On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the Hicksville School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Carl Bonuso Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Since September 2014, School Leadership LLC, the consultants who conducted the superintendent search, collaborated with the district’s major stakeholders – including nearly 100 community residents and district members – to develop the key specifications that guided the entire search process. It was determined that the next Superintendent of Schools must possess the following characteristics: an intelligent, currently informed educator with strong classroom teaching and administrative experience, preferably in diverse settings, who utilizes a collaborative approach to decision-making; a successful school district leader who is a visionary and innovative advocate for all students; an experienced administrator with a record of success in maximizing programs and services within increasingly scarce fiscal resources; a superior communicator with interpersonal skills who leads in a visible and approachable manner; and an experienced, proven educational leader who inspires trust and confidence in the school district, staff and programs. Many informally stated that they wanted someone just like Dr. Bonuso! (Click Photo for Continued Statement)
The district honored the community’s senior citizens with an afternoon of food and entertainment during its 23rd annual Spring Luncheon for Senior Citizens. The special guests were treated to performances by the Hicksville High School’s jazz ensemble, woodwind chamber ensemble, theatre department, and select vocalists who performed duets. The school’s small gymnasium, which was set up to resemble a ballroom, also featured the drawings, paintings and photos of its art students.
Second-graders in Mrs. McEvoy’s class and fourth-graders in Mrs. Moir’s class at Old Country Road are on a 21-day journey learning how fertilized eggs hatch. The two classes receive daily visits from fellow students throughout the school to candle the eggs and analyze what the new embryos look like. The three-week study also features relevant group reading to enhance students’ understanding of the process.
Students at Fork Lane were treated to live reenactments of several books by their teachers and parents during the annual Books Alive event. Using props and costumes in a play format, staff members and parents acted out synopses of books, including “Elephants Cannot Dance,” “Good Night, Good Night,” and “Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.” The event was a fun and entertaining way to reinforce the importance of reading to students.
The high school’s Tri-M string ensemble performed at the annual Art Supervisors Association’s art show and reception at Adelphi University. The group, under the direction of music teacher Amy Noll, played classical pieces by composers including Bach and Mozart. The privilege to perform at the islandwide show served as a testament to the group’s musical talents.
Students, families and staff members at Fork Lane were treated to an evening of basketball brilliance by the Harlem Wizards, a team of traveling showmen. The event, which was a fundraiser organized by the Fork Lane PTA and held at the high school, featured a basketball game between the Wizards and Fork Lane staff members. Following a singing of the national anthem by chorus students, the Wizards performed basketball tricks, danced and took photos with audience members, and held contests for prizes and giveaways.