Pizza with a purpose on Monday, April 13th

California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your check to the Special Olympics. The attached Flyer can be shown on your smart phone or even just mentioned to contribute 20%

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Bed Bath & Beyond Coaches Whitman Students

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Mr. Michael Furlong, left, personally reviewed each student’s application with them, giving our students valuable experience in properly completing a job application.
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Some of the 80+ students completing their applications.
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Juniors, Tina O’Donnell and Carol Melhado submitted their applications. Tina even got a job!

Mr. Michael Furlong, the Northeast Regional Recruiter for Bed Bath and Beyond spent several hours meeting with Whitman students who submitted over 80 employment applications for jobs at the East Northport and Huntington store locations. Mr. Furlong spoke with the students to discuss the steps in the hiring process and personally reviewed each student’s application with them.   While many of the students were first time applicants, they now have valuable experience in properly completing a job application and the next time they apply for a position it will not be their first time.  Many students have been called to interview at each of the locations and several have been hired already. Thank you Mr. Furlong, and Bed Bath and Beyond for this extraordinary opportunity and for recognizing the potential in our young and talented future workforce!

Volunteers Needed: Special Olympics New York Spring Games

On Sunday May 3, 2015, Walt Whitman High School will host the 2015 Special Olympics New York Spring Games North. Join us as our athletes compete in Track and Field and Tennis events. They are sure to excite and inspire you!

Volunteers Needed:

Set-up and breakdown sport venues, keep score during competition, help Sport Directors in running the event, stage athletes, and help with our Opening Ceremonies, among other things.

Use the link below to register to volunteer:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eafzqbogd81b01ad&llr=nzwm7kcab

Whitman PTA Fashion Show Rocks the Runway

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Our seniors radiated on the runway as they put their best foot forward for a great fundraiser.
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They are this year’s Salutatorian and Valedictorian, as well as an ‘item,’ so it was not surprising that Isabel Sakarin and John Sparling respectively, got a huge ovation.
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Talk about a class act… Colin Hayes escorts the effervescent and talented Marina Kopf.
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There is no arguing that our seniors clean up well.
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The senior prom and graduation is only 3 months away. These Whitman seniors look like they are ready.
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Left to right: Mr. Brian Dreher and Mr. Tom Donlon seemed to be having as much fun as the students.
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Juniors Gabrielle Ramirez and Rose Pedretti, wearing casual from Max & Gino’s strike a perfect pose to the delight of the packed audience.
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The talented musician Jefferson Hector sends a message that casual is good.
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Administrators got in on the act, performing a funny skit that had the audience laughing.

While the famous residents of Neverland refused to grow up, it was abundantly clear this past Friday night in Whitman’s PAC, that our high school students are blossoming with style and class.

Neverland-Second Star to the Right Fashion Show, the largest Whitman PTA fundraiser for the school year was the place to be this past Friday night. Whitman junior and senior students shed their ID badges for casual and formal wear courtesy of Men’s Wearhouse, Max n Gino’s, Francesca's, Soccer Magic, Francine’s, Pink Link, and Estelle’s Dressy Dresses.

Teachers Mr. Tom Donlon and Mr. Brian Dreher, armed with a wealth of student stats expertly supplied by Whitman’s PTA president Ms. Shelley Sauer, emceed the evening. The fashion show chairpersons Maria Williams and Laci Wright did a fantastic job coordinating the event and the raffle basket rich south cafeteria was overflowing with an amazing selection. Administrators also donned outfits for the cause. Thank you Principal Kathie Acker, and Assistant Principals: Jon Varlamos, Colleen Grady, and Dr. Scott Muller, as well as Administrative Deans Khali Murrel and Christopher Patronaggio.

A super big thank you to the fashion shows committee: Rhonda Rodriguez, Nancy Hauser, Lisa Desmond, Carol Kirkpatrick, Maria Nemshin, and Shelley Sauer. The model moms Patti Nardelli and Trish Cutillo provided significant behind the curtain support, as well as senior girls’ hair stylist Liz Kaiser.

The South Cafeteria was gift basket heaven, with more than 75 stuffed baskets that offered everything from Disney hopper passes, i-Pads and Brooks Brothers clothing to overnight stays at OHEKA Castle and Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada. There was something for everyone, with the proceeds supporting the PTA’s cultural arts programs and scholarships.

Photo Gallery of Juniors and Administrators

Photo Gallery of Seniors

Thank you South Huntington families and business community for your generous donations!

Food Reinforces Classroom Studies

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Authentic Paella, when made well and with the right ingredients, will leave a lasting impression, usually one of craving more.
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This student is getting it right. While some recipes call of water, looks like chicken or fish stock is getting added to the medium-grain Spanish paella rice.
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It’s all about the prep work with fresh authentic ingredients. Ala Carte has a state-of-the-art kitchen facility that is located in the main shopping district of the village of Lynbrook, New York.
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A La Carte offers Cooking Classes for both adults and kids. Some of their classes include Classes for Couples, General Cooking and International Cuisine.
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Walt Whitman Spanish teacher Ms. D'Addario, right in photo, ‘grades’ her students work. By the looks of her smile, I’d say everyone passed today’s test.

Walt Whitman students from the Spanish 10 and Spanish 9H classes went on a delicious field trip as a way to reinforce the food unit that is part of their Spanish curriculum.  The students have learned Spanish food vocabulary and verbs as well as ingredients needed for food preparation.  In their class, the students created a recipe project that used all the words they learned in the chapter.  This field trip takes the learning a step further and allows the students to get a hands-on learning experience in the kitchen.  Once at Ala Carte Culinary Services in Lynbrook, the students delved into authentic Spanish cuisine and worked as a team to prepare a magnificent meal. After the meal was cooked, everyone got to enjoy the delicious and authentic meal they worked so hard to prepare. 

What a great memory that our students can now take home and share with family and friends, hint hint!


Food for the Hungry... Homes for the Homeless

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Carol Werblin keeps the assembly line moving as students from Mr. Rentz’s Vocational class prepare sandwiches.
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Stimson Special Education teacher Ryan Rentz lends a helping hand, keeping his students well supplied with sandwich making ingredients.
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The satisfaction that comes from helping others makes for a special afternoon at Stimson Middle School.

Whether she’s leading our students in making sandwiches for locals in need, or building homes in Nicaragua, Stimson special education paraprofessional Carol Werblin is a one-woman volunteer machine.  In all fairness she has support, mostly because her energy for helping others is contagious, and how can you say no with all the good that she accomplishes.

“Over the last 10 years, I have been involved in a program called Peace and Plenty Food Outreach,” said Ms. Werblin.  “Every Monday night we prepare more than 180 sandwiches at the Congregational Church in Centerport.”  School children from the Huntington area, including many from South Huntington volunteer in Centerport, collecting community service hours for their effort. These sandwiches get distributed to several different organizations in the local Huntington community that service our homeless and youth. 

Recently, Mr. Rentz's vocational class at Stimson Middle School helped in preparing sandwiches that were delivered to Tri-CYA for their after school program. When the sandwich making for Tri-CYA was done, the class helped Ms. Werblin with another of her projects, this time with the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI).

HIHI is a group of faith-based institutions working with Family Service League to ensure that no one is left outside during the coldest months of the year. Mr. Rentz's vocational class seemed to enjoy their cooperative interaction in providing 30-bagged lunches for the HIHI program that night. But the class wasn’t finished; they were back the next week making and bagging 40 sandwiches that Ms. Werblin distributed to the Manor Field Family Center.

Ms. Werblin took a break recently to accept a prestigious honor at the annual Tri-CYA Awards dinner in recognition for her community service. “There is a genuine sense of empathy and true spirit of community responsibility fueling collaborative work throughout our school district,” said Superintendent Bennardo in his weekly newsletter. “We were thrilled last week to see Ms. Carol Werblin, and Mr. David Perkins recognized by the Tri-CYA for their outstanding service to the community. It was a genuine pleasure to see two of our very own highlighted for their dedication and service to children.” 

We really have a very special community, filled with caring and compassionate people! Thank you Carol Werblin for all that you do.

Stay tuned as we highlight Mr. David Perkins next week.

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All The Right Stuff @ STEM Diversity Fair

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Sarah Choudhary, an eighth-grader at Stimson Middle School showed how plants given water that had been micro-waved fared far worse because the radiation from microwaving changed the molecules, altering their structure in a way that cannot be utilized by living organisms.

South Huntington students participated in the 5th annual STEM Diversity Fair at Farmingdale State College on Friday, March 20th and we want to congratulate the talented students and dedicated mentors who performed with distinction. These young South Huntington scholars have certainly made our learning family proud. 

Congratulations to Silas Wood students:  Logan Bermudez, Annabelle Novinski, Scott Martin, Aarav Shah, Lorraine Jean Pierre, Julianna Lopez, Emily Teplansky, Chris Scortichini, Emily Gharabaghi, Amanda Smuss, Justin Feinman, Rena Shapiro, Chloe Murphy, Ryan Rummell, James Tadlock, and Anna Keller. 

Congratulations to Stimson students:  Sarah Nace, Riley Turner, Andrew Ferreri, Sarah Choudhary, Brady Mondry, Shaan Khan, Chris Pileggi, Heather Abbene, Sydney Khan, Kayla Sakayan, and Madison Fulcher. 

