When Helping Others Comes Naturally

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The Natural Helpers were selected by their peers through a school-wide nomination process.

With the start of the New Year, Walt Whitman High School celebrated its Natural Helpers eleventh year! Natural Helpers is a peer-helping program used in high schools across the United States and in several other countries. The program is based on a simple premise: Within every school, an informal "helping network" exists. Students naturally seek out other students for advice, assistance, or a sympathetic ear. Natural Helpers uses this existing helping network; it provides students and adults who are already perceived as "natural helpers” with extensive training. “It was inspiring to see such a talented team of South Huntington students and staff immersed in a weekend of Natural Helpers training,” said Superintendent Bennardo in his weekly newsletter. “Congratulations to the students and staff that spent the weekend training to assist peers in need.”

The eleventh annual Walt Whitman Natural Helpers overnight retreat took place on January 9th. It was a huge success! Natural Helpers Advisors Ivette Moss and Patricia Urgiles worked hard to provide an activity-filled retreat for 27 Whitman students. The Huntington Tri-Community Youth Agency also assisted.

The Natural Helpers were selected by their peers through a school-wide nomination process. Students were asked to name peers they find to be caring and trustworthy. The retreat, which took place at Camp Alvernia in Centerport, included many enjoyable team-building activities as well as presentations on such topics as stereotyping, healthy relationships, and active listening skills. The result was a meaningful experience for all involved. The students left with a stronger self-awareness, a new sense of respect for others, better listening skills, and a few new friends!

Congratulations to the students and staff that spent the weekend training to assist peers in need.  Advisors: Ivette Moss and Patricia Urgiles Students: Grade 9 – Alyssa Christiansen, Maxwell Fisher, Andrew Harrigan, Jaquelinne Jaco Garay, Wendley Jean Baptiste, Rebecca Lamanna, Sean Rankel, Grace Roiland, Gabrielle Safian; Grade 10 – Chloe Blumberg, Thomas DeGaetano, Katie Latko, Brenda Mendez, Julio Shimund Taku, Perry Tripi, Jr.; Grade 11 – Laura Altieri, Steven Ciravolo, Aleyda Garcia, James Reilly, Jordan Roiland, Paige Tortorice, Grace Williams, Alexandra Wirth; Grade 12 – Patrick Brady, Kashaf Duja, Emma Kongevold, and Haley Tract. Teacher Nominees: K. Goldman, R. Milazzo, D. Rodriguez, Principal John Murphy and Ms. Leah Lugovina. Tri CYA Staff: Christine Corcoran, Ferris Thomas, and Mairaid Kelly.

 

Sports Rescheduled

With today's (Monday 2/8) sports cancellations please note the following changes:

Girls Basketball  Home 2/9

Varsity 4:15

JV  6:00

Boys Basketball  Away 2/9

Varsity  6:00

JV  4:15

 

Track championships cancelled today - Rescheduled for 5:00 PM Wednesday 2/10

Suffolk’s Fastest

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Years of training yield 7.28 seconds and a county title for Whitman senior Alexandra Greaves.

Newsday photographer Joseph D. Sullivan perfectly captured Whitman senior Alexandra Greaves as she won the 55m Dash ahead of Connetquot's Bryana Padua and North Babylon's Taylor Fugueroa during the girls large school championships held at Suffolk County Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Alexandra ran a blistering 7.28 seconds to capture the County championship. “She's a wonderful student of the sport who wants to continue to improve,” said Varsity Track Coach Rufus Shepard.  “As a senior, Alex has embraced her responsibility of team captain and mentor for younger athletes on the team.  She's a great role model for all of South Huntington and Coach Savage and I are extremely proud of her.” Congratulations to Suffolk’s fastest - Alexandra Greaves.

The Future is Here

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Lady Wildcat seniors, with coaches and family members left to right: Rose Pedretti, Jesse Morra, Kelly Baumann, Zenab Ojibe, and sister Zannia Ojibe.
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Brittney Coleman (4) will be back next year, and along with a healthy Rosa Portaro will be a team leader.
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Desiree Kleberg (13) has had a busy season as a freshman and is getting familiar to the speed and toughness of varsity level basketball.
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Freshman Meghan Soulias (25) already commands respect on the court and hopefully will become a major presence in Suffolk County Basketball.
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Freshman Danielle Kleet (5) has played well and is seeing the court a lot better as her minutes grow.

“They’re a young team and the youngest play a lot,” started Varsity Coach Dan Trebour when talking about his season so far.  With two freshman starters and the next one off the bench a freshman as well, the Lady Wildcat Basketball team sports a very different look then in past years.

Senior starters Rose Pedretti and Zenab Ojibe have led the team to the brink of the playoffs. A crucial game will be at Northport on Saturday, February 6th at 1PM.  Rose has elevated her game from last year and is an efficient player who always brings a physical presence when she’s on the court. Rose is a four-year varsity basketball player, three-year starter, and two-year captain. She has been the leading scorer on the team since her sophomore season and will graduate with about 700 career points and 400 career rebounds.  Rose is a two-time All-League player.

Zenab Ojibe at 5’11’ brings a strong presence to the center of the court.  Zenab is a three-year varsity basketball player, current co-captain of the 2015-2016 team, and a three-sport varsity athlete. Zenab has been a consistent asset on the defensive end and on the boards for the Wildcats.  She has recorded 17 rebounds in several games this year, something not many former players have done.

Off the bench, seniors Jesse Mora, Zannia Ojibe and Kelly Baumann give the Wildcats solid experienced depth. All three of these talented ladies are two-year varsity basketball players and three-sport varsity athletes.

Brittney Coleman, a junior starter, is the teams second leading scorer and leading 3-point shooter. She will be counted on heavily next year. The freshman starters have done an exceptional job and of course that bodes well for the next several years. Danielle Kleet has done a nice job handing the ball under pressure. Meghan Soulias, at 5’8” can already do so many things right, and other coaches have made note. Desiree Kleberg is another talented freshman who is getting excellent time and will continue to grow into her position anchoring what could be a top-level threesome for years to come.

Noticeably missing from this year’s line up is junior Rosa Portaro who is recovering from a torn ACL. Rosa brings experience and aggressiveness to the starting lineup that any coach would welcome. “Rosa is our quarterback,” said coach Trebour. “Having her out this year was a real loss to the team.” The lack of floor experience for the starting team has hurt the Wildcats in some close games against very good and experienced teams.

“They’re an unselfish bunch that works hard, and no matter what happens throughout the course of the season, they compete,” said coach Trebour.  “It's nice to come to practice everyday as a coach and know that they give it their all.”

