Outstanding Accomplishments 2012-2013
Astoria Federal Savings' 2013 Teen Photo Contest
Congratulations to Steven Cole, who has been selected as a winner of the Astoria Federal Savings' 2013 Teen Photo Contest. Over 1,000 entries were submitted. Thank you to Ms. Schiulaz for providing our students with this wonderful opportunity!
With our best turnout ever, Mepham High School produced 143 pints of blood from today’s Blood Drive. Thank you to Ms. Zgoda and Ms. Rothschild and the Key Club and a special thank you to Ms. Levitan for the promotion, organization and management of the event!
2013 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing
Junior, Andrew Montalti, was selected as a winner in the 2013 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing! This year, 753 students were nominated. Of that number, 155 received Certificates of Recognition and 598 received Certificates of Participation. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, which were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. Congratulations to Ms. Netto and the entire English Department as this is Mepham’s 8th winner in six years!!!
LIPC Public Relations Essay Contest for Teachers
Congratulations to Ms. Sirof who won the LIPC Public Relations Essay Contest for Teachers! Ms. Sirof's essay will be recorded and broadcasted on WBAB/WBLI.
2013 Harry C. Charles Outstanding Social Studies Supervisor Award
Ms. Einbinder, Social Studies Chairperson, has been selected by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies as the 2013 recipient of the Harry C. Charles Outstanding Social Studies Supervisor Award. She will be honored at the annual awards ceremony. Congratulations Ms. Einbinder on this well deserved honor!
Pay it Forward Day
Thank you to Ms. Geller and our School and Community Leadership students who organized a most successful “Pay it Forward” Day. The hallways and classrooms were covered with “Pay it Forward” cards demonstrating the ripple effect that took place as a result of the power of giving. Yesterday afternoon, New York State Assemblyman David G. McDonough presented Ms. Geller and our students with a proclamation to officially declare April 25th as New York’s “Pay it Forward Day.”
Town of Hempstead Congratulates Mepham Cheerleading Champs
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin and Councilman Gary Hudes recently presented the 2013 Mepham Cheerleading Team with an official Town of Hempstead Congratulatory Sign for being named as the Eastern New York State Regional Champions – Coed Division, 5th Place “Small Varsity Coed 11” Division, and National High School Cheerleading Champions.
Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
On April 10th, the class of 2013 presented a check for over $8,000 to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. For their fall service learning project, the senior class organized a variety of school wide fundraising events including a very successful Battle of the Classes and the Be Mr. Muscara for a Day contest. In addition to their fundraising efforts, the senior class had the opportunity to prepare dinner at the Ronald McDonald House on four different occassions. Their actions have inspired Mepham's social studies department to prepare dinner at the House on April 30. Michael Pfeiffer a director from the Ronald McDonald House was on hand to receive the check and thanked the class of 2013 for their generosity and dedication.
Child Life Program
Students in Mr. Patten and Ms. Dennis' Participation in Government classes recently visited Winthrop Hospital to participate in the Child Life Program as a part of their senior service learning project. To minimize a child's fear and reduce the possibility of developing emotional problems as a result of the hospital experience, the Child Life Program at Winthrop Hospital addresses the unique emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children through supervised play, recreation, age-appropriate answers to questions, education and emotional support. The seniors organized multiple arts and crafts projects for the patients at the hospital. Additional students will have the opportunity to visit the program in May and June.
Physics Olympiad Team
Congratulations to the Mepham Physics Olympiad team and Coach Leacock, on their stellar performance at this year’s competition. Besides earning the championship title by taking 1st Place Overall, Mepham took home two first place trophies and a third place trophy.
Nassau All-County Art Exhibition
Congratulations to the Art Department on the extraordinary student work and the following students who had their art work displayed at the Nassau All-County Art Exhibition at Adelphi University:
Long Island Science and Engineering Fair
Congratulations to senior Connor Garet who earned 2nd place in Medicine and sophomore Anand Bradley who earned 3rd place in Biochemistry. Congratulations to both students and our science research teachers, Dr. Kommer, Ms. Geraci, and Ms. Spargifiore on another great accomplishment!
