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"One Voice, One Message" Continues Message of Unity and Service

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.

Bellmore-Merrick Celebrates National Poetry Month

Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District students and faculty jumped at the chance to create, perform and listen to poetry throughout the month of April.

The English departments and the library staff created a number of engaging events to help celebrate students’ love of literature and to support budding writers, especially after the success of the Bellmore-Merrick Writing Festival earlier this year.

Sanford H. Calhoun High School librarian Kathryn Elefterion created poetry stations in which students could create different types of visual poetry in blocks of time. A few options included blackout poetry, in which students blacked out words in the pages of old books with Sharpies, leaving behind a few words in a brand-new poem; newspaper poems, in which students cut out letters and shapes from magazines and glued them together; and paint chip poems, in which students used the names of the colors to create themed poems.

English teacher Kaitlyn Seigneuray stated, "Students of every grade and every level loved the activity. Best of all, the students surprised themselves with how much fun they had creating poetry in new, different ways."  

The poetry station event ran from April 5-14, with classes coming in almost every available period.

Calhoun students who wished to read and perform their own original works also competed in The Voice: Slam Poetry Style on April 15, a competition in the style of the popular TV show “The Voice.” Seventeen students wrote two original poems, one based on the theme, “The Letter Never Delivered,” and performed them without prompts for five teacher coaches, who then selected students for their teams.
Several underclassmen took to the Calhoun stage for the first time and dazzled the audience.

English teacher Kelly Martin commented, “It was a treat to hear new voices in the competition for not only the teachers and coaches, but for the audience as a whole.” The event, set up in the Little Theatre, was well-attended by several English classes, who ultimately voted Mr. Formato’s team the victor.

Students who wanted to read poetry in a relaxed, less competitive environment had the chance to shine at the Java Room on April 22. Students were encouraged to get up and read their original poems or poetry from published authors before a few English classes in an open-mic style setting.

Grand Avenue Middle School teachers selected one student per team to read a favorite poem aloud during morning announcements at various intervals during the month. This provided an opportunity for all students, faculty and staff to appreciate poetry throughout the month.

At Kennedy High School, English teacher Vivian Lopez recited a poem during the morning announcements at the start of each day. She read poems in various languages and chose poems that expressed numerous themes.

Finally, in all buildings, many teachers created poetry mini-units or lessons to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Calhoun Cheerleaders With a Cause

Although the cheerleading season may be over, the Calhoun High School cheerleaders continue to cheer for a cause. The Calhoun cheerleading program has a history of being a charitable organization and in the past few years, they have raised money for breast cancer and Relay for Life.  

Keeping the spirit of service alive in the off season, they continued fundraising and giving back. Many of these students are balancing a spring sports schedule, school work and afterschool jobs, along with the commitment to raising awareness.
This past April, the cheerleading program helped fulfill a Make-A-Wish when Calhoun hosted a student for the day. Elsey Kok had the full Cahoun High School experience, including a spirited cheerleading practice in the afternoon. The athletes enjoyed teaching her many cheers and dances they perform on the sidelines at games. More recently, the program hosted a cheerleading clinic, where part of the proceeds raised were donated to the American Cancer Society for the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Relay for Life. It was inspiring to see so many people coming together with a shared love of cheerleading to raise awareness.  

The Calhoun cheerleading program plans to continue their charitable nature throughout the remainder of the school year raising money for the May 13 Relay for Life at Calhoun High School. They are also planning more activities to take place during the fall season.

Kennedy Student Government Hosts Pasta Night for Charity

Members of the Kennedy High School Student Government and Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program co-hosted a pasta dinner on April 18 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The C.H.A.M.P. students prepared a selection of fresh pasta dishes, including sauces made from scratch.

The Student Government planned the entire event while members of the central administration, Kennedy faculty and the Bellmore-Merrick community attended.

Guests were served freshly made Cesar salad, salad, pizza and desserts. Kennedy Senior Joshua Corwin entertained visitors by playing classical piano music throughout the evening. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

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.”


Josh Levine on Newsday’s Students to Watch List

Kennedy High School junior Josh Levine was recently named to Newsday’s Students to Watch list for April.

Read more about why he was selected here.

