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VIDEO: Bellmore-Merrick Faculty Members Take to the Stage

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On Thursday, Jan. 30 the Central High School District will once again its annual district faculty variety show, “The Faculty Follies.” 

This night of entertainment is one of the district’s major fundraising events for the district’s food bank, the Community Cupboard.

The evening will feature live performances by a wide range of teachers representing each of the six schools as well as central & building administration. Students from the district’s Ambassador Program will serve as the emcees for the show. 

“The Follies has become a true highlight event of the school year. It is a wonderful example of teachers, administrators and students coming together in the spirit of One Voice, One Message.  The Student Ambassadors do tremendous work for our community; this night of entertainment is the staff’s way of helping to support their work,” said Cheryl Fontana, Director of the Fine & Performing Arts. “What started four years ago with about 20 participants, has now grown to over 50 faculty members involved – everything from live music to dancing and magic…the night has it all. The excitement and energy that fills the auditorium is amazing; and the fact that it’s all to raise money for the Community Cupboard makes it even more special.” 

The show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mepham High School auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults; they can be purchased in each school beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22 as well as at the door the night of the performance. 

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Kennedy, Calhoun Come Together for Cross-Curricular Lesson

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Teachers from Kennedy and Calhoun high schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District developed an interdisciplinary lesson on the Founding of Israel after the Holocaust and the Israeli culinary tradition on Jan. 6.

Mike DiGiovanni, a culinary arts and hospitality instructor at Kennedy, and Dr. David Goldberg, a social studies teacher at Calhoun, joined forces to present this cross-curricular lesson and discussion.

“My Voices of the Past students presented on the nation’s founding after World War II then these students worked collaboratively with the Kennedy kids to do some of the final prep for the meal,” explained Goldberg.

“While the CHAMP (Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program) students at Kennedy prepped some of the meal ahead of time, students were able to work together and learn even more,” explained DiGiovanni.

Daniel Goldstein, a Calhoun Class of 2015 graduate and former Voices of the Past student, joined the lesson as well. He is a sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces who spoke to students along with a current Kennedy student who is Israeli. 

“[Goldstein] shared a lot of insight about his experiences and also the Middle East generally,” explained Goldberg. 

 “The most substantial outcome for students was to be able to see how cultures develop over time and how critical turning points in history can lead to substantial changes in the global landscape,” Goldberg added. “In addition, it provided students with an important chance to see cross-curricular connections and engage in conversation with an individual who saw firsthand the complexity of today's global politics.”

Vaping Presentation Set for January 29

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Kennedy Boasts Three Regeneron Scholars

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Three students from Kennedy High School were named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 8.

Recognition as a Regeneron STS Scholars places Andrew Brinton, Kenar Gelman and Katherine St George among the top 300 brightest young scientists in the nation.

“This exceptional accomplishment has been earned in recognition of their scientific talent and development of outstanding independent scientific research projects,” explained Robert Soel, district science chairperson and STEM Education. “They have invested hundreds of hours over three years planning, conducting and analyzing their own scientific investigations while being mentored by cooperating scientists in fields of their own choosing.”

Brinton’s project is “Marsh Restoration: Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) as a Revival Mechanism to Rebuild the Coastal Salt Marshes of Long Island, New York;” Gelman’s project is “Chondrocyte Adenosine A2A receptor signaling leads to cellular homeostasis through activation of Protein Kinase A (PKA)” and St George’s is “The Ketogenic Diet Ameliorates The Effects of Caffeine in Seizure Susceptible Drosophila melanogaster.”

They are all seniors in Barbi Frank’s Advanced Science Research class, a three-year program, at Kennedy High School. Research teachers Barbara Franklin and Orquidea Afonso, as well as Soel, also assisted students with support throughout the program.

The Regeneron STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each scholar, selected from 1,900 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school. The 40 finalists chosen to compete in Washington, D.C. in March will be announced in late January.

Stefan Caiazzo Wins Merrick Avenue MS GeoBee

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Merrick Avenue Middle School held their National Geographic GeoBee on Jan. 6.

Eighth-grader Stefan Caiazzo won the competition and qualifies to compete at the state level. Finalists included Petar Ignjatovic and Aidan Murphy.
“Up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee,” explained Kate Caporusso, an assistant principal at Merrick Avenue.

Teacher Christine Mahoney organized the event at Merrick Avenue, along with full support from each member of the Social Studies department. 

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