The most surreal commencement in the long history of Huntington High School played out last Friday night on the grass athletic fields. A drive-in graduation, complete with a huge screen that was erected for the event near the Oakwood Road side of the property, drew nearly 400 cars as the Class of 2020 was celebrated during a 90 minute ceremony that was broadcast on the radio over 87.9 FM.
This is a really cool story. Nadeera Ali didn’t just skate through the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing school closure period of distance learning. The Huntington High School freshman put her time to good use, not only deftly handling all of her regular assignments, but completing a four week pre-college course offered by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The 2020 edition of the “Huntingtonian,” the annual yearbook of Huntington High School is dedicated to a very special alum. A member of Huntington’s Class of 1984, Darin Reed has been giving back to his alma mater for many years in a wide variety of ways, including utilizing his brilliance as a photographer to capture all the important events and milestones for many years.
In a “normal” year the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association honors each district’s valedictorian at a festive luncheon attended by the scholars, their parents and their superintendent and principal, but 2020 is anything but typical with the COVID-19 pandemic raging across Long Island and the world.
Christopher Mavrogian has been in the Huntington UFSD fold since his first day of kindergarten at Washington Primary School. Now he’s a senior. He’s always gotten along well with his teachers, but like just about anyone, he has a faculty favorite.
Emily and Charlotte Cheshire are doing amazing work as youth ambassadors with the Tourette Association of America. The sisters are students at Huntington High School, where they have garnered the respect of classmates and faculty members alike.
With the worldwide tumult that COVID-19 has brought, the Huntington High School Yearbook Club needs help in putting the final touches on the 2020 edition of “The Huntingtonian.”
Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter has been making a difference in people’s lives ever since it was founded in 2003. A recent trip to New Orleans to help those still recovering from a deadly and destructive hurricane that struck 15 years ago continued the group’s impressive tradition of helping others.
The main lobbies at both Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School have been showcasing colorful and informative displays with dozens of artifacts that have helped recognize the culture and contributions of outstanding people of color in the United States.
The Huntington High School Key Club’s K-Factor was a multicultural extravaganza, showcasing an array of incredible live performances that electrified the crowd packing the auditorium last Friday night.
The first ever family wellness fair is coming to Huntington High School on Saturday, March 28. Planning has been ongoing for many weeks. Organizers believe the event is shaping up to be something special.
This month’s Huntington High School Key Club K-Factor talent show has an exceptional lineup of performers ready to win over the hearts of the judges and crowd.
A terrific trio of Huntington High School seniors has been named finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship program.
Teaching and practicing the concept of kindness is not just an initiative that is important on the elementary school level. It’s just as valuable for the Huntington High School community.
The Huntington High School Key Club is in the midst of final preparations for its popular K-Factor talent show, which will be held on Friday, February 28.
On a cold December day, the members of Huntington High School’s Key Club chapter gathered inside the Target store on Jericho Turnpike, determined to bring happiness to a special group of children.
Huntington High School’s energetic Interact Club dove into a community service activity with Jefferson Primary School students on a recent afternoon.
Three of Huntington High School’s academic honor societies have already held their annual induction ceremonies and three more will hold theirs in January as dozens of scholars join the fold of the respective organizations.
Nate Deegan makes a great impression on everyone he meets. The Huntington High School junior is articulate, good natured and able to speak on many topics. He’s excelling in everything that he does and his classmates and teachers are sitting up and taking notice.
Always trendsetters, Huntington High School students are once again at the forefront. Science teacher Nicole Cooper and a group of nine teenagers passionate about the environment participated on a planning committee organizing the first ever Suffolk County Youth Climate Summit.
The Nathan Hale chapter of the National Honor Society at Huntington High School welcomed 100 new members during the organization’s 66th annual induction ceremony.
Huntington kids are the best. They really are. A group of two dozen Huntington High School students joined with other teenagers and local Rotary Club members to help restock the Community Food Council’s shelves and replenish the St. Hugh’s food banks stocks on non-perishable items just in time for Thanksgiving Day for hungry families.
Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity club chapter is set to travel to New Orleans during the February break and help build needed housing in that city, which has never completely recovered from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
An online archive of electronic editions of Huntington High School’s student newspaper, The Dispatch is available. Copies of the paper in the current archive date to November 1977.
Erasing racism on Long Island was the focus of an all-day conference attended by a delegation of students in Huntington High School’s A World of Difference club. The gathering at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue drew participants from 15 Suffolk high schools who all went home with plenty to think about.
