Their First Graduation

Family and friends embraced their graduates happily, ready to celebrate the conclusion of pre-k with great excitement and anticipation for kindergarten to come.
Family and friends embraced their graduates happily, ready to celebrate the conclusion of pre-k with great excitement and anticipation for kindergarten to come.
The graduates sang several songs that were too cute for the parents not to record.
The graduates sang several songs that were too cute for the parents not to record.

This graduation won’t be their last; in another 13 years they’ll don their cap and gown and join their classmates for the traditional processional march as they leave Walt Whitman High School. But earlier this week, our 4-year-old preschoolers took their leave of the SHIP Preschool Program, a free play-group experience for 3- and 4-year-old residents of the South Huntington School District.

Cameras flashed and tears of joy rolled freely as our community's youngest students stood proudly in front of their families to receive their preschool diplomas. There is something truly refreshing about the look of limitless opportunity emblazoned on the faces of four-year-old superstars. Our SHIP program's success serves as a fitting tribute to the supportive parents and dynamic staff that work with our talented preschool children.

Thank you for a job incredibly well done to Assistant Superintendent for Student Services April Poprilo, Supervisor of Special Education Dr. Matt Krivoshey, Assistant Supervisor of Special Education Cynthia Quinlan, Nurse Coordinator Jane Samuels, Psychologist Dr. Pamela Mitchell, Social Worker Ventura Trent, Special Education Teachers Debra Jarmon and Lisa Crocco, Teaching Assistants MaryBeth Silveri and Amy Miles, Speech-Language Pathologist Jessica Ficaro, Physical Therapist Jaime Flanigan, Occupational Therapist Beth Cohen, and SHIP/CPSE Secretary Denise DeLise.

Enjoy the slide show of both graduation groups:

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