Congratulations to Walt Whitman students:  Alivia Barton, Hanna Fink, Olivia Poplawski, James Reilly, Anna Rizzo, Margarita Canas, Shahzel Ehsan, Ariana Monterroso, Michael Morck, Jamie Kralstein, Jillian Leydon, Shannon McHale, Meagan O’Donnell, Rosa Portaro, and Deja Tejada.

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Healthy and Generous Hearts Found at Birchwood

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Not all that far from an Iron Man contest, our Birchwood students really got their heart rates going.
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Birchwood PE Teachers Russell Rufrano and Erika Barrett instruct students on using timers to help check their heart rate.
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Students check their pulse and record their resting heart rate.
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Whether it’s a Forward Straddle, Front Cross, or a Backward 180, Jump Rope for Heart is something that will get you going and keep you healthy…all year!

February was Heart Healthy Month, and Birchwood’s Physical Education teachers Erika Barrett and Russ Rufrano are real happy with their student’s effort. “The kids worked really hard raising money and getting their hearts healthy,” said Ms. Barrett.

The Birchwood community came together to raise money for the American Heart Association and Birchwood’s students learned about how their hearts work and how they can keep them healthy and strong.  “We taught the students about checking their pulse and about their resting heart rate, and give them a goal to reach during exercise, which is 150 beats per minute,” said Mr. Rufano.  “We taught them how to increase their heart rates by increasing their speed and intensity.”  Students were taught two ways to check their pulse so they can assess whether they are working hard enough or if they need to increase their effort to raise their heart rate. 

This year the Birchwood community surpassed their goals by doubling their donations to the American Heart Association, raising over $6,300!  That is an amazing effort made by Birchwood’s students.  Each student that raised $5 or more was rewarded with a duck key chain from the American Heart Association.

“Healthy Heart month is a great opportunity for us to teach the students and their families how to have a healthy heart lifestyle,” said Ms. Barrett.  “We teach them about proper nutrition and healthy habits, like not smoking, and the importance of exercise to live a strong healthy life.” Mr. Rufrano agrees noting, “Exercise strengthens our most vital muscle - the heart. We’re counting on our students to bring their enthusiasm and knowledge home to share with their family to keep everyone healthy.”

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Register for Parent University

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Parent University is just around the corner and April 30th will be here before you know it.

The registration Brochure is attached below or you may use the following link for online registration.

The Parent University is an event where parents come to learn the very latest in a vast array of current topics. There are workshops led by area professionals that deal with everything from Raising a Thinking Child, Community Safety, Adolescent Depression and Suicide Prevention, to College Prep At Its Best, Bullying, and Drugs and Alcohol prevention, and that’s to just name just a few.

These free workshops, conducted in English and Spanish, have created an opportunity to sharpen parenting skills as we work on life’s most important and demanding pursuit:  raising successful children.  The Parent University also offers local business and community service agencies an opportunity to sponsor and/or advertise their services.

Last year this event was well received and this year our goal is to make it even better. The Parent University Committee is preparing the foundation that will provide a truly rewarding experience for all who attend. So whether you’re a parent or resident who would like to attend or volunteer, or perhaps a local business who would like to become one of our sponsors, we welcome your participation and stand ready to assist you anyway we can.

 

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High School Students to Attend the American Legion Boys State Program

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Left to right in photo front row: Walt Whitman Guidance Counselor Ms. Carolyn Dooley; students Derek Lap, Francisco Fuentes, and David Grey; and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joseph T. Centamore. Back row: American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 members Mr. Charlie Armstrong and Mr. Ed O’Shea.

We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Derek Lap, Francisco Fuentes, and David Grey, who have been selected for the Boys State program, which recognizes emerging young leaders throughout the nation. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. These talented young men will serve as the face and voice of our school district at the Boys State Conference to be held in the summer of 2015. 

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

Special thanks to Mr. Charlie Armstrong and his team from the American Legion for making this possible.

Wildcat Sports Camp/South Huntington Music and Arts Camp

Hi All


Our Wildcat Sports Camp, which is offered to children entering Grades K-8 as of September, 2015, is back by popular demand. Camp brochures are now available on the District’s website. You may download and open the attachment on the Athletic Department’s eboard tab under Sports Camp.

 

Our South Huntington Music and Arts Camp is also back for summer, 2015. The sessions for the Sports and the Music and Arts Camps run from June 29 through July 24. The Music and Arts Camp’s registration information (with some new exciting offerings) will be available through the website, under the Arts tab, for registration early next week. Also, keep an eye out for our full district mailing advertising both of these special camps. Additionally, please spread the word that out-of district campers are always welcome.


Be well,


Dave Bennardo 

A True Story of Inner Strength and the Will to Survive

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Perhaps one of her favorite parts of the assembly presentation is when Ms. Lazan gets to spend some one-on-one time with our students. BOE Trustee Lisa Brieff, right, and Stimson Technology teacher Mr. Landau, left, also enjoy this special moment.
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Ms. Lazan stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity, and asked our students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals.
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Ms. Lazan firmly believes in the power of a hug.
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Greeting and speaking with students, Ms. Lazan gave each of them words of encouragement along with a bookmark.

It takes someone very special to be able to keep close to five hundred Stimson eighth-graders quiet and attentive for over an hour?

On Monday morning, that someone special was Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Ms. Lazan is the author of Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story.  It is the story of and the incredibly moving first-hand account of her family’s Nazi concentration camp imprisonment and liberation.

Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family – father, mother, Marion, and her brother Albert – were trapped in Nazi Germany. They eventually managed to get to Holland, which soon thereafter was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years, the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Although they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, the father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

Ms. Lazan, spoke of sensitivity and patience as she captivated Stimson’s eighth-grade audience. She stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity, and asked our students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals.

As part of Stimson’s Character Education Program this was a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear this first hand account from a living Holocaust survivor.  Thank you PTA Cultural Arts Program for making this possible.

Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano Honored

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Whitman Principal Kathie Acker, fresh out of the St. Baldrick’s barber chair, congratulates her exceptional teacher Ms. Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano.

It wasn’t that long ago that the College Board cancelled Advanced Placement Italian classes due to severe budget constraints across the nation. Now, the College Board, who administers Advanced Placement courses, has secured funding and promoted the return of Advanced Placement Italian, and it’s more popular than ever.

At a reception held at the Italian Embassy last week, Walt Whitman’s very own Italian/AP Italian teacher Ms. Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano received an award from the Consulate General of Italy for her excellence and dedication in preparing students for the AP exam. “It made me feel good to be recognized and to know that AP Italian is really taking off,” said Whitman's 18-year veteran teacher. “I’m glad for the students because they really love the culture, the heritage, and the language, and they want to continue on in college, I’m proud of our school.”

Congratulations Ms. Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano!

Girls Basketball Awards Dinner

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Left to right: Assistant Varsity Coach Pat Mena, Junior Varsity Coach Ed Garrone, Rosa Portaro, Rose Pedretti, Sarah Olsen, Brittney Coleman, Abigail Daniels, and Varsity Head Coach Dan Trebour.
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Left to right: Rosa Portaro, Rose Pedretti, Sarah Olsen, Brittney Coleman, and Abigail Daniels celebrate their awards.

We hear from Girls Basketball coach Dan Trebour that the Section XI All league dinner was held this past weekend and several Whitman athletes were honored. Congratulations to our All-League players: Rose Pedretti, Sarah Olsen, Rosa Portaro, and Brittney Coleman. Special congratulations to our Academic All-County senior Abigail Daniels.  Also awarded was Junior Varsity Coach of the Year: Coach Ed Garrone and Coach Dan Trebour received a milestone award for 200 wins. The Varsity Team was also awarded the Section XI Sportsmanship Award for League II.

Congratulations ladies and coaches on a wonderful season.

International Night To Benefit Unicef

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Bollywood Dancers included: Rini Halder, Mina Ejaz, Nikki Smith, Maryam Choudhary, Zarmeen Mussa, Elizabeth Silverman, Ayumi Shiraishi, Pooja Navlani, Paola Cespedes, and Julia Persaud.
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Ms. Ms. D'Addario (center) with her World Language Honor Society officers: Zarmeen Mussa, Mahum Siddiqui, Ellysandra Monegro, Gabrielle Ramirez, Jonathan Mozoon, Julia Persaud, and Mindy Lin.
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Italian language teacher Ms. Stefanelli and daughter model many of the spectacular Italian Carnavale masks.
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The Latino Dance Team is always a spirited and well-choreographed group who love to highlight their culture through dance.
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A group from Happy Henna was on-hand to add a fun dimension to the evening.
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The band- 10 Below 17, put on a wonderful show in the South Cafeteria.

We have some great news from Ms. D'Addario and the wonderful officers and students of the Walt Whitman World Language Honor Society. Through their efforts $1,243 was raised to benefit Unicef. The International Night event celebrated our many diverse cultures through dance, music, food and cultural presentations that included Italian Carnavale masks, and henna body painting. The evening also included a spectacular demonstration of the Chinese Lion Dance by Ten Tiger Kung-Fu Academy in honor of the Chinese New Year. Other presentations included:

Bollywood Dance: Rini Halder, Mina Ejaz, Nikki Smith, Maryam Choudhary, Zarmeen Mussa, Elizabeth Silverman, Ayumi Shiraishi, Pooja Navlani, Paola Cespedes, and Julia Persaud.

Step Team: Aheesha Watkins, Karzima Ingram, Jessica Barahona, Kassandra Hernandez, Antoine Butts Miller, Lauren Beaubrun, Adrienne Cantave, Danielle Harris, Rachel Williams, Destinee James, Jaylene Hubbard, Jorden Chen, and Jalynn Cook.

