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.
Incoming sixth-graders and their parents congregated in the Hicksville Middle School gymnasium for the annual orientation program on Sept. 4. The students were greeted by Principal Mara Jorisch, who assured them that their time at the middle school would be a positive journey.
“The middle school is a wonderful place,” Jorisch stated. “We are excited to help each student reach his or her potential.”
As is tradition, the entire Holy Trinity community recently celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which is held the first Thursday of the school year. The mass is celebrated to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. Since it is held outside on the football field, it has been dubbed “Mass on the Grass.”
Hicksville High School celebrated homecoming last weekend, as families, students and faculty reveled all things “Comets.” High school clubs and parent associations set up booths, selling baked goods and other treats. Attendees enjoyed games, had their faces painted, won prizes and spent a beautiful day outside with friends and family.
Our Lady of Mercy’s 4th grade classes in Hicksville visited the Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage, on Sept. 20. The students spoke with Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, the first United States Volunteer Cavalry.
President Roosevelt told the students of the Roughriders adventures in Florida and Cuba. A highlight was the Rough demonstrations on horseback. The Agricultural Society sponsored an old time fair contests for baking, art, quilting and more.
The children participated in old time games, learned to make musical instruments from vegetables, and visited the historical buildings.
Submitted by Syntax for the Hicksville Schools
The students at the Hicksville Nursery School returned to class on Sept. 16, full of energy and ready to learn. The children met their new teachers and made new friends. Hicksville Nursery School, founded in 1967, is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, cooperative nursery school.
The school is located at 115 West Cherry Street in Hicksville and offers openings for the playgroup for two-year-olds, nursery care for three-year-olds, and Pre-K for four-year-olds. Visit www.hicksvillenurseryschool.org or call 516-681-8246 for information.
More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds.
A 60-year reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Huntington Hilton. Previous graduates are also invited. Contact Judy at 516-249-7013
The General Douglas MacArthur High School Reunion for the class of 1963 will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Melville Marriott Hotel (1350 Walt Whitman Rd. in Melville). The cutoff date to purchase tickets is October 1. For details or to register, visit www.reunionmanager.net/reunion_registration.php?class_id=142551&reunion=GEN+DOUGLAS+MACARTHUR+SENIOR+HIGH+SCHOOL&class_of=1963
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