School Counsel to Update Community on Barrett Power Plant

Join us on Monday, August 28 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Center at 99 Radcliffe Road when Mr. Robert Cohen, Esq. will update the community. The District and community are opposed to LIPA’s appeal for a 95% reduction in the tax rate for the Barrett Power Plant.  Barrett represents nearly 50% of the school district’s tax base.  A reduction in taxes on the Plant will shift the tax burden to property owners in the community.  The District’s opposition has been voiced vehemently over the last seven years in letters to and meetings with all relevant parties.  A lawsuit has also been filed (Board of Education of the Island Park UFSD against LIPA, LILCO d/b/a LIPA, National Grid Generation LLC, Keyspan Generation LLC, and Marketspan Generation LLC).

 

The district’s American flags are flown at half-staff this week in commemoration of the life and death of George William Marr.  He began his career in the Island Park Schools in 1957 as an Industrial Arts teacher.  From 1963 through 1975, he served as a school principal and assistant superintendent of schools.  He was named superintendent in 1975 and served in that position until 1994. He is a beloved public servant who contributed to the community and the lives of its children.  

District Highlights

News & Announcements

  • School Bus Rules & Regulations (Code of Conduct 2017)

    July 2017 

    Dear Island Park Parents and Students: 

    Attached you will find the Code of Conduct that all students must follow when riding our buses back and forth to school and for class trips.  This code is designed to ensure the safety of all of our students.  Please discuss the rules and regulations detailed in this code before your child rides the bus and explain the consequences your child will face if behavior issues arise. 

    The form must be completely filled out and signed by both the student and parent then returned to the transportation office.  It is very important that this be done before August 1th.  Without the properly signed form no bus pass will be created for your child and they will not receive a schedule for transportation.   You can avoid repeated requests and Connect-Ed calls by returning this form immediately either by mail, fax or scan. 

    Our policy will again be NO SIGNED FORM = NO PASS, NO SCHEDULE  & NO RIDE.  Please do not wait until the last minute to mail your forms back to us. 

    Have a safe and wonderful summer! 

    THE TRANSPORTATION DEPT.

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  • Students and teachers team up at Hegarty

    More than 40 Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Student Council members experienced a day in the life of an educator during Student/Teacher Exchange Day in June. This event has proven to be a favorite among Student Council participants, who continue to request it year after year as one of the many initiatives they coordinate.

    Under the guidance of Student Council Advisors Denise Benedetto and Patricia Pozin, each participant was paired with a teacher or staff member in the building. In some cases, two students were assigned to one adult due to the strong interest in this popular event. The pairs and groups met in advance so that the students could plan and organize what they would like to teach or do for the day, and students reviewed lessons in order to prepare themselves. 

    Student/Teacher Exchange Day was a great success and enjoyable experience for those involved. Members of the Student Council gained a greater insight into the responsibilities that their teachers, administrators and other staff members carry out and the qualities that it takes to be a positive leader.   

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  • Awards and amusements at Island Park Community Day

    Island Park’s annual Community Day event, held on June 10, brought residents of all ages together at Lincoln Orens Middle School for a spring celebration of community pride and connection. Coordinated by the Island Park Faculty Association and the Island Park Public Schools, the event raised thousands of dollars for scholarships that were awarded to local high school students.  

    The day featured a variety of family-friendly activities such as carnival games, food, raffles and even the highly-anticipated dunk tank. Alumni and faculty members of the district faced off in a friendly basketball game competition.

    Each year, Community Day benefits the IPFA’s Scholarship Fund, which provides graduating seniors from Island Park with support for their future ventures. Fourteen students received scholarship awards for 2017.

    Joseph Aebly, Bianca Hayes, Steven Partland, Kristen Ruzicka, Carly Sills and Shannon Ward earned the President’s Award for maintaining an overall average of 90 or higher and demonstrating commitment to community service. Daniella Anzalone, Brooke Harrington and Argyro Papathanasiou earned the IPFA Artist Award, which goes to students who plan to pursue a career in the arts or arts education. Raffaele Pupa received an Achievement Award for continuing education, and James McSpedon and Margaret O’Malley Rebovich were presented with the Dorothy Ryan Memorial Scholarship as they pursue careers in education. Ashley Alongi and Joseph Giorlando were awarded the John Gould Memorial Scholarship as athletes who have demonstrated leadership, unselfishness, dedication, respect and perseverance.