Latino Dance Team: Jailene Arce, Nancy Cordero, Javier Dubon, Juan Gonzalez Contreras, Keiry Manzanares, German Nunez Maldonado, Greta Salguero Morales, and Andy Zuniga.

Belly Dance: Stephanie Bishop

Hawaiian Ukulele: Tyler Zeoli

Student Band: Josh Roiland and Evan Brandow

Student Band: 10 Below 17 – James Reilly, Dylan Diamond, Bijan Tabibzada, Isaac Renderos, Matt Cusamano, JD Sterbans, Nick Miata, and Steven Ciravolo.

Coming Together For St. Baldrick’s

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Walt Whitman Principal Kathie Acker enjoys a fun moment with current and future students. Students left to right; John Villella, Anthony Verola, Bridget McHale, Nicholas Abreu, Daniel Muccini, and Victor Verola.
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Many from the Maplewood contingent gather to compare the new look.
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Whitman senior Jaelin Trench is all smiles for a good cause.
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Walt Whitman Social Studies teacher Brian Dreher holds up what was on top. Gina Ribando from Anthony DeFranco Salon approves.
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It’s that first pass with the shears that signifies ‘there’s no turning back now.’
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After the talc settles Maplewood 4th grader Dylan Long sports a new look that proud mom approves. Gina Pastore from Spa Adriana applies the finishing touches.

The line began forming in Whitman's South Cafeteria right after school and the lineup of hair cutters for St. Baldrick’s Day were ready. Most were there to participate and many were there to watch as Whitman Principal Kathie Acker took her place in the barber’s chair.

Whitman science teacher Jamie Rogers and his Robotics Club have been organizing St. Baldrick’s at Walt Whitman for the past eight years. One by one, the pile of shaved hair got deeper and deeper and then, with a pause in the action, Ms. Acker readied herself. The sophomore class was the winner in class donations and its president Dylan Diamond got the honor of the first cut. It was only then that Gina Ribando from Anthony DeFranco Salon took over and left Ms. Acker with a freshly shorn head.

As part of the annual event held at Walt Whitman High School, South Huntington’s Maplewood Intermediate School pooled their resources and made a big showing surpassing their goal by totaling over $17,000.  Teachers Chris Cardella, Tom Keogh, Rob Dwyer, Anthony Fauci (beard), and Dan Campbell received donations that allowed students to shave their teacher’s heads. Students couldn’t resist, and of course the winners are the many children battling cancer that the donations will go to.  Individuals throughout the district, including many teachers solicited donations and offered up their heads to be shaved. Overall top participants included Seth Goldman from Stimson and Brian Dreher from Walt Whitman.

They were still counting the donations at the end of the week, and more were coming in. The overall total for Wednesday’s St. Baldricks Day at Whitman, online and collected on-site is over $33,000.   Money is still coming in online.  In fact you can still donate online by going to: https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate/event/491/2015

St. Baldrick's is an organization that raises money to help find a cure and treat childhood cancers.  Since the founding of St. Baldrick's, the survival rate of the common cancers has risen to 85%.

We want to thank all of the participants and especially to the Walt Whitman Robotics Club, with Jaime Rogers as their advisor, and Maplewood teacher Daniel Campbell, his fellow teachers and the entire Maplewood school community, who really got behind this incredible day and event. We are already looking at dates for next year’s event and invite the whole district to jump onboard and be brave…shave for St. Baldrick’s.

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Fame Jr. at Stimson

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“The time is finally here where all of you hard work and dedication pays off,” said Fame Jr. director Adam Slawitsky to his talented cast of middle ‘schoolers.’  “The Arts truly play a critical role in the development of our students and a positive culture of our district,” said Principals Edwin Smith and Steve Toto.

When a school performs a play, something magical happens!  Don’t miss the magic Saturday and Sunday in the Stimson Forum. Middle School Theatre in South Huntington is back! 

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Based on Thursday's performance This play, with these talented students is not to be missed!

Saturday, March 21, 3PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, March 22, 2PM

Lifting the Spirit of Officer Collins

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Left to right: Whitman Principal Ms. Kathie Acker and Student Government Officers Juan Gonzalez Contreras, Dylan Diamond, Noelle Bryggman, and Millie LeClaire present gifts to Inspector Brady, to help lift the spirits of recovering 2nd precinct officer Mark Collins.

It all started when our Board of Education Vice President Nick Ciappetta suggested that we do something special to show our appreciation and support of Officer Collins, who was recently wounded during a traffic stop and arrest. It took only that suggestion for our coaches, staff, athletes, and student leaders to spring into action and create wonderful gift baskets to lift the recovering officer's spirits and show our community's appreciation to the entire Second Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department. There was something inspiring about watching Ms. Acker and Student Government Officers Millie LeClaire, Noelle Bryggman, Dylan Diamond, and Juan Gonzalez Contreras deliver the South Huntington Wildcat spirit gear, get-well notes, snacks, books, and gift cards to Officer Drew Fiorello and Inspector Brady for delivery to our community hero. It is really nice to know that the warmth of the South Huntington family extends proudly outside our schoolhouse walls.

Accounting Students Assist With Tax Returns

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Clockwise from top: Mrs. Hsaio’s Accounting students with their IRS Certificates overhead: Anthony Wurtz, Yoshitomo Kawasaki, Jason Saslaw, Victor Chae, Samantha DeGaray, German Nunez Maldonado, Juliana Richter, Michael Fiordalisi, Maureen Levia, Sally Cohen, Catherine Aiello, Ashly Arbizu. Jason Saslaw prepares a client’s tax return. Catherine Aiello works with an expert tax preparer.

Mr. Callahan, our College and Career Ready Coach, collaborated with Whitman’s newest Business Instructor, Ms. Lillian Hsaio to train her Accounting students to become tax preparers for Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The students completed 10 hours of online training and passed an IRS exam before receiving their certification.

Twelve students received training to provide tax help for low-to-moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns. Students volunteer their time on Saturdays through April 11 from 3-6 p.m. to assist families earning less than $55,000 per year prepare their tax returns at the BFCU’s Farmingdale location, free of charge.

Way to go Whitman's Business Department!

Whitman NHS Restocks Local Food Pantry

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There can’t be any question about the severity of this past winter and our local food pantries got hit hard as local residents needed a helping hand. Recognizing this immediate need in our community, over 100 of Whitman’s National Honor Society (NHS) students went to work conducting a food drive that benefitted our local residents in Huntington Station. The students worked hard and were all very generous, and the Bethel Church truly appreciated the donations. What the church cannot use they will pass on to the Helping Hands Mission.

Way to Go NHS Whitman!

 

Whitman's Got Talent. . . And Lots Of It!

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And the winner is…. Melanie Olinsky!
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Clockwise from upper left: Marina Kopf, Olivia Banting, Adrienne Contave, and Leslie Portillo all delighted the audience with the quality and power of their voices.
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Left to right: Peter Cerrito performing ‘Voodoo Child’ by Jimi Hendrix, and Alexander Siegel performing ‘Atlas’ by Shannon Saunders.
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Left to right: Chelsea Saccente performed a Beyonce Medley, and Eve Metzger performed ‘Come Away With Me’ by Nora Jones.
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Performing ‘Blue Jeans’ by Jenna Rose; Marissa Locastro, Baylee Albitz, Natalie Dunn, Cheryl Rodriquez, Jordan Aiken, and Julian Kleberg had everyone smiling.
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Tannina Oakacine pulled off a wonderful comedy that poked fun at social media. Props included a life-sized Kathie Acker cutout that was ‘rescued’ by judge Yolango.
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Our Latino Dance team is always a hit with classics that had the audience wanting more.
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Left to right: Anthony Morace and Kyle Bernstein performing ‘Plush’ by Stone Temple Pilots.
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Our Judges left to right: Mr. Yolango, Mr. Miranda, and Ms. Latko take a break during intermission.
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Left to right bottom: Getting in on the act, judge Miranda gets to decide between the ‘performances’ of Ms. Latko or Mr. Schmidt. All agreed that Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos(top) is the most talented Whitman staffer they know of.
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Victoria Rosa, danced to ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt that was sung by Leslie Portillo.
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The Award Winning Whitman Step Team always brings power and flawless precision to the PAC.

This annual tradition has become a hot ticket, and the wealth of talent still boggles the mind. There are students that clearly enjoy expressing their talent and their times on the Whitman stage may well be their pinnacle. And there are those who already belong on the professional stage. This year, the majority may well be the latter, and that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable evening as “Whitman’s Got Talent” showcased our amazingly talented students.

In a true talent showcase form, our three judges provided witty and honest assessment at the conclusion of each number and the audience couldn’t get enough. The humorous banter between judges Latko, Miranda, and Yolando added to a festive evening strengthening the close artistic community that reinforces Whitman as a top-level school for the performing arts.

Show announcers Mahum Siddiqui, Maureen Leiva, Sade Bamgbleu, Gabrielle Vital, and Marissa Locastro kept the performances moving along at a brisk pace. Congratulations to the following performers (in order of appearance, some students listed twice, as they performed more than once): Olivia Banting, Peter Cerrito, Eve Metzger, Marissa Locastro, Baylee Albitz, Natalie Dunn, Cheryl Rodriquez, Jordan Aiken, Julian Kleberg, Adrienne Cantave, the Latino Dance Team, Anthony Morace, Kyle Bernstein, Melanie Olinsky, Marina Kopf, Chelsea Saccente, Mr. Jon Varlamos, Tannina Oakacine, Leslie Portillo, Victoria Rosa, Ms. Latko, Mr. Schmidt, Alexander Siegel, The Award Winning Whitman Step Team, Marina Kopf and Chelsea Saccente.

