Huntington High School’s Class of 1989 will celebrate at a 30th anniversary reunion at the Paramount’s Founders Room on Saturday, July 27 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets priced at $130 include four hours unlimited refreshments and 1½ hours of passed hors d’oeuvres.
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Principal’s Book of the Month
Washington Primary School Principal Michelle Richards’ June Book of the Month is “Tar Beach,” by Faith Ringgold. She has encouraged teachers to share it with students.
“This book made it to my favorite list because of the illustrations and imagination of the main character,” said Dr. Richards in a message to teachers. “Through this book, we can travel into Harlem and Manhattan. Our children will take a glimpse into the mind of an eight year old little girl who uses her imagination to explore her world. I hope you are able to extend the learning of this book throughout the month with various activities.”
Dr. Richards started the Book of the Month club initiative earlier in the school year. “The purpose of this initiative is to foster an environment of reading aloud books from all walks of life,” she told Washington teachers. “Each book is one that I shared with my classes as a classroom teacher and administrator. Take time to enjoy this book with our students. Be creative with the discussions. Allow the students to share their connections to the story. The ultimate goal is for students to create various extensions to the text that can be shared with the Washington community. I would love to visit your classrooms for a read aloud of the book of the month. June is an extremely busy month, however, I will try my absolute best to visit your classrooms to share this wonderful story.”
Trustees Extend Superintendent’s Contract
The Huntington School Board has extended Superintendent James W. Polansky’s contract with the district through June 30, 2023. Trustees voted to approve the extension during a public meeting on Monday, June 3.
Mr. Polansky has been in his post since July 1, 2011.
Flower Hill School’s Stars of the Month
Flower Hill Primary School’s Star Students of the Month Award winners are a very special bunch of young people. They have stood out around the building with their classmates and teachers. The group was excited to be recognized for their outstanding efforts by Principal Lucia Laguarda.
May’s honorees include:
Kindergarten: Melvin G. Cordero Rivas, Caroline Wegielnik, Ky’Miah Lacen, Justin Gonzalez Alvarez; First grade: Emma Leiter, Katharine Lyons, John Dello-Iacono, Nirvana Williams, Kiara G Jimenez Nunez, Ivan Rodriguez; Second grade: Josiah Davis, Howard Rosenstone, Gavin Kline, Hunter Kline, Anne-Myriam Excellent-Mesidor, Nahomy Cifuentes Alvizures, Olivia Corcoran, Jonathan Alvarado-Villatoro; Third grade: Matthew Pepe, Brett Wilson, Henry Schmid, Rosmery Garay Moreira, Kimberly Hernandez Pereira, Nicolina Santoli, Cassidy Harris, Asani Ingram.
Third grade dual language teacher Glenn Edwards’ class was honored as the Star Class of the Month
“The Flower Hill School community is very proud of these wonderful boys and girls,” Ms. Laguarda said.
Huntington Jazz Ensemble Performs at Sagamore Hill
A group of talented Huntington High School musicians entertained crowds on Sunday at the US National Park Service’s Sagamore Hill site. Former home of President Theodore Roosevelt.
The jazz ensemble included Teddy Holly, Ryan Sirio, Miles Tierney, Foster Sullivan and Michael Reed. Coordinating the engagement was Huntington 2012 alum Marie Clifford, who now works as a Sagamore Hill park ranger.
The Huntington musicians played for park patrons for about an hour and were very well received.
Vegetable Garden Reestablished at Washington School
A vegetable garden has been reestablished at Washington Primary School. An area between the building’s two wings that had been used for a garden many years ago has been reclaimed and replanted.
Buildings and Grounds Dept. staff members prepared the soil for planting. The Cornell Cooperative Extension sent an educator to teach students about planting and caring for a vegetable garden. The youngsters were able to do much of the planting themselves.
Plans have been developed to maintain the garden over the summer vacation, including watering the plants.
Reestablishing the garden has been a priority of first year Washington Principal Michelle Richards.
Cotsen Foundation Awards Grant to Flower Hill
The Los Angeles based not-for-profit Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching has awarded a $1,000 grant to Flower Hill Primary School.
Flower Hill Principal Lucia Laguarda on the Cotsen Foundation’s board of directors for many years. The Cotsen Foundation was created by Lloyd Cotsen, the former president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Neutrogena Corp. He passed away at 88 in May 2017, but the Foundation’s work continues.
HHS Orchestra Says Goodbye to Seniors
At its final concert of the school year, Huntington High School orchestra director Nicole Castaldo introduced 29 seniors who will be graduating next week and heading off to college.
The orchestra’s senior members include Sebastian Abreu, Ashley Anderson, Hannah Bailin, Sylvia Belanger, Erin Bonitz, Estefani Cardenas, Hadley Clayton, Julia Collins, Nina Danseglio, Ana Diaz, Isabella Floro, Eylin Garciaguirre-Yanes, Arielle Harvey, Evelyn Hernandez-Veliz, Mackenzie Joseph, Lea Laponti, Tim Lebebvre, Paige Lennon, Eddie Maleszewski, Finn Malone, Annabella Matheus, Morgan Minicozzi, Haley Mortell, Kevin O’Donnell, Patricia Reyes-Canales, Katie Stock, Charlie Sze, Erika Varady and Liam Walsh.