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.
As part of the middle school’s ongoing altruistic efforts, the National Junior Honor Society organized a schoolwide collection of books to donate to the Book Fairies organization. Book Fairies, which collects books for all age groups, donates to Long Island school districts with higher socio-economic needs. The nonprofit received 15 boxes of books for distribution from the middle school.
Students at Fork Lane learned about the countless career choices they can make in the future by engaging in occupation-related activities and discussions on Career Day. The students dressed as individuals across a wide variety of fields, and learned that they can achieve anything that they set their minds to.
Fourth-grade students at East Street participated in a two-day workshop designed to continue teaching them about the value of antibullying, nonviolence and being considerate of others. Representatives of Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) visited the school and spoke to students about what they can do to prevent bullying. The students were also encouraged to practice methods to become aware of their peers’ feelings and to be compassionate everyday.
Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors Mr. DePalo, Ms. Haddock, and Mr. Starr for their amazing production of The Lion King. The production made history with sold out shows on Friday and Saturday. The coordination and choreography was truly breathtaking given that almost one hundred and twenty students participated in all aspects of the production. Talent abounded as students performed not only on stage but in the aisles as well. The directors creatively utilized all areas of the auditorium to create a surround sound effect as students chanted from the rear and down the aisles as they joined in with their counterparts on stage. Special thanks to the stage crew for all of their help behind the scenes to keep the production running smoothly and successfully. A great job by all!!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hicksville Public Schools established a Hall of Fame in 1985 to confer recognition on graduates who have achieved distinction in their chosen profession or community and who will serve as a role model for the graduating class. This year the district is searching for one individual to join the ranks of past honorees.
The district and Athletic Booster Club hosted former basketball star Chris Herren as he presented his harrowing life story to students and parents across the community. The program, which was open to parents of students in all grade levels and middle- and high-school students, was held in the filled-to-capacity high school auditorium. Herren shared the story about his rise to success — an All-American athlete recruited by top colleges and drafted into the National Basketball Association in 1999 — and spoke candidly about how he lost it all due to his descent into substance abuse and addiction.
If you are a parent or know of someone who has a child/children residing in the Hicksville School District reaching the age of 5 years on or before Dec. 1, 2016, who will be eligible for admission to kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Ms. Laura Alfonso, District Registrar at 516-733-2168
The New York State Department of Education has informed school districts that additional Integrated Algebra Regents(2005 Learning Standards) exams have been scheduled for February 25 and June 1, 2016. Please note that this exam is NOT open to students who began learning algebra under the Common Core curriculum. All Regents Exams dates and time have been updated on the district calendar including the Common Core Algebra 2 Regents exam. Students should check in with their math teacher for more information.
The district hosted a well-attended Parent-Student University (PSU), a series of informative workshops for parents and siblings of students learning English as a new language held at Hicksville High School. The PSU was comprised of four to six workshops, the focus of which were to have parents and guardians understand the structure of American middle- and high-school, including report cards, working with guidance counselors and interacting with staff members.
Second-grade students at Woodland built gingerbread houses as part of a grade-wide activity with their loved ones. Students and their parents used graham crackers, frosting and a variety of other decorative ingredients to construct the treats. The activity served as a fun way for students to use their creativity prior to the holiday break.
As part of a classroom activity, students at the high school created knock hockey tables to donate to various charities and hospitals this holiday season. The students, who built 22 tables in Catherine Temps’ World of Technology classes, completed the project as a supplement to their lessons on mass production. The tables were donated to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, the Sarah Grace Foundation for Children with Cancer, Inc., the Bethany House “Adopt-A-Family” program and the Hicksville United Methodist Church.
Students in Lara Bodt’s fourth-grade class at East Street participated in a pair of workshops about Long Island water and aquifers. The interactive and hands-on activities, designed to teach students about the properties of water and states of matter, were led by Karen Mossey, an educator from the Long Island Water Program of the North Shore Land Alliance.
