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     2019-2020 School Calendar & Parent Guide
Hicksville PUBLIC SCHOOLS - 2019-2020 scHool calendar & Parent Guide

     A Note from the Superintendent of Schools                                     BOARD OF EDUCATION                                    The dates for all scheduled Board meetings
                                                                                       Your Board of Education is composed of         and budget meetings are indicated on page 4
Dear Members of Our School Community,                                                                                                 of the calendar. Public notice will be given
                                                                                   local residents, charged by state law to provide
    Welcome to the 2019-2020 new school year!                                      for district youngsters. They are elected by       for any date not indicated on the calendar.
And what a new year it will be, as each building                                                                                      Meeting notices are posted at all district
has benefitted from community support for the                                      district residents to represent them in setting
school budget and with funds from the bond,                                        policies and hiring administrative staff to        schools, the Administration Building and the
capital and maintenance allocations.                                               carry out these policies and objectives. Board     Hicksville Public Library.
    Our elementary schools at Burns, Dutch, Fork
and Old Country Road will open with brand new                                      members serve without pay for a three-year
library media centers ready to welcome students
into 21st-century learning environments. When
                                                                                   term. Throughout the year, they attend             Board of Education Members
visiting East Street School, please note that the                                  seminars and workshops offered for new             Phil Heckler, President
main office has been relocated to the first floor by the gym right next to         officers and trustees by regional organizations.   Brenda Judson, Vice President
the new security entrance. All of our school buildings will have certain
instructional spaces upgraded to the most current heating, ventilation
                                                                                   The Board of Education welcomes residents,         Carla Hoene, Secretary
and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Please see your building principal            staff members and other interested persons to      Kevin J. Carroll, Trustee
regarding these classrooms.                                                        its meetings. Decisions made by your elected
    The middle school will open with new ceiling and lighting throughout
                                                                                                                                      Christopher Amato, Trustee
the building, a new security “man trap” system and vestibule at the                school Board affect the education of your          Sunita Manjrekar, Trustee
Jerusalem Avenue entrance, new cafeteria flooring, and a renovated health          children and the well-being of the Hicksville      Linda Imbriale, Trustee
    The high school will open with a new cafeteria and relocated tennis            community. The Board encourages members
courts. Renovation of the high school auditorium will continue until mid-          of the community to attend all Board meetings.     Board of Education members can be
year and we are looking forward to beginning construction on the aquatic
center midfall. Please access the district website to follow the progress of all                                                      contacted at 516-733-2106.
    Exciting learning opportunities will continue for our students, including
                                                                                   Meeting Format
the district Pre-K program at Burns, Dutch and Woodland, expansion of                 The Board of Education holds committee
Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) to grade 4, a new                meetings encompassing the areas of curriculum,
elementary science program and Olweus, the new social-emotional learning
program for grades K-5.                                                            facilities, finance, policy and safety. These
    Secondary students will enjoy new courses in Advanced Placement                meetings occur monthly in the Administration
Research, Financial Algebra, Food for Thought, The ABC’s of Positive
Living, Medical Science and new textbooks for French.                              Building and specific dates and times are listed
    We offer you this School Calendar and Parent Guide as a                        in this calendar.
communication tool to keep you informed. This year we have placed all                 The Board of Education also meets on a
the Board of Education committee and advisory meetings at the back of the
calendar for your scheduling convenience. We welcome your attendance               monthly basis to conduct district business.
and participation at the Board of Education meetings in strengthening              Meetings are usually held in the Board Room
home-school connections. I welcome and encourage your participation
and look forward to sharing, with pride, our commitment in providing               of the Administration Building. The format         2019-2020 BOE Trustees (front, from left) Secretary
outstanding opportunities to prepare our students for a world they will            for these meetings is as follows:                  Carla Hoene, President Phil Heckler and Vice President
meet upon graduation and beyond.                                                   7:00-8:30 p.m. Executive Session                   Brenda Judson; (back, from left) Christopher Amato,
                                                                                                                                      Sunita Manjrekar, Kevin J. Carroll and Linda Imbriale.
Sincerely,                                                                         8:30 p.m.            Action Meeting
Marianne Litzman
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AUGUST 2019                                                                                                                                                                                       OCTOBER 2019
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                                                                     SEPTEMBER 2019                                                                                                                S M T

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11 12 13 14 15   16   17                                                                      C H A RA C T ER ED UC A T I O N F O C US :                                                          13 14 15   16   17   18   19
18 19 20 21 22   23   24                                                                                                                                                                          20 21 22   23   24   25   26
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                                                                                          COMMUN I T Y                                                                                            27 28 29   30   31

        Sunday                          Monday                              Tuesday                      Wednesday                      Thursday                       Friday                    Saturday
                           1                                     2                             3                              4                            5                               6                                7
                                LABOR DAY                            Staff Orientation                                             • Pre-K Orientation Burns,   • Pre-K First Day Burns,
                                                                                                     First Day of Classes
                                SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED               SCHOOLS CLOSED/OFFICES                                           Dutch, Woodland             Dutch, Woodland
                                                                     OPEN                                                          • PTA Presidents Mtg. w/

                           8                                     9                           10                             11                           12                            13                              14
                                • MS Fall Sports Begin               • Elementary PTA Mtgs.          • Booster Club Mtg. @ HS     •E  lementary School
                                • PTA Council Mtg. @ HS                                          7:30 P.M.                     Open House
                                                                       urriculum Council Mtg.
                                         8:00 P.M.                    @ Admin. Bldg. 4:00 P.M.                                     • HS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.

                           15                               16                               17                             18                           19                            20                              21
                                • PSAT Registration                                                 • BOE Committee Mtg.         •M
                                                                                                                                     S Back to School Night    • MS Dance 7:00-9:00 P.M.
                                • HS Twilight Program                                                  @ Admin. Bldg. 7:00 P.M.    7:00 P.M.
                                • Financial Aid Night
                                   7:00 P.M. @ HS

                                   MAP Testing Gr. 3-8
                                      Sept. 16-27

                           22                               23                              24                              25                           26                            27                              28
                                • HS Picture Day                    • HS Picture Day               •B  OE Mtg. @ Admin Bldg.    •H
                                                                                                                                     S Back to School Night
                                • MS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.            • HS College Fair 7:00 P.M.       8:30 P.M.                   7:00 P.M.
                                • Fall Adult Continuing             • SEPTA Mtg. @ MS 7:30 P.M.   • Band Parents Association
                                   Education Begins                                                     Mtg. @ HS 7:30 P.M.