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Blood Drives Scheduled

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Special Effort By Lady Wildcats

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Team captains, all juniors, left to right: Kayla Soulias is the Wildcats #1 seeded Foil fencer; Paige Tortorice is the #1 seed for Epee fencers, Samantha Ruotolo is an Epee fencer who has shown remarkable progress this season, and Emily Ferrante is the #1 seeded Saber fencer.
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Captain Kayla Soulias, has been working with an outside fencing team and significantly upped her level coming into the season. Kayla is very competitive and her leadership abilities will be counted on next year as well.
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Melissa Shaiman, seeded 3rd in Saber fencing has show steady improvement and looks to make her mark as a senior next year.
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Junior Anastasia Alpy, the 2nd seeded Epee fencer has focused on her fencing and is working extremely hard. Like so many on the fencing team Anastasia carries a full plate of co-curricular activities.
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Junior Emily Ferrante is known to stand seven feet tall with her larger than life personality, which, teamed with her leadership ability, gives coach Jackie Addeo an extra voice.

Varsity Coach Jackie Addeo and her Lady Wildcat fencers are in a true rebuilding year. The team is void of any senior experience and find themselves outmatched in that arena. “I’m a big proponent of my fencers not worrying about winning and losing, but to focus more on giving it their all and learning with the experience of being on the strip.” Next year the Lady Wildcats should be a force to contend with. “The girls are really putting their heart and sole into fencing and that’s a really big component to winning,” said coach Addeo.

The Suffolk County Fencing Championships begin at 1PM on Saturday, February 6th at Ward Melville High School and coach Addeo is positive about some of her prospects in the tough competition. “Kayla Soulias is definitely someone to watch,” said the first year coach. “Emily Ferrante is another fencer who could do well, and we may even be surprised by freshman Ann Rodriguez who really has stepped up to the plate and has grown as a fencer this season.”  Coach Addeo is also expecting a good showing from Sophomore Maegan Guzman and Anastasia Alpy and knows that for all of her young fencers, the experience of top-level competition is crucial to the teams growth and success.

The Lady Wildcat fencers closed out their season with a winning 8-7 record, a nice accomplishment for a first year coach. “I want to specifically thank the parents of my fencers who have shown such great support, not only for me as a new coach, but the program as a whole,” said Addeo.

Congratulations to the fencers and their families who are giving it their all and building something special.

Leadership, Drive, Integrity, and Citizenship.

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Left to right: Congratulations to Julia Canigiani, Millicent LeClaire, Haley Tract, and Julianna Pasquarello on receiving the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation recognized four outstanding Walt Whitman students whose leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship skills are emblematic of our nation's 40th President. Congratulations to Julia Canigiani, Millicent LeClaire, Haley Tract, and Julianna Pasquarello on receiving the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award.

“All four of these exceptional students are very involved with the leadership aspect of various group within our school,” said Principal Murphy in his presentation on Wednesday morning. “These young ladies showcase all of the qualities we want our student leaders to have.” 

Kindergarten Registration for 2016-2017 School year

Kindergarten Registration is just around the corner. 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2016-2017

FEB. 22 – FEB. 25, 2016 & MAR. 29, 2016

District resident children with birthdates ranging from December 2, 2010 through December 1, 2011 are eligible to attend the kindergarten program within the South Huntington UFSD commencing September 2016.

Registration for this program is scheduled for February 22nd – February 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., and March 29th 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.

Before registering your child, please use the attached flyer (also shown below) that lists instructions and what is needed. 

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Congratulations!

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Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, (second from right back row) and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos (second from left back row) congratulate their January students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.

We wish to congratulate our January Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. These talented individuals have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. “I want to personally thank each of you for everything you do for Whitman,” said Principal John Murphy at a presentation on Wednesday morning. “We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to your success.”

January Students of the Month:

ART: Desiree Chouinard, Shaan Khan, Meagan O’Donnell, Marisa Sanquini

SCIENCE: Nelsy Alfaro Ortez, Waris Barakzai, Kathya Cisneros Rivas, Cinthia Vides Sortos

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: Lauren Civello, Grace Kongevold, Derek Lap, Catherine Ledbetter

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Richard Dreusike, Shealyn Naughton, Colin Stengl, Erick Vallecillo

ENGLISH: Safiya Burton, Cheyenne Madrid, Rocio Ramos Vasquez, Omar Rubio

SOCIAL STUDIES: Cyndy Bonilla, Alfonso DiFilippo, Michael Morck, Verdelle Saint Jean

MATHEMATICS: Sharyar Asif, Mariah Boyle, Matthew Havekotte, Lauren Vocke

WORLD LANGUAGES: Ife Adebola, Kimberly Bellissimo, Steven Ciravolo, Ashar Farooq

MUSIC: Marco Chiriboga, Derek Lap, Mary Reciniello, Brittany Roche

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Jordyn Guerrero: Boys Track and Gabriella Cipriano: Varsity Cheer.

Notice of Public Hearing

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

AND REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING 

 A PUBLIC HEARING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016, AT 7:30 P.M. IN CONFERENCE ROOM B OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 60 WESTON STREET, HUNTINGTON STATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEARING ALL INTERESTED PARTIES AND CITIZENS REGARDING THE SMART SCHOOLS INVESTMENT PLAN. 

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African-American Music to be Celebrated

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The Walt Whitman African-American Heritage Club is sponsoring their first annual District-wide Black History production.  This year’s theme,'African-American Music throughout our History,' will be brought to life by students—from our youngest Kindergarten students to our high school seniors. Our South Huntington students will perform in choruses, bands, orchestras, and much more in celebrating Black History Month. 

This celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Walt Whitman High School’s Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. 

We invite you to come and watch our students share their talents, as they highlight the musical contributions of many Black artists.  Additionally, there will be student displays and community artisans sharing their creativity. 

Youth Leads the Way for Men’s Fencing

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Senior captains left to right: Steven Ciravolo, Adam Meskill, and Scott McIntee will all be back next year ready to lead a stronger and more experienced team.
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Adam Meskill, a left-handed Foil fencer- intimidates his opponent while marching him down the strip.
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Charles Ruotolo, a freshman Saber starter for the Wildcats, readies on the on guard line to dash out at his opponent.
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Christopher Babinski, (facing camera) a junior Saber fencer is setting up his attack, drawing his opponent out, and ready to comeback with a repost.
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Max Eidinoff, an experienced Epee fencer new to the Wildcats, looks to his teammates for support to win the clutch bout.

As a young team, Whitman’s boys fencing is doing very well, and while coach Jeremy Allen doesn’t like to use the word ‘rebuilding’ to describe his team, they’re loaded with underclassman.  In fact, there isn’t one senior on the team. They had put a lot of work into the off-season and they continue to build as their season comes to a close and they head into the Section 11 Championships this weekend.

The team is currently 5-5 in their division, having just won a close match against Brentwood/Hauppague 14-13. Fencing captains include Steven Ciravolo. “Steven is a Saber fencing junior who is progressing well as he works his style,” said Coach Allen. “He should be taking some medals in his senior year.”   Adam Meskill a Foil fencing junior is having an exceptional year as the team starter. “He’s a great person to rely on when we need the points the most,” added Coach Allen.  Scott McIntee is an Epee fencing sophomore.  “Scott is an emerging leader with a soft voice, and is instrumental in getting the team rallied,” said Coach Allen. “Scott’s smarter that most of his competitors so as he grows into the position he should continue to do well.”

