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347 William St, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Phone: (516) 390-3130

Principal: Michelle Notti





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 a life-long quest for learning.


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George Washington Press - January 2018

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Summer Reading 2017

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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. 

West Hempstead Students Design Classroom Protectors

Third-graders at Cornwell Avenue and George Washington elementary schools created classroom protectors as part of the Hofstra University “Art Travelers Through Time: Literacy and History Through Art” program.

According to the university’s website, the program provides elementary school students and teachers the opportunity to connect their classroom study of “Communities Around the World” to the study of authentic cultural objects from the museum’s large and diverse collections. These artifacts, and the experience of reading them closely, engage students in the discovery and creative thinking processes, supporting the development of essential 21st-century skills and reinforcing classroom learning.

Throughout the program, third-graders engaged in three separate interactions with museum educators. The first interaction began in November when Hofstra University Museum educator Elisa Bruno and graduate students Danielle Giovannitti and Brittany Kahn visited both schools to educate students on what observational skills they will need when they examine artifacts in the university’s museum, which was their second interaction. 

Concluding the program, Bruno returned to the classroom, reiterating the program’s themes and concepts by having third-graders create their own classroom protector. While visiting the museum, students saw statues and sculptures of warriors who protected their land and people. Inspired by these warriors, the students created defenders that would protect their classroom by gluing tissue paper and drawing multiple eyes to watch over the classroom – an owl for wisdom and a book to represent knowledge.