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                                RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY                                                                                                                                                 page 22 of the
                                SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED                                                                                                                                           calendar for the
                                                                                                                                                                                               Board of Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Committee and
                                                                                                                                                                                                Advisory meeting
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      Holidays & School Recesses                                                  Budget & Election Dates
                                                                                      Budget Adoption – April 21
                                                                                       Voter Registration – May 5
Sept. 2............................ Labor Day                                       Annual Budget Hearing – May 6
Sept. 30-Oct. 1.............. Religious Holidays                                Budget Vote & Trustee Election – May 19
Oct. 9............................ Religious Holiday
Oct. 14.......................... Columbus Day                                         Important
Nov. 5............................ Election Day/Supt. Conf. Day                Board of Education Dates
Nov. 11.......................... Veterans Day Observance                           7:00 Executive Session Meeting
Nov. 28-29.................... Thanksgiving Recess                              8:30 PM Action Meeting/Public Session
Dec. 23-Jan. 1................ Holiday Recess                                      Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Jan. 20........................... Martin Luther King Jr. Day                      Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Feb. 17-21..................... Winter Recess                                      Wednesday, November 20, 2019
                                                                                   Wednesday, December 11, 2019
April 9-17...................... Spring Recess
                                                                                    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
May 22-25..................... Memorial Day Recess                                 Wednesday, February 12, 2020
                                                                                    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
*There are 3 snow days built into this calendar. If 4 days or more are
                                                                                      Tuesday, April 21, 2020
used, instructional days will be regained in this order, April 9, 17, and 16.
                                                                                      Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Additional modifications may be made to the calendar depending on the
total number of lost days of instruction due to weather or emergency days.
                                                                                     Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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SEPTEMBER 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                 NOVEMBER 2019
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15   16   17   18   19   20   21                                                                      C H A RA C T ER ED UC A T I O N F O C US :                                                              10 11 12 13 14 15    16
22   23   24   25   26   27   28                                                                                                                                                                              17 18 19 20 21 22    23
29   30
                                                                                                      T E A MWOR K                                                                                            24 25 26 27 28 29    30

               Sunday                           Monday                             Tuesday                      Wednesday                       Thursday                       Friday                        Saturday

        Please refer to
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        page 22 of the                                                      RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY               •D  eadline to Register for   • MS Picture Day           •M  S Picture Day
                                                                            SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED             November SATs                                           • Secondary Progress
       calendar for the
     Board of Education                                                                                     • Booster Club Mtg. @ HS                                     Reports
                                                                                                               7:30 P.M.
       Committee and
      Advisory meeting                                                                                         MAP Testing Gr. K-2
           schedule.                                                                                               Oct. 2-18

                                   6                                 7                                8                               9                           10                           11                            12
                                        • PTA Council Mtg. @ Burns   •E  lementary PTA Mtgs.        RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY              • HS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.   •H
                                                                                                                                                                         S Spirit Day                 •H  omecoming Fair
                                                 8:00 P.M.                  • Curriculum Council Mtg.      SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED                                                                        10:00 A.M.
                                                                               @ Admin. Bldg. 4:00 P.M.                                                                                                • Homecoming Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2:00 P.M. @ HS

                                   13                              14                               15                              16                            17                           18                            19
                                        COLUMBUS DAY                                                                                                                   •S
                                                                                                                                                                         heltering Drill –            • PSAT Administered @ HS
                                                                                                           •B  OE Committee Mtg.                                       Schools Will Dismiss
                                        SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED
                                                                                                              @ Admin. Bldg. 7:00 P.M.                                  15 Minutes Early
                                                                                                           • Band Parents Association
                                                                                                              Mtg. @ HS 7:30 P.M.

                                   20                              21                              22                               23                            24                           25                            26
                                        • HS Senior Portrait Make-          • HS Senior Portrait Make-      • HS Senior Portrait Make-     •T
                                                                                                                                             ri-M Recital @ HS        • S afe Halloween @ HS
                                          Up Days                              Up Days                        Up Days                       7:00 P.M.                     4:00-6:00 P.M. (Elementary
                                        • MS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.            • PTA Presidents Mtg. w/                                                                     Students Only)
                                                                               Superintendent                                                                          • MS Dance 7:00-9:00 P.M.
                                                                            • Elementary Schools Closed
                                                                            • Elementary Evening Parent