On December 2, 2015, over 30 school community and civic leaders were invited to attend a Key Communicators Luncheon hosted by Hicksville Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Carl Bonuso. The purpose of the luncheon was to “break bread” as a school family and thank the educational partners and presidents of various associations for all they do on behalf of the children and schools of Hicksville. An energetic conversation ensued regarding how all these Individuals and associations could best work together in their noble service to our schools and community. The enthusiasm and mutual love of the Hicksville School community was very much in evidence.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Fork Lane raised more than $4,500 for the American Heart Association. The fundraiser culminated with both grades’ participation in the Hoops for Heart event at the school. Students dribbled and took jumpshots and layups as part of the annual event designed to promote active lifestyles and good heart health. Hoops for Heart was a follow-up to first-, second- and third-graders’ participation in the Workout for Heart event in October, which raised more than $7,000 for the American Heart Association.
Congratulations to the Hicksville High School Girls Volleyball players who received their post season awards at the Nassau County Girls Volleyball Dinner: Emily Markakis- All County, Raeann Dong- All Class, Erica Farsang- Scholar Athlete and Ijah Fletcher- All Conference. Head Varsity Coach Katherine Maher was also presented with the Nassau County Sportsmanship Award which was awarded to the Junior Varsity Volleyball Team, coached by Mr. Anthony Tussie.
The high schoo’s fall production, Harvey, a comedy by Mary Chase, was presented by the Hicksville Repertory Company on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 in the Mabel Farley Auditorium. The show, which was directed by theatre teacher Dena Civello and produced with special arrangement through Dramatists Play Service, was comprised of three acts of comedy showcased by standout student actors.
As a supplement to their classroom lessons about American Indians, students at Old Country celebrated National Cranberry Day by participating in various Common Core-aligned activities based on cranberries. Teachers incorporated cranberries into math, English and science lessons for the students. The day featured workshops designed to teach skills including text analysis, how to follow a cranberry recipe, how to measure their weight using a variety of measurement units and their significance with American Indian lifestyle.
Students throughout the district showed their appreciation for the Board of Education during an annual ceremony for Board of Education Appreciation Month at its October meeting. With their principals also in attendance, one student from each of the seven elementary schools in the district personally thanked each Board member with a gift, and a middle school and high school student made speeches expressing gratitude for the Board’s collective efforts throughout the year.
In honor of Veterans Day, students and staff members at the middle school planted American flags across the edges of the school’s front lawn. More than 400 flags were planted, creating a sea of red, white and blue that served as a patriotic tribute to the nation’s heroes.
Senior citizens throughout the community were honored with an afternoon of food, fun and entertainment at the district’s 24th annual Senior Citizen Luncheon. The special guests were served hors d’oeuvres and meals by student volunteers in one of the school’s gymnasiums, which was set up to resemble a ballroom and featured students’ artwork.
The middle school is proud to welcome a new cheerleading team, coached by health teacher Matthew Canty. The team routinely cheers for the seventh- and eighth-grade football teams at their home games. The introduction of the new squad will serve to provide experience and prepare the girls for varsity cheerleading as they transition from the middle school to the high school.
Students at Dutch Lane participated in Read Across the Globe, a national reading initiative that promotes literacy. As part of the program, educators and volunteers were encouraged to read to students for 30 minutes of the day on Oct. 19. Twenty-four RISE students in grades 3-5 at Dutch read to 96 K-2 students, doing their part to help the Points of Light organization work toward a Guinness World Record for the most children read to around the world in one day.
On Monday, October 26th, 30 members of the Hicksville school community attended the first Supe’s On session hosted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso. Conversation focused on leadership qualities and tips for success. Participants enjoyed light refreshments and a cup of coffee…or soup! The feedback garnered through Supe’s On was extremely positive.
Even an unseasonable cold breeze could not damper the school spirit and community pride on display at the high school’s Homecoming on Oct. 17. Creating a sea of Hicksville black and orange, hundreds of children, students, faculty family members and community residents attended the fun-filled day. The morning began with the school’s traditional family fair, which was held across the backfield prior to the hometown Comets’ game against the Hempstead Tigers.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the Board of Education approved the very gracious donation by the Hicksville Rotary Club South of 60 backpacks filled with school supplies. Pictured is Dr. Carl Bonuso, Superintendent of Schools and Mr. Phil Heckler, President, Board of Education offering their sincere appreciation to Mr. Lionel Chitty, President of the Rotary Club of Hicksville South.
