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Congratulations to the Harrison High School Class of 2014

Congratulations to the Harrison High School Class of 2014

The Harrison High School Class of 2014 celebrated their commencement at the SUNY Purchase College Performing Arts Center on June 27th .  Senior Class President Rula Abdul...

LMK Middle School Eighth Graders Move to the High School

LMK Middle School Eighth Graders Move to the High School

The eighth grade class of Louis M. Klein Middle School held their moving up ceremony at the Harrison High School Performing Arts Center on June 25th.  Principal Scott Fried...

Fifth Graders at Purchase and Parsons Enjoy Graduation

Fifth Graders at Purchase and Parsons Enjoy Graduation

The fifth graders at Purchase and Parsons Elementary school had their graduation in the Harrison High School Performing Arts Center on June 24 and June 25 respectively. ...

HHS Seniors Earn Awards and Scholarships

HHS Seniors Earn Awards and Scholarships

Seniors were honored at the thirty-third annual Senior Scholastic Awards Ceremony, an event that preceded the commencement ceremony. Seniors that earned scholarships and awards...

Fifth Grade Graduation for Harrison Ave and S.J Preston

Fifth Grade Graduation for Harrison Ave and S.J Preston

Fifth graders at both Harrison Avenue and S. J. Preston Elementary schools took part in graduation ceremonies on Monday, June 23.  Principals Valerie Hymes and Jeremy Barker...

Harrison High School Honors Senior Athletes in Ceremony

Harrison High School Honors Senior Athletes in Ceremony

  Harrison High School recognized its senior athletes in an award ceremony designed to highlight student successes during the year as well as their athletic participation...

  • Congratulations to the Harrison High School Class of 2014

    Congratulations to the Harrison High School Class of 2014

    Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:31
  • LMK Middle School Eighth Graders Move to the High School

    LMK Middle School Eighth Graders Move to the High School

    Wednesday, 02 July 2014 20:51
  • Fifth Graders at Purchase and Parsons Enjoy Graduation

    Fifth Graders at Purchase and Parsons Enjoy Graduation

    Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:01
  • HHS Seniors Earn Awards and Scholarships

    HHS Seniors Earn Awards and Scholarships

    Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:39
  • Fifth Grade Graduation for Harrison Ave and S.J Preston

    Fifth Grade Graduation for Harrison Ave and S.J Preston

    Wednesday, 02 July 2014 23:41
  • Harrison High School Honors Senior Athletes in Ceremony

    Harrison High School Honors Senior Athletes in Ceremony

    Monday, 30 June 2014 15:40

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Board of Ed. Meeting Change

Please note: The Harrison Board of Education meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Louis M. Klein Middle School has been rescheduled...


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The Big Read - HHS Summer Reading

With the notion of self improvement and community building in mind, Harrison High School is continuing for a second consecutive year with the effort...


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A Letter to Our Community

A Letter to Our Community

We join all in our nation in grieving the senseless and heart wrenching loss of life of innocent children and heroic educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Amidst a flurry of unanswerable questions, one observation has buoyed my spirit the compelling evidence of the profound love and commitment of every teacher, administrator, and employee in the Sandy Hook school to protect their students. Their willingness to risk their lives is no surprise to me. Each day I walk our schools I see that same commitment and love for your children in the eyes of those charged with their care. As we move forward this week leading to what should be a joyous holiday season, we will remember the heroism and light of those lost, and all who love them.

Administrators and teachers will be meeting prior to the opening of school on Monday to ensure that all of our students receive the appropriate care and concern. Our counseling staff will be available throughout the remainder of the week for students, parents, and staff. The Harrison Police Department will also provide a reassuring presence on each of our school campuses this week.

I have received questions regarding our safety procedures, and while I cannot review them publicly, be assured that we carefully review all safety procedures, engage in simulations, and work directly with our Police Department to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our children, faculty and staff.

I have been asked by parents and the news media how horrific outcomes like this can be averted, and while schools can and will learn from this tragic event, the most powerful resource in averting these tragedies is the strength and willingness of a community to care for all of its children. Each member of the community must view it as a responsibility to be attentive and vigilant for any child who is disaffected, alienated, and whose needs are unaddressed. It is in meeting that collective responsibility to care for all children, and to make concerns known to their friends and family, to child protective services, to school officials, and to the police that we best ensure the health and safety of all. We must never overlook or leave to someone else the responsibility of reporting the distress signals often evident in children or adults who would commit these indefensible acts. In caring for those, we make our best effort to care for our own children. We, in Harrison, can feel pride that we have dedicated ourselves to building a learning community in which each child is valued and nurtured.

To help your children and family through this most difficult time, mental health experts recommend limiting exposure to the information being proliferated in the media. Help your children to understand that they are safe, and that there are many adults who love them and care deeply about their safety and well-being. Spend time with your children, and answer their questions in a manner that is appropriate to their age, their mental state, and their ability to understand. The National Association of School Psychologists offers these suggestions to guide you in this difficult period: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/terror_general.aspx.

In times like these words are often inadequate to provide the comfort we seek, but there is much comfort in the company and support of others. Our faculty and staff will be ready to welcome your children back to school and to care for their social, emotional, and academic needs.

My very best thoughts are with all of you. Let us remind ourselves and our children that most people are profoundly good, and let us find solace in each other and in the goodness that is humankind...

Sincerely,

Louis N, Wool Superintendent of Schools 

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