7:00 PM - 8:15 PM Tri-M Recital @ HS
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MS Dance 7-9 pm
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM BOE Committee Meetings
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Senior Citizen Luncheon
As part of an annual tradition at the district, student representatives from each school expressed their gratitude for the members of the Board of Education and all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year. The special ceremony was held in honor of Board Appreciation Month at its October meeting. With their principals also in attendance, students from each elementary school personally presented each board member with a gift, and a student from the middle and high schools delivered heartfelt speeches expressing their own appreciation.
District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso and Board of Education President Phil Heckler were both honored for their remarkable dedication and commitment to the Hicksville community and district. Dr. Bonuso received the 2016 Community Service Award from the Hicksville Community Council on Sept. 29 at VFW Post 3211 in Hicksville. Mr. Heckler was bestowed the Community Service Award by the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 20 at the Westbury Manor. “These awards are reflective of the outstanding work done day in and day out by each and every member of our school family,” said Dr. Bonuso.
Parents were “happy” to discuss over a cup of soup with Dr. Bonuso the “Benefits of Happy: How Joy and Optimism can bring success to their children and themselves.” The soup was hot and the conversation warm and welcoming on October 17th with all attendees leaving with concrete strategies children and adults alike can use to access joy and success in school and beyond.
We are delighted to announce that our very own Lisa Estrada, Supervisor of ENL, World Languages and Activities, has authored a text entitled ELL Frontiers: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction for English Learners. This publication breaks “new ground” in providing support to educators integrating technology into their instruction to English learners with diverse backgrounds and needs. Ms. Estrada and her co-authors Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Heather Parris have earned high praise for this timely contribution to the field.
One hundred and forty-four current and former students from the high school have earned the prestigious designation of Advanced Placement Scholar from the College Board due to their outstanding achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on AP exams. Six students were named National AP Scholars. Thirty-eight students were named AP Scholars with Distinction. Twenty-five students were named AP Scholars with Honor, and 75 were designated as AP Scholars.
The district welcomes its new Director of Special Education, Claire Hochheiser, to its esteemed team of administrators. Ms. Hochheiser, who has been in the field of education for more than 30 years, the past 16 as an administrator, most recently served as Director of Pupil Personnel for the Hauppauge School District, a position she filled for the past nine years. Prior to her post in Hauppauge, she was the Director of Pupil Personnel for the City of Mount Vernon.
High school seniors Shana Mathew and Jakub Tarlowski have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program. Both Mathew and Tarlowski achieved this prestigious distinction following their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October. They will both be honored at the district Board of Education’s meeting on Oct. 19. The district congratulates Mathew and Tarlowski for their tremendous honors, and wishes them continued success in the future.
On Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., members of the high school’s Modern Music Masters (Tri-M Chapter 503) — under the leadership of Tri-M advisor Amy Noll — will be performing at the school’s annual fall recital. The event, which will be held in the Kristoff Theatre, will showcase the talents of students who are members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The recital is free of charge, open to the public, and will feature a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
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.