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                                                                              urriculum Council Mtg.       •B
                                                                                                              OE Mtg. @ Admin. Bldg.
                                                                             @ Admin. Bldg. 4:00 P.M.        8:30 P.M.
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                          Attendance                                        celebrity night, etc.), suspension from other privileges (i.e., senior
                                                                            lunch privileges, senior parking, etc.) or in-school suspension.
                                                                                                                                                        516-733-2177 for recorded messages indicating whether school
                                                                                                                                                        is open or closed. In addition, log on to the district’s website at
     The Board of Education recognizes that regular school attendance
is a major component of academic success. Through implementation                 The Board of Education recognizes an important relationship            www.hicksvillepublicschools.org or www.news12.com for up-to-date
of the attendance policy, the Board expects to reduce unexcused             between class attendance and student performance. Consequently,             school closing information. The determination to open school will
absences, encourage full attendance by all students, maintain an            each marking period a student’s final grade will be based on                be made based on information available regarding road conditions,
adequate attendance record-keeping system, identify patterns of             classroom participation as well as the student’s performance on
                                                                                                                                                        visibility and other safety factors, but the final responsibility to
student absence and develop effective intervention strategies to            homework, tests, papers, projects, etc. Students (K-12) are expected
                                                                            to attend all scheduled classes. Consistent with the importance of          send children to school on inclement days rests with the parents or
improve attendance. To ensure the success of this endeavor, students,                                                                                   guardians. The safety of our children traveling to and from school is
parents, teachers and administrators will be made aware of the              classroom participation, any absence from class which is not made up
                                                                            shall result in the loss of points from the student’s class participation   a prime concern during winter months.
purpose, procedures and consequences of noncompliance for the
                                                                            grade for the marking period. The manner in which the loss of points
policy. Copies will also be available to the community and will appear
in district publications.                                                   may be reflected will vary according to the school level. Any student                 Sheltering/Early Dismissal Drill
                                                                            who misses a class is expected upon his or her return to consult with           The annual sheltering and early dismissal drill will be held on
     The policy addresses excused absences and unexcused absences                                                                                       Oct. 18, 2019. Buses will leave the schools 15 minutes earlier than
and tardiness. Excused absences are defined as absences due to              his/her teachers regarding missed work. At the early elementary level,
                                                                            parents are expected to consult with the teacher regarding missed           normal dismissal time. Please make any necessary arrangements for
personal illness; illness or death in the family; impassable roads or
                                                                            work. If the absence is excused, the student may earn his or her            that day. This drill is a requirement of the New York State Education
weather; religious observance; quarantine; required court appearances;
                                                                            classroom participation grade by arranging an assignment with the           Department.
medical/dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the
school day; approved college visits; military obligations; or such other    teacher to cover the work missed.
reasons as may be approved. All other unapproved absences, tardiness             In implementing this policy, students who are unable to attend                               Visiting the Schools
or early departures are considered unexcused absences. All absences         a class on a given day/period due to their participation in a school-           The Board of Education adopted a policy and set procedures
must be accounted for. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the      sponsored activity (i.e., music lessons, field trips, etc.) may arrange     regarding visits during the school day other than those made by
school office on the morning of the absence or tardiness and to             with their teachers to make up any work missed. This also applies           family members attending scheduled school functions or transporting
provide a written excuse upon the student’s return to school. After         to any student who is absent from school due to illness who either          their children to and from school.
five consecutive absences, as per Board policy, it will be necessary to     receives home instruction from the district or makes arrangements               Visits are authorized for parents conferring with staff members
submit a physician’s note.                                                  with the teacher to make up the work missed. Students will be               about a child’s program, and former students obtaining necessary
     Attendance will be taken during each class period at the secondary     given the opportunity to turn in a late assignment for inclusion            records or addressing classes and programs arranged by supervisors
level and on a daily basis on the elementary level. At the conclusion       in the calculation of the performance portion of their final grade.         or administrators. In addition, persons transacting business or
of each class period or school day, all attendance information shall be     Makeup opportunities must be completed by a date specified by the           performing instructional duties, chaperones for school activities, or
compiled and provided to the appropriate individual(s) responsible          student’s teacher for the class or subject in question.
                                                                                  At the secondary level, any student with more than nine               Board of Elections workers on official business are also authorized.
for attendance. The nature of an absence (full day, class cut) shall be                                                                                     All visitors must show photo ID and sign in upon arrival. If a
coded on a student’s record. Student absence/class cut data will be         absences for one-half year or 18 absences for a full year that are
                                                                            not made up will not receive credit for that course. To ensure that         prior appointment has not been arranged, approval of the principal is
available to be reviewed by attendance officers or other appropriate                                                                                    required and the visit must be limited to a specific location. Visitors
school personnel. The following individuals will be responsible for         parents and students are aware of the implications of this minimum
                                                                            attendance requirement, the teacher and other appropriate school            are asked to leave the building promptly when their business is
overseeing, monitoring attendance and initiating appropriate action:                                                                                    concluded.
principal (elementary schools), assistant principal (middle and high        personnel will counsel the student and contact the parent by
                                                                            telephone and mail at appropriate intervals prior to the student                In accordance with Board policy, signs are posted in all school
school). Where additional information is received from a student                                                                                        buildings warning that unauthorized presence in schools or on school
during a student/staff conference that requires corrections to be           reaching nine or 18 absences. Only students with excused absences
                                                                            will be given the opportunity to make up a test for the inclusion in        grounds will be subject to prosecution for loitering under section
made to a student’s attendance records, such correction will be made
immediately. Notice of such a change will be sent to appropriate            the calculation of the performance portion of their final grade.            240.35 of the Penal Law.
school personnel (i.e., homeroom teachers, attendance officer, etc.).
     Each school will maintain an attendance honor roll, which                          Emergency School Closings
will be published quarterly, identifying those students with perfect              In the event that inclement weather causes us to close schools                      SCHOOL HOURS
and near-perfect attendance at the elementary level and perfect             for the day, families with current contact information on file will be
attendance at the secondary level.                                          notified through an automated calling system, and announcements              Burns Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
     Generally, disciplinary sanctions will be imposed progressively.       will be called into the following radio and television stations:             Dutch Lane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
This means a pupil’s first unexcused absence, tardiness or early
                                                                                                                                                         Fork Lane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
departure will usually merit a lighter penalty than subsequent              WCBS-AM (880)            News 12 L.I.              Channel 5 FOX             Old Country Road. . . . . . . . . . .           8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
violations. In accordance with the district’s Code of Conduct,
                                                                                                                                                         East Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
                                                                            WABC-TV (Ch 7)           WNBC-TV (Ch 4)                                      Lee Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
the following range of disciplinary sanctions may be imposed to                                                                                          Woodland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
                                                                            WINS-AM (1010)           KJOY-FM (98.3)
discourage unexcused pupil absences, tardiness and early departure:                                                                                      Middle School. . . . . . . . . . . . . .        7:25 a.m.-2:20 p.m.
written or oral notification to parents, detention, suspension from             If these announcements are not broadcast, or if you missed               High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       7:35 a.m.-2:25 p.m.
recreation participation, suspension from athletic participation,           hearing the listings on the air, call the district’s snow hotline at
suspension from social or extracurricular activities (i.e., proms, senior

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           Sunday                         Monday                          Tuesday                      Wednesday                         Thursday                           Friday                            Saturday

  Please refer to
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       page 22 of the                                                                                                                                             •D
                                                                                                                                                                    eadline to Submit                   • S AT Reasoning Test/SAT
      calendar for the                                                                                                                                             College Applications Due                 Subject Tests 8:00 A.M.
                                                                                                                                                                   Jan. 1, 2020
    Board of Education
      Committee and
     Advisory meeting

                               3                               4                              5                              6                              7                                       8                                     9
                                      TA Council Mtg. @ Dutch     ELECTION DAY                     •H  S Picture Makeup Day     •D
                                                                                                                                    eadline to Register for      • End of First Quarter –
                                     8:00 P.M.                     SCHOOLS CLOSED/                  • BOE Committee Mtg.          December SATs                           Secondary Schools
                                                                   STAFF REPORTS                       @ Admin. Bldg. 7:00 P.M.   • S enior Citizen Luncheon
                                                                   Superintendent’s                                                  @ HS 2:00 P.M.
                                                                   Conference Day for Staff                                       •H  S PTSA Meeting
                                                                                                                                     7:30 P.M.

                               10                          11                               12                             13                              14                                       15                                   16
                                    VETERANS DAY                   •C
                                                                     urriculum Council Mtg.       • Band Parents Assn. Mtg.     •H
                                                                                                                                    S Fall Drama @ MS		          •H  S Fall Drama @ MS		               •H
                                                                                                                                                                                                           S Fall Drama @ MS
                                    OBSERVANCE                      @ Admin. Bldg. 4:00 P.M.          @ HS 7:30 P.M.               7:00 P.M.                         7:00 P.M.                            7:00 P.M.
                                    SCHOOLS/OFFICES                •E
                                                                     lementary School PTA         • HS Booster Club Meeting                                     • MS Spirit Night 7:00-9:00 P.M.
                                    CLOSED                          Mtgs.                             7:30 P.M.
                                                                   • HS Wrestling Begins
                                                                   • MS Winter I Sports Begin

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                                    •H  S Winter Sports Begin     • PTA Presidents/Principals     • BOE Mtg. @ Admin. Bldg.    •E  lementary Schools Closed
                                    • MS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.         Dinner @ Crest Hollow            8:30 P.M.                     Afternoon
                                                                                                    • MS Picture Retake Day      • Elementary Afternoon
                                                                                                                                     Parent Conferences
                                                                                                                                  • SEPTA Mtg. @ Parent
                                                                                                                                     Center 7:30 P.M.

