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Huntington School Briefs

Huntington High School students Jeffrey Sun (violin), Andrew Ku (cello) and Collin Richardson (trombone) are all headed to the All-State music conference in Rochester this week. The trio was approved to travel along with music teacher Jason Giachetti by the Huntington School Board.

The musicians will depart Thursday, December 1 and return on Sunday, December 4. The group will travel by bus with the All-County Music Assn. The conference will be held in the Rochester Convention Center and include a series of rehearsals and performances.

Washington Donates Thanksgiving Food

Washington Primary School students have always been a generous group. That was again demonstrated recently when the youngsters donated hundreds of items during the school's annual Thanksgiving food drive.

A large amount of food and other goods were collected over several days and presented to the Helping Hand Rescue Mission located at 225 Broadway in Huntington Station.

The Washington School community has made Thanksgiving a little bit happier for the less fortunate for as long as anyone can remember. Principal Marsha Neville said the generosity of the students and their families was "refreshing" and will made a real difference in the lives of local folks who are struggling. The items were earmarked for use exclusively in the Huntington community.

Reach for the Stars

The Huntington Foundation's "Reach for the Stars" benefit gala is set for Friday, January 20 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Woodlands estate in Woodbury. Tickets are on sale now for $125.

The evening will include the presentation of the 2012 Spirit Award to Michelle Marino, Southdown Primary School's principal and a longtime district faculty member.

There will be an extravagant cocktail hour and dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Vegetarian dinners will be provided to those requesting them in advance. Seating is limited.

Monies raised from the evening will support the Foundation's activities, including the Reach for the Stars grant program that funds teacher innovations. Tickets can be secured by sending a check payable to the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education to P.O. Box 552, Huntington, NY 11743.

The Huntington Foundation is seeking items for raffles to be held in conjunction with the dinner. Donations of products, personal services and gift certificates will be gratefully accepted. Contact Karen Dwyer for more information at (631) 421-4037.

A commemorative journal is also planned. The ad placement deadline is December 15, 2011. For advertising inquiries contact: Denise Stieve at (631) 513-9434 or denise@jcmdesigninc.com.

Finley Middle School Schedule

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School winter concert will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Huntington High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

A holiday dance for Finley students will be held in the school gym on Friday, December 16 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets will be on sale during regular school hours.

Next School Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Huntington School Board is scheduled for Monday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Abrams School auditorium. The public is invited to attend.


As the holiday season approaches, the faculty and support staff at Washington Primary School is reflecting on the past year and looking forward to 2012. They also realize there are many in the community not as fortunate. So the group has decided to adopt a needy family from the school.

The family consists of a single parent with four children. New clothing and toy donations are being collected as well as some monetary donations, which will be used to purchase still other items.

Toaz History Lesson

Robert K. Toaz Junior High School left a rich legacy in every area of school life when he closed in June 1982 after serving the community for 43 years. Decades ago the Toaz student council asked each homeroom to submit suggestions for a school motto. These were extensively discussed and eventually put to a vote. The winning motto was "Shoulder To Shoulder."

The Toaz Victory Song was written by homeroom 203, which graduated in January 1943. The music was composed by Wallace Cirillo and Larry McGaul, under of the direction of vocal music teacher Marian E. Herriman. "Every loyal pupil of Toaz learns this song," states the 1951-53 student handbook. "It is sung in assemblies and at other school functions."

The song goes as follows:

"In loudest praise,
Our voices raise,
A song of victory for junior high;
Our cheers will ring,
We'll proudly sing,
And always wave the gold and blue on high.

"Whether at work or play we'll try to do our best,
We'll show the world that we can always stand the test;
Dear school to you,
Our hearts are true
Forever may our banner proudly fly.
With all our might,
We'll do what's right
As we go on for Toaz Junior High."


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