‘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.

Calhoun Fashion Show Nets $10K for Charity

This year’s Calhoun High School Senior Experience class presented their 10th annual Fashion Show for charity, raising more than $10,000 for Project Safe Motherhood.

This would not have been possible without Sanford H. Calhoun’s own, Hadi Aziz, a junior, who introduced his uncle’s brave cause, Project Safe Motherhood, to the class.

“They instantly felt a connection to the organization and wanted to offer a helping hand,” said Principal Nicole Hollings.  

Students modeled clothing from local stores, Alta Moda by Josephine, Esquire Tuxedos, InMotion and Joelle Jay. Calhoun staff members modeled clothing from Saks Off Fifth Avenue. For three months, the 2016 Fashion Show interns, Ally Reilly, Kelly Grenham and Sophia Navas, diligently planned and coordinated the seamless night.

The evening is part of the Senior Experience, which offers alternative learning opportunities to graduating students towards the end of their senior year.

Project Safe Motherhood is a non-governmental organization based in Tanzania that assists the government in empowering susceptible communities to fight the cycle of poverty, abuse and exploitation. The organization also helps mothers give birth in a clean and safe setting and gives mothers access to medical care required during pregnancy.

Grand Avenue Students Learn About Science Research

Allessandro Bailetti, a student at New York University studying for his doctorate in genetics, recently visited Grand Avenue Middle School as a guest speaker for Tami Cruz's science classes.

He also spoke to the members of the Students Network of Cooperative Science about what it is like to do research at the college level.

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.

Kennedy Students Strut the Catwalk for Charity


Led by Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education Vice President Janet Goller for the 20th year in a row, Kennedy High School seniors converted the auditorium into a fashion runway to raise money for their adopted charity.

More than 100 students participated in the fashion show, which showcased casual and formal wear as well as hair and makeup styling from a variety of local merchants. The evening is part of the Senior Experience, which offers alternative learning opportunities to graduating students towards the end of their senior year.

“It is a culminating event for seniors, like Class Night, the prom and then graduation,” said teacher Lisa Scherer. “This year an extrodinary number of seniors volunteered - the most in years - and they represented all groups of students.”

A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Camp Sunrise, a day camp dedicated to children with cancer and their siblings, free of charge.

Italian Students Place in Poetry Contest

On April 8, select Italian students from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham High Schools participated in the American Association of Teachers of Italian’s annual poetry contest at SUNY Old Westbury. Students recited poems from renowned Italian poets and were judged on their fluency, poise, interpretation and memorization of each piece.

Calhoun High School
Lauren Ameruoso -  Second Place (Mr. Ritaccio)
Sara Grossman - Honorable Mention (Mr. Ritaccio)
David Bekore - Honorable Mention (Ms. Sycoff)

Mepham High School
Kristen Corless - Level V - Honorable Mention (Mr. Franklin)

The following teachers were instrumental in making the day a success: Antonietta Valenti, Christen Visceglie, Andrew Franklin, Betsy Siegelaub, Jerry Ritaccio and Cara Sycoff.

Calhoun Assists With Make-A-Wish Request

It was a dream come true for an international student who chose to spend a day in an American high school as part of her Make-A-Wish request.

Esley Kok of the Netherlands, who recently battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was treated like a celebrity as she rode the bus to Calhoun High School with former Make-A-Wish recipient and current Calhoun student, Holden Smith. She then shadowed senior Meghan Corona as the pair attended classes, took in some extra curriculars and even attempted cheerleading.

Corona, who was granted her own Make-A-Wish in 2013 of meeting the cast of the popular television show, “Glee,” battled a similar disease and said it was easy to bond with Kok.

“I volunteer for Relay for Life and have been involved with Make-A-Wish before, so I was eager to help out with this,” Corona said.
During Michael Goldberg’s Sculpture 4 class, Kok passed out Dutch delicacies, as students gathered around her, eager to learn more about her culture and education and even a foreign language lesson.

“It’s a whole other world back home, as we have smaller schools,” Kok said. “I really wanted to explore American classrooms and see some sports.”

