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Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Hosts Annual Faculty Variety Show

The district’ will host its annual faculty variety show, the Faculty Follies 2.1, on Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., at Mepham High School.

Now in its second year, this event serves as a fundraiser for the Community Cupboard.

The evening will feature live performances by a wide range of staff members representing each of the six schools, as well as central administration and members of the board of education. Students from the district’s Ambassador Program will serve as the emcees for the show. 

“We are so excited to bring the Follies back for a second year,” said Director of the Fine & Performing Arts Cheryl Fontana. “It is a wonderful example of teachers, administrators and students coming together in the spirit of One Voice, One Message. The Student Ambassadors do tremendous work for our community; this night of entertainment is the staff’s way of helping to support their initiatives.” 

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in each school starting Monday, Jan. 29, as well as at the door. 

Calhoun Girls Clinch School’s First Conference Championship

Calhoun Girls Clinch School’s First Conference Championship photo
A year ago, the girls from Calhoun High School winter track team would come up two inches and one second short of capturing the school’s first winter conference championship. The team vowed to never forget that feeling and this year they will redeem themselves by clinching a championship.

They nabbed the Nassau Conference II track championship on Jan. 17, at St. Anthony’s Invitational. In the 600-meter, Calhoun sophomore Elizabeth Tuzzolo claimed second place for the girls, while Katie Corona took third and Nadya Resnick finished up in sixth. Elizabeth and Katie earned All-Conference honors and the team took 15 points. 

They earned more points after the 55-meter high hurdles, with senior captain and returning all-state athlete Paige Sfiroudis cruising to an easy win and Heather Berberich capturing fourth place. Sfiroudis also won the Triple and Long Jump events, as well as scoring an unheard of 30 individual points.

“I just wanted to perform for my team, coaches and school,” she said. 
We knew this was the last chance we had to make history and I wasn’t going to let that pass. This victory was a true team win — we all contributed.” 

Coach Joe Migliano called Sfiroudis’ a ‘one-of-a-kind talent.’

“It’s hard to imagine that she never ran track before her sophomore year,” he said. “There isn’t an event that Paige can’t do, she’s one of the most well-rounded athletes I have ever coached.”

In shot put, Madison Padro led Jamie Campanelli and Victoria Unz to a 1, 2, 3 finish grabbing a massive 24 points and becoming the conference champion. Tali Gekhman, Lindsay Sheridan and Julia frank would add 18 points to the teams total, taking second, third and fourth in the Race Walk. Gekhman and Sheridan earned All-Conference honors. 

Sarah Tappeto nabbed second on the 300-meter dash, third in triple jump and would run on the team’s championship 4x400-meter relay.

“She is a terrific athlete and fierce competitor,” Migliano said. “Her potential is endless. Sarah has no idea how great she could be and I love that I get to coach her everyday.” 

Faith Dwyer, Emma Bhansingh, Alexandra Unz and Nadya Resnick (senior) would take the track and run the 4x800-meter relay. Katie Corona, Sarah Tappeto, Samantha LeTorre and Elizabeth Tuzzolo took the 4x4-00-meter relay.

“I just wanted to get out fast and make sure I took it home for the team, in my head I knew I would never let the team down,” said Tuzzolo. “We didn’t know the score going into the race and coach always tells us that every point matters.”

In the day’s last race, the 4x200-meter relay, Mia Advocate, Heather Berberich, Kayla Locasto and Kristina Losquadro took second place with just five meters to go.

“The girls wanted it,” said Migliano. “We train 10 months out of the year with goals like this in mind. This was no magic trick or savvy coaching, it was all heart and dedication from them.”

David Greenberg, Jake Baglio Nab Spelling Bee W-I-N-S

David Greenberg, Jake Baglio Nab Spelling Bee W-I-N-S photo

Seventh-graders David Greenberg of Grand Avenue and Jake Baglio and Merrick Avenue middle schools won their respective schools’ spelling bees.

Greenberg won the 2018 Grand Avenue Spelling Bee on Jan. 11 after 18 grueling rounds with the word “celiac.” Francesca Lodispoto was the runner-up.

Baglio won the 2018 Merrick Avenue Spelling Bee on Jan. 12 with the word “tuberculosis” after eight challenging rounds. Zach Arzt was the runner-up.

Greenberg and Baglio will advance to the Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 4.