Coach Allen would like to congratulate all of the team members for their dedication to the sport. “It is no secret that both fencing teams here at Whitman are manned by very smart students who have many other obligations outside of the sport,” added Allen.  The team’s final match is away at Newfield on Thursday, February 4th, and the Suffolk Championships are Saturday, February 6th. Good Luck Wildcats!

Boys Varsity Fencing team: Christopher Babinski, Antony Benitez, Christopher Bias, Emanuel Campo, Steven Ciravolo, Mark Dammer, Gregory De Rosa, Tristan Dougherty, Brandon Dowling, Sean Duclay, Max Eidinoff, Maxwell Fisher, Juan Hernandez Perez, Robert Leonick, Scott Mc Entee, Mark Theodore Meneses, Adam Meskill, Michael Morck, Gerson Perez, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Jordan Roiland, Christian Rozenveld, Charles Ruotolo, Jordan Schneider, Jason Seidl, and Bijan Tabibzada.

NDA Dancers Land in The North Gym

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The Whitman dance team gathers with their awards, which included two first- and two second-place trophies.
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In the Small Varsity Jazz Division our team impressed the judges and took 1st place.
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Our Step Team, under the direction of Ms. Pamela Johnson closed out the event with a wonderful performance.
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Getting everything just right requires a tremendous amount of work, and our team and their coaches are very thankful for the support of the Dance Team Parents.
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As the awards are announced exhausted teams sit together and hope for the best.
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As the Large Varsity Hip Hop Division performances closed out the day our ladies gave it their all taking a second-place place trophy.
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The morning began with the Small Varsity Kick Division performances and the Whitman team warmed up with a second-place trophy.
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Our ladies are ready for their musical cue in the Small Varsity Team Performance where they took the top trophy.

On Sunday, January 31, Walt Whitman High School hosted the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Whitman Winter East Coast Regional Dance Championship. This was the inaugural kick-off of what we hope will be an annual tradition. Nearly four hundred spectators came out to support their teams. In addition to Whitman, there were numerous Long Island schools represented as well as a few from the Tri-State area. Our Whitman team, under the direction of Ms. Kiva Boozer and Ms. Nicole Mercurio, did not disappoint the home crowd by posting two first place and two second place finishes in the four divisions they competed in. Our Step Team, under the direction of Ms. Pamela Johnson closed out the event with a wonderful performance.

Thanks to the marketing efforts of Mr. Lee Nober and the assistance and support of Ms. Jodi Greco and the Walt Whitman Varsity Dance Competition Team parents, Dr. James Wright and Ms. Jayne O'Toole and the Wildcat Booster Club, sponsorships, advertisements and proceeds raised will help to re-instate a middle level, self-sustainable dance program for 2016-2017.

Special thanks go out to our event sponsors Huntington Honda and Mathnasium, the Event Planning Committee, Ms. Kiva Boozer, Ms. Jacqueline Tartaro, the Business Office, New Media Marketing, Mr. John Murphy and the High School’s administrative team, Ms. Elisabeth Mahoney and the Girls Leaders Club, the District Technology team, Mr. Carlo Giordano and Mr. Michael Lusardi as well as the entire High School Custodial crew and Mr. Ray Spatafora and the South Huntington Security team.

Congratulations to the entire Whitman Dance Team: Arielle Bagley, Arianna Carlson, Garrett Carter, Katherine Cox*, Taylor Greco, Erin Haddock, Jenna Kilkenny, Marina Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Marianna Kliampas, Corina Lambraia*, Amanda Moletz, Chloe Morris, Pamela Pulverenti, Madison Repetti, Melissa Romano, Brittney Salerno, Amaya Taylor, Julianna Thorbourne. (*Captains)   Coach: Kiva Boozer, Assistant Volunteer Coach: Nicole Mercurio.

 

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Penny Wars Proceeds Add Up For HiHi

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Ms. Peggy Boyd (center left) accepts a donation of $750.00 to the Family Service League’s Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative from the students of Stimson’s Homeroom 311.

Ms. Peggy Boyd from the Family Service League was at Stimson recently to accept a generous donation from the Penny Wars winning homeroom 311. Ms. Boyd shared the agency's mission with our students and thanked them and the Stimson School community for their generosity. The funds donated will help the Family Service League’s outreach program called Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HiHi).

Ms. Boyd spoke to the students about the homeless who live in the local communities and the efforts each day to help them access food and a warm place to sleep at night.

Congratulations to the entire Stimson community and especially to Ms. Schmitt’s homeroom 311 for their thoughtful generosity. Students in homeroom 311: Isabella Adamovicz, Jack Brady, Joshua Bukoski, Jordan Campanelli, Luke Cunsolo, Erik Dye, Michelle Franco, Jake Fullerton, Janna Garden, Colby Goldsmith, Lauren Gotard, Brianna Hansen, Sydney Khan, Ryan Meyer, Jennifer Parada Melgar, Isabella Rombaldi, Jaycelyn Ruotolo, Julia Seitz, Fiona Smyth, Caleb Sullivan, Barbara Tripi, Riley Turner, Joseph Varisco, Stephen Verderame, and Riley Zalbert. 

Collaborative Classroom Connection Features The Mitten Project

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Ms. D'Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, left, introduces Countrywood’s first-graders to their new learning buddies in Oswego, NY.
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The very latest in live video conferencing software enables a wonderfully creative environment where students can collaborate with anyone, anywhere.

This past week students in Ms. Schwartz' first grade class at Countrywood Primary Center and Mr. Schmidt's third grade class at Maplewood Intermediate School collaborated with two other classrooms across New York State.  The first graders participated in a live video conferencing session with students at Frederick Leighton Elementary in Oswego, and the third grade students collaborated with students at Troy PS 18 in Troy. 

Collaborative online projects are a great way to motivate students and reach outside the classroom where students can share their ideas with other students around the globe. Students can do book reviews, post reports, or share informational projects. They may even want to join a reading project like Ms. Schwartz class and Mr, Schmidts' classes did!

Prior to the video conferencing session, each class read the story "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. The classes then researched each animal in the story and wrote clues about them. Connecting via a video conference, hosted by Mrs. D'Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, each class guessed what animal the other class has hidden in their mitten by the clues given.

This interactive learning project encouraged active reading through book- technology connections! 

Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Dizzy has the sweetest disposition and just loved calming our test-takers.
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Hopefully our furry friends will be back for the AP Exams this Spring.
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Volunteer Donna Austin, owner of Dizzy, speak with a Whitman student who doesn’t want to say goodbye.
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Barbie, a poodle mix owned by Bideawee volunteer Terry Gallogly loves all the attention.

