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Hicksville Welcomes Dr. Carl Bonuso

Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.

“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.

Bonuso began his term Tuesday, Aug. 19 and comes to the district after serving two years as interim superintendent in the Sag Harbor School District. Prior to that, he retired from the Wantagh School District where he spent 26 years, 10 of which were as superintendent.

He is slated to be at Hicksville until June 30, 2015 as the Board of Education searches for a permanent replacement. For the next 10 months, Bonuso is hoping to help strengthen the relationships within the district.

“The best schools are the ones with the best relationships and the ones that forge the most effective partnerships. We have a wonderful student body and wonderful staff members. My hope is to support what happens in the classroom by making sure the staff not only gets the proper materials and training, but also community opportunities,” says Bonuso.

And he wants to make sure those opportunities also extend outside of school staff.

“I want to make sure parents and community members have opportunities to speak to the administration and superintendent, and to attend workshops and educational programs,” says Bonuso.

In that vein, Bonuso is carrying over his “Sups On” series. At these small, informal meetings, parents will be able to gather around a table, enjoy some soup and engage in some casual relevant conversation with the superintendent.

“I want to create as many opportunities as possible for students, staff, parents and community members to have important and casual conversations about what we do,” says Bonuso. “I want to reach out to as many members of the school family as possible. I hope to be very visible and accessible.”

The Hicksville Board of Education appointed Bonuso the position on Monday, Aug. 18.

“He had the perfect mix of professional experience and personal qualities we felt were needed for the transition period,” says board president Phil Heckler.

The highly experienced educator is well-recognized and is the recipient of Hofstra University’s PDK “Educator of the Year” award and the “Excellence in Educational Leadership Award” (given annually by the University Council of Educational Administrators to the top 25 educators in the nation for their work in preparing aspiring school leaders). In his over 40 year career, he has also served as adjunct professor at Dowling College and SUNY Stony Brook.

Though he just started at Hicksville, he said he’s excited to be here.

“I am so proud and privileged to be joining this school family. The people here have been so gracious and I feel like it’s home already,” says Bonuso.

News

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


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

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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