The senior class officers and their advisor Ms. Zamow would like to thank Ms. Latko, Mr. Yolango & Mr. Miranda for being our judges; Alex Dollin and the Lamplighters for handling the lighting and sound; the Whitman custodial staff for setting up, and Ms. Acker and the administration for making this event possible. Above all, we want to thank all of the students who shared their talents with us for making this show possible!

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All-American for Two Whitman Alumni

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We have just gotten word that two recent Walt Whitman graduates have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically.  Long Island University Freshman Joe Calderone finished the season with a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Division II Tournament last week in St. Louis. Calderone's podium-caliber performance earned him the LIU Post Pioneers' first All-American distinction in the program's first season back in nearly three decades.

Calderone finishes the season with an overall record of 29-11 in 40 bouts across his freshman campaign. He recorded the most victories for the Pioneers this season and also amassed a team-high 15 pinfalls. To put that in perspective, Calderone was never pinned once across the five-month season. 

Standout North Florida cross country runner Michael Damato added one more honor to his solid season performance as he was recently named to the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country All-Academic team.  The men's program earned All-Academic team distinction.

Damato was among 153 women and 91 men in Division I who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. Honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and have finished in the top 25 finishers (or 10 percent) at regional’s or as an All-American at the national meet. A Finance major at UNF, Damato led the way for the Ospreys in each of the six races he competed culminating with his 12th-place finish at the NCAA South Regional. Damato becomes the first male cross-country runner to garner the honor for North Florida.

Congratulations Joe Calderone and Mike Damato, you make Walt Whitman High School and South Huntington proud.

Four from Whitman Nominated to Leadership Institute

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Left to right: Katy Molina Jimenez, Cesia Dera, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Daniel Reyes and Sindy Reyes Diaz.
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NY State Assemblyman Philip Ramos, center, greets our Walt Whitman students left to right: Katy Molina Jimenez, Cesia Dera, Sindy Reyes Diaz and Daniel Reyes.

Two hundred of the state’s top Hispanic students will travel to Albany this weekend for a firsthand look at the state legislative process. Students will meet with members of the New York State Legislature, New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force, and the New York State Education Department as part of the annual Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI).

Twelve student delegations from across the state will participate in a mock legislative session in the New York State Assembly chambers. Students will debate actual bills that reflect key issues in their communities. The three-day program, beginning Friday March 20th will also include team-building exercises, college and career development workshops, a youth forum with state legislators, and a student recognition dinner where scholarship winners will be announced.

To prepare for the event, all four of Whitman’s senior students participated in training sessions where they identified and researched local issues, studied the state legislative process, and learned the parliamentary process. Local Assemblymen Chad Lupinacci and Philip Ramos worked with the students so that they would be better prepared to actively participate in discussions about various bills in front of more than 200 other students from around the State. Students Daniel Reyes and Cesia Deras were selected to travel to Albany and the two alternates, Sindy Reyes Diaz and Katy Molina Jimenez, who attended all of the training sessions, are prepared to represent Walt Whitman if necessary.

The students will be in Albany this coming weekend with their Walt Whitman teachers/advisors Ms. Barbara Haik and Mr. Luigi Capizzano. We look forward to talking with our students when they return so they may share their experience.

Stimson History Day Winners Celebrated

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Stimson History Fair winners get together for a celebratory breakfast. Principal Edwin Smith and Social Studies teacher Karen Schmitt, (back row right) proudly join their students.
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Left to right: Stimson 8th graders Dylan and Sean Rehman took home the 3rd place medal in the Group Website category.

Congratulations to our Stimson History Fair winners, listed below, who participated in the prestigious regional competition at Hofstra University on Sunday, March 8th. These remarkably talented young men and women developed projects detailing the people and events that shaped our planet's history.  “It was an honor and privilege to see our students so skillfully representing South Huntington as they progressed through a full day of presentations and judging,” said Superintendent Bennardo in his weekly newsletter.  A special congratulations to Dylan and Sean Rehman who took home a 3rd place medal for their presentation on Teddy Roosevelt. “I’m very proud of this group,” said Stimson Social Studies teacher Ms. Karen Schmitt. “It’s going to be interesting to see what they come up with next year.” 

Individual Exhibit:

3rd-Emily Murphy- The Culper Spy Ring

2nd-Fiona Smyth- Florence Nightingale

1st- Chris Borges- Nelson Mandella

Group Exhibit:

Carly Manley and Emma Edelman- Walt Disney

Mabel Bassi and Hailey Hamilton- Margaret Sanger

Andrew Borges and Timothy Rise- Woodrow Wilson

Research Papers:

Sarah Fink- Eleanor Roosevelt

Matthew Tricomi- Nikola Tesla

Aidan Noble- Margaret Thatcher

Individual Websites:

Jake Fullerton- Harry S. Truman

Group Websites:

Aribah Siddiqui and Umema Siddiqui- Avicenna

*Dylan Rehman and *Sean Rehman- Teddy Roosevelt

*Placed 3rd in the Junior Group Website category

John Gemelli and Jared Wright- Harry S. Truman

Documentaries:

Josh Muellers- Louis XIV

Samantha Carey and Lauren Redelman- Vanderbilt

Stephanie Ross and Mikaela Zukaitis- People of Gettysburg

Liam Rea and Zachary Slansky- Ghengis Khan

February Athletes of the Month

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Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker congratulate their February Athletes of the Month, seated: Allysia Jones, Alexandra Greaves, and Antoinette Butts Miller. Standing athletes: Thomas Ferrante and Amani Howard.

For the month of February, we will step outside the usual box of nominating one male and one female athlete and recognize our 4x200 girls relay team. Our female Athletes of the Month for February are Antoinette Butts Miller, Alexandra Greaves, Amani Howard, and Allysia Jones. As members of the 4x200 relay, each of the girls runs a 200m portion of the race. For Allysia Jones, the only senior in the foursome, spring track will be her opportunity to accomplish a goal she has been working hard at– setting a school record in the Long Jump. Allysia was awarded All-County Academic for the winter track season and will be attending The University of Maryland Baltimore County in the fall where she will pursue studies in Computer Science. Alexandra Greaves was just awarded All County in the 55m Dash for winter track and will expand here repertoire in the spring to include the 100m, 200m, 400m and the 4x100 relay. Antoinette Butts Miller, a freshman, has already established herself as a top-level athlete. Antoinette competes in the 55m Dash, the Long Jump, and her personal favorite the 300m. Amani Howard, a junior sprinter kept busy this winter in the 55m Dash, 300m, and the 2x200 relay. In the spring we can catch Amani in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100 relay.

Our male Athlete of the Month for February is Thomas Ferrante. A senior, Thomas is hoping to make his college decision shortly where he definitely looks to continue his Epee streak. Thomas finished his high school season with an amazing 38-2 record, earning himself the best record on Long Island. Thomas was also the recipient of the Exceptional Senior Award. He is the County Champion in Epee this year, placed 3rd in the Huntington Relays (a team competition), and 2nd in the Brentwood Tournament. Thomas is an all-year fencer and as such will be qualifying soon for the Summer Nationals as well as heading to Milwaukee for the North American Cup.

Congratulations to our fab-five February Athletes of the Month!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Huntington’s 81st parade featured 18 pipe and drum bands and of course the Walt Whitman Marching band.
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A warm sun was shining on our students, which was a big change from the parade a week earlier when they were covered in snow

Bravo to our Walt Whitman Marching Band for yet another wonderful performance on Sunday, March 8th at the Town of Huntington’s St. Patrick's Day Parade. Once again our musicians and their directors dedicated their weekend to bringing Wildcat pride to a grateful community audience. Marching band season is truly ongoing, and our dedicated team never seems to tire through the exhausting year of activity.

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Setting Sail @ Birchwood's Cultural Arts Fundraiser

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Night Out committee members left to right: Denise Montague, Michelle Murphy, Solange Rich, Patty Emanuele, Laurel Addis, Lesli DeRobertis, Kim Phillips, Laura Palmieri, Julie Schrama, Kristen Rombaldi, and Trish Cutillo.
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Solange Rich had the 50/50 well over $700 at one point and there was not let up in sales.

It was a festive night last week as the Birchwood learning community dropped anchor at the Huntington Yacht Club to enjoy the sounds of Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band.  Birchwood’s annual cultural arts fundraiser turned out very successful as parents and Birchwood staffers enjoyed a wonderful meal and the company of good friends.  There was a treasure trove of raffle baskets and it seemed that everybody went home with more than they came with.

Congratulations Birchwood PTA for a wonderful night!

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Whitman Wins Regional Science Bowl

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Left to right: STEM Coach Mari Scardapane, Ahmad Ejaz, Omar Ramos, Zenab Ojibe, Mark Meneses, Gaby Ramirez; and Science Department Chairperson Marcus Maddy.

A student team from Walt Whitman High School has won the prestigious 2015 STEP Regional Science Bowl Competition, and are advancing to the national finals. The science bowl is a "Jeopardy!"-style competition with a four-division, round-robin format. In Saturday’s regional competition, held at Farmingdale University, the Whitman team answered difficult questions in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space and Mathematics. 