Walt Whitman Assistant Principal Colleen Grady tells us that earlier in the week Juniors waiting to take the 11th Grade Common Core Regents were met with the furry smiles of Dizzy, Barbie, Remy, Alma & Nephritete, all Therapy Dogs from the Bideawee pet welfare organization.

As part of a continued effort to reduce stress and create a welcoming environment, Walt Whitman High School enlisted the help of these canine therapists who have known stress in their younger years. Dizzy and Nefrititi are both rescued greyhounds bred to race and live in racetrack kennels. Both are now retired and live in their forever homes with their loving owners who are Bideawee volunteers. Barbie, a poodle mix, owned by volunteer Terry Gallogly, was rescued along with her brother Ken after living in a small cage for 3 months. The owner was no longer able to care for them because of the loss of his home in Hurricane Sandy.

Smiles abounded as students walked into the North Gym waiting area and were greeted by waging tails. Students laughed, petted backs, watched tricks, asked questions, and rubbed furry bellies. One student asked if the dogs could return for AP Exams and said that he would not mind taking his five AP exams if he could meet the dogs again.

Thank you to Alicia Ryan, Senior Manager of Volunteer Programs at Bideawee and the volunteer handlers: Tom Tulipan, owner of Nefrititi; John and Miriam Melnick - owners of Remy & Alma; Donna Austin, owner of Dizzy; and Terry Gallogly, owner of Barbie.

Spring 2016 Adult Education Classes

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The new Spring 2016 Adult and Continuing Education class schedule is now available.

 

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Family Drives These Exceptional Athletes

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Terron Robinson and Alexandra Greaves with Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright and Whitman Principal John Murphy.

“I love the feeling of competing,” said our December Female Athlete of the Month who is competitive in everything she does. Breaking the current Suffolk County record is her goal this year and Alexandra Greaves is not apologetic in letting you know, the record for the 55meter dash that she wants to break is held by her mom, Karen Bonefield. “I’m presently ranked #2 in Suffolk County, but I have beaten the #1 ranked runner already,” said the senior captain of the Winter Track team.

“I never stop running, track’s my thing,” said the speedster who also loves to sing. “Personally gospel is my favorite but I also love to sing R&B.”  Alexandra will be attending Caldwell University next fall, and has signed her letter of intent to run track for the Lady Cougars. 

Our Male December Athlete of the Month feels at home at Whitman. He has loved wrestling since he was a little guy, so when his older brother Deon convinced him that wrestling will keep him strong he figured being strong was a good thing. What Terron Robinson may not have realized at the time was that his brother was also talking about strength from the heart. Terron was going to need that strength; life hasn’t come easy for this soft-spoken young man. “I get focused when I wrestle,” said Terron. “When I’m out there on the mat it makes me think how proud my mom and dad and my brother Deon would be of me if they were still alive. Their memory is why I work so hard.”  

Terron helped anchor the defensive line this past fall, but it’s wrestling that’s captured his heart. “Whitman is like a family to me,” said Terron.  “I love coming here, the teachers are so helpful, and the kids are cool.”

Congratulations to both of these exceptional student athletes and good luck in the post-season!

Helping Families Stay Close

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Ms. Hattons and Ms. Triponni’s classes at Maplewood with Ronald McDonald House representatives.

Representatives from Ronald McDonald House at Stony Brook University Hospital were at Maplewood recently to receive a donation of nonperishable items from Ms. Trapani's third-grade class and Ms. Hatton's fifth-grade class. Thank you class moms Lupita Verola and Melinda Long for organizing this drive which started around Thanksgiving. A special thank you to the generous Maplewood school families for their contributions.

Stimson Sweeps Patriots Pen Competition

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Left to right front: Sydney Khan, Ethan Halle, and Mae Morelli. Back left to right: Principal Edwin Smith, and Social Studies teacher Karen Schmitt.

Congratulations to Stimson students Sydney Khan, Ethan Halle, and Mae Morelli for their winning entries in the VFW Patriots Pen Essay contest.  Sydney will be presented with a first place award, Ethan the second place award, and Mae with the third place award through Nathan Hale VFW Post #1469 on Tuesday, February 2nd. Sydney’s winning essay “What Patriotism Means to Me” spoke about how Freedom is the most important idea of our thinking world and how as a society, and world, we cannot move forward with out it.  Her essay will now been entered in the regional competition and could go all the way to the national contest.

Ethan’s essay spoke about how we are a land of immigrants with unlimited opportunity.  “My great grandparents came here from Poland and Russia,” said Ethan in his essay. “[They] saw through education and hard work that their children could obtain a better life.”  Mae Morelli spoke about our country and the sacrifices made on our behalf. “To me freedom is a right. It’s something I value and don’t take for granted,” said Mae. “Many lives have been sacrificed to protect our freedoms and liberties and what they did to make our country a better place, America the free.”

Congratulation Stimson students and to Stimson Social Studies teacher Karen Schmitt who will also received a certificate for submitting the winning essay.

Whitman's Senior Follies Packs the PAC

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The seniors’ creativity and energy went unmatched and they all deserve a big ‘Congrats’!
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‘Mr. Murphy’s Benches,’ shown with Shane Brennan (sitting) and Jesse Scheiner (anchoring), poked good-natured fun at Principal Murphy.
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‘Coffee Tawk’ is one of those skits that had everyone hysterical as it reveals many of Whitman’s funnier moments.
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And yes…our Whitman Administrators can dance. Thanks guys for being such good sports and participating in the show.

On Friday evening, January 15th it was standing room only as Whitman's seniors held their annual "Follies" to the delight of everyone both on the stage and in the audience. "Follies" is a seriously fun time where the seniors perform skits and roast their favorite teachers, administrators and celebrate all that high school life can be. Skits included: Powderpuff Practice, Game Day for Dreher, Faculty Feud, Girls Song, Dance Lessons, Whitman News, and Graduation Song to name just a few.

Congratulations to the senior class for putting on one of the best Senior Follies shows in the last 10 years. The entire school community seemed to be present as a sold out crowd of over 600 had a roaring great time.  DECA sold refreshments, robotics launched shirts into the audience, seniors performed, administrators danced, parents and students watch with enthusiasm, and of course the talented students of video yearbook filmed.

Thank you to Ms. Zamow and all the students responsible for all their hard work and efforts. The seniors’ creativity and energy went unmatched and they all deserve a big Congrats! 

Who will forget Mr. Murphy appearing numerous times dragging his bench to shine the light in all the new benches that have recently been placed in the front of the school, and of course the principal debate that featured Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and the traditional Spartan cheerleader and coffee tawk skits had everyone hysterical. There were many cameos, and praise was also given to the New York State Champion Boys Varsity Soccer Team!

