Schools: Fourth-Grade Choice, Letter on Another Vaccine

Parents of third-graders in the Huntington school district are being asked to select which school they want for next year.

Fourth-grade pupils will go to either Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School or Woodhull Intermediate next year.

The completed form can be submitted electronically (preferably) or via US Mail by Jan. 24.

Huntington School District third grade parents are being asked to select either Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School or Woodhull Intermediate School as the school they want their child to attend next September when the students will be in fourth grade. Visit for direct access to the electronic version of the form. 

Parents are asked to consider the following:

  • While the core instructional program will be similar in both buildings, schedules will vary at each school to accommodate an interdisciplinary STEM block at Jack Abrams at all grade levels and an instructional period that will accommodate a survey of languages in fifth grade at Woodhull.
  • An enrollment cap and the need for a lottery may develop only if choices exceed section capacity in either building. Such a lottery would involve random drawing from respective primary school attendance zones.
  • Those who indicate “no preference” or who do not return the form will be assigned after those who have made choices are accommodated.
  • Students in the dual language programs need not return the form if they wish to remain in the program as they will be assigned to Woodhull.
  • Once enrolled in a given school, it is expected that a student will remain in that school through grade six.

Parents with questions can contact Superintendent Jim Polansky ([email protected]), Woodhull Principal Lara Gonzalez ([email protected]) or Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School Principal Donna Moro ([email protected]).

Opposition to HPV Mandate

Leaders of the South Huntington school district recently wrote to Gov. Cuomo to express polite opposition to a proposal that would require students receive the human papillomavirus vaccine to attend school. The idea was most recently proposed this fall by an upstate legislator. 

The Dec. 16 letter, signed by school board president Nick Ciappetta and Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo,  said community members had expressed opposition to the possible mandate, and pointed out that the virus, which can lead to cancer, is not spread through casual social contact.  “…the school district would need to enforce a controversial public health decision that is in no way relevant to the school setting,” the letter reads.


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