Fourth-grade students at East Street participated in a two-day workshop designed to continue teaching them about the value of antibullying, nonviolence and being considerate of others. Representatives of Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) visited the school and spoke to students about what they can do to prevent bullying. The students were also encouraged to practice methods to become aware of their peers’ feelings and to be compassionate everyday.
Music Standouts Set to Take Stage National Music Honor Society students at the high school will take center stage in a recital as part of a requirement of membership in the prestigious organization. The students — Modern Music Masters Chapter 503 — will perform a variety of solos and ensembles under the direction of faculty advisor Amy Noll. They will showcase renditions of pieces by Chopin, Debussy, W.A. Mozart and Puccini. The recital will be held at the Daniel J. Kristoff Theater of the school on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Students at Lee Avenue received a visit from exercise coaches who taught them the basics of CrossFit training. Students in kindergarten through second-grade participated in a series of light workouts led by a team of trainers. The coaches showed students how to properly execute a variety of moves, how to maintain form, and also discussed the importance of safety and patience. Students participated in activities such as push-ups, planks and squats during their CrossFit training session.
The Hicksville Chamber of Commerce selected Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso as Education Provider of the Year at its 89th annual Installation and Awards Gala at the Westbury Manor on Sept. 15. Dr. Bonuso was honored as an award-winning veteran administrator and educator who has been a guiding force in educational excellence and collaborative leadership. With district staff members and the Board of Education in attendance, Dr. Bonuso was presented with an award for his exceptional guidance and service at the helm of the district.
Prior to its September Board of Education meeting, the district welcomed its newest educators at a reception held at the high school. The ceremony, which featured orchestral performances led by teacher Amy Noll and was attended by administrators, principals and members of the Board of Education, was designed to welcome the new educators with their customary school district pins.
As part of its celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Dutch Lane participated in Pledge Across America, a patriotic ceremony designed to teach students about the significance of the Pledge of Allegiance and American flag. During the assembly, students and faculty members sang the national anthem with the American flag raised to half-mast, and fifth-graders then analyzed each line of the Pledge of Allegiance with their younger counterparts.
Students at Lee Avenue are being taught the values of good behavior as a result of several character development programs. The Bucket Fillers, Lee-O’s Laws and Safety Patrol programs are all encouraging students to be compassionate, respectful and well-mannered members of the school community. As part of Bucket Fillers, which was implemented last year, students are asked to inform their teachers whenever their peers and classmates exhibit an act of kindness; descriptions of each good deed are written down on a slip and added to buckets, which are in every classroom.
The district welcomes Lauren DuBeau as its new Assistant Principal of Hicksville High School, starting in the 2015-16 school year. Ms. DuBeau comes to Hicksville from the Spackenkill School District, where she was an Assistant Principal for the past two years. She served on and chaired numerous teams and committees at Spackenkill, most notably the districtwide School Attendance Committee, for which she developed attendance protocol and early interventions for at-risk students.
The district’s nine schools opened on Sept. 1 to students, teachers, administrators and parents excited to begin the 2015-2016 year. Smiling students arrived to their respective schools eager to meet their teachers, reconnect with their peers and continue their journeys to success. At each elementary school, staff members warmly welcomed K-5 students off of school buses or with their parents. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso, riding the bus with students on their first day as part of a personal annual tradition, arrived at Dutch Lane to welcome them to their new school. At Woodland, appointed fifth-grade students welcomed kindergartners to their new school by holding their hands and escorting them to their classrooms.
The high school hosted an orientation for the 2015-2016 freshman class during the week prior to the school’s September 1 opening. The program featured various activities for the students to prepare for their first year of high school. Accompanied by volunteer upperclassmen of the school, the freshmen reviewed the Code of Conduct, had their school identification card photos taken, received a tour of the school and also had the opportunity to sign up for clubs and organizations to complement their academic studies.
Many students in grades 1-8 throughout the Hicksville Public Schools participated in the district’s annual Summer Recreation Program, offering several activities and courses designed to continue student learning through the summer. The Summer Recreation Program provides the opportunities for students to keep their minds and bodies active through various supervised courses such as arts and crafts, cooking, and Math Club, and physical activities such as basketball, soccer and tennis.