                               24                          25                               26                            27                             28                                     29                                       30
                                      TA Presidents Mtg. w/                                       • Alumni Day @ HS

                                                                                                                                                THANKSGIVING RECESS –
                                                                                                                                               SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED
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            Parent-Teacher Association                                       resolving complaints and for reviewing appeals from decisions of Local
                                                                             Education Agencies (LEA/District). Complaints concerning violations
                                                                                                                                                           ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation,
                                                                                                                                                           gender and sex. The Dignity Act coordinators for each school are:
     Active involvement in PTA is one of the many ways parents can
participate in their children’s education. Each school in the district       of ESEA Title I, Parts A, C, and D, or of the General Education
has a PTA unit which belongs to the national organization founded            Provisions Act; or of Section 100.2(ee) Academic Intervention Services            Burns Avenue                John Comer	516-733-2311
in 1897, and is dedicated to the improvement of education, health,           of the Regulations of the Commissioner are covered by these procedures.           Dutch Lane                  Janine Rossi      516-733-2361
safety and protection of children. In addition, the Special Education        Visit www.hicksvillepublicschools.org for more information.                       East Street                 Jean-Marie Serra	516-733-2321
Parent-Teacher Association (SEPTA) is concerned with children                                                                                                  Fork Lane                   Chris Scardino    516-733-2341
who require special educational services in order to develop to their                              Code of Conduct                                             Lee Avenue                  Stephanie Stam    516-733-2351
full potential. The Hicksville Council of PTAs is the coordinating                The Hicksville Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and           Old Country Road            Laura McConnell   516-733-2301
body, with its own executive committee and representatives from              orderly school environment where students may receive and Hicksville              Woodland                    Beth Swanson      516-733-2331
individual units. Together they work toward the same goal shared by          Public Schools personnel may deliver quality educational services                 Middle School               Mara Jorisch      516-733-2261
the district as a whole – excellence in educational opportunities for        without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students,             High School                 Raymond Williams 516-733-2201
all Hicksville students.                                                     teachers, other Hicksville School District personnel, parents and other
                                                                                                                                                               Districtwide:               Rosemarie Coletti 516-733-2125
     PTA sponsors a wide variety of special activities for parents and       visitors is essential to achieving this goal.
students. At the annual Founders Day celebration, PTA honors                      The Code lists expectations of the district’s essential partners in
                                                                             this effort, including parents, teachers, coaches/advisers, guidance
individuals, including staff members and parents, who have made
                                                                             counselors, psychologists, social workers, support staff, principals,                                Nondiscrimination
outstanding contributions to PTA’s goals and objectives.                                                                                                        Hicksville Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis
     The interest and involvement of parents in education is a vital part    administrators, superintendent and the Board of Education. A list of
                                                                             these responsibilities is available on the district website or the main       of economic status, intellectual ability, race, national background,
of the process, and PTA invites all parents and teachers to join and                                                                                       religion, disability, sex or age in any of its educational programs or
participate. Each PTA unit holds executive board meetings as noted on        office of each school.
                                                                                        • Prohibited Student Conduct                                       activities, or in its employment practices. Title IX of the Educational
the calendar. If you would like information regarding meeting times                                                                                        Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
and locations, please contact your unit president.                                      • Reporting Violations
                                                                                        • Disciplinary Penalties, Procedures and Referrals                 (as amended), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the
                                                                                                                                                           Age Discrimination Act, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex,
                      Student Records                                                   • Student Dress Code
                                                                                        • Student Rights                                                   disability and age, respectively. This policy of nondiscrimination
     Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, parents of
                                                                                        • Student Responsibilities                                         includes: recruitment and employment of employees, salaries, pay
students under age 18, and students or graduates age 18 or older, may
                                                                                                                                                           and other benefits, counseling services to students, student access to
review, obtain copies (for a nominal fee), and challenge the accuracy
                                                                                                                                                           course offerings, educational programs, and other activities.
or fairness of the student’s educational records. Board policy regarding
specific procedures to obtain access to educational records can be found
                                                                              Dignity for All Students Act – Student                                            Inquiries concerning the application of this policy on
                                                                                                                                                           nondiscrimination, or complaints of discrimination based upon any
in the main office of each school and in the community services office        Bullying Prevention Intervention Policy                                      of the above-referenced categories, may be directed to the following
at the Administration Building.                                                   The Board of Education of the Hicksville Union Free School
     Complaints regarding the district’s failure to make records                                                                                           individual designated to coordinate the district’s efforts to comply
                                                                             District is committed to providing an educational environment that
available, or to respond adequately to challenges about accuracy                                                                                           with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, Section 504,
                                                                             promotes respect, dignity and equality. The Board recognizes that
or fairness, should be forwarded to the Superintendent’s Office,                                                                                           ADA and the Age Discrimination Act.
                                                                             students’ ability to learn and to meet high academic standards and a
200 Division Ave., Hicksville, NY 11801-4800. Subsequent complaints                                                                                             Coordination of activities relating to compliance with Title
                                                                             school’s ability to educate its students are compromised by incidents of
may be filed in writing to: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy                                                                                      IX, Section 504 Adults, ADA and the Age Discrimination Act is
                                                                             bullying or harassment.
Act Office, Department of Education, 330 Independence Ave. S.W.,                                                                                           the responsibility of the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel,
                                                                                  Therefore, it is the policy of the district to prohibit bullying,
Washington, DC 20201.                                                                                                                                      Hicksville Public Schools, 200 Division Ave., Hicksville, NY 11801-
                                                                             harassment or discrimination against any student by a student or
                                                                                                                                                           4800, 516-733-2125.
                                                                             students and/or employee or employees on school property or at a
            Parents Data Bill of Rights
     The purpose of the Parents’ Bill of Rights is to inform parents
                                                                             school function including, but not limited to, the discrimination based
                                                                             on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin,
(which also include legal guardians or persons in parental relation to a                                                                                        School property belongs to the citizens of Hicksville and we must all
                                                                             ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation,
student, but generally not the parents of a student who is age 18 or over)                                                                                 do our part to see that no purposeful damage is done. If vandalism or other
                                                                             gender or sex. Acts of bullying or harassment are prohibited, whether
of the legal requirements regarding privacy, security and use of student                                                                                   deliberate damage occurs, full restitution will be required from the guilty
data. In addition to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy       they are committed directly or indirectly, in person (face-to-face), or
                                                                                                                                                           parties, parents or guardians in accordance with the law.
Act (FERPA), Education Law §2-d provides important new protections           remotely by use of electronic technology, either on school property, at
for student data, and new remedies for breaches of the responsibility        a school function, on a school or coach bus or off school property where
to maintain the security and confidentiality of such data. Visit www.        there is a sufficient nexus to the school environment.                                               Vandalism Hotline
                                                                                  For the Board to effectively enforce this policy and to take prompt          To report acts of vandalism or unauthorized activity on school grounds,
hicksvillepublicschools.org for more information.                                                                                                              4 p.m.-7 a.m. weekdays or 24 hours/day on weekends and/or holidays,
                                                                             corrective measures when the policy is violated, it is essential that all                         call Security (mobile) at 516-297-1614
       Complaint Procedures for Title I                                      victims and persons with knowledge of bullying, harassment, or similar                        or call the Nassau County Police Department:
    As required by Title IX, General Provisions of the Elementary            behavior report it immediately to district administrative staff.                                                516-573-6200
and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the New York State Education                  A Dignity Act coordinator for each school has been trained in                                    All calls will remain confidential.
Department (NYSED) has adopted procedures for receiving and                  human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin,                   District personnel will contact the police when necessary.

