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.”
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.
Michael Szczesniak and Nicole Piccolomini planted the seeds for their operatic futures at Hicksville High School, and now they’ve gained international acclaim.
The Hicksville graduates recently performed at the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY, a major accomplishment in opera.
While attending Hicksville High School, Szczesniak, who changed his name to Michele Angelini to honor his Italian heritage, and Piccolomini spent many hours in the high school chorus room sight-reading opera arias, art songs and theatre numbers with the late Dan Kristoff. Both students were featured soloists several times with the symphonic orchestra, string ensemble, concert choir and madrigal singers.
This year’s Hicksville High School Class of 2014 valedictorian is Ashna Joseph, coming out at the top of her class with a GPA of 102.82.
“I was really shocked when I first heard. I thought I’d be somewhere in the top 10 but I didn’t know I’d be valedictorian,” says Joseph. “Everyone in my class is really smart and they help each other. I didn’t
see it coming but it was a great honor to get this title.”
We’ve all heard the saying about birds of a feather. And for Hicksville High School Class of 2014 salutatorian Alessandra Riccio the flock she was with pushed her to work harder and achieve more.
“People around me strived to do better in school and activities, and that pushed me to do better to keep up with them. I saw everyone else around me was doing it, so I was motivated,” says Riccio. “And
even working together in class or on a project and seeing different ideas, it makes you a better thinker and opens your mind to how you can approach situations—both in and out of school.”
She counts the top students in her class as some of her closest friends, and says being named the number two spot with a GPA of 102.82 is a great honor.
On June 25, elementary school teachers in Hicksville will say goodbye to their students for the last time. But for Mary Pisanti, it’ll be the last time she ever says goodbye to a class. Pisanti, a second grade teacher at Woodland School, retires this year after teaching for the past 36 years.
“I’ve had a ball. There are so many things I’m going to miss," says Pisanti.
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