The Hicksville School District welcomes Rosemarie Coletti to its administrative team as the new Assistant Superintendent for Personnel. Ms. Coletti comes to the district with extensive experience, most recently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the Northport-East Northport and Baldwin school districts. Her prior positions include Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and administration for the Mamaroneck School District and Southern Westchester BOCES, and Personnel Administrator for the Uniondale School District.
McCormack field was a celebratory setting for the high school’s 101st annual Commencement Ceremony, held on June 28. Guests filled the bleachers in support of the graduates, who formed a sea of gowns and custom-decorated caps as they took their seats to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The district’s Elementary Summer Academic Program, featuring a variety of educational events for K-5 students throughout July and August, is currently underway. Students participated in Character Rocks, an interactive program designed to reinforce core values of character education.
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.
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.
Students and staff members at Dutch observed April’s designation as National Autism Awareness Month by participating in a series of activities. The entire school community was encouraged to wear blue, the color for Autism Awareness, and decorated bulletin boards with information about being on the spectrum. In addition, classes worked together to create a large blue puzzle piece, the symbol for autism, which is being displayed on a school fence throughout the entire month. Following completion of the puzzle piece, students and staff sang “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
The Board of Education hosted Elementary and Secondary Student and Staff Recognition Ceremonies to honor standout members of the school communities. Students and staff from across the district were honored for their achievements and accomplishments during the school year. The program included exciting musical performances and the presentation of the awards by Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso, members of the Board of Education, and building principals.
The PTA hosted a celebratory Founders Day dinner and awards ceremony at the Milleridge Cottage in Jericho. An annual district tradition, 44 staff and PTA members were honored for their dedication to benefitting students. The honored guest was William McKee, former head groundskeeper.
As part of their Special Person’s Day celebration, students at Woodland spent quality time with their loved ones while participating in a task or game. The school-wide event featured a variety of activities for the special guests of students in each grade level:
Fifth-graders at Old Country Road invited special guests to their class as part of a Teacher’s College Writing Celebration. The event featured students explaining their class projects about asylums and refugees to their loved ones, and culminated with them reading aloud in small groups.
The Hicksville High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 141 new members in a ceremony held in the school’s auditorium. Society president Priya Mishra, vice president Kaitlyn Sullivan, corresponding secretary Anna Cheng, recording secretary Zafreen Siddiquee and treasurer Gabrielle....
The 8th grade students from Mr. Tussie's health class created public service announcements using their IPads in the hope of spreading anti bullying messages. Each year students rally around the annual HMS anti bully pledge signing.
Students and staff at Lee Avenue are honoring police officers, firefighters and the military by showcasing colorful paper bows across the front of the building. The schoolwide initiative, which was facilitated by teachers Christine Morgan and Nicole D’Antonio, is serving as a decorative display of support for the nation’s heroes.
Noelle Batista and Robert Schmidt, both seniors at the high school, have been named recipients of the 2014-15 Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Award. To earn the award, students must demonstrate physical education achievement (earning above an “A” grade point average in physical education classes), be scholastically sound.....
Hicksville High School 2011 graduate Tim Parker, 21, joins the Vancouver Whitecaps FC after spending four seasons with the St. John's University Red Storm of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Big East Conference. A native of Hicksville, New York native, Parker earned Big East honors in each of his four seasons with the Red Storm, including first-team honors as a senior and junior. He was also the program's first three-time NSCAA All-Region selection since Chris Wingert (2001-2003).
Fourth-graders at Old Country Road Elementary participated in daylong workshops about Native American culture. The students took part in hands-on activities featuring artifacts, and listened to stories about how Native Americans lived and made use of their resources. A hut was set up for students to walk through, and students also studied different animal furs, traditional drums and other items representing the rich culture of Native Americans.
To commemorate National Gingerbread Day on Dec. 12, students at Old Country Road School used mathematics to create gingerbread houses. Fourth-graders in Christine Moir’s class identified the polygons on their gingerbread houses, measured angles and computed the areas and perimeters of the roofs. Students then applied icing to hold together the sides of each house and used Skittles to colorfully decorate them. The activity served as an educational way for students to participate in a fun holiday tradition.