Long Island Mathematics Conference Scholarship Award Bellmore-Merrick Cultural Arts Foundation
Congratulations to Briana Plantyn who has been selected as one of only three students from Long Island to receive the Long Island Mathematics Conference Scholarship Award!
The Bellmore-Merrick Cultural Arts Foundation proudly announces the 2013 Cultural Arts Foundation recipients from Mepham High School:
Congratulations to all our winners and a special thank you to our art and music teachers for encouraging students to think creatively and develop a passion for learning.
New York State Diving Championship
Congratulations to Mepham's Moustafa Ibrahim who qualified for the New York State Championship in diving.
Boys Winter Track
The Boys' 4 X 8 Relay team, consisting of Angelo Sylvester, Steven Forte, Charles Skidmore and Charles Bendernagel won the Conference Championship and will compete for the County title.
The Varsity Cheerleading team came in First Place in the Varsity Co-ed division at the Hudson Valley Cheerleading Championship. The team then went on to be named the Grand Champions of all varsity divisions with the highest score of the day, beating out 18 other teams for the prize.Congratulations to the Varsity Cheerleaders who captured the title in the State High School Cheerleading Championships. The team was featured on the back page of the MSG Varsity section of Newsday. They were also features on News 12.
Junior Varsity Cheerleading
In addition last Sunday, the JV cheerleading team came in fourth place out of eleven teams and earned their bid to JV Finals, which is on 1/27/2013. The day was also highlighted by a 1st Place "Power Four" finish for the team. Congratulations to our coaches and our cheerleaders on a fantastic job!
PTA Reflections Competition
Congratulations to the winners of Mepham PTA’s Reflections Competition:
Visual Arts - Cathaline Deering
Music - Sara Miller
Film - Emily Shipley
Photo - Briana Plantyn
Literature – Sabah Warsi
This is the first time that every Mepham High School winner advanced through the District-Wide competition and on to the Regional Competition. Thank you to the PTA for this wonderful opportunity and a special thank you to Ms. Santorelli, Ms. Curci and Mr. Caballero for coordinating this year’s competition. Good luck to all our winners in the Regionals!
Congratulations to Mepham junior Brian Keohane who recently earned a perfect score on the ACT exam!
Varsity Wrestling team defeated three teams on Friday night to advance to the Semi-finals of the Nassau County Team Playoffs. Mepham will host the Nassau County Individual Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, February 2nd.
Corey Wald, Intel Semi-finalist
Congratulations to Corey Wald who has been recognized as an Intel Semi-Finalist. He is one of 300 students nation-wide. Corey will now advance in this prestigious science research competition with the hopes of winning additional national scholarships. Congratulations to Corey and a special thank you to Dr. Kommor, Ms. Geraci, and Ms. Spargifiore for all their efforts with our science research students.
Corey’s project is described below:
“The Sky’s the Limit”-An Investigation of Cloud Cover on Major League Baseball Performance
The effect of climatic conditions on outdoor sporting events is full of possibilities, and research indicates that weather is a considerable variable in individual and team performance. The focus of this study was to investigate whether cloudy-sky game conditions favored the offense or defense.
This study required the integration of two existing data sets. The first data set were performance statistics obtained for the 2007 through 2010 Major League Baseball seasons. The data was retrieved from www.baseball-reference.com. The second data set analyzed cloud cover conditions and was obtained from http://sheridan.geog.kent.edu/ssc/data. The weather information obtained for this website was originally collected by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Cloud cover data was gathered from each city hosting a Major League Baseball team during the years of the completed study. Several variables including; strikeouts, earned run averages, home runs allowed, batting averages, on base slugging percentages, walks and the number of errors were examined across the percent cloud cover conditions.
A series of Generalized Estimation Equations (GEE) regression analyses, employing the SPSS, Version 16 (SPSS, Inc, 2008) procedure, GENLIN, were employed to test the hypotheses. Statistically significant finding indicated that increased cloud cover tends to favor the batter. As the cloud cover increased by 1%, the number of strikeouts drops by .008. Additionally, as cloud cover increased, the trend moves towards a decrease in mean strikeouts, indicating that low percent cloud cover appears to favors the pitcher. Although trends were revealed examining variables, none were statistically significant.
