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Project Excel students enjoy a wonderful dinner before the evening’s presentations.
Project Excel students enjoy a wonderful dinner before the evening’s presentations.
Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins with rising Whitman sophomore Pedro Benitez who gave the evenings Greetings.
Coordinator of Student Services David Perkins with rising Whitman sophomore Pedro Benitez who gave the evenings Greetings.
BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey (left) and Trustee Ms. Linda LaCara enjoying the year-end reception.
BOE Vice President Ms. Laura Carey (left) and Trustee Ms. Linda LaCara enjoying the year-end reception.
The dinner was donated by FoodPlaza in Huntington Station. David Perkins thanks FoodPlaza Deli Manager Hector Gonzalez.
The dinner was donated by FoodPlaza in Huntington Station. David Perkins thanks FoodPlaza Deli Manager Hector Gonzalez.
Keynote Speaker Carlos Jennings talks about a rough start as a young man and how he turned things around, thanks to the Council of Thoughts and Actions (COTA) a grassroots movement that was started in 2008 by Ms. Risco Mention-Lewis, the Suffolk County deputy police commissioner.
Keynote Speaker Carlos Jennings talks about a rough start as a young man and how he turned things around, thanks to the Council of Thoughts and Actions (COTA) a grassroots movement that was started in 2008 by Ms. Risco Mention-Lewis, the Suffolk County deputy police commissioner.

Last month, our Project Excel Program held a grand End of Year ceremony that celebrated the accomplishments of a truly outstanding year. This year’s theme: “No Excuses: We are Unstoppable in Achieving our Goals” inspired students to conquer challenges presented with a commitment to success. We are so very proud of the talented students who accepted the “call to excellence” and equally grateful to the dedicated mentors who contributed to the program’s success. Project Excel is one of those special activities that proves just how much can be accomplished when students, staff, parents, and community members work as a collective team.

Nomination Deadline for Hall of Fame Approaching

Ever wondered where your high school classmates ended up? Could the first-chair trombone player from Whitman now be part of a famous brass ensemble? Could your friend in DECA now be a CEO of a major company? Or maybe an actor on Broadway? Or a film director? Or could the kid who sat next to you in homeroom now be a local resident who dedicates his time to helping housebound seniors? Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. Now there’s a new way to honor those South Huntington alumni who have made a significant impact on others: The South Huntington Hall of Fame.

The purpose of the Hall of fame is to inspire current students by highlighting the successes of our alumni. Please mark your calendars and prepare to join us during Homecoming on Saturday, October 20, 2018

The general criteria for selection state that nominees must: have graduated at least 10 years ago, have graduated from South Huntington or Walt Whitman High School, have attended high school in South Huntington for a minimum of 2 years, and be worthy of permanent recognition in any field or endeavor.

The 6th biennial Induction Ceremony is being planned for homecoming weekend Saturday, October 20, 2018. So if you know of any alumni who you feel worthy of being nominated, send in a completed nomination form attached below and join us next fall for an honored tradition here in South Huntington.

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION JULY 24, 2018

 

 NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 

OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADMINISTRATIVE INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 

JULY 24, 2018, AT 7:30 P.M. IN THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE JAMES KADEN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AT 60 WESTON STREET, HUNTINGTON STATION, NY. 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

 

April Poprilo is South Huntington’s New Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.

Ms. April Poprilo has been appointed as the  South Huntington Union Free School District's new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.
Ms. April Poprilo has been appointed as the South Huntington Union Free School District's new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Ms. April Poprilo has been appointed as the South Huntington Union Free School District's new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.  Ms. Poprilo, who for five years has served as the Supervisor of Curricula Services, is a talented educator and gifted communicator with nearly two decades of public school experience.

Ms. Poprilo’s accomplishments include a variety of dynamic, student-centered initiatives that have increased opportunity, while simultaneously promoting the district’s bedrock commitment to excellence. It is a genuine pleasure to congratulate our newest Superintendent’s Cabinet member and her loving husband, Andre, and their beautiful daughters, Perri and Morgan, on this impressive honor.