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  • New beginnings for Lincoln Orens Middle School eighth-grade grads

    The evening of June 21 marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of countless others for Lincoln Orens Middle School eighth-graders, as they graduated from the Island Park Public Schools and looked forward to their high school years in Long Beach or West Hempstead. Members of the district’s board of education, administration and staff, along with students’ families, gathered to celebrate this educational milestone.

    Lincoln Orens’ 55th annual commencement ceremony was held in the Steven L. Foster Auditorium, where graduates sat proudly on stage in blue gowns. A slideshow of photo memories played as guests took their seats, and the event kicked off with the Graduation Orchestra’s performance of the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” and a salute to the American Flag.

    Principal Vincent Randazzo welcomed the students and audience members, and introduced eighth-graders Morgan Polete, Vianka Calderon and Robin Xiao, who discussed the Class of 2017’s past, present and future, respectively.

    The ceremony featured an awards presentation during which 25 eighth-graders were recognized by district and community organizations for their academic excellence, musical talent, athletic skill, school involvement, volunteer efforts and overall good character. The event also served as an opportunity for students to express gratitude towards their teachers. Several retiring staff members were acknowledged and applauded for their service to the district.

    Members of the chorus performed a medley that encompassed this significant step into the future the Class of 2017 takes together. They sang a combination of the songs, “The World’s Greatest,” “The Climb” and “Graduation.”

    The highlight of the event was the much-anticipated presentation of diplomas by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Board of Education President Jack Vobis. Students were called up one-by-one to accept this token of their accomplishments.

    Immediately following this exciting moment, Lincoln Orens Color Guard conducted the Transfer of Colors, at which time the graduates turned their flags and sashes over to their younger successors. The Color Guard Band provided accompanying music.

    As the event came to a close, Dr. Bovino addressed the Class of 2017. She discussed goals and important values, and shared excerpts from the students’ own autobiographies that they completed in English Language Arts classes. The result was a compilation of positive notions that the eighth-graders can take into their futures as they pursue their dreams and help make a difference to others.

    “I encourage each and every one of you in this terrific graduating class to dream the life you want to live and live the life you dream,” Dr. Bovino said. “To do this, however, you must begin by seeing yourself as the person you want to become. Then, you must do everything you can to develop the skills and knowledge that you will need. Finally, you must remember that you cannot achieve your goals without developing the character that will be required of you.”

    As the graduates exited the middle school stage, they were greeted with cheers from all those who look forward to hearing about the success stories ahead in high school and beyond.

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  • Pre-K Students Step Up

    Children in the Island Park Public Schools’ Universal Pre-Kindergarten program received Bachelor of Rhymes Degrees as they prepared to move on to kindergarten. During a Stepping Up Ceremony, the students celebrated the exciting journeys ahead and the completion of a year filled with learning and growth.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum provided welcoming remarks. Board of Education Members, teachers and parents proudly cheered the Pre-K students on as they performed several musical numbers representative of new experiences and bright futures.

    The district’s full-day Universal Pre-K is offered thanks to a grant that it wrote, which provides annual funds from the State Education Department. The Pre-K students had an opportunity to visit Hegarty on May 30, when they were introduced to the kindergarten teachers and toured classrooms.

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  • An evening of recognitions

    During the Island Park Public Schools regular Board of Education meeting on June 12, Superintendent of School Dr. Rosmarie Bovino introduced the newly appointed Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal, Dr. Bruce Hoffman to the public and the Board recognized several students for their crowning achievements. 

    The May and June Students of the Month were presented by Francis X. Hegarty Principal Jacob Russum and current Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo. One student from each grade level was honored for his or her exceptional effort and for possessing positive character qualities. Kindergartner Brianna Hood, first-grader Esnayder Velasquez, second-grader Caleb Lopez, third-grader Sebastian Pena, fourth-grader Daniella DaSilva, fifth-grader Dylan Condon, sixth-grader Olivia Lordi, seventh-grader Anthony Pellino and eighth-grader Lana Dabu were recognized for the month of May.

    Those that were praised for the month of June included kindergartner Colin McDonough, first-grader Chloe Kopsachilis, second-grader Brianna Bothell, third-grader Guisela Moreira, fourth-grader Wolfgang Singh, fifth-grader Paige Perrone, sixth-grader Gabriel Tejeda, seventh-grader Kriszandra Lumang and eighth-grader Nicholas Yika-Cuadra.

