Mepham Holds 77th Commencement Ceremony

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On June 28, Mepham High School held its 77th annual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015 at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury. More than 330 graduating seniors received their diplomas from Principal Michael Harrington, members of the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso.

Those delivering speeches to their peers included Class President Kara Ognibene, who also emceed the ceremony, valedictorian Anand Bradley and salutatorian Jane Kogan. One program highlight was a poetry recitation by graduating senior Jaime Marvin, who was designated this year’s poet laureate. Also contributing to the nostalgic atmosphere were members of the senior choir, who sang The Beatles’ “In My Life.”

Congratulations to the Mepham Class of 2015! Browse the photo gallery to relive the excitement.

 

District Hosts Second Drug Take-Back Day

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District leaders and the Community Parent Center held its second Drug Take-Back Day outside of Mepham High School in an effort to curb the availability of over-the-counter and prescription drugs found inside the average household medicine cabinet. On Take-Back days, residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications where they can be disposed of safely.

At the May 30 event, residents dropped off approximately 700 pounds of medication, which were collected in 33 large plastic bags in a few hours. The Nassau County Police Department picked up the bags for proper disposal.

The joint community-school effort followed a similarly successful Drug Take-Back event on September 27 in front of the central administration building. At that event, more than 200 pounds of drugs were collected in 10 large bags.

Organizers also distributed more than 200 resource packets replete with information about safe storage and disposal of medication, as well as where families can seek drug counseling should it be needed.

BOE Recognizes Its Own at June Meeting

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During the school year’s final meeting of the Board of Education, members of the board and student representatives exchanged gifts, pleasantries and bid farewell to retiring members of the district.

Board Vice President Skip Haile read the names of the 13 Bellmore-Merrick CHSD employees retiring at the end of the year.

The board also recognized the service of retiring board trustee Susan Schwartz in a touching tribute to her years of service to the district. The board’s student representatives recognized the work of board President JoAnn DeLauter by presenting her with a plaque.

The student representatives were surprised to learn that they would be recognized for their service — delivering monthly updates on their school’s events and accomplishments. President DeLauter read a proclamation of gratitude and handed out personalized honorary gavels as a keepsake. As an added thrill, the students got to deliver the May update while sitting at the head of the board dais.

The board also recognized outgoing members of the district’s various PTA organizations.
    

Senior Awards Recapture Stellar Year

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More than 200 scholarships and awards were handed out in separate ceremonies held at all three high schools on May 27.

The Senior Awards Program is an annual event that pools scholarships and recognitions both in and out of the district to reward outstanding seniors who have made contributions in numerous fields, including community service.

The awards ranged from perfect attendance and academic excellence, to memorial awards in journalism and music.

The evening also provides an opportunity for members of each school’s respective alumni associations and PTA groups to connect with current students and recognize their work.

District Celebrates the Arts

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Bellmore-Merrick recently held its biannual Celebration of the Arts at the Brookside School with a stunning collection of work and showcases from student-artists across the district.

Attended by community members, students, art teachers, art supervisors, building principals, the Board of Education and Superintendent John DeTommaso, the arts celebration included a magnificent gallery of hundreds of pieces of student artwork and an array of extraordinary musical presentations.  

Browse the photo gallery to view some of the stunning artwork.



Mepham Holds Science Research Symposium

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Students in the three-year science research program offered at Mepham have worked for months, and in some cases years, on their projects for this year’s Research Symposium, which was held on May 28.

Among the presenters was senior Jonathan Spiegel, whose work is pending publication in the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging. Spiegel presented his research on diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before irreversible neurological damage is done.

Junior Emily Shipley also studied the brain. Her project analyzed the relationship between mental strength and athletic performance by giving dancers a choreographed dance with and without cues and reviewing how they performed. Those with assisted cues performed the routine better, according to Shipley’s research.

Junior Brianna Isola’s project reached for the sky as it looked into the final stages of a dying star. She is currently working at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History with a team and is a contributing author of a paper on these findings.

Keynote speaker Dr. Veronica Dolar, an economics professor at LIU Post, discussed the rigorous process of performing research. She advised the students, “Expect that things are going to fail and that you will be rejected,” but emphasized that this shouldn’t stop them from picking up and trying again. Dolar also stressed the importance of seeking out a good mentor.

Dr. David Kommor, the science research teacher at Mepham, brimmed with pride as he discussed the featured students, who will earn college credits upon completion of the course.

“Their research has been completed solo, in hospitals, universities and more,” he said. “This evening is the culmination of the research year.”


World Language Students Score Highly on National Exams

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World language students from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham  high schools and Grand Avenue Middle School recently attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.

These competitive exams are administered annually across the country to more than 150,000 students. This year, students from the district participated, with many of them earning gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention prizes.

This year’s gold medal “Oro” winners are pictured. Congratulations to our Oro winners and their teachers, Nikole DeLuca, Sean Doherty, Erika Feldman, Jodi Langevin, Dona Morales, Karen O’Connor, John Reilly and Brooke Zaiff.

Kudos also to teachers Francesca Engelson, Franca Fiorentino, Madeline LoMonaco, Christine O’Neill and Keryn Thienachariya and their students who participated.

District Hosts Second Drug Take-Back Day

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District leaders and the Community Parent Center held its second Drug Take-Back Day outside of Mepham High School in an effort to curb the availability of over-the-counter and prescription drugs found inside the average household medicine cabinet. On Take-Back days, residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications where they can be disposed of safely.

At the May 30 event, residents dropped off approximately 700 pounds of medication, which were collected in 33 large plastic bags in a few hours. The Nassau County Police Department picked up the bags for proper disposal.

The joint community-school effort followed a similarly successful Drug Take-Back event on September 27 in front of the central administration building. At that event, more than 200 pounds of drugs were collected in 10 large bags.

Organizers also distributed more than 200 resource packets replete with information about safe storage and disposal of medication, as well as where families can seek drug counseling should it be needed.