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Bellmore-Merrick’s One Voice, One Message Run Set for March 24

Bellmore-Merrick’s One Voice, One Message Run Set for March 24 photo
The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, through their Young Ambassadors program, will host its fourth annual 5K Run/Walk, with all proceeds benefitting GiveKindness.

“GiveKindness is an organization that promotes acceptance and tolerance,” explained Robyn Einbinder, race co-organizer and social studies chairperson. “The race will benefit GiveKindness and the Community Cupboard, the district's food pantry which feeds hungry families within our community.” 

The “One Voice, One Message” One Run, which falls under the guiding vision of uniting the district for one common cause, will take place on the morning of Saturday, March 24, 2018. Past events have raised more than $30,000.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Additional parking will be available at Mepham high School, where shuttle buses will be provided to/from the race site. 

The run/walk will begin and end at Grand Avenue Middle School with a pass-through Merrick Avenue Middle School. Affected streets along the route include: right out of Grand’s front entrance onto Grand Avenue (Grand quickly turns into Smith Street), right on to Hewlett Avenue, left onto Margaret Boulevard, right onto Merrick Avenue, left into MAMS, MAMS out to Frederick Street, right on to Nassau Street, right on to Horatio Avenue, right on to Merrick Avenue, left on to Woodland Terrace, right on to Hewlett Avenue, left on to Nancy Boulevard, right on to Park Avenue, left on to Helene Avenue, right on to Bellewood Drive and a left on to Grand Avenue and back into school.

Registration for the “One Voice, One Message” One Run can be completed online at http://onevoiceonemessageonerun.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=5005.

Science Olympiad Teams Place in Regional Competition

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The John F. Kennedy and Sanford H. Calhoun science departments each fielded Science Olympiad teams that earned high rankings at the Nassau East Regional Science Olympiad held on Feb. 3 at Wantagh High School.

The Kennedy Science Olympiad Team A placed 12th out of 43 teams and Team B placed 17th. At the regional competition, Cougar Science Olympians earned medals in 12 events: Chemistry Lab, eighth place, Matt Molzon and James Hayes; Disease Detectives, ninth place, Katherine St. George and Mikaela Milch; Duct Tape Challenge, third place, Marielena Delgado and Cecelia Hayes; Fermi Questions, 10th place, Aidan Benjamin and Andrew Kessler; Game On, seventh place, Jack Racer and Jack Kelly; Herpetology, eighth place, Allie Zalewski and Summer Hasseck; Hovercraft, fifth place, Aidan Short, Gary Benjamin and Jack Kelly; Microbe Mission, first place, James Hayes and Mikaela Milch; Mousetrap Vehicle, third place, Gary Benjamin and Matt Molzon; Optics, third place, Gary Benjamin and Matt Molzon; Remote Sensing, eighth place, James Hayes and Kevin Ivers; Towers, eighth place, Analisa Coppa; and Write it Do It, third place, Faith Fernandez and Whitney Sussman.

Coaches were Russell Lella, Dan Jantzen and Helmut Schleith.

This year, Calhoun brought 60 students to the Science Olympiads competition. The students medaled in five events and together as a team were given the spirit award. Medalists include: Lauren Jones, Ailish Curran, Julia Oladipo, Clare Hunter, Zach Neiger, Joe Hoefenkrieg, Frankie Martin, Jack Latham, Katherine Ryan and Juliana Welk. Coaches were Daytona Melo and Richard Ludwig.
 

“One Voice, One Message” 5K Walk/Run - Saturday, March 24

 

The  Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District is pleased to announce that we are holding our 4th annual 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  This year, funds will be donated to a social media platform, #GiveKindness, which promotes respect and kindness while combatting the effects of cyberbullying. 

This organization was founded by two proud graduates of the Bellmore-Merrick school system.  #GiveKindess coincides with our Superintendent’s guiding vision of “connecting with kindness and caring.” In addition, money will also go to support our very own Community Cupboard. 

In just one year of existence, the Community Cupboard is assisting over 40 families in need.   Community outreach and your organization’s support has been instrumental in its success.

The link to the online registration website is located below.  It would be great to have your members come on down to support such a worthwhile cause and “connect with kindness and caring.”

http://onevoiceonemessageonerun.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=5005

 

THANK YOU!!!!

 

 

Kennedy Wrestlers Qualify for County Championships

Kennedy Wrestlers Qualify for County Championships photo
John F. Kennedy High School’s wrestling team had 11 wrestlers qualify for the recent Nassau County Championships.  

Of those 11, five earned All-County honors by placing in the top six in their weight class.
  
Greg Brach finished in fifth place; Brandon Mercado and Dan Shafron each finished in third place; and Boaz Smart and Jack Krug both competed for the county championship, finishing in second place. Krug lost 12-11 in a challenging match that went into overtime.

