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John Sheffer has been hired to teach Latin in the Huntington School District. He will work at Woodhull Intermediate School, J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School.

Mr. Sheffer obtained a bachelor of arts in English at Stony Brook University in August 1998 and earned a master's degree in teaching at Stony Brook in May 2006. He worked as an ESL instructor for Berlitz Language Centers from 1998 to 2003. He completed his student teaching requirements in Brentwood in 2004 and has worked as a substitute teacher in the Commack School District since 2007.

Mr. Sheffer's appointment was effective Tuesday, September 13. His probationary period runs to September 13, 2014, at which time he will be eligible for tenure.

District officials review 15 applications, pre-screened seven candidates and conducted six personal interviews before recommending Mr. Sheffer for appointment.

Washington School Observes 9/11 Anniversary

Washington Primary School observed the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a special recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence throughout the building last Friday morning.

Each Washington student was given a star and offered an opportunity to write a short statement about what they love about America. The stars were then affixed to a pair of prominently placed bulletin boards. The display will remain in place through two meet-the-teacher nights later this month.

Teachers were also given sample lesson plans and activities related to the event that could be used for classroom instruction.

Security Booth Damaged

The security booth located at the mouth of the Huntington High School parking lot was damaged by fire. Detectives from the Suffolk Police Department's second precinct conducted an investigation. The fire apparently burned itself out due to a lack of oxygen.

Head Coverings are Out

Huntington High School students are dealing with a change in past practice this year. "In order to continue the practice that has been in effect for grades K-8 in our district, students in grades 9-12 will no longer be allowed, during the school day, to wear head coverings such as hats, or hoods," Principal Dr. Carmela Leonardi said. "Upholding this district practice for grades K-12 will help to maintain an environment of respect in all schools."

While some students have grumbled about the change, parents have been very supportive.

Next BOE Meeting

The next meeting of the Huntington School Board will be held on Monday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Abrams School auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

Trustees Grant Chamber Request

Huntington School Board members have granted a request by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce told a free public event at Huntington High School on Thursday, October 6 from 7-9 p.m.

"The purpose of the event is a sports medicine seminar to educate the public, in particular students and parents, on preventing and identifying injuries, as well as what to do when your child gets hurt," wrote Linda Mitchell, director of member services for the Chamber, in a letter to the district.

"Local experts in the sports community including a sports medicine doctor, a physical therapist and a local athletic coach, will host the seminar," Ms. Mitchell said. "There will be a PowerPoint presentation followed by a panel discussion."

The Chamber anticipates a crowd of 100 will attend the event.

Woodhull Honors Sept. 11 Victims

The 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC was observed by the Woodhull Intermediate School community through a variety of special activities.

Students, faculty and staff members convened at 9:40 a.m. last Friday, September 9 for a ceremony lasting about 20 minutes. Each class was asked to write poems or short stories about what 9/11 means to them and "why we must never forget," Woodhull Principal Mary Stokkers said. "One teacher may try to put it together as a quilt to hang in Woodhull's halls forever. We may also make a flag out of all our student's handprints."

Defensive Driving Course

The Huntington Teacher Center is sponsoring an Empire Safety Council defensive driving course on Saturday, October 29 in the Huntington High School library. A fee of $42 will be charged. Participants should arrive promptly at 8:15 a.m. and bring their driver's license, snacks, refreshments, lunch and a pen and pencil.

The six-hour course is state approved and is open to all community members. Completion of the course leads to a reduction in a person's insurance rate for three years. Points can also be removed from a person's license upon completion.

To register call the Huntington Teacher Center at 673-3002 or send an e-mail to the HTC Director Angela Berner at aberner@hufsd.edu.

Finley Remembers Sept. 11

In observance of the terrible tragedy sustained across America on Sept. 11, 2001, J. Taylor Finley Middle School participated in a series of special morning announcements on Friday, September 9, along with a moment of silence for the victims of the terrorist acts on 9/11 and their families.

Finley created a "Hope and Freedom Flag," which was signed by all students and staff and hung in the lobby, where it will be displayed throughout the school year.

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