and will continue to live lives of duty, honor, courage, and service across the nation.

Be well,

Dave Bennardo

Character, Reliability, Dependability…Birchwood’s Safety Patrol Inducted

Birchwood Intermediate School’s fifth-grade students were recently inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Program.  In an effort to help create and maintain traffic safety, AAA has sponsored this program for the past 97 years.
Birchwood Intermediate School’s fifth-grade students were recently inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Program. In an effort to help create and maintain traffic safety, AAA has sponsored this program for the past 97 years.

On Friday, November 2nd, Birchwood was very excited to have our Fifth-Grade Safety Patrol Induction Ceremony. Our students took an oath to help keep Birchwood safe by monitoring the dismissal procedures. Shortly you will see our students taking their patrol positions wearing their sash and badges. We are proud of all the students who signed up to be in Safety Patrol. Thank you to Karen Blackburn from AAA for coming to Birchwood and leading the induction ceremony.

Congratulations to: 

Julia Campanella, Luna Elvir, Tyler Francisco, Ava Grigg, Andrew Karpinos, Riley Nicol, Meghan Roth, Matthew Schiller, Jacianna Chiechi, Emanuel Infante, Michael Lemus Moreira, Christina Rosploch, Ashley Avila, Kimberly Guevara Flores, Jillian Kobel, Dylan Lemke, Owen McKinley, Karen Saravia, Zachary Schombs, Jonathan Wheeler, Demi Botta, Emily Voorhest, Juan Paulino, Angelica Canales, Alejandro Dutton, Edwin Ayala, Fredy Campos, Ever Chavez, Wilson Cisneros, Noe Cubias Joya, Ashley Morales Bardales, Lindsey Moreno, Erika Pena, Katherine Quintanilla Lazo, Gabriel Raynor, Angely Saravia, Christian Sorto, Otoniel Umana Alvarez, Nikita Alves, Emilio Cruz, Sarah Goldberg, Sumah Hamilton, Camryn Hampar, Nazarae Knox, Sean O'Connor, Alyssa Sapen, Alisha Choudhary, Ella Fischer, Sophia Luebker, Ava Nunez, Katie Sarmiento Cisneros, Aryaa Shah, Ashton Fawcett, Dominic Grasso, Daniel Hughes, Jordin Rubin, and Ayaan Sheikh.         

Marching Band Earns 4th State Title

With a record high score of 90.18, the band's performance of ‘Mirror Mirror’ impressed the judges with its creativity.
With a record high score of 90.18, the band's performance of ‘Mirror Mirror’ impressed the judges with its creativity.
Make room for another State Championship banner!
Make room for another State Championship banner!

Sunday, October 28th brought another championship performance by our Wildcat Marching Band, earning a fourth consecutive 1st Place Trophy at the US Bands Association New York State Marching Band Championships held at LIU Post. With a record high score of 90.18, the band's performance of ‘Mirror Mirror’ impressed the judges with its creativity. A big thanks to our Marching band parents for all their hard work. Thank you also to the bands’ administration: Allan Deitz – Coordinator, Caitlin Coumatos - Co-Director, Dennis Pettas - Co-Director, Sean Lucas - Percussion Instructor, Joe Connors - Percussion Instructor, Kiandre Wright - Percussion Instructor, Greg Modelewski - Music Instructor, Keri Cipriani - Visual Instructor and Euni Shim - Colorguard Instructor.

And of course…the Band and Colorguard: Kaitlyn Allen, John Andreoni, Yagmur Aykanat, Gerardo Barraza, Benjamin Barton, Gabrielle Bausano, Natalie Bausano, Alexa Beaubrun, Emmy Bitonti, Olivia Bonomo, Mariela Canales, Sara Crapanzano, Daniel Curtin, Liam Curtin, Carly Dammer, Michael Deitch, Abby Dinstell, Erin Eaches, Maxwell Fisher, Madeline Franz, Aidan Garemani, Adelrhany Georges, Justin Grillo, Ashley Guiteau, Bradley Guiteau, Joseph Gurba, Dahyanna Herrera Salazar, Liam Hill, Alexa Jaffe, Ashley Koch, Paige Kessler, Eman Khursaud, Julianna Licona, Jordan Logue, Anna Maguire, Esteban Maraboli, Andrew Markell, Kevin McKenna, Anabelle Muellers, Josh Muellers, Sarah Palladino, Leila Perry, Jen Parada, Brian Portillo Melger, Mycaela Reilly, Amanda Riha, Emily Riha, Timothy Rise, Brianna Ruotolo, Saniya Saleem, Natasha Scott, Luka Schwarz, Aribah Siddiqui, Grayson Slansky, Logan Slansky, Kira Steffen, Caleb Sullivan, Liam Villanti, Dylan Vincent, Gianna Vozza, and Abbie Yaeger.

