Hicksville High School’s fall production, The Curious Savage, a comedy by John Patrick, will be presented on Nov. 20, 21 and 22, at 7 p.m.
The show is directed by high school theatre and English teacher Caitlin Cassidy and produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
A student at Dutch Lane Elementary School recently earned first place in her division in the New York Association for Pupil Transportation bus safety poster contest.
Natalie Borrientos placed first in Division 1, where children in kindergarten through second-grade participated in the statewide contest. The theme of the 2014 bus safety poster contest was “Be smart — Be seen, I wait in a safe place!” Borrientos’ poster has also been submitted to the National Association for Pupil Transportation for judging at the national level.
During the week of Halloween, Hicksville School District’s nine buildings brought fall festivities to the forefront, hosting a variety of pumpkin patches and costume conventions for its students.
At Lee Avenue Elementary School, one section of the back field was covered with pumpkins ripe for picking by students. There were also haystacks and several inflatable Halloween decorations set up.
With faculty members and parents in attendance, Hicksville High School’s standout students were celebrated with a special honor society induction ceremony.
More than 170 of Hicksville School District’s best and brightest were inducted to the English, Math, Science and Social Studies Honor Societies, with several students being given more than one honor.
During the week of Halloween, Hicksville High School transformed its entire first floor into a spectacular display featuring spooky haunts and fall festivities for Safe Halloween.
Safe Halloween was held for the first time and was open for students of all ages to attend. Parents brought their children, who were dressed in costumes, for a stroll through the school’s haunted hallways and classrooms featuring Halloween-themed activities.
In honor of Board of Education Recognition Month, Hicksville School District students honored board trustees at the Oct. 22 meeting.
Middle school and high school students acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the board of education by making speeches that expressed appreciation. High school sophomore Matthew Sloan said the board fosters positivity and togetherness in many ways, such as regularly recognizing students’ achievements throughout the year.
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues with students from the Hicksville School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Hicksville had 85 students opting out of the English Language Arts test and 128 missing the math test.
The Common Core standards have caused great controversy in recent months, with local politicians registering their own opposition. In response to concerns from school officials, parents and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, last month, joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.
With their parents by their side, kindergarteners at Dutch Lane Elementary School recently rang in the first annual kinder-garden planting ceremony.
To signify the seeds of successful planting, each child in the class of 2027 planted a tulip bulb in the garden alongside the school.
The ceremony began with a singing performance by the children, which was followed by the kindergarten teachers reading aloud their students’ responses to the question, “what do I want to learn how to do this year?”
The Hicksville School District’s new teachers were welcomed to their new homes prior to the start of the September Board of Education meeting.
The new educators were celebrated first with a group reception and then each was presented with a school district pin, a Hicksville tradition.
The Hicksville School District recently announced that 112 students in the Hicksville High School Classes of 2014 and 2015 have earned the designation of Advanced Placement Scholar from the College Board due to their outstanding achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on AP exams. Twenty-seven students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, including six National AP Scholars. Eighteen students were named AP Scholars with Honors, and 61 were designated as AP Scholars.
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