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    Island Park welcomes new principal

    The Island Park Public Schools have appointed Cynthia Cameron as the next principal of Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School, effective as of July 1, 2019. Ms. Cameron joins the district from the Elmont School District, where she served as an elementary school assistant principal since 2012.

    During the past seven years, Ms. Cameron has developed and implemented curricula, helped to revise the Response to Intervention Plan, provided professional development opportunities and teacher training, overseen staff members and teacher teams, led parent workshops, coordinated testing and much more. She also served as the principal of Elmont’s Academic Summer School as well as the Enrichment Program and has worked as a consultant for Nassau BOCES’ Educational Testing Services.

    Prior to her time in Elmont, Ms. Cameron was a fifth grade teacher at PS 68 in Ridgewood, Queens, a 4th and 5th grade teacher in the Half Hollow Hills School. She was also a sixth through ninth grade Academic Intervention Specialist at Junior High School 185 in Flushing. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Degrees from Hofstra University, and Specialist Diploma from Queens College. She is a NYS certified School Supervisor/Administrator and Literacy Specialist.

    Ms. Cameron is looking forward to meeting the staff, students and families of the Island Park community. She is also eager to implement the district’s new initiatives and programs. “The Island Park School District is truly a family community and I am beyond lucky to have this opportunity.”

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    New School Business Administrator joins Island Park

    Idowu Ogundipe has joined the Island Park Public Schools as school business administrator, commencing on July 1. He previously served as school business official in the Wyandanch Union Free School District, prior to which he was a school district business leader in the Shelter Island Union Free School District.

    In his most recent role, Mr. Ogundipe worked closely with other administrators and board of education members in guiding business decisions. He was a leader in annual district budget development, daily operations, policy revisions and business resolutions, staff supervision and negotiations with bargaining units, among other matters.  He was commended by the Office of the State Comptroller with respect to the most recent budget that he developed following the State’s Budget Review and the operating budget he identified.

    Of Mr. Ogundipe, Marianne Van Duyne, Managing Partner of the accounting firm, R.S. Abrams & Co, LLP says, “As a CPA, he has an excellent skill set.  He is very conscientious about coordinating his work with district auditors.”  Dr. Chritstine Finn, Superintendent of Shelter Island UFSD added, “His quality of work and work ethic, are excellent.  He was fabulous when he was with us.” Dr. Mary Jones, of Wyandanch UFSD commented, “The budget Mr. Ogundipe crafted for us was the best one that we could put forward. We are grateful to him for all the work he has done on it.”

    Mr. Ogundipe honed his business experience in numerous previous positions. He was a district accountant in the Uniondale Union Free School District for five years and a field audit supervisor for the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office for eight years. His background also includes posts as senior account clerk-payroll in the Roosevelt Union Free School District, patient accounts/admissions officer for Nassau University Medical Center, and a tax specialist for H & R Block.

    A New York State Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Mr. Ogundipe holds a Master of Science Diploma in Accountancy and School District Business Leader (SDBL) Advanced Certificate from Long Island University C.W. Post. 

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    Pre K Registration

    Dear Parents and Community Members,

    In the event that there may be spaces available in the District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2019-20 school year, UPK registration will be taking place at the Francis X. Hegarty School on Thursday, August 22, 2019 by appointment only. Please call the Francis X. Hegarty School 434-2670/71 between 8am-3pm for your registration packet and to schedule an appointment for your eligible child.

    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!      

    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 there are additional openings for the 2019-20 school year, 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.

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

    Island Park Public Schools
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    Island Park Honors Students, Shares Updates at Board Meeting

    The Island Park Public Schools’ June 17 Board of Education meeting began with a lottery drawing for two vacancies in the 2019-2020 UPK program.  The meeting then continued with featured recognitions and important updates. Student of the Month awards were presented for the months of May and June, honoring students from each grade who have demonstrated excellent behavior, hard work, leadership qualities and many other admirable attributes. Other students were also commended for recent accomplishments, and presentations regarding important district matters were provided.

    For May, kindergartner Kayla O’Connell, first-grader Harmony Greco-Melendez, second-grader Dakota Whaley, third-grader Joseph Henn, fourth-grader Gavyn Vicente, fifth-grader Aiden Pilch, sixth-grader Dylan Alvarez, seventh-grader Lourdes Garcia and eighth-grader Cian Cantwell were presented with certificates and medals. June Students of the Month are kindergartner Sadie Lignar, first-grader Allyson Lucas, second-grader Kylie Delgado, third-grader Danna Diaz, fourth-grader Liam Young, fifth-grader Emily Laos, sixth-grader Nicholas Forgione and eighth-grader Adrianna Flores. Kindergartner Mia Krumholz accepted her certificate as a Student of the Month from April.

    Frances X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Bruce Hoffman read words of praise shared by each award recipient’s teacher.

