Herricks High School GradsTake Memories and Lessons Into the Future
Herricks High School’s Class of 2019 concluded a major chapter in their lives during the 60th annual commencement
ceremony, held on the evening of June 27. This was Principal Joan Keegan’s first year leading the high school after many years as
middle school principal.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Lead by Example
Eish Maheshwari and Sahith Vadadaled the Class of 2019 with pride, holding the respective titles of valedictorian and
salutatorian. The two recent graduates have excelled inside and outside of the classrooms and have bright futures ahead
Moving Up Without Limits
Fifth and eighth graders stepped up to the next level during moving-up ceremonies that commemorated their growth and success.
Rewarding Extraordinary Effort
More than 100 awards or scholarships were provided to members of Herricks High School’s graduating class during a senior awards ceremony held in June.
Points of Pride
The spring season led into summer with numerous achievements earned in Herricks. Some of the many accomplishments are noted below – please visit www.herricks.org or follow the Herricks Public Schools on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates!
Numerous capital improvement projects are planned for the summer months, including the second phase of the bond referendum.
Various Styles, Similar Outcomes
Differentiated instruction is a key component of
the education program across the Herricks Public
Schools, as it supports the various ways of learning
that are found within each classroom. Teachers use
varied strategies of differentiation, many of which
have been standard practice in Herricks for years
and are making their way into even more areas of
curriculum and instruction.
Green Initiatives Grow
Herricks is ahead of the curve in
environmental care, having taken numerous
“green” steps. Throughout the district,
efforts have been made to shift toward more
environmentally friendly products as well as
increase awareness of them.
Districtwide, empty ink and toner
cartridges are sent to specified locations to be
recycled. This school year, the Food Services
Department switched to purchasing corn
starch sporks that are only 10 percent plastic,
in place of entirely plastic utensils. Herricks
is one of only two districts on Long Island
that made the shift to biodegradable trays,
and next school year, will be changing to
paper straws from plastic.
Ten National Merit Finalists
Ten Herricks High School students have
been recognized as National Merit finalists by
the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Congratulations to Hannah Chu, Ankit Jain,
Christina Kim, Simon Liu, Eish Maheshwari,
Mariana Mohsen, Cayla Moy, Nicole Park,
Uttsav Patel and Sahith Vadada, who are among
approximately 15,000 students across the country
to have achieved this feat.
Leading the Way!
Center Street, Denton Avenue and Searingtown
Schools have all been recognized as Project Lead the
Way Distinguished Schools. They are among only 214
elementary schools across the country to receive this
designation by offering at least two PLTW Launch
modules at each grade level and having more than
75 percent of the student body participate during
the 2017-18 school year. PLTW is a STEM-based
curriculum used in grades K-5 and middle school.
Mental Health Is Key to a Well-Rounded Education
As mental health awareness grows, the Herricks Public Schools have been enhancing the curriculum with extensive social-emotional learning and mindfulness programs. This past summer, the New York State Education Department passed a law requiring schools to provide a mental health component within their educational programs, and Herricks is ahead of the curve in this area.
Capital Projects Update
The district has come a long way with regard to the 2016 bond referendum for capital improvements, and students and staff members are enjoying new and improved facilities. As highlights, the cafeteria remodel, finished for the start of school and the track and field, completed last spring, were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during this year’s homecoming.
75 Years of Outstanding Music
The Herricks community came together to honor the 75th anniversary of the Herricks music department this past November, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Herricks Public Schools and Music Boosters. More than 1,100 guests and upwards of 350 student-musicians filed into Herricks High School for an evening gala that featured outstanding performances by students in kindergarten through grade 12.
Herricks High School senior Eish Maheshwari has been recognized as a Regeneron Science Talent Search finalist after being named a Scholar in the competition earlier in January. He will travel to Washington, D.C., from March 7-13 to present his work and vie for monetary awards.
Progress of Bond Projects Brings IMPROVED Facilities
The district has come a long way with regard to the 2016 bond referendum for capital improvements, and students and staff members are enjoying new and improved facilities. As highlights, the cafeteria remodel was finished for the start of school and the track, field, bleachers and comfort station were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during this year’s homecoming.
English Scholars Program - Cultivates Effective Writers and Creative Minds
Many programs make the Herricks Public Schools unique in their broad array of learning opportunities, and the English Scholars Program is among them. Offered at both Herricks Middle School and Herricks High School, this course simultaneously builds students up as writers and provides an outlet through which they can express themselves, with their intrinsic passions being the primary driving force.
Herricks HS Students Earn BIG ACHIEVEMENTS
Herricks High School is proud to announce a total of 37 recognitions in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Hannah Chu, Ankit Jain, Christina Kim, Jonathan Klibansky, Simon Liu, Eish Maheshwari, Mariana Mohsen, Cayla Moy, Nicole Park, Uttsav Patel and Sahith Vadada for being named National Merit semifinalists, and to Commended Students Sanjana Ahmed, Christopher Chao, Justin Cheung, Michelle Dong, Julia Feldman, Aaron Kalani, Austin Kim, Joanna Lau, Melissa Lau, Davina Lee, Sunny Liu, Christopher Lo, Felisha Ma, William McCreery, Rushikesh Patel, Jason Podell, Soham Rawal, Ronit Shamtoob, Hita Soni, Andrew Tsai, Michelle Tse, Hanna Yen, Raffaella ZAustin Zhao, Iris Zheng and Jeff Zuo.
Graduates Celebrate their Experiences in Herricks
Valedictorian Esme Chen and Salutatorian Janet Hsu Lead
Achievements and Effort Rewarded with Scholarships
Moving Up With Confidence!
Bond Update: Phase 2 Under Way