Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors Mr. DePalo, Ms. Haddock, and Mr. Starr for their amazing production of The Lion King. The production made history with sold out shows on Friday and Saturday. The coordination and choreography was truly breathtaking given that almost one hundred and twenty students participated in all aspects of the production. Talent abounded as students performed not only on stage but in the aisles as well. The directors creatively utilized all areas of the auditorium to create a surround sound effect as students chanted from the rear and down the aisles as they joined in with their counterparts on stage. Special thanks to the stage crew for all of their help behind the scenes to keep the production running smoothly and successfully. A great job by all!!
The district honored the community’s senior citizens during its 24th annual Spring Senior Citizen Luncheon at the high school. The guests were served delicious meals by student-volunteers in a ballroom-type setting in one of the school’s gymnasiums, and were also treated to remarkable performances by student-musicians, including “New York, New York” by the jazz ensemble; a duet of “I Can’t Help Myself” by student-vocalists; and “Bop Talk” by the saxophone quartet.
As part of an annual tradition, Hicksville schools honored district staff members, PTA members and one special honored guest at the Founders Day dinner and awards ceremony held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The district’s central administration, Board of Education, teachers and PTA members were in attendance to pay homage to the district’s founding fathers by celebrating the service of those who exhibit that same dedication today. While staff and PTA members of each of the district’s nine schools were honored with plaques, one distinguished individual — District Director of Facilities and Operations David Bell — was recognized for his extraordinary work ethic and commitment.
The district Board of Education hosted a Secondary Student and Staff Recognition Ceremony to honor standout members of its middle and high school communities. The program began with musical performances by students starring in the high school’s theatrical production of “Spamalot,” and was followed by the ceremonial certificate distribution. Presentation of the awards were led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso, alternating members of the Board of Education, building principals — Raymond Williams of the high school and Mara Jorisch of the middle school — and department supervisors.
Students throughout the district celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss on March 2 — also known as National Read Across America Day — by participating in a variety of related reading activities in its elementary schools. At Burns Avenue, younger students were paired off with upperclassmen to read Seuss books together. Prior to the reading activity, students created red-and-white paper top hats to resemble the iconic headdress from one of Seuss’ most popular books, “The Cat in the Hat.”
Hicksville High School’s theatre department presented its rendition of “Spamalot” to district staff members, students and the community. The play, directed by theatre teacher Caitlin Cassidy, featured spirited performances by students, including CJ Sprinkle, Alex Nadelman, Daniella Diaz, Jonathan Livi, Kenny Goubran, Jeremy Lopez and Bridgette Diasparra. Pit orchestra director Chad Wyman, vocal music director Michelle Emeric, technical director Catherine Temps and their students displayed a tireless commitment to ensure that “Spamalot” was a success. The performances highlighted the amazing talents of students and teachers alike.
District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso welcomed special guest speaker Dr. Robert J. Manley of Dowling College for the year’s third Supe’s On event. Supe’s On, a new initiative intended to expand the avenues of communication between Dr. Bonuso and district residents, serves as a casual forum of conversation over soup and coffee. In a presentation titled “What Every Child Should Know Before Entering School,” Dr. Manley and Dr. Bonuso spoke about what parents and families can do with students of pre-school age to prepare them for their academic careers. Dr. Bonuso emphasized early childhood and spoke about the importance of excellence through equity.
Students and staff at Lee Avenue participated in National Bubble Gum Day to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students were given permission to chew gum throughout the day if they donated 50 cents to the worthy cause; more than $430 was raised as a result. As part of the special day, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso also read “Bubble-Gum Artist” by Lester Fizz to students in class. The day served as a fun and educational way for students to learn the importance of altruism.
The middle school Kickline team, coached by Rachel Fennelly and Ashley Gibbs, placed first in both Hip Hop and Kick at the Scholastic Kickline Competition at Nassau Community College. The district extends its congratulations to the team for its stellar work.
Kindergartners at Old Country Road celebrated their 100th day of school with a variety of educational and Common Core-aligned activities related to the number 100. The students created posters demonstrating their abilities to count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s, and also created a 100th day snack, a 100th day hat and wrote about what they would do if they had $100. The day served to commemorate a kindergarten milestone for the students, while providing a basis for several creative activities.