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    A Day of Leadership

    Student Council members at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School took on the roles of their teachers and administrators on May 31, during the annual Student/Teacher Exchange Day. This event promotes responsibility, leadership, communication and collaboration while motivating students to do their best to work for the jobs they hope to attain as adults.

    Under the guidance of Student Council Advisors Denise Benedetto and Patricia Pozin, students were matched with teachers, clerical staff members and even Principal Jacob Russum. They took on the exciting challenge of assisting with lessons and classroom activities and even spent time preparing in the days that led up to the event.

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    Pep Rally Prelude to Lincoln Orens Sports Night

    Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School held its annual afternoon pep rally on May 23 as a way to promote school spirit and build excitement for the evening’s Sports Night event. The gymnasium was packed with energy as seventh and eighth graders put teamwork on display for an audience of younger peers.

    Participants and audience members supported their respective teams, which represented the school colors of blue and gold through “the Incrediblues” and “the Goldest Showman” themes. Students presented dance choreography, music, athletic challenges and more while cheers rang out from the stands. They demonstrated their athletic and sportsmanship skills later on at Sports Night.

    The pep rally and Sports Night both emphasized the importance of teamwork, with eighth-graders serving as captains and role models. This pair of events is one of the many ways in which the district promotes teamwork, respect, positive leadership and sportsmanship throughout the school year.

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    Lincoln Orens Welcomes Incoming Students

    Fourth graders from Island Park’s Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School were introduced to their future learning environment on June 5, during a new transition program. Lincoln Orens Middle School students helped welcome their younger peers, with eighth graders leading building tours and fifth graders answering questions in classroom visits. The fifth grade teachers also addressed their soon-to-be students and helped them get excited for their middle school years.

    This event was coordinated by Guidance Counselor Andrea Porzelt as part of the district’s ongoing initiatives to prepare students for future success. 

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    Regular Business Meeting

    ISLAND PARK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
    BOARD OF EDUCATION
    ISLAND PARK, NEW YORK

    N O T I C E

    Regular Business Meeting
    of the
    BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Monday, June 17, 2019
    At 7:00 pm

    In the FXH Cafeteria located on Radcliffe Road

     -FXH & LOMS Students of the Month Recognition for May and June

    Marianne DeCicco
    District Clerk

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    Future Kindergartners Get Warm Welcomes

    Island Park’s soon-to-be kindergarten students had the opportunity to visit Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and become acclimated to the building they will regularly attend starting September. On May 28, Pre-K classes took a field trip that introduced them to the school, staff members and other aspects of the upcoming year.

    Principal Jacob Russum welcomed the students as they exited the large school buses that transported them over to Hegarty from Lincoln Orens, where the Universal Pre-K program is housed. The classes then separated into different kindergarten classrooms where teachers led group conversations, discussed various topics about kindergarten and read books. The Pre-K children will “step up” in June, and are already off to an exciting start.

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    Island Park’s Dr. Scimeca Receives Administrator of the Year Award

    Island Park Public Schools’ Director of Pupil Personnel Services Dr. Laurie Scimeca has been named the School Administrators Association of New York State Region 2 Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes her for providing exceptional service on behalf of education.

    Dr. Scimeca has been a valued member of the district’s administration for the past 20 years and an educator for more than four decades. She joined Island Park after working in New York City schools as a speech pathologist, educational evaluator and teacher. Since then, she has been involved in the implementation and planning of many programs that best support students. She has contributed to the success of special education students, the Universal PreK program and much more, communicating with school psychologists, administrators, teachers, parents and others in order to fulfil each child’s needs.  

    Currently president of the SAANYS Island Park Administrators Association, Dr. Scimeca is past Co-Chairperson of the Nassau County Department of Health’s Preschool Education Issues Committee and former president of the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators. In the district, she has served as Special Education Supervisor, CSE/CPSE Chairperson, Assistant Director of the Universal PreK Program, Section 504 Compliance Officer and teacher trainer, among other roles. She has received the Superintendent’s Outstanding Achievement and Recognition Award, which annually honors educators who go above and beyond their responsibilities to make a lasting impact in the district.

