On Monday, August 18, 2014, the Hicksville School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Carl Bonuso Interim Superintendent of Schools effective Tuesday, August 19, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Dr. Bonuso previously served as Superintendent of Schools for the Wantagh School District and for the past two years as Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Sag Harbor School District.
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...