Andrew McKenzie is completely comfortable setting high goals and working very hard to reach them. The Huntington High School junior handles pressure deftly, whether it’s in a classroom taking a string of challenging courses or running with the Blue Devils in a race against Suffolk’s best.
Huntington High School’s Environmental Club has turned into a legitimate juggernaut with an energetic and remarkably engaged group of members and a full agenda that it is pursuing in tireless fashion.
Alexa Rind is in Washington, DC this week for the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit. The Huntington High School junior is among 400 students from across the country chosen to participate in the gathering, which seeks to educate those involved on US-Israel relations and help them become more politically involved, including citizen lobbying of Congress.
Interested in learning more about the academic and co-curricular programs at Huntington High School? An open house is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6 at 11 a.m.
The Huntington High School PTSA and the J. Taylor Finley Middle School PTA are banding together to sponsor what the two organizations are billing as “Funday Monday.”
Huntington High School’s Safe Halloween program offers all the desired fun associated with the day, but without any of the worry for parents.
Huntington High School student government members are working tirelessly to accomplish the organization’s goal this year. The group is being aided by energetic teenagers on every grade level, who while not officers, are nevertheless committed to making the building a better place for everyone.
Some might consider Alexa Amorison to be a quiet young woman, but the Huntington High School junior can be very assertive when she needs to be and she also has a great sense of humor.
The Nathan Hale chapter of the National Honor Society at Huntington High School was organized in 1954. It will celebrate its 66th induction ceremony this fall.
Spectacular Homecoming Day festivities played out under a brilliant blue sky at Huntington High School as the community came together in a remarkable display of unity last Saturday.
An incredible throng of more than 2,000 turned out for the homecoming bonfire and festival at Huntington High School on Thursday night. Games, food, music and folks of all ages created a remarkably festive party atmosphere.
Huntington High School will celebrate Homecoming Day on Saturday. A week of festivities will culminate with an 11 a.m. parade through the village and up New York Avenue followed by a 2 p.m. Blue Devil varsity football game, performances by the marching band and Highsteppers dance team, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen and the announcement of the winning class float.
Ella Siepel is off and running - literally. The Huntington High School junior is the Blue Devil cross country team’s co-captain and one of the best students in the Class of 2021.
Camille Tedeschi put her summer vacation to good use doing what she loves the most: traveling. The Huntington High School social studies teacher trekked across the world, visiting distant lands, soaking in as much as she could and enjoying every minute of it.
The stars are lining up for what is expected to be a spectacular year ahead at Huntington High School, with some exciting new initiatives and a sensational group of 1,600 teenagers and more than 150 faculty and staff members.
Tess Stanley is an adventurer. The incoming Huntington High School junior is always ready for a challenge and she rarely allows a good opportunity to pass her by.
Diya Rai-Gersappe is always striving to better herself in some way. The incoming Huntington High School senior is a bright, energetic, creative and exceptionally hardworking young woman. She impressed everyone during an intensive seven week summer research program at Stony Brook University’s Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces.
A new tradition is set to unfold at Huntington High School as officials and students plan to transition from a June junior/senior prom to a junior banquet at the school for members of the Class of 2021 and a traditional prom for seniors.
Robert Jean-Gilles is most certainly a Renaissance man. The Huntington High School senior possesses so many talents it’s impossible to list them all in a short story. Among these is that he’s a deep thinker. So when an anonymous benefactor offered to fund a summer academic experience at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, the teenager jumped at the opportunity.
Incoming Huntington High School freshmen and their parents will participate in an orientation program at the school on Wednesday, August 28. The program will begin with introductory remarks at 9:30 a.m. by Principal Brenden Cusack, Assistant Principals Lisette Lors and Gamal Smith and Superintendent James W. Polansky.
A new orchestra teacher is coming to Huntington High School in September. James DiMeglio has been appointed by the Huntington School Board. He will be taking over the orchestra from veteran Nicole Castaldo, who will become the district’s sixth grade orchestra teacher/director.
Jordan Forte is an unsung hero in the Blue Devil athletic program. The incoming Huntington High School junior has already been an integral part of three separate varsity teams, but her contributions are often made under the radar. That appears ready to change as she preps to play a starring role the next two years.
Chris Mavrogian is set to embark on an exciting initiative to restore the courtyard pond at Huntington High School. The current junior is pursuing the work as a Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Award project. He plans to commence work this summer.
When the new school year rolls around in September, Huntington High School’s environmental club will be ready to hit the ground running.
The staff members at Huntington High School pride themselves in providing a challenging academic environment as well as opportunities for leadership, citizenship and service. The instructional programs address all levels of performance. The school offers a large selection of Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines.
