Principal’s Address

September 2020

Welcome to the 20/21 school year which by far has been the most challenging school opening thus far. Over the course of the past few months we have each endured a lot. The world shut down with a national pandemic, causing massive loss, isolation of loved ones, and a drastic change to our normal way of life. On top of the social, and economic changes happening in our world, our children have had to abruptly transition to remote learning, finding ways to navigate this new way of schooling. While it has come with some trails and errors, it has also allowed us to communicate in ways we did not know were possible, and I am confident that we will continue to adapt and better ourselves in this environment. 

As parents we know the responsibility that we have been tasked with, to support and challenge our students even when they do not believe in themselves. Remote learning has taught us to be flexible, adaptable and definitely creative. Over the last few months we have tapped into technological skills what we may not even know we had. 

High school years are important and critical times for students, having lasting impressions on their growth and development. My goal as principal is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment that is safe and respectable, in order for our students to receive the best possible academic instruction. I am confident that our school will continue to be a place where our students can learn to grow academically and socially. 

Some of my core values: the pursuit of excellence for all students, community participation, integrity, respect, and continuous improvement. I believe in using the network of resources around you and here at HSSL the opportunities are endless. While there is always room for  growth, I am confident in the potential of this staff if we trust the capabilities of one another.  

As we embark on another school year, I want to encourage communication. Parents, teachers, school support staff, and administration all play an integral role in helping our students meet and exceed our expectations of them. As a firm believer of the open door policy I look forward to the exchange of ideas as we work in harmony to drive student achievement. 

Working together, I am confident that we will continue to provide our students with a truly challenging and enriching school experience and look forward to a great school year!


Ms. Denese Farkas, Principal 

Welcome back! Please take a look at the DOE calendar for the upcoming year.

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

September 16–18Wednesday–FridayFully remote partial school days for students.
September 21MondayFirst full day of school; blended learning commences.