Schools: Art Programs; History Day Awards

Applications are  being accepted for the 2024 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) program, State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa has announced.

Students in grades 8-12 are encouraged to apply on the NYSSSA website where they can also learn more about the application process and the three programs offered this year in visual arts, media arts, and theatre. Applications along with respective materials are due by March 8 (theatre) and March 15  (visual arts and media arts).

History Day Awards

The Huntington school district’s annual National History Day awards ceremony has been rescheduled for March 18.

Huntington students from grades 6-12 are competing in this year’s local contest. The top finishers in each division will advance to the Long Island regional finals at Hofstra in March.
The 2024 contest requires research to be framed within the theme of “Turning Points in History.”
Huntington High School students developing projects for the contest will be joined by sixth graders who are participating in the district’s SEARCH program and seventh and eighth graders in J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s Yorker Club.

State Initiatives for Teachers

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced  advancements in two state educational initiatives for the teaching workforce. The first initiative is the expansion of the Educator Career Development Ambassador Program, a four-week summer training for teachers, librarians and counselors in grades 6-12. Hochul also announced the third round of awards for the Empire State Teacher Residency Program, totaling $12.4 million in funding.

“Our kids deserve the best possible education, and that starts with investing in our teachers,” Governor Hochul said. “By creating pathways for current and future educators to enhance their skills, we are reinforcing our commitment to our public servants and to preparing young people for the robust opportunities that await them.”

The Educator Career Development Ambassador Program, administered by the New York State Department of Labor with the New York State Education Department, aims to enhance career-readiness in students. As part of the program, which aligns with the Blue Ribbon Commission report on graduation requirements, educators create lesson plans focusing on professional development, industry exploration, and skill development. As part of her State of the State address, Hochul called on NYSDOL to double the program’s capacity, citing its previous success. With 60 positions available this summer, the program prioritizes those serving historically underserved communities.

Experienced educators and staff are encouraged to apply, and successful participants will receive NYSDOL certification and Continuing Teacher and Leadership Education (CTLE) credits. Further details and application information are available on the program website or by contacting

Kindergarten Night

The South Huntington Kindergarten Information Night will take place on March 4 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Walt Whitman High School. Information on how to register for this event can be found on the district website. 

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