World Languages Students Inducted into Honor Societies

The Department of World Languages held its annual honor society induction ceremony at Kennedy High School on April 19 and at Mepham High School on April 20.

Students of French, Italian and Spanish were honored for their outstanding work in a world language.  

The events were organized by Kennedy teachers Francesca Engelson and Mepham teachers Andrew Franklin and Betsy Siegelaub.  

“The inductions were student-led ceremonies that featured student highlights from the year and student musical and poetry presentations in French, Italian and Spanish,” said Renée Fallon, world languages chairperson.

Mepham Softball Coach Nets 400th Win


Mepham High School girls’ softball coach Michael Muscara recently earned his 400th win.

Muscara, who has been coaching for 32 years, has a career record of 401-209-1. He is a six-time conference champ, seven-time county semifinalist and one-time county finalist. Additionaly, Muscara has been named the Conference Coach of the Year five times and is the former athletic director for Mepham.

“The time that coach has spent here as a teacher and as an educator, he has been the heart and soul of this building,” said Principal Michael Harrington. “The 400th couldn’t be better well-deserved.”


‘Blonde’ Bombshell Hits Mepham Stage

Mepham High School’s Skull and Bones Drama Club painted the school pink as they recently staged the musical production, “Legally Blonde.”

The cast was led by seniors Jessica Serviss (Elle Woods), Evan Spector (Emmett Forrest), Matt Gibbons (Warner Huntington III) and junior Cassidy Casimir (Paulette). 

Also joining the cast in memorable cameos were two of the cast members' dogs: Guinness (owned by junior, Hailey Canonico) as Bruiser Woods and Jed (owned by sophomore, Olivia Larocchia) as Rufus.

The production was directed by Edward Grosskreuz, with vocal music direction by Amanda Cantwell and instrumental music direction by Brian Neiderman. 

“Complete with challenging and dazzling choreography by Whitney Stone, ‘Legally Blonde’ took the Mepham stage by pink storm and was a fun and upbeat evening out for all who attended,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of fine & performing arts and adult education.

Mepham Language Honor Societies Give Back

Mepham High School's French and Italian honor societies continued their tradition of giving back to the community through a field trip to the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead on April 7.  

Along with Italian Honor Society advisor Betsy Siegelaub, students devoted an entire day to assisting the staff and volunteers in their daily activities: sorting clothing donations; organizing food donations; serving hot lunch to 256 guests; cleaning the dining room after lunch.

Students were moved by the needs of many right here on Long Island.  
"We had the option to do anything for our field trip like see a movie or go out to make pizza, but I really like how we used that time to give back to the community and go to the INN," said Jessica Scalisi, one of the co-presidents of the Italian Honor Society.

Bellmore-Merrick Musicians Jazz It Up at Festival

Members of the Grand Avenue Middle School and Wellington C. Mepham High School jazz bands recently participated in the 2016 Herricks Jazz Festival.
This is a non-competitive festival in which student groups perform and then receive feedback & critique from an adjudicator. In addition, students had the opportunity to talk with professionals about jazz as an art form, listen to other Long Island high school ensembles and attend a rhythm section workshop.  
“It was a great day for our middle school and high school musicians to come together and represent the music departments of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of Fine & Performing Arts and Adult Education.

Mepham Students Enjoy ‘Macbeth’ Performance

On March 18, students from Heather Castellano and Michael Cooney's English 3 classes at Mepham High School went on a field trip to watch Shakespeare & Company present “Macbeth” at Long Island University Post.  Students from Mr. Cooney's class included: Aaron Aloni, Matteo Saylor, Michael Coveny, Jeremy Peckoff, Michael Hartung, Connor Wickline, Armondo Daza, Anthony Carrieri, Christopher Bauer and Harris Fink.

Chopping Locks for Charity

At its sixth Chop Your Locks for Charity event benefitting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Mepham High School students and staff, as well as community members, trimmed and bared their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research.

The effort was lead by teachers/coaches Kerry Dennis and Chris Patten and executed by seniors in the service learning project.

“We talk a lot about legacy and what the class of 2016 will be remembered for and it’s this type of lesson,” said Principal Michael Harrington to a packed gymnasium on March 16. “A lesson about dedicating our lives to helping others.”

Raffles and baked goods were also available for purchase throughout the evening to help with raising money.

“From fundraising and promoting to gathering prizes to be raffled, our students worked together for an incredible cause,” said Patten.  

“I think what makes our St. Baldrick's event special is that not only does it bring the students and staff at Mepham together for one cause, but it brings our community together,” added Dennis.

Guests were treated to an Irish step dancing performance before volunteers from Bangz and Salon Nouveau assisted with haircutting and shaving. As of now, they raised $45,300.