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HHS 2014 Fall Athletes Receive Post Season Recognition

HHS 2014 Fall Athletes Receive Post Season Recognition

Congratulations to the following Harrison High School 2014 Fall Varsity athletes who have received post season awards for their outstanding play on the field and in the...

HHS Junior Ayaka Yorihiro Named to All State Orchestra

HHS Junior Ayaka Yorihiro Named to All State Orchestra

Harrison High School junior Ayaka Yorihiro was selected and participated in the All State Orchestra performance at Kodak Hall in the Eastman Theater - part of the Eastman...

Congratulations HHS Fall Varsity Scholar Athletes and Teams

Congratulations HHS Fall Varsity Scholar Athletes and Teams

The Harrison Central School District is proud to announce that once again all ten Harrison High School 2014 Fall Varsity athletic teams have earned Scholar-Athlete Team designation...

HHS IB French Students View Matisse Exhibit at MOMA

HHS IB French Students View Matisse Exhibit at MOMA

The Harrison High School International Baccalaureate French classes visited the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. The...

Parsons Students Donate to Harrison’s Holiday Project

Parsons Students Donate to Harrison’s Holiday Project

Students at Parsons Memorial Elementary school collected new toys and teachers collected donations to present gift cards for groceries to local Harrison families in need during...

HHS Senior Sal LoMedico to Play Lacrosse at SNHU

HHS Senior Sal LoMedico to Play Lacrosse at SNHU

Harrison High School senior Sal LoMedico announced his intentions to play lacrosse for Southern New Hampshire University in the fall of 2015.  LoMedico was surrounded by...

HHS Dancers Experience Broadway with Michael Mindlin (Video)

HHS Dancers Experience Broadway with Michael Mindlin (Video)

The Harrison High School Dance program improved their musical theater dance skills through the One Day Broadway Experience with Michael Mindlin.  Mr. Mindlin is the dance...

LMK Eighth Graders Mine Sterling Hill for Knowledge

LMK Eighth Graders Mine Sterling Hill for Knowledge

Eighth graders at Louis M. Klein visited the historic Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, one of the oldest mines in the United States.  During the...

Children’s Picture Book Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk Visits

Children’s Picture Book Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk Visits

The four Harrison elementary schools were treated to a day of drawing, writing, and music with renowned children’s picture book author and illustrator Daniel Kirk.  Mr. Kirk...

  • HHS 2014 Fall Athletes Receive Post Season Recognition

    HHS 2014 Fall Athletes Receive Post Season Recognition

    Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:38
  • HHS Junior Ayaka Yorihiro Named to All State Orchestra

    HHS Junior Ayaka Yorihiro Named to All State Orchestra

    Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:40
  • Congratulations HHS Fall Varsity Scholar Athletes and Teams

    Congratulations HHS Fall Varsity Scholar Athletes and Teams

    Monday, 15 December 2014 20:35
  • HHS IB French Students View Matisse Exhibit at MOMA

    HHS IB French Students View Matisse Exhibit at MOMA

    Friday, 12 December 2014 15:24
  • Parsons Students Donate to Harrison’s Holiday Project

    Parsons Students Donate to Harrison’s Holiday Project

    Friday, 12 December 2014 13:55
  • HHS Senior Sal LoMedico to Play Lacrosse at SNHU

    HHS Senior Sal LoMedico to Play Lacrosse at SNHU

    Monday, 08 December 2014 16:45
  • HHS Dancers Experience Broadway with Michael Mindlin (Video)

    HHS Dancers Experience Broadway with Michael Mindlin (Video)

    Friday, 05 December 2014 19:11
  • LMK Eighth Graders Mine Sterling Hill for Knowledge

    LMK Eighth Graders Mine Sterling Hill for Knowledge

    Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:07
  • Children’s Picture Book Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk Visits

    Children’s Picture Book Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk Visits

    Monday, 01 December 2014 16:30

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District Resumes Normal Operations

The Harrison Police Department investigated an alleged report that a Parsons Elementary School student had been approached by a suspicious individual and determined...


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Harrison Holiday Basketball Classic Honors the Mazzullo Family - Dec. 18th/19th

The Harrison High School Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams will be hosting the Harrison Holiday Basketball Classic in honor of “Big Al” and...


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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