Commencement 2018 The Hicksville Middle School Class of 2018 was celebrated at the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 22nd. Students were recognized in speeches delivered by Dr. Carl Bonuso, Superintendent of Schools, Brenda Judson, Vice President of the Board of Education, Mara Jorisch, Principal, Elissa Shapiro, PTSA President, Logan Boiko, Student Council President, and Kayla Matthew National Junior Honor Society President. The Bernard Braun Award, which is awarded to the Hicksville Middle School student with the highest overall average over three years, was presented to Sean and his brother Sam achieved the honor of Salutatorian. The PTSA Award was presented to Julia. The Triple C Award was presented to Matthew, Dominick, Irja and and Khizran and the Comptroller’s Award was presented to Giavanna and Matthew. The Commencement Exercises capped a wonderful and successful year for our graduates. Congratulations Class of 2022! We will miss you.
On June 15th, the Hicksville Middle School graduating class of 2018 attended their end-of-year Eighth Grade Dance. This year’s theme was “Once Upon a Time”. The evening began with picture-taking on the front lawn before students entered the transformed gymnasium. The enchanted decorations and the sea of blue that illuminated the walls complemented the energy and exuberance of this eighth grade class. Students had fun dancing and sharing special middle school moments with their friends and staff members. A wonderful and memorable time was had by all.
Middle school students from grades 6 through 8 were recognized for their nominations to the Heart + Motivation= Success board which can be found in the “Hall of Recognition” near the main lobby. Students received special recognition in a school-wide announcement, had their picture taken, and were given a special HMS bracelet commemorating their achievements.
The Hicksville Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society contributed $5000 to the Association for Children with Down's Syndrome. Megan Lombardo, a representative from ACDS in Plainview, accepted the donation from NJHS President, Kayla and fellow officers, Jason, Fiona, Teresa, and Julia, Mrs. Sara Smith, NJHS advisor, and Mrs. DiBello, middle school teacher. This contribution was the culmination of a year of hard work raising funds through a variety of initiatives.
Members of Student Council along with their advisors, Ms. Fitzgerald and Ms. Presti, decorated the front lawn of Hicksville Middle School to remember those who have died while serving our country and to recognize the many sacrifices made by our men in arms to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.
Congratulations to our Long Island Math Fair Medal Winners, Sam, Sean, Ekam, and Jaskaran, who competed at Hofstra University on Friday, April 20, 2018. This year the middle school had four gold medalists. Special thanks to Ms. Berrios for mentoring our students. The students did an amazing job with their research and presentations and they will be honored at the BOE Secondary Recognition meeting on May 9, 2018.
Once again, the members of the National Junior Honor Society supported the Book Fairies this year. The Book Fairies are an organization that collects books for all age groups and distributes them to schools and communities in need on Long Island. The middle school collected sixteen boxes of gently used books for the Book Fairies organization.
Several Hicksville Middle School students participated in the Science Fair at the Gregory Museum on April 21, 2018. Amrita placed third and both Saivamsi and Pariket took 2nd place. Congratulations to all of our participants and thank you to Ms. Richman, who helped judge the event.
Congratulations to the Hicksville Middle School Drama Club for their amazing production of Seussical, the Musical on March 15, 16, & 17. The production involved more than one hundred students under the direction of Mr. DePalo, Ms. Haddock, and Mr. Starr. A great time was had by the cast and crew. Thank you to all who attended and supported our very talented students and staff.
Attention 8th grade students!! After school Regents Review Classes for Algebra I, Living Environment, and Earth Science begin on Monday April 9th through Monday, June 11th. Classes are available Monday through Friday. Click on the links on the left for the schedule of dates and the list of teachers, room locations and the topics that will be covered.
The Meteorites Squared competed at Longwood at the First SBLI Long Island Championship in March. The team earned their place at the tournament by achieving the highest score at their qualifying round in Mineola in February. The team once again made us proud by taking home the prestigious Alliance Award. Congratulations to the team and their coaches, Ms. Temps and Ms. Brucato.
This year 6th, 7th and 8th grade students participated in the American Mathematics Competition. There were three students who placed at the building level. Two time gold medal winner, Daniel, grade 7, Silver medal winner Sam, grade 8, and bronze medal winner Aayush. Congratulations to our winners and their teachers Ms. Connors, Ms. Giorgianni, and Ms. Holland.
Hicksville Middle School hosted the MS/HS Jazz Concert in February. Under the direction of Mr. St. John and Mr. Shmuel, each ensemble performed separately and then came together for a combined performance to end the concert. The concert also highlighted the talents of individual students during solos performed during each selection.