Transportation Schedule for BarryTech & LIHSA Students during Exam Week January 22-25, Regular BOCES Classes Scheduled

o AM BarryTech students will have regular morning pickups from their assigned stops to BarryTech and will be returned to their respective schools at the end of the morning session. Regular Scheduled Busing will be available for take home. (Guardian Bus Company, 516-723-3287, Opt. #1)

o PM BarryTech students will be pick-up time from their assigned schools to BarryTech and return to their respective schools at the end of the afternoon session where late busing is available.

o LIHSA students will have normal AM picked-up from their respective schools and will be returned to their respective schools where late busing is available. (Kennedy Students - BOCES Transportation, 516-396-2020, Calhoun Students - ACME Bus Co. (Central Islip Yard) 631-761-8538)

Jack Carbone Wins Merrick Avenue MS National Geographic Bee

Jack Carbone Wins Merrick Avenue MS National Geographic Bee photo
Jack Carbone, an eighth-grade student at Merrick Avenue Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 8.

The bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. 

Carbone, along with other school champions, will take a qualifying test to become eligible to compete in the New York State Bee on April 6. 

The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.

Advanced Science Research Students Earn Regeneron Badges

Advanced Science Research Students Earn Regeneron Badges photo
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Several students in the district’s Advanced Science Research program earned badges in the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition. 

The Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based on his or her own independent science research. The Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in his or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her.

From Wellington C. Mepham High School:
Sami Atiq - Initiative Badge, Research Report Badge
Yusuf Hasan - Research Report Badge
Steven Scheel - Initiative Badge, Research Report Badge
Rebecca Scotto - Research Report Badge

From Sanford H. Calhoun High School:
Syed Umer Ahmed: Student Initiative & Student Report
Zachary Neiger: Student Initiative & Student Report
Kyle Pilotti: Student Initiative & Student Report
Amelia Seabold: Student Initiative & Student Report
Camryn Artz: Student Initiative
Lindsey Parmett: Student Initiative
Anais Kaplun: Research Report
Joy Ma: Research Report

From John F. Kennedy High School:
Matthew Klein: Research Report & Initiative Badge + Scholar
Cameron Levy: Research Report & Initiative Badge + Scholar
Olivia Mark: Research Report & Initiative Badge
Amanda Schleider: Research Report & Initiative Badge
Gabrielle Beauharnais: Research Report
Nicole Khouryawad: Research Report

All students who submit a paper and application receive an Entrant Badge. The students above received an Entrant Badge along with the following students:

Genevieve Tripoli, Peter Romero, Erin McNamara, Kim Strull, Michaela O’Connor, Steven Manolios, Lindsay Jordan and Caitlyn Perrone of Calhoun High School; Bianca Singh of Mepham High School; and Chloe Rome, Luca Rosen and Nina Weissbach of Kennedy High School.

“All seniors completed research with an outside mentor in a university and/or laboratory setting and wrote college-level papers describing their research,” said Robert Soel, science chairperson at Kennedy High School.

Bellmore-Merrick Students ‘Paws’ and Reflect Canine Visit

Bellmore-Merrick Students ‘Paws’ and Reflect Canine Visit photo
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Students from the Meadowbrook Alternative Program and Calhoun High School’s PREP special education program in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District recently collaborated on a donation effort for Canine Companions for Independence. 

CCI provides people with disabilities highly trained assistance dogs.

“The visit included an informational talk by the CCI staff, a tour of the training facility and a presentation on how a service dog assists individuals,” said MAP psychologist Dr. Joseph Netto. “The purpose of this visit to CCI was to expose students to service dogs and to visit an organization that was designated as a beneficiary of MAP’s donated pet goods.”

Since their November visit to the Medford-based training facility, the students collected items for their new furry friends. On Jan. 12, Canine Companions’ staff members and two service dogs visited MAP to collect the items. The effort was in participation of the district wide Day of Service, which was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“After listening to and taking part in the interactive presentation, the students presented the CCI staff with over 25 bags of dog food, toys, supplies and animal care products,” Dr. Netto explained.

VIDEO: Bellmore-Merrick Does for Others at Day of Service

Bellmore-Merrick Does for Others at Day of Service photo

Thousands of students packaged up donations for local shelters as part of the district’s Day of Service on Jan. 12.

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for community service, the annual event had students and staff spring into action, while tying in history.

“During core social studies classes, our student leaders presented a lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy and dedication to service,” said Mepham Principal Eric Gomez.

