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 (www.ips.k12.ny.us/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.