The fourth graders at Our Lady of Mercy School held their annual Biography Breakfast recently. All of the students picked one person significant to New York State and gave oral reports on them. The parents and students had to guess who the person was.
Kaitlyn Wawrzynski reported on NYC Fireman, Peter Ganci, a co-worker of her grandfather, Fire Fighter Bill Tracy. At the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Peter Ganci, held the rank of Chief of Department, the highest ranking uniformed fire officer in the department. He was among the 343 New York City firefighters and paramedics who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He perished in the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Prior to joining the Fire Department, Ganci served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the war in Vietnam.
Other students reported on famous New Yorkers, Margaret Bourke-White, Elizabeth Blackwell, Norman Rockwell and more.
The Hicksville Veterans of Foreign Wars, William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 recently addressed the scouts of Hicksville Cub Scout Pack 382 on American Flag folding and etiquette. There were 21 scouts plus their family members and scout masters in attendance. Using American Flags and a power point presentation, the scouts learned the proper way to fold the American Flag. They were also given a lesson on flag etiquette including when and how to display the flag, positioning of the flag during parades and lectures, and how to properly dispose of a torn or damaged American Flag. After the demonstration, the floor was opened to many questions, not only from the scouts, but from the family members also. The Hicksville VFW has a red, white, and blue mail box located near the front entrance to the Post building where Hicksville residents can drop off their damaged American Flags for proper disposal. At the conclusion of the evening, Cub Scout Pack 382 presented the Hicksville VFW with a “certificate of appreciation” for their continued support of Pack 382 and scouting. It was an enjoyable and rewarding evening for the scouts and the members of the Hicksville VFW Post 3211.
The Hicksville Public School District’s 22-year tradition of hosting local senior citizens for a special fall luncheon continued this year with a reception held in the high school gym. The luncheon was an in-house event planned and executed by administrators, staff and student groups.
“We are really excited to have you here so that you have an opportunity to not only see all the great things that our students do, but to also witness who they are,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright as she thanked the attendees for their ongoing support. “We want to thank you for the contributions you have made to our community and for joining with us today.”
Hicksville students in the Doshi STEM program at Nassau BOCES have been making great progress, as they continue to work with scientists and engineers from world-famous institutions at Long Island’s first science-centered high school.
Five students from the Hicksville Union Free School District started classes as part of the inaugural class of the Doshi STEM Program at Nassau BOCES back in September. The teens were selected through a rigorous admissions process based on academic performance, extracurricular involvement, teacher recommendations and demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students began in ninth grade and over four years, will pursue a challenging course of study in engineering, research, robotics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
There is an ancient curse on the village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine. The inhabitants have been afflicted with the detriment of stupidity by the vengeful Vladimir Yousekevitch. The only man who seems to have the ability to break the curse is a travelling English teacher named Leon Tolchinsky. Tolchinsky finds himself in a conundrum. He is in a race against the clock to help teach a young woman named Sophia Zubritsky become smarter, while at the same time finding himself precariously in love with the same young woman.
Holy Trinity Diocesan High School celebrated Homecoming on Saturday, Oct.19, naming seniors Bernadette Mullane of North Baldwin and Jonathan Trencheny of Rockville Centre, the “Titan Spirit Award” winners.
Six seniors (three boys and three girls) were nominated by the faculty and staff for the awards with the entire senior class voting for their choice. Other nominees were Hicksville’s Sara Fagan and Kelly Lyons, Cory Robinson of Bethpage and Kevin Carman of Malverne.
The Spirit Award winners were announced during the extended halftime festivities, which included performances by the cheerleaders and kickline teams. Excitement was high overall with more than 2,000 attendees and Holy Trinity winning the traditional Homecoming football game over Monsignor Farrell High School 21-14.
-From Holy Trinity High School
Hicksville High School students and their parents broadened the scope of their college search and learned more about the application process during the annual District College Fair. Students were given the opportunity to discuss academic programs, acceptance criteria and campus life with representatives from 70 different institutions, including Penn State University, Colgate University, Emory University, St. John’s University and the University of Notre Dame. Students were advised prior to the two-hour event to factor in location, academic major, campus size, competitiveness and cost when considering application to a college or university.
Students at Dutch Lane School in Hicksville produced colorful paper pinwheels inscribed with messages of unity, tolerance and harmony as part of their continued participation in “Pinwheels for Peace,” a global art initiative in celebration of National Peace Day. They placed their pinwheels into the ground of the school peace garden on Sept. 20.
The students expressed their hopes for peace through words and illustrations on paper pinwheels, which also served to reinforce their academic vocabulary, a Common Core Learning Standard important in the development of skills for college and careers. Through their participation, students learned to appreciate that the “21st-century classroom” is a setting where people from different cultures and with different experiences and perspectives learn and work together peacefully.
Hicksville fourth-grade students at Old Country Road School celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day with an array of classroom activities ranging from lessons rooted in science and math to the making of applesauce.
Teachers Patricia Collier, Donna Kobilca and Christine Moir introduced the subject matter with a thought-provoking literacy lesson designed to help students discern the differences between the legacy of the real man, John Chapman, and his mythical alter ego Johnny Appleseed.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, a group of 25 Holy Trinity students and the school’s campus ministry team joined with a group from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School for the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s pilgrimage to the Washington, DC. They met with over 3,000 pilgrims from all over Long Island at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
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