Special thanks to the Senior Class Officers for coordinating this fantastic event, Zachary Lanz for sound effects, Alex Dollin for lighting and special effects, Mr. Plompen and the Lamplighter team, SDE for sound equipment, the Whitman custodians, the South Huntington Library, and of course Mr. Murphy and the Walt Whitman Administrative team for being such good sports and participating in the show.

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Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan

The South Huntington Board of Education approved the Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan at the January 27, 2016 Board of Education meeting. Any comments or questions should be submitted via email no later than February 27, 2016 to Dr. Jared Bloom, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum at jbloom@shufd.org.  

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January Spotlight News

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January Spotlight News

Sportsmanship Award to Whitman Soccer Team

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Congratulations to the Walt Whitman Varsity Girls Soccer Team who recently received the Section 11 Sportsmanship Award for League 2 for this past fall season. Congratulation team and coaches: Gabrielle Ramirez, Camilee Getchell, Shannon McHale, Gianna LaMay, Yomary Cordero, Nicole Algierie, Rebecca Dewitt, Epiphany Ramirez, Shelbi Wuss, Angelique Auriemma, Nikolette Bellocchio, Zenab Ojibe, Meagan O’Donnell, Jessica Boyle, Angelina Rinaldi, Alivia Barton, Hanna Fink, Meghan Soulias, Joie Tortorice, Brittany Shaneberger, Zannia Ojibe, Alexa DelColle, Victoria Thurer, and Jamie Kralstein. Coach: Mike Moccia, Assistant: Erin Roche.

Winners Announced

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Oakwood’s winners left to right: Julia Mantilla, Ethan Ewart, Jackson Cruise and Briahanna Floyd
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Makayla St. Cyr, an Oakwood kindergarten student was one of their winners.
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Countrywood winners left to right: Celeste Nerino, Thomas Principe, and Alexander Gizzi.
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Countrywood winners Jack Bell and Joel Torres.
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Countrywood bike winner Alexander Gizzi is all smiles.
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Birchwood’s winners left to right: Amanda Phelan, Zachary Schettini, Madison Ewart, and Luke Vaughan.
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Maplewood winners left to right: Alexa Dikeakos, Tamia McKay, Christopher Canales and Joseph Maye.

PTA Council's fall fundraiser with Miss Chocolate was an overwhelming success and PTA has recently announced the winners from our primary and intermediate schools. Monies raised through this fundraiser are used for district-wide and individual school programs as well as scholarships.

The winners are as follows:

Countrywood- Kindergarten:  Joel Torres; 1st grade: Thomas Principe; 2nd grade: Celeste Nerino; Bike Winner: Alexander Gizzi; Random Winner: Jack Bell.

Maplewood-3rd grade: Joseph Maye; 4th grade: Tamia McKay; 5th grade: Alexa Dikeakos; Bike Winner: Omar Arcaga (not available for picture); Random Winner: Christopher Canales.

Oakwood- Kindergarten: Makayla St. Cyr; 1st grade: Ethan Ewart; 2nd grade: Briahanna Floyd; Bike Winner: Julia Mantilla; Random Winner: Jackson Cruise.

Birchwood- 3rd grade: Luke Vaughan; 4th grade: Amanda Phelan; 5th grade: Madison Ewart; Bike Winner: Luke Vaughan; Random Winner: Zachary Schettini.  

 

Cold Hands Find Warm Hearts at Countrywood

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Countrywood Kindergarten teacher Sue Lamorte at the mitten tree, has had to continually empty the donation basket.

The Countrywood Mitten Drive was inspired by the children’s book, The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen.  The idea came to Ms. Lamorte as she read this wonderful, heartwarming story to her kindergarteners.  Countrywood students are helping families in their community by bringing in new mittens and gloves.  They will be donated to families in need through the Helping Hands Rescue Mission and the Family Service League.  Thank you to Ms. Davis, CW’s art teacher, for creating the beautiful mitten tree and to the many “helping hands” here at Countrywood who are reaching out to help others!

Wrestlers Ready to Close

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Senior wrestlers with their families and coaches bid adieu to Whitman’s South Gymnasium in their final home contest. Congratulations to the following seniors: Patrick Brady, Elvin Campos, Javier Dubon, Francisco Fuentes Alegria, Edward McGuigan, Christian Villanueva, and Sohrab Wahab.
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Whitman’s Javier Dubon looks for his opening that gave him a pin 1:05 minutes into the 120-pound class matchup.
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Referee Bob Kizis signals the end of the 106-pound match as Tom DeGaetano pinned Northport’s Tyler Meadows in 3:26.
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Whitman senior Sohrab Wahab took a 12-6 decision that gave the Wildcats a big team lead.
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Cristian Villanueva applies some pressure in his 12-4 win over Northport’s Billy Shaw in the 145-pound class.

Walt Whitman Wrestling honored their seniors on Wednesday night as they battled Northport in the season’s final home match. The Wildcats prevailed beating their rivals 44-31.  In the 106-pound class Tom DeGaetano pinned Northport’s Tyler Meadows in 3:26.  The 113-pound class featured Kevin Romano who dispatched his opponent 8-0 in regulation time. You had to look quickly to catch Javier Dubon as he pinned his Northport opponent 1:05 minutes into the 120-pound class. Northport took the next three weight classes setting up Whitman’s Cristian Villanueva with a 12-4 win in the 145-pound class. Whitman forfeited the 152-pound class before taking a 12-6 win in the 160-pound class won by Sohrab Wahab. At 170 pounds Whitman’s David Figueroa pinned Dylan Katz in 6:24. Whitman won forfeits in both the 195 and 220 pound classes before the big guys took to the mats where Whitman senior Patrick Brady pinned Aiden Murtaugh 5:22 into the match.

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Experienced Publishers @ Oakwood Primary Center

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Last week the VW Community, a second grade inclusion class at Oakwood Primary Center taught by Ms. Winkoff and Ms. Villanueva (VW), celebrated their second publishing party. The students worked very hard researching Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, Rosa Parks, Jesse Owens, and Ellen Ochoa.  It’s easy to see from the photo how excited and accomplished the VW Community feels to have completed their wonderful projects. Congratulations on a job well done!

Move Over Zoomba… Kerboomka is Here!

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Kerboomka founder and creator Kershel Anthony got our sixth-graders moving to his dynamic dance routines.

Students at Silas Wood 6th Grade Center recently got a chance to experience some hip-hop inspired, dance cardio exercise through the KerBoomkidz program.  KerBoomKidz is a unique mix of dance and exercise movements that improve children's memory and physical coordination.  KerBoomKidz gets its energy from the percussion and rhythm of popular music. Working in all planes of motion, the program promotes functional movements and core training by abdominal crunching and twisting with hip-hop inspired movements. 

In addition to having fun through exercise, KerBoomKidz is aligned with National and New York State Physical Education Standards.  The program aims to stimulate and strengthen students' minds by creating a focused learning environment while promoting a healthy lifestyle through creative dance.  Founder and creator Kershel Anthony and master instructor Andrea Racanelli taught our sixth-graders multiple dance moves and created a dynamic dance routine.  Once the students learned the routine they participated in multiple "dance crew battles" to see which crew had the best moves.