In the spirit of the holiday season, students and staff throughout the district are doing their part to give back to the community and to charities. At Dutch Lane, students and staff have been collecting toys to donate to the John Theissen collection site in Wantagh. As a prelude to the holiday season, the school also hosted a Scare Away Hunger food drive.
More than 80 students and 20 teacher volunteers participated in an afterschool reading program held at the middle school. The program, titled Hicksville Reads, was comprised of a series of workshops designed to help students celebrate their love and appreciation for books.
Students at Lee Avenue are being tasked with becoming bucket fillers throughout the year as part of a new anti-bullying program. The goal of the Bucket Fillers program is to teach students the virtues of courtesy and respect for others by encouraging them to practice acts of kindness.
Students at Burns Avenue and Fork Lane participated in a series of workouts as part of their fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart program. At Burns Avenue, groups of students rotated through exercise stations such as scooter races, jump rope, step aerobics and push-ups.
Students at Fork Lane learned the importance of confidence and resilience during a special assembly featuring motivational speaker Lloyd Bachrach. Bachrach, who was born with physical limitations, spoke about the difficulties he faced growing up, and discussed his journey en route to becoming an......
Popular children’s author Dr. Michael Sampson visited Lee Avenue and read some of his books to the students. Dr. Sampson, who also spoke about his life and how he chose to become a children’s author, read to students from both print and digital versions of his books.
Four students at the middle schoolwere announced as the winners of the annual Fire Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Hicksville Fire Department. Ashley Kumar, Danish Syed, Michael Schmatz and Kristi Britton worked with art teachers Renee Ryan and Caryn Gottlieb to design.....
Following their observance of Veterans Day, fourth-grade students at Lee Avenue returned to their classrooms and received a visit from Sgt. Marvin K. Middleton. Middleton retired last year after serving in the military for more than 30 years. He spoke to students about his experiences, which began with the United States Marine Corps.
To supplement their lessons in health class, students at the middle school participated in an anti-bullying project. As part of the project, which was organized by health teacher Anthony Tussie, students pledged to take a stand against bullying by signing their names on paper cutouts of their hands.
The district honored the community’s senior citizens on Nov. 6 with an entire afternoon of food and entertainment during its 23rd annual Fall Luncheon for Senior Citizens. The luncheon, which was held at the high school, featured performances of the district’s marching band, string ensemble, Madrigal singers and theatre students. The program was held in one of the school’s gymnasiums, which had been decorated by the school’s art department to resemble a grand ballroom.
Sejal Gupta, a seventh-grader at the middle school, has been named a Long Island Young Mathematics Scholar by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Gupta, who qualified for the honor based on nomination, school transcript,
With faculty members and parents in attendance, Hicksville High School’s standout students were celebrated with a special honor society induction ceremony. More than 170 of the district’s best and brightest were inducted to the English, Math, Science and Social Studies Honor Societies, with several students being given more than one honor.
During the week of Halloween, the high school transformed its entire first floor into a spectacular display featuring spooky haunts and fall festivities. Safe Halloween was held for the first time and was open for all students to attend. Parents brought their children, who were dressed in costumes, for a stroll through the school’s haunted hallways, as classrooms featured Halloween-themed activities for visitors to enjoy.
In honor of Board of Education Recognition Month, district students honored the board of education at its October meeting. Middle school and high school students acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the Board of Education by making speeches that expressed appreciation.
Scott Starkey, a fifth-grade teacher at East Street Elementary School, recently hosted a special lesson about anti-bullying. Starkey, who has authored three books on anti-bullying, spoke to students about ways to overcome bullying and the importance of being considerate and compassionate. Students participated in a text-analysis of one of the books and in role-playing activities.
With their parents by their side, kindergartners at Dutch Lane Elementary School rang in the first annual kinder-garden planting ceremony. To signify the seeds of success planting, each child in the class of 2027 planted a tulip bulb in the garden alongside the school.
In 1939, J. Abner Peddiwell authored a thought-provoking, reflective work called “The Saber Tooth Curriculum.” Over seventy years later, I found myself referencing it (per the recommendation of the New York State Education Department) in my capacity as trainer of lead evaluators for teachers and principals. The main character of this satirical piece is New Fist, a Paleolithic man and the “original educational theorist.”
