The district began the 2016-2017 year on Sept. 7, warmly welcoming incoming and returning students throughout its nine schools. Students at each grade level participated in a variety of fun and educational activities as part of the first day of school. The district’s Class of 2029 began kindergarten at each of the elementary schools, while the Classes of 2021 and 2017 entered their final years at the middle school and high school, respectively. In addition, a new pre-K program was introduced at Dutch Lane this year.
The district’s Classes of 2020 and 2023 participated in orientations prior to beginning the 2016-2017 year at the high school and middle school, respectively. The high school’s orientation was comprised of various activities for the students to prepare for their freshman years. The incoming students reviewed the Code of Conduct with school administrators and upperclassmen, participated in workshops, had their photos taken for identification cards, and were also led on a tour through the building.
On behalf of the Hicksville Public School District, Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso expresses his gratitude to the Rotary Club of Hicksville South and its President Dave Sharma for their generous donation of 50 backpacks full of school supplies through the club’s School Backpack Project. The director of the project, Mukesh Modi, recently visited Dr. Bonuso to drop off the backpacks, which will benefit community children in need.
On July 6, the district Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting, during which new board trustees Carla Hoene and Lynda Parmely were welcomed. Phil Heckler was re-elected president, previous secretary Brenda Judson was appointed vice president, and trustee Michael Beneventano was appointed secretary. All board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso were then administered their oaths of office.
The high school’s Class of 2016 graduated with their proud families, friends, administrators, members of the board of education and teachers applauding their hard work and celebrating their significant milestone. The beautiful ceremony, held on the back field of the school, featured several motivational speeches delivered to the graduating class as they prepare to close one chapter of their lives and begin another.
The East Street community paid homage to the nation’s fallen heroes with a medley of patriotic musical performances, speeches and activities during its annual Memorial Day ceremony. Following a schoolwide performance of “God Bless America,” student representatives from every class planted small flags in the “Field of Honor” located at the front schoolyard. Three fifth-graders then read aloud their essays about what Memorial Day means to them, and the ceremony concluded with a schoolwide singalong of “Proud to Be an American,” which featured some students performing the song in sign language.
The National Association of Music Merchants and the University of Kansas have named Hicksville Public Schools a 2016 Best Community for Music Education. The distinction is earned by school districts that exhibit outstanding efforts and commitment toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. The district is one of 476 school districts throughout the nation to earn the prestigious designation, and continues to excel in its music instruction and wide array of programs.
The Board of Education hosted a Secondary Student and Staff Recognition Ceremony to honor standout members of its middle and high school communities. The program began with a musical performance by students of the high school chamber ensemble, who performed a harmonious rendition of “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, and was followed by the ceremonial certificate distribution. Awards included the recognition of staff members’ service and of students’ academic and fine arts achievements in various competitions.
Students and staff at Lee Avenue celebrated Pi Day on March 14 with fun and educational activities related to the mathematical constant. Principal Stephanie Stam taught students about the origin and meaning of Pi before performing a magic trick in which she asked a student to pick a card and revealed it inside a pie. Four students then participated in a pie-eating contest to determine who could eat the most amount in one minute.
Students at the high school expressed their support of the district’s anti-bullying initiatives through an arts contest hosted by the Long Island Coalition Against Bullying. Students in each of the high school’s grade levels participated in the competition, and the winners were each honored at an awards ceremony held at the Kristoff Theater and attended by members of the district’s administration and LICAB. The contest, which tasked the 75 participating students with expressing their individual visions for what a bully-free community looks like through the mediums of literature, visual arts or multimedia, awarded first- and second-place prizes of $250 and $150, respectively, to two students in each grade level.