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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District Highlights

News & Announcements

  • 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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  • Anonymous Instagram Account

    June 12, 2017 

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    It has been brought to my attention that an anonymous Instagram account, I know who you are. IP, has requested to follow many of our students. This account is anonymous and has been posting the personal information of students who accept invitations to be friends. Upon accepting the invitation from the anonymous account, the account posts personal information about the user, such as first and last name, current grade, siblings, and friends. Unfortunately, while at home or at friends’ homes many Lincoln Orens Middle School students have accepted invitations from this anonymous account and their personal information has been posted to Instagram. If your child has an Instagram account and has accepted such an invitation, I suggest you have your child unfriend the I know who you are. IP account and report this activity to Instagram by visiting help.instagram.com.

    Be sure to discuss this information with your child. Please know that the Fourth Precinct of the Nassau County Police Department and staff members are available to help students and families with personal safety issues. Kindly call the middle school social worker, Mrs. Janofsky at 434-2640 or the elementary school social worker, Ms. Carranza at 434-2685 should you need assistance. Thank you for your attention and continued support.

    Respectfully,


    Vincent Randazzo, Principal

    Jacob Russum, Principal

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  • Island Park students take on LEGO Robotics challenges

    Three teams of Lincoln Orens Middle School students put their STEAM knowledge, problem-solving skills and creative minds to the test on May 6 when they attended the sixth annual Adelphi University Statewide Middle School LEGO Robotics Competition.          Under the guidance of Education Technology specialist, Christine Chu and Discovery teacher, Robert Ferrante, Island Park’s participants represented their district and community with fervor at this challenging event. The contest presented a single challenge where students were required to compete directly against another team through various rounds.  It also included a 15 minute presentation component.

     One Lincoln Orens group, Team Scorpion, placed 12th and was comprised of Computer Club members William Adler, Fabiana Boncina, Julio Clavijo, Sebastian Diaz, Delia Fallon and Scott Perez.

    Lincoln Orens’ Discovery students participated on the other two teams. Aidan Briody, Samantha Fiallos, Kayla Hayduk, Samantha Kolb, Maxwell Lake and Michelle Winderman competed on the team, Technologic, which came in 15th (William Adler also contributed his expertise to this team during Discovery time, but competed with Computer Club Team Scorpion). Annamarie Aebly, Michael Contreras, Katelyn Doyle, Katie Flaniken, Thomas Murphy and Gabriel Tejeda served as members of Los Patos Poderosos and placed 26th. This statewide competition included 36 teams of students from public and private schools.

    Students used LEGO EV3 kits and designed their own robots with LEGO parts and programming. They spent hours preparing, using a practice board built by Tech teacher, Mr. Christopher Jahn, who accompanied the teams at the competition. Ms. Chu and Mr. Ferrante worked with the Computer Club members, most of whom participated in the First LEGO League competition in January. During the final week, Ms. Chu took the reins with this group, while Mr. Ferrante focused on leading the Discovery teams. Consultant Justin Chu and Tufts Center for Engineering Education Outreach Director, Chris Rogers were also of assistance.

    “I was so proud and impressed with the performance of our students,” said Ms. Chu. “They were focused, determined and diligent in their efforts.  I could not be more proud of them.”

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  • District honors Students of the Month

    The May 22 meeting of the Island Park Public Schools’ Board of Education was an exciting occasion, as it involved several significant and well-deserved recognitions. Students and staff members alike were honored for demonstrating exemplary levels of dedication, commitment, compassion and effort that make a positive difference to others.

    Ten students from kindergarten through eighth-grade were presented with Student of Month awards, which signify excellent behavior, hard work, leadership qualities and many other admirable attributes.

    Kindergartner Noah Sanchez, first-grader Ariel Gardella, first-grader Marisa Curtis, second-grader Benjamin Torres, third-grader John Weber, fourth-grader Gavin Horvath, fifth-grader Fabiana Boncina, sixth-grader Scott Perez, seventh-grader Robert Adler and eigth-grader Madison Rivera were presented with certificates and medals. Frances X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo read words of praise shared by each honoree’s teacher.

    Three highly-regarded staff members were recognized next, for earning tenure. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino described the requirements that this accomplishment entails, and noted that the new tenure recipients have all participated in many professional development programs, district events, school activities and more. Strings/Orchestra Director Ryan Walter, Health Education Teacher Theresa Augello and Special Education Teacher Jennifer Wing were congratulated for this momentous event in their careers.

