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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers
Today marks the start of Teacher Appreciation week. This year, teacher and staff appreciation has certainly taken on new meaning for our schools and our parents. Throughout this crisis, we have honored the heroes who put their lives on the line every day to save lives---our doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers. This week we also honor the teachers---the heroes who tirelessly navigated an educational emergency amidst this health crisis, sacrificing long hours, days and weeks to figure out how to teach their students remotely and help them feel safe and secure in the process.

Goosehill Principal, Ms. Herschlein shared, “Thank you for all you do every day to change lives. To be sure, in ten or twenty years, when our students look back on this time in their history, they will remember you, for helping to keep some sense of normalcy in their lives, letting them know how much you care about them, sparking their creativity, and shining a light into their world when everything seemed pretty dark. As St. Francis of Assisi said, you started by doing what was necessary; then did what was possible; and suddenly now you are "doing the impossible."

Jr./Sr. High School Principal, Dr. Bolen shared, "I think that the nation and the world are seeing what we have always known. It takes a special person to teach, one who gives of themselves for their students. My grandmother was a teacher, my mom a teacher aide, my brother and sister-in-law currently teach. The other day, my mom sent us a text with a message she saw on television that morning; ‘A good teacher is like a candle, consuming itself to light the way for others.’ I found this to be beautiful and aptly descript. I know how much you have all been doing, especially these past 7 weeks. Thinking of all of the work you do for all of our students. I am a lucky principal, educator and proud to be your colleague.”

"West Side has some secret surprises in store this week,” said Principal, Alison Hazut, “including detailed letters from the kids to their teachers sharing what they are grateful for. We are taking this opportunity to express our love for each of you! I hope these surprises will help to lift your spirits as we show our gratitude and appreciation for all that you do each and everyday. Teachers have always been integral to society and now, more than ever, it has become clear to everyone just how essential you are. You model what it means to be lifelong learners as you've completely transformed your teaching to an online platform. I couldn't be more proud to be working alongside such dedicated educators who work tirelessly to support each and every child and family during this crisis."

At Lloyd Harbor School, in addition to a ‘shout out’ on LHTV, Mrs. Massimo shared with her teachers, “ It is not coincidence that I have kept the word ‘Connections’ to focus our weekly Words of Wisdom. I highlight connections today, in the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Day. I have always been grateful for, and proud of, the work you do to support teaching, learning, and the culture of LHS. I am absolutely in awe of what you have accomplished during the past six weeks. You have managed to remain connected with students and their families through the most challenging times. You have sparked creativity and created authentic learning opportunities that keep children interested and engaged. Thank you for your tireless work with the students!”

We celebrate and honor each and every one of you this week, and throughout the school year for all you do to support our students. We are grateful and so proud. Cold Spring Harbor may be a school district, but more importantly …we are a family.

Sincerely,
Goosehill Principal, Lynn Herschein
Lloyd Harbor Principal, Valerie Massimo
West Side Principal, Alison Hazut
Jr./Sr. High Principal, Dr. Jim Bolen