Students spent the day filling bags with donated nonperishables, toiletries, baby and hygiene items into reusable tote bags. 
“Our students had an opportunity to learn about what this day of service means and why it is important to find ways to give of our time to others,” said Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings.

The bags included handwritten notes as well. Some had inspirational quotes from Dr. King, while others took a different approach. Each school was charged with a different theme of donations. At Grand Avenue Middle School, they collected pet and baby items for their drive, dubbed “Goo, Goo, Bark, Bark.”

“These notes included either parenting or pet care tips collected from faculty and staff,” said Principal Carlo Conte.

The district’s Ambassador Program, a student-led think tank in support of their One Voice, One Message mission, spearheaded the effort. 

In addition to stocking the district-run food pantry, the Community Cupboard, items were also delivered by students and staff to various organizations around Long Island including The INN, Momma’s House, Regina House, the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter and Last Hope Pet Shelter.

“Today in Bellmore-Merrick, we all had the opportunity to do right by others and it is one day among many opportunities we have for students to serve in the vision of Dr. King,” said David Seinfeld, principal of Kennedy High School. 


Kennedy’s David Frank Places Second at LI Psychology Fair

Kennedy’s David Frank Places Second at LI Psychology Fair photo

Kennedy High School sophomore David Frank performed some magic at the Long Island Psychology Fair and a second-place award was in the cards for him.

Held at Roslyn High School on Jan. 11, 36 students were invited to present their research to a panel of peer and expert judges in various categories.

Frank’s research, “A Table Magician’s Greatest Trick: Affecting a Patron’s Tipping Habits Without Them Knowing,” earned him an award in the category of social psychology.

Frank explained that he conducts research at his Friday night gig working as a table magician at a local restaurant.

“I wanted to see what I could do to increase the size of my tips and how many people were actually leaving me tips,” Frank said. “So, I started researching and came across the concept of reciprocity.” 

Current research is limited to waiters and waitresses in a restaurant setting that leave candy as a gift.

“I wanted to see if that would generalize into other service contexts using a wider array of gifts,” Frank mentioned.

His initial research found an 80 percent increase in gratuity and the study is ongoing by further randomizing the data.

Senior Amanda Schleider also presented in the category of educational psychology. Her research was “Teaching a Child with Autism Peer-to-Peer Requesting Using iPad Based Speech Generating Device.”

“I got into this because my mom is a speech language pathologist at a school with kids with disabilities and when I visited her at work, I was always fascinated with how they communicate,” Schleider said.

“It’s amazing how much they can learn when taught evidence-based procedures to learn new skills and I wanted to design a study that would teach kids to do this as well,” she continued. 

Schleider completed research at Genesis School in East Meadow. 

“Through my research of reading journal articles, kids with autism are taught communication skills with adults or other peers that are neurotypical,” she added. “I saw a lack of interaction with kids that also have autism.”

Her study focuses on teaching a participant with autism to request to a peer in their class who also has autism. She focused on a social communication aspect, utilizing speech-generating devices that are programmed with various apps.

Both Frank and Schleider are in Kennedy’s Advanced Science Research program, under advisers Orquidea Afonso and Barbara Franklin, respectively.

Poet Billy Lamont Visits CHSD for Workshop

Poet Billy Lamont Visits CHSD for Workshop photo

Calhoun High School and Merrick Avenue Middle School welcomed performance poet Billy Lamont.

Lamont facilitated two poetry-writing workshops with high school and middle school creative writing students. 

Lamont, who has conducted similar workshops for students elsewhere in Nassau County, shared some of the poetry he has written through the years, discussed his creative process, and led students through various creative writing prompts. 

“The workshop, which was funded by a BMCHSD Mini Grant awarded to the English Department, concluded with a performance poetry showcase where student participants had an opportunity to share some of their own creative work,” said English chairperson Adeline Atkins.

SAVE THE DATE: NALOXONE (NARCAN) Training February 5, 2018


SAVE THE DATE: Vaping/E-cigs Awareness Presentation – February 15, 2018


Public Vote to Purchase Jerusalem Avenue School - Thursday, February 8, 2018

Benefits of proposed purchase:

  • The purchase of the Jerusalem Avenue School will reduce the facilities rental costs charged to our component school districts by approximately $1.4 million for the 2018-19 school year.
  • If approved, the purchase will be made with funds in the Nassau BOCES Capital Fund that have been set aside specifically for this purpose. No borrowing or debt service expense will be incurred so the impact of the savings will be immediate.


