Moving Up Day was a spectacular celebration on June 21, held outdoors under the amphitheater and sunshine in the courtyard. It was bittersweet as Principal, Lynn Herschlein, delivered her final farewell speech ending her tenure as Goosehill principal after 11 years. The final “Goosehill Song” held special meaning this year, and it was hard for parents and Ms. Herschlein to hold back a few tears.
The Exemplary Service Award was presented Margaret Diehl, at the June 14 Board of Education meeting. Every year, at this time, the Board wishes to honor an employee who supports, with great distinction, our school community. The criteria for eligibility established in order to be considered for the award includes having worked in the district for at least five years, have the unanimous recommendation of the administration and the Board, and exemplify leadership and excellent character among others.
uperintendent, Jill M. Gierasch, hosted the annual Parent Leader Breakfast “al fresco” the morning of June 8. She articulated how important the parent community is to a school district, and that the level of involvement in CSH is extraordinary. She shared that when she became Superintendent, and saw the list of parent run committees, it was a degree of volunteerism she had never quite witnessed. Not only do these parent groups support so many programs, but they seamlessly run themselves!
What a wonderful experience Goosehill students had today at the SuperHero Institute Day! Learning from the HEROES of our school community who teach others about self-care and help people, animals, and the planet Earth. Thank you to our School Improvement Team (SIT) for organizing the event and all who presented workshops. The children were full of enthusiasm and excitement about all they learned today.
Music teacher, Marc Beja, took a special field trip with his High School Theatre Workshop class on June 6. Students went on tour to Goosehill Primary School, Lloyd Harbor School, and West Side School to perform Gran’s Guide to Stop an Ogre (Also Works for Witches and Bullies) to the kindergarten through third graders in all three schools.
The School District continues its long-standing relationship with our neighbors at the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, including field trips to visit the turtles and warm water fish and amphibian life. As part of Goosehill’s science curriculum, each first-grade class is delivered their very own turtle in the fall provided by the Fish Hatchery each year. Fish Hatchery Educator, Krissy Forman, teaches the students how to care properly for these turtles which are then released during a spring field trip into the ponds.
On behalf of Administration, the students and the community, we extend our gratitude to Amelia Brogan and Julie Starrett whose terms end on July 1, 2022. The amount of time and dedication Board members serve for the school district can truly never be measured. Their commitment and involvement reach far and wide to ensure students have the tools needed to succeed in an everchanging educational landscape, constantly seeking to identify and remedy the needs of all students with profound determination.
Each year, the SCOPE Education Service Award Dinner is held to honor recipients based on exemplary records which shine brightly as models of educational excellence. At the 21st Annual School District Awards Dinner, held on May 23 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, NY, three very special staff members were recognized. The honorees in the “Support Staff Service” category were Cathy Ball from the Jr/Sr High School and Jeanine Wynn and JoAnn Younghans from Goosehill Primary School. Superintendent, Jill M. Gierasch and Jr./Sr. High Principal, Dan Danbusky were in attendance to congratulate each of them.