The Hauppauge Middle School has Spirit
The Student Council runs Spirit Week in November. Every day of the week students dressed up for different themes and won points for their teams by participating each day. The Student Council Advisors are Ms. Lena DeLuca and Ms. Sue Mimnaugh.
The week culminates in a fun celebration in the high school gym called Spirit Night. Physical Education Teachers Ms. Tracy Borchers and Ms. Carol Pacileo, along with her student teacher, served as referees for the evening as the students and their family members engaged in friendly games. Ms. Pacileo and Ms. Borchers were responsible for signing up the students for all the events during their Physical Education classes.
Retired teacher Ms. Lucille Taylor kept the full schedule of activities moving along as she MC’d the evening on the microphone. Mr. Brian Ferrara kept score throughout while a DJ from High Energy Entertainment (http://www.highenergyentertainment.com/) spun tunes that had people dancing and singing along.
The Middle School PTA provided blue and white bandanas for all participants. The Best Buddies Club ran the concession stand. The evening ended with a Middle School Care & Share donation.
Care & Share is a not-for-profit organization made up of teachers/administrators. This committee is independent from the school district. Care & Share does a variety of fundraising to assist Hauppauge High School students in need. HHS Social Worker, Ms. Shannon Griffin, is the committee president. Care & Share raises about $3-4,000 annually to assist families with financial help for field trip assistance, AP/IB testing fees, Junior/Senior prom, Graduation cap/gown, yearbooks and review books for Regents Exams.
A family will make a request to their child’s guidance counselor for assistance with one of the above-mentioned items. The committee meets together to review the application and will make a recommendation as to pay the fee in full or part with the family. This is a confidential process to protect the privacy and dignity of the family and applying student.
Care & Share is constantly looking for ways to raise more money so they can assist more students. Each year the need increases in the Hauppauge community and funding is sometimes a stressful challenge.
If you missed Spirit Night, you can still help the Care & Share program by contacting HHS Assistant Principal Ms. Joy Ferrar at (631) 761-8306.