News & Announcements

  • A Year of New Beginnings in Island Park

    The 2021-22 school year is off to a great start at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School. Learning is under way in the classrooms and students have been getting to know new peers and teachers. Additionally, both buildings are introducing several new and enhanced components to the academic program.

    The Island Park Public Schools are continuing their strong focus on the STEAM subjects, 21st Century learning, college- and career-readiness and Social Emotional Learning. These are just some of many areas that the district’s Three-Year Strategic Plan ( addresses through its goals and visions.

    An especially exciting development for this school year is the emphasis on outdoor learning. Three new outdoor classrooms open countless opportunities for students to explore nature, engage in hands-on experiences and study the local ecology as it relates to various subject areas. Additionally, eight Island Park faculty members participated in the free Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology Workshop over the summer and continue to discover ways to incorporate nature into the curricula. The environmental learning initiatives are funded by the American Rescue Plan, at no additional cost to the district, and align with the Strategic Plan.

    The district looks forward to sharing updates and highlighting many programs as the school year unfolds.

    Island Park Public Schools
  • Island Park Welcomes New District Staff Members

    The Island Park Public Schools welcomed new staff members for the 2021-22 school year with an orientation program held on Aug. 30. The new members of the district’s instructional team were thoroughly prepared for opening day and briefed on the policies, procedures, goals and more as they met their mentors and administrators, attended various important workshops and visited the Island Park Public Library for an orientation.

    Jillian Bock joined Island Park as an art teacher, Mary Cochran was appointed as a sixth grade teacher after serving as a leave replacement last year, Blessy Mathew was hired as a social worker leave replacement at FXH and Erica Straub and Danielle Diaz take on kindergarten teachers assistant roles.

    The district is also pleased to formally introduce numerous staff members who were hired following the start of the 2020-21 school year. Aidan McGlone is a music teacher, Courtney Duhning serves as a school psychologist and Michelle Cronolly, Nicholas Giovanelli and Theresa Stotzky are long-term per diem substitutes.

    Island Park Public Schools
  • Site-Based Management Team Application

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Each year our school Site-Based Committee has transitions due to expiration of terms. During the 2021-2022 school year, both the Lincoln Orens Middle School and the Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School team will need parent members. Lincoln Orens Middle School needs two parent members and the Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School needs two parent members.

    The school district plan outlines the process for selection of members. Parents interested in becoming members of the Site-Based Committee must complete the attached interest form. We will then have a drawing for members at the PTA meeting on October 7, 2021.

    If you wish to participate in the process, please complete the form and return it to the Office of the Superintendent.

    Your continuing support is appreciated.

    Island Park Public Schools

    N O T I C E


    Monday, September 20, 2021
    Lincoln Orens Middle School
    Auditorium - 7:00 p.m.

    In accordance with the Department of Health Mask Mandate in School Buildings masks are required to be worn.

    Cindy Pastore
    District Clerk

    Island Park Public Schools
  • Federal Funding Plan

    The Island Park UFSD American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding Proposed Plan is open for comments. All comments should be emailed to



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