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Student Named Rising Latino Star

Calhoun’s Samantha Hernandez has been selected as one of The Hispanic Coalition of New York’s 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars.

The 40 Under 40 Rising Stars program recognizes members of the Hispanic/Latino community under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and achievements in various areas.

An Advanced Science Research student, Hernandez is studying the affects of bilingualism on the brain during the three-year program.

“I chose to explore the world of bilingualism because it's always been there at my side my whole life,” she said, adding that she plans to study pre-medicine in college.

Christine Boyce, an advanced science research teacher at Calhoun, nominated Hernandez for the award.

“Samantha is the total package,” Boyce said. “She is a stand out student and has a passion for research.”

Hernandez is also a member of the high school’s Key Club, SADD and YUGA programs, as well as writing for the school newspaper. Hernandez and Boyce will travel to Albany on Oct. 11 to accept the award.

Mepham’s Drama Club Raises Money for Domestic Violence Awareness

Mepham's Skull and Bones Drama Club presented its annual “A Night on Broadway” charity fundraiser revue on Sept. 18.  

The students of Skull and Bones selected the Center Against Domestic Violence as this year's beneficiary and the club raised almost $3,000 that will be donated to the organization. In addition to selling tickets, students also sold orange ribbons for $1 and promoted the recent "Put the Nail in it" campaign against domestic violence by painting students' left ring-finger nail purple for 25 cents.
The Center Against Domestic Violence in Brooklyn is dedicated to preventing violence within the family and to promoting the well being and economic independence of women and children, by providing safe shelters, a network of supportive services, advocacy, education and resource information services and building coalitions.

A Night on Broadway allows all Skull and Bones members to shine. Students selected a variety of songs and scenes from Broadway productions and rehearsed mostly on their own, but they met as a group for two hours once-a-week over the summer to rehearse the production's four group numbers. This revue is entirely student-directed and choreographed, led by the board members of Thespian Troupe 7495: President Matt Gibbons, Vice President Alaina Ciorra, Treasurer Samantha Morgan, Secretary Emily Fontanetta, Historian Kristen Corless, and Publicist Hailey Canonico. The revue was hosted by Kristen Corless, Max Perry, Melissa Ponton and Niamh Quigley.

Kennedy Named Reward School by NYSED

Kennedy High School has been named a Reward School by the New York State Education Department for the 2015-16 school year.

Principal Lorraine Poppe said she is thrilled that the school continues to be recognized for the success of its students and staff.

“The staff works extremely hard to challenge all students to perform at the highest level and offers the necessary support and encouragement that allows our students to thrive,” she said. “Our district is to be commended for offering students varied opportunities and programs that address their talents, interests and needs.”

The SED identifies Reward Schools as schools with the most progress and/or highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement. John F. Kennedy High School is among 365 schools in the state to receive this honorable designation.

Calhoun Named Scholar Athlete School of Distinction

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. recently announced its 2014-15 Scholar Athlete School of Distinction winners and Calhoun was included on the list.

 “We are very proud to be among the schools named as a Scholar Athlete School of Distinction,” said Principal Nicole Hollings. “In addition to the Boys Golf team that was given the Scholar-Athlete Team State Championship Title this past spring, this honor further emphasizes how all of our coaches and athletes value academics as a top priority and supports the role that sports plays in helping our students to maintain focus, drive and determination in all areas of their lives.”

Teams can earn School of Distinction status by having 100 percent of its varsity teams earn a 90.0 percent grade point average or higher. The purpose of the School of Distinction award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor in addition to the already established Scholar-Athlete Team State Championship title declared annually in each of 32 sports.

Career Comes Full Circle for New Athletic Director

For Eric Caballero, the district’s new director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health, his career has come full circle.

His career has spanned five schools and three states so far, first starting out in Maryland as a health and physical education teacher, and then in Pennsylvania. He landed in Long Island from his native Philadelphia at the South Huntington School District as a physical education teacher.

