District Highlights

News & Announcements

  • Island Park Enjoys Another Egg-citing Event

    More than 100 Island Park children gathered at Lincoln Orens Middle School on Saturday, April 1 for the annual Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the Island Park Public Schools and organized by the Recreation Department, this event celebrated the onset of the spring season and brought members of the district and community together to enjoy an assortment of games and activities.

    PreK students through fourth-graders took part in friendly challenges such as egg races, potato sack races and of course, the featured search for eggs that offered an exchange for prizes. A special appearance from Mrs. Bunny added to the excitement, with opportunities for photos and lasting memories. 

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  • Island Park BOE meeting recognizes students, reviews district news

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Board of Education held a public meeting on March 20 to recognize students, review district information and discuss the proposed 2017-18 budget.

    Nine Students of the Month were honored for their demonstration of qualities that the district values, such as dedication to school work and activities, cooperation with peers and kindness toward others. positive character, hard work and dedication. Kindergartner Isabella Antonetti, first-grader Lilly Jeffers, second-grader Rylee Albanese, third-grader Hannah Schade, fourth-grader Ariana Jara, fifth-grader Ryan Ocampo, sixth-grader Lauren Young, seventh-grader Kaitlyn Khalawan and eighth-grader Silvana Llerena were presented with certificates and medals from their principals and received small gifts courtesy of the PTA. Fourth-grader Maria Guzman Amaya, who was unable to attend the February board of education meeting where she was named a Student of the Month, also proudly accepted her award.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo shared positive remarks that each student’s teacher expressed. Their comments described the determination, extraordinary effort, respectfulness and compassion that exemplify Students of the Month in Island Park.

    Also at this meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino shared the School District Report Card. This presentation provided data with regard to demographics, enrollment and assessment participation and results in the schools.

    School Business Official Marie Donnelly reviewed anticipated revenues and expenses for the proposed 2017-18 school budget, which is still being developed. The district is looking at a tax cap-compliant budget that maintains all programs, with an increase of 1.36 percent over the current year’s budget. The tax levy increase will be limited to 1.48%, though the district is permitted to make this as high as 2.95% under the tax cap law.  The next board of education meeting will take place on April 20, when budget conversations will continue. A budget hearing is scheduled for May 1 and the vote and trustee election will take place on May 16. All presentations and budget materials are available on the district’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us.

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  • Lincoln Orens inducts 28 National Junior Honor Society members

    Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School celebrated the induction of 28 new members to the National Junior Honor Society. On Tuesday, March 21, the seventh- and eighth-graders who are part of this prestigious organization, which is advised by Dr. Dean Bacigalupo with assistance from former advisor Cheryl Pal, participated in a traditional ceremony.

    The new inductees join 19 other National Junior Honor Society members, for a total of 47 inductees to date. The group was established based on five core values: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Members are selected based on their demonstration of these qualities, with specific requirements for academics.

    During the event, students described the five pillars’ meanings, as well as the standards and expectations that membership involves and the symbolism of the torch that was lit to represent guidance. Principal Vincent Randazzo welcomed the honorees along with members of the administration and board of education, faculty and students’ families. He explained that the National Junior Honor Society members were being honored not only for their academic success, but also because they are leaders who are involved in their school and community.

    Each year, Lincoln Orens welcomes back two alumni who have the highest grade point averages of all Island Park seniors at Long Beach High School and West Hempstead High School. The Class of 2017 speakers were West Hempstead High School senior Carly Sills and Long Beach High School senior Joseph Aebly. Both addressed their younger peers and offered words of advice and inspiration. The evening also featured a musical interlude performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The ceremony concluded with certificates awarded by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Principal, Vincent Randazzo.

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  • Students perform a “Honk” of a performance

    Members of the Lincoln Orens Middle School Theatre Group in the Island Park Public Schools showcased their singing and acting abilities from March 17-19 with their school production of “Honk.” Students received a first look at the show in school on March 17, while the community was invited on March 18 and 19 for weekend performances.

    Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” the production tells the story of an odd looking baby duck named Ugly who faces hardships due to his differences. Played by student Michael Haggerty, Ugly goes on a journey to find his mother and encounters a number of unique characters along the way. Forty-four students in grades five through eight participated in the production, showcasing their acting, singing, dancing, and stage crew talents. Fifth grade teacher, Jillian Bettancort, provided colorful costumes that augmented the character traits portrayed by the actors. Steven Polidoro was responsible for the engaging set design.

    Through stage direction by Donna Moran and choreographed dances and songs by Ashley Nicastro, the show focused on the important lessons of accepting  and treating others with respect, no matter what their differences may be.  These lessons reinforced key elements of the district’s character education program.

    “We are going to be talking more about the themes within the production this year,” said Principal Vincent Randazzo. 

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  • Parents see language learning in action during FLES open houses

    Island Park parents recently witnessed the Spanish language experiences that their children receive through the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program. This initiative is part of the curriculum for students in grades K-6, and is showcased annually during FLES Open House events at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.

    FLES introduces young students to the Spanish language and culture through songs, games, lessons and activities that tie into the other subject areas. Upper elementary and middle school instruction focuses primarily on teaching the second language and expanding knowledge of vocabulary through content area subjects such as math, science, and social studies.  The Open House gatherings featured demonstrations in which classes sang and conversed in Spanish while following prompts from teachers.  The classes are always taught through the immersion experience in which no English is spoken.

    Before an audience of parents and family members, the students proudly shared their knowledge of the language’s vocabulary and grammar. Younger children recited songs and rhymes as they identified colors and animals, counted and stated introductory phrases. The higher grade levels communicated in full, complex sentences and utilized various grammatical skills.

    According to the district’s FLES department, early language instruction improves foreign language acquisition in later years and also enhances the cognitive development of elementary school students. Kindergarten classes participate in FLES sessions once every four days, while all other grades receive FLES instruction twice every four days.  UPK children have occasional exposure through song and classroom labeling of classroom equipment and resources in English and Spanish.

    Monthly updates on what each grade is learning are provided by teachers Beth Rotella and Diana Vazquez in their monthly FLES newsletters, available on the district’s website at www.ips.k12.ny.us

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

New York State Education Law requires districts to administer the ELA and Math Assessments to students in grades 3-8.
See PDF attached for more details…


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

This confirms receipt of your letter indicating your intent NOT to have your child participate in State and local tests.
See PDF attached for more details…

 State and Local Test 2017.pdf 

District Calendar

  • FXH & LOMS Site-Based Mtgs

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  • Faculty Mtg

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  • Kindergarten Screening by Appt for New Enrollees

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  • Grs 7 & 8 Sports Night

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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.