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Local Kids Enjoy A Summer Of Learning

The Hicksville School District hosted 125 elementary school students in the Summer Academic Program held at Dutch Lane Elementary School.

In its first year, the program focused on math, reading and narrative-writing skills for students who need extra support in foundational skills.

Program principal Anthony Lubrano explained that student enrollment was based on the scores of local assessments. The five-week program, which was held five days a week each morning, was designed to help students become better prepared for September.

“It also helped these students prevent the summer slide and to make them more confident with the approach of a new school year,” Lubrano said.

Learning activities included use of instructional technology with iPads and Smart Boards. Students learned narrative writing through the Columbia University Teachers College Writing Project, and special assemblies helped to reinforce foundational skills taught in the classroom.

During an assembly with the Singing Bus Driver, Joe Guida, the students took a proverbial trip on a school bus and learned about basic bus safety. Guida also engaged the students’ imaginations while they accompanied him in the singing of such original songs as “The Dinosaur Walk,” the “Macaroni and Cheese” song and the “Circle Dance.”  

— From the Hicksville 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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