 

Congratulations Graduates

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”  Dr. Seuss- Oh, The Places You'll Go!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” Dr. Seuss- Oh, The Places You'll Go!
In Whitman’s North Gymnasium, Principal John Murphy (left) and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos led a flawless commencement for our graduates and their families as the ceremony was moved inside due to impending thundershowers.
In Whitman’s North Gymnasium, Principal John Murphy (left) and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos led a flawless commencement for our graduates and their families as the ceremony was moved inside due to impending thundershowers.
“My request goes to the core of the mission of this district and is embodied in our motto ‘Creating the leaders of tomorrow’:  Don’t leave the compassion, empathy, and generosity that you have so often demonstrated behind as you leave this building today.  Instead, let today’s commencement mark the beginning of a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and civic responsibility.  You represent the promise of tomorrow.” – BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta.
“My request goes to the core of the mission of this district and is embodied in our motto ‘Creating the leaders of tomorrow’: Don’t leave the compassion, empathy, and generosity that you have so often demonstrated behind as you leave this building today. Instead, let today’s commencement mark the beginning of a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and civic responsibility. You represent the promise of tomorrow.” – BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta.
“You are the 486 wonderfully intelligent, richly diverse, incredibly compassionate, remarkably successful men and women that have fueled our district’s success and put our South Huntington community on the map for scholastic, artistic, musical, athletic and leadership excellence and today the spotlight is on you.” – District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.
“You are the 486 wonderfully intelligent, richly diverse, incredibly compassionate, remarkably successful men and women that have fueled our district’s success and put our South Huntington community on the map for scholastic, artistic, musical, athletic and leadership excellence and today the spotlight is on you.” – District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.
Chloe Blumberg (shown) and each of our top-ten scholars were acknowledged with a rousing applause from the audience.
Chloe Blumberg (shown) and each of our top-ten scholars were acknowledged with a rousing applause from the audience.
Senior members of the Whitman Choir lead the commencement in The National Anthem.
Senior members of the Whitman Choir lead the commencement in The National Anthem.
“Over the last four years, we have etched ourselves indelibly across the school, and in turn, the school has etched itself into our hearts,” - Co-Valedictorian Joseph Van Gostein (left). -  “I would have never dreamed of being able to make my own cringe-inducing mixtape in a professional recording studio in my high school as a shy freshman. That’s a testament to the unique creative space that is Walt Whitman High School.”- Co-Valedictorian Joshua Joseph.
“Over the last four years, we have etched ourselves indelibly across the school, and in turn, the school has etched itself into our hearts,” - Co-Valedictorian Joseph Van Gostein (left). - “I would have never dreamed of being able to make my own cringe-inducing mixtape in a professional recording studio in my high school as a shy freshman. That’s a testament to the unique creative space that is Walt Whitman High School.”- Co-Valedictorian Joshua Joseph.
Employees of the district have the honor of presenting their graduating sons and daughters their diploma. Here, proud mom Joanne Williams escorts her son Matt to the podium.
Employees of the district have the honor of presenting their graduating sons and daughters their diploma. Here, proud mom Joanne Williams escorts her son Matt to the podium.
Walt Whitman graduates left to right: Alexander Plaisir, Julio Taku and Emmanuel Auguste.
Walt Whitman graduates left to right: Alexander Plaisir, Julio Taku and Emmanuel Auguste.
Brenda Mendez receives her diploma and is congratulated by BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta.
Brenda Mendez receives her diploma and is congratulated by BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta.
South Huntington Board of Education clockwise from left: Andrew D. Bronson, Sidney B. Joyner, Edward J. Nitkewicz, J.D., Michele R. DeGaetano, Linda O. LaCara, Vice President Laura B. Carey, and President Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D.
South Huntington Board of Education clockwise from left: Andrew D. Bronson, Sidney B. Joyner, Edward J. Nitkewicz, J.D., Michele R. DeGaetano, Linda O. LaCara, Vice President Laura B. Carey, and President Nicholas R. Ciappetta, J.D.

With threatening sky’s overhead, it seemed an easy call for our 486 seniors to begin the next step in their lives from the relative safety of Walt Whitman’s North Gymnasium, a room they have all shared together many times over the past four years. With an overflow crowd enjoying a live video feed in the air-conditioned comfort of the Performing Arts Center, Whitman’s eighty-eighth commencement got underway.