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It’s Official…

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Whitman sophomore Emily Fung (highlighted with Section XI swim team), and other potential Whitman swimmers will team up next season with Huntington High School to form a combined team.

Whitman Swim Coach Mr. Rufus Shepard is proud to announce that sophomore Emily Fung was presented her All-County Award at the All County Swim dinner held at the Watermill Inn on Tuesday, January, 12. In other swim news coach Shepard tells us that Emily, along with other potential Whitman swimmers will team up next season with Huntington High School to form a combined team.  The girls will practice at the Huntington YMCA and will compete against other Suffolk County High Schools.

Way To Go Emily and the Lady Wildcat swim team!

Stimson 2016 STEAM and National History Day Curriculum Fair

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Science Research: Exceptional Achievement- Aaron Jurrist, Sarah Nace, Logan Slansky, Dean Mirissis, Madison Fulcher, Heather Abbene, Isabella Bonvicin, Nicole Rapacciuolo, Marissa Martino, Olivia Simpson, Amanda Riha, Kayla Sakayan, Meghan Brady-Fuchsman and Amanda Smuss.
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Science Research: High Achievement- Brady Mondry, Brooke Donovan, Alexa Mediate, Marisa Havekotte, Adrianna Rocha, Priya Katwala, Emily Teplansky, Ellena Lunt, Faith Stone, Daniela Santoiemma, Meghan Stengl, and Mikaila Rattazzi.
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Science Research: Merit- Sofia Marinucci, Anna Cerrito, Anna Keller, Julianna Villella, Jack Brady, Luke Cunsolo, Kayla Coll, Mia Coll, Alexandra Knell, Alexa Jaffe, Aamir Ahmed, Jeremy Schankin, Michelle Franco and Megan Edelman.
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STEM Video: Exceptional Achievement- Saul Ramos, Daniel Steigerwald, Evan Bobal, Kara Debruin and Gabrielle Girard. STEM Video: High Achievement- Victor Verola, Peter Nicolino and Matthew Calandra.
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Mathematics Exceptional Achievement- Alyssa Ramsaran, Emma Graff and Stephen Hong.
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Technology Wright Stuff: Exceptional Achievement- Francis Bueno. High Achievement- Alessandra Lella. Certificate of Merit- Ethan Halle, Shane Zarcone, Hannah Hyman and Nariah Lande.
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Technology Catapult Challenge: High Achievement- Connor Rankel, Jack Neiland, Aidan Wallace, Vincent Santoiemma and Liam Weigele. Certificate of Merit- Chris Martino, Victor Ottaviano, Beineon Portmore Davies, Joseph Shafaq, Alexander Coletti, Dalton Marzigliano, Sebastian Koch and Paul Smitelli.
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Technology Catapult Challenge: Exceptional Achievement- Aidan Glidden and Brian Hauser.
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National History Day- Individual Exhibit: First Place- Ashley Winch; Second Place- Christopher Borges; Third Place- Fiona Smyth. Websites: First Place- Daniel Zahn; Second Place- Jake Fullerton; Third Place- Jeremy Foreman. Performance: First Place- Sarah Tobin.
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National History Day- Group Exhibit: First Place- Ryan Wittleder and Emily Murphy; Second Place- Devin Gaynor, Ryan Kieshoski and Jake Christiansen; Third Place- Riley Turner and Olivia Kongevold.
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National History Day- Research Papers: First Place- Katie Miata; Second Place- Jessie Castagna; Third Place- Aidan Noble. Documentary: First Place- Josh Muellers; Second Place- Lauren Gotard and Lauren Redelman; Third Place- Benjamin Joseph.
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STEM Video: Exceptional Achievement- Zack Reichhold and Matthew Masaya.

Stimson Middle School has recently completed their annual curriculum fair and lots of changes were evident from the onset. The 2016 STEAM and National History Day Curriculum Fair was an overwhelming success, with all students participating in both the seventh and eighth grade. 

“The Henry L. Stimson Middle School 2016 STEAM and National History Day Curriculum Fair was nothing short of spectacular,” said Stimson Principal Edwin W. Smith in his second year as principal. “The projects focused on aeronautics, video and website design, scientific research, and historical documentaries.  The building was packed with staff, students, parents and community members, helping to make this event one to remember.  I would like to take this moment to recognize the hard work and dedication of our students.”

2016 STEAM and National History Day Curriculum Fair Award Recipients

SCIENCE

Science Research: Exceptional Achievement- Aaron Jurrist, Sarah Nace, Logan Slansky, Dean Mirissis, Madison Fulcher, Heather Abbene, Isabella Bonvicin, Nicole Rapacciuolo, Marissa Martino, Olivia Simpson, Amanda Riha, Kayla Sakayan, Meghan Brady-Fuchsman and Amanda Smuss.

Science Research: High Achievement- Brady Mondry, Brooke Donovan, Alexa Mediate, Marisa Havekotte, Adrianna Rocha, Priya Katwala, Emily Teplansky, Ellena Lunt, Faith Stone, Daniela Santoiemma, Meghan Stengl, and Mikaila Rattazzi.

Science Research: Merit- Sofia Marinucci, Anna Cerrito, Anna Keller, Julianna Villella, Jack Brady, Luke Cunsolo, Kayla Coll, Mia Coll, Alexandra Knell, Alexa Jaffe, Aamir Ahmed, Jeremy Schankin, Michelle Franco and Megan Edelman.

STEM Video: Exceptional Achievement- Saul Ramos, Zack Reichhold, Matthew Masaya, Daniel Steigerwald, Evan Bobal, Kara Debruin and Gabrielle Girard.

STEM Video: High Achievement- Victor Verola, Peter Nicolino and Matthew Calandra.

Mathematics

Mathematics Exceptional Achievement- Alyssa Ramsaran, Emma Graff and Stephen Hong.

Technology Wright Stuff:

Exceptional Achievement- Francis Bueno

High Achievement- Alessandra Lella

Certificate of Merit- Ethan Halle, Shane Zarcone , Hannah Hyman and Nariah Lande.

Technology Catapult Challenge:

Exceptional Achievement- Aidan Glidden and Brian Hauser

High Achievement- Connor Rankel, Jack Neiland, Aidan Wallace, Vincent Santoiemma and Liam Weigele.

Certificate of Merit- Chris Martino, Victor Ottaviano, Beineon Portmore Davies, Joseph Shafaq, Alexander Coletti, Dalton Marzigliano, Sebastian Koch and Paul Smitelli.

National History Day

Research Papers: First Place- Katie Miata; Second Place- Jessie Castagna; Third Place- Aidan Noble.

