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Oldfield Middle School Knocks Down Hunger

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Letter from the Superintendent - 2017-2018 Budget


Harborfields Budget Passes

Harborfields Budget Passes
Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2017-18 budget vote and trustee election. The budget passed by a vote of 1,224 to 249. In addition, congratulations to David Steinberg and Christopher Kelly who were elected to the Board of Education. The vote totals for the Board race were as follows:

David Steinberg: 800
Christopher Kelly: 741
Lauri Levenberg: 623
Anila Nitekman: 467

Again, thank you for all the support that you have given throughout this budget process. This would not be possible without your help.

Washington Drive Celebrates Take Your Child to Work Day

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Washington Drive Primary School celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day on April 27. Faculty members at the school have been celebrating this national holiday for the past several years by bringing their school age children to work. Through much thought and preparation, the event was a fun filled day for all and the students loved meeting their teacher’s children.

The children were a huge help to the school and the students. They helped with the pledge of allegiance, dismissal procedures and classroom lessons. The school would like to thank Principal Maureen Kelly and Assistant Principal Tara Falasco for welcoming the children and supporting a wonderful holiday. The school also expends a big thank you to Heather Goldenberg and Denise Sullivan for organizing the event each year.

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Student Steps into First Place with Innovative Idea

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Oldfield Middle School eighth-grader Danielle Barber recently earned first place in the Master of Invention category of the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Challenge for her innovative Footsy Faces prototype.

Barber won a grand prize of $100 courtesy of the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals. Her product, a line of face stickers that are placed in shoes to help children know the difference between the right and left foot, came about when Barber assisted with swim classes at the local YMCA. Barber helped the children put on their shoes after their lessons and found that the children struggled.

“I tried my hardest to make the most unique thing that I could,” she said. “I was going through so many different ideas and this one just stuck out to me. I think it’s important because when I was younger it took me years to figure out which foot to put each shoe on.”
Barber created a three-minute video as part of her submission for the contest which showcased her invention and featured her young cousin. She wanted to show a child actually using her product to demonstrate how it works. Barber follows in her sister Alissa’s footsteps as her older sister won the Master of Invention Award three years ago.

Community Walks for a Wish

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Students, families and faculty members from throughout the district took part in the annual Walk for a Wish fundraising event on April 22 to raise money for 13 year-old Alexa from Deer Park who is challenged with a neuromuscular disorder. The district raised 14,087 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and grant Alexa’s wish to travel to Greece this July.

Washington Drive Primary School’s Act of Kindness Committee, Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School Walk for a Wish Committee and both school PTA’s helped organize the event. Finding her love of Greek mythology at a young age, Alexa thanked the Harborfields community for their support in helping her dream of going to Athens come true. She greeted the crowd with representatives from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County.

“Most of the time the children who are granted these wishes are confined to a lot of doctor visits and hospital stays,” said Make-A-Wish Community Relations Manager Kellie Ryan. “By giving them the opportunity to have a wish granted, you help reopen their imaginations and give them something positive to focus on.”

The rain did not keep supporters away as many community members came out to walk the track at Harborfields High School for Alexa. Members of the high school concert choir kicked off the walk with a performance of the National Anthem and members of the high school jazz band led the first lap around the field while community members followed.

Throughout the event, the PTA sold pedometers and wristbands with proceeds going towards the cause and stories were shared over the loud speaker about how students throughout the district did their part and raised money.

Washington Drive Goes Green

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Washington Drive Primary School students and faculty members went “GREEN” in honor of Earth Day during the week of April 17 - 21.  The students participated in activities that focused on reducing waste and protecting the environment. The week kicked off with the students being encouraged to reduce waste by focusing on packing snacks and lunches in reusable containers as part of “Waste-Free Week”. All of the students learned different songs in their music classes about the Earth and took part in many Earth-friendly planting activities and art projects focused on the Earth. As a culminating activity, the students in kindergarten through second-grade had an Earth-Day Sing-Along.

Students Engage in Earth Day Fun

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Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School students learned about how to protect the environment in honor of Earth Day with a number of fun and engaging activities.

Third-graders in Noreen Paccione’s class focused on the importance of saving trees and participated in a hand-on activity of making paper out of recycled magazines and newspapers. With the help of family volunteers, the 23 students created their own paper out of the recycled material by using water and mixing the clipping in a blender. The class is planning on using the paper that they created to make Mother’s Day cards for their loved ones.