    “Dr. Scimeca is a caring practitioner and professional,” said Francis X. Hegarty School Principal Jacob Russum. “She effectively communicates with parents to put them at ease and help them understand the choices and opportunities available to their children. Ultimately, she leads from the heart, and has proven successes from her lifelong commitment to children and their families through public service.” 

    Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rosmarie Bovino added, “Dr. Scimeca’s mentoring and training of faculty, staff and parents over so many years has inspired all to understand students’ individual needs, while recognizing their strengths, and relishing the joy of their every accomplishment.  We are most grateful for her exceptional educational leadership.”

    Dr. Scimeca will retire at the end of June, and those in the Island Park schools extend their gratitude as they wish her a happy future.

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    Senior Citizen Brunch Shows Community Connection

    The Island Park Public Schools welcomed senior citizens from throughout the community for brunch at the Conference Center on May 10. The district hosts Senior Citizen Brunch events each school year, sponsored by the Island Park Recreation Department.

    Members of the Board of Education, administration and staff attended the event where Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino welcomed guests and provided district updates. Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School’s chorus of third- and fourth-graders, under the direction of music teacher Marie Sambolin, provided the entertainment. Students performed songs such as “Turn the World Around” and “The Power in Me.”

    In December, the district hosted a similar Senior Brunch at Lincoln Orens Middle School, which featured middle school musicians. These events provide a way to keep senior citizens in the community connected to the schools and apprised of the latest district news.  

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    College Fair

    Seventh- and eighth-graders at Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School explored the opportunities that stand ahead during a college fair held on May 15. This event was part of College Awareness Week, which is one of the district’s many initiatives that promote college-readiness. 

    Representatives from Adelphi University, Johnson and Wales University, Molloy College, Nassau Community College, Utica College, SUNY Purchase, LIU Post, St. John’s University and Stony Brook University managed booths assembled in the cafeteria, where classes visited throughout the morning. Students had the opportunity to tour the stations, speak to the presenters and take brochures and other materials.

    Earlier this school year, the Naviance college and career readiness program was launched at Lincoln Orens to help connect student strengths and interests with goals. Fifth-graders took learning style inventories, sixth-graders utilized a career cluster finder to find occupations that fit their interests, seventh-graders completed a career key assessment dedicated to personality types and eighth-graders had a strengths explorer assessment that identifies career paths based on students’ areas of talent. All students have Student Progress Review meetings with Guidance Counselor Andrea Porzelt to help guide them in their paths to success.

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    Budget Approved / Presupuesto Aprobado

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    Pre K Registration

    Dear Parents and Community Members,

    A limited number of spots are still available for parents interested in enrolling their eligible child in the District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.

    The program is a full-day, five-day per week program for children turning four-years old by December 1, 2019. Children must also reside within the Island Park School District and meet all health and immunization requirements. Enrollment is limited so get your application in today!      

    UPK registration will be at Francis X. Hegarty School on Friday, June 7, 2019 by appointment only. Please call the Francis X. Hegarty School 434-2670/71 between 8am-4pm for your registration packet and to schedule an appointment.

    The day of your appointment, please bring:

    • Child’s Birth Certificate confirming your child will be four years of age on or before December 1, 2019.
    • 3 Proofs of Residency confirming you are a full-time resident of Island Park (e.g., driver’s license, telephone bill, deed to home, bank statement, etc.).
    • Updated physical and immunization documents from your child’s pediatrician.

    If more applications are received than slots available, a special board meeting will be held at a later date for the purpose of a random selection. Please call (516) 434-2670 for additional information.  There will be a mandatory UPK Parent Meeting at a later day for parents of students who are newly accepted and subsequently enrolled in the program.

    Should other openings occur during the school year, those children not selected at the lottery will be notified in the order in which their name was selected.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Island Park Schools.