    In addition, Lincoln Orens Middle School computer and Lego robotics teacher Christine Chu, shared a video of her students who participated in the Adelphi University Statewide Middle School Lego Robotic Competition on May 6. Dr. Bovino recognized the contributions of Discovery teacher Robert Ferrante and coach Justin Chu, as well . She awarded one student with the FIRST Lego League Business League Partnership Qualifier Certificate, 12 students with the Adelphi University Certificate of Achievement and an additional six students received both the Certificate of Achievement and the FIRST Lego League Business League Partnership Qualifier Certificate.

    Dr. Bovino also awarded former Island Park student and Long Beach High School senior Joseph Aebly with the SCOPE scholarship based on being the senior with the highest GPA from Island Park. The scholarship program was initiated by the organization to recognize member districts and their students. Aebly now has a full tuition scholarship at St. John’s University in the fall where he plans to pursue pre-medicine.
    While many students were praised throughout the meeting, two Board members were also recognized for their service to the Board of Education. Board Vice President Diana Caracciolo was presented with the Board Excellence Award from the New York State School Board Association and the Board offered their gratitude to Board trustee Matthew Paccione, who will be leaving after five years of service.

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  • Island Park welcomes new Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal

    The Island Park Public Schools are pleased to introduce Dr. Bruce Hoffman as the new Principal of Lincoln Orens Middle School, effective as of July 1. For the past four years, the role has been held by Vincent Randazzo, who will transition to an Assistant Superintendent post.

    Dr. Hoffman joins Island Park from the Lindenhurst Public Schools, where he has served as an Assistant Principal at Lindenhurst Middle School for the past 11 years. He initiated the school’s science research program, which is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to work closely with science teachers to discover deeper meaning within research topics they choose to study. Enrollment grew from 10 students to 60 during his tenure.

    As the district prepares for science lab improvements that are part of the bond that was approved earlier this year, Dr. Hoffman will be involved in the addition of a science research program at Lincoln Orens.

    Dr. Hoffman obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Old Westbury, his Master of Science Degree in Technology, Education and Multimedia from LIU C.W. Post and his Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology from Dowling College. He focused his dissertation on the effect of cooperative learning on bullying in the middle school setting, and his research found correlations between cooperative learning and positive experiences in the school environment.

    “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dr. Hoffman to Island Park,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino. “We know that his educational technology background and experience with science research programs will prove immensely helpful to us as we plan our new technology education classrooms and science labs. Dr. Hoffman is also keenly aware of youngsters’ developmental interests and needs. We look forward to the contributions he will bring to our district.”

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District Calendar

  • Board of Ed Meeting

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  • Labor Day Schools Closed

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  • First Day of School for Teachers

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  • IPFA Executive Mtg

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The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools believe it is in the community’s best interest to be aware of the request that has been made by Waterview Properties (owner of Paddy MaGee and Coyote Restaurants) to have the Town of Hempstead IDA reduce their property taxes on the two proposed apartment buildings on the former restaurant sites.   The tax reductions will be realized through a fixed ten-year PILOT.  On Thursday morning, June 22, 2017 this matter will be presented to the Town of Hempstead IDA Board, please read the two attached statements.  The first was written by Mr. Jack Vobis, President, Board of Education in conjunction with the majority of Board of Education trustees.  The second statement was developed by Dr. Rosmarie Bovino, Superintendent of Schools with Mrs. Marie Donnelly, School Business Official and Mr. Rainiere from Lamb Barnosky LLP.  Both statements were read at the Town of Hempstead IDA hearing on Monday morning, June 19 on behalf of the taxpayers – both homeowners and business owners.  Because of the Grade 4 Graduation, the Board of Education members and the Superintendent will not be attending the Town of Hempstead IDA Board Meeting on Thursday morning, June 22, 2017.  However, community members are encouraged to attend.  Additional reductions as outlined in the PILOT schedule will result in additional taxes to all property owners.  The Town of Hempstead IDA Board Meeting is scheduled for June 22, 2017 at 9 AM at 1 Washington Street (Town Hall Pavilion) Hempstead, NY.    The district will have an attorney in attendance. 

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In our ongoing effort to keep the community up-to-date with the latest district news and announcements, the Island Park Public Schools has launched an informational Facebook page. This page can be accessed by searching “Island Park Public Schools” on Facebook. By clicking “like,” you will be able to see the latest posts about student achievements, exciting events, interesting programs and important alerts in your newsfeed. Thank you for your support of our students and educational initiatives. We look forward to sharing many success stories as the year progresses.
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