Oheka Castle

Huntington School Briefs

OHEKA will be the scene for the Huntington Foundation's March 2 gala.

February 8, 2017

The Huntington Foundation’s Reach for the Stars gala will be held on Thursday, March 2 at historic OHEKA Castle. Proceeds from the event will fund the organization’s efforts to enhance education, the arts and athletics in the Huntington School District.

The affair will consist of sumptuous appetizers during the cocktail hour, a delicious hot meal, music, dancing and dozens of raffles. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded more than $1 million in educational grants in the district.

Seating for the gala is limited. Tickets are priced at $150 per person. Last winter’s gala was sold-out. Contact Kimberley Steinberg at ksteinberg14@hotmail.com or Alice Marie Rorke at alicemarierorke@aol.com for more information.

Those interested in spending the night at OHEKA and extending their “castle” experience will be happy to hear that the Huntington Foundation has negotiated a special rate of $125 per room, double occupancy for the night of the gala. It’s a bargain considering such a room typically goes for more than $400 per night.

An invitation to the gala, response card, sponsorship flyer and additional information can be found on the Huntington Foundation’s web page at www.hufsd.edu (go to Main Navigation on the top left and then click on HFEE under the School Community section) or by visiting the Huntington Foundation’s website at www.huntingtonfoundation.org.

Numerous levels of sponsorships for the gala are available and all come with tickets to the affair and other perks. Contact Amy Girimonti at AJG1015@optonline.com for more information.

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal directly from the Huntington Foundation’s website. Raffles, tributes and sponsorships can also be secured via the website at www.huntingtonfoundation.org.

During the gala the Huntington Foundation will present Huntington High School social studies teacher and Associated Teachers of Huntington President James Graber and 1987 Huntington High School alum and Atlantic Auto Group partner/owner Michael Brown with the group’s Spirit Award in recognition of their outstanding service to the school community.

Woodhull’s 50th Anniversary

Woodhull School observed its 50th anniversary on Monday, January 27. Plans are being developed now for this year’s “graduating” class of sixth graders to create a time capsule that will be buried and reopened in 50 years on the occasion of the building’s 100th anniversary.

“Woodhull School has such a rich history and I’m honored to be part of it,” Principal Traci Roethel said.

SEARCH Parent Night

The SEARCH program’s parent night drew a crowd of more than 70. Maryann Daly, the SEARCH chairperson-teacher used a SMART Board presentation to explain the program’s components, including photos of hands-on labs and lessons. The presentation ran for about 90 minutes. “By the end of the presentation, they didn’t have any questions for me,” Mrs. Daly said.

Marching Band Hosting Pancake Breakfast

The Blue Devil marching band will host a pancake breakfast at the Halesite Fire Department on Sunday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend at whatever time is convenient.

The delicious menu will include a choice of juices and pancakes along with scrambled eggs, breakfast meats and an assortment of fresh fruit, yogurts and granola.

Admission to the breakfast is $10 at door for adults ($8 if purchased in advance), $5 for children eight years old and under. The annual event attracts dozens of families and alumni each year. Proceeds from the breakfast will be devoted to Blue Devil marching band expenses.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit the Band Parents of Huntington website at https://www.bandparentsofhuntington.net.

Kindergarten Registration Nears

Registration for the Huntington School District’s 2017/18 kindergarten is nearing. A postcard has been sent to district residents outlining details. The full day program is open to all youngsters in the community who will be five years old by December 1, 2017.

Families with an eligible child should contact the district’s student registration office as soon as possible at (631) 673-4299 to obtain a registration packet. If a caller is referred to voice mail, they should leave their name, address and telephone number and their call will be promptly returned. Registration and child screening will be held concurrently.

Once parents have obtained a registration packet, they will be able to select a date for kindergarten student screening and registration. Registration will be conducted at the district’s four primary school buildings according to the following schedule: Tuesday, March 14 at Washington Primary; Thursday, March 16 at Jefferson Primary; Monday, March 20 at Southdown Primary; Wednesday, March 22 at Flower Hill Primary. Make-up sessions are set for Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.

To register a child, a parent or guardian should bring the following documentation to their registration appointment:

• Proof of district residency: tax bill, mortgage statement, house deed, closing statement, notarized property owner affidavit or notarized lease agreement.
• Any three of the following items: current utility bill; social services statement; medical bills; pay stubs; credit card statements.
• Student’s original birth certificate.
• Student’s certificate of immunization and physical exam.
• Parent/guardian’s photo identification.

If any of the above documents are not available or if there are any questions, contact the registrar at (631) 673-4299.

SEPTA Presentation on Thursday

The Huntington Special Education PTA will host a presentation by mental health advocate Scott Darren Schachter on Thursday (February 9) at 7:30 p.m. in the J. Taylor Finley Middle School auditorium.

The presentation of “A roadmap to success: How I overcame ADHD and discovered my true potential,” is open to the public. Children in grades four and above are also encouraged to attend.

“The presentation aims to empower young children and adolescents dealing with ADHD and learning disabilities,” according to a flyer for the event. “Parents will gain meaningful insight on how to cope with their children’s learning and attention issues; hear a personal perspective on what it feels like to grow up with ADHD and a learning disability; gain insight on transitioning to college and workplace and best environments; learn about resources for those with ADHD and learning disabilities.”