February 16, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The tragic event that occurred at the high school in Parkland, Florida this week is heartbreaking. As I left my office that evening, I thought about how dearly your children are loved both at home and at school.  The care of your children is the most important aspect of our work and we take it very seriously.  To this end, I am enclosing an Emergency Planning document that provides A Guide for Parents.  It is something I usually send out every year in the spring.  However, I would like you to have it now.  I will be discussing the Guide at our Board Meeting at 7 PM on Monday, February 26 (in the Stephen L Foster Auditorium) after recognizing our Students of the Month.

I have posted additional information on our website, should you seek resources to help you talk with your child about the Florida school shooting, which dominates the news.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, students, administrators, teachers and staff members at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy family time during our February break and make many happy memories together.

Yours sincerely,

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


District Highlights

News & Announcements

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    Board of Education Meeting

    N O T I C E

    There will be an Executive Session* of the Board of Education at 6:15 p.m.
    on Monday, February 26, 2018
    in the LOMS Director of Pupil Personnel Office


    The Board will reconvene for the
     Regular Business Meeting at 7:00 pm

    -Student of the Month Recognition

    -UPK Lottery Drawing

    -Tax Levy Calculation Presentation

    -Barrett Plant Litigation Update

    *    The Board of Education will move into Executive Session to discuss matters of personnel.  No formal action will be taken.

    Marianne DeCicco
    District Clerk

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  • Island Park honors December Students of the Month

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Jan. 29 Board of Education Meeting honored students who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate good character and make their school environments better places. Students of the Month from Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School were applauded for upholding principles that the district values.

    Principals Jacob Russum and Dr. Bruce Hoffman announced Kandace Richardson (kindergarten), Brandon Battaglia (grade 1), Ryder Havey (grade 2), Katelyn Howell (grade 3), Andrew McCartney (grade 4), Adrianna Fandaros (grade 5), Daniel Taveras (grade 6), Janeille DeLeon (grade 7) and Sophina Miotto (grade 8) as the December Students of the Month and presented medals, certificates of excellence and small gifts of acknowledgment to those in attendance.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino shared information about the district’s successful blood drive and the new POS system that is providing electronic cafeteria management. She also noted that the district is taking extra measures to keep buildings clean and emphasize hygiene during flu season.

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  • A Robotics Win for Island Park

    Lincoln Orens Middle School students did an outstanding job representing Island Park at the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition, held on Feb. 3 at Mineola High School. The group, dubbed Team Roboticus Maximus, won the Strategy and Innovation Award, qualified to go on to the Championship Tournament and ranked sixth out of 31 teams.

    In addition to building and programming a robot, the Lincoln Orens students focused on the competition’s theme of hydrodynamics by investigating ways to ease the world’s water shortages. They developed a plan to raise money for two organizations dedicated to building wells and funding other essential water projects.

    Congratulations to the team members, Fabiana Boncina, Erick Cisneros, Emmalee Egan, Emily Feil, Kirsten Lilly, Vittorio Panico, Cassidy Pena and Paige Perrone. They prepared for the event under the guidance of Education Technology Specialist Christine Chu, Discovery Teacher Robert Ferrante, Technology Education Teacher Chris Jahn and Computer Teacher Michael Giardino.

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  • Science studies on display at Lincoln Orens

    Lincoln Orens Middle School recognized its science stars on Feb. 1, during the annual Science Fair Awards Breakfast celebration and awards ceremony. The event honored a total of 20 winning projects from grades seven and eight, as well as 10 individuals and pairs that will go on to represent Island Park at the Long Island Science Congress.

    The school’s science fair was held on Jan. 11 and featured extensive research, experiments and findings through use of the scientific method. This was the second year that fifth- and sixth-graders joined their older peers at the science fair. The fifth-grade class completed a project together, while sixth-graders collaborated in groups. The seventh- and eighth-graders selected their own topics and had the option to work independently or with a partner.