“We had a memorable season with a great group of kids who loved wrestling,” said coach Brian DeGaetano. “Their hard work earned them one of the best seasons in 10 years for Kennedy. They enjoyed the hard work and sacrifice, but more importantly they supported each other through the ups and downs of a wrestling season.”
 

Mepham’s Mike Proios Named to Nassau’s Golden 11 Team

Mepham’s Mike Proios Named to Nassau’s Golden 11 Team photo
Mike Proios, a well-conditioned three-sport athlete and senior at Wellington C. Mepham High School,was recently named to the elite Nassau County Golden 11 team.

The Pirates quarterback, Proios’ football career dates back to when he was a 5-year-old playing on the Bellmore Braves fields. While he was supposed to be the backup quarterback in his sophomore year, Proios trained and earned a starting spot instead.

“He has consistently played at a high level,” said Anthony Cracco, Mepham head coach and athletic director.  “He helped led the team to our best season in 25 years. We went 8-3, making it to the Nassau County finals.”

Proios earned All-State honors and recently signed with Seton Hill University on a football scholarship. 

“The long hours of film and studying have paid off,” Proios posted in a tweet, thanking coach Anthony Cracco. “Thank you for inspiring me to play football at the collegiate level. Hands down the best coach I’ve ever had.”

He is also a National Honor Society member and plays on Mepham’s basketball and baseball teams. 

Giving back is important to Proios who coached a youth football team and helped rebuild his family’s church, Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Merrick, which was damaged in a fire. 

The Golden 11 is an honor given to the 11 players who best embody the behavior expected of student-athletes on and off the field, which includes maintaining scholar-athlete status and attaining All-County accolades. Only one student-athlete can be nominated from each school and a committee of coaches makes selections from each conference. 

The National Football Foundation chooses just 11 athletes from all of Nassau County.

Science Research Students Advance to LISEF Round 2

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After a long and arduous day of presenting their research to professional judges from all over Long Island, five students in the district received notice that their projects would be advancing to Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Round 2. 

Sanford H. Calhoun High School senior Kyle Pilotti and sophomore Sonia Sarju, John F. Kennedy seniors Cameron Levy and Lucas Rosen, and Wellington C. Mepham senior Yusuf Hasan will battle on March 7 to win a spot to attend the International Science Engineering Fair competition, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May.

Hasan’s project is titled "The Effects of Homocysteine and Amyloid Beta on the SH-SY5Y Cell Line."

Levy’s research, “An Analysis of the Interactions Among the Histone Deacetylase Sir2, TOR Signaling, and the Heat Shock Response Instigator Heat Shock Factor 1,” was completed at Long Island University, CW POST.

Pilotti's project, "Predicted and Observed Wind Profiles Over Southampton, NY," was conducted over the summer at Stony Brook Simon's Summer Research Program.

Rosen will move forward in the mathematics category. His project is titled “PEACE and WAR: Eliminating Luck to Project True Offensive Value of Major League Baseball Batters.”

Sarju hit the ground running as the only sophomore in the ASR program. She worked as part of a team with students from St. Anthony’s and Syosset high schools on the project, "ZnO NP Regulation: Identification of the IRT1 Ortholog in Lemma minor," at the iResearch Institute this past summer.
 

Mepham Student Advances in Poetry Competition

Mepham Student Advances in Poetry Competition photo
Candace Casimir, a sophomore at Wellington C. Mepham High School, won the regional Poetry Out Loud Competition on Feb. 9 at Nassau Community College.

Casimir will now represent Mepham at the New York State competition on March 9.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. English teacher Nicole Maresca and chairperson Mary Donnelly were instrumental in organizing this year’s program.

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Schools Send Sweet Messages for P.S. I Love You Day

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Various student groups and classes from the district once again came together to promote a common message of acceptance and anti-discrimination.

Held on Feb. 9, P.S. I Love You Day, was created in 2011 as a nonprofit organization to spread love in order to decrease bullying and promote mental health awareness.

At Wellington C. Mepham High School, members of Jackie Geller’s School Community Leadership class encouraged friends to send positive messages to classmates throughout the day.

“We also hand wrote positive messages on paper hearts for the entire student body and attached a Life Saver candy to each one,” explained Mepham student Lauren Lasker.

“We even personalized them for all of the faculty members to let them know we appreciate them,” added Kayleigh Specht.

John F. Kennedy High School Key Club and adviser Jessica Chilton, along with the Gay Straight Alliance and Student Government members joined forces to make and sell purple ribbons to raise money for the organization. They planned on it being a daylong effort, but quickly sold out.
“They also created posters with positive messages that were hung around the building,” Chilton added.