The foreign language program in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish offers advanced, honors and AP level courses with an option to acquire college credits. The academic support services provided at the high school are specific and focused. Numerous extra help programs are offered by teachers both before and after school. Walk in tutoring is available in all major subjects during all lunch periods.
Special Education programs range from teacher consultant models to life skills. The high school offers both ENL and bilingual classes (math and science) to ELL students. In addition, there is an after school alternative program provided to support those students who need to make-up credits.
Arts, music and physical education programs are among the best and most competitive in the country. Students choose from an extensive and creative list of electives and are afforded the opportunity to join over 40 student activities. Career exploration is provided through a well-delineated internship program that allows all 11th and 12th grade students to pursue special interests. Active student groups focus on community services that teach compassion, empathy, and social responsibility.
The honor societies combine academic excellence with the responsibility to share talents and skills with other students throughout the district who need support in specific content areas. Drama productions provide a showcase for the magnificent talent of gifted students, exceptional staff and a stage crew that is organized, creative and efficient. The school newspaper, The Dispatch, shares provocative and insightful ideas.
The guidance department and the college counseling center provide students and their families with information intended to aid them in making the best possible course choices. Each year Huntington seniors are accepted by the most competitive colleges and universities in the country including Yale, Cornell, Harvard, the U.S. Naval Academy, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Fordham, Columbia, Lehigh, Tufts, Vanderbilt and many others. Huntington prides itself in assisting students to gain acceptance to the college that can best meet their needs and interests.
Through the monthly Pride Award program, teachers nominate and recognize a large number of students who are working diligently to improve their academic performance. It is through the efforts of dedicated teachers, staff members and devoted parents that the school is able to provide a challenging and supportive environment for all students.
Huntington High School’s tradition of excellence and social responsibility will continue to provide the foundation from which the community’s youth will draw strength and inspiration.
Brenden Cusack has been Huntington High School’s principal since July 1, 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education at SUNY New Paltz in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in adolescent education/English 7-12 at CUNY Queens College in 2002. He obtained a professional diploma in school administration and supervision at CUNY-Queens College in 2005.
Prior to being named principal, Mr. Cusack served as Huntington High School’s assistant principal for three years. He worked earlier as assistant principal at Hicksville High School for three years. Prior to that position, he was an administrative dean at Walt Whitman High School for four years.
A Freeport High School English teacher for eight years, Mr. Cusack taught Advanced Placement literature and theatre arts, served as a class advisor for four years, chaired the Middle States Committee on Educational Programs and produced school plays. He has also been employed as an assistant principal of the Freeport School District’s summer school program and assistant principal and principal of the Western Suffolk BOCES regional summer school.
Since coming to Huntington in 2012, Mr. Cusack has mastered the high school’s academic, co-curricular and athletic programs. He can often be found during after school and evening hours attending games, plays, concerts and induction ceremonies and meeting with students and parents.
The veteran educator maintains memberships in the Huntington PTSA, Huntington SEPTA, Suffolk County High School Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum, National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Council of Administrators and Supervisors. He is an honorary lifetime member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Mr. Cusack participated in school leadership training at Harvard College in 2015. He is entering his 25th year in education.
Gamal Smith has been an assistant principal at Huntington High School since July 2015.
Mr. Smith obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and pre-med studies at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where he also played on the varsity basketball team for four years. He earned a Master of Science degree at Mercy College in the Bronx and studied for his state administrative certification at Touro College in Manhattan.
Prior to joining Huntington’s administrative ranks, Mr. Smith worked as a teacher and lab instructor at Richmond Hill High School and John Adams High School, where he also served as dean of students. He was assistant principal at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, dean of students/discipline at Brooklyn Lab School, assistant principal and science department chairman at Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School in the Bronx, assistant principal at PS 212 in the Bronx and dean of students and a science teacher at PS 254 in the Bronx. He was also principal of Nassau BOCES PATH (Positive Alternative Twilight High School) for a year.
Over the years Mr. Smith has helped spearhead many initiatives at schools where he has worked, including Saturday, after school, extended day and early college awareness programs and science fairs and expos.
Lisette L. Lors has been an assistant principal at Huntington High School since July 2018.
Dr. Lors came to Huntington from the Bay Shore school district where she taught high school social studies for 14 years. She previously spent a year teaching social studies in New York City at the High School for Environmental Studies.
The veteran educator obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching social studies at New York University in 2003. She earned a Master of Science degree in foundations of education at Hofstra University in 2005 and a Doctorate of Education degree in educational administration and instructional leadership at St. John’s University in 2018.
