This is a feel-good story about a Flower Hill Primary School third grader. Zachary Goldstein is a creative, thoughtful and downright inspirational youngster and his love of music has lifted the hearts of many, including his teacher, Brenda McManus and his classmates.
Flower Hill Primary School students joined their counterparts across Huntington UFSD and produced some great works of art for this year’s National PTA Reflections program.
Most children like to show-off and Flower Hill Primary School dual language program students really shined during recent grade level social studies presentations the youngsters made while speaking Spanish.
Flower Hill Primary School has always taken special delight in celebrating the success of its students and there has always been plenty to be proud about since the building first opened its doors in September 1954.
Flower Hill Primary School honored a group of splendid students who were real standouts throughout the month of December, working exceptionally well with the classmates, teachers and support staff members.
Flower Hill Primary School art teacher Jackie Plesent had an idea based on the “Kindness Tree,” a book penned by author Sharon Becker. The energetic educator put the idea into action and the results are impressive.
The Flower Hill Primary School student council is comprised of a great group of third graders who are all learning more about leadership and serving the community for the greater good.
Teacher Allison Conlon considers her Flower Hill Primary School third grade class to be a kind and compassionate group of youngsters. They have been working on strengthening their classroom community through teamwork and by spreading kindness.
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.
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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