At Sanford H. Calhoun High School, ENL teacher Heather Glick’s International Buddy Club hosted a similarly aligned Step Up, Stand Up challenge.

“This event aims to help each person have their own voice to promote peace, love and acceptance toward others,” explained Glick. “Whether it’s through music, poetry or really any form of expression, we encourage everyone to attend and help us spread awareness and love.”
Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools also supported P.S. I Love You Day, donning purple attire to support the effort.

Kennedy Art Students Create Art for Syrian Refugees

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Fifteen art students in Carissa Roche’s classes at Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District volunteered to participate in charitable art mission that aims to affect children halfway across the globe.

Students drew or painted the portraits of 15 Syrian refugee children for the nonprofit organization, Memory Project. 
“The portraits will be delivered back to the Syrian children, then we will receive a video of the children receiving the artwork, seeing firsthand the joy it brings them,” Roche explained. 

For the students, it is an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness. For the Syrian children, the portraits help them feel valued and important, while also receiving a keepsake for years to come. 

Students in grades 9-12 participated on a volunteer basis. There was no reward other than “knowing they were doing something kind to create a positive memory for someone less fortunate,” Roche explained. “I am very proud of the students who chose to participate in a selfless act to bring a little joy to underprivileged children who they will never know or meet,” said Roche.

“It was worth being able to put a smile on their faces by recreating them on a paper,” said sophomore Gianna Venero.
Since March 2011, conflict has devastated Syria, gravely affecting millions of children.

“As we went through this process of creating the portraits, we became very intimate with the children's faces. As you look directly into their eyes, you know you are taking part in something special,” added Roche. 

Students couldn’t help but think about their subjects’ struggles. 

“It is powerful knowing what I could do with a piece of paper and some colored pencils,” said junior Renata Davi. “Maybe the little girl that I drew has a bigger story than we all know.”
 

Kennedy Girls Relay Team Clinches County Championship Title

Kennedy Girls Relay Team Clinches County Championship Title  photo
The Kennedy High School Girls 4 X 800-meter relay team nabbed the Nassau County Championship during their meet on Feb. 7, earning the school its first title in nearly 15 years.

The relay team includes junior Jillian Conlon, sophomore Alicia Prainito, freshman Maya Spottiswood and Merrick Avenue Middle School eighth-grader Marissa Spottiswood.

Maya also earned All-County status in the 1,500-meter by placing third a mere 40 minutes before her championship relay.

“With no seniors, these four girls will only be getting faster over the next few seasons,” said Chris Mammone, who is head coach. Barbara Green is the assistant coach.

Approved - Sale of Jerusalem Avenue School to Nassau BOCES

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Mepham Italian Honor Society Celebrates Culture

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Mepham High School’s chapter of the National Italian Honor Society hosted its 16th annual Italian Culture Night under the direction of adviser and Italian teacher, Kristen Montuori.  

The evening was filled with music, poetry, games and food. Honor Society President Olivia Larocchia sang the classic, “Io che non vivo.” The theme of the evening was Carnevale and guests were treated to mask making and a poem recitation by society member Amanda LaRossa about the Italian holiday.  

“Guests wore their masks throughout the evening, simulating a true Italian Carnevale,” said World Languages Chairperson Rosa Kaplan. “The evening also included the annual game of Tombola, an Italian style-bingo, led by honor society officers, Joe Lozito and Gavin Dass.”

The Italian Honor Society would like to thank all of the Mepham families as well as the local businesses that helped to make the event successful by donating food and products. Sponsors included Bellmore Playhouse, Gino’s Tuscany, Moolala Frozen Yogurt, Gusto Divino Trattoria, Bagelicious, The Oakhurst Company, Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails, Flowers by Voegler, Mary Bove, Piccolo Ristorante, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, International Delight Café, Darker Tanning, Michelangelo Salon, Rocco’s Pizza of Bellmore, Cynthia Connors, Presidio, Norman Egan and John Larocchia.

Calhoun Duo Awarded Science Research Grants

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Two students in Calhoun High School’s Advanced Science Research program were recipients of a $200 research grant each for their recent research proposals.

Courtney Lange, 18, and Amelia Seabold, 17, both of Merrick, were awarded $200 NYIT Mini Research Grants.

“The Life Sciences faculty review committee has determined your submission to have scientific merit and potential impact, and we are confident your studies will contribute to the field of science and technology,” stated the grant award letters.

Lange’s research, The Poweroff Study, delves into how a common natural dietary supplement affects sleep quality. Her study is being conducted at NYU Langone.

“Sleep quality is something that affects everyone,” Lange said of her research. “I wanted to learn more through the study, which is currently in the recruitment phase.” 

