Schools: Block Parties; Press Freedom Award for Teacher

Northport High School social studies teacher Janis Schachter has been recognized globally for her work in media literacy, earning the silver level Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award from the Global Youth & News Media. An international jury of 19 experts in journalism, media literacy and Read More …

Northport Musicians Petition Newsday to Reinstate Band Festival

Northport High School student musicians and band boosters are petitioning Newsday to reinstate its marching band festival this year. Newsday announced on Facebook last week that it was canceling this year’s festival again, and cited safety concerns. It canceled last year’s festival because of Covid-19 Read More …

Harborfields Diver Recognized by Huntington Town Board

Harborfields senior Alex Zhang was recognized Tuesday by the Huntington Town Board for his numerous accomplishments as a diver. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said Zhang had been recognized as one of the best divers in the United States and noted that the student has committed to Read More …

Schools: Pre-School Reading; Captains Named

Dawn Valle has been named director of math, science, technology and federal grants for the Elwood School District. She had served since 2014 as assistant principal at Elwood Middle School. Valle previously worked as a principal for the New York City Department of Education, an Read More …

Covid-19 Quarantine Cancels Harborfields Football Season Opener

Harborfields High School has canceled its season opening football game scheduled for Friday because of Covid-19 protocols. “The Harborfields High School varsity football game originally scheduled for Sept. 3 against Westhampton has been cancelled due to a small number of COVID-related quarantines among the football Read More …

State to Require Covid-19 Test for Unvaccinated School Staff

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the state will require unvaccinated school staff to undergo weekly Covid-19 tests to combat the spread of the virus and its Delta variant. The new rule applies to public and charter schools. Hochul also said $65 million will be Read More …

Schools: Mask Rules; Northport Enrollment Decline

An official in the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that when students are unmasked, schools should “implement physical distancing to the extent possible… but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.” Regulations issued by the state Department Read More …

Mask Policy Foes Disrupt Northport School Board Meeting

Updated 11:15 p.m.: The Northport school board temporarily stopped its meeting Thursday night as members of the audience shouted at the trustees about plans to require masks when classes resume in the fall. The shouting could be heard over Zoom, about 40 minutes after the Read More …

Hochul Orders Masks for All Schools

Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered the state Department of Health on Tuesday to institute a universal mask requirement this fall in all public and private schools in the state to combat the spread of Covid-19. The Department of Health will issue the requirement through regulatory action Read More …

Bus Driver Shortage Strains After-School Transportation Schedules

With school reopening a week away, some districts are working to reconfigure bus schedules for after-school activities because of a serious shortage of drivers. Athletic events and other extracurricular activities appear to be the most likely to be affected in several districts because of the Read More …

Schools: New Athletic Directors; Construction Projects Underway

New athletic directors have been named by the Huntington and South Huntington school districts. Huntington named James Hoops, who has worked for the district for more than 37 years, to succeed Georgia McCarthy, while South Huntington appointed David Barth, succeeding Dr. Jim Wright. Both Wright Read More …

Suffolk County Health Recommends Mask Use in Schools

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services said Tuesday that it recommends that school districts maintain the same mask and physical distancing requirements that were previously in place. It is not setting vaccinations requirements but said school districts could determine what to do. The department Read More …

Schools: Awards of Distinction; Recognition for Athletes

  Fourteen local students have been recognized as recipients of Distinguished Youth Awards, which they earned by completing a year-long program. They were each presented medals, certificates and proclamations in a special ceremony at the Suffolk County Legislature. Legis. Tom Donnelly, D-Huntington Station, said, “I Read More …