Harbor Isle Cleanup
See attached: Letter to Mr. Nick Acampora - Division of Environmental Remediation
See attached: Letter to Mr. Nick Acampora - Division of Environmental Remediation
Safety is a priority in the Island Park Public Schools, and recent programs presented opportunities for students to brush up on important practices and rules that support overall wellness. Students at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Pre-K students at Lincoln Orens Middle School attended fire safety sessions, and both schools held internet safety presentations.
Members of the Island Park Fire Department visited the Pre-K and elementary classes on Oct. 5, when they discussed what to do in case of emergencies. They explained the functions of fire detection alarms and other safety devices, and reviewed when to call 911. Children then toured the fire trucks and explored how the firefighters act fast to help stop disasters and save lives.
Internet safety assemblies were held at Lincoln Orens on Oct. 4 and 5, and those at Hegarty took place on Oct. 11 and 12. School social workers and administrators focused on measures that students should take to protect themselves online. They covered anti-bullying strategies and responsible internet use, with age-appropriate lessons for each grade level.
Earlier this school year, Hegarty held its annual bus safety drill during the first week of school to serve as a reminder for bus rules. Drivers and staff members emphasized the importance of wearing seatbelts and remaining seated on the bus, and also led practices in emergency exits.
N O T I C E
Monday, October 22, 2018
AUDIT COMMITTEE WORKSESSION
To discuss the
Annual Internal Audit Report
by PAPPAS & COMPANY, the District's Internal Auditors
in the FXH Library at 6:15 pm
REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING
of the Board of Education will take place in the Conference Center at 7:00 pm
*Students of the Month
*NYS Test Scores
*District Safety Plan
At the start of each school year, the Island Park Public Schools recognize three staff members who have gone above and beyond in creating a positive educational experience for all students. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino continued this time-honored tradition at the Sept. 17 Board of Education meeting, where she presented the most recent honorees with Superintendent’s Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards for their exemplary service, leadership and dedication.
SOAR Awards are bestowed annually upon one instructional staff member from Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and another from Lincoln Orens Middle School, as well as one support staff member who plays a significant role in the district’s day-to-day operations. Kathleen Silva and Shannon Reda were selected from Hegarty and Lincoln Orens, respectively, and Cindy Pastore was recognized for her work as a secretary at Hegarty. Dr. Bovino shared remarks about these individuals and provided them with commemorative plaques.
Teachers Ms. Silva and Ms. Reda were awarded for their creativity and innovativeness; their abilities to effectively hold high expectations for students, support students beyond the classroom and celebrate students’ success; and their demonstration of collegial and cooperative work, participation in professional development, involvement in building/district activities, communication with parents and the community and support of programs beyond the school. Ms. Pastore was distinguished based on the pride she takes in doing her job as well as her ability to successfully initiate efficient ways to work, complete assignments independently, collaborate with others, complete all tasks effectively and improve her own skills.
A member of the district since 1988, Ms. Silva came to Island Park as a teaching assistant and was appointed a teacher at Hegarty three years later. She has always been committed to ensuring that all children have equal access to learning and explored the concept of integrated co-taught classes early on. She quickly became a resident expert on the topic and led related presentations at a New York State Education Department conference as well as several districtwide meetings and events.
“As a classroom teacher, Kathy is caring and accepting, organized and focused, creative and enthusiastic, confident, calm, dedicated and positive,” Dr. Bovino said.
She noted that Ms. Silva puts in extra time whenever it means she is helping her students and is among a select group of faculty members in the district chosen by a graduating class of West Hempstead High School seniors as the teacher who most positively influenced their lives in and out of the classroom. She has additionally participated on numerous afterschool committees, served as grade leader for many years, mentored new teachers, volunteered on teacher hiring committees and attended numerous professional development programs.
Ms. Reda joined the district in 2009 in her role as an ESL teacher, working with a diverse population of students. She helps students improve their ELL skills while they assimilate socially and provides lessons that are filled with rigor, while integrating a variety of strategies, games and technological tools that capture students’ attention, stimulate their curiosity and build confidence in their abilities.
“She is sensitive and kind, warm and nurturing, helpful and eager to be of assistance, always” Dr. Bovino said.
Ms. Reda became an instructional leader districtwide and on broader scope through the Long Island Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network and the Title III Consortium. She is an active contributor to the Celebration of Learning, where she presented last year. She additionally assists with the district’s filing of immigrant education and Title III documentation applications that enable the district to receive federal funding and has organized annual ESL open houses, participated on district hiring committees and has served as Homework Club adviser.
