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8th annual Compassion without Borders Student Leadership Conference

Congratulations to the students and staff at Eastport-South Manor High School for successfully hosting the 8th annual Compassion without Borders Student Leadership Conference. Click on the video link below to see a snapshot of the days events


Welcome new Principals to the SCHSPA!

The Suffolk County High School Principals Association officially welcomed its newest members at their annual general meeting. We wish our newest members the best of luck in their new positions!

Leslie Boritz Commack High School

Tim Russo Harborfield High School

Carisa Burzysnki John H. Glenn High School

Kevin Simmons Smithtown East High School

Phil Scotto William Floyd High School (not pictured)

Twelve Suffolk County High School Students Honored For Their Leadership Contributions

On April 13th, twelve Suffolk County high school students were honored at the Eighth Annual Senior Leadership Luncheon at The Chateau at Coindre Hall. Below are the pictures of the days event. Award winners are listed below the pictures.



2016 Senior Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Senior Scholarship winners! 12 Suffolk County High School Seniors have just been selected for the Allstate Safe Driving Activist Award and the Principal Leadership Award. These winners were selected from many top performing seniors from across Suffolk County. Our scholarship committee had quite a challenge this year making the final selections! Our winners will be honored at the Eighth Annual Senior Leadership Luncheon at Coindre Hall in Huntington. Congratulations to all!

2016 PLA and Allstate winners

Allstate Safe Driving Activist Award
1. Nicole Tacopina Mt. Sinai
2. Hillary Garcia West Babylon
3. Tara Carlin Kings Park
4. Laura Maila Hampton Bays
5. Neslihan Kasap West Islip

Principals Leadership Award
1. Kayla Donegan Shoreham-Wading River
2. Jason Giunta Bayport-Blue Point
3. Christopher Tapia Eastport-South Manor
4. William Stuckart Mattituck-Cutchogue
5. Madison Graifman Elwood-John H. Glenn
6. Haley Watt Babylon
7. Jessica Gray Port Jefferson



Welcome New Principals to the SCHSPA!!!

(from left to right)

Brenden Cusack Huntington HS
Gary Kalish Greenport HS
Joe Agosta Copiague HS
John Murphy Walt Whitman HS
Sal Alaimo Eastport South Manor HS
Ken Costa Connetquot HS
Scott Schuster Longwood HS
Christine Austen Port Jefferson HS
Sussan Crossan Rocky Point HS
Patricia Trombetta Sachem North HS
*not pictured...Clinton Grant Amityville HS


Honor Flight

Honor Flight is a national charitable organization with 92 chapters across the United States. When the World War II Memorial opened in 2004, it became apparent that many veterans (in their eighties and nineties) would never be able to visit the memorial. Over sixteen million men and women served in the Armed forces during World War II. It is estimated that approximately two million veterans are living nationwide and fifty thousand are living on Long Island. Honor Flight has flown over sixty thousand veterans to see the memorial for free and the Long Island branch has sent over seven hundred.

The Suffolk County High School Principals and Mr. William Donahue from American Portfolios (one of our Corporate Sponsors) continue to partner with Honor Flight and send Suffolk County High School students (and their Principals) to Washington D.C. as guardians to the “Greatest Generation.” To date, our association has participated in three flights; June 2012, June 2013 and September 2013. Participating schools include Greenport High School, Easthampton High School, Center Moriches High School, Mattituck High School and Southampton High School.

The Honor Flight initiative provides our students with an authentic opportunity to connect with World War II veterans and form life-long bonds. Please see “Great Happenings, Volume 10” for an example of the “magic” that takes place on these flights. For more information about Honor Flight visit their website at

James J. McCaffrey Lifetime Achievement Award

Every spring, our Association honors our retirees who have served their school communities as the High School Principal. On May 22nd, 2012, we presented the first ever James J. McCaffrey Lifetime Achievement Award to non other than Mr. James McCaffrey. Mr. McCaffrey (Jim) is an active lifelong educator who has made tremendous contributions to the profession and vocation of education. Jim began his career as a Social Studies teacher and Chairman of the Social Studies department in the Half Hollow School District. As an administrator, Jim was the Principal of Half Hollow Hills East High School for twenty five years! After his "retirement", Jim served as the High School Principal of newly merged and constructed Eastport-South Manor High School and Riverhead High School. Jim then served as an educational consultant and mentor in the Deer Park, Sachem and Bellport school districts. Currently, Jim is the Executive Mentor of the Suffolk County High School Principals Association. Our association plans on presenting this award in the future to worthy recipients at our annual Principals Luncheon held in June after our graduation ceremonies. Once again, congratulations to Jim McCaffrey!


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