Their first place win means they receive a fully-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Science Bowl Finals, which will take place April 30-May 4.  There they will compete alongside the Farmingdale High School Team that won the Regional Science Bowl in Brookhaven earlier this year.

As a first year team, the students, coaches and parents who cheered them on were thrilled by the win. The students, most of whom already participate in multiple academic activities and sports, worked hard to prepare for the competition, and have even more preparation and hard work ahead of them.   The Office of Energy's National Science Bowl is one of the nation's largest science competitions.

Congratulations to our students; Ahmad Ejaz, Mark Meneses, Gaby Ramirez, Zenab Ojibe, and Omar Ramos, their coaches and teachers, and especially their families who support all the hard work required to compete at such a high level.

 

New Balance Nationals

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Shamar Powell, far right, has the inside track that will lead him to a new Suffolk County record in the 800m.

The best high school track and field athletes in the nation converged on New York City this past weekend for the 2015 New Balance National Championships. Boys track coach Rob Conroy is happy to announce that senior speedster Shamar Powell set a new school, and new county record in the 800 meter with a time of 1:52.27.

Shamar’s time placed him 7th in the nation and only twenty-seven one hundredths of a second shy of All-American status. Congratulations Shamar!

Discovery Day at Microsoft Connects the Dots to an Exciting Future

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“Our students are so incredibly lucky to have this valuable and enriching partnership.” - Dr. Jared Bloom

Some very lucky students in South Huntington are getting ready to visit the state-of-the-art Microsoft Technology Center to experience the latest technology devices and touch experience. Our students and their teachers will participate in presentations about exciting programs offered by Microsoft and We Connect the Dots.

“The district is fortunate to have a college and career coach like Mr. Rob Callahan, and a STEM coach like Ms. Marijean Scardapane, who work side by side to find opportunities for our students that empower and expose them to attend events like We Connect the Dots,” said Dr. Jared Bloom, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum.  “Events like this allow students to explore and learn. They are exposed to so many opportunities at a corporation like Microsoft, where they can see the vast array of career opportunities, not just software programming, but careers in marketing, research, and sales to name just a few.”

Last year our students came away energized by the high-tech experience and what might be possible for their career future, and this year looks to be even more exciting. Microsoft has two days set aside, one for students in grades 6 to 8 and one day for students in 9 to 12. Led by Science Department Chairperson Mr. Marcus Maddy and a handful of dedicated teachers, South Huntington will bring 25 students to each of the two days. “There are skill sets that our students can learn in an environment like Microsoft that are not so easily duplicated in the classroom,” said Dr. Bloom. “Our students are so incredibly lucky to have this valuable and enriching partnership. The district is working on many other exciting opportunities to enrich our students' classroom experience, so stay tuned.”

Last year’s event was so successful, Microsoft, in conjunction with Connect the Dots, prepared a short video that featured several of our teachers and students engaged in the technological experience.

You can view the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDIBeB286F4

March Madness Highlights Countrywood Community

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The Countrywood community took over Whitman’s north gymnasium and had a blast!

Countrywood’s March Madness celebration was in full swing on Thursday evening, March 12th. Students filled Whitman’s north gymnasium with families in tow where they enjoyed an evening of fun-filled activities. From a live DJ and dancing, to snacks for parents and children, to an evening of sporting challenges that pitted teams of parents and teachers, this event sponsored in its entirety by the Countrywood PTA was an evening highlighted by laughter and camaraderie.

This was the second year in a row that the Kindergarten team won the coveted ‘Countrywood Cup.’ Congratulations to all of the fantastic parents and teachers who led a spirited and competitive evening.

The Countrywood PTA, as a way to say thanks to their generous community, underwrote the entire evening. Thank you PTA and especially Countrywood parent, Joe Caiazzo, for all your hard work planning and executing this wonderful evening out.

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Festival of the Arts Returns

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Highlighted by our talented students, the evening was a perfect balance of visual and performing arts.

Special thanks to our dedicated Walt Whitman music teachers, Mr. Deitz, Mr. Yolango and Mr. Altinel; art teachers, Ms. Verna Amakawa, Ms. Erica Cryer, Ms. Gina Tinucci, Ms. Nicole Guido; and theater/dance teacher, Ms. Susan Radin, and Ms. Danielle Rodrigues, advisor of the Spanish Heritage Club, for their work in bringing back the Festival of the Arts.  Last Wednesday's programs featured the work of our incredibly talented performers from Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Whitman Chorale, Whitman Dance members, the Latino Dance team, and the Centerstage Theater Group—as well as phenomenal artwork and photography created by students—for an evening of combined creative energy. We look forward to watching this initiative grow into a grand showcase activity in the years ahead. Special thanks to the National Art Honor Society students who assisted with the Festival, as well as Mr. Carlo Giordano, Ms. Kathy Hopkins, and Mr. John Burke for bringing the worn-down display boards back to life! 

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To the students who participated in the Festival, we appreciate the effort you demonstrated, as well as your talent:

JAZZ BAND:  Derek Lap, Dana Roach, Isaac Renderos, Matt Cusumano, Alec Gonzalez, Joonho Ko, James Reilly, Josh Devaraj, Jack Schatten, Brittany White, Mike DiMaulo, Jordan Roiland, Will Flood, Emily Ferrante, Jack Zuckerberg, Alijon Ozkiral, and Nick Miata.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA:  Eliza Wong, Liam Heath, Olivia Banting, Shaina Silverman, Kelsey DeRosa, Julia Persaud, Mike Pinelli, Mindy Lin, Victor Chae, Sarah Tabibzada, Alijan Ozkiral, Jaycie Cardoso, Quinn Cortese, Alexandra Wirth, Jacob Klein, Jeremy Bombace, Noelle Bryggman, Tyler Zeoli, Christina Bogdani, Francine Sauer, Cheyenne Madrid, Teddy Fisher, Margaret Pigliacelli, Anastasia Alpy, James Reilly, and Kentaro Matsushima.

WHITMAN CHORALE:  Heather Aadal, Caitlin Dermody, Lauren Giglio, Marina Kopf, Jess Menditto, Shaina Silverman, Olivia Banting, Adrienne Cantave, Kelsey DeRosa, April Fallon, Megan Lo, Alyssa Torchon, Trevor Ewald, Delaney Guiliano, Sam Hoffman, Michael Jackson, Kalif Jones, Brandon Scott, Thomas Foley, Greg Josenhans, Derek Lap, Nick Magnus, Carlos Villatoro, and Tyler Zeoli.

MS. AMAKAWA’S ART STUDENTS:  Cassidy Batkin, April Fallon, Marielis Garcia, Eve Metzger, Dana Roach, Olivia Van Eron, Nikolette Bellocchio, Katie Batkin, Kara Bromschwig, David Figueroa, Maclaire George, Haley Khatchatourian, Rosa Lazo, Julio Taku, Gabriela Rosales, Jennifer Barrios, Mason Kraese, Jonathan Martinez, Danielle Mattila, Luke McEvoy, Michael Orlando, Jessi Pesa, Cinthya Ramos, Samuel Tract, Muaz Azhar, Jacob Kahrs, Laura McAuley, Ken Miyaguchi, Heydi Ponce, Allison Saltz, Rebecca Sansotta, Jenna Uryevick, Alexandra Bitter, Sean Conklin, Jacob Greene, Tariq Griffiths, Casey Iannuzzi, Jean Louis Carlin, Hannah Karkari, Ronald Nativi Ulloa, Faiza Tariq, Christina Civello and Leslie Portillo. 

MS. CRYER’S ART STUDENTS:  Antoinette Miller; Chloe Zakarin, Wendy Cordova, Thomas DeGaetano, Elias DiMatis, Elias Hernandez, Nadia Lubrano, Cynthia Nunez, Jessica Rastu, Christian Rozenveld, Jared Saget, Jessica Sorto, Hannah Stasko, Domonique Watts, Zadran Shaista, Jonathan Acevedo, Andrea Adames, Iridian Basquez, Jalynn Cooke, Gerson Florres, Edwin Lemus, Taylor Martino, Estefany Reyes, Edwin Ulloa, Jackie Wuestman, Meghann Alphonse, Alexa Costas, Katie Hughes, Jennifer Martinez, Alexa Honickman and Maureen Rossero. 

MS. GUIDO’S ART STUDENTS:  Vanessa Fuentes, Jack Karmen, Yamary Vargas Garcia, Kelsey Villatoro Alfaro, Alyssa Denis, Lillianna Galati, Karla Hernandez Amaya, Lauren Koch, Benjamin Pacheco, Manuela Pacheco Garzon, Diana Torres, Nancy Cordero, Alex Greenberg, Britany Khatchatourian, Shannon Polk, Dayana Reyes, Brittany Shaneberger, Brooke Decker, Karina Diaz, Brenton Quinn, Alexander Reyes, Jason Seidl, Danielle Wechsler, Sofia Charzuk, Julia Fisch, Emily Fung, Lesley Garay, Zachary Lella, Melissa Portillo, and Christopher Shiraishi.