Goldberg said Calhoun is the ideal setting for this because "there's so much here for the kids to bring people together.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This fulfillment was a joint effort between Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Make-A-Wish Netherlands.

To view the video featured on FiOs 1 News click here.

WWII Vet Visits Grand Avenue

Bernie Rader, World War II veteran and prisoner of war, shared his war experiences with eighth grade students at Grand Avenue Middle School recently.

Bernie Rader served in occupied France and was part of a 55 man patrol from the 9th Infantry division.  Rader was wounded by mortar fire and captured by Germans in Brittany in 1944. He spent 45 days in a German prisoner of war hospital. He was freed in an unprecedented prisoner of war exchange arranged by Andrew Hodges, a young International Red Cross Field Director.

Rader is the recipient of a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. In 2007, former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy presented Rader with the prestigious French Legion of Honor Award. The Legion of Honor Award was created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and it honors soldiers and civilians who have who have made a significant contribution to French life.

Bernie s wife June, and his sister, Gloria Katz shared their experiences of sacrifice on the American home front.

“Bernie encouraged students to think about service to their community and country,” said Karen McGuinness, the district Social Studies Chairperson.

MAMS School Supply List

All seventh graders have received the MAMS 2016-2017 School Supply Order Form that was sent home in their math classes.  Additional copies are available in our Main Office or follow the link below!

Although the calculator options are listed below, supplies can be ordered with or without the calculator.

•    7th and 8th grade without calculator
•    ALL 7th and 8th grade General Math TI 30XIIS calculator
•    8th grade Honors Math (Common Core Algebra) TI-84 Plus Calculator

All orders are available for pick up by Aug. 22 at:

Colony Cards and Gifts
1984 Merrick Road

School Supplies Order Form 2016-2017.pdf

Any questions…text Staci Lambert @ 516-457-2795

World Languages Department Announces District-Wide Contest Winners

The Department of World Languages would like to congratulate the participants and winners of our second annual district-wide contest.
Students in grades 7-12 submitted entries in our poem, essay, comic strip and poster categories. This year’s contest focused on the value of multilingualism through the theme of “Multilingualism is a Superpower.”

Thank you to the entire World Languages department for judging and to the faculty, staff, and students who submitted votes for the poster contest.

We wish to thank all of our students who participated and the teachers who helped make this event a huge success.  Félicitacions! Congratulazioni! ¡Felicitaciones!


Foreign student with Hodgkin’s lymphoma has wish fulfilled to spend day at Calhoun HS


Department of World Languages Hosts Poster Contest

The Department of World Languages in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District would like to congratulate the participants and winners of our districtwide poster contest commemorating National Foreign Language Week.  

This year’s entries centered on the theme “Multilingualism is a Superpower.” Students from all grades submitted entries illustrating the importance of cultural awareness and learning a second language.

“We wish to thank all of our students who participated and submitted votes to select the winners,” said Enrique Montes, Department of World Languages and ENL chairperson. “We would also like to thank all faculty and staff members who voted and encouraged our students.

Félicitacions!  Congratulazioni! ¡Felicitaciones!”

This year’s winners are:

• Calhoun High School:
First place - Honora Campbell
Second place - Maricar Vergel
Third place - Quinn Chao

• Kennedy High School:
First place- Tara Elengickal
Second place- Josephine Cheung
Third place- Stephanie Kaplan

• Mepham High School:
First place- Victoria Caruso
Second place- Eli Koukoulis
Third place- Annemarie Hagarty and Nicole Farina

• Grand Avenue Middle School:
First place- Gianna Augugliaro
Second place- Jacob Rosenkrantz
Third place- Alessandro Barsallo

• Merrick Avenue Middle School:
First place- Jadyn Hakim
Second place- Anastasia Slobodov
Third place- Hannah Samuels

Merrick Avenue MS Students Raise $8,000 for St. Jude Math-A-Thon

Merrick Avenue Middle School students shattered previous fundraising records for the St. Jude Math-A-Thon, soaring past $8,000 for the first time in a decade since the school began participating.
“We kicked off the event on Pi Day (March 14) under the premise that ‘MAMS Gives Back for Pi Day,’” said Mathematics Department Chair David Gunder about raising engagement and awareness for the fundraiser.
Matt Rockensies, an eighth-grade honors math student, raised the most - $560 – for completing online mathematical problems.
“I set an original goal of $250, but everyone in my family contributed and I doubled it,” he said.

