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252 Chestnut Street,
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Phone: (516) 390-3150
Fax: (516) 390-3152

Principal: Faith Tripp




The West Hempstead Union Free School District recognizes the unique value of each student. It is dedicated to the success of each student based on the highest standards of excellence in education. Each student will be challenged to achieve mastery in all subject areas in an educational atmosphere that strives to build positive self- esteem, mutual respect for others, and life-long quest for learning.


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West Hempstead Students Spread Kindness On P.S. I Love You Day

Love and kindness traveled across the district as students in grades K-12 participated in P.S. I Love You Day on Feb. 9.

According to its website, P.S. I Love You Day was named after the nonprofit organization established by sisters Brooke DiPalma and Jaimie DiPalma, who lost their father to suicide in 2010. Observers of the day wear purple in a display of solidarity for the organization’s causes, which are to take a stance against bullying and to help end depression and prevent suicide.

Donning the initiative’s signature purple, students at Chestnut Street and Cornwell Avenue elementary schools crafted a quilt out of Post-it notes inscribed with characteristics of a good friend, such as caring, funny, thoughtful and nice. Students at George Washington Elementary School received purple hearts to pass along to cherished friends, family members and teachers. They also wrote heart-shaped letters to a person they love. 

At the middle school, sixth- through eighth-grade students created “We Are the Change” banners during their lunch periods. Adding their own unique touches, they personalized the banners with illustrations and colorful paper hands bearing uplifting and compassionate messages. 

Students and staff at the high school prepared for P.S. I Love You Day with Love Is Universal Week, a weeklong set of activities that promoted compassion, appreciation and love for one another. Students received badges for completing random acts of kindness, linked kindhearted words together in a paper “kindness chain,” and wrote notes of appreciation to classmates and teachers. Students and teachers were also encouraged to sign a “P.S. I Love You” poster and take photos in a photo booth during lunch periods. 

On Feb. 9, the entire staff and student body at the high school were encouraged to wear purple and participate in the “Take One – Give One” Post-it note activity, which resulted in the lobby being filled with colorful sticky notes bearing messages of hope, love, empathy and compassion. Throughout the day, students were asked to take a note and keep it for themselves or give it to someone else. 

Happy 105th Birthday, Chestnut Street School

Happy 105th Birthday, Chestnut Street School photo

The district celebrated the 105th anniversary of Chestnut Street School on Jan. 16 with a performance by its youngest students and the ringing of the historic Meneely Bell.

In an homage to the rooftop feature, the school’s kindergartners worked with their teachers and art teacher Kathleen Kayton-Courtney to fashion personalized bell hats for the special occasion. Sporting their festive headwear, they recited the poem “I Love My School” and sang “Happy Birthday” alongside John Shaud, president of the West Hempstead Historical Society, as well as teachers, central administrators and Board of Education members.

Chestnut Street School Principal Faith Tripp marked the anniversary by ringing the bell that sits atop the building, which was formerly used to signal the arrival and dismissal times of the school day. 

The kindergartners joined in the fun by ringing miniature replicas of the bell, provided by the West Hempstead Historical Society, at dismissal time.   


Chestnut's 105th Birthday Celebration