A Day of Remembrance for 9/11

A Day of Remembrance for 9/11
Posted on 09/22/2021

On September 10th, students at Hicksville High School joined Hicksville High School English Teacher, Amy Mastrocinque, her professor of Islamic Studies Dr. Omid Safi of Duke University, Hicksville High School Principal Ray Williams and his administrative team to take part in an engaging 9/11 Remembrance workshop held at Hicksville High School. 

Ms. Mastrocinque spoke to students about her personal experiences on September 11, 2001 with events that occurred, the loss of her father, and the healing process.  Ms. Mastrocinque focused on the central message of empathy, and she credits her professor, Dr. Safi, as the one who helped her to better understand the events of 9/11 through a new perspective.  Dr. Safi, Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, was able to speak to all Hicksville High School students through a livestream to share his thoughts on the events surrounding 9/11 and its impact on society. 

Mr. Williams closed the presentation with an uplifting message of awareness, remembrance, empathy, kindness and forgiveness. He encouraged students to strive to be better people by recognizing how others’ feel and support others in their journey. Mr. Williams shared the message, “you have the power of empathy and the power of forgiveness inside you”, and “you can leave here at Hicksville High School as a better person when you are kind and respectful to others”.

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Students were inspired by the words of Ms. Mastrocinque, Mr. Williams and all the speakers of the morning in the 9/11 Remembrance. Students also were able to walk the hallways to view posters created by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in front of the main office in the Hicksville High School and the hallway in Hicksville Middle School. These posters focused on the events that occurred on 9/11/2001 and the aftermath of this event 20 years later.

The day of remembrance continued in many Social Studies classrooms throughout the day in the high school and middle school classes. A Hicksville High School Teacher, Ms. Kelly Minot, taught her class lessons on remembering 9/11, the rescuers and dogs through music. 

The 9/11 webinar from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website was accessed in high school and middle school classrooms by Hicksville High School Teacher, Ms. Kathleen Farrell and Hicksville Middle School Teacher, Ms. Lauren Kranz. Students followed and discussed the events of the day as they occurred around the clock 20 years ago.  

Joseph Hartig, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher from Hicksville Middle School, spoke to his class about his experiences on September 11, 2001 when he was a first-year teacher in the Hicksville Public Schools.  Mr. Hartig shared, “as a school community we rose to the occasion by teaching from the heart and by showing an immeasurable amount of empathy to our students and the families of Hicksville.” Mr. Hartig taught about the 9/11 enduring issues of cooperation and innovation.  Students received commemorative pins from Mr. Hartig, which were proudly worn by all. 

Ray Williams and Presenter

Principal Ray Williams, Presenter Amy Mastrocinque, and her mom at the 9/11 Remembrance. Hicksville High School Teacher, Amy Mastrocinque, spoke about her experiences on September 11th 2001 and she spoke of the message of empathy, healing and forgiveness. The 9/11 Remembrance Assembly for high school students took place in the auditorium and livestreamed in all classrooms for students to view.

Ms Minots Class

Ms. Minot’s high school students learn about 9/11 through music.

Ms Faerrell

 Ms. Farrell’s high school class watches the 9/11 Memorial and Museum webinar.

Ms Kranz

Ms. Kranz’s middle school class watching the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Memorial webinar.

Mr Hartiq

Mr. Hartig’s seventh grade class proudly stands together wearing their commemorative 9/11 pins after learning about the day’s events from 20 years ago and the impact it had on society today.