Emceed by Assistant Principal Jonathan Varlamos, students, guests, and family members heard from Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta, District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and Whitman Principal John Murphy. The two-hour ceremony also featured Whitman’s Senior Class President Jack Anest, and this year’s co-valedictorians, Joseph Van Gostein and Joshua Joseph, who, along with their 2018 senior classmates, began a new and promising chapter in their young lives. The Walt Whitman Symphony Orchestra, led by Mr. Frank Yolango ushered the seniors in and out of the ceremony that also featured the Whitman choir led by Mr. Steven Altinel.

“The Class of 2018 has succeeded in spite of current affairs and has become outstanding young adults that our community can be proud of,” said BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta. “You provide an example for our leaders to follow, not the other way around. Whenever I worry about the direction of our country, your actions reassure me that the future is bright. Whenever I hear about an unconscionable act of evil, you reaffirm my faith in humanity.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

Heather Aadal, Filomena Abbatiello, Daniel Abbruzzese, Lucas Abrego, Angelly Acosta Avila, Enil Acosta Avila, Andrea Adames, Christopher Alexander Adams, Ife Faith Adebola, Arianna Ahmad, Imra Gulam Ahmed, Johnique N. Aiken, Eduardo A. Alas Castillo, Elmer Y. Aleman, Jaime A. Aleman, Nelsy Alfaro Ortez, Jeremiah Alicea, Lyndon Alivio, James Aloisi, Christine Alvarenga, Evelyn J. Alvarez, Cintia Amaya, Jack George Anest, John Christopher Aparicio, Willian Arevalo Espinal, Germany Ariste, Daisy Arvelo, Mavia E. Ashraf, Sharyar Asif, Emmanuel Auguste, Stacey Lynn Auguste, Josue Avila Castro, Christopher M. Babinski, Luis Baires, Christopher Eli Bamberger, Noah Barahona, Marissa N. Barletta, Jennifer Barrios, Jake Barry, Katie E. Batkin, Lindsay Bayley, Malakei Beckett, Brandon M. Bellocchio, Emily Nicole Beltrán, Dunia Benitez, Jose Benitez Granados, Darren Stewart Bentler, Maria Yvonne Berdat, Joshua Philip Nathan Berger, Alexa Betancourth, Nisa Octavia-Renee Betts, Zoey Elizabeth Bianco, Christopher Steven Bias, Olivia Rachel Biederman, Dana Bitter, Leevon C. Black, Sheamari Blanchard, Farrell Blum, Chloe Grace Blumberg, Taejon Bondfield, Cyndy Alicia Bonilla, Jessica A. Booher, Androw Botrous, Cameron T. Botta, Michael John Bottoni, Brandon Bowden, Hannah R. Braun, Nicole Maria Brigante, Kara Elisabeth Bromschwig, Michael Colin Bronson, Andrew Brookman, Thomas R. Brostowin, Kiara Sabrina Lashaun Brown, Lauren, Caitlin Brown, Leatrice Brown, Makayla Brunet, Noelle Ann Bryggman, Kevin Burgos, Safiya Burton, Brandy Caceres, Bryan Caceres, Eric Jason Cajowski, Jr., Caesar Calderon, David Caliendo, Anthony Calovic, Alyn Calzada, Kayla Ann Campana, Kristy Rose Campana, Joseph Biagio Campanella, Marta Campos, Randys Campos, Brenda Canales Ruiz, Vincent Joseph Carlson, Eileen Carmichael, April M. Carmine, Damaya Carpenter, Cindy Castro, Sindy Catalan, Luis Gavino Catalan Hernandez, Frank Catapano, Jenny Catron, Peter Alfredo Cerrito, Zarlish Chaudhry, Debbie Chavez, Karen Elena Chavez, Edwin Chavez Hernandez, Marco A. Chiriboga, Desirée Liana Chouinard, Tiffany Chuen, Patrick N. Coard, Kelvin A. Colato , Conor Coleman, Kristen Ariel Coletti, Sheily Collado, Erin Collins, Jalynn Cooke, Yomary Cordero, Christina Emily Corry, Christian Cortes, David Peter Costa, Alexa Costas, Daenys Cruz Alvarenga, Sofia