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.
Each year, thousands of animals end up in shelters in desperate need of healing and care. Volunteers like Kyrstin Stehle provide that much-needed love and attention, giving countless animals a second chance at life.
Stehle, who has worked for the past 16 years as an ESL teacher at East Street Elementary School and is also a member of the Hicksville Congress of Teachers, loves children, enjoys languages, and is committed to helping animals in need at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Wantagh.
Based on their strong performance at the Western Long Island Regional Competition on Feb. 8, the Hicksville Middle School Science Olympiad team will compete in the New York State competition in Rochester on April 4 and 5.
After learning about the 247 “superfund” clean-up sites contaminated with hazardous chemicals across Long Island, students in the Doshi STEM Program at Nassau BOCES decided to take action. The young scientists, which included Hicksville’s Harleen Anand and Adil Ansari, conducted testing for heavy metal contaminants in the local ecosystem including lead, arsenic and mercury. Students went out in the field to take coastal samples from Caumsett State Park, to compare with samples from a superfund site 10 miles away in Glen Cove. They prepared and tested the samples at Brookhaven National Laboratory, conducing x-ray fluorescence tests using the lab’s state-of-the-art Synchrotron Light Source. To present their findings, the students created scientific posters.
— From Nassau BOCES
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