The members of the Hicksville Board of Education cordially invite all members of the school community to attend a meeting on Monday, September 29 in the Administration Building, Board Room at 7:00PM to assist the Board in establishing direction for the selection process for the new Superintendent of Schools. (Click the title for a survey and more information)
After their beloved third-grade teacher passed away, Mary D’Andrea’s students at Lee Avenue Elementary School paid tribute by writing heartfelt messages in her memory. D’Andrea, of Levittown, taught first- and third-grade for 28 years and passed away on Sept. 14. The memorial ceremony featured a moment of silence prior to the students’ release of Lee Avenue gold and blue balloons into the sky. Their messages were attached to the balloons.
High School seniors Sebastian Niculescu and Julie Choi have been selected as the district’s National Merit Semifinalists. Niculescu and Choi are two of approximately 16,000 students selected across the country in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. From these 16,000, approximately 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level. Niculescu and Choi will both have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
The district is proud to announce that 112 students in the Hicksville High School Classes of 2014 and 2015 have earned the designation of Advanced Placement Scholar from the College Board due to their outstanding achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams.
As part of an annual tradition, Hicksville High School honored the fallen heroes of Sept. 11 by placing a wreath alongside its memorial in front of the school. On the 13th anniversary of the tragic day, the American flag was lowered to half-mast and Principal Raymond Williams, along with National Honor Society President Priya Mishra, carried the wreath to the memorial at 8:30 a.m. At 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. — the times when the North and South Towers were hit, respectively — the school observed moments of silence and three bell tolls in remembrance of the attacks and all of the lives lost.
The District’s nine buildings opened on Sept. 3 with both new and returning students, teachers, administrators and parents excited to begin the new school year. The Class of 2015 began its final year at the High School while the Class of 2027 started kindergarten at the district’s seven elementary schools.
If you travel through Europe today, you will see in every city and in many villages, cathedrals of stirring beauty and incomparable durability. Created eight centuries or more ago, these remarkable structures remain as inspiring, as graceful, and even as functional as when they were built. The structures all had pointed steeples pointing toward the heavens that watched over them, and what architects called flying buttresses (which were support struts that looked like giant angel wings on each side of the steeples).
The High School welcomed the incoming Class of 2018 for an orientation prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year. During the orientation, Principal Raymond Williams addressed his new students and outlined his expectations of them. He reviewed acceptable behavior policies and said he’s confident everyone will succeed if they tap into their potential and abide by the rules. Staying engaged, he said, is key.
Students who graduated from the district’s six elementary schools in June were welcomed with open arms by the Middle School at its orientation. The students came to school with their parents and received their schedules, agendas and words of encouragement from Principal Mara Jorisch.
If you have any interest in serving on one or more of the following Board Committees: Curriculum The Curriculum Committee meets monthly to review, evaluate, revise, and recommend new programs and new curricula to ensure all students are college and career ready upon high school graduation.
The high school Class of 2014, the 100th graduating class in the District’s history, stepped out onto McCormack Field for the last time as students to applause and cheers from family and friends in the stands, and those school administrators and honored guests seated on stage.
The middle school Class of 2014 commencement exercise acknowledged and celebrated the many accomplishments of 435 eighth-grade students prepared to take on the rigors of high school in the fall. “I encourage you to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that will present themselves in the next four years,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright in her address to the students. “Take a course of study that will help achieve your goals.”
Fifth grade RISE students enjoyed a special event recognizing their accomplishments and participation in the “The Human Rights Public Service Announcement Contest,” sponsored by NYSUT and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center). Fifth grade RISE students in each elementary school worked together to select one of the rights identified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and created a 60- to 90-second public service announcement that creatively discussed the Right and its importance. Congratulations to our contest winners from Burns, Dutch, East, Fork, Lee, and Old Country Road Schools! Click on the picture to view our public service announcements.
The 2014 Silver Anniversary and Retiree Reception celebrated two staff members who achieved 25 years of service along with seven who will retire at the end of the school year at an intimate gathering in the high school courtyard. “It is one of the wonderful traditions we have here in Hicksville to recognize our retirees and those with 25 years of dedicated service,” said Superintendent Maureen Bright.
y in a ceremony in late April. Hilsky was an active teacher, baseball coach and track coach in Hicksville Public Schools for 35 years, having recorded 240 baseball victories and being named coach of the year in 1994, a championship season for him and his team.