In addition, fifth-grade students in Alison Kraham and Amy Lustig’s classes received a visit from Robert Brown, a father of a student at the school and the owner of Brown Chevrolet. Brown brought the new Chevy Volt all-electric car to show the students in honor of Earth Day. Before the visit, the students researched the Volt on their Chromebooks and prepared questions to ask about the car. Students learned that the Volt has a range of over 200 miles on a single charge. They had the opportunity to sit in the car and also watch Kraham take the car for a ride around the parking lot.

HACEF Makes Generous Donation Towards Technology Initiative

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During the Board of Education meeting on April 19, the district received a donation of $50,000 from the Harborfields Alumni and Community Educational Foundation to support the district’s Technology 2.0 initiative.

In an effort to prepare students to be successful in the 21st century, the district proposed a Technology 2.0 initiative that will give students the necessary tools to be more successful in the classroom. This includes expanding on Chromebooks with a one-to-one technology plan.

HACEF Vice President Karin Fey and HACEF Gala Co-chairs Joyce Johnston and Kelly Walker presented the check to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni, Board President Nicholas Giuliano and board trustee Suzie Lustig during the meeting. The donation was made possible through funds raised at HACEF’s Mardi Gras Gala and HACEF’s Summer Camp program.

“I want to thank the whole community for getting together for this outstanding event that was so successful for our students, for our vision and ultimately for the entire technology plan that we are about to roll out,” said Dr. Ianni. “ This incredible donation of fifty-thousand dollars is just unbelievable. Thank you so much to the entire HACEF group for this amazing donation.”

Giuliano also extended his thanks to the organization for their support. “This is a major achievement for Harborfields,” he said. “Thank you so much. This will do so much good for us and for our educational programs.”

Board of Education Honors Student and Staff Achievements

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During the district’s Board of Education meeting on April 19, several students and faculty members were honored for their recent outstanding achievements. Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning called each honoree up where they received a certificate for proudly representing the district.

Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School teacher Christine Collins was recognized for her recent induction into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Oldfield Middle School student Omar Lee was congratulated for his first place title in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, while Lee’s peers Emelie Hochwald and Sofia Smith were also congratulated for their second place win at the fair.

Two Harborfields High School DECA students Katherine Paradise and Edward Serwan, were honored for becoming Finalists in the New York State DECA State Career Conference and their advisor, Alison Matthews was also honored for her dedication and support to all the students that participated in the competition.

Two more Harborfields High School students, Matthew Kearney and McKayla Lankau were praised for their outstanding artwork being accepted into the Heckscher Museum Long Island Best Competition, while their teacher Eileen Rottkamp was also recognized for her guidance and support of the students.

The Purple LEGO Eaters team consisting of 10 students were all honored for advancing to the FIRST (For Inspirational and Recognition of Science and Technology) National Competition recently. Coaches Kevin Lysaght, Paul Bayer and Andrew Armstrong were also honored for guiding the team to success at the competition and helping them advance to the National Competition.

Congratulations to all for your outstanding dedication and success!

OMS Students Showcase Their Math Skills

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Top Oldfield Middle School students in sixth through eighth grade, recently competed in the 2017 Suffolk County Mathematics Contest. Sixth-grader Michael Considine and eighth-grader Jacky Xie came in first place for the school as well as the county, while seventh-grader Jacob Siegel came in first for the school.

Sponsored by the Suffolk County Mathematics Teachers Association, the contest featured approximately 8,000 students in grades six through 12. The students participated in the hour-long contest involving high level math questions.

Xie tied for first place in the county in the algebra category, while in the pre-algebra category, Siegel was crowned the first-place winner for the school. At the sixth-grade level, Considine received first place in the county.

Other Oldfield Middle School winners that landed in the top five for the sixth-grade level included Athena Braverman, Kamden Johansen, Caleb Kapen, Abby McGullam, Maxmillian Stratton and Marcus Wynter.

Pre-Alegbra students that claimed top five spots consisted of Ryan Barker, Marina Bergin, Anthony Kelly, Audrey Mergenthaler, Alison Ryan, Jack Steel, Guantian Tao, John Thompson and Joseph Weitman.

The algebra category also carried students into the top five. These students were Evan Ackerman, Rohan Dondeti, Ty Ellenbogen, Emma Hardwick and Dylan Topolovec.

The first-place winners, including eighth-grader Evan Ackerman who placed second in the algebra category and Caleb Kapen who placed second out of the sixth-grade winners, will be honored at the county level at an awards ceremony on May 2 in Patchogue.