Inez Cruz-Gomez, Connor Allen Cuevas, John Cullen, Angelina D' Amico, Danielle D' Amico, Lauren Nicole D' Avanzo, Deena Dalia, Mark William Dammer Jr.,  Brenden Davis, Thomas J. DeGaetano, Brooke Decker, Jessica Irene Delaney, Bryanna Marie Delgado, Cayleigh C. Delgado, Justin Delgado, Alyssa Marie Denis, Anthony Dennison, Elias Dimatis, Allison M. Distasi, Lauren Evelyn Distasi, Onkar S. Dogra, Kevin Dominguez Funez, Patrick Dooley, Saskia T. Dormeus, Lia Emilia Dougherty, Tristan Dougherty, Gabriella Duval, Moira C. Eaches, Hunter Eichner, Max L. Eidinoff, Alexander Manuel Encarnacion, Branden A. Eudy, William Evertsen, Tajear Adrian Farquharson, Cameron Justin Feliz, Dania Fernandez, Christopher J. Feustel, Chelsea Figueroa, Julia Lauren Fisch, Noah George Fleites, Thomas Richard Flood, Kevin Flores, Marilyn Joanna Flores Martinez, Paul Follo, London Fomchenko Pieters, Holly May Fontanetta, Anthony Frazzitta, Joshua Matthew Friedman, Dayana, E. Fuentes, Emily W. Fung, Lillianna Rose Galati, Karla Lourdes Garay Saravia, Adriana Garcia, Brian J. Garcia, Christian Garcia, Joseline Garcia, Romello Garcia, Thomas Jose Garcia, Geysen Garcia Ulloa, Erika Gaspar, Tyler M. Gaynor, Sarah Frances Gemunder, Roodjerry Geneus, Janell George, Maclaire George, Adrian Christopher Gervasio, Jason Edward Girard, Joseph Goldis, Jacob Benjamin Goldstein, Joshua Goldstein, Shadae Dorothy Graham, Alex Ryan Greenberg, Samson Galaxy Grimm, Veronica G. Guerrero Reyes, Chris Guevara, Kelley Anne Gurr, Robert Gurr, Maegan Rose Guzman, Erin Susanna Haddock, Matthew Steven Haddock, Fazli A. Halimi, Sliman Halimi, Edward J. Hardwick, Trevor Shea Hardy, Danielle Vilynn Harris, Mark Andrew Havekotte, Elias Hernandez, Gabriel Hernandez, Genesis Jissel Hernandez, Katherine Hernandez, Wilson Hernandez, Leydi  Hernandez , Guillermo Higueros, Kevin Hong, Kathleen E. Hoppe, Aidan Richard Hoskey, Liora Sarah Hyman, Huma Ilyas, Julia Grace Iovino, Talha Ishtiaq, Michael Curtis Jackson, Larry Jennings, Michelle Jiang, Justin C. Joachim, Timothy Charles Jobson Jr., Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Daphnee F. Joseph, Joshua L. Joseph, John Scott Joy, Katrina Joyce, Habiba Kakar, Matthew Stephen Kaputa, Deepti S. Khaira, Abaseen Khan, Nimra I. Khan, Britany Khatchatourian, Hailey Khatchatourian, Sarah Kim, Ryan J. King, Jennifer Jordan Kirkpatrick, Nellie Annalaine Klein, Lauren D. Koch, Nicole Marie Koerner, Grace Kongevold, Mollie Anna Korn, Zachary Korsch, Paul Lahm, Kevin Larios, Katie Sabina Latko, Maelyn Sophie Latko, Alexander Layer, Zachary M. Lella, Freddy Leon, Vasquez, Robert Leonick, Jacob Luke Levinsky, Jonathan Lew, Miles Lewis, Loren Lezcano, Sergio Licona, Meaghan Elizabeth Liegey, Frank Lin, Shaquell Long, Erika Lopez, Michael Lopez, Sara E. Lopez, Wendy M. Lopez, Jose Lopez Galdamez, Julia Michelle Lopez Zapata, Nadia Eve Lubrano, Graham Nicolas Lunt, Jordan Lyons, Erin Rose MacLeod, Tiana Macdonald, Kyla Michelle Magrane, Frank Maguire, Timothy Jared Mahadeo, Anchal Mahmood, Aisha Majid, Maria Malave Montoya, Joseph Maldonado Gonzalez, Tyler Malone, Christine Mann, Tyler Margolin, Andy W. Marino, Devin Marion, Jalen Price Marks, Eduardo Martinez Garcia, Genesis Martinez Lopez, Taylor Leigh Martino, Kentaro Matsushima, James A. Mattutat, Logan Thomas Matty, James Douglas Mayer, Katherine Mazariego Rivera, Sydney McCrea, Emma R. Mc Donald, Scott McEntee, Luke Ryan McEvoy, Matthew McGowan, Julia Mc Mullen, Griffin M. Mc Nally, Nathaniel Thomas McNally, Jonathan Mc Namara, Ryan Francis