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Students Host Seniors At Annual Spring Luncheon

The Hicksville Public School District continued the tradition of hosting local senior citizens for a special luncheon this year with a sit down reception held in the high school. The gathering featured a full meal with live entertainment that spotlighted student talent. The back of the room featured an art gallery displaying student work.

“It is indeed our pleasure to have you here to acknowledge your contributions to our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright as she thanked the 150 attendees for their ongoing support. “Hopefully you will see the contributions you made helping us maintain our tradition of providing a quality education for our students.”

Student volunteers happily served beverages, salads, main courses and desserts to the delight of the attendees. The table centerpieces, made by art students, were offered as take-home prizes. The luncheon was an in-house event planned and executed by administrators, staff and student groups.

The jazz ensemble, directed by Jonathan Schmuel, opened the entertainment with three numbers including a snappy version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things.” In between meal courses guests enjoyed the musical styling of the High School Vocalists and the Saxophone Quartet. Guests were also treated to a sampling of the recent production of Jay Hopkins and John Hunter’s Iliad, Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less, performed by the students in the theater department and directed by Caitlin Cassidy.

—From the Hicksville Public School District

News

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


Calendar

Safe Trick or Treat

October 31

Election Day

November 4

Senior Luncheon

November 6



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