Herricks Spring Dateline 2021
United in Diversity Herricks Schools Celebrate the Community’s Many Cultures
Diversity is a cherished, highly valued attribute of the Herricks school community. Sadly, incidents of bias, violence and hurtful speech have recently taken place throughout our nation. The Herricks School District embraces and promotes the values of acceptance, tolerance, empathy and mutual respect in all of its schools. Celebrating our diversity is a hallmark of a Herricks education.
A Message from your Board of Education
Dear Residents, This spring is exceptionally bright as we move forward into better times and appreciate how far we have come since last spring’s shutdown. That said, our thoughts are with all who have endured hardships and losses in the pandemic, and the district is doing all that we can to keep our community safe and healthy.
Thanks to the efforts of our administrative team and Americare Pharmaceutical Services, the district was able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 120 faculty and staff members in March. We care greatly about all our residents and also coordinated vaccination spots for approximately 40 senior citizens at a local Walgreens.
We are appreciative of the technology team’s efforts in obtaining Chromebooks, livestreaming Board of Education meetings, providing network improvements, making great advancements in instructional technology and so much more. Despite the challenges of this school year, we have all persevered, and Herricks students continue to learn, grow and shine.
Nine National Merit Finalists
All nine Herricks High School seniors who were named National Merit semifinalists in the fall have advanced to finalist standing in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Jane Chung, Jay Chung, Abhinav Goyal, Preethi Krishnamoorthy, Samuel Leung, Samantha S. Moy, Kyle Pinzon, Rhea D. Rasquinha and David D. Zhang are among approximately 15,000 finalists across the nation.
Herricks High School senior Rhea D. Rasquinha is among the top 300 scholars in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search, as announced by the Society for Science. More than 1,700 students representing 611 high schools throughout the nation and several other countries applied to the competition. Award recipients were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. Rhea and Herricks High School were each presented with a $2,000 prize.
Sports Make a Strong Comeback
Herricks athletes have enjoyed a successful return to the field and gymnasium in 2021, kicking off with an exciting winter sports season. Seniors Nicole Baer and Sheila O’Mara were included in Newsday’s list of Top 100 girls basketball players on Long Island, and the girls bowling team came in No. 9 in Nassau County.
Herricks students have soared this school year with many awards and achievements. Please visit www. herricks.org and follow the Herricks Public Schools on social media for continuous news on students’ successes.