Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
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
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.
A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.
State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.
“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.
However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
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
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.