District Recognizes Scholar Athlete

At the December Board of Education meeting, Board members and administrators recognized Calhoun High School senior Griffin Miller for his recent selection as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.

Miller, the senior class president and student representative on the Board of Education, was presented with a citation from Board Vice President George Haile, who read his impressive resume before a packed audience.

Miller is a two-sport athlete and was captain of the Colts varsity football team this fall. He is also a member of the lacrosse team, for which he will be playing his third year as goaltender this spring. Academically, he is an exemplary scholar, with a 98.48 GPA and membership in the National Honor Society and Calhoun’s award-winning DECA club.

After graduating from Calhoun this June, Miller will be attending Dartmouth College.

Transportation for BarryTech students on December 22 & 23, 2014

- AM BarryTech students will be picked-up at 10:30 at their assigned stops and will be transported to their respective High Schools

- PM BarryTech students will be taken from their respective High Schools and transported to their assigned stops

Physical Education Classes Raise Over $8000 to Help Fight Heart Disease

Grand Avenue Middle School physical education classes recently completed a jump-rope-a-thon raising $8229.74 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 exercise and how it leads to a healthy heart. Project coordinators George Bossert, Donna Greco and Carrie Perkins would like to thank the students and community for their tremendous support. Top fund-raisers were Angelie Giocoli, Josh Cohen, Tyler Fiore, Sara Hodnett, Katie Morgan, Tom Bodendorf, Stefanie Simone, Dillon Pekoff, Kristina Hyman, Nathan Rosen, Angelica Gomez and Renata Davi.

Mepham Students Promote Literacy with a Buddy and a Book

Students from Mepham’s Senior Experience Program visited Birch School and Norman J. Levy Lakeside School in the Merrick School District on Nov. 21 to become “reading buddies” for first-grade students. 

Prior to the event, seniors in Marc Achtziger’s and Sarah Bender’s Senior Experience classes learned about the importance of promoting literacy in their community. When the big buddies met their little buddies, the pairs interviewed one another, created a Venn diagram of their similarities and differences, read the little buddy’s favorite book, and discussed the interesting parts of the story. Some pairs drew pictures of a character or scene from the stories they read. 

The idea behind the Reading Buddies program is to promote a lifelong love of reading. This was the first in what Mepham hopes will be a series of visits to the elementary schools. Students will meet periodically throughout the year to develop positive experiences about choosing, reading and discussing age-appropriate books.

This program is also aligned with the Senior Experience Program’s charitable focus: placing books in the hands of young children in Long Island’s communities.

First-Quarter CARMA Awards Go to Two Students

The Kennedy High School Student Government recently congratulated students Jamie Kanner and Lauren Azmon on receiving the Cougars as Role Model Americans (CARMA) award for the first quarter of the school year. Members of the student government, including its president and vice president, Zach Goldman and Josh Goldman, as well as its PR coordinator, Justin Shapiro, presented the recipients with certificates. The CARMA award recognizes students for their outstanding community service.

Jamie Kanner:
In December 2013, Jamie Kanner came across the Rolling Thunder Special Needs Running Program, an organization that gives children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in track and field events. Kanner found the organization’s website and discovered there was only a group in Suffolk County, not Nassau, so she decided to start her own Nassau County chapter of Rolling Thunder.
In March 2014, Kanner spoke at a Rolling Thunder Special Needs Running Program meeting and was given $500 by the president of the Long Island Chapter of the Autism Society of America to purchase equipment for the program. After obtaining the insurance policy through the autism organization and the permission from Kennedy High School to use the track on the weekends, Kanner hosted running events for disabled runners.
Kanner’s participation on the track and cross-country teams motivated her to start this program.