MS. TINUCCI’S ART STUDENTS:  Yanira Aguilar, Alexandra Alvarenga, Savannah Crane, Derek Gianchetta, Karla Hernandez Amaya, Lauren Kramer, Hafsah Marzouk, Nicole McNulty, Rhiannon Mizrachi, Melea Prepetit, Nicole Sohn, Lina Weingarten, Bridget McHale, Jesse Morra, Daneshka Decene, Sophia Marcoccia, Heather Walker, Thao Williams, Andrea Bais, Kerry Conlon, Isabel Sararin, Rachel Shapiro, Taylor Taranto, Zanaira Tariz, Nicole Samba, Hannah Karkari, Audreiana Lesty, Alicia Litt, Imra Ahmed, Emily Beltran, Nicole Brigante, Jiaxing Du, Viviana Oliva, Emma Palka, Claudia Salamanca Contreras, Jenna Scheiner, Roninio Senatus, Elisabeth Auguste, April Carmine, Matthew McGowan, Brittany Roche, Anthony Calovic and Justin Wallace.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY:  Amy Chen, Melea Prepetit, Kiran Usmani, Alicia Litt, April Fallon, Hannah Karkari, Taylor Taranto, Isabel Sakarin, Jon Sparling, Rachel Shapiro, Kayla Grande, Abdjine Lemaitre, Alyssa Denis, and Grace Noonan.

MS. RADIN’S DANCE STUDENTS:  Melanie Olinsky, Sarah Haller, Rebecca Nardelli, Luke Smith, Caroline Tomaselli, Sonia Bartolomeo, Marielle Hammond, Gary Cisneros Campos, and Kelsey McDonald.

THE LATINO DANCERS:  Keiry Manzanares, Juan Gonzalez, Jailene Arce, Greta Salguero, German Nunez, Elizabeth Plaisir, Andy Zuniga, and Richardo Quintanilla.

TRI-M STUDENTS:  Jillian Leydon, Melissa Shaiman, Joonho Ko, and Margaret Nostrand

Blues Guitarist Toby Walker Inspires Students

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"If he doesn't get them with his phenomenal guitar playing or catchy songs, he gets them with his wonderful stories. True entertainers have an engaging spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it, David Bromberg has it, and so does Toby" - John Platt ... Host of Sunday Morning Breakfast at WFUV
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Up-close with a master musician, Stimson students see first-hand how homemade instruments were created in the Deep South.
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“Blues musicians sang about a lot in their lives, and much of that was happy as well.” – Toby Walker

During several days spent at Stimson Middle School, musician Toby Walker was able to look across the street and point out a small frame house where he spent a good part of his childhood. Today Mr. Walker travels to many parts of the world, but he always looks forward to coming home to South Huntington and Stimson, where he entertains and inspires the middle schoolers with his passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music.

Toby Walker is a unique, accomplished finger-style guitar virtuoso who weaves heartwarming and at times humorous songs out of the stories that some of the great blues masters have shared with him. In Mr. Walker’s “Blues in the Schools” program, he shares his history and traveling experience, allowing others to experience the sounds, sights, and emotions inspired by his unique talents. His program at Stimson brought to life in song the adversity that African Americans experienced in the deep South. “A couple of my songs are meant to shock them,” said Mr. Walker. “I want them to feel, as much as they can, the hardships felt by so many, and I can see in their faces that I get the desired effect.” Mr. Walkers website shares his experiences on the road with its viewers at: http://www.littletobywalker.com

Mr. Walker gets students not only to participate in his songs, but also to understand the unique importance that the history of blues and certain types of guitars play in today's pop culture and music. “Blues wasn't necessarily always sad,” said Mr. Walker. ”Blues musicians sang about a lot in their lives, and much of that was happy as well.” No doubt the program that Toby Walker shared with Stimson’s students resounded well, leaving them with a newfound respect for how music, and the blues in particular, helped shape our country.

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2015 Wildcat Sports Camp

The 2015 Wildcat Summer Sports Camp brochures are now available on the District’s website. You may download and open the attachment below or go to Athletic Department eboard tab under Sports Camp.

Wildcat Sports Camp is available for children entering grades 3-8 as of September 2015.  

Out of District Campers are always welcome!

 

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Xanadu Rocks The House

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Thank you to all of the students and staff who supported this year's benefit show.
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Whitman juniors Jefferson Hector and David Grey add a great sound to whomever they are playing with.
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When you add Kelsey DeRosa and Kalif Jones’s vocals your bound to get some powerful and beautiful music.
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Harris Ansari is clearly making the most of his senior year at Whitman.
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Left to right: Anthony Morace and Austin Hennings bring down the house with their strong, energetic rock.

Last Friday night's Xanadu Concert was a big success, and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker had nothing but praise for her staffers and students. “Congratulations to Mr. Pipolo and the student members of our Xanadu Literary Magazine and the National English Honor Society for putting together a wonderful benefit concert,” said Ms. Acker.  The special evening of entertainment, organized by Whitman’s award-winning online literary magazine, provided a wonderful showcase for the community's numerous talents. “Great job by all performers and thank you for sharing your talents with us,” added Ms. Acker. Thank you to all of the students and staff who supported this year's benefit show.

Thank you Haley Gladitsch for the great photographs.


Track Awards For 3 Whitman Stars

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Left to right: Coach Steve Savage, Allysia Jones, Alexandra Greaves, Elizabeth Auguste, and Coach Rufus Shepard at the Section XI All County Track dinner.
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Proud mom Karen Bonfield gives daughter Alexandra Greaves a congratulatory hug.
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Whitman graduate Karen Bonfield, class of 1988, congratulates the new 55m Dash record holder, Alyssa Leto from Sachem High School

We hear from Girls Winter Track coach Rufus Shepard that the Section XI All County dinner was held at Villa Lombardi's last week and several Whitman athletes were honored. Congratulations to Alexandra Greaves - All County 55m dash; Elizabeth Auguste - All County Academic; and Allysia Jones - All County Academic.

One of the evening’s highlights happened when Alyssa Leto from Sachem High School was acknowledged for her record-breaking 55M dash. Turns out that the previous record was set by 1988 Whitman Graduate Karen Bonfield, mother of Alexandra Greaves. Ms. Bonfield was in attendance to support her daughter and was able to congratulate the new 55m-title holder in person.

Entertainment Sets Tone at PTA Council

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At Monday morning’s PTA Council meeting, a select group of Oakwood Primary Center Singers, under the direction of Ms. Luella Pinelli, and the Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Ron Stanton, treated council members, school delegates, school administrators, and Board of Education members, as well as many parents and community members to an assortment of choral and instrumental classics that delighted the audience.

Congratulations to Oakwood singers:  Kyle Schombs, Xavier Ali, Alcira Chavez, Gabriella Ilardi, William Lang, William Dowling, Christopher Portillo, Nicholas Signoretti, Jayla St. Croix, Noel Cowlishaw, Noelani Alvarez, Emily Butera, Abigail LaRegina, Ryan Maiorana, Samantha Castano, Morgan O’Donoghue, Anthony Reyes, Marlene Fernandez, Felicity Corado, Samantha Creighton, Sophia Lora, Carter Phillps, Jamie Ranieri, Riley LaRegina, Tessa Binsol, Karolina Mercado, Mavin Iannotta, Emmaleigh Goldfarb, Jack David, Landon Aronow, Skylar Menegis, Swraj Patel, Ashley Ranieri, Kathryn Glatzle, Ashley Chavez, Marie Costa, Edward Flores, Jeremy Ramirez, Kare Velasquez, Elizabeth Benitez, Andrew Blair, Diego Lopez, Brianna Verga, Abdul Rehman, Kayla Garcia, Sydni Russell, Daniel Ryan, Yakelin Joya, and Arnulfo Cordero.

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Congratulations to the Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Wind Ensemble:  Grace Buckshaw, Daniela Santoiemma, Danielle DeGaray, Margaret Neiland, Abby Grant, Ellena Lunt, Grace Weigele, Emily Boccia, Isabella Bermudez, Shannon Turner, Evgenia Doddo, Julia Ostermann, Abby Dinstell, Matthew Masaya, Noah Biton, Thomas Baranowski, Chelsea Perry, Jenna Dalimonte, Gina Diliberti, Sabrina McEvoy, Tanner Cella, William Denis, Aiden Gardner, Daniel Donovan, Cal Eidinoff, Tyler Grosso, Ben Joseph, Aarav Shah, Devin Gaynor, Paul Schiller, Victor Ottaviano, Joe Grasso, Wendell Saint Jean, Tess Anderson, Caroline Schrama, Scott Martin, Adam Yosofi, William Reyes, Roberto Hidalgo, Jesse Strenger Skolnik, Thomas Breaton, Chris Dorin, Chris Scortichini, Justin Feinman, Timmy Klaum, Vincent Santoiemma, Zach Reichhold, Darren Miceli, Maya Duclay, Jeremy Lanz, Jack Neiland, Matthew Desmond, Thomas Biryla, and Liam Weigele.

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PTA Walkway: How To Leave A Great, Lasting Impression

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The Community Walkway at WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL

Become a part of South Huntington School District’s future by leaving a lasting impression with your own personalized brick. Your personalized brick will be engraved with an inscription of your choice and become a permanent part of our community walkway at Walt Whitman High School.

A program sponsored by the South Huntington School District Council of PTAs

Please contact PTA Council President Mr. Dominic LeClaire with any questions: 631-553-7870

Email: ptacouncil@shufsd.org

Please see attached brochure for additional information and order form.

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Whitman Students Deliver at DECA

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Principal Kathie Acker, right, congratulates Walt Whitman New York State DECA medal winners. Ms. Hsiao and DECA advisor, Ms. Kluepfel, left to right respectively, join their State winners.

