Hegarty School Highlights

News & Announcements

  • Discovery students showcase a successful year

    Island Park students who participate in Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School’s Discovery Program showcased a successful year of learning and exploration on June 7 and 14, when parents were invited in. Guests had the opportunity to experience for themselves the projects that students have collaborated on, and topics they have studied.

    Discovery is the district’s Gifted and Talented Program, and involves third- through sixth-graders. The groups meet with teacher Robert Ferrante on alternating days for 45-minute-long sessions. Each grade is assigned a specific theme or area of focus that their lessons and activities are based on throughout the school year.

    At the recent open-house-style events, students proudly shared with their parents the knowledge they have obtained, skills they have cultivated and discoveries they have made.
    Third-graders produced a book filled with examples of problem-solving projects and performed a mock trial to illustrate their studies on government. Fourth-grade students presented a 30-minute broadcast video that featured a variety of stories, ranging from news within the school and community to that at the national and global levels. They described the many steps that went into the development of this project, from conducting research to editing the video.

    Fifth- and sixth-graders both participated in stop motion lessons, which they explained and demonstrated. Additionally, fifth-grade students showed their parents the MIT-based computer program, Scratch, which they used to create games, quizzes and other projects. Sixth-graders shared a video about the Adelphi Lego Competition and re-enacted their presentations for the audience of guests.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Message to FXH Parents

    June 9, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    The end of the year has finally arrived! This is to update you about some important information regarding the last week of school, report card distribution, and notification of student classes for the 2017-18 school year. As stated previously, June 21 is no longer an early dismissal. Early dismissal will occur on the final two days of school. School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22. On Friday, June 23, school will dismiss at 10:00 a.m. Bus service will be provided as usual. Please make the necessary arrangements to ensure your child’s safe trip home. Kindly, note that there will be no lunch service on these days. Also, there will be no After-Care.

    Please be reminded of the following regarding events for next week. Grade 1 will be participating in a walking trip to Shell Creek Park on Tuesday, June 13; Grade 2 on Wednesday, June 14; and Kindergarten on Thursday, June 15. The Kindergarten End-of-Year celebration will be on Wednesday, June 21 and the Grade 4 Moving Up ceremony will be on Thursday, June 22. Both ceremonies will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., and are intended for Kindergarten and Grade 4 parents (or immediate family members) only. Please enter through the Deal Road doors.

    Report cards will be uploaded to PowerSchool on June 21st. A separate letter indicating your child’s placement will be sent home in August. This does not include Grade 5. Lincoln Oren’s Middle School will send notification about Grade 5.

    Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and continuing partnership to further the success of our students. We look forward to a restful summer and anticipate another successful beginning at Hegarty next year!

    Sincerely,

    Jacob M. Russum
    Principal

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Message to UPK Parents

    June 9, 2017

    Dear UPK Parents,

    The end of the year has finally arrived! This is to update you about some important information regarding the last week of school, report card distribution, and notification of student classes for the 2017-18 school year.

    The UPK Stepping Up ceremony will take place on Friday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Steven L. Foster Auditorium at Lincoln Orens Middle School. The ceremony is for UPK parents (or immediate family members) only. Please enter through the Trafalgar Boulevard entrance. Students will be dismissed immediately following the ceremony.

    Report cards will be uploaded to PowerSchool on June 21st. A separate letter indicating your child’s placement will be sent home in August.

    Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and continuing partnership to further the success of our students. We look forward to a restful summer and anticipate another successful beginning at Hegarty next year!

    Sincerely,

    Jacob M. Russum
    Principal

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Anonymous Instagram Account

    June 12, 2017 

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    It has been brought to my attention that an anonymous Instagram account, I know who you are. IP, has requested to follow many of our students. This account is anonymous and has been posting the personal information of students who accept invitations to be friends. Upon accepting the invitation from the anonymous account, the account posts personal information about the user, such as first and last name, current grade, siblings, and friends. Unfortunately, while at home or at friends’ homes many Lincoln Orens Middle School students have accepted invitations from this anonymous account and their personal information has been posted to Instagram. If your child has an Instagram account and has accepted such an invitation, I suggest you have your child unfriend the I know who you are. IP account and report this activity to Instagram by visiting help.instagram.com.

