Jan 18 Early Dismissal for Kdgtn-Gr 8 Students

Early Dismissal: Friday, January 18
FXH: 11:45 AM and LOMS: 1:10 PM 

District Highlights

News & Announcements

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    Message From Superintendent of Schools

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    ESSA Meeting on School Accountability and Testing

    It has been confirmed that testing data regarding student achievement and school performance for the 2017-2018 school year will be released to the public by the NYS Education Department at the end of next week.  We believe it will be more meaningful for us to conduct the ESSA Meeting on School Accountability and Testing after that time. Thus, the meeting scheduled for Monday, January 14 at 7 PM in the Conference Center is postponed.  We will reschedule the meeting and notify you of the new date following the State’s release of the data.

    Thank you.

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    12/14/18: Settlement between LIPA and Brookhaven Town have Implications for Island Park

    A settlement agreement between LIPA and Brookhaven Town was reached in mid-December. It includes a reduction in taxes LIPA pays for its Port Jefferson power station of approximately 50% over nine years, beginning  

    2OI9-2020. This means LIPA’s annual taxes will go from $32.ó million to just over $1ó.8 million. Thus, the tax burden of $15.8 million will gradually shift to property owners. 

    The implication is that the State Supreme Court will rule similarly on LIPA’s cases with school districts, including Island Park.  We anticipate a decision will be rendered on Island Park UFSD’s lawsuit with LIPA in early February.  An appeal by the district is planned.  

    Discussion on the issue will take place with the district’s legal counsel, Robert H. Cohen, Esq of Lamb & Barnosky LLP at the Board of Education Meeting on Monday, January 28 at approximately 7:20 PM (after Students of the Month are recognized) in the Conference Center at 99 Radcliffe Road

    Read the article attached, “State judge OKs Brookhaven – LIPA tax settlement.” 

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    Blood Drive

    Island Park, New York

    January 4, 2019


    Parents/Community Members


    Blood Drive

    Do you know …

    • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood?
    • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day?
    • On Long Island alone, 880 pints of blood are needed every day?
    • One donation of blood can help save up to three patients' lives?
    • Long Island Blood Services provides blood services to hospitals throughout LI?

    What better way to ring in 2019 than to perform an act of kindness by giving to others in their time of need?  On Thursday, January 31st, fifth grade students at the Lincoln Orens Middle School will be hosting a blood drive with Long Island Blood Services.  This is part of the Little Doctors Program in which our teachers have involved students in learning about the circulatory system and the emergencies that necessitate the need for blood donations.  Details are as follow:

    Date:         Thursday, January 31, 2019
    Place:        Francis X. Hegarty Schools
    Time:         Beginning at 3:30 PM

    All employees, parents, and community members are invited to participate.  You may register in advance at a time that is convenient to you by providing your name and telephone number at a specific appointment time on our Blood Drive Appointment Sheet in person or electronically.  Teachers and staff members are encouraged to register with Jamie Varrichio.  Everyone may also register online through the District website:  www.ips.k12.ny.us (see the homepage).  However, you may also register at Hegarty School on the day of the drive at a time that is convenient to you—so just feel free to stop by, donate blood, and have some cookies and juice with us!

    On behalf of the Board of Education, and our Little Doctors, we want to thank you in advance for your assistance.  Should you have any concerns or questions about your eligibility as a blood donor, licensed phlebotomists will be onsite to help you.  Best wishes to all for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    Rosmarie T. Bovino, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools            


    Island Park Schools Blood Drive: Appointment Sheet

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    Island Park Winter Concerts Brighten the Holiday Season

    Island Park’s musicians shared sounds of the holiday season with guests from throughout the community during the month of December. Winter concerts presented by Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School continued annual traditions and brought families together with members of the Board of Education, administration and staff to enjoy festive gatherings.  

    Hegarty’s jovial concert was held on Dec. 13 and featured a collection of songs that focused on peace, celebration and gratitude. The multipurpose room was adorned in twinkling lights, snowflake cutouts and decorations around the stage.

