District Holds Unifying 5K Walk/Run


Bellmore-Merrick CHSD held its One Voice, One Message 5K Walk/Run from Grand Avenue Middle School to Merrick Avenue Middle School on March 21.

More than 400 people registered for the inaugural run, while dozens more turned out to show their support for the participants despite the cold and slushy weather. Students from all six buildings pitched in, either by registering, or volunteering their time to help launch the monumental event.

The One Voice, One Message 5K began in the parking lot of Grand Avenue, continued on to Merrick Avenue and then circled back to the rear parking lot at Grand Avenue.

The winner in the male category was Chris Perillo at 16:56. The female winner was Doreen Steen, who crossed the line at 17:57.

The event was a symbolic gesture of solidarity among the six schools that comprise the district. Proceeds from the 5K were donated to support pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. The event raised a net total of $10,860 for the hospital.

“In spite of the surprise spring snowstorm, the event was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Joseph Netto, one of the event’s organizers. “From the overwhelming community support to the strong showing from the district's six schools, the 5K indeed demonstrated the principle of ‘One Voice, One Message,’ while highlighting Bellmore-Merrick's giving nature.”

State and local politicians also turned out to lend their support and congratulate the organizers, including Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and New York State Sen. Michael Venditto.

Browse the photo gallery to catch the race from start to finish.

District Holds College Planning Night

Calhoun High School played host to an expansive and informative college planning night on March 12. The event covered the multiple facets of college entry and success for students thinking about continuing their education.

The evening kicked off with opening remarks by Assistant Principal Eric Gomez, who welcomed the students and parents in attendance before dismissing them to smaller classrooms for specific presentations.

In the auditorium, a representative from the SUNY system dispelled myths and illuminated facts about attending a SUNY college. Other discussions included a seminar on college readiness and academic rigor with representatives from Binghamton, Adelphi and Gettysburg College. Saul Lerner, the district’s athletics and physical education director, led a discussion on the role of athletics in the college admissions process. Other representatives in attendance included a recruiter for Duke University, an official with Harvard University, a panel of Long Island private schools and a representative from the CUNY system.

Workshops also covered how to apply for financial aid, how to write the college essay and how to prepare for the SAT or ACT. The well-attended event drew parents, guardians and students from across the district.

Mepham Chops Locks for Love


Calhoun to Present ‘Mary Poppins’

Calhoun will be one of the first high schools on Long Island to produce Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's “Mary Poppins.” The school’s On Tour Company will bring the classic Disney film and Broadway show hybrid to life on the Calhoun auditorium stage for three performances.

Showtimes are March 21 and March 27 at 7:30 p.m., and March 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students, $15 for adults, and can be purchased at the door.

Mepham Boasts Regional Poetry Out Loud Winner

Mepham senior Jaime Marvin advanced to the New York State level of the national Poetry Out Loud competition after winning the regional contest at Farmingdale State College earlier this month.

The Poetry Out Loud competition challenges students to recite a number of poems from memory in an entertaining and powerful way, using proper enunciation, volume and emphasis.

Marvin won first place for her dramatic recitation of three poems: “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in)” by E. E. Cummings, “To Autumn” by John Keats and “The End of Science Fiction” by Lisel Mueller.

Marvin’s first-place win advanced her to the New York State competition in Syracuse on March 9. Mepham senior Lisa Condoluci also competed to great acclaim in the regional contest. The two practiced under the leadership of teacher Nicole Maresca with the help of Mepham English Department Chairperson Marie Netto.

All three high schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District participate in the Poetry Out Loud program.    

JFK to Present ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

The John F. Kennedy High School Drama Club is set to perform its spring musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” at the high school auditorium this week.

The Broadway hit will come to life at JFK for three showtimes, beginning March 20 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will take place on March 21 at 2 p.m., followed by an evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

New York State DECA Competition

Letter to the Governor


JFK Variety Choir Sings About Love

Members of Jeanette Pincus’s variety choir at John. F. Kennedy performed “The Many Faces of Love” at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City around Valentine’s Day.

