School Notes: HHH Receives Donation, Cold Spring Harbor Students Go Colonial

Local students participate in Colonial musical performance, a foundation donates to families in need, Huntington musicians to perform at the Long Island String Festival and  more.

Half Hollow Hills Receives  Gift To Benefit Local Families In Need

The Half Hollow Hills Central School District recently received a  $6,000 donation from the Tom Collins / Chris Panatier 9/11 Memorial Foundation to be used for the Half Hollow Hills – Helping Our Own program. This is the 15th year the foundation has made a donation to the district, bringing their total support to $106,000.

The funds received by Helping Our Own, a partnership between the district and the REACH-Community Youth Agency (CYA), are used to support district residents and employees with financial, psychological or educational assistance in times of crisis.

“Our district is so thankful for this generous donation from the TCCP Memorial Foundation, which is used during the holiday season to benefit students and families in our school community who are in need,” said Dr. Patrick Harrigan, superintendent of schools in Half Hollow Hills. “Their crucial funding truly brings smiles to the faces of those who are less fortunate, and honors Tom and Chris’s memory in a very special way.”

Tom Collins and Chris Panatier, who the TCCP Memorial Foundation is named for, were graduates of the Half Hollow Hills High School East class of 1983 who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks. The foundation was founded in 2003 by friends of Tom and Chris as a means to give back to the community where they all first became friends.

“We are trying to keep the legacy alive of these two great men by giving back to community that meant so much to them,” said Matt Lulley, board member of the TCCP Memorial Foundation and a district resident.

To learn more about the Tom Collins / Chris Panatier 9/11 Memorial Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

Colonial Day Final Musical Performance at Cold Spring Harbor School District 

Fourth graders at Lloyd Harbor and West Side School treated their parents and guests to a culminating musical performance celebrating their learning of Colonial Day times. Under the direction of music teacher, Leah Martin, students sang, danced, played instruments and educated the audience with all sorts of Colonial Day knowledge.
The costumes students wore truly reflected the Colonial Era. Following the performance, students learned more about barn building and the Colonial lifestyle from guest educators.

Leah Martin directed this culminating musical performance both at Lloyd Harbor and at West Side School this fall. (Photo Courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor School District)

Huntington Musicians Tapped for LI String Festival

Twelve Huntington School District musicians were invited tperform at the Long Island String Festival during elite concerts in Hauppauge and West Islip.

Among the festival musicians were Woodhull Intermediate School fifth graders Grayson Dunn (violin II) and Grace Oliva (cello) and sixth grader Nina Fascilla (cello); Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School fifth grader Mia Johnson (violin II) and sixth grader Liva Camarata (violin II) J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grader Charles Siepel (cello); Huntington High School freshmen Allison Quinn (violin I) and Erin Ye (cello), sophomores Ella Siepel (viola) and Grace Wildermuth (bass) and juniors Keenan Lyons (violin I) and Kyle Perea (bass).
The sixth grade orchestra will perform on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Hauppauge High School. The fifth, seventh and eighth grade orchestras will take the stage on Sunday, January 27 at 1 pm. at Hauppauge High School. The high school orchestra concert is set for Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip.

Students participate in an Hour of Code at Washington Primary School

Washington Primary School students participated in an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, which ran through Dec. 11.

Students worked with math teacher Christine Lofaro and teacher assistant Angela Sementilli during their technology period in the library. The youngsters participated in two coding stations: “Hopscotch Coding” and a grade appropriate coding program from Hour of Code.

“Hopscotch coding is designed to have the students use body movements to travel through a coding sequence,” said Lofaro. “The students who went through the hopscotch coding sequence had a terrific time practicing coding while engaging in fun physical movements.”

Washington School math teacher Christine Lofaro engages in Hour of Code with students. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Primary School District)

Emerging leaders in Harborfields recognized at BOE meeting

At the Dec. 19 meeting, the Harborfields Central School District’s Board of Education and administration honored students who placed in a recent business competition.

Three hundred from across Long Island participated in the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition for 2018. Four of the winners; Hannah Proce, Katie Kennedy, Patrick Wilson and Wade Leskody.

According to it’s website, the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce engages high school students in the Long Island community and enhances their leadership skills in a professional environment. The group attended the conference with adviser, Alison Matthews.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Administration Dr. Rory Manning, Board of Education member Suzie Lustig, Hannah Proce, Katherine Kennedy and Harborfields High School Principal Timothy Russo. (Photo Courtesy of the Harborfields Central School District)

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