Schools: New Master Teacher, Huntington Band Show


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The Huntington Band Parents Association hosted marching bands from Walt Whitman, Floral Park, Hicksville, Sachem, Levittown Division Avenue, Malverne, Brentwood and Huntington and the Free Players Drum and Bugle Corps Sunday.

The Blue Devils’ field show is titled “Disruption.” It features musical selections that include Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Hans Zimmer’s The Kraken, which was popularized in Pirates of the Caribbean.

The show features the band playing Swan Lake, only to be “disrupted” and to veer off to Night on Bald Mountain before returning to Swan Lake before being disrupted again toward The Kraken before returning once more to Swan Lake.

Photos supplied by the Huntington school district

Northport Master Teacher

Northport High School science teacher Karyn Libretto has been accepted into the state Master Teacher program.

Northport High School Science Teacher Karyn Libretto will join a network of more than 1,200 teachers, including the district’s own Bryan Horan, Kristen Rozell and Marlene Yolango, to help strengthen the nation’s K-12 STEM education.

Master teachers meet regularly to participate in leadership workshops and activities to help foster individual and collective professional growth in topics such as student research projects, expeditionary learning and Common Core.         

“Ms. Libretto’s depth of knowledge offers her students every opportunity to develop a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills that can be applied in all aspects of their education,” said David Storch, the district’s chairperson of Chairperson of Science, Technology & Engineering Education.

Hills Preparedness Training

Students in the Senior Experience classes at Half Hollow Hills high schools experienced the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps training delivered by the American Red Cross, so they have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Whitman Band Show 

Walt Whitman High School hosts its battle of the marching bands Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Distinguished Students

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly, D-Huntington Station, recently honored 15 local students as Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Distinguished Youth Award (DYA). Earning the awards after completion of an extensive year-long program, they were each recognized with medals and certificates in a special ceremony at the Suffolk County Legislature’s William H. Rogers Building in Hauppauge on Wednesday, July 17.

A record number of students in Donnelly’s district completed the extensive DYA requirements in this second year of the program. A total of 31 Suffolk students earned awards, with nearly half of them, the largest representation ever, from Legislative District 17.

The program centers on four categories: Volunteer Service, Personal Development, Exploration and Physical Fitness and focuses on a holistic approach to challenge the County’s youth to take initiative, become more civically engaged in their communities and begin a journey of personal growth. Students dedicate themselves to completing requirements in two, three or all four categories for Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition, respectively.  Each category can require up to 100 or more hours of activity that must be logged and certified. In addition, students complete personal interviews in the Legislator’s office at the onset of the program and then at the completion. The program is open to all Suffolk County Youths between the ages of 13 and 18.

Walt Whitman High School had the most award recipients in the program with ten: Armany Alfaro (Gold), Nicolas Allain (Gold), Pamela Carey (Bronze), Samantha Carey (Bronze), Sindy Alvarez Garay (Gold), Ethan Halle (Gold), Oscar Armando Hernandez (Gold), Alyssa Katwala (Silver), Priya Katwala (Gold) and Katherine Miata (Gold). Other youths from the district who earned DYAs were: Ashley Beck (Gold) and Oyin Olukoya (Gold) from North Babylon High School; Gianna Tantillo (Silver) from Half Hollow Hills High School East; Daniel Thompson (Gold) from Robert Frost Middle School in Deer Park; and, from St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, Max Wenzel (Gold).



Faculty from Maplewood school played flag football Monday night at Whitman High School.

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