Ms. Pastore began her Island Park career as a stenographer at Hegarty in 2008. She took initiative for various details, managing student and teacher schedules, substitute assignments, appointments and communications with parents and many other day-to-day operations. She has contributed to children in many ways, from her coordination of annual events such as kindergarten orientation, Prime Time, Career Day and PARP to major celebrations like the new playground dedication in 2016. She organizes student records, manages the complex Universal Pre-K enrollment process, has filled in as district clerk, participated on a site-based management committee at Hegarty and served as a chaperone for the Teen Center program. Ms. Pastore has also held roles as president and co-president of the Island Park Educational Secretaries Association.
“In the midst of a very busy main office that is typically spilling over with children, parents and teachers, Ms. Pastore’s calm demeanor and warm personality are appreciated by all,” Dr. Bovino said.
The 2018-19 SOAR Award recipients were congratulated with applause from members of the Board of Education, administration and community, along with many of their own colleagues and families.
An unexpected UPK vacancy has occurred. The new Registration date to fill this place is Thursday, October 4, at FXH Elementary School.
If the district receives more than 1 application, the Board will have a special meeting to conduct a lottery drawing of all eligible students.
See attached for details...
The Island Park Public Schools’ administration, staff members and retirees gathered for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 30. The group reunited over breakfast in Lincoln Orens Middle School’s cafeteria, then attended a day of informative sessions in anticipation for the new school year.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino welcomed new employees, honored longtime staff members who have achieved career milestones, announced position changes and shared exciting updates about those who recently married or became new parents and grandparents. She also recognized this year’s Superintendent’s Outstanding Appreciation Recognition (SOAR) Award recipients – Hegarty teacher Kathleen Silva, Lincoln Orens teacher Shannon Reda and district support staff member Cynthia Pastore. A special plaque was also presented to Transportation Supervisor Marion Toby, who has been a member of the district since 1985, as a token of thanks for her many contributions to the students and community of Island Park.
Dr. Bovino discussed goals and objectives, policy changes, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and school culture. The day also included an assortment of specialized meetings and updates and legal training on discrimination and harassment in accordance with New York State regulations.
The Island Park Public Schools welcomed new staff members for the 2018-19 school year with an orientation program held on Aug. 23. The new members of the district’s family were thoroughly prepared for opening day and briefed on the policies, procedures, goals and more as they met their mentors and administrators, took a bus tour of the community and heard important presentations.
Jennifer Hannon joined Island Park as a reading/literacy teacher, Sally Keiser was welcomed as a school social worker leave replacement at Francis X. Hegarty School, Meghan Terzulli was hired as an interim school psychologist at Hegarty, Allison Amico takes on the role of third-grade leave replacement teacher after previously holding a teaching assistant post in the district, and Jennifer Sheehan was appointed as a per diem long-term substitute teacher.
The district also welcomed new account clerk Laura Colicchio, part-time clerk/typist Jacqueline Curtis, school lunch manager Dena DeBari, school monitors Katherine Morris and Domenica DeBellis, bus dispatcher Kelly Angelo and Food Service Department cashier Nancy Ehrman.
LOMS: Most of the roofing project will be completed in the next two weeks. Renovation of canopies at Steven L Foster Auditorium, Audubon Blvd entrance, and at the back entrances of the gymnasium will continue into the beginning of school but will not interfere with school activities.
FXH: Roofing project will be completed in the next two weeks.
FXH: Substructure project for the Warwick Road side of the elementary school building is nearing completion. Helical pilings (19-25 feet in length) were installed and all elements of the existing substructure were sandblasted and painted. Structural steel will be installed between the pilings beginning next week. This project complements a similar one completed in 1995 for the Deal Road side of the building. Installation of new flooring will begin next week for select classrooms. The final stage of the substructure project under the Radcliffe Road section of the building will be completed next summer.
Air Quality Testing: Air quality tests have been conducted as required by law with respect to asbestos abatement projects pertaining to the roofing work at LOMS and FXH. At the end of the month our annual air quality testing will be conducted by Enviroscience in both school buildings.
FEMA Mitigation Project: Thanks to assistance from Assemblywoman Kathleen Rice, our FEMA mitigation timeline for installation of the stackable flood gates and louvres has been extended. Fabrication of the gates and louvres will begin after Labor Day. We anticipate completion to occur at the end of February.
MySchoolBucks is an online payment system that makes school meal payments easy for busy parents on-the-go! Quickly and securely add money to your student's school meal account using your credit or debit card.
See PDF: MySchoolBucks.pdf
See PDF: WebSMARTT.pdf
The following letters have been mailed to all members of the community and should be received by Saturday (7/14) or Monday (7/16).
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.