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Principal's Newsletter

   It is hard to believe that our December holiday break is just about upon us and that we have reached the midpoint of our second quarter.  There is certainly an excitement in the building as the break nears and we have had so many things to celebrate and students and staff to acknowledge.  The school year has certainly flown by for me and I thank you all for your hard work and your support for me personally so far.  I wish you all the very best of holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Midterm Schedule Posted: Please take a moment to review information posted to our website regarding our midterm testing days in January.  As in years past, school will be open for testing only from Tuesday, January 24th through Friday, January 27th.  Click here to view the testing and transportation schedules.  If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact our guidance office.

**This is not listed on the original school calendar so please make a note!


DECEMBER 14TH BOARD MEETING:  It was so indicative of the type of community we have to see so many people in attendance at our December 14th Board of Education Meeting.  The night was a tremendous celebration.  We had the opportunity to celebrate the retirement of our Superintendent Diana Todaro who will be leaving us at the end of the month.  Ms.  Todaro has had an exceptional career here at Harborfields and her care and concern for the children of our schools has always been evident.  She will be sorely missed but we wish her all the very best.  That evening, we also had the opportunity to officially celebrate Harborfields High School’s Blue Ribbon award.  It was a fitting end for Ms. Todaro who has now seen every eligible building in the district receive this incredibly prestigious award.


Suffolk Zone Award:  Congratulations to Kailey Broderick and Mason Mee on being selected as the Suffolk Zone Award Recipients for Harborfields High School.  The annual Suffolk Zone award is given to a male and female physical education student in each county high school who best exemplify exceptional physical performance, character and citizenship.


Journalism Goes to NBC Studios:  The Harborfields Journalism class attended a private tour of NBC Studios and was able to get a look behind the scenes at the operation of a major news network.  Our morning announcement team was actually able to broadcast our daily announcements from the studio to the school that day.


Shakespeare Recitation Contest:  Over the last two months AP Literature & Composition students studied, memorized, and performed sonnets and monologues by William Shakespeare.  The top five students from each section moved on to the 9th Annual Shakespeare Recitation finals which were held on November 22nd in the auditorium. The participants were:

Gregory Black

Greta Browne

Caroline Butler

Jacob Chalif

Mackenzie Dash

Brett Hebert

Sean Hurley

Emma Johnston

Christina Kohl

Ishaan Lohia

Emma Magnus

Alex Martin

Ava McKane

Stephanie Mejia

Michelle Murray

Cassandra Moisanu

Lilliana Ricca

Stephanie Rossi

Angela Rucco

Jacqueline Ryan

Mia Santomauro

Sammy Schapero

Kate Storm

Levi Tuck

Isabella Viteritti

To determine the top two performers, the scores of the three faculty judges (Mrs. Gavin, Ms. Thomsen & Ms. LaMantia) were combined with audience/peer ballots.  The top two performers were recognized and received certificates from The National Endowment for the Arts.  The 2016/ 2017 Shakespeare Recitation Contest winners are Sean Hurley & Emma Magnus.


Students of the Month: I had the pleasure of presenting our October and November Students of the Month recently.  Please join me in congratulating the following students who were selected by their teachers for their positive contributions to their classes: Gracie Heil, Gabrielle Troy, Simrah Malik, Zachary Zethner, Marco LaRocca, Hateem Sony, Alessandra DeMinico, Alexander Martin, Wawensky Deronvil, Yarlin Sanchez Almendarez, Samantha Schapero, Natalie Troy and Madeline Tichy.  There were also 3 Staff Members of the Month: Ann Heverin, Pam Fakatselis and Rita Vita.


Random Acts of Kindness:  We are pleased to share that Ava Stanisci, Medora Benson, Juan Carrasco and Noelia Ramirez were recognized for being kind when they thought nobody was looking!