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    NOT a “Boil Water Advisory”

    The district received a recorded message from NY American Water with regard to a “Boil Water Advisory”. The messaged stated that there is a rumor about residents having to boil water in Island Park. The message stated that there is NOT a “Boil Water Advisory” for Island Park or any LI service area.

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    Island Park Rings in Spring at April Board Meeting

    The Island Park Public Schools’ April 16 Board of Education Meeting featured student recognitions and important district information.

    The meeting began with the announcement of March Students of the Month from Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School. Jackson Flaherty (kindergarten), Ella Dudick (grade 1), Stefanie Laos (grade 2), Jason Morales (grade 3), Cassidee-Jade Clark (grade 4), Jagger Sgro (grade 5), Ariana Jara (grade 6), Celeste Consigli (grade 7) and Falon Duffy (grade 8) were congratulated for going above and beyond in their demonstration of positive character and achievement in the classroom. Kindergartner Tommy Matute, who was unable to attend the March meeting to receive his February Student of the Month acknowledgment, proudly accepted the award with the recent group. Principals Jacob Russum and Dr. Bruce Hoffman read teachers’ remarks about each honoree and distributed medals and certificates. 

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo shared that the CTLE Professional Development Plan has been accepted by the New York State Education Department and the district is now an approved CTLE sponsor for 5 years, starting retroactively in 2016-17.

    The meeting also included a presentation on the proposed 2019-20 budget as the May 21 vote approaches. Island Park’s proposed tax increase is the fifth lowest in Nassau Ccounty out of 56 school district and the Board of Education and Administration have been diligent in their efforts to keep costs minimal. Participation in consortia, use of special audits and competitively bid contracts have been particularly cost effective for the district.  More information on the budget is available on the district’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us.

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    Island Park School District’s Tax Levy

    For the past six years, the Island Park School District’s tax levy has been 1.5% or less. Through the litigation it has pursued and its  active work with local and state representatives, the district seeks the most beneficial outcome (settlement) regarding the Barrett Power Plant for the community. The District is not presently engaged in direct negotiations with LIPA.  In preparing its budget, the District takes a conservative approach to budgeting and sets its tax levy as low as possible to keep taxes low in the event that an agreement (settlement) is reached with LIPA.

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    Summer Camp Application

    City of Long Beach
    Department of Parks & Recreation
    Summer Camp Application

    See Attached...

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    Summer Recreation Programs

    An important message from the Superintendent of Schools

    Re:  Summer Recreation Programs 

    Alternate Summer Recreation Programs may be planned as the District moves forward with planning the summer construction projects.    It is likely that the summer recreation program will not run during the summer of 2019.  Alternate arrangements are being planned and definite information will be provided to parents within the next two weeks.  If you have any questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 434-2610.

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District Calendar

  • Father's Day

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  • @ Conf Ctr

    Board of Ed Meeting

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  • Faculty Meeting

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  • @ John P Gould Gym

    Kindergarten Stepping Up Ceremony

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  • @ Steven L Foster Auditorium

    Gr 8 Graduation Ceremony

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  • LOMS Field Day

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  • @ John P Gould Gym

    Gr 4 Moving Up Ceremony

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  • Last Day of School

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  • @ Steven L Foster Aud

    UPK Transition Ceremony

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  • LBHS Prom

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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 

Island Park Schools
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 

Weather IPS

Island Park Schools

Registration & Enrollment Packet

Island Park School District’s Tax Levy

   

For the past six years, the Island Park School District’s tax levy has been 1.5% or less. Through the litigation it has pursued and its  active work with local and state representatives, the district seeks the most beneficial outcome (settlement) regarding the Barrett Power Plant for the community. The District is not presently engaged in direct negotiations with LIPA.  In preparing its budget, the District takes a conservative approach to budgeting and sets its tax levy as low as possible to keep taxes low in the event that an agreement (settlement) is reached with LIPA.

 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.
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