Project Excel's Journey To Greatness

Excel mentor Ms. Noemi Barrero and Walt Whitman Freshman Christine Mann.
Excel mentor Ms. Noemi Barrero and Walt Whitman Freshman Christine Mann.
Walt Whitman Freshman Kevin Bishop.
Walt Whitman Freshman Kevin Bishop.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Ms. Jacqueline Harris.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Ms. Jacqueline Harris.
Walt Whitman Coordinator Ms. Patricia Urgiles.
Walt Whitman Coordinator Ms. Patricia Urgiles.
Silas Wood Coordinator Ms. Marijean Scardapane and Stimson Coordinator Ms. Ventura Trent.
Silas Wood Coordinator Ms. Marijean Scardapane and Stimson Coordinator Ms. Ventura Trent.

South Huntington’s Project Excel kicked off the school year with their orientation on Thursday evening. The welcome address was given by Walt Whitman Freshman Kevin Bishop.  He then introduced Mr. David Perkins, District wide Project Excel Coordinator who spoke about this year’s theme: Journey To Greatness.  “It is my responsibility to make choices that promote the greatness within myself.” Mr. Perkins wrote, extolling this year's theme to students in the audience. “Your journey is one of courage, integrity, and respect.” continued Perkins. “Remember, It is your destiny to be great.” 

Mr. Perkins then introduced Ms. Jacqueline Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, who spoke about the program's commitment to the students and parents in the audience. “Our partnerships with parents are strengthened through programs like Project Excel. I’m excited about working closely with families again this year.” said Ms. Harris. “This journey to greatness begins with single little steps. The parents’ presence here tonight is one of those steps that sends a loud and clear message about the importance of their child’s education and their commitment to our partnership.”


What exactly is Project Excel?
Project Excel is a program that has been developed to enhance academic success, build character in students, and engage parents to promote our “shared vision.”

The Project Excel Mission:
To empower students to maximize their potential and to use leadership traits which promotes good citizenship.

The Project Excel Goals:
1.To build leadership in students which promotes positive character traits.
2.To raise the level of consciousness among students regarding the importance of achieving academic success.
3.To encourage a spirit of teamwork with students which encourages mutual respect and responsibility.
4.To promote role modeling by utilizing mentors that provides students with guidance, goal setting, and survival skills.
5.To decrease risky behavior in students by introducing tools that allow for taking ownership and making better healthy choices.
6.To increase parental involvement by promoting the importance of a “shared vision” which gives rise to becoming stake holders in the educational process.