There is an ancient curse on the village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine. The inhabitants have been afflicted with the detriment of stupidity by the vengeful Vladimir Yousekevitch. The only man who seems to have the ability to break the curse is a travelling English teacher named Leon Tolchinsky. Tolchinsky finds himself in a conundrum. He is in a race against the clock to help teach a young woman named Sophia Zubritsky become smarter, while at the same time finding himself precariously in love with the same young woman.
Holy Trinity Diocesan High School celebrated Homecoming on Saturday, Oct.19, naming seniors Bernadette Mullane of North Baldwin and Jonathan Trencheny of Rockville Centre, the “Titan Spirit Award” winners.
Six seniors (three boys and three girls) were nominated by the faculty and staff for the awards with the entire senior class voting for their choice. Other nominees were Hicksville’s Sara Fagan and Kelly Lyons, Cory Robinson of Bethpage and Kevin Carman of Malverne.
The Spirit Award winners were announced during the extended halftime festivities, which included performances by the cheerleaders and kickline teams. Excitement was high overall with more than 2,000 attendees and Holy Trinity winning the traditional Homecoming football game over Monsignor Farrell High School 21-14.
-From Holy Trinity High School
Hicksville High School students and their parents broadened the scope of their college search and learned more about the application process during the annual District College Fair. Students were given the opportunity to discuss academic programs, acceptance criteria and campus life with representatives from 70 different institutions, including Penn State University, Colgate University, Emory University, St. John’s University and the University of Notre Dame. Students were advised prior to the two-hour event to factor in location, academic major, campus size, competitiveness and cost when considering application to a college or university.
Students at Dutch Lane School in Hicksville produced colorful paper pinwheels inscribed with messages of unity, tolerance and harmony as part of their continued participation in “Pinwheels for Peace,” a global art initiative in celebration of National Peace Day. They placed their pinwheels into the ground of the school peace garden on Sept. 20.
The students expressed their hopes for peace through words and illustrations on paper pinwheels, which also served to reinforce their academic vocabulary, a Common Core Learning Standard important in the development of skills for college and careers. Through their participation, students learned to appreciate that the “21st-century classroom” is a setting where people from different cultures and with different experiences and perspectives learn and work together peacefully.
Hicksville fourth-grade students at Old Country Road School celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day with an array of classroom activities ranging from lessons rooted in science and math to the making of applesauce.
Teachers Patricia Collier, Donna Kobilca and Christine Moir introduced the subject matter with a thought-provoking literacy lesson designed to help students discern the differences between the legacy of the real man, John Chapman, and his mythical alter ego Johnny Appleseed.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, a group of 25 Holy Trinity students and the school’s campus ministry team joined with a group from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School for the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s pilgrimage to the Washington, DC. They met with over 3,000 pilgrims from all over Long Island at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Incoming sixth-graders and their parents congregated in the Hicksville Middle School gymnasium for the annual orientation program on Sept. 4. The students were greeted by Principal Mara Jorisch, who assured them that their time at the middle school would be a positive journey.
“The middle school is a wonderful place,” Jorisch stated. “We are excited to help each student reach his or her potential.”
As is tradition, the entire Holy Trinity community recently celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which is held the first Thursday of the school year. The mass is celebrated to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. Since it is held outside on the football field, it has been dubbed “Mass on the Grass.”
Hicksville High School celebrated homecoming last weekend, as families, students and faculty reveled all things “Comets.” High school clubs and parent associations set up booths, selling baked goods and other treats. Attendees enjoyed games, had their faces painted, won prizes and spent a beautiful day outside with friends and family.
Our Lady of Mercy’s 4th grade classes in Hicksville visited the Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage, on Sept. 20. The students spoke with Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, the first United States Volunteer Cavalry.
President Roosevelt told the students of the Roughriders adventures in Florida and Cuba. A highlight was the Rough demonstrations on horseback. The Agricultural Society sponsored an old time fair contests for baking, art, quilting and more.
The children participated in old time games, learned to make musical instruments from vegetables, and visited the historical buildings.
Submitted by Syntax for the Hicksville Schools
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