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Italian Tour Guides

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Oldfield Middle School students in Rosalia Sinatra’s eighth-grade Italian classes recently participated in a special class project for the culmination of their “Facts about Italy” unit. Working in groups, the students were given directions to put together a map of the country, label the regions, the capital cities and to color it however they desired. The end results were fantastic!

Students Named Finalists in DECA Competition

Students Named Finalists in DECA Competition Photo
Members of the Harborfields High School DECA chapter recently competed at the New York State Career Conference, where two students were recognized as New York State Finalists.  

More than 2,500 students from across New York State attended the conference and took part in a number of categories. Harborfields sophomore Katherine Paradise and junior Edward Serwan earned top marks in the competition.

Paradise took fifth-place overall in the Principles of Finance Category, top ten role play, top ten written test and top ten overall. Serwan placed top ten in the written test for business management and administration.

Character Counts at Washington Drive Primary School

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First graders in Melissa Owen’s class recently presented their show, “Character Counts” for their loved ones. Inside the classroom, the students learned about what it means to have good character and performed songs about being the best person you can be. Some of the character traits that the students focused on were courage, honesty and acceptance.

Saluting the Veterans

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The district invited veterans from throughout the community to their annual Jazz Cabaret Night on April 5. The evening event took place in the Oldfield Middle School auditorium where tables were set up in patriotic fashion and desserts were served.

The Harborfields High School Leadership Class mingled with the veterans at each table and learned more about their service. Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School students created thank you cards for the veterans which were placed on the tables for them to take home.

Harborfields administrators were also present to greet and thank the veterans for their sacrifices including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni, Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning and Executive Director for Instructional Services Jordan Cox.

The Leadership Class introduced themselves in front of the crowd and the microphone was then passed around the tables to each veteran where they had the opportunity to talk about their backgrounds and what branch of the military they came from. Many spoke about how they became involved with the military and how their service impacted their lives.

The Harborfields High School Vocal Ensemble performed a number of songs for the attendees including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Respect” under the direction of Clare Jackson.

The veterans also heard musical performances from the Harborfields High School Jazz Band under the direction of Dan Bilawsky. They played classic songs and with some featuring a vocal quartet of four students.

Cox concluded the evening by thanking the veterans for attending and for their service and sacrifices.

“We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the service that you provide to us every day,” he said. “You allow our students to grow up in an environment that is safe, that allows them to flourish and allows their voices to be heard.”

Students Hear from Award Winning Poet

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Washington Drive Primary School students received a special visit from award winning poet and author Darren Sardelli on April 4. Sardelli is known for his humorous and whimsical poetry.

Three grade level assemblies took place where Sardelli interacted with students from kindergarten through second grade. To prepare for the poet’s arrival, students read his work during the school’s morning announcements and created posters to welcome Sardelli to the school.

During the presentation, students laughed at his silly poems as he recited a few of them to the classes. He also discussed what poetry is, how he writes and how to use imagination when creating stories. Sardelli brought up the importance of emotions when writing and allowed students to showcase their best angry, happy and sad expressions.

In true poetry fashion, the classes learned about rhythm and heard a few different riddles which they were eager to solve. Sardelli told students about his favorite poets including Dr. Seuss and encouraged them to each have an idea book.

“It just takes one idea to change your life and change the world,” he told the students.

Students Excel in Science and Engineering Fair

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Five Oldfield Middle School students participated in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF), with three students being among first and second place winners for their innovative research projects.  

Seventh-grader Omar Lee presented his project titled, “Which Internet Browser is the Most Efficient?” and received a top score at the fair winning a first place ribbon. As a result, Lee earned a nomination to continue on at the Broadcom MASTERS national competition. Students Sofia Smith and Emilie Hochwald presented their project “Why Did Over 10,000 Fish Die in Centerpoint Harbor?” and earned a spot at second place while students Gillian Storch and Avery Medico presented on "Does the Temperature of a Magnet Affect Its Strength?"

This was the second year that the school has participated in the Middle School LISEF competition. The first place and overall winner of the Oldfield Middle School seventh-grade science fair were offered the opportunity to showcase their projects and compete at the LISEF.

“The participants' teachers and I are so proud of them for achieving top honors in our local school fair and we are especially pleased to see them participate in a larger-scale competition such as LISEF,” said science department coordinator Mike Hopkins. “All our participants should be congratulated for their effort, dedication to their project, and enthusiasm for science. Having two of our school's projects rank in the upper tiers at LISEF makes us especially proud of them.”