Her thesis is that the dietary supplement will have a positive effect on sleep quality.
“I was impressed with her drive and passion for the field of psychology,” said said Jennifer Pefanis, director of the school’s Advanced Science Research program. “Courtney has had the opportunity to get her feet wet with several different studies over the summer and school year, gaining much experience.”

Seabold, the Class of 2018 salutatorian, researched patients with the autoimmune disease ANCA vasculitis and their overproduction of a certain protein. 

“I used a gene editing technology to lower the production of this protein by mutating the gene that causes its transcription,” Seabold explained. “It’s so amazing to be able to change someone’s genetic make up. That can be used for so many therapeutic benefits.”

“Amelia is one of the most driven students that I have ever worked with. She has displayed true grit through her passion and perseverance for her research project,” added Pefanis.

For the past two summers, Seabold has traveled to North Carolina to conduct necessary research at UNC Chapel Hill.

“Amelia takes on a lot of challenges, but never accepts a challenge without seeing it through to the end,” added Pefanis.

ASR students have already begun the arduous task of transforming their research papers into a PowerPoint, creating a poster board, and presenting on their topic at both local and regional research competitions.

“This grant has allowed the Advanced Science Research Program at Calhoun High School to help fund the printing and presenting of our research projects at our local and regional science research competitions,” added Pefanis.



Mepham Students Present at Human Rights Conference

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On Feb. 1, members of the Mepham School and Community Leadership class attended the 32nd annual Human Rights Conference at Adelphi University and presented a workshop, “Targeted Teens: Discrimination and Diversity in our Schools.”  

“Over the course of three sessions, five leaders at a time, led workshop attendees through a 50-minute interactive experience that challenged participants to consider what stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination are, where we find them in our schools, and how we can combat them in our schools,” explained Social Studies Chairperson Robyn Einbinder.

Through small group discussion and large group debrief, the participants engaged in conversations about what a judgment-free society looks like, how they could prevent discrimination from spreading, how they can change their school to be more accepting toward others, and how they can prevent themselves from judging a book by its cover?  

While only 15 members of the senior class actually presented, all 24 students, along with social studies teacher Jacqueline Geller, developed the workshop.



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Renovated Grand Avenue Library Combines Comfort and Collaboration

Renovated Grand Avenue Library Combines Comfort and Collaboration photo

Move over Starbucks, Grand Avenue Middle School’s newly renovated library is the place to be.

The bright, open floor plan boasts a welcoming area, conducive for both collaborative assignments and independent studies. 

“It’s a place where students could have comfortable seating; a gathering space, where kids can work together while also promoting literacy,” explained Rosanne Walker, the building’s library media specialist. 

Chromebook and iPad carts are available for use on a checkout system. A new Smart Board plus the open space concept fosters an ideal learning environment for humanities classes, where the two disciplines of English and social studies are intermingled.

Walker also created a Maker Space along the windowsill.

“This allows students to unwind and explore their creative side,” Walker said.

An electronic book catalog system was added near the end caps of book stacks. 

“This will teach students how to utilize the library’s various resources, as well as teach them how to independently access these tools,” she explained.

Not all is shiny and new. The original oak bookshelves were refinished in a dark brown stain, preserving some of the room’s original construction.

“I was glad to see them preserved, as they are a gorgeous accent in the room,” added Walker.

 

Kennedy Named Reward School by New York State Ed Department

Kennedy Named Reward School by New York State Ed Department photo
Kennedy High School was recently named a Reward School by the New York State Education Department.

“The teachers and administrators at these Reward Schools work hard each day to raise the bar and give their students opportunities to achieve their dreams,” stated Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa in the Feb. 1 announcement. 

Reward Schools are schools with high academic achievement or those with the most progress in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups.

Kennedy was among 155 high achieving and high progress schools recognized as Reward Schools. Each school will receive a certificate of recognition from the commissioner.

Former ASR Student Published in Psychology Journal

Former ASR Student Published in Psychology Journal photo
Former Advanced Science Research Student, Jonathan Ellison, a member of the Calhoun High School class of 2017, was recently published in the latest issue of The Whitman Journal of Psychology.  

Ellison submitted his senior year's research project entitled Motor, Cognitive, and Quality of Life Scores in Parkinson's Patients during the spring of 2017 and it was chosen for the October 2017 issue. 
 
Here is the link to the website for the journal; http://www.whitmanpsychjournal.org/index.html

Cougars Wrestle to Pin League III Title

Cougars Wrestle to Pin League III Title photo
Kennedy High School wrestling team defeated Garden City on Jan. 25, with a 46-22 win to capture the Nassau League III title.

Jack Krug became the 15th wrestler in Kennedy history to achieve 100 career wins.

