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Harborfields DECA Students Take Islanders Career Tour at UBS Arena

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DECA students from Harborfields High School recently attended a Sports Marketing Day event hosted by the New York Islanders. Students toured UBS Arena in Elmont and learned about different off-the-ice careers in hockey, the organization and the arena.

Date Added: 12/1/2023

A Day of Celebrating Kindness in Harborfields

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The Harborfields Central School District celebrated National Kindness Day on Nov. 14. Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School classes participated in a “hot seat” activity, in which one student is selected to sit facing away from the board while the class takes turns writing kind messages about the selected student, while fourth graders at the school in Samantha Little’s class added kind messages to Starbucks coffee sleeves and gave them out.  At Washington Drive Primary School, students listened to the story “A Little Spot of Kindness,” and students who were “caught being kind” earned a yellow spot to wear.  

Date Added: 11/27/2023

Oldfield Business Students Create Their Own Food Truck Menus

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Oldfield Middle School students in Andrew Fenter's Career Pathways to Success class which focuses on career exploration through experiential learning, recently worked to develop menus for their original food truck businesses.

“This activity provides my students the chance to experience what it takes to start your own business,” Fenter said. “They created menus not only to inform, but to catch the eyes of their customers.”

Date Added: 11/21/2023

Harborfields Board Recognizes High School Artists and Musicians

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Harborfields High School students’ success in the fields of art and music was recognized at the Harborfields Central School District’s Board of Education meeting on Nov. 15.

Liza McPherson was honored for earning a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Drawing exam, while Sophia De Meo and Peter Hoss were recognized winning the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar-Artist Merit Award. Also honored were student-musicians who earned recognition for NYSSMA All-State (Peter Hoss, Justin Lowenhar and Camryn Taylor), NYSCAME All-County (Brooke Cheskes, Shea Flynn, Amelia Freiberger, Andrea Holohan, Peter Hoss, Justin Lowenhar, Gabriella Messing, Hartley Semmes, Katherine Spahn, Camryn Taylor and Andrew Walden) and SCMEA All-County Jazz (Jackson Ferrara, Peter Hoss and Hartley Semmes).  

Lastly, the district recognized Orchestra Director Gregory Antonelli, school counselor and kickline director Jaclyn Best, Jazz Band Director Daniel Bilawsky, art teacher Jeanie Ritter, Band Director Allison Scilla and Chorus Director Clare Sullivan for their ongoing support of their students’ drive to achieve excellence.

Date Added: 11/21/2023

Harborfields Takes Time for Tuba

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Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School fifth graders Cristiano DeLorenzo and Trevor DeNisco, and Harborfields High School students Ezra Behr and Lachlan Granger represented Harborfields with pride at the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s Day of Tuba and Euphonium Festival on Nov. 3. This event focused on a massed tuba and euphonium ensemble including students of all ages, and everyone present was treated to a clinic with internationally celebrated educator, performer and creator Lance LaDuke. The evening culminated in a concert for families featuring a recital by LaDuke, an all-star ensemble of high school students (including Granger) and, finally, the massed ensemble performing crowd pleasers like “Captain America March,” “Surrender” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

“This event is one of my favorite days of the year,” TJL Band Director Courtney Kassinger said. “It’s a very unique experience to be in an ensemble full of just tubas and euphoniums, and a wonderful opportunity for our elementary students to interact and perform with our high school students.”

Date Added: 11/20/2023