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
The students at the Hicksville Nursery School returned to class on Sept. 16, full of energy and ready to learn. The children met their new teachers and made new friends. Hicksville Nursery School, founded in 1967, is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, cooperative nursery school.
The school is located at 115 West Cherry Street in Hicksville and offers openings for the playgroup for two-year-olds, nursery care for three-year-olds, and Pre-K for four-year-olds. Visit www.hicksvillenurseryschool.org or call 516-681-8246 for information.
More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds.
A 60-year reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Huntington Hilton. Previous graduates are also invited. Contact Judy at 516-249-7013
The General Douglas MacArthur High School Reunion for the class of 1963 will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Melville Marriott Hotel (1350 Walt Whitman Rd. in Melville). The cutoff date to purchase tickets is October 1. For details or to register, visit www.reunionmanager.net/reunion_registration.php?class_id=142551&reunion=GEN+DOUGLAS+MACARTHUR+SENIOR+HIGH+SCHOOL&class_of=1963
Local teacher Walter Weil is ready to close the books after 34 years of educating students. The technology teacher from the Hicksville School District will be retiring after 14 years of teaching there. Weil was the technology teacher in both the Hicksville High School and the middle school.
His time spent at Hicksville Middle School was special to him, especially this year. “The middle school was like a family to me,” said Weil. “The people were closer and closer and nicer and nicer.” His time spent in the school district was a happy one because of how he was treated by all.
Michael Romanik, sociology-criminology major from Hicksville, moves bags of clothing into his new residence hall at Mount Saint Mary College. A sunny Hudson Valley day provided a beautiful backdrop for new students moving into Mount Saint Mary College on Aug. 24. Activities as they began their academic journey included moving in, signing onto the campus wide wireless internet, and dropping by the campus store. Student attended a welcome mass before they bade their families farewell.
Karen Massaro is ready to close the books on teaching. She has dedicated 32 years to the Hicksville School District, where she served as a music teacher.
Massaro has taught at several schools during her tenure in the district. She taught at East Street Elementary School for 13 years, Woodland Elementary School for 10 years, Lee Avenue Elementary School for 12 years and Dutch Lane Elementary School for seven years. Splitting her time in between schools for many years was no easy task.
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