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Flags at Half Staff 4/10

For Immediate Release: 4/10/2019



Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of two Marine Corps Reservists who were killed in Parwan Province, Afghanistan on April 8. Flags will be lowered from today until their interment.

Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of  Locust Valley, Nassau County, and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, who was a 15-year member of the FDNY, stationed at Ladder Company 23 in the South Bronx, were killed in an improvised explosive device attack while conducting combat operations along with a third Marine, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania. 

All were members of the 25th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve. 

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of two members of the family of New York, Cpl. Hendriks and FDNY member Staff Sgt. Slutman, while they were serving our country in Afghanistan," Governor Cuomo said. "Their deaths are a tragic reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of our service members, who put their lives in harm's way to protect our values and way of life. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my condolences to their friends and loved ones, and I am directing that flags be lowered in their honor."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to New York service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.


Scenes from the 4th & 5th grade performance of Aristocats.

Student Spotlight: Josh Lisikatos

Joshua Lisikatos, BOCES Student of Distinction, Powered by Positive Attitude

YORKTOWN, NY, March 20, 2019

Students don’t get more well rounded than Joshua Lisikatos, a senior at Haldane High School. He is also a student in the welding track at Putnam I Northern Westchester BOCES, captain of Haldane’s lacrosse team, and a member of the National Honor Society. Joshua was recognized by BOCES as a Student of Distinction at the Haldane Central School District Board of Education meeting on March 19, 2019 for the character trait that makes these successes possible—his exemplary attitude.

Dr. Philip Benante, Haldane’s superintendent of schools, awarded Joshua a medal of distinction while Dr. James M. Ryan, district superintendent of BOCES, gave him a commemorative certificate. John McCarthy, BOCES’ assistant superintendent, and James Bellucci, principal of the Career Academy at BOCES, were also in attendance.

“Josh comes to school every day with a big smile on his face, excited to be there,” said Bellucci. “Josh’s welding teacher, Robert Stanford, is also duly impressed. He told me that Josh takes on all of his projects with a smile on his face and a love for what he does. It’s not only his welding skills. It’s his attitude. He’s a great kid.”

Turning towards the Lisikatos family, Bellucci said, “You should be so proud.”

“Josh always knew he wanted to go into welding,” said Chantal Lisikatos, Joshua’s mother, afterwards. “He’s a go-getter. He wanted a hands-on career.”

“He’s been around welding and construction his whole life,” said Nick Lisikatos, Joshua’s father, referring to the family business, Lisikatos Construction. “Things are always breaking and being welded. Plus, his cousin attended BOCES Tech Center. He’s about to retire now, but spent his career in the Ironworker’s Union.”

“BOCES Career Academy is a lot of fun,” said Josh with a smile. “You meet lots of people from different schools. It has a good atmosphere.”


Young Authors Conference

By Bridget Goldberg

On March 12th, members of the Haldane Literary Magazine attended the Thirty-Second Annual Young Authors Conference at Westchester Community College. This event is organized by the PNW BOCES program and co-coordinated by Fred Ende and Diane Sarne. The main purpose of the conference is to give students who are interested in writing a chance to learn more about different genres and then use this information in their own writing. There are workshops on a multitude of genres including mystery, memoir, young adult, historical fiction, non fiction, poetry, sci-fi, fantasy, and screenwriting.

There are also workshops offered on how to publish ebooks and make podcasts. Each student selected three workshops that most interested them and, for a little more than an hour, spent time in each with a professional writer. The presenters both shared the work of published authors with the students and encouraged student participation through the sharing of work. The Young Authors Conference provides a unique opportunity for students; a day where they can put their full energy into improving their writing.

2nd Grade Wax Museum

Mrs. Comerford's 2nd grade class researched the past! Each student used books, articles, and technology to find "fun" facts about an accomplished person. In the end, they presented their projects on a presentation board. The room was turned in a "Wax Museum" for the day!

Lori Isler Scholarship Fund

Lori's family is establishing a scholarship in her memory, to be awarded at the Haldane High School graduation. Donations are being accepted online or via check to Haldane Central School District. 

When donating online, enter donation amount, select Purchase, then Continue as Guest.

Checks can be mailed to the Lori Isler Teacher Scholarship Fund c/o Haldane Central School District, Attn: Anne Dinio, 15 Craigside Drive, Cold Spring, New York 10516.

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#1 of 5 Best School District in Putnam County

#73 of 670 Best School District in New York

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