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    Island Park Board of Education Reorganization

    The Island Park Public Schools Board of Education gathered on July 10 for their annual reorganization meeting to elect the 2019-20 president and vice president.

    Tara Byrne was sworn into a new three-year term as a Board trustee, and Jack Vobis and Diana Caracciolo took oaths of office as the reelected president and vice president, respectively. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino also took an oath of office.

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    Island Park’s Jacob Russum Named Director of Pupil Personnel Services

    The Island Park Public Schools welcomed Jacob Russum to the role of director of pupil personnel services on July 1. As principal of Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School for the past 10 years, Mr. Russum has been a valuable member of the district. He took on the post previously held by Dr. Laurie Scimeca, who retired at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

    During his years at Hegarty, Mr. Russum initiated the building’s character development program, spearheaded community-building opportunities such as Prime Time and Career Day, integrated and adopted new literacy and mathematics curricula, developed a guided reading program at the kindergarten level and created a school safety plan aligned with technologically current security resources. He also served as principal of the Universal Pre-K program, which is housed at Lincoln Orens Middle School.

    Mr. Russum collaborated with district leadership to launch the highly successful LEGO Robotics program, co-planned a summer reading partnership with the Island Park Public Library and maintained relationships with community organizations. He resurrected the end-of-year Field Day carnival, started the Green Club and continued events such as the Winners Walk and holiday caroling that have become Island Park traditions and make a difference to others. A supporter of the Foreign Language in the Elementary School program, he oversaw a four-day schedule cycle that allowed for FLES and health instruction.

    In 2012, following the impact of Superstorm Sandy, Mr. Russum led Hegarty’s families and staff members through disaster relief and recovery that included temporarily relocating the entire school population. He later engaged in partnerships with Barnum Woods Elementary School in East Meadow and the Island Park Kiwanis Club to raise funds for a new playground to replace the one that was flooded.

    “We are delighted to introduce Mr. Russum as our new director of pupil personnel services,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino. “He is a dedicated member of our district and a valued leader, having brought many positive changes to Hegarty that benefited thousands of children over the last decade.”

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    Island Park Schools eChalk Notify App

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    Island Park Schools has a new and simple way for you to stay updated on emergency notices, school closings, delayed openings, school and district announcements, and more!  Using our new Island Park Schools eChalk Notify App you can receive real time updates that appear as notifications immediately on your mobile devices! The Island Park Schools’ eChalk Notify App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or by using the links below: 

    Search; “eChalk Notify App”

    Apple App Store: https://apple.co/2mkz4wD 

    Google Play Store: https://bit.ly/2NjIUtV 

    Once downloaded, you can login to receive critical messages and alerts from your school and district by entering our school alert code below: 

    District
    eChalk Notify Alert Code
    FGOWYH 

    Francis X. Hegarty
    eChalk Notify Alert Code
    54Y2HS 

    Lincoln Orens
    eChalk Notify Alert Code
    Y3GTYC

    You can refer to the step by step instructions below to download and install eChalk Notify on your mobile phone or tablet: 

    1. Download the eChalk Notify App.
      Anyone can download the eChalk Notify App for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Just search for “eChalk Notify.” 
    1. Login with your username and password or proceed without logging in.


    You can log into the Island Park Schools eChalk Notify App without an account by clicking “Proceed without logging in” > Add your school or district alerts > enter your school’s alert code > Connect. You’ll only need to enter the school’s alert code when logging in for the first time. 

    Note: Setting up the app by entering the school alert code allows you to receive school and district emergency alert notifications only. 

    If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Michael Martin at mmartin@islandparkschools.org for further assistance. 

    Sincerely,

    Michael Martin
    Website Administrator

    Island Park Public Schools
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    School Bus Rules and Regulations Form

    Dear Island Park Parents and Students:

    Below you will find the School Bus Rules and Regulations that all students must follow when riding our buses back and forth to school and for class trips.  This code is designed to ensure the safety of all of our students. 

    The form must be completely filled out and signed by the parent or guardian then returned to the transportation office.  It is very important that this be done before August 23rd.  Without the properly signed form no bus pass will be created for your child and they will not receive a schedule for transportation.

    Our policy will again be: NO SIGNED FORM = NO PASS, NO SCHEDULE & NO RIDE.
    Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your form to Transportation.

    Have a safe and wonderful summer!
    THE TRANSPORTATION DEPT.

    See online form:
    -Grades 3-8
    -High School

     

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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 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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    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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Approved Classroom Snacks

Approved Classroom Snacks

The school district's Board of Education, administrators, teachers, parents, and staff members take the potential dangers and consequences of food allergies very seriously. 
See PDF:    Snack Lists 2018-2019