Silver Award for Blood Donation

The tradition continues as Walt Whitman remains a top donor high school on Long Island.
The tradition continues as Walt Whitman remains a top donor high school on Long Island.

Friday November 2nd was a great day of giving at the Fall Walt Whitman High School Blood Drive! The drive ran all day in the South Gym and 122 pints were collected. Each pint is estimated to touch 3 lives. Captains, class officers and everyone who donated should be very proud. It should also be noted that Walt Whitman earned the Silver Award last year as a top donor high school on Long Island from the New York Blood Center and it looks like the tradition continues! Here is a list of the class officers and the student captains who led this successful day of giving:

Class Officers: Alyssa Christiansen, Tiffany Dominguez, John Dugan, Andrew Harrigan, Sean Rankel, Jackie Thomann

Student Captains: Robert Bancheres, Mondell Brandon, Joanna Canigiani, Yennifer Contreras, Amanda Grennan, Carlos Guzman, Asma Halimi, Jasmine Haug, Aleeza Marghub, Katilin McCann, Mary Recineiello, Anne Rodriguez, Nina Rodriguez, Johana Rovira, Anna Scortichini, Imman Sohail, Sara Solano, Joie Tortorice, Eliott Trester, Katherine Vasquez, Sarah Zepeda

 

 

'Noises Off' Set to Open Friday, November 16th

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Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off  presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

Winner! 1982 Olivier Award, Best Play

Winner! 1982 London Evening Standard Award, Best Comedy

Nominee! 1984 Tony® Award, Best Play

Nominee! 1984 Drama Desk Award, Best Play

"The funniest farce ever written! Never before has side-splitting taken on a meaning dangerously close to the non-metaphorically medical." - New York Post

Walt Whitman High School Centerstage

Presents

"Noises Off"

November 16, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 & 7:30 PM

WWHS Performing Arts Center

Tickets are $8-10

Someone Special Dance Grades K-6

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Suffolk County Champs!

Rich Morel (22) celebrates making the winning goal.
Rich Morel (22) celebrates making the winning goal.
Backed by another strong defensive effort by Whitman’s back line, goalie Sean Rankel made 10 saves, including this tip just over the crossbar to preserve the victory.
Backed by another strong defensive effort by Whitman’s back line, goalie Sean Rankel made 10 saves, including this tip just over the crossbar to preserve the victory.
Whitman Sophomore Roberto Alfaro (26) got the Wildcats on the board first off an assist from Jason Quintanilla.
Whitman Sophomore Roberto Alfaro (26) got the Wildcats on the board first off an assist from Jason Quintanilla.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team captured the Suffolk County Class AA Championship with a 2-1 win over Newfield on Thursday night. Roberto Alfaro got the Wildcats on the board off an assist from Jason Quintanilla. Rich Morel scored the game-winner when he blasted in a free kick with 7 minutes left in the first half. Sean Rankel made 10 saves to preserve the victory.

“This is everything you could ask for in life, winning a championship with a team that’s like family,” said Rich Morel, who blasted a free kick into the back of the net with about seven minutes left in the first half for what proved to be the winning goal.  You can read the rest of the story that was featured in Newsday today, Friday, November 2nd by Sportswriter Sal Cacciatore by using the link below.

The Wildcats’ record stands at 17-3. The team will take on Port Washington in the Long Island Championship on Sunday at 4 P.M. at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.

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Newsday Story By Sal Cacciatore:

https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/boys-soccer/richard-morel-s-goal-gives-whitman-suffolk-class-aa-boys-soccer-title-1.22753961

Newsday Photos By Daniel DeMato:

https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/boys-soccer/whitman-vs-newfield-suffolk-class-aa-boys-soccer-final-1.22752921

 

Board Appreciation Night

Board of Education members stand with Oakwood and Countrywood students who so graciously showed their appreciation with heartwarming words and handmade gifts.
Board of Education members stand with Oakwood and Countrywood students who so graciously showed their appreciation with heartwarming words and handmade gifts.
OE President Nick Ciappetta presents Kaiet Coraizaca with the Certificate of Achievement for attaining the Bronze Medal and representing Team USA in the 2018 Summer Pan American Games.
OE President Nick Ciappetta presents Kaiet Coraizaca with the Certificate of Achievement for attaining the Bronze Medal and representing Team USA in the 2018 Summer Pan American Games.
Oakwood’s finest singers start the night with a hear-warming performance.
Oakwood’s finest singers start the night with a hear-warming performance.