From there, he was the dean of students at Baldwin High School and assistant principal at Mepham from 2012-15. In July, Caballero was named the district’s director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health.

“Working in the district for the past three years has made the transition a little easier,” he noted.

His initial goals for the district are to “evaluate as much as possible.”

“I’m looking to turn a good program into a great one,” he added.

Consistency between the buildings is also at the forefront of Caballero’s long-term plan. This falls directly in line with the district’s “One Voice, One Message” vision.

“I have been working towards streamlining the paperwork process in the departments,” Caballero said. “This will eliminate 85 percent of manual paperwork.”

While the district unveiled its app earlier this year, Caballero is looking into one exclusively for athletics as well, propelling the department further into a technological state.

As for health, Caballero said the curriculum works towards developing positive behaviors to enhance a more productive member of society. In addition, emphasis is given to eliminating behaviors that negatively affect a healthy lifestyle and place an individual at risk.

“Education is unique in that every day is different,” Caballero said about his career choice. “You’re making multiple decisions that can ultimately change kids’ lives. It’s a great feeling when you make the right ones.”

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Senior Receives Rising Scientist Award

Kennedy senior Rachel Mashal developed a passion for science early in her educational career. That thirst for learning is what has propelled her into achieving science research accomplishments, including recently being recognized as a Child Mind Institute Rising Scientist.

This honor is in recognition of her achievement in science courses, commitment to addressing advanced scientific questions and leadership in the classroom, as well as extracurricular activities, according to Science Chair Robert Soel.

Mashal is participating in the school’s three-year Advanced Science Research program and has been researching caffeine addiction and it’s toxicity in fruit flies.

“She is such a hard worker and sweet as can be,” said her science teacher, Barbi Frank.

“These students put in hundreds of hours – more than what is required,” added Soel. “Students like Rachel go above and beyond.”

Last year, Mashal was the youngest person selected to present her research project an international science conference in Boston. She is also the president of Tutors for a Cure, an off-campus peer-tutoring group created by ASR students that donates 20 percent of their profits to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, Mashal is active in the school’s drama program and Science Club.

She will be receiving the award at a special ceremony on Oct. 14 at the New York Academy of Medicine. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship for college expenses.

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District Remembers 9/11

Under a canopy of cloudy skies, district officials and students paused to remember and reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Jean DeRurange and Derek Baumann, students at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program, read aloud the names of victims from Bellmore and Merrick. With a massive piece of World Trade Center steel as the backdrop, MAP Principal Susan Ellinghaus recited an anonymous poem.

The twisted, rusted 1,600-pound girder that once helped support the Twin Towers was installed and dedicated in front of the Brookside building in 2010. In 2013, the Mepham High School Key Club and Bellmore Kiwanis Club dedicated a plaque that sits in front of the memorial. The teacher’s union donated two concrete benches facing the memorial.

“Everybody from the district came together to donate items,” Ellinghaus said. After the poem, Ellinghaus reminded the crowd to “remember that we are living and to find things to be thankful for.”

High Schools in Full Swing of New Year

Students in the district are off and running to classes, research projects, sports, theater and more.

“It’s been fun, fantastic and invigorating,” exclaimed Lorraine Poppe, principal of Kennedy.

Poppe added that the first day was as smooth as can be expected and attributed much of the success to maintenance and clerical staff who worked tirelessly during the summer to prepare the buildings and programs.

Incoming ninth-graders were prepped at orientations a week before school officially began.

“I saw lots of conversations between seniors and freshmen on the first day of school,” added Nicole Hollings, Calhoun’s principal.

At MAP, Principal Susan Ellinghaus said that this year’s school opening was “kind of warm, kind of fuzzy and kind of crazy.” Ellinghaus also touted the school’s AP Literature, Language and Chemistry programs underway this year.

Mepham Principal Michael Harrington said he’s excited that the “district is moving in a great direction.”

“When you walk through the halls and you see the last rows empty, that’s a result of reduced class sizes and we like seeing that,” he added.

In the News


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.

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