Dr. Lors was the principal of Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ regional summer school in 2015 and 2016 and was the assistant principal in 2013 and 2014. She obtained her state administrative certification through the College of St. Rose in 2009.
During her teaching career in Bay Shore, Dr. Lors developed a one semester elective course titled Latin America and the Caribbean: A Historical Society. She helped co-create and plan the high school’s Black History Month celebration that included keynote speakers and performing artists. She also implemented a Regents exam boot camp for students.
Dr. Lors has garnered several awards during her career. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Based upon our District’s education and community needs, values and priorities, the School district has determined that absence, tardiness and early departure will be considered excused or unexcused according to the following standards:
The faculty at Huntington High School believes that classroom participation is related to and affects a student’s performance and grasp of the subject matter and, as such, is properly reflected in a student’s final grade. Classroom participation includes that a student is in class on time and prepared to work.
Consequently, for each marking period a certain percentage of a student’s final grade will be based on classroom participation as well as the student’s performance on tests, papers, projects, etc. Class work, homework, tests, etc. can only be made up, for credit, if the absence is both excused and verified within the time specifications. Although unexcused absences, latenesses, and withdrawals, etc. cannot be made up for credit, students are encouraged to make up all missed assignments since completing all work will benefit their academic performance.
All unverified absences, latenesses or early dismissals MAY NOT BE MADE UP FOR CREDIT. Each teacher will determine the timetable for making up work due to verified absences, latenesses and early departures as noted in his/her grading policy.
Parent Notification: Parents/guardians will be notified by telephone each morning if their child was late or absent (unexcused) 1st or 2nd period. If their child was absent (unexcused) two or more periods that day, notification will also be made in the evening. Cell phones can be used for this purpose to ensure that calls are received directly by parents. Call the Attendance Office at 673-2100 to make sure your cell phone is on record for this purpose.
In School Procedures: Every week during the school year, students will receive written notification of classes from which they were recorded absent. If the 22 student believes there are errors, he/she must go directly to the teacher for clarification. If a correction is warranted, the correction will be recorded by the teacher. Every quarter parents will receive notification of their child’s absences and latenesses to all classes.
HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE PORTAL: WE ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO REGISTER ON THE E-SCHOOL ATTENDANCE PORTAL IN ORDER TO ACCESS THEIR CHILD’S DAILY ATTENDANCE. INFORMATION HAS BEEN MAILED HOME ON THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE AT 673-2009.
Disciplinary Consequences: Unexcused absence and leaving school without parental permission will result in disciplinary sanctions. Consequences may include, but are not limited to: lunch or after school detention, in-school suspension and denial of participation in interscholastic and extracurricular activities. Parents/guardians will be notified by the building principal, or his/her designee, at periodic intervals to discuss their child’s absences or early departures, the importance of class attendance and appropriate interventions. School personnel will address procedures to implement the notification process with the parent/guardian.
Students who fail to serve detention for unexcused absences are subject to denial of school privileges, such as admission to school activities including the prom. Students are notified in writing regarding consequences for cutting. Education Law Sections 3024, 3025, 3202, 3205 3206, 3210, 321, and 313 & New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Sections104.1, 109.2 and 175.6
No student may leave school grounds while school is in session without specific parental request and administrative approval and without checking out at the Attendance Office (Room 117). Parents who wish to have their son or daughter excused early from school must have the student bring to the Attendance Office the day beforehand, a note from them requesting to be excused. The Attendance Office will honor no requests for early dismissal presented the same day unless there is an emergency situation. In such cases, the parents themselves must sign the student out or at least call the Attendance Office directly. We appreciate the cooperation of all parents in this regard. Doctor’s or dentist’s appointments should be scheduled outside of regular school hours. When this is not possible, an appointment note from the doctor/dentist’s office must be presented to the Attendance Office within 24 hours of the appointment or the absences will be unexcused resulting in disciplinary procedures. Requests for students to leave the school grounds during study halls will not be honored. Students in grades 9 through 11 may not be excused during their lunch periods and/or study halls. Seniors, who have study halls periods 1 or 9 may be excused only if permission is given by their parents. Paperwork may be obtained in the Guidance Office. Permission slips must be completed and returned to the Attendance Office before a student may leave early or arrive late. Seniors with a lunch period and study hall back to back may only leave for their lunch period.
If your lateness is a result of a transportation issue, secure a late pass at the front desk. No penalty will occur.
All students must eat in the cafeteria and cooperate with teachers and monitors in keeping the cafeterias, commons, and grounds clean. Student ID cards are required to enter the cafeteria. Students must secure a pass in order to leave the cafeteria during their assigned lunch period.
