During the district’s recent Board of Education meeting, Music Department Coordinator Dan Bilawsky presented a video on the Harborfields High School Jazz Band’s trip to New Orleans this past March. In addition, Harborfields High School Principal Timothy Russo was presented with a certificate, naming the high school a New York State Reward School for the 2017-18 school year.
Mr. Bilawsky spoke about the memorable trip and thanked the central administration and the Board of Education for their support in making it a reality for the students. The video, created by student Jack Salzman, featured music from the Jazz Band performances and photos of what the students had the opportunity to experience while in New Orleans.
Following the impressive presentation, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni called upon Mr. Russo and announced that the high school was among 185 schools in New York State who received the honor of becoming a 2017-18 Reward School. To earn this prestigious recognition, the school had to make the most progress or have the highest achievement in New York State with no significant gaps in student achievement.
Check out the Harborfields High School Jazz Band’s video below!
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Faculty members, administrators, board members and their families celebrated the 2016-17 retirees and outstanding members of the community and district on June 14.
The evening took place in the Oldfield Middle School auditorium where refreshments were served. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni welcomed those in attendance for coming to the special evening.
“Special nights like this give us the opportunity to reflect on what we have done to enrich the lives of the many children in this district that all of you have impacted,” said Dr. Ianni.
To kick off the retiree recognitions, Dr. Ianni called up Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School principal and retiree Marguerite Greene. He praised her for her dedication and service to the students in the district. Greene was one out of 16 retirees that were honored during the evening.
Other retirees included Gregory Adams, Donna Basile, Maria D’Amore, Patricia DeMarinis, Linda Espey, Claire Flynn, Phyllis Hoar, Sharon Kiefaber, Ellen Macrae, Nicholas Maravell, Dale Melchior, Loretta Motz, Bonnie Robertson, Kimberly Shineman and Rita Vita. Each were thanked by their school principal for their positive impact on the students’ in the district.
In addition, Board of Education Service Awards were presented to faculty members, administrators and community members who have gone above and beyond in the district. The Teacher Award was presented to Harborfields High School science teacher Keith McInnes and Washington Drive Primary School social worker Anna Zaharia and the Custodial Staff Award was given to Oldfield Middle School custodian Joey Rice.
Three Community Member Awards were presented to Mary Seligmann, Deborah and Frank Stolba and Linda White. The Support Staff Award was given to Peter Iovino and Dr. Ianni presented the Administrator Service Award to Executive Director for Instructional Services Jordan Cox.
Second-graders at Washington Drive Primary School recently showed off their marine knowledge during four days of their Seashore Museum. Classes were assigned select days to set up their projects in the school’s cafetorium to present their research on specific sea creatures.
Family members were invited to the event and had the opportunity to walk around and ask questions about the projects. Students were encouraged to showcase their creativity as many shared posters, shoebox dioramas and drawings to those in attendance.
In addition, each student wore a hat that they created to let others know what sea creature they studied and eagerly shared what they learned about their animal.
Harborfields High School seniors were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements, citizenship and service at the school’s annual senior awards ceremony. In addition, more than 20 memorial and organizational scholarships were presented to deserving seniors.
Casandra Moisanu and Ishaan Lohia were announced as the Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Principal Timothy Russo commended the seniors for their academic dedication and contributions to the school community. Russo also announced the eight other outstanding students who make up the top 10 students in the graduating class.
The following are the top 10 students in the graduating Class of 2017: Casandra Moisanu, Ishaan Lohia, Greta Browne, Sarah Murphy, Mia Santomauro, Alexander Martin, Falyn Dwyer, Olivia Madigan, Jacob Chalif and Donovan Snyder. Their names were added to the Wall of Scholars, which is affixed in the hallway of the high school.
First-grade students in Melinda O’Donoghue class at Washington Drive Primary School participated in their first ever “Maker Mayhem” event on May 31. Family members were invited to the event which focused on STEAM challenges, enabling the students to work together to create new ideas.
The class prepared by working on STEAM challenges throughout the school year. During the event, six teams of four students worked with one or two family volunteers to successfully accomplish a challenge of their choice. O’Donoghue gave the teams several options to choose from including the challenge of creating something you can wear, creating an instrument, creating an object that floats, creating a building or shelter, creating an object to play with and creating an object that can move.
Each student had a worksheet where they first planned out their designs and ideas. Afterwards, they worked with their teammates to find the right materials for their creations. They worked with supplies such as recycled water bottles, boxes, Legos, construction paper, glue sticks, tape, pipe cleaners and more.
They problem solved and constructed their designs together. O’Donoghue timed the students and upon completion, each team shared their creations. They shared what challenges they faced and what they ultimately came up with.
“I hope that the students learned the importance of perseverance and flexibility with these challenges,” said O’Donoghue. “Also, a better understanding of how to put things together when you sometimes have to approach things in a different way.
Third-grade students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School recently took part in the school’s annual ELA LEAP Battle of the Books competition.
Students prepared for the event by reading 14 books, along with some bonus books. All the books were chosen based on their similarities to give students a proper challenge. The seven teams consisted of three or four students that worked together to answer questions based on the books. Students were given colored paddles with book titles on them to submit their answers.
Family members were invited to the event to watch their children show off their reading skills. Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning, Principal Marguerite Greene and Assistant Principal Mary Williams made an appearance as well to show their support for the hardworking students.
The competition ended with multiple tied teams. First place winners included Team Three and Team Six who both scored a 21 in the competition and received a gold medal for their achievement.
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.
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.