News & Events
Welcome New Principals!
John Klomp - North Babylon
Dali Rastello - Central Islip
Gaurav Passi - Bayport-Bluepoint
Matt Matera - Bellport Academic Center
Dan Loughran - Republic Aviation Center
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 www.honorflight.org
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!