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Date Added: 9/30/2023

Rainy Weather Fails to Dampen Harborfields’ Beloved Bonfire

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Intermittent rain failed to dampen student spirit at Harborfields High School’s beloved annual bonfire on Sept. 28. The annual party – featuring food, indie rock from student band Prop 65 and the culminating lighting of the bonfire by the Greenlawn Fire Department – served to kick off homecoming.

Date Added: 9/29/2023

Harborfields BOE Honors Student Achievers and Community Lifesavers

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Students, staff and community members were honored at the Harborfields Central School District’s Sept. 20 Board of Education meeting.

Five Harborfields High School students – Fiona Calderon, Alcira Chavez, Romeo Cruz, Sara Tovar and Jack Wilkens – were recognized for earning the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Award, which is based on exceptional academic achievement in school as well as on the PSAT or AP Exams.

“We are always so pleased when our wonderful high school students receive National Recognition,” Principal Dr. Marie Netto said. “While programs like these do not define the students, the award is certainly a testament to the hard work and dedication our students devote to their academics, and we are very proud of them all.”

Harborfields High School senior Benjamin Chait was also recognized for being a winner in last year’s “I Am EM-Powered” public service announcement competition. Sponsored by PSEG Long Island, the annual program invites students in grades 4 through 12 to create public service announcements that educate and advocate for a more energy efficient and sustainable Long Island. Chait, who is enrolled in the Harborfields Business and Entrepreneur Academy, demonstrated his expertise by applying the principles he learned in class to the contest.

Superintendent Dr. Rory Manning expressed the district’s gratitude as he honored all those involved in coming to the rescue of a student who had collapsed during a summer camp program, including 16-year veteran Harborfields social studies teacher and coach George Kouroutis, Copiague School District teacher and camp coach Nico Reyes, and Greenlawn Fire Department first responders Kenny Cadet, Daniel Caputo, Rich Ciafardini, Thomas Corrigan, Nick D’Amico, Eric Davis, Chris Dempsey, Brynn Geard, Marcus Jerome, Mitchell Lipman, John Modzelewski, Joseph Pace, Matt Paulsen, Walter Rabe, Alexa Rosenberg, Karl Ryan, Joe Salmonese, Angelo Santomauro and Mike Zeis.

Date Added: 9/29/2023

Jennifer Washington Takes Over as TJL Principal

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Jennifer Washington was recently appointed by the Harborfields Central School District as principal of Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School.

Ms. Washington has been a vital Harborfields educator for 17 years, serving the last two as the director of technology and security systems. She started at Harborfields as a teaching assistant at Oldfield Middle School; transitioned to an integrated teacher at TJL, where she spent 11 years working as a special education teacher; and served as the supervisor for the extended school year program and as the district’s technology coordinator. In 2017 and 2019, she was chosen as a presenter at the Long Island Technology Education Summit, a yearly event for sharing new ideas, innovations and trends, and her work on Books Clubs for the 21st Century won the Model Schools Award in 2018.   

A Greenlawn resident, Ms. Washington earned her bachelor’s degree in television/radio with a concentration in advertising/public relations from Ithaca College, a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College and her building leader and district level certifications from Stony Brook University.

“I’m committed to providing an environment where all students feel valued and inspired,” Ms. Washington said.

Date Added: 9/26/2023

NAHS Looks Forward to a New Year of Community Service

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The newly elected officers of Harborfields High School’s National Art Honor Society had a busy summer sharing their art with the community, from installing their own art exhibit in the Harborfields Public Library to hosting a face painting stand during Greenlawn’s Summer Nights. They are looking forward to a year of art-related service dedicated to the community and sharing their creativity in an effort to brighten the lives and town around them.

Co-Presidents: Emma Byrom and Liza McPherson
Co-Vice Presidents: Giada LoPorto and Maddie Woodward
Secretary: Ava DePaolis
Treasurer: Sophia Rose
Historian: Giana Bak
Co-Public Relations: Brianna Coakley and Gabby Messing

Date Added: 9/26/2023