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Walk for a Wish

In its 13th year of granting wishes, the Harborfields Central School District is again partnering with the Make-a-Wish foundation to conduct a Walk for a Wish— a fundraising event that helps raise money for a child with a life-threatening illness. This years’ funds will be donated Frank, the 12-year-old boy, who is battling a life-threatening illness and whose wish is to go to Atlantis in the Bahamas. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 9-10 a.m. on the HHS track.

On March 11, two TJL teachers (Ms. Diane Brown and Ms. Amy Lustig) conducted an assembly at TJL to announce the upcoming event. They shared some of the ways that students can raise money for Frank, and were encouraged to get involved in things like bake sales in their neighborhoods, or donate their allowance, or think up other creative ways to make Frank’s wish come true.

Please consider partnering with us in making Frank’s wish come true by donating.
To order a shirt or hat for the event, and to benefit the cause, please fill out this form.

Recognizing Successes

Coach Robert Davis and high school senior Albert Zhang were honored by the Board of Education and administration at the district’s Board of Education meeting in March 20. Coach Davis was recognized for receiving the 2018-2019 Northeast Coach of the Year Award for Girls Tennis, and Albert was honored for being named a Finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

They each also received a special Citation, presented by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Dr. Rory Manning on behalf of Assemblyman Steve Stern, for their successes. Congratulations!

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Exceptional Musicians Selected for LIU Post Festival

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Nine HHS student-musicians were recently selected to perform in the 15th Annual LIU Post Band Festival on April 12 at the Tilles Center. Participants in this festival include the LIU Post Wind Symphony and select high school musicians from across the New York metropolitan area. Over 200 exceptional student-musicians from 40 different high schools across Long Island were nominated for this ensemble, and only approximately 120 were chosen to participate.

Harborfields students Danielle Barber, Victoria Bell, Jared Buchholtz, Catherine Capodanno, Ty Ellenbogen, Katie Farkas, Michael Mank, Tiffany Rounsavall, and Thomas Walden will rehearse and perform four pieces under the direction of IU Post Director of Wind Studies Dr. James McRoy and 2019 Composer-in-Residence Dr. Jack Stamp. Congrautlations, students!

A Burst of Magic at Washington Drive

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American author and illustrator Patricia Polacco visited Washington Drive on March 15. Ms. Polacco is known for her award-winning books such as the Keeping Quilt, Thank You Mr. Falkner, and Chicken Sunday.

Ms. Polacco captivated the students with stories of her life and how they affected her writing, and even brought in elements of her books—like her family’s keeping quilt, and a piece of a “magical” meteor that landed on her family farm—for children to see. Along with inspirational stories from her life, she also shared some of her life’s hardship. Ms. Polacco strongly encouraged students to never let people discourage them from pursing their dreams.

“Real poverty is when you run out of ideas and run out of hope,” Ms. Polacco told them. “You’re never poor if you have those two things.”

At the end of each assembly, children had the opportunity to lay their hand on the meteor piece and make a wish as they exited. Some students bounced with excitement as they walked away, claiming to have truly felt a burst of magic.

On a Mission to Help Others

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Four students from Oldfield Middle School have been selected as Local Honorees of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Seventh graders Violet Fava, Sophia Casillo, Madeline Barker, and Kaitlyn Wille, who are dedicated to bettering and serving their community, were recently awarded with a Certificate of Merit by the organization. This youth-recognition program chooses recipients solely on volunteer and community service, and is the largest in the country.

These students have volunteered heartfelt effort and many hours to Maggie’s Mission, which is a foundation formed by a Harborfields family in memory of their daughter and Harborfields student Maggie Schmidt.

Together, the girls wrote an essay explaining how they accomplished raising $1,185 for pediatric cancer research for the foundation by going door to door in the community. They initiated this project through a school–wide fundraising effort, which was spearheaded by teacher Mrs. Jennifer Garside.

“We believe that you don’t need to know someone in order to help them in their time of need,” the girls’ essay read, “and we are so proud to be able to give the money we raised towards cancer research for people who need it.”

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Carnivale at OMS

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Italian students in grades 6-8 at Oldfield Middle School recently learned about Carnivale—an annual festival celebrated in Italy, particularly in Venice, Fano and Viareggio. The festival is famous for the elaborate masks people wear. Children typically dress up and participate in parades to celebrate the events as well.

To enhance the learning-experience within the classroom, students created masks that ranged from the simple to the ornate and wore them throughout the day.

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Nominating Petitions for Board of Education Now Available

Are you interested in serving on the Harborfields Board of Education?  Candidate packets are available in the District Clerk's office.  

Two positions on the Harborfields Board of Education, each for three-year terms commencing July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022, are up for election this year at the district’s annual budget vote and election to be held on May 21, 2019 at Oldfield Middle School.

Please contact Sharon Whelan, District Clerk, for more information:  631-754-5300, Ext. 300.

Peticiones de nominación para la Junta de Educación ya están disponibles

¿Está interesado en formar parte de la Junta de Educación de Harborfields? Paquetes de candidatos están disponibles en la oficina del Secretario del Distrito.

