Our Principal for the Day
Our Dutch Lane PTA presented its 13th annual "Books Alive"! Dutch Lane families and staff brought favorite storybook characters to life on stage. After Books Alive, we had our fifth grade fashion show. Each student dressed up to show us what they want to be when they grow up. We all enjoyed this wonderful show! Please see the Photo Gallery for Books Alive photos.
Dutch Lane staff and students wore red to show their support of the American Heart Association's "National Wear Red Day for Women" campaign. Wearing red is a reminder for us to keep our hearts healthy. Please click on the link to see the Hicksville Patch article.
Each year, a student is selected from each of the nine Hicksville school to represent their building at a ceremony expressing gratitude for all the School Board members do for us and our community. Aiden, a Dutch Lane School student in Mrs. Ytuarte's class, presented a token of our appreciation to Board of Education Trustee Kevin Carroll. Pictured with Aiden and Mr. Carroll are Dr. Bonuso, Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Ytuarte, classroom teacher and Mrs. Strauss, Dutch Lane School principal.
Our students were treated to a performance by author David Rottenberg and the Eglevsky Ballet. Mr. Rottenberg narrated his book, "Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig", while the Eglevsky Ballet performed it on stage. The message of the book, "believe in yourself and always try your best" was well received, and our students laughed at the talented dancers, who showed them how to get right back up after falling down. Please see our Photo Gallery for photos of this special performance.
The Dutch Lane School began their month long celebration of Anti-Bullying month with the “Power of One” Anti-Bullying Assembly. With the students and staff wearing blue to raise awareness for bullying prevention, the students got to watch and learn about the different types of bullying and ways they can prevent and help stop bullying. Dutch Lane’s anti-bullying month celebration will continue throughout October with weekly challenges for our students such as making friends with a new student, standing up for others, and not allowing any child to play or sit alone. Please click on the link for more information and see our Photo Gallery for more photos.
The Hicksville Fire Department visited Dutch Lane School with one of their trucks and their Smoke House. Children learned all about fire safety and what to do if there was an actual fire in their homes. Firefighters emphasized the importance of getting down low to the ground, finding an escape route, designating a meeting place outside of the home for all family members, and how to call and get help. Children were taught how to safely climb out of the Smoke House. Next, one of our firefighter friends talked more about fire safety while children were able to climb into the giant fire truck. Please see our Photo Gallery for more photos.
Our “Before School” A.M. Academy activities are available for all of our students to participate in. Each morning, five days a week, there will be opportunities for your child to attend extra help with their classroom teacher, or attend classes such as RTI, “Just Read”, library, yoga, music or a physical fitness experience. Please click on the link below for more information and for the A.M. Academy schedule.
The home to school connection is essential to academic success. We are committed to maintaining open lines of communication between parents and their child’s teachers. In order to foster greater communication, parents are now able to email their child’s teachers. Please click on the link for more information.
Are you eligible for STAR?
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.