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Bellmore-Merrick Launches Physical Education App

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Led by Eric Caballero, the Central High School District’s physical education staff created a physical education app specifically for the school community.
“Our goal has always been to have our students become active participants in maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” explained Caballero, the district’s director of physical education, athletics, driver’s education & health.
The free BMPE app will allow students to participate in activities and document their participation via smartphone.
“This is a convenient way to track all of the exercises and activities that the physical education teachers are requiring as part of our remote learning plan,” explained Craig Papach, the athletic coordinator at John F. Kennedy High School.
While using the BMPE app, students will view grade level tabs with age-appropriate activities. Students are also reminded to communicate with their physical education teacher and complete requisite assignments accordingly.
“Most importantly, remember that during this stressful time fitness activity is a great outlet in maintaining a healthy mindset,” added Caballero.
Click on here to access the app.

Merrick Avenue MS Wellness Center Creates Care Boxes

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Students at Merrick Avenue Middle School attended a Wellness Center event on March 4 to create care boxes that will be available for students to pick up during the school day. 
The packages include a key word on the top and an affirmation and positive message inside. 
“Students participating in this activity talked about what their hope was for each box and stated that students who might need a little extra positivity that day might benefit from their efforts,” explained Principal Katelyn Dunn.

MAP Students Continue Positive Space Efforts

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The Meadowbrook Alternative Program hosted a No Place for Hate event on March 2 aimed at empowering students to continue providing an inclusive and supportive environment.
“The students analyzed poetry and artwork, ’The fall of Icarus’ and viewed a slide show about the Sandy Hook Promise,” explained Principal Susan Ellinghaus. “They also worked on creating tiles this week that include positive messages of support.”
These and tiles from last year’s event have been placed around the entrance to the Zen Den.
“Our goal is to completely cover the wall with messages of affirmation and love. Many of our students use the Zen Den when they feel overwhelmed,” added Ellinghaus. “As they walk in, the messages on the tiles remind them of their self-worth and that they are in a safe place, free of judgement.”

JV Bulldogs Win Back-to-Back County Championships

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The Central High School District’s junior varsity Bulldogs ice hockey team won their Nassau County championship game March 12, 2-1 over Massapequa.
This is the second consecutive championship the team has won.
“We are so proud of the hard work, the sacrifice and adversity of this group,” said Coach Andrew Smart.
“These young men truly earned this championship,” added Coach Dan Capizzuto.

Mepham Pirettes Win First National Championship

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The Mepham Varsity Kickline team won its first National Championship in program history on March 6-8 in Orlando, FL. 
The Pirettes earned a score of 95.03 in the Large Varsity Kick Category after competing against seven of the best teams in the country in finals at the NDA Nationals. 
The team also received the Superior Showmanship Award for the performance. The last time the team competed in Kick was in 2013 and the last time they made finals in the Kick category at Nationals was 2011. 
“The closest placement the team has had to first was a second-place finish in the Small Varsity Jazz category in 2012,” explained Coach Kerry Dennis.
In addition, their other three routines made it into finals with their Pom routine finishing in sixth place and their Team Performance routine earning an NDA Unleashed Award and a third-place finish. Their jazz performance finished in finals 26th out of 46. The team also earned the high honor of the NDA Sportsmanship Award.” 
“The award is presented to one team at the competition and is voted on by the staff. It acknowledges athlete, coach and fan behavior throughout the weekend,” added Dennis.

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