The squad boasts five wrestlers ranked in the top six in the Nassau County including Boaz Smart who is currently undefeated and ranked no. 1 in Nassau and seventh in New York State.

Other ranked wrestlers include Greg Brach (99 pounds), Krug (182 pounds), Brandon Mercado (106 pounds) and Dan Shafran (195 pounds). 

Greg Brach and Boaz Smart won the Shoreline Tournament on Jan. 20 at New Rochelle High School. 

“This is one of the toughest in season tournaments in the state,” said coach Brian DeGaetano.

Brandon Mercado also made the finals and lost a close 6-4 match to the third ranked wrestler in New York State. 

“Smart became the first wrestler in school history to place,” DeGaetano added.

The team is currently ranked seventh in Nassau and holds a current record of 11-3 in dual-meets. They now move on to individuals and then New York State competitions.

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, Forever 9 Honor CPR/AED Training Partnership

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, Forever 9 Honor CPR/AED Training Partnership photo
In 2011, Forever 9-The Robbie Levine Foundation partnered with the CHSD to start a pilot program at Merrick Avenue Middle School, certifying all students in CPR/AED. 

“The program was so quickly a success, that it gradually expanded to all of the district’s middle and high schools,” said founder and local parent Jill Levine. “We realized that the most logical way to reach all students was in physical education class. Our foundation trained all of the physical education teachers to become actual CPR/AED trainers, and every student that goes through our schools is trained in these lifesaving skills every year.” 

These trainings are a success due to the district and teachers embrace of the program and ability to incorporate it into the already existing curriculum. This collaboration was recently celebrated at the 10th annual Dealing with Hearts Gala, which fundraises for the foundation.

“Our teachers are therefore directly responsible for lives saved, by some of the students that they have taught,” Levine added.

While physical education is an integral part of the educational process throughout the district, it is programs such as these that elevate students’ capabilities in real-world situations.

“We are very fortunate to be able to partner with Forever 9-The Robbie Levine Foundation, to offer hands-on instruction in CPR and AED for nearly 5,600 students in our district,” said Eric Caballero, director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health. “This initiative would not be possible without the generous support of the foundation. The product of our partnership in this endeavor is the opportunity for our students to have the skill set to save a life.”

Calhoun Girls Clinch School’s First Conference Championship

Calhoun Girls Clinch School’s First Conference Championship photo
A year ago, the girls from Calhoun High School winter track team would come up two inches and one second short of capturing the school’s first winter conference championship. The team vowed to never forget that feeling and this year they will redeem themselves by clinching a championship.

They nabbed the Nassau Conference II track championship on Jan. 17, at St. Anthony’s Invitational. In the 600-meter, Calhoun sophomore Elizabeth Tuzzolo claimed second place for the girls, while Katie Corona took third and Nadya Resnick finished up in sixth. Elizabeth and Katie earned All-Conference honors and the team took 15 points. 

They earned more points after the 55-meter high hurdles, with senior captain and returning all-state athlete Paige Sfiroudis cruising to an easy win and Heather Berberich capturing fourth place. Sfiroudis also won the Triple and Long Jump events, as well as scoring an unheard of 30 individual points.

“I just wanted to perform for my team, coaches and school,” she said. 
We knew this was the last chance we had to make history and I wasn’t going to let that pass. This victory was a true team win — we all contributed.” 

Coach Joe Migliano called Sfiroudis’ a ‘one-of-a-kind talent.’

“It’s hard to imagine that she never ran track before her sophomore year,” he said. “There isn’t an event that Paige can’t do, she’s one of the most well-rounded athletes I have ever coached.”

In shot put, Madison Padro led Jamie Campanelli and Victoria Unz to a 1, 2, 3 finish grabbing a massive 24 points and becoming the conference champion. Tali Gekhman, Lindsay Sheridan and Julia frank would add 18 points to the teams total, taking second, third and fourth in the Race Walk. Gekhman and Sheridan earned All-Conference honors. 

Sarah Tappeto nabbed second on the 300-meter dash, third in triple jump and would run on the team’s championship 4x400-meter relay.

“She is a terrific athlete and fierce competitor,” Migliano said. “Her potential is endless. Sarah has no idea how great she could be and I love that I get to coach her everyday.” 

Faith Dwyer, Emma Bhansingh, Alexandra Unz and Nadya Resnick (senior) would take the track and run the 4x800-meter relay. Katie Corona, Sarah Tappeto, Samantha LeTorre and Elizabeth Tuzzolo took the 4x4-00-meter relay.

“I just wanted to get out fast and make sure I took it home for the team, in my head I knew I would never let the team down,” said Tuzzolo. “We didn’t know the score going into the race and coach always tells us that every point matters.”