Group Exhibit: First Place- Ryan Wittleder and Emily Murphy; Second Place- Devin Gaynor, Ryan Kieshoski and Jake Christiansen; Third Place- Riley Turner and Olivia Kongevold.

Individual Exhibit: First Place- Ashley Winch; Second Place- Christopher Borges; Third Place- Fiona Smyth.

Documentary: First Place- Josh Muellers; Second Place- Lauren Gotard and Lauren Redelman; Third Place- Benjamin Joseph.

Websites: First Place- Daniel Zahn; Second Place- Jake Fullerton; Third Place- Jeremy Foreman.

Performance: First Place- Sarah Tobin.

The Bright Lights of Maplewood

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South Huntington schools are ensuring that their students are provided with the educational opportunities necessary to prepare them for the 21st century.
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Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia congratulates his award-winning fifth-grade teacher.

The Annual ASSET Awards Luncheon was held this past Wednesday, January 13th, and Maplewood fifth-grade teacher Ms. Lisa Hatton was recognized with their "Bright Light Award" as an outstanding educator for her use of technology in the classroom.  “I've integrated technology by using digital software to print 3D; we're Coding using code.org; I have my students programming robots Dash and Dot, and, by integrating Google Drive, Docs, Classroom and Slides into our classroom, we’re able to collaborate and present far beyond the borders of Maplewood,” said Ms. Hatton.  “My students love creating QR codes so they can quickly access articles, documents, and information needed to enhance their curriculum, and by using Book Creator, they have an additional platform to display what they are learning.”

“Lisa Hatton is a true leader when it comes to implementing technology in her classroom,” said Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia. “She celebrates her students on a daily basis while implementing the very latest technology, all while her students are collaborating and being creative within their 21st century classroom.”

The Suffolk ASSET organization is a group dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning in Suffolk County school districts through the use of computers and other educational technologies by encouraging the integration of technology into the K-12 curriculum and ensuring that our students are provided with the educational opportunities necessary to prepare them for the 21st century.

We congratulate Ms. Hatton on her ASSET Bright Light award.

It All Adds Up for Stimson Math Winners

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Stimson Math winners left to right: Barbara Tripi, Sarah Nace, Gabrielle Girard, and Aidan Luebker. Congratulations to these students and all 118 students that participated.

This past November, 118 students from Stimson Middle School took the American Math Competition (AMC 8).  This exam is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination.  The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught in class to problems that are challenging as well as designed to challenge students by offering multiple problem solving experiences.

Barbara Tripi earned the top score for Stimson.  Gabrielle Girard had the second highest score. Aidan Luebker and Sarah Nace tied with the 3rd highest score.  Congratulations to these students and all 118 students that participated.

“It is so great to work in a school district that supports their students in engaging in competitions that challenge students to use what they learned in class and promote problem solving skills,” said Dr. Matthew Murphy, Supervisor of K-12 Math, Business and Instructional Technology in South Huntington. “A special thanks to Mr. Smith and Mr. Sansotta for help with the organization, and to the dedicated teachers supporting their students in this contest, Ms. Chiarelli, Mr. Goldman, Ms. Pascussi and Mr. Tedesco.”

Congratulations!

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Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy, (lower Left) congratulates his students of the month, not only for their academic and numerous co-curricular endeavors, but also for their contributions to the dynamic and inclusive environment within the school.

We wish to congratulate our December Students of the Month from Walt Whitman High School. These talented individuals have distinguished themselves in academic classes, earning the praise of the teachers and administrators alike. Our Students of the Month have successfully demonstrated the ability to juggle demands of increased academic standards, while simultaneously participating in numerous co-curricular endeavors. We congratulate all of our winners, as well as the teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to their success.

DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH:

ART: Leslie Hidalgo, Jacob Levinsky, Danielle Mattila, Daniel Moreira

SCIENCE: Taylor Epstein, Hailey Khatchatourian, Amanda Moletz, Sebastian Murphy

BUSINESS/HOME & CAREERS: John Haffner, Barbara Kahl, Nicholas Pasquini, Robert Seebach

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Chloe Blumberg, Luis Chinchilla Cantaderio, Thomas Costa, Kimberlyn Moreno

ENGLISH: Andrea Adames, Odette Lazala, Melissa Manie, Erlin Mejia Guevara

SOCIAL STUDIES: Keeyse Aparicio Morales, Gianna Della Vedova, Olivia Pulvirenti, Elmer Vilorio

MATHEMATICS: Jordan Chen, Yenifer Cordova Palma, Angela Frazzitta, Kristian Perka

WORLD LANGUAGES: Erica Bell, Antoinette Butts Miller, Elena Davis, Claudia Rodriguez

MUSIC: Noelle Bryggman, Yenifer Cordova Palma, Elena Davis, Jeanine McNulty

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Terron Robinson: Wrestling and Alexandra Greaves: Girls Track.

Collaboration an Important Reminder

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Joy Weiner, Director of Education and Public Programs at Heckscher Museum (back row left) is joined by students and museum and school personnel shortly after they finished installing their latest collaborative effort.
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Our collaboration with Heckscher Museum keeps paying big dividends for our students. Their work with our Silas Wood students is currently on display at the sixth-grade center.

Our collaborative work with Heckscher Museum and Ms. Hickey and Ms. Cryer's art classes is flourishing, and the results of this latest partnership are on grand display at Silas Wood.

“The students learned about circles and spirals and used their Chromebooks online to explore samples found in nature and the man-made world,” said Heckscher Museum’s Kristina Schaaf, Associate Director of Education. “We also studied color theory and every student received a color palette and created their symmetrical rotating circle collages displayed here.”

Feel free to stop by Silas Wood and see the fantastic work on display. Of course, the bulletin boards, hallways, and classrooms are absolutely inspiring in every school, and the artwork serves as a visual reminder of well-balanced, productivity learning.


 

Making Good Decisions Highlight Tea & Ties

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Mentoring can be a rewarding experience as well as gaining a great sense of personal satisfaction.
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“Understand that true beauty comes from being confident in my own skin.” – Renee D. Flagler of Girls, Inc.
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Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Mr. David Perkins, from right respectively, join with district personnel and the evenings keynote speakers at the conclusion of this highly anticipated annual event.

On Friday, January 8th, our Project Excel team hosted their annual “Tea and Ties” program at Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center.  This very special tradition, initiated by Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Mr. David Perkins, treats our students to an evening of mentoring from dedicated graduates and adults from the local communities. 

Through the partnership with the Malik Fraternity Inc., our young men listened to inspirational stories of character, wise-decision making, and personal initiative.  This year’s keynote speaker was Mr. Martine McDonald. The activities for the gentlemen also included a lesson in professional dress, which involved an important tutorial on the appropriate method for tying a tie, which was greatly appreciated by our young men, "I liked it a lot... now I don't have to wear a clip on tie," offered Maplewood Excel student Amarr Hendrickson at the conclusion of the program.

