Seventh Graders Learn New Routines at Orientation

The district’s middle schools hosted student orientations for incoming seventh graders on Aug. 25 to familiarize families with policies, practices and procedures.
At Merrick Avenue Middle School, Principal Taryn Johnson welcomed parents, while students proceeded to classrooms for a PowerPoint presentation on various rules and regulations in the school.
“There are many opportunities for children to succeed here,” Johnson said. “We look forward to working with parents towards that end.”
At Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue alike, teachers were also on hand to offer a warm welcome and field questions. The seventh-graders then toured the school and learned locker protocol while receiving helpful tips from eighth-grade student-guide volunteers.

Eighth-Graders Celebrate Moving Up

Eighth-grade students at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools officially capped their middle school careers and their transition to high school during moving up ceremonies on June 12.

Divided into four ceremonies based on academic teams, the students filed into the auditoriums to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of parents, family and peers.

The transitioning eighth-graders heard from graduating seniors from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham, who provided words of advice and encouragement to the students as they prepare to break for the summer before entering as freshman.     

The audience also heard from student speakers from each academic team, who reflected on their years at middle school and shared their hopes and dreams for high school. Faculty members also took the stage to provide a reflection on the year.

Each student made their way across the stages, receiving handshakes from administrators and teachers.  

The milestone event was punctuated by performances by Word of Mouth at Merrick Avenue and the Select Chorus from Grand Avenue, under the direction of Dana Brandwein and Amanda Cantwell, respectively.

District Celebrates the Arts


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.