The performance earned rave reviews as the program broke down the three phases of love in separate sets, from courtship to heartbreak. The variety choir sang alongside the famous New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of conductor Harold Rosenbaum.

JFK’s variety choir is comprised of vocal students in grades 9-12, and has performed all over the country, as well as national spots on television.

Of the school’s performance, TheaterScene.net critic Jean Ballard Tarepka wrote, “The last set of the first half of the program was particularly delightful. The variety choir sang two songs – a ballad by John Farmer and a sweet love song by Claudin de Sermisy – with verve and panache.”

Grand Avenue Places in Long Island Math Competition

Long Island’s best math students competed at Kellenberg Memorial High School on March 11. The contest, sponsored by the Museum of Math and St. Martin de Porres Marianist School, is attended by more than 150 outstanding middle school students from various schools throughout Long Island.

It was an exciting and academically challenging day for the Grand Avenue team, who tied for fifth place as well as having Kevin Ivers place fifth in the individual event competition.

Congratulations to the entire team: John Berry, Ziyad Gawish, Kevin Ivers, Hunter Moran and Sidra Naheed.

SEPTA Transition Fair Photos

Mepham Students Attend Leadership Symposium at Hofstra

Students in Sarah Bender’s AP Government & Politics classes attended a symposium on the Evaluation of Presidential Leadership at Hofstra University on March 10. 

The symposium featured commentary and analysis by Hofstra’s Kalikow Center Senior Presidential Fellows, Republican Party consultant Ed Rollins and former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean. 

Prior to the symposium, each teacher submitted the winners of the essay assignment in which students had to select one of three questions to answer.  The questions were:

•    How can the White House and Congress overcome the obstacles of divided government and work together in 2015?
•    What are the costs and benefits of President Obama’s decision to pursue immigration reform by executive order, and how can he make progress with Congress on this issue in 2015?
•    In his remaining time in office, how is President Obama most likely to achieve “change we can believe in,” as he promised in 2008, and establish an enduring legacy for his presidency?

The two essay award winners –Samantha Lanza and James Nicklaus—got a chance to meet with Rollins and Governor Dean after the symposium.

February Students of the Month

Administrators and staff at Kennedy recently designated one student from each academic department as Student of the Month for February. This recognition highlights the student’s achievements and efforts throughout the respective month.

The February Students of the Month are:

Marielle Bach, Health
Rachel Choset, Social Studies
Alex Dobosh, Business
Emily Feigelman, Art
Brianna Gomez, Math
Elizabeth Izzo, Physical Education
Claire Kelly, Science
Amanda Opperman, Family & Consumer Science
Matthew Rose, English
Ethan Rubin, World Languages
Nicole Sand, Vocal Music
Arielle Solomon, Instrumental Music

Congratulations to all these outstanding students!

Athletes of the Month - January 2015

Daniel Arkow - Wrestling
Alexis Tillman - Track & Field



This year the Builders Club of Grand Avenue Middle School will be participating in the "Pennies for Patients" program sponsored by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from March 16th - April 1st. Each academic team will compete against each other to see which team can raise the most money. Students can make donations to the program in their team's name by placing a donation into their team bucket during their lunch period. This year the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has created a webpage in which families can make donations online under their child's academic team page. Simply click on the above link and choose your child's academic team from the list. Click on your child's academic team and fill in the necessary information to complete your donation. The team that raises the most money will receive a prize. Thank you for your generosity. We hope everyone has a fun time participating in the program!

Freshmen Think About Safe Technology Use

A special agent with the FBI Cyber Crime unit paid a visit to the district over three days in February and March to speak with ninth-graders about the dangers of the Internet and how to make positive decisions when using technology.

FBI Special Agent Danielle Messineo led students at all three high schools through a PowerPoint presentation that covered everything from cyberbullying to Internet predators to inappropriate texting.

Messineo reminded students that if they are on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, they should keep their accounts set to private, only accept requests from people they know, and avoid profile pictures that might give predators a clue about where they live or what school they attend.

