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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.

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Grand Avenue Gets In a Mindful Mood

Grand Avenue Gets In a Mindful Mood photo

Grand Avenue Middle School has been piloting mindfulness and relaxation sessions for students on a voluntary basis throughout the school day.

“During these sessions, the students practice relaxation methods to assist in the reduction of stressful thoughts and feelings,” explained organizer Dr. Maura Kempton, chairperson of special education at Grand Avenue. 

Weekly sessions are being held during the final 20 minutes of lunch periods. The program will continue indefinitely. 

“The response to the program has been very positive and attendance has been strong,” said organizer and school psychologist Dr. Marla Bayles. “Middle school is a stressful time and the students really benefit from taking a break to focus on their physical and mental well-being.”

Middle School Ambassadors Share Mission With Elementary Schools

Middle School Ambassadors Share Mission With Elementary Schools photo
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Student ambassadors from Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools recently collaborated on a presentation for the elementary school students in Merrick, North Merrick, Bellmore and North Bellmore. 

Students spoke about the district’s community cupboard and encouraged the elementary schools to come up with ways that they could be part of the mission to end hunger. 

“Students shared their roles as ambassadors, the work that they do in their individual school and districtwide, facts about poverty as well as what our current cupboard needs and is doing,” said Grand Avenue Assistant Principal Andrew Del Rosario.

“The most exciting part of the presentation came when the ambassadors turned it over to the elementary school students and opened up the floor for questions and discussion to brainstorm ways that they can help and participate,” added Merrick Avenue Assistant Principal Katelyn Dunn.

The elementary schools were very receptive and the students were excited to be part of the mission.

GAMS Gym Classes Raise $6K for Heart Disease

Grand Avenue Middle School physical education classes recently completed a jump-rope-a-thon raising $6,426.50 for the American Heart Association.

The Jump Rope for Heart program is a two-week unit in physical education class in which students participate in a variety of jumping activities. 

During this time students volunteer to collect money from friends and family. 
“Students learn the lifelong benefits of cardiovascular exercise and how it leads to a healthy heart,” said Donna Greco, a physical education teacher.

Project coordinators George Bossert, Donna Greco and Carrie Perkins would like to thank the students and community for their tremendous support. 

Top fundraisers were Ian Peckman, Riley Peckman, Lena Roseman, Jared Levine, Nick Salas, Ted Piccininni, Massimo Marino, Lauren Duany, Casey Cascio, Hannah Broxmeyer, Max Hahn, Skylar Ward and Jonathan Kokura.