Students may go outside into the designated area after they have eaten lunch. NO food is to be taken outside the cafeteria. Insubordination in the cafeteria may result in mandatory alternate lunch assignments.
Seniors in good standing may leave school grounds during their assigned lunch period when they exit and enter through designated doors after handing in their I.D. card to the authorized personnel.
The Computer Rooms are open from 7:10 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and may stay open as late as 3:45 P.M. On Friday and the day before vacation, the Computer Rooms may be CLOSED to students even with a pass after 7th period. No food, liquids, or electronic equipment is allowed in the computer room.
For all students not coming with a class must come with a pass:
All students coming on a pass must:
All students are expected to have a computer assignment or school project, and be ready to use the computer.
A student may obtain a permanent Computer Room LUNCH PASS (room 249/250 only), that is issued once a semester. This lunch pass allows you to come to the computer room without having to obtain a pass from a teacher or Administrator’s office and to leave the computer room during the last 10 minutes of the period to eat lunch in the cafeteria.
Internet access is now available to students and teachers in the Huntington Union Free District (“District”). The District and Western Suffolk BOCES (“BOCES”) are very pleased to access this service and believe that the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources for both students and teachers. The goal of the Board of Education in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. No student, however, may use the computers unless a signed internet permission slip is on file at the High School.
The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. The key concept underlying the Internet is interconnectivity - something that will allow administrators, teachers, and more importantly, students to access an unparalleled array of communication and information sources. Students and teachers have access to general Internet tools including, but not limited to electronic mail (e-mail); Listservs; UseNet News; File Transfer Protocol, (FTP); Telnet; Gopher and the World Wide Web. These electronic search tools enable students and teachers to communicate with people all over the world; access information and news from NASA as well as the opportunity to correspond with scientists at NASA and other research institutions; retrieve public domain software and shareware of all types; join discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese to culture to the environment to music to politics; and access many University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress, and ERIC.
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. As such, BOCES and the District have taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We strongly believe, however, that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the District. Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users that must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire.
Students for Internet use must complete appropriate forms to carry materials that are necessary for their educational welfare. Any materials that do not meet these criteria will be confiscated.
If you are physically handicapped, you MUST obtain an elevator pass in the nurse's office.
No student may participate in a field trip without written parent approval and teacher notification. The same rules of behavior that apply in school apply while on a trip. The teacher will report any discipline problems and appropriate action will be taken by the grade level principal. Students whose behavior is inappropriate on field trips may be denied permission to attend future trips for the remainder of the school year and may face suspension for violation of school rules. Students may not attend a field trip without the sponsoring teacher’s approval. When academic concerns are in question, students may be asked to remain in school and not participate in the field trip experience. Any student who damages a bus will be responsible to pay damages. Students who are absent from a field trip will be considered absent from school and must follow all attendance procedures.
New York State Law requires that every school participate in at least 12 Fire/Evacuation Drills each year (eight between September 1 and December 1). When the fire alarm rings all students and personnel will immediately evacuate the building. Each fire alarm will be treated as a real fire emergency. All students and personnel will act accordingly. Swift, rapid and orderly exit from the building is essential. NO TALKING OR NOISE WILL BE TOLERATED DURING A FIRE DRILL. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT EVERYONE BE ABLE TO HEAR AND CARRY OUT INSTRUCTIONS UPON WHICH LIVES MAY DEPEND. IN ADDITION, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO CONDUCT LOCKDOWN DRILLS.
All such material must be initialed on the front by the advisor or grade level principal before it is posted. NON-SCHOOL EVENTS/FLYERS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL BEFORE BEING POSTED ON THE COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD IN THE MAIN HALLWAY.
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Student identification cards must be carried at all times. I.D. cards will serve as library cards, admittance to the cafeteria and various school functions, lunch payment and transportation authorization where appropriate. If an I.D. card is lost or misplaced, the student must purchase a duplicate through the Dean’s Office. A $3.00 fee will be charged for lost I.D. cards.
Effective July 1, 1990 the School District purchased student accident insurance covering all students while they are engaged in a school sponsored activity. The plan is under the sole jurisdiction of the Board of Education and in accordance with the regulations of the Commissioner of Education as well as the Rules and the Game Standards of the New York State Public High School Athletic Insurance.
This is non-duplicating insurance. This means the family insurance, if available, including Blue Cross, Blue Shield or Major Medical, must be used first and only the excess claimed under this plan. Benefits will be paid based on established "reasonable and customary" costs. If a student is injured while playing sports or attending school, the School Nurse or the Athletic Trainer must fill out an incident report.