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Kennedy Duo Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars

Kennedy Duo Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars photo
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Matthew Klein and Cameron Levy, both of Kennedy High School, have been recognized as 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 9.

They are two of 300 students acknowledged from across the nation and two of 46 from Long Island.  
Klein’s research, “Galaxy Cluster Assembly and Ignition of Active Galactic Nuclei,” was completed at SUNY Farmingdale. 

Levy’s research, “An Analysis of the Interactions Among the Histone Deacetylase Sir2, TOR Signaling, and the Heat Shock Response Instigator Heat Shock Factor 1,” was completed at Long Island University, CW POST.

They are both seniors in Barbi Frank’s Advanced Science Research class, a three-year program, at Kennedy High School. 

The Regeneron STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each scholar, selected from 1,818 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school. The 40 finalists chosen to compete in Washington, D.C. in March will be announced on Jan. 23.  

Prepayment of School Taxes


Merrick Avenue MS student is Singer Turned Songwriter

Merrick Avenue MS student is Singer Turned Songwriter photo
Samantha Horowitz, an eighth-grader at Merrick Avenue Middle School, has been singing her heart out since she was 4 years old and her mother, Tara Notrica, has always been her biggest fan.

When Notrica recently became seriously ill, Horowitz turned to music to help the healing process. She teamed up with former American Idol top 10 contestant and Merrick Avenue alumnus, Robbie Rosen, to write a song for her mother.

“I wanted it to be about battling an illness and what it means to go through something difficult,” Horowitz explained. “I focused on lyrics that were about fighting hard and persevering.”

After songwriting and recording, “Brave the Storm,” the duo is now shopping around for producers. The song is available for download at iTunes and can also be found on Spotify and YouTube.

“Sam’s vision is to see it become a theme song for a foundation or philanthropic organization,” said Notrica. “Perhaps even a children’s movie theme song about the importance of not giving up.”

“When she told me she was working with Robbie Rosen, a former music student of mine, I knew they would be a great pair,” said Choral Director Dana Brandwein. “The song they worked on together is quite touching and simply beautiful.”

In addition to being in the Merrick Avenue Middle School chorus, Horowitz also plays both alto and baritone saxophone, as well as performs with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York and is a member of All-County Chorus.

“There’s no denying that Samantha is a very talented singer but for me, it’s her musicianship that makes her so special,” added Brandwein. “She’s got a great ear and sight — reads music extremely well, which is a tough skill for any singer. I can always count on her to lead her section in the chorus with her powerful vocals.”

Kennedy Hosts Ladles of Love Fundraising Dinner

Kennedy Hosts Ladles of Love Fundraising Dinner photo

The Kennedy High School community joined together on Dec. 18 to host a Ladles of Love fundraising dinner event to benefit the district’s food pantry.

The C.H.A.M.P. students whipped up dishes such as beef stroganoff and seafood paella in Kennedy’s state of the art kitchen prepped food. The music department provided entertainment including a few jazzy Michael Jackson numbers. Members of the Key Club and Student Government served as hosts and the JFK Staff Association organized and packaged raffle baskets.

Dylan Lipman, a freshman and student ambassador for the district’s One Voice, One Message initiative, said he broached the idea with Principal David Seinfeld and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mara Bollettieri a few weeks ago as a way to become more involved with helping the Community Cupboard.

“It is important for us – the Kennedy community – to give back,” he added.

The event raised nearly $1,500. 

Grand Avenue Gets In a Mindful Mood

Grand Avenue Gets In a Mindful Mood photo

Grand Avenue Middle School has been piloting mindfulness and relaxation sessions for students on a voluntary basis throughout the school day.

“During these sessions, the students practice relaxation methods to assist in the reduction of stressful thoughts and feelings,” explained organizer Dr. Maura Kempton, chairperson of special education at Grand Avenue. 

Weekly sessions are being held during the final 20 minutes of lunch periods. The program will continue indefinitely. 

“The response to the program has been very positive and attendance has been strong,” said organizer and school psychologist Dr. Marla Bayles. “Middle school is a stressful time and the students really benefit from taking a break to focus on their physical and mental well-being.”

James Caracciolo Named Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist

James Caracciolo Named Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist photo
James Caracciolo, a senior at Calhoun High School, was recently selected as a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars Program semifinalist. 