McQuade, Fernando Daniel Medina, Yadira Medina Moctezuma, Edilson Medrano, Anzzony Mejia Lopez, Jenmily Melendez-Contreras, Delaney Cecilia Mena, Brenda Maritza Mendez, Daniel Michael Meoli, Zachary Joseph Merbitz, John Monteforte, Michael Montiel, Christopher Morales, David Alexander Morales, Harrison Morales, Hapi D. Morancie, Eyvin  Moreira, Jennifer Moreno, Aamash Mussa, Azmat Naeemi, Michael John Naughton, Joanne Nguyen, Grace E. Noonan, Sean Patrick O'Donnell, Collin John O'Neill, Kelly O'Neill, Kiersten Ruth O'Rourke, Viviana Aura Oliva, Kalid Osman, Samuel E. Paez, Jalen J. Parrish, Daniela Marie Pasquarello, Shailee Patel, Saleena Pawa, Correy Pearlman, Liliana Rose Pelliccia, Christopher Pepe, Casey Perez, Karell X. Kamau Person, Edwinn Pineda, Shaylyn Pineda, Michael James Pinelli, Alexander Plaisir, Elizabeth Carla Plaisir, Ella Michelle Podhurst, Shannon N. Polk, Luigi Portaro, Melissa Portillo, George J. Powell, Alexandria Lucy Probst, Brenton K. Quinn, Abigail Quintanilla, Jorge Quintanilla Rivas, Steven Alberto Ramirez, Edgar Josue Ramirez Grajeda, Adam Ramos, Joshua Ramtahal, Susana, Recarte Buezo, Yereny Recarte Hernandez, Alexander Reyes, Darwin J. Reyes, Dayana R. Reyes, Kimberly Roxanna Reyes-Flores, Umer Riaz,Cindy Richard, Kaitlyn Mae Riha, Angelina Rinaldi, Alisson Rincon Martinez, Denilson Rivas, Erika Rivas, Shakira Kalese Rivers, Isabella Rose Rizzotti, Antonia Zoe Rodgers, Deyvi Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, Mia Rodriguez, Yajayra Romero, Madeline Rosales Portillo, Anthony Rosano, Frankcarlis Rosario, Maureen Susan Rossero, Caitlyn Rows, Lauryn Rows, Matthew Ruiz, Bradley Robert Rummell, Charles Connor Ruotolo, Amina Sadiq, Joseline Geovana Salguero Morales, Jose Sanchez, Cesar Santangelo, John Santiago, Kenny Saravia, Yasmini Y. Saravia, Jeferson Saravia Garcia, Brianna M. Sarnataro, Jenna Rose Scheiner, Damani Schum, FrankKevin Schwantner, Robert J. Seebach Jr., Daniela Andrea Segura, Jason Tyler Seidl, Michael Seitz, Michelle Serna, Brittany Anne Shaneberger, Rithik Sharma, Ryan Shea, Alexandra Megan Sherry, Alexander Maxwell Siegel, John Vincent Silveri, Samantha Silverio, Jamie Silverman, Sofia Sirias, Aiden Patrick Smyth, Sean M. Smyth, Ahmar Sohail, Tania Sood, Samantha Sorto, Samantha Southard, Ira D. Squires, Dzeneta Srdanovic, Matthew Walter Stampfel, Hannah Kathleen Stasko, Colin Stengl, Craig Thomas Stockfeder, Mariela Suarez, Clifford Orion Sweezey, Michael Tabaee, Julio Shimund Perez Taku, Amaya Christine Taylor, Vanisha Taylor, Alina R. Terriche, Jonathan Thode, De Quanta Threatts, Joseph G. Thyer, Katelyn Tirado, Amanda Grace Tobin, Diana Torres, Jennifer Torres, Matthew Thomas Torres, Brian Scott Trifon, Perry J. Tripi, Darlyn Uceda, Jamelin Ulloa Torres, Dylan Uvena, Antonio N. Valencia, Cinthya Valencia Villatoro, Yecelin Erelin Valencia Campos, Joseph N. VanGostein, Andrea E. Vasquez Funes, Melvi Vasquez, John Vasta, Rachel M. Vaughan, Camilo, Vazquez, Samuel Velasquez, Elizabeth Vetro, Cinthia Vides Sorto, Even Villarreal, Kelsey Villatoro Alfaro, Elmer Vilorio, Brian Vitoria, Sean Michael Wagner, Justin Wallace, Domonique Watts, Colin Raymond Weigele, Ariana Regina Weindling, Marissa Ashley Whelan, Matthew Mark Williams, Sean Williams, Fiona Ambrose Witt, Jack Martin Wrobel, Jacqueline M. Wuestman, Alec Daniel Wurtz, Diego Yanez Romero, Shannon J. Yodice, Patema Zadran, Chloe Zakarin, Natalie Irene Zakrzewski, Nicholas Richard Zarcone, Jared D. Zenie, Michael John David Zimmerman, and Jake Zippelius.