    Under the direction of music teacher and Chorus Director Marie Bluebello-Sambolin, third- and fourth-grade chorus members performed numbers such as “Celebrate Hanukkah,” “It’s Time to Deck the Halls,” “On a Starlight Night,” “Snow Day! Snow Day!” and “There is Peace.” Several students provided accompaniment as dancers and duet/trio singers.

    At Lincoln Orens, grades 5-8 were represented in a Dec. 6 show. Featured ensembles included the fifth-and sixth-grade chorus, led by Elliott Clifton; the senior string orchestra, directed by Ryan Walter; seventh- and eighth-grade chorus, led by Mr. Clifton and the concert band, led by Mario Blanco. The groups performed tunes such as “Spanish Allelu,” “Silver Bells,” “Light the Candles,” “White Christmas” and many more.  

    The middle school ensembles continued their symbolic custom of uniting for one culminating finale performance of, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

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    Island Park Recognizes November Students of the Month

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Dec. 17 Board of Education Meeting featured Student of the Month recognitions in addition to an update on the bond construction projects.  

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School principals Jacob Russum and Dr. Bruce Hoffman announced the respective November Students of the Month from each grade. Rachel Rebele (kindergarten), Minka Palazzolo (grade 1), Emma Taglianetti (grade 2), Justin Contreras (grade 3), Carolina Hernandez Paratore (grade 4), Summer Millares (grade 5), Gavin Schwartz (grade 6), Maxene Martin (grade 7) and Michelle Winderman (grade 8) received medals and certificates of excellence, and the principals read remarks from teachers that described the ways these students demonstrate positive characteristics and serve as role models.

    Representatives of BBS Architects and Triton Construction shared information on the progress of capital projects that are part of the 2016 bond referendum. Science classroom construction is expected to begin in June and design meetings have been under way. PA and fire alarm systems will be upgraded and casework/cabinetry will be replaced at Hegarty this summer. Additionally, flood mitigation work will begin in January with funding from FEMA.

    This meeting also included a discussion about the Every Student Succeeds Act and District Test Report. More information on these topics will be shared in the upcoming weeks, and a special Board of Education Meeting will be held on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center to address the testing matter, specifically.

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    Island Park Alum Earns Prestigious Scholarship

    Island Park graduate Jaylyn Umana, currently a senior at Long Beach High School, is among an elite pool of students across the country who have earned prestigious QuestBridge National College Match scholarships. He was selected for this honor based on a rigorous application that included components comparable to the Common Application, and will receive full four-year scholarships to an Ivy League school.

    QuestBridge received a record number of 16,248 applications, from which 6,507 finalists were identified. A total of 1,044 exceptional students went on to secure scholarship awards. Jaylyn will go on to Columbia University to study physics.

    A 2015 graduate of Lincoln Orens Middle School, Jaylyn is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate and award-winning science research student at Long Beach High School. He is a senior editor of the Tide school newspaper; a member of the African American Club, Mathletes and the National Honor Society; works with the Latino Civic Association in Long Beach and headed a student effort to increase diversity through awareness, advocacy and opportunities.

    Last year, Jaylyn attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair after placing second in Physics and Astronomy category and winning the Yale Science & Engineering Association’s Most Outstanding Exhibit in Comp Science, Physics, Engineering or Chemistry distinction at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair. He has done research work at Farmingdale State College for two years and is part of the Science and Technology Entry Program, which introduced him to the QuestBridge opportunity. He is also a member of the American Physical Society, for which he will present at a meeting in March.

    “We are so proud of Jaylyn,” said Island Park Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino. “His dedication and efforts have brought him a long way, and we look forward to hearing more of his success story as it continues.”

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    Island Park students give toys from the heart

    The Island Park Public Schools are committed to paying it forward and helping others year-round, and Student Council members from Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School take extra care to promote kindness around the holidays. Both organizations spearheaded toy drives aimed to benefit those less fortunate.

    The generous donations of brand new toys from students, staff members, parents and local businesses will provide many families with the gifts that are on their wish lists. They also include winter necessities for the cold months ahead.

