Dear Connetquot Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of one of our beloved educators – Connetquot Director of Fine Arts and Music Jon-Michael Lasher.

A graduate from Connetquot, Mr. Lasher worked in the district for many years and was known to many as a champion for music and fine arts education. As a young student, he possessed a true love of the subject and therefore it was only a natural progression that he became an educator and worked to help shape the lives of the next generation of student-musicians and artists. His tenacity for a fine arts education resulted in elevating our robust programs to new heights and his unmatched dedication to his colleagues and students is one that stemmed from the heart – the best sign of a great educator.

Mr. Lasher was at the helm of so many of our initiatives, cheering from the wings of our musical performances, accompanying our attendees to various competitions, encouraging young artists to pursue their passions and often lending a listening ear to anyone in need. He was the type of educator that instilled a love of learning in so many and surely has helped to develop some of the world’s emerging talents.

To say that he will be missed in the halls of our schools is one of the truest understatements, but the legacy that he leaves behind will certainly benefit all that walk through our schools for many, many years to come. 


Please join me in keeping Mr. Lasher’s family and friends in your thoughts and deepest prayers.



Dean Mittleman

Assistant Superintendent