The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the hours are from 7:30 A.M. until 2:25 P.M. Students may use the library after school without a pass. At all other times, students are required to present a pass at the circulation desk when entering.
Students may come to the library from classrooms and study halls with a pass signed by their teacher. Students must report directly to the library, turn in the pass, and remain in the library for the entire period.
Students who have lunch periods but prefer to spend the entire period in the library may report directly to the library, inform the person at the desk of that intention, and remain for the entire period.
Students who wish to go to the library after they have eaten lunch must secure a pass before period 4. Students are to go to the cafeteria for lunch, show the pass upon leaving and then report directly to the library. The library frequently fills up during the lunch periods; therefore, students are advised to secure lunch passes as early as possible. Absolutely no food is permitted in the library.
Each student receives a locker assignment that remains in effect throughout his/her years at Huntington High School. Students are hereby warned NOT to give their combination to another student. In addition, students are not to share lockers.
If a student’s locker is not in working order, he/she should file a written report with the Administrator in charge of lockers. A copy of that report will be sent to the custodian.
These lockers remain the property of the school. Should reasonable suspicion warrant, an administrator may open a student locker with or without the permission of the student to whom it has been assigned.
Clear hallways are essential for health and safety reasons. Students are expected to go directly from class to class. They are not to congregate or loiter in the hallways. When an adult tells them to move along, they are expected to do so. STUDENTS WHO CONTINUE TO LOITER AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO MOVE WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR INSUBORDINATION. Hall sweeps will be conducted periodically. Students caught in the hallway, after the bell and without proper authorization, will be assigned lunch detention. Parents will be notified of repeated offenses and asked to support our efforts to have every student in assigned classrooms/areas at all times.
The Health Office will be open 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. All students reporting to the Health Office must first obtain a pass from class before logging in. Students are not to report to the nurse during passing time. The Health Office restroom is reserved for students under the nurses’ care and for those having medical emergencies.
Injuries should be reported to the school nurse who will give first aid and decide upon further steps. Students who are ill may go home with the consent of the nurse AFTER she has contacted a parent or guardian. Students should not contact their parents via their cellular telephones or any other electronic device. When leaving school because of illness, students are required to sign out in the Health Office or they will be charged with cutting class. A student will be released only into the custody of his/her parent, guardian or designee. This absence will count toward the attendance requirement.
All students who are enrolled, or wish to be enrolled, in the Huntington Public Schools must comply with the legally mandated immunizations. Proof that the student has these immunizations must be from a licensed physician or clinic and must be given to the school nurse prior to the student's enrollment.
STUDENTS MAY NOT REGISTER AND ATTEND EITHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL UNTIL THE IMMUNIZATIONS ARE COMPLETED OR ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING COMPLETED. Your school nurse will be happy to supply all of the necessary details.
The school nurse will not give medications to students unless there is a written parental permission as well as a physician's order. This includes all over-the-counter as well as physician prescribed medications. Forms that are to be signed by the parents and physician are available at the school nurse's office. MEDICATION TO BE TAKEN DURING SCHOOL HOURS SHOULD BE LABELED, IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER, ACCOMPANIED BY A PHYSICIAN’S AND PARENT'S NOTE, AND LEFT IN THE HEALTH OFFICE.
New York State Education Law requires a medical examination of all newly entered students, those participating in sports and those in grade 10. While a school exam is available to students, we believe it to be in the best interest of the child's health to have the examination performed by their family physician who is familiar with the child's medical history and can administer the necessary immunizations. Please submit completed physical exam forms to the nurse’s office.
The Huntington Union Free School District, Huntington, New York, does not discriminate on the basis of color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, age, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any of its educational programs or activities, or in its employment practices. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination Act prohibit discrimination on the bases of sex, race, color or national origin, disability and age respectively. This policy of nondiscrimination includes: recruitment and employment of employees, salaries, pay and other benefits, counseling service to students, student access to course offerings, educational programs and other activities.
Inquiries concerning the application of this policy on nondiscrimination or complaints of discrimination under any of the above referenced bases may be directed to the following individuals designated to coordinate the district’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, Title VI, Section 504/ADA and the Age Discrimination Act. Coordination of activities relating to compliance with Title IX and Title VI are the responsibility of: Office of Human Resources, 155 Lowndes Avenue (Tower St. entrance) Huntington Station, New York 11746, (631) 673-2054.
Coordination of activities relating to compliance with Section 504, the ADA and the Age Discrimination Act is the responsibility of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Huntington School District, 155 Lowndes Avenue, Huntington Station, New York 11746, (631) 673-2054.
