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LISFA 2020-2021 Accepted Students

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More than 30 Harborfields music students at the secondary level were recognized this spring by the Long Island String Festival Association. These students, selected on the basis of musical achievement, would normally take part in an honors ensemble performance but in light of this year's unique and challenging circumstances, they were afforded the opportunity to participate in some unique workshops instead. LISFA coordinated programs covering fiddle music, jazz and improvisation for strings, pop music for strings and master class-style coaching for high school students.

"Harborfields's high number of LISFA honor selectees and participants is a clear sign of the tremendous work that our music students and teachers are doing," K-12 Music Department Coordinator Dan Bilawsky said. "It's but one of many signs that our string program remains incredibly strong."

Congratulations to the below students on this impressive achievement! 


Harborfields High School

Breckyn Beechey

Orla Cummaford-Roberts

Sofia Cuti

Aidan Doctor

Alexandra Ebanks

Emelie Hochwald

Christopher Hummel

Joseph LaSpisa

Angeline Miraglia

Hannah Pomerantz

Lindsay Sung

Camryn Taylor

Connor Tom


Oldfield Middle School

Celia Ancona

Adeline Chunton

Harry Diner

Michelle Diner

Jackson Dunham

Alexis Ebanks

Shea Flynn

Alec Gerde

Brynn Gerde

Elena LaSpisa

Skylar McDougal

Norene Miraglia

Brooke Palmer

Samantha Plosky

Brendan Schmitt

Ava Vandor

Violet Vutrano

Rhys Walter

OMS Shows Gratitude During Military Appreciation Month

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Students at Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields School District celebrated Military Appreciation Month by drawing words and pictures of gratitude with chalk on the school’s sidewalks on May 19. The Military Chalk-Talk was organized by sixth grade co-advisors Taylor Soete and Jennifer Klein and involved all of the school’s sixth grade classes. 

“We figured this would be a great opportunity for the students to get together outside and show their appreciation for the members of the military during Military Appreciation Month,” Ms. Soete said.

From American flags to peace symbols, the students took to the sidewalks to express why they were thankful for the military.

“I appreciate the military because they protect us and they risk their lives to do so,” sixth grader Aya Deckman said.

The entire Harborfields School District appreciates members of the military this month and always, and thanks those in the community who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.


K-8 2021 Student Art Showcase

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Children and their families are invited to view the K-8 2021 Student Art Showcase at Harborfields High School. The artwork will be on display in the front lobby gallery June 2-18, 2021 between 2:45 to 6 p.m.
The annual exhibit is a celebration of talented young artists and the importance of arts in education. It features the artwork of students representing WDPS, TJL and OMS. 

Oldfield Students Build Businesses From The Ground Up

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Eighth grade students in Steven Ellick’s technology class at Oldfield Middle School recently constructed miniature storefronts of their own businesses, complete with unique names and branding.

They were instructed on how to build the structure properly and learned construction terms like king studs and headers. Signs were then added to the structures, and students completed their work by creating a plot for their storefronts to sit on.

“It's a great project in that it exposes students to real life possibilities as it pertains to them potentially creating their own business in the future,” Steven said.

Autism Awareness Goes to the Dogs

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Students at Harborfields High School and Oldfield Middle School have been baking and selling dog treats to benefit autism awareness throughout the month of April as part of a "Work Experience Within The School" program.

Rhonda Lebit’s Career Transitions Class at the high school and Sandra Buscemi’s middle school students first created a business plan, which included packaging and distributing order forms via Google to the school community. They then baked the treats using natural, dog-friendly ingredients and packaged the product. Additionally, the high school class teamed up with the school’s audiovisual department to film a commercial to promote their product.

This initiative is teaching students vocational, reading, math and social skills, among many other new abilities. All proceeds of sales of the dog treats will be donated to the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America, a parent-run organization serving over 1,900 families on Long Island.