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  • High School Honors Community’s Senior Citizens

    The district honored the community’s senior citizens during its 24th annual Spring Senior Citizen Luncheon at the high school. The guests were served delicious meals by student-volunteers in a ballroom-type setting in one of the school’s gymnasiums, and were also treated to remarkable performances by student-musicians, including “New York, New York” by the jazz ensemble; a duet of “I Can’t Help Myself” by student-vocalists; and “Bop Talk” by the saxophone quartet.

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  • Honoring Standout Staff and PTA Members

    As part of an annual tradition, Hicksville schools honored district staff members, PTA members and one special honored guest at the Founders Day dinner and awards ceremony held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The district’s central administration, Board of Education, teachers and PTA members were in attendance to pay homage to the district’s founding fathers by celebrating the service of those who exhibit that same dedication today. While staff and PTA members of each of the district’s nine schools were honored with plaques, one distinguished individual — District Director of Facilities and Operations David Bell — was recognized for his extraordinary work ethic and commitment.

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  • District Honors Standout Staff and Students

    The district 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 musical performances by students starring in the high school’s theatrical production of “Spamalot,” and was followed by the ceremonial certificate distribution. Presentation of the awards were led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso, alternating members of the Board of Education, building principals — Raymond Williams of the high school and Mara Jorisch of the middle school — and department supervisors.

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  • District Celebrates Seuss

    Students throughout the district celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss on March 2 — also known as National Read Across America Day — by participating in a variety of related reading activities in its elementary schools. At Burns Avenue, younger students were paired off with upperclassmen to read Seuss books together. Prior to the reading activity, students created red-and-white paper top hats to resemble the iconic headdress from one of Seuss’ most popular books, “The Cat in the Hat.”

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  • Spamalot of Laughs

    Hicksville High School’s theatre department presented its rendition of “Spamalot” to district staff members, students and the community. The play, directed by theatre teacher Caitlin Cassidy, featured spirited performances by students, including CJ Sprinkle, Alex Nadelman, Daniella Diaz, Jonathan Livi, Kenny Goubran, Jeremy Lopez and Bridgette Diasparra. Pit orchestra director Chad Wyman, vocal music director Michelle Emeric, technical director Catherine Temps and their students displayed a tireless commitment to ensure that “Spamalot” was a success. The performances highlighted the amazing talents of students and teachers alike.

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  • Supe’s On in Hicksville

    District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso welcomed special guest speaker Dr. Robert J. Manley of Dowling College for the year’s third Supe’s On event. Supe’s On, a new initiative intended to expand the avenues of communication between Dr. Bonuso and district residents, serves as a casual forum of conversation over soup and coffee. In a presentation titled “What Every Child Should Know Before Entering School,” Dr. Manley and Dr. Bonuso spoke about what parents and families can do with students of pre-school age to prepare them for their academic careers. Dr. Bonuso emphasized early childhood and spoke about the importance of excellence through equity.

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  • Bubble Gum, Bubble Fun

    Students and staff at Lee Avenue participated in National Bubble Gum Day to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students were given permission to chew gum throughout the day if they donated 50 cents to the worthy cause; more than $430 was raised as a result. As part of the special day, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso also read “Bubble-Gum Artist” by Lester Fizz to students in class. The day served as a fun and educational way for students to learn the importance of altruism.

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  • A Kickline Drive to First Place

    The middle school Kickline team, coached by Rachel Fennelly and Ashley Gibbs, placed first in both Hip Hop and Kick at the Scholastic Kickline Competition at Nassau Community College. The district extends its congratulations to the team for its stellar work.

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  • A Hundred Reasons to Smile

    Kindergartners at Old Country Road celebrated their 100th day of school with a variety of educational and Common Core-aligned activities related to the number 100. The students created posters demonstrating their abilities to count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s, and also created a 100th day snack, a 100th day hat and wrote about what they would do if they had $100. The day served to commemorate a kindergarten milestone for the students, while providing a basis for several creative activities.

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  • From Burns Avenue to Native American Territory

    Students at Burns Avenue supplemented their studies of Native American history and lifestyles by participating in “Journeys into American Indian Territory,” a moving-museum educational program. The daylong exhibition was set up to resemble a museum, and was comprised of interactive discussions, games, arts and crafts, storytelling, song and dance. Students had opportunities to ask questions and analyze artifacts while being taught the tribal traditions of American Indians.

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