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  • Island Park Hegarty Students Move Up

    Francis X. Hegarty’s fourth graders celebrated their advancement to Lincoln Orens Middle School with a Moving-Up Ceremony held on June 23. The ceremony facilitated by Principal Cynthia Cameron featured song performances, a carnation ceremony and the presentation of certificates of completion.

    Student Council President Tessa Antonetti also shared reflections on the students’ time at the school and expressed gratitude to all of the teachers and staff. The carnation ceremony allowed each of the students to present a flower to a supportive member of their life, whether it be a family member or teacher who stepped forward to accept the flower from each student while the song “You Raise Me Up” played overhead.

    Principal Cynthia Cameron concluded the festivities by wishing the young graduates well as they continue to grow in and outside of school. Cameron encouraged the students to always do their very best and reminded them to come back to visit in the future.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Recognitions and updates at the June 13 Island Park BOE meeting

    At the June 13 Island Park Board of Education meeting, several students were recognized as May Students of the Month for embodying balanced qualities. Students honored were Zachary Castell (grade 3), Julia Duignan (grade 1), Sofia Galeas (grade 8), Danika Marsden (grade 2), Victor Morales Canales (grade 4), Ethan Mosley (grade 5), Daniel Perez (grade 7), Casey Ramirez (grade 6) and Sean Watkins (kindergarten).

    Additionally, several students were recognized as June Students of the Month for exemplifying reflective qualities. Students honored were Joseph Angelastro (grade 4), Axil Ballar (grade 5), Renaud Colas (grade 2), Gabriella DiGennaro (grade 7), Brody Madison (grade 1), Aleiha Mitchell (grade 3), Steven Perez Escobar (grade 6), Nickiylla Pope (grade 8) and Frankie Testerman (kindergarten). Francis X. Hegarty School Principal Cynthia Cameron and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman read teachers’ remarks about each student honoree. 

    Following student recognitions, Superintendent of Schools Vincent Randazzo gave an overview of a districtwide initiative that began five years ago called Professional Learning Communities. A Professional Learning Community is a method to foster collaborative learning among colleagues within a particular work environment or field. It is often used in schools to organize teachers into working groups of practice-based professional learning based on current research.

    Every teacher in the district participates in a professional learning community (PLC), in grade level teams at the elementary school and in subject area teams at the middle school. The goal of these groups is to focus on improving teaching and learning as well as student achievement. This particular year, there has been a focus on gathering and collecting data and applying it to specific results-oriented outcomes. Professional Learning Community facilitators for each grade utilized this data to improve student achievement in the area of focus for that particular PLC. Beginning with the pre-K facilitators, each grade went through their process and then shared the impact it had on the academic growth of their respective students.  The speakers each gave a collective overview of team goals, research findings, rationale, outcomes and planning steps for the next year. 

    After these presentations, Mr. Randazzo acknowledged trustee Ray Miley for his years of service and dedication to the children, families and staff of the Island Park UFSD.  Mr. Miley has completed his term as a member of the Board and all the Board members wished him the best. Other updates included the success of the recent Community Day that raised close to $8,000 for scholarships, as well as two reminders regarding open enrollment in STAR Summer Enrichment and the Summer Experience programs. Any questions regarding STAR Summer Enrichment can be directed to Dr. Alison Offerman-Celentano; her email is acelentano@islandparkschools.org. Questions relating to the Summer Experience program can be directed to Keith Manginelli, whose email is kmanginelli@islandparkschools.org. The superintendent’s report closed with district counsel Lauren Schnitzer sharing that LIPA negotiations are ongoing, and no updates or agreements have been finalized yet.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Prepackaged School Supplies

    Dear Parents,

    We are happy to announce that we have chosen to sell prepackaged school supplies for the next school year through School Tool Box. School supplies delivered directly to your home address - it doesn't get any easier!

    See PDF attached...

     

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • At-Home COVID-19 Test Distribution

    The District has received a new allotment of at-home COVID-19 test kits from the Governor’s office. Test kits will now be made available for pick-up Monday – Friday, without an appointment, when school is in session. As a reminder, test kits must be picked up by a parent/guardian at each child's school building or the District’s Conference Center and signed for by the adult picking up the test. The District will not send test kits home in backpacks. Please find the schedule and location(s) for picking up a test(s) below:

     

    School Building/Program

    Location

    Date/Time

    Pre-Kindergarten Program

    Lincoln Orens MS

    Trafalgar Blvd. Main Entrance

    Security Vestibule

    Monday - Friday

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Francis X. Hegarty 

    Elementary School

    (Grades K - 4 Only)

    Francis X. Hegarty ES

    Deal Rd. Entrance

    Security Vestibule

    Monday - Friday

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Lincoln Orens Middle School

    (Grades 5-8 Only)

    Lincoln Orens MS

    Trafalgar Blvd. Main Entrance

    Security Vestibule

    Monday - Friday

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    District Conference Center

    99 Radcliffe Rd.

    Main Entrance

    Monday - Friday

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

     

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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