Eighth-grade honors math student Christina Lafkas raised $200 for the event, participating for the first year and surpassing her fundraising goal.

“I want to be a doctor when I grow up and work with kids, so this encouraged me to raise money for St. Jude’s,” she said.

The Math-A-Thon is an education-based fundraising program supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Amanda Aronoff Receives BOCES Education Partner Award

Kennedy senior Amanda Aronoff was recently named a recipient of the 2016 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award. The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education recently presented her with an Award of Honor for this achievement at the April 6 meeting.

The award recognizes indiviudals and organizations that have had a measurable impact on public education in Nassau County.

Aronoff created a student-run, anti-bullying committee at Kennedy called N.I.C.E. (Nice is Always Cool).

“As founder and president of the group, Amanda planned and implemented fundraising activities to make the committee successful including an anti-bullying photo contest,” Board Vice President Janet Goller said as she recognized Aronoff at the meeting.

Board Honors Diving Champion Youssef Ibrahim

The district and board recently honored eighth-grade swim champion, Youssef Ibrahim, who went undefeated in 1-meter diving season.
Grand Avenue’s Ibrahim, who swims on the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks team, won this event at both the Division A Championships and the Nassau County Championships – including scoring a personal best of 491.05 points.

At the New York State Championships held in Buffalo in early March, Ibrahim’s score was 80 more than the second-place competitor.
“This is an exceptional feat for an eighth-grade athlete,” said Board Trustee JoAnn DeLauter.

In addition to diving, Ibrahim also plays soccer for Grand Avenue, studies robotics as part of the STEP Scholar Academy at Hofstra University and enjoys playing the piano, fishing and ice skating in his spare time.

Blake Fisher Honored by School Board

After competition at the state level of the Poetry Out Loud competition and representing the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, Calhoun senior Blake Fisher was recognized by the board of education for her accomplishment.

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition that requires competitors to recite three poems from a selection of specified works at the regionals, state and national competitions. Blake moved on from her class competition to place as first runner-up in the regional competition and then finally representing the district at the state level.

“Blake is enrolled in a rigorous academic schedule, a member of several honor societies, a recipient of All-State and All-County honors as a vocalist, the treasurer of the senior class, a four-year member and current assistant leader of Crescendo, and an active member of Calhoun’s On Tour program,” added Board Trustee Wendy Gargiulo.

Board Honors Bulldogs Hockey Championship Team

After capping off an undefeated season of 18-0, the Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs defeated Long Beach to capture their first Nassau County Hockey Championship. The team then traveled to Jamestown for a shot at the states, making it to the semifinal round.
At the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education April 6 meeting, Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso emphasized the energizing team spirit and commitment of the coaches and players.

“They had an amazing run and this is something they’ll look back on for the rest of their lives,” he added.

The team was presented with Awards of Honor.

Kennedy Fair Connects Students to Potential Healthcare Careers


Local businesses, organizations and alumni joined the science community at John F. Kennedy High School to present the third annual health and career fair on March 30.

More than 60 health professionals were on hand to offer advice and information about potential careers in medicine. Others shared tips about how to live a healthier lifestyle through clean eating, yoga practice, acupuncture and more.

“These students get to stand and talk with doctors and connect with universities that offer healthcare profession internships and programs,” said science chairperson Robert Soel.

Students in the Culinary and Hospitality Arts Program crafted healthy snacks such as roasted red pepper hummus and couscous on cucumber rounds.
An annual Medical Scrabble Tournament was also held at the beginning of the evening, with 32 teams of two competing for a championship title. It came down to Sarah Moussavi and Rachel Klein verses World Languages teacher Paul Cirino, who was victorious over the students.

The custom-designed medical game board was gifted by Northwell Health a few years ago. Advanced science students assisted the rounds with scoring.
The $5 tournament entry fee and profits from raffle tickets benefitted the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, raising a total of $1,200.


