Class of ’22 offers inspiration

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Donning white and green caps and gowns, members of the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2022 proudly marched through the halls of their former elementary school on June 21, both to reminisce about their early school days and to provide inspiration to current students. As they took the traditional senior walk, the elementary students cheered, clapped and held up signs of congratulations.

Date Added: 6/22/2022

AP Service Recognition

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Eleven Westhampton Beach High School AP Spanish students recently earned the AP with WE Service Recognition from the College Board this year.

To earn the award, the students were required to investigate and learn about a service topic related to their Advanced Placement course, plan and complete a service project and pass their AP exam.

For their project, the students worked closely with peers and community members to investigate and identify issues and possible solutions related to global warming and climate change.

Before developing their action plan in two languages, the students evaluated and analyzed existing programs and identified areas of need.

“The final results were a great success,” said teacher Denizzie Kearns.

Students raised awareness about renewable energy, food waste and consequences of deforestation. In addition, they raised money for the future implementation of a windmill at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, donated books to the Salvation Army and a local library, and collected and transported leftover food from their school’s cafeteria to Maureen’s Haven.

“This was a wonderful and empowering opportunity for students to be engaged in service learning and experience the course content and skills through real-world civic engagement,” said Kearns.

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates the students on this impressive achievement.

Date Added: 6/21/2022

Llama llama!

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Third grade students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School were all smiles on June 10 when they were introduced to two friendly llamas from the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center. Before giving the students an opportunity to walk the llamas around the school’s grounds, educators from the center spoke to them about llama habitats, behavior and usefulness. Pictured is third grader Mary Kate Breen with a representative from the center.

Date Added: 6/20/2022

Westhampton Beach 2022 Valedictorian Recognized

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Westhampton Beach High School valedictorian Gavin Ehlers was among those honored at The Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 28th annual Valedictorians Luncheon at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. The tradition, established by SCSSA, honored the enviable accomplishments of the county’s highest-achieving graduates from the Class of 2022 and was attended by school district superintendents, high school principals, valedictorians and their parents.

SCSSA President Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly noted that the honored valedictorians faced countless challenges and programmatic and instructional changes beyond their control, but still maintained their focus, determination and drive. “You clearly recognize that how you respond to life’s challenges and difficult paths is within your control,” Dr. Farrelly said.

Guest speaker Dr. Errol D. Toulon Jr., Suffolk County’s 67th sheriff and the county’s first African American to be elected to a nonjudicial countywide office, described the valedictorians as innovative and nimble when it comes to change. He also urged the students not to compare themselves on social media, pointing out that comparison is the thief of joy.

The valedictorians were then called up onto the stage one-by-one by SCSSA President-Elect James Polansky and were accompanied by their district’s superintendent of schools and high school principal to receive a commemorative plaque. To the valedictorians, Mr. Polansky acknowledged that good things occur around them every day and that it is easy to focus on the negative.

“You represent countless rays of hope and promise that the next generation will, indeed, make its mark in a tremendously positive manner as you pursue your interests and strive to reach your goals,” Mr. Polansky said.

Date Added: 6/17/2022

Visiting Philly

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Fifth grade students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School recently enjoyed an educational field trip to Philadelphia. They explored the city’s vast history at sites such as the National Constitution Center and Elfreth’s Alley, where the exhibits correlated to the social studies curriculum they have been studying all year.

Date Added: 6/16/2022