Standing with Flower Hill Primary School students, Gary Brown looked awfully big. Heck, the former NFL player looks big when he’s alongside anyone. He has an equally big heart, which recently opened up for second and third grade youngsters.
Flower Hill School opened more than 65 years ago. Since then more than 10,000 students have studied in its classrooms. It’s a very special place, just ask the youngsters that call it home today.
Jeremiah Lacen is only in third grade, but the Flower Hill Primary School student has been getting a taste of the Blue Devil junior varsity football program thanks to teacher aide and Huntington gridiron coach James Byrnes.
Flower Hill Primary School students are off to a great start to the 2019/20 school year. The youngsters are working hard, getting along with their teachers and classmates and learning fun and interesting things every day.
Flower Hill Primary School is all set to shine in the new school year. Teachers have been visiting the building to organize their classrooms, open boxes of supplies and prepare the first lessons of 2019/20. Custodial staff members have been polishing every inch of the building. A sense of enthusiasm is evident.
Flower Hill Primary School wrapped up the 2018/19 school year and headed off to summer vacation in fine fashion, but not before Principal Lucia Laguarda presented a series of awards to some special youngsters spread across every grade level.
“In a world where you can be anything; be kind.” It’s a philosophy that Flower Hill Primary School third graders completely embraced. The youngsters participated in a moving-up ceremony in the gymnasium before a crowd of loved ones who beamed with pride.
It doesn’t take much to get Flower Hill Primary School second graders excited. But a visit to Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown gave the youngsters a legitimate reason to let their imaginations and intellects go into overdrive.
The countdown to summer vacation hasn’t started quite yet at Flower Hill Primary School. There is still too much to learn and too much fun still awaiting students.
Flower Hill Primary School’s second graders developed a really neat project for this year’s science fair and the youngsters are impressed with their efforts.
Flower Hill Primary School’s recent Math Night featured an “escape room” theme, which was an exciting time for participants.
Flower Hill Primary School’s 21st annual book swap was one of the most successful ever. Students on every grade level were able to find plenty of titles to interest them.
Flower Hill Primary School is in the midst of a sensational school year. The 300 students spread across grades K-3 are taking pride in their work and having a great time working with each other and their teachers.
Flower Hill Primary School has established a well-deserved reputation in the community for emphasizing academic excellence and social growth. Opened in September 1954, the school today houses students ranging from kindergarten through third grade.
Flower Hill School is committed to helping its students achieve their full academic potential and to supporting the development of social skills that will help each child successfully navigate through the school setting during their formative years. To this end, Flower Hill’s goal is to consistently provide a learning environment that fosters the intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of each student.
Flower Hill’s staff of caring professionals offers a child-centered educational program in a supportive and nurturing environment. It is hoped that by providing teaching that inspires, informs and challenges, teachers and support staff can instill a love for learning that will continue throughout each child’s school years and beyond.
In addition to the rich regular day classroom program, each child receives instruction in art, music, physical education, library skills and technology from teachers who are specialists in each of these areas. Flower Hill also has a school nurse, psychologist, social worker, reading and math specialists and other professional staff members who provide critical support to students.
A strong partnership between students, parents and teachers is very important to daily life at Flower Hill. Principal Lucia Laguarda and all teachers and staff members are confident that by working together to build a positive collaboration between home and school, Flower Hill will continue to provide quality educational experiences for all of its students.
Lucia Laguarda has been principal of Flower Hill Primary School since December 1, 2017.
Ms. Laguarda obtained a BA in sociology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 1992. She also studied as an undergraduate at Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Education with a multicultural emphasis at California State University-Dominguez Hills in May 1996.
A member of the Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, Ms. Laguarda had been the Riverhead School District’s director of professional personnel at the time of her appointment as Flower Hill’s principal. She earlier served as principal of Hemenway Elementary School (2010-2015) and in a dual appointment as principal of King Elementary School (2013-2015) in Framingham, Massachusetts. The latter was the district’s first STEAM school.
Ms. Laguarda began her career as a bilingual classroom teacher for grades 3-5 at Clyde Woodworth Elementary School in Inglewood, California, working there from 1992-1996 before becoming a teacher support coordinator with Teach for America in Los Angeles. She supervised, evaluated and provided in-service mentoring to over 200 TFA teachers in the LA area from 1996-1998.
A bilingual and multicultural teaching methods instructor at California State University-Dominguez Hills in 1997-1998, Ms. Laguarda went on to serve as an English language special projects coordinator at Eucalyptus Elementary School in Hawthorne, California from 1998-2000. She was assistant principal of William Green Elementary School from 2000-2002 and principal of Billy Mitchell Elementary School from 2002-2005 and 2006-2010, both in Lawndale, California.
A native Spanish speaker, Ms. Laguarda was an instructional coach and school improvement consultant with Teachscape National Professional Development in the Indian Oasis School District in Tucson, Arizona in 2006.
Ms. Laguarda is Flower Hill School’s eighth permanent principal since it opened in September 1954.
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