Woodhull's Career Day

Huntington School Briefs

Woodhull School's Career Day was a hit with students.

March 16, 2017

Career Day at Woodhull School provided interesting experiences for hundreds of fifth and sixth graders. Sixty parents and community members participated in the event, discussing their respective professions with the excited youngsters.

“Students were able to see four different careers throughout the course of the day,” Principal Traci Roethel said. “They took an interest survey on the careers they were most interested in learning more about. From that survey, four careers were selected for them.”

The Woodhull students prepared questions for the guests and filled out reflection sheets during the presentations. “Students learned about careers in all industries, from educators, the medical field, law enforcement and pilots to veterinary assistants, military, lawyers, chef, financial advisors and business owners,” Mrs. Roethel said. 

The focus on career possibilities proved to be a fun diversion from a typical school day for the fifth and sixth graders. “We thank the parents and community members for spending the day at Woodhull and for showing our students all the different types of jobs that are out there,” Mrs. Roethel said. 

Tri-M at Full Strength

Huntington High School’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society has a full complement of energetic members this year. The organization is planning several interesting events and initiatives. The group recently traveled into Manhattan to see a Broadway show.

Veteran music teacher Brian Stellato serves as the group’s faculty advisor. The executive board includes Jordan Biener (president), Madeline Shea (vice president), Adina Kirkland (secretary), Christiana Reinertsen (treasurer) and Katy Dara (historian).

Founding Finley Faculty Member Passes Away

Gordon Goldsmith, one of J. Taylor Finley Junior High School’s original faculty members recently passed away. He was 91 years old.

Mr. Goldsmith was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduating from Baltimore City College High School, he enlisted in the US Navy and served as a naval air photographer in the Pacific Theater during World War II, mapping runs over Japanese held islands.

After earning an undergraduate degree in photojournalism at Kent State University in Ohio, Mr. Goldsmith worked as a newspaper photographer, supplying photos to the New York Daily News, among others. After earning a master’s degree in education at New York Institute of Technology, he was hired to teach social studies in the Huntington School District. His first year salary in September 1965 was $8,500. He retired from teaching on July 1, 1991.

Mr. Goldsmith spent his entire teaching career at Finley. He originally worked under the founding principal, Anthony Quintilian. The superintendent of schools at the time was Christopher Vagts.

Mr. Goldsmith was involved in a long list of community organizations, including being a longtime member of the Huntington Camera Club. A two-time president of the Nathan Hale Club, he also belonged to the Huntington Historical Society, American Legion, North Shore Civil War Roundtable, the Huntington and Suffolk Veterans Advisory Boards and volunteered at the VA Medical Center in Northport. He served stretches as vice chairman of the Suffolk Jewish War Veterans Assn. and vice president of the Huntington UFSD’s retired teachers association.

While serving as an election clerk each spring during the Huntington School District’s budget vote and trustee election, Mr. Goldsmith saw many of his former students and their children. He was always ready to converse about just about any topic and greeted everyone with a smile on his face.

Donations to District

The Townwide Fund of Huntington donated $5,325 to the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education, which in turn donated the funds to the Huntington School District to cover expenses related to the sixth grade overnight field trip to the Greenkill Outdoor Education Center. The monies helped meet the expenses of needy children.

Community member Lorri Toth donated yardage and bolts of fabric worth $1,000 to the Huntington High School art department.

Community member Matt Harris donated six lighting instruments that will be utilized in the high school auditorium. Four six inch Capitols and two six inch Fresnel Mole Richardson lights are valued at $600.

Woodhull's Career Day
Woodhull's Career Day brought 60 professionals to the school.
Brian Stellato
Huntington Tri-M faculty advisor Brian Stellato.
Retired Finley teacher Gordon Goldsmith
Retired Finley teacher Gordon Goldsmith as a US Navy photographer.