Senior citizens from the Hicksville community enjoyed music, dancing, food and retro-era ambience at the annual Senior Citizen Prom at the high school. Hosted by the high school’s student government and National Honor Society, the event allowed 75 seniors to kick back, mingle with old and new friends over lunch and enjoy the music they danced to in their youth. The students served at the buffet stations, sold raffle tickets and danced with the seniors. A DJ played music from a variety of genres including ragtime, swing, country and early rock ‘n’ roll.
The Middle School piano recital provided a platform for 23 talented students in grades six through eight to display their pianistic skills, with performances ranging from classics by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and J.S. Bach to more recent compositions from John Williams and British rock band Coldplay.
The district’s decades long tradition of hosting local senior citizens for a special luncheon continued this year with a sit down reception held in the high school. The gathering featured a full course meal with live entertainment that spotlighted the talent being nurtured by the school system. The back of the room featured an art gallery displaying student work.
High School seniors Paige Varney and Brian Yang have been named finalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Competition and Bryant Grey-Stewart has been named a finalist in the National Merit Achievement Competition. Their advancement from semifinalist ranking was based on outstanding SAT scores that confirmed earlier PSAT/NMSQT performances.
Hicksville Middle School and High School students demonstrated their high level of science knowledge and problem solving as teams as both advanced to the state regional competition in the Science Olympiads. These teams prepared throughout the year for the competitions that requires them to solve problems in genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology and mechanical engineering. The culmination of the regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament later this year.
The Middle School Drama Club brought the classic musical comedy “Once Upon A Mattress” to the school stage in an elaborate production that brought together the talents of more than 100 students under the guidance of director, choreographer and set designer Thomas DePalo.
The past two weeks have been ones of CELEBRATION! . . . of 100 days of school, outstanding student accomplishments, the spirit of community and the commitment of our employees and PTA volunteers. They serve as reminders to all of us how fortunate we are to have such hard working students and dedicated staff, PTA parents and volunteers.
Based on their strong performance at the Western Long Island Regional Competition on Feb. 8, the middle school Science Olympiad team will compete in the New York State competition in Rochester on April 4-5. The team competed in 22 events at the regional competition....
The High School Tri-M Music Honor Society presented their winter recital, featuring the classical music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, modern pieces by Alecia Beth Moore (Pink) and Alan Menkin, and an original piece by student Brian D’Addario in the Daniel J. Kristoff Theater.
Middle School students Jeevan George, Rafeed Hossain and Lovepreet Kaur have been declared winners in the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Kaur took first prize, after finishing second last year, followed by George and Hossain. Twenty Middle School students submitted essays for consideration.
Middle School eighth-grade student Jonathan Kinnaman was the winner of the annual school geography bee held in early January. His knowledge of oceans, landmasses, maps, climates and natural resources propelled him to first place among 39 competitors from all grades at the school.
Middle School eighth-grader Nabil Chowdhury earned the title of highest scorer in the American Mathematics Competitions administered in November. He was presented with a gold certificate for outstanding achievement and a commemorative pin for his No. 1 ranking at the Middle School.
High School freshman Matthew Sloan was selected as one of 17 males soccer players from the Region 1 Olympic Developmental Program (Maine to Virginia) to travel overseas from February 15-23, to play against European youth Pro Teams in Turkey.
The students who performed during the seventh-grade winter concert filled the high school auditorium with music presented with such aplomb and vitality that it was easy to forget these were “only” seventh-graders.
Members of the high school Autism Awareness Club and their families and friends participated in the 2013 Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Jones Beach in October. They were part of the throng of nearly 30,000 from all across the area who came together in support of those affected by autism.
Middle School eighth-grader Nabil Chowdhury has been named a Long Island Scholar of Mathematics and was accepted into a special program by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury.
The District’s 22-year tradition of hosting local senior citizens for a special fall luncheon continued this year with a reception held in the high school gym. The luncheon was an in-house event planned and executed by administrators, staff and student groups.