The Mepham Kickline team placed 1st in Pom, 1st in Jazz, and 3rd in Kick at the first 2013 Scholastic Kickline Championships! The next competition is on February 3, 2012 at Nassau Community College.The final competition is on March 3, 2012 at Nassau Community College.
Sprig Gardner Tournament
Congratulations to Coach Muscara, Coach Anderson and the Mepham Wrestling team for dominating this weekend’s Sprig Gardner Tournament. Besides winning the 1st Place team trophy, the following wrestlers won their individual weight classes: Joel Zambrano, Tom Mauro, Louis Hernandez, Tyler Clougher, Dan Tracy and Steve Lambert. In addition, Dan Tracy won the Outstanding Wrestler Award, Louis Hernandez won the Mepham Alumni Outstanding Wrestler and Tom Mauro won the Most Pins in the Least Amount of Time.
Congratulations to Bill Leacock for receiving recognition from MIT on behalf of Josh Haimson as a most influential teacher in a student’s educational career.
Senator Thanks Mepham High School Students
New York State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. of Merrick recently visited Mepham High School in Bellmore to thank students for their continued support of his “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.
“Extend the Holidays” is an annual drive that Fuschillo organizes for the benefit of children in Winthrop Hospital’s Pediatric
Center. Mepham students once again collected new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. The toys will be delivered to the hospital after New Year’s Day so that the children there can experience the joys of receiving a new toy after the holiday season and throughout the year.
“Year after year,” Fuschillo said, “Mepham’s students and staff continue to display their overwhelming generosity, helping provide children in the hospital with a bit of holiday cheer. I greatly appreciate their efforts and thank them for once again helping to put smiles on the faces of many children.”
Poetry Out Loud
W.C. Mepham High School announces the winners of the school contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The student winners are 1st Place – Alyssa Rabinowitz (10th grade), 2nd Place – Dakota Balunis (12th grade), and 3rd Place – Eric Seltzer (11th grade).
2012 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Award in Writing
Genevieve Dakota Balunis - Dakota is a junior at Mepham High School and a member of the National and Science Honor Societies. Dakota’s non-traditional style and creativity were reflected in the pieces she submitted and she has received numerous awards of excellence for her creative poems and various writings.
Corryn Chaimowitz - Corryn is a senior at Mepham High School. For her best writing sample, Corryn submitted a narrative piece that followed her future self looking back on her time at Mepham High School. The piece truly captured the spirit and emotion of her high school years.
2012 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) – All State
Alana DeGregorio - Alana is a junior at Mepham High School and has been selected to the All-State Vocal Jazz. She is an outstanding scholar, musician, and athlete.
Bellmore-Merrick Lady Sharks
Congratulations to the Bellmore-Merrick Lady Sharks swim team and their Head Coach Mr. Kaefer for finishing their "regular" season undefeated. Congratulations to the Bellmore-Merrick District Swim team who finished their undefeated season as Conference I and Division A Champs. Congratulations to Kerry Gionvanello and Jamie Kaefer for breaking district swim records and to Rachel Fain for breaking the district diving record. Congratulations to the following athletes from the Bellmore-Merrick district swim team who were selected as All-State: Jessica Arana, Kerry Giovanniello, Jaimie Kaefer, Paige Kaplan, Gabbie Toback and Liz Walsh.
Gold Star Teachers
Congratulations to Mr. Zogby and Ms. Dagro who have once again, been awarded the distinguished title of Gold Star Teacher for their students' outstanding performance on the Financial Literacy Certification Test in the 2011-2012 school year. Both teachers will be honored at the annual MoneyPower Conference for Financial Literacy on November 6th!
American Academy of Neurology and Child Neurology Society Neuroscience Research Competition
Congratulations to Connor Garet who is a top finalist in the American Academy of Neurology and Child Neurology Society Neuroscience Research Competition.