Calhoun Student Pens Book About Testing Anxiety

Sparked by the inspiration of an influential teacher and passion about her topic, Calhoun High School senior Bianca Liriano authored and published a children’s book about anxieties surrounding test taking.

Liriano recently addressed fellow students from the district’s Prep program about the messaging in her book, “This Test Does Not Define You.”

“Testing anxiety is an incessant sensation that plagues even the brightest of students,” Liriano said. “This high test anxiety … inevitably lowers test scores, allowing for an inaccurate representation of a student’s academic ability. We should all just try our best, as the test results do not define who you are.”

The idea was born out of a Student Council meeting about ways to honor the late history teacher, Doug Smestad. Liriano then tied this into her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest honor earned for a Girl Scout. A longtime Girl Scout, Liriano is even featured on the cover of the Tagalongs cookie box.
While Liriano said it required quite an effort on her part, the process was completed fairly quickly.

“You have to write the book, then have people help you edit it, draw things for you, get information from a publishing website and then there was getting it on Amazon,” she explained.

A planned communications major, Liriano advised fellow students to “write about something you’re passionate about.”

The book is available via for $6.

Students Get Fit at Calhoun Health Fair

Students at Calhoun High School learned about healthy living at the annual health fair, which featured volunteer efforts and showcased local vendors.

From relaxation scents and oils to anti-gravity yoga and video game dance offs, the event highlighted various ways for students to maintain a health conscious state of being.

“It centers around promoting healthy choices for our students to take with them for the rest of their lives,” said Keri Cinelli, health teacher and fair organizer.

Massage tables were set up by local chiropractors, cosmetology students offered beauty tips and athletes were offered performance reviews and much more as students swarmed the gymnasium. Students and S.A.D.D. Club members also prepped and served nutritious snacks and foods.

Bulldogs Named to MSG Varsity All-Long Island Hockey Team

Bellmore-Merrick Bulldog players Tommy Condon and Jon Olson were named to the MSG Varsity All-Long Island first and second teams, respectively.

Condon, a junior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School, plays forward for the Bulldogs and “had 49 goals and 26 assists in just 19 game,” according to MSG Varsity.

Olson, a junior at Wellington C. Mepham High School, also plays forward and “had 25 goals and 33 assists and was second on Bellmore-Merrick with 58 points.”

Additionally, coach Chris Patten, a Wellington C. High School Mepham teacher, was named 2016 All-Long Island Coach of the Year.

After going undefeated during the regular season, “Patten kept them grounded, while also preaching the importance of family and community,” MSG Varsity stated.

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.

Grand Avenue Science Researchers Record Multiple Wins at LISEF

The Science Research Club at Grand Avenue Middle School was well represented at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair competition held on March 10 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Seven young researchers competed in this prestigious event. Connor Desmond and Angelo Vergatos were awarded first prize for their team project entitled “How do different levels of ultraviolet radiation affect the magnetic sensitivity of Drosophila melanogaster?” Brandon Langone was awarded first prize for his individual project “What types of sensors would enable optimum performance for a robot on Martian-like terrain?”

Connor, Angelo and Brandon placed amongst the top 10 percent of middle school researchers on Long Island at this prestigious research competition. In recognition, all three award winners were nominated for the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) national competition.  

Benjamin Loetman, Eric Flitsch, Andrew Kessler and Dante Gomez were also recognized for their participation.

Department of World Languages Hosts Poster Contest

The Department of World Languages in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District would like to congratulate the participants and winners of our districtwide poster contest commemorating National Foreign Language Week. 

This year’s entries centered on the theme “Multilingualism is a Superpower.” Students from all grades submitted entries illustrating the importance of cultural awareness and learning a second language.

“We wish to thank all of our students who participated and submitted votes to select the winners,” said Enrique Montes, Department of World Languages and ENL chairperson. “We would also like to thank all faculty and staff members who voted and encouraged our students. Félicitacions!  Congratulazioni! ¡Felicitaciones!”