In the day’s last race, the 4x200-meter relay, Mia Advocate, Heather Berberich, Kayla Locasto and Kristina Losquadro took second place with just five meters to go.

“The girls wanted it,” said Migliano. “We train 10 months out of the year with goals like this in mind. This was no magic trick or savvy coaching, it was all heart and dedication from them.”

David Greenberg, Jake Baglio Nab Spelling Bee W-I-N-S

David Greenberg, Jake Baglio Nab Spelling Bee W-I-N-S photo

Seventh-graders David Greenberg of Grand Avenue and Jake Baglio and Merrick Avenue middle schools won their respective schools’ spelling bees.

Greenberg won the 2018 Grand Avenue Spelling Bee on Jan. 11 after 18 grueling rounds with the word “celiac.” Francesca Lodispoto was the runner-up.

Baglio won the 2018 Merrick Avenue Spelling Bee on Jan. 12 with the word “tuberculosis” after eight challenging rounds. Zach Arzt was the runner-up.

Greenberg and Baglio will advance to the Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 4.

Jack Carbone Wins Merrick Avenue MS National Geographic Bee

Jack Carbone Wins Merrick Avenue MS National Geographic Bee photo
Jack Carbone, an eighth-grade student at Merrick Avenue Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 8.

The bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. 

Carbone, along with other school champions, will take a qualifying test to become eligible to compete in the New York State Bee on April 6. 

The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.
 

Advanced Science Research Students Earn Regeneron Badges

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Several students in the district’s Advanced Science Research program earned badges in the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition. 

The Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based on his or her own independent science research. The Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in his or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her.

From Wellington C. Mepham High School:
Sami Atiq - Initiative Badge, Research Report Badge
Yusuf Hasan - Research Report Badge
Steven Scheel - Initiative Badge, Research Report Badge
Rebecca Scotto - Research Report Badge

From Sanford H. Calhoun High School:
Syed Umer Ahmed: Student Initiative & Student Report
Zachary Neiger: Student Initiative & Student Report
Kyle Pilotti: Student Initiative & Student Report
Amelia Seabold: Student Initiative & Student Report
Camryn Artz: Student Initiative
Lindsey Parmett: Student Initiative
Anais Kaplun: Research Report
Joy Ma: Research Report

From John F. Kennedy High School:
Matthew Klein: Research Report & Initiative Badge + Scholar
Cameron Levy: Research Report & Initiative Badge + Scholar
Olivia Mark: Research Report & Initiative Badge
Amanda Schleider: Research Report & Initiative Badge
Gabrielle Beauharnais: Research Report
Nicole Khouryawad: Research Report

All students who submit a paper and application receive an Entrant Badge. The students above received an Entrant Badge along with the following students:

Genevieve Tripoli, Peter Romero, Erin McNamara, Kim Strull, Michaela O’Connor, Steven Manolios, Lindsay Jordan and Caitlyn Perrone of Calhoun High School; Bianca Singh of Mepham High School; and Chloe Rome, Luca Rosen and Nina Weissbach of Kennedy High School.

“All seniors completed research with an outside mentor in a university and/or laboratory setting and wrote college-level papers describing their research,” said Robert Soel, science chairperson at Kennedy High School.

Bellmore-Merrick Students ‘Paws’ and Reflect Canine Visit

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Students from the Meadowbrook Alternative Program and Calhoun High School’s PREP special education program in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District recently collaborated on a donation effort for Canine Companions for Independence. 

CCI provides people with disabilities highly trained assistance dogs.

“The visit included an informational talk by the CCI staff, a tour of the training facility and a presentation on how a service dog assists individuals,” said MAP psychologist Dr. Joseph Netto. “The purpose of this visit to CCI was to expose students to service dogs and to visit an organization that was designated as a beneficiary of MAP’s donated pet goods.”

Since their November visit to the Medford-based training facility, the students collected items for their new furry friends. On Jan. 12, Canine Companions’ staff members and two service dogs visited MAP to collect the items. The effort was in participation of the district wide Day of Service, which was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
“After listening to and taking part in the interactive presentation, the students presented the CCI staff with over 25 bags of dog food, toys, supplies and animal care products,” Dr. Netto explained.


VIDEO: Bellmore-Merrick Does for Others at Day of Service

Bellmore-Merrick Does for Others at Day of Service photo

Thousands of students packaged up donations for local shelters as part of the district’s Day of Service on Jan. 12.

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for community service, the annual event had students and staff spring into action, while tying in history.

“During core social studies classes, our student leaders presented a lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy and dedication to service,” said Mepham Principal Eric Gomez.