At a recent Board of Education meeting, students from Oakwood and Countrywood Primary Centers were on hand to thank our Board members for their dedication and commitment to providing a quality education.

Dedicated as ‘Board Appreciation Night,’ the evening began with a musical selection from Oakwood’s finest singers. Representative students from each primary center then presented board members with a handcrafted gift and talked about all the things they were appreciative of.

A big thanks to our primary school students who all did a great job presenting to the Board of Education. Countrywood students: Makayla Argo presented to Ms. Linda LaCara, Abigail O’Reilly presented to Board of Education President Nick Ciappetta, and Zachary Samuel and Shannon Sinnott presented to Mr. Andrew Bronson and Mr. Sidney Joyner respectively. Oakwood students Ryan Zhang presented to Board of Education Vice President Laura Carey, Sadie Singer and Sophia Occhiuto presented in English and Spanish to Mr. Ed Nitkewicz, and Tanisha Hyppolite presented in English and Spanish to Ms. Michele DeGaetano.

Representing PTA Council and the Booster Club was Michelle Murphy who also made a presentation to each Board member thanking them for their service to the district. Oakwood Principals Eileen Kerrigan and Mitch Levy were both very proud of their students for sharing with their selected Board of Education members and thanking them for all they do to make Oakwood, Countrywood, and all of South Huntington an amazing place to learn and work.

 

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Real World Lessons Propel Virtual Enterprise Class

Left to right: Dylan Rehman and Maxwell Morris with their Virtual Enterprise teacher Ms. Sandy Steuber.
Left to right: Dylan Rehman and Maxwell Morris with their Virtual Enterprise teacher Ms. Sandy Steuber.

On October 19th, Walt Whitman High School students Dylan Rehman and Maxwell Morris represented their Virtual Enterprise teams at the Virtual Enterprise Kickoff and competition at LIU Post.

Students from 83 virtual firms from across Long Island competed in the regional 30-60 second elevator pitch competition. Senior Dylan Rehman competed for ‘Apollo Corp,’ a lifestyle company that uses innovative technology to maximize your day-to-day potential. “Our Virtual Enterprise (VE) Class is not like any other class at Whitman right now,” said Dylan. “When you create your own business, you get that ‘real world’ experience that’s not taught in a classroom.” Maxwell Morris, also a senior, competed for ‘Onward Venture Forward,’ a start-up technology company. “Our products are meant to save the customer valuable time that can be better spent, like with family,” said Maxwell.  “I really like how our VE Class allows you to understand the field of business and it teaches you valuable lessons about how to start a business.”

“The Whitman Virtual Enterprise class is all about real-world experiences, it teaches you about hard deadlines and in the real business world, learning that lesson is really important,” said VE Teacher Ms. Sandy Steuber.   “The class teaches accountability, being able to articulate their sales pitch and presence. When you’re in a room with your competition, presence can be all important, so there’s a lot of intrinsic and intuitive lessons that come from this class.”

‘Don’t come to me as your teacher with your first question, come to me as your teacher with your 5th or 6th question and show me that you have done some investigating of your own. In the real world, you can’t go to your boss with every question you have, you need to have done the research and back-work first and that’s one of the biggest lessons I try to teach on a daily basis.

Dylan and Maxwell did an unbelievable job representing their companies and South Huntington’s Virtual Enterprise program. We should be hearing more about them and the other talented VE students who are excelling in this class as the year progresses.

Weigele To Go The Distance

In a photo from last year, Grace, now a sophomore, is faster and stronger and is making an impact on Girls Cross Country.
In a photo from last year, Grace, now a sophomore, is faster and stronger and is making an impact on Girls Cross Country.
Grace, shown here at the Boston Half-Marathon, finished with an excellent time of 1:43:00!
Grace, shown here at the Boston Half-Marathon, finished with an excellent time of 1:43:00!