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                                TA Council Mtg. @ East       • MS Winter Concert Gr. 8      •B  OE Committee Mtg.          • MS Winter Concert Gr. 6     •E
                                                                                                                                                               nd of First Trimester –       • SAT Reasoning Test/SAT
                               8:00 P.M.                         @ MS 7:30 P.M.                  @ Admin. Bldg. 7:00 P.M.        @ MS 7:30 P.M.               Elementary Schools                Subject Tests 8:00 A.M.
                                                                                              • Elementary Schools Closed
                                                                                              • Elementary Afternoon
                                                                                                 Parent Conferences
                                                                                              • MS Winter Concert Gr. 7
                                                                                                 @ MS 7:30 P.M.

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                                                              • Elementary PTA Mtgs.         • BOE Mtg. @ Admin. Bldg.      • Elementary Schools Closed   •S  econdary Progress
                                                                                                 8:30 P.M.                       Afternoon                      Reports
                                                                                              • HS Booster Club Mtg.         • Elementary Evening          • MS Dance 7:00-9:00 P.M.
                                                                                                 7:30 P.M.                       Parent Conferences

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                              • MS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.       • Curriculum Council Mtg.      •B
                                                                                                and Parents Assn. Mtg.                                      •E
                                                                                                                                                               lementary Report Cards
                                                                 @ Admin. Bldg. 4:00 P.M.      @ HS 7:30 P.M.
                                                              • HS Winter Concert I @ HS
                                                                 7:00 P.M.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                 calendar for the
                                            HOLIDAY RECESS –                                                                                                                                   Board of Education
                                         SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED                                                                                                                                  Committee and
                                                                                                                                                                                                Advisory meeting
Hicksville PUBLIC SCHOOLS - 2019-2020 scHool calendar & Parent Guide

   Community Use of School Facilities                                 age or older, and who are currently and properly registered, may
                                                                      vote. In-person registration is conducted before each regular and
                                                                                                                                            Department of Assessment at 516-571-1500 or visit www.
     The public schools are centers of community life,
and not-for-profit, nonsectarian organizations may use the            special election, and a voter remains registered by voting at least       Applications for these exemptions must be made annually on or
school facilities according to district regulations. Applications     once in each four-year period and maintaining residence in the        before January 2 of each year to the Nassau County Department of
and inquiries should be directed to the Office of Facilities          district. Residents currently registered for general elections and    Assessment, 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501.
and Operations at the Administration Building by calling              meeting the qualifications outlined above are also eligible to vote
516-733-2180. Although the Board of Education encourages              in school elections.                                                                  Senior Citizen Privileges
community groups to use school facilities for civic, educational,         For additional information, contact the office of the district         Residents of Hicksville who are 60 years of age or older may
cultural or recreational purposes, school-sponsored activities will   clerk between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 516-733-2104.                    be issued “Senior Citizen” passes by the Community Services
take precedence in scheduling the use of schools or grounds.                                                                                Office for free admission to the matinee performance of all
                                                                                      Requisitos Para Votar                                 official student plays, productions and shows, and all sports
        Adult Continuing Education                                        Todo residente del distrito escolar que sea elegible, debe
                                                                      ejercer su derecho a participar en el proceso democrático
                                                                                                                                            events. Proper proof of age must be presented to obtain the
                                                                                                                                            nontransferable pass, which must be renewed every two years.
    Education is an experience and process that continues
throughout one’s life. The Board of Education and administrators      y a votar por el presupuesto de la escuela y a elegir los             District residents who are at least 60 years of age will be entitled
of Hicksville Public Schools believe that the citizens of our         administradores de la Junta de Educación. Esta es una manera          to free tuition in many adult continuing education programs.
community should have a broad range of opportunities for              importante por medio de la cual los residentes de la comunidad             Each fall and spring, the district sponsors two luncheons for
advancement and fulfillment. That belief is the basis of the          pueden hacer que se oigan sus voces y de jugar un papel activo        senior citizens.
Adult Continuing Education Program.                                   en nuestras escuelas públicas.                                             For detailed information regarding any of these programs,
    The program is designed to meet the needs and interests               Los residentes de Hicksville que han vivido en el distrito por    call the Community Services Office at 516-733-2190.
of Hicksville’s adults. A flyer, which is mailed to residents on      lo menos por 30 días antes del voto, quienes son ciudadanos
a biannual basis, lists an overview of course offerings, program      de los Estados Unidos y quienes tienen 18 ó más años de edad                              Senior Citizen Clubs
dates and tuition fees. A full brochure with more details is          que estén inscritos apropiadamente, pueden votar. Se conduce               The Hicksville Board of Education sponsors four senior
available on the district website.                                    el registro en persona antes de cada elección regular y especial      citizen clubs for residents of Hicksville who are 60 years of age
    District residents who are 60 years of age and older will         y un votante permanece registrado si vota por lo menos una            or older. Club meetings are scheduled as follows:
be entitled to free tuition in many courses offered. This policy      vez en cada período de cuatro años y si continúa viviendo en el
                                                                                                                                            Levittown Hall
covers only registration fees and does not cover any textbook,        distrito. Los residentes que están inscritos actualmente para las
                                                                                                                                                    Hicksville Seniors
materials fees or processing fees. The Adult Continuing               elecciones generales y que reúnan los requisitos que se enumeran
                                                                                                                                                    10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesdays
Education brochure indicates courses for which this discount          más arriba, también son elegibles para votar en las elecciones de
does not apply.                                                                                                                                      Director: Evelyn Murphy – 516-433-5276
                                                                      la escuela.
                                                                                                                                            Bethpage Community Center
                                                                          Para más información, favor de ponerse en contacto con
        Hicksville Gregory Museum                                     la oficina del secretario del distrito entre las 8:30 a.m. y las
                                                                                                                                                     Our Lady of Mercy Seniors
                                                                                                                                                     11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays
    The Hicksville Gregory Museum provides educational                3:30 p.m. llamando al teléfono 516-733-2104.
and cultural displays and services in earth and environmental                                                                                        Director: Joan Chwalisz – 516-938-4261
                                                                                                                                                     Mid-Island Seniors
sciences, natural history and Long Island history. The museum              STAR Property Tax Exemptions                                              9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursdays
is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and                  If you have recently bought your home or you have never
on Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Personalized                                                                                             Director: Barbara Cheslock – 516-935-5576
                                                                      applied for the STAR Benefit on your current home, you may be
group and school tours can be arranged by appointment. The                                                                                  St. Ignatius Church
                                                                      eligible for the BASIC or Enhanced STAR Credit Check. Visit
Hicksville Gregory Museum is located on Heitz Place and Bay                                                                                 Hicksville Community Center – Senior Club of St. Ignatius
                                                                      www.tax.ny.gov/STAR for more information and forms.
Avenue, and Hicksville residents receive free admission to the                                                                                       11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of
                                                                                                                                                     the month
museum. The telephone number is 516-822-7505.                           Tax Exemptions for Senior Citizens                                           Director: Margaret Beatty – 516-822-3653
                                                                           Hicksville Public Schools demonstrates its support of our
               Voter Qualifications                                   senior community by adopting the Senior Citizen Property
    Every eligible school district resident should exercise his or    Tax Exemption, which provides partial property tax relief on                            Memorial Scholarship
                                                                                                                                              Several years ago, the Hicksville High School Parent Teacher Student
her right to participate in the democratic process, and to vote on    a sliding-scale basis to residents meeting the required criteria.       Association (PTSA) established a memorial scholarship fund. It is an ongoing
the school budget and for Board of Education trustees. This is             Under the current provisions of the law, the maximum               fund, which can be used in honor of a special occasion or for memorial
an important way for community residents to make their voices         income permitted, including Social Security, for a senior               purposes. Contributions should be directed to the Hicksville High School
heard and play an active role in our public schools.                  citizen’s real property exemption is $37,999. Exemptions                Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Hicksville High School PTSA. Appropriate
                                                                                                                                              acknowledgments are sent to the person or family of the person in whose
    Hicksville residents who have lived in the district at least 30   ranging from 50 percent to 5 percent are based on a sliding             name a donation is made.
days prior to the vote date, who are U.S. citizens and 18 years of    scale. For further information, contact the Nassau County