Celebrating America the Beautiful

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Washington Drive Primary School second graders in Jacinta Pisano/Gale Ambrosio and Millie Rivera’s classes presented their show “Symbols of America” to family members on March 30 as part of their America unit.

Students dressed in their best red, white and blue and dedicated the show to all of the men and women keeping the country safe and free. During the show, each student presented a fact to the audience about American symbols. These included facts on the White House, American Flag, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.  

The group also performed a number of patriotic songs together such as “God Bless America,” “This Land is Your Land” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” Music teacher Laura Pomerantz accompanied the students on the piano.

At the conclusion of the performance, students and family members enjoyed a table of treats and refreshments provided by parents in the class.

Italian Students Show Off Their Skills

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Eighteen Oldfield Middle School students in Dr. Craig Butler and Rosalia Sinatra’s Italian classes, recently participated in Long Island’s 33rd Annual Poetry Competition and Gara di Cucina 2017, also known as the Iron Chef Competition at SUNY Old Westbury College. Hosted by the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), over 200 students from 20 districts competed with three Harborfields students among the winners for either their poetry or Italian dishes.  

Seventh-grader Justin Paredes-Catalan received Honorable Mention for his poetry reading of “I Limoni,” The Lemon Trees by Eugenio Montale. Students were required to memorize and recite an Italian poem of 12-30 lines before a panel of judges and were scored on poise, intonation, pronunciation and interpretation.

In Gara di Cucina 2017, Paredes-Catalan also took second place with his “Vitello Saltimbocca” recipe with special mention of his homemade Tiramisù. He received a $15 gift card to Barnes and Noble in which he plans to buy a Latin book to start studying the language.

Eighth-graders Jake Minerva and Juliana Bertolini were both awarded Honorable Mention for their culinary work. Minerva presented his Italian Pastries and Bertolini presented her Nutella Crostata.

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Harborfields High School Theatre Company Serves Up a Memorable Evening

Harborfields High School Theatre Company Serves Up a Memorable Evening Photo

The Harborfields High School Theatre Company invited senior citizens from throughout the community to attend their annual dessert reception and a special performance of their spring production “Guys and Dolls” on March 29. The Harborfields PTA Council proudly sponsored the event.

Held in the Harborfields High School cafeteria, the reception featured a variety of tasty treats and refreshments with music provided by the high school’s jazz band under the direction of Dan Bilawsky. Several district administrators and Board trustees attended the event with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni and Principal Timothy Russo there to greet community members.

“I am grateful to be here and I hope that you enjoy every minute of this play,” said Dr. Ianni. “It’s truly a pleasure that you are here to see our students perform.”

Members from the school’s National Honor Society volunteered their time to serve food and refreshments during the event. The room was decorated in true spring fashion with flowers on every table as centerpieces. Community members were welcomed to take the arrangements home after the reception was over.

A raffle also took place during the event where Russo and Dr. Ianni provided gift cards to a number of lucky winners. Gift cards ranged from local stores to restaurants.

At the conclusion of the reception, community members made their way to the school’s auditorium to enjoy the student production, directed by Kristen Gavin. During the evenings of March 30 – April 1, the company performed public viewings of the show.

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Harborfields High School Remains on Top of AP Exams

Harborfields High School Remains on Top of AP Exams

The district is pleased to announce that the number of Harborfields High School students scoring a three or higher on Advanced Placement exams in 2016 was 64.4 percent.

New York placed seventh nationally in the percentage of public high school graduates succeeding on Advanced Placement exams in 2016.  

In 2016, Massachusetts led the nation with 31 percent of their student graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam. Through further analysis, when comparing Harborfields graduates to the top performing states in the country, Harborfields outscored the top performing state, Massachusetts in AP exam performance by more than 30 percent.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni is extremely proud of both the students and staff.

“As demonstrated by the data, when given the opportunity to challenge themselves with rigorous content, our students consistently rise to the occasion,” he said. “It is also important to note that our phenomenal teachers and administrators do a tremendous job preparing our students beginning in kindergarten. Any accomplishment of this magnitude would not be possible without the unwavering support of our parents and community.”

Principal Named Administrator of the Year

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Oldfield Middle School Principal Joanne Giordano was recognized on March 16 as a 2017 Administrator of the Year by the Council of Administrators and Supervisors (CAS). The CAS honors several members with this award each year based on nominations by peers.

