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June 2: HHS Principal's Message


Dear HHS Families,

I am happy to report Groundhog Day is coming to end!  With the Superintendent’s announcement that the last day of school will be June 16th, the end of our school year comes closer into view.

As you recall from an earlier letter, the main character in the film Groundhog Day eventually realizes that EVERY action matters.   We believe each and every action matters for our students now more than ever. Our end-of-the-year celebrations are a reflection of disbelief. Please join us for these culminating experiences that celebrate and recognize our students:

  • The Science Symposium  launched last night. You will be inspired as students in our Science Research Program showcase remarkable talent and ingenuity in their research and projects.
  • The Spring Play You Can’t Take it With You will stream on June 5th, 6th and 7th.  More information on viewing this truly unique event will follow!
  • Our virtual Physics Extravaganza is presented by Physics seniors to fourth grade students in our elementary schools on June 9th & 10th. 
  • A virtual Writers Among Us will be posted on the District website. 
  • Virtual Relay For Life of Harrison is on June 4th to 6th! Check out the  Harrison Relay For Life Instagram & Facebook pages, and the American Cancer Society Lower Hudson Valley Youtube channel for updates, information, and videos. 

High school, District leadership, HHS PTA, and senior class officers continue planning ways to recognize the Class of 2020 with end-of-year celebrations.  Finalized information will follow later this week.

  • Senior Cap and Gown Distribution is June 9th and June 10th. We have planned special activities that will be memorable celebrations for our seniors. The event will include lots of Pomp and Circumstance.  
  • The Virtual Senior Athletic Awards ceremony can be viewed beginning 7 pm on June 11th on the HHS homepage & HCSD Athletics page. 
  • The Virtual Senior Awards ceremony can be viewed beginning at 7 pm on June 18th on the HHS homepage.

The accomplishments of our students continue to provide much to celebrate:

  • Katie Cole received 3rd Place and Mburucuya Gomez received a Certificate of Courage from “Lifting Up Westchester” for their submissions in the “Why Hope Is Important” 2020 essay contest. 
  • Congratulations to Emma Giacomelli, a Platinum winner in the 2020 National French Contest for earning the top score in the Nation in her division from Le Grand Concours. 
  • Original artwork Christine Byrd, Faith Ildefonso, Lais Siqueira and Gianna Allegretti was selected from among 825 submissions in the iCreate Exhibit at the Bruce Museum, which plans to open an exhibit in July.
  • Eleven HHS students achieved medals of honor in the National Italian American Association of Teachers of Italian Contest Examination.  Seven students earned scholarships by scoring in the 85th percentile or higher. Congratulations to Fjord Deda, Jack Eiff, Valentina Pradi, Isabella Beardsley, Filipe Couto, John Karipedes, Julie Miele, Emma Torre, Daniella Zumbo, Vanessa Perez, and Christian Spadini. Seniors Mia Harris, Christina Giacomo, and Adrianna Mannino received first place in the Ischia-Sharon Italian Essay Competition.  
Additional information and reminders:

Weekly Bulletin, Week of 6/1/2020

Locker Cleanout & the Collection of Material belonging to the school will occur in assigned groups by students’ last names on 11th, 12th, and 15th. We will not be collecting technology on loan from the school district (i.e. calculators and Chromebooks) except for students leaving the District and graduating seniors. 

Materials for the Class of 2021 College Bound Orientation are available on the Guidance website,  including the full slide presentation.

The Governor has directed schools to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.  Please understand that with the closing of schools, the school grounds must remain closed and no gatherings can be allowed at this time.

We recognize the challenges families face Learning From Home and its impact on students’ ability to complete work. Our grading practices reflect that understanding and the approach is accurate, fair, and respectful.  The revised secondary grading guidelines ensure integrity and fairness, provide feedback on achievement, and support learning. 

The District provides free breakfast and lunch for eligible students. If you are currently eligible but have not yet applied, please complete the request form.  If your circumstances have changed and you are in need of food assistance contact your principal. All inquiries are confidential. 

If your child needs a device, if there is a problem with your equipment, or if your family does not have internet access, the District provides a device and/or a mobile hotspot to deliver internet access. If you require technology support please complete this form. If you have questions contact Brian Seligman (914-630-3389) or

Be well.


Ms. Kimberly Beukema

Principal, Harrison High School