Students spent the day filling bags with donated nonperishables, toiletries, baby and hygiene items into reusable tote bags. 
“Our students had an opportunity to learn about what this day of service means and why it is important to find ways to give of our time to others,” said Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings.

The bags included handwritten notes as well. Some had inspirational quotes from Dr. King, while others took a different approach. Each school was charged with a different theme of donations. At Grand Avenue Middle School, they collected pet and baby items for their drive, dubbed “Goo, Goo, Bark, Bark.”

“These notes included either parenting or pet care tips collected from faculty and staff,” said Principal Carlo Conte.

The district’s Ambassador Program, a student-led think tank in support of their One Voice, One Message mission, spearheaded the effort. 

In addition to stocking the district-run food pantry, the Community Cupboard, items were also delivered by students and staff to various organizations around Long Island including The INN, Momma’s House, Regina House, the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter and Last Hope Pet Shelter.

“Today in Bellmore-Merrick, we all had the opportunity to do right by others and it is one day among many opportunities we have for students to serve in the vision of Dr. King,” said David Seinfeld, principal of Kennedy High School. 

 




Kennedy’s David Frank Places Second at LI Psychology Fair

Kennedy’s David Frank Places Second at LI Psychology Fair photo

Kennedy High School sophomore David Frank performed some magic at the Long Island Psychology Fair and a second-place award was in the cards for him.

Held at Roslyn High School on Jan. 11, 36 students were invited to present their research to a panel of peer and expert judges in various categories.

Frank’s research, “A Table Magician’s Greatest Trick: Affecting a Patron’s Tipping Habits Without Them Knowing,” earned him an award in the category of social psychology.

Frank explained that he conducts research at his Friday night gig working as a table magician at a local restaurant.

“I wanted to see what I could do to increase the size of my tips and how many people were actually leaving me tips,” Frank said. “So, I started researching and came across the concept of reciprocity.” 

Current research is limited to waiters and waitresses in a restaurant setting that leave candy as a gift.

“I wanted to see if that would generalize into other service contexts using a wider array of gifts,” Frank mentioned.

His initial research found an 80 percent increase in gratuity and the study is ongoing by further randomizing the data.

Senior Amanda Schleider also presented in the category of educational psychology. Her research was “Teaching a Child with Autism Peer-to-Peer Requesting Using iPad Based Speech Generating Device.”

“I got into this because my mom is a speech language pathologist at a school with kids with disabilities and when I visited her at work, I was always fascinated with how they communicate,” Schleider said.

“It’s amazing how much they can learn when taught evidence-based procedures to learn new skills and I wanted to design a study that would teach kids to do this as well,” she continued. 

Schleider completed research at Genesis School in East Meadow. 

“Through my research of reading journal articles, kids with autism are taught communication skills with adults or other peers that are neurotypical,” she added. “I saw a lack of interaction with kids that also have autism.”

Her study focuses on teaching a participant with autism to request to a peer in their class who also has autism. She focused on a social communication aspect, utilizing speech-generating devices that are programmed with various apps.

Both Frank and Schleider are in Kennedy’s Advanced Science Research program, under advisers Orquidea Afonso and Barbara Franklin, respectively.

Chandeleur Day at Grand Avenue Predicts an Early Spring

Chandeleur Day at Grand Avenue Predicts an Early Spring photo

There was no need for Punxsutawney Phil in Rich Zawislak’s eighth-grade French class on Feb. 2; students celebrated Groundhog Day French style instead.

Known as La Chandeleur or Chandeleur Day, students learned the day was originally the religious holiday of Candlemas that is now simply enjoyed by making (and eating) crêpes with some fortune telling. La Chandeleur resembles Groundhog Day because certain signs of the crepe can indicate whether harsh winter weather is nearly over or will continue.

Betsy Siegelaub, a retired Bellmore-Merrick French teacher, visited Zawislak’s class at Grand Avenue Middle School to teach the students about the holiday.  

“Students learned about the history and importance of the day, listened to music, and played games to celebrate,” explained world languages chairperson Renée Fallon.

“The pièce de résistance was the making of the crêpes. Students filled their crêpes with various jams, Nutella and whipped cream, and enjoyed chatting with Mrs. Siegelaub in French,” added Zawislak.

To end the day, the students tried their hand at flipping the crêpes to see what the rest of this winter has in store — “Quand la Chandeleur est claire, l’hiver est par derrière; Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte.” Translated to English: “If Chandeleur is clear, no more winter to fear. If Chandeleur is gray, 40 more days winter will stay.”

The results? According the Chandeleur Day celebrations at Grand Avenue, it looks like spring will arrive early this year.

 




Poet Billy Lamont Visits CHSD for Workshop

Poet Billy Lamont Visits CHSD for Workshop photo

Calhoun High School and Merrick Avenue Middle School welcomed performance poet Billy Lamont.

