It is with a great sense of excitement that I begin my third year as Principal of West Hempstead High School. Our leadership team, which includes our Assistant Principals Mrs. Michelle Maron and Mr. Adam T. Hopkins, as well as our entire faculty, is committed to fostering an environment which allows all students to embrace the power of learning, to own their future and to become responsible citizens in the global community. Another central objective is to continue to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student.
I have been at the high school for 17 years. Our strength has always been the incredible diversity of our student population. It is one of the great attributes of West Hempstead. Our students form friendships across cultural lines, a living mosaic that will serve them well when they enter the “real world.”
In my opening remarks to each class, I always stress the importance of making a positive contribution to the school. I emphasize to students that this is their school, and I challenge each of them to get involved in all aspects of school life - both academically and socially. We have created a program to inspire students to volunteer, called Silver Cord, and the results have been excellent. I also urge you, the parents, to get involved in the PTSA, attend Parent-Teacher Conferences, cheer on our teams and support the many other activities in which your sons and daughters participate.
We should all strive to form a vibrant community comprised of students, parents and faculty. It is this community that will provide the best possible educational experience for the students and prepare them to meet the challenges of adulthood.
I look forward to seeing you throughout the year.