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SAT-ACT Test Prep Classes


Method Test Prep will offer summer ACT/SAT Prep classes at Walt Whitman High School starting July 17.  Registration http://www.methodtestprep.com/school/waltwhitman/  Enroll before July 1st for a discount.  Free Method Test preparation resources are available to high school students via Castle Learning.  

 

May Athletes of the Month Cap Strong Season

South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulate our May Athletes of the Month Hailey Khatchatourian and Jack Poplawski.
South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulate our May Athletes of the Month Hailey Khatchatourian and Jack Poplawski.

Clutch hitters are strategically in the top five of the batting order, but batting seventh was working well for our May Athlete of the Month, Hailey Khatchatourian.  Playing third base for the Lady Wildcats, Hailey couldn’t wait to get the final out so she could get her ‘at-bat.’ “I had some timely hits that brought runners home and the batters after me were able to get me home that resulted in ‘go-ahead runs.’”

Once she’s in the batter's box her focus narrows, “I’m basically just trying to see the ball and hit it, but where our runners are, makes a big difference in how I approach my ‘at bats.’” The Wildcats faced a lot of tough teams this season but still managed to get into the playoffs. “Even though we had a lot of new people on the team this year [three had never played softball before] it was important to team bonding and team effort that got us to play better and brought us our wins.”

Hailey is the Historian of Walt Whitman’s Girls Leaders Organization, and a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and English Honor Society. Our recent graduate will attend American University in the fall.

 

Jack Poplawski’s first trip to the Athlete of the Month podium was in his sophomore year, and it wasn’t for his 2nd consecutive All-County Volleyball award, [he now has 3 of those], it was his Winter Track Pentathlon stats that got everyone’s attention. Well, a year has gone by and a lot of training has brought Jack a State Title for the Pentathlon. “Its a great reflection on all the hard work and practices I put in,” said our May Athlete of the Month, who kept a rigorous six day a week and even seven at times, work out regimen.

Once at the State Championships at Cicero-North High School upstate, Jack was up against some major competition. “After setting a personal best in the long Jump at almost 22 feet, and then having the 1500 meter after that, which is another one of my strong events, I knew I had a good shot at the title.” That final test, the 1,500-meter dash, Jack posted a personal best of 4:29.6, and the State title was his.

Next year should be a big one for Jack as Volleyball and Track play center stage for his final year in high school. Jack is a member of the Coding Club, World Language Honor Society, and the National Honor Society and is actively narrowing his college search for the fall of 2019.

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Walt Whitman Research Program Spotlighted

With 75 percent of the world’s reefs currently under the threat of damage or death, farming coral is one of several areas that marine biologists are looking to for answers before it’s too late.
With 75 percent of the world’s reefs currently under the threat of damage or death, farming coral is one of several areas that marine biologists are looking to for answers before it’s too late.

Whitman research students in Mr. Feraco’s classes have had a busy year.  With a very generous donation from Fishlife Aquariums in South Huntington, our research program was able to construct a coral aquaculture system in the research classroom. Mr. Feraco is happy to report that Whitman’s state-of-the-art aquaculture system has just been featured in Reef Magazine.