Caracciolo was among nearly 2,000 students chosen nationwide in the program, which is based on leadership skills, academic achievements and community service. 

Semifinalists will be reviewed in January and 250 will be named regional finalists and 150 will ultimately become Coca-Cola Scholars, receiving $20,000 scholarships.

Kennedy English Teacher Earns National Board Recognition

Kennedy English Teacher Earns National Board Recognition photo
Kennedy High School English teacher, Christy Rochford has achieved National Board certification. 

Rochford is the first teacher in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to earn National Board recognition since 2002 and the only teacher presently on staff to have the certification.

Department Chair Adeline Atkins said that Rochford continually seeks ways to improve instruction. 
“She proposed Kennedy’s first schoolwide common summer reading initiative and she regularly participates in collegial circles focused on the sharing of best pedagogical practices, utilizes IRIS technology to reflect on her own teaching and her students’ learning,” Atkins continued. 

The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning. Teachers must have a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.

Calhoun, Merrick Avenue MS Buddy Clubs Team Up for Charity

Calhoun, Merrick Avenue MS Buddy Clubs Team Up for Charity photo
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Members of the International Buddy Club from Calhoun High School joined members of the International Buddy Club at Merrick Avenue Middle School on Dec. 8 to celebrate the holidays and make gingerbread houses to bring cheer to those in need.  

Students from various nations, ages and backgrounds spent a fun-filled cultural afternoon creating gingerbread houses that were donated to children at the Nassau University Medical Center.
“This event gave students the opportunity to celebrate while giving back to the community during this holiday season,” said world languages chairperson Enrique Montes. 

Mepham Wrestles to Top at Sprig Gardner Tournament

Mepham Wrestles to Top at Sprig Gardner Tournament photo
Members of the Mepham High School wrestling team were named this year’s Sprig Gardner Tournament Champions after the Dec. 9 meet.

Sixteen Pirate wrestlers placed in the top six to lead Mepham to a major upset over heavily favored Bellmore-Merrick CHSD’s Kennedy and King's Park high schools. 

“Kyle Althenn and Albert Cepeda both won their weight classes, with Althenn taking home the Rich Anderson Most Outstanding Mepham Wrestler Award,” said wrestling coach Sean Arresto. “Sophomores Griffin Karp and Matt Hegi also made the finals, both finishing in second place.”

Also, playing for the Pirates were Tyler Ward and Tyler Levitan at 99 pounds, Dillon Pekoff and Luke Benzing at 113 pounds, James Fazio at 120 pounds, Jack Molloy at 126 pounds, Adelson Molina and Josh Game at 138 pounds, John Koenig at 17 pounds, Ryan Hegi at 182 pounds, Mike Laupheimer at 195 pounds and Colin Liese at 285 pounds.  

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Calhoun Concert Choir Named Sounds of Season Winner

Calhoun Concert Choir Named Sounds of Season Winner photo
The Calhoun High School Concert Choir was named one of the winners of News 12's Sounds of the Season.

News 12 Long Island visited the school to film a feature on the concert choir on Dec. 14. The choir was featured as part of the News 12 Long Island's morning show on Dec. 18. Here is a link to view the show:

Calhoun Expo Invites Guests Into the Art

Calhoun Expo Invites Guests Into the Art photo

On Dec. 7, visitors were invited to step right up — and into — the 30 stations at the Art Expo at Calhoun High School, which encouraged interaction more than observation.

“Many facets of the field were represented,” said art teacher and expo organizer Heather Lohr. “Students touched on every type of art style from the more traditional drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture to new media such as animation and design.”

Booth setups included a walk-in pinhole camera, a giant animation reel called a zoetrope, a sculpture bar set, an oversized slide tile puzzle and giant building blocks. 

“Through this process, they were made aware of not just how, but why art is created,” said art teacher and expo organizer Michael Goldberg. “All hopefully left the event inspired with the knowledge that art is all around us.”

Visitors were also able to “zen out” in the Japanese-inspired mindfulness tent. The creative juices were overflowing.


Board Honors Kennedy Boys Volleyball Named LI Champs

Board Honors Kennedy Boys Volleyball Named LI Champs photo
The Kennedy High School boys volleyball team had an exceptional 2017 season and their commitment and accomplishments were recognized at the Dec. 6 board of education meeting. 

