Huntington's Class of 1989 is holding a 30 year reunion (3)

Huntington School Briefs

Huntington's Class of 1989 is holding a 30 year reunion.

April 29, 2019

Huntington High School’s Class of 1989 will celebrate at a 30th anniversary reunion at the Paramount’s Founders Room on Saturday, July 27 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets priced at $130 include four hours unlimited refreshments and 1½ hours of passed hors d’oeuvres.

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Special Six from Huntington Honored

Six Huntington UFSD students have claimed honors in this year’s Huntington Youth Writes contest. Over 900 entries were submitted in 2019. Huntington’s honorees include:

  • Kiley Barch: 3 rd Place, Grades 4-5 Poetry: Woodhull Intermediate School
  • Giada LoPorto – 1 st Place, Grades 6-8 Short Story: J. Taylor Finley Middle School
  • Aadi Bhardhwaj – 3 rd Place, Grade 6-8 Short Story: Woodhull Intermediate School
  • Nevin Maldonado – Honorable Mention, Grades 6-8 Short Story: Woodhull Intermediate School
  • Hannah Elise Morett – 3 rd Place, Grades 9-12 Poetry: Huntington High School
  • Ashlyn Case – Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12 Essay: Huntington High School

Jefferson’s April Artists of the Month

Jefferson Primary School honored its Featured Artists of the Month for April by presenting them with certificates and commemorative medals. Art pieces created by the youngsters was hung in the main lobby.

Teacher Maria Mazzola recognized students Mia Angeles, Justin Campos Moreira, Oliver Frintzilas, Amiyah Herring, Iliana Jarmoloski, Sebastian Mendia, Diego Nunez Ulloa, Dariana Portillo Hernandez, Frankie Sesterak, Daniel Soviero, Jonathan Soviero, Cedar Stanforth, Jordan Thornell and Lucila Valiente Caceres.

Jefferson Honors Top Readers

This year’s Jefferson Primary School Pick a Reading Partner initiative was once again a rousing success. Hundreds of students participated and compiled a staggering amount of minutes read.

Jefferson Primary School Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide and the PTA, which sponsored the initiative presented awards to the youngsters who conscientiously logged their reading minutes.

“We also awarded our top readers with medals and some students were selected to receive free movie tickets to see ‘Dumbo’ the movie during the vacation week,” Ms. Capitulo-Saide said.

HHS 11th Annual Science Research Symposium

Huntington High School will host its 11th annual science research symposium on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The general public is invited to attend.

The evening is expected to draw a large crowd of parents, teachers, administrators and friends of the research students who have all gone far beyond the regular classroom experience this year.

The symposium will kick-off with displays of this year’s projects and continue with PowerPoint presentations by seniors who are culminating their studies in the program. The teenagers will stand near their project presentation boards, ready, willing and able to field whatever questions are sent in their direction.

Seniors will stand before the crowd and describe their progression through the program and give an overview of their research. They will end their respective presentation by announcing their college plans and career interests.

The evening will include the presentation of coveted 2019 Giraffe Awards. Science research teacher Lori Kenny spent some time in Africa and fell in love with giraffes, hence the name of the science research program’s annual awards.

Washington School Celebrates Poetry

Washington Primary School celebrated National Poem in Your Pocket Day by having students read poetry over the public address system and in classrooms over the course of an entire week.

Teachers worked with students to help them compose “poems that are inspiring, engaging, fun and thought-driven,” Principal Michelle Richards said.

The youngsters were so proud of their work that they went around the building reading their poems to special area teachers and teacher aides.

“There are many wonderful things we can write about in prose,” Dr. Richards said. “We flooded Washington.”

Donations to District

Huntington School Board members accepted a series of donations to the district during recent public meeting of trustees in the Adam Spector Auditorium at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.

  • Judy Avidor presented 15 microphones covering seven different models to the district’s music department. The estimated value of the items is $4,000.
  • The Huntington Booster Club donated a Toro Infield Pro attachment with mid-mount assembly and weeder tine tool bar for use by buildings and grounds staff to groom the baseball and softball fields at Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School. The equipment is valued at $2,074.80.
  • Felice Karolyi, the widow of retired district music teacher Thomas Karolyi donated a complete set of orchestral music selections, solo string pieces and teaching resources on music performance to the district’s music department. The donation is valued at $700.
  • Ryan Miller donated three waste disposal units to Huntington High School. Mr. Miller will build and install the units as his Eagle Scout project. The donation is valued at $650.

Distinguished Seniors Dinner

This year’s Huntington High School Distinguished Seniors dinner is set for Thursday, May 2 in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium. Dozens of Class of 2019 members who have maintained a 90 or higher academic average over the past four years will be recognized. The seniors have chosen one teacher from each of the schools they have attended to be honored the same evening.

Elementary School Field Days Scheduled

Huntington UFSD elementary schools will soon be hosting annual field day competitions. Hundreds of parents are expected to turnout for the events at each building.

Field day at Southdown and Washington primary schools is set for Thursday, May 30. The rain date is Friday, May 31.

