Hegarty School Highlights

News & Announcements

  • Plant Sale 2017

    April 27, 2017

    Dear Parents:                                      

    The PTA-sponsored Plant Sale will be held during school hours on Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, 2017 at Hegarty School.  The individual class schedule is as follows:
    See PDF attached

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Sidewalk Chalk FXH Playground

    April 21, 2017

    Dear Parents: 

    This is regarding playground use, care, and overall safety.  As you know, spring is upon us and the playground gets used more frequently as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer.  Recently, there have been instances when sidewalk chalk has been used to draw or write on the painted surface.  Since sidewalk chalk does not wash away easily and is relatively difficult to remove on this specific surface, kindly refrain from using sidewalk chalk on or around the playground. 

    Also, please be reminded that the playground is for school-age children, ages 5-12, while under adult supervision.  For safety reasons, children who are not of the recommended age must not be on the actual playground equipment.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Sincerely, 

    Jacob M. Russum
    Principal

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Island Park Enjoys Another Egg-citing Event

    More than 100 Island Park children gathered at Lincoln Orens Middle School on Saturday, April 1 for the annual Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the Island Park Public Schools and organized by the Recreation Department, this event celebrated the onset of the spring season and brought members of the district and community together to enjoy an assortment of games and activities.

    PreK students through fourth-graders took part in friendly challenges such as egg races, potato sack races and of course, the featured search for eggs that offered an exchange for prizes. A special appearance from Mrs. Bunny added to the excitement, with opportunities for photos and lasting memories. 

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Island Park BOE meeting recognizes students, reviews district news

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Board of Education held a public meeting on March 20 to recognize students, review district information and discuss the proposed 2017-18 budget.

    Nine Students of the Month were honored for their demonstration of qualities that the district values, such as dedication to school work and activities, cooperation with peers and kindness toward others. positive character, hard work and dedication. Kindergartner Isabella Antonetti, first-grader Lilly Jeffers, second-grader Rylee Albanese, third-grader Hannah Schade, fourth-grader Ariana Jara, fifth-grader Ryan Ocampo, sixth-grader Lauren Young, seventh-grader Kaitlyn Khalawan and eighth-grader Silvana Llerena were presented with certificates and medals from their principals and received small gifts courtesy of the PTA. Fourth-grader Maria Guzman Amaya, who was unable to attend the February board of education meeting where she was named a Student of the Month, also proudly accepted her award.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo shared positive remarks that each student’s teacher expressed. Their comments described the determination, extraordinary effort, respectfulness and compassion that exemplify Students of the Month in Island Park.

    Also at this meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino shared the School District Report Card. This presentation provided data with regard to demographics, enrollment and assessment participation and results in the schools.

    School Business Official Marie Donnelly reviewed anticipated revenues and expenses for the proposed 2017-18 school budget, which is still being developed. The district is looking at a tax cap-compliant budget that maintains all programs, with an increase of 1.36 percent over the current year’s budget. The tax levy increase will be limited to 1.48%, though the district is permitted to make this as high as 2.95% under the tax cap law.  The next board of education meeting will take place on April 20, when budget conversations will continue. A budget hearing is scheduled for May 1 and the vote and trustee election will take place on May 16. All presentations and budget materials are available on the district’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Parents see language learning in action during FLES open houses

    Island Park parents recently witnessed the Spanish language experiences that their children receive through the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program. This initiative is part of the curriculum for students in grades K-6, and is showcased annually during FLES Open House events at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.

    FLES introduces young students to the Spanish language and culture through songs, games, lessons and activities that tie into the other subject areas. Upper elementary and middle school instruction focuses primarily on teaching the second language and expanding knowledge of vocabulary through content area subjects such as math, science, and social studies.  The Open House gatherings featured demonstrations in which classes sang and conversed in Spanish while following prompts from teachers.  The classes are always taught through the immersion experience in which no English is spoken.

    Before an audience of parents and family members, the students proudly shared their knowledge of the language’s vocabulary and grammar. Younger children recited songs and rhymes as they identified colors and animals, counted and stated introductory phrases. The higher grade levels communicated in full, complex sentences and utilized various grammatical skills.

    According to the district’s FLES department, early language instruction improves foreign language acquisition in later years and also enhances the cognitive development of elementary school students. Kindergarten classes participate in FLES sessions once every four days, while all other grades receive FLES instruction twice every four days.  UPK children have occasional exposure through song and classroom labeling of classroom equipment and resources in English and Spanish.

    Monthly updates on what each grade is learning are provided by teachers Beth Rotella and Diana Vazquez in their monthly FLES newsletters, available on the district’s website at www.ips.k12.ny.us

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Island Park BOE meeting celebrates February students of the month

    At the Island Park Public Schools’ Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting, nine students were rewarded for their positive character, hard work and dedication.   

    Julie Marrero (kindergarten), Elias Vandoros (grade 1), Daniel Perez (grade 2), Rachel Guzman (grade 3), Maria Guzman Amaya (grade 4), Daniel Condon (grade 5), Samantha Kolb (grade 6), Aden Ali (grade 7) and Alexa Delach (grade 8) received certificates and medals from their principals and small gifts from the PTA.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo read words of praise about each honoree.  

    The meeting also included a presentation about food services as well as one on the tax levy. George Schneider of the Food Service Department discussed positive changes that have taken effect, including a gradual move to healthier items, efforts to purchase in “pars” to make checking inventory easier and the initiation of a point of sales system.

    With the budget development process underway, School Business Official Marie Donnelly provided an overview of the tax levy and how it is calculated. More conversations about the 2017-18 budget will take place at the March 20 and April 20 board of education meetings. A budget hearing is scheduled for May 1 and the vote and trustee election will take place on May 16.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

This confirms receipt of your letter indicating your intent NOT to have your child participate in State and local tests.

See PDF attached for more details…

 State and Local test 2017.pdf 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

New York State Education Law requires districts to administer the ELA and Math Assessments to students in grades 3-8.

See PDF attached for more details…

 NYS ELA MATH.pdf 

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Instead of Xs and Os, use different letters when you play tic-tac-toe with your child.  They might mark their spots with As, as you mark yours with Gs.  It’s a fun opportunity for your little one to practice printing letters of the alphabet.

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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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