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    A Talk and Telescope Viewing Session

    Larry Gerstman returns to share the wonders of the universe with us with
    A Talk and Telescope Viewing Session

    Wed, December 5
    7pm-8pm Talk
    8pm-9pm Telescope Viewing

    Attend one or both sessions!
    See PDF for details...

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    Island Park Board of Education meeting highlights accomplishments all-around

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Oct. 22 Board of Education Meeting featured student recognitions, Board of Education honors, district updates and presentations.

    The meeting began with the announcement of Students of the Month who represented each grade at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School. Valentina Raffa (kindergarten), Jocelyn Morales (grade 1), Andrew Ruiz (grade 2), Andy Conteh (grade 3), Julia Stevenson (grade 4), Ayden Medina (grade 5), Nikki Rose Kane (grade 6), Nico Thertus (grade 7) and Thomas Murphy (grade 8) received medals and certificates of excellence. Principals Jacob Russum and Dr. Bruce Hoffman read remarks from the students’ respective teachers that described the ways they go the extra mile and serve as positive leaders and role models.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino discussed the student artwork that was displayed around the conference room. She noted that several pieces were showcased for the board’s enjoyment, since students are the focus of their work. Caitlin Admin, Valentina Boncina, Michelle Contreras, Katelyn Doyle, Katelyn Lee, Martin Maxene, Paige Perrone, Jaime Rodriguez, Zoe Seitz, Julia Stevenson and Nevaeh Ziegler were congratulated with Art Achievement Certificates.

    In honor of Governor Cuomo’s designation of Oct. School Board Recognition Week, several groups expressed gratitude to President Jack Vobis, Vice President Diana Caracciolo and trustees Kathleen McDonough, Tara Byrne and Ray Miley for their volunteer service to Island Park Schools. Representatives of the Administrators Association, Faculty Association, Secretarial Association and Parent Teacher Association provided board members with gifts in the form of scholarship fund donations, plants for the school grounds and gift cards that will be used for purposes that support students and learning.

    Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo reported on the district’s new science programs and discussed the New York State Education Department’s implementation plan for new science standards. He discussed research findings about the learning of scientific concepts and the goal to prepare students for jobs of the future in STEM fields. HMH and Dimensions, the two programs that are being piloted at Hegarty and Lincoln Orens, provide students with hands-on learning opportunities where they receive authentic experiences and make their own discoveries.  

    The agenda also included a report on the external audit. The feedback from RS Abrams & Co. states an unmodified opinion for the district, which is the best result possible and indicates very healthy financial reporting.

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    Stranger Danger

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:

    Please be aware that the school district has received information that on Thursday, October 25 at approximately 8:15 AM, a male middle school student reported that a white car pulled over near the bus stop at Island Parkway West and offered the student a ride. After the student refused, the car reportedly drove off.  The event was reported to the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and is currently under review by the authorities.

    It is important for parents to remind their children about basic safety rules to follow when and if they are confronted by a stranger.  Students should be reminded to avoid going near or entering any vehicles not known to them, and to report such instances immediately to a responsible adult. If your children make you aware of any incidents similar to the one above, please call your child’s Principal and the Police and inform them as soon as possible.  Parents are encouraged to arrange for children to walk together, if they cannot accompany and stay with their child until the bus arrives.  

    Thank you

    Mr. Randazzo
    Assistant Superintendent

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    Harbor Isle Cleanup

    See attached: Letter to Mr. Nick Acampora - Division of Environmental Remediation

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    Island Park students zone in on safety

    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.

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    SOAR Above and Beyond

    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.

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    UPK Registration, Thurs Oct. 4

    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...

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    LIPA UPDATE

     
    Today, the District received the following information from district counsel:
     
    On August 15, 2018, Justice Emerson issued a decision in the lawsuit filed by the Northport-East Northport and Port Jefferson School Districts against LIPA and National Grid.  The legal arguments and requests for relief in that case are almost identical to the ones brought by the Island Park Union Free School District against LIPA and National Grid. 
     
    In her decision, the judge ruled in favor of LIPA and National Grid, granting them summary judgment on all of the causes of action.  This means that the case is over, unless the school districts involved in that case file an appeal to the Appellate Division, Second Department. 
     
    The judge concluded that the school districts are not intended third-party beneficiaries to a power supply agreement between LIPA and LILCO and that, therefore, they do not have the right to enforce the provisions in that agreement regarding when LIPA, LILCO or National Grid, LILCO’s successor, can file tax certiorari proceedings.  She also dismissed the school districts’ promissory estoppel claims.
     
    The judge has advised the parties that she will issue a similar decision in the remaining cases, including in Island Park’s case, within the next couple of months.  If, and when, she issues a similar decision, Island Park’s case will also be over, unless the District files an appeal.  The Board of Education and the Superintendent are reviewing the decision with counsel and will evaluate the pros and cons of bringing an appeal once the judge issues a decision in our case.
     
    The Board of Education has its monthly Business Meeting on Monday, August 20 at 7 PM in the Conference Center at 99 Radcliffe Road.  The attorney representing the district in this case will be explaining the decision and answering questions pertaining to the district’s next steps. 
     
    To read the case, see the Summary Judgment in the case, “BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE NORTHPORT-EAST NORTHPORT UFSD AND BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE PORT JEFFERSON UFSD vs LONG ISLAND POWER AUTHORITY, LONG ISLAND LIGHTING COMPANY dba LIPA, NATIONAL GRID, etc.”
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District Calendar

  • @ Molloy College

    LI PEAK Festival

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  • No After School Activities, No Late Buses

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  • Emergency Plan Safety Drill w/LBHS

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  • Thanksgiving Recess - Schools Closed

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  • FXH & LOMS Site-Based Mtgs

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  • LOMS PTA Holiday Boutique

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  • Faculty Meeting

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  • @ Conf Ctr

    Bd of Ed Mtg

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  • FXH Parent/Teacher Conferences, 12:50-3:30 pm & 6-8:30 pm

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  • FXH PTA Holiday Boutique

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For more information see Food Services: (LOMS) (FXH)

MySchoolBucks

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 

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New Point of Sale System – WebSMARTT 

  • Island Park UFSD has purchased a point-of-sale system for use in the cafeterias at FX Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.
  • The POS system, called WebSMARTT, will eliminate the pencil to paper meal tracking, which will allow for processing of meal transactions to be completed quickly and efficiently.

See PDF:   WebSMARTT.pdf 

Weather IPS

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Registration & Enrollment Packet

 Community Letter WHHS

The following letters have been mailed to all members of the community and should be received by Saturday (7/14) or Monday (7/16).

See letters: 
(Community Letter WHHS.pdf ) ( Community Letter WHHS Spainish.pdf )
High School Plans WHHS.pdf ) (High School Plans WHHS Spainsh.pdf )

 

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.
https://www.facebook.com/Island-Park-Public-Schools-553615188178307/