To read the full article use the following link:

https://reefs.com/magazine/aquaculture-and-education-217/

Unity in the Community Parade & Fair - 9/22/18

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Unique Senior Gift is a Class Act

Jeff Lindley, Owner of Lindley Bros. Asphalt Paving Inc. with Ms. Zamow, Jack Anest, Katie Latko, Kristy Campana, Kayla Campana, and Daniella Pasquarello.
Jeff Lindley, Owner of Lindley Bros. Asphalt Paving Inc. with Ms. Zamow, Jack Anest, Katie Latko, Kristy Campana, Kayla Campana, and Daniella Pasquarello.
Ms. Zamow, Senior Class Adviser works to level out the surface in preparation to be rolled.
Ms. Zamow, Senior Class Adviser works to level out the surface in preparation to be rolled.
Jack Anest, Senior Class President getting ready to roll the crushed stone and soil in preparation for the asphalt.
Jack Anest, Senior Class President getting ready to roll the crushed stone and soil in preparation for the asphalt.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving, as future students will have a clear and clean walkway to the McDonald’s Gate.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving, as future students will have a clear and clean walkway to the McDonald’s Gate.

It was a full day of shovels, rakes, trucks, and heat, but the 2018 senior gift, a pathway from the North Gym area to the gate near McDonald's, is complete according to Jack Anest, Senior Class President. "Hundreds of students a day cross this area to get to food and after-school snacks,” said Anest.  “We thought it would be a good idea to build a walkway."  Katie Latko, Senior Class Vice-President added: "and when it rains and snows it was a real mess." 

To solve the problem, all of the senior class officers (Jack Anest, Katie Latko, Niki Brigante, Lilly Pelliccia, Brenda Mendez, Daniella Pasquarello Kristy Campana, and Kayla Campana) prepared a proposal and went out into the community and met with local paving companies.  They finally spoke with Jeff Lindley, owner of the Lindley Bros. Asphalt Paving Inc. in Northport and he offered to team up with the kids to build the path.   Mr. Lindley added, "I wanted to help the kids but I felt it was important that they pitch in and be a real part of the project."

"This is an amazing group of class officers,” said Senior Class adviser, Mrs. Zamow who was on hand during the construction.  “They know how to get things done and work together to make things happen.  Whitman is going to miss them-and so will I."

Finally, the Class Officers would like to thank: Mr. Lindley of Lindley Bros. Asphalt Paving Inc. for getting this project done; Mr. John Hustedt, South Huntington Facilities Manager for meeting with the class officers to plan and execute the project; The Central Administration and Board of Education for approving the project, and Mr. Murphy, Principal of Walt Whitman High School and Ms. Zamow, Senior Class Adviser, for always encouraging our students to do push the limits of their leadership abilities!

Moving in the Right Direction

The Huntington Town Council congratulated South Huntington’s Walt Whitman High School on their U.S. News & World Report Silver Award at a recent Town Board Meeting. Accepting the award is left to right: Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta, and Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy.
The Huntington Town Council congratulated South Huntington’s Walt Whitman High School on their U.S. News & World Report Silver Award at a recent Town Board Meeting. Accepting the award is left to right: Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta, and Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy.

Walt Whitman High School has been awarded a Silver Medal in U.S. News and World Report's Best High School rankings. This prestigious list, which is compiled annually by the publisher and the American Institute for Research (a prominent Washington, D.C. behavioral and social science research firm) evaluates nearly 20,000 high schools across the nation.  Walt Whitman High School is ranked #1611 in the National Rankings.

The criteria has grown over the years from a simple look at AP offerings and placements to a fuller analysis, which includes students’ performance on mandated state assessments, AP offerings, AP exam success rate, minority and economically disadvantaged subgroup performance, and teacher-to-student ratio.

“We were thrilled to learn of our Silver Medal, ranking our high school as one of the top 10 academic schools in Suffolk County, and top 10% in New York State,” said District Supervisor Dr. David Bennardo. “We are blessed to have great teachers and staff, inquisitive students, and wonderfully supportive parents. The reality is that our school community is enjoying a genuine Renaissance because our people believe that it is possible to achieve greatness, while simultaneously providing programs that ensure increased opportunities to all members of our learning community.”

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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.

 

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