    The meeting also recognized a team of students that took a first place overall win at the Adelphi STEP Statewide Middle School Competition on June 1. Eggo My Leggo, comprised of four seventh graders and an eighth grader, received a trophy for their top achievement. Island Park alumna Brooke Yellin, now a junior at Long Beach High School, received applause at the meeting as well. Brooke initiated a scholarship in memory of her mother, Geri E. Yellin, and so far has supported two high school students in pursuing their future educations.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino additionally congratulated Education Technology Specialist Christine Chu for recognition she received from the Nassau Association of School Technologies, and Information Technology Specialist William McCrann for earning the NASTECH NASTAR Award. 

    Dr. Bovino stated that capital projects are progressing as scheduled, and Board of Education President Jack Vobis shared an update on the LIPA litigation. The Board was invited to a press conference in the Northport School District, which faces a similar situation, that highlighted the impact on taxpayers. Mr. Vobis noted that Nassau County, rather than homeowners, would be faced with any past tax costs, which might have an influence on the county’s potential settlement with LIPA.

    Several teachers led a presentation about the district’s Professional Learning Communities. Introduced earlier in the school year, this initiative was developed based on the Board of Education’s goal to increase opportunities for teacher collaboration as a means to further develop professional growth system and improve student achievement. So far, it has resulted in overall program coherence, a sense of shared responsibility among staff members, increased collaboration and use of reflective practices. The PLC facilitators provided details as to the changes made and benefits observed in their specific subject areas.

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    Island Park Innovators in Technology

    Island Park congratulates two valuable staff members on their honors bestowed by the Nassau Association of School Technologists. Education Technology Specialist Christine Chu, who is retiring after 17 years in the district, was recognized for her contributions, and Information Technology Specialist William McCrann was presented with a NASTECH NASTAR Award. 

    At a NASTECH awards ceremony held earlier this month, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rosmarie Bovino, was invited to speak about Ms. Chu’s visionary service and the many technology programs the district has implemented during her tenure. Ms. Chu commented afterwards about the the work she has overseen and several of the initiatives for which she has been responsible.

    She supported initiatives that enhanced instruction such as Claymation, My Learning Plan, United Streaming and WeatherBug, as well as the Mission US online history program and Rosetta Stone application. Also, she supported the Board of Education’s mission for “Students to become (…) critical  thinkers and compassionate citizens prepared to face the challenges of this rapidly changing world” by helping them use interactive technologies such as the Smart Board with responsive clicker systems. These tools, with  Ms. Chu’s guidance, enabled teachers to ask different types of questions and receive immediate answers from students for purposes of developing higher order thinking skills through friendly competition and real-time formative assessment.  These  systems were installed in every classroom until a new generation of game-based learning platforms were introduced.

    Under Ms. Chu’s leadership, the district partnered with Cornell University to build, exhibit, and share knowledge through the medium of virtual worlds in their SciFair ActiveWorlds program. This was later expanded to include the River City Project through Harvard University, which presented further ways for students to explore, collect data and analyze results.

    Ms. Chu helped to create and introduce Internet safety programs for students in collaboration with Mrs. Janofsky; and regularly contributed to and assisted Dr. Bovinop with the updating of the District Technology Plan and Mission Statement.  She also helped to develop the framework for the K-8 Technology Curriculum. Additionally, she created a Jeopardy Template that many teachers use in the classroom and she started the tradition of a graduation video and portrait presentation when she came to the district 17 years ago.

    As the Island Park technology program grew, Ms. Chu assisted with the selection of 3D printers, iPads and iPad carts for classrooms. She worked with administrators and project managers on lab designs, taking Island Park from a single-lab district to one with three labs in the elementary school and five in the middle school. She also also helped introduce the zSpace virtual reality learning experiences that are interactive and multisensory.  This program received front page recognition in Newsday.  Ms. Chu oversaw the implementation of the district’s award-winning Lego Robotics program about five years ago, maintaining an ongoing relationship with Tufts University and Dr. Chris Rogers.  Even NASA has taken notice and reached out for information on student research related to this program. In 2017, technology directors from other Nassau County districts visited Island Park to observe some of these initiatives in action.

    She has led many in-service courses for teachers and staff, including courses in eChalk, Excel, PhotoShop, PowerPoint and Word. She and colleagues have presented on several of the district’s technology features at local and regional conferences, and she has coordinated partnerships with experts in the field of technology.

    Mrs. Chu worked with the Superintendent to secure $260,000 in funding from the Smart Schools Investment Plan, which Island Park was the first district in the state to complete.

    Mr. McCrann, the district’s Information Technology Specialist, has been with Island Park Schools for nearly ten years.  He began by providing network and techinical support through Nassau BOCES and then joined the school staff nearly six years ago.  He was recently honored with the NASTAR Award as a technology innovator who seamlessly leads the charge in integrating technology into the schools.

    This past spring, Mr. McCrann worked with district and Nassau BOCES  administrators to secure $130,000 in E-rate funding for improvements to the district’s network and infrastructure that will be instituted next year. Among the changes that will take place is a new firewall to control all inbound and outbound network traffic, block inappropriate or harmful websites, and protect the network. Also forthcoming is a new wireless controller, which will help the district get faster Wi-Fi speeds and manage access points more efficiently. There will also be a new backup UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to keep network devices powered in the event of a power outage. 