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        page 22 of the
                                                                                                       HOLIDAY RECESS –
       calendar for the                                                                                SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED
     Board of Education
       Committee and
      Advisory meeting

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                                          TA Council Mtg. @ Fork                                     • BOE Committee Mtg.         • Pre-K Applications Due       • MS Dance 7:00-9:00 P.M.
                                         8:00 P.M.                                                       @ Admin. Bldg. 7:00 P.M.   • HS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.
                                                                                                      • HS Booster Club Mtg.
                                                                                                         7:30 P.M.

                                            MAP Testing Gr. K-5
                                                Jan. 6-31

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                                          S PTSA Meeting             • Elementary PTA Mtgs.         •D
                                                                                                        utch, Lee, OCR,            •B
                                                                                                                                      urns, East, Fork Concerts
                                         7:30 P.M.                                                     Woodland Concerts

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                                        DR. MARTIN LUTHER             • MS Winter II Sports Begin    •B
                                                                                                        OE Mtg. @ Admin. Bldg.     •P
                                                                                                                                      re-K Lottery 10:00 A.M.      •E
                                                                                                                                                                      nd of Second Quarter –
                                        KING JR. DAY                  • Curriculum Council Mtg.       8:30 P.M.                     @ Admin. Bldg.                  Secondary Schools
                                        SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED           @ Admin. Bldg. 4:00 P.M.                                   •P
                                                                                                                                      TA Presidents Mtg. w/

                                                                                                        HS REGENTS/RCT EXAMS – NO REGULAR CLASSES

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                                                                      • SEPTA Mtg. @ Burns                                         • Grade 8 Orientation @ HS
                                                                         7:30 P.M.                                                    7:00 P.M.