The finals of the building level Spelling Bee were recently conducted on January 18th. Twenty students qualified to compete in the final round. After 15 intense rounds, seventh grade student, Sara, emerged as the building winner. Sara is a student in Ms. Smith’s class. This year’s runner up was Saivamsi, a sixth grade student in Ms. Mazziotti’s class. Sara competed at Hofstra University in February at the regional competition of the Scripp’s Spelling Bee. She placed third at the prestigious event. We are extraordinarily proud of her accomplishment.
Each year students display their knowledge of geography in the National Geographic Geography Bee. Hicksville Middle School students competed in the bee, which was coordinated by social studies teacher, Mr. Kerley. Students first competed in class and then class winners went on to the next round of the school level bee, which was recently held. Each grade level produced one winner. The three grade level winners competed in a final round. This year the overall building winner was Stephen. Building winner: Stephen, Grade 6: Cemre, Grade 7: Casper, Grade 8: Stephen.
The Hicksville Middle School Science Olympiad teams competed this weekend against 40 other teams from Long Island. All students did a terrific job in their events and our teams took home many medals. Some students even walked away with 2 awards! The following members of our A team took home medals in their events: Destiny, Archana, Sam, Sean, Aidan, Jaskaran, Jason, and Ashish. Medal winners from our B team include: Teresa, Aleena, Gurmehar, Matthew, Alex, Ekham, Kimberly, and Matthew.
After months and countless hours of preparation and practice, the Hicksville Middle School robotics teams, led by Ms. Temps and Ms. Brucato, competed at the First Lego League Regional Qualifiers in February. The theme for the competition was Hydro Dynamics. Students were judged on the performance of their robots with specified tasks, their project presentations, and their core value representations. The Meteorites earned the Core Values Teamwork Award and the Alliance Award. The Meteorites Squared was the top scoring team at their Regional Competition, which qualified them to move on to the Long Island Championship in March. They also earned the Core Value Inspiration Award and the Robot Design/ Robot Performance Award. Congratulations to the Meteorites, Birinder, Jason, Matthew, Ali-Sena, Nathan, Saivamsi, Div, Ricky, Nisarg, and Vansh, the Meteorites Squared, Triston, Christopoher, Karan, Vansh, Jaskaran, Bilal, Rohan, Dylan, and Dylan, and their coaches on a job well done.
Students celebrated Spirit Week at the middle school from November 13th through November 17th. The week ended with Spirit Night on November 17th. Students had a great time at the dance playing games that included ping pong, nok hockey, nerf and arcade basketball, nerf and beach ball volleyball, bean bag toss, bowling, checkers, chess, backgammon, and connect four. There was truly something for everyone including a dj and dancing! . A great time was had by all who attended.
Every year on the 3rd Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the Great American Smoke Out. All the health classes in the middle school acknowledged this day and pledged to take part by choosing not to smoke tobacco products or electronic cigarettes.
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If you own your home, it’s your primary residence, and if your income is $500,000 or less, you’re eligible
for the Basic STAR credit.
If you’re 65 or older with an income of $86,000 or less, you may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR credit.
Snow Contingency Day
As a result of missing five days of instruction due to inclement weather and in order to meet our New York State mandated 180 days of school, the Hicksville Public Schools will be open for regular classes on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Please note that this “Snow Contingency Day” is indicated on the school calendar.
Therefore, the Spring Recess will begin on Friday, March 30 and end on Friday, April 6 with students returning to school on Monday April 9.
Additionally, in order to meet this 180 day requirement, the District will be holding a Superintendents Conference Day, for faculty and staff only, later in June.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to meet the challenges of this winter season.
The Hicksville Board of Education held a public hearing on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 8:30pm to allow the community to ask questions and/or provide input into the district-wide school safety plan. The final, approved plan is available below.
Planning for the Bond: Next Steps
Now that the bond referendum has been approved, you may find yourself asking, what’s next? The Board of Education and administration are committed to keeping the Hicksville community connected at all stages of this process. With this in mind, we have outlined the steps to a standard bond process and factors that can affect the timeline.
The Board of Education - Superintendent Search
The Board Of Education would like to include the community input in the Superintendent Search Interview Process. If you like to submit a question that may be used during candidate interviews, please email the District Clerk, John O'Brien at jobrien@hicksvillepublicsch
Emergency Planning - A Guide for Parents
The Hicksville Public Schools have always been serious about being prepared for emergencies. Each year, the District’s entire Emergency Plan is reviewed and updated to meet New York State regulations. The plan addresses an enormous range of issues, from dealing with the onset of a crisis situation, to addressing the psychological and emotional needs of students and adults in its aftermath.
2 seats on the Hicksville School District Board of Education will be expiring on June 30th. Any Hicksville resident interested in running for the 3 year term may pick up a petition from the District Clerk on weekdays from 8:30-4:30 at the school district office. The deadline for returning petitions is April 16. The New York State School Board Association has provided a document for prospective school board members outlining the Board members' responsibilities and the election process. For more information, call the District Clerk at 516-733-2104.