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Harborfields Students Go Green to Show "Start With Hello" Solidarity

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Students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School and Washington Drive Primary School wore green on Sept. 21 as a symbol of unity and solidarity during the schools’ Start With Hello week. Fourth graders at TJL also performed a Start With Hello play during health class, which helped teach them the importance of including others, while Washington Drive enjoyed wonderful balloon displays provided by the school’s PTA.

The Start with Hello initiative, created by Sandy Hook Promise, focuses on  empathy and inclusiveness to prevent social isolation.

Date Added: 9/29/2022

Harborfields Board of Ed Honors Music Successes

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Recognition of the music department’s recent successes was the focus at the Harborfields Central School District’s Sept. 21 Board of Education meeting.

K-12 Music Department Coordinator Dan Bilawsky was honored for winning the New York State School Music Association’s Education Innovation Award, which recognizes new and creative approaches to music education within or outside the school day.

“I’m humbled and honored to have been selected as this year's recipient of the NYSSMA Education Innovation Award.  The powers of community and collaboration, more than anything else, have fueled every unique undertaking I've been a part of at Harborfields, so I proudly share this recognition with my students and colleagues.”

“Those who know Mr. Bilawsky, know that there couldn’t be a more fitting award for him nor a more deserving person to receive it,” said Dr. Danielle DeLorenzo, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “The district is so very lucky to have him.”

Also honored were student-musicians who earned All-National (Allie Ebanks) and All-State (Breckyn Beechey, Alexa Best, Peter Hoss, Chris Hummel, Kamden Johansen and Ethan Rosenthal) recognition, the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar-Artist Merit Award (Hannah Serwan) and SCMEA All-County Jazz recognition (Jackson Ferrara, Peter Hoss, Kam Johansen, Ethan Rosenthal, Hartley Semmes and Madelin Woodward). For more information on Allie Ebanks, please view our article dated Sept. 27, and look for upcoming articles on the All-State, LIAA Scholar-Artist Merit Award and SCMEA All-County Jazz winners.

Lastly, the district recognized Harborfields High School Choir Director Clare Jackson for winning the Manilow Music Award, and longtime Harborfields High School girls varsity soccer coach Scott Wallace for being named Coach of the Year and earning his 300th career victory.

Date Added: 9/29/2022

Three from Harborfields High School Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Harborfields High School seniors Daniel Panettieri, Darien Schultz and Maxmillian Stratton were recently announced as Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. The two were among only 16,000 Semifinalists named nationwide,representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. This excellent achievement was based on results of the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. All three Harborfields students will have the chance to continue in the Finalist level, competing for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million.

“It was a lot of hard work, with a lot of help from a lot of people,” Panettieri said.

“I’m really proud of this accomplishment and to represent Harborfields,” Schultz said.

“Years of hard work and patience in my studies have finally paid off,” Stratton said.

Date Added: 9/28/2022

Harborfields Senior Receives National Music Recognition

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In being selected for the National Association for Music Education’s All-National program, Harborfields High School senior Allie Ebanks was tagged as one of the nation’s shining musical stars. Only 55 students in all of New York, regardless of instrument or discipline, were chosen for NAfME All-National ensembles, and Ebanks was the only cellist in the state to have been picked for the All-National Orchestra. She will be rehearsing and performing with that ensemble in November in National Harbor, Maryland.  

“I am honored and grateful to have been selected to represent New York State at All-National,” Ebanks said. “I would not be where I am today without the support of my family, friends, amazing teachers and the Harborfields community.”


Harborfields Freshmen “Breakout” of Library

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School media specialist Jill Weiler recently introduced freshmen at Harborfields High School to the school’s library with a breakout room scavenger hunt.

Date Added: 9/20/2022