District Highlights

News & Announcements

  • Lincoln Orens inducts 28 National Junior Honor Society members

    Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School celebrated the induction of 28 new members to the National Junior Honor Society. On Tuesday, March 21, the seventh- and eighth-graders who are part of this prestigious organization, which is advised by Dr. Dean Bacigalupo with assistance from former advisor Cheryl Pal, participated in a traditional ceremony.

    The new inductees join 19 other National Junior Honor Society members, for a total of 47 inductees to date. The group was established based on five core values: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Members are selected based on their demonstration of these qualities, with specific requirements for academics.

    During the event, students described the five pillars’ meanings, as well as the standards and expectations that membership involves and the symbolism of the torch that was lit to represent guidance. Principal Vincent Randazzo welcomed the honorees along with members of the administration and board of education, faculty and students’ families. He explained that the National Junior Honor Society members were being honored not only for their academic success, but also because they are leaders who are involved in their school and community.

    Each year, Lincoln Orens welcomes back two alumni who have the highest grade point averages of all Island Park seniors at Long Beach High School and West Hempstead High School. The Class of 2017 speakers were West Hempstead High School senior Carly Sills and Long Beach High School senior Joseph Aebly. Both addressed their younger peers and offered words of advice and inspiration. The evening also featured a musical interlude performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The ceremony concluded with certificates awarded by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Principal, Vincent Randazzo.

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  • Students perform a “Honk” of a performance

    Members of the Lincoln Orens Middle School Theatre Group in the Island Park Public Schools showcased their singing and acting abilities from March 17-19 with their school production of “Honk.” Students received a first look at the show in school on March 17, while the community was invited on March 18 and 19 for weekend performances.

    Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” the production tells the story of an odd looking baby duck named Ugly who faces hardships due to his differences. Played by student Michael Haggerty, Ugly goes on a journey to find his mother and encounters a number of unique characters along the way. Forty-four students in grades five through eight participated in the production, showcasing their acting, singing, dancing, and stage crew talents. Fifth grade teacher, Jillian Bettancort, provided colorful costumes that augmented the character traits portrayed by the actors. Steven Polidoro was responsible for the engaging set design.

    Through stage direction by Donna Moran and choreographed dances and songs by Ashley Nicastro, the show focused on the important lessons of accepting  and treating others with respect, no matter what their differences may be.  These lessons reinforced key elements of the district’s character education program.

    “We are going to be talking more about the themes within the production this year,” said Principal Vincent Randazzo. 

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  • Parents see language learning in action during FLES open houses

    Island Park parents recently witnessed the Spanish language experiences that their children receive through the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program. This initiative is part of the curriculum for students in grades K-6, and is showcased annually during FLES Open House events at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.

    FLES introduces young students to the Spanish language and culture through songs, games, lessons and activities that tie into the other subject areas. Upper elementary and middle school instruction focuses primarily on teaching the second language and expanding knowledge of vocabulary through content area subjects such as math, science, and social studies.  The Open House gatherings featured demonstrations in which classes sang and conversed in Spanish while following prompts from teachers.  The classes are always taught through the immersion experience in which no English is spoken.

    Before an audience of parents and family members, the students proudly shared their knowledge of the language’s vocabulary and grammar. Younger children recited songs and rhymes as they identified colors and animals, counted and stated introductory phrases. The higher grade levels communicated in full, complex sentences and utilized various grammatical skills.

    According to the district’s FLES department, early language instruction improves foreign language acquisition in later years and also enhances the cognitive development of elementary school students. Kindergarten classes participate in FLES sessions once every four days, while all other grades receive FLES instruction twice every four days.  UPK children have occasional exposure through song and classroom labeling of classroom equipment and resources in English and Spanish.

    Monthly updates on what each grade is learning are provided by teachers Beth Rotella and Diana Vazquez in their monthly FLES newsletters, available on the district’s website at www.ips.k12.ny.us

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  • Island Park BOE meeting celebrates February students of the month

    At the Island Park Public Schools’ Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting, nine students were rewarded for their positive character, hard work and dedication.   

    Julie Marrero (kindergarten), Elias Vandoros (grade 1), Daniel Perez (grade 2), Rachel Guzman (grade 3), Maria Guzman Amaya (grade 4), Daniel Condon (grade 5), Samantha Kolb (grade 6), Aden Ali (grade 7) and Alexa Delach (grade 8) received certificates and medals from their principals and small gifts from the PTA.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo read words of praise about each honoree.  

    The meeting also included a presentation about food services as well as one on the tax levy. George Schneider of the Food Service Department discussed positive changes that have taken effect, including a gradual move to healthier items, efforts to purchase in “pars” to make checking inventory easier and the initiation of a point of sales system.

    With the budget development process underway, School Business Official Marie Donnelly provided an overview of the tax levy and how it is calculated. More conversations about the 2017-18 budget will take place at the March 20 and April 20 board of education meetings. A budget hearing is scheduled for May 1 and the vote and trustee election will take place on May 16.

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    April 5, 2017                            9:00 A.M. –  3:00 P.M.   

    April 6, 2017                            9:00 A.M. –  3:00 P.M.  

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    1. Child must be 4 years of age by December 1, 2017 
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    • immunization records and a current physical

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

This confirms receipt of your letter indicating your intent NOT to have your child participate in State and local tests.
See PDF attached for more details…

 State and Local Test 2017.pdf 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

New York State Education Law requires districts to administer the ELA and Math Assessments to students in grades 3-8.
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