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Seniors honored for Suffolk Zone Physical Education Awards

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On Dec. 3, two exceptional senior Harborfields High School Scholar Athletes were honored as recipients of the 2019 Suffolk Zone Excellence in Physical Education Award. The Suffolk Zone is the local chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The students, seniors Joseph DeSimone and Julia Malich, were nominated by their high school physical education teachers for exemplary leadership, character and passion that they bring to the high school physical education program.

The annual Suffolk Zone award is Suffolk County’s highest award in physical education. Students must possess an “A” average in physical education achievement, be scholastically sound, exhibit leadership skills and qualities in a physical education setting and have demonstrated overall leadership in schoolwide activities. Most importantly, students nominated for this honor must be outstanding role models to their peers and within the community.

In attendance for this special recognition and honor were the parents of the seniors, along with high school physical and health educators Rachel Jersky, Rob Franco, Suzanne Legge and district director of health, physical education and athletics John Valente.

Harborfields swimmer celebrates dominating season

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Julienne Saliou's swimming career gets better every season. The outstanding Harborfields High School sophomore swim phenom recently concluded the most impressive swim season that has ever been achieved by a Harborfields swimmer.
Julienne, who competed at the New York State Girls Swimming Championship last year as a freshman, returned again this year in Ithaca and left an indelible mark at this year’s swim championship. She finished in seventh place in the state’s 100-yard freestyle and ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke. She is the first swimmer in Harborfields girls swimming history to finish in the top 10 in New York State.
In addition to her dominant performance at the state level, the exceptional student athlete qualified for nine county events this past season and received All-League status for the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.  She placed second in the county championships in the 100-yard backstroke and was the County Champion in the 100-yard freestyle, earning her All-County titles in both. She also broke two school records. 
Julienne has two more years to compete in her quest of becoming the first Harborfields New York State Individual Champion in a swim event.

La comunidad ha aprobado el préstamo

Gracias a todos los residentes que votaron en el referéndum del préstamo para las  mejoras de las escuelas del distrito. La propuesta fue aprobada por 1122 a 590 votos.

"En nombre de todo el distrito, les agradezco a los residentes que se tomaron el tiempo para votar en la propuesta", dijo el Dr. Francesco Ianni, Superintendente de las Escuelas. “A través de su apoyo, nuestras escuelas recibirán numerosas actualizaciones para mejorar la infraestructura, la seguridad, las instalaciones académicas y deportivas. A medida que avanzamos en el proceso de comenzar estos proyectos, continuaremos manteniendo nuestra comunidad actualizada. Nuevamente, ¡gracias a la comunidad por su apoyo! ”

Residents Approve Bond Referendum

Thank you to all residents who voted in the district’s capital improvement bond referendum. The proposal was approved by a vote of 1,122 to 590.

“On behalf of the entire district, I thank those residents who took the time to vote on the proposal,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni. “Through your support, our schools will receive numerous upgrades to enhance infrastructure, security, academic and athletic facilities. As we move throughout the process of beginning these projects, we will continue to keep our community updated. Again, thank you to the community for its support!”

Home Depot donates sensory boards to Washington Drive

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It started with a simple request, but what Washington Drive Primary School wound up receiving was more than expected. On Nov. 25, Home Depot paid a visit to Kelly Lewis’ classroom to hand deliver three sensory boards that they had constructed for the students. 

Originally, Ms. Lewis had only requested that the Commack-based supply store donate the materials and supplies needed to build the sensory boards, but she said, “Home Depot went above and beyond.”

Nine students burst with excitement as the store’s managers, Robin Pacheco and Taneka Braithwaite, fitted them with orange Home Depot aprons, which they wore with pride as they explored the sensory boards, fitted with screws, doorknockers, wheels, calculators, and more. 

The boards will be used daily in Ms. Lewis’ sensory area to help calm the students when they need a break from classroom activities. Additionally, Ms. Lewis added that the boards are a great tool to help improve the students fine motor skills.