The team completed a 14-3 regular season record showing tremendous growth and development. When the post season came around, the Cougars kicked things into overdrive sweeping all three teams in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to become Nassau County Champs. In the Long Island Championships, Kennedy defeated Suffolk champion, Hauppauge, in four sets vaulting them into the New York state championship tournament.

At the New York State tournament, the Cougars played at an incredibly high level against the top teams in the state. After splitting sets with both Burnt Hills and Eden, all three teams were tied at 2-2. The Cougars advanced after an emotional tiebreaker and headed to the final match. The Cougars then took a 2-1 set advantage before ultimately losing in five tough sets. They ended their season second place in New York State.

“This year’s team added to the program accomplishments,” said coach Dennis Ringel. “This was Kennedy’s eighth Nassau County Championship in the past 10 years, their third Long Island Championship and their third time as New York State finalists, winning the state title in 2012.”

But perhaps most importantly, this year the team was awarded the New York State Tournament Sportsmanship Award.

There were many individual accomplishments. Jordan Kappel, Mitch Mass and Justin Steinberg were named All-Division. Cooper Moran, Tyler Anderson, Steven Carlson, Andrew Celauro and Josh Kaplan were named All-County. Additionally, Moran, Carlson and Anderson were named First Team All-County tournament. Kaplan was named to the All-County tournament honorable mention team and Anderson was also named Nassau County Most Valuable Player. Kaplan and Anderson were also designated as All-New York State selections, and are awaiting Newsday’s selections for All-Long Island teams.

“In keeping with the district theme of kindness and caring, senior and Kennedy salutatorian Dylan Judd was given a Coach’s Award and the ‘Good Sport’ Award at the New York State Tournament. Senior Austin Weiner was recognized at the Nassau Volleyball Awards Night as a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award,” added Board President Dr. Nancy Kaplan. “Both teammates consistently show the type of character we want to see in all of our student athletes.”

Mepham Classes Battle for Charity

Mepham Classes Battle for Charity photo

On Nov. 8, the students and faculty of Mepham High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District came together for the 8th Battle of the Classes: Battle for a Cause to raise money for the Senior Service Learning Project's partnership with Boots on the Ground NY. 

More than 700 students participated in the event held in the gym at the Brookside School. Leading up to the event, students participated in a series of fundraising efforts including, a Penny Wars competition, generating over $1,100, American Pride Day and Class Color Day. 

“The night of the event, the students competed against each other and the faculty team in a variety of relay races, the famous ‘Pirate Relay’ and a dance competition,” said social studies teacher and organizer Kerry Dennis. 

The night's emcee was special education teacher, Anthony Augugliaro and the festivities were covered live by the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Program.  
The Class of 2018 dominated the pre-events and the night's relays, earning the title of champions. 

“The spirit and enthusiasm in the gym that night represent the incredible school spirit possessed by the Mepham community as well as the continued desire to give back to charitable organizations like Boots on the Ground NY,” said social studies teacher and organizer Chris Patten.

Combined with their efforts for the Flag Field of Honor, currently on display at Mepham, the students in Participation in Government, under the direction of Patten and Dennis, have raised more than $10,000 for Boots on the Ground NY.

Middle School Ambassadors Share Mission With Elementary Schools

Middle School Ambassadors Share Mission With Elementary Schools photo
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Student ambassadors from Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools recently collaborated on a presentation for the elementary school students in Merrick, North Merrick, Bellmore and North Bellmore. 

Students spoke about the district’s community cupboard and encouraged the elementary schools to come up with ways that they could be part of the mission to end hunger. 

“Students shared their roles as ambassadors, the work that they do in their individual school and districtwide, facts about poverty as well as what our current cupboard needs and is doing,” said Grand Avenue Assistant Principal Andrew Del Rosario.

“The most exciting part of the presentation came when the ambassadors turned it over to the elementary school students and opened up the floor for questions and discussion to brainstorm ways that they can help and participate,” added Merrick Avenue Assistant Principal Katelyn Dunn.

The elementary schools were very receptive and the students were excited to be part of the mission.

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Choral Groups Perform at District Vocal Showcase

Choral Groups Perform at District Vocal Showcase photo

The notes were high and spirits were bright as the five premiere choral groups from within the district performed in the vocal music showcase on Nov. 29.

