Community Letter WHHS

The following letters have been mailed to all members of the community and should be received by Saturday (7/14) or Monday (7/16).

See letters: 
Community Letter WHHS.pdf ) ( Community Letter WHHS Spanish.pdf )
High School Plans WHHS.pdf ) ( High School Plans WHHS Spanish.pdf )

Hegarty School Highlights

News & Announcements

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    Tick Prevention

    Dear Parents,

    As you know, end-of-the-year trips to Shell Creek Park for kindergarten, first, and second grades are this week.  Also, during the summer, both children and adults frequent local or regional fields and parks for various family or other recreation-related activities.  Last month, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) recognized May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  Lyme disease is caused through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick.  Therefore, in addition to staying away from high grass, precautionary measures can be taken to avoid contact with ticks in grassy locations such as fields and parks.  Therefore, it is advisable that children wear protective clothing such as lightweight long pants, socks, and lightweight shirts with long sleeves.  

    If you wish to obtain more information about preventing lyme disease, please visit the New York State Department of Health website at  Please be mindful of the aforementioned as we conclude the school year and transition to an enjoyable summer.


    Jacob M. Russum

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Island Park celebrates a double serving of positive character

    During the Island Park Public Schools’ June 11 Board of Education meeting, students representing each grade level were recognized for exhibiting good citizenship and upholding positive character qualities. Students of the Month for both May and June received praise, certificates and small tokens of acknowledgment.

     Francis X. Hegarty Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman read teachers’ remarks about how the honorees have demonstrated outstanding attitudes, good behavior, kindness, cooperation, leadership, communication and many other principles throughout the school year.

    The May Students of the Month are kindergartner Joseph Robertson, first-grader Sophia Lajato, second-grader Chloe Robertson, third-grader Lesly Alonzo, fourth-grader Kayla Scott, fifth-grader Alice Haggerty, sixth-grader Elizabeth Khankan, seventh-grader Gia Rebele and eighth-grader Gianna Buro.

    Those distinguished for June include kindergartner Tessa Antonetti, first-grader Mason Ruscica-Duffy, second-grader Briana Calderon, third-grader Marlene Flores Alarcon, fourth-grader Abigail Ramsaran, fifth-grader Kathryn Albanese, sixth-grader Alexandra Hernandez, seventh-grader Cole Fabris and eighth-grader Daniel Rosenberg.

    “These children are wonderful peers and they exercise a tremendous amount of leadership,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosmarie Bovino. “We are very excited to recognize them for their contributions to our schools.”


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • An Educational Exchange

    Student Council members at Island Park’s Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School took a big step forward on June 6, when the highly anticipated Student/Teacher Exchange Day was held. This annual occasion is a favorite among participants and promotes responsibility while boosting enthusiasm for the career world ahead.

    Student Council members experienced a day in the life of an educator as they served as sidekicks to teachers, staff members and even the Principal, Jacob Russum. Under the guidance of Student Council Advisors Denise Benedetto and Patricia Pozin, students were matched with adults and took on the exciting challenge of assisting with lessons and classroom activities. They reviewed the content and organized what they would teach prior to the event.

    Student/Teacher Exchange Day was a great success and enjoyed by those involved. The students enhanced their skills in leadership, communication, responsibility and many other areas. 

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten

    Island Park School District
    Island Park, NY 11558

    June 20, 2018

    Dear Parents and Community Members,

    One place is now available for parents interested in enrolling their eligible child in the District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program beginning on Tuesday, September 4!

    The program is a full-day, five day per week program for children turning four-years old by December 1, 2018. Children must also reside within the Island Park School District and meet all health and immunization requirements. Enrollment is limited so get your application in today!  If more applications are received than slots available, a lottery will be conducted at the next Board of Education Meeting on July 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Please call (516) 434-2670 for additional information.

    UPK registration will be on July 6, 2018 by appointment only. Please call Francis X. Hegarty School 434-2670/71 between 9am-3pm for your registration packet and to schedule an appointment.

    The day of your appointment, please bring:

    • Child’s Birth Certificate confirming your child will be four years of age on or before December 1, 2018.
    • 3 Proofs of Residency confirming you are a full-time resident of Island Park (e.g., driver’s license, telephone bill, deed to home, bank statement, etc.).
    • Updated physical and immunization documents from your child’s pediatrician.