Last week 29 Walt Whitman DECA members traveled to Rochester, New York, to compete in the 55th Annual New York DECA State Career Conference. Walt Whitman High School was recognized for increasing membership, and with guidance from Ms. Hsiao and DECA advisor, Ms. Kluepfel, Whitman students earned multiple awards!  These talented young men and women performed with distinction earning honors in a multitude of marketing, business, and entrepreneurial categories.

Top ten medals were awarded to the following students:

Jonathan Mozoon in Public Speaking;

Misha Patel in Retail Merchandising;

Joanne Nguyen in Principles of Finance;

Nicole Rowe in Principles of Finance;

Joseph Van Gostein in Principles of Business Administration;

Rachel Vaughan in Principles of Business Administration;

Brenda Mendez in Principles of Business Administration;

Rory Apollonia in Restaurant and Food Management;

David Grey in Business Services Marketing;

John Vesque in Principles of Marketing;

Ilana Desmond in Principles of Marketing;

and Tyler Malone in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

Congratulations Whitman DECA!

Only The Best at National Dance Competition

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Congratulations: Arianna Carlson, Ashley Corcoran, Catherine Costantino, Katherine Cox, Taylor Greco, Jenna Kilkenny, Marina Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Corina Lambraia, Rebecca MacLeod, Delaney Mena, Amanda Moletz, Sabrina O’Dette, Pamela Pulvirenti, Madison Repetti, and Victoria Rosa.
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The Jazz Team is ready to take the floor.
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The superstars. The legends. The icons, and our Walt Whitman Varsity Dance team. They all take the stage at Hard Rock LIVE.
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At Saturday’s Hip Hop competition, the team begins their performance.
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The Varsity Dance team and their coaches bid a fond farewell to sunny Florida.
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Thank you parents for all of your hard work and support.

Are you ready for sunshine and the most exciting dance competition of the year? Well, our Whitman Varsity Dance team certainly was, and they just spent a long weekend at the NDA National Championships.  “Our performers combined grit with glamour, passion with poise, and a competitive drive with a collaborative approach,” said South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Joseph Centamore. 

The ‘Nationals’ took place on the stage at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL and teams from across the country made the journey to Orlando to compete for the title of NDA National Champion. “Our coaches did an outstanding job in preparing our team and promoting a culture that was conducive to both achievement as well as character.  This team is a family,” said Centamore. And speaking of family, many of the girls had one or more of their family in attendance and the support they showed was instrumental in the success of the team. “The support from our parents and families was outstanding.  It was like we never left home,” said Centamore. “The whole team, represented our community admirably and we are all very proud of them.”

The weekend came to a close with the Whitman team placing 11th in the Jazz category out of the top 26 teams in the nation with a final score of 9.2 score. In a revamping of the of the Kick category Whitman place 7th with a score of 9.1. Congratulations on a job well done to our Varsity Dance Team, under the guidance of Ms. Kiva Boozer and Ms. Nicole Mercurio:  Arianna Carlson, Ashley Corcoran, Catherine Costantino, Katherine Cox, Taylor Greco, Jenna Kilkenny, Marina Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Corina Lambraia, Rebecca MacLeod, Delaney Mena, Amanda Moletz, Sabrina O’Dette, Pamela Pulvirenti, Madison Repetti, and Victoria Rosa. 

See our girls in action at the following link and follow instructions below for all 3 performances:

http://www.varsity.com/event/1960/2015-nda-nationals-videos

Saturday’s Hip Hop performance upper right click to NDA: Hip Hop Sat (1)

Saturday’s Kick performance upper right click to NDA: Kick Sat.

Sunday’s Jazz Performance upper right click to NDA: Jazz Sun.

 

News From The State Championships

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Left to right: Shamar Powell, Jacob Kahrs, and Chad Maier after a successful day at Cornell University.
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Shamar Powell, left, running in the 1000 meter set a new school record.

Track Coach Rob Conroy is happy to report that at Saturday’s New York State championship track meet, held at Cornell University, Shamar Powell set new school record in the 1000 meter with a time of 2.29.05. The excellent time gave Powell the #4 spot in the state.

Also at the State Championships, Whitman runner Chad Maier, who set a personal best in the 3200 meter with a time of 9:34.34, netted himself a #13 spot in the state. Jacob Kahrs was instrumental in helping Section XI finish 3rd in the medley relay, running the 1600 meter leg. Congratulations on a great winter track season.

Shortened Day Can’t Contain Blood Drive Success

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Blood drive captains get a ‘job well done’ from Whitman Principal Kathie Acker, left in photo. Ms. Diane Zamow, Whitman’s Senior Class Advisor who coordinated the drive, joins the group standing next to ‘Drop’ the Blood Drive mascot.

Despite the weather and delayed school opening, the Walt Whitman Blood Drive on Friday, March 6th was a huge success.  A steady stream of donors came through the doors of the Blood Drive and donated 76 pints in 4 hours. 

This blood donation comes at a time when blood bank levels are at all time lows during the challenging winter of 2015.  Thank you to all our captains who ran the drive!   Alexander Alachan, Alexa Arthur, Alison Calzada, Amy Chen, Lauren Connolly, Cesia Deras, Joanna Maniscalco, Katelyn Neuman, Jonathan O'Toole, Sherina Parra, Jennifer Sarnataro, Francine Sauer, Rachel Sundermier, Alyssa Torchonm, Megan Windt, and Hannah Zaiff.  The Blood Drive was led by the senior class officer team of: Sade Bamgbelu, Marissa Locastro, Leslie Portillo, Mahum Siddiqui, Gabrielle Vital, and Abigail Daniels. 

Marching Band Celebrates

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Marching Band 4 Years of Service Awards: Gabrielle Dukes, April Fallon, Nicole Grennan, William Flood, Margaret Nostrand, Nicole Peluso, Rebecca Sansotta, Michael Simeone, MaryRose Stone, Rachel Sundermier, Ellen Tricomi, and Hannah Zaiff.
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Minds on the March Award 12th Grade: Alexa Arthur, April Fallon, Nicole Grennan, Melissa Jean Pierre, Nicole Peluso, Margaret Nostrand, Julia Persaud, Rebecca Sansotta, Rachel Sundermier, Ellen Tricomi, and Hannah Zaiff.
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Drum Majors: Rebecca Sansotta and Mara Keen with Mr. Alan Deitz.
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Color Guard Captains: Melissa Shaiman and Alexa Arthur with Mr. Alan Deitz.
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Marching Band 3 Years of Service Awards: Alexa Arthur, Ariane Apostle, Kimberly Bellissimo, Cassandra Eaches, David Grey, Jefferson Hector, Mara Keen, Megan Lo, Ariana Monterroso, Julia Persaud, Umaimah Saleemi, Colin Sherland, Lindsay Varolian, and Brittany White.
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Minds on the March Award 11th Grade: Kimberly Bellissimo, Cassandra Eaches, David Grey, Jefferson Hector, Umaimah Saleemi, Colin Sherland, and Brittany White.
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Marching Band 2 Years of Service Awards: Devin Anderson, Kathleen Clark, Matthew Cusumano, Neyda Diaz-Vilorio, Sarah Haller, Elizabeth Hardwick, Elizabeth Havjar, Natalie Hayes, Sofie Hibler, Casey Leonick, Brooke Pagano, Jessica Persaud, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Riehl, Jordan Roiland, Melissa Shaiman, and Paige Tortorice.
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Minds on the March Award 10th Grade: Kathleen Clark, Neyda Diaz Vilorio, Elizabeth Hardwick, Sofie Hibler, Casey Leonick, Brooke Pagano, Jessica Persaud, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Riehl, Jordan Roiland, Melissa Shaiman, and Paige Tortorice.
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Marching Band 1 Year of Service Awards: Joshua Berger, Denver Dukes, Thomas Flood, Matthew Haddock, Melissa Jean Pierre, Justin Joachim, Matthew Kaputa, Miles Lewis, Sara Lopez, Nadia Lubrano, Brenda Mendez, Bianca McMillen, Brenton Quinn, Kaitlyn Riha, Amaya Taylor, and Natalie Zakrzewski.
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Minds on the March Award 9th Grade: Joshua Berger, Matthew Haddock, Justin Joachim, Sara Lopez, Nadia Lubrano, Brenda Mendez, Kaitlyn Riha, and Natalie Zakrzewski.
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Minds on the March Award 8th Grade: Benjamin Barton, Cosett Brazeau, Maxwell Fisher, and Joseph Sansotta.
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Marching Band Years of Service Awards, Stimson 8th Grade: Benjamin Barton, Olivia Bonomo, Corsette Brazeau, Katelyn Erthal, Maxwell Fisher, Ashley Koch, Timothy Rise, Joseph Sansotta, and Natasha Scott.

The 28th Annual Wildcat Marching Band Awards Banquet was held on Friday, February 27th, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Huntington Station. This banquet is a tradition for the marching band community, mostly as a way of saying thank you to all of the dedicated and talented students, staff, and parents, who get to enjoy their collective accomplishments of the season.

Hosted by the band parents, the banquet was attended by marching band staff, students, parents, school and district administration, and members of the Board of Education. Students, staff, and education administrators enjoyed an evening of celebration, dinner, dancing, and recognition. Parents joined for dessert and for the presentation of awards by marching band coordinator Mr. Allan Deitz.

Each student received an award for participation based on the cumulative number of years in the program. Students in leadership positions were also recognized, including Drum Majors: Rebecca Sansotta and Mara Keen, and Color Guard Captains: Alexa Arthur and Melissa Shaiman.