    Be sure to discuss this information with your child. Please know that the Fourth Precinct of the Nassau County Police Department and staff members are available to help students and families with personal safety issues. Kindly call the middle school social worker, Mrs. Janofsky at 434-2640 or the elementary school social worker, Ms. Carranza at 434-2685 should you need assistance. Thank you for your attention and continued support.

    Respectfully,

    Vincent Randazzo, Principal

    Jacob Russum, Principal

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Hegarty Field Day and Barbeque

    June 2, 2017

    Dear Parents/Guardians, 

    On Friday June, 16th the Francis X. Hegarty Student Council, with assistance of our Physical Education Department, will be sponsoring the Hegarty Field Day and Barbeque. This day is for students only because they have worked so hard this year. 

    In the morning, the PTA has arranged for all students to see an exciting show. Then, the boys and girls will be treated to a BBQ lunch of hamburgers and chips, compliments of the FXH Student Council. The PTA is generously providing drinks for our students too. Each child will receive one hamburger, one bag of chips and a bottle of water. Your child may also bring in his/her own lunch if he/she prefers. The lunchroom will not be serving lunch that day. 

    Throughout the day, the entire student body will partake in several fun-filled activities! There will be activities organized by grade, and music too. Please make sure that sunscreen is applied to your child before coming to school. 

    We are asking each grade to wear a specific color t-shirt. Please find your child’s grade below to see what color he/she has been assigned.    

    The FXH Student Council and Physical Education Department would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the year. We are looking forward to loads of fun in the sun on June 16th!
      

    Denise Benedetto                       Patricia Pozin                       Annie Neglia                          Dominick Barone

    T-Shirt Colors 

    Kindergarten:               orange 

    1st Grade:                     red 

    2nd Grade:                     yellow 

    3rd Grade:                     blue 

    4th Grade:                     green

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • District honors Students of the Month

    The May 22 meeting of the Island Park Public Schools’ Board of Education was an exciting occasion, as it involved several significant and well-deserved recognitions. Students and staff members alike were honored for demonstrating exemplary levels of dedication, commitment, compassion and effort that make a positive difference to others.

    Ten students from kindergarten through eighth-grade were presented with Student of Month awards, which signify excellent behavior, hard work, leadership qualities and many other admirable attributes.

    Kindergartner Noah Sanchez, first-grader Ariel Gardella, first-grader Marisa Curtis, second-grader Benjamin Torres, third-grader John Weber, fourth-grader Gavin Horvath, fifth-grader Fabiana Boncina, sixth-grader Scott Perez, seventh-grader Robert Adler and eigth-grader Madison Rivera were presented with certificates and medals. Frances X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo read words of praise shared by each honoree’s teacher.

    Three highly-regarded staff members were recognized next, for earning tenure. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino described the requirements that this accomplishment entails, and noted that the new tenure recipients have all participated in many professional development programs, district events, school activities and more. Strings/Orchestra Director Ryan Walter, Health Education Teacher Theresa Augello and Special Education Teacher Jennifer Wing were congratulated for this momentous event in their careers.

    “This is a significant milestone and a great honor to achieve, because it is not earned easily,” Dr. Bovino said. She reflected on a quote by Henry Adams, “A teacher affects eternity; he [or she] can never tell where their influence stops.”

    The applause continued when Dr. Bovino announced the appointment of Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal as Assistant Superintendent. His new role will become effective as of July 1, and will be integral to the district as transitions take place related to facilities, the curriculum and other areas. Mr. Randazzo received further accolades for the 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant that Lincoln Orens was just recently selected to receive. This $5,000 grant will allow the school to enhance its library makerspace.