Field day at Flower Hill and Jefferson primary schools is scheduled for Friday, June 7. The rain date is Monday, June 10.

Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School will hold its field day on Thursday, June 6. The rain date is Monday, June 10.

Field day at Woodhull Intermediate School is scheduled for Friday, June 14. The rain date is Monday, June 17.

HHS Senior Music Showcase

Huntington High School will host its annual senior music showcase on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The event will feature an exceptional group talented teenagers. The special evening is open to the general public. No tickets are required.

Finley Moving-Up Ceremony

J. Taylor Finley Middle School will host its annual eighth grade moving-up ceremony in the Huntington High School auditorium on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. It will include short remarks by retiring Principal John Amato. Dozens of awards will also be announced and presented to “graduating” eighth graders.

SEPTA’s Sunset & Sounds on the Bay

The Huntington Special Education PTA will host a fundraising event on Saturday, May 18 at The Head of the Bay Club in Huntington Bay at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $80 per person or $150 per couple.

The event will feature a cocktail hour, extensive buffet dinner, silent auction and raffle baskets and live music by the Willie Steel Band. The dance floor will be open all night, too. An enjoyable evening seems to assured, according to the tireless volunteers organizing the affair.

SEPTA is a district-wide organization devoted to the promotion of quality learning experiences for Huntington students, while recognizing each child’s learning differences.

Past annual fundraising galas have helped SEPTA to sponsor a series of initiatives including the purchase of computer technology for students with autism; speech and language materials along with funding for a summer bike camp; field trips and games and supplies for social skills clubs. SEPTA also awards two annual scholarships to members of Huntington High School’s senior class.

The Head of the Bay Club, also known simply as The Bay Club is located on the water at 191 Bay Road. SEPTA galas are traditionally very fun evenings for those in attendance. The sunset as seen from the Bay Club is nothing short of spectacular.

For online registration go to . For more information send an e-mail to [email protected].

Summer Music & Art Enrichment Program

Registration for the SCOPE summer music and art enrichment program at Huntington is open and will continue through Friday, May 31. Held in collaboration with the Huntington School District, summer arts program classes will run from Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Students can register for up to four different classes. To register for the program click the following link and scroll down for information and directions.

Courses are open to all students entering grades 3-10. Students from surrounding school districts are welcome, provided they supply their own musical instrument. All courses will be held at Huntington High School.

The program will utilize a four period schedule: 8:30-9:20 a.m.; 9:30-10:20 a.m.; 10:30-11:20 a.m.; 11:30-12:20 p.m. Students can register for one, two, three or even four separate classes. It’s up to them.

Music classes include: Beginner Piano, Intermediate Orchestra, Fiddle Tunes for Everyone, Summer Concert Band, Jazz Band, Beginner Band and String Lessons, Ukulele Jam Band I and II, Flute Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Electronic Music Composing, Musical Theater, Introduction to Acting and A Capella Experience.

Art classes include: Ceramics, Polymer Clay, Chalk/Painter’s Palette, Modern Jewelry Making, Fashion Design, Photoshop/Digital Photography and Cartooning Animation.

The Musical Theater class is offered in a two-period block. There will be singing, acting and movement. “Students will be singing and acting in this creative class as we prepare for a mini production,” states the course description. “All students are encouraged to sign-up for this course regardless of their acting or singing experience.”

Fiddle Tunes for Everyone is an exciting new class that is sure to be one of the most popular offerings. Scheduled during the 10:30-11:20 a.m. period, the class is open to those entering grades 5-10. “Do you play a string instrument or guitar?” states the program brochure. “Come play bluegrass, country, American and Irish fiddle tunes. Guitarists are welcome! East to learn and fun to play. Students will put on a final performance at the end of the program for all to hear!”

Students can also get a head start with a new instrument during the summer program. Beginning instrument lessons are available in small groups for those entering grades 4-6. The course is provided for students who wish to learn how to play the violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion. “These are beginning level courses designed for students who have never played the instrument and have been assigned this instrument by their school music teacher,” according to the program brochure. “A lesson book is provided.”

A complete brochure featuring class schedules and descriptions is available on the Huntington School District’s website at

There is a fee of $140 per course, which includes a summer arts program t-shirt. The Harlie Treanor Memorial Scholarship Fund will award two full-time scholarships to Huntington School District students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch.

Questions? Send an email to program coordinator Brian Stellato at [email protected] or call SCOPE at 631-360-0800 extension 133.

Jefferson School PARP reading award kindergarten and first grade honorees.
Jefferson School PARP reading award kindergarten and first grade honorees.
Jefferson School's Featured Artists of the Month for April.
Jefferson School's Featured Artists of the Month for April.
These Finley eighth graders were a proud group following the moving-up ceremony last June.
These Finley eighth graders were a proud group following the moving-up ceremony last June.
These Finley eighth graders were a proud group following the moving-up ceremony last June.
These Finley eighth graders were a proud group following the moving-up ceremony last June.