Marching Band Years of Service Awards

Stimson 8th Grade: Benjamin Barton, Olivia Bonomo, Corsette Brazeau, Katelyn Erthal, Maxwell Fisher, Ashley Koch, Timothy Rise, Joseph Sansotta, and Natasha Scott.

1-year service: Joshua Berger, Denver Dukes, Thomas Flood, Matthew Haddock, Melissa Jean Pierre, Justin Joachim, Matthew Kaputa, Miles Lewis, Sara Lopez, Nadia Lubrano, Brenda Mendez, Bianca McMillen, Brenton Quinn, Kaitlyn Riha, Amaya Taylor, and Natalie Zakrzewski.

2-year service: Devin Anderson, Kathleen Clark, Matthew Cusumano, Neyda Diaz-Vilorio, Sarah Haller, Elizabeth Hardwick, Elizabeth Havjar, Natalie Hayes, Sofie Hibler, Casey Leonick, Brooke Pagano, Jessica Persaud, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Riehl, Jordan Roiland, Melissa Shaiman, and Paige Tortorice.

3-year service: Alexa Arthur, Ariane Apostle, Kimberly Bellissimo, Cassandra Eaches, David Grey, Jefferson Hector, Mara Keen, Megan Lo, Ariana Monterroso, Julia Persaud, Umaimah Saleemi, Colin Sherland, Lindsay Varolian, and Brittany White.

4-year service: Gabrielle Dukes, April Fallon, Nicole Grennan, William Flood, Margaret Nostrand, Nicole Peluso, Rebecca Sansotta, Michael Simeone, MaryRose Stone, Rachel Sundermier, Ellen Tricomi, and Hannah Zaiff.

In addition, the Walt Whitman Wildcat Marching Band "Minds on the March" Award was presented to a number of students in each grade who maintain a 90 or above grade point average while participating in the rigorous marching band program. The following students (by grade level) were honored:

8th Grade: Benjamin Barton, Cosett Brazeau, Maxwell Fisher, Joseph Sansotta

9th Grade: Joshua Berger, Matthew Haddock, Justin Joachim, Sara Lopez, Nadia Lubrano, Brenda Mendez, Kaitlyn Riha, Natalie Zakrzewski

10th Grade: Kathleen Clark, Neyda Diaz Vilorio, Elizabeth Hardwick, Sofie Hibler, Casey Leonick, Brooke Pagano, Jessica Persaud, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Riehl, Jordan Roiland, Melissa Shaiman, Paige Tortorice

11th Grade: Kimberly Bellissimo, Cassandra Eaches, David Grey, Jefferson Hector, Umaimah Saleemi, Colin Sherland, Brittany White

12th Grade: Alexa Arthur, April Fallon, Nicole Grennan, Melissa Jean Pierre, Nicole Peluso, Margaret Nostrand, Julia Persaud, Rebecca Sansotta, Rachel Sundermier, Ellen Tricomi, and Hannah Zaiff.

 

The Marching Band will be performing at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Huntington Village this Sunday, March 8, 2015 beginning at 2PM.


 

Traveling the World With Geography

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Left to right front row: Aarav Shah, Hope Levin, and Saul Ramos. Left to right back row: Mr. Morales and Dr. Bullock.

Geography matters! The National Geography Bee is “designed to inspire students to be curious about the world.” This year, Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center had four students: Hope Levin, Hunter Millman, Saul Ramos, and Aarav Shah, compete in the Geography Bee.

Hope, Saul, and Aarav made it through to the semifinal round. The following student comments tell of their keen interest in geography. Hunter Millman said, “Geography is so cool because, even though, I don’t go around the world; I can still learn about it.” Hope Levin said, “We are geography. We live with geography.” Saúl Ramos added, “It [Geography] could make me an expert on this amazing planet. I hope to join the Geography Bee in the future and do better.” Aarav Shah said, “Going to the Geography Bee was a great experience. I plan to go next year.” Silas Wood plans to continue to spark the interest of students by studying the world, from ancient civilizations to the Middle Ages. Silas Wood teachers, Dr. Bullock and Mr. Morales served as support to the students and faculty. 

Dr. Seuss Would Be Proud

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Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, center in photo, thoroughly enjoyed reading to Ms. Zisel’s second-grade class.

Countrywood hosted their second annual Read-In on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  This special day gathered many distinguished guests together to share their love of reading. 

South Huntington staff including Dr. Bennardo, Dr. Centamore, and Ms. Michaelian joined Countrywood teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff members in this reading event.  In addition, Fire Chief Chuck Brady, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Board of Education Trustees Ms. Laura Carey and Ms. Lisa Brieff, and other community members shared their love of reading with our lucky students. 

This was a memorable and rewarding experience for both the adults and children as they shared their favorite stories and spent time talking about books.  Community Read-In is our opportunity to make a difference and show our children that reading is FUNdamental!!!!

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Stand Up, Speak Out, Take a Stand!

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Poster winners gather to send a message: Bullying in any shape or form will not be tolerated, so take action and speak out.

Walt Whitman’s General Student Organization (GSO) sponsors compassion themes monthly throughout the school year.  The GSO officers decided that February's theme would be anti-bullying, and they ran a poster contest - 1st prize was a $25 gift card to Dunkin Donuts; 2nd prize, $15 to Dunkin Donuts; 3rd prize, $10 to Dunkin Donuts; and Honorable Mentions received a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.  We hear from GSO Advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande that there were many great submissions and judging was difficult.

For Cyber Bullying:

1st place:  Jade Darrow

2nd place:  Diana Ortega

3rd place:  Skyler Zenie

Honorable Mentions: Melanie Olinsky and Carlos Villatoro


For Anti Bullying:

1st place:  Victoria Vasta

2nd place: Kayla Soulias and Grace Noonan

3rd place:  Olivia Poplawski and Ashley Seebach

Honorable Mentions: Liora Hyman, Megan Bushey, Gabrielle Vital, Faiza Tariq, Deja Tejada, Lauren King, Christina Bogdani, Madalyn Tallo, Serena Halajian, Emma Dunn, and Alexis Darrow.

Miles For Michael 5K Run-Walk

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Join us again this year for an unforgettable morning. It all begins and ends at Walt Whitman High School.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

General information can be found at:

http://www.shufsd.org/community/art_and_sole_5k_runwalk

 

Registration forms can be found at:

http://www.shufsd.org/Assets/Purchasing_Documents/RUNSIGN_UP.pdf?t=635602838005330000

The Budget Process: Ready for Adoption

The State budget numbers are finalized and our budget calculations and numbers for the 2015-16 school year are just about ready.  Our fiscal conservancy over the past has put us in a good position going forward.  

Please see the talking points attached below from each budget workshop that were discussed at the latest BOE meeting. The community is encouraged to join us at these informative and frank discussions so that all voices may be heard as we plan the budget for the 2015-2016 school year. The Budget adoption is our next meeting.

All future BOE meetings are posted below:

 

Wednesday            April 15            7:30 p.m. Budget Adoption

Regular Business Meeting

Conference Room B, Administration Building

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station

 

Monday            April 20            5:00 p.m.

Deadline for Filing Candidate Petition

District Clerk’s Office

Room 109, Administration Building

60 Weston Street, Huntington Station

 

Tuesday            April 28             7:30 p.m.

Regular Business Meeting

(BOCES Budget Vote/Elections)

Conference Room B, Administration Building

 

Wednesday            May 6            7:30 p.m.

Meet the Candidates Night

South Cafeteria, Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station

 

Tuesday            May 12            7:30 p.m.

Public Hearing of Budget

Regular Business Meeting

PAC, Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station

 

Tuesday            May 19            3-10 p.m.

Budget Vote/Elections

Regular Business Meeting

South Gym, Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station

 

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Absentee Ballot Information

ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION

2015-2016 BUDGET VOTE 

Walt Whitman High School South Gymnasium, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 3:00-10:00  PM

If you are planning to be out of the district during the scheduled voting hours you may apply for an absentee ballot.  The first step required is the filling out of the Application for Absentee  Ballot form.  The Application for Absentee Ballot form is available in the District Clerk's Office (Room 109), Administration Building, 60 Weston Street, Huntington Station (Phone: 631-812-3077) or it can be downloaded from the attachment below.

The Application for Absentee Ballot form must be received by Tuesday, May 12, if the ballot is to be mailed in or by Monday, May 18, if the ballot is to be personally delivered and returned. Completed absentee ballots  must be received by 5 p.m. on May 19.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 631-812-3077.

Judith A. Hammond

District Clerk

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Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016 School Year

District resident children with birthdates ranging from December 2, 2009 through December 1, 2010 are eligible to attend the kindergarten program within the South Huntington UFSD commencing September 2015. Registration for this program is scheduled for February 23rd – February 27th from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., and March 10th and 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at each of the district’s two primary schools. If your child will be attending a private/parochial school, you must notify the Registration Office at 812-3181. When registering your child, please use either the English or Spanish attached form for important requirements and information.

Los niños(as) que residen en nuestro Distrito, que nacieron entre las fechas 2 de diciembre de 2009 yel 1 de diciembre de 2010 son elegibles para un programa de Kindergarten en el Distrito que comienza en septiembre de 2015. Las fechas para matricular a los niños(as) son del 23 de febrero al 27 de febrero de 2015 de las 3:00 a las 5:00 de la tarde, y 10 de marzo y 25 de marzo de las 6:30 a las 8:30 de la tarde en las dos escuelas primarias. Si su hijo va a asistir a una escuela privada / parroquial, debe notificar a la oficina de registro en el 812-3181.

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