When presenting on cyberbullying, Messineo showed a sobering video recorded by Amanda Todd, a 14-year-old girl who committed suicide days after recording the video, in which she begged for help from anyone who might be watching. The video reminded students to think about potentially tragic consequences before engaging in ridiculing their peers, especially online.

The presentation also emphasized that students should refrain from sending inappropriate photographs and text messages, even to those whom they trust, because of the viral capabilities of modern technology. A clever video showed just how quickly a young girl’s racy photograph sent to her boyfriend could spread through the entire school and eventually back to her own family members.

The Internet safety and cyberbullying assembly was organized by the district’s Community Parent Center, led by director Wendy Tepfer. Messineo visited Kennedy High School on Feb. 25. She visited Calhoun the next day and finished out her visits at Mepham on March 3.

February Citizens of the Month

Citizen of the Month for February
Back Row: Jenna Giliberti, Kaitlyn Redican, Gjemajli Kreku and Kristina Monaco
Front Row: Jordyn Seaman, Nicole Leisenring, Jessica Del Ponte and Mary Czarnecki

Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs - April 21, 2015


Calhoun Scores High at AMC

In February, 43 students from Calhoun High School participated in the prestigious Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition.

The AMC is a contest that identifies the most exceptional and gifted high school students in mathematics and problem solving.

The highest score on the AMC 12 exam (the test for 11th- and 12th-graders) was earned by senior David Braunstein, and the highest score on the AMC 10 exam (the test for 9th- and 10th-grade students) was earned by freshman Amelia Seabold.

Congratulations to all the high-scorers!

MAMS Student Work ‘Reflects’ Positively on Arts Education

Five students at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District were recently recognized by school administrators and the Town of Hempstead for their participation in the Reflections art contest.

The Reflections contest is a nationwide initiative that challenges students to submit creative pieces of work centered on a specific theme. The 2015 Reflections theme was “The world would be a better place if…,” and students are eligible to compete in categories such as literature, film, visual art, dance, choreography and music composition.  

Merrick Avenue Assistant Principal John Gibilaro was joined by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the school’s PTA Reflections chairperson Hali Herman, along with Merrick Avenue English Chairperson Cheryl Fontana.

The Reflections awards winners were:

    Josephine Cheung, first place, visual arts
    Jade Gallagher, first place, literature
    Maya Persaud, second place, literature
    Juliana Tirino, first and second place, photography
    Jessica Zhang, first place, film production

During the ceremony, Gibilaro announced that Zhang qualified to advance to the state-level Reflections competition for her film project.

"1 Voice, 1 Message" Run/Walk Information

Join BMCHSD at our first "1 Voice, 1 Message" Run/Walk. All proceeds will benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. Links are below:

For more information click here

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Mepham Students Mean Business

Eight members of Mepham High School’s Future Business Leaders of America club recently took part in the Spring District Meeting Competition at Molloy College.

The students competed against several other Long Island high schools in events such as economics, business law, public speaking, business calculations and marketing. Mepham’s Nicholas Sery took second place in both economics and business calculations.

Congratulations to Nicholas and the entire FBLA club!

Teacher Recognized by NYS Program

Kennedy High School science teacher Alexis Vandergoot was recently named a 2015 Science Master Teacher under New York State’s Master Teacher Program, run on Long Island by SUNY Stony Brook University.

Vandergoot is one of 70 Master Teachers selected on Long Island since the program was created in 2013 at the behest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  
Consideration for a Master Teacher designation includes a very rigorous application process that requires submitting a personal statement, letters of recommendation, completing a content exam, and undergoing a lengthy interview process. In addition, teachers must provide innovative STEM lesson materials to qualify.

Vandergoot has been teaching at Bellmore-Merrick since 2009. She teaches chemistry, living environment, college anatomy, marine biology and collaborative environmental science. She is the Science Club and Science Olympiad advisor and was the assistant coach for the girls varsity lacrosse team from 2010-2013.

Vandergoot also developed and coordinated an eighth-grade interactive summer forensic science camp at Stony Brook University. She was recognized by the Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education at its meeting on Feb. 4.

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Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Energy Conservation Plan


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

1/22/15 - Bond Phase 1 Update

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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

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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