                            Transportation                                                               Registration Requirements                                              K and first grade in public elementary school are requested to present
                                                                                                                                                                                a dental health certificate. Whenever possible, physical examinations
     The district will provide transportation for students who live in the
district and who attend public or nonpublic school according to policy                                                   Kindergarten                                           should be conducted by your family physician. The physical cannot be
set by the Board of Education:                                                                    In order to be admitted to kindergarten in September, a child must            more than 12 months old when presented to the district. If we do not
                                                                                             be 5 years of age on or before December 1 of the school year in which              receive the information from you or your family physician, your school
   Grades K-5 living more than .5 mile from school                                           the child enters kindergarten. Registration for children who expect to             nurse will contact you to remind you of the need to provide the physical
   Grades 6-8 living more than 1 mile from school                                            enter kindergarten in September will be held in the preceding spring               form. Please be advised that the school nurse will send a final notification
   Grades 9-12 living more than 1.25 miles from school                                       (see list of dates on calendar).                                                   that will inform you that you must comply with this requirement or the
                                                                                                  Registration information will be on the district’s website.                   district physician will perform the medical examination.
     Transportation of children to private and parochial schools outside                                                                                                             By law, you have the right to object on the grounds of religious
the district is provided up to a maximum of 15 miles and transportation                                              Transfer Students                                          accommodation only.
for disabled children is mandated by state law up to 50 miles.
                                                                                                  All students new to the district or resident children transferring
     All requests for transportation of nondisabled children attending
private and parochial schools outside the district but within the
                                                                                             to the public schools may register at any time during the school year.                                   Immunizations
                                                                                             Parents must contact the registration office to make an appointment                      All schools are obliged to enforce the requirements of New York
15-mile limit must be made by April 1 preceding the next school
year. Application forms and detailed information are available                               to register their children for school. The office is located in the                State Public Health Law, Section 2164.
at the transportation office at 200 Division Ave. or by calling                              Administration Building at 200 Division Ave.                                             As of July 1, 2015, no child shall be admitted to school, or in the
516-733-2185. Bus passes will be mailed by the end of August to                                   All registrants for public school or Hicksville residents requesting          case of students entering from outside New York, be allowed to attend
parents of eligible students. No bus stop changes will be made during                        transportation to private/parochial school must provide:                           school, in excess of 14 days without satisfactory written evidence that
the first two weeks of school.                                                                    • Proof of Residence i.e., house deed, duly executed lease agreement,        the student has been immunized. Below is a summary of the changes
     The safety of our children is a prime concern in the task of                                     real estate closing statement, Nassau County tax bill, homeowner’s        to School Immunization Requirements for the 2019-20 School Year
transporting them as efficiently as possible. Parents are urged to help                               insurance bill, electric bill, water bill, mortgage statement,            based on NYSDOH amended regulations:
children be prompt and courteous at bus stops, and to respect their                                   notarized affidavit from the landlord, and                                • MMR (grades K-12) 2 doses; (Pre-K) 1 dose
fellow passengers and neighborhood residents. Parents are encouraged                              • Proof of Birth i.e., birth certificate, passport, baptismal certificate,   • Tdap (grades 6-12) 1 dose
to accompany their children to and from the bus stop, but are restricted                              satisfactory proof that none of the above exist, along with other         • DTaP (grades Pre-K-6) 4-5 doses - if the 4th dose is received after age
for any reason from boarding the school bus. The Board of Education                                   documentation acceptable to the superintendent and                           4 then only 4 doses required; (grades 6-12) 3 doses
also asks that parents understand the following rules of bus conduct and                          • Proof of Parental Relationship i.e., birth certificate indicating         • Polio (grades K-4 and 6-10) 4 doses - if the 3rd dose was received
help children to observe them:                                                                        parents’ name(s) along with parents’ photo ID; baptismal                     after the age of 4, then 3 doses required; (grades Pre-K, 5, 11 and 12)
                                                                                                      certificate indicating parents’ name(s) along with parents’ photo            3 doses required
• No unauthorized persons are allowed to step onto a school bus.                                      ID; duly executed court documents indicating legal guardianship,
• Be at the bus stop 10 minutes before time indicated on bus                                                                                                                   • Varicella
                                                                                                      along with legal guardian’s photo ID; duly executed adoption
   pass.                                                                                                                                                                           (grades K-5, 6-11) 2 doses
                                                                                                      documents along with adoptive parents’ photo ID; duly executed
• Respect private property at and near the bus stop.                                                                                                                                (grades Pre-K and 12) 1 dose
                                                                                                      court custody documents along with custodian’s photo ID;
• Go directly to your seat and remain seated until the bus                                                                                                                     • Hepatitis B (grades Pre-K-12) 3 doses
                                                                                                      notarized affidavit from nonresident custodial parent indicating
   stops.                                                                                                                                                                       • Meningococcal (grades 7, 8, 9 & 10) 1 dose; (grade 12) 2 doses - 1
                                                                                                      permission to allow the child to reside with noncustodial parent/
• Do not block aisles with books or other belongings.                                                                                                                              dose acceptable if given after age 16
                                                                                                      guardian who is a legal resident of the Hicksville Public Schools.
• Obey the instructions of the bus driver and do not distract                                                                                                                  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB) (Pre-K) 1-4 doses
                                                                                                      Noncustodial parents must also complete an affidavit, along with
   him or her.                                                                                                                                                                  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) (Pre-K) 1-4 doses
                                                                                                      a notarized affidavit from a nonresident custodial parent or legal
• Keep arms, hands and head inside the bus windows.
• Avoid shouting, pushing and shoving.                                                                guardian, indicating permission to allow the child to reside with
                                                                                                      the person in the custodial relationship who is a legal resident of            Any student who does not meet the above-stated criteria is in
• Obey the no-smoking regulations.                                                                                                                                              violation of New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, and
• Do not touch any part of the bus after you get off.                                                 the Hicksville Public School District. The person in the custodial
                                                                                                      relationship must also complete an affidavit and present both             will not be admitted to school until the student presents satisfactory
• When crossing, walk at least 10 feet ahead of the bus as the
                                                                                                      affidavits at the time of registration, a notarized affidavit of          written evidence of compliance. Doses must meet proper intervals
   driver holds traffic.
• Face traffic when walking to and from your bus stop.                                                emancipation and proof of immunization.                                   established by ACIP.

             Bus Information (before/after school hours)                                                          Student Physicals                                                               Medical Exemption
Educational Bus Transportation (main contractor)                                                 According to Education Law Section 903, every student in Pre-K                      Medical exemptions must be renewed annually; it must contain
 Buses........................................................................516-935-2277   or kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 11th grades and all new               information to identify medical contraindications to specific
 Vans.........................................................................516-935-2277   admissions to the district are required to submit a health certificate             immunization, must specify the length of time immunization
                                                                                             signed by a duly licensed physician authorized to practice medicine in             contraindicated and must be written by a physician licensed to practice
EBT Transportation.................................................... 516-935-2277          New York State. The physical examination form will request a body                  in the state of New York.
Suburban Bus Transportation..................................... 516-781-5484                mass index (BMI) and weight status category. All students in pre-K,

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      page 22 of the
     calendar for the
   Board of Education
     Committee and
    Advisory meeting

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                                        TA Council Mtg. @ Lee        •M
                                                                        S/HS Jazz Showcase           •B
                                                                                                        OE Committee Mtg.                                          • MS Dance 7:00-9:00 P.M.
                                       8:00 P.M.                       @ MS 7:30 P.M.                  @ Admin. Bldg. 7:00 P.M.

                                                                                                                                          East St. School Registration @ East
                                            Old Country Rd. School Registration @ OCR 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.                                            9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

                             9                                10                               11                             12                               13                          14                             15
                                                                      • Elementary PTA Mtgs          •B  OE Mtg. @ Admin. Bldg.   •E  lementary District
                                      • MS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.
                                                                                                         8:30 P.M.                     Concert Rehearsal I @ HS
                                                                        urriculum Council Mtg.
                                                                       @ Admin. Bldg. 4:00 P.M.       • Band Parents Assn. Mtg.       12:00 P.M.
                                                                                                         @ HS 7:30 P.M.
                                                                                                                                    • HS PTSA Mtg. 7:30 P.M.
                                                                                                      • HS Booster Club Mtg.
                                                                                                         7:30 P.M.

                                                                            East St. School Registration @ East 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

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                                      PRESIDENTS DAY
                                      SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED

                                                                                                  WINTER RECESS – SCHOOLS CLOSED/OFFICES OPEN

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                                      • S pring Adult Continuing     • PTA Presidents Mtg. w/       •H
                                                                                                        S Winter Concert II @ HS   • F ounders Day @ Crest
                                         Education Walk-In               Superintendent                7:00 P.M.                       Hollow
                                         Registration Begins

                                                                                    Lee Ave. School Kindergarten/School Registration @ Lee Ave. 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