Lauren Azmon:
This past summer, Lauren Azmon participated in two community service programs in Africa with Global Leadership Adventures. Azmon traveled to rural Ghana, where she took part in the “Dream Big Ghana” project. While there, she built a compost facility for an extended family of 26 relatives. She had to make her own bricks using sand and water and carry them in a bucket on her head from the village to the worksite.
After completing a bathroom complex in Ghana, Azmon spent three weeks in Tanzania, where she taught English to first-grade students. She also built a fence around the playground of the school to protect the children during recess. She continues her dedication to this cause by selling handmade elephant pants for the Jiendeleze organization.
Azmon was motivated to volunteer because of her love of working with children and her interest in the science of public health.

The Builders Club of Grand Avenue Middle School Kicks off the Holiday Season with Coats & Kindness

For the last few weeks The Builders Club of Grand Avenue Middle School has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of our annual coat drive. Each year The Builders Club joins Assemblyman David G. McDonough, of Bellmore, with his "Coats for Kids" drive. The members of the club created posters and made morning announcements to advertise the special event. The club collected a large amount of coats and had them ready to be delivered on December 8th to Assemblyman McDonough's Bellmore office. The coats will be distributed to families in need this holiday season. Thank you to all who donated coats or volunteered their time with this event.

Lady Sharks Recognized at Board Meeting

The Board of Education recognized members of the district’s aquatic team, the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks, for their remarkable 2014 season.
During the Board’s December meeting, the Lady Sharks were presented with a citation from Board President Joann DeLauter after the team place second in the state at the Swimming and Diving Championships held at Ithaca College two weeks prior.|

In addition to their success at the state meet, the Lady Sharks broke the Nassau County record in the 200 medley relay. The relay, comprised of Mepham’s Jaimie Kaefer and Liz Walsh, Calhoun’s Georgeanne Zimmerman and John F. Kennedy’s Paige Kaplan, finished fourth in the state.

Kaplan also won the state championship in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a new Nassau County record, and tied for fifth in the 200 individual medley.
The 200 freestyle relay, comprised of Jessica Arana, Kerry Giovanniello, Kaefer and Kaplan, finished eighth in the state.

District-wide Transition Fair at Calhoun HS


MAP Club Donates Proceeds from Early Fundraisers

The MAP Key Club started the year off with bake sales and other small fundraisers that helped them raise more than $100 for a charitable cause.

After setting aside some funds to support other projects, Key Club members used the remaining money to help Eager to Serve, a nonprofit organization based in Freeport that assists underserved families with resources and educational opportunities.

Eager to Serve provided a wanted list, the top of which called for diapers and wipes. Key Club students responded immediately by dividing the funds and purchasing these items over the past weekend. When school resumed, the club had more than 400 diapers and three large containers of wipes, which will be donated to the organization to help mothers.

This is the first project the Key Club undertook for the 2014-15 year. Under the guidance of advisor Tiffany Rzempoluch, the club is currently taking a large list of everyday items to make blessing bags. The bags will be given out to the homeless this holiday season, along with notes of encouragement.

Kennedy Alum Delivers Can-Do Presentation

Students at John F. Kennedy High School received a special visit from an inspiring alum on Nov. 26 when they welcomed back Stephanie Hammerman to speak to them about overcoming challenges.

Hammerman, a 2007 graduate of JFK High School, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after her birth, a condition that causes difficulty with motor skills such as walking, getting dressed or picking up objects. Now in her mid-20s, Hammerman has worked her way through graduate school and is one of the first women with cerebral palsy to participate in CrossFit competitions and attain CrossFit Level 2 Certification.

Mixing great humor with an approachable demeanor, Hammerman discussed her life’s struggles and amazing accomplishments while a college student at Lynn University in Florida, where she was first introduced to CrossFit trainers. From that meeting, she began a lifelong journey of marathons and social networking with other differently abled people around the country inspired by her story.

After her presentation, Hammerman fielded questions from the audience and stuck around to say hello to some past teachers and administrators.

Special Needs Students Explore Their Future

Calhoun hosted Bellmore-Merrick’s annual SEPTA College and Higher Education Planning Night for students with special learning needs on Nov. 6.

