In honor of Board of Education Recognition Month, Hicksville School District students honored board trustees at the Oct. 22 meeting.
Middle school and high school students acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the board of education by making speeches that expressed appreciation. High school sophomore Matthew Sloan said the board fosters positivity and togetherness in many ways, such as regularly recognizing students’ achievements throughout the year.
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues with students from the Hicksville School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Hicksville had 85 students opting out of the English Language Arts test and 128 missing the math test.
The Common Core standards have caused great controversy in recent months, with local politicians registering their own opposition. In response to concerns from school officials, parents and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, last month, joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.
With their parents by their side, kindergarteners at Dutch Lane Elementary School recently rang in the first annual kinder-garden planting ceremony.
To signify the seeds of successful planting, each child in the class of 2027 planted a tulip bulb in the garden alongside the school.
The ceremony began with a singing performance by the children, which was followed by the kindergarten teachers reading aloud their students’ responses to the question, “what do I want to learn how to do this year?”
The Hicksville School District’s new teachers were welcomed to their new homes prior to the start of the September Board of Education meeting.
The new educators were celebrated first with a group reception and then each was presented with a school district pin, a Hicksville tradition.
The Hicksville School District recently announced that 112 students in the Hicksville High School Classes of 2014 and 2015 have earned the designation of Advanced Placement Scholar from the College Board due to their outstanding achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on AP exams. Twenty-seven students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, including six National AP Scholars. Eighteen students were named AP Scholars with Honors, and 61 were designated as AP Scholars.
As part of an annual tradition, Hicksville High School honored the fallen heroes of Sept. 11 by placing a wreath alongside its memorial in front of the school.
On the 13th anniversary of the tragic day, the American flag was lowered to half-mast and Principal Raymond Williams, along with National Honor Society President Priya Mishra, carried the wreath to the memorial at 8:30 a.m. At 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. — the times when the North and South Towers were hit, respectively — the school observed moments of silence and three bell tolls in remembrance of the attacks and all of the lives lost.
Hicksville High School welcomed the incoming Class of 2018 for an orientation prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year.
During the orientation, Principal Raymond Williams addressed his new students and outlined his expectations of them. He reviewed acceptable behavior policies and said he’s confident everyone will succeed if they tap into their potential and abide by the rules. Staying engaged is key, he said.
Students who graduated from the Hicksville School District’s six elementary schools in June were welcomed with open arms by Hicksville Middle School at its recent orientation.
The students came to school with their parents and received their schedules, agendas and words of encouragement from Principal Mara Jorisch.
New teachers throughout the Hicksville Union Free School District were welcomed in an orientation at the district’s administration building prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year.
Board of Education Vice President Kevin Carroll spoke about fundraising programs for school athletic teams at a recent Board of Education meeting. The programs will allow sports teams to create extra activity clubs in order to offset costs of district funds.
“These clubs will be similar to other school clubs like the French Club or the Ecology Club,” said Carroll. “These will help the varsity teams, who under the current charter are not allowed to do their own fundraising.”
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