                Instructional Program                                               		                 Fine Arts                                              the middle school. For the majority of high school students, a three-year
                                                                                                                                                              sequence of study in Regents-endorsed math courses is available. This
     The program of instruction in the district is designed to prepare              The fine arts curriculum for music and visual arts emphasizes
                                                                                                                                                              can be enhanced with a choice of electives. For students experiencing
students for the world into which they will graduate. The district             development of aesthetic sensitivity through the examination and
                                                                                                                                                              difficulty, a support program is available to help ensure that they will
curriculum is aligned to the rigor of the Common Core State Standards          experience of the creative and performing arts. Listening skills,
                                                                                                                                                              achieve the required level of proficiency. Students seeking an additional
and designed to ensure students meet graduation requirements for               instrumental instruction, choral singing and performance are all part
                                                                                                                                                              challenge may take part in the enriched and accelerated honors program
college and career readiness. Development and evaluation of curriculum         of a rich and varied music program. Self-expression and creativity are
                                                                                                                                                              that culminates with the study of Calculus while still in high school. All
is an annual process to guarantee that students are provided with a            emphasized in the visual arts program. Through the Arts in Education
                                                                                                                                                              students, regardless of their level of accomplishment, are urged to study
program that meets this rigor and preparation. Performance objectives          program, professional artists in the fields of art, music, drama and dance
                                                                                                                                                              four years of mathematics.
are established for each course with flexibility to allow for individual       visit the schools throughout the district to work with students and help
growth and differentiated instructional methods.                               them to understand the nature of their art form. A wide range of courses
                                                                               in music and visual and performing arts is available to secondary school
                                                                                                                                                                                 Business Education
     Educational goals and objectives set by the Board of Education serve                                                                                         The district program in business education begins with the
as the framework upon which the program is built. These objectives             students. The visual arts program offers both fine and applied arts
                                                                                                                                                              development of computer skills. Students are introduced to the Microsoft
include the development of academic and study skills, physical and             courses. Students may explore graphic art, animation and photography
                                                                               with modern computer technology and digital imaging. Extensive                 Office programs Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as to the web
intellectual development, scientific understanding, aesthetic expression,                                                                                     design program Dreamweaver.
                                                                               extracurricular activities at the secondary level support the program.
career development, and an awareness of the interaction between the                                                                                               The high school level offers a wide range of business courses including
individual and society. Hicksville Public Schools’ programs provide for
excellence in education in each curriculum area, with opportunities for
                                                                                                    World Languages                                           accounting, marketing, business law and small-business operations.
                                                                                                                                                              Students seeking an additional challenge may enroll in college-level
                                                                                    World language instruction begins in the sixth grade with an
intervention and enrichment.                                                                                                                                  courses in accounting and/or marketing through a partnership agreement
                                                                               alternate-day FLEX course designed to acquaint students with French,
     Brief descriptions of the curricular programs follow. Further             Italian, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) plus the rudiments           with Long Island University.
information is available by calling the assistant superintendent for           of Latin. After this sampling of languages, students choose the language           Exposure to the world of business provides a valuable experience
curriculum and instruction; the director of curriculum, instruction and        they will study from the seventh grade onward. In grades 7 and 8,              for students, which is applicable to many career paths following their
assessments, curriculum supervisors; and principals. Their telephone           students develop the ability to communicate orally and in writing, and to      completion of high school.
numbers are listed on the last page of the calendar.                           read short passages on a variety of topics, such as personal identification,
                                                                               family, leisure and meal taking.                                                Computer and Technology Education
         English, Reading and Library                                               Students are encouraged to continue a three-year sequence of study             Internet Safety Policy (Abridged): It is the philosophy of the
     Effective communication skills remain vital in facing the challenges      to enhance their language skills and to help them meet with success in an      Hicksville Public Schools that the integration of technology with the
of higher education, future employment, and the substantial demands            increasingly global society. We offer college-level courses in partnership     curriculum is an essential part of instruction. At the same time, there is
of a competitive global economy. New York State Next Generation                with St. John’s University beyond the third year of language study in          an inherent responsibility on the part of users to conduct themselves in
English Language Arts Learning Standards articulate expectations for           Spanish, Italian and French.                                                   an appropriate and considerate manner when using this medium. The
students’ reading, writing, and language use both in print and digital              Our district has implemented a Foreign Language in the Elementary         internet contains a rich array of educational content as well as information
form at each level of their development and stress the importance of oral      School (FLES) program to provide quality instruction in Spanish to             that is illegal or inappropriate for children. Therefore, internet resources
communication skills as well. Students are taught to craft their messages      children in 3rd and 4th grade. FLES is a wonderful opportunity for             are filtered for inappropriate content, students are educated about
and presentations based on their audience, task, and purpose, as well as       children to expand their horizons and begin the foundation of language         internet safety and appropriate online behavior, and student use is
the discipline involved.                                                       and multicultural understanding.                                               monitored and supervised by staff. However, the security, accuracy and
     The development of literacy skills, including the close reading                                                                                          quality of information that is available through our network cannot be
of text and the ability to write from sources, begins in the early years                                        ENL                                           guaranteed. While the guidelines that follow have been developed to
and continues through to high school graduation for each student.                  Students are evaluated upon entry into the Hicksville School               ensure responsible use of our computer network and the internet, we
Innovative instructional methods encourage children to think, compose,         District to determine their eligibility for the English as a New Language      respect each family’s right to deny independent internet use by their
and express their ideas using clear and vivid language as they are             (ENL) program. This program is designed to provide English Language            children in school.
presented with a variety of reading selections across subject areas.           Learners (ELL) with the appropriate support services needed to achieve              Parent/Guardian Option: A parent/guardian may deny their child
Students develop critical skills necessary to undertake the close, attentive   and maintain a satisfactory level of academic performance and ensure           independent access to the internet at any time by submitting a letter
                                                                               a smooth transition into general education classes.. State regulations         to the school. However, teacher-directed internet activities are part of
reading which is at the heart of understanding complex written works,
                                                                               determine eligibility requirements for this program.                           our curriculum and not subject to parent/guardian authorization. Such
both literary and informational, that are necessary to build knowledge
                                                                                                                                                              activities may include the use of various online educational Web sites
and broaden worldviews.
     Teacher training in instructional strategies and diagnostic skills
                                                                                                        Mathematics                                           and services that may require students to set up individual user accounts,
                                                                                    It is the goal of the mathematics program to develop mathematically       with the minimum required personal information, solely for the purpose
to improve instruction is a priority in professional development. The
                                                                               proficient and confident students. At all levels, our program is aligned       of accessing such services in connection with approved classroom
elementary reading program utilizes a broad-based approach that includes
                                                                               with the New York State Common Core Standards and is designed to help          instruction. Unless a parent/guardian denies such access for their child,
both literature and informational text; Leveled Literacy Intervention                                                                                         students will be permitted to set up their accounts, with the consent
                                                                               students develop skills in computation, mathematical communication
(LLI) strategies are used to help struggling readers strengthen skills. On     and problem-solving. With the proper foundation laid at the elementary         of their teachers, in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy
the secondary level, students are presented with a wide variety of reading     level, the secondary curriculum provides alternate programs of study to        Protection Act.
selections across genres; writing is a daily requirement.                      ensure that skills are further developed and the needs of all students are          For the full Board of Education Policy 4526, please visit
     		                                                                        addressed. All eighth-grade students complete a course in Algebra I at         www.hicksvillepublicschools.org
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