The Island Park Public Schools’ administrators and staff members brought bountiful spirit back to school when they gathered for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3. They reunited over breakfast in Lincoln Orens Middle School’s cafeteria, then filed into the Steven L. Foster Auditorium for presentations and welcoming remarks.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino greeted new and returning employees, honored long-time staff members who have achieved career milestones, announced position changes and shared joyful updates about those who recently became enagaged, married or new parents and grandparents.
Attendees also applauded this year’s Superintendent’s Outstanding Appreciation Recognition (SOAR) Award recipients – Hegarty Elementary School teacher Alissa DeLucia, Lincoln Orens Middle School teacher Karen Davis and district support staff member Paula DiLorenzo.
Dr. Bovino discussed goals and objectives that were established during the July Board of Education retreat and are available on the district’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us. Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo provided an update on the bond projects that were completed over the summer. Both Dr. Bovino and Mr. Randazzo expressed thanks to the custodial staff and faculty members whose work enabled the summer construction to move forward and then conclude with a smooth transition for the start of school.
Dr. Bovino concluded the morning with an inspirational talk about “Advanced Literacies” and shared an intriguing Youtube video “Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion” that demonstrated how students are now learning to think critically. She wished everyone, especially students, a new school year filled with unexpected, engaging, and challenging learning experiences.
The day went on to involve an assortment of specialized meetings and updates for faculty members in preparation for the Sept. 4 opening day. The district looks forward to another excellent year!