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Students Celebrate the First Annual Strings Extravaganza

Students Celebrate the First Annual Strings Extravaganza

The Harrison Central School District was proud to present the First Annual Strings Extravaganza to a full house at the Harrison Performing Arts Center on April 7th.  Members...

HAS Fifth Graders Help Sort Donated Medical Supplies

HAS Fifth Graders Help Sort Donated Medical Supplies

Fifth graders at Harrison Avenue Elementary travelled to the Afya Foundation in Yonkers to help sort medical supplies that will be shipped to countries in need.  The students...

HHS Winter Varsity Athletes Receive Post Season Honors

HHS Winter Varsity Athletes Receive Post Season Honors

Congratulations to the following Harrison High School Winter Varsity athletes who received post season accolades in their respective sports this past season. Harrison had...

Acclaimed Author and Illustrator Michael Garland Visits Harrison

Acclaimed Author and Illustrator Michael Garland Visits Harrison

Author and illustrator Michael Garland visited with the kindergarten, first and second graders of the Harrison Central School District earlier this spring. Mr. Garland is best...

HHS Model Congress Team Triumphs at UPenn

HHS Model Congress Team Triumphs at UPenn

The Harrison High School Model Congress team (MoCo) attended the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress Conference where junior Marielle Sheck captured a gavel, the conference’s...

HHS Senior Jake Marino Named Con Edison Athlete of the Week

HHS Senior Jake Marino Named Con Edison Athlete of the Week

Harrison High School senior Jake Marino was selected for the prestigious honor of Con Edison’s Athlete of the Week.  The Con Edison Athlete of the Week program recognizes...

Parsons Elementary Fifth Graders Visit Board of Legislators

Parsons Elementary Fifth Graders Visit Board of Legislators

The fifth grade class at Parsons Elementary school visited the Board of Legislature as an enhancement to the government unit of study.  As part of the day, students had the...

HHS' Literary Magazine Club Is Ranked Superior By the NCTE

HHS' Literary Magazine Club Is Ranked Superior By the NCTE

The Harrison High School Literary Magazine Club received a rank of Superior in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student...

HHS Debate Team Wins District and State Championships

HHS Debate Team Wins District and State Championships

The Harrison Debate team is finishing the 2013-14 season in winning style.  Not only has the team notched their 17th championship of the year, they have captured the New York...

  • Students Celebrate the First Annual Strings Extravaganza

    Students Celebrate the First Annual Strings Extravaganza

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:14
  • HAS Fifth Graders Help Sort Donated Medical Supplies

    HAS Fifth Graders Help Sort Donated Medical Supplies

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:43
  • HHS Winter Varsity Athletes Receive Post Season Honors

    HHS Winter Varsity Athletes Receive Post Season Honors

    Friday, 11 April 2014 17:48
  • Acclaimed Author and Illustrator Michael Garland Visits Harrison

    Acclaimed Author and Illustrator Michael Garland Visits Harrison

    Friday, 11 April 2014 15:53
  • HHS Model Congress Team Triumphs at UPenn

    HHS Model Congress Team Triumphs at UPenn

    Tuesday, 08 April 2014 16:06
  • HHS Senior Jake Marino Named Con Edison Athlete of the Week

    HHS Senior Jake Marino Named Con Edison Athlete of the Week

    Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:30
  • Parsons Elementary Fifth Graders Visit Board of Legislators

    Parsons Elementary Fifth Graders Visit Board of Legislators

    Thursday, 03 April 2014 21:02
  • HHS' Literary Magazine Club Is Ranked Superior By the NCTE

    HHS' Literary Magazine Club Is Ranked Superior By the NCTE

    Monday, 07 April 2014 20:36
  • HHS Debate Team Wins District and State Championships

    HHS Debate Team Wins District and State Championships

    Monday, 07 April 2014 18:52

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HCSD Snowday Calendar Update

As a result of exhausting all planned snow days,The Harrison Central School District will be in session on:April 10th, 2014; April 11th, 2014;...


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2014-2015 School Calendar

The Harrison Central School District's 2014-2015 abbreviated school calendar has been approved and is now available. Please click here to view next year's...


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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 

Upcoming Events

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Easter
April:21:Mon
NYSESLAT Speaking
April:21:Mon - 05:00PM
Spring Concert Rehearsal - HHS
April:21:Mon - 07:30PM
SEPTA Meeting - LMK
April:22:Tue
NYSESLAT Speaking
April:22:Tue - 07:00PM
Spring Concert - HHS
April:23:Wed
NYSESLAT Speaking
April:23:Wed
Student College Tour
April:23:Wed - 07:15PM
Board of Education Meeting
April:24:Thu
NYSESLAT Speaking

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