    “This is a significant milestone and a great honor to achieve, because it is not earned easily,” Dr. Bovino said. She reflected on a quote by Henry Adams, “A teacher affects eternity; he [or she] can never tell where their influence stops.”

    The applause continued when Dr. Bovino announced the appointment of Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal as Assistant Superintendent. His new role will become effective as of July 1, and will be integral to the district as transitions take place related to facilities, the curriculum and other areas. Mr. Randazzo received further accolades for the 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant that Lincoln Orens was just recently selected to receive. This $5,000 grant will allow the school to enhance its library makerspace.

    The school district’s attorney reported on the Barrett Power Plant issue and reviewed the history of this issue going back to 2010. He provided an update on the district’s recent meeting with LIPA officials, which was coordinated at the district’s request. The possibility of repowering the power plant was discussed, as was the building of peaking units – small generators that run during peak times. The district’s attorney reviewed LIPA’s proposal to reduce the tax impact over an eight-year period and answered questions from the public regarding concern over the possible loss of tax revenue if the plant, which represents 49% of the tax base, is not repowered.

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    Early Dismissal FXH & LOMS
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Find us on Facebook!

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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DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION

Final Registration

Summer Experience 2017

Grades 1-8 as of September 2017
WEEKLY BEACH DAY * FUN TRIPS * SPORTS AND GAMES
THEATER ARTS * SPIRIT WEEK * ARTS and CRAFTS
VIDEO GAME ROOM * OUTDOOR ATHLETICS

Junior Summer Experience 2017

Pre-K and K-Readiness Program
DAILY SPRINKLERS * WATER GAMES * CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
ARTS and CRAFTS * LIBRARY AND PARK TRIPS
OUTDOOR ATHLETICS * ACADEMIC LEARNING
Both Programs will take place @
Lincoln Orens Middle School
July 5th - August 8th *Monday - Friday* 9:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M.

See PDF for more information:  2017 Summer Experience Registration.pdf 

June 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

It has recently been communicated to us by parents that some students (fourth grade and above) have been exposed to a “meme” or “game” on social media that students in other countries have been exposed to since last year. Some students have been discussing this with each other outside of the school setting.

“The Blue Whale Suicide Challenge” involves the enticement of students into risky behavior that could result in the ultimate challenge of taking one’s life. It has been communicated to us by parents that students could be viewing this content on social media, online discussion forums, and/or specific apps which may contain a computer virus. Therefore, we urge that parents check their child’s phone daily regarding such potential content or communication.

It may also be helpful to advise your children not to search for such content or forward any related content to others. In addition, children should not respond to any content received from unknown senders. Parents should communicate to their children that, while using an electronic device, they must show them anything that seems inappropriate or harmful. It is also helpful to have a universal charging station at home so that the content on such devices can be monitored.

As always, it is critical to teach our children about acceptable use of technology in this day and time. Please take a few minutes to discuss this with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact either Ms. Carranza (School Social Worker at FXH) at 516-434-2685 or Mrs. Janofsky (School Social Worker at LOMS) at 516-434-2640.

Sincerely, 

Jacob M. Russum
Principal, F.X. Hegarty Elementary School 

Vincent Randazzo
Principal, Lincoln Orens Middle School

See PDF for more details:   meme.pdf 

Inappropriate “chain” messages

Dear Parents, 

It has recently been communicated to me by parents that children in third and fourth grades have been receiving inappropriate “chain” messages when using their personal phones at home or outside of the school setting.  The messages are being sent to children via text message and also within the “musical.ly” app.  The content of these messages asks the reader to forward the message to more people.  Specifically, students have reported the message as saying, “If you don’t send this to 20 or more people you’ll die and there will be a girl next to your bed.”  It is possible that more students have received the same type of message on their devices. 

Therefore, it is advisable that parents check their child’s phone daily regarding such potential communication and advise not to forward or respond to any messages from an unknown sender.  Parents should communicate to their children that, while using an electronic device, they must show their parents any message that may be inappropriate or cause them to feel uncomfortable.  It is also helpful to have a universal charging station at home so that the content on such devices can be monitored.   

As always, it is critical to teach our children about acceptable use of technology in this day and time.  Please take a few minutes to discuss this with your child.  If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Ms. Carranza, the school social worker at 516-434-2670. 

Sincerely, 

Jacob Russum