    The Student Council members and their advisors sorted out and wrapped the gifts just in time to bring an extra level of joy into the season.   

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    Students take on Anti-Bullying Week with enthusiasm

    Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School and Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School observed Anti-Bullying Week from Nov. 13-16, when students and staff members took extra care to emphasize positive behaviors and kindness. This year’s event followed the theme, “Choose Respect,” and featured a variety of activities.

    Lincoln Orens students and faculty members kicked off the week by wearing blue to symbolize peace and safety. Thanks to efforts by the Student Council, all received anti-bully erasers and cards. The next day, the entire school signed an anti-bullying pledge and the week’s initiatives continued when Student Council members read a poem about anti-bullying. On the final day, winners of a Student Council anti-bully poster contest were named.

    As the week began at Hegarty, all students and faculty were encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show respect for service men and women and our country. An “Odd Socks Day” was designed as an opportunity for children to express themselves, appreciate individuality and uniqueness and promote self-respect. Another day involved wearing blue as a sign of peace and safety. As a culminating exercise, students reviewed and signed anti-bullying pledges that they took home to share with their family.

    The week also included morning announcements that focused on the topics of anti-bullying and respect. The Island Park Public Schools are proud of students’ continuous demonstration of good character. 

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    Visiting Island Park seniors get into the holiday spirit

    Senior citizens from throughout the Island Park community kicked off the holiday season by attending the annual Senior Citizens Bunch at Lincoln Orens Middle School on Dec. 7.

    While decked out in holiday attire, the seniors enjoyed a free meal while they were serenaded by members of the school’s orchestra and chorus. They enjoyed several songs including festive classics such as “Silver Bells” and “Ring, Christmas Bells” from the orchestra, and “Light the Candles” and “Mary, Did You Know?” from the choir.

    “We’re so proud of our students, who work tirelessly to learn their music to perform for our senior citizens every year,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino said. “And to the staff who makes this event come together every year, thank you.”

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    Snack Permission Form

    Dear Parent /Guardian;

    The Island Park School District Food Service Department is looking forward to serving your children in the 2018-2019 school year. We want to ensure that we provide the best service in order to meet the needs of all our students. To better serve our students we are requesting parents’ consent to limit the purchase of snacks. 

    There are several snack items students may purchase that are not part of the breakfast/lunch meal at additional cost. If you would like to limit your child’s ability to purchase these items using funds from their account, please complete the form below and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher. We will do our best to assist with this. 

    We wish everyone a successful school year.

    Island Park Public Schools
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    Universal Pre K Registration

    100 Radcliffe Road
    Island Park, N.Y.


    February 12, 2019:                            
    9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    1:00 P.M. -    3:00 P.M. 

    February 13, 2019:
    9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    1:00 P.M. -    3:00 P.M. 

    February 14, 2019:
    9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    1:00 P.M. -    3:00 P.M.                             

              In order to register for September 2019 classes: 

    1. Child must be 4 years of age by December 1, 2019 
    1. Please bring the following: 
    • (a) original birth certificate
    • (b) three (3) proofs of residency
    • (c) immunization records and current physical 

      Call 434-2670 for an appointment between 9:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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    Students Share the Spirit of Giving

    Student Council organizations at both Lincoln Orens Middle School and Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School held food drives prior to Thanksgiving, in order to provide donations to local families in need. They collected non-perishable goods that were distributed just in time for the holiday. The Student Councils are now gathering holiday gifts through toy drives that will run through Dec. 14.

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    Harbor Isle Cleanup

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

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District Calendar

  • Martin Luther King, Jr Day - Schools Closed

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  • FXH & LOMS No Name Calling Week

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  • Gr 5 Little Doctor's Program - All Day

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  • Faculty Mtg

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  • Kindergarten Registration (Call 434-2670/2671)

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  • @ Gym

    Gr 6 PE Demo

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  • Teen Center #7 - Volleyball Tournament

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  • PTA Winter Fundraiser Begins

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  • Empire Casino at Yonkers Raceway

    LOMS @ Audubon Blvd.

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  • FXH & LOMS Site-Based Meetings

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


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.


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.