Dos puestos en la Junta de Educación de Harborfields, cada uno por un período de tres años que comenzará del 1 de julio de 2019 al 30 de junio de 2022, serán elegidos este año en la votación anual del presupuesto del distrito y la elección se llevará a cabo el 21 de mayo de 2019 en Oldfield Escuela intermedia.

Comuníquese con Sharon Whelan, Secretaria de Distrito, para obtener más información: 631-754-5300, ext. 300

Go APE Art Exhibition

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Harborfields High School students Nina Bennardo, Katie Farkas, Emily Grazaino and Nick Paul were recently selected to take part in the Go APE Advanced Art Placement exhibition at the Art League of Long Island's Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. The exhibit ran from Feb. 16 - March 3, and students and were honored at the Artists’ Reception & Awards Presentation on last day of its showing. Student-artist Nina Bennardo also received an honorable mention at reception.

Now in its 12th year, the Art League of Long Island's "Go Ape" exhibition celebrates student artwork, as selected by their teachers, of AP art students across Long Island.

Ambassadors for a Day at Thomas J. Lahey

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On Feb. 27, students at Thomas J. Lahey traveled around the countries of the United Nations thanks to the “ambassadors” from Mr. Augustino Rettino and Ms. Susan Turrini’s fifth-grade classes.

In preparation for this day, students worked in groups and studied individual countries in the United Nations and were each declared an ambassador for that country. Students prepared materials like travel brochures, maps, and informational presentations about each country. On Feb. 27 the rest of the school, along with parents and loved ones, were invited to visit each country, try some of the local cuisine, and read about the culture, government, and more. Additionally, groups even performed readings and songs related to the United Nations.

“It was really cool learning about a country that I knew nothing about,” said TJL fifth-grader, Alex. “I learned that, in Japan, voice acting is a very popular career path…and that they use different kinds of utensils than we do to eat their meals.”

Hopping Towards Heart Health at Washington Drive

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During the week of Feb. 11, students at Washington Drive celebrated Healthy Heart Month, and participated in the nationwide Jump for Heart program.

During the week, students learned about the importance of being heart health and enjoyed jumping stations during their physical education classes. Students hop-scotched, jump-roped, and leaped their way through each class. Additionally, the school participated in a voluntary fundraiser for the American Heart Association, raising approximately $2,000.

“Telling the students that they had the ability to make a difference—both in their lives and in others’ around them—gets them excited, regardless of their age,” said physical education teacher Carieanne Miller. “Many students brought in a single dollar but if everyone in the country gave just one dollar, so many lives could be affected.”

Superhero Club Fundraiser Collects Over $600 for St. Jude

The Harborfields High School Superhero Club held a fundraising dodgeball tournament to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Feb. 13. Each year, in an attempt to be real-life heroes, the club holds a fundraiser to benefit a cause in the surrounding community, and this year they raised over $600 for childhood cancer treatment and research. Way to make a difference, students!

National Merit Scholarship Competition Finalist

Harborfields High School senior Albert Zhang, named a National Merit semifinalist this past fall, was just named a finalist in the program! This prestigious program seeks to honor the nation’s scholastic champions, and to encourage the pursuit of excellence in academics.

Of these finalists, Albert will be competing with the top one percent of students nationwide for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which cumulatively are worth more than $31 million. Notification of National Merit Scholarship recipients will be released between the spring and summer months of 2019. Congratulations Albert!

Hydrofluoric Robotics Heads to LI Championship

The Harborfields Robotics Program recently entered three teams into the FIRST Tech Challenge and placed impressively. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization whose mission is to inspire students’ interest and participation in science and technology by holding regional, state, and nationwide robotics competitions.

Hydrofluoric Robotics, one of the club’s three teams comprised of upperclassman, won the third qualifier Jan. 13 advancing them to the Long Island championship in March. The upperclassmen team also won the “Control Award”, which recognizes a team that successfully uses software and sensors to enhance robot performance.

The program’s “rookie” team, Technetium made it to the playoffs, winning a second-place medal and trophy.

At the fourth qualifier on Feb. 9, the sophomore team, At Least it Didn’t Explode, won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award which celebrates a team that thinks outside the box and succeeds in making their designs come to life.

The upperclassman team, Hydrofluoric Robotics, will be competing at the LI Championship in Syosset on March 9th. Congrats, students!

January of Jazz

The month of January in 2019 proved memorable for the HHS jazz band, as two special visitors conducted clinics with the ensemble. On Jan. 16, renowned multi-reedist Jeff Lederer visited HHS during the school day. Representing LIU Post, where he heads up the jazz program, Lederer came with a jazz-fusion group—Post Modern—to perform for a broad cross-section of the student-musicians. He then stayed to work closely with the jazz band, covering everything from swing to collective improvisation.

On the evening of Jan. 30, rising saxophonist Adam Larson came in to work the group through some important topics. With band parents and families as an audience, Larson took the students through a wide variety of territories—instruments setups, warm-ups, improvisational basics, and the realities of life as a working musician.

