Dutch Lane School Special Education teacher Jen Stanzione was recently named Long Island’s teacher of the month. Stanzione was nominated for KJOY radio station’s “Teacher of the Month” contest at the beginning of February. Residents all across Long Island contacted the station to nominate outstanding teachers who’ve made a difference in their lives or the lives of their children. After four finalists were selected, voting for the winner took place every day throughout February. Voting was open to all Long Islanders and networks of school communities reached out to encourage others to vote for their favorite teacher.
How do you get salt out of saltwater? Does a family have the same type of fingerprints? What makes taco sauce an effective penny cleaner? These were just some of the questions that were answered at the Hicksville Gregory Museum Science Fair this past weekend.
Almost 50 students in first through 12th grade presented their projects to a group of judges in the basement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Stephen on Saturday. The 36 projects (excluding those submitted by first and second graders) were experiments that followed the scientific method. Students were judged on how well they followed the scientific method, their originality and how much thought they put into it.
The Hicksville School District chorus concert brought together the developing voices from all nine public schools for a one-night songfest at the high school. Twenty-one participants had achieved All-County Chorus status.
The Hicksville High School robotics team,”J-Birds”, got to show off weeks of hard work recently at the regional robotics competition at Hofstra University. The J-Birds competed against both local and national teams in the “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”—or FIRST—regional robotics competition, placing 32 out of 50 teams.
Students at Hicksville Middle School took to the stage to debut Once Upon a Mattress last weekend. The sixth, seventh and eighth graders put on three spectacular performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Learning is a lifelong process, that goes well beyond graduation. Local residents can keep learning, meet other members of the community and stay active year-round with the Hicksville Continuing Education Program, which is offered through the school district.
The program offers fall and spring sessions that last from six to eight weeks, and offers activities, lessons and more. This Continuing Education program has been running for over 20 years according to director Meghan Dowling-Lewis.
Elementary students throughout the Hicksville School District are volunteering their time after school to be “Little Doctors,” a program that trains students to assist donors at blood drives.
“The children use the opportunity to get involved in community service and learn the importance of donating blood to those in need,” said Burns Avenue School Principal Michael Dunn of the program, that recently held a blood drive in his building.
Upon retirement, the U.S. Navy presents retirees with a flag that is flown over the location of their choice in commemoration of their years of military service. Hicksville High School Class of 1988 alumnus Thomas Schiffer, Naval Musician First Class (Surface Warfare), requested his flag be flown over his alma mater.
With deep appreciation for Schiffer’s 20 years of service, a special flag raising ceremony was held at Hicksville High School on March 4. Kim Wesson and Tony Walker, President and Vice President of the Hicksville High School Class of 1988, respectively, witnessed the raising of the flag while a brass quintet played “America the Beautiful.” The high school quintet was comprised of Jeremy Lopez and Matthew Tyler on trumpet, Bryan Reyes on french horn, William Sullivan on trombone and Christos Dimopoulos on tuba.
Students at Hicksville Middle School have been working hard to prepare for their upcoming performance of Once Upon a Mattress, which debuts next weekend.
Once Upon a Mattress retells the story of The Princess and the Pea in musical form. The director in charge of the production, Thomas DePalo, works with the students to create a memorable performance not only for his students, but also for the audience.
On a cold night last week, the stage crew of Hicksville High School was still hard at work way past twilight. “We’ve been here since three,” said student Gabe Membreno. “And I don’t think we will be leaving tonight until 9 or 10.”
The passion the group has is palpable as one walks into the main auditorium at the school. Everyone is busy with the tasks that need to get done for the day in order to meet set deadlines. After all, the upcoming play depends on it.
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