    Ten of the awarded projects were chosen to advance to the Long Island Science Congress, which will be held in April at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington. Headed to the competition are AnnaMarie Aebly and Kalya Hayduk for “How do your eyes and ears affect dizziness?” Katelyn Doyle and Katie Flaniken for “Which fruit ruins gelatin the most?” Jeneille DeLeon for “Candy Chromatography,” Gabriella Hohmann and Eva Emerson for “Which fruit has the most Vitamin C?” Maguire Emerson and Dylan McCabe for “Are your food labels lying?” Daniel Rosenberg and Robert Delach for “The effects of video games on eye, hand and body coordination,” Geremiah Evangelista and Gabriella Kouletsis for “Hydropower,” Devon Marek-Holub for “Can garlic prevent crown gall in tomato plants?” Isabella DiGregorio and Kaetlyn Lee for “Using Daphnia to measure water toxicity” and Jaclyn Keon and Samantha Grillo for “Does exercise increase vital capacity?”

    The other winners recognized at the breakfast were Drew Barwicki for “How does the temperature of water affect plant growth?” Samantha Fiallos and Maryann Guzman for “Cold pack chemistry,” Jasiah Sargeant for “A magnetic linear accelerator,” Gia Rebele for “Does tea stain teeth?” Nicklaus Kouletsis and Ivan Crespo for “Electric cars are the future of this planet,” Mia DeBellis and Isabella Mejia-Acevedo for “Are fingerprints inherited?” Nikki DeCicco for “The effect of microwave radiation on organisms,” Lucia Castaldo and Summer Spiteri for “Can taste buds detect MSG levels?” Victoria Lugo and Elsy Guzman-Amaya for “Yeast in the heat” and Marie Murphy for “Iron-rich foods.”

    Seventh-grade science teacher Philip DeSantis and eighth-grade science teacher Kristiana Sefchek joined Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman in presenting plaques to the honorees.

    “I hope you take what you learned from this experience and you get more involved in additional science research here at the middle school, and when you go on to [high school] that you take opportunities to continue to develop your skills,” Mr. Randazzo said. He praised the students for their demonstration of knowledge and deep conceptual understanding about their topics. 

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  • Seventeen students represent Island Park in musical ensembles

    Seventeen students from Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School were accepted to prominent and highly selective local musical ensembles. Their well-earned achievements, which reflect their outstanding performances at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival, are the result of much practice, talent and dedication.

    Fourteen students took the stage during the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County concerts, held in January at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Eighth-graders Kaetlyn Lee, Aden Ali and Marie Murphy participated in the Division III Orchestra, Band and Chorus, respectively. Division II featured several sixth-graders – Bianca Roman in the Orchestra, Kirsten Lilly in the Band and Fabianna Boncina, Cassidy Pena and Jessica Vobis as Chorus members. Fifth-grade students represented Lincoln Orens in Division I, with Ariana Jara in Orchestra, Adrian Bravo in Band and Nikki Kane, Reagan McCarthy, Ava Mosey and Liannah Romero in Chorus.

    Violinists Ava Mosey (grade 5), Gabriel Tejeda (grade 7) and Hailey Cardiello (grade 6) were chosen to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Intermediate Festival, which will be held at Uniondale High School in March.

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  • Little Doctors Help Make Blood Drive a Success

    Student Council members and other volunteers from Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School played the roles of “Little Doctors” on Jan. 25, during the district’s blood drive on Jan. 25. They were eager to lend their helping hands and support the New York Blood Center by escorting participants, writing thank you cards and giving out bracelets, stickers, snacks and juice to donators.

    “Student Council and fifth graders are working towards a brighter future,” said student council advisor Jillian Betancourt. “They are volunteering their time to help spread the word about the need for blood donors. The lessons they’ve learned through their community service, and through observing how our community comes together to give, was a priceless experience for them.”

    As a result of the students’ efforts and community’s participation, 40 pints of blood were donated – equivalent to 120 lives saved. There were 26 whole blood donors and seven platelet donors.

    The Little Doctors Program is organized by the New York Blood Center and is designed for faculty members and students at elementary and middle school levels to increase their knowledge and understanding about the science of blood and the body’s circulatory system as well as to learn about volunteerism and community service.


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