The young ladies enjoyed an equally impressive program. Keynote speaker Renee Daniel Flagler, from Girls Inc. spoke about obtaining your dreams and having a positive self-image, and Ms. Harris led a discussion about the value of education.  This special evening of activities included a discussion about cell phone etiquette, appropriate attire for the occasion, and table manners. A special thanks to Ms. Ruth Jeudy from the Macy's Chanel Department who presented a make-up demonstration. The evening concluded with a self-esteem activity and pledge.

We would like to commend our Project Excel Coordinators on helping to ensure the evening was such a success: Maria Colon, Jennifer DeNoble, Roberto Torres, Shaka Williams, Ian Denson and Richard Garcia. We want to especially thank our social work interns for all their hard work as well:  Fernando Beltran, Jennifer Henningsen, Caitlin DeStefano, Georgia Koutouzis, Michele Lee, Judy Fischer, Brian Coyle, Patrice Shultz, Stacey Dorce and Lusaida Mercado Rosa

Thank you to the following sponsors whose support is greatly appreciated: the Malik Foundation, East Northport Fireside Deli and Caterers, and Monaco's Pizzeria.

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Congratulations!

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The GRAMMY Foundation announced that 119 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2016. Walt Whitman High School is one of 23 in New York State that has been awarded this distinction. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notifications to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. In mid-March 2016, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $6,000 to benefit their music program.

Congratulations to all of the district’s talented music teachers and supportive families who are responsible for this distinction.

ALA Girls State Selects Two @ Whitman

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Mr. Ed O’Shea (left) and Mr. Charlie Armstrong from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 flank Samantha Ruotolo and Shelbi Wuss who have been selected to participate in the 2016 Girls State Program.

We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Shelbi Wuss and Samantha Ruotolo who have been selected for the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State program that recognizes emerging young leaders throughout the nation. These talented young women will serve as the face and voice of our school district at the Girls State Conference to be held in the summer of 2016.

Mr. Ed O’Shea and Mr. Charlie Armstrong from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 presented Shelbi Wuss with her ‘Citizen’ participation award, and Samantha Ruotolo as an alternate in the event that Shelbi is unable to participate in this summers’ weeklong program. Selection criteria include above-average scholastic achievement, strong leadership abilities, and high moral character.

American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls 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 ALA Girls 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.

Congratulations Shelbi Wuss and Samantha Ruotolo for this incredible opportunity and honor.

Att: Middle & High School Students: Hairspray Coming to PAC

Auditions for 'Hairspray' will be held at WWHS in the PAC February 8-10 from 2:30-5:30. Attached is the audition document students will need.  It can also be found on Susan Turner Radin's E-Board at Whitman.  The performance of Hairspray is April 15 at 7:30pm and April 16 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.

This play will be a tremendous undertaking by the cast, crew, administration, and the community.  The cast will be large and will include Middle School aged students.  The high school cast members will not only be expected to perform, but also to act as a positive role model to the younger students.  Talent is only one of the determining factors of your participation in this production. You need to be enthusiastic, reliable, and committed. A panel of professionals will administer the audition.  Roles will be awarded based on the compatibility of your skills and talents and the requirements of the available roles.  Your availability and eligibility (as per WWHS policy) are also determining factors.

  • Auditions will be closed to the public.

  • You must bring your audition application signed by both you and your parent or you will not be able to audition!

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Great Talent Can’t Hide

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Walt Whitman’s Eric Miller, class of 2008, is making a name for himself doing what he loves to do the most.

If you happened to catch 60 Minutes on CBS last Sunday, January 3, you couldn't miss the episode titled ‘Little Jazzman’ about 12 year old Joey Alexander. But if you looked a little closer at the episode, there, playing with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, was Whitman's own Eric Miller.

In Eric’s senior year at Whitman he was chosen to play in the GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble—for the second year in a row. In a story you can find on our website from 2012, we asked if Eric Miller is Jazz's next great trombone player. Eric, a graduate from the Whitman class of 2008, has been busy playing with some of jazz's most famous musicians. “In addition to my private teacher and the Nassau/Suffolk Jazz Ensemble, I want to thank all the teachers in this district," said Miller in the January 2008 issue of Spotlight News. “They have helped me tremendously.”

Keep up the great work Eric, South Huntington and Walt Whitman are proud of your accomplishments.

http://www.shufsd.org/News/Story.aspx?id=7939

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/little-jazz-man/

Huntington Youth Writes Contest Open for Entries

The Town of Huntington Youth Bureau And Project Excel presents

The 17th Annual HUNTINGTON YOUTH WRITES: A WRITING CONTEST

For students who attend school in the Town of Huntington GRADES 4 THROUGH 12

OVER $2,000 IN CASH PRIZES!

Winning Entries will be published. Cash Prizes in each grade level (Grade levels 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)

~POETRY ~ SHORT FICTION~ESSAY ~ Entries must be received by 5PM Friday, February 12, 2016

Entry forms available at the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau Room 200,Village Green Center, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 631-271-5499 ~Entry forms also available as attached PDF files below.

 

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Birchwood Classroom is Google Friendly

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“We are looking to create an interactive, hands-on learning experience.” -Birchwood 5th grade teacher Ms. Jaclyn Patino.
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“With this type of program, we can give them feedback as to how they’re doing and where to improve, wherever they are.” -Birchwood 5th grade teacher Mr. Ian Denson.

“Since our students live in the digital age where computer devices are readily accessible, we wanted to establish a classroom environment that allowed students to utilize technology as a means to take ownership of their education,” said Ms. Patino, who dual teaches a 5th grade class with Mr. Denson. “We are looking to create an interactive, hands-on learning experience.  Introducing Google Classroom is one way to utilize 21st Century technology for our students to create their own projects, work on class assignments and respond to a class discussion. There are even links to help study for upcoming exams.”

One of the sites the 5th graders were using is called Quizlet, a free study tool linked to Google Classroom that enables students to create flashcards, games, or quizzes to help them study. Quizlet also provides audio features where students can listen to proper pronunciation of words or phrases. Both Ms. Patino and Mr. Denson helicopter the room giving individualized and small group help and, when a student finishes an assignment with a high-enough score, they get to challenge their teachers to a game. “We’re able to monitor everything our students are doing on this site, both here and away from the school setting,” said Mr. Denson. “We see when they’re logged on, for how long, and what assignments they have completed. We can give them feedback as to how they’re doing and where to improve.”

The upside to using Google Classroom is that any type of learner, from grade-school to grad-school, can utilize programs like Quizlet as a way to collaborate and help each other in school. At Birchwood, Ms. Patino and Mr. Denson hope to continue to inspire their students to use technology to enhance their learning.

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Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents

Attached is information from the New York State Department of Health entitled "Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents".  This guidance is provided by NYS Dept of Health to ensure families have information about influenza and influenza vaccinations. 


For questions, please contact your school nurse or the NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization at immunize@health.ny.gov.

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