Welcome Class of 2032

With over 150 families in attendance this inaugural event was all about what we do to help ensure a fun and successful first year of school.
With over 150 families in attendance this inaugural event was all about what we do to help ensure a fun and successful first year of school.
Left to right welcoming their new incoming families are Oakwood Assistant Principal Dr. Annie Michaelian, Principal Eileen Kerrigan, and Countrywood Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga and Principal Mitch Levy.
Left to right welcoming their new incoming families are Oakwood Assistant Principal Dr. Annie Michaelian, Principal Eileen Kerrigan, and Countrywood Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga and Principal Mitch Levy.
Ms. Jeannette DeNuzzo last year’s teacher of the year from Oakwood, volunteers in the kitchen serving up a wonderful hot meals to our hungry Kindergarten families.
Ms. Jeannette DeNuzzo last year’s teacher of the year from Oakwood, volunteers in the kitchen serving up a wonderful hot meals to our hungry Kindergarten families.
Board President Nicholas Ciappetta welcomes next year’s Kindergarten parents to Countrywood’s All-Purpose room for a informative presentation highlighting all the great things to look forward to next fall.
Board President Nicholas Ciappetta welcomes next year’s Kindergarten parents to Countrywood’s All-Purpose room for a informative presentation highlighting all the great things to look forward to next fall.
Susan Schwartz, a 1st grade teacher at Countrywood enjoys her canine companion Clifford as they read to our youngest students.
Susan Schwartz, a 1st grade teacher at Countrywood enjoys her canine companion Clifford as they read to our youngest students.
Some of the Walt Whitman High School Leadership students who volunteered their time at our first Kindergarten Information Night.
Some of the Walt Whitman High School Leadership students who volunteered their time at our first Kindergarten Information Night.

It was a successful evening at Countrywood Primary Center where parents of incoming kindergarteners were able to gain information about our district as they prepare for their young children to join the South Huntington School community. After a wonderful family meal prepared by our food services department, incoming kindergarteners headed off to classrooms while their parents joined school personnel in Countrywood’s multipurpose room.

South Huntington Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo introduced the school district and spoke about what makes South Huntington so special. This was echoed by Board President Nick Ciappetta who emphasized the inclusive culture and community that has been developing over the years within the district. The night had a true sense of community involvement as representatives from each of our primary centers provided information about the academic, social and emotional programs their children will be receiving. This was exemplified by Countrywood Principal Mitch Levy and Assistant Principal Kellie Njenga, as well as Oakwood Principal Eileen Kerrigan and Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian. Each took a role and spoke about what the parents should expect by providing them with important dates to remember, as well as a packet of support literature to better prepare them for the upcoming school year. There were wonderful presentations by our Countrywood and Oakwood PTA's, SEPTA, The South Huntington Public Library, and the Huntington YMCA After School Program.  

Helping the night run smoothly were teacher and student volunteers who offered a unique childcare opportunity so parents could focus their attention on the presentations, knowing that their children were close by participating in fun activities. One of the highlights of the night was being joined by “Clifford” expertly played by our own Frank Fallon, who visited the classrooms, offered photo opportunities, and was assisted in reading to the future students. Each child went home with a copy of Clifford goes to Kindergarten that set a great example of fostering the love of learning through reading.

“After such a successful evening, it is our hope that the parents walked away with a new sense of community and can be put at ease knowing what to expect for their children heading into kindergarten with a team that works hard to give their children the best educational experience,” said Supervisor of Curricula Services Dr. Alison Bruno.

A special thanks goes out to the presenters, childcare coordinators, food service volunteers, logistics specialists, and all the faculty who made this evening a success: Dr. Jared Bloom, April Poprilo, Sheila Buhse, Dianne Rice, Nick Russotto, Lissette Paneloza, Liz Kennan, Roseanne Sarducci, Hannah Faiguenbaum, Jeannette DeNuzzo, Rose Covington, Noreen Scileppi, Liz Souza, Tamara Miemis, Chris Clines, Leslie Travaglia, Cecilia Blanco, Frank Fallon, Susan Schwartz, Renee Schumm, Michelle Berry, Jessica Farmer, Andrea Lopez, Tricia Wilkinson, Dr. Anne Lecci, Dina Groe, Sue Lamorte, Jane Holmes, Joanne Sanchez, Elisa Guierreri, Luella Pinelli, Maria Rodriguez, Brooke Brosnan and Angelina Bracco.

And thank you to our Whitman Leadership student volunteers: Kate McAuley, Fiona Smyth, Danielle Shaneberger, Maddy Rosenfeld, Jack O’Laughin, Pamela Flores, Angela Shedlow, Elana Davis, Jake Christiansen, Anna Keller, Tyler Meyer, Sophia DelPiore, Molly Dugan, Paul Smitelli, Neamal Mahmood, Liana Haug, and Olivia Kongevold.