Schools: Heisman School Winner; Elwood’s Top 2 Students

Harborfields High School senior soccer player Nahrahel Louis was recently recognized as a school winner in the 2023 Heisman High School Scholarship program.

The Heisman High School Scholarship competition, awarded by the Heisman Trophy Trust, honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. Thousands of high school scholar-athletes graduating in the Class of 2023 applied for the program, with more than 5,700 named school winners. School winners will continue on for the chance to become state  or national winners.


Elwood’s Top Two

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School’s Class of 2023 valedictorian James Rourke and salutatorian Emily LaMena were recently announced as the school’s top two academic students.

A National Merit semifinalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, Rourke will graduate Summa Cum Laude, taking 10 AP courses. He is a member of Student Council and former Class of 2023 treasurer, currently serves as Habitat for Humanity president and BestBuddies co-president, and is an Eagle Scout.

LaMena, also a National Merit Semifinalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, will graduate Summa Cum Laude, taking 11 AP courses. She is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society, and earned the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and Coccia Institute for Merit and Scholarship Award.

The  Little Mermaid Jr.

Lloyd Harbor Elementary School Theater Arts Production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” the stage was transformed into an ocean of sea creatures, lagoons, sailing ships and the darkest depths of Ursula’s lair. The cast was made up o fifth and sixth graders.

Newly Tenured

At its annual New and Newly Tenured Staff Reception, held on Nov. 14, the Harborfields Central School District honored 19 new outstanding leaders, teachers and staff members and celebrated the well-deserved recognition of those who received tenure.

The program was led by Superintendent Dr. Rory Manning.

The newly tenured educators were Harborfields High School Assistant Principal Allison Joyce, Harborfields High School school media specialist Jill Weiler, Oldfield Middle School teacher Alexandra Grabowski, Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School teacher Kristen Schaefer and Washington Drive Primary School teacher Kelly Harley.


Equity Study

The State Education Department and the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University are partnering to study progress toward educational equity in New York State, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced Tuesday. The five-year project is driven by the Board of Regents’ priority to remove inequities that stand in the way of success for students with the goal to improve educational opportunities and attainment for all children.

Researchers will use NYSED’s databases to develop a set of equity indicators that New York can use to gauge students’ access to educational opportunities. The team will then analyze these indicators to understand which are most responsible in contributing to disparities in outcomes, including test scores and graduation

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