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On Dec. 8, Google visited Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School to pilot
their new Expeditions Augmented Reality technology with the students.
This new technology has the ability to map out classrooms, and then
place 3D objects throughout the room. While holding devices attached to
selfie sticks, students are able to get up close to examine the details
of the objects, such as a whale swimming through the ocean, or moss on a
tree in the rainforest. Students can also step back to look at the
object in its entirety.
Fourth and fifth-grade students traveled to places like the ocean floor,
where they saw sunken ships up close, as well as fish and stingrays
that swam around their feet. Students also traveled back in time to the
era of Leonardo DiVinci, and saw his inventions, such as a flying
machine, up close. Students were excited to test Google’s new
technology, and are eager to use it again soon!
During the Harborfields Central School District’s most recent Board of
Education meeting, a reception was held to officially recognize and
welcome all 27 members of the new teaching staff to the Harborfields
family. In addition, four newly tenured staff members were recognized
and commended for their hard work and dedication to educating students
within the district. As a highlight to the evening, the high school
chamber orchestra, directed by Alan Walters, performed before the
“Once you come to Harborfields, you’ll never want to
leave,” said Superintendent Dr. Francesco Ianni, “and I can promise you
you’ll learn something new every day that you’re here.”
Recently, three juniors from Harborfields High School placed as
semifinalists in a nationwide writing contest sponsored by the Ayn Rand
Institute. Students Courtney Forberg, Kelsey Fowle, Carlos Godoy, and
Billy Waring were entered into this writing contest after they read and
responded to the book Anthem, which is written by the novelist and
philosopher Ayn Rand.
All four, who each won a small prize, were students in Ms. Jessica La
Mantia’s tenth-grade English Honors class when they entered. Ms.
LaMantia is very proud of her students, and looks forward to continuing
this tradition of submissions to this competition in years to come.
Recently, at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School, a current U.S. Army
member visited students in Stacy Kalish and Ms. Nicole Logozzo’s class
virtually from Italy. Students watched a video-message made for their class, and wrote
letters back to the army member. The class also read about Veteran’s
Day, wrote poems, and viewed and discussed a video of soldiers returning
home to their families. Students connected with and enjoyed these
activities and learned the importance of country’s service members.
On Oct. 30, Harborfields High School held its annual Safe Halloween event. Participating high school clubs and teams covered the halls with spooky decorations in preparation for hundreds of youngsters and their families to come trick-or-treating throughout the halls.
The high school volunteers put on a wonderful event for the surrounding community, and kids left happily with bags full of candy—a successful night.
Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School held its annual Read-In on Oct. 26.
For this event, parents and loved ones volunteered their afternoon to read to students. Many brought blankets for the children to sit on so they could station themselves throughout the school. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni also attended to read to students.
“These read-ins are so valuable because they promote a home-to-school connection,” said TJL Principal Sue Kenny, “and it encourages families to read more with their children.”
Clusters of students and family members were spread out in the gymnasium, hallways, and even outside in the courtyard. Fixated on their favorite stories, students huddled close together to listen to different worlds unfolding within the books.
“I love reading chapter books, especially mysteries,” said James, a TJL fourth-grader. “You never know what’s going to happen next.”
In conjunction with the event, the PTA also held a supply drive for Hurricane Harvey victims. Families attending the read-in donated items such as batteries, bottled water and toiletries.