We hear from coach Vasken Kazandjian, that his star Cross Country runner Grace Weigele has just qualified for the County Championship Meet that will be held at Sunken Meadow on Friday, November 2nd.  Coach Kazandjian tells us that we haven't had anyone on Girls Cross Country qualify for the county championships in quite some time. Grace is a sophomore and the cross country captain, who recently ran the Boston Half-Marathon and finished with an excellent time of 1:43:00!

Way to Go Grace Weigele!

5th Grade Track and Field Athletes Meet at Whitman

Maplewood and Birchwood girls sprint in a tight race towards the finish line.
Maplewood and Birchwood girls sprint in a tight race towards the finish line.
The boys race towards the finish line with full force in the 80-meter dash.
The boys race towards the finish line with full force in the 80-meter dash.
This long jumper catches air as he makes his landing in the sand pit.
This long jumper catches air as he makes his landing in the sand pit.
Coming around the bend, the competition is close between the girls running the 800-meter race.
Coming around the bend, the competition is close between the girls running the 800-meter race.
A Birchwood athlete takes her shot at the accuracy throw.
A Birchwood athlete takes her shot at the accuracy throw.
Keeping his eyes on the prize, this runner stays ahead in the 80-meter dash.
Keeping his eyes on the prize, this runner stays ahead in the 80-meter dash.

This year’s 5th Grade Track and Field Meet proved once again to be a huge success. Coupled with sunny but brisk fall weather, athletes from Birchwood and Maplewood participated in this annual event that features Sprints, 4x100 Relay Races, Accuracy and Distance Throws, and Standing and Running Long Jumps.

Some of the highlights from the meet include Michael Carr coming in first place in the Accuracy Throw after a winning a tie-breaker and Nazarae Knox from Birchwood tied the district record of 7.3 seconds in the 80-meter dash.

Great job by our 5th Grade athletes, you made us all proud of your effort and a wonderful display of sportsmanship! A special thank you to all our Physical Education Teachers and Classroom teachers who assisted in making this annual event so awesome!

 

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Wildcat Golf Sends Four to County Championships

 Our 4 County qualifiers left to right: Danny Kulesa, Robert Posillico, AJ Wobig and Ray Matuza.
Our 4 County qualifiers left to right: Danny Kulesa, Robert Posillico, AJ Wobig and Ray Matuza.
Left to right: Whitman junior Ray Matuza and senior Robert Posillico show the style that got them into the championships.
Left to right: Whitman junior Ray Matuza and senior Robert Posillico show the style that got them into the championships.
Left to right: Danny Kulesa and AJ Wobig get some practice swings in the tee box.
Left to right: Danny Kulesa and AJ Wobig get some practice swings in the tee box.
 Team photo from left to right: Julia Posillico, Andrew Harrigan, AJ Wobig, Danny Kulesa, Ray Matuza, Robert Posillico, and Coach John Labate.
Team photo from left to right: Julia Posillico, Andrew Harrigan, AJ Wobig, Danny Kulesa, Ray Matuza, Robert Posillico, and Coach John Labate.

The Walt Whitman Varsity Golf team sent six golfers this past Monday, October 22nd, to compete in the Section XI Leagues I & II Tournament at Rock Hill Golf & Country Club in Manorville.  Keep up with tradition Whitman golfers wore pink armbands to support of breast cancer awareness month.  After a frost delay, Ray Matuza, Robert Posillico, Andrew Harrigan, Danny Kulesa, Julia Posillico and AJ Wobig competed in 18 holes, over 4+ hours, in the cold and windy conditions against Suffolk Counties top golfers.  Ray, Robert, Danny and AJ scores qualified them for the Suffolk County Championship that will be held this coming Monday, October 29th at Rock Hill.  "I am really proud of our team. They have put a lot of time into improving their individual golf game which noticeably paid off.' says Coach John Labate. Congratulations on a job well done and good luck at the county championships.  Go Wildcats!

Soccer Heads to Brentwood for Quarterfinals

Rich Morel (22) netted two goals for the Wildcats.
Rich Morel (22) netted two goals for the Wildcats.
Jordan Perez Hernandez  (10) scored off an assist from Nik Cerrito to get the Wildcats on the board.
Jordan Perez Hernandez (10) scored off an assist from Nik Cerrito to get the Wildcats on the board.
Sean Rankel made 7 saves for the shutout.
Sean Rankel made 7 saves for the shutout.
Midfielder Jason Quintanilla Cordova (6) kept the pressure on Bellport and had a successful day.
Midfielder Jason Quintanilla Cordova (6) kept the pressure on Bellport and had a successful day.
Sophomore forward Roberto Alfaro Ortez  (26) has his eye on the net and had a solid performance.
Sophomore forward Roberto Alfaro Ortez (26) has his eye on the net and had a solid performance.
Senior Darwin Quintanilla (17) is an all-round player and brings lots of experience to Friday’s Quarterfinals against Brentwood.
Senior Darwin Quintanilla (17) is an all-round player and brings lots of experience to Friday’s Quarterfinals against Brentwood.

