The Island Park Public Schools’ Nov. 18 Board of Education Meeting featured student recognitions as well as numerous exciting announcements and important district updates.
The evening kicked off with the announcement of Students of the Month who represented each grade at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School. Jack Paine (kindergarten), Anthony Sodano, Jr. (grade 1), Chase Goodwin (grade 2), Chantal Soto-Acosta (grade 3), Faith Castillo (grade 4), Angela Estupinan (grade 5), Jaime Rodriguez (grade 6), Jaiden Almodovar (grade 7) and Julia Hibson (grade 8) received medals and certificates of excellence. Principals Cynthia Cameron and Dr. Bruce Hoffman read remarks from the students’ respective teachers that described their excellent character and positive leadership qualities.
In October, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino noted that the featured pieces selected and showcased in the Conference Center Board Room serves a symbolic reminder that students and their achievements are at the center of the board’s work. Several of the artists were present at this meeting and acknowledged with Art Achievement Certificates. The students recognized were Kayla Carney (grade 8), Christian Colon (grade 9), Katie Flaniken (grade 9), Jillian Goldbach (grade 8), Maxene Martin (grade 8), Isabella Mejia Aceveda (grade 9), and Sage Muckle (grade 6).Various announcements were made, including that of a vacancy in the Universal Pre-K program. A new registration will be scheduled for Dec. 10. Dr. Bovino and Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo shared that the district has been selected for a Smart Start Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Program Grant through Nassau BOCES, and staff members will receive extensive training in STEM instruction beginning next school year. The goal is to prepare students for careers in computer science and expand interest in the field.
In terms of facilities news, the district shared that the Lincoln Orens Middle School basketball courts will be unveiled and celebrated during the week of Nov. 25. Other discussions focused on Hegarty playground surfacing proposals, which are still being explored further. Hegarty’s LED sign is in the process of being repaired and restored.