Middle School students who kept their developing literacy skills engaged through summer reading were invited to be part of Hicksville Reads, an after-school program that elevates their skills to the next level through activities.
High School students and their parents broadened the scope of their college search and learned more about the application process during the annual District College Fair. Students were given the opportunity to discuss academic programs, acceptance criteria and campus life with representatives from 70 different institutions, including Penn State University, Colgate University, Emory University, St. John’s University and the University of Notre Dame.
Hicksville High School senior Michelle Carlomusto was recognized by the Long Island Arts Alliance with an Award of Merit at a ceremony held at Half Hollow Hills High School East in late September. Ms. Carlomusto was nominated for this honor by school art coordinator Beth Atkinson.
The High School’s Modern Music Masters (Tri-M Chapter 503) Honor Society will perform its fall recital on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Daniel J. Kristoff Theater. This showcase for talented student-musicians culled from the music and fine arts department is a yearly tradition. The students will perform under the direction of music teacher and honor society advisor Amy Noll and music teachers Michelle Emeric and Jonathan Shmuel.
Students at Dutch Lane School in Hicksville produced colorful paper pinwheels inscribed with messages of unity, tolerance and harmony as part of their continued participation in “Pinwheels for Peace,” a global art initiative in celebration of National Peace Day. They placed their pinwheels into the ground of the school peace garden on Sept. 20.
Dutch Lane Elementary School students continued their yearly tradition of celebrating Constitution Day by participating in the nationwide "Pledge Across America" initiative.
In late August, incoming students to the High School filled the halls for freshmen orientation. The Class of 2017 was greeted and guided through an informative and exciting day by faculty members, administrators and peer leaders. Upperclassmen were on hand to help direct the freshmen to various sessions where they learned about code of conduct, guidance services and extra-curricular activities.
Incoming sixth-graders and their parents congregated in the middle school gymnasium for the annual orientation program on Sept. 4. The students were greeted by Principal Mara Jorisch, who assured them that their time at the middle school would be a positive journey.
The High School Class of 2013 took their seats on McCormack Field at the start of their graduation with the hum of excitement from familyand friends behind them, a podium seating a variety of school administratorsand honored guests before them, and a very bright future within their grasp.
The Middle School moving up ceremony brought together parents, friends and key administrators to celebrate the culmination of three important academic years for these students who are now prepared to begin their high school careers in the fall.
The Middle School spring concert series stretched across three nights, with one grade performing each night, keenly demonstrating the high level of music instruction provided to all students within the district.
The Middle School piano recital, a well-established showcase for developing talent, easily fulfilled high expectations as 17 students in grades six through eight played the timeless music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Leonard Cohen and more.
The 21-year tradition of inviting local senior citizens for a special spring luncheon continued this year with a reception held in the high school gym that featured a full-course meal and live entertainment.
Hicksville Public Schools will present Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the high school on Thursday, March 14, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, with all shows starting at 7 p.m. The Hicksville Repertory Company and 35 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from the district’s seven elementary schools round out the cast, which will be accompanied by a full pit orchestra.
High School senior Brian Parisi has been named the Nassau County Visual Arts Scholar for the month of October by the Long Island Arts Alliance and Newsday. He was awarded this title in recognition of his ongoing achievements both academically and as an artist.
Hicksville Public School’s Third Annual Wellness Fair was held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The theme for this year’s fair was “Live, Laugh and Be Fit!” and that is what people were doing on Saturday. The turnout was great with hundreds of students, parents, staff and community members attending.
The high school Modern Music Masters (Tri-M Chapter 503) Honor Society will hold their annual winter recital on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Daniel J. Kristoff Theater.
The high school Tri-M Music Honor Society delighted the audience at the school’s Daniel J. Kristoff Theater with a fall recital that featured the music of W.A. Mozart, Frederic Chopin, Leonard Bernstein and an original piece by student Terence Leong.
Third-grade students at Dutch Lane School presented an informative pre-presidential “Meet the Candidates” assembly for their schoolmates, during which they detailed both party platforms and shed light on the key differences and similarities between them.
Hicksville High School marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with the placing of a memorial wreath in front of the building near the flagpole and memorial marker. Student Government President Andrew Stockstad and French Club President Melissa Hammer were the two students...