The Island Park Public Schools’ June 17 Board of Education meeting began with a lottery drawing for two vacancies in the 2019-2020 UPK program. The meeting then continued with featured recognitions and important updates. Student of the Month awards were presented for the months of May and June, honoring students from each grade who have demonstrated excellent behavior, hard work, leadership qualities and many other admirable attributes. Other students were also commended for recent accomplishments, and presentations regarding important district matters were provided.
For May, kindergartner Kayla O’Connell, first-grader Harmony Greco-Melendez, second-grader Dakota Whaley, third-grader Joseph Henn, fourth-grader Gavyn Vicente, fifth-grader Aiden Pilch, sixth-grader Dylan Alvarez, seventh-grader Lourdes Garcia and eighth-grader Cian Cantwell were presented with certificates and medals. June Students of the Month are kindergartner Sadie Lignar, first-grader Allyson Lucas, second-grader Kylie Delgado, third-grader Danna Diaz, fourth-grader Liam Young, fifth-grader Emily Laos, sixth-grader Nicholas Forgione and eighth-grader Adrianna Flores. Kindergartner Mia Krumholz accepted her certificate as a Student of the Month from April.
Frances X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Bruce Hoffman read words of praise shared by each award recipient’s teacher.
The meeting also recognized a team of students that took a first place overall win at the Adelphi STEP Statewide Middle School Competition on June 1. Eggo My Leggo, comprised of four seventh graders and an eighth grader, received a trophy for their top achievement. Island Park alumna Brooke Yellin, now a junior at Long Beach High School, received applause at the meeting as well. Brooke initiated a scholarship in memory of her mother, Geri E. Yellin, and so far has supported two high school students in pursuing their future educations.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino additionally congratulated Education Technology Specialist Christine Chu for recognition she received from the Nassau Association of School Technologies, and Information Technology Specialist William McCrann for earning the NASTECH NASTAR Award.
Dr. Bovino stated that capital projects are progressing as scheduled, and Board of Education President Jack Vobis shared an update on the LIPA litigation. The Board was invited to a press conference in the Northport School District, which faces a similar situation, that highlighted the impact on taxpayers. Mr. Vobis noted that Nassau County, rather than homeowners, would be faced with any past tax costs, which might have an influence on the county’s potential settlement with LIPA.
Several teachers led a presentation about the district’s Professional Learning Communities. Introduced earlier in the school year, this initiative was developed based on the Board of Education’s goal to increase opportunities for teacher collaboration as a means to further develop professional growth system and improve student achievement. So far, it has resulted in overall program coherence, a sense of shared responsibility among staff members, increased collaboration and use of reflective practices. The PLC facilitators provided details as to the changes made and benefits observed in their specific subject areas.