Merrick Avenue Middle School Administration taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Merrick Avenue Middle School threw its support behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a domino-style dousing in the grandstands behind the school last week. New Principal Taryn Johnson introduced the challenge and was the last to receive the bucket over her head, as students cheered on the administrators and staff. Click play and find out who Ms. Johnson challenged next!

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Cougars Roar into Home Game with New Turf Field

Members of the community, students, faculty and administration gathered to celebrate the completion of John F. Kennedy High School’s newly revamped turf field on Sept. 20.

Prior to the 2 p.m. kickoff of the Cougars varsity football game, JFK Principal Lorraine Poppe was accompanied by School Board President JoAnn DeLauter, Vice President George Haile, trustee Dr. Nancy Kaplan, student representatives and other school officials holding the 20-foot-long green ribbon in front of the Cougars’ logo. Adding to the anticipation, witnesses of the momentous occasion counted down as DeLauter cut the ribbon, christening the new turf field.

Superintendent John DeTommaso participated in the ceremony and was first to receive a piece of the new turf along with a framed certificate of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Browse the photo gallery for a look at the ceremony as well as some game shots.

Calhoun Puts Twist on Ice Bucket Challenge


Administrators and teachers at Calhoun accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week with a unique spin on the Internet-driven craze.

Instead of voluntarily dumping ice water over their heads, they offered the honor up to students, who donated money for the privilege of dousing their teachers. Organizers set up staging on the athletic fields with a banner made by paraprofessional Margaret Bey announcing the ALS Challenge fundraiser. Using a ladder, students dumped the ice water out of buckets onto their intended target below.

All told, Calhoun raised $300 in donations for the ALS Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of the terminal neurological disease.

The administrators, teachers and staff who volunteered to get doused were: (alphabetize names below)

Shelly Battersby    Ken Levy
Margaret Bey        Sue Litwin
Kate Caporusso    Rich Ludwig
Lauren Cress        Pete Magnuson
Sara Cronin         Mike Marino        
Nikole DeLuca      Jim Morris
Jason Elias          Gregg Muscarella
Ed Farrell            Sue Necroto    
Matt Fuentes        Rich Perry    
Michael Goldberg Ricky Posner
Eric Gomez         Linda Seckler    
Jennifer Hahn      Mary Sherman
Lenny Heide        Wendy Simson        
David Hendler     June Spruyt        
Nicole Hollings     Cindy Tellekamp
Brian Joyce         Neil Testa
Sharissa Khan     Keryn Thienachariya
                         Saul Wiener
                         Cindy Zagorski
                         Ken Zisel
                         Julie Rosslee

Browse the photos for a glimpse of the ice-cold action.


Mepham Field Christened with Ribbon-Cutting

School officials, administrators, teachers and the gathered crowd of Pirates fans were all on hand to celebrate the newly installed artificial turf with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Held shortly before the Pirates football team took the field to face Carey High School, Mepham Principal Michael Harrington addressed the crowd and organized the cutting. Student representatives from every sport were invited to hold the nearly 20-foot ribbon across the new Pirates logo on the 50-yard line. School Board President JoAnn DeLauter, Vice President George Haile and trustee Dr. Nancy Kaplan were tasked with cutting the ribbon.

Superintendent John DeTommaso was also part of the ceremony, describing the celebration as an incredible day that secures for generations of children quality athletic facilities. Harrington described the occasion as a new beginning for the Bellmore-Merrick School District.

On Sept. 20, John F. Kennedy held its ribbon-cutting ceremony to christen the new field, while Calhoun will hold its ceremony on Sept. 27 at 1:45 p.m. before the Colts take on Herricks High School. Browse the photo gallery for a look at the ceremony and stay tuned for continued coverage of the ceremonies at JFK and Calhoun.

Congratulations to our National Merit Commended Students.

Although they will not continue for the National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the country out of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by virtue of taking the PSAT last year.

From left to right the students are: David Braunstein, Noah Turner, Katherine Gallagher, Alex Iskenderian, Griffin Miller, Jason Iskenderian, and Angel Cheng.

Broadway Comes to Bellmore-Merrick

On Sept. 18 the Skull & Bones Drama Club of Mepham High School held its annual fundraiser performance with a two-act Broadway revue ensemble conceived, directed and performed by the students.

With the direction of faculty advisor Edward Grosskreuz, the student actors and singers presented “A Night on Broadway” with songs from “West Side Story” to “Motown: The Musical.”

Cast members included Emily Fontanetta and Emily Garone singing “Somewhere,” Liz Liquori, who sang “I Enjoy Being a Girl” from Flower Drum Song, Anthony Plantyn, who sang “For Once In My Life” to the acoustic accompaniment of Jacob Cutler and Jacob Geier, and Samantha Pepe, Samantha Morgan and an ensemble performing “What Is This Feeling” from Wicked. Kevin Burns delivered solo rendition of “This Is The Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde. Students Max Perry, Melissa Berman, Bianca Picano and Matt Gibbons hosted the evening.

