A wonderful way for new residents to get acquainted with their neighbors is to become involved in the Cold Spring Harbor School District. Whether or not you have children in school, as a resident of the Cold Spring Harbor School district, you will be sent a District Calendar. If you did not receive one, please call the district office at 692-8036. This is an invaluable tool because it lists all the important school numbers and gives the calendar dates of all the meetings. Included is our District Website: www.csh.k12.ny.us which can provide valuable, up-to-date information regarding all the schools, including upcoming sports events, school closings, and district-wide meetings such as the Board of Education.
Our school district prides itself on communication with its residents. To that end, each school has an active parent association and a weekly or monthly publication which gives you current information specifically geared to your child’s school. They are as follows:
Goosehill Primary School – Kindergarten and First Grades: For children who attend kindergarten and first grade, the Goosehill Parent Faculty Association (GPFA) meets monthly and holds both day and evening informational meetings. They publish the weekly “News from the Hill” on Fridays, and the “Goosehill Gander” which comes out several times a year. The phone number at Goosehill School, which is on Goose Hill Road in Cold Spring Harbor, is 692-6102.
Lloyd Harbor Elementary School (pictured right): Second through Sixth Grades: Grades 2 through 6 are located at the Lloyd Harbor School on School Lane in Lloyd Harbor. The Lloyd Harbor School Association (LHSA) generally holds its meetings on the second or third Thursday of each month. The number is 421-3700. Publications are the weekly “Friday Notes,” and the “Lloyd Harbor Lantern” which comes out approximately every six weeks.
Cold Spring Harbor Junior and Senior High School – Seventh through Twelfth Grades: The Cold Spring Harbor High School, on Turkey Lane in Cold Spring Harbor, is the home to our seventh through twelfth grades. The Citizen Faculty Association (CFA), holds both joint and separate monthly meetings for Junior and Senior High parents on the first or second Wednesday of each month. The number at the high school is 692-8600. All residents, regardless of having a child in school, will receive the monthly “Ripples.” In addition to giving information pertaining to the Junior and Senior High, the “Ripples” relays important district-wide notices including registration forms for our Adult Education Program. This program is offered twice a year and provides diverse classes from computer literacy to golf.
Additional groups of interest are as follows. All meeting times and places are listed on the District Calendar.
- Central Parents Council: Parent-School Communication: In addition to the individual school associations, there are many district-wide parent groups. As a new resident, you may be contacted by the “Welcome Wagon,” which is a subcommittee of the Central Parents Council (CPC),. developed to welcome parents to the district and help them feel at home. You may receive information on the CPC by contacting the Superintendent’s secretary at the district office at 692-8036. The CPC usually meets on the third Thursday of every month at the District Office (75 Goose Hill Road, Cold Spring Harbor) and is a parent group dedicated to fostering communication between parent groups, administration, staff, board of education and community.
- Preventing Risky Behavior – FOCUS (Families of the Community United with Schools): Mission is to involve families, school, and community in an effort to prevent risky behavior among our children. There is no requirement to have children in order to attend, and the committees are always looking for interested volunteers. The committees include: Parent Networking, Parent Education, the Newsletter, Community Involvement, Health Education, the Parent Resource Center, and the High School Interest Group.
- Arts Booster Club: Supports the drama and music programs by working together with students to raise funds at concerts and plays. The Booster Club encourages all district residents to attend our students’ performances.
- Cultural Arts Committee (CAC): This group works with faculty to plan programs which enhance and expand the curriculum through the arts. Volunteers welcome.
- Special Education Needs – Educational support Association (ESA): This committee is designed to educate and support parents of children receiving any type of special education service in the CSH school district and presents informative programs of interest to all parents. Contact by e-mail at ESACSH@aol.com.
- Sports – Seahawks Booster Club: This group of volunteers is dedicated to perpetuation, growth, and excellence in athletics. Projects include annual athletic scholarships varsity awards banquets and receptions, Homecoming, Spirit Night, Senior Athlete Recognition days, and many others. Donations to the Booster Club and fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Outing have made it possible to build our Fitness Center, purchase scoreboards, bleachers, video equipment, ice machines for the training room, trophy cases, etc.
- Shared Decision-Making Teams: In response to a mandate by the State Board of Education, our district has formed School Improvement Teams in each school. Dates and times of the monthly meetings are listed on the district calendar.
Our new library is located on 25A, east of Cold Spring Harbor retail area, overlooking the harbor. A newsletter, “The Cold Spring Harbor Newsletter” is distributed four times a year and provides useful information regarding programs for children and adults. In addition to books, magazines, newspapers, and videos, residents have access to computers and the Internet. The Library’s number is: 692-6820 or visit on the web at: www.cshlibrary.org