Those recognized must exhibit high qualities of school administrative leadership, achievement, vision, innovation and collaboration with others. 

A Harborfields administrator for the past 20 years, Giordano was nominated by her colleagues based on her strong dedication to the school community and her consistent effort in getting to know her students, teachers, fellow administrators, staff and parents. 

“Being recognized is overwhelming and very unexpected,” said Giordano. “The support that I have received from my staff has been humbling and I am honored that my contemporaries see me in such a positive light; enough to take the time out of their already busy schedule to complete the application and write the nomination.” 

The CAS also recognized Harborfields High School as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence during the ceremony. 

Board Honors Shining Achievements

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During the district’s regular Board of Education meeting on March 22, the Board recognized a number of students and a faculty member for their recent achievements both inside and outside of the classroom. Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning spoke highly of the individuals while highlighting their accomplishments.  

Art students Caroline Butler, Nina Haskelson, and McKayla Lankau were congratulated for their participation in the Art League of Long Island’s 2017 Go APE Exhibition and Mariel Quadrino was recognized for receiving Honorable Mention. Art teacher Eileen Rottkamp was thanked for her dedication and support in guiding the students toward success. Both Haskelson and Rottkamp were present and received certificates. 

In addition, senior Julia Spande was honored for winning five writing awards in Scholastic’s 2017 Art and Writing Awards Contest. Although she was unable to attend the meeting, her certificate was presented to her at school. 

Dr. Manning also highlighted six Harborfields High School seniors for being named Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students Greta Browne and Casandra Moisanu were present and were handed certificates for their impressive achievement. 

Congratulations to all for representing Harborfields so wonderfully! 

Students Command the Classroom as “Teacher for a Day”

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Thirty-nine Oldfield Middle School students had the unique opportunity to serve as “Teacher for a Day” on March 22. Organized by student government advisors Chris Havranek and Kristin Presti, this was the sixth year that the school held the day for students and staff.

Students were paired with a teacher in the building and experienced how to teach a lesson and work with classes throughout the school day. Both the student and teacher were encouraged to dress alike for added fun. 

Seventh-grader Alana Tornese worked with English teacher MaryLynn Karpenske and enjoyed reversing roles and taking control of the classroom. “It’s fun,” she said. “I taught an English class a few periods ago and helped everybody with their organizers. Now I know what it’s like to be Mrs. Karpenske for a day.” 

The student and teacher pairs were also invited to enjoy a pizza party on their lunch periods courtesy of the Oldfield Middle School student government. 

Jazzing Through New Orleans

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The Harborfields High School Jazz Band under the direction of Music Department Coordinator Dan Bilawsky, traveled to New Orleans, LA for a four-day trip on March 9 to perform at Loyola University’s Jazz Festival and dockside at the Steamboat Natchez, while also exploring the Crescent City.

The trip allowed the students to discover New Orleans culture, history and music as the band traveled to sites such as Preservation Hall, the National WWII Museum, the Old U.S. Mint, Jackson Square and the French Quarter.

At Loyola University, the band performed two sets, receiving “Superior” rankings for both shows at the festival. This resulted in marking the group as one of the top performing bands.

Both performances were given “Outstanding Band” status and the trombone and trumpet sections were each awarded “Outstanding Section” awards, as two of only six sections acknowledged out of approximately 100 sections there.

Junior Jay Best and senior Hannah Bartfield were both offered scholarships to attend Loyola’s summer jazz camp, as two of only 11 students awarded out of more than 350 students at the festival. In addition, nearly a third of the band was recognized for outstanding soloing and musicianship.

“The students carried themselves with pride and performed with distinction during this trip,” said Bilawsky. “I couldn’t have asked for or imagined anything more.”              

Three-time Athlete Named Athletic Scholar

Harborfields High School senior Falyn Dwyer was recently recognized as a News 12 Athletic Scholar based on her athletic achievement in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. This prestigious distinction is granted to only a select few student-athletes across Long Island.

Dwyer was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union for her achievement. She has played varsity soccer for four years and has made the playoffs every year. In basketball, she is one of the top 3 players in scoring, rebounding and blocks and was named an All-Division Player in lacrosse.

In addition to being a star athlete, Dwyer is a dedicated student with a 95 unweighted average.

“It is incredible to watch any student participate in all three seasons and achieve academically,” said Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning. “Falyn is a model of that excellence that we all strive for.”