This year’s winners are:

•    Calhoun High School:
First place - Honora Campbell
Second place - Maricar Vergel
Third place - Quinn Chao

•    Kennedy High School:
First place- Tara Elengickal
Second place- Josephine Cheung
Third place- Stephanie Kaplan

•    Mepham High School:
First place- Victoria Caruso
Second place- Eli Koukoulis
Third place- Annemarie Hagarty and Nicole Farina

•    Grand Avenue Middle School:
First place- Gianna Augugliaro
Second place- Jacob Rosenkrantz
Third place- Alessandro Barsallo

•    Merrick Avenue Middle School:
First place- Jadyn Hakim
Second place- Anastasia Slobodov
Third place- Hannah Samuels

Kennedy Drama Shines in Shrek

The Kennedy High School Drama Club presented a colorful rendition of Shrek the Musical, compete with a live orchestra in mid-March.

Set against dramatic, custom-built scenery, led by students Drew McLaughlin and Ruth Bergman, the movie came to life on Kennedy’s stage.

Prior to the Saturday matinee performance, cast members held a character meet and greet for children.

Daniel Sheffield directed the production and Christopher Rosselli served as the musical director and Walter Avellaneda was the conductor of the pit band.

Calhoun Girls Relay Team Earn Nationals Bid

Four members of the Sanford H. Calhoun High School girls relay team sprinted their way to a win at the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track and Field Championships held at The Armory in New York City on March 11. They now earned an invitation to run at the national championships this summer.

“In attendance were the best athletes this country had to offer, and the girls from Calhoun were excited to prove they  belonged,” said coach Joseph Migliano.

The relay team of Cristin Rodriguez, Devon Bayer, Juliann Vizoso and Grace Moore ran the Sprint Medley Relay; consisting of 2-200m, 1-400m and ending with a 800m leg.

“The girls got out to a blistering start as junior Cristin Rodriguez, who is best known for her hurdling ability, ran a season best 27.2 seconds and transitioned into a smooth hand off to Devon Bayer,” said Migliano. “Devon ran a solid leg for the team holding off two girls who attempted to pass her during the 200m leg and handed off to senior captain Juliann Vizoso.”
Juliann received the baton in fourth place, but wouldn’t stay there for long. She ran her best race of the year taking more than three full seconds off her 400m personal best to run 60.36 and set the team up in a great position. Grace Moore would receive the baton from Juliann and go out to run the fourth and final leg of the relay, Migliano explained.

“Grace, who also competed in the two-mile race only two hours prior, got out on a fast start. She ran an intelligent race and sat behind three other athletes for the first 400m; until the time came to go past,” he said.
Grace anchored the team to a second place finish in their heat, and broke the Calhoun school record by 38 seconds running 4:14.42. That time was a five-second personal best for the girls this season and took their national ranking from 43rd to 25th in the country, Migliano mentioned.

The time also earned the girls an invitation to run at the Spring National Championships held from June 17-19 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

MAMS Debuts Grease Musical

Merrick Avenue has been transformed to Rydell High in 1959, and the T-Birds and Pink Ladies are putting on quite a show. This musical production of Grease is being directed by John Boyle, a teacher at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program.

Tickets are still available for the final performance on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door. Students can also purchase tickets at the MAMS school store, The Barn during their lunch periods.

Merrick Avenue Celebrates World Languages Week

To celebrate Foreign Language Week, the Merrick Avenue Middle School World Languages Department sponsored several activities to enrich the curriculum, increase cultural awareness and nurture a love of learning language in our students.

A poster contest, themed “Multilingualism is a Superpower,” kicked off the week.

Winners included: first place: Jadyn Hakim-Italian 1B (Ms. DiChiara); second place: Anastasia Slobodov-Spanish 1B (Ms. Kelly) and third place: Hannah Samuels-Spanish 1B (Ms. Berry/Ms. Cummings).

“Each classroom entryway was decorated to represent a French, Italian or Spanish-speaking country,” said Rosa Kaplan, World Languages chairperson. “Students made contributions to a ‘word of the day’ activity and on Friday, dressed in the colors of their classroom’s country.”

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.

Calhoun Shaves Heads for Charity



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.

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Updates Inside


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.

April 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

4/11/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

March 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

3/1/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

February 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

1/5/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

12/15/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

December 2015 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

11/15/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

November 2015 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

10/20/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

8/25/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

1/22/15 - Bond Phase 1 Update

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