    Should other openings occur during the summer, those children not selected at the lottery on July 11 will be notified in the order in which their name was selected.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Island Park Schools.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • March Students of the Month

    Please join us in congratulating the outstanding students that were recognized at our April 17 Board of Education Meeting as Students of the Month for March.

    Kaiden Callahan (kindergarten), Elise Lo Castro (first grade), Lia Caracciolo (second grade), Sophia Quezada (third grade), Dominick Galan (fourth grade), Ellie DiGregorio (fifth grade), Erick Cisneros (sixth grade), Jake Steel (seventh grade) and Marie Murphy (eighth grade) were presented medals, certificates of excellence and small gifts of acknowledgment for their excellent character and leadership.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Playground and Athletic Field Use


    Lincoln Orens Middle School Playground and Athletic Field Use
    From June 11th – July 1st, the perimeter gates (Trafalgar Blvd., Baseball Field, Softball Field, Pre-K Playground) will be open daily at 4:00 PM for Community use of the athletic fields. Monday - Thursday, these gates will be locked at 10:00 PM.
    Each Friday at 4:00 PM, the same perimeter gates (Trafalgar Blvd., Baseball Field, Softball Field, Pre-K Playground) will be open at 4:00 PM for Community use of the athletic fields. These gates will be locked each Monday morning at 7:00 AM for the security of students when programs are in session.
    From July 2nd –August 10th, when the Summer Recreation program is in session the perimeter gates (Trafalgar Blvd., Baseball Field, Softball Field) will be open daily at 2:00 PM for Community use of the athletics fields. Monday - Thursday, these gates will be locked at 10:00 PM.
    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Playground and Athletic Field Use
    From June 11th – September 3rd, there will be complete access to the facilities.
    *At the Advice of NCPD Homeland Security the serpentine openings at Hegarty School will be changed to gates sometime during the summer. However, after their installation the community will continue to have complete access to the facilities.
    Once school begins on September 4th, a schedule for facility use will be posted as gates must be locked during school hours.

    Permits Required

    All community organizations must complete District Use Forms and provide a certificate of insurance. Forms are available through the Recreation Department. Please contact Keith Manginelli, Recreation Supervisor, at (516) 434-2605 for more information.

    See: Application & Permit

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

    Last chance to stock up on summer fun …


     will be open on Monday, June 11th     during lunch periods. 

    The children will have the opportunity to purchase items such as beach balls, fun luggage tags, pencils & pens, key chains, magnets, erasers, pencil sharpeners, coin purses etc. (prices range from 25¢ to $8.00).

    If you would like for your child to purchase item(s) from the School Store, please send money to school with your child in an envelope marked “School Store”.  Sorry, but parents cannot shop with their children.

    The children really love browsing and buying things at the School Store.  Money that is earned from the sale of items in the School Store will go directly back to the children via special programs and activities provided for by the PTA.

    Volunteers are needed to work the School Store any time during lunch periods (11:20 am - 1:20 pm). 

    If you would like to volunteer at the School Store or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ralitsa Sundquist at

    ***The Island Park PTA would like to thank you for supporting the school store!

    Have a fun and safe summer! See you in September 😊 *** 


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary



MySchoolBucks is an online payment system that makes school meal payments easy for busy parents on-the-go! Quickly and securely add money to your student's school meal account using your credit or debit card. 
See PDF:    MySchoolBucks.pdf  

Island Park Schools
New Point of Sale System – WebSMARTT 

  • Island Park UFSD has purchased a point-of-sale system for use in the cafeterias at FX Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.
  • The POS system, called WebSMARTT, will eliminate the pencil to paper meal tracking, which will allow for processing of meal transactions to be completed quickly and efficiently.

See PDF:    WebSMARTT.pdf 

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Find us on Facebook!

In our ongoing effort to keep the community up-to-date with the latest district news and announcements, the Island Park Public Schools has launched an informational Facebook page. This page can be accessed by searching “Island Park Public Schools” on Facebook. By clicking “like,” you will be able to see the latest posts about student achievements, exciting events, interesting programs and important alerts in your newsfeed. Thank you for your support of our students and educational initiatives. We look forward to sharing many success stories as the year progresses.