The Hicksville Public School District continued the tradition of hosting local senior citizens for a special luncheon this year with a sit down reception held in the high school. The gathering featured a full meal with live entertainment that spotlighted student talent. The back of the room featured an art gallery displaying student work.
“It is indeed our pleasure to have you here to acknowledge your contributions to our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright as she thanked the 150 attendees for their ongoing support. “Hopefully you will see the contributions you made helping us maintain our tradition of providing a quality education for our students.”
The Hicksville Congress of Teachers recently hosted its third annual “Ice Cream Social” for the district’s students. Each student in the Hicksville School District was given a flyer by their classroom teacher which entitled them to a free ice cream cone from Friendly’s. The HCT wanted to congratulate their elementary, middle, and high school students for working so hard this year in preparing for their tests. Seventy-one teachers volunteered their time after school to attend the social, greet the students, meet the parents, roll up their sleeves, put on an apron and get to work behind the counter, scooping out the yummy treats. Each year more and more students look forward to joining in for this special end-of-year event, and this year teachers scooped out an unprecedented 890 cones from 3 to 5 p.m.
Students at Hicksville High School have been busy creating artwork throughout the entire school year. They were finally able to show off the hard work they put into their art projects at the school’s annual art show held on Monday, May 19.
The art show displayed at least 1,000 pieces of art, and a minimum of 150 pieces from sculpture and ceramics alone.
Sculpture and Ceramics teacher Angela Galante says that the school likes to foster the arts and help students develop their talents.
On May 20, Hicksville residents will take to the polls to vote for the school budget and for a new trustee to represent them on the Board of Education. Three seats are up for re-election. Incumbents Kevin J. Carroll and Steven Culhane are running unopposed and trustee Dolores Garger is not running again when her term expires July 1. Running for Garger’s open seat are David Jao and Michael Beneventano.
Jao has lived in Hicksville for more than 20 years. He has four kids; three who have graduated from the district and another who is a sophomore at the high school. This is his second time running for school board and says he now has more time to dedicate to the community.
The Hicksville Board of Education presented its budget for the upcoming school year at a board meeting on May 7.
“The board looks at all the pieces together in order to figure out what is important in regards to the budget,” said Maureen Bright, Superintendent of Schools.
The total budget for the 2014-15 district budget is $127.9 million. Of that, $2.5 million is from the fund balance and an additional $3.07 million has been taken from the district’s reserves to fill the budget gap. The 2014-15 budget is an increase of 2.7% from 2013-14’s budget of $124.5 million. The tax levy increase is .09%. The budget for the year will result in a $4 increase per home from last year, a total of $4,859 for the year.
According to the New York State Education Department, Hicksville’s Class of 2013 is on par with years prior in regards to how many students graduated with Regents diplomas and went on to college.
In 2013, 97% (395) of the graduating class earned a Regents diploma and 45% (185) earned a Regents diploma with an advanced designation. These numbers are very similar to 2012, when 96% (407) of the graduating class earned a Regents diploma and 42% (180) earned a Regents diploma with an advanced designation.
Dutch Lane School Special Education teacher Jen Stanzione was recently named Long Island’s teacher of the month. Stanzione was nominated for KJOY radio station’s “Teacher of the Month” contest at the beginning of February. Residents all across Long Island contacted the station to nominate outstanding teachers who’ve made a difference in their lives or the lives of their children. After four finalists were selected, voting for the winner took place every day throughout February. Voting was open to all Long Islanders and networks of school communities reached out to encourage others to vote for their favorite teacher.
How do you get salt out of saltwater? Does a family have the same type of fingerprints? What makes taco sauce an effective penny cleaner? These were just some of the questions that were answered at the Hicksville Gregory Museum Science Fair this past weekend.
Almost 50 students in first through 12th grade presented their projects to a group of judges in the basement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Stephen on Saturday. The 36 projects (excluding those submitted by first and second graders) were experiments that followed the scientific method. Students were judged on how well they followed the scientific method, their originality and how much thought they put into it.
The Hicksville School District chorus concert brought together the developing voices from all nine public schools for a one-night songfest at the high school. Twenty-one participants had achieved All-County Chorus status.
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