    The balance of E-rate purchases include expansion modules and high-speed cables, which will increase the bandwidth and speed between network switches, and wiring closets throughout the district. There will also be an additional Cisco switch to expand the network and connect more devices.

    “One benefit of these changes will be an increase in our security that will protect the network against intrusions,” Mr. McCrann said. “Another is that we will be operating at a much higher speed and level of efficiency, which is important because we have a lot of wireless devices on the network.”

    “We have been grateful to have Ms. Chu and Mr. McCrann on board here in the district,” Dr. Bovino said. “They have really made a difference in taking our technology to the next level and bringing a new world of learning opportunities into the classrooms. We wish Ms. Chu the best in her retirement and congratulate Mr. McCrann on a well-deserved award.”

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    Lincoln Orens Middle School Honors Graduates

    Island Park’s eighth grade graduates sat center stage on the evening of June 19, when they celebrated their final moments at Lincoln Orens Middle School. Held in the Steven L. Foster Auditorium, the 57th annual commencement ceremony drew an audience of Board of Education, administration and faculty members, along with students’ proud families.

    A slideshow of photo memories played as guests took their seats, and the event kicked off with the Graduation Orchestra’s performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” and a salute to the American flag. Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Bruce Hoffman welcomed all attendees and introduced Outstanding Achievement Award recipients Gabriel Tejeda, Samantha Fiallos and Jeneille DeLeon, who discussed the Class of 2019’s past, present and future, respectively.

    “All of you have received the skills necessary to be successful,” said Dr. Bruce Hoffman. “I believe that each of you has the necessary characteristics to become future leaders and innovators of the 21st Century. I also hope that you will take with you the four core values that we have strived to instill in you: accountability, empathy, respect and responsibility.”

    Awards were presented prior to the highly anticipated distribution of diplomas. Many eighth-graders were recognized by district and community organizations for their academic excellence, musical talent, athletic skill, school involvement, volunteer efforts and overall good character.

    Members of the chorus performed One Republic’s “I Lived” as they reflected on their middle school years. Their educational milestone came minutes later, when Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Board of Education President Jack Vobis called up each Class of 2019 graduate to accept a commemorative diploma.

    The Lincoln Orens Color Guard then conducted the Transfer of Colors, at which time the graduates turned their flags and sashes over to their younger seventh-grade successors. The Color Guard Band provided accompanying music.

    As the event concluded, Dr. Bovino provided encouragement inspired by the students themselves. She discussed goals, dreams and values that Class of 2019 members unveiled in autobiographies that they completed in Gabriel D’Auria’s English language arts class and shared advice for success. 

    “Dream the life you want to dream and live the life you dream,” Dr. Bovino said. “To do this, you must begin by seeing yourself as the person you want to become. Then you must do everything you can to develop the skills and knowledge that you will need. Finally, you must remember that you cannot achieve your goals without developing the character that will be required of you. When the going gets tough, keep your eyes on the prize: your goal.”

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    Island Park Schools Summer Office Hours

    Island Park Schools

    Summer Office Hours:
    Monday – Friday, July 1st to August 23rd 
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    (closed July 4th & July 5th) 

    Phones will be answered during these hours only. 

    NOTE:  FXH & LOMS are closed due to renovations.  

    or assistance, please contact:

    Business Office
    99 Radcliffe Road
    434-2600 

    Thank you.

    Island Park Public Schools
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    Island Park Takes First Place in Robotics Competition

    Three teams from Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School participated in the Adelphi STEP Statewide Middle School Competition on June 1, and one group took first place overall. Eggo My Leggo, comprised of four seventh graders and an eighth grader, received a trophy and acknowledgment from judges for their top achievement.

    Additionally, a fifth grade team titled Microchip Monkeys came in 11th out of 30 teams, and the sixth grade group, Oreo Cookies, placed 19th. All students received medals.

    For the first portion of the competition, teams took on the goal of programming an autonomous robot to perform tasks while the second half involved the use of a remote control. All teams were also required to create a presentation for the judges explaining their program, design and strategy for the competition, as well as challenges encountered and lessons learned.  

    The judges were so impressed with the team’s presentation that they came down to witness the robots in action and express their praise. Sabita Nayak, who is in charge of the competition for Adelphi along with Edward Tse, remembered that the members of this year's team were also the Challenge Champions last year and welcomed them with encouragement and excitement. 

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    Island Park Alumni Earn IB Stoles

    Congratulations to the six students from Island Park who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Long Beach High School. Aleisha Degillo, Kayla Derner, Erick Parga, Kaithlyn Sanchez, Brooke Shapiro, Jaylyn Umana were among 58 Class of 2019 graduates that were recognized at the eighth annual IB Diploma recognition ceremony on June 6.

    Island Park Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and members of Board of Education joined those from the Long Beach Public Schools’ Administration and Board in the high school’s auditorium. Stoles were presented to students who have completed two higher-level and three standard-level International Baccalaureate courses, internal assessments, external exams, a Theory of Knowledge course, an extended essay and 150 hours of community service.

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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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    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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    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.

    Island Park Public Schools
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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

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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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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 

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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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