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HHS Guidance Helps Students Navigate College Process Maze

HHS Guidance Helps Students Navigate College Process Maze

The Harrison High School Class of 2015 has begun the process of evaluating post graduation options that include navigating the college admission process maze. Harrison High School...

Lynn Fusco Named Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Lynn Fusco Named Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Congratulations to Lynn Fusco who joins the leadership team of the Harrison Central School District as the new Director of Fine and Performing Arts.  Having served as a highly...

Annual Harrison Rye Football Game - September 13

Annual Harrison Rye Football Game - September 13

The annual Harrison - Rye Varsity Football Game will be this Saturday, September 13 at 11:00am at John Nugent Stadium at Rye High School.  Tickets go on sale Saturday morning...

Recent HHS Graduate Liliane Lindsay Wins Bronze at Worlds

Recent HHS Graduate Liliane Lindsay Wins Bronze at Worlds

Liliane Lindsay, a 2014 graduate of Harrison High School, captured the Bronze medal at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany in mid- August.  Lindsay,...

HEF Presents HCSD with $53,200 in Grants for 2014-15

HEF Presents HCSD with $53,200 in Grants for 2014-15

The Harrison Educational Foundation presented the Board of Education and BOE President Abby Mendelsohn with a check for $53,207.70 for six grants to the District for this upcoming...

HCSD Welcomes New Teachers for 2014-15

HCSD Welcomes New Teachers for 2014-15

The Harrison Central School District is excited to welcome its new teachers for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.  To learn more about theses new teachers, please click on the...

Summer Dance Opportunities for HHS Faculty and Students

Summer Dance Opportunities for HHS Faculty and Students

Harrison High School IB Dance teacher Deborah Toteda and HHS students junior Silvia Buonocore and recent graduate Olivia Pagano attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City...

Imagination is a Key Ingredient for Creative Writing Institute

Imagination is a Key Ingredient for Creative Writing Institute

The annual Creative Writing Institute is one example of the unique learning opportunities that exist in the Harrison Central School District each summer. Students entering the...

HHS Marching Band Begins Tuning Up for Fall Football Season

HHS Marching Band Begins Tuning Up for Fall Football Season

The award winning Harrison High School Marching Band has been rehearsing their 2014-2015 stadium show “Sounds of Simon” for the upcoming HHS Varsity Football season. ...

  • HHS Guidance Helps Students Navigate College Process Maze

    HHS Guidance Helps Students Navigate College Process Maze

    Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:47
  • Lynn Fusco Named Director of Fine and Performing Arts

    Lynn Fusco Named Director of Fine and Performing Arts

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:39
  • Annual Harrison Rye Football Game - September 13

    Annual Harrison Rye Football Game - September 13

    Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:54
  • Recent HHS Graduate Liliane Lindsay Wins Bronze at Worlds

    Recent HHS Graduate Liliane Lindsay Wins Bronze at Worlds

    Thursday, 04 September 2014 14:12
  • HEF Presents HCSD with $53,200 in Grants for 2014-15

    HEF Presents HCSD with $53,200 in Grants for 2014-15

    Friday, 05 September 2014 18:34
  • HCSD Welcomes New Teachers for 2014-15

    HCSD Welcomes New Teachers for 2014-15

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:12
  • Summer Dance Opportunities for HHS Faculty and Students

    Summer Dance Opportunities for HHS Faculty and Students

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:16
  • Imagination is a Key Ingredient for Creative Writing Institute

    Imagination is a Key Ingredient for Creative Writing Institute

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:00
  • HHS Marching Band Begins Tuning Up for Fall Football Season

    HHS Marching Band Begins Tuning Up for Fall Football Season

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:39

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Important Info. about Enterovirus EV-D68

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HCSD Schools Will Be Closed September 25th and September 26th In Observance...

The Harrison Central School District will be closed Thursday, September 25th and Friday, September 26th in observance of Rosh Hashanah. There are...


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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