Only seniors in good standing have the privilege of parking cars in the student parking lot. A parking permit is mandatory. This can be obtained in the Security Office by filling out the application form and presenting the car registration, senior I.D. card and driver's license (Class 5 or D only). Violation of Parking Permit Agreement will result in loss of privileges for one week or more. The grade level administrator will determine the amount of time.
The Administration will authorize the Suffolk County Police Department to enter school grounds in order to enforce all parking/traffic/license violations. The police may issue summonses.
Driving on lawn areas will subject the driver to restrictions such as denial of the privilege of bringing vehicle to school, and/or payment for materials and labor to repair lawn.
Be advised that District insurance coverage does not include motor vehicles parked on school property.
Any motorized two-wheeled vehicle (mini-bike, etc.) is subject to the same regulations as a four-wheeled vehicle. Riding a bike on other than prescribed roadways is forbidden. Riders driving bikes on lawn areas will be subject to restrictions on their vehicle such as denial of privilege to bring vehicle to school, and/or payment for materials and labor to repair lawn area.
Parking permits will be withdrawn from students who violate school regulations.
Students are expected to be in their assigned parking spots by 7:25 a.m. Repeated lateness to the first period of attendance may result in the loss of parking privileges. There are a limited number of parking spaces. Assignment is on a first come basis. Students will be placed on a waiting list until parking spaces become available. Students who do not utilize their assigned space for a period of 18 days may be directed to surrender said parking space to a student on the waiting list. Parking spaces are only to be used by the student who is registered for the parking space and may not be borrowed or otherwise transferred by a student.
Students who are in the corridors when class is in session must have a pass from the classroom teacher or office and must show this pass to any staff member who requests it. No teacher will release a student from class without a pass.
During study hall, teachers may issue three passes to each of the following: the library, tutoring center, or computer room. PASSES TO ANY OTHER LOCATION (GUIDANCE, TEACHER, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, TRAINER, ETC.) MUST BE ISSUED IN ADVANCE BY THE PERSON REQUESTING THE STUDENT’S PRESENCE.
Any student who misuses a pass will be placed on the no-pass list for a period of time determined by the grade level dean.
The responsibility for personal property belongs to the student. Money, expensive pens, watches, jewelry, radios, ipods, etc. should be left at home. If it is necessary to bring a large sum of money to school, it is strongly advised that it be deposited in the Security Office for safekeeping during the school day. All students are advised to check valuables with their Physical Education teacher for safekeeping during the gym class.
The Security Office has been designated as the Lost and Found Office. If a student has had property lost or stolen, a detailed report must be filed with Security.
All seniors who are in good standing may leave the building during their lunch periods. They must leave their I.D. cards at the designated area before they leave. All seniors must have a signed Agreement for Senior Privileges form on file in the Main Office.
Seniors may also park in assigned spaces in the school parking lot. A permit must be obtained in the Security Office.
Seniors who return to school late from lunch due to car problems or accident must call the Dean’s Office (673-2007) as soon as possible before the end of the school day in order for the lateness or absence to class not to count as a cut. A follow-up call by the end of the same day from the parent is also required to substantiate that this absence was not a cut. Seniors who return late without a valid reason will lose their senior privilege for one week. Subsequent infractions will be handled progressively.
The Board of Education is committed to safeguarding the rights of all students of the school district to learn in an environment free of any form of sexual harassment. The board recognizes that sexual harassment is not only that conduct which the actor intends to be offensive, but also includes that conduct which the target perceives to be offensive. The board recognizes that sexual harassment of students may originate from a person of either sex against a person of the same sex or the opposite sex and from peers as well as employees, or any individual who foreseeable might come in contact with students on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities. The Board notes that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and is a violation of federal and state law in that it constitutes differential treatment on the basis of sex.
The Board condemns any sexual harassment of students, which is either designed to extort sexual favors from students as a condition of academic advance, or has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment for students. The Board acknowledges that such conduct is illegal, in that it violates the civil rights of students, and under certain circumstances may constitute criminal conduct or may be in violation of the laws against child abuse or maltreatment. The Board also condemns any retaliatory action, which might be taken against anyone filling a complaint of sexual harassment or anyone who appears as a witness to such a complaint.
Any student who believes that he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment in violation of this policy should promptly report the alleged misconduct to any district employee. Any employee receiving such a complaint shall immediately report it to a building principal or the District Title IX Compliance Officer, or the Superintendent of Schools so that appropriate corrective action may be taken at once.