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team defeated Bellport yesterday by the score of 3-0. The victory pushed the team’s record to 14-3. Jordan Perez Hernandez scored off an assist from Nik Cerrito four minutes into the second half to break a scoreless tie. Rich Morel netted two goals for the Wildcats. Andrew Ledbetter added an assist. Sean Rankel made 7 saves for the shutout. The #6 Wildcats are on the road in the quarterfinals on Friday at 2 P.M. at Brentwood. Come out and support the team!

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Homecoming 2018

Time to bring in the Wildcat cheer as the homecoming parade begins.
Time to bring in the Wildcat cheer as the homecoming parade begins.
The Walt Whitman Cheerleaders ready to root for the home team after marching in the parade.
The Walt Whitman Cheerleaders ready to root for the home team after marching in the parade.
Flags fly with pride as the Latino Heritage Club joyfully marches.
Flags fly with pride as the Latino Heritage Club joyfully marches.
The smiling Brownie Troop sweetly sticks together as they march along in the parade.
The smiling Brownie Troop sweetly sticks together as they march along in the parade.
Quarterback Quinn O’Hara (#3) ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown to compliment one of his best games of his senior year.
Quarterback Quinn O’Hara (#3) ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown to compliment one of his best games of his senior year.
Wide receiver Gregory Borysowski (#8) makes the catch down the line to get the first down.
Wide receiver Gregory Borysowski (#8) makes the catch down the line to get the first down.
Alex DiLorenzo (#51) had 9 tackles and this interception with 3 minutes left that sealed the win for Whitman.
Alex DiLorenzo (#51) had 9 tackles and this interception with 3 minutes left that sealed the win for Whitman.
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson (#14) had three receptions for 52 yards and this touchdown catch at his first game back from an early season injury.
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson (#14) had three receptions for 52 yards and this touchdown catch at his first game back from an early season injury.
The Hall of Fame Nominees were inducted at the celebration breakfast before the big game.
The Hall of Fame Nominees were inducted at the celebration breakfast before the big game.
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli gets a face full of whip cream at the homecoming festival.
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli gets a face full of whip cream at the homecoming festival.
Mr. Castillo gives away a balloon flower made by the Administrative Dean himself.
Mr. Castillo gives away a balloon flower made by the Administrative Dean himself.
The Huntington Manor Fire Department lights another spectacular bonfire to keep spectators warm and ready for the weekend festivities.
The Huntington Manor Fire Department lights another spectacular bonfire to keep spectators warm and ready for the weekend festivities.

All last week the spirit was building across the South Huntington School District. Daily activities at all of our schools energized our students and staff.  When Friday afternoons’ district-wide Homecoming festival was in full swing, it was obvious that 2018 was going to be a special Homecoming. The Thursday night Powder-puff football game broke attendance records and our seniors capped off a great football game with a resounding 4th quarter onslaught. The seniors also took the cheerleading competition in grand fashion. The Friday afternoon Homecoming Festival gathered students and staff along with their families from all of our schools for a fun Fall afternoon. The Friday night bonfire was spectacular, thank you Huntington Manor Fire Department for their management of a safe and thrilling sight.

Saturday morning brought our 5th Hall of Fame induction ceremony and it began with a brunch that highlighted the districts revamped Nutrition Services Department. A big thanks to Ms. Sheila Buhse and here amazing staff that goes above and beyond and to Whitman music teacher Mr. Frank Yolango and his talented students for setting the perfect ambiance. Our South Huntington School District has one of the longest and most storied histories of any community in the region. Throughout almost a century, our school district has graduated some of the most talented men and women in the country, and we are incredibly proud of the intelligent and empathetic individuals who graduate and cross our commencement stage.