Included in the performance were the Kennedy High School Variety Choir, Merrick Avenue Middle School’s Word of Mouth, Grand Avenue Middle School’s Grand Voices,. Mepham High School’s Pirate Radio and Calhoun High School’s Crescendo. 

The evening concluded with a combined finale, in which students from the elementary component districts were invited to sing with the upperclassmen.

“Events like this truly reflect the ‘One Voice, One Message’ theme that resonates throughout our district,” said Cheryl Fontana, district director of the fine & performing arts.

Donations were collected at the door to the Calhoun High School auditorium for the district’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard.    

Science Research Students Attend Retreat

Science Research Students Attend Retreat photo

On Nov. 19, sophomores in the district’s Advanced Science Research program traveled to LIU Post, to attend a retreat that was designed exclusively for them.

“Throughout the day, students were hosted by professors of biology, biomedical science, chemistry, heath science, psychology and forensic science who engaged them with hands-on laboratory activities and discussions about science research,” said Robert Soel, science chairperson.

The students also met with LIU students who spoke about their projects and research experiences in the LIU honors college. 

“An exciting part of the day was the opportunity to work collectively with ASR sophomores from each of the schools,” said Patrick Mannion, a science chairperson. “It was a very inspiring experience and a great chance to learn directly from local research scientists.”

Bellmore-Merrick Fills Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets for Local Families in Need

Bellmore-Merrick Fills Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets for Local Families in Need photo

To expand the mission of the district’s Community Cupboard, they paired with the community to fill Thanksgiving baskets for the local families who utilize the food pantry.

“With the One Voice, One Message theme, we realized that we wanted to centralize the effort,” said Catrina Christensen, coordinator of the district’s after-school Twilight Program and Community Cupboard organizer. “There was a greater need this year than in years past. All of the students came together and we were able to help create Thanksgiving baskets and bags for approximately 100 families. We were fortunate to have all the schools collect goods for the baskets in such a short time.”

Everyone pitched in for a districtwide effort. Custodians retrieved goods from each school and delivered them to the central administration building. An assembly line commenced on Nov. 20, with students making baskets and bags.  

Additionally, the students from Mepham’s Leo Club and MAP’s Key Club baked approximately 100 pumpkin pies.

“We received many generous donations, including one individual that gave us enough to provide every family with a gift certificate to purchase a turkey and another that gave actual turkeys,” said Meadowbrook Alternative Program nurse and Community Cupboard organizer Darlene Boden.

On Nov. 21, local families picked up the baskets. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bollettieri and MAP Principal Susan Ellinghaus volunteered to assist with the distribution.

“I cannot believe how blessed I am to work in a district such as ours,” said Ellinghaus. “We do not give lip service. In Bellmore-Merrick we truly walk the walk. We take care of our own.”

Community Cupboard


High School Leadership Students Collaborate on Community Service

High School Leadership Students Collaborate on Community Service photo
On Nov. 14, students from all four high schools in the district came together at Mepham High School for a Breakout EDU activity where they worked together to “breakout of their rooms.”  

The School and Community Leadership students from Brian Joyce’s class at Calhoun, Kara McManus’ class at Kennedy, Zachary Gosse’s class at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program and Jacqueline Geller’s class at Mepham participated in the Breakout EDU platform which fosters critical thinking, collaboration, creative and communication.

All four groups of students joined together again on Nov. 21 at the Veterans Stand Down at the Freeport Armory, where they helped disabled veterans get goods and services they need.

GAMS Gym Classes Raise $6K for Heart Disease

Grand Avenue Middle School physical education classes recently completed a jump-rope-a-thon raising $6,426.50 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 cardiovascular exercise and how it leads to a healthy heart,” said Donna Greco, a physical education teacher.

Project coordinators George Bossert, Donna Greco and Carrie Perkins would like to thank the students and community for their tremendous support. 

Top fundraisers were Ian Peckman, Riley Peckman, Lena Roseman, Jared Levine, Nick Salas, Ted Piccininni, Massimo Marino, Lauren Duany, Casey Cascio, Hannah Broxmeyer, Max Hahn, Skylar Ward and Jonathan Kokura.

Updates Inside

Capital Project Updates

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.

8/14/17 Full Construction Update

7/14/17 Bond Phase 3 Update

10/24/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

9/6/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

8/8/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

7/27/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

7/15/16 Bond Update

7/6/16 Bond Update

July 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

6/11/16 - Bond Phase 2 and 3 Update

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

Captial Projects 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