One of SEPTA’s main goals is to give families and students the opportunity to become educated consumers about relevant services and supports available to them. The event is designed so students, parents and faculty have the opportunity to meet disability service representatives from Long Island schools and agencies, as well as representatives from various vocational programs. The combination of information tables and guest speaker workshops allowed participants to individualize their experience to fit their needs.

In the past, more than 40 colleges, trade schools and agencies have participated, drawing more than 300 attendees, and this year was no different. It was the combination of everyone’s effort that made this night a huge success.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

At Grand Avenue, "Great Lives" classes conducted a "compassion service-learning project" to raise funds for children in need worldwide with UNICEF. With the help of Mr. Don Campbell and Mr. Tim Dolan, the students gathered funds as part of "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF." In total, the classes were able to raise $928.00 in donations to UNICEF!

BMCHSD Framework for Individualized Learning Opportunities




Stranger Danger Safety Tips - Nassau County Police Department




MAMS Delivers with Operation Sweet Tooth

Merrick Avenue and the Merrick PAL collected more than 300 pounds of candy through its annual Operation Sweet Tooth fundraiser. Under the direction of student council, led by social studies teachers Joseph Amador and Lucrezia Colangelo, students donated their excess Halloween candy to be delivered to troops overseas.

Operation Sweet Tooth is a viral campaign that has spread across the U.S. since 2003, whereby candy and other leftover donations are packaged for troops overseas.

November 2014 Citizens of the Month


From left to right: Mr. Conte, Anthony Novello, Alexandra Olivo, Jillian Conlon, Erica Trotta, Kirsten Knowles, Rachel Gurevich, Danielle Linekin & Kaitlyn Agostini

Thankgiving Canned food Drive

The Yorker Club with advisors Dan Rummenie and Dominik Bargiel sponsored their annual canned food drive this month. During a three-week span over 600 cans of food (18 boxes) and $500 dollars were raised by the generous students of Grand Ave to help out needy families in the Bellmore community. Each family was able to receive a box of canned food as well as 140 dollar gift certificate, courtesy of the Grand Avenue family as well as the Grand Avenue PTSA for holiday groceries at STOP and SHOP.

MAMS Recognizes ‘Super Summer Readers’

The Merrick Avenue library recently hosted a brief reception celebrating the participants in the 2014 Super Summer Readers Program.
To be considered a Super Summer Reader, students were challenged in the spring to go above and beyond the school's regular summer reading program: they had to read at least five books over the summer, one of which had to be on the school's official summer reading list. 

In addition, Super Summer Readers had to keep a log of the books they read and comment on them, explaining what they liked (or disliked) about each one. 

Library Media Specialist Rachel Mathieu-Leo was joined by English Department Chair Cheryl Fontana, Assistant Principal John Gibilaro, and Principal Taryn Johnson at the reception earlier this month. 

Students were called down to the library for a snack and a brief, yet lively discussion on the books they had read.  Each participant was presented with a certificate and a small congratulatory token of their hard work - a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

Congratulations to the 2014 MAMS Super Summer Readers: Sean Berg, Alexa Cohen, Sarah Multer, Brianna Ottofaro, Juliana Tirino, Allison Trabold, and Elizabeth Tuzzolo.

A Home-Cooked Feast at MAMS

Students in the life skills class at Merrick Avenue got into the Thanksgiving spirit with a self-prepared feast and celebration.

The students helped prepare turkey, stuffing and corn, among other treats and rounded out the party with live musical performances and other activities.

Scroll through the photo gallery and get into the spirit yourself.

Holocaust Survivor Visits Calhoun to Tell her Story


MAMS Participation in Math Contest Adds Up

Ninety-five Merrick Avenue students stayed after school to participate in the American Mathematics Competition on Nov. 18.
The AMC is a national contest that challenges students mathematically and encourages them to think outside of the box.
The Merrick Avenue math department congratulated those students who participated and are anxiously awaiting the results.

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The district will be placing new information in this section regarding the Capital Projects. Be on the lookout for information as it becomes available. See the links below for our latest updates.

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

August 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

September 2014 Capital Bond Project 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