Each year, we recognize a sampling of our “Wildcat Superstars,” and these new inductees represented a true cross-section of our school community. Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2018

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Mark Cuthbertson – Council Member, Town of Huntington

Patricia DelCol – Public Servant, Town of Huntington

Mark Natale – Posthumously - Retired NYPD Officer/Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Ray Spatafora –Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Each year the Homecoming parade continues to grow, adding community groups, businesses, and numerous organizations as they close down Jericho Turnpike in an annual showing of ‘Wildcat Pride.”  A perfect afternoon greeted the packed stadium for a football contest to be remembered with both teams commanding the lead and our Whitman Wildcats prevailing 28-21. It was a week to remember and a day capped with a win on the gridiron.

“Our district’s collective pride was enhanced and the vision continued to grow this past weekend,” said South Huntington’s Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.  “We are engaged in something very special in South Huntington and Homecoming weekend allowed us to showcase that cause.” 

 

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New Measles Health Advisory

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

 

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Maplewood's 12th Annual Wildcat Bowl

Both Maroon and White Maplewood teams coming together before the big game begins.
Both Maroon and White Maplewood teams coming together before the big game begins.
Mr. Slovak, #80, sprints towards the end zone to gain some yardage.
Mr. Slovak, #80, sprints towards the end zone to gain some yardage.
Maplewood students cheer for their favorite teachers to get the win.
Maplewood students cheer for their favorite teachers to get the win.
South Huntington BOE President Nick Ciappetta on the white team runs from BOE member Edward Nitkewicz in maroon as he tries to make his way up the field.
South Huntington BOE President Nick Ciappetta on the white team runs from BOE member Edward Nitkewicz in maroon as he tries to make his way up the field.
The maroon team tries to keep up with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia at center field.
The maroon team tries to keep up with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia at center field.

The Maplewood school community, including family members, students, teachers, administrators, BOE members, and friends all enjoyed a beautiful fall evening to cheer on their favorite players in the wildly popular football classic “Wildcat Bowl.”  This year’s event helped raise money for additional programs at Maplewood as well as a donation to MaggiesMission.org, a local non-profit organization raising awareness to find a cure for rare childhood cancers, as well as assisting families dealing with these cancers.

A special thank you goes out to Maplewood PTA as they did a wonderful job selling snacks and hot chocolate for the largest turnout of teachers and volunteers ever. “The 2018 Wildcat Bowl was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Vito D’Elia, Maplewood’s principal. ”Thank you to our Maplewood community for coming out this past Friday to watch the annual Wildcat Bowl.”

 It was a spirited contest with the game ending in a tie 35 - 35. We are grateful to have had Board of Education members, teachers, and administrators participating in the game once again. We look forward to our game in 2019!

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Powder Puff 2018

Senior girls offense make the push to get ahead in the first half.
Senior girls offense make the push to get ahead in the first half.
Junior boys had all eyes on them as they took the field first during half time.
Junior boys had all eyes on them as they took the field first during half time.
Rivals on the field, junior and senior girls stay friends on the sidelines.
Rivals on the field, junior and senior girls stay friends on the sidelines.
The senior boys put on a halftime show that surely won’t be forgotten.
The senior boys put on a halftime show that surely won’t be forgotten.

Congratulations to all participants in last night’s Powder Puff game. It’s 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. This is truly the event that showcases Whitman spirit at its finest.

The Halftime entertainment show was something that you just don’t see every day. While there were no wardrobe malfunctions, just watching 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.

Congratulations to the Seniors for making a statement and capping off a great football game with a resounding 4th quarter onslaught. The Seniors also took the cheerleading competition in grand fashion. Congrats! Thank you to Mrs. Leogrande, Mr. Graziano, Ms. Hirsch-Beckman, and all the advisors and chaperones for making the evening such a great success. Spirit week in South Huntington continues, congratulations Walt Whitman students on a fantastic evening!

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Students Thrilled at Cradle of Aviation

NASA engineer, Scarlin Hernandez (center- red sweater) with our Middle and High School students at the Cradle of Aviation.
NASA engineer, Scarlin Hernandez (center- red sweater) with our Middle and High School students at the Cradle of Aviation.

Students at Stimson Middle School and Walt Whitman High School were treated to a special presentation at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Tuesday, October 16. The museum hosted NASA engineer, Scarlin Hernandez as a guest speaker to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ms. Hernandez is a native of the Dominican Republic, who grew up in Brooklyn in a family of eight children. She exemplifies the “American Dream” as she worked hard in school, obtained a NASA Scholarship for her undergraduate work in Engineering and graduated at the top of her class.