All complaints of sexual harassment shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated by those individuals so designated by the Superintendent’s regulations. In the event that the Board learns of offensive behavior or misconduct, or has reason to believe that such conduct has occurred, the Board will, on its own initiative, ensure that the appropriate individuals conduct a thorough investigation. If the investigation reveals that sexual harassment has occurred, appropriate disciplinary measures shall be taken with the harasser.
In recognition of the health hazards associated with smoking and the addictive quality of nicotine, the Board of Education prohibits smoking and the use of chewing tobacco by students at any time in the school building, on school grounds, or on school buses. E-cigarettes or other vaporizers are prohibited on school grounds as well. Offenders may face disciplinary action and Suffolk County Department of Health may be notified which can result in the imposition of fines of up to $500 for each incident.
For health and safety reasons, throwing snow or snowballs on school property is prohibited. Students who engage in this dangerous activity will be subject to disciplinary action.
Unauthorized use of cellular phones and other electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device. After an electronic device has been taken away three times and a parent or guardian has been notified, the parent or guardian will be asked to come to the school to pick up the device. If the parent or guardian cannot pick up the device, it will remain in the school safe until the last day of the school week at 2:20 p.m. Electronic devices brought to school by students are not the responsibility of Huntington High School.
Any and all gambling including dice and card playing is prohibited on the grounds of Huntington High School. Students who are found with cards or dice or any other gambling paraphernalia will be subject to disciplinary action.
Each student is responsible for the textbooks, materials/ equipment issued. All materials and locks must be returned or paid for before final examinations and regents. Report cards and/or diplomas will be held until all items are returned or fines are paid.
Students who have not returned textbooks by the beginning of the new school year WILL NOT RECEIVE A TEXTBOOK. THEY MAY USE THE COPY OF THE TEXT THAT IS ON RESERVE IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY UNTIL THEY RETURN THE LOST OR STOLEN BOOK OR PAY FOR THAT BOOK.
You will not receive your cap and gown or your diploma until all textbooks, library books, physical education equipment, and other school property issued to you has been returned or paid for.
Records are maintained for each student from his/her entrance into school through graduation. Unless prescribed by law, a parent, legal guardian or person in parental relationship shall have access to the file. Records of the students who are under the aegis of the Committee on Special Education, by law, must be kept confidential. Special laws and regulations apply to such students’ records. Information in the files will not be disclosed to any person or agency outside the school, except with permission of the parents of a minor student or by the student when the age of 18 is attained.
The Principal will provide for appropriate patriotic exercises in the school in accordance with the Board of Education policy and the State Law. Students may not be forced to participate in patriotic exercises, but they shall be required to refrain from interfering with the participation of others in such exercises.
Students have the right to organize and promote a form of student government that is acceptable to the majority of students in the school. All students have the right to seek and hold office and to vote in school elections.
Students have the right to organize and assemble for discussion of issues and to demonstrate peacefully at such times and in such places within the school building or upon the school grounds as the Principal of the school may reasonably designate after consultation with the students. Students wishing to assemble must share the responsibility of preventing truancy and infringing on the rights of fellow students who do not wish to participate. However, it is the responsibility of the Principal to protect students against the dangers inherent in a large assemblage.
Students have a right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects: however, the Principal or a designee is authorized to conduct a reasonable search of a student if there is a reasonable suspicion to believe that the student has in his/her possession an item which constitutes a violation of the laws or a violation of the rules of the school. The search must be made in the presence of a third party.
The Principal or his/her designee may conduct a search of the school physical plant including lockers, providing there is reasonable suspicion to believe that dangerous or unlawful material(s) or those which may disrupt the learning environment may be present.
Students are exposed to diverse opinions on an infinite number of topics. Students should be allowed to express themselves in writing as well as through conversation. However, student editors and writers of school supported publications may not publish material which:
Students must consult with the Principal before distributing any written material to insure the order of the school is maintained. The Principal may deny the right to distribute material in a manner which would disrupt school order.
Students must leave school grounds upon dismissal unless they are authorized to be in an area that is being supervised by a staff member. Failure to leave the school grounds after being asked to do so may result in an arrest.
The destruction of school property is unwarranted and illegal. Perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and are subject to school suspension. Students are urged to take pride in the appearance of the building and to keep it clean.
The New York State Department of Education requires all students age fourteen through seventeen to file an Application for Employment Certificate to be employed. These forms are available in Guidance West, 673-2011.
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|Reynolds||Eric||Director, Arts & Music||ereynolds|
|Roth||Linda||Special Education Chair||lcostello-roth|
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Principal: Brenden Cusack
Asst. Principal: Gamal Smith
Asst. Principal: Lisette Lors
1-631-673-2001 Main Office
1-631-673-2132 Attendance Voicemail
School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.