Lamont facilitated two poetry-writing workshops with high school and middle school creative writing students. 

Lamont, who has conducted similar workshops for students elsewhere in Nassau County, shared some of the poetry he has written through the years, discussed his creative process, and led students through various creative writing prompts. 

“The workshop, which was funded by a BMCHSD Mini Grant awarded to the English Department, concluded with a performance poetry showcase where student participants had an opportunity to share some of their own creative work,” said English chairperson Adeline Atkins.





Kennedy Regeneron Scholars Discuss Research

Kennedy Regeneron Scholars Discuss Research photo
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Kennedy Regeneron Scholars Discuss Research photo 3
Matthew Klein and Cameron Levy, both of Kennedy High School were recognized as 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 9. Nothing short of sheer commitment and sacrifice landed them here. 

They are two of 300 students acknowledged from across the nation and two of 46 from Long Island.  

Klein’s research, “Galaxy Cluster Assembly and Ignition of Active Galactic Nuclei,” was completed at SUNY Farmingdale.
 
In layman’s terms, galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the known universe. Gauging their evolution is essential to understand basic properties of the universe. 

Klein researched more than 80 clusters, each containing 200-300 galaxy sources, to determine if there was a correlation between infalling galaxies and active galactic nuclei within a cluster.

While the 150+ hours of research found that there was a negative correlation, he was able to create a more efficient method of observing these galaxies within clusters.

“I wrote a program that collected data from these databases and plot them” Klein said. “Observing galaxy dynamics is typically a tedious method.”

Klein taught himself Python, a computer language program, used to create this observation method.

“His new method of doing this makes it much simpler for people to study galaxy clusters,” added adviser Barbi Frank.

Klein, a black belt in karate, is also a member of the school’s science club, art club and an AP art student.

Levy’s research, “An Analysis of the Interactions Among the Histone Deacetylase Sir2, TOR Signaling, and the Heat Shock Response Instigator Heat Shock Factor 1,” was completed at Long Island University, CW POST.

This was a study of biological transcriptional mechanism by which organisms can protect themselves from stressors such as high temperatures, cancers or geo-toxic (drug-related).

The drug used in his research, resveratrol, has been shown to extend lifespan, but its effects on stress resistance are unknown. His research revealed that the target enzyme of resveratrol, Sir2, operate in a common pathway to produce stress resistance and have an innate interaction between Sir2 and the stress response. Another drug was used as a base comparison. 

“This study has implications in the development of treatments that can increase resistance to a broad range of stressors, including aging and disease,” Levy explained.

Levy is a highly competitive fencer, recently signed with Princeton University to play on the fencing team. He is currently ranked no. 20 in the nation, overall and often travels from school to the science lab to Brooklyn, where he trains five times per week.

The Regeneron STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each scholar, selected from 1,818 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 on Jan. 23.  


Kennedy Duo Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars

Kennedy Duo Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars photo
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Kennedy Duo Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars photo 3
Matthew Klein and Cameron Levy, both of Kennedy High School, have been recognized as 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 9.

They are two of 300 students acknowledged from across the nation and two of 46 from Long Island.  
Klein’s research, “Galaxy Cluster Assembly and Ignition of Active Galactic Nuclei,” was completed at SUNY Farmingdale. 

Levy’s research, “An Analysis of the Interactions Among the Histone Deacetylase Sir2, TOR Signaling, and the Heat Shock Response Instigator Heat Shock Factor 1,” was completed at Long Island University, CW POST.

They are both seniors in Barbi Frank’s Advanced Science Research class, a three-year program, at Kennedy High School. 

The Regeneron STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each scholar, selected from 1,818 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 on Jan. 23.  
 

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1/24/18 Bond Phase 4 Update

8/14/17 Full Construction Update

7/14/17 Bond Phase 3 Update

10/24/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

9/6/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

8/8/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

7/27/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

7/15/16 Bond Update

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July 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

6/11/16 - Bond Phase 2 and 3 Update

April 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

4/11/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

March 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

3/1/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

February 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

1/5/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

12/15/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

December 2015 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

11/15/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

November 2015 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

10/20/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

8/25/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

1/22/15 - Bond Phase 1 Update

12/10/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

10/29/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

9/29/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

8/11/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

7/14/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

6/30/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

July 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

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September 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

Captial Projects Slideshow

October 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

November 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

December 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

Construction Update 6/17/14

Neighbor Letter Re: Construction (Middle School)

Neighbor Letter Re: Construction

6/10/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

SED Approval - Phase I  - May 6

02/10/14 - Bond Project Update

Capital Project Potential Phasing