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After having the weekend to reflect on our spirit week and homecoming activities this past week, it is difficult to imagine how I could be more proud of our students, our staff, and our community. We had countless activities that were meticulously planned and executed by our student government and leadership students. These activities worked as designed in bringing our high school family together in so many ways. The hallway decorations, homecoming dance and pep rally were all filled with such memorable and spirit filled moments. Moments like these are what bind our school community together, creating a sense of belonging that is so essential to the academic success and social development of our students. I would like to publicly thank the following faculty advisors who devoted numerous hours to the activities of the week and were directly responsible for making the week so special:
The Class of 2015: Mr. McInnes
The Class of 2016: Ms. Romeo
The Class of 2017: Ms. Carroll & Ms. McGinty
The Class of 2018: Mr. Maffia & Mr. Sturm
Leadership & Student Gov’t: Mr. Taylor
We are so grateful to these advisors as well as the numerous individuals who played several critical “behind the scene” roles in the success of the week including our custodial, facilities, and clerical staff. I would be remiss if I did not also thank our PTA parents who transformed our cafeteria into an amazing Olympic Stadium for our homecoming dance as well as Dr. Jami Goldstein and Mr. Robert Kelly, assistant principals, for their coordination of many of the homecoming activities. I am so grateful for the collective efforts of our high school family.
Merit Semifinalists: The National Merit Scholarship Program has named semifinalists in their annual competition. The following students from Harborfields High School were some of the 16,000 semifinalists out of over 1.5 million students who participated in the PSAT examination last October. This designation is significant because it places the PSAT scores of these students among the top 1% in the nation. Please join me in congratulating Alisa Chang, Ryan Dondero, Hannah Johnston, Matthew Pressman, and Eli Slamowitz.
Newsweek’s America’s Top High Schools: We are pleased to share that Harborfields High School was listed as one of America’s Top High Schools by Newsweek magazine. This study measures factors such as college readiness, college bound percentile, graduation rate, and percent poverty. This ranking placed Harborfields High School at 282 in the nation. While the various media rankings offer different results, our inclusion near the top of the list of over 27,000 public schools across our nation is a point of pride for our school community.
The Variety Show: It is that time of year again! Applications for this year’s Variety Show are now available online and in all school buildings. Applications are due October 17th and auditions will be held on October 27th, 29th & November 4th and 6th. Don’t wait to get your applications in!
Absence Notification: As always, we encourage parents to please notify our attendance office if your child is going to be absent or late to school. While a great number of our parents do remember to do this, there are a number of instances each day where our attendance staff has to call parents to verify absences. In an effort to further enhance our communication with our parents, we have instituted a pilot program to notify parents via email when an absence has not been verified. Parents who do not call to verify an absence will receive an email requesting that they call the attendance office. We are hopeful that this will result in resolving unknown absences more efficiently.
Random Acts of Kindness: We are pleased to share that Christopher Picchione, Alec Mastrantonio and Imani Williams-Eddins have been awarded a Random Acts of Kindness Award for being kind when they thought nobody was watching.