Additionally, Larson sat in with the band, adding a jam session atmosphere to the visit.

“There’s no substitute for these types of experiences,” remarked Harborfields High School Jazz Band Director Dan Bilawsky. “Bringing in individuals of this caliber to work with the kids is absolutely priceless.”

2019 National PTA Reflections Winners at Washington Drive

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Washington Drive Primary School recently celebrated students from kindergarten through second grade who participated in the National PTA Reflections program. This program is a National PTA competition that begins at the school level that helps students gain confidence in exploring ideas and learning through cultural arts. Students were asked to respond to the year’s theme “Heroes Around Me.”

Six students were named winners at the school-wide level, and continued on to the regional level of the competition: 1st grader Jaxson Beal and second-grader Owen Birmingham for visual arts; 1st grader Avery Muller for photography; second graders Iliana Diaz and Muhammad Qasim for literature, and second-grader Aubrey DeMaio for dance. Aubrey was also named regional winner for her submission and has moved on to the state level for judging.

Along with the school’s other Reflections participants, winners were honored at a special ceremony held at Washington Drive on Jan. 31.

Congratulations students!


Student and professional French horn players from Suffolk County and beyond came together on Jan. 18 to take part in the 14th Annual Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) Day of Horn. Harborfields French horn players from elementary through high school represented our district with pride at this unique event.

Participants included TJL students Anderson Howe, Dean Mason, Matthew Rampersaud, and Christian Maughan; OMS students Ethan Wisoky, Lucy MacInnes, and Eli Antonison; and Harbofrields High School student Danielle Barber. Harborfields music faculty member Cathy Ferraro accompanied our students and joined in the enjoyment of the day.

Great job, students!

Flapjacks Raise Funds for St. Jude

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The Student Government at Oldfield Middle School held their fifth annual Flapjack Fundraiser on Jan. 12 and raised $1,500. All proceeds are going towards St. Jude Children’s Hospital Research. Thank you to all who participated, contributed, and attended!

Hands on Social Studies at OMS

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In Mrs. Jennifer Klein’s social studies classes at Oldfield Middle School, each unit culminates with a performance task that helps them bring their textbook learned knowledge to life.

Earlier this winter, students learned about ancient Mesopotamia and were required to design a currency that represented important aspects of the Sumerian civilization. A winner from each class was selected by district administrators who served as “judges.” Students Charlotte Hasher, Ava Ciafaidoni, and Brian Muro were all chosen for their artwork and knowledge of Mesopotamian culture.

When learning about ancient Egypt, students learned how the Egyptians mummified people after death, and had the opportunity to perform a real mummification on an apple. Students even built tombs for their mummies.

Additionally, during the unit on Greece and Rome, students created mythology comic strips and dress as Greek deities, and built 3D models of certain aspects of Roman daily life and architecture. At the end of the school year, students will choose a civilization we have not studied and prove to their peers why it is considered a civilization.

“Integrating performance tasks truly helps students demonstrate their understanding of a unit,” said Mrs. Klein, “and they enjoy being able to physically create something to demonstrate that knowledge.”

Collecting Cans for the Soup-er Bowl

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On merely the first day of Washington Drive’s fifth annual Soup-er Bowl food drive, the school came together and managed to fill two whole buckets of canned goods for local Harborfields families in need. To promote a bit of friendly competition, students were encouraged to bring in food to fill the bucket of the team they believe will win the Super Bowl. The drive, which runs from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, has a goal of surpassing last year’s whopping 300 cans. Throughout the week, the morning announcements will include which team has the most cans, motivating students to bring in more the following days.

The cans will be donated to the food pantry at Washington Drive. This fundraiser is part of the Acts of Kindness Committee, run by co-chairs Alyson Elish and Jennifer Pennisi, and is comprised of teachers who organize and run fundraisers throughout the school year. The co-chairs of this committee are Alyson Elish and Jennifer Pennisi.

Superhero Club Dodgeball Tournament for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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In order to live up to their name, the Super Hero Club at Harborfields High School holds an annual fundraiser to benefit a specific cause in the surrounding community. This year, on Feb. 13 at 2:45 p.m., the club will be conducting a dodgeball tournament to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The cost is $40 per team, and each team requires eight members.

Students involved in the Superhero Club come together on a bi-monthly basis to discuss all things related to superhero culture—but many commented on enjoying the club for more than just the surface level.

“It’s one thing to just love superheroes and the culture surrounding the comics,” said student Angie Budhram, “but it’s another thing to step up and be the kind of hero that changes the world around them. Helping the community, even in the smallest ways, can create such an impact…and that’s what we seek to do each year with this fundraiser.”

To sign up, see Mr. Serie for a roster sheet!

Special Scholarship Competition Candidate

Special Scholarship Competition Candidate
Recently, Harborfields High School senior Yatharth Sharma qualified as a candidate for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s Special Scholarship Competition. This specific portion of the competition is sponsored by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., who sets additional requirements for students to be eligible scholarship candidates.

Earlier this year, Yatharth was selected as a National Merit Commended Student as well, placing him among the top 3% highest scoring students on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit across the country. Congratulations!