Every year the Skull & Bones Drama Club donates the proceeds from its performance to a specific cause. This year ticket sales, concession sales, ribbon sales and donations raised more than $3,300 for the Lustgarten Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research for pancreatic cancer treatment and prevention. Last year the troupe raised $1,651 for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Browse the photo gallery for a look at the performance.

Homes for Heroes Groundbreaking Ceremony

Mepham High School's Band and Choir recently performed at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the mortgage free, donated home of USMC Corporal Kevin Vaughan, a 2007 Mepham graduate who was injured while serving in Afghanistan.

The Band led the proceedings while the Choir sang our national anthem. Watch our video for footage of the event and comments from Mepham's administration.

Enterovirus Parent/Guardian Letter


Five Named National Merit Semifinalists

Five high school students in the district have been designated semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition, a distinction that will allow them to be considered as finalists for the prestigious academic award.

The students join a list of only 16,000 others in an applicant pool of 1.4 million students across the U.S. who have shown similar academic talent and rigor. The students will be in the running to collect some 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be handed out this spring.

The students are:

Nicholas Kearney, Sanford H. Calhoun High School
Beatrice Brown, John F. Kennedy High School
Nicholas Field, John F. Kennedy High School
Seth Gottlieb, John F. Kennedy High School
Justin Shapiro, John F. Kennedy High School

The National Merit Scholarship Program is managed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Scholarship winners will be announced this spring.

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Central Office take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

View the video here!


First Week Back Goes Smoothly at Schools


Last week, the school district welcomed students back into its buildings after a summer break that didn’t seem to want to end.

Despite the hot weather, students from Grand Avenue to Mepham hit the books for another successful school year.

At Calhoun, students in Joan Gonzalez’s drawing and painting class beat the heat with a little outdoor time, working on still-life sketches in the open-air quad. New Principal Nicole Hollings walked the hallways welcoming back students and redirecting traffic under new security measures.

“Mepham had a fantastic start to the new school year!” said Principal Michael Harrington. “The hallways were quiet, the classrooms were active, and the energy that arrived with the students after a long summer is a reminder of how fortunate I am to be a part of our school community.”

At JFK, physics students in Cara Prinzevalli’s class eased into the new year taking circumference measurements in a group lab assignment, while young artists in Mark Booth and Vanessa Albaneze’s studio art class critiqued student work in a guided conversation about aesthetics. Social Studies teacher Dennis Urban guided his students through the school’s new Wi-Fi infrastructure by setting them up with Google accounts. Principal Lorraine Poppe said that while it may have felt like summer outside, students adapted without a hitch to the regiments of a school schedule.

At Grand Avenue Middle School, Principal Carlo Conte said incoming seventh-graders are almost completely acclimated to their new surroundings and routines. He described the transition from summer to school “magical.”

“The kids came in excited with smiles that lit up the building,” Conte said. “As I walked through the hallways and listened to conversations taking place between children and adults, I was blown away. The assistance and team mentality of our clerical and support staff on these first few days helping our kids is overwhelming.”

Merrick Avenue also kicked off a successful week transitioning into the new year. In Patrick Fallon’s eighth-grade English class, students began to work on developing a thesis, while social studies students in Christine Mahoney’s seventh-grade class cracked the textbooks in preparation for the new year. Assistant Principal John Gibilaro said the week went off smoothly for the administrative team, containing new members: Principal Taryn Johnson and Assistant Principal Richard Aceste.

Browse the gallery for a look at students kicking off the 2014-15 school year.



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Orientations Ring In the New School Year

Bellmore-Merrick held its student orientations at all five schools over a two-day period on Aug. 26-27.

At Grand Avenue, Principal Carlo Conte reassured parents of the incoming seventh-graders while assistant principals James Mollica and Andrew Del Rosario welcomed the students in the school’s gymnasium.

Eighth-grade volunteers dressed in orange shirts helped lead the incoming students through the process, taking them on a tour to their homeroom class and handing out their locker number and combination. Merrick Avenue held a similar orientation as its new principal Taryn Johnson greeted the seventh-grade class at the doors. Homeroom teachers were also on hand to field questions and help reassure nervous students.

At Mepham, Principal Michael Harrington addressed the incoming freshman class of 2018, urging them to get involved in clubs and activities and reminding them how fast the time will go by. The students then broke off into separate tour groups led by senior guides who took them on a tour of the entire building. The freshman then broke off to locate their lockers and try their combinations.

Similar orientations were held at Kennedy, where the freshman class heard from Principal Lorraine Poppe, assistant principals, student leaders, and coaches before breaking into tour groups and small discussion groups led by members of the National Honor Society. They also had their ID photos taken before being given free reign to find the classrooms on their schedule.

At Calhoun, the future Class of 2018 rotated among five stations. New Principal Nicole Hollings manned the first station, welcoming students, while Assistant Principal Eric Gomez manned the second station with student leaders to discuss the Dignity Act. A third station involved a tour of the building. The fourth technology station allowed students access to the wireless network to set up EdModo accounts, and the fifth station took student ID photos and hosted a club and activities fair.

Browse the gallery for a glimpse of all the activity.

State Assessment Data - ELA, Math, & Science


Nassau County School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program


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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.

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

Construction Update 6/17/14

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