The district’s first annual Talent for the Troops program raised more than $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization offering programs, service and events for wounded military veterans. Faculty members throughout the district hosted a talent show, showcasing various performances for their colleagues and students who filled the Hicksville High School auditorium to capacity. The program, which opened with the national anthem sung by Nassau County Legislator Laura M. Schaefer, was comprised of teachers displaying talents including singing, dancing and acting.
The high school’s standout seniors were celebrated at the 31st annual Senior Scholarships and Awards Ceremony. One hundred and nine students received scholarships, ranging from county-level awards to those funded by various benefactors. The school’s Chairperson for Guidance Services, Efthymia Rafaelides, presented the awards, which were followed by class of 2013 alum Lauren Kruzynski’s speech reflecting on the graciousness of benefactors.
The National Junior Honor Society at HMS received an award from the organization Autism Speaks for its fundraising efforts to raise awareness of the disorder. Edward Russo, the senior coordinator of field development for the Long Island Chapter of Autism Speaks, presented students of the National Junior Honor Society, advisor Sara Smith and teacher Anthony Tussie with a framed Silver Award plaque for their fundraising efforts throughout the year, raising $3,500 for the cause.
This year our fifth grade Recognizing Individual Student Excellence (RISE) students participated in “The Human Rights Public Service Announcement Contest,” sponsored by NYSUT and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center). The contest builds upon the RFK Center's Speak Truth to Power human rights program inspired by Kerry Kennedy's book, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing the World. The purpose of this contest is to increase our understanding of basic human rights and encourage action among elementary students.
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.