She went to astronaut training and was assigned to work on the NASA’s newest space telescope, developed to discover stars and planets beyond our own Solar System.

After her presentation in the Rose and Leroy Grumman IMAX Theater, students were able to ask her questions about her journey. She advised them to work hard in school and to follow their dreams. The Cradle of Aviation Museum graciously permitted the students to explore their exhibits on Space and on the Moon Landing

Revised BOE Meeting Schedule as of 10/17/18

 

Hall of Fame to Induct Five

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy
John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Our South Huntington School District has one of the longest and most storied histories of any community in the region. Throughout almost a century, our school district has graduated some of the most talented men and women in the country, and we are incredibly proud of the intelligent and empathetic individuals who graduate and cross our commencement stage. Each year, we recognize a sampling of our “Wildcat Superstars,” and will do so again this Saturday at our Hall of Fame dedication. The new inductees represent a true cross-section of our school community, and we will be highlighting the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on the website and social media in the weeks to come. This Saturday, you can meet our newest Hall of Fame members when they will be honored at the halftime ceremony of the 2 PM football game.

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Mark Cuthbertson – Council Member, Town of Huntington

Patricia DelCol – Public Servant, Town of Huntington

Mark Natale – Retired NYPD Officer/Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Ray Spatafora –Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

September Athletes of the Month

Casey Gilmartin, Anna Scortichini and Quinn O’Hara are congratulated by Principal John Murphy.
Casey Gilmartin, Anna Scortichini and Quinn O’Hara are congratulated by Principal John Murphy.

Third doubles tennis player Anna Scortichini is one of our Athlete’s of the month for September, going undefeated in every one of her matches this season. As a senior at Whitman, Anna is secretary of the National Honors Society, is involved in the Girls Leaders Organization, the Ambassador’s Club, World Language Honors Society, and plays badminton in the spring as well. “I like how you can be involved in a lot of things at Whitman, there’s something here for everyone,” Anna says as she shares her fondness for her school. Anna is interested in studying occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut post-graduation.

Casey Gilmartin, Anna’s doubles partner, receives Athlete of the Month as well. “I’m really proud of us, we played really well every game and it shows because we went undefeated,” Casey says as she describes how she enjoys playing doubles because of the support they give to each other on the court. Casey plays doubles badminton, is involved in the Interact Club, Girls Leaders Organization, World Language Honor Society, and is manager of the Walt Whitman Varsity Tennis Twitter page. “I like how it’s a close-knit community and you don’t feel out of place when you come to Whitman,” the senior shares. Casey is interested in attending Boston University with hopes of double majoring in art and journalism.

Our third Athlete of the Month is senior football player Quinn O’Hara who feels fortunate to be in the top tier of the Newsday Passing leaderboard with 18 total touchdowns. Quinn plays lacrosse as well and has received offers from a number of colleges, including St. John’s, Binghamton and Jacksonville to play Division I lacrosse.  Quinn is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Business Honor Society. “I’ve met some of my greatest friends here and the teachers are awesome,” Quinn says as he reflects on his three-plus years at Whitman. The best part about Whitman for Quinn is its diversity, saying “it’s amazing how everyone comes together as one, all of the sports teams here and the way they all support each other.”

Congratulations to September’s Athletes of the Month!

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New Athletics Website for Whitman and Stimson Sports

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Get the very latest in Whitman and Stimson Sports News including great stories, photos, schedules and more on their new website:

https://waltwhitmanhsstimsonms.rschoolteams.com

A Parents Guide To Integrating K-12 Technology Tools

Dear South Huntington Parents, Using the link below you will find digital databases, programs, and websites that South Huntington students utilize. These tools vary from reading programs to personalized learning plans to streaming video and content. All digital programs are organized by grade bands; K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and K-12. The links to the grade bands are at the top of this website on the toolbar. These digital tools are available for access at home.  If you need a username or password, please contact your child's school teacher.

https://sites.google.com/shufsd.org/k-12technologytoolsinshufsd 


 

Fall Adult Educational Offerings

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Welcome to our Fall 2018 Adult Education Program. It’s a great time to learn something new, improve a skill, begin an exercise program, and make new friends along the way!

Please register promptly to avoid class cancellations.

The new 2018 Fall course offerings which will be mailed to all district residents in the coming weeks are also attached below.

Attachments:

District Website Accessibility Notice

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

 

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

 

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