Showcasing Project Excel

A donation to the Project Excel program from Combined Insurance is graciously accepted. Left to right: Stimson student Elvira Taku, Stimson Principal Edwin Smith, Mr. David Perkins, Mr. Cory Borders and Mr. Clement Stone, both from Combined Insurance, Deputy Superintendent  Jacqueline Harris, and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker.
A donation to the Project Excel program from Combined Insurance is graciously accepted. Left to right: Stimson student Elvira Taku, Stimson Principal Edwin Smith, Mr. David Perkins, Mr. Cory Borders and Mr. Clement Stone, both from Combined Insurance, Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline Harris, and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker.
"Achieving a place of excellence, being a person of excellence, means going above and beyond what is expected of you." Keynote speaker Ms. Gloria Baca.
Elvira Taku delivered an compassionate speech titled ‘Call to Action,’ and when speaking about her mom’s battle with cancer, gets some emotional support from Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris.
Elvira Taku delivered an compassionate speech titled ‘Call to Action,’ and when speaking about her mom’s battle with cancer, gets some emotional support from Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris.
For the evenings closing remarks, the Desiderata Poem was read by a group of Project Excel students including Domenick Pastore, Wayde O’Brian, Franz Jean Baptiste, Keshawn Long, and Kevin Hong. The Desiderata is a famous poem written by Max Ehrmann meaning “things that are desired.” It urges people to see the beauty and troubles of the world through wise, hopeful and compassionate eyes.
For the evenings closing remarks, the Desiderata Poem was read by a group of Project Excel students including Domenick Pastore, Wayde O’Brian, Franz Jean Baptiste, Keshawn Long, and Kevin Hong. The Desiderata is a famous poem written by Max Ehrmann meaning “things that are desired.” It urges people to see the beauty and troubles of the world through wise, hopeful and compassionate eyes.

South Huntington’s Excel Program opened their 2014-15 school year with an Orientation Celebration for families, mentors and special guests. “Showcasing Our Excellence” is this year’s theme and the evening included testimonials from Project Excel students and a keynote address from Ms. Gloria Baca, Senior Manager from Affinity Health Plans.

The evening began with the pledge of allegiance- led by intermediate school students Jaynia Green and Andrew Diaz Luna.  Stimson 7th grader Elvira Taku spoke to the audience about her experiences which led to the welcome address by Mr. David Perkins, Ms. Jacqueline Harris, and Dr. David Bennardo.

The evening’s keynote speaker, Ms. Baca, appealed to the students to work hard to achieve excellence. “There are no obstacles to keep you from working hard to realize your dreams,”  said Ms. Baca. “Achieving a place of excellence and being a person of excellence, means going above and beyond what is expected of you.”  To the parents in the audience, Ms. Baca encouraged them to be proud of their children’s achievements and to not be afraid to reach out to the many resources available, to help them become better parents.

Project Excel is a unique program in the South Huntington School District that has been developed to enhance academic success, build character in students, and engage parents to promote their shared vision. Project Excel continues to grow and provide critical resources for our families. The program now includes students from our intermediate schools, right up through our high school.

“Our mission is to empower students to maximize their potential and to use leadership traits, which promotes good citizenship,” said South Huntington’s Coordinator of Student Services, David W. Perkins. “We want to increase parental involvement by promoting the importance of a ‘shared vision’ which gives rise to becoming stake holders in the educational process.”

If you would like to know more about Project Excel, we encourage you to contact us:

Project Excel

South Huntington School District

60 Weston Street

Huntington Station, New York 11746

631.812.3927

email: dperkins@shufsd.org