    The school district’s attorney reported on the Barrett Power Plant issue and reviewed the history of this issue going back to 2010. He provided an update on the district’s recent meeting with LIPA officials, which was coordinated at the district’s request. The possibility of repowering the power plant was discussed, as was the building of peaking units – small generators that run during peak times. The district’s attorney reviewed LIPA’s proposal to reduce the tax impact over an eight-year period and answered questions from the public regarding concern over the possible loss of tax revenue if the plant, which represents 49% of the tax base, is not repowered.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

June 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

It has recently been communicated to us by parents that some students (fourth grade and above) have been exposed to a “meme” or “game” on social media that students in other countries have been exposed to since last year. Some students have been discussing this with each other outside of the school setting.

“The Blue Whale Suicide Challenge” involves the enticement of students into risky behavior that could result in the ultimate challenge of taking one’s life. It has been communicated to us by parents that students could be viewing this content on social media, online discussion forums, and/or specific apps which may contain a computer virus. Therefore, we urge that parents check their child’s phone daily regarding such potential content or communication.

It may also be helpful to advise your children not to search for such content or forward any related content to others. In addition, children should not respond to any content received from unknown senders. Parents should communicate to their children that, while using an electronic device, they must show them anything that seems inappropriate or harmful. It is also helpful to have a universal charging station at home so that the content on such devices can be monitored.

As always, it is critical to teach our children about acceptable use of technology in this day and time. Please take a few minutes to discuss this with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact either Ms. Carranza (School Social Worker at FXH) at 516-434-2685 or Mrs. Janofsky (School Social Worker at LOMS) at 516-434-2640.

Sincerely, 

Jacob M. Russum
Principal, F.X. Hegarty Elementary School 

Vincent Randazzo
Principal, Lincoln Orens Middle School

See PDF for more details:  meme.pdf 

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION

Final Registration

Summer Experience 2017

Grades 1-8 as of September 2017
WEEKLY BEACH DAY * FUN TRIPS * SPORTS AND GAMES
THEATER ARTS * SPIRIT WEEK * ARTS and CRAFTS
VIDEO GAME ROOM * OUTDOOR ATHLETICS

Junior Summer Experience 2017

Pre-K and K-Readiness Program
DAILY SPRINKLERS * WATER GAMES * CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
ARTS and CRAFTS * LIBRARY AND PARK TRIPS
OUTDOOR ATHLETICS * ACADEMIC LEARNING
Both Programs will take place @
Lincoln Orens Middle School
July 5th - August 8th *Monday - Friday* 9:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M.

See PDF for more information:   2017 Summer Experience Registration.pdf 

Inappropriate “chain” messages

Dear Parents, 

It has recently been communicated to me by parents that children in third and fourth grades have been receiving inappropriate “chain” messages when using their personal phones at home or outside of the school setting.  The messages are being sent to children via text message and also within the “musical.ly” app.  The content of these messages asks the reader to forward the message to more people.  Specifically, students have reported the message as saying, “If you don’t send this to 20 or more people you’ll die and there will be a girl next to your bed.”  It is possible that more students have received the same type of message on their devices. 

Therefore, it is advisable that parents check their child’s phone daily regarding such potential communication and advise not to forward or respond to any messages from an unknown sender.  Parents should communicate to their children that, while using an electronic device, they must show their parents any message that may be inappropriate or cause them to feel uncomfortable.  It is also helpful to have a universal charging station at home so that the content on such devices can be monitored.   

As always, it is critical to teach our children about acceptable use of technology in this day and time.  Please take a few minutes to discuss this with your child.  If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Ms. Carranza, the school social worker at 516-434-2670. 

Sincerely, 

Jacob Russum

 

Find us on Facebook!

In our ongoing effort to keep the community up-to-date with the latest district news and announcements, the Island Park Public Schools has launched an informational Facebook page. This page can be accessed by searching “Island Park Public Schools” on Facebook. By clicking “like,” you will be able to see the latest posts about student achievements, exciting events, interesting programs and important alerts in your newsfeed. Thank you for your support of our students and educational initiatives. We look forward to sharing many success stories as the year progresses.
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